History Main / SchoolBullyingIsHarmless

19th Sep '16 8:48:49 PM KEEP_IN
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* This trope has been consistently averted in the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' series. To wit:

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* This trope has been consistently averted in the ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' series.series, as every character who has been bullied ([[DysfunctionJunction which there are a fair amount of]]) always came out negatively affected by it, sometimes with psychological issues persisting for years. To wit:
1st Sep '16 11:08:31 AM ChaoticNovelist
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# X bullies Y because Y is [[AcceptableTargets nasty, socially awkward or ugly]]. The viewers are supposed to side with X because X is [[BeautyEqualsGoodness better-looking]] or [[DesignatedHero the narrator]]. Sometimes the bullying just stops just after Y stops acting like a geek (if male) or gets a [[BeautifulAllAlong makeover]] (if female).

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# X bullies Y because Y is [[AcceptableTargets nasty, socially awkward or ugly]]. The viewers are supposed to side with X because X is [[BeautyEqualsGoodness better-looking]] or [[DesignatedHero [[SympatheticPOV the narrator]]. Sometimes the bullying just stops just after Y stops acting like a geek (if male) or gets a [[BeautifulAllAlong makeover]] (if female).



# Y mentions that he/she was bullied at school and [[MiseryBuildsCharacter was actually made stronger by the bullying.]] Y never suffers from any kind of trauma.

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# Y mentions that he/she was bullied at school and [[MiseryBuildsCharacter was actually made stronger by the bullying.]] Y never suffers from any kind of trauma.



It doesn't help that some adults who see Bullying as nothing more than a "harmless rite of passage" tell the victims "not to [[TheStoolPigeon be a snitch]] and tell on their "friend" because no one likes a tattler". They seem to grossly forget a few things, such as: 1 - The Bully is NOT a friend with any good intentions towards the victim. 2 - "Tattling" is a very generic and vague, usually used in a BlackAndWhiteInsanity context, as in: people who "tattle" on offenders, be they a student sneaking candy at class, a bully tormenting a kid, or a murderer as a witness in a law court, are all [[AllCrimesAreEqual equally bad]]/[[MisplacedRetribution guilty]], forgetting all the offender did. The only worthwhile lesson here is that telling an authority figure what someone else is doing is always inherently bad and heinous.

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It doesn't help that some Some adults who see Bullying as nothing more than a "harmless rite of passage" and tell the victims "not to [[TheStoolPigeon be a snitch]] and tell on their "friend" because no "no one likes a tattler". They seem to grossly forget a few things, such as: 1 - The Bully is NOT a friend with any good intentions towards the victim. 2 - "Tattling" is a very generic and vague, usually used in a BlackAndWhiteInsanity context, as in: people who "tattle" on offenders, be they a student sneaking candy at class, a bully tormenting a kid, or a murderer as a witness in a law court, are all [[AllCrimesAreEqual equally bad]]/[[MisplacedRetribution guilty]], forgetting all the offender did. The only worthwhile lesson here is that telling an authority figure what someone else is doing is always inherently bad and heinous.



As stories about bullying appear more and more often on the news and online, particularly ones involving cyberbullying (which takes the abuse far beyond the school itself), this is becoming more-and-more of a DeadHorseTrope '''except''' that stories of Type 2 [[TruthInTelevision can and do happen]], as proven by British magazines. (So it's in limbo between DeadHorseTrope and UndeadHorseTrope.) In any case, many more recent works give a much more honest take on bullying, often with advice that can actually help.

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As stories about bullying appear more and more often on the news and online, particularly ones involving cyberbullying (which takes the abuse far beyond the school itself), this is becoming more-and-more of a DeadHorseTrope '''except''' that stories of Type 2 [[TruthInTelevision can and do happen]], as proven by British magazines. (So it's in limbo between DeadHorseTrope and UndeadHorseTrope.) In any case, many more recent works in the 21st century give a much more honest take on bullying, often with advice that can actually help.
28th Jul '16 10:06:47 PM jormis29
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# X bullies Y but it turns out that X is secretly in love with Y or envious for any reason. Y decides to have a talk with X and at the end of the episode, X and Y become best friends forever.

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# X bullies Y but it turns out that [[LovingBully X is secretly in love with Y Y]] or envious for any reason. Y decides to have a talk with X and at the end of the episode, X and Y become best friends forever.
28th Jul '16 8:01:02 PM PaulA
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1. X bullies Y because Y is [[AcceptableTargets nasty, socially awkward or ugly]]. The viewers are supposed to side with X because X is [[BeautyEqualsGoodness better-looking]] or [[DesignatedHero the narrator]]. Sometimes the bullying just stops just after Y stops acting like a geek (if male) or gets a [[BeautifulAllAlong makeover]] (if female).

2. X bullies Y but it turns out that X is secretly in love with Y or envious for any reason. Y decides to have a talk with X and at the end of the episode, X and Y become best friends forever.

3. X bullies Y until Y decides to [[BoxingLesson learn kung fu]] or just says ''[[SwiperNoSwiping stop bullying me, I don�t like it]]''. Then X gives up bullying forever.

4. Y mentions that he/she was bullied at school and [[MiseryBuildsCharacter was actually made stronger by the bullying.]] Y never suffers from any kind of trauma.

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1. # X bullies Y because Y is [[AcceptableTargets nasty, socially awkward or ugly]]. The viewers are supposed to side with X because X is [[BeautyEqualsGoodness better-looking]] or [[DesignatedHero the narrator]]. Sometimes the bullying just stops just after Y stops acting like a geek (if male) or gets a [[BeautifulAllAlong makeover]] (if female).

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X bullies Y but it turns out that X is secretly in love with Y or envious for any reason. Y decides to have a talk with X and at the end of the episode, X and Y become best friends forever.

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X bullies Y until Y decides to [[BoxingLesson learn kung fu]] or just says ''[[SwiperNoSwiping stop bullying me, I don�t don't like it]]''. Then X gives up bullying forever.

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Y mentions that he/she was bullied at school and [[MiseryBuildsCharacter was actually made stronger by the bullying.]] Y never suffers from any kind of trauma.
28th Jul '16 8:00:09 PM PaulA
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-->''[[http://www.bullyonline.org/schoolbully/myths.htm Myths and misperceptions about school bullying]]''

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* JudyBlume's ''Literature/{{Blubber}}'' describes [[KidsAreCruel kids' cruelty and lack of empathy]] very well.

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* JudyBlume's Creator/JudyBlume's ''Literature/{{Blubber}}'' describes [[KidsAreCruel kids' cruelty and lack of empathy]] very well.
29th May '16 3:10:00 AM Morgenthaler
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** Yet another episode dealt with a character that was a victim of bullying [[spoiler: and a bully himself]], who had committed suicide, and spent a majority of the episode possessing victims of bullying and causing them to enact bloody revenge.

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** Yet another episode episode, "After School Special", dealt with a character that was a victim of bullying [[spoiler: and a bully himself]], who had committed suicide, and spent a majority of the episode possessing victims of bullying and causing them to enact bloody revenge.
29th May '16 1:51:19 AM Morgenthaler
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In RealLife, school bullying happens when a child knowingly tries to destroy another child by using various means (insults, bashing, rumours�) TheBully [[WoundedGazelleGambit manipulates perceptions of adults and often manages to make them believe that his/her target is to be blamed]]. This can last for months, sometimes years, can be really traumatizing and often leads to PTSD or suicidal thoughts. The term 'bullycide' defines what happens when these suicidal thoughts caused by bullying are put into action. Some kids may be bullied even though they have a black belt in karate, have a lot of friends, are very beautiful or have a great sense of humour (in fact, comedians have higher rates of suicide, since comedy is usually used to cover pain).

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In RealLife, school bullying happens when a child knowingly tries to destroy another child by using various means (insults, bashing, rumours�) rumours...) TheBully [[WoundedGazelleGambit manipulates perceptions of adults and often manages to make them believe that his/her target is to be blamed]]. This can last for months, sometimes years, can be really traumatizing and often leads to PTSD or suicidal thoughts. The term 'bullycide' defines what happens when these suicidal thoughts caused by bullying are put into action. Some kids may be bullied even though they have a black belt in karate, have a lot of friends, are very beautiful or have a great sense of humour (in fact, comedians have higher rates of suicide, since comedy is usually used to cover pain).



* JudyBlume�s ''Literature/{{Blubber}}'' describes [[KidsAreCruel kids' cruelty and lack of empathy]] very well.

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* JudyBlume�s JudyBlume's ''Literature/{{Blubber}}'' describes [[KidsAreCruel kids' cruelty and lack of empathy]] very well.



* ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' plays with this. It's averted among the tertiary characters, showing how it affects not only the victim but the perpetrator� by the time he reforms and wants to make amends, no one wants to be his friend, and no one believes his sincere efforts at redeeming himself. But it's sometimes played straight with the main or secondary characters�Jessica and her friends often get called out for doing this to others�but rarely explicitly punished, whereas behavior from Elizabeth that could be considered this is rarely even acknowledged.

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* ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' plays with this. It's averted among the tertiary characters, showing how it affects not only the victim but the perpetrator� perpetrator-- by the time he reforms and wants to make amends, no one wants to be his friend, and no one believes his sincere efforts at redeeming himself. But it's sometimes played straight with the main or secondary characters�Jessica characters--Jessica and her friends often get called out for doing this to others�but others--but rarely explicitly punished, whereas behavior from Elizabeth that could be considered this is rarely even acknowledged.
29th May '16 1:49:32 AM Morgenthaler
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In RealLife, school bullying happens when a child knowingly tries to destroy another child by using various means (insults, bashing, rumours…) TheBully [[WoundedGazelleGambit manipulates perceptions of adults and often manages to make them believe that his/her target is to be blamed]]. This can last for months, sometimes years, can be really traumatizing and often leads to PTSD or suicidal thoughts. The term 'bullycide' defines what happens when these suicidal thoughts caused by bullying are put into action. Some kids may be bullied even though they have a black belt in karate, have a lot of friends, are very beautiful or have a great sense of humour (in fact, comedians have higher rates of suicide, since comedy is usually used to cover pain).

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In RealLife, school bullying happens when a child knowingly tries to destroy another child by using various means (insults, bashing, rumours…) rumours�) TheBully [[WoundedGazelleGambit manipulates perceptions of adults and often manages to make them believe that his/her target is to be blamed]]. This can last for months, sometimes years, can be really traumatizing and often leads to PTSD or suicidal thoughts. The term 'bullycide' defines what happens when these suicidal thoughts caused by bullying are put into action. Some kids may be bullied even though they have a black belt in karate, have a lot of friends, are very beautiful or have a great sense of humour (in fact, comedians have higher rates of suicide, since comedy is usually used to cover pain).



3. X bullies Y until Y decides to [[BoxingLesson learn kung fu]] or just says ''[[SwiperNoSwiping stop bullying me, I don’t like it]]''. Then X gives up bullying forever.

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3. X bullies Y until Y decides to [[BoxingLesson learn kung fu]] or just says ''[[SwiperNoSwiping stop bullying me, I don’t don�t like it]]''. Then X gives up bullying forever.



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* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'': Luna Lovegood just smiles and shrugs it off when people steal her things or give her nicknames, though her [[StalkerShrine bedroom]] reveals that Harry & co.'s friendship is a bigger deal than she let on.

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* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'': Luna Lovegood just smiles and shrugs it off when people steal her things or give her nicknames, though her [[StalkerShrine bedroom]] reveals that Harry & co.'s friendship is a bigger deal than she let on.



* JudyBlume’s ''Literature/{{Blubber}}'' describes [[KidsAreCruel kids' cruelty and lack of empathy]] very well.

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* JudyBlume’s JudyBlume�s ''Literature/{{Blubber}}'' describes [[KidsAreCruel kids' cruelty and lack of empathy]] very well.



* ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' plays with this. It's averted among the tertiary characters, showing how it affects not only the victim but the perpetrator— by the time he reforms and wants to make amends, no one wants to be his friend, and no one believes his sincere efforts at redeeming himself. But it's sometimes played straight with the main or secondary characters—Jessica and her friends often get called out for doing this to others—but rarely explicitly punished, whereas behavior from Elizabeth that could be considered this is rarely even acknowledged.

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* ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' plays with this. It's averted among the tertiary characters, showing how it affects not only the victim but the perpetrator— perpetrator� by the time he reforms and wants to make amends, no one wants to be his friend, and no one believes his sincere efforts at redeeming himself. But it's sometimes played straight with the main or secondary characters—Jessica characters�Jessica and her friends often get called out for doing this to others—but others�but rarely explicitly punished, whereas behavior from Elizabeth that could be considered this is rarely even acknowledged.



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* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' averts this. If you damage a romantic rival's reputation severely enough, she will be ostracized by her classmates. Continual damage to her reputation will result in her not coming to school, having her desk vandalized with death threats, and may ultimately result in her [[DrivenToSuicide hanging herself]].

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* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' averts this. If you damage a romantic rival's reputation severely enough, she will be ostracized by her classmates. Continual damage to her reputation will result in her not coming to school, having her desk vandalized with death threats, and may ultimately result in her [[DrivenToSuicide hanging herself]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':Helga Pataki is an example of a realistic approach of why she would bully the boy she has a crush on —the titular Arnold. She comes from a home with an implicitly alcoholic mother, and an neglectful father and is TheUnFavorite finding compared to her older, prettier, more academic sister Olga. Though this doesn't excuse her actions it is a backstory that lends her bullying ways TruthInTelevision because she comes from a bully making environment. Arnold is one of her main targets and, due to her crush on him, she's aggressive and insulting to everyone around her.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':Helga Pataki is an example of a realistic approach of why she would bully the boy she has a crush on —the �the titular Arnold. She comes from a home with an implicitly alcoholic mother, and an neglectful father and is TheUnFavorite finding compared to her older, prettier, more academic sister Olga. Though this doesn't excuse her actions it is a backstory that lends her bullying ways TruthInTelevision because she comes from a bully making environment. Arnold is one of her main targets and, due to her crush on him, she's aggressive and insulting to everyone around her.


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9th May '16 8:35:59 AM Blazer
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** Averted in "Newbie Dash", as the bullying that Rainbow Dash received at the same time Fluttershy did still hurts her when the Wonderbolts give her the EmbarrassingNickname "Rainbow Crash", which happened to be the insulting nickname she was given by the bullies. Instead of letting her new wingmates know what's going on, she instead attempts different means to dump the nickname and get a new one and her attempts disturb her wingmates and end up affecting her performance. Even after she finally admits what's going on and the Wonderbolts let her know that this sort of thing isn't meant to be out-and-out bullying, she ''is'' reprimanded for her actions.
5th May '16 3:29:59 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* ''FanFic/PartingWords'': Subverted. The Crusaders have been severely bullied by two of their classmates, and by Apple Bloom's cousin Babs Seed (who has reformed by the time she's first shown), and it takes some discussion between Applejack and a disguised Celestia for Applejack to realize how badly this is affecting Apple Bloom and her friends. This is continued in the sequel...
** ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'': Bullying is portrayed realistically, via the introduction of Babs Seed's personal bullies, and it's explained that at least part of the reason she became a bully was so as to be on the giving end of such behavior for a change.
*** We also find out that one of the reasons Twilight was so scared of being sent back to magic kindergarten in "Lesson Zero" was because she was bullied a lot as a young filly and it was giving her flashbacks. She's mostly over it by now, but it can still make her eye twitch.




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* ''Literature/FamilySkeletonMysteries'': Averted in book 3, where cyberbullying by a group of girls leads to one of their victims being [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide. When one of them confesses their crime to the dead girl's sister, the sister kills the cyberbully in revenge, setting off the plot of the book.]]
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