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20th May '16 10:11:55 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Compare CynicismCatalyst and DeadPartner.

A form of ItsPersonal. See also BestServedCold, and RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Forms a central part of many [[CycleOfRevenge Cycles Of Revenge]].

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This is a subtrope of ItsPersonal, and forms a central part of many [[CycleOfRevenge Cycles Of Revenge]]. Compare CynicismCatalyst CynicismCatalyst, TheLostLenore, and DeadPartner.

A form of ItsPersonal.
DeadPartner. See also BestServedCold, and RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Forms a central part of many [[CycleOfRevenge Cycles Of Revenge]].\n
15th May '16 9:26:49 PM PaulA
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* In ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'', TheDragon Quill is the man who killed the previous Phantom. He spends much of the movie disturbed by the discovery that the man he killed is apparently still in business. Kit explains the truth to him at the onset of their inevitable final duel.
5th May '16 9:47:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/IronMan2'': The main reason Vanko has a beef with Stark -- though technically, it's "your father had my father deported and left to rot in Siberia." Being deported is what caused Vanko's father to develop a destructive drinking habit, which eventually killed him.
** However, unusually for this trope, his DynamicEntry doesn't include the traditional "MyNameIsInigoMontoya. [Insert grievance here]" announcement, and he [[NoNonsenseNemesis immediately starts using lethal attacks]]. Had they been successful, Tony would have died without having any idea who his killer was or why he killed him. This rather unconventional approach underlines Vanko's role as TheQuietOne.

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* ''Film/IronMan2'': The main reason Vanko has a beef with Stark -- though technically, it's "your father had my father deported and left to rot in Siberia." Being deported is what caused Vanko's father to develop a destructive drinking habit, which eventually killed him.
**
him. However, unusually for this trope, his DynamicEntry doesn't include the traditional "MyNameIsInigoMontoya. [Insert grievance here]" announcement, and he [[NoNonsenseNemesis immediately starts using lethal attacks]]. Had they been successful, Tony would have died without having any idea who his killer was or why he killed him. This rather unconventional approach underlines Vanko's role as TheQuietOne.
5th May '16 8:54:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* O-Ren from the ''Film/KillBill'' films witnessed her parents' murders at the hands of the Yakuza, and went on to assassinate their boss, accusing and mocking him as he expired. Unusual in that taking vengeance set her on the path to villainy, not heroism... and she didn't bother waiting to grow up first, but lured the pedophile into bed and slaughtered him ''while still a child herself''.
** The Bride tries to avert this by avoiding killing Vernita Green in front of her young daughter Nikki, [[spoiler: but is ultimately double subverted as the child witnesses the death anyway]]. The Bride appears genuinely regretful about this, and explains to the child that she will understand if Nikki wants to try to continue the CycleOfRevenge when she is old enough.

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* ''Film/KillBill'':
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O-Ren from the ''Film/KillBill'' films witnessed her parents' murders at the hands of the Yakuza, and went on to assassinate their boss, accusing and mocking him as he expired. Unusual in that taking vengeance set her on the path to villainy, not heroism... and she didn't bother waiting to grow up first, but lured the pedophile into bed and slaughtered him ''while still a child herself''.
** The Bride tries to avert avoid this by avoiding not killing Vernita Green in front of her young daughter Nikki, [[spoiler: but is ultimately double subverted as the child witnesses the death anyway]]. The Bride appears genuinely regretful about this, and explains to the child that she will understand if Nikki wants to try to continue the CycleOfRevenge when she is old enough.
5th May '16 8:52:08 AM Morgenthaler
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*** [[FromBadToWorse It may well get played even straighter]]. Via flashback, we've now learned that [[spoiler:Tobi tried to kill Naruto moments after he was born, so that he could separate Minato from Kushina, so that he could break the seal on the Kyuubi and take control of it. This all goes [[MemeticMutation just as planned]]. Tobi has already committed so many [[MoralEventHorizon atrocities]] only 2 chapters in to the flashback that it is somewhat scary to think how far he'll go, and how Naruto will react upon meeting him again...]]



* ''StarWars''
** [[ItWasHisSled Famously]] {{subverted}} with Darth Vader's reveal: "[[strike:[[BeamMeUpScotty Luke,]]]] [[LittleNo No.]] [[LukeIAmYourFather I am your father.]]" And now ''that's'' a [[UndeadHorseTrope cliché]]. This was the original plot of ''Star Wars'' before ''Empire Strikes Back'', where Vader and Anakin Skywalker were indeed two separate people and the former killed the latter, and Anakin would guide his son as a spirit. After Vader defeated Luke on Bespin, Vader inquired what Kenobi told Luke about his father, Luke said "He told me enough. He told me ''you'' killed him." Then Vader delivers his [[LukeIAmYourFather famous line]].
*** And double subverted decades later, when the prequel trilogy revealed how Vader's misdeeds are responsible for Luke's ''mother's'' death.

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* ''StarWars''
''Franchise/StarWars''
** [[ItWasHisSled Famously]] {{subverted}} with Darth Vader's reveal: "[[strike:[[BeamMeUpScotty Luke,]]]] [[LittleNo No.]] [[LukeIAmYourFather I am your father.]]" And now ''that's'' a [[UndeadHorseTrope cliché]]. This was the original plot of ''Star Wars'' before ''Empire Strikes Back'', where Vader and Anakin Skywalker were indeed two separate people and the former killed the latter, and Anakin would guide his son as a spirit. After Vader defeated Luke on Bespin, Vader inquired what Kenobi told Luke about his father, Luke said "He told me enough. He told me ''you'' killed him." Then Vader delivers his [[LukeIAmYourFather famous line]].
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line]]. And double subverted decades later, when the prequel trilogy revealed how Vader's misdeeds are responsible for Luke's ''mother's'' death.



*** He did seek revenge, and they eventually fought, but Boba wasn't able to kill Windu (obviously).



*** The reason Xizor considered the man an idiot was that he attempted revenge in a way that had absolutely no possibility of success. Given his massive ego, Xizor also felt there was no way to oppose him that '''did''' have a chance of success.



* ''Series/DueSouth'':
** Deliberately a SubvertedTrope, when Fraser refrains from killing his father's killer in favor of due process, both in the pilot and in the episode "Bird in the Hand" - the latter despite the strenuous prompting of Fraser Sr.'s ghost.
** Of course he does. He's Just That Virtuous, isn't he?
*** The guy was trying to escape from jail and Fraser had known him all his life and so knew that being in jail was torture for the guy. The guy was really trying Fraser though, it's perhaps the only time Fraser actually mean his treat.

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* ''Series/DueSouth'':
**
''Series/DueSouth'': Deliberately a SubvertedTrope, when Fraser refrains from killing his father's killer in favor of due process, both in the pilot and in the episode "Bird in the Hand" - the latter despite the strenuous prompting of Fraser Sr.'s ghost.
** Of course he does. He's Just That Virtuous, isn't he?
*** The guy was trying to escape from jail and Fraser had known him all his life and so knew that being in jail was torture for the guy. The guy was really trying Fraser though, it's perhaps the only time Fraser actually mean his treat.
ghost.



** Well, actually Iphigenia didn't, technically, die. Her mom just ''thought'' she was dead.
*** Ipgigenia's fate depends on the version you are reading, in some she really dies, in others, for example in the play "Iphigenia on Tauris" by Goethe, she survives.



** It was an accident!
*** Tearing him into thirteen pieces was an accident?
*** Note that Osiris actually died because Set sealed him into a sarcophogus and dumped it into the Nile. Set didn't tear his dead body apart until after Isis eventually retreaved it. Definitely no accident.
*** This was a relatively late story, which rose in prominence as the triad of Isis, Osiris, and Horus came to increasing prominence and Set became alienated. None of the versions of stories of Horus fighting Set are ''particularly'' concerned with this trope, though. Not even the ones where Horus ripped Set's balls off.
*** The Greeks recorded the whole story relatively late, because the Egyptians didn't want to admit out loud or in writing that Osiris died. But it's clear from paintings and other stories that the myth was very old indeed.



* In ''{{Persona 3}}'', [[spoiler:Ken Amada]]'s motivation for joining the party turns out to be getting vengeance on his mother's killer. [[spoiler:The 'killer' turns out to be a former member of SEES, who did it by accident, has regretted it ever since, and is fully aware of Ken's motives -- in fact, he rejoins you just to give Ken a shot at dealing with him. The trope is subverted; Takaya kills him in front of Ken's eyes]].
** It's even better. [[spoiler: The killer [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] for Ken. Vengeance is totally ruined.]]

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* In ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', [[spoiler:Ken Amada]]'s motivation for joining the party turns out to be getting vengeance on his mother's killer. [[spoiler:The 'killer' turns out to be a former member of SEES, who did it by accident, has regretted it ever since, and is fully aware of Ken's motives -- in fact, he rejoins you just to give Ken a shot at dealing with him. The trope is subverted; Takaya kills him in front of Ken's eyes]].
** It's even better. [[spoiler: The killer [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] for Ken. Vengeance is totally ruined.]]
eyes]].



** Well, ''technically'', Mars was responsible for Cless' parents' death -- [[EvilIsNotAToy and Dhaos beats Cless to the punch there]].



** May be a slight subversion in that [[spoiler:Autumn ''doesn't'' kill your father- your father kills ''himself'' in order to keep Autumn/the Enclave from taking control of Project Purity.]] Regardless, he's still, more or less the man ''responsible'' for your father's death.
*** Which the man himself points out, should you choose to call him on it:
---->[[spoiler:'''Player Character:''' You killed my father, you son of a bitch!]]
---->[[spoiler:'''Autumn:''' Technically, your father killed himself. His loyalties lay with the wrong people, and he paid the price.]]



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' example. "Moms are tough", but not tough enough to escape death. His failure in regards to the counterattack at Hanging Edge continues to metaphorically haunt Snow even as he tries to rescue Serah. It also physically haunts him in the form of Hope, the son of the woman who volunteered to assist him and misinterpreted that failure as Snow leaving her to die. It gets to the point where revenge is Hope's sole driving factor, and he almost exacts his revenge before a Sanctum mech blows them both to the streets below. They manage to smooth things out from that point forward.
** Another Final Fantasy example comes from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. It is heavily implied that Professor Gast was the father of Aerith Gainsborough, to which he was murdered by Professor Hojo shortly thereafter, and Hojo then subjects Ifalfna and their daughter, Aerith, to seven years worth of horrific experiments, to which they ultimately took its toll on Ifalfna when they eventually escaped. Aerith never knew Hojo killed her father, and you only get to find out about this after Aerith is dead.
*** Also from ''Final Fantasy VII'', this is Tifa's personal motivation for going after Sephiroth. He killed her father, her friends and everyone she knew and loved. Came scarily close to killing her too.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' example. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': "Moms are tough", but not tough enough to escape death. His failure in regards to the counterattack at Hanging Edge continues to metaphorically haunt Snow even as he tries to rescue Serah. It also physically haunts him in the form of Hope, the son of the woman who volunteered to assist him and misinterpreted that failure as Snow leaving her to die. It gets to the point where revenge is Hope's sole driving factor, and he almost exacts his revenge before a Sanctum mech blows them both to the streets below. They manage to smooth things out from that point forward.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** Another Final Fantasy example comes from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. It is heavily implied that Professor Gast was the father of Aerith Gainsborough, to which he was murdered by Professor Hojo shortly thereafter, and Hojo then subjects Ifalfna and their daughter, Aerith, to seven years worth of horrific experiments, to which they ultimately took its toll on Ifalfna when they eventually escaped. Aerith never knew Hojo killed her father, and you only get to find out about this after Aerith is dead.
*** Also from ''Final Fantasy VII'', this ** This is Tifa's personal motivation for going after Sephiroth. He killed her father, her friends and everyone she knew and loved. Came scarily close to killing her too.
3rd May '16 12:16:09 AM karategal
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* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' gives us a truly iconic example: "JustForFun/{{Hello}}. MyNameIsInigoMontoya. [[TropeNamer You Killed My Father]]. PrepareToDie."
* ''StarWars''
** [[ItWasHisSled Famously]] {{subverted}} with Darth Vader's reveal: "[[strike:[[BeamMeUpScotty Luke,]]]] [[LittleNo No.]] [[LukeIAmYourFather I am your father.]]" And now ''that's'' a [[UndeadHorseTrope cliché]]. This was the original plot of ''Star Wars'' before ''Empire Strikes Back'', where Vader and Anakin Skywalker were indeed two separate people and the former killed the latter, and Anakin would guide his son as a spirit. After Vader defeated Luke on Bespin, Vader inquired what Kenobi told Luke about his father, Luke said "He told me enough. He told me ''you'' killed him." Then Vader delivers his [[LukeIAmYourFather famous line]].
*** And double subverted decades later, when the prequel trilogy revealed how Vader's misdeeds are responsible for Luke's ''mother's'' death.
** Played straight in the the prequel trilogy, Anakin Skywalker goes into a berserk murderous rage over the death of his mother Shmi on Tatooine and slaughters a whole village of Sandpeople who had abducted and tortured her. The incident paves the road to Anakin's eventual [[FaceHeelTurn fall from grace as a Jedi]] and his transformation into the evil Darth Vader.
** Also in the prequels, Mace Windu kills Jango Fett in front of his son Boba Fett. Lucas avoids this trope in that case, and Boba never seeks revenge... At least. Not against Windu personally, but he became one of the most feared Jedi hunters during the Dark Times. Of course, Windu was already dead by then.
*** He did seek revenge, and they eventually fought, but Boba wasn't able to kill Windu (obviously).
* In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, [[BigBad main]] [[AxeCrazy villain]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Nero]] is responsible for the death of Jim Kirk's father, George Kirk, only minutes after Jim's birth. Ironically, revenge for his father's death is never a main motive in Kirk's defeat of Nero, and he even offers assistance and fair accomodations to the Romulan crew before the ''Narada'' [[spoiler:gets sucked into a giant blackhole. However, when Nero venomously refuses any help, Kirk wastes no time opening fire to make sure the ship doesn't survive]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Spock's mother]].
* A similar thing happens in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. "I shall not rest until my father's avenged!" (He has no such motivation in the legends.) "Recognize this? It belonged to your father. Appropriate, don't you think, that I use it to send you to meet him?" So, so dead.
* Such a handy, well-worn device that this trope gets inserted into things where it doesn't belong. In the 1993 version of ''{{Film/The Three Musketeers|1993}}'', d'Artagnan is all "DON'T TALK ABOUT MY DEAD FATHER THAT WAY! AAARGH I KILL YOU!" Of course, he ultimately discovers that the main villain murdered said dad, ''retrieves his father's sword'' from the villain, and then dispatches him. In the book, his father isn't even dead.

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* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' gives us Averted in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. Hannah's recently Infected (as in, within seconds of contact) father is shot to death in front of her by a truly iconic example: "JustForFun/{{Hello}}. MyNameIsInigoMontoya. [[TropeNamer You Killed My Father]]. PrepareToDie."
group of rescuing soldiers. She's naturally horrified and grieving, but not vengeful. When she thinks that Jim is [[spoiler: uh, biting]] her would-be foster mom, though, she tries to bash his skull in.
* ''StarWars''
** [[ItWasHisSled Famously]] {{subverted}} with Darth Vader's reveal: "[[strike:[[BeamMeUpScotty Luke,]]]] [[LittleNo No.]] [[LukeIAmYourFather I am your father.]]" And now ''that's'' a [[UndeadHorseTrope cliché]]. This was
In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Neytiri's father is killed in the original plot attack on Hometree. Sure enough, she gets her revenge using her father's own bow.
* In the {{Dystopia}}n "Biffverse" timeline
of ''Star Wars'' ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Biff Tannen murders George [=McFly=], presumably to widow Lorainne and get revenge for the humiliation in high school. He tells Marty this, but Marty doesn't take revenge directly, instead he repairs the timeline so Biff will be a loser (and George [=McFly=] still alive) again.
* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', Jack Napier, the man who becomes the Joker, is the man who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents. (Dick Grayson,
before ''Empire Strikes Back'', where Vader and Anakin Skywalker were indeed two separate people and he was written out of the former movie, was supposed to also have his parents killed by the latter, and Anakin would guide his son as a spirit. After Vader defeated Luke on Bespin, Vader inquired what Kenobi told Luke about his father, Luke said "He told me enough. He told me ''you'' Joker.)
* In the movie ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Bruce (before deciding to become Batman) attempts to murder Joe Chill, the mugger that
killed him." Then Vader delivers his [[LukeIAmYourFather famous line]].
*** And double subverted decades later, when
parents but [[spoiler: Joe is murdered on the prequel trilogy orders of Carmine Falcone, who he is testifying against]].
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', Robin's entire family was murdered by Two-Face, which prompts the young sidekick into a life of crime-fighting. A major plot is his need to overcome personal revenge, though.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', just as Tony and Steve [[HopeSpot appear to be reconciling]] at the end, it's
revealed how Vader's misdeeds are in a ''very'' graphic video that a brainwashed [[spoiler: Bucky]] was responsible for Luke's ''mother's'' death.
** Played straight in
his parents' murders. Then it's also revealed that Steve had known about it for two years and never told Tony, which the latter [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on.]] To the prequel trilogy, Anakin Skywalker goes into a berserk murderous rage over the surprise of nobody, seeing his parents beaten and strangled to death of his mother Shmi on Tatooine and slaughters a whole village of Sandpeople who had abducted and tortured her. The incident paves while the road to Anakin's eventual [[FaceHeelTurn fall from grace as a Jedi]] and his transformation physical murderer stands only feet away sends [[spoiler: Tony]] into the evil Darth Vader.
** Also in the prequels, Mace Windu kills Jango Fett in front of his son Boba Fett. Lucas avoids this trope in that case, and Boba never seeks revenge... At least. Not against Windu personally, but he became one of the most feared Jedi hunters during the Dark Times. Of course, Windu was already dead by then.
*** He did seek revenge, and they eventually fought, but Boba wasn't able to kill Windu (obviously).
* In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, [[BigBad main]] [[AxeCrazy villain]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Nero]] is responsible for the death of Jim Kirk's father, George Kirk, only minutes after Jim's birth. Ironically, revenge for his father's death is never a main motive in Kirk's defeat of Nero, and he even offers assistance and fair accomodations to the Romulan crew before the ''Narada'' [[spoiler:gets sucked into a giant blackhole. However, when Nero venomously refuses any help, Kirk wastes no time opening fire to make sure the ship doesn't survive]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Spock's mother]].
* A similar thing happens in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. "I shall not rest until
[[BerserkButton an explosive rage.]]
-->'''Tony:''' [[WhamLine You killed
my father's avenged!" (He has no such motivation in the legends.) "Recognize this? It belonged to your father. Appropriate, don't you think, that I use it to send you to meet him?" So, so dead.
* Such a handy, well-worn device that this trope gets inserted into things where it doesn't belong. In the 1993 version of ''{{Film/The Three Musketeers|1993}}'', d'Artagnan is all "DON'T TALK ABOUT MY DEAD FATHER THAT WAY! AAARGH I KILL YOU!" Of course, he ultimately discovers that the main villain murdered said dad, ''retrieves his father's sword'' from the villain, and then dispatches him. In the book, his father isn't even dead.
mom.]]



* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', Tony P, TheDragon to BigBad Casanova Frankenstein, killed The Bowler's father. Various villains are killed by various heroes, but she gets him. (More accurately, [[spoiler:it's her ''dad'' who really gets him. From beyond the grave, as a skull in a bowling ball.]] It's complicated.)
* The film version of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' has Prof. Bruttenholm killed by [[ThoseWackyNazis Kroenen]], causing HB to utter the magnificent line:
-->'''Hellboy:''' YouKilledMyFather. Your ass is mine!
* Uttered by Johnny Blaze to Mephisto in the film version of ''Film/GhostRider''.

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* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', Tony P, TheDragon to BigBad Casanova Frankenstein, Tweaked in Film/{{Daredevil}}:
** It was actually [[PsychoForHire Bullseye]] who
killed The Bowler's father. Various villains are killed by various heroes, [[DarkActionGirl Elektra's]] father, but she gets him. (More accurately, [[spoiler:it's her ''dad'' thought it was [[AntiHero Daredevil]]. Therefore, she went on an angry rampage against Daredevil, which didn't end well when she figured out who he really gets him. From beyond was ...
** Played straight, however, with Daredevil himself and
the grave, as a skull in a bowling ball.]] It's complicated.)
* The film version of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' has Prof. Bruttenholm killed by [[ThoseWackyNazis Kroenen]], causing HB to utter the magnificent line:
-->'''Hellboy:''' YouKilledMyFather. Your ass is mine!
* Uttered by Johnny Blaze to Mephisto in the film version of ''Film/GhostRider''.
Kingpin.



* In the {{Dystopia}}n "Biffverse" timeline of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Biff Tannen murders George [=McFly=], presumably to widow Lorainne and get revenge for the humiliation in high school. He tells Marty this, but Marty doesn't take revenge directly, instead he repairs the timeline so Biff will be a loser (and George [=McFly=] still alive) again.
* Averted in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. Hannah's recently Infected (as in, within seconds of contact) father is shot to death in front of her by a group of rescuing soldiers. She's naturally horrified and grieving, but not vengeful. When she thinks that Jim is [[spoiler: uh, biting]] her would-be foster mom, though, she tries to bash his skull in.

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* In ''Film/TheFall'', Roy invoked this trope for some of the {{Dystopia}}n "Biffverse" timeline main characters in regards to the villain Governor Odious of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Biff Tannen murders George [=McFly=], presumably his story to widow Lorainne Alexandria. The Black Bandit lost his brother and get revenge father. The Indian's wife was forced to commit suicide. Otta Benga's brother died from slavery.
* In ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'', [[spoiler:Maggie]] calls Freddy Krueger out on the fact that he killed [[spoiler: his wife]], her mother.
* In ''Film/FrightNight2011'', [[spoiler:Peter Vincent]]'s parents were killed by the vampire Jerry Dandridge.
--> '''Jerry:''' You have your mother's eyes...[[LaughablyEvil and your father's aim]].
** Subverted: [[spoiler:Peter helps (or [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy tries to)]], but it's Charley who ultimately stakes Jerry.]]
* Uttered by Johnny Blaze to Mephisto in the film version of ''Film/GhostRider''.
* This is the reason
for Destro's targeting of Paris in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* In ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'', Vito's father was murdered by a Sicilian mafia boss, Don Ciccio, when Vito was a child. He escaped to
the humiliation U.S., became an influental crime boss there, and eventually returned to Sicily to meet Don Ciccio.
-->'''Don Ciccio:''' What was your father's name?
-->'''Vito:''' Antonio Andolini.
-->'''Don Ciccio:''' You'll have to speak up. I can't hear you.
-->'''Vito:''' My father's name was Antonio Andolini... AndThisIsFor you! ''(stabs him)''
* The film version of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' has Prof. Bruttenholm killed by [[ThoseWackyNazis Kroenen]], causing HB to utter the magnificent line:
-->'''Hellboy:''' YouKilledMyFather. Your ass is mine!
* ''Film/IronMan2'': The main reason Vanko has a beef with Stark -- though technically, it's "your father had my father deported and left to rot
in high school. He tells Marty this, but Marty Siberia." Being deported is what caused Vanko's father to develop a destructive drinking habit, which eventually killed him.
** However, unusually for this trope, his DynamicEntry
doesn't take revenge directly, instead he repairs include the timeline so Biff will be traditional "MyNameIsInigoMontoya. [Insert grievance here]" announcement, and he [[NoNonsenseNemesis immediately starts using lethal attacks]]. Had they been successful, Tony would have died without having any idea who his killer was or why he killed him. This rather unconventional approach underlines Vanko's role as TheQuietOne.
* In ''Film/JohnWick'', the victim is John's puppy, but the effect is the same, particularly since the puppy was
a loser (and George [=McFly=] last gift from John's dead wife.
* O-Ren from the ''Film/KillBill'' films witnessed her parents' murders at the hands of the Yakuza, and went on to assassinate their boss, accusing and mocking him as he expired. Unusual in that taking vengeance set her on the path to villainy, not heroism... and she didn't bother waiting to grow up first, but lured the pedophile into bed and slaughtered him ''while
still alive) again.
* Averted in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. Hannah's recently Infected (as in, within seconds of contact) father is shot
a child herself''.
** The Bride tries
to death avert this by avoiding killing Vernita Green in front of her by a group of rescuing soldiers. She's naturally horrified and grieving, but not vengeful. When she thinks that Jim is young daughter Nikki, [[spoiler: uh, biting]] her would-be foster mom, though, but is ultimately double subverted as the child witnesses the death anyway]]. The Bride appears genuinely regretful about this, and explains to the child that she tries will understand if Nikki wants to bash his skull in.try to continue the CycleOfRevenge when she is old enough.
* Happens in ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'' with the Chosen One and [[FluffyTheTerrible Betty]].
--> '''Chosen One:''' You killed my family. And I don't like that kind of thing.



* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', the reason for [[spoiler:37th Dolan's turn to evil]] is that, unknowingly, Kaulder killed [[spoiler:his parents, confident that they were witches who had kidnapped the Dolan.]]
* Subverted in the Charles Bronson film ''Film/TheMechanic1972''. Arthur Bishop (Bronson) is a ProfessionalKiller for TheMafia who kills one of its important lieutenants by [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident inducing a heart attack]]. That man's son, Steve, ends up being trained by Bishop as his protege. At the end of the movie the sociopathic Steve poisons Bishop, who as he dies asks if this is revenge for his father. Steve replies casually: "Oh, you killed him? I thought he just died."
* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', Tony P, TheDragon to BigBad Casanova Frankenstein, killed The Bowler's father. Various villains are killed by various heroes, but she gets him. (More accurately, [[spoiler:it's her ''dad'' who really gets him. From beyond the grave, as a skull in a bowling ball.]] It's complicated.)
* Averted with Kelly in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.



* Tweaked in Film/{{Daredevil}}:
** It was actually [[PsychoForHire Bullseye]] who killed [[DarkActionGirl Elektra's]] father, but she thought it was [[AntiHero Daredevil]]. Therefore, she went on an angry rampage against Daredevil, which didn't end well when she figured out who he really was ...
** Played straight, however, with Daredevil himself and the Kingpin.
* Subverted in the Charles Bronson film ''Film/TheMechanic1972''. Arthur Bishop (Bronson) is a ProfessionalKiller for TheMafia who kills one of its important lieutenants by [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident inducing a heart attack]]. That man's son, Steve, ends up being trained by Bishop as his protege. At the end of the movie the sociopathic Steve poisons Bishop, who as he dies asks if this is revenge for his father. Steve replies casually: "Oh, you killed him? I thought he just died."

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* Tweaked in Film/{{Daredevil}}:
** It was actually [[PsychoForHire Bullseye]] who killed [[DarkActionGirl Elektra's]] father, but she thought it was [[AntiHero Daredevil]]. Therefore, she went on an angry rampage against Daredevil, which didn't end well when she figured
''Film/NowYouSeeMe'': [[spoiler:Dylan's main motivation, both for framing Thaddeus and for choosing all of the Four Horsemen's other targets. In order: Thaddeus exposed Lionel Shrike's magic act and humiliated him, causing him to attempt the trick that got him killed, the Credit Republic bank and Tressler's company refused to pay out who he really was ...
** Played straight, however, with Daredevil himself
the life insurance, and Elkhorn manufactured the Kingpin.
safe used in the trick which, due to the intentionally inferior materials and construction, warped after sinking into the water, trapping Lionel inside.]]
* Subverted in the Charles Bronson Franchise/JamesBond film ''Film/TheMechanic1972''. Arthur Bishop (Bronson) is a ProfessionalKiller ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''. Years ago, her father was wanted for TheMafia treason against Great Britain, and Bond was tasked to bring him in. Instead of turning him in to the authorities, Bond [[LeaveBehindAPistol allowed him to commit suicide.]] Now, Octopussy confronts the man who kills one of its important lieutenants by [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident inducing a heart attack]]. That man's son, Steve, ends up being trained by Bishop as was responsible for her father's death...and thanks Bond for allowing her father to take his protege. At own life rather than face the end disgrace of the movie the sociopathic Steve poisons Bishop, who as a military trial.
* In ''Film/ThePlaceBeyondThePines'', Jason tries to kill Avery because
he dies asks if this is revenge for his father. Steve replies casually: "Oh, you killed him? I thought he just died."his father, but decides to spare his life afterwards.



* ''Film/TrueGrit'', a 1969 western (adapted from a novel), is about a 14-year old girl seeking revenge for her father. She gets to face the murderer and shoot him, though he survives, and the business is finished by her companions who are much more badass.
** In the 2010 version, she ''does'' get to finish the business herself, although she still needs her companions for almost everything else.
* In the ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie, Chun Li's motivation is that M. Bison, naturally, killed her father. Unfortunately for her, Bison doesn't remember any of it. He only remembers [[ButForMeItWasTuesday it was Tuesday]].
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', Robin's entire family was murdered by Two-Face, which prompts the young sidekick into a life of crime-fighting. A major plot is his need to overcome personal revenge, though.

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* ''Film/TrueGrit'', ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' gives us a 1969 western (adapted from a novel), is about a 14-year old girl seeking revenge for her father. She gets to face truly iconic example: "JustForFun/{{Hello}}. MyNameIsInigoMontoya. [[TropeNamer You Killed My Father]]. PrepareToDie."
* Averted in ''Film/{{Push}}'' -- Nick confronts Carver over his fathers death, but [[spoiler: in
the murderer and shoot him, though he survives, and the business is finished by her companions who are much more badass.
** In the 2010 version, she ''does'' get to finish the business herself, although she still needs her companions for almost everything else.
* In the ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie, Chun Li's motivation is
end it's Kira that M. Bison, naturally, killed her father. Unfortunately for her, Bison doesn't remember any of it. He only remembers [[ButForMeItWasTuesday it was Tuesday]].
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', Robin's entire family was murdered by Two-Face, which prompts the young sidekick into a life of crime-fighting. A major plot is his need to overcome personal revenge, though.
kills Carver]].



* Happens in ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'' with the Chosen One and [[FluffyTheTerrible Betty]].
--> '''Chosen One:''' You killed my family. And I don't like that kind of thing.
* In ''Film/SawVI'', its main character William, an executive at an insurance company, was responsible for enforcing a corrupt policy and denied a man's application causing his death. At the end of his game, William meets the wife and son of said man who had held an everlasting grudge on William for what he did and they get the choice whether to let him live or die. The mother can't bring herself to pulling the death lever. The son on the other hand...
* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', Jack Napier, the man who becomes the Joker, is the man who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents. (Dick Grayson, before he was written out of the movie, was supposed to also have his parents killed by the Joker.)



* Averted in ''Film/{{Push}}'' - Nick confronts Carver over his fathers death, but [[spoiler: in the end it's Kira that kills Carver]].
* In the movie ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Bruce (before deciding to become Batman) attempts to murder Joe Chill, the mugger that killed his parents but [[spoiler: Joe is murdered on the orders of Carmine Falcone, who he is testifying against]].

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* Averted A similar thing happens in ''Film/{{Push}}'' - Nick confronts Carver over ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. "I shall not rest until my father's avenged!" (He has no such motivation in the legends.) "Recognize this? It belonged to your father. Appropriate, don't you think, that I use it to send you to meet him?" So, so dead.
* In ''Film/SawVI'', its main character William, an executive at an insurance company, was responsible for enforcing a corrupt policy and denied a man's application causing
his fathers death, but [[spoiler: in death. At the end it's Kira that kills Carver]].
of his game, William meets the wife and son of said man who had held an everlasting grudge on William for what he did and they get the choice whether to let him live or die. The mother can't bring herself to pulling the death lever. The son on the other hand...
* ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo''. Before Yoshida became a Yakuza boss he was working as a lowly assassin for the gang when Kenner was growing up in Japan and murdered Kenner's parents in front of him before trying to kill the young boy. This makes the case exceptionally personal for Kenner and he almost blows the bad guy's head off in front of his whole gang when he recognizes him when they meet again. His partner Murata agrees to help him complete his vendetta after Kenner explains it to him.
* In the movie ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Bruce (before deciding to become Batman) attempts to murder Joe Chill, 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, [[BigBad main]] [[AxeCrazy villain]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Nero]] is responsible for the mugger that death of Jim Kirk's father, George Kirk, only minutes after Jim's birth. Ironically, revenge for his father's death is never a main motive in Kirk's defeat of Nero, and he even offers assistance and fair accommodations to the Romulan crew before the ''Narada'' [[spoiler:gets sucked into a giant blackhole. However, when Nero venomously refuses any help, Kirk wastes no time opening fire to make sure the ship doesn't survive]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Spock's mother]].
* ''StarWars''
** [[ItWasHisSled Famously]] {{subverted}} with Darth Vader's reveal: "[[strike:[[BeamMeUpScotty Luke,]]]] [[LittleNo No.]] [[LukeIAmYourFather I am your father.]]" And now ''that's'' a [[UndeadHorseTrope cliché]]. This was the original plot of ''Star Wars'' before ''Empire Strikes Back'', where Vader and Anakin Skywalker were indeed two separate people and the former
killed the latter, and Anakin would guide his parents son as a spirit. After Vader defeated Luke on Bespin, Vader inquired what Kenobi told Luke about his father, Luke said "He told me enough. He told me ''you'' killed him." Then Vader delivers his [[LukeIAmYourFather famous line]].
*** And double subverted decades later, when the prequel trilogy revealed how Vader's misdeeds are responsible for Luke's ''mother's'' death.
** Played straight in the the prequel trilogy, Anakin Skywalker goes into a berserk murderous rage over the death of his mother Shmi on Tatooine and slaughters a whole village of Sandpeople who had abducted and tortured her. The incident paves the road to Anakin's eventual [[FaceHeelTurn fall from grace as a Jedi]] and his transformation into the evil Darth Vader.
** Also in the prequels, Mace Windu kills Jango Fett in front of his son Boba Fett. Lucas avoids this trope in that case, and Boba never seeks revenge... At least. Not against Windu personally,
but [[spoiler: Joe he became one of the most feared Jedi hunters during the Dark Times. Of course, Windu was already dead by then.
*** He did seek revenge, and they eventually fought, but Boba wasn't able to kill Windu (obviously).
* In the ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie, Chun Li's motivation
is that M. Bison, naturally, killed her father. Unfortunately for her, Bison doesn't remember any of it. He only remembers [[ButForMeItWasTuesday it was Tuesday]].
* Such a handy, well-worn device that this trope gets inserted into things where it doesn't belong. In the 1993 version of ''{{Film/The Three Musketeers|1993}}'', d'Artagnan is all "DON'T TALK ABOUT MY DEAD FATHER THAT WAY! AAARGH I KILL YOU!" Of course, he ultimately discovers that the main villain
murdered on said dad, ''retrieves his father's sword'' from the orders of Carmine Falcone, who he is testifying against]].villain, and then dispatches him. In the book, his father isn't even dead.



* In ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'', Vito's father was murdered by a Sicilian mafia boss, Don Ciccio, when Vito was a child. He escaped to the U.S., became an influental crime boss there, and eventually returned to Sicily to meet Don Ciccio.
-->'''Don Ciccio:''' What was your father's name?
-->'''Vito:''' Antonio Andolini.
-->'''Don Ciccio:''' You'll have to speak up. I can't hear you.
-->'''Vito:''' My father's name was Antonio Andolini... AndThisIsFor you! ''(stabs him)''
* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Neytiri's father is killed in the attack on Hometree. Sure enough, she gets her revenge using her father's own bow.

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* In ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'', Vito's father Said word-for-word in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. [[spoiler:Eric Sacks was murdered by a Sicilian mafia boss, Don Ciccio, when Vito was a child. He escaped to the U.S., became an influental crime boss there, and eventually returned to Sicily to meet Don Ciccio.
-->'''Don Ciccio:''' What was your father's name?
-->'''Vito:''' Antonio Andolini.
-->'''Don Ciccio:''' You'll have to speak up. I can't hear you.
-->'''Vito:''' My father's name was Antonio Andolini... AndThisIsFor you! ''(stabs him)''
* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Neytiri's father is
one who killed in the attack on Hometree. Sure enough, she gets her April's father]].
* ''Film/TrueGrit'', a 1969 western (adapted from a novel), is about a 14-year old girl seeking
revenge using for her father's own bow.father. She gets to face the murderer and shoot him, though he survives, and the business is finished by her companions who are much more badass.
** In the 2010 version, she ''does'' get to finish the business herself, although she still needs her companions for almost everything else.
* The protagonists of ''{{Film/Utu}}'' and ''Film/DeadLands'' witness the killing of their tribe by an EvilBrit ColonelKilgore, and by a rival Maori faction respectively.



* Averted with Kelly in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* In ''Film/FrightNight2011'', [[spoiler:Peter Vincent]]'s parents were killed by the vampire Jerry Dandridge.
--> '''Jerry:''' You have your mother's eyes...[[LaughablyEvil and your father's aim]].
** Subverted: [[spoiler:Peter helps (or [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy tries to)]], but it's Charley who ultimately stakes Jerry.]]
* In ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'', [[spoiler:Maggie]] calls Freddy Krueger out on the fact that he killed [[spoiler: his wife]], her mother.
* This is the reason for Destro's targeting of Paris in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* ''Film/IronMan2'': The main reason Vanko has a beef with Stark - though technically, it's "your father had my father deported and left to rot in Siberia." Being deported is what caused Vanko's father to develop a destructive drinking habit, which eventually killed him.
** However, unusually for this trope, his DynamicEntry doesn't include the traditional "MyNameIsInigoMontoya. [Insert grievance here]" announcement, and he [[NoNonsenseNemesis immediately starts using lethal attacks]]. Had they been successful, Tony would have died without having any idea who his killer was or why he killed him. This rather unconventional approach underlines Vanko's role as TheQuietOne.
* In ''Film/ThePlaceBeyondThePines'', Jason tries to kill Avery because he killed his father, but decides to spare his life afterwards.
* ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'': [[spoiler:Dylan's main motivation, both for framing Thaddeus and for choosing all of the Four Horsemen's other targets. In order: Thaddeus exposed Lionel Shrike's magic act and humiliated him, causing him to attempt the trick that got him killed, the Credit Republic bank and Tressler's company refused to pay out the life insurance, and Elkhorn manufactured the safe used in the trick which, due to the intentionally inferior materials and construction, warped after sinking into the water, trapping Lionel inside.]]
* In ''Film/TheFall'', Roy invoked this trope for some of the main characters in regards to the villain Governor Odious of his story to Alexandria. The Black Bandit lost his brother and father. The Indian's wife was forced to commit suicide. Otta Benga's brother died from slavery.
* O-Ren from the ''Film/KillBill'' films witnessed her parents' murders at the hands of the yakuza, and went on to assassinate their boss, accusing and mocking him as he expired. Unusual in that taking vengeance set her on the path to villainy, not heroism... and she didn't bother waiting to grow up first, but lured the pedophile into bed and slaughtered him ''while still a child herself''.
** The Bride tries to avert this by avoiding killing Vernita Green in front of her young daughter Nikki, [[spoiler: but is ultimately double subverted as the child witnesses the death anyway]]. The Bride appears genuinely regretful about this, and explains to the child that she will understand if Nikki wants to try to continue the CycleOfRevenge when she is old enough.
* ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo''. Before Yoshida became a Yakuza boss he was working as a lowly assassin for the gang when Kenner was growing up in Japan and murdered Kenner's parents in front of him before trying to kill the young boy. This makes the case exceptionally personal for Kenner and he almost blows the bad guy's head off in front of his whole gang when he recognizes him when they meet again. His partner Murata agrees to help him complete his vendetta after Kenner explains it to him.
* In ''Film/JohnWick'', the victim is John's puppy, but the effect is the same, particularly since the puppy was a last gift from John's dead wife.
* Said word-for-word in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. [[spoiler:Eric Sacks was the one who killed April's father]].
* The protagonists of ''{{Film/Utu}}'' and ''Film/DeadLands'' witness the killing of their tribe by an EvilBrit ColonelKilgore, and by a rival Maori faction respectively.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', the reason for [[spoiler:37th Dolan's turn to evil]] is that, unknowingly, Kaulder killed [[spoiler:his parents, confident that they were witches who had kidnapped the Dolan.]]
* Subverted in the Franchise/JamesBond film ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''. Years ago, her father was wanted for treason against Great Britain, and Bond was tasked to bring him in. Instead of turning him in to the authorities, Bond [[LeaveBehindAPistol allowed him to commit suicide.]] Now, Octopussy confronts the man who was responsible for her father's death...and thanks Bond for allowing her father to take his own life rather than face the disgrace of a military trial.
1st May '16 8:33:49 PM JackG
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* Subverted in the Franchise/JamesBond film ''Film/Octopussy''. Years ago, her father was wanted for treason against Great Britain, and Bond was tasked to bring him in. Instead of turning him in to the authorities, Bond [[LeaveBehindAPistol allowed him to commit suicide.] Now, Octopussy confronts the man who was responsible for her father's death...and thanks Bond for allowing her father to take his own life rather than face the disgrace of a military trial.

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* Subverted in the Franchise/JamesBond film ''Film/Octopussy''.''Film/{{Octopussy}}''. Years ago, her father was wanted for treason against Great Britain, and Bond was tasked to bring him in. Instead of turning him in to the authorities, Bond [[LeaveBehindAPistol allowed him to commit suicide.] ]] Now, Octopussy confronts the man who was responsible for her father's death...and thanks Bond for allowing her father to take his own life rather than face the disgrace of a military trial.trial.
18th Apr '16 10:15:30 PM aye_amber
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* Inverted in TheyMightBeGiants' spoken-word piece "Lesson 16" (a parody of those language-learning tapes), in which John Linnell reveals that he killed your father in order to get with your mother.

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* Inverted in TheyMightBeGiants' Music/TheyMightBeGiants' spoken-word piece "Lesson 16" (a parody of those language-learning tapes), in which John Linnell reveals that he killed your father in order to get with your mother.
14th Apr '16 6:25:45 AM Tron80
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* [[Manga/WolfsRain Blue's]] motive against Darcia.

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* [[Manga/WolfsRain Blue's]] ''Manga/WolfsRain'': Blue's motive against Darcia.Darcia.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': [[BigBad Jordy]] wants to avenge the death of his father, killed by [[BigBad Marder]].
10th Apr '16 7:36:30 AM cherrychels
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** After discovering [[SerialKiller Sylar]] killed Nathan, Claire expresses how much she wants to kill Sylar and literally tells him, “You killed my father!”

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** After discovering [[SerialKiller Sylar]] killed Nathan, Claire expresses how much she wants to kill Sylar and literally tells Sylar, telling him, “You killed my father!”father!” She doesn't manage to kill him but does stab a pencil in his eye.
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