- There is a spectacular one in The Dilgar War. In their one combat encounter with Earthforce, the heavy cruiser Persephone and her six fighters (of an outdated model that is about to be phased out for the new model) took down fifteen Dilgar ships between light cruisers and destroyers plus fighter support before charging at Jha'dur's flagship when the rest of the Dilgar fleet showed up and their jump engine was damaged. The Dilgar knew Earth Alliance already had a huge standing fleet that included ships that made the heavy cruiser look weak, and was building up. To reach the Vree Empire (that has already tried to stop their advance in the League), they have to choose between attacking the Markab, allies of Earth (and Earth Alliance made clear that attacking them would be an act of war), or the Yolu, more powerful than the Markab but isolationist and tactically incompetent: the Dilgar Warmaster Council voted to attack the Markab with a 5-4 majority (Jha'dur and the other competent Warmasters voted to attack the Yolu). Less than a month later, Earthforce has annihilated Jha'dur's veteran fleet (Jha'dur herself barely escaped with her life twice, first when her ship was in the firing arcs of fifty Earth dreadnoughts and then when Earthforce decided to finish the routed Dilgar fleet with five times the number of surviving Dilgar ships in nukes), and one of the other competent Warmasters is dead.
- The Dilgar have a policy of attacking warships from neutral governments to make reparations and have an excuse to stipulate an alliance. While the policy had worked with the Narn, it failed miserably with the Earth Alliance. Yet, they kept it in place and hoped to get the chance to try it with the Minbari. The same Minbari that in a dozen years would utterly defeat Earthforce with little losses. Jha'dur had the sense to question the wisdom to try it with someone they knew was isolationist and incredibly powerful, but was ignored again.
- In The Devil Does Care!, every moment where Trevor and Dracula are involved usually has Trevor antagonizing Dracula in some fashion while Dracula barely acknowledges his contempt.
Quick as a viper-striking, the boy darted around her and launched himself at Dracula. Just as quickly, the vampire caught him by the scruff of his neck and swung him into the air, held like a disobedient puppy.
- In Arad's Stardust, Dr. Vahlen's cold, provocative attitude when testing the cooperative Twilight Sparkle's abilities is really not the smartest one to take when she herself notes that X-Com couldn't hope to build anything that would stand up to Twilight's telekinetic blasts. Several characters note how stupid this is for the supposedly-bright scientist, and once Vahlen finally looks past her Freudian Excuse for her hostility, she also realizes how foolish her behavior was.
- Child of the Storm has Carol, who's an athletic Amazonian Beauty with considerable emphasis on the Amazonian and Beauty parts meaning that she can kick your ass with one hand, is the great-niece of Peggy Carter, the niece of Brigadier Jack O'Neill and the friend/Morality Chain of Lex Luthor, who Adaptational Heroism aside, specialises in Disproportionate Retribution and Cool and Unusual Punishment. She's actually Peggy's great-granddaughter. The other great-grandparent is Steve, and she inherited the super soldier genes.
- This is generally averted where Harry's concerned - Snape doesn't bother him after Thor had a word with him (a word that carried the explicit threat that if given cause, Thor would have words with him again, and this time it would be the hammer that did the talking) and most of the students are somewhat wary of him following his intermittent displays of Super Strength and making an example of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team when finding out that a number of their members were complicit in Luna's bullying. The developing Psychic Powers only punctuate this point.
- A Corrupt Corporate Executive grabbed Carol's bum, dismissed Harry, then called the man who intervened and politely asked him to apologise the n-word. Since this man was Prince T'Challa of Wakanda, this was a spectacular trifecta of stupid and he ended up in a groaning heap in two seconds flat.
- Sean Cassidy's occasional antagonism of Snape would be this trope if it wasn't for the fact that Sean's just as big and bad a dragon as Snape, with a considerably greater capacity for ruthlessness when pushed.
- Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black as Director of MI13 pushing the Ministry, steadily gaining leverage over them and moving to supplant them, would be this if it wasn't for the fact that the Ministry is terrified of Wisdom and with good reason.
- A group of Harry's old bullies try it with said boy, who is now only a little shorter and less built than his Dad: Thor, God of Thunder and Lightning (not Reason and Understanding). He now lives with and received combat training from Hawkeye and the Black Freaking Widow. Even without his Asgardian Strength and Psychic Powers this was only ever going to end one way.
- The Red Room going after Harry in Ghosts of the Past qualifies as this, as it is directly pissing off Asgard. Which responds Old Testament style.
- The Mega Crossover Hasbroverse uses this in its World Building backstory to explain why G.I. Joe disbanded: Cobra Commander, being based on his more competent Marvel Comics counterpart, was smart enough to avoid getting into a fight with the Decepticons. Serpentor, however, wasn't as bright, and launched an attack that pissed off Megatron (not immediately. At first he was amused, and quite willing to forgive them for scratching the paintjob of his base. Then he learned they had accidentally destroyed some energy cubes...) enough to launch a counterattack so ferocious (including glassing Cobra Island. Then they bombed the island until the volcano erupted and sank it) that only a handful of members of the organization survived — Cobra Commander himself, who was smart enough to flee when he realized what Serpentor had done (and now lives like a king somewhere in upstate New York); a half-dozen Mooks loyal enough that the Commander took them with him; Destro and The Baroness, who left the group some point prior; and Storm Shadow, who'd had a HeelFace Turn and likewise left the group. There's also rumors that Zartan survived as well, but there's no confirmation of that.
- Last Child of Krypton: Gendo taunts and even threatens Shinji several times
even though he knows he is Superman. Later events proved that it was NOT a good idea.
- In The Last Son, Graydon Creed and his Friends of Humanity constantly antagonize Superman, the Justice League, and the X-Men, thinking they can defeat the heroes, when in truth, their chances of success are less than zero, and they really should be thanking their lucky stars that Superman and his allies are not the vicious monsters they want everyone to believe.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic / Mass Effect Fusion Fic, Mass Effect The Equestrian Equation, this is basically why you do not want to pick a fight with the ancient Equines, or their modern-day Equestian descendants. Basically, their instincts are to offer a Last-Second Chance to a potential threat, and then utterly annihilate them if they refuse to back down.
- Lampshaded in the Death Note and The House of Night Crossover No Hoper when the other students begin to shun Light and he takes to reading Stephen King's Carrie. You can imagine how things are going to go. Lampshaded again by their literature professor Penthesilea:
as you'll soon find out, warns us of the danger of underestimation, of messing with the wrong person and not treating everyone with the respect they fully deserve. While this may be tempting for some, it will be an insult to the one you abuse, and may end in your untimely death
- In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Aria T'Loak is guilty of this when she steals a starship from the Trans-Galactic Republic, who, by the way, sent the Reapers running with their much-more-advanced technology. Lampshaded later by an N7—she calls the crime lord's actions "a monumentally stupid set of decisions." Said N7 is aware she is also risking this trope by insulting Aria, but in an aversion nothing happens.
- A (near-)literal example from Rise of the Galeforces: Yes, Ludlow, we know you were the one responsible for turning Violet into a T. rex. But wouldn't it have made your life a whole lot easier if you had, you know, treated her more nicely? Surely, there wouldn't be any possibility that she could have gained the motivation to fuck him up on an astronomical scale — which, predictably, is exactly what she does.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Many people try to strike or hurt Asuka -who in this story is Supergirl- despite of knowing she is invulnerable and her powers can destroy them in a split-second.
- In chapter 8s omake Touji finds out Asuka's Secret Identity and tries to blackmail her. He realized it was a stupid idea when he saw her grinning and cracking her knuckles.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans crossover A Shadow of the Titans (by the same author as Queen of All Oni), the hot dog guy Jade met was really rude to her over 5 cents. This gets his cart blown up.
- Kitten, after having been stopped nearly effortlessly by Jade in the Tournament of Villainesses (Jade used heat vision to blast away Kitten's energy whip and then picked her up with the Rooster Talisman), proceeds to insult her! The evil teen insulted Jade's outfit and appearance (the appearance part in multiple ways), her power set, and was starting to say that Jade was so ugly that that was why she wasn't in her original dimension, they had kicked her out (she didn't finish, but it's clear what she was saying), before Jade's Berserk Buttons were fully pressed and she unleashed a Dragon Talisman blast that nearly killed Kitten, giving Jade a My God, What Have I Done? moment (as, unlike the others Jade had met, the evil blonde was not Made of Iron). And this was AFTER Jade had offered Kitten a chance to surrender!
- Mortality: A criminal that Watson is interrogating begs for mercy., but gets killed. Also, the criminal that tortured Holmes with an inch of his LIFE winds up lying in a pool of his own BLOOD.
- In Ship of the Line: The Death Star, Senator Kinsey tries to bully the Scoobies into surrendering the titular ship to him on trumped up excuses. Not only are they in control of the Death Star, but they just used said ship to utterly crush a Goa'uld invasion force, where their only difficulty was needing to rescue SG1 first and wanting to capture some ships intact for Earth to study.
- Sudden Contact: The Salarians tried to establish diplomatic contact with the protoss, but made an offhand and threatening remark to them - especially led by Fenix. The results had the Salarians beaten into a retreat and the protoss reinforcing their blockade on the Koprulu sector from Citadel space (but only to prevent further violent incidents).
- Invoked in Thousand Shinji. The Eldar and Ork gods gave Shinji and his family their power and knowledge under two conditions: they were to free their races and to not bully them. Shinji promised that humans would try to not be assholes to Eldar or Orks, but if either race was stupid enough to pick a fight with humans knowing that they couldn't win, he'd not be responsible for the consequences.
- The Watchers Council continues to plot against Kara Summers in Not In Kansas despite knowing full well that she's Supergirl. After they try to assassinate Giles, Buffy, and herself, Kara has to be talked down from simply killing everyone involved and/or trapping them in the Phantom Zone. Instead, she turns over evidence of their massive list of crimes to both the American and British governments. To insure the governments don't simply sweep everything under the rug, Kara informs the President that she's legally Empress of the Universe.
- Universe Falls: In the chapter "Strong in the Real Way", the Manotaurs make the mistake of trying to chase Sugilite off their territory. She just winds up to throw a boulder at them, and the Manotaurs immediately realize they're in over their heads and run back into the Man-Cave.
- In How To Drill Your Way Through Your Problems, Lagann and Bakuda do this LITERALLY when facing down Lung. In the true spirit of Gurren Lagann, it works like a charm.
- Lampshaded by Xander in Lex Luthor's body in Lex Marks the Spot when he notes that for all he's put Superman through in the belief he's a menace, even Mother Teresa would have clocked him one by now.
- In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku Midoriya is secretly Kryptonian, but he accidentally put Bakugou in the hospital when they were four-years-old after a fight between them resulted Bakugou getting tossed through a concrete wall. As a result, everyone knows about Izuku's Super Strength and stays far away from him to avoid getting hurt. Bakugou continues to antagonize Izuku and calls him "Deku" out of frustration because of Izuku's refusal to apply to U.A. out of fear of a repeat incident. The bully then proceeds to blow up Izuku's Hero Analysis notebook, prompting the young alien to grab his aggressor by the collar and effortlessly throw him into a wall (but not enough to cause actual harm) before walking off in a huff. Their classmates lampshade it.
- My Huntsman Academia
- Cardin Winchester does this throughout the story. First he tries to pick on Velvet, an upperclassman who could kick his ass any day of the week and only doesn't because of her own self-restraint. Then he and the rest of CRDL try to take on Katsuki and get their asses kicked while Katsuki walks away with a couple of bruises. After that he tries to pick on Izuku, only for him to send CRDL fleeing with One For All: Full Cowl and beating Cardin into the floor without taking more than a glancing hit.
- Junior hires Pyrrha, an internationally famous fighting champion, as a waitresses and proceeds to try and grope her. The scene immediately cuts to the aftermath of the fight, which ended with Junior getting shot in the spine and his club in flames while the police question them about what happened.
- In the Temeraire and Assassin's Creed fanfic Trade Winds, whenever Desmond's fighting skills become known on any of the ships where he's seen action, his shipmates immediately start distrusting him and making remarks that compare him to a demon or the devil, which leave him isolated and with no friends or anybody to talk to- his narration makes it clear that he's not too happy about it. After he has his grog cut for his first fistfight with his shipmates aboard the Allegiance, early into a seven-month voyage, he threatens the other parties in the fight that he'll kill them and throw them overboard if they jump him again. They have no trouble believing him.
- In The Bridge, Grand King Ghidorah causes pre HeelFace Turn Starlight Glimmer to antagonise Godzilla Junior into a confrontation. Despite him being in the form of alicorn sized unicorn with barely any magic knowledge, he still has Super Strength, Super Toughness, two decades of combat experience, and most of his powers even if they are toned down. And she does so by kidnapping, terrifying, and imprisoning his pupil. The result? Starlight frantically rushing through an abandoned Our Town with a royally pissed off Godzilla literally plowing through buildings to get at her, so scared it breaks Ghidorah's mind control.
- In Nelson's Wake Up Call, Nelson sees Terry sleeping on a low wall in the school's courtyard and gets the bright idea to push him off. As soon as he touches him, Terry flips himself over, throws Nelson to the ground, and gets ready to beat the hell out of him, being currently in Batman mode. Nelson wonders to himself why he thought it was a good idea when he knows for a fact Terry could easily kick his ass. The only thing that saves him is Max talking Terry down and getting him to realize he hasn't been ambushed by one of his rogues gallery.
- In the Dark Mark Fan Verse, Hellsister Trilogy's Superman decides enough is enough, and he makes an unofficial visit to Lex Luthor's cell to tell his arch-nemesis his antics would no longer be tolerated. Luthor laughs at him, and Superman proceeds to beat the crap out of his old nemesis.
- Kara Of Rokyn reveals Pre-Crisis Lex Luthor didn't realize who he was antagonizing with until Superboy tossed a meteor back into orbit.
Nasthalthia Luthor: But he had the beaker the antidote had been in in his hand, and he was waving it around in front of Superboy. Just kinda to tease him. Superboy just sucked in with what was left of his super-breath, and busted the thing all over his mouth and got the last drops of it. He got up, shoved Lex back, grabbed the meteor and went outside with it. Lex looked out his window and saw him haul off and throw that thing. It had to have weighed over a hundred pounds. And it didn't come down. That's when Lex really started to realize what he'd been tangling with, because it didn't come down.
How to Train Your Dragon
Jackie Chan Adventures
- In Queen of All Oni:
- Lung captures and tortures Jade to try to break her to his will. It doesn't end well for him. At all.
- Later on in the story, the spirits of the Oni Elders view Jade as a mongrel upstart whom they can steal chi from to restore themselves to life. She renders them all Deader Than Dead in response.
- In Ages of Shadow, when Seto Kaiba expy Alonso Gragas finally cuts his ties with Jade, he gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech on why he never would have loyally served her, let alone become her new lover like she'd hoped, specifically insulting how disgusting she looks. Naturally, this pisses her off to the point that she tries to kill him.
- Debra from It's not the Raptor DNA is rude and openly insults Elise, an Indominus Rex. To be fair, she does raise some good points.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Madsthenerdygirl's MCU Rewrites:
- In New Avengers, some idiot thought it was a good idea to deliberately antagonize Wanda Maximoff despite having the knowledge that she possesses mutant superpowers. He's lucky the only thing he got in return was being told off by The Vision.
- In Black Widow, someone calls Natasha Romanoff a whore while she is outside a courthouse for her trial. Not only is she a master assassin but she is accompanied by her boyfriend, Clint Barton, who is also a master assassin. It's a good thing that they're in public or else that guy would have received much worse than Clint flipping him off.
- A lot of civilians in the Uplifted series seem to think that bullying the somewhat mentally unstable Waffen-SS Colonel Joachim Hoch is a perfectly rational thing to do. Very few survive his wrath unscathed.
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- In The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan, Lord Silverblood tries to threaten Nova Shine into standing down and letting him continue to go about his treacherous business. Nova doesn't take him up on the offer.
- CRISIS: Equestria, has this. In Chapter 17, Tick Tock says things that extremely piss off Starlight Shadow, which was part of Tick Tock's plan. It fails.
- In Progress, Angel Bunny attacks Princess Luna with baseballs, knowing full well who she is. She freaks out at first, but after a little therapy with Fluttershy and Applebloom, she tries to keep cool about it until he breaks her glasses. Then she snaps.
- In Running From Myself two former classmates of Twilight Sparkle mock her and call her names in front of everypony like they used to, even while knowing she is Princess Celestia's personal student, and thus capable of great magical powers.
- This was true in a non-violent way when they were fillies. They never seemed to think that bullying somepony that Celestia holds dear would result in their suspension. Suspensions that they, naturally, blame on Twilight.
- In The Vinyl Scratch Tapes Vinyl calls Princess Celestia out during a live broadcast interview for the whole "banishing your sister to the moon and never checking up on her even once for a thousand years" thing. Her co-host Octavia is horrified by Vinyl's behavior and is stunned when Celestia accepts it with good grace instead of having them immediately yanked off the air and thrown into prison.
- This comes back to bite Vinyl big time, when Princess Luna royally chews her out for giving Celestia a huge guilt trip over the incident when it was entirely Luna's fault to begin with and she had no other choice but to banish her.
- Lopoddity's Pandoraverse: Pandora was ostracized for her appearance despite being the second most powerful being in the setting and the daughter of Discord, THE most powerful and temperamental. Lopoddity later realized this made no sense (less for this trope than that ponies have been quick enough to accept non-ponies in canon that's there's no reason for it) and retconned it into the more plausible they were afraid of her powers.
- In The First Try Series, Sakura tries to do this to Naruto, with poor results:
Barako: I would like to file a complaint against Uzumaki Naruto.
Ninja Clerk (grabs a pen and a form): What is the nature of this complaint?
Barako: That filthy little monster threatened to break my daughter's arm!
Clerk (fills in information): Where were you, and what were you doing at the time this threat was made, and at what time did it occur?
Sakura: I was outside the Academy. I had just gotten out of class for the day, and noticed him hanging around on that swing in the tree near the entrance. I...I tried to hit him.
Clerk (coldly crumples form): Let me get this straight. You, an Academy student, decided to attack a full-fledged shinobi who is only a Genin because he had a run of seriously bad luck, and isn't currently on his way to the Chunin exams because we don't want to give Iwa a chance to legally get their revenge on him for what he did to two of their Genin, and you want us to punish him because he decided to go easy on you and let you off with a warning?
- In Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox, Naruto gets subjected to this from the very first chapter, upon his arrival in Konoha Town in fact, by Mizuki's biker gang. Dosu, Zaku, and Kin, who'd previously had a run-in with Naruto at Ino's family greengrocery and had then dismissed him as being no threat to them, happen upon him later that same day and decide it's going to be a good idea to have the gang beat on him for kicks. The thing is, Naruto's a former member of the Kyuushingai, nine very dangerous people who laid waste to entire cities single-handedly over a 365-day period. The end result of the gang's attempt to bully him? Their motorcycles get turned into scrap, and several of their members wind up bloodied and broken on the ground. Then in the next two chapters, they have another confrontation, at which point he reveals his past to everyone present, and Mizuki (who's there this time) decides to send his gang at Naruto anyway. End result? Naruto defeats the whole lot of them with a soda bottle.
- Darui in The Pride threatens to kill Shizune (knowing full well she's carrying Naruto's child) if Naruto doesn't do what he says. Naruto is currently in Kyuubi Sage Mode and fully capable of taking on an entire country by himself. Needless to say, it doesn't go well for him. Made even worse by the fact Darui was there on orders to offer Naruto's group a chance to join Kumo and was told to only resort to violence if absolutely necessary.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Advice and Trust: In chapter 6 Gendo berates Rei for not obeying him and threatens her with "consequences" should she fail in following and executing his orders and only his orders to the letter. Keeping in mind he knows she is a Physical God capable to liquefy him with a mere thought and protected with an impenetrable barrier, he should think twice before threatening her, especially since she has begun ignoring his orders.
- The Child of Love: An humorous example. In chapter 5 Touji mocked Asukas gaming skills, despite of knowing she was more than capable to destroy them all. A split-second later she had killed his in-game character.
- In Neon Metathesis Evangelion, Ritsuko grabs Rei's arm and refuses to let go, trying to physically coerce her. Unfortunately for her, Rei's soul has already been reunited, so Rei I's anger is now part of Rei. She gets double-whammed by AT Fields for her trouble.
- In This Bites!, Kaku tries to invoke this for why the Straw Hats shouldn't challenge the CP9. Cross points out that as pirates, they fight the World Government as a matter of principle, furthermore the two are both outnumbered and outgunned.
- Spandam's habit of this comes back to bite him when Franky and Robin are given free access to him with no one around who's capable of stopping them.
- No Sues in this case, just the MSN Gang picking on Brandon repeatedly in Pokéumans. At first he was just getting in their way, but after a while It's Personal. This turns out to have been a really bad idea for them later on.
- The Beginning Trainer's Guide to Pokémon: The chapter regarding Darkrai emphasizes that one should never mistreat it, as it is an incredibly dangerous and hostile Pokémon with the power to trap its victims in endless nightmares. It holds long-lived grudges against people it hates, and will wait for years to get revenge on them if it needs to. One Trainer abused a Darkrai he had captured in order to make it hate him and thus maximize the power of its Frustrationnote , feeding it bitter medicine and forcing it to fight Fighting-type Pokémon it was weak against. Eventually, the Darkrai turned on him and attacked him so ferociously that he was forced to release it, but it continued to haunt him and inflict terrifying nightmares on him every new moon. Four years later, the Darkrai was still stalking its old Trainer and forcing him to endure its nightmares, causing him to be reduced to a shadow of his former self.
- Of Love and Bunnies has a ship full of troobian soldiers chasing the Lost Galaxy Rangers... while they're on their way to a Kegger. For every Power Ranger on Earth. It ends exactly as well as you are thinking.
- In The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, the four are known to be some of the most powerful individuals on C'houat least powerful enough to be able to get a white key on their own, an operation that usually takes dozens of people (and they'd be more freaked out if they knew that Paul did it mostly by himself). While most people are waaay too sensible to cross them, they tend to get attacked a lot anyway. Being Actual Pacifists, they school their attackers in creative and often humiliating ways.
- Serial Killer Admah Keter rather stupidly tries to take on the Main characters in Ruby and Nora. Unsurprisingly, he ends up punched through a window by Yang, and almost killed by Pyrrha.
- A pair of racist teenagers in Service With A Smile decide to assault Velvet while she's working at Jaune's cafe. Said cafe is considered the hangout of choice for huntsmen and huntresses looking for a good cup of coffee, all of whom are armed at all times. Luckily for said racists, they "only" get their asses kicked by Russel.
- Fixing RWBY explains why Cardin gets away with bullying Velvet, who is a stronger upperclassman. Velvet explains that she thinks an eye-for-an-eye would make Cardin even more prejudiced and wouldn't solve anything. She instead allows him to take his speciesism out on her because she's emotionally able to handle it, unlike his next potential victims. Velvet wants to befriend Cardin and fix his anti-faunus bias. She prefers gaining friends over enemies and sees Cardin as just a challenge to overcome.
- In Skies of Vermillion (a Transformers fanfic inspired by Ancient Rome), Soundwave purchases Tracks as a slave. Throughout the story, Tracks snaps at him, makes accusations, and even hits him on one occasion. Granted, Tracks has a Dark and Troubled Past, but the fact remains, Soundwave is his owner, and could easily have him a) beaten, b) executed, c) executed by being beaten, or d) beaten and then executed if he wanted to.