->'''Mr. Incredible:''' I was wrong to treat you that way. I'm sorry.\\
'''Syndrome:''' See?! ''Now'' you respect me, because I'm a ''threat!'' That's the way it works. Turns out there are a lot of people, ''whole countries'' who want respect, and they will ''pay through the nose'' to get it! [[ArmsDealer How do you think I got rich? I invented weapons, and now I have a weapon that only I can defeat!]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''
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So you have a character who is the [[ButtMonkey butt of every joke]]. They are regularly put through hell, [[TheChewToy purely for the audience's amusement]]. And they have [[UnstoppableRage had enough]].

What did the heroes do wrong? Maybe the [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy harmless mook]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain wasn't so harmless after all]]. Maybe that last jibe went [[RantInducingSlight too far]]. Whatever the reason, this character is through with being the [[PluckyComicRelief comedy sidekick]] and determined to show the heroes precisely ''why'' you should BewareTheNiceOnes.

And what better way to go about it than to [[FaceHeelTurn become a villain]]?

Who's laughing now, hero? Who's laughing NOW?!

This can occur with victims of a world full of {{Jerk Jock}}s, where the KidsAreCruel and TeensAreMonsters. By this point, they don't realize the irony: that by taking revenge, they have [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become as bad as those who victimized them]]. This could also result in the ButtMonkey being pushed back down into the former position, or the character could become relatively harmless but still extremely annoying. May result in the character becoming {{Arch Enem|y}}ies with the most abusive.

A specific variant of FaceHeelTurn and HeWhoFightsMonsters, and a form of FreudianExcuse. Compare StartOfDarkness, BewareTheNiceOnes, BreakTheCutie, WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, KickTheDog, NotSoHarmlessVillain, and ThenLetMeBeEvil.

Not to be confused with ''[[Music/{{Journey}} Who's Crying Now]]''.
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* WhosLaughingNow/AnimeAndManga
* WhosLaughingNow/VideoGames
* WhosLaughingNow/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Advertisements]]
* The commercial for [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic & Knuckles]] that came out around Christmas 1994. Supposed to be innovative, Santa didn't like the idea, so the elves who supposedly thought it up went and sold the game and its "Lock-on Technology" to Sega. They quote this trope at the end.
-->'''Elf 1:''' Who's laughing now, ''fat man!'' [both elves start laughing hysterically]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ephialtes from ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred''--who, as far as Who's Laughing Now? people go, was treated rather reasonably by Leonidas, particularly in the comic (as what happened later in the movie seemed to put the lie to the idea of the Spartans' strength being the phalanx formation).
** Leonidas got him back though, wishing him, apparently rather charitably, to live a long life. But since a Spartan's greatest honor is to die in battle, [[FateWorseThanDeath this is a rather awesome backhand to the traitor]].
*** A second meaning makes it even worse: in name at least, Ephialtes ''has'' lived forever - known as one of the worst traitors in Greek history. To this day, the name "Ephialtes" in Greece carries the same connotations that "Benedict Arnold" does in the US.
** It's worse in the comic. He tries to commit suicide after his rejection by jumping off a cliff but survives, in agony. He blames the gods for forcing him to live his torturous existence. That's what makes him renounce his Spartan heritage and the Greek gods in favour of one who actually appears to give a shit about him.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan, in the crossover novel series ''Time's Arrow'', muses on the phenomenon of CutLexLuthorACheck (and, indeed, the tendency of good people with powers to become vigilantes rather than making millions), and realizes it's not about the money--it's about showing up everyone who ever laughed at them.
** In another issue, Peter Parker is at his old high school, trying to secure a teaching job when suddenly, someone comes in and starts shooting up the place. Peter changes into Spider-Man and takes the shooter out only to realise that he's just a kid who was sick and tired of being bullied by the other kids at the school. As he's hauled off to jail, Peter grimly reflects that he could have easily turned out the same way.
** In the ''Skin Deep'' story arc Peter's former classmate, who was mercilessly bullied at school, gets superpowers and after he sees two of his former tormentors mocking at him on TV he goes and kills them. In the end Spider-Man got him frozen, probably for the rest of his life. [[AndIMustScream And he is conscious]]. Although after ''One More Day'' it's probably not in continuity anymore.
*** It is but [[ThrowTheDogABone he got better]].
** In ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Peter often mocks the even-more-pathetic-than-he-is-in-main-continuity Ultimate Shocker before beating him up with almost no effort. When Shocker gets lucky and knocks Peter out, he ties him up in a warehouse and tortures him slowly, as payback for all the times he was mocked. Interestingly, even though the guy is trying to kill him, Peter genuinely apologizes for being such a jerk after hearing Shocker's surprisingly sad BreakingLecture.
* In ''TheSavageDragon'', there was a boy routinely bullied and abused by his parents until he woke up one day with superpowers that actually made him the most powerful being on Earth. One RoaringRampageOfRevenge later, and after sweeping aside most of the other heroes, The Dragon manages to talk him down and convince him not to make himself a thing to be feared by the world. Ironically, one of many instances when the character realistically acts like a cop first, and a super-powered bruiser second.
* The early 1990s Marvel series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' featured a nerdy psychology student who was regularly made fun of by his JerkJock enemy, who teased him about being a "dateless bookworm." When he gains superhuman powers after an accident involving Sleepwalker, he immediately gets revenge on the Jerk Jock by conjuring a gang of murderous warriors from his book on GreekMythology to kill him. Ticking time bomb, anyone?
* One story in ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' story involved a monster that turned out to be an abused kid that woke up with unlimited shapeshifting powers.
* One [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Joker's Asylum]] comic highlights this as the Penguin's MO. At one point, it shows how the Penguin subtly uses his influence to drive a man to suicide, simply because the ''man was laughing, and happened to look in the Penguin's direction.''
* Dr. Light started out as the butt-monkey of the villain world, but then he [[spoiler: rapes Elongated Man's wife.]] He was later {{retcon}}ned into always being that way.
* In some Italian stories DonaldDuck has a secret identity as Paperinik il Diabolico Vendicatore (Diabolico Vendicatore being Italian for [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devilish Avenger]]). While he's sometimes portrayed as a more light-hearted superhero, other stories make clear it's actually about showing up everyone who laughs at Donald (he even conned Gladstone in thinking that Donald cursed him into being unlucky, and showed as Donald to get paid for taking the curse away), with the criminals fitting it due them taking the easy way in life (the very first story has Paperinik stealing Scrooge's mattress while he's sleeping on it because stealing the sacks of money in the same room would have been too easy. Just to make clear that if he ever decided to become a thief nothing and noone could stop him since the beginning).
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Emiri, who had spent the whole of ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' as the ButtMonkey, [[spoiler:suddenly joins the Anti-SOS Brigade and kills every other character except for Kyon and his family]] at the end of [[ADayInTheLimelight her character arc]]. [[SnapBack Things go back to normal in the next one.]]
* Combined with ThenLetMeBeEvil, this is very much the case with [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry]] in the AU fic ''Fanfic/{{Heir}}''. After putting up with the Dursley's abuse (which is ''NOT'' PlayedForLaughs), and with a little goading from the voice of the Tom Riddle Horcrux in his mind, Harry decides to ''really'' give them all a legitimate reason to fear his powers.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has several examples:
** [[EvilOverlord Film Critique]] from Patch's Gaiden Story chose some of his victims because they'd laughed at him before he'd found the Shard of Laughter and went FromNobodyToNightmare. Of course, a lot of them were just innocent ponies he decided to bend to his will.
** [[spoiler:[[IHaveManyNames Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]], the true BigBad of [[BadFuture Dark World]] and Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare self]], did this to Discord. He spent a thousand years using her as his personal plaything until she finally broke free and [[StartOfDarkness invoked the Nightmare transformation to become Nightmare Purgatory]] so she could PayEvilUntoEvil. She then became [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]], trapped him in a GroundhogDayLoop IronicHell, and reduced him to little more than her tortured puppet, just like he'd done to her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Eclipse''']]: [[spoiler:(Enjoy this big spoonful of your own medicine. [[AndIMustScream Again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again. Forever, never to end.]] As I watch you squirm for my entertainment. Just like I had to suffer for your amusement with no end in sight!)]]
* Set up to be the case in the ongoing ''Series/LostGirl'' story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9376844/1/Change-of-State Change of State.]]'' After being abused and mistreated by the Light Fae for at least 7 years, Lauren is taken in by the Morrigan. She treats Lauren politely, and has another Fae slightly alter Lauren's memories/mind. This Fae (without ever outright lying) reminds Lauren of every time [[HumansAreBastards humans were needlessly cruel]] or [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]], how the Ligth Fae mistreated her (while reminding Lauren the Dark Fae haven't mistreated her), Dyson and Kenzi endlessly mocked and insulted her, and Bo constantly failed her. As a result, Lauren is just as brilliant, but is now a TortureTechnician SocialDarwinist. At one point, she quite cheerfully comments to the Morrigan that she is capable of committing genocide.
** This other Fae actually warns the Morrigan about this, saying Lauren wont take any abuse lying down. Which isn't to say Lauren is above having fun with it. After the Morrigan refers to Lauren as a dog once to often, she awakens the next morning restrained with a golden retriever (named Lauren Jr.) in her room, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and peanut butter on her nether regions]].
* There are a lot of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' stories out in fan fiction land which have [[BadassNormal Xander Harris]] be the Scooby the demons are most afraid of. Not Buffy, the Slayer's leader, nor Faith the Uncontrollable Slayer. Not Willow the all-powerful witch. Not Giles, who has an army of superpowered women at his command and is a sorcerer in his own right. The reason he's the most feared is two-fold: first, he has no visible means to power, yet survived fighting alongside the Slayer, so most demons figure he has to have ''some'' power, and that its very effective and difficult to detect. And second, its widely known that Willow once tried to destroy the world and it was ''Xander'' that stopped her. No one outside of the Scoobies knows how, and ''they aren't telling!''
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[[folder:Film]]
* Heroic example: If [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash Williams]]' hand is [[EvilHand possessed]], do not laugh at him, or he will bellow the name of this trope at you while going on a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw rampage]].
--> '''Ash (while in the process of cutting off his own possessed hand with a chainsaw):''' Who's laughing now? '''WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?!''' WAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
* In ''A Room For Romeo Brass'', after Gavin plays a prank on Morrell (tricking him into making an idiot of himself in front of Romeo's sister, who he is in love with), Morrell responds by threatening him with a knife, telling him he'll kill his family, and turning Gavin's best friend, the titular Romeo, against him. Later, after Romeo's sister rejects him, he not only turns on Romeo too, but [[spoiler:unsuccessfully attempts to make good of his threats earlier in the film]].
** Subverted, however with Romeo's dad, who instantly sees the kind of guy that Morrell really is and immediately takes the piss out of him in their first meeting. Morell threatens to go 'dark' on him. [[spoiler: Morell doesn't get the chance; later, when he's about to make good on his earlier threats against Gavin's family, Romeo's dad charges straight in, gives Morell a hiding he won't soon forget, and then sends Morrell (who is by this point crying like a toddler) away with his tail between his legs and the promise that if he ever shows his face around there again, then Romeo's dad really ''will'' kill him.]]
* ''KungFuHustle'' plays with this using the main character Sing. When he was a child, he tried to save a girl from bullies, only to be badly beaten up. As an adult, he intentionally becomes a thief and "tough guy" in an attempt to ''invoke'' this trope. Problem is, he's a horrible thief and everyone around him are Kung-Fu Masters, so he ends up as the ButtMonkey. [[spoiler: When Sing manifests super-mega-Kung-Fu might however, the film subverts this. Rather then take revenge on everyone who laughed at him, as he claimed he was going to do throughout the film, he decides to be the good person he wanted to be as a child and becomes a gentle and forgiving man.]]
** This is, in itself, the best revenge of all by dint of rising above the trope to live well.
* ''Film/{{Bound}}'': Caesar both plays the trope straight and says the tag line almost verbatim. He also gets... [[EvilFeelsGood rather]] [[MadnessMantra animated]] while doing so.
-->'''Caesar:''' I'm a dead man, Johnnie? I'm a fucking dead man? Guess again, Johnnie. Who's the dead man? Who? Who's dead, fuckface? Who? Who? I can't hear you, Johnnie. Guess again. Take another guess, Johnnie. Take another fucking guess!"
* ''Film/TheRunningMan'': This trope is invoked when the electricity-themed 'stalker' Dynamo, having been humiliated by Ben Richards and Amber in the game zone, has decided to get even by raping Amber when he comes upon her later. It's rather beautifully thrown back in his face:
-->'''Dynamo''': Thought it was pretty funny back in the Zone, didn't you? What's the matter, bitch? Why aren't you laughing?
-->'''Amber''': [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Because there's nothing funny about a dickless moron with a battery up his ass.]]
* The horror film ''Film/TheFinal'' is all about this: The bullying victims rounded up everyone who'd bullied them and put them through varying degrees of torture. Note that how poorly they were mistreated is open to interpretation. Emily, for example, hated the popular girls because they rebuffed her attempts at being friends. (And made some admittedly cruel jokes.)
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The eponymous central character of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' was a nice girl who endured all of the abuse from her [[KidsAreCruel classmates]] and her [[EvilMatriarch mother]] until that incident with the pig's blood at her senior prom, at which point she promptly snapped and went on a telekinetic rampage that left the town of Chamberlain devastated.
* Several examples in''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Professor Snape plays with this, since he ''was'' bullied his attempts at revenge and betrayal ultimately lead him into remorse and to seek redemption. That said he spends his profession making the majority of Hogwart's pupils' studies hell.
** Peter Pettigrew is another example, with WordOfGod confirming that his [[spoiler:triumph over Sirius, whereby FakingTheDead he got Sirius locked up in Azkaban for years and framed him for betraying the Potters]] was this.
* Another heroic example occurs in ''Flora's Dare''. After having been through a series of harrowing misadventures, Flora learns that [[spoiler: she had been played as an UnwittingPawn by Lord Axacaya the whole time]]. What really sets her off though is when she gets bushwhacked by Springheel Jack, who intends to do [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty all sorts of "fabulous things"]] to her.
* Dr. Impossible the [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]] of ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'' has this as his StartOfDarkness though becoming the world's most [[TheDreaded feared supervillain]] does nothing to improve his status as the ButtMonkey.
* Tweedledee, the diminutive NonActionBigBad of ''TheUnholyThree'' tried his hardest thoughout his whole life to rise above the humiliation and bullying he received and be a good (even heroic) person in spite of it, but once he finally reached his DespairEventHorizon, he stopped caring, gave into his bitterness and his evil impulses, and - with his two friends - began a violent crime spree; this was all an effort to stroke his ego by convincing himself that he was capable of elaborate, grusome murders and was someone to be feared rather than mocked.
** This is slightly downplayed in the Creator/LonChaney movie adaptations where Tweedledee - while still driven to a life of crime by mockery - is more interested in making money than in getting even with society (but is still more than willing to commit murder).
* Luduschka the Ogre in Sukhinov's ''Emerald City'' tales. As a child, he was clumsy, lazy and dumb. Now he is using this image to trap people. He even gets back at Corina later on.
* ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'': Professor Poopypants became a supervillain because he was sick of people making fun of his name.
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', Walder Frey claims this is his motivation for [[spoiler:the Red Wedding, which results in the deaths of King Robb Stark, his mother Catelyn and most of their bannermen]] because everyone was always looking down on him, such as Hoster Tully calling him "The Late Lord Frey" after he showed up late to the Battle of the Trident and various people mocking him for [[TheBluebeard his succession of wives]], but the most recent slight was Robb marrying someone else when he had promised to wed one of Walder's daughters in exchange for their alliance. The [[Series/GameOfThrones TV series]] makes this especiall obvious.
-->The 'Late Walder Frey,' old Tully called me, because I didn't get my men to the Trident in time for the battle. He thought he was witty. Look at us now, Tully! You're dead. [[spoiler:Your daughter's dead. Your grandson's dead. Your son spent his wedding night in a dungeon... And I'm lord of Riverrun. Heh heh heh]].
** Arguably this could be Littlefinger's entire motivation for [[spoiler: starting the devastating War of the Five Kings]] as a form of revenge for certain humiliating and traumatic events that took place during his childhood at Riverrun.
* [[spoiler: Raistlin Majere]] from ''{{Dragonlance}}'' has this as part of [[spoiler: his]] initial motivation to make a [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn]]. [[spoiler: He]] then outgrows these feelings and moves on to far greater plans and far bigger targets.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Creator/BobMonkhouse parodied this trope:
-->They laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well... they're not laughing now!
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In one season 1 episode, a girl who was ignored by everyone in the school becomes invisible as a result, and decides to take revenge on [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]]. [[spoiler:Then she gets taken away by government agents and apparently becomes a government assassin.]]
** Even early Spike counts in this category. [[spoiler:In flashbacks to his life when he was human it is revealed that he was a total Woobie when he was alive. He was kind, romantic poet, and he was looking after his ill mother. He was also taunted by his peers and rejected by everyone else. After he becomes a vampire and Angelus and Drucilla influence him he becomes one of the most feared vampires out there. He even uses one of his peer's old taunts like "We call him William the Bloody after his bloody awful poems." "I would rather have a railway spike through my head than listen to that." In Spike's first episode in season 2 of Buffy it is revealed that He got his name Spike from torturing his victims with railway spikes, and "William the Bloody" came to refer to carnage he left in his wake. This is obviously a reaction to old humiliations.]]
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': The unsub in the episode "Elephant's Memory" is a badly bullied kid who snaps and goes on a killing spree of everyone who's ever wronged him.
* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'': In one episode, Billy, a high school boy, is bullied viciously by his best friend's {{Jerkass}} boyfriend. Guess who shows up the next day with a loaded gun? [[spoiler:However, Billy reveals that [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim he doesn't want to hurt them]], and simply wants to scare the shit out of them until they apologize. The aforementioned best friend manages to talk him out of continuing his rampage in a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} that may never be equaled, [[HopeSpot right before the boyfriend stumbles into things, and an overenthusiastic cop comes in and mucks everything up.]] It ends well, though.]]
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': [[spoiler: Obnoxious, [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] lab rat Stuckey has been catching hell all season by Stabler and his senior lab partner]] [[note]](yelling "we've got a dead body here!!", in public, ''where a child is buried, '''in Stabler's presence''''' is edging into TooDumbToLive territory)[[/note]], [[spoiler:but it comes to a head after a small error allows a serial killer to go free and he gets mocked and yelled at by a bunch of people, including ''the killer himself''. Stuckey then kills an innocent to plant evidence and get a second chance at the killer, then kills the lawyer, almost kills the judge, kills his lab partner and tortures Stabler for a bit. Were it not for the arrival of Olivia and Stuckey's feelings for her....]]
* ''{{NCIS}}'': Heroic example. In the episode "Deception," [=McGee=] chats with a teenaged JerkJock suspect about how much fun it is to taunt the geeks and nerds, giving them wedgies, shoving them into lockers, and making their lives a living hell. As the jock loosens up and starts laughing and agreeing, [=McGee=] [[TheReveal reveals]] that he had been one of those geeks all through high school, and had always been tormented by the jocks, but guess what? [[BewareTheNiceOnes [=McGee=] has the upper hand now.]]
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': Referenced when Dwight pepper-sprays Roy who is about to attack Jim. Unfortunately, Dwight ends up spraying not just Roy, but also Jim, Pam, and himself. With tears rolling down his face, he states that he was mocked for bringing pepper spray to work, but "who's laughing now?"
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': In "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine Nobody's Fault But Mine]]", Tom Neville launches into this sort of speech with Aaron Pittman. He practically accuses Aaron of being a rich boy who bullied workers huddled in their cubicles. It's not clear if Aaron really was that type of person or if Neville simply equates every rich CEO with the {{Jerkass}} boss who fired Neville shortly before the blackout.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Every other MonsterOfTheWeek in the first season was some stressed/abused kid who suddenly obtained superpowers from GreenRocks.
* ''{{Suits}}'': When [[BigBad Hardman]] makes Louis a Senior Partner, Jessica and Harvey try to woo him to their side. Instead, he lashes out at both of them for the past five years when he received only the most limited recognition of his accomplishments while the favored Harvey rose to Senior Partner first. When Hardman takes control of the firm, Louis becomes his attack dog and nearly gets Harvey fired.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': ZigZaggingTrope with Isaac and Erica. They don't seem to channel their anger at those who tormented them once they turn to werewolves. Then they reveal they DO have grievance they want to rectify, but only act on them opportunistically.
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[[folder:Music]]
* A song written by Parry Gripp is entitled Who's Laughing Now?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq3hP9Sd1sM "Waking the Demon" by Bullet For My Valentine]] is about a bullying victim who takes revenge.
* The CoheedAndCambria song Apollo II: The Telling Truth mentions this trope in the lyrics. It involves The Writer losing it and taking out his anger at his ex-girlfriend on the character he based off of her.
** "So come on bitch, Why aren't you laughing now? You left me here to fend on my own. So cry on bitch, Why aren't you laughing now?"
* "Superhero" by the band Trocadero (best known for the ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' CD) includes the line "Your days calling me freak are numbered / Don't bother with surrender."
* "Teenagers" by Music/MyChemicalRomance has: "The boys and girls in the clique / The awful names that they stick / You're never gonna fit in much, kid / But if you're troubled and hurt / What you got under your shirt / Will make them pay for the things that they did"
* "''The Future Soon''" by JonathanCoulton is about how the singer is laughed at now, but one day when he's grown up and it's the future take over the world with his legions of killer robots and show them all.
* "''Goin' Down''" by Music/ThreeDaysGrace
* Parodied in ''Red Snow'' by ''{{Psychostick}}'': ''" Rudolph's gonna make you suffer."''
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppr5_QTWc24&list=FLM2CFpnQLwo2DUJ6zebbNmA&index=63 Meet The Monster]]" by Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch.
* The lyrics to the great Union patriotic song "[[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar Marching Through Georgia]]" feature this quite heavily:
-->"[[FourStarBadass Sherman]]'s dashing Yankee boys will never reach the coast."\\
So [[UsefulNotes/RebelsWithRepeaters the saucy rebels]] [[TemptingFate said and 'twas a handsome boast!]]\\
But they had forgot, alas, to [[DidntSeeThatComing reckon with the Host]],\\
''While we were [[TitleDrop marching through Georgia!]]''
* "The Kinslayer" by Music/{{Nightwish}} invokes the trope.
* "Getting Scared" by ImogenHeap is from the point of view of a victim who's completely snapped and taking their nasty revenge.
-->Yeah you're getting scared now, piggy,
-->Go ahead and squeal
-->It sounds so nice from where I'm standing
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRFJoUBP54o Lunchbox]]" by Music/MarilynManson which is about a bullying victim who uses his metal lunchbox as a weapon on the playground:
-->''The big bully try to stick his finger in my chest\\
Try to tell me, tell me he's the best\\
But I don't really give a good goddamn cause\\
I got my lunchbox and I'm armed real well''
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Eric Young's FaceHeelTurn in {{TNA}} in 2009 is a textbook Who's Laughing Now. Young was a comedy character for much of his run in TNA, and eventually began to perceive himself as the ButtMonkey of the company, especially when he joined the Front Line and dumped many of the comedy aspects of the character. Eric's inability to get title shots and opportunities for whatever reason resulted in him forming the World Elite faction, a group of [[{{Eagleland}} Anti-American]] {{Foreign Wrestling Heel}}s who believe their perceived lack of success and popularity is because they were not born in the United States.
* Has happened pretty often in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in an attempt to give a comedy character a bigger push by making them "more serious" notably with Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} (went from dancing with Too Cool to running over Stone Cold), Wrestling/GregoryHelms (originally a superhero parody) and most recently with [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]] (originally rapped his way to the ring). Nine times out of ten, it doesn't work.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly in 2003. After spending 2002 as a Butt Monkey (thanks to WWE's insane idea that the best way to get her over as a villain was to have everyone call her "fat-ass"), she regained the Women's Championship, drafted Wrestling/GailKim to be her mook and unleashed hell on Wrestling/TrishStratus, who initiated the verbal abuse in the storyline. Sadly, it didn't last. In 2004, she reverted back to her Butt Monkey status after getting her head shaved at ''[=WrestleMania=] 20''.
* Subverted with Wrestling/SantinoMarella, who was a comedy face but was turned heel and still kept his comedy status. He got so popular they turned him back face and he TookALevelInBadass, even winning the Tag Team Titles.
* The reaction of Wrestling/JohnCena when Wrestling/TripleH thought it was finny to tease Cena about his failure at a rematch Wrestling/RandyOrton at the 2014 despite the “no interferences” cause, which only applied to Wrestling/TheAuthority not the [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily group]] who did. However, is this so? [[spoiler: Triple H forgot about the DQ rule still applied in the 6-man tag match against Wrestling/TheShield when it happened again.]] The [[Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} two]] [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson men]] on Cena’s team.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* After the new Codex came, [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Imperial Guard]] players went into this mode. After years of being the ButtMonkey in both fluff and game rules (weak or useless units, kill points, etc.) the guard are now insanely powerful (guard units have better leadship are cheaper, and tank squads).
** In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', the [[TankGoodness Baneblade]] (the Imperial Guard's ultimate unit) says a slight variation on this: "Who's dying ''now''?!" Considering how well Guardsmen [[CurbStompBattle usually fare]] in close combat with the other factions, it's very appropriate.
** Also fits with this trope because IG is consistently bottom tier in the series (they're even the ButtMonkey of Relic in terms of game play).
** Also the Iron Warriors, who have become amongst the most bitter and hateful entities in the frachise due to their status as a ButtMonkey legion.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The Primordial War is Autochthon's one huge Who's Laughing Now? moment. After aeons of being the ButtMonkey amongst "fellow" titans, he eventually had enough and made the Exaltation to massacre the gigantic dicks. Moral of the story: don't piss off the shy genius.
* This is the main reason why the Gruul Clans from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are so violent. The guild was originally created to protect the environment of [[CityPlanet Ravnica]], but after it was destroyed save for a few pockets of wild for the sake of city expansion, the members of the guild were no longer treated like citizens and instead [[SlaveRace are treated as slaves]]. This made the Gruul Clans vengeful towards anything that has to do with Ravnican civilization and more then willing to raid and destroy the city to reclaim land for the wild and themselves.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'', the Urbanmech has long been considered to be one of, if not the worst canon Battlemech every made. In one book, it was given a variant that mounted an Arrow IV Missile Artillery variant that, it was immediately pointed out, was capable of carrying [[NukeEm nuclear warheads]].
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* ''CyranoDeBergerac'': Deconstructed by Cyrano: he has been TheGrotesque all his life, now he is the most BadAss swashbuckler in all Paris. Notice that this, instead of diminish the bullying he suffers, makes [[BullyingADragon him even more bullied]] and contributes to [[{{Tragedy}} Cyrano’s downfall]].
* Bernard in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is too classy to say it, but it's clear he's thinking it.
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* Strong Sad from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' is constantly abused by his brother Strong Bad. He has gotten back at him, however, by doing things such as throwing snowballs at him and showing [[NoFourthWall the audience]] a video of Strong Bad [[ComedicUnderwearExposure embarrassing himself at the talent show.]]
** Parodied (like so many other things) in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Cheat Commandos]]'', where recurring ButtMonkey Reynold ends up sharing a cell with the freshly-imprisoned Blue Laser Commander, who convinces him to take his frustrations out on a picture of [[GIJoe Duke]] {{Expy}} [[DesignatedHero Gunhaver]]. By the end, he's working for Blue Laser as their latest member, "Scrawnjob" (though [[GoKartingWithBowser considering how unnaturally friendly the Cheat Commandos are with Blue Laser]], it's debatable whether this really counts as a FaceHeelTurn on any level).
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* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', White Mage (after having her world view invalidated) tries to be evil before a couple panels. She turns back because, it turns out, she doesn't like hurting people. And she's really bad at it, unless the inflicting of pain is directed upon Black Mage, usually in response to one of his questionable come-on lines. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Onion Kid]] manages to pull a Who's Laughing Now with [[AGodAmI a bit more success]].
* In ''Author Space'', Cream the Rabbit was used as the ButtMonkey for a long time, until episode 100, where she went loose in a giant Ride Armor suit that seemed to be invulnerable to all damage. After they beat up Cream, she goes back to her prior status.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}}'', after the titular character manages to convince the vegetable-based AI that's been trying to kill him that he's their supreme leader, he gets some [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=050409 incredibly creative revenge]].
* [[spoiler: Eridan Ampora]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', although this is not the only reason for his FaceHeelTurn. (Heel Even Bigger Heel Turn?)
** Also [[spoiler: Jack Noir]] to the [[spoiler: Black Queen.]] Also crosses with KnightOfCerebus and TheStarscream.
* From ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
-->'''Durkon''': Now who's the short one?
** Also, Xykon to a degree. In ''StartOfDarkness'', every time he encounters a wizard, they take a moment to state that as a sorcerer, he is inferior to them. (To compare, a sorcerer develops magic naturally while a wizard has to study for it, likening a rubber mallet to a finely tuned watch.) Xykon's response each time is to kill the wizard.
* In ''Webcomic/FarOut'', [[http://kimiq.com/farout/en/2012/09/26/farout-page-06/ the amnesiac robot is taunted with his not laughing now.]]
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', this is subverted by Taylor, whose descent into villainy the local heroes are largely responsible for, due to a combination of neglect, arrogance, and [[spoiler:covering for the crimes of Shadow Stalker in her civilian identity]]. In spite of this, Taylor considers her career as a villain to be mostly her own doing:
-->'''Skitter:'''I’d say you have nobody to blame but yourselves for the fact that you have ''me'' to deal with, but I’m willing to admit I’m largely at fault for the decisions I made. You guys… you just greased the wheels, I suppose.
* Lee Phillips from ''WebVideo/KateModern'' is constantly bullied by Gavin and Tariq, which is played for laughs. However, Gavin goes too far in "Subservient Lee", and Lee runs off with the software Gavin and Tariq were developing in the following video, "The Leak". Lee only becomes an enemy of Gavin and Tariq, on whom he wants revenge; he remains amiable enough towards the other characters, and is portrayed largely [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetically]] from then on.
* The character codenamed Aries at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy, in the WhateleyUniverse. He was bullied as a chubby kid who wasn't one of the townies. Then he got superpowers and went to Whateley, where he was bullied there for being a farm kid. However, his superpowers made him tall and handsome, as well as super-strong and super-fast (for the Whateley Universe). After he stomped a group of bullies by himself, the BigBad drafted him as the new bully. He's really enjoying it, as far as we can tell.
** Recently, [[spoiler: He's been mistreated by the bullies, causing him to ponder taking another route...Plus, he keeps getting recruited to aid the heroes.]]
* ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' uses this to awesome effect in [[VillainSong "Brand New Day."]]
* MichaelJackson's "Bad" also seems worth mentioning. (Most likely sequencing "Beat It")
* [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/duckhunt/default.php The Duck Hunt Dog has laughed at your screwups once too often and is GOING DOWN]]!
* Because of such bad bullying over his similarities to ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has snapped and killed people, only realizing what occurred when he sees the blood on his hands.
* [[spoiler: Matsuda]] in ''[[DNAKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)]]'' '''''"WHO'S STUPID NOW, STUPID!"'''''
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* Someday...
** Oh yes... As Fred Dagg said "If I ruled the world/Certain people would have to wake up their ideas"
* The UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} High shooters are sometimes falsely portrayed as this. Many other school shooters, both before and after, were this trope to a T. Most notably is the 2007 Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho. His videos that he mailed to NBC directly stated that this was his motive.
* Countries often get a taste of this after being humiliated one time too many in the last war. Germany after WWI for example, was a broken nation, with the economy in shambles, the military in ruins, a new government forced upon the public, and national morale at an all time low. The victorious Allies were responsible for many of these, deliberately weakening Germany so that it could not rise up again like it did during the Great War. Unfortunately, the job was only half done, meaning enough to give cause for the German people to rally to gain vengeance, but not enough to actually cripple their ability to recover, and grow stronger than before. The results were, shall we say, [[WorldWarII unfortunate]].
* Invoked by ''TheEconomist'' on the subject of {{NATO}} intervention in [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Libya's civil war]]:
-->The only European state pressing hard for air strikes in Libya is France, which has no bitter memories of foolish support for the invasion of Iraq because France opposed that invasion. Who's a [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys cheese-eating surrender monkey]] now, eh?
* The picture on the InvadedStatesOfAmerica.
* Before Sweden's game against England in the 2012 UEFA European Cup, the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet [[http://i1.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article883517.ece/BINARY/aftonbladet-england-sweden.jpg did a mock-up of the Daily Mirror's front page]] anticipating a heavy England defeat. Predictably, the final score was 3-2 to England.
* When Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar was a young man, he was once kidnapped and ransomed by pirates. During his captivity, Caesar told them that he will have them executed and they mocked him for what seemed a joke. However after being freed, Caesar assembled a fleet, captured the pirates and carried out his threat.
* Italy had it ''bad'' before WorldWarI and between the two wars:
** Before WorldWarI Italy was at the end of a series of humiliating defeats, namely getting their ass kicked by the Austrians in the Third Italian War of Independence (in the end Italy won because that war was merely the southern front of the Austro-Prussian War and the Prussians defeated the Austrians hard enough, but the Austrians still humiliated the Italians), being the only European nation defeated by an African nation (technically, the British were too, but they came back and got even) during the Scramble for Africa, and winning the Italo-Turkish War to conquer modern day-Lybia. During WorldWarI, the Austro-Hungarian Army was the ''only'' Central Powers army to be literally annihilated after the battle of Vittorio Veneto (the ''Bollettino della Vittoria'', the final war bullettin, even ends with the words "The remnants of what was one of the world's most powerful armies are climbing back in hopelessness and chaos up the valleys from which they had descended with boastful confidence" to drive the point home and invoke the trope).\\
Then in 1943 the northern part of Italy was occupied by Germany as soon as the government tried to bail out of the war, with the Italian people humiliated by the rumors of their supposed incompetence and the Germans lording on them... And the [[LaResistance Italian Resistance]] made the occupiers' life ''hell'' at any turn (to the point the Germans didn't dare to attack them, using the troops of Mussolini's puppet government to directly fight them because they were the only ones who could fight as hard as the Resistance), culminating in the April 25 1945 general insurrection that ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome kicked the German troops and their puppets out of the cities and sent them running for their lives]]'' as they were distracted fighting the Allies advancing from south.
* Machiavelli warned rulers against becoming victims of this trope. He wrote to never inflict "small injuries" against enemies because people will seek to avenge small injuries, but are unable to avenge large injuries. Kill or befriend, but never insult or humiliate. Similarly, his famous quote 'If one cannot be loved, be feared' often leaves off the last part of the quote, to 'avoid being ''[[ZeroPercentApprovalRating hated]]'',' to avoid [[TheDogBitesBack what often happens when the people won't take it anymore.]]
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