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Villainous Overview
The Child Murderer

Child Murderer

My reign of terror was legendary. Dozens of children would fall by my blades.
~ Words from the story of Freddy Krueger (as told by Freddy himself) about how many children he murdered in the town of Springwood.

Child Murderers (also referred to as Child Killers) is a particular and (often) controversial trope on villains who kill, or at least attempt to kill a child, baby or, to some extent, teenagers. These villains are almost unilaterally considered to be the worst of the worst (with the serial rapists and slavers), even if they only attempted to commit this act.

Since the act of murdering a child is extremely shocking and controversial, child murders are rarely featured on-screen and usually only implied (or at least the hideous details are not explicited, or subdued in order to make the scene easier to support), even in horror works, although many notable exceptions exist such as American Psycho (in the book only).

Why are These Characters So Disturbing?

To kill a child or a baby is a very cruel and atrocious crime that a villain could commit, because that goes agains the very principles of humanity and compassion, as children are (except for the ones that are also evil) embodiment of sweetness and innocence.

In addition, this is highly dishonorable as babies are completely defenseless and children cannot defend themselves against an adult.

Even worse, many of these characters are pedophiles who have absolutely no redeeming qualities, and are likely to be purely evil.

It is also shown that child murderer having a huge hatred towards children.


This DNA bead came from a little girl in Riverside, California. Didn't like to wash her hands. Took me three whole weeks.
~ Thrax
I am eternal, child! I am the eater of worlds... and of children! And you are next!
~ Pennywise/IT
I've got some children I need to make into corpses!
~ Bill Cipher
She said she loved us... but she locked us up here. And ate up our lives.
~ The Beldam's victims.
Well, well. It looks as though I swatted a bee, and squashed a bug.
~ Megatron
They're all dead! Every single one of them! And not just the men... but the women... and the children too!
~ Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

Slender Man, Slender Man, all the children try to run.
Slender Man, Slender Man, to him it's part of the fun.

~ Lyrics to "Slender Man's Song".
She possesses the mother to kill the child!
~ Lorraine Warren on Bathsheba Sherman using one of her previous victims to harm their own child.
Save them? You can't.
~ William Afton about his child victims.
My children. From the very beginning, it was the children who gave me my power. The Springwood Slasher, that's what they called me. My reign of terror was legendary. Dozens of children would fall by my blades. Then the parents of Springwood came for me. Taking justice into their own hands.
~ Freddy Krueger
Is that your child? You cannot save him from the fire! He. Will. BURN!
~ Smaug
Remember the bad guys, on those shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys are not like those guys. They won't exercise restraint because you're children. They. Will. Kill you. If they get the chance. Do NOT give them that chance.
~ Helen Parr warning Violet and Dash about Syndrome's agents.
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