->''"I wanted to see what you'd do. And you didn't disappoint... You let five people die. Then, you let Dent take your place. Now, even to a guy like me, that's cold..."''
-->-- '''The Joker, ''Film/TheDarkKnight'''''

Whether someone is a weirdo, [[EvenEvilHasStandards villain]], pervert, {{jerkass}}, geek, or just ''way'' too nice, deviant from the customs of "normal" society -- one often finds those things that can only go so far. These characters find that when they're in a situation where they would cross a certain line, they don't do it. Or they get disgusted at those who do cross that line.

A SuperTrope to:

* ChivalrousPervert: An individual who has some filthy desires but holds themselves to a standard when going about them.
* DudeNotFunny: Even in works of BlackComedy, jokes about these subjects are considered to be in bad taste.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Even the most hardened bad guys may have a soft spot for dear old Mom.
* EvenBeggarsWontChooseIt: The poor may be needy, but they're not desperate enough to accept ''that'' handout.
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: An action so bad, it even warrants the disapproval of the NonHumanSidekick.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Villains care about people in their own families and would never dream of hurting ''them.''
* EvenEvilHasStandards: An evildoer rejects some bad deed as too evil for them to be involved with.
* EvenNerdsHaveStandards: Something is considered too {{nerd}}y even by other nerds.
* EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt: The LethalChef's food is so awful, it gets turned down by vermin.
* EvilVirtues: Being effectively evil requires strengths of character.
* HonorAmongThieves: Scoundrels agree on clearly defined limits to their villainy.
* NobleDemon: A villain who pursues evil goals but refuses to be too evil about getting there.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: The EldritchAbomination refuses to eat the hero, or tries but can't keep down their meal.

Compare ConscienceMakesYouGoBack, SuddenPrincipledStand. See WhatTheHellHero when someone calls out a person's actions for violating their own standards.

Someone who doesn't observe any standards may cross the MoralEventHorizon and become a CompleteMonster.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', [[WhatAnIdiot Ka Koubun's]] attempt to make King Sinbad marry Princess Kougyoku, by making it look like Sinbad had violated her, fails, because his henchmen can't stand seeing their princess crying and so sad.
* In ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', Chairman Morinomiya, who usually demands for Ryuuichi to work hard and to keep a punctual schedule, states this about herself when posed with the option of waking him up while he's sick.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Anyone who has ever met and spoken to [[spoiler:Uchiha Madara]] pretty much hates his guts, barring his brother [[spoiler:Izuna]], his former best friend [[spoiler:Hashirama]], and his protégé [[spoiler:Tobi]]. Not even [[spoiler:Kurama]] can stand him, and considering the shit he's probably had to put up with [[spoiler:over the last few centuries]], that says ''a lot''. The people that can stand him? [[spoiler:Izuna's]] dead, and [[spoiler:Hashirama]], despite otherwise continuing to advocate for him at the drop of a hat, became his mortal enemy [[spoiler:the moment Madara decided to attack Konoha, ''the village they built together''. [[TeethClenchedTeamwork Even his long-time accomplice Tobi, aka Obito, reveals that he doesn't care for him all that much either]].]]
** There's also Sasuke himself during the early episodes. Even before he and Naruto actually become friends, he is absolutely ''furious'' at Sakura when she confides in him that she believes Naruto is such an undisciplined prankster because he had no parents to teach him how to act and promptly chews her out for it. After all, he knows from personal experience that not having parents bites; because of this, Sakura has a JerkassRealization and resolves to try to treat Naruto more kindly.
** The Allied Shinobi Forces was a result of this. The Moon's Eye Plan incited this reaction so much that it was enough to unite the entire shinobi world, which has been in a near-constant state of war for over a ''century''. [[AssimilationPlot Trying to subject free will in general seems to incite this reaction]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Eiji Niizuma follows his rivals' work so regularly that his refusal to read Tanto is treated as an OOCIsSeriousBusiness moment that indicates that he thinks they're not living up to their potential.
** A ShowWithinAShow case becomes a plot point in and out of that universe. Mashiro and Takagi's Perfect Crime Party, a group of elementary school students who do harmless pranks called "perfect crimes", don't do anything that could cause trouble for others; they suggest that if they broke into a bank vault and left behind a note without stealing anything, the security company's reputation would suffer. In response to [[spoiler:someone imitating PCP by breaking into a bank vault and leaving a note behind, Takagi writes a story in which Akechi, TheRival to PCP, tells some copycats that he knew it wasn't PCP because they wouldn't do anything like that, and ends with PCP themselves commenting about how not everyone can do things the way they do]].
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', L and Near are not paragons of justice, and only take on cases that they're interested in. However, they both disapprove of what Kira is doing and the [[AGodAmI mindset]] behind it, with Near having an especially strong hatred of Kira's followers.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the Straw Hats, for the most part, care about their members and friends more than anyone else, even the entire rest of the world, in Robin's case. However, they're typically shown to be quite upset whenever their enemies [[BadBoss callously harm their own minions]], from Sanji and Franky's shock at Rob Lucci pulling a YouHaveFailedMe on Nero, to Chopper saving an Enforcer from Gedatsu's attack.
** As greedy as Nami is, she's willing to give up treasure for the sake of her friends, such as giving some of Thriller Bark's treasure to her friend Lola as a gift, or being willing to spend all the treasure to buy Caimie and set her free (unfortunately, she gets preemptively outbid).
** Luffy's usually a nice guy who can befriend ''and'' forgive nearly anyone, up to and including former antagonists regardless of morality. However, he drew the line upon seeing [[MagnificentBastard Crocodile]] in Impel Down. He did end up releasing him, at his ally Ivankov's suggestion, but unlike all the other former enemies he meets in the arc, Luffy does ''not'' befriend or forgive him.
* Nodoka, in ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', has repeatedly expressed that she doesn't believe in the existence of superstitions, even when her opponents make improbable draws right in front of her. In a flashback in ''Manga/SakiAchigaHen'', she hears her old friend Kuro telling her that because her MissingMom told her to value the dora more, she has chosen to draw dora over completing her hand, and believes that as a result, she is more likely to draw dora tiles. Ako asks Nodoka if she's going to say her usual thing about superstitions, and Nodoka says she can't believe what Kuro is saying, but doesn't want to tell her off, either, possibly because she realizes the personal significance of it to Kuro.
* In ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' when porn actress Yuri Kousaka reveals that her real name is Asami Matsumoto, she comments, "I may be a shameless woman, but even I don't make porn flicks under my real name."
* In ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'', Orito is a CasanovaWannabe who's always shamelessly hitting on girls, trying to peep on them, etc. When Ayumu gets possessed by Belphegor, he makes offensive StrawMisogynist remarks. Orito is horrified and quickly declares that he does not believe in that line of thinking.
* True, Manga/{{InuYasha}} is short-tempered, violent, and overall a bit of a prick, but there are plenty of lines that even he refuses to cross:
** In the "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny" anime special, he refuses to attack Kikyo for the Shikon Jewel when she's badly injured and can't fight back, explaining to her that he doesn't "[[HonorBeforeReason play dirty]]"; he even personally saves Kaede from Mistress Centipede while refusing to [[HostageForMacguffin take her hostage for the jewel]] as Centipede intended to do.
** When he fights Tōkajin, the latter demands that he eat some of the Ninmenka's fruit before their fight; given [[HumanResources the source of the fruit]], Inuyasha is quick to turn it down.
** When he meets Shiori, he adamantly refuses to kill a fellow half-demon, let alone a [[WouldntHurtAChild little girl]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Sanosuke admits that despite his disagreements with various antagonists and rivals (ranging from Saitou, Shishio, to Anji), they were at least people he could respect. Inui Banjin on the other hand, was merely an arrogant BloodKnight.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Akihiko Kayaba, the baddie of the first half of the first season, may have caused 4000+ people to be killed off just for his imagination, but does have a better sense of honor and keeps his own rules even if it meant losing everything. When Sugou Nobuyuki (aka Oberon) spamed his GameMaster status and attempted to sexually assault Asuna in the second to last episode of Season 1, just as Kirito is about to give up, his spirit shows up to give him a HeroicSecondWind and lent his system administrator status to allow Kirito to take Oberon down.
* Rei Ayanami of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is hard wired to follow orders no matter what they might be, or sacrifice everything to accomplish her mission, even if it means her own life. [[DeathSeeker Especially if it means her own life.]] Tell her to shoot a child however and she balks. Her finding out the true horrors of the Evas? She gets a glimpse and is horrified, and it's hinted that this would be unforgivable. Wipe out the human race? If verbal reasoning doesn't work Rei takes an active hand stopping it.
** Rei also gets a glimpse of the BodyBackupDrive in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion:'' a fair assessment would be similar to if she had [[OhCrap just found a nuke.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Thunderstrike in ''Thor Corps'' #1: "There's an old cliche about [[NotInKansasAnymore not being in Kansas anymore]] that's too corny for even me to use!"
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} thinks Bloody Mary is too crazy for his tastes.
* In [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett's comic]], at one point he takes out a flying Imperial concentration camp ship for free. Even the guy whose morals aren't much more sophisticated than "get paid for it" and has to be specifically told not to default to vaporising his target won't stand for that kind of thing.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080224 Jon spent all morning writing a love sonnet and then the computer crashed.]] Actually, it just pretended to, because "Even the Internet has its standards".
** Like many cats, Garfield has no problem with hunting animals for food, but got upset with Jon's family turning his pet chicken Nadine into soup because he considered her family.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin may be quite self-centered, but even he thinks [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/11/27#.UuBFK2Qo5dg starving people are nothing to joke about.]]
* Lampooned in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', where it was combined with an EvilLawyerJoke and a dose of SelfDeprecation on the part of the writer. The strip's resident AmoralAttorney, Steve Dallas, was thinking about changing careers, because he wanted "an easier way to make a living than getting psychopaths and rapists off the hook". (Not that he cared about who they hurt; he just wasn't all-that ''good'' at it.) Then Opus suggested that Steve try getting into cartoonist art, to which Steve replied by jabbing him in the butt with a pen and angrily shouting, "I have ''some'' scruples, dude!"
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', even a pirate with a diseased parrot refuses to be spokesperson for the unethical company Dilbert works at.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Gendo had done ''plenty'' questionable or horrible things, but in this story he [[spoiler:mixes Asuka's LCL with hormone-boosters so that she has sex and gets pregnant -despite of being only thirteen-. Then he modifies her foetus genetically in order to create a new SuperSoldier lifeform he plans to use like a weapon as soon as Asuka gives birth... additionally, Asuka may die when she delivers her baby, who is accidentally his granddaughter, but Gendo does not care.]] ''Everyone'' is so disgusted and sickened with him -including his lover, his right hand and his puppet who had had helped him loyalty until then- that they turn against him. Even Rei -who had been absolutely and unconditionally faithful to him- said she rather obey Misato because she was "more human".
* ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'' (a crossover between ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''): While Jade is quite familiar with being a CombatPragmatist and GuileHeroine, she is ''[[WhatTheHellHero disgusted]]'' at the Guardians for [[FrameUp framing Raythor of treason]] and getting him banished to [[EldritchLocation the Abyss of Shadows]], feeling that there are some things a hero should not do, and that doing that to someone as honor-driven as [[NobleDemon Raythor]] is ''[[FateWorseThanDeath worse]]'' [[FateWorseThanDeath than killing him]].
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': Socrates is noted to have very few standards when it comes to [[ThePrankster pranks]], one of which is serious injury (as in broken bones).
* ''Fanfic/NedStarkLives'': Tyrion Lannister has never gotten along well with Joffrey, who he considers an incredibly selfish and violent RoyalBrat who would bring the Kingdoms down along with him; even so, he is disgusted and outraged when he hears [[spoiler: that Joffrey didn't die from his fall into the Blackwater Bay at the Fall of King's Landing, but that he was slain in single combat by Stannis Baratheon, despite being crippled and half-conscious at the time.]] It's one of the few things he and Cersei can agree on by that point.
* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2244778/1/Corvine Corvine]]'' even [[ProperlyParanoid Mad-Eye Moody]] is disturbed by Dumbledore's growing delusions and paranoia.
* [[Blog/AskPrincessMolestia Molestia]] is very much the AnythingThatMoves type, as well doing quite a few that don't move, but she does have a few fetishes she doesn't engage in, such as vore or necrophilia, and won't violate those who are underage.
* The Originals of ''Fanfic/TheUniversiad'' are to a man {{Combat Pragmatist}}s who cheerfully advocate ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill, but the results of deploying a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Witch]] during the "Starkiller" [[Series/{{Babylon 5}} Black Star incident]] were so brutal that even normally TheUnfettered Gideon020 was forced to reconsider the morality of doing so.
* ''Fanfic/TeenageJinchurikiShinobi'':
** Raphael smacks Michelangelo on the head everytime the latter says or does something foolish, but even the former is disgusted by how poorly Neji treats Hinata
** Similarly, Raph gets outraged when Itachi, while fighting Sasuke, tries to pull a NotSoDifferent moment.
* In ''Fanfic/BoysUndSenshado'', Anchovy doesn't think much of [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Miho]] and is desperate to win against her to prove that her school's "not a joke", but she's [[spoiler:horrified when Miho accidentally gets shot]].
* Colonel Yang from ''Fanfic/HaloTheArtOfWar'' is an eccentric BunnyEarsLawyer of an engineer and lenient with [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Spearhead's]] antics, but even he thinks [[MadScientist Serena]] is too nuts to be allowed Spartan augmentation, and he also had [[spoiler:Thom-293]] taken off Noble for pushing his luck too many times.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'':
** For all the blatant cutesy-ness of Equestria and its inhabitants, they still consider that the pink heart-shaped Equestrian attorney badge [[PinkIsForSissies is far too excesive in that regard]].
** Despite Trixie's {{Jerkass}} tendencies, and not being the most honest pony herself, she shows a dislike for liars that lie to save their own hide. This shows when she abandons her own witness after a very long string of lies, and later when she [[EnemyMine helps Phoenix to further expose another witness]] despite having already done so herself, which only serves to give an opening for Phoenix's case.
* ''Fanfic/NecessaryToWin''
** Teru is a relatively cold and detached individual, but when her fellow vice-captain Erika chides Hisa for walking away from a tankery match three years ago, Teru tells Erika that certain people have parts of their pasts that they would rather not discuss, something that is very much true for Teru.
** In spite of treating her own sister coldly, Teru is shocked to hear that [[spoiler:Shiho is considering disowning Miho if she fails to win the semi-finals]], believing that no reason Shiho has could justify doing such a thing.
* In ''Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}}'', X-COM is considered short a few marbles by almost everyone else... so "When the guys in charge of X-COM think youíre too nuts to be on a UFO Retrieval Team, then youíve got some ''serious'' issues."
* In ''Fanfic/XCOMSecondContact'', the Citadel races think HumanityIsInsane, but even Udina is stunned when the former talk of [[spoiler:cloning fertile Chryssalids.]]
* Turns out in the WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom / Film/{{Beetlejuice}} {{Crossover}}, ''FanFic/SayItThrice'', Betelgeuse didn't realize how [[YoungerThanSheLooks young]] Lydia was during the events of [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} the movie]]. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold He]] was [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone not happy]] when he finds out what he [[OldManMarryingAChild almost did]].
** He also doesn't like [[OriginalCharacter Sanduleak's]] preferred methods of [[AttemptedRape interacting]] [[SlashedThroat with]] the living. Especially since he tried to drag Betelgeuse into it without telling him what he had in mind. Betelgeuse made his displeasure known [[SealedEvilInACan quite clearly]].
* In ''{{FanFic/Vapors}}'' even the ''epic'' DirtyOldMan Jiraiya refuses to perve on his god-daughter Aiko. Naruto's Aiko-based Sexy no Jutsu actually disgusts him, and he cringes away from her breasts when he needs to examine a seal on her chest.
* In ''Fanfic/TheGreatestGeneration'', Dakota may be an incorrigible prankster with a malfunctioning filter, but in chapter ten even she realises that she might have gone too far.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'', Francis says this when Bluebeard comes to his house for the first time.
-->'''Francis:''' Did you come back here to take a leak? Forget it. You don't piss in here anymore. I live here now, and I have my standards.
* Despite his love for penguins, even [[BearyFriendly Corporal]] from ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a little miffed that Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico destroyed the North Wind's airship.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', Squidasaurus is appalled that the Bikini Bottomites try to sacrifice Spongebob.
-->'''Squidasaurus:''' And I thought my friends were primitive.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Joker thinks he [[DefiedTrope can prove this wrong]], but it turns into a DoubleSubversion, when [[spoiler:neither the boat of convicts, nor the boat of innocent people, go for his blackmail to have the people on one boat blow up the other, lest they both get blown up; on top of it all, the boat of convicts are the ''first ones'' to refuse to do so]].
* In ''Film/TheDistinguishedGentleman'', a professional ConMan gets himself elected to Congress and discovers that he's small potatoes compared to the corruption that goes on in the Capitol. He then dedicates himself to exposing them.
* In ''Film/{{Predators}}'', the benevolent doctor and one of the few good people on the team is thoroughly disgusted by Stans's "rapin' bitches" comment. [[spoiler:He's later revealed to have probably been faking it -- he's a serial killer himself.]]
* Colonel Tavington in ''Film/ThePatriot'' inspires this among his countrymen. Cornwallis can be called an honorable British General who respects both the laws of warfare and simply wants to reestablish British rule. He wants to maintain good if temporarily not peaceful relations with the colonials. However, he is still appalled at Tavington's brutal tactics and rightly faults him for the increasing resistance against the British from the American militia. Also, one of Tavington's men complains that there's no honor in burning down a church full of civilians, and is clearly reluctant to follow his orders to do so.
* In ''Film/{{Roustabout}}'', the other carnies are clearly disgusted when Charlie Rogers leaves Joe Lean to spend a night in jail over a missing wallet.
* ''Film/{{Carrie 1976}}'': Carrie's classmates and teachers either bullied her or ignored her plight, but almost all of them were horrified by the pig-blood prank. Tragically, Carrie was too traumatized to register this. [[KillThemAll You know the rest]] ...
* Mr. Curry may not like ''Film/{{Paddington}}'' but he won't see him [[spoiler:taxidermied]] (he just thought Millicent would send him back to Peru).
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', not all the celebrities, politicians and royalty approached by Valentine [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere agree with his scheme]] for whatever reason. They end up locked up in his base for all their trouble. [[spoiler:Though it also spares them from the chaos going on around the world as well as the explosive chips that were meant to save those who ''did'' buy into Valentine's plan]].
* ''Child Bride'':
** The [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] crew watched but refused to riff on this film as it was worse than ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate Manos]]'' and the [[OldManMarryingAChild subject matter]] disgusted even them.
** SubvertedTrope by ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'' when he catches wind of its existence and ''[=MST3K=]'''s aforementioned reaction to the possibility of riffing it. DoubleSubversion in that ''he'' found the subject matter disgusting as well.
--->'''Cinema Snob:''' [[LampshadeHanging I have no standards. I'll do it.]]

* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', Pinocchio may have many faults, but he won't accept bribes. A few weasels learn this the hard way.
* In ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'', the Mermaid fails to win the prince's love, but can return to mermaid form if she kills him with a magic knife. She refuses (this helps her earn the chance to gain an immortal soul).
* In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', [[EvilChancellor Evil Vizier]] Abrim got rejected from Unseen University. They said he was mentally unstable. How do you manage to be too mentally unstable for ''[[{{Cloudcuckooland}} Unseen University]]''?
%% This is a rhetorical question. Do not reply to it.
* This idea is consistently overlooked by ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'s'' Grand Inquisitor Zahspahr Clyntahn. As he piles on atrocity after atrocity in his attempts to crush the schismatic Empire of Charis, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood it never seems to occur to him]] that he's alienating the various clergymen and world leaders who should by all rights be his allies. Various characters do things like defect to Charis rather than face his telling them YouHaveFailedMe, or MercyKill enemy soldiers rather than take them alive to face the tortures of Clyntahn's Inqusition.
* A rather dark take on this trope features in the later volumes of Creator/HarryTurtledove's Literature/Timeline191 series. The prison camp guards are perfectly happy to keep African-Americans in a horrific, inhumane concentration camp, but lining them up and machine-gunning them in cold blood is too much; some are DrivenToSuicide, others [[DrowningMySorrows driven to drink]] and a few end up in asylums. This prompts the Nazi {{Expy}}s to think up gas vans as an alternative that's easier for the rank and file to cope with. This is in fact based directly on what led the real Nazis to implement the gas chambers.
* Patrick [=McLanahan=] from Creator/DaleBrown's books is a major MilitaryMaverick, but even he finds the National Guard pilots he's scouting out in ''Battle Born'' too lax and defiant for anyone's good. At least at first.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Everyone in Hogwarts, be it Snape, Harry, or Filch, wanted Gilderoy Lockhart gone. It's believed that the only reason he got the job as DADA teacher is because no one else applied (the position is cursed -- no one lasts longer than a year) [[spoiler:besides Snape. And the only reason why the far more qualified Snape didn't get the job is because Dumbledore still needed him -- not only for his plans against Voldemort, but also as the Potions teacher for the school]].
** It's made clear that house-elves find HappinessInSlavery, and that Dobby actually enjoying freedom is mostly because he's a weirdo (and only slightly because his original master was abusive). But even Dobby has limits; when Dumbledore offered him a high salary and weekends off, he actually negotiated for ''less''.
** As teenagers, James Potter and Sirius Black were both [[JerkJock major-league dicks]], especially toward Severus Snape. But Sirius's attempted DeadlyPrank on Severus was too dickish even by James Potter's standards, which is why James saved Severus's life (and why Severus held a grudging [[IOweYouMyLife life debt]] toward James and, by extension, James's son Harry).
* There are a few in the ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse''.
** In ''Literature/TidesOfWar'', there is a double example. Anduin, a pacifist, realizes that Garrosh has gone too far and must be stopped in the wake of [[spoiler:Theramore's destruction]], but is glad that his more warlike father Varian isn't going as far as [[spoiler:Jaina]] originally planned to.
** In ''OfBloodAndHonor'', Uther is willing to have Tirion exiled for helping an orc, out of the belief that [[FantasticRacism all orcs must die]] and partly out of the belief that [[LawfulStupid Tirion disobeying an order is unforgivable]]. However, when Barthilas, Tirion's arrogant subordinate, starts disrespecting Tirion during his trial, Uther gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, saying that Tirion, who fought alongside him and saved his life, deserves more than to be "harangued by an unseasoned boy" like Barthilas.
** In ''Literature/BeyondTheDarkPortal'', Turalyon, who has no love for the orcs (the epiphany he had in the [[Literature/TidesOfDarkness previous book]] that cleared all his doubts was the realization that the orcs are not from Azeroth and not part of the Holy Light), is quite disturbed to see Alleria's obsession with killing the orcs to avenge her dead brother and all the people she lost in their invasion of her homeworld, which has resulted in a rift growing between them, and which causes him and the rest of their friends to become worried about her getting herself killed in her quest for revenge. Turalyon's also quite disturbed when he sees an orphaned boy playing with a sword and wanting to grow up and kill orcs.
* In the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' books, even the utterly ruthless Rawne and his like-minded inner circle disdain Meryn for his unscrupulousness. This later turns out to be well-deserved.
* John Ringo's ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series:
** Mike Harmon is an ex-Navy SEAL who pushes the AntiHero needle ''waaaaay'' into the red. He fantasizes about raping and brutalizing young women, and deals with it by hiring underage prostitutes for BDSM and rough sex (followed by extravagant payment), and then finding the whoremongers behind the prostitutes and murdering them. After he's done with the prostitutes, he sometimes buys them outright. He flat-out admits that the reason he hates rapists and white slavers so much is that they torture women in a truly non-consensual way, which his conscience (barely) prevents him from doing.
** Katya is an absolutely frigid self-serving sadist bitch, but Kurt Schwenke's use of chemical tortures on prostitutes appalls even her.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Subverted in the episode "The Scofflaw" of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. Jerry finds out an acquaintance has been lying about having cancer for two months (doctors thought he had it, but surgery revealed he didn't).
-->'''Jerry:''' What kind of person is this? There's only one other person who might be able to do something like this, and that's you.\\
'''George:''' Well...\\
'''Jerry:''' I don't even think you could do it.\\
'''George:''' Oh, I could do it.\\
'''Jerry:''' Yeah, I guess you could.\\
'''George:''' [snorts] C'mon.
** Also played straight behind the scenes: there was a script written for one episode which would be about guns (known as "The Bet" or "The Gun"). Several members of the cast and crew thought the subject would be too controversial (even if the show had previously joked about many other things that could be considered as questionable), so the episode was replaced by another one.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': InvokedTrope. The last security guard at Greendale, who is willing to tolerate the campus's safety hazards and getting paid in vouchers, quits when Dean Pelton enables Chang's insanity to avoid legal troubles, saying that [[DudeNotFunny it isn't funny]].
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Complete {{Jerkass}} Quinn shows up at a party thrown by his ex-girlfriend, Debra Morgan, and he has some anonymous slutty girl with him. He acts drunk and stupid enough to annoy everyone at the party, but the slutty girl doesn't mind, until she finds out that she's only there to make Deborah jealous. "You brought me to your ex-girlfriend's house? Have a nice life."
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', most of the gang avoid Janice like the plague for her AnnoyingLaugh and general annoyingness. Ross, though, dates her for an episode because he's in a down period in his life and feels he can vent to her. He takes it too far even for her, though.
-->'''Ross:''' You're saying that I've become so whiny that I annoy you. Janice.\\
'''Janice:''' Well, yeah.\\
'''Ross:''' [[BorrowedCatchphrase Oh.]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My.]] [[BigOMG God!]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Barney, despite being obsessed with sex and advocating it on almost any occasion, considers it valid when one of Robin's boyfriends breaks up with her due to [[NoodleIncident a bedroom thing]] she tried. Robin being Barney's own ex, he knows ''exactly'' what thing it is, and it's implied it even made ''him'' uncomfortable...
* ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'': The guys will say a lot of rude and insulting stuff, but every last one of them has a hard time talking that way to women. Especially [[ChivalrousPervert pretty women]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': When Admiral Chegwidden was President of the Captains Promotion Board, Commander Lindsey's name came up. When asked about his views on the man, Chegwidden stated he would not willingly have the man on his staff as he breaks too many rules. The person who asked this just stares for a moment as he personally has dealt with Harm and his unorthodox methods.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': In [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]], [[spoiler: Jason Neville]] decides that slaughtering groups of people with air strikes is completely unacceptable. His father does not react well to his son taking a stand.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Stannis is pressured to sacrifice his daughter by Melisandre, a Red Priestess whose God demands human sacrifices in the form of fire. With his army stuck in the snow miles from his enemy and the situation getting desperate, he eventually agrees, [[MoralEventHorizon allowing his own daughter to be burned alive in front of the entire army.]] The snow does thaw, but half his men desert with all the horses, leading him to be defeated in ensuing battle. Even for the jaded people of Westeros, watching their general murder his young, terrified daughter is far beyond their ability to tolerate.
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'':
** Charlie is TheCasanova, but on one occasion, he almost slept with a woman who may be [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister]]. They didn't know then, and their mothers told them barely on time. Charlie's reaction was [[{{Squick}} to say he draws the line at incest]], but his possible half-sister's reaction... [[ReallyGetsAround she was willing to continue]].
** In another episode, one of Alan's patients is paying him extra because she gets sexual pleasure from his chiropractic skills. When arguing with Charlie about it, Charlie retorts that he may have done some things he wasn't proud of for the sake of sex, but he has never taken money for it (that's not to say he hasn't paid someone ''else'' money for it).
* ''Series/WillAndGrace'': Lionel thinks Karen is a hooker when he first meets her:
-->'''Lionel:''' You don't have sex for money?\\
'''Karen:''' No, I do not! For [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry jewels]], for [[PrettyInMink furs]], for mixed securities, like a lady! But for money? How dare you!
* In ''Series/{{The 100}}'', even the strictly controlled dystopia of the Ark is reluctant to execute children, despite PopulationControl being a basic necessity. It'll lock them up until eighteen and then execute them if their trial doesn't go well, and it'll use them as lab rats to determine if Earth is habitable again, but they are at least given something of a chance.
* In ''Series/AllInTheFamily,'' Archie Bunker is notorious for his casually racist views, but he is mortified to realize that a white supremacist BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats he has joined, thinking it's a social club, is in fact TheKlan. He tells them off and withdraws his membership on the grounds that, since he once [[ContinuityNod had a blood transfusion from a black woman]], he qualifies as black.
** In another episode, Archie and one of his friends think they are under surveillance from the FBI, and the friend goes into a rant about being a communist. Archie takes offense to calling Mike a communist.
* In an episode of ''Series/NipTuck'', the show's [[TheCasanova Casanova]] Christian Troy hooks up with an attractive mother and daughter pair in a night club. When they go at it again the next morning, the daughter reveals that they started doing this when her mother caught her making out with her stepdad, disturbing even Christian. He eventually concludes "This is too screwed up, even for me", and throws them out of his apartment.
* ''Series/MythBusters'':
** They do a fake-out that smacks of this trope. In a first-season episode, they trot out the "poodle in the microwave" myth as if they're going to test it, and they even show the poodle they're (supposedly) going to run the test on. Just before they're "slated" to run the test, they reveal that "there are some myths even we, on ''[=MythBusters=]'', can't do", establishing a long-standing rule against certain animal tests (insects are fair game when it comes to experiments just as long they were bred for scientific research, like radiation).
** During the "Baghdad Batteries" myth, the producer thought it would make for good television if Adam touched the conductors. He got electrocuted (non-lethally, though it was a very violent shock), and no one even bothered to film his reaction. This is why they enforce the DontTryThisAtHome rule: people who can do this sort of stuff tend to lean towards pranking. Access to these kinds of resources can lead to fatal jokes.
* ''Series/AmericaUnearthed'': ScottWolter espouses such theories as UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar coming to America in the 12th century with the HolyGrail and the existence of giants among other theories, but he scoffs at anything to do with aliens.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Blanche's niece Lucy comes to visit, only to run off with a different man every night. This causes Blanche to express concern at how she is behaving. When Lucy mocks the idea that [[ReallyGetsAround Blanche]] could criticize her for this, Blanche points out that when she dates a lot of men [[EthicalSlut she wants to be there]] and everyone is happy, whereas Lucy is [[SexualExtortion letting herself be used]] because she doesn't think anyone will like her otherwise.
* In the opening of the ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode "The Best Way Out Is Through", a couple of muggers working a subway station find that their latest would-be target has already been fatally stabbed. One of them wants to run, but the other calls 911 and waits for the police (presumably in part so that they don't get suspected of the murder).
* This is used in ''Series/TheMunsters'' SequelSeries ''The Munsters Today'' in the episode "Just Another Pretty Face", which was a remake of an episode from the original series of the same name. Both the original episode and the ''Munsters Today'' remake had Herman and Lily go to a doctor to see if he can restore the human Herman to his original FrankensteinsMonster appearance. While the original episode had the doctor refuse due to not understanding the Munsters' standards of beauty, the remake had the doctor be willing to go through with the operation, but Herman and Lily back out because they are freaked out by how eager the doctor is to go through with the procedure.
* In the ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' sketch "Office Homophobe", [[spoiler:this is the twist: the homophobe turns out to be a Straight Gay, and his objections to the Camp Gay colleague's behaviour are not out of homophobia but because he was taking it too far.]]
* Chad, the male lead in ''[[Series/ScreamQueens2015 Scream Queens]]'' is misogynistic, extremely lustful and perverse. He has cheated on his girlfriend Chanel with every one of her GirlPosse, [[spoiler: Denise and Dean Munsch, although that last one, while he enjoyed it, was due to {{Blackmail}}.]] However when his brother dedicates his Thanksgiving speech on what he is thankful for to extreme Eastern European pornography, and how its affected local girls, Chad is left speechless and clearly embarrassed.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'':
-->'''Raylan:''' Just 'cause I've shot the occasional person doesn't make me a thief.

* In Music/TheLonelyIsland's "Like a Boss", Andy Samberg's character (the "boss") says it in the moment, but as the song winds up and the man giving him a performance review double-checks that in an average day, "You chop your own balls off and ''die,''" he agrees to those two things, but tries to go back on having said "something about suckin' your own dick". That ain't him.

* ''Really'' bad storylines tend to get this reaction.
** Case in point: [[OldShame Katie]] [[{{Squick}} Vick]]. The brain child of the Executive VP of Television Production, Kevin Dunn, it was a terrible angle involving necrophilia, a doll dressed up as a cheerleader, and Wrestling/TripleH in a Wrestling/{{Kane}} mask. Hunter has gone on to say that it was the ''only'' time he ever questioned Wrestling/VinceMcMahon about a storyline. After negative fan reaction, the feud between Kane and Hunter immediately ended, the entire angle was moved to CanonDiscontinuity, and the only time it's ever brought up is usually to reference how ''terrible'' it was.
** Wrestling/VinceRusso had a pet gimmick called "Beaver Cleavage", a hyper-sexualized version of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. He had fought tooth and nail with the rest of creative to get it on the air -- after the (expected) negative fan reaction, Vince [=McMahon=] himself pulled the plug, which is what would ultimately cause Russo to jump ship to Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
** Though even ''Russo'' has standards. Vinny Ru ''hated'' the Wrestling/{{TNA}} "Immortal" storyline, which basically amounted to [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]: Take 2. As if to indicate how bad the storyline was, it involved Wrestling/JeffHardy turning heel and Wrestling/RicFlair and Hogan ignoring their decades-long feud. He knew the storyline was going to bomb, and the only reason he kept writing it was because Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/EricBischoff kept pressuring him to do so. All it did was prove that Hogan was still a massive AttentionWhore.
** TNA was also responsible for Claire Lynch, its answer to Katie Vick, which had wrestling's first ever pregnant crack whore. It was by far and away the ''nadir'' of Wrestling/AJStyles's career, and everyone has gone on to say that the only good thing to come out of it was the formation of Bad Influence. The sad part was that this storyline was ''after'' Vince Russo's departure from the company.
* Despite being a neutral party whose only involvement was being in the match, Leah Vaughan prevented Cherry Bomb from staking Courtney Rush through the heart, presumably because she didn't want to just step back and watch while outright murder was committed in front of her.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Anathema}}'': Players are required to murder as many people as possible, but even the most blood thirsty shrouds have a group of people that they're strongly adverse to killing. The penalty if you do kill a member of that group? You lose some of your will to live.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'', during the opening years of the First Succession War, Jinjiro Kurita ordered the slaughter of the entire population of a planet, [[WorldWarTwo Nanking-Massacre-style.]] While the DCMS obeyed (refusal to undertake the orders was an executable offense), they had to, outside of the most fanatically loyal units, be forced and bullied into doing it. The fluff recounts numerous suicides of DCMS troops who could not live with themselves over what they were made to do.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'' Telltale game, Marty takes pleasure in tormenting Biff a number of times, but even admits to himself Biff only deserves so much.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', during the quest chain that leads you to the Temple of the White Tiger, Horde players can ask Sunwalker Dezco, a tauren paladin, whether it would be a good idea to capture Anduin Wrynn, prince of Stormwind, right then and there, as he's negotiating with Xuen, one of the August Celestials, for the right for the Alliance, Horde and Pandarian refugees to enter the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Dezco [[WhatTheHellHero does not approve]], saying this would make you no better than Garrosh, and that he has no desire to fight against an unarmed child, do so in the temple of an August Celestial or bring harm to someone who has earned his chieftain's respect.
** Garrosh Hellscream himself has a considerable list of tactics he considers unacceptable; blowing up civilian settlements, recklessly launching a surprise attack on the Alliance and undermining the efforts against a mutual enemy, using fel magic, raising the dead, using the Plague of Undeath, and various others such as MindControl. However, it seems he may be abandoning at least some of those standards considering that he has enslaved molten giants, [[spoiler:blew up Theramore and plans to weaponize the power of the Sha]].
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', Henry offers help with a particularly troublesome multi-form boss. When he sees the (incredibly ridiculous) final form, he just up and leaves.
-->'''Henry''': I can't be associated with that travesty. I've got ''standards'', for fuck's sake.
** Similarly, Travis is perfectly fine with wiping out virtually anyone he meets, but while's he willing to fight children and teenagers (and even cause lasting damage, such as cutting off a limb), he refuses to kill them (a standard that other members of the United Assassins Association don't share).
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Kenji is a misogynistic conspiracy theorist who apparently cannot find anyone else to join his cause, but he won't accept people who like futanari porn. It's also indicated that he had a girlfriend once, possibly Yuuko, and that he doesn't have a problem with women in general, but feminists.
* In ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown XCOM Enemy Within]]'', EXALT takes BioAugmentation to levels that even Dr. Vahlen won't touch.
* Hikawa's backstory in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiNocturne'' has him get rejected by The Gaea Cult because they considered his beliefs too extreme. To elaborate, this is a cult of ''demon worshippers'' we're talking about!
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', Ashley Williams is somewhat distrusting of aliens, inasmuch as she wants humanity to not have to rely on them. Even so, she doesn't support the Terra Firma party, and she's particularly strongly against Cerberus.
* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', Phone Guy usually makes excuses to why you shouldn't fear the animatronics despite them attempting to kill you several times during your shift. He however, admits that even he is creeped out by the Puppet.
* Quite a few examples in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''
** Gaius is a thief who joined up with a group of Plegian soldiers intending to rob the palace, and was quite shocked to learn they had come to assassinate the exalt instead. This (plus Chrom being in posession of candy, [[SweetTooth his one weakness]]) can be used to recruit him.
** Chrom does not like how Fredrick helps in his B and A supports... Let's just say that embarrassing doesn't begin to [[Funny/FireEmblemAwakening describe it.]]
** Henry is an AxCrazy HeroicComedicSociopath who gets off to blood and gore but even he thinks murdering dogs is just wrong ([[{{Woolseyism}} in the English version, anyway]]). He also doesn't like it when villains try to tell him they're NotSoDifferent.
** Tharja mixes this with [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou The Only One Allowed to Torment You]]. She delights in cursing people, even her own child, and pretty much hates everyone around her. However, as the {{Mooks}} of the BadFuture found out, if you dare to come after her family she will go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge until she breathes her last. No one screws with her loved ones but her.
** Gangrel might be TheCaligula to a T but even ''he'' doesn't like the [[ReligionOfEvil Grimleal]].
** Walhart is a militant atheist conquerer who will gladly put believers to the sword, conquer entire nations without mercy or hesitation, and butcher anybody who gets in his way but he is absolutely 100% devoted to stamping out the BiggerBad Grima. After all, he can't rule the world if there's an EldritchAbomination flying around destroying it.
** Subverted by Grima itself. It has absolutely ''no'' standards but it doesn't mind pretending that it does for lulz. [[KickTheDog And then it laughs at you if you actually buy it]].
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''
** In the manga, [[spoiler:Sayaka]], while trying to decide who to kill in order to graduate, decides to forgo killing Makoto, due to thinking of him as a friend.
** Hifumi Yamada is something of a creep, but he finds some things unacceptable. Hearing that [[spoiler:Kiyotaka]] apparently stole Alter Ego after sexually assaulting Celeste and blackmailing her into stealing it for him enrages Hifumi enough to [[spoiler:kill Kiyotaka, not realizing that Kiyotaka was innocent and Celeste was using him in her own plan]].
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'': in Stryker's arcade ending, he doesn't particularly mind the attention lavished onto him for saving Earthrealm, getting a key to the city, having a popular line of action figures, and having the paparazzi hound him. When word comes that Hollywood wants to make a movie of him, however, he puts his foot down, because he absolutely refuses to be portrayed by [[TheFriendNobodyLikes Johnny Cage]].
* A few times in ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'':
** Daffy Duck, the duck with a "me first" money-making attitude, shows this if you meet the conditions for the Ultra Boss fight in the Inn of Evil sidequest. Mainly because what's going on is [[spoiler:people being fed to an army of giant insects.]]
** Autolycus, king of thieves, avoids unnecessary bloodshed and even left clues to the Knights as to worse criminals.
** Mitsuba admits to being a conwoman, but she doesn't cop to murder and sticks up for the people she cares about, as shown during her Ultra Boss fight against [[spoiler:her friend, Jeane.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': Despite the depths Miller, Snake, Ocelot and the Diamond Dogs in general go in pursuing their revenge [[spoiler:all are in agreement that what Huey had been doing was ''far'' beyond the pale, and don't hold back in expressing disgust with what Huey did to his wife and tried to do with his son.]] Even the villains revile him.
* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', Info-chan won't accept upskirt photos of corpses, as they would be too incriminating against her should she be approached by the authorities. Also, her clientele are perverts, not necrophiliacs.
* In ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', Morte has a loud personality and bright pink wardrobe to match, but eventually the SerialEscalation of the dresses the Feral women want to trade with her gets to be too much. The final one really gives her pause because [[spoiler:it's ''see-through'']], but she does eventually decide to wear it - "a dress is a dress", after all.
* In Relius' gag reel in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', Jin's incestuous obsession with Ragna (which, this being a gag reel, is driven UpToEleven) freaks out Makoto Nanaya, herself a lesser sexual deviant who grew up with an eccentric family (if the descriptions she gives in ''her'' gag reel are any indication). Not helped by the fact that [[spoiler:he's trying to kill Ragna's body (which ''she'' inhabits) while he's in her own]].
-->''"Uwaaah! Geez, and I thought '''my''' family was nuts..."''
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
** Throughout the series, even the most despicable of of wasteland scourges will take issue with [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. Most who catch you engaging in the practice will attack on sight, while in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', all of your companions will disapprove of you eating your fellow man (except for [[CanineCompanion Dogmeat]], who is a dog and doesn't know better; and [[TokenHeroicOrc Strong]], who also enjoys human flesh).
** ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'': James Garrett is regarded by most people in Freeside (especially the Followers of the Apocalypse) to be little more than a hopped-up crook and drug enabler with his own establishment. He is, however, perfectly willing to supply the Followers with rehabilitatory chems and other supplies, because he actually doesn't want Freeside full of unsightly junkies and thugs causing trouble for the more valuable clientele. The Garretts are running a business first and foremost.
* ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'': According to WordOfGod, absolutely ''everybody'' finds the [[TheUnfettered Harmony-Supremacy]] affinity completely repulsive. Harmony-Supremacy colonies gradually [[TranshumanAliens replace all of their body parts with either alien-derived biological or cybernetic alternatives]], [[BodyHorror until they've mutilated themselves beyond recognition as human beings]]. At least pure Harmony and pure Supremacy try to stick with one or the other, to say nothing of what [[NoTranshumanismAllowed pure Purity]] may think of them.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'':
** Amber may trick Gary into giving her oral sex, and use her sexuality to scam herself a free apartment, but she's a nice person ''really'', just ''very'' uninhibited; the idea of someone manipulatively ''withholding'' sex disgusts her.
** Zii objects to Gary attempting to "pimp her out" to Amber (it's a long story); she may be very sexually active and broad-minded, but it's a question of consent. Some readers have suggested that her standards there are a little ambiguous, given her own past behavior, but they do exist.
* In ''Webcomic/MotherlyScootaloo'', Jet Set and Upper Crust may be jerks, but [[spoiler:the only reason they accused Scootaloo of murder in the Trial was because their attorney had assured then Scootaloo was 100% guilty]].
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', while it should be noted Dweebly is an OnlySaneMan compared to the other Fedorks we've seen so far, [[http://rhjunior.com/QQSR/QQSR0000.html#Comic=126 he takes one look at the shuttle schematics presented to him]] and ''burst out laughing'', thinking that it's some kind of ''joke''! Even his species, which flies around the galaxy in structurally flawed (they have something else holding them together) ships fueled by ''[[MadeOfExplodium antimatter]]'' (which is obsolete in the title character's civilization), wouldn't rate the shuttle safe for flying above 1,000 feet, let alone ''space'' (this is due to the fact that there are ''no'' backups or spares of any kind, something that every good engineer includes), even saying that the Fedorks would consider this design ''suicidally insane''! Cue an epic OhCrap when he realizes that it's ''not'' a prank, and that the shuttle actually ''exists''!
* In ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'', even Sonic is pretty disgusted when he gets a chance to see just how much of an ass he was in the past.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': Pete views killing [=NPCs=] as a chance to grab bonus XP, but even he finds Annie's sheer glee in killing them during the "Revenge of the Sith" intro to be unnerving, and views the plan to use their half-dreadnought's fuel and all its missiles as a braking method to be too insane even for them.
* One of the tentacle monsters in ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'' thinks it's wrong to sexually assault human women, although this is at least in part due to a personal distaste for them.
* A meta example for ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Hussie intentionally put the webcomic on hiatus before Act 6 Act 6 Intermission 3 due to [[WhamEpisode the events that transpired during it]]. He admits in the newspost after he put the update up that even [[TrollingCreator he]] isn't that cruel.
* Parodied in [[https://xkcd.com/496/this page]] of ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'', where the Black Hat Guy's standards are rather arbitrary.
-->'''Black Hat Guy''': I plead the third.\\
'''Congressman''': You mean the fifth?\\
'''Black Hat Guy''': No, the third.\\
'''Congressman''': You refuse to quarter troops in your house?\\
'''Black Hat Guy''': I have few principles, but I stick to them.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'':
** 90s Kid loves extreme things, but killing pregnant women is not extreme to him. Thus a scene in a comic where that happened got him [[HeroicBSOD depressed]], and it took a Creator/RobLiefeld comic to get him better. Much later, his fondness for "Extreme" names wavers when even he admits the name "Death Blow" is kinda lame.
** When everyone is turned TrueNeutral from the final ''ComicBook/{{Warrior}}'' comic, Linkara and [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] still find they can't bring themselves to watch ''Wrestling/TNAImpact''.
* ''Website/SFDebris'' was noting a particularly sexist scene in a ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode, and said he was offended, even though he thinks porn should be on the food pyramid.
* Roboshi, the infamous fav'ing machine of the [[Blog/AskAPony Ponibooru Crufavers]], has notoriously low standards, but there are still images so poor in quality or distasteful that he will never fav. There's even a tag called "No favorite from Roboshi" on Derpibooru. It currently has about 180 images.
-->"''No fav for you, goo man chu!''"
* Hilariously lampshaded by Mexican mock-newspaper (like ''Website/TheOnion'') El Deforma: When Enrique Peña Nieto was featured on the cover of Time Magazine with the caption "[[BlatantLies saving Mexico]]", Mexicans were outraged at what they perceived was a propaganda stunt. El Deforma then issued a [[http://eldeforma.com/2014/02/13/el-deformas-urgent-statement-regarding-saving-mexico/#axzz2swEbNNw6 statement]] that said that "there was a fine limit to the jokes" a newspaper can publish and that Time Magazine had taken it too far by "mocking our President with such a sarcastic cover" and that even they "would never have the courage to come up with such a controversial title that would cause anger to the Mexican people".\\\
Triples as HypocriticalHumor and HilariousInHindsight because El Deforma had done exactly just that a couple of weeks before when they published that the Mexican National Anthem's copyright had expired and therefore had no official owner because "the Secretary of Interior had forgotten to renew the contract", setting off many Mexicans' anger to the point that even serious newspapers thought the story was real.[[note]]This is based on a popular urban legend in Mexico that claims the Mexican National Anthem's copyright is owned in the USA[[/note]]
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
** The Critic tried to review ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'', but no matter how silly or dumb the movie was, Critic couldn't make himself do it. [[spoiler:He got [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester]] to do it instead. He loved it, of course]].
** Chester notes that even a bum wouldn't forget to put on a coat while hiking in the mountains, unlike Bella from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
** Even he felt dirty after [[TakeThat touching a Chick-Fil-A cup]].
** Creator/DougWalker has always called every film a little miracle regardless of quality, but just can't bring himself to think this about ''Breaking Dawn'' Part One or ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie''. [[TheWoobie He got pretty heartbroken over it]].
** In his review of ''Food Fight'', the TwistEnding is so bad even M. Night Shyamalan has a NoJustNoReaction when he sees it.
* In ''WebVideo/BradJonesDemoReel'', Henrietta is willing to do many things if it will get her a heroin fix, but not have dirty sex with a guy while she's wearing an ''E.T.'' costume.
* Played for laughs in ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice''. High Lords of Terra spend most of their time debating whether laxatives and air should be restricted for their use only and aren't above constantly mocking one of their own, but mentioning the name of Old Folks' Home and even ''suggesting'' that one may go there is too much for them.
* In ''LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries'', the boys have no qualms about murder, trickery, and even outright cheating - but if there's one thing that's agreed on, it's that Ryan's imprisonment of Edgar the cow is ''fucked up''.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' the reason Omega Zell hates Gaea is multi-layered. On the surface, [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero he's a misogynist]] and Gaea happens to be a woman. Just under this, he and Gaea are TooMuchAlike. Careful study of his rants reveal berating of the fact that Gaea is an immoral DirtyCoward, ManipulativeBastard and [[TheScrooge greedy penny-pincher]], which suggests that he'd be holding these things against her even if she were male.
* Amir of ''WebVideo/JakeAndAmir'' is a selfish, manipulative, idiotic, obsessive narcissist with NoSocialSkills, incredibly bad hygiene, virtually no empathy for anyone, and a penchant for doing insane (and often illegal) things. In "Gay Marriage," he assumes that people are against marriage equality because if it becomes a reality, everyone in the United States will be forced to marry someone of the same sex. When Jake explains that this isn't the case and that "some people just don't believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry," Amir bursts into laughter, but upon learning that Jake isn't kidding, remarks, "Jesus. That's fucked up." When Amir thinks something is bad, you ''know'' it's awful.
* LetsPlay/HatFilms typically style themselves as morally grey, if not outright villainous. However, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUz76hbM-Ps&ab_channel=HatFilms Ross commits genocide against villagers]] because their SpeakingSimlish annoys him in ''Hat Pack''. This unnerves the other two, although Trott mentions he's both horrified and aroused. The trio have also become known for [[ABirthdayNotABreak forcing one another through horrible challenges on their birthday]], but ruled out making Ross eat mayonnaise because Smith felt he couldn't bring himself to do it.
* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', [[CozyVoiceForCatastrophes Cecil's]] horrified reaction to the blood-and-guts covered recording booth in [[spoiler:Desert Bluffs]] really gives perspective to how horrible it must be, since he is used to calmly reporting on awful situations and gruesome deaths (including but not limited to: ritual sacrifice, vaporization, and being eaten by dinosaurs).
* In ''WebVideo/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged'' President Shinra is a CorruptCorporateExecutive who's willing to kill hundreds of innocent people and waste a large amount of resources just to get rid of AVALANCHE, whose membership is about six people plus a child of one member. When he hears Palmer, head of the space technology department has been literally burning one ''billion'' gil thinking that it will let him buy parts of outer space (and has done this ''ten times''), Shinra removes his budgeting privileges.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy '': Although the cul-de-sac kids (usually Kevin and Sarah) despise The Eds (usually Eddy), [[spoiler:they are frightened and appalled at the beating that Eddy received from his brother.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** While Glenn Quagmire does a lot of perverted things, there are some lines he won't cross, like sleeping with Meg when she's desperate for affection (and underage). Of course, [[JailbaitWait once she's 18]], she's fair game. Quagmire also doesn't like when a woman is attacked, especially when he learns his sister, Brenda, was being abused. He goes so far as [[spoiler: [[WifeBasherBasher killing Jeffery Fecalman]], Brenda's abusive boyfriend, for this.]]
** Mayor Adam West is an incompetent lunatic, but even he feels that Peter shouldn't be allowed to be his own country. Although, he was much more [[{{Flanderization}} sane]] at the time.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Perry the Platypus had thwarted many of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's {{Evil Plan}}s, no matter how silly they would get. But when his scheme was learning whale speak, just so [[PokeThePoodle he could insult a whale]] for [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext stealing his girlfriend]], Perry [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere left in disgust]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Ice King is forever trying to kidnap princesses to become his "wife". When Princess Bubblegum is de-aged from 18 to 13, he declares his lack of interest and leaves the room immediately.
** Lemongrab doesn't have a problem with [[WouldHurtAChild hurting children]] and attempting to [[ImAHumanitarian eat people]]. But he wouldn't dare do anything to [[ObliviouslyEvil (intentionally)]] harm any of his own children, whom he loves [[PapaBear dearly]]. However, by "Too Old," [[spoiler: [[AbusiveParents Lemongrab's]] [[WouldHurtAChild standards seem to have]]... [[SanitySlippage slipped]].]]
** Finn himself. While a BloodKnight, he largely refuses to kill anyone or anything that's not evil, to the extent that, in "The Enchiridion," he let out a BigNever to being ordered to kill a "neutral" ant. Also, in "What Have You Done?", despite being enemies with Ice King, Finn made it clear that he wouldn't beat him up when Ice King hadn't actually committed any recent crimes, stating it as "against his alignment."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'':
** The titule character is the biggest man whore you will ever meet, but he refuses the 16-year-old Anke's advances, even though she's legal where they are (in Switzerland).
** Agent Holly may be something of a jackass, but he appears genuinely horrified by the way that Malory [[spoiler:denies baby AJ food]], angrily demanding that somebody get them something substantial to eat. His buddy Slater isn't much better, but is similarly disgusted by the idea of [[ItMakesSenseInContext sleeping with Dr. Kovac's mistress while inside him]], flat-out saying the lady has problems
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Pinkie Pie is a prankster and loves pulling one over on her friends. However, she absolutely will ''not'' prank the sensitive ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy, acknowledging that even her softest prank could potentially hurt the shy pony's feelings. As a result, a massive BrokenBase emerged when Pinkie broke her own rule in [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E14FilliVanilli "Filli Vanilli"]].
** The Mane Six's pets unintentionally cause havoc for Spike in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just for Sidekicks]]" but if there's one thing they all have in common, it's that they share an ''extreme'' dislike for Angel, Fluttershy's bunny, who deliberately makes him miserable. Twilight's owl, Owlowiscious, gives Angel an ImpliedDeathThreat and even [[CatsAreMean Opalescence]], Rarity's cat, can't stand him.
** Even when [[BrainwashedAndCrazy corrupted by]] the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]], having enslaved and trapped all of Ponyville, and being willing to unleash all manner of nasty spells on ponies for anything from talking back to [[ForTheEvulz just for kicks]], Trixie ''still'' doesn't harm the group of beavers that are angered by her force field around the town: she rolls her eyes and lets them go instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Lots of people have this attitude towards the title family, either towards individual members or the whole group. A great example would be in "The Cartridge Family", where Homer joins the NRA, a group notoriously in favor of the right to own guns. After seeing him fire guns in an extremely reckless way and endangering everybody, [[UpToEleven they kick him out and try taking away his gun]].
** In a Valentine's Day anthology episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Marge and Homer play [[OutlawCouple Bonnie and Clyde]], while Flanders is their unwitting getaway driver. Upon seeing that they're outlaws, he is shocked, but cuts them some slack. It's the Depression, and people are desperate. However, once Flanders learns they are an ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking unmarried]]'' couple, he decides to turn them in.
** In "A Fish Called Selma", Troy [=McMcClure=] hasn't acted in twelve years, so he's anxious to accept the offers that his agent says are "pouring in". Except the one from Paramount for "a buddy comedy with Rob Lowe and Hugh Grant". ([[TakeThat "Those sick freaks?"]] he shouts.)
*** In that same episode, Selma ends up marrying Troy, but learns it's just a ploy by Troy to improve his career. She is convinced to continue the marriage, citing all the perks, until Troy decides to have a baby with Selma. She leaves Troy, not wanting to bring a child into a loveless marriage.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** In an episode, Hank loses faith in UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush just because he has a weak handshake. Even '''[[ConspiracyTheorist Dale]]''' thinks he's crazy.
** Dale also stands up to Peggy when she gains a reputation as "Paddlin' Peggy". Her spur of the moment spanking of Dooley gains her a reputation as a fearsome disciplinarian, which goes to her head and causes her to almost hit Dale's son Joseph for stealing her paddle. Dale intervenes and says he took it, because "Somebody had to stop you! You're crazy!"
** Similarly, for all his faults, Dale simply will ''not'' [[UndyingLoyalty cheat on his wife]]. After an entire episode of being oblivious to the advances of a smoking hot female exterminator who ''really'' wants him, he finally reveals that he was faking dumb and tells her straight that he could never do that to Nancy. It single-handedly turns the fact that Nancy is gleefully cheating on him (and even had a son with John Redcorn) into a massive TearJerker.
** There are plenty of people who have earned Dale's scorn or ''fear'', like [[BadBoss Jimmy Wichard]], or Bill, when he tried competitive eating.
** Also John Redcorn who, although a womanizer, will not sleep with the wives or relatives of his friends. He tells Hank this in the season 3 episode "Peggy's Headache," and this plays a role in his and Nancy's breakup.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
** The KND aren't fans of adults and fight adult tyranny, but what the bullies do to them in "Operation: M.A.T.A.D.O.R." (trapping them, giving them KlatchianCoffee until they fly into a rage, and then fighting them in an arena) is a line they will ''not'' cross. Numbuh Four is [[WhatTheHellHero scolded by his teammates]] for participating in this demented pastime. Specifically, they acknowledge that for how anti-adult they are, the ones they go after are clearly insane super-villains. They fully refuse to go after adults that they know are just innocent bystanders.
** Captain Stickybeard hates the KND and has battled them more than once. However, he's willing to aid them sometimes because even he thinks that eating vegetables is too cruel.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' murder and torture are totally fine while in the ring (and sometimes even outside), but in Fandemonium II when Ozzy Osbourne enslaves Rob Zombie and makes him give him a pedicure, even Johnny and Nick think he's crossed the line. The referee, Mills Lane, has no such reservations, however.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'':
** Even David Van Driessen has limits if anyone touches any student, Beavis and Butthead included. This was shown in "Manners Suck" when Beavis calls Mr. Manners/Candy a pervert upon being attacked, causing Van Driessen to take actions that goes against his 'hippie' ways.
** Out of all their actions, Beavis and Butthead themselves have limits. Butthead canít stand seeing another guyís privates, especially Beavis. This was demonstrated in "Tainted Meat" when Beavis has a problem with his privates and being told by Butthead not to show him... to the point Butthead gives suggestion like telling him wash it [[spoiler: which, rarely happens, cured Beavis's problem]]. Also, while Beavis is generally an ExtremeDoormat to Butthead, even he has his limits. When Butthead pushes too far, like calling him Butt-knocker one too many times, Beavis beats him up, such as kicking him in his privates as seen while watching some music video.
* In the special ''WesternAnimation/WhyCharlieBrownWhy'', Linus, normally weak, builds up the bravery to defend Janice, [[LittlestCancerPatient who was sick with leukemia]]. First, his sister, Lucy, after giving her a drink when she yells at him for having contact with a sick person, Linus, who knows cancer isnít contagious, [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore yells at her for that]]. When Janice is a target of a bully because the chemotherapy made her lose all her hair, Linus [[TookALevelInBadass almost gets into a fight with him]], forcing the bully to return Janiceís hat and apologize.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The remaining {{Goth}} Kids and [[PerkyGoth the Vampire Kids]] [[EnemyMine team up]] and summon the ghost of EdgarAllanPoe, the founder of both their subcultures. Even they can't stand his constant whining, smoking, and the fact that he insists on being called "[[DarknessVonGothickname Nightpain]]."
--->'''Pete:''' [[HypocriticalHumor Gawd, he is such a]] ''[[HypocriticalHumor downer!]]''
** When Mrs. Garrison rants about same sex marriage being against the sacrament of holy matrimony, she's met with applause. But when her plan to get that message across is by having a Fag Drag, the audience stops cheering and suggests they should instead appeal to the governor about vetoing the bill.
--->'''Man:''' We don't "hate" homosexuals, we just don't want them to be able to marry.
** In "Fun With Veal", the South Park kids (except [[FatBastard Cartman]]) are horrified by the idea of eating baby cows.
** In "Cartman Joins NAMBLA," the episode ends with the head of the titular organization (the North American Man/Boy Love Association) delivering a speech about how he and others like him are being persecuted for something they can't change. The kids of the town refuse to accept this, outright saying: "Dude--you have ''sex with children.''" They remark that while they do believe in equality for everyone and "all that gay stuff," there's nothing redeeming about people who trick kids into sex.
* In the SeriesFinale of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Flintheart Glomgold falls victim to his own machinations and is turned into a statue of gold. Scrooge is upset, saying "Ah wouldn't wish ''this'' on my worst enemy! Come to think of it, that's what he was."
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Darkwing has fought Megavolt, causing the villain to flee, and he and Launchpad prepare to give chase on their motorcycle. However:
-->'''Darkwing:''' Come on, Launchpad! [[CatchPhrase Let's get dangerous!]]
-->'''Launchpad:''' Hold on, DW!
-->'''Darkwing:''' What?!
-->'''Launchpad:''' You aren't wearing your helmet! That's a little ''too'' dangerous!
** Naturally, [[spoiler:Darkwing ignores this advice, and an accident happens, leading to a DreamSequence while he's out cold where he believes his own death. When he wakes up, he decides maybe he should have the same standards.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Spanky Ham is a crass and repugnant individual, even by the standards of the of the Drawn Together household. However, whilst he laughs happily at most of the other exhibition cages full of racist caricature toons, he gets depressed on looking at the American Indian cage, proclaiming that they're "not funny" and "got a raw deal".
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Curses" features a giant potty-mouthed monster who's swearing is so vulgar that even a pair of bikers and a convict are offended by its foul language.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has [[BreakoutCharacter Fred]] [[BaseBreaker Fredburger]], one of the other stupid characters on the show besides Billy. In comparison however, Fred is beyond idiotic and Billy (who has an I.Q. of -5) finds him to be absolutely insufferable.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Pizza Delivery", after Spongebob and Squidward go through hell and high water trying to deliver a pizza to a customer, the customer chews Spongebob out [[FelonyMisdemeanor for forgetting his drink]] ([[UnsatisfiableCustomer a drink he didn't even order]]). Squidward, [[VitriolicBestBuds who doesn't like Spongebob at the best of times]], is infuriated by the guy making Spongebob cry and ends up telling the customer he can have his pizza [[PieInTheFace "on the house"]].
** In a later episode, Mr. Krabs is willing to sell Spongebob's soul to the Flying Dutchman for all the money the ghost has in his pocket at the time, which is less than two dollars. Squidward, who'd normally be happy to be rid of Spongebob, outright tells Mr. Krabs that what he's done is absolutely despicable.
** Speaking of Mr. Krabs, he's normally so obsessed with money and profits that he doesn't care about his employees, but when Squidward's rival Squilliam comes to town with the express purpose of humiliating him, Mr. Krabs reveals that even he doesn't like the snobby Squilliam, and offers to help Squidward turn the Krusty Krab into a gourmet restaurant to "wipe the floor with him."