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  • In Alpha Gods, people often attack Extra Humans, knowing perfectly well that they're super powered beings who could easily tear them apart.
  • People spend rather a lot more time insulting, belittling, and reprimanding the Great Red Dragon in Bone than is probably wise. Played for laughs in the Dragon's first appearance, where he chases off The Rat Creatures without moving a muscle. Fone Bone, disappointed by the lack of dragon-on-rat-creature action, complains about the Dragon's inaction and asks if the Dragon if can even breathe fire at all. At which point, the Dragon shuts Fone up with a burst of fire to the face.
    Great Red Dragon: Never play an ace when a deuce will do, kid.
    • The eighth volume "Treasure Hunters" introduces Tarsil, the the usurper of Atheia. He has Fantastic Racism towards dragons, and at one point in the past tried to invade their sacred burial grounds. The battle left him heavily mutilated and missing an arm.
    "There was a short battle. The dragons gave fair warning before attacking with open flame."
  • Done deliberately in a few of the comics in The Book of Bunny Suicides. The cute little bunnies antagonize large dogs or Those Wacky Nazis because, well, remember the title.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Everyone in Duckburg who picks a fight with Paperinik (Donald Duck superhero alter-ego). Remember, before becoming a superhero Paperinik started as an avenger of himself skilled enough to steal Scrooge's money-filled mattress while he was sleeping on it, has humiliated the strongest opponents, and never lost a sadistic streak... And some go and pick a fight with him.
  • Zigzagged in Empowered:
    • There is a significant population of people who hold anti-Cape sentiments. For one thing, this attitude is so common because a lot of Capes, heroes and villains alike, are monumental Jerk Asses, and if things get violent, it's quite possible for a normal to take down a superhuman. On the other hand, a normal beating a Cape requires a lot in the normal's favor, including the proper equipment and training, and if the slightest thing goes wrong, the normal will not live to regret it. While the precise details remain sketchy, anti-Cape sentiment reached a boiling point in recent years with something known as the San Antonio incident, where a group of normals banded together and went on a Cape-killing spree. They got several Capes, at least... and then the Capes rallied and slaughtered every anti-Cape protester they could catch in return, getting so carried away they destroyed the entire city with a volcanic eruption, implicitly killing every normal in it. So far, Thugboy is the only anti-Cape activist known to have survived the incident.
    • Also shown in many of the Superhomies' interactions with Empnote . Despite the fact that most of them have, at least once, seen first hand that Emp is frighteningly powerful under the right/wrong circumstances, they still chose to view and treat her as a punchline. Though, to be fair, that's how Elissa sees herself most of the time.
  • Harvey Comics: Little Lotta was frequently teased over her weight, even by kids who knew about her super strength.
  • King Mob lampshades this in The Invisibles. Luckily for his sake, the red-neck backs down:
    King Mob: I'm telling you that you're in the wrong film, fatboy. You're not in the cowboy film you thought you were in. This is a different kind of movie. And you're in the scene where the redneck shitkicker picks on the stranger in town, only it turns out to be big Arnie or a gang of vampires. I'll bet you've seen that a million times, cowboy.
    Billy-Bob: Sure.
    Mob: So here's the deal: you've just made the mistake of your life but you can wash away your sins by apologizing to the lady. Otherwise I squeeze, you pop and guess who's singing castrato in church on Sunday?
    Billy-Bob: I... ah... I called you a faggot and... ah... well, I'm sorry. Fuck.
    Lord Fanny: That's all right, darling. I am a faggot. And you do have a lovely dick.
  • Monica from Brazilian comic Monica's Gang is frequently taunted by her male friends for being overweight, bucktoothed, and short (among other things). Too bad she is A) easily irritable B) superstrong, and C) armed with a plush bunny. Not to mention single-minded.
  • In The Sandman (1989):
    • The angel Remiel — who along with Duma has been given the unpleasant task of watching over Hell since Lucifer quit — visits Lucifer's bar and asks him to take back Hell. Lucifer laughs in his face and proceeds to mock Remiel for his cowardice. Remiel then spits on Lucifer's face in a fit of pique. Lucifer calmly wipes off the spittle, then just as calmly reminds Remiel that Lucifer was once the leader of Heaven's army and that he gave up none of his power when he gave up Hell and his wings. If Lucifer wished it, Remiel would cease to exist right on the spot. Taking the warning to heart, Remiel beats a hasty retreat.
    • Also in the same series, in the Season of Mists arc, the demon Azazel is in Dream's realm as part of a conference on the disposal of the recently-vacated Hell and attempts to blackmail Dream by taking Nada, his beloved, inside himself and threatening to consume her, complete with various insults directed towards the master of the realm he's currently in. Since Dream considers himself bound by Sacred Hospitality, he gets away with that for a time, although Dream points out that the same rules make Nada's safety his responsibility as well and agrees to a contest to win her freedom (by finding her inside Azazel's body). He succeeds, whereupon Azazel reneges on the agreement, gloats about now having both of them captive, and rejects Dream's hospitality. Which of course gets rid of the only reason the latter was even playing along and results in the demon finding himself instantly trapped in a glass jar, getting put into a chest to think about his actions, and not being seen again in that arc at least. (Dream idly muses about maybe letting him out again "eventually"...)
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe comics various Imperial officers have gone and messed with Darth Vader even after finding out kind of invincible monster they were dealing with. To be fair, they do so only when Palpatine has ordered Vader to obey them... But the moment said orders are rescinded or otherwise lose value, Vader promptly murders them.
    • Averted in Star Wars: Vader Down: on Vrogas Vas the Rebels know that Vader is alone and may be wounded after crash-landing, so they try and take him alive... And deploy hundreds of soldiers with tank support with orders to kill him if he doesn't surrender immediately. It's not enough.
  • In Super Crooks, after being assembled to pull off a top heist in Spain (which has no super-heroes), a pack of low-level bad guys are horrified to realize their target is the Bastard, the most ruthless super-villain to ever live. They all tell their leader it's crazy as the last guy to try and screw over the Bastard wasn't just murdered but watched just about everyone in his life (down to second grade classmates) killed before he was taken out.
  • The Transformers (Marvel): Toward the end of the run, Fangry keeps trying to pick fights with Grimlock. Who even if he wasn't the sort who doesn't subscribe to the usual Autobot rules, has just had a major power upgrade, and could quite easily kill Fangry if given half a chance. The only reason he doesn't is because Bludgeon intervenes, and only because it suits his purposes to make Grimlock look bad.
  • In The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, the NAILs blame everything on the Autobots and Decepticons and on the war that nearly destroyed Cybertron. The Autobots aren't going to try anything aggressive against them, but the Decepticons are more than willing to blast them when they get the chance, and most of either non-NAIL side have way more combat experience than the NAIL civilians. As in, there are individual soldiers on each side who have been fighting for millions of years.
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye:
    • Megatron is finally at peace. He understands the universe and sees how his way was wrong. When the DJD and Tarn come for him for betraying the Decepticon ways Megatron offers to turn himself over to be killed but ONLY if they spare the crew. Tarn refuses and beats him... but still Megatron refuses to fight back. And then Tarn kills Ravage. Megatron goes full Roaring Rampage of Revenge. And still the DJD push him and mock him when they think they have him on the ropes, only for Megatron to reveal they never stood a chance. And he makes it clear just why this is happening:
    • Earlier in the comic, Prowl attempts to blackmail Chromedome, who has a natural knack for mnemosurgery and as such can rip memories clean out of people's heads. Prowl does this without guards or witnesses present and with his back turned to Chromedome. Needless to say, Prowl ends up crash-tackled into his desk and gets the memories of 1) making the threat and 2) being able to make the threat removed.
      Chromedome: Go on. I want to see if you're stupid enough to say this out loud.
  • The Transformers: Dark Cybertron: Prowl, having regained his memories after aforementioned incident and learned nothing, tries needling Chromedome during a quiet moment over the recent death of his lover Rewind (who, funnily enough, Prowl didn't like). Chromedome throws Prowl off a cliff.
  • Über.
    • Hitler berates, mocks, and belittles Battleship-class uber Siegmund after the latter lost a battle against an entire battleforce of ubers. Scratch one Hitler.
    • It also takes two failed tries for the Russians to realize the best tactic to deal with their rogue uber "Katyusha" Maria is to send one old guy to ask her nicely to come back onside. The two attempts to strongarm the woman with the most powerful Eye Beams on the planet did not go so well.
    • Stalin, afraid of Maria's raw power and popularity, eventually gets her Deceptive Disciple to halo her in the back immediately after she wins a battle. Scratch one Stalin, and by implication everybody else in the Kremlin.
  • In Watchmen:
    • A prisoner threatens to kill Rorschach in the lunch line (and is building up to shank him), confident that in prison, he won't be as tough. Rorschach, being Homicidal, Ax-Crazy, and a Combat Pragmatist, throws hot grease in his face before he can even lift a finger, burning him horribly. Right after this, he deliberately invokes the trope.
      "None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me!"
    • Afterwards, three other guys try to kill him. Admittedly, they thought they had the advantage over him...but once again, underestimated him. They also die bloodily.
    • This trope was invoked by Captain Carnage, a masochist that dressed up as a supervillian so he would get beaten up by superheroes. Until he tried it on Rorschach and Rorschach threw him down an elevator shaft.
    • Rorschach insults Ozymandias as a sellout. When it is revealed that Ozymandias killed The Comedian and is about to do something else worse, Rorschach points out that Ozymandias is their most dangerous foe yet.
  • One of the stories in Volume 2 of Witch Girl's Tales features the team of Witch Girls falling victim to what starts off as Mugging the Monster... but it turns into this when one of two remaining thugs decides to charge one of the witch girls after they've already dispatched most of the group with their magic. He also didn't read the atmosphere and chose to charge Heroic Comedic Sociopath and Token Evil Teammate Princess Lucinda, rather than one of the ones who had previously been seen using non-lethal methods. He's turned into a bug for his troubles... but he still doesn't stop doing this, as when the final gang member is turned into a frog, he taunts said person who is now roughly ten times his size and his natural predator. Predictably, he gets eaten.