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Unfortunately, this had become less of a case of TruthInTelevision following the mainstream rise of technology. Due to the ways of today's society, children often get exposed to racey media earlier than they should. This is either due to their parents being carless enough to let them watch it, by accident, to attempt to look "cool" among their peers, or because they have an older sibling interested in such content and want to be just like them. Several children these days often use phones earlier than they should, play violent video games, watch shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and - with the power of their idealism - [[LoopholeAbuse find loopholes around everything]]. All this usually happens while free from adult supervision, i.e. on the school playground.

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Unfortunately, this had become less of a case of TruthInTelevision following the mainstream rise of technology. Due to the ways of today's society, children often get exposed to racey media earlier than they should. This is either due to their parents being carless enough to let them watch view it, by accident, to attempt to look "cool" among their peers, rebelling against their parents' prevention of the exposure, or because they have an older sibling interested in such content and want to be just like them. Several children these days often use phones earlier than they should, play violent video games, watch vulgar television shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and movies, and - with the power of their idealism - [[LoopholeAbuse find loopholes around everything]]. All this usually happens while free from adult supervision, i.e. on supervision. Ever since the school playground.
epidemic debut of cellphones, social media, video games, etc., parents have vastly criticized the psychologically damaging effects of technology on children and early adolescents and have made efforts to shelter them from the world's cynicism, often to varying to little success. They have especially noted an increase in sociopathic behavior in technologically exposed children in stark contrast to their generation.


* The innocence of children lead to a proposed online law called Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that prohibits children under the age of 13 from joining social media websites to protect them from privacy invasion and sexual exploitation from adults. However, this rule can be circumvented if the child's parent or legal guardian agrees to create an account for them and post on their behalf, especially if the child in question is a celebrity. Unfortunately, this rule hasn't made much impact across the web, as kids under 13 can trespass this rule simply by [[LoopholeAbuse entering a fake birthday]]. Additionally, children 13 and over have too been brought into predatory hands online that have made this law disputable.

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* The innocence of children lead to a proposed online law called Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that prohibits children under the age of 13 from joining social media websites to protect them prevent their personal information from privacy invasion and sexual exploitation from adults.being collected by databases. However, this rule can be circumvented if the child's parent or legal guardian agrees to create an account for them and post on their behalf, especially if the child in question is a celebrity. Unfortunately, this rule hasn't made much impact across the web, as kids under 13 can trespass this rule simply by [[LoopholeAbuse entering a fake birthday]]. Additionally, children 13 and over have too been brought into predatory hands online that have made this law disputable.

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*In the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie, Dylan Sanders (Creator/DrewBarrymore) is shown rolling naked down a hill behind a house. Two young boys see her. How do they respond? They give her clothes, including a Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin T-shirt.

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** This same behavior led to the slew of [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day-care_sex-abuse_hysteria child molestation allegations]] throughout the '80's and early '90's, the most infamous example being the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial [=McMartin=] case]], in which investigators actually looked for secret tunnels under the day care facility because children claimed that they'd been abused there.


Victorian-era Westerners invented modern "childhood". Inspired by the ideals of The Enlightenment and an interpretation of the Bible's New Testament based on them, they came to the conclusion that the time people spent between being a baby and being useful in mines and fields (or [[BabyFactory for making more babies]]) was special and precious--that people this age were innocent and full of wonder and beloved by God, and that they should be loved and protected and cared for by society in general. They came to believe that there was a stark contrast between the [[RousseauWasRight innocent and instinctual goodness]] of children and the cynical evil of adults. After several decades the grassroots belief in and support for "childhood" became so strong that children[[note]] Or more usually, failing that, just the girls[[/note]] under certain ages were actually forbidden from doing certain types of work despite the dedicated lobbying of business interests who didn't want to lose their smallest and cheapest workers (e.g. smaller coal-miners mean smaller mineshafts). By 1900 only a fifth or so of British and US children (under 16) were in full-time employment and even the world's most pro-corporation and [[RedScare rabidly]] [[DirtyCommunists anti-socialist]] democratic state, the USA, actually finally ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Labor_Standards_Act banned child labour entirely]]'' in 1938.

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Victorian-era Westerners Anglosphere invented modern "childhood". Inspired by the ideals of The Enlightenment and an interpretation of the Bible's New Testament based on them, they came to the conclusion that the time people spent between being a baby and being useful in mines and fields (or [[BabyFactory for making more babies]]) was special and precious--that people this age were innocent and full of wonder and beloved by God, and that they should be loved and protected and cared for by society in general. They came to believe that there was a stark contrast between the [[RousseauWasRight innocent and instinctual goodness]] of children and the cynical evil of adults. After several decades the grassroots belief in and support for "childhood" became so strong that children[[note]] Or more usually, failing that, just the girls[[/note]] under certain ages were actually forbidden from doing certain types of work despite the dedicated lobbying of business interests who didn't want to lose their smallest and cheapest workers (e.g. smaller coal-miners mean smaller mineshafts). By 1900 only a fifth or so of British and US children (under 16) were in full-time employment and even the world's most pro-corporation and [[RedScare rabidly]] [[DirtyCommunists anti-socialist]] democratic state, the USA, actually finally ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Labor_Standards_Act banned child labour entirely]]'' in 1938.


* The point of ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is that Children Are Innocent and you're sick if [[ColdBloodedTorture you torture them]], [[RapeAsDrama rape them]], [[TykeBomb make]] [[ChildSoldier them]] [[TykeBomb fight a war for you]], [[ForTheEvulz or]] [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil mess with them]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil in any way whatsoever]]. Hence why [[BigBad King Hamdo]] is so reprehensible.

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* The point of ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is that Children Are Innocent and you're sick if [[ColdBloodedTorture you torture them]], [[RapeAsDrama rape them]], [[TykeBomb make]] [[ChildSoldier [[ChildSoldiers them]] [[TykeBomb fight a war for you]], [[ForTheEvulz or]] [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil mess with them]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil in any way whatsoever]]. Hence why [[BigBad King Hamdo]] is so reprehensible.



* Defied with several examples in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. Cloud gets an erection when seeing Sandra in bathing-suit and, according to Larisa, Sandra graviates towards feeling needy for Cloud half of her waking hours. Speaking of Larisa, she has [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour pyromanic tendencies]], jokes about being a "junkie" when she injects insulin (with the [[MistakenForJunkie predictable results]]), accuses a teacher of molesting her just so she could get out of a homework assignment and is generally [[FilleFatale very flirty at an adult level]]. Cloud's mom, Ye Thusa, used to be a Burmese guerrilla ChildSoldier.

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* Defied with several examples in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. Cloud gets an erection when seeing Sandra in bathing-suit and, according to Larisa, Sandra graviates towards feeling needy for Cloud half of her waking hours. Speaking of Larisa, she has [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour pyromanic tendencies]], jokes about being a "junkie" when she injects insulin (with the [[MistakenForJunkie predictable results]]), accuses a teacher of molesting her just so she could get out of a homework assignment and is generally [[FilleFatale very flirty at an adult level]]. Cloud's mom, Ye Thusa, used to be a Burmese guerrilla ChildSoldier.{{Child Soldier|s}}.


* The innocence of children lead to a proposed online law called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_Online_Privacy_Protection_Act Children's Online Privacy Protection Act]] (COPPA) that prohibits children under the age of 13 from joining social media websites to protect them from privacy invasion and sexual exploitation from adults. However, this rule can be circumvented if the child's parent or legal guardian agrees to create an account for them and post on their behalf, especially if the child in question is a celebrity. Unfortunately, this rule hasn't made much impact across the web, as kids under 13 can trespass this rule simply by [[LoopholeAbuse entering a fake birthday]]. Additionally, children 13 and over have too been brought into predatory hands online that have made this law disputable.

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* The innocence of children lead to a proposed online law called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_Online_Privacy_Protection_Act Children's Online Privacy Protection Act]] Act (COPPA) that prohibits children under the age of 13 from joining social media websites to protect them from privacy invasion and sexual exploitation from adults. However, this rule can be circumvented if the child's parent or legal guardian agrees to create an account for them and post on their behalf, especially if the child in question is a celebrity. Unfortunately, this rule hasn't made much impact across the web, as kids under 13 can trespass this rule simply by [[LoopholeAbuse entering a fake birthday]]. Additionally, children 13 and over have too been brought into predatory hands online that have made this law disputable.


* [[ThinkOfTheChildren Children are often used]] by supporters of everything from gay marriage to racial segregation. The idea seems to be that if a child believes your view then that is because they are pure and innocent and not just because their parents told them what was "correct".

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* [[ThinkOfTheChildren Children are often used]] by supporters of everything from gay marriage to racial segregation.vindicate their ideology. The idea seems to be that if a child believes your view then that is because they are pure and innocent and not just because their parents told them what was "correct".


* In March 2019, Website/YouTube started disabling the comments on several family-friendly videos featuring minors on account of potentially attracting pedophiliac and predatory hands. Previously, there was a genre of videos called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsagate Elsagate]]" which exploited this trope by featuring family-friendly characters in clickbait thumbnails only for the videos themselves to depict some risqué acts (i.e. characters engaging in violent, sexual situations, children being exploited). This genre eventually caugh the eyes of [=YouTube=] staff, who took action by suspending the many channels uploading such content regardless of their fame.

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* In March 2019, Website/YouTube started disabling the comments on several family-friendly videos featuring minors on account of potentially attracting pedophiliac and predatory hands. Previously, there was a genre of videos called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsagate Elsagate]]" which exploited this trope by featuring family-friendly characters in clickbait thumbnails only for the videos themselves to depict some risqué acts (i.e. characters engaging in violent, sexual situations, children being exploited). This genre eventually caugh caught the eyes of [=YouTube=] staff, who took action by suspending the many channels uploading such content regardless of their fame.


This is the standard for an InnocentProdigy and often comes into play for AChildShallLeadThem. Innocence is also generally behind ConstantlyCurious and CuriousAsAMonkey.

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This is the standard for an InnocentProdigy and often comes into play for AChildShallLeadThem. Innocence is also generally behind ConstantlyCurious ConstantlyCurious, CuriousAsAMonkey, and CuriousAsAMonkey.
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The SpoiledBrat, the MouthyKid, the BrattyHalfPint, and KidsAreCruel [[PlayingWithATrope can be complex examples]]. They may have been born that way, have been this trope and then something happened to them remove that aspect, or they could have a HiddenHeartOfGold which restores the aspect. In the first case, if the causes of the spoiling are clearly identified, and the children revert to innocence when they are removed, the children may still be innocent.

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The SpoiledBrat, the MouthyKid, the BrattyHalfPint, and KidsAreCruel [[PlayingWithATrope can be complex examples]]. They may have been born that way, have been this trope and then something happened to them remove that aspect, or they could have a HiddenHeartOfGold which restores the aspect. In the first case, if the causes of the spoiling are clearly identified, and the children revert to innocence when they are removed, the children may still be innocent.
innocent. TeensAreMonsters is a whole new story, as children's bodies are now full of hormones that cause them to become more rebellious, intimidating, and sociopathic than ever. However, on rare occasions, this can be averted by some teens who may even still show shades of Children Are Innocent in needing adult protection from the toxicity of teenage society.



* Czeslaw Meyer from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' likes to act the part, but he's actually very paranoid and cynical. Then again, he's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and so only ''looks'' like a child and his paranoia is due to an abusive caretaker.



* ''Anime/MashinHeroWataruSeries'': The reason why Himiko can bend heaven and hell to any direction as she pleases using ''[[GenkiGirl just her personality and pure energy]]'' is really because she literally doesn't know what “logic” is, and ''[[AchievementsInIgnorance doesn’t even care how logic should work.]]''



* Celine from ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', an alien plant that looks like a little human child. She is so well behaved that Rito can take her anywhere without fear of her causing an incident. He's taken her to his high-school without trouble, numerous times, and she's been in Lala's laboratory, where even Rito himself is not safe, without any issue, as long as she's kept occupied and has at least minimal supervision. The only time(s) she's gotten in trouble are when she's drunk on soda, or somebody left her unattended in front of a tempting portal. Further, nobody takes issue with [[{{Fanservice}} her sucking on ample exposed breasts]] because she's a toddler, and that's what they do.
* In ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', the eponymous Totoro (a benevolent forest guardian) only appears to children. (The same applies to the cat-bus.) Adults might experience a rush of wind, but will ''never'' actually see Totoro, even if they're benevolent and open-minded like Kusakabi-sensei. Mei is the first one to see Totoro and he later appears to her older sister Satsuki as well.



* ComicBook/{{X 23}} was born innocent and for that reason she ''[[DefiedTrope deliberately broken]]'' by her creators. ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'', ''Target: X'' and flashbacks in her solo series ''show'' in detail the horrific amounts of abuse and torture piled on her to strip away her innocence and turn her into a LivingWeapon. Her "field test" was at the age of ''nine'' and said field test was the assassination of Presidential candidate Greg Johnson, his wife, their kids, and ''an entire roomful'' of staffers, press, and other functionaries. All-told, she killed ''several dozen people'' in the attack and it only gets ''worse'' from there. She's explicitly implied to have a bodycount in the ''hundreds'' by the time she's 16, enough that ComicBook/CaptainAmerica ''personally'' devotes himself to hunting her down and nearly turns her over to ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} for trial (before he recognizes S.H.I.E.L.D. would just use her, too). Even after escaping and joining the X-Men, Laura still struggles with her past including the time she spent as a 15/16 year-old StreetWalker.



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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': It is a running gag for Calvin to ask his dad a ludicrous question.
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* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', this is a recurring motif with Janet, a young girl who appears late in episode 10.



* This is played straight to a frightening and rather depressing degree with Satsuki (nicknamed "Dove") in ''Fanfic/KiryuuinChronicles'', as she narrates the past. She has no comprehension as to why [[DomesticAbuse her mother has bruises and slap marks]], why her mother burned her ''favorite'' dress, or anything in relation to that, aside from [[ParentalSubstitute Rei]]'s explanations. However, she does know enough to be afraid or to know that something isn't right, yet isn't allowed to ask questions or elaborate on her thoughts about them, being told to stay quiet.
* Little [[FanFic/EnemyOfMyEnemy Sarah Jennings]] just can't see why everyone's so [[HopelessWar up]][[TheSiege set]] all the time, or why some people think "[[FluffyTheTerrible Jib & Jub]]" are so scary...



* ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'' has two examples. The first is Rosie, Owen's niece, who is an adorable little girl who does not know of the terrible things Elise did prior to her HeelFaceTurn. The adults also have to tiptoe around why Elise's sister [[IllGirl Small One]] isn't around anymore. The other example is Love, a baby ''Apatosaurus'' that wanders into Elise's room at the vet's after her run-in with [[SeaMonster Lilly]]. While Elise is a GentleGiant, she's still a predatory dinosaur that killed several of Love's kind during her rampage, but Love shows no fear with walking up to Elise.
* In ''Fanfic/CellarSecrets'', having lived most of her life in a cellar since her formative years, Ryuuko doesn't have much comprehension of how the world works and most things she sees are new, fascinating or, otherwise, frightening to her. A notable case of this in the story is in chapter nine where she goes outside for the first time and seems to be elated by what she's encountered. However, this does have its drawbacks as due to her innocence, she is prone to putting things in her mouth to see what it is, having not a chance to learn much else otherwise.
** Later in the story, her innocence is more emphasized, as its made clear that she also doesn't quite comprehend what death is, regardless, she feels the pain of loss. Satsuki acknowledges this and explains to her that their father died, telling her, that "he's where the stars are" and that, where he is, is where people who've passed away go. When Shiro passes away in chapter 25, she realizes, in her own way, that he's not coming back, even if she can't fully grasp why.
* ''Webcomic/{{Guardian}}'' portrays Lulu as rather more innocent and trusting in her childhood, albeit still with the experience of being orphaned--she's unaware that the pilgrimage ends in the summoner's death, and starts forming her familiar shell after being told this. After this, Yuna is the one who fits the bill, remaining innocent and friendly despite her earlier mistreatment and Lulu's aloof attitude.

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* ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'' has two examples. The first is ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'':
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Rosie, Owen's niece, who is an adorable little girl who does not know of the terrible things Elise did prior to her HeelFaceTurn. The adults also have to tiptoe around why Elise's sister [[IllGirl Small One]] isn't around anymore. The other example is anymore.
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Love, a baby ''Apatosaurus'' that wanders into Elise's room at the vet's after her run-in with [[SeaMonster Lilly]]. While Elise is a GentleGiant, she's still a predatory dinosaur that killed several of Love's kind during her rampage, but Love shows no fear with walking up to Elise.
* In ''Fanfic/CellarSecrets'', having lived most of her life in a cellar since her formative years, Ryuuko doesn't have much comprehension of how the world works and most things she sees are new, fascinating or, otherwise, frightening to her. A notable case of this in the story is in chapter nine where she goes outside for the first time and seems to be elated by what she's encountered. However, this does have its drawbacks as due to her innocence, she is prone to putting things in her mouth to see what it is, having not a chance to learn much else otherwise.
** Later in the story, her innocence is more emphasized, as its made clear that she also doesn't quite comprehend what death is, regardless, she feels the pain of loss. Satsuki acknowledges this and explains to her that their father died, telling her, that "he's where the stars are" and that, where he is, is where people who've passed away go. When Shiro passes away in chapter 25, she realizes, in her own way, that he's not coming back, even if she can't fully grasp why.
* ''Webcomic/{{Guardian}}'' portrays Lulu as rather more innocent and trusting in her childhood, albeit still with the experience of being orphaned--she's unaware that the pilgrimage ends in the summoner's death, and starts forming her familiar shell after being told this. After this, Yuna is the one who fits the bill, remaining innocent and friendly despite her earlier mistreatment and Lulu's aloof attitude.
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* Played with in ''Fanfic/LostFound'', with Ryuuko and Nui, who have very little understanding as to why they were being experimented on and can only speculate, along with knowing the consequences. While they do have some understanding of how wrong their treatment was, they could do very little to affect it.
** In a later chapter, Nui, when telling of her (and Ryuuko's) experiences at the "orphanage", she describes a vivisection before asking what it was, however, she seems to have a clue as to what "euthanasia" was (or, at least, what the idea entailed), as she mentioned, “I got to stay because they were low on kids.”

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* Played with in ''Fanfic/LostFound'', with Ryuuko and Nui, who have very little understanding as to why they were being experimented on and can only speculate, along with knowing the consequences. While they do have some understanding of how wrong their treatment was, they could do very little to affect it. \n** In a later chapter, Nui, when telling of her (and Ryuuko's) experiences at the "orphanage", she describes a vivisection before asking what it was, however, she seems to have a clue as to what "euthanasia" was (or, at least, what the idea entailed), as she mentioned, “I got to stay because they were low on kids.”



* Played with in ''Fanfic/TheOutside'', where Ryuuko is more naive than the usual child (we don't know exactly how old she is but the story implies that she's about 12), however, this is because Satsuki forbade her from going outside and raised her isolated, so she doesn't really know how the world works or what things are. Special points of this are when she refers to an [=RV=] as a "house car", didn't know what snow was and asked what it was, couldn't understand exactly how someone as nice as Rei could be a wanted fugitive (her reasoning is that "nice people don't go to jail"), or what miscarriages are.

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* ''Fanfic/TheOutside'':
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Played with in ''Fanfic/TheOutside'', where regards to Ryuuko is more naive than the usual child (we don't know exactly how old she is but the story implies that she's about 12), however, this is because Satsuki forbade her from going outside and raised her isolated, so she doesn't really know how the world works or what things are. Special points of this are when she refers to an [=RV=] as a "house car", didn't know what snow was and asked what it was, couldn't understand exactly how someone as nice as Rei could be a wanted fugitive (her reasoning is that "nice people don't go to jail"), or what miscarriages are.



* ''[[Fanfic/TheChangelingSequence The Changeling]]'' and sequel story plays this for drama and laughs with Damian Wayne. It's drama when he wants to meet [[EvilOldFolks his grandfather]] only because they're family and as such he can't envision Ra's hurting him, and he needs to be reassured that feeling happy while someone else is sad is allowed. It's laughs when he believes kids come from the circus and asks what "exhibitionist" means.



* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'': Chihiro, while somewhat spoiled and whiny, intuitively realizes that her parents are trespassing when they eat the food of the gods.
* In ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' Setsuko's innocence is used as a foil to highlight the cruelty of war.



* Lilo from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' has some unusual interests in things kids her age shouldn't even be aware of, but when she's about to be taken away from her older sister Nani by a social worker, she has no idea what's really going on.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Sid tortures toys for fun. On one hand, it's easy to imagine this kid growing up to torture his fellow humans. On the other hand, he didn't know the toys were alive.

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* Lilo from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' has some unusual interests in things kids her age shouldn't even be aware of, but when she's about to be taken away from her older sister Nani by a social worker, she has no idea what's really going on.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'':
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Sid tortures toys for fun. On one hand, it's easy to imagine this kid growing up to torture his fellow humans. On the other hand, he didn't know the toys were alive. alive.
** Also, Andy in the first two films: a CheerfulChild who plays with his toys to drown out the world's cruelties.



* Averted in ''Anime/{{Tekkonkinkreet}}'': Black can't be older than 13 and has already mugged, assaulted and maimed several people. His [[ConstantlyCurious usually innocent]] partner White also nastily averts this trope when he [[spoiler:lights one of their alien attackers on fire and [[KillItWithFire burns him alive]].]]



* At the end of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', the first one in the crowd to accept Quasimodo is a little girl with InnocentBlueEyes who hugs him.



* Kevin in ''Film/TimeBandits''. Ironically enough, one aspect is that he is [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot curious]] and willing to read rather than wallow in sloth and greed, and so he is in many respects the most knowledgeable character in the film, except for Agammenon, the only good adult.



* In ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Anakin Skywalker's [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope falling off of the slippery slope]] was killing younglings when Sors Bandeam, one of them, asked him what they were going to do during his attack on the temple.
** This trope is also the reason why on Naboo [[AChildShallLeadThem the monarchs are generally elected from amongst pre-teens and teenagers]] for the Naboo people believe that children have an uncorrupted kind of wisdom. Padmé Amidala, one of the most beloved queens Naboo ever had, began her reign at age 14. One of her successors, Apailana, was elected at only 12.
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro's films
** ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' Ofelia is a wide-eyed innocent who believes in fairy tales and it's because of her innocence that [[spoiler:her father fatally shoots her in the stomach at the end of the film.]]
** The orphans in ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'' might be a bunch of little kids who love comic books and grossing each other out with slugs, but they're a complex bunch, and by the end, perfectly capable of [[spoiler:killing Jacinto like [[ChekhovsClassroom a pack of hunters taking down a mammoth.]]]]
* ''Film/HardCandy'' starts out with this trope played straight by the cute, innocent protagonist. Then 20 minutes into the movie it suddenly does a 180-turn and averts it.

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* In ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Anakin Skywalker's [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope falling off of the slippery slope]] was killing younglings when Sors Bandeam, one of them, asked him what they were going to do during his attack on the temple.
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temple. This trope is also the reason why on Naboo [[AChildShallLeadThem the monarchs are generally elected from amongst pre-teens and teenagers]] for the Naboo people believe that children have an uncorrupted kind of wisdom. Padmé Amidala, one of the most beloved queens Naboo ever had, began her reign at age 14. One of her successors, Apailana, was elected at only 12.
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro's films
** ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' Ofelia is a wide-eyed innocent who believes in fairy tales and it's because of her innocence that [[spoiler:her father fatally shoots her in the stomach at the end of the film.]]
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The orphans in ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'' might be a bunch of little kids who love comic books and grossing each other out with slugs, but they're a complex bunch, and by the end, perfectly capable of [[spoiler:killing Jacinto like [[ChekhovsClassroom a pack of hunters taking down a mammoth.]]]]
* ''Film/HardCandy'' starts out with this trope played straight by the cute, innocent protagonist. Then 20 minutes into the movie it suddenly does a 180-turn and averts it.
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* Inverted by the play and movie ''Film/TheBadSeed'' (and its remake "The Good Son").

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* Played with in ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates''. Sacha hero-worships Vasili as, well, a war hero, but he's also actively working to help Vasili kill [[ColdSniper Major König]]. On the other hand, he has little to no idea just how dangerous a situation he's got himself into [[spoiler:and it winds up getting him killed.]] Given the fact that the kid's grown up in a war zone and has presumably lost his father to that war, his partial loss of innocence is quite understandable.
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a aversion on all accounts.
** [[spoiler:the brutal head of the Flaming Dragon drug ring seems to be about twelve years old]].
** [[spoiler:the adorable local toddler Ben Stiller's character wants to adopt stabbing him multiple times in rage before being flung off a bridge.]]



* In ''Film/{{Spawn}}'', the hellish main character runs into his human daughter Cyan after secretly observing a lecture given by his former fiancé Wanda. The little girl isn't afraid of the imposing figure and innocently notes his weird (burned and scarred) face before exchanging names.
* In ''Film/HellraiserInferno'', the Engineer's victim is just an innocent kid whom Joseph desperately tries to save before it's completely destroyed. [[spoiler:Not only that, the child is the literal embodiment of Joseph's childhood innocence before he became a narcissistic asshole as an adult. The Engineer, Joseph's savage hedonistic side, pretty literally mutilates and destroys that innocence. Pinhead notes in his role as the psychologist that he admires that trait in children and is genuinely disgusted at Joseph when he gives him his karmic punishment.]]
* What ultimately saved Ed Macafrey from criminal charges in ''Film/MenDontTell''. After years of being [[DomesticAbuse abused]] by his wife, she hits their daughter, he tries to defend her by restraining his wife, and in the struggle, his wife fell head first through a window. He is then arrested and accused of wife beating and attempted murder. He tells his side of the story to the cops, who don't believe him, all the while his daughter stays at Ed's father's place... When she finally, innocently asks if her mother is gonna be in trouble for all what she did, not realizing that her dad was the one in trouble. So her grandfather brings her to the police station to testify. The end result is that Ed is let go and Laura gets arrested.
* Downplayed in In ''Film/ToKillADragon''. The children already show sign of being corrupted by the Dragon. However, it is implied that they can have their free will restored, whereas most of the adults are too far gone and will forever remain slaves at heart.
* Stated word-for-word in ''Film/TheHunt''. All the movie's [[PaedoHunt problems]] are based on a [[FalseRapeAccusation single lie]] from little Klara. Her words turn out deadly (for the protagonist's dog anyway) and if Klara was an adult, we would see her action as a wicked attempt to manipulate others for her own satisfaction. But at her age, Klara was simply confused and misinterpreted Lucas' rejection. All adults in the movie accept this fact when the truth is revealed.
** The only person not actually buying into this trope is 16-year-old Marcus, who is in such a rage about Klara's lie that he spits her in the face.

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* In ''Film/{{Spawn}}'', the hellish main character runs into his human daughter Cyan after secretly observing a lecture given by his former fiancé Wanda. The little girl isn't afraid of the imposing figure and innocently notes his weird (burned and scarred) face before exchanging names.
* In ''Film/HellraiserInferno'', the Engineer's victim is just an innocent kid whom Joseph desperately tries to save before it's completely destroyed. [[spoiler:Not only that, the child is the literal embodiment of Joseph's childhood innocence before he became a narcissistic asshole as an adult. The Engineer, Joseph's savage hedonistic side, pretty literally mutilates and destroys that innocence. Pinhead notes in his role as the psychologist that he admires that trait in children and is genuinely disgusted at Joseph when he gives him his karmic punishment.]]
* What ultimately saved Ed Macafrey from criminal charges in ''Film/MenDontTell''. After years of being [[DomesticAbuse abused]] by his wife, she hits their daughter, he tries to defend her by restraining his wife, and in the struggle, his wife fell head first through a window. He is then arrested and accused of wife beating and attempted murder. He tells his side of the story to the cops, who don't believe him, all the while his daughter stays at Ed's father's place... When she finally, innocently asks if her mother is gonna be in trouble for all what she did, not realizing that her dad was the one in trouble. So her grandfather brings her to the police station to testify. The end result is that Ed is let go and Laura gets arrested.
* Downplayed in In ''Film/ToKillADragon''. The children already show sign of being corrupted by the Dragon. However, it is implied that they can have their free will restored, whereas most of the adults are too far gone and will forever remain slaves at heart.
* Stated word-for-word in ''Film/TheHunt''. All the movie's [[PaedoHunt problems]] are based on a [[FalseRapeAccusation single lie]] from little Klara. Her words turn out deadly (for the protagonist's dog anyway) and if Klara was an adult, we would see her action as a wicked attempt to manipulate others for her own satisfaction. But at her age, Klara was simply confused and misinterpreted Lucas' rejection. All adults in the movie accept this fact when the truth is revealed.
**
revealed. The only person not actually buying into this trope is 16-year-old Marcus, who is in such a rage about Klara's lie that he spits her in the face.



* ''Literature/TheRoad'' by Creator/CormacMcCarthy has [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold The Boy]] being "compassion incarnate," as one reviewer stated, while The Man must struggle to do the right thing.
* ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'': Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was no more than two, asks "Santa Claus" why he's taking the Christmas Tree. Between the HairOfGoldHeartOfGold and [[PinkMeansFeminine pink nightgown]] she's clearly supposed to represent the innocent child who believes in Santa Claus.



* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novels, the Ghosts on several occasions make special provision for children. In ''Necropolis'', Criid takes two children, total strangers, under her wing when their mother dies, and when Caffran sees that a child and a woman are looting, he brings out what they had intended to steal, and gives them a gun as well. In ''Sabbat Martyr'' Criid opens a deserted building to shelter children and stands down the ObstructiveBureaucrat who objects; later, the Ghosts are particularly protective of the children among the refugees. [[spoiler: This lends particular horror to Caffran's death at the hands of a child in ''The Armor of Contempt''.]]
** Subverted during the siege of Vervunhive in ''Necropolis''. The narration briefly mentions that the Chaos army is made of all people available, including elders and children.
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonald's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin''. [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Irene]] is so innocent she can't fathom why she should not be [[FirstNameBasis called Irene]].
-->''"Oh, then, Curdie, you must call me just Irene and no more."\\
"No, indeed," said the nurse indignantly. "He shall do no such thing."\\
"What shall he call me, then, Lootie?"\\
"Your Royal Highness."\\
"My Royal Highness! What's that? No, no, Lootie. I won't be called names. I don't like them. You told me once yourself it's only rude children that call names; and I'm sure Curdie wouldn't be rude. Curdie, my name's Irene."''
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', Uriel is horror-struck by the sight of crying children being herded into the process that turns them into Chaos {{Space Marine}}s. [[spoiler:It influences him later, when he witnesses the twisted remains of those who are rejected, and is willing to consider that BeautyEqualsGoodness might not be true.]]

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* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels, the Ghosts on several occasions make special provision for children. In ''Necropolis'', Criid takes two children, total strangers, under her wing when their mother dies, and when Caffran sees that a child and a woman are looting, he brings out what they had intended to steal, and gives them a gun as well. In ''Sabbat Martyr'' Criid opens a deserted building to shelter children and stands down the ObstructiveBureaucrat who objects; later, the Ghosts are particularly protective of the children among the refugees. [[spoiler: This lends particular horror to Caffran's death at the hands of a child in ''The Armor of Contempt''.]]
**
]] Subverted during the siege of Vervunhive in ''Necropolis''. The narration briefly mentions that the Chaos army is made of all people available, including elders and children.
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonald's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndTheGoblin''. [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Irene]] is so innocent she can't fathom why she should not be [[FirstNameBasis called Irene]].
-->''"Oh, then, Curdie, you must call me just Irene and no more."\\
"No, indeed," said the nurse indignantly. "He shall do no such thing."\\
"What shall he call me, then, Lootie?"\\
"Your Royal Highness."\\
"My Royal Highness! What's that? No, no, Lootie. I won't be called names. I don't like them. You told me once yourself it's only rude children that call names; and I'm sure Curdie wouldn't be rude. Curdie, my name's Irene."''
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', Uriel is horror-struck by the sight of crying children being herded into the process that turns them into Chaos {{Space Marine}}s. [[spoiler:It influences him later, when he witnesses the twisted remains of those who are rejected, and is willing to consider that BeautyEqualsGoodness might not be true.]]
children.



* In Creator/PiersAnthony's Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality books, the souls of infants are pure -- except, in some ''interesting'' theology where they can be tainted down to "in balance" by such things as the circumstances of their conception, or by their deaths owing to genetic disease precipiating their mother's suicide.

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* In Creator/PiersAnthony's Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' books, the souls of infants are pure -- except, in some ''interesting'' theology where they can be tainted down to "in balance" by such things as the circumstances of their conception, or by their deaths owing to genetic disease precipiating their mother's suicide.



* Both played straight and averted in ''Literature/SwanSong''. Swan, the titular protagonist, is very innocent in spite of the upheaved life she's lead, while Roland shows signs of being evil at 12 years old.



* [[TheWoobie 'Cita]] in the ''Literature/{{Petaybee}}'' books, oddly enough. She was raised by a cult where children are married by ten and beaten regularly, but she still believes people are naturally good and trusts easily.
* ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', who always comes to the conclusion that adults are strange after watching their usual behavior.



* Averted in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', where we see that Lord Voldemort (formerly Tom Riddle) had always had the instinct to take what is not his and had always delighted in hurting others (hanged another orphan's pet rabbit, forced two other children into a dark cave and did something to them that mentally scarred them).
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. Children are immune to the Spectres, and can have special affinity to the Alethiometer, and have transforming daemons symbolizing their infinite potential - but one of the main themes of the books is that children have to grow up, and it's not a bad thing. Neither Will nor Lyra take directly part in the war against the Authority; they don't share Lord Asriel's RageAgainstTheHeavens - they're just trying to survive. [[spoiler:They do end up killing the Authority, but it's not an act of violence; they didn't know who he was, and were trying to help him.]]
** Then again, one is a murderer, and the other is 'only' a sometimes foul mouth brawler who prides herself in her ability to lie to anyone and approves of the other being a murderer. Most other children are likewise depicted similarly, so 'innocence' is a relative concept.

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* Averted in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', where we see that Lord Voldemort (formerly Tom Riddle) had always had the instinct to take what is not his and had always delighted in hurting others (hanged another orphan's pet rabbit, forced two other children into a dark cave and did something to them that mentally scarred them).
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. Children are immune to the Spectres, and can have special affinity to the Alethiometer, and have transforming daemons symbolizing their infinite potential - but one of the main themes of the books is that children have to grow up, and it's not a bad thing. Neither Will nor Lyra take directly part in the war against the Authority; they don't share Lord Asriel's RageAgainstTheHeavens - they're just trying to survive. [[spoiler:They do end up killing the Authority, but it's not an act of violence; they didn't know who he was, and were trying to help him.]]
**
]] Then again, one is a murderer, and the other is 'only' a sometimes foul mouth brawler who prides herself in her ability to lie to anyone and approves of the other being a murderer. Most other children are likewise depicted similarly, so 'innocence' is a relative concept.



** Averted with [[SociopathicHero Arya Stark]] and [[TeensAreMonsters Joffrey]] [[TheCaligula Baratheon]].



* Averted in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'' with the kids who bully the protagonists, but Henry Bowers and Patrick Hockstetter are the most psychotic. For example, [[spoiler: Henry chases down Ben Hanscom, pins him to the ground with help of his fellow bullies, and proceeds to ''carve his name into Ben's stomach'' (fortunately he only gets as far as "H"). Patrick Hockstetter is a solipsist, but his world view is shaken when his baby brother is born and he loses some attention from his parents. This makes him afraid that his little brother may exist, so he smothers the infant with a pillow. No one ever finds out.]]
* Played with in Creator/RayBradbury's ''The Small Assassin'', in which a mother becomes convinced that her newborn baby will ''kill'' her. [[spoiler:She's right. And the father too.]]
** A very similar short story is "Baby Hate" by Elizabeth Fancett, where a father believes his newborn son cannot stand to be around him. We are initially led to believe that he is simply projecting his own psychological issues onto the baby - [[spoiler:until the baby horrifically and gruesomely murders his father.]]
* Averted in the ''Confessions'' of St. Augustine. He opines that even newborns, suffering as all humans do from the taint of original sin, are capable of selfishness and spite, [[InvertedTrope perhaps even more so than adults]], who have learned to behave through education and experience. Some modern humorists [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18404_6-shockingly-evil-things-babies-are-capable-of_p1.html agree]].

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* Averted in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'' with the kids who bully the protagonists, but Henry Bowers and Patrick Hockstetter are the most psychotic. For example, [[spoiler: Henry chases down Ben Hanscom, pins him to the ground with help of his fellow bullies, and proceeds to ''carve his name into Ben's stomach'' (fortunately he only gets as far as "H"). Patrick Hockstetter is a solipsist, but his world view is shaken when his baby brother is born and he loses some attention from his parents. This makes him afraid that his little brother may exist, so he smothers the infant with a pillow. No one ever finds out.]]
* Played with in Creator/RayBradbury's ''The Small Assassin'', in which a mother becomes convinced that her newborn baby will ''kill'' her. [[spoiler:She's right. And the father too.]]
**
]] A very similar short story is "Baby Hate" by Elizabeth Fancett, where a father believes his newborn son cannot stand to be around him. We are initially led to believe that he is simply projecting his own psychological issues onto the baby - [[spoiler:until the baby horrifically and gruesomely murders his father.]]
* Averted in the ''Confessions'' of St. Augustine. He opines that even newborns, suffering as all humans do from the taint of original sin, are capable of selfishness and spite, [[InvertedTrope perhaps even more so than adults]], who have learned to behave through education and experience. Some modern humorists [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18404_6-shockingly-evil-things-babies-are-capable-of_p1.html agree]].
]]



* Subverted in the Creator/AndrewVachss Burke book ''Dead and Gone'' where [[spoiler: the first of the ambushers trying to kill him appears to be the very same child he was there to receive.]]



* Averted in the works of Creator/PGWodehouse; children (usually boys) are almost always portrayed as obnoxious, grubby little pests.



* Boots from ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles''.



* In ''Literature/{{Pharaoh}}'' there is one person in the entire Egypt whose prayers reach {{God}}, because he never asks for other people to be hurt in any way. This person is six years old.
* Cody, in ''Literature/{{Bruiser}}'', always tries to think the best of everyone, including his abusive uncle.
* Sonny in ''Literature/MidnightsChildren''. He demonstrates UndyingLoyalty to Saleem, and continues to love the Brass Monkey even after she subjects him to a ShamefulStrip. Inverted everywhere else: The Brass Monkey lights shoes on fire and reacts violently to anyone who shows her affection; Evie Burns delights in torturing animals and ''murdered'' an old lady who objected to this (and also tries to murder Saleem). The other children in the neighborhood, while not nearly as violent, are still pretty belligerent. Also averted by the Midnight's Children Conference, whose eleven-year-old constituents turn on each other due to racial and religious prejudices.



* ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'': In the third book, Lucky becomes a PapaWolf towards a trio of orphaned Fierce Dog pups. He's amazed by how innocent and energetic they are and thinks about when he was a similarly bright-eyed youngster. When the Wild Pack tries to reject the pups for their heritage, Lucky uses this argument on how [[NatureVersusNurture dogs aren't born evil]]. This trope, however, only applies to ''young'' pups. Those that are a few months old can show signs of being {{Enfant Terrible}}s and {{Creepy Child}}ren.



** Averted by Joffrey Baratheon, the teenaged Caligula of Westeros.



* Mitch from ''Series/TruthBeTold'' finds it incredibly awkward that Tracey taught their daughter about her "bagina".



* ''Series/{{CSI}}: Crime Scene Investigation''

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}: Crime Scene Investigation''Investigation'':



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' in which a young boy is being possessed by an evil demon we eventually learn that [[spoiler:the demon is actually trapped inside the boy's body and the boy in question has no soul and is pure evil, shown by his actions after he is exorcised of the demon, when he burns down his house while his parents and younger sister are still inside, starting in his sister's room to make sure she cannot escape]]

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' in which a young boy is being possessed by an evil demon we eventually learn that [[spoiler:the demon is actually trapped inside the boy's body and the boy in question has no soul and is pure evil, shown by his actions after he is exorcised of the demon, when he burns down his house while his parents and younger sister are still inside, starting in his sister's room to make sure she cannot escape]]escape.]]



* Seasons four and five of ''Series/TheWire'' .

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* %%* Seasons four and five of ''Series/TheWire'' .''Series/TheWire''.



* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'': the spirit of a priest is convinced that "the child" can't have committed the crimes he was convicted of. It turns out "The Child" is a brilliant liar who was more than capable of murder by arson and centuries old due to being trapped in a furnance and so isn't a child anymore anyways. If the requirements are met, joins the party in control of a mis-mash of spirits called One Of Many.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' the little sisters will original call for the protectors to kill you, but then seem more friendly and innocent once restored to 'normal' however later they will [[spoiler: stab the final boss to death with syringes]] Although genetic engineering and behavioural programming gets most of the blame.
** In [[VideoGame/BioShock2 the sequel]], we discover how they've been programmed to see [[CrapsackWorld Rapture]] - to them, the whole thing is elegant and beautiful (except for the occasional lapse into reality), with "angels"(read: corpses) lying on the ground waiting for them to gather their ADAM. They completely trust "Daddy" whatever he does to them(although they may be scared of him if you go the evil route, they'll still go with him and gather for him).
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'': Puniyo starts as a straight example but [[CharacterDevelopment grows out of it]]. She takes on [[MrImagination Lily's]] active imagination throughout the game, along with showing hints of being able to become a MagnificentBastard. Despite being only five years old.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.

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* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'': the The spirit of a priest is convinced that "the child" can't have committed the crimes he was convicted of. It turns out "The Child" is a brilliant liar who was more than capable of murder by arson and centuries old due to being trapped in a furnance and so isn't a child anymore anyways. If the requirements are met, joins the party in control of a mis-mash of spirits called One Of Many.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' the ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'':
** The
little sisters will original call for the protectors to kill you, but then seem more friendly and innocent once restored to 'normal' however later they will [[spoiler: stab the final boss to death with syringes]] Although genetic engineering and behavioural programming gets most of the blame.
** In [[VideoGame/BioShock2 the sequel]], we discover how they've been programmed to see [[CrapsackWorld Rapture]] - to them, the whole thing is elegant and beautiful (except for the occasional lapse into reality), with "angels"(read: corpses) lying on the ground waiting for them to gather their ADAM. They completely trust "Daddy" whatever he does to them(although them (although they may be scared of him if you go the evil route, they'll still go with him and gather for him).
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'': Puniyo starts as a straight example but [[CharacterDevelopment grows out of it]]. She takes on [[MrImagination Lily's]] active imagination throughout the game, along with showing hints of being able to become a MagnificentBastard. Despite MagnificentBastard, despite being only five years old.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.''Franchise/AceAttorney'':



* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'': Battle out of hell. The first level is called 'orphanage' and features some of the most disturbing enemies in the game, most of which are children.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'': the game revolves around the Byzantian machinations and rivalries of the "Red Rose Aristocrats Club", a group of children living in an orphanage, pretending to be powerful and magnificent. Each of the children in this clique is utterly vile, completely pathetic yet still at least somewhat sympathetic due to a variety of {{Freudian Excuse}}s.



* One of the missions in ''Fairy Maids'' involves a tough-talking Hansel and Gretel hiring your service to clean the witch's gingerbread house so that it looks like "we were never there."
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' averts this trope. Ellie is in her early teens, but she grew up in an [[AfterTheEnd After]] [[ZombieApocalypse Z-Day]] scenario, and boy is that apparent from the way she acts. She's [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], [[AllWomenAreLustful lustful]] and [[LittleMissBadass definitely capable of handling herself]]. Also, Sarah in the game's ActionPrologue may be far more normal, but she still snarks about selling "hardcore drugs" to raise money for a birthday present for Joel. For a good idea of how this is, here's probably the funniest cutscene in the game:
-->'''Ellie''': I'm sure your friend will be missing ''this'' tonight.\\
'''Joel''': *driving, not paying attention* M-hm.\\
'''Ellie''': Light on the reading but it's got some interesting photos.\\
'''Joel''': Now, uh, Ellie, that ain't for kids.\\
'''Ellie''': Whoa! How... [[GagPenis How the Hell does he even walk around with that thing]]?\\
'''Joel''': Get rid of that, jus-\\
'''Ellie''': Hold yer horses! I wanna see what all the fuss is about. Oh. Why are all these stuck together?\\
'''Joel''': ... Um...\\
'''Ellie''': Hehehe, relax, I'm just fucking with you.
* Luna in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters'' starts off as an innocent little girl, but after you save her, [[spoiler: "she", or rather, it, is revealed to be a [[{{NoBiologicalSex}} genderless]] robotic puppet built with the appearance of a child. Worse of all, Luna serves as TheDragon to [[BigBad Otto Destruct]].]]
* Byron Price in ''VideoGame/TheUltimateHauntedHouse'' starts off as one of these, but if tormented, can end up turning into a CreepyChild, or even an EnfantTerrible if [[GeniusLoci the house]] is sufficiently angered as well.
* Molly, the protagonist's daughter in ''VideoGame/OneChance'', seems to not understand that the world is dying in less than a week. What makes it worse is her question of "Where's mummy, daddy?" if your wife [[spoiler:commits suicide]].



* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'': How to KickTheDog [[http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/the-dreamland-chronicles/chapter-04/page-256/ abuse children]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2009/02/21/issue-1-page-4/ Jon played on his innocent daughter to get her to steal her mother's Endstone.]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Reynardine tells Eglamore to "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=45 take care of the little one first]]", making him appear a good guy. Later, when the knight protects Antimony from it, we learn who is really good.
* Fnar from the {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' is an strange example of this trope. Having descended to Hell without having even been born rendered him completely innocent, which makes him invulnerable to the horrors there... with the side effect that [[DissonantSerenity nothing in Hell even fazes him]], as he [[InnocentInaccurate can see the most gruesome horrors and belive that they are just playing]]. Sometimes, his absolute innocence makes him as creepy as any EnfanteTerrible out there.

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* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'': How to KickTheDog [[http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/the-dreamland-chronicles/chapter-04/page-256/ abuse children]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2009/02/21/issue-1-page-4/ Jon played on his innocent daughter to get her to steal her mother's Endstone.]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Reynardine tells Eglamore to "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=45 take care of the little one first]]", making him appear a good guy. Later, when the knight protects Antimony from it, we learn who is really good.
* Fnar from the {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' is an strange example of this trope. Having descended to Hell without having even been born rendered him completely innocent, which makes him invulnerable to the horrors there... with the side effect that [[DissonantSerenity nothing in Hell even fazes him]], as he [[InnocentInaccurate can see the most gruesome horrors and belive that they are just playing]]. Sometimes, his absolute innocence makes him as creepy as any EnfanteTerrible out there.
children]].



** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4114 even Lil' Evil was an innocent child who prefered a teddy bear to a pitchfork.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3016 though later he treated babies as if not innocent.]]
* In ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'', [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter7/161.html Even the newborn tree creature is innocent]].
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': What looks like a tiny girl is in fact a tiny undead abomination capable of ripping a man's heart out of his chest.

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** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4114 even Lil' Evil was an innocent child who prefered a teddy bear to a pitchfork.]]
**
]], [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3016 though later he treated babies as if not innocent.]]
* In ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'', [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter7/161.html Even even the newborn tree creature is innocent]].
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': What looks like a tiny girl is in fact a tiny undead abomination capable of ripping a man's heart out of his chest.
innocent]].



* Shelley, from ''Webcomic/FiveKidsAtFreddys'' seems to be completely unafraid of being trapped in the pizzeria, and believes all of the animatronics are real. The other kids are slightly more savvy, but with the possible exception of Tracey, all of them trusted the guy in the Freddy suit implicitly.



* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' lives this trope. He is really naive and loves everyone, even bullies.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', flashbacks show that Zuko, Mai and Ty Lee were all nice kids, but ''Azula'' was cruel even as a small child. [[spoiler:According to her, her own mother saw her as a monster.]]
** This trope comes up again when Katara finds a painting that she believes to be a Zuko as a baby. Zuko responds that it isn't him in the painting: it's his father, Firelord Ozai, the BigBad. The group find themselves disturbed looking at this innocent, happy child while knowing the monster he'd one day grow up to be.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', flashbacks show that Zuko, Mai and Ty Lee were all nice kids, but ''Azula'' was cruel even as a small child. [[spoiler:According to her, her own mother saw her as a monster.]]
**
]] This trope comes up again when Katara finds a painting that she believes to be a Zuko as a baby. Zuko responds that it isn't him in the painting: it's his father, Firelord Ozai, the BigBad. The group find themselves disturbed looking at this innocent, happy child while knowing the monster he'd one day grow up to be.



** Butters is the closest thing to innocent on the show.

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** Butters is the closest thing to innocent on the show.show, being a TokenGoodTeammate and WideEyedIdealist in such a CrapsackWorld.



* ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfTomorrow'': Emily-Prime.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six" reveals that Hayley was innocent until her seventh birthday, when she saw a man killing a baby seal on television.

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfTomorrow'': Emily-Prime.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six" reveals that Hayley was innocent until her seventh birthday, when she saw a man killing a baby seal on television.
Emily-Prime.



* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** Jimmy is a CheerfulChild who loves fairy tales and engaging in [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide feminine make-believe]], cementing him as the most innocent member of the Cul-de-sac.
** Jonny is another one who's devoid of malice intent in that he usually observes natural surroundings and talks with his CompanionCube, often because he has NoSocialSkills.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': All of the KND are rather innocent and naive in that they hang around in a treehouse behaving like typical kids who love soda pop and refuse to eat vegetables. They also dominate against the adult population--who generally fall under the HumansAreBastards and AdultsAreUseless categories--using make-believe weapons, while recruiting teenagers as their personal minions, who typically fall under the HormoneAddledTeenager and TeensAreMonsters categories.
* All of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' gang are friendly kids who dread adults and academia, and live for the moment once recess time approaches.



* The belief that children could not lie about terrible things led to the deaths of countless women, men and even other children during the witch panic that swept mainly through Europe but also the US in the 17th century.
** Though it wasn't always the children's fault, mind you. Often times they were just saying what they thought the adults wanted to hear. The little ones often had no idea what they were even saying beyond "If I say this a person they're saying is bad will be punished"

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* The belief that children could not lie about terrible things led to the deaths of countless women, men and even other children during the witch panic that swept mainly through Europe but also the US in the 17th century.
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century. Though it wasn't always the children's fault, mind you. Often times they were just saying what they thought the adults wanted to hear. The little ones often had no idea what they were even saying beyond "If I say this a person they're saying is bad will be punished"


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* The innocence of children lead to a proposed online law called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_Online_Privacy_Protection_Act Children's Online Privacy Protection Act]] (COPPA) that prohibits children under the age of 13 from joining social media websites to protect them from privacy invasion and sexual exploitation from adults. However, this rule can be circumvented if the child's parent or legal guardian agrees to create an account for them and post on their behalf, especially if the child in question is a celebrity. Unfortunately, this rule hasn't made much impact across the web, as kids under 13 can trespass this rule simply by [[LoopholeAbuse entering a fake birthday]]. Additionally, children 13 and over have too been brought into predatory hands online that have made this law disputable.
* In March 2019, Website/YouTube started disabling the comments on several family-friendly videos featuring minors on account of potentially attracting pedophiliac and predatory hands. Previously, there was a genre of videos called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsagate Elsagate]]" which exploited this trope by featuring family-friendly characters in clickbait thumbnails only for the videos themselves to depict some risqué acts (i.e. characters engaging in violent, sexual situations, children being exploited). This genre eventually caugh the eyes of [=YouTube=] staff, who took action by suspending the many channels uploading such content regardless of their fame.


* Averted in the ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strips [[https://xkcd.com/418/ Stove Ownership]] and [[https://xkcd.com/219/ Blanket Fort]]. In the former, the grown-up narrator realizes that he now has the power to cook bacon ''whenever he wants'' and enjoys it no less than when he was a child. The implication is that adulthood comes with perks.


* Averted in the ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' strips [[https://xkcd.com/418/ Stove Ownership]] and [[https://xkcd.com/219/ Blanket Fort]]''. In the former, the grown-up narrator realizes that he now has the power to cook bacon ''whenever he wants'' and enjoys it no less than when he was a child. The implication is that adulthood comes with perks.

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* Averted in the ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strips [[https://xkcd.com/418/ Stove Ownership]] and [[https://xkcd.com/219/ Blanket Fort]]''.Fort]]. In the former, the grown-up narrator realizes that he now has the power to cook bacon ''whenever he wants'' and enjoys it no less than when he was a child. The implication is that adulthood comes with perks.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Diana is angry and upset about everyone Medusa killed, but she is only upset at ''Athena'' for not interfering to save the one child Medusa murdered, [[spoiler:Martin Garibaldi]].

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* At the end of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', the first one in the crowd to accept Quasimodo is a little girl with InnocentBlueEyes who hugs him.

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Unfortunately, this had become less of a case of TruthInTelevision following the mainstream rise of technology. Due to the ways of today's society, children often get exposed to racey media earlier than they should. This is either due to their parents being carless enough to let them watch it, by accident, to attempt to look "cool" among their peers, or because they have an older sibling interested in such content and want to be just like them. Several children these days often use phones earlier than they should, play violent video games, watch shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and - with the power of their idealism - [[LoopholeAbuse find loopholes around everything]]. All this usually happens while free from adult supervision, i.e. on the school playground.

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