->''"Hey, mister MP! Wanna know how it feels to be picked on by somebody'' bigger ''than you?"''
-->-- '''Kamille Bidan''' (addressing a man on foot [[HumongousMecha while piloting a Gundam]]), [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]] Episode 1

A character who seems particularly adept and eager to take down [[TheBully bully-type characters]] with extreme prejudice, or at least show he has this streak in him. The Bully Hunter may do it by accident or [[IWasJustPassingThrough while passing through the area]], or he may actively seek out those who make others' lives miserable as a pastime and inject some hell into their lives in retaliation.

The high-school version of the VigilanteMan, these kids prefer to take matters into their own hands rather than wait for a teacher to sort the problem out. They may believe that [[AdultsAreUseless teachers are useless when it comes to dispensing justice]], or that while the teachers are competent, [[InherentInTheSystem the school system isn't]].

Such characters must be wary of running afoul of HeWhoFightsMonsters. At times, the line between bully, bully hunter, and victim are thin indeed. Often [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld saves the world occasionally]] on top of his playground-peacekeeping activities. Sometimes from the bully. These are also the characters most likely to make the life of a SadistTeacher hell. Other members of the faculty will either see him in action, misunderstand the situation and punish him alone, or if that person does know what is going on, will pull him aside to advise him on a more constructive means to deal with school bullying.

Can be a result of BullyingADragon or MuggingTheMonster when the bully victims themselves are the ones who fight back. Can overlap with BigBrotherInstinct if it's a specific person the bully hunter is protecting.

There is an adult example if the person is standing up to bullies in the workforce. If you punch out the guy at work who is tormenting his underlings, that comes under the grown-up version of this trope. If you're out fighting muggers, however, you're looking at a VigilanteMan. And if you take this to the extreme, you can end up as a SerialKillerKiller.

The appeal of this trope is obvious; everyone who has been bullied at some point in their lives will instantly sympathise with the urge to give a fictional tormentor a commuppance. As such, this can be a good way to introduce a heroic character as a [[EstablishingCharacterMoment guy or gal you can trust.]] It can also be used to give a backstory to an anti-heroic character if the bully hunter takes things too far; HeWhoFightsMonsters can be hinted at. All in the simple act of standing up to a bully.

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* In the ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' world, picking on the weak and defenseless is [[TemptingFate calling a painful, gory death upon you]]. Kenshiro and the other heroes in the series do NOT take kindly to abuse of the innocent.
* Sendoh Takeshi from ''HajimeNoIppo'' became a {{delinquent}} only to protect others from bullies and other crooks, going so far as to to make his own gang. When his grandma calls him a scumbag, sportswriter Mari answers "But he never bullied the weak, right? He was a righteous scumbag."
** This is explained by his backstory. He once was brutally beaten up by highschoolers when he was in primary school, and [[HeroicSelfDeprecation he hated himself for not being able to protect his friends]]. The next day, little Sendoh grabbed his baseball bat and ambushed the bullies, beating them back as punishment. And one thing led to another soon...
* Teru Mikami of ''Manga/DeathNote'' was a highly kind and admirable version of this in high school. Unfortunately, he became a real VigilanteMan / HeWhoFightsMonsters as an adult.
* Ichigo Kurosaki of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' takes a dim view of bullies and has an outstanding ability to fight them even before his transformation into a {{Shinigami}}. He takes down three bullies with extreme prejudice to defend a [[ISeeDeadPeople ghost]], of all things, and it's later shown in a flashback that he [[spoiler:defended Sado from an attack by groups of thugs, who was more than capable of defending himself but didn't due to his ActualPacifist nature.]]
** Also Tatsuki Arisawa, who became Orihime's best friend after protecting her from the bullies [[TraumaticHaircut who cut her hair forcibly]].
** Ichigo continues doing this after [[spoiler:he is depowered at the end of the Hueco Mundo arc]], this time with the help of [[VitriolicBestBuds not-friend]] Uryuu Ishida [[spoiler:who has taken up his duty to defend Karakura of supernatural threats]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': AnnoyingYoungerSibling Shiro Kabuto did ''not'' tolerated bullies. In episode 20 he caught several classmates bullying a newcomer, shy kid and [[BadassAdorable Shiro wiped the ground with them in spite of they were bigger and outnumbered him]]. However he also exhorted the victims to learn to defend themselves.
** In that same episode, Mitsuo, the bullied kid, later decided he would show them what being picked on by somebody bigger than you feels like, when an unknown lady showed up all of sudden and offered him borrowing her HumongousMecha to take revenge ([[TooDumbToLive and he agreed. Oh, my God]]) Of course, that went so well how you would expect.
* Alice of ''NightmareOfNunnally'' starts defending Nunnally's honour by pantsing anyone who bullies her.
* Sora of ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}'' is a female KnightInShiningArmour who fights to stop the boys from bullying the girls which they claim as their own. Sadly, the odds are pretty much against her.
* Ranma from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' does this occasionally -- for example, she stopped Kodachi from beating up the Furinkan gymnastic team further, rescued Gosenkugi from a group of masked kids trying to rob him, and sought a direct fight with Mariko Konjou when when Akane and the volleyball team were defeated ''and'' humiliated by her tricks.
** Ryoga too, most notably for defending a BroughtDownToNormal Ranma from the rest of the males on the [[FanNickname Nerima Wrecking Crew]], since he thought that it was not fair to have them gang up on him in such circumstances.
** Shampoo, in the episode of the Killer From Jusenkyo. When the Jusenkyo Killer had Ranma and Genma hoisted up on a rope, Shampoo jumped in to attack him despite being in cat form at the time. She also saved Ranma from Mousse when he tried to splash him with Spring of Drowned Duck water. Also in the 1st Movie, Shampoo saves Ranma and Lychee from Monlon, telling them to go on ahead while she deals with her.
*** It should be pointed out that she only seems to jump towards Ranma's defense, mostly because she is in love with him. She's quite selfish towards others.
** Akane is also a good example. More than once, she has tried to defend Ranma from the Nerima Wrecking Crew too, and kept trying to help Ranma fight off Ryoga during their first fight. And she's not this ''only'' towards Ranma: she also steps in to defend her friends when Happosai is around, and right after Ranma saved the gym team, she accepted to fight Kodachi for their sake - despite not being good at more artistic gym styles.
* Seiji Sawamura of ''Manga/MidoriNoHibi''. Strong as he is, he only fights with bad people (i.e. other delinquents, who are mostly shown to be real scum) and he protects the weak. [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in that the other gangs start to target the people around Seiji just to challenge him, something Seiji is aware and not proud of.
* In the first episode of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', Kamille gets beaten up by Titans military police. Later in the episode, he comes back in a Gundam and tells the MP, "Wanna know how it feels to be picked on by somebody bigger than you?", before taking off to join LaResistance.
* The earliest record of ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'' shows her being one of these, who caught [[{{Tsundere}} Arisa]] bullying [[ShrinkingViolet Suzuka]] and slapped her. Naturally, this ended up flowing into her career in {{Magical Girl}}dom and the military.
* Makoto Kino of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' was expelled from her old school for fighting bullies, and her first appearance in the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] has her beating up a bunch of guys who are harassing Usagi on her way to school.
* Ryoma Echizen from ''ThePrinceOfTennis'' doesn't show much emotion about it, but he ''really'' doesn't like it when his friends and teammates are bullied. See the beginning of the Yamabuki arc as one of the biggest examples: when ''a whole tennis team'' started bullying his FragileFlower friend Sakuno, Ryoma stepped in and ''defeated everyone in the team'' as punishment. [[spoiler:The only exception was when Kachirou had a fight with Arai, but that was because he wanted Kachirou to prove his own strength. And he did.]]
** Actually, Ryoma wouldn't have even been ''born'' if not for [[LikeFatherLikeSon his father Nanjirou]] being a BullyHunter too. He actually [[RescueRomance got the appreciation]] of Ryoma's soon-to-be mother Rinko (who was {{Tsundere}} [[LoveAtFirstPunch for him beforehand]]) after he saved her and a little boy from being beaten up by her tennis coach.
** An and Tomoka, too. Both girls detest to see abusive situations and will call out the culprits even if they're at risk for it.
* This is the entire premise of ''Manga/{{Holyland}}''. Though Yuu's initial purpose in going to the city at night isn't to beat up anyone, but to find his place in the world, he ends up confronting and fighting many bullies and gangsters. Initially for self-defense, but he eventually progresses to justice. He even makes friends with a few of his defeated foes.
* Sonoko Suzuki from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' became Ran Mouri's friend by protecting her from bullies when they were little girls.
* Misaka "[[RedBaron Railgun]]" Mikoto of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has been known to put herself in situations where the city's sizable delinquent population can attack her...and lose. She also makes it clear in [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun her own series]] that she was looking for a WorthyOpponent, which she found in [[TheHero Touma]].
* In [[OniisamaE Seiran High School]], never ''ever'' mistreat [[TheCutie Nanako Misonou]] or [[{{Bifauxnen}} Rei Asaka]] in the vincinity of one [[{{Tomboy}} Kaoru Orihara]]. Did you get the memo, [[AlphaBitch Aya Misaki]] or [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard Fukiko Ichinomiya]] ]]?
* [[spoiler:Yoshitake]] of ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is strongly suggested to be one for [[spoiler:Hidenori]], and the "rubber band shooter" continued to be the latter's major inspiration... until TheReveal.
** The girls' {{backstory}} make this a far more SeriousBusiness; a certainly bully caused 10 Bully Hunters from 4 elementary schools to form TheAlliance and engage in warfare against the former. They barely made a draw.
* Shota Oruha in ''Manga/{{Takamagahara}}'' uses his powers to fight bullies, presumably. However, what he considers a "bully" is incredibly skewed to where he just attacks anybody who isn't as low on the social ladder as he is, along with the protagonist simply because he was seen in the company of an actual bully and the bully didn't attempt to harm him.
* Being a Deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope with their protagonists: They are all {{Bully Hunter}}s, but for the wrong reasons, or making thing worse for everyone.
** Miki always hunts delinquents and Yakuza underlings… but not ForGreatJustice, but because she loves violence and to slack at his job.
** Makiko stops Miki’s bullying, only because she needs Miki to work for her, or when Miki is being a true JerkAss.
** Megumi has been bullied practically all her life by Miki, and as the {{Hypocrite}}, she cannot recognize that she has a case of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Bullies]]… and that Miki is the only bully she seeks revenge on.
** Kankuro was bullied by Miki in the past, and he has come back to his old town trying to stand up for himself. Unfortunately, he is trapped in a CycleOfRevenge that didn’t let him get his desired CharacterDevelopment.
** Kayahara Sensei is a teacher who is actively seeking to stop any bullying and the CycleOfRevenge... only because she wants to avoid her own self esteem issues. [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny She is easily distracted of her quest by her]] TrademarkFavoriteFood.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Ushio first presents himself as one, but turns out to be a bully far worse than those he beats up. Yami Yugi pre-Duel Monsters was this, doling out penalty games to the MonsterOfTheWeek bullies (occasionally to KnightTemplar extremes).
* Both [[BattleCouple Asuka and Ryou]] of ''Manga/{{Otomen}}'' have this tendency. In fact they [[EstablishingCharacterMoment met]] when [[WaifFu Ryou]] was protecting a guy from bullies and [[BigManOnCampus Asuka]] decided to step in. It gets to a point where not only the school bullies, ''but the neighbourhood yakuza'' turn tail and run at the sight of Asuka.
* The Straw Hat Pirates of ''Manga/OnePiece'' fame are essentially an entire BadassCrew of these. [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything They do little]] in the way of actual [[RapePillageAndBurn pira]][[PirateBooty ting]] and are basically just sea-faring adventurers, it's just that the "bullies" they often run across are allied in some way with the ''very'' corrupt government.
* Spoofed in ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': Mahiro asks Cuuko why she's in love with Nyarko despite their races being mortal enemies. She explains that in [[SpaceX Space]] Preschool, the other kids talked her into playing pretend, but had her be the villain so they could beat her up. Eventually, Nyarko came in and trounced the bullies, winning Cuuko's affection. Later on Mahiro asks Nyarko if she remembers this, and she responds that all she remembers from Space Preschool is playing a "game" called [[LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex Imagine Breaker]] where ran around [[ComedicSociopathy beating up anyone she saw playing pretend]] -- which included Cuuko.
* Karma of ''Manga/AnsatsuKyoushitsu'' was placed in Class E for bully-hunting the wrong bully and injuring a top honor student while helping a student with poorer grades. The Chairman at their school has some out-of-order priorities.
* Heavily implied in the cause of [[Manga/BlueExorcist Okumura]] [[AntiAntiChrist Rin]]. Aside from our introduction to our hero is of him beating up a bunch of delinquents for killing/torturing ''pigeons'', he used to always protect his younger brother [[CuteBookworm Yukio]] and we later get a few flashbacks that show a lot of the time he got in trouble for jumping to attack others who hurt or mocked those weaker than them. This most likely plays into his choice of being an Exorcist; not much bigger of a "bully" you can get than an powerful demon who attacks and hurts the much weaker humans.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Creator/GrantMorrison's version of Franchise/{{Superman}} in [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics his run]] on ''ComicBook/ActionComics''.
-->'''Grant Morrison:''' If anyone in the world's been bullied, then Superman exists to take out the bully, no matter how big or smart or armed that bully might be.
** Complete with falling afoul of HeWhoFightsMonsters. Among other things in the early issues he dangles people out of buildings, throws them from those buildings into rivers, and choke slams Batman who was only attacking Superman at the time and demonstrably wasn't a threat to him.
* In one arc of ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', the detectives re-open the unsolved cold case of the bloody bombing of the Gotham High School Hawks baseball team. One of the the theories of the detective who had been investigating the crime when it was fresh was that two nerds who had been bullied by the popular jocks had thrown a pipe bomb into the locker room as vengeance, supported by the fact that the two of them had actually stood up and ''cheered'' at the memorial service. However, the two nerds, who by now have grown up to become wealthy software tycoons, emphasize that they would never have done such a thing, especially since some of the boys on the team had been nice to them. One of the jocks had actually been an unofficial member of their computer club. They recognize the man suspected of being behind the bombing and are able to point the current detectives on the right path.
* Even Steven was a short lived comic strip, from the late 90s, in the Britsh AnthologyComic ''TheBeano'' the strip involved a boy called Steven getting even with Bullies.
* The titular girls of ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' have a tendence to keep at bay their school's bullies. Particularly notable is Cornelia, who can occasionally scare them away with a couple words.
* One issue of ''ComicBook/IronMan'' focused on a group of schoolkids who dressed as their heroes, the Avengers, and who saved other kids from being picked on.
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[[folder: Eastern Animation]]

* Kim Chul the titular "[[Animation/TheKingOfPigs king of the pigs]]" regularly beats up multiple bullies by himself.

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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8619924/35/Epistolary-The-50-Years-Before-We-Were-Born Epistolary: The Fifty Years Before We Were Born]]'', Rory, in a letter to River Song, reflects on how he met Amy. During primary school years, Rory was being hogtied by two school bullies, when a sudden [[FieryRedhead red-haired hurricane]] took down the two bullies and untied Rory, thus bringing about the beginning of one of the great love-stories in ''Doctor Who'' history.
-->"My point is, when a demanding, headstrong, bully-thrashing Scottish girl rescues you, you kinda know what you're in store for."
* In PonyvilleGoesToTheDragons: [[DarkAndTroubledPast Due to her upbringing]], Cynder absolutely ''[[BerserkButton hates]]'' people who pick on the weak, and comes to Sweetie Belle's aid when she hears her being picked on Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon by scaring them off. [[spoiler: Ends up coming back to bite her in the tail when Rarity uses her threats towards them as an example of the dragons being dangerous to bring the Canterlot royal guards to Ponyville in an attempt to get rid of Ember.]]
* In the ''Manga/ElfenLied'' fic ''FanFic/FamilySticksTogether'', [[OriginalCharacter Alex]] ends up befriending Kaede after he stands up to Tomoo and his gang on her behalf.
* In the ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' fic ''FanFic/ShadowOfTheDragon'', Syaoran and Meiling beat up [[TheBully Satome]] and his goons in defense of their friends, with Syaoran explicitly warning Satome that if he does anything to hurt Sakura or the others, he will make sure they never find his body.
* In the ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/OnceUponAFarmhouse'', Spock first meets Kirk when the latter jumps on a classmate who is beating Spock up.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The outcasts in ''TheFinal'', who lure all of the popular kids to a party so that they can drug them and torture them.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' becomes an example of this after her father tells her 'bad people get punished'. She starts by playing pranks on her abusive father. Then she meets the BigBad, Agatha Trunchbull, the sadistic headmistress of her school, and promptly directs her attacks to her.
* A very violent example in ''Sleepers''. During their time in a juvenile prison, John and Tommy were regularly beaten and sexually abused by Noakes (Kevin Bacon). Years later, after a chance encounter in a restaurant, the two men, now gangsters, violently shoot him to death
* An odd accidental example in the first ''{{Spiderman}}'' film; Peter Parker manages to take out the school bully ''completely by accident.'' Well, not by accident, but he begins by accidentally activating his webbing for the first time, which latches on to the bully's lunch. When Parker panics and retreats from the lunch hall at a brisk walk, the lunch still attached, the bully of course follows him with the intention of battering Peter. Cue the bully cornering Peter against a row of lockers and fruitlessly throwing a series of punches, which Peter, with his spider-enhanced reflexes, effortlessly dodges, before Peter throws a single punch which knocks the bully on his ass! All without Peter knowing what the hell is going on!
* This is one of the reasons Hanuman reincarnated into Maruti in ''TheReturnOfHanuman'', especially for Minku. One time most of the students teased Maruti and Minku as they quickly become friends. Minku said that they cannot be friends because he's afraid that Maruti will also be teased if he befriended him. Maruti then got angry and lifted one of the teasing students' desk up on a ceiling fan.
* Subverted in ''ThreeOClockHigh'': The burly jock Craig Mattey is known for pummeling a bully, but he later admits that the bully's victim paid him to do it. The main character hires Craig's services against his own bully, but doesn't get his money's worth.
* The short film ''[[http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2259303/eric_and_dylan_hitmen_for_hire/ Hitmen for Hire]]'' is about two hitmen who protect a student from bullies using violent means. It becomes incredibly scary when you realize [[HarsherInHindsight who made the film]] -- [[spoiler:Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} killers]].
* ''Film/DickTracy'': The Kid snatches wallets and other valuables for Steve the Tramp, a hideously ugly bum who lives in a shack on the edge of town. After bringing Steve a stolen watch, the Kid tries to help himself to some of Steve's roasted chicken - and gets viciously backhanded to the floor. That's when the titular detective (whose watch the Kid stole) shows up unexpectedly, orders Steve to let the Kid have some chicken, and knocks Steve around with surprisingly powerful punches that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome eventually cause the entire shack to collapse]] (fortunately, after all three characters have cleared out). The police soon show up and arrest Steve, whom Tracy says is getting what he deserves for daring to [[WouldHurtAChild abuse a child]]. (He then asks the kid if Steve is his father, but the Kid [[UngratefulBastard just sneers and tells Tracy to mind his own business]].)
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
** Jasmine tells Razoul to let go of Aladdin. He calls her a street mouse before throwing her down so she reveals who she is and orders him to unhand Aladdin. Later she tells Jafar, "When I am queen, I will have the power to get rid of you."
** Aladdin himself stops Prince Achmed from lashing a young child with a whip early in the movie.
* What Bastian does with Falkor at the end of ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Steve Rogers' motivation for wanting to join the Army and volunteering for the Super Soldier Experiment: "I don't want to kill anyone. I don't like bullies. Don't care where they are from."
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' (2012), Peter Parker is one of these before getting his spider-powers, despite having no fighting skill. He saves another kid from being bullied by Flash Thompson, by making ''himself'' Flash's target instead. He seems [[ThisIsGonnaSuck to realize]] what a bad idea it was right before he gets his ass kicked.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph", Ralph scares the absolute crap out of a bunch of racers who are bullying Vanellope von Schweetz. They deserved it.
* Deconstructed in ''Film/{{Angus}}'' (1995), as the young title character, who has long suffered from bullying at school, is perfectly capable of taking on [[JerkJock Jerk Jock]] Rick mano-a-mano (he pretty much spent his early childhood breaking Rick's nose at least once a grade). However, that's not going to help Angus' situation outlined in the film. In fact, it never really helped him in times past.
* Richard in ''Film/DeadMansShoes'' goes on a hunt to take revenge for the awful things been done to his brother.
* In ''Film/MadeasFamilyReunion'', the school bully should've check to see who's the foster mother of his target and hope the title character isn't the one, which he learns the hard way.
* Exaggerated with both Pamela and Jason Voorhees in the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series. Jason drowned due to his ignorant camp owners being busy having sex, which made Pamela go nuts and kill them both for not saving her son. However she didn't stop there, she wound up killing ANYONE that set foot in Camp Crystal Lake since it reminds her of her son's drowning. [[spoiler:However once [[OffWithHisHead Pamela is killed]],]] Jason takes over her role and carries out his mother's endless desire for revenge as well.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/AlexRider'' has a few examples in his limited downtime at school. One being tracking down a pair of drug dealers and using a crane to dump their lab-boat in a police station car park.
* An example of a child standing up to a SadistTeacher is Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/{{Matilda}}''. When you intend to make the lives of a helpless class of young children a living hell, [[FantasticAesop be aware of the possibility that one of your victims may have latent magical powers]].
* Kel in TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet. She's eventually able to persuade her peers to join her, and the victory is not that they are able to beat up the bullying pages, but that her group of people who believe it's not acceptable for older pages to torment and hurt younger ones is big enough that the bullies just ''stop''.
* In ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Honor Among Enemies]]'', a major subplot ([[CastHerd essentially unrelated to Honor's doings]]) features a lowly enlisted man on his first crew being harassed and assaulted by some bad-apple coworkers. He [[TookALevelInBadass got some serious self-defense training]] and eventually winds up seeking out and ''ending'' the ringleader [[spoiler:after the thug tries to murder his best friend]].
* TheStainlessSteelRat was bullied in school, so he bribed the PE teacher into giving him martial-arts lessons. He became hugely popular among the wimps for his ability to send entire gangs of bullies fleeing in fear.
* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfKidMidas'', when Kevin gains RealityWarper powers, he uses them to get revenge on the bullies who picked on him.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/SalemsLot'' has Mark Petrie.
* The town of Grantsville on a grand scale in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' when they declare war on anyone who commits [[RapePillageAndBurn mayhem]] in their neighborhood.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Ginny is this for Luna and to a lesser extent, the rest of the D.A. Even before her first year began she defended Harry against Malfoy.
* Annie in ''Twister on Tuesday'' of ''Literature/TheMagicTreehouse'' when her brother is being picked on.
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] fights for the muggles who refuse to believe in the magic he fights with/against for this reason. We don't learn how core it his to his pyromaniac-wizard persona until Ghost Stories, where we finally see his fight with [[EldritchHorror He Who Walks Behind]].
** He's so well known for this, both in combat and in making fun of said monsters, that he jokes that if he didn't make fun of a particular EldritchHorror, they might be offended.
* The plot of ''Past Mortem'' by Ben Elton is based around a detective hunting a serial killer whose victims are all bullies; initially former school bullies whom the killer finds via Friends Reunited, but then teen bullies whose victims had contacted a charity helpline.
* Tobias gets into this somewhat after becoming trapped as a hawk in ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'', mostly because he had been repeatedly bullied as a human. He sees a couple of bullies harassing Erek King before getting to know Erek, and was about to dive bomb them when something else happened instead.
* This is the premise behind Neal Shusterman's ''The Shadow Club''.
* Commando Riviera is one of these in ''The Twinkie Squad'' by GordonKorman. He's actually quite nice, but unfortunately, he comes across to authority figures as a thug who starts fights for the heck of it.
* At the start of ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' Janine Farehouse has taken on a role with shades of this. Her bullies are cruel gossipers and saboteurs, rarely lowering themselves to assault. Ever since her best friend betrayed her for popularity Janine has developed a piercing stare that intimidates her peers. They can't hurt her anymore. Whenever she shows up, they change topics and forget what they were discussing before.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Timothy [=McGee=]. Probably a lot more in other CrimeAndPunishmentSeries.
* Adult example in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Dr. Kelso does his absolute best to make Elliot's life a living hell. When he engages in a particularly brutal session (while Elliot was in the middle of her own personal TraumaCongaLine), Dr. Cox, the resident JerkWithAHeartOfGold, steps in and wallops Kelso so hard he has a squeak in his nose that makes him audible from a hallway away. And out of his shoes, don't forget that. He whacked him so hard his shoes stayed perfectly stationary while his feet came out of 'em.
* Tucker had this reputation in ''Series/GrangeHill''.
* Seth Bullock in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' hints at this background. When Hearst gets on a particularly loathsome role, Bullock interrupts with barely contained rage, stating that bullies never know when to ''shut up''. Hearst takes the hint and leaves.
* MTV Show ''Series/BullyBeatdown'' is this trope manifested, with professional mixed martial artists as the bully hunters.
* Happens on ''Series/StepByStep'', of all shows. When the nerdy Mark is being bullied, he doesn't tell anyone about it because he's too humiliated at being beat up by a girl. When his tomboyish stepsister Al finds out about it, she confronts the bully directly and gives her some very blunt threats about what she'll do if the bully ever picks on Mark again. The bully, remembering that Al beat the crap out of the toughest male bully in the school, immediately complies.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy has a habit of doing this, once pinning Larry to the wall when he was about to beat up Xander. Helps that she has SuperStrength. Also [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld saves the world]].
** She also gets a group persecuting witches to back down [[PsychoticSmirk by smiling at them.]] The fact she is known as a pyromaniac (her old school gym), possible murderer (Ted, Kendra), borderline psychotic (thanks [[AlphaBitch Cordy]]) or any combination of the above helps.
** In a scene late in TheMovie, Buffy is already in a bad mood when a lecherous male student grabs her rear end. Within seconds, she's judo-flipped him into the lockers and reduced him to a cringing coward who instantly apologizes. The other students at Hemery High just look on in shock, since Buffy has never been seen doing anything like this before.
** And yet again during a self defense class when Larry the JerkJock is leering at a female student, and wanting to get his hands on her. Buffy bounds right up to her side and sweetly offers to be his partner instead, the implication that she will kick his ass six ways from Sunday very clear. Willow then intervenes, leaving Buffy to pout about ruining her fun.
** Buffy also defends Willow whenever people attempt to pick on her.
** Season seven has Buffy working as school councilor. When Amanda tells her about a abusive boyfriend Buffy says she needs to stand up for herself. Amanda replies she already did and smashed his face into the pavement, she needs advice on whether she should do it more.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Elephant's Memory" had a brilliant but deeply troubled student who was the victim of truly horrific bullying hunt down and kill all of his previous tormentors. Reid, a victim of bullying, is sympathetic to him.
** Considering that Reid's day job is hunting down sadistic serial killers, he probably qualifies as a bully hunter himself. Other members of the BAU like Hotch and Morgan chosed their careers as a catharsis for the abuse their suffered during their chiidhood, and Rossi's barely veiled rage toward serial killers (he wrote in one of his bestselling books that the death penalty is not about justice but revenge, and [[PayEvilUntoEvil that it is a good thing]]) [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation may show]] that the BAU Unit the show is centered on is a team of [[BullyHunter Bully Hunters]] who treat their job as a [[ItsPersonal personal crusade]]
* In Season Two of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' Santana blackmails [[ArmouredClosetGay bully]] Karofsky into forming the Bully Whips so they can win Prom King and Queen.
* Jeff Winger in ''Series/{{Community}}'' is an odd example of this. On the surface, he's a self-involved {{Jerkass}} who is thoroughly reluctant to involve himself in anything outside his little bubble, and isn't exactly shy about shooting nasty comments at people who he doesn't like very much. However, he consistently appears to be unwilling and / or unable to let bullying go unchallenged; every time a bully or group of bullies has appeared, even if his friends aren't the direct victims (although especially if they are) Jeff has almost inevitably ended up challenging and getting into conflict with them. He'll usually frame it as challenging them for being an obnoxious, irritating dickhead rather than a bully, but it's a consistent trait of his. In one episode we learn he himself was bullied as a child, which might explain it.
* In an episode of ''{{Sliders}}'', "The Guardian," Quinn tries to coach a younger version of himself on an alternate world to stand up to school bullies, hoping to right a wrong that happened when he was a kid. [[spoiler: Partially subverted, as it turns out Quinn's goal is not to get back at the bullies, but to prevent his younger self from permanently disabling one of them with a baseball bat. Instead he teaches the kid self-defense so he fights them with his hands.]]
* On ''Series/JudgeJudy'', if the case is about bullying expect Judy to make the bully break down in tears.
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', one episode saw Reese realize what a jerk he'd been at school and turn into a pacifist. With the alpha jerk of the schoolyard gone, the entire school goes into chaos as over a dozen bullies all vie for the empty throne left vacant, multiple bullies harassing the same kids multiple times in a row (one of them gets his shirt and shoes taken after the first bully gets his lunch money). When several of them team up on Stevie, Reese is outraged that his wheelchair immunity is being ignored and rises up to perform a [[CurbstompBattle bully beatdown of epic proportions.]]
* The eponymous Ned of ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' becomes this during his brief stint as "The Revenger"
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* Stephanie La Maravillosa and Keta Rush, [[TagTeam The Bully Busters]] of WOW (Women Of Wrestling)
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* ''CyranoDeBergerac'': Cyrano is now an adult who undoubtedly has suffered for bullying all his life given his enormous nose, but he proclaims himself a bully hunter at Act I Scene V by challenging anyone to bully his enormous nose threatening (and dispensing) DisproportionateRetribution:
--> '''Cyrano:''' Take notice, boobies all,
--> [[TheGrotesque Who find my visage's center ornament]]
--> [[TheGrotesque A thing to jest at]] — that it is my wont—
--> [[DisproportionateRetribution An if the jester's noble—ere we part]]
--> [[DisproportionateRetribution To let him taste my steel, and not my boot!]]
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* Haseo of [[DotHackGU .hack//G.U.]] may qualify, given Haseo's desire to hunt down and punish all Player-Killers in the game, the main bullies of the .hack universe.
* Jimmy Hopkins of ''Videogame/{{Bully}}'' is the epitome of this trope, and can also fall afoul of the HeWhoFightsMonsters aspect of it. His treatment of the school's AlphaBitch was particularly over-the-top, even if he didn't actually put the posters of her up and despite his trying to patch things up later. He's prone to other mean-spirited actions as well. And as for what the player may do with him... [[WhatTheHellPlayer so, it sure is fun to run over, wedgie, and otherwise traumatize the hell out of little kids, isn't it?]]... [[VideogameCrueltyPunishment why are all these prefects suddenly after me?]]
* In both ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' games, your character becomes one... that is, if you don't decide to be the bully in the first game. The second game is pretty much compulsory due to Rose having a LeeroyJenkins moment.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', you have the option of saving your childhood friend from Butch and the other tunnel snakes before an exam. Cue some clever talking or a hard fist-fight if your strength is low.
** More [[KarmaMeter evil]] oriented characters can also simply murder him while leaving the vault a few scenes later.
*** You can also murder his mother, if you're going for maximum evil.
* Shirou from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', when he was younger.
* Keisuke was one of these before you met him in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''. [[spoiler:Then it backfired on him one day. ''[[BreakTheCutie Horribly.]]'']]
* Pretty much the ''only'' somewhat consistent good trait that [[JerkAss Makoto Itou]] shows in the ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' saga is his hate for school bullies. [[http://youtu.be/qQPhTCKdjlA One of the good endings with Kotonoha]] in the original game has Makoto defending her when he learns that [[AlphaBitch Otome]] and her GirlPosse are bullying her (he even stops one of the girls when she's about to slap poor Kotonoha); in ''Cross Days'', he also [[spoiler: steps in defense of his GayOption Yuuki after finding out he was gang-raped by other boys - including Makoto's own BromanticFoil Taisuke]], and in the VisualNovel/SchoolDays backstory, he [[RescueRomance gained Setsuna's appreciation]] by protecting her from other kids that bullied her for looking smaller and younger than she truly was.
* According to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/king_of_fighters/v01/c002/115.html one of the mangas]], Kyo Kusanagi from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' began his streetfighting career by defending his elementary school friends from bullies.
* So did Asuka Kazama in VideoGame/{{Tekken}}. Joining the tournament is her way of going pro.
* Kiyo Tsukino of ''Rumble! @ The Campus'' is a well-known one (in her school, that is).
** So does Keiichi and Motoko, but the former is a bit of a coward and the latter is unaware of being one.
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* Antimony of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' delivers a beautiful display of the trope when she takes down the class bully who was tormenting Kat. It cements their friendship.
** Overlaps with DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu at one point. When [[TheTrickster Coyote]] starts insulting Ysengrin at a meeting he specifically asked for with Antimony, Antimony calls him out on it and starts to leave the forest.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''
** Elliot admits that he used to have a bad habit of looking for bullies to fight. In fact, Tedd and Justin both met Elliot when he rescued them.
** One of Nanase's former boyfriends was a dark subversion of this: he picked fights with other bullies because they were acceptable targets.
* This is pretty much the profession of Shorty from ''[[http://theinfamous.comicgenesis.com/ The Infamous]]'' (not to be confused with the game ''VideoGame/InFamous'').
* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' are often bullies themselves but also [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/12/protector-guy.html hate bullies]].
* The unnamed title character of ''Webcomic/TheBullysBully''. She is a MartialPacifist who tries her best to stop bullies from tormenting the helpless, and tries her best to settle things without violence, but is not afraid to kick ass when that fails. She also has a SixthSense in regards to people being bullied in general.
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{Xin}}'', the eponymous character basically make this his "hobby", second only to his overall goal of reforming the corrupt school system.
-->'''Xin:''' "Everywhere I go I run into idiots like you, who think they can do whatever they want, just because they know how to throw a punch. [[BadassBoast I'm just here to make sure they know how to take a few as well]]."
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Bart the General", Bart doesn't just go bully hunting, he does it on a grand scale with the entire class ganging up on Nelson and his gang, complete with aid from Grandpa and Herman. He even goes far enough to get Nelson to sign a treaty saying he "respects Bart's right to exist."
** The trope is even explicitly invoked in an earlier scene, when Bart angrily confronts a {{Mook}} who has stolen his sister Lisa's cupcake. Despite Lisa trying to warn him that the Mook works for Nelson, Bart tries to pummel the thug into submission, gets hauled off the floor, throws a wild punch without looking - and soon discovers that he has swung right at Nelson's face, ''bloodying it''! Once Nelson realizes that it's his own blood he's tasting and not that of a victim, he immediately burns with hatred for Bart and warns him that he's now as good as dead. But Lisa is proud of her brother for being so brave, and points him out to the entire school as "Bart the Bully-Killer" - a moniker that Bart would just as soon not have.
** Martin's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' when he beats up ''three bullies by himself!'' (He thought he was going to die in a nuclear explosion, so he figured he didn't have to be afraid anymore.)
* Poindexter, the ghost of a bullied nerdy teen who lived in the 50's, in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', who now as a ghost targets him when he thinks Danny is bullying JerkJock Dash Baxter.
* An episode of ''{{Fillmore}}'' had the safety patrol tracking down someone targeting bullies for humiliation, ending with AnAesop about there being better ways to deal with bullies.
* A cut scene from ''So The Drama'' has WesternAnimation/KimPossible comment that she could beat up on the AlphaBitch, but doing that is beneath her. Still, she teaches ''sensitivity training'' to boys picking on Ron and as a four year old beat up pre K versions of Drakken, Killigan, and Monkey Fist. The one time it looked like she had been [[BullyingADragon pushed to the point of attacking Bonnie]], it ended up with Bonnie breaking down crying at the prospect of Kim justifiably thrashing her.
* Creator/AdamWest did this in an episode of ''JohnnyBravo''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan starts bullying Steve in an attempt to make the boy more assertive. After weeks of being beaten senseless, Steve does learn a lesson on taking action for himself, but not the one Stan hoped. Steve hires Stelio Kantos, Stan's former high school bully, off of Facebook to beat the ever living daylights out of Stan until he agrees to leave him alone.
* Deconstructed on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter enlists Chris's help in scheming against a bully who had tormented him many years ago; the former bully is now a reasonable adult who [[ButForMeItWasTuesday doesn't really remember what he used to do as a kid]]. When they finally track the guy down, Peter threatens and taunts the other guy before ordering Chris to take him out. And then Chris....beats the living snot out of ''Peter'', driving him to tears. Peter demands to know why his son has beat him. Chris replies, in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, that "you taught me to stand up to a bully - ''and I'm standing up to you."''
** Just so this makes sense to those who don't understand, Chris was being bullied by this kid who was stealing customers from his paper round, insulted and humiliated him, etc. When Peter confronted the little punk, the kid [[TooDumbToLive starts insulting and cracking jokes about Peter, a fully grown man who]] [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext gets into a glorious fist fight with a giant chicken,]] when he was trying to be civil, resulting in Peter beating him into unconsciousness. When he apologizes, the kid convinces him that its fun to hurt people, so Peter started bullying everyone, from his family to his friends to his ''paraphelgic cop neighbor''. He decided to hunt down his own former tormentor when he realized it was his fault for why he was acting so dickish, only to find out he now has MS and is unable to walk by himself. Peter doesn't know what that is (confusing it for a Monkey Scrotum), and attacks the man on crutches so Chris beats him up to stop him.
** In another episode, Peter tracks down Connie D' Mico, Meg's AlphaBitch high school bully, and ''smashes her face repeatedly through a fire extinguisher''.
* The first episode of ''{{X-Men Evolution}}'' establishes Scott as this, and the bulk of his rivalry with JerkJock Duncan is motivated out of Duncan's casual bullying (the rest is because Duncan is dating Jean, [[OfficialCouple Scott's best friend and eventual love]]), while his intense dislike of the Brotherhood comes down to their tendency to act like jerks to people. Later episodes give this trait to just about everyone once mutants are revealed (Thought understandable since its, you know, them who're being picked on). Special note should go to Rogue, who on two different occasions drives off bullies harassing one of her teammates because of their mutant status (first Scott, with the help of Kitty, [[CurbStompBattle though as Scott showed a few seconds ago, he didn't need it]], and secondly Evan, who also didn't need it but needed someone to drive them off before he did something stupid).
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', {{Catfolk}} RebelPrince Lion-O gradually becomes this, as he disapproves of Thundera's FantasticRacism and sometimes sticks up for other species. This tends to get him in trouble, first attracting the ire of several thugs in the slums of Thundera after he witnesses them beating up a {{Dog|faces}}, then almost getting killed by an AngryMob after he tried to defend a pair of captured {{Lizard|Folk}}s from them. He eventually actively engages in bully hunting, taking up a predatory MasterSwordsman's challenge in hopes of defeating him.
* BugsBunny tended to be a fairly good-natured fellow who didn't actually seek out bullies, but if he was provoked, or if he saw it happening, he'd take it upon himself to put a stop to it. In fact, they even had to create a new character to avert the HeWhoFightsMonsters danger the trope often runs into; though Elmer Fudd versus Bugs Bunny is an iconic rivalry, the factors that made it famous meant that there were actually very few Bugs vs. Elmer cartoons: Bugs is simply so much smarter than his would-be murderer that Elmer's threat is completely defused and Bugs starts to look like the bully. So they created Yosemite Sam, who was (relatively speaking) much smarter than Elmer, and far more belligerent, so that Bugs could have someone to face off against who wouldn't take too much audience sympathy from Bugs. Yosemite Sam, however, had started gaining audience sympathy as he was never seen doing any actual bullying (just boasting and grandstanding), and Marvin the Martian was created to face Bugs, whose threat was actually shown onscreen and never underwent BadassDecay.
** The BugsBunny cartoon "Rabbit's Kin" plays this trope perfectly; when a frightened baby rabbit ducks into Bugs' hole to evade Pete Puma, Bugs rallies to the young rabbit's defense.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "Neapolitan Mouse", while Tom pursues Jerry through the streets of Naples, an Italian mouse beats up Tom, clearly upset to see a big mean cat picking on a little mouse. He then takes down some mean dogs that were harassing Tom, for much the same reasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The conflict between Kevin and Eddy circles around this. Even when the latter hasn't done anything wrong, he's [[MisplacedRetribution still likely to be punished]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'',
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Rainbow Dash]] will stick up for others if they're being picked on. For example, in flight camp she defended [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] from a trio of bullies, after the latter tripped while trying to fly through a cloud ring.
** The aesop of "One Bad Apple" was that one should stand up to, and otherwise deal with, bullies without stooping to their level. It failed abysmally, instead implying that ''fighting back made you as bad as the bully.''
* Various characters of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' are played this way if LaserGuidedKarma doesn't catch up to the rude and mean engines. Whenever there's a engine who is usually big and orders others around, there will be another engine to help the victim in playing tricks on the teasing engines (i.e. Duck helped Percy to get back at Gordon, Henry, and James for ordering them around in "Duck Takes Charge"). The Troublesome Trucks aren't safe from these engines either as they would mostly be in the receiving end of being bumped or broken if they tease the other engines (i.e. S.C. Ruffey in "Toad Stands By").
* The only reason the violent, foul-tempered [[BloodKnight Dinobots]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' are loyal to the Autobots is that the only thing they hate more than weaklings are those who abuse their strength.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Payback" features a masked VigilanteMan who specifically targets adults (parents/teachers/bosses) that bully various teenagers in Gotham City. [[spoiler: It is revealed that Payback is the son of a doctor at a local youth counseling center, who was depressed that his father was spending too much time counseling other teenagers and neglecting him]].
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