[[quoteright:335:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/clouds-jesus_6342.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:335:{{Jesus}}, a classic example.]]

One or more of a character's parents is a god, an angel, or one of those HornyDevils. Usually, if a character has Divine Parentage, then so will other characters in the setting.

Divine Parentage is important because the divinity is often hereditary, usually in an AllGenesAreCodominant way. Thus, someone with Divine Parentage can do things people who are fully mortal cannot.

If the divine side is dominant or prominent, then you tend to get a demigod.

The trope is OlderThanDirt. Many of the examples are related to mythology, and myths have many examples. Some of the more modern examples are retellings of ancient myths.

Related to HalfHumanHybrid. After all, these characters ''are'' half-human, half god.

A step above a HeroicLineage. Which is perhaps somewhat ironic since 'hero' was originally the ancient Greek word for examples of this trope.

May be the end result of a DivineDate.
A character discovering this parentage may experience a ReallyRoyaltyReveal (with divinity instead of royalty).
----
!!Examples

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Genesis from ''{{Preacher}}'', an offspring of an angel and a demon.
* [[TheBigBadWolf Bigby]] from ''{{Fables}}'' is the son of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification The North Wind]]. He has powers over the weather as well some measure of immortality.
* Cassie Sandmark (the current WonderGirl) is the daughter of a human woman and Zeus. And as of the 2011 reboot, [[spoiler:Wonder Woman herself is now Zeus' daughter]].
* Tess Black who appeared briefly in [[SpiderMan Spider-man]] is the daughter of the Norse god Loki and a human woman, something she is unaware of.
* ComicBook/{{Raven}} of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' is the daughter of the demon Trigon and a human woman, something that causes her considerable angst.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/TheAssassinationOfTwilightSparkle'', it's revealed that [[PrinceCharmless Blueblood]] is descended from children produced with Celestia's second husband. Not that it saves him when he's found guilty.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' [[spoiler: Emrys and Eirian]] are the grandchildren of [[spoiler: Merlin]] who is the son of a mortal woman and a Maia, an Angel.
* The basic premise of ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' is that James Potter was Thor having a first shot at this humility thing and therefore, Harry Potter is in fact Harry Thorson.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act II'': Kurumu's DisappearedDad is revealed to be none other than the [[SatanicArchetype Lord of Hell]] himself.
* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'', the [[MonsterProgenitor mother]] of the Shadowkhan, Kagehime, is said to have been the daughter of the goddess Izanami and the Lord of the Underworld. As such, Kagehime's direct descendants, the Queens of the Shadowkhan, are treated by the rest of the race as semi-divine.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* [[spoiler: Shadow]] from ''Literature/AmericanGods''.
* Also Fat Charlie and his "brother" Spider from ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', although Spider got all the god traits.
* In the fourth book of ''Literature/TheImmortals'' by Creator/TamoraPierce, we learn that [[spoiler:Daine's father is the God of the Hunt, and her mother was elevated to a goddess of childbirth after death. Both of them are relatively minor gods compared to the like of Mithros and the Great Mother, though.]]
* The entire plot of the novel ''Oh My Gods!'' takes place on a Greek island at a private school for the descendants of gods, and almost every character is one.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Susan Sto Helit is Death's granddaughter. By adoption. She can still walk through walls. Don't ask.
** Susan briefly compares her situation with that of a classmate, whose great-grandfather was the god Blind Io, making her a hemi-semi-demigoddess. This doesn't seem to come with any powers, but apparently has enough prestige to get a good table at restaurants.
** Yet another: Lobsang Ludd (and his kind-of brother) is the son of Time.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' features a summer camp for demigods.
* Although [[spoiler:Bhelliom]] is ''more'' than a god, [[spoiler: Sparhawk]] in ''The {{Elenium}} / {{Tamuli}}'' qualifies.
* [[spoiler:Aliera e'Kieron]] in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series.
* The ''Literature/ScarNight'' series is awash with angels and gods descended from gods.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', [[BadassPrincess Lúthien]] is the daughter of the Elven-king Thingol and Melian the Maia (a class of divine being roughly equivalent to a demigod or an angel). Lúthien often displays flashes of remarkable power as a sign of her heritage.
* In the ''BooksOfSwords'', [[spoiler:Mark]] and [[spoiler:Ariane]] are both children of [[spoiler:the Emperor]], who is really [[spoiler:G-d]].
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight" [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Olivia dreams]] of [[PhysicalGod a godlike being]] arriving to where a partly human, partly godlike being was [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured to death]], and turning [[TakenForGranite the torturers to stone]].
-->''"The youth they tortured was like the tall man who came?" he asked at last.\\
"As like as son to father," she answered, and hesitantly: "If the mind could conceive of the offspring of a union of divinity with humanity, it would picture that youth. The gods of old times mated sometimes with mortal women, our legends tell us."''
* In ''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness'', Set is both father and son to Thoth (and vice versa, of course), and Horus is the son of Osiris. The latter is a canon relationship in EgyptianMythology.
* In ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries'', Elena Gilbert is half angel or Guardian from her mother's side, who was also a Guardian.
* In ''Literature/TheSunSword'', the god-born - people with one mortal, one divine parent - are semi-common. They have SupernaturalGoldEyes, general superhuman physical and mental abilities, and usually some magic related to their divine parent's portfolio. Most importantly, the Two Kings of the Essilyan Empire are god-born (one is the son of the god of wisdom, the other the son of the god of justice), and more ominously, Kiriel, one of the main protagonists, is the daughter of BigBad and GodOfEvil Allasakar, with her heritage being a focal point of the MythArc.
* The main plot of ''[[Literature/ZeusIsDead Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure]]'' involves Apollo somehow resurrecting Zeus via one of Zeus's mortal children. The problem lies in finding out just who it is.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Cady from ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' ''might'' be the devil's daughter. [[spoiler: And Sam might be the devil's son. Though, even if the man who raised him turns out to be his real father, this trope might still apply...]]
* Ling'er and her mother Qing from ''Series/ChinesePaladin'' are descendents of the goddess Nuwa, as is their ancestress, Zixuan from the prequel series.
* Adria in ''Series/StargateSG1'' is the daughter of Vala Mal Doran and the [[AbusivePrecursors Ori]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* The lead character of ''[[{{Music/Hero}} !HERO: The Rock Opera]]''. Given that it's the story of Jesus with a SettingUpdate, and that Michael Tait is playing the lead character, he is also given a DivineRaceLift.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible -- specifically, the New Testament -- says that Jesus Christ is this, as do some interpretations of the gospel. Major wars over the issue have been fought throughout history.
* ClassicalMythology
** Herakles, Perseus, Helen of Troy and many other classical figures were children of Zeus. Sometimes, in fact, Zeus would seduce a woman who was already a distant descendant of his through a previous affair. He sure got around.
** Zeus had more than anybody else, but there were other gods and goddesses who got in on the mortal action. Virtually every Greek hero is this trope in some way.
** Countless heroes of the TrojanWar, according to [[Literature/TheTrojanCycle the stories]].
** A number of Roman ''gentes'' (clans) claimed a divine ancestor. The one with the most prestigious ancestors were the ''gens'' Julia (JuliusCaesar's one) and the ''gentes'' Romilia and Remmia: both claimed descendance from Venus through TrojanWar hero and Rome's forefather Aeneas, the Julii through his elder son Ascanius (something Caesar wouldn't stop bragging about. The family name derives from Ascanius' other name, Julus) and the Romilii and Remmii through his younger son Silvius, with the Romilii and Remmii claiming ''another'' divine ancestor in Mars through Romulus and Remus.
* [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] was 2/3 god, since the Babylonians believed that if two men had sex with a woman and she got pregnant, both were the father. Gilgamesh was the product of such a threesome.
* In some versions of the story, [[KingArthur Merlin's]] father was an [[HornyDevils incubus]].
* And in some versions of [[CelticMythology Irish Mythology]], Cu Chullain was the son of TheAce god Lugh.
* The Emperors of Japan claim descent from the Sun goddess Amaterasu herself.
* It was common for nobles in parts of Europe to claim ''Odin'' as their ancestor long after the Christian era. The attitude of TheGovernment usually seems to have been,"If you keep peace on your estate and show up for battle when the king needs you, your ancestor can be whomever you want him to be."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}: Gods, Spirits, Demons, [[TheFairFolk Fae]], Ghosts and the Celestial Exalted (about anyone with [[PowerLevels essence 4 or more]]) can bear or sire children, who inherit some of that power. One of the canonical examples includes a woman being impregnated by an earth spirit through an earthquake. The God/Ghost/Demon/Fae-blooded people are a few large steps above mortals, but they still don't have a chance against Exalted. Their parents have considerable difficulty with the Exalted as well...
* The entire premise of ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' is that your character just got a visit from their divine parent telling them it's time to get active.
* So, so many in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' it's not funny. Aasimar and Tiefling are Celestial-blooded and Fiend-blooded, respectively, and things only get wonkier from there. It's even possible to have [[MarySue a character who has Celestial, Fiend,]] ''[[MarySue and]]'' [[MarySue Dragon blood in his or her veins.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'', Siegmund and Sieglinde's father, whom they know as Wälse, is actually the god Wotan, though they never realize it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The player character from [[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate I and II]] is revealed to be the offspring of [[spoiler: Bhaal, the god of murder]]. [[spoiler:BigBad Sarevok from part 1 and the five main antagonists of Throne of Bhaal are as well.]]
* ''EternalDaughter'''s title protagonist.
* [[spoiler:Lloyd]] is the son of [[spoiler:Kratos]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', though possesses nothing that sets him apart from other humans [[spoiler: though he does sprout energy wings during the ending for some reason]].
* Kratos, from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', [[spoiler: is a son of Zeus, as many mythological heroes were in those days. This becomes funny when you meet and slaughter Hercules.]]
* One interpretation of the ending of ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' is that [[spoiler:Wander is infused with Dormin's power]].
** [[spoiler:Which would also make his descendent, Ico,]] from ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'', a demigod as well.
* Kochiya Sanae from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. Bonus point for having her divine great-great-great-...-grandmother lives with her. Sanae's power is described as ''power to make miracle''.
* The descendants of the 12 Crusaders in ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', who got their divine powers from [[spoiler: drinking the blood of the Dragon]] Gods, get these powers passed to them through blood inheritance.
* In ''DarkSouls'', the Primordial Serpent Kaathe claims that the Chosen Undead is a descendant of the Furtive Pygmy [[spoiler:and the inheritor of the Dark Soul, the fourth Lord Soul, and the one destined to end the Age of Fire and usher in the Age of Dark as the Dark Lord.]]
* The Nephalem of the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series were the ancestors of the humans of Sanctuary, born from the union of renegade angels and demons, but who were weakened into their current human state by the Worldstone when Inarius got frightened by how powerful the Nephalem were. [[spoiler:With the Worldstone destroyed, humanity is beginning to get its former power back, and the PlayerCharacter of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' is among the first of the new Nephalem]].
** [[spoiler:Leah is the daughter of the witch Adria and the Dark Wanderer, a.k.a. Aidan from the first game, who became possessed by Diablo after sticking his soulstone into his own head. The magical power she wields comes direct from the Big D himself, and she is eventually used by Adria with the Black Soulstone to bring about Diablo's rebirth as the Prime Evil, the sum total of all seven Great Evils in one being]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] is infused with a fragment of the time god Akatosh's power (the "Dragon Blood"), and like the dragons that also are "children of Akatosh", can use the [[WeaponsGradeVocabulary Thu]][[MakeMeWannaShout 'um]].
* [[Videogame/DungeonCrawl Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup]] has the Demigod as one of its [[MassiveRaceSelection many races]]. They have poor aptitudes (how much exp it takes to level skills) all across the board, gain experience slower and can't worship any gods, making them a [[SelfImposedChallenge challenge race]] despite their great stats.
* [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda The Royal Family of Hyrule]] are descended from [[GodInHumanForm Zelda]] who was the {{Reincarnation}} of the Goddess Hylia, as such the RoyalBlood has been steeped in RoyaltySuperPower with almost every royal being presented as some sort of sorcerer. The family itself also seems to have the curious habit of of collecting MagicMusic and instruments.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Appears in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' as a character's "divinity" rank. Seems to be pointless, until [[spoiler:[[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]]]] unveils [[spoiler: [[ChainPain Enkidu]],]] which is a VariableLengthChain that grows stronger based on the divinity rank of the person it captures. He uses this to kill a number of [[TheWorfEffect should-have-been-challenging-opponents]]. Characters with Divine Parentage include (in order of original divinty rank): [[spoiler: [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]],]] a 2/3 deity; [[GreekMythology Herclues]], [[CelticMythology Cú Chulainn]], Caster [[spoiler: Theatre/{{Medea}}]] and AlexanderTheGreat from ''Literature/FateZero'' are all demigods; and lastly Rider [[spoiler: [[GreekMythology Medusa]]]]. [[spoiler: All but Medusa and Medea are trapped by Enkidu just before dying in at least one route.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The title characters from ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', explaining how they have their powers.
* The Evil from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': the off-spring of {{Satan}} and a house cat.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', elves are the offspring of Immortals and humans.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the Andain have a human and a god as parents. The most famous Andain have been [[AntiVillain Kagetsu I]], [[WanderingMinstrel Leon]], [[CloudCuckooLander Pooka]] and [[TricksterMentor Taliesin]].
* Carmilla of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' is the daughter of the demon Gothmog and a woman who it turns out wasn't fully human to start with (she's got some EldritchAbomination in her family tree, and she is one of ''those'' [[Creator/HPLovecraft Waites]].
* GaiaOnline's deicide storyline indicates that the Gambino family has divine ancestry, and so is under attack by the same forces out to murder the rest of Gaia's sprawling pantheon. [[spoiler: This news came a little late for [[SacrificialLion Johnny]].]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is the daughter of a demon and a human woman.
* Lucy from ''LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil'' is, well, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', Sadlygrove's master Goultard [[spoiler:is the son of the god Iop.]] He's basically an expy of Hercules.
[[/folder]]

----