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9th Jun '18 5:27:17 AM jormis29
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* One of Bernie Mac's punchlines in his act was threatening to beat his kids "till the white meat shows".

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* One of Bernie Mac's Creator/BernieMac's punchlines in his act was threatening to beat his kids "till the white meat shows".
8th Jun '18 8:16:07 AM Racoon7
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But sometimes, some people just don't agree with that. Or just don't care. And, they ''do'' hurt children, sometimes even kill them, in defiance of the ImprobableInfantSurvival. Indeed, the act of harming a child usually comes off as the [[MoralEventHorizon ultimate act of villainy]] and it takes a very specially evil character to do this.

Needless to say, this trope is almost always a KickTheDog moment. Hence, the presence of Would Hurt A Child is often telltale of a CrapsackWorld or at least a DarkerAndEdgier series. However, it is surprisingly easy to subvert this trope simply by using KidsAreCruel (the flip side of ChildrenAreInnocent) and combining it with PayEvilUntoEvil. Want to go all the way? Make the children {{creepy|Child}} or, even better, make them [[EnfantTerrible Enfants Terribles]] and, this time, hurting said children will look much less as a MoralEventHorizon crossing, even though there will always be some MoralGuardians or PapaWolf / MamaBear to complain. This may also be done by a CompleteMonster to establish that even a villain [[EvenEvilHasStandards has lines s/he won't dare cross]]. Naturally, the FriendToAllChildren sees this type of character as a mortal enemy.

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But sometimes, some people just don't agree with that. Or just don't care. And, they ''do'' hurt children, sometimes even kill them, in defiance of the ImprobableInfantSurvival. Indeed, the act of harming a child usually comes off as the [[MoralEventHorizon ultimate act of villainy]] and it takes a very specially evil character to do this.

villainy]].

Needless to say, this trope is almost always a KickTheDog moment. Hence, the presence of Would Hurt A Child is often telltale of a CrapsackWorld or at least a DarkerAndEdgier series. However, it is surprisingly easy to subvert this trope simply by using KidsAreCruel (the flip side of ChildrenAreInnocent) and combining it with PayEvilUntoEvil. Want Does a soldier shooting a child soldier still seem like an ultimate villain?
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to go all the way? Make the children {{creepy|Child}} or, even better, make them [[EnfantTerrible Enfants Terribles]] and, this time, hurting said children will look much less as a MoralEventHorizon crossing, even though there will always be some MoralGuardians or PapaWolf / MamaBear to complain. This may also be done by a CompleteMonster to establish that even a villain [[EvenEvilHasStandards has lines s/he won't dare cross]]. Naturally, the FriendToAllChildren sees this type of character as a mortal enemy.
3rd Jun '18 2:04:49 AM StFan
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--> '''Hun:''' Take them and make sure to hurt Ms. O’Neil in as many different ways you can think of.

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--> '''Hun:''' Take them and make sure to hurt Ms. O’Neil O'Neil in as many different ways you can think of.



* According to the ''[[WebOriginal/CulDeSac Ed, Edd n Eddy Theory]]'', Nazz was murdered by a serial killer along with her entire family. Kevin's Dad is also the cause of him being present in purgatory having beaten him to a bloody pulp in drunken rage.

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* According to the ''[[WebOriginal/CulDeSac ''[[Fanfic/CulDeSac Ed, Edd n Eddy Theory]]'', Nazz was murdered by a serial killer along with her entire family. Kevin's Dad is also the cause of him being present in purgatory having beaten him to a bloody pulp in drunken rage.
2nd Jun '18 6:18:37 PM AustinDR
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* According to the ''[[WebOriginal/CulDeSac Ed, Edd n Eddy Theory]]'', Nazz was murdered by a serial killer along with her entire family. Kevin's Dad is also the cause of him being present in purgatory having beaten him to a bloody pulp in drunken rage.
16th May '18 4:03:53 AM Shadowgazer
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Needless to say, this trope is almost always a KickTheDog moment. Hence, the presence of Would Hurt A Child is often telltale of a CrapsackWorld or at least a DarkerAndEdgier series. However, it is surprisingly easy to subvert this trope simply by using KidsAreCruel (the flip side of ChildrenAreInnocent) and combining it with PayEvilUntoEvil. Want to go all the way? Make the children {{creepy|Child}} or, even better, make them [[EnfantTerrible Enfants Terribles]] and, this time, hurting said children will look much less as a MoralEventHorizon crossing, even though there will always be some MoralGuardians or PapaWolf / MamaBear to complain. This may also be done by a CompleteMonster to establish that even the BigBad [[EvenEvilHasStandards has lines s/he won't dare cross]]. Naturally, the FriendToAllChildren sees this type of character as a mortal enemy.

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Needless to say, this trope is almost always a KickTheDog moment. Hence, the presence of Would Hurt A Child is often telltale of a CrapsackWorld or at least a DarkerAndEdgier series. However, it is surprisingly easy to subvert this trope simply by using KidsAreCruel (the flip side of ChildrenAreInnocent) and combining it with PayEvilUntoEvil. Want to go all the way? Make the children {{creepy|Child}} or, even better, make them [[EnfantTerrible Enfants Terribles]] and, this time, hurting said children will look much less as a MoralEventHorizon crossing, even though there will always be some MoralGuardians or PapaWolf / MamaBear to complain. This may also be done by a CompleteMonster to establish that even the BigBad a villain [[EvenEvilHasStandards has lines s/he won't dare cross]]. Naturally, the FriendToAllChildren sees this type of character as a mortal enemy.
29th Apr '18 6:58:43 AM Morgenthaler
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But sometimes, some people just don't agree with that. Or just don't care. And, they ''do'' hurt children, sometimes even kill them, in defiance of the rule of InfantImmortality. Indeed, the act of harming a child usually comes off as the [[MoralEventHorizon ultimate act of villainy]] and it takes a very specially evil character to do this.

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But sometimes, some people just don't agree with that. Or just don't care. And, they ''do'' hurt children, sometimes even kill them, in defiance of the rule of InfantImmortality.ImprobableInfantSurvival. Indeed, the act of harming a child usually comes off as the [[MoralEventHorizon ultimate act of villainy]] and it takes a very specially evil character to do this.



A subtrope of KickTheDog. BurnTheOrphanage is a particular form of this. See also ChildHater, who hates kids but isn't necessarily physically abusive and NiceJobBreakingItHerod, which is often an extreme version. If they're not stopped in time by the heroes, this overlaps with DeathOfAChild. Contrast InfantImmortality and WouldntHurtAChild. Compare KidsAreCruel, ChildrenAreInnocent. Related to EatsBabies and ChildEater. Usually applies to the SadistTeacher. If a villain who is quite capable of bothering adults prefers to spend his time as an antagonist for kids or teenagers, it's fair to say PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize.

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A subtrope of KickTheDog. BurnTheOrphanage is a particular form of this. See also ChildHater, who hates kids but isn't necessarily physically abusive and NiceJobBreakingItHerod, which is often an extreme version. If they're not stopped in time by the heroes, this overlaps with DeathOfAChild. Contrast InfantImmortality ImprobableInfantSurvival and WouldntHurtAChild. Compare KidsAreCruel, ChildrenAreInnocent. Related to EatsBabies and ChildEater. Usually applies to the SadistTeacher. If a villain who is quite capable of bothering adults prefers to spend his time as an antagonist for kids or teenagers, it's fair to say PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize.
23rd Apr '18 3:01:22 AM Boba_Fett88
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* In ''FanFic/MyLittlePonyNakamaIsMagic'', the Franky Family beats up Spike for the Straw Hats' money.



** Signe, sister of Sigemund (and therefore the aunt of Sigurd the Dragonslayer), is an even more cruel example. She casually offs the sons she bore with her husband, deeming them unfit. When she gives birth to her ''brother`s son'', she willingly drives a needle through his arm, and he doesn´t blink. ''THAT'' is the son she deems to be fitting.

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** Signe, sister of Sigemund (and therefore the aunt of Sigurd the Dragonslayer), is an even more cruel example. She casually offs the sons she bore with her husband, deeming them unfit. When she gives birth to her ''brother`s son'', she willingly drives a needle through his arm, and he doesn´t blink. ''THAT'' is the son she deems to be fitting.
21st Apr '18 2:12:39 PM LavonPapillon1
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* ''Fanfic/LadybugInAHalfShell'': When Hun and the Purple Dragons encounter April with Adrien, Alya and Marinette...
--> '''Hun:''' Take them and make sure to hurt Ms. O’Neil in as many different ways you can think of.
28th Mar '18 2:11:03 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* Barty Crouch Jr. both would and repeatedly ''did'' in ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor''. Not only hurt, but ''ruthlessly murder''.
23rd Mar '18 5:39:36 PM darkemyst
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* The Other from ''WebComic/GirlGenius'' blasted her way onto the scene years before the start of the comic and killed Agatha's infant brother in the process. She and her followers also have no problem wasping children, which makes them her unknowing sleeper agent like slaves with only the illusion of free will or can turn them into mindless shambling zombie-like reverents.
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