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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.


Anime/ Manga

  • 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

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

Fan Fiction

Live Action TV

  • 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

  • Soul series:
    • Taki is a shinobi dedicated purging demons, as well as anything that's related to Soul Edge. On the other hand, she draws the lines on the following:
      • 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.
      • And, the reason why she was unable to defeat the demon Arahabaki who possesed Natsu? She could not bring herself to kill the infant Natsu at that time, since then, she sealed the demon within Natsu and trained the latter to atone for her guilt.
    • 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

Western Animation

  • While Glenn 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, considering it to not be evil enough to warrant him wiping the floor with Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
  • In the Rugrats Movie, Tommy is more willing to put up with Dil's brattiness than everyone else, due to the fact that he happens to be his older brother. But when Dil among other things selfishly hoards his baby bottle for himself, Tommy eventually has enough and nearly gives Dil away to the monkeys. This causes Dil to regret his actions and he becomes a MUCH better younger brother.
  • Beavis and Butthead
    • Even the title characters has standards, Butthead can’t stand male nudity, especially if Beavis (his honourary brother) 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.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Pizza Delivery", after Spongebob and Squidward go through hell and high water trying to deliver a pizza to a customer, the customer chews Spongebob out for forgetting his drink (a drink he didn't even order). Squidward, who doesn't like Spongebob at the best of times, is infuriated by the guy making Spongebob cry and ends up telling the customer he can have his pizza "on the house".
    • In a later episode, Mr. Krabs is willing to sell Spongebob's soul to the Flying Dutchman for all the money the ghost has in his pocket at the time, a mere 62 cents. Squidward, who'd normally be happy to be rid of Spongebob, is absolutely disgusted with Krabs for doing so, especially since the entire reason the Dutchman offered said money to Mr. Krabs for Spongebob in the first place is because Spongebob stuck up for Krabs to save him from the Dutchman, and flat-out tells him that he should be ashamed of himself for doing so.
    • Speaking of Mr. Krabs, he's normally so obsessed with money and profits that he doesn't care about his employees, but when Squidward's rival Squilliam comes to town with the express purpose of humiliating him, Mr. Krabs reveals that even he doesn't like the snobby Squilliam, and offers to help Squidward turn the Krusty Krab into a gourmet restaurant to "wipe the floor with him."
    • As the series went on and on, Mr. Krabs went from a well-rounded character who cared about money a little too much to a character who hardly cared about anything except money. But the one thing that no amount of money could change his mind over is the love that goes into making Krabby Patties. In one episode, he barely hesitated to sell the Krusty Krab to a corporation for an obscene amount of money, but after coming back and finding out that they used synthetic goo to make the burgers on a conveyor belt, he sabotaged their operation and didn't hesitate to spend every cent they gave him to buy the restaurant back, even when he only needed half.
    • SpongeBob of all people, despite being a happy-go-lucky, nice guy, has his limits. "Can You Spare a Dime?" demonstrates that his kindness shouldn't be pushed too far as Squidward and ultimately, Mr. Krabs found that out the hard way.
    • In "Sportz?" Sandy is appalled upon finding out Squidward setting up a game where he has SpongeBob and Patrick hurt each other using her sports equipment just to get back on the two for annoying him. Squidward learns the hard way when Sandy beats him in his own game.
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