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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 same episode, Chrissy reveals that Tricia once cut a hole in her sweater just because it was the same one she was wearing that day.
    • In the episode "A Crime of Fashion" Tricia overhears Caitlin calling her "mean" and how does Tricia handle this? By framing Caitlin for shoplifting.
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    • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 said 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: In the special A Chipmunk Christmas, Dave sends Alvin to his room for shopping for himself at Christmas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • The 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".
    • "Operation: D.O.G.F.I.G.H.T." had the owner of the local hobby store setting out to destroy every place in town that makes chili dogs because he was tired of people getting chili on his counter.
  • 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.
  • In The Crumpets episode "Nez à nez", Caprice's younger sister Ditzy develops a crush on a boy named Marylin, whom both girls are romantically drawn to. After Caprice bans her from disturbing her fashion work on Marylin, Ditzy asks her to teach her about fashion. While Caprice looks for a flower in the greenhouse, Ditzy shoves her by surprise to a cabinet and seals it with a broom so she can reach Marylin without any obstacles.
  • 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:
  • In DuckTales (2017), this turns out to be the entire basis for Flintheart Glomgold's lifelong grudge against Scrooge. When Glomgold 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 reprimanding Rufus for wanting revenge.
  • 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.
    • 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 two 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, [[Jer kassBall 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 Episode, Remy Buxaplenty's father releases the 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").
  • 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."
  • Final Space: Deconstructed. Clarence Polkawitz made a holiday for people to lavish praise upon him, and breaks down when his adoptive children praise the other members of Team Squad before him. Because of that he decides to betray Team Squad by stealing the dimensional keys for Sheryl to win her over, betraying everyone he knew just because he felt he was not being given enough attention. However, Sheryl ends up coldly rejecting him even after he helps her, and when Gary, Little Cato and Nightfall catch up to Clarence and he tells them where Sheryl went, they leave him behind. So, because Clarence overreacted to feeling like he wasn't being given enough attention, he loses his ship, his membership with the team and his adoptive children, leaving him with nothing and nobody.
  • Follow The Sun: The snow cones believe that an appropriate punishment for disrupting the intermission processions (and that is almost certainly what they care about, anyone who believes for even a second that this was ever about avenging the gumdrop is even more insane than they are) is to corrupt the sun via demonic blood, and unleash an extreme heatwave that ultimately kills millions upon millions of innocent people and snack foods, up to and including themselves, and transforms a once carefree world into a dystopian nightmare for those few who manage to survive.
  • 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: I couldn't sleep! I couldn't eat! All I could think was EUGEEEEENE writing with my pencil, EUGEEEENE chewing on my eraser, and EUGEEENE sharpening. Sharpening. SHARPENING!!!! *Flashback-Eugene laughs evilly at the sharpened down pencil nub* And then, when he finally gives it back to me, he says, "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 the ball 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.
    • In "Suspended", Harold gets suspended from school for simply calling Principal Wartz a "stupid dork".
  • How to Catch a Cold: In the hand-washing part, a boy is seen being dragged back to the sink by his ear for not washing his hands thoroughly enough.
  • 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.)
    • In this universe, the penalty for not returning what you owe to the library on time is having your retinas removed.
  • 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 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.
  • Kim Possible
    • 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 series finale, Warhok and Warmonga decide to conquer Earth because of Drakken deceiving Warmonga and Kim defeating her in an earlier episode.
  • 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.
  • In the 1937 Disney short Mickey's Amateurs, Donald Duck is laughed and dragged offstage after his attempt to recite "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" ends two words into the second line. He returns later in the short in disguise and carrying a Tommy gun in a violin case. He starts reciting the poem again, but dries up at the same point. When the audience start laughing again, he opens fire on them. Naturally, no-one is killed or injured, although the recoil from the gun blasts Donald all over the stage.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Generally, akumas tend to respond to whatever slight got them akumatized with overblown actions as part of the transformation. For example, when Nathaniel was akumatized into Evillustrator after being mocked by Chloé, he quickly set about trying to murder her.
  • Subverted in one episode of Muppet Babies (1984) when, during a scene where Miss Piggy imagines herself as Elizabeth I, Fozzie tells one of his usual bad jokes. 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 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 talking cauldron 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 cauldron 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.
    • In Gimmelshtump's neighboring country Stumblegimp, showing your side to someone is considered an insult, which causes the countries to declare all-out war on each other unless someone from Gimmelshtump does the humiliating "dance of contrition".
  • 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 and use one of his inventions to become superheroes. With their room still a mess, Donald goes to Von Drake's lab and becomes a supervillain, 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 destroy 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.
  • From The Ren & Stimpy Show, Stimpy gave Jerry the Bullybutton Elf lintloaf. This causes Jerry to go ballistic and attempt to kill Stimpy, even transforming into a giant monster.
  • 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.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "S.W.A.K.", a flashback shows Wallace, the imposing but high-voiced orange elephant who works at Pizza Face Pizza, making a pizza in a way that involves pounding the dough flat and throwing it into space. When Rocko asks him if he can get extra cheese on his pizza, Wallace responds by doing the same thing to him that he did to the pizza.
  • 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!"
  • Solar Opposites: Why some (implied to be most) of the people in The Wall are put there by Yumyulack. Cherie, the Benihana chef, is punished for serving Yumyulack unwanted shrimp (he justifies this to Jesse by stating he could have died if he had allergies). The (mouse) milk man was the CEO of AT&T, before he farted in an elevator and blamed "The small blue alien boy". Tim, shrunk at the end of episode 2, was taken because he was wearing a red shirt (Yumyulack claims he needs a red shirt to complete his collection of every color).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Doctor Robotnik over and over again throughout Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • 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. In a later episode, Shadow is tricked into fighting Sonic by Dr. Eggman. Shadow initially just wants to beat Eggman to a pulp for this deception, but he later decides that thrashing him isn't enough and that destroying the entire universe will be a much more satisfying way to get revenge.
  • 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 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.
    • 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 "Dying For Pie", when the first crumb of the pie goes off, Mr. Krabs initially thinks Squidward was trying to kill him over his "new age management".
    • The police of Bikini Bottom have arrested people for littering throught many occasions in the series.
  • 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 Cat Folk 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.
  • In Rock & Rule, Mok's Evil Plan to summon a demon to eat the audience at his next concert is meant to be payback for...his previous concert not being completely sold out. And according to Lou Reed, the singing voice for Mok's Villain Song, there were only two empty seats.


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