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20th Apr '18 5:34:27 AM Ambaryerno
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* PlayedWith by Comicbook/{{X 23}}. When she was still under the control of the Facility, she very much ''did'' kill children. It wasn't by her choice, and even if she resisted those orders, the Facility had the means of literally forcing her to do so using the trigger scent. However the entire reason she was finally able to escape was because she ''did'' refuse to kill Henry Sutter during Rice's hostile takeover of the project, and she makes it explicit to [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Valeria Richards]] that whatever her past, she doesn't kill children anymore.
22nd Mar '18 9:08:00 PM markband
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[[caption-width-right:350:His employers thought he was the only one who could kill a kid. [[HitManWithAHeart They were wrong.]]]]
19th Mar '18 6:43:17 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': One of the soldiers Rei encounters during the invasion of the [[HomeBase Geofront]] specifically chose perimeter patrols because he thought he wouldn't encounter and have to kill one of the teenaged pilots. [[spoiler:Aki, being included in the kill order due to simply being near Rei, ups the ante.]] He repeatedly refuses to shoot her, even after being threatened to be court-martialed by his superior, and when the latter decides to do it himself, he finally opens fire... on him. He unfortunately isn't fast enough to eliminate his remaining squad mate before suffering the same fate.

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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': One of the soldiers Rei encounters during the invasion of the [[HomeBase Geofront]] specifically chose perimeter patrols because he thought he wouldn't encounter and have to kill one of the teenaged teenage pilots. [[spoiler:Aki, being included in the kill order due to simply being near Rei, ups the ante.]] He repeatedly refuses to shoot her, even after being threatened to be court-martialed by his superior, and when the latter decides to do it himself, he finally opens fire... on him. He unfortunately isn't fast enough to eliminate his remaining squad mate before suffering the same fate.fate.
* [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Betelgeuse]] is this in ''Fanfic/SayItThrice'', which is set after the events of the movie. He is genuinely horrified to learn that he nearly entered a marriage contract with a ''twelve-year-old'', having not realized just how young Lydia really was at the time. In his own words, children should be protected.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mirage is totally on-board with Syndrome's [[spoiler: "kill all supers"]] plan...up until he sends missiles after a plane with two kids on it. That, and the disregard he shows for ''her'' life minutes later, prompts her to betray him and help the Incredibles. She's apparently the only one in Syndrome's whole operation with this principle.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mirage is totally on-board with Syndrome's [[spoiler: "kill all supers"]] plan... up until he sends missiles after a plane with two kids on it. That, and the disregard he shows for ''her'' life minutes later, prompts her to betray him and help the Incredibles. She's apparently the only one in Syndrome's whole operation with this principle.



** In another comic, a predator kills nazis who were about to kill a child (after having massacred his whole town), then cuts the ropes tying the boy's hands.

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** In another comic, a predator kills nazis Nazis who were about to kill a child (after having massacred his whole town), then cuts the ropes tying the boy's hands.



* ''Film/{{The Secret Garden|1993}}'': While Mrs. Medlock certainly threatens to box Mary's ears, she never actually strikes her. She slaps Martha, but she's old enough to not be considered a child.

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* ''Film/{{The Secret Garden|1993}}'': While Mrs. Medlock certainly threatens to box Mary's ears, she never actually strikes her. She slaps does slap Martha, but she's old enough to not be considered a child.



** Largely averted in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', when just about anyone is willing to directly or indirectly hurt Tash and Zak Arranda, who start the series as thirteen and twelve years old, respectively. But played straight (ish) with Captain Thrawn. When Tash is insultingly rude to him, his bodyguards bristle but he tells them to stand down, and says that since she's a child he won't take offense. He also takes the time to explain himself to them, a little, though he doesn't go out of his way any to help them.

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** Largely averted in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', when just about anyone is willing to directly or indirectly hurt Tash and Zak Arranda, who start the series as thirteen and twelve years old, respectively. But played straight (ish) straight(ish) with Captain Thrawn. When Tash is insultingly rude to him, his bodyguards bristle but he tells them to stand down, and says that since she's a child he won't take offense. He also takes the time to explain himself to them, a little, though he doesn't go out of his way any to help them.



* Doubly subverted in ''Literature/NightWatch'' with a "wild" Light One Maxim. He can see Dark Ones but not his knismen and as such considers himself to be a lone crusader in a world besieged by forces of Darkness. He [[KnightTemplar relentlessly]] [[HangingJudge slaughters]] every Dark One he comes across, [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner not bothering to find out]] if the actually harmed anyone ([[DarkIsNotEvil Not all of them do]]. Until he encounters a Dark kid. He silently bemoans and curses the "Powers" that [[CursedWithAwesome bestowed him upon his gift]] but is still prepared to carry out his mission, and even intervention from another Light One doesn't hold him back ("[[HolierThanThou Your Light has faded!]]"). He does hesitate, however, when the kid rushes to protect his unfortunate defendor from him, something he wouldn't think possible for a Dark One.

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* Doubly subverted in ''Literature/NightWatch'' with a "wild" Light One Maxim. He can see Dark Ones but not his knismen and as such considers himself to be a lone crusader in a world besieged by forces of Darkness. He [[KnightTemplar relentlessly]] [[HangingJudge slaughters]] every Dark One he comes across, [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner not bothering to find out]] if the actually harmed anyone ([[DarkIsNotEvil Not all of them do]]. Until he encounters a Dark kid. He silently bemoans and curses the "Powers" that [[CursedWithAwesome bestowed him upon his gift]] but is still prepared to carry out his mission, and even intervention from another Light One doesn't hold him back ("[[HolierThanThou Your Light has faded!]]"). He does hesitate, however, when the kid rushes to protect his unfortunate defendor defender from him, something he wouldn't think possible for a Dark One.



** After seeing what happened to the Targaryen children during Robert's Rebellion, Ned does not want to see history repeat itself. While warning Cersei to take the children and run might have been the noble thing to do, it wasn't the ''smartest'' thing to do. Ironically, this action alone did not result in his death: Cersei never intended to kill him, merely send him to the Night's Watch. He was finally killed on the whim of a boy-king, the very person he had intended to spare. The reason for him holding to this belief is [[spoiler:his fear for his nephew Jon Snow's safety, who he raised as his own child. Robert Baratheon wanted to kill all of Rhaegar's offspring, which if the truth were revealed, would include Jon as well, who is the hidden son of Lyanna Stark -- Ned's sister -- and Rheagar Targaryen. Ned internalized this to protect all children in danger from the crown: Daenerys and also Cersei's kids]].

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** After seeing what happened to the Targaryen children during Robert's Rebellion, Ned does not want to see history repeat itself. While warning Cersei to take the children and run might have been the noble thing to do, it wasn't the ''smartest'' thing to do. Ironically, this action alone did not result in his death: Cersei never intended to kill him, merely send him to the Night's Watch. He was finally killed on the whim of a boy-king, the very person he had intended to spare. The reason for him holding to this belief is [[spoiler:his fear for the safety of his nephew Jon Snow's safety, who Snow, whom he raised as his own child. Robert Baratheon wanted to kill all of Rhaegar's offspring, which - if the truth were revealed, revealed - would include Jon as well, who as he is the hidden son of Lyanna Stark -- Ned's sister -- (Ned's sister) and Rheagar Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned internalized this to protect all children in danger from the crown: Daenerys and also Cersei's kids]].



* In an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' a young girl allows a deranged psychopath, who is dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve mind you, into her house. After the episode ends, The Crypt Keeper says that the killer "prefers older women," meaning that the child was safe.
* While serial killer Frank from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has no qualms about hurting a child per se, he gets no satisfaction from doing so. This becomes a minor plot point in the episode where he's introduced. ''Criminal Minds'' in general falls under this trope, at least what is being shown on screen. Even though many of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek serial killers]] have hurt kids in their past, when an episode raises the possibility that a kid could get killed, the kid always lives. [[spoiler:The only time this was subverted was in "The Boogeyman" when the killer was himself a kid.]]

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* In an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' a young girl allows a deranged psychopath, who is dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve mind you, into her house. After the episode ends, The the Crypt Keeper says that the killer "prefers older women," meaning that the child was safe.
* While serial killer Frank from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has no qualms about hurting a child per se, he gets no satisfaction from doing so. This becomes a minor plot point in the episode where he's introduced. ''Criminal Minds'' in general falls under this trope, at least what is being shown on screen. Even though many of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek serial killers]] have hurt kids in their past, when an episode raises the possibility that a kid could get killed, the kid always lives. [[spoiler:The only time this was subverted was in "The Boogeyman" Boogeyman," when the killer was himself a kid.]]



** In "Lacey", upon discovering that the reason Robin Hood stole a wand from him was to heal Marian, who was deathly ill and pregnant, Rumplestiltskin intentionally misses with the arrow he was aiming at them. Made more telling that the bow used was enchanted to always find it's target. Belle even calls him out on it and he basically just ignores her by changing the subject.

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** In "Lacey", upon discovering that the reason Robin Hood stole a wand from him was to heal Marian, who was deathly ill and pregnant, Rumplestiltskin intentionally misses with the arrow he was aiming at them. Made more telling that the bow used was enchanted to always find it's its target. Belle even calls him out on it and he basically just ignores her by changing the subject.



* In a flashback in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena reluctantly spares a young Royal heir in the East even though she was evil at the time and she knew he would grow up to be a homicidal despot with a grudge against her because she slaughtered his family. She turns out to be right about him when she revisits him fifteen or so years later, yet she faces the same choice when Gabrielle implores her to spare him again despite all he has done since they last met. [[spoiler:The last scene of the episode shows the Emperor sitting on his throne and Xena walking out of the throne room with Gabrielle and telling her she couldn't go through with it...but then the last shot reveals he is in fact dead.]]

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* In a flashback in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena reluctantly spares a young Royal royal heir in the East East, even though she was evil at the time and she knew he would grow up to be a homicidal despot with a grudge against her because she slaughtered his family. She turns out to be right about him when she revisits him fifteen or so years later, yet she faces the same choice when Gabrielle implores her to spare him again despite all he has done since they last met. [[spoiler:The last scene of the episode shows the Emperor sitting on his throne and Xena walking out of the throne room with Gabrielle and telling her she couldn't go through with it... but then the last shot reveals he is in fact dead.]]



* [[BewareTheNiceOnes Rashid]] in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' according to his bio strongly dislikes fighting both [[WouldntHitAGirl women]] and children. It's subtly shown in the story mode ''A Shadow Falls'' when he gatecrashes 18-year old Karin's mansion so he get the chess piece macguffin from her. Karin overpowers and restrain him but Rashid just brakes free only wanting to get close enough to snatch the chess piece from her implying he could've fought her seriously but choose not to. Rashid also starts the story mode by attacking two Shadowloo grunts who he assumed were kidnapping little Li-Fen but were actually escorting her.

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* [[BewareTheNiceOnes Rashid]] in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV,'' according to his bio bio, strongly dislikes fighting both [[WouldntHitAGirl women]] and children. It's subtly shown in the story mode ''A Shadow Falls'' when he gatecrashes 18-year old Karin's mansion so he can get the chess piece macguffin MacGuffin from her. Karin overpowers and restrain him restrains him, but Rashid just brakes free breaks free, only wanting to get close enough to snatch the chess piece from her implying he could've fought her seriously but choose not to. her. Rashid also starts the story mode by attacking two Shadowloo grunts who whom he assumed were kidnapping little Li-Fen Li-Fen, but were actually escorting her.



* In many Bethesda Softworks games, one cannot kill or even hurt children. Attempting to attack a child in ''Skyrim'', for example, will result in the child running away in fear with no damage, angry parents, a 1000 gold bounty and a swarm of guards trying to kill you.
** This ironic since killing children was originally a option in Skyrim since there are death sounds of children, but Bethesda Softworks just couldn't let it slide. Many players find the children annoying and will even install mods on PC that allow children to be killed by player.

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* In many Bethesda Softworks games, one cannot kill or even hurt children. Attempting to attack a child in ''Skyrim'', for example, will result in the child running away in fear with no damage, angry parents, a 1000 gold bounty bounty, and a swarm of guards trying to kill you.
** This ironic since Ironically, killing children was originally a option in Skyrim ''Skyrim,'' since there are recorded death sounds of children, but Bethesda Softworks just couldn't let it slide. Many players find the children annoying and will even install mods on PC that allow children to be killed by player.



* While Stormer's bandmates in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' have no issue stuffing little girls into trucks she disagrees. She helps Ashley behind their back, instead of leaving her to die.

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* While Stormer's bandmates in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' have no issue stuffing little girls into trucks trucks, she disagrees. She helps Ashley behind their back, backs, instead of leaving her to die.
12th Mar '18 9:45:37 AM ultimomant
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* In ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', Atalanta is utterly horrified when just seconds after shooting Jack the Ripper, she finds out she is a little girl. Then, even though Jack is a psychotic murderer, Atalanta tries to protect her from the other heroes. Finding out Jack is a wraith who is cursed to kill does nothing to dissuade her. When Jeanne finally [[MercyKill exorcises Jack and puts her to rest]], Atalanta goes mad, [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity declaring Jeanne the ultimate evil for killing a child and vowing to destroy her]].



* {{Exploited|Trope}} in ''ComicBook/{{Insufferable}}'' by Malvolia, who straps a bunch of infants to himself, noting that Galahad can't do anything to him "without something very fragile and very precious going squish". [[spoiler: Nocturnus incapacitates by strangling and suspending him from a skylight.]]

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* {{Exploited|Trope}} in ''ComicBook/{{Insufferable}}'' by Malvolia, who straps a bunch of infants to himself, noting that Galahad can't do anything to him "without something very fragile and very precious going squish". [[spoiler: Nocturnus incapacitates him by strangling and suspending him from a skylight.]]
8th Jan '18 4:56:00 AM Reparman30
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** This ironic since killing children was originally a option in Skyrim date-files but Bethesda Softworks just couldn't let it slide. Many suspect players find the children annoying and will even cold bloodily install mods on PC that allow children to be killed by player.

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** This ironic since killing children was originally a option in Skyrim date-files since there are death sounds of children, but Bethesda Softworks just couldn't let it slide. Many suspect players find the children annoying and will even cold bloodily even install mods on PC that allow children to be killed by player.
2nd Jan '18 11:34:59 PM M84
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* in ''VideoGame/TheOrder1886'', the Lord Chancellor once slew a family of Lycans but spared their infant son since he couldn't bring himself to kill an innocent baby. [[spoiler:He instead adopted the boy as his son Alastair.]]

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* in In ''VideoGame/TheOrder1886'', the Lord Chancellor once slew a family of Lycans but spared their infant son since he couldn't bring himself to kill an innocent baby. [[spoiler:He instead adopted the boy as his son Alastair.]]]]
* In the backstory of ''Videogame/{{Nox}}'', the warrior Jandor grew weary of the war and refused to kill the last of the cursed bloodline of the Northern Mages since she was just a child. He left her to be raised by a tribe of ogres. That child was Hecubah, the BigBad of the game.
20th Dec '17 3:06:41 AM M84
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* in ''VideoGame/TheOrder1886'', the Lord Chancellor once slew a family of Lycans but spared their infant son since he couldn't bring himself to kill an innocent baby. [[spoiler:He instead adopted the boy as his son Alastair.]]
9th Dec '17 5:34:21 PM UltramarineAlizarin
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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. Applies to Jade all the time, but is most telling in an episode where the heroes are fighting evil clones of themselves, and the adults are handily thrashed by the clone of Paco, a child. When they pull off Paco-clone's "mask" to reveal [[UncannyValley two eyes on an otherwise blank face]], the tables suddenly turn and [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute they're allowed to punch him with impunity]].
** Chow even called him out on this when he pointed out that Jackie wouldn't hurt a younger version of Valmont.
*** And let's not forget when a statue of Lo Pei, the warrior who originally defeated Shendu, was animated by the Rat Talisman. The Dark Hand mooks pose as mystical priests in an attempt to sway him to their side, but as soon as they try to hurt Jade, Lo Pei sees through the ruse.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
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Applies to Jackie's niece Jade all the time, but time. For example, when a statue of Lo Pei (the warrior who originally defeated Shendu) is most animated by the Rat Talisman, the Dark Hand mooks pose as mystical priests in an attempt to sway him to their side. However, as soon as they try to hurt Jade, Lo Pei sees through the ruse.
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telling in an episode where the heroes are fighting evil clones of themselves, and the adults are handily thrashed by the clone of Paco, a child. When they pull off Paco-clone's "mask" to reveal [[UncannyValley two eyes on an otherwise blank face]], the tables suddenly turn and [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute they're allowed to punch him with impunity]].
** Chow even called him out on this when he pointed out that In an episode involving TimeTravel, Jackie wouldn't hurt a tries to get the Dark Hand to back down by threatening the younger version of Valmont.
*** And let's not forget when a statue of Lo Pei, the warrior who originally defeated Shendu, was animated by the Rat Talisman. The Dark Hand mooks pose as mystical priests in an attempt to sway
Valmont. Chow calls him to their side, out on this almost word-for-word. Jade grabs Valmont and snarls, "Jackie wouldn't, but as soon as they try to hurt Jade, Lo Pei sees through the ruse.I would!"



** Pa and Ma, the late convenience store owners in "The Inconveniencing"< wouldn't dare harm anyone under the age of thirteen. Teenagers, however, are fair game.

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** Pa and Ma, the late convenience store owners in "The Inconveniencing"< Inconveniencing", wouldn't dare harm anyone under the age of thirteen. Teenagers, however, are fair game.
19th Oct '17 7:34:23 PM TomServo3000
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', it is subverted in the case of Kenny and Butters quite often, and subverted to a lesser degree with Ike.
13th Oct '17 9:11:12 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Mercer and Bortus find out the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Krill]] are heading to a human colony and plan to nuke it from orbit. They find a way to kill the crew, but then they find out that they brought their kids along...[[spoiler: They do manage to spare the kids, but do kill the adults. [[DeconstructedTrope It's pointed out that those kids will now grow up with every reason to want war on the Union, and Mercer's crew in particular.]]]]

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Mercer and Bortus find finds out the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Krill]] are heading to a human colony and plan to nuke it from orbit. They find a way to kill the crew, but then they find out that they brought their kids along...[[spoiler: They do manage to spare the kids, but do kill the adults. [[DeconstructedTrope It's pointed out that those kids will now grow up with every reason to want war on the Union, and Mercer's crew in particular.]]]]
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