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A "prodigal son" is a backwards or wayward male offspring who rebels against familial expectations and journeys into the world to seek their fortune, returning only with reluctance and/or repentance. Eldon Tyrell refers to Roy Batty as his "prodigal son" when the renegade replicant confronts his maker in search of a longer lifespan; Roy was created by Tyrell, sent into the universe to serve as a soldier, and then returns to him only because he is dying.

This is the Picture of Roy Batty when he finally reveals to Rick Deckard at the end of the movie that he is the Prodigal Son.


The phrase orginates in a parable found in Luke 15. He not only returns to confront Tyrell (his "Father") via Sebastian, but at the end joins him in death. See also Religion

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