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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.
31st Jan '17 2:30:20 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* Combined with ShamingTheMob in a famous scene from ToKillAMockingBird. When an angry lynch mob shows up to kill his black client in the middle of night, Atticus is waiting for them so he can try to argue some sense, but he fails and they threaten to go through him if he won't step aside. Fortunately, his daughter Scout snuck out and followed him that night. Her sudden appearance and apparent innocent lack of understanding of the situation (greeting the men warmly and asking about how their kids are doing since school ended for the summer) takes all the steam out of them and they are too ashamed to carry out their violent intentions. As Atticus puts it later, she reminded them they were (good) men and not a mob.

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* Combined with ShamingTheMob in a famous scene from ToKillAMockingBird.''Literature/ToKillAMockingBird''. When an angry lynch mob shows up to kill his black client in the middle of night, Atticus is waiting for them so he can try to argue some sense, but he fails and they threaten to go through him if he won't step aside. Fortunately, his daughter Scout snuck out and followed him that night. Her sudden appearance and apparent innocent lack of understanding of the situation (greeting the men warmly and asking about how their kids are doing since school ended for the summer) takes all the steam out of them and they are too ashamed to carry out their violent intentions. As Atticus puts it later, she reminded them they were (good) men and not a mob.
30th Sep '16 5:02:46 PM Paranoia
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* Combined with ShamingTheMob in a famous scene from ToKillAMockingBird. When an angry lynch mob shows up to kill his black client in the middle of night, Atticus is waiting for them so he can try to argue some sense, but he fails and they threaten to go through him if he won't step aside. Fortunately, his daughter Scout snuck out and followed him that night. Her sudden appearance and apparent innocent lack of understanding of the situation (greeting the men warmly and asking about how their kids are doing since school ended for the summer) takes all the steam out of them and they are too ashamed to carry out their violent intentions. As Atticus puts it later, she reminded them they were (good) men and not a mob.
25th Jul '16 11:49:16 AM Kooshmeister
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* Happens at the end of the ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' episode "Salvage." The MonsterOfTheWeek, a man who is made of living metal, is brutally tracking down and killing the men he blames for his condition. However, he can't bring himself to kill the final guy because the man had his young son in the car. This leads to his HeelRealization.
15th Jul '16 8:31:54 AM Willbyr
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* In a [[ExpandedUniverse side story of]] ''GingaNagareboshiGin'' and ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' called ''Lonely Ron'', Ron the Great Dane is fixing to finish off the BigBad, Boss the husky. However, Boss' puppies arrive and beg Ron to not kill their father. Being the GentleGiant he is, Ron decides to spare the husky's life.

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* In a [[ExpandedUniverse side story of]] ''GingaNagareboshiGin'' ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' and ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' called ''Lonely Ron'', Ron the Great Dane is fixing to finish off the BigBad, Boss the husky. However, Boss' puppies arrive and beg Ron to not kill their father. Being the GentleGiant he is, Ron decides to spare the husky's life.
16th Jun '16 10:45:17 AM Mhazard
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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.

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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.
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.
26th Apr '16 5:44:13 AM Koveras
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Contrast DaddysLittleVillain. See also InfantImmortality.

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Subtrope of EvenEvilCanBeLoved. Contrast DaddysLittleVillain. See also InfantImmortality.
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