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->''"Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill'''
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Vengeance. You don't get much of it in real life, and the little you do get is cold, late, and adds up otherwise as having been a really bad idea. So you look for it in fiction. Where you find out that, seven times in ten, revenge was a really bad idea for your surrogate, too. The other three times ... well, hey, ''somebody'' had to get some, sooner or later. That, and the girl. And a pony. With a [[IWantMyJetpack jetpack]].

Revenge in its basic form is essentially [[PayEvilUntoEvil Paying Evil Unto Evil]]. [[KickTheDog Someone has done]] [[MoralEventHorizon something seriously bad]] to [[ItsPersonal another person or someone that person loves]], and for some reason, there's no justice to be had for the crime, so the character sets out to exact their own kind of justice upon the person or people responsible. Although, [[ItsAllAboutMe some characters]] may not care for justice or "getting even", but want the satisfaction that comes only from DisproportionateRetribution. This can be compounded when the harm is [[RantInducingSlight slight]], like [[RevengeSVP not getting invited to a party]]. Avenging a death may be regarded as DueToTheDead -- and the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost may agree]].

An avenger has several options when pursuing his or her vendetta. He or she can devise a Machiavellian plan, [[TheChessmaster maneuvering things (and occasionally people) in place]] [[BestServedCold until the time of final vengeance is at hand]], which is the route taken by many classical revenge tales. Often the avenger takes steps to ruin the other guy's life in some manner before the final act, which may or may not end with the other guy's death. Another option, often chosen by {{action hero}}es or the more bloodthirsty avengers, is the RoaringRampageOfRevenge, where the avenger dispenses with this and goes straight for the bloodshed, hunting down everyone who had anything to do with the crime in question and eliminating them one by one, often in a GottaKillThemAll fashion, until they reach the BigBad behind it all and take their final vengeance.

KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand, {{Forgiveness}}, and DefeatMeansFriendship may stop this vendetta. Finding the person and discovering they've become TheAtoner can snatch it away from you. On the other hand, if they try to [[BuyThemOff buy you off]], they may still be fair game. May also invoke TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou; if your enemy is defeated by someone else, how can you avenge yourself?

Sometimes, the person seeking revenge is doing out of a [[CrusadingWidower subconscious sense of guilt and responsibility]], or to cover up some other emotion like SurvivorsGuilt (which often explains any DeathSeeker behavior). Sometimes they've placed RevengeBeforeReason. Bringing this out into the open can produce an interesting effect.

The character often finds that completing the revenge will [[VengeanceFeelsEmpty leave his life feeling flat and empty]]. Revenge wasn't satisfying, or now that it's over, [[WhatNowEnding he doesn't know what to do with himself]]. Sometimes, during the course of the pursuit of revenge, the avenger [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes just as bad as, if not worse than, the one who committed the initial awful deed to begin with]]. And sometimes, revenge doesn't end with the person who committed the crime -- [[AvengingTheVillain other people connected to the original villain may well decide to pursue vengeance against the original avenger]], which may very well lead to a CycleOfRevenge.

Being that revenge is one of the darker character motivations, villains, being a rather [[{{Forgiveness}} unforgiving]] lot, will often choose to take vengeance on those who have, in their eyes, wronged them, [[ItsAllAboutMe even if the "wrong" in question was something legitimately justified, such as stopping a villain's original evil plan and putting him behind bars]] or [[MoralMyopia stopping an associate of his, which resulted in the associate's death]]. Villains in general are more likely to engage in DisproportionateRetribution than many heroes, and don't usually care about what happens to innocents that get swept up in the mess -- some such villains [[RevengeByProxy deliberately target innocents who are connected to the person they want revenge on, just to make the person suffer all the more]]. Others target anyone who has anything to do with a certain organization responsible for what led them on this rampage, regardless of whether or not those people were actually involved in the crime in question, or take it out on [[SinsOfOurFathers the descendants of those who wronged them to start with]]. Others will broaden their vendetta to cover more and more people until the vendetta essentially covers [[OmnicidalManiac all of humanity]]. This can be tempered, or even overridden, if the character keeps it up; killing the man who killed your father can be noble if he continues to slaughter people wherever he goes, and your revenge can be viewed as the icing on the cake. Villains can often be seen drawing on ThePowerOfHate in order to get their revenge as well.

On the other hand, revenge can also appear lighter in shade. If the provocation was extreme, and still more if the character is reacting ''quickly'' to circumstance, without time to think -- as in TheDogBitesBack -- the effect can be mostly sympathetic. It can also be softened by the character's being partly motivated by the knowledge that the villain will go on committing such crime, and by taking care to ensure that only the guilty suffer, and suffer no more than they deserve.

For the 2011 American television series, see ''Series/{{Revenge}}''.
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* The fulcrum around which ''GunXSword'' turns is Van's hunt to avenge the death of his bride by killing the Claw. Over the series, the other protagonists obtain reasons to want the same thing. Unusually for anime, the desire to obtain revenge is portrayed in a largely positive light.
* Mikagami Tokiya in ''FlameOfRecca'' at first starts out as an avatar of vengeance whose purpose in life is to take revenge in the name of his [[ItsPersonal dead big sister]]. Over time, however, he starts learning that walking the path of revenge will lead to his doom, so he eventually wises up and lets go of his vengeful life, fighting less suicidally and somehow became stronger.
* Hiei from ''YuYuHakusho''. He was cast out of his birthplace by his own people, simply for being male, while they held his mother back as she pleaded for his life. While Hiei's feelings on his mother are unclear, his primary motivation early in life was to kill every ice maiden in the Glacial Village and burn the place right out of the sky and into the ground.
* Makina in ''ShikabaneHime'' claims that she doesn't care about Heaven, and is only staying undead so she can find the person who killed her family.
* Revenge and how it turns on itself is a major theme in ''{{Naruto}}'', where it is presented as a crippling obsession. It starts with Sasuke, but ultimately turns out to be a stupidly deep family connection [[GenerationXerox all the way back to the clan's founder, Madara Uchiha]], and is the driving force of the plot as a whole, responsible even for the Kyuubi attack in the prologue.
** Sasuke has taken revenge [[RevengeBeforeReason to]] [[RevengeMyopia new]] [[AxCrazy and]] terrifying [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope heights]]. And if the target of his revenge is removed; [[SarcasmMode fear not!]] He'll just find something new to point his vengeance at.
** Unfortunately, the message gets muddled a bit when Shikamaru takes out Hidan for Asuma's death, and it's portrayed in a positive, "getting some closure" manner.
* Also a major plot of ''{{Berserk}}'', as Guts seeks revenge on his former commander Griffith and the Apostles for the events of the Eclipse that led to [[spoiler:the deaths of the Band of the Hawk]] and [[spoiler:robbed his lover Casca of her sanity]].
* This explains the entirety of [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kaname Tousen's]] actions - from joining Soul Society to his defection with Aizen.
* In ''CodeGeass'', revenge against Britannia - and in particular his father, the Emperor - is one of Lelouch's main motivations.
* In the 7th OVA of ''{{Hellsing}}'' a wounded Seras exacts VIOLENT revenge against Zorin Blitz for killing Pip Bernadotte.
** Also doubles as a MAJOR CrowningMomentofAwesome.
* The basic point of WeissKreuz - to destroy villain with [[KillHimAlready brutally demonic retribution]]. Fujimiya Ran especially desires revenge against Takatori Reiji for the murder of his family in the first 15 episodes of Kapital.
* This is the main motive of Theif King Bakura (and by extent, Yami Bakura) of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', who desires revenge for the massacer of Kul Elna.
* In ''MobileSuitGundam'', Char's motive for moving up the ranks of the Zeon military is to put himself in a position to kill off the Zabi family, who were responsible for his father's death. He personally suceeds in killing two of the five (the others die from familial/political infighting or in combat). After achieving this, he instead switches his focus to following his father's ideals... [[CharsCounterattack and takes them a bit too far.]]
* ''GundamSeedDestiny'' protagonist Shinn Asuka ''lives'' for revenge. First he wants revenge on the Earth Alliance for attacking Orb and killing his family, and also on Orb (more specifically the Athha family) for getting into a fight with them in the first place. Then he wants revenge on Kira after Stella's death...
* In ''{{Gundam 00}}'', Setsuna F. Seiei and Neil Dylandy (the first Lockon Stratos) both desire revenge against Ali Al-Saachez for the death of their families.
** [[DarkActionGirl Louise Halevy]] actually achieves her revenge against the woman who murdered her family... but after initially laughing and being happy about it, her laughter slowly breaks down into tears of pain and despair because nothing's really changed: her family is still dead.
* In ''GundamAge'', both Grodek Ainoa and Flit Asuno desire revenge against the Unknown Enemies, who are responsible for killing their families.
** Flit's revenge case got turned UpToEleven following the brutal murder of [[spoiler:Yurin L'Ciel]]. The second generation Flit is shown to have become nearly as [[HeWhoFightsMonsters nasty toward the UE]] as they are toward Earth, hating everything about them and openly stating that his life's goal is to [[KillEmAll see them annihilated.]]
* The reason both Scar and Mustang are in the story of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Scar is killing State Alchemists as revenge for the loss of his family, his home and his country during the Ishval Massacre; Mustang, while he starts out merely as a SupportingLeader to the Elric brothers and still acts in that capacity for most of the plot, has finding [[spoiler:the murderer of his closest friend, Maes Hughes]] as one of his highest agendas before foiling Father's plot takes center stage. [[spoiler:When he ''does'' find the murderer - the homunculus, Envy - a CurbStompBattle so epically one-sided occurred that it took all the other cast had in them, Scar included, to [[HeWhoFightsMonsters stop him from going off the deep end]].]]
* The main reason everybody in ''{{Inuyasha}}'' teams up, at first. [[TagalongKid Shippo]] wants revenge on The Thunder Brothers for killing his father, so he joins [[HalfHumanHybrid Inuyasha]]. [[HandsomeLech Miroku]] wants revenge (and also to break his curse) on [[BigBad Naraku]] for killing his father indirectly/ giving him a [[CursedWithAwesome Wind Tunnel]] in the first place, so he teams up with Inuyasha. [[ActionGirl Sango]] wants revenge on Naraku for [[YouKilledMyFather killing her father]], [[ItsPersonal her people, her]], and [[BigSisterInstinct her little brother Kohaku]] and then [[BrainWashed using Kohaku]] as a puppet, so she joins Inuyasha. Inuyasha wants revenge on Naraku for killing [[ItsPersonal Kikyo]], so he leads this group. And [[SecondLove Kagome]]... is [[DesignatedVictim just kind of there.]]
* ''{{Gankutsuou}}'', being ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]], is naturally about this trope.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', this is the only thing that keeps Eren Jaeger going. Were it not for his sheer unyielding ''hatred'' of the Titans, he probably would have succumbed to despair long ago.
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* In ''Literature/FauseFoodrage'', as soon as the son learns of his SecretLegacy, he attacks the man who killed his father and is holding his mother prisoner.
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* Revenge is more or less the driving force of Xadhoom's life in the Disney series ''PaperinikNewAdventures''. As the [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]] after an alien race destroyed her home planet, she's dedicated her life to wiping out every last one of them. Said aliens are now threatening Earth, so she becomes an ally to the main character - DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego - but her obsession is implied to be rather unhealthy.
* The reason for DoctorDoom's supervillainy is the fact that he blames [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] for every single thing that has ever happened to him, [[StartOfDarkness starting with]] his disfigurement, and wants nothing more than to cause him as much pain as possible in revenge. This actually makes them quite different from many other pairs of [[ArchEnemy Arch Enemies]]: for example, SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker are the nemeses of the respective heroes because they start out as being a certain way and, due to their differences with the hero, grow to hate them and eventually focus on them. Doom, on the other hand, is a supervillain who branches out to become an enemy of every single Marvel superhero out there, but every single thing he does can be eventually traced back to his hatred of Reed Richards.
* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis is out for some against Twilight, as she was the one who proved instrumental in derailing the Changelings' plan to conquer Canterlot.]]
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[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* In ''FiringRange'', the motivation of the inventor is revenge against the ones who [[spoiler:gave his son a posthumous medal after leading him to his death]]. He gets it, [[spoiler: by causing the tank to kill them.]]
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
See: RevengeFic
* The ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' story "Have You Seen This Tiger?" has Calvin getting revenge on [[ThePrankster Socrates.]] It [[GoneHorriblyRight doesn't turn out well.]]
* The ''FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus'' series:
** The only reason Chrysalis agrees to [[BigBad Erebus]]' plan to infiltrate the Atlas Strongest Tournament is a chance at revenge on Twilight Sparkle for her defeat at the wedding.
** And it turns out that [[TheRival Ran Biao's]] grudge against Rarity is payback for [[spoiler: letting Razorwing rape her]], something that Rarity wasn't aware that she had done.
* While she sisn't after it, Rancor from ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' is [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the Draconequus representing]] Revenge.
* Professor Moriarty's desire for revenge against Literature/SherlockHolmes fuels the plot of the first finale of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''. Notably, he gets his revenge ''[[RuleOfThree three times over]]'' throughout the course of the three episodes. First in subjugating the detective, then breaking him when Moriarty did his job a little too well, then [[AndYourLittleDogToo hurting Beth]].
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', this come sup quite a bit.
** Roll wants revenge on Wily for [[spoiler:killing Doc]].
** Tiesel Bonne wants revenge on Mega Man for dissolving the Mega Crew and perceived humiliation.
** Mr. Black wants revenge on [[spoiler:Wily for killing his wife and leaving him paralyzed]].
** As of episode 11, Wily wants revenge on Dr. Light for perceived involvement in [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan=] leaving Wily and turning good]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'': Although this is not explicitly stated, it's quite obvious that part of the reason why Loki wanted to [[spoiler:kill Laufey is to get back at his biological father for leaving him to die as an infant]].
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': [[spoiler:After their mother Frigga is murdered]], Loki becomes motivated to team up with his brother Thor to defeat Malekith.
** [[spoiler:Loki later usurps Odin's throne as payback for being disowned and for almost receiving the death sentence.]]
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze'':
-->'''Shredder:''' Choose the best man from those that remain to follow the reporter. She's the key to finding the creatures that did this to me.
-->'''Tatsu:''' Yes, master! Next, master, we rebuild the Foot?
-->'''Shredder:''' No. There is only one thing next...''revenge!''
* The thousand-year plan of the Sith in ''StarWars'', which Sidious finally brings to fruition.
-->'''Darth Maul:''' At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.
** Although it's been obscured by time and the numerous other tropes it's spawned, the revelation that Darth Vader was Luke's father in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' had originally played as a subversion of {{Revenge}}. Critics of ''[[StarWarsANewHope Star Wars: A New Hope]]'' were so convinced that the sequels would conform to a simple [[YouKilledMyFather Luke-avenges-his-dad story]], they dissed Lucas for being trite, never suspecting how TheReveal would [[LukeIAmYourFather overturn those expectations]].
** The EU materials taking place around the time of ''ThePhantomMenace'' imply that Viceroy Gunray's main motivation for having the Trade Federation blockade Naboo was out of revenge against Senator Palpatine because it was thanks to him and his bill that several members of the Trade Federation's leading races were assassinated (the only reason why the Nemoidians survived is because Sidious sabotaged the ship to prevent them from taking off for the summit). In the film itself, it was believed to be out of {{Greed}}.
* Essentially the entire plot of ''Film/FallingDown''. One man's revenge (albeit a bit excessive) against all the little annoyances in the world, be it [[spoiler:arriving five minutes too late to get breakfast at a fast food restaurant, which is met with drawing a machine gun and accidentally firing it in to the ceiling]], [[spoiler:needless construction, which is met with a rocket launcher]], or [[spoiler:price gouging, which is met with vandalism and price slashing via bat]].
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' is about a barber who seeks revenge against the corrupt judge who sent him away for fifteen years on a false charge and then raped his wife Lucy. Though his primary target is Judge Turpin and the Beadle because of their role in what happened to her, he ends up killing a lot more people along the way.
* A popular plot in action movies in general, though most tend toward the RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Also popular with Spaghetti Westerns, such as ''For A Few Dollars More'', the second of the Dollars trilogy, which has Lee Van Cleef in the avenger role as Colonel Mortimer, who is out to kill El Indio for raping his sister after gunning down her lover.
* Park Chan-wook's ''Vengeance Trilogy'' is three unconnected stories about vengeance. It includes ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'', ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'' and ''Film/SympathyForLadyVengeance''.
* This is Mélanie's goal throughout the film ''The Page Turner'', after a piano audition is disrupted by one of the judges (a famous pianist), she stops playing the piano and seeks her revenge which adds up to [[spoiler:making said pianist fall in love with her, destroying her marriage and causing a serious hand problem in her young son (who also aspires to be a pianist)]].
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'':
-->'''The Fallen:''' Revenge... is MINE!!
* Alec Trevelyan of the James Bond movie ''Film/GoldenEye'' wanted revenge against the British government for the betrayal of the Lienz Cossacks, which included his family, who believed that they were under British protection near the end of WWII, only to be sent back to Stalin who promptly had them all shot. The fact that he was also doing so to make himself a pile of money off the destruction of London using a nuclear satellite that used an electromagnetic pulse weapon was just the icing on the cake.
** The R in SPECTRE, the villainous organization in previous films, stands for revenge. Blofeld mentions it specifically as what will happen if his demands are not met in ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''.
* Will Plunkett in ''PlunkettAndMacleane'' swears revenge on General Chance for the death of his partner.
* In ''Film/TheBoneCollector'', [[spoiler:the villain's murders turn out to be an elaborate scheme to get revenge on one of the two cop protagonists, whose mistakes caused the villain to be wrongly imprisoned.]]
** [[spoiler: "Mistake" is debatable, since he was jailed for planting false evidence on criminals he was insistent were guilty. How correct he was never explained into, though in his point of view and his theories were "flawless" and he had been jailed for working for a greater good, his duration in there being traumatic (which ironically mirrored the people he framed, one even committing suicide).]]
* The ''Film/JoshuuSasori'' series of films centre on the (anti)heroine's struggle for revenge and [[CycleOfRevenge the trouble]] it causes.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
* ''TaxiDriver'' has a long shot in which the camera pans back over all the corpses Travis Bickle left in the wake of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge. The reason for this: how satisfying would a story about revenge be if we didn't get to linger over the results a bit?
* In Disney/{{Tangled}}, Gothel draws the Stabbington brothers into her plans by a promise of revenge on Flynn.
* ''The Amateur'' (1981). The fiancee of a cryptographer is murdered by terrorists, so he blackmails the CIA into letting him go into Czechoslovakia to kill those responsible. Just as he crosses the border, the CIA discover where he's hidden the files, so he's hunted by both sides.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/TheStarsMyDestination is largely about the main charters quest for revenge on the Vorga, a ship which saw and ignored his distressed calls when he was [[LostAtSea stranded in a dead spaceship]].
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels are quite fond of revenge as a motive and a plot, which is hardly surprising, given the setting.
** In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/{{Eisenhorn}} novel ''Malleus'', Eisenhorn vows revenge on those responsible for the atrocity that cripples Literature/{{Ravenor}}. In ''Hereticus'', it is invoked; Medea passionately desires revenge on the man who killed her father. [[spoiler: In time, she realizes that this was displaced desire that she could have known her father, who died a month before her birth.]]
** In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''First & Only'', Gaunt's BackStory includes his killing the general whose cowardly abandonment of the field of battle killed Gaunt's father and the men with him. Later, this general's son attacks Gaunt, for his father's death and the dishonor it brought on the family.
*** Revenge, and an inter-regimental feud, is also used to mask the real conflict of the novel.
** In William King's SpaceWolf novel ''Space Wolf'', the Grimskulls sought revenge on the Thunderskulls who had captured their settlement, enslaving their women and children. They went off, licking their wounds, and were lucky enough to find another settlement which they could overrun, killing the men and enslaving the women and children, [[MoralMyopia which they regard as a god rewarding their perseverance with a prize]]. They returned for Revenge on the Thunderskulls. When Ragnar Thunderskull and Strybjorn Grimskull are taken to become Space Wolves, their enmity continues. At one point, Ragnar is tempted with the prospect of killing Strybjorn; the Marines gravely observe that they have never had an aspirant come so close to failure without failing before. [[spoiler:When Strybjorn saves his life [[FireForgedFriends in battle]], and falls beneath an attack, Ragnar realizes his desire was wrong. He insists the others with them go on to BringNewsBack, so he can [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind tend Strybjorn's wounds and bring him out safely]].]]
*** In ''Wolfblade'', Ragnar is warned that foiling [[spoiler:Cezare]]'s plot means that he will seek revenge on him.
---->''"Let him," said Ragnar.\\
"Spoken like a true son of Fenris," said Haeger with [[SoProudOfYou almost paternal]] fondness.''
** In GrahamMcNeill's Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', at the end, [[spoiler:Vaanes is convinced that Uriel's convincing him to join the attack on the fortress, which killed many of his band, was deeply wronging him, and so allows himself to be persuaded to join the forces of Chaos, for Revenge.]]
** In GrahamMcNeill's ''Storm of Iron'', Larana Utorian's suffering at the hands of the Chaos forces and desire for {{Revenge}} are [[spoiler:what lets the daemon tempt her into allowing it in.]]
** In GrahamMcNeill's HorusHeresy novel ''False Gods'', when hunting a traitor, Horus comes upon corpses still wearing the remnants of their Imperial uniforms. He wonders if they remained loyal and promises to avenge them. Later, when [[spoiler:Horus is felled by his wounds]], Loken is determined to avenge him on the forces responsible.
** In GrahamMcNeill's Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''The Killing Ground'', the desire for Revenge after a massacre drives the bulk of the novel.
** In JamesSwallow's ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Sanguinius]]'', after Rafen's [[CombatByChampion duel]] with [[spoiler: Arkio]] ends with his killing him, Mephiston urges him into the fight with the Chaos forces that had tainted him -- he should avenge him. [[spoiler:And in the end, the thwarted daemon plots revenge on Rafen.]]
** In Chris Roberson's BloodRavens novel ''Dawn Of War II'', when Phaeton hears that the tyrannids have killed his mother, he declares he will kill them all; the SpaceMarine tells him to let them do the fighting for now, but perhaps he might be a Blood Raven one day, whereupon his younger brother is also eager to be one so he can fight.
** In Steve Parker's ''Gunheads'', Wulfe's BackStory includes an incident where [[TheMedic a medic]] jumped to save him from a wound that would have killed him. A few days later, the medic was captured by orks and [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] to death. Wulfe thinks that he's still trying to avenge him.
** In Chris Roberson's ImperialFists novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Zatori wants revenge on Jean-Robec for killing his master (partly because he should have been protecting his back), and Taloc wants revenge on Zatori for killing his father. A long-term undercurrent, since the Imperial Fists will stop them if they try, and they fear the punishment.
** In Andy Hoare's WhiteScars novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', the title hunt is motivated by revenge.
* Averted in A.J. Quinell's ''Snap Shot'', where the revenge of the protagonist is only mentioned in a flashback, a few parragraphs long, and without details. After telling that he performed his revenge, the protagonist also admits it didn't make him feel any better nor helped him to overcome his psychological trauma.
* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheSecondJungleBook'', Mowgli takes Revenge on the village for how they treated his adoptive parents. He persuades Hathi to help because of the revenge Hathi took on another village -- that one involving killing men.
* ''Literature/MobyDick'', surely. Captain Ahab is a walking piece of revenge on a stick. (he has a wooden leg.)
** A pegleg, yes. It is, however, made from the jawbone of a whale.
* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' is a defining example of revenge as plot.
* A driving force for Ax in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. In Andalite culture, the brother or son must avenge the victim's death, and Ax takes the vow to kill Visser Three for the death of Elfangor. Technically, that would have included Tobias, as Elfangor's son, as well, but it isn't mentioned as much by the time that's revealed.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revenge_play Revenge tragedies]] were quite common in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, with perhaps the best known of such being Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', which has its title character seeking vengeance for his father against his uncle, who murdered him to take the throne. Seeing as how it's a ''tragedy,'' though, [[PyrrhicVictory it doesn't exactly end well]] for the prince of Denmark.
** Thomas Middleton's ''TheRevengersTragedy'' (1606) is this, to a T. The anti-hero's name, Vindice, means 'Revenge'. In fact, it can be seen as a parody of the entire genre (and ''Hamlet'' in particular), which was in its heyday when this was first performed.
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe wrote a few revenge stories:
** In "Hop-Frog" a deformed dwarf jester burns the king and seven ministers to death at a masquerade for striking his beloved and splashing wine in her face.
** In "The Cask of Amontillado", a man lures his friend into a cellar with the promise of fine wine, only to bury him alive, claiming revenge for [[DisproportionateRetribution vague injuries]]. Both people get away scot-free.
* Revenge is the [[PlanetofHats Hat]] of the Camorri in the ''GentlemanBastard'' series. The Grey King's sole motivation is revenge against [[spoiler: Capa Barsavi and the nobility of Camorr]]. Locke sets himself against the Grey King in order to avenge [[spoiler: Nazca, Bug, and the Sanzas]]. And in the course of Locke's revenge, he pisses off the Bondsmagi...
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Gods of Mars]]'', during the GladiatorRevolt, the women slaves in the stands start to take revenge.
-->''In all parts of the structure the female slaves were falling upon their masters with whatever weapon came first to hand. A dagger snatched from the harness of her mistress was waved aloft by some fair slave, its shimmering blade crimson with the lifeblood of its owner; swords plucked from the bodies of the dead about them; heavy ornaments which could be turned into bludgeons--such were the implements with which these fair women wreaked the long-pent vengeance which at best could but partially recompense them for the unspeakable cruelties and indignities which their black masters had heaped upon them. And those who could find no other weapons used their strong fingers and their gleaming teeth.''
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', the Summoning Dark is "an invisible and very powerful quasidemonic thing of pure vengeance."
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': A Lannister always pays his debts. So if you help a Lannister, you're sure to be recompensed for your trouble. But if you ''cross'' a Lannister, things might end differently. Such as, say, in a privy. With a crossbow.
** Arguably the whole Westeros powderkeg was lit because when she was a girl, Catelyn Stark broke a little boy's heart...
* In Creator/RobertLouisStevenson's ''The Black Arrow'', the hero learns that a band of men are hunting down those responsible for his father's death. At the end, he insists they refrain from killing one intended victim -- who, he knows, did lure his father to the place of his death but was unaware that he would be killed.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight" Sergius is out to get his revenge as soon as he sees Conan.
** Another Conan story, ''Literature/TheScarletCitadel'', had one of Tsotha's slaves try to kill an imprisoned King Conan for killing his brother back in his pirate days as "Amra the Lion." He is killed with one strike by Satha, the big fucking snake that Tsotha keeps down there, before he can actually go through with revenge.
* Fenise's motive in ''[[ShadowsOfTheApt Dragonfly Falling]]''.
* Andre-Louis' motive in ''Literature/{{Scaramouche}}''.
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Bilbo tells Smaug that it was for revenge that the dwarves had come to Lonely Mountain:
-->'''Bilbo:''' Surely you realize that your success has made you some bitter enemies.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', von Horn tries to cover his tracks by telling Number Thirteen that he is a soulless creature, less than a beast, and that Professor Maxon made him such, and inciting him until he resolves to kill the professor.
* In DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', Mae's motivation.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Freckles sneaked off from a man and his son who had abused him and stole his clothing, and confesses to wanting to meet them again before he dies.
* In JackCampbell's TheLostFleet novel ''Invincible'', Geary contemplates rigging a wrecked ship to explode on the aliens' going on board, but rejects it as a sterile revenge.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica:
** Kalak's chief motivation for the quest is to kill [[BigBad Gothon]] for razing his homeland.
** Kazem has the same motivation: Gothon took everything from him so he wants the guy's head on a stick.
** Daniar, by contrast, is in the same boat as they are but never considers revenge.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'': As an Alderaanian, Tash Arrandar was inclined to pacifism, to peaceably resolving grievances with people who thought in much the same ways. When her homeworld was destroyed, finding ways to hurt the Empire that had so badly hurt her started to look more appealing, especially in ''The Virus''. She's [[JustAKid 13 years old]] and never picks up weapons, so has to receive AnAesop about it rather than carve a swath of destruction or something.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DarkshipThieves'', Thena pledges revenge for [[spoiler:her dead eight "brothers" -- the clones before her that her "father" murdered for a transplant. Nat also pledges to exterminate the Good Men for Max's death.]]
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': The Exiles (Noldorian Elves who left Valinor against the will of the Valar) as a whole are seeking revenge on Morgoth, but the House of Fëanor (especially it's progenitor) are the most desperate for it, and [[TheUnfettered most willing to do whatever it takes.]] Fëanor spends his final days [[RevengeBeforeReason attempting]] [[GottaKillEmAll to]] [[UnstoppableRage wreak]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters unholy]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge veangance]] on [[Satan Morgoth]] and all his servants. He starts out with a RousingSpeech which summed up is "Morgoth killed my dad, your king, and stole the entire world's most precious gems. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Let's not take this like pansies and go wreck his shit.]] As in all of it. Oh and anyone who tries to take those gems from me, or hide them in any way? You'll get the same." Being [[HairTriggerTemper Fëanor]], he has some issues [[DisproportionateRetribution working with people]] [[KillEmAll who try to get him to actually]], you know ''[[RevengeBeforeReason think about what he is doing]]'' rather than just blindly rushing ahead. Which is what he does. Which is what kills him. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome While fighting all the Balrogs. At once. Alone.]]
** Fëanor's sons are no slouches in the revenge department either, they commit one mass slaughter of elves with their father, and two without. They will betray and/or kill anyone who they think is trying to keep a Silmaril from them (this is what led to the Second Kinslaying). And this is barely scratching the surface of all the things they do/are willing to do. The entire family ends up dead except for Fëanor's estranged wife who stayed behind and one of his sons, [[WarriorPoet Maglor,]] who ends up crossing DespairEventHorizon [[WalkingTheEarth wandering the shores of Middle-Earth]] [[GriefSong singing his sorrow and regret.]]
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Moloch urges immediate and constant attack on {{Heaven}}; they can disturb God,
-->'' Which if not Victory is yet Revenge.''
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', when the Free Traders take Jern on board, they ask who had it in for his master, then shrug and dismiss it: if he wants revenge later, it's nothing to do with them.
* Mael Duin of the medieval Irish romance ''Literature/TheVoyageOfMaelDuin'' sets out to sea to find and kill the pirates that killed his father. When, years later, he finally has the opportunity to take revenge, he declines it.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Loras Tyrell and Brienne of Tarth swear vengeance against Stannis Baratheon after [[spoiler:their beloved King Renly is murdered.]]
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Revenge is James Gillies' primary motivation for wanting to destroy Detective William Murdoch; Gillies ''hates'' it when someone manages to outsmart him. James gets back at Robert Perry (who betrayed Gillies to avoid the noose and receive a much lighter jail sentence) by [[spoiler:cutting his former accomplice's head off with a fine-tooth saw while Robert ''was still alive'']].
* ''VeronicaMars'' is a revenge addict. When she starts to run short on targets for personal revenge she looks for other people to get revenge for.
* A major theme on ''{{Lost}}''. Sawyer's desire to avenge his parents carries through the first three seasons. In the fourth, we learn of Ben's desire [[spoiler:to kill Penny in revenge for Alex's death]]. Charlie, Shannon, Sayid, and Sun have also sought revenge for loved ones at various times.
* Happens occasionally on ''Series/TwentyFour'', especially when a terrorist is about to get immunity while a victim wants revenge. In Season 3, Kim notes that the death of [[spoiler:Nina Myers, who killed her mother]], does not bring her closure in any way, even though she wanted her dead for a long time. In Season 7, Olivia Taylor becomes angry that [[spoiler:Jonas Hodges]], the man responsible for her brother's death, is going to be placed in witness protection, so she [[spoiler:orders a hit on him, calling it off too late]]. During that season, [[spoiler:Tony Almeida]]'s desire for revenge for his wife and unborn son drives him to plan on tracking down and killing the head of the conspiracy.
* The final episode of ''Series/TheShadowLine'' sees [[spoiler:Gatehouse]] tracking down and killing [[spoiler:his superiors in Counterpoint]] because they sent an assassin to [[SickbedSlaying kill him in his hospital bed]].
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E4TheMutants The Mutants]], Varan decides to turn on the Overlords as soon as he realizes he's been played for a fool -- forget his people!
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': 250-ish years before series 3, Angelus and Darla had not only killed [[TheHunter Holtz's]] wife and three children but turned his [[KickTheDog youngest daughter]] into a vampire just to leave him a message, [[OffingtheOffspring forcing him to kill her himself]]. [[CrusadingWidower Holtz]] initially went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, taking out 378 vampires in 9 years as he [[ItsPersonal relentlessly]] [[TheHunterBecomesTheHunted hunted the pair]] across the whole of Europe. At times, he'd actually catch Angelus but never Darla and [[ColdBloodedTorture engage in torture]] just to see what would be left if he beat the demon out of the man. Angelus always escaped and the hunt would continue. Eventually, a demon told Holtz that if he didn't agree to travel 200+ years into the future he'd lose his chance to destroy Angelus and Darla forever. Holtz [[RevengeBeforeReason agreed]] in return for the promise that he'd show no mercy. When Holtz realised Angel [[TheAtoner now had a soul]] and Darla had [[ThePowerOfLove killed herself]] to save her son, his [[TheChessmaster plans]] [[BestServedCold changed]] to do to Angel what Angelus had done to him - [[RevengeByProxy take away the family he loved]]. He [[TheChainOfHarm stole Connor]], [[ConditionedToAcceptHorror raised him in a Hell dimension]] before sending him back to Angel [[RelativeButton full of hate]] and [[RevengeThroughCorruption groomed to kill his own father]], having [[ThePowerOfHate set up his own death]] to [[MoralMyopia make it look like]] Angel had killed him [[MoralEventHorizon just to make sure]] Connor would kill Angel in a [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Adopted Father]] fury. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Holtz]] was [[YouAreWhatYouHate supposed to be]] a ''good guy''.
** Holtz was never a "good" guy (at least not as we saw him on screen, maybe before his family was killed). He's an AntiVillain with heroic traits like courage and determination, who has descended past the point where he cared whether his goal was still noble, becoming consumed by revenge. He considers himself a monster (made by monsters) and lives only for revenge and hate. After raising Connor, he tells Angel that he has let that hatred go and learned to live on paternal love instead. But even this is a lie, he sacrifices his life and his adopted son's happiness (and mental stability) for a final chance at revenge on what's left of the demon that took his family (namely, Angel).
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'' [[CaptainObvious features this.]]
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' centers around Patrick Jane, formerly a fake psychic who uses his skills at manipulation and knowledge of human behavior to help law enforcement, all in the larger goal of tracking down Red John, the serial killer who murdered his wife and child (because Jane, while still pretending to be a psychic, mocked him on national television.) While most assume his intention is to bring Red John to justice to achieve a sort of personal redemption, he eventually reveals that his intent all along was to kill Red John. Notably after he made this revelation, the next two episodes directly dealt with revenge killings; a mother who killed to avenge the neglectful if accidental killing of her teenage daughter, and a young man who killed to avenge the deliberate murder of his best friend and father figure. After their confessions, Jane asked them both the same question: was it worth it? The woman broke down in tears, saying that in the end it didn't change anything. The man, on the other hand, said that it was completely worth it, and that it was a "cleansing" experience. Neither of these answers comfort Jane, [[spoiler: and he eventually goes through with his revenge, though the man he killed turned out to be an impostor sent by the real killer in his place.]]
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' all began because the Evil Queen/Regina wanted to get back at Snow White for [[spoiler: unintentionally telling Regina's manipulative and abusive mother Cora about her affair with the stable boy -- resulting in Cora killing the stable boy and forcing Regina into a loveless marriage]], which would lead to her StartOfDarkness. And poor Snow is ''still'' unaware that she did anything wrong.
** Likewise, in season two, [[Literature/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] wanted to get revenge or at least some sort of justice on Emma and Snow for indirectly causing Prince Phillip's FateWorseThanDeath, despite {{Mulan}} cautioning her not to. Her attempt to attack Snow failed and ended up causing trouble for the entire group.
* {{SCTV}} had a sort-of game show called "Revenge" where the contestants got revenge for their petty annoyances - but one contestant paid the price for their recipient getting ''their'' revenge. Then, another recipient shows up on the set wired up with explosives and gets ''his'' revenge.
* Detective Charlie Crews from Series/{{Life}} is something of a CuckooCloudlander thanks to his 12-years of wrongful imprisonment after being framed for several murders and discovering Zen Buddhism as a way to stay sane in prison. He's a great example of BewareTheNiceOnes, with a dark and dangerous streak running below his outwardly calm and friendly demeanor, but he's a firm believer in letting go of his anger instead of acting on it. But as he draws closer to finding the real killer, the man who murdered Charlie's best friend and his family, and the culprits of the frame-job that sent him to jail, Charlie is torn between the beliefs and ideals which saved his life and kept him sane in prison and the overwhelming desire for revenge. In the first season finale, he settles for justice instead ([[PerpSweating though he lets the killer ''think'' he's decided on revenge to coax a confession out of him]]).
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[[folder:Music}}]]
* {{Ween}}'s song ''Buenos Tardes Amigo'' is a revenge song being sung to the man who killed the narrator's brother. [[spoiler: The twist is that the narrator was actually the killer himself, [[TheUnFavorite probably due to jealousy,]] and is framing the listener to keep anyone else from knowing the truth.]]
* Revenge is one of DoctorSteel's prime motivations.
* The point of Coheed and Cambria's No World For Tomorrow album. In particular: Gravemakers and Gunslingers, Justice in Murder, and The End Complete.
--> "Cause God knows I ain't now stoppin' 'til you breathe none!"
* Music/AvengedSevenfold has the song "Strength of the World". It reads as the story of someone who's family was killed by outlaws.
--> "I want it. I need it! Revenge is dripping from my teeth!"
* KateBush's "The Wedding List"; a pregnant bride kills the murderer of her husband and commits suicide.
* Leslie Fish's "Furies".
* SoundHorizon's ''Märchen'' album revolves around the spirits of seven women (all but one from the {{Fairy Tale}}s of Creator/TheBrothersGrimm) being granted a chance at revenge against the people who wronged them by a strange ghost who goes by the name Märchen. [[spoiler:The seventh woman, Elisabeth, rejects this offer, content that her first and only love März has finally fulfilled his promise to return to her, [[TogetherInDeath even if only in death]]. It is this that leads Märchen to remember the man he used to be: März himself.]]
* Garmarna's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCwHlwZ-_H0 "Vedergällingen" ("Vengeance")]], based on Swedish folklore. [[SchmuckBait Don't look up the translation of the lyrics]].[[NightmareFuel Don't.]]
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine's "Seven Devils". It's later used in both Series/{{Revenge}} and commercials of Series/GameOfThrones to represent the concept.
* Music/WithinTemptation's concept album ''The Unforgiving'' has a few examples, most notably "In the Middle of the Night" and "Murder".
* A few songs from Music/TheDecemberists, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gz7QGmy_Zg The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEmy2DBaeTc The Mariner's Revenge Song.]]
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[[folder:Myth and Religion]]
* Achilles' chief motivation for leaving the Greek army during the Trojan War, the initiating action of the plot of {{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad'', is vengeance against the Greek commander Agamemnon for taking his trophy wench. His withdrawal from the fighting (and the subsequent plea to Zeus to give victories to the Trojan cause in Achilles's absence made at his behest by his mother) leads to his cousin's demise.
* ''Literature/TheBible'' contains some examples:
** Levi and Shimon wipe out the town of Shechem in retribution for the prince of Shechem's rape of their sister Dinah.
** The Israelites swear vengeance against the Amalekites for their attack against Israelite women, children, and elderly as the Israelites were leaving Egypt.
* ''The Bible'' also contains notable aversions, being that {{Forgiveness}} is a key biblical virtue:
** Esau forgives and reconciles with Jacob, abandoning his plans for revenge.
** God marks Cain to shield him from any retribution for the murder of Abel his brother.
** God commands the Israelites that they are never to take revenge on the Egyptians at any time after the Exodus, because, regardless of the wrongs the Egyptians had inflicted on the Israelites, they had also been the Israelites' hosts at first; the implication is that the Egyptians had suffered enough from the plagues, a hard point to contest.
** God also instituted laws among the Israelites to suppress the practice of blood feuds which were common in the ancient world: most notably, the concept of the city of refuge for the manslaughterer.
* ''Literature/TheTalmud'': A man invited his friend Kamtza to a feast, but his servant accidentally invited ''Bar'' Kamtza, a mortal enemy. Bar Kamtza thought that the other man wanted to make peace, and so came to the party, where he was ordered away. Trying to save himself from humiliation, he offered to pay, first for his own portion, then for two, and eventually for the entire party, but the host refused to listen and kicked Bar Kamtza out. Bar Kamtza therefore hatched a plot which ended in the enemy king coming to Jerusalem, the Temple being destroyed, and the Jews being sent into exile.
* In the ''Literature/EpicOfGilgamesh'', when King Gilgamesh rejects the sexual advances of the goddess Inanna/Ishtar, she sends the Bull of Heaven to terrorize his whole city. Gilgamesh and his only friend, Enkidu, eventually slay the Bull and save the city of Uruk, but the gods retaliate by giving Enkidu a fatal illness.
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[[folder:Standup Comedy]]
* Creator/BillCosby's routine called, aptly, "Revenge", recalling his childhood where he plotted to get back at Junior Barnes for hitting him with a slushball. He crafts a perfect snowball and stores it in the freezer, intending to use it on him in July, where there's not a snowball in sight. [[spoiler:When the time finally comes for Bill to take his revenge, he finds out that his mother had thrown the snowball away, and has to resort to spitting on him]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Invaders Space Marine chapter destroyed the Eldar Craftworld Idharae. The survivors of Idharae who joined Craftworld Alaitoc, returned the favor by destroying the Invaders fortress-monastery. The chapter is reduced to 300 marines, and lost many of their weapons.
* In ''{{Warhammer}}'' the Dwarfs have a serious problem with him. They're incapable of ever letting something go, and everything anyone does that displeases them is a deliberate, malicious strike against them. One instance involves a human fortress being razed because they hired dwarven engineers to help build it and shortchanged their payment by a handful of coins out of thousands. Instead of accepting that this was probably just a clerk miscounting or a ripped bag losing a few coins in transit and either brushing it off or sending someone to ''explain what the problem is'' and asking for the complete payment, they instead stewed on this vile theft for a century, assembled an army, and laid siege to the baffled fortress.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': This is the whole purpose of the White/Black/Red color-wedge. Seen most clearly in [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=338444 Kaalia's flavor text]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The entire premise of the ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' series of games--and naturally, when you start wreaking such havoc, the bad guys get in on the act.
* Both Kael'thas and the generic Blood Mage from ''WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne'' have a sound pack distressingly but understandably focused on pronouncements of vengeance.
-->"My blood cries out for the vengeance of my people's blood, which can only be repaid with twice as much blood! Or maybe three times as much blood! Like, if you went to hell and it was full of blood, and that blood was on fire, and it was raining blood, then maybe THAT would be enough blood. But, uh... probably not."
* Tasha in ''AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'', her character theme is actually titled "Goddess of Revenge".
** Tasha's love of revenge is lampshaded in one of the [[{{Omake}} War Room]] segments, she claims "My hobbies include professing my love for the Lazurian Army and vowing revenge."
* While Ryu Hayabusa's final goal in the Xbox version of ''NinjaGaiden'' is to reclaim the Dark Dragon Blade stolen from his village, it's obvious in a number of cut scenes that he's bent on killing Doku, the Greater Fiend responsible for destroying the village. The chapter of the game in which Ryu finally kills Doku is titled "Vengeful Spirit".
* Kivan's motivation in ''BaldursGate''. Not surprising considering his mate was tortured to death by one of the villains.
** [[BigBad Jon Irenicus]] in the sequel. "Once, my thirst for power was everything. Now, I hunger only for revenge. And '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I... will... HAVE IT!]]'''"
*** Also, Minsc and Jaheira start out bent on beating Irenicus to death [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon with a potato masher]] for the whole "killing the person they cared about most" thing. [[spoiler:If you keep them in the party, eventually they do get to help take him out, and there is much awesome. Even the potato masher fits, if you accept a +5 potato masher known as Crom Faeyr, the Hammer of Thunderbolts.]]
* [[BioWare From the same family]], [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Carth Onasi]] wants to pound his treasonous ex-commander into paste for betraying the Republic and bombing Telos. [[JadeEmpire Sky]] wanted to kick Gao the Greater into orbit over the death of his little girl at the hands of Gao's slavers. Even though [[spoiler: you kill Gao before he does]], Sky's pretty understanding about it, and just extends his vendetta to anyone dealing in slaves.
* In ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'', [[AntiHero Jak's]] main motivation is getting revenge on [[AristocratsAreEvil Baron Praxis]] for two years of [[PsychoSerum Dark Eco]] [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil experimentation]]. A far more sinister plot eventually reveals itself, and he ends up focusing more on saving the city.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', [[HotScientist Dr. Liara T'Soni]] went on a two year long quest to destroy [[spoiler:the Shadow Broker after he tried to sell Shepard's body to the Collectors]]. Depending on your choices, this might also fit under ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend.
** Zaeed wants revenge on Vido for shooting him in the head twenty years ago, Garrus wants vengeance on Sidonis for betraying him and his team, Kasumi gets payback on Hock for torturing her boyfriend to death, Thane got revenge on the men who killed his wife in his {{Backstory}} and Jack has a serious vendetta against Cerberus for experimenting on her as a child. It's really easier to list which members of the ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' [[DysfunctionJunction squad]] ''don't'' want some form of revenge. Including Shepard him/herself if you take the Renegade route, which gives us the quote, "The Collectors are about to find out what happens when you piss me off."
* ''{{Persona3}}'' gives us Ken, a kid with a vendetta against his mom's murderer, Shinjiro, who accidentally killed Ken's mom from losing control of his power and has become TheAtoner for it. [[spoiler: When confronted on the anniversary of the mother's death, they get interrupted by Strega and Shinjiro sacrifices himself to protect Ken, denying him his revenge.]] Ken is of the [[TarotMotifs Justice Acrana.]]
* The motivation of the original heroine of ''PhantasyStar'', Alis. Lassic's men murdered her brother in front of her, so she's going to bring him down.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', this is the primary motivation for Kratos. His quest for revenge against the Gods is what causes him to become a [[OneManArmy One-Man Apocalypse]].
* The main plot motivation of Corvo Attano from ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''.
* This was one of the reasons James Tobin murdered Zack in InThe1stDegree. Tobin found out that his girlfriend Ruby had a one-night stand with Zack. Tobin was so jealous and furious that he decided that Zack had to pay for this with his life.
* When [[FatalFury Geese Howard killed Jeff Bogard]], Jeff's sons became martial artists to eventually kill him back.
* Asura from ''AsurasWrath'' is [[UpToEleven the embodiment of vengeance]] and all related tropes!
* Calypso of ''TwistedMetal'' is primarily a [[JackassGenie Jackass]] LiteralGenie... but if you win the tournament and then wish for revenge on someone, nine times out of ten, he'll give you what you want without any manipulation. Something about it seems to strike a chord with him.
* [[PlayerCharacter Claude]] of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' seems to be motivated solely by revenge against [[BigBad Catalina]] (when he's not [[MoneyDearBoy doing odd jobs for money]] or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential going on a rampage]]).
* The Tonberry of the FinalFantasy series is '''the''' MoeAnthropomorphism of this concept: (aside from their OneHitKO move once they come up close) their attack Karma/Everyone's Grudge deals damage proportionate to the number of enemies its target has killed.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''AmericanBarbarian'', [[http://www.ambarb.com/?p=124 Rick's motive.]]
* ''BobAndGeorge''
** [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000523c Megaman seeks for his imposter, to shoot him in the head.]]
** [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001119c The motive!!!]]
** [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000630c How Megaman gets his]] HeroicSecondWind.
* ''Webcomic/CinemaBums''. Serves as the catalyst for a multi-strip series beginning [[http://www.cinemabums.com/?p=79 here]].
* In ''DragonMango'',
** [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter03/dm03-07.htm some attacked the farm that Mango defended. Then they returned for revenge]].
** [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter07/dm07-12.htm Bleu Berry dissuades Peaches from killing Mango (in dragon form) by telling her that she wanted revenge on the dragon for what it had doen to her.]]
* ''EerieCuties'' [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/d/20091118.html What Lupus the Wolfhearted sought from the vampire queen.]]
** Tiffany [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/chapter_2_-_store-bought remembers]] the difference between heroic and non-heroic version. Not that she had a good chance.
* In ''{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2009/10/01/issue-2-webpage-15/ the revenge-minded have plagued Herrik for years]].
** [[http://endstone.net/comic/4-16-2/ And Jon sought it on his father' friends, who murdered his father for the Banestone]].
* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'': Yun Hee's primary motivation.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00342.htm According to Sam, failure to pay requires this.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00343.htm It needs some subtlety.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01335.htm Sawtooth]] momentarily fantasizes about getting revenge on robots that were mugging others for their parts, until he turns back to reason.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2484 recommended as a substitute for unrequited love.]]
* Becomes a major theme in the second season of ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', especially with Ja Wangnan trying to avenge [[spoiler: Nia]] and Viole trying to figure out if he wants to take revenge on [[spoiler: Rachel]].
** Anak Zahard, Jr. is out to kill her entire adoptive family, the Zahard, because they killed her parents, an unnamed father and Anak Zahard, Sr, her mother.[[spoiler: She ends up ''befriending'' the very first Zahard daughter she meets. Not a very good start.]]
* In ''Webcomic/UrbanUnderbrush'', [[http://www.lepusstudios.com/uu0151.html rejected from the gift exchange]], [[http://www.lepusstudios.com/uu0152.html Caius steals all the gifts.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''EpicTales'' this is Shadow Hawk's motivation for being a superhero. Or so he claims. His best friend Diana thinks he just doing it for the thrills, although this is only mentioned once. Also the revenge thing seems to have been glossed over in the two most recent stories.
* [=UltraJMan=]'s ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' fangame, ''I Wanna See You Suffer'', was created with pure, unadultered raging vengeance aimed at all those people who talked him into making a LetsPlay of the ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment I Wanna Be The Guy]]'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment fangame]], ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheFangame'', as the driving spark of creativity...
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The show ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' revolves entirely around this concept, exacted by a hilariously paranoid, quick-tempered Dan and his drag-along best friend Chris. His targets include cookie ninja, the wolfman, and the entire country of Canada.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}''. Spoofed in "Beauty and the Obese", where MadDoctor Cesarean's motive for making supermodels fat is because beautiful women have spurned him all his life. And because his mother was a model who ran off when he was five. And because his promising career as a model was ruined when he became horribly disfigured in a modeling accident. Oh, and his grandparents were killed by models. He hates heights too, but you can't harm heights.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' major theme is how "revenge is a sucker's game" and never accomplishes anything except [[CycleOfRevenge spreading the need for revenge]]. Oddly, the only character who has a firm grasp of this in the beginning is the AffablyEvil BigBad David Xanatos, which is why [[XanatosSpeedChess he wins so often.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' after his defeat Phantom Limb renames himself Revenge, collects a gang of [[VillainousBreakdown inanimate objects]], and goes on a campaign against The Guild ([[TheGuild Not that one]]).
--> [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Revenge:]] [[CatchPhrase Revenge!]]
* An anthology episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had revenge as its theme.
--> '''Lenny:''' Nothing like revenge for getting back at people.
--> '''Carl:''' I dunno, ''vengeance'' is pretty good.
* Roger of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' often parodies this of the DisproportionateRetribution order. In "The One That Got Away" for example he discovers a stranger has been using his credit account and in retaliation ''proceeds to destroy his life in every manner possible'' [[spoiler: this causes complications when the culprit in fact turns out to be a split personality of Roger obliviously created]]. In turn his victim sets an assassin on him. Naturally HilarityEnsues.
* ''SeaLab2021'' wanted to do a ChristmasSpecial, but for various reasons swapped Christianity for the made-up religion of Alvisism, based around a violent, Wild West messiah. Whereas Christmas is about family and giving, Alvistide is about drinking and revenge.
-->'''Capt. Murphey:''' "Vengeance is mine!" quoth Alvis. And then he shot him, right in the face!
* If it isn't capturing them to make them into gold or to eat them (or, as in [[Film/TheSmurfs the movie]], to make himself the most powerful wizard in the world), Gargamel's main motivation to go after TheSmurfs is this.
* The Lex Luthor of WesternAnimation/YoungJustice defies in the same manner as Xanatos and uses the same phrase: "Revenge is a sucker's game". [[GregWeisman Not suprising considering their fourth wall father.]]
** Weisman also worked on ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' and in this case it's not a BigBad but a lower-ranked but likable villain who lives by it: Sandman was a thief and never forgot it even once getting super powers, and once, when offered payback against Spider-Man by joining the Sinister Six, he said that he didn't care about revenge and just wanted the "big score" he'd always dreamed of. (He joins anyway, once convinced there'd be a lot of money involved.)
* In ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' the Cutie Mark Crusaders concoct a plan to get some ''extremely'' well-deserved payback on Babs Seed, but find out that she became a bully in response to being bullied where she came from, and that they'd be no different if they did the same thing. (They end up going to a lot of trouble to save her from their plan, made harder by her ''continuing to be a JerkAss,'' but Babs also learns her lesson in the end.) That when you PayEvilUntoEvil you become subject to HeWhoFightsMonsters was the {{Aesop}} of the week.
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