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  • In Action League NOW! "Testimony of Terror", the League is tasked with protecting a young witness from The Mayor, who intends to off him. The kid does everything horrible you could possibly imagine to his bodyguards, and by the end the League is rooting for The Mayor to kill him. Of course, The Mayor ends up becoming just another victim.
  • An American Tail had a group of mean, cynical orphans near the end who briefly convince Fievel to give up looking for his family.
  • The title character of Allen Gregory, who treats people around him like crap, even having a lustful obsession with his 80-year-old principal. His behavior seems to stem from his father's influence, in which he is a condescending Jerkass to others as well, even tearing a straight man's family apart to force him to be his life partner.
  • Arthur has a few examples.
    • D.W.'s Cousin Cora from "D.W. Thinks Big". She is a Spoiled Brat who is really mean to D.W. for no reason at all, taking her personal possessions away and then breaking her own locket and attempting to frame D.W. for it, again for no reason. She also acts rude to Arthur when he's acting as the ringbearer at her aunt's wedding. At the end, she gets hit with Laser-Guided Karma when her aunt has D.W. replace her as the flower girl for her wedding.
    • Timmy and Tommy Tibble are little hellions who constantly cause trouble for each other and other people, and to make matters worse, their grandmother is almost never willing to discipline them for their actions.
    • The Tough Customers, of course. But subverted come "The Last Tough Customer", where they all take a level in kindness.
    • Francine and Muffy can fall into this occasionally, the former by virtue of being a Jerk Jock, and the latter by virtue of being a Rich Bitch.
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    • Portia Demwiddy from "Little Miss Meanie" definitely qualifies. She callously tells Muffy and Lydia, her opponents in the Little Miss Crocus pageant, that they should drop out because they have the unfair advantages of being rich and handicapped respectively, and later throws a tantrum and demands that somebody be fired when the spotlight breaks during her performance.
  • In Blinky Bill, Marcia Mouse can sometimes be downright mean to Shifty Dingo.
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  • The Crumpets: The Crumpet kids have varying levels of cruelty, but the most notable ones are Triceps (who disciplines with violence), Caprice (who is impolite and an occasional bully), the Trickster Twins Bother and Blister, and the show's original protagonist Li'l One who plots to get rid of his siblings in some episodes.
  • Danny Phantom: Danny Fenton was more of a victim of bullying before he got his ghost powers and was able to teach Jerk Jock Dash a lesson. Still, the other kids, namely Dash and his group of friends, never do stop bothering him.
    • Namely because Dash and his friends never found out about Danny's powers...well, they did twice—one time he acted nicer, and the Reset Button was pressed, the second time was in the final episode, so we don't know for sure if the bullying stopped.
      • Hell, we don't even know if they EVER found out. There was what, seventy people in that crowd when Danny changed back to human? The rest of the world may not have found out at all. They could have sworn secrecy for all we know.
    • There is also Sidney Poindexter, a kid who was so ruthlessly bullied in his years at Casper High that as a ghost he haunts the school avenging tormented bullying victims. He ends up targeting Danny because he sees him locking Dash in a locker as revenge and misunderstands the situation.
  • The Lemonade Stand Gang in Dan Vs.. They get theirs in the end though, just like almost every other target of Dan's vengeance.
    • Though they get sent to military school, instead of reform school like Elise suggested, so they might come back worse than before.
  • DuckTales (1987):
    • In "Nothing to Fear", Scrooge's greatest fear is being told by Huey, Dewey, and Louie that they secretly can't stand him and only want his money.
      We created that magic raincloud with our Junior Woodchucks chemistry set...JUST TO RUIN YOUR DAY!
    • In "Superdoo", even Huey, Dewey and Louie aren't above making snide remarks about Doofus' slowness and weight.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy in particular are known for being disliked and harassed by just about every character on the show, except the Kankers, though they tend to sexually harass the Eds. Even when Eddy scams people out of their money and pressgangs his two friends into helping him, they always seem to get the short end of the stick. Hell, the kids sometimes attack each other when no one else is bothering them. Johnny, Jimmy and the Kanker sisters aren't known for being liked that much either (though the Kanker sisters actually fight back whenever someone messes with them).
  • Same goes for Timmy in The Fairly OddParents.
    • To the point where it crosses over from Kids Are Cruel to making Timmy the universe's Butt-Monkey. The bully Vicky is more a force of nature than anything and barely has any characterization. This is actually what drives the show, as the reason for why Timmy got his fairies in the first place is because of the misery Vicky put him through.
  • Family Guy has one episode where a pre-teen beats up Chris just to prove that he is Mr. Herbert's paperboy now and Chris can't do anything about it. The boy is joined in by his friends as they all pick on Chris and laugh at him as Chris gets a bloody nose from the fight. Even though the bully is forced to apologize, he reveals to Peter that bullying makes you feel like you have power and that the more you bully people, the better it feels. This causes Peter to become a bully to his neighbors until he realizes he is becoming the same bully that picked on him when he was in school.
    • Meg suffers this in the hands of Connie.
    • Stewie, too.
  • Futurama: As a child, Leela was mocked by the other kids for only having one eye. Even the blind kid hated her ("At least I have two of them!"). It seems their favorite pastime was pointing at her and chanting "One eye! One eye!" Whatever torment they dished out on her, however, was probably preferable to what they would've done if they knew she was a sewer mutant and not an alien (aliens are automatically given civil rights, but all mutants are forcibly confined to the sewers, which is why Leela's parents left her at an orphanage with a faked note in alien writing, hoping to give her a better life).
    • Even as adults they continue to taunt and tease her, despite all growing up to be bums, drunks, and jobless lowlifes they still feel superior to Leela despite her job as a ships captain and laugh at the idea that she should feel sorry for them.
    • She responds to taunts with violence (having broken the blind kid's nose several times), a trait that has carried over into adulthood, where her response to many situations is to kick/punch someone. It was even a key focus of the third movie.
  • Most of the kids in Hey Arnold! depending on the episode.
  • Just about every kid in Invader Zim except for Dib are needlessly cruel, but also Too Dumb to Live.
    • Subverted in the pilot, where Zim passes off his green flesh as "a skin condition". One of Dib's classmates chews him out for picking on Zim for being different.
  • Kaeloo: All the characters are children under thirteen, yet most of them are unspeakably cruel. The most prominent examples are Mr. Cat, who finds any excuse to hurt anyone (especially Quack Quack) in horrible ways, and Pretty, who is rude, snobbish, and looks down on people with less money or who are ugly.
  • The Loud House: It's revealed that six-year-old Lola would sell or destroy her siblings' prized belongings if something even mildly annoying happened to her because of them. It's all Played for Laughs though, since said siblings' made that up.
    • Played much more seriously in "Middle Men"; Lynn reveals that, during her sixth-grade year, most of her schoolmates frequently picked on her and pulled mean-spirited pranks on her.
  • Miraculous Ladybug gives us both bullies in Marinette's class, Chloé Bourgeois and Lila Rossi. They both of them have an insatiable dislike for Marinette and do everything in their power to bring her down. And how cruel are these two girls? They are both perfectly okay with becoming allies with Hawk Moth, a well-known freaking terrorist who is constantly on the edge of destroying all of Paris, to get whatever they want.
  • Joe in Moral Orel is definitely this trope, even if he's more sympathetic later on. The younger versions of Orel's friends in Beforel Orel, even Doughy also play this straight.
  • Tuck from My Life as a Teenage Robot. His treatment of Brad, Jenny, and Sheldon can just be downright brutal at times.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic doesn't shy away from this.
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon from "Call of the Cutie" tease Apple Bloom mercilessly for being the last filly in her class to earn her "cutie mark".
    • "Lesson Zero" seems to take an in-universe fear of this to poor Twilight Sparkle, who seems to fear being sent back to Magic Kindergarten because of the possibility of this trope.
    • "One Bad Apple" has Babs Seed, a cousin of Apple Bloom, who picks on her and the other Cutie Mark Crusaders. It turned out she was doing this to avoid being a target of bullying from Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
    • In "Cutie Mark Chronicles" and "Hurricane Fluttershy" it's shown that Fluttershy was mocked for being a weak flyer when she was a filly which still affects her as a grown-up.
    • If Cozy Glow isn't the most heartless child in Equestria, she's definitely in the running.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016): In the episode "The Wrinklegruff Gals", the girls are the victims of this by their schoolmates at their K-8 school.
  • Recess: Mostly averted with the main six, but the rest of the student body can show shades of this at times. The most notable examples:
    • "Mama's Girl": Spinelli accidentally calls Miss Grotke "Mama" while saving her from stepping in a puddle. This causes all the kids to tease her for it. Even TJ, Vince, Gretchen, Mikey, and Gus are Not So Above It All. Towards the end of the episode, Miss Grotke calls the class out on it, implying that she herself suffered a similar experience when she was a little girl.
    • "The Lost Ball": Gus accidentally kicks a "Spirit of '76" kickball over the fence into the house next door, and his peers give him a hard time about being unwilling to do it. Even Mikey bullies him for it.
  • The Bullwinkle's Corner segment "The Children's Hour" has our antlered hero as a babysitter to three little hellions. Bullwinkle turns the tide, using the book of the title poem itself to spank them.
  • In a later season Robot Chicken short, the cast of G.I. Joe realize that they are somehow being mutilated without remembering it, as evident by the fact that people suddenly have the wrong body parts or have been drawn on. At first they assume Cobra Commander is behind it, until they discover he's missing the entire lower half of his body and screaming about a horrific, godlike being that has brought Judgment Day upon them. It then cuts to a live action kid mutilating another action figure with his bicycle wheel. The Joes then shoot him in the back, but then realize they just killed a kid.
    • The "Sunny Muffins" sketch features a little girl who cuts off the wings of a Pegasus, drugs and abducts him, paints him to look like a My Little Pony, and then whips him until he agrees that his name is "Sunny Muffins". The end of the sketch shows she also did the same thing to a griffin she named "Honey Flake".
  • Nelson and his fellow bullies on The Simpsons certainly qualify here. In the hockey episode, where Bart tries to show up Lisa in school because she's playing well on the ice, he gets every single answer he volunteers wrong. Cut to him being beaten up by Nelson. "Here's for wastin' teacher's valuable time!". In a later episode, Nelson beat Bart up once for "Stealing credit from someone else", along with another bully concerned with church issues because "Not only am I a teenager, but the father of a teenager." Nelson also beat Bart up for "Besmirching a lady's good name". In summary: Nelson will use any excuse to hit someone.
    • In fact many of the children at Springfield Elementary give Bart and Lisa a hard time when they face a dilemma of embarrassment, most notably Janey Powell and Sherri & Terri. It's even one of the three main "rules" of the Code of the Schoolyard. This trope is then driven Up to Eleven in "Lisa Goes Gaga".
    • While Bart gets bullied often, he is also far from innocent as he regularly terrorizes his family with his pranks (sometimes with big consequences) and mean-spirited remarks and has tormented Homer enough to make him cry at least several times.
    • Homer recalls an incident from his childhood where another group of kids formed the "No Homers Club" to keep him out. Marge paraphrases this, but unfortunately Bart overhears...
      Marge: Kids can be so cruel.
      Bart: We can? Thanks Mom!
      Lisa: (in the other room) Ow ow ow! Stop! MOOOOOMMMMM!!!
    • Even Ned Flanders wasn't immune to this. His parents were beatniks who didn't believe in discipline, turning him into a rather crazed brat. He was subjected to a radical form of child therapy (basically getting spanked by the doctor for an entire year) to rein in his destructive behavior, turning him into the nice guy we know. Unfortunately, the treatment worked too well, making it impossible for Ned to express any frustration, leading to him bottling up all his anger until it boiled over at the worst possible moment.
  • In The Smurfs episode "The Tallest Smurf", Nat, Snappy, and Sassette pick on Slouchy for being the shortest Smurfling. Of course, they end up eating humble pie when Slouchy makes a wish to be the biggest Smurf in the village, and Gourdy fulfills it by making all the other Smurfs bug-size.
  • South Park was born of the suspicious belief parents hold about how their children would behave without the presence of an authority figure. Even the main characters, aged eight to nine and already foul-mouthed, are, quite frankly, the most infamous example of this trope to date. It's safe to say that Trey Parker and Matt Stone don't have a very high opinion of any child, and it shows. Painfully.
  • The kids in the academy in Galaluna in the Whole Episode Flashback of Sym-Bionic Titan. Especially Baron. Mocked Lance for not having a father, after said father died no less, and always got him into trouble, even endangering his life in the process. Constantly got let off the hook by comparison. If he ever got hit by a rocket, it wouldn't be too soon.
  • While some child characters in Tom and Jerry were often too young to understand what they were doing as wrong (such as Nibbles/Tuffy/whatever-his-name-is and the runaway baby Tom and Jerry sometimes had to rescue), a very straight example would the the three kittens in "Triplet Trouble" who attempt to injure Mammy-Two-Shoes when her back is turned and proceed to torment Tom in rather cruel ways as soon as she leaves, and when Jerry attempts to mess with Tom along with them, the kittens promptly begin to make his life a living you-know-what, too, simply because he was there. Eventually, Tom and Jerry decide they've had enough and teach the three kittens a lesson.
  • In Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, the title character is often ridiculed and mocked by the human children at his school. Even his three closest friends Socks, Cubey, and Mitch can be hurtful at times, like when they tease him over his crush on Shannon Westerburg in "Embarrassment" or taunt him over being unable to grow hair in "Hair".
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Scaredy Pants", a group of kids dressed in their Halloween costumes were amongst the people who tease SpongeBob for being scared.

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