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->''They are no members of the common throng;\\
They are all noblemen, who have gone wrong''
-->--'''Ruth''', ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''

Aristocrats.

Whether or not they have a [[RoyalBlood sovereign]] whom they are subordinate to, these characters definitely have commoners who are subordinate to them. Their position is hereditary, often legally enforced, although occasionally simply socially accepted to the same effect. Usually, the longer the family and its heritage has been known the better. In some periods and countries, it can carry the taint of being not quite noble yet if only ones parents were ennobled. Thus, they are often quite proud of the length of their lineage which makes them the natural {{foil}} of the SelfMadeMan. For the same reason young aristocrats are often quite powerless in the hands of ThePatriarch who rules the family, making the threat of PassedOverInheritance quite powerful.

While there are often gradations in rank between them, the common trait of aristocrats is that, unlike the monarch (because to royalty even nobles are commoners), they are surrounded by their equals and if there is no monarch some form of power-sharing will be in effect with plenty of intrigue. Prone to MoralMyopia, {{Blue Blood}}s often regard only their class as important, which often leads to AristocratsAreEvil. Insults between aristocrats result in ThrowingDownTheGauntlet, or the GloveSlap, and a DuelToTheDeath, but an insult from a commoner results in the aristocrat's servants thrashing him, and an insult to a commoner hardly counts, really. (As a consequence, they are prone to underestimating the PowderKegCrowd and setting it off.)

Their effectiveness is frequently inversely related to their civilization. Dark Ages nobility often features AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, but a highly refined and civilized culture will feature an inordinate number of {{Upper Class Twit}}s.

Normal feature of the StandardRoyalCourt and DeadlyDecadentCourt. Endemic in HistoricalFiction, HighFantasy, and FeudalFuture. Oddly enough, often characters who have been MadeASlave have former nobility as their BackStory. The OfficerAndAGentleman is also often a BlueBlood, particularly if the ''noble'' code emphasizes [[TheMenFirst the duties and responsibilities]] that come with noble birth. Even in peacetime, they may regard readiness for war a duty; hence, TheTourney. As with Royalty, the ErmineCapeEffect can apply, so many should be expected to [[PimpedOutDress wear extremely fancy clothes]] if possible. Character related tropes are the EvilChancellor, RegentForLife, RoyalBrat, UpperClassTwit, UpperClassWit, ProperLady, and GrandeDame.

Not to be confused with [[RoyalBlood royals]], people who just hold [[KnightFever knighthoods,]] BlackBlood, AlienBlood, "Literature/{{Bluebeard}}", the freeform vulgar joke "TheAristocrats", nor the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] film ''TheAristocats''. Or Angels from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and Mulians from ''RahXephon'', both of which have "blue" as a blood type. ''Further'' not to be confused with the television series ''Series/BlueBloods'', although the title is an amusing play on words.

The phrase ("blue blood") is a literal translation of the Spanish ''sangre azul''. The idea, originating in medieval times, was that common folk would have to work outside all day, and would thus develop tans. The wealthy, on the other hand, could spend all day inside, which would keep their skin pale (as they were fair-skinned Europeans). This would make their wrist veins with 'blue' blood easily visible, hence the term. It's also been [[http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-have-blue-blood.htm suggested]] that the term is race-based, since the pale-skinned European Spanish wanted to distinguish themselves from the darker-skinned "Moors".

SuperTrope of ImpoverishedPatrician, RemittanceMan, NobleFugitive, AristocratsAreEvil.

Compare IdleRich.
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* The Nobles in ''WolfsRain''. They may not have a monarch, but they do have ridiculously overpowered technology to compensate.
* We see a huge variety of these in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', from King to Viscount. And more often than not, they don't do too well or last too long.
** Mostly because they attempted to prevent [[TheChessmaster Griffith]], from achieving noble status.
* Class struggles (of the StarCrossedLovers variety) are fairly important in ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'', in which the nobility is largely (but not entirely) defined by being able to use magic.
* The Armstrong Family from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' have estates all over the nation, a legacy running back centuries and have entire families that have been in their service for generations. They're also a pack of {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s and are, with [[TheSocialDarwinist one exception]], all amazingly friendly.
** NOW WITNESS THE ARISTOCRATIC REFINEMENT THAT HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS!!!
* Austria from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. Liechtenstein also has shades of this in part due to being a Principality, not to mention being ''named'' after her ruling royals.
* Randoll from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', as he is himself a Marquis. He's also a very skilled racer, but he can be a RoyalBrat when at his worst.
* BlackButler has this all over the place, both [[AristocratsAreEvil bad]] (Such as Alois Trancy in the anime and Baron Kelvin in the manga) and good (well, [[BlackAndGrayMorality to a point]]) examples, such as Elizabeth Middleford and, of course, Ciel Phantomhive himself.
* All over the place in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' and are, with exceptions [[CoughSnarkCough *coughRelenacough*]], the antagonists.
* The central protagonists and antagonists of ''HyakujitsuNoBara'' are all aristocrats from varying countries. Taki is the shinka of the Emperor and from the first of the Eight Branch Families, Katsuragi is from the second of the Eight Branch Families, Theodora is a Eurotean princess, and Klaus' family is nobility before the Western Alliance conquers their country.
* In the infamous {{Hentai}} ''La Blue Girl'', we have an example that is both literal and figurative. The protagonist, Miko, is [[spoiler: the daughter of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent King Seikima]] and [[TheHighQueen Queen Maria]], and next in line for the throne]]. Because she is half-demon, when she uses her [[DeusSexMachina powers]], her blood is literally blue. (However, [[FridgeLogic she blushes red, like anyone with normal-colored blood would.]])
* Both played straight and referenced in ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta''. At one point Serge, in his InnerMonologue, remarks that he imagined Gilbert's blood would be blue. Interestingly, although many of the characters in ''[=KazeKi=]'' are blue bloods, Gilbert is not really one of them, so [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic it's not entirely clear]] what exactly Serge (who is himself a Viscount) was alluding to here.
* The Celestial Dragon World Nobles of ''Manga/OnePiece'' are the AristocratsAreEvil version of this quite heavily, having been given absolute freedom to do whatever they please to everyone beneath them (who is EVERYONE, even in this world where AsskickingEqualsAuthority is the norm), they abuse this freedom to the hilt. One decides on a whim to take a random guy's fiancee to be his own concubine, then shoots the guy when he protests.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' possesses a good number of nobles. Most of them are Britannian, but we get to see a few former Japanese families and the Chinese elites at times.
* In the ''WildSeries'', Mikhail is both rich and very well connected.
* Most of the Strahls in MeineLiebe is this.
* The Nobles from ''VampireHunterD'' are a truly different breed from commoners, and have followed entirely different cultural conventions for thousands of years. Despite of their decline they command technology and magic far beyond what is available for ordinary people, and some have managed to cling to their lands and status despite of being universally reviled and feared thanks to this. Oh, and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent they are all vampires, ofcourse.]]
* Used literally in ''Seiketsu no Hagurama''. The GadgeteerGenius prince is one of a group of people with blue blood at war with the red-blooded people. Part of the manga involves him discovering his machines being used to eradicate the remaining red-blooded refugees by his father.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[SpiritWorld Soul Society]] is split into commoners and nobility. Commoners are humans who died in the living world then entered Soul Society and live in an assigned district of the [[CrapsackWorld Rukongai]]. Nobles, on the other hand are those souls actually born in Soul Society. They tend to live in [[CrapsaccharineWorld Seireitei]] and are significantly more likely to display [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking officer-level shinigami]] power than [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority commoners]]. There's also a major/minor nobility distinction, with older, more gifted families commanding greater authority. In the past, it used to be unheard of for the shinigami ranks to be made up of anything but nobility. Since [[BadassGrandpa Yamamoto]] reorganised the shinigami academy, however, more Shinigami have Rukongai origins and commoners have even occasionally made [[TheCaptain captain]]. There's still a stigma to common origins, however, and for at least one shinigami ([[HotBlooded Renji]]) the noble-versus-commoner issue was something he took personally.
** The Quincy clan has a de facto nobility based on a "pure blood" vs. "mixed blood" distinction. Pure blood families like the Ishidas have mixed blood families as foot soldiers and servants, and traditionally the two do not intermarry.
* Anime/LittlePrinceCedie has its titular character for being the grandson of the Earl of Dorincourt.
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* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''Literature/YoungBeichan'', some variants note his high birth before recounting his imprisonment.
* In the Child Ballad "Literature/TheLordOfLornAndTheFalseSteward", the young lord of Lorn, reduced to working in stables, laments the fall to a horse.
* In the Child Ballad "Literature/TheFamousFlowerOfServingMen", the heroine was a lady before her husband was murdered and she resorted to SweetPollyOliver and a FallenOnHardTimesJob.
-->''My father was as brave a lord\\
As ever Europe did afford;\\
My mother was a lady bright,\\
My husband was a valiant knight.\\
And I my self a lady gay,\\
Bedeckt with gorgious rich array;\\
The bravest lady in the land\\
Had not more pleasures to command.''
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* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/aulnoy/1892/bellebelle.html Belle-Belle]]'', the heroine is a nobleman's daughter. When the king orders every family of noble blood to fight for him or pay a high tax, she opts for SweetPollyOliver to deliver them. (So did her sisters. They couldn't pull it off.)
* In ''Literature/{{Tattercoats}}'', she is the granddaughter of a great nobleman.
* In ''Literature/{{Catskin}}'', the heroine is the daughter of a gentleman, and marries a young lord.
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* ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'':
** The main Klingon Defense Force protagonist averts this, given he's not even a Klingon. Brokosh is a Lethean mercenary and didn't find out that Ba'woV, daughter of N'Gara, of the House of Chel'toK was a noblewoman until after they'd started dating. However, Chel'toK, while still a Great House, is pretty minor: Their only holding of note is a nearly depleted section of asteroid belt, and while they do have a House Fleet, it consists of two Birds-of-Prey and an ancient D7 battlecruiser.
** General K'Bor, son of [=QulDun=], of the House of J'mpok plays it straight. He's one of the "old guard" Klingons and the uncle of J'mpok, the current chancellor.
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* A major plot point of the movie ''{{Penelope}}'' is that the titular character's curse can only be broken when a blue-blood declares he loves her. [[spoiler:She ends up breaking the curse by stating that she loves herself the way she is, curse and all. Both heartwarming and amusing, as you find out that the man she loves and who presented himself as a blue-blood was actually lying, and when she begs him to just say he loves her and that he doesn't have to talk to her after that, he sadly responds that he can't, but not for the reasons she thinks (i.e. he finds her ugly due to the curse giving her a pig's nose, which actually isn't that bad)).]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''
* Rather daringly, ''LettersFromIwoJima'' portrayed the aristocratic Japanese commanders Tadamichi Kuribayashi and Baron Takeichi Nishi as deeply sympathetic characters.
* Appears to be literally true in ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', when Lamia slits [[spoiler:Primus's]] throat, his blood is clearly dark blue.
** Which makes you wonder if [[spoiler:Tristan]] also has blue blood, and if so why he never noticed it. Maybe it only applies as long as you're in Stormhold?
*** That character had one parent from England, so alternatively, the trait might be recessive.
* Similarly, the head vampire from ''Film/BladeII'' has literal blue blood, even though he is not a pureblood vampire, the true aristocracy of the vampire race.
* While Film/JamesBond is hinted as being this in the films (such as in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''), ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' reveals that he's the son of Scottish nobility, owning a large if rather dilapidated estate.
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* The Vor in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayar]]'', though they themselves claim they are a military caste, and not an aristocracy. Most other people treat them like aristocrats.
* Lord Boscastle in the StrangersAndBrothers series is a REAL aristocrat, who can dismiss a mere Tudor parvenu with "I simply don't KNOW him." But he is all the more ready to befriend the likes of Roy Calvert; the gap between people he Knows and those he doesn't is so cavernous that it renders all other distinctions insignificant.
* In AvramDavidson's "The Case of the Mother-in-Law of Pearl", Prince von Vlox, in his behavior and his references to the family's history (e.g., calling Paracelsus "Theo"), displays "an arrogance that transcended mere snobbery."
* Frank Herbert's ''Literature/{{Dune}}''
** The novel appears to indicate that nobles are somehow better than regular folk. The Bene Gesserit are only shown caring about noble bloodlines in their quest to create a perfect being.
*** Most likely the noble bloodlines are "noble" because they've been subjected to the generations of manipulation by the Bene Gesserit, while the commoners don't have as well kept records of their genetic history, making them less useful for their plans.
** The prequel novels also reveal that the Atreides were not originally nobility (Vorian Atreides being a created in a lab by his [[HumongousMecha cy]][[BrainInAJar mek]] father and marrying a barmaid) and do not show when they were first granted the title.
* Randall Garrett's ''Literature/LordDarcy'' stories
* In PoulAnderson's TechnicHistory, the earlier phase of the TerranEmpire (depicted in PeopleOfTheWind) has a society where nobles are expected to justify their position by working for God and Empire. By the era of DominicFlandry, hereditary idle aristocrats dominate, and it is noted that it is harder to become a knight than a peer.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' often features them.
** Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel use it repeatedly.
*** In ''First & Only'' and ''Ghostmaker'', the Jantine Patricians and Volpone Bluebloods are quite scornful of the Ghosts.
*** In ''Necropolis'', the hive's constitution is carefully written to divvy up power between the nobles so that there is no sovereign. And where, when the Ghosts are investigating their assigned and wretched quarters, they consider that the Volpone Bluebloods probably have nicer rooms.
*** In ''Sabbat Martyr'' they confront [[ObstructiveBureaucrat officials]] who don't let them use their flamer, because they are not of high enough birth.
**** There is a semi-sensible reason behind that last one though. On the planet in question, water is expecially scarce. Setting everything on fire may get out of hand. Of course, this being a full blown war...
** SandyMitchell's ''[[DarkHeresy Scourge the Heretic]]'' features such a stratified noble society that even an Inquisitor's agent does not realize how rude he has to be; a local explains that politeness will be interpreted as low status.
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Horus Rising'', the Luna Wolves are scorned by various other Space Marines as base-born.
** In William King's ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Grey Hunters'', Trainor explains that he is an officer because he was born in one of the high clans. (He found fighting Chaos forces rather a shock after such conflicts as his planets had had before.)
** In Mike Lee's HorusHeresy novel ''Fallen Angels'', the representatives of the rebels are almost all nobles who have lost power and wealth because of the Imperium's control of their planet.
*** In Matt Farrer's "After Desh'ea" (in Tales of the Heresy), the "high-riders" which Angron holds in (justified) contempt, the targets of his GladiatorRevolt
** In Creator/BenCounter's ''Literature/SoulDrinkers'' novel ''Chapter War'', Lord Sovelin Falken. At one point, he throws his weight around, pointing out that the governor is his great-aunt -- but that's because he has vital information, and he has to use anything he can to get it through.
* Susan Dexter's ''The Wind-Witch'' revolves about a widowed noblewoman's efforts to work her husband's estate for AYearAndADay -- which will give her a claim to the land.
* Creator/JaneAusten's works. Unlike the Regency Romance, while all of her characters are blue-bloods, only a handful have titles. Baronets, mostly, although Darcy is related to an earl who does not appear in the work.
** A notable example as Darcy's name is clearly ripped off from the D'Arcy family, a genuine family of earls who, in the real world, had run out of male heirs about a century earlier; and his first name, Fitzwilliam, suggests strongly that his uncle is the Earl Fitzwilliam, a hugely famous and powerful man at the time. So much for NoCelebritiesWereHarmed...
** Also interesting, particularly in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', is the tension (TruthInTelevision at the time) between the blue-blooded gentry who had somehow had their traditional incomes diverted away from them by being unable to inherit, or by their becoming worthless, and the rising commoner merchants (like Mrs. Bennet's family) who were often richer than them, but traditionally unacceptable as members of the blue-blooded clique.
** In ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'', the narrator, explaining why Catherine had not fallen in love before seventeen, lists several reasons. One is that there was no lord in the neighborhood, or even a baronet.
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's heroes and heroines are {{Blue Blood}}s when not actually of RoyalBlood -- though this does cover upper-class Americans as well as titled characters, and the characters (and readers) may not be aware of it. Villains and other characters may also have it.
** In ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', von Horn cites it.
-->''Nor do I understand, sir, what objections you may have to meI am of a very old and noble family.''
* Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''.
-->''It took four men, all four ablaze with gorgeous decoration, and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur's lips. One lacquey carried the chocolate-pot into the sacred presence; a second, milled and frothed the chocolate with the little instrument he bore for that function; a third, presented the favoured napkin; a fourth (he of the two gold watches), poured the chocolate out. It was impossible for Monseigneur to dispense with one of these attendants on the chocolate and hold his high place under the admiring Heavens. Deep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only three men; he must have died of two.''
* Baroness Orczy's ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel''
-->''It was to be seen every day, for those aristos were such fools! They were traitors to the people of course, all of them, men, women, and children, who happened to be descendants of the great men who since the Crusades had made the glory of France: her old NOBLESSE. Their ancestors had oppressed the people, had crushed them under the scarlet heels of their dainty buckled shoes, and now the people had become the rulers of France and crushed their former masters--not beneath their heel, for they went shoeless mostly in these days--but a more effectual weight, the knife of the guillotine.''
* In Creator/GKChesterton's ''The Return of Don Quixote'', various noblemen are signficant characters; the hero Michael Herne falls in love with the Honourable Rosamund Severne. [[spoiler:At the climax, he reveals that her family really are Smiths, with no claim to the title, though it breaks his heart. Later, he learns that she has changed her name to "Miss Smith" -- and promptly goes in search of her.]]
** His play ''Magic'' takes place at a Duke's house.
** In the ''Literature/FatherBrown'' story "The Mistake of the Machine", the story turns on an assumption that Lord Falconroy must come from an old family; in fact, he holds a newly created title and has -- a rather interesting past.
* Creator/CarolineStevermer and Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/SorceryAndCecelia'', set in an alternate RegencyEngland where there is a Royal Society of Wizards.
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/MairelonTheMagician'' and ''The Magician's Ward'' -- also set in an alternate RegencyEngland, although the main character comes from a much lower social stratum.
* ''LordPeterWimsey''
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Particularly in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', where the Dragon King of Arms meticulously traces noble lines and deplores how he must produce coats-of-arms for the low-born, and in the [[Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen Tiffany Aching]] books, where the baron's son Roland, after a stint as a RoyalBrat, is the only boy that Tiffany can talk to because all the rest are afraid to talk to a witch.
* Ellen Kusher's ''Literature/{{Swordspoint}}'' and ''The Privilege of the Sword''.
* {{Sharpe}} meets a few. Among the more notable, obviously, is the Duke of Wellington, Sharpe's commander.
** Others range from Peter D'Alembord -- a classic CulturedWarrior and first-class infantry officer -- to the Prince of Orange, whose incompetence as a commander is such that Sharpe personally shoots him half-way through a battle in order to reduce the slaughter.
* Various families in Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBellAtSealeyHead''. Because Raven Sproule is courting Gwyneth Blair, a merchant's daughter, Gwyneth rather suspects the Sproules are ImpoverishedPatrician.
* In KerryGreenwood's ''The Castlemaine Murders'', the Honourable Miss PhryneFisher's sister Eliza plays the disdainful UpperClassTwit trope straight in the early part of the book - only to subvert the trope after Eliza finally tells Phryne why she was sent to Australia (she was acting out because of how unhappy she was).
* Most of the main characters in George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' are members of the nobility.
* M. K. Wren's ''The Phoenix Legacy'', set in a FeudalFuture.
* Lady Muriel Orme in Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Literature/SylvieAndBruno''.
* In ''Literature/TheEdge'', the hereditary aristocracy are actually called bluebloods to distinguish them from the nobility, the bluebloods who have already earned their titles.
* Purebloods fulfill this role in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series. Although the wizarding world lacks royalty or titles, most pureblood families enjoy a disproportionate amount of wealth, power, and influence. Most also have an aristocratic disdain for not-so-pure-blooded wizards and especially for {{muggles}}.
** In Fanon most purebloods are royalty with titles even more if the are from the "Ancient and Noble familys" the Potters being one of them.
* Virtually all of the major and minor characters in the {{Deryni}} works are in this class. The better ones treat members of the lowers orders (such as Revan in the ''Legends of Camber'' and ''Heirs off Camber'' and Morgan's pagan swordsmith Ferris from the story "Trial") quite well. The rest, well, see AristocratsAreEvil.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheDevilInIron", Octavia's BackStory.
-->''Octavia sprang up, her white fists clenched, her eyes blazing and her figure quivering with outraged anger.\\
"You would force me to play [[TheVamp the trollop]] with this barbarian?" she exclaimed. "I will not! I am no market-block slut to smirk and ogle at a steppes robber. I am the daughter of a Nemedian lord--"\\
"You were of the Nemedian nobility before my riders carried you off," returned Jehungir cynically. "[[MadeASlave Now you are merely a slave who will do as she is bid.]]"''
** Livia in "Literature/TheValeOfLostWomen"
* In ''DarknessVisible'' the narrator is Lord Henry Lewis, the 6th Earl of Gloucester.
* In Creator/LordDunsany's ''Literature/TheKingOfElflandsDaughter'', the lord and his son.
* In StephenHunt's ''The Court of the Air'' and ''The Rise of the Iron Moon'', Quartershift nobility were massacred by the authorities in the BackStory.
* In ''Literature/{{Scaramouche}}'', there are several nobles, most notably Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr and the Comtesse de Plougastel.
* Pops up a lot in ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'', since Bertie and most of his friends are [[UpperClassTwit Upper Class Twits]]. Notably, [[GrandeDame Aunt Agatha's]] dread of any blight on the family name forces Bertie to go to New York to prevent his cousin's marrying into vaudeville, besides putting him through any number of attempts to settle him down with a nice girl from a noble family and turn him into a useful member of society. [[LazyBum Both of which things he avoids like the plague]].
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Angel is a blue-blooded American with "ancestors reaching back to Plymouth Rock, and across the sea for generations before that." Freckles himself turns out to be the grandson of a nobleman. Though it gets less play, [=McLean=] was the son of a prosperous Scottish shipbuilder, though he made himself in the lumber trade.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Michael O'Halloran'', Minturn, having gotten control of his sons after his wife made them into {{Royal Brat}}s, knows it will be a long slog, but has hopes because they are "handsome little chaps with fine bodies and good ancestry".
* Hugh, Viscount Trimingham, in ''Literature/TheGoBetween''. He is intelligent and likeable, though disfigured by a war wound, and takes his responsibilities to his tenants seriously. Much good it does him.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/TimePatrol'' story "Delenda Est", Deidre -- she has an estate she can bring Everard and Van Sarawak to when making their imprisonment less onerous.
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'',
** the narrator's mother's father was a Scotch Peer.
** Her husband was the son of a baronet.
* In one of the oldest surviving RobinHood tales, Robin carefully inquires of the sorrowful knight whether he was a newly created one, finding out he is of BlueBlood before he helps him. Robin himself is a yeomen then and for centuries after, but in the Elizabethean to Victorian times, he became, often, a disinherited earl. Maid Marian, likewise for centuries a shepherdess, also became a frequent noblewoman then. In the 20th century, Robin went back to yeoman, for a RagsToRiches rise, but Marian still is often noble.
* Pretty much all the protagonists in ''TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' -- the ones that aren't are either royalty or end up raised to the nobility.
* Several characters in ''Literature/TheSeaHawk''.
* Like so much else in the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'', just about every shade of this trope is present in one nation or another. Amongst the main characters, Moiraine, Elayne, Faile, Talmanes, [[spoiler: Rand of house ''Mantear'' by virtue of his mother, Tigraine, the former daughter-heir]], and eventually even [[spoiler: Mat, Prince of Ravens]] and [[spoiler: Perrin Goldeneyes, Lord of the Two Rivers as Steward for the Dragon Reborn]].
** There are examples of true badasses such as the Queens of Andor, many of whom lead troops both historically and contemporaneously. In the Last Battle, [[spoiler: Elayne]] even gets an assist with a sword, despite having the One Power.
** There are also examples of worthless, scheming layabouts, such as Tairens and Cairhenians.
* In Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'' Madame Karitska is technically a countess. Given that she was a small child when her family escaped the Russian Revolution, it doesn't mean much to her.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Literature/TimeLag", Elva's husband is the Freeholder, which position has both the authority and duty to pass judgment. Elva can represent him partly because her own family holds a similar position. At the end, she learns her son holds the position , having survived the attack.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Tikil is a luxury port, catering to the wealthy high-born who vacation there. Kyger's animal shop is one such store.
* In Creator/VictoriaForester's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCouldFly'', Conrad's parents gave him "good breeding" and regarded it as more than enough -- he could not expect any attention from them after getting that.
* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', the [[TheKingdom Star Kingdom of Manticore]] has a noble class that was mostly descended from the first wave of colonists. However, they also create new peerages for exceptionally distinguished commoners, such as the protagonist herself.
** [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Most Manticoran nobles]] (including the royal family) are driven by a strong sense of ''noblesse oblige'', and recognize that an inherited title doesn't make them automatically better that commoners; those that don't[[note]]''cough'' Conservative Association ''cough''[[/note]] tend to dive headlong into AristocratsAreEvil territory.
* In Creator/StephanieBurgis's ''Literature/KatIncorrigible'' series, the Guardians. And all of Society of course. Kat and her family are on the lower margins of acceptable.
* In Bess Streeter Aldrich's ''A Lantern in her Hand'', the (dead) father had been an aristocrat who married beneath himself in Ireland.
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* ''DowntonAbbey'' provides a ''huge'' variety of examples from the British peerage; Earls (Lord Grantham himself), Marquesses (Shrimpie Flintshire), Dukes and Duchesses (the Duke of Crowborough and the Duchess of Yeovil), Baronets (Sir John Bullock), Viscounts (Anthony Foyle), Esquires (Matthew Crawley) and even [[TheHouseOfWindsor King George V]] in the 2013 Christmas Special.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora The Masque Of Mandragora]]'', the Duke and his uncle the Count. There are also a fair number in the FeudalFuture serials.
** The Tenth Doctor special "Planet of the Dead" has the thrill-seeking cat burglar Lady Christina de Souza as guest companion.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** More subtly, but Commander Spock from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Not only is his father a very respected diplomat, but his extended family owns a great deal of land and includes [[GrandeDame T'Pau]], one of the most influential people on Vulcan.
** Worf comes from an ancient, extremely high-profile family that automatically places him at the centre of rather a lot of Klingon intrigue (and enable no end of episode plots). Most of the other named Klingons in the series are also aristocrats.
** Pointedly averted with ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine's'' General Martok. He was actually born a commoner and clawed his way UpThroughTheRanks by [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority methods]] [[KlingonPromotion dear]] [[{{Badass}} to the]] [[ProudWarriorRace Klingon heart]] (and this was despite being blacklisted by Kor for his low birth). Presumably his noble rank is by marriage (or merit) rather then birth.
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* No less than ''five'' Masters in ''FateNuovoGuerra'' are of BlueBlood.
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* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson's "[[http://home.att.net/~TennysonPoetry/lcv.htm Lady Clara Vere de Vere]]"
-->''Trust me, Clara Vere de Vere,\\
From yon blue heavens above us bent\\
The gardener Adam and his wife\\
Smile at the claims of long descent.\\
Howe'er it be, it seems to me,\\
'Tis only noble to be good.\\
Kind hearts are more than coronets,\\
And simple faith than Norman blood.''
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* ''{{Wolsung}}'', steam-punk RPG assumes, that all player characters are BlueBlood.
** Also among [[FiveRaces Eight playable races]] there are [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], whose blood is literally blue.
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* Spoofed in ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'':
-->'''Finian''': Don't you realize, lad, Sharon is from quality stock? Why, her whole family tree for generations back consists of nothin' but ancestors.\\
'''Woody''': We've been descendin' a long time too.\\
'''Finian''': Ah, but ''how'' long? Sharon's grandparents go back to the dawn of history. Blue-blooded amebas they were, with a dauntless ambition. Up they came through the paleozoic slime -- from ameba to tadpole, from tadpole to daffodil, from daffodil to dromedary, and from dromedary to [=McLonergan=]. That's the background Sharon comes from -- so get along with your luggage, lad, you haven't a chance.
* In Creator/OscarWilde's ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'', Lady Augusta Bracknell has a very acute sense of who is a blue blood and who isn't. She refuses to let her daughter Gwendolyn marry Jack Worthing when she discovers that he [[spoiler: was adopted by his upper-crust guardian, who found him as a baby in a handbag at the train station.]]
* In ''OfTheeISing'', President Wintergreen gets the United States into international difficulties with France when its ambassador discovers that Diana Devereaux (who was to have been the President's wife if he hadn't met Mary Turner) is the illegitimate daughter of the illegitimate son of the illegitimate nephew of Napoleon.
* In Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', the {{pirate}}s, having surrendered, are treated leniently because they are of BlueBlood.
** Pooh-Bah in ''Theatre/TheMikado'':
--->''I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal atomic globule. Consequently, my family {{pride}} is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering. But I struggle hard to overcome this defect. I mortify my pride continually. When all the great officers of state resigned in a body, because they were too proud to serve under an ex-tailor, did I not unhesitantly accept all their posts at once?''
** This is also a plot point in ''Theatre/HMSPinafore.''
** This trope is invoked and parodied throughout ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'', where the self-confessedly [[UpperClassTwit mostly brainless]] yet immensely wealthy, powerful, and refined members of the House of Peers find their marriage proposals to the beautiful commoner Phyllis scorned, [[spoiler:and their legislative powers subverted by supernatural fairies]].
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* There are two prominent examples in the ''SoulSeries'' -- Lady Isabella "Ivy" Valentine is the daughter of the Earl and Countess Valentine, and her stages nearly always feature her enormous family house. The other example is Frenchman Raphael Sorel, whose title is not specified, but he is noted to be a noble.
* Mystics in ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier'' both in the aristocratic sense and the literal sense.
* If the lord in FireEmblem doesn't have RoyalBlood, they'll be nobility. Examples include Sigurd, Roy, Eliwood, Hector, Lyn, and eventually even Ike.
** Though this doesn't apply to every lord, there's a helpful rule of thumb for most of them: [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]] = [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience blue blood]].
* [[TheEmpire Archadia]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is very based around hierarchy. Besides the noble houses, which can mix this with RoyalBlood, there's also the Gentry, who tend to look down on commoners. There's also an intermediate class, which tend to behave fairly close to trope too.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has got a hierarchical system of nobility loosely based on that of England, with Teyrns (Dukes), Arls (Earls), and Banns (Barons) in that order of status. Dwarves have also their own caste system, where the members of upmost caste are either ridiculously rich or belong to a noble family. (And then there's Paragons, but let's not go there...)
** Interestingly enough, the Banns are technically just a noble(wo)man who has a number of freeholds sworn to it. The peasants are free to chose whoever they want to be their Bann and can change allegiance whenever they want, which can lead to age long feuds between family's of Banns, ex-Banns and aspiring Banns. Most people just goes with the same lord as their parents did, as his castle and soldiers are usually the closest, any threatens of what said soldiers might do if their Lord don't get enough votes are left unsaid.
** The icon for the Human Noble origin is a drop of blue blood with a crown over it, since they are the younger child of a Teyrn.
* [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Deus Ex Icarus Effect]]: [[spoiler: Lucius]] describes himself as a "scion of blue bloods from the old country" in the book's prologue.
* In ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', Alderaan is in a terrible mess due to the untimely death of the Queen and her heir, plunging the planet into a free-for-all civil war among about a half-dozen houses of these. The main issue is that the rather crazy head of House Ulgo has usurped the crown, declared the planet's independence, and started destroying the other noble houses. Seeing as about half the surviving houses support the Republic (including House Organa), whereas the Empire is backing their rivals House Thul (who started as merchants and ''earned'' their lands and titles), the planet becomes a miniature version of the whole galactic war.
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Particularly those of Azure City, where giving a title to two war heroes garners objections.
** Later, Vaarsuvius elects to simply murder a villain with this background, instead of bothering to denounce him publicly. It's a pretty effective solution.
* The Zahard family and the 10 supporting families in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. They are indeed special, since only they are by birth able to wield [[FunctionalMagic Shinsoo]] immediately, as their families have special ties to the power-granting Guardians.
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked''
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the [[OurTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]] have a [[FantasticRacism caste system]] based around the [[AlienBlood color of their blood.]] While the trolls with blue blood aren't quite at the top, they seem to be the only ones who care very much about where anyone ranks, and as such they lord over those in lower castes and demand those in higher castes lord over them.
** However, it's unclear if all members of the blue-blooded castes do this, or if it's just Equius and his, er, strange tastes.
** Additionally, [[color:#2ED73A:Sn]]o[[color:#2ED73A:wman]] has blue blood, and is formerly known as the [[ChessMotifs Black Queen]].
* ImpureBlood [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter001/ib005.html O-on the honor of my family line, then, as far back as it can be traced!]]
* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=1039 Flopsy Jagermond is make rabbit nobility.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter03/dm03-33.htm Bleu Berry is descended from noble families of both humans and Dragon-Slayers.]]
* Emily in ''Webcomic/TheSenkari'' is descended from a long line of aristocrats. Just how Blue Blooded she really is becomes apparent [[http://www.the-senkari.com/2012/11/12/11122012/ when her home is visited]]
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* ''OpenBlue'' features several nobles as ship officers or flag officers.
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* WesternAnimation/TheCritic's sister was once set up to attend a debutante ball with a young gentleman who, due to generations of inbreeding, was mildly retarded and possessed of ''literal'' blue blood. ''[[RealLife This has actually happened]],'' as in the case of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methemoglobinemia "Blue Fugates"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a Prince called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Prince Blueblood]]. Rarity is smitten with him, but in the season finale for season 1 she actually meets him and finds he is a RoyalBrat.
** By contrast, Twilight Sparkle and her brother, Shining Armor, earned their way into the top tier of Equestrian nobility with Twilight being the personal protege of Princess Celestia and Shining being Captain of the Royal Guard, the Prince Consort of Princess Cadence and Co-Governor of the Crystal Empire. By the end of season 3,[[spoiler: Twilight becomes an Alicorn Princess.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Tygra, HappilyAdopted member of the Thunderian royal family, is given all aristocratic privileges, and is even the beneficiary of King Claudus' ParentalFavoritism, but is not in line for the throne due to a lack of RoyalBlood.
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