Fratricide: Wikis


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"Cain kills Abel", a fratricide illustrated by Gustave Doré (And Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him[1]).

Fratricide (from the Latin word frater, meaning: "brother" and cide meaning to kill) is the act of a person killing his or her brother.

Related concepts are sororicide (the killing of one's sister), child murder (the killing of an unrelated child), infanticide (the killing of a child under the age of one year), filicide (the killing of one's child), patricide (the killing of one's father), matricide (the killing of one's mother), mariticide (the killing of one's husband) and uxoricide (the killing of one's wife). See also siblicide

The term may also be used to refer to friendly fire incidents. In a United States military context, it may also refer to an incident where the catastrophic failure and disintegration of one jet engine in a twin-engined fighter aircraft causes the damage or destruction of the second engine, and possibly leads to the loss of the entire aircraft.[citation needed] It also refers to the possible destruction of one MIRV warhead by another.


Fratricide in legend and fiction


Legend and mythology

Literature and film

  • Claudius killed King Hamlet, his brother, and married his sister-in-law, Gertrude, in order to become King of Denmark in William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  • In the Thomas Harris novel Hannibal, Margot Verger kills her brother Mason as revenge for his abuse of her when they were younger, as she was encouraged to do by her former therapist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
  • In William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Henry Sutpen murders his half-brother Charles Bon.
  • In Kathryn Lasky's series Guardians of Ga'hoole, Kludd attempts to kill his brother Soren by pushing him out of the nest.
  • In the ninja anime series Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha kills his brother Itachi Uchiha to avenge the murder of their family.
  • In Ludwig Kakumei, Julius makes several attempts to kill his step brother Ludwig, but fails. Julius thought he succeeded in his most recent attempt on Ludwig's life in the final chapters, but Ludwig was revived thanks to Dorothea's efforts.
  • In Invincible, the last book in the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series, Jedi Knight Jaina Solo is forced to kill her twin brother Jacen in a lightsaber duel, after Jacen turns to the Dark Side and becomes a Sith Lord.
  • In The Vampire Diaries, it is revealed that, in a moment of extreme grief over losing the woman they both loved, brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore get swords and duel, where Damon kills Stefan, but Stefan manages to plunge his sword into Damon before he himself dies. Later, they both wake to find that they have become vampires.
  • In the Armageddon arc of the Spawn comic book series, God and Satan constantly attempt to kill each other due to their excessive squabbling over how the human world should be ran.
  • In Angel Sanctuary, Rosiel begs his sister Alexiel to kill him, but his sister is unable to perform the deed.

Film and television

  • Michael Corleone (in The Godfather, Part II) has his brother Fredo shot.
  • Scar murders his older brother Mufasa in order to usurp his throne in The Lion King (it should be noted that the Lion King was based on Hamlet).
  • In the 1979 anime, Mobile Suit Gundam, Kycilia Zabi kills her brother, Gihren Zabi, to avenge her father's death.
  • In Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive, Flurious destroys his own brother Moltor, by freezing him and shattering him.
  • Dan Scott killed his older brother Keith Scott on One Tree Hill for what he thought was an attempt on his life. Later it was revealed that he killed his brother for no reason when his ex-wife Deb confessed to the deed.
  • In Metalocalypse, Pickles attempts to kill his brother whenever he becomes extremely annoyed with his behavior and criminal tactics.
  • In the anime Code Geass, Lelouch Lamperouge kills his half-brother Clovis la Britannia as an act of (partial) revenge, in order to stop a massacre ordered to cover up the loss and recovery of an illegal research subject.
  • In the anime Shaman King, Yoh Asakura kills his twin brother Hao in order to prevent his genocidal agenda against humanity.
  • In the season 1 finale of Dexter, Dexter murders his older brother, the "Ice-Truck Killer". This is the conclusion of a major story arc in the first season.
  • In the second episode of season 3 of NCIS Mossad Officer Ziva David shoots her paternal half brother Ari Hazwari she is also his control officer in defence of Gibbs. As Hazwari had killed Gibbs agent Caitlin Todd. Gibbs took responsibility for the death. It was revealed in the season 6 finale and second episode of season 7 it is revealed that their shared father Eli David ordered the killing of his son and gain NCIS trust but Ziva shot Ari to save Gibbs not to kill her brother.
  • Nino Brown kills his brother G Money in "New Jack City" for disloyalty, and as the only way for Nino to start over. G Money asks "am I my brother's keeper".
  • In From Dusk Till Dawn, Seth kills his brother Richie, who has turned into a vampire. Kate is forced to do the same with her brother, Scott.
  • In Avatar The Last Airbender Iroh is asked to kill his brother Ozai, in the absence of Aang, but refuses to do so.
  • In Harper's Island Henry Dunn kills his brother JD at a rainy boat dock.

Video games

  • In Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, when twin girls were not available, twin brothers were used in a ritual in which one brother strangles the other. The one documented occurrence of this is when Itsuki Tachibana killed his brother Mutsuki. It is implied that Ryokan Kurosawa, the father of Yae and Sae Kurosawa, also killed his twin brother.
  • In Final Fantasy XII, Vayne Solidor, the main antagonist and eventual final boss, kills two of his older brothers at the order of his father, Emperor Gramis Solidor (whom Vayne eventually kills as well), only before he is ironically killed by the player's party with assistance from his brother, Larsa.
  • In Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Raziel kills his vampire brothers as he seeks out his creator Kain.
  • In the Metal Gear (series), Solid Snake commits fratricide, patricide and matricide.
  • In Devil May Cry, Dante kills his twin brother Vergil (under the guise of Nelo Angelo), unaware of the fact that Nelo Angelo was actually his twin brother. In the novels, he thought he had killed Vergil after shooting him while he was under the guise of Gilver.
  • In Mortal Kombat: Deception, Noob Saibot's ending shows him violently murdering his own brother, Sub-Zero with the help of Smoke by ripping him in half.
  • In World In Conflict: Soviet Assault the overzealous and brainwashed Soviet Captain Malashenko kills his commanding officer Colonel Orlovsky , who is also his uncle, after the Colonel goes against orders to save his men.
  • In Galerians, protagonist Rion Steiner kills his "brother" Cain, who strongly resembles him.
  • In Portal, the player earns the "Fratricide" achievement upon destroying the Weighted Companion Cube.
  • In one of the endings of Baroque (game), the protagonist kills his twin brother.
  • In Grandia II, the protagonist Ryudo is forced to defeat (and thus kill) his demon-possessed brother Melfice.
  • In Baldur's Gate, the player character will fight against, and kill, his or her brother Sarevok.
  • At the end of the storyline of the video game Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Huang's uncle Kenny Lee is found out to be the one who had Huang's father killed by two men, who was Kenny Lee's brother, which Huang was trying to find out at the start of the game, and avenge his father's death.
  • In Undead Knights, Romulus Blood, a human knight turned demonic necromancer, accidentally kills his younger brother Remus in an exhausted rage.


Ottoman Empire

In the Ottoman Empire a policy of judicial royal fratricide was introduced by Sultan Mehmet II. When a new Sultan ascended to the throne he would imprison all of his surviving brothers and kill them by strangulation with a silk cord as soon as he had produced his first male heir. The largest killing took place on the succession of Mehmed III when 19 of his brothers were killed and buried with their father. The aim was to prevent civil war. The practice was abandoned in the 17th century by Ahmed I, replaced by imprisonment in the Qafes. This practice is alleged to have sent several future Sultans mad.



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