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Kick the Son of a Bitch
"Aw, come on! That brat was asking for it!"
Don East defending Naruto's case for striking Hikaru, Anime Abomination

There's nothing quite so evil as when a character takes a clear step toward villainy and decides to Kick the Dog. 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 Start of Darkness while keeping the character sympathetic.

Important note: this trope is not to be confused with its close cousin Pay Evil unto Evil, 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 Pay Evil unto Evil will deliberately target a terrible person. An SOB Kicker either doesn't know about his victim's evil, or simply doesn't care.

Compare:
  • 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.
    • One of the robbers is making a full confession after being captured by the police. He is asked why he killed his partner, the notorious Don The Rapist. The robber explains that he's actually the infamous Backstabby McGee. He further explains that although he could have gotten lost in the crowd of people who'd want Don dead, he'd have killed his partner and stolen his share even if it was Jean Valjean.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: 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 was notoriously cruel to his prostitutes and recently managed to beat the rap for murdering one of them; figuring this is as good a time as any for revenge, he takes aim and shoots him.

See also Kick the Dog; Take That, Scrappy!; Asshole Victim (when the Son Of A Bitch in question ends up dead); Even Evil Has Standards. Compare with Alas, Poor Scrappy, Poke the Poodle, and Designated Villain. Also compare—but do not confuse—with Pay Evil unto Evil. Scenes like this often qualify for Less Disturbing in Context.

Remember: This is only when a villain does something to prove he's a villain but it doesn't come across as a truly evil action because the victim was a jerk. A situation where a villain does something evil without losing the audience's sympathy is not quite enough to qualify it for this trope.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Part of the reason the Comedic Sociopathy for Ranma ˝ works so well is because, ultimately, pretty much everyone who gets hurt can be said to deserve it. Ranma getting a Megaton Punch from Akane is funny because he's a Jerk Ass 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 Stalker with a Crush, and the fact that we just saw him try to kidnap Ranma's fiancee, try to murder Ranma, successfully kidnap Ranma's fiancee, threaten to turn Ranma's fiancee 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 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 does this in Episode 13 of Season 2 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 Big Bad, to be sure; but, because Liu Mei is widely perceived as a Smug Snake and a Scrappy, this became a Crowning Moment Of Awesome for him.
    • In the first season, his overthrowing of Alejandro also counts. Alejandro was just such an arrogant Smug Snake that Ribbons betraying him and leaving him to die is just the icing on the cake after Setsuna defeats him in battle.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Due's first scene has her killing the TSAB High Council. The manner in which she does this would firmly establish her as unsympathetic, except that they were the ones responsible for the season's conflict.
  • Loly and Menoly from Bleach are horribly beaten twice, once by Grimmjow and again by Yammy. Thing is, they were trying to torture and murder a helpless girl both times (The Ingenue Orihime Inoue, who brought them BACK to life after Grimmjow's mauling).
    • Actually subverted with the Yammy beating, as he is ALSO there to torture and murder Orihime and just doesn't want anyone else in the way. More pronounced in the anime, when Loly actually ends up defending Orihime from him.
    • Arguably, Mayuri does this too when he fights, humiliates, defeats and deals a Fate Worse than Death to Szayel Aporro Ganz. Sure, Mayuri is a Jerk Ass, but Szayel was even worse than him, considering what he did to Renji, Uryu and Nemu... And being worse than Mayuri is, politely said, quite an accomplishment.
    • Subverted in the final Ichigo-Ulquiorra fight when Ichigo becomes a mutant-zombie-Hollow and begins brutally mauling Ulquiorra, doing things like tearing his arm off, beating him with his arm, and blowing his waist off. Once he's done, he attempts to do one of two equally awful things and either moves to carve him up thinking he's dead, or moves to carve him up knowing he's still alive. This is treated as animalistic and awful by everyone there, including Ichigo himself once he regains his senses. Ulquiorra could be a Jerk, but he had a lot of Alternate Character Interpretation going for him and even at his worst was nowhere near as bad as some of the other Arrancar.
  • In Mai-HiME, this is pretty much what Shizuru does, and one reason she lends herself well to being a Draco in Leather Pants. The First District arguably needed killing considering what they'd done to Natsuki's mother, and while Nao is more sympathetic than them she could be seen as a second case, depending on the viewer's perspective.
  • Paranoia Agent. There's a particularly memorable moment when you're seriously rooting for Shounen Bat to beat the crap of Masami Hirukawa.
  • Mega Man NT Warrior: Bass.EXE, in the last episode of the Stream arc, brutally murdered and consumed Slur before disappearing forever. As Slur was a stupidly powerful, utterly loathsome bitch who personally caused all the problems of the arc, fans consider this scene cathartic.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, the villains' use of the You Have Outlived Your Usefulness trope generally is completely unsympathetic, but in the manga when Pride pulls it on the Man in White, a Mad Doctor, 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 Shou Tucker.
    • Also in the manga when Roy completely flipped his shit at Envy, the point was to show how close he was to losing track of his ideals and turning into the sort of merciless bastard he's been working against the whole series. It came off as awesome anyway, though, since it's Envy.
      • The same scene in Brotherhood made it quite clear to the fans that that was not something you are supposed to enjoy... The other characters present acknowledge that Envy must die, but think Roy is killing him for the wrong reasons: "How will you become a benevolent leader if you're this willing to resort to murder someone for Revenge and thus betray everything you've fought for and preached about ever since the Ishvalan War? IT'S NOT WORTH IT."
  • In Code Geass R2, Charles zi Britannia does this to V. V. by taking his code and leaving him to die. "You have lied to me for the last time", indeed..
    • While Lelouch Lamperouge feels little remorse for killing, he's up against the racist Britannian Empire, and the only people he personally kills are a genocidal prince and enemy soldiers. Then comes the second half of R2 and he starts Jumping Off the Slippery Slope...
  • In the School Days anime, Sekai Saionji earned the rare distinction of being on both ends of this trope in a single episode. First, she kills the Jerk Ass 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, 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 Break the Cutie deal.
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry, the first person Shion kills is her ruthless grandmother Oryuu, the head of the Sonozaki family who hates the Houjos, turns a blind eye on any cruel treatment and harassment they endure, and recently ripped out three of Shion's nails just for associating with them. Shion kills her by accident (though she definitely intended to torture her), and whips her dead body while burning her face as revenge. After that, Shion goes on a killing spree that, well, isn't nearly as justifiable.
    • In comparison, Rena's (another one of the show's most feared and violent characters) first murder victim is Rina, a Honey Trap who swindles men out of their money and leaves them to get beaten by other me; Rena discovers this as well as the fact that Rina plans to do the same thing to her father, and decides to stop it. When Rena confronts Rina of this in a junkyard, Rina threatens to kill Rena by choking her to death; Rena manages to slice Rina's abdomen with a shard before finding a metal pipe. The rest is history. Not long afterword, she kills Teppei, Rina's pimp who, in other arcs, is shown abusing his niece and Rena's friend, Satoko.
    • Any murder of Teppei is always made justifiable by his abusive, manipulative actions. Whether he's murdered by Keichii, Rena, Shion, or Rika, it's always justifiable because HE'S TEPPEI!
  • One Piece: As if he really needed it to secure his villain cred, Donquixote Doflamingo is especially willing to... cut loose his former allies. However, so far he has done this to: a Jerkass bully, a slave trader, and Gecko Moria. None of whom were the least bit sympathetic and pretty much deserved what they got.
    • And 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 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.
    • 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 Detective Conan? Pretty often, considering how many Asshole Victims are in that show.
  • From Sailor Moon, there's Rubeus. He was a very irritating Smug Snake who treated his Quirky Mini Boss Squad, 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 Karmic Death.
  • In Muhyo And Roji, 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, causing her Face-Heel Turn.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, after Nappa fails to defeat Goku and can only nearly equal his strength (without Kao-Ken), Vegeta 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 Heel-Face Turn, Vegeta is basically an evil guy killing even eviler guys.
    • However, contrast this with 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.
      • When one thinks about it, Frieza's genocide of the Saiyans. Yes, killing the people he's been working with for years just because he's scared of their ever growing strength was cruel and unnecessary, but one must keep in mind that the Saiyans were not gentle and kind beings like Goku. As a matter of fact, they were selfish, arrogant, and ruthless, they had no remorse over sending infants into space nor killing BILLIONS if not TRILLIONS of people, even Vegeta killed his partner Nappa just for being crippled by Goku.
    • During the Buu saga, Van Zant, an Ax-Crazy Trigger Happy lunatic who had gone on a killing spree for fun with the justification that 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 completely vaporize Van Zant. With the fact that he had been shooting innocent people For the Evulz, and had previously 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 Rave Master 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 Darker Than Black is definitely an example of this. Normally, impaling a young boy with an ice spear would put you well over the Moral Event Horizon. 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 Kick the Dog and Pet the Dog. 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 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 Soul Eater anime, Asura kills Arachne.
  • Fairy Tail has Angel killing Karen.
    • Later on, Zeref killing Zancrow.
    • And even later, Zeref killing Hades
    • Flare, the Raven Tail girl who cheated the hell out of her fight against Lucy, gets the taste knocked out of her by her own teammate.
    • Early on, a Brainwashed and Crazy Jellal kills some of the people who enslaved him.
    • Generally, possibly killing your boss, no matter how bad they are, is frowned upon as Sting doubtlessly knows in chapter 300. When said boss beats you up and then kills a friend of yours for no reason other than they're there, not so much.
  • In Magical X Miracle, Yue was absolutely merciless in interrogating and killing Ardi, although the former did have reason to be upset; Ardi had him imprisoned and was about to kill one of the few people he actually cared about.
  • Masaru and ShineGreymon from Digimon Savers finish off 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 Anti-Hero. However, when that someone is the biggest Complete Monster in the history of Digimon, circumstances are different — all his friends cheered him on and told him to kick Kurata's ass.
  • In Oniisama e..., Mariko is a Clingy Jealous Girl 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 Alpha Bitch who has just pressed both of Mariko's Berserk Buttons: mistreating her beloved Nanako, and mocking Mariko's Dark and Troubled Past. Crazypants as she is, Mariko's epic slapping of Aya is a Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
    • Also, around episode 3, Aya and her Girl Posse refuse to give up, and start mocking Nanako in the middle of class. What happens there? Kaoru, the local Tomboy and School Idol, not only tells them to shut up, but physically mauls them. Aya's really Too Dumb to Live, isn't she?
  • Tiger & Bunny's Wham Episode 16 has 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 Pokémon, 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 kind of a wuss and taunted the heroes the whole time, so he really had it coming.
  • Death Note: 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 Pay Evil unto Evil.
    • In the very last episode, we have 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 Ryuk; he goes right ahead and kills him anyway, just 'cause he wants to.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, Toguro and 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 Kick the Dog moments {Especially since in the case of the BBC, they were actually trying to stop Sakyo's Evil Plan despite they're own cruel deeds} or in Toguro's case, at least not until the end.
  • Guts does terrible, terrible things to those he kills. Said things are The Legions of Hell, humans who sold themselves to the lords of Hell, or worse. It's hard not to cheer.
  • The Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion ends with Kyubei being beat up to pulp after his experiment goes wrong, before becoming Homura's servant by the end of the movie

    Comics 
  • In Sin City, when the Sociopathic Hero brutally tortures and dismembers the bad guys, few readers will shed a tear. Lampshaded in the film, when Marv remarks "I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad."
  • Michonne's torture of the Governor in The Walking Dead, who had raped her and severed Rick's right hand.
  • Les Légendaires has 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;
    • Then later book has Amy killing Skroa.
  • In World War Hulk the members of the Illuminati deserved the beatdown Hulk gave them. Demonstrated when Ghost Rider leaves becauses he only fights for the innocent. They may not have set off the bomb that destroyed the planet, but they still shot him into space.
  • The death of Martin Sutter at X-23's hands in Innocence Lost. 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.
  • Magneto locking the Red Skull in a dark Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere with no food and limited water. By the time the latter was released, he was completely broken and wished to die. If this was between anyone other than the world's most powerful and pissed off Holocaust survivor and a Nazi so evil even Hitler himself was scared of him, you'd think this was horrifically cruel. Instead, you're inclined to cheer.
  • 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).
  • Superior Spider-Man and watching the Goblin King tear down everything Otto had built up. Had this been stuff Peter Parker himself had done, this would be a Moral Event Horizon 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.
  • In Green Lantern 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."

    Fan Fic 
  • In The Lion King Adventures, not only does the Interceptor kill the immortal cub Shocker by tearing his head off, but he then buries him underground, leaving him trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen Of All Oni, when Jade finds the first mask, Kaito, the General inside, proceeds to lie to her and is implied to have betrayed her when Valmont wore it, egging him on, not to mention the acts of evil from BEFORE he was sealed; so, after the mask is removed, Jade EATS it, consuming his essence. He had it coming.
    • Later on in the story, Evil Sorcerer 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 Left and Right showed up to save her, with Right killing Lung as he begged for mercy. In fact, one reviewer even called it justice.
    • A while after that, Jade kills Ikazuki, Tarakudo's 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 brainwash her).
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia 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 come back wrong as a very Damaged Soul 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 Moral Event Horizon. 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 The Dog Bites Back (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 Ax-Crazy Damien crucifies 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 stab Senator Wheiner. While most of the fandom would agree the aforementioned "son of a bitch" definitely had it coming, the fact that he leaves the Series 5 team in danger to do it, and then runs off without leaving behind any answers, especially for the devastated Shane who had just found out Walsh is his genetic father, makes it a lot more nebulous.
  • In the Tamers Forever Series, this is Chaos's primary motivation for his short term plans.
  • Subverted in-verse in the 1983: Doomsday Stories. While Austria would very much like to avenge Hungary's death in Doomsday, it turns out that America at least was just as helpless.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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.
  • A Brief History of Equestria: This was the general reaction in-universe when Princess Platinum performed a purge on her 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 this was the main goal in Pharaoh's plan in the Ben 10 fanfic Hero High: Sphinx Academy. Yes this kid pretty much took over the world just to give his mother a kicking she so well deserved.
  • In 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 Unwitting Instigator of Doom who caused Gentaro to die and the mess that followed, this was nothing short of karmic payback.
  • Hivefled: Orphaner Dualscar is a slave-taking privateer who murders for fun. The fantroll Lereal Belsai is The Fundamentalist and a hemoist whose actions led to the deaths of hundreds of children. Both of them got raped to death by the Grand Highblood and his cronies.
  • In the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann/Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover Manly Magi Kamina Magica, the 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 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 Incubator core and proceed to try to kill all Puella Magi, calling them pathetic for underestimating the power of emotions.
  • Itachi kills the rest of the Akatsuki to prevent interference between him and younger brother and cousin Sasuke and Himeko in Teenage Jinchuriki Shinobi. This was meant to display his sadism.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Goodfellas, Henry confronts a man who harassed and hit his future wife and pistol-whips him until blood starts flowing.
  • At the end of Gremlins 2: The New Batch 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.
  • Little Sweetheart has Thelma, the 9-year-old Villain Protagonist 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 John Hurt.
  • Denis Leary giving the "Mickey Mantle" speech to the abusive husband in Suicide Kings. Oh, was that a glorious scene.
  • A very literal and humorous example occurs in CJ 7. However, it turns out it was All Just a Dream leading to an unpleasant subversion. Later, the protagonist engages in kicking the would be SOB kicker. Repeatedly.
  • The main villain of Twins is a hitman known as "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 Martyrs starts with 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 Roaring Rampage of Revenge horribly misguided.
  • Al Czervik (the Dangerfield character) in 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 Falling Down. 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 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the newly minted Sith Lord Darth Vader (i.e. Anakin Skywalker) slaughtered the entire Separatist Council; but these people not only led an evil rebellion against the Republic, they did so with the explicit knowledge that it was purely for the benefit of 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.
    • Even earlier one: in Episode II: Attack of the Clones Anakin's killing the village of Tusken Raiders is clearly meant to be seen as the first step in his Jumping Off the Slippery Slope into villainy. But seeing how those Tusken Raiders did kidnap his mother and tortured her to death, many viewers couldn't help but feel that his reaction was from an understandable place, though he did go over the line in killing the children as well.
  • Deleted material from The Boondock Saints 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 Guns Akimbo on both him and the guy in the booth opposite him.
  • In the Park Chan-wook film, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, 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 Batman villains themselves in the film franchise have a tendency to do this.
  • Yumi in Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess takes on a squad of attack dogs unleashed by the Big Bad in the middle of a forest and does just this literally several times in the course of the fight.
  • Demolition Man had Simon Phoenix getting around his Restraining Bolt by having one of his Mooks kill Raymond Cocteau, the creator of the Crapsaccharine World 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.
  • The whole point of the Rape and Revenge genre.
  • Elysium: Kruger fatally stabbing Delacourt.
  • In Chronicle, Andrew spends a good portion of the movie being verbally, physically, and emotionally abused by his father. But eventually, Andrew snaps like a dry twig, and very nearly uses his telekinesis to kill his father, while screaming "I COULD CRUSH YOU!" It's quite satisfying to see Andrew do this, but it's also another sign that slowly, but surely, Andrew is Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • Big Bad John Harrison/Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness brutally kills the Smug Snake Admiral Marcus, who tortured and blackmailed him into making weapons for the Federation, with his bare hands.
  • In the Walking with Dinosaurs film, after the way Scowler treated Patchi the entire film, Gorgon mauling him to near death can be seen as this.
  • In X-Men, some of Magneto's victims include Nazis, Sebastian Shawand the corrupt, violent slob in charge of his prison cell. He also chained William Stryker back up and left him to die at the end of X2: X-Men United.

    Literature 
  • the first book of Codex Alera 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 who later dies at the hands of Aldrick Ex Gladius. 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 Isana, he is tied down and eaten alive by several Horse-Clan Marat.
  • In the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of The Speckled Band, Holmes is instrumental in causing the death of the evil Dr. Grimesby Roylott but, as the good doctor had killed off his older daughter and was plotting to off the younger one, the audience is not inclined to condemn Mr. Holmes. As he puts it, "I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. Grimesby Roylott's death, and I cannot say that it is likely to weigh very heavily upon my conscience." Especially since the way he did it essentially caused Hoist by His Own Petard. It turns out that to accomplish his evil deeds, the doctor was using the titular Speckled Band, which turned out to be a pet snake! Then the doctor tries to send the snake after Holmes to kill him, but Holmes drives the snake away by striking at it with his cane. The snake goes back to the doctor in a panic, and in the ensuing confusion, the snake kills his own master instead.
  • In Black Company, 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.
  • In The Penultimate Peril of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Count Olaf violently pushes the snotty Carmelita Spats to the ground.
  • In the X-Wing Series, 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 cool or 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."
    • With Vorru this moment is simultaneously Kick the Dog. He was an Imperial Moff who got sent to Kessel for massive corruption, and the Rebels, one of whom was pleased to see a blaster wound on Thyne's stomach, note how quickly and easily he goes from urbane and gracious to absolutely vicious.
    • It's also a plot point. Thyne is unable to give good info, as he spent most of the meeting punch-drunk and concussed!
  • Continuing with Star Wars, Jacen Solo's murder of Ta'a Chume in the Dark Nest Trilogy 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, the same thing can be said for the whole plot of Legacy of the Force: a young Jedi Knight of Skywalker heritage decides to use The Dark Side and become a Sith Lord in order to protect a democratic government from an evil confederacy/confederation, but ends up turning that democratic government in a Sith-ruled dictatorship, and is redeemed in the end by love of his child.
  • A humorous poem by Rudyard Kipling gives this treatment to the Biblical Cain and Abel: 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.)
  • Sandor "The Hound" Clegane in A Song of Ice and Fire is noted for an intense desire to kill his older brother. While this should be an indication that Sandor is not the nicest guy, you eventually learn more about Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" Clegane, such as his propensity for murdering babies (including his and Sandor's infant sister), raping and murdering women (including his two wives and a princess) and the incident when they were children, which left Sandor with horrible facial scars and a life long fear of fire... Well, Sandor suddenly makes a lot more sense.
    • The "Brave Companions" (or, as they are called behind their back, the "Bloody Mummers") are a bunch of Private Military Contractors known for committing rape, torture, and other atrocities. Their leader, Vargo Hoat is killed by the above Gregor Clegane in a gruesomely fitting fashion.
      • The Companions themselves do this to Amory Lorch, a Fat Bastard and Smug Snake who stabbed a toddler to death, by feeding him to a bear.
      • And Gregor Clegane himself gets offed in a very, VERY nasty manner. Sure, Oberyn Martell was a douchebag, but no one's going to fault him for stabbing Gregor with a poisoned spear and making him die very slowly and in incomprehensible agony, especially since Gregor raped and murdered Oberyn's sister simply because Tywin Lannister hadn't told him not to and brutally killed her two children.
      • Wyman Manderly gets one for telling Hosteen and Aenys Frey that it's a good thing that Little Walder was killed because otherwise, the boy would have grown up to be Frey. Wyman then gets himself a Crowning Moment Of Awesome by getting his throat slashed and surviving.
      • Perhaps one of the reasons why 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 has 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.
  • In Lois Duncan's Daughters of Eve, when the girls in the eponymous sorority attack Peter Granger, it marks their fall from a social club into a dangerous vigilante group. However, considering the way that he treated three different members of the sorority including driving one of them to suicide, the reader is definitely cheering them on. Given the reactions of some of the sisters, it seems that this was quite deliberate: we were supposed to enjoy the girls' revenge on Peter and only later realize that it marked their Start of Darkness.
    • Near the end of the book, one of the girls murders her abusive father.
  • Padan Fain in The Wheel of Time 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 The Slap 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, Artemis Entreri of the Drizzt novels is in a foul mood when he happens across a Drow Matron in the underdark while searching for Drizzt. After a sexist barrage of insults, it doesn't go very well for her.
  • Animorphs: The Inspector regularly mocks, taunts, threatens, and otherwise humiliates...Visser Three. It's kind of fun to watch.
  • In the first Jesse Stone novel, Night Passage, normally an officer performing a kick to the balls on an unarmed civilian who's not attacking him would be a major Kick the Dog moment. Unless said civilian is Jo Jo Genest, who just got done bragging about how 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 Belisarius Series tend to suffer this fate. As do Malwa ritual torturers.
  • In Red Dragon, Francis Dolarhyde, who have no moral qualms on Freddy Lounds being a Paparazzi, kills him by setting him on fire.
    • The Silence of the Lambs series also have Hannibal Lecter having a habit of doing this. The most particular is 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 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 Karma Houdini, but it's really hard to feel bad for Verger.
  • In Artemis Fowl, the third book ends with Artemis Out-Gambitting Jon Spiro, stealing his entire fortune, leaving him for the police to be arrested and essentially pushing him into such a Villainous Breakdown that he seems to have turned insane. Considering Spiro was an very amoral, egocentric Corrupt Corporate Executive and Smug Snake with connection to the Mafia whose actions almost killed one of the most sympathetic characters in the series, this part is extremely satisfying.
  • In Murderess, Lu’s decisive defeat of Bridget in a Snowball Fight. Bridget is so widely despised that everyone around her joins in, and Lu becomes immediately popular.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, "Sacrifice" when Zod throws Amanda Waller into a windshield, although that is more like "Kick The Bitch".
  • 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 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.
  • LOST almost ran into this trope when Michael shot Ana Lucia. The writers realized this, though, and had him shoot the much more sympathetic Libby too. It also caused an Alas, Poor Scrappy effect in regards to Ana Lucia herself. Not to mention, we had just learned her Dark and Troubled Past. Meeeeeep.
    • Also from Lost: When Jack beat up Ben.
  • Buffyverse:
    • The Buffy spinoff Angel had one its first season with a man implied to be a pimp that tries to seduce 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".
    • Arguments rage to this day whether Willow was justified to do this in regards to Jonathan and Andrew. Warren on the other hand had little debate that he deserved it, with the problem being that what she does makes her go dark. In universe only Buffy thinks the law should handle Warren, everyone else is all for letting Willow have this one.
    • Buffy's beatdown of Glory in the fifth season finale counts as this. The way Glory is breaking down near the end and tearfully begging for mercy almost compels you to feel sorry for her... until you remember that Glory had Mind Raped Tara and countless others, threatened Buffy's family while confronting Buffy in her own home, killed dozens of innocent people, and all in all put Buffy and her pals through a hell of a lot of pain and bullshit for the past year. Buffy certainly doesn't bother with pity and casually beats Glory to a bloody pulp.
    • 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.
  • Katherine of The Vampire Diaries is almost certainly the most evil and dangerous character on the show. At least until Klaus arrived — and don't get us started on Silas. But since her first on-screen act of villainy was to stab "Uncle" John Gilbert, well...
  • Featured in House when 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 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 medically-relevant Lecture he is delivering during or immediately after said strike.
  • To Home and Away fans, Sam Tolhurst was already pretty unsympathetic, but her murder of armed robber, murderer and possible rapist Johnny Cooper definitely qualifies.
  • Mr. Lahey of Trailer Park Boys 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 Villain Protagonist type shows (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy and 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 Bads 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 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.
  • When former Colonel Simmons from Stargate SG-1 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.
    • Many SG-1 villains (mostly Goa'ulds) go out this way.
  • The soft-spoken Affably Evil Magnificent Bastard Gustavo "Gus" Fring of Breaking Bad pulls one of these off in a manner most awesome: after Jesse produces some of Walt's ridiculously pure blue meth at The Cartel'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 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 personally 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.
  • 24: Jack's entire Roaring Rampage of Revenge in the final season. Although he crosses the Moral Event Horizon and arguably even goes from an Anti-Hero to a Villain Protagonist with some of his actions, considering the majority of his victims or intended ones are completely heartless monsters it's very hard to feel bad for what happens to them.
  • Whenever Mordred kills knights on Merlin. It's sociopathic and Troubling Unchildlike Behavior, 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 had children drowned in the past.
  • Once Upon a Time: Regina's actions toward Rumplestiltskin tend to come off as this, such as when she, just because she could, convinces him that his Love Interest killed herself, or when she steals his Tragic Keepsake of said love interest in order to force him to admit that he didn't forget who he truly was like everyone else in town.
  • On 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 Artifacts of Doom into the world for fun and profit. He repeatedly tried to kill Artie. He Mind Raped 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This is a trait of several "Tweener" wrestlers, such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and most recently Randy Orton, 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 Chyna. She'd been played up at abusing the Would Not Hit a Girl rule for months so that when he finally let her have it, the action didn't affect his general Face status at the time.
    • Another prime example is when The Undertaker tombstoned Vickie Guerrero during his 2008 feud with The Big Show. Granted he had tombstoned her once before already (while feuding with Edge going into WrestleMania 24,) but by the time the 2nd one occurred, Vickie had already: Stripped him of the WWE World Heavyweight Title, "banished" him from WWE for losing to Edge in a TLC match (with the help of 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 Triple H...

    Roleplay 
  • Marcus's Breaking Speech to Gretel in Yu Gi Oh East Academy was incredibly vicious, but you can't really say she didn't deserve it.
    • Then there's his cold blooded execution of one of the cultists. It was horrible enough to qualify him as the group's Token Evil Teammate, but considering that the cultist was a nihilistic psycho who had tried to torture and kill Daniel...

    Tabletop Games 
  • Lizard Men committing and planning serial wars and even outright genocide is normally pretty sinister stuff. When Warhammer Fantasy applies it to factions like Chaos, Dark Elves, or Skaven? They deserve that and more.
    • By extention, just about any faction attacking any other in Warhammer 40,000.
    • 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 called off the attack and left without any further violence.
  • In Spelljammer, regular Dungeons & Dragons gnomes often suffer a case of Fantastic Racism towards the "minoi" or "tinker gnomes" of 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 The Scrappy due to being Mad Scientists Played for Laughs with traits that are, instead, highly irritating — for example, they fixate on Rube Goldberg Devices 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 Bungling Inventor — 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 Exalted it's virtually impossible to Kick the Dog 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.

    Theater 
  • The first person who dies in Little Shop of Horrors is an abusive boyfriend and "semi-sadist". The guy sure looks like plant food to me.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Sweeney's first kill is Adolfo Pirelli, who is the violent and abusive caretaker of Tobias Ragg and a consummate Snake Oil Salesman. 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 Jekyll & Hyde, 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 beats and stabs to death with his walking stick and then sets the corpse on fire. To some extent this could qualify as Pay Evil unto Evil, since these people had scorned Jekyll, so killing them was Hyde acting on one of Jekyll's desires — but Hyde did it mostly For the Evulz.

    Video Games 
  • Super Robot Wars Judgment gave us Rau Le Creseut getting a Crowning Moment Of Awesome by killing Haruki Kusakabe from Martian Successor Nadesico, who is arguably more of an asshole than Rau ever could be
    • During his Villainous Breakdown in Scenario 58 of Third Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen, Gadlight destroys Cygus (the corrupt general within the Earth Federation) and a large portion of the Earth Federation fleet with a gigantic beam attack.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, 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, 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.
    • 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".
    • A similar moment occurs for the Human Noble when you finally get to butcher Arl Howe this is doubly true considering before you fight him he brags about making your Action Mom kiss his feet. Don't just kick the bastard, stomp a hole in him.
      • Bites the player in the back in Awakening, where one of the party members is his son Nathaniel, who starts off as quite sore against the Warden for taking everything away from his family. Some who played as the Human Noble kept looking for the "Tough cookies, junior, maybe your father shouldn't have been an evil douchebag who murdered my entire family" response during conversations. The Howe family by-and-large survived the events of the Blight. The Couslands had maybe two survivors. To say that there were those who didn't tolerate his whining would be a classic understatement. After his sister confirms that their dad was an evil douchebag during his Personal Quest, Nathaniel stops whining and agrees that his father brought his fate upon himself.
    • Lets not forget the Alienage mission where Loghain has been allowing Tevinter slavers to illegally kidnap his own citizens. After nearly beating the Blood Mage slave trader, he makes one last offer to 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 one of the elves he offered to sacrifice is your character's father.
  • In "Dead Rising 3", General Hemlock throws Marian Mallon off a building towards her death. Considering that she brutally murdered Diego and helped him murder the president, it's hard to feel sorry for her.
  • In Dragon Age II, many players rejoice when Sister Petrice is shot and killed by a Qunari archer. Others wanted to do it themselves.
  • In 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 Lucas Simms about Burke's attempts to get you to cross the Moral Event Horizon, he'll gun Lucas down when he tries to arrest him (unless you intervene, of course).
    • Normally, townicide in sandbox RPGs is one massive series of Kick the Dog incidents on the part of the Player. However, in the slaver town of Paradise Falls...
    • Then you have Fallout: New Vegas, 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...
  • Barthandelus, the main villain of Final Fantasy XIII, reveals his true nature by killing the Smug Snake Baroness Jihl Nabaat, who is perhaps the most unsympathetic person in the game.
  • 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 Grand Theft Auto IV, 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 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. 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.
  • StarCraft: Brood War nearly accomplishes this by having you kill the series' resident Jerk Ass General Duke, then immediately walks it back by 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 Jerk Ass 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.
  • Batman: Arkham City: The game spends quite a bit of time showing that Penguin is a Sadistic Bad Boss 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 Powered Armor 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.
  • In Final Fantasy VII, 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 Shirna 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 Crisis Core when he delivers a Shut Up, Hannibal! line to Genesis, who asks him for help right before the Nibelheim Incident. Is condemning someone to a slow Cruel and Unusual Death evil? Yes. But considering this is the same person who spends the entire game spouting Meaningless Meaningful Words at us and started his request for help by calling Sephiroth the perfect monster and pushing him further towards his breakdown...
  • Emperor Gesthal in Final Fantasy VI 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 turned out to be much worse.
  • In Baldur's Gate 2, 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 Torture Cellar just for those prisoners, and, in a sidequest, 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.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: How many of us switch 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 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Sylvanas' betraying and killing Garithos after helping him retake Lordaeron is supposed to be seen as morally questionable, especially since the dreadlord Varimathras suggests that she's getting close to being like him, but he was racist enough to order Kael'thas' execution and result in him joining Illidan, and his last words are 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 World of Warcraft, 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 , 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 flying mounts, might plausibly be accused of seriously inhumane behaviour or even called out on it by the red dragons (who've had similar experience at the hands of the old Dragonmaw). However, considering what black dragons are like when they're free - they desire 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.
  • 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 Fire Emblem is an emotionless Dark Action Girl who kicked several pups via killing Ursula and at least one of the Reed brothers. But you positively cheer for her when she subjects Evil Matriarch Sonia to a short yet brutal Break Them by Talking and leaves her out there to bleed to death.
  • When playing the Mass Effect 2 DLC, Overlord, pretty much everyone will be happy to see Dr. Archer get pistol-whipped by 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 this comic of Nerf NOW!!.
    • In the middle section of his loyalty mission, Garrus takes it upon himself to track down a criminal of some repute and 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 Harkin, a Dirty Cop C-Sec officer who spent his entire appearance in Mass Effect being as unlikeable as physically possible. (Not that it would have stopped Garrus if it had been someone less deserved.)
    • The recruitment mission for Thane Krios has him going after Nassana Dantius, who tricked you into killing her own sister to remove a potential embarrassment during the first game and has gone completely Bad Boss on her employees in the second game.
    • In the third game, 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 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.
    • This trope is a major reason why 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 People Farms, 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, the regular ones actually aren't that bad.
  • One of the options in the City of Heroes 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 Smug Snake, 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 Eviler than Thou 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 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, during the Dark Brotherhood Questline, you get to 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 even get me started on 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'.
    • Skyrim allows you to accomplish this in a quest by killing Grelod the Kind. Her surname 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.
  • In Dragon Quest VII, 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 decimate the neighboring kingdom of Raguraz. However, said kingdom was responsible for his Start of Darkness, as they previously conquered Mardra and his Captain of the Guard 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.
  • Jack Kelso gets a moment like this near the end of the game when he shoots Leland Monroe, corrupt property tycoon and conspirator, in the leg. Then stomps on the wound to make a point.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey: Jimenez landing the final blow on Captain Jack, who you fight just before tackling the penultimate boss of Sector 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 Portal 2 Wheatley pulls this during his descent into villainy when he turns GLaDOS into a potato.
  • In Jade Empire, 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 genuinely finds the Lotus Assassins reprehensible.
  • Played straight in the video game adaptation of Walt Disney's Pinocchio. The Pleasure Island level features the Coachman as an End Boss. Take into account that in the film, Coachman has 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 and is STILL doing this presumably to this day without any repercussion. The Video Game finally gives this monster justice, in typical Disney fashion.
  • After killing Thomas Hickey, a member of the templars in Assassin's Creed III, one of your allies kicks his corpse. Connor calls him out on this, much to his disbelief.
  • In 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 Corpse Party, 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 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.
  • Resident Evil 6: 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.
  • Beyond: Two Souls. Jodie is invited to a birthday party, but after a while, the 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 Mean Brit 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 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, protagonist Adewale may have not decided to actually kill the French governor of Saint-Domingue at first... but after 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 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 Crapsack World, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has numerous examples of 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 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 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 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 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 proudly boasts about raping Ves in their faces, it feels very good watching Roche gut him like a pig.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, the first person the player gets to kill as Venom is a kid with a balloon. Sounds horrific, right? Except it's a reference to Spider-Man 2, where the Most Annoying Sound was kids crying "I lost my balloon!" for an incessant sidequest. Now the player gets to finally kill that kid. Horizon crossing? Oh yes. Satisfying anyway? Of course.

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  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All, 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 Driven to Suicide.
  • In Fate/stay night, Shinji Matou is the son of a bitch in question. The first kick would be in Fate route where Ilya brutally killing him after Rider is beaten by Saber. 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 make the Holy Grail out of Shinji. This was quite the effective kick that after all it's done, Shinji was so scared that he actually starts becoming more decent... as implied in the epilogue. And in Heaven's Feel Sakura's Face-Heel Turn is marked by her beheading Shinji. In this case, the story doesn't really act like this was the wrong thing to do (he was midway through 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 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 Higurashi, Teppai's many deaths by Keiichi, Rena, and Shion, Rena killing Rina, and Shion killing Onryu count as such.
  • In one of the School Days endings, Makoto Itou harshly calls out Otome and her horrible Girl Posse upon their continued abuse of 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 how well the game is played.

    Web Comics 
  • The Devil turning resident Jerk Ass Seymore into a demon (better in context) in Sin Fest.
  • The Order of the Stick: Whether or not Vaarsuvius killing off the Black Dragons qualifies is something that the forums are still arguing about it, opinions ranging from "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: 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 entire Draketooth clan.
    • It ties in to a more general moral question in D&D-style world. What are the rules for dealing with a species that have Always Chaotic Evil as the alignment-entry in the monster manual? Are any creatures like that who aren't a threat (yet) fair game for good guys?
      • Plus you know, OotS is all about Deconstruction and Reconstruction of D&D character alignments. Start of Darkness and regular comic #842 are prime examples of that.
      • It should be noted that, among the factors up for debate re: V's Familicide spell, is the fact that in one shot s/he eliminated a full quarter of the Black Dragon species.
    • Less ambiguous is V's Vigilante Execution of Daimyo Kubota, who was a Smug Snake that only moments before had murdered one of his own underlings and then bragged about exactly how he was going to get off Scot-free. You'd be hard-pressed to find a character more literally begging for a Karmic Death, but V only did it because he was bragging while Elan had him captive...
    • 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. This is subverted Don't Split the Party, where Crystal was actively trying to kill Haley after she made peace with the Linear 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 explicitly Chaotic Good, 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 headbutt an old woman into a coma.
      • There's also the question of whether or not Crystal will be raised. Haley seems to think that Bozzok will spring for a resurrection spell, and that this is more of a "don't mess with me again" warning. Sure, it's hardly guaranteed, and murder is still murder, but in a D&D universe death may not be cheap, but it is affordable.
    • 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. 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 Xykon of all people. Rich didn't want to give him any kind of sympathetic background, but for all the evil Xykon embraces with reckless abandon, it's hard not to cheer for him when he really gets on a roll 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 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 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 toastinating Malack counts as this. Sure, he did it so that he could save his own skin rather than anyone else, but since Malack was plotting mass murder and killed the dwarf who he once considered as a friend, he definitely had it coming.
    • Shortly after that, Tarquin killing Nale in retaliation, since he was a mass murderer who happened to want to murder his own brother over something petty.
  • In Dragon Ball Multiverse, the Curb-Stomp Battle between Perfect Cell and Bojack is incredibly satisfying after seeing the latter brutally snap U16 Pan's neck. Especially since Bojack is killed right in front of the other members of U16, and, ironically, by a broken spine.
  • Footloose has the Alpha Bitch 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 Humiliation Conga is just for giggles.
  • In Errant Story, Ian's attempted genocidal smackdown of the Elves would seem to be a clear case of Disproportionate Retribution, driven by his own elf-induced personal drama and 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 Jerk Asses.
    • 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.
  • 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 Sheldon. The guy receives a Humiliation Conga complete with all his friends turning on him, his car being badly battered and smashed up, and a particularly nasty 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, Rumisiel's revealing the truth with a recording of Sheldon's very words, as well as Missy's aforementioned Groin Attack, were largely viewed as both characters' most shining moments to date.
  • This Bruno the Bandit 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 General Protection Fault, 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 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 Smug Snake Jerk Ass so no one feels much sympathy for him.
  • In Girl Genius, after caging a copy of The Other within herself, nearly killing Zeetha, escaping Violetta and Higgs, and beating down Tarvek, Zola makes the mistake of hitting Agatha with a potentially lethal wound to the chest. Cue an Unstoppable Rage-fueled No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Tarvek. Nearly every poster in the comic's fan communities hoped he'd kill her, and the groans of frustration were so loud they practically echoed through the internet when 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 Science-Related Memetic Disorder that makes each and every one of them a walking timebomb of potentially WMD proportions, not to mention an active Disaster Magnet, it's hard to blame them.
  • This one from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
  • In Suicide for Hire, some of the customers of our Sociopathic Heroes come under this trope... The "asshole," and Domestic Abuser Tybalt Montlet. The deaths of the particularly deserving are not at all pretty.
  • In No Rest for the Wicked, 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 for Mixed Metaphors. 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 Parasite Galaxy , Hebiko brutally slaughters a group of mysterious gangsters , the leader of which was about to Kill Matt for wandering into the wrong place.

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    Western Animation 
  • In South Park, Wendy repeatedly gets some Kick the Dog moments, but one that really deserves to reach this trope is when she beat the tar out of Cartman for mocking breast cancer. This has been one of the few times that Cartman actually gets a real punishment for many things he has done in his life.
    • Cartman actually 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.
    • Full circle example in in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" in which Cartman is bullied mercilessly by Eight Grader Scott Tenorman, leading him to take revenge to a very macabre level.
  • In Ben 10, there is an episode in which a teenage villainess, Charmcaster, is introduced working with her uncle Hex, who is 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 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien when she sucks the soul of Adwaita, a crazy Sorcerous Overlord who commited genocide on her species and killed her father. And again when she leaves Darkstar weakened in a Do with Him as You Will situation with the protagonists for betraying her. Charmcaster is good with this trope.
    • Also, in Alien Force, Kevin refuses to Save the Villain, 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 impaling him just as he was about to kill Ben, albeit only because he wanted to take Ben out himself.
      • Also, in Ultimate Alien, he turns psycho again as a side effect of 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 Avatar: The Last Airbender , Long Feng manipulates the Earth King, controls Ba Sing Se from the shadows, holds Appa prisoner, brainwashes and kills Jet, and then collaborates with Azula to throw a coup d'état. When Azula turns on him and crushes his spirits with "The Reason You Suck" Speech, for once audiences can support what she's doing, regardless of how Eviler than Thou she is, just because Long Feng getting his comeuppance is a much-desired event by this point.
    • Similarly, in the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, the list of people who 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, Tarrlok. And while the lattermost of these turns out to have a Dark and Troubled Past and atones for his actions thereafter, he still had it coming at the time. 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, he would only be creating a martyr. As his number of followers grow, he becomes much less picky.
  • In The Mr. Men Show 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.
  • Transformers Animated:
    • Longarm aka Shockwave frames Wasp for being a Decepticon spy. However, this is mitigated somewhat by the fact that Wasp is a Jerk Jock and bully. Played with in that after he escapes from Autobot prison, you see how damaged he is, and he becomes a Jerkass Woobie.
    • In Headmaster's second appearance, he knocks Sentinel Prime out before 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.
  • Transformers Prime: Silas is arguably one of the (morally) worst characters, mainly by virtue of Cold-Blooded Torture, Transhuman Treachery, and Ungrateful Bastard. No particular order there. But in "Human Factor" he uses the body of Breakdown, one of the more sympathetic Decepticons and a past dissection victim of his, as a Humongous Mecha 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 Those Two Bad Guys with Breakdown) for dissection. The scene is pure terror. And an incredibly disconcerting Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
  • In Batman: The Animated Series 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...
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In Big Picture Show, 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 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.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • 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 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 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, it's hard to feel bad about said accident.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Captain America's Skrull impostor gets one of these toward Cap's nemesis Baron Zemo. At odds with Captain America's stubborn honor, when "Skrull!Cap" 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 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 Arthur episode "Arthur's Big Hit", we're supposed to see Arthur slugging D.W. as a massive Kick the Dog 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.
    • Nevermind the numerous other times D.W. was a selfish disobedient brat who never got any sort of punishment.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The episode "Putting Your Hoof Down", involves Fluttershy going on an assertiveness rampage against her neighbors, all the while beginning her descent to Took a Level in Jerkass. 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 Laser-Guided Karma, 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 "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 and goes completely unnoticed by everyone else. Since Angel is such a Jerk Ass in his own regard who gets downright abusive with Fluttershy (and is almost universally hated by the fanbase for it), there wasn't a single person in the audience who didn't enjoy every minute of it.
  • Dan Vs. practically runs on this trope. Yes, it's a series about a misanthrope who swears Disproportionate Retribution 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 Jerk Ass.
  • After watching Lucy being a total bitch to Mirta for most of the Winx Club 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. 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 The Fairly Oddparents Timmy just freed the Chompy the goat and Vicky was accused of goatnapping him, and was imprisoned in stocks for it. Timmy is suppose to feel guilty for not telling the truth, but Vicky is such a Jerk Ass the audience don't mind at all.
  • "Doug'': This happens a few times without resorting to violence.
    • Doug to the Rescue: Roger Klotz ordered Doug to a fight, where the title character just looked at him and he won without moving and before Bone shows up, through Bone should've been okay with the fact none a single pyshically contact.
    • Doug Saves Roger: Roger becomes the target of Percy Femur, Lamar Bone's nephew, but Femur takes his actions too long... even for Doug.
    • Doug Battles The Rulemeister and Doug Meets Robo-Bone: Doug makes create a villain based on Lamar Bone, considering how the students feel about him... most of the times.
  • In Adventure Time, Ash is Marceline's ex-boyfriend, infamous for selling Marcy's prized possession without permission, 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 Simon does upon regaining his sanity is punch him in the face and steal his magic carpet, cheers were heard across the world.
  • In Batman Beyond, Nelson Nash is the resident Jerk Jock of Hamilton Hill High School, and he is frequently victimized by various Villains of the Week.

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