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I have spent the best years of my life giving people the lighter pleasures, helping them have a good time, and all I get is abuse, the existence of a hunted man.
~ Al Capone

The opposite of a Karma Houdini, a scapegoat is a villain who is punished much more harshly than he/she would actually deserve. Good examples of scapegoats are:

  • political pawns, who are wrongfully blamed for acts or laws passed (King George III of England was not responsible for the taxes on the colonies; Parliament was) by his/her government.
  • villains who actually help others in some way or are well-intentioned, but are either misguided or people around them misinterpret their actions/plans as harmful.
  • villains who, while categorized as villains, do not do anything especially evil or monstrous but face a punishment that would be considered harsh by today's standards (Marie Antoinette neglected her subjects, but never outright oppressed or purposely tormented them).
  • political leaders who are wrongly blamed for a crisis that occurs in their country during their term in power (Czar Nicholas II of Russia is blamed for "Bloody Sunday"; in reality, he never ordered it and was appalled by it when he found out).
  • remorseful villains who wanted to redeem themselves, but either was rejected or died before they could do so. However, some scapegoats do manage to redeem themselves.


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Pages in category "Scapegoat"

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