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Times where The Dog Bites Back in Animated Films.

  • 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. Guess what happens next...
  • 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.
  • A Bug's Life: Everyone on Ant Island rallies as one and turns the tables on the grasshoppers, after Hopper threatens to kill the Queen and, when that fails, beats and belittles Flik one time too many.
  • Chicken Run: After the chickens escape, Henpecked Husband Mr. Tweedy tells his wife that he warned her about the chickens' organization, then pushes the barn door on top of her.
  • Coco: Ernesto turns out to be responsible for Héctor's death by poisoning his tequila. When Héctor finds out, he immediately attacks Ernesto, making him reveal the coward in him.
  • 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.
  • 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 him. He flies so low over the circus performance that the clowns and ringmaster have no choice but 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 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.
    • There's also 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.
  • Gay Purr Ee: Madam Rubens-Chatte was part of Meowrice's scheme to turn Mewsette into a mail-order bride, but Meowrice cheats her by writing her check in disappearing ink. Thus, when Jaune-Tom and Robespierre show up asking for Mewsette, Rubens-Chatte is more than happy to point them in the right direction.
  • 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.
  • At the end of 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.
  • 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!
    • 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:
    Frollo: You don't want to hurt me!
    Chorus: Yes you do...
  • 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. After Simba throws his uncle off, Scar spots the hyenas...
    Scar: Ah, my friends.
    Shenzi: (to the other hyenas) Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy.
    (Scar reacts in alarm as he realizes, too late, the error of his ways)
    Banzai: Yeah, that's what I heard.
    Shenzi and Banzai: Ed?
    (Ed giggles crazily as he and the other hyenas advance toward their traitorous boss...)
    • Something similar happens to Scar in the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom attraction. 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.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): In another literal example, during Eric and Vanessa’s wedding, Vanessa kicks Eric’s 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.
  • Migration: The trope literally starts like this. An incensed Pam ends up biting the Chef on the nose through her and Mack's cage, fed up with everything he's done to their family, leading to all the other birds revolting as well by pelting him with fruits and vegetables.
  • 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.
  • Next Gen: Partway through the movie, Mai starts using 7723 to realize her revenge fantasies, which culminates with her ordering her robot companion to not only cage the leader of the bullies, Greenwood, but also shoot her. When he refuses to do the latter and lets the girl go out of concern, one final insult from Greenwood provokes Mai to beat up the girl herself with a baseball bat, only refraining from doing so when she notices that the girl is now crying in fear and pleading for her life.
  • 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.
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Big Jack Horner mistreats a Phoenix by painfully stretching its neck to use as a flamethrower, and makes a mockery of the Ethical Bug, an expy of Jiminy Cricket who tries in vain to teach him to be good. When the Wishing Star's map is ripped apart by the heroes, Jack manages to put it back together, only to find that the Ethical Bug has taken one tiny piece, which the Phoenix promptly incinerates. This destroys the map, sending the Star back into space...with Jack on it.
    "You're looking for something? Consider this my resignation, mister!"
  • 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 he is relatively unharmed, taking a moment to laugh at her predicament.
  • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar begins and ends with Iago turning his back on Jafar after one insult too many. Him knocking the lamp for Jafar's genie form into a lava pit — thus destroying him — completely seals the deal.
    "I was a fool to let you run the show/I'm cuttin' ya' loose, pal, look out below!"
  • 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.
  • In the climax of Rock and Rule after Zip sacrifices himself to protect Omar from the demon, his brother Toad avenges Zip and turns against Mok by throwing him into the portal to Hell while Omar and Angel sing the demon back to 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut has Satan pull off one of these on his horribly abusive boyfriend (Saddam Hussein) after he belittles him one time too many, even as he's begging to be saved; destroying him for good and letting Satan reclaim his throne as the true King Of Hell.
    Satan: THAT'S! IT! I HAVE HAD! ENOUGH! OF YOU! (grabs Saddam and throws him back into Hell, impaling him on a stalagmite)
  • Space Jam: After the Tune Squad finally win the big game, Swackhammer starts berating, beating and humiliating the Monstars all the way back to their ship, vowing to make them suffer when they return. Michael Jordan asks why they're putting up with him like that. They answer that it's because he's bigger... only to then suddenly realize; "bigger than we used to be". Righteous payback ensues by way of the formerly-wimpy aliens turning on their abusive boss, stuffing him into a rocket, and launching him back to Moron Mountain alone.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • In Turning Red, this is downplayed. After basically being accused by her mother as being a bad daughter in spite of all of the self-sacrificing things Mei's done, Mei knocks some sense into her raging mother.
  • Up: Dug gets harassed by an aggressive Alpha. Not only does Alpha berate Dug for losing the large bird (Kevin) they've been tracking down, but he also has Dug wear the cone of shame. Alpha also tosses Dug for betraying the pack by helping Carl and Russel escape with Kevin. During the climax, when Alpha has Dug cornered behind the steering wheel of the blimp, he gets his head through the steering wheel while trying to attack Dug, Dug grabs a makeshift cone and puts it over Alpha's head. One of the dogs exclaims "He wears the cone of shame," and the other dogs laugh at him. Thus, Dug returns Alpha the favor by humiliating him.
  • In War Of The Birds, the overweight dove whom Fagin the Buzzard abused throughout the film and threatened to eat her if she betrayed him. In the end, Fagin grabs the main bird Oliver in his claws, the dove has finally had enough and attacks him, causing him to release Oliver. She clings to Fagin's back as they fall to the ground into a hay pile that had caught on fire earlier, burning them to death.
  • 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.