->''"Aw, come on! That brat was asking for it!"''
-->-- '''Don East''' defending Manga/{{Naruto}}'s case for striking Hikaru, ''[[http://blip.tv/doneastproductions/anime-abomination-naruto-3-the-movie-2632801 Anime Abomination]]''

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There's nothing quite so evil as when a character takes a clear step toward villainy and decides to KickTheDog. Sometimes, though, the kick falls flat--not because it wasn't evil, mind you. The intent, malice and ill will are all there. It's just that at this moment, the dog isn't a sweet innocent puppy. It's a devious son of a bitch that's trying to sink its teeth into someone's leg. This is one effective way to set up a believable StartOfDarkness while keeping the character sympathetic.

'''Important note:''' this trope is not to be confused with its close cousin PayEvilUntoEvil, in which an asshole also suffers from another's cruelty as payback for their cruelty. The difference lies in how much the perpetrator knew about the victim, and whether that was his motive for committing the act. Someone who does PayEvilUntoEvil will deliberately target a terrible person. An SOB Kicker either doesn't know about his victim's evil, or simply doesn't care. Basically he ends up doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons.

* Kick the Son of a Bitch: While escaping from a bank heist gone sour, a couple of robbers gun down anyone who gets in their way. Among the victims, unbeknownst to them, is a certain pimp who was notoriously cruel to his prostitutes and recently managed to beat the rap for murdering one of them. He will not be missed.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: While escaping from a bank heist gone sour, a couple of robbers gun down anyone who gets in their way. One of the robbers spots a certain pimp he knows who is notoriously cruel to his prostitutes and recently managed to beat the rap for murdering one of them; [[EvenEvilHasStandards figuring this is as good a time as any for revenge]], he takes aim and shoots him.

Suffice to say that the PayEvilUntoEvil can have a perpetrator of almost any morality while the Kick the Son of a Bitch is always a case of EvilVersusEvil.
See also KickTheDog; TakeThatScrappy; AssholeVictim; EvenEvilHasStandards. Compare with AlasPoorScrappy, PokeThePoodle, and DesignatedVillain. Also compare--but do not confuse--with PayEvilUntoEvil. Scenes like this often qualify for LessDisturbingInContext.



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* Part of the reason the ComedicSociopathy for ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' works so well is because, ultimately, pretty much everyone who gets hurt can be said to deserve it. Ranma getting a MegatonPunch from Akane is funny because he's a {{Jerkass}} who routinely mocks and abuses her. Akane getting tongue-lashed and mocked by Ranma is funny because she tends to overreact in a "hit first, listen -maybe- later" way. Mousse getting his heart stomped on by Shampoo when he returns to the series looks like Karmic Justice for being a StalkerWithACrush, and the fact that we just saw him try to kidnap Ranma's fiancée, try to murder Ranma, successfully kidnap Ranma's fiancée, threaten to turn Ranma's fiancée into a duck, and then finally try to either murder Ranma again, turn Ranma himself into a duck, or both. And so on and so forth.
* Ribbons Almarck from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' does this in Episode 13 of Season 2 [[spoiler:when he slaps Wang Liu Mei and tells her to know her place when she mocks him after witnessing the full extent of the Gundam 00's power]]. Ribbons is the BigBad, to be sure; but, because [[spoiler: Liu Mei]] is widely perceived as a SmugSnake and a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]], this became a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for him.
** In the first season, his overthrowing of [[spoiler:Alejandro]] also counts. [[spoiler:Alejandro]] was just such an arrogant SmugSnake that Ribbons [[spoiler:betraying him and leaving him to die]] is just the icing on the cake after [[spoiler:Setsuna defeats him in battle]].
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', [[TheMole Due's]] first scene has her killing [[spoiler:the TSAB High Council]]. [[FingerLickinEvil The manner in which she does this]] would firmly establish her as unsympathetic, except that [[KarmicDeath they were the ones responsible]] for the season's conflict.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', this is pretty much [[spoiler: what Shizuru does]], and one reason [[spoiler: she]] lends [[spoiler: her]]self well to being a DracoInLeatherPants. [[spoiler: The First District]] arguably needed killing considering what they'd done to [[spoiler: Natsuki's mother]], and while [[spoiler: Nao]] is more sympathetic than them [[spoiler: she]] could be seen as a second case, depending on the viewer's perspective.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''. There's a particularly memorable moment when you're seriously rooting for [[EnemyWithout Shounen Bat]] to beat the crap out of [[spoiler:Masami Hirukawa]].
* ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'': Bass.EXE, in the last episode of the [[SeasonalRot Stream arc]], brutally murdered and consumed [[TheDragon Slur]] before disappearing forever. As Slur was a [[VillainSue stupidly powerful]], [[SmugSnake utterly loathsome]] bitch who personally caused all the problems of the arc, fans consider this scene cathartic.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the villains' use of the YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness trope generally is completely unsympathetic, but in the manga when Pride pulls it on the Man in White, a MadDoctor, you can't help but cheer, and the same is true to a lesser extent with his devouring the equally monstrous Kimbley. In both cases, you have an evil guy who threw his lot in with monsters who think of humans like insects, and their fates are rather karmic in showing them that they ''really'' picked the wrong side.
** Scar did this in his first manga appearance by killing off [[spoiler:Shou Tucker]].
** Subverted by [[spoiler:Roy's CurbStompBattle of Envy]] in the manga and specially in ''Brotherhood''. The way the scene is framed makes quite clear to the fans that that was ''[[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope not something you are supposed to enjoy...]]'' The other characters present acknowledge that [[spoiler:Envy]] ''must'' die, but think [[spoiler:Mustang]] is killing him for the wrong reasons: "How will he [[spoiler:become a benevolent leader]] if he's '''this''' willing to resort to murder someone for [[spoiler:{{Revenge}}]] and thus ''betray everything we've fought for and preached about ever since the Ishvalan War''? IT'S NOT WORTH IT."
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', while Lelouch Lamperouge feels little remorse for killing, he's up against the racist [[TheEmpire Britannian Empire]], and the only people he ''personally'' kills are [[PayEvilUntoEvil those he sees to have it coming]], including a genocidal prince and enemy soldiers. Then comes the second half of R2 and he starts JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope...
* In the ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' anime, Sekai Saionji earned the rare distinction of being on both ends of this trope in a single episode. First, [[spoiler: she kills the JerkAss who has been cheating on her like crazy and recently refused to stay with her despite her thinking she's pregnant with his baby ''and'' having a reasonably good reason to think that way]]. And later, [[spoiler: she gets killed and cut up by the girl whom she stole said guy from, by kissing him and becoming his "other woman" after Sekai herself hooked them up, which kicked off said girl's BreakTheCutie deal]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': As if he really needed it to secure his villain cred, [[AxCrazy Donquixote]] [[PsychoForHire Doflamingo]] is especially willing to... [[YouHaveFailedMe cut loose]] his former allies. However, so far he has done this to: a {{Jerkass}} bully, a slave trader, and [[spoiler:Gecko Moria]]. None of whom were the least bit sympathetic and pretty much deserved what they got.
** And [[{{Jerkass}} Spandam]] in Franky's backstory, where it happened not once, but twice! First by Franky's father figure Tom, who would have possibly killed him haven't he been stopped after the first blow and then shortly after by [[spoiler: Franky himself]] who left him with permanent face damage. Franky and Robin then take revenge on him near the end of the Enies Lobby arc, with Robin slapping him repeatedly, Franky smashing him with his sword in elephant form, and Robin breaking his back. Breaking it CLEAN IN TWO.
*** Almost ''everybody'' among the Straw Hats gets to take a shot at Spandam during that arc. The crew ends up putting him through a pretty severe HumiliationConga, and you'd be hard-pressed to find '''anyone''' who believes he didn't deserve ''every second'' of it.
** The prisoners in Impel Down suffer horrific torture, but they aren't like the Straw Hats; most of them have killed quite a few people, and they think nothing of sacrificing others in order to survive their tortures.
*** Then again, there were also prisoners like Ivankov, who for all appearances is a genuinely good guy, and got locked up for being one of the leaders of a rebellion against the very evil World Government.
* How many times does this happen in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''? Pretty often, considering how many {{Asshole Victim}}s are in that show.
* From ''Anime/SailorMoon'', there's Rubeus. He was a very irritating SmugSnake who treated his QuirkyMiniBossSquad, the Ayakashi Sisters, like shit -- specially the one who loved him, Cooan. When he was left to die by his fellow villain Green Esmeraude, he had kicked the dog so many times that seeing him die felt like a KarmicDeath.
* In ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', this is applied retroactively to two of Enchu's victims, as when their deaths are first mentioned, we don't know that they did anything to deserve it. However, it's later revealed that they treated Rio terribly; one forced her to wear revealing clothes to class so that she could sell her tools, another mocked her for doing so, and both refused to save her mother from a haunt, [[spoiler:causing her FaceHeelTurn]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** After [[TheBrute Nappa]] fails to defeat Goku and can only nearly equal his strength (without Kaio-Ken), [[WarriorPrince Vegeta]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness throws him up the air and obliterates him.]] Although the action itself is pretty surprising (Nappa was his partner), Nappa had spent most of his screentime slaughtering thousands of innocents and most of the Z-Fighters and nearly killed Gohan while laughing about it. Still, many fans do see this as Vegeta's lowest moment.
** Vegeta ''IS'' this trope in the Planet Namek arc, with his fight against Zarbon being among the best moments. Until about an arc and a half later when he makes a more genuine HeelFaceTurn, Vegeta is basically an evil guy killing even eviler guys.
** On the other hand, many view Vegeta's first fight with Zarbon as being this for Zarbon. Not that long before he confronted Zarbon, Vegeta murdered an entire village of Namekian (elder and children) and stole their Dragon Balls, all while laughing and acting smug. When Zarbon transformed and started to beat Vegeta's butt, most felt he more than deserved it, especially since Zarbon is the most humane of Frieza's elites.
** However, contrast this with [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown final form Frieza's fight against Vegeta]]-- whilst Vegeta's actions up until now have hardly been worthy of any sympathy, the fight plays out to evoke as much sympathy for Vegeta as possible. The fact that he is finally facing up to the cruel tyrant who has held him in bondage his entire life, and getting smacked around and humiliated because of it, resulting in Vegeta breaking down and crying, is fairly emotional despite his villainy.
** After Vegeta sold out his allies and his own son to allow Cell to become complete, all for the sake of his overblown ego, most cheered when Cell beat him into the ground. Even Krillin got into this, saying that Vegeta deserves to be killed.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} when Vegeta confronts Majin Buu and is beating to near death. Despite selling out his friends, family, and his own morality for the sake of power and the chance to surpass Goku, his death is played very tragically. It helps that [[HeelRealization Vegeta realizes what a selfish prick he has been]] and his actions lead to Gohan's death, so he believes. He also fights for the sake of others for the first time in his life and knows when he dies, he will go straight to Hell.
** Super Saiyan 2 Gohan's fight with Cell, during which Gohan beats Cell within an inch of his life and goes so far as to deliberately drag the fight out because [[RevengeBeforeReason he felt Cell deserved to suffer as much as possible before he died]]. As terrifying and sad as it is, there's no denying that Cell deserves every second of Gohan's wrath after all of the horrible things he's done; among other things, Cell ''[[ImAHumanitarian ate]]'' 600,000 innocent people and killed hundreds of others in his quest to become perfect. Not to mention the fact that he [[ForcedToWatch made Gohan watch]] as he tortured his friends and family and killed Android 16 right in front of him.
** Androids 17 and 18's betrayal and killing of [[MadScientist Dr. Gero]]. Considering the fact that Gero caused so much pain and suffering over a petty grudge with Goku, resulting directly in a BadFuture, and being a SmugSnake to boot, no one sheds a tear when they do so.
** Goku's fight with Frieza, where he deliberately drags the fight out purely to humiliate him. Despite Goku transforming into a Super Saiyan being presented as not being an entirely good thing, at least in the original Japanese version and ''Kai'', it can't be argued that Frieza had all that pain and misery coming, especially since he slaughtered hundreds of people, destroyed countless planets, and finally killed Goku's best friend, as well as threatening to kill Gohan next, right in front of him.
** Buu punching Babidi's face in so hard that it ''explodes''. It is a gruesome end, but given that Babidi is the same person who regularly [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness murders his own men he doesn't need anymore]], lets his loyal {{Dragon}} get beaten and eaten by Buu, [[ForcedToWatch forces the world to watch]] Buu eat cities just so he can get back at Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo, and is a SmugSnake who enslaves people to do his dirty work, seeing him die is more than a little satisfying.
** During the Buu saga, Van Zant, an AxCrazy TriggerHappy lunatic who had gone on a killing spree for fun with the justification that [[ApocalypseAnarchy Buu would be destroying the Earth soon anyway]], decides to drop that excuse and try to kill Majin Buu so he can go on killing people. Instead, he causes Buu to spawn the Evil Buu, and the very first thing Evil Buu does is [[DisintegratorRay completely vaporize]] Van Zant. With the fact that he had been shooting innocent people ForTheEvulz, and had previously [[KickTheDog shot Buu's puppy Bee]] for fun, it's hard ''not'' to cheer when Evil Buu kills him.
* The first really wicked thing Reina does in ''Manga/RaveMaster'' is quite literally stab Sieg Hart in the back. It's a little satisfying though, since Sieg had just mind raped Haru.
* November 11 killing Maki in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is definitely an example of this. Normally, [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling]] a [[WouldHurtAChild young boy]] with an ice spear would put you well over the MoralEventHorizon. Not in this case though, as the boy in question is a psychotic {{yandere}} who was causing needless destruction because of his obsessive love for his leader and would probably have gone on to kill his own allies if he hadn't been stopped. The way the murder plays out is like an odd fusion of KickTheDog and PetTheDog. Maki had badly injured April, one of November 11's teammates, and when he tracks Maki down, he is aided by his other teammate, July, and it's shown how despite [[TinMan seeming emotionlessness]], they are a very close group. The episode ends with them all bonding (while Maki is bleeding to death in the same room).
* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime, [[spoiler:Asura]] kills [[spoiler:Arachne]].
** Subverted in the manga, when [[spoiler: Crona brutally kills [[AmbiguousGender their]] abusive mother Medusa]]. Because what's supposed to be the kicker's CrowningMomentOfAwesome, [[spoiler: actually was the last part of Medusa's ThanatosGambit]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has Angel killing [[BitchInSheepsClothing Karen]].
** Later on, Zeref killing Zancrow.
** And even later, Zeref killing Hades.
** [[EvilRedhead Flare]], the Raven Tail girl who cheated the hell out of her fight against Lucy, gets the taste knocked out of her by [[WouldHitAGirl her own teammate]].
** Early on, a BrainwashedAndCrazy Jellal kills some of the people who enslaved him.
** Generally, possibly killing your boss, [[BadBoss no matter how bad they are]], is frowned upon as [[spoiler:Sting]] doubtlessly knows in chapter 300. When said boss beats you up and then kills a friend of yours for [[InnocentBystander no reason other than they're there]], not so much.
* In ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle'', [[spoiler:Yue]] was absolutely merciless in interrogating and killing [[spoiler: Ardi]], although the former did have reason to be upset; [[spoiler: Ardi]] had him imprisoned and was about to kill one of the few people he actually cared about.
* Masaru and [=ShineGreymon=] from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' finish off [[BigBad Kurata]] as he's pleading for his life. Normally, trying to kill someone who is begging you for mercy is a sign you're either a villain or at best, an AntiHero. However, when that someone is the biggest bastard in the history of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', circumstances are different -- all his friends cheered him on and told him to kick Kurata's ass.
** Makuramon of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' was a giant JerkAss, a DirtyCoward, and a creep who stalked a bunch of 10-year-olds, attacked Jeri, kidnapped Calumon, abandoned Majiramon--who was his ally-- to die, ''tried to kill Suzie'', attacked Antylamon -- who was ''also'' an ally -- [[EvenEvilHasStandards when she tried to stop him]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[TooDumbToLive was stupid enough to taunt Beelzemon for not killing the Tamers yet]]. Needless to say, watching Beelzemon crush his head with one hand was ''extremely'' satisfying. [[SarcasmMode And totally appropriate]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids for kids]].
* In ''Manga/OniisamaE'', Mariko is a ClingyJealousGirl who follows Nanako everywhere, and is seen violently slapping a girl around in the second episode. Said girl, however, is Aya Misaki, a really cruel AlphaBitch who has ''just'' pressed ''both'' of Mariko's {{Berserk Button}}s: mistreating her beloved Nanako, [[spoiler: and mocking Mariko's DarkAndTroubledPast]]. Crazypants as she is, Mariko's epic slapping of Aya is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Also, around episode 3, Aya and her GirlPosse refuse to give up, and start mocking Nanako ''in the middle of class''. What happens there? Kaoru, the local {{Tomboy}} and SchoolIdol, not only tells them to shut up, but '''physically mauls them'''. Aya's really TooDumbToLive, isn't she?
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s WhamEpisode 16 has [[spoiler: a flashback to Yuri Petrov's (Lunatic's) childhood when we see his abusive drunkard father beating his wife and then turning on his then-teenage son when Yuri tries to stop him. In response, Yuri activates his Next ability for the first time, and burns his father alive]]. Lunatic's methods are undeniably brutal, but in THAT instance...
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', one episode had Team Rocket's Meowth slashing the crap out of a one-off villain, to the point of ''shredding his clothes off''. Sort of a nasty thing to do, even to a villain, but the guy had been putting pretty much everyone ('''especially''' Meowth) through hell the whole episode. The guy was [[DirtyCoward kind of a wuss]] and [[SmugSnake taunted the heroes the whole time]], so he really had it coming.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light Yagami's first murder victims were Kuro Otoharada and Takuo Shibuimaru, which is out of curiosity to test the Death Note. The former is a criminal who held a group of children hostage in school while the latter is a motorcycle gang leader who tries to sexually harass (and in the anime, tries to ''rape'') a woman on the street. From this point onwards, Light's killings becomes more of PayEvilUntoEvil.
** In the very last episode, we have [[spoiler: Light running down the street, already riddled with bullet holes and probably not going to live much longer]], but that doesn't matter much to [[spoiler:Ryuk]]; he goes right ahead and [[spoiler: kills him anyway, just [[ItAmusedMe 'cause he wants to]]]].
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', [[DragonInChief Toguro]] and [[BigBad Sakyo]] had done this quite a bit namely to Tarukane, Butajiri and the 3 other remaining members of The Black Book Club. Though it doesn't actually make up for their KickTheDog moments (especially since in the case of the BBC, they were actually trying to stop Sakyo's EvilPlan despite their own cruel deeds) or in Toguro's case, at least not until the end.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Guts does terrible, terrible things to those he kills. Said things are TheLegionsOfHell, humans who sold themselves to the lords of Hell, or ''worse''. It's hard not to cheer.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' ends with [[spoiler:Kyubey being beat up to pulp after his experiment goes wrong, before becoming Homura's servant by the end of the movie]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[spoiler:Liltotto [[ImAHumanitarian eats Pepe alive]]]] for turning one of her friends against her.
* In the anime version of ''Manga/AkameGaKill'', Leone brutally beats [[spoiler: Prime Minister Honest, the corrupt ruler of the empire]] to death, slowly and painfully.

* ComicBook/LesLegendaires has [[EvilSorcerer Skroa]] savagely killing a bunch of slave traders who were attacking the protagonists so they could sell one of them. You really don't feel sorry for those guys. [[spoiler:Then later books have Amy killing Skroa.]]
* The death of [[spoiler: Martin Sutter]] at ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s hands in ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost''. It's certainly meant to be a sign of just how off the slippery slope Rice has leaped, but damned if you don't feel he deserved it.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'':
** The three Caliph's brothers that Iznogoud made disappear. While Troiround wasn't really developed enough to say if he was evil or not, Dheround was truly a bully that kept making deadly pranks to Iznogoud and mocking him for his small size and big nose. Katround was even worse, being a crazy man obsessed with making people disappear and attempting to literally erase Bagdad (including his well-intentioned older brother).
** A more obvious example in ''Who Killed the Caliph'', where he has the Executioner (a greedy, sadistic man asking his childhood friend Wa'at Alaaf a bribe for his mercy) [[LaserGuidedKarma tortured by his own previous victim]].
* ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' and watching the Goblin King tear down ''everything'' [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Otto]] had built up. Had this been stuff Peter Parker himself had done, this would be a MoralEventHorizon for Gobby. Instead, it's Otto Octavius riding in Peter's body, destroying every last bit of goodwill Peter had made in an attempt to be "superior". Instead, watching his "legacy" crumble seems cathartic.
* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverines}}'': Mr.Sinister tearing off one of ComicBook/{{Daken}}'s arms and ripping out his left eye for good measure would normally be the kind of gruesome act that would make the reader shudder in disgust and horror, and it is. ...but given this is ''Daken'', a serial murderer/serial rapist/professional sadist we're talking about, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
* In ''Franchise/GreenLantern Corps'' watching Mongul II decimate Daxam might be ugly, but given that the Daxamites are a planet of xenophobes who kill and stuff any aliens they find, it's hard not to cheer for him anyway. As Sodam Yat notes, "congratulations Daxam. You finally got the alien you deserve."
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': During the ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' arc, ComicBook/LexLuthor guns down Kryptonian Commander Gor from behind. Since Gor was a {{sadist}}ic SociopathicSoldier, nobody really cares.
* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Mr. Hyde brutally tortures, rapes, and murders a person. Normally this would have been a MoralEventHorizon, but the person he does this to happens to be [[spoiler: Griffin the Invisible Man, a murderer and rapist whom Hyde had just caught trying to sell out Earth to Martians]].
* In ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'', the bad guys use the radiation-powered supervillain Chemo to reduce the entire city of Bludhaven to a bombed-out wasteland. Bludhaven just so happens to be one of the most corrupt cities in the US (even worse than '''''Gotham'''''), and its destruction is immediately preceded by scenes of how horrible virtually everyone in it is, including a panel of the mayor taking bribes from supervillains.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', not only does the Interceptor kill the immortal cub Shocker [[spoiler: by ''tearing his head off'', but he then buries him underground, leaving him trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', when Jade finds the first mask, [[spoiler: Kaito, the General inside, proceeds to lie to her and is implied to have betrayed her when [[TheStarscream Valmont]] wore it, egging him on, not to mention the acts of evil from BEFORE he was sealed; so, after the mask is removed, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Jade EATS it]], consuming his essence. He had it coming]].
** Later on in the story, [[spoiler: EvilSorcerer Lung kidnaps Jade and tortures her to the brink of insanity and death trying to break her to his will. Therefore, no one in the audience was complaining when [[CoDragons Left and Right]] showed up to save her, with Right killing Lung as he [[VillainsWantMercy begged for mercy]].]] In fact, one reviewer even called it ''justice''.
** A while after that, [[spoiler: Jade kills Ikazuki, Tarakudo's [[TheDragon Dragon]] who had previously usurped control of the Shadow Hand from her and treated her like a slave, by breaking his mask and force feeding his chi to Viper (in order to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwash]] her)]].
* In the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fic "Twisted", one of many sequels to the "World Financial Crisis Gangbang," America commits suicide and is brought back to life by England, only to [[CameBackWrong come back wrong]] as a ''very'' DamagedSoul bent on vengeance. His first act of revenge is sacrificing the Italy brothers in a black magic ritual to resurrect his children he had over a century earlier. Normally, killing the Italy brothers would put America past the MoralEventHorizon. However, since the Italy brothers participated in the gang rape, it's very hard to have any sort of sympathy for them.
** Hell ''any'' "revenge" sequel to the to the Financial Crisis Gangbang counts as this, as well as TheDogBitesBack (particularly "Spreading Poison"). Another called "To Avenge A Friend" has Hungary, Canada and Tony mentally torture the rapists for several hours, forcing them to actually experience the whole thing for themselves. And given the later pages of the comic, it's ''very'' hard not to cheer them on.
** And that's not counting the one with Native America (aka America and Canada's ''dead mother'') coming back to give the perpetuators what could be described as {{Inception}}: ''Horrific Edition.'' And it's ''really'' difficult to sympathize with those "victims."
* In ''72Hours'', when AxCrazy [[spoiler:Damien]] crucifies [[KnightTemplar Katie Snyder,]] everyone was cheering.
* In Red Witch's ''Sins of the Father,'' Walsh seizes an opportunity in the chaos of the Black Rose's attempted coup to [[spoiler: stab Senator Wheiner]]. While most of the fandom would agree the aforementioned "son of a bitch" definitely had it coming, the fact that he [[spoiler: leaves the Series 5 team in danger to do it]], and then runs off without leaving behind any answers, especially for the devastated Shane [[spoiler: who had just found out Walsh is his genetic father]], makes it a lot more nebulous.
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', this is [[spoiler: Chaos's]] primary motivation for his short term plans.
* Subverted in-verse in the ''Fanfic/NineteenEightyThreeDoomsdayStories.'' While Austria would ''very'' much like to avenge [[spoiler:Hungary's death]] in [[WorldWarIII Doomsday]], it turns out that America at least was just as helpless.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}'', Gilda treating Pinkie Pie like crap was a lot more deserved in Pinkie's case, as she's actually a psychotic murderer. Also, Pinkie murdered Gilda for reasons unrelated to Gilda being a {{Jerkass}}, though plenty of readers weren't really sorry that it happened.
** Gilda was also killed by Twilight Sparkle in ''The Experiments of Twilight Sparkle'', who doesn't care about her being a {{Jerkass}}.
** This entire set-up is also ''inverted'' in some fics, showing Gilda as justified in taking {{revenge}} and letting her do so very violently due to her species' aggressive nature.
* ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'': This was the general reaction in-universe when Princess Platinum [[spoiler: performed a [[ThePurge purge]] on her [[DeadlyDecadentCourt corrupt court]].]]
** It's also commented that while the extinction of a species is normally viewed as a negative thing, to date no pony has come up with anything bad to say about the Warming wiping out the Windigos.
* It turns out [[spoiler: this was the main goal in Pharaoh's plan]] in the ''{{Ben 10}}'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279/1/Hero-High-Sphinx-Academy Hero High: Sphinx Academy]]. [[spoiler: Yes this kid pretty much took over the world just to give his mother a kicking she so well deserved]].
* In ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'', Gentaro, after being resurrected by Ophiuchus, decides to go to Yamada Tatsumori and summon Ophiuchus to devour his soul. Considering he was the UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom who caused Gentaro to die and the mess that followed, this was nothing short of karmic payback.
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'': Orphaner Dualscar is a slave-taking privateer who murders for fun. The fantroll Lereal Belsai is TheFundamentalist and a [[FantasticRacism hemoist]] whose actions led to the deaths of hundreds of children. Both of them got [[RapeAsDrama raped to death]] by the [[BigBad Grand Highblood]] and his cronies.
* In the ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''/''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' crossover ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9641481/1/Manly-Magi-Kamina-Magica Manly Magi Kamina Magica]]'', the [[spoiler:Anti-Spiral]] and the Incubators join forces to prevent Kamina from succeeding in helping the PMMM cast. However, due to lack of emotions, the Incubators can't stop him and the [[spoiler:Anti-Spiral can't interfere in their universe. However, when the Anti-Spiral discovers how to interfere in their universe, the first thing they do is to take over the [[HiveMind Incubator core]] and proceed to try to kill all Puella Magi, calling them pathetic for underestimating the power of emotions]].
* Itachi [[spoiler: kills the rest of the Akatsuki]] to prevent interference between him and younger brother and cousin Sasuke and Himeko in ''Fanfic/TeenageJinchurikiShinobi''. This was meant to display his sadism.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** In Act I chapter 16, when Dark overhears that Kotsubo tried to molest Mizore the previous year, he loses his temper and nearly kills him, and is only stopped by Tsukune and Rason's insistence that Kotsubo [[NotWorthKilling isn't worth it]].
** Early on in Act VI, Ceal kills Jenner, head of the [=HDA=]. It's pretty hard to feel sorry for Jenner when one considers that he was an openly [[FantasticRacism anti-monster]] GeneralRipper who has spent most of his screen-time openly lambasting monsters to the extent that he outright states he'll take any possible excuse he can to declare open war on them.
** In Act VI chapter 17, Kurumu sides with Mizore after Mizore beats Arial to a bloody pulp, stating that, even if Arial is a disembodied soul and any fatal damage will destroy her soul and erase her from existence, Arial nonetheless deserved it considering the fact that she nearly killed Mizore in a fit of jealousy and stole her wedding ring.
* This trope is how [[FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan Darth Vulcan]] justifies pretty much every act he takes against Equestria, due to his extremely skewed, yet partially accurate, view of Equestrian society. Some notable examples:
** When Filthy Rich screws Vulcan over on a deal by selling him out to the Mane Six (but notably keeps the money involved), Vulcan responds by taking Diamond Tiara as a hostage for weeks. He then, as a dedicated BullyHunter, takes the time to [[BreakTheHaughty psychologically break her]], before dumping her back on her father... after robbing Ponyville blind, and making sure everyone knows it's Filthy Rich's fault. Said stallion is then left with a ruined reputation, and a traumatized daughter who blames him for not saving her. [[spoiler: They both get better.]]
** The corrupt and incompetent leadership of the twin towns of Cirrus and Hilltop massively screw over a group of crippled remedial class pegasi with a ''huge'' MiscarriageOfJustice in order to cover up their own crimes and mistakes. When they go to Vulcan for help out of desperation, he's so pissed off that he not only loots the towns, but ''destroys'' them, displacing everyone living there. And then to top off, he informs Celestia of why he did this (while calling her out for letting it happen under her nose), leading to her and the other Princesses not only indicting all the officials, but deciding the towns are beyond help and refusing to help rebuild them.
*** Vulcan's [[TheDragon apprentice]], Artful Dodger, gets his own moment during this. Due to his own disgust at the situation (and a crush on the pegasi group's leader), during the attack on the towns he hunts down Sundae Sprinkles -- the corrupt corrections guard who was responsible for much of their suffering -- and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats him within an inch of his life]], leaving him crippled and traumatized, in addition to his own imminent criminal charges.
* Kano is already a bad guy, but in the fanfic ''Fanfic/InWithTheOldOutWithTheNew'', he rapes Cassie after the latter wins a fight for her freedom. Yes, ''Kano raped the daughter of Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage.'' So it's not surprising when Kano gets a most satisfying death at the hands of his long-time nemesis, who is '''very pissed off''' over that fact.
-->'''Sonya:''' "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, and I was stopped from killing you with my bare hands...But you messed with the wrong bitch when you ''raped my daughter''!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/99168/the-tale-of-lord-barleycorn fanfic]], ''Fanfic/TheTaleOfLordBarleycorn'', the reader is supposed to be horrified when the titular character catches and eats one of the local rabbits. However, the situation completely destroys any reasoning for the bunnies to be seen as sympathetic characters; yes, they may have at least near-pony intelligence, but despite having a whole forest of wild vegetation to eat, they're deliberately choosing to steal crops from the local farmers and use their official "I'm just a cute little animal" status to get away with it unpunished. The farmers are themselves near-destitute, so the rabbits are literally taking food from the farmers' mouths. Even after the one is eaten, their reaction is to head to Ponyville and start raiding the farmers ''there'' instead. It's telling that InUniverse, Applejack herself is scornful of the rabbits and thinks that [[MythologyGag this is just another case]] of [[FriendToAllLivingThings Fluttershy]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats putting the comfort of critters over the concerns of farmers]], even if she ''is'' a little skeptical that Lord Barleycorn actually did eat one.
* In ''FanFic/TheCommission'', Ruby and Blake intend to draw Grimm towards the Colosseum by gathering the worst of each of their organizations, [[EvenEvilHasStandards particularly the child murderers and molesters]] and terrorizing the crap out of them. [[TimeForPlanB This is after the initial plan of having Nora]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/RWBYV3E6Fall attack Mercury using an illusion]] fails.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': [[spoiler:Fidget's DisneyVillainDeath, depending on whether you view him as truly evil or an UnintentionallySympathetic PunchClockVillain. Considering the fact that he gleefully suggested throwing little Olivia to her death a few seconds before probably the former]].
* Medusa's helper Snoops in ''Disney/TheRescuers'' is the movie's resident ButtMonkey, but it's hard to feel sorry for a man who keeps a young orphan prisoner on a boat guarded by large alligators and seems hardly any less villainous than [[AxCrazy Madame Medusa]] - just a lot more composed.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'': Red Hood abducts ComicBook/TheJoker to submit him to ColdBloodedTorture for ruining his life.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* At the end of ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' the otherwise decent Daniel Clamp, after learning Forster is stuck god only knows how many floors up and has endured near hell itself, gives the guy half a day off to recuperate (Once they get him down, of course). Good thing Forster was such a complete turd throughout the movie, or else people might have felt bad for him.
* ''Film/LittleSweetheart'' has Thelma, the 9-year-old VillainProtagonist [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] sociopath psychologically tormenting two bank robbers (a man and his mistress) via blackmail for just $100 and then fun. Sure, he's a cheating, thieving bastard and she's just as bad, but Thelma takes it to new levels. Of course, it's also harder to hate Robert Burger, the bank robber (and former employee), seeing as he's Creator/JohnHurt.
* Denis Leary giving the "Mickey Mantle" speech to the abusive husband in ''Film/SuicideKings''. Oh, was that a glorious scene.
* A very literal and humorous example occurs in ''Film/CJ7''. However, it turns out it was AllJustADream leading to an unpleasant subversion. Later, the protagonist engages in [[KickTheDog kicking]] the would be SOB kicker. Repeatedly.
* The main villain of ''Film/{{Twins}}'' is a hitman known as "[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Webster]]" who kills anyone, even the people who ''hire him'', who meet him on the job and see his face (which he makes no effort to conceal). His victims include the loan sharks chasing Vincent.
* The main plot in ''Film/{{Martyrs}}'' starts with [[DecoyProtagonist Lucie]] invading a home and brutally killing the family within. The audience spends the next hour wondering whether they deserved it or was Lucie's RoaringRampageOfRevenge [[KickTheMoralityPet horribly misguided]].
* Al Czervik (the Dangerfield character) in ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' is abusive to everybody around him, but they all have it coming with the possible exception of some of the caddies (and many of them snark right back at Al, which he seems to appreciate).
* Everyone "D-Fens" meets in ''Film/FallingDown''. Most notably the Neo-Nazi. At least the ones he actually gets violent with. Various people, such as the staff and customers at Whammy Burger, don't qualify for this trope. They're just minding their own business and being normal human beings when they have the misfortune to cross Foster's path, or vice versa. He doesn't hurt any of them, but he damn sure ruins their day.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', the newly minted Sith Lord Darth Vader ([[LateArrivalSpoiler i.e. Anakin Skywalker]]) slaughtered the entire Separatist Council; but these people not only led an [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized evil rebellion]] against the Republic, they did so with the explicit knowledge that it was purely for the benefit of [[BigBad Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith]]: all their ideals of restoring proper democracy were completely false. Therefore, lots of fans aren't particularly sad about Lord Vader's actions. Tusken Raiders are portrayed as AlwaysChaoticEvil "as a group" but Nute Gunray and his minions are portrayed as evil "as individuals." However, [[spoiler:Anakin's eagerness to kill them is portrayed as alarming nonetheless.]] There still does seem to be '''some''' trace of this trope present; [[spoiler:Anakin's killing of Nute Gunray and his minions]] is shown on screen, whereas [[spoiler:Anakin's massacre of the innocent children in the Jedi temple]] is not. Of course, that might have just been the limits of a PG-13 rating.
* Deleted material from ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' showed that the one of the victims in the Sin Bin shooting was a pimp who the twins had seen slapping around one of his girls before heading into the strip joint. Incidentally, he was also the same asshole who beat up that injured nun we saw earlier in the hospital waiting room. Despite Connor wanting to kill the guy ("There's no way. I've been waiting for this asshole."), the kill went to Rocco, who went GunsAkimbo on both him and the guy in the booth opposite him.
* In the Park Chan-wook film, ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'', the movie involves Ryu getting back at the organ traffickers by the second half of the movie for stealing his money and kidney. Unbeknownst to him, these people not only committed god knows how many scams to their previous customers prior to the events of the movie, but one of them also attempts to rape a sedated woman on the operating table. Therefore, most of the audience ain't too sad about Ryu's actions.
* The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villains themselves in the film franchise have a tendency to do this.
** ComicBook/TheJoker in the 1989 version of ''Film/{{Batman}}'' kills vicious crimelord Carl Grissom, his lieutenants Antoine Rotelli and Vinnie Ricorso, and Lieutenant Max Eckhardt who was on Grissom's payroll. It wasn't until he starts using the Smylex gas on the people of Gotham City that [[MoralEventHorizon the audience had to take him seriously]].
** In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} electrocutes [[HateSink Max]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Shreck]] to death with a taser in his mouth. She also beats up and slashes up the face of a mugger/rapist earlier in the movie on her first night out as a vigilante.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
*** Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow fear-gasing [[spoiler:Carmine Falcone]] in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. [[spoiler:However, he was less than interested about him being the head of the Italian Mob in the Gotham City, and more because HeKnowsTooMuch.]]
*** The Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' also kills [[spoiler:Gambol, who is the head of a Haitian mob]].
*** Bane in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' also kills [[spoiler:John Daggett, a CorruptCorporateExecutive who tries to take over Wayne Enterprises]].
* Yumi in ''[[Creator/ShinichiChiba Sonny Chiba]]'s Film/DragonPrincess'' takes on a squad of attack dogs unleashed by the BigBad in the middle of a forest and does just this literally several times in the course of the fight.
* ''Film/DemolitionMan'' had [[BigBad Simon Phoenix]] getting around his RestrainingBolt by having one of his Mooks kill Raymond Cocteau, the creator of the CrapsaccharineWorld of San Angeles who had Phoenix released and brainwashed into doing his bidding:
-->'''Cocteau''': Now I'll have carte blanche to create the perfect society. My society. The harmony of an ant colony and the purity of a flawless pearl-
-->'''Phoenix''': Yeah, but you can't take away people's right to be assholes! That's who you remind me of. An evil Mr. Rogers. Will you please kill him? (throws gun to Mook) He's pissing me off.
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': [[spoiler:Kruger fatally stabbing Delacourt]].
* BigBad John Harrison/[[spoiler:Khan]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' brutally kills [[spoiler:the SmugSnake Admiral Marcus, who tortured and blackmailed him into making weapons for the Federation,]] with his ''bare hands''.
* In the ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' film, after the way Scowler [[BigBrotherBully treated Patchi the entire film]], Gorgon mauling him to near death can be seen as this.
* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'': [[TheHero Optimus Prime]] kills [[spoiler: Harold Attinger, the human villain who ordered the slaughter of the Autobots who defended humanity in the first movie trilogy]].
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': Ian Mercer, Cutler Beckett's [[TheDragon Dragon]], is gruesomely [[OrificeInvasion throttled to death]] by Davy Jones. The audience can't help but share a little of Jones's satisfaction.
* In ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' William Munny shoots bar owner "Skinny" just because [[spoiler:his friends corpse happens to be on display outside his bar]]. However since Skinny is also basically a pimp who treats his prostitutes like subhuman cattle and [[KickTheDog kicks the dog]] in practically every scene he shares with them it's really hard to feel bad for him.
* In the 2004 adaptation of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', the Phantom's first kill, the prop-master Joseph Buquet, is given a couple scenes of perving on the ballerinas that seem to exist largely so the audience doesn't lose sympathy for Erik when he violently throttles the sorry guy to death.
* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', after Hoskins spends the entire film being a total {{Jerkass}} and treating the raptors as expendable tools, [[spoiler:it doesn't cost the vicious, dangerous predator Delta much sympathy when she hunts him down in the Creation Lab and disembowels him]].
** ''[[BigBad Indominus rex]]'' is a maniacal monster who kills for sport and spends much of the film causing the destruction of Jurassic World, [[spoiler:even convincing Owen's raptors to go to her side. It becomes a fitting punishment for her when Rexie thrashes her around, horrendously wounds her, and allows her to get eaten by the ''Mosasaurus'']].

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Keifer Porter is a [[MaritalRapeLicense rapist]], abusive husband, and all around nasty person. He dies in an attempt on his wives' lives. The surviving princesses suffer from survivor's guilt, especially the one who said "I wish he was dead" just before the building with him in it exploded - she's not sorry that ''he'' is dead, but half of her sisters were also killed.
* The first book of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has Kord. Kord is a brutal slaver who breaks female slaves by having them raped. He mistreats his elder son Aric and spoils his more handsome son Bittan [[spoiler: who later dies at the hands of Aldrick Ex Gladius]]. [[spoiler: Since Bittan was accused of rape, he ran the risk of losing his entire steadholt,]] which gave him an excuse for being a dick to everyone. Near the end of the book, after getting his spine crushed by [[spoiler: Isana]], he is tied down and eaten alive by several Horse-Clan Marat.
* In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', Raven and Croaker manage to capture The Whisper and The Limper. Raven then proceeds to torment The Limper until Croaker decides it's enough and stops him. Limper has it coming.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': In ''Reynard the Fox'', Reynard reveals that [[spoiler: when he young, he drugged his mother's pimp, along with his associates, barricaded the building they were in, and then burned them alive in a fire]].
** [[spoiler: [[SelfMadeOrphan Did we mention that his (comatose) mother was in there as well?]]]]
* In ''The Penultimate Peril'' of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', [[IllegalGuardian Count Olaf]] violently pushes the [[SpoiledBrat snotty]] [[EnfantTerrible Carmelita Spats]] to the ground.
** And this is before [[spoiler: he starts a fire that likely killed her, Esme Squalor, Sir, Principal Nero and some others, both nice and equally vile.]]
* In ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' there is a moment when BigBad, Horus, rips the face off TheCorrupter, Erebus. Not only did Erebus try to have Sanguinus possessed, he also corrupted Lorgar and Horus, essentially dooming the Imperium and kickstarting the Heresy.
* In the ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'', aside from his "cutter", who prepares his drugs, absolutely no-one likes the relatively petty criminal Zekka Thyne. Not even the viewer. There's nothing to him but evil, and not even the [[EvilIsCool cool]] or [[FauxAffablyEvil interesting]] flavors of evil. He was taken off the prison planet by the Rebels, who reluctantly want to work with him. The Imperial Kirtan Loor has stormtroopers capture him and tie him down, then backhands him repeatedly, tells him to spy for him, and has the stormtroopers inflict a nonfatal abdominal wound so he can claim to have escaped. A few chapters on, while talking to the Rebels, he gets argumentative, hints at betrayal, and Fliry Vorru does this.
-->Vorru's right hand struck fast and slapped Thyne on the belly. The younger man howled, then, as he doubled over, Vorru grabbed him by the neck and slammed his forehead into the table. Thyne, glassy-eyed, rebounded and Vorru flung him from his chair. "For some people, discipline is a ''lesson''. For others it is a lifetime."
* Continuing with ''Franchise/StarWars'', [[spoiler:Jacen Solo]]'s murder of Ta'a Chume in the ''Literature/DarkNestTrilogy'' was supposed to symbolize a step onto the dark side path. However, the "victim" arranged the death of her own daughter-in-law and nearly did the same to her granddaughter, a lot of fans were cheering him along the whole way. Very, very similar to the ''Star Wars'' example with Darth Vader, in the film section, above. Then again, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the same thing can be said]] for the whole plot of ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'': a young Jedi Knight of Skywalker heritage decides to use TheDarkSide and [[FallenHero become a Sith Lord]] in order to protect [[TheFederation a democratic government]] from an evil confederacy/confederation, but ends up turning that democratic government in a Sith-ruled dictatorship, and [[LoveRedeems is redeemed]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath in the end]] [[LoveRedeems by love of his child.]]
* A humorous poem by Creator/RudyardKipling gives this treatment to the Biblical CainAndAbel: Cain the farmer killed Abel for wrecking Cain's irrigation ditches to give the water to his cattle. The last line specifically describes God's judgment upon Cain as unfair. (Though Abel had at first offered to ''buy'' the water, so Cain was a bit unreasonable, too.)
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', the "Brave Companions" (or, as they are called behind their back, the "Bloody Mummers") are a bunch of PrivateMilitaryContractors known for committing rape, torture, and other atrocities. They eventually run foul of someone even worse, and their leader Vargo Hoat is [[AutoCannibalism force-fed his own limbs]] by the monstrous [[BlackKnight Gregor Clegane]] in a gruesomely fitting fashion.
** The Companions themselves do this to Amory Lorch, a FatBastard and SmugSnake who stabbed a toddler to death, by feeding him to a bear.
** Perhaps one of the reasons why [[MagnificentBastard Littlefinger]] is still a firm fan-favourite is that he has a tendency to do this. Its hard not to cheer the guy when he [[spoiler:has [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] poisoned or throws crazy Lysa Arryn off a mountain-top]].
** Roose Bolton's "Don't make me rue the day I raped your mother" to Ramsay. They're both horrible people, but Ramsay deserves all his father's cruelty and more.
** What [[AxCrazy Ramsay]] did to Theon is an interesting example of this trope. While Theon was a nasty piece of work and spent a lot of time getting the readers to despise him over the course of the second book, what [[{{Sadist}} Ramsay]] [[ColdBloodedTorture did to him]] was [[MindRape so extreme, cruel]], and so ''[[ForTheEvulz totally pointless]]'' that it leads to one beginning to actually sympathize with Theon and despise Ramsay, [[DeconstructedTrope completely turning this trope on its head]].
* Padan Fain in Literature/TheWheelOfTime books has a couple of moments of this. The stand-out example however is when he is rubbing shoulders with the Seanchan early on in their appearance, before the reader has time to get to know much about them besides the fact that they keep women who can use the One Power as pets/slaves. It is therefore weirdly satisfying to see him plot and execute the brutal murders of a good number of them.
* Whether or not this applies to ''Literature/TheSlap'' is the driving question of the book. The plot kicks off when Harry slaps Hugo, the child of another couple at his cousin Hector's barbecue. Whether this is little more than child abuse or appropriate discipline of a badly-behaved child is deliberately left up to the reader, but is complicated on both sides - Harry is constantly portrayed as an abusive jerk with few redeeming qualities, but Hugo is an out-of-control brat who, at the time of the slap, had been threatening Harry's son and Hector's children with a cricket bat, and his own parents hadn't made an effort to stop him.
* Similar to the ''Star Wars'' example though without so much buildup, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Artemis]] [[BloodKnight Entreri]] of the [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]] novels is in a foul mood when he happens across a [[EvilMatriarch Drow Matron]] in the underdark while searching for Drizzt. After a sexist barrage of insults, it doesn't go very well for her.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': The Inspector regularly mocks, taunts, threatens, and otherwise humiliates...[[ArchEnemy Visser Three]]. It's kind of fun to watch.
* In the first Literature/JesseStone novel, ''Night Passage'', normally an officer performing a [[GroinAttack kick to the balls]] on an unarmed civilian who's not attacking him would be a major KickTheDog moment. Unless said civilian is [[{{Jerkass}} Jo Jo Genest]], who just got done bragging about how [[CowboyCop Jesse]] can't do anything to stop him from raping his ex-wife and openly mocks the restraining orders she's filed against him. Then it's this trope.
* Pimps in the Literature/BelisariusSeries tend to suffer this fate. As do Malwa ritual torturers.
* In ''Literature/RedDragon'', Francis Dolarhyde, who have no moral qualms on [[spoiler:Freddy Lounds being a {{Paparazzi}}]], kills him by [[ManOnFire setting him on fire]].
** ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' series also have Hannibal Lecter having a habit of doing this. The most particular is [[spoiler:Frederick Chilton, who is an abusive prison warden. However, he was utterly insane and was less offended about Chilton being a corrupt prison warden]].
** The novel version of ''Hannibal'' does this as well with [[spoiler:Mason Verger, who gets offed in a ''truly'' nasty manner by his sister Margot, who also takes his sperm so she can impregnate her girlfriend and conceive a blood heir who can inherit a trust fund, but since Verger is a truly awful piece of work who was a sadistic asshole to begin with (which is what prompted Hannibal to disfigure him in the first place) who also sexually abused Margot when they were young, it comes off as this instead. Margot is a KarmaHoudini, but it's ''really'' hard to feel bad for Verger]].
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', the third book ends with Artemis [[OutGambitted Out-Gambitting]] [[BigBad Jon Spiro]], stealing his entire fortune, leaving him for the police to be arrested and essentially pushing him into such a VillainousBreakdown that [[SanitySlippage he seems to have turned insane]]. Considering Spiro was an ''very'' amoral, [[ItsAllAboutMe egocentric]] CorruptCorporateExecutive and SmugSnake with connection to the Mafia whose actions almost killed one of the most sympathetic characters in the series, this part is ''extremely'' satisfying.
* In ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'', [[LonersAreFreaks Lu]]’s [[CurbStompBattle decisive defeat]] of [[AlphaBitch Bridget]] in a SnowballFight. Bridget is so widely despised that everyone around her joins in, and Lu becomes immediately popular.
* The first-ever appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, in Creator/IanFleming's ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'', features him executing an underling who raped a hostage. The situation is this trope rather than PayEvilUntoEvil because Blofeld's objection is not to the underling's crime but to the fact that he broke the terms of SPECTRE's agreement with the hostage's father, which promised her unharmed return in exchange for a hefty ransom, and he simply can't have word of this getting out lest people think twice about hiring SPECTRE. The film changes the henchman's crime to mere embezzlement, making for a more standard KickTheDog.

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* In ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', Dodd uses his dead brother's belt buckle to [[{{Mob war}} kick start a conflict with Kansas City]]. Sure maybe [[PsychopathicManchild Rye]] deserved to die or at the very least apprehended for his crimes, but using your own brothers's death to further your own goals is cold even for [[{{jerkass}} Dodd]]. The reason why this falls under KTSOAB instead of {{pay evil unto evil}} is because Dodd simply doesn't care about whoever actually killed his brother.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Sacrifice" when Zod throws Amanda Waller into a windshield, although that is more like "[[{{Metaphorgotten}} Kick The Bitch]]".
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Sherlock kills Magnusson to stop him from blackmailing Mary and so that he won't have to worry about his best friend getting killed.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': The series' new baddie, Samuel, destroys a police station, crumbling it to the ground. But since the officers there killed a boy with powers by [[MoralEventHorizon dragging the kid to death behind a squad car]], the kid was exonerated on trial since no one could prove he hurt anyone, and he only ever hurt people because he didn't know how to control his powers, Samuel's actions feel pretty cathartic to watch.
* ''{{Series/Lost}}'' almost ran into this trope when [[spoiler:Michael shot [[TheScrappy Ana Lucia]]]]. The writers realized this, though, and [[spoiler: had him shoot the much more sympathetic Libby too]]. It also [[spoiler: caused an AlasPoorScrappy effect in regards to Ana Lucia herself.]] Not to mention, [[spoiler: we had just learned her DarkAndTroubledPast]]. Meeeeeep.
** Also from Lost: When Jack beat up Ben.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** The ''Buffy'' spinoff ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had one its first season with a man implied to be a pimp that tries to seduce [[spoiler:Faith]]. She stabs him, leaving him hospitalized, then steals the keys to his house and moves in while he's hospitalized. Similarly, a season 2 episode had a telekinetic woman who had trouble controlling her powers accidentally cause a dumpster to squash two men to death, but since those men had been planning to rape her, Cordelia says the men are "better off squashed".
** Simone's killing of the General. Kinda hard to feel sympathetic for a guy who just spent the series trying to wipe out the Slayer army.
** Vampire Willow from the Wishverse is clearly evil and loving it, but the very first person she attacks is the Jerk Jock that had been forcing Willow's human counterpart to do his homework. While Vampire Willow clearly just wants someone to kill, the choice of victim makes it tremendously satisfying. Had it been anyone else, she likely would not have turned out nearly as sympathetically as she did.
* [[BigBad Katherine]] of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' is almost certainly the most evil and dangerous character on the show. [[spoiler: At least until [[TheManBehindtheMan Klaus]] arrived -- and don't get us started on [[GreaterScopeVillain Silas]].]] But since her first on-screen act of villainy was to stab [[spoiler:"Uncle" John Gilbert]], well...
* Featured in ''Series/{{House}}'' when [[spoiler: Chase indirectly kills the dictator. Everybody in the audience agrees with him that Dibala should have died, and the media coverage of the event is entirely positive, noting the hope that that would bring to the country, but Foreman and a priest tell him that he did a horrible, horrible thing and Cameron divorces him over it]].
** Occasionally a patient or patient's family member will hit [[JerkAss House]], which is usually fairly satisfying to the audience.
** More rarely, House will hit a patient or family member, which is usually more satisfying for the [[BreakThemByTalking medically-relevant Lecture]] he is delivering during or immediately after said strike.
* To ''Series/HomeAndAway'' fans, Sam Tolhurst was already [[DerailingLoveInterests pretty]] [[DieForOurShip unsympathetic]], but her murder of armed robber, murderer and possible rapist Johnny Cooper definitely qualifies.
* Mr. Lahey of ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' is so cruel, it's hard not to be satisfied when terrible things happen to him.
* This is a go to trope for a lot of VillainProtagonist type shows (''Series/TheShield'', ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' among others) that will often have the main characters facing off against worse criminals and usually employing brutal tactics to defeat them and the reason the audience doesn't lose sympathy is because most of the {{Big Bad}}s tend to be pretty vile types.
** A lot of Dexter's actions are just typical anti-hero stuff, but a notable example of this trope appears in the Season 5 premiere. When a redneck [[spoiler:calls the recently murdered Rita a cunt, the audience are unlikely to blink at a grieving Dexter breaking his personal code of ethics and killing the guy]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** When ''former'' Colonel Simmons was eventually killed by being blown out of an airlock by the heroes, just after becoming the host to a particularly nasty Goa'uld who had been giving the team much grief. The reason no one mourned Simmons? He'd been an even '''BIGGER''' asshole to the team for much longer.
** In the "Reckoning" two-parter, Repli-Carter opens her assault on the Milky Way Galaxy by infiltrating a Goa'uld diplomatic summit and slaughtering all present. This would otherwise be brutal, but considering her targets were a bunch of despicable megalomaniac tyrants (Repli-Carter doesn't care either way), they had it coming.
* ''Series/BreakingBad''
** The [[TheQuietOne soft-spoken]] AffablyEvil MagnificentBastard Gustavo "Gus" Fring pulls one of these off in a manner most awesome: [[spoiler:after Jesse produces some of Walt's ridiculously pure blue meth at TheCartel's lab in Mexico, Gus presents the head of the cartel, Don Elario (with whom he has a nasty history stretching back to at least the late 80s) with a rare bottle of tequila. Elario passes the contents of the bottle to all his main subordinates. Little does the Don know, the bottle is poisoned, and Fring (after drinking the poisoned tequila and vomiting it out) kills ''the entire leadership of the cartel'' in one fell swoop]].
** There is also [[spoiler:his taunting former Cartel big-shot Hector Salamanca, who is paralyzed and inarticulate due to a stroke and confined to a wheelchair in a nursing home, with news of his conquests over the Cartel, particularly the deaths of his family members. It's difficult to feel sorry for Hector, though, considering he shot Gus's best friend and taunted him, along with the Don, by forcing him to stare into the eyes of his dead blood brother]].
** One of the things that keeps Walt a sympathetic VillainProtagonist for so long is that many (though not all) of his actions that directly harm others fall into this category; early on, everyone he kills is significantly more villainous than he is, and most of them are either planning or actively trying to kill ''him''. When he sends Jesse to murder [[spoiler:Gale]], it's the first time he deliberately targets someone who is relatively innocent.
* Whenever Mordred kills knights on ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}''. It's sociopathic and TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior, especially for a kid that was raised by pacifists, but the people he was killing were intent on either killing a boy who was, from their perspective, a defenseless child, or dragging him off to Uther, who has [[WouldHurtAChild had children drowned in the past.]]
* On ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', James [=MacPherson=] is one evil son of a bitch. He arranged for numerous people to be burned alive. He caused Claudia's brother Joshua to be stranded out of phase for years. He took Mika's parents hostage. He released [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] into the world for fun and profit. He repeatedly tried to kill Artie. He {{Mind Rape}}d Leena. For her part, Helena G. Wells doesn't give a damn about any of that. She kills him because he intends to rat her out to the authorities.
* Cassie gets a moment of this in ''Series/{{Skins}}'' by dumping fries in [[ManipulativeBastard Tony's]] lap.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Slade has a FaceHeelTurn. Bad. His first action is to lop off [[EvilutionaryBiologist Ivo's]] hand. Not bad.
* Captain Hook was a villain on ''Series/OnceUponATime'', but his primary motivation is to get revenge on Rumpelstiltskin who is directly or indirectly responsible for most of the good and evil stuff that happened on the show. [[DoubleStandard Most of the good characters in the show would not have a major problem if Hook got to "skin his crocodile"]] [[MoralMyopia (even after Rumple's Character Development)]] but Hook kept allying himself with people like Cora and Regina so the good guys had to thwart him.
* Rick Grimes from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' often submits his enemies to a KarmicDeath:
** [[{{Sadist}} Joe]] and [[PsychopathicManchild the Claimers]] are a gang of bullies who continuously stalked Rick and his group just because he killed one of their men in self-defense. They capture him, try to rape his son, and submit his [[TheLancer best friend]] to torture. Rick [[ManBitesMan bites out Joe's throat]], frees his friends, and [[GuttedLikeAFish guts his son's rapist slowly.]]
** [[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian Gareth]]]] ends up hacked into pieces after he tortured and ate people by luring them into a false safe zone. Rick and his friends were almost on his menu before they escaped and got revenge.
** [[spoiler: [[DomesticAbuser Pete]]]] is threatened by Carol for beating his family and is shot dead by Rick when he attempts to kill him while on a drunk, AxCrazy rampage.
* At one point in ''Series/TheWire'', Chris Partlow, the top enforcer for the vicious Stanfield drug empire, brutally beats one of his victims to death with nothing more than [[PistolWhipping the butt of his gun]] and his bare hands. Even fellow enforcer Snoop, who kills without feeling or remorse, it taken aback at the sight. That's bad, right? Take into consideration that the victim in question is a pedophile who in the past had sexually abused his stepson Michael, and Michael asked Chris to do it out of fear that the guy would do the same to Michael's little brother, and how you evaluate the situation changes a bit...
* Expanding on the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' examples from above, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' adds some more as [[OvertookTheManga the series goes into]] [[ScheduleSlip still unpublished books]]. [[spoiler:Ramsay Bolton is viciously beaten by Jon Snow - with Sansa having to remind him to not go too far, for both [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Jon's sake]] and to provide a KarmicDeath - and Walder Frey has his sons killed and baked into a pie he unknowingly eats before getting his throat slit.]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* This is a trait of several "Tweener" wrestlers, such as Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, and most recently Wrestling/RandyOrton, who have a habit of committing actions which would be seen as despicable if done by anyone else, but still manage to get the crowd behind them, simply by targeting wrestlers whom everyone already hates.
** Probably the best example was when Austin was the first male wrestler to put a beating on Wrestling/{{Chyna}}. She'd been played up at abusing the WouldntHitAGirl rule for months so that when he finally let her have it, the action didn't affect his general {{Face}} status at the time.
** The Strong Style Thugs (Wrestling/LowKi and Homicide) stealing the Jersey All Pro {{tag team}} championship belts until given a title shot was seen as a dick move but everyone agreed that The Hit Squad (Mafia and Monsta Mack) deserved it.
** Another prime example is when Wrestling/TheUndertaker tombstoned Wrestling/VickieGuerrero during his 2008 feud with Wrestling/TheBigShow. Granted he had tombstoned her once before already ([[spoiler:while feuding with Wrestling/{{Edge}} going into ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 24'']],) but by the time the 2nd one occurred, Vickie had already: [[spoiler:Stripped him of the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]], "banished" him from WWE for losing to Edge in a TLC match (with the help of [[FiveBadBand La Familia]],) AND enlisting the Big Show into tricking the Undertaker, culminating in Undertaker losing to Show by knock-out at ''No Mercy'']]. And this is not counting her involvement during Edge's subsequent feud with Wrestling/TripleH...

* Marcus's BreakingSpeech to Gretel in ''RolePlay/YuGiOhEastAcademy'' was ''incredibly'' vicious, but you can't really say she didn't deserve it.
** Then there's his cold blooded [[spoiler: execution of one of the cultists. It was horrible enough to qualify him as the group's TokenEvilTeammate, but considering that the cultist was a nihilistic psycho who had tried to torture and kill Daniel..]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Lizard Men committing and planning serial wars and even outright genocide is normally pretty sinister stuff. When ''WarhammerFantasy'' applies it to factions like Chaos, Dark Elves, or Skaven (who are incidentally enough their prime targets)? They deserve that and more. Other races are usually left alone unless provoked.
** By extension, just about [[BlackAndGrayMorality any faction attacking any other]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
** There's actually a highlighted example of this in ''Warriors of Chaos'', where a notation is made of a Chaos Champion named Gharad the Ox leading his warband to attack a town called Maulwurfbad. There, he faces off against Elector Count Wulfgang von Greidhart, a man so cruel and despised that, when Gharad was winning, the local women ''actually started cheering Gharad on''. He killed the count and promptly [[PetTheDog called off the attack and left without any further violence]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'', regular ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' gnomes often suffer a case of FantasticRacism towards the "minoi" or "tinker gnomes" of ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', some even going so far as to try hunting them down. Many don't treat this as an evil act, however. In the metaverse, tinker gnomes are TheScrappy due to being {{Mad Scientist}}s PlayedForLaughs with traits that are, instead, highly irritating -- for example, they fixate on {{Rube Goldberg Device}}s to the extent that they simply can't build something that isn't needlessly complicated, and they actually strive to make their machines so absurd that they fail because they view the learning experiences from failure to be far more important than actual success. In-universe, the "minoi hunters" aren't regarded as evil because minoi can actually be very dangerous to everyone around them, thanks to their racial Hat of BunglingInventor -- they can cause tremendous damage when their machines inevitably go catastrophically wrong. For example, whenever a tinker gnome-built spelljammer approaches a planet, the odds are pretty good that "landing" will be synonymous with "falling out of the sky and crashing into the middle of a city".
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' it's virtually impossible to KickTheDog without accidentally causing ''some'' good in the process. Player characters can do pretty awful things to ''fairly'' innocent NPC's, but most major NPC's are very far from being dogs and usually in the son of a bitch territory, so whatever the reasons for the PC's to kick someone's ass, chances are that they're kicking a son of a bitch. The entire history of Creation is more or less a series of Kick the Son of a Bitch, most notably the Usurpation. It would be tactless to say that the Solar Exalted didn't deserve it, but the Bronze Faction weren't exactly benevolent angels either.
* The ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' citybook ''Mexico City By Night'' features a last example of this in the form of Jaggedy Andy. Prior to his Embrace, Andy was a bigoted tourist who firmly believed that his status as an [[EagleLand American citizen]] rendered him invincible; after spending the day wandering around the city, laughing at "jobless lazy spics," he and his friends hailed a cab and demanded to be taken to a strip club - only for the driver [[TheDogBitesBack to hand them over to the Sabbat for a Blood Feast]] attended by [[TheDreaded Sascha Vykos]] itself. In the end, Andy's defiance and stupidity got too annoying even for Vykos, so instead of just killing him, Vykos used Vicissitude to [[TheBlank seal every single orifice in Andy's head]] - [[FateWorseThanDeath and then Embraced him]]. Andy now spends his nights outcast from both mortal and vampire society, forced to spend eternity chiseling new eye sockets and mouths for himself, and terminally dependent on the homeless Mexicans he once despised. Given that he's still an asshole, nobody's shedding any tears his way.
* In ''TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial'', this typically is how more [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire sympathetic Beasts]] deal with their Hunger. Since they can only feed their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Horror]] by hurting or causing fear in mortals, they specifically target despicable people who have it coming, thus minimizing the harm they cause.

* The first person who dies in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' is an abusive boyfriend and "semi-sadist". The guy sure looks like plant food to me.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Sweeney's first kill is [[spoiler:Adolfo Pirelli, who is the violent and abusive caretaker of Tobias Ragg and a consummate SnakeOilSalesman. He's also willing to blackmail Sweeney out of half his earnings out of sheer greed, despite the fact that he was Sweeney's apprentice back when he was known as Benjamin Barker. That's cold]].
* In ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde'', as part of his general indulgence in cruelty, Hyde murders the Board of Governors of a Mental Hospital, most of which are your typical "Victorian hypocrites". In particular, there is the Bishop of Basingstoke who liked to visit underage prostitutes, and whom Hyde [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill beats and stabs to death with his walking stick and then sets the corpse on fire]]. To some extent this could qualify as PayEvilUntoEvil, since these people had scorned Jekyll, so killing them was Hyde acting on one of Jekyll's desires -- but Hyde did it mostly ForTheEvulz.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' gave us [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Rau Le Creseut]] getting a CrowningMomentOfAwesome by killing [[spoiler:Haruki Kusakabe from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', who is arguably more of an asshole than Rau ever could be]].
** During his VillainousBreakdown in Scenario 58 of ''Third VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ: Jigoku-hen'', [[spoiler: Gadlight destroys Cygus (the corrupt general within the Earth Federation) and a large portion of the Earth Federation fleet with a gigantic beam attack]].
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', most Wardens can eventually find Bann Vaughan in a dungeon and be able to either let him out for his support against Loghain... or stab him right there. And after hearing him rant, the latter option feels really good even if you didn't choose the City Elf origin, [[MoralEventHorizon in which he kidnaps all the female guests at your wedding (possibly including you) and rapes your cousin]]. To sweeten it just a little more, you can even convince him to give you a key to some of his belongings for the looting before you decide what to do with him.
*** [[TakeAThirdOption There's another alternative]]: tell him you want to be compensated for letting him out, persuade him to give you the key to his lockbox of money first, then choose to leave him in that cell with a cheery "Enjoy your stay".
*** Also the Alienage mission where [[spoiler:Loghain has been allowing Tevinter slavers to illegally kidnap his own citizens]]. After nearly beating the [[spoiler:Blood Mage slave trader, he makes one last offer to [[KickTheDog drain the life force from his remaining slaves]] and give you an HP boost in exchange for his freedom]]. It feels all the more satisfying to finish him off. Especially if you're playing a City Elf, seeing as [[spoiler:one of the elves he offered to sacrifice is your character's father]].
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', many players rejoice when [[spoiler: Sister Petrice is shot and killed by a Qunari archer]]. Others wanted to do it themselves.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'', General Hemlock throws [[spoiler:Marian Mallon]] off a building towards her death. Considering that she brutally murdered [[spoiler:Diego]] and helped him murder the president, it's hard to feel sorry for her.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', killing the tyrannical Mr. Burke in cold blood results in an increase to your Good Karma, as well as sighs of relief from the patrons of Moriarty's bar.
** The fact this is the only time killing something in a city is a okay really tells you something about Mr Burke.
** Not to mention that if you tell self-appointed Sheriff of Megaton [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Lucas Simms]] about Burke's attempts to get you to cross the MoralEventHorizon, he'll gun Lucas down when he tries to arrest him (unless you intervene, of course).
** Normally, [[KillEmAll townicide]] in sandbox [=RPGs=] is one massive series of KickTheDog incidents on the part of the [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Player]]. However, in the slaver town of [[WretchedHive Paradise Falls]]...
** Then you have ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas,'' which averts this even further (for the most part). By that point, the Enclave Remnants are mostly good people who either tried to defy orders or tried to serve for the good of their fellow men. Said remnants are also being hunted down by the NCR and Brotherhood of Steel for simply being associated with them...
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', the NCR is shown dong what is necessary to expand, and plans to annex Vault City by any means necessary, including using TheMafia to undermine portions of Vault City's economy and bribing raiders to harass the city itself. All these would be enough to make the NCR irredeemably imperialist, if not for the fact that Vault City is an insular, xenophobic slave state which considers genocide an acceptable way to deal with neighbours they don't like.
* ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Days of Ruin]]'' has Caulder kill a mayor. After seeing what that mayor has done for a good amount of the game, it seems to be a shining moment for Caulder and has much approval from players.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', there is an mission where you're hired to do an assassination and have the option to kill the person who ''hired you'' instead of your target after the former goes out of his way to lure the latter. Pretty dickish even considering the game's standards, right? Not when your employer is [[spoiler:the horribly corrupt and insufferably hypocritical [=Francis McReary=] and the target is ''the latter's own brother'', Derrick]]. Despite carrying out the mission giving you a considerable benefit, it's hard to resist the temptation to double cross the bastard.
** Also the mission where you have to choose between killing Playboy X or Dwayne. [[spoiler:However, this one is an easier choice, as killing Playboy X (the S.O.B. in question) allows you to have Dwayne as a friend and all the benefits that come from it - plus, you get a nice new apartment.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftI StarCraft: Brood War]]'' nearly accomplishes this by having you kill the series' resident JerkAss General Duke, then immediately walks it back by [[ShootTheDog forcing you to kill Fenix too]].
** Somewhat mitigated in Duke's case in that he at least faced death quite honorably.
*** Duke was altogether less of a JerkAss in Broodwar than in the original Starcraft campaign. After all, he ''did'' stay at Mengsk's side even after the UED kicked his ass. The "old" Duke would just have switched to the winning side after his defeat on Dylar, at the latest.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'': The game spends quite a bit of time showing that Penguin is a {{Sadist}}ic BadBoss who throws people in a shark tank and puts both living and dead people on display in a museum for shits and giggles. When Mr. Freeze, who was one such "exhibit," breaks free and gets his PoweredArmor back with Batman's help, he gets his revenge by immediately crushing Penguin's hand, which Batman had earlier broken, underfoot until Batman forces him to back off, and then locks him in one of the display cases. It's quite satisfying, really.
* ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'':[[spoiler: The Joker's murder of Commissioner Loeb and dethroning of Black Mask fall under this trope. Although Joker doesn't care what he does, his attack on these two actually did more good than bad for Gotham City, a fact that he immediately uses to mock Batman]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', after being the party is imprisoned by Shinra, Sephiroth makes his first appearance by going on a massive killing spree inside the compound where you are imprisoned, leaving a trail of Shinra mook corpses as well as the Shinra president's body with a sword in his back. Of course, this was the same president who had a sizable portion of his city destroyed with the people still inside it, just so he could pin the blame for it on the protagonists.
*** And these are the same mooks that you've been killing up until then. If anything, he just saved you some busywork.
*** It's even lampshaded by Barret, who asks "so Sephiroth is a good guy?" when you find the President dead and Palmer tells you he saw who did it.
*** Sephiroth gets another one in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' with [[spoiler:Genesis]], who asks him for help right before the Nibelheim Incident. Is condemning someone to a slow CruelAndUnusualDeath evil? Yes. But considering this is the same person who spends spends the entire game spouting MeaninglessMeaningfulWords and started his request for help by calling Sephiroth the perfect monster and pushing him further towards his [[GoMadFromTheRevelation breakdown]]...
** Emperor Gesthal in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' gets backstabbed and taken out by his right hand, Kefka. Considering he is the same emperor who wanted world domination, advocated turning a race of magical spirits into raw fuel, and tore a child out of her dying mother's arms ''while gloating about his plans for her as she was took her last breath'', nobody mourns him when he gets kicked off the floating continent he so desperately sought, save finding out that Kefka [[AxCrazy turned out]] [[AGodAmI to be]] [[OmnicidalManiac much worse]].
** [[spoiler:Barthandelus]], the main villain of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', reveals his true nature by killing the SmugSnake [[TheBaroness Baroness]] Jihl Nabaat, who is perhaps the most unsympathetic person in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', [[BigBad Irenicus]] escapes Spellhold and slaughters the Cowled Wizards. This would normally be terrible... if it wasn't for the fact that, up to this point, the Cowled Wizards have been presented as arrogant, holier-than-thou jerks who imprison Mages on trumped up charges and have a TortureCellar just for those prisoners, and, in a sidequest, [[spoiler:they try to manipulate you into murdering an innocent man just so they could use his corpse to gain access to an interplanar spaceship]]. It doesn't help that two of the Cowled Wizards Irenicus kills were planning to "practice enchantment spells" on Imoen.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': How many of us switch [[BadassNormal Carth]] to solo mode, hand him a couple swords, and send him right at Saul? Or take a hit to Light Side Mastery by telling him "take your time" when the dying bastard is at his feet?
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III: The Frozen Throne'', Sylvanas' betraying and killing [[GeneralRipper Garithos]] after helping him retake Lordaeron is supposed to be seen as morally questionable, especially since [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the dreadlord Varimathras]] suggests that [[NotSoDifferent she's getting close to being like him]], but he was [[FantasticRacism racist]] enough to order Kael'thas' execution and result in him joining Illidan, and his last words are [[UngratefulBastard ordering Sylvanas and her followers out of the city]], rather than expressing shock or outrage over the betrayal.
* In the Death Knight starting quests in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the players' main victims are the Scarlet Crusade, whose enemies are not only the Scourge, but also anyone they suspect as being a heretic [[note]](that is to say, [[WithUsOrAgainstUs anybody that]] ''[[WithUsOrAgainstUs isn't]]'' [[WithUsOrAgainstUs part of the Scarlet Crusade]])[[/note]], and whose leaders are apparently planning on abandoning many of their people to move on to Northrend. Granted, many of them are innocent peasants who can barely fight back, but both the Alliance and the Horde see the Scarlet Crusade as their enemies, and they contribute nothing positive to the struggle against the Scourge.
** The Dragonmaw Clan in Twilight Highlands, who capture young black dragons and enslave them via mind control for use as war beasts and [[DragonRider flying mounts]], might plausibly be accused of seriously inhumane behaviour. However, considering what black dragons are like when they're free - [[AlwaysChaoticEvil they're motivated only to kill or to wreck the place up even in their first moments of life]] - it's not surprising that no one takes issue with this practice.
** In Northrend the black dragons get one of their own against the [[ReligionOfEvil Cult of the Damned]], a death-worshipping cult of amoral, sadistic religious zealots who willingly serve the [[EvilOverlord Lich King]]. A black dragon called Serinar asks for your help with clearing out the cultists invading his ancestral burial grounds to raise the bones of long-deceased dragons as magmawyrms serving the Lich King. It's immensely satisfying.
* ''VideoGame/AVampyreStory'': Mona normally balks at actually drinking blood straight from the vein or otherwise using her vampire powers like a...well, a vampire. But then she meets Bruno Stoker, who regularly berates his wife and runs her ragged trying to keep his fat ass fed, and contributes nothing to the upbringing of twin sons who are rapidly careening towards spoiled brathood of the worst degree. She takes a perverse glee in putting the fear of God into him.
* Limstella from ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' is an emotionless DarkActionGirl who kicked several pups via killing [[spoiler: Ursula and at least one of the Reed brothers]]. But you positively ''cheer'' for her when she subjects [[spoiler: EvilMatriarch Sonia]] to a short yet ''brutal'' BreakThemByTalking and leaves her out there to bleed to death.
** Also, the epilogue mentions how [[spoiler: Zephiel from Bern commits patricide as he stabs his father King Desmond.]] The AssholeVictim, however, had tried to get the other killed ''several'' times [[spoiler: and once, when he was a child]], so you can't help at least think "good riddance, nice KarmicDeath"... Until you see how [[spoiler:Zephiel]] [[FromBadToWorse winds up becoming an even worse individual than his father.]] [[MoralEventHorizon Who crosses a couple of Moral Event horizons in the story that follows that game]].
*** It's worth noting how [[spoiler:Zephiel]] ''still'' comes off as less despicable (while being more high-scale evil) than his father, because while [[spoiler:Desmond]] was a DrivenByEnvy HateSink with selfishly petty motives, [[spoiler:Zephiel]] comes off as an exceptionally tragic BrokenAce StrawNihilist lashing out at the world he despised and wanted to.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'', having Lifis recruit Pahn results in the latter tormenting Lifis about embarresing moments from his childhood and how he used to bully him when they were kids. While this would normally seem like a jerk move, Lifis is probably the biggest case of TokenEvilTeammate in the series, being a former RapePillageAndBurn bandit who's only pretending to be reformed in order to get laid, so if anything players will be cheering for Pahn here.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** In the ''Bring Down The Sky'' DLC for the [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 first game]], Shepard has to choose between rescuing three hostages who will most certainly die, or engaging Balak, the Batarian terrorist leader and slaver who threatens to leave and commit more atrocities against humans if left alive. If you rescue the hostages, Balak returns 2 games later, trying to assassinate Shepard after he believes that he/she is the cause for his people's destruction at the hands of the Reapers. Shepard can then calmly and coldly tell Balak that if he/she dies, the Reapers will win, and Shepard is the only hope the Batarians have to escape extinction. Paying back the son of a bitch without raising a single gun is very cathartic for veterans of the franchise.
** When playing the ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]], Overlord, pretty much everyone will be happy to see [[spoiler:Dr. Archer get [[PistolWhipping pistol-whipped by]] [[GoodIsNotNice Paragon Shepard]].]]
*** By extension, this is the appeal of many of the Renegade prompts, especially when the victim has it coming. There are several that even the staunchest Paragon players admit to taking because they're just that satisfying, as demonstrated by [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/710 this comic]] of ''Webcomic/NerfNow''.
*** In the middle section of his loyalty mission, Garrus takes it upon himself to track down a criminal of some repute and [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique beat the crap out of him]] for the answers he needs, and, having found them, ''shoots him'' (nonfatally) unless Shepard intervenes. However, the criminal in question turns out to be [[spoiler:Harkin, a DirtyCop C-Sec officer]] who spent his entire appearance in ''Mass Effect'' being as unlikeable as physically possible. (Not that it would have [[UnstoppableRage stopped Garrus]] if it had been someone less deserved.)
*** The recruitment mission for Thane Krios has him going after Nassana Dantius, who [[spoiler:tricked you into killing her own sister to remove a potential embarrassment]] during the first game and has gone completely BadBoss on her employees in the second game.
*** This trope is a major reason why [[spoiler:Shepard's destruction of the colony]] in ''Arrival'' wasn't a bigger deal morally, because it happened to the batarians, who utilize slavery rings and PeopleFarms, among other things. The effect, however, is very much mitigated in the third game when we discover that while the batarian establishment are a bunch of jerkasses, [[FridgeHorror the regular ones actually aren't that bad.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', one outcome of a hostage situation involves Miranda shooting and killing the hostage taker after he releases his hostage. While this would normally be a very morally ambiguous act, the hostage taker is [[spoiler:her father, Henry Lawson, who, in addition to seeing his daughters less as daughters and more as possessions to "carry on his legacy", was responsible setting up what could be succinctly called an "atrocity factory", gathering refugees from the Reaper War under the guise of a "Sanctuary" from the war, and using them in experiments to find a way to control the Reapers, and was using his younger daughter as a meat shield during the altercation where he died]].
* One of the options in the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' Mission "Your a Cruel One Mr. Phipps" is to break into Phipps' prison cell and beat him. Normally this would be bad but Westin Phipps is a SmugSnake, so in this case it's pretty satisfying.
** This one was made even better by the Arachnos soldiers in the mission essentially saying that, if it weren't their job to be there, they would happily let you pass. This is because even though Arachnos soldiers are EvilerThanThou in most cases, Westin Phipps is evil on a whole different level (hiring villains to burn relief supplies and poison food, causing the twin daughters of a woman to go blind then subtly implying that he intends to sell said blind twins into likely sexual slavery). There is a reason that even the noblest of heroes occasionally took the vigilante route on this mission - breaking Phipps' arm and jaw were immensely satisfying after the crap he pulled.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', during the Dark Brotherhood Questline, you get to [[spoiler: kill Valen Dreth. Doesn't ring the proverbial bell? That was the Dunmer who was spewing acidic comments about your race at the very beginning of the game. You can even throw the "you're going to die in here" line right back in his face, much to his chagrin]]. And don't get started on [[spoiler: Mraj'Dar]]. Even more so if you play as a male dark elf. In that case he asks if you've got a wife back home in Morrowind. Of course you don't get to respond, but he says he'll look her up when he gets out and 'keep her company'.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' allows you to accomplish this in a quest by killing Grelod the Kind. Her surname [[NonIndicativeName couldn't be more ironic]], seeing how she owns an orphanage where she acts abusive toward the orphans, threatens them with ''extra'' beatings if they shirk their chores, and refuses to let them be adopted by anybody. She is so bad the quest actually is given to you by one of the orphans, who tried to contact the Dark Brotherhood to kill her, and the other orphans will actually ''cheer'' if you eliminate her. The city guards don't even try to arrest you after committing the act. Later, the leader of the Dark Brotherhood (most evil faction in the game) comment that "the old hag had it coming". [[EvenEvilHasStandards Let that sink in for a minute]].
** Skyrim also features a Dark Brotherhood assassin, also a vampire, who recounts her killing of a man who, after taking her to a dark alley, started commenting upon her attractive appearance. Said vampire has the body of a ''[[{{Squick}} ten year-old girl]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', [[WellIntentionedExtremist King Zeppel]] of Mardra is constantly pursuing gaining magical might by any means; prior to your arrival, he used what power he'd already amassed to completely [[CurbStompBattle decimate]] the neighboring kingdom of Raguraz. However, said kingdom was responsible for his StartOfDarkness, as they previously conquered Mardra and his Captain of the Guard [[spoiler:threw Zeppel's best friend Lucia off a cliff and mocked him, openly challenging him to try doing something about it. Both Zeppel and Lucia were only eight at the time]].
* [[VideoGame/LANoire Jack Kelso]] gets a moment like this near the end of the game when he [[spoiler: shoots Leland Monroe, corrupt property tycoon and conspirator, in the leg. Then stomps on the wound to make a point]].
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'': Jimenez landing the final blow on [[spoiler:Captain Jack]], who you fight just before tackling the penultimate boss of Sector [[spoiler:Fornax. What, you're going for Neutral or Law, but don't want to stop Jimenez because Jack deserves it? No problem, the writers know how horrible he is, because you get '''no''' alignment points for choosing to watch instead of intervening]]!
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', joining the Lotus Assassins requires either winning in the arena or preventing Judge Feng from interfering with the Lotus Assassins' plans. The Open Palm solution involves blackmailing Fang into resigning; while this would be an evil act, Feng is a sadistic pervert, albeit one who [[EvenEvilHasStandards genuinely finds the Lotus Assassins reprehensible]].
* Played straight in the video game adaptation of Walt Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. The Pleasure Island level features the Coachman as an End Boss. Take into account that in the film, Coachman has [[spoiler:kidnapped children, transformed them into donkeys, sold them to salt mines where they will most likely work to their deaths while he is still torturing the donkeys that can still talk normally, and has been doing this for years [[KarmaHoudini and is STILL doing this presumably to this day]] without any repercussion]]. The Video Game finally gives this monster justice, [[DisneyVillainDeath in typical Disney fashion]].
* After killing [[spoiler: Thomas Hickey]], a member of the templars in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', one of your allies kicks his corpse. Connor calls him out on this, much to his disbelief.
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' the three Prophets are all devoured by the Flood; given that these three are the bastards responsible for the Human-Covenant war, and ordered the mass genocide of billions of humans, they deserved it more than anyone.
* You know, at first you might feel bad for Principal Takamine Yanagihori in ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'', his beloved school becomes tainted due to three sickening murders committed by his son and he kills himself because of the school being forced to close. Then you find out [[spoiler: he tried to rape and then murdered a woman in front of her child and then strangled that child to death. Suddenly his sentence of being forced to repeatedly throw himself off the roof of the school seems too nice of a punishment.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'': [[spoiler: Carla's decision to infect Simmons with the C-Virus undoubtedly counts as this. Pretty hard ''not'' to cheer her on for it when we remember that this is the guy who killed the President and destroyed Tall Oaks while framing both Leon and Helena for both, and also held Helena's little sister hostage to {{blackmail}} Helena into helping him do so and then experimenting on her with the C-Virus regardless]].
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls''. Jodie is invited to a birthday party, but after a while, the [[TeensAreMonsters other attendants]] pick on her. They burn her with a cigarette and lock her in the cupboard under the stairs. Aiden, the psychic entity who protects Jodie, lets her out, and you're given the option to use him to take revenge on the party-goers in the other room. It starts mildly, but it intensifies into throwing furniture at them, stabbing the MeanBrit non-lethally with a kitchen knife, and trying to set the whole room on fire. At around this point, Jodie is horrified and trying to get Aiden to stop.
* In the ''Freedom Cry'' series of purchasable single-player missions for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', protagonist Adewale may have not decided to actually kill the French governor of Saint-Domingue at first... but after [[spoiler:the governor has a slave ship fired upon in the eighth mission, dooming most of the chained-up slaves to drown]], Adewale decides to make the governor's death ''hurt'': canonically [[spoiler:Adewale first strikes the governor down with the very same branding iron that the governor had been torturing a slave with right before, then hacks him up with a machete for good measure]].
* Since it's set on a Fantasy CrapsackWorld, ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' has numerous examples of [[AssholeVictim SOBs]] for main character Geralt of Rivia to kick on. Notably:
** In Act 1, there's Bernard Loredo, the commandant of Flotsam Village, a corrupt and sleazy official who rules the town with an iron fist. He's also a [[FantasticRacism racist]] who constantly harasses the non human residents of Flotsam, and as such is constantly at war with the elven bandit Iorveth and his Scoiatel. But unless you choose to side with Vernon Roche near the end, you won't see the depths of his depravity which is [[spoiler: when you break into his estate and kill him, and find out that he has held prisoner an elven woman named Moril for nearly a year as his personal plaything. The fact that she bore his child and kills herself, is enough to shock Vernon Roche and his Blue Stripes, who hate elves, into silence. Suddenly you don't feel too bad having to kill him earlier]].
** In Act 2, there's Prince Stennis, if you choose Iorveth's path. Despite being the crown prince of Edirn, he's forced to join up with the rebel forces of Saskia the Dragonslayer in the dwarven town of Vergen to repel the invading forces of King Henselt of Kaedwen. He makes no secret of detesting this alliance and the peasantry whom Saskia champions, so when [[spoiler:Saskia is poisoned and nearly dies, he's fingered as the main suspect. Geralt can investigate the matter in order to clear him, but as facts emerge more and more it seems Stennis did have a hand in poisoning her, albeit indirectly. It doesn't help that Stennis is a royal Jerkass who mocks and belittles Geralt every time they meet. It also turns out Stennis' royal blood is a key component in making a cure for Saskia, but when Geralt offers to prove his innocence in exchange for one drop, he loudly refuses. Given all these factors, it's feels very satisfying to hand him over to the mob to meet a violent end]].
** Also in Act 2, this time in Roche's path, there's King Henselt. Henselt allows Geralt, Roche and his Blue Stripes to stay at his camp in exchange for their help. But Henselt quickly changes his tune [[spoiler: when the plans of a rogue faction within his own army to oust him comes to light. It doesn't take long for Henselt to figure out that it was a scheme hatched by Vernon Roche, so he orders all the Blue Stripes executed and personally rapes Ves, Roche's female lieutenant. Geralt and Roche then head to Vergen and fight their way to Henselt, after which Geralt can either convince Roche to spare Henselt or step aside and let Roche kill him. Given that Henselt [[SmugSnake proudly boasts about raping Ves in their faces]], it feels very good watching Roche gut him like a pig]].
* In ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'', the first person the player gets to kill as {{ComicBook/Venom}} is a kid with a balloon. Sounds horrific, right? Except it's a reference to ''VideoGame/SpiderMan2'', where the MostAnnoyingSound was kids crying "I lost my balloon!" for an incessant sidequest. Now the player gets to [[TakeThatScrappy finally kill that kid]]. [[MoralEventHorizon Horizon crossing]]? Oh yes. [[CatharsisFactor Satisfying anyway]]? [[WorthIt Of course]].
* The ending to ''VideoGame/FableII'' where after all the horrible things Lucian has done to the protagonist's sister urges confrontation. The player has the option of kicking him, and if he don't Reever' does so.
* ''VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon'': While the KickThemWhileTheyAreDown option normally nets players [[KarmaMeter Evil Karma]], during the first boss fight against [[BigBad Brooke Augustine]], doing so actually nets the player Good Karma. It makes sense when one considers the fact that Augustine just [[spoiler: killed Delsin's brother Reggie right in front of him]].
* In the edutainment game ''VideoGame/TheAmazonTrail'', one of the historical figures you meet is ''conquistador'' and infamous [[BloodKnight nutjob]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lope_de_Aguirre Lope de Aguirre]], who won't let you leave unless you give everything you have to him. You have to give him [[ChekhovsGun a poisonous plant that you picked up earlier]] and leave while he writhes in pain.
* ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'':
** Gared kills his family's murderer [[SociopathicSoldier Britt]] after getting into a petty fight with him over revenge, as Britt [[NeverMyFault blames Gared]] for being sent to [[TheAlcatraz the Wall]] with him over the whole ordeal. One of the options to kill him is to ''literally'' kick him [[DisneyVillainDeath off of a cliff]].
** [[HandicappedBadass Rodrik]] gets the option to savagely beat [[PsychopathicManchild Gryff]] [[TheSociopath Whitehill]] into submission after he spent the entire game bullying him, his family, and the people who look up to Rodrick's leadership while simultaneously secretly annexing his own home. The beating is so severe that it costs Gryff [[EyeScream an eye.]]
* Actively encouraged in ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}''. Both the snuff film "actors" in the first and the hunters in the second have every bit of it coming to them, no matter how bad Cash/Daniel were.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'', [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] hiring Shelley de Killer to kill Juan Corrida turns out to be a case of this, as Juan broke up with his fiancee merely because she had been dating Matt Engarde earlier, leading her to be DrivenToSuicide.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[SmugSnake Shinji Matou]] is the son of a bitch in question. The first kick would be in Fate route where Ilya [[spoiler:brutally killing him after Rider is beaten by Saber.]] [[LawfulGood Shirou]] is horrified; the rest of us just think Ilya is awesome. In Unlimited Blade Works; Gilgamesh gets to be the kicker, when he decided to [[spoiler:make the Holy Grail out of Shinji]]. This was quite the effective kick that after all it's done, [[spoiler:Shinji was so scared that he actually starts becoming more decent... as implied in the epilogue]]. And in Heaven's Feel [[spoiler:Sakura's FaceHeelTurn is marked by her beheading Shinji]]. In this case, the story doesn't really act like this was the wrong thing to do [[spoiler:(he was midway through [[AttemptedRape attempting to rape her]], and has been raping her for many years) but it still marks the point where she decides FINE. FUCK IT. I'll be evil]]!
** His grandfather Zouken as well. He only makes an appearance in Heaven's Feel, but [[spoiler:being pretty much the whole reason the Matou family is as screwed up as it is, the one behind 90% of Sakura's pain, ''and'' arguably the one responsible for Shinji's massive inferiority complex (which seems to be the core motivation behind a lot of his heinous actions), players' reactions when he was gruesomely killed by Sakura at the climax were pretty much "''FINALLY!''"]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi|WhenTheyCry}}'', Teppai's many deaths by Keiichi, Rena, and Shion, Rena killing Rina, and Shion killing Onryu count as such.
* In one of the ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' endings, [[JerkAss Makoto]] [[TheCasanova Itou]] harshly calls out [[AlphaBitch Otome]] and her horrible GirlPosse upon their continued abuse of [[{{Ojou}} Kotonoha]]- even grabbing the hand of the lass who's about to do the slapping part. Yeah, a lot of people say that Makoto is a selfish moron who thinks with his dick and all (and he is in the anime), but what people don't understand is that what Makoto does with the girls in the end depends on [[MultipleEndings how well the game is played]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Devil turning resident JerkAss Seymore into a demon (better in context) in ''Webcomic/SinFest''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Whether or not Vaarsuvius killing off the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Black Dragons]] qualifies is something that the forums are still arguing about it, opinions ranging from "[[MoralEventHorizon unforgivable villainy]]" to "righteous retribution." To elaborate, it isn't much about the death of ''the'' Black Dragon, but rather the way s/he handled it: [[spoiler:S/He used an epic spell called "Familicide" that killed all dragons related to that one, including unborn eggs and half-dragons, some of which proved to be good-aligned in a later comic--namely, the ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0842.html entire Draketooth clan]]'']].
** Less ambiguous is V's VigilanteExecution of [[spoiler:Daimyo Kubota, who was a SmugSnake that only moments before had murdered one of his own underlings and then bragged about [[CourtroomAntic exactly how]] he was going to get off Scot-free.]] You'd be hard-pressed to find a character more literally ''begging'' for a KarmicDeath, but ''V only did it'' because he was bragging while Elan had him captive...
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[BeardOfEvil ... that mustache did not do him any favors, either.]]
** Also less ambiguous is Haley's murder of Crystal. Sure, cold-blooded murder is rarely a good thing, but it's hard to argue that she didn't have it coming. [[spoiler: This is subverted ''Don't Split the Party'', where Crystal was actively trying to kill Haley after she made peace with the Thieves' Guild while they recovered Roy's body and made it absolutely clear that she would continue to do so. Rich Burlew explains in the commentary that, by dropping that sequence of strips from the online comic for pacing reasons, Haley's decision comes across a lot harsher but he didn't realise this at the time.]]
*** What's also interesting is Haley's discussion with Elan about this. Haley, who is "Chaotic Good...ish", decided to confess what she'd done to Elan, who is [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0445.html explicitly]] ChaoticGood, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0069.html not good-"ish"]]. Elan wasn't exactly approving, but he didn't condemn her for it, and he mentions that he feels better about it when Haley assures him she was ''really'' bad, and mentions she once saw Crystal [[KickTheDog headbutt an old woman into a coma]].
*** Bozzok decides to make use of Crystal's corpse and get revenge on Haley for skipping out on resurrection payments by hiring Grubwiggler (with a resurrection payment and then some) to stich Crystal into a Flesh Golem, a purple monstrosity that is in constant pain and constantly fixated on causing death to her enemies, then points her at Haley. Haley convinces Crystal that she may be a murderer but Bozzok is a sick son of a bitch who turned his loyal minion into an eternally suffering slave-tool. Cue curb-stomp battle. Then Crystal starts yapping about how she plans on using her new golem powers to keep killing random bystanders for fun. Cue betrayal by lava pit. Haley and the gang show no guilt over breakfast.
** Subverted twice by Elan. The first time when he catches up to his evil brother after being skewered by him, and his brother is left hanging off a ledge over a pit of monsters. After struggling to decide, he helps him up and captures him. His brother is mystified why Elan would do this, and Elan responds that he's "the Good twin, not the Neutral twin." The second time was just after Daimyo Kubota had given Elan every justification to kill him, then calmly says "I surrender," just before Elan carries through with that. Elan is visibly enraged by Kubota worming his way out of his comeuppance, but he can't bring himself to kill the man because Elan is strictly ''good''. He ''does'' punch Kubota in the face, however.
** And then ''Start of Darkness'' gave this to [[spoiler:Xykon]] of all people. Rich didn't want to give him any kind of sympathetic background, but for all the evil [[spoiler:Xykon]] embraces with reckless abandon, it's hard not to cheer for him when he really gets on a roll [[spoiler:considering Wizards take a high-handed attitude towards Sorcerers just because their genetically-earned magic doesn't come with any means of control beyond self-control. Every Wizard Xykon takes down for the sake of being a [[EvilIsPetty petty, spiteful dick]] took just as bad an attitude towards him first, even considering him an idiot because he didn't learn his magic -- he didn't even ''have to'' learn magic to use it, so taking the high ground on that ''is'', frankly, being an absurdly petty jerk]].
** After betraying her own homeland, using mind control on Thanh to turn him against his own teammates, and murdering and zombifying a member of the Azurite Resistance (who didn't even seem to be a threat to her), Tsukiko [[spoiler:finds herself being drained to death by her own wights]] after she boasts to Redcloak how she's going to ruin his plans by informing Xykon of them.
** Nale [[spoiler:toastinating Malack]] counts as this. Sure, he did it so that he could save his own skin rather than anyone else, but since [[spoiler:Malack]] was plotting mass murder and killed the dwarf who he once considered as a friend, he definitely had it coming.
** Shortly after that, [[spoiler: Tarquin [[OffingTheOffspring killing Nale]] in retaliation, since he was a loose cannon who simultaneously disowned his father and proudly declared that he murdered said father's best friend]].
* In ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'', the CurbStompBattle between Perfect Cell and Bojack is incredibly satisfying after seeing the latter [[MoralEventHorizon brutally snap]] [[WouldHurtAChild U16 Pan's neck.]] Especially since Bojack is killed right in front of the other members of U16, and, ironically, by a broken spine.
* ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'' has the AlphaBitch Sparkle set up by faerie pirate Captain Kitty (after having been kidnapped by her and used as a serving wench), then Kitty shoots her with a magical gun, and has a gay male pirate watch over her so that when she tries to seduce/flirt her way out, she's humiliated even further. Oh, and Kitty plans on seducing Sparkle's ex-boyfriend just to drive the knife in deeper… and Sparkle's pretty much a nobody to Kitty so the ongoing HumiliationConga is just for giggles.
* In ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', Ian's attempted genocidal smackdown of the Elves would seem to be a clear case of DisproportionateRetribution, driven by his own elf-induced personal drama and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the ancient elf god he accidentally absorbed.]] But given that, with exactly two exceptions (Sarine and Misa), the elves have been uniformly portrayed as arrogant, bullying, borderline sociopathic bastards who have tried to enslave and/or commit genocide on every other race in their world, with particular focus on exterminating half-elves (like Ian) wherever and whenever they can. It's hard to muster much sympathy for such a {{planet of|Hats}} {{Jerk Ass}}es.
** The current elves might be arrogant and xenophobic, but it's not like they don't have a good reason. In that world's history, the elves originally lifted the humans out of barbarism, and loved the resulting half-elf children just as much as their own. Then several powerful half-elf mages went inexplicably insane, destroying a floating city and kicking off a decades-long war that nearly drove both groups (elves & half-elves) to extinction. It's stated that no one has ever figured out WHY this happens to half-elves, or how to prevent or cure it. Hunting down and murdering innocent people just based on race is bad, yes, but it's at least understandable when these people are ticking time-bombs. And not every elf is a powerful mage or murderous assassin-ranger; many haven't even left their hidden city in centuries when Ian shows up on their doorstep with an army of time-ninjas and starts indiscriminately slaughtering everyone in sight. Overall this seems much more like a case of gray-and-grey morality, or maybe well-intentioned extremist.
** It then comes full circle back to this trope when it comes out that today's elves are the ''same'' elves that were alive back in the day. They were set to exterminate humanity like they did the trolls, but instead took them as servants out of pity, not compassion, due to the fact they looked similar to the elves. The aforementioned time-ninjas were slave gladiators and bodyguards who understandably bear a grudge to this day, and it was because humanity bred like rabbits compared to the elves that so many half-elves were born. Sarine, who was alive during the war, said that it was just easier to have a child with a human than with another elf. Once they re-emerge from their self-imposed isolationism, the elves begin hunting down every single half-elf they can find. Sarine outright admits the elves pretty much have it coming when Ian attacks. Not that she'll just stand by and let it happen, but there's a reason that the only elves who ''aren't'' arrogant Jerkasses are the youngest elf in the city and thus the species (Misa), a ranger who took the job to get the hell away from her racist, elitist brethren (Sarine), and ''possibly'' the Council's clerk.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' can have these occasionally. Missi gets excluded from an event? Of course, she's an annoying brat. Emily isn't getting her costume made by Missi? Why would she, the way she acts towards her? Pretty much every character in the comic has moments of being a complete ass, so who you sympathize with and who you wish would die simply boils down to who you identify with better.
** Played less sympathetically with [[JerkAss Sheldon]]. The guy receives a HumiliationConga complete with all his friends turning on him, his car being badly battered and smashed up, and a particularly nasty [[GroinAttack kick in the balls]]… but only because he ''forced'' Ash into a race with him, put down said friends as "just muscle" behind their backs (while gloating about how they could never be convinced that he looks down on them because they trust him), and later, when he loses his race, tries to frame ''Ash'' for bad behaviour by ''smashing up aforementioned car with a rock'', and then ''claiming that Ash tried to come onto him the night of their meeting''. Needless to say, [[TheStoner Rumisiel's]] revealing the truth with [[EngineeredPublicConfession a recording of Sheldon's very words]], as well as Missy's aforementioned GroinAttack, were largely viewed as both characters' most shining moments to date.
* [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19990107.html This]] ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'' strip: the eponymous criminal robs an old wizard, who has just spent ten minutes getting on the nerves of everyone else in the room. Instead of anyone trying to stop him, he gets applauded.
* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Fred takes over Trent's body, forces him to sexually harass Sharon, go into a meeting almost completely naked while pretending to be a superhero named Wiley Wombat, and go out and expose himself in public, getting him arrested. While the cast [[WhatTheHellHero complains about this]] and it comes back to haunt Fred when he's in court defending himself against Trent's libel lawsuit, Trent is a SmugSnake JerkAss so no one feels much sympathy for him.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', after [[spoiler: caging a copy of The Other within herself]], nearly killing [[spoiler: Zeetha]], escaping Violetta and Higgs, and beating down [[spoiler: Tarvek]], [[spoiler: Zola]] makes the mistake of hitting Agatha with a potentially lethal wound to the chest. Cue an UnstoppableRage-fueled NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by [[spoiler: Tarvek]]. Nearly every poster in the comic's fan communities hoped he'd kill [[spoiler: her]], and the groans of frustration were so loud they practically echoed through the Internet when [[spoiler: Gil interfered]].
** There are hints that, in general, Sparks aren't too popular with the mundane people of the setting. Given Sparks suffer from a ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder that makes each and every one of them a walking timebomb of potentially [=WMD=] proportions, not to mention an active DisasterMagnet, it's hard to blame them.
* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=145#comic This]] one from ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.
* In ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'', some of the customers of our {{Sociopathic Hero}}es come under this trope...[[spoiler: The "asshole," and DomesticAbuser Tybalt Montlet.]] The deaths of the particularly deserving are not at all pretty.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04i-06.html the princess throws a rock at Prince Ricardo's horse, causing it to bolt and drag him for three leagues.]] This is an overreaction to being rejected -- even [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup for]] {{Mixed Metaphor}}s. Then, Prince Ricardo -- "Picky Dick" -- has made a career about rescuing princesses and dumping them for equally trivial reasons. The Boy, finding him, asked whether some girl had beaten him up before he told his story, figuring that sooner or later some girl had to revolt at the treatment.
* In ''Webcomic/ParasiteGalaxy'' , Hebiko brutally slaughters a group of mysterious gangsters , the leader of which was about to Kill Matt for wandering into the wrong place.
* Most of the troll arc of ''WebComic/MSPaintAdventures'' is a double Mobius kick-the-sonofabitch reacharound, seeing as how a significant fraction of the trolls are complete jerkasses.
** Special mention goes to [[MonsterClown Gamzee]], who survived said reacharound, only to get repeatedly shot by Caliborn in Act 6.
* Common in the world of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' due to the GreyAndGrayMorality of the setting.
** After Ariel loses her arm and very nearly her life thanks to her AxCrazy half sister Kalki chopping it off she flat out rejects the idea of using one of her fellow soldiers to make herself whole again using shape shifting powers for the purposes of AppendageAssimilation, clearing finding it a morally reprehensible act. But when Ariel subjects ''Kalki herself'' to this as payback for the injury, a process that's clearly [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10317 enormously painful]], it's comeuppance.
** One of the reasons Zala'ess is still a fan favorite despite her more villainous actions is her tendency to do this.
*** While she sent the slavishly loyal Vy'chriel to her death in a UriahGambit that causes significant collateral damage the reason was because Vy'chriel had been her biological daughter's "protector twin" and her [[ReplacementSibling murdered her to take her place]], something that [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=477 enraged]] Zala'ess to the point she would have killed Yaeminira if she hadn't been stopped by her own sister and forced to adopt her daughter's murderer.
*** Later in chapter 47, she gets a double does of this. First by punching her daughter Chrys'tel's protector twin Shinae in the face and apparently enjoying it a bit too much, but falls into this since Shinae is generally a colossal pain in the ass and [[spoiler:unlike everyone else trying to kill Zala at the moment thanks to MassHypnosis, [[PretendToBeBrainwashed is acting on her own free will]]]]. Later she [[spoiler:deliberately throws the fight between her sister and Sarv'swati and Quain'tana in Quain's favor by secretly using a bit of magic to trap Sarv's foot just long enough for Quain to make the finishing blow]]. Loses most of its sting because of [[spoiler:Sarv's long list of bad decisions and the fact that she was threatening the fragile peace Zala had just obtained]].
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': After everything Gregory did to her and her friends (including kidnapping Sam, poisoning Wally and nearly killing Jack), you can't really feel bad for him when Sandra decides to [[spoiler:make him suffer and send him to hell as the first soul she ever claimed]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/KateModern'', when Terrence knocked Lee down with a garden gnome. After everything Lee had done the past week, the scene was practically an AlwaysABiggerFish moment.
* PlayedForLaughs (just like everything else) in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' when [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]] (apart from WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick who acted like TheStarscream from the moment she saw power) did ''literally'' this to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, after six episodes of abusing his subordinates, stealing their ideas, bad management and ''trying to blow them all up''. Depends on where [[TheChewToy he falls]] [[{{Jerkass}} on the]] [[JerkassWoobie Sympathy]] [[TheWoobie scale]] for you, though.
** Also done by the Critic himself when he defeats and plans to shoot [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Dr. Insano]]. Insano has killed, tortured, maimed, [[MoralEventHorizon forced people to read Ultimate Warrior comics]], and just seconds ago betrayed the team to demand that ''he'' be made ruler of Kickassia. Benzaie still tries to save him, though, because "That's still Spoony in there".
* Bar Clovis, the residents of the eponymous ''Rolepla/{{AJCO}}'' facility spend a great deal of time trying to grab power from each other. They're all equally as despicable, but you can't help but cheer when one of them gets beaten down a few levels (sometimes literally). Crowning examples include:
** Breyos getting batoned across the knuckles by A_J.
** A_J getting verbally curb-stomped by the Auditor after she attempted to establish herself as more powerful.
** Breyos, [[TheChewToy again]], getting punched in the face by Frances. She's a cyborg. With metal fists.
* The Cheat of ''Franchise/HomestarRunner'' tends to be kicked around and abused quite often. But given his criminal tendencies, he definitely deserves at least some of that kicking.
* Adam's "defeat" in ''Machinima/ArbyNTheChief''. Not because he's a member of [[FiveBadBand a dangerous hacker clan]] who have been terrorizing the entire network, but mostly for being a [[SpoiledBrat shrieking spoiled 8-year old brat]] [[UpToEleven of epic proportions]] who constantly [[AllTakeAndNoGive abuses and disrespects his single mother]] as well as everyone around him, [[NauseaFuel pisses and craps him pants because he's so addicted to Halo to go to the bathroom]], [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode and for banning and hacking Claire, Arbiter's girlfriend]],]] all while laughing spitefully. Needless to say, The Fans and Viewers rejoiced during his [[HumiliationConga downfall and eventual defeat]].
* [[spoiler:Shadow Stalker]]'s eventual fate in ''WebOriginal/{{Worm}}''. Every aspect of her life was torn down by the Undersiders' [[TokenEvilTeammate resident sociopath]], who stole her body, soured relationships with her mother and only friend, and revealed her crimes to the world. And how the fanbase rejoiced at this turn of events says a ''lot'' about [[spoiler:Shadow Stalker]].
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': Vegeta is on the receiving end of this once and causes it once: when he gets the everloving crap beaten out of him by Android 18, and when he starts curbstomping Cell.
--> '''Tien:''' So we're actually rooting for Vegeta?\\
'''Piccolo:''' Let's be honest, we're rooting ''against'' Cell.\\
'''Tien:''' What do we do if he wins?\\
'''Piccolo:''' Which one?\\
'''Tien:''' Which one is worse?

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Cartman falls victim to this a lot. The other kids bully him constantly for being an obese imbecile, even when he hasn't provoked them, but given what a sociopath Cartman himself is, it's hard to feel pity for him.
* ''Franchise/Ben10'':
** In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', there is an episode in which a teenage villainess, Charmcaster, is introduced working with her uncle [[EvilSorceror Hex]], who is [[AbusiveParents rather abusive toward her]] throughout the episode, with a running line of Charmcaster's being "Yes, uncle" in a submissive tone. In the end of the episode, however, Charmcaster reveals she's only been using Hex for her own evil scheme and promptly knocks him out with her magic. While both Hex and Charmcaster are villains, it's very hard not to support Charmcaster on this matter.
** She does it ''again'' in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' when she sucks the soul of [[DimensionLord Adwaita]], a crazy SorcerousOverlord who committed genocide on her species and killed her father. And again when she leaves [[ManipulativeBastard Darkstar]] weakened in a DoWithHimAsYouWill situation with the protagonists for betraying her. Charmcaster is good with this trope.
** Also, in ''Alien Force'', Kevin [[spoiler: refuses to SaveTheVillain, in this case the one who murdered his father, and lets him fall into the sun]]. A morally questionable act, but not one the audience is going to mind all that much.
*** Kevin is a mostly reformed villain, so when he kicks the dog, the show is examining the possibility of him returning to evil. He's expected to be more morally grey than Ben and Gwen, who might not be excused for such an act. A better example would be in the original series when Kevin kills Slix Vigma (who imprisoned members of different species and made them fight for kicks) by [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath impaling him]] just as he was about to kill Ben, albeit only because he wanted to [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou take Ben out himself.]]
*** Also, in ''Ultimate Alien'', he turns psycho again as a side effect of [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity absorbing energy from the Ultimatrix]], and goes on a quest for revenge. One of his victim is Morgg, the director of the prison he used to be retained in. The whole episode built up how much Morgg is an Asshole, revealing he killed the guy who helped Kevin redeem himself merely because he disliked him, and later developed a drug traffic in the prison by using the prisoners as slaves, not to mention put a device in their collars that would kill them all should a single one of them try to rebel. You actually cheer on Kevin when he scares the crap out of the guy, and feel sorry that Ben has to save him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Long Feng manipulates the Earth King, controls Ba Sing Se from the shadows, holds Appa prisoner, brainwashes [[spoiler:and kills Jet]], and then collaborates with [[MagnificentBitch Azula]] to throw a coup d'état. When Azula [[spoiler:turns on him and crushes his spirits with TheReasonYouSuckSpeech,]] for once audiences can ''support'' what she's doing, regardless of how EvilerThanThou she is, just because Long Feng getting his comeuppance is a much-desired event by this point.
* In the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** The list of people who [[spoiler: have their bending taken away by Amon include the leader of a gang, three douchebags who cheat at Pro Bending, and possibly the Republic City's councilman, [[SmugSnake Tarrlok]]]]. And while the lattermost of these [[spoiler:turns out to have a DarkAndTroubledPast and atones for his actions thereafter]], he still had it coming at the time. [[TheChessmaster This is a major part of Amon's plan,]] both building peoples' confidence in him by taking out the less sympathetic, and using them to generalize all benders as being corrupt and power-hungry. This is also why he doesn't de-bend Korra when he has a golden opportunity to, [[DontCreateAMartyr he would only be creating a martyr.]] As his number of followers grow, he becomes much less picky.
** In Book 3, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Zaheer]] [[spoiler: dooming his contact—[[SpinOffspring Suyin Beifong]]'s [[TreacherousAdvisor ratfink of a former adjutant]] to a FateWorseThanDeath]]. Shortly thereafter, he follows this up by [[spoiler:assassinating the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen corrupt and incompetent Earth Queen]]]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' when Miss Helpful and Miss Whoops are assembling dinosaur bones Miss Helpful had Miss Whoops eat her own words on "you're the trained professional" which ends with her in a load of hurt. Painful definitely but not as much as the pain both of them cause to Mr Bump.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
** [[spoiler:Longarm aka Shockwave]] frames Wasp for being a Decepticon spy. However, this is mitigated somewhat by the fact that Wasp is a JerkJock and [[TheBully bully]]. Played with in that after he escapes from Autobot prison, you see how damaged he is, and he becomes a JerkassWoobie.
** In Headmaster's second appearance, he knocks Sentinel Prime out before [[GrandTheftMe removing the latter's head and taking the body]].
** When Sentinel was captured by Ramjet (Liar Starscream) the Autobots attempt to subdue him but they wind up hitting Sentinel in the process.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Silas is arguably one of the (morally) worst characters, mainly by virtue of ColdBloodedTorture, TranshumanTreachery, and UngratefulBastard. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial No particular order there]]. But in "Human Factor" [[spoiler: he uses the body of Breakdown, one of the more sympathetic Decepticons and a past dissection victim of his, as a HumongousMecha suit. This is made possible when his Mech mooks saved him, and transplanted his body to Breakdown's, and he thanks them by killing them and offers his services to Megatron (it's worth noting that Megatron himself was disgusted). Silas' plan doesn't... work out, and Megatron is not pleased. He hands Silas over to Knock Out (who is very pleased, having once been ThoseTwoBadGuys with Breakdown) for dissection. The scene is pure terror. And an incredibly disconcerting CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming]].
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode ''Bane'' Batman reveals to Rupert Thorne that his aide, Candice was planning to kill him by playing a recording of her discussing it with Bane. Thorne isn't happy, and Candice never appears after that episode...
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
*** Nelson Nash is the resident JerkJock of Hamilton Hill High School, and he is frequently victimized by various Villains of the Week.
*** Terry's reaction to the fact he was partly responsible for turning Powers, the man who arranged his father's death, into Blight was a bitterly spat "Good."
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** In [[TheMovie Big Picture Show]], [[spoiler:Ed, who witnesses Eddy's brother abusing his younger brother and beating Edd with Eddy, does this to the latter by removing a door bolt of the trailer door that Eddy was clinging onto, thereby slamming the door into Eddy's brother]].
** A bit of a straighter example comes directly after when [[spoiler:the Kanker Sisters drag Eddy's brother into his trailer for some of their trademark 'affection'. He is quite possibly the one being in the series to actually ''deserve'' this]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** The troublesome trucks seem to always do this to any engine who is being rude or haughty to the other engines. For instance, in the episode Dirty Objects (James in a Mess in US), the troublesome trucks pushes James down a hill and crashes him into a tar wagon. Prior to said accident, James insults Toby by calling him and Henrietta "dirty objects". A horrible act of cruelty by the troublesome trucks? Yes. Done to an engine who's prideful of himself? Yes.
*** Diesel, who was haughty of his [[FantasticRacism prejudice of steam engines]], was a victim of the trucks' teasing twice. One in "Pop Goes The Diesel" and two in "The World's Strongest Engine"
** Breakvan (Donald and Douglas) involves Donald violently bumping [[{{Jerkass}} The Spiteful Breakvan]] to warn him about delaying Douglas' trains.
*** Later on in the same episode, while trying to help James up Gordon's Hill, Douglas accidentally pushes too hard that he ends up destroying The Spiteful Breakvan. But prior to that, the breakvan was continuing his old behavior, by tiring James out. Needless to say, [[AssholeVictim it's hard to feel bad about said accident]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Captain America's Skrull impostor gets one of these toward Cap's nemesis [[ThoseWackyNazis Baron Zemo]]. At odds with Captain America's [[HonorBeforeReason stubborn honor]], when "Skrull!Cap" [[IGaveMyWord gives his word]] when Zemo makes him promise that the Avengers would not let the Enchantress defeat him (Zemo). It serves Skrull!Cap's purposes to break this promise, and afterward, when Zemo is wise to this being out-of-character, Skrull!Cap knocks him unconscious by [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown kicking him in the face]]. Given that Zemo is a totally ruthless backstabbing megalomaniac, it's hard to feel too bad for him.
* In the infamous ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Arthur's Big Hit", we're supposed to see Arthur slugging D.W. as a massive KickTheDog moment. But given her complete disregard for the plane he's worked so hard on despite being repeatedly told not to, and the fact that she fails to apologize for what she did, it feels more like this.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]], involves Fluttershy going on an assertiveness rampage against her neighbors, all the while beginning her descent to TookALevelInJerkass. Unbeknownst to her, Bon Bon and Cherry Berry, who were the victims of her wrath, were not only two of the many ponies who were present at Iron Will's presentation, but Bon Bon is also one of the ponies at the front row who threw Fluttershy into the back of the crowd. Therefore, lots of fans aren't particularly sad about Fluttershy's actions. In fact, it verges on LaserGuidedKarma, since it's implied Iron Will selected Fluttershy for his demonstration ''because'' she was cowering in the back ("If my techniques can work for this shy, little pony, then they can work for ''anypony''!"), and she might not have taken to assertiveness ''quite'' so much if she had watched somepony else doing it instead of being thrust into the spotlight.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn "Keep Calm and Flutter On"]], Fluttershy is assigned to try reforming Discord who is staying at her home. Although he gets a few good digs in at every character, most of his jerk-assery is aimed at Angel Bunny and goes completely unnoticed by everyone else. Since Angel is such a {{Jerkass}} in his own regard who gets downright abusive with Fluttershy ([[TheScrappy and is almost universally hated by the fanbase for it]]), there wasn't a single person in the audience who didn't [[TakeThatScrappy enjoy every minute of it.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' practically runs on this trope. Yes, it's a series about a misanthrope who swears DisproportionateRetribution on everyone who ever does him wrong... but at least half the time, his victims turn out to be awful people by pure coincidence. Even the resident {{superhero}} is a JerkAss.
* After watching Lucy being a total bitch to Mirta for most of the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' episodes they feature in before the Miss Magix contest (a beauty pageant), it's hard to feel bad for her when the Trix cancel their illusion and reveal her hideous true face as she's being crowned the winner, or in the next episode when all the other Cloud Tower students make fun of her as a result. [[spoiler: This whole story was changed in the 4Kids dub, so that Bloom kills the spell and everyone makes fun of Mirta in the next episode instead.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' Timmy just freed the Chompy the goat and Vicky was accused of goatnapping him, and was imprisoned in stocks for it. Timmy is supposed to feel guilty for not telling the truth, but Vicky is such a JerkAss the audience doesn't mind at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'': This happens a few times without [[BadassPacifist resorting to violence]].
** "Doug to the Rescue": Roger Klotz challenged Doug to a fight, where the title character just looked at him and [[spoiler: won without moving and before Bone shows up, through Bone should've been okay with the fact that no-one was physically hurt]].
** "Doug Saves Roger": Roger becomes the target of Percy Femur, Lamar Bone's nephew, but Femur takes his actions too far... [[EveryoneHasStandards even for Doug]].
** "Doug Battles The Rulemeister" and "Doug Meets Robo-Bone": Doug makes a villain based on Lamar Bone, [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating inspired by how the students feel about him]]... most of the time.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Ash is Marceline's ex-boyfriend, infamous for selling Marcy's prized possession without permission, [[StayInTheKitchen ordering her to get into the kitchen to make him a sandwich]], and ''wiping her memory so she wouldn't break up with him''. So when the first thing [[spoiler:Simon does upon regaining his sanity]] is punch him in the face and steal his magic carpet, cheers were heard across the world.
** Although it should be noted that [[spoiler: Simon]] had no idea any of that happened. In fact, [[spoiler: he]] had no idea who Ash even ''was.'' [[spoiler: He]] felt bad about doing it though[[note]]Although if Simon knew who Ash really was, he would have still punch him regardless as he told to Marcy[[/note]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/WatsPig'', the king may be a jerk, but it was still totally unnecessary for the invader to hit him in the foot, except to show how evil he was.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Weirdmageddon", when Bill Cipher manages to take over Gravity Falls, [[RichBastard Preston Northwest]] (who's been established to be a nasty piece of work in previous episodes) tries to [[LesCollaborateurs sell himself out to Bill]]. [[EvilerThanThou Bill]] responds to his offer by ''[[BodyHorror shuffling around Preston's facial orifices]]'', causing him to collapse to the ground making muffled screams of agony.