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->'''Tyrion''': Tell me, Bronn. If I told you to kill a babe... an infant girl, say, still at her mother's breast... would you do it? Without question?\\
'''Bronn''': Without question? No. I'd ask how much.\\
--''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Song of Ice and Fire]]''

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 rule of InfantImmortality. Indeed, the act of harming a child usually comes off as the [[MoralEventHorizon ultimate act of villainy]] and it takes a very specially evil character to do this.

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

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). In Japanese fiction, child brutality is more common.

'''Important Note''': This trope is about '''adults physically hurting children''', fatally or not. '''The following are not examples''': slapping, butt-warming and general discipline from parents to their children (that's DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff), psychological/verbal abuse ([[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood very common]] but [[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 (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. See also ChildHater, who hates kids but isn't necessarily physically abusive. Contrast InfantImmortality and WouldntHurtAChild. Compare KidsAreCruel, ChildrenAreInnocent. Related to EatsBabies and ChildEater.

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!!Examples:
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* WouldHurtAChild/AnimeAndManga
* [[WouldHurtAChild/LiveActionFilms Film - Live Action]]
* WouldHurtAChild/{{Literature}}
* WouldHurtAChild/LiveActionTV
* WouldHurtAChild/VideoGames
* WouldHurtAChild/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* UltimateMarvel RedSkull holding a gun to a baby's head. Horrifically, he [[MoralEventHorizon killed the baby anyway]], even [[ILied after his demands are met]]!
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has been known to do this, [[ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily just ask Jason Todd]]...
** On one occasion, he and Catwoman took a whole rich family hostage, including a tiny IllGirl who was in a coma. Joker was completely ready to kill the little girl in front of her father and older brother, but [[EvenEvilHasStandards a VERY pissed-off Catwoman stopped him]] and screamed that [[NotWhatISignedOnFor that wasn't what they came for]].
** Perhaps Joker's most notorious moment of this came during the "No Man's Land" mega-arc, where he plotted to kill all the newborns in Gotham City on New Year's Day, just so that he could destroy the already fragile spirit of Gotham's citizens.
** So has ComicBook/TwoFace. Ask ''all'' the Robins.
** There was also what he did in TheNail: torturing and killing [[spoiler: Dick and Barbaral]] '''in live television'''. [[spoiler: No wonder this is one of the VERY counted times [[ActionDad Batman]] [[PapaWolf breaks]] his not-killing vow.]]
** ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'': Joker has a track record for this. He certainly has no problem fighting [[spoiler: Damian]], the 10-year-old kid who beat him up with a crowbar.
** Harley herself is not absent from this. In the New 52, she massacred hundreds of children by using bombs disguised as handheld gaming consoles.
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s arch-enemy Black Manta won notoriety by killing the hero's infant son.
* The Scarlet Witch from ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' stood in awe as Pandemonium deformed and grafted her children on his own arms.
* The child abductor in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}.''
* ComicBook/FantasticFour villain the Wizard had absolutely no qualms about performing an experiment on Franklin Richards that had a high probabilty of causing Franklin's death. Fortunately for Franklin, the Wizard's current partner the Mad Thinker [[EvenEvilHasStandards would not hear of it]], dissolved their partnership and contacted the Thing, who helped him defeat the Wizard.
* Winnowill in ''ElfQuest'' imprisons, humiliates and tortures the Wolfriders, but it's only when she threatens Cutter and Leetah's children that she really crosses the line. Then there's her 'relationship' with her son Two-Edge.
* One of the first things the Plutonian does in ''{{Irredeemable}}'' is vaporize a child.
* RareFemaleExample: [[MeaningfulName Frau Totenkinder]] of ''{{Fables}}'' [[spoiler:kills her own son and countless other infants for power - even in the mundy world, she funds abortion clinics.]]
** Baba Yaga is stated to have the same habits of the folk tales, [[spoiler: including ''eating'' babies.]]
* The plot of ''[[SinCity That Yellow Bastard]]'' revolves around a CowboyCop going after a villain that preys on children.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan villain Carnage has no qualms about who he kills, children included. During his rampages, child corpses are often among the dead, and in his youth he torched an orphanage.
* Sabretooth from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' is known to attack, murder, and sometimes even eat children. In one issue, {{Deadpool}} is in a cabin with him and he opens a closet to find a little girl tied up. When he asks about this, Sabretooth replies that he's saving her for later.
* [[BigBad Dodge]] from ''ComicBook/LockeAndKey'' has no problem [[spoiler:pushing a child under a school bus because he's figured out too much.]]
* In ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'', this starts showing up once the CerebusSyndrome kicks in, with the most notorious example being Pope Cerebus blessing an infant after his mother begs Cerebus to do so and then hurling it away to illustrate the point that "you can get what you want and still not be very happy."
* DoctorDoom showed no hesitation in trying to murder the Hulk's young son, Skaar, and at the end of Avengers: The Children's Crusade, he [[spoiler: kills the young Cassie Lang.]] On the other hand, God help anyone who tries to hurt one of ''Latveria's'' children when he's around (or the Richards kids. ''Especially'' Valeria).
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'', two bank robbers plan to kill all witnesses to their crime -- including a little girl just coming around the corner. With ''tommy guns''. [[note]][[spoiler:Frightened, she falls down -- and survives.]][[/note]]
* In {{Superman}}, [[spoiler: Catherine Jane "Cat" Grant's son Adam Morgan is first kidnapped by Toyman (alongside other children), then is stabbed to death when he attempted to escape from him.]]
* Billy Kincaid, an early ComicBook/{{Spawn}} villain, was a SerialKiller who targeted children through his BadHumorTruck.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'': [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis has made it ''quite'' [[ImpliedDeathThreat clear]] that she doesn't intend on letting the Cutie Mark Crusaders leave. Not to mention a luvcat kitten was seen before Chrysalis and her soldiers took over the village.]]
* Marcus Brutus in ''Asterix and Son'' fits this trope. He burned down Asterix's village, and nearly kills the baby boy Asterix is trying to protect [[spoiler: because the boy is really Ptolemy XV Caesarion, the son of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, and that killing would solidify Brutus' power in Rome]]. A rare departure from the comedy of the usual comics.
* A ''very'' rare heroic example: ComicBook/{{X-23}} confirmed to Valeria Richards that she killed children during her time as a TykeBomb assassin-for-hire. This changed, however, after her escape from the Facility. She ''did'' later kill symbiote-infused clones of herself in Blackheart's service, who could technically be considered children.
** And the Facility members who tortured her in the first place certainly qualify. Zander Rice and Kimura both subjected Laura to ''horrific'' physical abuse from the time she was seven years old. Rice also sent her to kill his illegitimate toddler son Henry (she ultimately refused to carry it out), while Kimura tried to kill Laura's cousin, Megan, by ''slowly pushing her finger through her heart'' just to punish Laura over her escape.
* The ComicBook/{{Runaways}} frequently manage to run into villains who are willing to hurt kids. This often leads to humiliating defeats at the hands of Molly and Klara.
* The celebrity team ComicBook/XForce (later called ComicBook/XStatix) overthrew their former coach in part because he planned to hand over a little boy with healing powers to pharmaceutical companies to be dissected.
* NormanOsborn visited Baxter Building to speak with Reed in one of the DarkReign stories (Dark Reign: Fantastic Four Vol 1 4). Unfortunately FantasticFour team was away at the time and the only people left in the building were Richards' children, Franklin and Valeria. Visit is tense, but more or less civilized, until Frankiln showed up with Spider-Man's mask. It does not take long for Norman, known psychopath, to start shooting at kids.
* In the XMen graphic novel ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills'', the evil of [[SinisterMinister Stryker]] and his Purifiers is established on the very first page as the Purifiers kill two young mutant children, the older of whom might be 10, the younger of whom is ''six or less''. At the end of the book, Stryker himself aims a gun at the adolescent Kitty Pryde.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': No crime is too low for Judge Death--he is after all an OmnicidalManiac par excellence. At one point he purposefully sought out orphanage shelters to kill all the children he could find specifically to piss of Judge Anderson, to whom hurting children is a major BerserkButton.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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/MyLittleCastlevania'': [[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.
* ''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.
* ''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]].
* 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.
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* Reconstructed in ''TheIncredibles''. Helen has to explain to Dash and Violet that yes, real villains would hurt a child. And they do. Then again, the kids can fight back... [[spoiler: The fact that this is the case is also a [[EvenEvilHasStandards contributing factor]] to Mirage's HeelFaceTurn.]]
** The other PG Pixar Film, ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', has the villain send dogs to attack the kid there, and before he died, almost shot the kid as well. Pixar seems to tell people that villains can, and WILL, harm and kill children if they have the option.
** Speaking of Pixar, a plan involving Randall and [[spoiler:Waternoose]] in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' may not have specifically aimed at killing children, but the results of the Scream Extractor seem anything but harmless.
* ''TheGreatMouseDetective'': The FauxAffablyEvil Ratigan is revealed - in [[VillainSong song,]] no less - to have drowned widows and orphans. Near the end, during the Big Ben battle, he's shown kicking Olivia off a large gear, directly into the path of being crushed by two other gears. Luckily Basil is able to rescue her, just barely in time.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Judge Claude Frollo, in the first few minutes of the film, would have dropped baby Quasimodo down a well if not for the intervention of the Archdeacon, who demanded that Frollo raise the infant to atone for killing Quasimodo's mother.
* [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant The Coachman]] in ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'' .
* Captain Hook of ''{{Disney/PeterPan}}'' puts a bomb in a house full of children and makes a teenage girl walk the plank.. and just watch him go all AxCrazy in the climax against Peter.
* Madam Mim in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' tells 12-year old Wart she's afraid she's going to have to kill him.. by turning herself into a cat while he's transformed into a little bird. It's downplayed because Merlin intervenes in time, but still.
* Shere Khan in ''{{Disney/TheJungleBook}}'' is insanely devoted to slaughtering a certain human boy.
* Percival [=McLeach=] from ''TheRescuersDownUnder'' was going to lower Cody into a river full of crocodiles.
* Shan-Yu from ''{{Mulan}}'' is the most terrifying animated example of this trope. He picks up a little girl's doll that his scout bird brought him, talks about having to return it to her.. and the next time we see the doll, [[EmpathyDollShot it's lying in the barren wasteland of a town that was burned to the ground.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'': [[spoiler: Agatha, a young girl who can talk to dead people like Norman can, is executed when the town's elites come to the conclusion that she is a witch.]]
** [[spoiler: And the modern day townspeople who were enthusiastically planning to BURN NORMAN TO DEATH.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' shows us that the villains ''will'' attack children, though they fail for the most part.
* The Grand Duke of Owls in RockADoodle, near the film's climax, ''asphyxiates'' child protagonist Edmund when the boy-turned-kitten refuses to give up, in a supremely dark example of MoodWhiplash. A combination of DisneyDeath and AllJustADream makes it better, but it's still shocking.
* King Candy in ''WreckItRalph'' [[spoiler:tried to delete Vanellope from the game's code, and when that failed turned her into a glitch. Then when she races him, he slams into her, tries to knock her out using a dislodged gearshift and finally pushes her in front of his car intending to smash her into a stalactite. This trope may be slightly out of place due to all characters being ageless video game characters, but Vanellope was programmed as 9 years old.]]
* Disney/TheLionKing:
** The hyenas, who nearly kill Simba and Nala after they wander onto the elephant graveyards (although averted when Mufasa shows up) and Scar, who shows no qualms about putting young Simba in extreme danger to achieve his ultimate goal becoming king of the Pride Lands. First, he tricks Simba into the gorge below Pride Rock before sending with the hyenas' help a stampede of wildebeests through, forcing Simba to hang on for dear life. Mufasa is able to rescue Simba, but this results in Scar murdering the exhausted Mufasa by throwing him back into the stampede. Later, as a mourning Simba is exiled from the Pride Lands, Scar sends the hyenas after the cub; Simba's death here is averted as he makes his getaway.
* Jack Skellington from ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', apparently. A line from "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" suggests Jack will beat a trio of children if they harm the eponymous Claws, which is odd considering nothing in Jack's behaviour hints he'd do such a thing.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Many people in the ''Literature/BlackTideRising'' series comment on the fact they don't like killing the zombie children, and while we don't see it happen the characters clean up the remains of children on occasion.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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 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.
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[[folder: Mythology and Religion]]
* In ''Literature/TheBible'', King Herod did this in order to try to kill Jesus. 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 the OmniscientMoralityLicense: He's Lord over all creation.
** Some of the laws in the Old Testament requires parents to have their children stoned to death for being disobedient.
** 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 [[GreekMythology Greek myths]] punish a parent by slaughtering their children.
* Gudrun from Norse Mythology kills her own children who she birthed to Attila the Hun and puts them in his food.
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[[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.
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* 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 Bernie Mac'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'.''
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[[folder: Theatre]]
* 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.
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[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 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]].
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* [[spoiler:[[SinisterMinister Kirei Kotomine]]]] of ''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 ''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.]]
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[[folder: Lets Play]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The ancient black dragon in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' 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.
** Then V [[spoiler:[[DisproportionateRetribution kills the dragon's whole family (roughly a quarter of the black dragon race), which includes]] ''eggs'']], to ensure there won't be anyone to claim blood revenge for killing the dragon.
*** Rich brings up a good point about dragon wyrmlings having stats and therefore indicting many [=PCs=] for slaughtering dragon children despite them being clearly sentient. The mother dragon's whole beef was with V killing her son.
**** Then again, the reason most people find hurting or killing children to be offensive (at minimum) is because children are usually helpless, defenseless, harmless innocents, four things which a Young Adult Black Dragon most emphatically is '''not'''. A young adult black dragon is a significant threat to a party of humanoid adventurers; two humanoid children are not remotely a threat to an adult Black Dragon.
** 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.
* Mavra Chan in ''{{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 ''{{Strays}}'', after the StalkerWithACrush killed the mother, he [[NeverMyFault blames the child]] and [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/164.htm goes to hurt.]]
* In ''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.
* [[KnightTemplar Kore]] in ''{{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 ''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 ''{{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 ''DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter03/dm03-07.htm it's one thing to seek revenge on Mango, and another to threaten Cherry]].
* Bojack, in Chapter 6 of ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse''.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Morris]] of 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 [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome smashes him face first into a table.]]
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* In one of his 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''.
* 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.''
* Coil of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' 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.
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