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Kick The Dog: Film
"Is this your ball? Do you want it back?"

  • 3 Ninjas: High Noon At Mega Mountain: Where male lead villain Lothar shows that he's a big unsympathetic jerk. First he pops a kids balloon, then on his way back to central control, he steals a kid's ice-cream, with the kid crying after that. Later on, fifteen-year-old Rocky, the oldest of the heroes, tries to save his girlfriend from becoming roller-coaster roadkill. With a sword, Lothar engages into battle with the unarmed Rocky, to the point that they climb up the roller coaster tracks.
  • 28 Days Later: The soldiers. Not only are they going to repeatedly rape a woman and teenage girl, but they have Jim and the only soldier who tried to stop them taken out into the woods to be shot. Not only that, but one of the men who is to execute them affixes a bayonet to his rifle because he wants the sergeant to suffer. Fortunately, the other soldier shoots the sergeant before he's stabbed.
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God: The eponymous Villain Protagonist yells at a horse so hard that it collapses. Also, infamously tosses a squirrel monkey.
  • Alice in Wonderland:
    • Villain-on-villain kicking: In this Tim Burton film, The Knave of Hearts tries to kill The Red Queen after she all but confesses her love for him.
    • Also, the Red Queen having a talking frog decapitated just for stealing her food. As if that wasn't cruel enough, she then proceeded to instruct one of her footmen to go to the frog's home and collect his children, for the sole purpose of eating them. "I love tadpoles on toast." To add insult to injury, she concludes this scene by making a remark about loving tadpoles as much as caviar... while addressing a talking fish.
  • American Gangster: Done by a corrupt cop in — he shoots the dog.
  • American Psycho:
    • Has a literal example. When the dog of the homeless man Patrick Bateman has just shot to death starts barking, Bateman coolly stomps it to death, shutting it up. Later, he is at an ATM when a kitten starts rubbing against his leg. He picks it up, the scene playing like an unlikely Pet the Dog (or kitty) moment... until the ATM screen reads "FEED ME A STRAY CAT," and Bateman (almost) obliges.
    • The book has Patrick being cruel to many more animals— and then there's that unfilmable scene with the starved rat, a Habitrail tube, and one of his female victims...
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy:
    • Not actually an example, but we have to mention that it literally happens, after the title character accidentally throws a burrito at a Badass Biker. In retribution, the biker threw away something that Ron loves: his puppy Baxter. Baxter returns at the end, wet but unharmed.
    • More specifically, he punts the dog off an overpass.
  • As Good As It Gets: The very first scene shows Jack Nicholson's character putting a small dog into a laundry chute because it peed on the floor.
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976): One of the gang members shoots an ice cream truck driver, and then a little girl who went back to complain that the man gave her the wrong flavor of ice cream.
  • Back to the Future Part II: There's a scene in 1955 where Biff gets a hold of a ball belonging to a bunch of kids, and while listening to them plead to have it back, mocks them and then throws it onto a second story balcony. Not that it wasn't already obvious that Biff was a jerkass, but it was over the top.
  • Batman:
    • The Joker in the first Tim Burton film had a number of examples of this, such as terrorizing Vicki Vale, disposing of his last girlfriend Alicia offscreen so he could be with her, and gassing a museum and a parade full of innocent people (though the last one was foiled by the Batman), but the worst was probably cold-bloodedly executing his unquestioningly loyal Battle Butler Bob after asking him for his gun following said foiling.
    • One of the two muggers from the first sequence gets one when he turns his gun on the little boy of a tourist family the two are in the middle of robbing: "Hey lady, do the kid a favor: don't scream." The partner of the mugger in question even brings it up after telling him about "the bat," shortly before both of them get their asses kicked.
  • Batman Begins: Just to make good and sure that the audience is set against Detective Flass, a corrupt cop, he cheats a street vendor out of his money before Batman interrogates him.
  • Benji: To show how really nasty the kidnappers are, one of them viciously kicks a small white poodle. (This is a G-rated film, so we never actually see the dog directly being kicked, but the action is clearly obvious.)
  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: The Robot Bill and Ted: "Aim for the cat, dude! Aim for the cat!"
  • Birth: When her fiancée beats up (ish) the kid. Though this isn't just a pointless act, it still sets up the fiancée for a fall.
  • Blazing Saddles: This trope is kind of spoofed when baddie Mongo punches a horse.
  • B-Movie: Villains in these action movies routinely do unspeakable things like this to family, friends, and property of the hero to set him on the path to violent revenge. One of the most flagrant abuses of the trope was in the Chuck Norris film Lone Wolf McQuade. The villain (David Carradine) goes through all the usual atrocities, including killing or maiming the hero's entire family, until — with the most dramatic music of the movie welling up — he kills McQuade's border collie and leaves him lying in the dirt. At that point, Norris's wooden features almost show real emotion as he sets his jaw and goes forth seeking vengeance.
  • Bloodsport: Reigning champ Chong Li has several kick-the-dog moments, but one particularly stands out: after clearly winning a match, he decides to go the extra mile and break the guy's neck. Even the judges are horrified, but they still allow him to continue in the tournament.
  • Bollywood: This happens in many, many films of this kind, such as the Captain beating his servant in Lagaan.
  • Braveheart: Edward Longshanks. His treatment of the Scots, his tactics (Trope Codifier for We Have Reserves), him casually throwing his son's best friend out to his death. The list goes on.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In The Movie, when we're first introduced to the Vampire Big Bad Lothos (and see his face), he ends a conversation with his henchman by announcing he wants a snack, picks up a kitten, and walks off. Evil.
  • The Butterfly Effect, Evan's enemy Tommy burns his dog alive after seeing Evan kiss Kayleigh, Tommy's sister when they're 13 years old. It's an even more impacting scene than when Tommy's violence is first established by beating a boy in the movie theater with the metal queue pole, and then smiling at Evan as security drags him out. The movie throws us a curve ball at the same time, by giving Tommy a Freudian Excuse.
  • The Calling: In this 2000 horror thriller, one of the signs that the sweet US girl's cute little son is evil incarnate is that he kicks away his dog. In case that other hints like not missing his mom one bit, trying to psychically murder a little girl for hogging the swing and impaling a guinea pig didn't work.
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The title character tells his assistant about his first foray into politics: When he was a kid, he had a dog that always dug up a neighbor's flowerbeds. The neighbor solved the problem by feeding it dog food with broken glass mixed in. The neighbor was running for city council, so Charlie (after burning up his flowerbeds) went to the poor black neighborhoods in town, where most of the people had never bothered voting in a local election, told them that this candidate had purposely killed his dog, and offered them a ride to the polls. It was enough to lose him the election.
  • La Cite De La Peur (City Of Fear): In this French cult movie, a random cat gets kicked twice by the hammer and sickle wielding serial-killer. This is also a Running Joke, since Les Nuls, who produced the movie, are well known for their hatred towards cats (Le Chat Machine and CCC, anyone?)
  • Cloud Atlas: Professional Killer and minor villain of one of the numerous plots, Mr. Smoke actually shoots a small dog that was yapping at him, right in front of the innocent old lady who owned it (which is still this trope and not Shoot the Dog). The old lady gets back at him later by beating him to death with a wrench before he can kill the protagonists .
  • Cold Turkey: Used in a very interesting way. A town is trying to give up smoking for 30 days, so we know they aren't really "bad" people, just highly frustrated. That said, someway into the movie, a man literally kicks a dog and it hilariously goes flying.
  • Con Air: Designated Jerk Ass Malloy has two of these in one scene, where he speeds up in his ridiculously expensive car (which of course, despite not being an act of maliciousness or cruelty or the like automatically makes him a Jerk Ass) and parks, you guessed it, in the handicap parking space.
  • Demolition Man: Wesley Snipes plays a criminal who is not only a maniacal killer/terrorist but also a compulsive casual racist who cannot look at a Chinese suit of armour without giggling and saying "ching chong ching chong".
  • The Descent: Juno gets a few of these, such as cowardly leaving her friend who she accidentally stabbed to die slowly and painfully. It is also revealed that she was having an affair with the main character's deceased husband. This was before she becomes a fairly heroic uber-Bad Ass.
  • Die Hard: Agents Johnson and Johnson in the first film have an exchange in which they determine that their plan to stop the terrorists (which was actually a vital part of Hans Gruber's Evil Plan) could end up with 25% of the hostages dead, but they dismiss it as being an acceptable casualty. Presumably this is to obliterate any sympathy one might have for the fact that they get blown up by Gruber five minutes later. But that poor helicopter pilot....
  • Dog Soldiers: Early on, Captain Ryan, a Special Forces commander, ironically fulfils this trope by literally shooting a dog. Not that kind of Shoot the Dog, just killing it for no real reason. Later on in the movie, he attempts to shoot another dog to get it to stop barking, but he is thwarted when another character vomits on his head.
  • Dogville: The whole movie would have to be recited to number the times. The movie vividly demonstrates the dangers of Dog Kicking. Ironically, an actual dog doesn't suffer at all.
  • Drag Me to Hell:
  • Dune: Baron Vladimir Harkonnen when he pulls the heart plug from one of his slaves and then does something too gruesome to describe here.
  • Edward Scissorhands: A quick, literal example occurs. As she walks out to offer Edward some lemonade (and flirt with him), Joyce continuously tells her excited dog to stop yipping. And finally kicks it to make it stop cramping her style.
  • Equilibrium: The entire Librian society has a Kick the Dog moment by proxy when a squad of anti-emotion cops begin exterminating a kennel of dogs as though they were vermin - after already executing the women and children protecting them as "sense offenders." Preston (who's gone off his emotion-suppressing medication) flinches with each gunshot, and finally steps in to save the last puppy with the excuse that at least one should be kept and tested for infectious disease.
  • Ernest Goes To Jail: Ernest's Evil Twin throws Ernest's small dog into the garbage can to stop it from barking. The dog was physically uninjured, but it apparently had no way of getting out before the real Ernest came along and rescued it, a day or so later.
  • Fatal Attraction: Glenn Close's character, in full psycho Yandere mode, killing and cooking the pet rabbit of the protagonist's daughter. And she kidnaps the little girl a few days later. Although she returns her unharmed, it seems likely that she wanted to terrify Dan with the notion that she *could* have harmed the child if she wanted to.
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:
    • Hunter "Raoul Duke" Thompson has one of these when he suggests selling Lucy into prostitution. Although it's really hard to tell whether or not he was serious or sober.
    • There's one even earlier in the movie when he throws a tip onto the patio floor of the restaurant he's in, forcing the midget employee to get on hands and knees to collect it.
    • Ironically, the Lucy suggestion is less a Dog Kick in the movie, where Johnny Depp plays it so over-the-top as to make clear to the audience (if not the extremely drug addled Dr. Gonzo) he's not seriously suggesting this, but rather forcing Gonzo to realize what he'd have to become to keep Lucy around. In the book, this is much more ambiguous. On the other hand, HST objected to the tip-tossing, as he felt that such motiveless and pointless cruelty was out of character for Duke, at least while he was (comparatively) sober.
    • The arguable worst instance arises later. The pair have committed some crimes already at this point but manage to stay somewhat likable. That is until Dr. Gonzo terrorizes a waitress with his knife so badly she is left in tears. While arguments can be made as to how intoxicated he was, this was easily the darkest point of the book. It symbolizes things TRULY taking a turn for the worse.
  • The Ferryman: Features a literal Kick the Dog moment. Well, actually it's more a of a Snap The Dog's Spine And Toss It Overboard moment. The movie gets worse from there.
  • Forbidden Games (Jeux Interdits): In this French film, it's not enough that the Nazis kill Paulette's parents. They have to kill her dog, too!
  • Freddy vs. Jason:
    • Freddy Krueger refers to a black girl as "dark meat." Not only is he a dream-invading serial child-murdering pedophile, he's also a casual racist.
    • Strangely, Freddy is also given one of these with the dog being Jason. In his nightmare, Jason reverts into a scared disfigured child, how he was before he became an undead killing machine. Freddy then tears off his hockey mask, calls him an "ugly little shit", and shows Jason the decapitated head of his mother.
  • Freddy is rather fond of this in his own films as well; simply killing someone is no fun, he'll bring their greatest fears to life, mock them with visions of their already murdered loved ones, and let them live for a while so that others think they are crazy when they try to warn them. To some degree this is justified, as he feeds on fear and wants to cause as much of it as possible before going in for the kill, but the sheer sadistic glee he takes in mockery and desecration is this trope.
  • Friday the 13th:
  • Michael Myers from the Halloween series apparently doesn't share the same sentiment, having killed several dogs over the course of his many rampages. And eating one of them, apparently. "He got hungry..."
  • Gate of Hell: While angrily pacing around outside of a mansion, waiting to speak to the married woman he's enthralled with, the main character literally kicks the dog that came up to him.
  • GI Joe The Rise Of Cobra: Zartan's murder of Cover Girl.
    • In its sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the movie reveals that Zartan murdered Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow's master, the Hard Master, and framed Storm Shadow for it.

  • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: Occurs in this film when Destoroyah not only kills Junior right in front of Godzilla, but then grabs the heartbroken Godzilla by the throat and proceeds to drag him around while laughing.
  • Godzilla Vs Mothra: Rowdy college students try to drown a dog that never harmed them. Until Mothra drowns them and traps them in her own silk.
  • Goemon: This 2009 Japanese film probably has one of the most evil examples of this thus far. Saizo tries to assassinate the (mostly corrupt) ruler of Japan, Hideyoshi. Naturally, he fails, and is captured. After Goemon breaks him out, Hideyoshi and his men attack Saizo's home, kill his wife, and abduct his baby son. Being told that his son's life will be spared if he turns himself in, he gladly allows himself to be boiled alive in a giant vat of oil, in front of the entire city. Hideyoshi kicks him into the oil, and this is where the moment comes: when Hideyoshi throws his baby son into the vat 10 seconds later, alive. Literally every other character, be it good, evil, or in between, were disgusted by this act at best. At best.
  • The Golden Compass: The moment when Mrs. Coulter hits her daemon.
  • Gozu: Exaggerated Trope in an extremely violent moment. Well, not so much kick the dog, as pick it up by its leash and bash it to a bloody pulp on the nearest wall. Both figuratively and literally. The moment where Ozaki clearly goes from annoyingly unstable, to dangerously insane.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel: After Deputy Kovacs proves incorruptible, Jopling throws his cat out the window, to its death several stories below.
  • Gremlins: Not only does Mrs. Deagle neatly follow the And Your Little Dog Too trope, but she attempts to kick a poor family out of their home shortly before the holidays because they are unable to pay their rent. She is established as a sort of Mr. Potter figure early in the film. None of this has anything to do with the rest of the movie and she is not really the film's villain. (That would be the Gremlins, of course!) It would seem that she is made to be so hateful for no other reason than to justify her truly tasteless death by the hands of the monsters.
    • The Gremlins themselves also fall under this trope, tying up the family dog with Christmas lights and, in the original script, actually killing him.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Near the end, Lucius Malfoy literally kicks the Dobby.
  • Hassan and Naima: This Egyptian film has a textbook case. In the first scene with the villain he starts by harasses the protagonist for going to her cousin's wedding in an explicitly sexist way. When she storms off, he kicks a tiny dog, sending him rolling five feet or so, then insults a beggar. Because he's a jerk.
  • In Highlander III: The Sorcerer, the villain Kane's entire arc is basically one long line of atrocities to cement his evil. For instance, he slaughters a village in the opening when they don't immediately tell him where Nakano is, endangers the life of a small boy for kicks and rapes a prostitute.
  • Hitler: The Rise of Evil: Done literally in this film to make absolutely certain that the viewer would understand that Hitler is not to be liked at all. It's kind of amusing when it's been said that he loved dogs in real life. The dog led Hitler out of a tent instead of sitting down like Hitler commanded him to. When Hitler kicked the dog a bomb went of in the tent and Hitler got away with only a few scratches. It is implied that this made him love animals as he spoke fondly of the dog in the hospital and was sad that he couldn´t find the dog after the explosion.
  • Hollow Man: Using his invisibility to his advantage Sebastian rapes a woman. When he discovers that Linda is sleeping with Matt, he becomes enraged and kills an invisible dog barking at him, and it is shown in infrared.
  • Hondo: Apache warrior Silva kills the title character's dog out of spite. Suffice to say that killing John Wayne's canine companion is not a good idea.
  • Hot Rod: The romantic rival pulls the rarer "run over a racoon" variant, then chuckles to himself and comments that he can't wait to tell his bro who will love it.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom:
    • There are several examples:
    • The Thuggee Cult is the most notable example, as they enslave small children to mine for Sankara Stones under very poor conditions.
    • Another Kick The Dog Moment occurs after Indy is under the influence of Kali Blood, when he smacks Short Round in the face.
  • Inglourious Basterds: Zoller, the subject of Goebbels' propaganda film, is portrayed through most of the movie as a kind, generous, patriotic, somewhat lovesick suitor. The guy is even a film buff. And in one of his last scenes, he shudders at watching Goebbels' glorification of his bloody war heroism. In his last scene, he takes joy in accidentally hurting Shoshanna after she turned him down one more time, barks commands and threats at her and generally gives off a rape vibe. This is the scene that makes it OK to kill him.
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (The Invasion): It's not clear what would be so bad about the new world order that's taking shape, until it's made clear that anyone not affected by the change would be executed, rather than simply kept out of positions of influence and allowed to live out their lives.
  • John Wick is all about how this can backfire. Iosef Tarasov, son of a Russian mob boss, decides he wants John's 1969 Mustang, but John isn't selling. Iosef breaks into John's house that night to steal the keys and, in the process, kills John's dog Daisy because she was annoying him. Problem is, John's a former mob hitman (a damn good one, too), and Daisy was a last gift from his dead wife. Extensive payback ensues.
  • Kick-Ass 2: Averted by Motherfucker. "Kill the dog? Jesus Christ, I'm not THAT evil!"
  • King Kong Escapes: In this Toho film, the villain Doctor Who shoots the old man on Kong's island when he comes to take the ape, just responding to his warnings not to take the ape with "Yes. Kong's mine now." before killing him.
  • The King's Speech: The scene at Balmoral Castle was this for Edward. First he showed how lightly he takes his duties as king, more interested in pleasing his girlfriend. Then he was apathetic to Hitler's march through Europe before he finally topped it off with mocking his brother Albert's speech impairment.
  • Kiss of the Dragon: This Jet Li movie has a scene where the main bad guy forcibly injects the female lead, a woman he had tricked into prostitution, with her "fix" of heroin and sends her back to work on the street after she begs him to let her daughter go so that she can get out of the business. Apart from the earlier nasty things he did (such as framing Li for killing the diplomat), this scene marks him as a huge bastard worthy of the very nasty death that Li gave him. He does have a pet turtle.
  • A Little Princess: In this 1995 film, both Miss Minchin and Lavinia are established as bad'uns when they independently bully the woobie Ermingarde.
  • Little Shop of Horrors: In the musical film version, Audrey II, after a blatantly evil phone call, reaches into the change slot of a pay phone to see of there are any coins. And That's Terrible.
  • Little Sweetheart: Thelma, the sociopathic, psychotic, greedy 9-year-old does it, we're just not sure when the first is, seeing as she's practically kicking the dog back and forth.
  • Live and Let Die: Occurs when Kananga slaps Solitaire in the face after she sleeps with Bond.
  • Local Hero: Subverted Trope due to Values Dissonance. After Mac has adopted a rabbit he accidentally hit with his car and takes it to the village, the villagers cook and eat it. They turn out to be good people anyway.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • There are a few instances of these:
    • In The Fellowship of the Ring the Ringwraiths decide to chop off a hobbit watchman's head and drop a door on the gatekeeper in Bree.
    • In The Return Of The King they don't so much kick the dog as much as throw the heads of the dog's friends at him.
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park:
    • One of the hunters zaps a little chicken-size dinosaur with a cattle prod.
    • The Dog Bites Back later on, along with about a hundred of its friends.
    • And the T. rex actually eats a dog while on the rampage in San Diego.
  • Magnolia: In this Paul Thomas Anderson 1999 film, Frank T.J. Mackey warns Phil Parma that he'll "dropkick those fucking dogs if they come near me."
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe has several examples:
    • The Incredible Hulk: Blonsky arrives at Bruce's apartment with his tranquilizer gun only to find he's already run for it; he shoots Bruce's dog instead (complete with comedy yelp noise). In the DVD commentary, the director actually says that there's no better way to establish a villain than by having him shoot a dog.
    • Iron Man 2: Justin Hammer pulls off two separate dog kicks. First, when Vanko asks Hammer to retrieve his beloved cockatoo from his former home in Russia, and Hammer tries to fob off a random pet store cockatoo on him — as if any devoted pet owner wouldn't recognize their own. The second incident occurs shortly thereafter, when Hammer is displeased with Vanko's apparent lack of progress on Hammer's line of battle suits; he has one of his thugs stuff the poor bird in a bag and take it away along with many of Vanko's other comforts. The two thugs Hammer tasked with this don't last long after that.
    • Thor: In an example of Kick Them While They Are Down (at least emotionally), Loki visited the recently-depowered Thor who'd just realized that he was truly powerless after failing to lift Mjölnir and lied to him, telling him that Odin was dead because of the stress brought on by the war that Thor instigated and that their mother, Frigga, never wanted to see Thor again. The kicker was that Thor thanked Loki!
    • The Avengers: Loki does it again—this time he screws out some poor guy's eye (it happens off camera) (and appears to enjoy it) for the purpose of getting an eyescan to steal iridium. Most of his actions are meant to cause as much mayhem and distress as possible. He attempts a Breaking Speech against the Black Widow with an archaic form of the Country Matters trope, as well.
    • Iron Man 3: The Mandarin broadcasts himself on all TVs across the nation and shows a hostage on the floor. He declares that if the President of the United States doesn't call him within 30 seconds, he will shoot the man in the head. The president calls him, but The Mandarin shoots the poor guy anyway. Not really, as The Mandarin was actually just an actor named Trevor, and the gun wasn't real, as revealed later when Tony infiltrated the mansion it was broadcast from.
      • Played straight later in the movie when the true Mandarin himself, Aldrich Killian, murders Maya Hansen in front of Tony (who was zip-tied to a bed frame), for no purpose than to put even more misery on Tony.
    • Thor: The Dark World: Malekith murdering Frigga.
  • The Mask of Zorro: Does this with resident baddie Captain Harrison Love. For the first fourth or so of the picture, Captain Love seems less like an evil villain and more like a lawman who is only an antagonist because the hero of the movie is an outlaw. Well, we can't have that sort of thing in our summer blockbusters. In order to avoid actually having to deal with moral complexity, we're treated to an Anvilicious scene where Zorro is conversing with the Captain and he randomly takes Zorro's brother's head out of his desk drawer, where it had been "marinating" in something presumably alcoholic, and Captain Love nonchalantly drinks a cupful of it. Drawn straight from the jar. To drive the point home, he tells our hero that he keeps the heads of everyone he kills, because he just loves killing people so very much.
  • The Meteor Man: The Big Bad doesn't kick the dog, he throws a dumpster on the dog! The dog got better.
  • Metropolis: Early on, Joh Fredersen fires one of his overworked assistants for failing to report an accident at the Moloch Machine, effectively dooming him to working in the deplorable conditions underground.
  • The Monster Squad:
    • Dracula all but cements the fact that he is an utter bastard right near the end of the movie when he confronts Phoebe, a little girl who is five years old and has the amulet that he wants to destroy so that the creatures of the night can rule the world, with these words: "Give me the amulet, you bitch!" If calling a five-year-old a bitch isn't Kicking The Dog, we don't know what is.
    • This scene was so bad that Duncan Regehr (Dracula) actually refused to do the scene in more than one take, and little Ashley Bank (Phoebe) was genuinely terrified when she saw his "evil" contact lenses.
    • Also, there was the scene where Drac blew up the treehouse belonging to the title group with a stick of dynamite. The kids weren't there, but Drac seemed to think they were, judging by his cold "Meeting adjourned" just before the kaboom.
  • Shang Tsung gets several during the Mortal Kombat movie, first delivering a vicious Finishing Stomp on poor Chan (while he was down, no less!), and taking Art Lean's soul after he is killed by Goro.
  • Nacho Libre: The wrestler who had originally won the battle royal for the opportunity to fight Ramses, Silencio, is fighting against a child beggar over a loaf of bread.
  • No Country for Old Men:
    • Used almost to the point of gratuity; Chigurh arbitrarily murders random innocents several times, based solely on whim and the outcome of a coin toss. He even takes a potshot at a pigeon he passes while crossing a bridge. Ironically (the irony being that he's the most terrifyingly competent and relentless assassin in film history), he misses. Utterly lampshaded early on by Deputy Wendell, who, upon surveying the scene of the drug dealers' massacre in the desert, remarks: "Aw, they even shot the dog." As if the pile of dead bodies and truckload of heroin weren't big enough clues that these are bad people.
    • The pigeon potshot is actually a sly In-Joke to an earlier Coen Brothers' Dog Kicker, the Lone Biker of the Apocalypse, Leonard Smalls from Raising Arizona. When first he is shown onscreen, he shoots a lizard with a shotgun and lobs a grenade at a bunny rabbit.
  • No Holds Barred: The main bad guys really get their kicks from being assholes. Hell, one of the them tried to commit rape.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?: The one-eyed "bible salesman" beats two of the protagonist senseless with a branch to steal whatever it was that they were keeping in that shoe box they were guarding so closely. When he finds out it's a frog (which they thought was a cursed friend), he squeezes the thing dead on his palm, and violently throws it against a tree, making one of the heroes cry. He later gets what's coming for him when a burning cross drops on him.
  • Once Upon A Time In China 2: In the opening scene, the White Lotus Sect burns a dog because it's a foreign breed.
  • One Crazy Summer: Aquila Beckersted gloats over his victory over the protagonists and punctuates his villainy by literally kicking a little girl's dog and putting it in an animal hospital.
  • Pans Labyrinth: Captain Vidal is woken up so he can deal with some possible rebels; an old man and his teenage son. They insist that they were hunting rabbits, but he beats the kid's face in with a bottle before even letting him finish his sentence, then shoots them both. He reaches into their pack, and pulls out... a pair of rabbits. He snarls at his men that they should search these assholes before bothering him with them, and goes back to bed. Later, he asks the cooks to make him something from the rabbits. "Perhaps a stew."
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • This is Cutler Beckett's job description in the sequels. Once he gets Davy Jones's Soul Jar, he repeals little things like "right to due process" and "habeas corpus" and orders mass executions of anyone even suspected of sheltering a pirate, including children. This is the first scene of the third movie. He's so good at this he manages to Kick the Kraken by having it beach itself just to prove a point about magic being obsolete. Even Jack, who got eaten by the thing, feels sorry for it and considers it a sign of the times.
    • Barbosa gets one in the first film, when he maroons Jack and Elizabeth, but refuses to give them a second loaded pistol - he expects Jack to do the honorable thing and shoot Elizabeth, and then starve to death himself.
    • Davy Jones kills dozens of innocent people in attempting to track down Will and Jack, though which one hits as most insidious - the innocent foreigners who merely chance upon Jack's hat or the trading crew with the stern captain we actually come to know somewhat - remains to be seen.
      • For specific moments, there is also him ordering the defiant crewman who spurned his offer of crewmanship killed immediately and, in a rage, having the survivors of the aforementioned trading ship slaughtered wholesale without even offering them the chance to take his wretched bargain.
    • Blackbeard. Gleefully so. Subverted when he appears to kill Philip, but only uses poison to knock him out. Said subversion is the a Justified Trope by his using Philip to get Syrena's tear.
    • Barbossa in the fourth film. When his ship and crew are being swarmed by mermaids, he refuses to help or even recognize their plight, passing it off as "seagulls nesting" when the officers point out their crew's screams of terror. Admittedly, it's not like he could have actually saved them, but it was still pretty cold.
    • "Someone make a note of that man's bravery."
  • Planet of the Apes (2001): In this 2001 Tim Burton remake, the evil General Thade knocks the chimp Pericles against a wall, breaking his leg; thus cowed, Pericles then crawls back into the relative safety of his cage (much like a kicked dog might do).
  • Point Break: Inverted Trope: During a chase scene Bodhi (the bad guy) throws a dog at Johnny (the hero) to slow him down. Johnny kicks the dog out of his way.
  • The Poker House: This 2008 indie drama has a pretty brutal one delivered to Jennifer Lawrence's character after she is raped.
  • The Princess Bride:
    • For the first 45 minutes, it appears that Prince Humperdinck, if somewhat a hunting-loving milquetoast that Buttercup doesn't love, is more aloof and uncaring than out-and-out evil...until he tortures Westley to death (well, mostly) on Count Rugen's crazy sucking machine, and lies to Buttercup to make her think Westley abandoned her.
    • The book is much more to the point on the subject — the first time we see Humperdinck, he's in his Zoo of Death, where he keeps wild animals for the express purpose of killing them when he's bored.
  • The Professional: One of Normal Stansfield's men shoots 12 year-old Mathilda's much younger brother. Later, Stansfield threatens to kill an entire room full of children; if his demand hadn't been met, he definitely would have followed through.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: Having finally lost track of Indy after an extended truck chase, Colonel Dietrich throws a melon at an off-screen dog. The dog gives up its barking with a yelp. Nazis, eh?
  • Red Dog: Another example with a literal dog occurs in this film: the caretaker's wife shoots Red Dog in an attempt to kill him, but not in a Shoot the Dog kind of way.
  • Renegade Trail: A cattle thief named Stiff-Hat Bailey does a literal one of these in this 1939 movie, one of the Hopalong Cassidy series, much to the fury of the dog's young owner.
  • Return to Oz: The Nome King enjoys a long sequence of kick the dog moments as he becomes steadily more human: to begin with, he reveals that his supposedly innocent contest is actually a death trap for Dorothy's friends, and forces Dorothy and the others to keep playing by threatening to incinerate them; then he sends the childlike Jack Pumpkinhead to participate, clearly enjoying Jack's terror; finally, he reveals that he now owns the Ruby Slippers and mockingly congratulates Dorothy for letting them fall into his hands.
  • Revolution 1985: Using men in place of foxes in a fox hunt is a pointlessly cruel action. It also shows that this is why the British are considered the villains of the story.
  • Richard III: The 1995 film version (the WWII-esque one) has Richard talking to Tyrell while the latter is feeding apples to the military unit's mascot (appropriately, a boar). He hands an apple to Richard, who throws it at the boar hard enough to make it squeal.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: The Sheriff of Nottingham: "Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans. No more merciful beheadings... and call off Christmas!"
  • RoboCop (1987): Clarence Boddicker and his gang get one of these near the beginning of the movie, and it's a doozy — the sheer brutality with which they murder the protagonist before he is rebuilt is enough to catapult these bastards straight across the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Scarface (1983): Sosa's evil is made clear by his lack of qualms about the children that will be caught in a hit's collateral damage.
  • The Searchers: In this classic John Ford western, John Wayne is frequently compared to the antagonist — a Comanche chief named Scar — but is differentiated in that while Wayne pets the dog before Indians raid his family's home early in the film, when we later see Scar at his camp before the cavalry raids them, Scar throws a rock off screen at a yapping dog, and we hear a pathetic whimper a second later.
  • Secret Window: One of the first ways in which the protagonist's stalker demonstrates his overall high level of dangerous creepiness is by killing the protagonist's stabbing him with a screwdriver. Of course, it turns out it was actually the protagonist himself who did all that, but the point stands.
  • Seven Years In Tibet: Chinese officers kicks and smear a sand mandala that the Tibetan monks have been painstakingly working on.
  • Severed: Forest of the Dead: In this not-quite-zombies zombie movie, one of the characters, fearful of the violent (and slightly unbalanced) lumberjacks in the well-defended camp, leaves in the dead of night...and leaves the gate open behind him. He's been kind of a whiny jerk and a pansy up to that point, but that action (leaving the sleeping camp vulnerable to the zombies) ensures his Karmic Death not too long afterward.
  • Shaft: In this 1970s Blaxploitation film, the title character grabs one of the Big Bad's Mooks and uses him as a human shield to try and escape. The villain shoots and kills his own henchman. He lets Shaft live only because he has to report back to his employer Bumpy that the Big Bad hasn't killed Bumpy's daughter, that he has taken hostage.
  • The Shawshank Redemption:
    • A number of examples from the Warden. "Give him another month to think about it."
    • Heywood did this earlier in the movie, as he taunted an emotionally-overwhelmed prisoner by reeling him in with what starts out sounding reassuring, only to go on to something that is practically the opposite of reassuring.
      "Don't you listen to these nitwits, you hear me? This place ain't so bad. Tell you what, I'll introduce you around, make you feel right at home. I know a couple of big old bull queers that'd just love to make your acquaintance. Especially that big, white, mushy butt of yours."
      • That emotionally-overwhelmed prisoner then broke down in tears, and Heywood laughed at this out loud.
  • Shooter: The protagonist sniper reveals that he would have just hid in the wilderness if only the bad guys hadn't shot his dog first.
  • Show Boat: The 1950s version whittles Pete's role down to one of these scenes, taking a slave's necklace on the grounds that she probably stole it, then actually performing his role and mucking things up before being fired.
  • Showdown in Little Tokyo: Yoshida's early murder of Angel after she tries to bribe her way out of being killed for warning one of his victims by screwing him in front of his own men. The coroner later notes that they already got her so high on methamphetamines that she would have been dead in 20 minutes anyway, decapitating her mid-coitus was redundant and done purely out of cruelty (and possibly as a warning).
  • Single White Female: Done literally, to establish how much of a Yandere Hedy is for Allie. When the puppy Hedy brought home eats some of Allie's food, Hedy kicks the puppy across the floor, mainly because she's upset that Allie isn't there to eat it.
  • Sky Blue: At the beginning, Locke orders a decaying rig to be jettisoned. When one of the Diggers protests that they need time to evacuate, Locke shoots him and threatens to kill the other if he doesn't comply, thus resulting in the deaths of numerous other Diggers. He also kicks several more dogs hard at the end, but telling would be spoileriffic.
  • Snakes on a Plane: Has a businessman who grabs another passenger's pet chihuahua and throws it to the snakes in an attempt to buy himself some time. Everyone in the audience likely cheers when, a few seconds later, a snake eats him.
  • The Social Network: After Eduardo was kicked out of the company, Sean decides to rub salt to the wounds by handing Eduardo his paltry check. Even Mark felt that was going too far.
  • Sorry, Haters: Done literally, as Phoebe, after she detonates a bomb in a subway station, throws her pet dog in front of a moving truck on a New York City street.
  • Spawn: Clown literally applies this trope when he attempts to eat Spawn's dog Spaz to get one back at him.
  • Spider-Man 3: Invoked Trope: Thoman Hayden Church, who played the Sandman, asked the director if he could be shown punching a police dog while fleeing from the cops, so it would be clear that he wasn't an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. (It was only a puppet, but it gets the point across well enough.)
  • The Spirit: The Octopus (the Spirit's nemesis) dons a Nazi uniform and gleefully melts a white fluffy kitten, seemingly just for kicks.
  • Star Trek:
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  • The Stranger: This Orson Welles film provides a literal example of this trope.
  • Strangers on a Train:
    • In this Alfred Hitchcock film, Magnificent Bastard Bruno Anthony uses his cigarette to casually puncture a little boy's balloon. Just for the pleasure of being a total dick.
    • There's a likely homage in Wes Craven's original The Last House on the Left, wherein we see David Hess as Krug do the exact same before his band of socially and sexually deviant weirdos get down to the more serious business at hand.
  • St. Trinian's (2007): Has the Minister of Education kick the dog. Straight into a lawn mower.
  • Sudden Impact: A literal example: Mick and Kruger's brothers-in-law injure Harry's dog after killing his buddy Horace (it's unclear exactly what they do to the dog, but we see the poor thing limping).
  • Sunnyside: Done literally in this Charlie Chaplin silent short when the villain kicks a dog belonging to a young boy. The antagonist repeatedly kicks Charlie himself in the rear throughout the entire film as well.
  • Superman II:
    • A boy in a small town taken over by the Phantom Zone criminals makes a break for it on horseback for help. Seeing this disobedience, General Zod almost casually signals Non to stop him, which is done by taking a police car flasher light and throwing it hard and accurately enough to apparently kill both kid and horse with one blow. When a woman wails he was just a boy, Ursa purrs sadistically, "And he will never become a man."
    • Let's not forget "evil" Superman in Superman III, in which he straightens the Leaning Tower of Pisa and blows out the Olympic Torch, out of boredom. Or is that just Superdickery?
    • We have another trope for that.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Koopa kicks his pet dinosaur Yoshi.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:
    • In order to make the Serial Killer protagonist sympathetic, Christopher Bond and Stephen Sondheim pitted him against Judge Turpin, who is pretty much a dog-kicking machine throughout the play. Among his nastier Kick the Dog moments are: having Benjamin Barker, the man who would become Sweeney, transported to Botany Bay for life just so he could get at his wife Lucy, who he wanted for himself (and then raping her at a masked ball that he has the Beadle lure her to, in a crossing of the Moral Event Horizon), the sentencing of an eight-year-old boy to death by hanging, the entire Wife Husbandry plan he has for his teenage ward Johanna, and subsequently throwing her into a madhouse after learning she wants to marry the sailor Anthony Hope instead of him.
    • The Beadle, in addition to helping the Judge carry out his Moral Event Horizon, also gets some Kick the Dog moments of his own. In the film, he savagely whips Anthony with his cane after he is thrown out on Judge Turpin's orders for "gandering" at Johanna. And in the play, he's even crueler — he snaps the neck of the poor little bird that was Anthony's gift to Johanna before threatening him with the same if he ever steps foot on their street again.
  • Terminator:
    • Early in The Terminator, the titular character had to run over some children's toys to establish that he is evil. Never mind that he'd already killed (at least) two people in exceptionally ruthless fashion. There's also a very literal example, as the humanoid Terminator in Kyle's future flashback uses his machine gun to mow down the guard dogs who detected him, although there's a Gory Discretion Shot.
    • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-1000 actually kills John's dog.
    • A dumb racist in Terminator Salvation self-righteously screams at a frightened Chinese woman to "Speak English!!" on the prisoner transport. He deservingly dies for his arrogance later, shot to bloody little pieces by a T600.
  • Time Bandits: Evil himself shows us how it is done, by not just kicking, but incinerating, Benson the dog.
  • The Toxic Avenger: In this Troma film, the antagonists take dog-kicking to the extreme with their hobby of running people over in their car for fun and taking pictures of the gore that ensues. The most gruesome/hilarious example is provided in the scene where the main characters run over a small child riding his bicycle after taunting him and, upon realizing he is not fully dead, reverse the car over his head. Furthermore, the attractive females of the crew of villains seem to get sexually aroused by the carnage, know. All pretty much standard fare for a Troma film.
  • Transformers: In the 2007 film, Megatron gets to Kick The Human: while he and Prime recover from a fall during their climactic battle, Megatron casually flicks a fleeing passerby in disgust. It's made somewhat funny that this passerby was in fact the director, Michael Bay.
  • U571: In this movie, the captain of the Nazi U-boat orders his men to slaughter survivors from an Allied cargo ship over his crew's protests. On the other hand, a more merciful act than leaving the survivors to drown or die of thirst.
  • Underworld Rise Of The Lycans: Viktor captures Lucian and sentences him to 30 lashes for betraying his trust. During the lashing scene, when even one lash is brutal enough to Lucian, after 21 of them Viktor remains stiff-necked about how much he wants Lucian to suffer: "By my count, that's 21. Continue." He even forbids his own daughter to intervene on pain of severe punishment.
  • Urban Legend: The villain microwaved a dog in order to draw one of the victims out to kill him.
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie has Scowler attacking Patchi when all the latter did was lead the herd across the frozen lake. Which Scowler lead them across in the first place. But after Scowler mauls Patchi during their fight and shoves him into a ditch, he kicks him out of the herd and leaves him to die. And when Juniper wants to help, he refuses to let her help Patchi and declares that he doesn't have a brother.
  • Warrior: In this 2011 film: Mad Dog kicks several dogs so that we don't sympathize with him when Tommy humiliates and crushes him in the ring. He's a cocky asshole when he knocks out his first sparring partner, and also dyes his mohawk a camouflage color to mock Tommy's past as a Marine.
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?: If you weren't convinced yet that Jane is a little off her rocker, by the time Blanche's pet bird goes missing, you'll be quite assured to know Jane's mental status when she kills the bird and puts it on a dinner plate to horrify her disabled sister.
  • What Just Happened: This movie has a Show Within a Show that everyone hates because the dog gets shot at the end. It shows the jaded audience, desensitized to all forms of human-on-human violence, bored in a movie theater. The antagonist shoots the protagonist and the audience couldn't care less. And then the antagonist shoots the protagonist's dog and everyone is mortified and scarred for life.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom demonstrates The Dip by melting a tiny, adorable shoe toon in it.
  • The Wild Bunch: Angel, the only Mexican in the title band, has been handed over to Mapache after he uses one of the crates of guns meant for the General to arm his people and give them a chance against the General due to being ratted out by the mother of his former girlfriend, whom Angel had gunned down in a fit of jealousy upon finding her with Mapache. When the other members visit Mapache's village, they come across a sickening scene in which Angel is being tortured by being dragged along the ground from a rope tied to the fender of Mapache's new car to the joyous laughter of the villagers. Pike and Dutch are both utterly appalled by this despicable act:
    Pike: God I hate to see that!
    Dutch: No more than I do.
  • The Wizard of Oz: It was clear from the first second the Wicked Witch of the West appeared that she was ... well, wicked, particularly when she threatened Dorothy's poor dog in the Trope Namer for And Your Little Dog Too. However, for most of the movie, she's more of a Designated Villain, since all she wants is to get her sister's shoes back. When she really gets solidified as evil comes at one of three points:
    • When she orders one of her Mooks to drown Toto anyway, even after Dorothy agreed to do whatever the Witch said, a Kick the Dog moment that involved an actual dog. Or ...
    • When she locks Dorothy in the room with the evil hourglass (the one that would kill her once it ran out) and the crystal ball, makes Aunt Em appear in the latter, and then sadistically mocks her once she's completely broken down. Or...
    • When she finally has Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion cornered, she tells Dorothy she will be Forced to Watch. She gloats: "The last to go will see the first three go before her." Even the most generous Alternate Character Interpretation can't make that anything but pure sadism.
  • X-Men:
    • X-Men: The Last Stand:

      While Magneto may have been a complex Anti-Villain with sympathetic goals, his slide toward the Moral Event Horizon is punctuated with increasingly cruel kick-the-dog moments. In particular is when Mystique is hit with a "cure dart" and turns suddenly into a beautiful, stricken, and supremely vulnerable human woman. And then he promptly abandons her without a second thought. Not to mention the fact that she had just saved him.

      He also gets major dog-kicking points in the scene where his forces fight against the government. He uses Chess Motifs, telling his protege, Pyro for them to wait until the pawns (his other followers) exhaust themselves. In this moment, like the above scene, Magneto violates his own standards of decency, since if nothing else, he supposedly cares about mutants.
    • Agent Zero killing the elderly that housed Logan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    • In The Wolverine, Shingen contemptuously tells Yukio, who has been friends with Shingen's daughter Mariko since childhood, that she's nothing more than a "plaything" that Mariko has now outgrown.
  • The Young Victoria: After violently manhandling Princess Victoria, Sir John Conroy actually kicks her dog, Dash, as she storms from the room.

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