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"We took pity on him because he lost both parents at an early age. I think, on reflection, that we should have wondered a bit more about that."
Lord Downey, on Mr. Teatime, Hogfather


What might be considered the inverse of Offing the Offspring, and is equally aberrant behavior, is when a character murders their own parents. Any character behaving this way will probably be Ax-Crazy and/or a Psycho for Hire. An Evil Prince or princess can also do that if they’re impatient enough. It's the ultimate mark of an Enfant Terrible, Antagonistic Offspring, or the Abusive Offspring, the end result of a Betrayal by Offspring, and a likely origin of an Evil Orphan (who may also be abusive).

It can be justified if the parents happen to be abusive or cruel mockeries of humanity from beyond the void — insofar as murder can be, but at least it's then the domain of the dark and troubled protagonists. It's more justifiable if the parent is an outright villain. In addition, there are also instances where the child either unintentionally killed their parents or something genuinely horrific happened to their parents so that they were forced to kill them. It can also be justifiable if said parent was going to be Offing the Offspring anyway, and the offspring in question needed to defend themself and had no choice. Or, it may just be because the child Hates Their Parent. As a result, it goes without saying that this is a Moral Event Horizon for many people, especially if the parents were innocent and loved their child who killed them and less so if they totally deserved their death.


Contrast with Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas, which is based on the premise that no one, no matter how bad, would act this way. If it happens before the murderer is born, this is the Grandfather Paradox. If only the father is killed and it's played for drama then it would be Patricide. If it's the mother that's being killed, which tends to be portrayed as downright self-destructive, that would be Matricide. The extreme version, where a person kills not just their parents but their entire people or clan is Genocide from the Inside.

One subversion is to have this happen by accident and/or for the parents' death be ultimately caused by their own actions involving the child. If said parent's child also happens to be a Mook of the parent, it can also overlap into The Dog Bites Back.

A subtrope of Murder in the Family.



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  • In the Ace Attorney manga, in "Turnabout from Heaven", it is thought that Diana killed her abusive father by poisoning him with buckwheat flour, but he accidentally ingested it.
  • In Ashita no Joe, Ryuhi Kin kills his father by accident when he thought he was a hungry soldier who came to his son to get him food during the Korean War. Because of this incident, he developed a fear of blood.
  • Attack on Titan reveals that Eren devoured his father Grisha the first time he transformed. It's a rather heart-breaking subversion, since Grisha intentionally fed himself to his son so Eren would not only have the Titan's power but the knowledge gained from his massacre of the Reiss family.
    • Also kind of applies to Zeke Yeager, Eren's older half-brother who turned in his parents to the military for being part of La Résistance. While Grisha managed to survive after being sent to Paradis Island, his mother Dina (Grisha's first wife) wasn't so lucky. He was then raised by his paternal grandparents.
  • Baccano!'s Czeslaw Meyer is one in a case of The dog biting back where he kills his parental guardian, Fermet by the only means possible for immortals: devouring them. Luckily he gets a better replacement eventually.
  • Berserk:
    • Guts, the aptly-named main character, killed his abusive adoptive father Gambino in self-defense when he went into his tent and tried to murder the kid. Gambino did this because he blamed him for the death of his adoptive mother Shisu, due to a superstitious belief that she died of plague as a result of picking Guts up from beneath his mother's corpse.
    • A much-abused pre-teen girl named Rosine snapped upon being beaten by her abusive father, activated her Behelit and sacrificed both of her parents to the Godhand for her wish to become a fairy and escape from her horrid life. This led her to become the local Dark Magical Girl.
  • In Bleach 466, Yukio's backstory has him ruining his father's business and driving his and his mom to suicide, as revenge for their abandonment. Hitsugaya isn't impressed when Yukio tells him. There's a subversion, though: Yukio claims that he did it happily to punish them, but then Hitsugaya realizes that he's not half as remorseless as he believes; when he points it out, Yukio starts defending their memories instead, which leads to a massive Villainous Breakdown.
  • In Blue Comet SPT Layzner, Ruu-Kain shoots his father Gresco dead while in the middle of a massive Freak Out after learning the truth behind Grados and Earth. He later hides this and arranges a massive military funeral for Gresco.
  • Code Geass:
    • Suzaku killed his father, the Prime Minister of Japan, Genbu Kururugi, during Japan's war against Britannia. He did this in order to force Japan to surrender, thus ending the bloodshed of the war and preventing Japan's total destruction, since Genbu actually was ready to have Japan destroyed rather than under Britannian rule. It worked, but the character is so horribly torn by guilt that the incident gives him Laser-Guided Amnesia for years. To make things worse, it's indicated in some of the background material that if Japan had fought to the end as Genbu wanted, that could have bought enough time for the Chinese Federation and/or the EU to intervene on Japan's behalf. No wonder the culprit grew into such a Death Seeker.
    • In R2 Episode 21, Lelouch killed his father and mother (after spending 90% of the series trying to find out who killed her). They were trying to bring about the end of the world at the time, though.
    • In the light novels, it's mentioned that Blood Knight Luciano Bradley killed his abusive father at a very young age.
  • A Cruel God Reigns: Jeremy intentionally kills his stepfather Greg via Vehicular Sabotage, but does not intend for his mother, Sandra, to be in the car as well. Oops. Although considering the Rape Leads to Insanity in this manga, you can't blame Jeremy too much.
  • The Dagger of Kamui starts with a tragic variation: The Protagonist, Jiro, is framed for the murder of his adoptive mother and sister, and forced to flee mob justice. He's rescued by a passing monk, Tenkai, who offers Jiro the chance to take revenge on the Ninja who killed them. This ninja is actually Jiro's Disappeared Dad, who had rebelled against his former master. Tenkai had arranged the murder both as a trap for the rogue and as the opening act in a Gambit Roulette revolving around making Jiro into a Tyke-Bomb to discover the secrets that died with his father.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, that is Sanemi Shinazugawa's biggest tragedy and the source for his hatred of all demons, he was leading a relatively happy humble life after his deadbeat father died, Sanemi became the man of the house, caring for his mother and all his siblings; however, one day his mother Shizu was taking too long to come down the mountain, the worst happened and so Shizu became a demon, Sanemi in pure instinctive fear ended up killing the demon that was once his mother, in self-defense, the pain from killing his own mother was coupled with the fact his little brother Genya mistaking the event as Sanemi killing their mother on purpose, calling his big bro a monster, as he didn’t realize at the moment their mother was a mindless demon.
  • In the Descendants of Darkness anime, it's revealed that Muraki's half-brother Saki (who was illegitimate, through Muraki's father) killed his parents and Muraki's mother, and tried to kill Muraki himself before being shot and killed by one of the family's bodyguards. The manga has a different, more confusing take on it, which will likely never be resolved.
  • Tsubasa of Destiny of the Shrine Maiden killed his abusive father in defense of his younger brother Souma.
  • More than one of these cases show up in Detective Conan, one taking almost at the start of the series. Conan and his friends sneak into an apparently abandoned house, but it turns out that it's still inhabited... by an old and desperate woman who keeps her son locked in the basement after he snapped on his father fatally during a fight, intending to wait until the Statute of Limitations for the crime has passed, even when the son does and has apparently always wanted to go to jail and atone for his crime. Conan manages to help the poor guy convince his mom to let him go, and they peacefully turn themselves in.
  • A pretty convoluted case is shown in Detective School Q. The widow Hanayo Ichinose fakes her death and uses the insurance money to rebuild her business, then gets plastic surgery and tries to get closer to her family (who don't know she's still alive) under the disguise of a Phony Psychic. Her sons Akihiko and Kunihiko, however, mistakenly think that the strange woman who tries to worm her way in their lives is an accomplice of their Evil Aunt Sachiyo, a greedy Smug Snake who wants to get the custody of their little sister Kaoru since she's the rightful heiress to what's left of to the family fortune.. so they murder Hanayo without knowing who she really is, in a desperate bid to save poor Kaoru from Sachiyo's machinations. What follows is heartbreaking.
  • Dragon Ball: Goku killed his adoptive grandfather Son Gohan through accidentally stepping on him while he was in Great Ape form during the full moon. Being a child and not remembering said incident, he believes his grandfather died of natural causes. His friends deduce what happened when they see him as a Great Ape, but decide to not tell himand neither does Son Gohan himself when they briefly meet, thanks to Fortuneteller Baba. Goku only learns the truth when he's an adult already, having learned the story of the Saiyan race from one of the Kais and having witnessed Vegeta's own transformation into a Great Ape during their fight, and is deeply unhappy.
  • In Elfen Lied, although it's not the case with any of the named Diclonii in the show, most of the diclonii kill their own parents; sometimes from fear, sometimes from the influence of their Super-Powered Evil Side.
  • Fairy Tail: Sting and Rogue "killed" the dragons that raised them.
  • This is basically what Emiya Kiritsugu did in Fate/Zero. He killed his father and later his surrogate mother because their deaths potentially prevented the deaths of many more. He began to think that way because his friend/love interest begged him to kill her before she lost control, which eventually caused a catastrophe, and he couldn't do it.
  • Souther from Fist of the North Star was tricked into killing his beloved adoptive sifu, as the final stage of his training. This emotional trauma led Souther to swear off love and become a monster.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Tohru Honda originally believes she is this, believing that her not telling her mother Kyouko to come home safe somehow caused her accidentnote .
    • Kyo Sohma, although his father is still alive, also believes himself to be this because his curse (of being the Cat) caused his already mentally unstable mother to commit suicide.
  • At the end of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa, Envy finally killed his father. He had been wanting to do so most of his life.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden has a prophecy in which Prince Rimudo aka Uruki, one of the Genbu Senshi, is fated to kill his father, Lord Temudan. It's ultimately averted: the prophecy ACTUALLY said "the Emperor will die when the Genbu Senshi are reunited", Uruki wanted at first to kill his dad but decided otherwise... and Temudan, who had just been crowned after The Emperor aka his brother Tegiru and the one who spread such lies was subjected to a Cruel and Unusual Death, is killed by someone else instead, and in front of Uruki and Takiko. At least Temudan and Uruki manage to make peace before the first's death, however.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun has a very tragic version in its first chapter. A shapeshifting tiger woman was forced to leave the baby girl she had with a human man in care of her dad, and ten years later she reappeared as a tigress intending to check on her well-being (and destroy the village if the kid was abused). The little girl, Reipin, had NO idea of this and had been thoroughly abused by her family, but she met a Magic Knight named Nirusha who was very kind to her and needed to kill a tiger to escape a fatal curse... Three guesses as to what happened next. And for worse, upon hearing her dying tiger mom's Famous Last Words, Reipin stormed into her house and was told the truth... and she snapped so badly after all the Break the Cutie that she shifted into her tiger form for the first time, killed her father and whole family, and destroyed the village.
  • In Future Diary Yuno Gasai's parents kept her locked in a cage and starved her in an attempt to make her into a "perfect" girl. Eventually she snapped and locked them in the same cage until they died of hunger.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 has two tragic cases:
    • Sohran Ibrahim, the boy who would become Setsuna F. Seiei, the lead protagonist himself, shot his parents to death. In his defense, he and many other kids were brainwashed into doing so by Ali Al-Saachez to "prove their faith" to a cause Ali himself didn't even believe in, and it's definitely not something he's proud of. One reason he's more or less close to Princess Marina Ismail is because of her similarities to his dead mother.
    • Andrei Smirnov of the A-Laws kills his own father Sergei, under the mistaken impression that he was part of a coup. He only realized his horrible mistake thanks to a combination of space particles and a pep talk with his adoptive sister Marie.
  • In Haou Airen, Hakuron's father was an utter bastard who planned to kill him due to a prophecy. A child Hakuron managed to escape from his dad's grasp (his mother wasn't so lucky), was adopted by a Triad leader, and when he was a teenager he faced his father and killed him himself.
  • In Heat Guy J, it's revealed that Clair shot his father after years of abuse, and got a Klingon Promotion to "Vampire" out of it. Additionally, his mom died giving birth to him.
  • In Inuyasha, young Kohaku is forced to kill his father and other people from his village while Brainwashed and Crazy, with only his older sister Sango surviving. The trauma of this is later brought up to explain why he no longer tries to fight the mind control (because that would mean remembering, which is such a horrifying experience for the kid that he'd rather have Laser-Guided Amnesia).
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • In Phantom Blood, Dio Brando kills his father Dario with a slow-acting poison, making it look like Dario is dying of a disease. He hated his father for being abusive to his mother, whom he loved dearly. He tries to do it again (using the same method, no less!) to his adoptive father George Joestar (for the money), and would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for that meddling Jonathan!
    • Kars in Battle Tendency also... well, forget killing his parents; he killed his clan, save for his ally Esidisi and the infants Wamuu and Santana. On the other hand, they were trying to kill him before he could put the Stone Mask to use.
    • In Steel Ball Run, Diego is rumored to be a self-made widower, marrying an elderly lady in her eighties before she died six months later. Unlike that first instance, a lot of people suspect Dio of killing her.
  • Katanagatari: Shichika is responsible for killing both his father and sister, leaving him as the last member of his clan.
  • In Kino's Journey, the king of the Coliseum Country ended up being assassinated by his son, who established the gladiator games that the country is known for. In response, the new king's son, Shizu, set out to kill him, although Kino ended up killing the king with an "accidental" shot during her match with Shizu.
  • In The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Lucille kills his parents in order to protect his sister Ferris from them.
  • In Ludwig Revolution's red-riding hood chapter has Lisette, who later goes under the red-riding hood name, kill her two parents after she saw they had gotten money for selling her as a sacrifice to a wolf in the nearby forest. She actually killed them because they had forced her into prostitution from a young age onward.
  • Vital to the plot of Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: Queen Sakura of Vespania is believed to have been accidentally shot to death by her son and heir Prince Gill, who then shot himself in regret. In reality, Queen Sakura's brother-in-law, Duke Gerard, killed Sakura first and then shot Gill dead after he walked into the crime scene...
  • Madlax has the main character Margaret, who split herself into her and Madlax to kill her beloved but now Brainwashed and Crazy father, Colonel Richard Burton, in self-defense.
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic has Hakuryuu Ren, who killed his mother Gyokuen in order to avenge his brothers, by beheading her with a swift cut of his blade.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam, Prince Gihren Zabi becomes The Starscream and kills his elderly father, Sovereign Degwin, when he was trying to make peace with the Federation. He doesn't get away with it, his Evil Genius sister Kycilia offs him soon, on the grounds of him being a parricidal murderer who would've been executed anyway.
  • In Monster, Johan kills several sets of adoptive parents from a very young age onwards. And he kills his sister Anna's adoptive parents, too.
  • My Hero Academia: Tomura Shigaraki accidentally killed his entire family when his Quirk first activated, leaving him in the miserable state in which All For One found him. As of Chapter 222 of the manga, it's revealed that he only remembers fragments of the event, but they're enough to make him sick to his stomach.
  • Naruto:
    • Itachi Uchiha killed everyone in his clan except for Sasuke. A bit of a twist, since he was following the orders of his government to stop the Uchiha from committing a coup d'etat that might have resulted in another devastating world war; in exchange, his superiors agreed to spare Sasuke. In fact, Itachi's entire Start of Darkness flashback from relatively early in the series looks very different after the revelation, when you realize that his emotional rollercoaster and remarks like 'I've given up on this hopeless clan!' aren't actually budding psychosis— they're a soldier struggling to find sufficient reason to reject unconscionable orders, and failing. A later flashback even shows that he really didn't want to do it, and was crying as he massacred his family. And Fugaku and Mikoto Uchiha took their upcoming deaths calmly, basically telling Itachi "you know, it really sucks that things went like this, but go ahead since you've got orders and there is no other choice for you. We won't hold it against you. And we love you."
    • A partial example is Haku: His father killed his mother once he found out about their bloodline limit, and when he tried to kill Haku, Haku accidentally killed his father in self-defense out of fear.
    • The Filler Villain Shiranami killed his own father in an attempt to obtain the Dangerous Forbidden Technique which his father had been protecting just for the money it could get, and cheerfully boasts about the act.
  • Played for tragedy in Negima! Magister Negi Magi. When the Scottish noblewoman Evangeline McDowell was turned into a vampire, she ended up slaughtering everyone in her castle in blind blood lust. When she finally came to, everyone was dead and her parents' blood was on her lips. This happened when she was ten, and she's had to live with that guilt for over 600 years.
  • Noir:
    • Mafia Princess Lady Silvana, aka the Intoccabile, killed her father for violating the Mafia's code of silence, and when she returns from her banishment kills her grandfather (who banished her) as well. These acts cause Silvana to be regarded with awe by the other mafiosi, and professional assassin Mireille Bouquet is terrified of her.
    • Mireille killed her uncle Claude, who had been her surrogate father ever since her parents and older brother were killed by little Kirika.
    • In the final episode, Kirika arguably fits this trope, when she kills Altena, who is the closest thing to a mother figure that she's ever knowingly had.
  • Two examples in Psychic Academy, both of them accidental.
    • Mew killed her mother when her parents used her as a guinea pig in an experiment to augment psychic powers, causing her fire aura to go out of control.
    • Ai killed both his parents when an accidental usage of the light aura he didn't know he had at the time derailed the train they were riding in.
  • Belphegor of Reborn! (2004) is hinted to have killed his entire family besides just his brother, though this is only actually mentioned once by Bel himself as an offhand comment to someone whom he was trying to scare.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Soujiro Seta snapped and killed his whole family (stepmother, half-brothers, younger uncles) when he was a child, fed up with their horrible abuse coming from his position as an illegitimate son.
    • Also, after Yukishiro Tomoe's death, her very mentally unstable little brother Enishi is saved by a wealthy Japanese family who finds him in near death in Shanghai sometime after he fled Japan. He kills them, both for the huge sum of money they had and because he simply couldn't stand anyone having a happy life after losing his own.
  • In Saiyuki, Gojyo's older half-brother Jien kills his own mother (Gojyo's stepmother) before she can succeed in killing Gojyo. Her coercing Jien into sex on a regular basis probably had something to do with it, too.
  • Implied of the Ax-Crazy Chiri Kitsu in one episode of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. Itoshiki-sensei is killed and she "replaces" him with a small doll to cover up the crime. She quickly becomes paranoid about the rest of the class and they are replaced by dolls as well. While everyone is shown to actually be hiding safely under the school, it makes you wonder when the next scene appears to be Chiri happily telling her parents about her day- and then you see she is addressing dolls...
  • The Severing Crime Edge: Yamane killed her and Houko's parents due to being influenced by the spirit of her killing goods' original author. Houko decided to take the blame for it so Yamane wouldn't be burdened with guilt.
  • Shadow Star:
    • Hiroko "Hiro-chan" Kaizuka kills her parents with her newly-acquired Mon after certain factors drive her to insanity - and said parents' emotional abuse (at least from Mr. Kaizuka's side) is just the straw that breaks the camel's back for her.
    • In the manga only, it's suggested that Naozumi Sudo might be responsible for the "disappearance" of his parents and older brother, though his true involvement in the matter is left ambiguous.
    • There's also how Komori neglected his sick mother until she starved to death, though after a certain point it's difficult to tell whether he had been doing so for very long before he died.
  • One of the arcs in Shigofumi involved a highschool-age girl who had been forced into pornography by her father. It's unknown what happened to her mom. But when her dad suggested to her that he wanted to get her little sister into the business, she killed him. You could hardly shed any tears for the dad, though.
  • Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu has a very cruel case where a young Konatsu accidentally was the cause of her parents' deaths, as she unknowingly pushed her mother Miyokichi out of a window and Sukeroku died trying to save her. She can't remember such details, obviously, and believes that both Miyokichi and Sukeroku fell off in front of her.
  • Shuumatsu no Walküre: Record of Ragnarok: Jack the Ripper was born to a prostitute and had the ability to see people's emotions as colors. He always saw love from his mother, but it turned out that she just saw him as a tool to connect her to his father, and always thought that he'd come back for her once he became a successful playwright. After learning this, Jack kills his mother then finds and kills his father, at the same time becoming enamored with the colors of fear that are shown to him when he murders someone. This leads him to become the serial killer we all know.
  • Tales from Earthsea starts with the main character Arren murdering his father, the king, for no reason other than to steal his Magic Sword, leaving his mother a widow.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, Yuri/Lunatic began his career by killing his own father, Mr. Legend, who was beating up his mom.
  • It's revealed in Tokyo Babylon that the Sakurazukamori only consists of one person at any given time since the process of inheriting the title is killing the predecessor, usually the person they love the most. As Seishirou's predecessor was his mother Setsuka, he killed her: then he held her in his arms as she died and told him that he'd sooner or later be at the receiving end too...
  • In Tokyo Ghoul :Re, this comes up several times.
  • Tasha Godspell's sister in Witch Hunter killed their father soon after awakening as a witch, an event that drove her insane. She also killed Tasha's mentor, who was like another mother to Tasha, in a fit of jealousy.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, Kaiba drove his abusive adopted father to suicide after taking over his company.
    • Also, what Marik's dark side did to his father.
  • Happened to ReikoTetsuo in Yuureitou. Two years prior to the series he killed his adopted mother after getting into a fight with her after years of abuse and was Driven to Suicide, Or, so everyone thinks. 'Reiko' instead ran away, started transitioning, and began living as Tetsuo.
  • In One Piece, it is eventually revealed that Donquixote Doflamingo killed his father at the age of ten. The reason? (It's pretty long) Since the Donquixote family were World Nobles, they were completely above the law, able to do whatever they wanted, and ridiculously wealthy. However, unlike the other World Nobles who are INSANELY cruel dicks, Doflamingo's parents were kind and humble, and thus decided to abandon their title to live among the general populace. But because the other World Nobles are so cruel that the citizens rightfully hated their guts to no end, they took out their pain and suffering on the wrong people: the Donquixotes, who just wished to live peacefully. This caused the family to flee the angry mobs of citizens and live in absolute poverty, which leads to Doflamingo's mother's death. The mob eventually caught up with the rest of the family and tortured them brutally. Doflamingo, already very fucked up after the death of his mother and blaming his dad for all the shit the family went through, got so sick of this lifestyle that he killed his father for a (failed) chance to get back to being a World Noble.

    Comic Books 
  • Subverted in Aquaman: several people assume that Ocean Master killed his parents to become king. Actually, his mother killed his father and then faked her own death.
  • In Assassin's Creed: The Chain, Innokenti Orelov ends up having to shoot his own father Nikolai, an Assassin, who is struggling with another Assassin. The bullet passes through Nikolai and the other Assassin, killing both. It's implied Nikolai wanted his son to do this to save himself. Innokenti picks up his father's hidden blade and walks off into the sunset. While his further fate is unknown, it's clear he at least survives to produce a child, as Daniel Cross is his descendant.
  • Technically, Samaritan from Astro City qualifies. He was sent from the future to prevent a disaster that would cause the end of the world centuries down the line, but his success meant that his parents never existed.
  • in Avatar The Last Airbender The Search, this is the only reason Azula is "helping" Zuko search for their Missing Mom Ursa. After her Villainous Breakdown, she blamed all of her problems on an imaginary conspiracy masterminded by Ursa. As long as Ursa is alive, Azula is too afraid to put her plan to usurp Zuko into motion.
  • Batman
    • Bruce Wayne's childhood friend Thomas Elliot tried to kill his parents at a young age in order to inherit their riches and because his father was an abusive monster and his mother a simpering money hungry lunatic. He only succeeded in killing his father, and, to avoid suspicion, didn't try again, only truly being orphaned when he smothered his raving senile mother in a fit of anger. This left him with a bitter hatred of Bruce, who tragically lost his parents soon after Tommy tried to kill his. Later on in his life, he joins the Riddler (who discovered that Bruce was Batman on a vendetta against him, feeling that, not only did Bruce get the riches Tommy wanted, but that he was wasting those riches as well. Predictably, his vendetta eventually causes him to lose everything and become the full-time Super Villain Hush.
      • In the New 52 continuity, the exact motivations and sequence of events are a bit different, but the result is the same. As Bruce became more withdrawn following Thomas and Martha's murder, Tommy killed his parents in the hope that having this in common would let them reconnect. He probably hated them as well, but this seems to have been the primary reason.
    • Black Mask killed his parents in a fire to inherit their business and fortune. Unfortunately, he was a lousy businessman and when he tried to burn down the factory to cover his tracks, he wound up with the facial injury that gave him his villain name. He was a lot better at being Ax-Crazy than a businessman anyway.
    • In a look at The Joker's childhood in The Brave and the Bold revival issue #31, as a child the Joker burned down his house with his bickering parents inside. This being the Joker, who knows how accurate the story is.
    • According to The Long Halloween, Jonathan Crane (the future Scarecrow) killed his mom. On Mother's Day.
    • And the Penguin murdered his father (along with his brothers) in the miniseries Penguin: Pain and Prejudice so he could be alone with his mother, the only person who loved him.
    • A one-off character in the debut issue of Gotham Knights is a child that kills his parents.
    • Hilariously used with Batman's opposite clone, Batzarro. As the total reverse of Batman, Batzarro killed his parents and calls himself "the world's worst detective".
    • The Red Robin villain Wanderer killed her single mother as a child. In this case, it seems to be a combination of Came Back Wrong and Gone Horribly Right as she seems to have been a nice enough little girl before falling into the pit of Brazilian Wandering spiders whose deadly venom reacted poorly to her innate healing abilities. It's also not known whether she killed her mother on purpose, though certainly the rest of her numerous murders were intentional.
    • A new villain introduced in Batman (Rebirth) is "Master Bruce", aka Matthew Warner, a Lonely Rich Kid with a severe case of I Just Want to Be You towards Bruce Wayne, which he took to the logical conclusion.
  • In Billy Majestic's Humpty Dumpty, it is established that the Brakk brothers murdered their own mother.
  • Birds of Prey: Misfit is also technically a Self-Made Orphan, though she did it accidentally. When her apartment building caught on fire she tried to "bounce" away with her mother and little brother. That is how she found out that any living thing she bounces with her dies en route. She clings desperately to Barbara Gordon and the Birds of Prey because she needs both a surrogate mother figure and the opportunity to atone for accidentally killing her family.
  • Subverted in the Season 9 Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics. Faith is made so angry that she chokes and almost kills her father, but is stopped by Angel.
  • While he has a Multiple-Choice Past, one detail that Bullseye keeps bringing up consistently is that he murdered his parents, who were abusive (although the circumstances are sketchy). He offed his dad in Dark Reign: Hawkeye, long after he became a supervillain. Not that he didn't try before though.
  • Subverted in Cable & Deadpool. The title characters are at a bar discussing their less-than-stellar childhoods over beer (well, only Deadpool's drinking - Cable's temporarily regressed to his teens). Deadpool's brief flashbacks show his mother's death led to his dad becoming strict bordering on abusive, and he may have shot him. At the end of the issue, we get the full story - it was one of the "wrong crowd" Wade had fallen in with, and he was genuinely horrified.
  • Evil Ernie's murder spree began with him killing both of his abusive parents.
  • The Flash:
    • Evan McCulloch, the second Mirror Master. He was an orphan and end up killing his father by accident in his job as a hit-man. As a result, his mother committed suicide. Another Rogue, Captain Cold, confronted his abusive father but couldn't bring himself to kill the man... so he had Heat Wave do it.
    • Heat Wave himself qualifies, in a sadder way. Murdering them was not the intention, but he set his family home on fire with his parents still inside, his pyromania kicked in completely, and much as he would've wanted to save them he just watched. He couldn't help it.
  • Hack/Slash: Evil Cripple Courtney in Hatchet/Slash. After ten years of plotting, she murdered her parents so she could inherit their fortune and use it to implement her plan for revenge on the 'friends' who fled and left her in the hands of a slasher.
  • Hellboy's Liz Sherman became one accidentally after a Superpower Meltdown of hers created a fire that destroyed a city block (among the fatalities were her parents and brother).
  • Huntress does this when she arranges the murder of her biological father at the end of Cry for Blood. In this case, this was more anti-heroic than outright evil, since her father was a vicious gangster who had ordered the murder of the rest of her family and was trying to blackmail her into joining his gang as an assassin.
  • Incredible Hulk:
    • Another rare heroic example: Before Bruce Banner became the Hulk, he semi-accidentally killed his abusive father, Brian. In their final confrontation, his father was trying to kill him and he had killed Banner's mother; Bruce lashed out as Brian got ready to attack him, sending Brian crashing into the gravestone of Bruce's mother and cracking his skull.
    • Narrowly averted with Betty Ross. She almost killed the Red Hulk, only to realize he was her father and stop in time.
  • In the Shadow of Dragons: Kiernan is accused of killing his mother. Later he kills his own father, the real culprit.
  • In the John Constantine story in Secret Origins v3 #11, one of the constants in John's Multiple-Choice Past is that one of the first things he did with magic was kill his family in a fire, although this may have been a tragic accident, a brutal but justified revenge, or a ruthless act in pursuit of power. (Constantine #14 had already presented it as the first one).
  • Judge Dredd: Dredd's arch-enemy Judge Death is revealed in Boyhood of a Superfiend to have murdered his own family back when he was still a human being known as Sidney De'ath. He first made a failed attempt to kill his sister after she told on him for torturing the family dog. He later reported his misanthropic and serial killing father (whom he considered a role model) to the Judges to further his own career and carried out the execution himself. As a registered Judge years later, he hunted down his mother and sister after they had gone into hiding, shooting his crippled sister in the face and throwing his mother off a cliff.
  • DC Comics' Lobo is not only a self-made orphan but a self-made Last of His Kind. As he put it in his appearance on Superman: The Animated Series:
    "Hah! That's rich. I'm the last Czarnian. *Aside* I fragged the rest of the planet for my high school science project. Gave myself an A."
  • Loki created a Stable Time Loop to ensure his biological parents would die in battle so he would be adopted by the Asgardians.
  • Nightmares on Elm Street: Devonne killed her parents in a gas explosion.
  • The notorious 1954 EC Comics story "The Orphan" (former page image) featured a little girl who kills her abusive father and then frames her neglectful mother and her lover for the murder (resulting in their on-panel execution in the electric chair).
  • in Rat-Man's Origins Exalogy we find the story of Rat-man's childhood and his stepfather Janus Valker's descend into evil. Particularly, we find out that his father Boda, the previous embodiment of the Shadow, was murdered by a hitman sent by Jan's brother Joba.
    Jan This is for Boda. For having my father killed.
    Joba Hey, don't be mad at me! He was my father, too!
  • In the ROM comic, there was a half-breed offspring of a human and a Dire Wraith, calling itself Hybrid, who was a true monster, murdering both parents by magically 'aging' them and then impaling his father with a pitchfork. It might not be entirely Hybrid's fault - he was raised by the uber-evil Dire Wraiths, the ultimate form of child abuse. Still, he was as close to pure, self-consciously intentional evil as is likely to be possible.
  • Rare heroic example: the Runaways were formed when they found out that their parents were a band of supervillains called the Pride, and after initially just trying to avoid their parents, they ended up having to battle them, resulting in the death of all of their parents and the one member of their own who had remained loyal to the Pride. They never actually intended to kill them, but this doesn't stop many people from assuming they did.
  • Catman from Secret Six is technically a Self Made Orphan, although he only shot his mother accidentally because his father pointed the shotgun at her while Thomas was attempting to shoot him. He did finish the job with a machete in the dad's stomach, though.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
    • It's heavily implied that Scourge killed his neglectful father Anti-Jules.
    • More clearly, Kragok and Lien-Da of the Dark Legion murdered both their father and their stepmother, the former to become Grandmasters of the Legion.
  • Naturally, a young Emil Burbank (the Lex Luthor Alternate Company Equivalent in Marvel's Squadron Supreme), was also shown killing his parents for the insurance money (from a policy on which he forged their signatures).
  • Superman:
  • Thanos Rising: Thanos kidnaps and vivisects his mother Sui-San to find out how she could have brought someone as evil as him into the world. However, when he returns years later to wipe out the rest of his people, he leaves his father Mentor alive just so he can be witness to his son's continued atrocities.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • Ultimate Origins: When Erik's powers came out when he was thirteen, his father tried to kill him with a gun. After realizing what his parents were and had been doing, Erik killed his mother as well.
    • Reed Richards had an abusive father, but escaped from him to be part of the Ultimate Fantastic Four. The team broke up after Ultimatum, and Reed had to go back home. He became the villain The Maker, and his first act of villainy was to kill all his family.
  • Warlock of the New Mutants is a member of the Technarchy, a technological race where being a Self Made Orphan is the standard - adulthood was conferred after you killed your "Siredam". Warlock fled because A) his "mutation" was the realization that this was a strange way of doing things and B) the fact that his father, The Magus, can casually tear apart suns.
  • One of Marvels What If? stories is set 20 Minutes into the Future where an aging Captain America has a final confrontation with a now decrepit and elderly Red Skull, who has kidnapped Cap's wife and children as leverage and trapped them with a bomb connected to a deadmans switch hooked to the Skulls vital signs. He then reveals that during his absence, he has sired and raised a son of his own as the new Red Skull, and when their plan falls apart, the son shoots and kills his father to activate the bomb and distract Cap long enough for him to escape and fight another day. True to form, the Red Skull is proud of his son for being as ruthless and calculating as him.
  • In Wonder Woman's New 52 series Cassandra learned of her Compelling Voice when she ordered her single mother to kill herself and her mother complied.
  • X-Men:
    • Rahne Sinclaire, aka Wolfsbane of X-Factor and the X-Men, did this to her father when the brainwashing he had put her under kicked in and caused her to maul him to death before devouring his corpse.
    • Another X-Men character, Kevin Ford/Wither, has the bad luck of his power being to dissolve any organic matter that he touches. He naturally began to freak out when his own clothes were dissolving off of his body, his father tried to comfort him and, well...
    • Ultimate X-Men had an even worse example with a kid who dissolved anyone within a mile of him. He woke up to find his parents and whole neighborhood empty and wound up destroying his whole town just by wandering around trying to find somebody.
    • X-Men villain Shinobi Shaw once murdered his supervillain father Sebastian, taking over the Hellfire Club upon doing so. This being a comic book and Sebastian being a long-established villain, he was eventually revealed to be quite alive and not in a good mood with his son. Given Sebastian's powers, the strangest thing is how long it took for him to come back.
    • X-23, after a fashion. She doesn't have parents per se, however she recognizes her creator, Sarah Kinney, as her mother. It's never made completely clear, but some sources and readings suggest that Sarah used her own genetic material to help stabilize the damaged samples (thus why she's the green-eyed The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter, rather than looking more like Wolverine), and Sarah did serve as a surrogate carrying her to term and giving birth to her, and was also her primary caretaker. Laura killed her against her will when Sarah was contaminated by the trigger scent.
    • X-Factor (2006) reveals that Polaris caused the plane crash that killed her parents due to her mutant powers manifesting and going out of control while they were arguing over her mother's affair with Magneto.
    • Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire: Vulcan does this to his father Corsair when the latter opposes Vulcan's actions as Shi'ar Majestor. Unlike most examples on this list, Corsair came back to life later on.
  • In the X-Wing Rogue Squadron arc "The Phantom Affair", Loka Hask, the Ax-Crazy psycho who killed Wedge Antilles' parents, comments that Wedge should thank him for it, then goes on to muse that he wishes he had had someone willing to do that for him when he was a boy, but no, he had to do it himself.

    Fan Works 
  • In Atonement, it's hinted that Ruin's Power Incontinence killed her parents.
  • Children of an Elder God: Gendo and Yui used the power of the Outer Gods to create a perfect world. However, their stolen power was gradually corrupting that world. When the Children realized what was happening they rebelled and resolved to destroy the dream world. Unfortunately, Shinji -helped by his teammates- had to kill his mother Yui to achieve that goal.
  • The Dark Lords of Nerima: The Dark Lords Ascendant: Zhang is revealed to have killed his father and fellow students to prevent anyone from going after him when he struck out on his own with his school's full array of assassination skills.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Subverted. After hearing how his father treated Rei, Shinji wants to kill him… and then he thinks of a better idea: giving him exactly what he wants –reunite with Yui- and then watching while his mother gives Gendo a piece of her mind.
  • In Friendship is Witchcraft Fluttershy kills her father, who was abusive towards her. He was also a dragon. Apparently, dragon genes are recessive, thus why she is a pony.
  • Harveste, who was living with abusive relatives after his loving parents died protecting him, killed his legal guardians and his cousin, effectively re-orphaning himself at the age of five.
  • Subverted in Hellsister Trilogy. Orion attempts very, very dark to make himself fatherless, and he believes he succeeds in obliterating Darkseid, but Supergirl reveals that Darkseid faked his death because he is fought by the Legion of Super-Heroes in the far future.
  • Higher Learning: In the original timeline Asuka got murdered by her own son. In turn, Shinji and Kaoru locked him into what was left of the Geofront. Kaoru thinks that his father died down there.
  • Lulu's Bizarre Rebellion:
    • Shirely helped Lelouch kill her father before either of them realized who he was.
    • Kallen killed her mother accidentally while trying to stop the uncontrolled stand her mother was powering.
    • As in canon, Suzaku Remembers killing his father. However, the power of Hey Jude reveals that it was actually V.V. and the geass directorate who killed him and altered Suzaku's memories.
  • Titan from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic, who killed his father for more power. While it is possible he still killed his family, after the rewrite, he just simply killed his entire planet.
  • In The North Remembers, Ramsay Bolton, during Stannis Baratheon's attack on Winterfell, finally loses it and kills his father Roose Bolton with his flaying knife. He takes him off guard as he's shouting orders to his men, and drags the knife deep down into his spine and through his throat. When the castle explodes, he finds the corpse of his father horribly mutilated from all the rubble and pees on it as a final insult. To most characters, this would be seen as a Moral Event Horizon, but considering how Roose had betrayed and murdered his own King, desecrating his body with the Freys, it's more of a Karmic Death. Fat Walda Frey, who is Ramsay's step-mother, also meets a gruesome end as Ramsay beats her to death with a jagged rock.
  • Subverted in Paint It Green, Blue, Black. For all its worth, Enfant Terrible Vendetta won't kill her parents and gets mad when Charlotte asks her how come she hasn't killed them already. It's never clarified why, but it's unlikely to be for moral reasons as she has no issue helping Charlotte kill her grandmother.
  • Examples from Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
  • In The Prayer Warriors, Percy Jackson, having joined the Prayer Warriors on their quest to kill the Greek Gods, kills Zeus after declaring that he is not his father- God is- in order to avoid committing the sin of patricide. Canonically, Poseidon is Percy's father, but Percy kills him later that chapter, so this still counts any way you look at it. Thalia, Zeus' daughter, helps kill Zeus in a flashback to the retconned version of the scene.
  • RWBY: Dark: The Serial Killer Ruby Rose began her life of crime by stabbing her mother Summer to death with a knife, then lacerating her father Taiyang with her scythe and throwing him off a cliff.
  • The unintentional variety occurred in Silver and Gold when seven-year-old Lily got loose after her first werewolf transformation and killed her parents and older sister.
  • Split Second: Sparkle's dark magic killed her parents. This is probably an unintentional example.
  • Soul Eater: Troubled Souls: Bizarrely, Crona is directly responsible for the deaths of both his/her father and mother. Sometimes when they were still together, Medusa ordered Crona to kill a certain Evil Human and Ragnarok to eat its soul. After the deed is done, Medusa muses on how “[its] genes helped [her] created the perfect subject,” all but confirming that Medusa made Crona kill his/her biological father. In the third arc, Crona finally achieves payback against Medusa for all the crimes and heinous acts she’s committed to him/her personally and those around him/her.
  • In Strings, it is heavily implied that Tarrlok killed his father soon after his mother committed suicide due to the abuse.
  • In many canons of Troll Cops, Tavros, aka the Nefarious and Notorious Mr. Pupa, did this as the first of his many heinous criminal acts.
  • Fate does this to Precia in White Devil of the Moon after she attacks Alicia. Pretty much no one can blame her at that point.
  • In the dark Frozen (2013) fan song "Will You Help Me Hide a Body?", it's revealed that Anna killed her parents... and intends to come after Elsa next.
  • The Peace Not Promised: In his first life, Severus Snape killed his parents at Voldemort's instruction, to remove any possible alternative claim on the Prince family inheritance. Since his mother was merely grossly neglectful, he was merciful enough to kill her painlessly in her sleep. His alcoholic and violent father, not so much.
  • A slight variant with Priest from Princess of the Blacks. His former family (and ex-fiancée) are still alive, but he erased all memory of his existence from their minds as the price for a bit of Black Magic that lets him survive getting dismembered without bleeding out.
  • SAPR: Cinder burned her home to the ground with her stepmother and one of her stepsisters inside. Then years later during the course of the story she stabs her other stepsister to death in a dark alley.

    Films — Animated 
  • Lord Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2 is an indirect example. He massacred a village of pandas and was banished by his parents as a result. According to the Soothsayer, the grief of sending him away caused them to die from despair.
  • This drives the plot of The Willoughbys: the Willoughby parents are so awful that the kids decide to indirectly kill them so that they can have a better life as orphans. Ultimately, the parents are eaten by a shark, while the much nicer Nanny and Commander Melanoff adopt the kids.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Addams Family Values has this in the form of Debbie Jellinsky, the kids' apparent nanny and professional "black widow"-style Serial Killer who reveals that her first murders were her parents, who got her a Malibu Barbie instead of a Ballerina Barbie on her birthday: "That's not what I wanted! That's not who I was! I was a ballerina! Graceful! Delicate! They had to go." So she burned the family house down with them inside.
  • Diane in Angel Face, though she only intended to murder her stepmother through Vehicular Sabotage, and not her father as well.
  • Catherine Trammell from the Basic Instinct movies may have killed her parents after writing a book detailing her plan to do so, then used, "right, I wrote out this plan for killing my parents, published it in a book, then did it — I'd have to be crazy to do that" as a defense. Whether she actually did murder her parents or not is not actually stated, though several characters express their opinions that she did.
  • In The Catcher, Johnny beat his father to death a baseball bat, and then spent the next 17 years of his life in an asylum for the criminally insane. The film starts on the day of his release.
  • Cruel and Unusual: One of the condemned in the afterlife, named William, murdered both his parents. It's not clear why he did it either.
  • In Dark Phoenix, the film opens with a young Jean Grey accidentally killing her parents when she loses control of her powers and causes her mother to fall asleep at the wheel, causing the car to crash into a truck. It turns out that only her mother was killed in the crash, while her father gave Jean up to Professor X.
  • Enforced in Death Warmed Up. Dr. Howell wants to get rid of his partner Prof. Tucker, whom he sees as an obstacle for his ambitions of creating a way to prolong life. He proceeds to brainwash his son (and the film's protagonist) Michael to kill him and his wife. Michael ends up in a mental facility, and Dr. Howell enjoys a productive career.
  • Michael Carter, the archvillain of the Aussie horror flick Feed, smothered his obese mother when he was a child. He's locked into a cycle of repeating the same murder as an adult.
  • In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Maggie kills Freddy Krueger, her father. However, he was already a horrifically evil serial killer.
  • Edmund in Germany, Year Zero poisons his sick father, who is lamenting his uselessness to his family and had previously said he wished he was no longer a burden on his children.
  • It's implied Ginger and Brigitte did this to their abusive parents in Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning. When they come upon an outpost, Ginger says that their parents drowned - which is soon revealed to the audience to be bullshit. However, when talking privately with Brigitte, Ginger still alludes to their parents being dead, so one wonders why she had to lie about it before. Add in the casual references to them having been beaten before, and the fact that for some reason, they're traveling on their own during winter at the start of the movie, and the fact that Ginger, at least, always had some sociopathic tendencies, and... Yeah.
  • In The Gravedancers, the young Pyromaniac Dennis killed his parents, and the rest of his family, when he burned down the family home. However, he was trapped in the house and died in the blaze as well. He returns as a ghost with pyrokinetic abilities.
  • Haunter: A flashback shows how the murderous evil ghost poisoned and suffocated both his parents in the 1930s. They're among the group of spirits who appear to send him to Hell at the end.
  • In Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Pinhead reveals that Monroe killed his own parents with the same gun he tries to use on the pillarized Pinhead.
  • In the second The Human Centipede movie the Villain Protagonist's mom tries to kill him but he wasn't in his bed at the time. A few minutes later he, in turn, kills her then sets her bashed-in corpse at the table and continues his dinner like nothing happened.
  • Edgler Vess in the film Intensity Lampshades the Freudian Excuse when he tells the protagonist that his parents were most loving, caring people that he could have ever wanted... but he killed them anyway.
  • While he didn't kill them, the titular child character of the movie Joshua drove his mother crazy until she was committed and drove his father paranoid until he was arrested, essentially making himself an orphan. All so that he could be adopted by his uncle, who he liked better.
  • Just Cause: Blair Sullivan has Bobby Ferguson kill his parents, in return for taking credit for the crime Bobby Ferguson committed.
  • The Tartutic from M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water are described as being SO evil that they kill their parents after they're born (one wonders how the species survives, if they're that uncooperative).
  • In Jupiter Ascending, Balem killed his mother, because she begged him to, likely because she can't stand taking part in the planetary genocides anymore.
  • In Mikey the title character murders both sets of adoptive parents he gets.
    • As the last set of "parents" he killed weren't his biological parents, either, it's unclear just how many people he's killed...
  • The killer in Mindhunters when he was just a lad. He assumed the police would take him away when they investigated the scene, but to his astonishment nobody even suspected him of causing his parents' deaths, which just fed his misantropy even more.
  • The incomparable Natural Born Killers has the female lead helping her badass Anti-Hero boyfriend kill both her parents, who are admittedly Very Bad People.
  • Alluded to in Red Eye when Jackson Rippner is discussing his unfortunate name. Whether he is joking or not isn't exactly clear, knowing this fellow.
    "That wasn't very nice of your parents."
    "That's what I told them before I killed them."
    • He also told the female character that he'd never lied to her... Make of that what you will.
  • In Scanners III: The Takeover, Helena kills her father to take over his pharmaceutical company.
  • In Scream 3, it's revealed that Sidney has a half-brother named Roman Bridger, who was conceived when their mother Maureen was gang-raped by a number of movie producers. Roman tracked down Maureen years later, but was rejected by her. He then stalked her for months, learning she'd had affairs with a number of men in Woodsboro, and orchestrated her murder by using Billy Loomis (and by extension Stu Macher) as a proxy. During the film proper, Roman murders John Milton, one of the producers who participated in Maureen's gang-rape, as his last victim.
  • Sorceress: Mara kills Traigon, her birth father, in the finale.
  • In Silent Fall, Sylvie stabs her parents to death to stop them from molesting her and her little brother.
  • In the Brian Bosworth movie Stone Cold, the villain tells one of his soon-to-be-murder victims:
    Chains: You know, at moments like this I think of my father's last words, which were... "Don't, son, that gun is loaded!"
  • Happens more than once in Village of the Damned (1960). Especially notorious in the 1995 version, where Mara, the ringleader of the Creepy Children, first telepathically forces her mother Barbara to put her hand inside a boiling pot, and then uses her Psychic Powers again to make her throw herself off a cliff.
  • In the Wanted movie, Wesley unknowingly became one of these, killing his Disappeared Dad because the Fraternity used him as an Unwitting Pawn — the one person the rogue assassin who was decimating their ranks could never kill. Naturally, he was told that he was hunting the man who killed his father, instead.
  • The VVitch: A sympathetic example with Thomasin. Her father had already died via being mauled by Black Phillip, and then her mother, now completely insane and blaming Thomasin for the family's misfortunes, attempts to strangle her. Thomasin stabs her to death, visibly in tears the whole time, and holding her in her arms after she dies.
  • Wolves: Early on, Cayden slaughters his parents while in wolf form. Although he believes he really did it for most of the movie, it was Wild Joe.
  • In The Young Poisoner's Handbook, Graham kills his stepmother by poisoning her with thallium, and is in process of killing his father the same way when he is arrested.
    • Berridge, Graham's cellmate at the insane asylum, is a young soldier who snapped while home on leave and murdered both his parents.

  • There's an old Jewish story that's a good way to introduce the concept of chutzpah: a man convicted of murdering his parents begs the court for clemency on the grounds that he's an orphan.
  • A little dragon is found, crying. When asked where his mom and dad are, he says he ate them. When asked if he knows what it makes him, he says "Yes (sobs). A complete orphan".

  • In the Alex Rider book Eagle Strike, the villain Damian Cray lost his parents in an accident when a car fell on them from a falling structure. It wasn't an accident.
  • Alien Hunters: Skrum murdered both of his parents after Emperor Lore told him to, all so he could prove his loyalty to him.
  • In The Bad Place, Frank killed his single biological parent, a hermaphrodite who self-impregnated. This provides a major conflict, as a sibling of said Self Made Orphan wishes to avenge that act.
  • In Best Served Cold, Castor Morveer.
  • By the end of The Talon of Horus, Abaddon is one, having killed the clone of his gene-father, Horus.
  • Lara of The Bridge Kingdom Archives is seriously considering killing her father, King Silas, after she finally realizes that he lied to her and manipulated her and that he is the reason for the suffering of her people.
  • Children of the Corn. Every single one of 'em.
  • Discworld:
    • In Hogfather there is some mystery as to how Jonathan Teatime came to be an orphan. While it's not explicitly stated, Lord Downey is quoted as saying "We should have wondered a bit more about that."
    • In 'Interesting Times, it's offhandedly mentioned that Lord Hong's rise to Evil Chancellor involved six deaths - the last one being his father. At least he died happy that his son was carrying on a family tradition.
  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden killed his own foster father and mentor Justin Dumorne. Justified, since Justin was an evil Warlock who tried to enthrall Harry and his foster sister Elaine and had already sicced the Outsider He-Who-Walks-Behind on him. If Harry hadn't killed Justin, Justin would have eventually hunted down Harry and kill/enthralled him. Unfortunately, Harry broke one of the Laws of Magic when he used magic to kill Justin, putting Harry on the White Council's blacklist (he would have been straight up executed if a Councilmember hadn't put his own life on the line for him) and making Harry permanently at risk of falling into The Dark Side.
  • One of the first things Luke does in Duumvirate is this.
  • In Forced Perspectives by Tim Powers, the villain is guardian to a pair of psychic twins who have an ability to mentally compel others. It's revealed that he gained guardianship of them by manipulating them into mentally compelling their parents to commit suicide.
  • Cathy Ames of East of Eden burn down her family home, killing her parents trapped inside the house, and flees from Boston with what was inside the family safe.
  • Several instances in the Harry Potter series:
    • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we learn that Voldemort murdered his father and grandparents as soon as he discovered they were Muggles and not the Wizards he imagined. And that his father abandoned him and his mother while she was pregnant after she stopped feeding him the Love Potion that had kept him there and he came to his senses.
    • At the end of the same book, we learn that Barty Crouch, Jr. murdered his father. Then transfigured his body into a bone and buried it. Barty makes much of how both he and Voldemort had very disappointing fathers and the pleasure of killing those fathers. He also seems to regard Voldemort as a father substitute.
    • Also, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows it's revealed that Ariana Dumbledore accidentally killed her mother Kendra.
  • The Heroes of Olympus:
    • This is the reason why Leo is initially afraid of his fire powers: when he was a kid, Gaia visited the workshop where he and his single mother were, with the firm intention of preventing Leo from becoming a powerful enemy; Leo used his powers to try and protect his mother, but lost control and started a fire, accidentally killing her instead. He still has his father, but since he's the god Hephaestus whom Leo only met at 15...
    • Hazel killed her mother and herself to stop Gaea from raising Alcyoneus back in 1942.
  • Heroics: Tess Wechsler kills her father in self-defense.
  • The Affectionate Parody How to Be a Superhero recommends this as a method for becoming a superhero.
    Getting Your Parents Shot Dead In Front of Your Eyes
    At first, this might seem like a strange tactic, but if it was good enough to start you know who on one of the most successful crimefighting careers of all time, then it's certainly an avenue worth exploring!
  • Implied in the poem Her Parents, as the girl has a reason to take the loss of her parents so well and the poem specifically mentions that she's an "actress".
  • I Am Mordred: Gawain and Garet kill their mother along with her lover when they catch them in bed together. Mordred also kills Arthur in the end.
  • Stephen King's short story "I Know What You Need," although the primary topic of the story is the use of telepathy for purposes of seduction.
  • Immortal In Death reveals that Eve Dallas killed her father in self-defense after repeated physical and sexual abuse at his hands.
  • Miriamele in Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is forced into this to destroy the Eldritch Abomination possessing her father at the end of To Green Angel Tower. Earlier in the series, Benigaris inherits the throne of Nabban by stabbing his father in the back during the siege of Naglimund.
  • In Midnight’s Children, Zafar kills his father, General Zulfikar, after returning from a border skirmish. Saleem implies it is because he discovered Zulfikar's smuggling operations, but says it's impossible to be certain; the Pakistani government denied the scandal, and Zafar may have had other motives.
  • Crake in Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is implied to have killed his uncle and possibly his mother, too (his father was killed (executed) while Crake was still a kid, so this leaves him an orphan).
  • In the Prelude to Dune trilogy, Glossu Rabban ends up killing his father Abulurd for stealing the spice hidden away by the Baron, loudly proclaiming himself as "The Beast". Notably, Baron Harkonnen (Abulurd's half-brother) is angry with Rabban not for killing Abulurd but for doing it without the Baron's approval.
  • In The Reader (2016), the final task for the Second to complete before becoming an Assassin is to find and kill their own parents.
  • Alan Campbell's Scar Night: The fallen angel Carnival faces down the god Ulcis, who turns out to be her father, and kills him in a disappointingly easy fight.
  • Dillon Cole of Scorpion Shards accidentally drove his parents insane and eventually killed them before he realized that his mere touch could break minds.
  • The Secret Life of Bees has a tragic example with its protagonist. Lily accidentally shot her mother when she was four years old.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, Daylen had to kill his own parents during the Fourth Night after they became Shades.
  • Beorn from The Shattered World is an inversion, whose parents paid for him to be made a werebear when he was very young, not realizing it wouldn't manifest until puberty. Upon his first transformation, he stumbled home and was mistaken for a genuine bear; terrified, his parents barricaded themselves inside their farmhouse, only to perish when Beorn's panicked battering against the walls tipped over an oil lamp and set the place on fire.
  • In Ship Breaker Nailer's Missing Mom is dead long before the story starts, of an infection. His father, Richard Lopez, on the other hand, is still alive and kicking, much to everyone's regret. When Richard takes over as The Heavy of the novel, it's only a matter of time before he and Nailer end up facing one another. While Nailer doesn't want to fight his dad, Richard has no qualms about Offing the Offspring, or selling Nailer's friend, Nita's organs to the Life Cult, forcing Nailer to kill him in a Knife Fight.
  • In Slan Hunter, Jem Lorry murders his father when he learns the truth about his birth, and to ensure that the story will never be revealed.
  • In Ray Bradbury's short story "The Small Assassin", a baby kills its parents.
  • Star Wars:
    • Palpatine was revealed to have murdered his parents and siblings when he was a late teenager in the novel Darth Plagueis. It's also implied that he desired to murder his father, at the very least, ever since he was a baby.
    • Not directly, but General Armitage Hux arranged to have his father Brendol assassinated by conspiring with Captain Phasma to poison the latter. Although Brendol's cause of death was subsequently written off as illness, the young General would claim responsibility of his father's death when he's about to execute Admiral Brooks (who was a friend to Brendol).
  • In The Stormlight Archive Shallan killed her father before the series started. In the second book, it's revealed that she killed both her parents. Her mother tried to kill her when she started developing the powers of a Radiant, and she killed her in self-defense. Her father allowed others to believe he did it and became an abusive drunk. She poisoned him after he really did kill his second wife and was beating her brother to death, then strangled him when the poison failed to finish him off.
  • The Veldt: At the end of the story, Peter and Wendy trap their parents in the nursery and have the (holographic) lions eat them.
  • Lois Lowry's The Willoughbys has the children encourage their extremely indifferent parents to go on a long vacation, hoping they'll be killed. Turns out later that's just what happens though it takes several attempts. Actually, the children themselves don't have to do anything at all; their parents just seem to love taking risky chances.
  • Monarchies in Wings of Fire require children to kill their parents. A daughter must challenge her mother and kill her to claim her throne. The exception to the rule is the Actual Pacifist RainWings who have a rotation of queens and have non-violent ways of claiming their mother's thrones. The series begins with a twenty-year war caused by the last SandWing queen being killed by a human. This sent her four daughters into a war for the throne, where they got the other dragons involved as well.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Jason implies that Alia (unintentionally) caused their parents' deaths, because their parents died in a car crash while fighting, and Alia's mere presence causes fights and brawls to break out.
  • Regent from Worm aspires to this, but since his father is the Emotion Eater villain Heartbreaker who enslaves women and forces the children he has by them through Training from Hell this is pretty justified.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel:
    • Treated in a bizarrely humorous way after Wesley shoots his father because his father was threatening Fred though it was actually a robot shapeshifter. Wesley was sure it was him, though, and that he would really do such a thing. Angel tries to comfort him, but it doesn't help. The characters bring up both Angelus killing his parents as a vampire and Spike killing his mother.
      Angel: You know, I killed my father. It was one of the first things I did after becoming a vampire.
      Wesley: I hardly see that's the same thing.
      Angel: You're right, dunno why I brought it up.
      Spike: Heard you offed your dad. You know I killed my mum, well I mean I'd already killed her but then she tried to shag me so I had to (mimes staking).
      Wesley: Thank you, I really don't need any more comforting.
      (later, again. Wesley is in his office, Fred walks in)
      Wesley: If you're here to tell me about how you murdered your parents...
      Fred: What?
    • Fred's parents are both alive, and Wesley knew it perfectly well. Not only that, but they are the best darn parents in Texas, and until Fred dies it's probably the happiest family in the Buffyverse, so the situation is completely unlike Angel, Spike or Wesley.
    • Angel: "My parents were great. Tasted a lot like chicken."
  • Arrowverse: Played with in the backstory of Mick Rory, AKA Heat Wave. His introductory episode in The Flash (2014) explains that his first crime was burning down his house with his parents inside when he was a kid, but Legends of Tomorrow goes further in depth and reveals that while he did start the fire that killed his parents, he did it accidentally and panicked so much that he ran out of the house without waking his parents, which he still felt guilty for decades later.
  • Bates Motel: It's revealed near the end of the first season that Norman killed his father during a psychotic break when Norman saw him hit his mother. Later in season four Norman kills his mother after finding out she was dating someone else, in a botched Murder-Suicide.
  • Battlestar Galactica is a semi-example. The Cylons consider humans to be their parents and claim that they have to die for Cylons to reach their potential. It did not work well.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 character Valerie Malone killed her father. However, her mother is still around.
  • Every member of Prince Edmund's Quirky Miniboss Squad, the Black Seal, in the first series finale of Blackadder, apart from Edmund himself, but including The Hawk. Edmund does plan on exiling and imprisoning his family though were he successful in taking power.
    Edmund: He murdered his whole family!
    Pete: Who didn't? I certainly killed mine.
    Wilfred: And I killed mine.
    Friar: And I killed yours.
    Sean: Did you?
    Friar: Yes.
    Sean: Good on you, Father.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Adam murders his creator, Maggie Walsh, within moments of coming on-line.
  • One episode of CSI: NY featured an older couple who were viciously attacked while they lay in bed. The chief suspect is their son, whose alibi doesn't check out. His father was killed and his mother, who suffered severe brain damage, doesn't believe he did it. She's right: it turns out that they had moved into a house owned by another older couple a few years before. The son of that couple went to jail after he raped his girlfriend following senior prom, and his parents testified against him in court. He returned home to kill his own mother and father, but ended up attacking the new homeowners instead.
  • Several Criminal Minds unsubs have done this. The most prominent examples are Frank (who killed his own mother and never knew his own father), The Reaper aka George Foyet and Billy Flynn (who shot his own mother in what he saw as an act of mercy).
  • In one sketch on Dave Allen at Large, a priest knocks on the door of a house, and a little girl answers. The priest says, "I'm collecting for the orphanage." The little girl says, "Hold on a moment," and disappears inside. Two gunshots are heard. The little girl returns and says, "I'm ready."
  • Averted and parodied in the first episode of Dexter, whose protagonist/narrator is a serial killer, when he explains in a narrative that both his parents are dead, immediately adding "I didn't kill them. Honest." It is revealed in the second season that Dexter actually inadvertently drove his father to suicide, much to Dexter's surprise.
    • Also, Brian, Dexter's brother (also a serial killer), offed their biological father.
  • Day Break (2006): Hitman Miguel Dominguez was originally locked up for killing his own parents. It's later revealed that he did this to protect his sister from their abusive father.
  • Doctor Who:
    • It's pretty likely that the Doctor killed his parents at the end of the Last Great Time War, although we don't really know whether or not his parents were still alive when he wiped out the Time Lords. Word of God from Russell T. Davies is of the opinion the Doctor killed his mother when he ended the Time War. Given that dialogue in "The End of Time" reveals Time Lords were being killed and resurrected repeatedly during the War, this may be viewed as something of a release.
    • "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood": Daughter of Mine is indicated to have killed the parents of the little girl whose body she stole.
    • "The Sound of Drums": The Toclafane killed millions of their ancestors before their own birth, thanks to a "paradox machine" holding the Grandfather Paradox at bay.
    • "Spyfall": Daniel Barton, one of the villains, has an extremely strained relationship with his mother. So strained, in fact, that he hands her over to the Kasaavin to have her killed via the scrambling of her DNA.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Tyrion Lannister caused the death of both of his parents, although of course he didn't actively try to kill his mother; his mother died while giving birth to him, and as an adult, he murdered his father, Tywin. He is undoubtedly viewed as this by Cersei and apparently Jaime following his murder of Tywin. Tyrion admits as much.
      Tyrion: I killed my mother Joanna Lannister on the day I was born. I killed my father Tywin Lannister with a bolt to the heart. I am the greatest Lannister killer of our time.
    • Later on, Ramsay Snow/Bolton kills his father and stepmother in rapid succession, along with their newborn son (whom he'd regarded as a threat), thereby taking control of House Bolton and the North.
    • Season 2 extras (and the books) all but state outright that Gregor Clegane murdered his father, and probably his (unnamed) sister as well.
  • Gotham:
    • Barbara Keane murdered her parents, claiming this was because they were abusive. It's left unclear if they really were, however.
    • Jerome Valeska is introduced after he killed his own mother, whom he absolutely despised for her promiscuous lifestyle. After being sent to Arkham Asylum, he escapes and becomes a Psycho for Hire to Theo Galavan, and murders his biological father to pin the escape on him.
  • Heroes:
    • Sylar killed his mother semi-accidentally, in the fight after she tried to stab him with a pair of dressmaking scissors.
    • Peter Petrelli attempted to kill his pop Arthur. He failed, but his attempt was finished by Sylar, who'd been suckered into believing that Arthur was his father as well.
    • Narrowly subverted in Shades of Gray when Sylar tracks down his father, Samson Gray. Samson seems indifferent when he meets Sylar, and when Sylar announces his intentions to kill him, he reveals he is already dying from cancer. Samson also reveals he has a power similar to Sylar's, including an acquired ability that paralyzes a person as if they were drugged. He also shares knowledge of Sylar's methodology, picking easy, helpless targets rather than going after "big game." When Samson witnesses Sylar heal instantly after accidentally cutting himself, he tries to take the ability from Sylar by paralyzing him. Sylar, however, manages to override it. Samson points out that taking his ability will not harm him as he can heal, but Sylar says he doesn't wish for his father to have such a power, and decides to leave. Samson begs Sylar to kill him, but Sylar says his cancer will eventually do so anyway, and leaves.
  • Inhumans: Black Bolt vaporized his parents using the voice ability which he has.
  • The Judge: One episode focused on a mental fitness hearing for a young man claiming that he was insane when he killed his parents. However, a mental health expert immediately sees inconsistencies in his behavior and is able to expose him as a very clever actor who killed for a large inheritance. Eventually, the man is exposed and he comes out, admitting his crime. Judge Shield is very angry and orders the man held over for trial, and the assets he would have inherited given to his elderly uncle.
  • Done on Law & Order original flavor at least once; the girl in question even received a college scholarship. (The admissions board had nicknamed her "Little Orphan Annie.") She was seriously disturbed and committed another murder. A key part of getting her for the latest murder was charging her with fraud for accepting the scholarship under false pretenses.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has a few rare sympathetic examples where the victim was, or was thought to be, an Abusive Parent, and is killed either by the child they were abusing or by one sibling trying to protect another.
  • Parker from Leverage certainly seems to be a case. In flashback, we see her having a favored toy taken away by her foster father. Next scene shows her holding the toy while walking down the driveway. Then the house explodes.
  • Benjamin Linus, the Big Bad of Lost, may have lost his mother to perfectly innocent Death by Childbirth, but he hated the resentment from his father so much that he killed him and the rest of the Dharma Initiative with a painful-looking nerve gas.
    Ben: You know, I've missed her too. Maybe as much as you have. But the difference is, for as long as I can remember, I've had to put up with you. And doing that required a tremendous amount of patience. Goodbye, Dad.
    • Also, Kate killed her step-father, who then turned out to have been her birth father, for abusing her and her mother.
      • And depending on how you look at it, when Locke forced Sawyer to kill Locke's father.
      • Let's be fair – Locke didn't force Sawyer to do it as much as he manipulated him into doing it. It looked like Sawyer was going to pass on killing Cooper, until Cooper, in a boast about his long career as a con man, admitted to using the name "Tom Sawyer" during a previous con. Oops...
      • Sawyer symbolically played this trope straight, since Cooper was the con man who destroyed Sawyer's family, which led Sawyer to a life in the same business.
  • Luke Cage (2016): Tilda ends up poisoning her mother Mariah.
  • In the Masters of Horror episode "Imprint", the disfigured prostitute tells Christopher how she beat her father to death after he raped her when she was still a child.
  • Morgana on Merlin: her mother and the man she believed was her father were already dead, but she gave Agravaine an amulet to kill the wounded Uther, her birth father.
  • Million Yen Women: One of the women was abused by her father and later turns out to have gotten both her parents killed because of it.
  • Murder in the First: Erich Blunt has his own father murdered (by his maternal grandfather, no less).
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • Regina killed her father in order to enact her curse. Her mother survived longer, but Regina was manipulated into killing her in Season 2. By Snow.
    • Season two shows that Red killed her mother, though that was an accident.
    • Rumplestiltskin killed his father Peter Pan twice, first by stabbing him in the back to kill his mortal body, and then again during the trip to the Underworld in season 5 by using water from the Acheron river to send Pan's soul to the Worse Place. He finishes the job by killing his mother Fiona, the Black Fairy, in the season 6 finale. Given both parents were villains, nobody was particularly upset.
    • Hook killed his own father (his only identified parent) out of anger at being "replaced" by a younger son after Brennan had sold Hook and his older brother into servitude aboard a ship in order to escape being arrested.
    • Cruella de Vil tells the Author that her mother is a Black Widow who's kept her locked up in the attic to keep her from telling the truth. Her mother on the other hand tells the Author that Cruella was The Sociopath from the beginning and killed first her father, then her mother's next two husbands, and was locked up to keep her from harming anyone else. This is the actual truth, as the Author finds out when Cruella uses the magic powers he gave her to kill her mother, who'd been protected by dogs until Cruella could control them.
  • The Sinner:
    • The second-season premiere opens with a young boy poisoning his parents. It turns out they aren't, though.
    • As a child, Harry set fire to his house in the hopes that he would be rid of his abusive mother. At the very least, he succeeded in having her lose custody of him.
  • Scrubs: The episode My Saving Grace jokingly implies Dr Cox murdered his Abusive Parents.
  • On Smallville Lex Luthor murders his Archnemesis Dad Lionel as his final step into true villainy. Lionel himself was revealed to be one of these earlier in series, having had his friend Morgan Edge kill his Alcoholic Abusive Parents in a gas fire. One can only wonder what Lex's children will do, should he have any...
    • Technically Tess kills Lionel as well, though it's his Alternate Universe counterpart. Regardless, he is still considered her father even by Tess herself, and she kills him in self defense.
  • Star Trek uses this trope in Klingon mythology. According to it, the gods created Klingons, who then turned around and killed them for the trouble.
  • The Enfante Terrible villain of the Supernatural episode "Provenance". Twice — her birth family and her adoptive one.
    • Also in Supernatural, Bela is revealed to have killed both her parents by making a deal with the demon Lilith for them to meet with an accident. The other characters are allowed to believe it was for the insurance money, while the audience is shown scenes that strongly imply her father sexually abused her. "They were lovely people."
  • V (2009): In the season 2 finale, Papa Wolf Ryan was finally reunited with hybrid daughter Amy who Anna had been holding hostage this season to make him work for her. However, in his absence, she has become an Enfant Terrible and the little girl strangles and kills her father when he tries to save her and declares her loyalty to Anna.
  • The titular hero of Wynonna Earp accidentally killed her father when she was twelve, while trying to shoot the demons abducting him. Wynonna grew up in psych wards and foster homes after that, and the guilt still weighs on her despite later reveals that her father was not the greatest man.
  • In The X-Files episode "Eve", two girls who appear to be identical twins who live on opposite sides of the country kill their fathers at the same time. It turns out the two girls are part of a cloning project that was originally carried out by the government but is now being continued by another one of the clones. The clone adult that created the two girls wasn't behind the murders... the little girls were just evil.

    Manhua and Manhwa 

  • Aerosmith's song "Janie's Got a Gun". She shoots her dad because of the abuse he inflicted on her.
  • Dir en grey's song "Berry" tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who gets sick of her parents abusing her, takes her father's gun, and shoots them. If that's not disturbing enough, the girl's favorite food is jam on bread, and the blood her parents shed is referred to as raspberry jam.
  • Jim Morrison fantasized about killing his father (and also knocking off Brother and Sister Morrison for good measure) in the 1967 performance piece "The End" (oh yeah, and then he raped his mother). It was later parodied by Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman in 1993's "Wasted Youth".
  • Tom Lehrer's song "The Irish Ballad", from Songs by Tom Lehrer, details the life of one of these:
    About a maid I'll sing a song
    Who didn't have her family long
    Not only did she do them wrong
    She did every one of them in...
  • Sound Horizon gives us "Yield", in which the protagonist kills one or both of her parents due to her incestuous feelings towards one of them.
  • The titular character of the Johnny Cash hit “A Boy Named Sue” desires to kill his estranged father for giving him that awful name. Averted though, because he doesn’t go through with it in the end.
    My name is Sue! How do you do? Now you’re gonna die!

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Older Than Feudalism: The Greek myth of Oedipus has him killing his father, without recognizing him, and after he's raised by adoptive parents who don't tell him he's adopted. He's indirectly responsible for his mother's death when the revelation of their Surprise Incest drove her to suicide.
  • In Arthurian Legend,'' Gaheris kills his mother, Morgause, when he catches her in bed with Lamorak; the two families had a feud since Lamorak's dad, Pellinore, killed Gaheris' father/Morgause's husband, Lot. In some versions Gaheris frames Lamorak for the crime; either way, he and his brothers (except Gareth) would later kill Lamorak, too.

  • Sick Sad World:
    • The first case in "Fathers In Crime" has a family man kill everyone in his family, among them his mother. The second case is about a college-age man who killed several of his family members, including his mother. He meant to kill his father as well, but it didn't work out that way.
    • "Who You Gonna Call?" discusses a college age kid who killed his family, starting with his parents.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • WWE's The Undertaker may be a self-made orphan, or may not be. All we really know is that his parents died in a fire at the funeral home they owned and operated. At various points, we've been told that he set it by accident, he set it on purpose, his half-brother Kane set it, etc. It's all very confusing and pointless.

  • Bleak Expectations: Series Big Bad Mr. Gently Benevolent is one. It was his second act of evil (the first was him punching an annoying boy who'd caused him to finally become evil). Played with, in that neither his mother or his step-father are actually upset about this. His step-father praises him for having "finally grown a backbone", and his mother says she's proud of him.

  • Daigo from Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues poisoned his step-mother to death after suffering her abuse for years. It's implied that he's poisoning his abusive father in the same way, except this time he's drawing out the man's suffering for as long as he can.
  • In Survival of the Fittest version one, Cillian Crowe and Daphne Rudko both murdered their own parents, though Cillian was confined to an insane asylum due to his actions while Daphne got off scot-free.

    Tabletop Games 

  • In Electra and The Libation Bearers in The Oresteia, Orestes enacts vengeance against his mother Chytaimnestra and step-father Aigisthos for their murder of his father Agamemnon. Though Electra doesn't actually wield the blade, she is guilty too.
  • The protagonist of Lady in the Dark, accused of being indecisive, recounts "The Saga of Jenny", whose life was ruined by her decisiveness. To begin with, it leads to the accidental deaths of Jenny's parents (and siblings):
    Jenny made her mind up when she was three
    She herself was going to trim the Christmas tree
    Christmas Eve, she lit the candles, tossed the tapers away
    Little Jenny was an orphan on Christmas day
  • In the Roman comedy Pseudolus, the Pimp Ballio claims to have beaten and killed his parents 'to save their Keep'.
  • In the play The Revengers' Comedies, the Ax-Crazy Clingy Jealous Girl who acts as a Poisonous Friend to the protagonist is strongly implied to have started the fire that killed her parents when she was eleven because they did something minor to displease her.
  • In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, George killed both of his parents by accident.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney,
    • Played cruelly with Miles Edgeworth thinking for fifteen years that he accidentally killed his father Gregory and having constant nightmares about it. Subverted, in that it was proven that he was wrong: Gregory was murdered by his rival Manfred Von Karma, who later manipulated the surroundings to make everyone think Edgeworth had done it.
    • In the final case of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, a young woman named Vera Misham is put on trial for killing her father, but she is innocent. The actual killer is Kristoph Gavin, who also tries to kill her.
    • Dual Destinies has Athena Cykes eventually accused of murdering her mother Metis (the initial "culprit", Simon Blackquill, was Taking the Heat) and, unlike with Edgeworth's case, everyone believed it was a deliberate act, albeit one with sympathetic motives (it was thought that Metis was experimenting on Athena, until she was driven to a breaking point). Athena herself eventually believes she did it because all she can remember of that day was stabbing someone and feeling the blood run down the blade and onto her fingers. It turns out that someone else killed Metis, Athena accidentally walked on the crime scene, and what she actually recalled was stabbing the real killer in self-defense.
  • In Baldur's Gate II, Valygar, whose family had been long-plagued by necromancy practice, destroyed his parents after his mother raised his father from the dead as a zombie, unwilling to accept his death, and then later joined him in undeath.
  • In Batman: Arkham City, Batman can visit Calendar Man in his cell on specific holidays, and he will happily recall one of his past murders committed on that day. Two of these holidays are Mother's Day and Father's Day. You can see where this is going.
    Calendar Man: M was for the murderous look she gave me.
    O meant only she was weak and old.
    T is for her terror as she fought me.
    H is for her heart that I now hold.
    E is for her eyes swiftly dimming.
    R means rot, and soon rotting she will be.
    Put them all together, you spell "Mother".
    A word that means... a corpse... to me.
    [creepy childlike voice] Happy Mother's Day, Mommy.

    I wasn't real close to my dad, and after my first internment at Arkham, we never spoke at all. Seems he wrote me off as a wacko. A loser. So, after I was released, I wanted to clear the air between us. Next Father's Day, I dropped by his place and suggested we go fishing. You ever go fishing with your pop? Well, it's some fun, let me tell ya. The two of us out on the water, pulling in one whopper after another... Of course, I was doing the actual pulling. Dad was baiting the hooks. You know, with a finger, a foot, an eye, whatever I had left of him. Even today, whenever I eat a nice piece of fish, I feel closer to my dear old dad.
  • In Batman: The Telltale Series, Lady Arkham (a.k.a. Vicki Vale) killed her abusive foster parents, and had a damn good time doing it too from how the crime scene looks.
  • The Black Heart: Peketo murdered his alcoholic and physically abusive father. That was before he killed 6 innocent bystanders just for the hell of it.
  • Deconstructed in the canon route of Blaze Union, where for practical and symbolic reasons, Gulcasa must kill his Missing Mom, and she's the one who bullies him into doing it. He does not want to but kills her anyway because by that point he has no choice if he actually wants the power to protect his loved ones. She doesn't seem to hold it against him, but this event (among others) leaves him badly messed-up for quite some time. Additionally, Route B, starring Aegina. Ordene wouldn't have died if he hadn't refused treatment. Using Aegina for this is actually very practical, gameplay-wise, as Ordene will not use Crusade on her.
  • Chzo Mythos:
  • Clive Barker's Undying: Ambrose beats his father to death with a pool cue, tired of him meddling in his affairs.
  • In Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls The Warriors of Hope (Masaru, Kotoko, Jataro, Nagisa and Monaca) admit to having murdered their Abusive Parents prior to the events of the game.
  • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Makoto states that as Remnants of Despair, some of the cast murdered their own parents and other loved ones. The anime confirms this was the case for Sonia and Fuyuhiko, at least.
  • Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening has Lady killing her father to avenge her mother's murder. Which doesn't count the other thing he tried to do...
  • Adell in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is forced to Mercy Kill his Brainwashed and Crazy blood-parents (by their own request) near the last few levels of the game, without even knowing who they are. What's worse is that it's heavily implied that his adoptive mother was planning to tell him who his birth parents were after the end of the game. Now that's going to be an uncomfortable conversation...
  • In Fatal Fury, Wolfgang Krauser killed his father in a Duel to the Death to become the Earl of Strolheim. He honors his old man once a year by playing the older Krauser's favorite music in his organ.
  • A tragic example in Fallout 4 is Cait. As you come to know her, she’ll tell you that her parents abused her until she was old enough to be sold into slavery. She would pickpocket the raiders that owned her when they were asleep until she had enough to buy her freedom, then she tracked down her parents and murdered them.
  • Averted in Final Fantasy IV with Edge, who saw the results of Dr. Lugae's horrific experiments on his parents, the King and Queen of Eblan. Edge is forced to fight his parents, who have become monsters, but he is saved from having to kill them by their coming to their senses, saying farewell to him, and killing themselves.
  • In Final Fantasy X, Seymour kills his own father before the game starts. The reason why is because his father had him and his mother exiled after several Guado, in a case of Fantastic Racism, decried the Unholy Matrimony. Guado's father's statements in the sphere indicated that he accepted his fate fully as atonement for this sin.
  • This can be done in many, many cases in Fire Emblem:
    • In Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake Echoes: Shadows Of Valentia, Emperor Rudolf's Zero-Approval Gambit to protect both Rigel and Zofia includes him being slain by La Résistance... which is led by his son Albein Alm Rudolf aka Alm, one of the protagonists. Alm, who had been raised away in a village, has no idea that his biggest enemy is his biological father: he only finds out during the climatic battle against Rudolf, and naturally he doesn't take it well.
    • In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War:
      • In the first half, King Chagall of Augustria and Duke Andrey of Jungby kill their fathers to ascend to their respective thrones. (The second earns the scorn of his fellow conspirator Duke Lombard for that.) Also, for major Video Game Cruelty Potential, in both halves the player can have some of their own units kill their Archnemesis Dads: Tailtiu (daughter of Duke Reptor) and Lex (son of the aforementioned Duke Lombard) for the first part, either Iuchar or Iucharba (sons of King Danann) in the second.
      • In the second half, there's the Loptous!possessed! Prince Julius attacking his mother Deirdre and his younger sister Julia. White Magician Girl Deirdre manages to use her Warp staff to save Julia but isn't lucky enough herself, and she dies at Julius's hands.
    • In the backstory of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, after numerous attempts on his own life from his father, King Desmond, Prince Zephiel of Bern decided to turn the tables. He faked his own death, then at his funeral, when Desmond opened the coffin to check on his son, Zephiel stabbed him dead on the spot.
    • The Big Bad of Path of Radiance, King Ashnard, is revealed to have killed not only his parents but his entire family. He was pretty far back in the line of succession, so if he wanted to become king, some pruning of the family tree was required. note 
    • It's possible to do this in Fire Emblem Awakening in The Future Past Paralogue as long as the Avatar is the mother of Lucina or the father to another second generation character. Although technically the offed person is possessed by the Big Bad and views this as a Mercy Kill. And to be fair, the Big Bad killed the other parent in the first case (while possessed).
    • Fire Emblem Fates:
      • Several characters can kill their parents: The Avatar (killing his/her biological father Anankos, or either his/her mother Mikoto, his/her Parental Substitute Sumeragi (both were forcibly revived by Anankos) [in the Revelation path] or his/her abusive father Garon (better said, his doppelgänger who posed for years as the real Garon)); Azura (killing her also forcibly revived mother Arete), any Hoshidan sibling (Parental Substitute Mikoto or birth father Sumeragi), any Nohrian sibling (the aforementioned fake Garon) and especially Female Kana (but only if she's mothered by Scarlet, who dies and then is revived as a zombie in RevelationOUCH!).
      • When Beruka's backstory is unveiled, she says that she killed her master and teacher, the closest to a Parental Substitute she had.
      • The Heirs of Fate DLC, taking place in an Alternate Universe, also involves this: the fathers (and mother, in the case of Male Kana) are all killed to protect their children from Anankos' takeover of their worlds, and when the kids reunite and fight back, they find out that their ultimate enemies are their fathers and Male Kana's mother, forcibly revived by Anankos. In a subversion, when this is said and done, the kids manage to make their way back to their homes - which have been restored, plus the parents they had to slay are alive.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • This happened in the backstory of Mercedes and Emile/Jeritza/the Death Knight. The latter went ballistic when he heard his father had found Emile's mother and half-sister who fled their terrible treatment, and intended to drag them back and this time force a marriage on said half-sister, since she's younger and more likely to give him more Crest-bearing heirs. Emile slaughtered his father's entire noble house, renounced his name, and developed a homicidal split personality called the Death Knight.
      • It's possible for you to have Ashe kill his adoptive father Lonato in Chapter 3.
      • Likewise, it's possible for Annette to kill her father, Gilbert, if you recruit her to the Black Eagles house and then side with Edelgard during Chapter 11. You end up fighting Gilbert in the final mission of the Crimson Flower route, and can kill him there.
      • Offscreen during the events of Chapter 11, Hubert assassinates his father, the former Marquis Vestra, for betraying the Adrestian crown in the Insurrection of the Seven.
  • In the final Custom Night (Golden Freddy V. Mode) cutscene of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location Michael Afton's lines give off a really strong implication of this being his goal. Whether he's doing it to get back at his dad for getting him killed or kill him in his victims' stead is left ambiguous.
    • Either way, he burns him, along with every other remaining animatronic, down in the next game.
  • In God of War III, Kratos' mother's note in Hades confirms her death, and the ending of the game has him slaying his father, Zeus. Though Kratos didn't actually mean to kill his mother: she was turned into a monster and he had no choice, and it's shown later that he was really sad about killing her.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • Satoko is a tragic example. In her backstory, she had become insane and extremely paranoid as a result of suffering from Hinamizawa Syndrome, to the point where she perceived her own parents as a threat to her and pushed them both off a cliff to their deaths. It was essentially a twisted kind of self-defense.
    • Natsumi is this in her arcs. She was infected with the same Hate Plague, which caused her to kill both her parents and her grandmother.
    • Hanyuu made her daughter Oka ritually sacrifice her in order to make her the Deity of Human Origin that she's been ever since.
  • Agent 47 of Hitman snaps the neck of his maker at the end of the first game.
  • Quite tragic case in The King of Fighters: Emotionless Girl Leona did not want to kill her father and the people in her village, but did so under More Than Mind Control from Magnificent Bastard Goenitz. He brainwashed this then-under-12-years-old girl into doing so to get back at her father, ex Orochi Head Gaidel, for refusing to re-join his Quirky Miniboss Squad. Poor Leona went into an Heroic BSoD and wandered in the jungle for several days, afflicted with Trauma-Induced Amnesia, until she was adopted by Colonel Badass Heidern (who had lost his daughter and wife a while ago, at the hands of Rugal). Leona then grows up into a powerful Action Girl, but remains amnesiac... until the events of KOF 97; she's almost Driven to Suicide when she remembers, but then Gaidel goes Spirit Advisor on her and tells her to keep living.
  • In Left 4 Dead, Zoey killed her Zombie Infectee father on his orders after he was bitten by his zombie ex-wife, because he wanted to die as himself rather than become a zombie. Zoey and the other playable characters are later informed by the military that they are asymptomatic carriers of the zombie infection... and also that the carrier gene is hereditary. Since Zoey's mother obviously didn't have it, that leaves only one other option. Zoey breaks down in tears at the revelation that she killed her father for no reason.
  • Maya from Legaia 2: Duel Saga, accidentally killed both her parents at a young age when she lost control of her magical powers. The event left her mute, but she gets over it later.
  • Wrex from Mass Effect is from the Krogan, an entire race of Blood Knights. However, after the Krogan rebellion, the Council more or less sterilized his entire race; their birthrate became so low, they are slowly going extinctnote  Wrex's father, the leader of their clan, had wanted to go to war again, while Wrex had the foresight to try and figure out a way to save their race. Wrex had to kill him in self-defense, then decided to abandon his people.
    • Liara provides a rare heroic example if you bring her with you on Noveria - she helps you kill her own mother, Matriarch Benezia, who was an outright villain. Well, not quite.
    • And also in Mass Effect 2 one can convince Jacob Taylor to abandon his father on a planet with the crew that he had driven mad through forcing them to eat toxic food that caused neural decay. One can even Leave Behind a Pistol for him with only half a thermal clip.
    • Another heroic example in Mass Effect 3, if she's still alive, Miranda will kill her father who's holding her sister hostage, the second he's convinced to let her go. Hard to say he didn't deserve it.
  • According to Fanon, Zero from Mega Man X.
  • Solid Snake famously offed his dad — or at least the donor of the genes which created Snake — in the Metal Gear series.
  • Psycho Mantis of Metal Gear Solid woke up one morning to find his entire village in flames, all its inhabitants, including his father, dead, victims of his psychic powers (his mother was a victim of Death by Childbirth). Well, that's how he tells it. He probably just did it for shits and giggles.
    • As his powers began to develop as a child, he started to hear his father's thoughts. He came to the realization that his father really and truly hated him because he was responsible for his wife's death, though he acted as he loved him. One day, Psycho Mantis burned his entire village to the ground out of pure hatred for humanity, and especially his father.
    • The trope is also used symbolically, and for the protagonists even, with Snake killing his "father" Big Boss, Raiden killing his "father" Solidus, and Big Boss killing his "mother" The Boss.
      • That first one, while not lacking for symbolism, isn't symbolic in the way implied with the quotation marks, what with Big Boss actually unambiguously being Snake's biological father. Well, a little ambiguously.
  • OFF: This technically happens at the end of the game, with the Batter murdering Hugo, who had created him.
  • In Silent Hill 2, Angela Orosco did it to her father, killing him (and possibly her brother too) with the same kitchen knife she gives to James. Not that he didn't deserve it.
  • In Pillars of Eternity, a Watcher with the Drifter background can self-describe as this, word-for-word, when explaining their past to Calisca in the prologue. The Watcher says their parents got what they deserved; whether or not this is true is left for the player to decide.
  • In Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the Prince has to kill his own father in a boss fight after the latter is transformed by the Sands.
  • Kibagami Genjuro claims to have killed his parents. His murder of his mother is All There in the Manual, at least.
    • Downplayed with Kuki Tohma, he was born an orphan and was adopted by the Greater Kuki. But because of his jealousy towards Seishiro, Tohma murdered the old man and stole his red katana, which was said to grant its owner greater strength, for himself and became the power-hungry bad guy that sets the events of Warriors Rage in motion.
  • Shadowverse: According to the flavor text, Harnessed Flame killed her own mother in the belief that it would protect Harnessed Glass, who in turn froze their father to protect Flame.
  • In Star Stealing Prince, Snowe's parents are dead. Edgar and Lina weren't dead from the start like you're led to believe, they faked their own deaths and appear later in the Sepulcher, where they try to destroy Snowe and his friends and Snowe and his friends have to kill them in self-defense.
  • After being brainwashed thoroughly and made into one of the Dolls , Juni's first mission was going back home and killing her parents. Here she goes home, allows her mother to hug her, then pulls a gun as the view pans away...
  • Street Fighter X Tekken confirms M.Bison did this to his own father in a win quote against Chun Li.
    M. Bison: All you women ever do is whine! I killed my father too, and you don't see me crying about it!
  • The Wolf from Stronghold is implied to be this.
    Narrator: The Wolf's past is shrouded in mystery, and what is known of his history is mainly patched together from stories and unreliable rumors alone. This aside, it is believed that both his parents died from natural causes in close succession shortly after his eighteenth birthday.
  • Suikoden has an odd example. Both Tir and his father, Teo, are honorable people, but they get caught on opposite sides of a civil war. The last thing Teo tells his son after Tir has dealt the fatal blow is that he is proud of him.
  • Balxephon in Tactics Ogre killed his father, and later on, his mother died as well. He had his brother blamed for it.
  • The Big Bad of Tales of the Abyss is revealed to be this in the midgame. Interestingly enough, despite being the villain of the piece it's actually a) sympathetic and b) unintentional. He was strapped to a machine when he was 11 years old and forced to do a partial hyperresonance to destroy his entire homeland. This is the very moment that set him down the path to becoming the Big Bad, tied with finding out the fact certain people - including the man who adopted him and his baby sister - knew and allowed that destruction and the horrifying experiments that happened before that to happen all for the sake of the Score and the foretold "prosperity".
  • The backstory for the Demoman in Team Fortress 2 claims that his fascination with explosives began at age six with an attempt to kill the Loch Ness monster. That first attempt cost him both his original adopted parents. The WAR comic contradicts this by having his mother alive and living with him, leading to a Retcon stating that he blew up his adoptive parents, which led to him reuniting with his birth parents.
    • There's also Gray Mann, who ate the eagle who raised him from infancy.
  • Baek Doo San in Tekken killed his father in a training accident. The fact that his mother had abandoned them after his father fell into alcoholism didn't exactly do wonders for Baek's mental stability after the fact. Meanwhile, the Mishima tend to try to achieve this. Constantly. Except for Jinpachi Mishima who was sealed under the Hon-Maru compound by Heihachi who want to seize the Mishima Zaibatsu. Kazuya finally succeeds against Heihachi at the end of Tekken 7's story mode.
  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • Dlanor A. Knox killed her own father after he violated the Knox Decalogue. Afterward, she stopped aging.
    • Also, in one arc George Ushiromiya kills his mother Eva. It was mostly in self-defense when her Superpowered Evil Side Eva-Beatrice came out in the middle of a heated discussion in regards to her Parental Marriage Veto, though.
  • Warcraft:
    • Arthas Menethil. After losing his soul to the runeblade Frostmourne, he returned to Lordaeron and slaughtered everyone, up to and including dear old dad. In fact, the cinematic trailer for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion lays on the irony by juxtaposing his dad's words of wisdom with the now-Lich King commanding his vast undead armies.
      King Terenas: W-what are you doing?!
      Prince Arthas: Succeeding you, father. (stab)
    • Fortunately, karma came back with a vengeance, as Terenas' soul resurrected the heroes who killed him after Frostmourne was broken.
    • Jaina Proudmoore is a rare non-evil example, justified by her father's attempted genocide. While she didn't strike the killing blow herself, the nation of Kul Tiras essentially disowned her for her involvement in Daelin's death.
  • Warframe: When a colony ship was lost in the Void after an experimental Void-jump, all the children gained strange Void powers, but all the parents were driven insane (or possibly possessed by something; it's unclear). The children had to kill their parents to survive. These children eventually became the Tenno.
  • In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, B.J. Blazkowicz confronts and kills his father midway through the game. Though said father was an abusive, dog-kicking and -raping, Nazi-sympathizing asshole who shamelessly sold out his own Jewish wife to the aforementioned Nazis, so he had it coming.
    B.J. Blazkowicz: Was a time I was scared of you. Was a time I'd have pissed myself having a gun pointed at my head. You know what I feel right now? Not a goddamn thing.

  • Archipelago: Captain Snow. Started off with birds and squirrels. Later, killed his parents and apparently the rest of his family, sparing his nephew but forcing him to work for his crew. Went on to become the most feared and hated pirate captain in the world until he died of a brain tumor. And now he's back.
  • The implied Back Story of Stabby in Basic Instructions.
  • In Girl Genius, Anevka Sturmvoraus fatally electrocutes her father; she never shows the slightest regret, but then, it's his fault that she's a Brain in a Jar controlling a robot body. Or rather, a robot that only thinks she's the real Anevka, but she doesn't know that. Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess strongly implies that she killed her mother as well, though it doesn't give any context.
  • The Handbook of Heroes reveals in "Tragic Backstory" that Fighter killed his own parents at a young age, in order to become an adventurer (as everyone knows that all the best heroes are orphans).
  • Homestuck: "Au revoir, Spidermom" in this case crossed with Mercy Kill since she was clearly in agony.
  • Jack: Drip was told by his horrific grandmother that he had killed his parents, in some roundabout way about his birth forcing them to live in a bad neighborhood where they got brutally murdered. But then in an arc showing how he became the Anthropomorphic Personification of Lust it's shown that thanks to the odd nature of time in the afterlife he actually did kill his parents, Lucifer led him to believe that they were an ex-girlfriend of his and her husband, and he didn't realize his mistake until he dropped their baby on his mother's torn open ribcage and got a good look at him. And Drip's daughter Lita is more than a bit obsessed with killing him for what he did to her mother and to herself, even committing suicide in order to follow him into hell and kill him again, though she really had no idea what she was getting into.
  • Jared murdered his own father, the fate of his mother is as of yet unrevealed, though it's likely she met the same fate.
  • In The Last Days of FOXHOUND, Ocelot sets up a The Reveal and then tells Pyscho Mantis that I Am Your Father. Mantis' only response is a deadpan "No you're not. I killed my father when I was eight." Ocelot looks slightly uncomfortable (no small feat) and changes the subject to the actual reveal.
  • Richard of Looking for Group admits having killed his own father. In fact, he's proud of it. Actually, he thinks of it as a funny story. But then again, anything involving killing is funny to Richard.
  • Used as a threat in the comic that succeeded Lowroad 75, The Smashing Adventures Of The Bottomleys:
    Dad: Um... Well, you see... erm... I'm building this new machine in the basement and the TV had some really useful part...
    Alice: Dad, If you finish that sentence I will be forced to make myself an orphan...
  • Early in the prequel "Start of Darkness" (to The Order of the Stick), Xykon decides to leave home and turns his parents into zombies on the way out. He had previously done the same to his grandmother.
    • We don't know if Xykon killed his grandma or she just died of natural causes and he zombified her then, but he definitely did kill his parents by siccing zombies on them and then zombified them.
  • Keith Keiser of TwoKinds killed his drunken father in self-defense after said father had killed his own wife. On top of it, he was accused of both murders and banished.
    • Turns out the intelligent general murdered her when he found out she formed the other Bastin nation, the one without the compulsion to follow any order.
  • The Uricarn from The Wotch is a self-made Last of His Kind. It's likely he killed his parents because, in an aside, he regrets killing them all while he was still a kid. He wishes he left a female alive.
  • Black Mage from 8-Bit Theater may be this; we know he's killed his (blind) brother and has said he "wouldn't use the present tense for any member of my family" (with a blood splatter in the background, no less).
    • "It would have been cruel to let him live after what I did to his eyes."
  • White Dark Life: Eloria murders her father to take his position as a Demon Lord. It also didn't help that he purposefully tried to piss her off in the first place.
  • Welcome to Hell starts out with the main character, Sock, digging three graves, having just "killed his parents... in his sleep," He then proceeds to fill the third.

    Web Original 
  • Critical Role, Caleb murdered both of his parents under the influence of false memories.
  • The Human Pet: Sam killed his parents after snapping thanks to their abusive nature.
  • In Interviewing Trey (the sequel to Interviewing Leather), the supervillain Jack O'Knaves mentions how his parents were killed right in front of him.
    Jack: By me, but that doesn't make it hurt less.
  • From Killerbunnies, Visceraline is rumored to be the reason as to why she is absent parents, which wouldn't be unlikely, considering how she is, which leads to a bit of Fridge Horror. We also have this with a mentally ill Razelle, apparently, when she set her house ablaze while in a fit of delirium, killing her parents (along with her grandmother), though it's unclear.
  • Legatum:
    • Smirvlak's Stone: The final chapter reveals that Gnekvizz murdered both of his parents during a fight and then lied about it to his brother Nick.
    • Scrambled Egg: Trellorv brutally murdered his parents as a young adult, then went on to slaughter the rest of the trolls in his village.
  • RWBY: Mercury Black murdered his single father Marcus as retaliation for the former's abuse.
  • Carolina from Red vs. Bluesets out in Season 10 to kill The Director for casting her and the team aside, causing them to fragment and turn on one another, all in the name of reviving her mother and his wife, Allison who had died during the Human-Covenant war. Carolina finds the Director, a sad and broken man at the end of the season and she forgives him of all he’s done. Before she leaves however, he asks she leave him with her pistol, with which he commits suicide.
  • Grallman and Talbot from To Welcome Oblivion killed both of their parents in their youth. Unlike Grallman, who had Abusive Parents and snapped after so much abuse, Talbot murdered his parents just because he could.
  • Played for Laughs in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series when, as a child, Kaiba fires his parents.
  • Lu Bu manages to kill his own father multiple times in Farce of the Three Kingdoms.

    Western Animation 
  • Fire Lord Ozai from Avatar: The Last Airbender, although he used an assassin (his own wife, Princess Ursa, who he convinced to use a colorless, odorless poison on Azulon since he was going to make Ozai kill their own son, Zuko).
  • In Batman: The Animated Series Jason Blood claims that Klarion turned his parents into mice. Then the camera zooms in on Klarion's cat...
  • Dark Danny from Danny Phantom didn't just kill his parents, he killed his sister, his friends, and his teacher (as well as his human self way earlier)...just to secure his own future.
  • In Dragons: Riders of Berk, it is strongly implied that Dagur the Deranged, Mad Chief of the Berserker Tribe, killed his own father. Dagur claims that his father Oswald the Agreeable "retired", later saying that he "had to be eliminated" so that he could become chief. Oswald is never seen or heard from once in the show. However, it is revealed later on that Dagur didn't kill Oswald.
  • Final Space: In the Season 2 episode "The Grand Surrender", we learn that Ash accidently killed her own parents (and several other bystanders) when her powers first manifested after she saw her sister getting sacrificed to the Serpent God Werthrent.
  • The Omnicronians of Futurama eat their mothers when they grow up. Leela understandably regrets telling a baby Omnicronian that she hoped he would always think of her as a foster mom after he tells her this.
    • It's implied that the other parent doesn't fare much better, if at all; Lrrr claims to have killed his own father, and "Patricide" has its own merit badge in the Omicronian equivalent of scouts.
    • Leela nearly does this herself when she and her mutant parents are reunited. She takes the photos they have of her as proof that they are creepy stalkers who murdered her birth parents. Her parents go along with it because they'd rather die than let their daughter live with the shame of being a mutant. Fortunately, Fry and the others arrive just in time to reveal the truth.
  • Gravity Falls has Bill Cipher who, when asked if he has a family in his Reddit AMA, replied "NOT ANYMORE", this was hinted at in "Weirdmageddon: Take Back The Falls" when Bill Cipher said he "liberated his dimension." The tie-in book Gravity Falls: Journal 3 explicitly says that he killed his parents, along with everyone else in his home universe.
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures:
    • Justin Hammer’s father died under mysterious circumstances and Justin comments about a deity that did whatever necessary to gain power. Nick Fury even suspects that Justin killed his father to take control of Hammer International.
    • In one episode a Jerkass classmate implies that Tony did this to his father because of their (actually friendly and good-spirited) competition to one-up each other's inventions. It's completely false and Tony does not take it well at all.
  • A variation on Jimmy Two-Shoes: Every member of the Heinous Family has frozen their father and taken over Miseryville. Since the family is different generations of Satan (a fact clearer in the original pitch) you get the impression that this is as close to death as they can get.
  • In The Simpsons, Mr. Burns fills out a health form:
    Mr. Burns: Cause of parents' death?..."Got in my way."
    • Another episode has a brutal prison warden attempting to justify himself:
      Warden: [somber] When I was a young boy, I saw my father murdered in front of my eyes. [suddenly cheerful] By me.
  • In South Park, Cartman manipulated the events that resulted in the death of his father, though he actually didn't realize they were related until several seasons later, when it was revealed by his vengeful half-brother, Scott Tenorman.
  • In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, the Kingpin is as strongly implied to be this as the censors would allow. After being left for the police by his father in a robbery gone south, he walked out of prison with the physical strength, connections, and mentality needed to build his empire. It's not made clear what he did to his father, but Smythe is shocked that even Kingpin could be so ruthless. Near the end of that storyline, the Kingpin makes his own son Richard take the fall for Kingpin's exposed scheme. Along his wife left him for earlier actions, the Kingpin is left alone holding a photo of his shattered family, bitterly wondering when his own son would take his revenge.
  • M Bison, Big Bad of Street Fighter, doesn't understand why Cammy and Chun-Li are angry at him, retorting with this trope.
    Bison: Yes, yes, I killed your father! What is it with you women anyway?! I killed my father too and you don't hear me whining about it!
  • Teen Titans: Raven destroys Trigon at the end of the fourth season, and he's never seen again since then.

    Real Life 
  • Jeremy Bamber murdered his parents, his schizophrenic sister (who he then attempted to frame), and her twin six-year-old sons to secure an inheritance. Instead he was sentenced to life imprisonment under a whole-life order.
  • Atif Rafay, who (with the help of his friend Glen Burns) allegedly murdered not only both his parents but also his severely autistic older sister in Bellevue, Washington in 1994. The case is notable in that while the crime was committed on American soil, all the people involved - victims and suspects - were Canadian citizens; the Rafay family had moved to Bellevue from Vancouver, BC not long before the murders and both Rafay and Burns went back there after being released and before coming under official suspicion by Bellevue's police. This resulted in cross-border cooperation between Bellevue police and the RCMP to get confessions and arrests, snags involving the possibility of the death penalty note  and myriad other legal wranglings before finally going on trial in 2004.
  • Brian Blackwell bludgeoned his parents after he used their expenses to fabricate being a semi-pro tennis player, and they called him to explain. During the murder, he was 18 years old and left their bodies to decompose for a year in what was once their house until the police found them. He is now serving a life sentence, although his case was notable for being the first example of using Narcissistic personality disorder as a defense in court.
  • Caril Ann Fugate, the teenage girlfriend of 1950s spree killer Charles Starkweather, was allegedly involved in the murders of her mother, stepfather, and sister. Like Lizzie Borden however, it will probably never be known for sure the true extent of her guilt (or innocence) in the case.
  • 14-years-old John Caudle kills his mom and stepdad to get out of doing his household chores. According to the Denver Post Website he was sentenced for 22 years after a plea deal. He'll be out June 8, 2033.
  • Kip Kinkel, a school shooter later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, first killed his parents after years of not living up to their expectations in his eyes, killing them after they were told he had earlier brought a gun to school and was facing expulsion. He was restrained after killing an additional two people at his school and sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty.
  • The Mexican filmmaker León Salvador Fermet was believed to had been stabbed to death by thieves, which was said to have driven his wife María Adriana to hang herself. However, their son (whose name hasn't been revealed) has been accused of hiring hitmen to kill the two of them.
  • Lizzie Borden (allegedly) in 1892. She was acquitted, and there are a variety of books offering various theories of the case, with a range of possible suspects, including Lizzie's older sister Emma (who, if guilty, would qualify as well). As Andrew Borden had been a pretty despicable and hated character who had swindled a lot of people in his business career, the range of suspects should have been pretty large after all.
    • "Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks, and when she saw what she had done she gave her father forty-one."
  • In Savannah, Georgia, a girl named Lottie was raised by her aunt Louisa and her uncle Aaron and got along well with Anna, her stepmom's sister. She once caught Anna hugging and apparently kissing her uncle/dad; after an Heroic BSoD, she killed Anna by lacing her tea with poison to "protect" her family. It turned out that Anna was her long-lost mother, who had her as a teen and left her in the care of her sister and brother-in-law, asking them to not tell the truth. Whoops. (Lotti was acquitted, but soon she totally lost it and was committed to an asylum for the rest of her life. Her ghost supposedly haunts the house she lived in, now a hostel named Forsyth Park, once featured in Haunted Houses.)
  • The Menendez brothers killed both their parents with shotguns and gained their considerable wealth in August 1989, initially telling the police it could be related to organized crime. The investigation didn't focus on them for several months, only getting a break when the former girlfriend of the psychologist of one of the brothers informed police about his confession during therapy. A dispute over police access to the session tapes went all the way to the California Supreme Court (which ruled that some of the tapes could be used due to alleged threats to the psychologist, but not the confession tape) before the murder case itself finally went to trial in 1992. The brothers claimed hideous abuse as a Freudian Excuse, but were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after the judge limited much of their abuse testimony during their second trial.
  • One of the oldest and most infamous examples was that of the Roman Emperor Nero, who ordered the assassination of his mother, Agrippina the Younger, over a power dispute (the exact trigger is disputed, but it's clear he thought her too meddlesome). (Both his biological father, Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, and his adoptive father, the emperor Claudius, had died some years previously.) Most accounts claim he originally ordered that she be drowned in a ship rigged to sink, but when she escaped from that, he just had a guard stab her. According to legend, when she saw the guard with his sword drawn, she said, Ventrem feri—"Strike at my womb."
  • In Amityville, Long Island, New York, Ronnie DeFeo shot and killed his parents and four siblings in bed on November 13, 1974, at 3:15 am. The hauntings the book and movies based off of the book claimed aren't real, though, just the crime.
  • In Bellevue, Idaho, Sarah Marie Johnson, then 16, killed her parents on September 2, 2003, because they forbade her from dating a 19-year-old boy.
  • Suzane von Richthofen (descendant of the Red Baron) is a Brazilian girl that is in prison for killing both her parents when she was 19 years old, with help from her boyfriend and his brother. It made quite a sensation in the media.
  • One case in Medicine Hat, Canada. A young girl, influenced by her much older boyfriend, murdered her entire family.
  • In Finland, a teenaged girl coaxed some older boys to kill her mother over domestic differences; fortunately, the crossbow bolt intended to do the job only grazed her skull, and she managed to escape.
  • In 1954, an incident happened in Christchurch, New Zealand where Pauline Parker and her friend Juliet Hulme killed her mother. Their story was made into the film Heavenly Creatures by Peter Jackson; Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey starred as the girls. Ironically, Hulme became a murder mystery writer after adopting the name Anne Perry when she was released.
  • One that changed (a small part of) history: one fine summer evening in Nepal, Crown Prince Dipendra walked into a family dinner and shot the whole place up, killing his father, King Birendra, his mother, Queen Aishwarya, his two siblings, and five other relatives, before shooting himself in the head. He would take a few days to die, but not before being proclaimed King of Nepal while in a coma. As a result, his uncle Gyanendra took the throne. Through a long series of events, this massacre led to the abolition of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008.
    • That's the official version, anyway. Many in Nepal accused Gyanendra of being an Evil Uncle who arranged the massacre (in collaboration with Chinese spies) and framing Dipendra, so that he could have the throne for himself. Fueling this theory is the claim that the right-handed Dipendra "shot himself" in the left side of his head, which is a relatively unlikely suicide. The theory persists even though Gyanendra's own wife, Komal, was wounded in the massacre.
  • In 2011, a seventeen-year-old boy by the name of Tyler Hadley murdered his parents with a hammer. Then he threw a massive Wild Teen Party.
  • In 2015, a woman named Clauddine "Dee Dee" Blanchard was murdered and her Ill Girl daughter Gypsy Rose disappeared. It turns out that Dee Dee had Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and, through several years, she forced Gypsy to pretend being an Ill Girl (attracting both attention and benefits), until Gypsy got rid of her with the help of her online boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn.
  • In the early 1970s, Michael Morgan of Georgia, under pressure of his wife Hollis Wingo Morgan, who threatened him to no longer let him see his children again, hired his brother and friends to murder his parents and got a death sentence.
  • In the Spring of 2001, 17-year-old Natalie DeMola, along with her boyfriend and his friend, killed her mother Kim because she had enough of her overprotection and tried to make it look like a home invasion gone wrong. They probably would have gotten away with it upon speeding away from the crime scene had they not had a traffic collision with the district attorney's car. They all received life sentences.
  • On Easter Sunday 1992, wealthy Californian college student Dana Ewell hired his two friends to shoot and kill his parents, Dale and Glee, and his older sister, Tiffany, to get his hands on their vast inheritances. While the men were able to easily kill his father and sister, his mother tried to run only to be chased down and finished off. All three men were eventually sentenced to life terms.
  • Attempted but ultimately subverted with a Florida teenager, Jacqueline "Nikki" Reynolds in 1997. To wit, she was adopted by a loving Christian Fundamentalist couple as a baby, but grew into a rebellious/mentally ill teenager and began to date a boy who the parents did not approve of.note  She soon believed that all of her problems would go away if she killed her mother then and there, kill the father after he came home from church and go to school the next day and kill her ex-boyfriend, but after brutally stabbing her mother and her eventually succumbing to her injuries, she regretted her actions and couldn't bring herself to carry out the other murders. She was sentenced to life the following year and her father and ex-boyfriend cut ties with her permanently.
  • In October 2007, Daniel Petric shot his parents for denying him access to the latest "Halo" video game.note  He then fled and told police that it was a Murder-Suicide with his father, a pastor, shooting his wife and then himself. Instead, the father survived, the boy eventually admitted to what he did, and he ultimately forgave his son and he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in 25 years.
  • The Rayleigh bath chair murder, in which a soldier, fed up with his abusive father, killed him by way of an anti-tank mine hidden in his wheelchair.


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