Often in media, The Bully
is portrayed as a typical Jerkass
who's biggest threat to their victim is a wedgie or fist in the face. Aside from that, they are mostly harmless in the grand scheme of things. Deadly Bullying
takes the typical bully Up to Eleven
by having him do things that could actually kill their victim, even though the bully doesn't actually want
to commit murder. Where the typical bully just wants to give their victim a black eye, the deadly bully wants to beat them to a bloody pulp. The fact that the bully is capable of inflicting such harm is usually lampshaded by the characters. Other times, it becomes clear that these bullies have no limits.
Do not confuse this with cases where bullying has led to the victim committing suicide, that's just a specific case of Driven to Suicide
. This trope is where the bullying itself has reached levels that the bully has committed manslaughter, or come close to it by landing the victim in hospital or leaving them permanently disabled.
Related to Teens Are Monsters
. Compare No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
, a common weapon in the bully's arsenal for this trope. Contrast with School Bullying Is Harmless
. This is Truth in Television
since there are countless Real Life
examples of kids being bullied to death.
However, No Real Life Examples, Please!
- Biff Tannen from Back to the Future engages in this in the first movie, by using his car to try and run a skateboarding Marty into a manure truck.
- Henry Bowers, the lead bully in IT, pulled a knife on one of the child protagonists. This is pretty much standard for Stephen King.
- In the movie Pay It Forward Two bullies stab the kid with scissors and he actually dies.
- In Young Adult, Mavis befriends Matt, a nerd who was so severely bullied in high school that he's now permanently disabled.
- In Drillbit Taylor, the titular character is hired by the protagonists to protect them from two bullies who are actively trying to kill them.
- Discussed in The Garbage Pail Kids Movie; Dodger gets bullied physically by Juice and his gang. When asked why he hasn't reported it to the police, Dodger explains that the last one who snitched on Juice got "poured" into the West Side highway.
- Inverted in Enderís Game - a bully attacks Ender, who responds by beating him to a bloody pulp, actually (if unintentionally) killing him. He gets away with it because the military recognizes it as a sign of his potential for measured brutality.
- The bullies in Let the Right One In were pretty vicious. At one point a bully's older brother gets into the fray and literally attempts to drown the main character. Yeesh.
- Inverted In Ben Elton's book Past Mortem a bunch of school bullies are killed by a serial killer, years after the bullying took place, usually in an Ironic Death.
- In The Saga of Tuck the protagonist is beaten almost to the point of death at one point. More than one chapter focuses on his dubious chances of survival.
- Rumer Godden's The Diddakoi, the eponymous girl is bullied repeatedly by the other girls at her school, which comes to a head when they physically assault her and leave her with a broken neck. Thankfully, she survives, but had he guardian not been there, it would have been fatal.
- In Roald Dahl's The Swan, the bullies who torment Ernie go as far as to tie Ernie to railway tracks and later shoot him in the leg with a rifle.
- Inverted in a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode actually called "Bully For You" - the bully, Barry Schickel, is the Asshole Victim there. It turns out the murderer is the school counselor.
- Freaks and Geeks used this with a bully who landed a kid in the hospital by using peanuts, which the kid was allergic to.
- In Grange Hill, 'Booga' Benson was expelled after the beating he gave Tucker landed Tucker in the hospital.
- One Midsomer Murders episode has a kid with a Disappeared Dad want to join the local gang of bullies and dies accidentally, though it looks like a suicide, causing his mother to die soon after (he was supposed to stay on a chair in a noose and slipped off). Years later, one of the murderers thinks he's going to die and confesses to the priest... who happened to be the kid's father.
- In another, a child is left for dead by the bullies, and is found amnesiac by a couple who'd recently lost their child. They end up keeping him in their basement for years (not out of abuse, but so that he wouldn't be taken away from them).
- An episode of The George Lopez Show has Carmen play a prank on Max by photographing him with a teddy bear while he's sleeping. It goes horribly wrong when Max ends up getting stitches in the back of his head from the bullying that ensued.
- In the Mystery Case Files game Shadow Lake, a tough-looking girl follows the boy who found the artifact up to the school's bell tower, and tries to bully him into handing it over. In the struggle, he's knocked over the railing and falls to his death.
- As revealed in the episode "Skips' Story" of Regular Show, Klorgbane the Destroyer was an excessive bully in high school whose bullying often went under the radar of Headmaster Bennett. Klorgbane crosses the Moral Event Horizon however when he causes the death of Desdemona, the love of Skips' life and reason for his constant skipping and name.
- In the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends pilot, Terrence tried to kill Mac with an extreme-o-saur.
- In one episode of Robotboy, Donnie attempted to throw Tommy in a woodchipper.