Top Ten Most Common Reasons People Bully Others

As I make this list I am mostly speaking from personal experience

The Top Ten

1 They like getting reactions out of the victim

If they pick on the wrong person, they could have the crap beaten out of them.

Gimme yer lunch money or ill break your eye!

That is true, because I have been getting bullied by kids all the time. I have also seen it too. :(

They were bullyed first

V 8 Comments
2 They think bullying someone else will make more people like them

I don't get why bullies think that will help them

At my school the bullies hangout in groups. I mean you can't swing a cat at my school without hitting @ least 1 bully or more. and then when you tell someone they act all innocent or make up some lame excuse. - dirkycowboy


Going to some random kid and telling him or her something like "nobody likes you" - MissWinnipegJets

V 4 Comments
3 The bully/bullies have had bad things happen to them in the past

Cyri I get where you're coming from.

No point of doing this because it makes it even worser.

I don't have a dad and I ain't bullying nobody why should I bully someone for my past? That ain't nobody fault I mean I know it can make you feel better but yeah

This is no reason to bully people!

It isn't, but you were probably never treated horribly at home or stuff of that nature. The bullies often try to make themselves seem like they have some power over things. - Cyri

V 7 Comments
4 The bully used to be the target

Still. That doesn't give them an excuse to bully others. That is just plain wrong!

In many cases, someone who was being bullied in the past may eventually become the bully - MissWinnipegJets

I used to be bullied and I didn't bully people after I been bullied...

Instead of that bully doing the actions that he had to suffer,he should be against it - Nateawesomeness

V 2 Comments
5 Bullying makes them feel good about themselves

It is true

There's something the bully doesn't like about themselves so they find someone else with the same flaw and pick on them about it - MissWinnipegJets

How can a person that does nothing wrong deserve to be bullied? I am a pacifist that is nice to everyone. I was bullied from 1st to 12th grade. THERE IS NO WAY I DESERVED IT! Who ever put that on this list is a A-Hole - westofohio

But it makes everyone else angry or heartbroken,they should care for others and not only themselves - Nateawesomeness

V 1 Comment
6 The bully sometimes just loves to create drama

As well as the bullies might like to humiliate their victims.

You know what, MissWinnipegJets? You're someone who I sympathize with. To prove it to you, I'll inform you that other many people have spread rumors about me when I was a student in school. And that likely traumatized me. Therefore, I side with those who against bullies as long as their my types of anti-bullies.

They are just waiting for popcorn for the poor persons reaction instead of leaving him or her alone - Nateawesomeness

This includes spreading rumors just to create buzz - MissWinnipegJets

V 1 Comment
7 Someone makes a little mistake

Don't judge.
Everyone makes mistakes.
No one is perfect.
Everyone is different.
But we are all human beings.

From friendship to feud - MissWinnipegJets

People who be jerks to people just because the victim made a mistakes are just ballsacks - Nateawesomeness

8 Peer pressure

People being peer pressure due to bullying is very sad.

Example: two people are friends. One of them is a bully who's trying to suck the other in. Its like person 1 says "call him/her a name and stop being nice to them or I will not be your friend anymore." - MissWinnipegJets

They want a friend to do a great risk,endangering your friends just because you want them to do the risk,is not a way to be friends - Nateawesomeness

9 Pretending to like you

Instead of normally disliking him and moving on to their friends without being rude, they think it's best to backstab him with lies - Nateawesomeness

It is very sad that people do that. You just don't listen to them because they don't know what there talking about as long as you know you are beautiful/handsome you are special.

That's just sad. How dare bullies pretend to like their enemies just to victimize them more.

This always happens to me. I think I'm friends with someone who secretly hates me and they try to make more people turn against me. So wmy point is on this one is fake friends - MissWinnipegJets

10 It's just who they are

No, I'm naively convinced that everyone is born with goodness. I wasn't a mean person ( was I a bully, not really, I didn't go after anyone in particular, I was just mean) because I'm just naturally mean, its because no ones liked me and I couldn't figure out why. If the world gives you nothing but hate, its all you'll ever give back to the world. I really hope I can be the kind of person to reach out to even the worst of the worst, and bring them out to realize that the world doesn't really suck so badly. - keycha1n

Well, that's a stupid reason. Bullying is never acceptable no matter what. If you claim bullying is who you are, you won't get far in life because you'll make lots of enemies.

In rare cases, the bully is just naturally that way - MissWinnipegJets

Well they need to improve,I'm fine with people being theirselves,but not if its this - Nateawesomeness

The Newcomers

? To be cool

The Contenders

11 The person deserves it

I know someone who absolutely deserves all of the pain this world has to offer. This person has ruined several of my friends lives, and treats everybody terribly. He is a sexist, homophobic pig and if people are ever mean to him, I will not stand up for him. I more likely to push to the ground than ever protect him. This person has had such a negative impact on my life, and I will never give him even the tiniest bit of love or mercy.

Absolutely not! No one - I mean NO ONE - deserves to be bullied. Those who claim that's true are liars.

No way. It's never the victim's fault. - TwilightKitsune

Um, no. No matter what a person does, they do not deserve to be bullied. Even if a person has committed a crime, they should still not be bullied, it is just a good route to take. Getting bullied is not fun. Take it from me, I get bullied every day of my life. I get called a slut everyday and I have had a steady relationship for going on 2 years now. Also, I get made fun of for my weight, and every flaw I have. And, the saddest thing, I get made fun of for being depressed and used to self-harm. Petty, right? Well, I am done ranting. So, I hope every one knows now that it is not okay to bully someone no matter what. And one last thing. If yo want to see results of bullying, search "Amanda Todd story" on youtube. If you don't know who she is, prepare for the cry of your life.

12 The target has an unpopular opinion


I got considered weird by some people for subscribing music promotion channels (Like chill nation, nocopyrightsounds, pixl networks, 1hoursounds) - MChkflaguard_Yt

"I like Kidz Bop."

"You suck because you have terrible taste in music."

Me at school, playing SAO Memory Defrag
Bitchy girl:, you like anime? Go kill yourself! Good thing I don't like anything that dumb!
Me: Yeah, this coming from the one who acts like a slut all the time, dumping boys like trash and spreading horrible rumors about people - Absolite

V 1 Comment
13 They don't have friends
14 To divert attention away from their own insecurities

100% True.

It's an inferiority complex to help or make them feel better about themselves.

15 They secretly have a crush on you

That's reminds me of the T.V. shows "Hey Arnold" when Helga had secretly had a crush on Arnold, she bullies him.

Sometimes people will say mean thinks to you if they like you just to get your attention

16 They're dumb
17 The victim's looks

Bullies must be full of jealousy of the victims looks.

18 They want a friend, but are too stupid to know how
19 They are socially awkward

Even though socially awkward people would have trouble being able to bully but sure. - JakePlaid

20 Not enough love from mommy and daddy
21 The victims are usually misfits
22 They don't know what being nice is
23 Jealous

I got bullyed twice in my life. One right now, but I'm older and call it annoying. The first girl, I have no clue why. We were great friends and she bullyed me. :/ Probably Jealous though. The second, is just like, "Stop staring at me! " Only to me. She is jealous obviously because I can interact with people. Thanks top 10's I needed this!

A tall girl made fun of me for being short. She is probably sick of banging her head on the roof so took it out on me - Lunala

24 Just want attention

So that they can show off to their friends or even siblings

25 They might be sociopaths

Only losers bully others - TwilightKitsune

Okay, valid point. But no reason to hate them. If they physically can't process emotion, that's more tragic than scary to me. - keycha1n

FYI, keycha1n, sociopaths deserve to be hated because they lack empathy towards victims. If you're sociopathic to other people,they'll likely get back at you.

26 Bullied as a child/teen

You do know that a bullied victim would never do that to anyone.

27 For being insulted
BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top Ten Reasons No One Should Bully Short People Top Ten Reasons Why People Bully Reasons Why Kids Should Not Bully in School Top Ten Reasons to Not Bully Top 10 Reasons Rainbow Dash is Not a Bully

List Stats

100 votes
28 listings
4 years, 116 days old

Top Remixes

1. They like getting reactions out of the victim
2. They think bullying someone else will make more people like them
3. Bullying makes them feel good about themselves
1. The bully used to be the target
2. The bully/bullies have had bad things happen to them in the past
3. They think bullying someone else will make more people like them


Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.