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Examples of Kick the Son of a Bitch in anime and manga.

  • Accel World:
    • Seiji Noumi's Freudian Excuse involves him being bullied for years by his older brother, Yuichi, such as being forced to give up his Brain Burst points to him. Eventually, after acquiring his special ability, Seiji lured Yuichi into a trap, and repeatedly killed his Duel Avatar until he lost all his points and was forced off Brain Burst, sadistically enjoying it all the while. While Seiji becomes just as bad as his brother, it's hard to argue that Yuichi didn't deserve this.
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    • Taku, using the forbidden and corrupting power of the ISS kit, shows off his newfound strength by winning a Curb-Stomp Battle against four members of Supernova Remnant, a PK guild that uses immoral and ruthless methods to erase their targets from Brain Burst for money, and forcing them off Brain Burst for good.
    • Sky Raker once threw a PKer into the territory of a particularly powerful Enemy, resulting in them being killed repeatedly until they lost all points. It's a fairly vicious thing to do, but considering that the PKers are threats to players' real life well-being, she doesn't feel bad about it.
  • Bleach has Grimmjow impaling Luppi through the stomach with his newly-restored arm, courtesy of Orihime, then taunting the "former Number Six" and incinerating his upper half with a cero and laughing maniacally. Considering Luppi spent his onscreen time trash-talking everyone, mocked Grimmjow for losing his rank and tried to kill Hitsugaya, Matsumoto, Ikkaku and Yumichika, nobody felt sorry for him - even Aizen seemed pleased that Luppi was gone and he didn't do anything to stop Tousen slicing off Grimmjow's arm in the first place.
    • Mayuri Kurotsuchi does this with Syazel Aporro, who has sadistically tortured Ishida and Renji, ate his own subordinates just to restore a little of his power, mocked his own brother for getting killed and forcibly impregnated Nemu in order to be "reborn" through her body. Mayuri then reveals to him that he stored a drug in Nemu's body that massively accelerated one's sense of time, but not the reactions that go with it, then slowly stabbed him in the heart with his zanpakuto, which only happened in a few moments in normal time, but to Syazel, he had to stand there and watch the sword piercing his hand and then heart for 'a thousand years before it killed him.
  • City Hunter:
    • Ryo is quite sadistic with his enemies, at least in a funny way. In the manga version the General wasn't killed in a duel immediately after he appeared, but had his beloved jewelry invaded by pigs (that he hates) and the jewels eaten by said pig, his beloved art collection destroyed and the money he was supposed to bring to his boss stolen from under his nose (with Ryo declaring he could kill him whenever he wanted and purposefully leaving him alive) before their duel. Ryo had already declared himself the most sadistic person in Japan since destroying the art collection.
    • In another occasion he captured two opposing hitmen and, to discover who they worked for, stripped them to their underwear, tied them to the floor, placed bottles of nitroglycerine in their hands, placed bird food on their body and set a flock of chickens on them. They broke immediately, but because they didn't know who had hired them they got left with the birds and no idea the bottles actually contained water. As soon as they escaped they had their client tell them his identity, just in case they got captured again (they did).
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    • One arc ended with the villain, his son and his guards impotent.
    • The very first: in the first manga chapter/anime episode Ryo was hired to kill a boxer who fixed his matches with blackmail (and murdered his client's fiancée when he refused to give up a champion shot), and did it in such a way it looked like the champion killed him and threw him out of the ring with a single punch, right after he declared he would win the match in that round.
    • The most sadistic event happened right after the first chapter. Ryo had been hired to apprehend a serial killer specialized in raping and murdering teenagers and young women, so Ryo started making clear he knew his face and where he lived, placed a fake bomb in his car, and when he still refused to give himself up to the police Ryo shot him in the gun hand, the legs and the other shoulder with crossbow bolts that penetrated enough in the muscles to hurt a lot and short enough they were impossible to take out without cutting him open, all while giving him an And This Is For... speech, dedicating each bolt to every single girl the guy raped and killed. And when he still refused to give himself up (and instead tried to run over Ryo and his client) he got shot in the head with his own gun.
  • In Code Geass, while Lelouch Lamperouge feels little remorse for killing, he's up against the racist Britannian Empire, and the only people he personally kills are those he sees to have it coming, including a genocidal prince and enemy soldiers. Then comes the second half of R2 and he starts Jumping Off the Slippery Slope...
  • Cross Ange featured humans being a community that used mana and revels in prejudice and racism against Norma, women with birth defect that made them unable to use Mana. They couldn't be reasoned out of it and turn against any form of decency just to make Norma life miserable. Whenever things go bad to them, the reactions would be more or less "Serves you right"... even from less moral characters:
    • The protagonist, Ange, has became a cynic after being outed as a Norma and being made to suffer by them. When they suddenly demand help from her because they couldn't use the Mana anymore and their civilization collapsing, Ange bluntly stated she doesn't give a fuck about these selfish pigs, and shot one of them in the head to scare them. At the end of the series, their civilization really collapsed and the previously spoiled Mana community had to resort to barbaric means to survive... and Ange still doesn't give a fuck.
    • Their sudden inability to use Mana were caused by Embryo, the Big Bad, who saw them having grown complacent with all the luxuries and peace they had, given to him by designing that the Norma should be the scapegoat, and his original plan was to restart the world to make things right. Mind you, this is a Big Bad who eventually succumbs into a severe Motive Decay and became more known as a creepy stalker that wouldn't mind forcing himself into his woman of choice. He still came off as 'properly punishing' when it comes to this community.
  • November 11 killing Maki in Darker Than Black is definitely an example of this. Normally, impaling a young boy with an ice spear would put you well over the Moral Event Horizon. Not in this case though, as the boy in question is a psychotic yandere who was causing needless destruction because of his obsessive love for his leader and would probably have gone on to kill his own allies if he hadn't been stopped. The way the murder plays out is like an odd fusion of Kick the Dog and Pet the Dog. Maki had badly injured April, one of November 11's teammates, and when he tracks Maki down, he is aided by his other teammate, July, and it's shown how despite seeming emotionlessness, they are a very close group. The episode ends with them all bonding (while Maki is bleeding to death in the same room).
  • In Dear Brother, Mariko is a Clingy Jealous Girl who follows Nanako everywhere, and is seen violently slapping a girl around in the second episode. Said girl, however, is Aya Misaki, a really cruel Alpha Bitch who has just pressed both of Mariko's Berserk Buttons: mistreating her beloved Nanako, and mocking Mariko's Dark and Troubled Past. Crazypants as she is, Mariko's epic slapping of Aya is awesome.
    • Also, around episode 3, Aya and her Girl Posse refuse to give up, and start mocking Nanako in the middle of class. What happens there? Kaoru, the local Tomboy and School Idol, not only tells them to shut up, but physically mauls them. Aya's really Too Dumb to Live, isn't she?
  • Death Note: Light Yagami's first murder victims were Kuro Otoharada and Takuo Shibuimaru, which is out of curiosity to test the Death Note. The former is a criminal who held a group of children hostage in school while the latter is a motorcycle gang leader who tries to sexually harass (and in the anime, tries to rape) a woman on the street. From this point onwards, Light's killings becomes more of Pay Evil unto Evil.
    • In the very last episode, we have Light running down the street, already riddled with bullet holes and probably not going to live much longer, but that doesn't matter much to Ryuk; he goes right ahead and kills him anyway, just 'cause he wants to and if Light spends the rest of his life in prison, it'd be fairly boring to wait for him to die.
  • How many times does this happen in Detective Conan? Pretty often, considering how many Asshole Victims are in that show.
  • Makuramon of Digimon Tamers was a giant Jerkass, a Dirty Coward, and a creep who stalked a bunch of 10-year-olds, attacked Jeri, kidnapped Calumon, abandoned Majiramon—who was his ally— to die, tried to kill Suzie, attacked Antylamon — who was also an ally — when she tried to stop him, and was stupid enough to taunt Beelzemon for not killing the Tamers yet. Needless to say, watching Beelzemon crush his head with one hand was extremely satisfying. And totally appropriate for kids.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • After Nappa fails to defeat Goku and can only nearly equal his strength (without Kaio-Ken), Vegeta throws him up the air and obliterates him. Although the action itself is pretty surprising (Nappa was his partner), Nappa had spent most of his screentime slaughtering thousands of innocents and most of the Z-Fighters and nearly killed Gohan while laughing about it. Still, many fans do see this as Vegeta's lowest moment.
    • Vegeta IS this trope in the Planet Namek arc, with his fight against Zarbon being among the best moments. Until about an arc and a half later when he makes a more genuine Heel–Face Turn, Vegeta is basically an evil guy killing even eviler guys.
    • On the other hand, many view Vegeta's first fight with Zarbon as being this for Zarbon. Not that long before he confronted Zarbon, Vegeta murdered an entire village of Namekian (elder and children) and stole their Dragon Balls, all while laughing and acting smug. When Zarbon transformed and started to beet Vegeta into the ground, most felt he more than deserved it, especially since Zarbon is the most humane of Frieza's elites.
    • However, contrast this with final form Frieza's fight against Vegeta— whilst Vegeta's actions up until now have hardly been worthy of any sympathy, the fight plays out to evoke as much sympathy for Vegeta as possible. The fact that he is finally facing up to the cruel tyrant who has held him in bondage his entire life, and getting smacked around and humiliated because of it, resulting in Vegeta breaking down and crying, is fairly emotional despite his villainy.
    • On the other hand, Frieza's genocide of the Saiyan race definitely fits the bill. While it was terrible of Frieza to do so after all the loyal work they did under him and his father, it's hard to feel sorry for them considering they were genocidal Space Pirates long before King Cold conquered them and basically served as Psychos for Hire that took sadistic pleasure in what they did. Goku himself tells Frieza point-blank that the Saiyans paid for their crimes, agreeing with King Kai that they deserved what they got.
    • After Vegeta sold out his allies and his own son to allow Cell to become complete, all for the sake of his overblown ego, most cheered when Cell beat him into the ground. Even Krillin got into this, saying that Vegeta deserves to be killed.
    • Subverted when Vegeta confronts Majin Buu and is beaten to near death. Despite selling out his friends, family, and his own morality for the sake of power and the chance to surpass Goku, his death is played very tragically. It helps that Vegeta realizes what a selfish prick he has been and his actions lead to Gohan's death, so he believes. He also fights for the sake of others for the first time in his life and knows when he dies, he will go straight to Hell.
    • Super Saiyan 2 Gohan's fight with Cell, during which Gohan beats Cell within an inch of his life and goes so far as to deliberately drag the fight out because he felt Cell deserved to suffer as much as possible before he died. As terrifying and sad as it is, there's no denying that Cell deserves every second of Gohan's wrath after all of the horrible things he's done; among other things, Cell ate 600,000 innocent people and killed hundreds of others in his quest to become perfect. Not to mention the fact that he made Gohan watch as he tortured his friends and family and killed Android 16 right in front of him.
    • Androids 17 and 18's betrayal and killing of Dr. Gero. Considering the fact that Gero caused so much pain and suffering over a petty grudge with Goku, resulting directly in a Bad Future, and being a Smug Snake to boot, no one sheds a tear when they do so. On the contrary, someone at Toei must've found it funny, because it kept happening again and again: Dr. Gero's death scene is depicted again in a Bloodier and Gorier manner in Super Android 13!, and after Dr. Gero escaped from Hell, 17 kills him again in Dragon Ball GT.
    • Immediately after the above is 18's fight with Vegeta, which climaxes with her wearing him down before brutally shattering his arm. While 18 is supposedly a murderous android who will bring about a Bad Future if she isn't stopped, she has yet to actually do anything evil or remotely bad, whereas Vegeta has spent most of his screentime being an arrogant, self-absorbed Jerkass, as well as a horrible father to Trunks, going so far as to physically assault him just for suggesting they wait for Goku to recover from the heart virus before pursuing the Androids. Thus, it's more than a little satisfying to watch 18 hand Vegeta his ass.
    • Goku's fight with Frieza, where he deliberately drags the fight out purely to humiliate him. Despite Goku transforming into a Super Saiyan being presented as not being an entirely good thing, at least in the original Japanese version and Kai, it can't be argued that Frieza had all that pain and misery coming, especially since he slaughtered hundreds of people, destroyed countless planets, and finally killed Goku's best friend, as well as threatening to kill Gohan next, right in front of him.
    • Buu punching Babidi's face in so hard that it explodes. It is a gruesome end, but given that Babidi is the same person who regularly murders his own men he doesn't need anymore, lets his loyal Dragon get beaten and eaten by Buu, forces the world to watch Buu eat cities just so he can get back at Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo, and is a Smug Snake who enslaves people to do his dirty work, seeing him die is more than a little satisfying.
    • During the Buu saga, Van Zant, an Ax-Crazy Trigger Happy lunatic who had gone on a killing spree for fun with the justification that Buu would be destroying the Earth soon anyway, decides to drop that excuse and try to kill Majin Buu so he can go on killing people. Instead, he causes Buu to spawn the Evil Buu, and the very first thing Evil Buu does is completely vaporize Van Zant. With the fact that he had been shooting innocent people For the Evulz, had previously shot Buu's puppy Bee for fun, and then shot Mr. Satan/Hercule who had just succeeded in getting Buu to perform a Heel–Face Turn, it's hard not to cheer when Evil Buu kills him.
  • Fairy Tail
    • Angel, a member of the villainous Oracion Seis, being revealed as the one who killed Karen, a cruel woman who'd treated her Celestial Spirits horribly, thereby forcing Leo to endure great pain by spending three months in the human world to prevent Karen from taking out her anger on Aries (whom Karen had assumed had reported her to Bob), since Karen wasn't able to summon multiple Celestial Spirits at once (and her inability to do so resulted in her death against Angel). That said, Angel was by all accounts nearly as bad (in the sense she just had complete Lack of Empathy for her Spirits rather than brutalizing them) to Aries after taking her key.
    • Zeref, the legendary Black Wizard, establishes himself as a villain and kicks off his more proactive approach to his plans by killing Hades, the Arc Villain who'd tried to awaken him in order to bring about a new world where only those with magic could survive.
    • Flare, a member of Raven Tail, cheats by taking a six year old girl hostage, and sadistically tortures Lucy while she's unable to fight back. After Natsu saves the girl, Lucy is about to win, at which point one of Flare's other teammates reduces Lucy's magic to zero and causes her to collapse, costing her the match and resulting in Flare engaging in some Unsportsmanlike Gloating. In punishment for doing so badly, Flare gets the taste knocked out of her by her own guild master, and he proceeds to threaten her with this again when she antagonizes Lucy. That said, Lucy actually feels bad for Flare.
    • Early on, a Brainwashed and Crazy Jellal makes his turn to villainy clear to a horrified Erza when he brutally murders two men. These men, it should be noted, were the leaders of the Zeref-worshiping cult that raided villages, murdered the adults, and enslaved the children to build a tower to their "god," on top of being the ones that not only tortured Jellal, but also tortured Erza so badly it cost her an eye.
    • Generally, almost killing your boss in a fit of rage, no matter how bad they are, is frowned upon as Sting doubtlessly knows in chapter 300. When said boss beats you up and then seemingly kills a friend of yours for no reason other than they're there, not so much.
    • Minerva also gets in on this. While, at this point, she's very much a Jerkass, and coldly showing no regard to her father being seriously injured is not a very nice thing to do, she has a point when she tells Jiemma that he's a failure according to the rules that he himself established and no longer deserves to lead his own guild, making it a dose of Laser-Guided Karma for him. The fact that Jiemma was also abusive towards Minerva, and the cause of some of her crueler tendencies, goes a long way in showing why she doesn't care for him.
    • After Crawford Theme, the former head of the Magic Council, sells out his former colleagues, resulting in Tartaros killing them all for the keys to the Anti-Magic superweapon Face, and then transfers Jellal's "key" to himself, Kyoka stabs him in the back, killing him. It's a brutal act, but no one appears to feel sorry for him.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The villains' use of the You Have Outlived Your Usefulness trope generally is completely unsympathetic, but in the manga when Pride pulls it on the Man in White, a Mad Doctor, you can't help but cheer, and the same is true to a lesser extent with his devouring the equally monstrous Kimbley. In both cases, you have an evil guy who threw his lot in with monsters who think of humans like insects, and their fates are rather karmic in showing them that they really picked the wrong side.
    • Scar did this in his first manga appearance by killing off Shou Tucker, a remorseless Mad Scientist who turned his wife and daughter into chimeras to keep his State Alchemist licence.
    • Subverted by Roy's Curb-Stomp Battle of Envy in the manga and specially in Brotherhood. The way the scene is framed makes quite clear to the fans that that was not something you are supposed to enjoy... The other characters present acknowledge that Envy must die, but think Mustang is killing him for the wrong reasons: "How will he become a benevolent leader if he's this willing to resort to murder someone for Revenge and thus betray everything we've fought for and preached about ever since the Ishvalan War? IT'S NOT WORTH IT."
  • High School Dx D: Shalba Beelzebub's cold-blooded execution of Diodora Astaroth, blasting a hole through him and vaporizing him to the point where Diodora is screaming in agony. Cruel, but since Diodora had been established as a sadistic Hope Crusher to nuns, and openly gloated about his plan to rape and murder Asia to Issei's face, he gets absolutely No Sympathy in-universe and out.
  • While it's said there are no true heroes or villains, Legend of Galactic Heroes has a few characters who are asshats get what they deserve. Most of these come from the Empire:
    • Reinhard does this time to time whenever he looks down on other people. One of his quote sums it up:
    "I'm not arrogant. It's that after being barked at by so many ill-bred dogs, every now and then, I take a kick at one for the dog's own good."
    • Oberstein has an indirect example, broadcasting the nuclear attack on Westerland that results in the entire Empire turning against the Decadent Court.
    • Reuenthal has his share when he takes control of the Free Planets Alliance. To gain public support, he orders the arrests and executions of corrupt politicians who didn't give a damn about their country, which played a major part in its downfall. Finished with the worst of them, Job Truncht.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Due's first scene has her killing the TSAB High Council. The manner in which she does this would firmly establish her as unsympathetic, except that they were the ones responsible for the season's conflict.
  • In Magical × Miracle, Yue was absolutely merciless in interrogating and killing Ardi, although the former did have reason to be upset; Ardi had him imprisoned and was about to kill one of the few people he actually cared about.
  • In Mai Hime, this is pretty much what Shizuru does, and one reason she lends herself well to being a Draco in Leather Pants. The First District arguably needed killing considering what they'd done to Natsuki's mother, and while Nao is more sympathetic than them she could be seen as a second case, depending on the viewer's perspective.
  • MegaMan NT Warrior: Bass.EXE, in the last episode of the Stream arc, brutally murdered and consumed Slur before disappearing forever. As Slur was a stupidly powerful, utterly loathsome bitch who personally caused all the problems of the arc, fans consider this scene cathartic.
  • Ribbons Almarck from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 does this in Episode 13 of Season 2 when he slaps Wang Liu Mei and tells her to know her place when she mocks him after witnessing the full extent of the Gundam 00's power. Ribbons is the Big Bad, to be sure; but, because Liu Mei is widely perceived as a Smug Snake and a Scrappy, this became an awesome moment for him.
    • In the first season, his overthrowing of Alejandro also counts. Alejandro was just such an arrogant Smug Snake that Ribbons betraying him and leaving him to die is just the icing on the cake after Setsuna defeats him in battle.
  • In Muhyo and Roji, this is applied retroactively to two of Enchu's victims, as when their deaths are first mentioned, we don't know that they did anything to deserve it. However, it's later revealed that they treated Rio terribly; one forced her to wear revealing clothes to class so that she could sell her tools, another mocked her for doing so, and both refused to save her mother from a haunt, causing her Face–Heel Turn.
  • In My Hero Academia Shigaraki and his ally Compress have a particularly nasty one when they remove both of Overhaul's arms leaving him incapable of using his quirk, take the genetic material that was the basis of his grand plan and then mock him, all of this despite the fact that he was already restrained and incapable of stopping them. Overhaul also all but tortured his adopted daughter for most of her life to the point of killing her multiple times and bringing her back. In addition to being responsible for Night Eye's death and for Mirio losing his powers. So it's hard to say he didn't have this coming.
  • Naruto
    • When Madara stabs Sasuke on the battlefield. Considering that Sasuke has betrayed nearly every one of his allies and teammates, and goes on to try to betray them again, it's hard to feel too sorry for him.
    • Madara himself ends up becoming victim to this when Black Zetsu literally backstabs him, and converted him into Kaguya Ootsutsuki. You know Black Zetsu doesn't have any kindness in his heart, but knowing all the terrible things that Madara did, you would hardly call this action as an unforgivable sin.
    • Sasuke delivers one of these to Orochimaru when the latter attempts to steal his body, mocking his attempts at attaining the power that the Uchiha possess and absorbing his remains.
    • Sasuke defeats and mortally wounds Danzo by shooting a Chidori through Karin, who'd previously been unquestioningly loyal to Sasuke. Not only was Danzo responsible for many atrocities that were ostensibly for the benefit of the Leaf Village(including the Uchiha Massacre), but it's hard to feel completely sorry for Karin, who was a willing subordinate of Orochimaru who prevented his test subjects from escaping.
    • In Itachi's Story, it's revealed that Itachi felt varying degrees of guilt about killing some of his targets (especially his parents), and gave his girlfriend a fairly merciful death by showing her a life in which they got married and grew old together. Neither applies with Yashiro Uchiha, a jerkass, who'd never liked Itachi and had been one of the main proponents of the Uchiha coup. Itachi mocks Yashiro's begging for his life, toys with him to show how outclassed Yashiro is, and finally tortures him with Tsukuyomi before cutting off his head.
  • One Piece:
    • As if he really needed it to secure his villain cred, Donquixote Doflamingo is especially willing to... cut loose his former allies. However, so far he has done this to: Bellamy (a Jerkass bully), Disco (a slave trader), and Gecko Moria. None of whom were the least bit sympathetic and pretty much deserved what they got. Same goes for Barrels, who had become a truly vile pirate who was just as horrible to his own son as he was to his victims, and X Drake tellingly bore absolutely no grudge against Doflamingo for killing Drake's father.
    • And Spandam in Franky's backstory, where it happened not once, but twice! First by Franky's father figure Tom, who would have possibly killed him if he hadn't been stopped after the first blow and then shortly after by Franky himself who left him with permanent face damage. Franky and Robin then take revenge on him near the end of the Enies Lobby arc, with Robin slapping him repeatedly, Franky smashing him with his sword in elephant form, and Robin breaking his back. Breaking it CLEAN IN TWO.
      • Almost everybody among the Straw Hats gets to take a shot at Spandam during that arc. The crew ends up putting him through a pretty severe Humiliation Conga, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes he didn't deserve every second of it.
    • The prisoners in Impel Down suffer horrific torture, but they aren't like the Straw Hats; most of them have killed quite a few people, and they think nothing of sacrificing others in order to survive their tortures.
      • Then again, there were also prisoners like Ivankov, who for all appearances is a genuinely good guy, and got locked up for being one of the leaders of a rebellion against the very evil World Government.
  • Paranoia Agent. There's a particularly memorable moment when you're seriously rooting for Shounen Bat to beat the crap out of Masami Hirukawa.
  • In Episode 24 of Persona 5: The Animation, Ren, the protagonist, comes across Youji Isshiki being beaten up by some loan sharks and walks off without doing anything to help. Not only is Youji Futaba's abusive uncle (who refused to provide for her basic needs while she was staying with him, forcing Sojiro to pay him off to rescue her), but he's only in that situation because he wasted all the money he extorted from Sojiro on poorly thought out business ventures, which is why he tries to shake Sojiro down again later that episode. As such, it's hard to feel sorry for Youji or to blame Ren for not helping him.
  • In Pokémon, one episode had Team Rocket's Meowth slashing the crap out of a one-off villain, to the point of shredding his clothes off. Sort of a nasty thing to do, even to a villain, but the guy had been putting pretty much everyone (especially Meowth) through hell the whole episode. The guy was kind of a wuss and taunted the heroes the whole time, so he really had it coming.
  • Part of the reason the Comedic Sociopathy in Ranma ½ works so well is because, ultimately, pretty much everyone who gets hurt can be said to deserve it:
    • Ranma getting a Megaton Punch from Akane is funny because he's a Jerkass who routinely mocks and verbally abuses her.
    • Akane getting tongue-lashed and mocked by Ranma is funny because she tends to overreact in a "hit first, listen maybe later" way.
    • Mousse getting his heart stomped on by Shampoo when he returns to the series looks like Karmic Justice for being a Stalker with a Crush, and the fact that we just saw him try to kidnap Ranma's fiancée, try to murder Ranma, successfully kidnap Ranma's fiancée, threaten to turn Ranma's fiancée into a duck, and then finally try to either murder Ranma again, turn Ranma himself into a duck, or both.
  • The first really wicked thing Reina does in Rave Master is quite literally stab Sieg Hart in the back. It's a little satisfying though, since Sieg had just mind raped Haru.
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero gives one to Malty of all people in the Web Novel. Malty is a dog-kicking machine who screws over pretty much anyone she interacts with. But few people, if any, hate her for helping Tact overthrow the King of Faubley, a truly loathsome scumbag who is even worse than her, particularly given the Cruel and Unusual Death that he handed her when she was handed off to him, a fate that even Naofumi himself couldn't bear to watch.
  • From Sailor Moon, there's Rubeus. He was a very irritating Smug Snake who treated his Quirky Mini Boss Squad, the Ayakashi Sisters, like shit — specially the one who loved him, Cooan. When he was left to die by his fellow villain Green Esmeraude, he had kicked the dog so many times that seeing him die felt like a Karmic Death.
  • In the School Days anime, Sekai Saionji earned the rare distinction of being on both ends of this trope in a single episode. First, she kills Makoto Itou, the Jerkass who has been cheating on her like crazy and recently refused to stay with her despite her thinking she's pregnant with his baby and having a reasonably good reason to think that way. And later, she gets killed and cut up by Kotonoha Katsura, the girl whom she stole Makoto from, by kissing him and becoming his "other woman" after Sekai herself hooked them up, which kicked off said girl's Break the Cutie deal.
  • In the Soul Eater anime, Asura kills Arachne.
    • Subverted in the manga, when Crona brutally kills their abusive mother Medusa. Because what's supposed to be the kicker's awesome moment, actually was the last part of Medusa's Thanatos Gambit.
  • Sword Art Online: Sugou Nobuyuki/Oberon, the Arc Villain of the Fairy Dance arc, commits a lot of horrible deeds on top of being a Jerkass Smug Snake, performing such acts as conducting inhumane Mind Control experiments on 300 SAO survivors and keeping Asuna hostage to lord over her in a cage, and when Kirito finally finds her, Sugou abuses his Game Master powers to pin Kirito down and sexually abuse Asuna while making him watch. Once saved and given admin privileges by Akihiko Kayaba's Virtual Ghost, Kirito wastes no time in defeating Sugou as painfully and humiliating as possible, verbally tearing down his delusions of godhood before brutally killing him to the point where Sugou is left with permanent injuries in real life. On anyone else, it would've been horrifyingly brutal, but after all of the atrocities Sugou has committed, along with his smug attitude, it's incredibly cathartic to watch Kirito put him in his place.
  • Tiger & Bunny's Wham Episode 16 has a flashback to Yuri Petrov's (Lunatic's) childhood when we see his abusive drunkard father beating his wife and then turning on his then-teenage son when Yuri tries to stop him. In response, Yuri activates his Next ability for the first time, and burns his father alive. Lunatic's methods are undeniably brutal, but in THAT instance...
  • In Yu Yu Hakusho, Toguro and Sakyo had done this quite a bit namely to Tarukanenote , Butajirinote  and the 3 other remaining members of The Black Book Club. Though it doesn't actually make up for their Kick the Dog moments (especially since in the case of the BBC, they were actually trying to stop Sakyo's Evil Plan despite their own cruel deeds) or in Toguro's case, at least not until the end.


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