"Every skool hav a resident buly who is fat and roll about the place clouting everybode."The Super Trope of Jerk Jock, Alpha Bitch, and other bully characters. This is the Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up in his heyday. The guy who gave you wedgies and tied you to a flag-pole. The girl who humiliated you in front of the entire school and broke your self-confidence on your first day in. In Western Animation, it is required by law for the bully to refer to his victims by last name only, because, well... you're not exactly their friend. A bully is simply defined on wiktionary as "A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power." This sums this character up in a nutshell. They will target anyone who is less popular than they are, those who are unable to fight back, or anyone who won't fight back. Comes in different flavours as listed below. Because Adults Are Useless, frequently students have to take matters into their own hands to deal with these characters, leading to a Bully Hunter. Alternatively, the bully may not get his comeuppance from his victims or their protectors, instead running foul of a bigger Villain and having to be rescued by the very people he used to torment. Can lead to a reformed bully, if the bully is willing to admit to it. Otherwise the status quo returns to normal despite past events. Particularly thick bullies will often try picking on the (currently) pacifist superpowered or extremely strong kid who simply isn't very sociable. This is called Bullying a Dragon, and it always ends badly, unless the dragon ends up saving the bullies and thus shutting the bully right up. This doesn't always happen.
— Nigel molesworth
Related character tropes:
- Alpha Bitch
- Annoying Younger Sibling (the younger equivalent to Big Brother Bully.)
- Barbaric Bully (the most common stereotype of bully in fictional works.)
- Big Brother Bully
- Bully and Wimp Pairing
- Bully Bulldog (as a Dog Stereotype)
- Bully Hunter (characters who fight bullies)
- Cornered Rattlesnake
- Drill Sergeant Nasty (but being a Bully is his job.)
- The Gadfly (often extends to Troll.)
- Jerk Jock
- Loving Bully
- The Neidermeyer (the leader equivalent to the tropes directly below).
- Sadist Teacher, Evil Teacher, and Dean Bitterman (Teachers and Principals can be bullies too).
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up
- Smug Super (a bully with super-powers).
- All of the Other Reindeer (a typical victim of bullies)
- Boxing Lesson
- Bully Brutality
- Bullying a Dragon
- Carload of Cool Kids
- Crushing Handshake
- Defacement Insult
- Enemy Eats Your Lunch
- Gang of Bullies
- Girl Posse
- For the Evulz
- Headlock of Dominance
- Keep Away
- Kids Are Cruel
- Lack of Empathy
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size
- School Bullying Is Harmless
- Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics
- Stop Hitting Yourself
- Stuffed into a Locker
- Stuffed into a Trashcan
- Teens Are Monsters
- Threw My Bike on the Roof
- Vandalism Backfire
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?
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- Rosario + Vampire: For all his talk about "honor" and "justice," Kuyou is basically nothing more than a superpowered schoolyard bully who goes around taking people's lunch money. Unfortunately, the consequences for those that don't comply are far more grievous than the simple beating such thugs usually dish out, as the previous Newspaper Club can easily attest. He continues this behavior after becoming a Fairy Tale top enforcer, and utterly fails to comprehend why almost nobody shows him any respect.
- The kids at the orphanage who torment a young Lucy in Elfen Lied. It ends badly. Very badly.
- Mazinger Z has Onimaru, a secondary character who attended Shiro's high school and was a Jerkass who bullied weak kids who could not defend themselves. He picked on Mitsuo, a nerdy, weak, shy kid and tormented him frequently, insulting him, beating him and making him a fool of himself. It did not end up well for him, though, and he started to reconsider his attitude.
- Narutaru has Aki Honda and her Girl Posse, who torment the main character's friend in horrifying ways. When she snaps and releases her Bond Creature, they die in even more horrifying ways.
- Doi from Wandering Son, and Oka to a more mild extent. They both bully Nitori for being feminine.
- Takeshi "Gian" Goda from Doraemon is probably the most well-known bully character in Japanese anime society. His victims are every boy in his neighborhood, though he picks on Nobita the most.
- In Daily Lives of High School Boys, Habara, known as the Archdemon, was the menace of all boys eight years before the current events. She needed ten Bully Hunters to barely make a draw with her, which forced her into retirement.
- In Saint Beast, Kira acts as one to Rey, possibly because he always gets a reaction.
- In Mekko Rarekko, we have Yamano Taishou who is a bit of a bully towards Buchi (real name Hirata Tadakatsu), although he becomes much kinder towards him later on. Then we also have Amanuma Shinichi who bullied Taishou a lot in first grade and he bullies Taishou again along with Buchi shortly after he transfers to their school.
- Being a deconstruction of the Fighting Series, Muteki Kanban Musume offers a deconstruction of The Bully by Miki and Megumi’s relationship:
- Miki, despite being a beautiful young adult who uses Waif-Fu, not enormous in size, and not a Dirty Coward, fits the traditional depiction of a bully (dumb and enormous physical strength, caused Kankuro's Hilariously Abusive Childhood and she doesn't remember any of that).
- Megumi, Miki’s lifetime The Rival, fits the Real Life description of a bully: A Hypocrite who is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, destroys Miki’s work, uses Malicious Slander, Wounded Gazelle Gambits, is adept to Break Them by Talking against Miki, and whose only motivation to make friends is force a Let's You and Him Fight with Miki. Oh, and always refers to Miki as Onimaru.
- Kankuro shows the deconstruction of the You have to stand for yourself attitude in dealing with The Bully Miki. After four years of college, he comes back to his old town to fight the Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up and defeat her, deleting all those horrible memories of his Hilariously Abusive Childhood. To achieve that, he must do it the honorable way, to win her respect. However, if Miki would be capable of respecting someone weaker than her, she would not have been The Bully in her youth: Miki treats him as the Unknown Rival and doesn’t even remember his name. Kankuro is trapped in a Cycle of Revenge, incapable of leaving his old town and starting his own life because he simply Can't Catch Up to Miki.
- Ishida Shouya, protagonist of Koe no Katachi, bullied a young deaf girl in his class constantly, usually alongside his fellow classmates. When they are finally forced to deal with it, the whole class, including the teacher use him as a scapegoat and shift all blame onto him, from then on tormenting and ostracizing him. After five years, the situation and the extremely guilty conscience he still holds for his actions have left him near suicidal. He decides to befriend Shouko before killing himself, though after befriending her he decides not to commit suicide.
- In the original both Honda and Jonouchi acted this way towards Yugi. What finally made them stop is when they were antagonized by Ushio, a worse bully, and Yugi tried - very ineffectively - to defend them. (Not coincidentally, this altercation happened right before Yugi completed the Millennium Puzzle, and Yami emerged for the first time, Ushio being the first target of his vindictive Shadow Duels. Also, Jonouchi admits he was trying to toughen Yugi up.)
- And there were lots more jerks like this in the early manga, such as the upper classman Goro Inogashira from the infamous "Griddle Ice Hockey" story and the Hollywood Tone-Deaf singer Sozoji. There were plenty of Evil Teachers too. (Yeah, Domino High seems like a pretty terrible place to go to school back then when the stories are all grouped together...)
- Flash Thompson. (He mellowed later.) The Ultimate version of Flash is even worse. He has none of the depth as his mainstream counterpart. And takes far more pleasure in seeing Peter humiliated and picks on him for no reason.
- Another example is Tombstone. He was one as a teenager, and only got worse as an adult, becoming a hitman by trade, where his tendency to bully people weaker than himself is still obvious.
- Supergirl has had to deal with several bullies during her long career:
- In the Silver Age, Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor was an Alpha Bitch who enrolled at Stanhope University as a student and began a campaign of bullying students, hoping to lure Supergirl out. Later on, both she and Linda Danvers -Supergirl's Secret Identity- work as rival photographers in KSF-TV news, and 'Nasty' constantly disparages Linda and picks on her. In Demon Spawn:
Linda: Perhaps you're right! Nasty is a rather good news photographer! (thinking) Though I hate to admit it!
Nasty: Rather good? Compared to you, I'm the whole Galaxy Broadcasting Service News staff rolled into one person!
Linda: Come off it, big mouth! I'm nearly as good a photog as you!
Nasty: Perhaps! But nobody really knows, since you're never around when a big story breaks!
- Belinda Zee is Linda Lee's schoolmate in Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, and she is popular, smug, petty, manipulative and loves making life miserable for Linda -Supergirl-.
- In the Silver Age, Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor was an Alpha Bitch who enrolled at Stanhope University as a student and began a campaign of bullying students, hoping to lure Supergirl out. Later on, both she and Linda Danvers -Supergirl's Secret Identity- work as rival photographers in KSF-TV news, and 'Nasty' constantly disparages Linda and picks on her. In Demon Spawn:
- Quasim of Mini Monsters.
- Cruncher Kerr, a character in Roger the Dodger, a strip in the Britsh Anthology Comic The Beano.
- The Red Skull. Worse, he thinks that everyone is a target.
- Sabretooth loves making life miserable for Wolverine. Killing Logan's loved ones, eating food he just ordered, stalking him on his birthday and beating the crap out of him, manipulating Logan into killing his own son... it's all fun and games to Victor Creed.
- Another X-Men example with Hellion, though he mellowed out considerably in the wake of Stryker's attacks on the school following M Day, after many of his friends were killed.
- A short comic book released by Nintendo Power shows that Wario's grudge against Mario is because Mario acted like this towards him when they were kids, although that's not how Mario remembers it.
- Moe of Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin sometimes takes advantage of his lack of intelligence, though, with mixed results.
Calvin: Many years from now, when I am successful and he is in prison, I hope I'm not too mature to gloat.
- Funky Winkerbean: During the pre-first time jump era, "Bull" Bushka, who mercilessly tormented Les Moore. Bull softened by the end of the pre-first time jump, becoming friends with Les (after he stood up to Bull), and although he still has his feisty personality he — as a teacher at Westview High — has absolutely no tolerance for bullying.
- In The Lion King Adventures, Anti-Haiba serves as this to Simba in The Love Triangle. He even beats him up.
- In the Lucky Star fanfic The Day Everything Changed, the main antagonist of the story, Sakura Takahashi, is a particularly nasty and surprisingly realistic example of this, particularly towards Kagami.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Punk is this; he even bullies ProtoMan.
- In Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox, Rokusho Aoi (a filler villain from the Naruto anime) uses his position as the chief hall monitor of Konoha High School to bully weaker students as he pleases.
- In My Little Unicorn, Sombra was first seen as a bully named Dusk Shine.
- From Apartnement Gensokyo, we have Yume Ni, otherwise known as "Yu", and she is aptly called "Yu the Bully", especially the case chapter 59 and the kids were terrified of her. Sakuya also noted that she is comparatively worse than Reimu.
- In the RWBY Fanfic Various Vytal Ventures chapter 'Hike and Camp' the individual members of Team CRDL, all bullies, are on a camping trip with Team RWBY. During the night, individual talks between the two teams explore some of the reasoning and mentality behind CRDL's bullying.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- The unseen antagonists discussed in Bully, the critically acclaimed 2012 documentary film that became a rare box office hit of the genre. The five subjects of the film — including those who had revealed themselves as homosexuals, or had Asperger's — were all severely tormented by bullies. (The alleged bullies were not interviewed for this film.)
- Biff Tannen of Back to the Future. Also a Jerk Jock. He was the same as an adult, until Marty altered the past so that Biff's most frequent victim - Marty's dad - grew a spine and stood up to him.
- Conny of Let the Right One In.
- Bullies fight Goku in the movie version of Dragonball. Also Bullying a Dragon.
- Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story - with yellow eyes, so help me God!
- Butch, in the The Little Rascals shorts.
- In Key Largo, there is a grown-up example. Rocco is this way to everyone, even to his own mooks and alcoholic girlfriend Gaye.
- Buddy Revell from Three O'Clock High.
- Vanessa of The Grudge, who doubles as the Alpha Bitch.
- Napoleon Dynamite features a somewhat-odd bully who always starts out by offering to trade something to other kids in exchange for letting him have or use something of theirs that he wants. Whenever they refuse, he switches into full-on bully mode and makes them comply.
- All of the gang members in Dead Man's Shoes, but especially Sonny.
- Joe and Jake from Song of the South are Big Brother Bullies to little sister Ginny, but they also antagonize Johnny. Notably, Joe and Jake's personalities are analogous to Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear, the antagonists of Uncle Remus's Br'er Rabbit stories.
- Barry of Sing Street who picks on the new kid, Conor
- Shane Hawkins from The World's End, in the group's schooldays, with consequences that echo through to the present-day plot.
- In X2: X-Men United, Mitchell Laurio uses what little authority he has to screw with his prisoner(s).
- In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Charlie comes across as a fairly standard one towards Eggsy, looking down on Eggsy's lower-class background in comparison to him and his elitist friends.
- This one captures the essence of bullying, so to speak.
Fox: "Bear, I'm bored."Bear: "Yeah, me too."Fox: "I've got an idea! We beat up the hare!"Bear: "Yeah, great idea!"Fox: "But we can't beat him up for nothing, we need a reason... I've got it: If he wears a cap, we tell him 'You have a stupid cap', and if he has no cap, we tell him 'Why don't you wear a cap, you want to get a cold?'"Bear: "Yeah, great idea!"(They go, meet the hare, he has no cap, they beat him up. Continue next day:)Fox: "Bear, I'm bored."Bear: "Yeah, me too... can we beat up the hare again?"Fox: "Yeah, but we need a reason... I've got it: We ask him for a cigarette. If he offers us one with filter, we tell him 'Don't you know the filter kills the taste?', and if he offers us one without, we tell him 'Do you want to poison us?'"(They go, meet the hare.)Fox: "Hey, do you have a cigarette for us?"Hare: "With or without filter?"Fox: "Bear, have you noticed he still doesn't wear a cap?"
- Harry Potter:
- Harry's cousin Dudley, at least until his Heel–Face Turn.
- Draco Malfoy
- Harry is disapointed to find out that his father and godfather relentlessly bullied his least favorite teacher, Severus Snape.
- When he was younger, Tom Riddle bullied other students, although he was mostly seen as a good student by his teachers, with the exception of Dumbledore. Tom got worse. Much, much worse.
- In The Night Gardener, Alastair Windsor spends most of the book picking on his little sister. Near the end, he throws Kip's crutch — the only thing he has from his now-dead father — into the river. Luckily, he changes for the better not long after.
- Edmund Pevensie, in the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia, liked to bully and torment his younger sister, Lucy.
- Bugs Meany of Encyclopedia Brown.
- The cyberpunk novel Otherland could be interpreted as something of a Fantastic Aesop about bullying. The antagonists are all bullies of one sort or another; the most developed of whom, Corrupt Corporate Executive Felix Jongleur, describes a upbringing in a Boarding School of Horrors where he was the victim of the resident Gang of Bullies. In revenge, he became a bully himself, meting out vicious summary punishment to anyone who dares offend him. His use of pain to control his subordinates comes full circle when Psycho for Hire Dread pulls an Eviler Than Thou on him and the Other, his quasi-AI computer system, finally snaps under the constant torture and tries to kill him.
- Tortall Universe
- Ralon in Song of the Lioness enjoyed picking on and beating up Alanna and other smaller boys in his classes, even breaking Alanna's arm at one point while getting away with it. Alanna put up a good fight and eventually beat him at his own game.
- Joren and his crew in the first two Protector of the Small books, using the excuse of routine hazing to pick on first-years relentlessly. Keladry and her friends eventually get them to stop entirely through force of numbers.
- Sonny Singer and Heck Bast in The Talisman.
- Henry Bowers of It. Later becomes a Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up.
- Officer Felix of Outsourced is very much bullying Isaac Fisher. His introduction to the reader is him absently aiming his gun at Isaac, before asking him some questions.
- As seen in the page quote, Nigel molesworth is more than happy to share his "grate thorts" on the subject with his readers. He goes on to explain that bullies come in two varieties: fat bullies who can run, who are trouble, and fat bullies who "can't run for tofee", who may safely be taunted from a distance. Sadly Grabber of st. custards is of the former type.
- In Robert Westall's The Machine Gunners this role is filled by Boddser Brown, the Garmouth Grammar School bully and Chas McGill's most avid rival in the great game of collecting war souvenirs.
- There are a fair few bullies in Tough Magic, with the three that stand out the most being Nist, Brath and Rungar.
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- Many, many knights are basically thugs with a sword and a massive sense of entitlement. One of the major examples is Ser Meryn Trant, who is perfectly happy to beat the crap out of a helpless teenage girl and laughs in Barristan Selmy's face when Joffrey kicks him out of the Kingsguard.
- Joffrey himself, and Ramsay Snow are basically what would happen if you took a vicious teenage bully and gave them command of a group of soldiers and total protection from consequences.
- Gregor Clegane was a vicious bully even as a child, burning and nearly killing his younger brother Sandor for playing with a toy Gregor had already discarded. He got even worse as he grew up, becoming one of the aforementioned "thugs with a sword and a massive sense of entitlement". It really doesn't help that he's always angry due to chronic migraines and is always looking for someone to lash out against. He's also the World's Strongest Man and leads a posse of other vicious bullies. Like a lot of bullies, his favorite targets are people who can't possibly put up a real fight against him, such as unarmed women and children — pillaging the smallfolk is a hobby of his. Fighting against people who can actually challenge and hurt him on the other hand makes him upset and causes him to lose what little self control he still has, much like a Spoiled Brat whining when things don't go his way.
- Flashman, was originally the school bully from Tom Brown's Schooldays, until he was given his own series by George MacDonald Fraser. Arguably he's a case of Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up then.
- In Michael C. Bailey's Action Figures - Issue One: Secret Origins, some exist so that Stuart can tell them to cut it out. Until their victim is the bully who had accidentally kill Stuart's little brother. It takes Stuart some time to rise to the challenge then.
- T*A*C*K: Red Jameson, the meanest kid at Monroe Elementary School. He often makes life miserable for the Sandy Harbor kids when they are grouped together for occasions like spelling bees and field days. He even broke Will's leg by "accident."
- Llama Llama and the Bully Goat from Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama picture book series is about Llama Llama and his friends having to deal with a bully named Gilroy Goat. Promotional material for the upcoming Animated Adaptation indicates that this issue will come up on the show as well, though deep down Gilroy wants to have friends but doesn't quite know how to go about it.
- Four of them feature in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Pack".
- Caruso from Everybody Hates Chris.
- Game of Thrones:
- Ser Alliser Thorne bullies his recruits and encourages bullying among them, though he claims this is necessary to toughen them up.
- Rast bullies Sam at the Wall.
- Lommy and Hot Pie try to bully Arya, but are mostly just putting on a tough front. After an initial altercation, they all get along fairly well.
- Joffrey gets his kicks tormenting others.
- Joffrey is a Deconstruction: He is The Bully with actual power, and adults who normally have little to fear from this stock character are in as much if not more danger from him. As Ned Stark can testify.
- Cersei gets a kick out of throwing her weight around and making underlings squirm. Pycelle is probably her favorite punching bag.
- The brother on Strangers with Candy. To be fair, he bullies his sister, who at times can be something of a bully herself.
- Whitney Fordman in the first season of Smallville. Slowly gained some Character Development over the season, and when he left to join the army, he and Clark had a grudging respect for each other, and he even asks Clark to keep Lana safe for him. Then he is pretty quickly revealed to have been KIA.
- Bulk and Skull from the early seasons of Power Rangers are particularly mild examples of this trope, though as Linkara points out, they "weren't particularly good bullies since it was obvious any ONE of the rangers was capable of kicking their asses". However, they acted more like comic relief by cracking jokes than anything. They were more or less on friendly terms with the Rangers (in their own way) and Skull even had an obvious crush on Kimberly. And when real bullies showed up they fled in terror. However, by season three they'd grown out of the bully/class clown persona and became junior police officers and would hold down various jobs in later seasons. Each had major Pet the Dog moments beginning in season two.
- Hutch was this to Kip in the original season of The Joe Schmo Show, messing up his photo album, teasing him about not wanting to go in the pool and threatening to shove him in the pool and such. Part of the appeal of Matt was him standing up for Kip and saying that he understands about phobias and such.
- Tony and Gibbs can be considered this toward McGee, regularly insulting him, forcing him to do demeaning things, and otherwise doing things that are considered 'bullying'.
- Played straight, then Inverted in an episode of Supernatural. One episode had Dean and Sam return to one of several High Schools they'd attended while travelling cross-country with their father. Sam has Flashbacks to a boy who had bullied him for being small, until Sam turned the tables by beating the tar out of him. They moved again shortly afterwards, and in the present, Sam discovers that after the beating, the rest of the school started to bully the bully, to the point that his ghost became a vengeful spirit that killed other bullies.
- Grayson the School Bully from the Ripping Yarns instalment "Tompkinson's Schooldays" is another parody of the Flashman character from the Tom Brown's Schooldays - turned up to eleven.
- Sandra was one of these in her youth New Tricks to the point that when she attended a school reunion in one episode, her class picture had been defaced to give her devil horns and a goatee. It is implied she was also one in her police academy days too.
- Bullying was a central theme in Glee. Most of the football players and cheerleaders bullied the original Glee Club kids (especially Kurt and Rachel), even those who later became part of the Glee Club. David Karofsky is somewhat of a leader of the jock posse, and in season 2 he's the main antagonist who bullies Kurt to the point of sexual harassment and death threats.
- Later he's redeemed and becomes the victim of bullying himself.
- Kubiak in Parker Lewis Can't Lose is presented as such at first, especially due to his giantic size and menacing personality, but later episodes showed that he was actually a Gentle Giant only doing what society expected from him.
- Fans who have tried to analyze "Particle Man" by They Might Be Giants have interpreted Triangle Man this way, noting that he hates Particle Man and Person Man, and fights them because he wins, but never messes with Universe Man.
- "Bully" by Shinedown is a song about calling out a bully.
- A handy Bully Song Index compiled for you.
- The Big Shot on Dr. Dude, who constantly taunts the player. Naturally, hitting him yields big points.
- Each candidate in the Plumbing the Death Star episode "Which Smash Bros. Character Would Make the Best Stepdad?" is measured by how they would handle it if they found out a stereotypical bully was hassling their kid. By the end of the episode, the bully has to deal with a mute kleptomaniac, magical deadbeat Italians, and actual wild animals who all come down on him with extreme force. After getting eaten and spit back out by the final stepfather, the bully doesn't even want to associate with his victim and just wants to stay away from his terrifying family members.
- In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nick Busick (a state law enforcement officer from Georgia) used a "bully" gimmick as a heel in both Georgia Championship Wrestling and later, the WWF. His 1991 WWF run was his best known, where he was known as simply "The Bully." To sell the gimmick, he'd commit various acts such as hassling ring announcer Mike McGuirk when she got his name wrong, or popping a child's balloon with a pin. After bullying several jobbers, he moved to the mid-card and had moderate success against wrestlers like "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka and "The Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich, but never got higher as – after a well-publicized match where he was completely squashed by Sid Justice – the "bully" gimmick was effectively destroyed and Busick left shortly after that match.
- The relationship between The Buddy System and "Better Than You" in SHINE. The latter spoiled the former's chances of becoming tag team champions, broke Heidi Lovelace's leg which left Solo Darling on her own, showed up with their Valifornia stablemates in tow to stop Solo's return to solo matches and set the group's new brute on her.
- Superestrella Ash took to beating on Pablito after The World Wrestling League's 2016 return, jumping him in the street and pouring milk on his head in the locker room. The size difference between the two was so great not even a highway bat was enough of an equalizer, but Phenomeno BJ ended up beating up Ash for him.
- "The Big Rig" Brodie Lee in CHIKARA. He outweighed most wrestlers on the roster by over 100 lbs. Every time he entered the ring he made a beeline for ring announcer Gavin Loudspeaker, who had to flee for his life. He mistreated his tag partner Grizzly Redwood. And when the usual CHIKARA comedy happened, he not only refused to participate, but gleefully ruined it for everyone. For example, when a spontaneous baseball game broke out during a match and he was supposed to be at bat, he just turned around and decked the catcher with an open hand slap.
- Cyrano de Bergerac: This play is not placed in High School, but uses — and deconstructs this trope:
- Played straight with De Guiche, who is a Jerk Jock using his power to bully Roxane into being The Mistress and makes a Dare to Be Badass to De Valvert to punish Cyrano.
- Deconstructed with Cyrano: he is very cruel to others, (Montfleury, The Bore, De Guiche and everyone who Cyrano doesn't like) but it's subverted because De Guiche has a lot more power than Cyrano. Given his enormous nose and living in a shallow society that firmly believes Beauty Equals Goodness, he obviously has being bullied all his life... and now Cyrano is the most badass swashbuckler, a real One-Man Army... who can bully everyone because he is the most powerful warrior there is. Lampshaded by Roxane at Act V scene II, after Le Bret comments Cyrano still is making new enemies:
Roxane: Ah! but his sword still holds them all in check;
None get the better of him.
- Invoked by De Valvert and Christian, but they are merely victims of Peer Pressure Makes You Evil.
- In Street Scene, Vincent Jones harasses Rose on the street. When Sam tries to intervene, Vincent calls him a "little kike bastard" and hits him, then protests that he has a weak heart. Rose tries to tell Sam that "he's nothing but a loafer... ten years from now, he'll still be driving a taxi," but Sam is in his usual despair.
- Bully, as you might have guessed, centers around these. In fact, the first clique that the main character has to fight and take over is made up entirely of bullies, ironically making them pushovers for most of the game and allowing the player to have a blast putting them through the same torment they've been unleashing on the weaker students at Bullworth Academy.
- Butch at the beginning of Fallout 3.
- You meet bullies in Fable 1 and 2 and beat the crap out of them for the greater good.
- Bobby Zilch of Psychonauts. Not a very effective one though.
- Spider from The Adventures of Willy Beamish. Want to make it past him unscathed? Give Him Your Inventory Item.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Mido from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time bullies Link because he doesn't have a fairy and because he's best friends with the girl he likes, Saria. To a lesser extent, he's mean to the other Kokiri, particularly one boy he forces to mow Saria's lawn, something Mido offered to do as a favor for Saria. Of course, seven years later, after Saria accepts her destiny as a Sage, Mido admits that he was a jerk and asks the adult version of Link to apologize to Link on his behalf.
- Groose from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
- Bisco from Robopon, who even holds sway over teachers.
- Every single enemy in Ninja Pizza Girl acts out this trope to a T. Partly they are just doing their job in trying to sabotage their boss' competition by making Gemma late on her pizza runs, they are also clearly enjoying their jobs a little too much and seem to take a savage delight in putting her through petty abuses and trying to break her spirit.
- Sean in Hewitt. He keeps stealing Hewitt's food until he can find a way to get rid of him.
- The "Buli" from the first episode of Da Amazin OT Advenchr. He dies two episodes later.
- RWBY: Cardin Winchester's defining trait, particularly towards Jaune Arc and Velvet. Also, his teammates on Team CRDL, to a lesser extent.
- Terrible Writing Advice criticizes the use of this trope in its "Magic Schools" video by pointing out how bullies are either one-dimensional Straw Characters with no redeeming qualities, or a caricature of someone the writer knows in real life.
- Annyseed: Charlotte Peechi decided from the moment she first met Anny that she would forever be her inconvenience.
- Bob and George: True, it is a necessary tactic to save their lives, but how does he phrase it? We're killing Ran and stealing his blasters!!
- Memoria The exortor of Matty's money
- Rahan in Tales of the Questor. Also, the Redcaps and other gangs in the Tumbledowns of Sanctuary City.
- Skeeter in Minion Comics forces new minions to play one of two games: Stab-Twist-Gurgle or Mama Bird.
- Jeremy from Ozy and Millie.
- Vriska and Cronus from Homestuck could be seen as this in different ways. Vriska is basically a 13 year old Serial Killer with a bad case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder who paralyzes Tavros and later on puts him in a house full of stairs while making him try to apologize for being a cripple. Cronus on the other hand, hits on Mituna, takes advantage of him and openly insults him. Did I mention that Mituna is brain damaged and Hates Being Touched?
- Gavin Gothicus in Wizard School mocks Graham's magical tattoo and brags about all his father's numerous possessions. Too bad he's up against a bigger Jerkass...
- In Sinfest, bullies come to harass Criminy ... which is a big mistake.
- In Red's Planet, two aliens bully Red and another alien while stealing things.
- The Bully's Bully is all about the heroine dealing with bullies although in a variation, she's usually helping others and not merely defending herself from bullies. Textless webcomic (and therefore language-independent).
- Distortion Nuzlocke has Johnny's nameless bully, who he imagines as Blue Oak.
- Selkie has Jeremy Trunchbull who relentlessly bullies the eponymous heroine. His father refuses to see his son as a bully and has successfully strong-armed several schools in the past to drop all punishments.
- South Park:
- Although all children in are, to some extent, bullies, later this trait is accentuated on Craig and Cartman.
- Lessened for other kids however, as the show aimed for more sympathetic Character Development and restructured most of the kids into Only Sane Men. Most of the bullying traits have been placed and exaggerated onto Cartman (to monsterous levels), with even Craig acting as little more than a Deadpan Snarker in later seasons.
- In "Butterballs" Butters is secretly bullied and beat up by his own grandma. She even follows him to school and bullies him in the bathroom. It's a running gag in the episode where people go to the bathroom to find a bully there waiting there for them. Even more so when Butters attempts to find inner strength by donning the costume of Professor Chaos, only to have Grandma show up in a costume of her own, complete with black cape.
- The Simpsons:
- Nelson, Jimbo, Kearny, and Dolph.
- There's also Francine Rhenquist in "Bye Bye Nerdie"
- Buford of Phineas and Ferb. However, he's actually a Punch-Clock Villain who spends far more time hanging out with the main characters than bullying them, falling somewhere between a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and a low-grade Token Evil Teammate. In some ways he could be considered a major subversion of the trope. His first appearance plays out much like a traditional "bully episode" ending with them coming to an understanding. Unlike most examples, where said bully is never mentioned again, he immediately became part of the core cast.
- Roger, though he's is a very mild example. Sure, he isn't the most pleasant person, but he's more like the neighborhood jerk than an actual bully. He holds no ill feelings toward Doug, and is even commonly included in group activities as a friend.
- Mr Bone's nephew Percy on the other hand was definitely a bully, and tormented both Doug and Roger as often as he could a day. He physically threatened them both, to the point Doug genuinely felt sorry for Roger when the latter pitifully begged him for help.
- Bully Koopa in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.
- Hip and Hop play this role straight when they attend school in an episode of Super Mario World.
- Beef Bonk, the resident Jerk Jock from Galaxy High.
- Jerk Jock Dash and The Alpha Bitch Paulina from Danny Phantom.
- Bonnie Rockwaller from Kim Possible. Also an Alpha Bitch.
- Brit and Tiff Crust from My Life as a Teenage Robot. Also Alpha Bitches.
- Portia (and her sidekick) from The Mighty B!. Also an Alpha Bitch.
- Francis / F-Stop / Hotstreak from Static Shock.
- Hey Arnold!!:
- Harold starts off this way, but as the show develops he becomes too ineffectual and soft hearted to really pull it off anymore, which is likely why Wolfgang was introduced. Helga similarly keeps up this role with great enthusiasm, but only to hide her real personality.
- Francis on The Fairly Oddparents
- Boog from Fanboy and Chum Chum. Also a Jerkass.
- Binky Barnes on Arthur was originally conceived as one, but his Real Men Wear Pink tendencies have been played up so greatly that nobody takes him seriously as a bully anymore, when he even still tries. Additionally, he's usually reluctant to punch someone, even when asked to do it.
- Pete from Mickey Mouse and other Disney cartoons. The extent of his bullying tendencies varies.
- Sperg from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Mindy, who is also an Alpha Bitch.
- Hilda the cat and her two unnamed friends provide a very rare all-female bully clique in Lenny & Sid's debut video "Love Thy Neighbor".
- Another all-female example are the Gross Sisters from The Proud Family.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- Sarah is this towards her older brother and, to a lesser extent, the other Eds (sometimes also Jonny). She's constantly yelling at them, bossing them around (especially Ed who is terrified of her) and has no problem beating them up.
- Also the Kanker Sisters, though they don't show up as often.
- Kevin sometimes acts this way, though a lot of the time it seems to be justified retaliation for something Eddy has done/is trying to do to him.
- And Eddy's brother. So very, very much.
- Multiple examples from King of the Hill:
- Bobby has dealt with three in the form of Dooley, Clark Peters, and Chane Wassanasong. Dooley is able to make everything he says an insult with his monotone voice and emphasis on the last word, and at one point harassed substitute teacher Peggy so badly (to the point of pantsing her in class) she actually spanked him. Dooley's parents had no ill will towards Peggy and a good idea that Dooley probably did something to deserve it. After that Dooley and Clark are similar to Roger Klotz in that they're just a couple of local jerks. Chane, on the other hand, is an egotistical jock and honors student who refers to himself as "The Chane Train" and is something of an Abhorrent Admirer to Connie, much to her revulsion and her parents' delight. At first quite willing to inflict physical abuse on Bobby, Chane has stuck to verbal abuse ever since Bobby kicked him in the groin.
- Hank Hill once had to deal with a bully of his own, who was in fact a young child named Caleb. Said child was a totally spoiled brat whose parents wrote off everything he did as being "precocious and high-spirited" while he went about harassing Hank and calling him weird names like "White Shirt" and "Dusty Old Bones". All the while, there was little Hank could actually do since Caleb wasn't his child and Hank was a much bigger adult. When Hank had taken Caleb's bike after he tried to wreck his lawn, Caleb's parents called the police and Hank was depicted as the bully. Hank finally managed to get Caleb's parents to punish him by asking Bobby to act towards them the same way Caleb acted towards him.
- Both Family Guy and it's sister show American Dad! have episodes where the main character (a Bumbling Dad no less) turns into a bully to their own kids (cliche childish mannerisms and attire included) (though in the case of the latter at least, it's to toughen one of them up). Both of these shows have at least one schoolyard bully. Family Guy has, Connie, the Alpha Bitch at Meg's school. American Dad has Stelio Kontos, Stan's Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up and the reason Stan resorted to the Tough Love experiment with Steve in the first place, as well as Luis, one of Steve's own bullies.
- Butch Magnus from The Boondocks isn't just a bully to little kids, he's a bully to adults as well. He was actually expelled from a Catholic school for assaulting a nun while getting punished, and he managed to beat up a drill sergeant on the Maury show. Any attempts by adults to control him always result in failure.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode, "One Bad Apple". The Cutie Mark Crusaders meet Apple Bloom's visiting cousin from Manehattan, Babs Seed, who quickly turns on them when Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon start taunting them. After weeks of endless torment by Babs, the CMC plan their retaliation only to learn during its execution from Applejack that Babs is visiting to get a respite from terrible harassment she herself is suffering at home. Realizing that Babs was acting as she is to prevent being a target again, they save Babs. Afterward, the CMC make it clear that they understand Babs' situation and she is so moved at their generosity of spirit that they reconcile and even gives Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon what for when they keep harassing the CMC.
- Joe on Moral Orel. He's a brat and a jerk to Orel, often taking advantage of him, as well as teaching him to beat up two kissing boys.
- Futurama: The Horrible Gelatinous Blob's son Brett Blob from The Route of All Evil acts as one towards Dwight and Cubert, Hermes and the Professor's respective son and clone.
- Dragon Tales had "Bully for You", in which Spike is a bully because he's scared and doesn't have any friends. Cassie befriends him by fixing his broken yo-yo. There's another about a dragon-basketball team that bullies Emmy.
- Red Herring from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. He doesn't do much apart from confront the gang (mostly to Freddy) while they're on a case, only he's brushed aside as no more than a nuisance.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- The trope is taken to the extreme in "Operation Z.O.O." with a school bully that is supposedly a cannibal. (Oddly enough, the same character appears later in "Operation: P.O.P., as the bouncer in Lime Ricky's, a Good-Guy Bar, and seems harmless.)
- In a much later episode, "Operation: M.A.T.A.D.O.R.", more dangerous bullies appear, running a Blood Sport called the Bully Fights where they trap adults and drive them into a rage with coffee, and then fight them bullfight style. This cruel sport sickens even most of the Kids Next Door (who are usually no fans of adults).
- The episode "Operation: B.U.L.L.I.E.S." depicts bullies as dinosaur-like creatures.
- Heavyweight wrestler Potato-Patato Jr from ¡Mucha Lucha!. (He has a sister who appeared in one episode named Tomato-Tamato; she is just as bad.)
- Gary from Dexter's Laboratory was a very nasty one. He wanted to beat up Dexter and two of his friends because, well... He hated "kids with funny accents", as he claimed.
- Eva and Duncan on Total Drama Island. Heather is also the Alpha Bitch.
- Littlest Pet Shop (2012) has had at least two: Wiggles McSunbask, a more stereotypical type who aggressively asserts himself upon everyone he knows and does so because he thinks this is how he should behave; and Tangier, a more realistic type who puts on a nice-guy act but psychologically disrupts Russell in secret. Russell and Zoe don't even attempt to get through to Tangier because they know it's impossible; they humiliate him instead. Both of them, however, do try to make themselves appear harmless and friendly when in the presence of authority figures so they don't suspect a thing, Tangier even going out of his way to show he's helpful so they side with him instead of Russell.
- Reggie Bullnerd on ChalkZone, a jerkish brat who often picks on Rudy and Penny.
- Virgil "Bull" Sharkowski from My Gym Partner's a Monkey combined this trope with Threatening Shark.
- Mooch on 101 Dalmatians: The Series. Less so with his gang - while Whizzer, Dipstick, and Two-Tone (until she left the gang in "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em") are very loyal to Mooch, they're on good terms with the other puppies when he's not with them.
- Shannon from Home Movies is a surprisingly friendly version. On the one hand, he's willingly admitted to breaking into cars, stealing, and beating people up to get his way. On the other hand, he always keeps a pleasant tone of voice, and seems to genuinely consider Brendon, Melissa, and Jason his friends (despite the fact that he's physically and verbally threatened them on occasion).
- Steve Palchuck from Trollhunters is a jock and the school bully that does all of the various stereotypical things bullies do (stuff people into lockers, cheats at contests, etc.), though his intimidation factor is deflated after Jim knocks out his front tooth, giving his voice a slobbery tone with a whistle between his teeth.