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->''"I will treat any beast which I control through magic or technology with respect and kindness. Thus if the control is ever broken, it will not immediately come after me for revenge."''
-->-- '''EvilOverlordList, Rule #48'''

It's all gone to hell. [[CollapsingLair The base is collapsing about your ears]], your EvilPlan is [[OutGambitted in ruins]], the heroes are lining up for the HumiliationConga -- what more could go wrong?

Well, remember that {{Mook}}? Or that victim you had cowed, or enchanted? Doesn't matter who it was specifically, but what ''does'' matter is that he's the one [[KickTheDog you've been abusing]] since you, and he, showed up.

He's got a knife. And he's ready to plant it [[InTheBack right in your back]].

Unlike the BastardUnderstudy and TheStarscream, this character attacks as a crime of opportunity. There is no danger that he will take over the villain's place in the grand scheme of things. The backstabber often ends up dead -- but this is not often a case of RedemptionEqualsDeath, because the motive is often not heroic; even victims are generally motivated by {{revenge}}. [[IControlMyMinionsThrough The villain's only control was fear (or mind control)]], [[MachiavelliWasWrong and when he's no longer afraid (or brainwashed)]]...

May shade into GiveMeASword when the character ''fails'' to act rather than actively attacks him; a wounded and powerless BigBad may be helpless unless his {{Mook}} throws him something, so he demands it, and the Mook -- just doesn't. This can sometimes tie into an IronicEcho if the Mook uses the Big Bad's own VillainousDemotivator lines as a reason he can't help.

Especially likely for the villain who holds ItsAllAboutMe. Can result from a backfired attempt at BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil.

The ReverseMole and the FakeDefector may launch similar attacks, for similar motives, but in their case, the attack was planned, or else the plan was to look for such openings. Losing control of a {{Tykebomb}} or a PsychoForHire may result in this as well.

One use of this trope is to spare the hero from the burden of personally dispatching the villain, in the same way as a DisneyVillainDeath or BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork.

Often occurs in the form of BodyguardBetrayal. Very similar to MistreatmentInducedBetrayal. Subtrope of HoistByHisOwnPetard and KarmicDeath. See also NiceToTheWaiter. Not to be confused with TheDogShotFirst. If the dog biting back does some puppy-kicking of its own, it's HeWhoFightsMonsters. If it's a pack biting back it's LaResistance, and TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized if they fall into evil themselves. If the hero deliberately sets this situation up, it's DoWithHimAsYouWill. If it's the villain biting back against the world, it's ThenLetMeBeEvil.

'''As a DeathTrope, more than one Spoiler will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[BigBad Jinnai]], do you remember Shinji and Asuka? That pair of teenagers that you and your former boss tortured physically and emotionally and used like disposable weapons and tools? One of which you virtually raped for two years? They are under the protection of a whole family of gods and leading an army. And they are out for your blood.
* ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' is about a StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder where Klavier and Apollo help each other get rid of their abusers. Exemplified when [[spoiler: Daryan]] expects Klavier, who he [[DomesticAbuser physically and sexually abused]] for years, to get the murder charge dropped[[note]][[FrameUp that he's actually innocent of]][[/note]], not realizing that Klavier fully intends to throw him under the bus and let him go to jail.
* Creator/HansVonHozel: "The animals had had enough of being used by Panda, and gave humans location."
* From ''Kiryuuin Chronicles'', we have [[spoiler: a mentally ill Ragyou doing this, after putting up with her husband's abuse for so long and she burns the house down with him in it (whether or not she killed him in the fire or before she started to torch the house is never said)]].
* From the ''Gensokyo20XX'' series, we have Yume Ni kicking Reimu in the face, to which she responded by stabbing her with a pair of scissors. Be this noted, the former was a bully and the latter had been putting up with her antics up until that point.
* In FateHollowFake, it's mentioned in [[spoiler:Ruler]]'s Servant Sheet that [[spoiler: Jamshid, the man who struck Aingra Mainyu from the Avesta -- thus turning them into the scapegoat that was blamed for all of Humanity's crimes so that they could live without guilt at Aingra's expense --]] "died cowering in a hovel, held down and cut into thirteen pieces that were fed to hungry snakes." Given [[spoiler:Ruler]]'s snake motif and the rest of their backstory, it's not too hard to guess who was responsible.
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* So this little guy goes into a bar. There's one seat left at the end, and he takes it. Enter this big, body-building guy who looks like he could bench-press a truck. He walks up to the little guy, and says, "Hey! You're in my seat!" "Sorry, sir," says the little guy, "but I was here first. So unless you have a very good reason--" The big guy goes into a martial arts stance. "Tae Kwon Do from Korea!" the big guy interrupts. And WHAM! He knocks the little guy to the floor, and takes the seat. The next day, the little guy comes into a bar, with his head bandaged. There's one seat left at the end of the bar; he takes it. Enter the big guy, who goes up to the little guy. "Didn't I tell you that's my seat? Kung fu from China!" WHAM! The little guy gets knocked to the floor again. The next day, the little guy doesn't show up. The big guy comes in. There's one seat left at the end of the bar. He takes it; he's happy. Enter the little guy, with his head bandaged and one arm in a sling. He walks up to the big guy, and with his good arm... "Crowbar from Sears!" WHAM!
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[[folder:Music]]
* "I Remember Larry," by Music/WeirdAlYankovic, is about a prankster whom the narrator eventually murders. (More specifically, whom he kidnaps, drags into the middle of a forest, and is stuffed inside a plastic bag, where he is either already dead or left to die)
** It was a pretty good gag!
* On "The Opheliac Companion", EmilieAutumn says that the song "Liar" could also be called "What The Fucking Dog Did." See the quotes page for her explanation of this trope.
* "Goodbye Earl" by the DixieChicks is about a woman who gets together with her best friend to kill her abusive husband.
* "Janie's Got a Gun" by Music/{{Aerosmith}} is about a girl who kills her father after years of abuse.
* "Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts" by BobDylan.
* Music/BruceSpringsteen's anti-corporate song "Death to my Hometown" describes the plight of a town left economically ruined by {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and {{Morally Bankrupt Banker}}s. At one point Springsteen exhorts the townspeople to "Blow the robber barons straight to Hell," and at the very end of the song we hear what sounds like guns cocking, then firing, implying they may have taken his advice.
* Literally in MasonWilliams' "The Prince's Panties", in that the "panties" are the prince's dogs, that he mistreats.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Decade's goal in Wrestling/RingOfHonor started out as making sure people who walked out on the company but came back were not "rewarded" for it, but this gradually degenerated into breaking "rookies" (basically anyone with less time in pro wrestling than BJ Whitmer, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs or Wrestling/RoderickStrong, especially ROH trainees or recent graduates), and in the process they lost the respect of Cedric Alexander, who has been their most persistently encountered resistance.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' thousands of planets revolted against a crazed Cardinal named Bucharis who was ruthless tyrant who conquered entire systems from the Imperium. When his empire started to fall apart billions of people began to revolt against him, eventually he was cornered and the rebels tore him to pieces with their bare hands.
** Commissars tend to be trigger happy bastards who keep guardsmen from fleeing by making them fear the Commissar behind them even more. They tend to be [[UnfriendlyFire shot by their own men, run over with a]] {{tank|Goodness}} [[UnfriendlyFire pushed into a deathtrap, left to die or many other unpleasant fates.]]
* ''{{Chronopia}}'': The One King united humanity as the Firstborn, to ensure that they would never be enslaved by the other races again(this includes the elves, the dwarves, and the Blackbloods).
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Sakura Matou in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Her target is awesome, she's the love interest here and a good guy. But she seems to enjoy [[spoiler:beheading Shinji Matou with pure magic or ripping Zouken Matou out of her heart, gloating and then crushing him]] a ''little'' too much for it to be 'heroic'. Plus the whole [[spoiler:'[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds stealing the show and becoming an apocalypse in the form of a teenage girl]]']] thing.
** By that point, she's clearly ''not'' heroic [[spoiler:(the 'killing Shinji' bit is where she ceases to be, even if [[KickTheSonOfABitch he deserved it]])]]. She's also clearly not herself, and the rest of the route consists of Shirou and (eventually) Rin trying to save her from the darkness that is consuming her.
* The first victim in [[spoiler:Shion]]'s RoaringRampageOfRevenge in the Cotton Drifting and Eye Opening chapters of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is [[spoiler: Onryu]], her grandmother. Given the cruel treatment she suffered for much of her life, quite deserved.
** In the special ''Dice Killing Arc'', [[spoiler: Rika]] finds herself in a world where [[spoiler: Satoko]] isn't her best friend but rather a SpoiledBrat and a bully who likes to make her life miserable. [[spoiler: Rika]] puts up with it for a while, but finally reaches her breaking point and proceeds to beat [[spoiler: Satoko]] with a chair over and over again.
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