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->''"You all know who I am. You know what I can do. But I'm holding a small child here. And if you make me do anything that could possibly endanger this baby... you will be very, very sorry."''
-->-- '''Franchise/{{Batman}}''', ''ComicBook/BatmanGothamAdventures'' #26

TheHero is fighting in the middle of a [[CityOfAdventure bustling metropolis]]. Suddenly, a BabyCarriage rolls into the middle of the battleground. For whatever reason, he (and it's usually a man) can't return the baby to its mother or hand it to one of TheTeam to get it out of the way while he fights. Instead, he picks the baby up and continues the fight, casually picking off {{Mooks}} while cradling the infant in the crook of one arm.

If the baby is a little older, expect the hero to tell the youngster to [[HarmfulToMinors cover his or her eyes]] while he finishes the battle.

The baby or child doesn't have to be picked up before or during the fight. It can just as easily be the hero's kid, in which case there is optimal crossover between this and ActionMom / ActionDad. The important thing here is that the baby is held by the hero ''during'' the battle. If a baby is present, but not carried, then it's BabyCarriage. If one of the InnocentBystanders just so happens to be a baby, that is also not this trope. If the hero is fighting specifically to defend a child, then it's MamaBear or PapaWolf. If the hero and baby are together for the majority of the plot[=/=]plotline, it's BadassAndChildDuo.

This trope is useful for demonstrating the hero's sensitive side, as well as showing just how macho he is. Not only is he caring for an [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]], but he's fighting one-handed, to boot. This can also be used to show that EvenEvilHasStandards, as some {{Mooks}} will refuse to fight until the baby is safely out of the way. It also adds a sense of additional danger and urgency to the scene, though InfantImmortality is in full effect here.

Compare BadlyBatteredBabysitter, EscortMission, and BadassAndChildDuo. A PregnantBadass is, by definition, always doing this.

For the love of God, DoNotTryThisAtHome.


[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* This is the main premise of ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub''.
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Gintoki and 'Appo, the DoorstopBaby, implied to be his child [[spoiler: (he's not)]] from a one-night stand. At one point, Gin-chan needs both arms to fight so he throws the baby straight up into the air and catches him once the mooks are taken out.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Kenpachi (a BloodKnight who attained the rank of Captain via a KlingonPromotion) took in his eventual lieutenant as a baby. A clearer example occurred in a filler arc where a sociopath zanpakuto acquired one as a Morality Pet for an episode.
* This is ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' in a nutshell.
* ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'' has a scene where Meow fights with a baby on her back. Then she punches out guards on her way to returning it.
* [[Anime/MichikoToHatchin Michiko and Hatchin]]. Young as she is, Hatchin is definitely the smarter of the two.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} himself does this in ''ComicBook/BatmanGothamAdventures'' [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/990722.html #26.]]
* Similar to the ''Batman Beyond'' example, there's an arc in the ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' comics where Spider-Man and Kitty Pryde are tasked with taking care of a robot baby for a human health class. The robot ends up worse for the wear.
* The whole point of the 2008 ''Comicbook/{{Cable}}'' [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/18/Cable-promo-image.jpg series]] is to protect the mutant messiah baby from Bishop, who thinks her existence will lead to a BadFuture.
* Nomad, who picks up the baby Bucky in the first story rc and carries her around through most of the series run.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In "Unpaid Internship", part of the ''Fanfic/SorrowfulAndImmaculateHearts'' series, Batman has to help the Justice League save the world while simultaneously looking after a toddler, whose provenance he resolutely refuses to discuss.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Tequila does this in perhaps one of the most iconic moments from the hospital shootout from Creator/JohnWoo's ''Film/HardBoiled''.
* ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'': A baby is locked in a minivan during Hellboy's battle with the elemental, and, after pulling out the baby, Hellboy [[FridgeLogic runs into battle with it instead of getting it to Liz or Abe.]]
* Happens in Creator/JohnWoo's Chinese-language film ''Film/RedCliff'', which is an adaptation of part of the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.
* The whole plot of ''Film/ShootEmUp'' is about TheGunslinger Smith trying to keep the baby whose mother's murder he witnessed out of the villains' hands.
* Similarly, the entire plot of the film ''[=Robin-B-Hood=]'' centers on Jackie Chan's catburglar character protecting a baby he found.
* In ''Film/UndercoverBlues'', Jeff beats up small-time street thug [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Morty]] (aka "[[InsistentTerminology Muerte]]"), using only kicks while holding his baby.
* Spoofed in ''Film/TropicThunder''. [[Creator/BenStiller Tugg Speedman]]'s big franchise seems to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZocvme6cYc rely on it heavily.]]
* In ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious The Fate of the Furious]]'', [[EnemyMine Deckard]] has to rescue [[spoiler: Dom's]] baby son from an enemy plane. He gives the kid headphones playing relaxing music, and proceeds to kill about a dozen mooks while keeping an eye on him.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Famous example from the classic Chinese novel ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', where Zhao Yun, a hero in service of warlord Liu Bei, defeats some 50 warriors in service of rival warlord Cao Cao in single-combat while carrying his lord's infant heir.
* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, Irina Mladin makes a habit of keeping both her infant son and a parakeet with her on business. The thing is, Irina happens to be the strongest wizard on Earth; "business" for her could mean anything from stopping natural disasters to confronting [[{{Satan}} The Lone Power]] itself.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In the ''Series/RobinHood'' episode Parent Hood Robin and his men find an abandoned baby just before the bad guys show up. While they're fighting them off, Robin deftly dispatches a mook, saying "Do you mind, I'm trying to get a baby to sleep!"
* One episode of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' has one of the Rangers holding a baby carriage in the middle of the fight. He ends up using it as a weapon while the baby is still inside (he ''doesn't'' know the baby is there before this.)
* Happens during a fight in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''. At one point, Herc throws the baby up into the air so he can use both hands at once, then catches the baby after he's done.
** ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' also does this. During one episode, she has to protect a baby prophesied to take the throne of a kingdom from the king's corrupt agents who want to kill him. And yes, she does the same thing as Herc during one point of the episode.
* In the first episode of ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', [[ActionMom Gwen]] coolly fires on a helicopter full of men with machine guns while holding her baby daughter in one arm. The badassery of the scene pales in comparison [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments to the way the baby has the most adorable smile during the battle.]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Closing Time" features the baby Alfie (or '''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All]]''') quite prominently, even as the characters fight off Cybermen and Cybermats. And even though the Doctor's most certainly a badass, that doesn't stop him from being delightfully awkward and sweet with the kid.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', PrinceCharming is forced to fight his way through an army of mooks all while he's holding and protecting his new born daughter, Emma. It is as badass as it sounds.
* Spike does this briefly in the GrandFinale of ''Series/{{Angel}}''.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Tepet Ejava of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' started off as the Baby half of this trope - born on a battlefield where her mother was leading the legions of House Tepet. Ejava's mother didn't want to leave her in someone else's care, so had the newborn girl strapped to her chest, her armour modified to protect both mother and child, before going out onto the battlefield and putting her sword to use. It's no wonder, then, that Tepet Ejava has risen to be one of the most talented generals the Realm's ever seen.
* The Khaastas from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3rd Edition are a race of [[LizardFolk reptilian humanoids]] from the outer planes. Females battle alongside males while carrying their babies on their backs. And they don't seem too worried about the children though [[MamaBear they vicously protect them from danger]].

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* If one of your female dwarfs in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is a part of your defense force and has children, she will often take her babies out onto the battlefield with her; sometimes even using them as '''''weapons'''''. Needless to say, [[{{Deconstruction}} this generally doesn't end well for the children.]]
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 7''[='s=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QjCKyD6x3g introduction]]
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Kangaskhan is a mother who carries her baby in her pouch as she battles. As of ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'', Kangaskhan can briefly become Mega Kangaskhan and shift this to a BadassAndChildDuo, as ''the baby'' gets a boost and joins its mama in fighting.
* In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', [[PlayerCharacter the Watcher]] can potentially end up carrying around a baby orlan, if they decide to [[spoiler:kidnap her after being asked to prevent her from being sacrificed]]. [[WhatTheHellHero Virtually everyone around you thinks this is an incredibly strange and awful idea]], and it ''does'' require a deliberate, irrational choice on the Watcher's part.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[spoiler: Hilgya Firehelm]] carries her baby in a papoose with her at all times, including when battling vampires, and refuses to make other arrangements for the baby.
-->''"Okay, [[spoiler:Kudzu]], Mommy's going to cover your sweet little eyes while she burns it all down."''

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Crook And Ladder", Marge's ''Smothering Mother'' magazine has one of these on the cover.
* A sort-of example in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "The Eggbaby". Terry is EggSitting and ends up fighting crime while still caring for his egg.
** And to top it off? He ended up getting the top grade in his class for the project, as, on top of being cared for physically, the 'baby' got the mental stimulation from being brought along that none of Terry's other classmates had thought to provide.
* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is about this.
** A Flashback episode had a LawyerFriendlyCameo by Itto and Daigoro (see ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' above), showing Itto as Jack's inspiration to learn to use the sword.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' ''Invasion'' Cheshire and Red Arrow went to Tibet to [[spoiler: rescue the real Roy Harper]], Cheshire brought their baby with them who witnesses the asskicking the two do the local {{Mook}}s.
* In one episode of the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'', an in-universe issue of the Crimson Chin has the Chin babysitting an infant, and having to bring it along on his crimefighting. "Justice makes it giggle!" Then that issue's villain gets the baby and remarks, "Evil makes it giggle!"
* A first season episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' had two clone troopers discovering a small child hiding in a village after the rest of the residents were forced out. They realize that she knows secret passages that will help them ambush the Separatists. Obi-Wan Kenobi ends up spending part of the battle with her on his hip, and when he tries to cover her eyes she pulls his hands away.

[[folder: Other ]]
* A RealLife example: Sacajawea led Lewis and Clark across North America while carrying her infant son, Jean-Baptiste, on her back.
* In Shi`a and Sunni UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husain_ibn_Ali Imam Husayn ibn Ali]] entered the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Karbala Battle of Karbala]] carrying his infant son, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_al-Asghar_ibn_Husayn Ali al-Asghar ibn Husayn,]] hoping that it would have a "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" effect. [[KickTheDog It didn't work out]]. It's up to you to decide whether it's RealLife or not.