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When one of the villains kills the parent (usually father) or even the entire family of one of the heroes, it'll be that hero who kills that villain in question, even if this isn't an explicit act of vengeance. Occasionally, it's the mother, but this is rarer, and usually crops up in cases where the father is unaccounted for. Sometimes the villain killed both parents, but the mother will barely get a mention. If even more Angst is needed, then expect a case of Luke, I Am Your Father. Mothers more frequently appear in Turn Out Like His Father, because they are afraid if the child tries to get Revenge, he will only die, too; the success rate in preventing this trope is very low.

Often, the villain will taunt the hero about the death of their parent. This assures the hero's victory. Other times, the villain just won't remember. Usually does the same, but funnier/more monstrous, depending on the circumstances. This is a very common way of tormenting the Extremely Protective Child.


This is a subtrope of It's Personal and a supertrope of Vengeful Widow, and forms a central part of many Cycles Of Revenge. Compare Cynicism Catalyst, The Lost Lenore, and Dead Partner. See also Best Served Cold, and Roaring Rampage of Revenge.


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  • Mazinger Z gave us a You Killed My Grandfather in the first episode, when Dr. Hell gets Kouji's grandfather assassinated and Kouji swears finding and punishing the responsible. It happened literally in Great Mazinger when Kenzo Kabuto died because the Mykene and Kouji and Tetsuya (his biological son and adoptive son, respectively) went in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to avenge him. Likewise, the parents of Duke Fleed and his sister Maria from UFO Robo Grendizer were murdered by the Vegan army, and he and she want to avenge their deaths. And Maria also wants avenging her adoptive grandfather.
  • Played straight in Afro Samurai when Justice kills Afro's father at the beginning of the series.Then Afro does the same to Shichigoro, leading to his son going for revenge on Afro.
  • In Berserk:
    • Theresia, the Count's daughter, blames Guts for his part in her father's demise via the God Hand, however Guts praises her hatred saying it will keep her alive. Though Guts was not above shedding a subtle tear over Theresia unfairly blaming him for the Count's well deserved fate. Since Theresia hasn't been seen in over a hundred chapters, it's safe to assume Guts is safe from her revenge.
    • In prototype-Berserk, Guts' motivation for hunting down the order of Demons, was because his mother was torn apart by them.
  • Bleach:
    • The Grand Fisher killed Ichigo's mother and uses that against him when they fight. Ichigo is determined to resolve the matter for his mother's sake but eventually it's Isshin who does so.
    • After Souken died, Mayuri captured his soul, and tortured him to death For Science!. Uryuu almost kills both himself and Mayuri to avenge his grandfather, but they both survive. The storyline remains unresolved.
    • In the Captain Amagai, Amagai is haunted by his father's death and wishes he could avenge it. The arc's entire plot is his gambit to destroy Yamamoto for killing his father. When he learns Yamamoto saved his father's soul from possession, he kills himself to atone for his misguided behaviour.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The death of most of his family, along with Nezuko being turned into a demon, is what drives him to become a Demon Slayer and kill Muzan Kibutsuji, the demon responsible for it.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Averted by Son Goku when he can't bring himself to kill Frieza, who not only killed his father, but also almost extinguished his entire race. Played straight, however, with Vegeta and his son Trunks.
    • Played straight with Piccolo, who was literally born to hate and kill Goku. His father Piccolo Daimaou created him moments after Goku dealt him a fatal blow and passed on his grudge to his newborn son. Piccolo actually does manage to kill Goku during their teamup against Raditz when Goku holds Raditz in place long enough for Piccolo to hit them both with his new super move. Piccolo mellows out considerably afterwards, since he felt no satisfaction from killing Goku. He just couldn't keep hating Goku after seeing him pull off such a badass Heroic Sacrifice. Bonding with Goku's son Gohan while training him cemented the end of Piccolo's grudge.
    • Gohan says something similar to Cell after he comes back in the Cell saga: "I'm glad that I can rip apart the one who killed my father with my own hands!"
    • Future Trunks' father from his timeline was killed by the androids, whom Trunks later kills. His father from the present timeline is killed by Frieza, whom he kills as well. Oh and Future Trunks also splits Zamasu/Goku Black (who killed Future Bulma) in half.
    • Majin Buu also killed Goten's mother and ate Trunks' mother. Frieza killed Vegeta's father as well as the entire Saiyan race. Yeah, the villains do this a lot.
  • Averted in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, when Kaito forgives Man Behind the Man Sara for killing his parents. She eventually commits suicide by collapsing fortress.
  • In the Tokyo Mew Mew anime is a mini-arc, just before the climax, where Ryou commands the titular Magical Girls against the Giant Mook that killed his parents. This was nowhere in the manga.
  • In a unique villainous example, this is Malik of Yu-Gi-Oh!'s motivation for trying to defeat the Nameless Pharaoh. Of course, it turns out that his Super-Powered Evil Side, generated by resentment towards his duty to the Pharaoh (specifically, his father carving symbols into his back), was the killer, and Malik's believing it was the Pharaoh was based on a misunderstanding.
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam features a rather harsh version of this in the case of Kamille Bidan's mother. Jerid Messa, Affably Evil rival and already not on Kamille's good side, is given orders to shoot at a capsule if anyone attempts to retrieve it. Having been led to believe it was a bomb, he destroys the capsule holding Kamille's mother, killing her just as Kamille had reached the capsule to retrieve it. Jerid is able to feel Kamille's sadness as a sickening uneasiness, and when given the opportunity, actually apologizes for having killed his mother. He is still a bit too much of a jerk about it, though, and this death starts a vicious cycle of doom and revenge for anyone who gets close to either Jerid or Kamille throughout the series.
  • Lone Wolf and Cub ends with Yagyuu Retsudou dying at the hands of Daigorou, after killing Ittou.
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo averts/subverts this with Yuya, who, after a four-year hunt for the murderer of her father figure—her brother Nozomu—discovers that Kyoshiro was the one who killed him. She doesn't take her revenge, but she doesn't forgive him, either.
  • Gene Starwind from Outlaw Star has a vendetta with Ron McDougall over this act, which receives regular flashbacks throughout the series that drive home its impact, and tells him as much. Ron responds that he can't be expected to remember every murder he has committed, famous hit man that he is.
  • This is the reason behind Yuri Killian being a Smug Snake and betraying Kalos Eido, whom he blames for the "deed" in Kaleido Star. Ironically, Mr. Killian's death was a genuine accident. Kalos didn't defend himself because he felt guilty anyway.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Realising that tremors caused by the Beastmen-piloted Ganmen led to his parents' deaths enrages Simon into fighting them instead of running away.
  • A lot of the plot in Vinland Saga is derived from Thorfinn's quest to avenge his father's murder by Askeladd, who is fully aware of Thorfinn's grudge and uses it to his advantage on multiple occassions. It's eventually subverted; Askeladd is killed by Canute and Thorfinn refuses to finish him off. Thorfinn later has a Heel Realization when he recalls the many men he killed over the years and wonders how many of them were brothers, fathers, or sons of other people. It's one of the reasons he decides to never kill again.
  • Naruto:
    • Sasuke Uchiha's entire clan, including his parents, were killed... by his brother, no less. So Sasuke's training to get strong so he can kill him. Of course, when he finally does, it turns out Itachi wasn't so bad after all, and did it so the Uchiha wouldn't rebel against Konoha, possibly causing a fourth Ninja War, for decades of oppression due to paranoia of the clan's power. That makes Sasuke's target of vengeance switch to the village of Konoha. Whee.
    • A slightly straighter example was implied: It was earlier revealed that Tobi had unleashed the Nine-tailed Fox on Konoha when Naruto was born. And recently that Kushina Uzumaki, Naruto's mother, was the previous container for it.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood, Jonathan impales DIO on a burning spike after DIO killed Jonathan's father George.
    • Since DIO killed Jonathan this is why Lisa Lisa, Joseph and Jotaro and the rest of Joestars hate DIO with a passion. All the JoJos family's win quotes in All Star Battle against DIO will express their united satisfaction for avenging Jonathan, even though canonically only Jotaro got revenge.
      • Special mention to Joseph who has this line if he defeats DIO in his Harmless Lady Disguise
        Joseph: I won! I avenged my grandfather... in drag.
  • Edo Phoenix of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX searches for his father's killer. By prowling dark alleys at night dressed in monster costumes looking for criminals, no less.
  • Action Girl Sherry LeBlanc of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's has also been hunting for her parents' killer. She doesn't follow Batman's m.o. quite as closely as her predecessor, but she does have a Battle Butler Parental Substitute.
  • In the anime version of My-HiME, Natsuki's beef with the First District is largely due to their apparent involvement in her mother's death.
    • In the manga's storyline, Natsuki's reason for entering Fuuka is largely the same, with the exception that she believes another HiME was responsible for her murder. The whole story is later revealed to be a lie, as Natsuki's mother shows up at the end of Vol. 3 as the leader of the faction that takes over Fuuka Academy, and serves as the primary antagonist of Vol. 4.
  • In Koihime†Musou, when Chouhi stops Sousou to say hello, Bachou suddenly tries to kill Sousou on the spot because Sousou had Batou (Bachou's father) killed. She later learns that her father actually died by falling of a horse while drunk. Sousou took the blame willingly because falling of a horse was a rather dishonorably way to die.
  • Subverted in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Knuckle Joe has dedicated years to tracking down the Star Warrior he was told killed his father. He arrives on Pop Star, is tricked by Dedede into going after Kirby, and is about to deliver the killing blow when Meta Knight shows up, claiming to be one Joe is looking for. He reveals he was forced to kill Joe's father, his best friend, when the latter was possessed by Nightmare. Joe is furious and refuses to believe Meta Knight at first, one would assume because he wants someone to direct his anger at.
    • A rare Distaff Counterpart example occurs with Sirica in episode 60; she pursues Meta Knight under the suspicion that he abandoned her mother and let her get mauled by one of eNeMeE's monsters. It is only after Meta Knight's sword telepathically informs her that her mother willingly sacrificed her life because she couldn't wield it, thus giving the blade to him in her dying moment, that Sirica stops trying to kill him and accepts reality.
  • In Code Geass, Lelouch blames his father, Emperor Charles, for the death of his mother. It's one of his motivations for fighting the Britannian Empire — In the end, Lelouch is at least partially responsible for his death by causing the Collective Unconscious to absorb him... Or something... he also ends up causing that same Collective Unconsciousness to absorb his mother, too, because she wasn't actually dead.
  • One Piece:
    • Nami's main motivation for hating Arlong with every fiber of her being (besides enslaving her village) is because Arlong shot her adoptive mother Bell-mere directly in front of Nami when she was just eight years and then was forced to work for him as his cartographer for eight more years. Apparently Nami tried many times to secretly assassinate Arlong but failed each time; the most sickening part is that Arlong laughs her attempts off because he knows it's beyond her ability to kill him and he would forgive her anyway because "she's his friend". In the end it's Luffy, Zoro, Sanji and Usopp who avenged Bellemere (and the village) by beating Arlong and his crew making Nami feel free for the first times in years.
      • Nami's hatred of Arlong briefly extended to his whole race with Nami being reluctant to enter Fishman island; however, by the time she got there, she reconciled that it was solely Arlong who she despised.
    • Franky utterly loathes Government Agent Spandam for arresting his mentor/father figure Tom and shipping him to Impel Down to be executed and Franky endeavours to make Spandam's life absolute hell every time they come into contact. When Spandam kicks Tom's unconscious body upon arrest, Franky promptly breaks his skull with the butt of a rifle (permanently disfiguring him) causing Spandam much grief. But as if that wasn't enough, when meeting him again after twenty years, Franky, despite being being chained bites Spandam's skull and refuses to let go, forcing Kumadori to separate them. But Franky doesn't just perform physical revenge for Tom; he also burns Tom's blue prints for Pluton - the ancient weapon the The Government have been seeking for years - directly in front of Spandam's face causing Spandam to flip out. Franky finishes him off by smashing him to a pulp with his own elephant-sword Funkfreed, and even admits he's been dreaming of crushing the bastard for a long time.
    • Robin also despises Spandam because he is the son of Spandine, the former Cipher Pol Chief who ordered the Buster Call on Ohara i.e the total massacre of her hometown plus her mother, only friend and fellow archaeologists. Robin is horrified when Spandam reveals this and when she free of her handcuffs, she wastes no time giving him a brutal smack-down and snapping his spine like a twig.
    • One of the main reasons why Doflamingo shot his father in the back of the head is because his father renounced his Nobility and tried to leave normally leading to his mother dying of illness thanks to the poor health conditions of poverty. That and the fact they got lynch-mobbed shortly afterwards. Despite that, Rocinante, Doflamingo's brother, seeks to kill Doflamingo to avenge the death of their father at his hands - among many, many, other reasons. Really, the only person Doflamingo has shown unconditional love for is his mother, so his actions while twisted are understandable.
    • Rebecca initially just feared Diamante for killing her mother Scarlet in cold blood, and breaks down upon discovering the truth. But upon seeing Diamante pull dirty moves on her father Kyros, she becomes furious and challenges Diamante, only to be held back by Robin. Like with Nami, Rebecca doesn't get to avenge her mother personally, but witnesses her father do it.
    • "The Payback War" Between the Whitebeard Pirates and Black Beard Pirates, happened due to Whitebeard (who considered a father by all his crews) being killed by Edward D. Tech aka Blackbeard and his crew.
    • Movie 3 character Mobambi goes through this with the film’s antagonist Count Butler, despite the kid initially believing pirates had killed his father previously.
    • Momonosuke's primary reason for hating Kaido is because he boiled his father Oden alive before shooting him in the head, then caused the events that led to his mother Toki to dying shortly after. Though unlike other examples Momonosuke’s desire for revenge is subverted since he's Just a Kid so he needs Luffy and co to help him take Kaido down.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, soon-to-become pacifist Relena tries to shoot Lady Une, the woman who killed her (adoptive) father. She fails. The next time the two meet, Lady Une actually offers Relena a gun to take her long-awaited revenge with, and Relena pushes it away, because ending the vicious cycle of bloody retribution was more important to her, in the end.
  • Subverted in Death Note: While Light plans to kill his father himself, he's ultimately killed by Mello. Light is visibly distraught at his father's death (he's not that good an actor; compare L's death), but he appears to deal with it by losing himself yet further in his dubious cause. He barely mentions Soichiro again, and never figures his death into his conflict with Mello - which, for such a proud guy who takes conflicts and slights so personally, is quite strange. In the end, it's Matsuda who ends up 'taking revenge', subverting the Trope even further.
  • Subverted in Ranma ½, Genma says he is responsible for wiping the Kumon school out so everyone thinks Ryū Kumon is here for the traditional you-killed-my-father moment, only it turns out Ryū's father accidentally killed himself practicing a technique and Ryū just wants the other half of it to rebuild.
  • Reborn! (2004) recently presented an interesting twist in this trope, in that it is not the hero, Tsuna, but the villain Kozato Enma who is using this as his battle cry, and makes it more interesting because apparently Tsuna's father Iemitsu was the killer of Enma's parents.
  • Detective Conan:
    • The Kaitou Kid of Magic Kaito and Detective Conan has this as his driving motivation once he finds out that his father was murdered. His motives for being a Phantom Thief shift away from 'having fun' toward 'bringing them out into the light,' and we might know more about all of that if his series was more than 28 chapters long. (His Detective Conan counterpart is after his evil organization because they killed him, instead.)
    • Many of the culprits of their cases have this as their motive for murder, as the victims had directly (or indirectly) caused the deaths of their loved ones.
  • In the Ace Attorney manga for Miles Edgeworth, the son of Jose Montoya, a man Edgeworth sent to prison and who died while in there, accuses Edgeworth of killing his father and tries to attack him. Edgeworth stops him by (accidentally) blocking the knife with his cast and then gives him a Cooldown Hug and apology.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: The second Lockon Stratos, Lyle Dylandy, is the one who finally brings down Ali al-Saachez, who had killed Lockon's father, mother, and little sister in a terrorist bombing years ago, and his twin brother (the first Lockon) at the end of the first season. However, it is a subversion—Lyle rejects the idea of shooting him out of pure vengeance and only fires after Ali refuses to surrender.
  • This is defied in Kimba the White Lion where Kimba refuses to kill Viper Snakely for shooting his father and for indirectly causing the death of his mother because he believes that if he kills a human, he will be going against his wish for humans and animals coexisting in peace. However, Kimba has no problems fighting Viper Snakely if it means protecting his subjects from him.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam Casval Daikun took his more famous identity of Char Aznable and joined the Zeon military to avenge his father, killed by Degwin Zabi. Char approach is a non-standard Kill 'Em All: he plans to kill ALL the Zabi, starting with Degwin's favorite son (and Char's apparent best friend Garma). He fails: while he does get Garma killed, his brother Dozle dies in battle against the Federation, Degwin is disintegrated by his surviving son Gihren's death ray, and Gihren is killed by his sister Kycilia exactly because of Degwin's murder before he can take another shot and kill Kycilia with a rocket in the head. After the series it's implied that Char encounters Dozle's daughter Mineva but, having renounced his revenge even before killing Kycilia (he did the deed to prevent her from continuing the war), spares her.
  • In The Rose of Versailles, Rosalie's main reason to go to Versailles is to avenge her adopted mother, who died when a noblewoman's carriage ran over her, and discover who is her real mother. She finds the killer Mme De Polignac easily, but before she can kill her she discover that Mme De Polignac is her real mother.
  • Seine's motivation in Hekikai No Aion is to kill the mermaids to avenge her foster father Simon's death at their hands or their teeth.
  • Subverted in Claymore: Priscilla demands that Teresa "give her father back" as they fight, but in fact young Priscilla had witnessed a yōma who had taken the place of her father eating her siblings, and she snuck up behind him and chopped off his head. However, by this point in the fight, Priscilla is losing her mind due to the fact that she can't cope with having been defeated by Teresa, even though Teresa is "the bad guy" who broke the rules.
    • Subverted further after the yoma's true nature is revealed. Since yoma merely infest humans, not replace them, Priscilla actually killed her father herself. Dae believes that she subconsciously knew this was the case, and her self-loathing is the reason she is so powerful.
    • Played somewhat straight for Clare's motive for being a Claymore. She used the flesh of Teresa the Faint Smile to turn herself into a Claymore. Since that day, she had been building her strength up to kill Priscilla who killed Teresa right in front of her.
  • One of Ian's major struggles in A Cruel God Reigns. Jeremy may have killed his father, but he's also his step-brother and his father was torturing him. And Ian starts to fall in love with Jeremy.
  • Played straight (or maybe not so straight) with Kurogane in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-.
  • Subverted in Pet Shop of Horrors where Leon kills Count D's father, and fully expects him to leave him to burn to death after that. Instead, D saves him.
  • In Rave Master, King aka Gale Raregroove reveals that he killed Haru's mother Sakura to make his former friend Gale Glory, Haru's father, understand the pain he felt when the Imperial soldiers Glory sent to apprehend him killed his wife and son though his son survived. An enraged Haru tackles King, calling him a monster. King calmly remarks that Haru has every right to hate King for what he did. He's shaken when Haru still feels sympathy for King's suffering even though King killed his mother.
  • In Fairy Tail, after Acnologia kills his adoptive dragon father in front of him, Natsu angrily declares that he'll destroy Acnologia.
  • In Attack on Titan, when the Colossal Titan kicked open Wall Maria's gate, debris landed on the Yeager house and trapped Eren's mother. He was forced to watch her be Eaten Alive, and this drives his quest to exterminate the Titans. After discovering that Bertolt is the Colossal Titan, Eren demands to know what he thought about causing her death. His response about having pitied Eren drives him to promise that he'll make sure Bertolt dies in as horrible a manner as possible.
    • In a similar manner, he encountered the Titan who actually ate his mother, sometime after gaining the ability to control Titans. He made the other Titans in the area devour it alive.
    • A more complicated example occurs when Bertolt confronts Ymir over having eaten his childhood friend, Marcel. She apologizes for it, admitting that she has no memories of her time trapped in Titan form. When she asks if he hates her because of it, he admits that he isn't sure.....but he accepts her apology, as she clearly didn't want to kill anyone.
  • In The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, this is Emi's primary motivation for becoming The Hero, since Maou's forces razed her village shortly after her father sent her with some church officials to train and fight against the demons. When she confronts Maou with this information, he actually blows her mind (and seemingly offends her) by honestly trying to apologize, saying that he ordered his minions not to attack civilians but he couldn't oversee them 24/7, and admitting that he didn't respect humans the way he does now. She drops a lot of her hostility towards Maou when she finds out her father isn't dead.
    "No, it can't be. I ran my sword right through your chest! I did the 'You killed my father' bit and everything!"
  • In Kill la Kill, Ryuko Matoi's main goal is to find the person who killed her father with a giant pair of scissors. The scissors broke in half while the culprit was fleeing, so Ryuko uses one half as a sword while searching for the person who carries the other half. The culprit was Nui Harime, but while Ryuko hates her, she ultimately considers Ragyo Kiryuin truly responsible because Nui was acting under her orders. Satsuki Kiryuin also never forgave her mother Ragyo for killing her father, and betrayed her at the first opportunity. It later turns out Ryuko and Satsuki's parents are one and the same, uniting them against their mother, Ragyo.
  • In the 1980s version of Gigantor, Shotaro seek revenge on Branch because he realized that he was the one who killed his father however this wouldn't happen since Branch was abducted by aliens, that were later turned out to be Uchuumaou's minions, while Shotaro attempted to kill him in revenge.
  • In Date A Live, Origami Tobiichi dedicated her life to getting her revenge on the one who killed her parents. She concludes that Kotori Itsuka's Superpowered Evil Side Efreet did it and tries to kill her, ignoring everybody's protests. However, it is later revealed that Origami herself was the one who accidentally killed her parents in a Stable Time Loop created when she went back in time to try to prevent their deaths. She rockets past the Despair Event Horizon when she realizes this.
  • This was originally Brocken Jr.'s thing when he first appeared in Kinnikuman; Ramenman had killed his father Brockenman during the first Tournament Arc, so now Jr. wants revenge. However, Brocken isn't quite so obsessed, as he's willing to pull an Enemy Mine with Ramenman during the manga's Beansman arc. When the two do fight during the Big Fight arc, hands Brocken Jr. his ass, then tells him, "Forget your father. Only then will you be a great fighter." and Brocken more or less gives up his grudge.
  • This is Chang Ge's motivation at the beginning of Choukakou, as her parents and all her brothers were killed by her uncle, Li Shimin.
  • Wolf's Rain: Blue's motive against Darcia.
  • Panzer World Galient: Jordy wants to avenge the death of his father, killed by Marder.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Neo-Canada's fighter, former space cop Andrew Graham, entered the Gundam Fight entirely because he found out that Neo-Russia's fighter was the space pirate Argo Gulsky, who some years ago killed Andrew's new wife Norma by ramming their spaceship then throwing her into space. Except that's not true; the collision was an accident, and Argo tried to save Norma but couldn't reach her in time and has been wracked with remorse ever since. When Andrew learns the truth, he returns the favor by Taking the Bullet for Argo.
  • In Dog Soldier, one of Zardoz's attacks killed John Kyosuke Hiba's parents.
  • Exa's reason for wanting to slay the demon queen in Superior (despite his otherwise strict adherence to Thou Shalt Not Kill) is because she wiped out his home village and desecrated his mother's corpse. This is somewhat problematic, seeing as the plot of the series revolves around the demon queen joining his party in disguise and the two falling in love. He does not take it well when he learns the truth.
  • In at least two of the iterations of Cutey Honey, Honey's motive for trying to wipe out Panther Claw is because they killed her father. In two others, they kidnap him instead, but it still has the same effect- Honey still wants to kill them.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Averted in A's. Eleven years prior to the season, Chono's father was killed when an attempt to seal the Book of Darkness went horribly wrong. While Chrono is on the current case to deal with it, he never expresses any desire for revenge against it or its guardians. And when he's presented with a plan that could permanently seal it near the end of the season, he instantly rejects it on both moral and practical grounds.
    • Iris' main motivation during the Reflection/Detonation duology is getting revenge against her best friend Yuri for the death of her father. Though it later turns out that, while Yuri did kill him, it was only because he was Evil All Along. Oh, and he's not actually dead.

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  • Scratch from We're Alive swears revenge on Pegs after she kills Latch during the War.

    Comic Books 
  • 2000 AD:
    • Nemesis the Warlock: Played for laughs when Nemesis and his allies are about to kill Torquemada. Everyone wants a piece of him for killing one of their loved ones: Nemesis for his wife, Purity for her father, and Mekquake for his mother. When Torquemada is confused because he never even met Mekquake's mother, he admits that he just made her up.
    • Button Man: As a young girl, Adele witnesses a group of men murdering her father while she hid in the closet, apparently including a man named "Harry X". She grows up swearing to get revenge against her father's killers and Harry in particular.
    • Nikolai Dante: Some time after Dante kills Sir Richard Hawksmoore, his daughter, Elizabeth, joins the royalist faction for the chance to avenge him. She is appointed commander of the O Rder of the Dragon by Konstantin Romanov, and on her first mission, attacks a refugee convoy commanded by Elena Kurakin - whose father she killed. And yes, there is taunting involved.
  • In the New 52, Aquaman blames Black Manta for his father's death. Interestingly, the reverse is also true. Aquaman's father had a heart attack while trying to defend his son from Black Manta. When Aquaman tracked Manta down for revenge, he was attacked by Manta's father, whom he killed in self-defence.
  • Age of Reptiles: The main Allosaurus in The Hunt attacks the Ceratosaurus pack because they killed his mother. At the very end, when he kills the last Ceratosaurus by feeding it to a pod of plesiosaurs, it turns out that the Ceratosaurus was a father.....and that his mate and children just watched the Allosaurus kill him.
  • In Astro City, Royal and Charles Williams' parents were killed by a Pyramid agent during a supervillain fight. When Royal learns his identity twenty years later, he uses that information to give his dying brother Charles the will to live on. The two end up becoming mercenaries on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the agent.
  • Atomic Robo: Skorzeny reveals to Robo that he killed Tesla. It's an attempt to get the latter to kill him and spare him a slow, painful death due to cancer. Robo opts for Cruel Mercy.
  • Batman:
    • Batman lost both his parents to a random mugger by the name of Joe Chill. Although this is the major cause for Bruce's decision to become a superhero, he's able to focus on the big picture. Naturally, Batman never kills Chill, but Chill is killed by his fellow mobsters who blame him for creating Batman.
    • Batman Beyond: Terry nearly says this to Blight before Bruce interrupts him.
      Batman: You killed my...
      Bruce: McGinnis!!
      Batman: You killed a good man.
    • Robin Series: Eventually Tim confronts his mother's murderer Obeah Man after the man bribed his way out of jail. Tim didn't kill him, of course, but tracked him all the way to Haiti, defeated him and ensured he wouldn't get away with such bribery again.
    • Red Robin: Tim actually arranged Captain Boomerang's escape from jail and set up a scenario where Boomerang would likely end up killing himself because he couldn't stand being in the same city as the man who killed his father as a test for himself on Batman's Thou Shalt Not Kill policy. Tim ended up saving Boomerang from his own plot and returning him to police custody. The culmination made it unclear whether he was testing himself or really testing Bruce's and Dick's trust in him since he knew they were watching the whole time.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Haazheel Thorn and the Baron of Moork arrange the violent death of Wismerhill's dark elf father (actually, the demon Urmarcht in disguise) just before he could finally meet him and blame it on the empire to incite Wismerhill's fury against the emperor.
  • In most versions of the Black Panther origin, his father (the previous Panther) was killed by Ulysses Klaw. The young T'Challa manages to injure Klaw in the process, and later "kills" him after assuming his father's mantle.
    Black Panther: Do you have any children?
    Klaw: No.
    Black Panther: Good. Because then I'd have to kill them, too.
  • Bodie Troll: After Miz Bjou explains to Hokum how her tribe was transformed into Butt Truffle by an evil fairy and Bodie let's slip he unknowingly ate the truffles. Hokum instantly goes after him, surprisingly he willingly offers himself up as an apology to her. She can't go through with killing him however which wound up working out for everyone in the end.
  • Bone: Kingdok tries to invoke this in Thorn to make her kill him, but the attempt fails.
  • Baron Zemo initially blamed Captain America for the death of his father, despite the fact that his father had accidentally caused his own death while firing his pistol blindly. He eventually got over it.
  • In The Children's Crusade, Stature also says this word for word to Doctor Doom, when she assumes that his attack killed her newly revived father again.
  • A variation occurs in ElfQuest, where Cutter's parents are among several elves killed by a monster. Since his father was chief of the Wolfriders Cutter inherits the title, and the first thing he does to prove himself worthy of it is to devise a strategy to kill the monster. However, whatever desire for revenge is mixed with the necessity to stopping the menace who threatens all life in the Holt. In addition, unlike his father who had wanted to kill the monster all on his own, Cutter relies on the whole tribe working together to trap it. (He both acts as bait and deals the lethal blow, though.)
  • Elfes et Nains: Ora, or Sybil daughter of Azewën, mistakenly thinks that Eliseii killed her father in cold blood and seeks Eliseii to kill her. However Eliseii explains the exact circumstances of Azewën's death and then gets bitten by a ghoul, robbing Ora of her revenge.
  • In Gotham City Garage, Batman doctors evidence to trick Barbara Gordon into believing her sister Kara murdered their father. She believes him and intends to get justice for her father until Harley Quinn -of all people!- reveals she's been lied to.
  • Lament of the Lost Moors: Bedlam defeated Sioban's father's army and personally killed him in the lost moors.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Akira Himekawa manga, Ghanti declares Link her enemy because he's the last of the Hylian knights, whom she has been raised to believe killed her parents. She's, therefore, surprised to find that her guardian lied to her and she herself is, in fact, also descended from the Hylian knights. In the comic adaptation, though, Link wants to take Agahnim down because the sorcerer killed his uncle right in front of Link.
  • In Legion of Super-Heroes, Cosmic Boy, usually one of the most level headed and rule abiding members and their leader, leaves the team seeking revenge after his mother is killed in a terrorist attack that also badly wounded his father and little brother. He's only prevented from murdering in revenge when his girlfriend knocks him out with super-strength when he had the terrorists, who had been in police custody when he caught up, at his mercy.
  • The Mighty Thor: In a nice little invert, it was the good guys (the Asgardians) who killed Loki's father Laufey when he was a young child. Loki did vow to kill them all that day, but then again, it was mostly an act in an attempt to get Odin to adopt him. At the time, young Loki did not understand the grander scheme it operates into, but don't be too surprised; he didn't have any real tears to shed for Laufey...
  • Raptors: Drago and Camilla's motive for targeting the other vampires in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge is the murder of their parents at the hands of Don Miguel's followers.
  • Sherwood, Texas: Rob Hood's Roaring Rampage of Revenge is kicked off when he returns from a stint in the navy to find that his father has been murdered by John Prince, leader of the Nobles motorcycle gang.
  • Sojourn: Arwyn would probably have lived her life in peaceful retirement if Mordath's forced had not razed her hometown and killed her husband and daughter. Now It's Personal.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Peter Parker was raised by Uncle Ben and Aunt May. When Uncle Ben was killed, Peter wanted to get even, but when he realizes that the murderer was the same thug he let go earlier, he gives up on revenge because he realizes it was his own fault. In fact, the third movie is largely about his need to let go of his vengeful feelings.
    • When he finds out that the second Red Skull killed his parents (who were SHIELD agents) he wanted revenge as well. The second Red Skull ends up escaping.... only to be killed later by the original Red Skull. However, Spider-Man does kill the Finisher (inadvertently and in self-defense, but without any tears), the Skull's agent who actually did the deed. The Finisher's dying confession proved that his parents weren't traitors after all, which was what he really wanted.
    • Gwen Stacy wasn't exactly thrilled when she thought Spider-Man had killed her father. She didn't end up killing him, but she did try to help a politician start a crusade against him.
  • Starman: Frankie Soul's father (a villain named No Mercy) died fighting Mikaal Tomas, and in spite of their complicated relationship, Frankie seeks to avenge him.
  • Star Wars:
    • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
      • Star Wars (Marvel 2015): In "Skywalker Strikes, Part II", Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader, both of them unaware of their blood relationship. Luke accuses Vader of killing his father without revealing any information. Vader says he killed many fathers and the young boy would have to be more specific.
      • Oh, it gets even better with Vader: in the same series, he returns to Tatooine for Imperial business... and you remember how the Tusken Raiders killed his mother in Attack of the Clones? Well, Vader hasn’t forgotten either.
      • In fact, Vader slaughtered so many of the Sand People they began to worship him as a god.
    • Star Wars Legends:
      • Poor Jango. If you think Boba Fett had it bad, Jango lost two fathers. His biological father (and his mother and sister) was murdered by a group of mercenaries, and his adoptive father who trained him to be a Mandalorian (and whom he was possibly closer to) was gunned down before his eyes by the same man who killed his original family. Needless to say, Fett devotes a great deal of time to hunting down the murderer and finally enacts vengeance in a brutal fistfight.
      • And, in a way, the traitorous Mandalorian Montross was also responsible for Jango's second father's death: he abandoned him on the battlefield because he wanted to take his place as leader of the Mandalorians. Then years later, Montross killed Rozatta, a female Toydarian who acted as a mother-figure to Jango and was one of the few people he cared about. Shortly thereafter, Fett defeats Montross and leaves him to a particularly nasty death.
      • X-Wing Rogue Squadron: The big reason why Wedge Antilles hates Loka Hask is because Wedge's parents sacrificed themselves to save the refueling station after Hask took off without unhooking, letting his thrusters ignite the fuel, in order to stall the police. Hask makes it worse by rejoining The Empire and telling Wedge that he did him a favor and gave him what all boys secretly want — to be rid of their parents! If only he'd had someone to do that for him — but no, he had to do it himself!
  • Superman:
    • In Superman Vol 1 #149, Lex Luthor manages to kill Superman. Supergirl captures him and brings him to the Bottle City of Kandor where he is judged and banished to the Phantom Zone. As she takes Luthor away, Kara warns a group of gangsters they may have succeeded in treacherously murdering her cousin but they will have to deal with her now.
      Supergirl: My name is... Supergirl! I'm Superman's cousin from Krypton! I've been his secret emergency weapon for years! Luthor, in the name of planet Krypton, I arrest you for murder!
    • Post-Crisis Supergirl bears a grudge against Reactron, who murdered her father, and Superwoman, who helped Reactron out. In Who is Superwoman?, as she lays a beatdown on the titular villain, Kara declares her father's murderer should't expect gentle treatment from her.
      Supergirl: You're asking for mercy? Like Agent Liberty got?! Like poor Mister Henderson!? Like my father!? You don't deserve mercy, you deserve a beating!
    • In Reign Of Doomsday, Supergirl screams she hasn't forgotten who killed her cousin as fighting Doomsday.
    • In New Krypton, the Guardian says this verbatim to Codename: Assassin, who killed his genetic donor.
    • The plot in ''"The Killers of Krypton" revolves around Supergirl seeking and punishing the ones were behind of Rogol Zaar killing her family and friends.
    • In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl: Batgirl wants to take Lex Luthor down because he hired the hitman who accidentally murdered her parents. And Supergirl wants to kill Lex Luthor after finding out that he murdered her cousin.
    • At the end of Superman: Brainiac, the titular villain kills Superman's adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, causing Superman to have dreams of going to Brainiac's containment chamber to lay a beatdown on him.
    • In Crucible, Tsavo reacts badly when his brother Roho wounds their parents to the death.
      Tsavo: "I'll have your hide for that!"
    • In Two for the Death of One, Syrene is not only driven by her thirst for power. She also wants to become powerful enough to kill Lord Satanis, the man who murdered her father Ambra.
      Syrene: My father, Ambra, possessed the fabled Runestone created by Merlin, but you killed him to take the Stone as yours. But before you could claim it and before he died, he sent the Gem hurling into the past. Well, now I have reclaimed my family heritage. The Stone and its powers are mine! And with it I shall kill the man who slew my father!
    • Last Daughter Of Krypton: As soon as she sees Reign, Kara assumes she killed her father and charges head-on.
      Supergirl: Did you do this?! Did you kill my father!?
    • The plot in The Killers Of Krypton revolves around Supergirl seeking and punishing the ones who were behind of Rogol Zaar killing her family and friends.
  • The Sword runs on this. After three demigods kill Dara Brighton's parents and sister in search of the titular mystical sword, she finds it and sets out to use it to avenge the death of her family.
  • Torpedo: The boy in chapter 2, son of Pietro Mottolo, as well as a few other characters, most of which have their parents killed by Luca, naturally.
  • Usagi Yojimbo:
    • A samurai gets permission to kill the four bad guys who killed his father, but the last one had repented and become a priest, so the samurai takes his Samurai Topknot as a trophy instead.
    • "One cannot live under the same sky as their lord/father's murderer." The "Space Usagi" version gets both personally.
    • Sadly, Miyamoto Usagi has yet to fight Lord Hikiji, who killed both Miyamoto senior and Lord Mifune.
  • Varmints: Opie's motivation for the story is to confront the man who killed her and Ned's mother.
  • In Werewolf by Night, Jack suspects Philip Russell is responsible for his mother's death.
  • X-Men:
    • Magneto saw his parents and sister shot dead before his eyes during World War 2, and for a time became a Nazi hunter. This phase of his career ended when the American intelligence agency for which he worked betrayed him and killed his Brazilian lover.
    • X23 was a victim of this trope when Xander Rice does this to Wolverine by proxy. Wolverine killed Rice's father, Dale Rice, during his escape from the Weapon X facility where he was being experimented on. Two or three decades later, Rice is part of a civilian offshoot program attempting to recreate Weapon X. When Sarah Kinney successfully creates an Opposite-Sex Clone of Wolverine, Rice immediately projects his hatred of Logan onto the poor girl, leading to absolutely horrific physical and emotional abuse. He makes it absolutely clear to a seven-year-old X-23 that his surgically removing her claws one-by-one without anaesthesia is in retribution for his father. What makes this even more twisted is that Xander, owing to his part in the program, was arguably one of the closest things Laura/X-23 had to a father growing up.
    • Apocalypse, of all people. After being abandoned as an infant due to his obvious mutations, En Sabah Nur was rescued and adopted by Baal, the leader of a tribe of nomad raiders named the Sandstormers. Then one day the forces of Rama Tut (a.k.a. Kang the Conqueror) attacked the Sandstormers. Baal and En Sabah Nur survived the initial attack by hiding in a cave that collapsed. Baal eventually starved to death, but not before telling En Sabah Nur of Rama Tut's arrival and subsequent conquest of the land, and that he believed Nur was destined to stop him. Nur's desire to avenge his foster father, one of the only people who ever really cared for him and vice versa, was the main reason Nur rejected Rama Tut's We Can Rule Together offer (Especially ironic, since Rama Tut's goal for traveling to Ancient Egypt in the first place was to recruit the future Apocalypse). That and Nur wanted to rule the world by himself.
    • James Proudstar comes after Xavier, blaming him for his brother John's death. He doesn't kill Charles, however, and moves on from this, eventually going on to join X-Force, and the X-Men themselves.

    Fan Works 
  • Distraught from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic: The Movie's motivation. And in this case, his father is Discord.
  • Aoi Myoujin from The Blue Stranger The Red Curtain. Aoi spent his whole life hunting down his parents' murderer, and boy did he enjoy every second of payback, right before he got busted by the cops and got whisked away to Equestria.
  • The Rango fanfic Old West provides a villainous example; the kingsnake mercenary Henry seeks revenge on Rattlesnake Jake for killing his brother. Ironically, Henry is an Expy of Frank from Once Upon a Time in the West, and Harmonica from the same movie targeted Frank for the same reason, making Henry a combination of the two characters.
  • In chapter 17 of Once More with Feeling Misato explains her ward Asuka that she wants to exterminate the Angels because her father died during Second Impact.
  • In Out of the Corner of the Eye, Paco is so obsessed with getting revenge on the man who killed his parents that he agrees to be host to Hsi Wu's spirit in exchange for the power to do so.
  • In Superman story Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, the current Batman wants bring the Joker to justice for his father's murder.
  • Atonement has Amy Dallon. Maybe Crawler shouldn't have killed off Amy's father just as she was getting to understand him. He might have lived longer that way.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Berserker blames Supergirl for his mother's death, regardless of the fact that Supergirl killed her evil duplicate in self-defense:
    Berserker: I will avenge my mother’s death. I will avenge your honor. I will make her pay for blocking the True Path. I WILL DESTROY THE SUPERGIRL.
  • In Nobody Dies, Misato gets to pay ADAM back for killing her father during Second Impact by shooting him in the chest with the Positron Cannon while on foot. She even gets to give him a Badass Boast to his face.
    Misato: Good. Because I sure remember you too.
    Misato: My name is Misato Katsuragi. Lieutenant Colonel of NERV. Daughter of Shiro Katsuragi, the stupid son of a bitch who woke you up. I am the daughter of a murdered man and the only human being to look on you with their own eyes and live to tell about it. I am the right hand of retribution and the last human being you will ever see, you glow in the dark mother f_er. Now smile asshole. Because this... (throws the 'fire' switch on the positron cannon) is my seventeen years of f_ing payback!
  • Cloud and Tifa from Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged are partially motivated in their fight against Sephiroth by the fact that he murdered their mother and father respectively during the Nibelheim Incident, though it's even more personal for Cloud than it was in the original game due to the fact that Sephiroth specifically singled out his mother as an act of spite for how annoying his fanboyish tendencies were.
  • In The Flash Sentry Chronicles, Iron Core and Tidal Wave both joined the Royal Knights because their parents were killed by Longhorn and Pirates respectively.
  • The Power of the Equinox: After Dimmed Star kills many royal guards while rampaging under the Entity's influence, one of the guards' father, Business Savvy, is dead-set on seeing to it that she'll be locked up for life. After that fails and Dimmed Star walks free, two of his fellow council members, Hasty Vote and Wind Rider, convince him to help them in dealing with his son's killer.
  • Distortions (Symphogear): Samantha Acamporra's reason for joining the Four Horsemen is because she holds SONG responsible for the death of her brother.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 2 of the sequel Diplomat at Large, it's noted that Queen Scolopidia really wants to be the one to eliminate the Gmork that fatally injured her mother, and is not thrilled that she's been forced to leave it to her hive's elite soldiers instead.
  • In Danganronpa: Last Hurrah, the fourth culprit, Umeko Midori, is motivated by a desire to avenge her parents' deaths. It turns out that some of the culprit's classmates are responsible- Samuru and Mako were apparently involved with the mother's death, and Reyes, as Sparkling Justice, killed the father. Since Reyes, who was killed in the third Chapter, is dead by this point, the culprit instead kills Mako, as well as making a failed attempt on Samuru's life.
  • In Son of the Sannin, during the Fourth Ninja War Konan gets the chance to confront face to face a revived Hanzo of the Salamander for causing Yahiko's death, and by extension for ruining her and Nagato's lives afterwards.
  • In Daughter of Fire and Steel, Kara feels absolutely furious when she learns Zod got her father Zor-El killed off.
    Kara couldn't believe it. All these years she had looked up to that man when in fact he had engineered her father's death. Terrax may have been the murderer but Zod was the one who set him loose. Kara felt a rage she hadn't felt in years, not since the sentencing of Terrax by the Council.
  • Fire!: During one battle, Doctor Doom -apparently- kills off the Fantastic Four, triggering an explosive reaction from Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman's son Franklin Richards.
    Franklin Richards: "He killed my daddy! He killed my daddy! He killed my daddy, and my mommy, and Uncle Johnny, an'... an' uncle Ben! I'm gonna kill him, Miss Agatha! I'm going to kill HIM!"

    Films — Animation 
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 plays with this trope, with Po finding out that Lord Shen committed genocide against the other pandas, including his biological parents. Only at the climax, Po's motivation to take down Shen is still the safety of his friends, family and the rest of China rather than for retribution. (And at the end, it is revealed that his father and some others survived.)
  • The Empire Strikes Back version of the whole "you-killed-my-father" thing was hilariously parodied in Toy Story 2.
  • In The Lion King (1994), Scar kills Simba's father and convinces him it was an accident, only to later tell him the truth in a moment of Evil Gloating, giving Simba a Heroic Second Wind.
    Scar: I. Killed. Mufasa.
    Simba: MURDERER!
  • At the end of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, during the climax, Frollo reveals that not only was he thinking about killing Quasimodo as an infant, but he had also killed his mother who was protecting her son. (The fate of Quasi's father is unknown however, though it's implied that he was presumably arrested and hung like the other Gypsies his parents were travelling with.)
  • Epic : Mandrake's reasoning in taking the pod; a Leafman warrior did kill his son. (Of course, it's not really justified as Mandrake struck first, and he was going to take the pod anyway.)
  • Subverted in How to Train Your Dragon 2. Even though Drago hypnotizes Toothless into killing Hiccup's father Stoic, Hiccup's motivation for going after Drago is because he's a legitimate threat to Berk, and not to avenge his father's death.
  • Ringing Bell: Poor Chirin. His mother is killed by the Wolf. You can tell it's personal when a little lamb tries to kill a wolf! For extra tearjerker points, when he finally succeeds, he feels no real satisfaction since the Wolf had become a surrogate father to him by that point. Chirin is also rejected by his former flock since he's even scarier than the Wolf now.
  • Tarzan:
    • Averted in the fight scene between Tarzan and Sabor. In the prologue, the latter killed not only the former's biological parents, but Kerchak and Kala's biological infant son, whom Tarzan replaced. However, by this point in the movie, Tarzan still believes that he is a gorilla and that Kerchak and Kala are his biological parents.
    • Played straight when Clayton kills Kerchak. Even though the former wounded Tarzan's arm only about ten seconds ago, this is when Tarzan takes on Clayton. And involves an uncanny ability to imitate a gunshot.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): Protagonist Ariel knew Ursula was bad news to begin with, but turning Ariel's father into a polyp is what sets her off.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Averted in 28 Days Later. Hannah's recently Infected (as in, within seconds of contact) father is shot to death in front of her by a group of rescuing soldiers. She's naturally horrified and grieving, but not vengeful. When she thinks that Jim is uh, biting her would-be foster mom, though, she tries to bash his skull in.
  • Aquaman (2018): David Kane/Black Manta wants revenge on Arthur Curry/Aquaman for leaving his father Jesse Kane to die, ignoring the fact that Aquaman did that because Jesse tried to shoot him in the back after Aquaman spared him once.
  • Assassin's Creed (2016): Young Callum walks in to see his mother killed by his Assassin father, and has wanted to kill him since. Even when given the chance by Alan, Callum spares him now that he knows the bigger picture.
  • In Avatar, Neytiri's father is killed in the attack on Hometree. Sure enough, she gets her revenge using her father's own bow.
  • In the Dystopian "Biffverse" timeline of Back to the Future Part II, Biff Tannen murders George McFly, presumably to widow Lorraine and get revenge for the humiliation in high school. He tells Marty this, but Marty doesn't take revenge directly; instead he repairs the timeline so Biff will be a loser (and George McFly still alive) again.
  • In Batman (1989), Jack Napier, the man who becomes the Joker, is the man who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents. (Dick Grayson, before he was written out of the movie, was supposed to also have his parents killed by the Joker.)
  • In the movie Batman Begins, Bruce (before deciding to become Batman) attempts to murder Joe Chill, the mugger that killed his parents; but Joe is murdered on the orders of Carmine Falcone, against whom he is testifying, before Bruce gets the chance to kill Joe himself.
  • In Batman Forever, Robin's entire family was murdered by Two-Face, which prompts the young sidekick into a life of crime-fighting. A major plot is his need to overcome personal revenge, though.
  • Charlie's Angels (2000): The driving motivation of the Big Bad is that he believes Charlie left his father to die.
  • Cataleya Restrepo of Colombiana wants to avenge the death of her parents, who were murdered by rivals.
  • Conan the Barbarian (1982):
    • The title character out for revenge on Thulsa Doom for... well, let's just let him say it, shall we?
      Conan: You killed my mother... you killed my father, YOU KILLED MY PEOPLE! You took my father's sword!
  • Tweaked in Daredevil:
    • It was actually Bullseye who killed Elektra's father, but she thought it was Daredevil. Therefore, she went on an angry rampage against Daredevil, which didn't end well when she figured out who he really was...
    • Played straight, however, with Daredevil himself and the Kingpin.
  • Death Note (2017): Light's second victim with the Death Note is the criminal who ran over his mother and got away with it.
  • Escape 2000 (best known for being featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000) has the hero's parents killed by Mooks working for the Big Bad. His quest for vengeance leads him to a certain uproarious gang leader.
  • In The Fall, Roy invoked this trope for some of the main characters in regards to the villain Governor Odious of his story to Alexandria. The Black Bandit lost his brother and father. The Indian's wife was forced to commit suicide. Otta Benga's brother died from slavery.
  • In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Maggie calls Freddy Krueger out on the fact that he killed his wife, her mother.
  • Friday the 13th, in this case, "you killed my mother".
  • In Fright Night (2011), Peter Vincent's parents were killed by the vampire Jerry Dandridge.
    Jerry: You have your mother's eyes...and your father's aim.
    • Subverted: Peter helps (or tries to), but it's Charley who ultimately stakes Jerry.
  • Uttered by Johnny Blaze to Mephisto in the film version of Ghost Rider.
  • This is the reason for Destro's targeting of Paris in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
  • In The Godfather Part II, Vito's father was murdered by a Sicilian mafia boss, Don Ciccio, when Vito was a child. He escaped to the U.S., became an influential crime boss there, and eventually returned to Sicily to meet Don Ciccio.
    Don Ciccio: What was your father's name?
    Vito: Antonio Andolini.
    Don Ciccio: You'll have to speak up. I can't hear you.
    Vito: My father's name was Antonio Andolini... And This Is for... you! [stabs him]
  • In Hooded Angels, Wes is searching for the people who killed his father during the Civil War, believing them to be band of renegade soldiers who fled after the murder. When he finally gets on the trail of the killers, he discovers he is very wrong about their identity.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Iron Man 2: The main reason Vanko has a beef with Stark — though technically, it's "your father had my father deported and left him to rot in Siberia." Being deported is what caused Vanko's father to develop a destructive drinking habit, which eventually killed him. However, unusually for this trope, his Dynamic Entry doesn't include the traditional "My Name Is Inigo Montoya. [Insert grievance here]" announcement, and he immediately starts using lethal attacks. Had they been successful, Tony would have died without having any idea who his killer was or why he killed him. This rather unconventional approach underlines Vanko's role as The Quiet One.
    • Thor: The Dark World: It's only because their mother Frigga was killed that makes Thor and Loki unite and hunt down Malekith and Kruse together with Jane Foster. Thor burns half of Malekith's face off directly after Frigga was killed but it's Loki who destroys Kruse who is the one who actually killed their mother. The most tragic part bit is, Loki has some responsibility in his mother death as he pointed Kruse in the right direction to Jane who Frigga was protecting.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver hate Tony Stark because their parents were killed by bombs manufactured by Stark Industries and they spent two days staring at a defective Stark munition wondering if it would explode before they were rescued. Oddly, while they tell this story to Ultron, Stark himself is never told why they hate him. Also applicable to Vision when he puts a final end to Ultron, who'd damaged his sort-of-progenitor JARVIS beyond repair.
    • Captain America: Civil War:
      • Just as Tony and Steve appear to be reconciling at the end, it's revealed in a very graphic video that a brainwashed Bucky was responsible for his parents' murders. Then it's also revealed that Steve had known about HYDRA's responsibility, at least, for two years and never told Tony, which the latter calls him out on. To the surprise of nobody, seeing his parents beaten and strangled to death while the physical murderer stands only feet away sends Tony into an explosive rage, ignoring Steve's protests that Bucky wasn't in control.
      Steve: This isn't gonna change what happened.
      Tony: I don't care. He killed my mom.
      • T'Challa pursues Bucky for the Vienna terrorist attack that killed his father. After learning that Bucky was framed, he confronts Zemo, the real killer — and captures him to face justice rather than killing him in vengeance.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter is willing to join his father, Ego, and help him turn all planets in the galaxy into copies of himself. At least, he's willing until Ego admits that to keep himself from being distracted by his love for Peter's mother, he gave her a fatal brain tumor. Peter immediately shoots the absolute shit out of Ego's human body without a second of warning. The best part is that Peter was hypnotized and even willing to go along with his father's plan, but this revelation snaps Peter out of Ego's control - especially since Ego crushed his mother's Walkman which drives the usually cheery Peter mad with rage.
    • Black Panther (2018): Killmonger's primary motive for vengeance against the Wakandians is because T'Chaka killed his father. Meanwhile, W'Kabi is adamant about Klaue's death because his parents were killed during the bombings of Klaue's attack.
  • The film version of Hellboy has Prof. Bruttenholm killed by Kroenen, causing HB to utter the magnificent line:
    Hellboy: You killed my father. Your ass is mine!
  • Shosanna from Inglourious Basterds watches her family get murdered by Nazis as a child. As an adult running a cinema in France years later, she turns a screening attended by Nazis into a major bloodbath as payback by setting the entire theatre on fire.
  • In John Wick, the victim is John's puppy, but the effect is the same, particularly since the puppy was a last gift from John's dead wife.
  • Kill Bill:
    • O-Ren from the films witnessed her parents' murders at the hands of the Yakuza, and went on to assassinate their boss, accusing and mocking him as he expired. Unusual in that taking vengeance set her on the path to villainy, not heroism... and she didn't bother waiting to grow up first, but lured the pedophile into bed and slaughtered him while still a child herself.
    • The Bride tries to avoid this by not killing Vernita Green in front of her young daughter Nikki, but is ultimately double subverted as the child witnesses the death anyway. The Bride appears genuinely regretful about this, and explains to the child that she will understand if Nikki wants to try to continue the Cycle of Revenge when she is old enough.
  • Happens in Kung Pow! Enter the Fist with the Chosen One and Betty.
    Chosen One: You killed my family. And I don't like that kind of thing.
  • Featured in the Hamlet section of Last Action Hero.
    Claudius, you killed my father. Big mistake.
  • In The Last Witch Hunter, the reason for 37th Dolan's turn to evil is that, unknowingly, Kaulder killed his parents, confident that they were witches who had kidnapped the Dolan.
  • In The Mask of Zorro, the new Zorro, Alejandro Murrieta, has a vendetta against Sociopathic Soldier Captain Love (who is also The Dragon) because Love killed Alejandro's brother and put his head on display.
  • Subverted in the Charles Bronson film The Mechanic (1972). Arthur Bishop (Bronson) is a Professional Killer for The Mafia who kills one of its important lieutenants by inducing a heart attack. That man's son, Steve, ends up being trained by Bishop as his protege. At the end of the movie the sociopathic Steve poisons Bishop, who as he dies asks if this is revenge for his father. Steve replies casually: "Oh, you killed him? I thought he just died."
  • In Mystery Men, Tony P, The Dragon to Big Bad Casanova Frankenstein, killed The Bowler's father. Various villains are killed by various heroes, but she gets him. (More accurately, it's her dad who really gets him. From beyond the grave, as a skull in a bowling ball which acts like a homing missile. It's complicated.)
  • Averted with Kelly in Mystery Team.
  • Basically the whole plot of the movie Nevada Smith, where the eponymous character systematically tries to find and kill the men who murdered his parents.
  • Now You See Me: Dylan's main motivation, both for framing Thaddeus and for choosing all of the Four Horsemen's other targets. In order: Thaddeus exposed Lionel Shrike's magic act and humiliated him, causing him to attempt the trick that got him killed, the Credit Republic bank and Tressler's company refused to pay out the life insurance, and Elkhorn manufactured the safe used in the trick which, due to the intentionally inferior materials and construction, warped after sinking into the water, trapping Lionel inside.
  • Subverted in the James Bond film Octopussy. Years ago, her father was wanted for treason against Great Britain, and Bond was tasked to bring him in. Instead of turning him in to the authorities, Bond allowed him to commit suicide. Now, Octopussy confronts the man who was responsible for her father's death...and thanks Bond for allowing her father to take his own life rather than face the disgrace of a military trial.
  • In The Phantom, The Dragon Quill is the man who killed the previous Phantom. He spends much of the movie disturbed by the discovery that the man he killed is apparently still in business. Kit explains the truth to him at the onset of their inevitable final duel.
  • In The Place Beyond the Pines, Jason tries to kill Avery because he killed his father, but decides to spare his life afterwards.
  • Subverted for in the Prince Caspian Narnia movie. Caspian, when he learns Miraz is responsible for killing his father, hunts him down for a dramatic interrogation scene—in the middle of a battle, no less. Later, he is given the chance to kill him by Peter for this exact reason. Naturally, he decides to be noble.
  • The Princess Bride gives us a truly iconic example: "Hello! My Name Is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die." It actually becomes a deconstruction, as Inigo's obsession with avenging his father has stunted his basic knowledge in other areas, he is forced to become a goon for hire because his vendetta doesn't pay the bills, and he has no idea what to do with his life after he finally achieves his vengeance.
  • Prom Night (1980): Alex Hammond is driven to kill because his sister's friends (and her current boyfriend), plus the resident Alpha Bitch, killed his other sister in a game gone wrong years ago.
  • Averted in Push — Nick confronts Carver over his father's death, but in the end it's Kira that kills Carver.
  • In Sam Raimi's western The Quick and the Dead, this is the heroine's primary motivation for entering the pistol-dueling competition organized by the villain. Subverted in that The Lady is the one who shot her father, though this was because the villain gave her 8-year-old self a Sadistic Choice between letting her father hang to death or trying to Shoot the Rope with a pistol. Barely able to lift the revolver, she puts a bullet in her own father's head.
  • In the Icelandic historical film Revenge Of The Barbarians, an Irish man is seeking for the vikings who murdered his father and pillaged his home village for revenge.
  • Red Sonja: Sonja swears vengeance on Queen Gedren for murdering her whole family, (along with ordering her to be raped) because Sonja had rejected her advances), and gave her a slight cut on the cheek.
  • A similar thing happens in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. "I shall not rest until my father's avenged!" (He has no such motivation in the legends.) "Recognize this? It belonged to your father. Appropriate, don't you think, that I use it to send you to meet him?" So, so dead.
  • Rob The Mob: The mafia is responsible for the death of Tommy's father, which is part of his motivation for stealing from them.
  • At the end of The Saint (2017), Simon catches up to Xander, a mysterious man escaping from a house whom he had been chasing, and recognizes him through his unique tattoo as the masked assassin who killed his parents when he was a child. At first, Simon draws his gun at Xander and is about to shoot him to avenge his parents. However, he can't go through with it since he isn't an assassin and simply arrests him instead.
  • In Saw VI, its main character William, an executive at an insurance company, was responsible for enforcing a corrupt policy and denied a man's application causing his death. At the end of his game, William meets the wife and son of said man who had held an everlasting grudge on William for what he did and they get the choice whether to let him live or die. The mother can't bring herself to pulling the death lever. The son on the other hand...
  • Showdown in Little Tokyo. Before Yoshida became a Yakuza boss he was working as a lowly assassin for the gang when Kenner was growing up in Japan and murdered Kenner's parents in front of him before trying to kill the young boy. This makes the case exceptionally personal for Kenner and he almost blows the bad guy's head off in front of his whole gang when he recognizes him when they meet again. His partner Murata agrees to help him complete his vendetta after Kenner explains it to him.
  • Silver Lode: Ballard killed McCarty's brother during a poker game two years previously. Naturally, Ballard's and McCarty's accounts of how it all went down differ considerably.
  • Sorceress: The twins Mara and Mira swore revenge on the evil sorcerer who killed their mother and foster father (but don't realize that he's actually their birth father). At the end, Mara succeeds in killing him.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy: Harry is convinced that Spider-Man killed his father and out of vengeance vows to kill Spider-Man for his father's death, to the point where he becomes the late Green Goblin's successor and tries to kill Peter whom he found out is Spider-Man. In reality, Norman Osborn was never murdered but accidentally impaled himself with his own glider and Harry's vendetta against Spider-Man is entirely pointless.
  • Starship Troopers: Rico is about to resign from the Mobile Infantry (in fact, he's got his bags packed and is just on his way out) when new hits that Buenos Aires, where his parents lived, has been destroyed by a meteorite sent by the Bugs. He immediately joins back up so he can get revenge.
  • Star Trek (2009):
    • Mainain villain Nero is responsible for the death of Jim Kirk's father, George Kirk, only minutes after Jim's birth. Ironically, revenge for his father's death is never a main motive in Kirk's defeat of Nero, and he even offers assistance and fair accommodations to the Romulan crew before the Narada gets sucked into a giant wormhole. However, when Nero venomously refuses any help, Kirk wastes no time opening fire to make sure the ship doesn't survive.
    • Played straight with Spock's mother.
    • Nero's whole motive for destroying anything related to the Federation in the Kelvin Timeline is because he believes Spock, and the Federation for that matter, allowed Romulus to be obliterated by the supernova in the prime timeline, killing his wife and unborn child in the in the process and rendering the Romulan species endangered.
  • Star Wars
    • Famously subverted with Darth Vader's reveal: "No. I am your father." This was the original plot of Star Wars before The Empire Strikes Back, where Vader and Anakin Skywalker were indeed two separate people and the former killed the latter, and Anakin would guide his son as a spirit. After Vader defeated Luke on Bespin, Vader inquired what Kenobi told Luke about his father, Luke said "He told me enough. He told me you killed him." Then Vader delivers his famous Wham Line. And double subverted decades later, when the prequel trilogy revealed how Vader's misdeeds are responsible for Luke's mother's death.
    • Played straight in the the prequel trilogy, Anakin Skywalker goes into a berserk murderous rage over the death of his mother Shmi on Tatooine and slaughters a whole village of Sandpeople who had abducted and tortured her. The incident paves the road to Anakin's eventual fall from grace as a Jedi and his transformation into the evil Darth Vader.
    • Also in the prequels, Mace Windu kills Jango Fett in front of his son Boba Fett. Lucas avoids this trope in that case, and Boba never seeks revenge... at least, not against Windu personally. Instead, he becomes one of the most feared Jedi hunters during the Dark Times. Of course, Windu was already dead by then.
  • In the Street Fighter movie, Chun Li's motivation is that M. Bison, naturally, killed her father. Unfortunately for her, Bison doesn't remember any of it. He only remembers that it was Tuesday.
  • In The Sword and the Sorcerer, this is why Talon is out to kill Cromwell, and he isn't going to let Xusia do it first.
  • Said word-for-word in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). Eric Sacks was the one who killed April's father.
  • In Terror in a Texas Town, George Hanson arrives at his father's farm after 20 years at sea, only to learn that his father had been murdered two days before. Hanson sets out to learn the truth about his father's death and avenge him, and to secure his inheritance of the farm.
  • Such a handy, well-worn device as this trope often gets inserted into things where it doesn't belong. The 1993 version of The Three Musketeers combines it with Death by Adaptation, as d'Artagnan's father is still alive in the book. Unusually for this trope, d'Artagnan does not set out with goal of avenging his father's murder, and in fact has no idea who killed him. Athos (and presumably Porthos, Aramis, and maybe the other Musketeers) knows, or at least suspects, who did it but never gets the chance to tell him. d'Artagnan himself learns in the final battle:
    Rochefort: How pathetic, killed by the same man that killed your father. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
    d'Artagnan You killed my father?
    Rochefort Oh yes, as I will kill you.
  • True Grit:
    • The 1969 western (adapted from a novel), is about a 14-year old girl seeking revenge for her father. She gets to face the murderer and shoot him, but he survives, and the business is finished by her companions who are much more badass.
    • In the 2010 version, she does get to finish the business herself, although she still needs her companions for almost everything else.
  • The protagonists of Utu and Dead Lands witness the killing of their tribe by an Evil Brit Colonel Kilgore, and by a rival Maori faction respectively.
  • In Underworld U.S.A., fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin and his mother-figure Sandy see four hoods beat his father to death. Tolly vows to avenge his father's death. Tolly becomes a criminal and gets himself sent to prison so that he can get close to the one perpetrator he recognized when his father was being beaten. On his prison deathbed, Tolly manipulates the names of the other 3 killers from him, only to discover the remaining 3 killers have risen to the top of the crime syndicate. This does not stop his quest for vengeance.
  • This is Vampirella''s motive for wanting revenge on Vlad, who killed her father on Drakulon.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Well, it's actually his brother, but Eddie has held a huge grudge against Toons since his brother was killed by one. When he finally meets his brother's killer, revealed to be Judge Doom who was a Toon disguised as a human all along, he feels avenged as Doom dissolves in his own Toon-melting acid he concocted.
  • Wolves: The only person Cayden deliberately kills in cold blood is Wild Joe, moments after he finds out Wild Joe killed his parents.
  • X-Men: First Class gives us an example of someone avenging the death of their mother, when Erik/Magneto kills Schmitt/Shaw despite agreeing with his Mutant Supremacist ideals because Schmitt killed his mother in front of him as a child.
    Magneto: I want you to know I agree with everything you just said. We are the future. But, unfortunately... you killed my mother.

  • The 39 Clues: She doesn't get killed by them unfortunately, but Amy and Dan are pretty mad at Isabel Kabra for killing their parents. (And in Book 10, she does get sent to jail for life... unless she breaks out.)
  • In Animorphs, Andalite culture demands that Ax try to avenge the murder of his brother, Elfangor. Unfortunately, Elfangor was murdered by Visser Three, who is pretty much the most dangerous person possibly this side of Crayak. He tries in book #8 and almost succeeds, but the real, Yeerk Visser Three escapes from his host and disappears into a stream. After that the vendetta is more or less forgotten.
  • Garion, The Hero of David Eddings's Belgariad, gets some nice karmic vengeance on Asharak, the Grolim sorcerer who killed his parents when he was only an infant. Asharak burned them alive; Garion burns him alive in his first overt act as a sorcerer. In a possible subversion, he immediately regrets it.
  • Victor Draconi of the Black Blade series killed the protagonist's father indirectly and her mother in person. The only reason Lila hasn't sought revenge (yet) is because she knows she can't take him alone.
  • Awareness of this trope, in A Brother's Price, leads to a very cold practice: if a family has committed treason, when they are executed so are all of their children. Right down to the infants. The only exceptions happen if the family is ruled to not be working together in concert as is proper, like the Whistler family was generations before the book's start. Several characters find this practice monstrous, but others are ruthlessly pragmatic.
    "Their mothers and father had been killed. Do you think you could take that hatred to suckle at your breast?"
    "They had done nothing wrong!"
    "If we had aunts that executed our mothers for fighting over a just cause, would we calmly accept them as our new mothers, or would we rebel?"
    "Merilee was just seven months old."
    "And Livi was seven, and Wren was seventeen. Which ones do you spare? Where do you draw the line?"
    • Things come to a head when the mothers of Ren's five-year-old "niece" Eldie Porter are found trying to kill the Queens and Princesses, and it's explicitly stated that if she's allowed to live, this trope will come into play. Fortunately, the Whistlers have a third option in mind.
    • Somewhat more literally, Jerin finds evidence that the same offenders were involved in the death of the princesses' father by poisoning. Keifer, who did the actual killing, was Hoist by His Own Petard because he was Too Dumb to Live. He didn't run in time to escape a bomb his family had planted. That explosion also killed many of the royal family.
  • C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia: In Prince Caspian, when Peter proposes that he challenge Miraz to single combat, Caspian wants to do it, because Miraz killed his father. Peter overrules him: Miraz would not take him seriously.
    • Humorously, for the movie adaptation, Ben Barnes (Caspian) practiced his accent by watching The Princess Bride. He was highly amused when the line "you killed my father" came up as part of his script.
  • Circe: Discussed and justified. This is part of the setting's culture; it is expected for sons to rise up and avenge their fallen fathers. This is why Telemachus is exiled from Ithaca after Telegonus accidentally kills their father Odysseus — Telemachus knew it was an accident and did not prosecute him.
  • Conqueror: Sansar in Wolf of the Plains hires the Tartars to kill Temujin's father. Temujin kills Sansar in a manner most ingenious, then unites the Mongols against the Tartars to massacre the lot of them. After all that, he becomes Genghis Khan.
  • In the Brazilian novel The Devil to Pay in the Backlands, Diadorim is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to kill his father's assassin and betrayer, Hermógenes.
  • Discworld: Interesting Times gives us what is possibly the most polite yet tear jerking instance of this trope, when mild-mannered insurance underwriter Twoflower confronts Lord Hong, who is already surrounded and defeated, and asks him if he remembers a small dispute Lord Hong had that resulted in a minor commotion in Bes Pelargic several years ago, but Hong doesn't even remember. Twoflower explains evenly that it made him rather upset, and he'd like to fight him. When his daughter tries to talk him out of it, he calmly says "He killed your mother" and that someone has to stand up to him. Luckily, Twoflower wins thanks to Chekhov's BOOM-erang.
  • In The Dresden Files it's eventually revealed that Lord Raith, the White King is the man who killed Harry Dresden's mother, Margaret Le Fay Dresden. Raith used an entropy curse, so as to cause Margaret to die while giving birth to Harry. Upon learning of this fact, Harry sets about settling the score and taking him down.
  • The title character of the Father Brown story "The Sins of Prince Saradine" murdered a man and took his wife. The broken couple's son, who was a young boy at the time, immediately began training with the sword in order to avenge his father, and during the story proper he finally catches up with the Prince. The Prince manages to substitute his brother, who has been blackmailing him, and is rid of two problems in one stroke. Also, the avenger is hanged for murder.
  • Fraternity of the Stone by David Morrell. The protagonist is the orphaned son of diplomats, killed by a bomb in Japan. Realising he's obsessed with revenge, a friend of his parents recruits him for a Heroes "R" Us group tasked with assassinating terrorists. After a Contract on the Hitman plot, the protagonist finally discovers his 'friend' is behind events, and confronts him with what he's always suspected — that his friend planted the bomb in order to discredit those protesting against US bases in Japan. The friend denies it, but the protagonist decides he's lying and kills him anyway.
  • In The Goblin Emperor, Maia insists on confronting the man who murdered his father. However, having met his father about twice in his life, he is much more upset that the man killed, in cold blood, the whole crew of the airship that the emperor, prince and archdukes were on.
  • Subverted in Guardians of Ga'Hoole, where Soren was maybe intending to kill Kludd, but Twilight swooped in and stole his kill.
  • Harry Potter is the guy who gets Voldemort. Voldemort killed both of Harry's parents, who, astoundingly enough, are equally important.note 
    • Subverted in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Sirius is established as a traitor who sold out Harry's parents to Voldemort, but once he and Harry meet he's revealed to be innocent.
    • Subverted again in Deathly Hallows. Although many expected Neville to kill Bellatrix Lestrange, after what she did to his parents, it was actually Molly Weasley who finished her off.
  • In His Dark Materials, after Juta Kamainen murders Stanislaus Grumann, Will Parry, his son, attempts to kill her but fails when she commits suicide.
  • In The Hunger Games series, Katniss understands that if the conditions were not so bad in the coal mines due to the decadent lifestyle in the Capitol and the corrupt government, her father would not have died in the mine accident. And in Mockingjay, President Coin has Prim killed.
  • Hurog:
    • Averted in Dragon Bones: Ward's father is killed by a horse by way of throwing him in an unfortunate location. Ward gives the horse a pat on the back, and a bucket of oats. (His uncle wants to put the horse to death, but it is not for him to decide.) The father was abusive, and Ward doesn't mourn him at all.
    • In Dragon Blood, the cruel king Jakoven is killed by someone whose father he had killed. Not the only one, he also killed Erdrick, in the attempt to assassinate Erdrick's twin brother Beckram. The people would have to stand in a line to claim dibs on killing him.
  • Axel Mortmain from The Infernal Devices, supposedly has a grudge against Shadowhunters for the "unjustified" murder of his warlock parents.
  • The Inheritance Cycle loves playing with this.
    • The entire motivation of the main character, Eragon, for leaving home is to kill the Ra'zac, a pair of monsters working as agents of the King, as revenge for their killing Eragon's uncle, Garrow. Garrow raised Eragon alongside his actual son, Roran, but made it very plain that he didn't see Eragon as a son. Joining Eragon on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge is Brom, a crazy old storyteller/mage also from Carvahall, who acts as a mentor of sorts for the dragon-rider-in-training. Eragon's rampage is brought to an end, or at least put on pause, when the Ra'zac ambush them and kill Brom.
    • The third book of the series, Brisingr, begins with Eragon and Roran teaming up to raid the Ra'zac's lair and succeeding in killing them, making Roran an example of this trope being played straight...Except Roran's main purpose for attacking them was to rescue his beloved, Katrina, who was being held in the Ra'zac's dungeons.
    • The end of the book then gives Eragon the revelation that Brom was his father the whole time! Meaning that Eragon avenged his father's death, without even realizing it!
    • Wanna get really deep into this trope? Murtagh almost suffered from this twice! Murtagh is the son of Morzan, the first and last of the foresworn, who was killed by Brom as revenge for killing Brom's dragon. However, father and son weren't that close. Additionally, Brom had been assigned to kill Murtagh's mom, but was Distracted by the Sexy.]] So instead he ends up banging her, and then she disappears for nine months, at the end of which Eragon's mom shows up in Carvahall and has him before taking off again, making Eragon and Murtagh half-brothers.
  • Maximum Ride:
    Jeb: You killed your own brother!!
  • Subverted in The Mortal Instruments. Jace initially believes that Valentine killed his father, until a declaration of Luke, I Am Your Father. Double subverted when it's revealed that Jace is not Valentine's son and that he really did kill Jace's father, albeit not directly.
  • In The Mouse Watch, What do Bernie and Jarvis have in common besides joining the Watch at the same time? It turns out It's Personal for both of them, because they both lost family members to R.A.T.S.. Bernie's brother was killed by Dr. Thornpaw, while Jarvis' parents were murdered by other R.A.T.S. agents. The first book ends with Bernie capturing and imprisoning Dr. Thornpaw.
  • The Odessa File. Nearly 20 years after World War II, German reporter Peter Miller is working on a story involving a Holocaust survivor who committed suicide. After reading the old man's diary, he assists a group of Mossad agents in infiltrating a secret organization of Nazi war criminals intent on destroying the fledgling state of Israel. However, Miller isn't interested in Mossad's goal or exposing those who committed the Holocaust. His reason for joining the hunt is to track down and kill one of the leaders, a former SS officer who murdered his father, a Wehrmacht captain, during the war. The trope is subverted from its usual ending by Miller making a blatant error that allows the officer to escape and go back into hiding in Argentina, nearly getting himself killed in the process.
  • Taizu in C. J. Cherryh's The Paladin seeks revenge on Lord Gitu for the slaughter of her family, her village, and her Lord. His actual death is an anticlimax; the hard part was getting there, not the quick work she makes of him.
  • The Radix: Double subverted. When Brynstone meets his father's murderer, the villain is tied to a bonfire and is about to burn alive. He tells Brynstone what he did, trying to invoke this trope, provoking the hero to grant him a Mercy Kill. Brynstone doesn't kill him, instead leaving him to burn.
  • Red Storm Rising: the Soviet Union uses this as an excuse when they stage a false flag bomb attack, kill a whole bunch of schoolchildren, and blame it on the Germans. You Killed Our Daughters, indeed. And then it comes around gloriously to bite the Politburo in the ass.
    Major Sorokin: For my little Svetlana, who died without a face.
  • Reaper (2016): Jex's father is killed in the Avalon bombing.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, everyone who lived during the days of Dawn Empire has at least one family member they lost to Dayless the Conqueror, due to the sheer scale of his crimes. For Ahrek, it was his entire family, killed during the Daybreak Massacre.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Yoko Akio in Free Fall had a mother. Her mother was taken into the USA by Hollywood actor Michael "Mick" Lyons, and was used as a slave, prostitute, and other terrible things. Fortunately, Yoko had been taken away from this before she got subjected to the same fate. When she finally confronts Lyons, she pretty much tells him "You killed my mother!" He acknowledges that she died, but claims that he didn't kill her. Yoko points out that Lyons had put her mother on the "sex circuit", and that he most certainly killed her.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Legacy of the Force has the rare "dead mother, living-but-badly-injured father" variant, with Ben Skywalker very nearly succeeding in killing his cousin (stabbed millimeters from his heart!) while trying to avenge Mara's death. Of course, his father, being the Jedi he is (this is Luke Skywalker we're talking about, people!), despite suffering after a nasty brawl with Jacen himself, and scared that Ben's Unstoppable Rage would lead into a Start of Darkness, forces him away before he can finish the job.
    • In Wraith Squadron, Kell Tainer hates and fears Wes Janson because Kell's father was a pilot in the Rebellion who chickened out on a covert mission, tried to flee and in so doing reveal that Rebels were there, and was shot by Wes to prevent that.
    • Comes up twice in Shadows of the Empire. Prince Xizor hates Vader for a variety of reasons, including the fact that there was an Imperial hazard lab on Xizor's homeworld; a flesh-eating bacteria escaped and Vader ordered that to save the planet's population - and potentially the populations of other worlds - from a horrible, rotting, always fatal infection for which there was no cure, the city and the two hundred thousand people there were "sterilized" from orbit. Including Xizor's mother, father, brother, two sisters, and three uncles.
    • This is Xanatos' motive for wanting to kill Qui-Gon in the Jedi Apprentice series. He may want to wipe out the entire Jedi Order, but with his old Master, It's Personal. He doesn't succeed, obviously.
  • Sword of Truth: At least part of the reason Richard goes on his quest in Wizard's First Rule is to get revenge for the death of his father, George Cypher. Then it turns out George was his adopted father. Who was killed by his real father (and the Big Bad), Darken Rahl, who Richard kills in the climax.
  • In Rebecca Reisert's The Third Witch, a retelling of Macbeth, the goal of the protagonist, a girl named Gilly, is to kill Macbeth in revenge for him killing her father. Being the object of Macbeth's destruction becomes the sole meaning to her life, much to the frustration and concern of those around her. It's a Foregone Conclusion for those who know the play and thus know that Macduff kills Macbeth, so in the end Gilly doesn't accomplish her goal. She sulks for a while but then gains a positive outlook and begins to rebuild her life.
  • Tortall Universe:
  • Mordaunt, the villain (well, one of them) of 20 Years After, apparently does everything he does just so he can avenge his mother, Milady de Winter.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Inverted as a villain (Taurok) wants kill a hero (Daniar) for this reason. He thinks Daniar killed him because they dueled just before he died. It was actually a Baalarian archer aiming for Daniar during said duel. Taurok's son took the blow for Daniar and Gothon pinned the blame on her.
  • An important plot point in the first of Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts novels, with Gaunt seeking revenge on the man responsible for his father's death. Later, he finds himself on the other end of the trope, as that man's son comes seeking revenge on him.
  • Defied in the Dale Brown novel Warrior Class, where the Big Bad Pavel Kazakov says that the strike he orders against an Albanian town is definitely not because Albanian guerillas killed his father.
  • Inverted in Wayside School: The kids trick their Sadistic Teacher, Mrs. Gorf, into turning herself into an apple, which then gets eaten by Louis. Later, Mrs. Gorf's son tries to avenge her by becoming the kids' substitute teacher, stealing their voices, and attempting to frame them for making hateful phone calls to their own mothers.
  • In The Well of Moments, discovering the truth about her father's death drives Jasmine to seek revenge against the person responsible—who happens to be in town, doesn't know Jasmine is his daughter, and has already arranged a deal with her. Jasmine also possesses a paranormal object with the power to draw in whomever she intends to kill.
  • Partially subverted in Mór Jókai's historical novel, Zoltán Kárpáthy. The Big Bad hires an assassin duelist to challenge and kill the titular character and his mentor. He kills the mentor, but looses his arm to a challenger, who took on him in order to protect Zoltán. Needless to say, the poor kid was pretty disappointed.
  • Arn: The Knight Templar has a pretty neat subversion-inversion towards the end.
    Your father killed my grandfather. My father killed yours. Let it end there.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Arya Stark makes a hit list of those responsible for the deaths of her family members and friends. She is able to kill two people. Ironically, she ends up being with the man who is on her hit list later but she left him to die before heading to Braavos.
    • Oberyn Martell's main reason for going to King's Landing is to avenge the deaths of his sister, niece, and nephew by facing off with the culprit, Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane.
  • Avengers of the Moon, by Allen Steele is a homage Origin Story of Pulp Magazine hero Captain Future. Curt Newton wants to avenge the murder of his parents by politician Victor Corvos, who's involved in a conspiracy with his son, Martian crime boss Ul Quorn. When Curt is captured by Ul Quorn, he's surprised to find that Victor Corvos is also a prisoner. Turns out Quoron has long known that Victor murdered his mother to avoid the political scandal of fathering a child with a Martian woman, and so he offers Curt the opportunity to kill Victor as a We Can Rule Together ploy. Fortunately Curt doesn't put Revenge Before Reason.
  • In Anthony Reynolds’ Warhammer 40,000 Word Bearers novels, Marduk killed Kol Badar’s blood brother thousands of years ago. Kol Badar has hated him for it ever since, and would have killed Marduk long ago if not for their mutual master Jarulek staying his hand.
  • The Han Solo Trilogy: After he finds out that Jiliac is the one who had Aruk (his parent) killed, Durga challenges her to a duel. He manages to kill her, narrowly.
  • In the Xandri Corelel novel Tone of Voice, the reporter Ashley Betancourt is the daughter of two well-regarded journalists who were murdered by Last Hope for Humanity terrorists. To get revenge, Betancourt faked evidence against the LHFH and was caught, ruining her career.
  • Isaac Asimov's C-Chute. Demetrios Polyorketes hates the Kloros because they killed his brother, Aristides, when they boarded the ship at the start of the story. The irony is that his brother panicked and ran out into the crossfire, so he could just have easily been killed by a human defender.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: Connor wants to make his real father suffer because he believes Angel killed his foster father, Holtz. He sinks him in the ocean, but he doesn't die, being a vampire and all. He'll live forever, slowly going insane from hunger.
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow: This is why Prometheus is going after Oliver and his team (Prometheus's father was on the List given to Oliver by his father before shooting himself, and was killed by Oliver in his first year back). It's also why Talia is helping him (Oliver killed Talia's father Ra's al Ghul). However, Talia's sister Nyssa doesn't feel the same way, because she realized what a monster her father was. The only thing that she's upset about is that she didn't get to kill him.
    • The Flash (2014): Barry feels this way towards the Reverse-Flash for killing his mother 15 years ago. Later, Zoom deliberately murders Barry's father in front of him to elicit this reaction. On Earth 2, Iris feels this way towards Deathstorm and Killer Frost, after they kill Joe. Zoom ends up killing both villains anyway.
  • Bones:
    • Subverted Trope in the Season One finale, The Woman in Limbo. Brennan accuses a hitman from the strong-arm crew her parents used to belong to of killing her father, but as it turns out, her father is still alive. Said hitman did, however, strike the blow that caused bleeding in her mother's brain, which killed her about two years later. In fact, her father arranges the hitman's death in prison.
    • Played straight in season 12. Booth killed a war criminal at his son’s birthday party. Said son and his sister try to kill Booth and by extension Brennan and their kids. The attack winds up killing Brennan’s father and therefore invokes this trope on both sides. The son, Kovac, escapes prison and blows up the lab before Booth finally kills him.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Of course, this show has one of these. Season seven, Robin Wood discovers Spike is the vampire who killed his mother. ViewersFans (casual viewers wouldn't have followed the multi-season arc needed to know this) could guess it as it was known Spike murdered two Slayers previous to Buffy, and that one of them was a black woman who was active roundabout the time Robin would have been a child.
  • Caïn: Tina infiltrated Caïn's team and put Borrel out of commission in order to take revenge on the two cops who drove her mother to suicide. She succeeds in killing Moretti (after pretending to love him no less) and very nearly gets Caïn himself.
  • Castle: Detective Kate Beckett was driven to go into law enforcement after her mother was murdered. She finally manages to bring the person who ordered the hit, Senator William Bracken, to justice.
  • In the third season finale of Chuck, Daniel Shaw kills Chuck's father Stephan in order to break down Chuck's emotions and make him unable to flash.
  • Dexter: It takes several decades, but Dexter ultimately manages to track down and kill all the criminals who were responsible for his mother's murder by chainsaw (and, indirectly, Dexter's own obsession with murder), including the guy who wielded the weapon and the boss who ordered the hit.
  • Due South: Deliberately a Subverted Trope, when Fraser refrains from killing his father's killer in favor of due process, both in the pilot and in the episode "Bird in the Hand" - the latter despite the strenuous prompting of Fraser Sr.'s ghost.
  • Frontier: Declan Harp's desire for revenge against Lord Benton is because the latter had his wife and son murdered.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Arya Stark's entire goal in a nutshell. She wants to kill the people who caused misfortune to her family and friends. She executes Meryn Trant (who killed Syrio Forel (and, unknown to her, beat Sansa on Joffrey's orders), Polliver (who killed Lommy and whose party killed Yoren) and she kills The Waif, who killed Lady Crane. In the Season 6 finale, she takes revenge for the Red Wedding (where her mother and her elder brother Robb were murdered) by killing the people most responsible for it: Walder Frey along with two of his sons, Lothar and Black Walder. By that point, other people responsible (Tywin Lannister and Roose Bolton) are already dead. The only ones left are Cersei (for killing Lady and betraying Ned), and Melisandre (for selling Gendry) who noted that they would meet again in the future.
    • Sansa gives a very poignant calling-out to Theon about betraying Robb and butchering Bran and Rickon, only to discover that her little brothers may be still alive.
    • Harald has despised the Starks ever since Robb executed his father. Yet, he does not seem to be bothered in the slightest when Ramsay murders Roose who avenged Rickard.
    • Oberyn Martell's main reason for going to King's Landing (asides from filling in as a proxy for his older brother's invitation to Joffrey's wedding) is to get revenge for the deaths of his sister, niece and nephew who were killed by Tywin Lannister's bannerman, Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane during the Sack of King's Landing. He finally got the chance to confront him after volunteering to be Tyrion's champion for the Trial by Combat. Unfortunately, it got him brutally killed when the Mountain took advantage of the fight.
    • Aerys Targaryen killed Ned's father, and had his elder brother Brandon Driven to Suicide. This action, along with Rhaegar's abduction of Lyanna, incited the Rebellion that led to his downfall and the exile of the Targaryens.
    • Yara accuses Euron of this at the Kingsmoot. Euron confesses and somehow wins over the other Ironborn by (successfully) painting Balon as an Asshole Victim. Yara still hates him for this and for stealing her claim to the throne.
  • In the Here Come the Brides episode "Hosanna's Way," the titular Apache boy's family was murdered by a Hunter Trapper for stealing food. When Hosanna sees the killer selling the trinkets he stole at Ben's general store, he grabs a knife and stabs him in the back, almost killing him.
  • Heroes:
    • Immortal Knight Templar Adam Monroe makes perhaps the biggest mistake of his immortal life when he kills Kaito Nakamura, father of normally happy-go-lucky Hiro Nakamura. When Hiro finally catches up to Adam, he buries Adam alive in the same cemetery where his father was buried as a result of Adam's actions. Do NOT piss off Hiro.
    • Mohinder's father being murdered by Sylar is one of the driving forces for this character, in season one at least. Hilariously mocked by actor Sendhil Ramamurthy in an episode commentary, when they talk about how some characters tend to have "standard lines" that they say a lot. When asked what his own character's standard line is, he replies (paraphrased) : "Who killed my father? My father's dead! Someone murdered my father! And variations thereof."
    • Sylar killed Elle's father, she proceeds to kill him repeatedly when Arthur locks them together in a cell while yelling 'You killed my father!'.
    • After discovering Sylar killed Nathan, Claire expresses how much she wants to kill Sylar, telling him, “You killed my father!” She doesn't manage to kill him but does stab a pencil in his eye.
  • Highlander has Duncan avenging the deaths of several immortal mentors and his father, even though he was cast out and disowned. The first time, Kanwulf survived because Duncan wasn't yet aware that he needed to behead an Immortal to kill him for good. The second time, however, he gets it right.
  • Kamen Rider Kiva: On the Darker and Edgier side of the Toku Coin, this show has Yuri Aso, whose mother was killed by Rook, the Lion Fangire. Eventually, she gets her chance to exact revenge by becoming Kamen Rider IXA and almost killed him. He comes back 22 years later and was promptly finished off by Yuri's daughter, also in IXA's suit, by being hit in the exact same mortal wound that Yuri laid onto him.
  • Leverage: Nate's con-artist dad is double-crossed and blown up for good measure by Dubenich (the team's first client/target who double-crossed them and tried to blow them up) and Latimer (an amoral investor who wanted to use the team's good work to make money with insider trading). They utterly destroy Latimer's business by dumping invasive clams into his new dam, blowing up his prized possessions in front of wealthy investors, and sending him to the Cayman Islands with a briefcase full of cash and his not-really blown up possessions when he's supposed to be at a Congressional hearing. When Nate finally confronts the two after insinuating he's going to shoot them with his father's gun he winds up pointing out that neither one can let the other survive if other wants to remain free and lets them fight over the gun at the edge of a cliff instead.
  • Lost:
    • When Sawyer confronts Anthony Cooper for the indirect killing of his parents, he finally is sure once and for all that Cooper is indeed the guy he's been looking for all his life when he confirms that he's been to Sawyer's hometown of Jasper, Alabama. Cooper grins and asks, "Why? Don't tell me I'm your daddy!" To which Sawyer, replying so gravely that it wipes the smirk off the man's face, says, " killed my daddy." You can imagine what soon ensues.
    • Ben kills Jacob, the closest thing to a father Ilana had, so she makes him dig his own grave at gunpoint, only for this to be an Averted Trope. Not only does Ben survive, he's allowed to join the group after explaining himself.
  • Merlin:
    • Morgana discusses this with Uther, having heard the rumors that Uther arranged the death of Gorlois, the man she thought was her father - this was long before she found out Uther was her father.
    • Uther's death was also a case for Arthur. He knows that magic did it, but what he doesn't know is that the sorcerer in question was actually trying to heal him before being foiled by a magical pendant that reversed the healing magic and magnified the damage tenfold.
  • Miami Vice: Gina Calabrese is willing to help the East German intelligence agent Herzog kill the drug dealer Pedrosa because Pedrosa killed Gina's mother twenty-six years ago.
  • The Musketeers: Subverted in the series premiere when Athos is framed for several murders, including that of D'Artagnan's father. The grieving young Gascon makes his way to the Musketeer garrison and actually paraphrases Inigo Montoya's quote (see the Quotes page). Athos is perplexed and Aramis is amused, but D'Artagnan remains implacable throughout the scene. Naturally, they do eventually clear up the misunderstanding during the course of the episode and become Fire-Forged Friends.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles features a variation in that one of the heroes is the killer. Mowahd "Moe" Dusa, an orphaned Sudanese boy who Sam Hanna brought to America, is upset when he learns that Sam killed his father. (For good reason—Moe's father was with the Janjaweed, and Sam killed him to protect civilians.) Moe responds by joining a terrorist group—but doesn't get his revenge against Sam. Instead, he has a change of heart and decides to help NCIS defeat a terrorist leader and dies doing so.
  • Nikita: Deconstructed Trope: Alex's whole motivation is to get revenge on the organization that killed her parents. Not until the end of the first season does she learn that Nikita, the former agent who has been her mentor was the one who actually pulled the trigger.
  • Once Upon a Time: Episode "The Bear King". Merida's father Fergus is killed on the battlefield by Arthur. Months later, Merida finds Arthur and they point their swords at each other. When Merida threatens him for killing her father, Arthur defends his actions by saying he did what he had to on the battlefield as a knight. This is technically true, as Arthur didn't murder Fergus but killed him in battle, though he did stab him In the Back.
  • The Outpost: Naya that Dred killed her mother and sister a long time ago, and she immediately stabs him to death in revenge.
  • Revenge: For most of the first season, Emily's quest for vengeance against the Graysons is purely in response to them framing her father, David, for terrorism and sending him to prison for life. However, near the end of the season Emily discovers that Conrad Grayson, in addition to the above, also had David murdered in prison to keep him from exposing him. Emily's vendetta then shifts to finding the assassin responsible and executing him, although she later forfeits this plan.
    • In Season 3 Niko Takeda, daughter of Emily and Aiden's revenge sensei, comes to the Hamptons to restart her relationship with Aiden and assassinate the person who killed her father. Unfortunately, that person is also Aiden. Once Niko figures out the truth she attempts to lure Emily to her father's house and kill her as retribution but is easy dispatched by Emily.
  • Revolution: Inverted Trope. Rachel Matheson becomes obsessed with killing Sebastian Monroe because her son Danny got killed off by Monroe's helicopters in "The Stand". The episode "Children of Men" had her accusing him of killing her son to his face. He points out that he wasn't even there when that happened, and that much is true.
  • The Secret Circle: In the season 1 finale, Jake gets his revenge on Eben — and it was a long time coming.
  • A recurring motive on Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators (which draws a lot of plot points from the plays of William Shakespeare''), notably in "This Rough Magic" (though the killer accidentally kills the intended target's wife), and Gender Flipped in "The Chimes at Midnight".
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • The show has a weird version of this with Cronus, the Goa'uld who executed Teal'c's father in a You Have Failed Me moment and exiled Teal'c and his mother. Teal'c finally get his chance for revenge in the episode "Double Jeopardy" where he fights his father's murderer in one-on-one combat only to end up losing. He would have been killed if his robotic clone hadn't shot Cronus in the back.
    Clone Teal'c: For our father.
    • The episode "Talion" reveals that Teal'c's mother was (supposedly) killed by a rival in a Revenge by Proxy scheme. After killing him, Teal'c reveals that while he may have ordered it he was far too cowardly to do it himself. He killed the actual assassin years ago.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: A variation shows up in "Day of the Dove", where Chekov wants revenge against the Klingons for killing his brother... except that he never had a brother, and it's a false memory created by an Emotion Eater that feeds on hatred.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Another weird version appears, where Data does eventually get his "father"'s killer... who happens to be his "brother", Lore.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. Averted in "Dark Frontier". Seven of Nine was assimilated by the Borg as a child, then called Annika Hansen.
    Borg Queen: I remember Annika. Does she remember us? She wasn't afraid, why are you?
    Seven: You attacked us. You murdered my family!
    Borg Queen: We did no such thing. We gave them perfection.
    [a drone steps forward; it's Magnus Hansen]
    Seven: [faintly] Papa?
  • Supernatural: The Winchesters's fight against Azazel seems to be more about dead family members than the whole trying-to-take-over-and-or-end-the-world thing. John starts his whole mad quest thing when Azazel sets fire to his house and ceiling-kills his wife. The boys go with the whole you-killed-my-mother thing, and Sam adds on his girlfriend for good measure. In "In My Time of Dying", Dad gets added onto the list. Dean finally gets revenge when he shoots the Demon with the Colt.
    • A few years later they discover Azazel also killed their grandparents, but since they had already killed him it didn't have the same impact.
  • Super Sentai / Power Rangers:
    • Seijuu Sentai Gingaman / Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Black Knight Bullblack / Magna Defender is out for the villains' blood because they killed his little brother / infant son. The problem is, he doesn't care how much collateral damage he causes in the process....
    • Later on in Galaxy, Trakeena's main motive for attacking the Rangers is because Leo, the Red Ranger, killed her father in battle.
    • Power Rangers Wild Force: Cole learns that the Big Bad used to be human, and a colleague of his parents...who murdered them both after they got together. After defeating him and reducing him to the bitter waste of space he once was, Cole decides he's Not Worth Killing and walks off. Of course, the season isn't over yet...
    • Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Lothor killed Blake and Hunter's adopted parents at some point before the series began. The reveal is mainly done to clear Sensei Watanabe, who the brothers believed to be the actual killer thanks to Lothor. The fact that they're fighting their parents' murderer is kind of dropped afterwards, although it probably would've clashed with the season's general tone.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Episode 41 pits Ahim against the monster who killed her parents and destroyed her whole planet. Ahim, at any other time the nicest Gokaiger by far, snaps and tries to take him on single-handed. Her teammates talk her out of it.
  • The Swamp Fox: Disney did this. A young man named Gwynn works his way into Marion's brigade wanting revenge on Marion, whom he thought killed his father. He only found out he was wrong when he saw Marion's wrists, which didn't have scars like the killers. The real killer was Amos Briggs, a Tory sympathizer, and after Gwynn was put in the brig temporarily, Briggs was caught and thrown in, leading to Gwynn killing him.
  • Unforgettable: The goal of the killer in the episode "Lost Things" is to carry out a Vigilante Execution on the leniently sentenced owner of a factory whose unsafe conditions led to a fire in which his father and brother died. The murder that started the episode was just an attempt to silence someone who would have compromised his plan.
  • In Utopia, The Network are rather fond of manipulating people by threatening their loved ones. As a natural consequence of this and being extremely ruthless, they kill the father of Wilson Wilson and the mother of Alice. Alice (a twelve-year-old girl) exacts revenge by murdering one of their agents but Wilson joins the conspirators.
  • Veronica Mars: In the season 2 finale, Veronica is nearly driven to murderous rage when she thinks season 2's Big Bad killed her father. Thankfully, he hadn't, and another character stops the Big Bad from being killed in what would not strictly be self-defense. Of course, many fans would've given her a pass since it turned out that he did rape her and had intended to kill her father, only there was a mix-up and her father hadn't (unbeknownst to them) got on the plane the Big Bad blew up.
  • VR Troopers: Subverted Trope when Ryan Steele's father doesn't actually die but is badly injured but is played straight the rest of the way. Generally Ryan fights the mutants fairly and only uses his finisher as a last resort, but when they began attacking his recently rescued father he began killing them with the lightning hand without even giving them a chance to a fair fight. Even Decimator after seemingly mortally wounding his father, who usually defeated Ryan Steele fairly easily to that point, found himself overmatched and quickly fled on his go-kart. After that, Ryan would be the one delivering the beatdown to Decimator, and not the other way around.
  • The White Queen: When Richard of Gloucester spots the deposed Henry VI in the courtyard, he immediately grabs the sword of a nearby guard and yells, "Then let us take vengeance for our father he murdered!" Richard has to be restrained by his two brothers and two of his in-laws. King Edward IV commands his youngest sibling to not seek revenge and explains, "He is an anointed king. And how should we be any better if we match him in his butchery?" Richard is disgruntled, but obeys.
  • Witchblade: In the Pilot Movie, mafia hitman Tommy Gallo reveals to Sara that he is responsible for killing her father, which we then see in a flashback.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess:
    • Callisto's entire reason for living is to avenge her parents' deaths at the hand of Xena. One episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys subverts this when Callisto is sent back in time and ends up accidentally killing both of her parents, but the entire thing is prevented from happening by the episode's end.
    • Autolycus' career as the King of Thieves began when a crooked merchant named Tarsus murdered his older brother Malacus when Malacus confronted him over being swindled. Autolycus robbed the merchant of everything he owned as payback. In "Vanishing Act", circumstances lead to Autolycus confronting Tarsus again. This time he decides that robbing Tarsus isn't enough and resolves to kill him to avenge Malacus. Xena talks Autolycus down by asking him if this is really what his brother would have wanted him to become.
  • The X-Files: In the second season finale, Mulder's father is killed by none other than Alex Krycek. Mulder is already a little off-balance anyway, thanks to some LSD derivatives put into the water in his building, and this doesn't help matters. He runs into Krycek and threatens to shoot him for killing his father. Scully arrives on the scene, and tries unsuccessfully to get Mulder to not shoot Krycek, no matter how much he deserves it, because Mulder is being framed for his father's murder and if he shoots Krycek, there will be no way to prove he didn't kill his father. Scully winds up shooting him in the shoulder, and Mulder will always be grateful that she's a good shot.
  • Young Blades:
    • In the opening of the very first episode, Cardinal Mazarin orders Jacqueline's father killed; she kills the henchman in revenge, and spends the rest of the series disguised as a man in order to avoid capture and hopefully get revenge against Mazarin.
    • In addition, the last episode features Jacqueline's brother being killed by Mazarin's new henchman; she promptly kills him, too. Amusingly, they're both played by the same actor.
  • This is Claudia and Leonardo's motivation for attempting to ruin Francesca's life in Al Fondo Hay Sitio. Francesca fired their father from her company, resulting in him hanging himself in despair. Leonardo gets over this, but Claudia never does.

  • The Decemberists' "Mariner's Revenge Song" has lyrics that are all about why the person being sung to is responsible for the death of the singer's mother, and how he is now going to finally take his revenge.
  • Inverted in They Might Be Giants' spoken-word piece "Lesson 16" (a parody of those language-learning tapes), in which John Linnell reveals that he killed your father in order to get with your mother.
    I wrung his neck. Like a duckling.
  • "Cow Patti" by Jim Stafford is about a cowgirl who hunts down a man for killing her father.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In the older King Arthur stories, Arthur's father was killed by the Saxons. Also, Arthur's father killed Morgana's father.
  • Classical Mythology: Elektra and her brother Orestes avenged the death of their father, Agamemnon, by killing his murderer, Clytemnestra... who is their mother, who killed him for killing the other kid, Iphigenia. Now that is a Big, Screwed-Up Family.
  • In Egyptian Mythology, Horus wanted Set taken down for murdering Osiris.
  • According to Norse Mythology, Vidarr, the god of vengeance himself, will pull this on Fenrir at Ragnarök.
  • Invoked in Waltharius: When the Frankish king Gunther orders his retainers to attack Walther for the sake of Walther's treasure chests, his retainer Hagen refuses to fight against his old friend Walther until after Walther has slain eleven Frankish champions, one of them being Hagen's own nephew Patavrid. When Gunther finally convinces Hagen to fight, and Walther accuses him of behaving dishonorably, Hagen replies that Walther himself has ended their friendship by killing Patavrid, and that he is going to avenge his nephew. However, the fact that Hagen has earlier told Gunther that he would not break his friendship to Walther for the sake of Patavrid alone, and that he had remained passive while Walther killed five more Frankish champions after Patavrid, imply that this is an attempt of self-justification rather than objective truth. After fighting each other to a draw, Hagen and Walther reconcile and renew their friendship, without Hagen having avenged Patavrid.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Pathfinder adventure path "Way of the Wicked" is just lousy with this trope. Any NPC or hero the villainous player characters kill almost certainly has a relative who will take up their sword to avenge them. The most notable ones are:
    • Richard Havelyn, who starts his quest to avenge his father Thomas after the first book and becomes the party's main nemesis for the most part of the game. He even commands a retinue called the Sons of Balentyne, all of them related to an important NPC the players killed.
    • Killing the angel Ara Mathra incurs the ire of his brother Ara Zandra.
    • The final boss Princess Bellinda has this threefold, as over the course of the campaign the party will have killed her brother, father and most likely her mother.
    • As a villainous foil to the Princess, if the black dragon Jeratheon lives to see Bellinda kill his father Chargammon he will most likely join the party to kill her in return.

  • The plot of Hamlet is set in motion when the ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him to avenge his murder at the hands of his brother (Hamlet's uncle).
  • In Electra, Orestes kills his mother and her lover, Aegisthus, for killing Agamemnon. Electra herself has spent years reminding them this is why she wants them dead.
  • In Der Ring des Nibelungen, this is the most Siegfried ever learns as to the Wanderer's identity.
  • In the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid, Triton initially believes that humans caused the death of his wife and Ariel's mother, but the climax reveals that his sister Ursula killed her. She perishes shortly after thanks to Ariel smashing her magic nautilus shell.
  • Deconstructed in IlTrovatore, where Azucena avenges the killing of her mother by the Count di Luna's father by kidnapping the Count's baby brother and throwing him on the fire where her mother was being burned alive. Later we discover that Azucena actually threw her own son on the fire, and raised the Count's brother as her own son, just so that twenty years later she could trick the Count into killing his own brother, thus also illustrating Revenge Before Reason

    Video Games 
  • In the original 1988 Ninja Gaiden, the game starts with Ryu investigating the death of his father, Ken. At first the game appears to subvert this trope, as Ryu later discovers his father is still alive. However, within minutes of finding him, Ken is killed by The Big Bad.
  • Dragon's Wake: The player character's parents are killed by the Big Bad early in game.
  • Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos is set in motion mostly by Caleb Maas killing Felix Johnston over a supposedly-unpaid loan. A debt that apparently got inherited by young Cal Johnston, whom Maas decides to have imprisoned for life when he finds him again, recovering one of his father's items. (As if suddenly becoming orphaned AND inheriting a significant debt that was supposed to be paid off wasn't bad enough.) Cue Cal breaking out of prison with some other folks 15 years later to become a Space Pirate like his grandma, build up resources, and ultimately get cold, hard revenge on Maas.
  • In Star Fox 64, Fox decides to go one-on-one with Andross because he killed his father. Or did he?
    • In the Star Fox comic in Nintendo Power, a big part of the comic's backstory involves Andross and the Love Triangle that he had with Fox's father over Fox's mother. It turned out that Andross killed the mother with a car bomb that was meant for the father, and sabotaged the father's ship so that it would be lost in the Black Hole. Andross (or rather one of his clones) reveals this to Fara Phoenix, The Chick of the Star Fox team, after mistaking her for Fox's long-dead mother (this came about due to Fara getting into one of Fox's mother's outfits, resulting in Fox remarking that she could be his mother's twin sister). Fox hears Andross's reveal as well and goes well beyond furious and into Unstoppable Rage mode. Sporting a pair of Glowing Eyes of Doom, no less!
    • This piece of fanart is a brilliant parody of this section of the trope.
  • In Street Fighter II Chun-Li wants to kill M. Bison because he killed her father. In the cartoon, he also killed Cammy's parents and his own father, leading to this immortal exchange:
    Chun-Li: Monster! You killed my —
    M. 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!
    • Bison's line about this in the live action movie is the only unambiguously good thing in that film. It doesn't matter if you think that the movie sucks or if you think that it's So Bad, It's Good, everyone thinks the One-Liner was awesome.
      Bison: To you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for Me, It Was Tuesday.
    • Juri parents were also killed by Bison who also took out her eye, but really it's more done so as to give Juri more similarities to Chun-Li. In the Street Fighter 5 story mode, Juri literally licks her lips when she hears the Illuminati's scheme to bring down Bison.
    • Also T. Hawk's father was killed by Bison, not that some of the fans care or Capcom played it up.
    • Also, Sagat killed Dan's father Go in a fight, presumably unintentionally, long before his turn to the Dark Side, and Dan swore revenge. Unfortunately, the master he found to train him, the same as Ryu and Ken's, refused to teach him if vengeance was his only motivation, leaving him half trained. When they finally met, Sagat, seeing how screwed up vengeance made him, lets him win anyway.
  • In Baldur's Gate you have to avenge the death of your foster-father, Gorion. Along the way, you find out that your real father is Bhaal, the now-dead god of murder, and that your foster-father's killer is one of your divine half-brothers. Exactly who kills him depends kind of which of your party members puts down the killing blow, but your party kills him so it counts.
  • Fire Emblem loves applying this to the lords. As early as the fourth game (Genealogy of the Holy War), you had Seliph avenging his father by fighting Arvis (Sigurd himself sought to avenge his father) AND Leif avenging his father Quan by fighting Travant, but it was in the ninth game Path of Radiance where Ike's fight with the Black Knight for killing his father was a significant part of the story. No one seeks vengeance for their mothers (if they're mentioned at all), although in Ike's case it's rather justified.
    • Joshua from The Sacred Stones does avenge his mother, though you only see him doing so in Eirika's path. We never know what really happened to Ismaire in Ephraim's path (or if Joshua is actually a prince, at all).
    • And Tine from Genealogy of the Holy War. Seriously, if your Genki Mother (Tailtiu) becomes completely broken and dies of sorrow, all thanks to one Evil Matriarch standing right in front of you, who'd not want to? Apparently, if you do pit Arthur (Tine's brother) with Hilda in the last scenario, he'd think the same.
    • For sibling examples, there's Lachesis in Genealogy, who has it for Chagall after he has her brother Eldigan executed, and Cormag in Sacred Stones, after Valter murders his brother Glen and tricks Cormag into believing Eirika did it so he goes after her and gets himself killed.
    • Radiant Dawn has a rare villain-to-hero accusation if you make Ike fight Pelleas. Pelleas confronts Ike with "You killed my father" (Ashnard, Path of Radiance's Big Bad) and Ike just says Ashnard was a crazy dude that had to be put down. Though it turns out Pelleas isn't actually related to Ashnard.
      • Genealogy of the Holy War has a lot of Villain-to-hero accusations. Dannan, Scipio, Brian, and Ishtar all use this line, though in Scipio and Dannan's case the parents of the heroes killed their father, close enough. Also Blume is a badguy who uses the inversion "You Killed My Son."
    • Awakening has Lucina saying this to the Avatar, in one of the most heartwrenching moments in the entire series, as she tries and fails to kill the Avatar to prevent it from happening. See the Quotes page for the full dialogue, though be warned - there are massive spoilers present.
      • Sadly, Inigo doesn't take her place if he's Chrom's son, despite the fact that he's named after the trope namer himself.
    • These have dated since the first game anyway. The death of King Cornelius became one reason why Marth took up arms and opposed the Dolhr Empire. Meanwhile, Linde had her father Miloah personally murdered by Gharnef that the chance of vengeance became a big reason why she joined Marth's army. And if you see any other plucky mage girls in other games that had their parent/familial figures murdered by the bad guys (including the aforementioned Tine)? They took notes from Linde.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses continues the trend. From the very opening cutscene, we see that Saint Seiros wants revenge on Nemesis for killing her mother. And that's just the start.
      • This ultimately forms a core part of Dimitri's character arc. He wants revenge for the Tragedy of Duscur, an ambush on the entourage of Dimitri's father, King Lambert, which got everyone save Dimitri himself killed. He only has suspicions, but it isn't until much later that he can put a name to it. And even then, he's wrong because the person he blames (Edelgard) had nothing to do with it and was only associated with the true perpetrators as a matter of circumstance. He also eventually does get to kill the mastermind in his own route, but by that point he's developed beyond a thirst for revenge.
      • In the Crimson Flower route, Ashe (if recruited) will cite the death of his adoptive father as one of the reasons why he joins Edelgard in her fight against the Church of Seiros.
      • Notably averted by Raphael. He has a good idea of who is responsible for his parents' deaths, but revenge isn't on his mind because he has to take care of his younger sister, something that revenge wouldn't help.
      • Also played with in Petra and Caspar's support conversations. Caspar's father is responsible for killing Petra's father in battle during the Empire's war with Brigid and Dagda some years prior, and Petra has to convince him that she has no desire to take her revenge out on him. However, in their rank A conversation, Petra confesses that she actually did have some desire to take her revenge out on him, but lost said desire when she learned firsthand what kind of person Caspar really is.
      • Even Byleth gets into this after Jeralt is murdered by Kronya. In the very next chapter, they seize upon an opportunity to exact revenge upon the killer with relish when the opportunity rises. However, this is exactly what the antagonists hoped they'd do and used Kronya as bait to set a trap for them.
      • In Azure Moon, Fleche wants revenge on Dimitri for murdering Randolph (or so she thinks). This sets in motion a chain of events that causes Dimitri to snap out of his Ax-Crazy state he'd been in ever since the Time Skip.
  • In Persona 3, Ken Amada's motivation for joining the party turns out to be getting vengeance on his mother's killer. The 'killer' turns out to be a former member of SEES, who did it by accident, has regretted it ever since, and is fully aware of Ken's motives — in fact, he rejoins you just to give Ken a shot at dealing with him. The trope is subverted; Takaya kills him in front of Ken's eyes.
  • This is the motivation behind Christian and Crystal Devroe's hunt for Major Kreissack in One Must Fall: 2097. Come the final confrontation — in giant robots before a live audience, of course — Christian quotes Inigo Montoya verbatim. Kreissack responds with an introduction to the bigger-and-deadlier robot their father was working on...
  • Mother 3: In the first chapter, Claus tries to avenge the death of his mother, Hinawa. This is subverted at the end of the chapter, where it turns out that Claus was killed as well. He gets worse.
  • Done with a twist in Super Robot Wars 3 and Original Generation: The heroes are confronted by Lune Zoldark, daughter of Bian Zoldark, who was the Big Bad of the Divine Wars. After defeating her, she immediately lets go of the grudge, as she understood the circumstances, and only attacked in the first place out of familial duty.
  • In Tales of Phantasia the murder of Cless's parents serves as his entire motivation for wanting to destroy the Big Bad and, unknown to Cless and his companions, Well-Intentioned Extremist Dhaos. After the end of the first battle with Dhaos in the past, Dhaos escapes to the future of Cless's time period. Once Dhaos escapes, Cless screams in rage that someday he'll make Dhaos pay for murdering his mother and father.
  • Subverted by Tales of Symphonia where, after we learn that Quirky Miniboss Squad member Kvar was directly responsible for the death of Lloyd's mother by mutating her into a monster and forcing his father to kill her, he is instead stabbed to death by Kratos. Double subverted once we learn that Kratos is Lloyd's father, and thus had a higher rating on the hierarchy of 'giving this villain his Karmic Death' — and no, Lloyd isn't very big on killing him once he finds out.
  • Inverted in Tales of the Abyss, where it turns out that the First Boss of the game was the adopted mother of Psycho Ranger Arietta. And you really can't blow it off because it really is entirely your fault (hell, the events leading up to it were caused by the Team Pet!), even if For You It Was Tuesday.
  • In Tears to Tiara 2. Hamil to Izebel. It turns out she didn't. Hasdrubal took his own life. But before doing so he ordered Izebel to pretend as though he rebelled and she crushed it. The whole thing was to ensure Hamil's eventual rebellion would succeed.
  • Metroid features the unending battle between bounty hunter Samus Aran and Ridley, leader of the Space Pirates, who killed not only her own parents, but everyone else on the space colony where she was born. Ridley personally killed her mother, in front of Samus. In the manga, where he speaks, he even cruelly taunts her about it every chance he gets.
    • She also hates the Space Pirates because they destroyed her second family, namely the Chozo who adopted her.
  • Subverted in Metal Gear Solid. Liquid really hated his father, so he blames Solid Snake for "stealing [his] revenge!"
    • Played straight with Naomi Hunter and Fortune in MGS and MGS2 respectively. The former implanted the Fox-Die virus in Solid Snake because he sent her adoptive brother Frank Jaeger home a cripple, and indirectly placed him within the Genome Therapy project (unaware that Frank Jaeger was the one who murdered her real parents in the first place), and because he killed her benefactor, Big Boss; while the latter chases after Solid Snake believing that he killed her father, Commander Dolph.
  • In the Fatal Fury series, the Bogards, Terry and Andy, are out to defeat Geese Howard for killing their adoptive father Jeff. Ironically, after Terry kills Geese in Real Bout (Geese falls out a window and refuses to take Terry's hand), he raises Geese's orphaned son Rock, apparently to keep him from going through the same process.
  • In No More Heroes, Shinobu, the Rank 8 boss, seems relatively unemotional right up until Travis turns on his beam katana. When she sees that, she accuses him of having killed her father and goes ballistic. He didn't. He never even met Master Jacobs, though he did watch his training video until it broke.
  • Averted in Silent Hill 3. Heather desperately wants to kill her father's murderer, but said murderer dies before Heather gets the chance to exact her revenge.
    • As the player, you can give Heather her revenge, but doing so plays into Claudia's plan and allows the dark god gestating in Heather to overwhelm her for the Bad Ending.
  • In Dark Cloud 2, Gaspard kills King Raybrandt at the end of the opening scene of the game, right before Monica Raybrandt's eyes.
  • In Samurai Shodown Edge of Destiny, Galford D. Weiler personally hunts down Draco, this time around not just because the latter's evil, and the former is a champion of justice. But also because the latter killed the former's father.
  • In Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, this is one of the title character's motives for going after the Fiendish Five.
  • In Fallout 3, you can choose to Kill Autumn for killing your father or let him live.
  • Mega Man ZX pulls this one in Vent's story - in it, Purprill points out that he was just another Maverick until he helped lead the attack on Area H ten years ago, and was remodeled into a Pseudoroid for his work. Need I remind you just WHO happened to be there at the time?
    Vent: Your story about ten years ago eased my conscience. Now there's nothing stopping me from taking you out!
    • Aile implies, although not outright states, in her story that she was also aware of Purprill murdering her parents and witnessed him doing it from this exchange.
      Purprill: Ook! Ook! So a Maverick has come to take me back eh? Lord Serpent just doesn't understand how to treat his employees!
      Aile: So you're the one with the Biometal! I'm sorry but I'll be taking it now.
      Purprill: Oh, so you're not one of the Mavericks? Then get out of my park!
      Aile: I'm the one with the memories here. You get out of my park!
  • In Baten Kaitos, Kalas seeks to kill Giacomo for this reason.
  • Inverted in Skies of Arcadia Legends: Bonus Boss Piastol repeatedly attempts to duel Vyse to the death because she has identified him as part of a pirate band who invaded her father's ship, killed him and her little sister and set the ship on fire. Vyse's seeming inability to remember this only aggravate her further. In reality, her father was killed by his second-in-command Ramirez (The Dragon to the current Big Bad) who also sat fire to the ship, her sister survived the ordeal, and Vyse was part of a Blue Rogue crew who just happened to be passing by and tried to rescue survivors off the ship — Vyse doesn't remember the event because he was almost killed by an unknown assailant who threw a knife at his face, scarring him for life, just as he was getting aboard (Piastol was trying to fend off the 'invaders').
  • In The Godfather game, your killing of Don Emilio Barzini is partly on orders and partly because he ordered your father's death. It even gets a Lampshade hung on it when you finally catch up during the baptism assassinations, with Barzini saying that he knew it would be you.
  • Looking for his father's killer is Siegfried's motivation in the first Soul Blade game. Subverted - it was Siegfried himself.
  • Ace Attorney Investigations: Kay Faraday gets one of these in "Turnabout Ablaze", when she faces Shih-na, after finding out that she is really Calisto Yew in disguise - the woman who killed her father in the previous flashback case. She tries to attack her, despite Edgeworth's objections, and ends up getting held at gunpoint in what is arguably the highlight/climax of the case. Interestingly enough, she actually drops this attitude shortly afterward, coming to consider Yew to be more of the murder weapon than the actual murderer, who would be the Big Bad holding her leash.
    • Played with in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, when it's revealed that Simon Blackquill was in prison for the murder of Athena's mother, but not only does she not believe it, but she's actively trying to get him free. A variation does happen later, when the real murderer is found and Athena joins Apollo and Phoenix behind the defense bench to take him down.
    • In the first game, when Edgeworth learns that Von Karma killed his father, he says, " was you." Interestingly though, he doesn't play a part in getting them arrested - Phoenix does.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Final Fantasy VII:
    • It is heavily implied that Professor Gast was the father of Aerith Gainsborough, to which he was murdered by Professor Hojo shortly thereafter, and Hojo then subjects Ifalfna and their daughter, Aerith, to seven years worth of horrific experiments, to which they ultimately took its toll on Ifalfna when they eventually escaped. Aerith never knew Hojo killed her father, and you only get to find out about this after Aerith is dead.
    • This is Tifa's personal motivation for going after Sephiroth. He single handedly killed her father, her friends and everyone she knew and loved in Niblehiem (minus Cloud) and comes scarily close to killing her as well. Much of the anger towards Sephiroth still remains in Tifa's later portrayals, including physically attacking him in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
      • Sephiroth also killed Cloud's mother though it goes unmentioned in the original game with Cloud being simply unable to describe to his friends what he saw in his burning house though he is seen collapsing with grief in the flashback. Cloud does get to avenge his mother and Tifa's father as well as Niblehiem as whole, at least three times in the canon.
    Give me back my mother, Tifa and the whole village... I used to admire you
    Cloud (stabbing Sephiroth) Last Order: Final Fantasy VII.
    • Final Fantasy XIII: "Moms are tough", but not tough enough to escape death. His failure in regards to the counterattack at Hanging Edge continues to metaphorically haunt Snow even as he tries to rescue Serah. It also physically haunts him in the form of Hope, the son of the woman who volunteered to assist him and misinterpreted that failure as Snow leaving her to die. It gets to the point where revenge is Hope's sole driving factor, and he almost exacts his revenge before a Sanctum mech blows them both to the streets below. They manage to smooth things out from that point forward.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, the Human Noble origin involves your parents being betrayed and killed by a rival noble family. Naturally, later in the game you get to take vengeance on their murderer, Arl Rendon Howe (you fight the guy no matter what, but It's Personal with this origin). Subsequently, in the expansion you meet a prisoner who had been captured in an attempt to kill you for murdering his father. You can then recruit him and show him his father deserved it. It's the son of the man who killed your father in the previously mentioned origin story, meaning it's a thankfully thwarted Cycle of Revenge. Moreover, you can befriend the son, bringing the whole thing to a much better ending than expected.
    • In all origins, Alistair wants revenge against Loghain for the deaths of Warden-Commander Duncan (whom Al regarded as a father figure) and the rest of the Fereldan Grey Wardens apart from you. Depending on how you choose to resolve the situation at the Landsmeet, he can receive or be denied this vengeance; but if he gets it, he makes sure Loghain understands just why he's doing what he's doing.
      Alistair: This is for Duncan!
  • Jack Marston hunts down and shoots Edgar Ross dead for the betrayal and murder of his father in the Playable Epilogue of Red Dead Redemption.
  • Inverted in Mitsumete Knight; it's not the player character, but one of his enemies who invokes this trope to his face. After you kill Final Boss Wolfgario the Ravager in his unmasked version, Raizze Haimer, one of the winnable girls of the cast, will reveal herself as his daughter and as one of the enemy generals, and will challenge you in a duel to avenge her father. However, if she's deeply in love with you, she'll waver between her duty and her love, allowing you to save her. If she's not enough in love, on the other hand...
  • Pretty much the case in Assassin's Creed II, as Ezio's original motivation is the framing and execution of his father, along with Ezio's brothers at the behest of the Big Bad. After he avenges himself upon the prosecutor/judge though, he finds out about a conspiracy against the city which his father had collected evidence against, and considers the conspirators partially responsible as well.
    • And the opening of Brotherhood ends with the killing of Mario Auditore by Cesare Borgia to conclude the Siege of Monteriggioni.
  • In The Matrix: Path of Neo, there is a scene in which you (as Neo) are fighting Seraph and wind up fighting through a cinema in which the same scene is showing on the big screen. The lone member of the audience shouts out things such as "Oh, I get it: You killed his Master and now you must die!"
  • After Sepulchure's death in AdventureQuest Worlds, his daughter Gravelyn becomes sad and angry over it, and guess what? She will never forgive Drakath for killing him. Hence, the reason why she formed a truce with King Alteon to deal with his threat and that of the 13 Lords of Chaos.
    Gravelyn: Drakath will pay for what he has done! Then... My army of darkness will conquer this land. We are unstoppable!
  • This is the main plot element of the iOS game Infinity Blade: in the opening tutorial, your character is killed by the God King and the main game starts 20 years later with you controlling his son. You fight your way through the God King's castle before reaching the man himself...who is much more powerful than you and will most likely kick your ass and kill you. Then time furthers an additional 20 years with you controlling the son of the previous character (who for some reason retains the same level and equipment as his father) and so the game continues as you go through several generations until you manage to kill the God King.
  • The line is said in Outlaws by Marshal Anderson to Bob Graham, who's holding him at gunpoint, and gloats about finishing him off. In an interesting twist the one who actually kills the villain is not Anderson but rather his little daughter Sara.
  • Shenmue: Only in this case, Ryo Hazuki is after Lan Di because he killed Iwao, Ryo's father. Lan Di (the series antagonist) appears to be trying to get Revenge for someone in his and Iwao Hazuki's (Ryo's father) past (apparently Iwao may have killed a close associate of Lan Di and he's settling the score), although Lan Di's interest in the twin stone mirrors seems to be self-serving (killing Iwao as payback may have been a convenient double-whammy). Presumably more will be revealed once Shenmue 3 is released.
  • In Valis II, the Big Bad Magus is the brother of Roglas, the first game's Big Bad.
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction be sure to pour on the backstory for our main character. The Big Bad Percival Tachyon establishes a vendetta against the Lombax species, as he either killed or caused all remaining Lombaxes in the universe to flee using the Dimensionator. Tachyon, however, makes sure to point out that one two Lombaxes stayed behind while the rest fled— The keeper of the Dimensionator and his infant son. He tells Ratchet that he took great pleasure in killing his father, and that is was a shame that he was sent to the Solana Galaxy before Tachyon could find him, as well.
    Subverted, however, as Tachyon seems to use this as more motivation than Ratchet. Ratchet plans on defeating Tachyon to take back the Dimensionator and keep the galaxy safe either way, whereas Tachyon looks at killing Ratchet as a way to "finish the job." Perhaps more of a case of "I killed your father?"
  • In Deus Ex, Bob Page is revealed to have been responsible for killing you and Paul's father. He even sends the man who did the job to kill you near the end of the game, allowing you to exact sweet, sweet revenge, in addition to getting revenge on Page himself in the ending.
  • Averted in RuneScape. A villain in a major storyline ends up killing a particular hero who happens to have a daughter who is an extremely powerful warrior in her own right... Yet while the villain dies in the end, it is not by her hand. Perhaps understandably, she is unhappy about this.
  • The Force Unleashed, unlike the main Star Wars classic trilogy above, plays this straight with Starkiller's father murdered by Darth Vader right in front of his very eyes; he even says the line himself during his fight against Vader. It's also strongly implied that Palpatine was also involved in Vader murdering Starkiller's father.
  • In Tomb Raider: Underworld, Natla reveals that she killed Lara's father.
  • This is the motive of several opponents in the sequel to Fantasy Quest, set 20 years after your first "rampage."
  • In a doujinshi of RosenkreuzStilette called Rosenkreuzstilette Afterstory, better known as Tearis, Zorne Sepperin is extremely pissed off at her adoptive sister, Iris for having killed her adoptive father, Graf Michael Sepperin, in the first game. Not willing to forgive her for making her suffer by doing just that, she vows to eliminate her. Cue Freu trying to stop her through a heated battle involving her rage-born power, and Iris, knowing of the battle between the two, desperately asking Tia to kill her in order to truly end the chaos.
  • In Perfect Dark Zero's sixth mission, Mai Hem kills Joanna's father, Jack Dark. Jo retaliates by burning Mai Hem with her dropship's engine exhaust, although she's Not Quite Dead yet.
  • Lampshaded in ARFENHOUSE!!!1 TOO!!!:
    Joseph: Oh, he killed your father? *cough*cliche*cough*
  • In Golden Axe, the Arcade Mode lays out the three heroes' motivations: Death Adder killed Ax Battler's mother, Tyris Flare's father and mother, and Gillius Thunderhead's brother.
  • In Assassin's Creed III, Connor hates Charles Lee and wants him dead because he blames him for the attack on his village that killed his mother Ziio. He does not respond well when he learns that his ally George Washington was the one truly responsible for the attack. He pretty much leaves Washington alone (he merely cuts off all ties with him) though. As it turns out, this trope is the reason behind the events of the entire series. Juno's father was killed during the war between Those Who Came Before and humanity. This left her with a deep-seated resentment of humanity. As a result, she manipulated the plan to prepare humans for the next solar flare to ensure that she would be able to return to Earth and conquer humanity after the threat had passed. The war between the Assassins and Templars, two groups of people who both ultimately just wanted to make the world a better place and merely disagreed on how to do it, was at least partially Juno's fault thanks to her manipulations via the Pieces of Eden, since the two groups working together might have found a way to stop the solar flare without following her plans.
  • Dead Rising 2: Off The Record gives us Evan MacIntyre, a midget clown on stilts who sells ice cream. He tries to sell some to Frank, at which point a signed photo flits past him... whereupon Evan mentions his late brother, Adam, who worked at the Willamete mall. Adam was one of the psychopaths in the original Dead Rising, and Evan attacks Frank in order to get his revenge.
  • Battle for Wesnoth: The "Rise of Wesnoth" campaign gives you farmers you can lead into battle. The first farmer to attack this way reveals his/her motivation: "You killed my family! Die!"
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest III: Before the beginning of the game, the Hero's father Ortega died while fighting Baramos. Or so his family believes. The Hero sets off on a journey to avenge his father's death -and save the world- by killing his murderer. Once the Hero has made it to Zoma's dungeon, he sees King Hydra killing his father before his eyes. Needless to say, King Hydra didn't outlive Ortega for much longer.
    • In Dragon Quest IV, this is what drives the sisters Meena and Maya on their journey. Even when they join forces with The Hero to stop the Big Bad, they do so because they've been explicitely told that The Hero, in turn, will help them avenge their father's death.
  • Early into Shin Megami Tensei I, a demon eats your mother and disguises itself as her. After unmasking the illusion, you, your two friends, and your demons beat it into submission.
  • A rare villain wanting revenge on the hero example happens in Pirate101 when Rooke swears vengeance on the player after the player destroys his brother Deacon.
  • A villanous example in Sin and Punishment: Star Successor Stage 6: you defeat a keeper, who suddenly spits out her offspring as she dies. The infant then holds your partner hostage over a pit of lava. Upon rescuing your partner, the infant attacks you.
  • Team Fortress 2: Mikhael, aka The Heavy Weapons Guy, has this as part of his Dark and Troubled Past. In 1941, his counter-revolutionary father was murdered by the KGB, and he detests them for it. When they started showing up at his home, he turned his home into a Gilded Cage, and trained his younger sisters in the art of Cold-Blooded Torture so they could defend themselves.
  • This is the entire main plot of Raven's Cry—the Player Character hunting down the pirate band that murdered his family and killing every one of them.
  • In StarCraft, Arcturus Mengsk's initial reason for rebelling against the Confederacy before his desire for power fully consumed him was the assassination of his father Angus along with his mother and little sister. It's also one of the reasons he abandoned Kerrigan to the Zerg on Tarsonis. She was one of the three Ghosts the Confederacy sent, and the one who personally killed and decapitated Angus Mengsk. To top it all off, Arcturus himself gets killed years later, by the same person who killed his father.
  • In the opening to Super Fantasy Zone, Opa-Opa's father is killed by the Dark Menon Forces, and Opa-Opa vows to avenge him by defeating the enemy's mastermind and restoring peace to the Fantasy Zone once again.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • In the series' backstory, the legendary Yokudan/Redguard hero Frandar Hunding fell in battle to the giant goblins of Hammerfell while still serving as a Frontline General despite approaching 90. His only son, Divad, took command of the Redguard forces and wiped the goblins out.
    • In Morrowind, Balmora Mages Guild Stewardess Ranis Athrys harbors a serious grudge against the Telvanni. Another character can reveal that this is because her parents were killed by the Telvanni.
  • Inverted in Borderlands 2, wherein the player characters assist the suicide of the Big Bad's daughter, whom he was using as a Wetware CPU for his supercomputer. He goes from Comedic Sociopathy to screaming for you to stop to Tranquil Fury, vowing to kill them with his bare hands.
  • Mondo Medicals: The Shouty Guy's motivation for violently fighting cancer was, apparently, because "a cancer took [his] father and turned him to death".
  • In Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, Trane learns that his father was killed by Mayor Sung, which prompts Trane to reveal Sung's corruption.
  • The Tiamat Sacrament: Gyle, The Dragon of Ry'jin, personally killed King Khytiel and Ilisrei, the father and mother of Xandra and Az'uar respectively. He gloats about his murders in front of the two, giving them motivation to gain enough power to kill him.
  • The inciting incident of The Last of Us Part II is the brutal death of Joel at the hands of a mysterious group of soldiers. After witnessing this, Ellie travels halfway across the country to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the group. As it turns out, this also applies to Abby, former Firefly, and leader of the group that killed Joel. She was the daughter of the surgeon Joel murdered while rescuing Ellie at the end of the The Last of Us, and the trauma she experienced from the event is what drove her to track and kill Joel in such a horrific manner.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: The opening of the game strongly implies that Agahnim murdered Zelda's father upon usurping the throne (The king is shown as a skeleton, among other things). Was also indirectly responsible for the death of Link's Uncle, who served as a father figure to Link.
  • Octopath Traveler: Primrose is motivated by revenge against the men who killed her father when she was a child.

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  • This 8-Bit Theater strip reveals that this trope is the reason Sarda antagonizes the Light Warriors and Black Mage in specific - he is apparently the Future Badass version of Onion Kid.
  • Bob and George: "My name is Mega Man! You killed my dog! Prepare to die!"
  • In the webcomic Elven Lacryment it's the mother who is killed.
  • In Flintlocke Vs. The Horde, Rok'Tar swears revenge against Flintlocke for this very reason, oblivious of the fact that his father is an NPC who regenerates after a few minutes.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Agatha comes across Von Pinn after the construct tore her foster parents to pieces in front of her, and then Von Pinn brushes them off as "disposable caretakers" when Agatha tells her she'll destroy her for it. Agatha's furious destructive response sends Von Pinn through all the floors of the castle to a hidden chamber deep beneath the basement.
    • Right after Beausoleil kills the Master of Paris his victim's daughter, who is having a rather brilliant breakthrough, jumps to perch on an electrical orb directly behind him. He has a moment to register that this is bad before she detroys all of his false bodies at once, forcing him to feel all of them.
      Beausoleil: Oh Dear...why does this not seem like a good thing?
  • Homestuck: Jack manages to kill Dave's brother (technically biological father), John's father and Rose's mother. This sends Rose into a murderous rage to hunt him down. Much later in [S] Game Over, Rose flies into a similar rage this time at the Condesce when she kills Kanaya.
  • Looking for Group: Lampshaded by Richard.
  • Oglaf plays with this in one strip where it ends where the father-killer is, himself, a father, starting the process over again with his son.
    • In the Justice/Atonement arcs, a man is out to avenge his parents...who died due to winter. So he decides to kill the Anthropomorphic Personification of winter, the Ice Queen. It doesn't work, and after meeting (and sleeping with) several of Anthropomorphic Personifications (of Justice, Enlightenment, Inevitability, Hope, etc.) he meets the Anthropomorphic Personification of "Easy Answers" who tells him his parents faked their deaths to get rid of him. "On account of you're a prat".
  • Order of Tales: Kroak confronts Gerrah, who killed his parents.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Eugene Greenhilt (Roy's father) swore a blood oath of revenge on Xykon for killing his mentor (Eugene's own father was alive or had died of natural causes at that point, but in either case the two were estranged). However, it's utterly subverted as Eugene eventually ditches that ambition and dies of natural causes. Roy's own motivation to take out Xykon is the Blood Oath passed down from his father, but this too is subverted eventually. Roy decides that Xykon needs to die because he is an evil prick, not because of a personal vendetta.
    • Belkar is confronted here by Yokyok, the son of a kobold he murdered earlier in the story. Actually a parody of the trope since, while Belkar is on the protagonists' side, he is Chaotic Evil, while Yokyok is Lawful Good but was recruited by the villains specifically because he's Belkar's opposite. Finally, it's Belkar who wins. The whole scene is a (very funny) reference to The Princess Bride.
  • Parodied in the The Perry Bible Fellowship comic "Sven's Revenge" in which the titular Sven thinks he's killed the shark that killed his father only to find the supposed distinguishing characteristic of said shark is ubiquitous to this common and widespread species.
  • Parodied in Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal #3265: A father's ghost appears to his son demanding him to take revenge for his death. But since he died because of shoddy electrical wiring, the son has to go on a killing spree through representatives of all the different agents who were responsible for its production. Thus, the reason he gives for his murders isn't "You killed my father" but "Globalization."
  • A variation in this strip of Schlock Mercenary:
    Gasht'g'd'g'tang: I'm Gasht'g'd'g'tang. Your gate-copy killed my son. Prepare to die.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Grace both learns who her father was and that Damien killed him at the same time.
    Grace: He had to of been my father, and you killed him right in front of me!
  • Tower of God: In a special case, it is Anaak Jahad's mother that is killed (though her father is murdered alongside with her), because she, as a Princess of Jahad, got into a relationship with another man. Years later, Anaak meets her parents' murderer on the testing grounds and goes ballistic.
  • Lampshaded in Unsounded by Knock-Me-Down:
    Lemme trank Junior. I got a policy of kids not watchin' me crash their parents. In ten years a masked avenger'll show up to ruin me day.

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  • A Running Gag in Suburban Knights is Angry Joe being unable to remember Inigo Montoya's "You killed my father" line. He ends up substituting in "mother", "brother", "lawyer", and finally, "hamster". The one time he gets it right... is the time he introduces himself as Amigo Toyota.
  • In Street Fighter: The Later Years, Dhalsim worries that Chun-Li won't listen to M. Bison about the tournament because he killed her father. Bison's not worried about it:
    Bison: Oh, c'mon guys, I killed your [Dhalsim] father and yours [Vega]. And most of Zangief's extended family, it was a different time.
    Zangief: They said that fire was an accident.
  • The motivation of two (or sort of three) of the heroes of Tales from My D&D Campaign for their It's Personal attitude towards the evil Kua-Toa. Little One lost his mother, Angel lost her mentor in The Organization, and Draven Rowe lost his ancestral lands (though his parents got out OK).
  • Played for Laughs in one of Cake Station's analysis videos on fighting sequences in RWBY. The example given involves two guys — Punch Man and Kick Man — fighting. Punch Man's father was kicked to death by Kick Man and so now he wants to break Kick Man's legs in revenge.

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  • Parodied (like everything else) in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!: The Animated Series. Facing an army of homicidal love apples, pizza shop owner Wilbur Finletter voices his rage at the global ban on tomato cultivation, which has forced him to sell tomato-free pizza: "You killed my business, prepare to die!"
  • Towards the end of the third season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Katara tracks down her mother's killer, intending to kill him until she discovers he is literally Not Worth Killing. Although nothing close to Inigo Montoya's speech is used, "My name is Katara of the Southern water Tribe. You killed my mother. Prepare to die!" still eventually became a meme.
  • Ben 10:
    • In the Ben 10: Alien Force episode 'Vendetta', A villain named Ragnarok is revealed to have killed Kevin's father. Kevin quotes Inigo's famous line when he first find Ragnarok. Kevin makes sure Ben and Gwen don't interfere in his final confrontation with Ragnarok; the latter's ship falls apart, and Kevin removes the item that kept Ragarnok's ship around; Ragarnok dies in space.
    • Later, in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Charmcaster confronts the tyranical ruler of her home dimension and killer of her father, who says "My might has long since cowed any resistance that once dared challenge me.", to which Charmcaster replies "Is that your way of saying you killed my father?!"
  • DCAU:
    • Played completely straight in Batman Beyond. Corrupt Corporate Executive Derek Powers arranged to have Terry McGinnis's father killed, so Terry becomes the next Batman, and not only gets the guy who actually did the job, but ends up nearly getting Powers killed, causing him to become his archenemy Blight. When Terry later finds out that Blight is Powers, he confronts him again in the season finale:
      Blight: Who are you?!
      Batman: ...You really want to know?
      Blight: Yes!
      Batman: You killed my father.
      Blight: (irritated) Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down?!
      Batman: Too bad. It's all you get.

      Terry: So...I made him that?
      Bruce Wayne: You may have, in part.
      Terry: Good.
      (Bruce looks at him funny)
      Terry: Hey, this guy had my father murdered and all he's done since is hide from the law. Well, no more hiding for Mr. Derek Powers. Now everyone can see what he is...even in the dark.
    • Elsewhere in the DCAU, Justice League has Anti-Hero Huntress track down the man who killed her parents. However, this trope is prevented by the fact that the killer Mandragora has a son. Once Huntress realizes this (thanks to The Question pretty much engineering the encounter to ensure she did) she backs down. Ironically, that same son becomes a villain in Batman Beyond, a member of the Brain Trust.
  • In Castlevania when Lisa is burned at the stake by the Corrupt Church, Alucard wants vengeance as much as his father Dracula does and encourages his father to kill those directly responsible for her death. But Dracula refuses his narrow his rage citing Lisa as Too Good for This Sinful Earth and chooses to Kill All Humans instead which Alucard takes issue with.
  • Subverted in Futurama. Leela, after crossing paths with some suspicious cloaked figures in the sewers of New New York, gives chase to them, as she thinks they have information about her past or her parents. After confronting them, she comes to the conclusion that they killed her parents, to which the cloaked figures agree and prepare for her to kill them in revenge. Thankfully, Fry shows up just in time to reveal that the cloaked figures ARE her parents.
  • Taken Up to Eleven in Gargoyles as part of its Aesop about the Cycle of Revenge: Gillecomgain killed Findlaech, Macbeth killed Gillecomgain and Duncan, and Canmore killed Macbeth, all to avenge their respective fathers.
  • In Gravity Falls, Rumble McSkirmish's motivation for fighting Dr. Karate is that the latter killed his father... again. Dipper later claims this happened to him in order to get Rumbles to fight Robbie for him.
  • In The Legend of Korra, when Season 3 Big Bad Zaheer apparently kills Korra's father Tonraq by airbending him off a cliff (he was rescued just in time), she is suitably enraged. When she is later taken prisoner, she swears to the Red Lotus that none of them will survive after she gets free.
  • In one episode of The Simpsons, Frank Grimes' son tries to kill Homer since Homer's idiocy indirectly killed Frank in an earlier episode.
  • Parodied in the South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft". After giving Stan the Sword of a Thousand truths in World of Warcraft, Stan's father's character is mortally wounded by the episode's Player Killer antagonist, and dies a mournful death in the arms of Stan's character. Stan confronts the Player Killer dramatically with "You killed my father."
  • In The Spectacular Spider Man, Peter seems unable to interact with Walter Hardy without showing how much he hates him for the murder of Uncle Ben, his Uncle/adoptive parent. Interestingly, there's a non-fatal inversion: since Hardy refuses to break out of jail, his daughter Black Cat cuts ties with Peter, blaming him for the fact that her father will spend the rest of his life away from her.
  • A villain-on-villain example: Spider-Man: The New Animated Series featured a pair of psychic twins out for revenge on Kraven the Hunter for the murder of their parents. Since they weren't powerful enough to take on Kraven directly, they used their powers to trick Spider-Man into believing that Kraven had murdered Mary Jane. Kraven was very nearly killed by Spider-Man's Unstoppable Rage, and only survived when Spider-Man realized what was happening.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In the Season 2 finale, Boba Fett tracks down Mace Windu, trying to kill him, with the help of another bounty hunter Aurra Sing. The plan for killing Windu starts off with a motion-activated bomb, comes to a head with an entire Jedi cruiser being destroyed, and finally ends with Boba and Aurra trying to use hostages to get Windu's attention. Made quite impressive if you consider that Boba is eleven or twelve at the time.
  • During the mostly Narmful Street Fighter cartoon, one particularly awesome moment pops up near the end, with Chun Li attacking M. Bison because he killed her father. M. Bison coolly dodges all of the attacks, and strikes back with:
    M. Bison: Yes, yes. I killed your father. What is it with you women anyway? (eyes begin glowing) I killed my father too and you don't hear me whining about it!!!!
  • In Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, Dr. C trained Riya Dashti to become the Cyber Ninja Blindstrike to help carry out revenge for the murder of Blindstrike's parents, two of Dr. C's colleagues.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • In the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, the leader of the Purple Dragon gang, Hun, killed Casey Jones' father when Casey was a kid; unsurprisingly Casey is packing a grudge against Hun and everyone wearing the Purple Dragon colors. Averted insofar as Casey refuses a couple opportunities to kill Hun, however.
    • In the 2012 cartoon, Karai's hatred of Splinter aka Hamato Yoshi is because he killed her mother. Except that he didn't. Unbeknownst to her, Splinter is her real father and that the person who killed her mother wasn't him; it was her adoptive father the Shredder, aka Oroku Saki, who also proceeded to kidnap her to raise as a tool of revenge against Splinter. Once she learns the truth, she turns the trope's direction towards Shredder instead, though it takes until Season 4 before she can get going on coming after him.
  • Parodied in Xavier: Renegade Angel: Xavier spends most of the first season trying to do this, completely unaware that he killed his own parents or at least his father by accidentally burning his house down.

    Real Life 
  • During the French Revolution Renée Bordereau (1770-1824), a countrywoman from the Anjou, lost several relatives to the Terror and and witnessed the butchering of her father. She then dressed as a man (not that hard, apparently, as she was described as very ugly) to fight in the wars in the Vendée on the royalist side, evading capture until 1809. We only got her own words (i. e. her memoirs, written in 1814) for it, but she claimed once to have killed 21 men in a single battle.
  • In the days of The Wild West The Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin was famed for his bloodthirstiness and had killed two dozen or so men. Even so he ended up being released from prison because his term was up and was free to wander about doing mischief (yeah, that's The Government for you). The brother of one man he had killed slipped up to him and shot him In the Back. This Vigilante Man was given a pardon from the governor because the governor thought, with a lack of lawfulness but not completely without logic, that John Wesley Hardin "needed killin".
  • The Khmer Rouge seemed to be aware of this trope. When they executed someone, they also made sure to kill their children afterwards. The reason: "to stop them growing up and taking revenge for their parents' deaths". During their reign, Cambodia lost a third of its population, and it's conceivable that, had they held on for another decade, they'd have no population left.
  • Feudal Japan's Samurai made this a morbid tradition. The Code of Bushido makes avenging your master/teacher/father a core duty, for things like cutting him down in battle for example. As samurai tend to teach the family business to their kids as it were, the result were often blood feuds the stretch across generations — each side believing itself to be the heroic, righteous and honorable party while the other side the vile villains without self-reflective irony. This also comes with a dash of Wicked Cultured as these honor duels eventually developed their own elaborate code of conduct and manners.
  • This was horribly invoked by Heinrich Himmler during a speech for Navy officers: he explained he had to murder the wives and the children of the partisans and the "Jewish commissars" so that they didn't avenge the death of their fathers when they grew up...
  • Gustav Vasa lead a massive Swedish Independance War against the Union of Kalmar. The reason for this was that his father, Erik Johansson Vasa, was one of the eighty Swedish Noblemen murdered during the Stolkholm Bloodbath (when King Christian II of Denmark executed eighty Swedes despite promising them amnesty). Gustav won the war, ended Danish Rule in Sweden, and became King.


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Under the influence of the Symbiote and tempted by his murder of Ben Parker, Peter Parker confronts Flint Marko in the subway tunnels, hellbent on avenging his uncle.

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