Everyone Has Standards

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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 of Everyone Has Standards include:

Anime/ Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

  • 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 crying.
  • In Naruto, anyone who has ever met and spoken to Uchiha Madara pretty much hates his guts, barring his brother Izuna and his former best friend Hashirama. Not even Kurama can stand him, and considering the shit he's probably had to put up with over the last few centuries, that says a lot. The people that can stand him? Izuna's dead, and Hashirama became his mortal enemy the moment Madara decided to attack Konoha, the village they built together. It gets to the point that even his long-time accomplice Tobi/Obito Uchiha reveals he doesn't care for him all that much either.

Comics/Comic Strips[edit | hide]

  • Even the Internet has standards as this Garfield comic strip.
    • like most cats, Garfield likes to hunt birds, but he was upset with Jon's family turning Nadie the chicken into soup. He considers pets as family.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: While the titular characters are quite self-centered, they draw the line about making jokes about those who are starving.
  • Despite his wife, Wanda, marrying Terry Fitzgerald and welcoming a daughter, Cyan, Albert Francis "Al" Simmons a.k.a Spawn opts to leave her alone as he notices she had move on.

Live Action TV[edit | hide]

  • 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!

Web Original[edit | hide]

Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • 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.
  • In South Park episode, With Apologies to Jesse Jackson, a group of Rednecks wanted to kill Randy for using the “N” word on national television.
    • In Eat, Pray, Queef, the male characters of the town are disgusted by women queefing. Yes, even Cartman is left horrified after Butters gets queefed on and tells off a lady to stop queefing.
    • Granted he's a Depraved Bisexual, but Mr. Garrison won't engage in pedophilia.
  • In King of the Hill, even Conspiracy Theory-minded Dale has his limits. He's known to exhibit Papa Wolf traits Joseph, despite actually being his step-father, when Piggy is allowed to use paddling as a form of discipline. He also think Hank was going crazy for losing his faith in George W. Bush. Despite Nancy cheating on him with John Redcorn (resulting in Joseph), Dale won't cheat on her.
  • In Hey Arnold, a sign of someone really realization they screwed up is when even Arnold loses faith in them.
  • While the kids of the cul-de-sac (usually Kevin and Sarah) have their issues with the The Eds, they do draw the line on how when they saw how Eddy was treated by his brother. Yes, even the Kanker sisters were applauded.