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10th Feb '16 6:11:56 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''{{Film/Felon}}, this is John Smith's backstory: gang members murdered his family, so instead of just going after them he killed ''their'' relatives as well. The jury was sympathetic enough to give him life without parole instead of death (though he [[DeathSeeker didn't want that).
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* In ''{{Film/Felon}}, ''{{Film/Felon}}'', this is John Smith's backstory: gang members murdered his family, so instead of just going after them he killed ''their'' relatives as well. The jury was sympathetic enough to give him life without parole instead of death (though he [[DeathSeeker didn't want that).that]]).
9th Feb '16 1:09:50 PM bobwolf
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Adam Taurus is the head of a [[WesternTerrorist terrorist organization]] that Blake defected from. Upon seeing her again, he swears to punish her by destroying everything she loves, [[spoiler: starting with Yang]].
19th Jan '16 9:26:14 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/CMPunk's threat to murder Allison Danger with a towel while Wrestling/ColtCabana restrained Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels so he would be {{forced to watch}} was The Second City Saints's proposed revenge, since Punk had already beaten up the Outcast Killahs to show Rob Feinstein he was serious, threatened to kill a member of the Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH locker room if the party responsible for ambushing [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Lucy]] wasn't revealed, personally believing it to have been The Prophecy. It wasn't Daniels or any then revealed Prophecy member, though, but BJ Whitmer, who attacked Lucy to get revenge on Punk knocking him out. Whitmer would soon be revealed as another Prophecy member, so they weren't far off, all things considered.[[/folder]]
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* Wrestling/CMPunk's threat to murder Allison Danger with a towel while Wrestling/ColtCabana restrained Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels so he would be {{forced to watch}} was The Second City Saints's proposed revenge, since Punk had already beaten up the Outcast Killahs to show Rob Feinstein he was serious, threatened to kill a member of the Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH locker room if the party responsible for ambushing [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Lucy]] wasn't revealed, personally believing it to have been The Prophecy. It wasn't Daniels or any then revealed Prophecy member, though, but BJ Whitmer, who attacked Lucy to get revenge on Punk knocking him out. Whitmer would soon be revealed as another Prophecy member, so they weren't far off, all things considered.considered. * Malia Hosaka and Leilani Kai threatening Leah Von Dutch by crushing [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]]'s throat on ''SHINE 28'' wasn't an example of this trope. Wrestling/IvelisseVelez taking exception and teaming with Amanda Rodriguez in an attempt to do the same to their stablemate Thunder Kitty, was.[[/folder]]
30th Dec '15 12:25:56 PM Fireblood
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* In ''{{Film/Felon}}, this is John Smith's backstory: gang members murdered his wife, so instead of going after them, he killed ''their'' relatives in return. The jury was sympathetic enough to give him life without parole instead of death (though he [[DeathSeeker didn't want that).
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* In ''{{Film/Felon}}, this is John Smith's backstory: gang members murdered his wife, family, so instead of just going after them, them he killed ''their'' relatives in return.as well. The jury was sympathetic enough to give him life without parole instead of death (though he [[DeathSeeker didn't want that).
30th Dec '15 12:21:21 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Film/TheHunt'', Theo kills Lucas' dog in an attempt to get even for Lucas having (allegedly) molested Theo's daughter.
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* In ''Film/TheHunt'', Theo someone kills Lucas' dog in an attempt to get even for Lucas having (allegedly) molested Theo's daughter.children.

* In ''Film/TheHunt'', Theo kills Lucas' dog ''{{Film/Felon}}, this is John Smith's backstory: gang members murdered his wife, so instead of going after them, he killed ''their'' relatives in an attempt return. The jury was sympathetic enough to get even for Lucas having (allegedly) molested Theo's daughter.give him life without parole instead of death (though he [[DeathSeeker didn't want that).

* ThoseWackyNazis did this to those who opposed them many, many times. E.g., since they could not directly attack the ''very'' popular Catholic mystic Therese Neumann despite how she openly criticised them, they went after her friends and family instead.
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* ThoseWackyNazis did this to those who opposed them many, many times. E.g., since they could not directly attack the ''very'' popular Catholic mystic Therese Neumann despite how she openly criticised criticized them, they went after her friends and family instead.

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* ThoseWackyNazis did this to those who opposed them many, many times. E.g., since In Albania, it is a very old tradition that if someone kills a man, his relatives will kill him-or if they could not directly attack can't, any of ''his'' male relatives. Though illegal, it still occurs in rural areas, with the ''very'' popular Catholic mystic Therese Neumann despite how she openly criticised them, they went after her friends and family instead.male relatives of (alleged) murderers having to go into hiding even now sometimes.
30th Dec '15 11:16:29 AM Fireblood
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* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'', Nero goes overboard doing this to Spock, though not for destroying Nero's home (accidentally or otherwise), but rather because Spock's miraculous solution to a ''natural disaster'' was too late to save the planet.
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* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'', Nero goes overboard doing this to Spock, though not for destroying Nero's home planet (accidentally or otherwise), but rather because Spock's miraculous solution to a ''natural disaster'' was too late to save the planet.it.

* El Indio, the BigBad of ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', establishes himself as a vicious monster in an early scene when he revenges himself upon a man who took money to put him behind bars. The man in question used said money to start raising a family, including an eighteen-month-old boy, and because of this, Indio feels that said family is "partly his." So Indio orders his men to take the wife and the baby outside and shoot them while he is ForcedToWatch. He makes him listen to the pocket watch that he always carries -- later sadistically setting up a duel with him using that same pocket watch: "When you hear the music finish, begin. Or do you think you can?"
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* El Indio, the BigBad of ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', establishes himself as a vicious monster in an early scene when he revenges avenges himself upon a man who took money to put him behind bars. The man in question used said money to start raising a family, including an eighteen-month-old boy, and because of this, Indio feels that said family is "partly his." So Indio orders his men to take the wife and the baby outside and shoot them while he is ForcedToWatch. He makes him listen to the pocket watch that he always carries -- later sadistically setting up a duel with him using that same pocket watch: "When you hear the music finish, begin. Or do you think you can?"

* In ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'', this was the MO of Jacob Kell, the film's BigBad. Kell, to revenge the death of his priest father figure at the hands of Connor [=MacLeod=], (and perhaps the fact that he became aware of his immortality and it destroyed his faith due to Connor), targets all those nearest to Connor. [[spoiler:Later, after Duncan takes Connor's quickening and thus a piece of his soul because OurSoulsAreDifferent, Kell intends to target Duncan this way too, announcing that Duncan has just inherited Connor's curse.]]
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* In ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'', this was the MO of Jacob Kell, the film's BigBad. Kell, to revenge avenge the death of his priest father figure at the hands of Connor [=MacLeod=], [=MacLeod=] (and perhaps the fact that he became aware of his immortality and it destroyed his faith due to Connor), targets all those nearest to Connor. [[spoiler:Later, after Duncan takes Connor's quickening and thus a piece of his soul because OurSoulsAreDifferent, Kell intends to target Duncan this way too, announcing that Duncan has just inherited Connor's curse.]]

* Freddy Krueger in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'', a child killer who was executed [[VigilanteExecution vigilante-style]] by the parents of Elm Street, decides to get revenge on them through their still-living children through their dreams.
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* Freddy Krueger in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'', a child killer who was executed killed [[VigilanteExecution vigilante-style]] by the parents of Elm Street, decides to get revenge on them through their still-living children through their dreams.

* In ''Film/TheHunt'', Theo kills Lucas' dog in an attempt to get even for Lucas haven (allegedly) molested Theo's daughter.
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* In ''Film/TheHunt'', Theo kills Lucas' dog in an attempt to get even for Lucas haven having (allegedly) molested Theo's daughter.
30th Dec '15 10:54:45 AM Fireblood
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* Specifically prohibited in Literature/TheBible. The Avenger of Blood is only permitted to kill the convict. Killing anyone other than the convict, or killing someone for something that was not a capital crime (like manslaughter if the homicide was abiding by the terms of the exile) made the Avenger of Blood a murderer, and he was to be put to death.
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* Specifically prohibited in Literature/TheBible. The Avenger of Blood is only permitted to kill the convict. Killing anyone other than the convict, or killing someone for something that was not a capital crime (like manslaughter if the homicide killer was abiding by the terms of the their exile) made the Avenger of Blood a murderer, and he was to be put to death.

* This is the (mostly) the modus operandi of many Mexican drug cartels, especially for avoiding possible future revenges against them by the successors. Likewise with TheMafia, especially in Sicily where ''vendetta'' is a tradition.
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* This is the (mostly) the modus operandi of many Mexican drug cartels, especially for avoiding possible future revenges against them by the successors. Likewise with TheMafia, especially in Sicily where ''vendetta'' is a tradition.

* ThoseWackyNazis did this to those who opposed them many, many times. i.e., since they could not directly attack the ''very'' popular Catholic mystic Therese Neumann despite how she openly criticised them, they went after her friends and family instead.
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* ThoseWackyNazis did this to those who opposed them many, many times. i.e.E.g., since they could not directly attack the ''very'' popular Catholic mystic Therese Neumann despite how she openly criticised them, they went after her friends and family instead.
29th Dec '15 5:20:09 AM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom's entire supervillain career (and all the death and suffering it causes) is one giant overblown attempt to make Reed Richards' life as hellish as possible in revenge for daring to be smarter than Doom. He's [[MotiveDecay developed a lot of other, smaller motivations partly due to his being a villain]], but even all of those can be eventually tied back to his grudge against Reed.
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* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom's Doctor Doom's entire supervillain career (and all the death and suffering it causes) is one giant overblown attempt to make Reed Richards' life as hellish as possible in revenge for daring to be smarter than Doom. He's [[MotiveDecay developed a lot of other, smaller motivations partly due to his being a villain]], but even all of those can be eventually tied back to his grudge against Reed.
21st Dec '15 10:21:05 PM merotoker
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Sometimes the villain justifies it by claiming that the victim profited by the original crime. Wearing, owning, or using something that belonged to the villain, or one of his own, may provoke it -- but don't expect him to inquire about whether the victim knew of the provenance of the item. Or to ''ask'' for it. Sometimes the character is aware of the tainted source of his good fortune. He may attempt to BuyThemOff, but if he refuses to give it up, this moves out of the scope of RevengeByProxy.
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Sometimes the villain justifies it by claiming that the victim profited by the original crime. Wearing, owning, or using something that belonged to the villain, or one of his own, may provoke it -- but don't expect him to inquire about whether the victim knew of the provenance of the item. Or to ''ask'' for it. Sometimes the character is aware of the tainted source of his good fortune. He may attempt to BuyThemOff, but if he refuses to give it up, this moves out of the scope of RevengeByProxy. Revenge By Proxy.

Compare SinsOfOurFathers. Note that if the actual wrongdoer is unavailable, the trope is SinsOfOurFathers; to be RevengeByProxy, the attacker has to be able to attack the original instead, and choose a different victim. See also RevengeThroughCorruption when the method of revenge is trying to inflict a FaceHeelTurn on someone the character cares about. Threatening to do this is IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure or AndYourLittleDogToo.
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Compare SinsOfOurFathers. Note that if the actual wrongdoer is unavailable, the trope is SinsOfOurFathers; to be RevengeByProxy, Revenge By Proxy, the attacker has to be able to attack the original instead, and choose a different victim. See also RevengeThroughCorruption when the method of revenge is trying to inflict a FaceHeelTurn on someone the character cares about. Threatening to do this is IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure or AndYourLittleDogToo.

* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', a suspect poisons his new bride to get revenge on her policeman father, who'd neglected to notice that, while chasing a perp, he had run into his mother and failed to notice her lying there (and she then bleeds to death later). Subverted in that [[spoiler:the bride found out that the suspect was the childhood friend she had a crush on and guessed that he'd attempt something like this.]]
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* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', a suspect poisons his new bride to get revenge on her policeman father, who'd neglected to notice that, while chasing a perp, he had run into his mother and failed to notice her lying there (and she then bleeds to death later). Subverted in that [[spoiler:the bride found out that the suspect was the childhood friend she had a crush on and guessed that he'd attempt something like this.]]this]].

* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', the [[WhiteHairBlackHeart villain]] Enishi attempts to get revenge on Kenshin by attacking his friends and allies, culminating with [[spoiler:killing Kaoru... [[FakingTheDead or so it seems]].]] Except [[spoiler:he can't bring himself to actually do the deed because she reminds him of his Dead Big Sis.]] * In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic TSR'', [[spoiler:Gauron]] attempts to do this to Kaname to get to Sousuke (knowing that that would affect him more than if Sousuke himself was hurt or killed). Of course, what [[spoiler:Gauron]] did can either be interpreted as RevengeByProxy or MurderTheHypotenuse (in which case he was actually thinking he's doing Sousuke a ''favor''). Or, knowing [[spoiler:Gauron]], it's possible it's just both, and he can't make up his mind what exactly he wants.
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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', the [[WhiteHairBlackHeart villain]] Enishi attempts to get revenge on Kenshin by attacking his friends and allies, culminating with [[spoiler:killing Kaoru... [[FakingTheDead or so it seems]].]] seems]]]]. Except [[spoiler:he can't bring himself to actually do the deed because she reminds him of his Dead Big Sis.]] Sis]]. * In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic TSR'', [[spoiler:Gauron]] attempts to do this to Kaname to get to Sousuke (knowing that that would affect him more than if Sousuke himself was hurt or killed). Of course, what [[spoiler:Gauron]] did can either be interpreted as RevengeByProxy this or MurderTheHypotenuse (in which case he was actually thinking he's doing Sousuke a ''favor''). Or, knowing [[spoiler:Gauron]], it's possible it's just both, and he can't make up his mind what exactly he wants.

* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:Sasuke]] has decided to make use of this trope to have his cake and eat it too. While initially [[spoiler:Sasuke was after his older brother for killing the entire Uchiha Clan, and then the three elders of Konoha who decided it had to be done to avert a coup, eventually Sasuke just snapped and decided ''everyone who'd ever heard of the Uchiha'' needed to die because they weren't aware their lives had been saved by his family's murders. Sasuke's out of touch with reality at this point.]]
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:Sasuke]] has decided to make use of this trope to have his cake and eat it too. While initially [[spoiler:Sasuke was after his older brother for killing the entire Uchiha Clan, and then the three elders of Konoha who decided it had to be done to avert a coup, eventually Sasuke just snapped and decided ''everyone who'd ever heard of the Uchiha'' needed to die because they weren't aware their lives had been saved by his family's murders. Sasuke's out of touch with reality at this point.]]point]].

* In MaiHime, Takumi is a target of this from two separate people. Nao enters his hospital room with the intention of harming him because she hates Mai for being well-liked for her persistence despite the loss of her parents. Akira rescues Takumi and escapes, but then [[spoiler:gets attacked in the Forest and her Child is destroyed, killing Takumi. The perpetrator later turns out to be [[ClingyJealousGirl Shiho]], who did it both out of jealousy of Mai's closeness with Yuuichi ''and'' under the influence of [[SmugSnake Nagi]].]] * In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', [[spoiler:Haru's dad, Gale, told the Imperial where Demon Card's Headquarters is with the deal of taking King alive as prisoner to end his corrupt ways. To his horror, the Imperial killed all the people inside the Headquarters, including King's wife and son (presumably). As revenge for it, King broke out of prison and killed Gale's wife, Sakura, in front of him. He even put the Dark Bring, End of Earth (which causes another Overdrive), inside him, which forces Gale to be away from his children and facing eternal solitude.]]
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* In MaiHime, ''Anime/MaiHime'', Takumi is a target of this from two separate people. Nao enters his hospital room with the intention of harming him because she hates Mai for being well-liked for her persistence despite the loss of her parents. Akira rescues Takumi and escapes, but then [[spoiler:gets attacked in the Forest and her Child is destroyed, killing Takumi. The perpetrator later turns out to be [[ClingyJealousGirl Shiho]], who did it both out of jealousy of Mai's closeness with Yuuichi ''and'' under the influence of [[SmugSnake Nagi]].]] * In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', [[spoiler:Haru's dad, Gale, told the Imperial where Demon Card's Headquarters is with the deal of taking King alive as prisoner to end his corrupt ways. To his horror, the Imperial killed all the people inside the Headquarters, including King's wife and son (presumably). As revenge for it, King broke out of prison and killed Gale's wife, Sakura, in front of him. He even put the Dark Bring, End of Earth (which causes another Overdrive), inside him, which forces Gale to be away from his children and facing eternal solitude.]]solitude]].

* ComicBook/DoctorDoom's entire supervillain career (and all the death and suffering it causes) is one giant overblown attempt to make Reed Richards' life as hellish as possible in revenge for daring to be smarter than Doom. He's [[MotiveDecay developed a lot of other, smaller motivations partly due to his being a villain]], but even all of those can be eventually tied back to his grudge against Reed. * ComicBook/NormanOsborn is the master of this and prefers this tactic to make SpiderMan suffer. * [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] ComicBook/NickFury, in a rare "heroic" example, melted down Dr. Octopus' tentacles, to which Octavius shared a mental link, while [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch]] as both a punishment for his murderous rampages and a way to neutralize him as a threat. This may sound bad, but the series made it very clear that Doc Ock's monstrous actions and his unrepentant cruelty warranted extreme methods of punishment.
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* ComicBook/DoctorDoom's SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom's entire supervillain career (and all the death and suffering it causes) is one giant overblown attempt to make Reed Richards' life as hellish as possible in revenge for daring to be smarter than Doom. He's [[MotiveDecay developed a lot of other, smaller motivations partly due to his being a villain]], but even all of those can be eventually tied back to his grudge against Reed. * ComicBook/NormanOsborn is the master of this and prefers this tactic to make SpiderMan Franchise/SpiderMan suffer. * [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} ComicBook/NickFury, in a rare "heroic" example, melted down Dr. Octopus' tentacles, to which Octavius shared a mental link, while [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch]] as both a punishment for his murderous rampages and a way to neutralize him as a threat. This may sound bad, but the series made it very clear that Doc Ock's monstrous actions and his unrepentant cruelty warranted extreme methods of punishment.

* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/ResidentAlien'', [[spoiler: it's revealed that Ben Maxwell was the one behind the three recent murders. He had committed the murders to take revenge on behalf of his friend Lance Whitehead, as all three of the men Ben murdered had negatively impacted Lance's life in some way.]]
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* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/ResidentAlien'', [[spoiler: it's revealed that Ben Maxwell was the one behind the three recent murders. He had committed the murders to take revenge on behalf of his friend Lance Whitehead, as all three of the men Ben murdered had negatively impacted Lance's life in some way.]]way]].

* In TheVinylScratchTapes, most of Blueblood's plans for attacking Vinyl revolve around Octavia.
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* In TheVinylScratchTapes, FanFic/TheVinylScratchTapes, most of Blueblood's plans for attacking Vinyl revolve around Octavia.

* In Disney/{{Tangled}}, while she at first was content to [[spoiler:send Flynn to his execution with Rapunzel being ignorant of it]], once that fails, she freely tells Rapunzel what she did to him, which carries overtones of this, as does [[spoiler:stabbing]] Flynn in front of Rapunzel. Mother Gothel does not state such a motive clearly, which would hamper her style of manipulating Rapunzel -- instead she blames Rapunzel for it.
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* In Disney/{{Tangled}}, ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', while she at first was content to [[spoiler:send Flynn to his execution with Rapunzel being ignorant of it]], once that fails, she freely tells Rapunzel what she did to him, which carries overtones of this, as does [[spoiler:stabbing]] Flynn in front of Rapunzel. Mother Gothel does not state such a motive clearly, which would hamper her style of manipulating Rapunzel -- instead she blames Rapunzel for it.


* After being unmasked as the villain he is by Batman, The Penguin in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' sets in motion a plan to kidnap and murder all the first-born sons of Gotham because he was abandoned as a child long ago by his own parents. It's unclear whether he planned this from the beginning (as evidenced by the lists of the names he took down while searching for his parents) or because he was pissed at the Gothamites for turning on him, but the plan is foiled by Batman before it can get too far. ** It seems he ''was'' planning it from the start, but then backed off the idea when CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Shreck convinces him to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity run for Mayor]] as part of his own plan, and when he turns out to be [[DevilInPlainSight fairly popular]] with the public due to his tragic backstory, which he milks for all its worth.
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* After being unmasked as the villain he is by Batman, The Penguin in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' sets in motion a plan to kidnap and murder all the first-born sons of Gotham because he was abandoned as a child long ago by his own parents. It's unclear whether he planned this from the beginning (as evidenced by the lists of the names he took down while searching for his parents) or because he was pissed at the Gothamites for turning on him, but the plan is foiled by Batman before it can get too far. ** far. It seems he ''was'' planning it from the start, but then backed off the idea when CorruptCorporateExecutive Max Shreck convinces him to [[VillainWithGoodPublicity run for Mayor]] as part of his own plan, and when he turns out to be [[DevilInPlainSight fairly popular]] with the public due to his tragic backstory, which he milks for all its worth.

* The conflicts in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films (especially the prequels) are basically caused by the Sith getting revenge on the Jedi by destroying their order and taking over the galaxy for their devastating defeat a thousand years before the events of the films (and many more wars and defeats thousands of years before that). Of the four Sith seen in the movies, two were never Jedi or wronged by a Jedi (that we know of) and of the two Sith who were Jedi, one voluntarily left the Order out of ideaological differences, while the other had MoreThanMindControl worked on him by one of the non-Jedi Sith (though to be fair, Anakin thought the Jedi were holding him back from saving his wife). A few Sith we've seen in the ExpandedUniverse have personal grudges against the Jedi Order or a Jedi in particular, but for most of them, their dogma insists they do everything they can to make the Jedi miserable because Sith Hate Jedi and the Jedi tend to stand in the way of their galactic conquests. One notable example of RevengeByProxy in the films is Anakin's slaughter of the Tusken Raiders that tortured his mother to death, which included the women and children of said tribe that likely had nothing to do with his mother's death. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge He didn't care]].
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* The conflicts in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films (especially the prequels) are basically caused by the Sith getting revenge on the Jedi by destroying their order and taking over the galaxy for their devastating defeat a thousand years before the events of the films (and many more wars and defeats thousands of years before that). Of the four Sith seen in the movies, two were never Jedi or wronged by a Jedi (that we know of) and of the two Sith who were Jedi, one voluntarily left the Order out of ideaological ideological differences, while the other had MoreThanMindControl worked on him by one of the non-Jedi Sith (though to be fair, Anakin thought the Jedi were holding him back from saving his wife). A few Sith we've seen in the ExpandedUniverse have personal grudges against the Jedi Order or a Jedi in particular, but for most of them, their dogma insists they do everything they can to make the Jedi miserable because Sith Hate Jedi and the Jedi tend to stand in the way of their galactic conquests. One notable example of RevengeByProxy in the films is Anakin's slaughter of the Tusken Raiders that tortured his mother to death, which included the women and children of said tribe that likely had nothing to do with his mother's death. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge He didn't care]].

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This case is especially interesting as ''Barrayar'' shows that one of Vorhalas's sons was executed because of an accidental RevengeByProxy. After Aral let one brother be executed, the other attempted to assassinate Aral in revenge. A pregnant Cordelia was caught in the attack, which led to Miles being born disfigured.
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This case is especially interesting as ''Barrayar'' shows that one of Vorhalas's sons was executed because of an accidental RevengeByProxy.example. After Aral let one brother be executed, the other attempted to assassinate Aral in revenge. A pregnant Cordelia was caught in the attack, which led to Miles being born disfigured.

* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Scarface'', at the end, Captain Cheap reveals that [[spoiler:Justin Blade is [[ChangelingFantasy the son of his old enemy Sir Robert Scarlett]], and now he has his {{Revenge}}, having assured that the boy would hang as a {{Pirate}}. At which point it is revealed that Justin had already had his case remanded on new evidence, and won't be executed.]]
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Scarface'', at the end, Captain Cheap reveals that [[spoiler:Justin Blade is [[ChangelingFantasy the son of his old enemy Sir Robert Scarlett]], and now he has his {{Revenge}}, having assured that the boy would hang as a {{Pirate}}. At which point it is revealed that Justin had already had his case remanded on new evidence, and won't be executed.]]executed]].

* In the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Pocket Full of Rye'', this was Ruby [=MacKenzie=]'s original plan. Because Rex Fortescue left her father to die of a fever on an expedition to Africa, [[spoiler:when Rex's son Percival comes down with pneumonia, she gets herself assigned as Percival's nurse, intending to let him die of neglect.]] She couldn't go through with it, however, and chooses a different revenge: [[spoiler:she marries Percival so that in time she will inherit the money Rex Fortescue scammed out of her father.]]
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* In the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Pocket Full of Rye'', this was Ruby [=MacKenzie=]'s original plan. Because Rex Fortescue left her father to die of a fever on an expedition to Africa, [[spoiler:when Rex's son Percival comes down with pneumonia, she gets herself assigned as Percival's nurse, intending to let him die of neglect.]] neglect]]. She couldn't go through with it, however, and chooses a different revenge: [[spoiler:she marries Percival so that in time she will inherit the money Rex Fortescue scammed out of her father.]]father]].

* In the ''Literature/MagicTheGathering'' short story "The Theft of Bayende, Heart and Soul" featured in the ''Tapestries'' anthology, ''both'' of the protagonists do this. The wizard Noranda-Zang has spent ten years searching for Thane, the man who killed him in battle (He Got Better obviously). When he finally reaches Thane's home, he discovers Thane's pregnant wife Bayende. He and his pet shade then ''brutally'' murder her and leave the ruined corpses of Bayende and her unborn child for Thane to find. Thane then spends ''twenty'' years searching for Zang. When he finally reaches Zang's home, he discovers Zang's son. Thane drains the life from the young man and leaves his body for Zang to find. Zang does so just as Thane is leaving the scene, and his anguished screams fill the air. The ending makes it clear that RevengeByProxy resolved nothing, and that both of them would continue to fight each other for the rest of their lives even though both of them had lost what they cherished most.
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* In the ''Literature/MagicTheGathering'' short story "The Theft of Bayende, Heart and Soul" featured in the ''Tapestries'' anthology, ''both'' of the protagonists do this. The wizard Noranda-Zang has spent ten years searching for Thane, the man who killed him in battle (He Got Better obviously). When he finally reaches Thane's home, he discovers Thane's pregnant wife Bayende. He and his pet shade then ''brutally'' murder her and leave the ruined corpses of Bayende and her unborn child for Thane to find. Thane then spends ''twenty'' years searching for Zang. When he finally reaches Zang's home, he discovers Zang's son. Thane drains the life from the young man and leaves his body for Zang to find. Zang does so just as Thane is leaving the scene, and his anguished screams fill the air. The ending makes it clear that RevengeByProxy resolved nothing, and that both of them would continue to fight each other for the rest of their lives even though both of them had lost what they cherished most.

* ''Literature/InDeath'': Eve Dallas works hard to take down Ava Anders in ''Strangers In Death''. When Roarke asks her why she's treating this one like a competition, Eve admits that Ava reminds her of Magdelana from ''Innocent In Death''. Ava and Magdelana have BitchInSheepsClothing in common. Roarke says "RevengeByProxy", because Eve wanted to take down Magdelana in her own way, and she didn't get it. She figures that taking down Ava will have to do. This example is treated a ''lot'' more sympathetically than a number of other examples in this article.
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* ''Literature/InDeath'': Eve Dallas works hard to take down Ava Anders in ''Strangers In Death''. When Roarke asks her why she's treating this one like a competition, Eve admits that Ava reminds her of Magdelana from ''Innocent In Death''. Ava and Magdelana have BitchInSheepsClothing in common. Roarke says "RevengeByProxy", "Revenge By Proxy", because Eve wanted to take down Magdelana in her own way, and she didn't get it. She figures that taking down Ava will have to do. This example is treated a ''lot'' more sympathetically than a number of other examples in this article.

* ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'': President Snow tortures and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy hijacks]] [[spoiler:Peeta Mellark]] in order to hurt Katniss. At one point, one of the other characters outright state that Snow will do to his victim whatever it takes to break her. [[FridgeHorror Made even worse]] when you realize that [[spoiler:when Snow wanted Katniss to convince him she loves Peeta in ''Catching Fire'', it's not in order to preserve peace in Panem, as Katniss believes at the time, but because the stronger Katniss feels for Peeta, the more effective it will be for Snow to torture him.]]
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* ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'': President Snow tortures and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy hijacks]] [[spoiler:Peeta Mellark]] in order to hurt Katniss. At one point, one of the other characters outright state that Snow will do to his victim whatever it takes to break her. [[FridgeHorror Made even worse]] when you realize that [[spoiler:when Snow wanted Katniss to convince him she loves Peeta in ''Catching Fire'', it's not in order to preserve peace in Panem, as Katniss believes at the time, but because the stronger Katniss feels for Peeta, the more effective it will be for Snow to torture him.]]him]].

* In "The Ninth Directive", a female agent shows Literature/{{Quiller}} the gun she intends to use to avenge her dead lover, a fellow agent. She doesn't know who his killers were or even what side they were on, so kills a {{mook}} who's about to kill Quiller as an acceptable substitute, throwing the gun away afterwards.
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* In "The Ninth Directive", a female agent shows Literature/{{Quiller}} the gun she intends to use to avenge her dead lover, a fellow agent. She doesn't know who his killers were or even what side they were on, so kills a {{mook}} {{mook|s}} who's about to kill Quiller as an acceptable substitute, throwing the gun away afterwards.

* In ''Series/{{Game Of Thrones}}'': [[spoiler:Petyr Baelish conspires with Olenna Tyrell to poison King Joffrey because of Joffrey's grandfather Tywin Lannister's part in the murder of Petyr's life-long love Catelyn Stark at the Red Wedding.]]
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* In ''Series/{{Game Of Thrones}}'': [[spoiler:Petyr Baelish conspires with Olenna Tyrell to poison King Joffrey because of Joffrey's grandfather Tywin Lannister's part in the murder of Petyr's life-long love Catelyn Stark at the Red Wedding.]]Wedding]].

* In season three of Series/TrueBlood, Eric kills [[spoiler:Talbot]] and is willing to put several others in danger because [[spoiler:Russell was responsible for the death of his family several hundred years ago.]]
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* In season three of Series/TrueBlood, Eric kills [[spoiler:Talbot]] and is willing to put several others in danger because [[spoiler:Russell was responsible for the death of his family several hundred years ago.]]ago]].

* In the season five finale of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', Dave attempts this against [[spoiler:Susan as revenge for accidentally killing his wife and daughter in a car crash by setting up a trap that'll kill both her husband and son, Mike and MJ.]] He ends up [[spoiler:letting her MJ out of the car when he realizes what he's become...and then tries to kill Mike anyway, and fails.]] * ''Series/BreakingBad'': Besides for his own gain, this is why Gustavo had [[spoiler:[[EvilCripple Hector]]'s grandchildren]] killed. The man wouldn't care much if he himself died, [[spoiler:so Gus went for his family, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes which is all he really cared about]].]] ** Also why [[spoiler:Todd killed Andrea to punish Jesse for trying to escape.]]
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* In the season five finale of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', Dave attempts this against [[spoiler:Susan as revenge for accidentally killing his wife and daughter in a car crash by setting up a trap that'll kill both her husband and son, Mike and MJ.]] MJ]]. He ends up [[spoiler:letting her MJ out of the car when he realizes what he's become...and then tries to kill Mike anyway, and fails.]] fails]]. * ''Series/BreakingBad'': Besides for his own gain, this is why Gustavo had [[spoiler:[[EvilCripple Hector]]'s grandchildren]] killed. The man wouldn't care much if he himself died, [[spoiler:so Gus went for his family, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes which is all he really cared about]].]] about]]]]. ** Also why [[spoiler:Todd killed Andrea to punish Jesse for trying to escape.]]escape]].

* In ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', an example of this is cited by Heart as proof that [[HumansAreBastards humans aren't all innocent victims]]: [[spoiler:Heart reveals that his human disguise comes from a young businessman who declined to fund [[EvilutionaryBiologist Prof. Banno]]'s morally questionable research, and Banno made him assume that form so he could indulge in this trope. Krim Steinbelt found out when he walked in on Banno beating Heart into a bloody pulp and was so enraged that he immediately broke off their partnership, which kicked off the main plot of the series.]]
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* In ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', an example of this is cited by Heart as proof that [[HumansAreBastards humans aren't all innocent victims]]: [[spoiler:Heart reveals that his human disguise comes from a young businessman who declined to fund [[EvilutionaryBiologist Prof. Banno]]'s morally questionable research, and Banno made him assume that form so he could indulge in this trope. Krim Steinbelt found out when he walked in on Banno beating Heart into a bloody pulp and was so enraged that he immediately broke off their partnership, which kicked off the main plot of the series.]]series]].

** Odin then used the killed child's guts to make chains to bind Loki to a rock, where a serpent eternally drips venom into his eyes. It wasn't so much RevengeByProxy as DisproportionateRetribution.[[note]]Unless you've read the ''rest'' of the crap that Loki had been pulling up till then. Conning the blind Hodur into killing Balder was only the last in a long line of crimes. Also, the reason they made the chains of his son's remains is because Loki could have broken normal chains easily. By making them out of Narfi's corpse, Loki was symbolically bound by the bonds between a father and his child, which magically speaking was much stronger than mere metal.[[/note]]
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** Odin then used the killed child's guts to make chains to bind Loki to a rock, where a serpent eternally drips venom into his eyes. It wasn't so much RevengeByProxy this as DisproportionateRetribution.[[note]]Unless you've read the ''rest'' of the crap that Loki had been pulling up till then. Conning the blind Hodur into killing Balder was only the last in a long line of crimes. Also, the reason they made the chains of his son's remains is because Loki could have broken normal chains easily. By making them out of Narfi's corpse, Loki was symbolically bound by the bonds between a father and his child, which magically speaking was much stronger than mere metal.[[/note]]

** She forced Leto, a minor goddess pregnant with Zeus's twins, to wander the whole Earth while in labor, looking in vain for a land that would let her rest and give birth, while Hera had made all lands refuse to shelter her. She eventually found one island, Delos (or Ortygia), that dared the goddess's wrath and let her rest. ''Then'' Hera prevented the goddes of childbirth, Eileithyia, from visiting Leto, so she went through yet more wretched labor pains, until the other goddesses bribed Hera. Finally, Leto gave birth to the gods Apollo and Artemis.
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** She forced Leto, a minor goddess pregnant with Zeus's twins, to wander the whole Earth while in labor, looking in vain for a land that would let her rest and give birth, while Hera had made all lands refuse to shelter her. She eventually found one island, Delos (or Ortygia), that dared the goddess's wrath and let her rest. ''Then'' Hera prevented the goddes goddess of childbirth, Eileithyia, from visiting Leto, so she went through yet more wretched labor pains, until the other goddesses bribed Hera. Finally, Leto gave birth to the gods Apollo and Artemis.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', [[spoiler:Mao decides that ravaging the human world would be a better revenge for his father's death then going after Aurum, the one who caused it, reasoning that as a super hero, and one of said world's defenders, it would cause him far more pain than his own death. However, Aurum actually ''wants'' him to attack the human world, as it'll give another chance to display his heroics. Whether Mao actually goes through with it or not depends on what ending you get.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', [[spoiler:Mao decides that ravaging the human world would be a better revenge for his father's death then going after Aurum, the one who caused it, reasoning that as a super hero, and one of said world's defenders, it would cause him far more pain than his own death. However, Aurum actually ''wants'' him to attack the human world, as it'll give another chance to display his heroics. Whether Mao actually goes through with it or not depends on what ending you get.]]get]].

* Subverted in the sequel to NoMoreHeroes... sort of. [[spoiler:Travis is confronted by an EmergencyTransformation form of Letz Shake, the well-known BaitAndSwitchBoss of the first game who was killed by Henry before Travis could get to him. Travis points out that it was Henry who killed Shake, but it turns out that he had ''already'' gotten to and beaten Henry, and just wants to take down Travis too, just for the hell of it.]]
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* Subverted in the sequel to NoMoreHeroes...''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''... sort of. [[spoiler:Travis is confronted by an EmergencyTransformation form of Letz Shake, the well-known BaitAndSwitchBoss of the first game who was killed by Henry before Travis could get to him. Travis points out that it was Henry who killed Shake, but it turns out that he had ''already'' gotten to and beaten Henry, and just wants to take down Travis too, just for the hell of it.]]

** And then it's used even more drastically on the mother dragon, [[spoiler:when Vaarsuvius uses a single spell to ''instantly kill'' at least several dozens of creatures who are directly related to the dragon -- though that one is less revenge and more overblown preemptive strike, as Vaarsuvius's justification is not wanting anyone like that dragon to threaten the family again.]] *** [[spoiler:Unfortunately for V, wiping out a full quarter of the black dragon population of the world has royally pissed off Tiamat, the goddess of vengeance and evil chromatic dragons]].
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** And then it's used even more drastically on the mother dragon, [[spoiler:when Vaarsuvius uses a single spell to ''instantly kill'' at least several dozens of creatures who are directly related to the dragon -- though that one is less revenge and more overblown preemptive strike, as Vaarsuvius's justification is not wanting anyone like that dragon to threaten the family again.]] again]]. *** [[spoiler:Unfortunately for V, wiping out a full quarter of the black dragon population of the world has royally pissed off Tiamat, the goddess of vengeance and evil chromatic dragons]].dragons.]]

* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest V3'', Lenny Priestly kills Gabe [=McCallum's=] love interest Viki Valentine. Later on, Gabe gets his revenge on Lenny by [[spoiler:shooting dead his twin sister Elizabeth, who'd had nothing to do with the death]]. * In [[Film/{{Sockbaby}} Sockb4by]], [[spoiler:Doug Jones poisons Ronnie.]] His explanation: "Your real father killed my real son. So I'm here to return the favor!"
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* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest V3'', Lenny Priestly kills Gabe [=McCallum's=] love interest Viki Valentine. Later on, Gabe gets his revenge on Lenny by [[spoiler:shooting dead his twin sister Elizabeth, who'd had nothing to do with the death]]. * In [[Film/{{Sockbaby}} Sockb4by]], [[spoiler:Doug Jones poisons Ronnie.]] Ronnie]]. His explanation: "Your real father killed my real son. So I'm here to return the favor!"

** Also hopefully suggested by [[spoiler:the man who killed Katara's mother, since his mother is at best... unpleasant. Katara doesn't go for it.]]
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** Also hopefully suggested by [[spoiler:the man who killed Katara's mother, since his mother is at best... unpleasant. Katara doesn't go for it.]]it]].

* Wheeljack does this in TransformersArmada. He ends up taking Sideswipe hostage to get back at Hot Shot for supposedly abandoning him. * [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] forms an alliance with several other villains to attempt this on Ben in Ben10UltimateAlien after the hero's identity has been made public. [[spoiler:This backfires spectacularly when he pushes it too far by trying to sadistically murder Ben's mother while his cousin Gwen is watching, causing Gwen to go OneWingedAngel and scare the crap out of him for the second time (the first time being Ben in the original series).]] ** Captain Nemesis attempted to combine this with SadisticChoice on Ben by kidnapping [[LoveInterest Julie]] with another girl everyone thought Ben was dating. He learnt the hard way that using this method against Ben was a ''[[BerserkButton damn]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes bad]]'' [[TranquilFury idea]].
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* Wheeljack does this in TransformersArmada.''Anime/TransformersArmada''. He ends up taking Sideswipe hostage to get back at Hot Shot for supposedly abandoning him. * [[MonsterClown Zombozo]] forms an alliance with several other villains to attempt this on Ben in Ben10UltimateAlien ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' after the hero's identity has been made public. [[spoiler:This backfires spectacularly when he pushes it too far by trying to sadistically murder Ben's mother while his cousin Gwen is watching, causing Gwen to go OneWingedAngel and scare the crap out of him for the second time (the first time being Ben in the original series).]] ** Captain Nemesis attempted to combine this with SadisticChoice on Ben by kidnapping [[LoveInterest [[LoveInterests Julie]] with another girl everyone thought Ben was dating. He learnt the hard way that using this method against Ben was a ''[[BerserkButton damn]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes bad]]'' [[TranquilFury idea]].

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* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/ResidentAlien'', [[spoiler: it's revealed that Ben Maxwell was the one behind the three recent murders. He had committed the murders to take revenge on behalf of his friend Lance Whitehead, as all three of the men Ben murdered had negatively impacted Lance's life in some way.]]
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