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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. Though sometimes the character is a villain who really does deserve some form of punishment but is a Karma Houdini in canon. 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.

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.

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


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Level Up (MHA): The story, via Izuku's Quirk, seems to be geared towards giving Izuku grief more than anything else. His Quirk is a jerkass who spends over a decade belittling him simply because he doesn't know how to use it's extremely complex Reality Warper powers. Said Quirk, Menu-chan, forcibly passes One For All to Itsuka when All Might tries to pass it to Izuku. Menu-chan boosts Izuku's girlfriends abilities far more than it ever does his own. Menu-chan gives Izuku a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, with Izuku's own girlfriends siding with her even when she admits she bullied him simply because she didn't want to admit she didn't know how her powers worked either. Lastly, Menu-chan frequently uses any opportunity to insult Izuku, even using other people to do so.

    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).

    Film 

    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).
    • A notable example: While Lucky Number Thirteen is part of this genre, it's written in a more subdued and realistic manner than usual. In fact, Christian 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, wonders 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.
  • Tread carefully with Harry Potter fics, for some shipping wars never die, but merely sleep in their house at R'Lyeh until the stars align. As the canon pairings 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 itselfis frequently ripped apart for being ridiculously racist, ignorant, stagnant, and oftentimes arrogantly deluded in its own superiority.
  • Pretty much the entire point of the Whack a Sue Live Journal 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, Serviss had no legal problems serializing or publishing the novel. Wells did not approve of the book. 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:
    • Within the fandom, there's the "salt fic", a term which is used to collectively refer to any fic written in the wake of "Chameleon" dedicated to punishing characters that the writer feels wronged Marinette in some form, with common targets being Adrien, Alya, the other members of Ms. Bustier's class, Bustier herself, and Lila.
    • 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.
    • In The Karma of Lies, Adrien is portrayed as someone with an incredibly bad case of It's All About Me with a side order of Willful Blindness regarding the suffering of others, and the rest of Bustier's class is depicted as constantly taking Marinette for granted while also ditching her for Lila. The end result? Their lives get completely ruined, with the class having their immediate futures thrown into doubt and Adrien being left isolated, near-penniless, and Hated by All while the person who manipulated and robbed them in the first place skips town.

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