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->''"That's the Howe crest, burned into the wood right there! This...is my grandfather's bow. Or rather, my grandfather was the last to use it. It was originally made for an ancestor during the Exalted Marches."''
-->-- '''Nathaniel''', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening''

The hero [[UnexpectedInheritance receives a weapon that once was carried]] by his father or a more distant ancestor. Nine times out of ten this is either a sword or a gun, depending on the setting.

If the person who has it has a choice about who to give to, or even whether, may also fall under ItWasAGift.

If people want the hero to not TurnOutLikeHisFather, they will try to keep the weapon from him. Whether they surrender, or he gets it behind their back, he will metaphorically as well as literally [[TakeUpMySword take up the ancestral weapon]].

If Magic, may flat out not work for someone not of the HeroicLineage.

May overlap with OlderIsBetter when the weapon is older and more powerful than modern weapons, as well as with LegendaryWeapon. When the weapon did not belong to a blood relative but to a predecessor, see TakeUpMySword.

''Do not confuse with the gaming weapon class of the same name, which is more about how powerful or magical the weapon is and less about where it came from.''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Revolver Knuckles of the Nakajima sisters in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. This is a rare case where the ancestor was their [[ActionMom mother]]. Also, Lutecia's Asclepius was owned by her mother. Both said mothers used to be partners and were assaulted in their mission, where one of them was killed.
** In the movie version of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', Chrono's Durandal was changed to being the personal weapon of his father due to the entire subplot involving it's creation being cut.
* Kakashi Hatake of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' used the tanto of his father in Kakashi Gaiden. The tanto gave off a white streak of chakra when it was [[http://images.wikia.com/naruto/images/archive/2/21/20110220005127!Kakashi_White_Light_Chakra_Sabre.png swung]], which gave the original owner, Sakumo Hatake, the nickname "Konoha's White Fang" [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it broke when Kakashi used it to defend himself and Rin from a swarm of Iwa-nin]].
* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' uses his (famous and ''extremely'' powerful) father's staff as his primary weapon.
** At least until he gets a magic ring that allows him to cast spells emptyhanded (several other characters use a similar device), which fits his [[KungFuWizard fighting style]] much better. He still occasionally uses the staff, though. Notably by turning it into a giant lightning halberd.
** It was ''hinted'' (but not explicitly said) that [[spoiler:Yuuna Akashi's]] magical artifact previously belonged to [[spoiler:her deceased mother.]]
* in ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'', Goku's extendable staff was given to him by his adopted grandfather Gohan. In at least one of the movies, Gohan is seen carrying it as well.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji Kabuto counts if you consider his grandpa's ''giant robot'' as an ancestral weapon.
** And ''[[spoiler:[[Anime/GreatMazinger his dad's]]]]'' ''giant robot''.
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', the title character and his brother use swords forged for their father and left to them as heirlooms. Kagome later qualifies and she inherits Kikyo's bow.
** Not only are they inherited from their Father...they are MADE from their father. He ripped two of his own fangs out (Inu-No-Taisho is GIGANTIC in his true form) and forged them into the twin swords.
* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' does this with Parn's original sword, as well as his armour. When asked to receive the arms and armour of a Holy Knight of Valis from [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure King]] [[BigGood Fahn]], he tells the King that the Sword and Armour of [[MaliciousSlander his]] [[TellMeAboutMyFather father]]. He takes the Shield though, lifting it in an ItemGet. This trope is later subverted when his father's Sword breaks, and Parn [[TakeUpMySword takes up]] [[ItWasAGift the King's]] [[CoolSword Sword of Light]].
* In ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', Juliet fights with her father's sword.
* ''Manga/GaRei'': Yomi's Shishiou blade, which contains the spirit of Ranguren.
* ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'': Enraiha, a spirit-blessed FlamingSword passed down to the next head of the Kannagi family.
* Both Raijin and Fujin Swords in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', together with many others, are really old weapons from the past.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** The titular character inherits the [[DeusExMachina Silver Crystal]] from the ancestral Moon Kingdom.
** Sailor Neptune's and Uranus's Talismans may also count, although its a strange situation since, although they are certainly ancient, they belonged to their own selves before being reincarnated, which may dispute them being actually ancestral (can you be your own ancestor?). Sailor Pluto's Talisman avoids this completely since due to time shennanigans she has always existed owning her own Talisman.
* In ''Manga/TheSeveringCrimeEdge'', the killing goods are weapons passed down by serial killers to their descendants and are supernaturally stronger than normal weapons.
* In ''Anime/BubukiBuranki'', the [[EmpathicWeapon quasi-sentient]] Bubuki are normally passed down from parent to child. (Can be subverted, in that a Bubuki can also be taken by defeating its current wielder.)
* ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'':
** The Kumo family swords have been passed down for generations. They've pretty much rusted to uselessness within their scabbards over time and have become more symbolic than anything else. However, [[spoiler:it turns out that they contain the spell needed to defeat the Orochi]].
** The Abe family sword has been passed down through the generations as well. It is currently held by Sosei, but used to belong to Hirari generations ago.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', Scandal's "Lamentation Blades" were handed down to her from her maternal ancestors.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' (and later ''ComicBook/AForce''), Nico wields the Staff of One, a powerful magic staff that's been in her family for centuries.
* In ''ComicBook/XMenPhoenixLegacyOfFire'', the Phoenix Sword is Clan Pyre's heirloom passed from generation to generation, forged by the Pyre's ancestor the Phoenix, meaning only they can access its power. Its initially wielded by Madelyn Pyre after being passed from her mother, and she intends to pass it to her younger sister [[TheChosenOne Jena]]. [[spoiler:At the end, the sword is destroyed after being stolen and corrupted by an enemy, but Jena manages to absorb the sword's power as her own]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'': After his father's death, ''[[Literature/TheSilmarillion Beren]]'' wields his sword, Dagmor.
* The sword originally wielded by an ancestor of Kyon's ([[spoiler:Usui Sadamitsu[=/=]Taira no Tadamichi]] to be precise) in ''FanFic/KyonBigDamnHero''. While the sword itself isn't usable anymore, he still uses the hilt for his {{Laserblade}}.
* One of the main characters of FanFic/InTheService received his Intelligent Device from his grandfather. Being an EmpathicWeapon with something of a mind of its own, and coming from more than seventy years ago, Steelheart is [[BloodKnight very different in behavior]] from more modern Devices.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Vera, Jayne's rifle]], belonged to [[spoiler:his uncle]]. How exactly he got it was one ''hell'' of a story.
* ''FanFic/KingdomHearts3FinalStand'' has Dawn's Might, a katana that is a family heirloom from [[spoiler: Kairi's birth mother Rimi's side of the family]]. It is traditionally handed down to the oldest son when he finds the woman he loves or to the man who loves the eldest daughter when he meets the father's approval. In chapter 30, [[spoiler:the ghost of Kairi's birth father Kaname]] gives the blade to [[spoiler:Sora]].
* ''Fanfic/WearingRobertsCrown'': Viserys notes that his sword belonged to his brother Rhaegar before him. He also dreams of Blackfyre, sword of his ancestor Aegon the Conquerer and later carries [[spoiler: Dawn, family weapon of his distant cousins House Dayne]]. Gerion and Tyrion Lannisters go on an (off-screen) quest to recover their family's ancestral sword. [[spoiler: They don't find it.]]
* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'', Yasashi wields her family's ancestral naginata, Houko.
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** T-Bone's sword, passed down from commander to commander of the 13th Royal Marine Flotilla.
** The Devil Fruits of the Alabastan Royal Guardians, kept within the kingdom's possession via a secret vault of fruit trees. Comprised of the [[NobleWolf Jackal]], the [[NobleBirdOfPrey Falcon]], [[spoiler:the [[ConvectionSchmonvection Rage]], the [[ClothFu Grace]], the [[DishingOutDirt Desert]] and the [[BlowYouAway Storm]].]]
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': The Hurricane Lance was first used by Commander Hurricane, then it was passed to his daughter Ardent Sentry. It is not strictly an ancestral weapon because it is always passed to the current Captain of the Royal Guard; it's just that most of the time, it is a member of the Sentry Family. Flash Sentry's father Stalwart Sentry passed it to his successor Blueberry Frost, since Flash was too young for the position.
* Just as his anime counterpart's Z-Ring is an ancestral weapon from his grandfather, the same applies to the Kiawe of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', though the weapon is mentioned to go back much farther than his grandfather and to a legendary king of Alola far in the past.
* Like in the [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire source]] [[Series/GameOfThrones material]], several houses in ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'' own these. House Corbray's ancestral sword forged from Valyrian steel is the most prominent example, as it is wielded by the antagonist Rodrik Stone.
* In ''Fanfic/RobbReturns'', it seems that several First Man Houses had such weapons made of ThunderboltIron or Valryian Steel.
** The Daynes had [[CoolSword Dawn]], as per canon. Alster Dayne passes it to his son Edric [[spoiler: before dying]].
** The Starks, in addition to [[CoolSword Ice]], had [[CarryABigStick The Fist of Winter]], which was found in a hidden room in Winterfell. Once Ned finds it, [[spoiler: he decides to retake the Fist as the weapon of House Stark's head, and passes Ice to Robb as the weapon of House Stark's heir.]]
** The Durrandons had [[{{BFS}} Stormbreaker]], once the sword of the Storm Kings, hidden in the Durrandon catacombs. Robert, as a Baratheon descendant of those kings, takes it up when he finds it.
** The Gardeners had [[BladeOnAStick Otherbane]], the weapon of the Gardener Kings, taken to Horn Hill in the aftermath of the Field of Fire. The Tarlys find it and give it to Willas, solidifying his hold over the Reach.
** The Casterlys had both [[AnAxeToGrind Rocktooth]], weapon of the Casterlys and the Westerlands, and [[KnifeNut The Warnings]], [[DualWielding twin daggers]] used by Lann the Clever, all found in the Nightfort. [[spoiler: Tyrion, who finds the last user's tomb, lays claim to all three]].
*** [[CoolSword Brightroar]] was once wielded by a Lannister lord, and finds a new Lannister wielder in [[spoiler: Gerion Lannister]].
** [[spoiler: [[CoolSword Dark Sister]], once the weapon of a Targaryen descendant (Brynden Rivers), is eventually given to Jon Snow/Stark by Maester Aemon]].
* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' envisioned by Creator/AAPessimal,there was a girl in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Howondaland]] called Johanna van der Kaiboutje. She was a Boer farm girl from the Veldt county who carried a standard agricultural tool, the sort of long heavy machete used to hack through stubborn growth, or clear a way in the bush. She sometimes had to use it on stubborn ''people'', but, ''maar'', you live on a frontier where you have difficult neighbours. And then there's the odd war, where you have to grab such weapons as are available. Whatever you can pick up. After she married a man called Charles Smith-Rhodes, this weapon, bloodied in a couple of wars and neighbourly misunderstandings, passed to her daughter Johanna. Who had it enamelelled black, so it souldn't show up if used by night. A couple of wars later, it passed to ''her'' daughter Johanna. Who in turn passed it to ''her'' daughter Johanna. Who only had a niece to pass it to, but this niece ''also'' foughtin a neighbourly disagreement or two before being exiled to Ankh-Morpork, where she was [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5055274/12/The-Graduation-Class head-hunted by the Guild of Assassins]]. At the current point of the storyline, the Black Sword of the Smith-Rhodes family is with the fifth Johanna Smith-Rhodes, somewhere in the Howondalandian Jungles...

* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the dying [[spoiler:Eytukan]] gives his daughter his bow and charges her with protecting their clan. [[spoiler:She kills Quaritch with it.]]
* ''Minstrel Boy'' was the theme song of ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing''.
* In the movie ''Film/PumaMan'', Tony receives a very gaudy-looking belt, which once belonged to his father, and gives him the powers of the Pumaman. He never does much with them of any consequence, though.
* Luke's first lightsaber in ''Franchise/StarWars'' once belonged to Darth Vader. He later makes one for himself.
** In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', he recovers the one Anakin used, and [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy gives it to Mara Jade]]. Given some of Zahn's opinions on the matter, it seems this was meant to be sort of like giving her a ring that costs two months' salary. Turns out it was about ten years early. Other parts of the EU make [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Concordance_of_Fealty the gift of a lightsaber]] something that represents a profound bond.
*** Apparently it's a family heirloom now; Ben's holding it on the cover for ''[[Literature/FateOfTheJedi Backlash]]'', and the ''Legacy Era Campaign Guide'' says it was passed down through the line, though where it is by 137 ABY is unknown.
** In the new film continuity of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', it eventually falls into the hands of Rey, a new potential Jedi with a mysterious past. Time will tell whether she proves to be another generation of Skywalker to inherit the sword, or whether her receiving it rather than Leia's Dark Side son Kylo Ren averts this trope. Kylo himself instantly recognizes the lightsaber and declares that it belongs to him, only for Rey to beat him using it.
* In ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', Musketeer-wannabe D'Artagnan bears a sword carried by his father, a Musketeer killed years earlier by [[TheDragon Rochefort]]. After D'Artagnan is captured, Rochefort takes the sword. D'Artagnan later gets it back [[spoiler:and uses it to avenge his father]].
* ''Film/TrueGrit'', two westerns, one released in 1969 and the second in 2010. Mattie, a 14-year old daughter of a killed {{Rancher}} seeking revenge, carries her father's revolver (a Colt Dragoon) with her. Her insistence on using it in the latter film actually comes back to bite her in the ass when her first shot misfires on her, leading to her capture by her father's killer.
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', Glóin wields the axes that his son Gimli will use in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. It's later revealed that Glóin's father had these in his possession as well.
** Bilbo is given the sword Sting, that would later be used by his nephew Frodo.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Film/JamesBond uses an old hunting rifle that was once his father's to fight off the BigBad. [[spoiler: However, it's his old ASTON MARTIN, the one from ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' that really is his true ancestral weapon.]]
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Cal Lynch wields the Hidden Blades of Aquilar de Nerha, his ancestor. They were given to him by Abstergo to try and help him achieve better synchronization in the Animus. [[spoiler: He ultimately uses it to kill the CEO of Abstergo, Alan Rikkin.]]
* ''WonderWoman2017'': The God-Killer sword, treated as sacred by the Amazons and powerful enough to kill a god. Zeus forged the sword and gave it to the Amazons in the event that Ares returns. Diana steals it with the intent of killing Ares. [[spoiler:However, when Diana confronts the God of War, he vaporizes the blade and reveals that she herself is the God-Killer. Zeus conceived her through Hippolyta, so that when the time comes, she will confront Ares and slay him once and for all, explaining that only a god can kill another god.]]
* In ''Film/UnderworldBloodWars'', Thomas forged a sword that was considered a masterpiece and kept it in storage in the Nordic Coven with instructions that it would eventually be given to his son David. When David learns about this and his true heritage, he is reluctant at first, because he and his father did not see eye to eye, but eventually wields it.

* Aragorn in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' inherits the shards of Narsil, the sword of his ancestor Elendil, which Elendil's son Isildur used to cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand 3000 years prior. In the books, the Elves of Rivendell reforge the shards of Narsil into Andúril in ''Fellowship of the Ring'', and Aragorn uses it as his primary weapon for the rest of the saga. In the movie trilogy, however, Narsil isn't reforged into Andúril until ''Return of the King''.
** Averted in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' with Glamdring: you'd think Elrond would be slightly interested in his great-grandfather's (Turgon's) sword, but he lets Gandalf have it without even mentioning the connection. [[spoiler:Seeing as Galdalf is a Maia]] he may have given it to him out of respect.
* Roland's six-guns in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' are family heirlooms which, according to legend, were forged from the broken scraps of {{Excalibur}} itself.
* The ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' stories have several instances of this:
** Sturm Brightblade wears his father's armor. He also wields the ''Brightblade'' which is described as a "....splendid, if old-fashioned, two-handed sword" and it get handed down to Sturm's son, Steel Brightblade.
** Also, Raistlin Majere passed down a powerful magical artifact he was given, the Staff of Magius, to his nephew Palin Majere.
* Power-forged heron-mark blades in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' all date back more than three thousand years (back to the time when Aes Sedai were still allowed to make weapons), and have been passed from one blademaster to the next the entire time. Protagonist Rand al'Thor receives his from his father.
* Arguably [[ReconstructedTrope reconstructed]] in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant.'' After [[spoiler:saving the dwarven kingdom from a crazy plot,]] the Low King grants Sam Vimes with a dwarven axe. In keeping with the "tradition versus modern-thinking" spirit of the rest of the book, he goes on to indicate his own axe and explain how, despite having been given new handles to keep with the fashions, and new blades when the old one wore out, and in fact having been remade completely several times as time went by, it was still his ancestral axe in every detail-that there was more to the "ancestral" component than simply "his father handed him a really old axe at some point."[[note]]This is based on a philosophical paradox called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus Ship of Theseus]].[[/note]]
** Carrot's sword. The dwarves that raised him found the sword in the same cart where they [[MosesInTheBulrushes found him]] after a bandit attack killed his family, and it later turns out to be [[spoiler: the Sword of the Kings of Ankh]]. When it first appears, several paragraphs are devoted to describing how plain the sword is and how nothing indicates it's anything special. It's rather well-balanced, though. It's actually so ordinary it's a kind of special. For example, it's so un-enchanted, it has less than the ordinary background level of magic. Carrot's ancestors didn't want a magical perfect sword that could pull all sorts of tricks; they just wanted one that was really good at killing other people. [[spoiler: Indeed, its efficiency at killing enemies is supposedly part of why that first ancestor became king. ]]
* In the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'', there are 3 ancient swords, each of which has one of the nails from Jesus's crucifix worked into it. When doing God's work, the wielders of the swords are well-nigh invulnerable and can shrug off powerful mind control magic, while being a OneManArmy. However, the Swords themselves cannot be used to harm an innocent and the Knights must be truly noble individuals in more than one sense of the word. Michael Carpenter is the most often seen wielder and is truly a modern day Paladin who shows the best of LawfulGood traits.
* In P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', Jame carries her father's broken sword, Kinslayer, to return to her brother; it is reforged, but in a subversion, by the enemy. Jame comes across it within the Master's House and retrieves it, and discovers that its legendary ability to cut its way through enemies like butter remains, along with its fearful joy in slaying; the name is hardly auspicious in that regard, either...
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Thunderclap, a [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia sword]] once held by the kings of [[VestigialEmpire Aquilia.]] It was supposedly unbreakable, but is now in [[ReforgedBlade thirteen pieces.]]
* In the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series, Valyrian steel swords (the knowledge of making it has been lost) are passed down through the lines of noble houses. These heirlooms are so important that even the most impoverished noble houses will not sell them. Tywin Lannister spent years trying to purchase one from another house since the Lannisters' sword Brightroar was lost at sea long ago. Too bad houses would rather sell their daughters than sell their swords. [[spoiler: After he gains possession of the Stark's Valyrian greatsword he has it melted down and reforged into two new swords for his son and grandson.]]
** The Mormonts have Longclaw, which was first passed down to Jorah Mormont, son of Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, but Jeor explains his son had the decency to leave Longclaw behind when Jorah fled the kingdom after being caught slaving. He later passes it down to his protégé Jon Snow, the [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] of Ned Stark. However, since men of the Night's Watch aren't supposed to have children, it's not intended to be ancestral in this case. It's unclear whether the other Mormonts now consider it Night's Watch property, or if they expect to get it back at some point.
** Dawn, the Ancestral Weapon of House Dayne. It stands out from the crowd by being ThunderboltIron rather than Valyrian steel. Whoever currently holds the sword is known as 'The Sword of Morning'. Dawn also stands out because the Daynes don't automatically give the sword to the oldest son like the other houses do; instead, the entire house decides who is most worthy of it, and will withhold the blade if they don't think there is a suitable son to wield it yet.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Gods of Mars]]'', a young man John Carter meets recounts setting out with his father's sword.
* The sword of Grand Master Mandulis in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/GreyKnights''. Unsurprisingly, it's a plot element.
* Riva Iron-Grip's sword in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'': forged at the instruction of Riva's father-in-law, with a built-in clamp on the pommel for the Orb of Aldur (which makes the thing light enough to wield -- it's portrayed as being roughly the same size as the [[{{Manga/Berserk}} Dragonslayer]]), it collects dust for a few centuries until Garion finally shows up to collect it.
* The Spear of Telesto from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodAngels'' novels, wielded by the Space Marine Chapter's primogenitor Sanguinius and said to be forged by the God-Emperor of Mankind himself. It's a definite plot element.
* In ''Literature/EmpireInBlackAndGold'', [[spoiler:Tynisa]] is given an old Mantis sword by [[spoiler:her]] father, Tisamon; he rarely used it, but it has special significance for the Weaponmasters, making this a combination of Ancestral Weapon and TakeUpMySword.
* The Sword of Martin the Warrior from ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', held in Redwall Abbey and given to its champion.
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** The Vorkosigan Seal dagger willed from Count Piotr to Miles. While mostly used for mundane purposes throughout the series, it is used in a rather disconcerting way during the Tau Verde campaign. It also comes in very handy during an academy training exercise. (Both in ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice''.) It also plays a significant role in Miles' apology letter to Ekatarin in ''Literature/ACivilCampaign''. The fact that it is a rare antique and [[ItBelongsInAMuseum belongs in a museum]] gets lampshaded:
--->When genuine seal daggers from the Time of Isolation appeared on the market, they were bid up in to the ten of thousands of marks. Miles probably used his as a letter opener, or to clean under his fingernails.
** In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', they find a box containing a complete set of seal daggers from all the counts at the time of the Occupation. Ivan is staggered by it, and uses it to show the nature of the hoard to those who found them.
* The Scourge of Rkard from ''Literature/ThePrismPentad'' is this for the main character. In a variation, it's later revealed that it was used by the BigBad when he was [[OneWingedAngel still in human form.]]
* The Sword of Leah in the ''Shannarra'' series has been passed down by kings and princes of Leah for generations. Due to the enchantment put on it by Allanon in ''Wishsong'', it avoids the Ship of Theseus question because while the scabbard and hilt occasionally need replacing, the blade itself remains the same (Save for the time it was broken and had to be magically remade). The titular Sword of Shannarra does not count, as while it is used by various members of the same bloodline as generations go by, it tends to be left in storage for centuries at a stretch between uses.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Kalak inherits his mother's halbred. Being a MommasBoy, he treats it like a sacred relic.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', houses have ancestral nuclear weapons.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''The Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', Menelaus realizes that the Chimarae's NamedWeapons spring from their having preserved {{Empathic Weapon}}s with [=AIs=] -- and having lost the secret of changing their bloodlocks, had to make them hereditary.
* For the first five books in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series, the wand used by Neville Longbottom was originally his father's, a famous Auror who had been tortured into insanity by Death Eaters when Neville was a baby. Subverted, though, in that wands work best when either they choose the wizard who will use them, or the wizard wins their loyalty. Since Neville did neither, the wand doesn't work particularly well for him, and it's broken rather early into the fight in the Department of Mysteries in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''. He gets another wand of his own in the next book, and it seems to serve him well for the rest of the series.
** The Marauders' Map may also count, although it's not a weapon. Harry gets it from Fred and George Weasley in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', and he doesn't learn until later that it was made by his father and his closest friends. Harry uses it often in every following book in the series. [[WordOfGod Rowling]] later stated in an interview that Harry's son James got the map (by sneaking it from his father's desk).
** And then there's his InvisibilityCloak. [[spoiler: A literal ancestral item as it dates back around a thousand years to the time of the Peverells and it has been passed from father to son over the generations.]]
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'':
** Clary is given her mother's stele in ''City of Ashes''. [[spoiler:Subverted since she loses it]].
** In ''City of Heavenly Fire'', Clary gets one of two swords her father commissioned that was specifically meant to be an Ancestral weapon. Sebastion/Jonathon already has the other. Emma's Cortana also counts.
* As noted under film above, Mattie's father's Colt Dragoon revolver in the 1968 novel ''Literature/TrueGrit'' on which the two films were based.
* In {{Literature/Brotherband}}, Hal receives his father's sword. He considers it superior to the sword he was supposed to receive upon graduation.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfVatnsdal'': Aettartangi ("family pole"), the sword Ingimund got from the viking Hrafn by a trick, is after Ingimund's death worn by Thorstein at formal occasions, but wielded in combat by Jokul. After Thorstein's and Jokul's death it is carried by Ingolf Thorsteinsson, who wields it in his last fight when he routs a troop of bandits but also receives a deadly wound. Obviously ownership of Aettartangi signifies leadership of the clan.
* The Duravs in ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'' possesses a Hust blade -- albeit an old one without the sound features -- as a family heirloom. The current holder, Spinnock, is ''very'' proud of owning it, often seen polishing and oiling his prized possession even thousands of years later in ''Literature/TollTheHounds''.
* Stormbringer and its twin Mournblade are these in Literature/TheElricSaga. They are only able to wielded by Melnibonean royalty, in fact it's believed that not even the gods are able to hold onto them. The two swords are passed down from one royal generation to another until they were lost for centuries, only to be rediscovered by Elric and his evil cousin Yrkoon.
* Jason Grace of Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus wields a gladius that previously belonged to Juno, although in this case the "ancestor" in question is actually his step-mother.
* [[Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard Magnus Chase]] was able to claim the Sword of Summer by virtue of being the son of the Norse god Frey, the sword's original master.

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* In ''Series/BlueBloods'', Police Commissioner Frank Reagan carries a .38 Fitz Special revolver because it's the weapon his father and his grandfather carried.
** Discussed further with Henry's old "slapper", (a small blackjack). Frank says he never carried one, and as PC reminds everyone that they're not authorized. Danny uses Henry's old one anyway. Jamie wants nothing to do with it.
* Fat Neil's D&D character in ''Series/{{Community}}'', named [=DuCain=], has inherited the Sword of [=DuCain=] from his ancestors.
* D'Argo's Qualta Blade in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Valyrian steel weapons are so valuable that they are usually Ancestral Weapons. Examples include Ice of House Stark, which was gifted to the Starks by Aegon the Conqueror after Torrhen, the last Stark King of Winter, bent his knee. Another example is Longclaw of House Mormont, which Lord Commander Jeor Mormont passes to his protégé Jon Snow, the [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]] son of Ned Stark. House Lannister lacks such a sword, so after defeating House Stark, Tywin Lannister has Ice reforged into two Valyrian swords for his House. One goes to Tywin's eldest son Jaime, which Jaime gives to Brienne of Tarth who names it Oathkeeper. The second sword goes to Tywin's eldest grandson Joffrey, who names it Widow's Wail. The Targaryens have two Ancestral Weapons of Valyrian steel -- swords Blackfyre and Dark Sister.
** Averted with House Bolton. Instead of having an inherited sword, they just have flaying knives -- a "signature weapon" but one that isn't passed down from one generation to the next.
---> '''Roose Bolton:''' They passed down not a Valyrian greatsword, but a knife -- honed and thin enough to fit between the topmost layer of skin and the tissue below... and peel.
* The MirrorUniverse episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' "In a Mirror Darkly" featured Mirror Commander Archer having and treasuring the shotgun used by Mirror Zefram Cochrane to kill the Vulcans who made [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact first contact]] with them
* Duncan used his father's sword twice in ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' The first time was to defeat the immortal that killed him as a symbolic gesture of avenging his death. The second time was using it as a symbol of his true self when fighting off the EnemyWithin created by taking a dark quickening (basically absorbing the essence of another immortal so evil it corrupted him)
* ''Series/{{Babylon 5}}'': In one episode, Garibaldi shows Zack his grandmother's old .38 Police Special (aka a slug thrower). It's an antiquated weapon and probably a really bad idea to use in a space station, but he finds a use for it in that very same episode.
* ''Series/WynonnaEarp'' wields her FamousAncestor Wyatt's gun, Peacemaker, which has been passed down through the generations.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Theseus received his father's sword from his mother Aethra, and his father Aegeus recognized him because of this sword.
* Myth/NorseMythology:
** In the ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'' (as well as in Music/RichardWagner's 19th-century [[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung operas]] based (in part) on them), the hero Sigurd (Siegfried) receives the fragments of his father's sword, which he must then reforge.
** In the ''Literature/PoeticEdda'', Thor's sons Modi and Magni inherit his hammer {{Mjolnir}} after his death battling the Midgard Serpent during Ragnarok.
** ''Literature/TheSagaOfHervorAndHeidrek'' relates how the sword Tyrfing is passed on in a family line over five generations.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' frequently has ancestral HumongousMecha; House Kurita is most explicit about this sort of thing, 'Mechs being passed down from one warrior to another much like swords were passed from father to son in a line of samurai, but many 'Mechs have histories that can be traced back decades or even centuries. In one scenario from an early gamebook, a pair of Mackies from the original production run, the first [=BattleMechs=] ever designed and over ''two and a half centuries'' old, are powered up to fight the Black Widow Company. They usually acquit themselves with great distinction. The passing-down of mechs gradually fades away (but never disappears) as the Inner Sphere rebuilds its factories and infrastructure after the [[ForeverWar 300 years of total warfare]] deescalates and LostTechnology from before the wars is discovered.
* In ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'', they directly say in the description for [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/oodoov.htm Oodoov]] that certain examples of this creature are passed down as family heirlooms. Of course, given that the creature's power to absorb pain tends to turn the user into TheBerserker, surviving long enough to pass it on is easier said than done.
* The Kragg Swords in ''TabletopGame/{{Eon}}'' are generally this. The Kragg pass these mighty swords through several generations, and sometimes they might end up in the hands of a PC. Unfortunately, by the time the sword is actually passed on to a PC, the durability of the sword is usually severely diminished, making it break in a matter of fights unless maintained.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', even a common jade [[{{BFS}} daiklave]] can be a legendary sword passed down through a Dragon-Blooded family line since the First Age.
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' is all over this trope. A samurai's sword is traditionally passed on to their grandchild. Virtually all magical weapons are passed down in the same manner, most notably the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ancestral Swords]]" of each clan, and the Ancestral Sword of the Hantei (Rokugan's equivalent to Kusanagi).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' lets a new character take a trait to start with one of these at creation. It's up to the player [[WeaponOfChoice what form]] [[ExcaliburInTheRust or outward appearance]] [[WeaponOfChoice that weapon takes]], but it'll always be easier to hit with than any other weapon that character can use.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has the Ascended Glitter Boy character class, which is a [[PoweredArmor Gitter Boy]] pilot whose power armor suit has been handed down generation after generation since the [[EarthThatWas Time of Man]]. Given how hard it is to repair Glitter Boy armor even in the main setting, it's a testament to their hardiness that they've survived for roughly 300 years on a CrapsackWorld like Rifts Earth.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has plenty of examples. The titular Warhammer -- Ghal Maraz, the Hammer of Sigmar, is passed down from one Emperor to the next (although as [[ElectiveMonarchy an elective position the successor]] is not always a child of the previous incumbent). The Runefangs of the Elector Counts -- badges of office as well as deadly runeswords -- are also ancestral heirlooms. Almost every Dwarf clan has its ancestral weapons (the Axe of Grimnir passes from High King to High King) and High Elf princes tend to have several also (Prince Tyrion carries the blade Sunfang, which was first wielded by his distant ancestor Aenarion, and also wears Aenarion's ancestral armour). Not all races and peoples tend to go in for this however -- Skaven, Orcs and Ogres have a remarkably blase attitude to both lineage and holding on to things.
* A large amount of fabled wargear passed down through the ranks of the Space Marines in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is stated as belonging either to a particularly strong commander or, in a lot of cases, to the marines' genetic father himself. Various helms (Alpharius, Lorgar, the Lion), blades (Talon of Horus) or artifacts (Vulkan's Sigil) were created by the Primarchs and handed down to be revered over the millennia.
** The Adaptus Mechanicus are constantly on the search for technology from the 'Dark age of Technology' (as if the current age of constant war with several Alien races, Demons, and Traitor humans ''wasn't'' a Dark Age).
*** This is actually just using the proper, original meaning of a Dark Age: all the records are gone so they have only a very vague idea what they could do and what happened.
** This is [[PlanetOfHats the hat]] of the Vostroyan Firstborns who, instead of having weapons issued to them which are expected to be returned to the Munitorium at the end of service like every other regiment, instead each weapon is property of the family that has it. Where possible, weapons are brought back to the homeworld and returned to the families to which they belong, who then pass the weapon down to the next firstborn. Their weapons are all considered priceless family heirlooms, especially the older ones, and also look the part; Vostroyan laser rifles typically look like flintlocks, use actual wood for stocks and are usually ornated with gold or copper.
** Kharn of the World Eaters wields his Primarch Angron's former chainaxe Gorechild. He actually defied his Legion's traditions doing this. Angron came from a world that believed discarded weapons were bad luck and should never be wielded again. After Angron broke Gorechild and Gorefather by digging himself out from tons of rubble, he threw them away never to be wielded again. Kharn, defying tradition and his own battle-brothers' protests, retrieved Gorechild and had it repaired for his own use.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' spinoff RPG ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'', an option to have one of these can be taken at character creation. Your choices include a LostTechnology laser pistol, a [[ChainsawGood chainsword]] that was used in the Crusade that conquered the region of space where the game is set, a set of body armor that once belonged to one of the honor guard of an Imperial saint, a ceremonial seal, and a relic from an Imperial Saint.
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', Klaives and [[{{BFS}} Grand Klaives]] were handed down from generation to generation. They counted as some of the post powerful melee weapons a character could have.
* ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' allow the players to start the game owning powerful weapons such as [[SharpenedToASingleAtom the Wireblade]]. It is described rather clearly that this usually means inheritance, given the price and the nobility's taste for melee weaponry.
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' the Ancestral Relic feat and Annointed Knight prestige class allow a character with an ancestral weapon to increase it's power as they level up.
* There are cards that bestow this effect upon items in the kung-fu/anime expansion of ''TabletopGame/GraveRobbersFromOuterSpace''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Auron hands Tidus his father's sword. This is less out of ancestral honor and more pragmatism, since the city's under attack.
** Which you can sell at the first shop you get to. Notable in that the Brotherhood you get later can't be sold. Shows how much Tidus cares about his father.
* The Vampire Killer whip is the age-old weapon of the Belmont clan (and allies), seen in every ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' game where they star. When Simon meets his ancestor Trevor in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment Judgment]]'', he believes that only by besting him will he feel worthy of the whip.
** ''Judgment'' makes the case that Eric Lecarde's spear was originally bestowed to his family by Alucard and passed down from generation to generation. In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin,'' the Lecardes are out of commission, and the Vampire Killer is severely weakened, allowing Jonathan Morris to retrieve the weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', Sakura's sword once belonged to her father. She inherited it when he died protecting the capital from demons.
* ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' [[spoiler:Monica gets her father's sword, the Holy Daedaelus Blade; after you complete Gundorada Workshop 100%]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar''[='s=] strongest weapons, the Holy Weapons, ''couldn't'' be wielded unless the user was a direct descendant of one of the original twelve heroes that saved the continent of Jugdral from the [[BigBad dark dragon Loptyr]] in the game's BackStory.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and its sequel ''Videogame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'', the Fire Emblem shield (also known as the Shield of Seals), was passed down through the royal family of Archanea after it was forged by [[AGodIAmNot Naga]].
** Likewise, Marth's Falchion was originally wielded by his ancestor Anri, who was responsible for defeating the dark dragon Medeus. [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening In the intervening two millennia]], it'd be passed down along the royal family of Ylisse, Marth's descendants.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]]'s InfinityPlusOneSword, Ragnell, was once wielded by Ike's father Greil, and would later show up in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' in the hands of his descendant Priam. Unlike the Falchion, though, this does not seem to be a requirement to wield the weapon (in-universe at least; the Tellius games still have it restricted to Ike in gameplay). Ettard, Ike's starting weapon in ''Radiant Dawn'', may also have been one, it's never specified, but a flashback shows Greil holding a sword that looks strikingly similar.
* The protagonist of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', Tohno Shiki, uses a knife that was the property of the his [[spoiler:(original)]] family. Unnamed originally, but extremely durable.
* The [[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Soul Reaver]]. It was forged by Vorador (the first human vampire) and is later used by Kain (the last vampire), who passes its spectral form onto his offspring Raziel. It's not only insanely powerful as a regular weapon, having both a physical and a wraith form, it's also [[spoiler:the lynchpin of keeping the demonic Hylden locked up in another dimension]].
* The Valstork and Valhawk in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' have been handed down through the Ardygun family for about two or three generations, which in their world is about as far back as one could have a Spaceship and TransformingMecha, respectively, without raising too many eyebrows.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' have Erdrick's Sword, the weapon wielded by the FamousAncestor of both games' heroes. [[spoiler:In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', you're the one that sword is made for.]]
* It isn't revealed until the very end of the game, but the Onyx Blade in ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' is [[spoiler:the Ancestral Weapon of the Median bloodline, and has demonic powers. Revya can wield it because his/her soul is that of Median's dead son]].
* The Hakurei Yin-Yang Orbs are [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu Hakurei's]] Ancestral Weapons. She is currently the only ''known'' character capable of using them.
** One of Youmu Konpaku's two swords, Hakurouken, is apparently the Konpaku family's ancestral sword.
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2: The Shadow and the Flame'', after losing his sword and and using a broken one in one part of the game, the hero finds a sword, which, as it is revealed, once belonged to his father [[spoiler: as well as the entire ruins he is adventuring in at the time]].
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', where Wrex's personal sidequest is to find and retrieve a suit of armor worn by his family's ancestors centuries ago. Subverted though in that technological advancements since then have rendered the armor obsolete, and Wrex never actually uses it. Upon recovering it, Wrex's only outward response is to comment that "My ancestors wore this piece of crap? At least it's back in the right hands." After he says this, though, there's a note that mentions Wrex [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming stopping to stare at the armor with a meaningful but unreadable expression.]] Later in the game, [[spoiler: when Wrex confronts Shepard on Virmire, recovering the armor results in Wrex backing down, mentioning that Shepard has done more for him than his family ever did.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** The flavor text mentions that Carth's blaster is an heirloom. In the second game, it's possible to obtain one like it.
** A tradition mentioned of Sith, starting in this game and continuing in ''the Old Republic'', is that their first lightsaber is recovered from an ancient tomb (the particular tomb in ''Knights of the Old Republic'', that of the ancient Sith overlord Naga Sadow, is terribly popular for this). This is in contrast to Jedi, who [[ForgingScene build their own]]. Whether the lightsaber is actually ancient or just one left there by the master for the student to find, symbolically it is supposed to represent the link to the history of the Sith Order.
* Also features in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. [[spoiler: The Sith Inquisitor is sent by the spirit of their ancestor, Lord Kallig, to retrieve his lightsaber after the end of Act 1 of the class storyline.]]
** Kallig also bequeaths [[MalevolentMaskedMan his mask]] upon his descendant, presumably because [[RuleOfCool it looks epic]] rather than for any practical purpose.
* Franchise/SlyCooper's [[HooksAndCrooks hook cane]], which has taken many forms in the hands of his ancestors.
* Both Dante and Vergil's blades in the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series are keepsakes from their demonic father Sparda. Subverted when Dante uses Force Edge which belonged to his father but was not intended to be passed down to either of his sons and is given to Trish as a gift at the end of the (chronologically second) first game, played straight before Dante gets Force Edge and after he gives it away with Rebellion the sword Sparda actually intended to pass down to Dante. Played straight with Vergil, who uses Yamato whenever he appears (either as himself or [[spoiler:Nelo Angelo]]). After Vergil dies, Dante briefly wields Yamato before eventually passing it to [[spoiler:Vergil's son Nero.]]
* The [[KatanasAreJustBetter Dragon Sword]] wielded by [[HighlyVisibleNinja Ryu Hayabusa]] is an ancient sword handed down by generations in the Dragon Lineage and the Hayabusa Clan. It is also mentioned in both the NES and the UsefulNotes/XBox series that Ryu got the blade directly from his father.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'': [[spoiler:Jack Marston taking up his father's guns after he's killed by Ross' goons]]
** And before that, in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'', [[spoiler:Red eventually gets back his father's Scorpion Revolver]]
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': If you finish Arcade Gannon's quest, [[spoiler:he'll take out his father's old Enclave Tesla Armor. Depending on what you convince him to do, he'll either pass it on to you or he'll put it on himself for the final battle.]]
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' Cornelius' Psypher sword was originally wielded by his father Edmund. Edmund defeated the Demon Beast Darkova [[spoiler:aka his own father King Gallon]] with it...and then cast it away into the netherworld [[spoiler:unable to bear the guilt of patricide, however justified.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', the first weapons Ezio gains are his father's sword and his Hidden Blade. He loses the sword very quickly, but he holds onto the Blade for the rest of his life. When Monterriggioni is taken by the Borgia at the start of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', it's the one item from his old life he manages to hold on to, and it's with him again in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations.''
* In ''VideoGame/CarBattlerJoe'', the G-COM that weaponizes Joe's car was a gift from father.
* The Gran Centurio, which has been passed down the Fantasinian royal line which may or may not have started with the sword's creator, [[spoiler:Nessiah.]] Its most famous wielder was [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion Princess Yggdra Yuril Artwaltz]], who obtained it after the death of her father [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion King Ordene]].
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', most of the [[MultipleChoicePast various Origins]] have the Warden wielding an ancestral weapon of some kind.
** "The Hawke's Key" from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', which doubles as an EmpathicWeapon that uses the user's own [[BloodMagic blood]] to fortify the seals of an ancient Grey Warden fortress, containing [[spoiler: one of the first Darkspawn.]] Since the last person to use it was Malcolm Hawke, the protagonist's deceased father, any member of his bloodline is keyed to use it, but it's Hawke who ends up with it even if their sibling is present.
** One of the DLC items is "[[EvolvingWeapon Malcolm's Honour]]", a deceptively simple magical staff that's adorned with a carving of Andraste. It was created over the course of several years by Malcolm Hawke, as part of an ongoing side-project whilst he was in Lothering and demonstrates the sheer breadth of his magical knowledge.
** Nathaniel Howe (Awakening) and Sebastian Vael (II) both have ancestral bows you can find and give them. Anders has a DummiedOut line [[http://errantapostate.tumblr.com/post/81005999073 on the similarity.]]
* The two swords Lloyd receives near the end of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' belonged to both of his "fathers." From his biological father, [[spoiler:Kratos, he receives the Flamberge, which Kratos had been using for the latter half of the game and apparently for [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much longer]] than that off-screen]] and from his adoptive father Dirk he receives the Vorpal Sword, a blade Dirk forged himself. Together they're called the Material Blade and double as SwordOfPlotAdvancement.
* If you do a long sidequest in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' you can get Guy one. [[spoiler: It's the [[NamedWeapons Jewel of Gardios]] and after the Hod War and death of the rest of his family, Duke Fabre took with him and hanged it in the entrance hall of his manor. Getting it back is also a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] moment of [[FriendshipMoment friendship]] between Guy and Luke as he immediately swears fealty to him as he once promised.]] It's quite useful on a second playthrough as it works as a InfinityMinusOneSword as equipping it allows access to his second LimitBreak.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'', Yurick finds the Memento Dagger, which belonged to his father.
* Aerith's White Materia in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' that was passed down to her from her mother. Aerith claims the materia doesn't do anything and you can't use it directly since it's a key item and not a usable materia. [[spoiler: It turns out that the White Materia is extremely important by acting as a way to call out to the Planet to summon Holy, which acts as a counter to Sephiroth's Meteor spell that he summoned from the Black Materia.]]
* The Engineer's "Gunslinger" in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' was first invented by his grandfather, Radigan Conagher. Although the one the Engineer himself wields was handmade, he did use his grandfather's blueprints.
* While it isn't a weapon, in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', Azimuth gives Ratchet his father's old Hoverboots (Ratchet can also purchase the Cryo-Mine, which were invented by his father). This trope is played straighter, and yet still not in the traditional sense, in [[ComicBook/RatchetAndClankComic the comics]], where Ratchet uses Azimuth's dual-headed wrench staff in issues 5 and 6 (Azimuth was a close friend of Ratchet's father).
* In ''VideoGame/{{GUN}}'', Colton's father possesses the most powerful rifle in the game. During the intro, Colton [[ATasteOfPower gets to use it]] briefly to save his father from a grizzly bear. His father is subsequently killed in a riverboat hijacking. Near the end of the game, Colton recovers the weapon from his father's killer.
--> '''Many Wounds:''' It is good that your father's rifle is now in your hands. Today, his spirit soars.
* Prevalent amount Orcs in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
** Garrosh Hellscream wields his father Grom's axe Gorehowl. Garrosh abandoning his father's axe in favor of [[spoiler:a copy of it made by the Sha of Pride called "Xal'atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl"]] is one of the clearest signs that he's finally gone off the deep end in ''Mists of Pandaria''.
** The Doomhammer. It has been passed down through Orgrim's line for generations, and it's wielder is called "Doomhammer" as a surname. When Orgrim died childless, he gave it to Thrall, his best friend's son.
** Broxigar the Red's magical Axe of Cenarius went to his niece Thura.
** The Tauren High Chieftain Cairne Boodhoof's spear has been in his family for generations, until [[spoiler:it's shattered by the same blow that fells Cairne, delivered by Garrosh's Gorehowl.]]
* In the [[GenerationalSaga multi-generational]] game ''VideoGame/MassiveChalice'' fallen heroes have a chance of creating a relic that can be passed on down through their bloodlines; giving stat boosts and other bonuses.
* ''VideoGame/BraveTheSearchForSpiritDancer'' Your main weapon is Spirit Dancer's Tomahawk [[spoiler:who at is reviled to be Brave's dead father.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Neptunia}}'' (in the [[{{Retcon}} first game/remake]]) has the Trinity Blade, the Dual Revolvers, the Wisdom Bow, and the Trust Spear (collectively known as the [[LegendaryWeapon Quartet Arms)]]. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, by the time Neptune and the other goddesses got to them, they were already [[WreckedWeapon old and decrepit]] and had to be restored into the [[ReforgedWeapon Holy Fang Blade, Hero's Sword, Hero's Spear, and Hero's Hammer]], respectively.]] Subverted in a way however, because while they are pretty decent weapons by that stage of the game, you may already have the bonus weapons from the Coliseum and as a result, act more like PlotCoupons than anything.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'', [[Myth/KingArthur Arthur]] wields {{Excalibur}}, his birthright as the Pendragon heir.
* The Master Sword from Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda has been used by many different descendants and reincarnations of the Hero throughout the series' timeline. [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Getting the Master Sword and taking up the mantle of Hero is a turning point in many Zelda games.]]
* ''VideoGame/OreshikaTaintedBloodlines'': The game allows players to create and name their own. The weapons, while lacking at first, become more powerful, and gain more traits as the user does. It can only be used by an offspring of its original wielder, who shares the same weapon class, no matter how many generations it has been in disuse. This allows your new characters to wield insanely powerful weapons at early stages.
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'': The Roivases have passed down the ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore Tome of Eternal Darkness]]'' at least since Maximilian's father Aaron possessed it, always hiding it within a secret alcove within their family mansion.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'': Several of the rare Blades are passed down through family lines, especially royalty. Of course, since the Blades are people, this means they usually end up acting like just another family member. Brighid and Aegaeon are passed down through the royal line of Mor Ardain, while Pandoria is passed from the kings of Tantal to their sons. Brighid is bonded to Mòrag and Aegaeon to the Emperor, [[spoiler:though Mòrag ends up with Aegaeon after the Emperor [[NotQuiteDead temporarily dies]]]]. Zeke is Pandoria's rightful inheritor, but he stole her when he was running away from home, which complicates matters slightly.


* Gordito from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' uses his father's [[TheGunslinger guns]].
* In ''Webcomic/AmericanBarbarian'', [[http://www.ambarb.com/?p=31 the Star Sword]].
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', in addition to Anakin's [[InsistentTerminology laser sword]], Obi-Wan [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0729.html also gives Luke]] Padmé's underwater oxygen extraction apparatus and grappling hook. [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0819.html both of these]] [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0833.html came in handy]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=919 they weren't always sh'leep herders]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Both Vriska and Eridan were able to find the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinty Plus One Weapons]] formerly belonging to their ancestors, the [[TheGambler Fluorite Octet]] and [[WaveMotionGun Ahab's Crosshairs]] respectively; being that they found them long before the story began, they essentially acted as {{Disk One Nuke}}s throughout [[TheGamePlaysYou Sgrub]]. Additionally, [[spoiler:if Vriska rolls all eights ([[Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff 8^y]], where y=8) using the Fluorite Octet, she activates the "Ancestral Awakening", where she gains the outfit and CoolSword of her ancestor, Spinneret Mindfang, in addition to a significant power boost.]]
* Roy Greenhilt's sword in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' belonged to his grandfather. [[TheyCallHimSword He's also named after it]].
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/1/ the proposed beginning to their adventures.]]
* Possibly Torg's [[EmpathicWeapon talking sword]] Chaz from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Whether Torgamous (Chaz's previous owner) is Torg's ancestor, past life, or simply a random medieval warlord who looks ''exactly'' like Torg is the subject of fan speculation.
* A rather unconventional ancestral weapon is the subject of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/your-grandfather this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' comic.
* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-57/ Balmung, the sword of Siegfried is -- just a sword.]] [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-58/ Hitler still likes it as a precious relic of their Aryan ancestors.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}'' [[http://underlingcomic.com/page-one-hundred-fifty-five/ Caleb uses this to justify]] GraveRobbing.
* Lily from ''Webcomic/WayfarersMoon'' refuses to give up the axe that belonged to her father. It's her most important weapon in fights.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[FallenHero Refan]] inherited his sword Smaragdos from his father [[TheAtoner Omaroch]] who in turn got it from his father [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Malakhia]].
** [[KnightInShiningArmor Osmond]] inherited his sword from his father, and it was lightly implied to have come from his own father.
* [[CoolSword Belramus]] from ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'''s BackStory. Not surprising, given it's named after Balmung.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Most combat students in the series build their own weapons. Jaune is one of the few who hasn't, carrying an old sword and shield used by his great-grandfather in the GreatOffscreenWar. He's a little disappointed in himself about this, calling the sword a "hand-me-down", but Ruby encourages him to think of it like this trope.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Iron Kid in ''Animation/IronKid'' has the Iron Fist that will only work for people of his family line -- of which he happens to be the last.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', it is said that the Darksaber has been passed down by the members of House Vizsla. It had been used by a Vizsla who had been a Jedi and the clan attacked the Jedi as to allow for this trope to be a thing, and because Mandalorians like blowing things up.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Lion-O inherits his father King Claudus's Sword of Omens, which has been passed down from the earliest days of the [=ThunderCats=]' empire.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Marceline's bass guitar is actually her family's axe.
** In one episode, Finn and Jake's dad, Joshua, challenged them to traverse a dungeon to find their family sword, [[CoolSword which is made out of demon blood]]. Sadly, it was eventually destroyed in a fight by the demon whose blood was in the sword.
* IvanhoeTheKingsKnight episode "Thor's Axe" features the titular axe as the weapon of the Chief of the Gordale Saxons.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs'', the main character Darel keeps the dagger of his father close to him, unmistakably a weapon of a Kulipari warrior.
* The magical wand from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is a magical tool that has been handed down from one queen to another, taking on the appearance of the personality of the person to weld it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Played straight with well made swords in many cultures, Japan being the most famous for the practice. Except for the Japanese Shin-Gunto type blade, which is a subversion in Japan, being issued by the military, and played straight in the United States, where they were brought back as war trophies and became family heirlooms.
* Coats-of-arms. While not strictly a weapon, it originates itself as the device on a fighting shield. The design of a coat-of-arms, ''blazon'', is hereditary and inherited from parents to children, thus symbolizing a family lineage; each blazon is usually unique to the family within the particular country, with the rights enforceable in the courts (a sort of early form of intellectual property). The oldest blazons today in use can be traced to the 12th century.
* Firearms also have a high potential for this trope, and while obsolete weapons eventually get relegated to wall hangers a quality gun can stay in use for multiple generations with proper maintenance and storage.
** AK-47s are becoming these for some families in Africa and Asia.
* Mosin-Nagant and other milsurp rifles are definitely this if they are kept in the family, having been in service for multiple generations now.
** Becoming a bit of a problem in the US, where service weapons of UsefulNotes/WW2 vets are having some legal issues being passed on to the next generation.
* Shields were often this to Greek Hoplites. While spears were expendable, Greeks thought shields were ''really'' cool and would hang them over their fireplace.
* The British Royal Family has five swords as part of their regalia.
* Before gunpowder, wargear would most likely be passed down the line since it was quite expensive. However, while armour is quite easy to fix, a broken sword (and steel snaps) is likely to be melted down for scrap, as any Andúril-style reforging will leave the blade incredibly prone to breaking again.
* Warships. Not only can these sometimes last for decades, even after a given ship is destroyed another ship will often be named after it. The US Navy still had UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battleships in service two or three generations after their time (the ''Iowa'' class, launched late in WWII, remained in service until the early 1990s, mostly because those gigantic guns were such a useful source of MoreDakka for shore support). Two of the four-ship class remained in the "mothball fleet" (the reserve of ships kept in case of emergency) for about 20 years after that, but currently all four ''Iowas'' are museum ships.
** As of September 2011, about 13 of the old B-17 Flying Fortress bombers were still airworthy and some are still in use (though not as bombers anymore). And still others are in the process of being restored to flying condition. Boeing stopped producing B-17s in ''1945''.
** There are 49 airworthy Spitfires, and some 230 airworthy P-51 Mustangs.
** The B-52 Stratofortress originally entered service with the US Air Force in the 1950s, and around a hundred are still in service in 2014 (the youngest B-52 entered service in 1962). There are currently pilots of this plane who can claim to have grandfathers who flew the same model. Much of this is due to the BoringButPractical nature of the B-52's design: It is already a jet that can fly all the way around the world to drop upwards of 70,000 pounds of bombs with a high degree of precision. Any would-be replacements (the B-58 Hustler, XB-70 Valkrie, B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit, etc.) tend to verge into AwesomeButImpractical for various reasons in comparison. Mainly cost. Other aircraft used around the world find themselves in similar situations, to include the KC-135 Stratotanker and the Russians' Tu-95 Bear.