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Children in times of peace bury their fathers, why wait?
"You see this? They call it the "Fangs of the Serpent". And this one was thrust into a father's heart by his very son! And my own daughter has fallen under this Thulsa Doom's spell. Is there a dagger such as this in her hand for me?"

Fathers can be a terribly bothersome bunch. If you're the hero of an epic tale, half the time they turn out to be your worst enemy. If you're not such a hero, then maybe your father found his own way of pissing you off. Maybe he's set you up to marry the guy you hate, or he plans to hand over his title and fortune to his favorite general rather than you, his eldest son. Even if the title and fortune are intended for you, they're still not yours until the old fart is dead. Maybe he's got the woman you want (whether she's your real mother or not) or maybe he just doesn't appreciate the way you've been ogling your sister. Maybe your father genetically engineered you to be a Super Soldier or to power his super weapon and doesn't understand that you are so much more. Maybe you didn't even know it was him and he just got in your way. Maybe it was prophesied and You Can't Fight Fate. Maybe he beats you. Or your mom. Maybe all of these. In any case, your old man made a big mistake when he didn't off the offspring because his days are numbered. Daddy's goin down.


Patricide, the act of killing one's father, is one of the most serious crimes throughout history (it being one of the other things Oedipus is famous for). Such a taboo is therefore bound to be found in media. Often there is a degree of My God, What Have I Done? after the deed, reflecting exactly how horrible the crime is considered.

On the other hand, if you're not so very heroic, offing your dad may simply be the next big step in your long and promising political career. It could get you the woman of your dreams. And, lets face it, when you are the hero and your father is still alive, unless he's about to get kidnapped or murdered by the bad guy, then he probably is a horrible villain who deserves to die.

The killing of a parent is certainly very affecting and tells us a great deal about any character who would do it (and equally as much about characters who refuse to do it). When you're looking for some way of characterizing a hero as dark or causing him to grieve heavily, this is always a good trope. What could be considered odd, however, is how often patricide is portrayed in fiction as opposed to matricide. This is probably a combination of Oedipus Complex and Most Writers Are Male. Note that historically, the word Patricide was used as both a descriptive and personal noun. The act of killing one's father is patricide but the person who kills his father can also be called a Patricide.


Subtrope to Self-Made Orphan and Murder in the Family. Spear Counterpart to Matricide. Compare Archnemesis Dad, The Evil Prince and Oedipus Complex. Contrast You Killed My Father and Offing the Offspring. The more violent examples of Calling the Old Man Out may well involve this. May well be the life's goal of an Antagonistic Offspring and ultimate act of Betrayal by Offspring.

This is a Death Trope, so beware of spoilers.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, Dio murdered his father Dario for being abusive. The fact that he blamed Dario for the death of his mother, the only person Dio fully cared for, didn't help.
    • Actually since Dio kills George Joestar his adoptive father, he committed patricide twice.
  • Berserk:
    • The Kushan Emperor Ganishka is revealed to have killed his father (after having killed his little brother, favored by their mother). He ends up poisoned by his own son years later, and would have died had he not triggered his Behelit, transforming him into an Apostle.
    • Guts kills his own father (figure) Gambino at a young age, when Gambino got drunk one night and went into his tent to try to murder him. He blamed Guts for the death of his lover Shisu (Guts' foster mother) from the plague. There was considerably less angst after that, especially since Gambino admitted that he was the one who sold Guts to his rapist Donovan for three silver coins.
  • In Madlax, Margaret Burton killed her own father Richard in very tragic circumstances. (He had been driven insane via the local Brown Note, she did it on self-defense). She blocked out the memories so well, they created a Literal Split Personality: the titular Madlax. (Or better said, two: the third one is the local Creepy Child, Laetitia).
  • Tsubasa from Destiny of the Shrine Maiden Killed his Abusive Father in order to protect himself and and his brother Souma.
  • In the beginning of the film Tales from Earthsea, the main character Prince Arren stabs his kind father, the king, for no apparent reason (under a spell, possibly), steals his Magic Sword and runs away, leaving his old man to die.
  • Code Geass:
    • A pre-teen Suzaku Kururugi fell into despair and killed his father, who happened to be Japan's First Minister, in order to make the Japanese troops surrender and stop the bloodbath caused with their (losing) war against Britannia. The trauma was so big that he became a Death Seeker.
    • Lelouch has "kill Father" at the top of his to-do list for much of the series, partly out of revenge for some pretty severe Parental Abandonment, partly because he's the head of the evil empire that Lelouch despises. He eventually succeeds near the end of the series, and decides to kill his mother too while he's at it.
  • In the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist, this is Envy's life's goal. He's also got a Cain and Abel thing going on with his half-brothers Edward and Alphonse.
  • In the original Mobile Suit Gundam Evil Prince Gihren Zabi murders his father, Sovereign Degwin Sodo Zabi in order to graduate from Dragon-in-Chief to Big Bad. For Gihren this is not a particularly shocking move. Neither is the fact that he uses a Wave-Motion Gun to do it. And then his sister Kycilia confronts him and shoots him, invoking the trope as her reason to do so; Gihren would've been executed for patricide anyway, according to her.
  • At the end of episode 17 of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 2nd season, Andrei Smirnov killed his own father, Sergei, for being involved with the Federation Army's coup d'état in the Break Pillar Incident.
  • One Piece: Donquixote Doflamingo shot his own father in the head when he was still a child, blaming him for all the horrible misfortunes that fell on the family (including the death of Doflamingo's ill girl mother). The flashback is rather harrowing: his younger brother Rocinante is tearfully begging Doflamingo to stop, while his father doesn't try to resist and simply apologizes for not being a better father.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, Yuri Petrov murdered his father, Mr. Legend, when he started to beat on his wife in a drunken rage following the loss of his powers. It was at this time that his pyrokinetic powers emerged, and he bares a hand-shaped scar on his face from when his father grabbed him with his burning hand, which went on to become an insignia for his mask as the vigilante Lunatic.
  • In Saber Marionette R, Star-Face's goal is to kill his own father, Junior, and then to take over Romana. While the two last points fail, he does kill his father before Junior could do anything to stop him.
  • An accidental example happens in My Hero Academia with Eri, who erased her father from existence when her Quirk first awakened. While this wasn't entirely her fault since she was very young and had no control over her ability, Eri's mother was so distraught by this that she handed Eri over to the Shie Hassaikai and disowned her.
  • Buso Renkin: After Koshaku Chouno became Papillon, he decides to eat everyone in his household - except those that can tell the difference between him and his (already deceased) younger brother Jiro. Nobody succeeds, including his fathernote .
  • A tragic example happens in one case in Detective School Q. The Ichinose brothers murdered a medium who claims to have a message from their late mother who died in a plane crash, who the brothers suspect is a fake whose trying to scam them and little sister Kaori into giving her the family's vast fortune they inherit after their mother's death. However, the protagonists revealed the medium is actually their mother who actually missed her doomed flight and went into hiding to protect her children. The ironic part was the mother disguised herself as medium to tell her children to apologize to them and hope they have happier life without her. Naturally, the Awful Truth horrifies everyone with brothers trying to commit suicide.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman
    • Villain Hush killed his father as a child by cutting the brakes.
    • In Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood, antiheroine Huntress killed her father Santo Cassamento, or rather arranged his murder.
  • Comic Cavalcade: Etta Candy's neighbor Randy Holcome murders his father when he realizes his dad is considering cutting him out of his will.
  • Wolverine does this by accident, as a boy seeing his supposed father John Howlett murdered by the grounds keeper Thomas Logan; James went crazy and popping his claws for the first time and slew Thomas in revenge. But it turned out he was illegitimate son of John and Thomas Logan was his biological father, so poor Wolverine went from two fathers to zero in a short space of time.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Noriko actually committed this crime twice!! She poisoned her adoptive dad and stabbed her biological one in the back!
  • Sabretooth did this very intentionally. His father was an abusive parent who kept him changed in the cellar where he sat in his own waste and was fed like a dog when his father wasn't ripping out his teeth with pliers and verbally abusing him by noting how much or a freak & monster he was. All this made his father the perfect target when he finally got loose.
  • The Punisher MAX
    • Nicky Cavella, one of the more unstable bad guys, was shown to have a happy flashback in which he shot his mother, his younger sister and finally his father, as part of a power grab by his aunt.
    • In the Slavers arc, the head of the slavers sends a team to kill his father, who enjoys violence to the point that it's interfering with his human-trafficking business. The old man escapes the attempt, but in the end is killed by Frank.
  • Thorgal: Thorgal is cursed by the gods for (unknowingly) killing his own father.
  • In X-Men, Gabriel Summers kills his father, leaving him to die in big bro Alex's arms.
  • The New Warriors character Vance Astrovik (Marvel Boy, later Justice) killed his Abusive Father in a fight with his powers, then immediately turned himself into jail. He wound up serving fourteen months for negligent homicide, then went back to his superheroics afterward.
  • In Scion, Crown Prince Bron eventually murders his own father King Viktor when he finds out his father plans to make his sister Ashleigh his successor instead.
    Viktor: I should have smothered you in the cradle.
    Bron: Yes. You should have.
  • The Incredible Hulk: Bruce Banner killed his father Brian. In his defense, Brian was an abusive monster who beat Bruce and his mother Rebecca throughout his childhood, before murdering Rebecca when she tried to escape with Bruce. Brian's treatment of his son caused Bruce's personality to fracture into many different personalities, which all become the various Hulks.
  • In Jupiter's Legacy, Brandon kills his father the Utopian to take over America.

    Fan Works 
  • Fluttershy in Friendship is Witchcraft kills her abusive father (who is a dragon) at the end of an episode.
  • RWBY: Scars:
    • Whitley stabs his abusive father in chapter 83 during a company meeting right after he formally claims Whitley as his heir in front of everyone. He then proceeds to blame it on Maximus, which leads to him being slashed across the face (however, Maximus' reaction only helps Whitley).
    • Mercury killed his abusive father Marcus prior to the story.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Orion blasts his abusive, tyrannical father Darkseid to atoms. Unfortunately, Darkseid transfers her conscience to a cloned body he had previously grown in the event of his defeat.
  • It's mentioned in the Super Mario Bros fic A Game Of Castles that Ludwig poisoned his father, presumably for political reasons.
  • So Rot Vie Blut: Snow White seduces a man to poison her father because she wants the throne.
  • Itachi kills his father in Son of the Sannin in order to protect the Third Hokage during the Uchiha coup with the trauma of the incident causing him to awaken his Mangekyo Sharingan. His mother also dies around the same time, though unlike in canon he isn't the one responsible.
  • Mastermind: Strategist for Hire: Shouto and Touya Todoroki (now the villains Freezerburn and Dabi, respectively) confront and kill their abusive father, Endeavor, at a press conference he was holding.
  • Us and Them: As Emerald WEAPON is bearing down on Junon, Rufus takes the opportunity to lure his father into it's reach, resulting in his death.

    Films — Animation 
  • Subverted in The Lion King (1994): Simba thinks he (accidentally) killed his father, until it's revealed (to him) that his uncle Scar did it.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • All the films in the "Thin Man" series had a The Dog Was the Mastermind ending. In Another Thin Man, Col. MacFay's supposedly sweet and gentle daughter Lois is revealed to have murdered her own father, because she'd fallen in love with a gangster and wanted to get her hands on her inheritance.
  • Emperor Commodus from Gladiator murdered his father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, in order to become emperor himself.
  • Tonny from Pusher 2 kills his father in the climax of the film after having been belittled and antagonized for too long.
  • James Bond:
    • In The World Is Not Enough it's revealed that Elektra ordered the assassination of her father at the start of the movie.
    • Die Another Day: Gustav Graves/Colonel Moon shoots dead his own father after the man dreads what his son has become and tries to stop his plan that will plunge the world into war.
    • It's revealed that years before the events of Spectre, Franz Oberhauser a.k.a. Ernst Stavro Blofeld killed his father out of resentment and jealousy for favoring Bond over him.
  • Horrible Bosses 2: Rex Hanson kills his dad Bert using a Colt Python with 2 bullets, and then lets out an evil laugh while doing so.
  • Star Wars:
    • Luke's original mission in the first trilogy, was to train with Obi-Wan and Yoda, so that he could eventually fight and kill Darth Vader and then the Emperor. It's strongly implied that Obi-Wan and Yoda had planned to get Luke to unwittingly kill his father, by deliberately distorting Anakin's past. Once Luke finds out the truth, he's appalled at what his masters set him up to do, and even more so when they insist he do it even after learning the truth. During the throne room confrontation both Vader and Palpatine push his buttons to do it, but he rejects it at the end, and in the process Vader betrays Palpatine and achieves redemption.
    • Kylo Ren in the sequel trilogy sets out to undo the legacy of his parents and uncle, and fulfill Vader's destiny. He does so by crossing lines that they they never would, most notably when he kills his father Han Solo at the end of The Force Awakens. This seems to have been a difficult thing for him to do and it causes continuous Villainous Breakdown and at the end of The Last Jedi, Luke affirms that Han will always haunt Kylo for the rest of his life. Plus much like Grandpa Vader he kills his dark master Snoke who acted as a second father.
    • Darth Vader killing Emperor Palpatine at the end of Return of the Jedi is possibly an a variant of this trope with the implication in Revenge of the Sith that Palpatine helped create Anakin Skywalker, who would eventually become Vader. Palpatine worked with Plagueis to create an Artifical Human and young Anakin was born to Shmi Skywalker via virgin birth, so Darth Sidious is more his creator than his father.
  • Kevin kills his father and sister before going to his local high school and killing an additional seven people in the film We Need to Talk About Kevin.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Thor: Double subverted with Loki who appears to be plotting his adoptive father's murder, but it turns out to be a part of a (completely misguided) ploy to impress his adoptive father by apparently saving his life. But the same ploy involves killing Laufey — whom he has just discovered to be his biological father and who left an infant Loki to die.
    • Subverted at the end of Thor: The Dark World, when Loki disposes of Odin and impersonates him to take the throne. Many speculated that this trope was in play, but since the event in question occurred offscreen, it was never confirmed. Four years later, Thor: Ragnarok finally revealed that Loki actually didn't kill him, just wiped his memory and banished him to Earth.
    • Played straight in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Peter Quill/Star-Lord as he destroys his father Ego the living planet, since Ego had killed Peter's mother by putting a brain tumour in her head, was about to absorb every planet in the universe, and crushed Peter’s Walkman given to him by his mother.
  • In SHAZAM! (2019), after Sivana throws his brother through a glass window and orders the Sins to massacre the entire boardroom, he murders his Abusive Dad by feeding him to Greed.
  • Scanners: Revok orders Keller to kill Dr. Ruth if he discovers their plot, who is later revealed to be Revok's father and responsible for Revok's turn towards evil.
  • In Death Note: The Last Name Light attempts to do this to his father Soichiro in order to get the Death Note Soichiro had in his possession by writing his name in the other Death Note. It turns out the Death Note Light already had was a fake, and everything was set up by the thought-to-be-deceased L to prove once and for all Light was Kira. He then tries to get Ryuk to murder Soichiro and the other task force members for him after getting caught. The look of horror and heartbreak on Soichiro's face is heart-wrenching. Probably the one time being Spared by the Adaptation really was the worse option, as in the manga he died before he could find out Light was Kira. Notably, even Light's Love Martyr Misa was horrified he was willing to murder his own father.
  • Breaking the Girls: Alex murdered her father David to gain her inheritance.
  • Thelma: Thelma was asleep when her father was killed in the lake. During the burgeoning of her powers but also because of repression, much of her psychokinesis happens when she’s dreaming. Her father was killed as his hands caught fire and it spread throughout his body. He would have burned to death but he resolved this by drowning himself in the lake instead. Upon realizing this as she woke up, Thelma was completely horrified then and remorseful over her father’s death.
  • Tamara: Tamara forces her father to kill himself by eating glass with her new power after coming back as evil.
  • Hawk the Slayer: When his father denies his right to their Ancestral Weapon because he's now working for an evil wizard, Voltan murders pa in retaliation. Later after he slaps down Drogo and his humiliated son starts to draw a dagger, Voltan warns him against trying the same.
  • Nick in Anna and the Apocalypse, though not by choice. His father had been bitten and that was his last request.
  • Gladiator: Marcus Aurelius takes Commodus aside to tell him that he intends to make Rome a republic again and entrusts Maximus to oversee the transition, meaning Commodus will never be Emperor. Commodus reacts by then smothering his father to death and then trying to pass it off as the old man dying in his sleep.
  • The Clovehitch Killer: In the end, Tyler, with Kassi's help, puts his father down for good, rather than turn him in to the police.

  • In Dragon Bones, Ward remembers that his father once, while drunk, told him that he'd killed his father (Ward's grandfather), with the intent to enforce Klingon Promotion, and disguised it as accident. Ward himself doesn't do it, but is constantly in danger because his father thinks he would do it if given the chance.
  • In one Judge Dee story, the murderer was the victim's son, who had been having an affair with one of his father's wives. The judge verbally destroys the guy (Chinese society at the time placing a very great deal of importance on ancestor worship), who ends up Driven to Suicide.
  • At the end of the first book of The Stormlight Archive, it's revealed that Shallan was somehow responsible for her father's death (though he probably deserved it).
  • The Brothers Karamazov, in which two of the sons are accused/believe themselves guilty of their father's murder. The novel uses Patricide as a personal noun and "becoming a Patricide" is used as is "committing Patricide".
  • In "The Worst Crime In The World" Father Brown solves one of these.
  • According to legend, King Arthur was mortally wounded by his illegitimate son.
  • In the Harry Potter series, both Voldemort and Barty Crouch, Jr. killed their respective fathers, Voldemort also killing his father's parents and framing his maternal uncle for the murders.
  • In Warrior Cats, Brokenstar killed his father in order to become leader - as deputy, he was Raggedstar's successor.
    • And like his son, Raggedstar kills his own dad, a kittypet named Hal.
  • In Death: Immortal In Death reveals that Eve Dallas killed her own father when she was 8 years old. She had been suppressing memories of that time for years. As the series goes on, it is revealed piece by piece that her father Richard Troy raped her and abused her for years, and that he intended to make her into a prostitute and sell her to child molesters. He caught her trying to feed herself and forced himself on her to punish her. Her arm got broken, she went crazy, and she managed to grab the knife she was using on the food. She killed him with the knife.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Tyrion Lannister kills his father Tywin Lannister after years of psychological abuse and discovering that he had deceived him into thinking his wife and first love Tysha had been a prostitute. A kinslayer is cursed by the gods in Westerosi society, but killing one's sire is worse than killing a brother.
    • Lord Eon Hunter, a man of over 80, died suddenly and is suspected of being killed by his eldest son, the new Lord Gilwood Hunter. According to Littlefinger, Eon's third son Harlan Hunter was responsible.
    • According to the Free Folk's tales, the King-Beyond-the-Wall Bael the Bard once seduced and impregnated the daughter of Lord Brandon Stark. Their son was then legitimized and eventually became the new Lord Stark. When Bael and this Lord Stark finally met on the battlefield, Bael couldn't bring himself to fight his own son and didn't even try to defend himself. Lord Stark, unaware that Bael was his father, did not hesitate to cut him down and took his head as a trophy.
  • In the Seeker Bears book called Island Of Shadows, Nanulak the polar bear/grizzly bear hybrid uses Toklo mainly as a hitman in order to kill his polar bear father. Toklo backs off for two reasons: the first is that he was amazed to see the polar bear as Nanulak's dad, and the second was that he found out that Nanulak tricked him all along..
  • Ship Breaker: Nailer ends up killing his father, Richard Lopez in the climax of the book. Since Richard was a drug addicted ex-gladiator who was seeking to kill Nailer and his friend Nita at the time, it's pretty justified.
  • In the first book of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Benigaris kills his father Duke Leobardis of Nabban as part of his Face–Heel Turn.
  • In Lisey’s Story, by Stephen King, Scott's final story, addressed to his wife, tells of his killing his father at the father's request, and it was in a way a Mercy Kill when he was ten.
  • Played with in Black Legion - in the finale, Abaddon kills clone of Horus, his gene-sire, who has complete set of original's memories and even calls Abaddon his son.
  • Wings of Fire has an interesting variation of this trope. When Tsunami is forced to fight in Queen Scarlet's Gladiator Games, she is randomly paired up against Gill, a prisoner who had attempted to revolt. Tsunami was forced to kill Gill because he had been tortured into insanity as a result of his little rebellion, and was so unstable by that point he'd been drinking his own blood. It's later revealed that Gill was not only king of the SeaWings, but also Tsunami's father. Naturally, she is extremely disturbed and horrified by the whole situation.
  • Derfel in The Warlord Chronicles kills his father Aelle — at Aelle's request; he's been mortally wounded in battle, and having Derfel kill him quickly and cleanly gives him a proper warrior's death, as well as a death at the hands of a famed enemy warlord who happens to be his own son. Derfel, telling the story many years later, is clearly disturbed by the memory.
  • In Midnight Robber: The moment that changes everything. On Tan-Tan's 16th birthday, her father tries to rape her again, but this time she realizes she has a knife she just received as a birthday present, and may be able to defend herself. Death was not the plan—but it is the result.
  • In Eileen, 14-year-old Leonard Polk is in prison for cutting out his own father's throat. Many characters in the story are very curious as to why; Rebecca Saint James goes to extreme lengths to find out. As it turns out, it was a crime of revenge/self-protection as the boy had been molested by his father for many years.
  • Villains by Necessity: Sam, in the final battle. Though he didn't know that Mizzamir was his father until minutes before killing him for unrelated reasons.
  • Sword of Truth: Richard kills his father, Darken Rahl. This was wholly justified, as his father was an evil tyrant attempting to take over the world. He also didn't even know they were related until then.
  • The Heroes of Olympus: The final book reveals that, years ago, Reyna killed her father in self-defense. Broken by his experiences as an Iraq War veteran, he slowly turned into a mania upon returning home, which made him unable to tell what's real or not. Eventually, he regressed to the point of trying to kill Reyna and her sister, Hylla, therefore Reyna had no choice but to kill him. The Romans consider patricide to be the worst kind of crime, so when Bryce Lawrence, a fellow Roman, learns about this, he attempts to condemn Reyna to capital punishment.
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles:
    • Centuries ago, Magnus Bane killed his mundane stepfather, who attempted to drown him upon learning that he is a warlock.
    • Gabriel Lightwood has to kill his father, Benedict, after the latter succumbs to demon pox and turns into a demon.
    • Julian Blackthorn is forced to kill his father, Andrew, to protect his brother Ty. By this point, Andrew has been turned into an Endarkened Shadowhunter, so killing him would be an act of mercy more than anything, but the experience still leaves Julian shell-shocked.
    • The thousands of years old Unseelie King meets his end at the hands of his least favorite son, Kieran.
  • Kushiel's Legacy:
    • In Dart, though Drustan is the Cruarch's heir he is forced to flee when the Cruarch's son kills his father and takes his title.
    • Daeva Gashtaham murdered his own father and ate his heart in order to become an Aka-Magus and receive power over death.
  • Forest Kingdom: In book 2 (Blood and Honor), it's widely believed that one of King Malcom's sons committed this, or at least had it ordered. The final chapter reveals he was indeed murdered by one of his children. The catch is, it was his daughter, who suffocated him via her air magic.
  • The Bounty Hunter Wars: Bossk kills his own father Craddock, taking over the Bounty Hunters' Guild by doing so.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel:
    • Angel when he became the evil Vampire Angelus ate his father and mother as well his little sister for good measure. You’d think a few centuries later and “blessed” with a soul he’d be really cut up about it... nope. In "Sense and Sensitivity" to he actually joked to a evil psychiatrist that his parents tasted like chicken when asked about them. Since Angel was a miserable "Well Done, Son!" Guy when he was human, it’s not too surprising.
    • In "Lineage", Wesley seemly shoots his father Roger when he makes a move towards Fred. Doubly subverted though as not only does Wesley vomit his lunch up immediately afterwards but it turns out it was actually a Cyborg pretending to be his father. Wesley is also further horrified when Angel and Spike try to comfort him, by sharing the times they killed their parents.
  • Brave New World: John accidentally kills his father, the Director.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ramsay murders Roose to become Lord Bolton. He then kills his stepmother and newborn brother for good measure.
    • Tywin's final fate, at the hands of Tyrion.
  • Kamen Rider's done this a few times as well, though they're very odd examples.
    • Kamen Rider Decade has Tsukasa have Wataru defeat a Fangire that took over his throne (so it's also technical regicide), but unbeknownst to Wataru (Tsukasa found out moments before the Fangire died), said Fangire was Wataru's dad.
    • Kamen Rider Drive has Gou kill his own father. However, unlike most other examples, though, said father was the Big Bad and was plotting on getting away before Gou stopped him. In fact, this ends up being a sort of reverse Moral Event Horizon for Gou, as after this, he's back to his old self again.
    • Kamen Rider Ghost has Adel murder his own father twice. The first time he destroyed his Soul Jar, the second time he destroyed his actual body.
  • Kingdom (2019): Queen Consort Cho has always known her father Lord Cho Hak-ju hates her for being a daughter and not a son. So she happily poisons him when he discovers her plan to pass off a commoner baby as her son.
  • The King's Woman: Ying Zheng kills Lü Bu Wei, his biological father.
  • Legend of the Seeker: Mord-Sith are forced to kill their fathers as the final part of the training they undergo.
  • Morgana, on Merlin (2008) indirectly. She doesn't actually do the deed, but she enchants the amulet that does the deed and gives it to Agravaine to use.
  • Midsomer Murders: Though it's not shown onscreen, the episode in which the psychologist's middle-school kids are the murderers, they reveal at the end that the fall that killed their father wasn't accidental in the least.
  • Murder in the First: Erich Blunt has his own father murdered (by his maternal grandfather, no less).
  • Next (2020): Shea kills her father for kidnapping her son, afraid he'll remain a danger otherwise since Next was responsible for releasing him in the first place.
  • On Once Upon a Time, lots of villains are patricides.
    • Regina kills her father, Henry. Sadly, she really did love him, which was why she killed him. She needed the heart of the one she loved most for the curse she wanted in order to fulfill her quest for vengeance.
    • Killian Jones (Captain Hook) kills his father, Brennan. In this case, patricide is a test of allegiance. Before accepting him as an ally, Regina orders Killian to kill his father. Brennan had sold Killian and his brother Liam into servitude and fled. At first, Killian wants him to escape, but when he discovers that Brennan has had another son he named Liam, just like his late brother, he kills him out of rage.
    • Rumplestilskin kills his father, Malcom/Peter Pan twice. First he kills him to stop him from wreaking havoc in Storybrooke; later, in the Underworld, he destroys him with water from the River of Lost Souls. Let's just say that between the neglect, abandonment, blatant statements that his father hated him, and threats on the lives of Rumple's wife and son, Rumplestiltskin was glad to be rid of him.
  • The Outpost: Garrett executes his father to prove he's loyal after being indoctrinated into believing in the Three.
  • Person of Interest: One of Carl Elias' goals in Season 1 is to get revenge on his father for ordering the death of his mother and trying to kill him. While Elias is arrested at the end of the season, his right-hand man gets to do the honors with a Car Bomb.
  • Romper Stomper: Gabe kills her father. He raped her in the past.
  • A Luthor family tradition on Smallville. Lionel Luthor killed his parents (which would include his father), and Lex killed Lionel. Lionel would go on to be killed by one of his children again in season ten, however this was his Alternate Universe counterpart who had entered the primary universe, and Tess technically killed him in self-defense.
  • Shadowhunters:
    • Clary, in 2x20, justifiably kills her father Valentine for killing Jace and wanting to use the wish of the angel to kill the entire downworld.
    • She also does this again, after she brought Valentine back from the dead in 3x10.
  • Supernatural: Soulless Sam asks the rogue angel Balthazar for a spell that will allow him to keep on being soul-free. Balthazar tells him he has to taint the vessel with a spell that requires him to commit an abominable act: spilling the blood of one's father. When Sam points out that his father (John Winchester) is already dead, Balthazar clarifies: you need the blood of the father, but the father needn't be blood (Bobby Singer).
  • Taken:
    • Played with in "Acid Tests". Although Eric Crawford did not directly kill his father Owen, he brought on the stroke that killed him by telling him that Sam, the favored son, was dead. In revenge for Owen treating him like dirt for his entire life, Eric taunted him as he died, which may have exacerbated his death.
    • In "God's Equation", Eric's daughter Mary believes that her father has grown weak and is a liability to the UFO project because he has come to regret all of the terrible things that he has done over the course of the last 30 years. When Eric intervenes and attempts to stop her from killing Charlie, Lisa and everyone who stood in the way of capturing Allie, Mary has one of the project's agents shoot Eric in the back. As was the case with his father Owen, the last thing that Eric sees is his vengeful child's face.
  • War of the Worlds (2019): Sacha leaves his uncle/father to die in revenge for raping his mother, which had conceived him.

  • In the song To Keep My Love Alive, Sir Atherton is guilty of this, along with Fratricide. Then his loving wife does him in.
  • The narrator in "Father" by The Front Bottoms has a dream about beating his dad to death with a baseball bat.

    Myths & Religion 
  • According to Buddhism, intentional murder of one's father is one of the Five Grave Offenses that will get you reborn into the lowest hell, Avici.
  • Greek Mythology has Oedipus. He killed his father on the road outside Thebes, although some authors also make it an accident. In any case, he didn't know it was his father at the time, and had no hesitation about killing a stranger who got in his way.

  • The randomly-generated murders in Whodunnit? make this a possible result.

  • Plumbing the Death Star: The natural conclusion of Liar Liar, in the Plumbing Boys' eyes, is that Jim Carey's character will eventually be killed by his reality-warping son after the boy realizes Carey only valued him for his magical wishes.

  • In V3 of Survival of the Fittest before he's put on the island, Liam Black killed his father by cutting the brakes of the family car and causing it to crash. He got away with it scot-free.

    Tabletop Games 
  • One of the major elements in the cosmogony of Warhammer 40,000 is that the Primarchs, genetically engineered Super Soldier sons of the God-Emperor, were stolen and later corrupted by Chaos. His favored son Horus fell the hardest, and eventually led the rebellion against him, until they faced off in a duel. Though he (Horus) died in the attempt, the Emperor was essentially turned into a barely more than a corpse, hooked up to an enormous machine that allows his body to continue living while his spirit continues to guide humanity (literally, in the case of the Navigators).
  • This is just one of the many things that makes Caleb Davion so easy to despise in the BattleTech Dark Age setting, killing his father, widely beloved First Prince Harrison Davion, by pushing him off a balcony. Unusually, it genuinely was an accident and not born of malicious intent, but Caleb is so phenomenally delusional and narcissistic (not to mention suffering from a major case of disassociative identity disorder) that he manages to somehow end up spinning it into some sort of mad fabrication to suit his own selfish purposes.

  • The Playbody of the Western World begins with Christopher Mahon on the run after killing his father in an argument.
  • Played with in Little Shop of Horrors: Seymour kills Mushnik shortly after being adopted.

    Video Games 
  • The Assassin's Creed series has two very dark examples, featuring a villainous and heroic Big, Screwed-Up Family.
    • Rodrigo Borgia the Big Bad of Assassin's Creed II decides that his Visionary Villain son is getting a bit much so he resolves to murder him with poisoned apples which Cesare imbibes only for his sister to warn him in time. Cesare then stuffs the rest of the apples down his father's throat.
    • In the Assassin's Creed III Haytham Kenway and his son Connor are on the opposite factions of the Templars and Assassins side, with Haytham being Archnemesis Dad, still both of them hope that they can form a bond and set aside their difference but alas Poor Communication Kills and Haytham tries to choke his son to death with the latter stabbing him in self-defense. Both of them feel pretty bad about this in the time they have left.
  • In Devil May Cry 3 Lady kills her father Arkham, completely justified since he not only sacrificed her mother but used Lady’s blood to open the Demon World. Subverted though as Lady bursts into tears after she does the deed showing she’s still a human being with a soul and even years later, it permanently scarred her to the point that she talks Nero out of trying to kill his own father when he wanted to stop him.
  • Tekken
    • Kazuya wanted to kill his father Heihachi for throwing him off a cliff as a boy and for killing his mother Kazumi, so after many years of training Kazuya attempted to kill Heihachi many times but failed usually thanks to outside interference and Heihachi's own insane power. Not until Tekken 7 does Kazuya gets his revenge killing Heihachi in a fistfight and throwing his father's body into a volcano, while he did become more villainous than Heihachi it's hard to deny that Kazuya's actions aren't somewhat justified. You can even see a degree of pity on Kazuya’s face after he toasts Heihachi which is surprising considering the amount of shit Heihachi pulled.
    • In his Tekken 5 ending, Kazuya murders his grandfather Jinpachi which is even more screwed up and tragic as unlike Heihachi, Jinpachi did show love to Kazuya as shown in flashbacks, though that didn't stop Kazuya sadistically killing Jinpachi with a grin.
      • Jin likewise wants to kill Kazuya his father, but was convinced not to do so by his mother Jun. In Tekken 7 he's right back on the mission: kill Kazuya... the Mishimas are one Big, Screwed-Up Family.
  • Warcraft:
    • Under the Lich King's influence, Arthas Menethil kills his father for the crown of Lordaeron after being turned into a Death Knight in Warcraft III. A mook even calls him out on it, demanding to know "How could you murder your own father?"
    • In World of Warcraft, the last quest in the Rogue legendary quest chain in Cataclysm is called "Patricide", and involves Wrathion ordering the rogue to kill his father, Deathwing.
  • God of War: Like in several Greek myths examples, Zeus hears a prophecy that his son Kratos would try to kill him and usurp his throne. This prompts Zeus to kill Kratos and send him to Hades, in turn prompting Kratos to escape and kill Zeus. This becomes a very sore subject for him in the Norse era, where whenever the subject of patricide comes up Kratos' reaction is to awkwardly remain quiet. In fact, one sidequest involves a reaver who killed his own father so he can lead the crew himself whom should be noted also killed his own father himself. Of course by the time you find the killer, he is already dead, killed by his own crew for his crimes.
  • Soul Edge/Soul Blade: A young Siegfried Schtauffen and his band of rogues attack a group of knights that they believe to be deserting the army. Unbeknownst to them, the group in question was simply returning home after their victory. Siegfried engages in battle with the leader of this group and beheads him; holding up the head in the moonlight reveals the identity of his prey: his own beloved father, Frederick, whom he had been searching for. The realization pretty much shatters his mind, forcing Siegfried to go into denial, believing that someone else killed his father. He decides to search for Soul Edge in order to defeat this murderer, and the rest of the tale is history.
  • Near the end of Exit Fate, Daniel kills his own father, Emperor Siegfried, who tried to determine his life via demonic possession.
  • In Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, the titular character kills his father Big Boss when he goes rogue. Snake is later called out on this in Metal Gear Solid by his support-worker Naiomi.
  • Fire Emblem:
  • In Mortal Kombat 11, one of Erron Black's character intros with Cetrion has her expressing disgust that at one point in the past he shot his father to death, but he retorts, "Son of a bitch had it coming."
  • Shows up in the lore on the Masque of Clavicus Vile in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. A disfigured noblewoman named Avalea used to masque to improve her reputation leading her to marry a powerful baron (the masque doesn't improve her looks instead making her more charming and influential). Of course, the Daedric Prince takes away his masque after a year and a day and a pregnant Avalea is banished from the baron's realm. Unusually for this trope, the child is a daughter who murders the baron when she grows up.
  • In Mass Effect 3, if Miranda survived the events of the previous game, she kills her father Henry in order to rescue her sister Oriana, whom he has kidnapped. Seeing as he was an abusive father who only created his daughters in order to start his own dynasty, and he used the Sanctuary facility as a trap to lure refugees into being guinea pigs for his experiments to find a way to control the Reapers, nobody misses him.
  • Final Fantasy XIV:
    • While he didn't do the deed directly, Aymeric confesses to a dragon that while the Warrior of Light did the deed in killing his father, he is also responsible for said father's death since he asked the Warrior of Light to stop him.
    • In the Shadowbringers expansion, Zenos murders his father Varis because the latter was going to use Black Rose against the Eorzean Alliance, which would have killed the Warrior of Light and denied Zenos the rematch he craves.
  • In Mystery Case Files: Broken Hour, Harold Wallace gets iced by his completely unhinged daughter Meredith because he did not follow the house rules, even if it arguably wasn't his fault. And we mean iced as literally as possible.
  • Pyre: Patricide is considered the foulest of crimes in the Commonwealth. This is the crime that Erisa committed to get exiled. After a lifetime of abuse after her brother's death, she killed her own father.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus includes a rather heroic example. BJ's abusive redneck father, Rip Blazkowicz, is a racist, bigoted, sadistic, and overall repulsive asshole of a human being who only married BJ's mother, a kind Jewish girl named Zofia, for her business connections. Rip's introduction during a flashback sees him getting downright furious at a young BJ for being friends with an African-American girl named Billie, knocking his wife out cold for trying to protect their son from his wrath and choking his son almost to unconsciousness, before forcing him to shoot the family dog (named Bessie) to teach him to be "strong"; Rip will just shoot the dog himself if the player doesn't. When the two reunite for the first time in years, the latter reveals that he sent Zofia to a concentration camp and tries to kill him. BJ finally bites back and makes the old bastard pay for everything he's done, cutting off Rip's left arm and burying a hatchet in his chest.
  • In act V of Diablo III, Adria's journals can be found as you roam the Blood March, which reveal that her father was neglectful, preferring the company of his wealth to hers. He unwittingly sets her on the path of evil by taking her to a witch burning; eventually, she burns him alive, revealing to him in his final moments that she has become a witch herself.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Cinder Fall and Emerald initially go to Mercury's house looking for his father Marcus Black, a notorious assassin. When they arrive, Marcus is dead by Mercury's hand, their house is on fire, and Mercury is severely battered.

  • In And Shine Heaven Now, when Walter chooses to be Mercy Killed rather than be bound to Integra in the wake of becoming Brainwashed and Crazy, Yomiko insists that Walter's daughter Maggie be the one to do the deed, saying that one day she'll be glad to have given him the death he wanted. Considering Yomiko killed her own lover under similar circumstances, she has a point.

    Western Animation 
  • You know how Ursa from Avatar: The Last Airbender was thought to have killed Azulon to protect Zuko? Well, in The Search, it's revealed that she just created the poison to do so. It was actually Ozai who killed his own father to get the throne.
    • Subverted with Zuko and his father Ozai during the Day of the Black Sun. After Ozai tried to kill him with lightning Zuko caught the lightning and had the Fire Lord at his mercy. However, he chose to spare him instead.

  • Tragic version in the Final Battle of Castlevania Season 2 as Alucard puts a stake through the heart of his unresisting father Dracula and then Trevor beheads him. Justified as Drac was going to end all of humanity because of Alucard’s mother Lisa’s death and was just begging to die anyway making it a tear jerking Mercy Kill rather than a glorious victory. The act of taking down his father also hits Alucard much harder than the games as he cries when his friends leave him alone.
  • Timber Wolf in Legion of Super-Heroes brutally murders his father in front of a live audience, however it turned out to be a clone and his real father concocted this elaborate scheme to get his son to work with him again involving nanites implanted in his son's brain. It was ultimately averted at the end where Timber Wolf refuses to kill his father.
  • Occurs in Voltron: Legendary Defender when Lotor murders his father in a duel.
  • In South Park, Cartman winds up arranging the death of his father, though he would only learn that they were related several seasons later; he was informed by his vengeful half-brother, Scott Tenorman.
  • In The Venture Bros. , two former boy-detectives, Lance and Dale Hale, murdered their father. Despite their best efforts to keep this a secret, Rusty directly calls them out for it.

    Real Life 
  • The Romans considered patricide to be the ultimate Moral Event Horizon. From The Other Wiki: "Ancient Rome had a unique punishment for patricide. The felon was severely scourged then sewn into a stout leather bag with a dog, a snake, a rooster, and a monkey, and the bag was thrown into the river Tiber. Plutarch records that the old laws of Romulus had no penalty for patricide because it was considered a crime too evil ever to be committed."
  • According to Herodotus, the Persians believed that no man since the beginning of time had ever killed his own father, and that whenever this appeared to happen, it was evidence that the patricidal child was actually an impostor or changeling.
  • In 1995, a prospect sportsman named Lance Butterfield snapped on his very cruel and controlling stage father Bill and shot him dead after years of mistreatment. It's telling that, at Lance's murder trial, it was the prosecution that was booed by the crowd, and while the defense fielded dozens of character witnesses for Lance, including Bill's own sister and father (the latter writing a sworn affidavit that Lance shouldn't be prosecuted), the prosecution could not find a single person who would testify in Bill's favor.
  • One of these helped bring about the weakening of the Persian Empire. When the Shah Khosrow II decided to make his favourite son Mardanshah heir his eldest son Sheroe rebelled against his father, imprisoning them and becoming Shah. He then killed all his brothers and soon after killed his father.
  • There is no absolute proof of this, but Ottoman sultan Bayezit II. died only a month after being deposed by his own son. Many suspect that his son Selim I (later known for his extreme ruthlessness, which for an Ottoman sultan is saying something) had him poisoned in order to prevent him from retaliating.


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Cartman discovers that he killed his own father.

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