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Often in media, The Bully
is protrayed 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. 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.
Not to be confused with Complete Monster
though it can often overlap. Related to Teens Are Monsters
. This is Truth in Television
since there are countless Real Life
examples of kids being bullied to death.
- Inverted in Ender's 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.
- 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.
- 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 Grange Hill, 'Booga' Benson was expelled after the beating he gave Tucker landed Tucker in the hospital.
- Freaks and Geeks used this with a bully who landed a kid in the hospital by using peanuts, which the kid was allergic to.
- Inverted in a CSI episode actually called "Bully" - the bully, Barry Schickel, is the Asshole Victim there. It turns out the murderer is the school counsellor.