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25th Jun '17 9:41:40 PM McJeff
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* Invoked in ''Videogame/Bully'' (naturally enough) - Principal Crabblesnitch characterizes bullying as "hijinx" and "mischief." Gym coach Mr. Burton encourages bullying as a means to toughen up weak kids.
25th May '17 10:27:16 AM marcoasalazarm
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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg suffers from Type 1. She is occasionally harassed by [[AlphaBitch Connie D'Amico]], a blonde, petite popular girl at James Woods High School. Of course, it also has a lot to do with Meg being the ButtMonkey. Deconstructed whenever Connie ends up getting her comeuppance.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg suffers from Type 1. She is occasionally harassed by [[AlphaBitch Connie D'Amico]], a blonde, petite popular girl at James Woods High School. Of course, it also has a lot to do with Meg being the ButtMonkey. Deconstructed whenever Connie ends up getting her comeuppance.comeuppance (usually because of the overkill involved into said comeuppance--like getting [[LoveableSexManiac Quagmire]] [[BlackComedyRape to meet her]].
25th May '17 9:06:48 AM GreeneMachine92
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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg suffers from Type 1. She is occasionally harassed by [[AlphaBitch Connie D'Amico]], a blond, petite popular girl at James Woods High School. Of course, it also has a lot to do with Meg being the ButtMonkey. Deconstructed whenever Connie ends up getting her comeuppance.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg suffers from Type 1. She is occasionally harassed by [[AlphaBitch Connie D'Amico]], a blond, blonde, petite popular girl at James Woods High School. Of course, it also has a lot to do with Meg being the ButtMonkey. Deconstructed whenever Connie ends up getting her comeuppance.
26th Apr '17 5:26:48 PM azul120
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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' has an entire subplot involving Creator/SummerGlau's awkward, geeky character who used to be bullied and used. Nobody lucked out on that one.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' even has a bit of anti-bullying messages, namely using Jayne. For all the hell he puts River through, not only does she end up returning it, but Mal sets him straight, almost spacing him. And then she terrifies Jayne in a random lucid moment.

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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' has an entire subplot involving Creator/SummerGlau's awkward, geeky character who used to be bullied and used. Nobody lucked out on that one.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' even has a bit of anti-bullying messages, namely using Jayne. For all the hell he puts River through, not only does she end up returning it, but Mal sets him straight, almost spacing him. And then she terrifies Jayne in a random lucid moment.
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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg suffers from Type 1. She is occasionally harassed by [[AlphaBitch Connie D'Amico,]] a blond, petite popular girl at James Woods High School. [[DoubleStandard Some people find it acceptable since Connie is slimmer and prettier.]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Meg suffers from Type 1. She is occasionally harassed by [[AlphaBitch Connie D'Amico,]] D'Amico]], a blond, petite popular girl at James Woods High School. [[DoubleStandard Some people find Of course, it acceptable since also has a lot to do with Meg being the ButtMonkey. Deconstructed whenever Connie is slimmer and prettier.]]ends up getting her comeuppance.



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** Played with in "One Bad Apple". Babs Seed's bullying is played as ''genuinely'' hurtful to the CMC and far more seriously than Diamond's. The [[spoiler: forgiveness at the end]] as well as her motivation comes very close to a Type 2. Played straight in that adults take no action. [[spoiler: Babs' bullying is the result of being bullied so badly that she's left deeply insecure about her lack of a Cutie Mark and is envious of the CMC's condfidence in this area, and only bullied the girls to ''keep'' from being bullied herself.]]

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** Played with in "One Bad Apple". Babs Seed's bullying is played as ''genuinely'' hurtful to the CMC and far more seriously than Diamond's. The [[spoiler: forgiveness [[spoiler:forgiveness at the end]] as well as her motivation comes very close to a Type 2. Played straight in that adults take no action. [[spoiler: Babs' [[spoiler:Babs' bullying is the result of being bullied so badly that she's left deeply insecure about her lack of a Cutie Mark and is envious of the CMC's condfidence in this area, and only bullied the girls to ''keep'' from being bullied herself.]]



* ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot]]'' When a girl named Madison keeps bullying a girl named Kaylee, the Franchise/CareBears advise her to tell Madison how she feels and even give her tips on body language. When Madison still refuses to stop the bullying, the Care Bears use a CareBearStare and Madison is forced to cool down and explain ''why'' she's been bullying Kaylee. It turns out it was a case of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]]. They agree to be friends, but if not for that Care Bear Stare...

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot]]'' ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' When a girl named Madison keeps bullying a girl named Kaylee, the Franchise/CareBears advise her to tell Madison how she feels and even give her tips on body language. When Madison still refuses to stop the bullying, the Care Bears use a CareBearStare and Madison is forced to cool down and explain ''why'' she's been bullying Kaylee. It turns out it was a case of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]]. They agree to be friends, but if not for that Care Bear Stare...



* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' episode "Jimmy". Jimmy is constantly bullied in school and Virgil and Richie are the only ones who stand up for him at all. Virgil getting upset when Jimmy suggests showing off his dad's gun (a BerserkButton since Virgil's mom died in gunfire) and Jimmy's escalated bullying leads to him [[spoiler:pulling the aforementioned gun on his tormentors and accidentally shooting Richie in the leg.]] The episode ends with the viewers being urged to step in and help anyone being seen getting bullied.

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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' episode "Jimmy". Jimmy is constantly bullied in school and Virgil and Richie are the only ones who stand up for him at all. Virgil getting upset when Jimmy suggests showing off his dad's gun (a BerserkButton since Virgil's mom died in gunfire) and Jimmy's escalated bullying leads to him [[spoiler:pulling the aforementioned gun on his tormentors and accidentally shooting Richie in the leg.]] leg]]. The episode ends with the viewers being urged to step in and help anyone being seen getting bullied.
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23rd Apr '17 7:14:57 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''Brutally'' averted in ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'' where Ishida Shouya's thoughtless bullying of deaf girl Nishimiya Shouko ends up almost ruining ''both'' of their lives when he takes it too far and gets into serious trouble, then in turn becomes the target of bullying by the rest of the class as the scapegoat for what happened to Shouko. He spends the rest of the series [[TheAtoner trying to atone]] for what he did, as well as get over the deep psychological scars the ostracism left him with. For her part. Shouko was left with severe depression by the abuse. [[spoiler:Both kids [[DrivenToSuicide attempt suicide]] as a result of the suffering the bullying they face inflicted on them.]] Ironically, the series actually had difficulty finding a publisher in Japan because a group attempted to have it blocked for focusing on Japan's [[AwfulTruth very real bullying problem]] that [[WhileRomeBurns they don't want to acknowledge]].

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14th Apr '17 4:03:56 PM MajinAkuma
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** Bullying features into the backstory of several characters in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''. There's [[FragileFlower Mikan Tsumiki]] who was bullied by her peers (and possibly abused by her family) for so long that by the time the game rolls around, she's fallen into a habit of humiliating herself because she's so used to that being the only way to get attention. [[MrFixit Kazuichi Souda]] began acting like those who bullied him because he internalized the idea that that was what it meant to be strong. [[TokenMiniMoe Hiyoko Saionji]], who frequently bullies both of them, is herself the victim of bullying [[spoiler:by her own family, which drove her father mad]]. Saionji's MoralityPet, [[GirlNextDoor Mahiru Koizumi]], was the victim of bullying by a girl she knew in middle school. It eventually got to the point where one of her friends, [[spoiler:Satou, ended up killing the bully in an argument]]. Said bully happened to be the younger sister of [[spoiler:[[{{Yakuza}} Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu]] and he ended up killing Satou in revenge]]. All five of the characters in question ended up [[spoiler:falling into despair, and helped bring about the end of the world]].

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** Bullying features into the backstory of several characters in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''. There's [[FragileFlower Mikan Tsumiki]] who was bullied by her peers (and possibly abused by her family) for so long that by the time the game rolls around, she's fallen into a habit of humiliating herself because she's so used to that being the only way to get attention. [[MrFixit Kazuichi Souda]] began acting like those who bullied him because he internalized the idea that that was what it meant to be strong. [[TokenMiniMoe Hiyoko Saionji]], who frequently bullies both of them, is herself the victim of bullying [[spoiler:by her own family, which drove her father mad]]. Saionji's MoralityPet, [[GirlNextDoor Mahiru Koizumi]], was the victim of bullying by a girl she knew in middle school. It eventually got to the point where one of her friends, [[spoiler:Satou, ended up killing the bully in an argument]]. Said bully happened to be the younger sister of [[spoiler:[[{{Yakuza}} Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu]] and he ended up killing Satou in revenge]]. All five of the characters in question ended up [[spoiler:falling into despair, and helped bring about the end of the world]].
world]]. Although ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' reveals that the reason how they [[spoiler:fall into despair]] was something completely different.
25th Feb '17 9:18:05 AM Jisu
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* Deconstructed in ''Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass,'' which specifically targets this assumption (and related ones, like BystanderSyndrome, SlutShaming, and the idea that transferring schools due to bullying is cowardly/an invitation for more ridicule) in its look at school bullying. [[spoiler:Even though the ringleader is punished and the main character is able to transfer schools in the end, she's never the same afterwards and has clear signs of PTSD, taking school bullying ''very'' seriously.]]
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.
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