Created By: animeg3282 on July 29, 2012 Last Edited By: animeg3282 on August 30, 2012
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Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics

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In shoujo manga bullies tend to use the same tactics over and over. They tend to be more relational bullying or anonymous intimidation than the physical bullying more common in shonen works. These tactics are most common in shoujo manga, but not limited to them. Common tactics:

  • Hiding someone's desk or school shoes.
  • Being ignored by the entire class, sometimes with the phrase 'there's a bug in here'
  • Being cornered and yelled at by a group after school.
  • Embarrassing photos and/or graffti posted in a public place.

Tactics that are usually lampshaded instead of straight:

  • Tacks in shoes (usually in a performance art based piece.
  • Ripping up a girl's clothing.

Examples:

  • In Skip Beat! , Kyoko has dealt with the entire list from having her desk hidden to being ignored by her entire class. She notes that that sort of tactic is so common that she couldn't even use it for reference for her role.
  • In Kare Kano , after she stops trying to be a model student, Miyazawa has the entire class stop speaking to her.
  • In Devil and Her Love Song , Maria has her uniform ripped up and used as a flag, and balloons of ink put in her school shoes.
  • Lampshaded in Eensy Weensy Monster , while thinking of ways to bully Nanoha , the girls of the class think of ripping her party dress or putting a tack in her shoe 'like in a manga'.
  • Discussed in The Secret Notes Of Lady Kanako - Kanako notes the 'girl culture' way of getting ahead is putting tacks in shoes rather than working hard at ballet.
  • Himeko in Kannazuki no Miko is cornered by Chikane's fangirls but since hurting Himeko in any way is Chikane's Berserk Button, it doesn't end well for them.
  • Komari in Gokujou Drops is similarly cornered by Yukio's fangirls, who strip her nearly naked, and she hides in embarrassment until Yukio finds her.
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena girls jealous of Sayonji's attention to Anthy: pretend to be her friends, and convince her to wear a special dress to a ball, which falls apart when they "accidentally" pour water over it. Good thing Utena saves Anthy's dignity with a makeshift dress out of tablecloth.
  • In Sailor Moon, Usagi finds a tack in her shoe... She put it there herself for the drama of it all
  • In Boys Before Flowers Tsukushi is subjected to graffiti on the wall saying that she's had 'two abortions' and photos of her and a boy in a compromising position.
  • In the shoujo manga Gatcha Gatcha Hiroyuki's fan write graffiti about Yuri being a slut on the walls, but Hiroyuki comes every day before school to remove it.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club the Beribara club members suggest that there will be a 'maidens behind the gym' meeting if Haruhi messes the play up.
  • In Bunny Drop , some third years corner Rin and get on her case for walking down the wrong corridor.
  • In Fruits Basket, Kisa is the victim of a version of the ignore tactic. First everyone in her class ignores her, and then whnever she says something everyone starts to giggle. This turns her into a Cute Mute.

Non- Shoujo Examples:

  • In Sakuran the other maids hide Tomeki's kimono and she gets scolded for this.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • July 29, 2012
    abk0100
    I'll take your word for it.
  • July 29, 2012
    animeg3282
    ..on what?
  • July 30, 2012
    Koveras
    Seen this occasionally: a group of girls, usually a hot guy/girl's Instant Fan Club, corner one, to whom said guy/girl has shown some attention, and either intimidate her or take away her clothes, either to take embarrassing pictures or to make her run home naked. Occasionally, the hot guy/girl in question comes to the victim's rescue, in which case the bullies immediately back off. Examples:

    • Himeko in Kannazuki No Miko is cornered by Chikane's fangirls but since hurting Himeko in any way is Chikane's Berserk Button, it doesn't end well for them.
    • Komari in Gokujou Drops is similarly cornered by Yukio's fangirls, who strip her nearly naked, and she hides in embarrassment until Yukio finds her.
  • July 30, 2012
    animeg3282
    Oh! I did forget the 'cornered by fangirls' variation.
  • July 30, 2012
    Koveras
    A pretty devious tactic was devised in Revolutionary Girl Utena by girls jealous of Sayonji's attention to Anthy: pretending to be her friends, they convince her to wear a special dress to a ball, which falls apart when they "accidentally" pour water over it. Good thing Utena saves Anthy's dignity with a makeshift dress out of tablecloth. I guess that would fall under "ripping the clothes" variation.

    Damn, I sure know my shoujo manga. -__-
  • July 30, 2012
    animeg3282
    Yea, I thought of that, but didn't remember the exact details. thanks.
  • July 31, 2012
    Koveras
    Generally, the tactics seem to revolve around either anonymous intimidation, or public embarrassment.
  • July 31, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • One episode of Sailor Moon had Usagi find tacks in her ballet slipper. Actually, she put them there herself For The Dramaz. (Is this a trope?)

    • Kodachi is fond of underhanded tactics like these, though sometimes she takes things even further and plays dumb when caught in the act. "Oh my! How did these tacks get in my hand?"

    • In Hana Yori Dango, Tsukushi is so used to taking this kind of crap from other girls, she wonders for a moment if the genuinely nice Shizuka is setting her up.
  • August 1, 2012
    animeg3282
    ^ She is though. She takes photos of Tsukushi in compromising positions and scatters them around the school in the 'anonymous slutty photos' variation.
  • August 1, 2012
    animeg3282
    Later I'll add the 'posting embarrassing items- slutty photos, embarrassing note book pages' on the board variation.
  • August 2, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Suggest making a bulleted list of variations for better readability.
  • August 15, 2012
    animeg3282
    I can't think of any more examples. any help with the description?
  • August 15, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Unless you think it's not relevant enough, you could add the general observations of the nature of bullying from my earlier post...
  • August 29, 2012
    animeg3282
    anything else this needs?
  • August 29, 2012
    legendofhugh
    There's a few that pop up with various villains-of-the-week in Hell Girl. The very first episode is a good example.
  • August 29, 2012
    Koveras
    ^^ Yes, another hat.
  • August 29, 2012
    animeg3282
    LOLZ. I can give the final hat, but on the other hand, it is bad to just launch things and not ask?
  • August 29, 2012
    Koveras
    Give the hat and launch it, then. :)
  • August 30, 2012
    Rognik
    @cygnavamp You need to provide a link to the work. I'm not an expert on shoujo series, so I don't know which one you're talking about.

    I think another example might be loudly gossiping/badmouthing about a person when you know they can overhear. Or even just spreading rumours about the person, truthful or otherwise.
  • August 30, 2012
    animeg3282
    I don't think Hell Girl is shoujo. I need to know what they did in the 1st episode of Hell Girl.
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