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While the Alpha Bitch, the Beta Bitch, the Girl Posse and the Jerk Jock are the most usual perpetrators, it's not uncommon for a nerd to be one as well. Heck, maybe the nerd was a bully victim and ultimately became what s/he hated for one or another reason. Also, there will often by a Bully Hunter who's ready to tell the bullies to piss off.
Here is a list of some of the most common bullying behaviors related to this trope:
- Theft and vandalism: the victim's belongings are taken away and either hidden, thrown into the trash, ripped or used as "barganing chips" between victim and bully/bullies. In Japan people tend to steal indoor shoes, throw away or damage school desks (often with graffiti or garbage), etc.
- Gossip: bullies spread rumors about the victim, especially about them being slutty or violent.
- Silent Treatment: ignoring the victim and acting like s/he isn't there. The contrary is also true: bullies often corner their victims to yell at them or beat them up, if not both.
- Written threats: in the forms of letters, e-mails, texts, etc.
- Written messages about the victim in public, generally via writing them in the class whiteboard.
- Japan only: placing flowers on the victim's desk, which is considered as an implied death threat/wish.
Unsurprisingly and sadly, it's Truth in Television. In the specific case of Japan, school bullying is such a huge problem that it has led to spikes in youth violence and especially in teenage suicide.
Anime and Manga
- A staple of romance-centered shoujo manga is having the heroine deal with bullies, more often than not coming from her attracting the attention of the local hottie. As such, many examples from the list will fit in this pattern.
- Mars's first volume has Harumi and her Girl Posse pull an especially dangerous version of this on heroine Kira Aso after local bad boy Rei Kashino starts paying attention to her. They accost her in the hallways, threaten her, and then Harumi nearly smashes Kira's hand with a hand weight until Rei comes to the rescue. Harumi gets a smack to the face and a legitimate death threat from Rei for her troubles.
- In the second volume, Kira gets attacked again, this time by another group of girls who hate her for getting a popular boy expelled when he steals credit for her art. Shockingly, it's Harumi who puts a stop to it this time, telling the girls that such behavior is embarrassing for high school seniors.
- Peach Girl has Momo being harassed because, as a Dark-Skinned Blonde, she's mistaken for a Ko-Gal and therefore believed to be slutty.
- Oniisama E should be renamed as "School Bullying: the Manga". Nanako Misonoo is a victim of near EVERY single tactic in the book (and not only from Alpha Bitch Aya and her Girl Posse) as soon as she's chosen to be a member of the Sorority aka her school's Absurdly Powerful Student Council despite not being from a rich family (she's "merely" middle-upper class) AND having just come into the Elevator School itself. By extension, her first school friend Mariko is also targeted by Aya, though in her case it's because she defends Nanako AND for It's Personal reasons.
- Another candidate to "School Bullying: the Manga" is Hana Yori Dango, where the F4 Clique run by the male lead Tsukasa and his buddies (Akira, Soujirou and Rui) pretty much rules the student body and can single-handedly lead them to bully anyone they want. The action is kicked off when the female lead Tsukushi decides to not only stand up for one of their victims, but to beat up Tsukasa in public - Tsukasa, who until then had near always gotten his way, is both furious and intrigued by Tsukushi from then on, and they engage in massive Belligerent Sexual Tension...
- In the Boarding School arc of Candy Candy, Candy is bullied not just by Alpha Bitch Eliza and her Girl Posse, but by Neil and his buddies, and occasionally others take part of it. I.e., when Candy arrives at Saint Paul Academy she doesn't know about the dress code rules (wearing a black uniform in Sundays instead of the standard white one) and is cruelly mocked by everyone and ESPECIALLY the aforementioned group when she shows up in the normal white uniform. (Not helped by the vey strict nuns refusing to let her change clothes). Eliza spreads Malicious Slander about Candy among the students (which causes some friction with her roommate Patricia at first), and later Neil and his friends trick her into going to the woods and then corner her, verbally harassing her until Terry shows up to set things straight.
- Tokyo Babylon has a case featuring a girl named Hashimoto, who is totally ignored by her classmates when they're not treating her like shit. She first appears when the class is organizing a trip; she sits alone, and when the teacher asks the other students if someone will join her, nobody wants to.
- In X 1999, Yuzuriha was harassed at her former school because her classmates couldn't see her dog spirit Inuki and thought he was her illusionary friend, so they bullied her over it.
- Kodomo no Omocha:
- At the start of the story, Akito Hayama and his friends are the bullies and at some point they almost drown Sana's friend Mami when she accidentally presses Akito's biggest Berserk Button. Sana Kurata decides to call Akito out on his shit, which causes Akito to fixate on her.
- Later, Sana gets bullied more than once by other people, especially Naozumi's fangirls. At least once she's cornered and has her clothes slashed, which reveals her Modesty Shorts.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena:
- The entire plot is kicked off by Saionji pinning Wakaba's love letter to him on the board and getting the other students to read it out loud and laugh at it. Poor Wakaba is in tears, understandably, and a pissed-off Utena challenges Saionji to a fight as revenge for her friend. And in the process, she "gains" Anthy. It turns out that Anthy was the one who pinned up the letter, to manipulate Saionji and Utena into a duel and bring Utena into her brother Akio's plot.
- Nanami does this to Anthy in the third episode, via sending her a dress made of water-soluble material that melts when she splashes Anthy during a school party, which nearly leaves her naked in front of a crowd. Utena rescues her by making a dress from a tablecloth for her, and from that episode onward Nanami is Anthy's personal butt monkey for various animal-related traumas.
- Earlier in that particular episode, Anthy gets cornered and smacked around by Nanami's Girl Posse, who blame her for Saionji being in a snit after losing the duel to Utena.
- Nanami pulls this again on her Beta Bitch Keiko for daring to share her umbrella with Touga, Nanami's older brother. She gets the rest of their group to ignore her and kicks her out of all clubs and activities, causing Keiko to snap and become a Black Rose duelist.
- Nanami herself later becomes a victim when it gets out that she and Touga apparemtly aren't actually related, causing everyone to ignore her and Keiko to get revenge by finally seducing Touga where Nanami can see and hear them. When Nanami protests, Keiko gives her one hell of an Armor-Piercing Slap.
- Fruits Basket:
- The title of the manga itself comes from a bullying-related incident that happened to Tohru Honda, the protagonist. Fruits Basket Turnover is a child's game based on assigning fruits names to the players and calling them up by turns. Tohru was always called "onigiri" alias "rice ball", and soon she realized that since she'd never be called forth, the kids did that to bully her.
- In highschool, Tohru is harassed by the Alpha Bitch Motoko and her Girl Posse for being close friends with the very popular Yuki Sohma, whom the girls idolize and adore... though Tohru's best friends, Arisa and Saki, do their best to protect her. They go as far as rigging the cast for a School Play that Tohru and Yuki are supposed to be in, and as Tohru's friends try to undo this "damage", Hilarity Ensues.
- Yuki's cousin Kisa Sohma is a middle schooler whose uncommon hair color upsets her classmates, who subject her to the "silencing" tactic: they refuse to speak to her, then mock her if she ever says anything. That's why she becomes a Cute Mute until Tohru reaches for her.
- In the brief sequel Fruits Basket Another, the Tohru expy Sawa Mitoma was bullied as a little girl by kids who isolated her and told her she was annoying to her very face. This is why she's a huge Nervous Wreck.
- Kimi to Boku: In episode seven of season one, Rina Takahashi's "friends" were cruel to her behind her back and pretty much pushed her to confess her feelings to Yuuta so she'd be rejected and they'd be able to mock her. They were surprised when Yuuta took her in instead.
- In Kare Kano, Alpha Bitch Maho and her friends lead the whole class into doing this to Yukino after it's revealed that she's not the "perfect girl" she pretends to be at school. And a short while later, Maho is at the receiving end.
- In Little Busters!, Takamiya had a grudge against Yukio so she and her friends decided to harass Yukio via targeting her friends. They were stopped when Yukio got so angry that she confronted them in public.
- Black Rock Shooter (anime) Yuu suffers from this on the hands of her classmates.
- Bleach has Ichigo and Chad being bullied over looking like Japanese Delinquents, and Orihime being harassed over her hair color to the point that she's "given" a Traumatic Haircut.
- Many sports manga will feature the protagonists being bullied by their club sempais. It's even a plot point in The Prince of Tennis - TWICE: first Tezuka got his infamous injury when he stood up for his fellow first-years and a senior hit him with his racket on his elbow and it also turns out the current Fudomine team members were horribly bullied by their seniors until Kippe Tachibana showed up
- In Hajime no Ippo, a child Takeshi Sendoh one was beaten up by older kids for trying to protect his classmates from them. The next day he beat them up with a bat, and from then on he became a Japanese Delinquent to stand up against harassers.
- Bullying is sometimes used in Detective Conan as a cause for murder:
- At least one grieving parent has killed a younger person for causing the suicide of their child through bullying.
- A Filler case is about Sonoko's friend Eimi Chikara and her classmates, who have been subjected to bullying by some mysterious enemy. The tactics include Eimi's pigtails being forcibly cut, a girl name Megumi drinking juice that has been tampered with, another girl named Chie having toy spiders put in her stuff, etc. Conan, Ran and Sonoko find out that the culprit is Eimi, who is doing it out of revenge after her crush Yuuto subjected her to a cruel Prank Date; she intends to conclude it by killing herself and making it look like Yuuto killed her. They manage to reach for Eimi before she concludes her plan and stop her.
- The trope also takes place in the backstory of the "Naniwa Swordsman" case. The members of an Osakan university's kendo team pulled hazing (bullying tactics as a part of an "initiation rite") on the freshmens who wanted to get in, but one of the newbies died. The one who accidentally killed the poor kid threatened the team to publicly release the information and discredit the team everyone if they sought to kick him out, so one of his classmates decided to kill him because he refused to have his public image in the kendo team ruined.
- In Yu Yu Hakusho, being bullied pushes Kiyoshi "Seaman" Mitarai into becoming a member of Sensui's group. There's a flashback in which he's seen being beaten up and mocked by his classmates.
- In the Captain Tsubasa J series, when Yayoi Aoba was the New Transfer Student in Musashi Elementary School, her classmates bullied her. When she had a near breakdown in public over someone placing a frog in her school things, Jun Misugi stood up for her. She became the soccer team's Cute Sports Club Manager as her way to thank him.
- In Kyojin no Hoshi, a scene from the 2002 OAV's featuring Mitsuru Hanagata and his Love Interest Akiko explains that, when he lived in England as a child and attended a school for rich boys, he was severely bullied by his classmates.
- The protagonist and Mitsuru's eventual brother-in-law Hyuuma Hoshi was harassed by other kids for his training harness, and in fact he met the aforementioned Mitsuru when he witnessed the harassment and stepped in to stop it. During his first days in Seiun Academy Hyuuma also was bullied by Chuuta Ban, but when he passed the other's challenges, they became fast friends.
- In Private Actress, the junior-high student Fuyuka Sakuragi dies mysteriously in her Boarding School and it turns out she was heavily bullied by the local Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse before her death (ie, she was a talented artist and her sketchbooks were ripped and stepped on, she could not make phone calls without being spied on, etc). The protagonist infiltrates the school to gather information and see if the bullies actually had something to do with Fuyuka's demise. Yes, they did. Fuyuka at first was in good terms with the girls, but witnessed the Alpha Bitch Kanna's murder of an older student (who was The Rival to her in the Drama Club) and was intending to report her to the police no matter what, so Kanna and her "friends" all but bullied her to death.
- When Veronica Madaraki from Franken Fran stays for a month in an all girl's school, the girls (save for one, Yura) bully the Hell out of her.
- In Wandering Son Shuichi Nitori is a trans girl who became aware of it rather early in her life, so she's often bullied by other students.
- The Sentai OAV Gakuen Tokusou Hikaruon has a young man named Hikaru Shihoudo (the titular Hikaruon) infiltrating a local highschool to investigate the suicides of several students, which are linked to bullying.
- Seen in many, MANY Lifetime Movies featuring teenagers.
- In the Soap Opera Oshin, a little Oshin is subjected to this when she tries to go to school in Yamagata, since she's a farm girl who also has to take care of her boss's baby. She gives up going there, and later she learns to read and write thanks to a man named Shunsaku whom she has an Intergenerational Friendship with.
- Decades later, Oshin's son Nozomi is heavily bullied at school when it's revealed that he's adopted.
- Boys Before Flowers, the K-drama version of Hana Yori Dango, begins when the heroine Jan-Di (Tsukushi) stops a rich boy from taking his own life. It turns out the boy has been horribly bullied at his elite school, so the school authorities give Jan-Di a scholarship to try hushing the bad press that the institution itself is getting over the incident.
- In CSI: Miami, a boy who's bullied at school has to be talked down from hanging himself.
- In Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Sena Kashiwazaki's Rich Bitch attitude comes from being subjected to this. She's smart, good looking, athletic, well-stacked, seemingly popular with the boys and the daughter of the school principal/owner... which causes other girls to develop jealousy and therefore isolate her, as well as spread rumors about her to make her look bad and make themselves feel better. Kodaka points this out in the first episode when she introduces herself formally.
- Harry Potter:
- The bullying that Luna Lovegood faced sounds a LOT like this. She specifically says that her Ravenclaw classmates used to hide her stuff and force her to look for it, and also gave her Embarrassing Nicknames (like "Loony Lovegood"). Apparently, Ginny Weasley was her Only Friend for years until she joined Harry's group.
- A Ravenclaw girl named Myrtle Warren (aka "Moaning Myrtle") was bullied for her looks by her house mates, and once she hid in the girls' bathroom to hide from the Alpha Bitch Millicent. Then the Chamber of Secrets was opened, a Basilisk was released near the bathrooms, and Myrtle had the terrible luck of looking at it...
- Severus Snape was on both ends of this, as he was bullied by then-Jerk Jock James Potter but also was a member of a school gang whose members, Snape included, would become Death Eaters..
- A girl named Mei Misaki is so completely ignored by her classmates that a transfer student named Kouichi Sakakibara isn't even sure she isn't a ghost. Turns out that this is less about bullying (save for Izumi, the classmates don't super mind Mei as a person) and is actually is a countermeasure against a curse that affects the class, and by talking to her, Kouichi unknowingly unleashed supernatural death upon the other students.
- In the original novel, Kouichi himself was bullied in his former school in Tokyo because he shared his surname with an infamous teenage killer.
- In Tokimeki Memorial, when a player commits the mistake of having the Player Character focus only on the chosen Love Interest and ignore all the other potential girlfriends, they will get so jealous that they'll become all too willing to use "bombs", aka weaponizing the "rumors tactics" towards the PC. If the player doesn't take measures to defuse those bombs, they will explode, heavily damaging relationships with all the characters the PC knows. It's very hard to recover from a gone-off bomb with regular characters, and an essential Game Over with Nintendo Hard characters such as Shiori Fujisaki or Kei Hazuki.
- Persona 2 reveals that both Lisa Silverman and Eikichi Mishina were harassed as kids, which explains a lot about their behavior.
- In Persona 3 Portable, the Female Protagonist can befriend an older girl named Saori Hasegawa who's bullied by other students (especially via the gossip tactic)
- Persona 4 has Kanji Tatsumi, who is bullied (espeically by girls) for having what's seen as "unmanly" hobbies like knitting and sewing. In his first scene, he's also falsely accused of being a bully.
- Persona 5 has Shinya Oda being harassed due to his No Social Skills.
- The Dangan Ronpa franchise, set in very... special schools, features MANY cases of bullying. Students like Touko Fukawa, Chihiro Fujisaki, Mikan Tsumiki and Kazukichi Souda have been at the receiving end for it.
- In School Days, Makoto hates bullying. Whether he's a Jerkass or a Nice Guy, he will ALWAYS despise it to no ends.
- One of the most important plot deals is how one of two the principal love interests in the game, Kotonoha Katsura, is constantly and severely bullied by the local Alpha Bitch Otome and her Girl Posse. Heck, one of Kotonoha's prospect routes is so made of this trope that if Makoto does NOT stand up for her, she will snap massively and murder his other main prospect girl, Sekai Saionji.
- One of the spin-off games, Cross Days, is from the perspective of Kotonoha's classmate Yuuki Ashikaga, who's among the few who tries to help Kotonoha deal with the bullying. His friend and potential girlfriend Roka Kitsuregawa is also being bullied by Otome and Co., though that's because Otome's dad cheats on Otome's mother with Roka's mom, so Otome hates Roka by association.
- Yume Miru Kusuri features this, especially in Aeka Shiraki's route since she AND the Player Character are targeted for bullying by the local Alpha Bitch, Kyouka.
- The Prince of Tennis Dating Sim Gakuensai no Oujisama has the Player Character being bullied if she's a Hyoutei student and the chosen boyfriend is Keigo Atobe. If Atobe finds out he's upset at the girl for not telling him about it, and can even protect her from the bullies.
- Katie Holt aka Pidge from Voltron: Legendary Defender was at the receiving end of school bullying before being a Paladin, with her classmates calling her a nerd and laughing at her when she was excited about something scientific.
- Lisa Simpson got the silent treatment in variety in "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson," when she was struggling with a practice machine gun at military school. Later, when she slips and almost falls during a dangerous final test, the other cadets are yelling for her to fall to her death! Luckily, this leads to a moment of awesome when Bart alone tells her she can do it, and it helps her get right back to the task and finish the exam with flying colors.
- The girls of South Park Elementary did this to poor Bebe Stevens when she developed breasts earlier than any of them and the boys started fawning over her. They spread rumors about her being a slut and started excluding her from their activities.
- Cartman tries to pull this on Wendy in a later episode, writing a book about what a whore she is to force her to give up her position as Student Council President. Only a small group of kids believe him, Wendy's boyfriend Stan has a fit, and Wendy just rolls her eyes and tries to ignore Cartman's bullshit. The worst anyone does is Butters coming over to her house and peeing all over her front door, to which Wendy and her father's reaction is a Flat What.