Let the children come to me, do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
"KRAAAAAAAGERRRRAAA!!!; Friend to all children, is here to save you!"
Describing a character as being fond of, or having a soft spot for, children is an automatic Pet the Dog
since Children Are Innocent
with bonus points if the kids like the character back
. Characters who don't like kids
are usually villains or anti-heroic. Note that this trope doesn't apply if it is a disguise put on to avoid suspicion for something else entirely...
This is mainly a trait of the Gentle Giant
, the Emotional Bruiser
, All-Loving Hero
, and a requirement
for Purity Personifiednote
unless Pure Is Not Good
is in play, and a redeeming trait for many antiheroes
. Overlaps with Wouldn't Hurt a Child
, as characters who fit this trope not only are reluctant to injure children, but would go out of their way to protect children if it was necessary.
God help you if you're dumb enough to harm a child in the presence of someone with this character trait. They do not like that at all
(then again this trope
is a trait of Jesus [see right], and by extension God Himself, so you may not get that help).
This is Older Than Feudalism
as seen in the page image. Compare Friend to All Living Things
and Big Brother Instinct
, and contrast Child Hater
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- Ronald McDonald, naturally, not only in the fantasy world of the commercials he appears in, but in spirit in Real Life, via Ronald McDonald House, the charities named after him.
Anime and Manga
- Superman, in spades. Kid heroes, like all three Robins, think Superman is extremely cool because he never talks down to them the way many heroes do to their grown-up pals' "sidekicks". Pre Crisis (and in a few of the myriad of Post-Crisis retcons), it might stem from Superman having once been a Kid Hero himself (as Superboy).
- Hellboy loves babies and kittens. This is exaggerated in the movies, but he's just a squishy Nice Guy. Who doesn't see many children and is adorably awkward when he does interact with them; usually on the order of 'hey, kid, don't do that. You'll die.'
- Rorschach, from Watchmen, is a clear-cut Anti-Hero and also one of the main prototypes of the Nineties Anti-Hero. Nevertheless, he's got a soft spot for kids. For example, he'll call his former landlady a whore to her face... but not in front of her children. (Though that's tied up with his own childhood trauma and the assholes who called him 'whoreson'—and the fact that he hadn't realized until that moment that, unlike his mother, she cared about them.) Indeed his Start of Darkness was a Freudian Excuse combined with what he did when he realized just what one perp had done to the kidnapped little girl he was trying to rescue.
- In the prequel mini-series Before Watchmen: Minutemen, there's Silhouette, a badass lesbian vigilante whose mission in life is protecting children—and destroying all those who exploit and abuse them.
- Batman. He's not the touchy-feely sort that usually dominates this trope, but he definitely seems to have shades of it—possibly because his own childhood was cut off in such a nightmarish manner.
- Robin, who Bats adopted solely because he needed it.
- He shows similar tendencies in the graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and several other sources; most likely due to his orphaning at such a young age. He does NOT like people to mess with kids.
- Subverted for most of All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, but then he got better.
- In the No Man's Land novel, he tells Gordon that he won't interfere if he kills Joker. Joker just shot Sarah, Gordon's wife. However, he also just kidnapped and violently endangered 30-something babies. In that same arc, Poison Ivy also fulfills this trope. She takes over the Gotham City Park, but winds up making it a refuge for all the children orphaned in the earthquake. When the police try to force her out, and are willing to destroy the whole place if they have to in order to defeat her monstrous plants she eventually turns herself in without a fight so that one of the children can get urgently needed medical attention.
- Batman practically runs an orphanage with the way he keeps taking on kids under his wing. The list includes: Dick/Robin/Nightwing, Barbara/Batgirl/Oracle, Jason/Robin II, Tim/Robin III/Red Robin, Damian/Robin V, Cassandra/Batgirl II, and Stephanie/Spoiler/Robin IV/Batgirl III. Even in the world of The Dark Knight Returns, where it got worse with Dick, Batman still has Carrie Kelly as Robin "DKR." Cynics might point out that all of the aforementioned kids Batman takes in become Robin or/and Batgirl at some point, but Batman has fostered kids temporarily and returned them to normal life. Possibly the best known example of this is in the "You Should've Seen Him" story (Batman #423). Batman finds a brother and sister orphan pair dumpster diving to survive, and works as Bruce to reunite them with a surviving relative. In most cases, the kids insist on joining Batman's crimefighting crusade over his protests. He provides them training, support, and equipment to maximize their chances of survival.
- One of the most recurring things about Batman is the fact that he's never scary to children, despite being downright blood-chilling to criminals. "The Batman Nobody Knows" (Batman #250) takes this to its logical conclusion. Bruce takes some inner-city kids camping. Naturally they swap scary stories around a campfire, and this being Gotham, all the kids talk about Batman. Their exaggeration makes Bats seem like part demon, part giant, and also "Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Shaft, and Superfly all rolled into one!" Finally, having slipped away during the last story, THE Batman leaps into the firelight. Not only are the kids not scared, they recognize him as Bruce!
- Alex Ross's Justice shows what the superheroes would do if the world was ending. Batman would round up as many children as he can and take them to the Batcave for shelter.
- Justice League New Frontier used this as an explanation as to why Batman adopted a friendlier look and took in Robin during the Silver Age. He didn't like it when a child he tried to rescue ended up being even more scared of him than the thugs who kidnapped him. When Superman asked him about the changes, all he would tell him is that he intends to scare criminals, not children.
- In The Authority, Midnighter has a surprising knack with children, and kids in return think he's pretty cool. Not bad for a Sociopathic Hero.
- Deadpool is usually a Deadpan Snarker and Cloudcuckoolander violent killer. Try to hurt children in his presence, and he'll come after you like a deadly serious violent killer.
- It should noted that due to the fact that Deadpool has the mentality of a child, he often gets along well with children. In fact, most of his heartwarming and Pet the Dog moments usually involve children (even though some children may be uncomfortable near him for good reasons).
- Johnny the Homicidal Maniac makes a point of not murdering kids, and has "Little Chubby Babies" listed under things he likes (in the Directors Cut). If someone tries to harm a child in his presence he gets angry. With knives. That said, kids tend to be terrified of him. This is not unjustified.
- The Sin City short story, Silent Night, definitely showcases Marv's soft spot for kids. This soft spot also seems to override his chivalry toward women as shown when he executes a female slave trader in order to save a little girl from sexual slavery.
- Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolitan seems to hate children slightly less than he does the rest of humanity. At one of his more annoyed moments, he ends up accosted by a noisy (and overly cheerful) street musician and his son — Spider performs a Groin Attack on the musician and does some rather unpleasant things to his instrument, and then tips the kid with hundred dollars before storming off. Another time, a little girl has to pawn her teddy bear to pay for her medicine. Spider goes in the shop, buys the bear back, and gives it to her. D'aaaaaawww.
- Pol Pitron from Yoko Tsuno makes an excellent babysitter. Just ask Poky, to start.
- Subverted by a one off villain from Ghost Rider. She had a good reputation with children and many of them came over to her house to play. How she kept this reputation when kids kept disappearing isn't explained. After being crippled she sells her soul to a demon that she uses to hunt down more children.
- Wolverine has a tendency to take on a mentor/big-brother role to the younger members of the team. Starting with Kitty Pryde, then Jubilee, and then X-23 and Armour, as well as a Team up with the Power Pack and 5 year old Katie Power. All his mentoring storylines were combined into Rogue for X-Men. Case in point, when his rivalry with Cyclops boiled over in Schism and they came to blows, it was over the issue of getting the younger X-Men involved in combat; with Cyclops willing to allow it but Wolverine dead-set against it. In the wake of the event, Wolverine took his half of the X-Men and re-established the school for young mutants that the group originally had been.
- Emma Frost was a villain for years. The main thing that led to her Heel-Face Turn, and her chief saving grace, is that she cares deeply about any children placed in her care—partly because her own childhood was lousy, but mainly because she feels overwhelming guilt for the death of the Hellions, the Hellfire Club's answer to the New Mutants, who were under her command when they died.
- The Asgardian Volstagg (a member of the cast of The Mighty Thor) loves kids; he and his wife have seven of their own, including two boys from Earth that they adopted. (When those two first met him, they mistook him for Santa Claus.)
- The Hulk, when enraged, is an unstoppable force ready to wreak havoc on anyone who gets in his way...unless you're a kid who's lost, afraid, or needing help. He'll stop in his tracks to save the poor urchin's day.
- Spider-Man has to deal with a lot of crap from adults, but not kids. Kids love their Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
- The Punisher usually gets along pretty well with children, Molly Hayes kicking him in the nuts notwithstanding. It usually involves his seeing them as his own kids that he was unable to protect. In one of his more awesome moments, he's tasked with retrieving a little girl in Russia whose blood contains an experimental supervirus along another Special Forces guy, slaughtering the Russians sent to prevent that from happening. After he escapes (in a nuclear missile), he boards the pickup submarine and refuses to let anyone approach her, resulting in the virus decaying until it's unusable. When Frank is greeted by a large army unit and the general behind the operation, the soldiers are rather iffy about shooting him. Then Nick Fury (who gave him the mission in the first place) stands next to Frank, and the soldiers give up.
- In another story, Frank is just getting ready to snipe a crime boss from a shooter's nest he'd set up in an alley off Times Square when he hears a noise and turns around to see a little girl asking if he can please help her find her dad. Frank's on a tight schedule because the crime boss won't be in the open for long, but stows his gun immediately and helps the girl. While walking through Times Square he holds her hand, lets her ride on his shoulders, buys her a doll, and keeps her very close. Even when he has to take his eyes off her in order to check his target, he always asks her a question to get her talking so that her voice will let him know where she is. This whole time, he is having very strong flashback memories to being with his own daughter before she died. When they finally find her father in an area that's a little off the beaten path, they run to each other. The dad looks up to Frank, thanking him profusely and saying that he'd just looked away from her for a minute, then just about shits his pants when he realizes he's looking a scarred, heavily muscled and grim-faced man who's wearing a skull t-shirt and unslinging a sniper rifle. Frank tells the man to stand up and hold still, then uses his shoulder to rest his rifle in order to get a better shot at the crime boss. Frank shoots the crime boss while the man tightly hugs his daughter in order to keep her from seeing what is going on. His mission accomplished and the girl safe, he stows his rifle back under his coat and starts to walk away. Then he pauses, turns around, and tells her father one last thing: "Never look away, not even for a minute."
- Karolina Dean of the Runaways. She was the one who came up with the idea of rescuing 12-year-old Klara Prast from her abusive husband. It's also pretty clear that Molly and Klara love her. Victor Mancha might also count; when he and Nico were still a couple, he expressed a desire to one day have kids, and in the alternate future of Age of Ultron, he's seen taking care of a group of orphans.
- Sara Felton from Knights of the Dinner Table has always gotten along well with children (well, except the two horny teenagers at Gary Con), such as Timmy Jackson and the Pee Wee Hackmaster League.
- Taleof Solaron. Solaron is like this all the time, despite being a large venomous Snake Person.
- Harry Potter and the Mind, speaking of Alastor Moody, said that "little children saw through the crust and thought him wonderful - mostly because he talked to them as equals and took them seriously when other adults dismissed them."
- In Child Of The Storm, a number of characters could be said to be this, but none so much as the Winter Soldier, of all people. Badass Super Soldier and master assassin he might be, but he holds onto the fact that he Wouldn't Hurt a Child like his life depends on it, performs a Heel-Face Turn to save the life of a teenage girl and ruffles the hair of a little girl who hugged him after he saved her friend.
- The Hulk also has elements of this.
- The Conversion Bureau: Conquer the Stars has Major Firebird, who is said to be a surprisingly good babysitter.
- The Non-Bronyverse has TD, who gets along extremely well with children and genuinely loves teaching Cheerilee's class, despite how much he hates being in Equestria.
- In the Darkwing Duck fanfiction series, Negaverse Chronicles, the Negaverse version of Quackerjack definitely qualifies. Even after he goes crazy, harming kids is a Berserk Button for him and he likes to make kids happy when he encounters them.
Film - Animated
Film - Live Action
- Gamera is the Trope Namer because this is one of his titles.
- In one scene of Hard Boiled, the main character holds a baby in one arm and sings a lullaby to him while gunning down incoming Mooks with his other arm.
- Smith from Shoot 'em Up seems to have a soft spot for infants. Why else would he go through all that trouble for one baby?
- Although one couldn't exactly call him a "friend" to children, Don Rafael Montero from The Mask of Zorro demands that all the children be removed from the courtyard where he's ordered several executions to take place.
- In at least one of the lucha films starring El Santo, he's given this title. It's also shown in movies that don't drag out the phrase, for instance in La Venganza De La Momia ("The Vengeance of the Mummy"), where Santo adopts a boy who has just lost his last relative to the mummy.
- Despite The Dark Knight Saga being a grittier reboot, it preserves this trait. Unlike most of the adults, children aren't afraid of Batman, instead admiring him as a hero figure. Batman doesn't seem to mind them, either. In the first movie, he gave away one of his gadgets when a boy said that "No one would believe [him]" about meeting Batman. In the second, he rescued and then chastised his younger copycats for trying to fight crime without adequate armor, then bowed his head in grief towards Gordon's son when Gordon was supposedly killed.
- In The Dark Knight Rises, the first people to hope for Batman's return are boys in an orphanage.
- This trope may also apply to Bane. After all, he sacrificed his own well-being to save a young Talia Al G'hul from an angry prison mob so she can escape and right before he blows up a football field, he remarks on a child's "lovely, lovely" singing voice, and allows him to finish singing before commencing his attack.
- Referred to in Tongan Ninja
Action Fighter: I once knew a man who was good with children. They called him... Children Man! Do you know him?
Gun Man: Yes, I kneecapped him and killed him.
Action Fighter: Nice.
- In L: change the WorLd, L, normally an antisocial loner, spends the last week of his life taking care of two children and trying to create an antidote for the virus one of them carries. Pet the Dog moments abound.
- Mr. Magorium. When you're a magical old man with an equally magical toy store that's bigger on the inside, that's to be expected.
- The Big Red One. The Grizzled Veteran played by Lee Marvin has nice moments with children on several different occasions, even refusing to execute a Hitler Youth Child Soldier who killed one of his men.
- Miss Honey from Matilda. Sadly, the same can't be said for her aunt.
- Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy: while on Knowhere, when a group of impoverished kids approach the heroes in the hopes of getting a little money, Groot offers one little girl a blue flower that he grew on his body. The little girl's face practically lit up like a Christmas tree.
- Blaggut from The Bellmaker adores the Abbey's children and is loved by them in return, though the adults start out not trusting him.
- Jerin Whistler in A Brother's Price is noted for his patience and sweetness but also discipline in dealing with his numerous younger siblings; he was sort of promoted to parent after his father's death and handled it well. They start crying and are inconsolable when they hear he's going to leave and get married, and he distracts them by recruiting them to help make pound cake and maple ice cream. He's also good with the young princesses, not letting them walk all over him but still befriending and teaching them. His skill with children is considered a major plus for him as prospective husband material by his future wives.
- Adventure Hunters: When Artorius isn't working, he hangs out at an elementary school and tells the children about his adventures.
- Bree Pym proves to be this in Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince. Not only does she help entertain Lori's seven-year-old twins when the family is suffering a bit of cabin fever (thanks in part to newly revealed talents for juggling, acrobatics and sleight-of-hand magic, she befriends a poor family from a nearby town and invites them to visit her cottage near Finch on a regular basis.
- In the Rainbow Magic series, Rachel and Kirsty are very kind to younger children, as is Bailey the Babysitter Fairy.
- Angel in the Charlie Parker Series, who is always the first to run and help a child in trouble, and never has any problem gaining their trust.
- In The Secret of Platform 13, the narration notes that "Nanny Brown wasn't a particularly nice woman, but she loved babies," and went along with Mrs. Trottle's kidnapping plot both out of fear and because, well, someone had to take care of that kid.
Live Action TV
- Omar Little from The Wire. The first sign we get of him being more than the average criminal is him showing affection to the child of a dope fiend who has come to him seeking a free fix. On the streets of Baltimore, Omar walking down the street triggers cries of, "Omar's coming!" from the hoppers, but this is inverted in season five when we see him in retirement in Puerto Rico, giving neighborhood kids (who joyfully run up to him, shouting, "Omar!") some candy. Indeed, the fact that he believes Children Are Innocent leads to his death, when he dismisses eight-year-old Kenard as Just a Kid.
- Two notable examples from Leverage:
- Phantom Thief Parker abandons a job to spring a slew of orphans from a nightmarish orphanage, even going so far as to put herself physically between them and several guys with automatic weapons. She takes an apprentice car thief under her wing in one episode, and is seen as early as the third episode of the series teaching a little girl how to pick a lock.
- Eliot abandons a job in one episode to champion an abused child in a hospital, almost throwing the kid's father down several flights of stairs. He arranges for the team to donate skads of money to mistreated children, mentors an underage miner, and drops character in a con to help an Iranian girl find her family in an airport. He even turns out to have a knack for teaching kids, as shown in an episode where members of the team pose as private school instructors. When he receives a 911 call for a domestic disturbance while disguised as a Boston police officer, he insists on going to the scene on the chance that there are children present.
- Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation is a pragmatic aversion. He's not that fond of kids, but that's only because he's a professional and children are too unpredictable and uncontrollable for him. He grows into the trope over time - most notably "Disaster." Not that he doesn't dislike the idea of "Captain Picard Day" in Season 7, however.
- The grumpy, snarky, conspiracy-theorizing John Munch of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is routinely shown to have a very soft side for children. One episode had him reading Goodnight Moon to a little girl who was left hospitalized in a near-vegetative state by her mother's abuse.
- Subverted in "Sick" with toy company owner Billy Tripoli, who hosts lavish parties for sick and poor kids — and picks "special" ones out to molest. He winds up a Karma Houdini thanks to the actions of greedy adults looking for payoffs. He's a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Michael Jackson, whose second child molestation scandal was playing out at the time (2004).
- Stargate SG-1:
- Teal'c, whenever a child is around, he turns into the Gentle Giant. It helps that he has the patience of a mountain. Right behind him is his teammate Samantha Carter, who has yet to meet a kid she doesn't like - or who doesn't like her.
- O'Neill is pretty good with children. It's rarely shown on screen, but most children he interacts with seem to like him. The reason he doesn't interact with them more often is probably because they remind him of his son.
- Clark Kent of Smallville.
- Megan Calvet Draper in Mad Men. When Sally Draper ran away to visit her dad's office and tried to run away when forced to return home, the only sympathetic adult was Megan. She later takes care of Sally and her brothers during their trip to Disneyland. Contrast this with Faye Miller, Don's girlfriend, who was incredibly awkward around children and talked to Sally as if she were an infant. In a show full of bad mothers, Megan at times seems like the only one who likes kids which is one of the reasons why she's Don's second wife instead of Faye.
- Percival's Establishing Character Moment in season 4 of Merlin is endangering his own life to save three frightened children by carrying them all to safety in his arms.
- Eric Matthews on Boy Meets World relates well with children due to being One of the Kids. His most serious girlfriend on the show was a young single mom whose kid he bonds with, and in another season he forms a relationship with a kid from an orphanage; he would have adopted the kid (who was ecstatic) but a married couple also wanted to adopt him and he decided they could do a better job.
- Barney the Dinosaur, being the imaginary friend of young children, is naturally this. Not only does he play with his young friends, but he often gives them life lessons and helps them solve problems they may have. His (in)famous song "I Love You" is about the bond he shares with his young playmates, with them being his family and all.
- Harmon Rabb in JAG comes across as this. He befriends the 10 year old son of his girlfriend in season 3, and saves him from both murderous thugs and terrorists. In season 4, he goes after the murderer of a small girl on a Navy base and saves her twin sister from the same fate. And initially in that case he employed Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique on a convicted child molester, who were innocent but provided useful info. And he finally becomes the guardian of an adolescent girl in season 9 with an alcoholic father.
- Alpha-5 in A Day in the Limelight Christmas Episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, "Alpha's Magical Christmas". This is getting a bit Harsher in Hindsight due to Michael Jackson's 1993 and 2003 Neverland Ranch "incidents", since he, like Alpha, invited children to his ranch for parties and fun times, mostly without their parents' permission, and the parents started to suspect that he could be a child molester, thereby backfiring the trope in the latter.
- Robo Knight in Power Rangers Megaforce had a rather uninterested view of humans and the rangers attempted to show him they're worth giving a damn. Aside from the rangers, the only other humans he speaks with a children (a boy whose parents were frozen by a monster, a boy waiting to see his mother on a train the villains were causing to be late, a teen who taught him rap music and a village of African children during Megaforce's own Christmas Episode) and he seems to get along with them as well, if not more so, than the rangers.
- Badass Biker Weevil from Veronica Mars is very good with kids, especially his relatives.
- On Friday Night Lights, Epyck, a Broken Bird with a chip on her shoulder towards almost everyone else, is described by her foster mother as someone who's very good with her younger half-siblings. In a later episode, we see this when she's around Tami's baby girl Gracie Belle.
- Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad. He makes sure to keep children out of harm's way whenever possible, and is particularly close and fond of his girlfriend Andrea's six year old son, Brock. And harming a child in any way is a good way to send him into a murderous rage.
- Monday Mornings: Dr. Jorge Villanueva, aka "El Gato", is impressive with kids and young teens. He often bonds with them and they trust him immediately. He's one cool Bald Black Leader Guy.
- David Fisher from Six Feet Under is great with kids, for instance he immediately bonds with Kieth's niece Taylor, he's glad whenever he can hold a baby or Barb's children immediately take a liking to him. Little Michaela is clearly troubled and tells him she's glad to have him in her family, and he replies he's glad to have her in his family as well. He's also distressed when an insensitive woman scolds her daughter who cries for her deceased alcoholic father when they went to arrange a funeral. He longs to have kids of his own because he's a family man.
- Baywatch: Most of the lifeguards exhibit this trait once or twice. Special mention, however, goes to Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff) who is often shown to be both respectful of and able get along well with just about any kid.
- Seeley Booth of Bones is very fond of children and doesn't take lightly to cases invading child death or child abuse(this making sense as he was psychically abused by dad.)
- The Halliwell's on Charmed are all shown to be very fond of children, such as when they willingly take in an abandoned infant to protect him from a vengeful ghost, and being open and supportive of their young neighbor Jenny for the short time she lived next door. Other examples include Prue going to the rescue of a young witch when he signals for help and acts as a guardian and mentor. Piper helps a young fire starter to accept and learnt to control his magic while protecting him from demonic bounty hunters. Paige worked for Child Services and was shown to be very affected by the plight of some of her cases. But of them all Phoebe seemed to be the most compassionate, comforting a hospital bound boy, getting a little girl being hunted by trolls to safety and using her empathy to understand her infant nephews struggles.
Mythology And Religion
- A stereotypical trait of masked luchadors, thanks to Fray Tormenta, who wrestled matches to make money for an orphanage and, to a lesser extent, Atlantis, who remained a friend of los ninos even after becoming a rudo.
- El Generico, being a luchador parody. In an inversion to Fray Tormenta, he left pro wrestling to take care of orphans in Mexico, even though the cartel wanted him dead.
- Bray Wyatt played with this trope for Nightmare Fuel - very effectively - in his feud with John Cena. When you consider Cena's main target demographic, it's probable that Bray did this just because he knew it would mess with Cena's head.
- Jerusalem gives us Johnny Byron, a former daredevil and local legend who lives in a trailer in the local woods, and is seen as a sort of modern-day Pied Piper. Local teenagers spend most of their free time hanging out at his place, getting drunk, doing drugs, and generally having fun; he regales them with mad stories of his former exploits and supposed encounters with real-life giants. This is portrayed as being a sort of tradition, with several characters in their late twenties and early thirties discussing how they used to be the kids who hung out at Johnny's place. Subverted in two ways, though: firstly in that Johnny's sheltering of the kids is not always seen as wholesome (naturally); and secondly in that it is revealed the kids don't really care about him as a person, and mock him behind his back for being a crazy loner unable to pay taxes.
- Kenny from The Walking Dead. You can get on his good side by being nice to his son, Duck, and Clementine. This extends to his role in Season 2, where he serves as a pseudo-parental figure for Clementine. The idea that Rebecca's baby, Alvin Jr, might be dead also sends him into a murderous rage in Season 2, Episode 5, leading to the game's final battle with Jane.
- In the Yakuza series, nothing brings out Kazuma's good side like kids, especially his kids from the orphanage and his adopted niece Haruka. Subsequently, nothing brings out Kazuma's BAD side like someone hurting a kid. The most savage and satisfying beatings Kazuma's rained on someone are those in retaliation for abusing a kid.
- Nall, an immortal white dragon in Lunar: Eternal Blue, at first appears to be a troublemaker and is very rude but is actually in charge of a Neverland he created for orphaned and neglected children and is very caring toward them. He is very protective of Taben's Peak and rough towards outsiders, but he also doesn't want to make connections with older people because he never wants to see another friend grow old and die.
- Juno from Soul Nomad distrusts humans but loves children... even human children, as she is raising a young boy named Penn,who is Thorndyke's son.
- Beyond Good & Evil:
- Jade takes in war orphans and cares for them, despite being occasionally frightfully low on cash. She's even extra-kind and nice to the kids in the city who aren't staying with her. Threatening her kids is a good way to get Mama Bear'd.
- Pey'j. He probably wouldn't let them stay in his house if he didn't care for them, after all. And the end credits Photo Montage shows that Double H really is a Gentle Giant by having several pictures focus on him playing with the lighthouse kids.
- Fallout 3 lets an adult be one with the Child at Heart Perk... except for the fact that it can be used to make kidnapping a child for slavers easier.
- This seems to be a confirmation of elements from the time Super Metroid was released, where Samus was typically portrayed as being quite passionate about the infant Metroid, treating it like her own offspring, unleashing the bowels of Mama Bear after it was destroyed, and entering a state of deep sorrow after she'd cooled down. This hovered around various fiction, including Nintendo Power comics and Manga. In other words, the Manga serves to confirm that when Samus says she kills to protect others, she really really means it
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Link is friends with all the children of his village, and happily looks after them and plays with them. Not surprisingly, when they get into trouble, he goes Papa Wolf quick and literally.
- Milla Vodello in Psychonauts loves working with children, and when you use Clairvoyance on her, she explicitly sees Kid Hero Raz as a sweet little baby to look after. Her history even shows that she used to work at an Orphanage of Love. But, uh... don't ask why she doesn't anymore. Though, in case you are wondering: There was a fire one day while Milla was out getting the groceries, and it's implied nobody else in the building survived. She's mostly over it now, but there are still a few "Nightmares" locked away in her Mental World.
- Rozalin's first Pet the Dog moment in Disgaea 2 comes when she treats the kids really well. Barring her other persona, being nice to kids seems to be a consistent part of her character.
- Zangief has developed into this during the Street Fighter IV series. He even cites their cheers and adoration as the reason why he continues wrestling.
- Big Boss in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake takes in war orphans and raises them as his own, although it's twisted at the end when he reveals he's training them into soldiers to perpetuate war in the future. At least that was the excuse he gave at the time.
- The poor children are most of why Allegretto steals bread at the beginning of Eternal Sonata, and why he embarks on his quest. One part of the game involves him navigating a puzzle graveyard and beating up a large beast... so a little girl can have water for her flower.
- Aerith Gainsborough could count for this in Final Fantasy VII; the original game has her trade herself for the safety of a little girl she barely knows and puts her on friendly terms with the slum children, who looked after her flowers in her absence; Crisis Core and Advent Children also show her having a soft spot for children.
- Final Fantasy VI has Terra Branford who takes care of a village full of orphans and turns into a Mama Bear whenever any of them are in danger.
- Kratos from God of War. They may have been his daughter, his kid brother, and a little girl that reminded him of his daughter, but they remain the only children depicted in the games. More Friend To All Children Who Appear In The Series. His Papa Wolf nature is one of his very few redeeming traits.
- To everyone's great surprise, Haseo of the Dot Hack GU games. Though he does become much friendlier in general over the course of the story, even back when he was a revenge-obsessed Jerkass he would act kindly toward kids.
- In BlazBlue Litchi Faye-Ling is very good when it comes to dealing with children, she usually comes around to the Kaka clan to kindheartedly teach and play with the Kaka kittens and her child-assistant Linhua looked up to her greatly and she returned the favor. She's also quick to befriend and hug Ronin-Gai children despite that their boss just harassed her. She's also incredibly fond to Carl Clover, who was virtually unknown to her and would even give her life to help him. She doesn't even hold a grudge when a bratty little girl like Platinum went bonkers on her just due to breast size difference and still finds herself comforting her. In the CT Arcade Mode, she mistook Rachel Alucard as a lost child and sweetly asked to escort her to her mother... This gets slightly subverted in Continuum Shift after her Face-Heel Turn. Once she learned what kind of creature Rachel is and that she's an enemy, she drops her kindness and opts a more antagonistic manner (though not as over the top). However, she went back into Friend To All Children mode when she met a distraught Carl (still post-Face-Heel Turn) and offered him a Cooldown Hug in her Marshmallow Hell.
- Patty and Faval from Fire Emblem Jugdral, as well as their expies Daisy and Asaello. In both cases, they work hard to sustain the Orphanage of Love where they grew up.
- Rutee Katrea from Tales of Destiny is obsessed with money, but that's only because she's trying to raise enough money to save the orphanage she grew up in and prevent the orphans from ending up on the streets.
- Nanaly Fletch from the sequel, Tales of Destiny 2 is an even bigger example in that she runs an orphanage in her home town and functions as the team babysitter. One of the reasons she's like this is because she couldn't save her little brother without giving him a Fate Worse Than Death (in the form of a life of eternal servitude to the Corrupt Church) and doesn't want other orphans suffering her brother's fate.
- Cheria Barnes from Tales of Graces is implied to be this. In a skit in Tales of Graces f, Asbel mentions that Cheria likes taking care of children.
- In Skyrim it's impossible for the player to harm children. Also, you can play games like tag and hide & seek with the children that you meet. Even the dead ones.. With the Hearthfire DLC, the player can even adopt children. However, just because the player character likes kids doesn't necessarily mean that they like you back.
- Oddly enough, some of the mercenaries in Team Fortress 2 appear to be this, as shown by the comics on the official website. Soldier takes kids trick-or-treating, Scout treats kids like little brothers (understandable, considering he's the youngest of eight brothers), and they both get very defensive when they're on mall Santa duty and a kid gets kidnapped. Spy sees the kid's fear and teaches the kid how to stab the kidnapper in the jugular and free himself, and consoles the kid afterwards, asking him if he was scared, and giving him a piggyback ride. Even Heavy shows this when he gets angry and calls a kid presumptuous and fat for wanting him to spend his hard-earned money on Halloween candy, and then apologizes profusely when the kid starts to cry, taking back the "fat" comment when he realizes that he hates being called that himself. He then proceeds to give the kid $7,000 to make up for it.
- In Tokimeki Memorial's Tabidachi no Uta continuity, Mira Kagami turns out to be this. A Justified Trope, since she has helped raise her younger siblings.
- Both Kings (jaguar masked religious pro-wrestler); parts of the reason why they enter the Tekken tournament is to raise money for the orphanage they're in, although for King II, that has become a background thing while he focuses on some darker issues (but still retains his kind heart).
- Bruce Irvin is chiefly known as a friend of Kazuya and usually serves as The Dragon for him. His endings in his debut and 5 involve helping kids to stand up for themselves, or inspiring them (to be good kids, not to be like Kazuya).
- Hawke in Dragon Age II. Discovering that deranged serial-killer has been targeting the elven children of Kirkwall, simply because they are "too beautiful", is enough to make even a Paragon Hawke so utterly furious they vow to slit the man's throat.
- After Hawke becomes a Noble in Act II, it's implied by Aveline that Hawke has donated a large amount of their reclaimed family fortune, in order to help their fellow Ferelden refugees and the children orphaned by the Blight.
- Merrill and Varric are consistently shown to have this trait. It's also mentioned that most of the Pirates in the Waking Sea want Isabela dead for performing a one-woman army stunt, seizing the vessel she was meant to be escorting, after she discovered it contained slaves who were mostly women and children.
- Depending on the player, the Warden in Dragon Age: Origins can also be this. There are a few opportunities to do things like give money to orphaned children and protect Amalia and Connor from demons who want to possess them.
- Wynne tends to act grandmotherly to young children, although she's not afraid to put her foot down when the occasion demands it. Much to her regret, she wasn't always this way and for many years believed that being an overly Stern Teacher lead to the escape and execution of her first student by the Templars. He actually survived.
- Rather surprisingly, Oghren is implied to be this. If the Warden decides to simply kill Connor instead of finding some way to defeat the demon possessing him, his loss of approval is more than any other companion.
- Professor Layton is implied to be this. He's as respectful and courteous to any children he meets as he is to anyone else, but the two children he interacts with the most often - his apprentice Luke and adopted daughter Flora - absolutely adore him, and he them.
- For a physical manifestation of the Wings of Valmar, Millenia in Grandia II is friendly towards children and children follow her in turn. This is the first clue to her true nature and big reveal that Valmar is not necessarily the devil that people condemn it as.
- Ninja Gaiden:
- Ryu Hayabusa is idolized by all of the children in the Hayabusa village, and in Ninja Gaiden 3, he ends up bonding with Canna to the extent that she considers him a surrogate father.
- Likewise, Ryu's apprentice Momiji is considered a Cool Big Sis to the children in the Hayabusa village. When one of the kids is taken hostage by the Tengu Brothers in Sigma II, she personally chases them all the way to Tokyo to save him.
- Metal Gear: Raiden is shown as one in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance; when he discovers a plot to turn kids into cyborg Child Soldiers like him, he is absolutely pissed and goes on the warpath to ensure that no child go through anything like he did.
- In Bioshock Infinite, there's an optional scene in Shantytown where Elizabeth sings Will the Circle be Unbroken while kindly offering an orange to a small boy who was hiding under the stairs. In addition, when Daisy Fitzroy attempts to kill Fink's son, Elizabeth fatally stabs her with a pair of scissors.
- In Five Nights at Freddy's 2, the animatronics at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza are your primary antagonist as they actively try to kill you in the alleged belief that you're a metal endoskeleton without its costume on. There are hints, however, that those same animatronics fall into this trope as they grow increasingly hostile towards adults while still getting along perfectly well with children. Randomly appearing minigames suggest that Freddy Fazbear tried and failed to protect children from being murdered by a killer who lured them in using one of those same animatronic suits. It's commonly theorized that the animatronics now attack any adults they come across outside working hours as part of a quest for revenge against that killer.
- Anya, the Children's Librarian in Groovy Kinda is a legend with her storytimes. The children love her so much that their parents (and the folks who run the orphanage) are willing to overlook her 15 year old boyfriend, Jacob.
- Von Pinn from Girl Genius isn't necessarily fond of kids, but as a completely frightening construct designed to protect her charges, she cannot bring herself to harm children, even if they stand in the way of her duty. When Bangladesh Dupree tries to get around this and kills the girl standing in the way of their pursuit of Agatha, Von Pinn nearly takes her head off.
- Oh, she's fond of kids. Monster Nanny terrifies the living daylights out of them, but all of them know she loves them. Tarvek and Gil are particularly voluble on the subject.
- The reason she is so unhinged in the first place is because she failed to save Agatha's brother when Castle Heterodyne was attacked.
- Quentyn of Tales of the Questor is particularly sweet and tolerant of a very young child who pulls on his whiskers and twists his tail, thinking him a cat. (he quickly makes her a harmless toy that occupies her hands)
- Marilith when she started out in her less than lawful career, used to pay to feed an African child every time she killed someone. Eventually she could no longer afford to; now the kids are banded together into something of a war group to find out what happened to her. She also arranged the capture, and suggested rape, of a date rapist. The girl he hurt is not all that old. It's also one of the few times she negotiates on prices. She is also partnered with her possibly Stockholm Syndromed ex-mark, who is either young or has fantastic genes.
- Christi is also intent on saving Marilith's partner; being an orphan, she is sensitive to the plights of children.
- Cale in Looking for Group used to be this, up to a particular Sadistic Choice. And although no more a friend to children than any other living being, Richard's rare, curse-breaking Pet the Dog was a self-sacrifice in defense of a child.
- In Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, one of the Big Daddies from BioShock is presented this way. It's rather adorable, up to a point.
- In No Rest for the Wicked, Red. She has a Slasher Smile and is Ax-Crazy, but her reaction to a woman being burned to death for killing children is "Not cruel enough." Later, when they track down the actual killer, she disposes of her.
- In Sinfest, Slick makes the import of the baby-kissing trope explicitly when running for president with a "Slick loves babies!" sign.
- Rolan from Ears for Elves is adored by Donny and many other kids and greatly enjoys talking with any child around (possibly because he can act like a child himself), though some adult elves are prejudiced against him and don't want him near their children.
- Adrestia in morphE would rather have her throat slit than attack a child. Her character profile makes specific mention of her soft-spot for kids.
- In Pacificators, we have Daryl Smithson and Muneca Powell. The latter one, despite being an Ice Queen, really does care a lot about children, so much that she turns into a Mama Bear if you ever threat a child (it doesn't matter whether the said child is bratty or evil). Case in point.
- Doctor Steel loves children (he's a toymaker, after all). He even created a theme song for a fictional kid's show called "Smokey, The Kid-Loving Trout" (Smokey's Theme), and his episodes of The Dr. Steel Show are modeled after childrens' television shows.
- Stone of the Global Guardians PBEM Universe is one of the roughest toughest heroes out there. He's hard on criminals normally. If they specifically hurt a child? Let's just say things will get really ugly, really fast.
- The Nostalgia Critic has declared himself the defender of all children. He even gets along with Enfant Terrible Evilina, who he's been known to babysit. Santa Christ seems to qualify as well, being a blending of the two biggest examples of this Trope possible.
- Two examples from Felarya:
- The naga Fiona loves children, and is often seen venturing to jungle villages to play with the local kids. In fact, she's earned the in-universe nickname of "The Kind Naga". Felaryan nagas are typically man-eaters.
- Katrika (also a naga) is far more predatory than Fiona, but children and their families are completely off the menu. She'll even comfort children who've lost their families to predators.
- In Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, one of Dr. Horrible's reasons for refusing to fight a self-proclaimed nemesis in the City Park is that "there's kids in that park." Also, when told he has to kill someone to enter the Evil League of Evil, he's offered the suggestion of a child who is destined to become President of the United States. Dr. Horrible replies that he's not going to kill a kid.
- Harley Morenstein, of Epic Meal Time fame, draws the line at dead baby comedy and gives apple pies to kids when he was shopping at McDonald's.
- SCP-1810 of the SCP Foundation loves children and will take care of any distressed or lost child it comes across. Which would be heart-warming, except its flawed understanding of humans and that the fact that it will do horrific things to non-children if it thinks it will make a child happy renders it creepy.
- The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Jane, who finds kids "a gazillion times better than most adults".
- In Tabletop, Wil is shown to be one. He was much more chill when playing with the kids in the Catan Jr. episode at least, no salt at all.
- It's fairly well-known that a lot of the same convicts who have committed the most heinous of crimes are pretty fond of kids, to the point that if a convicted child abuser (or worse, child molester) isn't put in solitary, he's likely to get shanked...Or worse.
- It's for this reason that both prison guards and former inmates will readily assert that child murderers and molesters are better off if they get the death penalty, which usually means being segregated away from the general prison population. When these people are placed in with the prisoners, they very quickly find out that not only do all the other prisoners want to kill them, but also to make damn certain that they suffer a lot before they die...
- Two murderers had been placed in the same cell, and were together for a year. The only difference was that one had murdered adults, while the other had raped and killed a little girl. When the adult-murderer found out exactly what his cellmate had done, he proceeded to beat him to death.
- Similarly, communities that otherwise might come across as hostile or indifferent to the police will often step up if a child was victimized.
- According to a lawsuit filed against a Midwest prison, a man who spent years raping his young stepdaughter was himself raped multiple times by a cellmate specifically to make him feel like his victim.
- Two Words: Katie's Revenge. A man in Indiana was convicted of molesting and killing a girl named Katie. After his fellow inmates found out about it, they held him down and gave him a nice tattoo: the words "Katie's Revenge." Across his forehead. In huge letters.
- WWII Russian soldier example: the German army pushed the Russian defenders back to the river in Stalingrad; in a furious battle, the Russians surrounded the city, cut off the Germans from their supply lines and started to annihilate them room-by-room and building-by-building. Some children who were kept as servants by the German army were trapped in such a building, and called out in fear. The Russian soldiers who found them immediately formed a defense perimeter and escorted them to safety. Some of the children were adopted into the unit because they were orphans. Years later, one child related, "The one who found us shouted, 'Lads, there are kids in here!' I had never seen men cry."
- Another WWII example: A Polish policeman was sweeping a village looking for contraband. He poked his head up into the attic of a cottage to find several hiding Jewish children. When a SS officer called to him from below to ask if he had found anything, he replied, "No," and left.
- The Billy Joel song "Lenningrad" tells the story of Viktor (an actual person whom Joel met while touring the Soviet Union in 1987), a former member of the Red Army who, after seeing the horrors of war, became a clown, and found happiness bringing joy to children.
- Michael Jackson tried to give himself this image, claiming that his charity work and eccentric Man Child nature was partly because he hadn't much of a childhood himself. Unfortunately, multiple accusations of child molestation brought against him ruined that, and though he was never actually found guilty of such crimes in court (and friends like Macaulay Culkin vouched for his innocence), they left a black mark on his reputation until he died. Bringing up this Elephant in the Living Room issue now, instead of just celebrating him for his music and charitable work, inevitably leads to condemnation from the Vocal Minority of his fanbase.
- Fred Rogers, a man who devoted his life to children, and helped raise a generation of them via Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
- Angelina Jolie. Over the past decade, she's criss-crossed the globe on behalf of UNICEF and UNHCR, often in the company of her significant other Brad Pitt, and regularly takes time out from her movie shoots to work on some project involving children or refugees (or refugee children). She often keeps her work low-key so as not to have her celebrity status distract from the matter at hand; for instance, at the time of this writing, she and Pitt have visited Bosnia to look into the issue of civilians who haven't been able to return home even 15 years after the war's end, but are making no public appearances.
- Audrey Hepburn. During the last decade of her life, she did tremendous work for UNICEF, virtually becoming the face of the organization. Several months before her death she visited Somalia at the height of that country's famine; the stark photos taken during that event (a particularly heartbreaking one showed her, with an incredibly grim expression on her face, cradling a child dying of starvation) helped raise world awareness of the disaster. She was strongly influenced in her work by memories of the hardships (including starvation) that she herself had to endure as a teenager in Nazi-occupied Holland.
- Marge Schott loved kids, and would let them run around the outfield before games at Riverfront Stadium.
- Also from the world of baseball, Babe Ruth was famous for his love of children and involvement with children's causes. Ruth was notorious in his time for drinking, womanizing, carousing, and gluttony (to the point that his only child was an illegitimate daughter), but there's no doubt that he sincerely loved children. Many suspect these had a common cause—Ruth never really properly grew up himself, as he had a hard childhood and then was flung into fame and glory at a young age.
- Jim Cummings will call children in hospitals and brighten their day by talking to them as Winnie-the-Pooh.
- 1930s gangster/bank robber John Dillinger once apparently carjacked a family with kids in the back, but made a point of not hurting anyone and patted one of the kids on the head before getting out while reassuring the parents "Don't worry, we like kids."
- Ed Gein, of all people. He was proven to be behind some truly disgusting acts (and suspected of worse), but when it came to kids? Before he was found out and arrested, his neighbors would hire him as a babysitter. He was consistently described as caring and benevolent to the children placed in his care.
- Doug Walker, in a much less screwed up way than his character of The Nostalgia Critic. You only have to put on a random VLog or commentary to see how much he cares about children and hates movies that treat them like idiots.
- Diamanda Hagan. She's an aunt and loves to spoil her nieces and nephews.
- Jim Henson. Really, what more needs to be said?
- John Cena, without a doubt. There's a reason that most of his fanbase consists of children. In fact, he's granted over 500 wishes for the Make a Wish foundation. That speaks volumes in itself. Anyone in the locker room will vouch for this as well.
- John Waters has talked about teaching a 1st grade class where they do improvs of airplane crashes and Justin Bieber vampire movies. In his own words, "I'm good with kids. Even though I look like a child molester."
- J. R. R. Tolkien was, by all accounts, a doting parent and a grandfatherly figure. His academic colleague George Sayer once discovered the professor surrounded by a group of neighborhood children; Tolkien explained quite seriously, "We're playing trains. I'm Thomas the Tank Engine. Puff, puff."
- Oddly enough, Vladimir Lenin. He was very fond of kids and would spend hours playing with them—when his friends came to visit, he loved playing with their children. He and his wife never had any, but given that both are recorded to have been quite sad that they never had any offspring of their own, it's suspected that they simply couldn't. (Naturally, Stalin twisted this by consistently portraying Lenin as a friend and protector of children in his propaganda, even though Lenin would have been appalled by the extensive use of his image by Stalin's regime and particularly by the manipulative tactics of having the child-abuser Stalin use his image this way.)
- Adolf Hitler of all people was stated to love children and most of those kids referred to him as "Uncle Hitler". Despite how Hitler Youth boys were being used as Child Soldiers.
- Yet another WWII example: during the late stages of the war, Russian planes started bombing the country side as a terror tactic to disable resistance fighters from retaliating. During one such run it happened that two Wehrmacht soldiers went to their home village and on the way found several children playing in the woods. When they noticed the planes approching, rather than leave them alone they gathered them and attempted to flee, which then turned out futile. So they simply shielded the children with their own bodies. The two soldiers died but the children survived. The grave marking this action still exists near the ruins of Castle Falkenstein.