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In fiction with child heroes, it's common to have a bully and his most frequent victim as supporting characters. While the bully might feature as a villain, in stories where they are on the main characters' side, they are frequently paired up with the wimp as a sort of BrainsAndBrawn, BigGuyLittleGuy double act.

Usually played for comedy: Either the wimp is unhappy at being paired with the intimidating bully, the bully is [[EnemyMine unhappy that he's not allowed to beat on the wimp while they're supposed to be working together]], or embarrassed to be seen with him, or the two get along surprisingly well considering their normal relationship. The latter type may grow up to be a SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan.

In [[BoysLoveGenre a completely different kind of fiction]], {{Seme}} / {{Uke}} pairings may feature this.



[[folder: Animated Film]]
* In [[Disney/BeautyandtheBeast Disney's version of Beauty And The Beast]] Gaston and Lefou, while [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible adults and villains]], have this kind of dynamic, with Gaston being the JerkJock bully and Lefou his wimpy underdog sidekick.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Paranorman}}'' gives us the titular Norman, and local bully Alvin. Their relationship gets less antagonistic once the ZombieApocalypse starts.

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* [[TheWoobie Chrona]] and [[EquippableAlly Ragnarok]] from ''Manga/SoulEater''.
* DumbMuscle Gian and SpoiledBrat Suneo in ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' could be considered this as they generally appear together.
* KendoTeamCaptain Kuno and the [[LooksLikeCesare pale]] outcast Gosunkugi frequently team up to defeat [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]]. Though Kuno is shown in some stories to be unpopular himself and just [[SelectiveObliviousness oblivious]] to it.
* In a more serious example, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' gives us the second and third Eva pilots [[HurtingHero Shinji]] [[CosmicPlaything Ikari]] and [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] [[HotBlooded Langley]] [[{{Tsundere}} Soryu]], who are often forced to work together and live in close quarters; Asuka being the bully and Shinji being the wimp. Of course, [[TheMasochismTango to their misfortune]], this becomes [[DestructiveRomance a quite literal pairing]].
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has [[ShrinkingViolet Natsu]], a shy girl who stopped going to school because she was constantly bullied, and [[HotBlooded Semimaru]], a guy who ''used'' to be bullied himself and decided to fight back and who repeatedly teases Natsu. It grows to LovingBully territory, where he mostly teases her cause he's embarrassed or because he tries to toughen her up.
* Buchi and Taishou from ''Manga/MekkoRarekko'' are great friends, despite Taishou being a bit of a bully towards Buchi. But later in the series he gets much better and he stops being mean to him altogether.

* Scut Farkus and Grover Dill in ''Film/AChristmasStory'' are a villainous variation.
* ''Film/BatmanForever'': Two-Face and the Riddler are another villainous variation.
* Harry and Marv in the ''Film/HomeAlone'' films, sort of. Harry is [[BoisterousWeakling short but brave]], while Marv is tall but cowardly.

* In ''Videogame/{{Bully}}'', the game starts out with [[ManipulativeBastard Gary]] and [[NonActionGuy Petey]] playing this role, although it's not a perfect fit since Gary is more into mind games and emotional manipulation than physical bullying. When [[PlayerCharacter Jimmy]] takes Gary's place, the trope works better as Petey and Jimmy work as a BrainsAndBrawn team, although of course how much Jimmy acts like a typical bully is [[VideogameCrueltyPotential purely up to you]].

* ''Webcomic/{{Long Exposure}}'' has Mitch and Jonas, the two main characters who are forced together in an environmental science project together. Played with in that while Jonas doesn't want to be anywhere near his tormentor, [[LovingBully Mitch secretly has a raging crush on Jonas.]] Add the fact their research for the project leads to them developing super powers and their dynamic gets even more complicated.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Whenever a group of kids includes Nelson and Martin, it seems the two end up paired together. "Team Creator/DiscoveryChannel!" Nelson is usually rather unhappy about this. Also Bart and Milhouse, to a lesser extent (while Milhouse is certainly a wimp, Bart is more a troublemaker than an actual bully like Nelson).
** Before that, in Creator/MattGroening's ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' comic, a strip featured the 64 different types of elementary school students. Two of these were "The Bully" and "The Bully's Little Pal." A good gig, if you can get it.
** Back to ''The Simpsons'', every once in a while this dynamic is played when Nelson is involved. A prominent example is the episode "The Haw-Hawed Couple", when he and Bart (who takes on the "wimp" role here) become friends.
* WesternAnimation/TotalDrama: Duncan and Harold, Duncan and Cody, Jo and Cameron.
** The SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' has Kelly and Taylor (i.e. team Mother and Daughter) with [[SpoiledBrat Taylor]] as the bully who constantly belittles and walks all over her mother with Kelly not doing a thing to stop her [[spoiler: until the episode where they go home.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': [[ThoseTwoGuys Bulford (bully) and Baljeet (nerd)]] regularly get paired together. Over the course of the show their relationship slowly begins to evolve into VitriolicBestBuds, and Baljeet's exasperation with this trope is well-illustrated in the episode "Bully Bromance Breakup."
--> '''Baljeet''': From this moment on, I am no longer your nerd!
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has Cartman and Butters. OK, Cartman and any other kid, but moreso Butters, as Kenny hasn't been as much of a ButtMonkey for quite a while.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs.'': The title character (bully) and his only friend Chris (wimp) can be considered a grown-up version of this pairing.