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"Oh, that is it! Two can play at this extremely nerdy game! [...] "And that's why I like ALL them Star Tracks!"...said Strong Sad, an entire bag of Twizzlers falling out of his mouth."

When the fanfiction writer has a chip on their shoulder for whatever reason, and inflicts misery on a character perceived to deserve it. Often occurs when the character's role is incidental and the writer really just has a problem with the distinct personality type, or if the character is in the way of the writer's pairing of choice. Another name for it is Anti Fic, although this term implies a degree of clever and biting satire. This type of fic is more commonly referred to as Bashing Fic.

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In some circles (such as the Anime Fan Fiction Mailing List), the term "Revenge Fic" can also refer to a story where the characters step out of the fictional realm to inflict some kind of revenge on the fanfiction author for the things he or she made them do. This can be a variety of Meta Fic, and somewhat impinges on and overlaps with the concept of Animated Actors.

If this is done by the original author, it might be Derailing Love Interests or a form of Creator Backlash. If done by a different official author in the same franchise, see Armed with Canon. If this is done because the character is in the way of the writer's pairing of choice, it's a case of Die for Our Ship. Can be closely allied to Oh, Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!.

As a rule, the subject is almost always a Creator's Pest. The Scrappy tends to be the victim of these for obvious reasons. If it's for an entire series rather than a single character, it's a Hate Fic. Related to Take That, Scrappy!, Betrayal Fic, and Accusation Fic.

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An in-universe version of this might end up as a Revenge via Storytelling example.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • There is a fic in which Xiaolang from Cardcaptor Sakura grew up to be a wife-beater, and Tomoyo called in a favor from her mother to have him killed in a hit-and-run. Also, at the height of Eriol/Tomoyo's popularity, it was not uncommon to find fics where Kaho, Eriol's official Love Interest was put through a Humiliation Conga that only started with Eriol dumping her for Tomoyo amid cheers from the rest of the cast. One particularly ridiculous fic said, as "justification" for all the torture, that Kaho was too tall for Eriol.
  • In Death Note fandom, Near, Misa, L, and Light are the most common targets for this treatment (not that the other members of the cast are immune). One notable example is the Continuation Fic Apples Equals Cyanide Equals Light, which is a tasteful and very well-written story. It takes place after the end of the series, following Light as a shinigami taking his revenge against the ones who caused his death in canon.
  • In the Mobile Fighter G Gundam fandom, a certain revenge fic was once written to "counter" or "parody" the George x Chibodee yaoi fanfiction by showing how bad they'd get along if they had to move in together. The fans "loved" it, but technically... it didn't work as well as intended. The pairing bashing and how the fic came from a blatant hater of the couple gave it all away.
  • There are two Kimagure Orange Road fanfics that are infamous in the fandom for this. The first one is a yaoi lemon where Yuusaku rapes Kyousuke for dumping Hikaru and getting together with Madoka, and the other is Revenge Road, where Hikaru goes completely psychotic after the events of the Shin Kimagure movie, murders Madoka by shooting her in the head, and then tortures Kyosuke to death by slowly slitting his throat.
  • A fanfiction called What Chapter 372 of Fairy Tail Should have been, written in response to the aforementioned chapter of Fairy Tail, has Erza brutally torturing Kyouka in revenge for Kyouka torturing her, as well as threatening Erza's friend Mirajane, all in a vain attempt to find out where Jellal is. While Kyouka doesn't get off scot-free in canon, losing to Erza and getting killed by Minerva, one of her other victims, here, she suffers extreme torture that's over-the-top, even compared to what she did to Erza.
    • A similar fanfiction by the same author does the same thing with chapter 321, where Erza tortures Minerva in the Grand Magic Games by ripping her fingers off with her teeth and eating them!!!
  • In The Grinning Snake, a one-shot crossover between My-HiME and Hell Girl written by someone upset over Shizuru not suffering any consequences for her actions, Konoka, the daughter of one of the people Shizuru killed in her attack on First District Headquarters, hears her father identify Shizuru as his killer with his dying breath. After uncovering evidence of Shizuru's guilt and failing to get Shizuru charged with murder or hear any true remorse from her, Konoka enters into a contract with Enma Ai to send Shizuru to Hell, making it also a literal revenge fic.
  • The Samurai Pizza Cats fanfiction Revenge of the Pizza Cats involves the Pizza Cats (as well as Lucille and Princess Vi, because why not) going to America to brutalize and then jail an FCC commissioner named Jeff Blundt (who somehow has control over what's being shown in Japan) because of a law requiring TV channels to air at least 3 hours of educational TV per day.
  • The second variety was both named and typified by the Revenge Wars which flooded the Anime Fan Fiction Mailing List in response to and in the wake of Scott "SKJAM!" Jamison's story Sauce.

    Comic Books 
  • A common accusation made against Fan Film The Death Of Batman was that it was created by someone that hated Batman for whatever reason, and wanted him to die an agonizing, humiliating death. It's just as likely the creator was simply willing to throw him under the bus to make a statement on how a Miscarriage of Justice can ruin someone's life (in this case the criminal torturing Batman).
  • This fan comic is a huge one to Joe Quesada.
  • This is generally what ensues when Garth Ennis is handed the reins of a superhero title.
    • 303 doesn't feature any superheroes... but it ends with the main character assassinating an unnamed American president responsible for the Iraq War (and supposedly speaks English worse than the Russian main character).

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    Literature 
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe writer Lance Parkin once posted one of these to Outpost Gallifrey about a character everyone probably knew he hated anyway, seeing as he turned into a Designated Monkey whenever Parkin wrote him. Yeah, man, way to show that fictional character, spending your precious time writing two novels costarring him, nursing a grudge for two years, and writing a little story about him getting hurt in a nasty way. You sure showed him! Ha ha, not.
  • Spitefic based on alternative character interpretations of Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian Grey is fairly popular. This ranges from playing up and then deconstructing his canonical abusive boyfriend traits to depicting him as a literal people-eating monster (which is kind of hilarious if you're familiar with 50 Shades original inspiration).
  • Tread carefully here, for some shipping wars never die, but merely sleep in their house at R'Lyeh until the stars align. As the canon pairings in Harry Potter became apparent, shippers for other couples (most famously, Harry/Hermione) started making massive numbers of Revenge Fics targeting anyone in the way of said preferred couples - the most popular targets being Ginny Weasley, and a certain inadvertently Trope-Naming sibling of hers.
    • Molly also gets it on occasion, frequently as the mastermind (or at least the potion dealer) behind her kids' "transgressions". In fact, with a fanfic community of that size, nobody is safe...
    • In This World and the Next is a Revenge Fic for all the Weasleys, as well as Dumbledore, Snape, the Dursleys and almost everyone else who's not Harry or Hermione.
    • Knowledge is Power is this for Dumbledore and the Weasleys, of course.
    • Though the story changes few of their actual actions, in The Real Us, Ron, Ginny, Molly, the twins, and Percy are subject to a scathing alternative character interpretation literally every time they're mentioned.
    • The author of Harry Potter And The Invincible Technomage makes it very clear he's not at all a fan of how the magical society as portrayed in the Harry Potter universe functions. While individual witches and wizards are fine and likable for the most part, the general society and culture itself are frequently ripped apart for being ridiculously racist, ignorant, stagnant, and oftentimes arrogantly deluded in its own superiority.
  • Lucky Number Thirteen is this in regards to Christian Grey, though done in a more subdued and realistic manner; he in fact never actually shows up in person and the 'revenge' is more about getting Ana away from his harmful influence, although via Sharon, Christian's controlling, manipulative and sometimes abusive behavior gets thoroughly called-out. By the end Ana is completely disenchanted with Christian, wondering what she ever saw in him, and decides she's going to break up with him, with Sharon saying that combined they have enough evidence of his abusive and illegal behavior to make life unpleasant for him if won't leave Ana alone.
  • Pretty much the entire point of the Whack a Sue LiveJournal community is to call characters a "Mary Sue" and kill them.
  • The War Against the Chtorr novel "A Rage for Revenge" has a lengthy section detailing the Humiliation Conga inflicted on a producer who ripped off his writer. Author David Gerrold thinks that anyone who pisses off a writer is just asking for trouble. "How many stories have you read that are basically about revenge?"
  • Garrett P. Serviss' 1898 unauthorized sequel to H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds, Edison's Conquest of Mars. In this novel Thomas Edison reverse engineers the Martian technology, combines it with a few inventions of his own to build a giant space fleet, and proceeds to fly to Mars with a huge army and beat the living crap out of the Martians with ludicrous ease. The entire book seems dedicated to inflicting as much pain on the Martians as possible, although the characters relent slightly near the end. Due to the lax copyright laws of the time period, Serviss had no legal problems serializing or publishing the novel. Wells did not approve of the book. Thomas Edison did.

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    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • The 2009 Halloween toon "Doomy Tales of the Macabre" is basically Strong Sad, who's mad that everyone else in Free Country USA didn't invite him to that year's Halloween party, and writes a story in which his friends and neighbors suffer various bizarre fates.
    • In the Strong Bad Email "fan club", Strong Bad is subjected to Strong Sad writing SBEmail fan fic in which Strong Sad's shameless self-insert "Twelve-Times-A-Day Man" takes over checking emails, and Strong Bad gives Homestar a massage. Strong Bad retaliates by writing an unflattering fan fiction ("because I have time to say both syllables") about Strong Sad and the Deleteheads in which Strong Sad is attacked by a "sub sandwich constrictor".
  • RWBY
    • A Deconstruction is provided in Weiss Reacts, where Weiss reads one of these fics with her as the subject. It results in a Tear Jerker as Weiss, despite her usual frostiness and sarcasm, is hurt to the point of tears by the fic. Cardin hunts down the perpetrator and gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown for writing said fic, and Weiss gets hugged by everyone, including Ruby, who the fic said would betray her.
    • There is a RWBY fanfic that plays this trope straight: Blake's Revenge. It basically features Blake violently stabbing Adam to death as payback for everything he did at the end of Volume 3. Funny enough, she does get around to stabbing him in the show proper.
    • There's also a fanfic where Salem has Tyrian violently murdered by Roman Torchwick.
    • And a fanfic called The Death of Jaques Schnee where, oh, go ahead. Take a guess.

    Web Original 
  • While fic torturing The Nostalgia Critic is likely the most popular genre in the TGWTG fanfic fandom, at least it's done with love and keeps him in character. Not the case for Beer Enema, which stars an evil second-person narrator mutilating a shell-like Critic whose only personality is being a Pretty Boy with no spine.
  • In the SCP Foundation, there were a series of SCPs that the authors decided they really, really didn't like (and to be sure, the SCPs in question were genuinely very badly written). So they came up with heavily exaggerated stories detailing how the Foundation got rid of them, all involving the Foundation's staff going into Mary-Sue Hunter mode and destroying the SCPs in brutal, over-the-top ways, which became known as "decommissioning" SCPs. After this purge they decided not to ever do it again, lest writers create terrible SCPs purely in the hopes of getting them declassified awesomely. (Not to mention that some of the authors' Original Characters were starting to lean into He Who Fights Monsters.)

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy:
  • The King of the Hill: Peggy's Revenge fanfic by Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadu had Peggy, Lucky and John Redcorn going OOC to torture Hank because he's bad at sex.
  • The main motive for Fusion Gundam is to deal with Marilyn Manson in Final Stand of Death, thanks what he did to their original bodies in Deathbowl 98.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, since there are tons of characters, some characters will have inevitably have ticked off certain individuals, no matter how loved or hated they are.
  • Total Drama:
  • Dakari-King Mykan is infamous for only writing that kind of fanfiction in general. By June 2013 he has written over 150 fanfics, most of which center around him turning lovable characters of shows like Digimon and Teen Titans into jerkasses who hurt or kill their friends, because he is unhappy with the fact certain pairings got bombed (to the point that he claims the Teen Titans finale literally gave him PTSD).
    "I do not like FIM at all... in fact I hate it and wish it were never made... and it makes me angry with all its lies and falsehoods about friendship being magic and the true salvation. Not to mention all the horrid emotional pains it brings me. So I create [My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic] to bash at it."
    • There's also The End of Ends which is this towards the finale of Teen Titans and doing almost exactly what the above described, with the added bonus of blowing up entire worlds just because one pairing came through while his preferred paring sank.
    • He even has a term for this kind of fic, "punishment fic," and has a certain commonly occurring variant. When one character (typically Davis or Beast Boy) doesn't get together with the one Mykan wants to pair him with (Kari and Terra, respectively), the former (yes, the person who got rejected, not the one who rejected him or the one she chose instead) will undergo a Face–Heel Turn and/or die, and the latter will be blamed for it. The aforementioned The End of Ends is an example of this, as is Cyborg Davis (in which, curiously enough, Davis comes back to life and acts the same way toward Kari as Terra did to Beast Boy in "Things Change").
  • The Legend of Korra flash-fic You Killed Me is, by the author's admission, an unabashed one against Zaheer. (Whether or not villains have it coming is likely a separate discussion.)
  • Invader Zim: Gaz in particular is the most frequent target, because of her abuse toward her brother and terrible attitude combined with the fact that she rarely receives any retribution. Zim'sMostLoyalServant and Dibsthe1 are two authors who have published many stories where she gets her just desserts.
  • Caillou, Dora the Explorer and other characters from shows for young audiences get this constantly from their Periphery Hatedom. Said hatedom makes up a lot of the Periphery Demographic of GoAnimate. The kids making the videos with this website hate them for either finding them annoying or even just because they're baby show characters. It doesn't help that the titular characters of many of these shows are basically The Scrappy, especially Caillou. You'd be hard-pressed to find any sort of fanon (whether on GoAnimate or otherwise) that isn't a Take That! toward him in some way.
  • The fridge: Alternate ending (Nicole's Anguish) is an alternate ending to The Amazing World of Gumball episode of the same name, in which Gumball rightfully attacks Nicole after she tried shooting him in the back. This fic is an over-the-top example, featuring all of the Wattersons casually swearing, Nicole losing everything (including losing her job, being disowned by her parents and written out of their wills, and divorced by Richard and kicked to the curb), and Gumball refusing to view Nicole as his mother. It also features an Original Character named Penelope, Nicole's hippie sister who is an Old Flame of Patrick Fitzgerald (they're such Amicable Exes that Patrick named his firstborn after her).
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • In Bridges Burned (Mama always told me that I should play nice, but she never met you), the whole class turns their back on Marinette thanks to Lila's machinations, with Alya disavowing their friendship in front of everyone. Marinette responds by gradually revealing her connections with various famous figures, such as Lois Lane and J. J. Abrams. People that she knows all of her former friends idolized, whom she forces to watch as she arranges amazing opportunities for others — namely, friends who didn't betray her. One by one, they see others living out their dreams, and are forced to realize that Marinette might have helped them instead if they hadn't blindly believed Lila and turned upon her.

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