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Bully
Bully frontcover.jpg
Cover art for the PlayStation 2 version of Bully.
Developer(s) Rockstar Vancouver (PS2)
Rockstar New England (Xbox 360, PC)[1]
Rockstar Toronto (Wii)
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Bethesda Softworks (Japan)[2]
Engine RenderWare (PS2)
Gamebryo (PC, Xbox 360, Wii)[3]
Version 1.03 (Xbox 360), 1.200 (PC) .[4]
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Wii
Xbox 360
Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 2

NA 17 October 2006
EU 25 October 2006
AUS 27 October 2006[5]
Wii, Xbox 360
NA 4 March 2008
UK 7 March 2008[6]
Microsoft Windows
NA 21 October 2008
EU 24 October 2008[7]

Genre(s) Action/Adventure, Sandbox
Mode(s) Single-player (PS2, Wii, Xbox 360), multiplayer (Wii, Xbox 360)
Rating(s) BBFC: 15
CERO: C (15+)
ESRB: T
GRB: 12
OFLC: M
OFLC: R13
PEGI: 16+
USK: 16
Media DVD-ROM (PlayStation 2), Wii Optical Disc (Wii), DVD-DL (Xbox 360), Download (Steam)
Input methods Keyboard and Mouse, Gamepad, Wii Remote and Nunchuk

Bully, also known as Canis Canem Edit outside of North America (Latin for "Dog Eat Dog") for the PAL PlayStation 2 version,[8] is a third person action-adventure video game released by Rockstar Vancouver for the PlayStation 2 on 17 October 2006 in North America, and 25 October 2006 in the United Kingdom. An Xbox version was planned but was canceled for undisclosed reasons.[9] The game was re-released as Bully: Scholarship Edition on 4 March 2008 for the Wii and Xbox 360 and 24 October 2008 on PC (this name is retained in the PAL releases). The PlayStation 2 version of the game is also available in the United States as a special edition that includes a limited edition comic book and a dodgeball of the same style as the ones used in the game, with the word "Bully" embossed on it.[10]

Contents

Gameplay

Bully is a sandbox game set in a school environment. The player takes control of teenage rebel James "Jimmy" Hopkins, who from the opening cutscene is revealed to be a difficult student with a disruptive background. The game concerns the events that follow Jimmy being dropped off at Bullworth Academy, a fictional New England boarding school. The player is free to explore the school campus in the beginning and, later on in the game, the town, or to complete the main missions. The game makes extensive use of minigames. Some are used to earn money, others to improve Jimmy's abilities or get new items.

School classes themselves are done in the form of minigames, broken into five levels of increasing difficulty. Each completed class brings a benefit to gameplay. English, as an example, is a word scramble minigame, and as Jimmy does well in this minigame, he learns various language-skills, such as the ability to apologize to police for small crimes. Chemistry also an example, is a button pushing minigame, and if Jimmy does well, he gains the ability to create firecrackers, stink bombs, and itching powder at his chemistry set in his room at the dorm.

Jimmy has a multitude of weapons available, although they tend to run along the lines of things a school boy might actually attain, such as a slingshot, bags of marbles, itching powder, fire crackers, stink bombs, and, later in the game, a bottle rocket launcher and the spud cannon, a firearm that launches potatoes. Although fighting is an integral part of the game, violence against girls, smaller kids, the public, or authority figures generally has swift and severe consequences. Jimmy can get busted by the prefects, teachers, police and even the public (by holding him down onto the floor and waving to get the police).

Jimmy also has an assortment of vehicles to operate — mainly a skateboard, but also a scooter, a go-kart, a lawn mower (for money, and also to complete a detention and, towards the end of the game, some missions), and various bicycles. By passing shop classes, Jimmy can build increasingly high-performance BMX bikes, and use them in either races or a bike park. The player can also alter Jimmy's physical appearance to their liking by purchasing new clothes, haircuts, or even tattoos.

Plot

Chapters

  • Chapter 1: Making New Friends and Enemies: Jimmy arrives at Bullworth Academy and immediately runs into trouble with the Bullies.
  • Chapter 2: Rich Kid Blues: Jimmy is now more popular, but he must deal with the spoiled Preppies.
  • Chapter 3: Love Makes the World Go Around: As Christmas time comes around the corner, Jimmy gets mixed in with the love affairs of Johnny Vincent, leader of the Greasers, and his promiscuous girlfriend Lola.
  • Chapter 4: A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body and Other Lies: Jimmy decides to take on the Jocks, but he first needs to convince the Nerds to help him.
  • Chapter 5: The Fall and Rise of Jimmy Hopkins, Aged 15: After Jimmy becomes king of the school, bad things start to happen. Jimmy must find who is behind it and stop him before someone gets hurt or killed.
  • Chapter 6: Endless Summer: Jimmy can tie up any loose ends, such as finishing races, finding collectibles, exploring Bullworth town etc.

Setting

The game takes place at Bullworth Academy, a fictional independent boarding school in the New England area of the United States. The school is located in the fictional town of Bullworth which is in same fictional universe as the Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt series. The town is split into four separate boroughs plus the school, which are unlocked individually as the player progresses through the game. The town has different shops and has medical centers as well as a police stations in the different boroughs of the town. There are some factories in the town like a tool factory, a meat packing plant and a chemical plant as well as a retirement home and a asylum. There are gangs all over the town, but they are not dangerous. The town also sits right next to a lake.

Artwork of Jimmy Hopkins, the main character (left) and Gary Smith, the main antagonist (right).

Main characters

Main Page: List of characters in Bully

  • Jimmy Hopkins (voiced by Gerry Rosenthal): James "Jimmy" Hopkins is a 15 year old boy and the main protagonist of Bully. Jimmy comes from a troubled background, having been expelled from every school he ever attended, for a wide variety of offenses. His mother has just started her sixth marriage, this one with a man old enough to be Jimmy's grandfather. Unwilling to deal with Jimmy, they dump him on the steps of Bullworth Academy before leaving for a year-long honeymoon cruise. Stuck in a school where everyone wants to beat him up, Jimmy has no choice but to fight his way through all the cliques. Jimmy was designed to be an 'everykid'. Lead Producer of Bully, Jeronimo Barerra, claimed that what he wanted to do with Bully was to recreate the state of being a kid, and to make it fun.[11] Parallels were also made between Jimmy and Holden Caulfield, the main character of Catcher in the Rye.[12] Jimmy and Holden share a background of a difficult homelife and being thrown out of multiple private schools. Jimmy even uses Holden's favorite derogatory term, "phony", to describe his new stepfather.[13]
  • Gary Smith (voiced by Peter Vack): The main antagonist of the game, Gary is described by other characters as a sociopath.[14] He admits that he suffers from attention-deficit disorder. He considers himself smarter and better than everyone,[15] and wants to run the school. Initially Jimmy's friend, he turns on him early in the school year and spends the rest of the game behind the scenes, manipulating the cliques into fighting Jimmy for him. He finally fights Jimmy in a head to head confrontation in the game's final story mission, where he is knocked out after falling into Dr. Crabblesnitch's office and promptly expelled. Gary also serves as the second player in the multiplayer mode of Scholarship Edition.
  • Pete Kowalski (voiced by Matt Bush): Pete, usually called "Petey", is a shy, smaller than average student who has trouble fitting in with any group and making friends. Pete is the second student to introduce himself to Jimmy, and becomes the closest thing to a friend Jimmy has at Bullworth. The two of them and Gary form a friendship of sorts, although Gary picks on Pete constantly. When Gary turns on Jimmy, Pete stays loyal to Jimmy and continues to for the rest of the school year. Although he doesn't have physical capabilities matching Jimmy's, he has a good tactical mind, and his advice helps Jimmy throughout the course of the game, such as helping Jimmy make a fair fight in the Johnny Vincent boss level by using a crane to take away Johnny's bike. After Gary is expelled, he becomes the new head student.
  • Dr. Crabblesnitch (voiced by Ralph Gunderman): The pompous principal of Bullworth Academy and all-around killjoy, Crabblesnitch believes that "rehabilitating" problem children is his calling in life. Crabblesnitch was originally introduced as the main nemesis,[16] a corrupt, authoritarian bully. The character was changed by the time the game was released, leaving Crabblesnitch more self-righteous and oblivious than malignant. Crabblesnitch refers to the bullying taking place as "school spirit". He refuses to hear ill of his staff, even expelling Zoe for complaining about the gym teacher Mr. Burton hitting on her. He does, however, take appropriate action when confronted with undeniable truth, and fires Mr. Burton (Gym), and Mr. Hattrick (Math) for misdeeds and corruption over the course of the game.
  • Russell Northrop (voiced by Cody Melton): The leader of the Bullies clique. While rather unintelligent and often referring to himself in third-person, he makes up for it by being the largest student in school and capable of taking down full grown men. Russel is the main culprit of bullying, and is a main antagonist to Jimmy in the early stages of the game. At the end of chapter 1, Gary manipulates him into fighting Jimmy. After Jimmy beats him, he becomes Jimmy's staunchest ally, assisting him with several important missions.
  • Zoe Taylor (voiced by Molly Fox): A townie girl who was expelled from Bullworth Academy by Dr. Crabblesnitch for complaining that Mr. Burton was hitting on her. In addition to serving as a primary love interest for Jimmy in the game, she helps him carry out an important mission near the end. After Jimmy defeats Gary, she is re-enrolled at the Academy.
  • Algie/Algernon: The most commonly seen Nerd in the game who is Obese and has an extremely weak bladder who's number one phobia is rats. He is most known for always having his zipper down, revealing his briefs.

Development

Early information released by Take-Two Interactive seemed to indicate that the player would be taking the role of a bully, and screenshots printed in Electronic Gaming Monthly showed the player-controlled antagonist administering a "swirlie" and throwing a punch at another student. However, the tone of the final game was different, with the player in the role of a problem student who stood up to and fought back against bullies, in effect, bullying on behalf of the victims, or in self-defense.

The PlayStation 2 version of the game uses an advanced Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas engine through Renderware. Rockstar Vancouver also decided to make every student in the school have a unique appearance and, within programming limitations, personality.

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 87% (based on 87 reviews)[17]
GameStats 8.8 out of 10 (based on 34 reviews)[18]
Metacritic 87 out of 100[19]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A+[20]
GamesMaster 90%[21]
GameSpot 8.7 out of 10[22]
IGN 8.9 of 10[23]

Bully has received generally positive reviews from critics.[19] The game received ratings of 8.9/10 from IGN, 9.0/10 from Games Radar, a perfect 10/10 from 1UP.com, 8.7/10 from GameSpot, 5/5 from JIVE Magazine, 8.75/10 from VGRC.net, a 5/5 from X-Play, and made the Top 10 Games of '06 in PlayStation Magazine.[citation needed] Canis Canem Edit also got 9/10 from OPS2 Magazine. Critics generally praised the game's storyline, while they complained about particular stealth missions, as well as the camera.[citation needed]

As of 12 March 2008, the PlayStation 2 version of Bully has sold 1.5 million copies according to Take-Two Interactive.[24][25] Hyper's Daniel Wilks commends the game for its "clever script, some novel missions [and] well constructed characters". However, he criticises it for "time dilation, dodgy camera [and] generic mini-games".[26]

Awards

Controversy

Bully has caused controversy among parents and educators. Criticisms are due to the adult nature of previous Rockstar games, in particular, the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Hot Coffee minigame controversy and certain aspects of the game including its title. Groups such as Bullying Online and Peaceaholics have criticized the game for glorifying or trivializing school bullying. Most of these criticisms were voiced before the content of the game was available to the public. In 2006, the United States-based Entertainment Software Rating Board officially gave Bully a rating of "T" (suitable for ages 13 and up), the BBFC gave Canis Canem Edit a 15 rating[28] and the New Zealand OFLC restricted it to persons 13 years of age and over. In 2007, Yahoo! Games listed it as one of the top ten controversial games of all time. The OFLC of Australia rated 'Canis Canem Edit' a rating of mature (recommended for mature audiences) for moderate themes, violence and sexual references. In Australia the M rating does not have an age restriction.[29]

Sexuality

Sexuality is a present theme throughout Bully. Five different missions involve Jimmy running missions on behalf of different girls, the successful completion of which earns him a kiss. The Art Class minigame enables Jimmy to kiss girls for rewards that increase incrementally with each level of art class passed. It is also possible for Jimmy to kiss certain boys in the game. The ESRB claimed it was fully aware of the homosexual content when they gave it a T rating.[30] Other sexual themes involve a gym teacher who is stated to have hit on the girls in school, and a student reading a men's magazine. Also, there is a mission named "Panty Raid", where the gym teacher asks Jimmy Hopkins to collect underwear from the girls' dorm. The player can also commit sexual harassment by positioning themselves behind girls and pinching their buttocks.

United States

Prior to both the ESRB's rating and the release of Bully, Jack Thompson filed a lawsuit attempting to have the game blocked from store shelves in Florida. Thompson declared the game a "nuisance" and "Columbine simulator". He also argued this point on Attack of the Show! with Kevin Pereira on the opposite end on the show's segment "The Loop."[31] Thompson's petition, filed with the 11th Judicial Circuit Court, asked for Wal-Mart and Take-Two to furnish him with an advance copy of Bully so he could have "an independent third party" play the game and determine if it would constitute a public nuisance in the state of Florida, in which case it could be banned.[32][33] On 11 October 2006, Judge Ronald Friedman ordered Take-Two and Rockstar to provide the court with a copy of the game within 24 hours. On 13 October 2006, Friedman subsequently ruled in favor of shipping the game, noting that there was no content in the game that was not already on late night TV. Thompson responded to the ruling with fiery speech directed at the judge.[34]

When given a preview build, the mainstream American media took a generally positive view of the game. Press coverage has described the game as free-form, focusing on building a social network and learning new skills from classes, with strictly enforced punishments for serious misbehavior.[35]

United Kingdom

Whilst British Labour MP Keith Vaz argued that Bully be banned or reclassified as rated 18 in the UK before its publication and before the content had been finalized,[36] the game was released rated 15.[37] Currys and PC World, both owned by DSG International, said that they do not wish to sell the game in the UK because it is "not appropriate for Currys' family-friendly image". The official statement lists what Currys believes is "the explicit link between violence and children" as the reason behind the ban, and continues: "We haven't taken this decision lightly, particularly considering the excellent relationship we have with Rockstar." However despite this decision other high street retailers including Game, HMV, Woolworths and Virgin Megastores have all announced an intention to stock the game.[38] DSG stores still stock other Rockstar games including the GTA series, and other violent games like Manhunt, which both have BBFC 18 ratings, whereas Bully has a BBFC 15 rating.

Brazil

Bully was banned in Brazil.[39] In April 2008, Brazilian justice prohibited the commerce, import and availability of the game in Brazilian houses.[40] The decision was taken by judge Flávio Mendes Rabelo from the state of Rio Grande do Sul based on psychological findings by the state psychology society which claims that the game would be potentially harmful to teenagers and adults. Anyone caught selling or playing the game, or even having the game in one's possession in Brazil, would face a daily fine of R$1,000.00.[41]

Bully: Scholarship Edition

Bully: Scholarship Edition was released for the Wii and Xbox 360 on 3 March 2008. The game features exclusive content which is unavailable in the PlayStation 2 version, including eight new missions, additional characters, four new school classes (Biology, Music, Math and Geography) and new unlockable items and clothing. Some small script changes have been made, and several new holiday missions have been added to Chapter III. The random NPCs also have more lines. In addition, single system 2-player competitive multiplayer minigames have also been added, along with Achievements for the Xbox 360 version and Wii Remote and Nunchuk motion and pointer controls for the Wii version. All ports of the Scholarship Edition use the game engine Gamebryo, rather than Renderware which was used for the PS2 version.[3]

Rockstar Games first announced the game on 19 July 2007.[42] On 6 August 2007, RockstarWatch.net reported on the release of the Australian Bully: Scholarship Edition box art which included artwork of the protagonist, Jimmy Hopkins, and the school principal, Dr. Crabblesnitch.[43] On 3 February 2008, Rockstar announced the game's upcoming release on 4 March 2008 and posted the Scholarship Edition launch trailer at the Bully homepage.

Bully: Scholarship Edition was released in the PAL region under the original Bully title, and not Canis Canem Edit, as the original game was renamed.[43] The Xbox 360 version to be released in Japan will also exclude Scholarship Edition from its title. Some retail outlets in Australia have since received recall notices for the game on both Wii and Xbox 360. No reason for the recall has been given, but stores have been asked to remove stock from shelves and return it to the distributor.[citation needed]

Windows version

The Microsoft Windows port was developed by Rockstar New England, the same developers that ported the game to the 360 and the Wii, The port includes the original soundtrack (created by Shawn Lee) for Bully which was released back in 2006 on CD. The port was released on 21 October 2008 in the US and 24 October 2008 in the UK.[44] On 28 April 2009, a patch was released to address issues with the game not running properly on PCs with more than 2 GB of memory.[4]

Reception

Both the Wii and Xbox 360 versions of the game generally received both positive and mixed reviews with IGN giving the Wii version an 8/10,[45] while the Xbox 360 version received 8.7/10.[46] 1UP.com gave the Wii version an A- grade[47] and the Xbox 360 version a B- grade.[48] Gameplasma gave the Wii version a 9/10.[49] The PC version, however, received mixed reviews ranging from a "Good" rating of 7.8 from IGN[50] to a C- from 1UP.com[51] who called it "[a] shoddy, untimely port that, inexplicably -- considering its ridiculously long port time -- feels like a rush job." GameSpot later rated it with a "fair" rating of 6.0[52], calling it "[a] lazy porting job [which] hinders Bully's classic classroom hijinks".

The Xbox 360 version of Bully: Scholarship Edition was found to be unstable on some players' consoles, resulting in glitches, crashes and performance issues. Rockstar promised to have a patch addressing these issues by the week of 10 March 2008, however the patch was delayed due to Microsoft Certification.[53] On 20 March, a patch was released via Xbox Live (v1.03), but there are reports which claim the problems have continued or worsened after patching.[54] The problems included audio issues, animation issues, and inability to complete Music classes due to differences between the Wii and Xbox 360 controllers. The most prevalent and common problem with the game is the unexplained freezing of the console, but not music being played on a connected MP3 player or hard drive. GameSpot, a game review website which bases its reviews on the initial public release, took the glitches into account and marked the 360 version of the Scholarship Edition down to a 7/10,[55] a full point lower than the Wii version, which received an 8.[56] The UK magazine NGamer gave the game 90%.[citation needed]

The PC version of Bully: Scholarship Edition was criticized by many, being found by end users to contain problems including textures which were either disappearing or were slow to load, memory leaks, and an endless loop after the initial cut scene in which player speaks with the headmaster when the player had more than 2 GB of memory.[57] However, these issues were addressed in a later patch.[4]

Awards

  • IGN Best of 2008:
    • Nominated: Best Voice Acting (Xbox 360)

Sequel

In November, 2009 The Gaming Liberty interviewed musician Shawn Lee, who scored Bully, and was asked if he was scoring anymore games in the near future and he stated that "Yes. It looks like I will be doing the soundtrack for Bully 2 in the not so distant future..."[58]

See also

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Bully, also known as Canis Canem Edit (Latin for "dog eat dog") in the PAL region, is a video game developed by Rockstar Vancouver and published by Rockstar Games. The player controls Jimmy Hopkins, who ends up enrolled at Bullworth Academy, a fictional boarding school, when his newly married mother and fifth new stepfather go on her year-long honeymoon cruise.

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Jimmy Hopkins

  • Mom, why'd you marry that phony? What's wrong with you? I can't believe this.
  • So here I am, at probably the worst school in the country, whose alumni are nothing but arms dealers, serial killers, and corporate lawyers. Real scum. And that old creep thinks he can tame me? We shall see, my friend. I only give people what they have coming to them.
  • Here I am, suddenly the king of the school. I never meant for things to turn out this way. I just wanted to control a couple of psycho kids and be left alone. But now I guess I'm certainly going to live the good life.
  • My name is Hopkins, Jimmy Hopkins!
  • (When you bully people) Don't struggle!
  • You'll learn to like it. We cool?
  • (When apologizing) I didn't mean it. I was kidding. Please, not me!

Gary Smith

  • Hey, relax, friend, you're all pent up. Go easy or they'll put you on medication. They did to me, boy, nearly sent me insane.
  • Don't worry, Jimmy, it's only something I came up with. It's "sink or swim", my friend. And if you're good at swimming, you gotta let the losers drown.
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce Femboy! The girliest boy in our school. Say Petey, don't you have some imaginary friends to annoy?
  • You know what, Petey? You were right. Jimmy is pretty dumb.
  • Let me see - uhh, it's Halloween. All the prefects are at some party and the teachers are 'entertaining' - I use the word loosely - the kids. No, I'd say the opportunities for fun are pretty much nil.
  • Okay, here's the deal. We're going to feed Chad's dog some of this rancid meat. Wait for him to take a dump, and then...
  • It's always about me with you! Me, me, me. I'm thinking bigger picture and you're worried about getting into trouble? You know what? You really are something.
  • So, Jimmy boy - here we are - the hole, the place where this school separates the men from the boys, the wheat from the chaff and all that nonsense.
  • I know you hate me, Jimmy boy. I know you've said all that stuff about me behind my back.
  • Don't play innocent with me - you wanna run this school, I wanna run this school - only one of us is going to make it - and it's gonna be me...
  • Ecstatic! I love watching two morons beat the crap out of each other!
  • Friends? You and me? I've taken dumps that had more brains than you, 'friend'. No, I'm taking over this school. And you're just a liability. See you around, moron.
  • Your attention please: Jimmy is complete human trash!
  • James, I've been waiting. Let the games begin.
  • (While watching other kids fight) It's like watching dogs mate!
  • You know what we do to liars around here? We kick them in the BALLS! (Kicks Petey in the balls)
  • (When Jimmy kicks Gary in the balls) OWWW! You can't do that!

The Punishment Prefect

  • MAGGOT, YOU'RE GONNA MOW THE LAWN AT BULLWORTH!
  • DO NOT GO THE WRONG WAY!
  • Hopkins, that is the wrong way!
  • Why are you wearing those pants?!
  • You're an evildoer!
  • You have it coming!
  • Hopkins, why are you not in class?

Others

  • Algie: What I hate most about school is that my mom can't read me my bedtime stories.
  • Zoe: I only date older men. Or junkies. They're so...romantic.
  • Algie: No, no, no! You cannot use diplomacy to make the elf princess do that!
  • Derby: Leadership is all about looking after those you lead! My father told me that...right before he laid everyone off.
  • Norton: If I could paint, I would paint sunsets like Ponyboy. Stay gold, Ponyboy!
  • Norton: It's like a pyramid scheme. Only I get all your money and I may or may not beat you.
  • Constantinos: They say positive thinkers outlive pessimists. Great! I'm gonna die young AND miserable!
  • Gordon: (After being kicked in the balls) I'll sue your ass if I ever have stupid kids!
  • Kirby: (When attacking) Here comes your poundcake!
  • Chad: (After being kicked in the balls) Oh! My family jewels! My lillyeds destroyed! Oh....
  • Ray: They say children imitate video game characters, but I have yet turned into a mustached plumber!
  • Cop: I ALWAYS get my man! That didn't sound gay did it?
  • Kirby: (After getting kicked in the balls) Thank you sir, may I have some more?
  • Lefty: (when attacking) Let me clean that spot on your face!!!
  • Constantinos: This whole school is rotten to the core.
  • Algie: Why hasn't mommy called me yet? I wonder if she's mad at me.
  • Tad (while fighting): You're going to the prep school in the sky.
  • Fatty: Why is my underwear all squishy?
  • Ray: I don't know why my mom won't let me have sugar. Because this feels awesome!

Dialogue

Mrs. Hopkins: Jimmy, please say something.
Rich Guy: James...
Jimmy: What? Who're you? Mom, I thought you told me never to talk to strangers.
Mrs. Hopkins: Like I said before, Jimmy, please be nice to your new stepfather.
Jimmy: OK, Rich Guy, I love it that you're twice as old as my grandfather and you're fat and bald.
Mrs. Hopkins: That's enough! I've had it with you, you little brat!
Rich Guy: You've upset your mother! I've got half a mind to beat you!
Jimmy: Half a mind is right. Suddenly, he realizes!
Mrs. Hopkins: I can't believe you, you little monster! We'll deal with you when we get back from our honeymoon, next year.
Rich Guy: Here we are, boy. Bullworth Academy. Have fun, Jimmy. I'll think of you from our cruise ship. [Mrs. Hopkins laughs]
Jimmy: Whatever.
Seth: What is that in your hand? (Tackles Jimmy, confiscating his weapons) Weapons are for Prefects ONLY.
Russell: Nooo!! Get off my little buddy! (Pounds chest and roars, as prefects run away) Hold still so Russell can smash you!!
Jimmy: Hey man, what's your problem?
Gary: Well, ADD primarily, but also life, my parents, this school, Western Civilization, but hey, honestly, enough about me.
Edgar: How we gonna stop a load of kids from beating the crap out of each other?
Jimmy: It's America! We go in with threats and bribes until we get what we want! If all else fails, we beat the crap out of everyone; that's why I brought along backup!

(gestures towards Russell, a monosyllabic giant)

Russell: Russell... likes to hurt people... for peace!
Gary: The thing is - if I win, you're just another punk. You win and you'll get sent away even quicker for beating up the head boy.
Jimmy: Why did you do it, Gary?
Gary: Because I can. Because making little people like you and the morons who run this place eat the palm of my hands feels great.
Jimmy: I never did anything to you.
Gary: You would have - if I had given you a chance. Face it! I'm smarter than you.
Jimmy: Oh, congratulations! You're smarter than me! You hate everyone and everyone hates you. Genius!
Gary: The head likes me. I tied him up, turn his dumb school into a battleground, got kids expelled - unfairly, puts several others into therapy, and he still likes me!
Jimmy: You're such a loser!
Gary: Well, at least my mom doesn't make a living on her back.
Jimmy: You're dead!
Johnny Vincent: Hello, Gord. Seems like you've been messing where you ought not.
Gord: No, cousins are legal... Oh, you mean Lola.
Derby: Gentlemen! It takes more than leadership to be a winner! It takes breeding, and nepotism, and snobbery! (To Bif, who just lost a boxing match to Jimmy) You filthy democrat! Gentlemen, are we going to let some gutter-snipe come in and beat our friend Bif?!
Preps: NO!
Derby: Then WHAT are we going to do?!
Preps: Beat him back to the ghetto!
Derby: YEAH!!
Jimmy: Derby you bastard! Hiding behind your friends!
Derby: I'm simply leveraging the assets that I have and you don't---friends.
Jimmy: Look, Russell, I didn't say anything about your mom, or about little farmland animals.
Russell: You didn't? Oh...
Jimmy: No, but you need to stop bullying other kids just 'cause they're smaller than you.
Russell: Why?
Jimmy: 'Cause there are a lot of kids in this place who need a beating, and you're giving them to the ones who DON'T.
Russell: Oh, okay... Bad Russell...
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