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->''"I don't give a shit HOW old you are. Maybe think before you pick a fight next time."''
-->-- '''[[AntiHero Sol Badguy]]''' (to an unconscious [[PirateGirl May]]), ''[[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Guilty Gear Xrd]]''

In fiction and in the media in general, both heroes and villains usually agree on one thing: they WouldntHurtAChild.

This creed exists for various reasons: it may be because ChildrenAreInnocent, and thus should be protected and kept out of harm's way at all costs; it may be because, to MoralGuardians, seeing a child being brutalized is HarmfulToMinors and thus should be avoided; it may also be because even writers mostly disagree with the idea of writing about harming a child.

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

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

In Western works, this trope is rare and almost always done off-panel when played straight (read: when the violence towards the child isn't being [[BigDamnHeroes stopped in the nick of time]] and causes actual damage) largely due to [[ThinkOfTheCensors broadcast standards]]; it's a little more common in literature but still not very much so. In Japanese fiction, child brutality can be more common but is often framed in a very specific way (again, to conform to ''their'' [=S&P=]) and has actually faded somewhat in the new millenium over content concerns.

'''Important Note''': This trope is about '''adults physically hurting children''', fatally or not. '''The following are not examples''': slapping, spanking and general discipline from parents to their children (that's DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff), psychological/verbal abuse ([[AbusiveParents very common]] but [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not that trope]]), abduction (only applies if the child dies or gets effectively hurt), child on child violence (that's KidsAreCruel), exploitation for profit by the parents if they aren't hurt (that is FinancialAbuse). Violence to teenagers isn't an example either since teenagers are physically [[TruthInTelevision stronger]] than children and lack the "completely defenseless" element, especially if TeensAreMonsters. However, teenagers harming children applies.

There is also an interesting DoubleStandard when it comes to characters applying for this trope, since they are almost AlwaysMale. %%(Oddly enough, this is not representative of real life, as women are more likely to abuse children than men).%%
Rarely are women described as being ''physically'' violent to children. Even rarer are the instances when they actually ''kill'' them. Indeed, killing children is among the few things that permanently prevent a woman from a convenient HighHeelFaceTurn. Extra points if the killing is done ''directly'' and at the woman's hands (i.e. stabbing, strangling etc...). Compare PaedoHunt, another child abuse trope where female perpetrators are similarly unheard of.

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

!!Examples Subpages:

* WouldHurtAChild/AnimatedFilms
* WouldHurtAChild/AnimeAndManga
* WouldHurtAChild/ComicBooks
* [[WouldHurtAChild/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* WouldHurtAChild/{{Literature}}
* WouldHurtAChild/LiveActionTV
* WouldHurtAChild/VideoGames
* WouldHurtAChild/WesternAnimation

!!Other Examples:


* Advertising/SegataSanshiro has been known to beat up kids who don't play enough Sega Saturn.

* ''Art/TheApotheosisOfWashington'': The soldiers Freedom battles in are seen holding torches facing the direction of a small child who recoils away. While it seems like Freedom will stop them, the implication is that they are fully willing to burn a child alive if Freedom wasn't there to restrain them.

* Mike [=MacDonald=], when he and his wife were trying to conceive a child, noted in his act he was going to do his best not to hit his kids, ever -- unless, you know, they were coming at him with a knife or something.
-->''I don't wanna be one of those liberal parents who gets stabbed to death by their kid while saying, "Son, I'm sensing hostility OH GOD!"''
* One of Creator/BernieMac's punchlines in his act was threatening to beat his kids "till the white meat shows".
* Creator/DenisLeary, in a larger bit about celebrity entitlement, said that he was looking ''forward'' to beating the shit out of his kids.
-->'''''That's''' therapy for you: mowin' the lawn while cryin'.''

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Barty Crouch Jr. both would and repeatedly ''did'' in ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor''. Not only hurt, but ''ruthlessly murder''.
* In "FanFic/BackToTheFuturePrequel", Hank kidnaps the six-year-old Marty, threatens to shoot him if he doesn't stop screaming for help, and eventually throws him into an icy lake.
* Despite [[ScriptFic emulating a children's show]], ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''' villains have no qualms about trying to hurt [[KidHero Calvin and Andy]]. Then again, Calvin can easily fight back and the most recurring villain is StupidEvil. Nonetheless, standing out from all of this is a rather chilling quote from [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS1E14TheNightOfTheLivingTelevision "The Night of the Living Television"]]:
--> '''Electro:''' I wouldn't do that, Calvin, [[MoralEventHorizon unless you want five million volts of electricity surging through you.]]
* Then there's ''Fanfic/CampNightmare'', [[spoiler:where the camp counselors ''[[ImAHumanitarian eat]]'' little kids!]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Equestrylvania}}'': [[BigBad Dracula]]'s minions have no problem killing any foals they come across. But Marble really takes the cake -- she poisons most of the foals taking refuge in the Ponyville hospital and says she'll [[SadisticChoice only hand over the antidote if Twilight surrenders Dracula's rib]].
* In [[FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty the Dashverse]] story ''Hot Heads, Cold Hearts and Nerves of Steel'', [[BigBad Sombra]] has his minions kidnap every foal in Ponyville and several other towns [[spoiler: so he can drain their life forces to make himself stronger]].
** His bushwoolie {{Mooks}} have no problem with harming foals, and the two that Pip, Alula and Dinky encounter try to ''eat'' them.
* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': [[spoiler: [[BigBad Herald]] ''[[YourSoulIsMine rips out the CMC's souls]]'' (leaving them {{Empty Shell}}s) and sticks them in a jar to use as leverage against the Princesses and Mane Six. And when he feels he doesn't need them anymore, he ''throws them off a waterfall'' (Rarity and Rainbow Dash save them).]]
** The knowledge Twilight gets about [[EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep]] [[spoiler: [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow when she sees his face]]]] includes the fact that he likes to have societies sacrifice their children to appease him, [[ForTheEvulz for the fun of it]].
* ''Fanfic/HitmanMiami'': In mission (chapter) seven, 47 (the protagonist) needs to get money for his supermarket shopping. The only way is, apparently, garrotting children in the toy section and stealing their change.
* ''Anime/ArmitageIII'' fanfic ''Fanfic/GodsAndMonsters'' features a ''female protagonist'' who is more than willing to kill children. Even the author called this out as being hard to pull off.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, the Republic Intelligence Service conducts horrific experiments in attempts to cure TheVirus, and they don't hesitate to use "younglings" (''[[HoldYourHippogriffs Star Wars]]'' [[HoldYourHippogriffs speak for children]]) in their testing.
* ''Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony'' is another example of a female character putting this trope into effect - namely, Twilight Sparkle. She tortures and murders both [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]] and [[spoiler: Spike]]. The worst part? The only reason they're harmed at that point is because Twilight fears that they'd [[HeKnowsTooMuch find out about her plan]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist to preserve harmony in Equestria by killing her friends to extract their Elements]].
* ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}'' also has a female protagonist accomplishing this. Pinkie Pie murders [[spoiler: Diamond Tiara and Twist]] before doing the same to [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash]].
* ''Sweet Apple Massacre'' has Big [=Macintosh=] seeking peace and quiet. He succeeds in doing this by [[spoiler: raping and murdering the Cutie Mark Crusaders.]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', Jerry believes that children should have their hands cut off if they steal or lie, even if their families are starving. In ''The Titans Strike Back'', [[Franchise/HarryPotter Draco Malfoy]] [[MoralEventHorizon leads a mob against the British royal family]], [[LeaveNoSurvivors with the intent of killing everyone]], "men [[WouldHitAGirl women]] children and all".
* ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution'':
** In this fic's version of Shanxi, human soldiers [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever continuing to fight after General Williams's surrender]] led to General Arterius executing them, which led to [[YouKilledMyFather their children picking up guns,]] which led to the Turians fighting back...
** The AIA's Blacklight commandos aren't above slaying children in order to LeaveNoWitnesses.
* [[TheDragon Scorpan]] from ''[[FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind The Warmistress of Equestria]]'' tears through a family of griffons (including three children) in order [[BloodMagic to get enough blood to contact his master]]. Worse, he says the victims should be thanking him for killing them, as it advances the final victory of Chaos.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' ''Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', it is shown there are many, ''many'' villains who would definitely hurt a child.
** In the first fic [[spoiler: Dark Danny]] causes an avalanche that nearly crushes a school bus full of children to distract Danny.
** In ''Stolen Years'' The Guys in White are all too eager to experiment on [[spoiler: a de-aged Danny and Sam, and on Danielle.]]
** In ''Ancient History'' [[spoiler: Ghost Tucker]] gleefully blasts [[spoiler: Danielle]] out of the sky.
* Most of the villains in the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' have ''no'' problem whatsoever with harming or even killing foals, with the only real exception being [[spoiler: [[DarkMessiah Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]]]].
* ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'': An [[spoiler:Undine psi master]] shows Eleya images of Federation, Gorn, and Klingon warships, which Eleya knows to be Iconian fakes, bombarding [[spoiler:Undine]] spawning pools and killing their hatchlings.
* ''The Matrix''/''Supernatural'' ''Fanfic/HuntingSeries'' in part 3 - ''Hunting and Saving'' has vampires that in the past killed/drunk from kids and would have killed one of the future progtagonists if John hadn't been hunting that night.
* In [[Fanfic/TheDearSweetieBelleContinuity "Dear Scootaloo"]], Feather Duster had no qualms about firebombing an orphanage and tossing foal Scootaloo off a cloud.
* Played horrifyingly straight with Tsali in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' as a deliberate terror tactic. It's stated more than once that he slaughtered every single Seedrian he found down to the babies. In Episode 70, Trinity finds a recorded memory that Tsali saved for his own entertainment - which shows Tsali [[NightmareFuel setting Seedrian children on fire and using their screaming husks as human shields]]. And Beelzebub [[{{Squick}} ''really'' has a thing for kids]]...
** According to the background material, the Muslims also regularly rape and murder children for breaking ''Shariah'' law in their territories - including [[TearJerker the developmentally and physically disabled]].
* In ''[[FanFic/IAgainstIMeAgainstYou I Against I, Me Against You]]'', one poor filly ends up comatose after trying to welcome [[AxeCrazy the Meta]] to her town.
** Granted, although it happens offscreen, it's implied that the filly merely got too close to the Meta's ''true'' target, and that it didn't exactly go out of its way to hurt her.
* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'': Calamity has no problems shooting children who prove themselves as bad as the raiders. Unsurprisingly, this shocks [[WouldNotHurtAChild Littlepip]] and [[NeutralGood Velvet Remedy]] the first time it happens to the point of starting a group argument over the situation.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4496567/1/Midnight-Savior Midnight Savor]]'', Kim was taken to Lorwardia, where she's been tortured and executed by beheading. As she's being led to the guillotine while dragged by chains, the crowd frantically scream for her death. All Lorwardians from every corners of the empire have [[ComeToGawk come to see a beaten-up human girl in tattered remains of her graduation gown]] [[OffWithHerHead losing her head]]. In her despair, Kim realize she's only 18 years old and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay her head will end up mounted on Warmonga's wall]]. [[spoiler:Fortunately, it's AllJustADream, but it still [[BreakTheCutie haunts her]].]]
* The ''{{Fanfic/Uplifted}}'' series features this in droves. ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9283692/1/Uplifted-Last-Days Uplifted: Last Days]]'' features a disillusioned Waffen-SS Officer Joachim Hoch verbally abusing and manhandling a Jewish child he rescued from Buchenwald on a whim (considering the boy defied an order meant to keep him safe, it's somewhat understandable reaction) and accumulates with [[spoiler:the horrifying murder of half a dozen children and their mother which Hoch considered family. Their home set on fire, all of their little bodies broken and hung on a single tree with signs on their necks proclaiming Hoch's betrayal of the National Socialists.]] The most agonizing part? [[spoiler:they were dead before they even had a chance to save them. They had been murdered hours before his betrayal, before their father Gerald Langer made a deal to kill Hoch in exchange for their lives.]] Judging from the reviews, the author swiftly became [[CreatorBacklash a target of anger]].
** Later in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9678557/1/Uplifted-Arrival Uplifted:Arrival]]'' [[spoiler:Hoch loses one of his last childhood friends to a Hitler youth kid who feigned surrendered. Hoch makes an example out of him by taking him to a public square and proceeded to carve a Swastika into the boys arm.]] and despite being a victim of seriously physically and emotionally AbusiveParents, he makes it quite clear he is a proponent of corporal punishment for misbehaving children and is not afraid to exchange his disciplines to quarian children, much to the horror of the more progressive minded quarians he's connected to.
* ''Fanfic/MortalKombatDesperation'': [[BigBad Raiden]] crosses the line when [[spoiler:he mass-electrocutes the Lin Kuei, especially Sub-Zero and Frost, to a near-comatose state while killing off half of the clan - the worst part is that many of the dead or injured Lin Kuei were in ''their early teens''.]]
** And when [[spoiler:he orders the destruction of Li Mei's village, Elder Gods know how many innocent men, women and children were slaughtered in their sleep.]]
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', one of Hody's thugs tries to make a couple kids eat a Transponder Snail for [[spoiler:listening to the SBS]], or else he'll kill them. Fortunately, Jinbe steps in and says anyone who tries similar will answer to him.
* ''FanFic/ShatteredInnocence'': In this darker retelling of [[Recap/TheLoudHouseS2E8NoSuchLuckFrogWild "No Such Luck"]], Lincoln is abducted and murdered by the Royal Woods Stalker -- a notorious SerialKiller who had accumulated a large number of child victims prior to Lincoln.
* [[VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} Reaper]], in the Overwatch fanfic ''[[FanFic/BreakMyHeartBreakYourHeart Break My Heart, Break Your Heart]]'', in keeping with his [[NightmareFuel far scarier]] [[BloodierAndGorier and way more violent]] portrayal. [[spoiler:After murdering a former Talon agent and his wife in front of their two children, he takes the kids and indoctrinates them into Talon so that they essentially serve as his slaves.]]
* In ''Fanfic/MasterPotterOfKamarTaj'', after Stephen admits that he has been teaching Harry sorcery, Mordo vows to find and [[HonorBeforeReason kill him for the dishonor Stephen has brought to the craft]].
* ''Fanfic/MiraculousKnight'' sees the Joker try to spray Ladybug with acide, [[spoiler:Chole die after ignoring Batman telling her not to use her phone when the Riddler rigs it with a bomb, and the Joker rip the Ladybug Miraculous off Marinette's ears.]] Furthermore, [[ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily the Joker killing Jason Todd]] is mentioned throughout and [[spoiler:part of Adrien [[CallingTheOldManOut calling out his father on being Hawk Moth was]] [[Recap/MiraculousLadybugS01E18ThePuppeteer bringing up Gabriel akumaitizing Manon]]]].
* ''Fanfic/TheEndOfEnds''' own Count Logan wasn't a very good person to begin with, but in ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsFailure #10'' he takes this trope to its most logical extreme by [[spoiler:[[OffWithHerHead brutally ripping the head off of]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Flurry Heart]]]]. The reasons this scene was included are... [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement best not brought up here]].
* In the AU fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12763003/1/Dead-Man-Switch Dead Man Switch]]'', [[spoiler: after they taken Kim to be tortured, stripped and beheaded, the Lorwardians begin an annual tribute which 15 teenage girls are taken to be executed the same way. WordOfGod says the girls' severed heads were given to Lorwardia's elites as [[HumanHeadOnTheWall trophies]], and [[IAmAHumanitarian develop a taste for human flesh]]. And this has been going on for 20 years before the start of the fic.]]
* ''Fanfic/LadybugInAHalfShell'': When Hun and the Purple Dragons encounter April with Adrien, Alya and Marinette...
--> '''Hun:''' Take them and make sure to hurt Ms. O'Neil in as many different ways you can think of.
* In ''FanFic/MyLittlePonyNakamaIsMagic'', the Franky Family beats up Spike for the Straw Hats' money.
* According to the ''[[Fanfic/CulDeSac Ed, Edd n Eddy Theory]]'', Nazz was murdered by a serial killer along with her entire family. Kevin's Dad is also the cause of him being present in purgatory having beaten him to a bloody pulp in drunken rage.

* Country music has approached the topic in several hit songs about child abuse. The video for MartinaMcBride's "Concrete Angel" comes the closest to actually showing parent-on-child abuse on-screen - a young boy watches as shadows on a wall depict a woman (an actress shaking a stunt dummy) shaking her daughter viciously. "Alyssa Lies" by Jason Michael Carroll strongly implies that a young girl had been viciously beaten by her father.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=944acfctdik Formula 86 by Razakel.]] Allso Razakel's stage persona.
* In Music/MonsterMagnet's "See You In Hell", the protagonist reveals himself to be driven towards killing himself and his significant other, by the voice of the infant they killed and dumped in a landfill.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUmJDVRDRTQ&feature=feedu WHIP YO KIDS featuring Nice Peter by Yourfavoritemartian.]] I'll punch a baby in the face just for cryin' on a plane.
* GWAR does this on occasion, an example happening in the climax of The Animated Tales Of GWAR.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** King Herod did this in order to try to kill Jesus. [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod It didn't work]].
** Earlier, Pharaoh killed Hebrew sons to keep the Hebrews from becoming strong enough that in case of a war they could join the enemy and fight against Egypt. Fortunately for the Hebrews, Moses escaped slaughter.
** And God Himself kills the firstborn of Egypt as one of the Ten Plagues, as well as David and Bathsheba's firstborn. In his case, it's given the justification of OmniscientMoralityLicense.
*** Regarding the death of David and Bathsheba's firstborn, Nathan the prophet strongly implied that had David not repented, ''David'' would have died, not his firstborn son (and the product of David's adultery with Bathsheba). Apparently, somebody had to pay with their life for David's sin and since David repented, the child had to pay. If David had more or less raped Bathsheba, that may be why ''she'' didn't pay with her life and why the child did.
** Some of the laws in the Old Testament requires parents to have their children stoned to death for being disobedient.
** Solomon seems willing to do this to a baby that two women both want custody over, but it was really a test to see which woman truly cared about the baby. One woman was fine with the "cut the baby in half" thing while the other was horrified by the suggestion.
** According to ''Literature/BookOfJudges'', the Canaanites are notorious for burning their children for their idols, resulting in God telling the Israelite to [[KillEmAll purge all of the gentiles in Canaan]] so they would not be tainted by idolatry, which they were [[PunishedForSympathy punished for not doing so]].
** In Samuel I, King Saul is ordered to exterminate the Amalekites: every man, woman, child, and animal. He is removed from God's favor when he disobeys by being insufficiently thorough in the genocide.
* Many [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myths]] punish a parent by slaughtering their children. Probably the best known example is {{Theatre/Medea}} with the addition that the children in question were ''her own'' and their deaths were to get back at the philandering Jason.
* Myth/NorseMythology:
** Gudrun kills her own children who she births, then feeds them to to Attila the Hun.
** Signe, sister of Sigemund (and therefore the aunt of Sigurd the Dragonslayer), is an even more cruel example. She casually offs the sons she bore with her husband, deeming them unfit. When she gives birth to her ''brother`s son'', she willingly drives a needle through his arm, and he doesn´t blink. ''THAT'' is the son she deems to be fitting.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/BryanDanielson threatened to backhand a girl flipping him off while he was cutting a promo in Wrestling/RingOfHonor. She started flipping him off again while he continued his promo, leading to him getting out of the ring to confront her, with the crowd chanting for her to "fuck him up".
* Melissa Coates slapped a boy booing prior to her challenging Wrestling/MercedesMartinez for the Wrestling/{{WSU}} Title. Hailey Hatred went so far as to push over two adults then lift a little girl out her seat and throw her while in search of something to hit Martinez with.
* While many of the wrestlers of Wonder Ring STARDOM would not have been considered legal adults at the time, nine year old HARUKA being put against men near their physical prime like Kenny Omega took the cake. Ice Ribbon did similar with Riho, who was ''eight''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}: {{MegaCorp}}s that want stable, loyal [[BrainInAJar cyborgs]] have learned that children make the best candidates. HMHVV-infected are cannibalistic so it's assumed that they'll eventually eat children. Mr. Johnson may want your group to kidnap, hurt, or kill a target child for reasons he's unwilling to divulge.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The Dread Emperor, a villain introduced in the {{Splat}} book ''The Book of Vile Darkness'', not only gladly hurts children, he uses this behavior to benefit him in the most selfish way. An imposing, two meter tall man in golden armor, the Dread Emperor keeps children chained to his armor at all times with any damage done to the Emperor himself transferred to the children via the armor's magic. An unrepentant SerialKiller, the Emperor uses these children as a bait for any heroes foolish enough to take him on and does not limit his hostilities to children; he will often destroy entire city blocks when he's a mind to. When a hero challenges him, the Dread Emperor feels no compunction slaying hundreds simply to kill a target or mentally enslaving any civilians nearby and using them to attack his opponent for him.
** Pale Night is a powerful demon lord who takes this UpToEleven. Many eons ago, she tricked Morwell, the queen of the eladrin, into a vile pact that resulted in an entire generation of eladrin children being trapped in the Abyssal layer of Androlynne; since then, Pale Night and her forces have been hunting them down one by one at her leisure. To this day, armies of eladrin try to protect the children (who remain forever young due to the pact) and find a means for them to escape. Morwell's current consort Faerinaal leads the armies presently, and even though his predecessor (and the one before that one) perished doing so, less than a third of the children survive to the present day.
** The 4th Edition introduces hideous monsters called banderhobs who kidnap mortals, some of them actually taking children from their bed at night. (The illustration for the creature in the ''Monster Manual 3'' shows one about to do just that.) Where they take their victims and what they ''do'' with them is a mystery.

* Theatre/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer: Injun Joe is determined to kill Tom after he testifies against him.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni is perfectly willing to kill Ash with [=MechaMew2=]'s Hyper Beam, and he engages him in a fistfight shortly before that.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Universal Orlando's Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights implied this with their 2010 haunted maze, The Orfanage: it's heavily implied that the entire house takes place after the orphanage has burned down and you're being assaulted by the ghosts of the children, with various imagery and audio hinting at various tortures that the children were put through by their caretakers until Cindy demonstrated her [[PlayingWithFire abilities]] and [[KillItWithFire burned down the orphanage with all the kids trapped inside]].
* Knott's Scary Farm features the Tooth Fairy, the main antagonist of the haunted attraction of the same name, who is obsessed with teeth and will break into the homes of children who have just lost teeth to violently kidnap them and take them to a realm of her own. There, she and her minions will brutally and painfully [[TortureTechnician imprison and torture them]], ripping out their intestines, bones, organs, and [[TheToothHurts teeth]] until they are dead. She commands her minions to [[ColdBloodedTorture make things as horrific as possible]], using massive drills, saws, hooks, and knives to mutilate and torment the innocent children.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[spoiler:[[SinisterMinister Kirei Kotomine]]]] of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' rounded up all the surviving orphans of the Fuyuki Fire and [[spoiler:cut off their limbs before sealing them in coffins that drained their prana. They were alive and aware for the entire ''ten years'' between the two wars]].
** Zouken Matou has no issues with Shinji treating Sakura harshly or [[spoiler:raping her. In fact, he has gone to significant lengths to break her psychologically]].
* In ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'', Yousuke Suzumi dismembers [[spoiler:his young daughter and rapes the young-looking Saya after getting the same type of Agnosia the protagonist suffers from.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/AtomGrrrl'', this is revealed to be the case for Anna, upon a mother begging to leave [[spoiler:during Dave's attempted robbery]]:
-->'''Anna:''' Did I fuckin' say you could talk? Just keep your head down, you old cunt.\\
'''Lady:''' Eeeek!\\
'''Anna:''' And keep your brats quiet or I'll bring 'em down to Mexico and sell 'em! We're doin' business right now, so shut the hell up!

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* This is attempted in the ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries'', specifically in ''Shadow of Israphel'', when the titular antagonist [[spoiler:hunts down the Antioch bloodline and murders Peculier's mother, later trying to target him and his sister Isabel as infants. This forces their father to make a HeroicSacrifice and stop him]].
* Carl from ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'' once created a machine for the specific purpose of crushing orphans to death. In the second episode, Paul also mentions him head butting children off the side of a sinking ship.
* The ''WebAnimation/LoboWebseries'' episode "Lobo for President" had the Main Man shoot an alien baby for peeing acid in his face.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Dave has no problem with hurting Bear, Snake, Duck, and Balloon, who are the 4 "kids" of the main cast.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The ancient black dragon intended to kill Varsuuvius' children, and managed to hurt them before V showed up to stop her. She notes that people don't think anything of killing dragon young, such as when V killed her (young adult) son.
** Also applies in the prequel ''Start of Darkness'' when the paladins attack Redcloak's village, emphasizing their brutality. On seeing a teenaged goblin attempting to defend his even younger brother and sister, a paladin on horseback is gleeful at the opportunity to take out three in a row and use her great cleave feat. Redcloak's six-year-old sister is killed while trying to hide, and another mounted paladin chases down his little brother, blinds him in one eye, and attempts to kill him before Redcloak comes to his rescue.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sidekicks}}'': In his introduction, Pluton was seen choking and killing a little girl, all with an [[SlasherSmile creepily satisfied grin]] on his face. It's disconcerting to say the least.
* Mavra Chan in ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'' was shown onscreen beating the life out of the title character (when he couldn't even fight back) and in a flashback having him set upon by bloodsucking animal as part of this TrainingFromHell. Then there's Admiral Blake, who sends assassins after the 15-year old boy...
* In ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'', after the StalkerWithACrush killed the mother, he [[NeverMyFault blames the child]] and [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/164.htm goes to hurt.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue3/ib053.html Roan was only a child when]] [[MadeASlave captured]] for the GladiatorGames.
* In [[Webcomic/AxeCop Axe Cop Babysits Uni-Baby]], Dinosaur Soldier summons two cyborgs to "punch (Uni-Baby) any time she would cry or make a ruckus." This trope is subverted in that Axe Cop and his partner are not evil, and are in fact the heroes of the story. The story was originally written by a 7-year-old who makes no distinction between children and adults, and considers the act of punching someone in the face to be fairly equal-opportunity. Instead of a cyborg punching a defenseless infant, it's supposed to be a cartoon cyborg punching a cartoon baby.
* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' is full of characters willing to murder, torture or eat children, it's how so much of the cast became undead children in the first place though special mention goes to Charby's sire who prefers to eat children over other humans and likes to MindRape his victims before drinking their blood and leaving them to die slowly.
* [[KnightTemplar Kore]] in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' murders a child in the first scene he appears in. The child in question is an orphan who's been RaisedByOrcs, and to Kore's twisted perception of good and evil, anyone who potentially has sympathy for the '[[FantasticRacism monstrous races]]' is guilty of evil through their passiveness.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', Angelika accidentally lights a school on fire while fireballing an Angelo's Kid. The kids flee the school and the Angelo Kid watches, thinking [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0299.html "Mmm, unarmored targets. That's pretty tempting."]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' the Red Berry Boys, particularly their leader Starfish. They use human bodies as smuggling vessels, and are paid by the body. Starfish realizes they can stretch their product further by using smaller bodies.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00125.html the Shaman and his minions would hurt a child.]] Give her BadDreams from it. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00067.html They really shouldn't have made her cry.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter03/dm03-07.htm it's one thing to seek revenge on Mango, and another to threaten Cherry]].
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'':
** Bojack, in Chapter 6.
** The Kaioshin of U1 also had no problem ''executing'' Freeza, Coola, and Broly when they were all children. Arguably, it was so that they couldn't threaten the universe, but still... (Besides, the Western Kaioshin killing Broly shows she is [[TearJerker not okay AT ALL]] when [[IDidWhatIHadToDo doing it]])
* [[{{Jerkass}} Morris]] of Webcomic/DomainTnemrot sucker punched a child in the stomach because she was annoying him. LaserGuidedKarma takes instant affect when the girl's ParentalSubstitute grabs the back of his head and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome smashes him face first into a table.]]
* In ''Webcomic/LuminaryChildren'', Korocassia and Citore both even kill one.
* A fully grown man fights his way through the pack and scores a goal... in a youth league soccer game in [[http://www.bitercomics.com/comic/soccer/ this]] ''Webcomic/BiterComics'' strip.
* [[FourEyesZeroSoul Hector]] from ''Webcomic/TheStoryOfAnima'' [[http://tapastic.com/episode/76313 has no qualms dropping a little rabbit girl to her doom]].
* Lothar Hex from ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow''; apparently, he once hid in an orphanage while on the lam, then [[EyeScream gouged out the orphans' eyes so they couldn't identify him]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice and shot the youngest of them to make the rest go quiet]].
* The Other from ''WebComic/GirlGenius'' blasted her way onto the scene years before the start of the comic and killed Agatha's infant brother in the process. She and her followers also have no problem wasping children, which makes them her unknowing sleeper agent like slaves with only the illusion of free will or can turn them into mindless shambling zombie-like reverents.

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* ''LetsPlay/AlChestBreach'':
** Played for laughs. Word to the wise: don't try talking over Al.
** Ronald Dillinger, the child whom Doctor Dan (played by Al) hunted down and killed Ronald because he escaped life as a slave.
* In one of his ''WebVideo/CounterMonkey'' episodes, Spoony warns that if you ever DM a game, never put the players in a situation where they come across some orcs looking after orc babies. Because inevitably, someone won't want to kill the babies, but someone else ''will''.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** The Mafiosi in "Mimeographic" who were perfectly willing to kill a twelve-year-old boy unless the kid attempted to commit murder for them.
** Also, Jared Reilley's father, who -- once he decided for no rational reason that Jared might not be his son - tried to beat Jared to death with his bare hands. [[spoiler:He only failed because Jared manifested as a mutant under the stress.]]
* The EvilOverlordList recommends this as a way to stop would-be heroes:
-->''If I learn that a callow youth has begun a quest to destroy me, I will slay him while he is still a callow youth instead of waiting for him to mature.''
* Maximus Slade from ''Literature/{{TOT}}'' has no problem psychologically tormenting, or even flat-out killing preteens and children for his own entertainment.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** Coil has zero qualms about employing child soldiers, setting said child soldiers to kill teenagers, or in one case [[MoralEventHorizon abducting a nine-year-old girl and addicting her to various drugs]] just so that he could use her powers for his own benefit.
** At one point, we are shown the aftermath of the Slaughterhouse Nine attacking a hospital, including the nursery.
* Toki is an odd example in that she usually didn't harm children, not while meaning to or otherwise in a psychotic fit, unless said child was [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Time-Heals-No-Wounds-II-300836102 Jaynine]], in which case it was brutal.
* One [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/experiment-log-t-98816-oc108-682 guest researcher]] of the Wiki/SCPFoundation actually introduced two children to [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-682 SCP-682.]] one of whom was drugged, neither of whom survived, and he might have done it again had not Dr. Clef [[EvenEvilHasStandards intervened by introducing the guest researcher to it.]] (To give an example of how horrible this act was that Dr. Clef killed him for, Dr. Clef's identity is not known; the most common theory is that he's ''{{Satan}}''.)
** In one [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/incident-239-b-clef-kondraki Tale]], Dr. Clef caused a massive containment breach and killed several personnel in an attempt to kill [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-239 SCP-239]], an 8-year-old girl capable of manipulating reality. {{Justified}} as he made the attempt to terminate SCP-239 [[spoiler:because she was afraid of him]] and her RealityWarper powers made that into reality. [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/supplemental-report-239-b-192 After]] she's put into a medically-induced coma and Clef is detained, he asks the interviewer if he's ever seen the show [[XanatosGambit Gargoyles]].
-->'''Dr.Clef:''' It's not a child, Konny, it's a monster, the worst kind of monster, one that hides in plain sight, makes you love it before it butchers you alive.
** On [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-352 SCP-352]]: "While SCP-352 prefers any type of human flesh over any other type of meat, it appears to have a special propensity for children between 0 and 2 years of age. After observation of highly elevated levels of cooperation and a reduced tendency to attack staff while consuming flesh of this type, a possible alteration in the current diet is being considered."
* [[VagueAge Assuming that the puppets are children]], nearly all of the villains of the ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' series.
** Sketchbook drives them insane in the first video, though it's unclear how intentional this was.
** Tony yells at them until Yellow Guy's ears bleed, then [[spoiler:rots them alive to prove a point.]]
** The Monster in the HELP videos kidnaps them, rips off and packages their limbs and would've killed them outright had he not gotten as much money as he wanted.
** One of the Love Cultists rips off the top of Yellow Guy's head in the third. It's also implied that [[spoiler:Shrignold raped Yellow Guy.]]
** Collin in the fourth video [[spoiler:traps them in an alternate universe where all they can do is open doors over and over again for eternity.]] When Red Thing manages to escape, [[spoiler: his head explodes]], but it's unclear if Collin was responsible.
** The Food Band in the fifth video apparently [[spoiler:tricks Yellow Guy into eating Duck Guy alive]].
** The Lamp in the sixth drowns Yellow Guy in oil. Also, [[spoiler:Roy]] is revealed to have been [[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan controlling all the previous teachers]]]], making him an example as well.
* ''WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' loves killing and raping children.
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' does have the occasional asshole who might attack a child when they flip out:
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/fixing-for-a-fixing/40978 This angry homophobic thug]] takes a swipe at a ''five year old'' for kicking him in the shins in response to his harassment of an employee. This response [[LaserGuidedKarma gets him tackled and held down by several people, and then arrested for assaulting a minor]] when he tries to sic the police on ''her''.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/the-karate-kid-christmas-special/26311 This guy]] raises his fist to a nine year old boy over a Christmas toy they're fighting for, but before he can do anything, the kid shows that he knows karate by laying the guy out and leaving him to run off humiliated.
* In season 9 of the ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'', recurring villainess Professor Zombie becomes consumed with RevengeBeforeReason and goes from standard crime to concocting plots to cause as much carnage as possible. In one episode, she creates Frost, a drug based on her zombification formula and consistently described as being made for kids. In the following episode, she plans to use her zombie gas on a crowd watching a parade. She's ecstatic to learn that the Red Panda's efforts to combat her have inoculated a fifth of the city's population against her formula because most of those vaccinations were children who would not be turned into zombies while their parents ''would''.
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