Trivia / Bully

The Game

  • Banned in China: Bully was banned in Brazil until 2016 for depicting school violence. This rule also affected the Steam edition.
  • Based on a True Story: The side mission "Character Sheets" was inspired by a real life event of head Bully producer Jeronimo Barerra, in which a bully stole some gaming books from a paraplegic friend of his and Barerra tried to retrieve the stolen good back.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Immediately after the game was announced, Moral Guardians took to everywhere to try get the game cancelled. This was due to the belief that it would actually promote and justify school at best (which it does not, although the title was what caused this stigma, to the point the game was given the title Canis Canem Edit in Transatlantic regions), or be a "Columbine simulator" at worst (while Jimmy can knock people out, murder is impossible). When the shock value died down, the game has since grown past the controversy.
  • Cross-Cast Role: Surprisingly, many of the black characters in the game were actually voiced by white actors. For example, Damon was voiced by Ben Curtis (who you may recognize of early Dell adverts), Bo was voiced by Jason Fuch. Even some of the white characters were voiced by black characters, with Tad's voice being Baron Vaughn and Christy's voice being the (biracial) Maine Anders.
  • Jossed:
    • Contrary to popular belief, the Boys Dorm is not a mirrored version of the Girls Dorm. Unlike the latter, none of the inaccessible rooms in the Boys Dorm were ever intended to be entered.
    • There's a popular rumor that Gary was originally going to have a Disney Villain Death at the end of the game, which was why he was so unresponsive after the boss fight, and that it was changed so that the game could keep its T rating. However, this was later revealed to be a hoax.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: If his stream of playing the PlayStation 4 version of the game is to go by, Gerry Rosenthal is definitely a nice guy compared to Jimmy.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The game was developed to pay off Rockstar Games' lawsuits concerning Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Despite this, it is still regarded as one of Rockstar's best games.
  • Name's the Same: Three examples:
    • Bo Jackson shares the name of a multi-sport athlete. Since Bully's Bo Jackson is also a football player, this was probably deliberate.
    • Christy Martin is also the name of a fairly famous female boxer.
    • Trevor Moore is also the name of an actor who wrote a song about bullies.
  • Reclusive Artist: Molly Fox, Zoe's voice actress, is nearly impossible to find, with the game being her only known role.
  • Shrug of God: Regarding the character Clint (aka Henry). Apparently, he managed to have two different names far enough into development that by the time the developers realized their error, it was easier to just credit him as "Clint (aka Henry)" than try to dummy out mentions of one of the names.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In the Geography class, borders and flags (Eastern Europe has post-Cold War borders, there's no South Sudan, Myanmar uses the pre-2010 flag, Afghanistan has the post-Taliban flag, Lybia has the plain green flag) explicitly shows that the game was developed in the mid 2000s. This was later averted in the Anniversary Edition by updating the flags.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Punks clique in general. They were introduced early on, changed a few times and ended up as the Townies.
    • Several characters were in different cliques at some point in development.
    • There was going to be an actual Grottoes and Gremlins minigame based on Gauntlet that was cut due to time constraints.
    • Dr. Crabblesnitch was originally going to have been the Big Bad of the game.
    • An unused beta model of Beatrice was found in 2016, and later on, several alpha models for the five clique girls and Zoe in underwear. They may have been cut completely or replaced by the pajama models to prevent controversy that would have hurt the game's rating.
    • As concept art and early models showed, Bullworth's primary color would have been red instead of blue, several characters had different names (Algie being "Angus" and Beatrice being "Amy" for example), there was an Asian and Nerdy member of the Nerd clique named "Mole" (who later became Melvin), and Zoe had a Mohawk. Damon also had a gap tooth, which was removed due to possible associations with racial stereotypes.
    • Gloria was originally one of the girls Jimmy could kiss. While her dialogue still remains in the game, it is Dummied Out, presumably because Gloria is one of the younger kids in the game.
    • Unused dialogue for Jimmy giving female students swirlies or throwing them in garbage bins exist.
    • There are unused dialogue for students tattling to prefects. The vast majority of them go unused as only six students in the game (the five little kids and Constantinos) tattle.
    • The Boys Dorm had a second floor that would have been where the bathroom and Gary and Pete's room was, alongside a staircase. In addition, many clique members could be seen at once instead of just Bullies, Nerds and non-cliques. Furthermore, both the Prefects and Mr. Burton would act as hall monitors. The mini-map thankfully still exists, alongside a few screenshots of what it would have looked like.
    • There is an unused sound effect for the Boys' Dorm (found here from 0:07-0:38) that appears to be a beta recording of the introduction cutscene for Pete, where Jimmy sounds very different and Pete makes a line about Jimmy's room being "in the room downstairs". According to Gerry Rosenthal (Jimmy's actor), he was the replacement of the voice actor who did the lines in the unused sound effect.
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