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20th Mar '17 7:37:18 PM karstovich2
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* Julia Maesa, grandmother of the Roman emperors Elagabal and Alexander Severus, had the former and his mother - that is, her daughter - killed.

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* Julia Maesa, grandmother of the Roman emperors Elagabal and Alexander Severus, had the former and his mother - that is, her daughter - killed. This may have been done for the good of the empire and the dynasty: Elagabal was both a religious fanatic and a heedless hedonist (not contradictory in ancient times!), and his mother was enabling him. By contrast, Alexander Severus was a serious boy who seemed cut out for rulership, even if he would need a regency (led, of course, by Julia Maesa). It didn't work out--serious boy or no, he was dominated by his grandmother and then his own mother, which made him unpopular with the legions, and when it came time for him to go to war, he was assassinated by a military conspiracy. This not only ended the Severan dynasty, but brought on the Crisis of the Third Century (the darkest time in Roman imperial history before the collapse of the Western Empire).
4th Mar '17 6:51:35 PM troodos
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* {{Subverted|Trope}} with ComicBook/LadyShiva, who is twice responsible for the death of her own daughter, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Cassandra]], but both times brings her BackFromTheDead, since she has her own agenda for her.
2nd Mar '17 10:39:26 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* A side-story from the ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' manga has [[spoiler: post!Sakurazukamori revelation]] Subaru befriending a young girl [[spoiler: who alerts him about a baby [[AbusiveParents who's being abused by his mentally-unstable mother]] and in ''serious'' risk of being at the receiving end of this trope. Subaru manages to save the baby and get help for both him and his EmptyShell mom, and then it turns out the girl is a CuteGhostGirl [[MurderSuicide whose mother killed her and then herself]] after the death of her (the girl)'s father. After explaining her backstory, the girl is able to go to Heaven.]]
** In the sequel, ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'', it's revealed that [[spoiler: Subaru's nemesis Seishirou Sakurazuka became the Sakurazukamori by killing his mother [[KlingonPromotion and the previous one]], Setsuka. Before dying, she explains that this is because the only one able to kill a Sakurazukamori and inherit the spot is the person they love the most; in her case it's her son... and ultimately, in Seishirou's case, [[StarCrossedLovers it's Subaru]].]]
23rd Feb '17 10:15:17 AM mariofan1000
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS5E11TheCopycats "The Copycats"]] it's implied that the [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct chinese knock-off versions of the Wattersons]] did this to their version of Anais, due to their website having her entry replaced with [[BlackComedy "Women no right to celebrate in republic of people."]] It's a jab at both Miracle Star's[[labelnote:note]]The Gumball bootleg that the episode is mocking[[/labelnote]] lack of an Anais clone as well as China's One Child Policy.
19th Feb '17 10:49:44 AM gb00393
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Stannis is pressured to sacrifice his daughter by Melisandre, a Red Priestess whose God demands human sacrifices in the form of fire. [[spoiler: With his army stuck in the snow miles from his enemy and the situation getting desperate, he eventually agrees, [[MoralEventHorizon allowing his own daughter to be burned alive in front the entire army]]. The snow does thaw, but [[EveryoneHasStandards half his men]] desert with all the horses, [[ShootTheShaggyDog leading him to be defeated in ensuing battle]].]]

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Stannis is pressured to sacrifice his daughter by Melisandre, a Red Priestess whose God demands human sacrifices in the form of fire. [[spoiler: With his army stuck in the snow miles from his enemy and the situation getting desperate, he eventually agrees, [[MoralEventHorizon allowing his own daughter to be burned alive in front the entire army]]. The snow does thaw, but [[EveryoneHasStandards half his men]] desert with all the horses, [[ShootTheShaggyDog leading him to be defeated in ensuing battle]].]]]]
** Old Nan tells a story about women smothering their babies rather than see them starve during a winter that lasted a generation.
** Tyrion suspects his father is putting him in the vanguard of a battle to invoke this, and Tywin is not particularly excited to see him alive afterward.
** Tyrion remarks to Jon Snow that if he had been born a peasant he might have been left in the woods to die. In "Mhysa," Tywin confesses he considered it, but changed his mind because Tyrion was still a Lannister.
** Craster sacrifices his baby sons to the White Walkers. Subverted in that the Walkers don't kill them, they turn the babies into White Walkers as well.
1st Feb '17 8:36:35 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/TheHuntsmanWintersWar'': Freya's lover kills their child, though why is not apparent. [[spoiler: He's revealed to have been framed near the end.]]
20th Jan '17 8:57:18 PM jormis29
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* One ''really'' over the top version happens in the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' novel ''Hathaway's Flash''. [[spoiler: It can't get it worse when a very high-ranked Federation officer condemns a certain rebel leader named "Mafty" to death... and finds out that said RebelLeader is his eldest son ''when the death warrant has already been signed and no one can't do anything about it.'']] Holy DiabolusExMachina, indeed.

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* One ''really'' over the top version happens in the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' novel ''Hathaway's Flash''.''[[Literature/MobileSuitGundamHathawaysFlash Hathaway's Flash]]''. [[spoiler: It can't get it worse when a very high-ranked Federation officer condemns a certain rebel leader named "Mafty" to death... and finds out that said RebelLeader is his eldest son ''when the death warrant has already been signed and no one can't do anything about it.'']] Holy DiabolusExMachina, indeed.
7th Jan '17 8:07:14 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/VoidCity'', while Eric has sired a number of other vampiric "children" over the years, he has ended up having to kill nearly all of them when they've turned against him. Phillipus implies that this is fairly common, and that he intentionally sires two vampires per year in the hope that some of them will eventually develop into enemies capable of amusing him over the long millennia of his life.
29th Dec '16 8:51:53 PM CJCroen1393
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* For further proof of how cruel Mother Nature herself can be, many animals have been known to participate in killing their own children. Oddly enough, with animals it's often more of a necessary evil than an act of malice--it's no coincidence that this behavior is more common among animals who tend to have more than one offspring at a time and not enough food to feed all of them, let alone themselves. For these animals, killing or abandoning one baby is a small price to pay if it means that the other baby (or babies) survives to adulthood.
28th Dec '16 9:32:27 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheElminsterSeries'': In ''Making of a Mage'' Farl's father, the head magelord, tried to do this after learning about him (he also killed Farl's mother). The reason isn't revealed, though he presumably thought Farl was a threat somehow.
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