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Characters with standards in anime and manga.


  • Assassination Classroom: the three hired assassins during the Island Arc. Normally they would act the part of the cold professional, but when they see that their client is a psychopath trying to murder a class of middle schoolers for having humiliated him once, they all agree he's a monster and they should sabotage him, even if their reputations will take a hit. The big one being that their client wanted them to poison the students with a nigh-incurable artificial disease, but they just give the students food poisoning instead. Unpleasant, yes, but not lethal and it'll wear off on its own after a day of rest.
  • In Bakuman。, Eiji Niizuma follows his rivals' work so regularly that his refusal to read Tanto is treated as an O.O.C. Is Serious Business moment that indicates that he thinks they're not living up to their potential.
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    • A Show Within a Show case becomes a plot point in and out of that universe. Mashiro and Takagi's Perfect Crime Party, a group of elementary school students who do harmless pranks called "perfect crimes", don't do anything that could cause trouble for others; they suggest that if they broke into a bank vault and left behind a note without stealing anything, the security company's reputation would suffer. In response to someone imitating PCP by breaking into a bank vault and leaving a note behind, Takagi writes a story in which Akechi, The Rival to PCP, tells some copycats that he knew it wasn't PCP because they wouldn't do anything like that, and ends with PCP themselves commenting about how not everyone can do things the way they do.
    • In the vote to serialize PCP, there are two stipulations for the votes- a "yes" vote can only be done if the voter believes PCP can compete with Nizuma's work, and if the work fails to get serialized, Mashiro and Takagi will be unable to write for Jump again. The work is about to fail 4-3, when three of the editors change their votes from "no" to "yes"- one of the more hesitant "no" voters doesn't agree with the idea of just letting Mashiro and Takagi go, and another believes that it doesn't make sense to let them go with only a 4-3 majority.
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  • In Death Note, L and Near are not paragons of justice, and only take on cases that they're interested in. However, they both disapprove of what Kira is doing and the mindset behind it, with Near having an especially strong hatred of Kira's followers.
  • Dragon Ball: While Beerus has a Hair-Trigger Temper and is prone to destroying planets for absolutely silly reasons, there are several lines he won't cross:
    • Even he can't stand Frieza; in fact, when he first wakes up from his long sleep in Battle of Gods, he was contemplating going after him and killing him before finding out that Frieza was long dead.
    • The reason he imprisoned the Old Kai in the Z-Sword over a petty argument was because it would be improper of him to destroy the Supreme Kais' World. Also, since the Kais' lives are linked to his, killing one Supreme Kai increased the chances of him dying.
      • In a similar way, he destroyed King Kai's planet over a petty argument but made sure not to kill him because it would have meant killing another god-and differently than with the Supreme Kais, his life isn't linked to his.
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    • In Super, he is just as disgusted by Frost as everyone else after learning he was Evil All Along. When he hears that Frost is a planet broker who buys planets he ruins cheaply and then sells them for a high price after he fixes them, he sneers that's exactly what Frieza used to do.
    • In the Super manga, he doesn't like Whis comparing his job to Goku Black attempting human genocide in Future Trunks' time. Beerus destroys planets for the sake of universal balance, while he considers Goku Black little more than a lunatic who kills according to his own whims. In the anime, while Beerus never calls Goku Black a lunatic, he calls him an evil person and considers killing Zamasu on the spot just in case he turns into Black. And did so with Present!Zamasu, when the latter was going to kill Gowasu.
    • For as much of a complete Jerkass that Ro, Supreme Kai of Universe 9 is, he flat-out refuses Frieza's offer to join the Universe 9 team during the Tournament of Power in exchange for being resurrected on the grounds of Frieza being, in Ro's own words, "a complete psychopath who doesn't care if his own universe gets erased."
    • Goku is a major Big Eater, but during the King Piccolo Saga, even he is disgusted when Yajirobe cooks and eats the corpse of Cymbal after eating him. In a filler scene in the original Dragon Ball anime, he's also furious when Annin tries to offer him food while the Ox King's castle is burning.
    • During the Namek Saga, Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan, despite absolutely hating Vegeta, are nonetheless horrified at the sight of Frieza mercilessly beating him to death.
    • While Zeno is willing to stretch the rules of the Tournament of Power to allow things he finds cool, he has his limits that he will not allow to be crossed. When Frost tries to blast Frieza after being eliminated, a clear act of cheating, Zen’o erases him on the spot and declares no attacking from outside the ring, and threatens to erase all of Universe 6 if it happens again.
  • In Gakuen Babysitters, Chairman Morinomiya, who usually demands for Ryuuichi to work hard and to keep a punctual schedule, states this about herself when posed with the option of waking him up while he's sick.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Shiho looks down on those who follow other tankery ideologies and initially dismisses Oarai's victories as flukes. However, in the movie, after Oarai defeats Shiho's alma mater Kuromorimine's tankery team, led by Shiho's elder daughter and heiress, only for Tsuji Kota to renege on his promise and order that Oarai be shut down anyway, Shiho angrily insists that there's no luck in tankery and helps arrange for a match between Oarai and the University All-Stars.
  • Highschool of the Dead: While Saya's parents suffer from Honor Before Reason, offering shelter and protection to even the civilians that actively oppose their efforts to keep Them under control, Shidou and his followers are just too evil for them to tolerate. As soon as Soichirou learns from Rei what a scumbag Shidou really is and how he flunked Rei on his Corrupt Politician father's orders, he gives Rei free reign to take revenge on him, and when Rei decides he's not worth it, he forces Shidou and his students to leave.
  • True, InuYasha is short-tempered, violent, and overall a bit of a prick, but there are plenty of lines that even he refuses to cross:
    • In the "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny" anime special, he refuses to attack Kikyo for the Shikon Jewel when she's badly injured and can't fight back, explaining to her that he doesn't "play dirty"; he even personally saves Kaede from Mistress Centipede while refusing to take her hostage for the jewel as Centipede intended to do.
    • When he fights Tōkajin, the latter demands that he eat some of the Ninmenka's fruit before their fight; given the source of the fruit, Inuyasha is quick to turn it down.
    • When he meets Shiori, he adamantly refuses to kill a fellow half-demon, let alone a little girl.
  • In Is This a Zombie?, Orito is a Casanova Wannabe who's always shamelessly hitting on girls, trying to peep on them, etc. When Ayumu gets possessed by Belphegor, he makes offensive Straw Misogynist remarks. Orito is horrified and quickly declares that he does not believe in that line of thinking.
  • Isekai Quartet:
    • While Aqua will happily attack the cast of Overlord (2012), she does draw the line at mocking Albedo for still being a virgin and saving herself.
    • Much like in her home series, the depths of Darkness's masochism disturbs the people around her, only with a side of Even Evil Has Standards, as those disgusted this time are Ainz and his minions, and Tanya von Degurechaff and her unit.
  • In Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Ka Koubun's attempt to make King Sinbad marry Princess Kougyoku, by making it look like Sinbad had violated her, fails, because his henchmen can't stand seeing their princess crying and so sad.
  • Kengo of Maken-ki! is a pervert and wears the title like a badge of honor, but the one thing he will not stand for is a girl crying for any reason, something that he bashes Takeru (both verbally and physically) over when the latter treats Inaho coldly due to her knowing his father.
  • My Hero Academia: Katsuki Bakugou is an over-competitive Jerkass who is more than willing to use violence to win and be considered number one. But when he's scouted/kidnapped by the League of Villains thinking that he's a potential Rival Turned Evil in the making, and offered a We Can Rule Together by Shigaraki, he rejects the idea of becoming a villain without a second thought. Bakugou may be a jerk, but at the core he's still a hero in training.
  • In My Monster Secret, Yuuta Shimada is a skirt-chasing horndog of the highest order (to the point where his getting arrested and carted off by the cops is one of the manga's most enduring Running Gags). So naturally, when Shiho's "charms" don't work on him, she worries that she's losing her touch and does everything she can to seduce himnote . At the end of the chapter, after all her attempts have failed, she just straight-up asks Shimada what his deal is; he explains that he knew she had recently had a Love Confession rejected, and even he's not so scummy that he'd prey on a girl who was emotionally vulnerable. Plus, he thought she was out of his league, but when he takes Shiho's attempts at charming him as a sign that he has a chance...and she promptly shoots him down, restoring the status quo.
  • In Nana when porn actress Yuri Kousaka reveals that her real name is Asami Matsumoto, she comments, "I may be a shameless woman, but even I don't make porn flicks under my real name."
  • Naruto
    • Anyone who has ever met and spoken to Uchiha Madara pretty much hates his guts, barring his brother Izuna, his former best friend Hashirama, and his protégé Tobi. Not even Kurama can stand him, and considering the shit he's probably had to put up with over the last few centuries, that says a lot. The people that can stand him? Izuna's dead, and Hashirama, despite otherwise continuing to advocate for him at the drop of a hat, became his mortal enemy the moment Madara decided to attack Konoha, the village they built together. Even his long-time accomplice Tobi, aka Obito, reveals that he doesn't care for him all that much either.
    • There's also Sasuke himself during the early episodes. Even before he and Naruto actually become friends, he is absolutely furious at Sakura when she confides in him that she believes Naruto is such an undisciplined prankster because he had no parents to teach him how to act and promptly chews her out for it, telling her she has no idea what she's talking about. After all, he knows from personal experience that not having parents bites; because of this, Sakura has a Jerkass Realization and resolves to try to treat Naruto more kindly.
    • The Allied Shinobi Forces was a result of this. The Moon's Eye Plan incited this reaction so much that it was enough to unite the entire shinobi world, which has been in a near-constant state of war for over a century. Trying to subject free will in general seems to incite this reaction.
  • Rei Ayanami of Neon Genesis Evangelion is hard wired to follow orders no matter what they might be, or sacrifice everything to accomplish her mission, even if it means her own life. Especially if it means her own life. Tell her to shoot a child, however, and she balks. Her finding out the true horrors of the Evas? She gets a glimpse and is horrified, and it's hinted that this would be unforgivable. Wipe out the human race? If verbal reasoning doesn't work. Rei takes an active hand stopping it.
  • In One Piece, the Straw Hats, for the most part, care about their members and friends more than anyone else, even the entire rest of the world, in Robin's case. However, they're typically shown to be quite upset whenever their enemies callously harm their own minions, from Sanji and Franky's shock at Rob Lucci pulling a You Have Failed Me on Nero, to Chopper saving an Enforcer from Gedatsu's attack.
    • As greedy as Nami is, she's willing to give up treasure for the sake of her friends, such as giving some of Thriller Bark's treasure to her friend Lola as a gift, or being willing to spend all the treasure to buy Caimie and set her free (unfortunately, she gets preemptively outbid).
    • Luffy's usually a nice guy who can befriend and forgive nearly anyone, up to and including former antagonists regardless of morality. However, he drew the line upon seeing Crocodile in Impel Down. He did end up releasing him, at his ally Ivankov's suggestion, but unlike all the other former enemies he meets in the arc, Luffy does not befriend or forgive him.
    • Luffy's an absolute Combat Pragmatist, taking any shot he can in a fight. But he draws the line at taking advantage of Admiral Fujitora's blindness, and calls out the targets of his own attacks to give the man a fair chance to react.
  • Ash Ketchum of Pokémon is a Friend to All Living Things. While this usually has him dishing out punishment to criminals such as Team Rocket, he'll rarely stand for other villains using or victimising them either. He has saved Jessie and James' Pokemon from being stolen several times over, despite how poetic a punishment it would be for always trying to steal his Pikachu, and was outright repulsed when the villainous Malamar brainwashed James' Inkay to attack his own master.
  • Rosario + Vampire: When Kuyou has Tsukune scheduled for Public Execution, most of the crowd is cheering for it, but one monster states that despite his hatred of humans, he still thinks having Tsukune executed just for being human is too much.
  • In Squid Girl, Sanae is a cute but slightly nutty girl with an obsessive liking to the titular protagonist, which the latter doesn't like one bit since Sanae has No Sense of Personal Space. However, for as much of a Stalker with a Crush as Sanae is, she wouldn't make a move on Squid Girl while the latter is helpless from heat stroke.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Sanosuke admits that despite his disagreements with various antagonists and rivals (ranging from Saitou, Shishio, to Anji), they were at least people he could respect. Inui Banjin on the other hand, was merely an arrogant Blood Knight.
  • Nodoka, in Saki, has repeatedly expressed that she doesn't believe in the existence of superstitions, even when her opponents make improbable draws right in front of her. In a flashback in Saki Achiga-hen, she hears her old friend Kuro telling her that because her Missing Mom told her to value the dora more, she has chosen to draw dora over completing her hand, and believes that as a result, she is more likely to draw dora tiles. Ako asks Nodoka if she's going to say her usual thing about superstitions, and Nodoka says she can't believe what Kuro is saying, but doesn't want to tell her off, either, possibly because she realizes the personal significance of it to Kuro.
  • In Sword Art Online, Akihiko Kayaba, the baddie of the first half of the first season, may have caused 4000+ people to be killed off just for his imagination, but he does have a sense of honor and keeps his own rules even if it meant losing everything. When Sugou Nobuyuki (aka Oberon) spammed his Game Master status and attempted to sexually assault Asuna in the second to last episode of Season 1, just as Kirito is about to give up, his spirit shows up to give him a Heroic Second Wind and lent his system administrator status to allow Kirito to take Oberon down.
    • In the Alicization arc, Takeru Higa, who's involved in a morally questionable research project to create Fluctlight capable of fighting in a war, is noticeably reluctant when Seijirou Kikuoka asks Higa to start up a Fluctlight version of himself, which becomes unstable and collapses in minutes after becoming aware of the real Higa as a demonstration.
    • In Progressive, Kibaou is a hothead whose distrust for beta testers and rivalry with Lind and his faction result in the clearers being divided into the Aincrad Liberation Squad and Dragon Knight Brigade, led by Kibaou and Lind, respectively. However, when Joe, one of Kibaou's subordinates, as well as an implied agent provocateur for Laughing Coffin, insists that Kibaou walk out of a tense negotiation with the DKB over who gets to do a quest, Kibaou angrily tells Joe to shut up. This, along with how Kibaou gains a measure of grudging respect for Kirito after he helps resolve the issue, shows that Kibaou isn't entirely unreasonable.


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