History Main / OffingTheoffspring

6th Feb '16 9:46:58 PM Nohbody
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* Infanticide is the usual birth and population control method by primitive cultures. The killed children are usually eaten, providing thus extra protein for the survivors.

* There have been cases where the parent has performed a MercyKill at the request of a severely disabled and/or dying son or daughter who is unable to carry it out themselves. * In Roman culture, there was the practice of exposure. After a child was born, the father could either chose to claim it as his, or to refuse to (if he suspected that it wasn't his, or simply didn't want to deal with it). The child would be left alone and outside, often in town squares. While most were picked up and taken as slaves, undoubtedly many did perish.

* Supposedly, Marc Cherry's inspiration for ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' came when he read a story about a mother killing her four children; he asked his mother whether she could imagine having done this, and she answering affirmatively.

** Ironically, in the middle of the massive media circus that Anjette's trial was, she claimed not only that the mother-in-law (Julia Lyles) had killed her own son [[MurderSuicide before poisoning herself]], but that the other murders were commited by ''her'' (Anjette's) mother. No one bought it.

* As the Spanish and the Portuguese conquered America and enslaved the natives, many women either killed their children or got abortions so their kids wouldn't end up under the rule of the conquerers. * In ancient Roman times, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pater_familias Pater Familias]], meaning the male head of the household, was legally in charge of his wife and any unmarried children. This meant that the Pater Familias could disown his children, sell them into slavery, or even have them killed. Although this last power was rarely exercised, and eventually made illegal, there were stories of father's executing their sons for treason. In addition, it was considered his duty to make sure no sick or deformed babies were allowed to live. These babies would be abandoned outside and would often be picked up and sold into slavery or just left to starve. * Historically -- and currently -- this is often TruthInTelevision on account of HeirClubForMen and related things. In many cultures, including AncientGreece and Ancient India, female babies were liable to be killed, chiefly because of the burden they placed on the family (besides years of eating the family's food, the cultures that practiced this kind of infanticide tended to have the bride's family pay the dowry; in other countries, e.g. Islamic Arabia and Persia, where the husband was expected to pay a dower/bride-price, the practice was less common[[note]]Albeit not nonexistent, since one of the first clear criminal prohibitions in the Qur'an was a ban on doing this[[/note]] since at least you got part of your money back). Today, the same concerns are leading many in India and China to abort female fetuses after ultrasound; the Chinese have a double incentive on account of the one-child policy. ** In India, female babies and toddlers still have a very low change to survive, due to this. However, in many cases this is the parents in law offing the offspring's offspring.

* Many animals will kill their offspring, particularly insects. A few birds of prey kill the runt of their brood to supply food to their stronger children in harsh climes. * Male bears are known to kill cubs to weed out potential competition for mates. They're why the female bear is a MamaBear, and why that trope's [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] is not Papa Bear, but PapaWolf.

* A depressing number of girls in Western countries are murdered by their own parents for "betraying their culture". More than a few of them are cases of HonorRelatedAbuse.

* This was common practice for the Ptolemaic dynasty when they ruled Egypt. Also the inverse. Also fratricide. A DeadlyDecadentCourt, indeed.

** Sacrificing children to the local gods was actually a rather common practice among ancient civilizations. * So often truth in television that German media gave it an euphemistic name, calling it "family tragedy" when it is in fact the father of a family murdering his (ex)wife and children. More often than not this is because the wife wanted to leave the husband and take the children with her.
2nd Feb '16 9:08:49 PM NaraNumas
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** In ''Videogame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', Dracula is doomed to battle his own descendants.
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** In ''Videogame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', Dracula is doomed to battle his own descendants. And this is especially true of the alternate universe's Trevor Belmont, Dracula didn't know he had a child until he's already impaled Trevor with his own combat cross [[spoiler: and gave him his blood, which would eventually turn him into Alucard]]. The shock that the the brotherhood knowingly sent Trevor to kill him [[DespairEventHorizon causes him to extend his vendetta from God to the whole of humanity]].
28th Jan '16 11:17:07 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* In the ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' reboot, the "one who got away" as described by Sweet Tooth is [[spoiler:his daughter, who escaped from the PaterFamilicide he just committed on his family, and he wishes to correct that. It does not go well for him.]] ** As far back as the first ''Twisted Metal'', this trope is played straight in Yellow Jacket's ending; a father looking for his son. [[spoiler:Who turns out to be Sweet Tooth, who he just unknowingly killed in the tournament. Ouch.]]
28th Jan '16 7:00:42 AM FF32
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* The royal family in ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' already had this happen once before the beginning of the game. The crown prince was executed on false charges because [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething he was making his dad look bad]], and Queen Protea has been using this fact to threaten [[BadassPrincess Princess Eruca]] pretty much ever since. True to the EvilStepmother trope, it doesn't take much to tip Protea into actively trying to murder Eruca, either; there's even one bad end where she has her assassinated and blames it on a foreign power.
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* The royal family in ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' already had this happen once before the beginning of the game. The crown prince was executed on false charges because [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething he was making his dad look bad]], and Queen Protea has been using this fact to threaten [[BadassPrincess Princess Eruca]] pretty much ever since. True to the EvilStepmother WickedStepmother trope, it doesn't take much to tip Protea into actively trying to murder Eruca, either; there's even one bad end where she has her assassinated and blames it on a foreign power.
17th Jan '16 5:59:19 PM rjd1922
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* One of the ghosts in Film/TheSixthSense became a ghost this way. [[spoiler: Her mother was poisoning her so she (the mother) could get the attention and sympathy it produced.]]
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* One of the ghosts in Film/TheSixthSense ''Film/TheSixthSense'' became a ghost this way. [[spoiler: Her mother was poisoning her so she (the mother) could get the attention and sympathy it produced.]]
15th Jan '16 5:59:14 PM eroock
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[[quoteright:302:[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kyoko_and_Asuka_300_8679.jpg]]]] [[caption-width-right:302:Because there weren't enough traumatic experiences already.]]
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[[quoteright:302:[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion [[quoteright:300:[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kyoko_and_Asuka_300_8679.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kyoko_and_asuka.jpg]]]] [[caption-width-right:302:Because [[caption-width-right:300:Because there weren't enough traumatic experiences already.]]
27th Dec '15 10:53:43 PM kome360
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** A Commoner woman is seen in one chapter crying by the riverbank. The reason? She was just forced to drown her infant son, because she couldn't afford to feed him and the only other fate he had was a slow death from starvation. It's presented in story as a MercyKill.
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** A Commoner woman is seen in one chapter crying by the riverbank. The reason? She was just forced to drown her infant son, because she couldn't afford to feed him and the only other fate he had was a slow possible outcomes were death from starvation. by starvation, death by sickness, or join a group of MadScientist bioengineers and go insane with mutation. It's presented in story in-story as a MercyKill.
25th Dec '15 1:32:05 PM Gamermaster
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* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' [[spoiler: Asuka attempted to induce a miscarriage via starvation after she got pregnant (something that Shinji noted was more dangerous to her than the baby), but she changed her tune after the first ultrasound. This would come back to haunt her during the MindRape scene.]]
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* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' [[spoiler: Asuka attempted to induce a miscarriage via starvation after she got pregnant (something that Shinji noted was more dangerous to her than the baby), but she [[GoodParents changed her tune tune]] after the first ultrasound. This would come back to haunt her during the MindRape scene.]]
25th Dec '15 1:31:23 PM Gamermaster
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* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' [[spoiler: Asuka attempted to induce a miscarriage via starvation after she got pregnant (something that Shinji noted was more dangerous to her than the baby), but she changed her tune after the first ultrasound. This would come back to haunt her during the MindRape scene.]]
24th Dec '15 1:07:29 PM RavenWilder
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* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Chancellor Jaha ordered all of TheArk's juvenile criminals sent down to EarthThatWas. In theory, they're meant to test whether the planet's become habitable again. In reality, they're all expected to die, [[ColdEquation freeing up more oxygen for the rest of the Ark]]. When Jaha's son, Wells, gets himself arrested, he's not given any special treatment, and is sent down to die with the rest of them.
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