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Whether someone is a villain, geek, jerk, pervert, etc. -- one often finds those things that can only go so far. These characters find that when they're in a situation where they would cross a certain line, they don't do it. Or they get disgusted at those who do cross that line.

A Super-Trope to Even Evil Has Standards, Even Nerds Have Standards.


Examples:

Anime/ Manga Edit

  • In Magi Labyrinth of Magic, Ka Kyoubun attempt to make King Sinbad married Princess Kyougoku, his superior, by making it look like King Sinbad had violated Princess Kyougoku is failed because of his henchmen, which he promises promotion, can't stand Princess Kyougoku cries.

Comics/Comic Strips Edit

  • Even the Internet has standards as this Garfield comic strip.

Fan Fiction Edit

Live Action TV Edit

  • In Will and Grace, Lionel thinks Karen is a hooker when he first meets her:

 Lionel: You don't have sex for money?

Karen: No, I do not! For jewels, for furs, for mixed securities, like a lady! But for money? How dare you!

Video Games Edit

  • Soul series:
    • Taki is a shinobi dedicated purging demons, as well as anything that's related to Soul Edge. When it comes to the titular Soul Calibur, she really doesn't like the idea if both Soul Edge and Soul Calibur were to clash, where it leads to calamitous results. This is justified in her ending in Soulcalibur IV, she prevents Siegfried from his Utopia Justifies the Means MO gone wrong.
    • Patroklos might be a self-centered brat blinded by his own sense of justice, he's riled up finding out Pyrrha's experience of abuse at the hands of Tira. Also, he really condemned Elysium's objective to have Pyrrha killed.
    • Setsuka spent her years getting revenge on Mitsurugi for her master's death, until she comes in full circle that it won't bring her master back. In one of her endings in Soulcalibur III, she warns a child who attempts to kill one of the enemies in the temple not to become like her. Before Soulcalibur V, she warns Patroklos about the consequences of dedicating his life for revenge, he refused to listen.

Web Original Edit

Western Animation Edit

  • While Glen Quagmire of Family Guy does a lot of perverted things, there are some lines he won't cross, like sleeping with Meg when she's desperate for affection.
    • Though in a more recent episode, she turned 18 (and thus became legal), at which point Quagmire immediately and shamelessly starts seducing her, and almost sleeps with her, before Peter and Lois stop it in time.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Perry the Platypus had thwarted many of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Evil Plans, no matter how silly they would get. But when his scheme was learning whale speak, just so he could insult a whale for stealing his girlfriend, Perry left in disgust.
  • Beavis and Butthead
    • Even the title characters has standards, Butthead can’t stand male nudity, especially if Beavis is naked.
    • David Van Driessen maybe a hippie, but you’re asking for trouble if he finds out about “inappropriate” touching.
    • Buzzcut may dish out abuse on the boys but its okay if he’s is THE ONE dishing it out, anyone else… GAME OVER.
  • Throughout the series of Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy, the kids of the cul-de-sac often had their issues with the title characters but they lived in fear of Eddy’s brother. At the film, when it was revealed that Eddy’s brother is abusive toward Eddy; the children including the Kanker Sisters were all disturbed at it.