->'''Cabbage:''' Listen, my son. The men of our family have been legendary heroes for generations.\\
'''Cucumber:''' ...but you're not a--\\
-->-- ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest''

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 [[MosesInTheBulrushes they may not initially know about it]].

Inverse of InTheBlood, which is where the character has a ''Villainous'' Lineage.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'':
** Not only is Naruto the son of the [[spoiler:Fourth Hokage]], he's also a descendant of the legendary Sage of the Six Paths through [[spoiler:his mother Kushina]]'s clan, the Uzumaki (whose members inherit incredibly strong recuperative powers and a lengthy lifespan).
** Other characters descended from the Sage through the Uzumaki are [[spoiler:Karin]] and [[spoiler:Pain/Nagato]].
** The Sage, through his two sons, is also the ancestor of the two founding clans of the Hidden Leaf Village; the Uchiha (whose members include [[{{Deuteragonist}} Sasuke]], Itachi, Madara, and [[spoiler:Tobi/Obito]]), and the Senju (whose members include the First, Second, and Fifth [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Hokages]]). Tsunade was partly chosen to be Fifth Hokage precisely because she was the granddaughter of the First. 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 in battle.
** The Sage's twin brother also had descendants of his own; the Hyuuga clan (whose members include Hinata and Neji), and [[spoiler:Toneri, the BigBad of the canon [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie tenth film]]]].
* 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]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Goku started a lineage with his first son, Gohan, and then Goten, both who are heroes in their own right. This extents to his granddaughter, Pan.
** As far as Earthlings are concerned, Videl and Pan come from the heroic lineage of Mr. Satan.
** How 'heroic' is Vegeta is questionable, but he made a lineage with Trunks, his future counterpart, and Bra.
*** Piccolo sort of invokes that trope, when giving a pep talk to Goten and Trunks after they get their ass kicked by Boo the first time.
* Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece'' plays with this. Luffy's grandfather, Garp, is a well-known marine hero who nearly cornered Gold Roger several times. At the same time his father, Dragon, is the most wanted criminal in the world trying to overthrow the government. Among fans, Dragon counts as a hero given that the the government is corrupted and run by {{Jerkass}}es.
* Played with ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou''. Verity is the daughter of the great and powerful [[spoiler:Sinnoh champion Cynthia]]. She however doesn't share her mother's amazing Pokémon battling skills and feels in her mother's shadow. Despite this, she still ends up on an adventure in ''I Choose You'' and meets several legendary Pokémon.
* The Kinniku family in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and Kinnikuman Nisei/Ultimate Muscle are heroes, and also royalty. Other families worth noting are the Robin and Terry families, both having several generations of heroes.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia,'' men in [[SuperSpeed the Iida family]] have been Heroes since at least Tenya's grandfather, and [[BigBrotherWorship his beloved older brother]] is currently holding the role. [[spoiler:At least until his [[CareerEndingInjury run-in]] with [[CannibalismSuperpower Stain]] the HeroKiller]].
** [[SuperpowerLottery Shoto Todoroki]]'s father is also a Hero, but this is a darker example, since he's [[DomesticAbuse anything but heroic]] [[PunchClockHero outside of his job]]. Shoto is torn between wanting to be a Hero himself but not wanting to give his father the satisfaction of being the perfect heir that he's always wanted.
* In ''Manga/Area88'', Mario reveals that Hoover is the son and grandson of ace fighter pilots.
-->'''Mario:''' You must be Hoover Kippenburg, ex-major of the West German air force. Adolph Kippenburg, your father, shot down 130 planes with his Messerschmidt during World War II. And your grandfather, Karl von Kippenburg, was one of the Blue Maxes during World War I. You've got one impressive family background.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{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 times.
* Subverted with the ''ComicBook/InferiorFive'', who are the children of various {{Captain Ersatz}}es of DC heroes-- and utterly incompetent.
* In Mark Waid's ''[[ComicBook/{{TheFlash}} Flash]]'' run, he had a story arc called "Chain Lightning", which featured the Flash family (Wally West, Jesse Quick, Jay Garrick and Max Mercury) travelling into the future to rally all future Flashes against a man called Cobalt Blue, AKA Malcolm Thawne. It is specifically said that all future Flashes, John Fox aside, are descendants of either Barry Allen or Wally West, not any of the other speedsters.
* The Clan Pyre in ''ComicBook/XMenPhoenixLegacyOfFire'' were directly descended from the Phoenix Force and are capable of using its power through an AncestralWeapon passed from generation to generation. Their hereditary power is so great that even dead remains can be used by other people to channel its energy and use the sword's powers, such as [[spoiler:the Shadow King who is revealed to be using the skull of Jena's mother to wield the Phoenix Sword]].
* The entire concept behind ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' is that the title is passed from father to son through generations, inspiring the legend that the Phantom is immortal.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' the Silk Spectre is a title held first by Sally Jupiter and then by her daughter Laurie.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/BloodAndHonor'': Sanguis's mother earned a name for herself in the last war, made Darth and found widespread respect among her fellow Imperials. Sanguis is very proud of this and tries to follow in her mother's footsteps.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has more than a few examples, partly due to the fact that superpowers are frequently genetically based and thus hereditary, and Doctor Strange is methodically arranging things behind the scenes. This culminates in Harry, who is faintly baffled and exasperated to find out that he's the son of Thor (James Potter was a first, semi-successful attempt at the whole 'humility' thing), and thus has a [[BadassFamily bloodline]] chock full of RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething extending back over a million years, one which may or may not have a connection to the House of El (though WordOfGod has indicated that even if there is a blood connection, it's far enough back to be watered down to the point of homeopathy). His human side is a bit less storied, but since Lily was related to the Grey family (as in 'Jean Grey'), it's not short on this either. However, as Harry somewhat sourly points out about two thirds of the way through the first book, in terms of practical advantages, [[TheCallPutMeOnHold this lineage has actually done very little for him]] other than give him the occasional nasty case of PowerIncontinence and make him even more of a target than he already was, requiring every bit of [[GuileHero guile]], [[IndyPloy daring]], and frankly, luck, he can call on to stay alive. [[TookALevelInBadass Then chapter 70 happens.]]
* 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 a war hero father, though his father was far less well received.
* In ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', the plot of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has an addition in the form of [[OriginalCharacter Valerie Payne]], who turns out to be a descendant of [[PrecursorHeroes Lo Pei]].
* The TV version of Mike Stoker is portrayed as a descendant of Bram Stoker and the latest of the family's vampire hunters in the paranormal ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fic ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20080511215447/http://www.worldweave.net/jane/kmg365/dracula.htm Mike Stoker's Dracula]]''. He isn't happy with his ancestor because although the book was written as fiction, Mike feels it made people too aware of vampires. He ends up having to stop a female vampire from turning Johnny, and does so by blasting her with water from the Ward [=LaFrance's=] tank, which he had blessed earlier in the day, turning it into a high powered blast of holy water.
* Flash Sentry has one in ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', being from the Sentry family which includes many legendary and heroic royal guards and police officers. Flash worries he's failing at living up the legacy, but it is shown his heart is in the right place for being focused on helping others.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash is confirmed to be, through his mother's side, a direct descendant of Sir Aaron, the legendary knight from the kingdom of Rota.
* In the MegaCrossover fanfic ''Fanfic/EarthsAlienHistory'', it's eventually revealed that [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] is, through his mother, descended from a sister of [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Carter Grayson]], both of whom are in turn descended from [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The current run of the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse present a series of movies following the adventures of Damian Wayne, the biological son of Batman and the current Robin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' deconstructs this trope as the film is about a family of Superheroes and the problems that this can bring into the family, especially to the children.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* From ''Franchise/StarWars'', the Skywalkers are a classic example with Luke following in the footsteps of his Jedi Knight father, Anakin, and wielding an AncestralWeapon to fight the Empire. In the ''Legends'' continuity, he would eventually father many more heroic Skywalkers. His mother, Padme Amidala, was also a hero in her own right, fighting to save the people of Naboo from Trade Federation control, occasionally going on missions for the Republic in the Clone Wars and being a founding member of the group that becomes the Rebel Alliance. Her daughter Leia takes after her, becoming a key member of the Rebel Alliance, one of the founders of the New Republic and general of the Resistance. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: Leia's son]] preferred to [[InTheBlood follow in Darth Vaderís footsteps]]Ö
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': The Assassin heritage of Callum Lynch includes Aguilar de Nerha and his mother, Mary Lynch, who both suffered greatly to keep the Apple of Eden out of Templar hands. [[spoiler:Among the holograms that induct him into the Assassin Brotherhood, one of them appears to be [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity Arno Dorian.]]]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' as the main character is the --apparently normal-- son of the two most powerful superheroes in the world.
* In ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'', the protagonist is the latest in a long line of heroes, and has a subplot about encountering the same villain who killed his father.
* In ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', the Silk Spectre is a title held first by Sally Jupiter and then by her daughter Laurie.

* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** 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 traces from the 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.
** Aragorn is descended on his human side from the Faithful Numenoreans who remained true to the Valar and resisted Sauron; his Elvish descent is from the House of Fingolfin, who also remained loyal to the Valar and opposed Morgoth.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter''
** So deeply ingrained is this trope that, for years, legions of ''Harry Potter'' 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]].
** His own parents were also members of the [[LaResistance Order of the Phoenix]], who defied [[BigBad Voldemort]] himself three times.
* ''Literature/HistoriaRegumBritanniae'' chronicles what happens to a splinter group of survivors from UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar, which eventually settles in UsefulNotes/{{Britain}}. The name of the hero is Brutus, whose name eventually became the name for the Britons.
* In ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', House Atreides claims lineage from King Agamemnon of Argos (or Mycenae, depending on the source), who fought in UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar. 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 descendants 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}}.]]
* The Wagner family of ''Literature/TheLastSuperhero'' have ostensibly (history is not noticeably different than our own) been influencing the history of the United States since its founding. The protagonists of the book are John Utticus Wagner II, his father Orville, and his grandfather, John.
* Tobias in ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' finds out that he's the son of the Andalite war hero Elfangor, who is also the dying alien who gave the kids the morphing technology.
* His Grace Commander Sir Samuel Vimes in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is the descendant of Commander Suffer-Not-Injustice Vimes, who liberated the city from a monstrous ruler ... although he sometimes seems to be the only person who sees it that way, with most Ankh-Morporkians taking the view that while obviously they don't want the monarchy ''back'', there's something a bit off about someone who'd actually kill a king. (It's also mentioned that other Vimeses have been notable watchmen. Sam himself would probably say he has a Poor Bastards Too Bloody-Minded To Get Out of the Way Lineage.)

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Delenn in ''Series/BabylonFive'' is a descendant of Valen. In this case it almost verges on DivineParentage.
* When ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' finally meets his father, he finds out he was a Dragonlord, as was his father before him. A JustifiedTrope, since it's apparently hereditary.
* ''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 ''Series/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".
* Mel in ''{{Series/Tracker}}'' finds out that she's part of a line of human/Cirronian hybrids created to protect the series' DoomsdayWeapon.

[[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.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', all of the Primarchs embodied some aspect of their father, the God Emperor of Man, which made them highly exceptional but also gave each their own FatalFlaw:
** The Lion received the Emperorís honor, which made him level-headed enough to be a tactical genius as well as diplomatic and sincere enough to lead men effectively. Unfortunately, [[HonorBeforeReason this also gave him a personality flaw which made him make questionable decisions on occasion.]]
** Fulgrim received the Emperorís desire, which made him seek perfection in all things and gave him the capacity to appreciate the beauty in things others would consider hideous. Unfortunately wanting to push his own boundaries [[TheUnfettered made him susceptible to doing questionable things in order to do so.]]
** Perturabo received the Emperorís creativity, which made him seek democracy and diplomacy as alternatives to rule of force and warfare, and made him a genius architect. Unfortunately, his daddy didnít want an artist/diplomat, and forcing him to be a siege engine [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter gave him an inferiority complex to Dorn, as nothing he was forced to build could ever be as good as something Dorn was made to build.]]
** The Khan received the Emperorís wanderlust, which made him an ideal crusader as he always wanted to see what was beyond the next horizon. Unfortunately, [[AloofAlly he didnít care too terribly much about his brothers and their problems, as those things only served to keep him from moving forward.]]
** Leman Russ received the Emperorís instincts, which made him handy in a tight spot and able to see to the heart of a matter. [[HotBlooded Unfortunately this left him relying less on rational thought, which resulted in his charging into places without contemplating why,]] and also made him predictable and easy to trick.
** Rogal Dorn received the Emperorís fortitude, which made him psychologically stable enough to withstand just about everything that could be thrown at him. Unfortunately, [[BrutalHonesty this stability made him utterly unable to use tact, as his mind just wasnít flexible enough in social situations to realize its benefit.]]
** Konrad Kurze received the Emperorís insight, which made him understand human psychology and gave him his visions of the future. [[BlessedWithSuck Unfortunately, understanding the psychology of humans combined with his ability to predict the future made him something of a neurotic mess who sought to impose order on the chaos through whatever means were necessary.]]
** Sanguinius received the Emperorís compassion, which made him probably the most likeable Primarch and gave him an appreciation for the humans he was supposed to be championing. Unfortunately, [[TheFarmerAndTheViper this left him unable to destroy a once dearly beloved foe,]] [[KilledOffForReal and led directly to his fall.]]
** Ferrus Manus received the Emperorís diligence, which made him extremely hard-working and efficient at the tasks he set his hands to. Unfortunately, [[{{Workaholic}} this made him distant from all but very few of his brothers, and prevented him from curtailing the cybernetic excesses of his Legion.]]
** Angron received the Emperorís courage, which made him able to stand against insurmountable odds when he knew the cause was right. Unfortunately, [[UnstoppableRage that same courage turned into recklessness when combined with the Butcherís Nails, leading him down a path of unrelenting fury and bloodshed]].
** Guilliman received the Emperorís patience, which made him able to think long-term and create vast strategies which are still in use in the 41st millenium. Unfortunately [[InsufferableGenius he came off as egotistical to those of lesser patience]] and his tendency for detailed planning left him holding the bag when unexpected events occurred.
** Mortarion received the Emperorís self-reliance, which made him the toughest, strongest SOB out of all of the Primarchs as a rule. Unfortunately, [[TheSocialDarwinist he considered anyone not strong enough to make do on their own less than human, and he extended this thought to anyone who used the Warp to accomplish things]], making him view the Emperor as a {{Hypocrite}}.
** Magnus received the Emperorís curiosity, which made him eager to study and learn all that he could about everything. Unfortunately, [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow this is Warhammer 40K]].
** Horus received the Emperorís ambition, which made him the ideal Warmaster to take the Emperorís dreams to the stars. Unfortunately, [[AttentionWhore one cannot have ambition without a certain amount of vanity, without believing that the things youíre striving for are, in a sense, owed to you. Horus loved the adoration he received for being Warmaster, and couldnít conceive of his fatherís vision of an Imperium which didnít need him or his brothers as leaders anymore, leading him to oppose the Emperor in an effort to claim all the glory all the time]]. Much is made of how seemingly easy it was for Horus to be convinced to side with Chaos, but in truth all the Ruinous Powers did was provide him with backup and ďjustificationĒ for what he really wanted to do anyway.
** Lorgar received the Emperorís faith, which, as the Emperorís weakest and most repressed personality trait, made him the physically weakest Primarch, but the one who had the most potential for empathy. Unfortunately, [[CreateYourOwnVillain the Emperor wanted nothing to do with faith and refused to acknowledge that humanity needed some level of belief in a higher order, thus setting up Lorgar to be the instrument of his downfall]].
** Vulkan received the Emperorís humanity, which made him the Primarch most concerned with the little people and an absolute beast when it came to defending them. This meant [[JustTheFirstCitizen he didnít really believe that he was actually worthy of commanding people, and thus while a good commander, he was too kind-hearted for war]].
** Corax received the Emperorís romanticism, which made him into the quintessential Underdog who used guerilla tactics and small, elite forces to bring justice to larger, stronger forces of evil. Unfortunately, [[TheWoobie this is 40K]].
** Alpharius Omegon received the Emperorís mind, which made them scheming bastards par excellence, [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex but also made them think that they were right all the time and that they were better than everybody else]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** Lords as a whole universally qualify. ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' 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.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Chrom and the rest of his family are distant descendants of the "Hero-King" Marth, the main lord of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem''.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the Royal Families of both Hoshido and Nohr, descendants of the Dusk or Dawn Dragons that shaped their world. That lets them use, among others, Sacred Weapons (locked to some of them of course) and [[GeoEffects Dragon Veins.]]
* 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'' is the descendant of Maxim, the hero who originally [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] the four {{Big Bad}}s. This tradition is continued in ''VideoGame/LufiaTheLegendReturns'' with Wain, who is also descended from Maxim.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** Link and Zelda are usually not the same exact people in each game, but different incarnations from different time periods. Along with Ganondorf, all three are bound to one another as eternal bearers of the Triforce pieces that they embody.
** 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]]. Zelda retains her lineage through the normal chain of succession. [[spoiler:However the fact that she herself is unaware she carries that lineage is the surprise]].
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has a variant with Link, in that while he is not clearly either a descendant or reincarnation of a previous Hero, he ''is'' descended from a line of Hylian knights. Yunobo is a more straightforward example, being a descendant of the Goron Champion, Daruk.
* ''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.
* A great part of ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' covers the reliving of genetic memories of the ancestors of the bartender Desmond Miles, these being members of the ancient brotherhood of the Assassins: [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Altaïr]], [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Ezio Auditore]], and [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII Haytham and Connor Kenway]]. [[spoiler:Haythan being the only exception, as he's a Templar]].
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', Welkin Gunther is the son of a general and hero of the first Europa War. While he would prefer to pursue a career in education than carry on the family tradition of military service, he quickly proves that he has his father's knack for leading soldiers to victory against impossible odds after joining the Gallian militia. Similarly, his adoptive sister Isara is the daughter of the engineer who built General Gunther's tank, the Edelweiss, and she is just capable as a mechanic and tank pilot.
* Shiki Tohno in ''VisualNovel/{{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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has two examples of parent/child teams of heroes.
** The first is Fareeha "Pharah" Amari and her mother, Ana; the latter is a founding member of Overwatch and a present-day sharpshooter and vigilante, while her daughter is a member of a heroic mercenary group.
** The second is Torbjorn Lindholm, another founding member of Overwatch, and his youngest daughter Brigitte, a travelling companion of fellow Overwatch alumnus Reinhardt and an aspiring hero inspired by her father and her friend to build her own suit of armor and fight the good fight.
* 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]].]]
* ''Franchise/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.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''
** Sir Anduin Lothar, one of the greatest human heroes 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.
** It's fairly common for Blizzard to {{retcon}} established characters into being related to another famous character. Falstad Dragonreaver was introduced in the novel ''Day of the Dragon'' as a capable fighter, but otherwise as a dwarf of no great importance. It later turns out that "Dragonreaver" is just a nickname, his actual last name is Wildhammer, making related to the great dwarf Kurdran Wildhammer, as well as the leader of the Wildhammer Clan. The elven ranger Veressa Windrunner was introduced in the same book, and later installments reveal that "Windrunner" was the last name of the ''Warcraft II'' hero Alleria, and they along with their sister Sylvanas are a trio of famous rangers. Danath was originally just a well established mercenary captain in Stromgarde, but ''World of Warcraft'' reveals that he's the nephew of the king of Stromgarde, Thoras Trollbane and the rightful heir to the kingdom. The orc Broxigar was introduced without a last name in the ''War of the Ancients'' trilogy, and he makes no mention of having any family and is even said to be lonely. Despite that, in the MMORPG he's said to have been the brother of MemeticBadass Saurfang.
* 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.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'': Alita, the protagonist, is a distant descendant of Arkor, the hero who [[KillTheGod killed God]]. That lineage is important, because only descendants of Arkor can interact with the magic of the very powerful sword he used. Various people have tried to control the bloodline, and Alita herself grew up in a dungeon (pending [[TargetedHumanSacrifice ritual sacrifice]]) because of her heritage.
* It has been lightly implied that Creator/{{id Software}} protagonists [[VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}} William "BJ" Blazkowicz]], [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} the nameless space marine colloquially known as "Doomguy"]], and VideoGame/CommanderKeen share some kind of parental lineage to each other (made most evident in the ''Wolfenstein RPG'' for [=iPhones=] where BJ [[spoiler:faces down a demon named the "Harbinger of Doom", who looks exactly like the Cyberdemon from ''Doom'' except with his arm and leg intact, which BJ proceeds to blow off during their battle and the Harbinger of Doom swears eternal vengeance against the descendants of Blazkowicz, presumably alluding to his eventual showdown with Doomguy]]).
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'':
** The Tantalese royal family is descended from the hero Addam who saved the world five hundred years ago. Much of the country's identity is built around this, to the point that a few shops stock Addam's historical favorite foods. [[spoiler:The truth is that they have no relation to Addam (though they did come from the same country). Following the chaos of Addam's disappearance, one family claimed a connection to him in order to take control. Praetor Amalthus, who knew Addam personally, has been blackmailing the country over this for five hundred years. Prince Zeke is devastated when he finds out, and is annoyed to discover that even the so-called favorite foods were just made up]].
** Rex [[spoiler:has a better claim to being Addam's descendant than the Tantalese. While he's not a biological descendant (it's unclear if Addam even had any children), Addam founded Rex's home of Fonsett Village on the Leftherian Archipelago. Only Leftherians can bypass Addam's seals, and Rex is pointed out to be very similar to Addam by several people who knew them both]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Jaune's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all heroes. However, Jaune has not been raised for combat, and dearly wishes he could live up to his ancestral reputation.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Nearly every single one of the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a famous, badass [[GenerationXerox Ancestor]]. Later, it's revealed that every human player's caretaker is, in fact, their own heroic ancestor. [[spoiler: And they are this for said ancestors in the alternate timeline, making each and every one of them MyOwnGrandpa.]] [[MindScrew And now your head hurts.]]
* 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." [[AccidentalTruth He's not wrong though.]] [[spoiler:The world of ''Cucumber Quest'' is stuck in a ViciousCycle where the Nightmare Knight gets resurrected every 5,000 years, and every time a hero (one of Cucumber's ancestors) comes to stop him. The story takes place during his 100th resurrection.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-11-04 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]]....
* The daughter of ''Webcomic/MissMelee'' becomes a superhero just like her mom.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'': [[spoiler:[[Anime/MashinHeroWataruSeries The Seven Dragon Gods]] created the song [[Anime/CrossAnge "El Ragna"]] and spread this gift of knowledge to three powerful maidens. Two of them just happened to be named Freya and Ikaruga, the maiden name of Ange and her mother and Sala's clan name respectively.]]

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* ''Roleplay/ThereIsNoGATEWeDidNotFightThere''
** The Rhavenfell family, even considering the fact that it has only existed for around five decades, is definitely this.
*** First, we have the Grandfather of the protagonist, and the first to carry the name Rhavenfell. He slayed Thokar the Ravenous, an Earth Dragon that killed 90 MILLION, about 4/5 of the current total population of the empire. Then he built a city atop its corpse.
*** Second, there is the father of the protagonist. Currently one of the greatest warriors in all the empire, and responsible for the death blow against [[http://img07.deviantart.net/84d1/i/2015/075/f/f/stygian_zinogre_by_wombattree-d8lxmjd.jpg Jhin, the last of the Tyrants]], one of Hardy's most powerful beasts. The Tyrant lived to kill Lords and Kings, enslaving the very spirits of the wind and storm.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' [[spoiler:[[AntiVillain Zuko]] (and by extension [[DaddysLittleVillain Azula]])]] eventually learns that he's a descendant of [[TheMentor Avatar Roku]] on his mother's side, despite [[spoiler:his father being the BigBad]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': [[spoiler:In the movie, it's revealed that Nigel's dad was the legendary operative [[BigGood Numbuh Zero]]. Also, in the SeriesFinale, it's revealed that his mom was also in the organization.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Birth of Evil" shows that Jack's father was no slouch himself, having defeated and imprisoned Aku as a young man.
* Terry [=McGuillis=] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is the son of Bruce Wayne, the original Batman, though not exactly by the traditional means.
* Episode "Time Out of Vengeance" of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' shows that been Batman is a quite literal Heroic Lineage since Prehistory.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', the heroes ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, [[ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician Mandrake and Lothar]] are each depicted with a son or daughter preparing to become part of their heroic legacy. (So is the BigBad, only not so much with the heroic part.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/Phantom2040'', the protagonist learns that he is part of a heroic lineage that has been passed down from father to son from generations; his aunt, who raised him after his father was killed in action, didn't tell him about it because she was afraid he would TurnOutLikeHisFather.
* Kaz Kaan in ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio'', much to his dismay, comes from a long line of psychic demon exterminators. The only relative we see use their powers is Kaz's cousin Jeffery, who uses his water magic to entertain his friends and turn his own father into a raccoon so he could inherit his father's house.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There are descendants of [[WarriorPrince Jon Sobieski]] in America. One is a movie star: Creator/LeeleeSobieski.
* Creator/ChristopherLee could trace his ancestry all the way back to Charlemagne himself, and was actually a spy in World War II alongside Ian Fleming. On the set of ''The Lord of the Rings'', he didn't mind telling Peter Jackson just how a stabbed person would die.
* The Heraklidae, the kings of Sparta, claimed to be descendants of Heracles himself.