Created By: ElectricalLass on September 29, 2013 Last Edited By: StarSword on March 26, 2014
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Uneven Hybrid (TITLES CROWNER)

Character with majority ancestry of one species, and minority ancestry of another.

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This has lain fallow for long enough. Taking it over.

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Due to the prevalence of the Interspecies Romance, half-human and other varieties of interspecies hybrid children are fairly common in fiction. These characters may in turn conceive or sire children with pure-blood members of either parent's species, producing a second generation with a majority of one species and a minority of the other.

Such individuals are likely to demonstrate various traits from their minority ancestor, though such traits are likely to be more subtle the farther back said ancestor is.

Compare Half-Human Hybrid and Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid for simple half-and-half combinations. Once three or more species get involved, you're dealing with a Heinz Hybrid. For human/nonhuman examples, compare But Not Too Foreign, where a foreigner has their nation of residence's ethnicity somewhere in their ancestry.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Ranma : Herb, Lime and Mint of the Musk Empire are the distant descendants of animals cursed into humanoid women shapes and mated with human males. As a result, they've inherited animalistic traits.
  • In One Piece, minor character Chimney is a quarter mermaid through her grandmother, Kokoro. Because of it, she's a good swimmer.

    Fan Works 
  • Bait and Switch has a minor character named Corpsman Watkins working when Eleya visits sickbay after a battle. Human name, but Eleya's narration says Watkins has some Betazoid blood.

    Literature 
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Aragorn from has some elven ancestry a few thousand years prior to the events in the story due to him being the last heir of Gondor. This wasn't really mentioned in the films, however.
    • Both Aragorn and Luthien are also part-Maiar, the angelic order of creation, through a shared ancestor who was the mother of Luthien. Although Aragorn after many generations is mainly human, and Arwen is only a quarter or one-eighth human through her own parentage.
  • Late in the Labyrinths of Echo series, Max learns that most of his colleagues have non-humans down their bloodlines: Juffin, like most Kettarians, has some werefox blood in him; Shurf is descended from the elves; Melifaro has both dwarven and giant ancestors; Melamori has a lot of elven and faff blood. In fact, the only pure-blooded humans in Secret Investigations are Kofa and Max himself (insofar one disregards his birth in an entirely different world).
  • Fleur Delacour and her sister from the Harry Potter series are quarter-Veelas through their grandmother.
  • The Tates from the Garrett, P.I. novels have a bit of elf blood on both sides of the family, although it's not obvious from their looks.
  • The Ohmsford family in the Shannara books. The story starts with the half-elf, Shea, then continues with his descendants, whose elven blood becomes increasingly diluted through intermarriage with humans.
  • In the novels Goblin Moon and The Gnome's Engine, Lord Skelbrooke is strongly implied to have a bit of fey blood. The Duchess is secretly an inversion, with a substantial degree of fey blood from both sides of her family.
  • Log Horizon: There is lore about the MMO Elder Tale saying that since the Alvs had a very low population, and since they historically intermarried with humans they've basically become extinct. However Alv genes live on in Humans in the present day. Their genes are plentiful enough that occasionally a Half Alv will be born to a human family due to the Alv genes being recessive.
  • The Belgariad: Belgarion, who had a sorcerer grandfather and a wolf grandmother, can shapeshift into an owl and a human.
  • In the Star Trek: Titan novels Will Riker and Deanna Troi try several times to have children. Deanna miscarries twice, then manages to carry a quarter-Betazoid daughter to term. The Star Trek Online novel The Needs of the Many states in turn that Natasha Riker-Troi married Rene Picard (son of Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher) and had three children with him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • In "The Drumhead", Simon Tarses, an enlisted man in the Enterprise's medical department, is hounded by an admiral on a Witch Hunt on suspicion of being a spy because he has a Romulan grandfather. Tarses had claimed on his entrance application that his grandfather was Vulcan.
    • Worf's son Alexander Rozhenko is one quarter human, from his half-human mother's side.
  • In Star Trek: Voyager's final season, B'Elanna Torres, a human/Klingon hybrid, gets pregnant by her human husband Tom Paris. Their daughter Miral is born in the series finale.

    Mythology and Religion 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • In 2nd edition AD&D, products of elf/human interbreeding with claim to 50% or more elven blood always had the characteristics of half-elves, while those with less than 50% elvish ancestry were functionally human.
    • The various types of Planetouched are individuals that are mostly a mundane species (human, elf, orc, etc.) but have some blood from an ancestor at least one generation removed who was of extraplanar origin.
      • Tieflings are mostly human, but have a fiend somewhere in their ancestry. Aasimar are the celestial equivalent of Tieflings. Genasi have an elemental grandparent instead.
      • Fey'ri are majority-elf, minority-demon crosses.
      • Tanarukks are Orcs with fiendish blood.
    • In some versions of fluff, sorcerers get their inherent magical powers from a distant ancestor (usually draconic).
    • The 3.5E supplement Planar Handbook introduced heritage feats that allowed characters to have a tinge of extraplanar blood, granting various bonuses.

    Video Games 
  • Diablo humans are the descendents of angels and demons.
  • Atrus of the Myst games is one-quarter D'ni, making his daughter Yeesha, a local Messianic Archetype, one-eighth.
  • Star Trek Online: Admiral D'Vak, a Klingon NPC who commands the USS Houston as part of Star Fleet Battle Group Omega, is the son of Alexander Rozhenko by a Klingon woman according to The Path to 2409. This makes him 1/8 human.
  • Devil May Cry 4 has Nero, who is implied to be a quarter-demon (with all the perks that come with it like Super Strength). Though his exact parentage is never really made clear, the story does point out that he has Sparda's blood within him.
  • In Dragon Ball Online, all human characters were confirmed to be direct descendants of Goku or Vegeta.
  • Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark has Valen Shadowbreath, a tiefling with very strong demonic blood.
  • Neverwinter Nights 2:
    • Tieflings (human/fiend) and aasimar (human/celestial) are playable races in the original campaign. Mask of the Betrayer adds four kinds of genasi (human/elemental).
    • Original campaign:
      • Neeshka, the party's rogue, is a tiefling stated to be 1/4 devil. Mephasm, a pit fiend in the game's recurring cast, makes various suggestions that he's her grandfather.
      • Recurring NPC Light of Heavens and her twin Joy are a pair of aasimar (humans with celestial blood) serving Lathander. Light of Heavens is a Divine Champion, while Joy is a dancer.
    • Storm of Zehir:
      • The background feats "Fey Heritage" and "Fiendish Heritage" allow respectively non-lawful and non-good player characters to have a tinge of fey or fiendish blood. Turns into Heinz Hybrid with half-elves, half-orcs, and planetouched.
      • Belueth the Calm is a Neutral Evil aasimar rogue who is Only in It for the Money.
      • One sidequest has the party investigating the theft of the Hammer of Ironfist by a group of genasi bards. Another has a genasi from Sigil who is gathering items for a museum there.
  • Ceodore Harvey in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is the son of Cecil, a Half-Human Hybrid with a human mother and Lunarian father, and Rosa who is an ordinary woman.
  • Throughout the Assassin's Creed series, some Assassin members who can use Eagle Vision are the descendants of Those Who Came Before.
  • StarCraft II: The Protoss-Zerg Hybrids come in two varieties: The close-combat Reaver has more zerglike features like external mandibles and huge claws, the Destroyer looks much more like a protoss, with psionic tendrils and psychic abilities.

    Webcomics 
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Antimony discovers she's descended from a fire elemental. Aside from giving her access to some magic, she also apparently inherited her mother's "flame" meaning that after Annie was born, she suffered a sort of delayed Death by Childbirth as her vitality was transferred to her.
  • In the D&D comic The Order of the Stick the Draketooths were descended from a black dragon and a human. Which meant that Vaarsuvius's familicide spell that killed off roughly a quarter of the black dragon species got them too.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Humans and Neanderthals have been known to inbreed. Today, pretty much every human outside of ancestral Africa has a small percentage of Neanderthal DNA.
  • Bengals are a cat breed produced by breeding a domestic cat with an Asian leopard cat, a type of wild cat. These hybrids are sometimes bred with other, pure domestic cats to produce a more manageable pet. Similarly, the Savannah is a cat breed produced by crossbreeding a serval with a domestic cat. As with the Bengal, the offspring are sometimes bred with full domestic cats.
  • The same also sometimes happens with wolves and domestic dogs; people want a dog that looks like a wolf but behaves like a dog. A half wolf, half dog is usually too much for most people, but breeding it with another dog is done to produce dogs that behave more like dogs.
  • A liliger is what you get when you cross a female liger with a male lion.
  • Many North American buffalo herds have a small percentage of domestic cattle DNA. In fact, only about four buffalo herds are pure buffalo.
  • A wholphin is a cross between a female bottlenose dolphin and a male false killer whale. The first captive wholphin to survive to breeding age, a female, produced two offspring with a bottlenose dolphin.

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Community Feedback Replies: 81
  • September 29, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Antimony discovers she's descended from a fire elemental. Aside from giving her access to some magic, she also apparently inherited her mother's "flame" meaning that after Annie was born, she suffered a sort of delayed Death By Childbirth as her vitality was transferred to her.

    • Also from 3.5 Edition Dungeons And Dragons;
      • Aasimar are the celestial equivalent of Tieflings.
      • Sorcerers get their inherent magical powers from a distant ancestor (usually draconic)
  • September 29, 2013
    TonyG
    Title is a little long. You don't need the Family Tree part, Nonhuman Ancestor or Hybrid Ancestor will do just fine.
  • September 29, 2013
    xanderiskander
    In the description don't you mean descended from a Non-human? Only the descendant would be considered a hybrid, not the ancestor.
  • September 29, 2013
    Bisected8
    The part human would be descended from a half-human (as opposed to a full blooded creature, which would just make this Half Human Hybrid).
  • September 29, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • In the D&D comic The Order Of The Stick the Draketooths were descended from a black dragon and a human. Which meant that Vaarsuvius's familicide spell that killed off roughly a quarter of the black dragon species got them too.
  • September 30, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized a work name, Blue Linked a trope name, created an example media heading, and deleted a bunch of unnecessary spaces in the text.
  • September 30, 2013
    KarjamP
    • In The Sims 3, it's possible for certain non-human species to have babies. Said babies either turn out to be human or turn out to be the same as their parent's species.
  • September 30, 2013
    DAN004
  • September 30, 2013
    Koveras
    Simply Non Human Ancestor, since this is mostly about individual characters from this kind of families, no?

    • Late in the Labyrinths Of Echo series, Max learns that most of his colleagues have non-humans down their bloodlines: Juffin, like most Kettarians, has some werefox blood in him; Shurf is descended from the elves; Melifaro has both dwarven and giant ancestors; Melamori has a lot of elven and faff blood. In fact, the only pure-blooded humans in Secret Investigations are Kofa and Max himself (insofar one disregards his birth in an entirely different world).
  • September 30, 2013
    Snicka
    • Aragorn in The Lord Of The Rings is from the House of Numenor, which descended from Beren and Luthien, a man and an elf couple. Inverted with Arwen, who also descended from Beren and Luthien (which makes her distant Kissing Cousins with Aragorn), but her other ancestors are elves.
  • September 30, 2013
    Koveras
    • Fleur Delacour and her sister from the Harry Potter series are quarter-Veelas through their grandmother.
  • September 30, 2013
    DAN004
    Needs emphasis in hybrid thing. Cuz sometimes hybrids ain't always with humans. :P
  • September 30, 2013
    madgodzulcan
    • Diablo humans are the decedents of angels and demons.
  • September 30, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    • Star Trek The Next Generation:
      • In one episode a junior officer on the Enterprise is hounded by an Admiral on a Witch Hunt on suspicion of being a spy because he has a Romulan grandfather.
      • Warf's son Alexander is one quarter human, from his half-human mother's side.
  • October 1, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Bumpity Bumpity
  • October 2, 2013
    DAN004
    Don't just bump, please edit it with examples. :/
  • January 7, 2014
    AP
    • Aragorn from The Lord Of The Rings has some elven ancestry a few thousand years prior to the events in the story due to him being the last heir of Gondor. This wasn't really mentioned in the films, however.
  • January 7, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 8, 2014
    StarSword
    This is automatically Up For Grabs as of January 2.

    I suggest expanding to cover majority-nonhuman variants.

    Sister trope to Heinz Hybrid, when three or more species are involved.
  • January 9, 2014
    ElectricalLass
    I shall readopt this.
  • January 12, 2014
    ElectricalLass
    Anyone know of other examples?
  • January 12, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ You might want to start by adding the examples that have already been posted.
  • January 12, 2014
    StarSword
    TV:

    • In Star Trek Voyager's final season, B'Elanna Torres, a human/Klingon hybrid, gets pregnant by her human husband Tom Paris.
  • January 12, 2014
    Generality
    Atrus of the Myst games is one-quarter D'ni, making his daughter Yeesha, a local Messianic Archetype, one-eigth.
  • January 12, 2014
    SharleeD
    Aragorn seems to have been listed twice. The first entry might be better-placed under Film, not literature, as it mentions the LotR movies.

    Alexander from Next Generation should be listed as an inversion if anything, as he's a case of Mostly Klingon Ancestry.

    Literature:

    • The Tates from the Garrett PI novels have a bit of elf blood on both sides of the family, although it's not obvious from their looks.

    Tabletop Games:

    • In 2nd edition AD&D, products of elf/human interbreeding with claim to 50% or more elven blood always had the characteristics of half-elves, while those with less than 50% elvish ancestry were functionally human.
  • January 13, 2014
    ElectricalLass
    Added some of the examples to the draft . Anyone got some more examples?
  • January 13, 2014
    AgProv
    Both Aragorn and Luthien are also part-Maiar, the angelic order of creation, through a shared ancestor who was the mother of Luthien. Although Aragorn after many generations is mainly human, and Arwen is only a quarter or one-eighth human through her own parentage.
  • January 13, 2014
    SKJAM
    • Ranma One Half: Herb, Lime and Mint of the Musk Empire are the distant descendants of animals cursed into humanoid women shapes and mated with human males. As a result, they've inherited animalistic traits.
  • January 13, 2014
    Omeganian
    The nephilim from The Salvation War get their abilities from part demon DNA (either actual ancetry or corruption; it's not that clear).
  • January 14, 2014
    ElectricalLass
    Added some examples to the draft. More examples wanted.
  • January 14, 2014
    StarSword
    Fixed spelling of "Worf" in the draft.
  • January 15, 2014
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work titles.
  • January 15, 2014
    Snicka
    The two examples from The Lord Of The Rings should be merged, especially since both are about Aragorn.
  • January 15, 2014
    robinjohnson

    EDIT: I just noticed that's an inversion, where a mostly alien character has a drop of human blood in him.
  • January 15, 2014
    ElectricalLass
    Anyone have more examples?
  • January 15, 2014
    StarSword
    Strongly advise expanding this to where nonhuman/nonhuman hybrids and majority-nonhuman/human hybrids are straight examples.
  • January 15, 2014
    Ekuran
    How about Uneven Hybrid?
  • January 16, 2014
    SharleeD
    • Discworld's Nanny Ogg is said to have some dwarf blood from many generations back, thanks to which her skull is a bit more resistant to impacts than most humans'. This, of course, means this trope applies to her vast extended family as well.
  • January 18, 2014
    ElectricalLass
    Thanks for the example from Maskerade , Sharlee D ? More Examples Wanted!
  • January 18, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Supporting Nonhuman Ancestor for the title, since the interesting bit is likely to be the nonhuman part, not the human part.
  • January 21, 2014
    ElectricalLass
    Okay , I support the title change .
  • January 21, 2014
    SharleeD
    ^^^ I'm pretty sure it's from Witches Abroad, but I could be wrong.
  • February 4, 2014
    StarSword
    I prefer Uneven Hybrid, because I don't see any functional difference between being 1/4 human and being 3/4 human, or for that matter (for example) being 1/4 Romulan, 3/4 Bajoran. (Yes, I have an OC like that.)

    Fan Works:
    • Bait And Switch STO has a minor character named Corpsman Watkins working when Eleya visits sickbay after a battle. Human name, but Eleya's narration says Watkins has some Betazoid blood.

    Video Games:
    • Star Trek Online: Admiral D'Vak, a Klingon NPC who commands the USS Houston as part of Star Fleet Battle Group Omega, is the son of Alexander Rozhenko by a Klingon woman according to The Path to 2409. This makes him 1/8 human.
  • February 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Would Gilgamesh being 2/3 divine count, then? :P
  • February 4, 2014
    StarSword
    ^Absolutely.
  • February 4, 2014
    StarSword
    D&D again:
    • Genasi are the elemental equivalent of tieflings, you get a fey'ri from majority-elf, minority-demon crosses, tanarukks are orcs with fiendish blood, and so forth. Collectively such humanoid/extraplanar being blends are called planetouched.
  • February 4, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Two Thirds Human Hybrid? this is about "character with small fraction of nonhuman ancestry" right?

    videogame
    • Devil May Cry 4 has Nero, who is implied to be a quarter-demon (with all the perks that come with it like Super Strength). Though his exact parentage is never really made clear, the story does point out that he has Sparda's blood within him.
  • February 5, 2014
    BlueIceTea
    • The Ohmsford family in the Shannara books. The story starts with the half-elf, Shea, then continues with his descendants, whose elven blood becomes increasingly diluted through intermarriage with humans.
  • February 16, 2014
    StarSword
    Is the OP updating this at all?
  • February 16, 2014
    BaffleBlend
    Video Games

    Western Animation
  • February 16, 2014
    SharleeD
    The fact that Worf's son is an inversion, not a straight example, still hasn't been added to the ST:TNG entry...

    • In the novels Goblin Moon and The Gnome's Engine, Lord Skelbrooke is strongly implied to have a bit of fey blood. The Duchess is secretly an inversion, with a substantial degree of fey blood from both sides of her family.
  • February 16, 2014
    StarSword
    ^As I said before, I don't see any functional difference between being 1/4 human and 3/4 human, or being 1/4 dog and 3/4 cat. Not an inversion.
  • February 16, 2014
    xanderiskander
    Light Novel
    • Log Horizon: There is lore about the MMO Elder Tale in Log Horizon saying that since the Alvs had a very low population, and since they historically intermarried with humans they've basically become extinct. However Alv genes live on in Humans in the present day. Their genes are plentiful enough that occasionally a Half Alv will be born to a human family due to the Alv genes being recessive.
  • February 16, 2014
    lycropath
  • February 18, 2014
    alnair20aug93
    Does this count?

    • Belgarion, who had a sorcerer grandfather and a wolf grandmother who can shapeshift into an owl and a human.
  • February 18, 2014
    SharleeD
    ^^^^ Then the title really needs to be changed, because it directly states that this trope is for "mostly human" characters.
  • February 18, 2014
    StarSword
    ^Well, the OP seems to have vanished again.
  • March 16, 2014
    Ekuran
    Bumping.
  • March 16, 2014
    Ominae
    Video Games

    Throughout the Assassin's Creed series, some of the Assassin memebers who can use Eagle Vision are the descendants of Those Who Came Before.
  • March 17, 2014
    StarSword
    Rewrote to make all variations of majority-one species, minority-another into straight examples. Now starting on adding commented examples.
  • March 17, 2014
    Larkmarn
    How about Partial Ancestry? Uneven Hybrid just doesn't sound very indicative to me.
  • March 17, 2014
    StarSword
    ^Could work.

    Finished Rolling Updates.
  • March 17, 2014
    Chabal2
    Starcraft II: The Protoss-Zerg Hybrids come in two varieties: The close-combat Reaver has more zerglike features like external mandibles and huge claws, the Destroyer looks much more like a protoss, with psionic tendrils and psychic abilities.
  • March 17, 2014
    BlackbirdMizu
    Real Life:

    Some real-life hybrid species actually are fertile, and can go on to produce offspring with pure specimens of one or the other species. Some specific examples:

    • Humans and Neanderthals have been known to inbreed. Today, pretty much every human outside of ancestral Africa has a small percentage of Neanderthal DNA.
    • Bengals are a cat breed produced by breeding a domestic cat with an Asian leopard cat, a type of wild cat. These hybrids are sometimes bred with other, pure domestic cats to produce a more manageable pet. Similarly, the Savannah is a cat breed produced by crossbreeding a serval with a domestic cat. As with the Bengal, the offspring are sometimes bred with full domestic cats.
      • The same also sometimes happens with wolves and domestic dogs; people want a dog that looks like a wolf but behaves like a dog. A half wolf, half dog is usually too much for most people, but breeding it with another dog is done to produce dogs that behave more like dogs.
    • A liliger is what you get when you cross a female liger with a male lion.
    • Many North American buffalo herds have a small percentage of domestic cattle DNA. In fact, only about four buffalo herds are pure buffalo.
    • A wholphin is a cross between a female bottlenose dolphin and a male false killer whale. The first captive wholphin to survive to breeding age, a female, produced two offspring with a bottlenose dolphin.
  • March 17, 2014
    StarSword
    Title thoughts? We've had two votes for Uneven Hybrid (me and Ekuran), and Larkmarn wants Partial Ancestry.
  • March 17, 2014
    DAN004
  • March 19, 2014
    DashSpendar
    Uneven Hybrid sounds to me like Hybrid Power (in this case, the Hybrid is uneven in terms of Competitive Balance).

    I like Partial Ancestry a bit better, but maybe Second Generation Hybrid?
  • March 19, 2014
    Larkmarn
  • March 19, 2014
    StarSword
    ^^OOH! I like Second Generation Hybrid. Diluted Ancestry would also work.
  • March 19, 2014
    Larkmarn
    I like Second Generation Hybrid since it puts it into real-world terms (like second-generation immigrants). My only potential with the name is that it... might confuse people into thinking that, say, third-generation hybrids wouldn't count.

    It's a very minor quibble and I think the name works, I just thought I'd mention to make sure everyone agrees.

    Most of these could wind up being redirects, anyway.
  • March 19, 2014
    DAN004
  • March 20, 2014
    ShiningwingX
    Is this only for cases where there's an uneven proportion of racial ancestry, or would cases where one race's traits dominate the other's also count? For instance, would it count if say, a full blooded elf and full blooded human had a child, yet the child conceived was both physically and genetically mostly elven?
  • March 20, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ that's something else entirely.
  • March 20, 2014
    Larkmarn
    I think a name crowner is in order.
  • March 20, 2014
    StarSword
    @Shiningwing X: That's just a standard Half Human Hybrid, possibly combined with Strong Family Resemblance.

    @Larkmarn: Agreed.
  • March 21, 2014
    StarSword
    Bump for votes.
  • March 22, 2014
    StarSword
    And another bump.
  • March 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • March 23, 2014
    StarSword
    I'm just waiting for the crowner to come back.
  • March 26, 2014
    Earnest
    Bump for the votes.
  • March 26, 2014
    StarSword
    All right, gonna call it for Uneven Hybrid, though I'm keeping Second Generation Hybrid and Non First Generation Hybrid as redirects.

    Trope locked. Firing.
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