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* This is at the core of ''Series/CobraKai,'' a sequel to ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'' with Johnny Lawrence as the protagonist. Daniel [=LaRusso=] is still around as well, but while Johnny has become a JadedWashout, Daniel found great success and has everything Johnny doesn't. Johnny is constantly torn between his old feud with Daniel and the realisation that he really was a JerkAss back when he used to beat Daniel up and he needs to rise to become a better man if he wants to revive the Cobra Kai dojo, not helped by the fact that Daniel hasn't let go of the old grudges either and is out to stop him.

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* ''Series/{{Burnistoun}}'': Johnny Wee Tollen's Boy is The Doberman (a masked superhero)'s greatest enemy, because he bullied The Doberman when they were in school, mocking him for being a virgin and forcing him to hump a pole. Johnny Wee Tollen's Boy acts the same as an adult, and is still able to get a rise out of The Doberman. In one sketch, he's able to force The Doberman to hump a pole despite being locked in a jail cell.

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* ''Film/ThirteenSins'': Jon Witter and his brother used to pick on Elliot during middle school, including dangling him out the computer lab window. Neither of them has improved in attitude when he meets them as adults. [[spoiler:Elliot [[AnArnAndALeg cuts the arm]] of one of them and [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl smashes a chair]] over the head of the other.]]


** Then, his still-bullying brother (and business partner) shows up and fails to recognize Frasier as one of the kids he pushed around. While Niles is talking to his old bully in the living room, Frasier decides to try talking things out with the brother (who bullied ''him'') in the bathroom while he's fixing the toilet. But after Frasier brings up the subject of school days, the brother starts recounting to Frasier how much fun he had being a bully when he was younger before Frasier gets to the part about how they know each other. The bully is laughing as he reminisces about all the stuff he did to "this one kid", all the while with his head over the toilet bowl, still unaware that his old punching bag and ButtMonkey is in the room with him and oblivious to the fact that the stories he's telling are making Frasier angrier and angrier. Finally, Frasier can't stand any more and gives him a swirly.



** Then, his still-bullying brother (and business partner) shows up and fails to recognize Frasier as one of the kids he pushed around. While Niles is talking to his old bully in the living room, Frasier decides to try talking things out with the brother (who bullied ''him'') in the bathroom while he's fixing the toilet. But after Frasier brings up the subject of school days, the brother starts recounting to Frasier how much fun he had being a bully when he was younger before Frasier gets to the part about how they know each other. The bully is laughing as he reminisces about all the stuff he did to "this one kid", all the while with his head over the toilet bowl, still unaware that his old punching bag and ButtMonkey is in the room with him and oblivious to the fact that the stories he's telling are making Frasier angrier and angrier. Finally, Frasier can't stand any more and gives him a swirly.


* ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'': This trope is taken UpToEleven with Dolf, who is initially as your typical schoolyard bully. He grows up to be [[spoiler:a fascist, Hitler-like dictator]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'': This trope is taken UpToEleven with Dolf, who is initially as just your typical schoolyard bully. He grows up to be become [[spoiler:a fascist, Hitler-like dictator]].


* ''Manga/LiarGame'': Yokoya, who essentially turned his entire school into his playground, including the authority figures.

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* ''Manga/LiarGame'': Yokoya, [[BigBad Yokoya]], who essentially turned his entire school into his playground, including the authority figures.



** Averted by Penny in the same episode and over the course of the series. While discussing Leonard's situation with Bernadette and Amy, she realizes she was the high school bully. She goes out of her way to call all her old tourmentees and apologize. They don't care about her apologies, call her a bitch, and hang up on her, but she did try. She's grown a lot since her high school backstory, as her best friends whom she'd do anything for are all nerdy intellectuals that she would have bullied back then, and over the course of the series, has evolved into a ClosetGeek.

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** Averted by Penny in the same episode and over the course of the series. While discussing Leonard's situation with Bernadette and Amy, she realizes she ''[[HeelRealization she]]'' was the high school bully.bully]]. She goes out of her way to call all her old tourmentees and apologize. They don't care about her apologies, call her a bitch, and hang up on her, but she did try. She's grown a lot since her high school backstory, as her best friends whom she'd do anything for are all nerdy intellectuals that she would have bullied back then, and over the course of the series, has evolved into a ClosetGeek.




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\n* ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'': This trope is taken UpToEleven with Dolf, who is initially as your typical schoolyard bully. He grows up to be [[spoiler:a fascist, Hitler-like dictator]].


* A ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case had one about a man who killed the now grown-up guy who bullied his son into suicide. It is, however, more complicated -- the man was a child psychologist by trade, and was originally quite willing to not hold any grudge over the said bully. So, when the said ex-bully went to college and happened to live close with the said man, they were originally quite friendly. It was ''only'' after noticing this trope has been played straight that he decided to kill the ex-bully.
* Deconstructed in ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', a hilarious deconstruction of the FightingSeries: Miki Onimaru, a KungFuKid who bullied boys four years older than her, has grown up into… a twenty-year-old {{Womanchild}} TheBully [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Girl]]. TheRival, Megumi, is also the same case.
* ''Manga/LiarGame'': Yokoya, who essentially turned his entire school into his playground, including the authority figures.



* ''Manga/LiarGame'': Yokoya, who essentially turned his entire school into his playground, including the authority figures.
* A ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case had one about a man who killed the now grown-up guy who bullied his son into suicide. It is, however, more complicated -- the man was a child psychologist by trade, and was originally quite willing to not hold any grudge over the said bully. So, when the said ex-bully went to college and happened to live close with the said man, they were originally quite friendly. It was ''only'' after noticing this trope has been played straight that he decided to kill the ex-bully.
* Deconstructed in ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', a hilarious deconstruction of the FightingSeries: Miki Onimaru, a KungFuKid who bullied boys four years older than her, has grown up into… a twenty-year-old {{Womanchild}} TheBully [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Girl]]. TheRival, Megumi, is also the same case.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had a variation; none of the people he had originally tormented were there when it happened, but crossing three series of the entire franchise, Tetsu Ushio from the original (the upper-classman hall monitor who bullied Honda and Jonouchi and tried to extort money from Yugi) appeared as an adult in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', now a member of Sector Security (what they called the police force) and hardly changed a bit at first, now bullying the poverty-stricken underclass of Satellite under his jurisdiction. (As said, no-one from the original series was there, but WordOfGod confirmed eventually that he was, indeed, the same person.) However, Ushio did start to change slowly after several meetings with [[TheHero Yusei]] (the fact that [[BigBad Godwin]] treated him like garbage helped a lot) and he eventually turned to a reluctant ally of the heroes, before finally making a full HeelFaceTurn.

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* ''Manga/LiarGame'': Yokoya, who essentially turned his entire school into his playground, including the authority figures.
* A ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case had one about a man who killed the now grown-up guy who bullied his son into suicide. It is, however, more complicated -- the man was a child psychologist by trade, and was originally quite willing to not hold any grudge over the said bully. So, when the said ex-bully went to college and happened to live close with the said man, they were originally quite friendly. It was ''only'' after noticing this trope has been played straight that he decided to kill the ex-bully.
* Deconstructed in ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', a hilarious deconstruction of the FightingSeries: Miki Onimaru, a KungFuKid who bullied boys four years older than her, has grown up into… a twenty-year-old {{Womanchild}} TheBully [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Girl]]. TheRival, Megumi, is also the same case.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had a variation; none of the people he had originally tormented were there when it happened, but crossing three series of the entire franchise, Tetsu Ushio from the original (the upper-classman hall monitor who bullied Honda and Jonouchi and tried to extort money from Yugi) appeared as an adult in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', now a member of Sector Security (what they called the police force) and hardly changed a bit at first, now bullying the poverty-stricken underclass of Satellite under his jurisdiction. (As said, no-one from the original series was there, but WordOfGod confirmed eventually that he was, indeed, the same person.) However, Ushio did start to change slowly after several meetings with [[TheHero Yusei]] (the fact that [[BigBad Godwin]] treated him like garbage helped a lot) and he eventually turned to a reluctant ally of the heroes, before finally making a full HeelFaceTurn.



* ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain Mr. Sinister is known for his unethical genetic practices and his [[StalkerWithATestTube somewhat disturbing obsession with the Summers family]]. However, few people know his original intended origin: he was a young rival of Cyclops who couldn't age. By the time Cyclops was an adult, Kid Sinister was still stuck as an 8-year-old (physically and mentally), and he used his mutant powers to change his appearance into that of a gaudy, over-the-top supervillain: an 8-year-old's vision of a cool supervillain. When considering that origin, Mr. Sinister's corny appearance, unimpressive name, and stereotypical supervillain demeanor actually make sense. But, ThePowersThatBe decided not to go with that origin... It also explains his minions: The Nasty Boys (a name an 8-year-old would be ''far'' more likely to pick than a mad geneticist) earn their name by being filthy ultra-slobs, living in conditions akin to the ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' version of the Brotherhood. In other words, they never take baths or clean their space -- part of an 8-year-old's idea of perfect freedom. In the canon version, one has to presume that the Nasty Boys named themselves rather than being named by Sinister, and that he just uses them as minions because it would be no great loss if they get killed.

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* ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain Mr. Sinister is known for his unethical genetic practices and his [[StalkerWithATestTube somewhat disturbing obsession Subversions occur at least twice in Franchise/ArchieComics, both times with the Summers family]]. However, few people know his original intended origin: he was a young rival of Cyclops who couldn't age. By the time Cyclops was gang hearing about an adult, Kid Sinister was still stuck as an 8-year-old (physically old friend returning to town, and mentally), and he used his mutant powers to change his appearance into that of a gaudy, over-the-top supervillain: an 8-year-old's vision of a cool supervillain. When considering that origin, Mr. Sinister's corny appearance, unimpressive name, and stereotypical supervillain demeanor actually make sense. But, ThePowersThatBe decided not to go with that origin... It also explains his minions: The Nasty Boys (a name an 8-year-old would be ''far'' more likely to pick than a mad geneticist) earn their name by being filthy ultra-slobs, living in conditions akin to the ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' version of the Brotherhood. In other words, then they never take baths or clean their space -- part of an 8-year-old's idea of perfect freedom. In the canon version, one has to presume (or at least Archie specifically) get freaked out thinking that the Nasty Boys named themselves rather than guy's gonna whomp 'em but good. These two stories are of the few times that ''Archie'' specifically tied its mythology to ''Little Archie'':
** Subversion: When Fang Fogarty came back to town, he turned out to be a large young man, as could've been predicted from his childhood size. But he holds no ill will toward the gang -- in fact, he sheds a tear over old times -- and he's lost his nickname, thanks to [[spoiler:dental surgery]]. The group parts amicably.
** Double Subversion (?): When Ambrose Pipps came by, Archie recalled all the times he'd bullied and marginalized that poor little long-suffering kid, all the times he'd broken promises and refused Ambrose's well-meaning help -- plus the times he'd made Ambrose cry. He started thinking about Ambrose having grown into a huge adult who would get Archie back for treating him bad all those years. Yet it turns out that Ambrose, true to his character, remembers only the good side of his childhood -- and when Archie brings up the bad stuff, he shrugs it off.
* In the ComicBook/{{Batman}} story ''Street Demonz'', there is a flashback of young Bruce
being named by Sinister, accosted and beaten by the titular gang. In the modern day, he confronts the gang again as Batman, and even gets to punch out the guy who had beaten him up years ago (even quipping that he just uses them as minions because it would be no great loss if they get killed.the guy hasn't changed at all).



* Subverted with Brittany, who bullies the title character in ''Earthboy Jacobus''. By the time she grows up, she is not only on better terms with Jacobus, but [[spoiler:HappilyMarried to him as well]].
** It kind of helps that [[spoiler:although she spends several years in a coma, they can communicate while Jake is on a different plane of existence. By the time she wakes up, she's fallen in love with him.]]



* Subversions occur at least twice in Franchise/ArchieComics, both times with the gang hearing about an old friend returning to town, and then they (or at least Archie specifically) get freaked out thinking that the guy's gonna whomp 'em but good. These two stories are of the few times that ''Archie'' specifically tied its mythology to ''Little Archie'':
** Subversion: When Fang Fogarty came back to town, he turned out to be a large young man, as could've been predicted from his childhood size. But he holds no ill will toward the gang -- in fact, he sheds a tear over old times -- and he's lost his nickname, thanks to [[spoiler:dental surgery]]. The group parts amicably.
** Double Subversion (?): When Ambrose Pipps came by, Archie recalled all the times he'd bullied and marginalized that poor little long-suffering kid, all the times he'd broken promises and refused Ambrose's well-meaning help -- plus the times he'd made Ambrose cry. He started thinking about Ambrose having grown into a huge adult who would get Archie back for treating him bad all those years. Yet it turns out that Ambrose, true to his character, remembers only the good side of his childhood -- and when Archie brings up the bad stuff, he shrugs it off.
* Subverted with Brittany, who bullies the title character in ''Earthboy Jacobus''. By the time she grows up, she is not only on better terms with Jacobus, but [[spoiler:HappilyMarried to him as well]].
** It kind of helps that [[spoiler:although she spends several years in a coma, they can communicate while Jake is on a different plane of existence. By the time she wakes up, she's fallen in love with him.]]



* In the ComicBook/{{Batman}} story ''Street Demonz'', there is a flashback of young Bruce being accosted and beaten by the titular gang. In the modern day, he confronts the gang again as Batman, and even gets to punch out the guy who had beaten him up years ago (even quipping that the guy hasn't changed at all).

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* ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain Mr. Sinister is known for his unethical genetic practices and his [[StalkerWithATestTube somewhat disturbing obsession with the Summers family]]. However, few people know his original intended origin: he was a young rival of Cyclops who couldn't age. By the time Cyclops was an adult, Kid Sinister was still stuck as an 8-year-old (physically and mentally), and he used his mutant powers to change his appearance into that of a gaudy, over-the-top supervillain: an 8-year-old's vision of a cool supervillain. When considering that origin, Mr. Sinister's corny appearance, unimpressive name, and stereotypical supervillain demeanor actually make sense. But, ThePowersThatBe decided not to go with that origin... It also explains his minions: The Nasty Boys (a name an 8-year-old would be ''far'' more likely to pick than a mad geneticist) earn their name by being filthy ultra-slobs, living in conditions akin to the ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' version of the Brotherhood. In other words, they never take baths or clean their space -- part of an 8-year-old's idea of perfect freedom. In the ComicBook/{{Batman}} story ''Street Demonz'', there is a flashback of young Bruce being accosted and beaten by the titular gang. In the modern day, he confronts the gang again as Batman, and even gets canon version, one has to punch out the guy who had beaten him up years ago (even quipping presume that the guy hasn't changed at all). Nasty Boys named themselves rather than being named by Sinister, and that he just uses them as minions because it would be no great loss if they get killed.



* In ''Film/AngerManagement'', at one point Dr. Rydell takes Dave to the home of his childhood bully... only to discover he is now a Buddhist monk. Dave is reluctant to start anything until it turns out the bully still thinks that at least one of his pranks was genuinely funny. At his therapist's urging, they end up wrestling right there in the monastery.
%% * The forthcoming movie ''Film/YouAgain'' has it... times two.



* ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}'': Subverted by Rob Schneider, as it turns out he was a schoolyard bully that used stinging insults (rather than fists) to torment other kids. That's why he's standing up against bullies as an adult; he hates who he was and what he did, and thinks that if there is any karma in the world, his own kid will be either picked on mercilessly or an even worse bully than he was, unless he can make up for some of what he did by helping out against bullies now.
* In ''Film/BigBully'', the bully Roscoe Bigger, a.k.a. Fang (played by Tom Arnold), thinks he and his victim David Leary (played by Creator/RickMoranis) were friends back in school. Roscoe returns to bullying him after David becomes a teacher at their old school (and where Roscoe teaches shop class). [[spoiler:Ironically, their sons are in exactly reversed positions.]]
* Don Price, from Burton's ''Film/BigFish'', was consistently overshadowed by Edward Bloom during their childhood. When Edward comes to win Sandra Tempelton's heart, he has to duke it out with Don... who beats the living crud out of Edward (out of Sandra's request that Bloom not hurt him). Although while the stories in the film are true, the much-older Bloom embellishes them when he tells them, so it's possible Price wasn't as bad a person as he appeared.
* Flirted with in ''Film/BillyMadison'': After being bullied upon returning to high school, he realizes his own bullying had emotionally hurt his victims, and tries to make amends. He calls up one of these victims, apologizes, and befriends him. Immediately after, the victim crosses Billy off a list of people to kill, implying that he had been intending to exact revenge on him (and numerous other individuals). Becomes something of a ChekhovsGun, as the victim -- a trained rifle marksman, it turns out -- saves Billy and Veronica when Eric snaps and pulls a gun on them at the final decathlon event.
* In ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'', it's revealed that one of the girl's teachers picks on her because her mother wouldn't date him when they were in school together.
* Subverted in ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'', when Martin Blank meets his former bully Bob at his high school reunion. Bob tries to antagonize Martin, but Martin is unimpressed, being a deadly assassin these days, as well as completely uninterested in any comeuppance. Bob then tries to open up and read a poem to him, but Martin has bigger fish to fry.



* Mayor Augustus Maywho (Jeffrey Tambor) in TheMovie of ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''. A {{Jerkass}} as both a kid and an adult.
* Used in ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'', when Danny [[MeaningfulName Vermin]], the underling who keeps trying to subvert Johnny's authority, happened to be the bully who got his ass kicked by Johnny when they were kids.
-->'''Vermin''': Let's just say I've fulfilled a lot of people's expectations about me; I've become a real scumbag.
* Inverted in ''Film/OldSchool'', when Jeremy Piven's character, Dean Pritchard, who was bullied in college ("Cheee-eeeese") turns out to be the dean of the college and is out to make the protagonists' life a living hell.



* In ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'', it's revealed that one of the girl's teachers picks on her because her mother wouldn't date him when they were in school together.
* Flirted with in ''Film/BillyMadison'': After being bullied upon returning to high school, he realizes his own bullying had emotionally hurt his victims, and tries to make amends. He calls up one of these victims, apologizes, and befriends him. Immediately after, the victim crosses Billy off a list of people to kill, implying that he had been intending to exact revenge on him (and numerous other individuals). Becomes something of a ChekhovsGun, as the victim -- a trained rifle marksman, it turns out -- saves Billy and Veronica when Eric snaps and pulls a gun on them at the final decathlon event.
* Mayor Augustus Maywho (Jeffrey Tambor) in TheMovie of ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''. A {{Jerkass}} as both a kid and an adult.
* In ''Film/BigBully'', the bully Roscoe Bigger, a.k.a. Fang (played by Tom Arnold), thinks he and his victim David Leary (played by Creator/RickMoranis) were friends back in school. Roscoe returns to bullying him after David becomes a teacher at their old school (and where Roscoe teaches shop class). [[spoiler:Ironically, their sons are in exactly reversed positions.]]
* Used in ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'', when Danny [[MeaningfulName Vermin]], the underling who keeps trying to subvert Johnny's authority, happened to be the bully who got his ass kicked by Johnny when they were kids.
-->'''Vermin''': Let's just say I've fulfilled a lot of people's expectations about me; I've become a real scumbag.
* Subverted in ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'', when Martin Blank meets his former bully Bob at his high school reunion. Bob tries to antagonize Martin, but Martin is unimpressed, being a deadly assassin these days, as well as completely uninterested in any comeuppance. Bob then tries to open up and read a poem to him, but Martin has bigger fish to fry.
* Inverted in ''Film/OldSchool'', when Jeremy Piven's character, Dean Pritchard, who was bullied in college ("Cheee-eeeese") turns out to be the dean of the college and is out to make the protagonists' life a living hell.
* Don Price, from Burton's ''Film/BigFish'', was consistently overshadowed by Edward Bloom during their childhood. When Edward comes to win Sandra Tempelton's heart, he has to duke it out with Don... who beats the living crud out of Edward (out of Sandra's request that Bloom not hurt him). Although while the stories in the film are true, the much-older Bloom embellishes them when he tells them, so it's possible Price wasn't as bad a person as he appeared.
* In ''Film/AngerManagement'', at one point Dr. Rydell takes Dave to the home of his childhood bully... only to discover he is now a Buddhist monk. Dave is reluctant to start anything until it turns out the bully still thinks that at least one of his pranks was genuinely funny. At his therapist's urging, they end up wrestling right there in the monastery.
%% * The forthcoming movie ''Film/YouAgain'' has it... times two.
* ''Film/{{Benchwarmers}}'': Subverted by Rob Schneider, as it turns out he was a schoolyard bully that used stinging insults (rather than fists) to torment other kids. That's why he's standing up against bullies as an adult; he hates who he was and what he did, and thinks that if there is any karma in the world, his own kid will be either picked on mercilessly or an even worse bully than he was, unless he can make up for some of what he did by helping out against bullies now.



* ''Literature/BendSinister'': Inverted in [[Creator/VladimirNabokov Nabokov's]] novel, where the Evil Dictator was the kid all the other kids (including the protagonist) used to pick on.
* {{Literature/Flashman}}, the bully from ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'', gets his own series where he is, unusually for this trope, the protagonist.



* From ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Lord Pavel Young was a bully to many and attempted rapist of Honor (and likely others, based on comments made about him) when they were in the military academy. He tries to use his family's influence to screw her naval career from her first deployment to her deployment under his command when she gains command of a light cruiser. Eventually drummed out of the service, he uses his family's power to have Harrington's lover legally assassinated in a duel just to get back at her. Her shooting the bastard dead was one of the more satisfying book endings in the early part of the series.
* ''Info Quake'': In this science fiction novel, Brone goes to a futuristic boarding school with Natch, the protagonist. Years later, Brone invites Natch into his office, uses virtual reality to play mind games with Natch, then brags about how he's not holding any grudges because he's forgiven him because he's so morally superior, and asks Natch to cooperate with him in an important business matter.



* The Creator/BenElton novel ''Past Mortem'' is all about the relationship and dynamic between bullies and victims when they're all grown up; the novel's serial killer, himself a bullied child in his past, uses the 'Friends Reunited' website to target former bullies based on the testimony of their former victims as posted on the website. Naturally, the main character, who is the investigating police detective, meets his own school bully, also a detective, who ends up spying on and interfering in the main character's investigation in order to try and get his rapidly failing career back on track. In a confrontation, the bully reveals why he picked on and hates the main character so much; the main character assumed it was because he was a bit of a dorky outcast at school, but the bully reveals that it was actually because, compared to the bully's own self-loathing and mixed-up insecurity (prompted by, amongst other things, his homosexuality), the main character was always self-assured, confident, and secure in his own skin, and never let anyone -- particularly the bully -- affect this. [[spoiler:The bully ends up becoming a victim of the serial killer himself.]]
* The fourth book in Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet has a mysterious antagonist named Claw, who attempts to take the leadership of Tortall's thieves from Alanna's companion George Cooper, and causes a fair amount of carnage along the way. Turns out he's Ralon, the older page who tormented Alanna mercilessly in the first book until she learned how to beat him up.



* ''Info Quake'': In this science fiction novel, Brone goes to a futuristic boarding school with Natch, the protagonist. Years later, Brone invites Natch into his office, uses virtual reality to play mind games with Natch, then brags about how he's not holding any grudges because he's forgiven him because he's so morally superior, and asks Natch to cooperate with him in an important business matter.



* The Creator/BenElton novel ''Past Mortem'' is all about the relationship and dynamic between bullies and victims when they're all grown up; the novel's serial killer, himself a bullied child in his past, uses the 'Friends Reunited' website to target former bullies based on the testimony of their former victims as posted on the website. Naturally, the main character, who is the investigating police detective, meets his own school bully, also a detective, who ends up spying on and interfering in the main character's investigation in order to try and get his rapidly failing career back on track. In a confrontation, the bully reveals why he picked on and hates the main character so much; the main character assumed it was because he was a bit of a dorky outcast at school, but the bully reveals that it was actually because, compared to the bully's own self-loathing and mixed-up insecurity (prompted by, amongst other things, his homosexuality), the main character was always self-assured, confident, and secure in his own skin, and never let anyone -- particularly the bully -- affect this. [[spoiler:The bully ends up becoming a victim of the serial killer himself.]]

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* The Creator/BenElton A variation is found in Andrew Robinson's novel ''Past Mortem'' is all about ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineAStitchInTime''. The Cardassians that seem to delight the relationship and dynamic between bullies and victims when they're all grown up; most in oppressing Bajorans during the novel's serial killer, himself a Occupation are the same ones that bullied child in his past, uses Garak while he attended the 'Friends Reunited' website to target former bullies based on the testimony of their former victims as posted on the website. Naturally, the main character, who is the investigating police detective, meets his own school bully, also a detective, who ends up spying on and interfering in the main character's investigation in order to try and get his rapidly failing career back on track. In a confrontation, the bully reveals why he picked on and hates the main character so much; the main character assumed it was because he was a bit of a dorky outcast at school, but the bully reveals that it was actually because, compared to the bully's own self-loathing and mixed-up insecurity (prompted by, amongst other things, his homosexuality), the main character was always self-assured, confident, and secure in his own skin, and never let anyone -- particularly the bully -- affect this. [[spoiler:The bully ends up becoming a victim of the serial killer himself.]]Bamarren Institute.



* A variation is found in Andrew Robinson's novel ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineAStitchInTime''. The Cardassians that seem to delight the most in oppressing Bajorans during the Occupation are the same ones that bullied Garak while he attended the Bamarren Institute.
* ''Literature/BendSinister'': Inverted in [[Creator/VladimirNabokov Nabokov's]] novel, where the Evil Dictator was the kid all the other kids (including the protagonist) used to pick on.
* The fourth book in Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet has a mysterious antagonist named Claw, who attempts to take the leadership of Tortall's thieves from Alanna's companion George Cooper, and causes a fair amount of carnage along the way. Turns out he's Ralon, the older page who tormented Alanna mercilessly in the first book until she learned how to beat him up.
* From ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Lord Pavel Young was a bully to many and attempted rapist of Honor (and likely others, based on comments made about him) when they were in the military academy. He tries to use his family's influence to screw her naval career from her first deployment to her deployment under his command when she gains command of a light cruiser. Eventually drummed out of the service, he uses his family's power to have Harrington's lover legally assassinated in a duel just to get back at her. Her shooting the bastard dead was one of the more satisfying book endings in the early part of the series.
* {{Literature/Flashman}}, the bully from ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'', gets his own series where he is, unusually for this trope, the protagonist.

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* A variation is found in Andrew Robinson's novel ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineAStitchInTime''. The Cardassians that seem to delight the most in oppressing Bajorans during the Occupation are the same ones that bullied Garak while he attended the Bamarren Institute.
* ''Literature/BendSinister'': Inverted in [[Creator/VladimirNabokov Nabokov's]] novel, where the Evil Dictator was the kid all the other kids (including the protagonist) used to pick on.
* The fourth book in Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet has a mysterious antagonist named Claw, who attempts to take the leadership of Tortall's thieves from Alanna's companion George Cooper, and causes a fair amount of carnage along the way. Turns out he's Ralon, the older page who tormented Alanna mercilessly in the first book until she learned how to beat him up.
* From ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Lord Pavel Young was a bully to many and attempted rapist of Honor (and likely others, based on comments made about him) when they were in the military academy. He tries to use his family's influence to screw her naval career from her first deployment to her deployment under his command when she gains command of a light cruiser. Eventually drummed out of the service, he uses his family's power to have Harrington's lover legally assassinated in a duel just to get back at her. Her shooting the bastard dead was one of the more satisfying book endings in the early part of the series.
* {{Literature/Flashman}}, the bully from ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'', gets his own series where he is, unusually for this trope, the protagonist.



* Elliot on ''Series/JustShootMe'' is visited by the boy who bullied him at school. Turns out he's now shorter than Elliot. Still, he manages to humiliate Elliot same as before.
** Elliot finally stands up to the bully and hits him. He is then booed by his co-workers for hitting someone smaller than him.
* Gus and Shawn meet their schoolyard bully grown up on ''Series/{{Psych}}''. He's a 4-foot-tall jockey who hasn't grown since grade school.
* A unique version on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' as Liz had spoken of her memories of being a picked-on nerd in high school. However, when she attends her reunion, she discovers that [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass everyone considered her the bully whose put-downs (which Liz remembers as defensive humor) were vicious insults and she's the most loathed person in her class]]. [[HeelRealization She attempts to make things up to them throughout the entire episode]], but by this point [[RejectedApology they refuse to accept any apology]] and treat her more coldly with each attempt. Eventually, they decide to get revenge by enacting the "Pig's Blood" scene from ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' on her, and while it fails, it makes Liz give up trying to make up for her actions to them; with her instead going back to mistreating and putting them down, only now it's intentionally rather than obliviously.
* "Spanky" on ''Series/ICarly'', who used to spank Spencer when they were both kids. The episode he's in ends with [[spoiler:Spencer handcuffing "Spanky" over a couch and spanking him with a broom, much to Spencer's delight. Did I mention Spanky's son is watching and enjoying it? And yes, the writers do seem to know just how ''wrong'' it is, as Carly walks downstairs to get something, sees the scene, and heads right back upstairs.]]
** Oh, it gets stupider: Spanky is a ''cop'' and bugs Spencer ''on duty, in front of his parent''. How did he get in the force?
** When Spencer was in middle school, he was a prankster and ended up playing a trick that accidentally blinded (temporarily) a couple of classmates and sent them to the hospital. The incident made him give up pranking. When Spencer starts playing pranks again as an adult, his sister Carly calls up the kids he blinded, now all grown up, for an intervention to stop him. They still hold a grudge and beat the crap out of him when Carly leaves the room.
* A really bizarre subversion in an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': J.D. tells Turk that he was making out with a hot girl, when the three {{Jerk Jock}}s from his high school saw him, admitted they were clearly wrong about him, and added that they were now "all gay together". He's making it up.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had Frasier's plumber turn out to be the bully at his and Niles' prep school. Initially, he still seems to be a jerk, but Niles ends up giving him free therapy and finding out ''[[FreudianExcuse why]]'' he's a bully.
** Then, his still-bullying brother (and business partner) shows up and fails to recognize Frasier as one of the kids he pushed around. While Niles is talking to his old bully in the living room, Frasier decides to try talking things out with the brother (who bullied ''him'') in the bathroom while he's fixing the toilet. But after Frasier brings up the subject of school days, the brother starts recounting to Frasier how much fun he had being a bully when he was younger before Frasier gets to the part about how they know each other. The bully is laughing as he reminisces about all the stuff he did to "this one kid", all the while with his head over the toilet bowl, still unaware that his old punching bag and ButtMonkey is in the room with him and oblivious to the fact that the stories he's telling are making Frasier angrier and angrier. Finally, Frasier can't stand any more and gives him a swirly.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' focuses on a memorable time in Sam Winchester's life when he went to a nice school for a handful of weeks. It was only marred by a bully who [[spoiler:came back as a homicidal rule-breaking ghost who was killing bullies. The bully ''himself'' thought he was the victim because he was teased after Young!Sam beat him up defending himself]]. The bully probably ''was'' bullied after Sam left, with a new nickname and everyone knowing he was weak.

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* Elliot on ''Series/JustShootMe'' is visited by the boy who bullied him at school. Turns out he's now shorter than Elliot. Still, he manages to humiliate Elliot same as before.
** Elliot finally stands up to the bully and hits him. He is then booed by his co-workers for hitting someone smaller than him.
* Gus and Shawn meet their schoolyard bully grown up on ''Series/{{Psych}}''. He's a 4-foot-tall jockey who hasn't grown since grade school.
* A unique version on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' as Liz had spoken of her memories of being a picked-on nerd in high school. However, when she attends her reunion, she discovers that [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass everyone considered her the bully whose put-downs (which Liz remembers as defensive humor) were vicious insults and she's the most loathed person in her class]]. [[HeelRealization She attempts to make things up to them throughout the entire episode]], but by this point [[RejectedApology they refuse to accept any apology]] and treat her more coldly with each attempt. Eventually, they decide to get revenge by enacting the "Pig's Blood" scene from ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' on her, and while it fails, it makes Liz give up trying to make up for her actions to them; with her instead going back to mistreating and putting them down, only now it's intentionally rather than obliviously.
* "Spanky" on ''Series/ICarly'', who used to spank Spencer when they were both kids. The episode he's in ends with [[spoiler:Spencer handcuffing "Spanky" over a couch and spanking him with a broom, much to Spencer's delight. Did I mention Spanky's son is watching and enjoying it? And yes, the writers do seem to know just how ''wrong'' it is, as Carly walks downstairs to get something, sees the scene, and heads right back upstairs.]]
** Oh, it gets stupider: Spanky is a ''cop'' and bugs Spencer ''on duty, in front of his parent''. How did he get in the force?
** When Spencer was in middle school, he was a prankster and ended up playing a trick that accidentally blinded (temporarily) a couple of classmates and sent them to the hospital. The incident made him give up pranking. When Spencer starts playing pranks again as an adult, his sister Carly calls up the kids he blinded, now all grown up, for an intervention to stop him. They still hold a grudge and beat the crap out of him when Carly leaves the room.
* A really bizarre subversion in
In an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': J.D. tells Turk ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', "The Speckerman Reoccurence", Leonard's high school bully contacted him on Facebook and asked to get drinks. When they meet up, Speckerman was very polite, praised Leonard for his accomplishments, and seemed to not realize he tormented Leonard, who left him with a list of offenses. Later, Speckerman showed up drunk at Leonard's apartment and apologized for everything he's done, with Leonard letting him stay the night so that he was making out with a hot girl, when won't drive drunk. In the three {{Jerk Jock}}s from morning and sobered up, he immediately reverts to his high school saw him, admitted they were clearly wrong about him, and added that they were now "all gay together". He's making it up.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had Frasier's plumber turn out to be the
bully at his and Niles' prep school. Initially, ways but by this time, Leonard was no longer afraid of him, unfortunately not realizing he still seems to be a jerk, but Niles ends up giving him free therapy and finding out ''[[FreudianExcuse why]]'' he's a bully.
** Then, his still-bullying brother (and business partner) shows up and fails to recognize Frasier as one of the kids he pushed around. While Niles is talking to his old bully in the living room, Frasier decides to try talking things out with the brother (who bullied ''him'') in the bathroom while he's fixing the toilet. But after Frasier brings up the subject of school days, the brother starts recounting to Frasier how much fun he had being a bully when he was younger before Frasier gets to the part about how they know each other. The bully is laughing as he reminisces about all the stuff he did to "this one kid", all the while with his head over the toilet bowl, still unaware that his old punching bag and ButtMonkey is in the room with him and oblivious to the fact that the stories he's telling are making Frasier angrier and angrier. Finally, Frasier
can't stand any more and gives match him on a swirly.
* An
physical level. The episode ends with Sheldon and Leonard running from the guy.
** Averted by Penny in the same episode and over the course
of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' focuses on a memorable time in Sam Winchester's life when he went to a nice school for a handful of weeks. It was only marred by a bully who [[spoiler:came back as a homicidal rule-breaking ghost who was killing bullies. The bully ''himself'' thought he the series. While discussing Leonard's situation with Bernadette and Amy, she realizes she was the victim because he was teased after Young!Sam beat him high school bully. She goes out of her way to call all her old tourmentees and apologize. They don't care about her apologies, call her a bitch, and hang up defending himself]]. The bully probably ''was'' on her, but she did try. She's grown a lot since her high school backstory, as her best friends whom she'd do anything for are all nerdy intellectuals that she would have bullied after Sam left, with a new nickname back then, and everyone knowing he was weak.over the course of the series, has evolved into a ClosetGeek.



* In ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', the main characters recount the bullies who have plagued them in their youth. When Doug Penhall recounts his particularly bitter memories of such a tormentor, a friend suggests he seek the bully out and confront him. However, when Penhall does just that by finding the bully's current home, he learns that the bully is now a pathetic unemployed loser with an unhappy marriage to a shrewish wife. Delighted at this turn of events, Penhall decides not to speak to him and returns home quietly gloating how he got the classic best revenge by living well.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', a lawyer trying to get his client's death sentence commuted needs to talk to the White House. His connection is Sam, whom he says he used to beat up in high school.
%% * [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]] is a rare protagonist example.
* The TvLand reality show "Series/HighSchoolReunion" had really hyped up how one of the guys on the show was going to confront the man who bullied him in school all those years ago. Only for this to fall flat on his face when the bully turns out to be rather apathetic about the whole thing, saying "That was more than ten years ago. I don't care."
* In an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', "The Speckerman Reoccurence", Leonard's high school bully contacted him on Facebook and asked to get drinks. When they meet up, Speckerman was very polite, praised Leonard for his accomplishments, and seemed to not realize he tormented Leonard, who left him with a list of offenses. Later, Speckerman showed up drunk at Leonard's apartment and apologized for everything he's done, with Leonard letting him stay the night so that he won't drive drunk. In the morning and sobered up, he immediately reverts to his high school bully ways but by this time, Leonard was no longer afraid of him, unfortunately not realizing he still can't match him on a physical level. The episode ends with Sheldon and Leonard running from the guy.
** Averted by Penny in the same episode and over the course of the series. While discussing Leonard's situation with Bernadette and Amy, she realizes she was the high school bully. She goes out of her way to call all her old tourmentees and apologize. They don't care about her apologies, call her a bitch, and hang up on her, but she did try. She's grown a lot since her high school backstory, as her best friends whom she'd do anything for are all nerdy intellectuals that she would have bullied back then, and over the course of the series, has evolved into a ClosetGeek.
* ''Series/RaisingHope'' has a rather unusual case. Jimmy and Frank were tormented by a bully years ago, but the bully stopped when Jimmy's mom forced him to put on lipstick and threatened to do worse next time. When Jimmy and Frank go to confront the bully in the present day, it turns out he underwent a sex change and is now a woman, because he realized he was unhappy as a guy and that was the real reason he became a bully. Jimmy is understanding, but Frank [[WouldHitAGirl sucker-punches the former bully anyway]]. After a moment of stunned silence, the transgender former bully [[CrossesTheLineTwice promptly beats the crap out of Frank]] (and Jimmy too when he tries to intervene).
* Anthony [=DiNozzo=] on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' can come across as this in regards to his treatment of [[TheSmartGuy Timothy [=McGee=]]], which involves insults (his favorite being "[=McGeek=]"), pranks that can be very cruel (setting up a video of a vicious dog to play after he'd been mauled by a dog), and constantly belittling his 'nerdy' interests[=/=]lack of 'manliness'.
** Later double subverted. Tony gleefully recalls a rather nasty prank he played on another student. Then, while reflecting on it, he feels increasingly guilty about how cruel, dangerous, and sadistic the prank was. He goes to apologize to the man... only to learn that he was misremembering the event. Tony was actually the ''victim'' of the prank, but buried and altered his memory of it.
* In ''Series/EmilyOwensMD'', Cassandra Kopelson was an AlphaBitch in high school and remained one as an adult. Both Emily and Cassandra are interns at the same hospital, and Cassandra keeps tormenting Emily with gusto.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chip Matthews, a guy who went to Monica and Rachel's high school, has apparently not changed at all in the intervening decade: he actually got a bunch of his high school friends together, tracked down another guy they used to go to high school with, and gave him a wedgie in the middle of a public street.






* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' episode "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", Gus discovers that one of the guys who used to bully him as a kid is now a taxi driver. This causes him to appreciate his life a bit more.
* Sandra from ''Series/NewTricks'' was apparently a really, ''really'' mean schoolyard bully, and into the police academy too. One of the team's cases involved a fellow police officer whose boyfriend Sandra had spitefully slept with and then driven him out of the academy. Her bullying tendencies did come through in a lot of the early adventures, and Sandra was generally ashamed of it. Season 1 showed she was getting therapy because of it, and later, she was too ashamed to go to her high school reunion because of all the people she bullied there.

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* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' episode "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", Gus discovers that one of the guys who used to bully him as a kid is now a taxi driver. This causes him to appreciate his life a bit more.
* Sandra from ''Series/NewTricks''
''Series/EmilyOwensMD'', Cassandra Kopelson was apparently a really, ''really'' mean schoolyard bully, and into the police academy too. One of the team's cases involved a fellow police officer whose boyfriend Sandra had spitefully slept with and then driven him out of the academy. Her bullying tendencies did come through an AlphaBitch in a lot of the early adventures, and Sandra was generally ashamed of it. Season 1 showed she was getting therapy because of it, and later, she was too ashamed to go to her high school reunion because of all and remained one as an adult. Both Emily and Cassandra are interns at the people she bullied there. same hospital, and Cassandra keeps tormenting Emily with gusto.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had Frasier's plumber turn out to be the bully at his and Niles' prep school. Initially, he still seems to be a jerk, but Niles ends up giving him free therapy and finding out ''[[FreudianExcuse why]]'' he's a bully.
* In Season One of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', one of the first metahumans Barry has to confront is his old tormentor at school, Tony Woodward, who gained [[ExtraOreDinary the ability to turn his body into metal]] when he fell into a vat of molten scrap during [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent the Particle Accelerator explosion]].



* In Season One of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', one of the first metahumans Barry has to confront is his old tormentor at school, Tony Woodward, who gained [[ExtraOreDinary the ability to turn his body into metal]] when he fell into a vat of molten scrap during [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent the Particle Accelerator explosion]].

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* In Season One an episode of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chip Matthews, a guy who went to Monica and Rachel's high school, has apparently not changed at all in the intervening decade: he actually got a bunch of his high school friends together, tracked down another guy they used to go to high school with, and gave him a wedgie in the middle of a public street.
** Then, his still-bullying brother (and business partner) shows up and fails to recognize Frasier as
one of the first metahumans Barry has kids he pushed around. While Niles is talking to confront is his old tormentor at school, Tony Woodward, who gained [[ExtraOreDinary bully in the ability living room, Frasier decides to turn his body into metal]] try talking things out with the brother (who bullied ''him'') in the bathroom while he's fixing the toilet. But after Frasier brings up the subject of school days, the brother starts recounting to Frasier how much fun he had being a bully when he fell into a vat of molten scrap during [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent was younger before Frasier gets to the Particle Accelerator explosion]].part about how they know each other. The bully is laughing as he reminisces about all the stuff he did to "this one kid", all the while with his head over the toilet bowl, still unaware that his old punching bag and ButtMonkey is in the room with him and oblivious to the fact that the stories he's telling are making Frasier angrier and angrier. Finally, Frasier can't stand any more and gives him a swirly.



* ''Series/CSIMiami'' features this in the episode entitled "Vengeance" It turns out the [[spoiler:[[AssholeVictim murdered man]] was a [[JerkJock huge jerk in high school]]. [[ShamefulStrip He made Dan strip down to his underwear]] and wrapped him in duct tape before shoving him into a locker. It was days before he was found and afterward he required several skin grafts]]. Years later, the two meet in the bathroom and Dan addresses his former bully only to find that he doesn't remember him. Dan states his full name which prompts the Bully to laugh at having remembered "Dansy". Dan is unfazed and asks for an apology. When denied and told to get over it, he snaps and commits the crime. Apparently the victim had no memory of what he'd done either.

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* ''Series/CSIMiami'' features The TvLand reality show "Series/HighSchoolReunion" had really hyped up how one of the guys on the show was going to confront the man who bullied him in school all those years ago. Only for this in to fall flat on his face when the episode entitled "Vengeance" It bully turns out to be rather apathetic about the [[spoiler:[[AssholeVictim murdered man]] whole thing, saying "That was more than ten years ago. I don't care."
* "Spanky" on ''Series/ICarly'', who used to spank Spencer when they were both kids. The episode he's in ends with [[spoiler:Spencer handcuffing "Spanky" over a couch and spanking him with a broom, much to Spencer's delight. Did I mention Spanky's son is watching and enjoying it? And yes, the writers do seem to know just how ''wrong'' it is, as Carly walks downstairs to get something, sees the scene, and heads right back upstairs.]]
** Oh, it gets stupider: Spanky is a ''cop'' and bugs Spencer ''on duty, in front of his parent''. How did he get in the force?
** When Spencer was in middle school, he
was a [[JerkJock huge jerk in high school]]. [[ShamefulStrip He prankster and ended up playing a trick that accidentally blinded (temporarily) a couple of classmates and sent them to the hospital. The incident made Dan strip down him give up pranking. When Spencer starts playing pranks again as an adult, his sister Carly calls up the kids he blinded, now all grown up, for an intervention to stop him. They still hold a grudge and beat the crap out of him when Carly leaves the room.
* Elliot on ''Series/JustShootMe'' is visited by the boy who bullied him at school. Turns out he's now shorter than Elliot. Still, he manages to humiliate Elliot same as before.
** Elliot finally stands up to the bully and hits him. He is then booed by his co-workers for hitting someone smaller than him.
%% * [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]] is a rare protagonist example.
* Anthony [=DiNozzo=] on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' can come across as this in regards
to his underwear]] treatment of [[TheSmartGuy Timothy [=McGee=]]], which involves insults (his favorite being "[=McGeek=]"), pranks that can be very cruel (setting up a video of a vicious dog to play after he'd been mauled by a dog), and wrapped him in duct tape before shoving him into constantly belittling his 'nerdy' interests[=/=]lack of 'manliness'.
** Later double subverted. Tony gleefully recalls
a locker. It was days before rather nasty prank he played on another student. Then, while reflecting on it, he feels increasingly guilty about how cruel, dangerous, and sadistic the prank was. He goes to apologize to the man... only to learn that he was found misremembering the event. Tony was actually the ''victim'' of the prank, but buried and afterward he required several skin grafts]]. Years altered his memory of it.
* Sandra from ''Series/NewTricks'' was apparently a really, ''really'' mean schoolyard bully, and into the police academy too. One of the team's cases involved a fellow police officer whose boyfriend Sandra had spitefully slept with and then driven him out of the academy. Her bullying tendencies did come through in a lot of the early adventures, and Sandra was generally ashamed of it. Season 1 showed she was getting therapy because of it, and
later, she was too ashamed to go to her high school reunion because of all the two people she bullied there.
* Gus and Shawn
meet their schoolyard bully grown up on ''Series/{{Psych}}''. He's a 4-foot-tall jockey who hasn't grown since grade school.
* ''Series/RaisingHope'' has a rather unusual case. Jimmy and Frank were tormented by a bully years ago, but the bully stopped when Jimmy's mom forced him to put on lipstick and threatened to do worse next time. When Jimmy and Frank go to confront the bully
in the bathroom present day, it turns out he underwent a sex change and Dan addresses his is now a woman, because he realized he was unhappy as a guy and that was the real reason he became a bully. Jimmy is understanding, but Frank [[WouldHitAGirl sucker-punches the former bully only anyway]]. After a moment of stunned silence, the transgender former bully [[CrossesTheLineTwice promptly beats the crap out of Frank]] (and Jimmy too when he tries to find intervene).
* A really bizarre subversion in an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': J.D. tells Turk
that he doesn't remember him. Dan states was making out with a hot girl, when the three {{Jerk Jock}}s from his full name which prompts the Bully to laugh at having remembered "Dansy". Dan is unfazed high school saw him, admitted they were clearly wrong about him, and asks added that they were now "all gay together". He's making it up.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' focuses on a memorable time in Sam Winchester's life when he went to a nice school
for an apology. When denied and told to get over it, a handful of weeks. It was only marred by a bully who [[spoiler:came back as a homicidal rule-breaking ghost who was killing bullies. The bully ''himself'' thought he snaps and commits the crime. Apparently was the victim because he was teased after Young!Sam beat him up defending himself]]. The bully probably ''was'' bullied after Sam left, with a new nickname and everyone knowing he was weak.
* A unique version on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' as Liz
had no memory spoken of what he'd done either. her memories of being a picked-on nerd in high school. However, when she attends her reunion, she discovers that [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass everyone considered her the bully whose put-downs (which Liz remembers as defensive humor) were vicious insults and she's the most loathed person in her class]]. [[HeelRealization She attempts to make things up to them throughout the entire episode]], but by this point [[RejectedApology they refuse to accept any apology]] and treat her more coldly with each attempt. Eventually, they decide to get revenge by enacting the "Pig's Blood" scene from ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' on her, and while it fails, it makes Liz give up trying to make up for her actions to them; with her instead going back to mistreating and putting them down, only now it's intentionally rather than obliviously.
* In ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', the main characters recount the bullies who have plagued them in their youth. When Doug Penhall recounts his particularly bitter memories of such a tormentor, a friend suggests he seek the bully out and confront him. However, when Penhall does just that by finding the bully's current home, he learns that the bully is now a pathetic unemployed loser with an unhappy marriage to a shrewish wife. Delighted at this turn of events, Penhall decides not to speak to him and returns home quietly gloating how he got the classic best revenge by living well.
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' episode "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", Gus discovers that one of the guys who used to bully him as a kid is now a taxi driver. This causes him to appreciate his life a bit more.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', a lawyer trying to get his client's death sentence commuted needs to talk to the White House. His connection is Sam, whom he says he used to beat up in high school.



* The GainaxEnding of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' reveals that [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] is Guybrush's brother, who put him through all that misery over Guybrush accidentally breaking one of his action toys]]. MindScrew doesn't even start to cover the way it is presented.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' is [[spoiler:Porky, Ness' old next-door neighbour]] and ruler of the Pig Mask Army.



* The third vid-comic in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' reveals that Captain Qwark and Dr. Nefarious go way back to Qwark's 9th grade Biology class, in which he used to pick on Nefarious for his headgear, among other things. A wedgie for old times' sake sends Nefarious careening into a pit, temporarily ending Dr. Nefarious' reign of terror but turning him into a robot. However, Qwark happened to be [[HeldBackInSchool 26 years old and three times Nefarious' size at the time]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Lisa}} LISA]]'', Chris Columbo, the playground bully protagonist Brad defends his friends from in the pre-apocalypse, returns with his gang later on to continue to torment Brad, though he's pretty much the ''least'' threatening villain Brad has to face.



* Atris in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII''. Her present-day enmity towards the Exile derives from being simultaneously [[{{Tsundere}} infatuated and jealous]] of them ever since they went through Jedi training together, taking it as a betrayal when the Exile left to join Revan in fighting the Mandalorians, whilst secretly wishing she could have joined them. This resentment ends up fueling her eventual fall to the Dark Side.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the younger self of [[KnightTemplar Scarlet Champion Herod]] can be seen in the Caverns of Time. At that point, he was known as "Herod the Bully".
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'', Ozawa first appears as your average [[JapaneseDelinquents delinquent overmaster]], torturing the soon-to-be Chaos Hero for wasting his time with "[[CassandraTruth nonsense]]" about demons. However, he quickly joins forces with [[DiscOneFinalBoss Gotou]] and becomes a rather powerful conjurer in his own right. [[spoiler:AfterTheEnd, he joins up with the ''next'' demonic invasion.]]



* Atris in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII''. Her present-day enmity towards the Exile derives from being simultaneously [[{{Tsundere}} infatuated and jealous]] of them ever since they went through Jedi training together, taking it as a betrayal when the Exile left to join Revan in fighting the Mandalorians, whilst secretly wishing she could have joined them. This resentment ends up fueling her eventual fall to the Dark Side.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Lisa}} LISA]]'', Chris Columbo, the playground bully protagonist Brad defends his friends from in the pre-apocalypse, returns with his gang later on to continue to torment Brad, though he's pretty much the ''least'' threatening villain Brad has to face.
* The GainaxEnding of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' reveals that [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] is Guybrush's brother, who put him through all that misery over Guybrush accidentally breaking one of his action toys]]. MindScrew doesn't even start to cover the way it is presented.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' is [[spoiler:Porky, Ness' old next-door neighbour]] and ruler of the Pig Mask Army.
* The third vid-comic in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' reveals that Captain Qwark and Dr. Nefarious go way back to Qwark's 9th grade Biology class, in which he used to pick on Nefarious for his headgear, among other things. A wedgie for old times' sake sends Nefarious careening into a pit, temporarily ending Dr. Nefarious' reign of terror but turning him into a robot. However, Qwark happened to be [[HeldBackInSchool 26 years old and three times Nefarious' size at the time]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'', Ozawa first appears as your average [[JapaneseDelinquents delinquent overmaster]], torturing the soon-to-be Chaos Hero for wasting his time with "[[CassandraTruth nonsense]]" about demons. However, he quickly joins forces with [[DiscOneFinalBoss Gotou]] and becomes a rather powerful conjurer in his own right. [[spoiler:AfterTheEnd, he joins up with the ''next'' demonic invasion.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the younger self of [[KnightTemplar Scarlet Champion Herod]] can be seen in the Caverns of Time. At that point, he was known as "Herod the Bully".




%% * Grobi from ''ComicStrip/CaptnCrazy''.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{PvP}}'' when Francis [[http://pvponline.com/comic/2015/08/05/old-friends-new-again encounters his old bully]] at a high school reunion. He goes over to give the guy a piece of his mind, and isn't pleased when Teezo can't even remember him. Then it turns out that while he doesn't remember Francis specifically, he knows what a jerk he was and only came to the reunion to apologise to people.



%% * Grobi from ''ComicStrip/CaptnCrazy''.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{PvP}}'' when Francis [[http://pvponline.com/comic/2015/08/05/old-friends-new-again encounters his old bully]] at a high school reunion. He goes over to give the guy a piece of his mind, and isn't pleased when Teezo can't even remember him. Then it turns out that while he doesn't remember Francis specifically, he knows what a jerk he was and only came to the reunion to apologise to people.



* The "classmate with a grudge seeking revenge" version occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' when Dr. Venture, Brock Samson, Baron Ünderbheit, and Pete White get kidnapped by their old college classmate Mike Sorayama, who holds grudges against all of them. Although his revenge is elaborate and impressive, it's all a bit much considering that the things he hates them for are all pretty minor, most of which revolve around his pathetic unrequited crush on an attractive classmate and their teasing of him for it. Worst of all, the thing he hates Venture for was something he didn't even really do[[note]]he thinks Doc slept with the girl, but it was his roommate Brock who really did[[/note]]. Not surprisingly, they all consider the fact that he kidnapped them and intends to subject them all to a lengthy and horrible DeathTrap to be [[DisproportionateRetribution a little excessive]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Growing up, Stan Smith was bullied by a big Greek kid named Stelio Kontos. When Stan tries to be his own son Steve's bully in an attempt to toughen him up, Steve finds Stelio (who now works at Klinko's) and hires him to beat Stan up.
* A ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' episode sees Otis dreading the arrival of an old bully.
The "classmate with bully turns out to be a grudge seeking revenge" version occurs duck ([[ActorAllusion voiced by Tom]] [[Film/BackToTheFuture "Biff"]] [[ActorAllusion Wilson]]), but he still terrifies Otis. When the other characters attempt to gang up on him in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' defense, the duck beats them all silly. Then the duck simply says that he has had therapy and just wanted to do was apologize to Otis for bullying him.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' revealed that
when Dr. Venture, Brock Samson, Baron Ünderbheit, Dog was a pup, he was beaten down by a paperboy who was too fast for him. When a new mailman appeared and Pete White get kidnapped by their old college classmate Mike Sorayama, who holds grudges against all Dog was unable to catch him, he went into a deep depression until Cat snapped him out of them. Although his revenge is elaborate and impressive, it's all a bit much considering that it. During the things he hates them for are all pretty minor, most of which revolve around his pathetic unrequited crush on an attractive classmate and their teasing of him for it. Worst of all, the thing he hates Venture for was something he didn't even really do[[note]]he thinks Doc slept final showdown with the girl, but mailman, it was revealed he was the same paperboy. In the end, Dog took a chunk out of his roommate Brock pants, regaining his drive and settling his childhood trauma.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' had Drake go to his high school reunion and meet the AlphaBitch and JerkJock
who really did[[/note]]. Not surprisingly, made his life miserable for years; only now, they're rich and successful and ''still'' treat him like crap (and for bonus points, [[LovesMyAlterEgo they all consider idolize Darkwing]]). During a fight with Megavolt (who also attended the fact school), DW's mask comes off and the bullies make fun of him some more. In the end, he saves the day they apologize for the way they acted and for not recognizing that he kidnapped them was a good person, and intends promise [[SecretKeeper to subject them all keep his secret]] (he says thanks, but [[EasyAmnesia uses hypnosis to a lengthy erase their memories]] anyway).
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had an episode where Peter wanted revenge on his high school bully, only to discover that he's now crippled by multiple sclerosis
and horrible DeathTrap regrets what he did. Peter still tries to be [[DisproportionateRetribution beat him up, but Chris intervenes and points out to Peter that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters he himself has become a little excessive]].bully]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo,'' Johnny gets a visit from Mr.T, who's visiting to answer a letter Johnny sent him when he was a kid to help stop a bully who was picking on him. Mr. T helps Johnny toughen up and goes to confront the bully, who turned out grew up to become Richard Simmons.



* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' where an old school friend of Ren's comes to visit him. However, over the course of a few flashbacks it's revealed the "friend" humiliated him at every opportunity and made him miserable.



* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' where an old school friend of Ren's comes to visit him. However, over the course of a few flashbacks it's revealed the "friend" humiliated him at every opportunity and made him miserable.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Growing up, Stan Smith was bullied by a big Greek kid named Stelio Kontos. When Stan tries to be his own son Steve's bully in an attempt to toughen him up, Steve finds Stelio (who now works at Klinko's) and hires him to beat Stan up.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had an episode where Peter wanted revenge on his high school bully, only to discover that he's now crippled by multiple sclerosis and regrets what he did. Peter still tries to beat him up, but Chris intervenes and points out to Peter that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters he himself has become a bully]].



* A ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' episode sees Otis dreading the arrival of an old bully. The bully turns out to be a duck ([[ActorAllusion voiced by Tom]] [[Film/BackToTheFuture "Biff"]] [[ActorAllusion Wilson]]), but he still terrifies Otis. When the other characters attempt to gang up on him in defense, the duck beats them all silly. Then the duck simply says that he has had therapy and just wanted to do was apologize to Otis for bullying him.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' had Drake go to his high school reunion and meet the AlphaBitch and JerkJock who made his life miserable for years; only now, they're rich and successful and ''still'' treat him like crap (and for bonus points, [[LovesMyAlterEgo they idolize Darkwing]]). During a fight with Megavolt (who also attended the school), DW's mask comes off and the bullies make fun of him some more. In the end, he saves the day they apologize for the way they acted and for not recognizing that he was a good person, and promise [[SecretKeeper to keep his secret]] (he says thanks, but [[EasyAmnesia uses hypnosis to erase their memories]] anyway).
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' revealed that when Dog was a pup, he was beaten down by a paperboy who was too fast for him. When a new mailman appeared and Dog was unable to catch him, he went into a deep depression until Cat snapped him out of it. During the final showdown with the mailman, it was revealed he was the same paperboy. In the end, Dog took a chunk out of his pants, regaining his drive and settling his childhood trauma.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo,'' Johnny gets a visit from Mr.T, who's visiting to answer a letter Johnny sent him when he was a kid to help stop a bully who was picking on him. Mr. T helps Johnny toughen up and goes to confront the bully, who turned out grew up to become Richard Simmons.

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* A ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' episode sees Otis dreading The "classmate with a grudge seeking revenge" version occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' when Dr. Venture, Brock Samson, Baron Ünderbheit, and Pete White get kidnapped by their old college classmate Mike Sorayama, who holds grudges against all of them. Although his revenge is elaborate and impressive, it's all a bit much considering that the arrival things he hates them for are all pretty minor, most of which revolve around his pathetic unrequited crush on an old bully. The bully turns out to be a duck ([[ActorAllusion voiced by Tom]] [[Film/BackToTheFuture "Biff"]] [[ActorAllusion Wilson]]), attractive classmate and their teasing of him for it. Worst of all, the thing he hates Venture for was something he didn't even really do[[note]]he thinks Doc slept with the girl, but he still terrifies Otis. When it was his roommate Brock who really did[[/note]]. Not surprisingly, they all consider the other characters attempt fact that he kidnapped them and intends to gang up on him in defense, the duck beats subject them all silly. Then the duck simply says that he has had therapy to a lengthy and just wanted horrible DeathTrap to do was apologize to Otis for bullying him.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' had Drake go to his high school reunion and meet the AlphaBitch and JerkJock who made his life miserable for years; only now, they're rich and successful and ''still'' treat him like crap (and for bonus points, [[LovesMyAlterEgo they idolize Darkwing]]). During
be [[DisproportionateRetribution a fight with Megavolt (who also attended the school), DW's mask comes off and the bullies make fun of him some more. In the end, he saves the day they apologize for the way they acted and for not recognizing that he was a good person, and promise [[SecretKeeper to keep his secret]] (he says thanks, but [[EasyAmnesia uses hypnosis to erase their memories]] anyway).
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' revealed that when Dog was a pup, he was beaten down by a paperboy who was too fast for him. When a new mailman appeared and Dog was unable to catch him, he went into a deep depression until Cat snapped him out of it. During the final showdown with the mailman, it was revealed he was the same paperboy. In the end, Dog took a chunk out of his pants, regaining his drive and settling his childhood trauma.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo,'' Johnny gets a visit from Mr.T, who's visiting to answer a letter Johnny sent him when he was a kid to help stop a bully who was picking on him. Mr. T helps Johnny toughen up and goes to confront the bully, who turned out grew up to become Richard Simmons.
little excessive]].

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* In the ComicBook/{{Batman}} story ''Street Demonz'', there is a flashback of young Bruce being accosted and beaten by the titular gang. In the modern day, he confronts the gang again as Batman, and even gets to punch out the guy who had beaten him up years ago (even quipping that the guy hasn't changed at all).

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* [[https://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=1788 In Smbc-Comics, we find out what's worse than being murdered.]]


* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' Will returns to his hometown, Philadelphia, where he's mocked by the owner of an eatery for being a coward when a bully threaten him in the past. Will decides to finally get even and trains for a confrontation. However when Will meets the bully, he's reformed his ways and is even acting as a Big Brother mentor. Ironically Will comes off looking like the fool when he tries to provoke the man into a fight who berates him for his immaturity.

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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' Will returns to his hometown, Philadelphia, where he's mocked by the owner of an eatery for being a coward when and running away to Bel Air to get away from a bully threaten him ("the dude who be spinnin' me over his head" in the past.opening, [[BreakingTheFourthWall as Will identifies him]]). Will decides to finally get even and trains for a confrontation. However when Will meets the bully, he's reformed his ways and is even acting as a Big Brother mentor. Ironically Will comes off looking like the fool when he tries to provoke the man into a fight who berates him for his immaturity.


* ''Series/CSIMiami'' features this in the episode entitled "Vengeance" It turns out the [[spoiler:[[JerkVictim murdered man]] was a [[JerkJock huge jerk in highschool]]. [[ShamefulStrip He made Dan strip down to his underwear]] and wrapped him in ductape before shoving him into a locker. It was days before he was found and afterward he required several skin grafts.]]].Years later, the two meet in the bathroom and Dan addresses his former bully only to find that he doesn't remember him. Dan states his full name which prompts the Bully to laugh at having remembered "Dansy". Dan is unfazed and asks for an apology. When denied and told to get over it , he snaps and commits the crime. Apparently the victim had no memory of what he'd done either.

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* ''Series/CSIMiami'' features this in the episode entitled "Vengeance" It turns out the [[spoiler:[[JerkVictim [[spoiler:[[AssholeVictim murdered man]] was a [[JerkJock huge jerk in highschool]]. high school]]. [[ShamefulStrip He made Dan strip down to his underwear]] and wrapped him in ductape duct tape before shoving him into a locker. It was days before he was found and afterward he required several skin grafts.]]].grafts]]. Years later, the two meet in the bathroom and Dan addresses his former bully only to find that he doesn't remember him. Dan states his full name which prompts the Bully to laugh at having remembered "Dansy". Dan is unfazed and asks for an apology. When denied and told to get over it , it, he snaps and commits the crime. Apparently the victim had no memory of what he'd done either.


* ''Series/CSIMiami'' Features this in the episode entitled "Vengeance" It turns out the[[spoiler: [[JerkVictim murdered man]] was a [[JerkJock huge jerk in highschool]]. [[ShamefulStrip He made Dan strip down to his underwear]] and wrapped him in ductape before shoving him into a locker. It was days before he was found and afterward he required several skin grafts.]]].Years later, the two meet in the bathroom and Dan addresses his former bully only to find that he doesn't remember him. Dan states his full name which prompts the Bully to laugh at having remembered "Dansy". Dan is unfazed and asks for an apology. When denied and told to get over it , he snaps and commits the crime. Apparently the victim had no memory of what he'd done either.

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* ''Series/CSIMiami'' Features features this in the episode entitled "Vengeance" It turns out the[[spoiler: [[JerkVictim the [[spoiler:[[JerkVictim murdered man]] was a [[JerkJock huge jerk in highschool]]. [[ShamefulStrip He made Dan strip down to his underwear]] and wrapped him in ductape before shoving him into a locker. It was days before he was found and afterward he required several skin grafts.]]].Years later, the two meet in the bathroom and Dan addresses his former bully only to find that he doesn't remember him. Dan states his full name which prompts the Bully to laugh at having remembered "Dansy". Dan is unfazed and asks for an apology. When denied and told to get over it , he snaps and commits the crime. Apparently the victim had no memory of what he'd done either.

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* ''Series/CSIMiami'' Features this in the episode entitled "Vengeance" It turns out the[[spoiler: [[JerkVictim murdered man]] was a [[JerkJock huge jerk in highschool]]. [[ShamefulStrip He made Dan strip down to his underwear]] and wrapped him in ductape before shoving him into a locker. It was days before he was found and afterward he required several skin grafts.]]].Years later, the two meet in the bathroom and Dan addresses his former bully only to find that he doesn't remember him. Dan states his full name which prompts the Bully to laugh at having remembered "Dansy". Dan is unfazed and asks for an apology. When denied and told to get over it , he snaps and commits the crime. Apparently the victim had no memory of what he'd done either.

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