->''I think I've found what it is I don't like about Fable: it's inherently '''fascist'''. "Heroism", rather than a quality anyone can exhibit, is reduced to some kind of biological thing unique to a single genetic line of handsome white people.''
->--'''Yahtzee''' on ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/2652-Fable-3: Fable 3]]'', ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''

Got a good AncestralWeapon? Got a [[BadassFamily cherished family recipe for whoop-ass]]? There's only one thing to make this heroic picture complete: at least one sword-wielding, name-taking hero in your family tree. Maybe more. No wonder you've got a thing about saving people -- it's InTheBlood.

Maybe not as shiny as full-on DivineParentage,[[note]]Then again, many heroes did have DivineParentage back in the day, so this could be a two-for-one special.[[/note]] but it certainly explains that OrphansPlotTrinket.

Makes a great surprise if there's a LukeIAmYourFather moment in store.

In short, a character is a descendant of a famous hero, regardless of if he knows it or not, or how strong the blood is. Compare TellMeAboutMyFather, where the character loves to think about his dead/absentee parents as heroes, regardless of the truth. Compare SingleLineOfDescent where apparently there's only one person per generation who carries the gene.

Almost guaranteed to inherit an AncestralWeapon at some point.

Subtrope of FamousAncestor. Generally found or at least claimed among those with BlueBlood, although [[MosesInTheBullrushes they may not initially know about it]].
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', not only is Naruto descended from the [[spoiler:Yondaime Hokage]] and the Sage of Six Paths, but is the most recent in a line of [[MentorArchetype mentor]]-pupil relationships including Kakashi, [[BadAssGrandpa Jaraiya]], and the second through fourth [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Hokage]].
** To be more exact, he is pretty closely related to [[spoiler: the original Sage of Six Paths (as a descendant), Fourth Hokage (as a descendant), the whole of Uzumaki clan (whose Bloodline Limit enhances their stamina and lifespan pretty noticeably, as evident with Kushina and also Naruto), and distantly related to First, Second, and Fifth Hokages (Senju and Uzumaki were originally branch families descendent from Sage of Six Paths)]]. So much for being able to achieve things without having a Bloodline Limit.
** Other major characters who can lay claim to their descent to the Sage of Six Paths include Tsunade, the First Hokage, Madara, Sasuke, and [[spoiler:Obito]].
** Tsunade was one of the major candidates for Fifth Hokage due to her being the granddaughter of the First Hokage. Early on she's less than thrilled with the notion herself, as it just means she's from a lineage of people who got themselves killed young.
* The Joestars and the Zepelli of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''.
* The Asuno family of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' have three generations of badass Gundam pilots: Flit (the first-gen) contributed in the creation of his own Gundam, became an AcePilot at age ''fourteen'', grew up to command the entire military, [[BadassGrandpa and STILL kicked all kinds of ass in his sixties]]. Asemu (the second-gen) may have lacked the PsychicPowers that his father and son had, but that did not stop him from becoming a [[Memes/{{Gundam}} SUPAH PAIROTTO]]. And Kio (the third-gen) possesses truly ''insane'' levels of PsychicPowers, arguably more than even the strongest among the enemies.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has Einhart Stratos, the descendant of Hegemon Claus Ingvalt, a WarriorPrince from the Ancient Belka era who is always depicted as an extraordinary hero whenever he appears in legends. Besides [[SharedUnusualTrait inheriting his silver hair and mismatched eyes]], she also inherited his GeneticMemory, which causes her no small amount of angst as the strongest of these memories is [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]] of not saving his [[StarcrossedLovers beloved Olivie]].
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* ''{{Hellblazer}}'' - The Constantine family tree is an example. The lineage is known in history as Laughing Magicians; mortals who exist only to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu bluff, trick, and humiliate gods]]. This family existed just after the creation of gods and existence. Though not always seen as heroic, many of the family makes up a great MagnificentBastard. Not to mention saving the world countless of times.
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[[folder: Fan Work]]
* All of the heroes of the NextGenFic Fanfic/KingdomHeartsNewEpicTheFirst, being the sons and daughters of Sora, Riku and Kairi. It also apparently fits [[{{Jerkass}} Deputy Mayor Sarasho]], who had awar hero father, though his father was far less well received.
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[[folder: Franchises ]]

* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Luke Skywalker and a lot of his descendants in the ExpandedUniverse.
** Made into an actual game mechanic in the Saga Edition tabletop game with the Legacy Destiny, where your normal Destiny[[note]]Something like Destruction, Creation, Redemption, Prevention, Sacrifice, etc[[/note]] is replaced with a family line that grants you a special ability (usually, getting a Critical Success more-or-less when you really need one).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has a classical example with Aragorn, whose lineage is certifiably heroic going back about 70 generations, and originates from the three 'fathers' of both Elves and Men. On a minor note, Eowyn also argues that she's entitled to fight because of this trope.
** Aragorn is also descended from Melian the Maia (an angelic being similar to a demigod) giving him Elvish, Human and Divine descent.
** [[ZigZaggingTrope On the other hand]], Aragorn's human lineage originates in the people who made [[BigBad Sauron]] their high priest and who were so evil the powers that be tried to KillThemAll by ''sinking half of Middle-Earth''. His elvish lineage makes him a Noldor, who betrayed the Valar, murdered their family to steal their ships and either followed Feanor into evil or hid themselves away and did nothing to stop [[{{Satan}} Morgoth's]] rampage.
* So deeply-ingrained is this trope that, for years, legions of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fans saturated the Internet with theories that Harry was the descendant of Godric Gryffindor ... this, despite how the series' prevailing {{Aesop}} is that people should ''never'' be judged by their ancestry or background.
** It didn't help that his enemy Lord Voldemort had Villainous Lineage, being a descendant of Salazar Slytherin.
** As it turns out, [[spoiler: Harry is the last living descendant of Ignotus Peverell, the noblest and cleverest of the three Peverell brothers... which, frankly, makes Harry the closest thing the three deathly hallows have to a proper heir]].
* ''Literature/HistoriaRegumBritanniae'' chronicles what happens to a splinter group of survivors from the TrojanWar, which eventually settles in {{Britain}}. The name of the hero is Brutus, whose name eventually became the name for the Britons.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', House Atreides claims lineage from King Agamemnon of Argos (or Mycenae, depending on the source), who fought in the TrojanWar. This claim originally belongs to the [[HumongousMecha Titan]] Agamemnon (not his real name) and taken up by his son Vorian Atreides, whose last name is derived from "Atreidae", the collective name for the descendants of King Atreus, Agamemnon's father (who was anything but heroic).
* The ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs'' traces the history of the eponymous heroic clan over four generations. They are all descendants of one Sigi, who was [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane possibly]] a [[DivineParentage son of Odin]].
* In ''Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons'', the orphan Kraka discovers that she is the daughter of Sigurd the Volsung and Brynhild the Valkyrie.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', almost all of the point of view characters in the main series are the descendents of the living legend Firestar, the first hero of the series.
* ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'', all kings and queens of Deltora are descendants of King Adin, a blacksmith who united the Seven Tribes to drive back the [[EvilOverlord Shadow Lord]]'s army. Searching for the King Endon's child was a part of the main quest in the first series. [[spoiler:It's Lief, Dain was actually a [[ShapeShifter Grade 3 Ol]] [[TheMole spy]] for the Shadow Lord.]]
* All the Abhorsens are of the same bloodline, so both Sabriel and [[spoiler:Lirael]] of the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series are descendants of heroes.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', [[ThePaladin Knights of the Cross]] tend to be descended from heroes and kings. [[spoiler:Their predecessors ''were'' heroes and kings - the Swords of the Cross (which [[OnlyTheWorthyMayPass choose their wielders]]) were originally named Excalibur, Durandal and Kusanagi.]]

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* Delenn in ''Series/BabylonFive'' is a descendant of Valen . In this case it almost verges on DivineParentage.
* When ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' finally meets his father, he finds out he was a Dragon Lord.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has used this more than once:
** In ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', Lin (the present-day Hou-Ouranger) is descended from the Dai tribe, and Ryou (the present-day Ryuranger) is [[spoiler:of more direct lineage: He's the son of the original Ryuranger]].
** The present-day Kakurangers from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' are each descended from their respective predecessors, who sealed away the Youkai Army Corps long ago.
** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' feature samurai whose families have fought the monsters for generations; the Red Ranger from the Shiba clan and the others from the clan's retainers. When a friend of the Red Ranger wishes to join them as the SixthRanger, much is made of the fact that he is self-taught and has no such lineage.
* Saban's ''MaskedRider'', a ''PowerRangers'' spiritual spin-off, starred Prince Dex of the planet Edenoi, the latest in a long line of Masked Riders, with the powers passed down the royal family for generations. The audience is introduced to his ten predecessors in "The Invasion of Leawood".

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' RPG, famous ancestors can be bought as merits at character creation. Each of them gives some merits (and sometimes drawbacks) depending of what he was famous for.

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* Lords from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' as a whole universally qualify. The 4th game makes this an actual game mechanic: characters who are descendants of one of the Twelve Crusaders [[spoiler:or the Dark God Loptous]] receive boosts to their growth rates, weapon levels, and can even use their respective ancestor's AncestralWeapon in certain conditions.
* Susano from ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' is a descendant of the legendary hero Nagi. His resentment and later acceptance of his ancestor has a major impact on the plot of the first half of the game.
* The hero you can name yourself in ''[[VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom Lufia and the Fortress of Doom]]'' is the descendant of Maxim, the hero who originally [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] the four {{Big Bad}}s. This tradition is continued in ''[[LufiaTheLegendReturns The Legend Returns]]'' with Wain, who is also descended from Maxim.
* Link and Zelda from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series are usually not the same exact people in each game, but different incarnations from different time periods.
** All of the Zeldas are blood descendants of the Zelda from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', who was [[spoiler:a reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia]].
** The Links are not necessarily blood-related but are said to share the "Spirit of the Hero" and are at least a spiritual lineage of heroes. Only the Links from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' are explicitly stated to carry a special bloodline, and according to the ''Hyrule Historia'' guidebook, the only confirmed relation between Links is that Link from ''Twilight Princess'' is a descendant of the Hero of Time from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''.
*** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' gets special mention because it [[spoiler:deliberately {{subverted|Trope}} the trope, revealing that its Link was not related to the Hero of Time's bloodline at all. Many of the powers that be doubt that he can save the day for precisely this reason, and Link proves them wrong]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'' had you play as the descendant of the legendary hero Loto. ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' had you play as the descendants of the first game's hero. ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' had you play ''as'' Loto, who was himself the descendant of another hero. Somewhat subverted in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', where the legendary hero is actually a descendant of the main character, who marries a descendant of the last legendary hero.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', Desmond Miles is a bartender reliving the genetic memories of his ancestor [[MemeticBadass Alta´r]].
** And later learns to be an Assassin from another of his ancestors, [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Ezio Auditore]].
** Also [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII Haytham and Connor Kenway]] are added as well.
* Shiki Tohno in ''VideoGame/{{Tsukihime}}'' is a [[LastOfHisKind last descendant]] of [[spoiler:Nanaya household, a lineage of pure-blooded humans (read: "[[CosmicHorrorStory weakest species in the setting]]"), who trained their bodies and honed their skills enough to fight most supernatural threats, be it Demons, vampires, or what have you]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' it is implied that all heroes are descended from the first Archon.
* A MysteriousInformant with this news kicks off the plot of ''VideoGame/LastScenario''. [[spoiler:Actually a rare subversion. She was lying.]]
** Which leads to a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[spoiler:and {{Tearjerker}} when the supposed ancestor himself is executed, and with his last words acknowledges the heroes as the true "descendants" of his heroic spirit.]]
* VideoGame/{{Ico}} is the descendant of Wander, protagonist of ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''. Though Wander's fame is debatable, and the one sign of the lineage ([[spoiler:the horns]]) is more of a curse than a blessing for Ico.
* Rarely mentioned, but ''all the humans'' of ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Gensokyo]]'' (that didn't stumble from The Outside, anyway) are descendants of brave people who defeated the youkai to settle there.
* The Belmont clan from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', always out to hunt the night. Most of the series' protagonists so far have been Belmonts. The Belnades/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Fernandez]] clan get to do their share of vampire-butt-kicking over the years as well.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'', all Saiyan hybrid PlayerCharacters were confirmed to be descendants of Goku, or Vegeta. Similarly, all Majins were descended from Fat Buu.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the ''Legacy DLC'' reveals that the protagonist's deceased father, Malcolm Hawke, was once tasked with fortifying the seals of an Ancient Grey Warden fortress. Because this required [[BloodMagic his blood]] in order to do so, this meant that any member of his lineage became keyed as the only ones capable of wielding "[[EmpathicWeapon The Hawke's Key]]"; making them capable of either reinforcing or unlocking the seals containing [[spoiler: [[BigBad Corypheus]].]]
* ''JakAndDaxter'': Jak's father is "the great warrior" [[spoiler:Damas.]] Through him, he is a descendant of [[spoiler:the historical founder of Haven City, Mar.]]
* Sir Anduin Lothar, one of the greatest human heroes in the ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise, was the last descendant of the Arathi royal bloodline which founded the first human empire on Azeroth. Sir Lothar took advantage of this to convince the High Elves to join the Alliance since the High Elves were indebted to the Arathi.
* This is a gameplay mechanic in ''VideoGame/MassiveChalice'': the demon-fighting heroes and heroines are supposed to retire at some point, settle down and get children who will inherit some of their heroic abilities and continue the fight. Since each new generation is slightly stronger than their parents, this is required to check the ever-increasing demon threat.
* In ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni,'' Esther is the daughter of the great sage Rashaad, a legendary mage known for his many heroic deeds. [[spoiler: Actually, ''every playable character'' is the son or daughter of a Great Sage: Oliver is Alicia's son, Esther is Rashaad's daughter, and Swaine is the son of the mage-emperor of Hamelin. In the PS3 version, you eventually also get Swaine's brother Marcassin, who [[CaptainObvious shares the same lineage.]]]]

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* Nearly every single one of the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a famous, badass [[GenerationXerox Ancestor]].
* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'': Cucumber's father Cabbage tells his son that the men in their family have been heroes for generations, in order to convince him to become a hero as well. When Cucumber points out that Cabbage [[JerkAss isn't a hero]], he says that "it skips a generation here and there."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2616 casting Jesus as Superman and God as Jor-El leads to a strip where Superjesus gets his heroic lineage explained.]]
* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', where our heroine Agatha Heterodyne's father and uncle were indeed Legendary Heroes... and the WhiteSheep of an unbroken line of vicious warlords that were the terror of Eastern Europe for centuries. And then there's her ''[[TheVamp mother's]]'' [[BigScrewedUpFamily side of the family]]....

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* There are descendants of [[WarriorPrince Jon Sobieski]] in America. One is a movie star: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leelee_Sobieski.
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