This is only a brief summary. For more information, please visit the Trouble Meter page at Bully Wiki.
The Trouble Meter is a meter that fills in as the player breaks rules in Bully.
Each crime that Jimmy commits, the trouble meter fills in according to the severity. There are about six severity levels. In order for it to empty, Jimmy must remain hidden or out of the Prefects', Faculty's, or Police's sight.
On the map, the red dots that represent authority will have yellow display radii if only two thirds of the meter are full, and if Jimmy enters that radius, they will attempt to bust him. If it is red, they will find him automatically unless he hides while out of the radius.
If the trouble meter is only half filled in the first third at yellow, authority figures will yell at him instead of attempting to bust him.
If the meter is at full yellow (or the first third is filled) authority figures who seem him will attempt to bust Jimmy. If grabbed, however, he can escape.
If English 3 has been completed, Jimmy also has the option of apologizing to prefects, and the trouble meter will empty. If English 5 is completed, Jimmy can also apologize to faculty and police. He cannot, however, apologize for truancy, trespassing, or violating curfew.
If the trouble meter is half or full orange, authority is generally more aggressive towards Jimmy. Starting at this level, Jimmy is unable to apologize for his misbehavior, though he can still escape if grabbed.
If Jimmy's trouble meter reaches red, authority will bust him automatically. If the trouble meter fills all the way, authority figures will automatically appear on the map and chase Jimmy. If grabbed, he will be busted automatically.
Rule Infractions & Severity Level
|Authority Alert||A plea for help by a student being harassed. Can also be done by hobos.||Yellow|
|Breaking and Entering||Successful lockpicking which leads to opening a locker results in a breaking and entering violation.||Orange|
|Bullying||Bullying other male students.||Yellow|
|Bullying (Adults)||Bullying adults.||Red|
|Bullying (Authority)||Bullying faculty, prefects, or police.||Red|
|Bullying (Little Kids)||Bullying little kids.||Red|
|Dress Code||Wearing clothes that are not sold in the school store while on campus.||Yellow|
|Harassment||Shove taunting male students.||Yellow|
|Harassment (Adults)||Pinching a woman on the rear end.||Yellow|
|Harassment (Girls)||Pinching a girl on the rear end.||Orange|
|Harassment (Little Kids)||Pinching a little girl on the rear end.||Red|
|Resisting Apprehension||When a student breaks free from an authority's hold when said authority is attempting to bust the student.||Yellow|
|Impudence||Aiming a weapon at authority, or verbally taunting them.||Yellow|
|Lock Picking||Picking a locker.||Yellow|
|No Helmet||Riding a moped without a helmet.||Yellow|
|Misconduct||Skateboarding inside of the school.||Yellow|
|Obstructing Authority||When blocking authority from catching up to someone violating a law or rule.||Yellow|
|Pulling Alarm||Pulling the fire alarm.||Yellow|
|Tagging||Spraying graffiti on the wall.||Orange|
|Theft||Taking a fire extinguisher off the wall, or taking a bike from someone else.||Yellow|
|Trespassing||Entering buildings after their closing times (i.e. the main school building after 7pm) or other buildings that are private property (i.e. Happy Volts Asylum)||Yellow|
|Using Prank||Throwing a dead rat or water balloon at another student.||Yellow|
|Vandalism||Destroying school or public property.||Yellow|
|Violating Curfew||Staying outside of the dorm after 11pm.||Yellow|
|Violence||Physically attacking another male student or Townie.||Orange|
|Violence (Adults)||Physically attacking an adult.||Red|
|Violence (Authority)||Physically attacking faculty, prefects, or police.||Red|
|Violence (Girls)||Physically attacking girls.||Red|
|Violence (Little Kids)||Physically attacking little kids.||Red|
|Weapon Fired||Firing a weapon (such as the slingshot, bottle rocket launcher, spudgun, etc) in front of authority without hitting someone.||Yellow|
|Weapon Violence||Hitting another male student with a weapon.||Orange|