In fiction with child heroes, it's common to have a bully and his most frequent victim as supporting characters. While the bully might feature as a villain, in stories where they are on the main characters' side, they are frequently paired up with the wimp as a sort of Brains and Brawn
, Big Guy, Little Guy
Usually played for comedy: Either the wimp is unhappy at being paired with the intimidating bully, the bully is unhappy that he's not allowed to beat on the wimp while they're supposed to be working together
, or embarrassed to be seen with him, or the two get along surprisingly well considering their normal relationship. The latter type may grow up to be a Sensitive Guy and Manly Man
In a completely different kind of fiction
pairings may feature this.
Anime and Manga
- Punisher MAX Presents Barracuda. The story had Barracuda paired up with a young man with haemophilia (Which resulted in the nickname Hemo).
- In Bully, the game starts out with Gary and Petey playing this role, although it's not a perfect fit since Gary is more into mind games and emotional manipulation than physical bullying. When Jimmy takes Gary's place, the trope works better as Petey and Jimmy work as a Brains and Brawn team, although of course how much Jimmy acts like a typical bully is purely up to you.
- The Simpsons: Whenever a group of kids includes Nelson and Martin, it seems the two end up paired together. "Team Discovery Channel!" Nelson is usually rather unhappy about this.
- Before that, in Matt Groening's Life in Hell comic, a strip featured the 64 different types of elementary school students. Two of these were "The Bully" and "The Bully's Little Pal."
- Phineas and Ferb: Bulford and Baljeet regularly get paired together.
- South Park has Cartman and Butters.