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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 would fit this.
* ''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 ''{{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, ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' gives us the second and third Eva pilots [[HurtingHero Shinji]] [[CosmicPlaything Ikari]] and [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] [[HotBlooded Langley]], 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]].


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX The Punisher Presents Barracuda]]''. The story had Barracuda paired up with a young man with haemophilia (Which resulted in the nickname Hemo).


[[folder: Film ]]

* 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 ''HomeAlone'' films, sort of. Harry is [[BoisterousWeakling short but brave]], while Marv is tall but cowardly.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* 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]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Whenever a group of kids includes Nelson and Martin, it seems the two end up paired together. "Team 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 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."
** 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.
* ''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.