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[[quoteright:254:[[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/StainedGlass.JPG]]]]
[[caption-width-right:254: [[Literature/TheFourGospels Let the children come to me, do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.]]]]

->''"The minute they offered him the job as director of an orphanage, he resigned from the Jewish Children's Hospital in which he worked and he closed his private practice. [...] He had a doctrine: the child is a person. He has the same rights as an adult, and all the rights that adults have must also be given to children."''
-->--'''Itzchak Belfer''' [[https://youtu.be/jq_WUJ5oWjo?t=10m14s on Yanusz]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Korczak]]

Describing a character as being fond of, or having a soft spot for, children is an automatic PetTheDog since ChildrenAreInnocent with bonus points if [[LickedByTheDog the kids like the character back]]. Characters who [[ChildHater don't like kids]] are usually villains or anti-heroic. Note that this trope doesn't apply if it is a disguise put on to avoid suspicion for [[PaedoHunt something else entirely...]]

This is mainly a trait of the GentleGiant, the EmotionalBruiser, AllLovingHero, and a ''requirement'' for PurityPersonified[[note]]Though not every friend to all children is PurityPersonified.[[/note]] unless PureIsNotGood is in play, and a redeeming trait for many {{antihero}}es. Overlaps with WouldntHurtAChild, as characters who fit this trope not only are reluctant to injure children, but would go out of their way to protect children if it was necessary.

God help you if you're dumb enough to harm a child in the presence of someone with this character trait. [[BerserkButton They do not]] [[PapaWolf like that]] [[MamaBear at all]]. (Then again this trope is a trait of Jesus [see right], and by extension God Himself, so you may not get that help.)

This is OlderThanFeudalism as seen in the page image. Compare FriendToAllLivingThings and BigBrotherInstinct, and contrast ChildHater.



* [[NonIronicClown Ronald McDonald]], naturally, not only in the fantasy world of the commercials he appears in, but in spirit in RealLife, via Ronald [=McDonald=] House, the charity named after him.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'': Akihisa mentions at one point that kids really like him for "some reason;" Yuji remarks that it's probably because they can relate to him.
* Frowski the Crimson Bullet, from ''Manga/BeetTheVandelBuster'', loves kids and animals...but only at a certain level of cuteness. After that, they're dead meat.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', of all series plays with this concerning [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Guts]] of all people. Even though he's regularly a dick to anyone and everyone (including kids), it's usually for their own protection because he does not want to see them hurt. Despite (or because of) the emotional scars of his own horrific childhood and his gruff nature, [[AloofBigBrother children seem to love him.]] Unfortunately, considering [[CrapsackWorld the nature of the series]], [[spoiler: WouldntHurtAChild]] is subverted horribly in the most graphic and heartbreaking way possible.
* Despite being a BastardBoyfriend, Kyo from ''Manga/BlackBird'' gets along very well with children. Taro adores him, to start.
* This trope is one of the main reasons why [[LightNovel/BlackBullet Rentaro Satomi]] is well-liked among the cursed children. [[FantasticRacism Unlike how]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer society treats]] the cursed children, Rentaro treats the cursed children as equals and with kindness. Apparently, this is also one of the reasons why [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe he maintains a good relationship]] with two of the main cursed children, [[NiceGirl Enju]] [[AllLovingHero Aihara]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Tina]] [[FriendlySniper Sprout]]. When he initially met them, he treated them with kindness and respect and after a while, he was able [[ForHappiness bring happiness]] to Enju and Tina's lives that they never had.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', one of Rock's few real {{Berserk Button}}s is someone abusing or harming a child. Even when [[spoiler: Garcia Lovelace throws food at him or "Gretel" openly propositions him]] he'll do all he can to help them. Revy herself has this streak as well, particularly later on as more of Rock rubs off on her, but she is ''definitely'' [[WouldHurtAChild not above hurting them]] if she is sufficiently provoked or thinks one of them has messed with Rock.
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'':
** Ukitake certainly seems to ''think'' he's good with kids but finds himself with stubborn and bad-tempered ones who are ReallySevenHundredYearsOld -- see Lilynette in canon (the TokenMiniMoe Arrancar who is trying to [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain kill him]]), and the long-suffering Hitsugaya in omakes.
** Despite his JerkassFacade, one of the best ways to get Ichigo [[KnightTemplarBigBrother really mad]] at you [[HotBlooded really fast]] is to pick on a little kid, and that applies pretty equally to humans, ghosts, and Hollows; witness his protectiveness of Nel in the Hueco Mundo arc. He's also a lot less gruff and snarky than usual around young children.
* ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'': Yozora, for all of her flaws, actually has a soft spot for children, going so far as to put up with Maria's bratty attitude while she tried to politely ask for her permission to lend her favorite naptime room to the Club before finally losing her patience. She is also shown to be protective of Kobato, and is often the first to try to keep Sena in check.
* This is said to be Kakine's one and only redeeming quality in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Half affable, half monster, but the one thing that can be said of him is that he will ''always'' help out a child in need.
* Galatea from ''{{Manga/Claymore}}'' is another orphanage operator. After abandoning the organization and blinding herself as to make sure that they wouldn't pick up her yoki and find her, she hid in the holy city of Rabona and became a nun in the church. There, she started to take care of the orphans that were under the church's care. After a massive confrontation that revealed her identity as a claymore, who are forbidden from entering the holy city, the priests implored Galatea to stay, since the children loved her so much.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'''s SociopathicHero L is presented in the spin-off ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' as being very good with kids. Despite the fact he has NoSocialSkills, he's shown as being protective of the Whammy Orphans, acts a little [[PetTheDog nicer]] around them, and is seen talking to a group of kids and answering whatever questions they might have. In the canon continuity, Mello and Near both look up to him as a BigBrotherMentor so it's implied he might have been this to them in the anime and manga.
* Paul of ''Manga/DefenseDevil'', despite his thuggish looks and general bad reputation around his town, is a total {{Tsundere}} for children, working down at the local daycare and is totally loved by all the children. [[spoiler:When the children accidentally shoot and kill the daycare head Alice, he willingly frames himself for it, taking all the blame so that the children will both not feel responsible and also not get in trouble for it.]]
* Dr. Hiroshi Agasa of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', the adult that the Detective Junior League get along the best with. Similarly, Ran Mouri is the Junior League's CoolBigSis and they adore her as well.
** Subverted by Sumiko Kobayashi, who adores children but due to some problems in her past, pretended to be a SadistTeacher and then secretly practiced how to handle them with dolls. Once her JerkAssFacade was blow, she plays the trope straight as it's possible.
* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' it turns out that, against all odds, Shinra Kishitani is very good with small children. Since Shinra has a [[TooMuchInformation well-earned reputation]] of being a [[TooKinkyToTorture kinky pervert]], even his friends [[MistakenForPedophile assume the worst]].
** In a lesser extent, Shizuo Heiwajima, despite being the most feared man at Ikebukuro, actually has a ''very'' soft spot on children. In fact, after being tased by a 10-year-old girl who tried to kill him with a modified taser, Shizuo holds no grudge against the little girl (since it was Izaya who set her up on this) and treats her more like a little sister[=/=]daughter instead. This is justified though, since he never had any friends during his childhood (and still have hard time making friends around his age); thus, he's able to relate to children more than adults around his age.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has Erza as a fine example. When the titular Fairy Tail forms an alliance with some other guilds to take down a powerful enemy, one of the guilds only send a young girl, Wendy, to help. Most of the alliance members are protesting to have a child help them, however Erza is the only one to say to Wendy that she is glad to have her on their team and excuse for the other's reactions. Later, when Wendy breaks down crying when realizing that her guild companions are nothing but an illusion, it's Erza who comforts Wendy and invites her to Fairy Tail. And yeah, Erza is the resident harsh, [[TheStoic stoic badass]] of ''Fairy Tail''.
** There is also the guild's drunk, Canna. She used to live at an orphanage run by a priest when she first joined fairy tail as a little girl, and she visits every week to play with the younger children; this is also revealed in an omake were she takes Wendy with her so that the shy Wendy will learn how to interact with children her own age.
** Also, unsurprisingly, is Master Makorov; he considers all the members of his guild to be his children, will actually go to war if anyone dares hurt any of them, and he and the guild took in many of the main characters when they were little and raised them. In addition, when he had to banish his biological son Ivan, he took responsibility for raising Ivan's son Laxus. (However, with how Laxus turned out, Makorov appropriately wonders where he went wrong with raising him.)
** An omake shows that [[IdiotHero Natsu]] is surprisingly this; he and Lucy take care of the child of two guildmates for the day. Early in the chapter, he loses a target-shooting competition to the little girl Asuka, resulting in a promise to do whatever she says. Later, he helps Asuka shoot down some flying bandits who stole a trinket from her, letting her believe that it was her accomplishment. When Lucy sees Natsu's shooting accuracy, she realizes that despite his earlier bluster, he had let Asuka win the shooting contest.
** Actually, Natsu has been this since the beginning of the manga; Romeo Conbolt looks up to him as a big brother figure and learns rainbow fire magic after Natsu disappears for seven years during the first time skip; He also later starts dressing like him after he comes back. Also, Natsu and Gageel are more or less Wendy's unofficial big brothers, but it's especially prominent with Natsu, who Wendy admired and wanted to meet prior to her introduction; she also secretly admits that she learned how to use her dragon slayer magic by watching and copying him.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'': When Terry Bogard first sees Lily Maguire after many years, she introduces herself to him as a [[TheVamp playful and sexy seductress]] who [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl drinks quite a bit of alcohol]] offers to stay all night long with the man who catches [[SomethingAboutARose her favorite red rose]]. However, he soon sees that [[FemmeFatale she's]] [[BrokenBird got]] HiddenDepths - by catching her interacting with a bunch of {{Street Urchin}}s, to whom she gives food, money, and kind words.
* A defining trait of any of the heroes in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. Kenshiro himself is one of the most famous {{Papa Wol|f}}ves in anime and manga, but the biggest examples are Fudoh and Shu.
* Makoto Tachibana from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' is shown to be very good with kids, particularly his younger siblings Ran and Ren. In Episode 8 of the second season, he becomes a temporary swimming coach to a group of children and does a pretty good job of it, even helping one of the children to overcome his fear of swimming.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the normally [[TheStoic stoic]] Riza Hawkeye develops an immediate affinity for Winry Rockbell and the Elric brothers, and continues to offer them kindness and support throughout the series. This is shown in an especially grim light at the end of the war flashback, when she's shown making a grave for an abandoned Ishbalan child.
* In the ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: Overload!'' manga, {{So|ciopathicHero}}usuke is shown to be a ''huge'' child magnet. He doesn't particularly like children (and, being the paranoid CrazySurvivalist he is, always suspects them to be spies of the enemy), but they ''love'' him. All of them love his [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill over-the-top way of doing things]], and think his DrillSergeantNasty attitude is awesome. His ward Kaname, on the other hand, likes children. However, [[{{Irony}} none of them seem to like her]].
** In ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', there was that gang leader's younger brother (who was in elementary school), who seemed to really like Sousuke, calling him an "interesting guy." Sousuke ''did'' bribe him for his cooperation, but... the kid really liked him even without all that.
* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'' has Ryuuichi, who is stated through the manga to be the "[[CoolBigBro ideal onii-chan]]". His talent with children is better shown in a chapter where a crying baby stops crying just because he is being held by him. All children at the daycare also look up to him and consider him their big brother.
* Gintoki from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' definitely qualifies. He busted up the illegal gladiator ring in order to avenge the fallen gladiator, who took in many orphans and was trying to run away from the gladiator ring with those children, and fought against the entire underground city and its boss (who is from one of the strongest races in the universe) so one child could reunite with his mother.
* Bean Bandit from ''Manga/GunsmithCats'', it gets pointed out to him rather abruptly in ''Anime/RidingBean'' when the villain [[ExploitedTrope turns her own accomplice into a hostage]].
-->"You have a serious character flaw. What matters to you is not whether it's friend or foe, but whether or not it's a kid."
* Mahiro Yasaka of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' gets along really well with kids, demonstrating a natural BigBrotherInstinct. Part of the reason he treats [[CuteShotaroBoy Hasta]] nicest out of his UnwantedHarem is because he views Hasta as the little brother he never had (the fact that he isn't as destructive or rambunctuous as Nyarko and Cuuko helps too). A villain actually exploits this in the final arc of the first season, making it look like Nyarko's over-zealous fighting style injured a little alien girl in Mahiro's care, in order to drive a wedge between them.
* Curiously, LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya seems to get along very well with children. She adores Kyon's little sister and is also seen playing joyfully with children in the pool during the Endless Eight arc.
** Maybe because they're just as... ''[[GenkiGirl energetic]]'' as she is?
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'''s Hayate finds comfort in the fact that kids like him, even to the point of suggesting off-handedly of becoming a kindergarten teacher after Isumi states she likes him, despite the fact that the 'kids' are only three years younger than him. This is on top of his UnwantedHarem, since it also includes Wataru. Hayate isn't a GentleGiant though PapaWolf tendencies may play a part.
* If she was not busy {{bro|kenBird}}oding, [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight]] gets along very well to children that's below junior high age and is protective on them, a sign that she's not just your typical AloofAlly. When she warms up and eventually join the team, there's also an episode where the team got into a daycare, and Yuri absolutely stole the 'caring' spotlight from the owner, tending and getting along with the children better than her. This unfortunately causes the owner to get turned into a Desertrian.
* [[AFatherToHisMen Alexander Anderson]], from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', operates an orphanage where he raised some of Iscariot's members including Enrico Maxwell, Heinkel Wolfe, and Yumie Takagi. In fact when we first see him in the OVA, he is breaking up a fight between two children, telling them that "Violence is never the right answer, except when used against [[AcceptableTargets heathens and monsters]]."
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[TheUndead Dead]] or alive, this is one of Kikyo's most defining traits.
* Mentioned in ''[[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Please, Jeeves]]''. Bertie comments in the narration, "It's one of my personal virtues that children attach themselves to me. It's inevitable." (The scene in question involved a little girl grabbing his hand in the middle of a crowded fair and sticking by his side, telling him about her new doll. Other than this, it's an InformedAttribute, since [[BrattyHalfPint other kids]] in both the manga and the original stories almost universally hate him, and the original story even mentioned that the girl only attached herself to Bertie because she figured he'd be as good as anyone.)
* [[MessianicArchetype Tsuna]] from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. Every child he meets gets ''really'' attached to him. Particularly of the [[TykeBomb deadly, assassin kind]]. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d that he constantly finds himself babysitting them (which he laments about). However, even though he complains and finds it an inconvenience, he sincerely does like them. In fact, one chapter was dedicated to showing that, out of all the characters, Tsuna was the one that was most fit to raise Lambo. So far, he's been raising Lambo and I-Pin, and Futa was shown to get ''very'' attached to him.
** Subverted with Gokudera. In one chapter, Futa ranked Gokudera as the most fit to become a kindergarten school teacher (out of 82,203 people), claiming that Gokudera is ranked number 2 out of 82,203 people that like kids. Everyone is shocked, and Gokudera himself starts wondering if maybe he unconsciously liked them after all. It turns out that it was because Futa's ranking system went wonky because of the rainy weather...
** Lanchia, despite having the FaceOfAThug, is very nice to children and has Fuuta, I-Pin, and Lambo ''crawling'' over him when he visits Tsuna's house.
* Apachai Hopachai, one of the teachers of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple,'' is often playing with children and is able to be gentle with them despite having been trained to go all out whenever he fights. Because Apachai ''also'' goes all out when training Kenichi (nearly killing him more than once), he learns to relate training Kenichi with playing with those children in order to temper that tendency.
* Gwendal von Voltaire in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''. Goes along with his severe case of CutenessProximity; despite being a perpetually-grouchy stoic of the highest order, he has a weakness for anything small and cute, and is shown being unusually gentle toward children on multiple occasions.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Fate Testarossa-Harlaown who has a habit of saving, adopting, and befriending (not in [[DefeatMeansFriendship that]] way) orphaned children.
** Her {{Familiar}} Arf spends most of her time looking after Amy and Chrono's kids, and it's mentioned that she has done so for Erio and Caro in the past. She's also shown playing with Vivio in a flashback.
** Zafira turned out to be one too. ''[[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage M4]]'' revealed that he plays and teaches kids on his spare time, and used to give Hayate and Nanoha giant doggy rides when they were kids. Hayate was the envy of all the neighborhood kids due to that.
** Subaru is good at giving presentations on rescue crew work to students, and enjoys spending time with Vivio. She also made friends with Ixpellia and was able to open Thoma's heart.
* Chachamaru in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. When Negi and Asuna followed her in an early chapter, they found her surrounded by a lot of children who're playing with her while she goes around doing good deeds, like handing a balloon stuck in a tree back to the little girl who lost it and [[FriendToAllLivingThings saving kittens from drowning]]. Unsurprisingly, they quickly lost the motivation to beat up Chachamaru since she turned out to be [[AntiVillain a genuinely good person even though she's a minion]] of the then evil Eva. Then again, ''Eva'' [[NobleDemon didn't turn out to be as bad as she liked to paint herself]] either, so it makes sense, all told.
* Ash from ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', despite being a member of the evil chess group, only sides with them because he believes their actions will lead to a peaceful world for kids. He even plays with children when he isn't fighting. He even tries to convince Ginta to give up during their battle because he doesn't want to hurt him. And this is one of the top grade fighters.
* Ilulu from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' loves spending time with children, to the point of wanting to get a job at a candy store because she was told that kids often hang out there. This is in part due to the fact that [[{{Manchild}} she was emotionally stunted]] from the death of her parents.
* All [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Marina Ismail]] has done since the beginning of the second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' was comforting and taking care of the (orphaned) children at the LaResistance base. Makes more or less sense, considering that [[spoiler: these kids are from her kingdom. Which was swiftly destroyed by Ali Al Saachez.]]
* Lacus Clyne and Kira Yamato were running an orphanage in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. [[GoodShepherd Reverend Malchio]] of ''Anime/GundamSeed'' also counts.
* For a 20-year-old young man that was raised by wolves and is [[NoSocialSkills horrible at socializing with other adults]] ([[IdiotHero in a way that doesn't involve punching something]]), ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'''s Domon Kasshu is surprisingly good with kids ("Domon, since when have ''you'' started babysitting?"). Then again, given that he more or less has the social skills of a ten-year-old, maybe it ''does'' make some sense. He gets a PapaWolf moment in the first episode, though he denies caring later. When one of the local thugs tries to mistreat a kid in front of him, the next scene is of that guy flying backwards out of the door at high speed.
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'':
** Subverted (like all opportunities to PetTheDog) by Johan Liebert. It ''looks'' like Johan has a soft spot for children -- he's been shown watching over some on occasion and, when posing as a college grad student, majors in law focusing on children's rights -- until we meet one of these kids he's been "caring" for and learn about this fun little game he's been encouraging them to play...Then there was that part with the RedLightDistrict. Needless to say, it's one of the more heinous acts that Johan commits in the series. [[SerialEscalation Considering how they escalate, this is saying a lot!]]
** Played straight with Tenma and Grimmer; [[spoiler: the former even forgives Johan himself.]]
* [[ActionGirl Balsa]], the protagonist of ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit,'' kickstarts the entire story by becoming the bodyguard of Chagum, a young boy. She swiftly becomes a major MamaBear to him, as well as a ParentalSubstitute. Additionally, she met [[HeartwarmingOrphan Toya and Saya]] when she saved them from a group of thugs. Toya seems to regard her as an elder sister, and states that he would willingly "go through fire and water for her."
* Rujierd of ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'' is fond of children and views protecting them as one of his most important duties as a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Supard warrior]]. Many residents of the Magic Continent misinterpret this due to his [[TheDreaded reputation as "Dead End"]] and think he ''targets'' children.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** This is a trait shared by several members of the Straw Hat crew:
*** Zoro is this whether he likes it or not. When we first meet him, he killed a dog for attacking a little girl, which got him arrested. Later on, whenever Chopper's in danger, Zoro is usually the one to get him out of it and [[PapaWolf can get very protective of him]]. He also 'gently' [=KOed=] a 'nun' and a little kid in the Baroque Works village, rather than slashing them (as he does the adult males who attack him). He also takes on Miss Monday barehanded, although this may be out of a need for speed (or to prove a point) rather than gentlemanliness.
*** Luffy gets along well with children in general and easily befriends them, probably because he is a slightly childish IdiotHero. When dealing with Momonosuke, Luffy is most prone to getting into childish arguments with the boy. However, he is also the only one to treat him with the respect due an equal.
*** Nami, especially post-TimeSkip, is very protective of children. She acts as a CoolBigSis for the children in the Punk Hazard arc and absolutely hates Caesar Clown for [[WouldHurtAChild the way he threatened them]].
*** Robin seems quite fond of cute things in general, and she quickly grows attached to Chopper after joining the crew. One episode of the anime even shows her making great effort to befriend him, while he, at the time, feared her a little. Her and Nami are also very caring of Momonosuke, not realising that he is actually a DirtyKid.
*** Chopper is a doctor and kind-hearted person overall, and this extends to children. He is also very childish himself in some ways, which helps in bonding with them.
** Such a moment is used as Captain, later Commodore, Smoker's EstablishingCharacterMoment. When this muscular, cigar-chomping Marine is suddenly bumped into by a little girl who spills ice cream on his pants, the kid's father is worried to panicking- but Smoker gets down on eye level with the kid, apologizes for his "mean pants" eating up her ice cream, and gives her far more money than necessary so she can go buy a new, bigger cone. This is his introductory scene to the series, and serves to show that he's not corrupt, unlike many of the other Marine officers before and after.
** His protégée Tashigi as well who, similarly to Nami, acts as a CoolBigSis for the kids rescued from Punk Hazard.
** Wapol was originally a cruel tyrant, but after being ousted and hitting rock bottom, he discovered he could make toys using his powers, and kids started to ''love'' him. He was able to build up his wealth and power back again from the ground up, even gaining respect from the World Government, by building a toy factory.
* Okita Souji from ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'' is often seen playing with children outside the Shinsengumi compound, and gets along very well with [[KidSamurai Tetsu]].
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Ash has shown this in an episode about Trubbish. To get them to listen to their teacher, he was willing to get along well with the little kids and help Pikachu protect them from Sandile.
** Jessie and James decide to be this to Timmy when he thinks that their Meowth is the same one that saved him.
* ''Anime/ProjectK'': The supplementary mangas, novels, and drama cds show that [[GreenEyedMonster Fushimi]] [[BrokenBird Saruhiko]], of all people, is ''adored'' by small children. The way he grudgingly spoils them hints at his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold soft heart under those layers and layers of asshole.]]
* If you're a bad guy living in Tokyo and start attacking children for your evil means, be prepared to deal with ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and the other Sailor Senshi, which is probably why the kids idolize them.
* Kikuchiyo in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' gets along very well with the village children and is seen playing with them in his downtime.
* Irako Seigen from ''{{Manga/Shigurui}}'' is an unusual example. A ruthless killer and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulator]], but whenever he has to deal with children he goes out his way to be nice to them. Notable with the starving street urchin: no one else would touch the kid, but he washed her, gave her food and a place to stay.
* Mifune from ''Manga/SoulEater'' loves children, and serves people he actively hates simply because it's what he believes is the best way to protect his ward. He also has difficulty fighting [=BlackStar=] until the latter proves to him that, as a [[HighlyVisibleNinja ninja]], he's considered an adult warrior. He ''blushes'' when offered the chance to work as a teacher of children.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** After she grows out of her {{Tsundere}} stage, Yoko becomes a CoolBigSis to the younger members of Team Dai-Gurren. During the TimeSkip, she becomes a teacher, and is well-loved by her students. [[spoiler:She's shown to have returned to her job at the end of the series]].
** Kittan as well. He's greatly protective of his niece, and when he misinterprets Yoko's students as her children, he's eager to meet them, and [[spoiler:regrets having to perform a HeroicSacrifice, which means he'll never see them]].
** The mighty Kamina. While he doesn't get a whole lot of screentime with kids he explains at one point he keeps fighting so that the children of the future can live under the open sky, as opposed to underground. The HighSchoolAU actually lets him [[spoiler:meet Nia]] and shows that this trope remains true since they get along well.
* Whether it's because he's a father or because [[OneOfTheKids he's prone to acting like one himself]], ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s Kotetsu T. Kaburagi is rather fond of children. Whether children are fond of ''him'' [[ButtMonkey is a different matter]].
* Deathsaurus, the BigBad of ''Anime/TransformersVictory'', has a soft spot for human children and "adopts" an injured infant who parents were killed in one of his attacks on Earth and turns him into a cyborg.
* ''Manga/TriGun'':
** Nicholas D. Wolfwood runs his own orphanage because [[DarkAndTroubledPast he doesn't want kids to grow up the way he did]].
** Vash spends a lot of time caring for / playing with children. He's really good with them. There's also the manga-only character Auntie Melanie, the orphanage lady who brought Wolfwood up.
** Millie is really good with children, too, being [[IncorruptiblePurePureness very sweet]] and having so many nieces and nephews, although she doesn't seek them out the way the guys do, because she's not so needy.
** [[spoiler: Livio after his HeelFaceTurn is shown to be this. He realizes it while recovering from Elendira's [[HumanPincushion nail attack]] in the presence of several orphans.]]
* Fourteen-year old Kaori from ''Manga/YourLieInApril''. She's playing the melodica with a group of young children when she's first introduced, and later we see she's very good with kids.
-->'''Kousei''': "She sure knows to get along with kids, I guess her mental age is low?"
* Oddly enough, Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Especially orphans, which makes sense, seeing as he ''was'' one. It's a package deal with his HiddenHeartOfGold.
** Crow, from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', who watches over and protects the children of an orphanage. He becomes ''very'' angry at the Dark Signers when the children vanish because of the dark curse they cast over Satellite.
** Crow likely gets this from Martha, the woman who raised him, along with Yusei and Jack. Martha actually runs the orphanage, and was considered a maternal figure to many young children who were orphaned in Zero Reverse.
** Brave, a member of Team Ragnarok, does the same thing as Crow (and ironically, he becomes one of Crow's rivals during the WRGP.)
** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' continues the trend with Yuya despite being only 14 himself. Yuya is great with kids younger than him with Tatsuya, Futoshi and Ayu from the same duel school looking up to him as their hero. He also gets along with Crow's kids Amanda, Frank and Tanner during the Synchro Dimension. He even becomes Reira's surrogate big brother due to how much focus Yuya spent on keeping the poor kid safe.
* Yusuke Urameshi of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' notes that while he has trouble with everyone else due to his bad reputation, he at least can still make children happy. The whole story begins with him [[HeroicSacrifice diving in front of a car to save a child.]]


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'', Midnighter has a surprising knack with children, and kids in return think he's pretty cool. Not bad for a SociopathicHero.
* {{Franchise/Batman}}. He's not the touchy-feely sort that usually dominates this trope, but he definitely seems to have shades of it--possibly because his own childhood was cut off in such a nightmarish manner.
** {{Comicbook/Robin}}, whom Bats adopted solely because he needed it.
** He shows similar tendencies in the graphic novel ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' and several other sources; most likely due to his orphaning at such a young age. He does NOT like people to mess with kids.
** Subverted for most of ''Comicbook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'', but then he got better.
** In the ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'' novel, he tells Gordon that he won't interfere if [[spoiler:he kills Joker. Joker just shot Sarah, Gordon's wife. However, he also just kidnapped and violently endangered 30-something babies]]. In that same arc, Poison Ivy also fulfills this trope. She takes over the Gotham City Park, but winds up [[PetTheDog making it a refuge for all the children orphaned in the earthquake]]. When the police try to force her out, and are willing to destroy the whole place if they have to in order to defeat her monstrous plants she [[spoiler:[[Heartwarming/BatmanNoMansLand eventually turns herself in without a fight so that one of the children can get urgently needed medical attention]]]].
** Batman practically runs an orphanage with the way he keeps taking on kids under his [[{{Pun}} wing.]] The list includes: [[BigBrotherMentor Dick/Robin/Nightwing]], [[HandicappedBadass Barbara/Batgirl/Oracle]], [[MiddleChildSyndrome Jason/Robin II]], [[BadassBookworm Tim/Robin III/Red Robin]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Damian/Robin V]], [[TechnicalPacifist Cassandra/Batgirl II]], and [[PluckyGirl Stephanie/Spoiler/Robin IV/Batgirl III]]. Even in the world of ''The Dark Knight Returns'', where [[FromBadToWorse it got worse]] with Dick, Batman still has Carrie Kelly as Robin "DKR." Cynics might point out that all of the aforementioned kids Batman takes in become Robin or/and Batgirl at some point, but Batman has fostered kids temporarily and returned them to normal life. Possibly the best known example of this is in the "You Should've Seen Him" story (Batman #423). Batman finds a brother and sister orphan pair dumpster diving to survive, and works as Bruce to reunite them with a surviving relative. In most cases, the kids ''insist'' on joining Batman's crimefighting crusade over his protests. He provides them training, support, and equipment to maximize their chances of survival.
** One of the most recurring things about Batman is the fact that he's never scary to children, despite being downright ''blood-chilling'' to criminals. "The Batman Nobody Knows" (Batman #250) takes this to its logical conclusion. Bruce takes some inner-city kids camping. Naturally they swap scary stories around a campfire, and this being Gotham, all the kids talk about Batman. Their exaggeration makes Bats seem like part demon, part giant, and also "Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Shaft, and Superfly all rolled into one!" Finally, having slipped away during the last story, THE Batman leaps into the firelight. Not only are the kids not scared, they recognize him as Bruce!
** Alex Ross' ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'' shows what the superheroes would do if the world was ending. Batman would round up as many children as he can and take them to the Batcave for shelter.
** ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueTheNewFrontier'' used this as an explanation as to why Batman adopted a friendlier look and took in Robin during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}. He didn't like it when a child he tried to rescue ended up being even more scared of him than the thugs who kidnapped him. When Superman asked him about the changes, all he would tell him is that he intends to scare criminals, not children.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} is usually a DeadpanSnarker and {{Cloudcuckoolander}} violent killer. But due to the fact that Deadpool has the [[PsychopathicManchild mentality of a child]], he often gets along well with children. In fact, most of his heartwarming and PetTheDog moments usually involve children (even though some children may be uncomfortable near him for [[AxCrazy good reasons]]). Try to hurt children in his presence, and he'll come after you like a ''[[TranquilFury deadly serious]]'' violent killer.
* Subverted by a one off villain from ''Comicbook/GhostRider''. She had a good reputation with children and many of them came over to her house to play. How she kept this reputation when kids kept disappearing isn't explained. [[spoiler: After being crippled she sells her soul to a demon that she uses to hunt down more children.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' loves babies and [[CuteKitten kittens.]] This is exaggerated in [[Film/{{Hellboy}} the movies]], but he's just a squishy NiceGuy. Who doesn't see many children and is adorably awkward when he does interact with them; usually on the order of 'hey, kid, don't do that. You'll die.
* Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk, when enraged, is an unstoppable force ready to wreak havoc on anyone who gets in his way...unless you're a kid who's lost, afraid, or needing help. He'll stop in his tracks to save the poor urchin's day.
* Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac makes a point of [[WouldntHurtAChild not murdering kids]], and has "Little Chubby Babies" listed under things he likes (in the Directors Cut). If someone tries to harm a child in his presence he gets [[PapaWolf angry]]. [[KnifeNut With knives.]] That said, kids tend to be terrified of him. [[AxCrazy This is not unjustified.]]
* Sara Felton from ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable has always gotten along well with children (well, except the two [[JerkAss horny teenagers at Gary Con]]), such as Timmy Jackson and the Pee Wee Hackmaster League.
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' supplemental comic ''Comicbook/{{Magekiller}}'', Marius initially refuses to take on a mission in the Tevinter Imperium because he refuses to do work in Tevinter. However, once Marius learns that his target is sacrificing children, he changes his tune.
* The Asgardian Volstagg (a member of the cast of ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'') loves kids; he and his wife have ''seven'' of their own, including two boys from Earth that they adopted. (When those two first met him, they mistook him for Santa Claus.)
* ComicBook/ThePunisher usually gets along pretty well with children, [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} Molly Hayes]] kicking him in the nuts notwithstanding.
** It usually involves his seeing them as his own kids that he was unable to protect. In one of his more awesome moments, he's tasked with retrieving a little girl in Russia whose blood contains an experimental supervirus along another Special Forces guy, slaughtering the Russians sent to prevent that from happening. After he escapes (in a nuclear missile), he boards the pickup submarine and refuses to let anyone approach her, resulting in the virus decaying until it's unusable. When Frank is greeted by a large army unit and the general behind the operation, the soldiers are rather iffy about shooting him. Then Nick Fury (who gave him the mission in the first place) stands next to Frank, and the soldiers give up.
** In another story, Frank is just getting ready to snipe a crime boss from a shooter's nest he'd set up in an alley off Times Square when he hears a noise and turns around to see a little girl asking if he can please help her find her dad. Frank's on a tight schedule because the crime boss won't be in the open for long, but stows his gun immediately and helps the girl. While walking through Times Square he holds her hand, lets her ride on his shoulders, buys her a doll, and keeps her very close. Even when he has to take his eyes off her in order to check his target, he always asks her a question to get her talking so that her voice will let him know where she is. This whole time, he is having ''very'' strong flashback memories to being with his own daughter before she died. When they finally find her father in an area that's a little off the beaten path, they run to each other. The dad looks up to Frank, thanking him profusely and saying that he'd just looked away from her for a minute, then just about ''shits his pants'' when he realizes he's looking a scarred, heavily muscled and grim-faced man who's wearing a skull t-shirt and unslinging a sniper rifle. Frank tells the man to stand up and hold still, then uses his shoulder to rest his rifle in order to get a better shot at the crime boss. Frank shoots the crime boss while the man tightly hugs his daughter in order to keep her from seeing what is going on. His mission accomplished and the girl safe, he stows his rifle back under his coat and starts to walk away. Then he pauses, turns around, and tells her father one last thing: "Never look away, ''not even for a minute.''"
* Karolina Dean of the Comicbook/{{Runaways}}. She was the one who came up with the idea of rescuing 12-year-old Klara Prast from her abusive husband. It's also pretty clear that Molly and Klara love her. Victor Mancha might also count; when he and Nico were still a couple, he expressed a desire to one day have kids, and in the alternate future of ''ComicBook/AgeOfUltron'', he's seen taking care of a group of orphans.
* The ''Comicbook/SinCity'' short story, ''Silent Night'', definitely showcases Marv's soft spot for kids. This soft spot also seems to override his chivalry toward women as shown when he [[spoiler: executes a female slave trader in order to save a little girl from sexual slavery]].
* Franchise/SpiderMan has to deal with a lot of crap from adults, but not kids. Kids ''love'' their Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, in spades. {{Kid hero}}es, like all three Robins, think Superman is extremely cool because he never talks down to them the way many heroes do to their grown-up pals' "sidekicks". Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} (and in a few of the myriad of ComicBook/PostCrisis retcons), it might stem from Superman having once been a KidHero himself (as ComicBook/{{Superboy}}).
* Spider Jerusalem from ''{{Comicbook/Transmetropolitan}}'' seems to hate children slightly less than he does the rest of humanity. At one of his more annoyed moments, he ends up accosted by a noisy (and overly cheerful) street musician and his son -- Spider performs a GroinAttack on the musician and does some rather unpleasant things to his instrument, and then tips the kid with hundred dollars before storming off. Another time, a little girl has to pawn her teddy bear to pay for her medicine. Spider goes in the shop, buys the bear back, and gives it to her. D'aaaaaawww.
* Rorschach, from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', is a clear-cut AntiHero and also one of the main prototypes of the NinetiesAntiHero. Nevertheless, he's got a soft spot for kids. For example, he'll call his former landlady a whore to her face... but not in front of her children. (Though ''that's'' tied up with his own childhood trauma and the assholes who called him 'whoreson'--and the fact that he hadn't realized until that moment that, unlike his mother, she ''cared'' about them.) Indeed his StartOfDarkness was a FreudianExcuse combined with what he did when he realized just what one perp had done to the kidnapped little girl he was trying to rescue.
** In the prequel mini-series ''Comicbook/BeforeWatchmen: Minutemen'', there's Silhouette, a [[BadassGay badass lesbian]] vigilante whose mission in life is protecting children--and destroying all those who exploit and abuse them.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'':
** Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} has a tendency to take on a mentor/big-brother role to the younger members of the team. Starting with Kitty Pryde, then Jubilee, and then Comicbook/{{X 23}} and Armour, as well as a Team up with the Comicbook/PowerPack and 5-year-old Katie Power. All his mentoring storylines were combined into Rogue for ''Film/XMen1''. Case in point, when his rivalry with Cyclops boiled over in ''Schism'' and they came to blows, it was over the issue of getting the younger X-Men involved in combat (most specifically, involving Laura and Elixir in X-Force); with Cyclops willing to allow it but Wolverine dead-set against it. In the wake of the event, Wolverine took his half of the X-Men and re-established the school for young mutants that the group originally had been.
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost was a villain for years. The main thing that led to her HeelFaceTurn, and her chief saving grace, is that she cares deeply about any children placed in her care--partly because her own childhood was lousy, but mainly because she feels overwhelming guilt for the death of the Hellions, the Hellfire Club's answer to the Comicbook/NewMutants, who were under her command when they died. She even snapped and killed her older sister, Adrienne, after she caused the death of Synch, one of Emma's students from ''ComicBook/GenerationX''.
* [[SadClown Pol Pitron]] from ''ComicBook/YokoTsuno'' makes an ''excellent'' babysitter. Just ask Poky, to start.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/TaleOfSolaron''. Solaron is like this all the time, despite being a large venomous {{Snake Pe|ople}}rson.
* ''Harry Potter and the Mind'', speaking of Alastor Moody, said that "little children saw through the crust and thought him wonderful -- mostly because he talked to them as equals and took them seriously when other adults dismissed them."
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', a number of characters could be said to be this, but none so much as the Winter Soldier, of all people. SuperSoldier and master assassin he might be, but even prior to his HeelFaceTurn he holds onto the fact that he WouldntHurtAChild like his life depends on it, [[spoiler: performs a HeelFaceTurn to save the life of a teenage girl]] and ruffles the hair of a little girl who hugged him after he saved her friend.
** The Hulk also has elements of this.
** Joshua, a.k.a. [[spoiler: Jesus]], in the sequel, who's gently, kindly, and helps talk Harry through a lot of his problems, specifically stating - when Harry notes that he could be doing more important things - that he will never have anything more important to do than comfort a child in pain. Considering who he really is, this is not particularly surprising.
* Elise the Indominus Rex from ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'' is very gentle and caring around children, which is part of what brought her aggression level index down to [[{{Irony}} green.]] {{Justified}} by Elise having a human mind due to the human DNA used in her creation.
* ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauConquerTheStars'' has [[ArtificialLimbs Major]] Firebird, who is said to be a surprisingly good babysitter.
* ''FanFic/TheNonBronyverse'' has TD, who gets along extremely well with children and genuinely loves teaching Cheerilee's class, despite how much he hates being in Equestria.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' fanfiction series, ''FanFic/NegaverseChronicles'', the Negaverse version of Quackerjack definitely qualifies. Even after he goes crazy, harming kids angers him and he likes to make kids happy when he encounters them.
* In ''Fanfic/WalkingInCircles'', [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Evelyn Trevelya]] loves children. On her third encounter with Solas, she was trying to coax an elven child out of his hiding spot and then protected him from Grieves. Her main job in the tower is to teach the younger apprentices, including secretly preparing them to survive their Harrowing. And when she becomes Herald, children in Haven flock to her with gifts of flowers and herbs which she accepts unlike everything else that she turned away.
** It’s deconstructed later when her love for children and seeing the younger mages being slaughtered or Tranquilized is what pushes her [[spoiler: to side with Solas in his plan of taking down the Veil]].
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Gym Leaders Whitney and Skyla are portrayed as very fond of kids. The former comes across a group of kids about to play a softball game with an uneven number of players and offers to fill the last spot, while the latter flies all the way to Lentimas Town to deliver Christmas presents.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** [[WordOfGod Jorge]] stated that Manolo will often give a lot of his things/donate to kids at the orphanage.
** After returning to San Angel, Maria is helping the orphanage.
** La Muerte is fond of all beings, especially children. [[spoiler:Then, there's her scenes with the detention kids as Mary Beth]].
* {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion in ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance''; while [[EnfantTerrible Darla Dimple]]'s [[VillainWithGoodPublicity PR machine]] touts her as a lover of children and animals, the real Darla is anything but.
* Kronk from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. This could be partially attributed to the fact that he's really a child at both heart ''and'' [[DumbMuscle mind]]. He's also a GentleGiant and a chipmunk scout leader.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', Kirk is this sort of guy. He drives a truck around, selling schnitzel on a stick, and leads several children in a big singing number, cut off by his truck being discovered vandalized.
* Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. While the latter is mainly shown as very excited to 'keep' Simba, they both definitely qualify.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'': Frank [=McCay=], a Scarer at Monsters Inc., takes a moment before starting work to greet the children visiting on a field trip. He's the one who inspired young Mike Wazowski to become a Scarer and attend Monsters University by giving him the iconic 'MU' hat.
* Mulan shows this in ''Disney/MulanII''. Surprisingly, she does not agree with Shang when he says that the more children they will have, the better.
* Deconstructed with the Guardians in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''. It is their duty to protect and bring happiness to children (which they do), but they all have such busy lifestyles (especially Toothiana and Sandman, who are working every day constantly) that they struggle to relate to children as individuals, as shown when a young girl accidentally ends up in the Easter Bunny's base.
--> '''North''': We are always working on bringing joy to children. We have no time for... children!
** Played straighter in regards to Jack. He might be invisible to all children, but he still spends a lot of time around them and, aside from a few moments of Angst, seems to truly like them.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy has a soft spot for kids as she quickly falls for Nick's scam at the ice cream shop when she sees his elephant loving son with dreams of becoming one (actually a disguised Finnick) that she not only buys the Jumbo Pop for Finnick, but also takes him by the hand and gives him a ZPD sticker while encouraging him to pursue his dream. This even causes her to discover that she was scammed when she sees Finnick later on her shift and excitedly goes to greet him. Much later on the film, what inspires her to take the case of Mr. Otterton is seeing his wife pulling a picture of their two kids.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/AnAmericanInParis'', the neighborhood children like to hang around Jerry Mulligan, as he gives them bubble gum and teaches them English.
* ''Film/TheBigRedOne''. The [[OldSoldier Grizzled Veteran]] played by Creator/LeeMarvin has nice moments with children on several different occasions, even refusing to execute a Hitler Youth {{Child Soldier|s}} who killed one of his men.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga:''
** Despite being a grittier reboot, it preserves this trait. Unlike most of the adults, children aren't afraid of Batman, instead admiring him as a hero figure. Batman doesn't seem to mind them, either. In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', he gave away one of his gadgets when a boy said that "No one would believe [him]" about meeting Batman.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' he rescued and then chastised his younger copycats for trying to fight crime without adequate armor, then bowed his head in grief towards [[spoiler: Gordon's son]] when [[spoiler: Gordon was supposedly killed]].
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises:''
*** The first people to hope for Batman's return are boys in an orphanage.
*** This trope may also apply to [[spoiler:Bane]]. After all, he sacrificed his own well-being to [[spoiler:save a young Talia Al G'hul from an angry prison mob so she can escape]] and right before he [[spoiler:blows up a football field]], he remarks on a child's "lovely, lovely" singing voice, and allows him to finish singing before commencing his attack.
* In at least one of the ''lucha'' films starring Wrestling/ElSanto, he's given this title. It's also shown in movies that don't drag out the phrase, for instance in ''La Venganza De La Momia'' ("The Vengeance of the Mummy"), where Santo adopts a boy who has just lost his last relative to the mummy.
* ''{{Franchise/Gamera}}'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} because this is one of his titles.
* Groot, from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': while on [[WretchedHive Knowhere]], when a group of impoverished kids approach the heroes in the hopes of getting a little money, Groot offers one little girl a blue flower that he grew on his body. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The little girl's face practically lit up like a Christmas tree.]]
* In one scene of ''Film/HardBoiled'', the main character holds a baby in one arm and sings a lullaby to him while gunning down incoming Mooks with his other arm.
* Mr. Duncan from ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'' owns a truly amazing toy store, and donates the Christmas Eve proceeds to the children's hospital.
* Tony Stark, from ''Film/IronMan'' seems to have an affinity for kids. There's a throwaway gag where he helps a kid in ''Film/IronMan2'' (WordOfGod that it's [[spoiler: Peter Parker]]), he bonds with Harley Keener in ''Film/IronMan3'' and he's a mentor for a [[Film/SpiderManHomecoming teenage Peter Parker]]. Notably he's more patient and less acerbic around kids.
* In ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'', L, normally an antisocial loner, spends the last week of his life taking care of two children and trying to create an antidote for the virus one of them carries. PetTheDog moments abound.
* Although one couldn't exactly call him a "friend" to children, Don Rafael Montero from ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' [[WouldntHurtAChild demands that all the children be removed from the courtyard where he's ordered several executions to take place]].
* Miss Honey from ''Film/{{Matilda}}''. Sadly, the same can't be said for [[ChildHater her aunt]].
* [[Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium Mr. Magorium]]. When you're a magical old man with an equally magical toy store that's [[Series/DoctorWho bigger on the inside]], that's to be expected.
* Smith from ''Film/ShootEmUp'' seems to have a soft spot for infants. Why else would he go through all that trouble for one baby?
* Referred to in ''Film/TonganNinja''
-->'''Action Fighter:''' I once knew a man who was good with children. They called him... Children Man! Do you know him?\\
'''Gun Man:''' Yes, I kneecapped him and killed him.\\
'''Action Fighter:''' Nice.
* The titular protagonist of ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' film series is shown helping out children at one point in just about every movie. It's especially notable in the [[Film/TheToxicAvengerPartIIITheLastTemptationOfToxie third film]], where Satan tries to get to Toxie by forcing him to give up lest he kill a busload of children.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor Charles Xavier]] shelters, educates and counsels young mutants, most of whom have been rejected by society. Creator/JamesMcAvoy encapsulates his character's benevolence in the "En Sabah Nur: Setting the Stage for Apocalypse" documentary on the ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' Blu-Ray.
-->'''[=McAvoy=]:''' He's a teacher who takes in waifs and strays, and people that the rest of the world doesn't have a place for.
* Of course there is the Grandfather of them all [[SantaClaus Kris Kringle]] from ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'', you can see all his attention go into a laser sharp focus whenever there's a kid trying to talk to him, even trying to dismiss any adults around. Indeed it can be said that his goal in the movie is turning other adults and even corporations into figures such as this.

* Crime fiction author Creator/AndrewVachss, also a real-life attorney who represents abused children, frequently writes about vigilante protagonists who mete out vengeance against child abusers. The most popular of his vigilante characters is the titular character of the Burke novels.
* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': When Artorius isn't working, he hangs out at an elementary school and tells the children about his adventures.
* Bree Pym proves to be this in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince]]''. Not only does she help entertain Lori's seven-year-old twins when the family is suffering a bit of cabin fever (thanks in part to [[HiddenDepths newly revealed talents for juggling, acrobatics and sleight-of-hand magic]], she befriends a poor family from a nearby town and invites them to visit her cottage near Finch on a regular basis.
* In ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' it's obviously all of them, especially Kristy.
* Esther Summerson from ''Literature/BleakHouse'' has this trait. She is characteristically "fond of being confided in by children". (Her own childhood was emotionally abusive.)
* ''Literature/BoneStreetRumba'' has a couple of these. Gordo is loved by children and loves them in return. They think of him as a giant fat playmate. Carlos, the protagonist, is very protective of children.
* [[NonActionGuy Jerin Whistler]] in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' is noted for his patience and sweetness but also discipline in dealing with his numerous younger siblings; he was sort of [[PromotionToParent promoted to parent]] after his father's death and handled it well. They start crying and are inconsolable when they hear he's going to leave and get married, and he distracts them by recruiting them to help make pound cake and maple ice cream. He's also good with the young princesses, not letting them walk all over him but still befriending and teaching them. His skill with children is considered a major plus for him as prospective husband material by his future wives.
* Angel in the ''Literature/CharlieParkerSeries'', who is always the first to run and help a child in trouble, and never has any problem gaining their trust.
* Creator/DamonRunyon's characters are criminals, or at least on the shady side, but they have a soft spot for children. In "Film/LittleMissMarker," they do their best to care for a little girl left in their hands, [[spoiler:to the length of kidnapping a famous doctor at gunpoint to tend to her when [[IllGirl she's down with a deadly disease]].]]
** And in "Gentlemen, the King!" three New York hardboys [[spoiler:who have been recruited to kill a European king not only abort the mission instantly when they find that the King in question is a child, but spend time making friends with him...and end up killing the man who hired them.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Nanny Ogg loves children and they (for the most part) love her, without much effort or forethought on her part. Much to the consternation of Magrat, who puts in effort (and research) to be a friend to all children, but sucked at it. (At least until she had one of her own.)
** Disturbingly subverted by another Discworld character: the last King of Ankh-Morpork. After a description of how Samuel Vimes' ancestor killed him, it is mentioned that "he was very fond of children".
* Fitz Kreiner, from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures: DeadpanSnarker, chain-smokes, has PermaStubble, is a LovableSexManiac or at best a ChivalrousPervert... you know the type. Also, in one story, happily gets a job working at a home for kids who mostly have special needs (or are at least about as screwed-up [[BrokenHero as he is]]), and in another puts up with a [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant very]] {{creepy|Child}} WaifProphet type following him around and talking endlessly. He's far more avuncular than paternal, though, and is ''horrified'' when a DeliveryStork nearly brings him a baby... but it's just carrying a bomb. [[SkewedPriorities Whew. Crisis averted.]]
* Razza from ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael'' gets along great with his girlfriend Sally’s little siblings, who adore him, and he helps to coach the younger students' football teams at school. It helps that he is [[ClassClown very entertaining]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** [[RedBaron "Gentleman"]] Johnny Marcone is a ruthless and highly ambitious [[TheMafia mafia boss]], who is usually all about business and profit. Harm a child on his turf, however, and he will spare no expense in tracking you down and murdering you until you ''die''. You should count yourself lucky if he stops there.
** Harry Dresden himself. He considers becoming a vampire of the Red Court to stop the war between them and the White Council of Wizards, but the vampire who offered fed on children (since said vampire was planning to betray him anyway, this is something of a moot point and soon the vampire was squashed by a falling satellite). Also, he named Ivy. His response to a little girl in ''Changes'' [[spoiler: (his daughter)]] being kidnapped:
--> Wizards are subtle and quick to anger.\\
''[[TranquilFury Fuck subtle.]]'' *blows open door*
** Michael also. The closest he has ever come to killing someone in cold blood was someone who kidnapped his daughter. Harry has to step in.
* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'': Roguish, charming Rhett Butler is established as this -- he's very fond of Scarlett's first two children and utterly devoted to the one he himself has with her.
* Hagrid of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Sure, the fact that he's a NightmareFetishist FluffyTamer tends to freak people out, but he is rather fond of children. Put another way: you know Hagrid would never try to hurt your kid but you can't blame people for wondering if he's ''really'' the best person to be teaching a class on magical zoology.
* Tarma, from the ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Vows and Honor]]'' series by Creator/MercedesLackey. According to Kethry, children have run up to Tarma for protection while their merc unit is storming a town ... and gotten it. She is probably one of the top three non-magical badasses in the series and has a voice like a chain smoker, a face like an angry hawk, and a bond with her goddess that renders her effectively asexual. She rides a really scary looking horse, and is always accompanied by a sentient being who looks like a giant wolf. And she still has an instant rapport with children, whether for playing, protection, or nurturing. Fortunately, [[HeterosexualLifePartners Kethry]] produces plenty of kids for her to help raise during their teaching careers.
* Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin, the protagonist of Creator/FyodorDostoevsky's book ''Literature/TheIdiot'', has this trait.
* Alan Grant, the hero of Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/JurassicPark'', is fond of children, pointing out that you couldn't find another group more enthusiastic about dinosaurs. As a result, he gets along well with Tim and Lex from the start. In [[Film/JurassicPark the movie]], this is inverted, and Grant is specifically ''not'' fond of children, so as to give him a character arc as he bonds with Lex and Tim. He later gets along well with the kids as seen in the third film.
* In the ''Literature/MrsPiggleWiggle'' books, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves kids and really understands them. Similarly, in the follow-up book that features her great-niece, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, Missy Piggle-Wiggle is equally good with children. Not long after she arrives to take charge of the upside-down house, the house is soon humming with children who come over regularly to hang out or play.
* In ''Literature/TheNantucketTrilogy'', Swindapa loves kids, even going so far as to adopt a pair of orphans at the end of the first book and expressing a desire to adopt some more in the second book. This has caused some tensions with her partner Marian, who's older and not entirely keen on having a litter of kids underfoot.
* ''{{Literature/Otherland}}''. The Other, the apparently [[AIIsACrapshoot rogue AI]] operating system of the titular network, has a remarkable affinity for children and seeks them out wherever its sphere of influence touches on the wider 'Net. Unfortunately, its idea of "[[AndCallHimGeorge playing with]]" these children has the nasty, inadvertent consequence of {{Mind Rap|e}}ing them into comas.
* In ''Film/ThePaintedVeil'', it is revealed that Walter is fond of babies, which makes him more sympathetic in Kitty's eyes and causes her to realize that maybe she has misunderstood him.
* Jane Bennet from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. It comes with being TheIngenue and a ProperLady. She was asked to take care of her little cousins when their parents went travelling in the summer.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Rachel and Kirsty are very kind to younger children, as is Bailey the Babysitter Fairy.
* Blaggut from ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} The Bellmaker]]'' adores the Abbey's children and is loved by them in return, though the adults start out not trusting him.
* In ''Literature/TheSecretOfPlatform13,'' the narration notes that "[[GoodIsNotNice Nanny Brown wasn't a particularly nice woman]], but she loved babies." She went along with [[RichBitch Mrs. Trottle]]'s kidnapping plot partly because she was blackmailed, and partly because, well, ''someone'' had to take care of that kid, and she knew that Mrs. Trottle was too horrible to be trusted with the job. (Though, in her defense, Mrs. Trottle herself turns out to be a MamaBear.)
* Although he [[TheStoic may not seem like it at first,]] the ''Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'' reveals that [[MemeticBadass Mace Windu]] actually has a soft spot for kids, is very kind to a few who were in danger, and if you mess with them, he will [[UnstoppableRage not be pleased.]]
* The hero of Creator/RichardAdams' novel ''Literature/{{Shardik}}'' is nicknamed "Plays With the Children" by the other members of his tribe.
* The Stormwings, from Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/{{Tortall|Universe}}'' series, are monstrous immortals that look like harpies with steel wings. Their entire ''raison d'etre'' is to defile the bodies of those killed in battle so that no one can pretend that war is glorious. They stink to high heaven, they have an aura of fear and they feed off of the fear they cause in others. Many individuals have a real soft spot towards children of any species. They even take 10-year-old [[Literature/TheImmortals Maura]] for a joy-ride by hanging onto the ropes of a swing that she's sitting on. [[NobleDemon Rikash]] reluctantly explains "It is hard for us to bear young. That being the case, we value others' young, particularly when they are neglected. Affection has led me to indulge Lady Maura more than is wise."
** In a [[Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness later book]], they perch around a square where a mob is rioting in order to feed off the fear...and then swoop down to save children who were about to be trampled.
* [[http://cd.pbsstatic.com/l/47/1747/9780803711747.jpg Janet The Bunny Queen]] from Creator/RosemaryWells' "Voyage To The Bunny Planet" really cares about young bunnies. She would usually drag and comfort the sleeping bunny who needs a visit to the Bunny Planet after a terrible or bad day they would have. When the young bunny is asleep, she would cradle the sleeping bunny and take them to "Bunny Planet" and shows them "The Day That Should Have Been" which takes shows them a more positive and sweet dream the bunny would have.
* When [[TheTrickster Mat]] from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is infected by a HatePlague [[TheChosenOne Rand]] notices that the only people that Mat was not suspicious of were children. Later on after he gets cured, Mat saves Olver from getting beaten and tries to hire a local innkeeper to take care of him. Mat ends up all but adopting Olver after he follows him.
** Takes a dark turn in the character of Mesaana. While the other Forsaken were out leading armies against the forces of the Light during the Age of Legends, Mesaana spent her time setting up schools for children in conquered territories. However, it was there that she taught them the values of the Shadow and encouraged them to turn on their own families. Three thousand years later, people still cringe in horror at tales of "Mesaana's Children".
* In Creator/KennethGrahame's ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', Badger is this. We see him giving shelter to two schoolchildren caught in a storm when he first appears, and at the end, his ShroudedInMyth reputation that lets mothers threaten their children with him is unjust.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The titular character of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a soft spot for the little ones. Now that he's stopped eating them.
* B.A. Baracus from ''Series/TheATeam''. In the army, he earned his nickname of "Bad Attitude" by striking officers, he's punched his own teammates in the mouth, he's an all around grumpy badass... and he's great with kids. He also turns into a PapaWolf quickly whenever children are threatened or bullied.
* [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney the Dinosaur]], being the imaginary friend of young children, is naturally this. Not only does he play with his young friends, but he often gives them life lessons and helps them solve problems they may have. His (in)famous song "I Love You" is about the bond he shares with his young playmates, with them being his family and all.
* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'': Most of the lifeguards exhibit this trait once or twice. Special mention, however, goes to Mitch Buchannon (Creator/DavidHasselhoff) who is often shown to be both respectful of and able get along well with just about any kid.
* ''Series/{{Between}}'':
** This is pretty much true of all the residents of Pretty Lake as there are mostly only children left, but special mention goes to GentleGiant, Gord, and KnightTemplar ,Melissa, for taking care of the youngest children in town.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Seeley Booth of is very fond of children and doesn't take lightly to cases involving child death or child abuse (this makes sense as he was physically abused by his dad.)
** Dr. Temperance Brennan [[NoSocialSkills is extremely awkward with adults]] but consistently shows a surprising tenderness towards children, despite [[spoiler:initially]] saying she never wants any of her own. She's especially good at connecting with foster kids, due to her own past, and gets angry with Booth on several occasions for trying to leave a victim's children to Social Services.
** Angela Montenegro could be considered this; in an early episode where Booth and Brennan were put in custody of a victim's child until the case was solved, she got in trouble for constantly playing with the baby instead of working and, when the two were arguing and ignoring the kid, she took care of him and then lectured the B and B about parental responsibility. She also openly really wants a large family, and is annoyed with her husband for only wanting their one son.
** sweets also became this in later seasons; when he temporary leaves the FBI to do some soul searching, he ends up working in a poor, gang run town at a community center as a youth mentor, and becomes so attached to the kids that he initially doesn't want to return to his official job. He also babysits Booth and Brennan's daughter Christine and becomes attached to her when he lives with them for a brief period of time, to the point that Christine later calls him Uncle Sweets.
** Agent Aubry fancies himself this, and eventually proves himself to be very good with Christine, who is now in first grade when he is introduced. Most likely, it's because he is a big kid himself.(his office at the FBI is full of candy,video games, and beginner crime scene investigation manuals)
* Eric Matthews on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' relates well with children due to being OneOfTheKids. His most serious girlfriend on the show was a young single mom with whose kid he bonds, and in another season he forms a relationship with a kid from an orphanage; he would have adopted the kid (who was ecstatic) but a married couple also wanted to adopt him and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he decided they could do a better job.]]
* Jesse Pinkman in ''Series/BreakingBad''. He makes sure to keep children out of harm's way whenever possible, and is particularly close and fond of his girlfriend Andrea's six-year-old son, Brock. [[BerserkButton And harming a child in any way is a good way to send him into a murderous rage.]]
* Michael and Fiona in ''Series/BurnNotice'' both have soft spots for children. A good example of this is that in one episode, Michael helps a desperate father get his money back from a gang of con artists who claimed to have a cheap cure for the [[LittlestCancerPatient terminal illness of the father's son.]] Fiona bonds with the child and when she goes undercover with Michael to meet with the leader of the gang of con artists (Michael and Fiona are posing as a rival gang of con artists) The leader of the con artists [[BerserkButton makes some very rude remarks about how she profits from false cures the child and how the families even thank her for it,]] and Fiona almost kills her.
** Michael, having been abused by his father, has a particular soft spot for children in the same situation. [[spoiler: In the first season, an assassin uses such a story to convince Michael to track down her mark for her by posing as a mother who's son has been kidnapped by her abusive husband.]]
** Quite a few clients have only managed to get Michael to work for them by mentioning their kids. In one instance, when a woman and her children are being abused, Michael's mother Madeline opens up her house to them (knowing that the father is a well-connected and dangerous man), no questions asked, and mentions that if it involves kids, "Michael will take on the Chinese army."
* The Halliwell's on ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' are all shown to be very fond of children, such as when they willingly take in an abandoned infant to protect him from a vengeful ghost, and being open and supportive of their young neighbor Jenny for the short time she lived next door. Other examples include Prue going to the rescue of a young witch when he signals for help and acts as a guardian and mentor. Piper helps a young fire starter to accept and learnt to control his magic while protecting him from demonic bounty hunters. Paige worked for Child Services and was shown to be very affected by the plight of some of her cases. But of them all Phoebe seemed to be the most compassionate, comforting a hospital bound boy, getting a little girl being hunted by trolls to safety and using her empathy to understand her infant nephews struggles.
* ''Series/CSIMiami's'' Horatio Caine is a huge JerkAss... unless there's a little kid around. Then he's the nicest, most compassionate friend the kiddo will ever have. '''[[PapaWolf And woe betide anyone who hurts a kid near him]]'''.
* {{Series/Dexter}} likes children, which means that he is particularly wrathful against criminals that harm children. When he's not being particularly wrathful he only stabs people in the heart. He's a compulsive serial killer with a strict "only-hunt-monsters" policy ''and'' a soft spot for children due to his own StartOfDarkness. This makes for a reaction to children in danger that goes far beyond PapaWolf territory into something frighteningly awesome.
* The Doctor of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** When explaining to Amy that they must be observers only, and that in all his travels, [[BlatantLies it is the one rule he always sticks to]], he is watching a crying child on the monitor. He abruptly exits the TARDIS to go and help. This prompts the remark from Amy:
--->'''Amy:''' Is that how it is, Doctor? You never interfere in the affairs of people or planets. Unless there's a child crying.\\
'''Eleven:''' ''[grinning]'' Yes.
** In the story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle Full Circle]]" the Doctor frightens off the marsh-man child and observes it's odd, he's usually good with children. Later, he would have managed to calm it [[spoiler:if he hadn't been [[TapOnTheHead knocked out]].]]
** The Ninth Doctor seems perfectly at home among a group of orphans in "The Empty Child", chatting and joking over dinner while he tries to gather information.
** The Eleventh Doctor in particular is this, due to being OneOfTheKids.
** Clara Oswald is introduced as a nanny and later becomes a teacher. The version of her from Victorian England likewise was a governess. In the endgame three-parter of Series 9, a combination of her Doctor-esque ChronicHeroSyndrome and this trope leads to her [[spoiler: being Killed Off for Real]] when she takes a risk to save Rigsy's life so he can return to his infant daughter.
** The Twelfth Doctor takes a different approach than his predecessor. Eleven was OneOfTheKids, Twelve behaves more like a big brother.
*** In Series 8, one of the first signs that he isn't just a GrumpyOldMan with NoSocialSkills is his genuine concern for and liking of children, as seen in "Listen" and "In the Forest of the Night", although this is tempered by his BrutalHonesty. He befriends fifteen-year-old troublemaker Courtney Woods in "The Caretaker", but his decision that's she's not companion material leads into the crisis of "Kill the Moon" when Clara demands he make that up to the girl...
*** This leads to a gigantic, tragic situation in "The Magician's Apprentice". [[spoiler:He helps save the life of young '''Davros, creator of the Daleks'''. He flees in horror upon realizing what he's done, not even finishing the rescue effort. However, his shame and compassion leads him to accept the challenge of visiting an older, dying Davros, and at the end of "The Witch's Familiar", he ends up truly saving boy!Davros, becoming the man who taught him compassion -- which is why it's one of the few positive concepts the Daleks understand]].
*** One reason the Doctor decides to stay and help the imperiled Viking village in "The Girl Who Died" is because he doesn't want innocent children to suffer for the foolishness of the adolescents and adults.
*** Early in "Face The Raven", he coos over Rigsy's child and later saves [[spoiler: Anahson's mum]] to reunite a parent and child despite the peril this places him in. Shortly after the latter event Clara is quick to remind him during his FreakOut, in which he's swearing revenge against [[spoiler:Ashildr, the trap street, and everyone in it over Clara's imminent death]], that his rampage would be stopped the moment a child started to cry.
* In Mexico it's the tag line of the Sunday morning show ''En Familia con Chabelo'' "...Soy Chabelo amigo de todos los niños..." in Spanish.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'':
** Doctor Kovac cares deeply for children and gets particularly upset if they are mistreated in any way. He even watches kids' shows, like the Wiggles, to keep up with what kids like and be able to talk to them.
** Before that, there was Doug Ross. Despite all of his problems as a self-destructive womaniser he was very good with children.
** Kerry Weaver was also very good with children. It's adults she can't seem to deal with.
* Played with in the ''Film/FinalJustice'' episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Goosio is "a friend to Maltese children everywhere...io." [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRj7sYzUkrU Really, it's worth seeing for yourself.]]
* On ''Series/FridayNightLights'', Epyck, a BrokenBird with a chip on her shoulder towards almost everyone else, is described by her foster mother as someone who's very good with her younger half-siblings. In a later episode, we see this when she's around Tami's baby girl Gracie Belle.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Davos has a knack for talking to children with respect, and in return they quickly trust him.
* ''Series/HomicideHunter'': Homicide detective Lieutenant Joe Kenda takes it upon himself to try to emotionally protect children at crime scenes as much as possible.
** In one episode, a young boy and his dog are brought into the station after his mother's murder. When someone insists that the dog be sent to the pound, Kenda becomes incensed:
---> I said, "Absolutely ''not''. This boy just lost his mother, he's ''not'' going to lose his dog too. I'll take him home with me myself before I let that happen."
** Similarly, he isn't nearly as hard on juvenile suspects as he is on adult ones. In one case, when he realizes that the two teenage boys who found the victim's body also stole money from his wallet, he chews them out good and proper--but ultimately lets them go.[[note]] ''After'' making sure he got the money back. [[/note]]
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** Dr. House, the champion of LonersAreFreaks, doesn't mind babies. "People don't bug me until they get teeth." He gets on with older children much better than adults, even when they have a full set of teeth. In the seventh season, when he goes to dinner in Cuddy's house and he and her daughter are alone, he did say she was ''adorable''.
** Dr. Chase gets along very well with children, and often forms good connections with child patients.
* Harmon Rabb in ''Series/{{JAG}}'' comes across as this. He befriends the 10-year-old son of his girlfriend in Season 3, and saves him from both murderous thugs and terrorists. In Season 4, he goes after the murderer of a small girl on a Navy base and saves her twin sister from the same fate. And initially in that case, he employed JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on a convicted child molester, who were innocent but provided useful info. And he finally becomes the guardian of an adolescent girl in Season 9 with an alcoholic father.
* Stuffy, and slightly aloof [[AutomatedAutomobiles K.I.T.T.]] from ''Series/KnightRider'' is routinely shown to have a surprisingly soft spot for children. This may be in part that most children, unlike the adults, tend not to FreakOut when first meeting him, and in fact, are more often than not, are actually enthralled by him.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Pretty much a job requirement at the SVU.
** The grumpy, snarky, conspiracy-theorizing John Munch is routinely shown to have a very soft side for children. One episode had him reading ''Goodnight Moon'' to a little girl who was left hospitalized in a near-vegetative state by her mother's abuse.
** Olivia Benson, natch, has quite the knack with kids despite never having any of her own, for various reasons. She loves kids, and they love her right back. [[spoiler:In season 15, she winds up taking custody of, and later legally adopting, an infant boy caught up in a major sex trafficking bust. Needless to say, she ''loves'' getting to finally be a mom.]]
** Nick Amaro, despite his hotheadedness, is great with kids. As he's the father of a little girl, it's not surprising.
** Ditto Elliot Stabler, who is also a hothead, but is married with children and deals very well with them during cases.
** Sonny Carisi, as the older brother to three younger sisters, is ''fantastic'' with children, including taking to surrogate fatherhood like a duck to water ([[spoiler:His partner, Amanda Rollins, becomes unexpectedly pregnant and has no idea how to raise a kid; as one of her closest friends and very experienced at caring for youngsters, Carisi helps her out considerably with her daughter]]). He's also great with kids in the interview room.
** Subverted in "Sick" with toy company owner Billy Tripoli, who hosts lavish parties for sick and poor kids -- and picks "special" ones out to molest. [[spoiler:He winds up a KarmaHoudini thanks to the actions of greedy adults looking for payoffs.]] He's a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Music/MichaelJackson, whose second child molestation scandal was playing out at the time (2004).
* Two notable examples from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** PhantomThief Parker abandons a job to spring a slew of orphans from a nightmarish orphanage, even going so far as to [[Awesome/{{Leverage}} put herself physically between them and several guys with automatic weapons]]. She takes an apprentice car thief under her wing in one episode, and is seen as early as the third episode of the series teaching a little girl how to pick a lock.
** Eliot abandons a job in one episode to champion an abused child in a hospital, [[TranquilFury almost throwing the kid's father]] [[PapaWolf down several flights of stairs]]. He arranges for the team to donate tons of money to mistreated children, mentors an underage miner, and drops character in a con to [[{{Omniglot}} help an Iranian girl]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments find her family in an airport]]. He even turns out to have a knack for teaching kids, as shown in an episode where members of the team pose as private school instructors. When he receives a 911 call for a domestic disturbance while disguised as a Boston police officer, he insists on going to the scene on the chance that there are children present.
** Nate has a soft spot for sick kids being screwed over by the rich and the powerful thanks to his son dying because his insurance company (his employer) refused to pay for an experimental life-saving procedure.
* [[MagnificentBastard Ben Linus]] of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' seems to have a soft spot for children. Not only did [[spoiler: he spare Rousseau because she had a baby girl in her camp (and went on to be a loving -- if [[KnightTemplarParent scarily over-protective]] -- parent)]] but he also [[spoiler: spared Penny's life because she had an infant son on board her boat]].
* Megan Calvet [[spoiler:Draper]] in ''Series/MadMen''. When Sally Draper ran away to visit her dad's office and tried to run away when forced to return home, the only sympathetic adult was Megan. She later takes care of Sally and her brothers during their trip to Disneyland. Contrast this with Faye Miller, Don's girlfriend, who was incredibly awkward around children and talked to Sally as if she were an infant. In a show full of bad mothers, Megan at times seems like the only one who likes kids [[spoiler:which is one of the reasons why she's Don's second wife instead of Faye]].
* Patrick Jane from ''Series/TheMentalist'' loves kids, particularly little girls due to the loss of his daughter, and will abandon everything else when they're around. His partner Lisbon has a soft spot for them, too.
* Percival's EstablishingCharacterMoment in Season 4 of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is endangering his own life to save three frightened children by carrying them all to safety in his arms.
* Alpha-5 in ADayInTheLimelight ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', "[[http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Morphin-Rangers--Magical-Christmas/dp/6303206573/ Alpha's Magical Christmas]]". This is getting a bit HarsherInHindsight due to Music/MichaelJackson's 1993 and 2003 Neverland Ranch "incidents", since he, like Alpha, invited children to his ranch for parties and fun times, mostly without their parents' permission, and the parents started to suspect that he could be a child molester, thereby backfiring the trope in the latter.
** Robo Knight in ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' had a rather uninterested view of humans and the rangers attempted to show him they're worth giving a damn. Aside from the rangers, the only other humans he speaks with a children (a boy whose parents were frozen by a monster, a boy waiting to see his mother on a train the villains were causing to be late, a teen who taught him rap music and a village of African children during Megaforce's own ChristmasEpisode) and he seems to get along with them as well, if not more so, than the rangers.
* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''. The world will always remember Mister Rogers as the kindest person who ever lived.
* ''Series/MondayMornings'': Dr. Jorge Villanueva, aka "El Gato", is impressive with kids and young teens. He often bonds with them and they trust him immediately. He's one cool BaldBlackLeaderGuy.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Probably because his own daughter died young.
* Shiraishi Mako from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', being an ex-kindergarten teacher, is shown to be caring and nurturing to them. In fact, this goes to extend that if there's someone having HeroicBSOD, she sees that friend like 'a kid that needs care and nurture' and will do her best to comfort that person and sometimes with CooldownHug. One episode Akumaro abducted children so he could use their fear and sorrow. And what did Mako do in the end? She went [[SuperMode Super Shinken Pink]] and whupped his Ass!
* David Fisher from ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' is great with kids, for instance he immediately bonds with Kieth's niece Taylor, he's glad whenever he can hold a baby or Barb's children immediately take a liking to him. Little Michaela is clearly troubled and tells him she's glad to have him in her family, and he replies he's glad to have her in his family as well. He's also distressed when an insensitive woman scolds her daughter who cries for her deceased alcoholic father when they went to arrange a funeral. He ''longs'' to have kids of his own because he's a family man.
** In the final season, he and Keith adopt two boys.
* Clark Kent of ''{{Series/Smallville}}''.
* Takuya Yamashiro, the Spider-Man of the [[Series/SpiderManJapan Japanese live-action series]], is shown to be good with kids and several episodes involve him helping out less fortunate children. For instance, the fifth episode of the series has him befriend an orphaned boy and donate his blood to save his life.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Teal'c, whenever a child is around, he turns into the GentleGiant. It helps that he has the patience of a mountain.
** Right behind him is his teammate Samantha Carter, who has yet to meet a kid she doesn't like -- or who doesn't like her.
** O'Neill is pretty good with children. It's rarely shown on screen, but most children he interacts with seem to like him. The reason he doesn't interact with them more often is probably because [[MyGreatestFailure they remind him of his son]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Jean-Luc Picard from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' doesn't like the company of children and says so more than once, mostly because they're unpredictable and he's far more used to dealing with adults, and he finds "Captain Picard Day" that the ship's teachers arrange is rather embarrassing... but children all seem to like ''him'', so he eventually figures out how to cope. (He likes spending time with his nephew, though, who considers him a CoolUncle.)
** Benjamin Sisko from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', in contrast, loves hanging out with kids and even taking care of babies. Since he's already a father, this is no surprise. Sisko actually makes it a priority for the station to be welcoming to families. Even a dreamland-prophetic-vision version of Sisko (Benny Russell) does an impromptu ''a capella'' song with a bunch of kids as they walk along.
** Degra from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is like this, probably from having two of his own. One reason why he hates the [[EarthShatteringKaboom superweapon]] he helped create is that many of its victims will be children. Contributes to his HeelFaceTurn.
* Dean Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' seems to like children. When they have to work with a kid, [[TheFace Dean seems to do a lot of the talking]], but Sam seems to like them, too. Ironically, in the third episode, Dean uses the "I think kids are great" as a cheesy chat-up line to a [[StacysMom MILF]], and Sam calls him out on it, pointing out [[NameOne "name three kids you even know."]] However, for the rest of the series, including that episode, Dean does indeed get on well with children. Naturally, harming or refusing to protect children is a pretty good way to [[BerserkButton piss him off]].
* Richard Hammond on ''Series/TopGear''. If any of the presenters is shown interacting with the local kids, it is probably the Hamster. Known to host children's science shows like ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'' and his own ''Richard Hammond's Series/BlastLab''.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZone1959S1E2OneForTheAngels One for the Angels]]", pitchman Lew Bookman is well loved by children and a truly compassionate man. He tries to escape Death, but when he learns that a child will die in his place, he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices his life to save the kid]] by [[spoiler:distracting Death with the "ultimate pitch, one for the angels" (hence the episode's title) until his deadline is up. Afterward, Death comforts Bookman with the knowledge that his kindness got him into Heaven]].
** Old Ben from "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E90TheFugitive The Fugitive]]".
** Mr Bevis from "Mr Bevis" loves to play with the children in the street, has children Christmas Carolers come into the office and who is also building a replica of a old iron ship for a kid. His guardian angel says that this part of his personality must go if he is to be successful; in the end he decides to be the same, happier in the knowledge that he likes who he is and wouldn't want to change.
* BadassBiker Weevil from ''Series/VeronicaMars'' is very good with kids, especially his relatives.
* Omar Little from ''Series/TheWire''. The first sign we get of him being more than the average criminal is him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiW7foqBJLI showing affection to the child of a dope fiend]] who has come to him seeking a free fix. On the streets of Baltimore, Omar walking down the street triggers cries of, "Omar's coming!" from the hoppers, but this is inverted in season five when we see him in retirement in Puerto Rico, giving neighborhood kids (who joyfully run up to him, shouting, "Omar!") some candy. Indeed, the fact that he believes ChildrenAreInnocent [[spoiler:leads to his death, when he dismisses eight-year-old Kenard as JustAKid]].
* Played with Parker in ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}''. Parker is very good with children - even teenagers and they appear to like and trust him. However, he often has trouble reconnecting with his own son.
* Princess Michelle in the NBC series ''Series/{{Kings}}''. She even risked her life at one point to stay with a sick boy as he was dying.

* The Music/BillyJoel song "Leningrad" tells the story of Viktor (an actual person whom Joel met while touring the Soviet Union in 1987), a former member of the Red Army who, after seeing the horrors of war, became a clown, and found happiness bringing joy to children.
* Roger Miller's "King of the Road":
-->I know every engineer on every train,\\
All of the children and all of their names

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'': UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} was both MessianicArchetype (he's the {{Trope Namer|s}}) and a FriendToAllLivingThings. He preached that ChildrenAreInnocent.
* St. Nicholas of Myra, the Patron Saint of Children. SantaClaus was based on him originally, and he qualifies too, obviously.
* The [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek goddess]] Artemis is the protector of young animals and children, especially virgin girls. Her brother Apollo is patron of boys.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_%28legendary_creature%29 The Alan]], a birdlike trickster spirit from the Philippines, is said to be a Friend to All Children; they oftentimes take in lost or abandoned children and [[RaisedByWolves raise them as their own]]. Other times, they turn reproductive waste into children and then raise them as their own. OurMonstersAreWeird...

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* A stereotypical trait of {{masked luchador}}s, thanks to Fray Tormenta, who wrestled matches to make money for an orphanage and, to a lesser extent, Atlantis, who remained a friend of los ninos even after becoming a {{rudo}}.
* [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]], being a luchador parody. In an inversion to Fray Tormenta, he left pro wrestling to take care of orphans in Mexico, even though the cartel wanted him dead.
* Johnny Magnum on the Funkin Conservatory's ''!Bang! TV'', being that he's a children's and youth minister(among other things) when not wrestling and kids go to see his matches.
* HulkHogan, the most requested person from the Make-A-Wish foundation during the 1980's.
** And following in his footsteps, JohnCena, who has a record for filling Make-A-Wish requests that may never be topped.
* Incoherence after [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] and Wrestling/{{Hallowicked}} defeated FIST to become Wrestling/{{Chikara}}'s campeones de parejas, starting with children from the audience coming to the ring to celebrate with them.
* Jorge Alonso of Caged Heat Radio loves kids. In keeping with his {{butt monkey}} status, {{kids|arecruel}} don't always love him back, but he doesn't let it discourage him.
* Wrestling/BrayWyatt played with this trope for NightmareFuel - '''''very effectively''''' - in his feud with Wrestling/JohnCena. When you consider Cena's main target demographic, it's probable that Bray did this just because he knew it would mess with Cena's head.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Tinker gnomes build auto-gnomes, {{Clockwork Creature}}s resembling gnomes which have three directives, one of which is to protect children. While whoever thought this up had good intentions, the species of the children was never specified, which can cause problems when the tinkers have to deal with races they regard as enemies. (Especially since an auto-gnome's ''first'' directive is to defend gnomes from assault by non-gnomes, and tends to malfunction if it has to deal with a situation where its directives contradict.)
** Very little is known of the mysterious Zaphikiel, the mightiest of [[CouncilOfAngels the Hebdomad]] and one of the most powerful of celestial beings. One thing that ''is'' known about him is that he takes custody the souls of murdered infants and those that died as a result of miscarriage, faithfully protecting what he sees as innocence in purest form.

* ''Theatre/{{Jerusalem}}'' gives us Johnny Byron, a former daredevil and local legend who lives in a trailer in the local woods, and is seen as a sort of modern-day Pied Piper. Local teenagers spend most of their free time hanging out at his place, getting drunk, doing drugs, and generally having fun; he regales them with mad stories of his former exploits and supposed encounters with real-life giants. This is portrayed as being a sort of tradition, with several characters in their late twenties and early thirties discussing how they used to be the kids who hung out at Johnny's place. Subverted in two ways, though: firstly in that Johnny's sheltering of the kids is not always seen as wholesome (naturally); and secondly in that [[spoiler:it is revealed the kids don't really care about him as a person, and mock him behind his back for being a crazy loner unable to pay taxes]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Zack and Stella of ''VideoGame/AsdivineHearts'' grew up in an orphanage and, as such, are both really good with handling and taking care of kids. Harming or threatening kids is also a shared BerserkButton between them.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'':
** Jade takes in war orphans and cares for them, despite being occasionally frightfully low on cash. She's even extra-kind and nice to the kids in the city who aren't staying with her. Threatening her kids is a good way to get {{Mama Bear}}ed.
** Pey'j. He probably wouldn't let them stay in his house if he didn't care for them, after all. And the end credits PhotoMontage shows that Double H really is a GentleGiant by having several pictures focus on him playing with the lighthouse kids.
* In ''[[VideoGame/BioShock Bioshock]]'', Jack becomes this if the player chooses to rescue every Little Sister encountered. [[spoiler: Rescuing all The Little Sisters results in the Happy Ending, in which Jack adopts five of them as his own daughters. They hold his hand lovingly when Jack finally dies of old age.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite,'' there's an optional scene in Shantytown where Elizabeth sings ''Will the Circle be Unbroken'' while kindly offering an orange to a small boy who was hiding under the stairs. In addition, when [[spoiler:Daisy Fitzroy attempts to kill Fink's son, Elizabeth fatally stabs her with a pair of scissors.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' Litchi Faye-Ling is very good when it comes to dealing with children, she usually comes around to the Kaka clan to kindheartedly teach and play with the Kaka kittens and her child-assistant Linhua looked up to her greatly and she returned the favor. She's also quick to befriend and hug Ronin-Gai children despite that their boss just harassed her. She's also incredibly fond to Carl Clover, who was virtually unknown to her and would even give her life to help him. She doesn't even hold a grudge when a bratty little girl like Platinum went bonkers on her [[ACupAngst just due to breast size difference]] and still finds herself comforting her. In the CT Arcade Mode, she mistook Rachel Alucard as a lost child and sweetly asked to escort her to her mother... [[spoiler:This gets slightly subverted in ''Continuum Shift'' after her FaceHeelTurn. Once she learned [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld what kind of creature]] Rachel is and that she's an enemy, she drops her kindness and opts a more antagonistic manner (though not as over the top). However, she went back into Friend To All Children mode when she met a distraught Carl (still post-FaceHeelTurn) and offered him a CooldownHug in her MarshmallowHell.]]
* Rozalin's first PetTheDog moment in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' comes when she treats the kids really well. Barring her other persona, being nice to kids seems to be a consistent part of her character.
* To everyone's great surprise, Haseo of the ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGU .hack//G.U.]]'' games. Though he does [[CharacterDevelopment become much friendlier in general]] over the course of the story, even back when he was a revenge-obsessed {{Jerkass}} he would act kindly toward kids.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', your character undergoes a lot of quests than involve, rescuing and protecting children, and in some extreme cases, providing food for impoverished ones. The children's Week event is the biggest example, where you have to act as a mentor to an orphaned child. (Although success in doing so means doing things few sane guardians would, like taking them on the battlefield and into dungeons with you. Also, the Bad Example achievement - which requires scarfing down candy in front of them - and Home alone achievement - which is ''abandoning'' them - are oddly enough necessary for the overall achievement For the Children.)
* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins:''
*** Depending on the player, the Warden can be this. There are a few opportunities to do things like give money to orphaned children and protect Amalia and Connor from demons who want to possess them.
*** Wynne tends to act grandmotherly to young children, although she's not afraid to put her foot down when the occasion demands it. Much to her regret, she wasn't always this way and for many years believed that being an overly SternTeacher lead to the escape and execution of her first student by the Templars. [[spoiler: He actually survived.]]
*** Rather surprisingly, [[BoisterousBruiser Oghren]] is implied to be this. If the Warden decides to simply kill Connor instead of finding some way to defeat the demon possessing him, his loss of approval is more than any other companion.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII:''
*** Upon meeting Anders and being asked for favor, Hawke can request clarification up front, stating that "I don't do anything involving children or animals."
*** Discovering that a deranged serial-killer has been targeting the elven children of Kirkwall, simply because they are "too beautiful", is enough to make even a ''Paragon'' Hawke so utterly furious they vow to slit the man's throat.
*** After Hawke becomes a Noble in Act 2, it's implied by Aveline that Hawke has donated a large amount of their reclaimed family fortune, in order to help their fellow Fereldan refugees and the children orphaned by the Blight. S/he can also give money to a specific beggar in Darktown who asks for help in feeding her children.
*** Merrill and Varric are consistently shown to have this trait. It's also mentioned that most of the Pirates in the Waking Sea want Isabela dead for performing a one-woman army stunt, seizing the vessel she was meant to be escorting, after she discovered it contained ''slaves'' who were mostly women and children.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' it's impossible[[note]]outside of mods[[/note]] for the player to harm children. Also, you can play games like tag and hide & seek with the children that you meet. [[spoiler:Even the dead ones.]]. With the ''Hearthfire'' DLC, the player can even adopt children, although you're limited to just two. However, just because the player character likes kids doesn't necessarily mean that [[BrattyHalfPint they like you back]].
* The poor children are most of why Allegretto steals bread at the beginning of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', and why he embarks on his quest. One part of the game involves him navigating a puzzle graveyard and beating up a large beast... so a little girl can have water for her flower.
* ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' lets an adult be one with the Child at Heart Perk... except for the fact that [[PowerPerversionPotential it can be used]] to make [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential kidnapping a child for slavers easier]].
* Aerith Gainsborough could count for this in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''; the original game has her trade herself for the safety of a little girl she barely knows and puts her on friendly terms with the slum children, who looked after her flowers in her absence; ''Crisis Core'' and ''Advent Children'' also show her having a soft spot for children.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Terra Branford, who takes care of a village full of orphans and turns into a MamaBear whenever any of them are in danger.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Patty and Faval from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', as well as their {{exp|y}}ies Daisy and Asaello. In both cases, they work hard to sustain the OrphanageOfLove where they grew up.
** Despite being skittish and at times kind of a JerkAss, Prince Takumi from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' gets along surprisingly well with kids. In his support with Azura, she fails to bond with a rebellious kid but Takumi manages to reach for him easily.
* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', the animatronics at [[SuckECheeses Freddy Fazbear's Pizza]] are your primary antagonist as they actively try to kill you in the alleged belief that you're a metal endoskeleton without its costume on. There are hints, however, that those same animatronics fall into this trope as they grow increasingly hostile towards adults while still getting along perfectly well with children. Randomly appearing minigames suggest that [[spoiler:Freddy Fazbear tried and failed to protect children from being murdered by a killer who lured them in using one of those same animatronic suits. It's commonly theorized that the animatronics now attack any adults they come across outside working hours as part of a quest for revenge against that killer]].
* Kratos from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''. They may have been his daughter, his kid brother, and a little girl that reminded him of his daughter, but they remain the only children depicted in the games. More Friend To All Children Who Appear In The Series. His PapaWolf nature is one of his very few redeeming traits.
* For a physical manifestation of the Wings of Valmar, Millenia in ''VideoGane/GrandiaII'' is friendly towards children and children follow her in turn. This is the first clue to her true nature and [[TheReveal big reveal]] that [[spoiler:Valmar is not necessarily the devil that people condemn it as.]]
* In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'', the main character is usually always instant friends with the children, even the shy ones. This becomes even more apparent in games where a character that lived in the same village as the child ''for years'' frightens them, yet the MC as a total stranger gets instantly accepted as a new friend.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess,'' Link is friends with all the children of his village, and happily looks after them and plays with them. Not surprisingly, when they get into trouble, he goes PapaWolf ''quickly and '''[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent literally.]]'''''
* Nall, an immortal white dragon in ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'', at first appears to be a troublemaker and is very rude but is actually in charge of a Neverland he created for orphaned and neglected children and is very caring toward them. He is very protective of Taben's Peak and rough towards outsiders, but he also doesn't want to make connections with older people because [[WhoWantsToLiveForever he never wants to see another friend grow old and die.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'': Raiden is shown as one in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''; when he discovers a plot to turn kids into {{cyborg}} {{Child Soldier}}s like him, he is absolutely ''pissed'' and goes on the warpath to ensure that no child go through anything like he did.
* Big Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' takes in war orphans and raises them as his own, although it's twisted at the end when he reveals he's training them into soldiers to perpetuate war in the future. [[RetCon At least that was the excuse he gave at the time]].
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** This seems to be a confirmation of elements from the time ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' was released, where Samus was typically portrayed as being quite passionate about the infant Metroid, treating it like her own offspring, unleashing the bowels of MamaBear after it was destroyed, and entering a state of deep sorrow after she'd cooled down. This hovered around various fiction, including ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' comics and Manga. In other words, the Manga serves to confirm that when Samus says she kills to protect others, '''she really really means it'''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Enma]] turns out to be this, as noted by [[BeleagueredAssistant Hangan]]. He is annoyed by this, but he is fine as long as she is happy.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'':
** Ryu Hayabusa is idolized by all of the children in the Hayabusa village, and in ''Ninja Gaiden 3'', he ends up bonding with [[CuteMute Canna]] to the extent that she considers him a [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father]].
** Likewise, Ryu's apprentice Momiji is considered a CoolBigSis to the children in the Hayabusa village. When one of the kids is taken hostage by the Tengu Brothers in ''Sigma II'', she personally chases them all the way to Tokyo to save him.
* Franchise/ProfessorLayton is implied to be this. He's as respectful and courteous to any children he meets as he is to anyone else, but the two children he interacts with the most often -- his apprentice Luke and adopted daughter Flora -- absolutely adore him, and he them.
* Milla Vodello in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' loves working with children, and when you use Clairvoyance on her, she explicitly sees KidHero Raz as a sweet little baby to look after. If you poke around enough in her MentalWorld, you can see how this figures into her backstory: [[spoiler:she used to work at an OrphanageOfLove, but it burned down while she was getting groceries. WordOfGod says that she's mostly managed to moved on, but you can find her "Nightmares" still locked up in her mind]].
* In the ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' series, nothing brings out Kazuma's good side like kids, especially his kids from the orphanage and his adopted niece Haruka. Subsequently, nothing brings out Kazuma's [[UnstoppableRage BAD side]] [[PapaWolf like someone hurting a kid]]. [[CurbStompBattle The most savage and satisfying beatings Kazuma's rained on someone]] are those in retaliation for abusing a kid.
* Juno from ''{{VideoGame/Soul Nomad|AndTheWorldEaters}}'' distrusts humans but loves children... even human children, as she is raising a young boy named Penn,[[spoiler:who is Thorndyke's son]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_EbLnrHhXk Zangief]] has developed into this during the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' series. He even cites their cheers and adoration as the reason why he continues wrestling.
** Sagat is also shown as this in ''Super Street Fighter IV'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4nAhvZk6Vs and is seen talking kindly to the children of a Thai village.]] Confirmed in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', where he's ''pissed'' at the disappearance of a little girl he has befriended and teams up with Dhalsim to investigate what's going on.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** [[CombatMedic Rutee Katrea]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' is [[OnlyInItForTheMoney obsessed with money]], but that's only because she's [[JustLikeRobinHood trying to raise enough money to save the orphanage she grew up in and prevent the orphans from ending up on the streets]].
** [[CoolBigSis Nanaly Fletch]] from the sequel, ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2,'' is an even bigger example in that she runs an orphanage in her home town and functions as the team babysitter. One of the reasons she's like this is because she couldn't save her little brother without giving him a FateWorseThanDeath (in the form of a life of eternal servitude to the CorruptChurch) and doesn't want other orphans suffering her brother's fate.
** Cheria Barnes from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is implied to be this. In a skit in ''Tales of Graces f'', Asbel mentions that Cheria likes taking care of children.
** Eleanor Hume from ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' says that all kids, regardless of circumstance, deserve a good life. Eleanor becomes a surrogate big sister to Kamoana, and takes responsibility for Laphicet by becoming his vessel. [[spoiler:Although the former is because Eleanor [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone feels incredible guilt]] about having a hand in the death of Kamoana's mother.]]
* Oddly enough, some of the mercenaries in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' appear to be this, as shown by the comics on the official website. Soldier takes kids trick-or-treating, Scout treats kids like little brothers (understandable, considering he's the youngest of eight brothers), and they both get very defensive when they're on mall Santa duty and a kid gets kidnapped. Spy sees the kid's fear and teaches the kid how to stab the kidnapper in the jugular and free himself, and consoles the kid afterwards, asking him if he was scared, and giving him a piggyback ride. Even Heavy shows this when he gets angry and calls a kid presumptuous and fat for wanting him to spend his hard-earned money on Halloween candy, and then apologizes profusely when the kid starts to cry, taking back the "fat" comment when he realizes that he hates being called that himself. He then proceeds to give the kid $7,000 to make up for it.
** One might think that the PyroManiac, er, Pyro would be rather child-unsafe, being the [[KillItWithFire blazing deathball]] that [[AmbiguousGender they]] are, but it turns out that they're really more of a geeky PsychopathicManchild that gets along great with the various kids of the town of Teufort. They were once shown burning school books so that the school would be forced to close until they could get new ones, to the cheers of all the kids. Later, it's only the implication of some sort of bizarre and unsavory child abuse to a bunch of orphans [[spoiler:committed by the Classic Team's Soldier and Scout]] that compels them gruesomely burn the perpetrators to death where they stand.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'':
** Both Kings (jaguar masked religious pro-wrestler); parts of the reason why they enter the Tekken tournament is to raise money for the orphanage they're in, although for King II, that has become [[ButForMeItWasTuesday a background thing]] while he [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge focuses on some darker issues]] (but still retains his kind heart).
** Bruce Irvin is chiefly known as a friend of Kazuya and usually serves as TheDragon for him. His endings in his debut and 5 involve helping kids to stand up for themselves, or inspiring them (to be good kids, not to be like [[ArchnemesisDad Kazuya]]).
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial's'' ''Tabidachi no Uta'' continuity, [[spoiler: Mira Kagami]] turns out to be this. A JustifiedTrope, since [[spoiler: she has helped raise her younger siblings.]]
* Kenny from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. You can get on his good side by being nice to his son, Duck, and Clementine. This extends to his role in Season 2, where he serves as a pseudo-parental figure for Clementine. [[spoiler:The idea that Rebecca's baby, Alvin Jr, might be dead also sends him into a murderous rage in Season 2, Episode 5, leading to the game's final battle with Jane.]]
* Ultimate Caretaker Maki from ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' is this as despite her actually being a ChildHater, children love for some reason. [[spoiler: Subverted when in actually she is the Ultimate Assassin and she was lying about how she was the Ultimate Caretaker.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dee and Dum from ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'' claim that working with kids is the best part of their job, although Alt Text suggests that it's not entirely true. Their students certainly like them, though.
* Rolan from ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' is adored by Donny and many other kids and greatly enjoys talking with any child around (possibly because he can [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny act like a child himself]]), though some adult elves are prejudiced against him and [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/537 don't want him near their children]].
* Von Pinn from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' isn't necessarily fond of kids, but as a completely frightening construct designed to protect her charges, she cannot bring herself to harm children, even if they stand in the way of her duty. When Bangladesh Dupree tries to get around this and kills the girl standing in the way of their pursuit of Agatha, Von Pinn nearly takes her head off.
** Oh, she's fond of kids. Monster Nanny terrifies the living daylights out of them, but all of them know she loves them. Tarvek and Gil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100512 are particularly voluble]] on the subject.
** The reason she is so unhinged in the first place is because she [[MyGreatestFailure failed]] to save [[spoiler:Agatha's brother when Castle Heterodyne was attacked]].
* Anya, the Children's Librarian in ''Webcomic/GroovyKinda'' is a legend with her storytimes. The children love her so much that their parents (and the folks who run the orphanage) are willing to overlook her 15 year old boyfriend, Jacob.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Deus is a mildly creepy version. He's not a pedophile or anything, it's just the violent ''glee'' with which he is happy to help children.
-->'''Galatean Girl:''' My mom says you killed the evil tyrant and now we have food and houses and television, so I made this for you! ''[offers him a clay bowl]''\\
'''Deus:''' Angel, I would kill a thousand tyrants for you.
* Cale in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' used to be this, up to a particular SadisticChoice. And although no more a friend to children than any other living being, Richard's rare, curse-breaking PetTheDog was a self-sacrifice in defense of a child.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'':
** One of the Big Daddies from ''VideoGame/BioShock'' is presented [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/81 this way.]] It's rather adorable, up to a point.
** Also, Commander Badass himself. Great with kids of all ages, including ManChild Jared.
* Webcomic/{{Marilith}}
** Marilith when she started out in her less than lawful career, used to pay to feed an African child every time she killed someone. Eventually she could no longer afford to; [[spoiler:now the kids are banded together into something of a war group to find out what happened to her]]. She also arranged the capture, and suggested rape, of a date rapist. The girl he hurt is not all that old. It's also one of the few times she negotiates on prices. She is also partnered with her possibly Stockholm Syndromed ex-mark, who is either young or has fantastic genes.
** Christi is also intent on saving Marilith's partner; being an orphan, she is sensitive to the plights of children.
* Adrestia in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/Morphe morphE]] would rather have her throat slit than attack a child. Her character profile makes specific mention of her soft-spot for kids.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', Red. She has a SlasherSmile and is AxCrazy, but her reaction to a woman being burned to death for killing children is "[[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-11.html Not cruel enough.]]" Later, when they track down the actual killer, she disposes of her.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', we have [[NewMeat Daryl]] [[LightEmUp Smithson]] and [[ProperLady Muneca]] [[GravityMaster Powell]]. The latter one, despite being an IceQueen, really does care a lot about children, so much that she turns into a MamaBear if you ''ever'' threat a child (it doesn't matter whether the said child is bratty or evil). [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators/MangaPacisV01CH01P168.html Case in point.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-07-15 Slick makes the import of the baby-kissing trope explicitly when running for president with a "Slick loves babies!" sign.]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Emil, who has more than a few traits of JerkWithAHeartOfGold, is quite doting his three BrattyHalfPint younger cousins. In return, his cousins are very happy to get a surprise visit from him and very disappointed when he has to leave almost as soon as he came.
* Quentyn of ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' is particularly sweet and tolerant of a very young child who pulls on his whiskers and twists his tail, thinking him a cat. (he quickly makes her a harmless toy that occupies her hands)

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Jane, who finds kids "a gazillion times better than most adults".
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', one of Dr. Horrible's reasons for refusing to fight a self-proclaimed nemesis in the City Park is that "there's kids in that park." Also, when told he has to kill someone to enter the Evil League of Evil, he's offered the suggestion of a child who is destined to become President of the United States. Dr. Horrible replies that he's not going to kill a kid.
* Music/DoctorSteel loves children (he's a toymaker, after all). He even created a theme song for a fictional kid's show called "Smokey, The Kid-Loving Trout" (''Smokey's Theme''), and his episodes of ''The Dr. Steel Show'' are modeled after childrens' television shows.
* Harley Morenstein, of WebVideo/EpicMealTime fame, draws the line at [[BlackComedy dead baby comedy]] and gives apple pies to kids when he was shopping at UsefulNotes/McDonalds.
* Two examples from ''Felarya'':
** The [[SnakePeople naga]] Fiona loves children, and is often seen venturing to jungle villages to play with the local kids. In fact, she's earned the in-universe nickname of "The Kind Naga". Felaryan nagas are typically man-eaters.
** Katrika (also a naga) is far more predatory than Fiona, but children and their families are completely off the menu. She'll even comfort children who've lost their families to predators.
* Stone of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is one of the roughest toughest heroes out there. He's hard on criminals normally. If they specifically hurt a child? Let's just say [[BerserkButton things will get really ugly, really fast]].
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has declared himself the defender of all children. He even gets along with EnfantTerrible Evilina, who he's been known to babysit. Santa Christ seems to qualify as well, being a blending of the two biggest examples of this Trope possible.
* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1810 SCP-1810]] of the Wiki/SCPFoundation loves children and will take care of any distressed or lost child it comes across. Which would be heart-warming, except its flawed understanding of humans and that the fact that it will do horrific things to non-children if it thinks it will make a child happy renders it creepy.
* In ''WebVideo/{{Tabletop}}'', Wil is shown to be one. He was much more chill when playing with the kids in the Catan Jr. episode at least, no salt at all.
* Matt, Pat, and Woolie of ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' like to claim that they're [[ChildHater not fond of children]], but often end up becoming attached to younger characters in the games they play. Matt and Pat ended up becoming protective of both [[VideoGame/TheWalkingDead Clementine]] and [[VideoGame/TheLastOfUs Ellie]], and during their playthrough of {{VideoGame/Beyond Two Souls}} (which they made no secret about their disdain for), all three of them proceeded to freak out when it looked like a homeless Jodie was about to give a man a blow job for $10.
-->'''Pat:''' [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone I REGRET THIS!]]
* Linkara of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' always welcomes the idea of children and families being portrayed positively in comic books, and one of his BIGGEST [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]] is a child character being killed or otherwise endangered solely for the sake of shock value or plot contrivance.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': This is a defining trait of Sam and Max in this adaptation. Although they rarely interact with kids in the rest of the series, here, they get along great with kids. Perhaps, like the creators of the cartoon themselves, Sam and Max realized that kids would love their antics, as long as they're [[{{Bowdlerize}} toned down a little]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Particularly in an early episode, "The Underdwellers," near the very end. Bats is threatening the episode's villain, the Sewer King, who "took in" a large number of abandoned and orphaned children, only to abuse them and teach them to steal:
--> '''Batman''': "[[ThouShaltNotKill I don't pass sentence]]. That's for the courts. But THIS time... THIS time, I am sorely tempted to [[NeverSayDie do the job]] MYSELF."
* Modo from ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' is extremely fond of children. [[spoiler: This is used against him in the TenMinuteRetirement episode "Modo Hangs It Up".]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' [=/=] ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' universe, the nephews, Webby, Doofus, Gosalyn, and Honker all have a positive relationship with Launchpad [=McQuack=]. In spite of his imposing stature, he is rarely anything but {{gentle|Giant}} and [[NiceGuy friendly]] with the kids, and would put his life on the line rather than let anyone or anything harm them.
* [[SergeantRock Sergeant Rita Torres]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'' shows her tender side when interacting with the Martian Exoscouts (who were abandoned on Mars since the war outbreak) in the second season.
* Uncle Pockets from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''; as a "professional imaginary friend", he'd like people to believe he never became too attached to all the kids who he's been with over the years, but as Mac found out, he was far closer to all of them than he admitted.
* Turanga Leela from ''Series/{{Futurama}}''. While she's tough and no nonsense she has a soft spot for children, particularly orphans since she was one herself. When she begins making money from a children's show she created, she uses most of the money to buy books and toys for a group of orphans and wants the show to be a reminder to them that they can achieve their dreams too.
* The protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' oddly enough. For all his faults (including misogyny, alcoholism, rudeness, and egotism) he's great with kids, [[PapaWolf most notably his own.]]
* Soos of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' clearly ''loves'' kids; his two best friends are twelve years old (Soos himself is in his twenties), he'd give his life to protect them, and he's outright stated he wants seven children when he gets married. It makes sense that Soos himself has a bit of a childish personality -- he loves the local SuckECheeses without a hint of irony, always jumps in when asked to participate in a game or activity that the kids have come up with, and is hooked on video games.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** Batman comforts [[spoiler:Ace, a sort-of Dark Magical Girl with massive powers, who was dying of a terminal disease and only had hours to live.]] She had asked him to stay by her side because she was scared of [[spoiler:dying alone]]... and he did. In "Injustice for All", he gently coaxed a little girl to come with him in order to escape a burning building.
-->'''Little girl:''' I'm scared.\\
'''Batman:''' Don't be. It's going to be all right.
** The Flash, being FunPersonified, loves kids a lot himself. He spends every Christmas hanging out with kids at an orphanage at his home town and giving them toys, and often steps out of fights to protect kids from collateral damage made when fighting bad guys.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Hank Hill is shown to be really good with kids in several episodes, including one where he becomes the substitute shop teacher at his son's school and is very popular with the kids because his teaching style is informal, educational, and fun. In another he stops some kids from getting into a makeout party by using old-school party games, and they end up legitimately having fun, causing the neighbors' wives to remark that his reliability and skill with kids are very attractive traits. Naturally, the only kids he seems to have trouble getting along with are Bobby, and Caleb from "Hank's Bully" who keeps taunting Hank while the lenient parents stand idly by saying that Caleb is just expressing himself, until Hank gets fed up and has Bobby start annoying Caleb's parents who ultimately lose it and start getting tough with their son.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' franchise, especially the non-film productions, Po prides himself as being loved by children. As such, he proves to be an excellent teacher. In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', he makes a despicable RoyalBrat change her ways, before discovering the horrific reason why she feels she must drive everyone away. Even Tigress shows a caring side for young children every now and then as a young goose named Zan looks up to her as a big sister mentor figure while looking for his parents in "Kung Fu Day Care"; one of the panda girls in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is fond of Tigress, after Po gave her his Tigress action figure.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra gets along well with Tenzin's kids, and acts as a CoolBigSis figure to them. It may be partly due to the fact that she's the reincarnation of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender their grandfather Aang]], but still.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Fluttershy is this as part of her being a FriendToAllLivingThings. In fact, threatening young ponies is a good way to press her BerserkButton, as the unlucky cockatrice from ''Stare Master'' [[DeathGlare found out]].
** Pinkie Pie also counts; she's acted as a CoolBigSis for Spike and Apple Bloom, chaperoned the local kids on "[[YouMeanXmas Nightmare Night]]", adores Mr. & Mrs. Cake's infant twins Pound & Pumpkin Cake and frequently plays with and watches over them, and during her ImageSong "Smile, Smile, Smile" she goes out of her way to make kids happy.
** Princess Luna, after seeing how much the kids enjoy Nightmare Night, un-canceled it. She also helps watch over the fillies and colts of Equestria's dreams, coming into them and helping them deal with nightmares. She's done this on separate occasions for each of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, helping them overcome their doubts to become better ponies. Also in [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem A Royal Problem]], she becomes depressed after she learns she inadvertedly caused local school fillies to be unable to raise enough money for a field trip. She even has a nightmare about it later, with one of the fillies tearfully asking her "Why don't you want us to go on our field trip?" It scared her so badly that [[GeniusBonus her teeth start to fall out]].
** Rainbow Dash counts as well, surprisingly. Even though WordOfGod says she wouldn't be the best big sister, she tries her hardest to coach Apple Bloom through various activities such as karate, kite flying, juggling, and "Ultra Pony" roller derby. She is also genuinely concerned for Scootaloo's welfare in "Sleepless in Ponyville" and ends up adopting her as her surrogate little sister at the end of the episode. She's not the best role model, but she certainly tries.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E24TheManeAttraction Countess Coloratura]], despite having the image of a "demanding diva", has stated that her favorite part of every event she goes to is meeting with the schoolponies. This is also used as part of her SecretTestOfCharacter set up by her and Applejack: when her manager [[JerkAss Svengallop]] actually believes she would cancel her contest with the schoolponies, she realizes he doesn't understand the real her at all.
** Protagonist Twilight Sparkle counts as well. She's eager to act as a mentor to the Cutie Mark Crusaders and is very kind and accommodating to her younger fans. In one episode, her problem is that she wants to both spend time with her baby niece and read to sick children at the hospital.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Phantom2040'' series: Hubert Graft, a monstrous cyborg who hates the heroes, stops the fight in one episode when a kid gets in danger. [[PetTheDog He rescues the child]], as the heroes look in confusion. "This war should not include children."
%%* The WesternAnimation/ProStars: "It's all about helping kids."
* Miss Grotke from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' tends to be more forgiving and lenient towards the students of Third Street School than the rest of the faculty.
* ComicBook/WonderWoman has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAemkNPY7xQ robbed an ice cream man]] to make a child happier.
* While the titular character of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' seldom encounters children, there are some episodes that make it perfectly clear that he cares about them and is willing to lend a hand when they're in need.
** In "Jack is Naked", Samurai Jack spends most of the episode chasing after what he thinks is a white rabbit that stole his clothes and sword. After he gets his stuff back, he learns that they were really stolen by an orphan girl with a bunny backpack who only stole his belongings because she was desperate for something she could sell for food money. When the girl states that she figured Jack's clothes and sword were more valuable than robot slug tusks, Jack helps the girl out by retrieving a pair of robot slug tusks. The girl thanks Jack and assures him that now she'll never go hungry again.
** He rescues dozens of them from mind-controlling music in "Jack and the Rave". As the fifth season shows, the same children - now adults - still remember and revere him as a savior.
** In "Jack and the Haunted House", Jack encounters a little girl and defends her from a shadow-like monster. He also frees the girl's family and doesn't leave until the monster tormenting her is destroyed.
** "Jack and the Baby" begins with Jack rescuing a captured infant before he is eaten by some ogres planning to have him as their dinner. On the journey to get the child back to his parents, Jack does everything he can to ensure the child's well-being, even milking various animals so that he can feed the baby and getting him to sleep by telling him the story of Momotaro.
** PlayedForDrama in an episode of Season 5, as he is so emotionally destroyed at having failed to save the lives of a group of children from a madman that it's the final push he needs to [[DrivenToSuicide resign himself to suicide.]] [[spoiler: Fortunately, Ashi finds him in time and reveals that the children are in fact alive and safe, which snaps him back from his DespairEventHorizon]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Moe, a bitter bartender, actually reads to children in his spare time -- [[HiddenHeartOfGold which he tries to hide]] -- and is very fond of Maggie, and becomes her babysitter.
* Ahsoka Tano from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', right from her introduction in TheMovie was shown to be quite good with children. She started with calling Jabba's son Rotta, an infant ''Hutt'' cute and showing genuine care for him. This trait of hers culminated during the Young Jedi-arc, where she repeatedly put her life in risk to protect the six Jedi younglings under her care.
* [[MeaningfulName Ash Firin]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' may be a horribly burned pyromaniac with a creepy voice, but when he met a little girl who was brought into Superjail by mistake, he instantly gets attached to her, throws the inmate who wanted to burn her into the incinerator and starts being his parental figure. He also inadvertedly named her Cancer (pronounced San-sehr) mistaking the medical bracelet in her arm for her name.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** [[SirSwearsALot Fowlmouth]], a side character, swears a (bleeped out) blue streak in every known context ''except'' in the presence of babies. [[EveryoneHasStandards He believes that swearing in front of babies is crude]].
** Aside from getting even with the antagonists, Buster Bunny also helps out kids who have been or may have been victimized by them. Such examples include the short, "Ruffled Ruffee" (part of "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS3E14MusicDay Music Day]]"), wherein he saves a bunch of kids from being bored to death by the titular arrogant children's entertainer, and the short, "Buster's New Bike" (part of "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E56SonOfTheWackoWorldOfSports Son of the Wacko World of Sports]]"), wherein he exposed Bicycle Bob as a con-artist bicycle salesman who sells shoddy bikes to kids. Also, in the short, "Turtle Hurdle" (part of "[[Recap/TinyToonAdventuresS1E34TheWideWorldOfElmyra The Wide World of Elmyra]]"), he interrupts the segment [[DontTryThisAtHome to warn the kids watching the show NOT to attempt what Elmyra had just done]] (telling her dad to suddenly stop the car in the middle of the busy road so she can run out in traffic to save her pet turtle).
--->'''Buster:''' Hi kids! I just have one thing to say. Please, please PLEASE don't ever ever EVER get out of a car and cross a busy highway or street!
* Max on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' is an [[EvilIsHammy EVIL mastermind]] who wants to TakeOverTheWorld! In his audition tape, however, he says he's busy with babysitting. And when there comes a challenge on the show where the contestants have to carry napping babies through sound sensitive areas, Max is surprisingly good at calming his baby down. It is consistently giggling in Max's presence, too.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': a recurring theme to all Autobots, in most continuities they tend to have kids hanging out with them.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' takes kids on fun and surreal adventures, even if they [[UnwantedAssistance didn't want to in the first place]].
* As mentioned above, ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has Batman being more of [[TeamDad a fatherly figure]] to Robin and the rest of the team than Superman. He's also been implied to be close to Captain Marvel, being the only Leaguer to know that he was ten years old. The tie-in comics show Batman giving him an opening to confess his secret, and while he isn't always patient with Billy, he'll explain things to him and didn't glare when Cap hugged him.
* Zeta in ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject''. When he saw a child learn to ride a bike and the joy it brought her mother, he knew he could never kill anyone because life was precious. Hence his peaceful and nonviolent nature.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The doctor, paediatrician, and author of children's and parenting books (including ''Child of the Drawing Room'' and ''How to Love a Child'') [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janusz_Korczak Janusz Korczak]] was reputedly one of these. Known variously as 'Mister Doctor' or 'The Old Doctor', he never had children of his own but ran two orphanages in Warsaw in the 1930s. When Warsaw's Jewish Orphanage was forced to relocate to the municipal Jewish Ghetto in autumn 1939 he moved into the Ghetto to be with them. In August 1942 the Jewish Council of Warsaw deported a number of unproductive demographics in response to the (German) Generalgouvernement's demand that they hand over a certain percentage of their population for 'deportation to the east' (i.e. euthanasia). The orphanage was written off. Even though he was not to be deported and was guaranteed protection by the Jewish Council, Polish Resistance, and reputedly the German Order Police (some say they simply wanted to avert a potential PR disaster, others that they had read his books to their own children), he and his co-director, fellow pedagogist, and lifelong friend Feiga Lipschitz voluntarily accompanied the 192 orphans to keep them calm. [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust They were processed by the Treblinka extermination facility on the 6th-7th of August.]]
** ''"We never called the place an Orphanage because we never felt that it was an Orphanage. It was our home."'' - '''Itzchak "Itzchakele" Belfer''' [[https://youtu.be/jq_WUJ5oWjo?t=4m17s on the Krochmalna Street Orphanage]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust run by]] [[FriendToAllChildren Yanusz Korczak]]
** “I exist not to be loved and admired, but to love and act. It is not the duty of those around me to love me. Rather, it is my duty to be concerned about the world, about man.” - Janusz Korczak, Warsaw Ghetto Memoirs
* WWII Soviet soldier example: the German army pushed the Soviet defenders back to the river in Stalingrad; in a furious battle, the Soviets surrounded the city, cut off the Germans from their supply lines, and started to annihilate them room-by-room and building-by-building. Some children who were kept as servants by the German army were trapped in such a building, and called out in fear. The Soviet soldiers who found them immediately formed a defense perimeter and escorted them to safety. Some of the children were adopted into the unit because they were orphans. Years later, one child related:
--> "The one who found us shouted, 'Lads, there are kids in here!' I had never seen men cry."
* Another WWII example: A fairly anti-semitic Polish policeman, known in his town for arresting lots of Jews, was sweeping an abandoned ghetto with other policemen and the Nazis, looking for any hiding Jews. Seeing a ladder leading up into an attic, he climbed the ladder to find a Jewish mother and her children hiding there, picking them out with the light of his lantern. He could have gotten massive rewards and a promotion. But when the SS officer in charge called to him from below to ask if he had found anything, [[PetTheDog he replied, "No," and left.]] We do not know what happened to that policeman, but the family survived and remembered his action that day.
* The Music/BillyJoel song "Lenningrad" tells the story of Viktor (an actual person whom Joel met while touring the Soviet Union in 1987), a former member of the Red Army who, after seeing the horrors of war, became a clown, and found happiness bringing joy to children.
* Music/MichaelJackson tried to give himself this image, claiming that his charity work and eccentric ManChild nature was partly because [[FreudianExcuse he hadn't much of a childhood himself]]. Unfortunately, multiple accusations of child molestation brought against him ruined that, and though he was never ''actually'' found guilty of such crimes in court (and friends like Macaulay Culkin vouched for his innocence), [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion they left a black mark on his reputation]] until [[DeadArtistsAreBetter he died]]. Bringing up this ElephantInTheLivingRoom issue now, instead of just celebrating him for his music and charitable work, inevitably leads to condemnation from the VocalMinority of his fanbase.
* Similar to Jackson, Creator/LewisCarroll was very well known for spending any time he wasn't busy writing (and occasionally time he was) playing with the local children in his garden. And like Jackson, this has given rise to the rumor that his interest in them was more of a pedophillic nature as opposed to a friendly one, especially due to his collecting of naked photos of them once they were finished playing. However, it has been mostly agreed upon that it was more just part of the era of the 1800s that children often played with little to no clothes on, as few could afford play clothes and dirtying their dress clothes would ruin them. It is also reported that Carroll always asked the respective child's parents' consent before photographing them.
* Fred Rogers, a man who devoted his life to children, and helped raise a generation of them via ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''.
* Creator/AngelinaJolie. Over the past decade, she's criss-crossed the globe on behalf of UNICEF and UNHCR, often in the company of her significant other Creator/BradPitt, and regularly takes time out from her movie shoots to work on some project involving children or refugees (or refugee children). She often keeps her work low-key so as not to have her celebrity status distract from the matter at hand; for instance, at the time of this writing, she and Pitt have visited Bosnia to look into the issue of civilians who haven't been able to return home even 15 years after the war's end, but are making no public appearances.
* Creator/AudreyHepburn. During the last decade of her life, she did tremendous work for UNICEF, virtually becoming the face of the organization. Several months before her death she visited Somalia at the height of that country's famine; the stark photos taken during that event (a particularly [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] one showed her, with an incredibly grim expression on her face, cradling a child dying of starvation) helped raise world awareness of the disaster. She was strongly influenced in her work by memories of the hardships (including starvation) that she herself had to endure as a teenager in Nazi-occupied Holland.
* Actress Creator/MargaretHamilton, best known as the Wicked Witch of the West, started out as a kindergarten teacher and later during the 1950's, she taught at Sunday school for a time. She actually loved children and doted upon them. Afraid of being typecast, she once appeared on a pair of ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' episodes as Margaret H. Witch when she helped to clear up any misunderstandings that arose from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' as she "transformed" into a witch by putting on makeup and a costume, [[MeanCharacterNiceActor showing them that who she was in real life shouldn't be confused with the character she played.]]
* Marge Schott, the somewhat-bonkers[[note]]By which we mean [[RacistGrandma wildly racist]][[/note]] owner of the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Cincinnati Reds]] 1984-99 loved kids (despite having no children of her own), and would let them run around the outfield before games at Riverfront Stadium.
* Also from the world of baseball, Babe Ruth was famous for his love of children and involvement with children's causes. Ruth was notorious in his time for [[BoisterousBruiser drinking, womanizing, carousing, and gluttony]] (to the point that his only child was an illegitimate daughter), but there's no doubt that he sincerely loved children. Many suspect these had a common cause--Ruth never really properly grew up himself, as he had a hard childhood and then was flung into fame and glory at a young age.
* Creator/JimCummings will call children in hospitals and brighten their day by talking to them as WinnieThePooh. And part of the reason he wanted to be involved with Disney's ''The Princess and the Frog'' was because he claimed that Tiana (the movie's lead character) looks exactly like his adoptive daughter.
* 1930s gangster/bank robber John Dillinger once apparently carjacked a family with kids in the back, but made a point of not hurting anyone and patted one of the kids on the head before getting out while reassuring the parents "Don't worry, we like kids."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein Ed Gein]], of all people. He was proven to be behind some truly disgusting acts (and suspected of worse), but when it came to kids? Before he was found out and arrested, his neighbors would hire him as a babysitter. He was consistently described as caring and benevolent to the children placed in his care.
* Creator/DougWalker, [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor in a much less screwed up way than his character of]] WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. You only have to put on a random [=VLog=] or commentary to see how much he cares about children and hates movies that treat them like idiots.
* WebVideo/DiamandaHagan. She's an aunt and loves to spoil her nieces and nephews.
* Creator/JimHenson. Really, what more needs to be said?
* Wrestling/JohnCena, without a doubt. There's a reason that most of his fanbase consists of children. In fact, he's granted over 500 wishes for the Make a Wish foundation. That speaks volumes in itself. Anyone in the locker room will vouch for this as well.
* Creator/JohnWaters has talked about teaching a 1st grade class where they do improvs of airplane crashes and Music/JustinBieber vampire movies. In his own words, "I'm good with kids. [[SelfDeprecation Even though I look like a child molester.]]"
* Creator/JRRTolkien was, by all accounts, a doting parent and a grandfatherly figure. His academic colleague George Sayer once discovered the professor surrounded by a group of neighborhood children; Tolkien explained quite seriously, "We're playing trains. I'm WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine. Puff, puff."
* Oddly enough, UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin. He was very fond of kids and would spend hours playing with them--when his friends came to visit, he loved playing with their children. He and his wife never had any, but given that both are recorded to have been quite sad that they never had any offspring of their own, it's suspected that they simply couldn't. (Naturally, [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin Stalin]] twisted this by consistently portraying Lenin as a friend and protector of children in his propaganda, even though Lenin, who despised personality cults, would have been appalled by the extensive use of his image by Stalin's regime and particularly by the manipulative tactics of having the child-abuser Stalin use his image this way.)
** Subverted in the execution of Alexei Nikolaevich, heir to the Russian throne (who was only thirteen years old, and was completely innocent), as Lenin approved of it after the fact and did nothing to punish those responsible. [[WordofSaintPaul Leon Trotsky]] even suggested in his journal that Lenin ordered the execution of the Russian royal family himself, though to this day there is no definitive proof.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler of all people was stated to love children and most of those kids referred to him as "Uncle Hitler". Despite how Hitler Youth boys were being used as ChildSoldiers and that Jewish/Gypsy/Slavic children were expendable.
* During his stint as the Mayor of Carmel, Creator/ClintEastwood would use the position's modest salary to host ice cream parties for the town's children.
* Yet another WWII example: in the last year of the war, Soviet planes bombed facilities in the German countryside in support of military operations. During one such run it happened that two Wehrmacht soldiers went to their home village and on the way found several children playing in the woods. When they noticed the planes approaching, rather than leave them alone they gathered them and attempted to flee, which then turned out futile. So they simply shielded the children with their own bodies. The two soldiers died but the children (fortunately) managed to survived. The grave marking this action still exists near the ruins of Castle Falkenstein.
* Creator/GKChesterton ''adored'' children. Tragically unable to have any themselves, he and his wife hosted frequent parties for any and all children in the neighborhood where they lived.
* Creator/BorisKarloff loved kids and used to [[MeanCharacterNiceActor dress up as Santa Claus to deliver presents to a children's hospital]].
* Creator/MrT is this.
* In the Japanese anime fandom, [[PeripheryDemographic adult fans of kids' series]] are called "big friends".
* Creator/GeneWilder recognized just how iconic his role as [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]] was and adored how children always lit up when they recognized him. For the last three years of his life, he suffered from Alzheimer's but this was not made public until after he died. Why? Because he wanted them to still feel comfortable approaching him and not feel sorry for "poor old Mr. Wonka." He didn't want to be responsible for one less smile in the world. It especially applied to his relationship with the child actors for ''Willy Wonka''. He became close friends with Peter Ostrum (who played Charlie). When it came time to shoot his infamous outburst at the end of the film, Wilder desperately wanted to tell Peter just how mad he was going to be, because he didn't want to ruin their friendship. Julie Dawn Cole (who played Veruca) and Denise Nickerson (who played Violet) absolutely adored working with him as well.
* Creator/GordonRamsay on Series/MasterChef Junior. Despite how he acts on Hell's Kitchen, in real life, he's actually a very nice and friendly mentor, and he's generally much more kind and friendly with child-contestants, and even lets them stick his head in guacamole if they win a challenge.
* Despite his self-admitted reputation as a "cantankerous old man" (his own words), Prince Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh (husband of Queen Elizabeth II) adores children, and has sponsored over 200 children's charities and schools in Great Britain, and loved "playing footie in the garden" with his kids and the dogs when they were all younger.
* It's fairly well-known that a lot of the same convicts who have committed the most heinous of crimes are pretty fond of kids, to the point that if a convicted child abuser (or worse, child ''molester'') isn't put in solitary, [[EvenEvilHasStandards he's likely to get shanked...]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil Or worse]].
** It's for this reason that both prison guards and former inmates will readily assert that child murderers and molesters are better off if they get the death penalty, which usually means being segregated away from the general prison population. When these people are placed in with the prisoners, they very quickly find out that not only do all the other prisoners want to kill them, but also to make ''damn'' certain that they suffer a lot before they die...
** Two murderers had been placed in the same cell, and were together for a year. The only difference was that one had murdered adults, while the other had raped and killed a little girl. When the adult-murderer found out ''exactly'' what his cellmate had done, he proceeded to beat him to death.
** Similarly, communities that otherwise might come across as hostile or indifferent to the police will often step up if a child was victimized.
** According to a lawsuit filed against a Midwest prison, a man who spent years raping his young stepdaughter was himself raped multiple times by a cellmate specifically to make him feel like his victim.
** Two Words: Katie's Revenge. A man in Indiana was convicted of molesting and killing a girl named Katie. After his fellow inmates found out about it, they held him down and gave him a nice tattoo: the words "Katie's Revenge." Across his forehead. In huge letters.
** Similarly, it's said that women who are jailed for abusing or killing children (double if the kids are her own) are considered the absolute lowest of the low in women's prisons. Understandable, since many of the prisoners are mothers themselves.