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  • 24:
    • Memorably subverts this in its second season. At one point Jack orders the execution of an innocent child while his terrorist father watches in order to trick him into revealing where a nuclear bomb is being hidden. Then after the terrorist is taken out of the room, it's revealed that the entire execution was elaborately staged and the boy is alive. On the other hand, villains can play it very straight, such as some of the fifth season's antagonists.
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    • In season 5 Evelyn Martin and her 8-year-old daughter are killed offscreen.
  • The 100:
    • After Murphy is nearly executed for a murder committed by 12-year-old Charlotte, he demands that the real murderer be strung up like he almost was. In the crowd that had been previously cheering Murphy's execution, only a handful are onboard with this.
    • Rare heroic example (for what "heroic" is worth on a Grey-and-Gray Morality show). When Clarke, Bellamy, and Monty irradiate Mount Weather, they kill everyone inside, children included. While none of the corpses of the children are shown, we'd seen them playing soccer earlier, and after the deed is done, we see their soccer ball amid the pile of bodies.
    • Clarke even does this to her own daughter. In the season 5 finale, Madi tries to run off and lead an army into battle, having recently risen to commander. Clarke forces a shock collar around Madi's neck and repeatedly shocks her to keep her from running off.
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    • In the Season 5 finale, Clarke threatens this by pointing a gun at Diyoza's pregnant belly. This even shocks McCreary, who has been almost purely chaotic evil up to this point. He is the father, but has shown almost no emotional attachment or standards in any of his actions all season.
    • Josephine's eugenics program on Sanctum involves taking "null" infants out to the woods to be eaten by the carnivorous trees. We're also told that the first attempt to implant Josephine's mind into a new body was done using a six-month-old who did not survive the procedure.
    • After discovering that Clarke has killed his wife and daughter, Russell kidnaps Madi, Clarke's 12-year old daughter, intending to kill her while making sure Clarke hears everything.
  • The 4400: In "Tiny Machines", the Marked in control of Tom Baldwin sedates Maia and injects her with the promicin inhibitor so that she won't have any visions about him. She becomes sick as a result.
  • Alex Rider: Played with to hell and back by many different characters.
    • Alan Blunt is happy to force Alex to work for him and his actions result in everything else on this list.
    • The paramilitary group who kidnap Alex and interrogate him. They do subject him to some pretty unpleasant things, but are far from happy about it and have actually decided to call the whole thing off when Alex escapes anyway. It's a Secret Test of Character planned by Blunt.
    Snake: What part of our job involves torturing kids?
    Eagle: What she said.
    • Dr Greif and Eva Stellenbosch. Alex is shocked when Stellenbosch slaps him, hard enough to leave a mark, for talking back to Dr Greif, but that's not even the tip of the iceberg. The school is kidnapping its pupils and sending clones of Dr Greif, surgically altered to look like their targets, back home to inherit their fortunes. He's holding the originals in cages, it's all but spelled out that they've been tortured, and planning to kill them as soon as the plan's finished.
  • Adam-12: Several episodes dealing with child abuse; the assault itself would never be seen on camera. The most memorable child abuse-themed episode is "He ... He Was Trying to Kill Me" (from the spring of 1969), where a 6-year-old girl lets on to juvenile protection that her 'daddy' hits her. He didn't. Little Charlie was trying to protect her mother.
  • American Horror Story: Coven: Marie Laveau sacrifices an infant child every year as part of a deal to maintain her immortality.
  • Angel:
    • Both Angelus and the torture expert vamp from "In the Dark". In fact, Angelus's first act as a vampire was to murder his young sister after she invited him into the house.
    • "I've Got You Under My Skin" revolves around a young boy possessed by a demon. At one point the demon tries to kill the child by making him walk into traffic, which would have ended the demon's life as well. It turns out the reason behind his attempt on both their lives is that the child himself was more evil than the demon, so much so that the demon was willing to die just to be free of him.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003)
    • In the pilot miniseries, shortly before the Cylon attack, Six snaps a baby's neck while the mother is distracted. There has been much fan debate on why she did that.
    • In "Razor", Kendra Shaw deliberately picks a young girl as her first target in the Scylla massacre, so determined is she to follow Admiral Cain's ruthless philosophy.
  • Barbarians Rising: Boudica's segment is one of the nastiest. Her segment starts with has her flogged and her teenage daughters raped by Roman soldiers. In retaliation, Boudica and the Britons burn three Roman cities to the ground and slaughter the inhabitants to the last man, woman, and child, including personally setting fire to the Temple of Claudius with women and children inside begging for mercy. The segment ends with Boudica's battlefield defeat; one of her daughters is run down by a Roman cavalryman.
  • The Blacklist:
    • The series premiere had a terrorist who kidnaps a girl, straps a bomb to her and plans to detonate it in an area frequented by children.
    • The second episode features the Everheart Cartel, a criminal organization that specializes in child-slavery.
  • Boardwalk Empire: Fan favorite Richard Harrow has a very sweet connection with Margaret's two young children and in season three, Jimmy's son Tommy...but he doesn't hesitate to offer to kill the entire D'Alessio family, including the mother and sisters, and does in fact shoot the youngest brother in the face. He's only 14 and is crying as he frantically attempts to load his own gun, before raising his hands, trying to surrender. Whoops.
  • The Boys (2019): While he doesn't hurt them directly, Homelander is perfectly willing to let a child die to achieve his objective. This is in sharp contrast to Billy, who is remarkably more gentle with children.
  • The Brady Bunch: Humorously troped in "Bobby's Hero," where in a dream sequence, Jesse James shoots and kills Bobby's siblings (along with his parents and Alice) during a train robbery ... all to make the point that the famed outlaw was nothing more than a "mean, dirty killer."
  • Breaking Bad seems fond of this trope:
    • In season 2, some street drug dealers draw 11-year-old Tomas Cantillo into their gang, having him kill Jesse's friend Combo as a rite of initiation. He's later killed by said dealers, either on their own accord or on the orders of Gus Fring, upon being told that they can't use child assassins.
    • A more significant example comes when Brock Cantillo is poisoned by Walter, in an attempt to make it look like Gus had poisoned him so that Jesse would turn on Gus. It's a clear Kick the Dog moment as well as something of a Moral Event Horizon for Walter.
    • And later, in Season 5's "Dead Freight", Todd Alquist shoots 10-year-old Drew Sharp for accidentally stumbling across their heist. The wildly diverging reactions to the killing between Jesse and Walt emphasize how far the latter has fallen: Jesse is completely traumatized while Walt puts a shallow mask of guilt over an obvious reality of indifference.
    • Todd's uncle Jack Welker and his gang of Aryans get Skyler's and Jesse's cooperation by threatening to kill, respectively, Holly and Brock. Considering all the other horrible things they had done (as these are the same guys who organized the shankings of 10 inmates in 2 minutes, who massacred Declan and his crew, who killed Hank and Gomez, and who kill Andrea when Jesse makes an attempt to escape their compound), it's almost certain they would go through with their threats.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Natalie Rice of Burn Notice held children hostage so their father would act as her fall guy. When held at gunpoint by Fiona, she blended into a passing crowd of children so she would back off. As an extra incentive, Natalie warned she would kill one at the first sign of trouble.
    • In the final season, Michael himself acts as an assassin ready to kill an asset's child to get him to talk. The asset gives up his information before anything happens, but given how deep undercover Michael was, it's uncertain whether he would've pulled the trigger.
  • Charité at War:
    • Artur initially protests against his boss Bessau sending an ill, blind child away to a place where she can't be treated and is thus sentenced to death, but he still tests his tuberculosis vaccine on disabled children.
    • A mother is disturbingly willing to send her own daughter to almost certain death because the kid has Down Syndrome.
    • Both Professor Bessau and nurse Käthe think it'll be for the best if little Karin will be "sorted out" and Artur and Anni just make new, healthy children.
    • Subverted with Anni, who passively went along with the Nazi horrors for long, but snaps out of it when she realizes the extent of the eugenics measurements and tries to save a bus load of children from deportation.
    • There's also nurse Christel who willingly allows a group of Hitler Youths (fanatically indoctrinated boys of 13 to 15 years) to prepare for an armed fight in the hospital during the fall of Berlin, though that is stopped from taking place.
  • Charmed (1998): The Charmed Ones come across a trio of children in "We All Scream For Ice Cream" that are actually the spawn of upper-level demons. Initially reluctant to hurt them, the children use their powers and the sisters fight back. Notably, Prue uses her telekinesis to fling a little girl into a fence.
    Prue: Oh, you need a time-out missy.
  • Criminal Minds: Certain criminals like Carl Buford in "Profiler Profiled" and Karl Ahnold in "The Fox" have no trouble hurting and killing children. Some even specifically target kids!
  • CSI: NY: The guy who killed Lindsay's friends in her backstory.
  • Cursed: The Red Paladins show no compunctions toward killing or torturing children.
  • Dead Like Me: The series finale has a serial killer who targets several people on Halloween. Two of his victims are a little boy and a teenage girl. George herself was almost a victim of the killer when she was a child.
    • The reapers also count to a certain degree, as their reaps will occasionally be children. The reapers are usually clearly upset at doing so and only do it because they have to.
  • Dexter:
    • In the Season Two finale, Lila kidnaps Cody and Astor - both young children - and locks them and Dexter in her loft before setting it on fire. Thankfully, they escape.
    • In the fourth season, it is shown that the Trinity Killer has no qualms about kidnapping ten-year-old boys, holding them prisoner, drugging them and then killing them by Buried Alive BURYING THEM IN WET CEMENT. WHICH THEN SETS. This is also why he went uncaught for so long. The killer's name, MO, all of it, was an accidental misnomer because nobody ever knew about the FOURTH victims in each set representing himself.
    • The sixth season's villain proved he was more than willing to kill a child.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Smith and Jones": The plasmavore is wanted for the murder of the Child Princess of Patrovolt Regency 9. She's proud of her crime, and insists the kid had it coming for being cute:
      "Oh, those blonde curls and that simpering voice. She was just begging for the bite of a plasmavore!"
    • "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood": A little girl is kidnapped for Daughter of Mine to take as a host, which permanently kills the body's original owner.
    • "The Next Doctor": The Cybermen have, at the instigation of Miss Hartigan, been kidnapping children to work on the Cyberking's starter engine. When the engine's power is at 100%, the Cybermen attempt to dispose of them before the Doctor and company intervene.
    • "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror": One of the Skithra agents nearly vapourizes a street urchin after getting information from the kid, but Yaz pulls him away just in time.
  • The Five: Jakob Marosi is a serial rapist/killer of children who's serving a life sentence.
  • Forever Knight had LaCroix make a child vampire once and a killer in the present day part of that story trying to kill a girl who saw him kill someone.
  • A French Village: In the first episode, a German fighter plane shoots at a group of French school children on a field trip with their teachers, killing and wounding several. However, they may have been mistaken for soldiers and this was accidental, it's never made clear. Later Milice leader Janvier orders his godson Alban to murder a resistance fighter's children. He does, and loathes himself for it.
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  • Game of Thrones:
    • Jaime Lannister defenestrates note  Bran Stark, rendering him temporarily comatose and permanently crippled after the boy witnesses the Twincest. He "hoped the fall would kill him".
    • In fact, this series has quite a bit of child deaths at the hands of villains and anti-heroes, such as The Hound cutting down Mycah the butcher's son when Joffrey commanded it (and when he learns Arya did the deed that Mycah was accused of, he says he should have killed her), Lommy being speared through the throat by Polliver, who let him think he'd survive just For the Evulz (in addition Polliver is a paedophile, even by the lax age requirements of Westeros), and, most gruesomely, corrupt City Watch commander Janos Slynt killing a newborn baby in front of its mother, which is part of Joffrey (though outwardly denying the rumours of his true parentage) taking preventative measures against any future claimants to the Iron Throne by ordering the Goldcloaks to engage in a citywide massacre of bastard children of King Robert, slitting the throats of infants and drowning children, thus ensuring no-one can use one of these bastards to rally behind and attempt to seize the throne; luckily, Janos gets his comeuppance in various ways.
    • Quite possibly the most innocent character on the show, Shireen Baratheon, is burned alive by her own parents and Melisandre as a sacrifice.
    • Ramsay feeds his newborn half-brother (and stepmother) to his hounds, then follows that up by shooting Rickon Stark in the back during a prisoner exchange.
    • Brandon Stark nearly killed Littlefinger, slashing him about a dozen times and would have killed him if Catelyn hadn't intervened.
    • After Jon's resurrection, he must have one of his murderers, Olly, hanged for treason along with the rest of the men who killed him. This weighs heavily on him, though, and it’s clear how much this devastates him, leading to how utterly destroyed he feels after this and everything.
    • Driven mad by grief and rage, Karstark brutally and mercilessly murders Martyn and Willem Lannister; two young children who were barely squires, all for the crime of having a Lannister name.
    • Tywin Lannister is infamous for this, as discussed by Lady Stark who was dead worried about Sansa and Arya because the Targaryen children were butchered in their sleep by Gregor Clegane on the orders of Tywin during the Lannister army's sack of Kings Landing. The children of House Reyne weren't spared either, as Cersei boasts to Margaery. During the present-day campaign in the Riverlands, it's reported that Gregor and his contingent slaughtered every peasant they could find, including the rape and murder of children.
    • During the siege of Riverrun, Jaime threatens to kill Edmure Tully's son if Edmure doesn't get Riverrun to surrender.
    • Bronn will do this, depending on the price, of course. He does directly tell Tyrion that while he'd probably still do it, unlike Janos, he'd at least think about it for a moment.
    • The Hound also punches Arya in the face at one point while she's Water Dancing, knocking her to the floor and giving her a split lip. Though in all fairness, he largely did this to demonstrate his point to her, about the tradeoffs of power vs speed: she outmaneuvered him with fast Water Dancing moves and a light rapier...only for her stab to accomplish nothing, because he was wearing heavy armor, and her fast moves didn't help block the raw power of a heavy mailed fist.
    • Prince Daemon Targaryen ordered the death of Aegon II's sons.
    • Drogon burns and half-consumes a young girl, prompting Dany to tearfully lock up her dragons for Meereen's protection. This is somewhat subverted though - being a dragon, Drogon has no distinction between right and wrong. In the end, it was just another day of hunting for him.
    • After the Lannisters killed the Targaryen children, Robert pardoned and condoned Tywin Lannister's offer of loyalty, much to Ned Stark's horror, which resulted in a rift between them. As king, he is fully willing to kill Daenerys and her unborn child. The very fact that he would hurt any child with Targaryen blood that he could get his hands on is what has prevented Ned from ever bringing up Jon Snow's true identity, as Ned spent his life protecting Jon from Robert. However, he later regrets his order to kill Daenerys and asks Ned to cancel this last order but it's too late — though, luckily, the assassination of Daenerys fails anyway.
    • Renly supports Robert's proposed assassination of Daenerys Targaryen.
      Renly: We should have had them both killed years ago.
  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace: Dean Lerner admitted he struck a child for insulting Marenghi's writing, hard enough to leave a bruise. It's implied that this was a contributing factor to the Show Within a Show getting cancelled.
  • Good Times: Though little to none of the actual assaults were shown on-screen, the four-part 1977-1978 season opener, revolving around 10-year-old Penny Gordon (Janet Jackson's series acting debut) more than left no doubt she was struck. The vicious so-and-so who hit Penny was her own mother (Chip Fields), a single parent who took her frustrations out on the innocent girl. Several infamous scenes were shown, including Mrs. Gordon stalking her with a hot iron (the scene cuts before she places the iron on Penny) and Penny shrieking in pain because of a broken arm.
  • Hanna:
    • All of the Utrax girls who were in the center Hanna was rescued from got euthanized. Marissa mentions having to cremate infant corpses.
    • Carmichael has no qualms about ordering Hanna's assassination, or ordering Clara and Sandy to kill Kat Gelder.
  • Francis Dolarhyde on Hannibal kills entire families, and seems to save the children for last.
  • Heroes: Has an Anti-Hero example in Noah "HRG" Bennet, who is willing to shoot Molly Walker, whom the Company is using as a human superhero-tracking system, in order to keep them from finding his own daughter, Claire. He is at first prevented by Mohinder holding him at gunpoint, but only lowers his gun when his temporary partner, Matt, recognizes Molly as the girl he saved earlier in the series.
  • In one episode of Horatio Hornblower, Horatio only just manages to talk an expatriate French count out of shooting a young boy for singing "Le Marsailles" when the count returns with the anti-Napoleon rebels to take back his land.
  • I, Claudius: Children get executed without so much as a blink. When reminded that it's against the law to execute a virgin, "Then make sure she's not a virgin when you kill her!"
  • The Indian Detective: Gopal had a young girl murdered because her father was going to testify against him.
  • Justified: In season 3 Robert Quarles carjacks a mother and her two sons. He uses the two boys as hostages to get Raylan to give up his guns and then drive them all to Noble's Holler. It is clear that once he gets what he is looking for, he will kill Raylan and the children.
  • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: This is done in an extremely horrific fashion by Basco. In an attempt to get one of the Great Powers, he uses his Ranger summons to stop a badly hurt young boy from being taken to get medical attention, knowing full well the boy could die. He then one ups himself by lowering his gun to shoot the kid! And is smiling the entire time!
  • Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger: Long before Basco was even a draft sketch, Bandora the Witch from was all about tormenting children, being your classic "evil kid-hating witch." We find out in the final episodes that it's because she lost her son. The series is for the most part Lighter and Softer, so nothing excessively brutal happens to them, but whenever she can endanger an elementary schooler with one of her plans it's always a bonus - sometimes, making kids cry for its own sake is the whole plan. Naturally, this carries over to Rita in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, though not to quite the same degree.
    • In fact, in that series, it was implied that most monsters that Rita had at her disposal would not cross this line, seeing as when she needed one that was willing to kidnap or hurt a child, she had to tell Finster to create one that was especially cruel. Apparently, Eye-Guy and the Chunky Chicken fit the bill. The second one was actually willing to kill Kimberly and Trini's young friend after taking her hostage.)
  • At least half the perps on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit would harm children.
  • Legend of the Seeker: Darken Rahl, unsurprisingly. Not only ordering every baby boy in a village massacred, but he also promises to have Princess Violet be Made a Slave as punishment for her mother's failure. He ordered his own son with Cara killed at birth as a potential threat (in the books he wanted a gifted child as his heir, and killed his children because they were ungifted).
  • Little House on the Prairie: Several episodes about child abuse. Although the actual assault was rarely seen, they were seen in a flashback in at least one episode (where Charles is helping reform a budding juvenile delinquent, and the boy — upon being given a present — snaps when he sees a shirt, identical in style to one that he was viciously assaulted in by his own father). In another episode, where Charles and Caroline are debating whether to adopt orphans James and Cassandra Cooper (whose biological parents were killed in a wagon accident), the orphans' temporary foster father whips James (off-camera) after being unfairly accused of stealing; his screams were heard as Cassandra was forced to watch. At least once, a teen-aged boy of 16 kicks and repeatedly punches a little girl less than half his age at recess — one that also earns Mary (who is 14) a punch in the mouth when she tries to stop it.
  • Lost: Sayid shoots a 12-year-old boy in the chest (Ben Linus in 1977), believing it to be for the greater good.
  • Maddigan's Quest: This seems to be the mark of a bad guy, in which it's asserted that the Nennog would kill Timon, Eden and baby Jewel without a second thought if they returned to their own time, and in Greentown, henchman Maska threatens to 'break' Jewel if Boomer doesn't return his bag. In Laketown, Timon tries to kill Jewel whilst under the Nennog's influence, but can't bring himself to do it (whether or not he would have done it if the Fantasia had failed is a moot point, though he certainly seems to think he would).
  • Masters of Horror: The show featured several villains who were so evil or monstrous that they would kill children.
    • "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road": A dessicated baby corpse is amongst Moonface's "trophies".
    • "Dreams in the Witch-House": The witch ritualistically sacrifices infants for unexplained reasons, forcing various helpless men to do so. In the end, it's revealed that the house's walls contain corpses going back all the way to the 1600s.
    • "Jenifer": Jenifer devours a little girl. This is when it finally gets too much for Frank.
  • The Mentalist:
    • In the backstory, Serial Killer Red John killed Patrick Jane's wife and daughter, just to take Jane down a peg.
    • A child witnessed Volker overseeing the murder of a man and was promptly discovered. After two minions defied or outright refused orders to kill the child, Volker tried to do the deed himself.
  • In the Midnight Caller episode "A Cry in the Night," a drug dealer dangles his client's toddler in the air and threatens to drop him if he isn't paid.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: Adolf "Hilter", in the Minehead By-Election sketch.
    Vox Pops: Well, I gave him my baby to kiss and he bit it on the head.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): There is an extreme example in "The Deprogrammers". After they conquered Earth, the Torkor had millions of children put to death as they were of no use to them.
  • Penny Dreadful: City of Angels:
    • Adelaide had a man's entire family, including his children, murdered because Molly's affair with him might be a hindrance to her work.
    • Frank relates the story of a girl whose kidnappers mutilated and murdered her even after being paid the ransom and we see a vision of this later. It's clearly based on Marion Parker's murder.
  • Person of Interest:
    • Root would hurt a child. She would hurt anyone, actually.
    • There was an episode in which the POI was a 15-year-old girl who was believed to have been killed two years earlier in a hit on her parents (who weren't so lucky) and Reese had to protect her from being Killed Off for Real.
    • Carl Elias forced Reese to tell him the location of a rival Mob boss by locking him in a refrigerated truck with a baby. He claimed the baby was never in danger because he knew Reese would tell him what he needed to know, but even if he wholeheartedly believed that the gambit alone still qualifies him for the trope.
  • Resurrection Ertugrul: A number of the antagonists fall under this trope, namely:
    • Bogac and Doruk at the end of season 2. The former brutally dispatches Halime’s kid brother Yigit, while the latter runs away with an infant-age Gunduz and comes very close to stabbing him, prompting Hayme Ana to fire an arrow at Doruk before he can get away with it.
    • Titus in season 1 is revealed to be like this after slashing a pre-teen Dundar across the waist, leaving him unconscious for almost the entire rest of the season.
    • Season 4 gives us Titan and Ares. The former slaps a juvenile Gunduz across the face before kidnapping him, while the latter imprisons Gunduz and almost tries to murder the kid, only being stopped by Titan, who informs him that they need the child alive.
    • Yet another season 4 instance involves Almila/Alangoya, who plans on butchering all three of Ertugrul’s sons and attempts to strangle baby Osman, only to be interrupted by Sugay Hatun entering the marquee.
    • The Mongols in general have a tendency to exterminate children and babies as they would with adults, which is especially horrifying during the massacre at the beginning of season 2.
  • Revolution:
    • Neville - sort of. Danny technically is not a child anymore, but most characters treat him as such, because of his age, and probably also because he has demonstrated impulsiveness and rudeness and other negative traits common to teenage boys. And his asthma.
    • Also, the Militia soldier mentioned above. He really wants revenge on Danny.
    • Lieutenant Slotnick, the Drill Sergeant Nasty in "Children's Crusade", does this on a regular basis as part of the Monroe Militia's Training from Hell.
  • Scandal: Becky, Huck's girlfriend, actually kills a family, including 3 kids. She did this because Huck tried to take her down, and she knew he cared about them so she did this to spite him.
  • Sherlock: Moriarty takes a child hostage and straps him to a bomb - one with a very short time-to-explosion - to taunt the title character in "The Great Game".
  • The Shield:
    • Armadillo Quintero silences a prepubescent witness against him by raping her and tattooing a dove on her cheek to "claim" her.
    • Antwon Mitchell murders a teenaged informant, both to pay her back for snitching on his drug operation and to frame two cops for her death.
  • Sons of Anarchy: Cameron Hayes holds Abel Teller at knifepoint and then kidnaps him. As part of her effort to get him back, Gemma Teller holds another baby at gunpoint.
  • Starsky & Hutch: In "The Crying Child", a teacher discovers that one of her young students has deep gashes on his back, and the titular duo starts to look for who had harmed the kid and manage to find out it was the boy's own mother.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In "Hide and Q", Worf gets impaled by aliens with a bayonet, and when Wesley tries to help him, he gets impaled, too. This prompts Riker, now endowed with the powers of the Q, to stop the situation and save them.
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Time and Again", The activists threaten to kill Latika, a ten-year-old boy, if Janeway doesn't help them get inside the plant. The problem is she's not the security agent they think she is, so her only option is to tell the guard at the gate they're being held hostage. One of the activists shoots at the boy but Tom Paris, also being held, jumps in front of him.
  • Star Trek: Discovery reveals that when Spock was a child, he was nearly assassinated by logic extremists for being a "half-human abomination".
  • Supergirl (2015): When Lex's pet Kryptonian Red Daughter starts questioning whether America is really the villain Lex has made them out to be, Lex casually orders the murder of Red Daughter's only friend, a young boy named Mikhail. He has his minions hijack an American missile and blow up his house, knowing Red Daughter will find the remains of the missile and jump to the obvious conclusion. She fails to wonder why the Americans would attack a completely random child in a poor country. Subverted with Otis, who couldn't go through with it. While he set up the targeting laser as ordered, he got Mikhail out first. Otis advises him to play dead if he ever so much as sees a bald man.
  • Supernatural: Children are rarely the Monster of the Week, but that doesn't mean never. When it does happen, it's always a debate about what to do.
    • One episode had Castiel try to stab a child to death before the boy realized he could warp reality as he what was The Anti-Christ.
    • In another episode Sam was steeling himself to kill a little girl possessed by Lilith. At the last minute Dean, temporarily given demon sight because of his impending damnation, tells him that Lilith isn't in the girl anymore.
  • Teen Wolf:
    • Geriatric antagonist Gerard Argent is a master of this trope with teenagers: he violently drowns the (admittedly not innocent) Matt , kidnaps Erica and Boyd and holds them in prolonged electrical torture, kidnaps and beats the absolute snot out of Stiles, stabs Scott in the gut, and tries to murder his own granddaughter, Allison. It's a little disturbing to watch.
    • At the beginning of Season 2, Isaac Lahey's father throws a glass at him and the shards nearly put his eye out. We also see implied evidence of his severe physical abuse.
  • Torchwood: In the third season, Children of Earth, the 456 remotely mind control all of Earth's children to coerce the world's governments into letting them kidnap several million kids in order to make drugs out of them. In the final episode of Children of Earth, Jack Harkness uses his grandson Stephen to transmit a lethal signal to drive away the 456, killing Stephen in the process.
  • Troy: Fall of a City: Odysseus very reluctantly drops Hector and Andromache's infant son from the walls of Troy to his death, at Agamemnon's order. Andromache curses him for this.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "Examination Day", the totalitarian government gives tests that identify child prodigies who are then killed before they can grow up to question or threaten the power structure.
    • In "The Shadow Man", the titular entity attacks several of Danny Hayes' classmates at Willow Creek Junior High School, including Mark, Wendy and Chip Murphy. In the final scene, Danny is himself attacked by a Shadow Man who lives under someone else's bed.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: More than once, the villains would hit children — sometimes beating them viciously or otherwise putting them in extreme danger — as they would hold them hostage, either as bargaining tools or just to show how ruthless and sadistic they were, always without conscience or fear of the consequences. Examples include burying a busload of children inside a school bus at a landfill and burying another alive in a casket. There were other episodes involving child abuse but said abuse is by a parent who happens to be the main villain and is used to frame his evil personality. Walker and the Rangers would arrive to give the baddies a taste of their own medicine, with extra force as Walker had zero tolerance for child abuse.
  • The Walking Dead: Numerous antagonists have demonstrated that they have no qualms with hurting or killing children.
    • Notably, one man tries to rape Carl in the season 4 finale while another threatens to break baby Judith's neck in the season 5 premiere.
    • A surprising non-villain example happened in the season 6 midseason premiere when Michonne kills Ron, after he almost shoots Rick, blaming him for his family dying. But as he dies, he gets one shot off that hits Carl in the eye. Carl survives.
  • War of the Worlds (2019): The aliens' killer robots target children and adults equally. A little French girl who Sophie finds is killed after being discovered hiding.
  • The Wild Wild West: Many of the villains. Highlighted in "The Night of the Amnesiac" when Furman Crotty steals and then holds for ransom the vaccine supply during a smallpox epidemic. While trying to recover the vaccine, one of the main characters comes across a funeral service in progress. The coffin is a small one. Very, very small.


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