An easy way to make a character a loathesome character is to have them ostracize or tease someone with a disability (usually physical). Most bullies wouldn't mock someone for having a disability - it's seen as too mean to mock someone who is "helpless" character or someone who has an issue they have no control over - so only the most cruel characters do. It's usually only younger characters who act this way, though adults and even parents are known to. Compare to Bury Your Disabled.
Examples:Anime & Manga
- Ableism in Japan is a reoccuring theme in A Silent Voice:
- The manga is about a New Transfer Student elementary schooler named Shouko who is bullied for being deaf. The protagonist, Shouya, is the worst of the bullies. He constantly makes fun of her, teases her, yanks her hearing aid off, and gets into a fight with her. After Shouko moves away, the class turn their bullying on Shouya instead. Years later, a high school aged Shouya learns sign-language and tries to atone by befriending Shouko. Despite this, it doesn't help Shouko's feelings of inadequacy due to her deafness and the suicidal thoughts she's had since elementary school.
- Shouko's own mother has acted cold towards her due to her deafness. However, she doesn't hate her daughter. Yakeo made Shouko stay in her elementary school so that she could toughen up. When someone does complain about her daughter, she slaps her hard. It turns out that Yakeo's in-laws blamed Yakeo for Shouko's deafness and thought that it was the reason why Yakeo's husband divorced her, giving a reason for her distant behavior towards her daughters.
- Ueno is a Clingy Jealous Girl who hates Shouko's guts for being close to Shouya. She takes out aggression on Shouko by mocking and bullying her, at one point even telling her You Should Have Died Instead when Shouya saves her from suicide and ends up in a coma. Unlike the other bullies, she shows no remorse towards it. Ueno even tries to shift the bullying away from herself.
- FoxTrot: Jason once punched out a bully who was making fun of his blind friend Denise.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic animation Snowdrop involves a blind filly who is bullied due to her blindness.
- Warrior Cats: Crookedstar was born "Stormkit". After breaking his jaw, his mother renamed him "Crookedkit". Rainflower abandoned Crookedkit after he received his injuries (complete with moving to a separate den) and didn't even give him a life when he became The Leader of his clan. It's implied that, on top of being horrified by his face, she refused to love a kit that would likely die.
- Katawa Shoujo:
- Subverted with most characters. While characters have a history of being coddled and looked down upon for their disabilities, most haven't been outright mocked for it.
- Shizune's father and little brother don't see her as a worthy heir due to her deafness.
- Hanako doesn't seem to have any physical problems (mental is a different story), or at least they don't effect her much. She however has noticeable burn marks on her body that made her bullied growing up.
- Homestuck: Vriska (who is disabled herself) bullies Tavros who is in a wheelchair. Taken Up to Eleven when it's revealed that Vriska is responsible for Tavros being paralysed in the first place.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Flight to the Finish", Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon mock Scootaloo's inability to fly, with the intent of crushing her self-esteem and ultimately dividing the Cutie Mark Crusaders. The show is intentionally vague on whether or not Scootaloo actually has a flying disability, but the point remains clear.
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