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A character's property is defaced by a slur, insult, or warning written in bold letters with the intent of terrorizing the recipient. Cars, desks, lockers, and doors tend to be the common locations. Generally it's anonymous and it's done to illustrate the views of the community against this one person rather than point to a single source of bullying.

It tends to show up mostly in media about teenagers, scorned women, or media that deals with civil rights and/or racial tensions.

Compare Rushmore Refacement and Face Doodling.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • During the first episode of the second season of Hell Girl, one of the many torments faced by the Victim of the Week was her books being defaced with ugly words.
  • After Suzaku joins Ashford Academy in Code Geass, he's faced with discrimination because he's Japanese in an otherwise all-Britannian school. This includes one of his shirts being spray-painted with "GO BACK TO YOUR GHETTO". Thankfully, it stops when he saves Lelouch's life in the same episode and Lelouch publicly declares him his friend.

    Comic Books 
  • "Mutie" is a common graffiti epithet in the X-Men books, primarily used against mutants.
  • In Watchmen, Silhouette and her lesbian partner are murdered, and the derogatory slur LESBIAN WHORES is painted on the wall.
  • In Avengers: The Initiative, The Gauntlet ends up getting beaten into a coma and having the New Warriors symbol spray-painted onto his body after repeatedly taunting several of the team's former members.
  • During Fear Itself, the community of Bleachville, which was long rife with racial tensions between its majority-white population and a neighboring reservation, experienced a rash of vandalism warning that the "Red Nation will rise again". The vandalism was later revealed to have been carried out by a bunch of white racists hoping to start a riot to wipe out the reservation's inhabitants.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Emergency! fic Reclamation, John Gage has this happen as he recovers from being held captive for 18 months and tortured. A firefighter who lost his friend to John's captor keeps scrawling homophobic slurs on John's vehicle and house, his thoughts being that John stayed with the guy so long and survived because he was gay and some kind of pervert. (He wasn't.)
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    Films — Animated 
  • In The Lorax, O'Hare gets back at Ted for defying his order not to go back outside Thneedville (and possibly bringing back trees) by painting over Audrey's tree mural with gray paint and writing "Courtesy of O'Hare, Inc." where it once was.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Played With in some fashion in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Charles Jefferson, Ridgemont High's star football player, finds his car destroyed and defaced with racial slurs allegedly perpetrated by people from a rival school. But it was actually his brother and Spicoli, who had taken it for a joyride and wrecked it. They painted the slurs to cover up their culpability.
  • In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there once occured a writing in blood on Hogwarts' walls that reads "The Chamber has been opened. The enemies of the heir, beware." This is coupled with the fact that several muggle-born students got petrified mysteriously. This, understandably, sends the whole Hogwarts into terror. Turns out that it was Ginny, under Voldemort's influence, who did the writings. She's as much a victim as the others, though.
  • In Robot Jox, when the main character retires from Humongous Mecha fighting (after being traumatised when his mecha's thrown into a crowd full of spectators) his poster's defaced with Mustache Vandalism and graffiti calling him a coward.
  • In the film Life Is Beautiful, the protagonist comes to his shop to find that it has been vandalized, writing JEWISH STORE on it both to taunt him and to make him a target of other anti-Semites.
  • In School Ties, David walks into his room to find a large white banner with "GO HOME, JEW!" painted in blood-red letters.

    Literature 
  • The first book of Protector of the Small has Kel walk into her room at the palace to see that her belongings have been mauled and a disparaging message against girl pages has been painted on the wall.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In one episode of Adam-12, Malloy goes back to college part-time to finish his Bachelor's. After he's involved in arrests of students partaking in a sit-in at the university, his car gets vandalized with the word "pig" spray-painted on it.
  • Alan Partridge finds someone has written COOK PISS PARTRIDGE on his car in spraypaint. He tries to correct it himself to COOK PASS BABTRIDGE, but the vandals get the last laugh by spraypainting TWAT on it.
  • The Mentalist: The (male, gay) Victim of the Week's locker at work was covered in girly stickers courtesy of another employee who is a bit of a homophobe.
  • All in the Family: The Bunker house gets a swastika spraypainted on the front door, but it isn't intended for them. They live at 704 Hauser, and a Jewish activist lives at 740 Hauser. The activist comes over & explains the situation, and then gets blown up with a Car Bomb right outside the Bunker house.
  • The Big Bang Theory - in a flashback episode to when Leonard first moves in as Sheldon Cooper's room-mate, after meeting the previous occupant on the stairs (who advises him to run away, very quickly and very fast), he eventually discovers what will be his room in the flat has graffiti sprayed on the wall in blood-red letters: DIE, SHELDON, DIE!
  • Summer Heights High:
    • There is an episode where Jonah and his friends deface the lockers of the year 7 boys who annoy them. This leads to Jonah being suspended for a few days. Whilst Jonah is suspended, the year 7 boys retaliate by vandalising Jonah and his friends' lockers with racist language (Jonah and his friends are Polynesian). Later in the final episode, Jonah is shown to have defaced the bag of the boy from year 7 who annoys him, the office door of the English teacher he hates and many of the teachers' cars with his dicktation tag (a drawing of a penis with the word "tation" after it).
    • Later in Jonah's spin off Jonah From Tonga, Jonah vandalises his uncle's truck by writing "homo" with an arrow pointing to driver's window, which leads to the uncle saying that he felt like killing Jonah because of that. In a later episode, Jonah welds Graydon's locker shut (Jonah hates Graydon) and writes his new "pussycat" tag on it (a drawing of a vagina with the word cat after it).
  • One episode of Scrubs has the Almighty Janitor defaces JD's car with a message asking him not to drop his gum on the floor...in chewing gum.
  • In one episode of Barney Miller, something like 'BARNEY MILLER IS A " (with the rest off-screen) is spray-painted on the wall of a trashed squadroom by some Hasidim Insp. Luger managed to annoy.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In "A Man Alone", an angry mob accuses Odo of murder. Odo finds that his office has been vandalized, and the word SHIFTER inscribed on the wall by the mob.
  • One episode of Aquarius has Shafe coming home to find that his house has been vandalized after someone found out that he's married to a black woman.
  • Dwayne and Ron on A Different World once went to a football game at a rival college. Ron makes a bet with a group of white students. After he wins, he and the white students get into a racially-charged argument and one starts to paint a racial slur on his car. He only gets as far as "Ni" when Dwayne shows up and a brawl occurs. The incident sends both parties to a holding cell where they work out their differences. When they get out, they discover someone else finished the word.
  • On Arrested Development, episode "Afternoon Delight", the banana stand is hoisted out of the bay with graffiti painted on it. It reads "I'll get you Bluth. Hello." with a few letters missing. It's very subtly implied that Annyong did it.
  • In the very first episode of Hannibal, when the sole survivor of a killing spree returns to the place of the crime - her own house - she finds that somebody sprayed 'CANNIBALS' all over the garage.
  • Tyrant: Bassam, the estranged son of a Middle Eastern dictator, remembers that when he was studying at an American college he came back to his dorm room one time to find that his room had been trashed and the walls defaced with graffiti saying stuff like "MASS MURDERER" and "GENOCIDE".
  • In an episode of The George Lopez Show, Carmen's ex-boyfriend spreads rumors of her being sexually promiscuous, leading alpha-bitch Piper to spray "CARMEN HO-PEZ" on the Lopezs' gliding doors.
    Benny: Hey, thank God our last name isn't "Tucker".
  • In the Family Matters episode "Fight the Good Fight", Laura finds her locker open with a racist sticky-note message taped to it, and then closes the door to find the N-word sprayed onto it (the latter message is usually cut from reruns).

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WWE had a storyline in the '90s where the Malcolm Xerox stable The Nation of Domination returned to their dressing room after a match to find it ransacked and racial slurs spraypainted all over the walls. The Nation believed that The Hart Foundation were to blame, but, as it turned out, it was actually D-Generation X trying to frame the Harts and thus turn the Nation against them.

    Video Games 
  • Hotline Miami: Jacket finds his car heavily broken and vandalized after the flatline chapter.
  • If you successfully lower a girl's reputation enough in Yandere Simulator, her desk will be defaced with horrible insults and calls for her to kill herself.

    Web Animation 
  • The fourth episode of There she is!! has Doki and Nabi experiencing this along with Broken Window Warnings as the city turns against them for bucking the "one species relationship" rule.

    Western Animation 
  • Referenced in the Kid N Play Band Toon, when the protagonists accidentally do this to the back wall of a synagogue (and the insult is only such in context) resulting in a Double Aesop about vandalism and religious tolerance.
  • In an episode of Family Guy, Peter goes to war with Quahog's Amish community, who sprays "YE SUCK" on the front of his house.
    • The School Ties example above is parodied in a flashback in which Brian, who attended Brown University, found a banner reading "GO HOME, DOG!" in his room.

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