"All of the other reindeerA character is surrounded by people who constantly put them down, usually because of some trait that is integral to them being a hero or villain. It seems the only responses one can make to this are the extremes: "put up with it silently" or "guess you don't need me." And, in worst case, take the Irrational Hatred to heart and start hating oneself. All the other Muggles will look down on the hero even as they're being slaughtered. If a hero, the character will constantly show their virtue by putting up with it and saving their tormentors' lives again and again. Said tormentors will be grateful for about five seconds (that is, until the end of the episode), and then start it up again. There are only two settings for the hero. Stiff upper lip, or abandoning his tormentors completely. The hero who is putting up with this borders on being masochistic. Few attempts are made to truly change their situation, unless it's "going too far and abandoning people entirely," (which they'll regret considering and go right back to it again.) It's not uncommon for a disillusioned hero, however, to undergo a 10-Minute Retirement as a result of such poor treatment. As a result of this, crime and mayhem will usually skyrocket, the Muggles and mundane authorities will be unable to cope, and a slightly humiliating backtracking will be necessary as they beg the hero to come back and clean the mess up. Of course, once the hero does come back, they had better not expect gratitude; the Ungrateful Bastards may immediately start picking on them again as soon as the mess is cleaned up. This is, unfortunately, sometimes Truth in Television. If a villain, they'll inevitably explode and slaughter their tormentors, to the barely disguised envy of the audience, who may end up on his side. Oh, the hero will stop them eventually, but not before most of those who wronged the villain are taken out. Afterwards the villain will ask the hero why he didn't use their powers for evil given the rough treatment. One of the usual problems facing a Plucky Girl. Fear of this happening is a common motivation for I Just Want to Be Normal. Compare the parental Why Couldn't You Be Different?. Often collides with Fridge Logic when you realize people are Bullying a Dragon. This is also a major problem when Individuality Is Illegal. They can make you go What the Hell, Townspeople? Compare Of the People and My Species Doth Protest Too Much. Bonus points if the character in question is actually a reindeer like Rudolph. Related Fantastic Racism, Never Accepted in His Hometown, Internalized Categorism and Klingon Scientists Get No Respect. Possible cause for Driven to Suicide. If this is played in a positive aspect, then it's Enemies Equals Greatness. Not to be confused with Olive the Other Reindeer. Nor with Dream-Crushing Handicap.
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games!"
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games!"
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- One Piece has quite a bit of flavours:
- Never ever more literally than Tony Tony Chopper, who is an actual reindeer. Even when he didn't have devil fruit powers, he was still picked on for having a blue nose, and when he did eat the devil fruit, he was violently thrown out of the herd. When he ate the Devil Fruit that granted him sapience and ability to turn into a human he was overjoyed that he may finally find a home... But to humans he looked like a scary yeti and they drove him away too. Well, most of them.
- Robin might also qualify. The children initially shun her because of her Devil Fruit power. When she's forced on the run, she can't find anyone willing to take her in without succumbing to fear of the government closing in on them for harboring her or betraying her for the bounty money until she meets the Straw Hats.
- Ace was a bit of an odd case as this trope goes. It turns out his dad was Gold Roger himself. When he was growing up, though, the world hated the guy and seemed to spend a lot of time badmouthing him and any children he might have had, never aware that such a child actually existed and was right there listening, so Ace himself wasn't a specific target to them. Didn't stop Ace from taking it personally.
- Rebecca from the Dressrosa Arc might qualify as well. Her grandfather who was the former king of Dressrosa, was villainized by Doflamingo who took his throne. As soon as Rebecca entered the colosseum, people started to express their hate for her bloodline. At least until Doflamingo's Frame-Up is exposed thanks to the Straw Hats.
- In Trigun, Vash the Stampede is universally hated/feared/hunted by everyone. The best he can hope for is being asked to leave a town and the worst is to watch as those trying to kill him destroy yet another town/city and kill innocents. To make matters worse, his heart of gold causes him extreme guilt over these incidents. Yet he still is always there to save them.
- This is also shown in the episode where he and Wolfwood visit the flying city only to be hated by most of the inhabitants. They hated Vash because he brought Wolfwood with him (he didn't do it on purpose), and they hated Wolfwood because he was the first non-Vash outsider to visit in the better part of a century, and they were extremely xenophobic. The situation didn't change after the two of them fight off 2 of the Gung-Ho Guns and saved them all.
- The manga chapter shortly after the first real Power Incontinence incident, which went straight up into Body Horror, in which Vash saves the day but instinctively throws up some 'feathers' to catch a bullet, and then the townspeople he just saved start stoning him, is very much this. Vash's True Companions are there to be outraged on his behalf, but Vash just keeps smiling.
- Suzaku Kururugi from Code Geass fits this for the majority of the first season. Then his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder starts acting up.
- A lighter version of this is shown in Spider Riders with Grasshop. He also qualifies as the ultimate Butt Monkey at times.
- As a child, Lucy of Elfen Lied was mercilessly teased by the other kids in the orphanage for her emotionless demeanor and her horns. The final straw is when they take the puppy she'd been caring for and force her to watch while they beat it to death, just to get some kind of reaction out of her. She snaps and tears apart everyone in the room with her newly-awakened powers. Later, thinking she has been betrayed by Kouta, she goes on a massive slaughter rampage.
- In Fruits Basket, Tohru Honda was ostracized as a little girl by her kindergarten peers. In fact, the title of the series lampshades this trope: after the kids humiliate her during recess, Tohru thinks "there's no place for me, a rice ball, in a fruits basket." In a more direct sense, after Tohru's father, Katsuya, died when Tohru was three years old, many of her relatives on her father's side looked at Tohru and said, "A girl like this is no consolation," because she didn't look like Katsuya. Said adults had the nerve to say this during Katsuya's wake/funeral. In Tohru's face. When they were supposed to be offering their condolences to her. Tohru's paternal grandfather summarizes it best; Tohru's silence to these comments may have allowed the relatives to think that they were speaking to an otherwise mindless child, but children are capable of listening contrary to what adults think, and they are especially prone to take such 'mindless' comments to heart. Tohru's mannerisms as she grows up are a result of such comments, and, in some ways, this pushes her into the Stepford Smiler territory.
- Tamahome of Fushigi Yuugi reveals he was nicknamed "obake-chan" and tormented as a child because of the mark on his forehead, which designates him as a Suzaku warrior (and hence somebody who will help save the entire kingdom).
Tasuki: They must know your childhood nickname!Tamahome: (pre-Berserk Button stage)Amiboshi: Tamahome, take it easy! I'm not the one writing this stuff!
- And fellow warrior and vitriolic best bud Tasuki immediately deflates Tamahome's big heroic moment by agreeing with "obake-chan." (Tasuki is next seen soaring into space as he screams.)
- Parodied in the omake "The Tale of the Forbidden Women's Hot Spring Resort": The Suzaku and Seiryuu Seishi miff each other off with Amiboshi and Suboshi as media:
- Mikan of Alice Academy is abused by classmates, teachers and her once-best friend. This may be different in the manga, but at least the best-friend abuse lasted for five seconds... Unless she feels Mikan is acting stupid or wants her to stop being sad, Hotaru is the first to jump to Mikan's defense. And the classmates and at least two teachers warms up to her pretty quickly too.
- Girls Bravo has Yukinari who was bullied and beat up by girls all his life. This is what causes him to get hives whenever he is touched by a girl.
- Inuyasha was bullied and picked on for his half-demon heritage his whole life. Even now, humans suspect and fear him while demons mock him.
- This is standard for all half-demons in the series. Jinenji, for example, was so despised for his demonic heritage that when a family of insect demons began attacking and eating humans near his home, he was the prime suspect right off the bat, with the villagers going so far as to form an angry mob and set fire to his home before the real culprit was revealed.
- Not even humans are safe from mistreatment. Before she started traveling with Sesshomaru, Rin lived as a ward in her hometown and was treated like crap by the people there. We're actually shown a scene of them beating her black-and-blue for stealing a fish.
- Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Sawada in Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is referred to as "No-Good Tsuna" by many of his classmates, and put down for his bad grades by his teachers in front of the classes regularly, as well as for his lack of social and athletic skills. Even when he's trying his hardest to change for the better, people still manage to dash his hopes flat like a pancake. Reborn his at home tutor also initially spends more time criticizing Tsuna than actually praising him, though he gets slightly nicer, but his taunting never does stop. Perhaps, though, he is doing it for Tsuna's sake to provoke him into doing something about the teasing. His own mother frequently belittles him even though she clearly cares for him, and she becomes nicer in the later volumes when Tsuna becomes less of a loser.
- Momo Adachi in Peach Girl is a victim of bullying by a few of her classmates, strangers, and her best friend Sae, mostly because she had tanned skin and bleached blonde hair as a result of being exposed to chlorinated water as part of the swim team, but also partially because she was able to hook up with the hottest guys in school despite that. Sae even tries to make it seem like Momo is the one bullying her, throughout the course of the series.
- Flame of Recca. In attempt to "save" the clan, after almost being murdered at age 4, Kurei was ostracized and ridiculed along with his mother for being the wielder of a cursed flame which was said to bring ruin to the Hokage ninja clan. As it turns out, Kurei is actually the holder of the rarest and most sacred fire that the clan can produce.
- Sailor Moon. Put down by her own friends, comrades, and guardians frequently. Even Mamoru isn't exempt from engaging in the teasing. Though, none of it's out of hatred: they're not above of telling her she sucks, but they all do care for her very much, and would gladly die for her when push came down to shove. And they do. Twice.
- The R Movie has a scene that shows how all of the Inner Senshi were like this. Ami/Mercury was rejected for being a Teen Genius (and mistaken for an Insufferable Genius), Rei/Mars was shunned for her Psychic Powers, Makoto/Jupiter was feared for her Super Strength, and Minako/Venus was thought less of for "pretending to be Sailor V." Then, Usagi came into their lives and saved them from their loneliness. The scene as a whole happens when Fiore is torturing Usagi to almost death after she pleas for him to spare the kidnapped Senshi's lives... and they throw themselves at Fiore's feet and claim that, if not for her, they'd be alone in the world. Heartbreaking.
- Whether this was in the American version or not, the German version showed that Minako was an outcast due to being a loner and appearing stuck-up - due to her leaving or disappearing so often to work as Sailor V.
- In School Days, rich and pretty Kotonoha is bullied by Otome and her Girl Posse. Later, Setsuna also bullies her, in an attempt to keep her away from Makoto and make sure he goes to Sekai. It gets worse, although the worst of it didn't fall on Otome or anyone in her immediate circle of Jerk Ass friends.
- Otome got slightly redeemed because she straightforwardly told Makoto that he was an asshole and removed herself out of the picture, after learning about Sekai's possible pregnancy. No excuse for the rest, though.
- Also, Setsuna had to go live abroad, which is arguably a sort-of punishment considering how she ended up completely alone in France, how had a crush on Makoto but didn't get to tell him, and how she wasn't around to stop Sekai and Makoto's death.
- Naruto plays this trope straight with the titular character himself, who was marginalized for most of his life by the villagers of Konoha because of his status as the Jinchuuriki (demon host) of the 9-Tailed Fox, due to the belief that he's the actual incarnation of the demon itself. This goes right into Bullying a Dragon territory, considering that a sufficiently distressed Naruto would be capable of releasing the Fox, which is one of the most powerful entities in the Naruto-verse, capable of creating tsunamis and leveling mountains, and single-handedly responsible for killing mass numbers of shinobi and nearly destroying Konoha. Fortunately, Naruto simply wants to protect his fellow villagers and gain their acceptance. After defeating Pain, he succeeds in becoming a respected icon in his own right. Naruto wasn't completely alone back in the old days, though. He did have one ally, Iruka Umino, who even now doubles as his default guardian and surrogate big brother. In fact, Iruka, himself an orphan since he was very young (in fact, he was orphaned by the Nine-Tailed Fox), was motivated to be there for Naruto because he himself was a survivor of years of this treatment, which he dealt with by acting out in a similar way to the little jinchuuriki.
- The villagers of Suna learned the consequences of bullying a Jinchuuriki when Gaara, the 1-Tailed host, went Ax-Crazy from the isolation, forcing everyone, including skilled veteran ninja and his own siblings, to trend very carefully around him. After Naruto beats some sense back into him, he eventually becomes the respected and beloved leader of the village that had previously feared and hated him.
- According to Deidara, the two Jinchuuriki Akatsuki captured before Gaara were outcasts in their villages, and no one tried to rescue them. The trend is downright turned on its head with Killer Bee, the eight-tailed Jinchuuriki. Turns out he's an extremely beloved member of his village, and when that village, particularly the Raikage and his own students, find out that he's been captured, they are pissed (though their mood changes to sheer annoyance when they find out that Bee gave his would-be captors the slip and went off on an unauthorized vacation). Though it's later revealed that when he was a kid, even Bee's treatment fell under this, and it's only later that he becomes as respected as he is now. It's also implied that they searched for Nii Yugito but never found the kidnappers in time to save her.
- Due to the extensive use of clans with bloodline powers during the Land of Water's many civil wars (as well as events like the Ax-Crazy Kaguya clan's war against Kiri), the people of that region have a general dislike of people possessing special bloodline powers, to the point of occasionally attempting anti-bloodline genocides. They eventually elect a woman with two bloodline powers to become the fifth Mizukage, suggesting that the trend is changing at least somewhat.
- Chouji being shunned for being fat, until Shikamaru stands up for him and later he gets in the Ino-Shika-Chou trio.
- When she was younger Sakura was always teased and made fun of because of her big forehead; after Ino began to stick up for her she began to get more out going. Ironically, after befriending Ino and gaining feelings for Sasuke, she became a bully especially towards Naruto, who had far worse issues than her.
- Hinata was subject to this treatment, with the children thinking that she thought herself better than them because she was from the Hyuga clan, when in fact, the opposite was true, and she felt inadequate.
- Rock Lee was shunned as well for not being able to use ninjutsu or genjutsu (and very little taijutsu) while in the Academy, and things didn't look up for him until he met Guy.
- You can't really blame Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry for having this trope in droves. It is, after all, based very loosely on A Little Princess.
- Makino Tsukushi of Hana Yori Dango saves the trio of obnoxious popular girls that bully her multiple times (often from her vengeful boyfriend), but they continue to attempt to torment her throughout the series.
- Tsukishi also saved Sakurako after the girl when to great lengths to torment her because she wanted Tsukasa, who was then interested in Tsukushi, to find her attractive after he called her ugly as a child. They became sort-of friends after that.
- Bleach's Toushirou Hitsugaya was a victim of this when he was a child. In his own words...
Hitsugaya: "They're scared of me. It's not like I did anything bad to them, but... Even then, I could tell they were afraid of me (...) The only ones who aren't are Hinamori and my Grandmother."
- Sajin Komamura was treated like a monster due to being a huge anthromorphic canine. His loyalty to Yamamoto stems from Yamamoto being the first person to have ever looked past his appearance to see the true man beneath. When Kenpachi destroyed the helmet he wore to hide his features, the reaction from others was relief that he was no longer hiding himself because they'd felt the helmet made him seem shifty and now they could trust him because he was being open about himself. No-one cared about his actual features.
- Ichigo Kurosaki and Orihime Inoue were bullied simply for their Implausible Hair Color. Ichigo is often mistaken as a delinquent because of his hair colour and Orihime had a Traumatic Haircut forced on her by bullies. She was completely alone until Tatsuki befriended her.
- Ulquiorra Cifer is a rather tragic villainous example. He was the only white Arrancar in an all-black clan. When he first came into being, the others all tried to destroy him, so he killed them first and remained alone until he met Aizen.
- Kaleido Star: Sora Naegino faces much harsher treatment from her fellow performers than she really expected.
- Shishioh Gen from Kekkaishi is notable for being treated little better than a dangerous animal even in a group of superpowered freaks and outcasts. This, however, might be explained by the fact that the head of this group is a Manipulative Bastard who likely had special plans for Gen.
- Ippo from Hajime no Ippo used to be heavily bullied at school. In fact, he's introduced to boxing when Magnificent Bastard Takamura saves him from his most usual tormentor, the delinquent Umezawa (who later matures, stops bullying Ippo and comes to befriend him)
- This is a major problem for espers in Zettai Karen Children. The Big Bad went on the Kill 'em All route years ago after being betrayed by his superior. Minamoto's job is to make sure the Children don't follow suit.
- In one episode of Shigofumi, the focus character is the only one with the courage and goodwill to help a bullying victim out. The victim ends up DEAD, and he becomes the next target of bullying because he'd try to help any other target. Eventually, some of the bullies try to kill him, so he attacks and nearly kills one of them in self-defense. In one of the stupidest examples of If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him ever, the main character then implies that he's evil for doing so.
- Pokémon Adventures:
- Turned out Emerald was teased for being an orphaned dwarf who couldn't do much of anything without some help from rather friendly Pokémon. He got so sick of the teasing that he pushed away the Pokémon who helped him, and resolved to be more self-reliant. Not a bad philosophy, except that it alienated him from making any possible future friends he secretly wanted.
- Y was bullied at the Sky Trainer Academy by the other students because the teachers gave her favored treatment for having a celebrity mom. To make things worse, the main reason why she attended the academy to begin with was to distance herself from said mom, who is a land-based Rhyhorn racer, giving her bullies extra ammo to work with.
- Lucia from Rave Master is implied to have been mistreated by the populace as a whole for being the grandson of the most hated man in history and the son of one of the most hated men alive. And by implied to have been mistreated, I mean locked up for more than half his life with that being the only excuse for his imprisonment while people spread rumors about him to make him the Rave Master universe's equivalent of the Boogeyman. He did not take it well.
- Miranda of D.Gray-Man grew up being relentlessly mocked by everyone she knew. And Allen himself, the main character. His strange left arm led to him being abandoned as a baby and looked upon with disgust and fear until Mana took him in.
- Allen got this again when it was discovered he is/will become the 14th.
- Krory was isolated from his village due to the belief that he was a vampire. When his Innocence awakened and he started attacking people (who were actually Akuma), his reputation got worse.
- Rosario + Vampire:
- Moka Akashiya was teased and bullied at her old human school.
- Yukari Sendo was a constant victim of Fantastic Racism from the other students for being a witch; of course, pulling pranks on the students who mistreated her certainly didn't help matters. After Tsukune and Moka save her from bullies and befriend her, Yukari apologizes to the other students for her pranks, and they in turn feel guilty for the way they treated her.
- One of the main themes in Iris Zero, where 99% of kids are born with a power called an "Iris" that allows them to see things others don't. Kids without Irises, called Iris Zeros, are bullied and discriminated against. Complicating things, kids only started being born with Irises about 27 years before the series start. So, none of the adults understand the kids and their Irises, and therefore aren't making much of an effort to protect Iris Zeros from bullying. It's so bad that Toru, an Iris Zero, has a policy of "low exposure"-meaning he attempts not to stand out so no one will decide to beat him up after school.
- Cima Garahau from Gundam 0083 combines this with Butt Monkey for her backstory. She was tricked into killing the population of a space colony with poison gas, then her commanding officer foisted all the blame off on her to save his own hide. Because of this, she unfairly gained a reputation as a bloodthirsty psychopath, and the only people willing to work with her were soldiers from her home colony. Then near the end of the war, their colony is turned into a BFG, and that same commanding officer lost/never bothered recording the paperwork to show where the colonists were relocated, meaning Cima and her people have no idea where their families are. And then when Zeon lost the war and most of their forces retreated to the asteroid belt, Cima and her men were denied passage because of the gassing incident, forced to spend years eking out an existence and ducking The Federation. Is it any wonder she turns on the Zeons late in the series?
- ×××HOLiC has Kimihiro Watanuki, who is insulted, bullied, ordered around and screwed over at every point. The fact that his "friends" do occasionally help him out of trouble (that he usually got into for their sake) is how we, the viewers, know that they care.
- Yuko might do this, but Himawari and Domeki don't. Himawari is always complimenting Watanuki on his cooking, or laughing over how he and Domeki relate. Domeki, for his part, is always willing to help Watanuki, but is a Deadpan Snarker and never lets Watanuki get in a sidewise crack at him. Other than from Yuko, Watanuki gets most of his abuse from the spirit world, though he always goes off the deep end complaining that Domeki is intruding on his and Himawari's private time. Should also be noted that even despite Yuko's incessant teasing of Watanuki, she does prove the care deeply about him.
- There is however, a pretty heavy implication that Watanuki grew up not having any friends. His ability to see things that are Invisible to Normals led his classmates to think of him as a weirdo who told outlandish tales or freaked out over things that weren't there, no matter how real they actually were. The one time he does make a friend, it turns out he's a spirit boy who is on his way to passing on to the next world. Domeki, Himawari, and Yuko are the first solid group of friends Watanuki's had in his life.
- And to top it off, Watanuki also grew up alone, having been orphaned and deciding from a young age that he'd live in his own apartment so to not be a burden on others. The landlord of the property has supposedly watched out for him most his life but that's where it stops.
- Lark from Crepuscule was bullied by his peers when he was five for having red eyes which were supposedly signs of being a vampire.
- Natsume from Natsume's Book of Friends had this as a kid, because others were always calling him creepy or weird because of his ability to see youkai.
- On Yu-Gi-Oh! there's Little Seto and Mokuba Kaiba, the smartest kids in the Domino orphanage. Constantly bullied and picked on, with nobody to depend on but themselves. But then they got adopted, and look how well that turned out!
- Also Kisara from the same series, who was bullied all her life because of her fair skin and white hair. Then it turns out that her mind is actually the Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
- The eponymous character of Cat-Eyed Boy. The son of a nekomata, he was born horribly deformed — he looks almost human, save for having the eyes of a cat, pointed ears, and claw-like fingernails. Other monsters see him as an enemy due to how human he looks, but he looks too inhuman for humans to see him as anything but a monster. He actually takes it pretty well most of the time, observing the world from the shadows, playing tricks on people, and interceding in supernatural events.
- Yuuta of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions got this treatment when his teenage delusions of grandeur gone too far in middle school, making him a Cloudcuckoolander. After moving to high school, he treated this as Old Shame.
- Practically everyone in Pandora Hearts has undergone this. Leo was made fun of and avoided for seeing lights of the Abyss before his eyes and hearing voices because he is Glen Baskerville's reincarnation. Jack was an illegitimate child and was abused by his mother and mocked by practically everyone he met except for Lacie. Lacie, too was a child of Ill omen and was taunted as a child by an old woman and told flat-out that she would be dropped into an endless hell because she EXISTED by Levi.
- Vincent as well was made fun of by everyone due to his red eyes. Alice used to torment him as well, though Vincent probably bullied her more.
- The Nightray Family itself suffers from this. Most of the members are decent people, however they are all seen as traitors.
- Oz himself was neglected by his father and called filth, his own mother died in childbirth, and many nobles looked down on him. Even Jack Vessalius treated him like shit when he was a chain (and he does now) and doesn't care about his feelings.
- In Kotoura-san, generally people avoid the local telepath Haruka, and actually the first scene of the anime◊ showed there's actually a radius around her that people didn't even want to enter lest their minds be read. Without spoiling much, the end of the series inverts exactly this with an oddly casual yet rewarding moment of heartwarming.
- Juli in The Heart of Thomas is The Unfavourite in his family and sexually harrassed at school due to his exotic dark looks inherited from his Greek father.
- Kaze to Ki no Uta
- Serge is shunned by his peers and family members because of the color of his skin which he inherits from his Romani mother, despite his kind and gentle nature.
- Gilbert, too, given his promiscuity and loner tendencies. The boys at the school are fascinated by him and his beauty, but he's often bullied or ignored by the peers who don't want to sleep with him.
- Attack on Titan uses this as an Establishing Character Moment for Armin. He's introduced being bullied, due to his intelligence and heretical interest in the outside world. Rather than cower at their abuse, he defiantly states that they're only hitting him because they can't prove him wrong. These traits go on to make him a valuable asset to humanity, as he grows into his role as a Pragmatic Hero and Chessmaster Sidekick.
- Historia was relentlessly tormented by other children due to her Heroic Bastard origins.
- Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea has the four kids of Shioshishio go through this initially, being ocean-born children in a school of surface kids. Part of the blame lies on one of the kids, Hikari, whose immediate reaction to the first condescending comments made during their first day of transfer due to his short temper is to make condescending remarks right back.
- Rin Okumura from Blue Exorcist spends most his life living this trope. Fortunately, this situation improves over the course of the manga and anime.
- Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in all of his incarnations.
- "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" is his mantra. For a while, it seemed like the only job available for someone with Super Strength and degrees in physics, biology, and chemistry is to sell pictures of himself as Spider-Man to an abusive idiot. He's moved into other fields for a time — one of the most brilliant recent ideas? High school science teacher — but tends to return to status quo. In a broader sense, other superheroes in the Marvel Universe tend to experience the same kind of thing from time to time, but Spider-Man's career is practically defined by it.
- A classmate of his named Charlie Weiderman was bullied even worse. Even Peter took advantage of Charlie once to score some points with the in-crowd before guilt led him to make friends with his Charlie. Unfortunately, Charlie went too far in his attempts to "get even", pulling a knife on his tormentors once (the coach stopped him, thank goodness, and some quick thinking by Peter kept Charlie from being expelled) and later slashed the tires of the same bullies. As an adult, Charlie still sought vindication, and after an ill-conceived experiment using vibranium blew up in his face, he truly snapped, murdering two former classmates and gunning after the Parkers, burning down Aunt May's house before being stopped.
- His enemy Doctor Octopus was such a victim too; Ock may have had a much better and more illustrious career, Not So Different from Peter, had his parents been the kind and compassionate guardians Ben and May were. Sadly, he had an abusive father and an overprotective mother, and turned into someone even Peter can rarely sympathize with.
- J. Jonah Jameson's anti-Spider-Man behavior is lampshaded in Marvels — and other works — as being motivated out of both jealousy and a widespread inferiority complex; when you have super-powered champions of humanity running around being selfless and heroic because they both can and choose to be out a genuine sense of heroism and nobility, it makes it a lot harder for ordinary people who can't and don't to measure up.
- Sleepwalker put an interesting twist on this when the eponymous hero is often attacked by the very people he just helped because of his bizarre appearance. Sleepwalker got so fed up with their harassment that at one point he admitted he'd have stopped altogether, except that a few humans actually showed some appreciation. Even that didn't stop him from eventually becoming addicted to a special form of artificial light that essentially turned him into the alien equivalent of an alcoholic or a junkie.
- X-Men. Despite the purpose for their existence being to show that mutantkind is Not So Different, they spend far, far too much time taking it on the chin from normals (and other Marvel Universe superheroes) for their mission to ever be given a serious shot at success. The tagline for the comic used to be "Hated and Feared by a World They've Sworn to Protect!"
- Ultimate X-Men is even worse. A huge crowd smashes Iceman's face with a bottle and begins attacking him the whole of three seconds after he saved their collective asses. This was toned down a bit once the book changed authors.
- Various heroes have gone through periods of public hatred — even Captain America — and on the whole, Marvel is trying to be more even-handed these days...
- Even several writers' attempts to kill Mutant Hysteria were either ignored (the X-Men being lauded as heroes after their "death" in Uncanny #226) or thrown out (the gains made by X-Statix and the outed Prof. X somehow wiped out by M-Day. You'd think having 99% fewer mutants would ease the paranoia, but then, with people like Reverend Stryker saying "It's a sign from God! Now's our chance!"...)
- The best villainous example is Magneto. Though with him being Jewish and born in Eastern Europe in the 1930s, this trope was the least of his problems.
- X-Statix was an intentional inversion of this trope as it's commonly applied to mutants in Marvel Comics: The public loves X-Statix, a team made up of walking personality disorders like stuck up nerd Vivisector, the clinically confrontational and elitist Spike, and arrogant genius the Anarchist. Because, really, if you were a hot teenager with cool superpowers, people would adore you. Vivisector goes on TV to discuss the importance of fiction within fiction with Umberto Eco, Zeitgeist regularly has sex with supermodels, and U-Go Girl spun a semi-successful acting career out of her membership. The Anarchist even brings this up at one point - after starting what is essentially a traveling freakshow with himself and Dead Girl as the main attractions, he says it's different from how it looks. The people who come to see him aren't gawking at his misfortune, but clamoring to catch a glimpse of his majesty.
- Evil Ernie (super-powered menace, published by Chaos! Comics and Devil's Due Publishing) started as an abused child who developed telepathic powers and discovered that everyone on his street knew his parents were abusing him but did nothing. So he snapped and murdered the entire street. In the asylum, he saw the hypocrisy and deceitful natures of the people who wanted to "help" him, and when their experiments gave him evil powers, he decided to kill as much of the human race as he could.
- Empowered has to deal with this from the Super Homies, but most of them are like that anyways. Fortunately, there seems to be a slow shift in this from some of the nicer ones.
- Marvels played with this - the comics tell the history of the Marvel Universe, from the first appearance of Golden Age the Human Torch up to the death of Gwen Stacy - from the perspective of an average man, photographer Phil Sheldon. First we saw him and the rest of the public fearing and hating superhumans like Namor or the Human Torch, and we saw how their attitudes change with appearance of Captain America. In the Silver Age Sheldon admires superheroes, but like everybody else, he hates mutants until he realizes they are Not So Different. Later he's disgusted when the general public starts to constantly bash superheroes for everything.
- Rorschach and a group of bullies in Watchmen. Not a smart move on the part of said bullies, but it's Rorschach.
- Mark Waid's comic Irredeemable explores this. Superman-expy the Plutonian goes from being the world's greatest hero to being its most dangerous villain because during the ten minutes he spent up in space where he couldn't hear everyone begging for help and complaining about him behind his back a horrible disaster occurred because he entrusted a scientist with a piece of alien technology. Part of it is just that he snapped because he couldn't handle the failure, but part of it is that people were constantly ragging on him.
- It is, however, played with with regards to exactly how much people ragged on him; he was still considered the world's most beloved hero, and although this incident certainly dented people's regard for him, it's implied that one of the reasons he snapped was because he was consumed by a desire to have everyone love him and couldn't tolerate any criticism whatsoever.
- Similarly, Supreme Power featured Superman takeoff Hyperion, who has never had any friends and whose school life was extremely lonely due mainly to never having a normal or healthy family environment.
- In the Luna Brothers Ultra the main heroine Ultra after a tabloid rakes through the coals. has the public turn on her, even after saving the city from a major disaster. Later at the Super Hero Awards ceremony she is ignored and booed. Until a man steps up and calls them on it. And the crowd changes it's tune.
- The Batman villain Oswald Cobblepot (aka. "The Penguin") was born into a wealthy family. However he was also short, fat, and had a beak-like nose, which made him a prime target for the fellow society types of Gotham and his own family besides his mother. After putting up with years of constant abuse and scorn, he decided to get his revenge by turning his mind to crime. His status as this is even referenced by the man himself in his Start of Darkness miniseries, Pain and Prejudice.
- Horndog. Not any of the characters in the book, but the comic itself, which is called "the most hated comic on the planet"...by its publisher, no less (and its creator, too).
- This trope hits the Hulk pretty frequently. Even if he saves entire cities, people will still hate and fear him, which pisses the Hulk off, which makes him go on a rampage, which makes people hate him even more, and then he'll perform another act of heroics, repeat ad infinitium.
- Deliberately invoked by Darkseid during the DC Legends mini-series as his evil plan. He sends several of his minions down to Earth to create anti-superhero sentiment in the hopes that the public will start to hate and turn on the heroes and thus take care of the heroes for him. This is very effective until one of the minions slaps a kid, snapping everybody out of it.
- Averted in The Secret Service, the other student seems to like Gary well enough but are worried he's not good enough to become an agent. It is however, implied that the students we see are the nice ones so this may be happening to some degree.
- In The Courageous Princess, when Mabelrose attends her first ball, the other princesses are uniformly nasty and insulting towards her, making fun of her less flashy clothing, smaller fairy-tale kingdom, and supposed lack of refinement.
- Mortality Watson states that, despite the fact that Holmes is an arsehole, you really shouldn't mess with him. This gentle soul will unremorsefully kill you if you do.
- "If your master's actions destroy him whom I regard as-as the best and wisest man I have ever known, make no mistake that I shall hunt down, to a man, everyone who played a part in his destruction."
- In A Pikachu in Love, this is how Pikachu feels at the start of the fic, being unable to fully communicate with Ash and Co. and being treated as a 'Teachers Pet' by the other Pokemon due to being Ash's favorite.
- Sleepwalker bizarrely inverts this trope when he does this to himself. Although he's formed close friendships with many of the humans he's come to know on Earth and some of them have made an effort to make him feel like one of their True Companions, Sleepwalker himself still feels that he doesn't truly belong on Earth. Even the Thing, despite being turned into an orange, rock-skinned giant, can still relate to his humans in a way Sleepwalker never could.
- The Dark Fic Nobody Asked is a very good deconstruction of this trope as played with in Invader Zim (see Western Animation below): In a world where Zim's successfully conquered Earth, Dib and all his classmates are now enslaved by the Irkens and condemned to (seemingly pointless) hard labor — and none of them can speak to or even make eye contact with Dib, out of guilt over the fact that they never believed him and treated him like crap. Later, when Dib manages to steal a ship and escape the planet to get help from the Resisty, until the last moment he debates with himself whether or not to just keep going, to abandon Earth the fate he feels it earned for itself. Ultimately, his hero complex wins out.
- In The Secret Life Of The Backyard Kids people treat Jorge poorly because he's a wizard and some people don't think wizards are "normal" humans.
- In We're Gonna Get There Soon, Derpy Hooves is the resident klutz and Butt Monkey. She's the target of much teasing and disrespect, making her very insecure.
- Elly tried to justify taking Robin's hearing aid away in The New Retcons to prevent this trope from happening. Given that she prefers being unhappy to doing something to fix things, though, it's hard to believe that she meant it.
- Littlepip grew up as Stable 2's despised outcast and scapegoat, not only because she was the bastard daughter of the Stable's resident drunk and her cutie mark was so generic, but because she was a lesbian. Even when she pulls a Big Damn Heroes and breaks the Steel Ranger siege on the Stable, they start treating her like a hero and offer to let her come back to the stable but she refuses to come back because she still has a job to do.
- The Dinobots suffer this treatment in A Child Shall Lead Them, even when one of them, Swoop, gains the Matrix and becomes the next Prime.
- In Break My Fall, Blue's widely known throughout school for being a "bad boy," so people avoid him like the plague.
- This is the thing that brings all of the Pretty Cure from Twilight Pretty Cure together, and it's a strong theme in the series. Marina is the daughter of a politician who used his power to steal money from people, leaving them penniless. The case was so heavily sensationalized by the media that it made people convinced she'd grow up to be just like him no matter what. As a result, she became a bully who would lash out at other kids and pick fights whenever they'd mess with her. Hotaru Minamigawa has homosexual fathers, which many of her classmates find gross. They also think she's snotty and stuck-up when she really isn't. Anzu Chino is disliked by her classmates for dressing like a goth and coming off as unapproachable, making them think she's a Dumb Blonde Emo Teen. She really doesn't care what they think. Riko Tasogare, the main character, has it the worst. She's autistic, which causes her to have a tendency to say and do inappropriate things which people may construe as creepy or offensive. She grew up in a closed-minded town where people were convinced she was nothing but a straight up bad kid who threw tantrums all the time, telling her parents—to their faces, no less—that they don't discipline her correctly, very stubbornly convinced that Autism wasn't real, just a fancy name for what they thought was bad behavior. Her classmates don't like her for her occasional meltdowns, her love for old cartoons and books outside of her age and gender nobody knows/cares about, and for her eccentricities in general. All of this have caused her to develop very severe psychological issues and self-destructive habits, such as continual self-deprecation and hitting herself for every mistake she makes. Luckily, once she finds her True Companions, she starts to work toward rectifying her self-destructive habits and gain some self-respect.
- Red from Speak Up wasn't well liked by his classmates because he was mute, and they thought he was dumb, so they avoided him like the plague.
- In Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox, prior to his arrival in Konoha Town, Naruto attended Whirl City High School, but wound up getting ostracized following a fight with a gang that left a lot of property damage to the school compound. The ostracism was exacerbated because Whirl City had been one of those hardest hit by the 365-day rampage by the Nine Terrors, and Naruto was suspected of being one of them (he was, but it wasn't an openly-known fact).
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act III: Throughout most of the act, the entire student body of Yokai Academy ostracize and shun Tsukune and his friends, thinking they're nothing but Glory Hounds claiming to have taken down Fairy Tale. When the group proves said rumors true by successfully fighting off separate attacks from Kuyou and a Fairy Tale squadron, the students get hit with a big-time Jerkass Realization, and now Tsukune's posse are the school idols.
- The Terminators: Army of Legend, a military supercrossover series features the protagonists, having been Child Soldiers, ostracized by the rest of their peers and bullied because of their brutal past. It also doesn't help that Alpha Company itself is comprised of a collection of familiar children-oriented characters.
- Swinging Pendulum Ichigo is isolated and decried by many of the other students due to his genius and connection to the Shiba clan. He finds it very petty. A small number of the other students, on the other hand, are big fans of his due to his obvious skill and dedication, but Ichigo can't stand the kind of treatment fans give him. Thus, he pretty much ignores or avoids most of the other students.
- Asuka is bullied and ignored by other students for being a bastard child of a noble family and a Shrinking Violet. One time, a bunch of students went a little too far in their bullying of Asuka and Rangiku...while Ichigo was still present. Needless to say, the events that followed ensured that no one would dare to bully either of them again, whether or not Ichigo was around.
- In Catch Your Breath, this is the case with Obito. In addition to being generally treated like a dead weight by his classmates for being weak, no one within his clan adopted him after his parents died. It turns out that this is because he is Madara's sole living descendant. He didn't know until he broke into a secure office for some kind of explanation for their poor treatment.
- In the Legend of Korra fanfic Book Five: Legends we have Temuji, born an albino with mystical power that inherently seems to frighten people, especially as a child. His mother is (seemingly) the only one whom loves him unconditionally, and losing her is what ultimately sets him on his path of Darkness.
- Guardian shows Lulu being isolated as a child because her magical prowess unnerves other kids. She's out-of-place at Bevelle's temple later because of her grief and growing sense of doubt. Yuna, meanwhile, is actively mistreated by the clerics for the crime of being Braska's daughter, and Lulu notes how quickly they about-face once Braska defeats Sin.
- In Harry Potter fanfic Returning, Scorpius Malfoy is isolated because of his family's reputation, although it's primarily within his house. His Only Friend is Lyra, who is a Book Dumb Inept Mage in Ravenclaw.
Film — Animation
- Both humans and dogs alike would put down Balto for being part wolf. The humans would drive him off out of fear of him, while the dogs would ridicule and taunt him for having a dirty bloodline. It's sad to learn in the sequel that while Balto had rescued a town of humans from a deadly epidemic, he is still living as a stray and is still ridiculed by some dogs in the community.
- Dumbo is probably the animated Trope Codifier.
- Downplayed in Kung Fu Panda in that long before the climax of the film, Po had already gone a long way earning the respect of most of the Furious Five because of his Heroic Resolve facing his hopeless Training from Hell without complaint.
- Lilo & Stitch shows that Lilo is rejected by her peers for being "weird," while Stitch is rejected by the entire Galactic Federation. (This is at least marginally understandable, however, given Stitch's destructive powers and fondness for anarchy.) The trailers and print advertising played around with this, showing Stitch being rejected by various members of the Disney Animated Canon; the tag line was "There's one in every family." The animated series shows that Lilo continues to be ostracized by her peers, particularly Alpha Bitch Mertle.
- In A Bug's Life, Flik is regularly ridiculed and insulted for wasting his time on creative thinking and inventing instead of gathering food for the Offering. It's this ability that eventually saves the day.
- In Beauty and the Beast, Belle and her father are socially shunned by the members of the village where they live - Maurice for his inventions and generally unconventional ideas, Belle for the fact that she enjoys reading and daydreams a lot. All of them join Gaston in the climax to kill Beast and his servants.
- Megamind ends up giving super powers to Hal Stewart, who then uses them to exact revenge on society for treating him like a loser. Megamind himself counts as well. His being ostracized and bullied in school is what initiates his Start of Darkness.
- In the Animated Adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon, the entire Viking community is this towards Hiccup, the protagonist. The community places a high value on brawn and physical bravery, and Hiccup is on the small and scrawny side. He has exceptional intellect and skill when it comes to mechanics and building things, but until his dragon-taming abilities are finally showcased, he gets mocked. Even his father...
Stoick: Just be a little less...this.Hiccup: You just gestured to all of me!
- In Arthur Christmas, this is how Santa's elves treat the titular Arthur, who is Santa's younger, much clumsier son. Late in the film, when circumstances fill him with despair, Arthur reveals that "I know what you all say about me!" It's particularly harsh because Arthur's defining trait is that he wants everyone to be happy and he goes to great lengths to try to help them be so.
- In Happy Feet, poor little Mumble is eyed with disapproval and disgust from everyone (except for the Amigos, his love interest Gloria, his mother and eventually his father) due to his abnormal inability to sing and affinity to dance.
- In The Book of Life, Manolo’s "I Want" Song, "Creep", emphasizes how practically the whole town sees him as a "creep" or "weirdo".
- The titular character of Wreck-It Ralph is, in contrast to his fellow game characters, large, in poor control of his powers, and temperamental. Unfortunately for him, he's just a Punch Clock Villain and a genuinely good person who only wants to be recognized for his importance in the game the way Felix is. The Nicelanders, unfortunately, have developed an irrational fear/hatred of him. Felix, who is the only one in the game who doesn't hate Ralph, is also too much of an Extreme Door Mat to either stand up for Ralph or side with the Nicelanders, instead trying to play peacemaker and failing miserably. Really, can anyone blame Ralph for leaving?
- Maruti from The Return of Hanuman was hated because of his superhuman abilities and "bringing danger" to his friends, despite being the reincarnation of Hanuman himself.
- After moving from Barbados to America, Tip was treated different from other kids and had trouble fitting in.
- Oh is so disliked among his people, his name was the way people reacted to his presence. An annoyed, exasperated "Oh..." sound.
- Mike Wazowski was always singled out by everyone, from his elementary school classmates to the fraternities in Monsters University.
- Sadness in Inside Out, though a downplayed version. She's not hated by the other emotions, they just don't know what role she plays in Riley's emotions, since she tends to make her happy moments turn sad. The only emotion that actively keeps her away is Joy.
- At the beginning of Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure, Wilbur befriends a lamb named Cardigan, who is rejected by the other sheep due to Cardigan having black wool.
- Zootopia: As a child, Nick was brutally bullied by Junior Ranger Scouts Troop 914 on his first day because foxes are seen as untrustworthy.
- Greenie from Leafie, a Hen into the Wild was bullied for most of his childhood because his mother is a chicken. When he meets other wild ducks as a teenager they tease him for looking like a tame duck, due to the string around his ankle he received when a farmer caught him and tried to clip his wings.
Film — Live-Action
- Film adaptations of Stephen King's Carrie as described in Literature.
- John Hancock in Hancock is a superhero who's also a filthy bum and a drunk. Although he saves people's lives and stops criminals, because he does it while causing truly epic amounts of property damage, he gets nothing but criticism for it, until Ray Embrey comes along, Ray being the first person to ever thank him for his help (saving Ray from being hit by a train). The public start coming around once Embrey teaches Hancock how to be a more likeable, more personable and less insanely destructive hero.
- In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Hellboy shoots a rampaging plant elemental to save a packed street full of people, all while carrying a baby he saved from a car that was about to be crushed. 10 seconds after he's done saving the people, the baby's mother starts yelling at him, "What did you do to my baby!" and a policeman pulls a gun on him. The people almost riot right then and there, until Liz steps in front of Hellboy and bursts into flames, which gets everyone to shut up
- In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Grinch was bitterly teased as a child for being green and ugly. This turns him into a mean and nasty monster with a hatred for joy, especially Christmas. This was a complete reversal from the book, where he was just nasty and the Whos represented the spirit of Christmas in its purest form.
- In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eggsy is ostracized within the trainee group because he's from a poor, working-class background, in contrast with the public school rich kids.
- In Man of Steel, Clark was bullied and rejected by many as a kid because of the unusual behavior caused by not being able to control his powers, and his isolated nature from trying to keep them a secret.
- In Sky High, you're either a hero, or a zero; "Hero Support" = Sidekick = social inferior.
- Star Wars: Jar Jar Binks. No, really. Of course, this wasn't the only reason in the story that he was shunned by other Gungans; he was a clumsy fellow who kept causing accidents, no matter how easy the task was that he was assigned. What caused Boss Nass to exile him was when he flooded a banquet hall (not his first major accident, or even his first major flooding accident).
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
- After being transformed into a Super Soldier, Steve Rogers is turned into Captain America, the face of the USO's war bonds campaign. This doesn't exactly endear him to the soldiers he performs in front of during a tour in Italy, who think of him as a fool in star-spangled tights. However, once he successfully rescues an entire regiment of soldiers from HYDRA's clutches, Cap becomes a respected icon in his own right.
- Also the Hulk generates as much hate and fear as any rampaging green monster would naturally warrant, both from his enemies and allies.
- X-Men Film Series:
- X-Men: First Class:
- Angel Salvadore's motivation for joining Shaw.
Angel: We don't belong here. And that's nothing to be ashamed of.
- Havok bullies McCoy even though they're both super-powered. Hank has a visible mutation while Alex doesn't.
- Angel Salvadore's motivation for joining Shaw.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: The other students at Xavier's school are terrified of Jean Grey because whenever she has a nightmare, the entire mansion shakes. Writer Simon Kinberg addresses the irony of a mutant being discriminated by mutants on the Blu-Ray's "Answering the Call: Assembling the New X-Men Team" segment.
Kinberg: She's like an outcast within the outcasts, so there's nowhere for her.
- X-Men: First Class:
- Chuck and his family get this treatment during Amazing Grace and Chuck, with most of his former teammates turning on him, kids picking on his little sister, and his mom and dad both getting harassed by the other adults in town.
- The Trope Namer is the children's story (later song) "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". The title character is mocked by his fellow reindeer for his luminous red nose, until Santa turns up asking Rudolph's help as a navigation light for his sleigh. All of the other reindeer quickly change their tune when Santa chooses him because they realize his nose is a gift as well as an oddity, and unanimously declare Rudolph will go down in history.
- My Heart And Other Black Holes: Aysel is isolated by everyone at school because of what her dad did.
- Tobias in Animorphs, who was bullied and shunned in school before becoming a hawk nothlit.
- The teenage main character of Stephen King's Carrie, whose torment at school and at home from her Moral Guardian zealot mother leads her to burn down the building at prom and later her own house with both her and her mother still in it.
- Harry Potter:
- Snape was unpopular at school, and the victim of many — including Harry's own father.
- This is taken to the next level during Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Thanks to the Ministry of Magic, most of the Wizarding World believes that Harry's crazy and dangerous, and that the return of Lord Voldemort in the previous book is a lie, just because his scar hurts and he's a Parselmouth. At the end of the book, however, Harry is vindicated after the Ministry of Magic arrive just in time to witness Voldemort themselves.
- Subverted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Dudley, who's been bullying Harry most of the series, stops doing it after Harry saves his life from the Dementors, and at the end thanks him for it, and believes in what he says about Voldemort. Until then, the Dursleys enforce this attitude towards Harry, telling everyone that he was a freak and deranged. The first book mentions that Harry has no friends at school because no kid wants to antagonize Dudley.
- Luna Lovegood.
- The Bible, making this Older Than Feudalism.
- The Hebrew Bible
- Joseph's treatment at the hands of his brothers in Genesis would also fit this trope.
- Jephthah, in the Book of Judges, for being the Son of a Whore.
- David's treatment at the hands of King Saul, after he singlehandedly killed Goliath.
- Moses at the hands of Israel whenever things got bad, despite ten plagues, water from a rock, manna and quail from heaven, etc.
- All of the prophets fell into this trope, with Jeremiah being the exemplar.
- The New Testament
- Jesus is often taunted and driven out of cities and eventually brutally tortured and crucified by the people he is ostensibly trying to save.
- The Hebrew Bible
- Drizzt Do'urden, for not being Always Chaotic Evil like his fellow Drow.
- Mat Cauthon and most female characters in The Wheel of Time. Sort of subverted in that after three major characters continue mistreating him after he breaks into the most secure fortress in the world to try to rescue them, two other female characters force the first three to apologize.
- In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy novel False Gods, Magnus the Red thinks on how he retreated to Prospero to research sorcery away from prying eyes and wishes he could show the glories of the warp to his persecutors. On the other hand, he also thinks that the warp makes such antiquated notions as good and evil fall away, so the question of how unjustly he is treated remains.
- Rudyard Kipling's poem Tommy perfectly illustrates this trope.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events. The first book alone has them moving in with their Illegal Guardian Count Olaf who falsely promises to "raise these orphans as if they were actually wanted." Thus, the Baudelaires are forced to become servants for Count Olaf, who gives them a great number of difficult chores. They are also called names/ridiculed by Olaf and his troupe, and various other characters throughout each book. The fifth book especially is absolutely made of this.
- In Hiccup: The Viking Who Was Seasick, the children's picture book that started off the How to Train Your Dragon series, this is virtually called out by name:
Vikings were enormous roaring burglars with bristling moustaches who sailed all over the world and took whatever they wanted. Hiccup was tiny and thoughtful and polite. The other Viking children wouldn't let him join in their rough Viking games.
- Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series features four main characters who are each initially rejected by others for being: the lone survivor of a shipwreck and thus the ultimate of bad luck; a thrice convicted thief marked with X tattoos on his hands; a girl who is overweight and possessing immense but unrecognized weather magic; and a noble who moves a lot, disregards conventional noble classism, is obsessed with thread and weaving, and is also an orphan and sole survivor of a plague.
- Andre Norton. All the time. Fortunately, they always get away somewhere else.
- In Star Man's Son, a young mutant tries to get himself accepted as a Star Man despite the flagrant proof of his mutation, his hair.
- In Ice Crown, the heroine is not taken seriously by her family.
- In The Stars are Ours!, those of "Free Scientist" blood flee Earth into interstellar space
- Humanity is treated like this in Star Guard by alien races.
- In Catseye, Troy's refugee status causes embarrassment all around.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, we have Dorsk 81, an alien from a planet where they reproduce by cloning. Despite being supposedly genetically identical to his older clones, he has access to Force powers. Guess how the other clones treat him?
- In The Wave, as the eponymous student movement sweeps the school, the few kids who don't join up find themselves victims of harassment, insults and physical assaults from their peers.
- William Shakespeare was fond of using this trope for his Big Bads. The title character of Richard III. Edmund in King Lear. Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.
- In Skinned by Robin Wasserman, Lia is treated this way because she is a mech, or a person who died and had their brain uploaded into an android.
- Star Trek: Ex Machina. The Vulcans in that novel demonstrate this trope in how they respond to Spock's newfound philosophy of balanced emotion. Despite his admirable personal and professional traits, other Vulcans on the Enterprise crew reject him entirely for failing to follow their cultural customs exactly. At least one requests a transfer rather than live with his presence.
- In the Starfleet Corps of Engineers stories, Nasats treat P8 Blue and other "Quiets" like this. P8 Blue was regularly dismissed by her fellows and viewed as freakish or deformed. In fact, her differently-wired brain is a trait that lets her play a vital role in establishing relations with another race living on the Nasat homeworld. Naturally, P8 saves the day.
- The main character in Susan Shwartz's "Beggarman", a kid named Jommy who was born and lived on a space station but had dreams of making the damaged Earth properly inhabitable again, was mocked and tormented by the other "Spaceborn" for wanting to live on a "dirtball." While hiding from them he encountered a visiting Earthman named George Isherwood Stewart who said that they were "both named for loners" and asked him to help with an experiment concerning the characteristics of plants grown in low G and Earth G. After several of the other children vandalized the labs and he had a meltdown that threatened to ruin his chances of attending an off-station school called McAuliffe, Stewart, who'd been revealed as Earth's Minister of Education, offered him on-planet schooling.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, the populace of Westeros treats Tyrion Lannister as evil incarnate mostly because he's an ugly dwarf. Granted, his rampant drinking and whoring, his Deadspan Snarking, and his more ruthless actions don't help his case either. This trope also seems to be Stannis Baratheon's fate, both as a child and when he tries to take the Iron Throne. Justified, in that he is the middle child stuck between two extremely charismatic brothers, and his own Brutal Honesty and humorless demeanor aren't exactly endearing.
- In Andre Norton's The Zero Stone, Jern is isolated aboard the Free Trader ship because the crew all stick together.
- In Ruth Frances Long's The Treachery of Beautiful Things, when Jack tells her no one will believe her about the Land of Faerie, Jenny goes Laughing Mad for a while. She knows that: she told people (truthfully) that the woods had swallowed her brother Tom, and they talk about her behind her back and laugh.
- In Victoria Forester's The Girl Who Could Fly, Piper before the institute.
- Caitlin Smith from Mockingbird. While she does find a friend later on, he's younger than her. All the kids her age don't like her and call her a freak because of her strange behaviors and think she's an insensitive and selfish brat (though it's really due to her Autism, which makes it hard for her to show emotions, as she doesn't quite understand the concept of empathy and often says the wrong thing, which leads to kids yelling at her and calling her out on it, not quite getting that she's causing problems).
- This is Sunny's life in a nutshell in Akata Witch, due to being both albino and American in Nigeria.
- Lucien Morel from Treasures Of The Snow becomes a pariah after the townspeople hear about him hurting Dani's leg to the point of it never being able to heal. He suffers greatly for it, even more so due to Dani's sister, Annette, deliberately making things hard for him with her irrational grudge. This is toned down in the anime to make it more subtle.
- In Why We Took The Car, Maik is harassed and looked down upon by his classmates. It's implied that Tschick isn't treated much better.
- In Dora Wilk Series, Bogna used to be shunned by her fellow students because she had no problem being alone with the dead. It stopped, quite obviously, when she started studying pathology rather than medicine.
- Reynie from The Mysterious Benedict Society is bullied at his orphanage for not acting like a "normal" child. He's a Child Prodigy who prefers studying and reading over watching television, and is mocked for casually using words like "enjoyable". Reynie thus has no friends besides his tutor, Miss Perumal, until he meets Kate, Constance, and Sticky.
- The titular Varjak from Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue cat; however, he is ostracized amongst his family for having brown eyes instead of the characteristic green eyes of the breed.
- Aeduen from The Witchlands has been ostracized by others since he was young because of his powers, which are stereotypically associated with demons. By the time the readers meet him, this has been going on for long enough that he decided he's just fine where he is and doesn't want to be part of the society.
Live Action TV
- Angel: The Groosalugg's "cow blood" ensured a lifetime of loathing.
- In Doctor Who, the Doctor never seems to get any respect. If his own people, the Time Lords, aren't hounding him for being a renegade they're recruiting him to save them from their own incompetence or corruption. Many of the societies of planets he saves, including Earth's, are also lacking in gratitude and acceptance. This may be partly explained, however, by the fact that the Doctor has a tendency to suddenly show up out of nowhere at roughly the same time that weird things start happening and people start dying, and people tend to put two and two together to come to the conclusion that the Doctor's somehow responsible. Once he successfully proves that he is on the side of the angels and saves the day, in the classic series at least he generally tends to get a bit more respect and gratitude.
- The Torchwood Institute was formed specifically to police the Doctor's activities, even though every time he comes to Earth, he saves the planet from alien destruction.
- The Doctor's interactions with UNIT (and, specifically, with Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) seem to have smoothed the way for him in the classic series. However, with UNIT being less prominent in the newer series (and without a regular point of contact with an Earth government) the Doctor does seem to be treated more as a loose cannon at best.
- Game of Thrones:
- Tyrion is treated as evil incarnate by the populace of Westeros mostly because they believe Beauty Equals Goodness and he only entered politics after times started getting bad, a fact not helped by his drinking, whoring, and snarking. His own family (except Jaime) also largely excludes him because of Maternal Death? Blame the Child.
- Stannis, despite fighting steadfastly for his brother, is relegated to lord of a few rocky islands in the Narrow Sea and widely disliked for his rigid justice and humourless demeanor.
- Walder Frey knows the other noble houses look down on his family and him personally for being tardy to the Battle of the Trident, so he demands a good reason why he should waste a single thought on any of them.
- In Merlin, the titular character has to hide his magical abilities from the people of Camelot, despite the fact he saves their lives with it every single episode. Morgana would also count, considering Uther's attitude towards magic and her feelings of isolation and fear.
- Oz: Beecher endures a lot of this in season one before he finally takes a stand against all the abuse, in a truly awesome fashion. He continues to endure various degrees of abuse/torment, mostly at the hands of Schillinger and the Aryans, for the rest of the series. However, Beecher isn't the only victim in this show...
- Ditto with Prison Break.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Buffy is constantly ridiculed for her strength, even by those students whom she saves. However, at the Prom, she is given a "Class Protector" award by her classmates, recognizing how she always saved them from the strange things that happen in Sunnydale. Willow and Xander are her only friends in school, and everybody seems to consider her a violent and dangerous person with violent and dangerous friends (i.e. the vampires she fights) for most of the time. But by the end of school she's saved enough people for this to become common knowledge, and people realize they misjudged her. Part of it is because Buffy set her last school's gym on fire (it was full of
- Also Giles, who's shunned by his fellow Watchers and not allowed to attend the retreat in the Cotswolds. This is a Justified Trope : before Giles was as we currently see him, he was part of a group of magic-abusing rebellious youths, who did things like ''summoning demons and getting high on the possession'' as a fun, everyday activity.
- The girl in "Out of Mind Out of Sight'' who was shunned so much she turned invisible.
- Wishverse "Puppy" Angel is another good example of this. And regular 'verse Angel from time to time as well.
- Buffy is constantly ridiculed for her strength, even by those students whom she saves. However, at the Prom, she is given a "Class Protector" award by her classmates, recognizing how she always saved them from the strange things that happen in Sunnydale. Willow and Xander are her only friends in school, and everybody seems to consider her a violent and dangerous person with violent and dangerous friends (i.e. the vampires she fights) for most of the time. But by the end of school she's saved enough people for this to become common knowledge, and people realize they misjudged her. Part of it is because Buffy set her last school's gym on fire (it was full of
- The premise of the first season of Veronica Mars is that Veronica has gone from being a slightly silly blonde popular girl to being the slightly outcast character she is because of the mystery that drives the first season (the murder of Lilly). The second season is also driven by a Big Bad who becomes evil and twisted as a result of the same crowd's exclusion and abuse, providing a contrast between what spurs one character to heroism and the other to depravity.
- No matter how many times Jack Bauer saves America from terrorists, almost everyone shuns him or threatens his life. At this point, he's portrayed as a living martyr—of torture tactics.
- This also applies to CTU. The government's thanks for six seasons of stopping the most dastardly plots against America....shut down the whole Unit.
- The Korean Series Boys Before Flowers focuses on a poor Ordinary High-School Student who goes to an exclusive academy for rich kids and gets bullied.
- Stargate Command in Stargate SG-1. Senator/Vice-President Kinsey started a witch hunt to shut down the program, even though it was a no-brainer that without them, all of the Earth would be slaves of Apophis, Anubis, Ba'al, or somebody worse.
- With Kinsey, he wants it shut down so that it can be run by people he can control or by like minded people.
- Similar to the Sanctuary example below, Dr. Jackson was ridiculed by the archeological community because of his theories about aliens and the pyramids. He was, of course, right, not that he can tell anyone.
- Melinda on Ghost Whisperer is implied to have hidden her "gift" during her teens to avoid this (it's implied that she occasionally failed). One episode even reveals that when she told the truth to her first love in college, he broke up with her and called her a liar.
- In superhero drama Misfits, shy and nerdy Simon is ostracised by the rest of the group - especially the cocky Jerk Ass Nathan who taunts and belittles him constantly - because of his social ineptitude and perceived "weirdness". note But he puts up with it silently, and uses his ability to help the others when necessary. Until the time comes when Simon and Nathan are in danger, and the latter has the gall to demand that Simon use his power to save them. After Nathan starts hurling some really fool-hardy abuse (yes, even in a life-threatening situation he can't muster a shred of humility or tact) Simon simply turns invisible and saves himself, leaving Nathan to face the music. Although his choice was arguably justified, some viewers still claimed this was a Kick the Dog moment for him (Nathan being ridiculously popular among fans doesn't help) and yet another indication of Simon's anticipated descent into total villainhood.
- Very widely averted on Heroes, but the one time it did happen was one of the most heartbreaking moments in the series. Jeremy Greer, a recurring character in Season 4, has the ability to control life and death. After causing the accidental murders of his parents, he falls into a deep depression, believing himself to be a monster (a rare case of this trope happening to one's self.) After Bennet and Peter teach to control his power, Bennet arranges a cover-up so no suspicion will be cast on Jeremy, but the town sheriff, a Corrupt Hick Smug Snake, refuses to listen to anything. When he finally allows Jeremy to walk, half of the town is waiting outside, ready to crucify Jeremy. One of them attacks Jeremy, seeking vigilante justice. Jeremy falls back into his depression, kills the attacker, and refuses to heal him. The cops re-arrest him. After taking him back inside, the deputy takes Jeremy out back, ties him behind a truck, and drags him to death through the streets.
- Smallville: Season 10 is all about costumed vigilantes coming out of the shadows and into the public eye in response to the constant "anti-hero" mud-slinging. The general public distrusts the heroes' motives for no other reason than because they can, despite the numerous times the Blur saved their lives. When Oliver Queen comes out as the Green Arrow, he goes on TV and delivers a stinging Take That! to all the anti-hero nonsense. It's now been said that Darkseid himself was behind the anti-hero business, manipulating people's minds and increasing the hate.
- Sanctuary: Before the series began, Will Zimmerman lost his job with the FBI because of his outlandish theories about certain cases. He's been right all along.
- Both Duncan and Connor MacLeod in the flashbacks to their villages in Highlander.
- Jim Brass gets this treatment on CSI after being accused of killing a cop-the other officers at the funeral turn their backs on him literally.
- In Sherlock, the titular consulting detective is not very well-liked or respected by the police, despite the fact that he often solves their cases for them. He's called a "freak" numerous times by various people, and is viewed with suspicion due to his sociopathic tendencies; it doesn't help that he's not exactly easy to get along with. It's also heavily implied that John Watson is his first real friend and the only person who actually appreciates him for his brilliance and his character, and not just for what he can do to help catch criminals. This becomes a major plot point in the season 2 finale, "The Reichenbach Fall". He admits this in his best man's speech with those pathetic social skills.
- Hell's Kitchen Season 3 gave us Julia; while most of the contestants are professionally-trained chefs, caterers and the like, she was a Waffle House line cook. For most of the season, her teammates treated her like garbage, marginalized her abilities, and pushed her off to the side. Then one foggy Chr-I mean, challenge, after Gordon sees the women shove Julia off to peel potatoes, he orders them to give her a shot. As it turns out, a Waffle House cook is pretty well-equipped to handle a breakfast themed challenge and cook quail eggs pretty well (who knew?). Unlike Rudolph, however, most of the other women continued to treat Julia like crap because they didn't think she deserved to be there. However, the majority of the teammates had karma bite them in the ass. There was Tiffany, who noted in an interview that "she [Julia] works in a fucking Waffle House" being the first to be eliminated. Know-it-all Joanna was the second to be booted off (who was at least three years younger than Julia and a sous chef. Melissa degraded her for causing the team to lose a challenge but Julia pointed out that Melissa caused them to be screwed over. And though she never won the challenge, Julia is still the only contestant from the show that Ramsay has shown respect and was given an opportunity to go to Culinary School.
- The Shield has Duch Wagenbach, who is generally treated like dirt by just about every cop in the precinct except for his partner Claudette Wyms.
- In Everybody Hates Chris, Chris is antagonized by 99% of his school. Hell, even the title says it.
- The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Hollow Pursuits" introduces us to Lt. Reginald "Reg" Barclay, a highly neurotic engineer. During much of the episode, Geordi wonders why Barclay is incredibly hard to work with until he talks with Guinan about him.
Geordi: Barclay, he's always late, he's nervous, nobody wants to be around him.Guinan: If I had the feeling that nobody wanted to be around me, I'd probably be late and nervous too.
- The title character in Madness of Duke Venomania is this before he gains his power. In fact, this is the reason why he makes the Deal with the Devil that grants him his power to begin with.
- Naturally, Rudolph himself, who experiences this until he saves Christmas, whereupon he's hailed as a hero.
Well Rudolph he didn't go for thathe said "I see through your silly gamesHow could you look me in the facewhen only yesterday you called me names?"Well all of the other reindeers, man,"Rudolph you know we're sorry,
- A Golden book was written as a follow-up to the original story; in it, the other reindeer have gone right back to teasing him again.
- There is a version of this song performed by Jack Johnson where Rudolph calls them out and makes them feel like crap.
- Paul Tripp and George Kleinsinger's 1945 song "Tubby the Tuba" - Tubby wants to play a melody, but is laughed at by his orchestra because "people don't write pretty melodies for tubas." After a bad rehearsal, Tubby encounters a large frog who offers a low, catchy tune for him to try. When Tubby starts playing it in front of a famous conductor, the orchestra is worried he'll disgrace them - but the conductor wants to hear the rest, and once complete, the rest of the orchestra is awestruck and eager to contribute to Tubby's song.
- Hello! Project member Mitsui Aika.
- Insane Clown Posse advertises themselves as "The Most Hated Band in the World"
- Primus used to use "Primus Sucks!" as a catchphrase.
- Eminem was a victim of this for being white, to the point he was beaten into a coma and had to re-learn all his basic functions when he woke up.
- The title character in Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio's "Rudolph" parody "Teddy the Red-Nosed Senator." "All of the other senators / Wondered how he got his dames / They thought he drank too many / To play in any bedroom games. ... Teddy the red-nosed senator / He's a drunken S.O.B."
- This trope is the fuel for Radiohead's "Creep."
- This seems to be the situation of the person addressed in TV On The Radio's song "Hours" from Return To Cookie Mountain:
You walked around, thought yourself beautiful
Just too bad they stared, Just too bad they stared
Broke up your crown, called you "unusuable"
See how well you fared.
- Hephaestus, the Greek god of the forge, fire and blacksmithing, was shunned by the other gods because unlike them he was... * drumroll* ... ugly. Despite him being the creator of practically every Applied Phlebotinum / Iconic Item / MacGuffin / Amulet of Concentrated Awesome / similar object in the mythos; from Zeus's lightning bolts to Athena's shield and spear to the gods' thrones to the first human woman, Pandora; merely because of his appearance he was never treated with anything other than pity if not outright mocked. But this did not stop him from continuing to make these wonderful things for them. For a long time his wife, Aphrodite, cheated on him yet he uttered nary a complaint, and when she did it with Ares he finally sought an ounce of vengeance by trapping them in a net and bringing them before the other gods in hopes that they would be shamed; but instead the other gods mocked him again about his wife being unfaithful to him. And then he just went right back to making things for them. Poor guy. He did try to rape Athena, though. He failed, but still...And that only happened because Poseidon played a cruel prank by telling Hephaestus that Athena wanted him to make passionate love to her.
- Loki, is disliked by a large majority of the Aesir (and three of the Vanir) for being a trickster god instead of a war god and preferring mischief over fighting. They put up with him because Odin, the Aesir king, considers Loki his brother. Even that doesn't last though, either because Loki crashed a party, killed the waiter everyone liked and made fun of all the gods failing, exaggerating them with malicious lies, or because Loki killed Baldr, who everyone liked more than him. Or maybe both, since Loki took responsibility for Baldr's death in order to get a rise out of the gods while he was taunting them at the party he crashed. (if that makes him sound like a villain, it should also be noted that when allowed, Loki always made up for all his mischief and often made things better for the gods than they were before, these same gods who imprisoned three of his children for turning out to be ugly monsters, making them examples as well)
- Raven claimed that in direct contrast to how popular Tommy Dreamer was as a wrestler, Tommy Dreamer was a misfit turned outcast as a child. Raven's plan was to recreate that "nightmare" for grownup Dreamer.
- The Chick Busters on WWE Smackdown were disliked by the rest of the divas for being nerdy rookies, and while they started out with the support of Natalya, she eventually turned on them too, out of disgust for their losing ways. Kaitlyn would get a little better but AJ would descend into an insanity that saw all the male wrestlers wanting nothing to do with her either, except Big E Langston.
- Kimberly had this problem in the first 13 volumes of Shine. While all the other wrestlers she approached had alibis for not being able to associate with her, that was lucky coincidence and the one who had no out later declared her a psychopath. However, the crowd started cheering for her after Kimber Lee's return from a six volume absence, which lead to a spot in Daffney's All Star Squad.
- In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, most metis experience this from homid and lupus Garou. Metis may simply be disliked, expected to work harder for status, or in the case of the most warlike tribes, abused and neglected by their fellow Garou.
- Cyrano de Bergerac: De Guiche is the colonel of a Cadet Company made of Gascons that are constantly
putting him downsick to death of him because De Guiche has some traits: he is willing to compromise to get power, he wants to make something of his life and he openly displays his wealth to them. After even more humiliations from Captain Carbon and Cyrano, De Guiche, being a villain, prepares a Last Stand for his own company. De Guiche calls the cadets on this trope at Act IV scene IV. None of them care.DE GUICHE (looking at the cadets):
Here are the rebels! Ay, Sirs, on all sides
I hear that in your ranks you scoff at me;
That the Cadets, these loutish, mountain-bred,
Poor country squires, and barons of Perigord,
Scarce find for me—their Colonel—a disdain
Sufficient! call me plotter, wily courtier!
It does not please their mightiness to see
A point-lace collar on my steel cuirass,—
And they enrage, because a man, in sooth,
May be no ragged-robin, yet a Gascon!
(Silence. All smoke and play)
- In most of the first act, Elphaba in Wicked gets this treatment from everyone, including her future best friend Galinda and her future Love Interest Fiyero, just because she happens to have green skin. Her father hates her, her sister's ashamed of her, and until Galinda's conscious catches up with her, poor Elphie's only friend is her teacher (and look how that turns out). She's still shunned even after she makes friends with Galinda and Fiyero, but manages to bring it to a glorious "screw you all" at the end of the first act... right before the government turns on her and condemns her. Poor thing can't catch a break, even when she tries to save her crazy sister's lover, the Animal population in general, and Fiyero.
- A key factor in Ayane's backstory in Dead or Alive. Due to her "cursed birth," she was shunned and looked down upon by most people in the Mugen Tenshin village, with Kasumi and Hayate essentially being the only friends she really had.
- The NPCs of Breath of Fire IV love to torment Ryu (and the player) with pointless Fetch Quests and genre-change mini-games. In the end, the player decides whether to "put up with it silently" or Kill 'em All.
- In Bully, Petey is more than a bit feminine, and though Gary is constantly a prick to him Petey keeps going back. Probably because that was the only 'friend' he had (until Jimmy).
- Castlevania: The Belmont clan at one point suffers this, as their immense magical power caused them to be feared by the locals. Trevor Belmont, however, manages to set things straight by saving these people from Dracula's wrath (and kicked his butt), only then they start accepting the family.
- In Fallout: the player character spends the majority of the game going through hell to find a water chip to save the Vault s/he hails from, only to be kicked out in the end for having become too different in the process. At least, that's the reason that s/he is given. In fact, the Overseer fears that he will break the Vault Experiment by encouraging people to leave before the experiment's set date. People left in protest of that decision anyway, caught up with the Vault Dweller, and helped found the tribal village of Arroyo.
- Also played straight in Fallout 3 where everyone hates you upon your return to Vault 101, assuming you go back upon hearing the distress call that is. They hate you because all hell broke loose when your father left the vault rad roaches killed a few residents, and his leaving stirred up a rebellion and blame you due to proxy.
- Oswald from Odin Sphere is loathed by virtually every being on the planet because of his cursed nature as a shadow knight — at best, he is tolerated by whoever is employing him because of his fearsome combat skills, much to the disgust of the ruler's other underlings. Oswald is well-aware of the fact that the universe itself despises him, but puts up with it because the only other alternative would be to give up and go die in some corner. Which he does when he is spurned by the only person in the world he cared for. It happens twice, point of fact.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has a very minor subplot based on this, which only takes place in cutscenes. Link is shown to have a strong friendship with Colin, a child in his village, who is routinely picked on by the other children for being shy and pacifistic. But when Colin saves one of the village girls from being trampled by a rampaging villain, he turns into an instant hero and everyone wants to be his friend.
- Yoshiki from Corpse Party was revealed to have been a sort of lone wolf before his second year in high school.
- Avalon Code has a moment that neighbors Phantom Brave proportions. The Big Bad dupes one of your friends into jacking the Book of Prophecy and uses it to begin his own plot for omnicide - thankfully, it stops midway through, as he doesn't have the power in his current body to wholly destroy the world. Your love interest (Fana will be your substitute if you don't have one) gets pulled INTO THE BOOK and their page entry is ruined thoroughly during the fiasco, however, and you are buried as well. Once you're unearthed, what does the "Holy" King do? Why, he accuses you of destroying the town, brings together a bunch of civilians who equally use you as a scapegoat, and throws both you and the only guy who has even half an idea what just happened in jail to rot for all eternity! Thankfully, you manage to get out of there with help from a fellow con who uses the basement of the castle to store his ill-gotten goods, and from there the two of you begin your plot to get the book back and set things right.
- The Witch Boy from Overlord II was treated this way by... everyone in Nordberg save for childhood friend Kelda, because he was generally creepy-looking and disruptive- the latter partly as revenge for shoddy treatment. This led him to be tossed out of the town when the Glorious Empire arrived to conquer the town and purge the region of magical beings. Given that he's an Enfant Terrible in a series revolving around Villain Protagonists, this quite naturally results in the entire village being either enslaved or eradicated when the adult Witch Boy returns to conquer the world.
- In Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, most of the school life of one Vayne Aurelius seems relatively normal, save for the numerous hijinks that his friends drag him into. Then comes a teacher attempting to take his life (and his fighting said teacher in self-defense), and The Reveal that he was an artificial, and very powerful, Mana, and the entire school turned on him. Luckily, his friends are still there for him.
- Phantom Brave takes this to rather disturbing lengths.
- Arc the Lad has Darc who's not merely bullied but ''reduced to slavery'? by the Deimos race (intelligent humanoid monsters) thanks to his obvious human lineage. He reacts by deciding that any Deimos who will not submit to him and acknowledge him as king is better dead. And proceed to kill all those who fits the descriptions.
- Quake IV had Matthew Kane, the main character, who ends up being Stroggified (in every way except for the fact that he still retains his mind, due to being rescued before having his mind control chip activated). At first, most of his comrades (aside from his Squad members) reject him for this, but after learning that he's thw best and only hope for humanity, everyone wants to be his best friend.
- Mass Effect has no less than three examples:
- Ashley Williams is the granddaughter of the human commander at Shanxi — the only battle where an Alliance force surrendered to an alien one. Since then, the military has had it in for her family, which is a bad thing when military service is In the Blood. Despite her competence, Ashley is constantly stuck with minor and degrading posts.
- Grunt is considered an abomination by the krogan for being genetically-engineered. They are, however, willing to give him a chance to prove himself. In the end, krogan care more about how well you can fight than how you were born.
- The asari are a species able to mate with anyone, and pride themselves on their population of half asari hybrids. When two asari mate and have a child, the "pureblood" is considered an outcast since they don't contribute anything new to the gene pool. It also doesn't help that purebloods have a (admittedly pretty small, but still greater than zero) chance of becoming Ardat-Yakshi, which are essentially mass-murdering Horny Devils in a sci-fi setting.
- Mild example: In the Nancy Drew games, even the non-Jerk Ass suspects tend to pick on Nancy's clothes, hair, or looks in general.
- 15-year-old Rudy from the first Wild ARMs suffers from this. His unusual strength and his ability to use ARMs (magic guns said to have been used by Demons) freaks people out, making him an outcast from society (the fact that no one knows where he came from does not help matters). Best shown at the beginning of the game when he's driven out of the village he just saved because the villagers (who , up till that point, had been nice to him) found out he carried, and wielded, an ARM.
- In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud had a lonely and alienated childhood in Nibelheim. He was apparently shunned and ostracized by many of the children, especially Tifa's close friends, as well as being viewed as a troublemaker by the adults. This makes it easy for Tifa's father to blame Cloud for causing Tifa's near fatal accident when she was eight years old when it actually wasn't his fault — running off into the Nibel Mountains was entirely Tifa's idea, not Cloud's. The years of social isolation led to deep emotional insecurities which drive Cloud to leave Nibelheim in an attempt to become a famous hero and thereby prove to everyone that he's not a loser. Unfortunately those same insecurities prevent Cloud from getting into SOLDIER and also contributes to his mental breakdown during Hojo's experiments.
- Spyro the Dragon: While the rest of the dragons accept her, Cynder faces this from the Cheetahs, particularly Chief Prowlus and the Hermit, for her actions under Malefor, despite the fact she was Brainwashed and Crazy at the time and is now trying to help Spyro save the world. While the Hermit doesn't change, Prowlus and the rest of the village come around after they help them out. Sparx also has the same habit, typically not letting Cynder live down what she's done, but ultimately asks her to keep watch over Spyro as they go through the Burned Lands to confront the Big Bad and he can't go with them.
- In NieR, Kainé was bullied and ostracized by the other children for being intersexed.
- In Misao, this ends up being a driving force of the plot on all counts. It's mentioned early on that Misao didn't have many friends and the class bullies harassed her constantly. In the "Truth" ending it is revealed that Mr. Sohta was also generally disliked by classmates.
- Tales of Rebirth:
- Halves, children born of the union between a Huma and a Gajuma are viewed as outsiders and consistently discriminated against by both races. This social rejection is a key point in both Hilda and Militsa's characters.
- Ninon, the young girl with the Force of Feather was ostracised from her village because she could not control her Force that made everything float. She is found living alone in the mountains during the game.
- The backstory of Sonic the Hedgehog's Tails state that other kids mocked him for his twin tails, though that kinda disappeared after he joined up with Sonic. Similarly, Blaze was shunned for the fire powers that she initially had trouble controlling, which, along with her role as guardian of the resident Cosmic Keystones, led to her becoming withdrawn, antisocial, and insistent on working alone.
- The protagonist from Endeavor is ridiculed for his small size (even among dwarfs) by the other dwarves in his neighborhood.
- Ricken in Fire Emblem Awakening was bullied as a child, even more so after his family lost most of their wealth and their noble status.
- Princess Azura from Fire Emblem Fates notes that she has been ostracized and bullied no matter which kingdom she lived in.
- In RuneScape, the Wizard's Tower is founded on the belief that anybody can learn to use magic, and it should not be unique to anybody. Consequently, most faculty and students resented Ariane since she was both genuinely talented at magic and a hereditary Seer, traits which contradicted the Tower's philosophy. The one professor who did like her turned out to be a Treacherous Advisor planning to use her to suicide-bomb the Tower, and points out that her social isolation made her vulnerable and trusting enough for his purposes.
- Persona 5: Part of what draws the protagonists together is that they're all more or less outcasts.
- The Protagonist, Ryuji, and Ann all have negative reputations at their school and are viewed as Delinquents by both the staff and the student body.
- Yusuke is abused and exploited by his guardian, Madarame.
- Makoto is pressured by both her principal and older sister Sae to "be useful." Associating with the former gets her the Teacher's Pet treatment and further alienates her from her peers.
- Futaba suffers from a severe case of Survivor's Guilt and social anxiety to the point of being a Hikikomori.
- Haru is forced into an engagement that she does not want and has nobody to support her through it.
- Goro seems like a bright young Great Detective but grew up in an abusive household and has been alone his entire life.
- From Little Busters!, Haruka received this from her extended family. This was because her mother gave birth to twins from two different fathers after one of those fathers had assaulted her and her other husband. Therefore it was decided that the 'superior' twin would be considered the daughter of the good father and would receive all the benefits of the family. Haruka, unfortunately, was deemed to be inferior and so the child of the violent man, and therefore was constantly put down and mistreated. Later, Kanata invokes this at school by spreading around the details about her father. As a result the other kids at school start bullying her and spreading even worse rumours which clearly upset Haruka, but depressingly this is still much better than life at home used to be so she endures it without real complaint.
- In Nameless - The One Thing You Must Recall -, Shinbi's diary reveals she was like this before meeting Soi.
- While not exactly abused, Arcueid from Tsukihime was extremely isolated by the other True Ancestor vampires, even from themselves. They were glad she was around to kill Demon Lords, but she was so incredibly powerful that she unnerved them a bit so they never taught her anything and tended to reset her memory every now and then. Just when she finished wiping out the Demon Lords and they were getting ready to accept her and teach her, Roa comes along aaaaand... now there are no more True Ancestors except for her.
- In Akatsuki No Goei Tsuki is hated by the other servants and Tominori. It's never stated why, but it's hinted that the other maids know she's from the prohibited district and consider her filthy. As for Tominori, it's probably just that she's pretty similar to Kaito. Even if he doesn't like her he still makes himself look like a complete scumbag for her sake, so he's not that bad.
- Tales of the Questor: Quentyn the Questor is treated as joke by most of his community. However, the trope is subverted when Quentyn calls a meeting to tell the town he doesn't care what they thought of him. Furthermore, when he agrees to go on what seems a permanent exile to undertake an apparently impossible quest in order to save the town, the whole community is stunned at this sacrifice. After it sinks in, the town's opinion changes overnight to mark Quentyn as a hero.
- It is also lampshaded and subverted in the "Old Secrets" storyline where Quentyn's chief tormentor, Rahan, drunkenly whines how Quentyn is able to get away with anything because of this trope while he has to work for any reputation while everyone is jealous of his father's money.
- Arguably Quentyn's respect starts much earlier and builds up gradually as he proves his abilities. He also seemed to get plenty of respect until a he decided he wanted to be a Questor, which was generally considered to be an outdated tradition with no appointed Questors for decades.
- minus. The problem with powers is that they make playing with you rather unpleasant. So they don't.
- One girl, however, does make friends with her. That's one brave kid.
- Jeremy from Platinum Grit. His entire family treated him as a disappointment and an idiot from early childhood, an attitude shared by his college professor and by the staff of the family asylum. But because he's never known different and he's so impossibly nice, he thinks it's all perfectly normal.
- The closest thing we've ever seen of an explanation for Belkar's behavior comes from this Order of the Stick, in which he tells of his desire to grow up and brutally murder all of the other reindeer "in their dreamless sleep."
- Bob and George: Dr. Light made X deliberately different from the others — including a distaste of ice cream among ice-cream fanatics — producing this trope.
- In Endstone, Cole hears murmurs about her being a Half-Human Hybrid.
- Ferris and Demos of Fishbones both endure this, for being Jewish and Nerdy and for having an intimidating family, respectively.
- In Sinfest, Lil' E's backstory has this a lot.
- It is implied in Pacificators that people who have powers are not very well-liked by the regular, powerless people. Turns out there's history behind this: one of the best Pacificators they ever had went mad and killed thousands of people before she was finally stopped.
- In Nebula, Pluto is ignored and excluded from the rest of the solar system. Right as he had gotten over his shyness and was about to introduce himself.
- Rarity cops this from the rest of her friends in Friendship is Dragons due to being a Rogue. This was so severe that during a rescue attempt, Twilight couldn't copy Rarity's simple jewel-finding spell because her player realized it wouldn't be in-character for Twilight to spend any more time around the thief than was strictly necessary.
- Irya from Bits Fair is ostracised by the other warrior-boys from his village, while his cousins are always either mean to him or outright bully him.
- Wilfreda The Wanna Be Witch: The title character gets this at the start because her insistence on being a witch has weird-ed out the other kids.
- Steven in The Sanity Circus reveals that his damaged Instruman form means that he has less power and abilities than other Instrumen, and so he was ostracised and teased by them leading to him wanting to be useful to someone. He could be playing his grief up, though.
- In The Gamer's Alliance, the half-elf Shyralis was bullied by other elves because of her mixed blood and scary looks. She took the abuse for as long as she could, but eventually she snapped and lashed out with her magic, killing a group of young elves who had been tormenting her. She ran away and eventually ended up on a dark path of full-blown villainy.
- Entire Fourth Grade Class Hates Jeremy Halcote, so states The Onion.
- Vinnie of AJCO fell victim to this when they were younger, due to being the only human in a class of Plant Aliens and spider people. The bullying got so bad that at some point they had plastic surgery to make their ears pointed so they were less obviously human.
- Egg also felt the effects of this trope in her youth once her village found out she was Sighted. Slightly justified in that those with the Sight are much, much more likely to be possessed by evil spirits, and very unjustified in that there were no evil ghosts around. She kept the fact hidden when she left for the city, and it remained hidden until Curls summoned a ghost by accident and it tried to go on a murder spree from within Egg's body.
- Damien Carter-Madison is a villainous example from Survival of the Fittest. He even made a hitlist of all the people he wanted to take out.
- Happens repeatedly to teenagers in the Whateley Universe who become mutants. Aquerna couldn't even go home for Christmas vacation because her family didn't want her around. She looked perfectly normal and has low-end powers. But it works the other way too: Phase seems to be ostracized by a lot of the students at Whateley Academy because he is a Goodkind, and his family are the most famous, most influential mutant-haters on the planet.
- The Moon Moon meme portrays a mentally challenged wolf as this to the rest of his pack.
- The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: It's heavily implied that Jane was ignored, bullied or abused by nearly everybody all her life. She is a nice, slightly weird girl, yet she doesn't have any friends. Her step-family was horrible. She mentioned in episode 8 that she and Helen, her only close friend, were considered misfits at the Private School. She encountered some good teachers at university, but she didn't bond with any of them. When she comes to tutor Adele, it gets better as she's respected and Adele likes her, but it's not all great because the house is isolated, Grace is distant, Susanna-Maria is not too fond of her after their awkward encounter, other servants probably don't have time to talk to Adele's teacher, and Mr Rochester appears intimidating... Poor Jane.
- In Worm, trigger events nearly always have an element of isolation to them. Unless the superpowers came from Cauldron. Of particular note is the protagonist's trigger event, which came about from being trapped in a locked full of used tampons and pads after being bullied incessantly by her former best friend. Said former best friend would enlist the rest of the school to help bully the protagonist, and as a result she had no friends for over a year prior to the events of the story.
- In The Backwater Gospel, the town gives the Tramp this sort of treatment. Not that the Tramp seems to mind, finding joy in messing with them, especially the Minister. That is, until he becomes The Scapegoat, and the Minister orders an Angry Mob to stone him to death.
- Tim from The Life & Times of Tim is regularly put down around the office by the other employees. They also tend to call him "Tim the idiot." His boss always singles him out to do random and unpleasant favors for him. Not those kind of favors.
- As revealed in the Kim Possible episode "Attack of the Killer Bebes," Doctor Drakken's descent into megalomaniacal mad science can be traced to being made fun of in college, by Kim's father and their mutual friends. "Made fun of," meaning "one singular incident of mockery"; Drakken (then the not-blue Drew Lippski) promised Dr. Possible and his roommates that he'd provide blind dates for a sockhop. When the day of the dance comes, Drew shows up with four utterly ridiculous fembots he built himself, that look like they started life as industrial vacuum cleaners. The three non-roboticists instantly bust up laughing at the ludicrous sight, and start poking fun at Drew about exactly how ludicrous it is. The way Dr. Possible recounts the story, he clearly still thinks he was a lot less mean about the whole thing than Drakken did, especially since (aside from the robots) he seems to remember Drakken pretty fondly.
- Invader Zim
- Dib is king of this trope. He is tormented on a regular basis by his peers due to his belief in the paranormal—which, in this Crapsack World, often means "not being as dumb as a sack of bricks." All the while he is constantly battling the alien Zim, who his classmates regard as a normal (if green) human kid.
- As a subversion of the standard hero reaction to the trope, Dib doesn't always take the abuse in stride; he argues with people a lot, and in one episode seriously contemplates falling into Zim's latest trap just so he can take his classmates down with him. In another episode ("Mopiness of Doom") he does the opposite, deciding that the paranormal isn't worth all the pain he suffers and temporarily quits. However, in the end he always does what's good for humanity, even if he just gets mocked for it later, due to either duty, pride or a mixture of the two.
- Except in fanfiction; in a trope specific to the fandom, many writers actually have Dib turn evil and team up with Zim to destroy humanity out of spite, since Zim, at least, seems to hold some kind of healthy respect for Dib. Although even many of these have Dib regret his actions after the fact.
- Zim himself, who is the laughing stock of the Irken Empire. He actually deserves that reputation, though ... not that it matters, since he's oblivious to it and convinced he's the best thing ever.
- Wilt from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. While he's well-known for being one of the best imaginary friends in the show in terms of good deeds, and occasionally gets some form of recognition for his actions, far more often, his natural kindness gets either taken advantage of or stomped all over. Examples include:
- The destruction of a chandelier he had been working for six hours on,
- Not acquiring his own room despite having the best reason to obtain it (living the longest in the house without his own room and the room being custom-made for him),
- And an episode dedicated to everyone he comes in contact with immediately using his inability to say no to force him to do chores and such for them while a game he'd been dying to see was on. The episode results in being imprisoned twice, finally reaching home the moment the game ends, and once he finally learns to say no and stand up for his own needs once in a while, the episode ends when he accidentally says yes to another chore and the door being slammed in his face before he can correct himself.
- Danny Phantom. His ghost alter-ego is hunted and hated, while his human half is bullied and victimized by the more popular students of his school. The former improves over time throughout the run of the series. The latter... well, at least he has his True Companions.
- Gargoyles uses this both ways: the heroes are constantly abused by the very people they're trying to protect, who generally scream and run away from, or else attack, their rescuers. Meanwhile, resident Big Bad Demona has long ago cracked under the strain and decided on "kill them all". While it certainly falls under this trope, people in the show do show a variety of responses to the Gargoyles, and the reactions generally are not too unrealistic, especially given they've been blamed for a variety of bad circumstances, some of it deservedly.
- South Park
- Though purely comedic, Butters has his alter ego Professor Chaos.
- At the start of the series, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny were relatively well-liked by their classmates, and were perfectly willing to bully their less popular peers. However, as the show went on, a combination of Character Development and Characterization Marches On (that generally made them more sympathetic to fans) led their social status to become much more fragile. According to Craig, all of the other kids think they're assholes. Even if he was exaggerating, it still isn't all that unusual for their popularity to dip beneath Butters'. Though their popularity is constantly in flux, being despised by their peers in some episodes, and having sleepovers with them in others. Generally speaking, Stan, Kyle and Kenny are usually in good standing with the other kids, although they have a rivalry now with Craig, Clyde and Token who have their own little group. The lightning rod of the disdain is, of course, Cartman. Who is the most hated kid in school by far. As much as the other kids pick on Butters, their hatred of Cartman is exponentially greater.
- Jay Sherman from The Critic. He gets it from his boss, his make-up lady and the many people who disagree with his views on films. He does take steps to gain more respect, and manages to do so when he goes to truck driving school and impresses his fellow truckers both with his endurance behind the wheel and his knowledge of film. However, in his primary career, not even winning a Pulitzer Prize gets Jay any cred from his peers.
- Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy: The three title characters are known for being disliked and harassed by just about every character on the show, except the Kankers (that instead are prone to sexually harass the Eds) This is mostly because of their leader Eddy who always tries to scam people out of their money. If you look at it from the kids' view, it's really Eddy who they hate since they are seen getting along with Ed and Edd when Eddy is not around... Most of the time when all three of the Eds receive punishment, it is usually Eddy's fault. Eddy is the only one who actually deserves this. Reversed in the movie when Eddy reveals his Freudian Excuse involving him and his brother, at which point all three Eds finally gain acceptance by the other kids.
- Family Guy
- Meg is the Family Whipping Post (oftentimes from Peter).
- Peter became the victim of this in the episode where he discovers he's part-black, where he's put down by whites for insulting them on the news and by the blacks for selfishly squandering a large sum of money rather than donating it to a black charity. When Peter says he feels mistreated like a leper, the leper next to him won't let him have a seat.
- The Trumpet of the Swan has Louis the trumpeter swan, who is mute. The original novel doesn't show much of Louis' interactions with the other swans, but this trope is definitely played up in the animated film adaptation.
- Then there's the 1964 stop-motion animated TV special that's the Trope Namer. With the exception of Yukon Cornelius, every single adult figure (including Santa Claus!) comes off as a complete Jerk Ass in the way they treat Rudolph. Only averted by the fact that Rudolph ultimately is accepted by his peers... after saving their asses from the snowstorm and (indirectly) from the Abominable Snow Monster of the North Pole. The trope is downplayed in the GoodTimes Entertainment version of the story - while Rudolph still gets picked on by the other fawns, Santa and his parents are a lot nicer and more accepting of him.
- The Simpsons: With the exception of Maggie Simpson, the immediate Simpson family are occasionally put down by their hometown, Springfield. The people of Springfield are generally known to fair-weathered and fickle, earning the reputation of "Meanest Town in America". There is even a "Code of the Schoolyard" in Springfield Elementary School, where children amongst themselves are expected to always make fun of those different from them. This trope is usually put into effect due to Homer's blunders, Bart's mischief, or a series of events which bring out the town's general nastiness.
Homer: Oh, I get it. When I'm crushing and killing you, you don't like me. But when I can save your life, suddenly I'm Mr. Popular.Lenny: Yeah, that's pretty much it.Homer: Woo hoo! I'm Mr. Popular!
- When Homer Simpson plays the role of Paul Bunyan in the episode, "Simpsons Tall Tales":
- There is even an episode plot in Season 23, where the people of Springfield decide to exile the Simpson family.
- One word: Moe Szyslak.
- In ThunderCats (2011), the Proud Warrior Race Catfolk of the magical kingdom of Thundera regard their crown prince Lion-O as a Cloudcuckoolander for his obsession with mythical "technology", a Category Traitor for his defense of enemy Lizard Folk scavengers, a Cultural Rebel and a thoroughly Inadequate Inheritor and The Wrongful Heir to the Throne when compared to his brother Tygra.
- In Generator Rex the main character, Rex, is constantly called a freak for being an E.V.O. and even sometimes is threatened.
- The titular hero of Sprout's Olive the Ostrich, who buries her head in the sand to have imaginative adventures. When she pokes her head out of the sand, her father pokes fun at her for daydreaming again, her mother tells her that her head's "been in the sand too long" and her brother laughs at her. It's probably no coincidence that her name is "Olive."
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy has been mistreated since childhood and into adulthood. It started off from the fact that she was a weak flyer suffering from confidence issues, and the fact that she is the only pegasus pony who has more of a connection to the earth than to the sky probably does not help. Also, a number of ponies think she is an Extreme Doormat and will not hesitate to act like Jerkasses towards her. Fortunately, she has taken steps to being treated with more respect.
- In Frankenstein's Cat, none of the Doctor's other creations like Nine, and Lottie is constantly tormented by the other children of of Oddsburg.
- In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the locals treat the gang as, at best, a nuisance and, at worst, a group of destructive vigilantes owing to their inconvenient habit of saving a town filled with stupid, submissive and greedy jackasses from themselves.
- The protagonist clock in the Disney short Tick Tock Tale gets made fun of by the other clocks because he has a goofy design.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Plastic Man appears to be disliked by most heroes apart from Batman. He even mentions he was kicked out of the Justice League because they didn't want him around.
- Olaf from Kaeloo was apparently kicked out of the place he lived and left drifting on an iceberg by other emperor penguins for "marrying" an ice cube.