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9th Oct '17 11:02:13 AM CosmicFerret
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* A version of this happens in ''Literature/{{Congo}}'' and its movie adaptation, wherein the gorilla Amy prevents defuses a violent confrontation involving one of the [[KillerGorilla Congo gray gorillas]] and her trainer Peter by hugging him and generally treating him like a baby gorilla, signing to him, "Peter hug Amy". He quickly understands her strategy, having studied gorillas for years.
4th Sep '17 6:17:14 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Series/LostInSpace'': When Dr. Smith is in danger, [[DirtyCoward see the good doctor pull Will Robinson or occasionally Penny in front of him for use as a human shield.]]
8th Jul '17 8:09:13 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** Occurs in Thrasher's backstory, as told in a {{Flashback}}; his father, the supervillain Mach 5, had stolen several advanced weapons from a Marine Armory, and [[TheDreaded The Dragonslayers]], an elite unit of CapeBusters, were tasked with bringing them back, and bringing him in, probably not in one piece. They managed to find him in a motel late at night, and Highjacker followed him into the room he was renting, alone. Where he went to take Mach 5 down, his son (Thrasher, as a young child) stepped between them. Erik, realizing he [[IronicEcho didn't have the heart to intentionally kill a child]], told Mach 5 that he would let him escape so long as he told them where the weapons were hidden. This was a turning point not only for Mahren, but for Mach 5 as well; he retired from crime and became a stock broker. A second IronicEcho came when the now teenaged Thrasher steps in between Mahren (whom he had just realized was the same Dragonslayer who had come for his father years earlier) and the badly-beaten superhero Lamplighter, who had attacked a group of students for who were on a {{Parkour}} run [[LawfulStupid because he thought they were vandals, despite the signs saying that the area was the Academy's property]] and got soundly defeated by the students and Erik's 'Marine buddies' (e.g., the other surviving Dragonslayers). Mahren was ready to kill the 'hero' who had dared to hurt those he was responsible for, but Thrasher reminded him that he had to set an example.
9th Jun '17 2:59:26 PM nombretomado
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* Done the other way around in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" of the WhateleyUniverse. When Generator and Bladedancer have to dive into a supervillain hostage crisis and one of the Felonious Four is about to kill Generator, one of the hostage children steps forward to save Generator. It only partially works. [[spoiler: The supervillain is going to mutilate the kid then kill Generator, but spends so much time threatening them that he runs out of time and has to use the escape portal before he can hurt either.]]

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* Done the other way around in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" of the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. When Generator and Bladedancer have to dive into a supervillain hostage crisis and one of the Felonious Four is about to kill Generator, one of the hostage children steps forward to save Generator. It only partially works. [[spoiler: The supervillain is going to mutilate the kid then kill Generator, but spends so much time threatening them that he runs out of time and has to use the escape portal before he can hurt either.]]
28th Mar '17 11:00:39 AM alnair20aug93
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* A real-life [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory possibly apocryphal]] story: the English explorer John Smith wrote that when he met the Powhatan Indians, they put his head on a rock so as to bash his brains out with clubs but he was saved when a little girl named Pocahontas put her head over his. He also claims to have been similarly rescued by a little girl while in Turkey, so you've gotta wonder whether he just had a particular kind of good/bad luck or was just telling tales.

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* A real-life [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory possibly apocryphal]] story: the English explorer John Smith wrote that when he met the Powhatan Indians, they put his head on a rock so as to bash his brains out with clubs but he was saved when a little girl named Pocahontas UsefulNotes/{{Pocahontas}} put her head over his. He also claims to have been similarly rescued by a little girl while in Turkey, so you've gotta wonder whether he just had a particular kind of good/bad luck or was just telling tales.
20th Mar '17 9:39:42 PM Komatsuzaki
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-> ''"Using a little girl for a shield... THIS IS LOW EVEN FOR YOU!"''

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-> ''"Using a little girl for a shield... THIS IS LOW LOW, EVEN FOR YOU!"''
12th Feb '17 10:50:24 AM lolface123
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* During the 2013 siege of the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, a four-year-old boy stood between his wounded mother and one of the gunmen, calling him "a very bad man". The terrorist lowered his gun, handed the boy a Mars bar, and said "Forgive me, we are not monsters" before leaving.

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* During the 2013 siege of the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, a four-year-old boy stood between his wounded mother and one of the gunmen, calling him "a very bad man". [[PetTheDog The terrorist lowered his gun, handed the boy a Mars bar, and said "Forgive me, we are not monsters" before leaving.]]
12th Feb '17 10:40:27 AM lolface123
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12th Feb '17 10:28:51 AM lolface123
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Oddly enough, due to {{Harmful to Minors}} trope, you rarely see a full subversion except in the grimmest {{Black and Grey Morality}} worlds. On the other hand, if it is made clear the hero WouldHurtAChild and actually [[RevengeByProxy went after the child]], expect the villain to [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds go completely ballistic]] against the hero.

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Oddly enough, due to {{Harmful to Minors}} trope, you rarely see a full subversion except in the grimmest {{Black and Grey Morality}} worlds. On the other hand, if it is made clear the hero WouldHurtAChild and actually [[RevengeByProxy went after the child]], expect the villain to [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds go completely go]] [[PapaWolf completely]] [[UnstoppableRage ballistic]] against the hero.
3rd Feb '17 4:45:19 AM Lullabee
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* A real-life [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory possibly apocryphal]] story: the English explorer John Smith wrote that when he met the Powhatan Indians, they put his head on a rock so as to bash his brains out with clubs but he was saved when a little girl named Pocahontas put her head over his. He also claims to have been similarly rescued by a little girl while in Turkey, so you've gotta wonder whether he just had a particular kind of good/bad luck or was just telling tales.
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