Question: might you be detecting the father's previous influence over your MC?
For example, suppose your MC was a kind and gentle prince but his father, the king, always taught him to 'rule with an iron fist.' One day, the MC defied his father's wishes by saving the life of a particular man...the man who would assassinate his father. As a result, he feels personally responsible for his father’s death, and now believes that mercy is the best way to give the enemy the upper-hand.
As the prince becomes a king, his father's ghostly influence reminds him to resist his kind and gentle nature. You could say that the prince becomes his father—and, like his father, there are people who wish to do him harm…
For now, the world around him is rising up in protest to his rule. The prince’s impulse is to annihilate the threat, like his father would; but there is another character who advocates empathy and mercy towards the frightened peasants—an approach which would have come easily had his father’s death not frightened him from it. It is through this character’s influence that the king’s past influence is shaken.