- In a guest Alien Loves Predator strip, a mugger pulls a gun on Abe and Preston while they are talking about crime in New York. The mugger quickly asks if the gun is theirs, while Preston's Plasmacaster accidentally targets his head.
- Mocked in Another Gaming Comic. Within the tabletop game the characters play, poorly-equipped bandits attack a group of "flying, flaming weaponmasters" — a standard D&D party. "They're bandits, not brain surgeons."
- During one story in At Arm's Length, a troupe of conquistador-like alien bugs choose Reece's house as the starting point of their invasion of Earth. They quickly regret this.
- In Blue Yonder, this is broadly implied to be part of the Back Story of Claremont Apartments and why such a wretched neighbor is so safe.
- A mugger once told Butch of Chopping Block to empty his pockets. He tried, but he ran out of body parts to stab the mugger in before he ran out of blades to stab him with.
- In the early strips of Crimson Flag a couple of thugs tried to mug Lucian, a Level Three fire mage (which incidentally means the guards wouldn't bother him).
- In Drowtales a mugger decides to go after Ariel and Faen and lead them into an alley when they ask him for directions. While he is right that they're two young Val girls with relatively little in the way of street smarts, what he didn't know was the fact that Faen's mother, Ash'waren, is the most powerful empath in Chel, and Faen is powerful enough and has so little control over her abilities that she sics a wolf on the mugger without meaning to before he can react.
- El Goonish Shive. While Grace and Sarah are walking through an alley, they're jumped by a knife-wielding mugger. Little does the mugger know that Grace is a shapeshifter with an exceptionally powerful alternate form. And in case it's not enough, telekinesis.
Mugger: AAAAAAAA!!! Demon Girl!!! Repent!!! Repent I Say!!! AAAAAAA!!!
- In Endstone, aiming your Witch Hunt at Kyri and her daughter may not be wise, even with Torches and Pitchforks.
- In Freefall, Sam admits to being surprised to have to rescue the guard from Florence and not vice versa.
- Girl Genius
- Oublenmach tries to break into what turned out to be a Jägermonster bar, brandish his weapon and threaten the staff into giving him what they consider a sacred relic. The next time we see him, he's subjected to a Neck Lift.
- The last surviving hostile Spark in Mechanisburg found himself "a charming pair of innocent hostages": Zeetha, daughter of Chump and Axel Higgs. Next time we see him, he's wearing his BFG as a scarf.
- In Godslave, when Suit Guy Blacksmith decides to go after Edith, both his colleague and the readers are convinced she'll mop the floor with him.
- Gunnerkrigg Court once had senior schoolkids mocking Annie and Kat. And the "teddy", which was a doll possessed by the spirit bored out of his mind for years and now also annoyed. And somewhat shapeshifting. Quoth the big guy on the next page, "I absolutely did not expect thiiiiis!" (comment below: "I bet that guy wasn't expecting that.")
- In Heartcore, a couple of thugs attempt to do horrible things to a helpless woman. Oh wait, that's no helpless woman; that's Amethyst Lashiec, former princess of Asgard and a powerful succubus, incognito.
- In Homestuck, Tavros really shouldn't have tried to troll Dave.
- In Impure Blood, some men decide to stalk Caspian as a freak lover.
- MegaTokyo: It is not a good idea to try groping Erika.
- Newheimburg has Jack Delitt managing to improvise a defense against a would-be mugger, getting stabbed in the process.
- The Order of the Stick
Durkon: One a' these days, yer just gonna end up trying ta rob like a level 16 fighter by accident and get massacred.
- Parodied in "The Economics of Banditry", where Haley points out that mugging is just too dangerous in a D&D-based world, and ultimately not worth it.
- Directly referenced at the end of that arc:
Xykon: ...and it turned out oops! He was also an archmage! Needless to say, hilarity ensued.
- Played straight after the end of the bandit arc in "Tied Up Nicely", where the former leaders of the bandits get killed picking on a much higher-level character.
- Played straight (albeit more mildly) in "Too Slow"; Pickpocketing the Rogue if you will.
- Xykon once tried to steal a cool crown from a librarian.
- In Tales of the Questor, a group of angry townspeople catch Quentyn trying to flee with their prisoner. Quentyn warns them off with his elfshot pistol. The lead roughneck laughs in his face — only to be pincushioned a moment later.
- According to Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger, this is the inevitable fate of space pirates.
- Schlock Mercenary: This happens a lot, seeing as how the protagonists are heavily armed mercenaries.
Nick: Are you pickin' a fight wit' me?
- Such an happenstance incidentally turns something the mercs are not good at (a formal dinner) into something that they are very, very good at. Note this continues to happen occasionally, only these days the mercs tend to be wearing power armor (it looks just like the uniforms they wore before that weren't armor... so it stays this trope).
- While acquiring Schlock some new eyes (after his were gouged out in a particularly brutal fight) the Toughs are continually faced with a more numerous but far less able enemy. Culminates in the enemy fleet attacking Petey in the mistaken belief that any ex-Tausennigan warship can't possibly have a working AI. A visual metaphor is provided.
- Other groups don't pose quite such a threat.
- Some alien frat boys decide to go looking for a fight. This is a bad move. Then the cops show up and decide that they'll engage in a bit of police brutality. This is also a bad move.
Narration: Anyone with half a brain would know that this question, asked in this tone of voice, by a man of this size, has exactly one correct answer.
Frat boy: Yes I am. What are you going to do about it?
Narration: That was not it.
- Reality TV show "Glamour Assault," which runs around mocking what people are wearing, tries their schtick on Action Girl Elf and her hair trigger temper, then refers to the doc as her "friend the streetwalker." Elf ends up putting the "assault" put back into "Glamour Assault". Literally.
- Elf is good at these sorts of things.
- Sequential Art had the Think Tank pulling this in the Alien Invasion arc, when one of squirrel girls notices Martian Trash Cans hunting for Art —
- Emily Watson's Establishing Character Moment in Spacetrawler. Two guys with knives tell her to hand over her wallet; she whips out a pair of handguns and demands her would-be muggers' wallets and car keys.
- Occurs off-camera in Times Like This, when a burglar breaks into the apartment of a master swords-woman, who is home, surrounded by some of her favourite weapons. The news reports then describe the would be robber as a one-armed bandit.
- This happens a few times in Wapsi Square. The mugger pulls a knife. Heather pulls a gun.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic
- A foxwoman finds a young man going to visit his grandmother. She takes human form, lures him with the promise of random sex, and then shifts into her foxwoman form, making it look she's going to eat him. Turns out the man is a shapeshifted dragon.
- An adventuring party sneaking into Black Mountain takes a goblin female and a male Drow prisoner. The Drow is Wolf, Drow Royal Consort and the girl is Gren, girlfriend of Bob the Beholder.
- Magick Chicks Chapter 4 has this happen mutually. Faith saw an opportunity to seduce a random girl she met on the street — and do Melissa a favor, as she imagined it. She was rather surprised to be bitten in the neck after two aiming kisses. Layla saw an opportunity to drink a little blood — and as far as we know, promising to be "very nice" she really means it. She was rather surprised when her "snack" panicked and had her telekinetically Punched Across the Room. And then Faith decided she's cool and can fight a vampire for fun, so things got somewhat messier from this point.
- Do not threaten to rape one of the co-founders of Suicide for Hire. He only kills people who pay him to do so but you may want to hire him once he's done with you.
- In an earlier strip, it is strongly implied a loudmouth atheist named Thomas Wesley managed to do this to God making a Nietzsche-like dissertation only to wind up enduring and surviving Disaster Dominoes so improbable as to all but imply divine intervention, only dying when doves pecked his eyes out. It was all caught on film, by a camera crew coincidentally filming something else across the street. Friends, family, and classmates all laughed at the corpse.
- Happens to Agent 250 in this Niels strip. The mugger soon finds out why you shouldn't pick fights with government/former military agents.
- In Cthulhu Slippers it's more a case of don't bother Hastur until he's had coffee.
- This is Monday's Establishing Character Moment in Dead Winter. A squad of incompetent thugs, sent to assassinate him but clearly not expecting much resistance, receives a condescending verbal beatdown followed by an extremely quick Guns Akimbo genocide.
Leader: D... don't you has a message... for a survivor to send... to our boss?Monday: ...What survivor? *pak*
- A London street gang pull this on Susan/Anna Enfield during the second chapter of Sire. Susan rightfully boasts that she has already killed two people with her bare hands and is not afraid to make it three.
- Because eating others is perfectly legal in the Crapsaccharine World of Kevin & Kell, this is a fairly common event, making one wonder why anyone in general would be a crook, since it's perfectly legal for the police or your victims to eat you if they can. Two notable events we see are one of the earliest comics, where Kell deliberately leaves her home unlocked to lure in stupid thieves to sate her pregnancy cravings, and one after Danielle joins the cast, where a puma that tries to eat her ends up being made into mincemeat and eaten by her instead.
- Predators attack Kevin, expecting an easy meal, only to discover that he prefers fighting to running away, and as a former WWF wrestler he has more than enough skill. One storyline involved a would be predator actually suing Kevin for using methods unnatural for a rabbit.
- Errant Story: The Veracian guards are looking for Jon over a matter of a recent assassination. He's having trouble shaking the pursuit, so he decides to take a young girl (Meji) hostage and offer to trade her safety for his escape. When the guards decide to Shoot the Hostage, Meji zaps them with a lightning spell, then enquires of Jon if there's a price on his head, and if so, does she need to bring all of him in, or just the head?
- The Project Future side story Red Valentine has three people mugging two monsters. Afterwards they mop up the blood while discussing what do with the surviving mugger.
- One of the most (in)famous strips in the series Super Stupor shows what happens when a Super Villain tries to stuff the wrong victim into a fridge; not only does The Maven lose a hand from his mistake, but the would-be victim proceeds to stalk him, just to drive the point home that looking for revenge would be a really bad idea.
- Slightly Damned
- A pair of bandits tries to rob a trio of what they think is two hookers and a pimp but it turns out one of them is an angel warrior which are trained from a young age to kill demons and is equipped with a magic sword and a myriad of spells, they are dispatched in short order. Ironically, Buwaro the disguised fire demon they tried to rob was actually the most harmless of the three.
- While in St Curtis a khamega tries to steal Kieri's pet golden wyvern, not on her watch.
- In The Monster Under the Bed, a bully named Craig thinks it'll be fun to tease Timothy and his 'little girlfriend'. Too bad for him that said girlfriend turns out to be a monster from another dimension.