In science fiction and fantasy, there are lot of different species. Often they interbreed, however implausible this is (for multiple reasons). One result of this is Half Human Hybrids
, but in other cases things get a little more complicated
. For some characters, not being too fussy about species runs in the family, with the end result being a sort of multi-species grab bag. (One common definition of "species" is a group in which interbreeding can produce fertile
offspring — try not to think too hard about it.)
Sometimes the Science Fiction version of But Not Too Foreign
, Ambiguously Brown
. A common trait of a Mary Sue
, and/or a Munchkin
, but not in itself a damning marker, as it can frequently be played for comedy or barely mentioned. Or the writer may deploy Hybrid Overkill Avoidance
to avert the problem entirely. See Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
for when the Rule of Cool
takes this to another level.
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- The Slayers: Zelgadis is 1/3rd human, 1/3rd golem, and 1/3rd "blue demon" (whatever that is, often identified as Mazoku). This is the result of Functional Magic. note
- Ichigo from Bleach was already a Half-Human Hybrid, as the result of a ghost-human romance. Then he got both hollow and Shinigami powers, which made him into a human/ghost/hollow mix. And then it was revealed that he had different Hollow powers that come from a person's mother being attacked by a Hollow before they were born. As if that weren't enough it is now revealed that Ichigo's mother was a Quincy, which are not another species per se but offer up their own variant of powers. You might as well just call Ichigo a Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot to make it easier to describe him.
- One Piece has Loads and Loads of Races, such as giants, merfolk, fishmen and Skypeians. All of which seem to freely interbreed, resulting in Half-Human Hybrids and at least one being called a Wotan, a fishman/giant hybrid. Humans themselves are rather liberally defined, as the 20-foot-tall, blue-skinned, fanged and horned Gekko Moriah is apparently a man who was just born with an Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance for the boss of a horror-themed Zombie Apocalypse island.
- According to Word of God, Ancient Astronauts interbred with humans in the pre-history of the Dragon Ball world and a significant minority of modern humans have inherited some of their traits, explaining things like Tenshinhan's third eye and whatever the hell Chaotzu is supposed to be.
- This piece of Dragon Ball Z fanart making fun of the various Mary Sue characters that are a bane to DBZ fanfics.
- In Snow Angels, a Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic which is now deleted, Kunikida turns out to be part Humanoid Interface, part Time Lord, part Saiyan, and part Vulcan. His son adds being half-human to that.
- From Memory Gamma, a Star Trek fanon wiki, the Warship Voyager version of Rachel Leslie. Part human, part Klingon, part Andorian, and part Cardassian. Apparently done by use of Borg nanoprobes to alter her DNA.
- J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth has the so-called Half-elven family, which contained several Elf-Human intermarriages, and has also a divine Maia ancestress. Members later got to choose to be counted among the Elves or Humans (which results in (im)mortality and a different fate after death) so as not to give the Valar a headache trying to figure it out how to treat them. The two lines of intermarriages resulted in the twins Elrond and Elros, who respectively chose Elfdom and Humanity. Their daughter Arwen and distant descendant Aragorn later rejoined their lines once more.
- Aragorn and Arwen's son Eldarion beats them all; he has the blood from all three elven clans, and that of the human lines of the West, as well as Maia blood. And all those bloodlines are via royal families, meaning Eldarion is royalty amongst all High Elves and Elf-Friend humans, in the entire world.
- When asked how was that possible, the Professor gave this explanation (it's all in one of his Letters): Biologically, the bodies of Elves and Humans had to be the same, otherwise they would not be able to reproduce. The Elf-Man difference was not organic, but spiritual. Elves had been made by Eru to be bound to the world and unable to leave it by dying (even their bodily death is followed by either reincarnation, becoming a ghost, or eternal imprisonment in the Halls Of Mandos), while Men had been granted a short life and their spirits must leave the world after dying. This is why an Elf-Man hybrid can be given a choice of what would happen to them after death.
- Older Than Dirt: Gilgamesh is somehow 1/3 human and 2/3rds god. We know his lineage (goddess mother, human father who became part-divine in life), and it would make him 1/4 human, 3/4 god. It never seems to get translated like that, though.
- For what it's worth, the original author(s) thought that genetics worked like that, so the modern translations, while incorrect in terms of biology, are accurate linguistically.
- Genetics do work like that. He may have been 1/4 Human, 3/4 God by heritage, but the DNA he got from his father could have been anything from all Human to all God. If it happened to be 1/3 God and 2/3 Human, then his total genetic makeup would be as described.
- There are a number of Xanth characters like this. For example, Esk is half human, one quarter ogre and one quarter nymph. There's also a winged centaur who is a cross between a centaur (human/horse cross) and a hippogryph (which is itself another Heinz Hybrid, being a horse/gryphon cross). And a mer-naga, who is a cross between mermaid (human/fish) and naga (human/snake). Since various magic spells allow reproduction between any race in Xanth, such mixed critters are fairly common.
- Taken to extremes in one novel when the characters pass through a number of alternate Xanths in search of one particular alternate, basing their assessment re: whether or not they've made it on who Jenny Elf married and the resulting "species" of her daughter. In one universe, she was half-skeleton.
- In Glen Cook's Garrett, P.I. novels, hybrids between the various fantasy races have become so common that the ancestry of some of them can be almost impossible to guess. Really complex blends are referred to as "uniques".
- Sonek Pran, recently introduced into the Trek Verse, is one quarter Betazed, one quarter human, one quarter Vulcan, and one quarter Bajoran. He refers to himself on one occasion as a "quadroon", an old term that didn't necessarily have that meaning and was often racially offensive.
- Coincidentally, or not, an old Brunching Shuttlecocks feature parodied this aspect of "Star Trek" with a character who was a "half-Romulan, quarter-Vulcan, one-eighth-Bajoran office manager, whose cold exterior belies a heart of utter aloofness."
- One world in the Star Trek Expanded Universe, called Helena, values diversity, to the point where the more different species you have in your ancestry, the more honored you are. If you're all one species, though, you will have to use that other, less attractive dining hall, among other things. (Naturally, and ironically, Tuvok gets to experience that.) They'd be very happy to meet Mr. Pran, if he doesn't turn out at some point to actually be from Helena.
- Kirk's son in the Star Trek Shatnerverse books has 1/4 Klingon, 1/4 Romulan, and a strange mix of human ancestry from Kirk and his Chalchaj'qmey mother (an artificial Klingon/Romulan hybrid race with the addition of human organs). Additionally, according to Spock, the boy's Romulan ancestry also makes him part-Vulcan. Interestingly, Joseph Kirk's unique genetics make him an Ancient, among those who seeded most of the galaxy with life.
- Played for Squick in "Auguren", a subterranean segment of the Brian Lumley novel Iced On Aran. Possibly a parody or Take That about Lovecraft's miscegenation hang-ups, it describes the systematic crossbreeding of captive human perverts with tick-men and giant parasitic worms, generating increasingly-deformed monstrosities.
- Vurt does it in fives—most of the Five Races can have sex with the others, but there are only five combinations that produce viable offspring. Some of those can interbreed to produce five possible three-way combinations, and those can interbreed to produce five possible four-way combinations. Of course, there's only one five-way combination, but so far one of those has never been born. (This makes no sense from a genetic standpoint, of course, but a): cyborgs apparently pass down their robotic limbs to their children, and b): human plus dog is a viable two-way pairing. They Just Didn't Care, and you needn't either.)
- Pollen goes into a little more detail on the matter. The source of the whole thing was a sort of fertility plague released from the dream world... men afflicted with it would pretty much go out and inseminate anything that seemed like a good idea at the time. Whether this was an intentional side effect was unclear.
- Eric introduces (and extroduces) the demon god of the Tezuman empire, Quetzovercoatl, the Feathered Boa. Half-man, half-chicken, half-jaguar, half-serpent, half-scorpion and half-mad (a total of three homicidal maniacs).
- Dark Reflections Trilogy has Merle, whose mother is a sphinx, and father a demon/human hybrid. Despise this she looks completely human.
- In On Fairy-Stories, J. R. R. Tolkien warns of the dangers of this being a muddier and less impressive creature the more parts get spliced in.
- In M.C.A. Hogarth's furry fantasy web serial/novel Flight of the Godkin Griffin the Godkindred Kingdom believes that by interbreeding they can become gods, the ruling caste, known as Godkin, have ten or more bloodlines. Angharad Godkin (the eponymous griffin) is part coatl, crane, fisher, hawk, lion, phoenix, puma, ringtail cat, Siamese cat, and snake.
- Star Trek:
- A time travel episode of Star Trek: Enterprise had a dead body (from the future) with Genetic Material from most of the eventual-Federation's species, and the (living) time traveller Daniels said he was Human "more or less" (meaning he's probably 50% human and 50% everything else).
- Alexander Rozhenko from Star Trek: The Next Generation is the son of Worf and K'Ehleyr, a half-human Klingon diplomat, making Alexander one quarter human.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In an alternate timeline seen in "Children of Time" the Defiant crash-landed on a planet in the Gamma Quadrant 200 years in the past. The crew intermarried, with Jadzia known to have married and had children with Worf. By the time of the episode the planet's entire population of 8,000 people descended from the crew are Heinz Hybrids of (at minimum) human, Trill, Bajoran, and Klingon.
- Star Trek: Voyager: Miral Paris, the daughter of Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres, is 1/4 Klingon (from Torres' mother) and 3/4 human.
- This is the fate of all of humanity in Doctor Who. In fact, it was even used as a plot point in the Eighth Doctor comics - Humanity's genetic template had been so corrupted and augmented by interaction with various alien species by some point in the future the Cybermen eventually noted their cyberconversion process just didn't work on most humans anymore, forcing them to raid the past for viable converts.
- In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Space Race" the humans of the planet Hebridan were freed from the Goa'uld by the reptiloid Serrakin many years ago. The two species interbred, resulting in many individuals with varying degrees of human and Serrakin features.
- The song "Misconceptions" by Mercedes Lackey parodies it — "My mother never talks about that orgy..."
- Expansions in the card game Munchkin allow players to be "Third Breeds," three races at once.
- Taken Up to Eleven by the "Chimera" card, which permits the player to equip one or more of each race card.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The Orcs of Thar contains rules for interbreeding of humanoids. 2/3rds of offsprings from such breeding are the same as one of the parents, while the last are considered hybrids. Ability scores, appearance and other racial features are randomly determined among the two parents (although 2/3rds are generally the same species as one of the parents)
- One of the races is mongrelfolk, which is exactly what it sounds like, descended from slaves of pretty much every human, demihuman, and humanoid race. (Depictions of them in 2nd edition with tentacles or lobster claws have been quietly ignored.) They range from being able to pass for human to incredibly twisted wretches, though most are pretty much decent people regardless of appearance.
- Thanks to the proliferation of creature templates in 3rd edition, it was possible to start with a half-orc or half-elf character and slap on template after template, including half-dragon, half-fiend, half-celestial, half-elemental, and half-troll, to get an impossibly mixed up character with incredible powers (but only one hit die).
- The "planetouched" races are humanoids with an extraplanar ancestor at least one generation removed from them. Aasimar have a celestial ancestor, tieflings have a fiendish ancestor, and genasi have an elemental for an ancestor.
- In the Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion pack, Storm of Zehir, non-lawful, non-good humans can chose two heritage feats at level one, allowing them to become part human, part demon and part fey.
- Then take red dragon disciple prestige class and become half dragon as well.
- In Mortal Kombat, there we have the Sub Zero brothers wherein they are Chinese-American with a descent from cryomancers from Outworld.
- Potentially taken to absurd levels in Agarest Senki. If you pick properly with each generation of characters, the fifth generation's hero (Rex) will be 1/8th Human, 1/16th Syrium, 1/16th Neocolom, 1/8th DarkElf, 1/8th HighElf, and 1/2 Harpuia.
- In Rune Factory 3, the main character is a half human, half sheep monster hybrid, who can switch between human and sheep forms. His possible brides include an elf, a mermaid, and a girl who is a half human, half phoenix hybrid. All of these marriages can produce children.
- Med'an, the son of Garona Halforcen and Medivh from the World of Warcraft comic. His mother is half-orc, half-draenei; his father was human. As those species all originated on different planets, his epithet "child of three worlds" is literally appropriate.
- Lydia Greyrose from Wizard101 is half farie and and the other half hasn't been said exactly other than it's not farie and that her half sisters are evil witches that live in candy houses and eat children. Her farie blood broke the Always Chaotic Evil nature and gave her wings but made her smaller than her sisters.
- In Pirate101, while not directly stated, it is implied that the rare and powerful bumbleloon are the result of a giant hornet somehow managing to breed with a buffaloon (which looks like a buffalo crossed with a balloon with a tiny set of wings on it's back added for maneuverability). It's also implied this happened naturally and fairly regularly since it's meat has been used to summon a powerful spirit for generations.
- Parodied with Ranger from 8-Bit Theater. After this strip it was established that he's 1/2 Elf, 1/4 Lefeinish Human, and 1/4 half-orc.note According to Red Mage's calculations, he has seventeen grandfathers, two of whom haven't been born yet.
- El Goonish Shive:
- Grace has a mixture of human, alien, other alien, and squirrel DNA. She's a voluntary shapeshifter, and an in-universe character who knows this sort of thing has mentioned that a human could impregnate her the old-fashioned way (unless she's in her human/squirrel hybrid form).
- Then there are her siblings who, like Grace, were born from the same set of alien eggs that allow the DNA of any number of any species to be combined to create a viable creature (meaning the number of combinations is practically infinite). Beings born from these eggs are called seyunolu (chimera) who can shapeshift into any of their parent's forms as well as undergo Partial Transformation. However, with the exception of Vlad/Vladia, Grace's brothers contain no actual alien DNA (the shapeshifting ability is due to the eggs). Guineas is 50/50 Human/Guinea-pig; Hedge is 75/25 Human/Hedgehog; and Vlad/Vladia contains DNA from several bats, owls, hawks and even a leopard in addition to human and alien but who cannot shapeshift without risking her life.
- Happens in Dominic Deegan. In this case it's confined to one area and is apparently caused by eating the food, so it might be that the people don't actually start out that way.
- Double Subverted in Divided Sky. While Interspecies Romance is quite common, the child's species is either that of the mother or the father. Usually. Otherwise, the person will embody this trope.
- Ogrek the Undisciplined in Yamara is one-quarter orc, one-quarter pixie, one-eighth human, one-eighth ogre, one-eighth elf, and one-eighth... something.
- Josh's character in the webcomic Chainmail Bikini is half-human, half-Dark Elf, and half-Orc. He justifies it by saying that Orcs and Dark Elves are okay with polygamy.
- Dabbler of Grrl Power claims to be one-third Succubus, one-third Doppleganger and one-third unknown alien race. She also has a few cybernetic parts including an arm and eye, and on top of all that is also a mutant, though really, how would you tell?
- Keti of Footloose is half human, a quarter werewolf and a quarter nymph.
- Elf Blood has Carlita Delacroix, who is a half-French half-Cuban half-Human half-Spirit Incarnum.
- Celeste in Last Res0rt try to breed with as many different species as possible. Veled for example is part Anyr, part human, part Vidian and part Zillan.
- In The Kenny Chronicles Tarnekis are genetically engineered human-animal hybrids for whom species appear to be mostly cosmetic. The titular character is about 75% fox (both red and fennec) and 25% cat, while his girlfriend (later wife) is half-lemming half-baboon, needless to say in the sequel series their daughter is a bit complicated.
- This is the official explanation in the Mega Crossover Fan Webcomic Roommates for supernatural abilities. One extremity is pure human (no magic at all) the other pure Fair Folk ("made of magic", extremely rare) anything between is a Heinz Hybrid (so most of the people considered The Fair Folk, the Witch Species and probably even a part of humanity). Every character can try to do the genealogical research himself if he cares what percentage fae he is (they normally don't because the magic family tree makes "1+1=<><" sense at times).
- Ellen's D&D character in Leftover Soup is a "half-celestial half-dragon half-nymph half-elf." Which she claims makes sense because half-elves are their own race.
- Tales of MU:
- Coach Callahan is a Dwelgrorc (quarter each Dwarf, Elf, Ogre, and Orc). The Dwarf and Elf Quarters are from different parents, of course.
- Ceridwyn "Puddy" Banks-La Belle claims to have Dwarf, Giant, Dragon, Sidhe, and Nymph blood.
- Legion in Tasakeru is a hybrid of all eight sentient species.
- Rampant in the Furry Fandom due to Special Snowflake Syndrome.
- In Metamor City Callie Linder's mother was an ordinary human, but her paternal grandparents were an archon and a succubus. Her father's good and evil halves canceled each other out, leaving her with just the chaos.
- Looney Tunes:
- Parodied with Charlie the dog in a short where he tries to convince Porky to adopt him. He says he's "Fifty percent Collie, Fifty percent setter (Irish Setter!) Fifty Percent Boxer, Fifty percent Doberman Pincher, Fifty percent pointer -— there it is! There it is! There it is! — But, mostly, I'm all Labrador Retriever!" When Porky demands proof, Charlie's response is, "Just get me a Labrador, and I'll retrieve it!"
- This joke was lifted from (or lifted by?) another short featuring various breeds of dogs, with Charlie having that conversation with the narrator. Also the immortal bit, "This is a Doberman Pinscher. *pan to dopey looking soldier* This, is Doberman. *pan back* And what does a Doberman Pinscher do? *The dog gets up, puts on a mischievous face, and goes off-screen to live up to its name.*
- Ben 10: Alien Force 's first arc ends with the Highbreed ending up this way. They're Nazis IN SPACE! to the point of having genocide as a hat, being themselves a Master Race and the only ones worthy to exist. It turns out that race itself is facing extinction due to generations of inbreeding and the Omnitrix's ability to repair genetic damage was broadcast through their Portal Network in the Grand Finale of the arc. The only way it could do this: the Omnitrix AI spliced them with the DNA of every species known, mixing up their genes enough to resolve their sterility.
- The Omnitrix has done this more than once. Kevin 11 got his powers when he used his own energy absorbing abilities to try and take the Omnitrix's powers, resulting in a monster that's one-tenth every one of Ben's Omnitrix repertoire at the time.
- In a variation, Marceline from Adventure Time is "only" genetically half-demon, half-something else (possibly human, but all we know is that it's something much shorter-lived than a demon) but then she also became a vampire.
- Some theories about the disappearance of Neanderthals claim that they interbred with humans, meaning that many if not most humans today have some small amount of Neanderthal ancestry.