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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker,'' ComicBook/TheJoker is actually furious to learn that, unlike "the real Batman," Terry is willing to fight dirty.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker,'' ComicBook/TheJoker is actually furious to learn that, unlike "the real Batman," Terry is willing to fight dirty.



* ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'': If not the Trope Namer, close to it. Though the "Good" part is really [[WellIntentionedExtremist questiinable.]]
-->'''Gabriel''': I like you, you're on my good side. But don't confuse kindness with weakness. ''(points pistol at Stanley's head)'' Now get in the car.
* Franchise/{{Robocop}} follows [[RestrainingBolt three directives]]: serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law. Nothing is said about not coldly blowing away killers, or not brutalizing a suspect before bringing them in (laws concerning how to handle arrested criminals have changed slightly in future Detroit). In the second film, he is programmed with several hundred more directives aimed at improving OCP PR, but those directives make him a terrible police officer. Instead of arresting criminals, he starts lecturing them on the immorality of their actions, while they happily go about their criminal business.
* ''Film/DirtyHarry'' has no qualms about working outside the law or even torturing suspects, but he does try and lead a normal life.
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'': The tittle hero, Toxie. Formally a 98 pound wimpy mop-boy who worked at a health club. After a freak accident, he was mutated into The Toxic Avenger. He uses his newfound power to help people -from saving lives to simply opening jars for people. And he is a very devoted boyfriend to his love interest, Sara -a blind woman who loves him as a person. He met her after saving her from being raped by robbers, and walks her home because those same robbers shot her guide dog. However Toxie is nowhere near as nice to villains. He has tromatons, which make it instinct to sense and destroy evil. But he kills in a very over the top manner, and seems to get sadistic glee from it. One example includes him tearing off a man's arm, laughing and hitting him across the head with it. Then later he shoves the man into a pizza oven.

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* ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'': If not the Trope Namer, close to it. Though the "Good" part A general theme in a lot of crime movies is really [[WellIntentionedExtremist questiinable.]]
-->'''Gabriel''': I like you, you're on my good side. But don't confuse kindness
that cops that are honest, nice, and humane are a lot more effective at dealing with weakness. ''(points pistol at Stanley's head)'' Now get in the car.
crime than cops that are [[DirtyCop corrupt]], [[{{Jerkass}} arrogant]], or [[RabidCop brutal]] and should not be crossed. Ask [[Film/{{Serpico}} Frank Serpico]], [[Film/{{Changeling}} Lester Ybarra]], and [[Film/FallingDown Martin Prendergast]].
* Franchise/{{Robocop}} follows [[RestrainingBolt three directives]]: serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law. Nothing is said Just about not coldly blowing away killers, or not brutalizing a suspect before bringing them in (laws concerning how to handle arrested criminals have changed slightly in future Detroit). In the second film, he is programmed with several hundred more directives aimed at improving OCP PR, but those directives make him a terrible police officer. Instead of arresting criminals, he starts lecturing them on the immorality of their actions, while they happily go about their criminal business.
* ''Film/DirtyHarry'' has no qualms about working outside the law or even torturing suspects, but he does try and lead a normal life.
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'': The tittle hero, Toxie. Formally a 98 pound wimpy mop-boy who worked at a health club. After a freak accident, he was mutated into The Toxic Avenger. He uses his newfound power to help people -from saving lives to simply opening jars for people. And he is a very devoted boyfriend to his love interest, Sara -a blind woman who loves him as a person. He met her after saving her from being raped by robbers, and walks her home because those same robbers shot her guide dog. However Toxie is nowhere near as nice to villains. He has tromatons, which make it instinct to sense and destroy evil. But he kills in a very over the top manner, and seems to get sadistic glee from it. One example includes him tearing off a man's arm, laughing and hitting him across the head with it. Then later he shoves the man into a pizza oven.
every Creator/JackieChan character fits this trope.



* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': The Autobots are some of the nicest beings you'll meet, but they don't go easy on the Decepticons, and they rip them apart limb from limb.
** In the third film, [[spoiler:Optimus Prime himself brutally dispatches Megatron and then mere moments later, his fallen mentor Sentinel Prime - the latter while he's trying to explain his actions and ''begging Optimus not to shoot''.]]
---> '''Megatron''': After all, [[spoiler:[[TemptingFate Who would you be without me, Prime?]]]]\\
'''Optimus Prime''': [[spoiler:[[PreMortemOneLiner Time to find out.]]]]
* Franchise/StarWars plays with this trope, especially ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and [[TheHero Luke Skywalker.]] For a film that showed the heroes as more IncorruptiblePurePureness, some viewers were surprised to see Luke using powers ''generally associated'' with the Sith like Force Choke. In this instance, it was used to demonstrate he was sliding towards TheDarkSide.
** According to the ''Return of the Jedi'' {{Novelization}}, Leia unconsciously uses the Force to help her when [[spoiler:[[TheDogBitesBack she sends Jabba where he belongs]]]].
** And R2 and 3PO [[ShootTheDog pull an]] ISurrenderSuckers [[ShootTheDog on the Imperials]].
** It plays it better with [[TheLancer Han Solo.]]
** ''Obi-Wan'' is subject to this at the end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' after chopping off three of Anakin's limbs, and leaving him ''to burn to death''.
* [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' is shown to be one of the nicest, sweetest people you would meet. However, when fighting HYDRA and the invading Chitauri he is merciless, including throwing HYDRA soldiers off airborne aircraft and hacking off Chitauri arms.
** Also ComicBook/BlackWidow, who is capable of showing great kindness and affection (in particular to Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Barton [[spoiler: family]]) and is capable of joking with Steve about setting him up on a date while at the same time mercilessly killing mercenaries and HYDRA mooks. Played with slightly in that she is [[NoodleIncident legitimately disturbed by some of her past kills]].
* Like the Steve Rogers example above, the Film/{{DC Extended Universe}} version of ComicBook/{{Superman}} is every bit the [[NiceGuy altruistic and compassionate individual]] one expects him to be, as demonstrated in his rescue of the soldier firing at him during the battle of Metropolis. He also does not hold back his phenomenal strength in his battles with similarly superpowered opponents like the Kryptonians and [[spoiler: Doomsday]], frequently throwing devastating shockwave-creating punches; and when left with absolutely no choice, [[spoiler: ''[[NeckSnap snaps]]'' Zod's neck.]]

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* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': The Autobots are some of the nicest beings you'll meet, but they don't go easy on the Decepticons, and they rip them apart limb from limb.
** In the third film, [[spoiler:Optimus Prime himself brutally dispatches Megatron and then mere moments later, his fallen mentor Sentinel Prime - the latter while he's trying to explain his actions and ''begging Optimus not to shoot''.]]
---> '''Megatron''': After all, [[spoiler:[[TemptingFate Who would you be without me, Prime?]]]]\\
'''Optimus Prime''': [[spoiler:[[PreMortemOneLiner Time to find out.]]]]
* Franchise/StarWars plays with this trope, especially ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and [[TheHero Luke Skywalker.]] For a film that showed the heroes as more IncorruptiblePurePureness, some viewers were surprised to see Luke using powers ''generally associated'' with the Sith like Force Choke. In this instance, it was used to demonstrate he was sliding towards TheDarkSide.
** According to the ''Return of the Jedi'' {{Novelization}}, Leia unconsciously uses the Force to help her when [[spoiler:[[TheDogBitesBack she sends Jabba where he belongs]]]].
** And R2 and 3PO [[ShootTheDog pull an]] ISurrenderSuckers [[ShootTheDog on the Imperials]].
** It plays it better with [[TheLancer Han Solo.]]
** ''Obi-Wan'' is subject to this at the end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' after chopping off three of Anakin's limbs, and leaving him ''to burn to death''.
* [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' is shown to be one of the nicest, sweetest people you would meet. However, when fighting HYDRA and the invading Chitauri he is merciless, including throwing HYDRA soldiers off airborne aircraft and hacking off Chitauri arms.
** Also ComicBook/BlackWidow, who is capable of showing great kindness and affection (in particular to Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Barton [[spoiler: family]]) and is capable of joking with Steve about setting him up on a date while at the same time mercilessly killing mercenaries and HYDRA mooks. Played with slightly in that she is [[NoodleIncident legitimately disturbed by some of her past kills]].
* Like the Steve Rogers example above, below, the Film/{{DC Extended Universe}} version of ComicBook/{{Superman}} is every bit the [[NiceGuy altruistic and compassionate individual]] one expects him to be, as demonstrated in his rescue of the soldier firing at him during the battle of Metropolis. He also does not hold back his phenomenal strength in his battles with similarly superpowered opponents like the Kryptonians and [[spoiler: Doomsday]], frequently throwing devastating shockwave-creating punches; and when left with absolutely no choice, [[spoiler: ''[[NeckSnap snaps]]'' Zod's neck.]]]]
* ''Film/DirtyHarry'' has no qualms about working outside the law or even torturing suspects, but he does try and lead a normal life.



* The titular character in the film adaptation of ''[[{{Film/Madeline}} Madeline]]'' is this. She's quite friendly, if mostly a DeadpanSnarker, towards her classmates, and happens to smile at the good, and frown at the bad. However, she soon develops a [[{{HateAtFirstSight}} hatred]] towards her new neighbor, [[{{BadassBiker}} Pepito]], and even attacks him at one point. She's not afraid to confront Lord Covington over his plans to sell the "Old House in Paris", and also goes to confront the BigBad after [[spoiler: seeing him kidnap Pepito]]. And don't forget about her famous line to the tiger at the zoo.
* [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' is shown to be one of the nicest, sweetest people you would meet. However, when fighting HYDRA and the invading Chitauri he is merciless, including throwing HYDRA soldiers off airborne aircraft and hacking off Chitauri arms.
** Also ComicBook/BlackWidow, who is capable of showing great kindness and affection (in particular to Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Barton [[spoiler: family]]) and is capable of joking with Steve about setting him up on a date while at the same time mercilessly killing mercenaries and HYDRA mooks. Played with slightly in that she is [[NoodleIncident legitimately disturbed by some of her past kills]].
* In ''Film/MirrorMirror'', the sweet Snow White convinces the Evil Queen to [[spoiler: accept defeat by eating the poisoned apple that was meant for Snow, essentially committing suicide.]]
* Dalton from ''Film/RoadHouse'', who tells his fellow bouncers to always "Be nice, until it's time to not be nice."
* Franchise/{{Robocop}} follows [[RestrainingBolt three directives]]: serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law. Nothing is said about not coldly blowing away killers, or not brutalizing a suspect before bringing them in (laws concerning how to handle arrested criminals have changed slightly in future Detroit). In the second film, he is programmed with several hundred more directives aimed at improving OCP PR, but those directives make him a terrible police officer. Instead of arresting criminals, he starts lecturing them on the immorality of their actions, while they happily go about their criminal business.



* In ''Film/MirrorMirror'', the sweet Snow White convinces the Evil Queen to [[spoiler: accept defeat by eating the poisoned apple that was meant for Snow, essentially committing suicide.]]
* The titular character in the film adaptation of ''[[{{Film/Madeline}} Madeline]]'' is this. She's quite friendly, if mostly a DeadpanSnarker, towards her classmates, and happens to smile at the good, and frown at the bad. However, she soon develops a [[{{HateAtFirstSight}} hatred]] towards her new neighbor, [[{{BadassBiker}} Pepito]], and even attacks him at one point. She's not afraid to confront Lord Covington over his plans to sell the "Old House in Paris", and also goes to confront the BigBad after [[spoiler: seeing him kidnap Pepito]]. And don't forget about her famous line to the tiger at the zoo.
* Just about every Creator/JackieChan character fits this trope.
* Dalton from ''Film/RoadHouse'', who tells his fellow bouncers to always "Be nice, until it's time to not be nice."
* A general theme in a lot of crime movies is that cops that are honest, nice, and humane are a lot more effective at dealing with crime than cops that are [[DirtyCop corrupt]], [[{{Jerkass}} arrogant]], or [[RabidCop brutal]] and should not be crossed. Ask [[Film/{{Serpico}} Frank Serpico]], [[Film/{{Changeling}} Lester Ybarra]], and [[Film/FallingDown Martin Prendergast]].

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* In ''Film/MirrorMirror'', the sweet Snow White convinces the Evil Queen to [[spoiler: accept defeat by eating the poisoned apple ''Franchise/StarWars'' plays with this trope, especially ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and [[TheHero Luke Skywalker.]] For a film that showed the heroes as more IncorruptiblePurePureness, some viewers were surprised to see Luke using powers ''generally associated'' with the Sith like Force Choke. In this instance, it was meant for Snow, essentially committing suicide.used to demonstrate he was sliding towards TheDarkSide.
** According to the ''Return of the Jedi'' {{Novelization}}, Leia unconsciously uses the Force to help her when [[spoiler:[[TheDogBitesBack she sends Jabba where he belongs]]]].
** And R2-D2 and C-3PO [[ShootTheDog pull an]] ISurrenderSuckers [[ShootTheDog on the Imperials]].
** It plays it better with [[TheLancer Han Solo.]]
** ''Obi-Wan'' is subject to this at the end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' after chopping off three of Anakin's limbs, and leaving him ''to burn to death''.
* ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'': If not the Trope Namer, close to it. Though the "Good" part is really [[WellIntentionedExtremist questiinable.
]]
* The titular character in the film adaptation of ''[[{{Film/Madeline}} Madeline]]'' is this. She's quite friendly, if mostly a DeadpanSnarker, towards her classmates, and happens to smile at the good, and frown at the bad. However, she soon develops a [[{{HateAtFirstSight}} hatred]] towards her new neighbor, [[{{BadassBiker}} Pepito]], and even attacks him at one point. She's not afraid to confront Lord Covington over his plans to sell the "Old House in Paris", and also goes to confront the BigBad after [[spoiler: seeing him kidnap Pepito]]. And -->'''Gabriel''': I like you, you're on my good side. But don't forget about confuse kindness with weakness. ''(points pistol at Stanley's head)'' Now get in the car.
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'': The tittle hero, Toxie. Formally a 98 pound wimpy mop-boy who worked at a health club. After a freak accident, he was mutated into The Toxic Avenger. He uses his newfound power to help people -from saving lives to simply opening jars for people. And he is a very devoted boyfriend to his love interest, Sara -a blind woman who loves him as a person. He met
her famous line to the tiger at the zoo.
* Just about every Creator/JackieChan character fits this trope.
* Dalton
after saving her from ''Film/RoadHouse'', who tells his fellow bouncers being raped by robbers, and walks her home because those same robbers shot her guide dog. However Toxie is nowhere near as nice to always "Be nice, until it's time villains. He has tromatons, which make it instinct to not be nice."
* A general theme
sense and destroy evil. But he kills in a lot of crime movies is that cops that are honest, nice, very over the top manner, and humane are seems to get sadistic glee from it. One example includes him tearing off a lot more effective at dealing man's arm, laughing and hitting him across the head with crime than cops that it. Then later he shoves the man into a pizza oven.
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': The Autobots
are [[DirtyCop corrupt]], [[{{Jerkass}} arrogant]], or [[RabidCop brutal]] some of the nicest beings you'll meet, but they don't go easy on the Decepticons, and should they rip them apart limb from limb.
** In the third film, [[spoiler:Optimus Prime himself brutally dispatches Megatron and then mere moments later, his fallen mentor Sentinel Prime - the latter while he's trying to explain his actions and ''begging Optimus
not to shoot''.]]
---> '''Megatron''': After all, [[spoiler:[[TemptingFate Who would you
be crossed. Ask [[Film/{{Serpico}} Frank Serpico]], [[Film/{{Changeling}} Lester Ybarra]], and [[Film/FallingDown Martin Prendergast]].without me, Prime?]]]]\\
'''Optimus Prime''': [[spoiler:[[PreMortemOneLiner Time to find out.]]]]



* Frodo Baggins in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. [[TheChampion Sam]] begins to despair of Frodo's constant mercy toward the (in Sam's eyes) explicitly untrustworthy Gollum -- [[OhCrap until]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Frodo explicitly and rather]] [[TranquilFury coldly threatens to kill]] Gollum if he betrays them.
-->''[[TheChampion Sam]] looked at his master with approval, [[OhCrap but also with surprise]]: there was a look on his face and a tone in his voice that he had not known before. It had always been a notion of his that the kindness of dear Mr. Frodo was of such a high degree that it must imply a fair measure of blindness.''
* Another Tolkien example in ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'': when Túrin gets hospitality from his mother's kinswoman, the long-suffering Aerin, he tells her that she is a true friend but has a soft heart. Later, when the Easterlings attack her hall for revenge after Túrin has left, Aerin [[TakingYouWithMe sets fire to the building and perishes with her enemies]].
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward is a genuinely nice guy who loves his siblings and protects everyone in need of protection. However, he has no problem with killing bandits, even if they're younger than he - as his aunt Stala always says, either you kill them, or they'll kill you. Neither does he have qualms about [[spoiler: making his castle collapse over his enemies, by killing his friend Oreg. Oreg's death was a HeroicSacrifice, but the enemies didn't see it coming, they were misled by the fact that Ward acted very kind towards them, as that's his default. Of course, as he's a good guy, the castle was evacuated before the enemies entered it.]]

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* Frodo Baggins in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. [[TheChampion Sam]] begins to despair of Frodo's constant mercy toward the (in Sam's eyes) explicitly untrustworthy Gollum -- [[OhCrap until]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Frodo explicitly and rather]] [[TranquilFury coldly threatens to kill]] Gollum if he betrays them.
-->''[[TheChampion Sam]] looked at his master with approval, [[OhCrap but also with surprise]]: there was a look on his face and a tone in his voice that he had not known before. It had always been a notion of his that the kindness of dear Mr. Frodo was of such a high degree that it must imply a fair measure of blindness.''
* Another Tolkien example in ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'': when Túrin gets hospitality
Charlotte from his mother's kinswoman, the long-suffering Aerin, he tells her that she is a true friend but has a soft heart. Later, when the Easterlings attack her hall for revenge after Túrin has left, Aerin [[TakingYouWithMe sets fire to the building ''Literature/AlongTheWindingRoad''. While she's optimistic and perishes with her enemies]].
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward is a genuinely nice guy who loves his siblings and protects
gives everyone in need the benefit of protection. However, he has no problem with killing bandits, even if they're younger than he - as his aunt Stala always says, either the doubt, that doesn't mean you kill them, or they'll kill you. Neither does he have qualms about can [[spoiler: making try to murder her friend/boyfriend]] and get off scot-free. [[spoiler: Or even necessarily live.]]
* Cassie from ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' is kind, the peacemaker of the group, willing to risk herself even for enemies...and once manipulated a guy into [[ShapeshifterModeLock being trapped as a rat for the rest of
his castle collapse over his enemies, by killing his friend Oreg. Oreg's death was life]], which he considered a HeroicSacrifice, but FateWorseThanDeath. On another occasion, the enemies didn't see it coming, team made a deal not to harm a Yeerk when they were misled by the fact stalemated against; upon learning that Ward acted very kind towards them, as that's he was a SerialKiller who killed humans and ''ate other Yeerks,'' Cassie actually demanded his default. Of course, as he's a good guy, the castle was evacuated before the enemies entered it.]]immediate death.



* The page quote above comes from the ''Discworld'' novel ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. Later in the novel (and in other Discworld novels featuring the City Watch), recurring character Carrot Ironfoundersson proves that he fits the trope very well indeed. He's all niceness, idealism, and goodwill towards all, which means that when he has to met out justice, he simply does it without gloating or qualm.
** A better example would be Carrot's boss, Commander Samuel Vimes, who actively and relentlessly seeks to bring justice to a world where everyone is a bit of a bastard. He will also fight trolls, dwarves, vampires, golems, werewolves, and other supernatural monstrosities with nothing more than his bare fists and cunning.
** Granny Weatherwax is similar to Vimes, only she has actual magic powers. She defeats vampires by infecting their blood with her own essence, but stops short of [[FateWorseThanDeath scattering their ashes into space, thus dooming them to millions of years of undeath before the possibility of reconstitution]].
* The Knights of the Cross of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are modern-day paladins who will do their best to persuade the Denarians, DemonicPossession collaborators, and victims to escape the thrall. If they do surrender, even if the Knights know the person is insincere, they cannot harm him anymore. If they refuse, though, the Knights have absolutely no compunction against killing them.
-->'''Harry to Denarian who just "surrendered":''' People like you always mistake compassion for weakness. Michael and Sanya aren't weak. Fortunately for you, they are good men. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for you, ''[[{{Kneecapping}} I'm not]]'']]''.
** Karrin Murphy. She tries to be a ByTheBookCop, with varying degrees of success, has a strong sense of Justice. If someone or something threatens her friends, her family, or the citizens of Chicago, she does ''not'' care if the one doing the threatening is a human, wizard, troll, faerie, or fallen angel, she will utterly wreck their shit.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** From the last novel; [[spoiler:innocent housewife Molly Weasley's cry of "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" right before she kills the powerful, insane sociopath threatening her daughter is an excellent example.]]
** Hermione Granger as well. She's a generally nice and helpful girl, but she will not scruple to blackmail an amoral reporter, lure a sadistic teacher into a trap or disfigure (slightly) a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal traitorous teenage tattle-tale]]. She might also be quite vicious when [[WomanScorned scorned]].
** The desperate circumstances in ''Deathly Hallows'' drive several of the heroic characters to, among other things, resort to using the "Unforgivable" Imperius and Cruciatus Curses.
** Neville Longbottom. He embodies the best traits of his house, is kind to everyone who will let him be, helps whenever he can, and doesn't seem to have the heart to hold a grudge. During the Battle of Hogwarts, he leads a group of students in throwing Mandrakes at the Death Eaters. Mandrakes, for the record, are plants with a ''massive'' InstantDeathRadius. That's right, tick Neville off and he won't play around or try to punish you, he'll bring out a ''magic nuke'' and [[{{WhyDontYouJustShootHim}} kill you dead.]]



*** Liam Mind Rips Mahael after the ''coup d'etat'' fails, then orders his guards to impale him him and the corpse of a dead co-conspirator outside the family burial ground ("that his ancestors may witness his shame"), with the surviving Teymuraz to bear witness in person. Liam specifies that this be done before the ceremony is over and later commands the bodies be left in place the full three days and nights the law requires.
* The team members of ''Literature/RainbowSix'' are pretty decent people. It's noted that all of them are family men (though the video games with the expanded roster subverts this,) get along well with each other, are {{Reluctant Warrior}}s and love a non violent solution if one presents itself. They are also the Foreign Legion, an international special forces BadassCrew who slaughter terrorists when needed, the FriendlySniper team plan and execute a gut shot on one who murdered a sick girl, John and Ding torture, and get angry enough to threaten not to help the Swiss next time there's an incident when they won't help after the team was threatened.
* This can be considered the [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the "ideal" Terran in ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', as usually exemplified by the eponymous protagonist, his more personal friends, and most anybody under his command. Especially earlier in the series when morality is a bit more black-and-white yet, humans as a species are traditionally almost always willing to get along peacefully or even be friends with just about anybody else -- but they're also quite aware that they live in a universe where not everybody exactly ''likes'' them and so remain ready and willing to deal as decisively as necessary with obvious enemies as well. The Solar Empire didn't have one of the most respected war fleets (and some of the biggest [[BattleStar battleships]]) in the entire galaxy for no reason and wasn't shy about using it in defense of itself and its allies either.
* Patroclus in ''Literature/TheIliad'' is this -- he's definitely the wiser one of his friendship with Achilles, practical, compassionate enough to comfort Briseis, faithful, skilled at healing, and (at least compared to other warriors) seems to be remarkably well-balanced. He also has plenty of wrath of his own, and is ''brutally'' efficient in battle, even [[BondOneLiner vaunting over the occasional fallen enemy]]. (Most modern readers are likely to see Hector as the most definite good guy in the work, along with maybe Priam, so he might qualify as well.)
* In Creator/ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'', Italian-born mafioso Tommy Bucks considers Americans to be soft and prides himself on being a hard man who can kill someone in cold blood without a second thought. US Marshal Raylan Givens is an honest American police officer and thus Tommy assumes that Raylan is ultimately soft. He holds unto this belief until the very end when he finally realizes that Raylan is quite willing and capable of just shooting Tommy dead in the middle of a crowded restaurant.
* In ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', Cordelia ends up leading a small team of people into the [[spoiler:capital to save Miles' uterine replacator]]. This ends up going not quite to plan, and she winds up confronting [[spoiler:Vidal Vordarian in his rooms. She tells him to stop the war. He declines... so she has him decapitated, carries his head away in a bag, and burns the Imperial residence down behind her]]. She explains the expedition to her husband and his would-be allies as "shopping" and offers to show them what she bought. They become very cooperative.
** It should be noted that Cordelia had been thought by the natives to be incapable of such a thing ( [[spoiler: the Big Bad's final words are an attempt to say "you can't do this," trunctated in midsentence to "you can't."]] ), due to her background as being an immigrant from an extremely logical and civilized culture. When she learns that she has earned the respect of Barrayar's ruling elite, she is '''enraged''' that her actions should be considered more heroic than the less violent but considerably more difficult, painful, and tortuous ordeals that two other women had gone through. Her husband Aral also gets points for repeatedly killing people without hesitation in order to accomplish such goals as ending the sexual and physical abuses of a P.O.W. camp. His virtues are recognized by Emperor Ezar when making Aral the Regent, "you are the one man who I know, by the far flung ashes of Mad Emperor Yuri, who does not want to be Emperor."

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*** Liam Mind Rips Mahael after the ''coup d'etat'' fails, then orders his guards to impale him him and the corpse of a dead co-conspirator outside the family burial ground ("that his ancestors may witness his shame"), with the surviving Teymuraz to bear witness in person. Liam specifies that this be done before the ceremony is over and later commands the bodies be left in place the full three days and nights the law requires.
* The team members of ''Literature/RainbowSix'' are pretty decent people. It's noted that all of them are family men (though page quote above comes from the video games with the expanded roster subverts this,) get along well with each other, are {{Reluctant Warrior}}s and love a non violent solution if one presents itself. They are also the Foreign Legion, an international special forces BadassCrew who slaughter terrorists when needed, the FriendlySniper team plan and execute a gut shot on one who murdered a sick girl, John and Ding torture, and get angry enough to threaten not to help the Swiss next time there's an incident when they won't help after the team was threatened.
* This can be considered the [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the "ideal" Terran in ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', as usually exemplified by the eponymous protagonist, his more personal friends, and most anybody under his command. Especially earlier
''Literature/Discworld'' novel ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. Later in the series novel (and in other Discworld novels featuring the City Watch), recurring character Carrot Ironfoundersson proves that he fits the trope very well indeed. He's all niceness, idealism, and goodwill towards all, which means that when morality he has to met out justice, he simply does it without gloating or qualm.
** A better example would be Carrot's boss, Commander Samuel Vimes, who actively and relentlessly seeks to bring justice to a world where everyone
is a bit of a bastard. He will also fight trolls, dwarves, vampires, golems, werewolves, and other supernatural monstrosities with nothing more black-and-white yet, humans as a species are traditionally almost always willing than his bare fists and cunning.
** Granny Weatherwax is similar
to get along peacefully or Vimes, only she has actual magic powers. She defeats vampires by infecting their blood with her own essence, but stops short of [[FateWorseThanDeath scattering their ashes into space, thus dooming them to millions of years of undeath before the possibility of reconstitution]].
* Four from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}''. From not letting up in his training of Tris to begin with to [[spoiler:shooting Eric]], he's a good guy, but not particularly coddling.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward is a genuinely nice guy who loves his siblings and protects everyone in need of protection. However, he has no problem with killing bandits,
even be friends with just about anybody else -- but if they're also quite aware that they live in a universe where not everybody exactly ''likes'' them and so remain ready and willing to deal younger than he - as decisively as necessary with obvious his aunt Stala always says, either you kill them, or they'll kill you. Neither does he have qualms about [[spoiler: making his castle collapse over his enemies, by killing his friend Oreg. Oreg's death was a HeroicSacrifice, but the enemies as well. The Solar Empire didn't have one of see it coming, they were misled by the most respected war fleets (and some of the biggest [[BattleStar battleships]]) in the entire galaxy for no reason and wasn't shy about using it in defense of itself and its allies either.
* Patroclus in ''Literature/TheIliad'' is this --
fact that Ward acted very kind towards them, as that's his default. Of course, as he's definitely a good guy, the wiser one castle was evacuated before the enemies entered it.]]
* The Knights
of his friendship with Achilles, practical, compassionate enough the Cross of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are modern-day paladins who will do their best to comfort Briseis, faithful, skilled at healing, persuade the Denarians, DemonicPossession collaborators, and (at least compared victims to other warriors) seems escape the thrall. If they do surrender, even if the Knights know the person is insincere, they cannot harm him anymore. If they refuse, though, the Knights have absolutely no compunction against killing them.
-->'''Harry to Denarian who just "surrendered":''' People like you always mistake compassion for weakness. Michael and Sanya aren't weak. Fortunately for you, they are good men. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for you, ''[[{{Kneecapping}} I'm not]]'']]''.
** Karrin Murphy. She tries
to be remarkably well-balanced. He also has plenty of wrath of his own, and is ''brutally'' efficient in battle, even [[BondOneLiner vaunting over the occasional fallen enemy]]. (Most modern readers are likely to see Hector as the most definite good guy in the work, along a ByTheBookCop, with maybe Priam, so he might qualify as well.)
* In Creator/ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'', Italian-born mafioso Tommy Bucks considers Americans to be soft and prides himself on being
varying degrees of success, has a hard man who can kill strong sense of Justice. If someone in cold blood without a second thought. US Marshal Raylan Givens is an honest American police officer and thus Tommy assumes that Raylan is ultimately soft. He holds unto this belief until or something threatens her friends, her family, or the very end when he finally realizes that Raylan is quite willing and capable citizens of just shooting Tommy dead in the middle of a crowded restaurant.
* In ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', Cordelia ends up leading a small team of people into the [[spoiler:capital to save Miles' uterine replacator]]. This ends up going not quite to plan, and
Chicago, she winds up confronting [[spoiler:Vidal Vordarian in his rooms. She tells him to stop the war. He declines... so she has him decapitated, carries his head away in a bag, and burns the Imperial residence down behind her]]. She explains the expedition to her husband and his would-be allies as "shopping" and offers to show them what she bought. They become very cooperative.
** It should be noted that Cordelia had been thought by the natives to be incapable of such a thing ( [[spoiler: the Big Bad's final words are an attempt to say "you can't do this," trunctated in midsentence to "you can't."]] ), due to her background as being an immigrant from an extremely logical and civilized culture. When she learns that she has earned the respect of Barrayar's ruling elite, she is '''enraged''' that her actions should be considered more heroic than the less violent but considerably more difficult, painful, and tortuous ordeals that two other women had gone through. Her husband Aral also gets points for repeatedly killing people without hesitation in order to accomplish such goals as ending the sexual and physical abuses of a P.O.W. camp. His virtues are recognized by Emperor Ezar when making Aral the Regent, "you are
does ''not'' care if the one man doing the threatening is a human, wizard, troll, faerie, or fallen angel, she will utterly wreck their shit.
* In ''Literature/TheFairyChronicles'', Mother Nature, while a benevolent being, is terrifying in some of her forms, such as quicksand or hurricanes.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** From the last novel; [[spoiler:innocent housewife Molly Weasley's cry of "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" right before she kills the powerful, insane sociopath threatening her daughter is an excellent example.]]
** Hermione Granger as well. She's a generally nice and helpful girl, but she will not scruple to blackmail an amoral reporter, lure a sadistic teacher into a trap or disfigure (slightly) a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal traitorous teenage tattle-tale]]. She might also be quite vicious when [[WomanScorned scorned]].
** The desperate circumstances in ''Deathly Hallows'' drive several of the heroic characters to, among other things, resort to using the "Unforgivable" Imperius and Cruciatus Curses.
** Neville Longbottom. He embodies the best traits of his house, is kind to everyone
who I know, by will let him be, helps whenever he can, and doesn't seem to have the far flung ashes heart to hold a grudge. During the Battle of Mad Emperor Yuri, who does not want Hogwarts, he leads a group of students in throwing Mandrakes at the Death Eaters. Mandrakes, for the record, are plants with a ''massive'' InstantDeathRadius. That's right, tick Neville off and he won't play around or try to be Emperor."punish you, he'll bring out a ''magic nuke'' and [[{{WhyDontYouJustShootHim}} kill you dead.]]



* Peeta Mellark from ''Literature/HungerGames'' is a kind, gentle young man whose signature hobbies are baking and painting. This does not mean he will not kill to protect himself or those he cares about.
* Patroclus in ''Literature/TheIliad'' is this -- he's definitely the wiser one of his friendship with Achilles, practical, compassionate enough to comfort Briseis, faithful, skilled at healing, and (at least compared to other warriors) seems to be remarkably well-balanced. He also has plenty of wrath of his own, and is ''brutally'' efficient in battle, even [[BondOneLiner vaunting over the occasional fallen enemy]]. (Most modern readers are likely to see Hector as the most definite good guy in the work, along with maybe Priam, so he might qualify as well.)



* Dr. Tachyon from ''Literature/WildCards'' is a very good example of this trope. He is a genuinely good and compassionate person, fiercely loyal to his friends and generally very nice and caring. But was raised as a prince in an aristocratic alien culture with cutthroat politics, and if you happen to be his enemy, don't expect him to fight fair or show any mercy. Even cold-blooded murder is not averse to him if it is necessary and morally justifiable.
* Peeta Mellark from ''Literature/HungerGames'' is a kind, gentle young man whose signature hobbies are baking and painting. This does not mean he will not kill to protect himself or those he cares about.

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* Dr. Tachyon from ''Literature/WildCards'' is Frodo Baggins in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. [[TheChampion Sam]] begins to despair of Frodo's constant mercy toward the (in Sam's eyes) explicitly untrustworthy Gollum -- [[OhCrap until]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Frodo explicitly and rather]] [[TranquilFury coldly threatens to kill]] Gollum if he betrays them.
-->''[[TheChampion Sam]] looked at his master with approval, [[OhCrap but also with surprise]]: there was
a very good look on his face and a tone in his voice that he had not known before. It had always been a notion of his that the kindness of dear Mr. Frodo was of such a high degree that it must imply a fair measure of blindness.''
* Another Tolkien
example of this trope. He in ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'': when Túrin gets hospitality from his mother's kinswoman, the long-suffering Aerin, he tells her that she is a genuinely good true friend but has a soft heart. Later, when the Easterlings attack her hall for revenge after Túrin has left, Aerin [[TakingYouWithMe sets fire to the building and compassionate person, fiercely loyal to his friends and generally very nice and caring. But was raised as a prince in an aristocratic alien culture perishes with cutthroat politics, and if you happen to be his enemy, don't expect him to fight fair or show any mercy. Even cold-blooded murder is not averse to him if it is necessary and morally justifiable.
* Peeta Mellark from ''Literature/HungerGames'' is a kind, gentle young man whose signature hobbies are baking and painting. This does not mean he will not kill to protect himself or those he cares about.
her enemies]].



* This can be considered the [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the "ideal" Terran in ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', as usually exemplified by the eponymous protagonist, his more personal friends, and most anybody under his command. Especially earlier in the series when morality is a bit more black-and-white yet, humans as a species are traditionally almost always willing to get along peacefully or even be friends with just about anybody else -- but they're also quite aware that they live in a universe where not everybody exactly ''likes'' them and so remain ready and willing to deal as decisively as necessary with obvious enemies as well. The Solar Empire didn't have one of the most respected war fleets (and some of the biggest [[BattleStar battleships]]) in the entire galaxy for no reason and wasn't shy about using it in defense of itself and its allies either.
* In Creator/ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'', Italian-born mafioso Tommy Bucks considers Americans to be soft and prides himself on being a hard man who can kill someone in cold blood without a second thought. US Marshal Raylan Givens is an honest American police officer and thus Tommy assumes that Raylan is ultimately soft. He holds unto this belief until the very end when he finally realizes that Raylan is quite willing and capable of just shooting Tommy dead in the middle of a crowded restaurant.
* The team members of ''Literature/RainbowSix'' are pretty decent people. It's noted that all of them are family men (though the video games with the expanded roster subverts this,) get along well with each other, are {{Reluctant Warrior}}s and love a non violent solution if one presents itself. They are also the Foreign Legion, an international special forces BadassCrew who slaughter terrorists when needed, the FriendlySniper team plan and execute a gut shot on one who murdered a sick girl, John and Ding torture, and get angry enough to threaten not to help the Swiss next time there's an incident when they won't help after the team was threatened.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', basically every character who is good and doesn't die the moment things get tough.
** Ser Bonifer the Good, a [[TheFundamentalist famously uptight and religious knight]], surprises Jaime by being this. After Bonifer rebukes Jaime for Jaime's vengeful urges towards the Brave Companions, (a rogue mercenary group who have been raping and murdering their way across the countryside and who cut off [[MasterSwordsman Jaime's]] sword hand) Jaime mockingly asks if Bonifer would forgive the men instead after catching them. Bonifer replies that if they showed true repentance for their crimes, he would indeed forgive them and pray with them - before sending them to be executed.
--->'''Ser Bonifer:''' Sins may be forgiven. Crimes require punishment.
* Marvin from ''Literature/TheTenetsOfFutilism.'' He's usually mild-mannered and friendly. However, when Sasha (the 'protagonist') orders her cult followers to [[spoiler: commit female genital mutilation upon Marvin's sister for no logical reason,]] he ''isn't happy.'' At all. Marvin tries to get Sasha killed using his resources as a reporter. This actually ends up helping her, but it's the thought that counts.



** Lady Sabine in ''Literature/ProvostsDog''. Friendly and pleasant to Tunstall, Goodwin, and Beka, but she casually suggests that Beka kill Yates Noll, a violent man who beats his sister and tries to hit Beka for making conversation at the Nolls' bake stall. When Beka reminds her that this would be slightly illegal, Sabine's not even slightly abashed.

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** Lady Sabine of Macayhill in ''Literature/ProvostsDog''. Friendly and pleasant to Tunstall, Goodwin, and Beka, but she casually suggests that Beka kill Yates Noll, a violent man who beats his sister and tries to hit Beka for making conversation at the Nolls' bake stall. When Beka reminds her that this would be slightly illegal, Sabine's not even slightly abashed.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', basically every character who is good and doesn't die the moment things get tough.
** Ser Bonifer the Good, a [[TheFundamentalist famously uptight and religious knight]], surprises Jaime by being this. After Bonifer rebukes Jaime for Jaime's vengeful urges towards the Brave Companions, (a rogue mercenary group who have been raping and murdering their way across the countryside and who cut off [[MasterSwordsman Jaime's]] sword hand) Jaime mockingly asks if Bonifer would forgive the men instead after catching them. Bonifer replies that if they showed true repentance for their crimes, he would indeed forgive them and pray with them - before sending them to be executed.
--->'''Ser Bonifer:''' Sins may be forgiven. Crimes require punishment.
* Marvin from ''Literature/TheTenetsOfFutilism.'' He's usually mild-mannered and friendly. However, when Sasha (the 'protagonist') orders her cult followers to [[spoiler: commit female genital mutilation upon Marvin's sister for no logical reason,]] he ''isn't happy.'' At all. Marvin tries to get Sasha killed using his resources as a reporter. This actually ends up helping her, but it's the thought that counts.



* Four from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}''. From not letting up in his training of Tris to begin with to [[spoiler:shooting Eric]], he's a good guy, but not particularly coddling.
* In ''Literature/TheFairyChronicles'', Mother Nature, while a benevolent being, is terrifying in some of her forms, such as quicksand or hurricanes.
* Cassie from ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' is kind, the peacemaker of the group, willing to risk herself even for enemies...and once manipulated a guy into [[ShapeshifterModeLock being trapped as a rat for the rest of his life]], which he considered a FateWorseThanDeath. On another occasion, the team made a deal not to harm a Yeerk when they were stalemated against; upon learning that he was a SerialKiller who killed humans and ''ate other Yeerks,'' Cassie actually demanded his immediate death.
* Charlotte from ''Literature/AlongTheWindingRoad''. While she's optimistic and gives everyone the benefit of the doubt, that doesn't mean you can [[spoiler: try to murder her friend/boyfriend]] and get off scot-free. [[spoiler: Or even necessarily live.]]

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* Four from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}''. From ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** In ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', Cordelia ends up leading a small team of people into the [[spoiler:capital to save Miles' uterine replacator]]. This ends up going
not letting quite to plan, and she winds up confronting [[spoiler:Vidal Vordarian in his training of Tris rooms. She tells him to begin with stop the war. He declines... so she has him decapitated, carries his head away in a bag, and burns the Imperial residence down behind her]]. She explains the expedition to [[spoiler:shooting Eric]], he's a good guy, but not particularly coddling.
* In ''Literature/TheFairyChronicles'', Mother Nature, while a benevolent being, is terrifying in some of
her forms, husband and his would-be allies as "shopping" and offers to show them what she bought. They become very cooperative.
** It should be noted that Cordelia had been thought by the natives to be incapable of
such as quicksand or hurricanes.
* Cassie from ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' is kind,
a thing ( [[spoiler: the peacemaker of the group, willing Big Bad's final words are an attempt to risk herself even for enemies...and once manipulated a guy into [[ShapeshifterModeLock say "you can't do this," trunctated in midsentence to "you can't."]] ), due to her background as being trapped as a rat for an immigrant from an extremely logical and civilized culture. When she learns that she has earned the rest respect of his life]], which he Barrayar's ruling elite, she is '''enraged''' that her actions should be considered a FateWorseThanDeath. On another occasion, more heroic than the team made a deal not to harm a Yeerk when they were stalemated against; upon learning less violent but considerably more difficult, painful, and tortuous ordeals that he was a SerialKiller who killed humans and ''ate two other Yeerks,'' Cassie actually demanded his immediate death.
women had gone through. Her husband Aral also gets points for repeatedly killing people without hesitation in order to accomplish such goals as ending the sexual and physical abuses of a P.O.W. camp. His virtues are recognized by Emperor Ezar when making Aral the Regent, "you are the one man who I know, by the far flung ashes of Mad Emperor Yuri, who does not want to be Emperor."
* Charlotte Dr. Tachyon from ''Literature/AlongTheWindingRoad''. While she's optimistic ''Literature/WildCards'' is a very good example of this trope. He is a genuinely good and gives everyone the benefit of the doubt, that doesn't mean compassionate person, fiercely loyal to his friends and generally very nice and caring. But was raised as a prince in an aristocratic alien culture with cutthroat politics, and if you can [[spoiler: try happen to be his enemy, don't expect him to fight fair or show any mercy. Even cold-blooded murder her friend/boyfriend]] is not averse to him if it is necessary and get off scot-free. [[spoiler: Or even necessarily live.]]morally justifiable.



* Clarke from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' is an AllLovingHero who would really prefer it if no one got hurt, not even people who have been her enemies. However, she's also a PragmaticHero, and if it looks like there's no way out of a situation without ''someone'' getting hurt, she won't hesitate to do the hurting.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': pretty much applies to all the main characters, save Ward. They're nice, kind-hearted folks as long as you're not a HYDRA mook or head - or [[spoiler: Grant Ward]] - in which case they'll kill you in cold-blood or order same. Coulson, May, Skye (especially [[spoiler: after she gets her superpowers, though she is later shown slaughtering a group of HYDRA soldiers using a regular gun]]), Bobbi, Hunter (a close-to-comic-relief character who midway through Season 2 [[spoiler: commits an unambiguous cold-blooded murder of a HYDRA leader on Coulson's orders, with Bobbi watching]]), and even Simmons, [[spoiler: who attempts to murder Ward and spends most of Season 2 devising ways to kill people with superpowers]].
* Laurel Lance in {{Series/Arrow}} is generally kind to those around her and has made a career of helping those who need it most, but that doesn't mean she's going to let the bad guys get away with abusing people.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Captain John Sheridan's father taught him to never start a fight, but to always finish it. He sticks to this for the entire series. He almost always waits for his opponents to shoot first, but will not hesitate to [[CombatPragmatist use any tactic in the book]] and overwhelming force afterwards.
* President Laura Roslin from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. On a show full of GreyAndGrayMorality she was one of the most unambiguously good characters in the cast, but God help you if you got between her and what she thought was best for the fleet, because she wouldn't hesitate to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw you out the airlock]].
* Jane Doe of ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'' exemplifies this trope, so caring and devoted to those caught up in the incidents she's part of as well as her teammates. She will also stop you, shoot you, punish you, to stop the threat whether it be terrorism or domestic abuse, and when told to back off she does so.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Faith of both shows has matured into this. A seriously [[NiceGuy nice girl,]] caring, and points out EvenEvilHasLovedOnes. She's also up for maiming and killing human and demon alike, even her deadbeat father. In season nine, after slicing off the arm of a gun toting gangster, then burning drug dealers alive, she brings up the proper arrangements for their bereaved families. Even when she was introduced, she proved to have what it takes: aside from being genuinely nice, she would say a dumped Buffy is a good Buffy (because of how aggressive a fighter she was after Scott dumped her) before sabotaging Scott's future conquests on Buffy's behalf, then lending a kind ear to a pissed Xander before going behind Buffy's back to [[DirtyBusiness kill Angel,]] since for all Faith knew he was still capable of being the grand master villain of the series.
** Buffy herself. If you're human and not cutting up dead bodies or killing children, she's quite nice. If you are, then she's all for prison, death, PrisonRape then [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs death]], basically having a soul makes such actions inexcusable.
*** When Angel is poisoned and Buffy learns that Slayer blood is the cure in Season 3 of ''Buffy'', her rather scary initial plan is to force the psychotic Faith to him to feed on, dead or alive. When that doesn't work, Buffy offers herself to feed on, which Angel absolutely refuses. So Buffy punches him in the face until the blows anger him enough to vamp out, then she makes him feed on her.
** The Scooby Gang as a whole. They're all nice kids and Giles is a British Gentleman, but they've killed a lot of monsters.
** Giles, very much so. Most extreme example? Smothering a wounded Ben to death rather than risk Glory coming back. Before doing the deed, Giles cryptically remarks, "[Buffy's] a hero, you see. She's not like us." He wanted to spare Buffy from doing it.
** Wesley, from very early on in ''Angel'' and perhaps as early as his appearances on ''Buffy'', shows he is willing to torture the bad guys to protect his friends. He's also the one who sends a whole bunch of optimistic villagers on a suicide mission because it's the most effective plan, keeps a girl in a closet for months while he's [[spoiler: trawling the ocean for Angel, who tried to kill him]], and shoots [[spoiler: his father]] without hesitation to protect Fred. It turns out [[spoiler: to be a robot]], but he didn't know that, and he still did it.
** Angel. He actually ''is'' a nice guy most of the time, but he can switch to ruthless at the drop of a hat and he has a hundred years of doing extremely horrible things to people for giggles to draw on. It is also not a good idea to go after people he cares about.
** Team Angel as a whole. Doyle is probably the softest member and he doesn't last very long.
* Most of the main cast of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' are friendly and personable people, but since their job is hunting extremely dangerous serial killers they're all prepared to kill if they have to. Hotch is a particularly notable example, as he's a stern but fair boss who's almost invariably kind and polite both at home and on the job, but he will not hesitate to put a bullet in a bad guy's skull in order to save innocent lives.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Compared to other Starfleet captains, Benjamin Sisko was quite willing to do things like poison a planet or participate in a murder conspiracy for the greater good, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-YyL7X4CWw though he might not be too happy about it]].
-->"I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But the most damning thing of all... I think I can live with it. And if I had to do it all over again, I would."
** The Federation as a whole, while fairly idealistic, is very capable of doing hard, even cruel, things when needed. Especially in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* All the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have protagonists who will not hesitate to pummel and Rider Kick the monsters of the week and their mooks to death. Special mention goes to Series/KamenRiderAmazon defeated his enemies not with fancy moves and cool weapons and kaboom endings to the fight, but by ''ripping'' the MonsterOfTheWeek apart with his bare claws and teeth and the serrated edges of his gloves. However, if you don't happen to be an evil monster, he's the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He's a FriendToAllChildren, FriendToAllLivingThings, and so forth. He once even saved a monster from being executed by his bosses for failing to defeat him! That monster became an ally for most of the rest of the series.
** Series/KamenRiderKuuga has basically the nicest Kamen Rider of the entire franchise as its main hero, but he is just as dedicated to protecting innocents as the rest of the Riders. And for Heaven's Sake, [[BewareTheNiceOnes don't make him genuinely angry]]. The merciless monster that managed that was left whimpering in terror by the time Kuuga finally finished him off.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Compared to other Starfleet captains, Benjamin Sisko was quite willing to do things like poison a planet or participate in a murder conspiracy for Claire Temple from ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' is an ER nurse who first met the greater good, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-YyL7X4CWw though eponymous hero when she hauled him bleeding from a dumpster and tended his wounds when he might not refused to be too happy about it]].
-->"I lied. I cheated. I bribed men
taken to cover the crimes of other men. I am a hospital, and she continues to stitch him up on occasion, as well as have a minor [[LoveInterest romantic subplot]]. You'd expect a nurse to be nurturing, gentle, meek, and generally an accessory to murder. But the most damning thing of all... I think I can live with it. And if I had to do AllLovingHero, right? As it all over again, I would."
** The Federation as a whole,
happens, while fairly idealistic, Matt[=/=]Daredevil is very capable of doing hard, even cruel, things when needed. Especially interrogating a {{Mook|s}} in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* All the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have protagonists who
order to find a kidnapped child in a human smuggling ring, she goes from too horrified to speak to instructing Matt precisely how best to make him ''[[ColdBloodedTorture hurt]].'' She is brisk, calm and will not hesitate to pummel accept Matt nearly dying in her apartment and Rider Kick the monsters of the week and their mooks to death. Special mention goes to Series/KamenRiderAmazon defeated his enemies not with fancy moves and cool weapons and kaboom endings to the fight, but by ''ripping'' the MonsterOfTheWeek apart with his bare claws and teeth and the serrated edges of his gloves. However, if you don't happen to be an evil monster, then leaving without explaining how he's any better than the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He's people he goes after. A reason she helped him in the first place is that she believes the scum of Hell's Kitchen deserve punishment, having seen the pain they cause on a FriendToAllChildren, FriendToAllLivingThings, daily basis in the ER.
** The titular character himself counts. He goes for bone breaks to incapacitate his opponents
and can be quite brusque when dealing with civilians as Daredevil. But he's as gentle as possible when dealing with victims, especially children. A good example of this is "Cut Man", where he tears through a small army of human traffickers, then takes his mask off so forth. He once the little boy he's rescuing won't be scared.
* In the Disney adaptation of ''Series/DoctorSynTheScarecrow'', Syn is a generous vicar who abhors killing... and spends his nights dressing as a {{Scary Scarecrow|s}} with an EvilLaugh who terrorizes the king's taxmen, leading a band of smugglers who are themselves frightened of him. When Syn learns of TheMole in his band, his first instinct is to put on a display so horrifying that nobody else will
even saved a monster from being executed consider double-crossing him and does so by his bosses for failing to defeat him! That monster became an ally for most of ''lynching'' the rest of the series.
** Series/KamenRiderKuuga has basically the nicest Kamen Rider of the entire franchise as its main hero, but he is just as dedicated to protecting innocents as the rest of the Riders. And for Heaven's Sake, [[BewareTheNiceOnes don't make him genuinely angry]]. The merciless monster
traitor following a KangarooCourt. Only afterwards do we see that managed that it was left whimpering in terror by the time Kuuga finally finished him off. faked.



** From at least [[TheChessmaster the Sylvester McCoy version]] onward, the Doctor himself is this. He's sent some bad guys to rather harsh endings to protect the innocent, has put good people in the line of fire or done otherwise unkind things as part of [[GambitIndex various gambits]], and has often had to make choices between bad and worse. These things heavily weigh on him, but if it's between [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii the destruction of Pompeii]] and letting the Pyroviles take the whole ''world,'' it often falls to him to throw the switch.
** While it has been a large part of the other Doctors in the series before and since, this trait has been deeply explored during the run of the Creator/DavidTennant Doctor.

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** From at least [[TheChessmaster the Sylvester McCoy version]] Seven]] onward, the Doctor himself is this. He's sent some bad guys to rather harsh endings to protect the innocent, has put good people in the line of fire or done otherwise unkind things as part of [[GambitIndex various gambits]], and has often had to make choices between bad and worse. These things heavily weigh on him, but if it's between [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii the destruction of Pompeii]] and letting the Pyroviles take the whole ''world,'' it often falls to him to throw the switch.
** While it has been a large part of the other Doctors in the series before and since, this trait has been deeply explored during the run of the Creator/DavidTennant [[Creator/DavidTennant Tenth]] Doctor.



** And then we have [[UpToEleven The]] [[TheNthDoctor Eleventh Doctor]], who demonstrates a great deal of compassion and caring for his friends. But that doesn't stop him from trying to wipe out [[OmnicidalManiac the Daleks]], erasing The Weeping Angels from time, and tricking the Silents into ordering their own execution at the hands of mankind. The Eleventh Doctor practically [[{{LampshadeHanging}} Lampshaded]] this in the episode "A Good Man Goes to War."

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** And then we have [[UpToEleven The]] the]] [[TheNthDoctor Eleventh Doctor]], who demonstrates a great deal of compassion and caring for his friends. But that doesn't stop him from trying to wipe out [[OmnicidalManiac the Daleks]], erasing The Weeping Angels from time, and tricking the Silents into ordering their own execution at the hands of mankind. The Eleventh Doctor practically [[{{LampshadeHanging}} Lampshaded]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War."War"]].



* From ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', The interaction between Mal and Crow in 'The Train Job'. Crow gloats and threatens. Mal barely says a word...until he kicks Crow close enough to Serenity's engine to be sucked into it.
* Every member in Team One in ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' are very likeable and friendly people off the field. Their first course of action is usually to talk with the hostage taker without any violence but they will not hesitate to pull the trigger on anyone threatening a hostage. And if someone [[BerserkButton threatens a team member...]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Like A Song of Ice and Fire above, this trope works with Daenerys, forced into a arranged marriage with a barbarian king. She quickly takes to his society's customs and pushes him to treat her as an equal, which gains his respect. She begins standing up to her abusive brother as well as the practice of RapePillageAndBurn, after her baby is threatened Daenerys approves of death by immolation, an act she would later do herself. She frees the slaves of her tribe and promises those who would harm them will [[BewareTheNiceOnes die screaming,]] sets about bringing justice to the Seven Kingdoms, and shows that she is a master at DisproportionateRetribution.
** Ned Stark is one of the most honorable and noble characters in the series, and his first scene shows him personally beheading a man for desertion. The Starks are beloved in their own lands for keeping the peace and ruling wisely, but they don't do that by being pushovers.
* General Gaines in ''Series/YouMeAndTheApocalypse''. A caring and surprisingly gentle man, polite even to people who make his life difficult, but he will kill anyone who endangers humanity or his loved ones without so much as blinking.
* Nick in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Despite his more brutal and merciless ancestors, Nick himself is a fairly reasonable Grimm who follows within the law of what a good police officer would do, including having Wesen friends/allies. However, he begins to use his reputation as a Grimm to terrify several Wesen into giving him the information he needs and ''will'' shoot to kill to protect himself or someone else.
* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Colonel Hogan and his subordinates are definitely the good guys, but they're not afraid to get their hands dirty with sabotage and assassinations.
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' this is a defining characteristic of US Marshal Raylan Givens and the other Kentucky Marshals. In the opening scene of the series vicious killer Tommy Bucks found out that when Raylan tells you to leave town in 24 hours, you do so or Raylan is more than willing to shoot it out with you in broad daylight. Two seasons later mobster Wynn Duffy found out that Raylan is more than willing to play Russian Roulette with him because Duffy would not answer questions about a cop's murder.
** In the same vein Chief Deputy Marshall Art Mullen might seem like an old man with bad knees but if you really piss him off he will go "old school" on you with a phone book.
** Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson is a nice fellow who likes to joke around but in an instant he can turn into a ColdSniper and put a hole in a hostage taker's head.
** Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks might have a chip on her shoulder about being a petite, black woman but when she is disrespected she will not hesitate to bring down men twice her size.
* All the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have protagonists who will not hesitate to pummel and Rider Kick the monsters of the week and their mooks to death. Special mention goes to Series/KamenRiderAmazon defeated his enemies not with fancy moves and cool weapons and kaboom endings to the fight, but by ''ripping'' the MonsterOfTheWeek apart with his bare claws and teeth and the serrated edges of his gloves. However, if you don't happen to be an evil monster, he's the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He's a FriendToAllChildren, FriendToAllLivingThings, and so forth. He once even saved a monster from being executed by his bosses for failing to defeat him! That monster became an ally for most of the rest of the series.
** Series/KamenRiderKuuga has basically the nicest Kamen Rider of the entire franchise as its main hero, but he is just as dedicated to protecting innocents as the rest of the Riders. And for Heaven's Sake, [[BewareTheNiceOnes don't make him genuinely angry]]. The merciless monster that managed that was left whimpering in terror by the time Kuuga finally finished him off.
* The Series/{{Leverage}} team is all this, especially [[GoodIsNotNice Nate]] and [[DirtyBusiness Eliot]]. If you've been royally screwed over by a CorruptCorporateExecutive, they will move heaven and earth for you. [[OhCrap If, however, you]] ''are'' a CorruptCorporateExecutive ... Put best in the "Cross My Heart Job", where Nate [[TranquilFury calmly]] informs a man who kidnapped a woman's daughter to blackmail her into stealing a heart transplant from a dying 15-year-old how he will utterly destroy him if he ever tries anything like that again.



* The Series/{{Leverage}} team is all this, especially [[GoodIsNotNice Nate]] and [[DirtyBusiness Eliot]]. If you've been royally screwed over by a CorruptCorporateExecutive, they will move heaven and earth for you. [[OhCrap If, however, you]] ''are'' a CorruptCorporateExecutive ... Put best in the "Cross My Heart Job", where Nate [[TranquilFury calmly]] informs a man who kidnapped a woman's daughter to blackmail her into stealing a heart transplant from a dying 15-year-old how he will utterly destroy him if he ever tries anything like that again.

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* The Series/{{Leverage}} team Ruby[=/=]Red in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is all the free spirited yet kindhearted version of Literature/LittleRedRidingHood. She is also the wolf and treated as a vicious, LittleRedFightingHood.
** A better example might be [[TheChosenOne Emma Swan,]] who while good is decidedly more pragmatic than her parents. In "Good Form", she, Regina, and Snow White are trying to convince a Lost Boy to help them. After playing nice fails, Regina mentions she could simply tear his heart and force him to help. Snow is horrified (it's wrong), but Emma doesn't just agree she ''holds Snow back'' so Regina can do it. She later makes it clear to Snow she will do [[IDidWhatIHadToDo whatever it takes]] to save Henry.
** Snow herself has shades of
this, especially [[GoodIsNotNice Nate]] and [[DirtyBusiness Eliot]]. If you've been royally screwed over by a CorruptCorporateExecutive, they will move heaven and earth for you. [[OhCrap If, however, you]] ''are'' proper...ProperLady, she's also a CorruptCorporateExecutive ... Put best BadassPrincess who back in the "Cross My Heart Job", where Nate [[TranquilFury calmly]] informs a man day would execute those who kidnapped a woman's daughter deserved it and in present day conspired to blackmail her into stealing murder Regina's mother, and after a bout of MyGodWhatHaveIDone jams to JoannaJett while rocking a bow and arrow to get over it.
* In ''Series/TheOriginals'', Elijah may be the kindest, fairest, and most honorable of his siblings, but mess with his family, and you might just end up with your
heart transplant literally ripped out of your chest.
* Carter Grayson, the Red Ranger
from PowerRangersLightspeedRescue. He's a dying 15-year-old how [[ByTheBookCop by the book fireman]], determined to save people's lives, but he will utterly destroy him if has shown to be one of the most agressive rangers in the franchise. In the first episode, he ever tries anything like that again.tried to run over the monster of the week with a jeep and displayed a willingness to kill the [[SixthRanger Titanium Ranger]] durring his debut episode, before Ryan's HeelFaceTurn.



* Nick in ''{{Grimm}}''. Despite his more brutal and merciless ancestors, Nick himself is a fairly reasonable Grimm who follows within the law of what a good police officer would do, including having Wesen friends/allies. However, he begins to use his reputation as a Grimm to terrify several Wesen into giving him the information he needs and ''will'' shoot to kill to protect himself or someone else.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Faith of both shows has matured into this. A seriously [[NiceGuy nice girl,]] caring, and points out EvenEvilHasLovedOnes. She's also up for maiming and killing human and demon alike, even her deadbeat father. In season nine, after slicing off the arm of a gun toting gangster, then burning drug dealers alive, she brings up the proper arrangements for their bereaved families. Even when she was introduced, she proved to have what it takes: aside from being genuinely nice, she would say a dumped Buffy is a good Buffy (because of how aggressive a fighter she was after Scott dumped her) before sabotaging Scott's future conquests on Buffy's behalf, then lending a kind ear to a pissed Xander before going behind Buffy's back to [[DirtyBusiness kill Angel,]] since for all Faith knew he was still capable of being the grand master villain of the series.
** Buffy herself. If you're human and not cutting up dead bodies or killing children, she's quite nice. If you are, then she's all for prison, death, PrisonRape then [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs death]], basically having a soul makes such actions inexcusable.
*** When Angel is poisoned and Buffy learns that Slayer blood is the cure in Season 3 of ''Buffy'', her rather scary initial plan is to force the psychotic Faith to him to feed on, dead or alive. When that doesn't work, Buffy offers herself to feed on, which Angel absolutely refuses. So Buffy punches him in the face until the blows anger him enough to vamp out, then she makes him feed on her.
** The Scooby Gang as a whole. They're all nice kids and Giles is a British Gentleman, but they've killed a lot of monsters.
** Giles, very much so. Most extreme example? Smothering a wounded Ben to death rather than risk Glory coming back. Before doing the deed, Giles cryptically remarks, "[Buffy's] a hero, you see. She's not like us." He wanted to spare Buffy from doing it.
** Wesley, from very early on in ''Angel'' and perhaps as early as his appearances on ''Buffy'', shows he is willing to torture the bad guys to protect his friends. He's also the one who sends a whole bunch of optimistic villagers on a suicide mission because it's the most effective plan, keeps a girl in a closet for months while he's [[spoiler: trawling the ocean for Angel, who tried to kill him]], and shoots [[spoiler: his father]] without hesitation to protect Fred. It turns out [[spoiler: to be a robot]], but he didn't know that, and he still did it.
** Angel. He actually ''is'' a nice guy most of the time, but he can switch to ruthless at the drop of a hat and he has a hundred years of doing extremely horrible things to people for giggles to draw on. It is also not a good idea to go after people he cares about.
** Team Angel as a whole. Doyle is probably the softest member and he doesn't last very long.
* From ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', The interaction between Mal and Crow in 'The Train Job'. Crow gloats and threatens. Mal barely says a word...until he kicks Crow close enough to Serenity's engine to be sucked into it.
* Every member in Team One in ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' are very likeable and friendly people off the field. Their first course of action is usually to talk with the hostage taker without any violence but they will not hesitate to pull the trigger on anyone threatening a hostage. And if someone [[BerserkButton threatens a team member...]]



* President Laura Roslin from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. On a show full of GreyAndGrayMorality she was one of the most unambiguously good characters in the cast, but God help you if you got between her and what she thought was best for the fleet, because she wouldn't hesitate to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw you out the airlock]].
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' this is a defining characteristic of US Marshal Raylan Givens and the other Kentucky Marshals. In the opening scene of the series vicious killer Tommy Bucks found out that when Raylan tells you to leave town in 24 hours, you do so or Raylan is more than willing to shoot it out with you in broad daylight. Two seasons later mobster Wynn Duffy found out that Raylan is more than willing to play Russian Roulette with him because Duffy would not answer questions about a cop's murder.
** In the same vein Chief Deputy Marshall Art Mullen might seem like an old man with bad knees but if you really piss him off he will go "old school" on you with a phone book.
** Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson is a nice fellow who likes to joke around but in an instant he can turn into a ColdSniper and put a hole in a hostage taker's head.
** Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks might have a chip on her shoulder about being a petite, black woman but when she is disrespected she will not hesitate to bring down men twice her size.
* Ruby[=/=]Red in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is the free spirited yet kindhearted version of Literature/LittleRedRidingHood. She is also the wolf and treated as a vicious, LittleRedFightingHood.
** A better example might be [[TheChosenOne Emma Swan,]] who while good is decidedly more pragmatic than her parents. In "Good Form", she, Regina, and Snow White are trying to convince a Lost Boy to help them. After playing nice fails, Regina mentions she could simply tear his heart and force him to help. Snow is horrified (it's wrong), but Emma doesn't just agree she ''holds Snow back'' so Regina can do it. She later makes it clear to Snow she will do [[IDidWhatIHadToDo whatever it takes]] to save Henry.
** Snow herself has shades of this, a proper...ProperLady, she's also a BadassPrincess who back in the day would execute those who deserved it and in present day conspired to murder Regina's mother, and after a bout of MyGodWhatHaveIDone jams to JoannaJett while rocking a bow and arrow to get over it.
* Laurel Lance in {{Series/Arrow}} is generally kind to those around her and has made a career of helping those who need it most, but that doesn't mean she's going to let the bad guys get away with abusing people.
* In ''Series/TheOriginals'', Elijah may be the kindest, fairest, and most honorable of his siblings, but mess with his family, and you might just end up with your heart literally ripped out of your chest.
* Carter Grayson, the Red Ranger from PowerRangersLightspeedRescue. He's a [[ByTheBookCop by the book fireman]], determined to save people's lives, but he has shown to be one of the most agressive rangers in the franchise. In the first episode, he tried to run over the monster of the week with a jeep and displayed a willingness to kill the [[SixthRanger Titanium Ranger]] durring his debut episode, before Ryan's HeelFaceTurn.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Captain John Sheridan's father taught him to never start a fight, but to always finish it. He sticks to this for the entire series. He almost always waits for his opponents to shoot first, but will not hesitate to [[CombatPragmatist use any tactic in the book]] and overwhelming force afterwards.
* Clarke from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' is an AllLovingHero who would really prefer it if no one got hurt, not even people who have been her enemies. However, she's also a PragmaticHero, and if it looks like there's no way out of a situation without ''someone'' getting hurt, she won't hesitate to do the hurting.
* Claire Temple from ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' is an ER nurse who first met the eponymous hero when she hauled him bleeding from a dumpster and tended his wounds when he refused to be taken to a hospital, and she continues to stitch him up on occasion, as well as have a minor [[LoveInterest romantic subplot]]. You'd expect a nurse to be nurturing, gentle, meek, and generally an AllLovingHero, right? As it happens, while Matt[=/=]Daredevil is interrogating a {{Mook|s}} in order to find a kidnapped child in a human smuggling ring, she goes from too horrified to speak to instructing Matt precisely how best to make him ''[[ColdBloodedTorture hurt]].'' She is brisk, calm and will not accept Matt nearly dying in her apartment and then leaving without explaining how he's any better than the people he goes after. A reason she helped him in the first place is that she believes the scum of Hell's Kitchen deserve punishment, having seen the pain they cause on a daily basis in the ER.
** The titular character himself counts. He goes for bone breaks to incapacitate his opponents and can be quite brusque when dealing with civilians as Daredevil. But he's as gentle as possible when dealing with victims, especially children. A good example of this is "Cut Man", where he tears through a small army of human traffickers, then takes his mask off so the little boy he's rescuing won't be scared.

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* President Laura Roslin from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. On a show full of GreyAndGrayMorality she was one of the most unambiguously good characters in the cast, but God help you if you got between her and what she thought was best for the fleet, because she wouldn't hesitate ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Compared to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw you out the airlock]].
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' this is a defining characteristic of US Marshal Raylan Givens and the
other Kentucky Marshals. In the opening scene of the series vicious killer Tommy Bucks found out that when Raylan tells you to leave town in 24 hours, you do so or Raylan is more than Starfleet captains, Benjamin Sisko was quite willing to shoot it out with you in broad daylight. Two seasons later mobster Wynn Duffy found out that Raylan is more than willing to play Russian Roulette with him because Duffy would not answer questions about a cop's murder.
** In the same vein Chief Deputy Marshall Art Mullen might seem
do things like an old man with bad knees but if you really piss him off he will go "old school" on you with poison a phone book.
** Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson is a nice fellow who likes to joke around but in an instant he can turn into a ColdSniper and put a hole
planet or participate in a hostage taker's head.
** Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks might have a chip on her shoulder about being a petite, black woman but when she is disrespected she will not hesitate to bring down men twice her size.
* Ruby[=/=]Red in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is the free spirited yet kindhearted version of Literature/LittleRedRidingHood. She is also the wolf and treated as a vicious, LittleRedFightingHood.
** A better example might be [[TheChosenOne Emma Swan,]] who while good is decidedly more pragmatic than her parents. In "Good Form", she, Regina, and Snow White are trying to convince a Lost Boy to help them. After playing nice fails, Regina mentions she could simply tear his heart and force him to help. Snow is horrified (it's wrong), but Emma doesn't just agree she ''holds Snow back'' so Regina can do it. She later makes it clear to Snow she will do [[IDidWhatIHadToDo whatever it takes]] to save Henry.
** Snow herself has shades of this, a proper...ProperLady, she's also a BadassPrincess who back in the day would execute those who deserved it and in present day conspired to
murder Regina's mother, and after a bout of MyGodWhatHaveIDone jams to JoannaJett while rocking a bow and arrow to get over it.
* Laurel Lance in {{Series/Arrow}} is generally kind to those around her and has made a career of helping those who need it most, but that doesn't mean she's going to let
conspiracy for the bad guys get away with abusing people.
* In ''Series/TheOriginals'', Elijah may be the kindest, fairest, and most honorable of his siblings, but mess with his family, and you
greater good, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-YyL7X4CWw though he might just end up with your heart literally ripped out of your chest.
* Carter Grayson,
not be too happy about it]].
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the Red Ranger from PowerRangersLightspeedRescue. He's a [[ByTheBookCop by the book fireman]], determined crimes of other men. I am an accessory to save people's lives, but he has shown to be one of murder. But the most agressive rangers in the franchise. In the first episode, he tried to run over the monster damning thing of the week all... I think I can live with a jeep and displayed a willingness to kill the [[SixthRanger Titanium Ranger]] durring his debut episode, before Ryan's HeelFaceTurn.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Captain John Sheridan's father taught him to never start a fight, but to always finish
it. He sticks to this for the entire series. He almost always waits for his opponents to shoot first, but will not hesitate to [[CombatPragmatist use any tactic in the book]] and overwhelming force afterwards.
* Clarke from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' is an AllLovingHero who would really prefer it
And if no one got hurt, not even people who have been her enemies. However, she's also a PragmaticHero, and if it looks like there's no way out of a situation without ''someone'' getting hurt, she won't hesitate I had to do the hurting.
* Claire Temple from ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' is an ER nurse who first met the eponymous hero when she hauled him bleeding from a dumpster and tended his wounds when he refused to be taken to a hospital, and she continues to stitch him up on occasion, as well as have a minor [[LoveInterest romantic subplot]]. You'd expect a nurse to be nurturing, gentle, meek, and generally an AllLovingHero, right? As
it happens, while Matt[=/=]Daredevil is interrogating a {{Mook|s}} in order to find a kidnapped child in a human smuggling ring, she goes from too horrified to speak to instructing Matt precisely how best to make him ''[[ColdBloodedTorture hurt]].'' She is brisk, calm and will not accept Matt nearly dying in her apartment and then leaving without explaining how he's any better than the people he goes after. A reason she helped him in the first place is that she believes the scum of Hell's Kitchen deserve punishment, having seen the pain they cause on a daily basis in the ER.
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** The titular character himself counts. He goes for bone breaks to incapacitate his opponents and can be quite brusque Federation as a whole, while fairly idealistic, is very capable of doing hard, even cruel, things when dealing with civilians as Daredevil. But he's as gentle as possible when dealing with victims, especially children. A good example of this is "Cut Man", where he tears through a small army of human traffickers, then takes his mask off so the little boy he's rescuing won't be scared.needed. Especially in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': pretty much applies to all the main characters, save Ward. They're nice, kind-hearted folks as long as you're not a HYDRA mook or head - or [[spoiler: Grant Ward]] - in which case they'll kill you in cold-blood or order same. Coulson, May, Skye (especially [[spoiler: after she gets her superpowers, though she is later shown slaughtering a group of HYDRA soldiers using a regular gun]]), Bobbi, Hunter (a close-to-comic-relief character who midway through Season 2 [[spoiler: commits an unambiguous cold-blooded murder of a HYDRA leader on Coulson's orders, with Bobbi watching]]), and even Simmons, [[spoiler: who attempts to murder Ward and spends most of Season 2 devising ways to kill people with superpowers]].
* Jane Doe of ''Seires/BlindSpot'' exemplifies this trope, so caring and devoted to those caught up in the incidents she's part of as well as her teammates. She will also stop you, shoot you, punish you, to stop the threat whether it be terrorism or domestic abuse, and when told to back off she does so.
* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Colonel Hogan and his subordinates are definitely the good guys, but they're not afraid to get their hands dirty with sabotage and assassinations.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Like A Song of Ice and Fire above, this trope works with Daenerys, forced into a arranged marriage with a barbarian king. She quickly takes to his society's customs and pushes him to treat her as an equal, which gains his respect. She begins standing up to her abusive brother as well as the practice of RapePillageAndBurn, after her baby is threatened Daenerys approves of death by immolation, an act she would later do herself. She frees the slaves of her tribe and promises those who would harm them will [[BewareTheNiceOnes die screaming,]] sets about bringing justice to the Seven Kingdoms, and shows that she is a master at DisproportionateRetribution.
** Ned Stark is one of the most honorable and noble characters in the series, and his first scene shows him personally beheading a man for desertion. The Starks are beloved in their own lands for keeping the peace and ruling wisely, but they don't do that by being pushovers.
* General Gaines in ''Series/YouMeAndTheApocalypse''. A caring and surprisingly gentle man, polite even to people who make his life difficult, but he will kill anyone who endangers humanity or his loved ones without so much as blinking.
* In the Disney adaptation of ''Series/DoctorSynTheScarecrow'', Syn is a generous vicar who abhors killing... and spends his nights dressing as a {{Scary Scarecrow|s}} with an EvilLaugh who terrorizes the king's taxmen, leading a band of smugglers who are themselves frightened of him. When Syn learns of TheMole in his band, his first instinct is to put on a display so horrifying that nobody else will even consider double-crossing him and does so by ''lynching'' the traitor following a KangarooCourt. Only afterwards do we see that it was faked.
* Most of the main cast of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' are friendly and personable people, but since their job is hunting extremely dangerous serial killers they're all prepared to kill if they have to. Hotch is a particularly notable example, as he's a stern but fair boss who's almost invariably kind and polite both at home and on the job, but he will not hesitate to put a bullet in a bad guy's skull in order to save innocent lives.



* Taylor, protagonist of Literature/{{Worm}}, is a [[TheWoobie perennial bullying victim]] and wannabe superheroine, who, even as she [[TheInfiltration infiltrates a gang of supervillains]], [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules refuses to spend any of her share of the ill-gotten gains]], has managed to temporarily incapacitate a regenerating supervillain who [[TheDeterminator becomes more powerful as the fight continues]]. Her way of ensuring that he doesn't get back up before the authorities arrive? Calmly use a knife to [[EyeScream remove his eyes]], since they'll regenerate... eventually.
* The Church Knights of Literature/{{From Winters Ashes}} may be dedicated to dealing with terrible things so you don't have to, but that doesn't mean one might not [[https://fromwintersashes.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/chapter-2-0-examination/ stick a sword through your hand and drag you around by it to teach you a lesson.]]



* Chaka of the WhateleyUniverse: she's cheerful, considerate, happy-go-lucky... and she kicked Montana's butt when he crossed the line with her friend. When she had to deal with Lycanthros, she broke half his ribs and smashed his face in with moonsilver.

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* Chaka The Church Knights of the WhateleyUniverse: she's cheerful, considerate, happy-go-lucky... and she kicked Montana's butt when he crossed the line ''Literature/FromWintersAshes'' may be dedicated to dealing with her friend. When she had to deal with Lycanthros, she broke half his ribs terrible things so you don't have to, but that doesn't mean one might not [[https://fromwintersashes.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/chapter-2-0-examination/ stick a sword through your hand and smashed his face in with moonsilver.drag you around by it to teach you a lesson.]]



* Chaka of the WhateleyUniverse: she's cheerful, considerate, happy-go-lucky... and she kicked Montana's butt when he crossed the line with her friend. When she had to deal with Lycanthros, she broke half his ribs and smashed his face in with moonsilver.
* Taylor, protagonist of Literature/{{Worm}}, is a [[TheWoobie perennial bullying victim]] and wannabe superheroine, who, even as she [[TheInfiltration infiltrates a gang of supervillains]], [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules refuses to spend any of her share of the ill-gotten gains]], has managed to temporarily incapacitate a regenerating supervillain who [[TheDeterminator becomes more powerful as the fight continues]]. Her way of ensuring that he doesn't get back up before the authorities arrive? Calmly use a knife to [[EyeScream remove his eyes]], since they'll regenerate... eventually.



* Saxony Canterbury from ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}'' is basically a good guy, and he never loses his cool. Ever. But it's not a good idea to [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic123.html convince him you are a threat]].
* Julie seems to be becoming this way in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' as the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn story progresses.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'''s Ping is usually very kind and innocent, since she's a RobotGirl built for live-action DatingSim-ing; but threatening her, or her friends, will ''literally'' activate [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/252 Berserk]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/256 Mode.]]
-->'''Ping''': Sorry about the mess. I had to make a bad man go away.

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* Saxony Canterbury from ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}'' In ''Webcomic/TheBullysBully'', to BB bullying bullies are her lullabies, she is basically a good guy, the nicest kindest girl you can imagine, makes every effort to use reason, but when it comes to the crunch she beats down and he never loses his cool. Ever. But it's not a good idea to [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic123.html convince him you are a threat]].
* Julie seems to be becoming this way in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' as the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn story progresses.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'''s Ping is usually very kind and innocent, since she's a RobotGirl built for live-action DatingSim-ing; but threatening her, or her friends, will ''literally'' activate [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/252 Berserk]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/256 Mode.]]
-->'''Ping''': Sorry about the mess. I had to make a bad man go away.
later [[MindRape mind rapes]] bullies.



* In ''Webcomic/TheBullysBully'', to BB bullying bullies are her lullabies, she is the nicest kindest girl you can imagine, makes every effort to use reason, but when it comes to the crunch she beats down and later [[MindRape mind rapes]] bullies.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheBullysBully'', to BB bullying bullies are ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'''s Ping is usually very kind and innocent, since she's a RobotGirl built for live-action DatingSim-ing; but threatening her, or her lullabies, she is friends, will ''literally'' activate [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/252 Berserk]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/256 Mode.]]
-->'''Ping''': Sorry about
the nicest kindest girl you can imagine, makes every effort mess. I had to use reason, but when it comes make a bad man go away.
* Julie seems
to be becoming this way in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' as the crunch she beats down and later [[MindRape mind rapes]] bullies.[[CharacterizationMarchesOn story progresses.]]




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* Saxony Canterbury from ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}'' is basically a good guy, and he never loses his cool. Ever. But it's not a good idea to [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic123.html convince him you are a threat]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Most of the Gaang fit this, being a team of heroic TrueCompanions who seldom hold back when all hell breaks loose. At the climax, every single one of Gaang's friends was urging him to kill the BigBad, and when [[spoiler: Zuko pulled his long overdue HeelFaceTurn]], Katara openly threatened to kill him if he ever looked like he would hurt Aang, and she clearly meant it.
** Iroh also fits this trope to a T. He's a [[CoolOldGuy kind old man]] who puts up with his nephew's {{Jerkass}} behavior, gives tea to random strangers... and cheerfully maims people who stand in his way.
** Avatar Kyoshi. Though definitely good, she did not believe in ThouShaltNotKill and never hesitated to give an enemy what was coming to him. Like a soldier, if an enemy needed dealing with, he got dealt with and that was that, no regrets.
*** It should be noted that ThouShaltNotKill was Aang's own personal conviction (part of his background as an airbender), and not an aspect of The Avatar. In fact, each and every previous life he accessed while meditating on the misty island was agreed on the point of [[IDidWhatIHadToDo doing what's best for the planet]] even though it might be unpalatable to his ethics. Avatar Yangchen, the previous Air Nomad Avatar and thus sharing Aang's pacifist religious beliefs, advised him that his duty as Avatar is to protect the world at ''any'' cost, even if means sacrificing his own morality.
** For that matter, Aang himself. Pacifistic, vegetarian, friendly, [[spoiler: and take away Ozai's firebending so he can't be a threat again. Seeing how a bender considers their bending to be an essential part of their being, not unlike their very soul, this is a very unpleasant experience, very much a FateWorseThanDeath from Ozai's perspective ([[AssholeVictim not that Ozai didn't deserve it, though]]).]]
** Monk Gyatso in Book One. The temple was subject to a surprise attack by overwhelming force of supercharged firebenders. This particular Airbender corpse was found atop a pile of at least 20 firebender soldiers. Said temple was the one where Aang learned his pacifistic ways.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is this. If you're her friend she's fun and joking, if a bit egotistical. To enemies she's a terrifying BloodKnight, more than willing to give a complete beat-down, and it's pretty clear that she would have been willing to kill at least one of her opponents if she hadn't been...[[IAmNotLeftHanded interrupted]]. In Book Two [[spoiler: she actually does kill her uncle Unalaq]], and doesn't express any problem with it. Book Three shows that she's not alone: in the final episodes, Mako, Suyin, and Tonraq do not hesitate to use lethal force on their opponents.
* Terry from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is far kinder than his mentor, but while he ''is'' Batman and like Bruce will not actively kill, unlike Bruce, he won't [[SaveTheVillain save villains]] [[SelfDisposingVillain from their own fate]].
-->'''Mook''': I like to watch the crocodiles eat 'em. It's fascinating.\\
''*Terry fights them off, the same mook going into the water with them*''\\
'''Terry''': You're right. [[IronicEcho It is fascinating]]. (ScreamDiscretionShot)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', the Land of Dreams, despite being a Sugar Bowl in every other regard, is actually far more prone to violence than the Urpneys, and can be rather brutal (if not sometimes borderline sadistic) towards those that try to steal their stone, [[TrappedInVillainy willingly or not]].



* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls fit this trope to a T. Generally sociable and friendly, they even manage to get along with several members of their RoguesGallery when the villains aren't actively doing something evil. Nonetheless, their typical approach to crime-fighting is "[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the ever-loving shit out of the bad guys and dump their broken bodies in jail]]."
* Optimus Prime of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is [[IdealHero one of the nicest, most purely heroic characters imaginable]]. He's also a giant alien war-machine and willing to brutally kill an opponent who has proven irredeemable. It doesn't matter if you used to be his friend. It doesn't matter if you used to be his ''mentor''. It doesn't matter whether you're a human he could easily crush in a fair fight, another Transformer he's on roughly equal footing with, or even a god-like being like Unicron. Once you've crossed that line, nothing else matters any more. You're going down, and going down HARD.
** This is a trait shared by many Autobots (and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Maximals]]) throughout the ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}'' franchise, both figuratively and literally. Optimus just tends to embody it best. When your race has "war machine" as a species trait, you tend to be ready when push comes to shove.
** In the G1 cartoon, during a flashback to his first meeting with Megatron and being rebuilt into Optimus, there is a scene where he just blasts holes into 'con after 'con after 'con. In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', Optimus literally runs over one Decepticon and blasts several others before he confronts Megatron.
** Alpha Trion qualifies for this as well, for rebuilding him. After all, he knew warriors would be needed, so when two of his friends were injured, he didn't just rebuild them as they were - he rebuilt them as badass Decepticon-slayers. Imagine waking up in the hospital with an ArmCannon in preparation for the next time you ran into the guy who put you there.

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* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls fit The original ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'' demonstrated this trope to a T. Generally sociable and friendly, they even manage to get along with several members of their RoguesGallery when the villains aren't actively doing something evil. Nonetheless, their typical approach to crime-fighting is "[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the ever-loving shit out of the bad guys and dump their broken bodies in jail]]."
* Optimus Prime of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is [[IdealHero one of the nicest, most purely heroic characters imaginable]]. He's also a giant alien war-machine and willing to brutally kill an opponent who has proven irredeemable. It doesn't matter if you used to be his friend. It doesn't matter if you used to be his ''mentor''. It doesn't matter whether you're a human he could easily crush in a fair fight, another Transformer he's on roughly equal footing with, or even a god-like being like Unicron. Once you've crossed that line, nothing else matters any more. You're going down, and going down HARD.
** This is a trait shared by many Autobots (and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Maximals]]) throughout the ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}'' franchise, both figuratively and literally. Optimus just tends to embody it best. When your race has "war machine"
at times as a species trait, you tend to be ready when push comes to shove.
** In the G1 cartoon, during a flashback to his
well. The series' first meeting with Megatron and being rebuilt into Optimus, there is a scene where he just blasts holes into 'con after 'con after 'con. In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', Optimus literally runs over one Decepticon and blasts several others before he confronts Megatron.
** Alpha Trion qualifies for this as well, for rebuilding him. After all, he knew warriors would
villain, Tirek, was straight-up ''killed'' -- though "obliterated" might be needed, so when two a better way of his friends were injured, he didn't just rebuild them as they were - he rebuilt them as badass Decepticon-slayers. Imagine waking up in putting it -- by the hospital with an ArmCannon in preparation for Rainbow of Light. Their weapon of choice might be a CareBearStare, but the next time you ran into the guy who put you there.Franchise/CareBears these ponies ain't.



* The original ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'' demonstrated this trope at times as well. The series' first villain, Tirek, was straight-up ''killed'' -- though "obliterated" might be a better way of putting it -- by the Rainbow of Light. Their weapon of choice might be a CareBearStare, but the Franchise/CareBears these ponies ain't.

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* The original ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'' demonstrated WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls fit this trope at times to a T. Generally sociable and friendly, they even manage to get along with several members of their RoguesGallery when the villains aren't actively doing something evil. Nonetheless, their typical approach to crime-fighting is "[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the ever-loving shit out of the bad guys and dump their broken bodies in jail]]."
* Optimus Prime of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is [[IdealHero one of the nicest, most purely heroic characters imaginable]]. He's also a giant alien war-machine and willing to brutally kill an opponent who has proven irredeemable. It doesn't matter if you used to be his friend. It doesn't matter if you used to be his ''mentor''. It doesn't matter whether you're a human he could easily crush in a fair fight, another Transformer he's on roughly equal footing with, or even a god-like being like Unicron. Once you've crossed that line, nothing else matters any more. You're going down, and going down HARD.
** This is a trait shared by many Autobots (and [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Maximals]]) throughout the ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}'' franchise, both figuratively and literally. Optimus just tends to embody it best. When your race has "war machine"
as well. The series' a species trait, you tend to be ready when push comes to shove.
** In the G1 cartoon, during a flashback to his
first villain, Tirek, meeting with Megatron and being rebuilt into Optimus, there is a scene where he just blasts holes into 'con after 'con after 'con. In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', Optimus literally runs over one Decepticon and blasts several others before he confronts Megatron.
** Alpha Trion qualifies for this as well, for rebuilding him. After all, he knew warriors would be needed, so when two of his friends were injured, he didn't just rebuild them as they were - he rebuilt them as badass Decepticon-slayers. Imagine waking up in the hospital with an ArmCannon in preparation for the next time you ran into the guy who put you there.
* While they're not like this in [[AdaptationOverdosed all incarnations]], the 2003 version of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 TMNT]] certainly fall into this territory. They have no qualms about killing but are generally pretty nice to their friends, and even when they bicker, you can still tell they love each other.
** One particular instance came when Michaelangelo, the most lighthearted member of the group, pulled the pins off the grenades that a soldier of an invading alien force
was straight-up ''killed'' -- though "obliterated" might be carrying. He makes a better way of putting it -- by quip about having done so ''right'' before the Rainbow of Light. Their weapon of choice might be a CareBearStare, but grenades detonate... with the Franchise/CareBears these ponies ain't.soldier still carrying them.



* Terry from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is far kinder than his mentor, but while he ''is'' Batman and like Bruce will not actively kill, unlike Bruce, he won't [[SaveTheVillain save villains]] [[SelfDisposingVillain from their own fate]].
-->'''Mook''': I like to watch the crocodiles eat 'em. It's fascinating.\\
''*Terry fights them off, the same mook going into the water with them*''\\
'''Terry''': You're right. [[IronicEcho It is fascinating]]. (ScreamDiscretionShot)
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Most of the Gaang fit this, being a team of heroic TrueCompanions who seldom hold back when all hell breaks loose. At the climax, every single one of Gaang's friends was urging him to kill the BigBad, and when [[spoiler: Zuko pulled his long overdue HeelFaceTurn]], Katara openly threatened to kill him if he ever looked like he would hurt Aang, and she clearly meant it.
** Iroh also fits this trope to a T. He's a [[CoolOldGuy kind old man]] who puts up with his nephew's {{Jerkass}} behavior, gives tea to random strangers... and cheerfully maims people who stand in his way.
** Avatar Kyoshi. Though definitely good, she did not believe in ThouShaltNotKill and never hesitated to give an enemy what was coming to him. Like a soldier, if an enemy needed dealing with, he got dealt with and that was that, no regrets.
*** It should be noted that ThouShaltNotKill was Aang's own personal conviction (part of his background as an airbender), and not an aspect of The Avatar. In fact, each and every previous life he accessed while meditating on the misty island was agreed on the point of [[IDidWhatIHadToDo doing what's best for the planet]] even though it might be unpalatable to his ethics. Avatar Yangchen, the previous Air Nomad Avatar and thus sharing Aang's pacifist religious beliefs, advised him that his duty as Avatar is to protect the world at ''any'' cost, even if means sacrificing his own morality.
** For that matter, Aang himself. Pacifistic, vegetarian, friendly, [[spoiler: and take away Ozai's firebending so he can't be a threat again. Seeing how a bender considers their bending to be an essential part of their being, not unlike their very soul, this is a very unpleasant experience, very much a FateWorseThanDeath from Ozai's perspective ([[AssholeVictim not that Ozai didn't deserve it, though]]).]]
** Monk Gyatso in Book One. The temple was subject to a surprise attack by overwhelming force of supercharged firebenders. This particular Airbender corpse was found atop a pile of at least 20 firebender soldiers. Said temple was the one where Aang learned his pacifistic ways.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is this. If you're her friend she's fun and joking, if a bit egotistical. To enemies she's a terrifying BloodKnight, more than willing to give a complete beat-down, and it's pretty clear that she would have been willing to kill at least one of her opponents if she hadn't been...[[IAmNotLeftHanded interrupted]]. In Book Two [[spoiler: she actually does kill her uncle Unalaq]], and doesn't express any problem with it. Book Three shows that she's not alone: in the final episodes, Mako, Suyin, and Tonraq do not hesitate to use lethal force on their opponents.
* While they're not like this in [[AdaptationOverdosed all incarnations]], the 2003 version of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 TMNT]] certainly fall into this territory. They have no qualms about killing but are generally pretty nice to their friends, and even when they bicker, you can still tell they love each other.
** One particular instance came when Michaelangelo, the most lighthearted member of the group, pulled the pins off the grenades that a soldier of an invading alien force was carrying. He makes a quip about having done so ''right'' before the grenades detonate... with the soldier still carrying them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', the Land of Dreams, despite being a Sugar Bowl in every other regard, is actually far more prone to violence than the Urpneys, and can be rather brutal (if not sometimes borderline sadistic) towards those that try to steal their stone, [[TrappedInVillainy willingly or not]].
20th Feb '17 12:42:35 PM tromag
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** Despite being a loving husband and father, Ned Stark is among the most stoic, brave, and righteous lords in the realm.

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** Despite being a loving husband and father, Ned Stark is among one of the most stoic, brave, honorable and righteous lords noble characters in the realm.series, and his first scene shows him personally beheading a man for desertion. The Starks are beloved in their own lands for keeping the peace and ruling wisely, but they don't do that by being pushovers.
11th Feb '17 1:36:11 PM EDP
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** Minako is friendly and cheerful, and willing to be late for class to stand up for people she sees getting picked on. She is also willing to fight bullies in the same manner as she fights youma, just barely shy of killing them. As Sailor V, she often beat youma to death with her fists and feet, and even her own high heels. She is also the one who disemboweled Queen Beryl for attacking Sailor Moon, and even kicked Makoto into unconsciousness for trying to harm Usagi (mind you, Makoto was unconscious). Hell, she even killed [[spoiler: her one true love]] for being an enemy in disguise. Minako is ''brutal'' when it comes to her mission and dealing with enemies of the Senshi.

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** Minako is friendly and cheerful, and willing to be late for class to stand up for people she sees getting picked on. She is also willing to fight bullies in the same manner as she fights youma, just barely shy of killing them. As Sailor V, she often beat youma to death with her fists and feet, and even her own high heels. She is also the one who disemboweled Queen Beryl for attacking Sailor Moon, and even kicked Makoto into unconsciousness for trying to harm Usagi (mind you, Makoto was unconscious).brainwashed). Hell, she even killed [[spoiler: her one true love]] for being an enemy in disguise. Minako is ''brutal'' when it comes to her mission and dealing with enemies of the Senshi.
7th Feb '17 5:01:52 PM amysteriousravioli
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* Charlotte from ''Literature/AlongTheWindingRoad''. While she's optimistic and gives everyone the benefit of the doubt, that doesn't mean you can [[spoiler: try to murder her friend/boyfriend]] and get off scot-free. [[spoiler: Or even necessarily live.]]
6th Feb '17 1:39:21 PM BloodPlum
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* In ''FanFic/SugarPlums'' Ume is a very nice and empathic person to her friends, her siblings and to nonshinobi whom she's very popular with because they aren't used to shinobi treating them with respect. This doesn't change the fact that she is a very potent warrior with an in story body count higher than most of the Rookie Nine. If you threaten her or anybody she cares about she will not hesitate to kill you, usually in the fastest most efficient way possible.
5th Feb '17 7:06:55 PM ShorinBJ
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* WesternAnimation/KimPossible, a Disney character no less, is really caring and helpful, even more so as she matures. She has tried to reason with the villains at times, but most episode has her resorting to her fists to resolve problems.

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* WesternAnimation/KimPossible, a Disney character no less, is really caring and helpful, even more so as she matures. She has tried to reason with the villains at times, but most episode has episodes have her resorting to her fists to resolve problems.
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* Most of the main cast of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' are friendly and personable people, but since their job is hunting extremely dangerous serial killers they're all prepared to kill if they have to. Hotch is a particularly notable example, as he's a stern but fair boss who's almost invariably kind and polite both at home and on the job, but he will not hesitate to put a bullet in a bad guy's skull in order to save innocent lives.
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* This trope is invoked frequently by advocates of the death penalty, especially in the United States, who consider it a form of PayEvilUntoEvil.
27th Jan '17 11:59:54 PM erforce
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* ''Film/{{TheToxicAvenger}}'': The tittle hero, Toxie. Formally a 98 pound wimpy mop-boy who worked at a health club. After a freak accident, he was mutated into The Toxic Avenger. He uses his newfound power to help people -from saving lives to simply opening jars for people. And he is a very devoted boyfriend to his love interest, Sara -a blind woman who loves him as a person. He met her after saving her from being raped by robbers, and walks her home because those same robbers shot her guide dog. However Toxie is nowhere near as nice to villains. He has tromatons, which make it instinct to sense and destroy evil. But he kills in a very over the top manner, and seems to get sadistic glee from it. One example includes him tearing off a man's arm, laughing and hitting him across the head with it. Then later he shoves the man into a pizza oven.

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* ''Film/{{TheToxicAvenger}}'': ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'': The tittle hero, Toxie. Formally a 98 pound wimpy mop-boy who worked at a health club. After a freak accident, he was mutated into The Toxic Avenger. He uses his newfound power to help people -from saving lives to simply opening jars for people. And he is a very devoted boyfriend to his love interest, Sara -a blind woman who loves him as a person. He met her after saving her from being raped by robbers, and walks her home because those same robbers shot her guide dog. However Toxie is nowhere near as nice to villains. He has tromatons, which make it instinct to sense and destroy evil. But he kills in a very over the top manner, and seems to get sadistic glee from it. One example includes him tearing off a man's arm, laughing and hitting him across the head with it. Then later he shoves the man into a pizza oven.



* In addition to the examples of this trope taken from the novels, the film incarnation of ''Film/HarryPotter'' is slightly more ruthless than his book counterpart - most clearly demonstrated from the exchange he shares with Umbridge in ''Order of the Phoenix'' before the latter is dragged off to [[NothingIsScarier an unseen fate]] by a herd of centaurs.

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* In addition to the examples of this trope taken from the novels, the film incarnation of ''Film/HarryPotter'' is slightly more ruthless than his book counterpart - most clearly demonstrated from the exchange he shares with Umbridge in ''Order ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix'' Phoenix]]'' before the latter is dragged off to [[NothingIsScarier an unseen fate]] by a herd of centaurs.



** ''Deathly Hallows Part I'' also has the disturbing sequence where happy-go-lucky Ron Weasley [[spoiler: advocates for the killing of a Death Eater]] and kind-hearted Hermione [[spoiler: appears to almost agree, ultimately compromising and performing a MindWipe on the mook instead, which the film leaves unclear as to whether she just turned him into a vegetable or not.]]

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** ''Deathly ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart 1Deathly Hallows Part I'' 1]]'' also has the disturbing sequence where happy-go-lucky Ron Weasley [[spoiler: advocates for the killing of a Death Eater]] and kind-hearted Hermione [[spoiler: appears to almost agree, ultimately compromising and performing a MindWipe on the mook instead, which the film leaves unclear as to whether she just turned him into a vegetable or not.]]
22nd Jan '17 9:06:45 PM Floria
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** [[FluffyTheTerrible "Honey"]] in ''Fanfic/ExceptItAbideInTheVine'', an AlternateSelf of Steve Rogers from a Hydra-ruled dystopian AlternateUniverse.

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** [[FluffyTheTerrible "Honey"]] in ''Fanfic/ExceptItAbideInTheVine'', an AlternateSelf of Steve Rogers from a Hydra-ruled dystopian AlternateUniverse. If you aren't a member of the fascist conspiracy that killed his best friend, used his boyfriend as their dehumanized killing machine, and turned the world into a fascist hellscape, he's as kind as any other Steve Rogers. If you ARE, he'll kill you and be glad of it. (The characters from LighterAndSofter universes find this a bit disturbing.)
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