Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, among their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!
~ Albus Dumbledore's statement on Harry Potter regarding the fact that by destroying the innocence of those whom survived his antagonism, Lord Voldemort has created many enemies, includes Harry Potter himself.
Destroying the Innocent is an event where a villain destroys another character's "innocence." These villains are known as Destroyers of Innocence. A villain becomes a "Destroyer of Innocence" when they harm, injure or even kill a friendly, defenseless or an innocent character. Destroying the Innocent is event that invokes great feelings of anger and hatred by the public and marks a crossing at Moral Event Horizon. Like Moral Event Horizon, acts of destroying the innocence can also insult/disturbed/disgusted more symphatetic villain that witness this event as well.
A destroyer of innocence often do not have qualities of redemption due to the fact that they are not above destroying innocence of some innocent person. Some villains who created this kind of catastrophic event in their own universe are often Complete Monsters, but not all of them are necessarily Complete Monsters, unless if they have reached a new heinous standard in their universe. It is not surprising that performing act of destroying the innocent(particularly if done for the first time) invokes great feelings of anger and hatred by the public. It is more than often that in the end, the perpetrator eventually reduced into damned souls as comeuppance/price of their actions. Quite often, those who have their innocence destroyed may turn evil themselves, kill the villain in revenge, or worse, became their subordinate.
Most importantly, destroyed a character's innocence- they wouldn't be a Destroyer of Innocence otherwise. This means, acts where villains destroy their own innocence instead of the heroes' are not to be counted as one- that goes under Moral Event Horizon. Also, if the act of destroying the innocence were not done out of malice and the perperator was a good guy, it would go for Tragic Mistake instead.
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Date A Live:
Sir Issac Ray Peram Westcott: Being the darkest DAL villain, Issac Westcott had committed several horredeous crimes, and an infamous example of this is causing two spirits' inverse. He ordered Ellen Mira Mathers to stabbed Shido in front of Tohka Yatogami, and tormenting Nia Honjou for five years, to make them Inverted. In the eyes of Issac's former friend, Elliot Woodman, Spirits are the beings who needed to know love so that they could be saved, and what Issac did could be considered as crimes to break their innoncence and their wish to be accepted by the world by making them savage monsters for the world to see.
Hotshot TV Producer: He tried to sexually entice Miku, however, Miku refused to accept the situation and left the place and never spoke to the Producer again. After that, the Producer spread false news about Miku, the news was so outrageous that all fans of Miku were leaving her one by one. And in a final attack, he made Miku contracting a disease that made her lose her voice, as well as also lost her singing career. The case Miku was so horrible, which made Miku thoughts of suicide after she lost everything. The Producer is also the responsible for making her have hatred of men, and he often regarded as one of the worst villains in Date A Live.
Phantom: When she gave Spirits' powers to Kotori Itsuka and made her burn down a part of Tengu City and so also was responsible for make Origami kill her own parents.
Tokyo Ghoul series:
Kureo Mado from Tokyo Ghoul: He had brutally killed and murdered countless ghouls all to get revenge for the one who killed his wife. He had killed Asaki and Ryouko Fueguchi and used their kagunes as weapons. He also tried to kill their daughter Hinami and he used the Quinque that was made form her mother's kagune and almost killed both Hinami and Touka.
Like Mado himself, C.C.G, the very organization that Mado affiliated with, though duty was for keeping ghouls from harming humans, proved to being too genocidal in nature as their action was mainly involving killing-spree against all ghouls in existence until none of them left. Worse, they did so without seeing their morality and in process, destroyed innocence of many ghouls that turned out not evil and survive their massacre. It is one of reasons why Ayato Kirishima joined Aogiri Tree to wage war against them.
Although, the massacre that they did were mostly because it is their job. A few of them, whom more malicious and sadistic like actually more symphatetic because they lost their loved one by far more malevolent ghoul and it made them mad and far extreme that ghoul that tormented them: In fact, Mado's own sadism on Hinami actually because he still releasing his anger onevery ghoul until he eventually met One-Eyed Owl whom responsible for murdering his wife.
Yakumo Oomori: Yakumo was infamous for his brutality and had killed countless innocent civilians before. He had terrorized the Fueguchi family and almost killed Asaki and had kidnapped Ken Kaneki and tortured him for ten days. He had Kaneki completely embrace his ghoul side and it ironically led to his downfall.
How Yakumo's torture on Kaneki led to his own downfall was because he unknowingly hardened Kaneki' resolve to protect the others, something which explained how his torture backfires with Kaneki suddenly become more ruthless and willing to use his ghoul powers more: In fact, before being tortured, Kaneki was too helpless and weak-willed to take more ruthless decision to use his ghoul powers to protect the others due to troubled by his newfound ghoul traits.
General White: Threatened to kill the Village Elder and almost killed Goku where his reign of terror has already traumatized all inhabitants of the Elder's Village. This resulted in provoking #8 who killed him.
Van Zant from Dragon Ball Z: Killed several innocent people and almost killed Mr. Satan and Bee, this resulted in Evil Buu's birth and their own death. This action later revealed turned him into a damned souls as when Earth restored and all lifeforms inside it revived, he remained dead.
World Government: the organization is corrupted entity, particularly through the pitiless application of absolute justice, the brutal suppression of researching the Void Century and the depravity of the aristocratic World Nobles. By that, their actions tend to be secretly based on corruption or questionable motives. They hide the truth or ignore the rights of the people, with many individuals using justice to further their own aims.
The government and royal families of Flevance discovered that Amber Lead is toxic but they choose not to inform of its dark nature to the country, this only worsened when the former spread lies about the disease being contagious, leading a massacre of the entire citizens, this caused Law to become bitter, resentful, and vituperative towards the world when he was kid as not only his parents and sister died, but his friends too, only the royal families survived with the assistance of the government.
A buster call was destroying Ohara because they accused the scholars of trying to recover the Ancient Weapons and spread lies around the world when in reality they never cared about it. The World Government used that excuse to hide the fact that the scholars of Ohara were researching the Void Century. Nico Robin was the only survivor of Ohara and was hated by the brainwashed world, who believed that she would kill them all, they even fabricated the story about her destroying six buster ships while in reality Jaguar D. Saul destroyed them. Nico Robin grew up hating the government and as a result through her childhood, she became manipulative and distrustful that she associated with multiple organizations to hide herself.
Once Homing forfeited his and his family's status as World Nobles, they were hunted down by the public given their hatred, and when he begged the government to take his wife and two sons back to the Holyand, they coldly rejected his pleads, this resulted his firstborn son, Doflamingo, to become hateful and bitter against the world that he shot his own father, whom he blamed for taking away his wealth and privilege, to regain his status as a World Noble using his head.
Tomoo and his gang from Elfen Lied: Destroying Lucy's innocence, they bullied Lucy for fun & brutally killing her pet puppy on purpose by forcing her to watch without any remorse. They are also responsible for turning Lucy into a murderous psychopath. But the worst is, they would've developed into a murderous psychopath themselves had Lucy not killed them. They are a famous example of a "destroyer of innocence".
Aya Tokoyogi: Destroyed her own daughter's innocence right before killing her.
Yami Marik: He destroyed Marik's innocence when he took Marik over for the first time when he was a child and murdered Marik's father (sent him to the Shadow Realm in the 4Kids dub.)
Madara Uchiha: Destroyed Obito Uchiha's innocence by arranging Rin's death, turned him into executor of his evil plan for years until his resurrection.
Wild Hunt (Akame Ga Kill!): This organization's true purpose was in reality, purges many innocent lives as much as they can as means to satisfy Honest's sadistic hunger for humanity's pain which ruined the innocence of those whom survived their killing spree.
Champ (Akame Ga Kill!): Champ brutally destroyed many children's innocence by raping them before butchering them like a cattle.
Itachi Uchiha: Destroyed his younger brother's innocence by forcing him to watch how he killed the whole Uchiha Clan via tsukuyomi. Though later revealed that Itachi only did so to encourage Sasuke to killed him in order to keep Uchiha Clan's name from ruined as the said clan planned to usurp Konoha, damage that he has done on Sasuke's innocence was too great to the point that Sasuke turned to the dark side and became a figure that Itachi does not want him to be.
Damian: Abused his own Charmander and eventually disown and left it due to him deemed it weak, which led the said Charmander eventually adopted by Ash. How bad the damage he has done on Charmander's innocence was revealed once it evolved into Charmeleon: After evolved into Charmeleon, Charmander began to grow distant from Ash, scorning all of its former friends and seeking power alone. Worse, it unknowingly become like Damien whom mistreated him, and the damage of Charmander's innocence can only undone once Ash's selfless act to save it from freezing reminded it with the latter's kindness.
Joker (DC Animated Universe): Brainwashed Tim Drake (whom taking Robin mantle at the moment) into Joker Junior. Worse, in events of Batman Beyond, it was revealed that he has uses Tim Drake as his vessel for his soul (or specifically his consciousness) via chip that contains his memory within Tim's head, turned him into another Joker.
Eddy (Ed, Edd, n Eddy): Eddy destroyed Jimmy's innocence in the episode "Ed in a Halfshell" (though in a less serious way) when he taught Jimmy "everything he knows"; before the episode, Jimmy was, for the most part, harmless, but after that episode, Jimmy becomes a conniving schemer (this is most prevalent in the two-part episode "If It Smells like an Ed", where he orchestrates a very elaborate plan for revenge by framing the Eds for things they didn't do as revenge after Eddy gave him a wedgie in front of the entire Cul-de-Sac.)
Shredder (2012 TMNT): Shredder destroyed Hamato Yoshi's innocence killing (by accident) Tang Shen and took his daughter Miwa.
Shen (Kung Fu Panda): Ruined Po's innocence alongside other pandas during his genocidal crusade against pandas, which led many people believed that Po is the last of his kind until it's revealed that Po's father, along with a handful few of pandas survived the massacre.
Captain Gutt: attempts to kill Manny's family just for revenge, stating that Manny took everything he had, and the evil ape intended to do just the same.
Mal: During Total drama All-stars, he harms many contestant but his worst action was in the finale, where he tried to break Zoey by telling her that Mike was gone. Later he also tried to drown her.
Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars: Seduced Anakin into the Dark Side with the promise of keeping Padme safe, and ultimately transformed him into Darth Vader.
Koba from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Devastates his own kind's innocence by set their own colony ablaze and framing the humans for it.
Judge Hopkins from Paranorman: He and other judges having Aggie Prenderghast, executed via hanged out of fear with her unusual powers despite the fact that she never harmed anyone, thus turning Aggie into a vengeful wraith bent on revenge.
Two-Face: Murdered Dick Grayson's parents by shooting down the tightrope they were walking on.
Joker: Murdered Bruce Wayne's parents before the movie began.
Clarence Darby: Raped and murdered Clyde Shelton's wife and daughter and caused Shelton to become a deadly vigilant by killing a majority of the Justice Department in Philadelphia and even brutally killing Darby himself.
Eli Damaskinos: Has destroyed his *own son's innocence by turned him into Alpha Reaper out of his ambition for vampirekind's ascension, and also arrogantly mocked his own daughter for berating him.
Laserbeak, from the Transformers: Dark of the Moon, he killed possibly hundreds of innocent people, before and after the Chicago battle, and he possibly killed a whole family of a NASA engineer when Laserbeak tricked his daughter into letting him inside. Laserbeak takes sadistic pleasure from destroying innocents.
Sentinel Prime and Dylan Gould from: Aside inevitably/posthumously caused mankind and Autobots enemies via their actions in devastating Chicago and kills many people in the said city, both has posthumously destroyed James Savoy's innocence, turned him into a vengeful member of Cemetery Wind that hellbent in destruction of all Cybertronian on Earth.
Godzilla: Everytime Godzilla intentionally destroyed cities, it's inevitable that survivors of his rampage would have their innocence ruined. But the only thing Godzilla ruined anyone's innocent outrigght was in 1954 film where he rampages in retaliation of Hydrogen bomb test that killed his family and scarred him, and in Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monster All Out Attack where he was revived by tormented souls whom killed by Japanese soldiers during Pacific War.
This is the entire purpose of The Rogue Isles in City of Villains. Lord Recluse has set up a trial by fire, eat or be eaten, style of society there with the grand goal of manufacturing villains from ordinary or even previously good-hearted people.
In City of Heroes/VillainsGoing Rogue the society of Praetoira was introduced and with it Mother Mayhem. Mother uses her Seer Network to detect blossoming psychics, abducts them, sticks them in isolation, telepathically torture them until their old lives and values are meaningless to them before finally psychically enslaving them to her will.
Ganondorf destroys Link's innocence countless times in all his incarnations, most notably in The Wind Waker, where Link is living peaceably on Outset Island and then his sister is kidnapped by the Helmaroc King working for Ganondorf, and then in Twilight Princess when Ganondorf orders Colin, Beth and other children kidnapped, and Link is suddenly thrown into a dark world of political conflict.
Joker (Video Games) from Injustice: Gods Among Us: Destroyed Superman's innocence and turned him to the side of evil by manipulating him to kill Lois Lane and his unborn child, activating a bomb to destroy Metropolis with the detonator in Lois' heart to activate once her heart stops beating.
Yuuki Terumi from BlazBlue: Destroyed Ragna innocence by kidnapping his sister when they were children.
The Killer destroyed the innocence of the 5 children he murdered, turning them into ghosts who would kill any security guard they came across and eventually led the Killer to his own gruesome demise.
Alex Mercer inevitably destroyed James Heller's innocent side when he causes death of Heller's family when he caused the second outbreak in New York.
Lucifer (Dante's Inferno): He destroyed Beatrice's innocence when he convinces her to eat the Forbidden Fruit, turning her into a succubus. The purpose of this act was believed to be turned her against Dante, but when Dante undo this by cleanse her soul and later confront Lucifer in Cocytus, it's revealed that Lucifer's true goal in doing so was to challenge Dante further as well as free himself from his prison.
Ridley from Metroid: Destroyed Samus Aran's innocence during his invasion in planet K-2L by killing her mother as well as the rest of humans on the said planet when she was 3, presumably leaving her as sole survivor.
Ozwell E. Spencer: Sadistically ruined Lisa Trevor's innocence by turned her into a monster that gave birth to G-Virus inside her and killed her parents just as means to prevent his research to be a God.
Kessler: Usurped First Sons organization and left Alden to die at Warren District, resulting the kid developed into a supervillain after Ray Sphere's explosion. He also causes Trish's death in his sadistic choice on the hero Cole whether Cole chooses to save doctors first or merely focused on saving her instead. The latter case however, proved to be done reluctantly due to the fact that Kessler is actually Cole's alternate future self.
Joe Chill from the Batman comics and media: Murdering Bruce Wayne's parents.
Dennis Carradine: Murdered Peter Parker's Uncle Ben, kickstarting his becoming into Spiderman.
Madame Kovarian: She destroyed the innocence of Melody Pond (AKA River Song) when she conditioned her from the time she was an infant to become a psychopathic assassin with the sole purpose to kill the Doctor. By extension, it can be considered that she destroyed Amy's innocence too when she kidnapped and experimented on her at Demon's Run.
Ra's al Ghul (Arrow): He destroyed Oliver Queen's innocence when he brainwashed him into becoming Al Sah Him in exchange for his sister's resurrection.
Tywin Lannister: He destroyed the innocence of all three of his children due to the years of psychological abuse he inflicted on them, thus making him directly responsible for making all three of them who they are (Jaime and Cersei specifically.) By extension, this also makes him responsible for making his grandson, Baratheon Joffrey, who he is too.
Azazel: He destroyed Sam Winchester's innocence (as well as the innocence of the other special children, and by extension, he destroyed Dean's innocence as well) when he injected Sam with demon blood when he was a baby, thus resulting in his special powers (and setting in motion much of the plot of Seasons 1 & 2.) Even in death, he still considered as notorious demon that feared by Winchesters more than other dangerous antagonists that they faced.
Lord Voldemort: He has started committing various acts of destroying the innocence even from his own childhood that ultimately made his name became the greatest taboo within Harry Potter series. Even Dumbledore not only pointed out that by doing so (includes creating Horcruxes), Voldemort has gone beyond usual evil and caused many people stand up against him even from his own followers.
Bellatrix Lestrange: Has gleefully tortured Neville's parents into insanity, traumatizing him in process.
Fenrir Greyback: As an unrecognizable werewolf, he turned the young Prof. Lupin into werewolf.
Yeerks: The faction of this race has infamously ruined countless lives' innocence during their campaign in world domination. Though being defeated by Animorphs and also Andalite forces, this was not without the enormous losses, includes deaths of Tom and Rachel which ruined Tobias and Jake's innocence.
(Manny: Alright, let them go!) I don't think so. You destroyed everything I had! I'm just returning the favor.
~ Captain Gutt holding Manny's family hostage, stating that the mammoth took everything he had from him, and the evil captain intended to do the same.
Children...Ah! Killing them is actually a great favor to mankind and for each person on the face of this planet, especially when those damn "cute little fucking faces" give false hopes to the humanity. I love to kill them, they are more attractive dead. I'm not the "villain" here, I'm just ridding the world of these pests. I'm sure that "monster" also think the same.
What's the matter, Batman? No witty comeback? No threat? Then I'll provide the narration... I'll begin with how I peeled back the layers of the boy's mind. Oh, he bravely tried to fight it at first. You would've been proud to see him so strong. But all too soon, the shocks and the serums took their toll, and the dear lad began to share such secrets with me. Secrets that are mine alone to know... Bruce. It's true, Batsy! I know everything. And kinda like the kid who peeks at his Christmas presents, I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the sturm and bat-o-rangs, you're just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic. Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway. HA HA HA HA HA HAA!
"Spider-Man! This is why only fools are heroes — because you never know when some lunatic will come along with a sadistic choice. Let die the woman you love... or suffer the little children! Make your choice, Spider-Man, and see how a hero is rewarded! We are who we choose to be...now, CHOOSE!
~ Green Goblin holding Mary Jane and a tram full of innocent children hostage forcing Spider-man to decide whom to save first.
(Frollo locks the miller and his family in their own home with a spear. He turns to Phoebus.) Burn it. (Phoebus: What?!) Until it smoulders. These people are traitors and must be made examples of. (hands Phoebus a torch) (Phoebus: With all due respect, sir, I was NOT trained to murder the innocent!) But you WERE trained to follow orders! (Phoebus angrily douses his torch in a water barrel. Frollo snarls with rage!) Insolent coward! (Frollo grabs another torch and touches the flame to the windmill. The entire structure is quickly engulfed in flame. Phoebus dives through the window and brings the family outside to safety. Then Frollo's soldiers grab Phoebus) The sentence for insubordination is death, such a pity. You threw away a promising career. (Phoebus: Consider it my highest honor, sir.)
~ Frollo ordering Phoebus to burn the innocent miller's house, but Phoebus refuses. When Frollo sets the house on fire anyway, Phoebus dives into the burning house and saves the family. In response, Frollo attempts to have Phoebus executed, but not before Esmeralda intervenes with a distraction.
Elia of Dorne. I killed her screaming whelp. Then I raped her. Then I smashed her fucking head in. Like this.
I believed we were doing what was right. I was wrong. Now this is our punishment. We thought we knew our way in life. But in death, we are lost. Please. Help us.
~ Judge Hopkins feeling remorse over his act that made Aggie ruin her own innocence
And to my son, The Stallion Who Will Mount the Word, I will also pledge a gift. I will give him the Iron Chair that his mother's father sat upon. I will give him Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, will do this. I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends, and ride wooden horses across the black salt water as no Khal has done before! I will kill the men in iron suits and tear down their stone houses! I will rape their women, take their children as slaves, and bring their broken gods back to Vaes Dothrak! This, I vow, I, Drogo, son of Bharbo. I swear before the Mother of Mountains as the stars look down in witness! As the stars look down in witness! As the stars look down in witness!
I lost everything, I lost everything I loved. I lost my life, I lost my voice for that terrible man.
~ Miku Izayoi telling to Shido how she lost her innocence
Oh man. That sensation was better. I never had such a good experience as that day. So many beautiful and pure children .... I made love with all of them and then killed them so that they do not grow as dirty adults. AHH! I'd do it again, and again, and again. But the thing that annoyed me most that day was those damn brats were screaming: RUN-Sensei! RUN-Sensei! HELP US! This ruined my experience. I purged so many children that day that I even forgot about their faces.
~ Champ telling to Run how he raped and killed dozens of children.
Can't you do anything neatly?
~ Arthur Critchit fussing the same thing to Elenor before his untimely demise.
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Judge Doom dipping a cute innocent Toon Shoe in the Dip, showing that even ruined the innocence of Toons whom he antagonize can never satisfy him unless if he destroyed them.
Lord Shen and his wolves attacking the innocent panda village, where he indirectly ruined Po's innocence that made everyone believed that Po is the last of his kind until a handful of other pandas that survived the carnage resurfaces.
Jasper forcing Lapis Lazuli to fusing into Malachite, which scarred the latter until freed by Steven and his friends' combined efforts.
The Dazzlings threateningly antagonizes Sunset Shimmer, and as a result she loses confidence.
Thunderclap has began to affect Spot's innocence through his kidnaping and murder attempt from Arlo.
Talia al Ghul sadistically killed Heretic for his disobeying her orders to leave Damian out of the conflict.
Chantel DuBois capturing Stefano and attempting kill him in revenge of stripped from chance to kill Alex for taking his head as trophy, threatened not only Stefano's innocence, but also children around her.
Smilodon Brothers killed Half-Tooth's cubs, and as a result they're taking leadership in pride.
Earl of Lemongrab attack and devour Lemongrab 2 after arguing.
The psychopathic Captain Gutt holding Peaches hostage, stating that Manny took everything he he had from him in his delusions, and the evil captain intended to do the same.
Green Goblin holding MJ and a tram of innocent children hostage, forcing Spider-Man to decide whom to save first. This eventually led to the final battle between them which the consequence left the innocence of Norman's son, Harry, shattered due to him believed that Spider-Man killed his father.
Slade has proved to deprived from any redeeming qualities and lack of compunction in ruining the other's innocence since incident that made his son Joseph (whom become superhero named Jericho) become mute and the loss of one of his eyes. It was something that Robin learned in hard way through the villain's blackmail to him where he must become his apprentice and turned against his fellow Titans if he don't want them to be harmed.