->"We took pity on him because he lost both parents at an early age. I think, on reflection, that we should have wondered a bit more about that."
-->-- Lord Downey, Discworld/Hogfather
What might be considered the inverse of OffingTheOffspring, and is equally aberrant behavior is when a villain murders their own parents. Any character behaving this way will probably be AxCrazy and/or a PsychoForHire. An TheEvilPrince Evil Prince can also do that if he's impatient enough. It's the ultimate mark of an EnfantTerrible, and a likely origin of an EvilOrphan.
It can be justified if the parents AbusiveParents happen to be abusive or cruel mockeries of humanity from beyond the void -- insofar as murder can be, but at least it's then the domain of the AntiHero dark and troubled protagonists. It's more justifiable if the parent is an outright villain. In addition, there are also instances where the child either unintentionally killed his parents or something FateWorseThanDeath genuinely horrific happened to his/her parents that they are forced to kill them.
Contrast with EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas, which is based on the premise that EvenEvilHasStandards no one, no matter how bad, would act this way. If it happens before the murderer is born, this is the GrandfatherParadox. If only the father is killed and it's played for drama then it would be Template:Patricide.
One subversion is to have this happen by accident and/or for the parents' death be ultimately caused by their own actions involving the child. If said parent's child also happens to be a Mook of the parent, it can also overlap into TheDogBitesBack.
folder:Anime and Manga
* In Template:Anime/Monster, CompleteMonster Johan kills several sets of adoptive parents from a very young age onwards.
** spoiler: And he kills his sister Anna's adoptive parents, too.
* In the Template:Yu-Gi-Oh manga, Kaiba DrivenToSuicide drove his adopted father to suicide after taking over his company. No mention of what happened to the biological parents; in the GagDub WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries, Kaiba claims to have fired them.
** His biological parents died in a genuine accident. Seto and Mokuba wound up in an orphanage on account of their living relatives only wanting the family's money. Nephews? Forget it.
** Somewhat understandable in that said adoptive father was an Template:Abusive KnightTemplarParent fanatic who put the boy on a TrainingFromHell study regime that would have made lesser minds crack long ago. spoiler: In the anime, he did that to compensate for the loss of his biological son Noah... whom he wasn't exactly caring to either.
** Not to mention what Marik's dark side did to his father.
* Tohru Honda of Template:Fruits Basket originally believes she is this, believing that her not telling her mother to come home safe somehow caused her accidenthottip:*:Though this is more of a NeverGotToSayGoodbye sort of thing.. Kyo Sohma, although his father is still alive, also believes himself to be this, because his curse (of being the Cat) caused his mother to commit suicide.
* Itachi Uchiha killed everyone in his clan except for Sasuke in Template:Naruto.
** A bit of a twist, since spoiler:he was following the orders of his government to stop his family from committing a coup d'etat. There is also evidence that he's troubled by his own actions since it's stated that he began acting strangely before the event, and the fact that he couldn't bring himself to kill Sasuke spoiler:which he was also presumably ordered to do.
*** In fact, Itachi's entire StartOfDarkness flashback from relatively early in the series looks very different after the revelation, when you realize that his emotional rollercoaster and remarks like 'I've given up on this hopeless clan!' aren't actually budding psychosis--spoiler: they're a soldier struggling to find sufficient reason to reject unconscionable orders, and ''failing.''
*** It's also theorized that he spared Sasuke [[spoiler: as the carrot in Danzou's proposition--that as long as he made sure the boy never suspected the massacre had been anything but another high-level ninja going off the deep end, he was allowed to leave him alive. It's already established that he loved Sasuke more than anything. NiceJobBreakingItHero And look where it got Sasuke himself. Thank you, Itachi..]]
*** Of course, then you get into questions of whether he used Sasuke to kill himself, or just wanted Sasuke to come kill him so [[spoiler:BigBrotherInstinct he could see him one more time before he died....]]
** A partial example is Haku': His father killed his mother once he found out about their SuperpowerfulGenetics bloodline limit, and when he tried to kill Haku, Haku accidentally killed his father in self-defense out of fear.
* Template:Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni has a tragic case of this trope. In her backstory, spoiler:Satoko had become insane and extremely paranoid as a result of suffering from Hinamizawa Syndrome, to the point where she perceived her own parents as a threat to her and pushed them both off a cliff to their deaths. It was essentially a twisted kind of self-defence.
* Broly to Paragus in a DragonballZ movie. Goku also killed his adoptive grandfather Gohan, but that was an accident.
** Of course, then again, whether Broly himself actually will qualify as an orphan legally is another issue since he is implied to be about thirty during the time of the movie. Plus, in a way, Paragus AssholeVictim did deserve his death, considering the fact that he ended up using Broly's powers against Broly's own will and later (even if reluctantly) attempted to abandon him on the doomed planet. It also overlaps into TheDogBitesBack, since Broly, although definitely one of the central main antagonists, was technically a mook to his father.
* spoiler:Suzaku of CodeGeass killed his father, spoiler:the Prime Minister of Japan, Genbu Kururugi, during Japan's war against Britannia. He did this in order to [[spoiler:force Japan to surrender, thus ending the bloodshed of the war and preventing Japan's total destruction, since Genbu actually was ready to HonorBeforeReason have Japan destroyed rather than under Britannian rule]]. It worked, but the character is so horribly torn by guilt that the incident gives him LaserGuidedAmnesia for years. To make things worse, [[spoiler:it's indicated in some of the background material that if Japan had fought to the end as Genbu wanted, that could have bought enough time for the Chinese Federation and/or the [=EU=] to intervene on Japan's behalf]].
** In Nightmare of Nunally [[spoiler:Genbu was planning to marry Nunally so that they won't be able to invade his nation due having a Britannian Princess as a political piece, however Suzaku wouldn't had murdered him but KnightTemplarBigBrother Lelouch would have killed Suzaku's father if that had happened]].
** In R2 episode 21, [[spoiler:Lelouch killed his father and mother (after spending 90% of the series trying to find out who OnlyMostlyDead killed her). They were trying to bring about [[Template:Instrumentality the end of the world]] at the time, though.]]
** In the light novels, it's mentioned that spoiler:BloodKnight Luciano Bradley killed his abusive father at a very young age.
* It is noted in ElfenLied that most of the diclonius kill their own parents out of SuperpoweredEvilSide volatile fear, although this is not the case with any of the named diclonius in the show, it very nearly is. [[spoiler: Actually averted with Lucy/Kaede: her father left her and her mom before little Kaede's abilities kicked in, Kaede herself was separated from her mom some time later and sent to the infamous OrphanageOfFear... and while searching for her, Mama was captured, raped, forcibly impregnated with the first male Diclonius ever, and finally DrivenToSuicide by Chief Kakuzawa. Also averted with Mariko Kurama since her mom Hiromi fell victim to DeathByChildbirth and the deals with her dad Kurama are... very complicated.]]
* Justified with Guts, the aptly-named main character of Template:Berserk, who killed his abusive adoptive father in self-defense. It was either that or dying.
* Souther from FistOfTheNorthStar was tricked into killing his beloved adoptive sifu, as the final stage of his training. This emotional trauma actually causes Souther to become a CompleteMonster.
* In MobileSuitGundam, [[spoiler: Prince Gihren Zabi becomes TheStarscream and kills his elderly father, Sovereign Degwin, when he was trying to make peace with the Federation. He doesn't get away with it, his EvilGenius sister Kycilia offs him soon, on the grounds of him being a patricidal murderer who would've been executed anyway.]]
* Template:Gundam 00 has an interesting case: spoiler:Sohran Ibrahim, the boy who would become Setsuna F. Seiei, the ''lead protagonist himself'', shot his parents to death. In his defense, [[spoiler:he and many other kids were brainwashed into doing so by BloodKnight Ali Al-Saachez to "prove their faith" to a cause Ali himself didn't even believe in]], and it's definitely not something he's proud of. spoiler:One reason he's more or less close to RebelliousPrincess Marina Ismail is because of her similarities to his dead mother.
** spoiler:Andrei Smirnov of the A-Laws kills his own father spoiler:Sergei, under the mistaken impression that he was part of a coup. To be fair to him, though, [[spoiler:after a telepathic epiphany with his stepsister Marie/Soma, Andrei saw the grave error of his actions, and spends the rest of his days TheAtoner atoning for his sin... which he did in a RedemptionEqualsDeath dying blaze of glory during A Wakening Of The Trailblazer]].
* LightNovel/Template:Baccanos Czeslaw Meyer is one in a case of TheDogBitesBack The dog biting back where he spoiler: kills his parental guardian, Fermet by the only means possible for immortals: devouring them. Luckily he gets a ThrowTheDogABone better replacement eventually.
* Narutaru has two examples. First, [[spoiler:LonelyRichKid Hiroko "Hiro-chan" Kaizuka kills her parents with her newly-acquired Mon after RapeAsDrama certain BreakTheCutie factors drive her to insanity - and said parents' AbusiveParents emotional abuse (at least from Mr. Kaizuka's side, we don't know about the mother) is just the straw that breaks the camel's back for her.]] Secondly, in the manga only, [[spoiler:it's suggested that [[Übermensch Naozumi Sudo]] might be responsible for the "disappearance" of his parents and older brother, though his true involvement in the matter is left ambiguous]].
** There's also how spoiler:Tomori neglected his sick mother until she ''starved to death'', though after a certain point it's difficult to tell whether he had been doing so for very long before he died.
* In InuYasha, young Kohaku is forced to kill his father and other people from his village while BrainwashedAndCrazy, with only his older sister Sango surviving. The trauma of this is later brought up to explain why he MoreThanMindControl no longer tries to fight it (because that would mean remembering, which is such an horrifying experience for the kid that he'd rather have LaserGuidedAmnesia).
* In MiraiNikki [[spoiler: Yuno Gasai's parents kept her locked in a cage and starved her in an attempt to make her into a "perfect" girl. Eventually [[Template:Yandere she snapped]].]], although it's heavily implied even before the reveal.
* In RurouniKenshin, TheDragon Soujiro killed his whole family when he was a child, fed up with their AbusiveParents horrible abuse coming from TheUnfavorite his position as an illegitimate son. Not exactly a self-made orphan though, his parents were already dead and he was taken in by unspecified relatives on his father's side.
** They're specified in the manga--the nastiest woman is his father's actual widow, and most of the guys who beat him are his half brothers, though some are his younger uncles.
** Also, [[spoiler: after Yukishiro Tomoe's death, her little brother Enishi is adopted by a wealthy Chinese family who find him in a gutter after he flees Japan. He kills them, both for the huge sum of money they had and because he simply couldn't stand anyone having a happy life after losing his own.]]
* The Dagger of Kamui starts with a tragic variation: The protagonist, Jiro, is framed for the murder of his adoptive mother and sister, and forced to flee TorchesAndPitchforks mob justice. He's rescued by a passing monk, Tenkai, who offers Jiro the chance to take revenge on the Template:Ninja who killed them. This ninja is actually Jiro's DisappearedDad, who had rebelled against his former master. Tenkai had arranged the murder both as a trap for the rogue, and as the opening act in a XanatosRoulette revolving around making Jiro into a Tykebomb to discover the secrets that died with his father.
* In Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure, Dio Brando kills his father Dario with a slow-acting poison, making it look like Dario is dying of a disease. He hated his father for being abusive to his mother, whom he loved dearly. He tries to do it again (using the same method, no less!) to George Joestar (for the money), and YouMeddlingKids would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for that meddling Jonathan!
** Cars in the second part also...well, forget killing his parents, he killed his entire clan, save for his ally ACDC and the infant Wham and Santana. On the other hand, they were trying to kill him before he could put his ArtifactOfDoom to use.
** In Steel Ball Run, the AU Dio is a self-made widower, marrying an elderly lady in her eighties before she died six months laters. Unlike that first instance, many, many people suspect Dio of killing her.
* The fifth KaraNoKyoukai movie starts with Tomoe killing his mother in self defence, after she murdered his father. Treated oddly sympathetically, despite the rather... strange circumstances that turn out to be surrounding it.
** To be specific, [[spoiler: the Tomoes were all long dead by that point, the family we saw at the beginning were all puppets, including the Enjou we follow through the film, and his mother had actually successfully commited OffingTheOffspring double-murder suicide long ago.]] Can anyone say MindScrew?
*** A lot of people will binge through KaraNoKyoukai and then take a giant break after watching WhamEpisode Paradox Spiral.
* Variation: In [[Manga/X1999 X]], spoiler:Seishirou Sakurazuka killed spoiler:his mother Setsuka not because of hate, but simply because that was the main requirement to spoiler:become the Sakurazukamori. In fact, spoiler:Setsuka knew it'd be like that ever since she had him, and she even got to GoOutWithASmile in her son's arms.
* Tsubasa Ohgami of KannazukiNoMiko killed his abusive father in defense of his younger brother Souma.
* Noir. MafiaPrincess Lady Silvana, aka the Intoccabile, killed her father for violating the Mafia's code of silence, and when she returns from her banishment kills her grandfather (who banished her) as well. These acts cause Silvana to be regarded with awe by the other mafiosi, and even professional assassin Mireille Bouquet is terrified of her.
** Mireille killed her uncle Claude, who had been her surrogate father ever since her parents and older brother were killed by spoiler:little Kirika.
** In the final episode, spoiler:Kirika arguably fits this trope, when spoiler:she kills Altena, who is the closest thing to a mother figure that she's ever knowingly had.
* Implied of the AxCrazy Chiri Kitsu in one episode of SayonaraZetsubouSensei. Itoshiki-sensei is killed and she "replaces" him with a small doll to cover up the crime. She quickly becomes paranoid about the rest of the class and they are replaced by dolls as well. While everyone is shown to actually be hiding safely under the school, it makes you wonder when the next scene appears to be Chiri happily telling her parents about her day- and then you see she is addressing dolls...
* A pretty convoluted case is shown in TanteiGakuenQ. [[spoiler:The rich widow Hanayo Ichinose fakes her death and uses the insurance money to rebuild her business, then gets plastic surgery and tries to get closer to her relatives (who don't know she's still alive) family under a disguise. Her sons Akihiko and Kunihiko, however, mistakenly think that the "stranger" who tries to worm her way in their lives is an accomplice of their EvilUncle Evil Aunt Sachiyo, a greedy SmugSnake who wants to get the custody of their little sister Kaoru (the rightful heiress to the family fortune)... so they murder Hanayo without knowing who she really is, KnightTemplarBigBrother trying to save Kaoru from Sachiyo's machinations. What follows is TearJerker heartbreaking.]]
* In Yami No Matsuei (Descendants of Darkness), it's revealed that spoiler:Muraki's half-brother Saki (who was illegitimate, through Muraki's father) killed his parents and Muraki's mother, and tried to kill Muraki himself before being shot and killed by one of the family's bodyguards.
** Only in the anime, though -- the animation contract ran out after the Kyoto arc, and the Kyoto arc is... confusing to say politely, so they made up answers to some obvious questions to save themselves from a GeckoEnding. It only sort of works. However, though we don't know exactly what happened to whom, manga Muraki returns us to this trope by claiming to have killed his mother.
*** He seems to have had good cause, too. And of course, abused little Kazutaka looked frighteningly like little Hisoka, and I don't even know if there's a trope for that, though there's sure as hell psychological terminology....
*** All Men Eventually Become Their Mothers?
*** Manga Muraki hates manga Saki for no adequately explored reason. Something to do with wrecking his (effed-up) family. And his father gets thrown in in connection with the Mark of Cain, literally the only time the man's existence is alluded to. MultipleChoicePast, anyone?
* Kall Su of Bastard had killed his mother in self defense before being taken in by Dark Schneider in a story that is incredibly similar to that of Haku from Template:Naruto.
* TheEvilPrince Belphegor of KatekyoHitmanReborn is hinted to have killed his entire family besides just his CreepyTwins brother, though this is only actually mentioned once by Bel himself as an offhand comment to someone whom he was trying to scare.
* One of the arcs in Template:Shigofumi involved a highschool-age girl who had been SexualAbuse forced into pornography by her father. It's unknown what happened to her MissingMom mom. But when her dad suggested to her that he wanted to get her little sister into the business, she killed him. You could hardly shed any tears for the dad, though.
* UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Dlanor A. Knox killed her own father after he violated the Knox Decalogue. After this, she NeverGrewUp stopped aging.
** Also, in one arc spoiler: George Ushiromiya killed his mother Eva. It was mostly in self-defense when her evil side Eva-Beatrice came out in the middle of a heated discussion in regards to her ParentalMarriageVeto, though.
* Mewtwo from Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie, since the scientists responsible for creating him are technically his parents.
* Lucille kills his parents in order to protect his sister Ferris from them.
* Manga/SoulEater: In Ch 87 spoiler: Chrona kills [[spoiler: AmbiguousGender his... her... eh, their mother Medusa]] because PetTheDog she was being nice to spoiler: him/her/them. Also a subversion: [[spoiler: Medusa actually counted ThanatosGambit on that, since it completed Chrona's AxCrazy Black Blood.]]
* In Manga/Template:Bleach 466, [[spoiler: Yukio's backstory has him ruining his father's business and driving his and his mom to suicide, as Revenge for their abandonment. Hitsugaya isn't impressed when Yukio tells him.]] There's a subversion, though: [[spoiler: Yukio claims that he did it happily to punish them, but then Hitsugaya realizes that he's not half as remorseless as he believes,; when Hitsu points it out, Yukio starts defending their memories instead, which leads to a massive VillainousBreakdown.]]
* In Saiyuki, Gojyo's older half-brother Jien kills his own mother (Gojyo's stepmother) AbusiveParents before she can succeed in killing Gojyo. Her coercing Jien ParentalIncest into sex on a regular basis probably had something to do with it, too.
* In Manga/Template:Berserk, DarkMagicalGirl Rosine sacrificed her own parents to the Godhand for her wish to become a fairy.
* Madlax has [[spoiler: the main character Margaret, who split herself into her and EnemyWithin Madlax to kill her father Colonel Richard Burton. To be fair, she only did it when Richard was BrainwashedAndCrazy and about to kill her in his rampage: Margaret's survival instincts kicked in, Madlax came to the surface, and... well...]]
* [[Template:Batman Bruce Wayne]]'s childhood friend [[spoiler:Thomas Elliot tried to kill his parents at a young age in order to inherit their riches and because his father was an abusive monster and his mother a simpering money hungry lunatic. He only succeeded in killing his father, and, to avoid suspicion, didn't try again, only truly being orphaned when he smothered his raving senile mother in a fit of anger. This left him with a bitter hatred of Bruce, who tragically lost his parents soon after Tommy tried to kill his]]. Later on in his life, spoiler:he joins the Riddler (who recently discovered that Bruce was Batman on a vendetta against him, feeling that, not only did Bruce get the riches spoiler:Tommy wanted, but that he was wasting those riches as well. Predictably, his vendetta eventually causes him to lose everything and become the full time SuperVillain Hush.
** Not the first of Batman's Rogues' Gallery to do so. Black Mask killed his parents in a fire to inherit their business and fortune. Unfortunately, he was a lousy businessman and when he tried to burn down the factory to cover his tracks, he wound up with the facial injury that gave him his villain name.
*** He was a lot better at being an AxCrazy CompleteMonster than a businessman anyways.
** In a look at The Joker's childhood in Template:The Brave and The Bold revival issue #31, as a child the Joker burned down his house with his bickering parents inside.
** According to TheLongHalloween, Jonathan Crane (the future Scarecrow) murdered his mom. [[Irony On Mother's Day.]]
*** In the BatmanArkhamCity video game, Calander Man spoiler: reveals that he did the same to his mother, as well as killing his father on Father's Day. Of course, he tells you this on their respective days (or by altering the system clock).
** And spoiler: the Penguin murdered his father (along with his brothers) in the miniseries ''Penguin: Pain and Prejudice'' so he could be alone with his mother, the only person who loved him.
** A one-off character in the debut issue of Gotham Knights is a child that kills his parents.
* It's implied in several stories that the PostCrisis LexLuthor murdered his own parents when he was just a child.
** In turn, on Template:Smallville, Lex's father Lionel killed his parents for insurance money.
*** Still in Smallville, spoiler:Lex eventually kills his father.
** Naturally, a young Emil Burbank (the Lex Luthor AlternateCompanyEquivalent in MarvelComics Marvel's SquadronSupreme), was also shown killing his parents for the insurance money (from a policy on which he forged their signatures).
* TheDCU DC Comics' Template:Lobo is not only a self-made orphan, but a self-made LastOfHisKind. As he put it in his appearance on SupermanTheAnimatedSeries:
-->"Hah! That's rich. I'm the last Czarnian. *Aside* I fragged the rest of the planet for my high school science project. Gave myself an A."
* Warlock of the NewMutants is a member of the Technarchy, a technological race where being a Self Made Orphan is the standard - adulthood was confered after you killed your "Siredam". Warlock fled because A) his "mutation" was the realization that this was a strange way of doing things and B) the fact that his father, The Magus, can casually tear apart suns.
* Rare heroic example: the Runaways were formed when they found out that their parents were a band of supervillains called the Pride, and after initially just trying to avoid their parents, they ended up having to battle them, resulting in the death of all of their parents spoiler:and the one member of their own who had remained loyal to the Pride.
** To be fair though, they weren't trying to kill their parents even then. [[spoiler:Molly freaked out and destroyed the sacrifice, which caused the Gibborim to decide that the Pride went soft because of their children and proceeded to try to kill everyone in the room. The Pride ordered their children to escape while holding them off and several of the Runaways were visibly upset at the thought of their parents dying and/or held hope that they might survive.]]
* Another rare heroic example: Before Bruce Banner became Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk, he semi-accidentally killed his abusive father, Brian. In their final confrontation, Bruce lashed out as Brian got ready to attack him, sending Brian crashing into the gravestone of Bruce's mother and cracking his skull.
** It was self defense however, since his father was trying to kill him and he had killed Banner's mother.
* In the Template:ComicBook/Sonic the Hedgehog comic, it's heavily implied that EvilTwin Scourge killed his neglectful father Anti-Jules.
** More clearly, Kragok and Lien-Da of the Dark Legion murdered both their father and their stepmother, the former to KlingonPromotion become Grandmasters of the Legion.
* Technically, Samaritan from AstroCity qualifies. He was sent from the future to prevent a disaster that would ButterflyEffect cause the end of the world centuries down the line, but his success meant that his parents never existed.
* Evan [=McCulloch=], the second Mirror Master from TheFlash series. He was an orphan and end up killing his father by accident in his job as a hit-man. As a result, his mother committed suicide. Another Rogue, Captain Cold, recently confronted his abusive father but couldn't bring himself to kill the man... so KillItWithFire he had Heat Wave do it.
* Hellboy's Liz Sherman became one accidentally, after a SuperpowerMeltdown of hers created a fire that destroyed an entire city block (among the fatalities were her parents and brother).
* X-men villain Shinobi Shaw once murdered his supervillain father Sebastian, taking over the Hellfire Club upon doing so. Of course, DeathIsCheap this being a comic book and Sebastian JokerImmunity being a long-established villain, he was eventually revealed to be quite alive and OffingTheOffspring not in a good mood with his son.
* Catman from SecretSix is technically a Self Made Orphan, although he only shot his mother accidentally because his father pointed the shotgun at her while Thomas was attempting to shoot him. He did finish the job with a machete in the dad's stomach, though.
* In XWingSeries X-Wing: The Phantom Affair, Loka Hask, the AxCrazy psycho who killed Wedge Antilles' parents, comments that Wedge should thank him for it, then goes on to muse that he wishes he had had someone willing to do that for him when he was a boy, but no, he had to do it himself.
* While he has a MultipleChoicePast, one detail that Bullseye keeps bringing up consistently is that he murdered his parents, who were abusive (although the circumstances are sketchy).
** spoiler:He offed his dad in ''DarkReign: Hawkeye'', long after he became a supervillain. Not that he didn't try before though.
* BirdsOfPrey Misfit is also technically a SelfmadeOrphan, though she did it accidentally. When her apartment building caught on fire she tried to "bounce" away with her mother and little brother. That is how she found out that any living thing she bounces with her dies en route. She clings desperately to Barbara Gordon and the BirdsOfPrey because she needs both a surrogate mother figure and the opportunity to atone for accidentally killing her family.
* In the RomSpaceknight ROM comic, there was a half-breed offspring of a human and a Dire Wraith, calling itself Hybrid, who was a true monster, murdering both parents by magically 'aging' them and then impaling his father with a pitchfork. It might not be entirely Hybrid's fault - he was raised by the uber-evil Dire Wraiths, the ultimate form of child abuse. Still, he was as close to pure, self-consciously intentional evil as is likely to be possible.
* In LockeAndKey, Ellie Whedon comes really, really close to pushing her horrible mother off a cliff after she MoralEventHorizon puts a cigarette out on her son's neck, but can't go through with it. However, spoiler: the evil spirit she unwittingly unleashes a few pages later has no such hesistation.
* TheMightyThor Loki created a StableTimeLoop to ensure his biological parents would die in battle so he would be adopted by the Asgardians.
* EnfantTerrible Arestis is this in Arestis' Childhood. Of note is that she did not specifically seek her parent's deaths, but they were a foreseeable consequence of her actions, and not one she seemed to much mind.
* Catherine Trammell from the BasicInstinct movies may have killed her parents after writing a book detailing her plan to do so, then used, "right, I wrote out this plan for killing my parents, published it in a book, then did it-- I'd have to be crazy to do that" as a defense. Whether she actually did murder her parents or not is not actually stated, though several characters express their opinions that she did.
* Addams Family Values (the second Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family theatrical movie) has this in the form of [[spoiler: Debbie Jellinsky, the kids' apparent nanny and professional "black widow" style SerialKiller who reveals that her first murders were her parents, RantInducingSlight who got her a Malibu Barbie instead of a Ballerina Barbie on her birthday: "That's not what I wanted! That's not who I was! I was a ballerina! Graceful! Delicate! They had to go." DisproportionateRetribution So she burned the family house down with them inside.]]
* Roy Batty in BladeRunner, with the interesting twist that Tyrell, a genetic engineer is both a fatherlike and a godlike figure.
- The Tartutic from MNightShyamalan M. Night Shyamalan's The Lady in the Water are described as being SO evil that they kill their parents after they're born. (One wonders how the species survives, if they're that uncooperative.)
* Edgler Vess in the film Intensity Lampshades the FreudianExcuse when he tells the protagonist that his parents were most loving, caring people that could have ever wanted... but he killed them anyway.
* The incomparable NaturalBornKillers has the female lead helping her Template:Badass AntiHero boyfriend kill both her parents, who are admittedly Very Bad People.
* While he didn't kill them, the titular child character of the movie Film/Template:Joshua drove his mother crazy until she was committed and drove his father paranoid until he was arrested, essentially making himself an orphan. All so that he could be adopted by his uncle, who he liked better.
* In the Wanted movie, [[spoiler:Wesley unknowingly became one of these, killing his DisappearedDad because the Fraternity used him as an UnwittingPawn -- the one person the rogue assassin who was decimating their ranks could never kill. Naturally, he was told that he was hunting YouKilledMyFather the man who killed his father, instead.]]
* In Template:Mikey the title character murders both sets of adoptive parents he gets.
* In MonstersVsAliens Gallaxhar mentions that he wiped out his entire planet starting with his parents.
** We think. All we know is he found out they were (tube closes), and that he went on the road with a giant (tube closes), a relationship that ended when she (tube closes).
* In the Brian Bosworth movie StoneCold, the villain tells one of his soon-to-be-murder victims:
-->Chains: You know, at moments like this I think of my father's last words, which were... "Don't, son, that gun is loaded!"
* Alluded to in Film/RedEye when CillianMurphy Jackson Rippner is discussing his MeaningfulName unfortunate name. Whether he is joking or not isn't exactly clear, knowing PsychoForHire this fellow.
-->"That wasn't very nice of your parents."
-->"That's what I told them, before I killed them."
** Of course, he also told the female character that he'd never lied to her.... Make of that what you will.
* It's implied Ginger and Brigitte did this to their abusive parents in GingerSnaps Ginger Snaps Back. When they come upon an outpost, Ginger says that their parents drowned - which is soon revealed to the audience to be bullshit. However, when talking privately with Brigitte, Ginger still alludes to their parents being dead, so one wonders why she had to lie about it before. Add in the casual references to them having been beaten before, and the fact that for some reason, they're traveling on their own during winter at the start of the movie, and the fact that Ginger, at least, always had some sociopathic tendencies, and... Yeah.
* The killer in Template:Mindhunters when he was just a lad.
* spoiler: Double subverted in [[Film/Thor Thor]] when [[spoiler: Loki kills his biological father Laufey while declaring himself the son of Odin. So it looks like he's going to kill his adoptive father in an attempt to appeal to his biological father, but then he kills his biological father in a (completely misguided) attempt to appeal to his adoptive father. Wow.]]
** Wait a minute. Laufey is Loki's mother, not his father. His father's name is Farbauti. He's known as Laufeyson rather than Farbautisen because his father rejected him for being a midget.
*** Maybe in the original NorseMythology, but in the movie his parentage is clear.
* Happens more than once in Village of the Damned. Specially notorius in the 1995 version, where [[spoiler: Mara, the ringleader of the Template:Creepy Children, first telepathically forces her mother Barbara to put her hand inside a boiling pot, and then uses hee PsychicPowers again to make her throw herself off a cliff.]]
* Diane in Angel Face, though she only intended to murder her stepmother through VehicularSabotage, and not her father as well.
* There's an old Jewish story that's a good way to introduce the concept of chutzpah: a man convicted of murdering his parents begs the court for clemency on the grounds that he's an orphan.
* One of the first things Luke does in Duumvirate is this.
* As the first page quote suggests, there is some mystery as to how PsychoForHire assassin and unsympathetic PsychopathicManchild Jonathan Teatime came to be an orphan.
** Mind you the character talking is the one who trained him to put the 'for hire' after the 'psycho,' so there's a certain EvenEvilHasStandards at play.
*** (Actually, a lot of it. The MurderInc Assassins Guild pride themselves on being gentlemen. Their scholarship students tend to be very interesting.)
* Several instances in the HarryPotter series:
** In Template:HarryPotter/Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we learn that Voldemort killed his own father (along with his paternal grandparents, just for good measure).
** At the end of the same book, we learn that Barty Crouch Jr. did the same thing. Barty makes much of how both he and Voldemort had very disappointing fathers and the pleasure of killing those fathers. He also seems to regard Voldemort as a father substitute.
** Also, in Template:HarryPotter/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows it's revealed that spoiler:Ariana Dumbledore accidentally killed her mother Kendra.
* Crake in OryxAndCrake by Margaret Atwood is implied to have killed his uncle and possibly his mother, too (his father was killed (executed) while Crake was still a kid, so this leaves him an orphan).
* In A Song Of Ice And Fire, [[spoiler:the dwarf Tyrion Lannister murders his father Tywin, who had always hated him for being born deformed after his mother died in childbirth. Tyrion does that to punish Tywin for having destroyed his first marriage, by forcing Jaime to lie about Tyrion's wife being a prostitute.]]
** Lord Eon Hunter's sudden death leads people to blame his eldest son Gilwood for the murder. He wasn't the culprit, though. All this time, it was Harlan, the third son, who might also be planning to murder his older brothers so he could be Lord of Longbow.
* Miriamele in MemorySorrowAndThorn is forced into this to destroy the EldritchAbomination possessing her father at the end of To Green Angel Tower. Earlier in the series, Benigaris inherits the throne of Nabban by UnfriendlyFire stabbing his father in the back during the siege of Naglimund.
* Lois Lowry's TheWilloughbys has the children encourage their extremely indifferent parents to go on a long vacation, hoping they'll be killed. Turns out later spoiler: that's just what happens though it takes several attempts. Actually the children themselves don't have to do anything at all; their parents just seem to love taking risky chances.
* Alan Campbell's ScarNight: [[spoiler:The fallen angel Carnival faces down EvilOverlord the god Ulcis, who turns out to be her father, and kills him in a AnticlimaxBoss disappointingly easy fight.]]
* The title character of Carrie killed her mother in self-defense as her mother was OffingTheOffspring trying to kill her (at least in the original novel, Carrie's father died in a work-related accident before his daughter's birth).
* In Template:Slan Hunter, spoiler:Jem Lorry murders his father when he learns the truth about his birth, and to ensure that the story will never be revealed.
* Template:Children of the Corn. spoiler:Every single one of 'em.
* Semi-subverted in Literature/Coraline. The Other Mother has put her Mother to to grave, "And when she tries to get out, I put her back in". So the Mother of Other Mother isn't exactly dead, by for all intents and purposes, she is.
* In TheDarkTower series, Roland Deschain spoiler:accidentally shot his mother dead.
* In Literature/TheStormlightArchive, spoiler:Shallan killed spoiler:her father before the series started.
* Dillon Cole of ScorpionShards accidentally drove his parents insane and eventually killed them before he realized that his mere touch could break minds.
* Beorn from The Shattered World is an inversion, whose parents paid for him to be made a werebear when he was very young, not realizing it wouldn't manifest until puberty. Upon his first transformation, he stumbled home and was mistaken for a genuine bear; terrified, his parents barricaded themselves inside their farmhouse, only to perish when Beorn's panicked battering against the walls tipped over an oil lamp and set the place on fire.
* In ShipBreaker Nailer's MissingMom is dead long before the story starts, of an infection. His father, ArchnemesisDad Richard FunctionalAddict Lopez, on the other hand, is still alive and kicking, TheAlcoholic much TheSociopath to AxeCrazy everyone's AbusiveDad regret. When Richard takes over as TheHeavy of the novel, it's only a matter of time before he and Nailer end up facing one another. While Nailer doesn't want to fight his dad, Richard has no qualms about OffingTheOffspring, or selling Nailer's friend, DistressedDamsel Nita's organs to the Life Cult, forcing Nailer to kill him in a KnifeFight.
* Immortal InDeath reveals that Eve Dallas killed her father in self-defense after repeated physical and sexual abuse at his hands.
* Palpatine was revealed to have murdered his parents and siblings when he was a late teenager in the novel Star Wars: Darth Plagueis. It's also implied that he desired to murder his father, at the very least, ever since he was a baby.
* Strongly implied with Elizabeth Bathory in Literature/CountAndCountess.
* In The Bad Place, by DeanKoontz, spoiler:Frank killed his single biological parent, a hermaphrodite who self-impregnated. This provides a major conflict, as a sibling of said SelfMadeOrphan wishes to avenge that act.
* Several CriminalMinds unsubs have done this. The most prominent examples are Frank (spoiler:who killed his own mother and never knew his own father), The Reaper aka spoiler:George Foyet and Billy Flynn (spoiler:who shot his own mother in what he saw as an act of mercy).
* BeverlyHills90210 character spoiler:Valerie Malone killed spoiler:her father.
* Just about every member of Prince Edmund's QuirkyMinibossSquad, the Black Seal, in the series finale of BlackAdder The Black Adder, apart from Edmund himself, but including The Hawk. Edmund does plan on exiling and imprisoning his family though were he successful in TheEvilPrince taking power.
-->'Edmund: He murdered his whole family!
-->Pete: Who didn't? I certainly killed mine.
-->Wilfred: And I killed mine.
-->Friar: And I killed yours.
-->Sean: Did you?
-->Sean: Good on you, Father.
* Benjamin Linus, the BigBad of Template:Lost, may have lost his mother to perfectly innocent DeathByChildbirth, but he hated the resentment from his father so much that he killed him spoiler:and the rest of the Dhama initiative with a painful-looking nerve gas.
-->Ben: You know, I've missed her too. Maybe as much as you have. But the difference is, for as long as I can remember, I've had to put up with you. And doing that required a tremendous amount of patience. Goodbye, Dad.
** Also, Kate killed her step-father, who then turned out to have been her birth father, for abusing her and her mother.
*** And depending on how you look at it, when Locke forced Sawyer to kill Locke's father.
**** Let's be fair -- Locke didn't force Sawyer to do it as much as he manipulated him into doing it. It looked like Sawyer was going to pass on killing Cooper, until Cooper, in a boast about his long career as a con man, admitted to using the name "Tom Sawyer" during a previous con. Oops...
**** Sawyer symbolically played this trope straight, since Cooper was the con man who destroyed Sawyer's family, which led Sawyer to a life in the same business.
* In the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, the FactionParadox Cult have this as part of their initiation ritual, served with a side order of TemporalParadox, in that you're sent back in time to off your ancestors... GrandfatherParadox before you were born. Faction Paradox is MindScrew weird.
** It's also pretty likely that the Doctor killed his parents. Although we don't really know whether or not his parents were still alive when he wiped out the Time Lords.
*** It's actually 100% likely. The Doctor didn't just "wipe out" the Time Lords, he erased them from time itself! That's why he's the last Time Lord spoiler:barring the Master's occasional re-appearance, otherwise they could have just used their [=TARDISes=] to continue travelling through time after Gallifrey was destroyed.
**** Jossed by The End of Time. The Time War, and everything in it, is sealed in a Time Lock, which prevents anything inside from escaping. The Doctor didn't really kill his parents, as much as he kept them in a prison. This is possibly to ensure that the Time Lords can be brought back whenever (witness the End of time). The Time Lock means that anything on Gallifrey (i.e. all the Time Lords except 2 and all Daleks except 4) as of the moment it was activated can no longer influence the Universe, i.e anything they were going to do later in life never happened.
*** RussellTDavies is of the opinion spoiler:the Doctor killed his mother when he ended the Time War. Given that dialogue in ''The End of Time'' reveals Time Lords were being killed and resurrected repeatedly during the War, this may be viewed as something of a release.
** The spoiler:Toclafane killed millions of their ancestors before their own birth, thanks to a "paradox machine" holding the GrandfatherParadox at bay.
* The EnfanteTerrible villain of the Template:Supernatural episode "Provenance". Twice - her birth family and her adoptive one.
** Also in Template:Supernatural, Bela is revealed to have killed both her parents spoiler: by making a deal with the demon Lilith for them to meet with an accident. The other characters are allowed to believe it was for the insurance money, while the audience is shown scenes that strongly imply her father abused her. DramaticIrony "They were lovely people."
* Treated in a bizarrely humorous way on Template:Angel after Wesley shoots his father because his father was threatening Fred spoiler: though it was actually a robot shapeshifter. Wesley was sure it was him, though, and that he would really do such a thing. Angel tries to comfort him, but StopHelpingMe it doens't help. The characters bring up both Angelus killing his parents as a vampire and Spike killing his mother.
-->Angel: You know, I killed my father. It was one of the first things I did after becoming a vampire.
-->Wesley: I hardly see that's the same thing.
-->Angel: You're right, dunno why I brought it up.
-->Spike: Heard you offed your dad. You know I killed my mum, well I mean I'd already killed her but then she tried to shag me so I had to (mimes staking).
-->Wesley: Thank you, I really don't need any more comforting.
-->(later, again. Wesley is in his office, Fred walks in)
-->Wesley: If you're here to tell me about how you murdered your parents...
** Fred's parents are, of course, both alive, and Wesley knew it perfectly well. Not only that, but they are the best darn parents in Texas, and until spoiler: Fred dies it's probably the happiest family in the Buffyverse, so the situation is completely unlike Angel, Spike or Wesley.
* Sylar on Series/Template:Heroes killed his mother semi-accidentally, in the fight after she tried to stab him with a pair of dressmaking scissors.
** Peter Petrelli attempted to kill his pop Arthur. He failed, but his attempt was finished by Sylar, who'd been suckered into believing that Arthur was his father as well.
* Averted and parodied in the first episode of Template:Dexter, whose protagonist/narrator is a serial killer, when he explains in a narrative that both his parents are dead, immediately adding "I didn't kill them. Honest." [[spoiler:It is revealed in the second season that Dexter actually inadvertently DrivenToSuicide drove his father to suicide, much to Dexter's surprise.]]
** Also, spoiler:Brian, Dexter's brother (also a serial killer), offed their biological father.
* On Template:Smallville LexLuthor murders his ArchnemesisDad Lionel as his MoralEventHorizon final step into true villainy. Lionel himself was revealed to be one of these earlier in series, having had his friend Morgan Edge kill his TheAlcoholic Alcoholic AbusiveParents in a gas fire. One can only wonder what Lex's children will do, should he have any...
* Parker from Leverage certainly seems to be a case. In flashback, we saw her having a favored toy taken away by her (it's assumed) biological father. Next scene shows her holding the toy while walking down the driveway. Then the house explodes.
** Jossed. WordOfGod is that those were foster parents.
* BattlestarGalactica is a semi-example. The Cylons consider humans to be their parents and claim that they have to die for Cylons to reach their potential. So Cylons tried to becoma SelfMadeOrphan... and then ItGotWorse.
* The season 2 (and perhaps series) final of V2009 version “Mothers Day” has two examples of daughters killing their parents
** After a HopeSpot which saw Diana take power back from her evil child and declare an era of peace with humans. Anna then returned claiming that she now understand human emotion like love and caring. However she then snuck up behind her mom and impales her with her tail cementing her status as queen.
** The other was even more heartbreaking PapaWolf Ryan was finally reunited with hybrid daughter Amy who Anna had been holding hostage this season to make him work for her. However in his absents she has become an EnfantTerrible and the little girl strangles and kills her father when he tried to save her and declared her loyalty to Anna.
*** Lisa almost became one in the same episode as the fifth column used her as a Decoy Damsel to lure her BigBad mother out so she could stab her in the back and end the war. However the ManipulativeBitch convinced her that she had changed her ways and now cared about her and her ToDumbToLive daughter actually believed it. After murdering Diana Anna even boast about how she manipulated her child telling her “now that is how you kill your mother”
* StarTrek uses this trope in Klingon mythology. According to it, the gods created Klingons, who then turned around and killed them for the trouble.
* In the X-Files episode Eve two girls who appear to be identical twins who live on opposite sides of the country kill their fathers at the same time. It turns out the two girls are part of a cloning project that was originally carried out by the government but is now being continued by another one the clones. The clone adult that created the two girls wasn't behind the murders...the little girls were just evil.
* In one sketch on SteveAllenAtLarge, a priest knocks on the door of a house, and a little girl answers. The priest says, "I'm collecting for the orphanage." The little girl says, "Hold on a moment," and disappears inside. Two gunshots are heard. The little girl returns and says, "I'm ready."
* Morgana on Merlin-her mother and the man she looked to as a father and believed for a long time was her father were already dead, but she gave Agravaine the amulet to killt he wounded Uther-her birth father.
* TomLehrer's song The Irish Ballad details the life of one of these:
-->About a maid I'll sing a song who didn't have her family long
-->not only did she do them wrong, she did every one of them in..
* Ira Gershwin's "The Saga of Jenny" starts with the accidental deaths of the protagonist's parents(and siblings);
-->Jenny made her mind up when she was three
-->She herself was going to trim the Christmas tree
-->Christmas Eve she lit the candles, tossed the tapers away
-->Little Jenny was an orphan on Christmas day
* Aerosmith's song "Janie's Got a Gun". She shoots her dad because of the abuse he inflicted on her.
* Jim Morrison fantasized about killing his father (and also knocking off Brother and Sister Morrison for good measure) in the 1967 performance piece "The End" (oh yeah, and then he raped his mother). It was later parodied by Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman in 1993's "Wasted Youth".
* DirEnGrey's song "Berry" tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who gets sick of her parents abusing her, takes her father's gun, and shoots them. If that's not disturbing enough, the girl's favorite food is jam on bread, and the blood her parents shed is referred to as raspberry jam.
* WWE's TheUndertaker may be a self-made orphan, or may not be. All we really know is that his parents died in a fire at the funeral home they owned and operated. At various points, we've been told that he set it on accident, he set it on purpose, his half-brother Wrestler/Template:Kane set it, etc. It's all very confusing and pointless.
** Then again, this was during Taker's MinistryOfDarkness FaceHeelTurn phase, when he was allied with PaulBearer again, so there's definitely a hint of ambiguity/unreliability as to who did what. For we know, DevilInPlainSight Bearer could've torched the home.
* In the Champions adventure "The Coriolis Effect," the villainess murdered her own parents by turning them into pools of slime.
* Paranoia describes Chutzpah (a major stat in 2nd edition, a skill in XP) as RefugeInAudacity standing before a judge to be sentenced for murdering your parents-- and pleading for clemency because you're an orphan.
** Which, as noted above, is also the typical explanation of chutzpah in Jewish lore.
* In the play The Revengers' Comedies, the AxCrazy ClingyJealousGirl who acts as a PoisonousFriend to the protagonist is strongly implied to have started the fire that killed her parents when she was eleven because they did something minor to displease her.
* In WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, spoiler:George killed both of his parents by accident.
* In Theatre/Template:Electra, Orestes enacts vengeance against his mother Chytaimnestra and step-father Aigisthos for their murder of his father Agammemnon. Though Electra doesn't actually wield the blade, she is guilty too.
* Played cruelly in Ace Attorney, with spoiler:Miles Edgeworth thinking he accidentally killed his father for fifteen years and had constant nightmares about it.
** Subverted, in that it was proven that he was wrong.
* The Id of Fei Fong Wong in VideoGame/Xenogears.
* SamuraiShodown Kibagami Genjuro claims to have killed his parents. His murder of his mother is AllThereInTheManual, at least.
* Psycho Mantis of MetalGearSolid woke up one morning to find his entire village in flames, all its inhabitants, including his father, dead, victims of his psychic powers (his mother was a victim of DeathByChildbirth). Well, that's how he tells it. He probably just did it for shits and giggles.
** As his powers began to develop as a child, he started to hear his father's thoughts. He came to the realization that his father really and truly hated him because he was responsible for his wife's death, though he acted like he loved him. One day, Psycho Mantis burned his entire village to the ground out of pure hatred for humanity, and especially his father.
** The trope is also used symbolically, and for the protagonists even, with Snake killing his "father" Big Boss, Raiden killing his "father" Solidus, and spoiler:Big Boss killing his "mother" The Boss.
*** That first one, while not lacking for symbolism, isn't symbolic in the way implied with the quotation marks, what with Big Boss actually unambiguously being Snake's biological father. CloningBlues Well, a little ambiguously.
* In GodOfWar, Kratos' mother's note in Hades confirms her death, and the ending of the game has him slaying his father, Zeus.
** Well, Kratos didn't actually mean to kill his mother. She was turned into a monster and he had no choice. But is shown later that EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas he was really sad about killing his mother.
* The backstory for the Demoman in VideoGame/TeamFortress2 claims that his fascination with explosives began at age six with an attempt to kill the Loch Ness monster. That first attempt cost him both his original adopted parents.
** Considering what the demoman is like, PsychoForHire he'd probably do it on purpose anyways.
*** If the WAR comic is to believed, it doesn't seem so. He is seen to be living a perfectly normal life with his mother and EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas doesn't feel any kind of resentment towards her. In fact, while she MyBelovedSmother nags him about how he DeliberateValuesDissonance hasn't lost both his eyes yet and has only three jobs, he calmly serves her breakfast, pats her on the shoulder, and promises to get more jobs.
* Quite tragic case in TheKingOfFighters: [[spoiler:EmotionlessGirl Leona did not want to kill her father and the people in her village, but did so under MoreThanMindControl from MagnificentBastard Goenitz. He provoked her into doing so to get back at her father, ex Orochi Head Gaidel, for refusing to re-join his QuirkyMinibossSquad. Poor Leona went into an HeroicBSOD and wandered in the jungle for several days, afflicted with LaserGuidedAmnesia, until she was adopted by ColonelBadass Heidern (who had lost his daughter and wife a while ago, at the hands of Rugal).]]
* In FatalFury, spoiler: Wolfgang Krauser killed his father spoiler:in a DuelToTheDeath to become the Earl of Strolheim. He honors his father once a year spoiler:by playing the old man's favorite music in his organ.
* Maya from Legaia 2: Duel Saga, accidentally killed both her parents at a young age when she lost control of her magical powers. The event left her mute, but she gets over it later.
* In BaldursGate II, Valygar, whose family had been long-plagued by necromancy practice, destroyed his parents after his mother raised his father from the dead as a zombie, unwilling to accept his death, and then later joined him in undeath.
* Arthas Menethil, of Template:Warcraft fame. After FaceHeelTurn losing his soul to the runeblade Frostmourne, he returned to Lordaeron and spoiler:slaughtered everyone, up to and including dear old dad. In fact, the cinematic trailer for the WorldOfWarcraft Wrath of the Lich King expansion lays on the DramaticIrony irony by juxtaposing his dad's words of wisdom with the the now-Lich King commanding his vast undead armies.
-->King Terenas: W-what are you doing?!
-->Prince Arthas: Succeeding you, father. (stab)
** [[spoiler:Fortunately, karma came back with a vengeance, as Terenas' soul resurrected the AnAdventurerIsYou heroes who killed him after Frostmourne was broken.]]
* spoiler:Adell in Disgaea 2 is forced to MercyKill his BrainwashedAndCrazy blood-parents (by their own request) near the last few levels of the game, without even knowing who they are. What's worse is that it's heavily implied that his adoptive mother was planning to tell him who his birth parents were after the end of the game. Now that's going to be an uncomfortable conversation...
* In FinalFantasyIV, spoiler: Edge is forced to kill his parents after they are turned into chimera by Lugae.
* In Dirge of Cerberus, one of the games in the FinalFantasyVII metaseries, Nero the Sable, one of the Tsviets, inadvertently sent his own birthmother into another dimension while she was giving birth to him due to his powers, which also acted as the reason why Shinra bound his arms as well as presumably limited his overall power.
* In FinalFantasyX, Seymour kills his own father before the game starts. The reason why is because his father had him and his mother exiled after several Guado, in a case of FantasticRacism, decried the UnholyMatrimony. Guado's father's statements in the sphere indicated that he accepted his fate fully as atonation for this sin.
* In FireEmblem: FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals, [[spoiler:after numerous attempts on his own life from OffingTheOffspring his father, King Desmond, Zephiel decides to turn the tables. He fakes his own death, then at his funeral, when Desmond opens the coffin to check on his son, Zephiel stabs him dead on the spot.]]
* The BigBad of FireEmblem FireEmblemElibeTellius Path of Radiance, King Ashnard, is revealed to have killed not only his parents but his entire family. You see, he was pretty far back in the line of succession, so if he wanted to become king, some pruning of the family tree was required...
** In Radiant Dawn spoiler:an ending sequence only available on a NewGamePlus implies that Soren, a mandatory recruit, is Ashnard's son. The Irony.
* In FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu's second part, we have [[spoiler:the SoulJar Lopto!possessed! Prince Yurius attacking his mother Diadora and his younger sister Yuria. Diadora manages to use her Warp staff to save Yuria, but isn't lucky enough herself, and dies at Yurius's hands.]] Similarly, in the first half King Chagall of Augustria and Duke Andorey of Jungby killed their fathers to ascend to their respective thrones. (The second earns the scorn of EvenEvilHasStandards his fellow conspirator Duke Langobalt for that)
** Also, for major VideoGameCrueltyPotential, in both halves you can have some of your own units kill their Template:Archnemesis Dads: Tailto (daughter of Duke Reptor) and Lex (son of the aforementioned Duke Langobalt) for the first part, either Johan or Johalvier (sons of King Danan) in the second.
* The Many, that annelid BodyHorror from SystemShock 2, certainly want to do this to the "Machine Mother" who created them. Instead, the avatar of SHODAN kills them.
* Wrex from MassEffect is from the Krogan, an PlanetOfHats entire race of Template:Blood Knights. However, after the Krogan rebellion, the Council more or less sterilized his entire race; their birthrate became so low, they are slowly going extinct. Wrex's father, the leader of their clan, had wanted to go to war again, while Wrex had the foresight to try and figure out a way to save their race. Wrex had to kill him in self-defense, then decided to abandon his people.
*** Note: The details of this get fudged a bit in MassEffect2. The fertility rate is set to 1 in 1,000 to compensate for the Krogan being catapulted into the stars (they were needed for the BugWar war against the Rachni). It's not an attempt at extinction so much as an attempt to prevent a Baby Boom of epic proportions, resulting in the Krogan trying to wage war on the universe. But they're Blood Knights, after all, so they still tend to get themselves killed at alarming rates...
** Liara provides a rare heroic example if you bring her with you on Noveria - she helps you kill her own mother, Matriarch Benezia. Of course, Benezia was an outright villain.
*** TragicMonster Not quite.
** In MassEffect2, if you can resist Morinth's mind control, you and she can kill her mother.
** And also in MassEffect2 you can convince Jacob Taylor to abandon his father on a planet with several insane people who want his head. You can even leave him a DrivenToSuicide near-empty pistol...
** Another heroic example in VideoGame/MassEffect3, if she's still alive, Miranda will kill her father who's holding her sister hostage, the second he's convinced to let her go. KickTheSonOfABitch Hard to say he didn't deserve it.
* In Template:Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, spoiler:the Prince has to kill his own father in a boss fight after the latter is transformed by the Sands.
* DevilMayCry 3 has spoiler:Lady killing her father to avenge her mother's murder. Which doesn't count OffingTheOffspring the OffingTheOffspring other OffingTheOffspring thing he tried to do...
* In Bioshock 2, depending on the players actions spoiler:Eleanor will either save or drown her mother.
* In Left4Dead, Zoey had to kill her own father to prevent him from turning into a zombie after he had been bitten by his zombiefied ex-wife. Turns out later that Zoey is immune, something that is inherited to females from the father, meaning that her father was also immune to the infection and would have survived anyway. When she realizes this, she breaks into tears for having killed him when he would avoid zombiefication completely.
* Deconstructed in the canon route of BlazeUnion, where ButThouMust for practical and symbolic reasons, Gulcasa must kill his MissingMom, and she's the one who bullies him into doing it. He does not want to, but kills her anyway because by that point he has no choice if he actually wants the power to protect his loved ones. She doesn't seem to hold it against him, but this event (among others) leaves him badly messed-up for quite some time.
** Additionally, Route B, starring [[spoiler:Aegina. Ordene wouldn't have died if he hadn't refused treatment. Using Aegina for this is actually very practical, gameplay-wise, as GameplayAndStoryIntegration Ordene will not use Crusade on her.]]
* Baek Doo San in Tekken killed his father in a training accident. The fact that MissingMom his mother had abandoned them after his father fell into alcoholism didn't exactly do wonders for Baek's mental stability after the fact. Meanwhile, the Mishima tend to try to achieve this. Constantly.
* Apparently, BigBad The Wolf from Template:Stronghold:
->The Wolf's past is shrouded in mystery and what is known of his history is mainly patched together from stories and unreliable rumours alone.
->This aside, it is believed that both his parents died from natural causes in close succession shortly after his eighteenth birthday.
* VideoGame/Template:Street Fighter X Tekken confirms M.Bison AscendedMeme did this to his own father in a win quote against Chun Li.
-->M. Bison: All you women ever do is whine! I killed my father too, and you don't see me crying about it!
* Early in the prequel "StartOfDarkness" (to OrderOfTheStick), Xykon decides to leave home and turns his parents into zombies on the way out. He had previously done the same to his grandmother.
** We don't know if Xykon killed his grandma or she just died of natural causes and he zombified her then, but he definitely did kill his parents by siccing zombies on them and then zombified them.
*** Mozenrath from Disney's Disney's Aladdin. did much the same to his mentor/master, who was apparently raising him at the time.
* Keith Keiser of Template:TwoKinds killed his drunken father in self-defence after said father had killed his own wife. On top of it, he was WronglyAccused accused of both murders and banished.
** Although half the fanbase seems to think there more to it like, Keith being order (his race's hat is they can't disobey orders) to kill them and think it was self-defense.
*** spoiler:Turns out the intelligent general murdered her when he found out she was form the other Bastin nation, the one without the compulsion to follow any order.
* Black Mage from 8-Bit Theater may be this; we know he's killed his (blind) brother and has said he "wouldn't use the present tense for any member of my family" (with a blood splatter in the background, no less).
** "It would have been cruel to let him live after what I did to his eyes."
* The Uricarn from TheWotch is a self made LastOfHisKind. It's likely he killed his parents, because in an aside, he regrets killing them all while he was still a kid. He wishes he left a female alive.
* Richard of Template:Looking for Group admits having killed his own father. In fact he's proud of it. Actually, he thinks of it as a funny story. But then again, anything involving killing is funny to Richard.
* Template:Archipelago: Captain Snow. Started off with birds and squirrels. Later, killed his parents and apparently the rest of his family, sparing his nephew but forcing him to work for his crew. Went on to become the most feared and hated pirate captain in the world until he died of a brain tumor. BackFromTheDead And now LikeABadassOutOfHell he's OhCrap back.
* Dr. Sloth from Neopets did this.
* In SurvivalOfTheFittest version one, Cillian Crowe and Daphne Rudko both murdered their own parents, though Cillian was confined to an insane asylum due to his actions while Daphne got off scot free.
* In WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons, Mr. Burns fills out a health form:
-->Mr. Burns: Cause of parents' death?..."Got in my way."
** Another episode has a brutal prison warden FreudianExcuse attempting to justify himself:
--->Warden: [sombre] When I was a young boy, I saw my father murdered in front of my eyes. [suddenly cheerful] By me.
* PsychoForHire Dark Danny from WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom didn't just kill his parents, he AxCrazy killed his sister, his friends, and his teacher...just to MagnificentBastard secure his own future.
* WesternAnimation/TeenTitans: Seeing as her mother was already dead, this NeverSayDie seems to be what [[spoiler:AntiAntiChrist Raven]] is doing when spoiler:she is CallingTheOldManOut. And then they all had french toast.
** In all fairness, [[Template:Satan her dad]] was a dick.
*** And he probably can't die anyway. It's more likely that she just sent him home.
*** Because they had French Toast that means they don't need Waffles for her Evil anymore.
* M Bison, BigBad of WesternAnimation/StreetFighter, doesn't understand why Chun-Li is YouKilledMyFather angry at him.
-->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!
* In an episode of WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries there was an EnfantTerrible boy wizard who turned his parents into mice and fed them to his pet cat.
* The 201st episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark revealed that spoiler:Scott Tenorman's dad was Cartman's dad, making him an example of this trope.
* A variation on Jimmy Two-Shoes: Every member of RoyallyScrewedUp the Heinous Family has HumanPopsicle frozen their father and KlingonPromotion taken over Miseryville. Since the family is pretty much different generations of Template:Satan (a fact clearer in the original pitch) you get the impression that this is as close to death as they can get.
* Fire Lord Ozai from WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender, although he used an assassin (spoiler:his own ''wife'').
** Agency in this case is somewhat obscured. Due to the timeslot, they had to be pretty oblique about the RoyallyScrewedUp whole assassination thing, but it's more a matter of seriously invoking the confused perspective of a relatively normal child (Zuko) in the middle of all this. Possibly Ozai pressured Ursa. Possibly Azula (age eight) engineered it all.
*** Possibly not only did Azula engineer it, Azulon didn't even intend to have Zuko executed, though since he ran away when it got scary and ArcWords Azula always lies, we'll never know for sure. Alternate reading of what dialogue we actually got would be that Azulon meant to take Zuko away from Ozai and give him to Iroh.
**** ...that would have been interesting. Iroh's HeelFaceTurn is hard to date precisely, but if his father had survived he'd probably be a different man.
*** Azulon, after all, had Iroh as his heir for over twenty years before Ozai was even conceived, and his vision of the future had probably involved TheAce popular, talented Iroh as Fire Lord and his MagnificentBastard sneaky, brilliant younger brother making everything work from behind the scenes. Handing Zuko over to Iroh as heir (and incidentally putting him ahead of Ozai in the succession) would have set this dynamic up to persevere for two generations. CompleteMonster Shyeah, right. But old people can be very set in their ways.
* The Omnicronians of WesternAnimation/Template:Futurama eat their mothers when they grow up. Leela understandably regrets telling a baby Omnicronian that she hoped he would always think of her as a foster mom after he tells her this.
** Leela nearly does this herself when she and her mutant parents are reunited. She takes the photos they have of her as proof that they are creepy stalkers who murdered her birth parents. Her parents go along with it because they'd rather die than let their daughter live with the shame of being a mutant. Fortunately, Fry and the others arrive just in time to reveal the truth.
* In Template:Spider-Man The Animated Series, the Kingpin is about as heavily implied to be this as the show's heavy censorship would allow. After being left for the police by his father in a robbery gone south, he HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook walked out of prison with the physical strength, connections and mentality needed to build his empire. It's not made clear what he did to his father, but Smythe is shocked that even the Kingpin could be so ruthless. Near the end of that storyline, the Kingpin makes his own son Richard take the fall for Kingpin's exposed scheme. After his wife leaves him for this betrayal, the Kingpin is left alone holding a photo of his shattered family, bitterly wondering when his own son would take his revenge.
* In IronManArmoredAdventures, it is heavily implied by many characters, including Justin himself, that Justin killed his father to take control of the company.
** In one episode a JerkAss classmate implies that Tony did this to his father because of their (actually friendly and good-spirited) competition to one-up each other's inventions. It's completely false, of course, and Tony BerserkButton does not take it well at all.
* It is very subtly implied in the episode "Easy as One, Two, Three..." of WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfCalamityJane that Conrad killed the mother of him and his two brothers. He spends the episode repeating her advice and what her opinion would be of their actions, but when one of his brothers asks why he cannot just leave her in her grave, he responds that he did leave her in her grave.
* One recent case in Medicine Hat, Canada. A young girl, influenced by her much older boyfriend, murdered her entire family.
** Recently in Finland a teenaged girl coaxed some older boys to kill her mother over domestic differences; fortunately, the crossbow bolt intended to do the job only grazed her skull, and she managed to escape.
** In 1954, an incident happened in Christchurch, New Zealand where Pauline Parker and her friend Juliet Hulme killed her mother. Their story was made into film by PeterJackson, KateWinslet starred as one of the girls.
* OlderThanRadio: Lizzie Borden (allegedly) in 1892. Note: she was acquitted, and there are a variety of books offering various theories of the case, with a range of possible suspects, including Lizzie's older sister Emma (who if guilty, would qualify as well).
** "Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks, and when she saw what she had done she gave her father forty-one"
*** This jingle is factually inaccurate, since her stepmother received 18 or 19 blows, her father 11 (her birth mother had died of natural causes almost 30 years prior).
*** "Ooooooh ye cain't chop your mama up in, Maaaaaasechusetts, Maaaaaaaasechusetts, Maaaaaaasechusetts, no ye cain't chop your mama up in Maaaaaaaasechusetts, it's a far cry from New Yooork!" (My grandmama said that was about Lizzie Borden. It is great fun to sing with ironic gory glee.)
* Caril Ann Fugate, the teenage girlfriend of 50's spree killer Charles Starkweather, was allegedly involved in the murders of her mother, stepfather, and sister. Like Lizzie Borden however, it will probably never be known for sure the true extent of her guilt (or innocence) in the case.
* Gina Grant was a 19-year-old orphan when Harvard admitted her. What she didn't mention on the form was that the reason she was an orphan was that she bludgeoned her alcoholic mother to death with a candlestick when she was 14. She served six months and went back to school (not a full example as her father had died of cancer a few years earlier).
* A classic lawyer joke has a lawyer defending a man who is on trial for murdering his parents. During the trial, it becomes obvious that the defendant is indeed guilty, with no mitigating circumstances to speak of. In his closing statement, the lawyer asks the jury to have mercy on his client, who is, after all, an orphan.
* One that changed (a small part of) history: One fine summer evening in Nepal, the Crown Prince, Dipendra walked into a family dinner and shot the whole place up, killing his father, King Birendra, his mother, Queen Aishwarya, two of his siblings, and five other relatives, before killing himself (although he would then take a few days to die). As a result, his uncle Gyanendra took the throne. Through a long series of events, this massacre leads to the abolition of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008.
** That's the official version, anyway. Many in Nepal accused Gyanendra of arranging the massacre (in collaboration with Chinese spies) and framing Dipendra, so that he could have the throne for himself. Fueling this theory is the claim that the right-handed Dipendra was "shot himself" in the left side of his head, which is a relatively unlikely suicide.
* A rather infamous one in Amityville, Long Island, New York. Basically, Ronnie [=DeFeo=] shot and killed his parents and four siblings in bed November 13, 1974 at 3:15 am. The hauntings the book and movies based off of the book implies aren't real, though, just the crime.
* Kip Kinkel killed his parents after he brought a gun to school and he was worried what they might do to him and after years of in his eyes failing to live up their expectations and apparently loving his older sister more, he then went on a shooting spree at his school killing two students and while he was reloading some students managed to gang up on him and disarm him, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
* DateMasamune subverted this trope, despite killing his father and put his mother into exile. He killed his father under a ShootTheHostage situation in which his father was the hostage-- ShootTheDog and asked Masamune to kill him and the kidnapper. On the other hand, his mother ParentalFavoritism never liked him because he was blind in one eye, and unsuccessfully OffingTheOffspring poisoned Masamune.
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