Created By: LOAD on September 24, 2015 Last Edited By: rmctagg09 on February 17, 2017
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Dragon Ancestry

A hybrid who has draconic ancestry or draconic blood.

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In fiction, different races can often interbreed. Some are more likely to interbreed than others.

Dragons have gained a bit of a reputation for being able and willing to breed with just about anything, if not everything, leading to some interesting mixes. Often this is because the dragon is capable of transforming into a human form for reproductive purposes. Sometimes you can get a Draconic Humanoid, other times you get someone who is otherwise normal, except for maybe a few off traits.

A subtrope of Mixed Ancestry.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Issei Hyoudo from High School DD will have multiple children by his haremettes. Each of them will be part dragon from their father's side while other half would be assortment of vampire, devil, fallen angel and Valkyrie depending on who was their mother.
  • Maken-ki!: Himegami is daughter of the Yamato no Orochi of legend and Oosuo no Mikoto, who was the first prince of the Yamato Court. Thus, she's half dragon, though it only becomes apparent when she's angry. During which, her eyes turns amber and her pupils become slitted.
  • Dragon Half is about Mink, a half dragon half human hybrid. Her mother is a dragon, her father a dragonslayer.

Fan Works
  • The Gentry present in the harsh North in Faerie Tales all possess dragon-traits, explained by the fact they all possess dragons blood within their veins.
  • In Embers, most of the Fire Nation has dragon ancestry to some degree or another; for most its distant enough that the only non-human traits they have are Supernatural Gold Eyes, but for Zuko and Azula (whose grandfather is a dragon), they have claw-like nails that can only be filed with obsidian, more powerful firebending than is usual, and No Social Skills due to the conflict between their draconic and human instincts for how to interact with others. The reason that it isn't widely known is that Fire Nation keeps their draconic heritage a secret from the other nations, out of fear of being seen as animals or less than human because of it.

Film
  • The Golden Child. Kala, whose lower body is snakelike, is the librarian of the Pao Shin Repository. She is flown in to provide information about the Golden Child. She is over 300 years old: her body shape and long life are due to the fact that one of her ancestors was raped by a dragon.

Literature
  • In Seraphina the Ityasaari are a race of half human half dragon hybrids. They usually have silver scales on some part of their body, and have varying Psychic Powers.
  • Victor in Wrong Time For The Dragons is eventually revealed to have both dragon and human blood in him: his grandmother was pregnant with a child of a dragon when the latter was killed and she, raped by his killer and banished from Middle World. This becomes a plot point late in the novel, when he must decide whether to become a full Dragon or a Dragonslayer—a human with the power to kill dragons for good.
  • The protagonist of Elminster's Daughter, Narnra Shalace, turns out to be the love-child of the archmage Elminster of Shadowdale and a shapeshifted song dragon.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Dragons are known to interbreed so much that it looks as though many sorcerers had a dragon ancestor. The Half-Dragon Template can also be added to almost anything that can breed:
    • Members of the Sorcerer class are usually said to receive their powers from draconic blood, though a number of other supernatural ancestors are also possible. The Dragon Disciple Prestige Class allows a Sorcerer to tap deeper into their bloodline to gradually transform themselves into a Half-Dragon.
    • 3rd Edition D&D eventually added a whole creature subtype for beings descended from dragons - the dragonblooded - with access to unique dragon-themed feats and Prestige Classes (including wings and Breath Weapons). While Sorcerers are not automatically dragonblooded, they can trade away some of their normal abilities in order to count as such.
    • Kobolds from 3rd edition onwards are depicted as tiny reptilian servants of dragons, with a tendency to become Sorcerers. Occasionally their draconic blood manifests particularly true in the form of a Dragonwrought Kobold, whose scales shine in the colour of their ancestor. While no inherently stronger than a normal Kobold, they are usually higher level and more likely to possess dragon-themed abilities. In addition they are biologically closer to Dragons than Humanoids, making them immune to certain spells and preventing their bodies from weakening as they age (the latter of which makes them extremely popular among spellcaster players, since old age provides bonuses to spellcasting-related stats that are normally Awesome, but Impractical).

Video Games
  • Priscilla the Hybrid in Dark Souls I is a half-dragon (the only one known in the setting) and, as such, is of giant size and has a dragon tail. Her father is strongly implied to have been Seath the Scaleless (the only true dragon left to procreate freely), but her mother's identity is unclear (a popular theory goes that it's Gwynevere, the goddess of sunlight).
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem Jugdral: Dragon Blood is synonymous with Royal Blood, with the twelve main noble bloodlines of the setting being descended from a group of heroes who were each infused with the blood of a different dragon. Those in whom the blood flows strong bear a distinctive Brand on their bodies, granting them increased combat prowess and the ability to wield the holy weapons that contain some of that dragon's power. The same goes for those descended from the line of Galle, who blood bonded with the evil Earth Dragon Loptyr.
    • Soren from the Fire Emblem Tellius duology is the Branded son of King Ashnard of Daein and the black dragon laguz Almedha.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
      • Some time after her blood bond with Baldur of Jugdral's Twelve Crusaders (see above), the dragon god Naga formed a second blood bond with the founder of Ylisse. As a result, members of the Ylisse royal family can also manifest the Brand of Naga. Jugdral's holy weapons are still around, but due to either extreme age or magical tampering, most of them no longer require draconic blood to use.
      • The Avatar is revealed to be the result of a breeding program to get a child with enough Grima blood to make a suitable host for the dragon.
      • Nowi's daughters Nah, and Morgan if she S-Supported with the male Avatar, are half-human, half-manakete. Morgan also inherits Grima blood by default due to being a child of the Avatar regardless of gender.
    • In Fire Emblem Fates both the Hoshidan and Nohrian royal families are descended from the First Dragons, and the Avatar in particular is capable of transforming into a dragon as a result of Anakos being their birth father. Kana, being the Avatar's child, has the same ability.
  • Kharg and Darc in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits are the twin sons of a forbidden union between Nafia, a human woman, and Windalf, a member of the Drakyr, a race of Draconic Humanoids. Kharg is able to pass as a human (though a pair of wings sprout from his back at one point, terrifying everyone around him) while Darc has a small pair of horns and his skin is partially covered in scales.
  • Shyvana from League of Legends is part human and dragon. Her humanoid form has bluish, scaly skin with claws. She can also turn herself into a wyvern.
  • In Dragon Age, the unnamed race of Horned Humanoids commonly called the Qunari (or Vashoth) are stated to have draconic features. Their horns, for example, are dragon horns. One member of the race, Iron Bull, says he has some sort of unidentifiable connection with a dragon he fought. Further, there's a warrior class known as the Reavers who drink dragon blood to gain new abilities but over time develop dragon-like features. Whether there's some sort of connection between the Qunari and Reavers is unknown, but Iron Bull is himself a Reaver.

Web Comics
  • In The Order of the Stick:
    • The Draketooth illusionist clan has a black dragon in a distant point in their ancestry. Revealed in horrifying fashion when the Order arrives at their stronghold to find the entire clan dropped dead, and Vaarsuvius realizes it's because they themself had once cast the "Familicide" arch-spell on a black dragon.
    • Enor the bounty hunter is the son of a half-ogre and a blue dragon.
  • In Darken, Mink and her brothers are Demihumans with the blue dragon Silvador for a mother. It gives them patches of blue scales, Cape Wings, lightning breath, and, for the youngest brother, an often-mocked case of Fantastic Racism against mere humans. Mink has a daughter by Gort in the epilogue, adding some archdevil blood to the mix.

Western Animation

  • The title character of American Dragon: Jake Long is a dragon on his mother's side. In the show, dragons are shapeshifters who protect magical creatures living among humans. His grandfather and little sisters are dragons as well.
Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • September 24, 2015
    LOAD
    I'm not sure if we need this or not, but I wanted to throw it out there. Help would be appreciated.
  • January 16, 2017
    Koveras
    ^ The main issue here is whether this should be split off from Half Human Hybrid, which remains to be seen from the number of examples we can find for this. Though, seeing how egregiously popular the giant lizards are, I doubt it would be an issue.

    You might want to expand the definition, however, and change the title accordingly, as "Half Dragon" implies that the character in question had a parent who was a full-blood dragon. This, for example, would preclude most D&D sorcerers of Draconic bloodline from being examples, as they are rarely that closely related to dragons. "Dragon Blooded" or "Draconic Ancestry" would be more inclusive and garner your more examples.

    • The Dragonborn in The Elder Scrolls series are members of humanoid races who are, via a twist of fate, born with the soul of a dragon, giving them many powers otherwise restricted to dragons themselves. Additionally, the Septim bloodline is known as "the Dragonborn Emperors", because their founder, Tiber Septim, was an actual Dragonborn and made a covenant with Akatosh, the Dragon-God of Time, to pass some of his powers to his direct (male) descendants.
  • September 24, 2015
    DAN004
    Draconic Humanoid already sufficiently cover this, I think. No need to split.
  • September 25, 2015
    LOAD
    ^ Draconic Humanoid is largely about an appearance, though, and not all half dragons fit that appearance. Additionally, things that are Draconic Humanoids need not be hybrids. There's overlap, but I don't think there's enough to make the tropes one in the same.
  • September 25, 2015
    LOAD
    ^^ Dragon Blooded or Dragon Ancestry could work as well. That we we could include half dragons as well as creatures such as The Dragonborn or D&D's Sorcerers.
  • September 25, 2015
    Koveras
    I agree with LOAD that Draconic Humanoid is not the same. In The Tenth Line, for instance, full-blooded dragons walk upright and hold weapons and tools in their front paws, fitting Draconic Humanoid, but there are (so far) no known part-dragon hybrids, averting this trope.
  • September 25, 2015
    LOAD
    • Victor in Wrong Time For The Dragons is eventually revealed to have both dragon and human blood in him: his grandmother was pregnant with a child of a dragon when the latter was killed and she, raped by his killer and banished from Middle World. This becomes a plot point late in the novel, when he must decide whether to become a full Dragon or a Dragonslayer—a human with the power to kill dragons for good.
  • September 25, 2015
    Arivne
    Seconding Dragon Ancestry.

    The listing of Half Human Hybrid on The Golden Child page is actually this trope.

    Film
    • The Golden Child. Kala, whose lower body is snakelike, is the librarian of the Pao Shin Repository. She is flown in to provide information about the Golden Child. She is over 300 years old: her body shape and long life are due to the fact that one of her ancestors was raped by a dragon.
  • September 25, 2015
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Added the word "Examples".
      • Changed media section titles to All Caps and performed a colonectomy.
      • Namespaced and italicized work names.
  • September 25, 2015
    Chabal2
    Dragon Half is about a, well, half-dragon girl (her mother's a dragon, her father was a dragonslayer who fell in love with her).
  • September 25, 2015
    LOAD
    ^^ @Arivne Thank you. I'm not great with formatting.
  • September 25, 2015
    MiinU
    Manga
    • Maken Ki:
      • Himegami is daughter of the Yamato no Orochi of legend and Oosuo no Mikoto, who was the first prince of the Yamato Court. Thus, she's half dragon, though it only becomes apparent when she's angry. During which, her eyes turns amber and her pupils become slitted.
      • It's also one of the series' major plot points, as her ancestry makes her a target of Kamigari. Their leader, Ouken Yamato, seeks to break the seal atop Amanohara, which can't be done without Himegami's Orochi blood.

    note: Most of this is already covered on Maken-ki!'s character sheet, so if this launches it'd be best just to mention the first part on the main page.
  • September 25, 2015
    dalek955
    • In The Order Of The Stick, the Draketooth illusionist clan has a black dragon in a distant point in their ancestry. Revealed in horrifying fashion when the Order arrives at their stronghold to find the entire clan dropped dead, and Vaarsuvius realizes it's because he himself had once cast the "Familicide" arch-spell on a black dragon.
  • September 25, 2015
    DAN004
    I mean, ain't Draconic Humanoid broad enough to cover all meanings of "human with dragon attributes"?
  • September 25, 2015
    LOAD
    ^ If it is it's not being used as such. The Laconic makes it seem this way, but the description on the page itself doesn't fit many half dragons, which can have minimal physical attributes of dragons. Additionally, if the trope is expanded to Dragon Ancestry, then Draconic Humanoid would resemble it even less.
  • September 25, 2015
    LOAD
    Does anyone know how to create something so that people can vote on a title? It looks like we're stuck between Dragon Ancestry and Dragon Blooded (and might as well throw Half Dragon into the mix as well).
  • September 25, 2015
    DAN004
    Dragon Ancestry is good enough.
  • October 2, 2015
    LOAD
    Needs help with the description. Anyone have any ideas?
  • February 20, 2016
    LOAD
    Bumping this and asking if anyone has ideas for the description.
  • February 20, 2016
    Arivne
    • Corrected spelling (Some are more likely interbreed -> to interbreed).
    • Examples section
  • February 21, 2016
    Koveras
    • Priscilla the Hybrid in Dark Souls I is a half-dragon (the only one known in the setting) and, as such, is of giant size and has a dragon tail. Her father is strongly implied to have been Seath the Scaleless (the only true dragon left to procreate freely), but her mother's identity is unclear (a popular theory goes that it's Gwynevere, the goddess of sunlight).
  • February 21, 2016
    rmctagg09
    A subtrope of Mixed Ancestry.
  • January 15, 2017
    rmctagg09
    • Fire Emblem:
      • Soren from the Fire Emblem Tellius duology is the Branded son of King Ashnard of Daein and the black dragon laguz Almedha.
      • In Fire Emblem Awakening Nowi's daughters Nah, and Morgan if she S-Supported with the male Avatar, are half-human, half-manakete.
      • In Fire Emblem Fates both the Hoshidan and Nohrian royal families are descended from the First Dragons, and the Avatar and their child Kana in particular are capable of transforming into a dragon as a result of Anakos being their birth father.

  • January 16, 2017
    Astaroth
    • Kharg and Darc in Arc The Lad Twilight Of The Spirits are the twin sons of a forbidden union between Nafia, a human woman, and Windalf, a member of the Drakyr, a race of Draconic Humanoids. Kharg is able to pass as a human (though a pair of wings sprout from his back at one point, terrifying everyone around him) while Darc has a small pair of horns and his skin is partially covered in scales.

    Another Order of the Stick example:
    • Enor the bounty hunter, the son of a half-ogre and a blue dragon.
  • January 14, 2017
    WhirlRX
    Issei Hyoudo from High School DXD will have multiple children by his haremettes. Each of them will be part dragon from their father's side while other half would be assortment of vampire, devil, fallen angel and Valkyrie depending on who was their mother.
  • January 14, 2017
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • The protagonist of Elminster's Daughter, Narnra Shalace, turns out to be the love-child of the archmage Elminster of Shadowdale and a shapeshifted song dragon.
  • January 14, 2017
    Prime32
    More points for the D&D entry:
    • Members of the Sorcerer class are usually said to receive their powers from draconic blood, though a number of other supernatural ancestors are also possible. The Dragon Disciple Prestige Class allows a Sorcerer to tap deeper into their bloodline to gradually transform themselves into a Half-Dragon.
    • 3rd Edition D&D eventually added a whole creature subtype for beings descended from dragons - the dragonblooded - with access to unique dragon-themed feats and Prestige Classes (including wings and Breath Weapons). While Sorcerers are not automatically dragonblooded, they can trade away some of their normal abilities in order to count as such.
    • Kobolds from 3rd edition onwards are depicted as tiny reptilian servants of dragons, with a tendency to become Sorcerers. Occasionally their draconic blood manifests particularly true in the form of a Dragonwrought Kobold, whose scales shine in the colour of their ancestor. While no inherently stronger than a normal Kobold, they are usually higher level and more likely to possess dragon-themed abilities. In addition they are biologically closer to Dragons than Humanoids, making them immune to certain spells and preventing their bodies from weakening as they age (the latter of which makes them extremely popular among spellcaster players, since old age provides bonuses to spellcasting-related stats that are normally Awesome But Impractical).

    And for the first set of Fire Emblem games:
    • Fire Emblem Akaneia: Dragon Blood is synonymous with Royal Blood, with the twelve main noble bloodlines of the setting being descended from a group of heroes who were each infused with the blood of a different dragon. Those in whom the blood flows strong bear a distinctive Brand on their bodies, and are capable of wielding the holy weapons that contain some of that dragon's power.
  • January 15, 2017
    Chabal2
    Subverted by Warhammer Fantasy's Dragon Ogres, who are related to neither, being primeval creatures who made a deal with Chaos for immortality.
  • January 15, 2017
    Berrenta
    The example from Fire Emblem Tellius is a spoiler, and will be treated as such.
  • January 16, 2017
    WhirlRX
    Video Game

    Shyvana from League Of Legends is part human and dragon. Her humanoid form has bluish, scaly skin with claws. She can also turn herself in a wyvern.
  • January 20, 2017
    intastiel
    • In Darken, Mink and her brothers are Demihumans with the blue dragon Silvador for a mother. It gives them patches of blue scales, Cape Wings, lightning breath, and, for the youngest brother, an often-mocked case of Fantastic Racism against mere humans. Mink has a daughter by Gort in the epilogue, adding some archdevil blood to the mix.
  • January 21, 2017
    TonyG
    The title character of Jake Long American Dragon is a dragon on his mother's side. In the show, dragons are shapeshifters who protect magical creatures living among humans. His grandfather and little sisters are dragons as well.
  • February 5, 2017
    rmctagg09
    I'd say this is probably ready to launch.
  • February 6, 2017
    NubianSatyress
    • In Dragon Age, the unnamed race of Horned Humanoids commonly called the Qunari (or Vashoth) are stated to have draconic features. Their horns, for example, are dragon horns. One member of the race, Iron Bull, says he has some sort of unidentifiable connection with a dragon he fought. Further, there's a warrior class known as the Reavers who drink dragon blood to gain new abilities but over time develop dragon-like features. Whether there's some sort of connection between the Qunari and Reavers is unknown, but Iron Bull [i]is[/i] himself a Reaver.
  • February 6, 2017
    Orbiting
    Fan Fic
    • In Embers, most of the Fire Nation has dragon ancestry to some degree or another; for most its distant enough that the only non-human traits they have are Supernatural Gold Eyes, but for Zuko and Azula (whose grandfather is a dragon), they have claw-like nails that can only be filed with obsidian, more powerful firebending than is usual, and No Social Skills due to the conflict between their draconic and human instincts for how to interact with others. The reason that it isn't widely known is that Fire Nation keeps their draconic heritage a secret from the other nations, out of fear of being seen as animals or less than human because of it.
  • February 7, 2017
    WhirlRX
    Can this trope also have characters with dragon's blood in them but don't have parents who are dragons?
  • February 8, 2017
    rmctagg09
    Yeah, that's what the Crusaders from Jugdral and their descendants are.
  • February 17, 2017
    rmctagg09
    I think I'll go ahead and launch this now.
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