Daddy's Little Villain

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    If I have children and subsequently grandchildren, I will keep my three-year-old granddaughter near me at all times. When the hero enters to kill me, I will ask him to first explain to her why it is necessary to kill her beloved grandpa. When the hero launches into an explanation of morality way over her head, that will be her cue to pull the lever and send him into the pit of crocodiles. After all, small children like crocodiles almost as much as Evil Overlords and it's important to spend quality time with the grandkids.

    She's the daughter/niece/granddaughter/etc. of an Evil Overlord, who shares her parent's ambition, cunning, and/or cruelty. She could be anything from a simple Spoiled Brat to an Overlord in waiting. Also likely to be a Princess (but almost never wear pink, almost).

    But she is a villain just like her guardian. Viewers should neither expect her to be The Ingenue nor expect a Heel Face Turn from her, even if she falls for the hero. That would more be her just wanting him for herself than willingly joining his side (and his refusal is likely to inspire Woman Scorned, however little reason she had to believe that he might accept). She may be a Dark Action Girl, or more rarely be a Dark Magical Girl.

    Okay, she might team up with the heroes, but only for the same reason any other dragon would team up with them. Then it's enemies again.

    Of course if she's above a certain age, she is going to be hot, is often a cooler character than the female lead, and might wear less. If the bad guys are the Yellow Peril or otherwise "Asian-themed", expect her to be a Dragon Lady.

    If her father ever gets defeated, she will be the one doing the avenging. In the meantime, mom and/or dad may give her a first rate education by sending her to the Academy of Evil. If it turns out her Evil Parents Want Good Kids, expect a disappointment. To correct this acquired morality they may send her to a Super-Hero School.

    Of course, she might get impatient waiting for Mommy and Daddy to die so she can take their place. In this case, she might decide to become a Self-Made Orphan and The Usurper all at once.

    A Sister Trope to Overlord, Jr. (the Spear Counterpart to this).

    Compare Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter (while also the child of the Big Bad, eventually does a Heel Face Turn), The Evil Prince, Protected by a Child, Dark Mistress.

    Contrast Princess Classic, Capulet Counterpart, Evil Parents Want Good Kids, Mafia Princess.

    Examples of Daddy's Little Villain include:

    Anime and Manga

    • Eureka Seven‍'‍s Anemone is very much this trope towards her commander Dewey Novak, with a dash of Yandere thrown in for good measure. Unlike most, she actually does make a Heel Face Turn in the end, after she realizes just HOW depraved Dewey is and her love for Dominic changes her for the better.
    • HUGE subversion in Dangaioh. Pai Thunder, the Big Girl from the Five-Man Band, was actually the daughter of Big Bad Garimoth and had a Face Heel Turn once she recovered her memories. But when Garimoth told her to kill her teammate Roll before taking her back, Pai rebelled and rejoined the group.
    • She's not actually his daughter, but the Millennium Earl and Road Kamelot of D Gray Man behave like this.
    • Rue from Princess Tutu is a normal ballet student, until she becomes her alterego, Princess Kraehe. Later it's revealed that The Big Bad Raven actually kidnapped her as a baby. Meaning he'd lied to her about her being HIS daughter. The Raven is definitely not going to win the "father of the year" award.
    • A Certain Magical Index: We're not entirely sure if Amata Kihara is Telestina Lifeline's father or if Gensei Kihara had another son, but they're both him and Telestina really fits this trope well. Really, really well.
    • Mariemaia Barton from the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing OVA. She is (allegedly) the illegitimate daughter of Treize Kushrenada and a nurse. She tries to take over the world at the age of eight, "the way her father would have wanted." Some evidence, however, suggests that she is not Treize's daughter at all, but just a random girl found and groomed by Dekim to assume the role.
      • Treize's daughter or not, the ultimate irony is that Kushrenada was more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist who ultimately believed in peace, while Mariemaia knowingly tried to start another war just after a rather devastating one had finally wrapped up.
    • She's far from childish or spoiled, but Princess Kycilia Zabi from Mobile Suit Gundam still fits the trope, sharing her father Degwin's philosophy and remaining loyal to him even after his death.

    Comic Books

    • Sin, the Red Skull's completely Axe Crazy daughter. She was a looker until in Captain America: Reborn where she gets an extreme makeover courtesy of an exploding mecha. Now she truly is her father's daughter.
    • In the comic book series Empire, Golgath, supreme villainous overlord of the world, has only one joy in life: his sweet, innocent daughter. Only she's not as innocent as he thinks, as she's been sleeping with one of his lieutenants and eventually convinces him to betray her dad for her. Then it turns out she had been manipulating the guy all along, intentionally setting him up to be caught and executed just for her own amusement, and the whole thing was just a way of expressing her disturbing obsessive feelings toward her father.
      • Even worse, she poisoned her own mother and made it look like a suicide because she felt she was making Golgath soft.
    • Captain Marvel has a good example of the difference between this and Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter. Marvel's archenemy Sivana has four kids. Two of them are beautiful and good, siding with Captain Marvel. While his other two children are ugly and evil like him.
      • Though in some appearances, his beautiful children were bad as well.
    • Planetary: Flashbacks explains how Doc Brass fought mysterious Fu Manchu-like Hark and eventually convinced him to join the side of the good guys. Hark's daughter Anna, however, had been raised as a villain, survived her father and became a thorn in the heroes's side.
    • It Takes A Wizard: The little girl the Corrupt Corporate Executive valued so much that he busted the hero out of his impending death sentence so he could rescue her? Not only did she join the Big Bad in the wasteland of Manhattan, her father supported her decision to do so. Sending the hero on this mission was all part of a grand Evil Plan -- to avenge Gaia by dethroning humanity from its place at the top of the food chain.
    • In Superman Superman's sister-in-law Lucy Lane has become Superwoman, a supervillain, because she believes dear old dad, General Sam Lane's idea that Superman and the other Kryptonians are a threat to national sercuity.
    • Alexandria von Fogg from PS238.
    • Winnowill from Elf Quest was vaguely retconned to be Haken's daughter, though the hinting started pretty early on in the series. She really takes after him... and once she starts living inside Rayek's mind, she flesh-shapes his body to look pretty much exactly like her father's.
    • X-Men villain Mastermind had two daughters with similar powers who have been villainesses. The younger one, Regen, even briefly joined the X-Men under the guise of a Heel Face Turn before showing her True Colors.
    • Spider-Man: Kraven's little girl, Ana Kravinoff. She's just as good a Hunter as her dad.
    • In All-Star Superman, Lex Luthor has a niece, Nastalthia, who's eighteen, speaks 30 languages and wants to conquer the world.
    • Sybil Mayhew, daughter of Blackhawk's Evil Counterpart Death Mayhew, who follows in her father's footsteps after his death.
    • Trigon wants his daughter Raven to be this. How well he succeeds is Depending on the Writer. Most of the time, she resists...It's when she can't that her teammates are screwed.
    • The Justice Society of America have had to deal with two of these. First is the daughter of The Mist, the arch enemy of the original Starman, who took her father's place after his death. The second is the appropriately named Junior, daughter of the first Ragdoll.
    • Pictured above, Batman's enemy Ra's al Ghul and his daughter Talia. Often The Dragon to her father, Talia can often be a love interest to the Dark Knight, depending on the writer and continuity.


    • In the Danish film Pusher 3, Serb druglord Milo's daughter clearly wears the pants in the family, ordering her flustered father around to prepare for her 25th birthday party. After Milo discovers that her boyfriend is an independent drug dealer and forces him to buy his product for distribution, his daughter finds out and hardballs his price down. What a family!
    • Though we don't get to see them in action, Mr. Han from Enter the Dragon trained his daughters to be his most loyal guard. As Roper says upon finding out how tough they can be, "No one's more loyal than Daddy's little girl."
    • Yellowbeard: Triola, daughter of the greedy religious leader El Nebuloso.
    • In Bulletproof Monk, Nina, who pretends to be a human rights activist, is the granddaughter of the Big Bad Nazi, who has been chasing the titular monk since World War Two. She later tries to seduce the monk and has a Designated Girl Fight with Jade. She's enough of a Badass that she has no problem breaking into a mansion owned by a Russian mobster.
    • Daughter Of The Dragon has Fu Manchu's daughter, played by the stunning Anna May Wong.
    • Conan the Barbarian (2011). Marique, witch daughter with Wolverine Claws of Khalar Zym.


    • Fah Lo Suee, the daughter of Fu Manchu, embodies the "beautiful but at-least-as-evil-as-he" version of the evil mastermind's daughter, making this Older Than Radio.
    • Sonia Steiglitz is the beautiful and sadistic Knife Nut daughter of the ex-CIA chief/archaeologist villain of The Takers, a modern Two Fisted Tale by Jerry Ahern.

    "My mother would drink while my father was out searching for the damned Gladstone Log. Some nights she'd beat me because she couldn't love him. I'm twenty-six years old. I stopped playing with dolls twenty years ago. I taught myself to hurt things and feel nothing -- all so I could be with him when he searched -- be with him! It was never my mother -- I don't know if he loved her. It was always finding the Gladstone Log...the power...the power he wanted..."

    • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden's nemesis Nicodemus has a daughter named Deirdre who is just about as evil and dangerous as he his. Doesn't hurt that she appears to be his lover too. The RPG even refers to her as Daddy's Little Denarian in her character sheet.
    • Lila Zacharov of The Curse Workers by Holly Black is the daughter of a manipulative, murdering crime boss, and wants nothing more than to be his heir. However, she's portrayed as more of an Anti Heroine than a villain.
    • In William Shatner's novel Ashes Of Eden, the Big Bad's daughter has been brainwashed by her father into doing everything she can to kill Kirk. Why? Because her mother was killed by Klingons shortly before Kirk helped sign the peace treaty, preventing her father from exacting revenge on them. She opts to die with her father rather than let Kirk save her.
    • Vestara Khai from Fate of the Jedi comes from a whole society of Sith, and both she and her father Gavar are major villains. Though for now, at least, she's in an Enemy Mine with Luke Skywalker and his son Ben against an Eldritch Abomination which is manipulating her people- and while Ves herself would be horrified at the idea, many fans hope she'll make a genuine Heel Face Turn before everything is over.
      • Indeed, in Vortex, she saves Luke and Ben from the Sith. Twice. Also, this trope takes an interesting turn when Vestara killed Lord Taalon, who was "too far above her station", thus making her own father (and lots of other Sith) want to kill her. Afterwards, she decides to stick around and help Luke and Ben.
    • Devereaux D'Orsay in (the last book of) Cinda Williams Chima's The Heir Chronicles is male, but he's still the spoiled, bratty, and thoroughly villainous (though handsome) child of one of the main villains.
    • A Song of Ice and Fire
      • Petyr Baelish is trying to get Alayne Stone/ Sansa Stark to play this role, although there is much speculation as to where this will lead.
      • It seems likely that Cersei would have been this to Tywin Lannister when she was younger, except she never forgave him for failing to deliver on his promise to secure her marriage to Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. After years of being married to Robert Baratheon, their relationship has soured considerably.
      • Asha Greyjoy appears to be this while her father is alive, but after his death proves to have a much different and more sensible agenda.
      • The HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones has a scene where Cersei is showing Crown Prince Joffrey how to be Mummy's little villain. Unfortunately, he takes her advice re: "you are king and can do whatever you want" very much to heart, while ignoring her lessons on prudent policy and government.
    • Phaidor, daughter of the Thern (White Martian) Priest King from the second and third John Carter of Mars novels. Her dad is the head of a planet-spanning Path of Inspiration which manipulates the other Martian races into being slaves and/or food for their people, and she's not only completely cool with it, she finds the idea of any other way of life unthinkable, and while she's attracted to Carter, it's mostly because he's Badass and she's utterly dumbfounded by why he does the things he does. Then she gets a dose of Break the Haughty when she finds out that another Martian race, the Firs Born, are using the Therns the same way the Therns use everyone else, followed shortly by Carter exposing the whole thing and toppling it. Then her dad gets offed by the First Born warlord he'd been in a very tense Villain Team-Up with, and she avenges him before committing suicide, though she does express repentence in her last moments.
    • In the Cthulhu Mythos, the Great Cthulhu itself has a daughter; while Cthulhu and its mate Idh-Yaa are regarded as being ambiguous gender, their offspring Cthylla (aka The Kraken or The Secret One) is usually labeled female. Cults of Cthulhu (including the Deep Ones) keep her existence a closely guarded secret, because she acts as an "emergency plan B" for the Great Old Ones. Should Cthulhu ever be killed, Cthylla could restore her father by giving birth to him - exactly how this would work is something best left unexplored.

    Live-Action TV

    • Despite not really being his daughter, Faith winds up very much playing this role to The Mayor on the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer—she's his loyal Dragon, of whom he is clearly protective. Buffy sending her into a coma led to his one swear word and Buffy taunting him about said loss led to his defeat. Many scenes between Faith and the Mayor involved him giving her gifts and general life advice alongside assassination missions.
      • Nice little call back in the Season Eight comics, showing that Faith remembers him fondly despite her Heel Face Turn.
    • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Conscience of the King," the daughter of a former villain in hiding uses their cover as a performing theater troupe to kill off the remaining witnesses to her father's previous crimes as a way of "protecting" him from recrimination. In a subversion, however, her father is extremely displeased with her when he finds out, having hoped to start a legitimate new life in their cover identities, and appalled that the blood on his hands had irreversibly stained her, as well.
    • Elle from Heroes.
    • Astronema from Power Rangers in Space toward Ecliptor.
    • Princess Ardala of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
      • Did her dad (or any superior) actually ever show up?
    • Young Dracula has Ingrid, the elder sister of the title character, who at least in the earlier seasons would love to be this. Unfortunately for her, her father is utterly sexist, and so despises and ignores her in favour of her White Sheep brother.
    • Mr. Yang from Psych'

    Newspaper Comics

    • Angel Top, the daughter of the infamous hitman Flattop from the Dick Tracy comics.

    Oral Tradition, Folklore, Myths and Legends

    • Medea of Classical Mythology is an excellent illustration of what this character type is like when they are in love with the hero, and how just dangerous said characters are if you betray them. After Hera made her fall madly in love with Jason, in order to aid him she betrayed her father, then cut her brother into several pieces to distract her father in a bid to gain Jason more time and distance, and then tricked Jason's cousins into murdering their father - Jason's treacherous, usurping uncle. Jason then promised to marry her, but when he changes his mind and abandons the very powerful witch on an island to go marry someone else, she not only murders her own children by Jason but had her revenge by magically incinerating Jason's wife. She's also a major Karma Houdini, since her fate was to become a goddess and get paired with some handsome hero in the Elysian Fields. Although it makes some sense as she was part-divine, and from her actions she was clearly following in the footsteps of the rest of that pantheon, and Jason himself was the one to blame for most of it.
    • Similarly to the above, there is a Jewish folktale about a merchant's son who fell in love with the daughter of the Demon-king Ashmodeus and while she aided him against her father, found that her spouse had a roving eye, and likewise killed his entire human family.

    Tabletop Games

    • Dungeons & Dragons:
      • Two prominent examples, both archdevils from the Nine Hells of Baator.
        • Glasya is nothing less than the daughter of Asmodeus, Overlord of Hell. She went through a long rebellious phase, but then the two of them reached an accord and Glasya was given the sixth hell of Malbolge to rule over - her first act was to do some remodeling using the Hag Countess, the layer's previous ruler, as a building material. This act sent shockwaves through Hellish politics, reminding the other archdukes that Asmodeus could replace any of them at any time, particularly unnerving Levistus, the duke who murdered Glasya's mother, and Mammon, her on-again off-again paramour. As for Glasya herself, she's too busy these days to seduce paladins and other righteous mortals herself, but still enjoys promising a victim carnal delights beyond imagination only to instead rot the flesh from their bones with a horrible contagion.
        • Lady Fierna is the nominal ruler of Phlegethos, though for most of her reign her dear father Belial wielded most of the power while Fierna enjoyed herself (often with him). But she's recently become best friends with Glasya and is taking a much more active role in governing, even setting up her own cultist and intelligence networks "just in case" of her father's sudden demise. Belial is smart enough to be very, very worried.
      • Related but minor example - any mercenary willing to do business in the court of Mephistopheles in Cania is well-advised to watch what he says around the half-fiend-half-elf bard Lady Antilia, the High Cantor. Few know she is Mephistopheles' daughter, and should anyone drop hints of betrayal or treachery that she hears, her father will hear it very soon. Another safety tip to keep in mind is, if Antilia doesn't like you, be wary; if she does like you, be terrified.
      • On the other side of the Lower Planes, Graz'zt clearly has a lot of children, given his reputation as a lecherous rake, his most infamous being Iuz the Old, an example of Overlord, Jr.. But as far as this Trope goes, Thraxxia is the most notorious, her father's loyal and deadly assassin and spy.

    Video Games

    • Tabitha/Larissa from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, who is The Dragon to Caulder/Stolos. She's also the most loyal to him, though not slavishly so - they seem to have a relatively normal father-daughter relationship.
    • Nina Cortex, the niece of Dr. Neo Cortex (although it has been speculated that she may actually be his daughter) in the Crash Bandicoot series.
    • Wendy O. Koopa from the Super Mario franchise. She and the other Koopalings were introduced as Bowser's children in Super Mario Bros. 3; even after a Retcon that changed them to be Bowser's foremost Elite Mooks, the Koopalings are still portrayed as siblings, and Wendy is framed as being the spoiled bratty "daughter" figure among them.
      • The Nintendo Adventure Books gamebooks came out just a couple of years after SMB3 - one of them, Koopa Capers, centers around Wendy's apparent kidnapping, with a worried Bowser reluctantly enlisting the help of Luigi to find her (while Mario was off fixing a leak in Niagra Falls). If you get far enough, you find out that Wendy was looking to become The Usurper, stealing her brothers' magic wands and combining them with her own to create a super-powered wand that would help her overthrow Bowser and rule the Koopas in his stead.
    • You'd think Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord would feature this... but it doesn't, exactly. The current Darklord is all Evil Overlord, but according to the intro and the previous game, My Life As a King, her father was an Anti-Villain who just wanted to protect monsters and provide them a place to live in peace.. but was more than willing to kill those who stood in the way of this goal. So... she doesn't take after her father in that she's more unambiguously evil and less sympathetic than him.
    • Elenor Lamb in the bad ending of BioShock II.
    • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin plays with this: while Stella and Loretta aim to take down the heroes, they do it independently of Brauner, who insists they stay out of harm's way. They're also not actually his daughters, having been brainwashed to believe that Brauner is their father.
    • The Dragon Fable villain Sepulchure is one of the more serious bad guys in the normally lighthearted game, and is revealed to have a daughter during on the Elemental Orb storylines. You may think of her as an innocent baby... unless you've played Adventure Quest Worlds, which portrays her as a teenager or grown woman (it's hard to tell) who takes over as the leader of the game's Evil faction. The two even wear the same Doomknight [dead link] armor.
    • Puchi Oguras #1 and #5 from Densetsu No Stafy 2.
    • In Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull, the actual villain of the story has a disturbing little girl who is fully aware of and involved in their plan to use and then kill the protagonist.
    • Final Fantasy X: Yunalesca being one of these to her father Yu Yevon is one of the reasons Spira is such a Crapsack World. Apparently she could have designed the Final Aeon to be able to permanently destroy Sin and Yu Yevon, but she just couldn't bring herself to kill what was left of her father and Zanarkand. Cue 1000 years of suffering.
    • Sage from Sonic Frontiers is an AI created by Dr. Eggman to assist in his evil plans. Despite initially viewing her as a tool like his other creations, he grows genuinely fond of her and comes to view her as a daughter, though he has trouble showing affection due to being a gruff narcissist prone to keeping his softer side close to the chest. Sage, on the other hand, embraces her role as his daughter figure and desperately wants him to show her proper affection. Their relationship is one of the game's biggest emotional elements, since it not only humanizes the otherwise sociopathic Eggman, but has Sage mellow out from being a stoic, rude Anti Villain and develop into a genuine hero thanks to Sonic's influence, culminating in a Heroic Sacrifice that leaves Eggman heartbroken when he realizes what she has to do. Thankfully she gets better thanks to his technological wizardry, and the game ends after a tender moment of him showing her the fatherly affection she desperately craved.

    Web Comics

    Web Original

    • Maybe half the girls in the Bad Seeds, the club at Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe for children of supervillains. Jobe is the child of Gizmatic, and as such is now the heir apparent and princess of Karedonia.
    • The Evil Overlord List recommends that if an evil overlord ends up having kids, make them get involved in the family business early and shower them with love. That way when the hero shows up you have a no win situation for the big hero: they either kill the evil overlord in front of his little girl, walk away, or convince said little girl to come with them (at which point she pulls out her little gun and shoots him in the kneecap).

    Western Animation

    Real Life

    • According to histories, Julia Drusilla, the toddler daughter of Caligula himself, was shaping up to be one of these. Upon being told that his daughter had attacked her playmates and tried to scratch their eyes out, he bragged that there was no dispute of who her father was. She was also stated to have attacked her mother's assassins during Caligula's fall. This might have all been true, or simply a justification for the soldiers to have seized a two year-old girl by the ankles and swung her head against the wall.
      • Caligula's sister, Julia Agrippina the Younger, was the ultimate example. Because of her brother's unnatural devotion to her, Julia held sway over the politics in Rome. She made an attempt to overthrow him after he went completely nuts, but was caught and exiled. After his assassination, she returned triumphantly to work her way back to the top and marry the new emperor, Claudius - her uncle. After living the high life again for a while, she convinced Claudius to name her own son his heir. She then killed him and put her young son on the throne as her puppet. That son would be Nero. She is perhaps best described in Badass:

    "Julia Agrippina was 'Rome's Sweetheart,' kind of like Julia Roberts, only if instead of acting in charming romantic comedies she hacked Osama Bin Laden's arms off with a chainsaw, nuked North Korea, and poisoned half of the House of Representatives to death with cyanide cupcakes."

    • Gulnora "Guli" Karimova, daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, is likely to inherit control of Uzbekistan from her father. As the Uzbek ambassador to the UN, she has tried to cover up her father's acts of tyranny and give the Karimov regime a pretty face. She has also launched a clothing line made from cotton picked by child labor, sent mercenaries to kidnap her ex-husband's family, taken control of the Uzbek tea industry, and filled Uzbek radio and TV stations with her pop songs, released under her diminutive name "Gugusha." As she is only 40, there is still plenty of time for Gulnora Karimova to step out of her father's shadow and develop her own form of depraved tyranny.