One or more of a character's parents is a god, an angel, or one of those Horny Devils
. 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 All Genes Are Codominant
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 Older Than Dirt
. 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 Half-Human Hybrid
. After all, these characters are
half-human, half god.
A step above a Heroic Lineage
, 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 Divine Date
. A character discovering this parentage may experience a Really Royalty Reveal
(with divinity instead of royalty).
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- Genesis from Preacher, an offspring of an angel and a demon.
- Bigby from Fables is the son of The North Wind. He has powers over the weather as well some measure of immortality.
- Cassie Sandmark (the current Wonder Girl) is the daughter of a human woman and Zeus. And as of the 2011 reboot, Wonder Woman herself is now Zeus' daughter.
- Tess Black who appeared briefly in Spider-man is the daughter of the Norse god Loki and a human woman, something she is unaware of.
- Raven of Teen Titans is the daughter of the demon Trigon and a human woman, something that causes her considerable angst.
- In The Assassination Of Twilight Sparkle, it's revealed that Blueblood is descended from children produced with Celestia's second husband. Not that it saves him when he's found guilty.
- In The Wizard in the Shadows Emrys and Eirian are the grandchildren of Merlin who is the son of a mortal woman and a Maia, an Angel.
- The basic premise of Child Of The Storm is that James Potter was Thor having a first shot at this humility thing and therefore, Harry Potter is in fact Harry Thorson.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act II: Kurumu's Disappeared Dad is revealed to be none other than the Lord of Hell himself.
- In Queen Of Shadows, the 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.
- A Discussed Trope in Seven Days Survivor, where one character points out that this is a very real possibility given the setting, and that several characters - including themselves - could be descended from these types of people. It causes the protagonist to have a minor BSOD.
- In the Mass Effect's Crucible, there are 4 Turian clans of the North (one of which was the Vakarian) descended from the 4 sons of a turian name Makerm and Herz, a reincarnation of a star which basically made her a living goddess.
- In the present, the only person with a direct god-parent was Jane whose father was Sam Shepard, one of the many forms of the bare-faced turian that has been viewed as some kind of a disaster god by the North. He was actually God of Death.
- Shadow from American Gods.
- Also Fat Charlie and his "brother" Spider from Anansi Boys, although Spider got all the god traits.
- In the fourth book of The Immortals by Tamora Pierce, we learn that 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.
- 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.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians features a summer camp for demigods.
- Although Bhelliom is more than a god, Sparhawk in The Elenium / Tamuli qualifies.
- Aliera e'Kieron in the Dragaera series.
- The Scar Night series is awash with angels and gods descended from gods.
- In The Silmarillion, 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 Books Of Swords, Mark and Ariane are both children of the Emperor, who is really G-d.
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Shadows In The Moonlight" Olivia dreams of a godlike being arriving to where a partly human, partly godlike being was tortured to death, and turning 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 Creatures of Light and Darkness, 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 Egyptian Mythology.
- In The Vampire Diaries, Elena Gilbert is half angel or Guardian from her mother's side, who was also a Guardian.
- In The Sun Sword, the god-born - people with one mortal, one divine parent - are semi-common. They have Supernatural Gold Eyes, 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 Big Bad and God of Evil Allasakar, with her heritage being a focal point of the Myth Arc.
- The main plot of 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.
- Cady from Reaper might be the devil's daughter. 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 Chinese Paladin are descendents of the goddess Nuwa, as is their ancestress, Zixuan from the prequel series.
- Adria in Stargate SG-1 is the daughter of Vala Mal Doran and the Ori.
Myths & Religion
- The Bible — 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.
- Classical Mythology
- 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 Trojan War, according to the stories.
- A number of Roman gentes (clans) claimed a divine ancestor. The one with the most prestigious ancestors were the gens Julia (Julius Caesar's one) and the gentes Romilia and Remmia: both claimed descendance from Venus through Trojan War 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.
- 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, Merlin's father was an incubus.
- And in some versions of Irish Mythology, Cu Chullain was the son of The Ace 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 The Government 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."
- Exalted: Gods, Spirits, Demons, Fae, Ghosts and the Celestial Exalted (about anyone with 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 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 Dungeons & Dragons 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 a character who has Celestial, Fiend, and Dragon blood in his or her veins.
- In The Ring of the Nibelung, Siegmund and Sieglinde's father, whom they know as Wälse, is actually the god Wotan, though they never realize it.
- The player character from Baldur's Gate I and II is revealed to be the offspring of Bhaal, the god of murder. Big Bad Sarevok from part 1 and the five main antagonists of Throne of Bhaal are as well.
- Eternal Daughter's title protagonist.
- Lloyd is the son of Kratos in Tales of Symphonia, though possesses nothing that sets him apart from other humans though he does sprout energy wings during the ending for some reason.
- Kratos, from God of War, 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 Shadow of the Colossus is that Wander is infused with Dormin's power.
- Which would also make his descendent, Ico, from Ico, a demigod as well.
- Sanae Kochiya from Touhou is distantly descended from a Shinto god. Bonus points for having her divine great-great-great-...-grandmother live with her in the same shrine. Sanae's power is described as the power to create miracles, although it comes less from her divine heritage and more from her gaining own power as a living god (by being worshiped).
- The descendants of the 12 Crusaders in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, who got their divine powers from drinking the blood of the Dragon Gods, get these powers passed to them through blood inheritance.
- In Dark Souls, the Primordial Serpent Kaathe claims that the Chosen Undead is a descendant of the Furtive Pygmy 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 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. With the Worldstone destroyed, humanity is beginning to get its former power back, and the Player Character of Diablo III is among the first of the new Nephalem.
- 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 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the 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 Thu'um. Essentially: dragon soul, mortal body and mind.
- Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup has the Demigod as one of its 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 challenge race despite their great stats.
- The Royal Family of Hyrule are descended from Zelda who was the Reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia, as such the Royal Blood has been steeped in Royalty Super Power with almost every royal being presented as some sort of sorcerer. The family itself also seems to have the curious habit of of collecting Magic Music and instruments.
- Harvest Moon occasionally has magical marriage candidates, but they usually don't have magical kids. For example, the Harvest King from Animal Parade can fix magical trees, but his kids can't.
- In The Gamers Alliance, the Andain have a human and a god as parents. The most famous Andain have been Kagetsu I, Leon, Pooka and Taliesin.
- Carmilla of the Whateley Universe 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 Eldritch Abomination in her family tree, and she is one of those Waites.
- Gaia Online'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. This news came a little late for Johnny.
- Raven from Teen Titans is the daughter of a demon and a human woman.
- Lucy from Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil is, well, Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- In Wakfu, Sadlygrove's master Goultard is the son of the god Iop. He's basically an expy of Hercules.
- The Justice League greatly implies that Hades is Wonder Woman's father. When she points out that her origin story doesn't allow her to have a father, he resorts to a technicality. Whether or not it's true has been left ambiguous, and when Shayera suggests using the Lasso of Truth find out if he's lying, Wonder Woman rebuffs her, stating that she knows who raised her and what she was raised to do (more or less saying that it doesn't matter in the end).