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An entire family has been targeted for murder in a single attack or systematically. This massacre may be carried out by a disgruntled family member, someone with a grudge against the family or a complete stranger, and for many kind of reasons, such as Feuding Families, a way to psychologically hurt their target, a way of making their target pay for not doing what they want, a bout of serial killing, specifically wanting to end their lineage, etc.
The devastation can be limited to a set of parents and their offspring (i.e nuclear family) or target a much wider swath of lineage.
- In Macross Zero, Shin hates anti-United Nations groups and sympathizers because his family was assassinated by anti-UN fighters when he was young.
- The Uchiha Clan Massacre in Naruto was done to prevent their potential uprising against the Konoha village. It was done by their own member, Uchiha Itachi, who's more loyal to the village than to his clan.
- During Grant Morrison's run in DC Comics Animal Man the family of the titular character was murdered as a retaliation for his ecoactivism. It was later undone by Morrison himself.
- The backstory of The Punisher involves his whole family being killed by gangsters.
- In The Godfather Part II, Don Ciccio orders the whole family on Antonio Andolini killed. They are all killed except for Antonio's son, Vito, who escapes to America and becomes Vito Corleone. Vito returns decades later and kills Don Ciccio.
- Leon begins with a family being wiped out by contract killers: the only survivor is the little girl Mathilde (Natalie Portman), who finds herself being guarded by contract killer Leon, who develops a fatherly feeling for her and teaches her how to use firearms.
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is about the murder of entire families, the Clutter family at the hands of robbers, and the Andrews family by their son Lowell.
- In A Tale of Two Cities, Madam Defarge wants to wipe out the House St. Evremonde, including children.
- President Snow of The Hunger Games threatens Katniss Everdeen of murdering lots of her relatives if she doesn't keep her pretended couple with Peta Mallark.
- NCIS: Los Angeles has this as G's backstory when he remembers that the Comescu crime family wiped out his entire family as retribution for his OSS agent father assassinating the Comescu patriarch due to his Axis sympathies. It traumatized him so much that he had the memory of his mother assassinated in front of him as a child was suppressed for a long time even before he joined NCIS.
- The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Vengeance Factor" features this twice over. A century earlier, the planet Acamar was caught up in an endless series of Blood Feuds between rival clans, one of which, the Tralesta, was nearly completely destroyed by another clan, the Lornak. The handful of survivors agreed to turn one of their own into a biologically immortal assassin so that she could hunt down every single Lornak no matter how long it took. By the time the episode takes place, the few other remaining Tralesta are all long dead, only the assassin, a mild-mannered "young" woman named Yuta, remains. While she's long since grown weary of the killing and death, the process that made her stop aging also seems to have locked in the state of grief and pain over losing her clan and she's very close to completing her mission. As she puts it to the penultimate Lornak, "I am the last of my line, but my clan will outlive yours!". Her chemistry with Riker is almost enough to convince her to give up on the vendetta, but not quite and he is forced to vaporize her before she can finish off the last survivor (an important political leader engaged in peace talks).
- In Macbeth, Macbeth orders the whole Macduff family to be exterminated after being told to "beware Macduff". Unfortunately, Macduff himself isn't at home when the slaughter is carried out.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, if the Warden makes Bhelen King of Orzammar, he launches a campaign of extermination against his rival Harrowmont's entire extended family. As of Dragon Age II, exactly one of Harrowmont's nephews has managed to escape, although he needs help to get far enough away to where King Bhelen can't get to him.
- Possible to accomplish in Crusader Kings. In a meta-example for the second game, the Karlings (the family of Charlemagne, who exists in the 769 start) are so hated by players that Paradox Interactive used to sell a promotional t-shirt depicting a player wiping out their family tree.
- Everyman Hybrid: Stephanie's Dark and Troubled Past involves her coming home from school and finding her entire family not only killed by Slender Man, but dismembered and shoved into bloody garbage bags hanging from the trees. This caused her to burn down her house, with her family's corpses inside, and flee to New Jersey, where she met the EverymanHYBRID boys, and was done simply because Slender Man is possessive and wanted to hurt her. Later subverted, as it turns out her family may not have existed at all, apart from her memories.
- The Petit family was exterminated, apart from the father (who survived), by Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevski.
- The Herbert Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas by robbers.
- On 1869, from August 24 to September 19, Jean-Baptiste Troppmann murdered his associate Jean Kinck, his wife Hortense and six of their seven children, the last one being with a wetnurse, becoming one of the more reviled criminals in the 1870s France before being beheaded on 1870.
- On April 13, 2003, David Hotyat exterminated Xavier Flactif ans his family, out of jealousy.
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