- In the climax of Dumbo, the titular elephant, now being able to fly, wastes no time dishing out some much-deserved justice on those who have exploited or otherwise mistreated. He flies so low over the circus performance that the clowns and ringmaster have to run and hide from him. As for the gossipy elephants who have been making fun of him throughout the movie, he takes the opportunity to spray them with a barrage of peanuts.
- The Rescuers:
- Brutus and Nero, Medusa's pet crocodiles, end up turning on her near the end of the film, and are snapping at her as she's clinging for dear life on the sinking steamship.
- Snoops, Medusa's much-abused, doublecrossed sidekick, is able to row away on a raft, his clothes in tatters but relatively unharmed, taking a moment to laugh at her predicament.
- The Lion King (1994) has a rather literal example that provides the page image with the hyenas ripping Scar apart at the end. Turns out you shouldn't try to blame your evil deeds on your underlings... especially when they haven't eaten in a while. Even before they got that chance, they were initially getting into position to help him against Simba, before hearing an unknowing Scar throw them under the bus, at which point they angrily back off, leaving him to fight Simba alone.
- Something similar happens to Scar in the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. He, after being revived by Hades, tricks the Hyenas into believing that he is invulnerable. When he's exposed to not be the case by the guests, the Hyenas decide to abandon him.
- At the end of Disney's Hercules, after Hades was punched into the River Styx by Hercules, the spirits that he had trapped in the river (a few of which he had blasted earlier in the movie) dragged him down into the dark abyss of it forever. At the same time, Pain and Panic also manage to get a last laugh over their boss:Panic: He's not gonna be happy when he gets out of there.Pain: You mean if he gets out of there.Hades: Taxi! TAXI!!!Panic: "If". "If" is good.
- The Little Mermaid: In another literal example, during Eric and Vanessas wedding, Vanessa kicks Erics dog, Max in the face when he growls at her. When Vanessa is attacked by Scuttle and some sea creatures, Max gets loose and manages to bite her in the rear end.
- Toy Story 3: After Big Baby learns that Lotso lied and manipulated him into doing his dirty work, combined with destroying his Daisy locket and hitting him during his rant, he picks up Lotso and throws him into the dumpster and closes the door onto him (he even blows a raspberry at him afterwards).
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut has Satan pull off one of these on Saddam Hussein after he belittles him one time too many.Satan: "That's it! I've had enough of you!" *picks up Saddam and throws him back into Hell*
- The Secret of NIMH: Jenner's co-conspirator Sullivan, after being mortally wounded by him, redeems himself by throwing his dagger straight into Jenner's back.
- Space Jam: After the Looney Tunes finally win the big game, Swackhammer starts berating and humiliating the Monstars all the way back to the ship. Michael Jordan asks why they're putting up with him like that. They answer that it's because he's bigger... "bigger than we used to be." Righteous payback ensues.
- At the end of Rock-A-Doodle after the Grand Duke of Owls is struck by a beam of sunlight courtesy of Chanticleer, he's stripped of his powers and shrinks down to the size of a squab, even smaller than his abused nephew Hunch, who takes the opportunity to get revenge and chases his diminutive uncle with his Swiss Army Weapon's flyswatter over the horizon and away from the farm forever.
- Very literal example in The Simpsons Movie. Homer continuously whips his sled dogs, for the most banal reasons, until they get fed up with it and maul him.Homer: Why does everything I whip leave me?
- A less literal example occurs near the movie's climax, Martin Prince, who at this point, appears to have nothing left to lose since everybody in Springfield thinks they're doomed anyway, angrily confronts Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearny, for all the times they've bullied him and proceeds to beat all three of them with a two-by-four.
- The entire premise of The Emperor's New Groove was one big The Dog Bites Back moment for Kuzco. It's also one of the rare instances where the trope applies to the hero.
- Don't forget Kronk turning on Yzma on account of her verbal abuse (reaching a boiling point when she tells him she never liked his spinach puffs). While it doesn't work out like he planned, he does make an unexpected return to help save the day.
- At the end The Hunchback of Notre Dame, after being abused his entire life by Frollo, Quasimodo lashes out and calls him out and throws him to the ground. Frollo can only stammer a feeble attempt at control, seeing as Quasi is much younger, much stronger, very angry, and no longer under his control.Frollo: Now, now, listen to me, Quasimodo...
Quasimodo: No, you listen! All my life you have told me the world is a dark, cruel place. But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you!
Frollo: You don't want to hurt me!
- The stage version features a more book-faithful and chilling variant when Quasimodo kills Frollo by throwing him off the roof of the cathedral. The exchange that follows essentially sums up this trope in just two sentences:
Chorus: Yes you do...
- The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! features three of these in rapid succession;
- In the final battle, Darwin turns on his former crush Victoria after suffering from her manipulation and abuse. He helps the Pirate Captain knock her down a shaft, bringing about her initial defeat and (inadvertently) blowing up her warship, which they were fighting on.
- A few minutes later, Polly the dodo pulls off a literal example of this trope when she escapes from Victoria's clutches by biting her in the eye.
- In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, we see that the exotic animals Victoria was planning to eat are staked out around the tree she's stuck in, holding plates and utensils and licking their lips in anticipation.
- In The Thief and the Cobbler, Zig Zag's bird Phido (which incidentally is a common name for a dog) is constantly starved and abused, complaining throughout the whole movie that he wants something to eat. And when Zig Zag is defeated by Tack and falls into a pit where the alligators begin to eat him, Phido enters the hole and personally finishes off the villain by eating his head.
- In the climax of Monsters, Inc., Boo overcomes her fear of Randall to leap on him and distract him just long enough for Sulley to get back up and grab him.Sully: (to Randall) Looks like you're out of a job.
- In Balto, a deleted scene shows Star the Butt-Monkey who Steele treats the worst do this to Steele. After Steele's lies were exposed, Star tears off his prized golden collar and adds that he didn't deserve it.
- Literal example: Down and Dirty Duck. A used car salesman is seen shooting a small dog as a Running Gag. He meets his end when several larger dogs appear behind him. As he says that he will "kill your fucking dog", one of the larger dogs closes his jaws on the used car salesman, devouring him whole.
- Zootopia: Mayor Lionheart constantly disrespects and mistreats Assistant Mayor Bellwether. It is implied that this is part of the motivation for her conspiracy to turn predators savage resulting in prey animals uniting against predators and ensuring her own rise to power.
- An Extremely Goofy Movie: Bradley leaves his right hand man Tank to die in the burning X games logo just so he can finish the race. Max and Goofy manage to help Tank escape and Max beats Brad to the finish line. Tank then turns on Brad for betraying him and then slingshots him towards the X-Games zeppelin flying overhead.
- The Breadwinner: Idrees tried to pressure Parvana's father into marrying her off to him, and when he refused he had him arrested without charges. Later on, Parvana-as-Aartesh and Shauzia-as-Deliwar take up brick-making jobs, and Idrees, the kiln owner's nephew, torments them for being worn out by the work. After some humiliating bullying, Parvana strikes him across the face with a brick. The sense of triumph is cut short when he storms after her and Shauzia with a loaded gun, fully intending to kill her or worse.
The Dog Bites Back / Animated Films