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This is often done simply by [[HideYourChildren not showing kids at all in action and suspense shows]], but sometimes it's rather conspicuous when characters seemingly go out of their way to not hurt kids, or circumstances happen to conveniently align themselves so that kids don't get hurt. For example, a slasher movie where the slasher just happens to not encounter children in hiding, or the kids manage to be rescued just in time, while the adults and teens get killed. It's also pretty common that when EvenEvilHasStandards, not harming children is one of them.

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This is often done simply by [[HideYourChildren not showing kids at all in action and suspense shows]], but sometimes it's rather conspicuous when characters seemingly go out of their way to not hurt kids, [[ImprobableInfantSurvival or circumstances happen to conveniently align themselves themselves]] so that kids don't get hurt. For example, a slasher movie where the slasher just happens to not encounter children in hiding, or the kids manage to be rescued just in time, while the adults and teens get killed. It's also pretty common that when EvenEvilHasStandards, not harming children is one of them.


* The main reason why [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Jason Todd]] can be considered an AntiVillain and not a straight-out villain is that he will [[PayEvilUntoEvil kill anyone hurting a child]], although he himself has tried to kill a child, specifically Damian Wayne, and he's straight up happy to attack teenagers so this varies by the writer.

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* The main reason why [[Franchise/{{Batman}} [[ComicBook/RedHood Jason Todd]] can be considered an AntiVillain and not a straight-out villain is that he will [[PayEvilUntoEvil kill anyone hurting a child]], although he himself has tried to kill a child, specifically Damian Wayne, and he's straight up happy to attack teenagers so this varies by the writer.



* Young Comicbook/{{Loki}} found (for their great surprise) that they're this trope now. They had the perfect plan and would get away with it too but it involved driving [[Comicbook/YoungAvengers Wiccan]] to suicide and they just didn't have the heart to go through with it. [[Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Later]] the Angelic army learnt this the hard way, when Loki promptly disposed of them after they refused to take the LastChanceToQuit offer at the end of a speech that pressed at almost tedious lengths that what they intended to do involved ''baby killing''.

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* Young Comicbook/{{Loki}} found (for their great surprise) that they're this trope now. They had the perfect plan and would get away with it too but it involved driving [[Comicbook/YoungAvengers Wiccan]] Comicbook/{{Wiccan}} to suicide and they just didn't have the heart to go through with it. [[Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Later]] the Angelic army learnt this the hard way, when Loki promptly disposed of them after they refused to take the LastChanceToQuit offer at the end of a speech that pressed at almost tedious lengths that what they intended to do involved ''baby killing''.



* PlayedWith by ComicBook/{{X 23}}. When she was still under the control of the Facility, she very much ''did'' kill children. It wasn't by her choice, and even if she resisted those orders, the Facility had the means of literally forcing her to do so using the trigger scent. However the entire reason she was finally able to escape was because she ''did'' refuse to kill Henry Sutter during Rice's hostile takeover of the project, and she makes it explicit to [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Valeria Richards]] that whatever her past, she doesn't kill children anymore.

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* PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] by ComicBook/{{X 23}}. When she was still under the control of the Facility, she very much ''did'' kill children. It wasn't by her choice, and even if she resisted those orders, the Facility had the means of literally forcing her to do so using the trigger scent. However the entire reason she was finally able to escape was because she ''did'' refuse to kill Henry Sutter during Rice's hostile takeover of the project, and she makes it explicit to [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Valeria Richards]] that whatever her past, she doesn't kill children anymore.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'', ComicBook/LexLuthor conspicuously avoids killing or injuring Toyman/Hiro Okamura, instead simply settling for destroying his equipment, even though he's the only [[strike:other]] person smart enough to stop the Kryptonite meteor about to hit Earth and that [[spoiler:by now Lex had gotten so crazy from Kryptonite injections he ''wanted'' the thing to hit the Earth so he could rebuild civilization afterward.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'', ComicBook/LexLuthor conspicuously avoids killing or injuring Toyman/Hiro Okamura, instead simply settling for destroying his equipment, even though he's the only [[strike:other]] person smart enough to stop the Kryptonite meteor about to hit Earth and that [[spoiler:by now Lex had gotten so crazy from Kryptonite injections he ''wanted'' the thing to hit the Earth so he could rebuild civilization afterward.]]afterward]].



* This is what separates Miss Hannigan from her brother in ''[[Film/Annie1982 Annie]]'': during the film's climax, Rooster runs off after Annie after she ruins his get rich quick scheme, and Miss Hannigan says in panic "He's really gonna kill her!" and chases after him telling him to leave Annie alone because [[HeelFaceTurn "She's just a baby!"]]

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* This is what separates Miss Hannigan from her brother in ''[[Film/Annie1982 Annie]]'': ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}'': during the film's climax, Rooster runs off after Annie after she ruins his get rich quick scheme, and Miss Hannigan says in panic "He's really gonna kill her!" and chases after him telling him to leave Annie alone because [[HeelFaceTurn "She's just a baby!"]]



* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', where the [[ChurchMilitant Lord's Resistance Army]] uses [[ChildSoldiers child soldiers]] to do their fighting because they know most people will hesitate to kill kids.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', where the [[ChurchMilitant Lord's Resistance Army]] uses [[ChildSoldiers child soldiers]] to do their fighting because they know most people will hesitate to kill kids.



* Played with in ''Series/TheDailyShow'' when the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference featured a 13-year-old speaker. Stewart showed a clip of his speech, then got out a huge, dusty "Comedy Bible" to determine whether or not he was an [[AcceptableTargets Acceptable Target]]. The answer was "Only for a classmate or sibling".

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* Played with in ''Series/TheDailyShow'' when the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference featured a 13-year-old speaker. Stewart showed a clip of his speech, then got out a huge, dusty "Comedy Bible" to determine whether or not he was an [[AcceptableTargets Acceptable Target]].{{Acceptable Target|s}}. The answer was "Only for a classmate or sibling".



* This trope is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime.'' The Gerudo, an almost entirely [[AmazonianBeauty all-female]] tribe of thieves, are expected to obey the will of the single male born every century, who is always given the title of King. In this case, the King is [[BigBad Ganondorf]]--but Nabooru, his second-in-command, absolutely refuses to follow his orders, because he steals from women and children and has killed people. She may be a thief, [[EveryoneHasStandards but she outright calls Ganondorf "evil" for his cruel actions]]. It's implied that most of the other Gerudo feel the same way--or, at least, they're much more loyal to Nabooru than Ganondorf.

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* This trope is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] {{discussed|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime.'' The Gerudo, an almost entirely [[AmazonianBeauty all-female]] tribe of thieves, are expected to obey the will of the single male born every century, who is always given the title of King. In this case, the King is [[BigBad Ganondorf]]--but Nabooru, his second-in-command, absolutely refuses to follow his orders, because he steals from women and children and has killed people. She may be a thief, [[EveryoneHasStandards but she outright calls Ganondorf "evil" for his cruel actions]]. It's implied that most of the other Gerudo feel the same way--or, at least, they're much more loyal to Nabooru than Ganondorf.


* [[The Protagonist Marcus]] from ''Literature/DarkShores'' is a hardened legion commander but instead of resorting to violence, he prefers creative solutions to his problems, because in reality he does not like hurting civilians, especially kids.

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* [[The Protagonist Marcus]] from ''Literature/DarkShores'' is a hardened legion commander but instead of resorting to violence, he prefers creative solutions to his problems, because in reality he does not like hurting civilians, especially kids.


** [[Recap/DoctorWho2010AChristmasCarol Kazran Sardic]], due to his father, who he detested, being willing to hit children.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWho2010AChristmasCarol [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol Kazran Sardic]], due to his father, who he detested, being willing to hit children.


** The episode Black Market shows that in the human fleet's criminal underworld children are being sold in a slave market. Apollo, despite having seen proof that the gangsters are very connected, dangerous, and might be able to get away with killing him, nonetheless confronts the head of the black market and says that he understands the need for a black market on certain goods, but that children are off limits. The guy refuses, thinking that [[YouWouldntShootMe Apollo doesn't dare actually kill him]]. Apollo quickly proves him wrong, and gets the new head of the underworld to agree to not mistreat kids.

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** The episode Black Market "Black Market" shows that in the human fleet's criminal underworld children are being sold in a slave market. Apollo, despite having seen proof that the gangsters are very connected, dangerous, and might be able to get away with killing him, nonetheless confronts the head of the black market and says that he understands the need for a black market on certain goods, but that children are off limits. The guy refuses, thinking that [[YouWouldntShootMe Apollo doesn't dare actually kill him]]. Apollo quickly proves him wrong, and gets the new head of the underworld to agree to not mistreat kids.kids.
* Jesse Pinkman from ''Series/BreakingBad'' may be a little rough around the edges, but if there's one thing that [[BerserkButton sets him off]], it's seeing harm come to children.
* Despite being fairly ruthless in regard to criminals (and suspected by many of being a dirty cop), ''Series/ChicagoPD'''s Sgt. Voight actually has a secret soft spot when it comes to kids, particularly ones in trouble. He took in the teenage daughter of a junkie and raised her as his own, and often helps other kids he encounters in his police work in a variety of ways.
* While serial killer Frank from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has no qualms about hurting a child per se, he gets no satisfaction from doing so. This becomes a minor plot point in the episode where he's introduced. ''Criminal Minds'' in general falls under this trope, at least what is being shown on screen. Even though many of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek serial killers]] have hurt kids in their past, when an episode raises the possibility that a kid could get killed, the kid always lives. [[spoiler:The only time this was subverted was in "The Boogeyman," when the killer was himself a kid.]]



* Dexter Morgan of ''{{Series/Dexter}}'' may be a psychopathic serial killer but one line he'll never cross is hurting a child. He once goes out of his way to murder a man who didn't fit Harry's Code because he was stalking his young step-daughter and is generally pretty wrathful towards those who hurt kids.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has several examples of this trope:
** The Doctor goes very much out of his way to help a crying child.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood"]]: Even after watching her disintegrate the headmaster, none of the schoolboys, most of whom are [[ChildSoldiers children themselves]], can bring themselves to shoot [[CreepyChild Daughter of Mine]]. She even brags about it.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2010AChristmasCarol Kazran Sardic]], due to his father, who he detested, being willing to hit children.



* Ben on ''Series/{{Lost}}'', despite being a MagnificentBastard, doesn't want to kill Rousseau's baby, and instead takes her in as his own. Later when he tracks down Penny in order to kill her, he [[spoiler: hesitates because she has a child]]. This trope is subverted, however, when Sayid [[spoiler: shoots a twelve-year old Ben while in the past]].

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* Ben In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar, for all his evil ways, generally leaves kids who haven't reached puberty alone. He might threaten them or use them as extortion chips against his enemies, but never actually gets around to hurting them. Teenagers are fair game for him, though.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': In the episode "Sniper", an army Sergeant goes
on ''Series/{{Lost}}'', despite being a MagnificentBastard, doesn't want shooting spree with a sniper rifle to kill Rousseau's baby, and instead takes her random women in as public parks who remind him of his own. Later when he tracks down Penny in order to kill her, he [[spoiler: hesitates because she has ex-wife. When a child]]. This trope is subverted, however, when Sayid [[spoiler: shoots a twelve-year old Ben young boy runs into him during one of these while in chasing after a football, he tells the past]].kid to get the hell out of dodge. This backfires when the boy alerts a police officer and the sniper has to flee the scene.



* Viciously subverted in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth'' when [[spoiler:Jack was forced to kill his grandson]]. Some of the Fandom has depicted him as extremely child averse for quite a while afterwards.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has several examples of this trope:
** Kazran Sardic, due to his father, who he detested, being willing to hit children.
** The Doctor goes very much out of his way to help a crying child.
* Dexter Morgan of ''{{Series/Dexter}} may be a psychopathic serial killer but one line he'll never cross is hurting a child. He once goes out of his way to murder a man who didn't fit Harry's Code because he was stalking his young step-daughter and is generally pretty wrathful towards those who hurt kids.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar, for all his evil ways, generally leaves kids who haven't reached puberty alone. He might threaten them or use them as extortion chips against his enemies, but never actually gets around to hurting them. Teenagers are fair game for him, though.
* In an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' a young girl allows a deranged psychopath, who is dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve mind you, into her house. After the episode ends, the Crypt Keeper says that the killer "prefers older women," meaning that the child was safe.
* While serial killer Frank from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has no qualms about hurting a child per se, he gets no satisfaction from doing so. This becomes a minor plot point in the episode where he's introduced. ''Criminal Minds'' in general falls under this trope, at least what is being shown on screen. Even though many of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek serial killers]] have hurt kids in their past, when an episode raises the possibility that a kid could get killed, the kid always lives. [[spoiler:The only time this was subverted was in "The Boogeyman," when the killer was himself a kid.]]
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': When forced to choose between giving Elias information or watching a child freeze to death, Reese chose to save the child. Elias knew Reese would make that choice, which is the only reason he engineered the situation.
** In an early episode, they zig-zag the effects of this trope: A hit man was hired to kill a family, but it turns out he only killed the parents and adult child but let the younger kid live (threatening to kill them anyway if anyone found out). A couple years later, the hit man "defended his honor" in prison when people started claiming that he killed the kid -- no way, he doesn't kill kids. It's this very action that causes the original people who hired him to hire a ''second'' hit man, one who ''would'' kill a kid, to hunt down the kid and do it right this time (and thus prompting the Machine to give our heroes the kid's number).
* Jesse Pinkman from ''Series/BreakingBad'' may be a little rough around the edges, but if there's one thing that [[BerserkButton sets him off]], it's seeing harm come to children.

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* Viciously subverted in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth'' when [[spoiler:Jack was forced to kill his grandson]]. Some of the Fandom has depicted him as extremely child averse for quite a while afterwards.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has several examples of this trope:
** Kazran Sardic, due to his father, who he detested,
Ben on ''Series/{{Lost}}'', despite being willing to hit children.
** The Doctor goes very much out of his way to help
a crying child.
* Dexter Morgan of ''{{Series/Dexter}} may be a psychopathic serial killer but one line he'll never cross is hurting a child. He once goes out of his way to murder a man who didn't fit Harry's Code because he was stalking his young step-daughter and is generally pretty wrathful towards those who hurt kids.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar, for all his evil ways, generally leaves kids who haven't reached puberty alone. He might threaten them or use them as extortion chips against his enemies, but never actually gets around to hurting them. Teenagers are fair game for him, though.
* In an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' a young girl allows a deranged psychopath, who is dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve mind you, into her house. After the episode ends, the Crypt Keeper says that the killer "prefers older women," meaning that the child was safe.
* While serial killer Frank from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has no qualms about hurting a child per se, he gets no satisfaction from doing so. This becomes a minor plot point in the episode where he's introduced. ''Criminal Minds'' in general falls under this trope, at least what is being shown on screen. Even though many of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek serial killers]] have hurt kids in their past, when an episode raises the possibility that a kid could get killed, the kid always lives. [[spoiler:The only time this was subverted was in "The Boogeyman," when the killer was himself a kid.]]
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': When forced to choose between giving Elias information or watching a child freeze to death, Reese chose to save the child. Elias knew Reese would make that choice, which is the only reason he engineered the situation.
** In an early episode, they zig-zag the effects of this trope: A hit man was hired to kill a family, but it turns out he only killed the parents and adult child but let the younger kid live (threatening to kill them anyway if anyone found out). A couple years later, the hit man "defended his honor" in prison when people started claiming that he killed the kid -- no way, he
MagnificentBastard, doesn't want to kill kids. It's this very action that causes the original people who hired him Rousseau's baby, and instead takes her in as his own. Later when he tracks down Penny in order to hire a ''second'' hit man, one who ''would'' kill her, he [[spoiler: hesitates because she has a kid, to hunt down child]]. This trope is subverted, however, when Sayid [[spoiler: shoots a twelve-year old Ben while in the kid and do it right this time (and thus prompting the Machine to give our heroes the kid's number).
* Jesse Pinkman from ''Series/BreakingBad'' may be a little rough around the edges, but if there's one thing that [[BerserkButton sets him off]], it's seeing harm come to children.
past]].



* In a flashback in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena reluctantly spares a young royal heir in the East, even though she was evil at the time and she knew he would grow up to be a homicidal despot with a grudge against her because she slaughtered his family. She turns out to be right about him when she revisits him fifteen or so years later, yet she faces the same choice when Gabrielle implores her to spare him again despite all he has done since they last met. [[spoiler:The last scene of the episode shows the Emperor sitting on his throne and Xena walking out of the throne room with Gabrielle and telling her she couldn't go through with it... but then the last shot reveals he is in fact dead.]]
* The trope is played with in an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' when Scully goes against her instincts and her belief system and shoots the villain of the week, who is using mental trickery to make her ''think'' he's a child.
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', this trope is what led to Joe Gibken [[spoiler:defecting from Zangyack, as he refused to follow his commander's order to slay three captive children]].
* ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'': [[spoiler: [[PoisonousPerson Stinger]] states he doesn't kill children after being ordered to do so by his supposed boss, Eridoron.]]
** This is briefly overturned in Space 20, when [[spoiler: Stinger goes after Kotaro while under the influence of his brother's poison. Interestingly enough, Kotaro and his younger brother, Jiro, are the children he was ordered to kill in Space 5.]]
* Despite being fairly ruthless in regard to criminals (and suspected by many of being a dirty cop), ''Series/ChicagoPD'''s Sgt. Voight actually has a secret soft spot when it comes to kids, particularly ones in trouble. He took in the teenage daughter of a junkie and raised her as his own, and often helps other kids he encounters in his police work in a variety of ways.
* Omar Little, the KarmicThief from ''Series/TheWire'' who steals exclusively from the drug syndicates running the streets of Baltimore, has both this trope and WouldNotShootACivilian as his guiding lights. Despite how young some of the drug dealers are when they start the game, Omar still refuses to harm minors, shows kindness towards local children during a TenMinuteRetirement, and several times discounts a potential threat because "[[JustAKid He's just a boy]]." [[spoiler:He's killed in the final season by a young sociopath with a gun whom Omar had discounted as a threat]].
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': In the episode "Sniper", an army Sergeant goes on a shooting spree with a sniper rifle to kill random women in public parks who remind him of his ex-wife. When a young boy runs into him during one of these while chasing after a football, he tells the kid to get the hell out of dodge. This backfires when the boy alerts a police officer and the sniper has to flee the scene.
* The first episode of ''Series/{{Vidocq}}'' shows the trial of [[BoxedCrook soon-to-be]] TheBigGuy. As the prosecutor reads the accusations, he hears "assaulting a minor" and flies into murderous rage at the insinuation that he would hurt a child. The prosecutor quickly corrects that he's accused of assaulting a min'''e'''r.



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': When forced to choose between giving Elias information or watching a child freeze to death, Reese chose to save the child. Elias knew Reese would make that choice, which is the only reason he engineered the situation.
** In an early episode, they zig-zag the effects of this trope: A hit man was hired to kill a family, but it turns out he only killed the parents and adult child but let the younger kid live (threatening to kill them anyway if anyone found out). A couple years later, the hit man "defended his honor" in prison when people started claiming that he killed the kid -- no way, he doesn't kill kids. It's this very action that causes the original people who hired him to hire a ''second'' hit man, one who ''would'' kill a kid, to hunt down the kid and do it right this time (and thus prompting the Machine to give our heroes the kid's number).
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', this trope is what led to Joe Gibken [[spoiler:defecting from Zangyack, as he refused to follow his commander's order to slay three captive children]].
** ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'': [[spoiler: [[PoisonousPerson Stinger]] states he doesn't kill children after being ordered to do so by his supposed boss, Eridoron.]]
*** This is briefly overturned in Space 20, when [[spoiler: Stinger goes after Kotaro while under the influence of his brother's poison. Interestingly enough, Kotaro and his younger brother, Jiro, are the children he was ordered to kill in Space 5.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' a young girl allows a deranged psychopath, who is dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve mind you, into her house. After the episode ends, the Crypt Keeper says that the killer "prefers older women", meaning that the child was safe.
* Viciously subverted in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: [[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' when [[spoiler:Jack was forced to kill his grandson]]. Some of the Fandom has depicted him as extremely child averse for quite a while afterwards.
* The first episode of ''Series/{{Vidocq}}'' shows the trial of [[BoxedCrook soon-to-be]] TheBigGuy. As the prosecutor reads the accusations, he hears "assaulting a minor" and flies into murderous rage at the insinuation that he would hurt a child. The prosecutor quickly corrects that he's accused of assaulting a min'''e'''r.
* Omar Little, the KarmicThief from ''Series/TheWire'' who steals exclusively from the drug syndicates running the streets of Baltimore, has both this trope and WouldNotShootACivilian as his guiding lights. Despite how young some of the drug dealers are when they start the game, Omar still refuses to harm minors, shows kindness towards local children during a TenMinuteRetirement, and several times discounts a potential threat because "[[JustAKid He's just a boy]]." [[spoiler:He's killed in the final season by a young sociopath with a gun whom Omar had discounted as a threat]].
* In a flashback in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena reluctantly spares a young royal heir in the East, even though she was evil at the time and she knew he would grow up to be a homicidal despot with a grudge against her because she slaughtered his family. She turns out to be right about him when she revisits him fifteen or so years later, yet she faces the same choice when Gabrielle implores her to spare him again despite all he has done since they last met. [[spoiler:The last scene of the episode shows the Emperor sitting on his throne and Xena walking out of the throne room with Gabrielle and telling her she couldn't go through with it... but then the last shot reveals he is in fact dead.]]
* The trope is played with in an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' when Scully goes against her instincts and her belief system and shoots the villain of the week, who is using mental trickery to make her ''think'' he's a child.



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* Seems to be a formal rule in the Van Der Linde gang from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2''. The only time you can really find kids outside in the world (Jack Marston can always be found at camp) is some [[StreetUrchin street kids]] in the New Orleans equivalent, Saint Denis. One of them steals your bag in a cutscene and when you chase after him, you can’t shoot him. Nor can you hurt any of the other kids either inside or outside the mission. When [[spoiler: Jack gets kidnapped]], the whole gang goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and burns someone’s house down over it. Hosea , the NumberTwo in the gang , flat out says “Kids are off limits” during the mission. In a more lighthearted example, you can yell at everyone in camp to wake up while they’re asleep but Jack can’t be woken up.


* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', the titular Red hood takes control of the drug trade. Besides giving himself 40% of the profits, he also gives them a new rule: No dealing to children.

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* It's mentioned in ''Literature/PatienceAndSarah'' (which starts in 1816, when corporal punishment was expected) that Patience hates seeing kids swatted and avoids spanking kids herself.


* The main reason why [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Jason Todd]] can be considered an AntiVillain and not a straight-out villain is that he will [[PayEvilUntoEvil kill anyone hurting a child]].

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': The Sangtee Empire is a brutal intergalactic empire built on a backbone of chattel slavery that has strange morals when it comes to children. There are child slaves but they're basically free roaming urchins the slave drivers won't touch until they become adults. The ruling race the kreel have supplanted natural procreation with artificial but are loathe to abort a fetus that devolves into a female despite female citizens being illegal, instead they have the female child raised in seclusion as a male and only allowed to enter society once they can convincingly pass as male.


* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', the titular Red hood takes control of the drug trade. Besides giving himself 40% of the profits, he also gives them a new rule:No dealing to children.

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* Madara Uchiha in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' informs a an old and enraged Onoki that the only reason he went easy on him when he was younger, was because adults shouldn't fight kids seriously. [[spoiler: it doesn't save Onoki or the other Kage now from the beat down they get now.]]

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* Madara Uchiha in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' informs a an old and enraged Onoki that the only reason he went easy on him when he was younger, was because adults shouldn't fight kids seriously. [[spoiler: it It doesn't save Onoki or the other Kage now from the beat down they get now.]]



* PlayedWith by ComiBbook/{{X 23}}. When she was still under the control of the Facility, she very much ''did'' kill children. It wasn't by her choice, and even if she resisted those orders, the Facility had the means of literally forcing her to do so using the trigger scent. However the entire reason she was finally able to escape was because she ''did'' refuse to kill Henry Sutter during Rice's hostile takeover of the project, and she makes it explicit to [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Valeria Richards]] that whatever her past, she doesn't kill children anymore.

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* PlayedWith by ComiBbook/{{X ComicBook/{{X 23}}. When she was still under the control of the Facility, she very much ''did'' kill children. It wasn't by her choice, and even if she resisted those orders, the Facility had the means of literally forcing her to do so using the trigger scent. However the entire reason she was finally able to escape was because she ''did'' refuse to kill Henry Sutter during Rice's hostile takeover of the project, and she makes it explicit to [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Valeria Richards]] that whatever her past, she doesn't kill children anymore.

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** The reason [[AloofBigBrother Cooler]] let an infant Goku live. Note, however, this was mainly pragmatism on his part and he figured, [[TemptingFate at the time]], that killing Goku wouldn't be beneficial to him. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard He was wrong]].


** Train Heartnet has been an assassin for many years.....but the biggest BerserkButton he possesses is about children. In the manga, he describes how he was about to shoot a man, but he realized the man was holding a young girl. He stopped, and couldn't pull the trigger, so he was shot, instead. He lived, but this is part of the major HeelFaceTurn he undergoes throughout the series. The presence of [[GenkiGirl Saya Minatsuki]] only instills that even more.
** Train's EvilMentor, Zagine, was this as well, to the point where he also refused to take on any jobs where the target had young children. One of his clients, knowing this, omitted any information on Train himself when giving Zagine a job to kill his parents.

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** Train Heartnet has been an assassin for many years.....but the biggest BerserkButton he possesses is about children. In the manga, he describes how he was about to shoot a man, but he realized the man was holding a young girl. He stopped, and couldn't pull the trigger, so he was shot, instead. He lived, but this is part of the major HeelFaceTurn he undergoes throughout underwent prior to the events of the series. The presence of [[GenkiGirl Saya Minatsuki]] only instills that even more.
** Train's EvilMentor, Zagine, was this as well, to the point where he also refused to take on any jobs where the target had young children. One of his clients, knowing this, omitted any information on Train himself (who, at the time, was 10 years old) when giving Zagine a job to kill his parents. As a result, Zagine ended up taking Train under his wing, perhaps out of guilt for leaving him without his parents.


* ''Manga/BlackCat'': Train Heartnet has been an assassin for many years.....but the biggest BerserkButton he possesses is about children. In the manga, he describes how he was about to shoot a man, but he realized the man was holding a young girl. He stopped, and couldn't pull the trigger, so he was shot, instead. He lived, but this is part of the major HeelFaceTurn he undergoes throughout the series. The presence of [[GenkiGirl Saya Minatsuki]] only instills that even more.

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Train Heartnet has been an assassin for many years.....but the biggest BerserkButton he possesses is about children. In the manga, he describes how he was about to shoot a man, but he realized the man was holding a young girl. He stopped, and couldn't pull the trigger, so he was shot, instead. He lived, but this is part of the major HeelFaceTurn he undergoes throughout the series. The presence of [[GenkiGirl Saya Minatsuki]] only instills that even more.
** Train's EvilMentor, Zagine, was this as well, to the point where he also refused to take on any jobs where the target had young children. One of his clients, knowing this, omitted any information on Train himself when giving Zagine a job to kill his parents.

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