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  • The first chapter of Akame ga Kill! with Aria, a noble girl who looks sweet and innocent but is ultimately a sadist who has kidnapped and tortured innocent bystanders For the Evulz. When Tatsumi finds out what she did to her friends, he kills the girl right on the spot.
  • Majin Buu of Dragon Ball Z had the mentality of a child without a conception of right or wrong, so he quite cheerfully obliterated anything that wasn't entertaining. After Mr. Satan befriended him, Buu slowly began to evolve a sense of morality. Taken even further when Buu's pure form is revealed: Kid Buu. This form is hinted to only have as much power as Super Buu, but lacks any of the restraint displayed by his other incarnations. He's a complete psychopath, as demonstrated when he destroyed the planet he was standing on.
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  • In Dragon Ball Super Grand Zeno, the Omniking, behaves like a small child and has been known to wipe out entire universes on a whim, seemingly not caring for the trillions of lives he destroys.
  • Elfen Lied. Lucy gets a backstory like this, where she gets tormented by cruel kids because of her "cute little horns" and her emotionlessness. Their most despicable act was to force her to watch as they beat the little puppy that she had started caring for to death, just to get any kind of reaction from her at all. They get a lot more than they bargained for — Lucy snaps and splatters everyone all over the room with her powers.
  • Peach Girl: Momo is bullied by Sae throughout the course of the story, because Sae is jealous of her for getting more attention and hates her, though Sae often lies to people about this, trying to convince people that it is *Momo* who is bullying her. And she succeeds for a while before she finally gets what's coming to her. Also Momo is put down by her classmates and other people for having tan skin and bleached blonde hair, because they believe that she is a major party girl who spends all her time tanning at the beach; they also sometimes insulted her by calling her a slut because Sae tricked them into thinking that Momo stole Toji from her when it was really Sae who was trying to steal Toji from Momo, which, in reality, is entirely wrong, as Momo is actually a really nice girl, it's Sae who's the Manipulative Bitch.
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  • Candy's step-siblings Eliza and Neil Reagan in Candy Candy. They are so utterly cruel, that it's unthinkable to even feel a twinge of admiration or sympathy towards them. Worst is the Rich Bitch Eliza, whose motivation for making Candy's life hell is: because she can. If that doesn't convince you enough, wait until you see the episode about Eliza getting temporarily grounded, whereas she will make up a monologue that explains that she really loves violence, especially towards people that can be picked on, like Candy. So she not only did it because she can, she also LOVES and takes joy in doing it.
  • Tetsuo from AKIRA. In a scene after Tetsuo, in the full throes of his psychic megalomania, kills fellow gang member Yamagata, Kaneda reflects on how everyone in his school had teased Tetsuo and tried to make him cry.
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  • Sakura's classmates in Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan are an extreme example of this.
  • Narutaru contains Aki Honda and her Girl Posse, who manage the rather impressive feat of turning schoolyard bullying into a monstrous act when they rape one of the side characters, Hiroko, with a test tube; and as if that's not nasty enough, the original plan was to kick Hiroko in the stomach while the test tube was inside her!. Once Hiroko obtains her dragonet, she gets her revenge... in very bloody fashion.
  • Naruto: Both Naruto and Gaara suffered this from other children and adults growing up, because both contained Tailed Beasts, the local equivalent of magical nuclear weapons in their bodies. Naruto is explicitly stated to be much better off because he had at least a few friendly people helping him out, whereas Gaara had essentially nobody who trusted or properly loved him. What makes Gaara's All of the Other Reindeer far stranger is the fact that everyone in Gaara's village knew that Gaara contained Shukaku, whereas nobody in Naruto's class (including Naruto himself) knew that Naruto contained the Fox.
  • Death Note has Teru Mikami, whose childhood involved having to deal with asshole kids. As a result, when Mikami gets his hands on the titular Artifact of Doom in the second half of the series, he develops the philosophy that past middle school, anyone who commits a cruel act is basically unredeemable and should be, to use his favorite term, "deleted." By the end of the anime, he's become the most psychotic of all the Kiras, with the much-contested title of "Craziest Character in the Series."
  • Bokurano has several examples of this trope as well:
    • The major victim would be Mako Nakarai, who is bullied mercilessly because her mother is a prostitute.
    • Kodama is a protagonist version. He cares little for other life (he says that if something dies it's their destiny, shoots cats regularly, and in the anime boils a crab alive using a firecracker), to the point where he kills dozens of people while driving the mecha. He accidentally kills his father, sending him into a Heroic BSoD, right before he dies. Ushiro also counts, being easy to anger and quite violent toward his younger sister.
  • Flame of Recca is all over this trope. For most (if not all) of the characters with tragic pasts (such as Fuuko, Kaoru, Kurei, and many others), a good part of said past was being tormented by other kids, who take it to extreme heights for seemingly no reason other than the fun of being evil little bastards. One of the tormented kids (Kaoru) was even driven to attempt suicide, and a few others considered it.
  • Kaze no Stigma: Kazuma was born into a prestigious family of fire users yet had no talent in the arts at all, not even the standard immunity to fire that even the weakest branch members had. Consequently, as a child, he was regularly beaten and tortured with fire by the other children, ranging from 5 year olds to teenagers. At least one time, they were seriously going to kill him.
  • Mad Pierrot from Cowboy Bebop has regressed to having a child's mind from sadistic experiments, and as Jet puts it, there's nothing as purely cruel as a child.
  • Toyed with in Ranma ½; when Ryoga Hibiki and Ranma Saotome were kids, they went to the same all-boys Junior High, which had a policy of simply flinging out the stuff from the lunch shop and letting the students fight over it. Ranma would consistently beat Ryoga when they went after the same piece of food, but otherwise got on with him okay enough that he would regularly lead Ryoga to and from his home, to the point Ranma still remembers where Ryoga lives better then Ryoga does. Eventually, Ryoga got sick of Ranma beating him in combat and challenged him to a duel; when he took four days to get there and found Ranma had left, he set off after him to try and get that match. Initially, however, he didn't seem to really be mad at Ranma, more wanting to settle the score. When he wandered into Jusenkyo, however, he fell into the Spring of Drowned Piglet in an incident involving a girl and a panda, and he promptly blamed Ranma for it, becoming much more furious and even declaring he wanted to kill Ranma. Things kind of peaked when he found out Ranma was actually at fault, but it quickly petered out; much as they squabble and bicker, the two watch each other's backs and save each other's lives on a regular basis.
  • Drifting Classroom is a prime example of this. When the school is transported into a Crapsack World and the kids get more and more desperate they start doing horrific stuff such as killing each other with spears and knives for food, burning a fellow student on a cross, and even (EATING A DEAD STUDENT'S REMAINS.)
  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • This is Rosa's justification for her treatment of Maria (or what she tells people anyway; in Maria's backstory we find out that Rosa hates her a good deal for just existing). Her excuse is basically, "All the children make fun of her! Don't you see?! Beating her will obviously make her stop whining!"
    • Bern and Lambda as well.
    • Not to mention Ange's classmates.
    • Due to the nature of the series though, some of these examples may be subverted. An important theme in the series is differences in point of view, so what a character perceives may not actually be true and can't be trusted. For example, there are a few hints in-series that suggests Ange's bullying was all in her head or over exaggerated.
  • Episode 10 of Excel Saga had Menchi get chased by a mob of kids all trying to pelt her with rocks, apparently for no reason other than the fact that she was there. Not to mention that the only one that talks is a little potty-mouth.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Moka Akashiya was teased and bullied because of her vampire origins when she was a kid.
  • While usually not apparent in Higurashi: When They Cry it appears a few times. Such as in the "perfect world" where Satoko is a bully. Rika beats her up with a chair for it. Note, Rika is usually extremely close best friends with Satoko so that just shows how angry she was.
  • Deadman Wonderland:
    • It must be something that in a world of super-powered sadists some the cruelest characters are muggle bullies whose victims later became the twisted un-powered (or at least not till recently) playthings/enforcers of the prison. Examples include kitten killing, possible rape, and playing Othello on a kid's back with thumbtacks. And this is before the devastating earthquake that plunged the land into chaos.
    • In terms of just plain Ax-Crazy, Little Hibana killed a classmate while in kindergarten; Minatsuki killed her mom for abandoning her during the earthquake and her dad just to see if her brother was gullible enough to think their loving dad would try to rape her (he's not, he just has a huge Big Brother Instinct, which she finds incredibly comforting). Minatsuki's current pastimes are sadism, Blood Sports, and gardening.
  • In Pokémon, Kenny looks this way when we find out the backstory of "Dee Dee", the Embarrassing Nickname he hung on Dawn. Especially since he got the entire class hooked to that nickname where the entire class calls her by that very name he coined. He and Dawn ended up friends eventually though.
  • Litchi Hikari Club combines this with Ambiguous Innocence to produce nine rather androgynous eighth grade boys who commit Cold-Blooded Torture on a regular basis.
  • In One Piece, the children of Ohara hated Nico Robin for being a 'monster' because she had eaten her admittedly weird devil fruit that allowed her to grow human body parts anywhere in sight. When she was quietly reading by herself, they would throw rocks at her. When she retaliated, the other kids would tell their parents, who would yell at her, though they could do little else. This in itself is not really her core psychological issue, but it is just one more example of how the vast majority of people judge her immediately for things she has no control over and either ostracize her or betray her. Those who don't generally wind up dead thanks to her many enemies or just bad luck.
  • Wrath from the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime is an extreme embodiment of this; his childish, emotionally underdeveloped nature makes him a vicious tool of destruction, as seen when he sadistically kills Lust.
  • Marie's classmates in Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni call her a youkai to her face, boys flip her skirt up, and she's usually forced to do all the cleaning herself. One scene has a girl stab Marie's hand with a pencil for mumbling "Oh, really?" during a group discussion, saying "Youkai shouldn't talk."
  • The kids of Soil New Town aren't as perfect as they appear. "She was our friend" is actually "we talked occasionally but she was a weird outsider and then she fell into a narcoleptic sleep so we left her in the middle of the road to be almost raped" while another group of boys ID their mysterious leader from the burn where they set his hair on fire. Then again the boys have an excuse, considering they're all current victims of their pedophile rapist dentist (their real leader, a high schooler, is also a victim, as are the slightly older rapists who raped his friend), although they don't know the connection, they just want to destroy this lame world .
  • Black Lagoon': Hansel and Gretel are probably the most psychopathic examples of this you're likely to find. They kill everyone in a bar (even though they were just targeting two people), tortured a man to death, and being insane sociopaths in general. They probably weren't always like this though.
  • In 3-gatsu no Lion, Rei heavily implies that he was bullied in his younger years both in a passing statement about his school life in comparison to his home life and in his insistence to Hayashida-sensei to not spread the fact that he's a professional shogi player to his new classmates.
  • In In the third volume of Mekko Rarekko, it is revealed that Taishou was bullied and tortured a lot by a group of kids. More of this was touched upon in the sixth volume when the leader of the gang that bullied him in first grade, Amanuma Shinichi, transfers to Taishou's and Buchi's school in Taishou's class.
  • In Code Geass, Lelouch was often the victim of this from young Japanese kids in his earliest days there, including his would be best friend, Suzaku.
  • Shows up a lot in Fruits Basket.
    • Tohru was bullied by a bunch of boys as a child, and was apparently ignored by the girls, just for being a bit odd. Eventually, she just got used to being an outcast.
  • A Silent Voice is all about the cruelty of children and the main focus is on a character who has been driven to suicidal edges by a mix of the treatment he receives from his fellow students and the memories of the way he constantly attacked and abused a deaf girl in his class when he was younger. The story focuses on his attempts to redeem himself with the girl as a teenager and somehow makeup for his actions.
  • Another disability-related example, With the Light gives a lovely example of kids mocking Kanon because she has a "stupid" autistic brother, not stopping even when lectured until Kanon fought back.
  • Episode 11 of Yuri Kuma Arashi shows that the humans tendency to exclude anyone they see as different from the group extends to the children as well, with the children forming a lynch mob to savage Kureha as a child when they learn that she treats a bear as her friend.
  • In Uzumaki, several members of the "Dragonfly Gang" (people who ride tornadoes through the ruins of Kurozu-cho) are children orphaned by and under the influence of the Spiral.
  • The oneshot manga Cotton Candy Love features a young transgender girl being bullied by classmates for living as a girl and wearing a skirt.
  • Sentarou from Kids on the Slope suffered bullying growing up because he's biracial. He began fighting to fight off his bullies. His curly, light brown hair was frequently made fun of until he cropped it short.
  • Trans girl Marika from Bokura no Hentai suffered homophobic bullying in elementary for being feminine.
  • A reoccuring theme in Wandering Son is this:
    • Nitori in particular gets bullied. She is a trans girl and gets a lot of bullying from Oka and Doi in particular for being girly. Doi develops a crush on Nitori nevertheless. Nitori ends befriending Oka and Doi come high school.
    • Trans woman Yuki was forced into a female school uniform in middle school. The incident caused her to drop out and become a hikikomori.
    • Saori has No Social Skills and ends up acting rather cruel to her former friends Nitori and (especially) Takatsuki for most of middle school, after suffering a falling-out with them due to their Love Triangle. She becomes friendlier by high school.
  • How cruelly children treat those they deem inferior to them is a recurring theme in ViVid Strike!. The first scene of the season involves Fuka and Rinne getting bullied for being orphans, and Episode 3 shows that this did not stop for Rinne after she was adopted. In fact, it appears to have been worse since she became an adopted child from a poor background who was now all alone in an elite school full of students eager to have fun with the outcast. Episode 4 explores the kind of bullying that Rinne Berlinetta underwent in school. It goes as far as her bullies beating her up and destroying her phone, during the very day her adoptive grandfather died, while her mother was trying to contact her. What follows is a massive No-Holds-Barred Beatdown against the bullies.
  • Shiori, a female half-demon from Inuyasha, was beaten and thrown into the mud by the other children. Simply for the reason that she is a hanyou.
    • It is implied that Inuyasha was similarly treated in his childhood by the other children.
  • The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service: The smartest kids in a cram school mercilessly pick on the girl with the lowest grades, eventually causing her death by drowning. Her father prays to a god of vengeance that transforms her into a hasshaku. Her only friend is the bullies' next target, and she rescues him from them by eating them. The Kurosagi crew gets involved, learning that the only way to stop her would be to rebury the bone that was sacrificed to the god, but this would kill the person doing it. When they next try to stop the girl from going after the rest of the cram school, they find the father's hanged himself, when the girl collapses, vomiting up her latest victims... it turns out the friend went and dug up her bone, sacrificing himself so she could move on.
  • Saori Kido in Saint Seiya was quite the Spoiled Brat as a child, as was willing to beat up the orphans into playing horse for her, with the leash and all. Fortunately, she grows out of it as a teenager.
  • Izuku Midoriya suffered this in My Hero Academia. As the only Quirkless kid in his neighborhood, he was relentlessly bullied for his desire to become a Hero. His former Childhood Friend, Katsuki Bakugou, led the crowd in putting Izuku down, calling him "Deku", a deliberate misreading of his name that has connotations of being worthless. Bakugou would also chase Izuku around the playground while shooting explosions from his hands and beat Izuku up when he dared to stand up for someone else.


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