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Why are you only ever this harsh towards me...? You're always making fun of me! I hate it! Even though you're so nice to other people...!

People don't often treat everyone the same way to the same degree. Often the resident Jerkass is more of a jerkass to some people than to others. The poor guy who bares the brunt of it is often the Butt-Monkey, in some cases normally friendly characters may be given the Jerkass Ball for the sake of causing misery to the Butt-Monkey.

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Comes in two different flavors:

Contrast Hates Everyone Equally if they mistreat everyone in the same extent, and Morality Pet if they're a jerk to all but one, or Bully Turned Buddy if the person they become friends with is the only one they don't still bully. If the Jerkass is a boss and the one is an employee, see Boss's Unfavorite Employee. For a similar trope with a different perspective, see Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond. See also Sitcom Archnemesis.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Battle Athletes Victory has the cold and aloof Jessie Gurtland, who is especially mean to Akari Kanzaki, the daughter of her idol Tomoe Midou, and the academy's lowest scoring student.
  • Bloom Into You has a largely downplayed example. Sayaka is on good terms with most of Toomi East's student council, and is best friends with Touko, but there's some largely unspoken hostility between her and Yuu, since Sayaka is jealous of Yuu's closeness to Touko. The two of them do eventually work things out.
  • In Bokurano, Ushiro has relatively cold relationships with the other pilots, apart from his best friend Kanji, but he isn't nearly as cruel to them as he is to his little sister Kana, frequently hitting her whenever he's upset.
  • DARLING in the FRANXX: While Mitsuru is a snide, bitter jerk to virtually everyone, Hiro and Ikuno tend to get the worst of his cruelty. Best displayed in the third episode, where when Chlorophytum is unable to function, he blames Ikuno and unhesitatingly agrees to pilot Strelizia with Zero Two to show up Hiro.
  • Dragon Ball: Pre-Character Development, Vegeta was a Crueler to One example. While Vegeta's a bitter, cynical asshole who looked down on everyone in general, he's much ruder and nastier to Goku than he is to everyone else, unable to tolerate being Always Second Best to him since he's the Saiyan prince while Goku is a lower-class Saiyan born at the bottom of the pecking order. By the end of Z, he's gotten over it, and in Super, they're friendly rivals and Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Erika Itsumi, vice-captain of Black Forest Peak, is cold and condescending to most people besides Maho, although it's unclear whether she makes an exception for Maho out of respect or merely because Maho outranks her. Erika's especially harsh on Maho's younger sister Miho, whom Erika blames for their losing the tournament last year, because Miho abandoned the flag tank to save a tank crew from drowning (in the light novel, Erika was one of the ones Miho saved). The fact that Miho was Erika's predecessor as vice-captain implies that Erika may have been jealous of Miho due to being chosen over her.
  • In Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu, Nako is generally quite nice, especially to Bocchi, but enjoys pushing Aru's buttons by sometimes refusing to refer to her by name, or calling her "unfortunate". As a result, the two end up having a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship.
  • Ishigami is this to Miko in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. He's normally a nice guy (if somewhat inclined to put his foot in his mouth), but she notes during a drunken rant at Tsubame's Christmas party that he seems to exclusively be mean to her. The irony of this being that he's actually been looking out for and protecting her ever since middle school, he just doesn't tell her because it wouldn't be truly altruistic to hold good deeds over people's heads.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Katsuki Bakugo, in general, is a total prick towards everyone, but he's especially crass towards Izuku Midoriya. It gets so bad, almost nobody likes him in-universe, even if they do admire his power — and one of the things that puzzles everybody, In-Universe and out, is Izuku's unrelenting drive to continue to white-knight Bakugo as a former friend even if by the time the series starts he's been mercilessly bullied for a decade and in the very first chapter Katsuki even told Izuku to kill himself in order to reincarnate with a Quirk, an act that the author himself has since considered Early Installment Weirdness.
    • Inasa Yoarashi is jovial, upbeat, passionate about heroics and a Nice Guy to almost everyone... except for Shoto Todoroki. In the past, he tried asking Todoroki's father, Endeavor, for an autograph, only to be coldly rebuffed and told to "stay out of [his] way". He tried being nice with Shoto, but was rebuffed and told the same thing. This cold attitude flies in the face of everything he believes a hero should be. As a result, Shoto's the only student at the License Exam that Inasa is outright caustic towards. After the two end up clashing, which results in both of them failing the provisional exam, Inasa apologizes.
    • Sir Nighteye isn't the most pleasant individual, but he's exceptionally harsh with Midoriya, due to believing him to be an Inadequate Inheritor of One for All compared to Nighteye's own protégé Mirio. While he does allow Midoriya to intern under him, he does so largely in hopes of getting him to realize that Mirio is more deserving of One for All. Nighteye eventually comes to regret this behavior, especially as he is dying.
  • In Naruto, Neji Hyuga regards most of the Leaf ninja he knows with indifference or mild disdain, but he doesn't hate them as much as he does his cousin Hinata. This relates to the internal politics of his clan, in which Hinata was the heiress to the head family, and Neji is a branch family member kept in line by a Curse Mark (which the main family members can activate, causing the bearer excruciating pain or killing them). Neji also blames Hinata for Neji's father's death, since Hinata's father killed a foreign ninja who tried to kidnap Hinata, and Neji's father was killed and passed off as Hinata's father. Later, Neji realizes that his father wanted to protect his brother, and begins treating Hinata better.
  • In New Game!, Tsubame "Naru" Narumi gets along well with most of the Eagle Jump staff, but is fairly hostile to Nene Sakura, since Naru believes (not without reason) that Nene got her job due to connections with her boss Umiko, and doesn't take said job seriously. The latter strikes close to home for Naru, who's desperate to prove herself and get a job in the gaming industry in spite of her parents' opposition to it. It's lampshaded in a conversation between Momo (Naru's best friend) and Nene- after the former says that Naru's like a caring older sister figure, Nene ruefully notes her own status as the one person Naru's mean to. Naru eventually gets over this when Nene offers to help fix the bugs in Naru's minigames, and Naru apologizes to Nene for how poorly she treated her.
  • Pokémon: At times, Ash Ketchum, an otherwise All-Loving Hero and Nice Guy, can be this to the Team Rocket trio. In "Wake Up Snorlax", Ash blasts off the trio in a Pokémon battle simply over the right to capture a wild Pokémon. While Team Rocket are thieves, notably in "So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd", Ash and company easily forgive a far more competent Pokémon thief. Though them always trying to steal his Pikachu away from him might has something to do his attitude towards them.
  • Rosario + Vampire: In the anime, Kokoa is more of a straight-up bitch than a Tsundere as she was in the manga and is generally rude, disrespectful, and bitchy to everyone (except Inner Moka), causing trouble for the rest of the cast on two separate occasions due to her attitude. However, she's especially a Jerkass to Outer Moka, openly preferring Inner Moka to her and refusing to acknowledge Outer Moka as her sister.
  • Seraph of the End: Inverted with Mikaela. He treats everyone but his adoptive mother Krul and his childhood best friend Yuuichiro with complete disdain and clear hostility. And the "crueler to one" from him is applied on Ferid - kind of hard not to loathe the guy when he killed almost everyone in your family.
  • Time Bokan: In the series that helped codify the Terrible Trio trope, it wasn't uncommon for the heroes to be kind and forgiving to everyone, but the incompetent villain trio, who would always be given a painful slapstick comeuppance.
  • Kicker of Transformers Energon is an arrogant loudmouth all around, though his teammate Ironhide tends to get the bigger brunt of it, being ordered around, insulted and even physically abused to a degree. Perhaps due to dealing with him far less often, everyone else tends to just think it's funny (par Ironhide's fanboy team, Kicker's treatment lightened after a Death Glare from one too many kicks to the shin).
  • Tweeny Witches: While aloof at best and faithless at worst to Arusu and her friends, Sigma treats Eva with special contempt, repeatedly warning Arusu and Sheila not to take her to the Warlock Realm across the desert lest she be The Load on three of them. When Arusu and Sheila become covered with grey paints rescuing her from the warlocks, he tells them that her incompetence has doomed both of them to die of "deadly grey" in 24 hours, causing Arusu, who is normally a Genki Girl, to call him out for his callous treatment of her with Tranquil Fury.
  • In Yuri Is My Job, Mitsuki Yano/Ayanokouji gets along reasonably well with her coworkers at the salon, but despises Hime for most of the first two volumes. Initially, it seems to be because of Hime's slip-ups on the job and because she doesn't seem to take her work seriously, but it turns out that it's because Mitsuki believes that Hime betrayed her by quitting the piano recital they were both supposed to play at.
  • Zatch Bell!: When the horse Mamodo Ponygon is first introduced, he easily gets along with Zatch, Tia, and all of Kiyo's classmates... but has an instant dislike of Kiyo. It's later revealed that Ponygon only felt hostile towards him because Kiyo already had a mamodo, so he found no reason to try to get along with him; after this point, they get along better.
  • Zombie Land Saga: Kotaro is tough on all of Franchouchou, but he's especially hard on Sakura and singles her out more than any other member. It might be because she was his old high school crush and he's keeping his distance from her to keep old feelings from budding. It's also zig-zagged in that late in the series, Yugiri observes that Kotaro is kindest to Sakura, implying that this is also Tough Love.

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    Fan Fiction 
  • In Boys und Sensha-do!, Akio's generally a decent person, but he's unusually cold toward Maho. This is because he believes that Maho isn't supportive enough of her younger sister Miho, since he doesn't realize how many sacrifices Maho has made for her sister. The only other person he's this hostile toward is Miho and Maho's mother Shiho, but after Shiho disowns Miho, practically no one likes Shiho.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Arial Kuyumaya is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and tends to be snippy and bitchy to everyone save for Dark, Felucia, Sun, and Complica. She's especially a Jerkass to Mizore, and spends most of Act VI making things difficult for her and being rude and bitchy even as Mizore is trying to be nice to her, to the extent she completely blows it off when Mizore saves her life.
  • Where Talent Goes on Vacation: Yuichi Asakura is a Jerkass to most of his classmates, but he's especially hostile to Chiyuri Nagato, who has the same talent that he does, and whom he believes got her talent because she's the teacher's daughter. Unsurprisingly, it's eventually shown that even Nagato dislikes him, making her an example, too. Nagato forgoes honorifics on Asakura despite otherwise being exceptionally polite, gets into a fistfight with him in Chapter V, and barely feels anything when he dies.
  • Renegades: By this point in the Arrow timeline, Oliver has thrown Laurel's addiction struggles in her face twice (including telling her to drink herself to death), been completely unsupportive when she was starting as the Black Canary, and has said very demeaning things to her. Laurel at one point laments to Felicity how bad her relationship with him has become:
    Felicity: He just snaps at you and gets so angry with you. He’s not like that with anyone else. We all see it. I don’t know why, but I want to believe it comes from some place of caring about you. If he didn’t care he wouldn’t be so angry, right?
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    Film 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Thanos is rather abusive to his children but he has a form of twisted love towards them in that he believes he is doing what he thinks is best for them. However, he is infamously cruel to Nebula whom has shown to be a failure to him in that he openly declares Gamora as his favorite daughter right in front of her, is fully willing to torture her just to extract the Soul Stone's location from Gamora, and later declaring that the only reason he didn't kill her is because it would have been a waste of parts.
  • Lake Placid In the fourth movie, Brittany can be acid-tongued to her romantic rival Chloe while seeming mellower around everyone else.
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004): Monica seems constantly irritated by Nicole and unafraid to show it, but doesn't clash with anyone else in the group, and does pull her weight whenever something needs to be done.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter.
    • Snape is a Crueler To One. He's a Sadist Teacher to all his non-Slytherin students, but is particularly nasty to Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom, and, to a lesser extent, Hermione Granger.
    • Like Snape, Draco is a jerk in general but focuses his attention on fighting with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
    • Sirius is normally a decent person, even kind, but he is uncharacteristically vitriolic towards Kreacher, on account of the house-elf reminding him of his horrible childhood.
    • James Potter was considered the Big Man on Campus by most of everyone at school, even if he was a show-off who also indulged in load of pranks. However, he was only really a jerk to one person, Severus Snape, who loathed him as much if not more. Severus despised James immensely, being The Resenter Driven by Envy. Severus was born in a poor home with an abusive father and neglectful mother while James was born in a happy wealthy home. James was not only Severus equal in being a skillful student of magic, he was a successful athlete and quite popular to boot while Severus good at neither. James meanwhile hated Snape due to Snape's interest in Dark Magic, support for Lord Voldemort and his followers' anti-Muggle ideology, and envious of the fact Snape was friends with Lily Evans in-spite of all this. Lily in return did not like James for being a show-off and for how he antagonized Snape. However, given how she went from disdaining him in fifth year to dating in seventh yeah, the common fanon is she actually did harbor some feelings, but she didn't explore them until James grew a bit humbler and matured a bit as Lupin and Sirius explain. In fact, a short memory shows Lily rolling her eyes yet with a smile at seeing James hoisted in celebration for his Quidditch victory, something Harry smiles fondly at when he compares it to Ron having his own victory.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Crueler To One with Alliser Thorne, who picks on all the recruits but has a particular disdain for Jon Snow and Sam Tarly.
    • Catelyn Stark is Cruel To One to Jon Snow. Though she usually acts like a Proper Lady, she can't seem to help being cold at best, malicious at worst, to her husband's bastard son.
    • Tywin is Crueler To One to his son Tyrion. While Tywin has no problem treating everyone around him as pawns, the fact that Tyrion's birth killed his mother means that he is the only person Tywin exhibits outright hatred towards.
  • Inverted with Reva Dalby from the Fear Street books. She is a total bitch with something nasty to say about almost everyone, but is rather nice to her Father and little brother
    • Used darkly by Jade Feldman from the Seniors miniseries. She doesn't antagonize anyone besides head cheerleader Phoebe Yamura (given that Jade feels she should have been head cheerleader instead), with her campaign against Phoebe becoming downright vicious after a while, and Phoebe finding difficulty getting anyone to help her given how everyone else likes Jade.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Captain Holt is a subversion of Cruel To One. In the earlier episodes, Jake thinks Holt just wants to make him miserable, but Holt is actually using a Tough Love approach to making him a better cop.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Principal Snyder is a Sadist Teacher and Child Hater in general, but focuses quite a bit of his venom on Buffy and the Scooby Gang. He's always fully prepared to believe the worst in Buffy, to the extent that he admits to getting "tingling pleasure" out of messing with her. It's to the extent that in the season 2 finale, when Buffy is believed to be a murder suspect, Snyder, despite full knowledge that she didn't kill anyone, lies to the police and says that Buffy is always behind any trouble.
  • Drake & Josh:
    • Megan is a "Jerkass to Two". She is an evil, conniving brat to the titular characters, but acts sweet and adorable to everyone else.
    • Helen, the manager of the local movie theater, is a fun-loving woman who's generally friendly... but for some reason, she sees Josh as an incompetent buffoon and isn't shy about vocalizing her disdain for him. To her credit, however, she does get on better terms with him as the series goes on.
    • Mrs. Hayfer, Drake and Josh's English teacher, is generally reasonable with her students... except for Drake, who she openly hates. While Drake is a terrible student, she often goes too far with her hatred and mistreatment of him. At one point, she tells him he's wrong about what his personal favorite book is.
  • In House of Anubis, Patricia was, at first, downright nasty to Nina when she arrived in the school. Though she got into issues with her other housemates as well, everything stemmed from the way she treated Nina. Eventually, she got better, and even when she went on to be a bit of a Jerkass to both Eddie and KT, it never reached the same level as it did with Nina.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Robin, who is normally blunt and sarcastic but still nice to her friends, tends to treat her co-worker Patrice with extreme hostility. Also a case of Irrational Hatred, since Patrice is a Nice Girl who genuinely likes Robin and never does anything to provoke her.
  • Kaamelott: Perceval is a shining example of Dumb Is Good, but after his best friend's wife pulls a Love Ruins the Realm on Arthur, he always singles her out for childish insults.
  • Merlin: After the first few episodes, Prince Arthur evolves into a benevolent, kindhearted good guy... who still teases, insults, and belittles Merlin nearly all the time. However these scenes are largely Played for Laughs, since deep down he cares about Merlin and is also willing to risk his life to protect him.
  • The Office (US):
    • Michael comes off as an obnoxious, selfish jerk most of the time but it's mostly due to his lack of self-awareness and he really tries to get along with people. However, when it comes to Toby, he's never Innocently Insensitive, as he intentionally and constantly treats him like dirt for no reason.
    • Jim is a pretty easygoing, likable guy, but he always teases and pranks Dwight (some of his pranks are pretty mean). Dwight, on the other hand, is never really nice to anyone, but he's mostly hostile towards Jim.
  • Scrubs:
    • The Almighty Janitor is a Cruel to One example. He makes a point of tormenting JD while leaving everyone else alone (unless he's provoked). He sometimes even uses this fact to make JD look bad in front of everyone else.
    • JD himself is generally a very Nice Guy, but takes an instant dislike to Keith in season 5. He jokes, encourages and has fun with all of his other interns, while consistently taking subtle jabs at Keith. After Eliot and Keith start dating, JD begrudgingly agrees to be nice to him, out of respect for his friend.
  • Victorious: Jade is a Crueler to One example. She has the bad girl attitude down pat, but her vitriol is aimed at Tori, often going out of her way to torment Tori and taking much delight in her misery. This is due to her fear that Tori will steal her boyfriend Beck (especially because of Tori's "Take That!" Kiss to Beck in the pilot which was in retaliation for being bullied by Jade in the first place), and Tori's tendency to get acting roles over her.

     Music 
  • Music/Sublime: "Doin Time" has a line that suggests the protagonist's girlfriend is a type one (loving towards everyone else, but a nasty bitch to him.)

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    Video Games 
  • BlazBlue: Jin Kisaragi is normally prideful and condescending towards most people, but he's more jerkish to his subordinate Noel because she looks like his little sister, whom he hated when he was a child.
  • Danganronpa
    • In the second game, Sonia is a Cruel to One. She's generally a Nice Girl, but tends to be unusually mean to Kazuichi. Considering that Kazuichi is her Stalker with a Crush, it's not hard to see why she treats him differently, but expressing disappointment that he's not the culprit and won't be executed is a very cruel thing to do.
    • Hiyoko, on the other hand, is a Crueler to One example. She tends to be a Jerkass to everyone besides her best friend Mahiru, but seems to be especially cruel to Mikan. After Chapter 2, she becomes highly abrasive toward Fuyuhiko, whom she blames for Mahiru's death, and for a while, he becomes the one she hates most.
    • In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Kokichi is a Jerkass who alternates between saying very cruel things and acting in a dishonest and manipulative manner. Miu, however, seems to get the brunt of his hostility, and is the target of several rather over-the-top insults, which she seems oddly aroused by. Unsurprisingly, Miu plans on killing Kokichi in Chapter 4.
  • Fire Emblem Fates
    • Takumi is mostly a brusque but good-hearted young man, but he's unusually cold toward Corrin, who spent much of their childhood being raised in the enemy nation of Nohr, and Azura, whom he regards as an outsider. In the Birthright and Revelation routes, he eventually warms up to them, even calling Azura "Sister" after she saves him in the former, but on Conquest, in which Corrin returns to Nohr, he only gets worse.
    • Hana gets along well with most of her countrymen, apart from having a rivalry with Sakura's other retainer, Subaki, but is hostile toward Corrin, blaming them for making Sakura sad, even though it wasn't their fault.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
    • Seteth. While not the friendliest individual, he's not as cold to others as he is to Byleth. His supports have him explain his position to them: While he would like to trust them, it's hard for him to put his faith in someone who seemed to come out of nowhere and gained an important position despite not being able to remember certain details, like whether or not their father really IS their father. He does begin to warm up to them after they rescue his sister Flayn. Depending on which route you take, it can even be a case of Properly Paranoid.
    • Dorothea is usually a relatively friendly person, but she's unusually hostile to Ferdinand. Their A support reveals that this is the result of a past misunderstanding.
  • Persona 5:
    • Ryuji's generally a Nice Guy, but he has a tendency to mock or get into arguments with Morgana, who gives as good as he gets. Ryuji eventually goes too far when Morgana's at his lowest point, which, combined with his other issues, causes Morgana to temporarily leave the group.
    • Morgana isn't very innocent either. Out of everyone in the group he has a habit of poking fun of Ryuji the most and calls him a bunch of nasty names. You can say that they are both jerkasses to each other and only each other.
  • Sakura Wars: Sumire Kanzaki is a general Rich Bitch and Spoiled Brat towards most people, but tends to be especially jerkish to Sakura.
  • Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair has Kamen Eiga, who's unusually nasty to the protagonist, Raiko Shinpuku, frequently mocking the latter's gloomy demeanor. It turns out that in the past, Raiko had helped save Kamen from being accused of shoplifting and offered to meet up a week later, only to end up standing Kamen up and returning to Kamen's life a totally different person (both of which are implied to be because of Raiko's sister's death). In the good ending, after Raiko clears Kamen's name, Kamen realizes how unfair she was to Raiko and apologizes. Interestingly enough, Kamen is noticeably ruder to Raiko than Kotoba(a pervert who stalked Kamen's best friend Momoko), and Hiro(perhaps the biggest jerk in the cast, who was planning on cheating on Momoko).
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Tenebrae loves to pick on Emil. Tenebrae does occasionally pick on the others (usually if they say or do something stupid), but Emil gets it constantly.
  • Yandere Simulator: Osana Najimi is a nice girl for the most part, but she can get pretty abrasive towards Taro Yamada (aka "Senpai") because of her feelings for him.
  • Ensemble Stars!:
    • Kanata is generally a very nice, if very dreamy sort of guy, who has a (very justified) grudge against certain other characters but rarely expresses that beyond treating them coldly. Then there's Souma, who he is openly and gleefully cruel to, to the point of holding his head under water so he can barely breathe, while Souma politely begs him to stop. This is likely a result of his very complicated feelings towards him - while he genuinely likes him and wants to be friends, he feels betrayed that Souma returned to Akatsuki even after what they did to Kanata, and still continues to praise Keito.
    • The Player Surrogate Anzu is generally a typically nice and friendly girl to most of the characters, she seems especially fond of teasing and lightly bullying Shinobu, doing things like pulling at his cheeks when he tries to provide her with 'sweet words' in the Halloween event.
  • In Undertale, Toriel is a kind, caring and motherly monster, but she's unusually hostile toward Asgore, warning the Player Character about him. It turns out that Toriel used to be Asgore's wife and queen of the monsters, but she left him when he vowed to gather seven human SOULS to break the barrier, only to choose to wait for seven humans to fall into the realm rather than using the first human SOUL to cross through the barrier and claim the other six, vastly prolonging everyone's suffering of being trapped in the Underground and making him look like a spineless coward in Toriel's eyes who's neither brave enough to properly follow through on his vow nor strong enough to admit that his vow was made as a spur-of-the-moment decision, apologize to everyone for making it in the first place and that he doesn't have enough courage to accomplish it in a more sensible way. In the True Pacifist ending, Toriel coldly refuses to forgive Asgore, but Asgore being shown working at Toriel's school in the credits seems to suggest that they made some progress at reconciling.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Master Shake is already obnoxious and unpleasant in every possible way, but he takes special pleasure in being straight up abusive to Meatwad and very rarely lets up on this cruel treatment.
  • Archer: The title character is known for being a Jerkass to everyone, but is especially cruel to two people. One is his butler Woodhouse, as Archer treats him as if he were subhuman. The other is his submissive co-worker Cyril Figgis, their dynamic is almost identical to a high school bully picking on the class nerd.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: Eustace Bagge is a grumpy, selfish, cruel old man, and an all-around asshole to everyone, to the extent that the episode "Curtain of Cruelty" had him labeled "the meanest creep in Nowhere." However, he's especially an asshole to Courage, constantly insulting him, scaring him, physically abusing him to a degree, and refusing to show him a bit of gratitude no matter how often Courage saves his worthless butt. It reaches a head in "Ball of Revenge," where Eustace gets so sick of Muriel constantly pampering Courage and ignoring him that he arranges a Villain Team-Up specifically to have Courage killed. Of course, every time he mistreats Courage, Muriel is quick to give him a quick whack in the head with a rolling pin or whatever else may be handy.
  • Wayne Cramp from The Cramp Twins is a Crueler To One example as he bullies nearly everyone he comes across. However, most of his hostility is reserved for his twin brother Lucien Cramp where bulling him is the show's Running Gag.
  • On DC Super Hero Girls , Giganta is a jerk and a bully to virtually everyone, but she especially takes delight in picking on Karen Beecher. Given how she's a meek, nice girl, this stands out.
  • The Dreamstone: The Land of Dreams is Cruel To One, it's people are usually messianic and peaceful, and only aggressive towards bad guys. The Urpneys, Frizz and Nug however are The Drag-Along that unwillingly assist in Poke the Poodle levels schemes, while the heroes treat them as Villain Ball Magnets and ironically utilise far more merciless vitriol and brutality on them than even the genuinely evil villains. This was likely an unintentional case of Designated Villainy however, later episodes at least tried to make the heroes only proportionately nasty towards the Urpneys.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Kevin is often seen by fans as the resident bully, but he actually has a good relationship with the other kids most of the time, and is mainly a jerk to the titular characters. Sometimes it's justified, other times...not so much. However, while he is antagonistic to the Eds, he has shown tolerance for Edd and sometimes even Ed. He really clashes the most with Eddy. Granted, given how Eddy is the prime reason behind the scams, it makes sense why he does so and Eddy returns the favor. Hilariously enough, they're both Not So Different from the other, given they both are kinda macho meatheads with short tempers.
    • Sarah is shown to be unpleasant and bad-tempered to the other kids, except for Jimmy, Nazz, and sometimes Edd (who she has a crush on, though more often than not she's a Tsundere towards him - the harsh type). The two people she is horrible to the most are Ed (her brother) and Eddy. Sarah also yells at/insults/attacks Jonny much more than all the other kids and treats him almost as badly as she treats the three Eds.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
  • Family Guy:
    • The Griffin family all devolved into particularly horrible excuses for human beings by the later points of the series, but they focus a lot of their vitriol and bullying on Meg. Lampshaded in one episode, when Meg finally has enough of their crap, the whole family starts to have a nervous breakdown due to lacking their usual "lightning rod".
    • In early seasons, Stewie is an evil Enfant Terrible but is especially antagonistic towards his mother Lois and is constantly plotting ways to kill her.
    • Glenn Quagmire flip-flops between a heartless sex hound and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold but normally gets along with most people. However, from Season 8 onwards, he completely despises Brian and is openly rude to him whenever they interact.
    • Carter Pewterschmidt is a Rich Bastard, but is particularly cruel to his son-in-law Peter.
  • Gravity Falls: Ford Pines is a Cool Old Guy to be around and is enthusiastic about oddities. But his treatment towards his brother Stan is a different story, as he held a grudge towards Stan over an incident with his science fair project that happened years ago, and had refused to acknowledge all the good deeds Stan had done. Though he does reconcile with him in the end.
  • Hey Arnold!: Helga is a complex case due to her Sour Outside, Sad Inside, she's generally curt and abrasive towards everyone, though she obsessively picks on Arnold, largely due to her crush on him that she seems unable to express in any other way. When a therapist observes her behaviour, she very quickly fathoms what's going on just by the excessive amount of time she spends harassing Arnold.
  • Josie and the Pussycats: Alexandra Cabot tours since her brother is their manager. Alexandra is a Royal Brat who's snippy and thorny to almost everyone, but she has special guile for Josie. Josie is the band's lead singer, and also has the arm of Hunky Alan Mayberry, both of which Alexandra covets. Alexandra has no qualms using sabotage and subversion upon Josie, though she avoids The Starscream-level malice and firmly remains the Token Evil Teammate of the group.
  • Kaeloo: While Mr. Cat is rude and cruel to everyone, he mostly leaves people alone unless they really annoy him. His really Ax-Crazy, sadistic side mostly comes out around Quack Quack and, as of Season 2, Pretty.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Chloé Bourgeois, The Bully, is mean, thoughtless and rude to everyone who isn't A) Her parents or B) Her childhood friend Adrien. That said, she makes an actual effort to see that the heroine Marinette is as miserable as possible.
    • Lila is a sociopathic Bitch in Sheep's Clothing Consummate Liar who has no problem trying to destroy anybody who wrongs her, but she is explicitly the sworn enemy of Marinette and Ladybug and will do anything to make her life hell, even become The Dragon to Hawk Moth, endanger all of Paris to bait Ladybug, try to get her killed and in one episode it's implied that she takes over Hawk Moth's role in the future and will/has sent an Akuma back in time Terminator-style to get rid of Ladybug— even Adrien, who knows how bad she is and doesn't wants to be friends with her, gets it that bad.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Susie Johnson puts on a sweet face in front of everyone but Candace, whom she routinely torments for trying to get close to her brother Jeremy.
  • The Proud Family: Suga Mama is generally a Cool Old Lady, if a bit cantankerous, but she can't seem to stand her own son, Oscar.
  • Rick and Morty: Rick Sanchez is a sociopathic, nearly irredeemable Insufferable Genius who isn't shy about proclaiming his nihilism. His especial disdain is reserved for Jerry Smith for being a pathetic son in law and becoming so through impregnating his daughter Beth when they were teens.
  • In Rocket Power, Lars loves to bully and belittle the main Rocket gang. However, being the Big Brother Bully he is, Lars loves to pick on his younger brother Twister the most.
  • Rugrats: Angelica bullies all the babies but seems to take special fondness in picking on Chuckie, the Nervous Wreck of the group.
    Tommy: *angrily* Angelica, why do you always have to pick on Chuckie?
  • The Simpsons:
    • The episode Black Eyed, Please has as its B-Plot Lisa getting a substitute teacher (Ms. Cantrell, voiced by Tina Fey), that turns Lisa's school life into a living hell while treating all of the other kids at her class well.
    • Homer's infamous dislike of his good-natured, religious neighbor, Ned Flanders. Homer can often be a Jerkass, especially in the later seasons, but he holds a large disdain in particular to Ned and even in the episodes where he's friendly to Ned or even gone out of his way to try to help him this hatred comes back in quick gags and in such ways as Homer daydreaming that Ned suffers something horrible or hoping that he ran over Ned... while Ned is in the passenger seat. It's rooted mainly in Flanders' better life.
    • Homer is also this to Bart. He's never physically or (at least voluntarily) mentally abusive to Lisa, Maggie, or Marge (in one episode he's Driven to Suicide at the idea of having been violent to and actually hurt Marge) note  With Bart, it's different, since he often strangles him as a Running Gag, is deliberately neglectful in general, and in several occasions it's mentioned that he has no problem telling Bart that he was an accident right to his face. Bart in return is disrespectful to him and a notorious prankster. Part of it seems genetic as apparently this has gone back to Abe's grandfather of Simpsons men being antagonistic to their sons (though Bart averts with his own sons if one takes the future episodes in canon.) In Barthood, a Simpsons homage to the film Boyhood, Homer (under the influence of weed) confesses to a teenage Bart that the reason they never saw eye to eye came from how Bart's birth forced Homer into maturity.
    • Marge's sisters Patty and Selma are usually apathetic and not a very pleasant company for anyone, however they are absolutely hostile and hateful towards Homer and never miss a chance to insult him or even hurt him. Their reaction to Homer Faking the Dead was buying a tombstone with "Homer J. Simpson. We are richer for having lost him" and in one episode they exploit the fact that because of plot reasons Homer and Marge are not currently married to kidnap him and torture him a la Saw.
    • Superintendent Chalmers really, really hates Principal Seymour Skinner, to the point that in several episodes (such a Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badasssss Song) it's showcased that he enforces George Jetson Job Security on Skinner and his antics whereas he's okay with any other principal or teacher being an abusive asshole that drives the school into the ground (the only three things he considers an absolute limit being getting blackout drunk during school hours, being physically abusive to the students and leading students in prayer).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
  • South Park: Eric Cartman is a Jerkass in general when he's not being The Sociopath, but he likes to rip on Kyle more than everyone else, especially for being Jewish. In the first few seasons, it was often Kenny that Cartman would single out for unprovoked prejudice.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • While Squidward is generally a snide, rude asshole to everyone around him, and has personally admitted to hating everyone in Bikini Bottom on more than one occasion, he's much ruder and meaner to SpongeBob than he is to anyone else. To be fair, much of Squidward's attitude toward SpongeBob is justified, since SpongeBob constantly bothers him and his antics often ruin Squidward's day. It doesn't help that they're not only neighbors, but are also co-workers at the Krusty Krab.
    • SpongeBob is typically the only person whom Mrs. Puff holds a grudge against. Aside from him, she's usually outgoing and friendly to everyone. Like Squidward, it's easy to see why she's hostile toward him, considering the amount of times he has endangered her with his reckless driving and gotten her arrested.
    • While Mr. Krabs has become a cold-hearted, greedy Jerkass who only cares about making money at the expense of everyone else, he seems to have a special hatred for Plankton, making efforts to actively sabotage Plankton when he's making legitimate profits or simply trying to make him miserable. He's at his lowest in "One Course Meal," where Krabs relentlessly torments him psychologically by dressing up as Pearl (since whales eat plankton), to the extent that Plankton is nearly Driven to Suicide, all for the sake of a cheap laugh.
  • Total Drama:
    • Duncan is already a malicious, criminally insane bad boy who takes pride in his label as "The Delinquent", but he especially likes to antagonize the resident dweeb Harold.
    • Heather is a major Alpha Bitch who despises pretty much everyone in the series. However, if there is one person that Heather loves to go after, it's Gwen. Even though Leshawna is another major enemy of her, Leshawna can easily fight back Heather. Gwen, on the other hand, will often take the abuses even though she will retaliate. Heather not only basically threw a challenge to read Gwen's personal diary to the entire world, but she even personally cause the breakup of Gwen and Trent. It should be noted that these actions even disgusts Chris.
    • Alejandro, who is the Big Bad of World Tour, is a major Manipulative Bastard where he views everyone as players in his game. Although he is disliked by the majority of the cast, only a few characters that are at least on neutral terms with him (Tyler, Lindsey, and eventually Heather). However, if there is one person that Alejandro despise more than anyone (besides his brother) is Owen. This is mainly because of two things: Owen calling him by "Al" which is a major Berserk Button for Alejandro since his brother constantly teases him with that name and Owen's overall disposition of being a living fart machine. Because of this, Alejandro took many opportunities throughout the season to humiliate and even injure Owen to the point he managed to hypnotize him on a whim.
    • Scott, The Big Bad of Revenge of the Island, Took a Level in Kindness in All-Stars behaving much more polite towards his fellow competitors and no longer throws challenges to vote them off like he did before. That said he's still mean to Cameron and continues to antagonize him whenever he can.
    • Sugar in Pahkitew Island can be a jerk toward anyone when she feels like it but she especially has it out for Ella purely because she can't stand the latter's overbearing niceness and eagarness to be friends with her. Sugar even went out her way to get Ella eliminated from the show when she tricked Ella into singing (Chris recently banned Ella from singing because her songs always calmed the animals which, of course being [[Sadist Chris]], hates when that happens.
    • Also from Pahkitew Island, Amy treats everyone like garbage but her treatment of her twin younger sister Samey is borderline criminal.
  • In most Transformers interpretations, Megatron is a Bad Boss all around, but saves most of his vitriol for The Starscream of his crew. Especially evident with G1 Starscream, who got the worst of Megatron's abuse, if for good reason since the former was famed for relentlessly insulting, defying or trying to overthrow the Decepticon leader.

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