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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', in at least one episode. Chandler has always been a ManChild, apparently since he ''was'' a child, and there was one incident in high school where he [[PantsPullingPrank pantsed a girl]] during a school play or something. When they happen to bump into each other as adults she's played by Julia Roberts. Since at this point in the series Chandler is an UnluckyInLove ButtMonkey, he's grateful for the attention from someone so hot, and very grateful that she seems to have forgiven him. In fact, he's so grateful for it that he goes along with it when she expresses an interest in him wearing woman's underwear for a day, and then having sex in a bathroom stall. Of course, she takes his clothes and leaves. [[DontExplainTheJoke Turns out she hadn't forgiven him]].

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', in at least one episode. Chandler has always been a ManChild, apparently since he ''was'' a child, and there was one incident in high school where he [[PantsPullingPrank pantsed a girl]] during a school play or something. When they happen to bump into each other as adults she's played by Julia Roberts. Since at this point in the series Chandler is an UnluckyInLove a ButtMonkey, he's grateful for the attention from someone so hot, and very grateful that she seems to have forgiven him. In fact, he's so grateful for it that he goes along with it when she expresses an interest in him wearing woman's underwear for a day, and then having sex in a bathroom stall. Of course, she takes his clothes and leaves. [[DontExplainTheJoke Turns out she hadn't forgiven him]].


* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', in at least one episode. Chandler has always been a ManChild, apparently since he ''was'' a child, and there was one incident in high school where he pantsed a girl during a school play or something. When they happen to bump into each other as adults she's played by Julia Roberts. Since at this point in the series Chandler is an UnluckyInLove ButtMonkey, he's grateful for the attention from someone so hot, and very grateful that she seems to have forgiven him. In fact, he's so grateful for it that he goes along with it when she expresses an interest in him wearing woman's underwear for a day, and then having sex in a bathroom stall. Of course, she takes his clothes and leaves. [[DontExplainTheJoke Turns out she hadn't forgiven him]].

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', in at least one episode. Chandler has always been a ManChild, apparently since he ''was'' a child, and there was one incident in high school where he [[PantsPullingPrank pantsed a girl girl]] during a school play or something. When they happen to bump into each other as adults she's played by Julia Roberts. Since at this point in the series Chandler is an UnluckyInLove ButtMonkey, he's grateful for the attention from someone so hot, and very grateful that she seems to have forgiven him. In fact, he's so grateful for it that he goes along with it when she expresses an interest in him wearing woman's underwear for a day, and then having sex in a bathroom stall. Of course, she takes his clothes and leaves. [[DontExplainTheJoke Turns out she hadn't forgiven him]].

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* Played with in the short story "[[http://zathynpriestauthor.com/books/one-of-those-days/ One of Those Days]]". Alex, who used to be bullied in high school by the football team captain Ric for being fat and gay, admits that he used to fantasize about running into Ric again after becoming gorgeous and getting his revenge on him. However, when he ''does'' run into Ric as a thin and good-looking adult, he's still too terrified of him to do anything more serious than [[MaliciousMisnaming repeatedly misnaming him "Dick"]] or realize that Ric is actually trying to flirt with him, and he drops any ideas of revenge when he learns that Ric was a ArmoredClosetGay who feels remorse for the way he bullied him.



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* The villain of the Mary Higgins Clark novel ''Nighttime Is My Time'' has set out to kill the women who ridiculed and/or rejected him in high school at their 20th reunion.
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* When Leela returns to her Orphanarium in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' she attempts to show off her, legitimately, better life to the kids who bullied her as a child. Even though they're all pathetic (most of them are homeless bums, junkies, or prostitutes) they still feel they're better off than her since she's still a [[FantasticRacism cyclops.]] [[HypocriticalHumor Even the one who went blind.]]

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* When Leela returns to her Orphanarium in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' she attempts to show off her, legitimately, better life to the kids who bullied her as a child. Even though they're all pathetic (most of them are homeless bums, junkies, or prostitutes) they still feel they're better off than her since she's still a [[FantasticRacism cyclops.]] [[HypocriticalHumor Even the one who went blind.]]



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* A double gender-flipped version in ''Film/JustFriends'': former HollywoodNerd turned suave pick-up artist Chris flips between trying again with his school friend Jamie and being bitter at her for rejecting him at school. His foil is another former HollywoodNerd rejected by her [[spoiler: who has a single-minded goal of seducing Jamie and humiliating her for the same reason]].


* Variation in ''TokimekiMemorial''. [[spoiler: Mira Kagami]] wasn't ugly by any standards, but apparently she wasn't pretty enough in Junior High so guys kept dumping her. [[spoiler: So she ''deliberately'' became [[AlphaBitch the prettiest and more stuck up girl in Kirameki High]] not just to have male attention, but as her revenge on men. If the player wants to romance her, they have not only to focus on the PlayerCharacter's looks and charisma, but work hard into making her see that the MC really cares for her.]]

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* Variation in ''TokimekiMemorial''.''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial''. [[spoiler: Mira Kagami]] wasn't ugly by any standards, but apparently she wasn't pretty enough in Junior High so guys kept dumping her. [[spoiler: So she ''deliberately'' became [[AlphaBitch the prettiest and more stuck up girl in Kirameki High]] not just to have male attention, but as her revenge on men. If the player wants to romance her, they have not only to focus on the PlayerCharacter's looks and charisma, but work hard into making her see that the MC really cares for her.]]


* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; when Moe's plastic surgery makes him attractive, he begins hunting down everyone who's rejected him for being ugly, ranging from women to the soap he tried out for. It doesnt progress very far, he only manages to get revenge on one person, Duffman, who Moe blames for covering up his face on the Duff calendar. Their next stop is a girl who rejected him, but she heartfully apologizes, and Moe doesnt know how to react with that, needing Homer to smash her window with a cinderblock to snap him out of it. Finally, they end up at the studio that turned him down for a role, but since he's now attractive, he ends up getting hired instead.
* When Leela returns to her Orphanarium in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' she attempts to show off her, legitimately, better life to the kids who bullied her as a child but they still feel they're better off since she still just a [[FantasticRacism cyclops.]]

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; when Moe's plastic surgery makes him attractive, he begins hunting down everyone who's rejected him for being ugly, ranging from women to the soap he tried out for. It doesnt progress very far, he only manages to get revenge on one person, Duffman, who Moe blames for covering up his face on the Duff calendar. Their next stop is a girl who rejected him, but she heartfully sincerely apologizes, and Moe doesnt doesn't know how to react with that, needing react...at which point Homer to smash throws a cinder block through her window with a cinderblock to snap him out of it.and they run away. Finally, they end up at the studio that turned him down for a role, but since he's now attractive, he ends up getting hired instead.
* When Leela returns to her Orphanarium in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' she attempts to show off her, legitimately, better life to the kids who bullied her as a child but child. Even though they're all pathetic (most of them are homeless bums, junkies, or prostitutes) they still feel they're better off than her since she she's still just a [[FantasticRacism cyclops.]] [[HypocriticalHumor Even the one who went blind.]]


(Note: Despite being the possible TropeNamer, RevengeOfTheNerds is [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample not an example]].)

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(Note: Despite being the possible TropeNamer, RevengeOfTheNerds ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' is [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample not an example]].)


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* Two examples from across the ''Franchise/{{CSI}}'' franchise.
** In Miami, a girl slimmed down after being humiliated by three men while they were on vacation, then tracked them down, seduced them and killed them. She thought it was WorthIt at the time, only to realize how petty her revenge really was once she's in prison.
** In New York, one man had humiliated a woman during a basketball game in front of a large crowd as well as on national TV. She was so humiliated that she had to slim down anyway so she wouldn't be recognised... [[spoiler: and ended up becoming a cheerleader on the team she was humiliated in front of. She rigged a draw to get him to take a chance at a million dollar hoop shot so she could discreetly poison him in front of the entire stadium.]]

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* Two examples from across the ''Franchise/{{CSI}}'' ''CSI'' franchise.
** In Miami, ''Series/CSIMiami'', a girl slimmed down after being humiliated by three men while they were on vacation, then tracked them down, seduced them and killed them. She thought it was WorthIt at the time, only to realize how petty her revenge really was once she's in prison.
** In New York, ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', one man had humiliated a woman during a basketball game in front of a large crowd as well as on national TV. She was so humiliated that she had to slim down anyway so she wouldn't be recognised... [[spoiler: and ended up becoming a cheerleader on the team she was humiliated in front of. She rigged a draw to get him to take a chance at a million dollar hoop shot so she could discreetly poison him in front of the entire stadium.]]



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* Two examples from across the ''Franchise/{{CSI}}'' franchise.
** In Miami, a girl slimmed down after being humiliated by three men while they were on vacation, then tracked them down, seduced them and killed them. She thought it was WorthIt at the time, only to realize how petty her revenge really was once she's in prison.
** In New York, one man had humiliated a woman during a basketball game in front of a large crowd as well as on national TV. She was so humiliated that she had to slim down anyway so she wouldn't be recognised... [[spoiler: and ended up becoming a cheerleader on the team she was humiliated in front of. She rigged a draw to get him to take a chance at a million dollar hoop shot so she could discreetly poison him in front of the entire stadium.]]


* ''TheDrewCareyShow'' has flipped example where Oswald, who was likeable enough in high school, had dumped a girl because she was extremely fat and never talked to her again after the second date (he specifically goes out of his way to avoid her). As an adult the same girl, now 140 pounds lighter, gets him to a agree to be handcuffed on the bed where all the guests coats are for a party. She then pulls his underwear down and tells him who she was; she actually told him her name at the beginning but Oswald had only remembered her as "porky" the fat girl

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* ''TheDrewCareyShow'' ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' has flipped example where Oswald, who was likeable likable enough in high school, had dumped a girl because she was extremely fat and never talked to her again after the second date (he specifically goes out of his way to avoid her). As an adult the same girl, now 140 pounds lighter, gets him to a agree to be handcuffed on the bed where all the guests coats are for a party. She then pulls his underwear down and tells him who she was; she actually told him her name at the beginning but Oswald had only remembered her as "porky" the fat girl



* In one episode of ''{{Fantasy Island}}'', Adrienne Barbeau played an overweight woman whose fantasy was to become thin and beautiful so that she could seduce the man who humiliated her in high school (who also happened to be on the island) and get revenge on him.
* ''{{Friends}}'', in at least one episode. Chandler has always been a ManChild, apparently since he ''was'' a child, and there was one incident in high school where he pantsed a girl during a school play or something. When they happen to bump into each other as adults she's played by Julia Roberts. Since at this point in the series Chandler is an UnluckyInLove ButtMonkey, he's grateful for the attention from someone so hot, and very grateful that she seems to have forgiven him. In fact, he's so grateful for it that he goes along with it when she expresses an interest in him wearing woman's underwear for a day, and then having sex in a bathroom stall. Of course, she takes his clothes and leaves. [[DontExplainTheJoke Turns out she hadn't forgiven him]].

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* In one episode of ''{{Fantasy ''Series/{{Fantasy Island}}'', Adrienne Barbeau played an overweight woman whose fantasy was to become thin and beautiful so that she could seduce the man who humiliated her in high school (who also happened to be on the island) and get revenge on him.
* ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', in at least one episode. Chandler has always been a ManChild, apparently since he ''was'' a child, and there was one incident in high school where he pantsed a girl during a school play or something. When they happen to bump into each other as adults she's played by Julia Roberts. Since at this point in the series Chandler is an UnluckyInLove ButtMonkey, he's grateful for the attention from someone so hot, and very grateful that she seems to have forgiven him. In fact, he's so grateful for it that he goes along with it when she expresses an interest in him wearing woman's underwear for a day, and then having sex in a bathroom stall. Of course, she takes his clothes and leaves. [[DontExplainTheJoke Turns out she hadn't forgiven him]].



* Completly averted in ''Series/GhostWhisperer''. Jim is being haunted by the ghost of a girl he knew in highschool. She was a supermodel before she died, but the ugly duckling in school. The twist is she's trying to comunicate with him because he was the only guy who ever made her feel pretty back before all the plastic surgery. And she wants him to save her sister from the same fate she suffered.

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* Completly Completely averted in ''Series/GhostWhisperer''. Jim is being haunted by the ghost of a girl he knew in highschool. She was a supermodel before she died, but the ugly duckling in school. The twist is she's trying to comunicate with him because he was the only guy who ever made her feel pretty back before all the plastic surgery. And she wants him to save her sister from the same fate she suffered.



* A one-shot antagonist ([[BlackAndGreyMorality protagonist?]]) in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' was getting engaged to and then breaking it off with everyone who ever turned him down in high school due to his acne problem, including [[spoiler:the Waitress]], and had been planning on going after Dee next. It is unknown if Charlie [[spoiler:giving him a box of hornets after finding out his plans for the Waitress]] detered him, because [[SnapBack we never hear of it again.]]
* ''Series/{{Married With Children}}'' inverted by having Bud (the protagonist/nerd) winning over the girl for the purpose of humiliating her (usually it is the guess character who wants revenge), also inverted in the sense that it is gender-reversed. Then it is averted by having Bud relent at the last moment because he falls for the girl again. [[spoiler: She then proceeds to humiliate him again, an example which probably belongs in some school bitch trope.]] Bud might be justified in seeking revenge because they are still close to the humiliating event (7th grade vs high school) and people still make fun of him (one of those things that happens frequently but we only see once). The pure trope involves the avenger holding on to her pain for years, sometimes even decades.
** She didn't get off scott free anyway. Kelly, figuring this would happened, manged to bind and gag her, dress her in nothing but a towel and then tie a string to Buck's mouth while waiting for morning classes in the school. She then called Buck over and had him tug off the towel just as kids were filling the halls.
*** There was another example and a gender-reversed one. This time it was Kelly who played the part of the bitch, standing up a nerd late at night outside in the middle of winter so that he lost some toes to frostbite. Years later, Kelly attends a class reunion only to find that the nerd has become a handsome millionaire whom Kelly and all of her AlphaBitch friends fall for. The former nerd enacts his revenge by standing Kelly up on a date out in the cold and by arranging for Bud to secretly take his place on a date under the bleachers with one of the other bitchy girls. Oh, and then once that date is over, a nerdy girl whom Bud had blown off earlier that night traps ''him'' under the bleachers and starts having her way with him.

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* A one-shot antagonist ([[BlackAndGreyMorality protagonist?]]) in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' was getting engaged to and then breaking it off with everyone who ever turned him down in high school due to his acne problem, including [[spoiler:the Waitress]], and had been planning on going after Dee next. It is unknown if Charlie [[spoiler:giving him a box of hornets after finding out his plans for the Waitress]] detered deterred him, because [[SnapBack we never hear of it again.]]
* ''Series/{{Married With Children}}'' inverted Children}}''
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by having Bud (the protagonist/nerd) winning over the girl for the purpose of humiliating her (usually it is the guess character who wants revenge), also inverted in the sense that it is gender-reversed. Then it is averted by having Bud relent at the last moment because he falls for the girl again. [[spoiler: She then proceeds to humiliate him again, an example which probably belongs in some school bitch trope.]] Bud might be justified in seeking revenge because they are still close to the humiliating event (7th grade vs high school) and people still make fun of him (one of those things that happens frequently but we only see once). The pure trope involves the avenger holding on to her pain for years, sometimes even decades.
** She didn't get off scott free anyway.
Kelly, figuring this would happened, manged to bind and gag her, dress her in nothing but a towel and then tie a string to Buck's mouth while waiting for morning classes in the school. She then called Buck over and had him tug off the towel just as kids were filling the halls.
*** ** There was another example and a gender-reversed one. This time it was Kelly who played the part of the bitch, standing up a nerd late at night outside in the middle of winter so that he lost some toes to frostbite. Years later, Kelly attends a class reunion only to find that the nerd has become a handsome millionaire whom Kelly and all of her AlphaBitch friends fall for. The former nerd enacts his revenge by standing Kelly up on a date out in the cold and by arranging for Bud to secretly take his place on a date under the bleachers with one of the other bitchy girls. Oh, and then once that date is over, a nerdy girl whom Bud had blown off earlier that night traps ''him'' under the bleachers and starts having her way with him.


* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; when Moe's plastic surgery makes him attractive, he begins hunting down all the girls who rejected him in the past. One woman apologised and offered to make it up to him. Moe was very confused.

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; when Moe's plastic surgery makes him attractive, he begins hunting down all everyone who's rejected him for being ugly, ranging from women to the girls soap he tried out for. It doesnt progress very far, he only manages to get revenge on one person, Duffman, who Moe blames for covering up his face on the Duff calendar. Their next stop is a girl who rejected him, but she heartfully apologizes, and Moe doesnt know how to react with that, needing Homer to smash her window with a cinderblock to snap him in out of it. Finally, they end up at the past. One woman apologised and offered to make it studio that turned him down for a role, but since he's now attractive, he ends up to him. Moe was very confused.getting hired instead.

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