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Avunculicide is the act of killing an uncle.[1] The word can also refer to someone who commits such an act. The term is derived from the Latin
words avunculus meaning "maternal uncle" and caedere meaning "to cut or kill". Edmunds suggests that in mythology avunculicide is a substitute for parricide.[2] The killing of a nephew is a nepoticide.[1][2]


1 In history 2 In fiction

2.1 In gaming 2.2 In literature 2.3 Onscreen

3 See also 4 References

In history[edit]

The mythological founders of Rome, Romulus
and Remus, accidentally killed their grand-uncle, Amulius. Caligula
was suspected of assisting with the murder of his great-uncle Tiberius, who he succeeded as Emperor. Claudius
was apparently poisoned by his niece Agrippina the Younger, so her son Nero
could succeed. In 51, Rhadamistus
killed his uncle Mithridates of Armenia. In 685, Hlothhere of Kent
Hlothhere of Kent
succumbed to his wounds after his nephew Eadric of Kent led the South-Saxons to take his throne.[3] In 1385, Bernabò Visconti
Bernabò Visconti
died after his nephew Gian Galeazzo Visconti had him imprisoned and presumably poisoned.[4] In 1975, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia
Faisal of Saudi Arabia
was assassinated by his nephew, Faisal bin Musa'id.[5] In 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal
Dipendra of Nepal
killed his uncle Dhirendra during the Nepalese royal massacre.[6] In 2013, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
Kim Jong-Un
ordered the execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek.

In fiction[edit]

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In gaming[edit]

In God of War
III (2010), Kratos brutally murders his uncle Helios by tearing his head off his shoulders and later in equally brutal and different methods kills his uncles Hades, Poseidon, and Hephaestus. In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Huang avenges his father's death by killing his Uncle Kenny Lee because Lee killed Hunag's father and tries to kill Huang. In the video game The Darkness, Jackie Estacado, the game's protagonist, kills his "uncle" Paulie in revenge over the death of his girlfriend Jenny Romano, which Paulie himself was responsible for.

In literature[edit]

kills his uncle, King Claudius
to avenge his father King Hamlet, whom Claudius
murdered to seize the throne of Denmark. In Vladimir Nabokov's 1928 novel King, Queen, Knave, Franz intends to murder his uncle; the narrator tells us that later on he will be "guilty of worse sins than avunculicide".[7] In the Hellsing
(1997–2008) manga series, Integra kills her uncle, who wanted the Hellsing
organization for his own selfish purposes, in self-defense after unintentionally reviving the vampire Alucard with blood from a gunshot wound. In the prequel to a A Song of Ice and Fire, The Princess and the Queen Prince Aemond Targaryen and his uncle Prince Daemon Targaryen kill each other in battle atop dragons, Daemon killing Aemond moments before their dragons fall into a lake. In Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain
History of the Kings of Britain
Constantine III of Britain is mentioned to have been murdered by his nephew Aurelius Conanus, who then seized the throne.


Louis Mazzini commits avunculicide in the 1949 movie, Kind Hearts and Coronets In the 1966 horror movie, Let's Kill Uncle, the evil uncle is to be killed in self-defense.[1] Mass murderer Jason Voorhees
Jason Voorhees
is actually stabbed by his previously unmentioned niece Jessica Kimble with a special knife before being dragged to hell in the last official film of the Friday the 13th franchise Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. In The Lion King, Simba causes his uncle Scar's death by tossing him from the top of the rock, and the hyenas maul him to death. In The Sopranos, Tony Soprano
Tony Soprano
attempts to organize the murder of his paternal uncle, Corrado Soprano, after he and Tony's mother, Livia Soprano had conspired to have Tony "whacked" after a power struggle. The attempt fails, and the incident is revisited throughout the series.

See also[edit]

Avunculism Suicide, the killing of oneself

Familial killing terms:

Filicide, the killing of one's child Fratricide, the killing of one's brother Mariticide, the killing of one's husband Matricide, the killing of one's mother Parricide, the killing of one's parents or another close relative Patricide, the killing of one's father Prolicide, the killing of one's offspring Sororicide, the killing of one's sister Uxoricide, the killing of one's wife

Non-familial killing terms from the same root:

Deicide, the killing of a god Genocide, the systematic killing of a large group of people, usually an entire ethnic, racial, religious or national group Homicide, the killing of a human Infanticide, the killing of an infant from birth to 12 months Regicide, the killing of a monarch (king or ruler) Tyrannicide, the killing of a tyrant Feminicide, the killing of a woman


^ a b c Time Magazine: Nepoticide v. Avunculicide Retrieved 2009-06-06 ^ a b Edmunds L. Oedipus: a folklore casebook. Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1995. p. 64. ISBN 0-299-14854-8.  ^ Bede
(2008). The Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Oxford University Press: J. McClure and R. Collins. p. 222.  ^ Barbara Tuchman
Barbara Tuchman
(1978). A Distant Mirror. New York: A.A.Knopf. p. 418.  ^ "1975: Saudi's King Faisal assassinated, BBC On this Day". BBC News. March 25, 1975.  ^ "The Royal Ark". royalark.net.  ^ Leona Toker. Nabokov. The Mystery of Literary Structure. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, 1989. Page 63. ISBN 0-8014-2211-6

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