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7th Nov '16 4:02:14 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** This is mixed with MercyKill. [[spoiler: After Takiko Okuda aka Genbu no Miko returns after being TrappedInAnotherWorld, she falls ill and everyone thinks it's either cancer or tuberculosis inherited from her deceased mother... but her dad Einosuke knows that she's being devoured from the inside by Genbu. He kills Takiko with this own hands to spare her from more suffering, and is then DrivenToSuicide.]] This is played differently in the ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' prequel, where [[HeroofAnotherStory Takiko is the main character]]: [[spoiler: Takiko had become an IllGirl due to tuberculosis, and would be sacrificed to Genbu if she didn't die of her IncurableCoughOfDeath, so she ultimately returned to the book... but ultimately the trope's played straight, with Einosuke mercy killing the dying Takiko through their bloodline as their medium, [[MurderSuicide by killing himself only]] whie holding the ''Universe of the four Gods'', where the dying Takiko is, in his hands. Takiko still lives for some miutes, managing to make two of her three wishes before dying more or less in peace, telling her remaining Senshi that her dad did it to help her.]]
** In Genbu Kaiden there's also [[spoiler: Takiko's love interest, Prince [[GenderBender Uruki]] of Hokkan. He was prophesied to [[SelfMadeOrphan kill his father]], the Emperor's brother, so his mother sent Uruki away to save her child. Later, Uruki's guardian was killed by an assassin sent by his dad, who had fallen into despair and wanted Uruki to die; he tried to fulfill the prophecy, but failed and not only he had to flee to Kutou, he was deeply embittered until Takiko came along.]]

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** This is mixed with MercyKill. [[spoiler: After Takiko Okuda aka Genbu no Miko returns after being TrappedInAnotherWorld, she falls ill and everyone thinks it's either cancer or tuberculosis inherited from her deceased mother... but her dad Einosuke knows that she's being devoured from the inside by Genbu. He kills Takiko with this own hands to spare her from more suffering, and is then DrivenToSuicide.]] This is played differently in the ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' prequel, where [[HeroofAnotherStory Takiko is the main character]]: [[spoiler: Takiko had become an IllGirl due to tuberculosis, and would be sacrificed to Genbu if she didn't die of her IncurableCoughOfDeath, so she ultimately returned to the book... but ultimately the trope's trope was played straight, with Einosuke mercy killing the dying Takiko through their bloodline as their medium, [[MurderSuicide by killing himself only]] whie while holding the ''Universe of the four Gods'', where the dying Takiko is, in his hands. Takiko still lives lived for some miutes, managing to make miutes and made two of her three wishes before dying more or less in peace, telling her remaining Senshi that her dad did it to help her.]]
** In Genbu Kaiden ''Genbu Kaiden'' there's also [[spoiler: Takiko's love interest, Prince [[GenderBender Uruki]] of Hokkan. He was prophesied to [[SelfMadeOrphan kill his father]], the Emperor's brother, Emperor Tegiru's brother Lord Temudan, so his mother Ayura sent Uruki away to save her child. Later, Uruki's guardian Soruen was killed by an assassin sent by his dad, Temudan, who had completely fallen into despair and wanted Uruki to die; he Uruki tried to fulfill the prophecy, but failed and not only he had to flee to Kutou, he was deeply embittered until Takiko came along.along. Ultimately Uruki confronted Temudan, now the Emperor, but thanks to Takiko he ''didn't'' kill him; they were about to reach a sort-of agreement... and then a supporter of Tegiru (who had been executed under Temudan's orders) fatally injured Temudan. In the end, Temudan gave the throne to Uruki and passed away in his son's arms.]]



* One ''really'' over the top version happens in the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' novel ''Hathaway's Flash''. [[spoiler: You can't get it worse when you're a very high-ranked Federation officer who condemns a certain rebel leader named "Mafty" to death... and then you find out it's your eldest son ''when you've already signed the death warrant and can't do anything about it.'']] Holy DiabolusExMachina, indeed.
* In ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'', after [[spoiler: Sakura/Kino questions the necessity of undergoing an operation to "become an adult", her parents and the community decide it is right and proper to kill her]].

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* One ''really'' over the top version happens in the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' novel ''Hathaway's Flash''. [[spoiler: You It can't get it worse when you're a very high-ranked Federation officer who condemns a certain rebel leader named "Mafty" to death... and then you find finds out it's your that said RebelLeader is his eldest son ''when you've already signed the death warrant has already been signed and no one can't do anything about it.'']] Holy DiabolusExMachina, indeed.
* In ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'', after [[spoiler: Sakura/Kino questions the necessity of undergoing an operation to "become an adult", her parents and ''and'' the community decide it is right and proper to kill her]].



** Dying head of the Ushiromiya family, Kinzo, decides that [[InadequateInheritor no one is fit to succeed him]] and decides to sacrifice them all in a magical ritual instead. [[spoiler: Subverted: Kinzo was already dead, and later events reveal that the riddle he wrote was not part of a magical ritual, but an attempt to contact his lost child, Yasu. The murders were not ''his'' intention.]]
** Accusations of this fly around a few other times too. In the 3rd arc, Jessica accuses [[spoiler:Eva]] of it, and in the fifth arc, Erika accuses [[spoiler:Natsuhi]] of it. Although there is no confirmation or rejection of the first accusation, the second one has been confirmed to be [[spoiler:false. However, while Natsuhi would never kill her own daughter, she did lash out at the child Kinzo gave her to raise by pushing a servant holding the baby off a cliff in a fit of anger.]]

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** The Dying head of the Ushiromiya family, Kinzo, decides that [[InadequateInheritor no one is fit to succeed him]] and decides to sacrifice them all in a magical ritual instead. [[spoiler: Subverted: Kinzo was already dead, and later events reveal that the riddle he wrote was not part of a magical ritual, but an attempt to contact his lost child, Yasu. The murders were not ''his'' intention.]]
** Accusations of this fly around a few other times too. In the 3rd arc, Jessica accuses [[spoiler:Eva]] of it, and in the fifth arc, Erika accuses [[spoiler:Natsuhi]] of it. Although there is no confirmation or rejection of the first accusation, the second one has been confirmed to be [[spoiler:false. ]] However, while Natsuhi [[spoiler: Natsuhi]] would never kill her own daughter, child, she did ''did'' [[spoiler: lash out at the child Kinzo gave her to raise by raise, pushing a servant holding the baby off a cliff in a fit of anger.]]



* While he was still in charge, Lordgenome of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' did this repeatedly when he grew tired of his daughters. Then he'd get new ones. And one of the abandoned girls, Nia, was taken in by the Gurren Brigade.

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* While he was still in charge, Lordgenome of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' did this repeatedly when he grew tired of his daughters. Then he'd get new ones. And But one of the abandoned girls, Nia, Nia Teppelin, was [[GirlInABox found]] and taken in by the Gurren Brigade.



* Misono from ''{{Manga/Narutaru}}'' tried to ''strangle'' a young Shiina once, having almost gone insane by the ''very'' strange death of her older daughter Mishou. Understandably, their relationship is ''very'' strained for the rest of the story. [[spoiler: And ironically, after it's more or less mended towards the end, Misono dies while trying to ''protect'' Shiina from a mob that wants to kill her.]]

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* Misono from ''{{Manga/Narutaru}}'' tried to ''strangle'' a young Shiina once, having almost gone insane by the ''very'' strange death of her older daughter Mishou. Understandably, their relationship is ''very'' strained for the rest of the story. [[spoiler: And ironically, after it's more or less mended towards the end, Misono dies while trying to ''protect'' Shiina from a mob that wants to kill her.her, which is one of the reasons [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Shiina ultimately goes off the deep end]].]]



* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' ends with [[spoiler:Mokuzu, who had been abused by her father since infancy, being killed (and dismembered) by him.]] It's implied she knew all too well this would be her fate and she had accepted it.

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* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' ends with [[spoiler:Mokuzu, [[spoiler: Mokuzu Umino, who had been abused by her father Masachika since infancy, being killed (and dismembered) beaten to death by him.him. He later dismembers her corpse and hides the parts, with Nagisa and her brother Tomohiko finding them.]] It's implied she knew all too well this would be her fate and she had accepted completely resigned herself to it.
7th Nov '16 3:50:09 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Attempted ar least twice in Manga/RGVeda:
** Ashura's EvilMatriarch Shashi tried to kill [[AmbiguousGender him/her]] after birth, to hide [[spoiler: that they're the son of Ashura-ou, ''not'' Taishaku-ten]] ''and'' to make sure their brother Tenou [[spoiler: aka Taishaku-ten's actual son]] would eventually be the King.
** [[spoiler: When Kujaku was born from the incestuous union between the siblings Tentei and Sonseiou, Tentei locked Sonseiou and Kujaku away and completely abandoned them to hide such a sing. Sonseiou eventually ended up [[GoMadFromTheIsolation losing her mind]] and tried to kill her son, but in a flash of lucidity killed herself to avert murdering him.]]
26th Oct '16 10:53:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheBelievers'': The villains are an evil cult consisting largely of upper class yuppies who have sacrificed their children in dark rituals in exchange for fame and success. They want to recruit the hero to have him do the same thing to his own son.
22nd Oct '16 8:51:55 AM mirthe
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* At the end of a Reylo Star Wars fanfic 'Fulcrum'[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11937159/1/Fulcrum]][[spoiler: Kylo Ren kills his son Sheev to save his wife, Rey]]

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* At the end of a Reylo Star Wars fanfic 'Fulcrum'[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11937159/1/Fulcrum]][[spoiler: Kylo Ren kills his son Sheev to save resurrect his wife, Rey]]
22nd Oct '16 8:50:51 AM mirthe
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* At the end of a Reylo Star Wars fanfic 'Fulcrum'[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11937159/1/Fulcrum]][[spoiler: Kylo Ren kills his son Sheev to save his wife, Rey]]


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20th Oct '16 4:39:33 PM siberia82
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19th Oct '16 2:23:38 PM Dravencour
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', the title character's mother was a religious fanatic who believed that her daughter was the spawn of the devil because of her telekinetic powers, and tried to kill Carrie once when she was a baby. When Carrie comes home to confront her mother during her telekinetic rampage after being [[BewareTheNiceOnes pushed too far at her prom]], she tries to kill Carrie once more, putting a knife into her daughter's shoulder before Carrie telekinetically [[SelfMadeOrphan stops her heart]].

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', the title character's mother was a religious fanatic who believed that her daughter was the spawn of the devil because of her telekinetic powers, and tried to kill Carrie once when she was a baby.baby (the fact that Carrie may also have been [[spoiler:[[ChildByRape a child by marital rape]]]] may have also contributed to this). When Carrie comes home to confront her mother during her telekinetic rampage after being [[BewareTheNiceOnes pushed too far at her prom]], she tries to kill Carrie once more, putting a knife into her daughter's shoulder before Carrie telekinetically [[SelfMadeOrphan stops her heart]].
19th Oct '16 2:16:31 PM Dravencour
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'''"I Need A Spare Bedroom"''': The child is blameless (or at least not guilty of anything deserving of death); the parent just wants to dispose of the child for some reason. Maybe there's a [[Theatre/OedipusRex prophecy]] about the kid coming back and killing the parent and the parent figures "It's me or them"; maybe the parent has to [[DealWithTheDevil keep a pact]] made with a dark power in which the child's life is the price; maybe you've been born into a family of power but Mom and/or Dad [[ParentalFavoritism likes your younger sibling better]] and wants [[TheUnfavourite you out of the way]] of their ascent into power; maybe you were born as [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent an unacceptable nonconformist]]; maybe the parent would rather see you dead than with [[ParentalMarriageVeto someone he didn't choose for you]] or believes that you've [[HonorRelatedAbuse stained the honor of the family in some fashion]]; maybe the [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild circumstances of your birth]] are to blame, maybe he thinks YouShouldHaveDiedInstead of some favored sibling or the other parent; maybe they feel threatened or jealous of you because while you're growing up, they are growing old and/or they fear that you'll become better then then and/or will replace you, maybe they find you the painful reminder of [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe suspected infidelity]]; and/or maybe the parent is [[EvilMatriarch just]]... [[ArchnemesisDad plain]]... {{evil|Overlord}}. And doesn't like you.

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'''"I Need A Spare Bedroom"''': The child is blameless (or at least not guilty of anything deserving of death); the parent just wants to dispose of the child for some reason. Maybe there's a [[Theatre/OedipusRex prophecy]] about the kid coming back and killing the parent and the parent figures "It's me or them"; maybe the parent has to [[DealWithTheDevil keep a pact]] made with a dark power in which the child's life is the price; maybe you've been born into a family of power but Mom and/or Dad [[ParentalFavoritism likes your younger sibling better]] and wants [[TheUnfavourite you out of the way]] of their ascent into power; maybe you were born as [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent an unacceptable nonconformist]]; maybe the parent would rather see you dead than with [[ParentalMarriageVeto someone he didn't choose for you]] or believes that you've [[HonorRelatedAbuse stained the honor of the family in some fashion]]; maybe the [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild circumstances of your birth]] are to blame, maybe he thinks YouShouldHaveDiedInstead of some favored sibling or the other parent; maybe they feel threatened or jealous of you because while you're growing up, they are growing old and/or they fear that you'll become better then then and/or will replace you, maybe they find you the painful reminder of [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe suspected infidelity]]; infidelity]] or [[ChildByRape a horrible crime against them]]; and/or maybe the parent is [[EvilMatriarch just]]... [[ArchnemesisDad plain]]... {{evil|Overlord}}. And doesn't like you.
19th Oct '16 2:14:13 PM Dravencour
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12th Oct '16 12:08:08 PM StFan
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* ''Fanfic/{{The Racket-Rotter Chronicles}}'': In a late chapter of Arc 1, an inebriated Silver attempts to do this to Shark.

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-->'''Scott Evil:''' I just think, like, he hates me. I really think he wants to kill me.
-->'''Therapist:''' He doesn't really want to kill you. Sometimes we just say that.
-->'''Dr. Evil:''' No actually the boy is quite astute. I really ''am'' trying to kill him, but so far unsuccessfully. He's quite wily, like his old man.

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-->'''Scott Evil:''' I just think, like, he hates me. I really think he wants to kill me.
-->'''Therapist:'''
me.\\
'''Therapist:'''
He doesn't really want to kill you. Sometimes we just say that.
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that.\\
'''Dr.
Evil:''' No actually the boy is quite astute. I really ''am'' trying to kill him, but so far unsuccessfully. He's quite wily, like his old man.



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* Happened several times among the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology The Greek Gods]]:
** Because Cronus had been prophesied to be overthrown by one of his children, he ate all of his offspring alive, except [[YoungestChildWins Zeus]] who was saved by his mother. Though as they were gods, this didn't kill them. They matured inside his stomach.
** Cronus' father Ouranos had earlier shoved Cronus' siblings back into their mother's womb.
** Zeus himself ate one of his [[ReallyGetsAround many consorts]] when she was pregnant with Athena, who was prophesied to be greater than Zeus himself. [[MisterSeahorse That one backfired, tho.]]
** Zeus also killed his son Iason out of anger for sleeping the goddess Demeter (who also had been Zeus's lover).
* Quite a few parents of Greek heroes tried to ScrewDestiny by having their children killed. Of course, since YouCantFightFate, this frequently backfired.
** Oedipus' parents pierced his feet and left him on a hill to die, to prevent him from fulfilling the prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Most famously told in the tragedy ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing''. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also gave him his name]]: "Oedipus" means "swollen foot".
** Perseus' grandfather Acrisius locked the newborn and his mother Danae in a trunk and set them out to sea, since it was prophesied that kid would kill him when he grew up. With a little help from the Gods, they were saved by drifting to an island, and Perseus would grow into one of the most famous heroes of Greek myths.
* Other characters from Classical Mythology killed their own children for vengeance, madness, to appease the gods, or just ForTheEvulz:
** To bring shame on the gods, Tantalus had his own son Pelops killed and cooked to serve him to the gods (the boy was later restored to life, though).
** Heracles famously was driven insane by his stepmother, Hera, which led to him killing his first wife Megara and their children. The myths vary on how many children, but the best known account is that of Creator/{{Euripides}}'s play ''Heracles'' which describes three sons.
** Phaedra, second wife of Theseus, was attracted to her stepson Hippolytus and after declaring her love to him (or ''raping'' him in some versions) she felt so ashamed and fearful that he might tell his father that she accused him on raping her. Theseus believed her and cursed his son, asking Poseidon to kill him. Poseidon was his bud and so he caused Hippolytus' horses to go wild and drag the poor guy to his death. The story is told in Creator/{{Euripides}}' ''Theatre/{{Hippolytus}}''.
** When Meleager was born, the Fates predicted he would only live until a brand, burning in the family hearth, was consumed by fire. Overhearing them, his mother Althaea immediately doused and hid the brand. When he grew up, Meleager killed his uncles Iphicles and Eurypylus (Althaea's brothers) in an argument; Althaea was so pissed that ran back to the house, retrieved the brand from it's hiding place, and put it on the fire, killing her son.
** In his ''Literature/{{Metamorphoses}}'', Ovid tells the story of Queen Procne of Thracia: Her husband, King Tereus, raped Procne's younger sister, Philomela, and then cut out her tongue so she couldn't tell anyone. Philomela weaved the event onto a tapestry, which she showed to Procne; Procne, in a fit of anger, killed Itys, (her son by Tereus), and served him to his father for dinner.
** Cepheus and Cassiopeia, who had offended the Nereids, were willing to sacrifice their daughter [[BarrierMaiden Andromeda]] to a sea monster, either their kingdom would be destroyed by it. To the parents' relieve, however, Perseus killed the monster and saved Andromeda.
** Agamemnon ordered the sacrifice of his own daughter Iphigenia to obtain the Gods' favor on the [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Greek campaign to Troy.]] According to Creator/{{Euripides}}, Iphigenia was spirited away by the Gods to the Taurians at the last minute, but in the older version the sacrifice was indeed carried out. The sacrifice of Iphigenia is also often given as the original reason for [[MamaBear Clytemnestra's grudge]] against her husband, which later led to her murder of Agamemnon. As ''ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse'' put it:
--->'''Narration:''' Torn between duty to brother, love of daughter, sympathy for wife, and fear of army, Agamemnon tricked Clytemnestra into bringing Iphigenia to the sacrifice.\\
'''Clytemnestra:''' (''visibly angrily walking away'') You haven't heard the last of this, boy!\\
'''Agamemnon:''' (''running from the altar, arms open'') But Clytemnestra!
** Ironically, Clytemnestra later treated her ''other'' daughter Electra like crap because she would not forget her father. In the tragedy ''Theatre/{{Electra}}'', she [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere gets the poor girl locked away in a cave to die of starvation and thirst]].
*** Totally his own fault, too, as he only needed to sacrifice Iphigenia because he had angered the goddess Artemis before. He really should have known better than to insult a goddess. And also he started the war to a certain extent so its not like he was forced into that situation.
** According to Creator/{{Euripides}}' ''Theatre/{{Medea}}'', the eponymous Taurian princess killed her own children by Jason when she learned that Jason planned to leave her for another woman.
* According to history and myth, Lucius Brutus (Ancestor of the assassin Marcus Junius Brutus) the founder of UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic did this. Two of his sons worked defected to Tarquin. In order to prove that the Republic played no favorites, Lucius Brutus was forced to MakeAnExampleOfThem and ordered the death of his own sons.
* Examples from Literature/TheBible:
** Subverted in the so-called "Binding of Isaac": God orders Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac; but when Abraham is just about to go through with it, an angel appears and grabs his hand, revealing that it was only a test. It's also a sort of ChekhovsGun in that God has already explicitly said to Abraham that ''Isaac'' will be the son through whom his descendants are counted (Literature/{{Genesis}} 21:12). Funnily enough, Literature/TheQuran tells the same story...only it's Ishmael who gets trussed up, rather than Isaac. No mention is made of "the son who counts", however.
** Played straight with [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Athaliah]], except in this case it's Grandchildren Genocide. She tried to kill off all the heirs to her son Ahaziah's throne (in those times the queen was the mother, not the wife of the king) to seize power. Only one, Jehoash survived.
** Played straight when Jephthah made a promise to God that he would give Him the first thing that came out of his door to greet him as a burnt offering if God would give him the victory over his enemies. And, as it turned out, the first thing that did greet Jephthah when he came home from his victory was his only daughter. "And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed. and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, that the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year."
** Endorsed in Deuteronomy 21:18-21: parents are allowed to bring their disobedient children to the elders of the city to stone them to death.
* OlderThanDirt: The Mesopotamian god / EldritchAbomination Apsu tries to slaughter all of his descendants, including his immediate offspring, in ''Literature/EnumaElish''. After they kill him in self-defense, his mate Tiamat picks up where he left off, [[RevengeMyopia even though she's the one]] who tried to stop Apsu and then warned them of his attack. She also ends up killed by the younger gods.
* An old Welsh tradition about [[Myth/KingArthur "King" Arthur]], related as early as ''Literature/HistoriaBrittonum'', is that he killed a son of his own called Amr. The circumstances are not known, but possibly this is the root for the later tradition that Arthur killed his own son Mo(r)dred (in the process being himself mortally wounded). Note that with Mordred at least this was Type 2.
* Germanic heroic legend has the story of the hero Hildebrand who returned to his native land after thirty years of exile: When, on a reconnaissance mission, he ran into an enemy warrior, he was challenged to combat. He realized that the hostile warrior was his own son Hadubrand, but Hadubrand, who thought Hildebrand was dead, accused him of being an impostor and forced him to fight for his life. It ended with Hildebrand inflicting a deadly wound on his own son. Hildebrand's tragic fight with Hadubrand is the subject of the oldest surviving piece of German heroic poetry, "Hildebrandslied" ("Lay of Hildebrand"). In the 13th century, an alternate version arose that provided a HappyEnding by letting Hadubrand survive.
* "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Llorona La Llorona]]", the ghost of a woman who murdered her children.
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* The randomly-generated murders in ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]'' make this a possible result.

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* Happened several times among the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology The randomly-generated murders in ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]'' make Greek Gods]]:
** Because Cronus had been prophesied to be overthrown by one of his children, he ate all of his offspring alive, except [[YoungestChildWins Zeus]] who was saved by his mother. Though as they were gods,
this didn't kill them. They matured inside his stomach.
** Cronus' father Ouranos had earlier shoved Cronus' siblings back into their mother's womb.
** Zeus himself ate one of his [[ReallyGetsAround many consorts]] when she was pregnant with Athena, who was prophesied to be greater than Zeus himself. [[MisterSeahorse That one backfired, tho.]]
** Zeus also killed his son Iason out of anger for sleeping the goddess Demeter (who also had been Zeus's lover).
* Quite
a possible result.few parents of Greek heroes tried to ScrewDestiny by having their children killed. Of course, since YouCantFightFate, this frequently backfired.
** Oedipus' parents pierced his feet and left him on a hill to die, to prevent him from fulfilling the prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Most famously told in the tragedy ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing''. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also gave him his name]]: "Oedipus" means "swollen foot".
** Perseus' grandfather Acrisius locked the newborn and his mother Danae in a trunk and set them out to sea, since it was prophesied that kid would kill him when he grew up. With a little help from the Gods, they were saved by drifting to an island, and Perseus would grow into one of the most famous heroes of Greek myths.
* Other characters from Classical Mythology killed their own children for vengeance, madness, to appease the gods, or just ForTheEvulz:
** To bring shame on the gods, Tantalus had his own son Pelops killed and cooked to serve him to the gods (the boy was later restored to life, though).
** Heracles famously was driven insane by his stepmother, Hera, which led to him killing his first wife Megara and their children. The myths vary on how many children, but the best known account is that of Creator/{{Euripides}}'s play ''Heracles'' which describes three sons.
** Phaedra, second wife of Theseus, was attracted to her stepson Hippolytus and after declaring her love to him (or ''raping'' him in some versions) she felt so ashamed and fearful that he might tell his father that she accused him on raping her. Theseus believed her and cursed his son, asking Poseidon to kill him. Poseidon was his bud and so he caused Hippolytus' horses to go wild and drag the poor guy to his death. The story is told in Creator/{{Euripides}}' ''Theatre/{{Hippolytus}}''.
** When Meleager was born, the Fates predicted he would only live until a brand, burning in the family hearth, was consumed by fire. Overhearing them, his mother Althaea immediately doused and hid the brand. When he grew up, Meleager killed his uncles Iphicles and Eurypylus (Althaea's brothers) in an argument; Althaea was so pissed that ran back to the house, retrieved the brand from it's hiding place, and put it on the fire, killing her son.
** In his ''Literature/{{Metamorphoses}}'', Ovid tells the story of Queen Procne of Thracia: Her husband, King Tereus, raped Procne's younger sister, Philomela, and then cut out her tongue so she couldn't tell anyone. Philomela weaved the event onto a tapestry, which she showed to Procne; Procne, in a fit of anger, killed Itys, (her son by Tereus), and served him to his father for dinner.
** Cepheus and Cassiopeia, who had offended the Nereids, were willing to sacrifice their daughter [[BarrierMaiden Andromeda]] to a sea monster, either their kingdom would be destroyed by it. To the parents' relieve, however, Perseus killed the monster and saved Andromeda.
** Agamemnon ordered the sacrifice of his own daughter Iphigenia to obtain the Gods' favor on the [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Greek campaign to Troy.]] According to Creator/{{Euripides}}, Iphigenia was spirited away by the Gods to the Taurians at the last minute, but in the older version the sacrifice was indeed carried out. The sacrifice of Iphigenia is also often given as the original reason for [[MamaBear Clytemnestra's grudge]] against her husband, which later led to her murder of Agamemnon. As ''ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse'' put it:
--->'''Narration:''' Torn between duty to brother, love of daughter, sympathy for wife, and fear of army, Agamemnon tricked Clytemnestra into bringing Iphigenia to the sacrifice.\\
'''Clytemnestra:''' (''visibly angrily walking away'') You haven't heard the last of this, boy!\\
'''Agamemnon:''' (''running from the altar, arms open'') But Clytemnestra!
** Ironically, Clytemnestra later treated her ''other'' daughter Electra like crap because she would not forget her father. In the tragedy ''Theatre/{{Electra}}'', she [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere gets the poor girl locked away in a cave to die of starvation and thirst]].
*** Totally his own fault, too, as he only needed to sacrifice Iphigenia because he had angered the goddess Artemis before. He really should have known better than to insult a goddess. And also he started the war to a certain extent so its not like he was forced into that situation.
** According to Creator/{{Euripides}}' ''Theatre/{{Medea}}'', the eponymous Taurian princess killed her own children by Jason when she learned that Jason planned to leave her for another woman.
* According to history and myth, Lucius Brutus (Ancestor of the assassin Marcus Junius Brutus) the founder of UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic did this. Two of his sons worked defected to Tarquin. In order to prove that the Republic played no favorites, Lucius Brutus was forced to MakeAnExampleOfThem and ordered the death of his own sons.
* Examples from Literature/TheBible:
** Subverted in the so-called "Binding of Isaac": God orders Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac; but when Abraham is just about to go through with it, an angel appears and grabs his hand, revealing that it was only a test. It's also a sort of ChekhovsGun in that God has already explicitly said to Abraham that ''Isaac'' will be the son through whom his descendants are counted (Literature/{{Genesis}} 21:12). Funnily enough, Literature/TheQuran tells the same story...only it's Ishmael who gets trussed up, rather than Isaac. No mention is made of "the son who counts", however.
** Played straight with [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Athaliah]], except in this case it's Grandchildren Genocide. She tried to kill off all the heirs to her son Ahaziah's throne (in those times the queen was the mother, not the wife of the king) to seize power. Only one, Jehoash survived.
** Played straight when Jephthah made a promise to God that he would give Him the first thing that came out of his door to greet him as a burnt offering if God would give him the victory over his enemies. And, as it turned out, the first thing that did greet Jephthah when he came home from his victory was his only daughter. "And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed. and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, that the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year."
** Endorsed in Deuteronomy 21:18-21: parents are allowed to bring their disobedient children to the elders of the city to stone them to death.
* OlderThanDirt: The Mesopotamian god / EldritchAbomination Apsu tries to slaughter all of his descendants, including his immediate offspring, in ''Literature/EnumaElish''. After they kill him in self-defense, his mate Tiamat picks up where he left off, [[RevengeMyopia even though she's the one]] who tried to stop Apsu and then warned them of his attack. She also ends up killed by the younger gods.
* An old Welsh tradition about [[Myth/KingArthur "King" Arthur]], related as early as ''Literature/HistoriaBrittonum'', is that he killed a son of his own called Amr. The circumstances are not known, but possibly this is the root for the later tradition that Arthur killed his own son Mo(r)dred (in the process being himself mortally wounded). Note that with Mordred at least this was Type 2.
* Germanic heroic legend has the story of the hero Hildebrand who returned to his native land after thirty years of exile: When, on a reconnaissance mission, he ran into an enemy warrior, he was challenged to combat. He realized that the hostile warrior was his own son Hadubrand, but Hadubrand, who thought Hildebrand was dead, accused him of being an impostor and forced him to fight for his life. It ended with Hildebrand inflicting a deadly wound on his own son. Hildebrand's tragic fight with Hadubrand is the subject of the oldest surviving piece of German heroic poetry, "Hildebrandslied" ("Lay of Hildebrand"). In the 13th century, an alternate version arose that provided a HappyEnding by letting Hadubrand survive.
* "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Llorona La Llorona]]", the ghost of a woman who murdered her children.



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* The Emperor killing Horus in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. One of the more justified examples, as Horus at that point had just led a daemon-empowered invasion of Terra, ripped the Imperium apart in civil war that had claimed ''trillions'' of lives, corrupted half of his brothers, killed one of his brothers who remained loyal to the Emperor, consorted with daemons, destroyed multiple planets, laid siege to the Emperor's palace and was at that moment trying to eviscerate the Emperor. As with everything, when ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' justifies a trope, it [[UpToEleven doesn't do it by halves.]] It says a lot about how much the Emperor loved Horus that none of that was actually enough to force the Emperor to kill Horus. Even as he was being torn apart, he still hoped that Horus could be redeemed. Then a lone soldier (who prior to retcons, was an ordinary human being with absolutely no chance of hurting Horus) stood before Horus in a futile attempt to defend the Emperor. Horus casually flayed the man alive with a glance. This cold-blooded murder is what finally convinced the Emperor that Horus needed to die. So the mortally wounded Emperor launched a psychic attack of such power that it obliterated Horus and sent the four Chaos gods who had possessed Horus screaming back to the Warp.

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* The Emperor killing Horus randomly-generated murders in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. One of the more justified examples, as Horus at that point had just led ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]'' make this a daemon-empowered invasion of Terra, ripped the Imperium apart in civil war that had claimed ''trillions'' of lives, corrupted half of his brothers, killed one of his brothers who remained loyal to the Emperor, consorted with daemons, destroyed multiple planets, laid siege to the Emperor's palace and was at that moment trying to eviscerate the Emperor. As with everything, when ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' justifies a trope, it [[UpToEleven doesn't do it by halves.]] It says a lot about how much the Emperor loved Horus that none of that was actually enough to force the Emperor to kill Horus. Even as he was being torn apart, he still hoped that Horus could be redeemed. Then a lone soldier (who prior to retcons, was an ordinary human being with absolutely no chance of hurting Horus) stood before Horus in a futile attempt to defend the Emperor. Horus casually flayed the man alive with a glance. This cold-blooded murder is what finally convinced the Emperor that Horus needed to die. So the mortally wounded Emperor launched a psychic attack of such power that it obliterated Horus and sent the four Chaos gods who had possessed Horus screaming back to the Warp. possible result.



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* The Emperor killing Horus in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. One of the more justified examples, as Horus at that point had just led a daemon-empowered invasion of Terra, ripped the Imperium apart in civil war that had claimed ''trillions'' of lives, corrupted half of his brothers, killed one of his brothers who remained loyal to the Emperor, consorted with daemons, destroyed multiple planets, laid siege to the Emperor's palace and was at that moment trying to eviscerate the Emperor. As with everything, when ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' justifies a trope, it [[UpToEleven doesn't do it by halves.]] It says a lot about how much the Emperor loved Horus that none of that was actually enough to force the Emperor to kill Horus. Even as he was being torn apart, he still hoped that Horus could be redeemed. Then a lone soldier (who prior to retcons, was an ordinary human being with absolutely no chance of hurting Horus) stood before Horus in a futile attempt to defend the Emperor. Horus casually flayed the man alive with a glance. This cold-blooded murder is what finally convinced the Emperor that Horus needed to die. So the mortally wounded Emperor launched a psychic attack of such power that it obliterated Horus and sent the four Chaos gods who had possessed Horus screaming back to the Warp.
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* [[spoiler:Mamiya Shinzo]] kills his son and then commits suicide in one ending of ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo.'' Type two, but kind of his own fault.



* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', it's revealed in the Bad Boys Love route that [[spoiler:Yuuya's stepfather ordered him to smash Sakuya's egg, due it being laid between Yuuya's mother and father. Instead of doing that, Yuuya hid Sakuya's egg until his mother and stepfather had an egg together, then switched that egg with Sakuya's, smashing the other one]].



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* [[spoiler:Mamiya Shinzo]] kills his son and then commits suicide in one ending of ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo.'' Type two, but kind of his own fault.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', it's revealed in the Bad Boys Love route that [[spoiler:Yuuya's stepfather ordered him to smash Sakuya's egg, due it being laid between Yuuya's mother and father. Instead of doing that, Yuuya hid Sakuya's egg until his mother and stepfather had an egg together, then switched that egg with Sakuya's, smashing the other one]].
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