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"Shut up, you damn cripple!"

An easy way to make a character loathsome is to have them ostracize or tease someone with a (usually physical) disability. Most bullies wouldn't mock someone for having a disability — it's seen as too mean to mock someone who is "helpless" or someone who has an issue they have no control over — so only the most cruel characters do. Usually only younger characters act this way, however adults and even parents are also known to. Expect the ones who use this trope to later receive some form of punishment for their behavior.

This is also a lesser-known part of fascist rhetoric in real life. In addition to the better-known racism, antisemitism, homophobia, and more, they also consider disabled people to be parasitic drains on society.

Compare to Bury Your Disabled and Abandon the Disabled. Sub-Trope to Kick the Dog and Moral Event Horizon. May be a reason for the disabled character Hiding the Handicap. Also compare to its approximate counterpart Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery. Contrast Handicapped Badass, where bullies should not mess with this disabled character or they will be disabled.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In My Hero Academia, Katsuki Bakugou has been bullying Izuku Midoriya for no less than ten years, on the grounds that Izuku is a Quirkless in a world where most people have superpowers (so, by the standards of that world, Izuku would be disabled). That, and Bakugou has somehow convinced himself that Izuku is looking down on him. Unfortunately, because of Values Dissonance, Bakugou's bullying (going as far as a Suicide Dare) is treated as no big deal, even though realistically it would have terrible consequences.
  • Ableism in Japan is a reoccurring theme in A Silent Voice:
    • The manga is about a New Transfer Student elementary schooler named Shoko Nishimiya who is bullied for being deaf. The protagonist, Shoya Ishida, is the worst of the bullies. He constantly makes fun of her, teases her, yanks her hearing aid off, and gets into a fight with her. After Shouko moves away, the class turn their bullying onto Shouya instead. Years later, a high school-aged Shouya learns sign language and tries to atone by befriending Shouko. Despite this, it doesn't help Shouko's feelings of inadequacy due to her deafness and the suicidal thoughts she's had since elementary school.
    • Shouko's own mother has acted cold towards her due to her deafness. However, she doesn't hate her daughter. Yaeko made Shouko stay in her elementary school so that she could toughen up. When someone does complain about her daughter, she slaps her hard. It turns out that Yaeko's in-laws blamed Yaeko for Shouko's deafness and thought that it was the reason why Yaeko's husband divorced her, giving a reason for her distant behavior towards her daughters.
    • Ueno is a Clingy Jealous Girl who hates Shouko's guts for being close to Shouya. She takes out aggression on Shouko by mocking and bullying her, at one point even telling her You Should Have Died Instead when Shouya saves her from suicide and ends up in a coma. Unlike the other bullies, she shows no remorse towards it. Ueno even tries to shift the bullying away from herself.
  • Hikaru from With the Light is autistic. He receives a lot of criticism and bullying because he's autistic. Sadly, his family is also on the receiving end of this, too.
  • In The Summer You Were There, Shizuku tried to help her elementary classmate Ruri, who often missed class, but what started out as somewhat tactless reassurance of Ruri escalated and became outright verbal abuse, as Shizuku believed that what she was doing was right due to virtually no one calling her out on her behavior. Five years later, Shizuku is horrified when she learns that Ruri had a chronic illness when she was younger, which was the cause of her missing class.
  • That's My Atypical Girl: Saito was the subject of intense bullying both at home and in her school life growing up because of her autism, leaving her with all sort of mental problems.

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • FoxTrot: Peter once punched out a bully who was making fun of his blind girlfriend Denise. Denise herself is initially miffed that Peter punched another student—then upon learning the reason why, she's miffed that Peter had only punched him.
  • A week-long sequence in Garfield had Odie bullying Garfield stuck in a body cast. Garfield when he recuperates gets his revenge by whacking Odie with the cast.

    Fan Works 
  • In Bubbles, Derpy's mother abuses her for being disabled. Other foals also tease Derpy due to her impairments as well.
  • Burning Bridges, Building Confidence: Through Malicious Slander, Lila convinces most of her classmates that Cole is faking her vision problems, despite the fact that she's missing one of her eyes. This leads to her followers bullying and belittling Cole, even declaring that she deserves to have lost her eye. This bites Alya in the ass when she assaults Cole, as her mother responds by getting the act labeled an ableist hate crime. Ms. Bustier and the school also face more serious consequences for allowing the bullying to go unaddressed for so long.
  • Discussed in Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: Chloe's classmates, a Gang of Bullies, were recorded and gloated at how they loved hurting Chloe. The ringleader, Sara, even states that anyone who was not considered normal deserved to be crushed...which also includes a student named Franklin Borage, who is autistic. Needless to say, this gets everyone in a lot of hot water as the public now assumes that Sara is willing to attack a special needs kid.
    • Also discussed in Infinity Train: Seeker of Crocus. Patricia, the Beta Bitch to Sara, had a talk with her grandfather in regards to everyone knowing she bullied Chloe and her brother. Said grandfather asks if he will end up on her list to bully. Then he pushes his wheelchair away from her.
  • Lady Fairy (I_dont_know_whats_going_on_either): Much like in canon, Chloé and Lila bully Marinette. Only in this fic, Marinette is blind.
  • In Lost, Found, Ryuuko touches upon this with a one-eyed Nui. According to her, the other kids at the "orphanage" liked to pick on Nui because, being blind in one eye, she wouldn't see them coming.
    • Something similar to Nui's situation also happens in Orange Juice with Ryuuko, who's visually impaired note . The store owner and clerk think it's funny to trick her into buying orange juice when she's trying to buy milk because the cartons feel the same and the colors on either aren't bright enough for her to see.
  • Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey:
    • The main character, Julia, often mentions that she was frequently bullied in school due to her autism, and many kids thought she was weird. Her second-grade teacher, Ms. Amoretto, also bullied her because she assumed Julia was some bratty kid whose parents didn't discipline her correctly. There was an incident where Julia was somehow trapped in a PokeBall storage shed in the midst of four Pokémon fighting each other. She was rescued, but Amoretto suspected she started it. This culminates in her trying to strangle Julia in front of one of the other teachers, several students, and a police officer visiting the school that day. Unsurprisingly, Amoretto got arrested, fired from the school, and was blacklisted from ever teaching again. Amoretto also got her butt sued off by Julia's VERY pissed-off parents.
    • Her older sister, Amara, is especially hard on her, going from calling her names to blaming her for all of the family's problems. This is because Amara is struggling to cope with the death of a friend in a healthy way, and takes her aggression out on pretty much everyone, even when they haven't done anything to her.
    • Beta Bitch Lakeisha Knowles, who bullied Julia, also bullies her younger sister Merlin (who is also autistic) due to the growing influence of Alpha Bitch Kirsten. This peaks in Lakeisha recording a video of one of Merlin's meltdowns, without her permission or knowledge, and texts it to her friends in an attempt to show them that having an autistic sibling is horrible. It does not go well for her at all. All her friends are disgusted with Lakeisha for violating her sister's privacy like that, and then her former friend Cindy (whose mom is autistic) reports what happened to one of the teachers and the principal, getting Lakeisha in serious trouble both at school and at home.
  • Averted in Son of the Sannin. Naruto mistakenly assumes this is happening when he spots Hinata being bullied by three kids who call her eyes creepy. After driving them away, he warns them to never make a girl cry again, "especially a blind girl". While Hinata is grateful for his help, she needs to clear up that she's not actually blind.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic animation Snowdrop (2013) involves a blind filly who is bullied due to her blindness.
  • The Wolves in the Woods: After Marinette transfers to another school, Alya tries to convince the rest of her classmates that they can 'get her back' by 'proving' that her new friends at St. Catherine's 'aren't worthy'. Her game plan for this involves spreading Malicious Slander about all of said new friends; as part of this, she reveals that one of them is frequently hospitalized, mocking whatever condition causes her illness. This only serves to disgust the others.
  • Chapter 19 of The Sun Will Come Up And The Seasons Will Change reveals that Nora got suspended for two weeks for beating up a wheelchair-using classmate because "she was hogging the entire hallway", and she almost kills her younger autistic brother, Julius, twice on the same night note  .
  • your move, instigator (draw your weapon and hold your tongue) combines this with Innocent Inaccurate when Sakura and Kiba reflect back on how Bekko-sensei's hands constantly shook while he was teaching them. They conclude that he must have had weak hands, and joke about how he's unlikely to survive for long on the front lines as a result. However, it's heavily implied that the real reason he struggled to keep his hands steady was his horror at how he was teaching four and five-year-olds how to kill, knowing that they'd be shipped out shortly as Child Soldiers.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Beauty and the Beast, this is used for Deliberate Values Dissonance. The townspeople take joy in Gaston trying to put the supposedly "insane" Maurice into an asylum, despite knowing he's not dangerous or helpless enough for it to be necessary. They mock him and think he deserves it.
  • Discussed in the documentary My Depression. Liz is worried about random people finding out about her depression and judging her for it. She's then surrounded by a group of talking heads saying things about how she has it "too good" to be depressed, how depression isn't a serious issue, and how she needs to do little things to cure her depression.
  • Tempest from My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) is a unicorn with a fractured horn. Her Start of Darkness involves her friends abandoning her after she broke her horn.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope is relentlessly bullied by the racers in her game for being a "glitch", which is treated as a disability in-universe.note . The way they mock her for it is painfully similar to how one would mock a person with epilepsy.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The brain-damaged Nicky from Dominick and Eugene is a frequent target of this. Once some boys surround him, knock his groceries out of his arms, and try to force him to touch their boogers until Gino chases them away.
  • Forrest Gump: As a boy, Forrest Gump had to wear leg braces to help him walk after he got sick from polio. When a group of bullies threaten young Forrest and with Jenny's command "Run, Forrest, run!", he flees with such fervor that he shatters his braces and bolts away with astonishing speed. He also has a mental disability and gets called "stupid" for it, which he hates. Lieutenant Dan, who lost both legs from an injury while they served in Vietnam, flies into a rage over this and being called a "cripple".
  • In Freaks, this sort of prejudice is why the sideshow performers defend each other so fiercely. For example, the trapeze artist Cleopatra launches into a tirade disparaging the "freaks" — which is especially shocking considering that she just married one of them, namely the dwarf Hans. As it turns out, she plans to kill Hans for his money and then shack up with the strongman Hercules, but the others in the sideshow figure out her plan and get their horrific revenge by mutilating Cleopatra until she's a "freak" too.
  • In Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees was physically deformed and possibly mentally disabled. As a result, he was picked on and ostracized by other children when he was a boy, especially at the Crystal Lake summer camp where his mother Pamela worked as a cook. This abuse eventuall spiraled into a chain of events that led to an on-off murder spree that lasted decades; first by Pamela, who was seeking revenge after Jason drowned in the lake because of the bullying and neglectful camp counselors, and then by Jason himself, seeking revenge for the death of Pamela after the events of Friday the 13th (1980).
  • Recovery portrays the struggles of Alan Hamilton who suffers from brain damage. During a "trial day" at his job, Alan gets confused about what task a client wants him to do, leading to her yelling at his friend, who was supervising him, for employing an "incompetent lunatic", stating Alan as "not right in the head". Alan overhears this while hiding in the bathroom, crying, responding with "I BUILT THIS HOUSE, I MADE THIS HOME!!", before continuing to sob.
  • In SHAZAM! (2019), Billy steps in to defend his disabled foster brother, Freddy, attacking the bullies with Freddy's own fallen crutch. It's implied that this was the event that led the Wizard to pick him as his new Champion. The bullies, who are both bigger than Freddy and going two-on-one, made a sneak attack on him in front of the whole school. Way to introduce yourself to the movie-going public, guys.
  • In Thir13en Ghosts, we find that in the Ghost Backstories, this is what happened to the Great Child, a mentally handicapped and infantilized circus freak. The end result was the circus destroyed and a lot of people axed after his mother was killed as a result of a prank, as well as the Great Child being torn apart by a mob and becoming a fairly dangerous ghost in the afterlife.
  • The Whale: Ellie frequently treats her morbidly obese father like dirt. At one point, she pushes his walker so that he must stand up even though he is unable to.
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape:
    • While she's not disabled in the usual sense other than her morbid obesity making her need a cane, the townsfolk gawk and make fun of Bonnie "Mama" Grape, with Gilbert even charging some of the kids for a peek at her through the windows and this is trope is why the Grapes burn the house down after they discovered that she died in her sleep.
    • This trope is played with on Arnie's end. From what we see, people tend to be nicer and don't pick on Arnie, other than Ellen being rough with him, but some of that could be because of Gilbert's "Nobody Touches Arnie" rule.

    Literature 
  • The Ballad of the Sad Café: Marvin treats the hunchbacked Lymon like crap, calling him "Brokeback" and hitting him for no reason at all. This doesn't stop Lymon from worshiping the ground Marvin walks on.
  • Stacey from The Babysitters Club moved to Connecticut from New York because she was bullied for being diabetic.
  • Black Bullet: A bunch of jerks put different objects like soda can tabs into a blind beggar girl's bowl instead of money. Rentaro gives her real money, but he later comes back to find the girl being beaten up. Rentaro threatens them with his gun to make them stop.
  • In Carrie, we learn that when Chris Hargensen was in junior high, she put a firecracker in a classmate’s shoe and nearly mutilated the poor girl’s foot because she had a cleft lip.
  • Several characters in Wings of Fire aren't shy about either mocking Sunny for her weird looks or calling her "defective". Sunny isn't deformed like everyone thought. She's a SandWing/NightWing mix.
  • Early Riser: Protagonist Charlie Worthing grew up in a "Pooled Parentage Station" (aka an orphanage), having been surrendered by their biological parents due to a congenital facial deformity. Gary Findlay, one of Charlie's pool-mates, bullied Charlie mercilessly until Charlie snapped at the age of nine and bit Gary's ear off.
  • Averted in The Famous Five book Five go to Smuggler's Top. On meeting Block, learning that he is deaf but can lip-read, George declares that it would be beastly to say things in front of him that one would not say if he was not deaf; this is before she has learned how sinister Block is.
  • In Flowers for Algernon, Charlie's coworkers (at a factory in the original short story, and at a bakery in the later novel) take advantage of his intellectual impairment to play all manner of nasty pranks on him. Worse, he still considers those people his friends because he doesn't realize what's going on. After Charlie gets an experimental operation to enhance his intelligence, he's quite shocked when his supposed friends try to toy with him again and he finally gets a grasp on what they've been doing, and his coworkers soon feel so intimidated by his burgeoning genius that they get him fired. After his newfound intelligence starts deteriorating and he can no longer continue his brief scientific career, he goes back to his old workplace, but hearteningly, his coworkers are genuinely friendly to him now; one even stands up to a new employee who was bullying Charlie.
  • Ghost of Spirit Bear: Keith and his friends target Peter for his limp and brain damage. And it's not just Peter; all the bullies at Minneapolis High School tend to pick on those who aren’t able to fight back, which means they bully the disabled as much as they bully others. For example, Cole sees a boy with Down Syndrome getting bullied at one point.
  • I Am J:
    • As a child, J once got into a fight because other kids were bullying a girl for being in Special Ed.
    • Politically Incorrect Hero J internally pokes fun at a man with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome because he wears wrist braces.
  • "Something in the Rain" by Seanan McGuire has a post-apocalyptic world where there are only two people left alive in the town: the autistic and mentally ill protagonist, and the girl who bullied her in school. The bully tries to move in with her upon seeing that she's better off but eventually goes back to her old ways despite the fact that she relies on her. This culminates in her trying to kill the protagonist's cat and getting thrown out of the house, then being killed by the deadly rain when she tried to get back inside rather than run for cover.
  • Sword Art Online:
    • Shino was often bullied for her PTSD which led her to have a phobia of guns. A certain group of bullies used this to extort money out of her. She eventually Grew a Spine and gets over her fear, preventing the bullies from ever taking advantage of her again.
    • When Kirito is rendered catatonic and wheelchair-bound, some jerks steal his sword and mock him when he falls out of the wheelchair and crawls after them trying to take it back. Fortunately, Alice steps in and forces them to back off and give the sword back.
  • A Tale of...: Maleficent's lack of wings is essentially a birth defect. She was teased and called a "wingless freak" as a child.
  • Warrior Cats: Crookedstar was born "Stormkit". After breaking his jaw, his mother renamed him "Crookedkit". Rainflower abandoned Crookedkit after he received his injuries (complete with moving to a separate den) and didn't even give him a life when he became The Leader of his clan. It's implied that, on top of being horrified by his face, she refused to love a kit that would likely die.
  • Worm: During a photoshoot with a bunch of superheroes, Taylor's bullies made incredibly obnoxious comments about a disabled girl. This led them to being chewed out by Glory Girl. The incident kickstarted Madison's realization of how awful she was.

    Live-Action TV 
  • At one point in Boardwalk Empire, Al Capone is outraged to hear that his deaf son is being bullied at school, and demands to know what kind of bully is that low. His wife points out that the son goes to a special school for the deaf, so disability doesn't really factor into it, it's just a result of Kids Are Cruel.
  • The Daily Show referenced this during the 2012 election in The United States, regarding a report that Republican candidate Mitt Romney was harsh to a "widow" who he encountered. Jon Stewart jokingly wondered if Romney had tripped a blind orphan too.
  • In The Eric Andre Show, in the episode with Wiz Khalifa, Eric mentions that he and his friends used to feed LSD to a mentally disabled girl and screamed to her 'NIGHTMARE NIGHTMARE NIGHTMARE'. And that cured her disability.
  • In Everything's Gonna Be Okay Tellulah is not above this. She picks on Matilda, despite knowing full well that the latter is autistic. One episode sees her planning a party for Matilda as she waits to find out if she got into Juilliard... because she fully expects that Matilda will be rejected and suffer a meltdown in front of everyone.
  • Fawlty Towers: Played for laughs in "Communication Problems", with the deaf and demanding Mrs Richards. Basil mouths some words, causing Mrs Richards to bark "What?", and turn up her hearing aid. He keeps doing this until she turns it right up, then he yells into it, causing Mrs Richards to jump and bang her head on a shelf behind her.
  • Malcolm in the Middle:
    • Zig-zagged with Reese's bullying of Stevie: while Reese still gives Stevie the occasional hard time, he makes it perfectly clear as the school's Alpha Bully that Stevie is off-limits because he's disabled, and when he performs said bullying he actually tries to accommodate Stevie's disabilities in order to make it fair (like numbing his legs so he'll remain seated during a fight challenge, so Stevie will be able to hit him back).
    • When Stevie's parents were about to get divorced, Stevie took a lot of steps backward, becoming unable to speak. Malcolm didn't believe he was really unable to speak and pretended to bully him in an attempt to get him to fight back, making himself look like a colossal jerk to an onlooking crowd.
  • María la del barrio: Soraya Montenegro, Alicia's Wicked Stepmother, loves to attack and torture the disabled Alicia in creative ways. She has absolute contempt for her, and calls her "damn cripple!"
  • Mr. Bean: In the "Bus Stop" sketch, Mr Bean is determined to be at the front of the queue for a bus. When a blind man takes this position, Mr Bean walks along the road and imitates the sound of a bus approaching and the door opening, causing the blind man to walk straight into the road, in front of an actual bus. Another passenger grabs him.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Stream of Consciousness", Mark frequently verbally abuses and condescends to Ryan Unger, who is unable to access the Stream due to brain damage.
  • The School Nurse Files: In the final episode, the teachers make fun of Mr. Hong because he walks with a limp.
  • In an episode of Quantum Leap, Al tells Sam about when he was a child and he came to the defense of a girl bullied for having Downes Syndrome, because "that's what big brothers are for."
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "Our Selena is Dying", Martha Brockman (while pretending to her daughter Diane) describes the deaf Orville as "our sort of combination handyman and village idiot." She does so in his presence but with her face turned away from him so he can't read her lips. Her niece Debra is shocked and disgusted.
  • What Would You Do? presented a scenario where a man with a traumatic brain injury was belittled by a waitress after struggling to order and knocking over his drink. Without fail, the restaurant’s other patrons intervened to defend him, and several spoke to the manager (also in on the scenario) demanding that she be fired for her rudeness.

    Music 
  • Eminem's Slim Shady character often bullies disabled people. In "Greg", he beats a 'retarded' kid over the head with his wooden leg and has a long-running beef with Christopher Reeve which involves him doing things like throwing him into quicksand and making him drink piss.

    Radio 

    Theater 
  • Occurs in song form in Ride the Cyclone, where six high school choir members who've died in a roller coaster crash make the case as to why they deserve a chance to return to the land of the living. As part of her "I Am Great!" Song, Ocean belittles all of her classmates for their lack of potential and "personal failings" compared to her — and with Ricky, she pulls no punches when it comes to his disability. She confidently tells her classmates Ricky's "never gonna breed," and questions how much mileage he'd get out of a second shot at life with his degenerative disease (which, at the time of his death, had already made it impossible for him to speak or to walk unassisted).
    Ocean: Oh no, comic books? Spiderman?
    This kid doesn't have the attention span!
    What's he gonna do, solve a Rubik's cube?
    How long's he got if they feed him through a tube?

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Katawa Shoujo:
    • Played with when it comes to most characters. While they have a history of being coddled and looked down upon for their disabilities, most haven't been outright mocked for them.
    • Shizune Hakamichi's father and her little brother don't see her as a worthy heir due to her deafness. Her father Jigoro never even bothered to learn sign language and mentions he has in the past hired tutors trying to get Shizune to speak.
    • Hanako Ikezawa has noticeable burn marks on her body that led to her being bullied growing up.

    Web Animation 
  • ATTACK on MIKA:
    • Ririna threatens Sakura for being the center of attention thanks to her prosthetic leg. A day later, she ambushes her in the school backyard and breaks the latter's prosthetic leg in twain.
    • Rui's family became cold and dismissive towards her after she got an artificial eye to replace the one she got extirped for tumor surgery. However, her younger sister Misa actively mocks her and calls her "ugly" for it, even going as far as stealing her boyfriend Kaname from her.
    • This story stars a blind girl being abused by her parents and older sister. This escalates to the point she leaves her home and almost gets taken advantage of by a drunk man had Namiko not shown up.
    • Miyura-kun bullies Yui Kashiwabara for being hard of hearing and orders the entire class to ignore her.
    • Kasumi abuses her older brother Satoshi for being born with a three-fingered hand. Things escalate when she takes a picture of him with notorious delinquent Rena Mikami and makes it look like the latter prostituted herself. This drives Satoshi to yell his heart out, with Rena exposing Kasumi's usage of the school computers to doctor the accursed picture.
    • Lilian and her mom bullied Hinata to tears for her prosthetic leg. The second time the duo shows up, they steal Hinata's wallet when her brother Toma tried to pick it up.Badass Biker Namiko not shown up.
  • Zig-Zagged in the Cyanide and Happiness short "Gym Class". The short starts with a gym class being told that they're going to do an obstacle course. A kid named Brian snickers and suggests that Suzy, a classmate who is in a wheelchair, be the first one to do the course. The gym teacher starts to call him out on his shittiness, but Suzy agrees and does all sorts of incredible stunts and feats of strength to complete the course. Brian then attempts it himself... and we get a Smash Cut to him in the hospital, sitting in a wheelchair, and his entire body bandaged up. The doctor informs him that he'll never walk again, and the gym teacher from before and the rest of the kids who joined him in mocking Suzy now laugh at Brian instead because he's disabled.
  • Manga Soprano: Misuzu and her Girl Posse had a wheelchair-user Kanade plan their graduation trip for them, finally deciding on Disneyland. When the day comes, the bullies take the train early, leaving Kanade and Haru behind. Luckily, she arranged another trip with Haru to "Disney Sea" [sic].
  • Manga-Waido:
    • I saved Nezuko, but then an angry Shinobu Kocho appeared, and...: Maika waved Michiru, who is invokedhearing-impaired, to leave the Fan Convention where they cosplay as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba characters, even when the latter tells Junta that her purse was in a locker. The other members claimed Michiru wanted them to leave her alone according to Maika's words, and when questioned, Maika herself said Michiru wanted her to leave. However, Junta showed the staff photographs of their last interaction, showing Maika acting cold towards Michiru, which leads to the former verbally abusing the latter for being cuter than her. While this wasn't the first time she did things like these, her bullying of a disabled girl cost Maika her reputation.
    • On the club trip I got left behind by a girl who made fun of me for being disabled: Reina Sasaki bullied wheelchair-user Ayano Hirose for being close to male school idol Toda-san. Her jealousy escalated to the point of taking Ayano away to the woods and leaving her there. Much to Reina's dismay, a bunch of Yakuza showed up to search for Ayano as she was their boss' daughter. After the workers scared the crap out of Reina for her prank, she became a pariah for bullying a disabled girl.
    • What happened to my boss who treated me like an obstacle because I'm in a wheelchair: Tsuda bullies and transfers Yuka to the warehouse for being wheelchair-bound. When Saito finds out about Tsuda's unfair treatment of Yuka, he later gets demoted and his co-workers start calling him "scum" and "bully of the disabled" which causes him to quit the company a few months later. It is revealed out that some of Tsuda's relatives were disabled and his wife also divorced him for what he did to Yuka.
    • I was pushed down by the president's son who looked down on the disabled...: Yuya starts bullying Keita for having a prosthetic leg after he found out that his crush has a crush on Keita. He eventually crosses the line by pushing Keita down the stairs, in addition, he doesn't even apologize for what he did. When he and his father failed to bribe Keita when he attempts to sue them for damages, the old man calls him a cripple and forces him to apologize. Unfortunately for the father and son, Keita immediately calls for help, attracting everybody in the company, including the manager of a major client. Because of the incident, the police started to investigate Yuya and his father and they eventually get fined for it.
  • Mani Mani People: Gin bullied Minato because the latter had a prosthetic arm.
  • MoniRobo:
    • "My family abandon me on a trip abroad because I am disabled": Noa lost one of her legs after a car accident. Her family especially her mother and sister bullied her mercilessly for it. They even ditched her on a family trip, but a man recorded the events of their horrible behavior during the trip and they became pariahs.
    • "My new wife was abusing my daughter behind my back": Kayoko abused and neglected her 11-year-old autistic stepdaughter Minori behind both her husband Tatsuya's and the housekeeper Mrs. Takeda's backs, with one incident leading to Minori leaving the house on her mother's orders. When Tatsuya confronted Kayoko for her abusive behavior, she showed her true colors by badmouthing Minori. Moreover, she demanded Tatsuya divide his estate when he asks for a divorce; it turns out she stole the money Tatsuya saved for Minori to spend on frivolities since she married him for his money.
    • "My sister's fiancé doesn't want me at their wedding because I'm disabled": Koji became paraplegic after surviving a construction accident. When his sister Tomomi brought her fiancé Daisuke Nishio, he acted cold and dismissive towards Koji whenever she wasn't around.
    • "I was being bullied for having a stammer": Ena was bullied since kindergarten for stammering (which was a result of partial brain damage). Even her mother lashed out at her for it until she was diagnosed. When she attended high school, she got ruthlessly bullied by a classmate named Mikio.
    • "Husband abandoned our autistic daughter and ran off with the younger brother": Sorao not only ignored his autistic daughter Sakura, but even mistreated her since his son Yuki was born. To make matters worse, he abandoned her with Nano and left with Yuki.
    • "Bully pushes a girl on wheelchair into the pool" [sic]: Akane Saito bullied wheelchair-user Mai Miyanohara for using prosthetic legs. Even when Mai tried to reach out to her, Akane didn't stop and even snuck behind her at the pool area while she watched the competitions and shoved her into the pool, laughing at her as she drowned.
    • "I introduced my boyfriend to my toxic parents… Then…": Sakura's whole family bullied her boyfriend Masayoshi for being blind despite him being a hardworking man and her explaining how he lost his sight. Enraged with their bullying, she decides to cut ties with them and move with him.
    • "Mother-in-law says that a disability is a disgrace to the family!": Charako's mother-in-law treated her like a slave for losing one arm in a car accident the MIL provoked for being distracted at the wheel. When she forgot to wear her gloves while buying the orange juice her MIL wanted, the other villagers found out and asked the MIL about it, causing the hag to bully her for anything and everything as she found it shameful that she had a prosthetic arm.
    • "My family made fun of my disability, until I became a CEO…": Ever since elementary school, Misaki Shoji was bullied by her parents and older sister Sakiho for becoming paraplegic from jumping off a mountain, which was a lie Sakiho said to cover up she shoved Misaki off the mountain. When both sisters were in high school, they sent Misaki to live with her grandparents, who were the only relatives who cared about her.
    • "Family kicked me out of the house… Then…": Yuki was ignored by his parents and sister after he became paraplegic from a car accident, for which they deemed him too useless to become the next CEO, on top of disowning him right after his graduation from high school to get rid of him.
    • "My husband went missing but I found him at my best friend’s wedding as the groom": Toru became cold towards his wife Yoshiko after she announced having lost the use of her legs from a car accident at the hands of a sleepy driver, one week after they married. Therefore, he sent divorce papers for her to sign in response. Moreover, he married her best friend Kozue as part of the latter's revenge plot and the new couple started to bully her in front of the guests until her boss Mr. Akira showed up and revealed she was an affiliate for a famous blog and earning more than Toru.
  • Most of the Sisters Steppe (minus Feather) bully Nothing (who has a limp due to an incident as a cub) in My Pride.
  • Revenge Films:
    • "Bride kicks out my brother saying that he is a cripple": Kendra bullied and kicked Rhea's brother Stephen out of her wedding for having to use a cane to walk. She ends up paying for it dearly when her husband Maxwell threatened to divorce her and she was about to be fired since it's revealed Stephen was Maxwell's best friend and the famous CEO of a huge company.
    • "During a live broadcast of the Happy Family Project, I sent out an SOS signal": Connor bullied his paraplegic wife Ashley alongside his mother and forced her to do the chores even when heavily pregnant and disabled. The bullying worsened when she gave birth to her son William. While he was kind to her whenever his mom wasn't around, even this aspect of his completely vanished when his island company became popular.
    • "I went to my fiancé's house to see his parents, but what they made me do was unbelievable": Charles accused the OP of this after she found out they wanted her to relieve his disabled brother Denny and got chased down by him while running back home. However, it falls flat on its face when he also allows his father to hit Denny for his tantrums.
    • "Passed out after falling while pregnant, waking up in hospital…": Melanie's mother-in-law bullied and shamed her for having a prosthetic leg. When she told her husband Skyler about this, he got livid and held his mom to task for it. When she became pregnant, the MIL became much nicer to her until she was in her last month of pregnancy, where Melanie fell off a chair while her MIL had her changing a lightbulb.
  • Trouble Busters: Aiden who is Lucy's boss bullied her for being in a wheelchair. He poured wine on her in a restaurant, but it later turned out that she is the owner of the restaurant and she had reported him to HR, resulting in his dismissal.

    Webcomics 
  • Appetite: One of the bullies trips Dohoon while he's walking by with his crutch.
  • In The Friendly Winter, Da-Jeong's mother walked out ten years ago due to her daughter having a disorder that meant she'd permanently resemble a child.
  • Homestuck: Vriska (who is disabled herself) bullies Tavros who is in a wheelchair. Then it's revealed that Vriska is responsible for Tavros being paralysed in the first place.
  • I Hope So: Both of Hope's parents abuse her due to her disability, even going as far as to give her an insulting name (Hopeless) because of it. They're shown not to be any nicer to their able-bodied relatives either.
  • See You in My 19th Life: Seo-ha's family is full of people who mistreat him for his hearing, especially his cousin Jun-ha, who locked him in a wardrobe when Seo-ha was little.

    Web Original 
  • TREY the Explainer discusses this and Bury Your Disabled in a video about how prehistoric humans treated their disabled. More specifically, he says it's actually more inaccurate to believe that prehistoric humans all ostracized their disabled than it is to portray "savage cavemen" as taking care of their ill. Not that being disabled during what was already a dangerous and violent era was in any way easy, it just wasn't an automatic death sentence as is usually portrayed.

    Western Animation 
  • Beavis And Butthead: In "Breakdown", when Principal McVicker becomes immobilized as a result of the duo's antics, Van Driessen sends them over to his facility to apologize. Of course, they don't care in the slightest and continue to harass him, with Beavis joking about kicking him in the nads and using a straitjacket, prompting McVicker to strangle Beavis. As he is being wheeled in to receive electroshock therapy by the staff, the duo continues to harass him. This leaves Van Driessen appalled by their callousness, suffering a nervous breakdown himself in the process.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Papa Has a Rollin' Son", Joe reveals he never told his father he's disabled because he always used to make fun of people in wheelchairs, calling them "spaghetti legs" and "angel-hair legs" note , towards the end of the episode Joe's father changes his attitude towards people with disablities after Joe reveals his disability to him.
    • In "The Tan Aquatic With Steve Zissou", Peter decides to become a bully after encouragement from Kyle, a teenager who'd been tormenting Chris until Peter beat him up, and begins terrorizing his friends and family, including Joe, who he forces to act as a string puppet by holding him up with ropes tied to his arms. He later tries to get back at his own childhood bully Randy, only to discover that Randy has MS and can't move without his crutches. This doesn't stop Peter, however, and he only stops bullying when Chris stands up to him, though in the latter case it's because Peter doesn't know what MS is.
    • Joe's wife Bonnie is like this as she went from loving and supportive to seeing him as an inconvenience and someone who she could bully, cheat on, and harm.
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, a flashback in "Derision" shows that Chloe used to make fun of Juleka's stuttering. In "Confrontation", she also takes away Sabrina's anxiety whistle in order to bully her into sabotaging her classmates' school forms (as an added kick, Chloe has Juleka's form re-written so that she'll have to repeat the grade.)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Flight to the Finish", When Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's "blank flank" teasing fails to break the Cutie Mark Crusaders' spirits at being chosen to carry the flag at the upcoming Equestria Games, they decide to mock Scootaloo's inability to fly, with the intent of crushing her self-esteem and ultimately dividing the Crusaders. The show is intentionally vague on whether or not Scootaloo actually has a flying disability, but the point remains clear.
  • Pelswick: The school bully, Boyd, is a recurring antagonist. He notes at one point that he can't physically harm Pelswick, and is pleased by the challenge of devising new ways to mess with him instead. Like stealing his bag lunch and leaving it at the top of the stairs.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: In "The Coronation", Catra rips off the source of power of Hordak's armor, making him collapse. She uses that knowledge to keep him under her thumb and forces him to accept her as Horde's co-leader. Although Hordak was a total jerkass to her, it's disturbing to see her taking advantage of his disabilities. More disturbing yet, many fans approve of it.
    • Entrapta is canonically autistic, which frequently makes her communicating with other people difficult. The others' reactions vary, from screaming at her (Catra), pulling her with vines (Perfuma), or being nice to her but condescending, like Bow and Scorpia.
  • The Simpsons: Inverted in one episode, where a new student bumps into Nelson, who prepares to beat him up only to discover that the kid is blind. Nelson promises he'll take care of anyone who tries picking on the kid, only for the kid to say that everyone has been really nice so far because even in Springfield, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone that big a dick. Nelson insists on being his bodyguard anyway.
  • Mentioned on the South Park episode "Krazy Kripples" Jimmy Valmer's parents had mocked students with disabilities back when they were teenagers, which had apparently resulted in Jimmy being born disabled.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In the episode "Demolition Doofus", Mrs. Puff gets her inflation sac popped after SpongeBob fails another boating exam. As Mrs. Puff is in the hospital, SpongeBob, oblivious about her situation, makes a joke about how Mrs. Puff should now be called "Mrs. Pop", which causes her to lash out at him until the doctor injects a needle to calm her down. SpongeBob then proceeds to tell the doctor Mrs. Puff looks better this way, causing him to be injected as well.
  • In Total Drama, Mike suffers from dissociative identity disorder. Once his secret is out, Scott proceeds to rub his disability in and uses it to blackmail him by threatening to tell his girlfriend.
  • Transformers: Prime:
    • Airachnid taunts Breakdown during a mission about his missing eye (making obvious puns about it). Made worse when you remember that he lost said eye when humans tried to dissect him...while he was still conscious. It's no surprise that he attacked her.
    • In the two-parter "Operation: Bumblebee", Bumblebee loses his T-cog (a Cybertronian organ/device that allows them to scan vehicles and transform) to MECH. Starscream (who allied himself with MECH) taunts him for not having the ability to transform (even though he ends up without his T-cog by the end of the episode).

 
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