Bullying A Dragon: Web Comics
- In Batman and Sons, Superman relates all the nasty things Batman has done to him ("always reminding me I'm not human...sticking Kryptonite in my locker after painting it with lead...calling me a naive Farm Boy who's had his head under too many cows' behinds to know any better"), passing it off as him being "such a kidder."
Lois: Clark, you're in denial.Superman: It keeps me from killing him, Lois.
- Enemy Quest: On Zack's first date with GG, an eight foot tall Warrior woman, a drunk, angry redneck starts harassing her. The same thing happens again on Zack's first date with Polyphema, a woman who can shoot Eye Beams and make Your Head Asplode.
- Project 0: to quote the trope description this is implied to have happened to 'the kid who can warp the fabric of reality and just wants to be left alone.' Instead of fighting back he just decides he wants to go home instead.
- The first episode of minus, and it happens a few times later. Fortunately, it depends on her mood whether she'll retaliate or go do something else. Later on other kids start to realize that it's cool to have someone who can warp the fabric of reality as a friend. Unfortunately, asking her for a favor can be just as bad.
- From Spinnerette, in this strip Alexis, AKA Evil Spinnerette, is being taunted by some Alpha Bitches ... despite the fact that she's a Drider, normal human from waist up and giant spider from the waist down (and has 6 human eyes in 2 columns of 3, or 3 rows of 2). Not to mention the fact that it took a super hero to capture and subdue her in the first place.
- Subverted. They work for her, and she set it up so that Good Spinnerette would feel sorry for her and believe her claims that she wanted to turn back human.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic:
- A plot-arc has the human inhabitants of a village relentlessly bullying both a female Orcish innkeeper and her young daughter, who is able to bite through chunks of wood and drive a large metal spike into a board with one hand. After being kidnapped by a raiding party, she returns to wreak bloody vengeance on all those who slighted her.
- Also, Played for Laughs with the Chimera... twice.
- Gunnerkrigg Court:
- Jack, who made an accidental trip into Zimmy's world, viciously teases Kat (whose parents are teachers) and Annie (who is friends with two godlike Trickster Mentors as well as most of the staff). Earlier he edged into Too Dumb to Live territory when he threatened Annie in front of one of the said trickster mentors, who was a giant wolf at the time (he casually brushed it off. Once you've been to Zimmy's world nothing in this one can scare you). Later justified when it's revealed that Jack was possessed by a spider-like thing from Zimmy's World that was gradually eating away at his sanity.
- A flashback had a student (coincidentally Jack's father) teasing Surma's group after one of them conjured a giant portal. It's confirmed that the portal-conjuring student is a Valkyrie and her "Old Man" is Odin.
- Coyote summons Annie to the forest, then reveals that it's only to have her tell him stories about himself. When Annie protests, and suggests that Ysengrin could do just as well, Coyote insults Ysengrin, and then tries to intimidate Annie. Annie flicks Coyote's nose, prompting an Oh Crap! reaction from Ysengrin and (apparently) sending Coyote into a rage. He's faking, but he then proceeds to set up a situation where Annie almost gets killed by a genuinely enraged Ysengrin.
- Annie does this to Coyote a lot: she's well aware of just how powerful he is, but he's such a jokester most of the time that she doesn't take him seriously. Usually Coyote finds this to be hilarious, but it has been hinted that Annie is walking a dangerously fine line in treating him this way.
- Stunt and Bumper in Dominic Deegan insistently kept trying to rob the eponymous character, despite them knowing he's a capable magic user who can see the future. The stuff they kept stealing would inevitably be worthless and booby-trapped.
- Ralph makes this mistake in Sandra and Woo after being told by a schoolmate that he should really, really not bully Cloud, especially if Cloud is currently carrying a sword... or a plastic knife from the school cafeteria.
- Sinfest had Seymour, the resident Christian Fundamentalist Knight Templar, under a fit of Fantastic Racism, antagonize Fuchsia, a devil girl in the midst of a High Heel-Face Turn for her Interspecies Romance with Criminy. Given that on their first meeting, Fuchsia set him on fire, he really should have known what he was getting into.
- Seymour also poked the Dragon. Later the resident Satanist Fundamentalist Lil' E tried to pick up a fight with him. About the only difference between these two is that usually Seymour fails to see the obvious consequences, while Lil' E understands, but presses anyway.
- There's this moron who mocks the Devil while selling his soul to him.
- Also illustrated here in a flashback attempting to explain why grafittiing the Devil's girlfriend's house is not a good idea.
- Wapsi Square: Bud reminds Shelly of this trope and its folly.
- The Order of the Stick: Tsukiko does this to Redcloak repeatedly, who is a much more powerful cleric than she is, and he takes it every time until she finally threatens to reveal his plans to Xykon. It ends very, very badly for her. This might fall under Underestimating Badassery, given her (stupid) belief that she has Xykon in her corner keeping Redcloak in line and her (less stupid) belief that her massive spell selection and minions would give an edge in at least escaping.
- Girl Genius had some people mistreating Jägermonsters just because they used to be afraid of Heterodynes' supersoldiers and think they have the upper hand right now. Jägers, while hanged, are more afraid of meeting their own communication officer. Who, naturally, arrives — riding a giant bear — and after she asks politely to enter the town, one guard shoots. After she catches the arrow, another lad screams "fire!", so of course Hilarity Ensues.
- The prize, though, goes to the Wulfenbach troops commander who due to being on the wrong end of a Curb-Stomp Battle screams to fall back and wait for airstrike. When a Jäger General looking like Big Red Devil says they're now "asking for it", the bright guy adds an insult to his hometown. Though maybe he just figured out he'd dead either way.
- Schlock Mercenary had some alien frat boys picking on Nick — they don't know he's boosted and wears a low-profile powered armor, but he's as massive as three of them put together and obviously in a uniform. Naturally, even someone smarter than him would be surprised that yes, they really are trying to pick a fight. After he threw one to the other end of the corridor, the local security were dumb enough to pick a firefight with this team. This escalates until...
Kevyn: Captain, Sergeant Schlock's team just called in. He said they got the information, but they're pinned down in the library's data center by the local police.Kevyn: He said they can fight their own way out, but only, and I quote, "Over the steaming ashes of this stupid swat team."
Petey: It's still not worth billions of lives just to kill her, but she really knows how to jump up and down on that scale.
- And then there's Petey - or rather, the Deus Est Machina Godlike Fleetmind formed around the Petey AI persona. The galactic core spins at his whim, and a single one of his ship is a match for most other civilization's entire NAVIES. And yet, people ranging from governments to organized crime bosses still think it's a good idea to insult or prod him just to see how he'll react. The only reason he doesn't casually frag them is that he usually has better things to spend his energy on, such as avoiding the utter annihilation of the entire galaxy.
- Magick Chicks: Both Faith and her boyfriend, Ash, have made the same mistake with Layla and Brooke, respectively.
- Faith didn't realize Layla was a vampire, until after she'd lead her back to her home, under the assumption they had hit it off. But when she vamped out on her, Faith psychically restrained her. She initially planned to stake her, until Tiffany arrived unexpectedly. Which gave Faith the idea to stimulate Layla's rage centers in order to fight her without her powers, citing that they never get any hands-on training, at Artemis. Despite having the upperhand, Faith lost due to having forgotten they were fighting indoors and struck her own head on the ceiling. Thankfully, Tiffany was able to calm Layla down, by allowing Layla to feed on her.
- Ash sparred with Brooke and was schooled, due to being unable to read her moves. While he was impressed, he could tell she was holding back on him, so he decided to provoke her so she'd go all-out against him. Bad. Decision.
- The entire Elven race in Errant Story: In the aftermath of the final battle, after being saved from genocide, they threaten the one who nearly single-handedly saved them with death unless she gave up the power she used to save them. Meji, the woman in question, wearily tells them they have more important (and possible) things to do, like rescuing trapped survivors. And if they ever came after her or any other half-elf again, she'd strike them dead with no warning or hesitation.
- Well in this Meanwhile Upstairs strip Grantaire has an obvious deathwish... or is just too drunk to care. He is mocking Inspector Javert who while not a Person of Mass Destruction has the physical ability to hurt him and also the authority to do so.
- Everyday Heroes: Alpha Bitch Angela and her girl posse constantly pick on Summer (Super Strength and Eye Beams) and Carrie (super-strong Prehensile Hair), despite the fact that either of them could take her apart with little effort. And also despite the fact that she comes out on the wrong end of those altercations more often than not (verbally and physically).
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! Galatea takes potshots at a Sufficiently Advanced Alien spaceship. This ends poorly for her.
- A series of strips in Sequential Art involves Art antagonizing some songbirds, who decide to make his life hell. They move on to pestering his friends, too... which, given that they start with Kat, ends badly.
- Chapter 4 of morphE begins with the seedlings waking up to find Amical freaking out about his paintings being defaced in the night. Billy clearly took note as he runs over to set one on fire the first time that Amical upset him after discovering his berserk button. Amical promptly shoots him point-blank for his effort.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: In a flashback story, we see a young, inexperienced (and kind of stupid) Doc continually attack a ghost wizard. A ghost wizard his grandfather explicitly told him they couldn't handled AND had already talked out of smiting hem. The elder [McNinja seals the ghost at the cost of Doc's name and his own life.