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    Comic Books 

What did I do? Oh, Barry. My idol. My inspiration. That's the beauty of all this madness. I didn't do anything. Not a thing. You see, it turns out... You're the villain today.
Zoom, Flashpoint

I thought I was doing the right thing. I was "Supergirl", right? I always do the right thing. The man I took back, his name was Reactron. He was the end of my people. Because of me, they're gone. Kal said even super-people make mistakes.

You left me right at the heart of the Cooper family, free to do as I wished. Free in dear old London, where they mix despair with the bricks and mortar. Free to make this underworld of theirs tear itself apart. Free to cry havoc.
Thank you.
Little Ronnie Cooper to John Constantine, Hellblazer: Son Of Man

"The final head count is still underway, but it's estimated at a quarter of a million people."
And it's all their fault.
Blink and a team of alternate reality castaway mutants have been forced into a mission. They hop from reality to reality, righting wrongs, and setting each timeline back on its true path. In this reality, where superbeings have been either eradicated or confined, this group of Exiles were told by their mysterious Tallus to "find the one who would lead you... your greatest teacher." It seemed a no-brainer to the heroes here assembled: Blink. Nocturne. Thunderbird. Magnus. Morph. But after finding the devastation that had been wrought, Morph was the first one to say it out loud... "I guess we weren't supposed to free Professor Xavier after all, huh?"
This is their first mission, and they have only caused the worst disaster in this world's history.
Exiles #2: Sins Of The Father

    Film - Animated 

Tell your people as of today that this workload has been doubled, thanks to your god. Or is it thanks to you?
Rameses to Moses, The Prince of Egypt

Homer: Homer do good?
Bart: Actually, you doomed us all. Again.

Sheila Broflovski: But I just wanted to make the world safer for children!
Satan: Yes, and in doing so you brought enough intolerance in the world to let me rise.

"It's too late! We're banished, genius! We're in the human world! What a great idea, going to your old pal Waternoose! TOO BAD HE WAS IN ON THE WHOLE THING! All you had to do was listen to me, just ONCE! But you DIDN'T, did you?! (beat) YOU'RE STILL NOT LISTENING!"
Mike Wazowski (to Sulley), Monsters, Inc.

"What happened?! You just gave away our position!"
Shang to Mulan supposedly firing a cannon

"You have let your family break apart. And in doing so, you have broken the Circle of Life."
Mufasa to Simba, The Making of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride featurette

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    Film - Live-Action 

For the record, this is what making things worse looks like.
Natasha Romanov after Steve fought off the police to save Bucky, Captain America: Civil War

You should have gone for the head.
Thanos, mocking Thor for deliberately holding off the killing blow for the sake of a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, allowing him to carry out the Snappening, Avengers: Infinity War

These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we fucked up the endgame.
Congressman Wilson, Charlie Wilson's War

Wonderful. You have all done far greater damage than I ever could have. Bravo, bravo. This is a moment I will treasure.
Sarris, Galaxy Quest

It's the Hubble! You killed the Hubble!
Crow T. Robot after Mike Nelson plows the Satellite of Love into the Hubble Telescope, Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie

    Literature 

Everything we fought for. Every we strived to prevent. And we just handed it to Friedrich on a silver platter. We bloody crafted the Uhrwerkgerat for him in front of all the people we were meant to save. And I let it happen. I knew we were rushing this. I knew Clyde and Tabitha were dysfunctional. And I let events ride over me. I let fear rule me. My goddamn fear of death. And it's that fear that's brought the future echo's promise closer.
I am such a fucking jackass some days.
Broken Hero, by Jonathan Wood

<And while you so considerately worked to clear away the Time Matrix, I revived Alloran and transferred myself into him. The first and only Andalite-Controller! It was so kind of you to knock the old warrior out for me. I didn't know how I was ever going to take him. He was a wily creature. A bit mad, of course, but he knew war. You saw how ruthless he was in tossing out the poor Hork-Bajir who played the role of me. Yes, Alloran was a warrior.>
The truth hit me like a brick wall. It was true! I had made it possible for the sub-visser to take control of Alloran!
I had created the abomination!
Animorphs - The Andalite Chronicles

"But enough chit-chat. Who's got the button?"
The button was, of course, in Penny's bag, which lay right at Quentin's feet. I did this, he thought, with a pang that ran all the way through him. This is twice. Twice I've summoned the Beast. I'm a curse on everyone around me.

    Live-Action TV 

Ah, Romana! Hello, how are you? I see the Count broke you in as a lab assistant. What are you making for him - a model railway? Gallifreyan egg-timer? I do hope you're not making a time machine, I shall be very angry.
The Doctor to Romana, who is building a time machine for the Villain of the Week, Doctor Who

Adolf Hitler: Thank you, whoever you are. I think you have just saved my life.
The Doctor: (quietly) Believe me... it was an accident.
Amy: What do you mean, we just saved his life?! We cannot have just SAVED HITLER!
Doctor Who, "Let's Kill Hitler"

I crossed a line with you, a line I vowed never to cross. I hunted you down and killed you, unleashing this Ward reboot nightmare hell beast on the planet.
Phil Coulson, to Hive, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ascension

Ulana: I know that your reactor core is exposed. I know the graphite's on fire, the fuel is melting, and you're dropping sand and boron on it, which you probably thought was smart, but you've made a mistake. Ulana Yuriyvna Khomyuk, chief physicist, Byelorussian Institute for Nuclear Energy. And you're Valery Alexeyevich Legasov. Smothering the core will put the fire out, but the temperature will eventually increase, it'll melt down...
Valery: Believe me, I'm perfectly aware. I estimate at least a month before it melts through the lower concrete pad, which gives us time...
Ulana: No, you don't have a month; you have approximately two days.

You nearly damned us all to Hell, Nash Wells!
J'onn J'onzz, on Nash freeing the Anti-Monitor, Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019)

    Music 

You say to yourself "Dear God, What Have I Done?"
And hope it's not too late, because tomorrow...
May never come!
Social Distortion, "Reach For The Sky"

Congratulations on the mess you made of things.
TV on the Radio, "DLZ"

    Mythology and Religion 

When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, "I will return to the house I left." When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.
Jesus, The Bible (New International Version), Matthew 12:43-45

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    Video Games 

Auron: The Underdrome. Fiends of the Underworld once clashed there - battle after battle. But Zeus didn't like the senseless violence, so he locked the place up.
Sora: How did it get UN-locked?
Auron: Some fool must have broken the seal.
Sora: What an idiot.
Kingdom Hearts II, Sora calling himself an idiot

Geh heh heh! Excellent work! As I thought, you held the keys to the Door of Time! You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm... Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!
Ganondorf, after Link and Princess Zelda unwittingly pave the way for his rise to power, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Good news. I figured out what that thing you just incinerated did. It was a Morality Core they installed after I flooded the enrichment center with a deadly neurotoxin to make me stop flooding the enrichment center with a deadly neurotoxin. So get comfortable while I warm up the neurotoxin emitters...

That thing you just incinerated wasn't important to me. It was a Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit. It made shoes for orphans. Nice job breaking it, "hero."

But, since we're not busy other than that, here's a couple of facts: He's not just a regular moron. He's the product of the greatest minds of a generation working together with the express purpose of building the dumbest moron who ever lived - and you just put him in charge of the entire facility.
GLaDOS (or PotatOS), Portal 2

Sonic: Knuckles, did you let Eggman trick you again?
Knuckles: Like, you weren't?
Sonic: Smooth move, knucklehead.

EATERS have destroyed the entire ecosystem of the planet, which is now in ruin. Now, the EATERS will roam the universe in search of more victims, repeating the process of destruction on each planet they find. Eventually, they'll undoubtedly reach the Earth. And you'll have to live with the knowledge that what led them here was...you.
— Ending of Chimera Beast

Maybe it's time to let go. Past mistakes. Past obligations. Past fears. They are a prison. They handcuffed me to Tokyo. Now... now I'm free. There is a whole world out there of joys and dandies and how-do-you-do's. I'm free to get out there now. Thanks to you.
What have you done?! Once again the Shadow Demons are wreaking havoc across the land, and it's all thanks to you! The single most destructive and wretched creatures in the history of the world, and you've given them an early parole! They will be heading for the ruins of King Peregrine's castle; Gallowmere is doomed!
Gargoyle, MediEvil

    Webcomics 

Oops...
Mega Hedgehog, after very literally breaking it, Two Evil Scientists

    Web Original 

I wish I could explain this sequence better, but the film isn't giving me much to work with. Either Data just emptied the lake, or he just flooded the crap out of it. Either way, I'm sure the Idyllic Villagers are just wishing he'd get the hell off their planet already. First, the guy spies on them, then he goes berserk and takes hostages, and then he starts messing with the water supply. I'm sure they can't wait to see which chapter of How to Win Friends and Influence People he'll act out next.

David: Batman is very "oops!" about the fact that he convinced the tribe to kill two of their people.
Laura: Batman is totally having a case of the Mondays.

Jesus Christ I launched a missile! ...I'm not helping anything today. Well, guess I just started World War III. This has been a busy day, but in the end there's only one thing that matters: I did not leave any fingerprints. I was wearing my suit.

Mephiles: The day of disaster... AND DARKNESS! Who did this, you may ask? You have this person to blame. I thank you, Fegs!
Hermann Fegelein: (heavy sigh) I didn't know that shooting that thing would bring us here...
Mephiles: Don't tell me you didn't know!
Fegelein: It wasn't obvious!
Mephiles: ... very well. Now all we have to do... is sit back and wait.
The Frollo Show ("Frollo Finally Does It" - Part 1)

Way To Go, Serge: It will eventually turn out that, for a minimum of the first sixty percent of the game, you were actually being manipulated by the forces of evil into doing their sinister bidding for them. In extreme cases this may go as high as 90%. The clear implication is that it would have been better to not get involved in the first place.
The Grand List of Console Role Playing Game Cliches, Cliche number 168

How about your hubris leading to the untimely death of your best friend that will plague your smarmy ass with regret?

Billie said uncomfortably, "So the common denominator for all six of these [ecological disasters] isn’t Darrow, it’s… Fey?"
Nikki threw her hands into the air and sobbed, "Oh Goddess! I’m the worst supervillain in the last two years!"
Hank muttered, "Man. What do you say to that?"
"We're number one?" tried Toni.
Whateley Universe, as Fey's magic gets Nerfed by her conscience

Cell: Alright kiddo, tell me: what do you know about Time Travel?
Cell: Well, how do you suppose I got here?
Trunks: Well, my Time Machine, obviously.
Cell: Here's the thing: Multiverse theory's a bitch. Fact is, you (or at least, another you) traveled to the past, saved the world, came back to your future, and finally defeated the Androids. Congratulations, son. You won!
Trunks: But wait, then when did you—
Cell: So you decided to celebrate! Head back to the past, get your hair ruffled, and finally get that thumbs up from daddy dearest! But you made one. Fatal. Mistake. You took away what was mine!
(Flash back to Imperfect Cell snapping Trunks' neck)
Cell: Unfortunately, I couldn't fit in your Time Machine, so I had to revert to my larval stage, made the trip to a year before you showed up, burrowed underground for four years, and hm, well... the rest is history.
Trunks: Then... you're here...!
Cell: Because of you! But please don't beat yourself up. You're just a child, playing hero... complete with spandex.
Trunks: And you're just another mistake that I have to correct.

Gohan: Vegeta, you brain dead idiot! Trunks could have been brought back, no problem! But no, you picked NOW to be a parent!? Oh, look at me, I'm no better. Could have just let you bite it! Now I'm monoplegic and Cell's gonna kill us all.
Dragon Ball Z Abridged "Episode 60 part 3"

    Western Animation 

Well, I hope you're satisfied. You two have, in a matter of minutes, messed up what it took Mother Nature millions of years to create.
Ranger Woodlore, "Grand Canyonscope"

Powerpuff Girls, you did this.
The Powerpuff Girls, "Speed Demon"

You sure you lot are the good guys?
Klofange, Xiaolin Showdown, when the monks accidentally provide Dyris a means of escape and flooding the Earth.

Vincent Van Ghoul: Only you can return the demons to the chest.
Scooby-Doo & Shaggy: Why us?
Vincent Van Ghoul: Because you let them out!
—The opening to The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

Amethyst: You want to pretend that none of this ever happened. You think I'm just a big mistake!
Pearl: No, no, Amethyst! You're not the mistake, you're just the byproduct of a...big mistake.
Steven Universe, "On the Run"

Gyro: If Mr.McDuck finds out about this, I'm finished! I'm scrapping the project.
Fenton: But I saved a man from an exploding helicopter!
Gyro: WHICH YOU EXPLODED!
Ducktales 2017, "Who is Gizmoduck?"

Mr. Herriman: Good heavens! What's happening?!
Bloo: YOU PISSED HIM OFF! THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING!

    Real Life 

One more such victory and we are undone.
Pyrrhus of Epirus, 279 BCE

I solemnly prophesy that this accursed man will cast our Reich into the abyss and bring our nation to inconceivable misery. Future generations will damn you in your grave for what you have done.
Erich Ludendorff to Paul von Hindenburg, upon the latter's appointment of Adolf Hitler to the Chancellery.

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