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->''"Listen, like I told your captain, that orphanage attacked ''me!'' It was self-defense!"''
-->-- Richard, '''WebComic/LookingForGroup'''

What can be more [[KickTheDog completely and pointlessly evil]]? Burning down an orphanage, of course! Besides, burning harmless orphans have an enjoyable smell.

Seemingly a DeadUnicornTrope, mostly used for ComedicSociopathy.

This is very, ''very'' rarely positive; the only way it can be is if it's an OrphanageOfFear, particularly if the fire-setter is someone who lived and suffered there, and if the character took pains to make sure that everyone gets out alive. Then again, such an act is sometimes used as a BloodbathVillainOrigin in which case the character may not be too concerned about who gets out alive (particularly if the [[KidsAreCruel other kids were cruel to them]]), and the [[EvilOrphanageLady management]] usually makes it so some of the orphans are unable to escape the fire.

Compare WouldHurtAChild.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', Johan orchestrated a riot amongst the staff and children in [[OrphanageOfFear Kinderheim 11]] that lead to it burning to the ground. Given the events that took place inside, it was probably for the better.
* More of a burn the temple, but this is what happened to [[spoiler:Anji]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' [[BreakTheCutie that made him into a]] WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds; the temple where he has looking after orphans was burned down, and all the orphans killed, all because the mayor and his men sucking up to the Meiji government through its anti-Buddhist stance to sate their {{Greed}}. [[AssholeVictim No tears were shed for them when they died years later at the hands of a vengeful Anji.]]


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues'', [[spoiler:Mello orchestrates the detonation of his old home, Wammy's House, in an act of terrorism against Near. However, he evacuates the entire student body and staff before destroying the building, if only so he can hold them as hostages.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'' has a rare non-evil example: Sunset Shimmer destroyed the orphanage she grew up in ''accidentally'' after some bullies who thought she was magically weak [[MuggingTheMonster dared her to cast a spell]]. She responded by putting [[ExplosiveOverclocking every bit of power she could]] into a light spell. Nopony died, but a few were pretty seriously injured, and the building itself was toast.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
** On at least one occasion [[OmnicidalManiac Judge Death]] went on a killing spree in an orphan shelter, and later, a ''maternity ward'' in a bet to lure Judge Anderson into a trap and kill her, knowing that she would immediately race to the children's rescue.
** His colleague Judge Fire gained his name when he burned down an elementary school with eighteen hundred students inside ([[AllCrimesAreEqual on the basis of "noise pollution"]]) even before they all became undead monsters.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' (the movie), when Zurg draws out Buzz by threatening to hit "The Planet of Widows and Orphans" with his MindControl ray.
-->'''Buzz:''' You fiend!
-->'''Zurg:''' Heh-heh. I knew that would get him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HulkVs'', Sabertooth says that after he and Lady Deathstrike get done sadistically killing Wolverine, they're going to drop the Hulk on an orphanage for shits and giggles.
* Ratigan of ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' drowned orphans and widows, possibly [[ForTheEvulz just for fun]].

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]
* Milder variation: In ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'', the ghostly Marley brothers (Jacob and Robert, played by JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf) reminisce about the year they shut down the orphanage on Christmas, leaving the kids in the snow with their [[CrossesTheLineTwice frostbitten teddy bears]].

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Creator/BobMonkhouse said he'd been typecast in his serious drama roles (using AssholeVictim Sylvester Le Vey from ''Series/JonathanCreek'' as an example) as "the sort of man who would keep his cocoa warm by burning down an orphanage".

[[folder: Literature ]]
* From ''Magazine/{{Cracked}}'' magazine:
--> If they ever make a sequel [of ''Film/{{Volcano}}''], they should save a city from a glacier by burning down an orphanage.
* Invoked by [[TheCaligula High Lord Kalarus]] in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' while besieging the city of Ceres. In order to lure out the city's defenders who have holed up in the fortified center, he has his men attack orphanages ''and'' a street where retired ''legionares'' are living out their pensions. It works; as one character points out, no matter how stoic or cynical one may be there's only so many times one can see a child or elder killed before it becomes too much to bear.
* Played for humor in Creator/RobertSheckley's short story, "Triplication", where a man is in court for burning down an orphanage. His lawyer explains that on the planet Altira III, orphanages are used for training assassins, and his client has probably saved thousands or millions of innocent lives. The charges are dismissed. A few years later, the guy is back in court, and again, he has a good excuse for burning down an orphanage, and gets off. It isn't until the third time, after he burns down an orphanage on Earth, that the truth comes out: he simply ''likes'' burning orphanages.

[[folder: Made For TV Movie ]]
* The townsfolk in the TV movie ''Love Takes Wing''. On the one hand, they believed that the orphans were spreading cholera. On the other hand, they wanted to [[MoralEventHorizon burn down an orphanage]]. Somehow the town is portrayed as generally a nice place to live in the sequel.

[[folder: Music ]]
* If it counts, the eponymous pirates of the Music/AbneyPark song "Airship Pirates" shoot down a ship with "a crew of nuns and orphans".


[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* ''{{TabletopGame/Champions}}''. The supervillainess Bora was raised in an orphanage. On the day she left it, she used her super powers to destroy it with a blast of wind, completely uncaring about the children inside.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''1701 A.D.: The Sunken Dragon'', Diego del Torro burns down the orphanage in your city in Mission 2.
* Not [[HanlonsRazor as much evil, as dangerously incompetent]], but the management of the Shalebridge Cradle orphanage in ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'' allowed a fire to spread through it, forcing them to relocate the surviving children. Of course, they were the same people who [[OrphanageOfFear semi-converted it into an asylum]]...
* Lynx, evil panther-man villain of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', burned down an orphanage (in flashback), in case you didn't already hate him enough.
* Terumi burned down the orphanage that housed Ragna, Jin, and Saya in ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'s'' backstory.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. On the "Lungfishopolis" level, you rampage across a tiny town in a parody of AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever movies as terrified citizens scream around. Several of their lines refer to the orphanage, which you apparently keep just missing while destroying the generic-looking buildings.
** A slightly later line reveals that the building you destroyed ''really was'' the orphanage. The ''[[KickTheDog puppy]]'' orphanage. How could you?
** Later played dead serious when it's revealed that Milla used to work at an OrphanageOfLove that burned down, and worse, because of her telepathy [[NightmareFuel could feel the children inside begging her to save them as they died]].
* In ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'' the orphanage in which our main hero Tristan grew up in was burned down, pushing him onwards to seek justice.
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', you can find an orphanage that, rather than being burned, was FLOODED... with all the children still locked inside... clawing at the door to get out while the waters inexorably rose... all while the manager was off somewhere drinking. Several of the children have lingered as ghosts - one desiring revenge over the manager, the other merely wanting to find peace and move on. You can track down the manager for them, and find that he's been [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone reduced to a human wreck by guilt]]. He's terrified of returning to the orphanage, but you can drag him back there anyway, and once faced with the anger and pain of the children's spirits, he'll accept his fate... whatever that may be.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' contains a side quest where you have to hunt down a criminal inside an orphanage. Once inside, you find a site that more closely resembles an slaughterhouse.
* In ''Videogame/TheDarkness'', Paulie Francetti blows up the orphanage where Jackie grew up with a bazooka.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', [[TheAntichrist Walter Sullivan]] burned down Hope House when he murdered Jasper Gein by [[KillItWithFire immolation]].
* In the second chapter of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', an orphanage is burned down [[spoiler:by the local mayor, so he can buy up the land and turn it into a luxury housing development]].
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', an early human personal story quest has the player character overhearing the local bandits' plans to burn down both an orphanage and a soldier hospital. Naturally, the player character is [[SadisticChoice only able to save one.]]


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/DaisyOwl'', Steve accidentally presses a self-destruction button in the orphanage.
* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'' does this ''in the first strip''.
* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', [[http://lfgcomic.com/page/4 Richard says]] "that orphanage [[TheDogShotFirst attacked me]]." Later made into a [[TheMerch t-shirt]] and web ad with flames in the background.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': In "Space Savers", King Radical claims that he's stealing a warhead so he can fire it at an orphanage. However, given that we later learn that this is something of a non-standard warhead, it's possible that Radical's plan was [[VillainWithGoodPublicity ultimately benign]].
** Yeah, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p75 it was.]] But since he left the warhead with McNinja, he had to demolish it a mundane, non-radical way off-screen.
* Lothar Hex in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' tells a story about him hiding in an orphanage once. He blinded all the children so they couldn't recognize him and killed the youngest one to scare the others into silence.
* This ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' strip during the Playstation 2 shortage in its early days.
* In a flashback in ''Webcomic/{{Hellbound}}'', TheDitz struggles in her bonds as she's being [[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]] and accidentally throws firebrands into an orphanage or children hospital.
* Black Mage discussed burning down an orphanage early in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', after White Mage was horrified that he burned down the retirement home.
** When he tries to prove that Black Magic isn't inherently evil, she gives him the scenario of an orphanage being on fire. Before she can even finish asking what he'd do, he gleefully starts describing the spells he'd use to pick off the survivors.
* Reginald accidentally does this in ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}''.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' episode ''Hell Toupee'', Snake is sentenced to death by electric chair under the 'three strikes' law; one of the strikes was torching an orphanage. (The other two were blowing up a bus full of nuns and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking smoking a cigarette in a no-smoking zone]].)
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter Griffin seeks to impress his boss with his organisational and management skills - only to blow up and burn down an orphanage/childrens' hospital...