History Main / CycleOfRevenge

27th Apr '16 4:31:41 PM DarthWalrus
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* Make no mistake, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe Massacre of Glencoe]] was a horrific crime on many, many levels. But the fact that there is ''still'' lingering resentment between some [=MacDonalds=] and Campbells, more than three centuries after the crime itself, gives you some idea how long people can hold a grudge.

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* Make no mistake, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe Massacre of Glencoe]] was a horrific crime on many, many levels. But the fact that there is ''still'' lingering resentment between some [=MacDonalds=] and Campbells, Campbells[[note]]Not the Fast food chain and Canned soup company[[/note]], more than three centuries after the crime itself, gives you some idea how long people can hold a grudge.grudge.
* The origin of the widespread civilian bombing in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. German bombers sent to oil storage got lost, and low on fuel, bombed the first urban target they saw, hoping they found their mark. They had instead bombed London, and Churchill ordered revenge bombing on Berlin, which in turn led to Adolf Hitler to rescind his prior order to the luftwaffe to focus military-industrial targets and to ignore civilians. This lasted throughout the war in Europe, with the British wasting nighttime bombing runs on petty terror bombing and leaving the US with the unenviable job of destroying German industrial production by themselves through high-risk daylight raids.
12th Apr '16 6:19:48 PM PaulA
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The House of Pelops in Myth/GreekMythology. The ''Theatre/{{Oresteia}}'' by Creator/{{Aeschylus}} was written in response to this legend. It concludes with Orestes and Athena breaking the cycle once and for all by inventing the trial by jury.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: The House of Pelops in Myth/GreekMythology. The ''Theatre/{{Oresteia}}'' ''Theatre/TheOresteia'' by Creator/{{Aeschylus}} was written in response to this legend. It concludes with Orestes and Athena breaking the cycle once and for all by inventing the trial by jury.
7th Apr '16 7:24:23 AM erforce
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* Similarly, in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'', Oh Dae-su wants to find the mysterious 'Evergreen' and make him pay for imprisoning him for fifteen years. [[spoiler:It turns out that Evergreen is Lee Woo-jin, who was getting him back for carelessly outing an [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous relationship he was having with his sister]] while they were back in high school, which [[DrivenToSuicide drove his sister to suicide]]. What's more, Lee's revenge was just beginning]].

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* Similarly, in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'', ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'', Oh Dae-su wants to find the mysterious 'Evergreen' and make him pay for imprisoning him for fifteen years. [[spoiler:It turns out that Evergreen is Lee Woo-jin, who was getting him back for carelessly outing an [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous relationship he was having with his sister]] while they were back in high school, which [[DrivenToSuicide drove his sister to suicide]]. What's more, Lee's revenge was just beginning]].



* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[PapaWolf Bryan]] slaughters the members of a human trafficking ring, including one named Marko, to rescue his daughter. In ''Taken 2'', the villains' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes families]], lead by Marko's father Murad, attempt to avenge them and attack Bryan and his family. Bryan attempts to end the cycle by sparing the life of Murad, but the man [[UngratefulBastard tries to kill him]] and Bryan kills him. Murad had two other sons.

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* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', [[PapaWolf Bryan]] slaughters the members of a human trafficking ring, including one named Marko, to rescue his daughter. In ''Taken 2'', ''Film/{{Taken 2}}'', the villains' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes families]], lead by Marko's father Murad, attempt to avenge them and attack Bryan and his family. Bryan attempts to end the cycle by sparing the life of Murad, but the man [[UngratefulBastard tries to kill him]] and Bryan kills him. Murad had two other sons.
4th Apr '16 5:28:42 PM Kirayoshi
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* A recurring theme in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', especially in any episode where [[AxeCrazy Callisto]] is the principal villain. In Callisto's first episode, Gabrielle attempts to avert this trope, by extracting a promise from Xena not to seek vengeance if Callisto kills her. In a later episode, when Callisto kills Gabrielle's newlywed husband Perdicus, Gabrielle nearly loses herself to grief and wants vengeance against Callisto herself.
1st Apr '16 2:55:05 PM LinTaylor
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** This trope dominates the latter half of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''[='=] first season. Galieo Baudin fought the Tekkadan kids throughout the series, but when they mangle his subordinate Ein and kill his childhood friend Carta, ItsPersonal. Carta herself was a target of this, since she killed Biscuit, causing Mikazuki to lay down some ExtremeMeleeRevenge. Biscuit's death caused the members of Tekkadan to fight for revenge, much to the dismay of their level-headed supervisor Merribell.
*** Ein himself is the most extreme example: Mikazuki kills his commanding officer Lt. Crank in Episode 3, and he spends the rest of the season hunting Tekkadan for payback; he even gets pissed off when he realizes they've salvaged Crank's mecha for their own use, and resolves to take it back in his honor. After getting mangled while [[DivingSave protecting Galieo]], Ein gladly becomes the "core" of a SuperPrototype (which involves amputating his limbs and hooking its computers directly into his nervous system) so he can keep chasing them. At that point he's clearly gone off the deep end, since he rants about how "sinful" Tekkadan and its allies are, and says the only way to "absolve" them is by killing them.
26th Mar '16 10:48:38 AM Rothul
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* In a sort of one-sided variation, old DCComics villain/antihero ''TheShade'' keeps being pursued by the descendants of a criminal he killed over a century ago.

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* In a sort of one-sided variation, old DCComics villain/antihero ''TheShade'' keeps being pursued by the descendants of the Ludlows a criminal he killed over a century ago.family of murderers who attempted to rob and kill him in the Victorian era. Unfortunately for the family, Shade had just experienced the event that would grant him his unexplained powers, and slayed the entire family with his shadow demons... except for the pair of twins living upstairs.
19th Mar '16 11:12:21 PM Oddstar6
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* Preventing this is a big part of the plot of ''The Spider's War'', the last book of ''Literature/TheDaggerAndTheCoin'' series. The tide of the war had actually begun to turn against Antea in the previous book, and the armies of Elassae and Sarakal are closing in during most of the fifth book, but even though the Anteans had committed horrible atrocities against the innocent people of those two countries, and even though the spider priests were not entirely to blame for everything the Anteans had done, Cithrin and the other heroes spend much of the book trying to figure out a way to get the Elassans and Sarakalese to forswear revenge, precisely to prevent it from leading to another war down the line.
12th Mar '16 2:38:08 PM Allronix
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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': This fuels a lot of the BountyHunter storyline. Tarro Blood kills the Hunter's mentor, Braden, and the first act is spent hunting his ass down while fulfilling Braden's dream to have the Great Hunt (a Mandalorian-sponsored bounty hunting tournament) won by his stable. (Blood killed Braden to try and eliminate the stable from competition). Unfortunately, Blood and the last target of the Great Hunt (a Jedi Master) are on a Republic warship. Either way, Blood and the Jedi are dead by the Hunter's actions...which causes the Jedi Master's best friend (the Jedi Order's battlemaster), to declare revenge on the Hunter, resorting to framing the Hunter for a laundry list of trumped-up charges (their own crimes would have been sufficient), sending out squads of soldiers and other Jedi after the Hunter, and killing off the Hunter's friends and contacts.
7th Mar '16 1:55:24 PM DavidCowie
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* The German series ''Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter'', set in World War Two, contains an aversion. Charlotte sells out Lilija to protect herself. A couple of years later the tables are turned, but Lilija saves Charlotte. Charlotte asks "Why are you helping me?" and gets the reply "Because otherwise it will never stop."
4th Feb '16 4:52:32 PM alkistisioanna
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* The culture of Vendetta on the islands of Sicily and Corsica caused this kind of thing to happen until very recently (and maybe it's not quite all over yet).

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* The culture of Vendetta on the islands of Sicily and Sicily, Corsica and Crete caused this kind of thing to happen until very recently (and maybe it's not quite all over yet).
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