Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics
In manga, especially shoujo, bullies tend to read from the same playbook. They tend to be more relational bullying or anonymous intimidation than the physical bullying more common in shonen works. These tactics are most common in shoujo manga, but not limited to them: josei and seinen works are also full of this, and some Western works that treat bullying may use some similar patterns as well. Common tactics:
- Hiding someone's desk or school shoes.
- Being ignored by the entire class, sometimes with the phrase 'there's a bug in here'. Often enforced by a clique of popular girls who'll do the same to anyone who doesn't toe the line.
- Being cornered and yelled at by a group after school.
- Embarrassing photos, graffiti or both posted in a public place.
- Stealing and/or throwing away someone's personal items.
- Spreading rumors about inappropiate sexual behavior, especially in the case of women.
- Force Feeding, generally bugs.
- Sending loads and loads of harrassing e-mails/text messages (or letters in the shoe lockers).
- Tacks in shoes, usually in a piece involving performance art.
- Ripping up a girl's clothing.
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- Inverted in Carrusel. Maria Joaquina is given the "cold shoulder" treatment by her classmates and as a consequence she has a sobbing meltdown while talking to Miss Ximena... but this is more about the other children getting fed up with Maria Joaquina's Spoiled Brat behavior and deciding to not take it anymore, which becomes quite the Break the Haughty phase for her. Once the deal's cleared up and Maria Joaquina apologizes for her arrogance, the kids believe it's enough and take her back.
- Played with in Another where a girl named Mei Misaki is so completely ignored by her classmates that a transfer student named Kouichi Sakakibara isn't even sure she isn't a ghost. Turns out that this is a countermeasure against a curse that affects the class, and by talking to her, Kouichi unknowingly unleashes supernatural death upon the other students.
- The bullying that Luna Lovegood faced in Harry Potter sounds a LOT like this. She specifically says that her Ravenclaw classmates used to hide her stuff and force her to look for it, and also gave her Embarrassing Nicknames (like "Loony Lovegood"). Apparently, Ginny Weasley was her Only Friend for years until she joined Harry's group of friends.
Manga - Josei
- In Sakuran, the other maids hide Tomeki's kimono and she gets scolded for this.
- In Bunny Drop, some third-year students corner Rin and get on her case for walking down the wrong corridor.
- In Amakusa 1637, before befriending Natsuki, Eri was often cornered and verbally abused by other girls.
- Chapters 13 and 14 of Private Actress have the main character Shiho infiltrating an Elaborate University High's middle school section to learn the truth about Fuyuka Sakuragi, a girl who was subjected to this (i.e. her sketchbook was ripped and stepped on, she made only short calls home because she was being watched, etc.) before she died in odd circumstances. Poor Fuyuka's parents believe that she was murdered by her bullies via being thrown down a flight of stairs by them, and since the police couldn't get any clues confirming their suspicions, they hired Shiho to pose as a student for some weeks/months to get info. Here is where Shiho meets her Foil and Shadow Archetype, Kana Juumonji/Satoka Ryoudo, who is the local Alpha Bitch and responsible for several deaths, not just poor Fuyuka's.
Manga - Seinen
- Volume 5 of Sangatsu no Lion, displays cases of stolen and hidden possession, public graffiti on desks and chalkboards, and class ostracization.
- Frequently featured in Mohiro Kitoh mangas:
- In Narutaru, Hiroko Kaizuka is beaten up, force fed bugs and ultimately raped with a test tube by her bullies, Aki Honda and her Girl Posse. When Hiroko gains a "mon" right after the rape episode, she murders the bullies, with Aki herself getting the absolute worst of it, and only leaves one girl alive -- and the surviving girl still ends up mutilated.
- In Bokurano, Mako "Nakama" Nakarai is often cornered, verbally lashed at and/or ignored for being the daughter of an ex-prostitute. The anime has a scene where she's thrown school implements while cleaning up the classroom, and when she turns to confront the bullies they refuse to acknowledge her presence.
- This happens to the transsexual Nitori from Hourou Musuko, mostly in the elementary chapters. She's teased by boys for being too feminine, a boy makes a rumor she's dating her best friend, and at one point some boys try to check what genitals she has. She does mostly fine until she comes to school in a girls uniform in mid-middle school and gets ostracised.
- Marika from Bokura no Hentai suffers similar ordeals. She has no friends throughout elementary, save for her friend she's known since preschool, and suffered from homophobic name calling. By middle school the bullying had ended though.
- In Axis Powers Hetalias High School A.U. Gakuen Hetalia, New Transfer Student Seychelles is laughed at by the rest of her class when she introduces herself to them. One of her classmates is even taken to the infirmary due to laughing too much. Not to mention she's pushed around by Student Council President England and his Number Two France. She doesn't let that get to her.
- Towards the end of Serial Experiments Lain Lain's teacher and classmates hide her desk and pretend she doesn't exist. but her life has become so surreal at that point it's not clear if this is happening in the real world.
- Kasane, from the manga of the same name, is a girl that looks like a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl. She used to get beat up and harassed by girls in elementary for having a popular, attractive actress for a mother. Her classmates would write on her umbrella that she should kill herself and she was ostracized by the other kids. In the series proper classmates write insults on her desk.
Manga - Shoujo
- Keiko Suenobu's Life has many examples of this trope. Hiding the desk? How about we throw it out the window. Tacks in shoes? Nah, let's make her eat them. Embarrassing photos? Of the main character being raped.
- Suenobu's follow-up series, Limit, has this as backstory — with Morishige being ignored and mocked by the entire class.
- Kimi ni Todoke begins with Sawako being shunned by her class — but not due to bullying, but because everyone believes she's cursed. Later on she faces more traditional bullying from a group of girls who think she's too close to Kazehaya.
- In Skip Beat!, Kyoko has dealt with the entire list, from having her desk hidden to being ignored by her entire class due to her connection with Shou. She notes that that sort of tactic is so common that she couldn't even use it for reference for her role as a bully.
- In Kare Kano, after she stops trying to be a model student, Yukino Miyazawa has the entire class stop speaking to her. They're led by Maho Izawa, the local Alpha Bitch. Who later is subjected to the same treatment. Things get better after a while, tho.
- In A Devil and Her Love Song, Maria has her uniform ripped up and used as a flag, and balloons of ink put into her school shoes by her teacher.
- Lampshaded in Eensy Weensy Monster, while thinking of ways to bully Nanoha, the girls of the class think of ripping her party dress or putting a tack in her shoe 'like in a manga'.
- Discussed in The Secret Notes of Lady Kanako: Kanako notes that the 'girl culture' way of getting ahead is putting tacks in shoes rather than working hard at ballet.
- Himeko in Kannazuki no Miko is cornered by Chikane's fangirls but since hurting Himeko in any way is Chikane's Berserk Button, it doesn't end well for them. After Chikane rapes Himeko as a part of her Jerk Ass Facade, the girls again start bullying Himeko since Chikane isn't there, but this time Makoto defends her.
- Komari in Gokujou Drops is similarly cornered by Yukio's fangirls, who strip her nearly naked, and Komari hides in embarrassment until Yukio finds her.
- In Revolutionary Girl Utena, Anthy is a frequent target for bullying, especially due to her "passive" nature. She's frequently yelled at behind the school, which can even devolve into her being slapped around as she won't defend herself but this is because she's the Rose Bride of the Duels, and said "role" doesn't really allow her to fight back aside of using words. During a Body Swap episode between Utena and Anthy, Utena-in-Anthy's body finds self in the receiving end... and shocks the bullies by actually hitting back.
- Nanami in particular is obsessed with bullying Anthy, as her brother Touga is obsessed over her due to her importance in the dueling. Nanami, extremely possessive of her brother and unaware of the duels (back then), once fakes being Anthy's friend to get close enough to her to learn that she get extremely frightened of people and SPECIALLY huge crowds and arranges for her to attend a dance in a special dress...then abandons her in the crowd and arranges for her to be covered in water, which causes the dress to dissolve around her. This backfires however as Utena immediately rushes to Anthy's aid and makes her a new dress out of a tablecloth, causing everyone to be further in awe of Anthy.
- In a later episode, Nanami turns her jealous wrath toward her Beta Bitch Keiko for daring to share an umbrella with Touga. She bans her from all extracurricular activities and has the remaining members of her Girl Posse deliberately snub and ignore her, which drives Keiko to become a Black Rose Duelist.
- In Sailor Moon, Usagi once finds a tack in her shoe... She put it there herself for the drama of it all.
- Ami used to be a victim of the "silencing" tactic by other students, since they believed that she was arrogant due to her intelligence — in reality, she was too shy to approach them. She was also totally ostracized and badmouthed by others in one episode of R, when she was framed for cheating in tests by the Monster of the Week, but once this is cleared up the other kids set it aside.
- In the R movie, it's revealed that Ami wasn't the only victim. Minako used to be looked down and shunned by classmates who found her too weird and childish ("Ooooh, Aino-san's playing pretend! She surely thinks she's Sailor V!"), while Makoto and Rei were feared and isolated because of either bad reputation as a bully who picked fights with others (Mako) or Psychic Powers that creeped people out (Rei).
- In S, Hotaru is subjected to the ignoring tactic too since her schoolmates are in fear of both her Ill Girl seizures and her odd healing powers.
- There's the memorable scene in which, despite not really being a student, Eudial finds slugs (which she HATES) in both her slippers and her locker courtesy of Mimete. This has fatal consequences when Mimete not only puts more slugs in Eudial's car, but she also tampers with the brakes — Eudial is too panicked by the slugs to drive said car well and ends up fatally crashing.
- In Hana Yori Dango, Tsukushi is subjected to graffiti on the wall saying that she's had 'two abortions' and photos of her and a boy in a compromising position.
- Not only that, but the F4 group holds so much power that they can singlehandedly drive the whole school to pull this against one or more students for things as small as just spilling water on them. Tsukushi is actually the first student in the whole Eitoku Gakuen who refuses to take this shit: she first stood up for her then Only Friend Makiko, and then kicked Tsukasa to the face.
- In the shoujo manga Gatcha Gacha, Hiroyuki's fangirls write graffiti about Yuri being a slut on the walls, but Hiroyuki comes every day before school to remove it.
- Ouran High School Host Club: In the first chapter of the manga, Haruhi is targeted by a Tamaki fangirl named Ayanokouji, who has her clothes thrown away. (Ayanokouji is soon found out, doused with cold water in public AND permanently banned from the Host Club itself). In another chapter, the Benibara club members suggest that there will be a 'maidens behind the gym' meeting if Haruhi messes the play up.
- Fruits Basket deals with bullying at least thrice:
- Kisa Sohma is the victim of a version of the ignore tactic. First everyone in her class ignores her, and then whenever she says something everyone starts to giggle. This turns her into a Cute Mute.
- Tohru Honda and Saki Hanajima were also subjected to bullying in their earlier years. Tohru's playmates publically humiliated her via playing a game and bending the rules so she would end up alone and unable to join in, while Saki was beaten and later force-fed a bug by a boy and almost killed him with her powers by accident.
- The bullies in Tohru's present class try to continue with this (among other things, they fix the voting for a school play to make Tohru be the evil stepsister in Cinderella and shove Tohru when they see her talking to Yuki), but aren't able to do anything really bad because of the continued presence of Hanajima and Uotani.
- Happens a lot to poor Momo in Peach Girl. In fact, this trope makes up a lot of the drama in the show.
- In Oniisama e..., Nanako Misonoo is subjected to several of these tactics when she becomes a candidate to join the high-class group known as the Sorority. When she's reading out loud in class, the local Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse start whining about not hearing her and almost the whole class joins in until the Class Representative Kaoru gets pissed at them. A bunch of second year girls corner her and slap her verbally and physically after class, specifically saying it's because of the Sorority deals. Her P.E. gear is stolen (and in the anime, her friend Tomoko refuses to lend her hers as she mistakenly thinks Nanako has deserted her). The aforementioned Alpha Bitch issues a petition to have her kicked out of the Sorority under the false accusation that her mother is a Gold Digger who seduced Nanako's stepfather and kicked out his legal wife and son (They actually met after Professor Misonoo got divorced.) This more or less stops around the second half of the series, when the action actually starts kicking in.
- By association, Nanako's friend Mariko Shinobu also gets bullied by the same Alpha Bitch. She reveals Mariko's Dark and Troubled Past to the whole class (claiming that several girls already knew) and, in the anime, ends up provoking her into hitting her in public. And when Mariko's parents actually split up and Aya brings it up very cruelly, it goes From Bad to Worse.
- Hell Girl has several episodes involving bullies and bullying, with the victim invariably being driven to pull the red string to send their tormentor to Hell.
- The very first episode involves school council member Mayumi Hashimoto being tormented by Aya Kuroda, who not only steals the 100,000 yen in donation money that was entrusted to her, but frames her for the theft, forces her into Compensated Dating to get the money back, and then blackmails her with photos of her in the grip of an older man, which she threatens to release to the school if she doesn't continue to pay her and her Girl Posse ó and then Aya decides to release the photos anyway For the Evulz, getting poor Mayumi in trouble with the administration and driving her to pull the red string.
- The first episode of Futakomori features another bullied schoolgirl by the name of Maki Onda, who has to deal with an unknown party vandalizing her books and even her shoes with "Die", "Kill yourself", "Stinker", and other mean-spirited things; sewing the sleeves of her jacket together, and even putting caterpillars into her pencil box without her knowledge. She soon finds out that her teacher, Ms. Kamishiro, is the one doing this to her when her classmate Nakase shows her the caterpillars and the mannequin used in one of her worse pranks involving locking Maki in a running shower room with her clothes on. Kamishiro's worst comes when she burns Maki with hydrochloric acid and tries to coerce her into doing "experiments" with her in some kind of perverted science club that she's been running on her own for a while, which drives Maki to pull the red string and send her to Hell.
- The Boarding School arc of Candy Candy has more than one example:
- Candy is bullied not just by Alpha Bitch Eliza and her Girl Posse, but by Neil and his buddies, and occasionally others take part of it. I.e., when Candy arrives at Saint Paul Academy she doesn't know about the dress code rules (wearing a black uniform in Sundays instead of the standard white one) and is cruelly mocked by everyone and SPECIALLY the aforementioned group when she shows up in the normal white uniform. (Not helped by the vey strict nuns refusing to let her change clothes). Not to mention, Eliza spreads Malicious Slander about Candy among the students (which causes some friction with her roommate Patricia at first), and later Neil and his friends trick her into going to the woods and then corner her, verbally harrassing her until Terry shows up to set things straight.
- Later, Candy's friend Annie Brighton is also shunned and verbally abused not just because she is Candy's ally, but because she's an adopted child like her.
- Tokyo Babylon has a girl named Hashimoto, who is totally ignored by her classmates when they're not treating her like shit. We meet her when the class is organizing a trip; she sits alone, and when the teacher asks the other students if someone will join her, nobody wants to.
- In Descendants of Darkness, a boy named Hijiri Minase is verbally harrassed by a jealous classmate since he's a mix of Teen Genius and Elegant Classical Musician. When a Deal with the Devil sealed within a cornea that Hijiri received a whole ago through a transplant starts taking its toll (It Makes Sense in Context), Hijiri starts developing a Super-Powered Evil Side and begins to retaliate...
- Tuxedo Gin has a rather... unusual version played out when a penguin named Linda falls for boxer-turned-penguin Ginji. Besides trying to trick him into a Baby Trap, upon finding out that Ginji is still in love with his human girlfriend, Minako, she resorts to sneakily doing things like leaving tacks in Minako's shoes.
Manga - Shonen
- Even though it's a shonen anime, the Girl Posse in Soukou no Strain just love applying stock shoujo bullying tactics to the protagonist, usually by tearing up her uniform while she takes a shower.
- Inverted in Tenshi Na Konamaiki when an antagonist arranges to have stock bullying tactics like stealing school shoes applied to herself and every other girl in their class except the protagonist to make her the odd girl out and the prime suspect.
- In the anime version of Shaman King, Lilly (the Meganekko from Sharona's group) was subjected to this by her classmates once her powers as a shaman were revealed. We don't know all the details, but what we do see is a flashback where Lilly breaks down in tears when she finds insulting messages written in the classroom's blackboard.
- Bleach shows that Ichigo Kurosaki and two of his True Companions, Orihime and Chad, were victims of bullying:
- Ichigo was both shunned and cornered/beaten up in the past, because of his uncommon reddish hair made him look like a delinquent and either scared his school peers or "drove" bullies and delinquents to fight him.
- Yasutora "Chad" Sado went through exactly the same deals due to his size, his own Faceof A Thug matters and being half-Mexican. In fact, he met Ichigo when he stepped in Chad's defense.
- A junior high-aged Orihime Inoue once was cornered by a group of girls who hated her uncommon hair color (light brown in the manga, red in the anime), then was given a Traumatic Haircut. She seems to have been physically abused too, as the flashbacks also include Orihime coming home while wearing bandages. This lasted until Tatsuki Arisawa decided it was enough and ran the bullies off.
- Discussed several times in Slam Dunk:
- When Sakuragi spots Haruko in the corridor of the third year students (she was delivering her older brother his forgotten lunchbox), she tells him she's very nervous and fears that she'll be thrown out. Sakuragi blushes and admits that he's kinda scared too. (Despite being a very feared ex-delinquent as well)
- Rukawa's trio of rabid fangirls bully both Sakuragi and Haruko. The first is booed and verbally lashed at during training, the second is badmouthed and pushed to the ground once by the leader of the group.
- Happened in Uozumi's backstory, and it was so severe that it almost drove him to leave basketball as a whole.
- The most serious case, however, is Mitsui and his friends hounding and bullying Sakuragi's teammate Miyagi. At some point they corner him outside the school and a brutal fight ensues, sending both of them to the hospital. It turns out Mitsui used to be a basketball star like Miyagi, and having suffered an almost Career-Ending Injury he fell into delinquency and bullied Miyagi out of envy because he had the place in the basketball team that should've been his's. When this is revealed, Mitsui sees the coach of the team and has a tearful Heel-Face Turn, earning a Last-Second Chance and becoming Miyagi's friend.
- Kinf of a theme in both the backstory and the early episodes of The Prince of Tennis:
- Masashi Arai and his group of friends take the Sempai Kouhai dynamics to the extreme and often verbally bully Ryoma and the other first years.
- A first year!Tezuka once was beaten up for refusing to take a senior's bullying. For worse, said sempai hit him on the elbow with his racket - which is the source of his Game-Breaking Injury
- In the OAV's we learn that Kawamura used to be verbally and psychologically bullied by the sempais due to being Unskilled, but Strong.
- The worst case, however, happens in the backstory of Kippei Tachibana and the whole Fudomine team, who were physically abused by the sempais and by their coach. They fight back (with Tachibana attacking the Sadist Teacher) and are suspended from tennis tournaments for a year; they use said year to train, then come back to the circuit when the manga starts.
- Also, in the anime a teenager Hannah Essenheimer had her tennis clothes torn off by her rivals right before a tournament, forcing her to forfeit and making her stop playing.
- Being the Deconstruction Genre of the Fighting Series Played for Laughs, Muteki Kanban Musume could be classified as shonen. This trope is exaggerated by Megumi, who was The Bully at her childhood and now is a Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Instead of hiding The Rival Mikiís shoes, she blows up her bicycle tires, instead of posting embarrassing photos, she publishes the true facts about Miki (that she is The Slacker, The Bully and spreads Malicious Slander) in public places, and she sends menacing letters to Miki and leaves Mikiís card at the scene of a crime. Oh, and she leaves hot dog skewers instead of taks in Mikiís shoes.
- Tantei Gakuen Q uses these in the Boarding School case. A School Idol is believed to hace gone missing, and there's evidence that she was bullied into almost insanity by the Student Council President through the internet. Her internet boyfriend, also a student of said school, kidnapped and killed the Student Council President and attacked a potential Spanner Inthe Works, all in the name of revenge...
- Detective Conan has two episodes and an OAV that allude to school bullying:
- A filler episode is all about this. More exactly, the case's Asshole Victim was a student who drove a boy to suicide several years ago due to his bullying and, despite initially repenting, later returned to his bully ways. When the suicidal kid's dad found out, he asked the guy to house sit for him... but secretly trained his pet dog John (a very intelligent German Shepherd) to attack said bully under very specific circumstances... and push him down the stairs of his home.
- Also, a filler episode has a girl named Maho Izawa as a former victim of this, almost ending up as a Hikikomori due to trauma.
- An OAV shows that Ran Mouri used to be bullied by her elementary school peers after her parents's divorce - in fact, a boy openly mocks her because of it. Sonoko, however, verbally lashes the bully and later Shinichi forces the kid him to apologize further.
- In Yuyu Hakusho, being bullied pushes Kiyoshi "Seaman" Mitarai into becoming a member of Sensui's group. There's a flashback in which we see him being beaten up and mocked by his classmates.
- Koe No Katachi is about the bullying that a deaf girl named Shouko is a victim of. When she transfers from school due to this, a boy named Shouya (one of the bullies) is used as The Scapegoat and ends up bullied as well. And five years later, Shouko and Shouya meet again, and Shouya wants to prove to Shouko how said experience has changed him...
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple:
- Kenichi Shirahama enters the Ryozanpaku dojo half to be able to defeat the master and date his cute granddaughter, half to become stronger and face the bullies that pick on him.
- Miu Furunji, alias the aforementioned granndaughter, transferred to Kenichi's school after having been bullied at her former one because the local girls were jealous of her physical beauty. This is why she wears glasses and braids her hair outside of the dojo.
Live Action TV
- In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, at some point Usagi is a victim of the "silencing" tactic thanks to the Brainwashed and Crazy Ami.
- Being the Korean Drama version of the aforementioned Hana Yori Dango, Boys Before Flowers also features lots of school bullying. So much that, in this particular continuity, Jan Di (Tsukushi) gets the chance to enroll in the Shinhwa school after she stopped a student who was a target from this from killing himself. And of course, she's at the receiving end as well.
- In Dangan Ronpa, the specific reason why Chihiro Fujisaki dresses up as a girl is having been a victim of this in the past.
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- Touko Fukawa was bullied as well, as seen in her reaction to a gift she doesn't like. Her Split Personality, Genocider Syo, may have been "born" as a reaction to all the bullying.
- Also happened to Mikan Tsumiki in Super Dangan Ronpa 2. She was a victim of the "ignoring" and "physical violence" tactics, which messed her up so badly that not only she's a Nervous Wreck at the present time, but she says that she'd let people do things like drawing on her and stamping their cigarette butts on her because it meant they would pay attention to her.
- Kazukichi Souda was bullied as well.
- In The Prince of Tennis Dating Sim Gakuensai no Oujisama, the player character will be bullied if she's a Hyoutei student and gets "too close" to Keigo Atobe. She'll first receive anonymous notes and e-mails, then will be cornered and physically/verbally abused by the jealous Atobe fangirls. And if Atobe is actually the chosen boyfriend, one of their scenes will involve him hiding her from the bullies.
- Kotonoha Katsura from School Days is often cornered and verbally bullied by Alpha Bitch Otome and her Girl Posse. Additionally, Setsuna harrasses her because she wants her out of the way of Sekai and Makoto. In one route, Sekai's friends spread rumors about her supposed sluttiness and Otome's Girl Posse first knock down a lunch box that she made for Makoto with lots of effort, and later corner her to beat her up. If Makoto doesn't stand up for Kotonoha in the last episode, this will lead her to totally snap and murder Sekai.
- Cross Days reveals that Roka Kitsuregawa is also bullied by Otome. In this case, it's because Roka's mother was The Mistress to Otome's womanizer father, and Otome takes out her frustration at such a situation on poor Roka.
- Aeka Shiraki from Yume Miru Kusuri (A Drug That Makes You Dream), as the mildly strange-looking girl who inadvertently ran afoul of popular girl Kyoka Nanjou, suffers from essentially all of these tactics except rumors over the course of the game (in addition to worse things), culminating in either the events of her route or her unsuccessful attempted suicide. Kouhei himself also becomes a target of theft and attacks after Aeka's bullies find out that they're dating.
- In Koi To Senkyo To Chocolate, Isara is cornered by bullies and has her underwear violently stolen by them, so she has to spend the rest of the day without panties.
- Higurashi: When They Cry shows that Keiichi was isolated by other students and had his seat vandalized in his former school for his brilliant grades, which caused him to snap and start shooting people with model-guns. When this goes From Bad to Worse and a little girl gets seriously wounded in the eye, his family moves to a certain place named Hinamizawa...
- Red String is an American web comic written in the style of shoujo manga. Being set in a high school, a number of these cliches are used.
- Reika is a frequent target of rumors and shaming due to lies spread about her supposed promiscuity and later because she attracts the romantic attention of two boys who are popular with the rest of the school. It's later revealed that Sayuri, a girl jealous of her, deliberately kept spreading the rumors to elevate her own popularity...
- ...this backfires after Sayuri's attempts to ruin the reputation of two more girls are proven false, leading Sayuri to be the target of the same type of bullying she once perpetuated. One strip featured bugs left in her shoe.
- In the webcomic Sunstone, this kind of bullying figured into Alan's backstory in college. Wrongly accused of being gay, people harassed him for this, but things escalated when his sketchbook of BDSM artwork was discovered, stolen, photocopied and then posted around the campus, getting him in trouble. Worse still, it was one of Ally's social circle at the time that kept the gossip about Alan circulating. This contributed to Alan's cynicism about mainstream's society's views about his subculture, and up until he met Ally, he was completely closed off from everyone because, as Ally explains, "when people pull that kind of shit on you, it ruins any benefit of a doubt you might otherwise give strangers."
- Lidusis from Black Haze is isolated by his classmates and called "Monster" to his face and behind his back, all because of Chevel's illusion magic showing the students images of a young Lidusis murdering Ibriel, Chevel's little sister. Lidusis doesn't fight back because he thinks he deserves it, though it's still unclear as to what actually happened. Eventually, the bullying escalates, though not before Rood steps in to intervene.
- Lisa Simpson has been a victim of this, most notably in the episode "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" where she's the only girl at a military school. When she's struggling with a machine gun that won't go off and asks for help, two of her classmates pull the old "did you hear something?" bit and leave her to suffer.