Darth Vader: "Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father."
Luke Skywalker: "He told me enough! He told me you killed him!"
Darth Vader: "No.
I am your father."
~ Darth Vader revealing to Luke Skywalker that he is his father, Anakin.
Scar: "What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your own uncle."
Simba: "No, Scar. I'm not like you."
~ Scar reasoning with his nephew, Simba that he wouldn't take the life of a member of his own family, despite the fact that Scar did this to his own brother, Mufasa, to which Simba agrees to, not wanting to be like his despicable uncle.

Villains who are relatives of the Hero or any major protagonist, they can be spouses, parents, siblings, uncles/aunts, cousins, children, or even clones.

This is a common trend in fiction in an attempt to add drama and to a lesser extent, irony to the story. Indeed, having to fight a close relative is a source of much inner turmoil to the hero who cannot reconcile their quest and familial ties. Often, this results in the villain attempting to turn the hero over to their side. Other times, the opposite will occur and the hero will attempt to turn the villain back to their side which can eventually lead to redemption. (The perfect example of this is of course, Darth Vader, Eurus Holmes from the BBC Series Sherlock who is biologically related to the protagonist Sherlock Holmes.)

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