Created By: ManWithoutABody on March 12, 2008
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You Killed My Father Your Ass Is Mine

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When one of the villains killed the parent (usually father) of one of the heroes, it'll be that hero who kills that villain, even if this isn't an explicit act of vengeance. Examples:
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  • March 12, 2008
    Indigo
    I could've sworn Hello My Name Is Inigo Montoya was already a trope...

    ...oh, wait, it is. My Name Is Inigo Montoya
  • March 12, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    My Name Is Inigo Montoya is something else. Also: Ike against The Black Knight in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. In fact, it reveals he didn't die when you killed him in the previous game, as if to make up for the fact you don't have to make Ike to kill him in that battle.
  • March 12, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Can't be helped. Though we're far from running out of tropes, we've pretty much covered most of the broad ones, so all that's left are the super-specific tropes. Much love from Ron Perlman but Hellboy left a lot to be desired.
  • March 12, 2008
    Clerval
    The need to avenge dead fathers is a HUGE trope. So much so that I can't believe it's not here already - surely it must be.
  • March 12, 2008
    Caswin
    In One Must Fall, Christian (one of the heroes) quotes Inigo's line to the letter at Colonel Kreissack, and (despite a memorable comeback from the villain) proceeds to carry through on it. Subversions appear in the Batman Beyond and Street Fighter cartoons, where a hero-villain-"You killed my father" confrontation takes place in a climactic episode (both, again, with very memorable ripostes from the murderers), but the villain ultimately dies by someone else's hand.
  • March 12, 2008
    Indigo
    Whoops, looks like I got my wires crossed. You Killed My Father Your Ass Is Mine is ok with me. :)

    Simba from the Lion King once you get to a certain point in the movie...as much as Disney would permit anyhow.
  • March 12, 2008
    ShayGuy
    Wait - wait, wait, wait.

    A ways down, there's a YKTTW about cheap death threats, right? So if we call that Prepare To Die...

    ...and call this You Killed My Father...

    ...we already have My Name Is Inigo Montoya...

    ...

    ^_^
  • March 12, 2008
    Meiriona
    YES! Made Of Win!!
  • March 12, 2008
    fleb
    Dammit, I really have to watch that movie.
  • March 12, 2008
    UnknownTroper
  • March 12, 2008
    RobertBingham
    You Killed My Father sounds like a winner.
  • March 13, 2008
    Mipp
    The father is the standard victim in this, so much so that I can only think of a handful of examples where the hero/heroine seeks revenge for the death of their mother. There's "Conan the Barbarian" and, uh...
  • March 13, 2008
    Attilargh
    "No, I am your father."
  • March 13, 2008
    Heliomance
    @Attilargh: I was gonna say that.
  • March 13, 2008
    FireWalk
    Often this is Best Served Cold, and they've been trying to kill them for ages.
  • March 13, 2008
    Fawriel
    Shay Guy, you get a brownie cookie for that. Though, wait. Inigo Montoya's death threat isn't exactly a cheap one. So should we make a trope for expensi... err, for effectual death threats? Or Do We Have This One already?
  • March 13, 2008
    Medinoc
    Isn't it just Its Personal ?
  • March 13, 2008
    Clerval
    Its Personal is the supertrope, I guess, but this - dead fathers - is SO prevalent. Because typically it will handily combine the hero's motivation for going after the villain with his angsty issues about living up to his father's legacy and becoming a man, etc.

    It's so strong that I've seen heroes go on and on and ON about their dead fathers and villains exploit that as their weak point even when their mothers, who hardly get mentioned, were murdered too. (Batman Begins, for example). Its such a handy, well-worn device that it gets inserted into things where it doesn't belong. In the 1993 version of The Three Musketeers, 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 of dispatches him. In the book, his father isn't even dead.

    A similar thing happens in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. "I shall not rest until my father's avenged!" (He has no such motivation in the legends) "Recognise this? It belonged to your father. Appropriate, don't you think, that I use it to send you to meet him?" So, so dead.

  • March 13, 2008
    Arivne
  • March 13, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Am I the only one who read this as "You Kissed My Father, Prepare to Die" ?

    You Killed My Father works for me.
  • March 13, 2008
    Caswin
    Another vote for You Killed My Father.
  • March 13, 2008
    Zephid
    Voting for You Killed My Father, if only because Prepare To Die can become a Stock Phrase so that "My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare To Die." can be fully Wiki-Worded.
  • March 13, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    @Mipp: In Bleach , this is the reason Ichigo want to kill Grand Fisher.
  • March 14, 2008
    ManWithoutABody
    Part of the reason I gave the longer working title was to emphasize how you're pretty much guaranteed that the villain will be killed by this hero, and not one of the others. The shortened version still works, but I'd like to give a bit of defense for my original idea.
  • March 14, 2008
    Jisu
    You Killed My Father works.

  • March 14, 2008
    Narvi
  • March 14, 2008
    Attilargh
    Afraid you're about 31 hours late, mate. :p
  • March 15, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Don't forget examples from video games... Ike from Fire Emblem, I think he had to kill the Black Knight twice because apparently the first time he "killed" him the Black Knight escaped. I'm pretty sure there's a sub/plot in Final Fantasy that involves this somewhere. Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue. For the Bleach example it was his mother that Ichigo was trying to exact revenge for. Fuu from Samurai Champloo was trying to get revenge on her father. This reminds me, you know the seemingly never existed Ash's father from Pokemon who was only mentioned in the first episode (I think)? Who the hell is he?
  • March 15, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    After three people who made the joke without saying it explicitly, it falls to me to say it: the Luke I Am Your Father scene is a subversion of this trope. It is remarkable how some tropes are so old that their subversions are cliches as well.
  • March 15, 2008
    Danel
    To a certain extent, though, Harry Potter averts this trope - a lot of people predicted that Bellatrix would be defeated by Neville in revenge for his parents, or Harry in revenge for Sirius; nope - it Molly protecting her daughter.

    I was surprised to see that this isn't what My Name Is Inigo Montoya is about. That's more about the hero suddenly finding a new well of strength in a desperate hour, for whatever reason. Hrm.
  • March 15, 2008
    Nirual
    In Starfox 64, Fox decides to go one-on-one with Andross because he killed his father.
  • March 15, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Batman in the 1989 Burton film. He actually says to the Joker, "I'm going to kill you," and then moments later, "You killed my parents." Can't get more blatant than that.
  • March 15, 2008
    RobertBingham
    I think this has enough examples to get launched, don't you?
  • March 16, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Stargate SG-1 had a weird version of this with Cronos, the man who executed Teal'c's father in a You Have Failed Me moment and exiled Teal'c and his mother. Teal'c finally got his chance for revenge in the episode "Double Jeopardy" where he, in the climax of the episode, fights his father's murderer in one-on-one combat and is losing the fight and is about to be killed, only for Cronus to be shot in the back by Teal'c's robotic clone.
  • March 16, 2008
    ShayGuy
    Launch button, people. -_-
  • February 26, 2009
    Nate the Great
    Bump.
  • February 26, 2009
    alliterator
    Okay, as you can see from this discussion, this was already launched. As You Killed My Father. So there's no need to bump it. Really.
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