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Below are examples of cartoon characters taking their revenge too far.

  • Tricia from 6teen has done this a couple of times to her former best friend Caitlin. For example, in the episode "Unhappy Anniversary," Tricia has Caitlin banned from every store in the mall just because she was dating a boy Tricia used to like.
    • In the episode "A Crime of Fashion" Tricia overhears Caitlin calling her "mean" and how does Tricia handle this? By framing Caitlin for shoplifting.
    • Jonesy is victim to this in the episode "Over Exposed". When he accidentally saw Jen naked, she and Nikki decided to humiliate him by posting a naked picture of him up on his job's monitor, which costs him his job. And this is supposedly justified.
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  • In one episode of Action League Now, the Mayor tries to shoot the Action League's Team Pet Justice the Dog into space for peeing in his jacuzzi. After Justice is rescued, he pees in the mayor's jacuzzi just to spite him.
    Mayor: Curses, tinkled again!
  • Doctor Robotnik over and over again throughout Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • In an episode of Adventure Time, Jake has a witch punish him by taking away his magical powers and gives him the body of a fat baby. The reason she did so was because he ate one of her donuts. Later, she does the same thing to a bagel. The bagel's crime? Not being a donut.
    • The Earl of Lemongrab has some... er, interesting concepts when it comes to punishing those who do wrong. Making a mess? Thirty days in the dungeon. Asking questions? Thirty-two days in the dungeon. Refusing to clean up mess, or asking who exactly Lemongrab is talking to? Three hours dungeon. Harmless prank? Seven years dungeon, no trials. Assuring Lemongrab that the prank was harmless? Twelve years dungeon. Elaborate, painful prank involving spicy food? One million years dungeon. (Lemongrab isn't evil—he's just young, angry, and a bit of an idiot.)
      • PB and Finn decide to play a harmless prank on Lemongrab—they leave a sign beside his bed that says "YOU REALLY SMELL LIKE DOG BUNS." He clenches his fists, starts shaking, and opens up his mouth wide to scream loudly in sheer outrage for several seconds, and to punish those responsible, rounds up everyone in the castle, to sentence them to seven years in the dungeon without trials.
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    • In one episode a squirrel went crazy and attacks Jake because he wouldn't reply to the emails he sent to him, and doesn't remember him.
    • Princess Bubblegum's vendetta over the Duke of Nuts was caused because he ate her pudding. Even Finn finds her hatred over him to be bordering on psychotic. Even the fact that the Duke is a complete Nice Guy and just has a pudding deficiency isn't enough to mellow Prebows out, who thinks he is lying.
    • In 'Princess Day' Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline trash Breakfast Princess's room, destroy her car and leave her stranded in the desert for humiliating and kicking Lumpy Space Princess out of their meeting as she was uninvited. (In LSP's partial defense, BP was rude about it, and the desert stranding happened due to Serial Escalation with BP finding them and getting accidentally knocked out trying to stop them.)
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  • Alfred J. Kwak: When Dolf is dictator, he reacts to a mouse revealing his yellow beak, thereby humiliating him in public, by vowing to exterminate every mouse on the planet.
  • In one episode of The Amazing World of Gumball, Gumball and Darwin laugh at some of their Bumbling Dad Richard's past screw-ups (one of which, namely cement cupcakes, being potentially dangerous), not knowing he was within earshot. While that was rude, it did not warrant Nicole's response, which is to hurl said cement cupcakes at them and downright refuse to provide for them until they apologize. Anais is no better, using a soap bar to inflict physical injury upon Gumball's nose (which swells up).
    • Made worse in that previous episodes show that she respects him about as much, to the point when he gets a job as a pizza delivery guy she's unable to even say she's proud of him, mispronouncing the word because the concept is so foreign to her.
    • In "The Spoiler", Anton the toast just about spoils a bit of a movie that Gumball has yet to see, so Gumball eats him alive.
    • In "The Sidekick", Gumball lets Darwin take charge for once when they try to find a way to convince Tobias to return the game they lent him. Darwin then kidnaps Tobias' mother to Gumball's horror.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Roger of American Dad! IS this trope, committing extremely intricate plots for Revenge that traumatize or outright destroy the life of a fellow that commits some minor offense towards him. He managed to convince Steve he was adopted after eating a cookie he claimed was his, he labelled Francine a former mental patient to houseguests for compromising one of his dress-up acts (he did NOT study Economics), and once tried to destroy the entire planet over an insult issued from Stan (though admittedly didn't get far with that one). And this is just for petty offenses; for the more criminal act of buying an expensive ring using his credit account, Roger actively proceeds to destroy the perpetrator's life in every manner possible, performing acts that cost him his job, his girlfriend, and later attempting to destroy all his possessions. This leads to complications when said perpetrator turns out to be a split personality formed from Roger's few redeeming aspects - and when said split personality hires a bounty hunter to kill Roger for ruining his life.
    • Roger proceeded to take this trope Up to Eleven in a season 7 episode where he kills five people over $20. During the episode, he mentions that the week before, he killed six people over $19.
    • Roger was also the victim of this in "Frannie 911". He spent the first half of the episode acting like one hell of a Spoiled Brat, but spent the second half acting very well-behaved in order to redeem himself, only to reveal that he has a biological need to be a Jerkass that slowly poisons him if not acted upon. (A few much-needed scathing insults to Steve restores his health in the nick of time.) Despite what he just went through to redeem himself, the Smith family still felt his earlier behavior warranted a beating from Stan. One wonders if this could be a Freudian Excuse for his later sociopathy. The episodes after "Frannie 911" even had members of the Smith family continue to chew Roger out for his behavior even though he has to behave that way in order to live, implying that when he said that any form of empathy or altruism is toxic to his species, they either forgot or didn't believe him but the latter is suggested. Such examples include when Hayley tested Roger to see if Roger had altruism in him by buying his home star and pretending to be its queen, which results in Roger slaughtering a goat Hayley donated to an African family and then feeding it to her for dinner to get back at her for forcing him into that test. Another example also had Steve chew Roger out and call him selfish with that episode involving Roger attempting to prove Steve wrong by teaching underprivileged kids with Steve falsely doubting Roger and getting Roger fired from his job by framing him for drinking on the job.
    • Roger also falls victim to this from time to time. The way Stan punishes Roger a lot in the series is simply by beating him up, which technically does count as assault but Stan overlooks this due to Roger not being human. Compared to how Stan punishes Steve and Hayley, which is usually by grounding them the way Stan punishes Roger could be seen as abusive as he often does it even at times when Roger does not really deserve it. Such an example can be found in "Not So Desperate Housewives" when Stan beats up Rogers and throws him through a wall just because Roger was bonding with a dog named Fussy, which bonded with Stan but left him for Roger.
    • It is heavily implied in "Lost In Space" that Emperor Zing had Roger banished from his homeworld because Roger cheated on Zing with another man. What's makes this disproportionate was that Roger initially though that he was sent to Earth on a mission to decide that planet's fate but later found out that he was sent there as a crash test dummy through a cruel letter that was written and taped to his ship. Of course Roger was devastated because of this, not knowing why his own people would do such a thing to him, which implies that Zing never told Roger that he was banished and instead disguised the whole punishment as a mission for the sake of revenge. It would also explain Zing's further behavior in the episode he appeared in and why Roger pushed Jeff into the spaceship as Roger probably figured out why he was sent to Earth as a test dummy by this time.
    • In "Shallow Vows", Roger, as Valik (one of his personas) goes as far as stabbing Steve for not buying Francine and Stan a wedding renewal present he found acceptable. Not only this, but he pursued the clearly frightened Hayley and Steve through Mexico.
    • In "Great Space Roaster", the Smiths trick Roger into coming to a roast. Heartbroken, he pretends to turn over a new leaf before repeatedly attempting to murder them, escaping when they send him to a maximum security prison in Thailand and going so far as to follow them when they get onboard a space station. It's heavily implied in that episode that Roger wanted to be roasted literally for his birthday and didn't have any idea on what a comedy roast actually was, meaning that the events of that episode was caused by a huge misunderstanding.
    • Steve also extracted revenge on three of the most popular girls in his high school when they slandered his girlfriend's reputation and had the lead cheerleader win the student body president because of it. Steve goes out of his way to do the following:
      • Tie the school's buffalo mascot on the pole of a traffic light so one of the popular girls would drive under it while giving the animal a huge amount of laxatives, causing it to dump its "load" all over her.
      • Distract a surgeon giving liposuction to one of the girls so he can put the procedure in reverse, causing her leg to swell with excess fat so she looks like a freak.
      • Steal the lead girl's teddy bear, pay a hooker to do sexual stuff to it, and then return the bear so the girl contracts herpes.
      • Steve ends up a victim of this in the end, when Principal Lewis (a father of one of the girls) organizes the entire school to give Steve a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. His friends are also granted the same punishment for actually framing the girls for the slander (being jealous of Steve's girlfriend) and thus angering Steve to commit the acts in the first place.
    • One episode shows Stan took Francine to a hypnotist for 20 years to make her forget everything she wanted to do just so he can avoid having a meaningful discussion with her. The hypnotist snaps and decides to make Francine remember everything he had made her repress all because Stan never offered him a sandwich in the 20 years he had been seeing him.
    • When Stan is talking about his childhood, he says: "When my parents wouldn't let me have a fourth cupcake, I burned down their summer home. When caught, I framed my favorite grandfather. I don't know why I did it."
    • One episode Stan finds a new best friend, who is an Atheist. Stan refusing to be friends with someone who denies God, started ruining his entire life behind his back in hopes he'd turn to God. Doing things such as, forcing him to have a near death experience, brainwashes his wife into a lesbian who then leaves him and takes the kids, destroys his business, unintentionally driving him to suicide, which he temporarily died and had gone to hell for committing suicide which in turn he vowed allegiance to the devil and became a Satanist, causing Stan's whole plan to backfire.
    • Another episode "Season's Beating's" features Stan acting out this kind of retribution again after he tries to audition in the mall's Christmas play for the role of Jesus but instead gets rejected from that role and is forced to become a mall santa. He soon finds out that Roger got the role of Jesus and taking into account the fact that Roger is technically an atheist and not Christian combined with his hedonism, makes Stan consider the role Roger has taken to be an act of sacrilege. As a result, Stan beats up Roger again (and he does this IN PUBLIC while he and Roger were still in their costumes). Stan gets excommunicated from his church as a result due to the fact that he created a scene that looked blasphemous due to the costumes. Even after all of this, Stan fully blames Roger for the entire ordeal and forces him to help Stan get back in the church that has happened despite the fact that the whole incident was partly Stan's fault too since Stan let his anger get the best of him in public and he fails to acknowledge that it was his anger that got him in trouble with the church in the first place.
      • Pretty much most of the things Stan does is this, but the worst example is his actions in "Four Little Words" where he went through great extremes to the point of framing Francine for murder and covering up Bullock accidentally killing Francine's friend for the entire purpose of Stan not wanting to hear Francine tell him "I told you so".
  • In an episode of Animaniacs, two Caustic Critics (parodies of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert) give Slappy's old cartoons a rather cruel review. Slappy gets even by dropping a bomb on their house, and then pulling a gauntlet of rather dangerous pranks on them at a movie debut, including tricking them into running off a ledge and liposuctioning fat from one of themnote , culminating in sending them into the movie itself where a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex starts chasing them. In the final scene, the two of them are on their show again - covered with bandages and in traction - and Skippy clearly thinks they haven't had enough, so he pulls a lever that drops a huge anvil on them.note 
  • Virtually the entire cast of Archer engages in this from time to time, but Archer himself and his mother live it. Case in point, when rival spy Barry walks into Archer's office (where Archer is banging Barry's fiancee), Archer's response is to shoot him, adding that he told Barry not to come in. Barry reacts to his fiancee's infidelity by attempting to blow her up with a car bomb. When Archer takes a job with another spy agency, Archer's mother puts out a burn notice that would result in his execution. And when Archer suggests to Lana that she isn't sexually available enough, she deliberately crashes the car in order to eject him out the windshield headfirst into a pile of broken glass. This all happens in the same episode.
    • Also, Archer and Krieger brainwashed Len Trexler into practically a vegetable. Why? He simply wanted to marry Archer's mother. Even worse the fact that Mallory didn't even love him back, she just wanted his money. Though to be fair, the brainwashing wasn't supposed to have done that (or knowing Krieger, it was fully intended) as far as Archer knew, it was simply supposed to make him subliminally afraid of Mallory.
      Archer: Is he going to be stuck like that? Because I feel kind of guilty now.
    • There was also the time Archer threw all of Woodhouse's clothes out the window just because he didn't poach his eggs right.
      • He then did the same thing to Cheryl.
  • Arthur: When Muffy and Prunella confront Francine, starring in a class play about Thomas Edison, about becoming Lost in Character.
    Muffy: We're talking about the mall! Stuff to buy, clothes to try on, fun.
    Francine: My inventions are not boring! Without lights you'd have to shop in the dark. (beat) Oh, sorry, I guess you already do. (Muffy runs away, sobbing)
    Prunella: That was mean!
    Francine: She insulted incandescent filaments first.
    • The point of "Arthur's Big Hit" gives a more realistic (and unintentionally justified) example. D.W. constantly pesters him, destroys his model airplane and blames him for it instead of apologizing, so he loses it and punches her.
    • "Love Notes for Muffy" saw the Brain and Francine getting revenge on Muffy for beating them in a science fair by making fake love notes. In Brain and Francine's defense, Muffy only won the science fair by bribing the judges with cupcakes.
    • "Brother, Can You Spare a Clarinet" practically fits this trope. Binky's clarinet doesn't work, and he can't get a new one in time for a tryout to join a music group, so he and his Tough Customer buddies plot to mess up everyone else's auditions by stealing their instruments and breaking them.
    • "What's in a Name" saw Muffy threatening to reveal Binky's real name, Shelley, to their friends. What happened? Binky received an academic award, and while giving his speech, he caught Muffy talking on her cellphone. Mr. Ratburn confiscated her phone and punished her with a week of no recess.
    • There are two instances where Fern, who is generally the most quiet and mild-mannered of the cast, goes through with elaborate schemes to get revenge on someone who slighted her.
  • Atomic Betty: The Chameleon stole the Scythian President's brain because the President called Maximus a villain "when everyone knows he's a SUPER-villain".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • After some heartwarming Epiphany Therapy, Azula, Zuko, Mai and Ty Lee went on to completely trash (and maybe burn down) the house of someone who had mildly "insulted" them by kicking Zuko out of his party for hurling a guy into his grandma's vase, and being afraid of Azula. Hey, they are villains.
    • There's Fire Lord Ozai's solution to minor rebellions in the conquered Earth Kingdom. Because burning the entire continent to the ground is clearly a reasonable response.
    • Ozai seems to be a fan of this. Once his 13-year-old son Zuko disagreed with one of his general's plans, which will sacrifice a ton of loyal Cannon Fodder, he promptly attacked him, permanently disfigured him and kicked him out of the country on a Snipe Hunt.
    • Azula embodies this trope after her Villainous Breakdown. Forgot to remove a cherry pit? Banished. Didn't arrive as quickly as Azula wanted you to? Banished. Do your duty as advisors and actually advise Azula? Agni Kai. Both of you aren't firebenders and can't Agni Kai? Okay, one of you is banished. That's her definition of being exceedingly merciful.
    • Then again, this seems to run in the family. Fire Lord Azulon's response to Ozai wanting the throne over his brother Iroh after Iroh's only heir has died? Telling him to kill his own son so he can feel what it's like to lose his firstborn. Zuko is definitely the Butt-Monkey of this family.
    • Ty Lee initially doesn't want to leave the circus to accompany Azula, since she really loves her new life. Azula not-so-subtly ensures that Ty Lee's working conditions will get much, much more dangerous. This includes having Ty Lee's safety net set on fire and ordering every "dangerous animal" the circus has to be sent out during one of her tricks. Ty Lee gets the message.
    • Happens in Avatar's Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra, to Tahno and his teammates. They cheat at a Pro-Bending match, and then Amon takes away their bending and gives a speech about how they deserved it. Now, when Aang was Avatar, the only people who lost their bending thanks to Aang energybending them were Yakone and Ozai. Ozai was a genocidal maniac who was in the process of burning down the entire Earth Kingdom; Yakone was responsible for dozens of serious crimes including trying to murder Aang by using his bloodbending on him. While cheating at a sports competition is wrong, it really doesn't compare to genocide or attempting to murder the Avatar.
  • Batman: The Animated Series.
    • The Joker was guilty of this on more or less a regular basis:
      • "The Laughing Fish": The Joker introduces his "smile" toxin into the fish supply of Gotham Harbor, hoping to trademark the red-lipped, grinning ichthyoids and sell them in supermarkets. When told that he cannot trademark fish, he retaliates by carrying out an elaborate scheme to murder everyone in the Gotham City patent office until he gets his way. Lampshaded in the episode itself.
        Mr. Frances: Why is the Joker after me? I'm just an office worker, I don't make politics.
        Batman: And in his sick mind, that's the joke, Mr. Frances.
      • "The Joker's Wild": An entrepreneur opens a casino in Gotham City based on the Joker's likeness and gimmicks. Joker is so incensed that a complete stranger would try to "cash in on my image" that he plots to blow the casino up. Ironically, the entire point of the entrepreneur cashing in on Joker's image was that he wanted Joker to come and trash the place. The entire place was set up for an insurance scam. Too bad for him, the Joker eventually decided he would rather kill the guy and run the place himself...
      • "Be a Clown": Mayor Hamilton Hill (who despises Batman) appears on television claiming that Batman and the Joker are equally as bad. Joker finds this comparison so insulting that (disguised as a party clown) he crashes a birthday party held at the mayor's estate for his son, Jordan, and attempts to blow up Jordan's birthday party (along with all the guests) with a stick of dynamite in the cake.
      • "Make 'Em Laugh": Bitter about being disqualified from an annual stand-up comedy competition (because he hadn't registered as a competitor), the Joker steals some mind-control implants from the Mad Hatter, kidnaps the three comedians who serve as judges in the annual competition, fits them with the implants and warps them into becoming costumed criminals who attempt reckless capers (with one of the brainwashed judges winding up in the hospital after falling off a ledge) and replaces the judges with his own men just so he can win the trophy. Batman puts it well: "Only you would ruin three lives for a silly piece of tin."
        Joker: It's not about the piece of tin! It's about the title!
      • But the most extreme example had to be that depicted in "Joker's Favor": After rudely cutting off another motorist on the freeway, Joker is yelled at by that motorist and retaliates by forcing the other man off the road and chasing him into the woods, threatening to kill him when he catches him. The man begs for his life, and Joker agrees to spare him if he will perform "a favor" for Joker sometime in the future. The man promptly changes his name and relocates his family to Ohio, but Joker obsessively stalks him and finally tracks him down, forcing him to honor the favor owed to him. Once the man has done this favor (which makes him an unwitting accessory to the attempted assassination of Commissioner Gordon), Joker tries to do him in for good. When the man survives and finally works up the nerve to confront his tormentor, Joker threatens to kill his family. All this because of a minor altercation on the freeway.
        Charlie Collins: Exactly at what point did I become life's punching bag?
      • Inverted in "The Last Laugh", after Batman destroys the Joker's pet robot, Captain Clown (which Joker considers murder, since Captain Clown was his best friend). Joker retaliates by.... dumping a forklift full of smelly garbage right on top of Batman.
      • And then there's "Mad Love", essentially an animated retelling of a one-off centered around the trope Don't Explain the Joke. Eventually, Joker gets fed up when Harley traps Batman, then explains how she was using one of his plans to get him. How does he react? By shoving her through a window with a gigantic swordfish taxidermy, causing her to fall nearly to her death.
        Joker: And don't call me "puddin".
    • In "Critters", Farmer Brown take revenge against Gotham not just for shutting down his projects and forcing him and his daughter to go broke, but for calling his experiments "monsters".
    • Temple Fugate developed an obsessive, murderous grudge against Mayor Hamilton Hill in his self-titled episode... because when he was a lawyer, Hill suggested Fugate take his coffee break at a park to help him relax for a lawsuit against his company, which resulted in a series of accidents making him late, which resulted in him losing the suit. Fugate ultimately reveals that the people who sued his company were represented by Hill's law firm, and thus he believes that Hill was intentionally trying to sabotage him. While from an outside perspective, it's still a huge, disproportionate leap of logic, from his point of view he's taking his justified revenge.
      • What plants this example firmly in Disproportionate Retribution territory is the fact that for Fugate, it wasn't even about losing the suit; taking Hill's advice made him late.
    • Poison Ivy has gotten in on this, too:
      • In her introductory episode, "Pretty Poison", she tries to kill Harvey Dent for building a corrections facility on top of a field containing a flower that was endangered. There is no evidence he knew about the endangered flower. She saved the flower before trying to kill him, anyway. Maybe he should've done an ecological survey to check for endangered species and done an environmental impact statement before starting construction, but she could've tried telling him there was an endangered flower before he started building to see if he would alter his plans in response.
      • She gets another one in "Eternal Youth" when she runs a spa and send out invitations to millionaires who have done some environmental wrong, turning them into living plants with her treatment. She targets Bruce, whose company was planning on tearing down a forest for building space... except Bruce had found out and stopped the plans long beforehand and she never bothered to look further into this. What's more, when Bruce lets his butler Alfred and Alfred's girlfriend go in his place as a vacation, Ivy figures she'll make do with him because someone has to be punished.
    • In one hilarious scene in "Fear of Victory", Batman intercepts a telegram believing that it is a fear-toxin laced letter sent by Scarecrow to make the recipient unable to play at his best. It's just an ordinary telegram, and the delivery boy comes to the conclusion that Batman was lying in wait for him because he double-parked.
    • In "Harley and Ivy", Harley Quinn, annoyed at a trio of frat-boy types who were rudely leering at her and Ivy, blew up their car with a grenade launcher as they ran for their lives.
  • It’s very subtle, but any time anyone slights the Ventriloquist, Scarface will strike him with this:
  • The Batman:
    • In "Q&A" the Cluemaster lost a game show for child geniuses when he was ten (which he claimed was rigged) and spent decades plotting revenge against the people he held responsible, becoming a morbidly obese Basement-Dweller in the process. Batman seriously called him out on this when he confronted him, but it went in one ear and out the other.
    • In the episode "Attack of the Terrible Trio", three teenage outcasts stole Man-Bat's animal mutation serum, turning them into an anthropomorphic Fox, Vulture and Shark. They terrorized their school, turned a Jerk Jock into a feral gorilla, and when the school planned to test the students to see who'd been using the mutagen, their planned response was to set off a bomb to turn the entire school into anthropomorphic animals.
      • In the episode "The Laughing Bat", The Joker pretends to be Batman and takes down lawbreakers during the night. The catch? The so-called crimes are incredibly minor felonies that barely count as crimes at all. The punishment if Joker catches them is a dose of Joker gas.
      • The Joker is even worse in "The Rubberface of Comedy", when he quickly gets angry at Detective Bennett for trying to arrest Batman - not him - while he's defacing the statue in Gotham Bay. ("I'm the vandal here!" shouts the Joker.) This leads to the Joker kidnapping Bennett, subjecting him to Mind Rape, and causing an accident that leads to Bennett turning into Clayface, driving him insane... Basically, it ruins the poor guy's life.
      • Used as a plot point is "Seconds", where desperate clock maker Francis Gray is thrown into prison for a hugely excessive 17 years for an attempted theft that escalated to some destruction of property, which naturally causes his life to fall apart. When he's let out, he seeks to return the favor by dousing Gotham with poison gas during the New Year's Eve party.
  • CatDog: In "CatDog Catcher", Dog gets arrested and Cat refuses to help him get out of jail. Why? Because several years prior to the episode, Dog apparently called Cat a "loser" once.
  • On Celebrity Deathmatch, you can kill someone over pretty much anything, so long as you keep it in the ring, and even that can be waived if it's entertaining enough.
  • The Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: M.I.N.I.G.O.L.F." had a villain called the Great Puttinski shrink Numbuh Two in order to kill him in a game of mini-golf simply because Numbuh Two made him lose his title as mini-golf champion and dismissed the sport as being "just a game".
  • There's one episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog in which Eustace calls on a gang of Courage's worst nemeses to kill him, just because the dog got a blanket he wanted for himself.
  • Dan Vs. lives and breathes this trope. Each episode is centered on Dan's need to get back at someone, or something, for a perceived slight.
    • In the teaser of Anger Management, Dan is attempts to launch nuclear missiles and instigate World War III to take revenge on a family of squirrels.
    • Occasionally can be subverted too. In the Wolfman episode, it seems like Dan is doing everything in his power to kill the Wolfman just for getting his car scratched. Then at the end, it turns out everything he did was just to locate the Wolfman's car and scratch it in return. When a surprised Chris reveals that he thought Dan was going to do otherwise, a genuinely shocked Dan responds that killing him just for scratching his car is a bit extreme.
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "Quack of Ages", Quackerjack was so angry that no-one would buy his yo-yos that he used a time machine to try and prevent yo-yos from ever being invented. (This is even worse than it sounds when you think about it for a minute. It would have technically caused a "grandfather paradox", a very dangerous situation that he seemed willing to risk causing over yo-yos, of all things.)
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: "Ski-Hi I.Q." had Muttley taking command of the Vulture Squadron after I.Q. tests assigned to the squadron showed him most qualified. He proceeds to be subjected to the same Humiliation Conga Dick Dastardly goes through. When Dastardly is reassigned as the leader (thanks to a mistake in the test results), he punishes Muttley, sentencing him to thirty days in the dog house—literally.
  • Donald Duck:
  • Happens several times in DuckTales (1987):
    • In "Three Ducks of the Condor", Joaquin Slolei tries to order Scrooge, Launchpad and Donald killed because he's mad they pressured him into giving up his ancestor's half of the map to the Valley of the Golden Suns. This betrayal comes back to bite him.
    • In "Sphinx for the Memories", the Garbled One sentences Scrooge and the nephews to be "tied down in the desert sun and let the vultures pick their bones" for merely intruding on the lost city of Garbabble. Scrooge talks him into lessening the sentence into merely having him and the nephews enslaved for life building a pyramid.
      • It's noteworthy that the Garbled One eschews the traditional punishment, being thrown alive in the jackal pit. Moreover, their Garbabble desert guide had tried to get them crushed to death in a death trap en route.
    • In "Luck O' The Ducks", trespassing in the Leprechaun kings' castle merits being thrown into the snake pit for a hundred years.
    • In "Scroogerello", Scrooge's dream had Flintheart Glomgold imprison his childhood servant for life when said servant gave Flintheart Cod Liver Oil for a cold, and imprison Huey, Dewey and Louie for life after their Junior Woodchuck Cookies gave Burger Beagle heartburn.
    • "Jungle Duck" sees Scrooge and party almost thrown into a pit of boiling oil by hostile natives, just for showing up in the natives' territory.
    • "The Duck In The Iron Mask":
      • The Count of Monte Dumas' evil twin brother locks him in an iron mask, because said evil twin brother was lost in a childhood game of hide and seek.
      • Scrooge, Launchpad and Huey, Dewey and Louie are sentenced for life imprisonment after Scrooge angrily tears up the fines he's been issued by Captain Pietro.
    • "Aqua Ducks" sees Scrooge, Launchpad, Doofus and Gyro sentenced to 400 years imprisonment for "littering" (Part of the "Catch as Cash Can" four-parter, Scrooge's entire fortune had been sunk into the domain of a group of angry fish folk).
    • Similarly, "The Land of Tralala" sees the High Mucky Duck of Tralala sentence Scrooge, Fenton, Huey, Dewey and Louie to death for "the high crime of littering".
    • Allowance Day sees Scrooge and Fenton sentenced to death, again. Scrooge had angrily shaken General Chiquita, the dictator of The Banana Republic, by the coat.
    • The theme of "trespassers will be murdered" appears yet again in the episode "Bubba's Big Brain Storm". Scrooge, his nephews and Bubba's are shot down by the dimwitted descendants of the Ancient Thinkas. The dimwitted natives lock Scrooge and company in a pyramid to starve to death.
  • In Ducktales 2017, this turns out to be the entire basis for Flintheart Glumgold's lifelong grudge against Scrooge. When Glumgold was a young shoeshiner in South Africa (then known by his real name, Duke Baloney), Scrooge stiffed his payment (giving him a dime instead of a dollar), and Baloney was so insulted by this that he dedicated his entire life to trying to be better than Scrooge in every way. This included pretending to be Scottish (despite being a Boer), changing his name, pretending to be elderly (despite actually being middle-aged at best), building up an entire Mega-Corp to rival Scrooge's, and of course outright trying to murder Scrooge and his family countless times.
  • Happens on occasion in The Dreamstone. The nearest to an abrasive aspect of the Land Of Dreams is that they sometimes take a bit too much pleasure in violently punishing the Urpneys (who are usually harmless, and vigorously unwilling Mooks), and on at least a couple of occasions have nothing against seeing them to their grave for trying to give them nightmares. Ironically subverted in "Urpgor's Great Adventure", the one time an Urpney is gleefully trying to do away with them, they let him escape once they get back the Dreamstone, even outright repremanding Rufus for wanting revenge.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, after Kevin wrecks one of Eddy's scams by merely picking up a soccer ball, Eddy spends the rest of the episode trying (and failing) to enact revenge. Edd (unsurprisingly) is not amused.
    • In the infamous episode If It Smells Like an Ed, Eddy gives Jimmy a wedgie, resulting in all the kids laughing at him. To retaliate, Jimmy frames all three Eds for ruining his Friendship Day Celebrations, sends the Eds on a wild goose chase to find the real culprit, which ends with the Eds having fruit thrown at them by the kids and being dragged off by the Kankers to be raped.
    • And in the episode "Eds-Aggerate," Kevin gets very angry and traps the Eds in cement just because Eddy accidentally broke his window and lied about the "Mucky Boys" destroying his window instead (granted by this point the Eds had also harassed Kevin in their very elaborate attempts to keep up the lie).
    • In The Movie, Eddy's brother clobbers Edd with Eddy because Edd stood up to him.
    • One or more of the Eds routinely find themselves being punished for what the other Eds do - most frequently Eddy is the cause and the other two end up suffering for it, but occasionally the other 2 are responsible.
    • In the Valentine's Day special, Kevin gives Edd detention just for standing up for Eddy. Police Brutality, anyone?
  • In the first part of The Fairly Oddparents "Wishology", after Timmy uses the Tooth Fairy's factory to transport himself under a pillow instead of a quarter, the boy lying on the pillow woke up and accused Timmy of stealing his quarter. Shortly thereafter, Timmy was being chased by the police and wanted posters of him were placed everywhere. For some reason, stealing a quarter is just as bad as breaking a priceless statue, if not worse.
    • Then there's the matter of the last scene, or rather next-to-last scene, in "Bad Heir Day", an otherwise touching episode. Poof, who accidentally bounced out of his stroller, wound up with Crocker for a time. Timmy does everything he can to find his little brother and quickly becomes a Badly Battered Babysitter. Poof arrives home without a scratch, while Timmy comes in with his clothes torn, scratched and burned. When he explains what happened, Wanda gives him No Sympathy and poofs Timmy back into the same rabid alligator pit that he was in earlier while trying to find Poof. Apparently, someone who loses a child accidentally, even if they go through horrendous things to bring them back safely, deserves to be nearly killed, if not actually. Add to this the fact that Poof is immortal while Timmy is human, as well as a child himself, adds a Fridge Horror and/or They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot element to it if you think too long about it.
    • In the Halloween Special, Remy Buxaplenty's father unleashes hounds on Timmy and his friends because he thought their costumes were bad.
    • Apparently, in Dimmsdale Elementary, faking your show-and-tell or going into the wrong gendered bathroom earns you a week of detention (as seen in "Transparents").
  • Family Guy: Almost everybody is notorious for doing this.
    • Peter tickles Lois playfully who keeps telling him to stop while laughing. She then breaks his nose with a frying pan. Peter lampshades it:
    Peter: I tickle you, you hit me on the head with a frying pan?!
    Lois: Well, I told you to stop.
    Peter: I taste blood!
    Lois: Well, there's a lot of it.
    • Stewie beats Brian to a bloody pulp, including using a flamethrower on him, because Brian failed to repay a debt to him.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in "The Big Bang Theory" when he starts using his time machine to sabotage every meaningful moment in Brian's life. The reason? Brian made a queer joke about him.
    • Of course, Brian himself isn't above this when it comes to Stewie as well. For example, in "Screwed the Pooch", Brian stuffs animal snacks in Stewie's pockets and causes the animals to attack him as they attempt to eat the snacks... because Stewie told him to shut up.
    • And there's also Peter's feud with Ernie the Giant Chicken. Peter then tries to kill Ernie just because Ernie gave him a coupon that turned out to be bad. Ernie might have given Peter the coupon as payback for smacking him in the face at their prom, though that could be considered 'proportionate' since it would have done little more than inconvenience Peter. And, later, refusing to let Peter pick up the paycheck.
    • "The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou": Peter resorts to thrashing Kyle simply because he called him a "poopnose".
    • Quagmire attacking Brian at home after finding out the latter, unknowingly, had sex with his newly transgender dad. Of course, given the circumstances...
      • Brian dishes one back in "Tiegs for Two", after screwing up a date, he blames Quagmire's dating advice, the latter labels him a loser in response. The next day, Quagmire finds Brian hooked up with Cheryl Tiegs, the love of his life and the source of a lot of his inner demons, complete with gloating and flipping the bird.
      • Likewise doles out one in Roads to Vegas by hiring a hitman to kill Quagmire's cat, likely as payback for the hit and run Glenn pulled at the end in Tiegs For Two.
    • Played with when Peter throws acid in the face of a New Yorker because he said the Patriots suck. Peter meant to splash holy water in the New Yorker's face but there was a mix-up.
    • One episode has a former hot dog eating champion attempting to strangle Chris to death just because Chris beat him in the competition, which caused the former champion to lose his honor.
    • An early Cutaway Gag has Old Yeller about to be put down for accidentally deleting a message on the answering machine.
    • The treatment of Meg in general.
    • Lois does it in the Halloween episode "Halloween on Spooner Street", when getting back the candy a boy, Justin, stole from Stewie. After she gets Justin's mom to ask Justin to return the candy, she jumps straight into extortion territory: she asks for Justin's candy, then $40 from his mom. After Justin's mom tells her she doesn't have $40, Lois declares she'll be back for $80, and the welcome mat. Even Stewie is a little scared by this, and we know what he pulled on Brian.
    • A cutaway gag of a German bedtime story features a mother cutting off her son's thumbs simply because he wouldn't stop sucking them.
  • In Fillmore!, Parnassis frames Ingrid for setting off a stink bomb in the school, even going as far as dressing up as her, with an identical wig, dress and earrings (Despite Ingrid doesn't even wear earrings) and planned to set up an even bigger stinkbomb to blast the whole school with. The reason? Since Ingrid enrolled, he was bumped back to "2nd Smartest kid in school."
  • Happens quite often in Futurama:
    • The Omicronians are frequent offenders. Every time King Lrr of Omicron Persei VIII shows up, something new and more ridiculous happens. Their first appearance in "When Aliens Attack" has him invading the Earth because his favorite (thousand-year-old) TV show "Single Female Lawyer" was knocked off the air, and they demanded that the season finale be aired again or he would increase earth's temperature by "one million degrees a day... for five days!" In "Love and Rocket", he tries to destroy the Planet Express ship for bringing sweetheart candies to their planet; not only were they "chalky and unpleasant", but he was further enraged that whoever made them spelled "love" as "wuv". "This concept of 'wuv' confuses and infuriates us!"
    • In "I Second That Emotion", when Bender dumps toxic waste into the sewers, the mutants kidnap him, as well as Fry and Leela, who just happened to be with him at the time. The waste Bender dumped was so bright that it allowed the mutants to see how ugly they were. The mutants decide to punish all three of them by permanently mutating their DNA and then beating them up. Furthermore, when the trio tries to escape and are caught after a short chase, they decide to go for the death penalty instead.
    • In "A Big Piece of Garbage", Wernstrom held a grudge against Professor Farnsworth for a hundred years because Farnsworth gave him an A- on an exam due to Wernstrom's poor penmanship. His eventual revenge was slightly less disproportionate: rating Farnsworth's shoddy, hastily-made blueprint for the Smelloscope an A-double-minus. He did, however, manage to one-up Farnsworth a little later by gaining tenure.
    • In "A Taste of Freedom", Zoidberg eats the Earthican flag out of euphoria and patriotism for Earth, but is falsely branded as a traitor by Nixon and is almost lynched by the public, forcing him to take sanctuary in the Decapodian Embassy. He later gets sentenced to death for this act, despite not meaning any harm or malice by it. This, in itself, prompts Decapod 10 to invade Earth and enslave humanity.
    • In "T: The Terrestrial", Lrrr forces his son Jrrr to participate in an invasion of Earth to toughen him up. However, the invasion gets botched when Jrrr accidentally pulls an I Just Shot Marvin in the Face on Nixon's vice president, the headless clone of Agnew. Nixon later clamps a complete embargo on Omicron Persei 8 just because of this accident.
  • On Gargoyles, the original Hunter vows revenge on Demona—a vow that lasts through a thousand years, the role of the Hunter being passed down through the generations, albeit for different reasons. What was her crime? Lashing out and scarring the face of the first Hunter when he came upon her stealing food. Granted, the fact that she didn't even consider him worth remembering before he began his hunt probably didn't help, but still, DAMN.
    • Gargoyles also averts (inverts?) this in the form of Vinnie Gregarino. This guy loses at least two jobs, a motorcycle, his driver's license and probably a lot of his reputation because of the Gargoyles' actions. He spends most of the episode "Vendettas" chasing Goliath with a custom-built weapon called "Mr. Carter", or "Mr. C.", finally shooting him in the face at point-blank range just after the climax of a big battle that had Goliath's attention all night. Fortunately, "Mr. Carter" only shoots cream pies, and Vinnie walked away very satisfied with himself, leaving a confused Goliath and Hudson to wonder who he was. Vinnie is notably the only character in the entire series to get vengeance to his satisfaction.
  • In the Goof Troop episode "Dr. Horatio's Magic Orchestra", Pete threatens to permanently disfigure PJ's lips because he whistled two bars of a song. Of course, what PJ didn't know that the audience did was that Pete really hated the song due to it reminding him of a traumatizing humiliation from his childhood. Even so, Pete, despite regularly being a Jerkass to PJ, almost never intentionally causes him physical harm, and PJ would most likely have stopped just as swiftly with just a reprimand. Peg calls Pete out on this.
  • Manly Dan in the Gravity Falls episode "Not What He Seems" rams a humvee carrying Dipper and Mabel off the road after Mabel wrote on a fogged-up window that the Boy Band Sev'ral Timez is overrated. The twins and the agent driving the humvee survived without injuries, but it could've been worse.
    • "A Tale of Two Stans" reveals an 18-year-old Stanley accidentally broke the perpetual motion machine in a fit of rage, which ruined an opportunity for Ford to get enrolled in his dream college, West Coast Tech. His father responded by disowning and kicking him out of their home and telling Stan to never come back until he made a fortune.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    • Mandy in general tends to beat up or intimidate people just for looking at her the wrong way.
    • The episode "Super Zero" had a commercial for Heifer Farms Yogurt where a superhero named Captain Heifer used his laser vision on the villains simply for interrupting him and also threatens to use his laser eyes on the audience if they don't buy his yogurt, making it perfectly clear that he isn't joking.
  • Some of the animals from Hero: 108 are prone to this.
    • For example, the pandas and giraffes punish everyone who doesn't applaud at their concerts (which humans find terrible and are forced to pretend they like) for "criticizing them", as Commander ApeTrully discovers too late and is punished by being entrapped under the weight of one of the pandas for the entire episodenote .
    • There's also the Cat King, who is so sad, he orders the other cats to throw some kind of chilli into the eyes of everyone who smiles or laughs. He gets better.
  • Hey Arnold!: In the episode "False Alarm", Curly tried to get Eugene expelled from school simply because Eugene ruined Curly's favorite pencil. Made all the more amusing since it is a rare occasion we see the minor slight from the perpetrator's perspective. Judging from Curly's flashback of the whole ordeal, you really would think Eugene was a sadistic monster for what he did to that pencil.
    Curly: All I could think was EUGEEEEENE chewing on my pencil, EUGEEEENE biting on the eraser, and EUGEEENE sharpening. Sharpening. SHARPENING!!!! *Flashback-Eugene laughs evilly at the sharpened down pencil nub* And when it was time to give it back, he goes "Oh, here Curly". LIKE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL!!!
    • In "Curly Snaps", Curly locks himself in Principal Wartz's office, throws dodgeballs at everyone he sees, and has a big list of demands just because he didn't get to be a hall monitor that week.
    • This is the entire reason Curly exists on the show. A number of his appearances have him dealing Disproportionate Retribution over something incredibly minor. In his last appearance, the gang spent a night in a graveyard (To see if the urban legend of a murderous ghost bride was real) soon enough the ghost starts stalking them. It turned out it was Curly scaring them the whole time, why? Because at the beginning of the episode, Gerald told the urban legend to the others, despite Curly wanting to tell it.
      • This episode actually has this trope twice. Because once the gang found out Curly was the ghost, they tied him up and locked him in a crypt, while the "possibly real" murderous ghost paces past the windows.
    • In "Arnold Betrays Iggy", Arnold accidentally sees Iggy wearing embarrassing pajamas, and swears that he won't reveal his secret. The next day, Stinky and Sid pester Arnold until they stumble upon the secret through a combination of luck and Arnold being too slow on denying it. They process to tell their entire class. Iggy becomes furious at Arnold, and after a period of Arnold bending over backwards to try to make it up to him, tells him that they'll be even if Arnold wears the embarrassing pajamas in public. What makes this so extreme is that while Iggy was only seen in the pajamas by one person in the privacy of his home, Arnold is made to wear the pajamas in the middle of the street, on a red carpet in front of a crowd, with people and news vans pointing cameras, while Iggy sits on a makeshift throne on the opposite side - Iggy's instance in the pajamas was seen by one person with no picture or video evidence, so it would've just been Iggy's word against Sid, Stinky, (and in his mind, Arnold)'s and would probably have been easy to fight against and eventually forget, but Iggy made it so that no one would forget Arnold's shame anytime soon.
  • Invader Zim. Many episodes show Zim taking a small thing way too serious and often goes too far to get even.
    • Zim, suspecting that Dib has thrown a muffin at his head, kidnaps Dib and puts him into a Lotus-Eater Machine in order to gather evidence. Only after letting Dib live a long, fulfilling, and extremely awesome life before ripping the metaphorical carpet from under his feet does Zim go ahead with the proportionate retribution of chucking a muffin back at Dib's head.
      • The dream-state plan was all set up just to get Dib to admit to throwing the muffin.
    • Gaz had this as her trademark trope. Good luck finding a Gaz line that doesn't have something to do with inflicting revenge in the most painful and absurd way possible.
    • The Tallest once had a guy Thrown Out the Airlock just because he made a mildly contradictory comment during a speech they were giving. (And security throws the wrong guy out, to boot.)
  • During the second season of Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Tony Stark finds himself fighting for his life against two, genius minded, twin siblings he goes to high school with. The reason? The female twin was angry at Tony for scoring higher than her during an important academic test.
  • Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes frequently does this, including threatening to dunk the main characters in lava for releasing an old home movie of him and leveling a hair salon for messing up his horns.
  • There was an episode of Johnny Bravo where the titular character got 86 life sentences for littering (it turns out that Johnny wasn't really the one who littered), as well as for hitting on the female judge.
    • Inverted in an episode, where stealing his mother's car to use in a race meant a week's worth of chores for Johnny (and for Carl, who helped Johnny steal it and added illegal technology to it, to help him).
    Bunny: Grand theft auto in my house means chores for a week!
  • Lex Luthor's actions in Justice League Unlimited can be considered this as he describes it to The Question (while beating the crap out of him), who's trying to stop him from becoming president to keep from fulfilling a future where Superman kills him and turns evil.
    Luthor: President? Do you know how much power I'd have to give up to be president? That's right, conspiracy buff. I spent seventy-five million on a fake presidential campaign just to tick Superman off.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Mr. Cat does this all the time. If somebody does something that even slightly annoys him, he'll pull out a weapon and threaten to use it on them.
    • In the episode "Let's Play Ecologists", when the gang finds out that Quack Quack has been eating yogurt from non-environment friendly containers, Mr. Cat suggests tying him up in a sack full of rats and setting it on fire.
    • In Episode 55, Olaf blows a hairdryer in Kaeloo's eyes, causing her to scream in pain. Mr. Cat decides to avenge Kaeloo... by trying to shoot Olaf with a bazooka.
    • In Episode 82, Pretty starts her own fashion line and refuses to accept Kaeloo as a model, and she insults the way she looks. Kaeloo's response? Teaming up with Mr. Cat and getting Pretty humiliated on the news.
    • Downplayed in Episode 134. When Stumpy asks Mr. Cat to play with him, Mr. Cat shoots him in the face with a bazooka, with all the hurt he really gets being Ash Face. Later in the episode, Stumpy clones himself. He and the clones destroy Mr. Cat's car by crashing a bunch of other cars into it (while he's inside the car), drop a fridge on his head, and ruin his vacation to the beach.
    • In Episode 139, Olaf breaks Kaeloo's headphones. Kaeloo responds by Hulking Out, shoving Olaf inside his own robot and throwing his into space.
    • In "Let's Play Figurines", Stumpy asks his friends if he can play with his figurines. They refuse. What does he do to them? He makes a Deal with the Devil, becomes a witch doctor, learns voodoo magic and then uses it to force them to become his slaves.
    • The plot of Episode 118 revolves around the main four having a feud with Pretty where each vengeful act is worse than the one that prompted it. The feud starts when Pretty puts embarrassing pictures of them online. They retaliate by doing the same thing to her, which would have been fine if it wasn't for the fact that Stumpy decided to humiliate her by putting what are implied to be fake photoshopped nudes of her up on the internet where anyone could see them. Then, Pretty goes on TV and reveals a few of their embarrassing secrets to the public. After this, they decide to sue her for "slandering" them, and put her in a Kangaroo Court where she is given a sentence of "community service for life", and Kaeloo, who has Super Strength, beats her up. She then writes a tell-all book with all of their embarrassing secrets in it and publishes two million copies of it. At this point, the main four decide that things have gotten out of hand and decide to go home.
    • The tea party episode has Mr. Cat try to strangle Stumpy because Stumpy blamed Mr. Cat for something that he did, making him look bad in front of Kaeloo (who he has a crush on).
    • How about the time Kaeloo literally set Mr. Cat on fire for looking at inappropriate pictures in a magazine?
  • Señor Senior, Sr. (and his son, Señor Senior, Jr.) was kicked out of an ultra-exclusive club for billionaires because of their embarrassing losses to Kim Possible. Senior's idea: freeze them all solid with a stolen cryogenic device. As he puts it, "true villains are characterized by disproportionate revenge, Junior."
    • Kim does this in Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama where only the writer's intervention stopped her from killing Shego. This was in response to Shego making a crack about kidnapping her prom date. Who turned out to be a synthodrone who was in on it. Because she was ordered to by Drakken. As part of a scheme she knew nothing about until the very end. She didn't even take out her revenge on the right person: Drakken was behind the whole thing. Shego was Just Following Orders as always.
    • Shego has been known to deal it out as well, such as the time she threw Drakken out of a Humongous Mecha (while it was in flight) because he'd said she was too "soft" to betray her brothers.
  • In the King of the Hill episode "Jon Vitti Presents: Return to La Grunta", when Hank Hill saw his niece getting sexually harassed by a golfer, he wanted the guy to pay. His usual method is to kick someone's ass, but this time he was especially pissed. So he threw the guy in a dolphin pool and had the dolphin rape the guy. The moral of the story is: don't piss Hank off (either that, or don't harass his niece in front of him). It was also a "two birds one stone" scenario since he wanted the raping dolphin removed from the club but had signed a nondisclosure agreement that kept him from complaining about it himself.
    • In the pilot episode, we learn why Luanne's mother is in jail. She stabbed her husband with a fork because he threw out a beer she was saving for later.
    • There was also the episode where Bill and Dale break up their friendship all because Dale left an empty beer can on Bill's lawn and refused to pick it up.
  • In the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Blythe's Big Adventure-Part 2," the Biskit Twins try to sabotage Blythe's pet fashion show by dumping chocolate pudding and kitty litter onto her. Why? Because she refuse to hang out with them.
  • In the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Bonnie and Clyde", Nani grounds Lilo and Stitch for running around the house and burping. Unhappy with the unfair punishment, they run away from home and end up doing crimes with the eponymous experiments.
  • Looney Tunes examples:
    • Marvin the Martian was going to blow up the Earth because it obstructed his view of the planet Venus. (And he spent two millennia building the weapon he was planning to use to do it, no less.)
    • A few of the heroes' retributions on the Rogues Gallery in some shorts count as this, particularly for Bugs Bunny. Granted in this case it's not so much they don't deserve it as much as the heroes know they are harmless and will inevitably take much more than they dish out against them. Director Friz Freleng actually stated his fear that Bugs' treatment of Elmer Fudd leaned too far into this.
    • In The Looney Tunes Show, Porky Pig takes some of Daffy Duck's french fries because he [Porky] thinks they're for the table. Daffy goes into a Heroic BSoD and ends his friendship with Porky, calling him "garbage". It turns out that the fries were, in fact, for the table. Incidentally, Daffy somehow sees no problem with taking Porky's pizza.
    • One rather notorious example was in "Rhapsody Rabbit". Bugs is about to play a piano in a large, crowded concert hall, when a rude, offstage audience member starts coughing and hacking loudly just as Bugs is poised to play. When it happens a second time, Bugs pulls a revolver out of his tailcoat and shoots him. (Bugs is more merciful in another cartoon where he performs like this, and a similar incident occurs; he hold up a sign saying "Throw the Bum Out!" and someone does.)
    • In "Rebel Rabbit," Bugs is offended that rabbits have a bounty of only 2 cents while foxes and bears are worth $50 and $75, respectively, on the grounds that (all other) rabbits are "perfectly harmless" compared to them, and vows to prove that rabbits can be just as bad. As a result, he causes a campaign of terror throughout the United States that gets a very proportionate response... the whole United States Army mobilizing with full-blown "scorched earth" orders.
  • In the second episode of the Mega Man cartoon, Roll was attacked by a female cosmetics robot that strapped her to a chair and gave her a bad facial. Megaman's response was to throw a tube of makeup at the robot, giving her an equally bad facial. Roll's response when freed was to cut her in half, then vacuum her face off.
  • In the Tex Avery-directed cartoon "The Magical Maestro", a magician and his rabbits ask an opera singer if he can use them as an opening act, only to be dismissed unceremoniously. In retaliation, the magician substitutes himself for the conductor of the performance and proceeds to humiliate the opera singer with his magic tricks.
  • In the first episode of Men in Black: The Series, Jay runs afoul of a Hive Mind race that wants him dead for accidentally killing one of their own. When Kay blows his nose and shows them the mucus-covered handkerchief, they decide to let Jay go and take him instead.
  • Subverted in one episode of Muppet Babies when, during a scene where Miss Piggy imagines herself as Elizabeth I, Fozzie tells a crappy joke. Miss Piggy is not amused and puts him in the stocks. He asks if he's headed for fifty lashes for his crappy joke, and Miss Piggy snarls, "No, it's worse than that." Then, much to Fozzie's surprise...
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, some ponies appear to be under the impression that Princess Celestia practices this. However, as far as we know, she does not.
    • Nightmare Moon's vow to bring about The Night That Never Ends was because her pony subjects enjoyed the daytime her sister brought, but didn't appreciate the nights she created. Creating a night that never ends means depriving everyone of the sun, which means no crops grow, nobody gets any natural heat, and everyone either freezes to death or starves, meaning that Nightmare Moon would have inadvertently killed everyone just to get more attention.
    • It's a highly contested point among the fandom, whether the Mane 5's actions in the episode "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" went too far in simply trying to humble Dash a little.
    • Fluttershy may have gone a little too far when applying her assertiveness training in "Putting Your Hoof Down".
    • Applejack once called Mr. Beaverton Beaverteeth a nuisance. His response? Building a dam to flood Applejack's home, followed by using several swear words against her. Luckily, Fluttershy was able to convince him to stop.
    • Magic Duel is all about this. Twilight exposes Trixie's lies about her having defeated an Ursa Major (which has the unfortunate effect of ruining Trixie's career, but Twilight had no intention of doing that) and shows herself to be more powerful than "The Great and Powerful Trixie". Trixie returns with a magic-boosting amulet and humiliates Twilight's friends (and actually mutilates Dash and Pinkie magically), defeats Twilight, and banishes her from Ponyville. She then takes over the town, enslaves the ponies, tortures Snips and Snails by making them drag her around on a wheel-less wagon, and generally goes Caligula. It turns out that most of the crazy is caused by the evil amulet, and losing it makes her regain her senses after a while.
    • It's also revealed that similar disproportionate retribution happened to Trixie herself. Since a single lie told to shut up hecklers lead to her entire career and reputation being completely ruined, an apparent stint of poverty and homelessness and being forced to do manual labour to scrape a living. While revenge against Twilight is unwarranted, as she didn't really do anything, its hard not to see how she could be frustrated by her bad fortune even before putting the amulet of insanity on, nor is it easy to call her revenge against all of Ponyville unjustified when Ponyville residents were following her around to vandalize her cart and bully her. And unlike Twilight's situation, which goes away once Trixie has been stopped, none of that has been changed...
    • This was actually the main driving point of "Lesson Zero"... in Twilight's mind. She ends up freaking out, thinking that because she forgot one letter to Celestia, she was going to get sent back to Magical Kindergarten.
    • In "Gauntlet of Fire", the dragon Garble decides that, if he can become the Dragon Lord, his first action will be to raze all of Equestria to the ground due to his hatred of Spike, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash, who humiliated him once.
    • Starlight Glimmer resented the very existence of Cutie Marks because her friend Sunburst's Cutie Mark which supposedly marked him as a talented mage separated the two of them since she didn't know that the real reason he never contacted her again was because he found out he was actually an Inept Mage with almost no real magical power and he was too ashamed to let her know. So she came up with a spell that steals Cutie Marks, suppressing the talents of ponies, and brainwashes her village into thinking this is the right way to live. She also tries to brainwash the Mane 6 with hopes of spreading her twisted doctrine to all of Equestria. When that fails, she spends the rest of the season obsessed with revenge and uses an extremely dangerous Time Travel spell to ensure the Mane 6 never get their Cutie Marks, not knowing just how badly this would screw up the past, present, and future of the world. Again, all of this was because a friend moved away.
    • In the episode "Rarity Investigates," Rainbow Dash is accused of sending Spitfire away so that she could take her place in the Wonderbolts' air show, and is told that if she can't prove she is innocent, she'll be kicked out of the Wonderbolts for good. Luckily, with a little help from Rarity, Rainbow Dash finds out that the real culprit was Wind Rider, a retired Wonderbolt who Rainbow Dash greatly admires. Why did he go through all the trouble to frame Rainbow Dash and make sure she got kicked off the Wonderbolts? Because he was afraid that she would break his flight speed record.
    • In "28 Pranks Later", the response of all of Ponyville to Rainbow Dash going on an unrelenting pranking campaign (and in their defense, they do try to beg her to stop and tell her some pranks are too mean to their targets, but Rainbow refuses) is to make Rainbow believe that one of her pranks has Gone Horribly Wrong and she had accidentally unleashed a Zombie Apocalypse. Understandably, some audience members find this as divisive as the "Mare-Do-Well" scheme.
  • In Not Without My Handbag, the Soak-and-Spin Washing Machine contract stipulates that one missed (or even late) payment on the machine equals immediate death and eternal damnation. Satan even seems to work for them.
  • In the Compilation Movie Once Upon a Halloween, a villain is plotting to do something evil while her magic mirror tries to talk her out of while showing her clips of various Disney movies. In the end the villain decides she doesn't want to go through her plan anymore, but the mirror kills her anyway for even attempting it in the first place.
  • On Phineas and Ferb, most of Dr. Doofensmirtz's evil schemes run on this. In one episode, Doofenshmirtz tracks down a bully who used to kick sand in his face and tries to bury his entire house in sand.
    • Pinky the Chihuahua's rival goes to the store to buy Stiff Beauty hair spray, which she finds out has been discontinued. After a beat, she zaps the messenger into another dimension.
    • Doof also teleported a guy to another dimension because he hit on Vanessa.
  • Subverted in The Powerpuff Girls, in which after being criticized by a temp that he relies on the girls way too much, the Mayor promptly reaches for the hotline to have the girls beat her up. About midway, he finally gets it and hangs the phone up.
    • Incidentally the episode becomes more or less about this trope as the mayor compensates by flying around in a hot air balloon punishing any and all crimes he sees, (whether actual or not) from robbery to jay walking with an extendable boxing glove to the face.
    • In another episode, the Girls' next door neighbors, the Smiths, are led by the mother to become supervillains, destroy the Girls home, and try to kill them, because she was angry at them ruining the dinner party she had invited them to (which by the way, they did because they were trying to stop Mr. Smith, who had become a villain because he was bored with his average suburban life, from melting the Professor's head). The daughter of the family also got into it because the Girls had accidentally lost her jacks. The son doesn't even have a reason, but states that as a teen, he hates everyone including the Powerpuffs. The Girls lampshade this when, after Mrs. Smith's Motive Rant, Blossom simply says "That's not a good reason at all!" before beating the Smiths up.
    • In "Bubblevicious", upon proving she can be as strong and aggressive as her sisters by defeating the highest-level monsters in their training simulator, Bubbles begins to attack people for the smallest crimes such as littering and jaywalking.
    • The two What A Cartoon shorts seem to be full of this. In "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins", Fuzzy's reaction to losing a jam contest is to use a specially-made ray gun to turn all of Townsville (including its inhabitants) into meat. In the short "Crime 101", the Girls try to teach the Amoeba Boys how to be proper criminals by staging a very realistic bank robbery. When the Girls are arrested and plead guilty for their crimes, the judge tearfully sentences them to jail for a million years.
    • The Powerpuff Girls generally do this to any villain(s) of the day by beating the living daylights out of them, even for the pettiest of crimes, and even when they did nothing wrong at all. They even beat up and had Rainbow the Clown jailed when an accidental spill of bleach transformed him into Mr. Mime, who was a completely different state of mind at the time. It also doesn't help matters that they are (possibly perpetual) five year old girls who know little to almost nothing about the true differences between right and wrong, but Townsville loves them unconditionally.
  • Pinky and the Brain; in one episode, the Brain nearly realized his goal of world domination, after Pinky, by complete accident, became President, and an actual success as one. (He had gained the public attention by writing a letter to the editor complaining that The Family Circus was no longer funny, and everyone took that to mean "jokes about family values are no longer funny". Before he knew it, he was running the country.) This "plan" was later ruined by no fault of his or the Brain's, but because a reporter found "dirt" about Brain's previous schemes from an anonymous tipster, leading to Pinky's impeachment. Who was the tipster? Bill Keane. He had taken offense to his strip being called unfunny.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016):
    • Mojo Jojo attacks the city with an onion monster in "In the Garden of Good and Eddie" just because he lost the contest.
    • Buttercup hides Octi from Bubbles in "Little Octi Lost". Why? Because Bubbles lost a kickball game.
    • In "Man Up" Buttercup destroys the Zen-Assaince fair and gives Bubbles a black eye only because Manboy called her "princess".
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory cartoon "Accent You Hate", there was Gary, a school bully who terrorized Dexter and his two classmates Lucky and Pierre because, well, he hated "kids with funny accents", as he claimed.
  • In the Quack Pack episode "The Real Mighty Ducks", Donald wants Huey, Dewey, and Louie to clean their room, but they head over to Ludwig Von Drake's lab instead. They use one of his inventions to become Super Heroes. Their room, still a mess, Donald goes to Von Drake's lab and becomes a Super Villain, The Duck Of Doom, who, still desperate for the boys to clean their room, goes on to tangle up a freeway, drain a lake, paint glasses on Mt.Rushmore, destroy every television set in existence, and eventually destroys the entire universe. It doesn't matter how many times he told them to do it, no bedroom is ever that untidy. Evil Is Petty indeed.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Ice Moon Enceladus", the kids set up a sno-cone stand in order to raise money to send astronauts to Mars. Now, an important characteristic of Sean's is that he wants to grow up to be the leader of the first human mission to Mars. Mr. Peterson comes by the kids' sno-cone stand, and Mindy informs him that buying a sno-cone will help send Sean to Mars. Mr. Peterson recognizes Sean as the kid who keeps kicking his soccer ball into his yard, and then Mr. Peterson proceeds to purchase several. In short, Mr. Peterson wants to send Sean to Mars just for kicking his soccer ball into his yard.
  • Benson from Regular Show always threatens to fire Mordecai and Rigby, and it's often for stupid reasons, such as not taking a cart to the junkyard or not getting rid of junk mail. What's more, their antics are on his watch, so he's technically at fault for everything, and Pops is technically his boss.
  • Parodied on Robot Chicken. A guy, sick of rush hour traffic, goes insane and transforms his car into a rolling death machine. He heads to work the next day... but finds himself all alone on the road due to a Jewish bank holiday.
  • Already known for his Hair-Trigger Temper, Burgermeister Meisterburger from Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town trips on a toy duck and orders all toys banned and confiscated in the Sombertown city limits.
  • In one episode of Samurai Jack, a cranky old wizard turns the eponymous protagonist into a chicken. Why? Because Jack gently nudged him as he was backing up away from a counter.
    • One of the Daughters of Aku, Ashi, is distracted from her Training from Hell by a beam of light and wanders off to go look at the outside world. Her mother catches her, and after saying that the beauty outside is what they're trying to protect, she grabs Ashi by the throat, berates her for her lack of focus, and then tosses her to a Giant Mook for "disciplining".
  • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee combines this with Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking in an episode where Loki is arguing with his human Anti-Antichrist son about the latter's refusal to kill June, as his son suspects Loki will banish him like his Uncle Teddy, his Aunt Gloria, and the pizza guy. Loki reasons he did that because "When I order a half veggie, half pepperoni pan pizza, I expect to GET a half veggie... half pepperoni... pan... PIZZA!"
  • On The Scooby-Doo Show Arlene Wilcox's sister goes through a lot of trouble against her sister all for being left out of the family will. To the point she would have been sentenced as a witch.
  • In the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Web of the Dreamweaver", a guy builds a device that lets him terrorize people in their dreams, just because when he and his friends were kids, they played Crypts and Creatures, he lost a saving throw, and his elf got killed.
    "I loved him more than my own children!"
  • The Simpsons does this a lot, but the clearest case of this is in "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'". When Burns takes old paintings from Abe Simpson at gunpoint, and Bart calls Burns a coward and an embarrassment to the name Hellfish, Burns points the gun at Bart's head; Abe says Burns can take the art, just not hurt the boy; Burns remarks that he would rather do both, and kicks Bart into the empty case so hard that it ends up falling into the water, and then Burns boats away, saying "so long, Sarge, see you at the reunion in November!" Seeing as how Burns could have taken the art without hurting the boy, trying to drown him was either in response to his insults or For the Evulz.
    • Another good example is the Springfield–Shelbyville rivalry, summed up by Lisa in "Homer Loves Flanders":
    Lisa: They built a mini-mall, so we built an even bigger mini-mall. They made the world's largest pizza, so we burned down their city hall.
    Quimby: I bet I'll get blamed for this.
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror XVI" story "I've Grown A Costume On Your Face", Springfield holds a costume contest and a woman dressed as a witch won but was disqualified for being an actual witch (the prize had to go to someone who, technically, was wearing a costume). In retaliation, she cursed everyone into being whatever their costumes made them look like.
    • In "You Kent Always Say What You Want", Ned Flanders' crusade to get Kent Brockman fired after Brockman swore on public television, even though Brockman apologized for it a few seconds later and nobody was really watching the news when he swore. Ned even lampshaded it, when his sons asked him what he's doing.
      Ned: Imploring people I never met to pressure a government with better things to do to punish a man who meant no harm for something nobody even saw! That's what I'm doing!''
      • Even his own children after hearing this think Ned needs something better to do with his time.
      • In the same episode, Lindsay Naegle fired Brockman for having cocaine in his coffee, even when Brockman explained that it was actually Splenda, and it is also implied that she was actually using that as an excuse to fire him even when it was really just out of anger for his swearing on the air. The FCC also landed the entire Channel 6 station with a million-dollar fine just because Kent Brockman uttered a swear word. Sure, the swear was implied to be the worst one in the English language, but still, million is far too much even for that.
    • In the early seasons, Skinner would give Bart a ridiculous amount of detention for offenses that really don't need that much detention. In "Separate Vocations", it was a year's detention over some answer books being stolen that he took the fall for.
      • In "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", Skinner gave Bart a months detention for skipping a day of school, despite the fact that he admitted it to keep Freddie Quimby from going to prison. (Which would be considered lenient compared to sending him the Christian military reform school, the punishment he had previously threatened Bart with.)
      • In "Bart's Girlfriend", Skinner gave Bart detention just because he can.
    • In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", when Snake Jailbird tosses a can out his car window onto the highway Bette Midler just finished cleaning up, she responds by chasing after him on foot, jumping onto his car, and throwing the can back in, which causes the car to swerve off the road and crash. A second driver does the same thing, and Midler simply tosses the can at the car, which causes the driver to lose control and careen into the nearby mountainside.
    Bette Midler: We're Americans. We deserve clean highways.
    • [1]: Homer attempts to think up a way to discipline Bart properly for breaking Grandpa's dentures, and settles on allowing Grandpa to break Bart's actual teeth.
    • From The Itchy & Scratchy Show:
      • In "You Kent Always Say What You Want" (according to Krusty's narrative), Itchy built a trap involving a lady made of dynamite for Scratchy, and later juggled his three remaining body parts (his head, his heart, and his leg). In the words of Krusty: "That's what you get for, I don't know, messing with my wife."
      • According to a Simpsons Comic, Itchy and Scratchy went to Preschool together, the teacher was a cat and lobed Scratchy praising him all the time, and being very nasty to Itchy simply for being an as she put it "Disgusting Rat" no matter how much Itchy tried to get the teacher to like him, she was very hateful towards him. This is why he brutally murders Scratchy over and over and over.
      • Another episode demonstrates that if you ever detract from the violence in which Itchy and Scratchy traditionally engage for one episode, you're in dead meat. Poochie infamously learned this the hard way.
    • "The Boys of Bummer" contains probably one of the worst examples in fiction. When Bart screws up at a baseball game and costs Springfield the Little League Championship, everyone makes him pay dearly (only Marge and Lisa stood by him, ignoring Maggie, who didn't get involved). In fact, it drives poor Bart to attempt suicide. Despite this, the citizens keep on at it while Bart is comatose. Fortunately, Marge set things straight. This is made even worse by the fact it was Bart that pretty much singlehandedly got them to the Championship. There is some Lampshade Hanging in the fact that the town was literally labeled the "meanest town in America" and they were proud to put it on a billboard.
    • "The Good, the Sad and the Drugly": After Bart forgets to visit Milhouse during his suspension due to spending time with Jenny, Milhouse invades Bart and follows him everywhere, trying to force his anger into his life as harsh as possible, though Bart apologized. Finally, Milhouse corners him, forcing Bart to admit to Jenny that he is not who she thinks he is. This ends up with Jenny dumping Bart and leaving him a crying mess.
    • The "Treehouse of Horror IV" story "Terror at 5½ Feet" has Bart trying to warn everyone about the gremlin on the side of the bus, sabotaging the vehicle. Even though he's eventually proven to be right (and gets rid of the gremlin himself,) Skinner still decides his conduct was unacceptable, and naturally a suitable punishment would be for him to spend the rest of his life in an insane asylum.
    • Minor example occurs in "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood" where Moe kicks Hans Moleman out of the bar and threatens him with a knife for not using a coaster.
    • In the episode "The Spy Who Learned Me", Bart plots revenge on the school bully, Nelson, by giving him coupons for a month's worth of fast food for free. Nelson quickly gets addicted to the junk food and becomes so obese that he becomes too lazy to push people around. The reason for this act by Bart? He got sick of Nelson taking his lunch money.
    • In "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", Sideshow Bob tried to nuke Springfield because he didn't like the way television was dominating people's lives. (One of his reasons was, he used to be an actor on a kids show, and claimed that his "foolish capering destroyed more young minds then syphilis and pinball combined". Still, it was a rather poor excuse.)
    • In "A Tale of Two Springfields", Homer attempts to blow up a city hall full of people because the phone company introduced a new area code. His attempt only failed because Bart mis-wired his explosive vest. The same episode has Homer building a wall dividing Springfield between the area code locations, and the Springfieldians escalating the situation up to treating those who are their literal neighbors like foreign intruders, just because they have different area codes.
    • "My Mother the Carjacker" has Homer confessing to burning down a blood bank because they tried to impose a 'one complimentary cookie only' limit on him.
    • "The Bart Wants What It Wants" started off with Homer stealing the Olympic torch so that the Olympics would stop getting in the way of his favorite shows.
    • In "Two Bad Neighbors", Bart and Homer begin an Escalating War against former President George H.W. Bush that involves shooting bottle rockets at his house and gluing a comical wig onto his head all because Bush spanked Bart. Very lightly. As punishment for destroying his memoirs.
    • In the episode "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", after Bart plays some pranks on Lisa, she serves him with a restraining order and starts using it to bully him. Eventually, Bart's forced to eat his lunch outside in the rain, be taught by Groundskeeper Willie in a tool shed, and sleep on the edge of the property. At one point Lisa says if she can remember three moments where Bart was nice to her, she'll lift the restraining order (and she can't, no matter how hard she tries).
    • Inverted in one of the alternate endings to "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" where the culprit turned out to be Smithers. Burns punishes Smithers' murder attempt by giving him a 5% pay cut, to which Smithers is utterly dismayed.
    • In "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", Mayor Quimby's nephew Freddie is put on trial for brutally assaulting a chef for not saying 'chowder' properly. He even threatens to kill his own lawyer (and then everyone in the courtroom, especially those in the jury) in the middle of the trial for doing the same thing. Eventually subverted, though, as all Freddie Quimby really did was snatch a bottle of wine from the chef, and all his injuries were accidental on account of the chef being clumsy on a legendary scale. A Deleted Scene has him trying to assault the chef for real right on the steps of the courtroom, after he was declared innocent and, yes, because the chef still can't say "chowder" like Quimby wants.
      • Within the same episode, Homer swears that he will make sure that Quimby ends up in jail because he was summoned to perform Jury Duty — the irony then is that he becomes a Rogue Juror and votes Quimby "not guilty" because the deadlock would allow him to spend the night in a five-star hotel with free HBO.
    • In "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?", Homer becomes a food critic and starts giving everywhere he eats bad reviews as his gimmick. This results in the cooks trying to MURDER Homer over it with poisoned food, then chasing him down with the clear intent to kill him when that doesn't work.
    • In "Whacking Day", Bart is kicked out of a Christian school within a minute, with the teacher and the entire class chasing him, for singing a rude playground song about how beans are "the musical fruit".
    • In "Homer At The Bat", Steve Sax is pulled over by the Springfield police, and once he gives his license to Wiggum which shows he's from New York, he's arrested for just about every unsolved crime in New York City for no particular reason (although perhaps the boys were still bitter about losing to the Power Plant at softball earlier in the episode). And according to a Continuity Nod in "Springfield of Dreams", Sax is still under investigation 25 years later.
    • In "Marge In Chains", Marge forgets to pay for a bottle of cheap bourbon at the Kwik-E-Mart (she was too exhausted from dealing with her sick family for several days to notice it was in her pocket). She apologizes for that and makes clear she will pay immediately. Apu calls the cops on her (which arrive with multiple officers that point their guns at her like she was a psychotic thief) and she's put through trial and then placed in jail. The rest of the townspeople treat her like a drunken maniac — and as a matter of fact, it's because of this that they lie in court and take Helen Lovejoy's slander as iron-clad proof in order to declare her guilty.
    • "Homie the Clown" sees the local Mafia willing to kill Krusty, wherever he is on the planet, over his gambling debts. The size of his debt? $48 - which he casually pays off and even receives change.
  • In the Sonic Boom episode "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", Shadow threatens to kill Sonic because he and his team did a poor job of putting a bookshelf together.
  • South Park: Eric Cartman is the patron saint of this trope.
    • In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Scott cheats Cartman out of $16.12, makes him beg for the money back (in a very humiliating fashion), burns the money in front of him, then tapes Cartman begging for his money and shows it to the entire town of South Park. So after more mundane revenge pranks fail, Cartman lures Scott's parents to their deaths, steals the bodies, grinds them up, uses the meat to make chili, then makes Scott eat the chili. He also gets Scott's favorite band to laugh at him as he cries, while Cartman laps the tears up right off his face. Granted, Scott acted really dickish to Cartman, but even so...
    • Scott Tenorman eventually would prove the old Klingon proverb that, yes, revenge is a dish Best Served Cold, though considering what he was put through, that revenge might have been considered proportionate..
    • In "Tsst", Cartman tied a boy's ankle to the flagpole, gave him a hacksaw and told him he had poisoned his milk, and the only way to get the antidote was by hacking off his own leg. The reason for this, you might ask? The boy called Cartman "Chubby".
    • Similarly, when a psychiatrist was calling Cartman fat to see what the reaction would be, Cartman's response is for "Mitch Conner" to lie to the psychiatrist's wife that he's been abusing several women, along with several other horrible actions. That is one fearsome Berserk Button.
    • "Tonsil Trouble": Most people would agree that laughing at someone getting AIDS is definitely a Jerkass move. Unfortunately, this is Kyle who does it and the person provoked is Eric Cartman. Cartman decides to share it because his nemesis laughed at him.
    • This gets even more disproportionate considering that there was a Running Gag about Cartman threatening Kyle with AIDS.
    • Quite a few characters get this inflicted upon them, especially Stan. (Example: In "Douche and Turd", he just expresses his opinion about not wanting to vote for either of two joke candidates and this gets him threatened, kicked out of town, and almost killed, in that order.)
    • Kyle as well, particularly in recent seasons. Don't read Apple EULA? Have fun being part of a Human Centipede. He also gets AIDS from Cartman for laughing (downplayed however, as he had laughed at Cartman for having AIDS), loses a bet and is forced to suck (at least imagined to) Cartman's balls.
      • For tham matter, just Cartman to Kyle in general is a lot of this.
    • An adult movie is making your kids say naughty words. THIS MEANS WAR!!!
    • In "The List", Kyle attempts to burn down the school because he was listed as the ugliest boy in the school.
      • He doesn't consider it at first, but after trying to attempt making the ugly kids look better and failing, he decides to do it, but the ghost of Abraham Lincoln tries to convince him otherwise. It doesn't work.
    • Mr Garrison is good at this too. In "Follow That Egg", whilst he's still a woman, he tries to get Mr Slave back but fails because Mr Slave is getting married to Big Gay Al. So instead of just dealing with it like a normal person, he goes out of his way to try and prevent gay marriage from happening and going to insane lengths to prove that gays shouldn't be married.
      • Said insane lengths include trying to have what he calls a fag drag, paired Stan and Kyle together to prove that gays shouldn't be married by having their egg assassinated by a professional assassin, who caused a massacre. So in short, Mr Garrison is responsible for the deaths of hundreds and nearly killed two of his students all because his ex didn't want him back since the sex change and was getting married to another man.
    • Let's face it, South Park is notorious for this trope. "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow" involves a group of people who flat-out claim to be the "Earth Day Brainwashing Committee" (like if it works), who accuse the boys of dooming several endangered species and chase around with a cleaver and chop off Kenny's limbs all because Kyle seemed to have lied about having Terrance and Phillip come to the Earth Day Festival, even if the substitute was just as good.
    • In "A History Channel Thanksgiving", Kyle sarcastically deduces that the pilgrims were aliens while being interviewed by The History Channel, which angers the partial Native American citizen David Sawitsky and has the boy held at gunpoint at his own house.
    • In "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson" although Randy saying the n-word (on accident) on national TV was indeed a big deal, it did not justify the things Randy became a victim of (public humiliation, ridicule, and three men trying to kill him).
    • In "The Death of Eric Cartman", the boys pull one on Cartman just because he ate all the chicken skins on the chicken. They decide to ignore him, despite him having done far worse things than that.
    • "Pandemic". The Department of Homeland Security takes every Peruvian flute band they can find and takes them away to Miami where they plan to make them spend the rest of their lives. Why? For the sole reason that they find them annoying. That is what it seems like, until Part 2, when we find out that the Peruvian flute bands were the key to keeping some monstrous guinea pigs from causing massive destruction. The DHS did that knowing full well what would happen.
    • In "1%", Cartman responds to being teased about "crying to his stuffed animals" every time he is persecuted by subconsciously "murdering" his stuffed animals one-by-one, staging the "deaths" to appear as though they the were victims of a Serial Killer out for revenge on Cartman, and burning down his own house. Also known as "Cartman's interpretation of 'growing up.'"
    • In the "Imaginationland trilogy, Imaginationland itself is evenly split between the Good Imaginary Characters' territory and the Evil Imaginary Characters' territory. The Evil Characters never allowed anything Good to come into their territory or else the Evil characters would kill them. When the terrorist cell attacks both territories, they pin the attacks on the Evil territory on the Good Characters so the Evil characters can declare war and both sides would kill each other. Then the Evil Characters destroyed any excuse that they were as much pawns as the Good characters with their brutal torture and murder of Strawberry Shortcake. The Good Characters, led by Butters-turned-Messianic Archetype, still won the war and imprisoned the Evil Characters instead of making a truce. Also, Strawberry Shortcake was resurrected with every other Good casualty.
    • In season 20, Lennart Bedrager is willing to start World War III to get back at Gerald for cyberbullying Fraisha Holengulf the volleyball player into committing suicide. Also, because he probably thinks it's funny.
  • On SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward does this in "Fools in April" and "Funny Pants", as well as a number of other episodes, generally because Spongebob was doing something to amuse himself or bystanders, but it annoyed him.
    • Squidward himself tends to be a target for Disproportionate Retribution himself. The best example is "Little Yellow Book", in which Squidward is alienated, arrested, and gets his house foreclosed because he read SpongeBob's diary.
      • This might be justified, though, as Squidward acted mean and smug in this episode and wanted to humiliate SpongeBob.
    • Also, in the special "Party Pooper Pants", a pair of cops arrest SpongeBob all because they weren't invited to his party.
    • Perhaps the most severe case is "Demolition Doofus". Yet another boating failure from SpongeBob has ruptured Mrs. Puff's inflation sac. Due to this (and years of having to put up with the reckless student driver), Mrs. Puff becomes obsessed with trying to get him killed in a demolition derby.
    • In another episode, the police arrest someone for having Swedish Candy Fish, because it's the same thing as cannibalism, and they tell him he's going away for a long time for it.
  • In Squidbillies, Rusty, Sheriff, and P. Nut, were looking in the library for information that could give them a reason to stop Dan Halen from fracking into the land. Rusty finds a book mentioning the Red Whiskered Shalemander. The book says that in old days, if kids didn't finish eating their okra, the Shalemander would undarn their socks. Unfortunately, the book didn't bother to mention, much to P. Nut's dismay, that the Shalemander also undarns your intestines, nerves, and brain matter. For not keeping your body healthy with okra.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star gets bitten by a mosquito. She responds with a "cataclysmic total extinction death blast." A shame she didn't get to finish it.
  • There was an episode of Stoppit and Tidyup where Stoppit destroyed Tidyup's garden by letting Eat Your Greens in to eat it all up... and all because the latter ate a plant that Stoppit liked.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Fear Itself," Control Freak attacks a video store and threatens one of the employees all because they didn't have his favorite movie on their top rentals list.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode "Raphael Versus The Volcano," the villain Dr. Wilhelm Vanilli plants a bomb into a volcano that will explode and spread a deadly toxin all throughout the entire world that will kill every living thing on Earth all because the botanical gardens didn't name a new flower after him.
  • In Thundercats 2011 A stockaded Lizard, begging for mercy, tells Catfolk Prince Lion-O that he and his fellow prisoner were only scavenging Thundera's crops when captured and made slaves of the Cats. When Lion-O points this out to a Powderkeg Crowd harassing them, he's misinterpreted and they quickly become an Angry Mob calling for the Lizards' deaths.
  • A lot of the complaints people have over Tom and Jerry is Jerry's tendency to do this to Tom.
  • In one episode of Total Drama Action, LaShawna's teammates decided to abandon her in a vault simply because she lied to win a spa trip.
    • In the Spin-Off Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race Josee's abusive treatment of Jacques is her way of getting revenge on him for accidentally dropping her during the Olympics — a humiliating incident, yes, but one he's already apologized for countless times.
    • Also from "The Ridonculous Race," Devin mentions that his girlfriend, Shelly, once locked him out of his own car in the middle of winter just because he got her the wrong kind of tea.
    Carrie: It was TEA!
  • Most of the villains from Totally Spies! fall under this trope.
    • One example is in the episode "Evil Coffee Maker Much?" where the villain of the week plans on flooding the entire city in coffee. Why is he doing this? To get revenge on a coffee shop for rejecting his job application.
    • An evil toy maker brainwashes adults to be kids again, because they stopped playing with his toys.
    • A lady decided to mind-control all the guys through cologne so that they worshiped her because she was not chosen the prom queen at her high school.
    • An ice cream maker (a fourth-generation one, even) is being slowly driven out of business because he produces "classic-style" ice cream, without things modern teens want like low-carb variants. Normal response would be to try to expand his product line. His response is to go on a Freeze Ray rampage through every spot teens like (the beach, the mall), attack Beverly Hills High and freeze all of the teens there, and try to freeze all of Beverly Hills.
    • Inga Bittersweet spends twenty years plotting revenge against the Happy Girls (a Girl Scouts expy) because she was kicked out of them for eating the cookies she was supposed to sell (as in disproportionate retribution for a trivial grudge that was her fault).
    • However, Bertha Bombshell has Ingrid beat by a decade; after coming second place in a beauty pageant for "Miss Fish and Chips", she steals an experimental youth formula, and spends thirty years plotting revenge. (Somewhat justified as insanity is a recognized side effect of the formula.)
  • In the Christmas cartoon 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Santa Claus marks off the entire town of Junctiontown when a mouse named Albert has a letter anonymously printed on the town's newspaper signed "All of Us". Santa took this as meaning the entire town and punished them accordingly, sending back every last unopened letter in the process. And this is just the beginning.
  • Uncle Grandpa has Priscilla Jones, who got second-place in a science fair as a young girl thanks to Uncle Grandpa, who did nothing to help and instead took her on a pointless adventure. Apparently, in her case, Second Place Is for Losers, so she decided to take revenge by impersonating Uncle Grandpa under the alter ego "Aunt Grandma", and eventually usurp his job by rendering him obsolete by being "practical" instead of taking kids on random, often trippy adventures.
  • In The Venture Bros. episode "Past Tense", Dr. Venture, Brock, Mr. White, and Baron Underbheit are kidnapped by an old acquaintance, Mike Sorayama, who has devised a complex revenge plot with the intention of killing them vengeance for a variety of minor pranks they all played on him in college, most of which revolved around his pathetic unrequited crush on a girl called Leslie Cohen. It turns out that Venture didn't even do what Mike claims he did (sleep with the girl — although Brock did), although he does lampshade the overall ludicrousness of Mike's obsessive vendetta with what he thinks Mike blames him for:
    Doctor Venture: Oh come on! You're gonna kill me for having fake sex on graph paper with a girl who barely spoke to you in real life?!
    • Also there is the Monarch's yet to be explained vendetta against Doctor Venture. Even Doctor Venture doesn't know why the Monarch wants him dead.
    • Then there's Dr. Orpheus, who absolutely excels at this trope. Two rednecks decided to tease him about his appearance, so he trapped their spirits in a small Homeboy figurine, which he now keeps on his car dashboard. In another instance, he predicts Action Man's exact date and cause of death, though to be fair the guy did attack him without provocation and put a bullet in his shoulder before the mix-up was resolved.
    • Brock Samson has a tendency to murder or brutalize people who don't show him respect. He lost his college football scholarship when he accidentally killed his own QB for not giving him the ball. He gets incredibly frustrated when either his license to kill has expired or the insulter is a member of a protected group, like women or children... though he will make an exception for Molotov Cocktease.
    • Dr. Mrs. The Monarch explains The Guild's policy of Disproportionate Retribution to Jonas Venture, Jr. in "The Lepidopterists".
      Dr. Mrs. The Monarch: You throw a rock, The Guild throws a knife, you throw a knife, they come to your house when you're sleeping and murder your family.
    • Baron Von Undherbeit, when he was the ruler of his own country, had no prisons. Any violation of the law met the death penalty.
  • In the Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? episode "Hair", Robot's friends taunt him over the fact that he'll never have hair. Robot Jones responds by making everyone in the school go bald.
  • In Winx Club, Darcy and Stormy both pull this; Darcy attempts to murder Musa simply for being interested in Riven (who she didn't even like) and after Musa beats Stormy one on one she disguises herself, concocts an elaborate revenge plot, and attempts to kill Musa's dad.
    • Tritannus from Season 5 takes the cake, though: the reason he turned his family into minions and tries to turn the oceans toxic resulting in the destruction of the Magical Dimension (which would kill everyone) is... he was passed over for the title of Crown Prince.
    • In World of Winx, after Bloom accidentally knocks over WOW! host Ace's hairpiece, revealing him to be balding, not only in front of the studio audience but to tv viewers everywhere as well, he becomes so enraged that he fires her on the spot.
  • Three noteworthy examples from Wolverine and the X-Men include a Papa Wolf mode Magneto throwing people in jail for simply kissing his youngest daughter Polaris, a jealous Cyclops violently blasting Wolverine for hitting on his longtime girlfriend Jean Grey, and finally a rather hypocritical Jean violently binding her blonde rival Emma Frost to a wall with pipes for kissing Cyclops (when he was unconscious no less).
  • A harmless version in the X-Men: Evolution Christmas Episode had Spyke and his father throw a couple of snowballs at Storm (with poor accuracy). Storm logically responds by creating a small snowstorm to show them why one should never pick a snowball fight with someone who can control the weather.
  • In the Thomas the Tank Engine episode, "The Sad Story of Henry", Henry gets bricked up in the tunnel supposedly forever, all because he refused to move out of the tunnel. The narrator even said that he deserved his punishment.
    • The trucks in "Percy's Predicament" decide to push Percy around because they didn't like seeing him at the quarry instead of Toby.
    • In "Granpuff", Smudger, gets turned into a generator for misbehaving.


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