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Claudia: Wait a minute. How did I become the bad guy?
Henry: You made Uncle Eddie leave. Now I'm going to have a porno birthday!
Grounded for Life, "All Apologies"

So, this guy has been a total Jerkass to you and you've finally had enough and snap. You stand up to him, give him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and tell him off for everything he's done to you. Should be a Moment of Awesome, right? Well, guess what? You were so harsh on the guy that you hurt his feelings. Even worse, your display was witnessed and the only thing that everyone saw was you being mean to him! Congratulations. Everyone thinks you're the jerk instead of the guy you just told off!


This can lead to a Broken Aesop, except that Values Dissonance makes it widely accepted, where being a jerk back is even worse than what the original Jerkass did to you. Can result from being a Bully Hunter. A villain, especially a Villain with Good Publicity, may use this to give a hero bad cred. If the victim of this trope were friends with anyone who witnessed this scene prior to this moment, it probably triggers an Et Tu, Brute? and We Used to Be Friends situation. In some cases, the ones who believed the retaliator is in the wrong may force them to apologize to the insulted jerk, and end up finding out that the calling out they were given was justified after all.

Contrast Engineered Public Confession. Can also happen with Hypocrites who don't like being given A Taste of Their Own Medicine. When it's the viewers that feel this way, it's Rooting for the Empire and Accentuate the Negative. If your own pet turns against you along with everybody else, that's Even the Dog Is Ashamed. Common constructors of the trope are those with Head-in-the-Sand Management especially with a Villain with Good Publicity, or Principles Zealots by blindly preaching peaceful options especially when they are not the solution.


This trope is Truth in Television. Sometimes bad timing means only the retaliation and not the original Jerkass behavior being witnessed by peers or authority figures; other times it's because they don't care what wrongdoings are going on so long as things stay quiet, or there's a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing at work.

There are some tropes that are comparable to this:


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs: Anyone would get upset at the sight of the fiancee being with another girl and would want to protect their lover. Due to her temper, Marie's manipulations, and Julius' indifference towards her, Angelica instead ends up getting people turned against her by looking like a foolish and jealous woman. Thankfully, Leon is able to see through it.
  • Bleach: One episode has Ichigo's little sisters demanding that he apologizes to their cousin Tsukishima after he punches him. That wouldn't be wrong except that Tsukishima is really a villain and he messed with their memories to make them think he's their cousin. So, basically he had that punch coming.
  • At the beginning of Children of the Sea, Ruka is playing soccer when an Alpha Bitch on the other team trips her and causes her to skin her knees. In retaliation, Ruka elbows her in the face. Everyone, even Ruka's friends, turn on her and the coach kicks her off the team because she won't apologize for it while ignoring that the other girl started it.
  • At the beginning of the Myotismon arc of Digimon Adventure, his lackey DemiDevimon tells lies to TK about his brother Matt in order to break his hope. When Tokomon tells him to stop lying, DemiDevimon mocks him cruelly, causing Tokomon to fire a bubble at him. Unfortunately, this was a Batman Gambit by DemiDevimon as TK saw Tokomon strike (not knowing that DemiDevimon started it) and abandoned him along with his crest and digivice.
  • One episode of Freezing sees Satellizer el Bridget attacked and sexually assaulted by upperclassman Miyabi Kannazuki, who wants to make Kazuya Aoi her newest Limiter. Against the odds, Satellizer and Kazuya manage to fight back, only for Satellizer to get in trouble for the equivalent of attacking a superior officer. Adding insult to injury, Miyabi's peers then decide to send the resident Ax-Crazy Knight Templar after Satellizer, while Miyabi faces no penalties for her role in the violence.
  • In one episode of Pokémon Chronicles, an Azuril sabotages Meowth's attempts to woo a Skitty, causing Meowth to justifiably chase him in anger. The Pichu brothers and their friends come to Azuril's aid and blow Meowth away.
  • Wagnaria!!: Inami is so terrified of men, that she instantly punches out any man who is unfortunate enough to be near her, with her regular victim being Souta. Eventually, he gets fed up, calls her out on this, and everyone treats him as the bad guy and acts as if Inami didn't deserve his calling out.
  • One Piece:
    • A crazy situation occurs when the Straw Hats arrive at their first stop along the Grand Line. The crew is greeted by the island's inhabitants with open arms and a party is thrown. After the Straw Hats fall asleep, however, it's revealed that the islanders are really bounty hunters working for Baroque Works. Zoro, having suspected something, was still awake and managed to take them all down. When Luffy woke up needing to use the bathroom, he discovered what had happened and attacked Zoro with intent to actually kill him for being an ingrate to the 'kind people', refusing to listen to Zoro's explanation, believing it to be lies. The truth does eventually get through to him eventually, after Nami smacks some sense into him.
    • For a more heartbreaking example, in Sabo's backstory, when he got into a fight with a boy from a noble family after the latter made a cruel insult, Sabo's own mother, upon learning of what happened, ignored her son's injuries and in fact slapped him before apologizing repeatedly to the boy's family, seeing the social connection as more important than her own son.
  • Late into Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru, this happens to Samart Sirinto when he forfeits his fight against Kaoru Hamada. Everyone was furious thinking he was looking down on karate because it was blatantly obvious that Hamada was no match for him. However, he was just afraid that if the fight went any further he would cause another Casualty in the Ring.
  • My Repair Skill Became An Almighty Cheat: Not only does the "hero" Falcone blame Luke for the loss of supplies due to his own carelessness, but Falcone's backer turns around and accuses Luke of abandoning the hero party and leaving them to die instead, purely to steal the Hero's sword, and when that accusation is debunked, then tries to accuse Luke of killing the hero to cover up a mithril smuggling operation. When that accusation also gets debunked, The King tells the guy, "shut it, you damn windbag" albeit in far more diplomatic terms.
  • Elfen Lied: When Kohta's little sister Kanae tells him that she saw his friend Lucy commit mass murder at a festival, he tells her to apologize to Lucy for accusing her or else he'll "hate her forever". A second later, she's bifurcated by Lucy. This leaves Kohta with a double-heaping of Parting Words Regret, as his final words to his sister were not only that he'd hate her forever, but he called her a liar when she was telling the truth.

    Comic Books 
  • Ultimate Spider-Man story arc "Growing Pains": After Peter accidentally broke Flash Thompson's hand by blocking one of his punches, his parents sue Aunt May and Uncle Ben for the medical costs.
  • In a flashback scene in Watchmen, young Walter Korvacs is being harassed by a couple of older kids because his mother is a prostitute, so Korvacs takes one kid's cigarette and stabs him in the eye with it. Korvacs is sent to juvenile hall while the bully receives no official punishment.
  • Superman:
    • During the Sterling Gates' run, General Sam Lane and his minions Reactron and Superwoman used this tactic against the eponymous heroine over and over again: they harass Supergirl and try to murder her, and when Kara defends herself, she gets in trouble for aggravated assault and battery, and even attempted murder in Who is Superwoman?.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Linda Lee's classmates glare at her when they hear her recorded voice calling them "shallow, petty, mean and bad-smelling". That would be understandable, except that she was venting after spending several weeks putting up with their bullying and their mocking.
    • In the beginning of Strangers at the Heart's Core, Supergirl throws Shyla Kor-Onn back into the Phantom Zone so she does not free the remaining inmates. Shyla gets released from the Phantom Zone later in the story, and she uses the fact that Kara was not legally authorized to send her back into the prison-dimension to claim Kara was just jealous of the presence of another Kryptonian female on Earth.
    • In Superman (Vol.2) #10, Lex Luthor designs a combat robot invisible to non-Kryptonian eyes so that, when Superman engages him, casual observers think the Man of Steel is going berserker and tearing the area down while fighting with no one.
    • In Starfire's Revenge, the titular villainess executes her minion Derek and then feeds his brother Rodney the lie that Supergirl killed Derek due to being turned into a mad berserker by an experimental drug.
    • In The Hunt for Reactron, Sam Lane frames Kara, Chris and Thara for murder and acts of terrorism, sends Science Police K-Squads after them, and then gets his men to record and broadcast the battle, framing it as the K-Squads defending themselves from the Kryptonian menace.
    • In The Plague of the Antibiotic Man, Superman discovers the origin of the contagious disease spreading all over Central City is a shape-shifting creature called Jevik sent by his enemy Amalak. Unfortunately, he finds out that Jevik is masking as a little dog adopted by his co-worker Steve Lombard' nephew Jamie. Hence, when Superman tries to dispose of Jevik, the horrified little boy thinks Superman is going to kill his pet.
  • In the lead up to Infinite Crisis, Maxwell Lord takes control of Superman, making him attack the rest of the Justice League and intending to have Superman go on a rampage that will turn the world against all metahumans. Wonder Woman, after having pleaded with Max to cease his actions and doing everything in her power to subdue Superman without killing him, ultimately kills Max who himself admitted this was the only way to stop his plan. Due to footage of the incident being edited in such a way to make her look like the bad guy, Wonder Woman is shunned by the public for several years and even Superman and Batman, both of whom knew the entire context of the situation, turn on her.

    Fan Works 
  • Bitter Tears: An Anon-A-Miss Fic: When Adagio is confronting the heroes at the hospital, she reveals that she witnessed Flash's ill-fated attempt to get Sunset to open up and snapped a picture of Sunset injuring herself. While Flash was really trying to catch Sunset when she lost her balance, the photo's staging makes it look like he's deliberately shoving her down into the park bench. Adagio gloats about how she only needs to circulate the photo to ruin his reputation. It ends up being averted, though; after the Sirens leave the hospital, Adagio deletes the photo, satisfied with the Evil Gloating she's gotten in.
  • Dance with the Demons: Bruce Wayne is subjected to this when someone shoots Selina Kyle with a poisoned dart during their wedding. As Batman, Bruce has no option but to leave Selina alone in order to search and capture the culprit, leaving people puzzled when they call and are told Bruce Wayne isn't in his manor taking care of his bedridden, sick wife.
  • Loved and Lost: This occurs with Twilight's loved ones at the wedding rehearsal just like in canon. Except this time, because Prince Jewelius helps Twilight in thwarting the Changeling invasion and reveals the heroes' mistakes to the public, they pay the price for it with their reputations and social status.
  • Mean Rabbit: Izuku constantly runs into this problem. Sure, he's pretty abrasive, but given what he has to put up with, it's a bit hard to blame him:
    • Aizawa tries to kick him out of U.A. for being Quirkless by blatantly rigging the results of his assessment test, then punishes five of his classmates for failing to beat him in a rematch? The majority of Class 1-A blames him for standing up for himself, accusing him of selfishly putting his dreams before others and acting like he KNEW what Aizawa would do.
    • Bakugou uses a potentially lethal attack against him during a training exercise? How dare he defend himself and turn his own assault against him!
    • He calls out three of his classmates for considering leaving him behind during a villain attack? While he's already injured, no less? Obviously he's the one overreacting and blowing things out of proportion, and it's his fault when two of them get expelled for it.
    • He calls out Monoma for claiming that he's happy about said villain attack for the 'publicity', pointing out how badly he was scarred in the assault? All the crowd sees is him yelling at Monoma until he's brought to tears.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Ritsuko tampers with Asuka's brain activity until Asuka is driven mad and beats fellow pilot Keiko up, which in turn makes the Nerv's staff believe the Second Child is a psychopath.
  • In Professor Arc, Jaune's family shows up at Beacon, unaware of the fic's events and expecting to meet with the awkward wimp Jaune was before successfully reinventing himself as Professor Arc. To their bewilderment, everything they do to try to bring him back home, especially framing Jaune as an incompetent bumbler who has no business being in Beacon, makes them look like unpleasable jerkasses who hate him for being generally better than them.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act III chapter 12, after Mizore and Felucia explain to the others that Dark's claim that he's only keeping Tsukune alive long enough for Kokoa to repay her debt to him was merely an act to fool the headmaster and buy time to find out how to repair the Holy Lock, they outright accuse them of being Ungrateful Bastards and giving Dark too little credit. Of course, the rest of the gang had good reason to take Dark's words at face value, since he had openly stated on more than one occasion that if he even suspected that the Holy Lock wouldn't hold and the ghoul would roam free again, he would kill Tsukune without hesitation.
    • In Act VI chapter 17, Mizore and Arial get into a fight over Dark that leads to Mizore pinning Arial down and literally beating Arial to a bloody pulp all while screaming at her to stay away from Dark and outright calling her a bitch. It's only after she's beaten Arial senseless and flat-out tells the other girls that "the bitch had it coming" that she realizes that during the fight, she broke into the boys' room and beat Arial to an inch of her life right in front of Dark, who considers Arial his guardian angel; by that point, Dark was the only one in the group who was unaware that Arial was obsessively in love with him to the extent that she nearly killed Mizore in front of everybody in a jealous ragenote , so to him, it appears that Mizore attacked Arial without provocation. With this, Mizore is forced to reveal the Awful Truth to Dark.
  • In Who You Know, Lila tells Alya that she can arrange for Marinette to meet hot new fashion designer MDC. Not only does she not have any ability to do so, she knows that Marinette wouldn't fall for it... and so doesn't even make the 'offer' to her at all. Instead, she insults and riles her up so when Marinette gets annoyed, she looks like she's being unreasonable and cruel.

    Film – Animated 

    Film – Live-Action 
  • In Home Alone, Buzz deliberately eats all of Kevin's cheese pizza then tells him to get a plate as he pretends to throw up, leading to Kevin angrily shoving him and causing a Disaster Dominoes effect throughout the kitchen. Afterwards, everyone blames Kevin for the mess and is sent to the third floor by his mother while everyone ignores the fact that Buzz started it.
  • In Stephen King's It, when Ben is tormented by his cousin Jim over his crush on Beverly, he retaliates. Ben's aunt then comes in to pull Ben off of her son and scold him, not even reprimanding her son when he tells Ben he hates him and he's only with them because it's their duty to house him.
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Sam can only lash out at Gollum's false accusations. It doesn't help (though it's actually the Ring making Frodo be more sympathetic to Gollum).

  • Queen of Babble: Monsieur Henri when he returns to work in Book Three after his heart attack. He's shocked at all the changes that Lizzie has made to the shop, which includes a new cappuccino bar and salmon awning, and says that it's not his business anymore. Tiffany and Madame Henri explicitly call him an Ungrateful Bastard for not appreciating that Lizzie increased their business by 1000 percent. Lizzie understands, however, that he nearly died and is dealing with some reservations about where his life is going.
  • In one of the later Twilight books, Leah tells off Bella for the way she's been treating Jacob. Bella then bursts into tears and everybody, including Jacob, gets mad at Leah for upsetting her.
  • In The Zombie Knight, on Cisco Elroy's first day at a new school, he beat up a kid who tried to bully him, and since they were both unknowns the teachers concluded that Cisco was the bully. The reputation unfortunately stuck, and since then all the good teachers have been biased against him and all the wrong people want to be his friends.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray used to hate playing ping-pong with Frank due to his Unsportsmanlike Gloating, but holds proud memories of the one time he beat him, so when Frank reveals that he let him win, he demands another game to settle the score. Frank wins again and rubs it in Ray's face like he usually does, until Ray tells him that he let him win. Frank storms out in a huff and Marie immediately tells Ray off for humiliating his father.
  • A Season Five episode of Friends, “The One With the Girl Who Hits Joey”, has Ross move into a new apartment. A resident tries to get him to give $100 for the super's retirement, but Ross only just moved in and doesn't feel obliged. Everyone in the building treats him like a pariah.
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Season Six episode "Stress Related", Carlton shows up to give a speech at Ashley's school for Career Day (as their father, Phil, can’t make it,) but everyone at the assembly quickly determines that he doesn't have a job, despite what he says about career success in general. After one student quips that Carlton is a bum (causing laughter among the students present,) another student actually has the nerve to raise her hand to question if that is, in fact, the truth. "Excuse me, sir. Are you really a bum?", she "politely" inquires. Suffice to say that she is genuinely shocked and unprepared when he angrily snaps, "Back off, sister!", but then a third student in the audience has the nerve to stand up for her by calling Carlton out on his "attitude problem" and basically say that he is being insensitive to her feelings, not vice versa. And to add further insult to her brother's emotional injury, Ashley reinforces this trope at the end of the episode when she laments to her father that, while she can understand that he was too busy to make it to the career fair himself, she can't understand why, of all people, he'd send Carlton in his place, further implying her brother's defensive outburst towards that girl was completely out of line.
  • One episode of Good Luck Charlie features Amy trying to get the family prepared for a singing contest. Seeing them underachieving, she uses a fake family in the performance. When she gets home, the family is upset over the deception, but Amy's fast talking results in the family apologizing to her for being terrible at the routine.
  • In one episode of Grounded for Life, upon learning that Eddie had an adult movie shot at their house, Claudia bans him from the house. When the kids find out, they get upset that they'll never see their uncle again. Claudia even lampshades it as shown in the page quote.
  • The Home Improvement "Some Like It Hot Rod" features Jill putting Tim's car outside, only for it to get covered in snow. When Tim gets upset with her, she turns it around about how all the times he ruined her things, she forgave him, only for him to not do the same, ending with her storming out of the garage upset. It's then that Tim realizes what just happened.
    Tim: Wait a minute! You are really good. You screw up, and I'm getting yelled at! You are really, really good!
  • In the How I Met Your Mother episode "Columns", Ted deals with a worker (his former boss) who keeps belittling his ideas and being a jerk, prompting him to fire him. However, he finds himself unable to do it due to circumstances: his birthday, his wife left him and served him divorce papers, and his dog died. Finally, Ted has enough and decides to fire him at last. However, as he does, the worker has a heart attack. Ted thinks he's faking it and fires him anyway. The worker is then carried off in a stretcher and everyone despises Ted, including the paramedics.
  • In the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Alien", the detectives are brought in to investigate a stabbing at a Catholic school. While there, they find that the stabber in question had been the victim of a vicious bullying campaign that the school had done nothing to quell because they wanted her parents, a lesbian couple, to pull her out.
  • In the Madam Secretary episode "The Ninth Circle", the McCords' son Jason is expelled from a Quaker school after he breaks the school bully's nose for insulting his mother Elizabeth and refuses to apologize. Admittedly Quakers are big on nonviolence, but Dean Ward blames the whole thing on Jason without addressing the prior cyberbullying by the Spoiled Brat rich kid, and Liz and Henry McCord are way angrier at Ward than at Jason.
    Liz: If I ran the State Department the way you run this school, the world would be a smoldering ember!
  • Wonderfully inverted in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle. Lois grounds Malcolm for not helping move a couch even though he was doing some school work. Then when the family is forced to evacuate due to a train wreck releasing toxic fumes, she says the grounding still stands and makes him stay on a cot. When he finally stands up to her, she humiliates him in front of everyone. This results in her being forced to stay outside with the others for things they did (Reese creating a black market for supplies, Dewey lying to everyone to get sympathy, and Hal for causing the accident that forced the evacuation in the first place), resulting in the one time Malcolm came out on top.
  • Newhart: Dick hosts a new talk show with bubbly, vapid co-host Buffy Denver (Julie Brown). At a history museum, he gently tries to get her to tone down her giggly airhead comments while interviewing a curator. She immediately breaks down crying, and the curator tears into Dick for crushing her enthusiasm, and shouts "Go to hell, Mister Loudon!"
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard tells Wesley to shut up when he tries to warn the captain about Lore.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • In one episode, Raj has Howard and Bernadette babysit his dog, only for them to lose it. Raj manages to find the dog and decides to make Howard and Bernadette squirm for a few hours. When the pair calls Raj to cover up they lost his dog, Raj reveals he found it a few hours ago, resulting in Bernadette getting on his case about making them worry sick about the dog, resulting in Raj being the one to apologize, with Howard and Bernadette's losing his dog forgotten.
    • There's also the one where Penny finally loses it with Howard and sends him into a downward spiral of self-loathing despair because of the scathing put-down she gives him. It doesn't help that she was pretty much in the right and it's remarkable she waited so long before calling Howard out on his boorish clumsy chat-up lines. She is still made to feel like a jerk by the others for being so brutally candid. She feels she has to go and apoogise. But still ends up breaking his nose.
  • Two and a Half Men features an episode where Charlie gives his mother a Calling the Old Man Out speech but then she turns it around and treats him like he's being a brat.
  • Fastlane: Van's father Ray Ray happens to be a Con Man that exploits his "coolness" to make people drop their guard around him. Van has been around him long enough to develop savviness and keep his guard up, but the plot constantly conspires to make him look horrible when he orders his own father to assume the position for frisking, for example (turns out he got a gun from a contact).

  • In The Monstrous Duke's Adopted Daughter, Leslie Speràdo has been marked as a Human Sacrifice by her entire family and treated like crap her whole life, and she was desperate to earn their affection. After the family servants tied a rope around her neck and tried to drag her into a fire, and her own father, tired of waiting, shoved her in himself with a quarterstaff, she wakes up, in her dim attic room, having miraculously survived. Realizing that winning affection in that household is an exercise in futility, she pointedly doesn't put up with their crap anymore, relatives or servants, and starts pushing back. At this point, the entire household does everything in their power to mark her as evil, or crazy, or both.

    Visual Novels 
  • Downplayed in Double Homework. When Dennis has revealed the protagonist’s video game addiction to the class, he can choose to defend himself. In this case, Dennis apologizes, making himself look good, while the protagonist looks like the jerk. Still, the class remains firmly on his side against Dennis in the long run.

    Web Comics 
  • In Ozy and Millie, Millie has been physically bullied by Jeremy for years, but the one time Millie hit back was the one time her teacher was watching. And the school only punishes what its teachers personally see, even if the "aggressor" was visibly dripping mud water at the time, a policy that the teacher all but admits was born of sheer laziness.
    Millie's mom: Was it painful, having your soul extracted?

    Web Original 
  • Phase of the Whateley Universe tries to help Bladedancer take on a lower profile. Phase gets blamed by the whole school for kicking Bladedancer out of Team Kimba.

    Western Animation 
  • Barney Bear: Barney's hungry cousin, from the short of the same name, for no given reason, gets Barney jailed in the end, via by putting the signs saying not to feed the bears he took down back up, summoning the police, and telling them that Barney tried to feed him, even though the guy spent the whole short stealing Barney's food, and Barney offered him his last sandwich in defeat.
  • In effect in the Danny Phantom episode "Splitting Images". Tired of resident Jerk Jock Dash picking on him, Danny decides to use his powers to get some payback. Unfortunately, he catches the attention of Bully Hunter Sidney Poindexter who thinks that Dash was an innocent kid (somehow missing when Dash picked on Danny), so he takes over Danny's body and sends him to his realm where Danny gets picked on by Poindexter's bullies. While the message in the episode is Comes Great Responsibility, it's laced with this trope as well.
  • Donald Duck in the short "Crazy Over Daisy". Chip and Dale torment him and destroy his bicycle while he's on his way to Daisy's. When he tries to give them their just desserts by using them as a motor for a new bicycle, Daisy thinks that he’s being mean to them.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In the episode "Boys Will Be Eds", Rolf's goat, Victor was attacking Jimmy to get his sandwich, with Rolf trying to pull him off Jimmy. When Sarah came onto the scene, she thought Rolf was attacking Jimmy and pulled him away from Jimmy before he could pry Victor off before beating him to a pulp.
    • The ending of Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show has an inversion of this. At the beginning of the movie, the Eds' latest scam caused massive damage and severely hurt the children, resulting in them being hunted down. After the encounter with Eddy's brother, everyone got over it, except Johnny who didn't arrive until afterwards. Therefore, when he attacked the Eds, the children beat him up.
  • Family Guy:
  • An episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy features Billy being tormented by Sperg. In a rare heartwarming moment (for her), Mandy stands up to Sperg on Billy's behalf, only for Billy to get on her for picking on him.
  • In the Hey Arnold! episode "Girl Trouble", Helga spends the entire episode tormenting Arnold as usual. When he finally snaps and throws paint at her, Mr. Simmons, who paid no attention to any of Helga's antics, gives a forlorn speech about how disappointed he is seeing Arnold harassing another student and punishes him. Grandpa earlier related to Arnold's treatment with his own childhood bully, who he states always managed to turn the tables and make him look like the bully. As it turns out, she was Grandma.
  • A Looney Tunes cartoon entitled "Feline Frame-Up" features a dog that was defending a kitten from a mean cat, only for their master to get the wrong idea and think the dog was being mean to the cat, resulting in him getting thrown out of the house. Fortunately, the dog managed to force the cat to confess the truth in the end.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic two-parter episode, "A Canterlot Wedding" (Season 2 finale). Twilight Sparkle accuses Princess Cadence of being evil after seeing how much of a Jerkass she was being towards her friends. Cadence breaks down in tears and runs away, causing her friends to be upset with her, Shining Armor (her brother) to change his mind about her being Best Mare, and Princess Celestia to be disappointed in her. Turns out that it was really the Queen of the Changelings, impersonating Cadence and the real one was trapped in an abandoned mine below the castle. Because of Twilight's friends shunning her, Canterlot became overrun with an army of Changelings and nearly destroyed, and Queen Chrysalis gleefully points this out.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In one episode, the title characters try to stop a group called the Fluffy Bunch from committing crimes. Unfortunately, the Fluffy Bunch's cuteness makes the townspeople believe the girls were harassing the Fluffy Bunch and they ostracize the girls as a result.
    • In "School House Rocked", the Gangreen Gang are put into Miss Keane's kindergarten class and take advantage of it to bully the children. The girls try to stop them, but their attempts are mistaken for bullying by Miss Keane. When she gives them a time-out during recess, the Gang are free to beat up the kindergarteners in a one-sided game of dodgeball.
  • The Simpsons:
  • In the South Park episode "Dead Kids", when Sharon furiously chews out Randy for not taking the school shootings seriously, the townsfolk get on her case for it and take Randy's side, and then storm off.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "The Bully", Flats the Flounder menaces SpongeBob, threatening to "kick your butt". When he actually does, however, SpongeBob's soft body just absorbs the blows, and Flats keeps punching away until he falls from exhaustion. SpongeBob then gives his fellow students a speech against violence, raising his fist for emphasis. That's when Mrs. Puff comes in, sees Flats on the floor and SpongeBob with his fist up, and accuses him of beating up Flats, then tells him "I'm going to kick your butt!"
    • In "Stuck in the Wringer", SpongeBob has an accident that gets him stuck in the wringer, and thanks to Patrick's stupidity, he can't get out. SpongeBob feels he'll never be able to do anything now, but Patrick gives him a Rousing Speech that he can go on. Unfortunately, Patrick's speech is proven unfounded as the wringer causes SpongeBob a ton of bad luck no matter how much Patrick tries to inspire him. Finally, in the middle of an amusement park, SpongeBob snaps at Patrick, telling him his life is over and that it's all his fault. Patrick runs off crying while everyone who was watching call SpongeBob a jerk and say he got what he deserved.
    • In "A Pal for Gary", Gary saves SpongeBob from Puffy Fluffy, only to get scolded again.
    • In the episode entitled "Plankton's Pet", Plankton disguises himself as a baby to steal a Krabby Patty. However, Mr. Krabs sees through his disguise (and it's a pretty good disguise) and attacks him. Everyone is horrified that Mr. Krabs is seemingly attacking a baby until he reveals it's Plankton. However, when Mr. Krabs kicks him out, a bunch of women that were watching start attacking him and calling him a monster.
  • In the Taz-Mania episode "Here, Kitty, Kitty", Molly found an adorable kitten. Unbeknownst to her, however, the kitten was secretly vicious and mean, and was attempting to eat Molly's fish with Taz being the only one who was aware of the kitten's true colors. Unfortunately, Molly kept assuming that Taz was picking on the kitten and wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations. Eventually, Taz managed to get rid of the kitten and save the fish, but when Molly came up on the scene, she thought Taz was messing with her fish and still wouldn't listen to Taz's explanations, accusing him of doing something to her kitten. The episode ends with Taz being given a bath, which he hates.


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Stuck in the Wringer

SpongeBob angrily berates Patrick for getting him stuck in his wringer and he only made things worse, and in return gets shamed by the crowd watching.

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