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"Tell your boy it's going to be all right, Gordon.
Lie, like I lied."

  • 22 July: Anders kills scores of teenagers at the summer camp. He later makes it clear to his lawyer that the victims were specifically chosen for their young age as a way to torment their parents for their left-wing beliefs.
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: On America's Vampire Monarch Adam's orders, his sister Vadoma infiltrates the Lincoln household in the White House during Abe's presidency to kill his little boy.
  • Air Bud: Norm Snively catches Josh on his property helping Buddy escape being tied up. Snively then gives chase in his truck, and comes close to running them both over.
  • Alien: The xenomorphs kill anything.
  • Annie: This is the difference between Miss Hannigan and her brother Rooster. When Rooster intends to throw Annie off a ferris wheel in a fit of rage, Miss Hannigan chases him down yelling at him to leave her alone because "She's just a baby".
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  • Assassins: Invoked by Miguel Bain when he prepares to snipe a nearby girl playing football to make his rival Robert Rath back down, knowing that he holds the opposite view.
  • A little girl who didn't get the flavor of ice cream she wanted in the '76 Assault On Precinct 13 infamously ends up with a bullet in her chest from the White Warlord, who'd just killed the truck's driver.
  • In Batman (1989), Jack is perfectly happy to gun down young Bruce as well as his parents, and is only stopped by the insistance of his partner.
  • Batman Returns: The Penguin crosses the Moral Event Horizon when he tries to have every firstborn son of Gotham City, including very young children and babies, kidnapped and drowned in the sewer as revenge for his parents having tried to do the same to him long ago for being different.
    Henchman: Penguin... I mean, killing sleeping children. Isn't it that a little, uh...
    Penguin: (kills him) No! It's a lot "uh"!
  • Nibbio and Testamento from Beautiful People (2014) have no qualms about killing a teenage girl.
    • The soldiers at the end of the movie find the Pontecorvo's youngest son, take him around the back, and shoot him.
  • Big Game: Morris has no problem punching a thirteen-years-old Oskari in the face and would likely deliver him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown if Moore didn't stand in his way, taking the beating for the boy.
  • Black Cougar: The villains of the movie are kidnapping children across the neighbourhood to sell them in a Sex Trafficking ring. Also, they will murder any witnesses, regardless of their age.
  • Blood of the Tribades: When the priests see the baby of the woman they just killed is a girl, they leave her to die.
  • In A Blueprint for Murder, Black Widow Lynne has no compunctions about poisoning her two stepchildren.
  • The Bold Caballero: On Isabella's birthday, the Commandante has a group of prisoners led into the bullring with their hands tied behind their backs and their feet hobbled: to die at the horns and hooves of the bull if Zorro does not reveal himself. One of the prisoners is a child. Isabelle is rightly disgusted and horrified at this, and demands that the Commandante at least release the child. he refuses, gloating that the child is necessary to the trap, as there is no way Zorro could refuse to appear to rescue a child. He then releases the bull into the ring.
  • Duguay's Boot Camp is about one of the very real "Tough Love" camps that parents send their misbehaving kids to for rehabilitation. Over the course of the movie, the teens get abused and brainwashed, one boy drowns, a girl gets raped and three kids almost get shot. A message during the credits mentions that the real camps had about 40 kids dead and an unclear number abused and/or traumatized by the time they got outlawed.
  • Bradley's Summer: Notable for being made by kids, so naturally the taboo against hurting them doesn't hold. The bad guys hold a knife to a girl's threat, then later hold a gun to a kid's head.
  • The Cabin in the Woods has the organization behind the monsters. Their Kyoto branch, invoking J-Horror tropes, has unleashed a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl into a class of nine-year-old schoolgirls. Amazingly, the children manage to contain her with no casualties, despite that branch previously having a 100% success rate, leading the organization director to ask "How hard is it to kill nine-year-olds?"
  • Cape Fear: Max Cady spends the entire movie plotting to rape a little girl, and he almost succeeds at the end.
  • Carved 2018: The pumpkin has no qualms about murdering children, seeing as it decapitated the daughter of the family and carved her head into a jack-o-lantern. He also gets ready to attack a trio of trick-or-treaters at the end of the film.
  • Children of the Corn (1984): Said children have been brainwashed into thinking anyone over 19 should be killed. Burt and Vicky mostly attack the older children but the ending has a hilarious moment where they knock out a girl no older than eight (she was coming at them with a scythe).
    Burt: Should we do something for her?
    Vicky: Let's send her a get-well card from Seattle.
  • Cold Sweat: Katanga threatens to shoot Joe's 12-year-old daughter first if she and her mom try and escape.
  • Come Out and Play: As with the characters in Who Can Kill a Child?, which it is a remake of, the protagonists are forced to this as the children are all killers.
  • Cyrus the Virus from Con Air has Poe at gunpoint and tells him this:
    Cyrus: Before I kill you, Poe. I just wanted you to know the last thing that little Casey Poe ever gets to smell will be my. stinking. breath!
  • In Cradle of Fear, the Serial Killer Kemper used to rape, murder and eat children (probably in that order). Inspector Neilson says that he doesn't know how many children Keller killed, but he is certain it is far more than the number he was tried for.
  • In Creepshow, Billy's father slaps him across the face for reading horror comics (and talking back).
  • Crooked House: The murderer makes two attempts to kill the 12 year old Joesephine. It is actually Joesephine herself.
  • The Crow: City of Angels: Kali (Rare Female Example), The Dragon to Judah Earl, kills Ashe's very young son without batting a lash.
  • Cruel and Unusual: Julien drowned his children to punish their mother for something.
  • Cry Freedom: The South African police put acid on some T-shirts trying to promote black activist Steve Biko, and send them to the main character's family. The children put them on and are burned, though they eventually recover. They also gun down unarmed black children just for peacefully protesting.
  • The Dark Knight: Two-Face flips a coin to decide whether or not to shoot Gordon's son.
  • The Day of the Locust: Homer Simpsonnote  ends up trampling Enfant Terrible Adore Loomis to death after the boy throws a rock at him, snapping him from a Heroic BSoD straight to his Rage Breaking Point.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Man of Steel: During his final rampage, General Zod ends up in an arm lock by Superman and starts using his Eye Beams to try frying a human family, including children. Superman has no choice but to Neck Snap him to stop him.
    • Justice League / Zack Snyder's Justice League: Some terrorists hold a group of people, including school children, hostage and set up a bomb next to them. When Diana/Wonder Woman shows up and gets rid of the bomb, the terrorists' leader immediately tries to gun everyone down, children included. Fortunately, Wonder Woman is fast enough to block the bullets.
    • SHAZAM!: Dr. Sivana shows how far he's willing to go to get the power of the wizard Shazam:
      • When he captures Billy's foster siblings, he orders one of the demons inhabiting his body "Kill the little girl!", the only reason why the demon didn't eat Darla, a girl no older than eight, is because Billy/Shazam relented.
      • During the fight in the Christmas village, Sivana gets a hold of Billy and hold his head underwater, so that he can't say the word Shazam, and transform into his superhero persona. He's only able to do so because Mary, one of his foster siblings distracted Sivana for long enough for Billy to get his head out of the water.
    • In Birds of Prey, everyone who's after the Bertenelli diamond_including Big Bad Roman Sionis_wants to cut open 12 year-old Cassandra Cain after she swallowed it.
    • In The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker pretends that he "cherishes peace with all [his] heart", and that it doesn't matter how many men, women and children he'll have to kill to bring peace.
  • Deerskin: George throws a rock at a child who was staring at him.
  • The miners in the beginning of Deewaar have no qualms about abusing and forcibly tattooing a little boy.
  • Dennis the Menace: When Switchblade Sam takes Dennis hostage, he plans to use him as a Human Shield and then when he gets fed up with him, tries to kill him with his knife.
  • The Devil's Backbone: Jacinto threatens and harms the children of the orphanage. He threatens Carlos by cutting his cheek with a knife, and that's the least of his offenses. He drowned an injured boy because he feared he will be blamed, and ultimately blows up the orphanage, killing some and injuring many children just to get to open a safe.
  • Diamonds on Wheels: Jock knocks out Charlie (off-screen) before stuffing him in the boot of Mercer's car.
  • From Dick Tracy: Steve the Tramp certainly would, but he finds out quickly that Tracy does not like guys who beat up kids. Nor is Steve very good at standing up to someone who can fight back, it seems.
  • Dirty Harry: The Scorpio Killer, a psychopathic criminal whose mere existence seems to be to rob, kill, extort ... whatever, and humiliate San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan in the process, has no qualms about using violence against children. In one scene, he shoots a young African American boy (offscreen); in another, he kidnaps a young teen-aged girl, rapes her, and buries her alive (before daring Callahan to find the girl, all for his own amusement). Later, he holds hostage a school bus full of children and ... when several of them refuse to sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" he slaps them hard (including at least one girl and two boys). In the climactic scene, Scorpio holds a young boy hostage and threatens to kill him if Harry refuses to surrender; however, Callahan sees an opening and shoots Scorpio, badly wounding but not (instantly) killing him.
  • After Mina rises from her grave as a vampire in Dracula (1979), her first order of business is to feast on the blood of a baby of one Dr. Seward's patients. To drive in further the horror of the deed, poor boy's bloodless corpse is shown in a closeup.
  • Rabid Cop Christini in Dobermann. As an interrogation technique, he gives Oliver's infant son a live grenade to play with. Earlier, he threw the child across a room without really caring if his partner was there to catch it or not.
  • In Dracula Untold, Mehmet demanded a thousand boys to use as "soldiers" for their war, and planned to use brutal methods to train them, including making them fight to the death and use the survivors.
  • The Dry: As well as Luke and Karen Hadler, their young son Billy is gunned down during the family massacre, although the killer draws the line at killing their infant daughter Charlotte, because Charlotte is too young to be a witness.
  • The Eagle (2011): Both Marcus and the Seal Prince kill boys in the film. Marcus to stop him bringing other Rogue Warriors, the Seal Prince as the punishment for betrayal (the boy is his son in fact).
  • The 2019 horror film Eli has Dr. Horn, a religious extremist who runs a treatment center for "sick" children. The children aren't actually sick, but were fathered by Satan, and while otherwise normal, are beginning to develop special powers. It's revealed that she's been killing every child at the facility in the third stage of treatment, after the initial treatment was deemed a failure.
  • The setting of Evil Laugh used to be an orphanage until its caretaker Martin killed all the children when he was accused of molesting them.
  • The whole film Evilenko revolves around a serial killer who targets children. This was based on a real child killer from the former Soviet Union, but rather loosely. For one thing, Evilenko has unexplained hypnotic powers.
  • Eyewitness (or Sudden Terror in the US): The film is about a young boy (Mark "Oliver Twist" Lester) who witnesses an assassination, and the assassins will kill anyone in their path to get him - including our hero's friend Ann-Marie, a little girl around his age.
  • Face/Off: Though Castor Troy didn't intend to kill Archer's son in the carousel sniping instead of Archer, he's not really remorseful either, only looking bored when he attends Michael's grave with Eve. Plus, he is perfectly willing to aim a pistol at Sasha while his own child is in her arms (although there is no evidence that Castor knew Adam was his son). Heck, it's possible Castor might have been trying to hit Adam on purpose if he wasn't trying to off Sasha for talking to Archer. He'd also planted a chemical WMD to level Los Angeles, which certainly would have killed lots of children.
  • Fatal Termination: During the kidnapping attempt on the protagonist's daughter, the henchmen carrying out the hit grabs the child by her hair and lifts her (a six-year old girl) a couple of feet off the ground as their escape vehicle sped off, clearly hurting the child and nearly killing her. Later on in a hostage exchange gone wrong, the protagonist tries to save his family, succeeding in rescuing his wife but his little daughter gets shot by the Big Bad in the process without batting an eye.
  • The Fate of the Furious: Cipher threatens to kill Dom's baby to force him to betray his team and work for her. Even the Shaw brothers, who also hated Dom, were horrified by this.
  • Final Destination: There's a baby onboard the plane that Death blows up in the first movie.
  • Final Destination 2: Death crushes a young teenage kid under a plate glass window.
  • In For a Few Dollars More: El Indio ordering his men to kill a baby, setting the tone for how horrible he really is.
  • Free Guy: Guy ends up saving a little girl NPC by moving her out of the way before she gets hit by a truck. This suggests that not only is killing children possible in the "Free City" game the movie takes place in, but that none of the players ever give it a second thought.
  • Freddy Got Fingered: Played for "laughs" in a scene where Gordon (Tom Green in the key "protagonist"(?) role) takes the umbilical cord of a newborn baby and - while still attached to the infant - twirls him around like a toy, as though it would do no harm.
  • Full Metal Jacket: The machine gunner in the helicopter is asked by Joker how he can shoot women and children. He misinterprets the question (probably deliberately).
    Gunner: Easy! Ya just don't lead 'em so much!
  • Fury: When the titular tank, and the rest of the armored column set off for their destination, a a pair of Volkstrum soldiers pop out and shoot a rocket at one of the tanks, killing the crew. "Wardaddy" Collier jumps out and guns them down before they get too far, and discover they were two preteen Hitler Youth members. He goes back to the Fury and angrily berates Norman for not shooting them, and when Norman justifies it by saying they were kids, Collier slaps him saying that he should kill anyone who looks suspicious, including children.
  • Ghost in the Machine: The killer starts the movie by murdering a whole family, tries to kill Terri's adolescent son Josh multiple times, and at one point even attempts to murder an infant.
  • Ghost Ship. The two murderous crewmen and by extension, Ferriman, during the mass murder montage on the Graza have no qualms towards killing Katie, a scared young girl.
  • Godzilla:
    • All Monsters Attack: Gabara's main victim on Monster Island is Godzilla's son.
    • Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla: Likewise with Spacegodzilla. What is the first thing he does when he comes to Earth? He attacks and torments the first thing he sees, Little Godzilla.
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019):
      • King Ghidorah, upon finding Madison inside Fenway Park, immediately devotes his energy and attention to rooting her out of the stadium's indoor facilities and then killing her with extreme prejudice, either because he's pissed at her for using the ORCA to disrupt his global control over the other Titans or just because he's that vicious. What's more, Ghidorah goes out of his way to kill Madison using all three heads' Gravity Beams true to his tendency towards sadistic overkill, and he actually manages to break the ORCA and cut off its signal once Madison's rooted out but he then sets about atomizing her anyway.
      • It's barely hinted at in the movie, but in the official novelization, Alan Jonah twice threatens Madison himself. First, when she snaps at him ("Bite me, dickhead!"), he puts his hand on his gun holster and tells her to be careful what she wishes for; then later, to cement Emma into obeying him, Jonah casually instructs one of his men to slit Madison's throat if Emma takes one step out of line.
    • See the Comic Books page for another MonsterVerse example.
  • The Goonies: The Fratellis, a family of mobsters, have no problem rubbing out anybody who uncovers their criminal schemes, including children. But none of them show this as much as Child Hater Mama Fratelli: when the Fratellis successfully kidnap one of the eponymous Kid Heroes, she threatens to puree his hand in a blender if he doesn't tell them where the others are and is more than ready to go through with it. Later on, the Fratellis catch the Goonies on One-Eyed Willy's pirate ship and Mama proves to have no problem forcing children to Walk the Plank.
  • The Hard Way: The Party Crasher, whose previous victims include a four-year old.
  • In Headless Horseman, Calvin Montgomery was a child murdering Satan worshiper before being killed and resurrected as the Headless Horseman.
  • Hellraiser: Bloodline: Pinhead decides to torture John Merchant's son to compel him to undo his designs that could destroy the Cenobites.
  • Hercules (2014): Cotys threatened to kill his own grandson so that he could get his daughter's cooperation. Later, he cruelly has the boy dragged about by the hair, preparing to slit his throat.
  • Heroic Trio: The Big Bad is kidnapping babies in order to raise an evil army. At one point, he pretty randomly kills a baby.
  • Hocus Pocus: The witches murder a child, turn another one into a cat, and the whole plot is driven by their intention to murder every other child in the town.
  • Home Alone (the first movie): Harry and Marv repeatedly threaten to kill Kevin, and would have managed it at the end if Marley hadn't stopped them. In the second Home Alone movie, Harry has a gun at Kevin's head and is about to do him in once and for all (right before the pigeon lady distracts the crooks by dousing them with birdseed and letting the pigeons do the rest).
    Harry: I never made it to the sixth grade, kid. And it doesn't look like you're gonna, either.
  • Hotel Rwanda: During the Rwandan Genocide, the Hutu extremists have no restraint towards any Tutsi children they find. One particularly haunting moment is a Red Cross worker tearfully recalling how she was Forced to Watch as the Hutu butchered Tutsi children, and one little girl pleaded "Please don't kill me! I promise I won't be Tutsi anymore!" The Hutu killed the girl anyway.
  • The House That Dripped Blood: In "Sweets for the Sweet", John slaps his daughter across the face while he teacher stands by; shocked, but doing nothing. (This is possibly a case of Values Dissonance as it might have been seen at the time as a parent disciplining his child.)
  • The Island (1980): When Justin refuses to drink from the goblet Nau offers him, Nau shoves shoves him violently to the ground.
  • James Bond:
    • Octopussy: A renegade and sociopathic Russian general, General Orlov plans to invade Western Europe by nuking a US military base in West Germany by using Octopussy's circus as a cover. He isn't bothered by the fact that thousands of civilians, including children, would die as a result.
    • In Spectre, the audience gets to hear a progress report about the success of SPECTRE's Sex Slave operations, and how many women and children they've forcibly placed so far. Even 007, who had infiltrated the meeting to gather intel on SPECTRE's leadership, looked visibly disgusted by how casually they were discussing about the progress reports on their illegal activities. Their foray into such barbaric crimes against humanity is what forced Mr. White to resign from SPECTRE.
  • Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter: At the start of the movie, the Frankensteins have already killed three village children in the course of their experiments.
  • Jojo Rabbit : The Nazis have no compunctions at using the Hitler Youth in combat roles, knowing it will get them injured or killed. Similarly, the Soviet soldiers at the end want to shoot Jojo and other Hitler Youth boys (he's spared, the rest aren't).
  • Jonah Hex: Several of the villains. Quentin Turnbull deliberately waits until some unsuspecting families come up to his bombs before detonating them.
  • Kick-Ass:
    • Frank D'Amico in the final showdown with Kick Ass (a teenager) beats him up.
    • Also done to Hit Girl by her own father (it was just training).
  • Kid Detective (2020):
    • Abe, the titular protagonist (no longer actually a kid), learns that some high school drug dealers gave him deliberately false info as a joke. He then beats up their ringleader, and when the kid incredulously asks if it makes Abe feel like a big man to beat up a kid, Abe says that it does.
    • For a darker example, the movie involves the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl, later revealed to have been abducted, raped and held captive by her high school principal.
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space: An Affectionate Parody of movies like The Blob (1958) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a moment of true suspense occurs when one of the klowns tries to lure a young girl out of a burger joint so it can kill her. Luckily, her mother steps in at the last minute and saves her.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: Under the influence of the Hate Plague, Michelle tries to murder her infant daughter.
  • Last Action Hero: "I've killed boys younger and smarter than you."
  • The Lineup has Ax-Crazy Villain Protagonist Dancer, who in the second act is a hop and a skip away from murdering a little girl after he finds out that she used the heroin he wanted to powder her priceless Japanese doll's face, and in the climax attempts to use her as a human shield to get away from the police.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Jadis in the Battle of Beruna. She stabs Edmund when he smashes her wand and duels with Peter with the full intent of killing him. Overall Jadis's whole plan involves killing the children.
    • Zig-zagged for Tumnus: being in Jadis's employ, he begins with a plan to kidnap Lucy, but he finds he's unable to go through with it and instead sneaks her back to the portal back to Earth. This is not truly a subversion, though, as neither Lucy nor the audience realizes that he had been kidnapping her until he's already doubled back on that plan.
  • Long Pigs: Anthony has eaten a kid before, and the only thing stopping him from doing so again is the heat missing kids bring.
  • Looper: Much of the plot revolves around Old Joe finding and killing kids he thinks might grow up to become the future leader of the criminal organization he used to work for, and Young Joe trying to protect one of those kids.
  • Lucky Number Slevin: Mr. Goodkat was brought in for one last job in New York City because nobody else, not even the rest of the muscle, would accept the assignment of killing a kid. He could not do it, either, and he wound up raising the child and helping him take revenge.
  • Malice: It's revealed that Tracy got pregnant for the sole purpose of miscarrying and therefore looking even more sympathetic to the jury in her medical malpractice case—she's suing her surgeon for removing a healthy ovary, thus causing her not only to miscarry but robbing her of her chance to ever have children of her own. The viewers soon learn that she and the doctor are in on the scam together, and when her estranged husband threatens to reveal their scheme, she plans to kill the child who he claims has witnessed her and the doctor's nefarious activities
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man: Iron Monger/Obadiah Stane tries to hurl a van with children in it at Iron Man during their fight. He had enough time to notice there were kids in the bus before he threw it; he just didn't care.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger: When interrogating the church keeper during the beginning of the film, Red Skull threatens to kill everyone in his village if he doesn't tell him where the Tesseract is, including his potential grandchildren.
    • Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy personally killed Drax's wife and daughter in cold blood. And laughed.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: The titular Ultron uses a Quinjet to shoot at Hawkeye and a child whom the latter was protecting, but they were saved by Quicksilver's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Ant-Man: After Darren Cross'/Yellowjacket's plans have been foiled, he flies to Scott Lang's house and attempts to take his daughter hostage to draw him out.
    • Peter Parker, being in his mid-teens, naturally endures this trope from many bad guys.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Ego the Living Planet killed thousands of his own offspring when they failed to inherit his godlike powers, stopping only when it turns out that Peter did. Buried deep inside the planet is a literal mountain of children's skeletons, which Gamora and Nebula discover. It is bar none the most terrifying example ever seen in the MCU.
    • Thor: Ragnarok: Hela sics her zombie warriors on the citizens of Asgard during the film's climax. It's painfully obvious she had no intention of sparing even the children.
    • Black Panther (2018): Killmonger's plan on assuming the throne is to launch a brutal campaign of slaughter against white people, explicitly saying it would include their children.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Ghost decides to kidnap Scott's daughter to force him to comply. Subverted when her only ally puts his foot down and says in no uncertain terms that she is not allowed to do that. Ghost ends up finding another way.
    • Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War is completely unbiased in which half of the universe has to die in order to stop the oncoming Overpopulation Crisis. This includes children.
      • Thanos makes for an interesting example however, as he does genuinely like kids. This is shown in the scene where he adopts (read: abducts) little Gamora, treating her like any adult would treat a lost child looking for their mom. Well, at first.
    • Played for Laughs in Avengers: Endgame, where Rhodey nonchalantly suggests that the best solution to restore the universe by going back in time is to strangle Baby Thanos to death. Even Bruce is understandably horrified by this.
    Rhodey: If we can do this — you know, go back in time — why don't we just go find Baby Thanos? You know, and... (makes expressions with his hands to suggest asphyxiating him with a rope)
    Bruce: First of all, that's horrible!
    Rhodey: It's Thanos!
  • The Matrix Revolutions:
    • This trope is how Kid convinces Captain Mifune to overlook the fact that he's too young to serve in the military:
      Kid: The Machines don't care how old I am; they'll kill me just the same.
      Mifune: (sighs sadly) Ain't that the goddamned truth...
    • It is heavily implied that Smith assimilated Sati.
  • Men in Black had the man who would be "Agent Jay" shoot a target that looked like a little girl named "Tiffany." Jay quickly points out the school books "Tiffany" is holding are WAY too advanced for her to be studying (one is "Relativity" and another is "Quantum Physics") and she could be up to something (and thus be an alien in disguise). Zed shakes his head and leaves, but Kay rags that Jay was right.
  • Mercenaries from Hong Kong: Madam He Ying, the Manipulative Bitch antagonist of the picture, had no qualms kidnapping one of the titular mercenaries' child - an 8-year-old Ill Girl suffering from a blood diesease - to force the mercenaries out of hiding. And when things doesn't go her way, she ruthlessly orders a moon to shoot the child without batting an eye.
  • Miss Meadows: Skylar and the priest are both child molesters, who naturally count automatically.
  • Moonwalker: The bad guy, Mr. Big, is pushing around and slapping a girl right in front of Michael Jackson simply to piss him off.
  • None of the bad guys in The Mountie have any problem with hitting Cleora, or using her as a Human Shield. And Amethyst tells Grayling how Olaf threw her newborn child overboard on the voyage over because he could stand the shame of her bearing a Cossack baby.
  • The Mummy Returns: Ankh-Su-Namon threatens to put poisonous snakes in Alex's bed and Lock-Nah actually does stab his hand and only misses because Alex is wearing the bracelet of Anubis. He always manages to escape serious damage, but there's still plenty of evidence that evil does not have standards here.
  • Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Prior to his death by fire, he was a serial killer who targeted little kids. Continued his killing ways after his death, now targeting mostly teenagers.
    • In fact, Freddy vs. Jason opened with him murdering a little girl in his boiler room. There's a Gory Discretion Shot as we hear her scream, but much later the girl appears in Final Girl Lori's dreams with her eyes gouged out. The same film reveals that Freddy's hell is being surrounded by the photos of past victims and being tormented by the fact that he can't kill more children. Freddy is so evil that this is the worst punishment Hell could inflict upon him.
    • This is made double by the fact that Freddy was intended by Wes Craven to not only be a child murderer, but also a child molester. The remake goes more in depth on this than the original series, however.
  • Night Nurse has Nick and a doctor slowly starving two little girls, so they can get their trust fund money.
  • The Night of the Hunter: Reverend Powell threatens his stepchildren with torture in order to find out where they hid the money their dad had stolen in a bank robbery. He would have done it, too, if they hadn't escaped. The worst part? He wasn't just going to torture them. He was going to torture them in front of each other so that one of them would spill the beans in order to get him to stop torturing the other.
  • Omen III: The Final Conflict: A now-grown Damien (Sam Neill) gets his followers to kill all babies born on a certain date, in order to stave off the Messiah. These followers include Scouts ("We're here to do our good deed for the day") and a priest who drowns a baby (offscreen) during a baptism.
  • Once Upon a Time in the West: One of the earliest evil deeds Frank does is kill a child. He doesn't plan to, but when they find the boy, one of his men ask him what they're going to do. Frank's response, as he takes his gun out: "Well, now that you've called me by name..."
  • In Our Friend Power 5, The Shark Gang's first act on Earth is to shoot and kill some children they come across in the forest.
  • Paddington: Millicent has no problem with killing the entire Brown family, including the children.
  • Pan's Labyrinth: Captain Vidal who fatally shoots his 12 year old stepdaughter in the stomach, which makes his comeuppance right afterwards even more satisfying.
  • Perfect Assassins: Greely kidnaps children and tortures them into becoming assassins who kill themselves afterwards.
  • Peppermint:
    • The gunmen who killed Riley North's family were no more bothered by killing her daughter than they were the husband that was the actual target of their drive-by shooting.
    • Diego Garcia doesn't show any hesitation or remorse about threatening to kill a homeless child to lure Riley out of hiding.
  • Pete's Dragon (1977): The Gogan clan make this clear in their opening number, singing about torturing and killing Pete after he escapes from their clutches.
  • In The Phenix City Story, the mobsters kill the young daughter of one of John's friends and dump the body on his lawn in order to intimidate him.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Cutler Beckett. And it's a short drop. With a sudden stop.
  • Zigzagged with Count Rugen from The Princess Bride. After he killed Indigo's father, he wasn't rotten enough to kill the ten-year-old Indigo or injure him seriously when the boy challenged him, but he did give Indigo two permanent scars on his cheeks, just to "teach him a lesson", as he later described it.
  • The Professional: Norman Stansfield and his crew kill Mathilda's young brother off-screen.
  • ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (Translation: "Who can kill a child?"): The entire premise of this 1976's infamous Spanish horror film. A subversion, in a way, since the Kids Are Evil, of course - and how.
  • The Raid: One of the SWAT troopers shoots a young lookout in an attempt to stop him blowing their cover. Unfortunately, it fails.
  • Rampage: Capital Punishment concludes with Bill, after successfully orchestrating another rampage and getting away with it, giving a gun to a random little girl and telling her to kill her parents and then herself.
  • In The Rawhide Terror, Brent beats his stepson Jimmy hard enough that he requires serious medical attention.
  • The Real Macaw: Dr. Lance Hagen, after stealing the pirate treasure from Sam, throws him out of his boat, intending to Leave No Witnesses.
  • The Redwood Massacre: In a flashback, the original killer of the Redwood murders killed his own children.
  • Richie Rich: The villains are more than willing to shoot children, turn them into bedpans and blast them with lasers.
  • Riot Girls: Fish, a pre-teen boy, gets killed by a Titan even after Caine did exactly what the guy wanted.
  • Road to Perdition: Connor Rooney tries to murder his father's enforcer's elder son and murders the younger one instead, along with the boys' mother.
  • In Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt, Romasanta shows no qualms about murdering children.
  • Rōnin: Gregor will kill anyone, and his onscreen victims range from a teenage girl to an old man. At one point he tries to shoot a young girl to prove the point.
  • Rumble in the Bronx, some mooks beat the shit out of a little boy in a wheelchair.
  • Se7en: The Sloth victim is established as being a drug-dealing child molester. As such, upon finding his almost lifeless body, the police have little to no sympathy for him.
    California: You got what you deserved.
  • Serenity: As he flat out informs Mal, the Operative is not above killing children. When the characters return to Haven, they find everyone there dead in the aftermath of the attack he ordered. Driving home the horror of it, Kaylee comes across a dead little boy that she had played with on previous visits. The Operative is under no delusions that ordering and carrying out this kind of slaughter is anything short of a Moral Event Horizon (though probably not his first nor his worst), but he also sincerely believes the things he does (and he himself) are Necessarily Evil.
    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: I don't murder children.
    The Operative: I do. If I have to.
  • A Serious Shock! Yes Madam!: The Dark Action Girl and False Friend who antagonizes the main characters eventually straps a bomb on a child to intimidate the main characters.
  • Silent Hill: In both the original film and its sequel a major element of the back story includes a group of cultists burning a small child alive. The age of the child and the reason behind the attempted murder differ between the two films, thanks to a Retcon intended to keep the second film closer to the video game series, but both are examples of this trope..
  • Silent Night: One of the victims is bitchy tween, who gets electrocuted with a cattle prod, then impaled with a fire poker.
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999) (Tim Burton's): The Headless Horseman is sent to murder the midwife of the town and her family. He gets the dad right away and the midwife hides her young son under the floor to protect him. She's killed next. The Horseman seems about ready to walk away...before stabbing his sword into the floor. The next scene shows him dropping something into his sack as he leaves the house.
    • Another scene involves an autopsy of one of the female victims. When examining her abdomen, they notice a strange stab wound. It turns out the Horseman also beheaded her fetus.
    • Averted in a flashback scene where the Headless Horseman merely shushes the Archer girls rather than kill them.
  • In Something Wicked The main character runs over her sister-in-law and her recently Happily Adopted daughter because they were loose ends in her revenge plot.
  • Spider-Man: The Green Goblin sets an apartment complex on fire, nearly killing a baby in the process. He then later breaks the cable on a lift car housing a group of school children in order to present Spider-Man with a Sadistic Choice. He lets go of the cable, leaving the car to fall and crash. When Spider-Man grabs the cable, the Goblin attempts to beat him until he drops it.
  • In Starkweather, Caril Ann bashes her kid sister in the face with a shotgun butt.
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: A group of Jedi younglings turns to Anakin Skywalker for aid during the raid on the Jedi Temple, unaware that Anakin is the one leading the raid. Cue the ignition of Anakin's lightsaber.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Judge Turpin sentences a little boy to death by hanging.
    • Plus Sweeney himself; though he doesn't actually end up killing Toby he demonstrates his willingness to do so on two separate occasions.
  • In Superman II, Zod’s crossing of the Moral Event Horizon (at least on-screen) was murdering a young boy for simply disobeying his order not to leave town, furiously hurling a police car siren he had torn free at the youth, who was fleeing on horseback. (The death wasn’t shown, but given the great distance the impact could be seen and heard from, it likely wasn’t pretty.)
  • In Ted, John nonchalantly sucker-punches Robert, a Creepy Child charging at him. His girlfriend is horrified, to which he responds that someone had to Joan Crawford that kid.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The T-1000 is a remorseless killing-machine, and thus perfectly willing to murder a ten-year-old boy.
  • The Third Man: The dead Harry Lime faced allegations of racketeering in diluted penicillin, which was lethal. Said penicillin made its way to children's hospitals to treat meningitis, and he allegedly continued the trade knowing where the fatal drugs were going. All these allegations are true.
  • In Thirteen Women, Ursula makes multiple attempts to kill Laura's son Bobby. The attempts are only thwarted by Laura's paranoia.
  • Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story: Forced conversion therapy of minors is pretty much this just by definition. However, the Simms, who brutally beat their charges, make things even worse.
  • In Underworld U.S.A., Connors' enforcer Gus has no issues with harming either women or children. He knocks Cuddles out before he goes to kill her (although he is stopped by Tolly), and murders Menkin's young daughter Jenny by running her over with his car.
  • Unthinkable: Invoked by "H" to make the captured terrorist believe that the torture expert truly has no lines he wouldn't cross to get the information out of him that H needs to save the lives of millions. He brings in the terrorist's children and pretends to take them to a separate room to torture them to death, which is enough to make his subject crack. H doesn't go through with it, but leaves it ambiguous whether he would really be prepared to do something that extreme.
  • The Untold Story: The main character kills a family due to a money dispute. It would be one thing if the family only had one child but the filmmakers saw fit to give the husband and wife as many kids as possible.
  • The Untouchables: In the opening scene, gangster Frank Nitti leaves a bagful of bombs in a soda bar, right next to a little girl who's talking to the barkeep. Although the bombing was a for-profit crime, there's no obvious reason why he couldn't have waited until the girl left the premises before blowing the place up.
  • The Usual Suspects: A Hungarian gang visit Keysor Soze's house and takes his wife and children hostage, and to make sure he gets the message they murder his son in front of him. Soze responds by killing the rest of his own family and then taking out all but one of the Hungarian villains.
  • Utøya: July 22, a reenactment of the Breivik Massacre (which happened on the island Utøya on 22. July 2011) from the perspective of the victims. One of the victims was a boy no older than ten.
  • Dill, the most vicious of the robbers in Violent Saturday, stomps on a small boy's hand. Later, he shoots one of the Amish children in the shoulder.
  • Warlock: The title character skins a young boy because he was an unbaptized firstborn son, which means he can use the boy's fatty tissue for a spell that will allow him to fly unguided. He also takes note of a priest's pregnant wife, and threatens to kill the man's unborn children if he doesn't cooperate.
  • In War of the Worlds, the aliens kill any human who crosses their path, and Ray's main motivation is keeping 10-year old Rachel safe from them.
    • Ogilvy, albeit indirectly. During his Freak Out as a result of learning that the Tripods are harvesting and spraying human blood, he states that he doesn't care if his actions get Rachel taken. He's completely delusional at this point, since they would obviously take all three of them, but that doesn't change the cruelty inherent in what he says.
  • Watchmen movie: There's the child abductor the Rorschach kills, as in the comic version listed above, and also the Comedian, who gives us this line:
    Comedian:"I've done some bad things.. I've done bad things to women..(sob) I even shot kids! But that was fucking war..."
  • When A Man Loves A Woman: Alice, an alcoholic, slaps her eldest daughter Jess at one point. After she gets sober, at an AA ceremony near the end, she admits that was her low point.
  • In White House Down, one of the terrorists slaps the 11 year old daughter of the protagonist because she recorded the terrorists faces and uploaded it online in an attempt to help the government figure out what was going on. Throughout the film, she is threatened with guns and roughly dragged around by very strong men. Later, towards the end, the leader of the terrorists threatens to shoot her in the stomach if her father doesn't give up the president and kill her if the president doesn't give up his nuclear launch codes.
  • Wolves: According to John Tollerman, Connor's gang are responsible for an unspecified number of missing children. Probably best not to think about why.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • The first movie has Rogue as a high school student when Magneto kidnaps her. He doesn't seem to enjoy hurting her, but he is completely willing to do so to serve his purpose.
      Rogue: Are you going to kill me?
      Magneto: Yes.
    • In X2: X-Men United, when Lyman asks Stryker why he's keeping the mutant children alive, his response is chilling.
    Stryker: I'm a scientist, Sgt. Lyman. When I build a machine, I want to make sure it's working.
    • In X-Men: The Last Stand, Magneto's assault on Alcatraz involved killing Leech. When Juggernaut is ordered to do it, he replies "With pleasure."
    • Bolivar Trask and the people working on the Sentinel program in X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's subtly confirmed when Mystique finds the autopsy reports, one of which belongs to Sean Cassidy (Banshee). It's very likely that Sean was still a teenager when he disappeared.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine also has an example with Scott (Cyclops) in high school—presumably fairly early, since he's taking Spanish I. Sabretooth is, naturally, not above kidnapping him to be used in experiments and kept in a cage.


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