Dragon Ancestry

In fiction, different races can often interbreed. Some are more likely to interbreed than others.

Dragons have gained a bit of a reputation for being able and willing to breed with just about anything, if not everything, leading to some interesting mixes (a reputation they often share with humans). Often this is because the dragon is capable of transforming into a human form for reproductive purposes. Sometimes you can get a Draconic Humanoid, other times you get someone who is otherwise normal, except for maybe a few off traits.

A subtrope of Mixed Ancestry and the probable end result of an Interspecies Romance. See also Were Dragon which is often the most common ability of those who are part dragon.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Issei Hyoudo from High School DD will have multiple children by his haremettes. Each of them will be part dragon from their father's side while the other half would be an assortment of vampire, devil, fallen angel and Valkyrie depending on who was their mother.
  • Maken-ki!: Himegami is the daughter of the Yamata no Orochi of legend and Oosuo no Mikoto, who was the first prince of the Yamato Court. Thus, she's half dragon, though it only becomes apparent when she's angry. During which, her eyes turns amber and her pupils become slitted.
  • Dragon Half is about Mink, a half-dragon, half-human hybrid. Her mother is a dragon, her father a dragonslayer.

    Comic Books 
  • Duncan from Firebreather is the son of a human woman and a male dragon. He's understandably not eager to learn how that happened.

    Fan Works 
  • The Gentry present in the harsh North in Faerie Tales all possess dragon-traits, explained by the fact they all possess dragons blood within their veins.
  • In Embers, most of the Fire Nation has dragon ancestry to some degree or another; for most its distant enough that the only non-human traits they have are Supernatural Gold Eyes, but for Zuko and Azula (whose grandfather is a dragon), they have claw-like nails that can only be filed with obsidian, more powerful firebending than is usual, and No Social Skills due to the conflict between their draconic and human instincts for how to interact with others. The reason that it isn't widely known is that Fire Nation keeps their draconic heritage a secret from the other nations, out of fear of being seen as animals or less than human because of it.

    Film 
  • The Golden Child. Kala, whose lower body is snakelike, is the librarian of the Pao Shin Repository. She is flown in to provide information about the Golden Child. She is over 300 years old: her body shape and long life are due to the fact that one of her ancestors was raped by a dragon.

    Literature 
  • In Seraphina the Ityasaari are a race of half human half dragon hybrids. They usually have silver scales on some part of their body, and have varying Psychic Powers.
  • Victor in Wrong Time For The Dragons is eventually revealed to have both dragon and human blood in him: his grandmother was pregnant with a child of a dragon when the latter was killed and she, raped by his killer and banished from Middle World. This becomes a plot point late in the novel, when he must decide whether to become a full Dragon or a Dragonslayer—a human with the power to kill dragons for good.
  • The protagonist of Elminster's Daughter, Narnra Shalace, turns out to be the love-child of the archmage Elminster of Shadowdale and a shapeshifted song dragon.

    Mythology and Religion 

  • Emperor Jimmu, the mythical first Emperor of Japan in Japanese Mythology, was the grandson of Otohime, the daughter of the dragon god of the sea Ryujin.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Dragons are known to interbreed so much that it looks as though many sorcerers had a dragon ancestor. The Half-Dragon Template can also be added to almost anything that can breed.
    • Members of the Sorcerer class are usually said to receive their powers from draconic blood, though a number of other supernatural ancestors are also possible. The Dragon Disciple Prestige Class allows a Sorcerer to tap deeper into their bloodline to gradually transform themselves into a Half-Dragon.
    • 3rd Edition D&D eventually added a whole creature subtype for beings descended from dragons - the dragonblooded - with access to unique dragon-themed feats and Prestige Classes (including wings and Breath Weapons). While Sorcerers are not automatically dragonblooded, they can trade away some of their normal abilities in order to count as such.
    • Kobolds from 3rd edition onwards are depicted as tiny reptilian servants of dragons, with a tendency to become Sorcerers. Occasionally their draconic blood manifests particularly true in the form of a Dragonwrought Kobold, whose scales shine in the colour of their ancestor. While no inherently stronger than a normal Kobold, they are usually higher level and more likely to possess dragon-themed abilities. In addition they are biologically closer to Dragons than Humanoids, making them immune to certain spells and preventing their bodies from weakening as they age (the latter of which makes them extremely popular among spellcaster players, since old age provides bonuses to spellcasting-related stats that are normally Awesome, but Impractical).

    Video Games 
  • Crossbreed Priscilla in Dark Souls I is a half-dragon (the only one known in the setting) and, as such, is of giant size and has a dragon tail. Dark Souls III implies the other half is Anor Londo god—specifically that her father is Gwyn's eldest son, who betrayed his family to side with the dragons.
  • Fire Emblem: Dragons, particularly divine ones, are a recurring element of games in the series. A good number of main or otherwise playable characters are descended from dragons, and their ancestry often gives them special abilities, most prominently either Were Dragon-flavored Voluntary Shapeshifting, or divine, plot-driving blood:
    • Fire Emblem Jugdral: Dragon Blood is synonymous with Royal Blood, with the twelve main noble bloodlines of the setting being descended from a group of heroes who were each infused with the blood of a different dragon. Those in whom the blood flows strong bear a distinctive Brand on their bodies, granting them increased combat prowess and the ability to wield the holy weapons that contain some of that dragon's power. The same goes for those descended from the line of Galle, who blood bonded with the evil Earth Dragon Loptyr.
    • Soren from the Fire Emblem Tellius duology is the Branded son of King Ashnard of Daein and the black dragon laguz Almedha.
    • Ninian and Nils from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade are half ice dragon, and this time the fact is kept a secret for a good chunk of the story not just because it makes a good Reveal, but also because it wouldn't be good for them if word got out. Subsequently, getting Ninian married to Eliwood in that game lets his son, Roy, the hero of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, be quarter ice dragon, but the choice doesn't affect much mostly since Roy's game came first.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
      • Some time after her blood bond with Baldur of Jugdral's Twelve Crusaders (see above), the leader of the Divine Dragon tribe, Naga formed a second blood bond with the founder of Ylisse. As a result, members of the Ylisse royal family can also manifest the Brand of Naga. Jugdral's holy weapons are still around, but due to either extreme age or magical tampering, most of them no longer require draconic blood to use.
      • The Avatar is revealed to be the result of a descendant of a man who was blood bonded with the evil Dragon Grima to gain his mark and the result of a breeding program to get a child with enough of the mark for the dragon to pull a Grand Theft Me. Their father is also a descendant of the original mark holder, as are any potential kids Robin has. With Grima's death, the mark disappears.
      • Nowi's daughters Nah, and Morgan if she or Nah S-Supported with the male Avatar, are directly half dragon rather then being descended from a human who merely blood bonded with one.
    • In Fire Emblem Fates both the Hoshidan and Nohrian royal families are descended from the First Dragons, which allows them to use Dragon Veins, and the Avatar in particular is capable of transforming into a dragon as a result of Anankos, a big-name First Dragon, being their birth father. Kana, being the Avatar's child, has the same ability.
  • Kharg and Darc in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits are the twin sons of a forbidden union between Nafia, a human woman, and Windalf, a member of the Drakyr, a race of Draconic Humanoids. Kharg is able to pass as a human (though a pair of wings sprout from his back at one point, terrifying everyone around him) while Darc has a small pair of horns and his skin is partially covered in scales.
  • Shyvana from League of Legends is part human and dragon. Her humanoid form has bluish, scaly skin with claws. She can also turn herself into a wyvern.
  • In Dragon Age, the unnamed race of Horned Humanoids commonly called the Qunari (or Vashoth) are stated to have draconic features. Their horns, for example, are dragon horns. One member of the race, Iron Bull, says he has some sort of unidentifiable connection with a dragon he fought. Further, there's a warrior class known as the Reavers who drink dragon blood to gain new abilities but over time develop dragon-like features. Whether there's some sort of connection between the Qunari and Reavers is unknown, but Iron Bull is himself a Reaver, and states directly that he never drank dragon blood, instead stumbling upon his abilities during training.
  • Much of the lore in The Elder Scrolls states that some Imperials have some distant Tsaesci ancestry. No Tsaesci have appeared in any of the games, but they are believed to a race of vampire serpents. They had a profound influence on Imperial culture and are responsible for the vague Wuxia elements of it.

    Visual Novels 
  • Saber from Fate/stay night has dragon's blood thanks to the tampering of Merlin. While she doesn't have any dragonic features, this does give her a massive mana reserve. It also gives her a weakness against anti-dragon weapons.

    Webcomics 
  • In The Order of the Stick:
    • The Draketooth illusionist clan has a black dragon in a distant point in their ancestry. Revealed in horrifying fashion when the Order arrives at their stronghold to find the entire clan dropped dead, and Vaarsuvius realizes it's because they themself had once cast the "Familicide" arch-spell on a black dragon.
    • Enor the bounty hunter is the son of a half-ogre and a blue dragon.
  • In Darken, Mink and her brothers are Demihumans with the blue dragon Silvador for a mother. It gives them patches of blue scales, Cape Wings, lightning breath, and, for the youngest brother, an often-mocked case of Fantastic Racism against mere humans. Mink has a daughter by Gort in the epilogue, adding some archdevil blood to the mix.

    Western Animation 

  • The title character of American Dragon: Jake Long is a dragon on his mother's side. In the show, dragons are shapeshifters between dragon and human form, and protect magical creatures living among humans. His maternal grandfather and little sisters are dragons as well. His mother is not—the Superpowerful Genetics skips a generation in their family.
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