In fiction and in the media, both heroes and villains often agree on one thing: they Wouldn't Hurt a Child.
This creed exists for various reasons: it may be because Children Are Innocent, and thus should be protected and kept out of harm's way at all costs; it may be because, to Moral Guardians, seeing a child being brutalized is Harmful to Minors and thus should be avoided; it may also be because even writers mostly disagree with the idea of writing about harming a child.
But sometimes, some people just don't agree with that. Or just don't care. And, they do hurt children, sometimes even kill them, in defiance of the Improbable Infant Survival. Indeed, the act of harming a child usually comes off as the ultimate act of villainy.
Needless to say, this trope is almost always a Kick the Dog moment. Hence, the presence of Would Hurt A Child is often telltale of a Crapsack World or at least a Darker and Edgier series. However, it is surprisingly easy to subvert this trope simply by using Kids Are Cruel (the flip side of Children Are Innocent) and combining it with Pay Evil unto Evil. Does a soldier shooting a child soldier still seem like an ultimate villain? And want to go all the way? Make the children creepy or, even better, make them Enfants Terribles and, this time, hurting said children will look much less as a Moral Event Horizon crossing, even though there will always be some Moral Guardians or Papa Wolf / Mama Bear to complain. This may also be done by a Complete Monster to establish that even a villain has lines s/he won't dare cross. Naturally, the Friend to All Children sees this type of character as a mortal enemy, unless they are a religious figure such as Jesus, in which case would be taking them to a better place anyhow.
In Western works, this trope is rare and almost always done off-panel when played straight (read: when the violence towards the child isn't being stopped in the nick of time and causes actual damage) largely due to broadcast standards; it's a little more common in literature but still not very much so. In Japanese fiction, child brutality can be more common but is often framed in a very specific way (again, to conform to their S&P) and has actually faded somewhat in the new millenium over content concerns.
Important Note: This trope is about adults physically hurting children, fatally or not. The following are not examples: slapping, spanking and general discipline from parents to their children (unless the child is at risk of death or serious injury as a result of such discipline, that's Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off), psychological/verbal abuse (very common but not that trope), abduction (only applies if the child dies or gets effectively hurt), child on child violence (that's Kids Are Cruel), exploitation for profit by the parents if they aren't hurt (that is Financial Abuse). Violence to teenagers, with the exception of some of those in their early teens, isn't an example either since teenagers are physically stronger than children and lack the "completely defenseless" element, especially if Teens Are Monsters. However, teenagers harming children applies. An exception to this rule is people that are mentally children or are mentally handicapped, even as teenagers or adults, but this is rare in media as handicapped people are usually shown in a positive light.
There is also an interesting Double Standard when it comes to characters applying for this trope, since they are almost Always Male. Rarely are women described as being physically violent to children. Even rarer are the instances when they actually kill them. Indeed, killing children is among the few things that permanently prevent a woman from a convenient High-HeelFace Turn. Extra points if the killing is done directly and at the woman's hands (i.e. stabbing, strangling etc...). Compare Pædo Hunt, another child abuse trope where female perpetrators are similarly unheard of.
A subtrope of Kick the Dog. Burn the Orphanage is a particular form of this. See also Child Hater, who hates kids but isn't necessarily physically abusive and Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!, which is often an extreme version. If they're not stopped in time by the heroes, this overlaps with Death of a Child. Contrast Improbable Infant Survival and Wouldn't Hurt a Child. Compare Kids Are Cruel, Children Are Innocent. Related to Eats Babies and Child Eater. Usually applies to the Sadist Teacher. If a villain who is quite capable of bothering adults prefers to spend his time as an antagonist for kids or teenagers, it's fair to say Pick on Someone Your Own Size.
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- Segata Sanshiro has been known to beat up teenagers who don't play enough Sega Saturn, though he draws the line at harming younger kids.
- The Apotheosis of Washington: The soldiers Freedom battles in are seen holding torches facing the direction of a small child who recoils away. While it seems like Freedom will stop them, the implication is that they are fully willing to burn a child alive if Freedom wasn't there to restrain them.
- Mike MacDonald, when he and his wife were trying to conceive a child, noted in his act he was going to do his best not to hit his kids, ever — unless, you know, they were coming at him with a knife or something.
I don't wanna be one of those liberal parents who gets stabbed to death by their kid while saying, "Son, I'm sensing hostility OH GOD!"
- One of Bernie Mac's punchlines in his act was threatening to beat his kids "till the white meat shows".
- Denis Leary, in a larger bit about celebrity entitlement, said that he was looking forward to beating the shit out of his kids.
That's therapy for you: mowin' the lawn while cryin'.
- In the The Question Volume 01 more than one of the villains are shown willing to hurt children. Victor's own parents abused him for years along with Stan Merkel who abuses his daughter and Boris Ebar who rapes a ten year old girl.
- In the A Rebel family Owen Lars is more then willing to hurt a child Luke Skywalker for just about anything he feels like and Beru while not physically abusing, is no better given she didn't even bother to help treat Luke's wounds.
- Barty Crouch Jr. both would and repeatedly did in The Parselmouth of Gryffindor. Not only hurt, but ruthlessly murder.
- In "Back to the Future Prequel", Hank kidnaps the six-year-old Marty, threatens to shoot him if he doesn't stop screaming for help, and eventually throws him into an icy lake.
- Despite emulating a children's show, Calvin and Hobbes: The Series' villains have no qualms about trying to hurt Calvin and Andy. Then again, Calvin can easily fight back and the most recurring villain is Stupid Evil. Nonetheless, standing out from all of this is a rather chilling quote from "The Night of the Living Television":
Electro: I wouldn't do that, Calvin, unless you want five million volts of electricity surging through you.
- Then there's Camp Nightmare, where the camp counselors eat little kids!
- Equestrylvania: Dracula's minions have no problem killing any foals they come across. But Marble really takes the cake — she poisons most of the foals taking refuge in the Ponyville hospital and says she'll only hand over the antidote if Twilight surrenders Dracula's rib.
- In the Dashverse story Hot Heads, Cold Hearts and Nerves of Steel, Sombra has his minions kidnap every foal in Ponyville and several other towns so he can drain their life forces to make himself stronger.
- His bushwoolie Mooks have no problem with harming foals, and the two that Pip, Alula and Dinky encounter try to eat them.
- The Stars Will Aid Their Escape: Herald rips out the CMC's souls (leaving them Empty Shells) and sticks them in a jar to use as leverage against the Princesses and Mane Six. And when he feels he doesn't need them anymore, he throws them off a waterfall (Rarity and Rainbow Dash save them).
- Hitman Miami: In mission (chapter) seven, 47 (the protagonist) needs to get money for his supermarket shopping. The only way is, apparently, garrotting children in the toy section and stealing their change.
- Armitage III fanfic Gods and Monsters features a female protagonist who is more than willing to kill children. Even the author called this out as being hard to pull off.
- In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, the Republic Intelligence Service conducts horrific experiments in attempts to cure The Virus, and they don't hesitate to use "younglings" (Star Wars speak for children) in their testing.
- Pages Of Harmony is another example of a female character putting this trope into effect - namely, Twilight Sparkle. She tortures and murders both Sweetie Belle and Spike. The worst part? The only reason they're harmed at that point is because Twilight fears that they'd find out about her plan to preserve harmony in Equestria by killing her friends to extract their Elements.
- Cupcakes also has a female protagonist accomplishing this. Pinkie Pie murders Diamond Tiara and Twist before doing the same to Rainbow Dash.
- Sweet Apple Massacre has Big Macintosh seeking peace and quiet. He succeeds in doing this by raping and murdering the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- In The Prayer Warriors, Jerry believes that children should have their hands cut off if they steal or lie, even if their families are starving. In The Titans Strike Back, Draco Malfoy leads a mob against the British royal family, with the intent of killing everyone, "men women children and all".
- Mass Effect Human Revolution:
- In this fic's version of Shanxi, human soldiers continuing to fight after General Williams's surrender led to General Arterius executing them, which led to their children picking up guns, which led to the Turians fighting back...
- The AIA's Blacklight commandos aren't above slaying children in order to Leave No Witnesses.
- Scorpan from The Warmistress of Equestria tears through a family of griffons (including three children) in order to get enough blood to contact his master. Worse, he says the victims should be thanking him for killing them, as it advances the final victory of Chaos.
- In the Danny Phantom Facing the Future Series, it is shown there are many, many villains who would definitely hurt a child.
- In the first fic Dark Danny causes an avalanche that nearly crushes a school bus full of children to distract Danny.
- In Stolen Years The Guys in White are all too eager to experiment on a de-aged Danny and Sam, and on Danielle.
- In Ancient History Ghost Tucker gleefully blasts Danielle out of the sky.
- Most of the villains in the Pony POV Series have no problem whatsoever with harming or even killing foals, with the only real exception being Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper.
- Reality Is Fluid: An Undine psi master shows Eleya images of Federation, Gorn, and Klingon warships, which Eleya knows to be Iconian fakes, bombarding Undine spawning pools and killing their hatchlings.
- The Matrix/Supernatural Hunting Series in part 3 - Hunting and Saving has vampires that in the past killed/drunk from kids and would have killed one of the future progtagonists if John hadn't been hunting that night.
- In "Dear Scootaloo", Feather Duster had no qualms about firebombing an orphanage and tossing foal Scootaloo off a cloud.
- Played horrifyingly straight with Tsali in Sonic X: Dark Chaos as a deliberate terror tactic. It's stated more than once that he slaughtered every single Seedrian he found down to the babies. In Episode 70, Trinity finds a recorded memory that Tsali saved for his own entertainment - which shows Tsali setting Seedrian children on fire and using their screaming husks as human shields. And Beelzebub ''really'' has a thing for kids...
- According to the background material, the Muslims also regularly rape and murder children for breaking Shariah law in their territories - including the developmentally and physically disabled.
- In I Against I, Me Against You, one poor filly ends up comatose after trying to welcome the Meta to her town.
- Granted, although it happens offscreen, it's implied that the filly merely got too close to the Meta's true target, and that it didn't exactly go out of its way to hurt her.
- Fallout: Equestria: Calamity has no problems shooting children who prove themselves as bad as the raiders. Unsurprisingly, this shocks Littlepip and Velvet Remedy the first time it happens to the point of starting a group argument over the situation.
- The Uplifted series features this in droves. Uplifted: Last Days features a disillusioned Waffen-SS Officer Joachim Hoch verbally abusing and manhandling a Jewish child he rescued from Buchenwald on a whim (considering the boy defied an order meant to keep him safe, it's somewhat understandable reaction) and accumulates with the horrifying murder of half a dozen children and their mother which Hoch considered family. Their home set on fire, all of their little bodies broken and hung on a single tree with signs on their necks proclaiming Hoch's betrayal of the National Socialists. The most agonizing part? they were dead before they even had a chance to save them. They had been murdered hours before his betrayal, before their father Gerald Langer made a deal to kill Hoch in exchange for their lives. Judging from the reviews, the author swiftly became a target of anger.
- Later in Uplifted:Arrival Hoch loses one of his last childhood friends to a Hitler youth kid who feigned surrendered. Hoch makes an example out of him by taking him to a public square and proceeded to carve a Swastika into the boys arm. and despite being a victim of seriously physically and emotionally Abusive Parents, he makes it quite clear he is a proponent of corporal punishment for misbehaving children and is not afraid to exchange his disciplines to quarian children, much to the horror of the more progressive minded quarians he's connected to.
- Mortal Kombat: Desperation: Raiden crosses the line when he mass-electrocutes the Lin Kuei, especially Sub-Zero and Frost, to a near-comatose state while killing off half of the clan - the worst part is that many of the dead or injured Lin Kuei were in their early teens.
- And when he orders the destruction of Li Mei's village, Elder Gods know how many innocent men, women and children were slaughtered in their sleep.
- In This Bites!, one of Hody's thugs tries to make a couple kids eat a Transponder Snail for listening to the SBS, or else he'll kill them. Fortunately, Jinbe steps in and says anyone who tries similar will answer to him.
- Shattered Innocence: In this darker retelling of "No Such Luck", Lincoln is abducted and murdered by the Royal Woods Stalker — a notorious Serial Killer who had accumulated a large number of child victims prior to Lincoln.
- Reaper, in the Overwatch fanfic Break My Heart, Break Your Heart, in keeping with his far scarier and way more violent portrayal. After murdering a former Talon agent and his wife in front of their two children, he takes the kids and indoctrinates them into Talon so that they essentially serve as his slaves.
- In Master Potter of Kamar-Taj, after Stephen admits that he has been teaching Harry sorcery, Mordo vows to find and kill him for the dishonor Stephen has brought to the craft.
- Miraculous Knight sees the Joker try to spray Ladybug with acid, Chole die after ignoring Batman telling her not to use her phone when the Riddler rigs it with a bomb, and the Joker rip the Ladybug Miraculous off Marinette's ears. Furthermore, the Joker killing Jason Todd is mentioned throughout and part of Adrien calling out his father on being Hawk Moth was bringing up Gabriel akumaitizing Manon.
- The End of Ends' own Count Logan wasn't a very good person to begin with, but in Friendship is Failure #10 he takes this trope to its most logical extreme by brutally ripping the head off of Flurry Heart. The reasons this scene was included are... best not brought up here.
- In the AU fanfic Dead Man Switch, after they taken Kim to be tortured, stripped and beheaded, the Lorwardians begin an annual tribute which 15 teenage girls are taken to be executed the same way. Word of God says the girls' severed heads were given to Lorwardia's elites as trophies, and develop a taste for human flesh. And this has been going on for 20 years before the start of the fic.
- Ladybug in a Half Shell: When Hun and the Purple Dragons encounter April with Adrien, Alya and Marinette...
Hun: Take them and make sure to hurt Ms. O'Neil in as many different ways you can think of.
- In My Little Pony: Nakama is Magic, the Franky Family beats up Spike for the Straw Hats' money.
- According to the Ed, Edd n Eddy Theory, Nazz was murdered by a serial killer along with her entire family. Kevin's Dad is also the cause of him being present in purgatory having beaten him to a bloody pulp in drunken rage.
- The Volatileverse: not only Joker murdered a seventeen-years-old Jason Todd, he's downright eager to repeat the performance with a thirteen-years-old Dick Grayson.
- Miraculous: Marinette's Predicament: You know Evillustrator is a much bigger threat than the first time when he kidnaps Louis and drops him from the Eiffel Tower.note
- Subverted in The Devil Does Care!, where Trevor tries taking Adrien because he believed that Vlad kidnapped him with the intent of eating him, while Vlad initially believed that he was going to kill Adrian because he was part-vampire.
- Mother cats in Warriors Redux are instinctively wary of letting their kittens around unknown males or males they don't trust. This is because many toms will kill kittens that aren't theirs.
- In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, the Sludge Villain who attempts to drown Izuku and Bakugou to use their bodies is this as per canon. Later on, the Ultra-Humanite has zero qualms with executing Izuku and dissecting his corpse.
- Rise from Darkness involves a corrupt politician requesting that Samus kill six people for him. This includes a prostitute he impregnated and the 6-year old son of another victim. None of the other's the politician asked would do such a hit, but Samus doesn't have the same moral issues as they do.
- A Brief History of Equestria:
- The Unicorn nobles who attacked then Prince Aurum's family killed the foals as well, and chased him down in order to finish him off. Luckily Star-Swirl the Bearded intervened.
- Talonhoof. He spends almost an hour beating a foal, not caring that she's dead, and enjoys it.
- Coil from Atonement would hurt anyone he needs to make his plans happen. A list of harmed minors:
- Dinah Alcott, the mayor's precognitive niece, who he addicted to drugs so she could answer questions for him.
- Amy Dallon, also known as Panacea, who he kidnapped with the intent of having her do what she could to fix Noelle (along with getting rid of the Empire 88 by blaming the kidnapping on Kaiser).
- Aster, Kayden's baby, kidnapped as leverage so Kayden wouldn't betray him.
- Hellsister Trilogy has Satan Girl, who has no qualms about killing little girls just because she is angry and they are conveniently nearby.
- In Crimson Dawn, the Imperium of Man has no problem of hurting children or killing them.
- Country music has approached the topic in several hit songs about child abuse. The video for Martina Mc Bride's "Concrete Angel" comes the closest to actually showing parent-on-child abuse on-screen - a young boy watches as shadows on a wall depict a woman (an actress shaking a stunt dummy) shaking her daughter viciously. "Alyssa Lies" by Jason Michael Carroll strongly implies that a young girl had been viciously beaten by her father.
- Formula 86 by Razakel. Allso Razakel's stage persona.
- In Monster Magnet's "See You In Hell", the protagonist reveals himself to be driven towards killing himself and his significant other, by the voice of the infant they killed and dumped in a landfill.
- WHIP YO KIDS featuring Nice Peter by Yourfavoritemartian. I'll punch a baby in the face just for cryin' on a plane.
- GWAR does this on occasion, an example happening in the climax of The Animated Tales Of GWAR.
- The Bible:
- King Herod did this in order to try to kill Jesus. It didn't work.
- Earlier, Pharaoh killed Hebrew sons to keep the Hebrews from becoming strong enough that in case of a war they could join the enemy and fight against Egypt. Fortunately for the Hebrews, Moses escaped slaughter.
- And God Himself kills the firstborn of Egypt as one of the Ten Plagues, as well as David and Bathsheba's firstborn. In his case, it's given the justification of Omniscient Morality License, which means that God would simply be taking them to a [[Heaven better place]].
- Regarding the death of David and Bathsheba's firstborn, Nathan the prophet strongly implied that had David not repented, David would have died, not his firstborn son (and the product of David's adultery with Bathsheba). Apparently, somebody had to pay with their life for David's sin and since David repented, the child had to pay. If David had more or less raped Bathsheba, that may be why she didn't pay with her life and why the child did.
- Some of the laws in the Old Testament requires parents to have their children stoned to death for being disobedient, however it is often interpreted that this is for those who are irredeemable, so one wouldn't stone a youth for simply acting out like a regular kid.
- Solomon seems willing to do this to a baby that two women both want custody over, but it was really a test to see which woman truly cared about the baby. One woman was fine with the "cut the baby in half" thing while the other was horrified by the suggestion.
- According to Book of Judges, the Canaanites are notorious for burning their children for their idols, resulting in God telling the Israelite to purge all of the gentiles in Canaan so they would not be tainted by idolatry, which they were punished for not doing so.
- In Samuel I, King Saul is ordered to exterminate the Amalekites: every man, woman, child, and animal. He is removed from God's favor when he disobeys by sparing the Amalekite King and by adding the Amalekite livestock to his flocks.
- Note however that such cases of war were not common, and the surrounding cultures were very corrupt, often putting children into fire alive for their idols.
- Many Greek myths punish a parent by slaughtering their children. Probably the best known example is Medea with the addition that the children in question were her own and their deaths were to get back at the philandering Jason.
- Norse Mythology:
- Gudrun kills her own children who she births, then feeds them to to Attila the Hun.
- Signe, sister of Sigemund (and therefore the aunt of Sigurd the Dragonslayer), is an even more cruel example. She casually offs the sons she bore with her husband, deeming them unfit. When she gives birth to her brother`s son, she willingly drives a needle through his arm, and he doesn´t blink. THAT is the son she deems to be fitting.
- Tuatha and Solvin from The Fallen Gods are both perfectly willing to fight and kill a child in episode 7. Flint, less so. To be fair, the child does want to kill and eat them.
- The guards in The Chimera Program arc of Cool Kids Table, despite being ordered to "subdue and contain" the escaping child experiments, are shooting to kill.
- Bryan Danielson threatened to backhand a girl flipping him off while he was cutting a promo in Ring of Honor. She started flipping him off again while he continued his promo, leading to him getting out of the ring to confront her, with the crowd chanting for her to "fuck him up".
- Melissa Coates slapped a boy booing prior to her challenging Mercedes Martinez for the WSU Title. Hailey Hatred went so far as to push over two adults then lift a little girl out her seat and throw her while in search of something to hit Martinez with.
- While many of the wrestlers of Wonder Ring STARDOM would not have been considered legal adults at the time, nine year old HARUKA being put against men near their physical prime like Kenny Omega took the cake. Ice Ribbon did similar with Riho, who was eight.
- Shadowrun: MegaCorps that want stable, loyal cyborgs have learned that children make the best candidates. HMHVV-infected are cannibalistic so it's assumed that they'll eventually eat children. Mr. Johnson may want your group to kidnap, hurt, or kill a target child for reasons he's unwilling to divulge.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The Dread Emperor, a villain introduced in the Splat book The Book of Vile Darkness, not only gladly hurts children, he uses this behavior to benefit him in the most selfish way. An imposing, two meter tall man in golden armor, the Dread Emperor keeps children chained to his armor at all times with any damage done to the Emperor himself transferred to the children via the armor's magic. An unrepentant Serial Killer, the Emperor uses these children as a bait for any heroes foolish enough to take him on and does not limit his hostilities to children; he will often destroy entire city blocks when he's a mind to. When a hero challenges him, the Dread Emperor feels no compunction slaying hundreds simply to kill a target or mentally enslaving any civilians nearby and using them to attack his opponent for him.
- Pale Night is a powerful demon lord who takes this Up to Eleven. Many eons ago, she tricked Morwell, the queen of the eladrin, into a vile pact that resulted in an entire generation of eladrin children being trapped in the Abyssal layer of Androlynne; since then, Pale Night and her forces have been hunting them down one by one at her leisure. To this day, armies of eladrin try to protect the children (who remain forever young due to the pact) and find a means for them to escape. Morwell's current consort Faerinaal leads the armies presently, and even though his predecessor (and the one before that one) perished doing so, less than a third of the children survive to the present day.
- The 4th Edition introduces hideous monsters called banderhobs who kidnap mortals, some of them actually taking children from their bed at night. (The illustration for the creature in the Monster Manual 3 shows one about to do just that.) Where they take their victims and what they do with them is a mystery.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Injun Joe is determined to kill Tom after he testifies against him.
- Rare Female Example occurs with Lady Macbeth. The violence is only implied, but at this point in the play, she seems perfectly capable of going through with it.
Lady Macbeth: I have given suck, and know
How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this.
- Not just implied with Macbeth, who has assassins murder Macduff's wife and young son. His wife is horrified by this, though not because of the children it screws up her political machinations. That said, those particular murders do feature among the things she mentions in the infamous sleepwalking scene.
The Thane of Fife had a wife; where is she now? What, will these hands ne'er be clean?
- The witches also mention using a dead baby in one of their spells, just to show how witches are evil.
- Rare Female Example occurs with Lady Macbeth. The violence is only implied, but at this point in the play, she seems perfectly capable of going through with it.
- In Pokémon Live!, Giovanni is perfectly willing to kill Ash with MechaMew2's Hyper Beam, and he engages him in a fistfight shortly before that.
- The Mrs Hawking play series: In part V: Mrs. Frost, the eponymous villain sends one of her men, Joe Quinn, after Nathaniel's children as a tactic to break him in captivity.
- Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights implied this with their 2010 haunted maze, The Orfanage: it's heavily implied that the entire house takes place after the orphanage has burned down and you're being assaulted by the ghosts of the children, with various imagery and audio hinting at various tortures that the children were put through by their caretakers until Cindy demonstrated her abilities and burned down the orphanage with all the kids trapped inside.
- Knott's Scary Farm features the Tooth Fairy, the main antagonist of the haunted attraction of the same name, who is obsessed with teeth and will break into the homes of children who have just lost teeth to violently kidnap them and take them to a realm of her own. There, she and her minions will brutally and painfully imprison and torture them, ripping out their intestines, bones, organs, and teeth until they are dead. She commands her minions to make things as horrific as possible, using massive drills, saws, hooks, and knives to mutilate and torment the innocent children.
- Kirei Kotomine of Fate/stay night rounded up all the surviving orphans of the Fuyuki Fire and cut off their limbs before sealing them in coffins that drained their prana. They were alive and aware for the entire ten years between the two wars.
- Zouken Matou has no issues with Shinji treating Sakura harshly or raping her. In fact, he has gone to significant lengths to break her psychologically.
- In Saya no Uta, Yousuke Suzumi dismembers his young daughter and rapes the young-looking Saya after getting the same type of Agnosia the protagonist suffers from.
- In ATOM GRRRL!!, this is revealed to be the case for Anna, upon a mother begging to leave during Dave's attempted robbery:
Anna: Did I fuckin' say you could talk? Just keep your head down, you old cunt.
Anna: And keep your brats quiet or I'll bring 'em down to Mexico and sell 'em! We're doin' business right now, so shut the hell up!
- This is attempted in the Yogscast Minecraft Series, specifically in Shadow of Israphel, when the titular antagonist hunts down the Antioch bloodline and murders Peculier's mother, later trying to target him and his sister Isabel as infants. This forces their father to make a Heroic Sacrifice and stop him.
- Carl from Llamas with Hats once created a machine for the specific purpose of crushing orphans to death. In the second episode, Paul also mentions him head butting children off the side of a sinking ship.
- The Lobo Webseries episode "Lobo for President" had the Main Man shoot an alien baby for peeing acid in his face.
- DSBT InsaniT: Dave has no problem with hurting Bear, Snake, Duck, and Balloon, who are the 4 "kids" of the main cast.
- The Order of the Stick:
- The ancient black dragon intended to kill Varsuuvius' children, and managed to hurt them before V showed up to stop her. She notes that people don't think anything of killing dragon young, such as when V killed her (young adult) son.
- Also applies in the prequel Start of Darkness when the paladins attack Redcloak's village, emphasizing their brutality. On seeing a teenaged goblin attempting to defend his even younger brother and sister, a paladin on horseback is gleeful at the opportunity to take out three in a row and use her great cleave feat. Redcloak's six-year-old sister is killed while trying to hide, and another mounted paladin chases down his little brother, blinds him in one eye, and attempts to kill him before Redcloak comes to his rescue.
- Sidekicks: In his introduction, Pluton was seen choking and killing a little girl, all with an creepily satisfied grin on his face. It's disconcerting to say the least.
- Mavra Chan in Terinu was shown onscreen beating the life out of the title character (when he couldn't even fight back) and in a flashback having him set upon by bloodsucking animal as part of this Training from Hell. Then there's Admiral Blake, who sends assassins after the 15-year old boy...
- In Strays, after the Stalker with a Crush killed the mother, he blames the child and goes to hurt.
- In Impure Blood, Roan was only a child when captured for the Gladiator Games.
- In Axe Cop Babysits Uni-Baby, Dinosaur Soldier summons two cyborgs to "punch (Uni-Baby) any time she would cry or make a ruckus." The usual implications of this trope are avoided in that Axe Cop and his partner are not evil, and are in fact the heroes of the story. The story was originally written by a 7-year-old who makes no distinction between children and adults, and considers the act of punching someone in the face to be fairly equal-opportunity.
- Charby the Vampirate is full of characters willing to murder, torture or eat children, it's how so much of the cast became undead children in the first place though special mention goes to Charby's sire who prefers to eat children over other humans and likes to Mind Rape his victims before drinking their blood and leaving them to die slowly.
- Kore in Goblins murders a child in the first scene he appears in. The child in question is an orphan who's been Raised by Orcs, and to Kore's twisted perception of good and evil, anyone who potentially has sympathy for the 'monstrous races' is guilty of evil through their passiveness.
- In Our Little Adventure, Angelika accidentally lights a school on fire while fireballing an Angelo's Kid. The kids flee the school and the Angelo Kid watches, thinking "Mmm, unarmored targets. That's pretty tempting."
- In Unsounded the Red Berry Boys, particularly their leader Starfish. They use human bodies as smuggling vessels, and are paid by the body. Starfish realizes they can stretch their product further by using smaller bodies.
- In Tales of the Questor, the Shaman and his minions would hurt a child. Give her Bad Dreams from it. They really shouldn't have made her cry.
- In Dragon Mango, it's one thing to seek revenge on Mango, and another to threaten Cherry.
- Dragon Ball Multiverse:
- Morris of Domain Tnemrot sucker punched a child in the stomach because she was annoying him. Laser-Guided Karma takes instant affect when the girl's Parental Substitute grabs the back of his head and smashes him face first into a table.
- In Luminary Children, Korocassia and Citore both even kill one.
- A fully grown man fights his way through the pack and scores a goal... in a youth league soccer game in this Biter Comics strip.
- Hector from The Story of Anima has no qualms dropping a little rabbit girl to her doom.
- Lothar Hex from Exterminatus Now; apparently, he once hid in an orphanage while on the lam, then gouged out the orphans' eyes so they couldn't identify him, and shot the youngest of them to make the rest go quiet.
- The Other from Girl Genius blasted her way onto the scene years before the start of the comic and killed Agatha's infant brother in the process. She and her followers also have no problem wasping children, which makes them her unknowing sleeper agent like slaves with only the illusion of free will or can turn them into mindless shambling zombie-like reverents.
- The Big Bad of We Are The Wyrecats has a...way with kids. That way tends to result in them dying, nearly dying, or watching somebody they care about die.
- Slightly Damned:
- Both angels and demons are very much guilty of this. Bodies of demon children litter the ground in Hell during the Great War. Denevol attacks and attempts to kill Buwaro simply for being a demon, and tries to kill Kieri for defending him. Lazuli sadistically tortures and brutalizes Kieri during the time she has her captive, and when Kieri defeats her and Talus (with the latter dying), she goes completely batshit and travels all the way to St. Curtis to murder her, despite Iratu's orders not to. Haury, Triska and Abyset were willing to kill the whole Sinclair family to get a very powerful potion set, including a 10-11 year old girl and an infant. Azurai brutally kills Sanjulo (Kazai's boyfriend) and assaults Kieri and Kazai in a blind rage, with full intention to murder them. Angel children are involved in sacrifices to bring demons to Medius, and at least one rogue angel is supporting Hell's army in doing so. This comic does not sugarcoat how utterly merciless both parties are; they can, will, and do hurt and kill children.
- Subverted with Azurai, who seems somewhat regretful of having "killed a kid" before (presumably Sanjulo). And even he seems disgusted at Moonshade for killing his daughter Rhea... and wanting to do it a second time.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: The votey for 2010-11-19 has God saying he would totally punch a kid, as per another child's prayer.
- Played for laughs. Word to the wise: don't try talking over Al.
- Ronald Dillinger, the child whom Doctor Dan (played by Al) hunted down and killed Ronald because he escaped life as a slave.
- In one of his Counter Monkey episodes, Spoony warns that if you ever DM a game, never put the players in a situation where they come across some orcs looking after orc babies. Because inevitably, someone won't want to kill the babies, but someone else will.
- Whateley Universe:
- The Mafiosi in "Mimeographic" who were perfectly willing to kill a twelve-year-old boy unless the kid attempted to commit murder for them.
- Also, Jared Reilley's father, who — once he decided for no rational reason that Jared might not be his son - tried to beat Jared to death with his bare hands. He only failed because Jared manifested as a mutant under the stress.
- All the villains from To Welcome Oblivion have no problem harming and/or murdering children without much care. Special mention goes to Rhett Talbot, who tried to rape Kaya when she was a young girl, cut off her arms, and massacred a playground of children, and Nyarlathotep, who brainwashed a cafeteria full of kids into eating each other.
- The Evil Overlord List recommends this as a way to stop would-be heroes:
If I learn that a callow youth has begun a quest to destroy me, I will slay him while he is still a callow youth instead of waiting for him to mature.
- Maximus Slade from T.O.T. has no problem psychologically tormenting, or even flat-out killing preteens and children for his own entertainment.
- None Too Holy has the Pijavica, who raped Aleksandar multiple times as a child, and came very close to massacring an entire orphanage.
- Coil has zero qualms about employing child soldiers, setting said child soldiers to kill teenagers, or in one case abducting a nine-year-old girl and addicting her to various drugs just so that he could use her powers for his own benefit.
- At one point, we are shown the aftermath of the Slaughterhouse Nine attacking a hospital, including the nursery.
- Taylor does this eventually when dealing with the Nine. They have kidnapped a child and without hesitation Taylor shoots the child in the face. Considering the laundry list of horrific things Bonesaw could have done to the child it's at least understandable, but killing her doesn't seem to bother them at all and it's only mentioned once shortly after.
- Toki is an odd example in that she usually didn't harm children, not while meaning to or otherwise in a psychotic fit, unless said child was Jaynine, in which case it was brutal.
- One guest researcher of the SCP Foundation actually introduced two children to SCP-682. one of whom was drugged, neither of whom survived, and he might have done it again had not Dr. Clef intervened by introducing the guest researcher to it. (To give an example of how horrible this act was that Dr. Clef killed him for, Dr. Clef's identity is not known; the most common theory is that he's Satan.)
Dr.Clef: It's not a child, Konny, it's a monster, the worst kind of monster, one that hides in plain sight, makes you love it before it butchers you alive.
- In one Tale, Dr. Clef caused a massive containment breach and killed several personnel in an attempt to kill SCP-239, an 8-year-old girl capable of manipulating reality. Justified as he made the attempt to terminate SCP-239 because she was afraid of him and her Reality Warper powers made that into reality. After she's put into a medically-induced coma and Clef is detained, he asks the interviewer if he's ever seen the show Gargoyles.
- On SCP-352: "While SCP-352 prefers any type of human flesh over any other type of meat, it appears to have a special propensity for children between 0 and 2 years of age. After observation of highly elevated levels of cooperation and a reduced tendency to attack staff while consuming flesh of this type, a possible alteration in the current diet is being considered."
- Some of the villains from the Legatum series have no problem with hurting or killing children. Special mention goes to Ogrell Syn'Gorrsh, who kidnapped twelve children and murdered seven of them—and he would've killed the other five had the Anti-Heroes not saved them in time.
- Assuming that the puppets are children, nearly all of the villains of the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared series.
- Sketchbook drives them insane in the first video, though it's unclear how intentional this was.
- Tony yells at them until Yellow Guy's ears bleed, then rots them alive to prove a point.
- The Monster in the HELP videos kidnaps them, rips off and packages their limbs and would've killed them outright had he not gotten as much money as he wanted.
- One of the Love Cultists rips off the top of Yellow Guy's head in the third. It's also implied that Shrignold raped Yellow Guy.
- Collin in the fourth video traps them in an alternate universe where all they can do is open doors over and over again for eternity. When Red Thing manages to escape, his head explodes, but it's unclear if Collin was responsible.
- The Food Band in the fifth video apparently tricks Yellow Guy into eating Duck Guy alive.
- The Lamp in the sixth drowns Yellow Guy in oil. Also, Roy is revealed to have been controlling all the previous teachers, making him an example as well.
- Ask That Guy with the Glasses loves killing and raping children.
- Not Always Right does have the occasional asshole who might attack a child when they flip out:
- This angry homophobic thug takes a swipe at a five year old for kicking him in the shins in response to his harassment of an employee. This response gets him tackled and held down by several people, and then arrested for assaulting a minor when he tries to sic the police on her.
- This guy raises his fist to a nine year old boy over a Christmas toy they're fighting for, but before he can do anything, the kid shows that he knows karate by laying the guy out and leaving him to run off humiliated.
- In season 9 of the Red Panda Adventures, recurring villainess Professor Zombie becomes consumed with Revenge Before Reason and goes from standard crime to concocting plots to cause as much carnage as possible. In one episode, she creates Frost, a drug based on her zombification formula and consistently described as being made for kids. In the following episode, she plans to use her zombie gas on a crowd watching a parade. She's ecstatic to learn that the Red Panda's efforts to combat her have inoculated a fifth of the city's population against her formula because most of those vaccinations were children who would not be turned into zombies while their parents would.