Created By: Pichu-kun on August 30, 2017 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on yesterday

Bullying The Disabled

A character with a disability is bullied because of it

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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.

Comic Strips
  • FoxTrot: Jason once punched out a bully who was making fun of his blind friend Denise.

Fan Works

Literature
  • 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.

Visual Novels
  • 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.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • August 30, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    Comic Strips
    • Fox Trot: Jason once punched out a bully who was making fun of his blind friend Denise.

    Western Animation
    • 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.
  • August 30, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
  • September 13, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    • Family Guy: In "Papa Has a Rollin' Son", Joe reveals he never told his father he's handicapped because he always used to make fun of wheelchair people, calling them "spaghetti legs" and "angel-hair legs" (he worked for a pasta company).
    • Pelswick: Boyd frequently mocks the titular character's condition. He draws the line at physical harm, though.
  • September 13, 2017
    TheWanderer
    • At one point in Boardwalk Empire, Al Capone is outraged to hear that his deaf son is being bullied at school, and demands to know what kind of bully is that low. His wife points out that the son goes to a special school for the deaf, so disability doesn't really factor into it, it's just a result of Kids Are Cruel.
  • September 15, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • As a boy, Forrest Gump had to wear leg braces to correct a non-existent defect. The doctor prescribed the braces to limit Forrest's movement. When a group of bullies threaten young Forrest, he tries to flee with such fervor that he shatters his braces and bolts away with astonishing speed.
  • September 15, 2017
    Snowy66
  • September 16, 2017
    Snowy66
    • In Sword Art Online, Shinon was often bullied for her PTSD which led her to have a phobia of guns. A certain group of bullies used this to extort money out of her. She eventually Grew A Spine and gets over her fear, preventing the bullies from ever taking advantage of her again.
  • September 16, 2017
    Chabal2
    Foxtrot: It's not Jason (a magnificent specimen of Girls Have Cooties), it's Peter. And when Denise learned about it (only knowing Peter punched a guy) she complained that Peter had only punched him.
  • September 16, 2017
    Dravencour
    Subtrope of Kick The Dog?
  • Pretty sure this is a subtrope of Moral Event Horizon
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