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  • The unnamed dog antagonist of the Looney Tunes short "Chow Hound". After ruthlessly exploiting and violently bullying a cat and mouse into stealing food solely for him and helping him run a money laundering scheme, he ends up blowing his dough at a deli and overeats so much meat there that he's reduced to an immobile blob of fat. The Cat and Mouse then give the dog his just desserts by force feeding the already overstuffed hound a huge jug of gravy, which is implied to kill him offscreen.
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  • Mr. Pickles only kills people that really deserve it.
  • Clyde's mother on South Park, Betsy Donovan in "Reverse Cowgirl", to the point she's still one beyond the grave; she has her Single-Issue Wonk button pressed multiple times by her son, Clyde, whenever he leaves the toilet seat up. She eventually falls into the toilet and gets stuck from the pressure, to which she then dies when the change in pressure rips her insides out. Betsy then comes back from the dead as a ghost and belittles her son for leaving the seat up, saying it's his fault that she died. Is it any wonder why Clyde, at the end of the episode, leaves it up on purpose and flips his dead mother?
  • Darkwing Duck has Doctors Gary and Larson killed by Bushroot, who covers them with plants. The few times there were seen before they had to leave, they were portrayed as a duo of Jerkasses who bullied Bushroot before he got his powers, mocked his interest in plants, criticized his work for focusing on improving quality instead of lucrative value and sabotaged his work, in front of their joint boss, for the sole sake of making him look miserable. Oh, and they mocked him when he started mutating under the effect of his experiment. No one is going to blame Bushroot for killing them. Even Rhoda doesn't bring it up later.
  • Batman: The Animated Series
    • One non-lethal example in the episode "Heart of Ice", the origin episode of Mr. Freeze. On the outside, CEO Ferris Boyle of GothCorp seems like a pretty decent fellow, even gaining an award for being the "Humanitarian of the Year". But this couldn't be further from the truth. Not only did Boyle nearly kill Nora Fries by stopping her husband from freezing her until a cure could be found for her terminal illness, but he ruins Victor's life forever by accidently pushing Victor into a vat of chemicals while trying to overpower him, freezing him and forcing him to live in a subzero environment to survive. Even Batman is horrified by Boyle's callousness and leaves him frozen from the waist down after foiling Mr. Freeze's attempted murder of him, declaring "Good night, Humanitarian" in disgust. For good measure, he also leaves the footage of Boyle kicking Fries into the chemicals with Summer Gleeson.
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    • Similarly, in the Riddler's origin episode "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?", Daniel Mockridge fires Edward Nygma so that he can keep all the profits from Nygma's new game for himself. When Nygma comes back for revenge, Batman does save Mockridge from Riddler's death trap... but is darkly satisfied to leave Mockridge to take care of himself after that. In the final scene, Mockridge is now a paranoid nervous wreck, skulking around his own house and tucking himself into bed with a shotgun always in hand in case Nygma comes after him again. For all the money he made off the game, and the merger with Wayne Enterprises, Mockridge will never have a night of restful sleep again.
  • Batman Beyond:
    • A non-lethal version of the "Anyone Could've Done it" plot comes up in "Golem" when the car of the school's Jerk Jock is found crushed like a soda can. Bruce asks Terry whether anyone might be holding some kind of grudge or otherwise seeking revenge against said jock. Terry promptly admits "The line starts with me and goes around the block, twice."
    • In the episode "Final Cut", there Society of Assassins member Mutro Botha; he didn't truly die (physical), but what Curare did to him reduced him to a vegetative state. And seeing as he was just as much a hired killer as Curare and had blackmailed Terry into helping him by planting a bomb capable of destroying Gotham, it was hard to feel sorry for him.
    • Interestingly, "April Moon" has this occurring at the end rather than the beginning. As Bruce Wayne is questioning Terry about his latest case, in which he managed to put a stop to the bad guys' crimes by breaking their enhancements but their leader got away, Terry explains how the doctor they were blackmailing into installing enhancements in them caught his "hostage" wife cheating on him with the gang's leader, but the gang's leader doesn't know this. Bruce then realizes that unlike other criminals who're likely to turn up again sooner or later to commit more crimes, they probably won't be seeing this guy again. The very last scene is of the doctor with a drill in hand about to "operate" on the gang leader... and we never do see this guy in any other episode ever again.
    • Another non-lethal version (maybe) was Stephanie Lake, a scientist working for Derek Powers. Suggesting she could use his baseline DNA to build a new body for him, she first tested the procedure on someone else with systemically damaged DNA - Mr. Freeze. While it seemed a success at first, Freeze's cloned body eventually started to regress back to it's old condition. Thinking a biopsy of his organs would help find the problem, Lake tried to kill Freeze (coldly staring at him as he begged for mercy) but Freeze escaped. He came back in a new suit of Powered Armor, intent on taking Powers out in one big kamikaze strike, but he went for Lake first; how he dealt with her was mostly a discretion shot, but given the scream, it's likely she was killed.
    • Ian Peek also qualifies. He is a reporter that gains the power to make himself intangible and invisible. He uses said power to dig up dirt on celebrities and expose it. He finds out Terry's true identity and just before he is able to reveal it, Terry tries to beat him to the punch and tells his family that he's Batman. It goes about well as you'd expect. Terry resigns himself to silence, figuring that once his picture is shown, they'll believe him. The broadcast is interrupted abruptly. Naturally, Terry suspects that something is wrong. It turns out that in all his eavesdropping, Ian Lost control of his power and is consequently passing through everything solid. Terry tries in vain to save him before realizing that it's pointless and asking Bruce what will happen to him. Bruce surmises that Ian will just keep falling until he reaches the center of the earth. Being a reporter is one thing, but browbeating everyone with the shameful things they do in secret for the ratings and snooping in on their private lives to do so is another.
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker has Bonk and the Joker himself. Upon the Joker's revival the Jokerz gang are initially thrilled to see their idol and relinquish leadership of the gang to him. However, rather than become an effective Evil Mentor to these youth, all he ever seems to do is berate them for not doing things as he would. Eventually Bonk has had enough and essentially declares that the Joker has them running around aimlessly grabbing everything but cash, doesn't seem to have a real plan and keeps telling them that they're doing things wrong. His rant ends with him saying that he wants out. The joker responds by t drawing a gun . Bonk smiles nervously and says he was only joking. The Joker pulls the trigger revealing a flag that says "bang "and says he was joking as well. Everyone laughs, only for the flag to be fired out of the gun and into Bonk's Body. He dies instantly.Ironically, Joker dies the same way during the film, at the hands of Tim Drake. Whom he kidnapped and tortured.
  • Aladdin:
    • In the movie, the first thief Jafar employs to retrieve the magic lamp from the cave of wonders is Gazeem. Gazeem tells Jafar he had to slit a few throats to retrieve a magic artifact. After delaying payment, Jafar tells Gazeem he will "get what's coming to him" in the cave of wonders. The cave of wonders allows Gazeem to enter, but swallows him up as soon as he does. Jafar observes that Gazeem was less than worthy.
    • Destane from the animated series. His former apprentice Mozenrath turned him into just another one of his pitiful, mute zombie minions, but according to Iago, Destane was so depraved even Jafar steered clear of him.
  • In Ben 10: Alien Force, Kevin averts Save the Villain by leaving his nemesis Ragnarok to fall in the Sun. Considering the guy was an Omnicidal Maniac who killed his father in cold blood and attempted to destroy Earth's sun for the sake of selling its energy, it's hard to blame Kevin for this act.
  • In The Simpsons, Mr. Burns would potentially have been this had he not survived the events of "Who Shot Mr. Burns". (That was the whole idea of the Cliffhanger; practically everyone in Springfield wanted to kill him, and in many cases, few would have blamed them, due to Burns' unusually extensive asshole behavior lately.) However, not only did he survive, the shooting was an accident (maybe, the ending leaves it ambiguous) making it a Subversion twice-over.
  • Starscream in 80's animated film The Transformers: The Movie. He'd always been The Starscream Trope Namer to Megatron. When Megatron was kicked by Optimus and fell on the floor, Starscream mocked and kicked him. Later on he left his leader to die in outer space. Unicron saves Megs and turns him into Galvatron. The first thing Galvatron does when he arrives to Cybertron? He kills Starscream. Probably the only time when the audience praised a Galvatron's action.
  • Jeff Fecalman, Quagmire's sister's extremely abusive boyfriend from the Family Guy episode "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q."
    • For some, Diane Simmons from "And Then There Were Fewer" as well. She murdered 5 people (1 on purpose, the others by mistake or to cover up her crime), because James Woods dumped her and Tom Tucker was lobbying the network to replace her with a younger newsanchor.
    • One episode has Peter and his friends accidently kill the hook-handed war veteran custodian of the local abandoned asylum after he scared them during a session of working on a horror screen play. They spend the episode going out of their mind with paranoia of being discovered and almost turn on each other, but at the end of the episode, it's revealed by a newspaper headline that the man was actually a local KKK leader and graverobber who stole war medals.
  • Justin Hammer in Iron Man: Armored Adventures; the guy is a Psychotic Manchild, leads at the same time a weapon-selling company and a criminal empire, genuinely attempted to kill Iron Man (he actually feels disappointment when at one point he destroys the armor and sees no blood splattering everywhere) and is an especially Bad Boss. His other Kick the Dog moments include trying to bring back to life Living Laser, who had gone through Redemption Equals Death, for the sake of turning him into a weapon he could mass-produce, causing Obadiah Stane to end up in a coma and manipulating Iron Man 2099 to ensure a future where millions of people would die but where he would be president. Comes episode Hammer Falls, that makes him go through an especially spectacular Villainous Breakdown before his final defeat, he acts even worse by developing a zombifying gas, which he is willing to use to cause a Zombie Apocalypse on Manhattan rather than lose his company. You really don't feel sorry for him when Mr Fix gasses him with his own invention.
  • Harley Quinn undergoes such an extreme case of Adaptational Villainy in "Twisted", the first of three preview web-episodes for Justice League: Gods and Monsters, becoming a psychotic Serial Killer who butchers and mutilates people, that the audience actually feels better when it turns out that Batman in this world is a vampire, and he drinks her dry rather than capturing her once she surrenders.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • During "Putting Your Hoof Down", most of Ponyville seems to have been transplanted with jerks who repeatedly hassle and mistreat Fluttershy, just so her eventual flip out and getting back at them seems more justified.
    • It pops up again in "Magic Duel" when Trixie takes over Ponyville as part of her revenge, as Ponyville residents were the ones bullying Trixie and vandalizing her cart after the events of "Boast Busters". It makes you wonder if Ponyville really is just populated by a bunch of colossal jerks...
    • Verko, the naked mole rat crime boss of Klugetown in the movie happens to become this. He shows up at one point to buy the Mane Six and Spike off Capper's paws, only for Tempest Shadow, the Storm King's lieutenant to show up. Verko distracts her by gushing over how cute she is and asking what tricks she knows. Tempest, of course, responds by electrocuting him. Given how he was going to buy the main characters, it's hard to muster up sympathy for him.
  • Whenever Eustace gets killed in Courage the Cowardly Dog (which tends to happen a lot) he qualifies; often he's the one who get himself, Muriel, and Courage into whatever mess that kills him in the first place.
    • And there are even more extreme (but less frequent) examples in the series. Like: the Veterinarian who gets one of the most poetic and epic deaths at the hands and jaws of all the dogs he exiled into space. Di Lung who is even an bigger jerk than Eustace and fittingly often appears just to demean others and suffer something unpleasant and Velvet Vick who got trapped by Shirley for his ruthless character into a disc, which becomes clear once tried to put Muriel in his place.
  • The Secret Squirrel segment of 2 Stupid Dogs had one episode where the titular villain was a gloating race car driver named Hot Rodney. He attempted to prevent Secret Squirrel from winning their race by kidnapping Morocco Mole and having him tied up somewhere far from the racing track with a dynamite belt strapped to him. He even gloats about his victory being assured by Secret's unwillingness to let his friend die. While Hot Rodney ends up winning the race in spite of Secret's efforts, Secret does manage to trick him into wearing the same dynamite belt he had strapped to Morocco, resulting in the boastful jackass exploding as he drives off into the distance.
  • After Stan in American Dad! gets falsely arrested for domestic and sexual abuse (It Makes Sense in Context), he plans to get himself released by framing it on a person who, while innocent, deserves to be punished anyway. They end up pinning it on a co-worker of Roger who screwed him over. The fact that the guy turned out to be a Neo-Nazi, and the detective in charge is a holocaust survivor, was an icing on the cake.
  • DC Showcase: Jonah Hex is kicked off by the death of Red Doc. While we don't know why Jonah Hex is after him, we do see why he would have a bounty, considering he shoots a dog for just barking at him. He also openly brags once he enters a bar and flat-out tells the bartender to his face that he doesn't like him.
  • Often in Dan Vs.. Sometimes, even if Dan's motive for revenge is petty, the victim will turn out to deserve it: for example, in "Wild West Town," Dan is just upset that the titular tourist attraction wasn't very fun, but the owner turns out to be screwing his employees out of money.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Dick Hardly gets killed by his creations, the Powerpuff Girls Extreme along with his factory exploding. It's impossible to feel bad for him, considering how he was willing to kill the real Powerpuff Girls to get money.
  • Kaeloo: It's usually very hard to feel sorry for Mr. Cat when something bad happens to him (which is quite often).
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Admiral Zhao. He is cruel and sneaky, and brutally persecutes the Avatar. On his way, he will attack and burn down any village that has helped the Avatar and his friends. In the northern waters, he wants to kill the two lunar spirits, to plunge the world into chaos. But to his bad luck, the spirit of the ocean decides to punish him. But technically, he isn't killed but banished to the spirit world.
    • The fiance of Princess Yue also qualifies for it. He wants to marry her, though he knows that she is a forced marriage to her, and that she loves another boy. He doesn't love her, but simply wants to rise in the hierarchy, and also behaves very arrogantly. Finally, he would fight against Admiral Zhao. It's unknown whether he was actually killed, but you can't see him after the battle.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, Edward Kelly gets threatened by the Brotherhood into leaving them out of his anti-mutant campaign in "No Good Deed". Considering that he's a bigot who treats mutants like crap (and also encourages others to do so), even when they save his life, it's hard to feel any sympathy for him.


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