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  • 2 Guns: Amidst all the scum that compose the antagonist lineup, cartel lord Papi Greco (of all people) is the one that shows signs of this trope. This is displayed when Deb confesses that she was the one who setup Bobby to steal 43 million dollars from the CIA and then betrayed him and Stig to the authorities afterward; Papi is visibly disgusted and even states that if he were in Bobby's situation (i.e. Papi holding Deb ransom and forcing Bobby and Stig to steal the 43 million back for him) he would have left her to die and rot.
  • All Through the Night: When gangster/gambler Gloves Donahue (Humphrey Bogart) confronts Nazi Franz Ebbing (Conrad Veidt), they have the following exchange:
    Franz Ebbing: It's a great pity, Mr. Donahue, that you and I should oppose each other. We have so much in common.
    Gloves Donahue: Yeah? How's that?
    Ebbing: You are a man of action. You take what you want, and so do we. You have no respect for democracy — neither do we. It's clear we should be allies.
    Gloves Donahue: It's clear you're screwy. I've been a registered Democrat ever since I could vote. I may not be Model Citizen Number One, but I pay my taxes, wait for traffic lights, and buy 24 tickets to the Policeman's Ball. Brother, don't get me mixed up in no league that rubs out innocent bakers.
  • The Addams Family: Tully Alford, the Addamses Amoral Attorney who schemed to swindle them, says he cannot stomach torture and is only doing it because he was forced by the Big Bad and is trembling and sweating while doing it. Also, as opposed to Abigail Craven who's doing it just to raid the Addamses fortune, Tully is doing it in desperation so he can pay off his loan to Craven.
  • The Alzheimer's Case: As a Hitman with a Heart, Leddo refuses to kill a child and swears that he won't let anybody do it. Harm to a child, to him, is one of the worst things a person could do.
  • Annie (1982 film version): Miss Hannigan makes the orphan girls's lives miserable, engineers and fully participates in the plan to kidnap Annie and scam Daddy Warbucks out of a large sum of money, but she's horrified when her brother makes it clear that he intends to kill the little girl and immediately tries to protect her. This was a significant difference from the original play, where Miss Hannigan makes clear that she still supports the plan even after the scam artist in question reveals his plan to kill her.
  • Arsenic and Old Lace: The following immortal exchange:
    Mortimer: Aunt Abbey, how can I believe you? There are twelve men down in the cellar and you admit you poisoned them!
    Aunt Abbey: Yes, I did! But you don't think I'd stoop to telling a fib?!
  • Austin Powers:
    Fat Bastard: Tell ya what, you keep the money and the mojo and I'll have the baby. *smacks lips*
    Dr. Evil: Riiiiight.
    • Austin Powers in Goldmember: Dr. Evil, despite having the name "Evil" in his name and also living up to his name, seemed completely disturbed by Goldmember when meeting him in person, once even hesitating in shock, slowly moving towards him and then saying "How about no!" when Goldmember asks if he could paint Nigel Power's doodle gold, and was overall disgusted by Goldmember eating his own skin. Similarly, after he, or rather, Scott Evil, kills a Japanese businessman because the latter wanted a bonus, although he starts his evil laugh, he quickly becomes quite disturbed when Scott was more exhilarated by the death, telling him to stop, as it's "creeping [him] out."
  • Avatar: The greedy prospectors who are perfectly willing to drive an indigenous tribe off their home and demolish it to get to the deposits of precious Unobtanium beneath it, and dismiss the possibly disastrous environmental ramifications of their actions, but still spend quite a lot of time and effort to persuade the tribe to leave peacefully. When they do resort to violence, they take measures to minimize the casualties among the civilians, and the Corrupt Corporate Executive has a My God, What Have I Done? moment when faced with the results of his General Ripper's plan. This is the same executive who earlier seemed irritated that PR concerns forced him to try and negotiate with the "monkeys". It's possible he didn't really see them as really intelligent until that point.
  • Babylon A.D.: Toorop is tracked down in his apartment on Gorsky's orders by a group led by Karl, a fellow mercenary that Toorop worked with before. Toorop notes that he threatened to kill him if he ever saw him again. It's clear that this is because Karl had lines even Toorop would not cross, such as murdering infants or blowing up dozens of bystanders to get a single target.
    Toorop: Oh, you're a disgrace to the profession. You're not a mercenary, you're a fucking terrorist.
  • Backstreet Dreams: When crime lord Luca finds out that two of his underlings have raped the wife of the man they were supposed to be extorting money from, he immediately cuts them loose from his organization, leaving them at the mercy of the police.
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: The title character will lie, cheat, steal, do drugs, sexually abuse young women, plant evidence, and commit acts of Police Brutality against the elderly, but he absolutely draws the line at murder.
  • Batman Film Series:
    • At the beginning of Batman (1989), a mugger chastises his partner for pointing his gun at the child of the family they were mugging, and in a Flashback to the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Jack's partner is shocked at Jack's cold-blooded murder of the pair - and the fact Jack's about to shoot Bruce as well - since he was just looking to rob them.
    • Batman Returns:
      • The Fat Clown of the Red Triangle Circus Gang (a gang of evil circus performers who seem to take pleasure in their darkly comical methods of murder and mayhem) thinks The Penguin's plan to kill the first-born children of Gotham is going too far, and gets shot for speaking against it.
    Fat Clown: Penguin... I mean, killing sleeping children. Isn't that a little, uh...
    Penguin (grabbing an umbrella and shooting him): No! It's a lot "uh"!
  • Battle of the Bulge:
    • Hessler is a bloodthirsty warrior who is willing to toss his troops at the allies just to buy Nazi Germany a few extra months of existence but he refuses to cheat on his wife when the commanding general sends him a NS-Frauenschaft comfort woman on the night before the attack.
    • Later during the battle, Hessler seems outraged on learning that SS units had massacred captured American soldiers in cold blood, if mostly for the pragmatic reason that news of this will turn the currently panicking and retreating American soldiers into hardened fanatics, making Hessler's offensive much more difficult. He's correct.
  • Beau Geste: In the 1939 film version, Rasinoff, a Russian recruit of the French Foreign Legion, tells the Geste brothers he knows their sadistic Sergeant Markoff from a prison camp in Siberia, where Rasinoff was an inmate. Markoff was a guard at the camp but was "exiled for cruelty." In the book he had served the Belgian Congo. That area at the time had been a famous scandal of colonial misgovernment even by the standards of the time.
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017): LeFou may have been constantly toadying up to Gaston and marveling at him, but even he feels uneasy about Gaston tying Maurice to a tree and leaving him to die. In the climax, this ultimately gets LeFou to undergo a Heel–Face Turn when Gaston uses him as a human shield to protect him. This leads to him rescuing Mrs. Potts and telling Belle where Gaston has run off to.
  • Beetlejuice: Minor example. When Lydia gives Betelgeuse the implication she wants to die by telling him "I want to get in," he responds with a concerned "Why?" and he in his own way was able to talk her out of it. (Apparently, he knew — as she didn't — that if she killed herself, her fate would be pushing paperwork for eternity.) The real credit for talking her out of it goes to the Maitlands later, but Betelgeuse did look genuinely concerned about why Lydia wants to be dead. Still, he shakes it off and says she must have her own reasons, and seems willing to obligate to her wish if she says his name three times. (Allowing him to escape.)
  • In Big Game, there are two lines the Big Bad Duumvirate (or at least part of it) doesn't cross:
    • Morris is rather appaled when he hears that Hazar wants to stuff the president and add him to his collection of hunted animals.
    • While both Morris and Hazar Would Hurt a Child, they seem to be going out of their way not to actually kill thirteen-years-old Oskari.
  • Blade: Trinity: Dracula is the oldest living vampire and wants nothing more than to wipe out humanity completely, but when Blade bests him, he comments with his dying breath that Blade fought with honor and rewards him by shapeshifting his dead body into Blade’s to let him escape from the police.
  • In Blazing Saddles, when Taggert's men decide to sic Mongo on the new sheriff of Rock Ridge, one random mook shouts from offscreen that it would be too cruel.
    Taggert: I understand there's a new sheriff in town. Who wants to kill him? [All the mooks excitedly wave their hands and volunteer]
    Lyle: Mr. Taggert! Mr. Taggert, sir! Why don't we give him... to Mongo! [Most of the mooks laugh at the thought]
    Random Offscreen Mook: Mongo?! Holy shit, that's too cruel!
  • InBlonde Savage, Berger has no compunctions about murdering Joe and Mary Comstock on Harper's orders, but he balks at the idea of shooting their one-year old daughter.
  • Miles Logan in Blue Streak is a professional thief and has no problems beating up a suspect while posing as a cop or shooting the guy who betrayed him (in the arm), but clearly isn't comfortable with committing murder. When he does kill someone, it's after they pulled a gun on him.
  • The Bold Caballero: The Commandante oppresses the local populace, steals the taxes destined for Spain, murders the Governor by stabbing him in the back, and threatens to take a lash to his daughter, but even he draws the line at murdering priests.
  • Boogie Nights: Jack Horner does not object to the Colonel's affairs with 15 year old girls, but disowns him when it is revealed that he's been caught with nude photos of prepubescent children.
  • The Bourne Series: Treadstone is supposed to have transformed Jason Bourne into the ultimate assassin, but the climax of the first film reveals that he failed an assignment because he couldn't bring himself to shoot a father while his kids were watching, possibly because killing the man in front of his children would mean that he'd have to kill the kids too because they'd be witnesses. Notably, the second film reveals that he had no such compunction against killing a target and his wife and making it look like a murder-suicide.
  • A Bronx Tale: Sonny is a ruthless career gangster, but he expresses a dislike for C's friends (especially Slick and Crazy Mario) for obviously being Ax-Crazy psychopaths in the making who cause nothing but trouble.
  • Byzantium: The vampire brotherhood takes great offense to Clara having stolen the gift of immortality, especially given she's a "low-born" woman. But they have no grounds to execute her as she hasn't broken their code. It seems, woman or not, she's a vampire and they don't kill their own kind without cause. So she's told to keep to their rules and exiled.
  • In Chocolat, the Comte- who has been undermining Vianne's life in every way he can, just to maintain his cultish hold over the town- knocks on her door to demand she stop sheltering an escaped housewife. Vianne shows him the housewife's bruises. The Comte apologizes and leaves.
  • Clue:
    • Even though they're a house full of morally-dubious, underhanded folks (and Mr. Green), everyone's disgusted by Colonel Mustard's deep, dark secret — stealing essential airplane parts during the war and selling them on the black market.
      Colonel Mustard: (After confessing) But that does not make me a murderer!
      Mrs. Peacock: Well, a lot of our airmen died because their radios didn't work!
    • Mrs. Peacock, a corrupt politician's wife, also tries to pull this a few times on the other guests with exclamations of disgust, and is usually called out on it.
  • Coffin Joe: Brazilian horror film icon Zé do Caixão, AKA Coffin Joe in other countries, is a complete sadist whose hideous acts include murder, torture and rape. Surprisingly however, he is utterly disgusted with the idea of violence being used on children, as he believes they are only the gracious thing that mankind has to offer. This even guaranteed him a Villainous BSoD in one film when he learns that one of the girls he kidnapped and murdered earlier was pregnant.
  • Zig-Zagged in Cold Pursuit. When the Eskimo betrays Coxman to Viking for $90,000, the Viking is disgusted at the Eskimo's lack of professionalism: if he has taken Coxman's money for the contract, he should have followed through with the contract. He then has the Eskimo executed. However, he later promises Janitor Chuck $10,000 for information on Coxman's whereabouts. After getting the information, he has Chuck shot.
  • Con Air: Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom may be the epitome of evil (he himself likes to brag that he killed more people then cancer), but he draws the line at rape. While he's willing to tolerate the rapist because he needs the manpower, he nevertheless threatens to have Serial Rapist Johnny 23 thrown off the plane when he actually tries to lay a hand on the female prison guard on the aircraft.
    Cyrus: Do you fly, Johnny? You keep that in mind when you look at her, because if your dick jumps out of your pants you jump out of this plane.
  • The Condemned: Goldman, part of the film crew for the deadly game, who's increasingly sickened by the violence of the show and by Ian's indifference to it.
  • Conspiracy (2001): This is played with a lot in this World War II docu-drama. Some are stated outright, but a lot are subtly hinted at.
    • Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger epitomizes this. Despite being (as Heydrich points out) willing to go along with the persecution, enslavement, and even mass sterilisation of the Jews, it becomes clear from the beginning of the conference that he is the only one there with a moral issue with the planned "elimination" of the Jews, and when it becomes clear his colleagues mean to flat out murder 12 million Jews his utter horror and shame at what he is a part of are obvious and he seems to come the closest of any man present to actually say that this is morally wrong. In Real Life Kritzinger tried to resign immediately after the conference, although historians are conflicted on whether it was because he truly felt the Final Solution was morally wrong or if the timing was just a coincidence.
    • Subverted with Stuckart. Throughout the film he is the most vocal and aggressive opponent of the genocide... because he feels slighted its not respecting the laws he helped create. He actively hates the Jews and merely feels pissed off his colleagues don't respect his law.
    • While not having any moral objection or qualm about the planned genocide, and generally acting like the biggest and most disgusting scumbag in a room full of supremely evil nazis, even Klopfer is shocked for a moment over just how many jews will be murdered every day in the plan.
    • Lange is a ruthless officer currently involved in the genocide, but he finds shooting and disposing of Jewish noncombatants (families and children mainly) to gradually become more and more discomforting. He takes personal offense when Heydrich keeps insisting on euphemisms for the killings, as it does not reflect what he has been doing in the field.
    • Eichmann, despite being the biggest supporter of the genocide after Heydrich, becomes uncomfortable when describing the extermination process used in the gas chambers. Heydrich later relates that Eichmann fainted when he saw the results first-hand, which Eichmann quickly denies.
    • Josef Buehler points out to the ignorant Luther that it's often distressing for their soldiers, who have some semblance of honor, to shoot unarmed women and children in mass slaughters. His tone seems to indicate he agrees with them.
  • The Counselor: The spy-for-hire seduces Brad Pitt's character to get his laptop password. When she delivers it to her employer, however, she's horrified to learn that the job has made her an accessory to a planned murder. She refuses payment on principle and storms away.
  • C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America: The CSA may be a pro-slavery nation that oppresses anyone not lily-white, but they refused to ally with Nazi Germany after finding out about their Final Solution, believing it a waste of human livestock. On a smaller scale note, Jefferson Davis refused to tolerate antisemitism, given how it was the Jew Judah P. Benjamin that paved the way for a Confederate victory in the Civil War.
  • In Cult of Chucky, mass murderer Chucky is disgusted when he finds out Dr. Foley has been raping his patients while they were hypnotized.

  • The Dark Crystal: The Skeksis in may be decadent, genocidal tyrants, but they abhor profanity, calling Aughra "crude" for cussing at them.
    skekZok: Watch your tongue, harridan! We are lords of the Crystal!
    • SkekUng the Garthim Master, and the second Emperor of the Skeksis, actually displays a great deal of this throughout the movie. Whereas his fellow Skeksis are circling around the dying Emperor skekSo, like vultures just waiting for him to kick the bucket, skekUng immediately demands his fellow Skeksis to show their dying monarch respect by kneeling to him on his deathbed. He doesn't reveal any of his ambition for the Skeksis throne until after skekSo is dead. He is also disgusted by skekSil the Chamberlain's lack of respect for the Emperor at all, even trying to take the Emperor's scepter before skekSo is even dead. He respects the rules of succession enough to understand that the next Emperor must be formally chosen. So when the Chamberlain tries to steal the scepter again, skekUng decides to challenge him for the position of Emperor traditionally. Naturally, skekUng defeats skekSil in the ensuing Trial by Stone, but he doesn't partake in the other Skeksis stripping the Chamberlain of his robes, and orders them to release him before they can harm him more, and declares him banished. He is even willing to accept skekSil back when he returns with a captured Kira, and restores his old rival's status to show that he rewards service, as a general (or former general) should.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy:
    • Batman Begins:
      • Subverted with Dr. Jonathan Crane who showed signs of this in comparison to the other main villains of the movie, but his actions spoke for themselves. For instance, when Crane warns Falcone that Rachel Dawes isn't likely to be bought off, Falcone says there is an answer to that too, and Crane says "I don't want to know." (Presumably, the "answer" Falcone meant was "put a bullet in her head") Falcone, for his part, is skeptical that Crane may have any qualms about this, cynically replying "Yeah you do." This can also be interpreted not as Crane having standards, but as Crane not wanting to know the details so he can have plausible deniability in the event the cops capture him and being sarcastic. Later Crane decides to let Rachel overdose on his fear toxin and even sets Batman on fire, he has no qualms but doesn't like talking about it.
      • When Ducard (aka Ra's Al Ghul) explains his plan for poisoning Gotham, he adds that Crane went along with the plan under the impression that the idea was to hold the city for ransom. If you were to assume Ducard meant that, and assume that the implication of this was that Crane was more okay with "threatening to poison people as a means of profit" than "actually poisoning them," then this would indicate that Crane has standards in comparison to Ducard. Even then, that is not saying much, and it could just as easily be because there's no money in Ducard's plan.
      • According to the novelization, Ducard doesn't sanction the use of nuclear weapons to achieve his goals, as he believes that nuclear weapons have the potential to render most of the Earth uninhabitable for most life forms. That's one thing that separates him from his child, who is revealed to have revived the League of Shadows for The Dark Knight Rises and is completely willing to implement nuclear holocaust on Gotham.
    • The Dark Knight: It's mostly the Joker who elicits this response from other villains.
      • In the opening scene, the Joker has his own henchmen killed during a heist on a mob bank as soon as their part of the heist is complete. The mob-affiliated bank manager who tries to fend them off is disgusted with their actions, and reminisces about the good old days when criminals still believed in honor and respect.
      • Following Rachel's death, mobster Sal Maroni becomes fed up with the violence the Joker has unleashed and gives up the Joker's location to Commissioner Gordon. It is also subtly implied that Maroni did not wish to hire the Joker in the first place. Even before that, Maroni has this response to Batman when he suggests that the Joker must have friends during his interrogation: "Friends? Have you met this guy?"
      • The Chechen, who previously was the most eager to hire the Joker, turns against him upon hearing his next Evil Plan about how "this city deserves a better class of criminal." Unfortunately, his former men don't have such standards.
      • The Joker himself mockingly says this when giving a What the Hell, Hero? speech to Batman, although knowing him, it's debatable how seriously he should be taken:
      The Joker: I wanted to see what you could do, and you didn't disappoint—you let five people die. Then you let Dent take your place. Even to a guy like me, that's cold.
      • In one of the most iconic scenes of the film, criminal and Scary Black Man Ginty throws away the detonator on his escape boat that would ensure his and his fellow convict's survival at the cost of blowing up a boat full of innocent people fleeing the city. He even rebukes the officer he takes it from, saying he'd do what the officer "should'a did ten minutes ago" and gives him a look of complete disgust.
    • The Dark Knight Rises:
      • Bane's mystique is established by the fact that he was excommunicated from the League, which Bruce and Alfred take to mean he was too extreme, even for Ducard. As it turns out, Ducard's motives were more personal - Bane was a walking reminder of Ducard's failure as Talia's father.
      • Selina Kyle/Catwoman, despite having no compunctions against stealing, robbing, and sometimes killing (In self-defense), is thoroughly horrified by Bane's and Talia's methods and goals.
      • This actually applies to Catwoman in general, in other media too (not just these films). She usually makes a point that despite not being good, she usually says something like "I'm a thief, not a murderer".
  • Dasepo Sonyo: A group of thugs shows up at Poor Girl's house and threatens to burn it down with her, her mother, and her little brother inside unless they pay off her mother's debt to the local loan shark. When Poor Girl comes outside and offers to let them have sex with her in exchange for a few more days to get the money together, the thugs are appalled at the notion and decide to walk away.
  • Dead Birds: In a time when blacks were deemed as inferior by most white Americans, and Southerners in particular, even they were horrified by Hollister's gruesome sacrifices of his slaves. As punishment, they tied him to a cross in his own field and left him out there to die.
  • Dead in Tombstone: Guerrero has no problem with stealing the gold from Edendale's bank. However, he draws the line at siezing control of the mine and the entire town, and raping the sheriff's wife.
  • The Death of Stalin: No one in this movie is a good person, but everyone in Stalin's committee is disgusted and angered when Nicky Khrushchev tells Beria's Kangaroo Court that he has been accused of over 300 rapes, some of them committed on children as young as 7.
  • Deep Rising: Simon Canton wanted to sink the cruise liner so he could reap the insurance money, but when Finnegan accuses him of trying to kill all the passengers Canton takes offense. He claims that he's just a crook, not a savage; he planned for all of them to live, as they would be safely transported off the ship before anyone could drown.
  • Demolition Man: The psychotic criminal Simon Phoenix utterly hates his employer, Doctor Cocteau, his belief in The Evils of Free Will, the fact that he has turned Southern California into sissy-land, and the utter restrictiveness of it all. The only reason he doesn't kill Cocteau at first is because he has been mentally programmed to not be able to. There's a loophole though: there ain't no rule preventing him from having someone else shoot Cocteau. And There Was Much Rejoicing.
  • In Den of Thieves, Merrimen's gang is trained to "shoot uniforms, not civilians."
  • The Departed: When Irish mob boss Frank Costello executes two people on a remote beach by shooting them in the back of the head, he notes that one of the victims "fell funny". Costello's right-hand man Mr. French gives him a disturbed look and tells his boss that he might want to talk to someone.
  • The Devil's Double: When Uday brings a kidnapped underage girl to a party, other members of the Ba'ath Party mock him for it.
  • Diamonds on Wheels: Wheeler is insistent that he didn't sign up for murder, and prevents Finch from shooting the helpless Inspector Cook.
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance:
    • Played straight by Simon Gruber, the villain, who plants fake bombs in Manhattan schools to distract the police from his daring Federal Reserve robbery, though before this he does use real bombs to blow up a Bonwit Teller storefront and cause a subway platform collapse. Gruber states that he's "a soldier, not a monster."
    • Also, when McClane points out that Simon obviously didn't even LIKE his brother —Simon readily agrees with McClane when the latter refers to Hans Gruber as an "asshole" — making Simon's revenge on McClane seem pointless, Gruber's response is that "There's a big difference between not liking one's brother and not caring when some dumb Irish flatfoot drops him out of a window."
    • And another scene has Simon's henchmen taking the water jug-bomb off McClane and Zeus's hands, only to bring it along with them, when one expresses concern that "some kid could find it". Which in this case makes more sense - they don't want it falling into the wrong hands.
  • Dobermann: Dobermann's father is a hardened gangster, but even he thinks it is inappropriate for Joe to be carrying a .357 Magnum inside the church, even if it is a christening present.
  • Drive Angry: It's stated that Satan is simply someone doing his job watching over the damned and despises having children killed in his name. When The Accountant learns that Milton escaped Hell to stop a bunch of Satanists from killing his infant granddaughter he allows Milton to finish his mission before taking him back to Helll.
  • Elysium:
    • Unlike Delacourt, the rest of the Elysian government isn't exactly comfortable with employing a Psycho for Hire and shooting down unarmed shuttles full of civilians. Delacourt herself finally decides she's had enough of the psycho as well after he storms into Elysium.
    • As much of an asshole Max's supervisor is, he's clearly disgusted with how the Armadyne CEO treats Max in the wake of his radiation.
    • Kruger says he "doesn't believe in committing violent acts in front of children," so he refuses to hurt Frey in an attempt to find out where Max is while Matilda can see it. He keeps telling her to keep her eyes closed, even stopping when he knows they aren't.
  • In Enter the Dragon, for all of Han's villainy, he is dead set about tournament rules that not even The Dragon was exempt from. Han was visibly and audibly angered when O'Hara grabbed Lee's leg after being knocked down and later attacks Lee with broken bottles. Once Lee had killed him, Han declared that "O'Hara's treachery has disgraced us" rather than being displeased at Lee killing one of his top men.
  • Face/Off: Zig-zagged with Castor Troy, an indiscriminately murderous scumbag. He beats up Jamie's boyfriend's for trying to rape her and gives her a knife for self defense. However, earlier in the film he also threatened to rape Jamie to her father's face. He shows that he's serious when, during the standoff in the climax, he licks her face while she thinks Troy is her father. In the opening Troy also shows shock when he accidentally shoots Archer's son, but when he visits the boy's grave with Archer's weeping wife he looks more bored than remorseful. The only definite redeeming trait he ends up with is his love for his brother Pollux.
  • Falling Down: D-Fens grows into an increasingly psychotic vigilante, but he is very disturbed by the Nazi surplus store owner, and flips out when the guys says they're Not So Different. He's also very upset when he thinks he injured a young girl.
  • In The Fate of the Furious, Deckard Shaw is aghast that Cipher's men would be willing to harm a baby, even if he happens to be the son of his sworn enemy Dominic Toretto. When one of said goons almost shoots said baby, Deckard promptly beats the brute into a vegetable for his troubles.
  • Faust: Surprisingly, Mephisto, who is a freaking demon, hesitates at helping Faust seduce the innocent, pure Gretchen, suggesting he have sex with some of the sluttier girls in town instead. He goes along when Faust insists, but pulls an appropriately evil Jerkass Genie twist.
  • Female Agents: Heindrich appears to be genuinely reluctant in torturing Gaëlle, but he orders it anyway.
  • The Fifth Element: Played straight when the priest saves Zorg from choking, for which he agrees to spare the priest's life (for the moment).
  • Final Destination: Death may be an inscrutable Eldritch Abomination who enjoys killing people in horrific ways for the fun of it, but it apparently finds racism distasteful; case in point would be the fourth film, when Carter is preparing to burn a cross on George's lawn...
  • A Fish Called Wanda: Even the sociopathic Otto seems put off by Ken's plan to kill an old lady. Although his main motivation is that he wants her alive so that her eyewitness testimony will keep George incarcerated, his statement "wasting old ladies isn't nice" possibly suggests that he considers such an act below his standards.
  • In A Fistful of Dollars, Ramon Rojo is a ruthless psychopath more than willing to commit mass murder for money or power. When the Rojos attack their rivals the Baxters while looking for the Stranger, they set fire to the Baxter residence and then remorselessly massacre everyone who is desperately trying to escape the fire. Ramon even personally kills John and Antonio Baxter (the head of the Baxter family and his son, respectively) who were both unarmed, had surrendered, and had promised to leave town. However when Baxter's wife comes out, Ramon lowers his rifle, declines to shoot her, and doesn't react when she angrily condemns and curses them. She is soon gunned down in the middle of ranting at them by one of the Rojo henchman, which prompts a shocked look from Don Miguel, (Ramon's older brother) and Ramon gives the man a little bit of a funny look, as if to say "That's going just a bit far", but that's the extent of his standards.
  • Five Minutes To Live (aka Door-to-Door Maniac): A young Johnny Cash (yes, THAT Johnny Cash) stars as a cruel, sadistic robber/murderer. Near the end of the film, he has a standoff with the police and he believes that they accidentally killed his child hostage (they didn't, the kid was just playing dead). Cash's character immediately becomes enraged and starts firing wildly at the police, screaming at them for having dared to kill a child. When he's gunned down, his last words before dying are "they killed a kid".
  • Flyboys: Features a dogfight around the middle of the movie. One of the men of the squadron is shot down but manages to land safely. He is then strafed and killed by the Red Baron... er, Black Falcon. When he comes back up with the rest of his squadron, another German ace, Wolferd, shakes his head as attacking downed pilots who can't fight back was one of the rules of engagement. Another example is a dogfight almost immediately after that part. One of the pilots, Rawlings, manages to stick with Wolferd through a series of evasive maneuvers, even when he attempts to lose him by flying right over a church. Rawlings is able to stick with him, and though his gun jams, Wolferd spares his life because he was good enough to not lose him. In this case Wolferd is less "evil" and more on the opposite side, but is still shown as having stricter standards than his comrades.
  • In Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Jason, at least after being brought back to life, doesn't kill children or animals. This was actually a decision enforced by his prime actor, Kane Hodder. The director Tom McLoughlin concurred, explained that Jason would not kill a child out of a sympathy for the plight of children generated by his own death as a child.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: Seth Gecko, who doesn't have any compunctions against killing hostages, chastises his Ax-Crazy brother Richard for raping everything in sight and using wanton violence to resolve problems.
    I may be a bastard, but I'm not a fuckin' bastard.

  • The Gentlemen:
    • Mickey, ruthless gang-boss and marijuana provider, holds heroin dealers in contempt, and it's one of the sticking points between him and Dry Eye.
    • Played for Laughs with the blackmail video of Big Dave, where both Coach and Raymond are comically disgusted by what the Toddlers did, to the point of slight amazement.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Storm Shadow is a ruthless assassin, but refuses to kill women — and is disgusted by Zartan's murder of Cover Girl.
  • The Godfather:
    • Don Vito Corleone believes that his political connections, which regard gambling as "a harmless vice", will abandon the Family if they learn that hard drugs like heroin are being sold. Even after they agree to the trade, the Dons refuse to allow the drugs to get into schools or to be sold to children.
    • Jack Woltz ends up sleeping with the severed head of his prized racehorse Khartoum, all because Tom Hagen (visiting Woltz on unrelated business) witnesses a series of events that imply Woltz molested a child actress seeking a role in a film, in exchange for the role.
      • This motivation is cut from the cinematic release but restored in the made for TV miniseries and Saga.
  • Gone Baby Gone: Many of the hero's friends are drug dealers and criminals but all are appalled by anyone who would harm a child. Cheese stands out as he is a violent psychopath who responds to such accusations poorly. Some of them, such as Stevie, even try to help by putting up posters and Bubba leads cops to where a child murderer is hiding.
  • The Green Hornet Strikes Again!: the Hornet invokes this trope to explain why he's opposing the racketeers' current plan — he may be a murderer and an outlaw, but he's not willing to endanger America by putting vital industries under foreign control. (Granted, his real reason is that he's just pretending to be a gangster.)
  • Played for Laughs in Guardians of the Galaxy when Star-Lord is trying to convince Xandar to trust him. Though in actuality he's far from evil, he knows Xandar certainly considers him to be nothing better than that, so his message to them contains this gem:
    Rhomann Dey: He said his crew just escaped from prison so he'd have no other reason to risk coming to Xandar to help. He says that he's an "a-hole", but he's not, and I'm quoting him here, "not 100% a dick."
    Nova Prime: Do you believe him?
    Rhomann Dey: I don't know that I believe anyone is 100% a dick, ma'am.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it's revealed that the bloodthirsty Ravagers had a code to not engage in child trafficking. Yondu is a pariah among them for breaking this code, having delivered children to Ego, only to realize that Ego was murdering them.
  • The Hangover Part III: Marshall is a drug dealer and murderer, but unlike Chow, he never plans to betray the Wolfpack and does at first honor letting Doug go when they've brought him Chow. He only turns on them when Alan allows Chow to escape. Not to mention that while he's mad earlier that the Wolfpack robbed the other half of the gold from his house, he blames Black Doug instead just because he was robbed in the first place. Marshall understands that they didn't know they were robbing his house because Chow tricked them and when he's not pleased that they weren't able to produce all the gold, he acknowledges that the rest of it was spent and they got all they could. One could argue Chow is the true main villain of this movie and not Marshall.
  • Hard Boiled: Mad Dog refuses to shoot a room full of helpless hospital patients, or allow his boss to do it.
  • In Heist (2015), The Pope is a vicious mob boss, but will not tolerate anyone harming children, even the children of his enemies. As his number 2 Derrick learns to his cost.
  • Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth: When Pinhead says he is not so different from Monroe for using a girl only for pleasure, the latter rejects it and says that what Pinhead did (eating her alive) was plain evil compared to him (using her for sex).
  • The Kurgan from Highlander is a violent maniac who takes a sadistic glee in killing the other Immortals and violated Connor's wife. However, he still upholds the ancient tradition of not fighting on holy ground (this may be more Pragmatic Villainy though). It's not until the third film where a villain ignores that tradition.
  • The Hitman's Bodyguard: Assassin Darius Kincaid might kill people, but he states clearly that he has never killed anyone who did not deserve to die- his listed victims are the abusive stepfather who killed his biological father and a notorious arms dealer- and he rejects a job offer from an ex-president currently on trial in the International Criminal Court because he saw the man order the massacre of an entire village.
  • Home Alone:
    • Harry is willing to rob houses on Christmas and even kill Kevin, but he thinks it's sick-minded to flood the houses after they've robbed them.
    Harry: What are you laughing at? (Beat) You did it again, didn't you?
    Marv: Harry, it's our calling card!
    Harry: You're sick, you know that? Really sick. That's a sick thing to do!
    • Both of them are unwilling to kill children until Kevin begins thwarting them.
  • Hook: Captain Hook has no problem with any immorality per se except exercising "bad form", although he does go against his own rule somewhat out of anger and desperation at one point, so you could argue that it doesn't count.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: Snow's propagandist is visibly shocked when he orders the bombing of the hospital, but he promptly shoots her down by reminding her that she wrote the speech in which he pronounced death on anyone who associated with the Mockingjay.
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has the Devil lure people into the easy path and likely damnation, but even he shows contempt and disgust with a character who sells children's organs on the black market. Then again he could just be angry with the guy eluding him continuously.
  • In Bruges: Played with. Two hitmen are sent to cool their heels in Belgium after one accidentally shoots a small boy during a hit. Their boss then tells the other one to kill him — the boss is a family man who loves his children and would sooner kill himself than live with the knowledge he'd killed a child, and then he does indeed kill himself due to having blown the head off of a dwarf dressed as a child. There's also a scene of negotiations between in which they decide how best to move their gunfight to a place where a pregnant woman will not be endangered.
  • Inception: While "evil" may be a strong word for what's really more along the lines of "morally ambiguous," one telling moment of Dominic Cobb's characterization is that though he had just been shown spying on dreams, when offered a chance to shoot the guy who sold him out he said "that's not the way I deal with things."
  • Indiana Jones:
    • Played straight in the movies, where René Belloq and Walter Donovan share Indy's contempt for the Nazis and, even though they work with them, consider them "necessary evils" rather than genuine partners. (Though this may have more to do with their finding the nefarious goose-steppers stupid and crude than with any moral qualms). In one novelization, Bellog claims that the Nazi's are even less civilized than the Hovito tribesmen he worked with in the beginning of the movie.
    • One of the few cases of a Nazi doing this shows up in Raiders of the Lost Ark. After Indiana grabs the Ark away from the Nazis in the desert, he and Marion board a smuggling ship in an attempt to get themselves and the Ark away, but the German forces quickly catch up with them and board the ship. The smuggling captain has Jones hide, then tells the German commander that he killed Jones and planned to sell Marion as a Sex Slave in an attempt to prevent the Germans from taking her as a captive. The German commander responds by calling the captain a savage, immediately pulling Marion away from the man and threatening to sink the ship.
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Elsa Schneider works for the Nazis, she's against their ideology. She claims she "believes in the grail, not the Swastika" and weeps at the sight of a Nazi book burning rally, though Indy doesn't entirely buy her statements. There's also the horrified and disgusted look on her face when Donovan shoots Henry Jones to coerce Indy into getting the Grail for him.
  • Inside Man: Madeline is The Fixer for anyone who is able to pay her, resulting in all sorts of questionable and unsavory clients that she works for without batting an eye. Even she is appalled when she learns about Arthur selling out Jews to the Nazis during World War II.
  • Ip Man: General Miura shows his displeasure with Smug Snake Colonel Sato's shooting of Master Liu by holding Sato's pistol to the man's own head and threatening to pull the trigger if he does something similar again.
  • In both It films, one of Henry's companions balks at the idea of carving his name in Ben's stomach (Victor in the first adaptation and Belch in the second). Taunting and even beating up kids is fine but actually doing something that could kill the kid is too much, but in both cases it takes nothing more than Henry yelling at them to make them fall in line and begrudgingly go along with it.
  • Speaking of, in It (2017) Henry Bowers claims he didn't bully Bill for the remainder of the school year because of Georgie's death, implying he has at least some semblance of standards even if they only make sense to him. Of course, between his own deteriorating sanity, father’s abuse and It's influence, even this doesn't last and he degenerates into a remorseless psychopath after he calls it off due to it now being summer.
    Henry: Did you s-s-s-say something, B-b-b-b-Billy? You got a free ride this year cuz of your little brother. Ride's over, Denbrough. This summer it's gonna be a hurt-train, for you and your faggot friends!
  • James Bond film series:
    • In several movies, Bond works with a "criminal" who, despite being involved in murder, extortion, protection rackets, female slavery, smuggling, etc., is a good guy because he doesn't deal in drugs.
    • While Ernst Stavro Blofeld may be a ruthless megalomaniac bent on killing millions, he doesn't like it when his henchmen try to cheat him or when they cross certain moral boundaries.
    • From Russia with Love: Rosa Klebb is visibly sweating and terrified when Blofeld ordered the death of Kronsteen for his arrogance and failure to kill Bond to obtain the Lektor decoding device, wondering if she'll be next in line to be killed.
    • You Only Live Twice: When Blofeld has Helga Brandt/Number 11 executed (by being tossed into a piranha-infested water pool) for failing to kill 007, Osato and the two Chinese emissaries can only watch in horror as Helga gets devoured in seconds.
    • Diamonds Are Forever: Dr. Metz agreed to work with Blofeld on the diamond-powered laser satellite on the understanding that it would lead to world peace and is horrified to learn otherwise.
    • The Man with the Golden Gun: While Francisco Scaramanga is the world's most ruthless assassin, what prompted his Start of Darkness was seeing a trainer abusing an elephant in the circus he grew up with ("The drunken handler came along and emptied his gun into his eye... I emptied my stage pistol into his!").
    • Licence to Kill: Franz Sanchez insists on paying the corrupt DEA agent Ed Killifer, who broke him out of prison, despite Milton Krest scoffing at the idea, telling him "I gave this man my word" and "Loyalty means more to me than money". This coming from someone who whipped his unfaithful mistress Lupe with a stingray tail, had the man she was cheating on him with killed, had Felix Leiter's wife Della raped and murdered, and at the time of this discussion, is preparing to feed Leiter to a shark.
      • According to Pam Bouvier, Dario, Sanchez's right hand man, was previously part of the Contras before he was kicked out of their organization. Think about that.
    • GoldenEye: Xenia's orgasmic massacre of the Severnaya satellite control center's staff momentarily is startling to General Ourumov.
    • Spectre: Mr. White, once a high-ranking member of the criminal organization Spectre, tells Bond that he called it quits when SPECTRE started dabbling in human trafficking and murdering children.
  • Just Cause: Bobby Ferguson was castrated in jail by the other inmates for the rape and brutal murder of a young girl.
  • The Jungle Book (2016): Kaa the python is hypnotizing Mowgli and preparing to eat him, but first, she shows him a flashback of him as a child when Shere Khan kills his father. She doesn't state it outright, but the tone in Kaa's tone hints that she disapproves of the tiger's cold-blooded murder instead of just hunting to eat.
  • The Karate Kid has several examples regarding Johnny's gang:
    • Bobby tries to dissuade the others from continuing to attack Daniel after they've already seriously injured him.
    • Bobby hesitates to follow Kreese's order to do an illegal move at the tournament, and he seems upset afterward.
    • Johnny looks shocked when Kreese tells him to play dirty, though he docilely obeys.
    • Johnny congratulates Daniel after losing to him.
  • In Kick-Ass it is clear that Red-Mist is evil, and helps his father, a mafia boss, to catch a "superhero" who disrupts his business. But when he learns that Kick-Ass is innocent, he wants to spare him. When Frank D'Amico wants to kill him, he is disgusted.
    • Gigante is a corrupt policeman who does not mind when "superheroes" are caught and killed by the mafia. But when Frank D'Amico tortures Big-Daddy and Kick-Ass by his mooks in front of a running camera and is amused by it, he is disgusted.
  • Kick-Ass 2: When The Mother Fucker orders Mother Russia to kill and decapitate Colonel Stars & Stripes, she asks him if she should also kill the Colonel's dog. The Mother Fucker expresses shock and disgust at the idea. This is in contrast to his comic counterpart, who is that evil.
    "Jesus Christ, I'm not that evil!"
  • Kill Bill:
    • Master assassin Bill forbids Elle from killing The Bride while she is unconscious in a hospital bed because "that would lower us."
    • Bill's brother Budd is willing to admit that they crossed the line when they tried to assassinate The Bride while she was pregnant and unarmed, as well as the rest of her wedding party. Though he does also holds her accountable for breaking Bill's heart.
    Bud: That woman deserves her revenge. And... we deserve to die.
  • Killing Them Softly: Jackie Corgan refuses to rough up Markie Trattman for his suspected role in masterminding a Mafia robbery. Arguing that since they're going to kill him regardless of whether or not he was involved (and acknowledge that even if he was, the money was most likely long-gone), beating him up beforehand would just be unnecessarily cruel.
  • King of New York: The title character, a drug lord, excuses the murders of his rivals by claiming that they engaged in even less savory business practices than he did, like human trafficking and child prostitution.
  • In Kiss of the Tarantula, a gang of drunk teenagers decide to break into the local funeral home and steal a casket, manhandling local outcast Susan (who lives there) along the way, not so subtly threatening to rape her sooner or later. When they accidentally kill one of Susan's pet tarantulas, Susan's "ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?" screaming response is enough to shame them into leaving.
  • Knives Out:
    • Invoked by Marta. She says that none of the family members would have killed Harlan, no matter their contentions with him. She's right about all of them except Ransom.
    • Pretty much every family member is a shithead to some degree, but Jacob's Nazi views disgust everybody but his parents, and he's called both a Nazi and an "alt-right troll." Even Richard, who cheats on his wife and disparages anyone who tries to come into the country illegally (even dismissing the fact that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement puts immigrant children in cages) calls him a Nazi with clear contempt.
    • Joni, whose main flaw is her greed, is openly and loudly opposed to Richard's anti-immigration views, thinking he's contemptible for excusing the terrible treatment that immigrant adults and children alike are subjected to, and when he pulls Marta into the argument to use her as what he thinks is a shining example of someone whose family did immigration "right," she sympathetically tells her that she doesn't have to be a paragon for his views for the sake of being polite. In the same scene, Walt noticeably tries to stop Donna from going on a racist rant, and Linda tries to stop Richard from pulling Marta into the argument, saying to him, "Leave the poor girl out of this."
    • Despite their many, many flaws, none save Richard are willing to defend Ransom after he is arrested for his crimes (murder and attempted murder), most of them having to avert their eyes in disgust as he's taken away.

  • Lakeview Terrace: The crazed policeman neighbor played by Samuel L. Jackson does everything in his power to bully and terrorize his young, newlywed neighbors out of a deep seated dislike of their mixed-race marriage. However, when he realizes that he's inadvertently put them in a situation where one of them is likely to be killed, he's sane enough to know things have gone too far and quickly rushes over to rectify things. He loses major points, though, because a few weeks later he ends up putting himself in a situation where he has to kill the neighbors he just saved or be exposed for his crimes.
  • Last Action Hero: When the assassin-for-hire Mr. Benedict is released into the real world, a teen-aged prostitute propositions him for a date. His response, "How old are you?" Benedict is also horrified when he sees a homeless man get murdered for his shoes.
  • The Last Circus: Francisco Franco shows up in this movie, and despite his role as a dictator and being buddies with Hitler and Mussolini when they were alive, seeing the protagonist being forced to act like a hunting dog (bringing downed partridges to his "master" while holding them with his teeth) is too much for him.
  • Legend (1985): When the leader of the Quirky Miniboss Squad reveals he Eats Babies (or at least is considering it), this oddly horrifies his colleague.
    Blunder: I simply adore milk-fed meat!
    Pox: What are ya, some kind of animal?
  • Let the Right One In: During the dumper fire, some of the others students who bullied Oksar (Owen) tried to save his life when they caught Jimmy and trying to drown him.
  • Little Nicky: This classic line:
    "Soon you will see things more horrible than you can even imagine...
    (cut to Clint Howard in drag and dancing barechested)
    "...Well maybe not that horrible, but still pretty bad."
  • Little Shop of Horrors: Played for Laughs. In the 1986 film version, sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin) gets a patient named Arthur Denton (Bill Murray). Scrivello's schtick is that he does unnecessary procedures with little to no anesthesia, causing his patients immense pain, which he enjoys. Unfortunately, Denton is masochistic, so Scrivello's tools give him orgasmic pleasure. Disgusted (though he probably just resents the fact that he was robbed of his own sadistic pleasure), Schrivello kicks Denton out of his office. He then says to himself:
    "Goddamn sicko."
  • The Longest Yard: In the Adam Sandler remake, Caretaker (Chris Rock) explains it like this to Paul Crewe (Sandler) in the Prison Cafeteria.
    Caretaker: You know, I've never seen one inmate walk in here and be unanimously hated by the entire population. I ain't never seen it.
    Crewe: How'd I get so lucky?
    Caretaker: Oh I ain't saying you did or you didn't. All I'm saying is that you could have robbed banks, sold dope or stole your grandmother's pension checks and none of us would have minded. But shaving points off of a football game, man, that's un-American.
  • Lord of War:
    • Subverted throughout the entire film, to the point it could just as easily be called How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Lost All My Standards. Villain Protagonist Arms Dealer Yuri Orlov starts out with lots of standards that gradually get flushed over the course of the movie. When selling guns in South America, one client tries to pay Yuri in cocaine. Yuri protests that he has standards and sells guns, not drugs... until the client engages in some Aggressive Negotiations, after which Yuri agrees to take the drugs as payment. After the scene Yuri's narration notes that he made a tidy profit from the drugs, implying that he wouldn't have a problem taking drugs as payment again. When he first meets The Generalissimo Andre Baptiste, Yuri is visibly horrified at Baptiste suddenly drawing the gun that Yuri was in the middle of selling and shooting a nearby soldier for flirting with one of Baptiste's women. Yuri goes so far as to talk back to Baptiste and make up an excuse to snatch the gun away. The last time we see him doing a deal with Baptiste, Yuri doesn't flinch from going through with the sale, despite knowing for a fact that a huge refugee camp that is mere meters away is going to be slaughtered with the weapons. Even his major But Not Too Evil moment doesn't actually have anything to do with standards. When Yuri mentions selling guns to Afghanistan rebels for use against the Soviets, he takes a moment to specifically say that he never sold weapons to Bin Laden... because back then Bin Laden's checks were always bouncing.
    • Also played with when Simeon Weisz iterates his refusal to sell to any group with whose agenda he disagrees. When called out on the fact that he sold weapons to both sides of the Iran-Iraq War, he states that he wanted both sides to lose.
  • In The Loved Ones, Lola's father is angry that Brent hit a girl. He's also uncomfortable with Lola's attempted incestuousness and mistreatment of Bright Eyes.
  • Lucky Number Slevin: Mr. Goodkat was a reputable and cold hearted assassin but even he would not kill a child. And he was given the assignment because no other assassin would do it either.
  • M: This concept is Deconstructed when the child killer Hans Beckert gives a great, if unsuccessful, Shaming the Mob speech against the gangsters who want to lynch him. He's got severe mental problems; what's their excuse?
  • Malice Dr. Jed Hill, an egotistical surgeon who has no qualms about committing insurance fraud and destroying the careers of his colleagues or the marriage of his supposed friend, is horrified when Tracy suggests killing the 10-year old witness to their crimes, outraged enough to slap her when she won't relent, and threatens to be the first to testify against her should anything happen to the kid.
  • The Man from Nowhere: Ramrowan is happy to slay anyone — except young So-Mi. Ramrowan not only spares her, but kills one of his comrades and takes his eyes to pass off as hers for proof of the kill. And then, when defeated by Cha Tae-sik, Ramrowan does not reveal his mercy or bargain for his life, which is kind of awesome.
  • In Mean Girls, the sadistic bully Regina reluctantly raises her hand when Ms. Norbury asks the students if they have ever betrayed a friend. (Not that this moment of honesty changes her personality in any way.)
  • Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears: After Sociopathic Soldier Captain Templeton killed everyone in the Bedouin village, his accomplice Sgt. Wilson returned, located the one the survivor, and guided her to safety.
  • In the Mortal Kombat movie, Kano is a killer crime boss who's Only in It for the Money, but he claims to have been raised to believe in a fair fight and 1. objects after the fact to Sub-Zero freezing an opponent with ice powers while 2. admitting (while presently chowing down, to the point of losing his place) to being nauseous over the guy exploding.
  • In the Mortal Engines movie adaptation, Lord Mayor Crome discovers that Valentine has been constructing a HYDRA in the St. Paul's Cathedral, he orders Valentine to immediately cease operations and destroy the weapon- to which Valentine responds in his usual manner.
  • Mother, Jugs & Speed: Mother asks why a hamburger stand owner always give him his mayonnaise on the side. The owner responds that he's cheated on his wife and beaten his kids; but putting mayonnaise on a hamburger is a sin that Mother alone will have to answer to God for.
  • Muppet Treasure Island:
    • The Villain Song "Professional Pirate" includes the line "I could have been a lawyer, but I just had too much heart." (The song is mostly a subversion, though - while Silver seems to buy into his portrayal of the pirates as noble adventurers and brothers all, his claims are immediately undermined by his fellow pirates doing exactly what he just said they'd never do.)
    • The opening song "Shiver My Timbers" also says, in regard to Captain Flint and his crew, "The Devil himself would have to call them scum!"
    • At the end, Long John Silver is holding Jim at gunpoint... and then this happens. He is dead serious the entire time.
  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) centers around a hoodlum called the Snapper Kid who is part of The Irish Mob. The Snapper Kid is leader of a band of thugs, who engages in shootouts in alleyways and mugs people for their wallets. But he won't let a rival gangster drug and rape an innocent woman (played by Lillian Gish). The Snapper Kid's intervention to save the girl leads to the climactic shootout.
  • Mystery Team: Jason believes this about Robert, making a speech about how he doesn't have it in him to kill teenagers. He has it in him.
  • The Naked Gun: Vincent Ludwig is a rich businessman who abuses his position of power to deal in the heroin business, helps America’s enemies orchestrate a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, and is not above having people who may disrupt his illegal operations killed. Still, he is understandably disgusted and horrified upon finding the finger of one of his henchmen(who had earlier fallen into a vat of gluten in a meat factory) in his hot dog at a baseball game.
  • Even in a dark film like New Jack City, some of the actions of Nino Brown are too much for his loyal gang:
    • Gee Money is disgusted at him for making his girlfriend Selina's infertility, something she's already quite sensitive about, sound like a joke.
    • While her own sense of evil is more questionable, Selina's High-Heel–Face Turn began after she saw Nino use a child as a human shield at a wedding.
    • Both Keisha and The Duh-Duh Man try to stop Nino from strangling Kareem Akbar during the CMB blowup. They are both also seen assisting Kareem out of the room after the meeting.

  • Once Upon a Time in the West: Reminding us that this isn't about levels of evil, Cheyenne refuses to kill priests, then clarifies that he means Catholic priests.
  • The Petrified Forest: Duke Mantee, world famous killer and gangster, thinks Alan is a rat for telling Gabrielle's grandfather to "die and do the world some good." "Talkin' to an old man like that..."
  • Pickup on South Street: A pickpocket steals a wallet containing stolen microfilm that a ring of communist spies are trying to spirit out of the country. Instead of destroying the film or turning it in to the cops for immunity, he tries to sell it back to the spies for a big payoff. This shocks even his fellow lowlifes, one of whom remarks, "Even in our crummy business, you have to draw the line somewhere."
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: One of the legends about the Black Pearl is that it's captain was "so evil that Hell itself spat him back out." Though this turned out not to be true.
    • An example related to a character is Jack Sparrow himself, even though he is not necessarily evil; in a deleted scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Beckett reminds Jack of a past deal which resulted in the latter's being branded a pirate after he "liberated [the cargo]". Jack's response, after a moment's pause, is uncharacteristically sombre:
      Jack Sparrow: "People aren't cargo, mate."
    • Sparrow is also willing to do a lot to attain the immortality he wants... but "a lot" is not "anything". Best exemplified with Davy Jones's heart; he gives it, immediately, to the dying Will Turner.
    • Related to the above, and although Captain Teague is at absolute worst Affably Evil, the man cautions Jack Sparrow about doing "anything" to attain immortality, possibly implying he himself made that mistake:
      Jack: What? You've seen it all, done it all. Survived. That's the trick isn't it? To survive?
      Captain Teague: It's not just about living forever, Jackie. The trick is living with yourself forever.
  • Pitch Black: Played with. It's left ambiguous as to whether Riddick refuses to kill the teenage Jack and instead ghosts Johns on moral grounds because he crossed a line, or simple opportunism. His second option gives Riddick control of the group, revenge, and a target off his back. He later rescues Jack yet again, but leaves her to die just as quickly. The second sequel Riddick confirms that he did draw the line at that point.
  • In the Predator franchise, Predators have a sense of fair play when Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. They will not target unarmed people, which extends to unborn children, and will honor those who defeat one of their number in battle.
  • The President's Analyst: A couple of Federal agents out to kill the title character, without ever questioning their orders, correct a young boy's casual racism: "Don't say chinks, son, say Chinese restaurant. Chinks is bigoted."
  • In The Prestige, When the jerkass Borden twin who loves Olivia sees Angier drowning and trapped in a box, his first reaction is to attempt to break the glass and free Angier.
  • Prizzi's Honor: Irene Walker, an assassin, plans out a hit that involves distracting a bodyguard by tossing a baby (actually a doll) and getting him to catch it while she pulls out her gun in the meantime. When the plan is carried out, the bodyguard ignores the "baby" and immediately pulls out his own gun. Afterward, Irene comments that this behavior was disgusting, since if it had been a real baby, it would have been crippled.
  • The Professional: Malky shouts angrily at Willi Blood for killing Mathilda Lando's 4 year old brother and endangering him and the rest of Stansfield's gang.
  • The Prophecy:
    • The angel-turned-rogue Gabriel, as played by Christopher Walken, will, in his own words, wreak havoc on civilizations, kill babies while their mothers watch, and (when he feels like it) rip the souls of out little girls... but he absolutely cannot stand to see people cry, or hear them use God's name in vain.
    • Satan himself helps the heroes against Gabriel because Gabriel wants to turn Heaven into another Hell, which even Satan sees as "one too many."
  • Punisher: War Zone: Gaitano Cesare is a crime boss and a racist towards anyone of Middle-Eastern descent (and chances are his refusal to even help import a biological agent is simply Pragmatic Villainy, as he probably doesn't want Homeland Security on his case along with the NYPD and FBI), but given he mentions being the one who has Jigsaw's brother, Loony Bin Jim, locked up and the behavior Jim displays once Jigsaw frees him, Cesare doesn't approve of Jim being an Ax-Crazy, sadistic cannibal.
  • Queen of the Damned: Lestat is a vampire who has no problem killing people to satisfy his needs, but when he sees that Akasha has wiped out a whole town to allow them both to walk in the sun he asks her why she would want to rule over a kingdom of corpses.

  • Ran: Kurogane is perfectly willing to help his lord Jiro murder and backstab his way to power, but draws the line at the murder of his first wife Lady Sue simply to appease Lady Kaede.
  • Rashomon: (Based off the story In a Grove) the Samurai's version features the bandit horrified by the samurai's wife as she asks the bandit to kill her husband — this is right after the bandit has raped said woman.
  • Red Dawn (1984): At the end, even after all the Soviets the Wolverines have killed, Colonel Bella can't bring himself to kill Jed and Matt when he sees they are just teenagers.
  • The Replacement Killers: John Lee gets himself in trouble with crime leader Terence Wei after developing a conscience in time to prevent him from completing the third assignment, killing a police officer's young son with the officer/father hugging him in revenge for the cop having killed Wei's own son.
  • Reservoir Dogs:
    • The robbers have no qualms whatsoever about robbing a jewelry store of thousands of dollars, and most of them feel only a vague dislike (yet no hesitation) for shooting at people during the escape from the heist, but watch how they react to someone refusing to throw in a dollar for the waitress's tip at a restaurant. In fact, in keeping with the recurring theme in Tarantino's works of honor among thieves and scoundrels they seem to have a whole, elaborate code of ethics all their own which they euphemistically refer to as "professionalism".
    • Both White and Pink also display antipathy against Blonde for going on an unprovoked killing spree inside the jewelry store once the alarm went off. In Pink's case it seems like more Pragmatic Villainy (shooting someone who's not in your way is just more jail time if they catch you), but White seems to take the killing of "real people" personally.
      Mr. White: What you're supposed to do is act like a fuckin' professional. A psychopath ain't a professional, you can't work with a psychopath. You don't know what those sick assholes are gonna do next. I mean, Jesus Christ, how old do you think that black girl was? Twenty? Maybe?
      Mr. Pink: If that.
  • RoboCop: Several examples.
    • Donald Johnson is the only OCP executive to show any sense of ethics throughout the trilogy, if only marginally so. He seems elated when RoboCop shoots Dick Jones out of the board room window in RoboCop (1987) and opposes Dr. Faxx's insanely dangerous handling of the RoboCop 2 program.
    • Both Hob and Angie from RoboCop 2 are horrified when Cain has Officer Duffy tortured to death, Hob even trying to look away, despite his own involvement in Murphy's stripping.
    • RoboCop 3 sees OCP's CEO getting angry at McDaggett and the Rehabs opening fire on police officers.
  • The Rock: General Hummel was bluffing about launching nerve gas on San Francisco. Though his second-in-command thought he wasn't... Before the actual takeover, he's seen telling two children to tell their teacher to get their class onto the first boat back to San Francisco.
  • The Rocketeer: Mobster Eddie Valentine and his gang turns on their boss, Neville Sinclair, after learning that Sinclair is working for the Nazis. As Eddie puts it, "I may not make an honest buck, but I'm 100% American!" followed by a hilarious scene with a mobster and an FBI agent firing at Nazis, looking at each other, shrugging, then going back to killing Nazis. note  Even before Sinclair is exposed, Valentine shows some resentment towards him:
    Sinclair: Valentine, we're going to do what I think is necessary.
    Valentine: And that includes breaking one of my men in half, huh? The next time you go after one of my men, I'll kill ya.
    Sinclair: Don't threaten me, Eddie. Just do your job.
    Valentine: Hey, Sinclair? [ights cigar] If the Feds take me, I'm taking you with me. I'm gonna tell them everything.
    Sinclair: Who do you think they'll believe? A cheap crook or the number-three box office star in America? [leaves]
    Valentine: [throwing his cigar at the door] Number-three jerk!
  • The Running Man: Captain Freedom is basically a gladiator on a murderous game show, but genuinely believes in Gladiator Code and quits in anger over Killian's underhanded tactics.
  • In the final battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan, Mellish gets into a tense melee with a German SS soldier in the upstairs room of a semi-ruined house. The SS soldier manages to overpower Mellish and horrifically stabs him to death with his own bayonet. Upham was right outside the room the whole time and did not intervene out of fear. When the German steps outside and comes face-to-face with him, he is apparently able to piece it all together and thinks so little of the cowardly interpreter crying on the stairs that he simply walks past him and rejoins the battle.
  • Saw:
    • Whether or not you consider him a murderer himself, all of John Kramer's traps are survivable. They may require self-mutilation, unorthodox thinking, or both, but his desire to have his victims survive appears to be genuine. This is a major plot point once his apprentice's take over because they don't have this same standard, and John himself actually has several plans in place for if his successors prove unworthy in this regard.
    • After the fallout between John and Logan that led to Logan walking away, John lets him go. John could kill him and has every reason to do so - Logan could absolutely rat him out to the police if he wants - but he still lets him go. The fact that he let Logan out of the trap in the first place thanks to Logan not waking up in time - which was John's fault - also showcases that he's aware of when he's being petty.
    • The traps he creates for rapists, domestic abusers, and racists are much more brutal than the traps for others, suggesting that he holds these crimes as especially heinous.
    • John may tell half truths or hold an enraging Cryptic Conversation, but he never outright lies.
  • Scarface: Tony "Scarface" Montana, gangster and druglord, refuses to kill women and children, and only kills "people dumb enough to fuck with him." This bites back.
  • Schindler's List: Subverted. During the liquidation of the Kraków Ghetto, two German soldiers are dragging a teenage boy along, who is suddenly shot by another German soldier. One of the two men then runs up to the shooter, and chews him out about it. It seems like this trope to anyone who can't understand what he's saying in German. In reality he's only pissed off because the shooter almost shot him instead of the Jewish boy.
  • S Club Seeing Double: Bradley explains to Tina that what she thought was a clone of Ozzy Osbourne is likely the real one, who also could be a victim of kidnapping, implying that Victor, the mad scientist who made clones of the band, had his limits.
  • Scream and Scream Again: Major Heinrich Benedek is a senior official in a totalitarian regime who acknowledges that torture is necessary in maintaining the regime's dominance, but even he is horrified by the excesses of Torture Technician Konratz.
  • In Seven Psychopaths, all of the other characters, including the murderous psychopaths, are appalled by Marty's drinking problem. One scene even has Hans, a man pursued by serial killers and high from Peyote abuse, criticizing Marty's use of alcohol:
    Hans: You might wanna stop drinking, Martin, if this is the way you're gonna behave.
    Marty: If this is the way I'm gonna— this guy just telephoned a psycho-killer to come down and psycho-kill us! And this guy's doubting a lifelong belief in the afterlife because of a psychedelic cactus he just ate! And you motherfuckers are telling me to behave?
    • And later:
    Charlie: Is he drinking and driving?
  • Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend: Using a Kangaroo Court to hang two innocent men turns out to be a step too far for Dirty Cop Sheriff Massey, and allows Nell to persuade him to turn against his boss Corrupt Hick Eb Clark.
  • Sister Act: In the climax, Vince's two goons Joey and Willy are very reluctant to kill Dolores because they just can't get it out of their heads that they're about to shoot a nun, something they just can't do. The fact that she continues to pray during the whole ordeal and Reverend Mother's insistence that she did, indeed find God while at the convent (which may have been true, actually) only made it harder for them. (Eventually they tell her to take the habit off so she won't look like a nun, which might have worked, but then she manages to catch them off guard, slug them both in the stomachs, and make a break for it.)
  • The Skulls: The Big Bad who has been terrorizing the film's protagonist expresses disgust at a co-conspirator's choice of a lover, even while freely admitting to his own extramarital activities, "Good lord, man, she's only 19"!. He then uses the information to blackmail him when the other man also displays this trope and develops a conscience about the horrible things they've done.
  • Small Soldiers: The Commando Elite may be homicidal war toys but they were also programmed with the personalities of heroic, loyal, brave and honourable soldiers. Chip Hazard in particular is an excellent leader. However, their intent to destroy their "enemies" and their allies means they just won't give up.
  • Smokin' Aces: Hitman and Torture Technician Pasquale Acosta is forced to kill the hotel's Chief of Security in order to get to his mark, Buddy Israel. Despite ruthless torture being Acosta's main gimmick, he goes out of his way to kill the Chief painlessly, and holds and comforts him as he dies, all because the Chief was not the person he was hired to kill. Acosta even tells the Chief to close his eyes before he dies, so his killer's face won't have to be the last thing he sees.
  • Snatch.: Bullet Tooth Tony, a gangster who is ruthless when it comes to killing or torturing people, balks when his boss instructs him to slice open a dog to look for diamonds in its belly, saying, "It's not a fucking tin of baked beans, what do you mean open him up?!" However, he does at least start preparing to go through with it when his boss insists. Tony is visibly relieved when the diamond they're looking for is found elsewhere and it turns out the dog didn't swallow it after all.
  • The Social Network: Mark felt that Sean's treatment of Eduardo after the latter gets fired from the company was going too far. He was also disgusted when he heard that Sean was partying and doing drugs with underaged interns.
  • Son of a Gun: When Lynch and Sterlo learn that Merv was inside for raping a schoolgirl and not GBH as he had told them, Lynch bashes him in the face multiple times and dumps him at the side of the road: telling him that he is on his own, and that if he tells anything to the police, he has friends on the inside that will get him.
  • Space Jam: When Bill Murray makes his Big Damn Heroes moment in the Looney Tune world, he answers Daffy's question of how he came to be here by saying that it's only because he's a friend of the producer. Pound (the big orange Monstar) is walking behind him and, hearing this, shakes his head in disgust.
  • Speed: For all his terror and destruction, Payne is genuinely offended by the decidedly generic way Harry stood up to him in the face of an explosive end, and he angrily laments how badly America's patriotic fervor has decayed in his day.
    Payne: In two hundred years, we've come from "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country" to "fuck you"?!
  • Spiders II: Breeding Ground: He's happy to take the money and look the other way, but the captain is seriously creeped out by Dr. Grbac's experiments with implanting spider eggs into human test subjects. Subverted with his refusal to let him have Alexandra, however... since he just wants her for himself and is more than willing to let her fiancé die.
  • In the 2007 St. Trinian's, Flash Harry delivers a class on types of crime, and Andrea suggests kidnapping. For example, they could kidnap a rich man's wife, cut off her ear, and mail it back to him. She then fantasises about cutting off more and more body parts until he pays the ransom. Harry, clearly disturbed, decides that's too evil and advises Andrea to see a counsellor.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock:
      • Klingon Commander Kruge shoots his gunner after he accidentally destroys the USS Grissom and calls it "a lucky shot", because he wanted prisoners. He even calls his gunner an "animal" afterwards.
      • Kruge wanted to take the crew of the Grissom prisoner because he wanted to question someone about Project: Genesis. His trigger-happy idiot of a gunner almost ruined that were it not for the fact that there was an away team on the surface of Planet Genesis.
    • Star Trek: Nemesis: Commander Donatara of the Romulan Star Empire manages to convince one of her fellow officers that Shinzon's plan to bring Romulus to even greater power in the Alpha Quadrant will involve genocide, namely Earth. They turn on Shinzon, even helping out the USS Enterprise as it's being pummeled by his ship.
  • Sucker Punch: When Blue orders the other orderlies to bring Baby Doll to an empty room so he can rape her, they protest, arguing that they're running the place badly and that they won't let him hurt her anymore. This is after the rest of the movie, where they stood by and let him pimp out and abuse the other girls (possibly, as the last scene does show some disconnect with how reality is, and how Baby Doll perceived everything).
  • In Suffragette, even Inspector Steed is appalled at the cruelty with which the suffragettes on hunger strike are force-fed. Not enough to put a stop to it, though. After all, it's either force-feed them or let them die and give the suffrage movement a martyr - give in to their demands and treat them as political prisoners? The government doesn't even consider it.
  • Suicide Kings: Charlie Barrett, an ex-mob boss who once had an enemy and his family fed to their own dogs, is highly offended by someone lying to their friends. Also, in an alternate ending, he refused to kill a woman.
  • Ever wonder why Skynet didn't mass-produce the cool as hell liquid metal T-1000 prototype from Terminator 2: Judgment Day? Word of God provides the answer: Skynet, the insane genocidal AI hellbent on wiping out humanity, is terrified of the T-1000 and how fast-learning and sadistic it is.
  • The Suicide Theory: Steve is established early on to have a casual attitude towards killing, but aborts a hit when he hears the target's young daughter through the door.
  • Swelter: Cole does nothing while his partner Boyd is gunned down, as Cole apparently believes he had it coming after killing innocents when he didn't have to. And when Cole's (half-)brother Kane turns out to be a rapist, Cole shoots him personally, rather than wait for the protagonist to do it.
  • Thor: Ragnarok: The Grandmaster may force people into gladiatorial contests, and he's more than a little execution-happy when he's not engaged in that ("I woke up this morning thinking about a public execution..."), but his assistant handing the melting stick when Loki speaks out of turn gets a confused reaction from him and forces him to clarify out loud that interrupting him isn't a capital offense.
  • TMNT (2007): Near the end, when the five guardians tell the Foot Clan to work alongside them for power, Karai says that always keep their word, and that as such they work for Winters, not them.
  • This Is Sodom: Played for laughs. The Big Bad's son takes most of the evil plot in stride... until he learns it involves hosting a massive wedding ceremony without paying for any catering. At which point he goes bug-eyed and calls him the Devil himself.
  • Training Day: This is how Smiley, the gang banger that Alonzo hires to kill Jake, feels this way about Alonzo.
    Moreno: Alonzo is a low-down, ruthless vato, eh, but I like that, homes. I like that.
    Smiley: No, that's why I never shake his hand, homes. He don't respect nada.
    • More to the point, Smiley and his gang let Jake go (despite having been paid to kill him) and despite him being a straight, white cop when they discover that Jake saved Smiley's cousin from certain rape.
    Smiley: That's for getting my cousins back...... You know this shit was just business, right?
  • Tombstone: One of the Cowboys drops his red sash and falls in with the Earp brothers after someone fires a gun into the Earp household, nearly killing one of the brothers' wives; he flat-out states that attacking defenseless women was something he simply couldn't stomach.
  • Julie from The Toxic Avenger may get off on photographs of children run over, but she was quite vocal about her displeasure at seeing Melvin writhe in agony after falling into a barrel of toxic waste.
  • "Lucky" Ned Pepper from True Grit (both versions) has this infamous line that he threatens Mattie with:
    Pepper: I never busted a cap on a woman or nobody much under sixteen, but it's enough that you know I will do what I have to do.

  • Unforgiven: At the very end of the movie, the writer tries to latch onto William Munny to tell a romanticized story of his atrocities, like the writer was doing for each of his previous subjects. Munny rejects him completely, acknowledging that what he did was simply evil and shouldn't be glorified.
  • Vantage Point: The terrorists driving an ambulance carrying the kidnapped President swerved to avoid hitting a girl crossing the road, flipping the ambulance, foiling their plot, and getting killed in the process. They had no qualms with killing throughout the movie, just not a child.
  • Vikingdom: Thor's generals initially follow him under the belief he would conquer Midgard, drive out Christianity and restore the Good Old Ways back. Thor's actual plan is to destroy the world in revenge for mortals abandoning the Norse Gods for Christianity and he doesn't care that his own followers will die if his plan is successful. When they find this out, they try to turn on Thor but he manages to intimidate them back into their place. During the final battle, they desert him in the first chance they get.
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones: Jonas is ok kidnapping someone for ransom money, but he's revolted by how sadistic his accomplices are.
  • Westerplatte Resists is a 1967 Polish film about a group of Polish soldiers resisting the German invasion of 1939. When they are captured, the Germans disarm them, but also liberate the Poles of their cigarettes, money, etc. When the German officer shows up, the Polish officer complains that his men have been robbed. Seeming to have a sense of honor, the German officer orders his sergeant to return the items at once.
  • The Whole Nine Yards: Hitman for hire Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski refuses to divorce his former wife because, dammit, he believes in those vows ("til death do we part"). He also goes ballistic when he finds out that his wife cheated on him with Oz, despite the fact that he wants to kill her.
  • The Woman in Black: Even for the eponymous villain, stealing the souls of Arthur and his son after they are hit by a train, especially after the former tried his very best to appease her, would be stooping below Haman's level.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • X-Men: The Last Stand: Magneto reacts with horror when he notices that Phoenix is about to kill Charles Xavier. In addition, when Pyro indicates that he would have killed Xavier if Magneto commanded him to do so, Magneto immediately rebukes him for the comment, telling him Xavier had done so much for mutants and that his greatest regret was Xavier's death. Although that might be chalked up to another trope.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
      • The generals allowed for Stryker to carry out his Weapon X project. However, one of them called Stryker out when telling him that he suspects that Stryker's motivations were basically out of Fantastic Racism. This gets him killed by Stryker.
      • Dukes clearly is disturbed by what Stryker does to mutants at his Three Mile Island base.
    • Sort of in X-Men: First Class. When Angel defected and witnessed Shaw's brutal murder of Darwin, she was briefly shown to be shocked and somewhat disturbed at what he did.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse has the title villain taking Magneto to Auschwitz to trigger bad memories and convince him to join his side. The Horsemen who already joined Apocalypse are visibly uncomfortable at standing in a place where millions were slaughtered.

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