Playing With / Patricide

Basic Trope: A character kills his or her father.
  • Straight: Bob kills his father Andrew.
  • Exaggerated: Bob dedicated all his life to the task of killing his father.
    • Bob kills his father, father figure, step-father and grandfather in quick succession.
  • Downplayed: Bob turns his criminal father over to the police, knowing that Andrew will likely get the death penalty.
  • Justified:
    • Bob didn't know Andrew was his father.
    • Andrew is evil beyond redemption, and Bob is the only one in position to kill him.
    • Alternatively, Andrew isn't evil, but he and Bob get on so terribly that he's killed in an act of rage.
  • Inverted: Andrew kills his son Bob
    • Bob saves Andrew from certain death.
  • Subverted: Bob attacks his father with murdering intentions, but backs away then...
  • Double Subverted: ...Because he is not actually good in swordfight. He poisons Andrew an hour later.
  • Parodied: Just before Bob murders anyone in the story, he says, "You know, I think of you like a father."
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob doesn't kill his father.
  • Enforced: The author has some... rather serious issues with his own father, and takes them out in his writing.
    • The father is an Archnemesis Dad. Killing him is one of the logical conclusions.
  • Lampshaded: "What have you done, Bob? He was your father!"
  • Invoked: His death by his son's hand is part of Andrew's Thanatos Gambit.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "You are my father. I won't kill you, no matter what you've done".
  • Discussed: "What sort of man could be horrible enough to kill the very man that raised him?"
  • Conversed: "Considering the things Andrew put his son through, you'd feel sorry for Bob, too."
  • Deconstructed: Bob hates his father or needs him out of the way, and believes he'll get his way by killing Andrew. Instead this fills him with guilt and conflicting emotions, utterly traumatizing him and rendering it a hollow victory.
  • Implied: "Bob, how's your dad?" "Dead. And good riddance."


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