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  • In Adventure Time, twice the Ice King has invoked this trope:
    • The Ice King is perfectly fine with kidnapping princesses and forcing them into marriage. Despite that, even he knows that abducting a now 13-year old Princess Bubblegum in the episode "Mortal Recoil" would make him a pedophile.
    • Revisited in the episode "Hitman" when the Ice King unwittingly hires a deadly hitman to hit Finn and Jake. Once he discovers his error, he is horrified at the prospect of murdering his own nemeses. (His motives on this one are debatable. Ice King is insane, but a part of him realizes that he is. He starts treating Finn and Jake as friends because the tiny little sane part of his mind realizes that they're stopping him from hurting people.)
  • While not really evil per se, Stan and Hayley from American Dad! are both fanatical in their political views. They are either self-righteous fanatics at best and hypocrites at their worst, but they have their moments:
    • In one episode, Stan is appalled when it's revealed that Francine's biological parents left her at the airport because their flight didn't allow children (even Klaus — who lived in Germany during its Nazi regime — is disgusted that a couple would just abandon their baby and not feel any remorse) and Hayley herself was shocked when the group of environmentalists she joined were planning to blow up a mall (with Hayley backing out because she doesn't want to kill innocent people just to further her cause).
    • Stan also got another one with Jeff's father. While Stan despises Jeff through and through, even he is shocked to learn that Jeff's own father not only openly mocks him all the time but also plans to frame him for drug smuggling, and get the reward money from him.
    • Parodied in one episode, when Hayley and Roger got into a battle of making up new personae. Roger claims to be a hitman for the Armenian Mafia and kills Hayley's character; she responds by pretending to be the Armenian matriarch, who coldly informs him that their group doesn't kill women and throws him out.
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    • In one episode, Roger's persona split in two just of because how bad he become. (This case was more because Roger's persona cared about somebody other than himself saving a girl from being fired, which he almost caused ironically... which contradicted against the base beliefs and personality of Roger himself, causing the split.)
    • A mild example but a recent episode shows Jeff and Hayley being mugged on a street, with Jeff bailing out on Hayley, then said mugger looking surprised.
    • When Roger was pretending to be Greg and Terry's adopted Russian son, to keep Stan away, he claimed Stan reminded him of someone who molested him back in Russia. Terry initially seems shocked, but then scolds him for using his accent (which he had been previously instructed to lose). Even Roger is horrified.
    • Stan's lifelong dream has been to be the best man at someone's wedding, and came close to doing so when he hooked up Principal Lewis with the school superintendent. However, despite how badly Stan wanted this, he was absolutely disgusted when he learned Lewis' life was the basis for Diff'rent Strokes and his friend Dudley really was molested by the bicycle shop man.
      Stan: You just left Dudley there!
      Principal Lewis: I did. He's real messed up now.
  • Animaniacs:
    • Subverted in this clip from the episode "H.M.S. Yakko":
    Captain Mel: Though I be a pirate swine / I still have to draw the line / And so I will not push ye overboard!
    Pirates: What, never?
    Captain Mel: No, never!
    Pirates: What, never?
    Captain Mel: (pushes them overboard) Hardly ever!
    • Played straight (in a rather bizarre way) in the famous "Potty Emergency" episode, which starts with the Warner siblings watching a science fiction movie in a theater called Brain Eaters where an alien is chasing an attractive heroine for rather obvious reasons. Wakko excuses himself to use the men's room, leading to the situation that the episode is the Trope Namer for; at the climax of the episode, he returns to the theater, where the movie has reached a scene where the alien has captured his victim; Wakko leaps inside the movie screen, letting the victim escape, making the alien angry, but managing to find a room and use the toilet. As Wakko leaves the room, the brain-eating alien remarks, "That was disgusting! He didn't even wash his hands!"
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
    • Master Shake is usually a childish and selfish bastard who torments Meatwad, even going as far as microwaving his cat alive. Still, even he has to say something when he finds out that Frylock was making chemical filled balloons to use on children at birthday parties.
    • He also appears visibly shocked in one episode when Meatwad offhandedly mentions how a security guard once led him into the bathroom in a mall to show him "how not to touch people."
  • Many of the villains of the week on Archer can show this:
    • In the pilot, Kremensky thinks everyone should be nicer to Pam and is suitably disgusted when Archer gets an erection at the thought of Malory dying.
    • Charles and Rudy from "Honeypot" might be an elite Cuban hitsquad, but even they're disgusted with how Archer treats Woodhouse.
    • In "Placebo Effect," Mikey is horrified when he finds out that he was actually stealing chemo drugs instead of cream for male-pattern baldness and replacing them with placebos.
    • In "El Contador", Roman Calzado does not rape his captives and is disgusted when Archer thinks he would. He even has a sense of fair play when it comes to hunting people for sport.
    • In "Crossing Over", a Soviet sleeper tells Lana everything he knows and begs her to let him defect because he's terrified of Barry, the new KGB head. In the same episode, Boris disobeys Barry's orders and helps Jakov escape.
    • Popeye is a loan-sharking pimp, but when he takes over the cleaners in Season 3, he insists on making it eco-friendly.
    • Ray's brother Randy is an unashamed drug farmer and was ready to kill the county sheriff, but he'll be "damned if [he's] gonna contribute to the obesity epidemic."
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Zuko's father maimed him for speaking out against intentionally sending lines of inexperienced troops to die simply to wear down the enemy's defenses for their more experienced forces. In another war meeting, Zuko became uncomfortable when his sister proposed to burn the entire Earth Kingdom continent. Zuko wanted to speak out, but he couldn't, because he remembered what happened the last time he did. It takes Zuko a long time to realize that the Fire Nation's war of aggression is wrong, but this shows he has some standards compared to his father. He also goes through a period as a bandit, but he's not willing to steal from a pregnant woman even when starving, nor does he rat out a small annoying child to a thug soldier who got him in trouble.
    • Subverted with Azulon, when he responds with extreme disapproval to Ozai's selfish and callous request to make him his successor for Fire Lord instead of Iroh, immediately after- and because- Iroh lost his only son. Azulon then says he wants Ozai to feel the same thing, and expresses his desire for Zuko's death. We also find later that Zuko has a Missing Mom because she accepted exile from the Fire Nation as part of her deal with Ozai, who really did intend to go through with killing Zuko, to save her son's life and help Ozai take the throne from Azulon.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • In the "Showdown" episode, the genocidal eco-terrorist Ra's Al Ghul purposely punishes and leaves for the authorities his second-in-command Arkady Duvall, because of Duvall's cruel and presumptuous treatment of their henchmen. Arkady treats them like slaves; Ra's, ever the forward thinking, pays them a fair wage and is aiming to strike a blow at the corrupt forces running the railroads. Work ethics and civility are, in fact, among the things on Ra's top ten list of "Virtues to uphold when I become king of the world".
      • It goes even further at the end of the episode, when it is revealed that Arkady Duvall is Ra's' own son and that Ra's went out of his way to rescue an aged-beyond-his-years Arkady from a third-rate rest-home because "What father can ever forget his son?"
    • Harley Quinn is perfectly fine with the Joker blowing up Gotham, but she's unwilling to let her "friends" from Arkham (other criminals and psychos) and, even more importantly, her pet hyenas die.
    • In one episode, Rupert Thorne invites a rival mob boss to "negotiations" in a plot to kill him. The mobster in question comes to the meeting because his son had gone missing shortly before he received the invitation. When the rival boss asks Thorne what he did to his son and what he wants in exchange for his son's release, a bewildered Thorne says, "What? I don't target family!" It turns out that Thorne had nothing to do with the rival boss's son's disappearance... but Thorne proceeds to try to go through with his plan to leave the missing young man fatherless.
    • At least one of Thorne's thugs has standards too. As a pair of thugs are carrying Robin to throw him to his death off a bridge, one remarks that he used to fish there as a kid but can't now because there's too much trash (emphasizing this as they throw Robin). At first it seems like a witty insult, but after the deed's done the guy continues to complain about the garbage in the river and litterbugs in general, remarking that they're disgusting.
    • There's also the case of Victor Fries' reaction to Grant Walker, who specifically wants Mister Freeze to replicate the mutation onto him — Fries/Freeze is appalled at someone intentionally trying to render themselves like him.
    • In "Almost Got 'Im", The Joker's plan to throw Catwoman alive into a meat grinder and make her into cat food evokes this from Poison Ivy, Croc, The Penguin, and Two-face. No words are said, but their faces say it all.
    • In "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy", Josiah Wormwood reveals a woman Chained to a Railway with a train approaching and tells Batman to surrender. Batman gets to the woman in time, but she turns out to be a hologram. Wormwood asks if Batman thought he would really do it.
    • Even though The Penguin hates Two-Face and would kill for a chance to kill the guy once and for all, when asked if he was the one who kidnapped Two-Face from the hospital he denies it, stating that "plucking a rogue from their hospital bed just isn't right".
  • The Batman episode Team Penguin reveals that Killer Croc of all "people" has at least some humanity inside of him when they believe Killer Moth was killed by the fumes from their stolen chemical. Not only does he actually express some pity for the kid dying in such a gruesome manner, but Penguin's aloof reaction to it makes him walk out on the team.
    Killer Croc: Ugh, it's Moth! Was him, anyway. Poor guy.
    Killer Croc: You couldn't lead us out of a paper bag! I'm gone!
  • In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Chill of the Night", Lewis Moxton admitted on his death-bed that, despite acting on orders to kill Thomas Wayne, Joe Chill went too far in shooting Wayne's wife Martha. As he put it:
    "Sure Wayne had it coming, but I ain't no monster... Left that kid without a ma. Felt kinda bad about that."
  • Beast Wars
    • The Predacon's Tripredacus Council officially condemns Megatron as a rogue and sends two agents to stop him (one as a spy in his ranks, the other as an assassin). While officially, this is because the Council believes the Predacons need to wait for the opportune moment and build up their resources before striking, and Megatron's actions threaten that, their over-concern about his survival seems to hint they know about his attempts to Set Wrong What Once Went Right, and consider it too drastic and dangerous a plan even for them.
    • Also, Tarantulas' grotesque eating habits — he is frequently shown eating living creatures, and has made at least one serious attempt to eat another Transformer — and general Mad Scientist antics repulse the other Predacons.
    • In sequel series Beast Machines, Megatron is working towards genocide and Thrust is fine with that. What really angers Thrust is Stryka, Obsidian and Jetstorm (though Jetstorm was forcibly reformatted) turning traitor.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse: Despite his Undying Loyalty to Zs'Skayr, Dr. Viktor is revolted by his master's plan to resurrect the Vladats (his species' extinct natural predators who used to enslave them as food until the Transylians rebelled against them leading to their demise) for his own selfish desire of ruling the universe. At the end of the episode, he ultimately betrays Zs'Skayr and makes a temporary alliance with Ben in order to prevent their ressurection.
  • Bob's Burgers
    • In the episode "Beefsquatch", Bob and Gene both enlist the help of Louise to prank each other on a morning show cooking segment because of a jealous feud. However, the pranks get more dangerous/disgusting as the feud intensifies, to the point where even Louise is disgusted by how low they've sunk and and cuts them both off at the dinner table. She then leaves dinner to "shower and try to get the filth off". Mind you, this is a girl who is overtly aggressive and manipulative when she stands to gain something, takes an almost perverse pleasure in ruining other people's days, and in the episode "Ears-y Rider" threatens to have a violent biker gang cut off a bullying teenager's ears for stealing and allegedly throwing away her signature pink bunny-ear hat.
    • Linda's former fiancé, Hugo the health inspector, is so petty and vindictive that he constantly jumps at any opportunity to punish Bob, even when the infractions are things that he would normally see as not worth his time. But he refuses to frame him. By contrast, his temporary replacement in "Nude Beach" accuses Bob of having a rat infestation and dumps rat feces on the floor, all because Bob wouldn't let him play his terrible rock music in the restaurant.
    • When Linda needs to get Bob out of the restaurant to plan a surprise party, she asks Hugo and Ron to bring Bob along on their daily inspections. Hugo only agrees to this if Linda calls Hugo's parents and tearfully begs them to see if Hugo will take her back. Linda and Ron are both equally disgusted by how pathetic that is, and keep in mind Ron's the only person in the entire show who likes Hugo unironically.
  • The Boondocks:
    • Riley Freeman is a rude wannabe gangsta, and never listens to his grandfather nor his older brother. But in "Smokin' With Cigarettes" he was downright disturbed and horrified of what a horrible sociopath Lamilton Taeshawn is, especially when he shoots Betty von Heusen's dog.
    • Also, when Uncle Ruckus asked the sexually depraved inmates if they were going to rape the children. The inmates responded with a disgusted "Hell no! What do we look like, priests?"
    • Ruckus himself considers mocking or abusing the disabled to be inexcusable, as shown in "The New Blacks".
  • In Bravestarr, the villain Tex Hex's main sidekick Scuzz smoked a cigar and was a walking Aesop for the evils of smoking, constantly coughing and suffering from his own habit. The other villains frequently expressed disgust at this habit, with lines like "I may be evil, but even I'm not stupid enough to smoke!"
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • In "Operation I.T." Father temporarily becomes Soopreme (Supreme) Leader of the KND, planning to infest the treehouses with broccoli. Numbuhs One and 362 attempt to catch him in the Moonbase, but can't because of Father duplicating himself. That's when the Delightful Children From Down the Lane, the recurring antagonists who obey all adults, give the KND Code Module (used to find the DNA of any active KND operative) to them.
    Numbuh One: Why should we trust you?!
    Numbuh 362: Because Father said it himself. Nobody likes broccoli. Not even them.
    • In another episode, Sector V battles against a giant white asparagus in a sea of asparagus. At the end of the episode, Captain Stickybeard fires his bubblegum cannons at it. He then states that while he and the KND are still enemies, he'd rather team up than let children eat vegetables (or be eaten by a vegetable).
  • In the C.O.P.S. episode "The Case of the Lowest Crime", Big Boss rejects a distribution agreement from Addictum, a drug dealer. He throws him out, and lectures his cronies about how the amount of hell they'd catch if he catches them doing drugs. He goes further than this when he and his gang assists the titular cops into an uneasy truce for the sake of bringing Addictum to justice, after his nephew accidentally becomes poisoned by the drugs in a shipment heist gone wrong.
    Big Boss: Shaddap! In my time, I've committed many crimes. I wanna make money in the worst way. But drugs is where I draw the line, creep! DRUGS KILL! Buttons!
    Buttons: Yes, Sir.
    Big Boss: Take this piece of human scum and throw it out!
    Buttons: Yes, Sir.
    Big Boss: Oh, and Buttons?
    Buttons: Yes, Sir.
    Big Boss: See that he lands in something as filthy as he is!
    Buttons: Yes, Sir.
    Addictum: Hey, take it easy!
    [Buttons leaves, dragging Addictum behind him like a sack of potatoes]
    Big Boss: And just for the record, don't let me catch any of you lamebrains messing with drugs!
    Berzerko: Aw c'mon Uncle! I may be a lamebrain, but I ain't stupid!
    Big Boss: Good. Now, let's get back to getting money the old fashioned way - by stealing it!
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog, Eustace likes to torment Courage, but when the vet plans to send him in a rocket to the moon, he fiercely disagrees.
  • Cow and Chicken: Surprisingly enough, The Red Guy (you know, Satan) shows this. In the episode "Cow Fly", he generally feels sorry for Cow after she lost her friend (a fly to be exact) and offers a wiener to her as a replacement. Then again, The Red Guy is more Chaotic Neutral than Evil, since he has a completely different motivation in every episode.
  • Subverted in the Danger Mouse episode "The Ultra Secret Secret". Baron Greenback wants to join forces with DM to stave off an alien attack, but Greenback himself staged this fake attack to lure DM to his destruction.
  • While not all of the ghosts in Danny Phantom are evil per say, they still aren't on the best of terms with the protagonist. Even so, they all uphold their traditional Christmas truce and gang up on the one ghost who breaks it by cursing Danny.
    • In The Ultimate Enemy, Vlad Plasmius's alternate future self went into exile over guilt for creating Dark Danny, who turned the world into an apocalyptic wasteland, and is horrified as to what Dark Danny does to his human half.
  • In Dan Vs. the title character is a violent Jerkass with a Hair-Trigger Temper who will go to a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for the most minor of inconveniences, but he has numerous virtues and lines he won't cross:
    • He sticks to his Blue And Orange moral code. One episode has him hunting down the werewolf who scratched his car so he can scratch the werewolf's as payback, admonishing Chris for wanting to kill the werewolf as he sees it as Disproportionate Retribution (He doesn't care the werewolf's a monster; he's just mad someone scratched his car), while another episode has him calling off his revenge on a Wild West Fair that he felt cheated him out of his money because, during his attempts to take said revenge, he got to do what he felt was his money's worth like fight a sheriff and have a showdown at high noon.
    • He also seriously draws the line at harming animals. He tries to blow up a noisy animal shelter but once the animals give him the Puppy-Dog Eyes he can't go through with it and frees them first (leaving the employee to be blown up, mind), while another episode has him put his vengeance against a restaurant on hold long enough to free the lobsters they intended to boil alive.
    • More Played for Laughs, but Dan was pretty surprised when his best friend Chris admits that he would kill for bacon.
  • Many of the Darkwing Duck villains have their moments:
    • When the first incarnation of Negaduck — Darkwing's evil side split from him and then galvanized into an energy being — tries to destroy all of St. Canard, Megavolt helps the good Darkwing stop him because "there won't be anything left to rob!".
    • Another episode has plant-villain Bushroot help stop an invasion of alien plants because he's an Earth mutant plant-duck. (Possibly a deliberate homage to the Joker/Red Skull moment.)
  • The Jew Producer from Drawn Together is very rude to the show's cast and often forces them to do demeaning things, but is shown in the direct-to-DVD movie The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie to be very intimidated by his boss the Head of the Network and is horrified by his insistence to erase the Drawn Together cast after their show got canceled. One scene even has him object to his boss ordering him to erase an entire pastiche of your garden variety Disney kingdom on the grounds that it is "the happiest place on Earth".
  • In the Evil Twin episode of Duck Dodgers, everything Dodgers lists during the Spot the Imposter scene as evidence he's the real Dodgers is something horrible he's done to the Cadet. At one point, Drake Darkstar breaks character to say "You sold his sister to the sausage factory? That's cold."
  • In Ducktales 2017, Magica DeSpell spends the penultimate episode of the first season trying to manipulate Scrooge McDuck into giving up his Number-One Dime, and the steps she's taken to get so close to her revenge and keep her hand secret have shown an escalating abuse to the only duck who'd help her. Seeing Scrooge as a wreck, she spends the episode assuming he's just being a wily old adventurer playing at weakness, but when it finally becomes clear her archenemy really has hit a personal rock-bottom, she's genuinely disturbed and complains in an aside about "[making] me pity you", even though her stated reason is it's not how she pictured killing him.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy movie, the kids from the cul-de-sac really see how Eddy's older brother has always treated Eddy with verbal and physical abuse (as well as learning that Eddy's swindling attitude was always an attempt to get his brother's respect.) The Kanker Sisters (particularly Lee) are outraged over Eddy's brother's abuse, and all the cul-de-sac kids are absolutely disgusted, including Kevin, who always called the Eds "dorks" and disliked Eddy most of all,) and Sarah, who regularly beats up Eddy herself. They all team up to take down Eddy's brother, and now that Eddy doesn't need to be a jerk anymore, and the kids have a newfound sense of empathy for them, they all truly become friends.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: Despite his obsession with FAIRY GODPARENTS!, Mr. Crocker finds the idea of keeping a fairy baby (IE: Poof) from their parents to be too cruel. (He actually thought Poof was a normal (albeit floating) human. In the end he thought Cosmo and Wanda turned his "Denzel Junior" into a Fairy. He decided that keeping him away from his kind was cruel, and that he can't mount his kin on the wall either. So he sets "DJ" free.) It also happens when Denzel is reduced to a crossing guard and he saves Timmy. Foop and Dark Laser are also no exception, as Foop would not allow Crocker to steal his powers and was also horrified by Vicky. Dark Laser would not allow Flipsy to be run over.
  • Family Guy:
    • Stewie Griffin gets subjected to this in the later episodes.
      • In a particular episode ("Chick Cancer"), he is shown to be disgusted by Brian's offhand racist remark when Stewie asks, "What kind of man would I be if I ran away from my problems?" and Brian replies, "Well, you'd be a black man." This being Stewie who tried to kill his mother, and take over the world.
      • Stewie also finds Penelope, a girl who is violent as he is, to be a bad influence on him with her constant mass murder sprees and crossing the line when she requested that Stewie kill his best friend, Brian.
      • Stewie also has his limits when making his statements known if he finds something distasteful himself. In "Brian the Bachelor", when knocking a spoon out of Lois’s hand, Stewie states Well, I guess the pilot was JFK, Junior but he also found it in poor taste.
    • Speaking of Brian, Quagmire the guy who will have sex with almost Anything That Moves, and is a heavily implied sex offender, gave a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Brian for being a pompous ass who dates bimbos note , hits on his best friend's wife, thinks he's better than everyone because he's atheist, doesn't follow through on his liberal agenda, doesn't care for his long-lost son, and is, in reality, a boring, pseudo-intellectual drunk. Another episode ("Stewie Loves Lois") had Quagmire questioning his mental stability as he's dragging a dead hooker back to his house.
    • Quagmire and the other characters were also appalled at Quagmire's sister's abusive boyfriend.
      • That "rest" included Peter (who's not below throwing his unconscious infant son under the car or generally treating his daughter as a non-human) and Lois (who has raped her husband and seduced her daughter's boyfriend). And she's the one who called him a monster.
    • There's also that one episode where a Corrupt Corporate Executive (voiced by Keith Oblermann) who was bribing Lois reacts with a look of horror when he sees newly reinstated Mayor Adam West shoot a man who suggests another election.
    • Parodied in "Cool Hand Peter". When in a Southern prison, Joe suggests they escape by him screaming for help when he falls from his wheelchair, citing that a Southern cop usually tries to ignore it. When he attempts it, two officers struggle to look away from Joe's.
    • Outside of the show, Seth MacFarlane called out a video that "predicted" the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing by using clips from his episode "Turban Cowboy" (which not only had a terrorist attack as a plot point, but also a cutaway joke about Peter plowing into runners during a marathon) as "abhorrent." Justified, more or less, as MacFarlane nearly found himself as the victim of a terrorist attacknote  and realized that he could have died.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Parodied in the TV movie, Good Wilt Hunting. When Wilt is in prison there are groups of stereotypical prisoners who rattle off their misdeeds. When the last one says that after he got in an argument with his wife, he took away the dog he gave her, one of the others remarks "That's just evil." In a moment of Fridge Horror, the inmate's story can be interpreted as him killing the dog.
    • It's done again moments later in the same episode when Wilt admits to doing something worse, when the other inmates don't believe him he tells his sad story. He says that he broke his little boy's dream, which makes all the other inmates react like it's the worst thing ever. Though they are a lot more sympathetic when they hear the whole story.
  • Futurama:
    • In the OVA The Beast with a Billion Backs, Bender makes a deal with the Robot Devil in exchange for his "firstborn son". As the Robot Devil cackles wickedly over the torturous dilemma he thinks he's wrought, Bender immediately says, "Just a sec!", reunites with his robot son, which stops immediately when Bender brings his son back and punts him through the plate glass of the Robot Devil's office into a lava pit below. In a surprised tone the Robot Devil replies, "Wow, that was pretty brutal even by my standards" only for Bender to reply, "No backsies!" (Although, unlike most instances of this trope, however, The Robot Devil sounds more impressed than disgusted.)
    • In "Calculon 2.0," the Robot Devil, known for tormenting the damned with everything from a giant deep-frier to up-tempo singing and dancing, is horrified when Calculon subjects them to his acting.
      Robot Devil: Oh God! HAVEN'T THEY SUFFERED ENOUGH?!
    • Even Bender has a few standards, though they're hard to pin down, especially since some may only apply to his particular friends. In "The Inhuman Torch," when Bender is accused of starting a series of fires just to get the credit for putting them out, his closest friend Fry claims that he'd commit arson for revenge, to collect insurance money, or just "to give an autumn night that crisp, chestnutty smell," but would draw the line at doing it for "fame, women or thrills"; it's a dubious claim coming from Fry, especially with regard to an Attention Whore like Bender, but on the other hand, Bender really didn't do it.
    • In "When Aliens Attack", long-runner Jerkass Dirty Coward Zapp Brannigan gladly agrees to send thousands on a suicide mission against invading aliens. When President McNeal insists on wanting to sacrifice the entire planet just to save his own hide, Zapp is the one that beats him up and delivers him to the invaders.
      • ...though in this case, given that he is on the planet at the time, this might be more self-preservation than standards.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    First criminal: I've robbed 50 banks and 60 gas stations.
    Second criminal: Well, I robbed 70 banks, see, and 90 gas stations. And I stole the Klopman Diamond. What Are You in For?
    Wade: Uh, I tore a tag off a pillow.
    (the criminals run for the bars and scream for help)
  • While calling him evil would be going a bit far, Macbeth of Gargoyles does this trope repeatedly. In his first appearance he was contracted to take out the gargoyle clan but refused to attack them during the day, when they turn to stone and are thus helpless. And it's highly debatable as to whether he even intended on killing them at all; what's more likely is that he just wanted to use them to draw out Demona. Interestingly, he keeps this rule even when brainwashed by the Weird Sisters.
  • G.I. Joe:
    • In the Five-Episode Pilot, Snake Eyes is thought to be fatally irradiated. Major Bludd keeps the Cobra troopers from firing on him for this, and has a brief twinge of sympathy as he said he wouldn't wish what happened to Snake Eyes on his worst enemy, adding "Poor blighter."
    • One of the more notable examples in the series is Cobra's opposition to selling drugs. In real life, narcotics are a major source of revenue for a number of terrorist groups. Moreover, in one episode involving a G.I. Joe/Cobra temporary alliance against a drug lord, a high-level Cobra officer has a personal grudge against said drug lord, and he gets Cobra Commander's support by explaining that they would be able to steal a large amount of money from the defeated drug lord's headquarters.
    • A comic book revival featuring said drug lord was portrayed in that version to actually be a member of Cobra, in charge of their drug-running operations, likely having to do with the fact comics!Cobra is much more ruthless and competent.
    • There's also Zanzibar, the self-titled Dreadnok Pirate. His profile claims he dabbled in river piracy, stock fraud and smuggling before being taken in by the villains, failing at them because they were "too much like real work". Regardless, his selfishness, knack for stealing from comrades, and awful hygiene make even his teammates hate him. And they suspect that his eyepatch is simply for show. (Zartan only keeps him on retainer to keep an eye on him.)
  • Gravity Falls:
    • He gets over it quickly, but Gideon is creeped out by Bill Cipher when the demon telekinetically yanks a deer's teeth out as a "gift" for Gideon.
    • Pacifica Northwest belittles everyone, humiliates them, and is best at everything, but in "The Golf War", she expects a fair game, and was angered that the Pines twins tried to cheat. This is tested further in "Northwest Mansion Mystery", where Pacifica discovers her family are a bunch of lying, cheating, sociopathic card-carrying backstabbers. Needless to say, she is horrified by this. Spoiled she may be, but Pacifica is not that cruel.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    • Mandy is all in favor of revenge and dreams of ruling the world as a dystopian dictator. Yet she will not condone cheating.
    • Skarr shows signs of this in "Company Halt", the Fully Absorbed Finale of the series' sister show Evil Con Carne:
    Skarr: I'd do anything to get rid of that kid...
    Boskov: (Says something unintelligible in bear-language.)
    Skarr: Well, anything but that. I can't believe you even suggested that, you sicko!
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law:
    • The Duplicator (voiced by Lewis Black) getting revenge on Birdman by getting him jury duty. When Birdman has only a $3 food voucher and chimichangas cost $27.90. The Duplicator starts rubbing it in his face until he realizes how bullshit that kind of price is, breaking into one of Black's trademark rants. He then makes a bunch of copies of Birdman's voucher.
    Duplicator: There! Now you owe him $8.10!
    • Phil Ken Sebben is a Bad Boss and thinks nothing of terrorizing his law firm, but even he wouldn't shoot a baby dinosaur and looked horrified when a Dick Cheney Expy had no problems doing so.
  • Hey Arnold!
    • A variation which comes across as this: When Rhonda (forced by circumstance to pretend to be his girlfriend) publicly dumps Curly and humiliates him, Helga is disgusted with her and tells her she has a black heart. To Rhonda, Helga is the biggest Jerkass around (only the audience knows about her hidden heart of gold.)
    • Speaking of Helga, the other children aren't really evil (but can be cruel Jerkasses at times) but even they called Helga out when she framed her nanny for theft.
    • She also apologized sincerely to Arnold when her dad made a insensitive remark about Arnold being an orphan, since it's only thing that truly hurts him.
    • In The Jungle Movie, Curly offers to turn traitor and be the camp snitch for La Sombra, but is rejected due to being too nuts even for him.
    La Sombra: Sorry kid. You are too loco even for us villains.
  • Invader Zim: Dib uses this to negotiate with Mortos Der Soulstealer.
    Dib: I just know he's up to something evil!
    Mortos: Mortos like evil...
    Dib: No, this is bad evil.
    Mortos: Oh.
  • Eric Raymond from Jem may be a Corrupt Corporate Executive, but he draws the line on hurting people, and in one extreme incident, helped stop an assassination attempt.
  • Justice League
    • In Secret Society, though Clayface is more bitter it was done to him than anything else, he still remarks on how twisted it was of Morgan Edge to trap him in biohazard barrels and keep him like a trophy. Even Psycho for Hire Killer Frost agrees it was messed up.
    Clayface: What kind of guy would lock somebody up and keep him like he was property?
    Killer Frost: Edge was sick, honey. Buy you don't have to worry about him anymore. Nobody has to.
    • The Flash ends up in a Christmas truce with the Ultra-Humanite, a supervillain, in donating toys to orphans. When the Humanite offers to repair and 'improve' a gift he accidentally broke, the Flash suspiciously asks if this means it's going to blow up when activated. The Humanite's only response is "Flash... It is Christmas".
      • To be clear, he not only fixed it, but programmed the normally obnoxious toy to tell Christmas stories in his voice. And helped Flash deliver it to the orphanage/foster home.
      • What's more, the Ultra-Humanite is Wicked Cultured and Affably Evil; the only reason Flash ran across him was because he was planning on blowing up a modern art museum… on Christmas, when nobody, not even a single guard, would be inside to get hurt.
    • Hilariously parodied in "The Great Brain Robbery", when Flash and Lex have switched bodies:
    (Dr. Polaris and "Lex" are in the bathroom of Legion of Doom headquarters, and "Lex" has just come out of a toilet stall)
    Dr. Polaris: {as "Lex" is walking out of the bathroom) Aren't you going to wash your hands?
    "Lex": No! Cuz' I'm evil.
    • Played straight in the Grand Finale "Destroyer", when the surviving members of the Legion of Doom warn the Justice League about Darkseid planning to destroy Earth, and also want to help (to the point they'll fight the Justice League if they want to put the Legion in jail, until Batman intervenes). Subverted with Lex, who doesn't care about the world being destroyed as long as he gets revenge on Darkseid.
    • In the time travel episode, the message from the Vandal Savage of the present to the Vandal Savage of World War II includes a note that he has to get rid of "that raving lunatic" Adolf Hitler. Though arguably this is not so much a matter of principles as a matter of recognizing that Hitler is not, as commonly misbelieved, a master tactician and general, and so his leadership only impairs the Nazi war effort.
      • Leads to Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! when 1940's Vandal only freezes Hitler, who is thawed out and immediately goes on to lose the war for the Axis powers once Vandal Savage is removed from power.
      • In his final episode in the series, "Hereafter", Vandal Savage does openly admit he went too far with his last scheme at world conquest and deserves to be punished. And this is after he's lost a bit of his sanity.
    • He does a good job remaining calm, but in "Twilight", it's rather clear that even Darkseid is horrified by what Brainiac's arrival means for his planet.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat may be a sick and twisted pervert, but when he reads the story of Sleeping Beauty, even he is disgusted by the idea of kissing someone while they're unconscious.
  • In Kim Possible:
    • Shego refuses to help Drakken steal a wheelchair with more gadgets than the Batmobile from a kid, calling it "low, even for you, Drakken." Shego had shown a conscience before, as well — unwilling to really harm her family, even though they had a falling-out years ago, for example.
    • While Shego did point out how low it was, she still took part in the scheme, but only after the wheelchair was stolen, and expressed disgust that Drakken and Motor Ed went through with it beforehand.
    • Played for Laughs in the Halloween Episode: Drakken, Shego, and Duff Killigan are quite shocked and disappointed when they learn that Kim lied to her parents and Ron — they acted as if she had personally offended them. Duff Killigan even grumbled that Kim "would have to do a lot to regain my trust!"
    • Drakken is committed to truth in advertising, calling his mind-controlling shampoo "Dr. D's Brainwashing Shampoo and Cranium Rinse", and giving it the slogan "Lather, Rinse, and OBEY!"
      Drakken: I'm a supervillain, not a corporate shyster.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Zaheer and the Red Lotus may be anarchists, but even they drew the line at Unalaq wanting to bring the world into darkness, well his way at least.
    • Varrick is a Corrupt Corporate Executive of the highest degree, manipulating and backstabbing people to help line his pockets. However, much to his own surprise, he balks at the idea of making spirit-based superweapons in Season 4, be cause he saw the effect himself via experimentation. His standards are strong enough that he refuses to make a superweapon for the United Republic to counter Kuvira's Fantastic Nuke.
  • Looney Tunes: In the cartoon, "The Hole Idea", a scientist invents the "portable hole", but his nagging wife is not impressed and criticizes him for his dumb inventions. By the end of the cartoon, she falls through one of his portable holes and apparently, down into Hell, but Satan brings her back and asks, "Isn't it bad enough down there without her?"
  • Metalocalypse: Even Dethklok, the darkest, most brutal and metal band on the face of the planet, is absolutely horrified at the sight of malnourished supermodels being stripped of their skin.
    Nathan Explosion: Oh, my god, what a horri- you're fired, by the way!
    • A simple ring of the Dethbell probably would've sufficed.
  • Moral Orel: Clay Puppington is one of the most despicable people in the town of Moralton, which is saying a lot. However, in "Orel's Movie Premiere," he's shocked when Dr. Potterswheel suggests that he might be molesting Orel.
    • Coach Stopframe by no means a good person, but even he eventually sees Clay for what he is. Also he was visibly repulsed by the Satanists and their hedonistic ways to the point where he actually mouths "What the fuck?"
      • Coach Stopframe is told by Clay that his son Orel came between him and the bear when he shot Orel's leg. But when Orel tells him the truth, that Clay shot his leg while drunk and blamed the bear, he was appalled. You can hear the anger and disgust in his voice when he tells Orel that his coming between him and the bear is one of the lies Clay made up.
    Orel: And then he told everyone that I accidentally shot myself or the bear shot me.
    Stopframe: Or that you got between the bear and him.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In the Season Five finale, Starlight Glimmer is visibly upset by the Bad Future scenario note  Twilight shows her as a result of her meddling with time. Starlight is still driven by anger and revenge, that it still takes a bit more talking to by Twilight, but by that point, the realization left its mark and the change was already beginning to set in on Starlight.
  • Sunset Shimmer in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013). She could have killed Twilight early in the movie, but declined to. At the climax, she had her minions take Spike hostage to lure Twilight and her friends to her, but then she let him go instead of trying a Hostage for MacGuffin; she explicitly said that she wasn't a monster. She tried to kill Twilight after the Element of Magic transformed her into a demon, but she wasn't entirely in control at that time; when she was turned back, she had an instant Heel Realization.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Big Bad Lord Boxman is a Card-Carrying Villain with a serious case of Black and White Insanity, but he still has moral lines he will not cross:
    • In "We're Captured," Boxman has K.O., Rad, and Enid captured in his lair coincidentally on the same night he's having an important dinner with fellow villain Professor Venomous. When K.O. jumps to the conclusion that Boxman plans to cannibalize the three for dinner, Boxman — clearly offended by the insinuation — responds by saying "Please. I'm a villain, not a monster."
    • In "The Power is Yours," a Crossover with Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Boxman questions Dr. Blight's plot to pollute the earth just for the hell of it. He still goes through with it, albeit very reluctantly.
    • In "Dendy's Video Channel," Boxman is horrified by the rampage of wanton destruction orchestrated by Venomous' Split Personality Shadowy Figure, enough that Boxman officially calls off their partnership despite the Villainous Friendship (and implied Unholy Matrimony) he shared with Venomous prior.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Despite his melagomania, Dr. Doofenshmirtz despises world domination in general, finding it crazy. "Like left-boot-trap crazy."
    • There's also his reaction to finding out that Perry's boss, Major Monogram, doesn't pay his long-suffering intern Carl.
      Monogram: He gets college credit.
  • From Pinky and the Brain, the Brain would often have moments like this:
    • Brain (who has been shown to be willing to go to any length to take over the world), develops a plan to take over the world by selling cigarettes to children. He would have succeeded... except he was unwilling to go through with it.
    • Not to mention that he's willing to save the world if Snowball is trying to conquer it, because Snowball is much worse.
    • In another episode involving time travel, one of the Brain's plans end up rewriting history so that the population of the world consists entirely of moronic Pinky clones. The Brain is so horrified that he immediately plans to go back in history to set things right. Pinky asks the Brain why he plans to do that, because with a population like that, it would be easy to rule the world! But even the Brain has standards, and the Brain confirms that Pinky is right... but who would want to?
  • Popeye:
    • Seein' Red, White and Blue has Bluto feigning an injury in order to get out of being drafted into the Navy. But when he sees Popeye getting beat up by Japanese saboteurs, then he gets mad ("Dey can't do dat to da Navy!!"). After a can of spinach between them, Popeye and Bluto mop the floor with the enemies and Bluto signs up.
    • In "The Astronut" (1961) Brutus and Popeye are attending a masquerade party at Olive's as a sheik and a spaceman, respectively. When an actual alien being arrives and causes a disturbance and knocks both the guys out, Brutus reaches for Popeye's spinach and administers it to him ("This is a job for Popeye!") so he can right things again.
    • Wimpy is a con artist but he wouldn't kill his friend Popeye just because the Sea Hag offered him a hamburger. Two initially were enough but Wimpy instead denounced her to Popeye.
    • Another cartoon had Wimpy inheriting a fortune. He is the referee in a prize fight in which Popeye is a participant and he bets his entire estate on Popeye's opponent. To ensure a victory, Wimpy's butler ambushes Popeye with a mallet. Wimpy starts to count Popeye out but he just didn't have the heart to do it. He sobs as he counts, and then gives Popeye a can of spinach. Popeye defeats the opponent and Wimpy says goodbye to his fortune.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Mojo Jojo shows occasions of this;
      • He was fairly and understandably angry when the girls beat him up when he was simply sleeping. Even more, when he found out that the Gangreen Gang had incriminated not only himself but also HIM and Fuzzy, just for the fun of it, he teamed up with the other two villains to teach them a lesson.
      • He was also disgusted with Buttercup's idea of beating him and other villains up for money, apparently seeing it as too brutish.
      • When Mojo once traveled back in time to stop the existence of the girls, he got to see just what a brat Professor Utonium was in his younger days. He did not like what he saw.
      • In the movie when his ape army starts to turn on him with their own plans he's pretty weirded out and outright disgusted at some of them, finding their plans crass and lacking class.
    • Even HIM has his standards. Other than the aforementioned "Telephonies" episode, he teamed up with the other villains to teach Buttercup a lesson after she beat them up simply for money (or being more specific, she knocked most if not all of their teeth out in a barrage of brutal beatings and then traded the teeth away to the Tooth Fairy for money).
  • This comes up in Quack Pack in the episode "Gator Aid". Donald Duck and Daisy Duck pretend to be specialists hired by the villain of the episode, The Colonel. At one point, Daisy incorrectly guesses that she has been instructed to kill Donald. The Colonel's response is to say "Ew! You really are tough!", suggesting that he does not approve of lethally punishing incompetence.
  • ReBoot, even Megabyte can display this trope on occasions:
    • When a captured Megabyte learns what Bob hopes to do to him (reprogram him so that he's no longer a virus), he replies, "And they call me a monster."
    • Also, when he's going to dissect Frisket to obtain a MacGuffin the dog swallowed, he tells his henchmen to take Enzo away because "The boy doesn't need to see this." He won't let Enzo say good-bye first, though.
  • Recess:
    • Randall Weemes was a snitch who rats on his fellow students for Miss Finster, sometimes even doing something elaborate so he'd have an excuse to snitch (such as when he framed the entire school with a food fight that he instigated). However, the one group he isn't willing to snitch on are higher authority figures such as King Bob, which made him tell off the Ashleys' brothers when they did actually manage to do so after recruiting them. This is also implied in the movie, when, after one of Phillium Benedict's followers tried to pin the blame on Benedict for everything to get out of punishment, and stating that he himself was only following orders and desperately bargaining that he'll "offer evidence for the state trial", Randall remarks in disgust "Jeez, what a squealer."
      • Another element to factor in is that Randall is disgusted the follower is offering to squeal on Benedict for the sake of getting out of punishment, whereas Randall snitches to Miss Finster to keep the playground under control. And is likewise disgusted because this guy is selling out his boss whereas Randall views Miss Finster as his only friend.
    • While certainly not evil, Hustler Kid makes all sorts of shady deals and is generally unsympathetic unless paid to be. In the episode "Hustler's Apprentice", however, he makes it clear that he will not sell forged hall passes or anything else that could land someone in serious trouble.
      • Although in a previous episode he had no qualms about selling forged Social Security cards...
    • Miss Finster isn't evil but can be harsh and downright cruel when punishing the students, but even she thought separating TJ and his friends into separate schools was going too far.
      • She was also appalled by Dr. Slicer's cruelty toward T.J.
  • A lot for Villain Protagonist Mad Scientist Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty:
    • Rape deeply shocks and offends him. In "Meeseeks and Destroy," he's horrified he figures out that Mr. Jellybean attempted to rape Morty, and makes a special point to come back and overkill him. In "Rick Potion #9", he calls out Morty for using a Love Potion to "roofie" Jessica and calls him a "creep" (though Morty correctly points out that Rick helped him make the potion when asked, so the point is downplayed.)
    • In The Stinger for "Something Ricked This Way Comes", it's shown that Rick hates Neo-Nazis, animal abusers, bullies and the Westboro Baptist Church, enough to use his new jacked body to beat them up with Summer.
    • Among the multiple universes' Ricks, he is the only Rick who cares about his Morty as a person. The others treat theirs as resources.
    • In "Look Who's Purging Now", Rick eagerly awaits the violence of a yearly purge night but gets disgusted by it a few seconds into it, and looks distressed when Morty really gets into it.
    • In "Pickle Rick", he seems to be disgusted by the head of a foreign office when he finds out that he lied to Jaguar about his daughter being alive to use her as leverage.
  • Roboroach: Mandible Lecter is the world's most wanted bug eater, but he won't eat anyone with an unhealthy diet, which is why he refused to eat Reg.
  • The Saturday TV Funhouse parody of The Smurfs and The Anna Nicole Show has Gargamel expressing disgust at Smurfette's Reality TV show.
    Gargamel: Eugh, what a mess. Why don't they get her some help?!
    Gargamel: What sleazebag greenlit this show?!
  • The Secret Saturdays: Greedy, amoral bounty hunter Van Rook admits that even he finds it disgusting that the Himilayan Yeti (actually V.V. Argost) murdered innocent people who hiked on the mountain for fun and took their personal belongings as souvenirs.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: Hordak of all people gets a moment in the episode "Into the Dark Dimension". Both Hordak and She-Ra are thrown into the eponymous Dark Dimension and must earn their freedom. She-Ra succeeds while Hordak fails. She-Ra refuses to go back to Etheria alone and even risks her life to save Hordak. The two return to a battle between the Horde and the Rebellion (with each side blaming the other for their leader's disappearance). Hordak immediately calls off the Horde attack and grants the Rebels safe passage back to their home out of gratitude to She-Ra. Everyone's surprised by Hordak's actions, including Hordak himself.
  • The Simpsons
    • "Steal This Episode," from Season 25: The inmates on the prison bus find out why Homer was being jailed: movie piracy. Several of the inmates are outraged, claiming his crime to be worse than bank robbery or drug trafficking, and beat him down (much like inmates supposedly do in real life to child sex offenders).
    • Parodied in "Who Shot Mr. Burns", though not so much evil as a doormat to an evil character, (though some may argue that is an implicit evil) Smithers refuses to help Mr. Burns in his plan to block sunlight from reaching Springfield. He later states that Burns had "crossed the line between everyday corporate villainy and cartoon supervillainy."
      Burns: Imagine it, Smithers. Electric lights and heaters running all day long.
      Smithers: But sir! Every plant and tree will die! Owls will deafen us with incessant hooting! The town's sundial will be useless! I don't want any part of this project, it's unconscionably fiendish.
      Burns: I will not tolerate this insubordination! There has been a shocking decline in the quantity and quality of your toadying, Waylon, and you will fall into line, NOW!
      Smithers: No Monty, I won't. Not until you step back from the brink of insanity.
      Burns: I will do no such thing. You're fired.
    • Smithers does something similar earlier on: He deliberately goes behind Mr. Burns' back to help Bart and Lisa get Sideshow Bob ousted from the Mayor's office in a similar fashion to Deep Throat during the Watergate Scandal. His reasons imply that he simply could not support Sideshow Bob's political leaning due to it conflicting with the gay lifestyle (considering what he himself is implied to be, it really isn't that surprising).
    • Oddly, even Mr. Burns got one in "Homer vs. Dignity". After paying Homer to throw pudding at Lenny (even though he's a war hero), Homer throws one at Carl, causing Burns to exclaim in horror: "What are you doing, man?! That's Carl!"
    • Call it Early Installment Weirdness or Flanderization or whatever, but in "The Telltale Head", Burns actually cries at the sight of the headless statue of Jebediah Springfield and joins the angry mob in retaliation (possibly since despite everything else, he does consider himself a patriot.)
    • Burns also seems to despise the Amoral Attorneys he employs as a legal team, as evidenced by how he yells at them in "Brother Can You Spare Two Dimes":
      Burns: Now before we begin, let me make one thing clear for you. I want your legal advice. I even pay for it. But to me you're all vipers! You live on personal injuries, you live on divorces, you live on pain and misery! I— (calms down) Oh, but I'm rambling. Would anyone like some coffee?
      Blue Haired Lawyer: Yes, I would like some coffee.
      Burns: Want it black, don't you? Black like your heart? It's so hard for me to listen to you, I hate you all so much! (pauses again) I'm sorry, it's my problem, I'll deal with it.
    • In another episode, Burns kills the plant employees' medical plan (forcing Homer to sneak in medicine from Canada) and drops the bomb on them in the most grandiose way possible just for kicks, but he urges Smithers to turn the getaway vehicle around and make haste to go back to where the employees are in order to warn one of them that the man she's dating is already married and using her to two-time his wife.
    • Also, in the episode "Homer Simpson in: Kidney Trouble", Homer tells a ship of lost souls how he abandoned his father to die after refusing to give him a kidney, which makes everyone angry and disgusted at him, including a Frenchman who stole his accordion (actually a concertina) from a blind monkey.
    • Despite his history of armed robbery and burglary, Snake drew the line at a telemarketing scam. "I don't like bothering people at home!". In a separate episode, he apologizes for wasting the Simpsons' time when he realizes the $1000 bill they'd found wasn't his.
    • Nelson constantly shows shades of this, in one case beating up Bart for wasting Mrs. Krabappel's time in class. He also avoids punching kids in the face on school picture day, and comforts Milhouse after his parents divorce, because that's a problem he can relate to. (Although later episodes seem to disagree on the marital status of Nelson's parents. Also, Nelson in one of the Halloween episodes (specifically the one that parodies It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown) is shown to have little to no tolerance against racism, as he tries to save the student body from a rampaging Great Grand Pumpkin (long story short, he got angry when he learns that they kill pumpkins to make stuff like pumpkin pie or jack-o'-lanterns) by holding a yellow pumpkin hostage. The Great Pumpkin scoffs that killing a yellow pumpkin would be a waste of time as he hates them. Nelson calls the Grand Pumpkin a racist and adds "I would rather die than hate!" before getting eaten.
    • Don Vittorio, Fat Tony's boss, refuses to kill Krusty because, "To murder a funny man of such genius would be a crime." Also, when Krusty pays the debt he owed him with a 50 dollar bill, he gives him two dollars back as his change.
    • Bart has been on both sides of this trope. On "Principal Charming" note , Bart uses a powdered herbicide from chemistry class to spell his name on the school's field, which enrages his equally delinquent best friends, who think he has gone too far. On the other hand, Bart himself is increasingly unnerved when he sees how bad Jessica Lovejoy is, stating that she's turning him into a criminal when all he wants to be is a "petty thug." And on the season three episode where Bart becomes a hall monitor, he finds out that his sister Lisa stole the teacher's editions of the books note . He snaps Lisa out of her bad behavior by telling her that she'll be expelled for what she's done.
    • In the crossover with Family Guy, Bart himself was horrified by Stewie's insanity and violence (like prank-calling Moe and telling him that his (Moe's) sister is being raped before hanging up. Bart's own prank calls have always been to swindle Moe into saying funny names aloud).
    • Bart, via a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo in the South Park episode "Cartoon Wars", was disturbed by Eric Cartman, and turned against him at Kyle's urging.
    • In "The Ned-liest Catch", despite having their fair share of troubles with delinquents, especially Bart, the school system, including Skinner and Chalmers, were appalled at Edna for slapping him. Skinner explains that he'll put up with her mild alcoholism, leaving melted cheese in the microwave, even selling A's for cigarettes, but he's disgusted by the use of corporal punishment. In a similar vein, he suspends Otto from his job after he spanks Bart. Homer (unsurprisingly) was the only one to support Edna's choice, considering the fact he chokes Bart as his form of punishment. Ironically, in "Two Bad Neighbors", Homer gets upset when George Bush, Sr. does the same thing, even after learning that Bart destroyed his memoirs since he feels his rights were violated.
    • A rather weird example occurs in an episode where the Hell's Satans are angry at Homer for using their name, and force him to eat his biker jacket; however, they get very upset when he does so and chews with his mouth open.
    • There is one crime Fat Tony (or at least Fat Tony the Second) refuses to commit. Pickpocketing. His reason for this is because his father needed a heart transplant, but the donor heart was pickpocketed away, leaving him to die the way he believes no made man should die; of natural causes.
  • The Smurfs: Gargamel and Azrael both have lifelong goals to destroy the Smurfs and gain untold wealth, power and respect ... but there is a point where even he has pause in helping people he has formed alliances with to carry out his wishes. Examples:
    • In one episode, he saves the life of a stray cat Azrael has befriended that his godfather Lord Balthazar wanted to kill for her fur ... just because he saw Azrael had found (gasp!) love and companionship.
    • In another episode, Gargamel and Balthazar have kidnapped Puppy and plan to take the magical locket from around his neck, in an effort to gain access to its powers. When initial tricks are unsuccessful, Balthazar proposes placing Puppy in a guillotine and chopping his head off (no, seriously) ... to which Gargamel decides this whole scheme to destroy the Smurfs isn't worth it.
    • During the Smurf's 1982 Christmas special, Gargamel — in exchange for a scroll that he uses to burn down the Smurf Village on Christmas Eve — turns over two children (who have become separated from their grandfather after a sleigh accident) to a stranger, who unknown to him plans to take them away (in revenge for their uncle always thwarting his plans to overthrown his kingdom). Later, when The Stranger thinks Gargamel has betrayed himnote , he forces him and Azrael to join them in accompany them on "The Final Journey." Gargamel, realizing that the children's lives are in danger note  refuses to go along with his plan and, after at least two escape attempts are stopped, is forced to rely on Papa Smurf to save his, Azrael's and the children's lives.
  • In Sonic Sat AM Dr. Robotnik sounded surprised that Antoine Depardieu seemingly betrayed his friends in order to give him the Power Ring. He even asks him why he betrayed them. Though he might've just been suspicious.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman has proven to be one of the most sociopathic characters in the show... but draws the line when Butters (accidentally) shoots men in the dick, which causes him to begin a tirade about how it's wrong. ("It's WRAA-AUNG!") Also, in "Major Boobage", it turns out he doesn't approve of hurting cats.
    • An early example of Cartman showing decency is "Ike's Wee-Wee" where Kyle decides to save his brother Ike from getting circumcised. The plan goes horribly wrong when a decoy he made is ripped apart by a dog before getting hit by a tanker truck. Cartman glares at Kyle as his parents cry over the supposed loss.
    • In "Cartoon Wars Part 1 & 2'", Kyle calls him out for making fun of other religions, particularly his (Judaism). But when Family Guy shows an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, Cartman justifies this by saying he's just a little boy and this is a cartoon. ("It's WRAA-AUNG!"). Interestingly enough, South Park has shown the Islamic prophet both uncensored ("Super Best Friends]] and censored (episodes after that).
    • In the episode "The Coon", when Cartman (as a raccoon-themed superhero known as The Coon) gets Professor Chaos (Butters' super-villain persona) to blow up a hospital to lure out rival hero Mysterion, Professor Chaos laments on how he finds blowing up hospitals is mean and reprehensible. As a villain, Professor Chaos is more prone to poking poodles than kicking dogs.
    • "Super Fun Time": In Pioneer Village, you are not allowed to break character, ever, until the second the work day ends at 5:00. So, when the park is taken over by terrorists who robbed a Burger King (long story), and they ask for the code to the electronic lock on the back door so they can escape the cops, one of the employees shoots a fellow employee who was about to break character and reveal it. By this point, the terrorists have killed several employees themselves, but even they're stunned by this.
      Terrorist Leader: You people are fucking insane!
    • Again, in "Imaginationland", Jason Voorhees says he doesn't want to ever meet the kid who created Christmas Critters, who originates from Cartman's short Christmas story. That's right, Cartman is so screwed up that even a zombie serial killer is disgusted at what comes up from his mind. In general, before the terrorists attacked Imaginationland, the Evil Imaginary Characters simply weren't interested in war, although they don't want anyone or anything good crossing into their home territory or else they'd kill them. Then the terrorists attacked both territories and made the Good Imaginary Characters scapegoats to convince the Evil ones to declare war and for the Good and Evil Characters to kill each other.
    • And yet again, in the episode "Miss Teacher Bangs A Boy", where Cartman tries to stop the statutory rape implied by the title ...because the affair was partially held in the school hallways. Because Cartman was the hall monitor that week, kissing in the halls is strictly against school rules, and teachers have to RESPECT HIS AUTHORITAH!
    • Satan does this often. In addition to hating his Jerkass boyfriend Saddam Hussein, he also despises rich, spoiled 16 year old girls (he fears that he might become one, but one of his minions tells him "you're not that bad") and thinks that someone dressing up as Steve Irwin with a sting ray through their chest at his Halloween party is offensive. (It turns out that said party-goer actually is Steve Irwin, and Satan makes him leave because he's not in costume).
    • One draft of the film includes a subplot in which Kenny and Saddam make a bet involving Smacky S'mores. When Saddam attempts to cheat his way out of the bargain after Kenny lives up, Satan calls Saddam out on it before betraying him.
    • In the film as well, Mothers Against Canada were willing to go to war over a television show but backed on when their children got involved. Sheila learned the hard way when she gunned down Terrence and Phillip.
    • Even Al Qaeda suicide bombs the "armies" of New Jersey to help America before the idiocy can spread to Afghanistan.
    • The "Native Americans" from Cherokee Hair Tampons have no problem in helping Miss Information scam the towns folk out of their money by selling fake products and lying about their true heritage, (they're really Mexicans), hell they even found it funny. But once they see the physically ill Kyle, they tell them that he should go to a doctor and come clean about the whole thing.
    • Satan was pretty disgusted with how Freemium games exploit their players into spending more money, since he believes that temptations should have actual nuance rather than simple exploitation of addiction. Once he finds out that the Terrence & Phillip Freemium game was created by Beelzaboot, the Canadian Devil, he possesses Stan in order to fight him.
    • Cartman's reaction to 22-year-old Skyler dating Stan's underage sister: "Dude, that's not cool."
    • When Troll Skankhunt42 aka Gerald Broflowsky explains to other Trolls that they shouldn't just try to inflame individual people, but turn entire groups of people against each other, one of the other Trolls replies: "That's kinda... mean."
  • Captain Skyhook, arch-nemesis of The Space Kiddettes, will stop at nothing to get their treasure map... but won't actually hurt them, because they're only children. Static, his right-hand man, has no such reservations, but Skyhook is always quick to admonish him for suggesting violence.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants,
    • Plankton will never give up on stealing the secret formula, but he is shown to be really disgusted on how bad Mr. Krabs' greed is. Another example is when Sandy tries to break the record for having raw chum in her mouth, Plankton is hesitant at first, stating that no one can handle chum raw. Basically, even though he's determined to have people eat his chum, he would never serve it raw. As quoted by him, "And I thought I was evil."
    • Mr. Krabs is very money driven and did some illegal practices with his business, but does have some standards. His belief on Krabby Patties being made love and care by hand is more important to him than money, and is utterly appalled when after selling the Krusty Krab to a restaurant chain, he finds out that they have taken to simply mass-producing Krabby Patties on a conveyer belt using grey goo that may or may not even be meat. In "Little Yellow Book," Mr. Krabs calls out Squidward after he reads SpongeBob's diary to everyone in the Krusty Krab. Note that Mr. Krabs was not one of the people laughing at SpongeBob's secrets, meaning he's not being a hypocrite.
    • The Flying Dutchman himself was surprised that Mr. Krabs was not only eager to sell his soul and took the whole ordeal lightly, but he also sold his soul several times to other ghosts, monsters, and to SpongeBob (he was five bucks short on payday.)
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Ludo and his forces have Surveillance as the Plot Demands, but agree that using it to spy on Star in the bathroom is just wrong.
    • If Toffee is anything, he's a man of his word and spares Marco from being crushed after Star agrees to his demands. Also, it was he along with Buff Frog who pointed out that spying on Star in the bathroom is disturbing.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • "Corruption": When the prime minister Almec accuses the terrorist organization Death Watch of poisoning numerous children, Satine, the duchess of Mandalore, quickly points out that all their attacks have been directed at her and her administration. Sure enough, the Death Watch is innocent, the children had been poisoned by a toxic diluting agent in the black market tea they had been fed due the closure of trading routes, and the one who had established the black market ring was Almec himself.
    • "The Box": ruthless Bounty Hunter Cad Bane saves Rako Hardeen's life when criminal mastermind Moralo Eval attempts to kill him in the titular testing facility, saying that if Eval wanted to kill Hardeen, he should fight him like a man.
    • "The Wrong Jedi": Tarkin, who at this point in the Star Wars timeline is already well known for his ruthless methods (including how he cleaned up a whole sector from piracy: he put a pirate gang he captured in a container, threw it in the closest star, and broadcast the screams as they were cooked alive), has spent the last few episodes trying to convict Ahsoka, fully knowing she'd be executed for treason if convicted, but upon being faced with clear evidence of her innocence, including a full confession from the actual culprit Barriss Offee of both committing the crimes and framing Ahsoka he's appalled at having trying, and almost succeeding, to kill an innocent. As anyone who watched the original trilogy knows, he's going to lose said standards.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • "Call to Action": Co-Dragons Agent Kallus and Minister Tua are both visibly horrified by the Grand Inquisitor beheading Commandant Aresko and Taskmaster Grint for incompetence on Grand Moff Tarkin's orders.
    • "The Honourable Ones": While stranded with Zeb, Kallus reveals that, contrary to his previous claim, he was lying about ordering the use of disruptors during the massacre of Zeb's homeworld, and implies he wasn't pleased to participate in such a slaughter.
    • "Hera's Heroes": Grand Admiral Thrawn is quite contemptuous of Captain Slavin's xenophobia, as well as his suggestion to destroy something he considers art.
    • "An Inside Man": Kallus, and Lieutenant Lyste to a lesser degree, are both visibly disturbed by Thrawn letting factory worker Morad Sumar be killed by an overheating speeder bike as punishment for sabotaging it.
    • "Through Imperial Eyes": Lyste is completely shocked when Kallus refuses to back him up when he gets arrested for being the traitor in the Imperial ranks, likely realizing at that point that Kallus is the actual traitor.
  • Played for laughs in the Super Best Friends Forever short "Solomon Grundy No Fight Girls", where Solomon Grundy refuses to fight Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Girl due to drawing the line at violence against females. The three young heroines then try to taunt Grundy in order to provoke him into attacking before they realize that they don't have to hold back just because Grundy refuses to fight them. After they end up kicking his butt, Solomon Grundy starts reconsidering his refusal to fight girls.
  • TaleSpin:
    • Shere Khan in is more a sleazy corporate executive than anything; still, when he discovers a town he owns is using slave labor to mine a rare ore ("Citizen Khan"), he insists it was done without his consent. "I desire only money and power. Unpresentable employees provide me with neither."
    • Another example, from a different episode ("Louie's Last Stand"), but equally fitting the trope. One of his employees forges his name on an official letter that gives him complete control over Khan's personal military. Why? To get Louie off of his island before his lease expires so he can take control of it for Shere Khan. Needless to say, Khan is not impressed with him (but he is impressed with how Baloo, Louie, and Kit were able to defeat his highly-trained soldiers). Said employee is swiftly fired after Khan arrives on the scene.
    • In "Save the Tiger" Shere Khan shows that he will work to repay somebody who saves his life, though he did have a limit will Baloo constantly made demands of him and led to him making a scheme to get out of it that left Baloo broke, which turned to be a Batman Gambit for Baloo to beg for him to set everything back to normal, which he promptly and then leaves him alone.
  • El Tigre
    • Villainy isn't a matter of moral alignment here, but a sub-culture of its own, so this trope comes up now and then. Puma Loco, a Card-Carrying Villain if ever there was one, draws the line at harming a family member.
    • More Played for Laughs but in one episode, all of the super villains present were horrified when El Tigre gave Dr. Chipotle Sr. a wet willy.
    • Family is a major theme of the series, and when the struggling-with-his-Character Alignment El Tigre goes behind his father's back and it gets ousted in front of villains, even the villains are absolutely horrified.
    • Minor villain Spoon Bender is part of a plot to pretend to be in a villain reform club (kind of like AA meetings) to use Maria's house to tunnel into a neighboring bank to commit a massive heist, but when Maria shows legitimate concern and kindness for them, Spoon Bender can't go through with it and undergoes a Heel–Face Turn, and proves just what control over spoons let you do.
  • Total Drama:
    • Chris is legendary for being a sadistic asshole, but when Heather reads Gwen's diary aloud on national television even he is genuinely disgusted with her, to the point where he actually refrains from mocking the guy who's been eliminated simply because Heather deserves it more.
    • Duncan is a lot less jerkish when compared to Heather.
      Heather: Like you're such a team player, all you do is go around scaring the crap out of everyone.
      Duncan: At least I'm straight with people.
    • In World Tour, Heather is put-off by some of Alejandro's more cutthroat tactics.
      Heather: Even I'm not that ruthless!
    • Alejandro himself finds Chris unnecessarily cruel.
      Alejandro: You are pure evil!
    • And then came Mal.
      Alejandro: Mal does not belong in juvie... he belongs in jail!
  • In Transformers: Prime, Starscream is arrogant Smug Snake looking out only for his own best interests, but even he is disturbed by Megatron leaving Breakdown to get torn to pieces by MECH simply because Megatron saw him as not worth saving after getting captured by humans, and actually goes out on his own to rescue him.
    • Prime's version of Starscream is also notable for exhibiting a strong sense of gratitude: when Arcee saves him, he makes sure to free her from Airachnid, and when Megatron saves his life, he gives up his traditional habits.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy:
    • While Verminous Snaptrap is too silly to be considered evil, he draws the line at killing people on their birthdays without having them to celebrate it first. In his defense, he said that "No one is that evil."
    • When Snaptrap asks for suggestions on how to get revenge on the "Meanies" at the monotrail for not letting them ride, Francisco suggests that they eat them, to which Snaptrap claims is just "dark and disturbing."
    • More Played for Laughs but the reason why Snaptrap tells the agents his latest plan is because he thinks it's rude not to.
    • Kitty's evil sister always calls her mother.
    • In "Top Dog", a crime organization called FLOPP is formed and several of the members discuss what their next act of villainy will be.
    Escape Goat: "We can get in a crowded elevator, and push all the buttons!"
    Meerkat (the leader):
    ' "We're criminals, not monsters!"
  • In Turtles Forever 1987 Krang and Shredder, Karai, and Hun turn on 2003 Shredder after it's revealed that he plans THE DESTRUCTION! OF! REALITY! ITSELF!
  • One episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series has Peter facing off against the Insidious Six because they realized the dude who was always taking Spider-Man's pictures might have a connection to him, and kidnapped Aunt May. As luck would have it though Spidey's been depowered and thus swiftly gets the crap out of him, making Doctor Octopus conclude there's no way Peter Parker could actually be Spider-Man if they beat him so easily. Silvermane then accuses Kingpin of kidnapping an old woman and strong-arming her desperate helpless teenage nephew into dressing up as Spidey to rescue her, and he is pissed.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: In "Run Pig Run", Loki, disguised as a hot dog vendor, gives Spider-Man an enchanted hot dog, and reveals himself after Spidey takes a bite. Spidey quickly demands to know if Loki spat in the hot dog, to which Loki admits that, while he did think about doing so, even he isn't that merciless.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • The Guild of Calamitous Intent is separated from other supervillain organizations by its strict code of ethics. Forbidden actions include committing rape, attacking on holy ground, attacking police officers, and violating truces.
    • Brock Samson himself has called out Dr. Venture when the latter manipulates the emotionally abused Sally Impossible for his own selfish goals, stating that it's pretty cold for even someone as amoral as Rusty.
    • Rusty himself has a moment of his own when he refuses to use his cloning technology to bring back Hitler. And another when he calls out both the Guild and The OSI for acting petty towards each other when they're supposed to be negotiating. Realizing his father was as awful with handling such situations as he was with raising him.
    • Another practice the Guild frowns upon is unauthorized "arching", which led to the third-season-opening crucible of The Monarch by the Guild's top officials, since he'd been arching Rusty Venture for years prior to actually joining the Guild and getting his arching license; as a part of his Guild-approved duoship with Dr. Girlfriend, he promises to give up arching Rusty, legally or otherwise. A promise which lasts until about the end of the season, natch.
    • The Monarch also has standards. Although he's willing to kill his own henchmen at the drop of a hat, he is rather shocked to learn how neglectful Venture is of his sons, and actually treats them better than their father when he captures them, on the occasions he's not trying to kill them along with their father.
  • Wacky Races:
    • Zig-zag: Dick Dastardly will call the police to report that the Ant Hill Mob is at large, but only to hamper the Mob's progress in the race.
    • In "Whizzin' To Washington", Dastardly zooms ahead of the other racers and tries to prove he can win a race without cheating. He stops short of the finish line because Muttley wanted his autograph.
    • In "Scout Scatter", the Ant Hill Mob didn't hesitate before risking themselves to save a boy scout from a waterfall even if it meant increasing the chances the Sheriff would catch up with them. (they escaped)
    • In the reboot, Dastardly disables all his booby traps in one race to prove he can win without cheating. When calamities occur on the race route, the other racers assume it's Dastardly's doings but he vehemently denies it. And he is proven right as a horde of ornery penguins stand in their way.
  • The titular character of Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?. When Lee Jordan cuts the rope that Ivy and Zack are holding onto while he's escaping with Carmen, sending them into the ocean, to say that Carmen was not pleased would be a bit of an understatement. Also, both Lee and Maelstrom are violent and willing to risk innocent lives while Carmen isn't; in fact, she's saved Ivy and Zack's lives more than once.
  • In Wild Kratts, Donita may be perfectly fine with freezing animals in suspended animation to use in her fashions, but she is less than impressed by Zach's theft of the Arctic Pearl.
  • It happens in WordGirl from time to time, like when villains got their feelings hurt by the alien villainess Miss Power.
  • The old X-Men cartoon had Magneto take this role twice. The first is when he constructed an orbital safe haven for mutants and armed it with enough nuclear missiles to wipe out all life on Earth. Even he however, is disgusted when he finds that Fabian Cortez fired off one of the missiles at Earth with the intent of kill normal humans simply because he hates them that much. Later in the end of season four during a Villain Teamup with Apocalypse, he works with and then turns on him when he finds that Apocalypse' plan involved wiping out the whole of reality so he could recreate it in his own image, berating him a plan that would kill "the innocent along with the guilty." Even Apocalypse' minion Mystique turns on him by that point. Magneto expected Mr. Sinister to also have standard regarding the plan. He didn't. In both cases, Magneto having standards prompts a Heel–Face Turn.
  • X-Men: Evolution:
    • Not so much evil as just criminals, but the Brotherhood show that they're not willing to let Apocalypse turn the world into mutants, knowing that most wouldn't survive the change.
    • Avalanche, too, showed that while he may be violent and prone to aggression, he's unwilling to allow a town to be blown up or ignore an old lady's cry for help.
  • Young Justice:
    • Mr. Twister openly admit to being disturbed by the Justice League using their teenaged protégées as Child Soldiers.
    • While he quickly realized the "Terror Twins" were really Superboy and Miss Martian, Icicle Jr. was disgusted when the two kissed while he still thought they were siblings.


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