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  • X-Men:
  • Incredible Hulk:
    • Happens to the Hulk all the time. Most of his rampages could have been avoided had they just backed off a bit. Considering his Catchphrase (apart from "Hulk Smash!") is usually a variation of him bellowing "LEAVE HULK ALONE!" you'd think the denizens of the Marvel Universe would have cottoned on, but then you remember this is the Marvel Universe, where Dragon-bullying (and bitching about the results afterwards) is a widely accepted pastime.
    • This was once lampshaded by Doc Samson, in discussion with General Ross:
      Samson: The Hulk keeps yelling at you to leave him alone. So my advice is to leave Hulk alone. Watch him by satellite. If he gets near a populated area, send out Hulk alerts the way we send out weather alerts.
      Ross: And if America's enemies get hold of him?
      Samson: Send condolence cards to America's enemies.
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    • This was deliberately done by Deadpool when he wanted to die: as his Regenerative Factor allowed him to survive or even to resuscitate from things that would have killed Wolverine, he decided that being reduced to subatomic particles was his best bet, and pissing off Hulk by nuking him twice was the chosen method. Sadly, by the time he managed to get punched Hulk had calmed down enough that Deadpool was merely liquified, and was back in one piece in five days...
    • Happens in this variant cover which is actually about bullying. The jocks can clearly see that Hulk is glaring at them with murderous intentions and yet continue to laugh and bully the kid.
    • Happened to his cousin She-Hulk once too, and Played for Laughs. After the Stamford disaster, an angry mob of anti-superhero protestors had formed outside of the courthouse where she — as Jennifer — was defending two surviving members of the New Warriors. One guy recognized her and grabbed her, shouting "I've got She-Hulk!" Then she turned into her large, hulked-out size, and said, "Okay, you've got She-Hulk. Now what?"
  • Marvel Comics also has Super Hero hate groups. SUPER HERO HATE GROUPS. These people should just form a "Drink-A-Gallon-of-Bleach Club"; it'd be safer.
  • One of the long running gags in the Spider-Man mythos was that Flash Thompson was both a totally fanboy of Spider-Man and the daily-tormentor of Peter Parker. During the One More Day storyline in Marvel in 2006, where Peter had revealed his identity to the world, Flash decided to challenge Peter to a dodgeball match in front of the children at the school they taught at because he refused to believe that Peter could possibly be Spider-Man. It ended with Peter kicking the dodgeball full force into Flash's face, giving a shiner on each eye. Of course, for this to happen, decades worth of Character Development had to be stripped away from Flash, who previously had matured from his high school days and become a close friend of Peter's.
    • J. Jonah Jameson devotes all of his resources to labeling Spidey as a menace to New York that needs to be put down. Nevermind that if Spidey really was the monster Jameson claims, Spidey could have easily killed him years ago.
    • The Kingpin makes a habit of challenging Spider-Man in hand-to-hand combat and generally provoking him. Justified because the first time they fought Kingpin won... But then again, Kingpin has merely Charles Atlas Superpower and Spider-Man can lift ten tonnes, move freakishly fast, and has his Spider-Sense. He doesn't learn until "Back in Black", when one of Kingpin's hitmen mortally wounds Aunt May and Spidey for once doesn't hold back, effortlessly beating him within an inch of his life (or, in the What If? version where the bullet killed Mary Jane, punched him through his chest). More humorously, he once thought he could defeat Spider-Man in a poker game (turns out, the Spider-Sense can tell if he's being bluffed, and the other superheroes only invite him to their charity games).
    • Linked to Spidey is Shocker, as demonstrated in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man. He's viewed as a joke and a coward by the rest of his team, especially Boomerang who constantly insults and bullies him. This wouldn't be so bad if Shocker wasn't a veteran supervillain wielding a pair of powerful sonic gauntlets that can kill people if they're cranked up enough. Even worse, it soon becomes clear that Shocker is the only one of them who actually knows how to fight. Sure enough this backfires horribly against the gang when Boomerang's jabs go a step too far, causing Shocker to snap and effortlessly beat the shit out of them.
    • Another Spidey Foe example is from the "Gauntlet" arc, where the original Rhino had given up his criminal ways for love (with encouragement from Spidey). Along the way, he passed up a challenge from a new Rhino (sporting what was essentially the Rhino armor from The Amazing Spider-Man 2), who wanted to solidify his reputation and status by defeating the original in combat. Rhino told him he could have the mantle. Armored Rhino ended up killing the original's girlfriend in order to goad him into his desired fight. Rhino destroyed the pretender before he could get his armor fully in gear. And then he told Spidey he'd never forgive him for talking him out of handling the other Rhino while his lover was still alive.
    • In one issue of Sensational Spider-Man, some rowdy sailors picked a fight with the Rhino, because they apparently decided that antagonizing a drunk, pissed-off supervillain who is ten feet tall and can knock down buildings was the best use of their shore leave. Black Cat's timely intervention was the only thing that kept Rhino from turning these idiots into a red smear on the ground.
  • Maybe not as extreme as the other examples (since he has no actual super-powers), but there have been a few times where Frank Castle (AKA The Punisher) ends up in jail. Since Frank is a known badass with a body count nearly as high as The Joker, criminals waste no time in throwing their lives away by trying to attack him. Frank, who is inevitably heavily restrained, adds a few more bodies to the count before the guards show up. In The Punisher: The End, the prison authorities at Sing Sing solved the problem by throwing him in solitary confinement before he "killed every inmate we got," to quote one of the guards. It worked, too... until the world blew up.
    • Nicky Cavellla from The Punisher MAX. He wanted to eliminate the Punisher, and thought he could do it by making him clumsy. To do that, Nick dug up the Punisher's family's remains, pissed on them while recording himself doing so, and sent the video to the local news. His plan worked, and Frank stopped being as methodical as he normally is, but with the trade-off that Frank went into such an Unstoppable Rage that he killed several important figures in Cavella's criminal family in one day. The remaining family ditched Cavella and Frank shot him in the stomach.
    • Because of his disdain for superheroes, who are "too soft on crime", the Punisher has often assaulted far more powerful superheroes. Whether he gets away with it or not tends to depend on if he's being written by Garth Ennis.
      • On the "gotten away with it" side, the Punisher once blew off the face and balls of Wolverine with a shotgun, and then ran him over with a steamroller. He also once shot Anti-Venom before trying to kill Anti-Venom's Morality Chain, Jenna Cole. Admittedly, Anti-Venom proceeded to punch Frank through a wall, but considering Anti-Venom's sporadic wrestling with cannibalistic urges, it could have gone a lot worse for Frank. Also, in another comic, Frank and Wolverine met, and Wolverine decided to take revenge for the above. Cue No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
      • On the "didn't get away with it" side... In Marvel Knights, Frank once tried to pick a fight with Ulik the Rock Troll, a monster and regular foe of The Mighty Thor. Literally the only reason Frank survived was because Daredevil ran off and found the magical whatsit that Ulik was after whilst Ulik was kicking Frank around like a football. In The Superior Foes Of Spiderman, the Shocker blows Frank away with all the ease of swatting a fly, thanks to his sonic blasters being more than Frank's body armor can hope to handle. In Runaways #26, he makes the mistake of threatening the Runaways at gun-point for their criminal relations. Pint-Sized Powerhouse Molly promptly punches him in the gut so hard that it takes all of Frank's willpower not to collapse on the spot, and he is effectively taken out of action. And then there's the the time he tries to assassinate Norman Osborn... who is, at the time, not only still his Green Goblin self, but also the head of an evil version of SHIELD AND the leader of the Dark Avengers who have provided him with The Sentry as a bodyguard. The result is that the assasination attempt fails miserably due to Sentry interfering, and then the only reason he isn't captured is because Frank set off a bomb elsewhere at which Sentry flew off to protect people from the explosion. Osborn sends Daken (Wolverine's Ax-Crazy son with the exact same power set) after the Punisher, and he ends up unceremoniously cut into pieces and dumped down a sewer.note 
  • Downplayed with the Yancy Street Gang, who constantly prank and heckle Ben Grimm of the Fantastic Four. Ben tolerates this because he knows it's all in good fun, and the Gang are good at heart, often assisting the Fantastic Four against villains.
  • In the early days of Marvel, people kept trying to attack the Silver Surfer, accusing him of being responsible for anything bad that occurred and generally insulting him. The Surfer may be overly perfect in some incarnations, but he's also a borderline Reality Warper who used to help his boss eat planets, and EXTREMELY dangerous when angered. For some reason, this never occurred to them.
  • In a superpower VS superpower version, The Children's Crusade gives us The Avengers and the X-Men, who spend a lot of their time antagonizing Wanda (Scarlet Witch) and her son Billy (Wiccan). Both teams (although especially the X-Men) are incredibly lucky that Wanda and Billy are, in fact, good people, because it is absolutely staggering how willing both teams are to risk seriously pissing off one mutant who has the power to reshape the world with a sentence and another mutant who they suspect could do the same thing. Emma Frost even goes so far as to attack Wanda's children, because that worked out really well the last time around.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • Ultimate Spider-Man
      • Flash challenges Peter to a fight, not knowing about his powers. Parker tries to dodge him, catches his fist to stop his attack... and breaks his hand by accident. Even after this, Flash continues to harass and try to attack Peter at every opportunity. His buddy Kong gets in on the action to (which helps Kong realize Peter is Spidey). Peter never retaliates. The first time they try doing this when Gwen Stacy is around, she actually draws a knife on Flash.
      • After Ultimatum, Kitty Pryde joins the school, where Flash and his band of merry morons make a game of "throw stuff at the mutant" (since Kitty can't do anything without getting arrested).
    • Ultimatum
      • Xavier is alone in the mansion, with Magneto. A crippled man against a man with powers that rocked the whole planet. Nobody will come to help him, as in the White House. Nobody is keeping Magneto powerless, as in the Triskelion's cell, and he's wearing that helmet that blocks Charles' telepathy. Still, Xavier remains Defiant to the End. What happens next note  is no surprise.
      • Dr. Strange thought that he could defeat Dormammu all by himself (remember that Ultimate Dr. Strange is not the "Sorcerer Supreme", but just a TV celebrity who knows a pair of spells and that's it). Again, what happens next is no surprise.
    • Ultimate X-Men: Colonel John Wraith is cartoonishly abusive to the group of superpowered slaves that he makes do grunt work, this goes on to include the X-Men. Often torturing them and treating them like attack dogs. To the shock of no one, his team has no actual loyalty to him and this goes on to blow up in his face.
    • The Ultimates: Subverted. Cap is giving Pym a well deserved beating, after his domestic abuse of the wasp, and goads him into becoming a giant to have a fair fight. Pym obliges, and it would seem that he got the upper hand, but no: Captain America trashed him to a pulp nonetheless, giant size and all.
    • Spider-Men II: Many years ago, Wilson Fisk, enforcer of the Rigoletto family, was jailed. Some other prisoner threatened him that Rigoletto is not there to protect him... and Fisk chews his nose out of his face.
  • Owen Reese, the original Molecule Man, had the power to control inorganic matter (and later organic matter once Dr. Doom removed the mental blocks Owen had put on his own powers) at a molecular level. This naturally makes him a rather dangerous threat, even if his personality has all the aggressiveness of a puppy. At the tail end of Secret Wars (1984) Owen used his powers to transform a chunk of Battle World into a self contained space ship in an effort to get the remaining villains home. Dr. Octopus pointed out the futility of this as the Beyonder, to demonstrate his power in the first issue, had destroyed all the local stars, meaning an ant had a better chance of finding its way out of the desert than they had of finding Earth. Nonchalantly Owen pointed out this wasn't a problem as he'd reignited the stars, giving him barings to find home. This caused Otto to flip out and attack his benefactor, a fight that lasted all of one panel before the good doctor found himself tied up with his own tentacles courtesy of Molecule Man. The concerned Owen noted that Octopus really was a mentally disturbed individual, and promised to deliver him to the proper authorities when they got home. The other villains opted to just enjoy the free ride after that. Might cross over with Mugging the Monster given it was well known Molecule Man tended to be the nonconfrontational sort, but Doc Ock and the others did just witness him restore life to hundreds of celestial bodies.
  • In the final issue of Avengers Academy, the now-depowered Veil enrolls in a normal high school and is immediately set upon by the resident Alpha Bitch. Unfortunately for said Alpha Bitch, Veil still has all the combat skills she learned at the titular academy, as she eagerly demonstrates on her and her Jerk Jock buddy.
  • The Avengers: Heroes Return: In the opening of issue 2, a pair of drunks have just been kicked out of a bar and spy two ladies taking a drink of water, and decide to harass them. They're the brainwashed She-Hulk and Binary. It takes a special kind of stupidly drunk to not be concerned that someone you're planning to harass is over six foot tall and bright green. So the two idiots get thrown through a wall for their troubles. The slightly drunker of the two is still insistent on going after them for revenge.


  • Batman:
    • In Batman: Devil's Advocate The Joker is sent to a regular prison, for a crime he was framed for. Another prisoner is displeased with some of the Joker's actions. He starts threatening him, boasting that he has killed over thirty people. This is an extremely unimpressive number to someone like The Joker and it predictably ends badly for him. In his defense though, he may have thought that while Joker was an Ax-Crazy mass-murderer he was an unskilled fighter. The Joker's level of combat skill largely depends on the writer. That being said, pissing off a psychotic mass-murderer is still a dumb move.
    • Batman: No Man's Land:
    • In one part, Bane arrives in Gotham and picks up a female sidekick, and is quickly accosted by a gang who demand he turn over everything he has. That's right, these guys actually try to mug a huge, masked muscleman. (And he's carrying a chain gun now.) Suffice to say, they quickly regretted it.
    • In yet another move where doing this to the Joker backfires, Joker's Last Laugh was kicked off by a doctor trying to scare the Joker by faking a cancer diagnosis. Needless to say, the doctor comes to regret lying to the Joker real quickly.
    • In some interludes to the story there was a Running Gag of a criminal trying to rob people with an empty gun, with everyone knowing there's no ammunition left in Gotham. The last of these interludes has him try it on the Joker.
  • It was established in the original Damage's series that his "parents" were actually employees set to watch him until the superpowers he'd been genetically engineered for showed up. Given that, later retcons that his foster-father physically and sexually abused him — according to one comic, badly beating him directly after he'd accidentally blown a friend's hand off — make the guy look extremely stupid.
  • Happened in an issue of Jack Kirby's Demon series, where a creature like Frankenstein's monster created by a mad scientist was subject to a street gang throwing bricks at him and taunting him. When they captured a girl who had been in psychic communication with him (don't ask), all he had to do was stand up and the gang quickly retreated.
  • Two lesser supervillains (the Warlock of Ys and Kudlak the Sorcerer) have the brilliant idea of attacking the Justice Society of America building. This would already be a monumentally stupid idea. To make it worse, it was a mixer with the Justice League. And to add the cherry to their sundae of idiocy, their entrance ruined the teams' Thanksgiving dinner.
  • In Secret Six, a handful of carnies attack Bane during his date, which goes as well you'd expect. But instead of retreating when the 7-foot giant takes out half their number casually, they try to kill his girlfriend.
    • Likewise, the Nazi idiots who keep trying to fight Deadshot, who found them intensely irritating but Not Worth Killing... which means he merely went for Eye Scream. When they attacked him and his girlfriend, Deadshot only refrained from killing them because he had promised not to kill anyone that night. His girlfriend happily stepped in, and that was the end of the mess.
  • Superman:
    • One could argue that this is the case for a lot of Superman's less powerful enemies, but special mention has to go to the Prankster. Here's a guy with no superpowers whose only real goal is to pull the biggest practical jokes on the largest number of people possible... and his favorite target is the most powerful being on Earth. And he never stops trying! Then again, everyone is aware of Superman's Thou Shalt Not Kill policy — and Superman isn't physically abusive towards non-powered villains who don't try to accost him.
    • Lex Luthor's favorite sport. Granted, Superman would probably never actually do anything - but that doesn't change the fact that Luthor is harassing a guy who could kill him in any number of ways before he could even blink, let alone do anything. At least Lex is wise enough to pack kryptonite but he bets a lot on Superman not vaporizing him from a distance no matter what he does.
    • In Krypton No More, common sense should advise super-villain Protector against antagonizing and pissing off Superman. Still he defies him openly, constantly attacks him and even breaks into his home. And he manages to get Supergirl pissed off, too!
    • In an issue of Kryptonite Nevermore a corrupt bussinessman threatens Superman and even orders his men to shoot at the Man of Steel. He has no powers, abilities or anti-metahuman technology whatsoever and menaces someone who can vaporize him at a glance.
    • In The Third Kryptonian, Amalak's non-powered minions are confident that their weaponry can take several Kryptonians out. It never crosses their minds that their arms were adequate enough to hunt down desperate stragglers on the run, but now they're going to face several long-experienced heroes accustomed to dealing with anti-Kryptonian weapons and enemies more powerful than themselves. The result is a one-sided curbstomp.
    • At the beginning of Who Took the Super out of Superman?, a band of pirates is raiding the Metropolis Bay. When Superman shows up they actually try to scare him away. After taking care of them, Superman wonders why crooks keep bothering him.
      Superman: I may never understand why every bunch of cheap, grimy thugs with no thought and even less chance of success continues to waste my time with petty, ambitious greed!
    • Since her creation, Supergirl has run into many idiots who thought picking a fight with the cousin of Superman was a good idea:
    • Back in the Bronze Age, 'Nasty' Luthor tried to bully Linda when both girls attended classes in Stanhope College, and was constantly putting her down and trying to humilate her when both worked as junior photographers for San Francisco station K-SFTV. And she knows that Linda is Supergirl... and short-tempered. In Demon Spawn Linda is so fed up with Nasty that she punches a wall.
    • In Supergirl (Volume 5) issue #0, Batman's villain Clayface challenged and taunted Supergirl. Someone who is essentially a shape-shifting mud-man taunted a girl who can punch moons. Great idea. In issue #33 he did it again. Out of patience, Kara froze him solid, took him up, up, UP and dropped him.
    • Catherine Grant insults, mocks and taunts Supergirl the whole time. In "Day of the Dollmaker" she does do it to her face. She doesn't seem bothered by the fact that she's goading someone who can rip her in half and hurl her remains out of the planet in less than a second.
    • In the beginning of Red Daughter of Krypton, Lobo picks a fight with Supergirl. Knowing he can't go toe-to-toe with her, he mocks her, taunts her, presses her Berserk Buttons... so she gets angry and fights more sloppily. She certainly got angry. And then she proceeded to pummel him savagely.
    • In Many Happy Returns super-villain Rebel ambushes and taunts Kara. Kara warns him she can kill him as soon as she looks at him. He wisely runs away.
      Rebel: So whattaya say we just finish this off with one final dance?
      Supergirl: Don't you get it, Rebel? You're not important! You never were! You were just — something to do! Something for Supergirl and me to bounce off of for a while until people and events of real consequence came along! Look — Here's the problem. You've done some bad things, but I'm really, really upset right now. So much so that, honestly, I don't trust myself. And if you attack me or I attack you... I will hurt you. I'll hurt you worse than you've ever been hurt in your whole life. I can carve you up as soon as look at you. I can break you, boil you, freeze you. I can do things you can't imagine. Things I can't imagine, until I have to. And then I'll improvise. Part of me is hoping you will attack. And part of me is praying — for your sake, and my own peace of mind — that you don't. It's up to you.
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Lex Luthor spent a good while insulting, mocking and taunting Kara after she found out about his Dark Secret. Yup, he taunted an enraged Kryptonian who wanted him dead.
    • Last Daughter Of Krypton: Simon Tycho correctly guesses that Supergirl is a Kryptonian, and even so he wants to keep her imprisoned after capturing her by sheer luck. She gets broken out and stomps all over his soldiers, and he decides to blackmail her. She destroys his space station and tells him to not bother her again, and he sends his hired goons after her. At the end, his mercenaries have been crushed, his space base has been blown up, his body has been half-burned as a result of his satellite's explosion and he is still determined to capture her and force her to work for him.
    • In Super Sons, the League of Assassins try to pick a fight with Jon, a flying kid wearing the trademark "S" of the most famous and powerful superhero on Earth. Their weapons shatter against his skin and he can knock any of them out with one punch. They continue to try to attack him and only last a short while by dog-piling him.
    • In A Mind Switch In Time, a biker is complaining about Superman arresting his gang when his bike suddenly gets turned into a flying bike armed with a ray cannon. He immediately gets to deface every Superman statue he finds until he runs into Superman, shoots one energy beam at him... and becomes frightened when his blast gets shrugged off. Then, because he whined about Superman's bantering, Superman says he banters during fights to vent his annoyance at having to deal with time-wasting idiots.
    • It happens in The Killers Of Krypton when Supergirl goes to a space bar to find clues on Rogol Zaar, and several of his followers start mocking and taunting the obvious Kryptonian by openly praising Zaar's genocidal actions and dissing Krypton. Kara beats all of them up, and she did not even need to be fully powered.
    • Strangers At The Hearts Core: The Visitors really should have called it quits when they found out the scientist they were coercing into working for them was Supergirl's adoptive father. They certainly should have run away when they sneaked into her office and found out their weapons could barely hurt her. They assuredly should have understood they should leave her family alone when she easily hurled their car bomb out of the planet. They definitely should have surrended when she found and burst into their secret lair. Instead, they shoot her father and threaten her and her mother. Result? She melts their weapons, wraps a steel beam around them, and has to be talked out of punching them into atoms.
  • Beast Boy of the Teen Titans spent most of his life enduring this kind of bullying, which has had a profoundly negative effect on his self-esteem; so much so that he's afraid to let anyone know that he can make multiples of himself.
  • Harley Quinn Some people oddly think it's a good idea to insult or threaten her, even though it's implied to be common knowledge that she's crazy and dangerous. Such people are lucky if all they get is a punch in the face.


  • 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.
  • 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, with the existence of 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 with the interactions of 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.
    KING 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, 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 Supercrooks, 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: 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.
  • A prisoner threatens to kill Rorschach in Watchmen 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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