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25th Jun '16 3:22:35 PM Eddy1215
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* In Creator/{{Stephen King}}'s ''Film/{{It}}'', when Ben is tormented by his stepbrother over his crush on Beverly, he retaliates. Ben's stepmother then comes in to pull Ben off her son and scold him, not even reprimanding her son when he tells Ben he hates him and he's only with them because it's their duty to house him.



* In Creator/{{Stephen King}}'s ''Film/{{It}}'', when Ben is tormented by his stepbrother over his crush on Beverly, he retaliates. Ben's stepmother then comes in to pull Ben off her son and scold him, not even reprimanding her son when he tells Ben he hates him and he's only with them because it's their duty to house him.

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* In Creator/{{Stephen King}}'s ''Film/{{It}}'', when Ben is tormented by his stepbrother over his crush on Beverly, he retaliates. Ben's stepmother then comes in to pull Ben off her son and scold him, not even reprimanding her son when he tells Ben he hates him and he's only with them because it's their duty to house him.
25th Jun '16 3:21:55 PM Eddy1215
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* In Creator/{{Stephen King}}'s ''Film/{{It}}'', when Ben is tormented by his stepbrother over his crush on Beverly, he retaliates. Ben's stepmother then comes in to pull Ben off her son and scold him, not even reprimanding her son when he tells Ben he hates him and he's only with them because it's their duty to house him.
25th Jun '16 12:08:44 PM PsychoGecko
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** On top of that, it is common for people fighting in favor of civil rights to be subject to this trope because NobodyEverComplainedBefore or because people don't (or won't let themselves) see the actual bullying that has gone on. Prior to the legalization of gay marriage in the United States, for instance, opponents argued that it equality would infringe on their religious beliefs or that people wanted special rights instead of equal rights.
10th Jun '16 10:19:55 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** In Act III chapter 12, after Mizore and Felucia explain to the others that Dark's claim that he's only keeping Tsukune alive long enough for Kokoa to [[TheAtoner repay her debt to him]] was merely a JerkassFacade to fool the headmaster and buy time to find out how to repair the [[RestrainingBolt Holy Lock]], they outright accuse them of being {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s and giving Dark too little credit. Of course, the rest of the gang had good reason to take Dark's words at face value, since he had openly stated on more than one occasion that if he even ''suspected'' that the Holy Lock wouldn't hold and [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the ghoul]] would roam free again, he would kill Tsukune without hesitation.
** In Act VI chapter 17, Mizore and Arial [[DesignatedGirlFight get into a fight]] over Dark that leads to Mizore pinning Arial down and literally beating Arial to a bloody pulp all while screaming at her to stay away from Dark and outright calling her a bitch. It's only after she's beaten Arial senseless and flat-out tells the other girls that "the bitch had it coming" that she realizes that during the fight, she broke into the boys' room and beat Arial to an inch of her life right in front of Dark, who considers Arial his guardian angel; by that point, Dark was the only one in the group who was [[LockedOutOfTheLoop unaware]] that Arial was [[{{Yandere}} obsessively in love with him]] to the extent that she [[MurderTheHypotenuse nearly killed Mizore in front of everybody]] in a jealous rage[[note]]Dark had fainted at the sight of Arial, so he didn't see it happen[[/note]], so to him, it appears that Mizore attacked Arial without provocation. With this, Mizore is forced to reveal the AwfulTruth to Dark.
10th Jun '16 2:49:19 PM Eddy1215
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' where the animals shun Verne partially for calling RJ out ([[StrawmanHasAPoint which he, of course is right about]], [[BecomingTheMask at first]]), but mostly for calling them stupid for listening to him, something that [[CoocooCloudlander Hammy]] takes very harshly.

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' where the animals shun Verne partially for calling RJ out ([[StrawmanHasAPoint which he, of course is right about]], [[BecomingTheMask at first]]), but mostly for calling them stupid for listening to him, something that [[CoocooCloudlander [[CloudCuckoolander Hammy]] takes very harshly.
10th Jun '16 2:03:22 PM Eddy1215
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' where the animals shun Verne partially for calling RJ out ([[StrawmanHasAPoint which he, of course is right about]], [[BecomingTheMask at first]]), but mostly for calling them stupid for listening to him, something that [[CloudCoocoolander Hammy]] takes very harshly.

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' where the animals shun Verne partially for calling RJ out ([[StrawmanHasAPoint which he, of course is right about]], [[BecomingTheMask at first]]), but mostly for calling them stupid for listening to him, something that [[CloudCoocoolander [[CoocooCloudlander Hammy]] takes very harshly.
10th Jun '16 2:02:17 PM Eddy1215
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' where the animals shun Verne partially for calling RJ out ([[StrawmanHasAPoint which he, of course is right about]], [[BecomingTheMask at first]]), but mostly for calling them stupid for listening to him, something that [[CloudCoocoolander Hammy]] takes very harshly.
10th Jun '16 12:35:57 PM Eddy1215
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This can be a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop where being a jerk back is even worse than what the original Jerkass did to you. Can result from being a BullyHunter. A villain, especially a VillainWithGoodPublicity, may use this to [[HeroWithBadPublicity give a hero bad cred]]. Similar to WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou (where the guy who hit you acts like the victim), IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, and AvengingTheVillain. Related to ArrestedForHeroism and NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished (for being punished for doing the right thing), CrimeOfSelfDefense (for being punished for defending yourself), PlayingTheVictimCard (as in a villain tries to get sympathy by claiming to be a victim) and WoundedGazelleGambit (where one pretends to be hurt by another in order to make him look bad). If the victim of this trope were friends with anyone who witness this scene prior to this moment, it probably triggers an EtTuBrute and WeUsedToBeFriends situation. Compare WhatTheHellHero. Contrast EngineeredPublicConfession. See also InformedWrongness for when the author deliberately puts someone in the wrong but the person didn't do anything wrong. Similar to SelectiveEnforcement where one person does something immoral and doesn't get in trouble but the opposite happens when someone else does it. Compare NoSympathyForGrudgeholders where the grudgeholder ends up in this situation. When it's the viewers that feel this way, it's RootingForTheEmpire.

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This can be a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop where being a jerk back is even worse than what the original Jerkass did to you. Can result from being a BullyHunter. A villain, especially a VillainWithGoodPublicity, may use this to [[HeroWithBadPublicity give a hero bad cred]]. Similar to WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou (where the guy who hit you acts like the victim), IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, and AvengingTheVillain. Related to ArrestedForHeroism and NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished (for being punished for doing the right thing), CrimeOfSelfDefense (for being punished for defending yourself), PlayingTheVictimCard (as in a villain tries to get sympathy by claiming to be a victim) and WoundedGazelleGambit (where one pretends to be hurt by another in order to make him look bad). If the victim of this trope were friends with anyone who witness this scene prior to this moment, it probably triggers an EtTuBrute and WeUsedToBeFriends situation. In some cases, the ones who believed [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong the retaliater is in the wrong]] may [[OrderedApology force them to apologize to the insulted jerk]], and [[StrawmanHasAPoint end up finding out that the calling out they were given was justified after all]].

Compare WhatTheHellHero. Contrast EngineeredPublicConfession. See also InformedWrongness for when the author deliberately puts someone in the wrong but the person didn't do anything wrong. Similar to SelectiveEnforcement where one person does something immoral and doesn't get in trouble but the opposite happens when someone else does it. Compare NoSympathyForGrudgeholders where the grudgeholder ends up in this situation. When it's the viewers that feel this way, it's RootingForTheEmpire.
15th May '16 11:38:59 PM Eddy1215
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* In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Columns", Ted deals with a worker (his former boss) who keeps belittling his ideas and being a jerk, prompting him to fire him. However, he finds himself unable to do it due to circumstances: his birthday, his wife left him and served him divorce papers, and his dog died. Finally, Ted has enough and decides to fire him at last. However, as he does, the worker has a heart attack. Ted thinks he's faking it and fires him anyway. The worker is then carried off in a stretcher and everyone despises Ted, including the paramedics.

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* In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Columns", Ted deals with a worker (his former boss) who keeps belittling his ideas and being a jerk, prompting him to fire him. However, he finds himself unable to do it due to circumstances: his birthday, his wife left him and served him divorce papers, and his dog died. Finally, Ted has enough and decides to fire him at last. However, as he does, the worker has a heart attack. Ted [[WoundedGazelleGambit thinks he's faking it it]] and fires him anyway. The worker is then carried off in a stretcher and everyone despises Ted, including the paramedics.
15th May '16 11:34:40 PM Eddy1215
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* Used infamously in the ''Series/ICarly'' episode "iFred", when Freddie make an innocent comment about not liking the act of Fred, a web host, which Fred apparently overreacts to and shuts down his show, causing Freddie ([[GuiltByAssociationGag along with Carly and Sam]]) to be scorned by everyone in school and Freddie to be beaten up by Sam more than usual. Eventually, Carly and Sam [[OrderedApology force Freddie to apologize to Fred]], who then reveals that it was all just an act for publicity. Even after it's revealed that Freddie was shunned, beaten, and forced to go against his own opinion for nothing, he's ''still'' treated like crap and [[KarmaHoudini Fred gets away with it with no consequences]].

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* Used infamously in the ''Series/ICarly'' episode "iFred", when Freddie make an innocent comment about not liking the act of Fred, a web host, which Fred apparently overreacts to and shuts down his show, causing Freddie ([[GuiltByAssociationGag along with Carly and Sam]]) to be scorned by everyone in school and Freddie to be beaten up by Sam more than usual. Eventually, Carly and Sam [[OrderedApology force Freddie to apologize to Fred]], who then reveals that it was all just an act for publicity. Even after it's revealed that Freddie was shunned, beaten, and forced to go against his own opinion [[AllForNothing for nothing, nothing]], he's ''still'' treated like crap and [[KarmaHoudini Fred gets away with it with no consequences]].
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