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1st May '17 2:23:38 AM Shadowgazer
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No matter how bad the villain is, he will [[WouldntHurtAChild stop short of killing a child]]. Even natural disasters seem to avoid killing infants and dogs. Something about a baby or puppy makes you stop, think twice, and show a [[EvenEvilHasStandards last flicker of compassion]]. Those who [[WouldHurtAChild don't have that last drop of humanity in them]] will generally be [[PlotArmor stopped from completing that act of evil some other way]].

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No matter how bad the villain is, he will [[WouldntHurtAChild stop short of killing a child]]. Even natural disasters seem to avoid killing infants and dogs.dogs and since they obviously have no such choice it is always because of ContrivedCoincidence. Something about a baby or puppy makes you stop, think twice, and show a [[EvenEvilHasStandards last flicker of compassion]]. Those who [[WouldHurtAChild don't have that last drop of humanity in them]] will generally be [[PlotArmor stopped from completing that act of evil some other way]].
16th Apr '17 5:24:07 PM nombretomado
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* On ''{{Squidbillies}}'', this trope is invoked and has a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hung on it]], as the Sherrif [[PaperThinDisguise disguises himself as a baby]] so that a pair of monsters won't kill him. It doesn't work.

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* On ''{{Squidbillies}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'', this trope is invoked and has a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hung on it]], as the Sherrif [[PaperThinDisguise disguises himself as a baby]] so that a pair of monsters won't kill him. It doesn't work.
5th Apr '17 1:57:09 PM eroock
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Note that this doesn't seem to apply to the EnfantTerrible, who dies horribly in all manner of works.

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Note that this doesn't seem to apply to the EnfantTerrible, who dies [[AssholeVictim dies]] horribly in all manner of works.
4th Apr '17 9:35:04 PM Caps-luna
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* ZigZagged with the DarwinAwards. Obviously its real life and kids can in fact die. However minors are exempt from earning the titular Darwin Award on the basis that they are simply too naive to know not to do potentially fatal things. When children are caught up in an award winning situation, they are usually treated far more sympathetically, even if they only witnessed death.
4th Mar '17 2:26:01 PM nombretomado
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* Ancient comics book example: In ''MarvelComics'' #8 (from 1940), [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], in an all-out attack on the city of New York, detonates a bomb in the Hudson Tunnel, flooding it and killing everyone inside, kills a random pilot by ripping the propeller off his plane, breaks a lot of animals out of the zoo, including many poisonous reptiles, and then saves a baby from a stampeding elephant before flying off to destroy the George Washington Bridge.

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* Ancient comics book example: In ''MarvelComics'' ''Creator/MarvelComics'' #8 (from 1940), [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], in an all-out attack on the city of New York, detonates a bomb in the Hudson Tunnel, flooding it and killing everyone inside, kills a random pilot by ripping the propeller off his plane, breaks a lot of animals out of the zoo, including many poisonous reptiles, and then saves a baby from a stampeding elephant before flying off to destroy the George Washington Bridge.
20th Feb '17 2:16:01 AM Morgenthaler
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It seems to be the cardinal rule in shows that thrive on violence: you ''[[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality are not allowed]]'' to kill '''babies or young children.''' Or '''dogs,''' unless it is [[ShootTheDog a heart-breaking moment]] that [[DeathByNewberyMedal symbolizes the end of innocence]]. (viz. "Boomer... will live!")

No matter how bad the BigBad is, he will always stop short of killing a baby. Even natural disasters will avoid killing infants and dogs. Something about a baby or puppy makes you stop, think twice, and show a [[EvenEvilHasStandards last flicker of compassion]].

Those who [[WouldHurtAChild don't have that last drop of humanity in them]] will generally be [[PlotArmor stopped some other way]].

Outside of CrimeAndPunishmentSeries (where all the death occurs off-screen) and shows where the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynicism]] is meant to be a selling point, this trope is almost always in place for babies. Dogs are less lucky: a villain can kill a dog only if it's meant to [[KickTheDog prove that he's a really horrible person]]. Doesn't matter if he's [[AMillionIsAStatistic gunned down 20 people in cold blood]], only a ''monster'' would kill your dog (but dogs seem to do better against natural disasters, since those can't actually be evil).

Of course, this only protects against killing babies ''in person''; destroying a city in a fiery conflagration and killing the no doubt tens or hundreds of thousands of babies therein is A-OK, because AMillionIsAStatistic and the [[RuleOfPerception audience won't see them]].
Whether or not this extends to pregnant women is a toss-up; fetuses have more relative protection than dogs, but less than already-born infants. Except in series where StatusQuoIsGod, because then the ConvenientMiscarriage will rear its ugly head.

The upper age limit for Infant Immortality varies. Only infants are truly immune from death, but small children enjoy substantially more protection than teenagers or adults. However, when teenagers are included below the upper age limit, it is frequently a case of OnlyFatalToAdults, and is frequently an AfterTheEnd setting.

The trope extends to just about anyone conventionally considered inherently "[[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]]," and can therefore sometimes reach out to cover the mentally handicapped. Note that, if the baby undergoes a PlotRelevantAgeUp, they're not protected by this trope anymore - even if it's done in a way which leaves them still "really" an infant.

In animation, can lead to the BadlyBatteredBabysitter plot. In video games, HideYourChildren. In fantasy, it frequently results in NiceJobBreakingItHerod.

In AfterTheEnd, post-apocalyptic shows expect there to never be any bodies of children onscreen despite many adult corpses. [[TropesAreTools The sight of a dead child affects people deeply and is used very carefully by any director worth their chops.]]

Note that this does ''not'' apply in the aptly-named BlackComedy. Inverted grotesquely by UndeadChild and, in a more literal way, by WouldHurtAChild. Also, seems not to apply to the EnfantTerrible, who dies horribly in all manner of works.

Cats are fairly indestructible too. Compare OnlyFatalToAdults, when something by definition does not hurt children, in-universe.

'''Expect spoilers.'''

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It seems to be In most fiction, innocent characters (babies, children, dogs) sit very high on the cardinal rule SortingAlgorithmOfMortality. They tend to make it out of dangerous situations unharmed while many adult characters in shows that thrive on violence: you ''[[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality are not allowed]]'' to kill '''babies or young children.''' Or '''dogs,''' unless it is [[ShootTheDog a heart-breaking moment]] that [[DeathByNewberyMedal symbolizes the end of innocence]]. (viz. "Boomer... will live!")

these same situations do not.

No matter how bad the BigBad villain is, he will always [[WouldntHurtAChild stop short of killing a baby. child]]. Even natural disasters will seem to avoid killing infants and dogs. Something about a baby or puppy makes you stop, think twice, and show a [[EvenEvilHasStandards last flicker of compassion]].

compassion]]. Those who [[WouldHurtAChild don't have that last drop of humanity in them]] will generally be [[PlotArmor stopped from completing that act of evil some other way]].

Outside of CrimeAndPunishmentSeries (where all the death occurs off-screen) and shows where the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynicism]] is meant to be a selling point, this trope is almost always in place for babies. Dogs are less lucky: a villain can kill a dog only if it's meant to [[KickTheDog prove that he's a really horrible person]]. Doesn't matter if he's [[AMillionIsAStatistic gunned down 20 people in cold blood]], only a ''monster'' would kill your dog (but dogs seem to do better against natural disasters, since those can't actually be evil).

Of course, this only protects against killing babies ''in person''; them off ''on screen''; destroying a city in a fiery conflagration and killing the no doubt tens or hundreds of thousands of babies therein is A-OK, because AMillionIsAStatistic and the [[RuleOfPerception audience won't see them]].
them]].

This trope extends to just about anyone conventionally considered inherently "[[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]]," and can therefore sometimes reach out to cover the mentally handicapped.
Whether or not this extends to pregnant women is a toss-up; fetuses have more relative protection than dogs, but less than already-born infants. Except in series where StatusQuoIsGod, because then the ConvenientMiscarriage will rear its ugly head.

The upper age limit for Infant Immortality varies. Only infants are truly immune from death, but small children enjoy substantially more protection than teenagers or adults. However, when teenagers are included below the upper age limit, it is frequently a case of OnlyFatalToAdults, and is frequently an AfterTheEnd setting.

The trope extends to just about anyone conventionally considered inherently "[[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]]," and can therefore sometimes reach out to cover the mentally handicapped. Note that, if the baby undergoes a PlotRelevantAgeUp, they're not protected by this trope anymore - even if it's done in a way which leaves them still "really" an infant.

In animation, can lead to the BadlyBatteredBabysitter plot. In video games, HideYourChildren. In fantasy, it frequently results in NiceJobBreakingItHerod.

In AfterTheEnd, post-apocalyptic shows expect there to never be any bodies of children onscreen despite many adult corpses. [[TropesAreTools The sight of a dead child affects people deeply and is used very carefully by any director worth their chops.]]

Note that this does ''not'' apply in the aptly-named BlackComedy. Inverted grotesquely by UndeadChild and, in a more literal way, by WouldHurtAChild. Also, seems not doesn't seem to apply to the EnfantTerrible, who dies horribly in all manner of works.

Cats are fairly indestructible too. Compare OnlyFatalToAdults, when something by definition does not hurt children, in-universe.

'''Expect spoilers.'''
in-universe. In video games, this is a reason to HideYourChildren.

!DO NOT list "aversions". Those go under DeathOfAChild.
16th Feb '17 4:53:35 PM FF32
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* Defied in ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDefied''. The entire point of the recurrence is that the gods are incarnated into teenagers, who will die within two years. Everybody will be dead before they're twenty. Minerva, the youngest, will be dead before she's ''fourteen''.

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* Defied in ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDefied''.''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine''. The entire point of the recurrence is that the gods are incarnated into teenagers, who will die within two years. Everybody will be dead before they're twenty. Minerva, the youngest, will be dead before she's ''fourteen''.
28th Jan '17 1:34:27 AM bwburke94
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* The child supervillain August Prince from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has this explicitly as his superpower; his presence renders people incapable of deliberately attacking or harming him.
3rd Jan '17 2:09:25 PM Sovietlollipop
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*The titular protagonists from ''WesternAnimation/MegaBabies''. Given that they have super powers this is to be expected.
23rd Nov '16 7:49:48 AM Morgenthaler
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--->''(Milhouse falls backwards into a meat grinder)''

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--->''(Milhouse --->''([[SubvertedTrope Milhouse falls backwards into a meat grinder)''grinder]])''
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