->''"Half-[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire]], half-[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Lycan]]... but stronger than ''both''!"''
-->--'''Singe''', ''Film/{{Underworld}}''

Having MixedAncestry isn't fun. It's rather lonely not fully belonging to the societies of either parent, even if there isn't [[HalfBreedDiscrimination active discrimination]] against what you are. However, if one or both sides of the family have some special power or supernatural trait, there may be a bonus to being a half-breed: a powerball in the SuperpowerLottery.

Blame PowersAsPrograms or LegoGenetics, but any power possessed, even latently, by a parent, will always be passed on to their offspring, and the presence of a different strain on the other side of the family will only serve to amplify it. This is especially true if the powers are complementary in some way, but even if they are opposite: if someone with [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] marries AnIcePerson, their kid may well have both sets or even an amalgamated access to PureEnergy, a living YinYangBomb.

You might expect this to be less the case with HalfHumanHybrids or other combinations of the supernormal and the mundane, but this is not always so. Often as not, the mundane side will leave all of the powers intact, but mitigate any weaknesses, quite likely resulting in OneHeroHoldTheWeaksauce. The {{Dhampyr}} is perhaps the ultimate example of this.

It's usually the RuleOfCool in action, but also TruthInTelevision to some extent. Mixing genes that don't normally mix can have unpredictable results. A good example is the liger -- mating a male lion to a female tiger produces offspring that grow to be far larger than either parent.

Other than reproduction, this kind of advantageous combination can result from a FusionDance. A HybridMonster might be bred specifically to take advantage of this trope. Contrast AllGenesAreCodominant, in which special traits are exactly half-inherited by the offspring. See also LamarckWasRight.

See Wiki/TheOtherWiki's pages on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/heterosis heterosis]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterozygote_advantage heterozygous advantage]] for some information on the real-life equivalent.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo is the offspring of a human and a shinigami. Thanks to the quirks of his parentage, he therefore possesses all the known power types in his world. Ginjou does claim Ichigo is not the first human/shinigami offspring to exist. [[spoiler: His mother was an Echt Quincy whose soul was affected forever by one of Aizen's Hollow experiments, and to save her life, his father underwent a procedure to change him from a pure shinigami into a shinigami/human hybrid. As such, Ichigo was born with Quincy, Hollow, Human (Fullbringer) and Shinigami power, all of which have awakened at different speeds throughout the events.]]
** When a person survives a Hollow attack, they are left with a residual taint of the Hollow's powers in their body. This is then passed on to an unborn child via the mother. The child is permanently affected by this, resulting in the birth of a Fullbringer: a human being with Hollow-originated powers and the ability to manipulate the souls of matter (whether living or inanimate) to achieve all sorts of power effects and outcomes.
** This is also the premise behind Visoreds and Arrancar. The former are Shinigami who have acquired Hollow powers through artificial means, while the latters are Hollows who have literally broken their Masks in order to regain Human forms and Shinigami-like power.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Saiyan-human hybrids have far more inherent power than pure members of either race. The effect seems to get stronger with successive generations. At age five, Gohan could flatten mountains and stagger [[BigBad Freeza]] if he got angry enough. Around the same age, Goten and Trunks could go Super Saiyan without even trying. There's some variation too- WordOfGod confirms that hybrids born without tails (Goten, Trunks, and Pan) are stronger than those born with tails (Gohan).
** Cell was created using DNA from Saiyans, Namekians, and... [[NoNameGiven Freeza's race]]. As a result, he inherits the Namekians' [[HealingFactor ability to regenerate]], the Saiyans' [[CameBackStrong ability to gain power boosts after recovering from near-death]], and Freeza's [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace ability to survive in the vacuum of space]] and ability to survive ridiculous injuries. Which means that when he self-destructs and takes King Kai's planet with him (he intended to do that to Earth, but Goku teleported him away at the last second), he manages to survive, regenerate FromASingleCell, and come back even more powerful than before. Possibly justified as Cell is a genetically engineered super weapon, but it's still a ridiculous example.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': The eponynous half-demon is more powerful for it. Due to his incredibly powerful father he has more power than most demons, and his human side grants him use of the sword forged from his father's fang, which lets him take out any demons his own powers can't take.
* This trope is the entire basis of Rikuo and Rihan's ability, ''Matoi'' in ''Manga/NurarihyonNoMago''. Being part human they can be possessed by their youkai subordinates but because they're also part youkai they have the ability to control the "fear" aura of the one possessing them, resulting in a FusionDance type situation.
* [[spoiler:Yusuke]] of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is revealed to be the descendant of a very powerful demon who had fallen in love with a human. After his demon genes become active, he gains the ability to use both Demon Energy and his original human-based Spirit Energy, eventually creating something akin to Sensui's Sacred Energy by [[YinYangBomb combining the two]].
* One-Eyed Ghouls in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' are rumored to be the result of matings between a male Ghoul and a female Human, and far more powerful than a full-blooded Ghoul due to Hybrid Vigor. Ken Kaneki is an Artificially-created hybrid, and proves to be exceptionally powerful once he actually begins using his abilities. The only other case on record, the legendary [[HeroKiller One-Eyed]] [[LivingMacGuffin Owl]] [[spoiler: (aka Eto Yoshimura/Sen Takatsuki)]], is believed to be the most powerful Ghoul [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] has ever encountered.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Teddy Altman is half Skrull and half Kree, inheriting both super strength and shapeshifting/healing factor.
* Franchise/{{Blade}}, a classic {{dhampyr}}, has all the strengths of vampires, but none of the weaknesses, barring a much weaker [[HorrorHunger desire for blood]] which he treats with a serum.
* [[ComicBook/{{Exiles}} Magnus]], an alternate son of Magneto and Rogue, has the power of magnetism from his father, and a variation of his mother's deadly touch; in this case skin to skin contact will cause the victim to turn to pure metal.
* The ComicBook/{{Witchblade}} is a living weapon that has been used by females, and some males, over the generations. It was the offspring of the Darkness and Angelus. It has the power to create a blade, fire energy beams, create wings for flight, and can cover the host in body armor, most of the time. It also doesn't have any of its parents' weaknesses; The Darkness can't function in light, while the Angelus can't fight in the dark.
* Ruby Summers, the daughter of Scott Summers and Emma Frost from a BadFuture seen in ''Comicbook/XFactor'' has her dad's EyeBeams, and her mother's jewel form, only instead of turning to diamond, she turns to ruby quartz (the only thing that can control Cyclops's optic blast).
* The French comic ''Zombillenium'' (about monsters running their horror-themed amusement park) has a new employee get repeatedly bitten by a werewolf and a vampire due to each being shortstaffed in their department. This ends up turning him into a BigRedDevil and the park's newest attraction.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/TheBridge'':
** Mothra Lea is the daughter of the Mothra before her and Battra (Mothras normally reproduce asexually and Battra normally reincarnates). She has the abilities of both of her parents and is more powerful than either of them.
** Kaiser Ghidorah is portrayed a hybrid of Xilian and King Ghidorah's genes. Already an incredibly powerful kaiju, it's implied he's potentially more powerful than a super charged Grand King Ghidorah [[spoiler:and is one of only two beings so far that has the BigBad [[PhysicalGod Bagan]] concerned]]. Unfortunately, he's a bloodthirsty sociopath...
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' suggests, on the face of it, that this will be the case with Harry. Thanks to his parentage (James was Thor) not only will he have the advantage of being a living magical reactor that all Asgardians do and develop his father's SuperStrength, he's also a relative of Jean Grey on his mother's side and inherited the vast psychic powers which, on top of everything else, will be stronger in that he can channel more energy. While this seems set to drive him straight into MarySue territory, this is Harry. There are caveats and really, it's more a case of BlessedWithSuck. The SuperStrength comes through only in intermittent bursts meaning that he lives in mortal fear of shaking someone's hand and [[{{Fingore}} squashing it]] or similar, the PsychicPowers come through violently, are dangerously uncontrollable for a good while nearly getting him, Ron and Hermione killed and leave him open for [[spoiler: Voldemort]] to play PowerParasite, and WordOfGod says that he'll never be as strong as Jean is (on the other hand, as WordOfGod admits, this is not saying much)]] and he lacks the skills and abilities to use those powers effectively. Oh, and Doctor [=McCoy=] theorises that the steady altering of his body and brain chemistry by his Asgardian genes could mean that his PsychicPowers will eventually shortcircuit his brain.
* The "Let's make {{VideoGame/Touhou}} kids" [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pools/323?page=1 meme]] churns out kids with characteristics (appearance, clothes, powers and personality) of both parents. As Touhou characters cover damn near every slot in the SuperpowerLottery (in addition to flight and BulletHell as standard), this ends up creating drunkards who can create portals to anywhere, a CloudCuckoolander with power over ice and nukes, a girl throwing out {{Kamehame Hadoken}}s at supersonic speeds...
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** The SuperSoldier project that created [[BigBad General-Admiral Makarov]] was invoking this by creating unicorn/deer hybrids, with Makarov being the only surviving and most successful one. [[spoiler:It turns out this is a complete lie: while the experiment DID happen, it was an utter failure as genetics don't work that way. Makarov's powers [[EldritchAbomination are something else entirely]].]]
** Demi Gods have some unique powers due to their hybrid nature. While full Gods can be detected, Demi-Gods' mortal halves hide their divine half (which seems to be why Fluttercruel has gone mostly unnoticed as being one, even to beings that can sense she's in there). While full deities either need to cause a large distortion or create an Avatar to manifest into the mortal world, Demi-Gods have the ability to go back and forth between the mortal and spirit worlds at will. [[spoiler:These abilities are why in LooseCanon (and later AscendedCanon), Venus helps a pegasus named Lovestruck merge with the Shadow of Existence of her demi-god son Cupid to become a Demi-God herself: it makes her rather ideal for rescuing ponies cause in Discord's endgame because she can use her full Demi-God power to protect ponies without being detected and can flee into the spirit world for quick escapes.]]
* In ''[[Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil The Stronger Evil]]'', it's established that since Drago is a [[HalfHumanHybrid dragon/human hybrid]] -- specifically one born from [[spoiler: [[YinYangBomb a merged pair of Others]]]] -- he's more capable of absorbing and using the Demon Sorcerer chi than anyone else, as his already balanced chi can take it without being warped or overwhelmed. He's also immune against spells that should ward off beings who are fully composed of dark chi.
* In ''Fanfic/EquestriaAcrossTheMultiverse'', it's revealed [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales Bright Glow and her sisters]] are Pegasi/Celestial Pony (a race of benevolent alien ponies) hybrids, specifically [[LightEmUp Solar Sailers]]. This allows them to combine the magics of their parents into unique abilities neither have, such as making ball lightning that can serve as a combination flashbang and ShockAndAwe attack. Dazzleglow ''ascended'', making her a hybrid of an Alicorn and the Celestial equivalent.
* Inverted in ''Fanfic/CuckooBird''. Izuku is half-puca and half-elf, but his powers (i.e. some {{Shapeshifting}}, DreamingOfThingsToCome, and {{Glamour}}) are extremely limited compared to a pure-blooded elf like Beck, who can effortlessly teleport and make things appear out of thin air.

* ''Film/{{Blade}}'': the title character is a "daywalker," a half-vampire who explicitly has all of their strengths and none of their weaknesses.
* In ''Film/HangmansCurse'', [[spoiler:The spiders somehow keep both the size of the wolf spiders and the deadly venom of the brown recluse and are stated as getting larger and more prolific with each generation]].
* Film/LittleNicky, being the offspring of Satan and an angel, can perform both good and evil miracles.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', the protagonist thinks he's powerless because his abilities are rather late to bloom. Turns out he gets both his dad's brute strength and his mom's flight (at different times), making him a FlyingBrick.
* The overarching story arc of the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' series is pretty much driven by this trope, though only the fourth movie features a child inheriting both parents' powers--other hybridization instances are carried out via vampiric blood absorption/transmission. While originally hybrids are thought to be hard to create, and a lot of research went into finding one way it may be possible, the series features the following examples:
** Michael Corvin becomes a werewolf-vampire hybrid by getting subsequently bitten by [[spoiler:Lucien, a werewolf, and Selene, a vampire]], but only because [[spoiler:he is a human descendant of the first immortal Alexander Corvinus, carrying the original strain of the virus]].
** Marcus [[spoiler:the first vampire]] becomes one in the second movie, [[spoiler:by drinking werewolf blood]].
** Selene becomes a [[spoiler:vampire-Immortal hybrid (among other things, rendering her immune to sunlight) by drinking Alexander Corvinus' blood]] in the second movie.
** The fourth movie reveals that [[spoiler:Selene and Michael's daughter inherited both her dad's werewolf strength and her mom's vampiric abilities. Since most of Selene's pregnancy occurred after she became an immortal, it is likely that Eve inherited immortality, as well, making her a ''triple'' hybrid]].

* In the second ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' triogy, Flach is half-human/half-unicorn (Unicorns in this universe being {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s who can take human form). The increased magical potential from his human father gives him shapeshifting abilities above and beyond any other unicorn's. Most unicorns take years to master one (usually, but not always, human) or two alternate forms. We see five year-old Flach use three (human, vampire bat, wolf) at an age where most unicorn foals haven't even tried one yet.
* In ''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles'', the titular halfbloods (half-human/half-elf) have both the magic abilities of elves and PsychicPowers (namely {{Telepathy}} and [[MindOverMatter Telekinesis]]) of humans.
* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', universe to many half-blood wizards like Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, and Lord Voldemort become known for their particularly potent powers.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', this is one hypothetical explanation mentioned for the new breeds of Orcs commanded by Saruman, though a detailed, canonical explanation is never given. (Note that the images from the [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings film]] of Uruk-hai being "birthed" from gelatinous sacs don't appear in the book.) It's speculated that the wizard may have cross-bred Orcs and humans, resulting in creatures that are larger and stronger than Orcs and are not bothered by sunlight. In some cases, they may even be able to pass as human, as with the sinister stranger the Hobbits saw in Bree, who "looked more than half like a Goblin".
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', the fusion of Allomancy and Feruchemy creates an effect called Compounding, where a person who can use both arts with the same metal can [[spoiler:store up a resource like health or age with Feruchemy, then use Allomancy to vastly increase the amount of that resource is available, effectively resulting in effects like an unlimited HealingFactor or eternal youth]].
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' there are the half-fairies. But with them it depends on whether to grow up among humans or in the fairy kingdom. Half-fairies that have grown among mankinds hardly differ from humans except that they have some "elvish" facial features and body traits, and sometimes also one or two special powers. Half-fairies, however, who grow up in the fairy kingdom, qualify themselves completely for this trope. They can be as powerful as pure [[TheFairFolk fairies]], but have less weaknesses. [[ColdIron Cold iron]] is painful to them, but they are much less harmful than pure fairies. Pure fairies can not lie, but must always tell the truth, but half-fairies can lie like everyone else.
* Demigods in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' are often chosen by the gods to do their work because being half-god and half-mortal, they straddle both worlds and can go places and do things that either mortals or gods cannot. Downplayed in that they also have combined weaknesses to balance out the powers; for example, half-bloods can be KilledOffForReal using Celestial bronze, something that neither gods (who can't die) nor fully mortal humans (who are immune to magical weapons) can do. This is largely from a social standpoint. Demigods are much less powerful and much more vulnerable than Gods are, but they are allowed to interfere where Gods can't because they're exempt from divine penalty for doing so and mortals can freely observe them. Gods aren't allowed to directly mess with each other, or present themselves to the mortal public, but demigods are allowed to do both at their own peril.
* ''Literature/DemigodsAndMagicians'' establishes this for Greco-Egyptian mythology between its components. Hybridized Greek and Egyptian magic can draw power from and freely travel through both mythological worlds. This means Greco-Egyptian god Serapis can NoSell magic from any single mythos, and absorb power from them to the point he can bring both pantheons to heel and potentially TakeOverTheWorld. He can [[TakesOneToKillOne only be affected]] by similarly hybridized magic, like an Egyptian Magician using magic Greek artifacts or a Greek demigod being a WillingChanneler to an Egyptian god.
* In ''Literature/RedMoonRising'', the protagonist Danny is a half-vampyre half-werewulf, though he's had genetic treatments to suppress his wolf side. Eventually it emerges, as it does he finds that [[spoiler: he doesn't bleed as much as a normal vampire, has heightened senses at all times, and can withstand sunlight due to both his hybrid status and his incomplete gene treatments]].
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': The offspring of Beren [a Man] and Lúthien [an Elf with Maiar heredity] have the ability to choose which race they belong to, which determines their ultimate fate. Even if they choose the human side, they can expect to live [[LongLived hundreds of years]].[[note]]When Aragorn first meets Frodo in Bree he's nearly ''ninety'', but by that time the Elven/Maiar blood is pretty dilute; he "only" lives another 120 years after the War of the Ring.[[/note]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** Connor is the {{Dhampyr}} version...he has the strength and enhanced senses of the vampire with none of the drawbacks. However, he is not as resistant as a vampire. Because his body is alive and not undead, he can come to harm, for example by modern firearms.
** The two [[http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Half-demon half-demons]] Nash and Pearl say that demons are strong but also archaic, while humans are modern, but also weak. They believe that they are the new evolution of demons and humans alike, because they combine the best of both species in themselves. The veracity of their claim is questionable, give a number of demons have adapted perfectly well to modern society. Something similar was claimed by Adam, who was an artificially created [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot hybrid of humans and demons and machinery.]]
* On ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', a common witch power is telekinesis and a common power for [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Whitelighters]] is [[TeleportersAndTransporters orbing]]. Paige, Chris, and Wyatt, who are all half-witch/half-whitelighter, they each combine these powers into orb-telekinesis.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], [[spoiler:the Doctor undergoes a "biological meta-crisis" in which he uses regeneration energy to form a clone which has some of Donna's personality.]] More importantly, the same process gives Donna the Doctor's mental prowess, which, combined with her "gut instinct" as a human, makes her a hypergenius capable of things even the Doctor would never think to do. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the human-Time Lord meta-crisis proves to be unstable, and would kill her if she didn't have her [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory erased]].]]
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' by [[MagnificentBastard Scorpius]], the offspring of a Sebacean and a Scarran. He inherited both the Scarran bodily trait of massive internal heat generation, and the Sebacean inability to regulate body temperature easily -- requiring him to use cooling rods inserted in his head to survive, which created a certain vulnerability. Other than that, he was quite badass, however, both physically and mentally. His hybrid physiology does allow him to distinguish heat signatures, however, which allows him to distinguish species and tell when someone is lying.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'': The title character, Wataru Kurenai, whose Fangire side allows him to become Kiva and his human side prevents him from feeling the urge to drain human life energy. However, the fact that he is only half-Fangire also prevents him from being able to utilize the full power of Kiva. This is illustrated by the chains binding his Rider form. Furthermore, his human blood keeps his Fangire form in line. And if let loose, Wataru becomes more or less an animal as shown in #39 and #40.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Jesse TheAntichrist was the offspring of a human and a demon, and for some reason possessed immensely powerful RealityWarper abilities that neither parent had.
** Jane the {{Nephilim}} was physically stronger than Castiel or Metatron and tosses them around in the fight.
** Jack is stated to have the potential to become even stronger, being the son of an Archangel (Lucifer, no less) and a human. Tellingly, he manages to overpower Michael, supposedly the strongest Archangel. [[spoiler:However, Lucifer then steals Jack's grace, giving himself enough of a power boost that he could ''wipe out the entire universe'' single-handedly.]]
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
** Werewolf-Vampire hybrids are stronger, faster, and have better senses than ordinary Vampires and Werewolves, and become even more powerful under the Full Moon. They are also immune to vampire and werewolf weaknesses like sunlight and silver, posses the same venomous bite for vampires as a normal werewolf, and unlike normal werewolves can transform into their wolf form at will.
** Vampire-Witch hybrids were originally thought impossible due to the rules of nature; a Witch that becomes a Vampire loses her connection to nature, and thus her witch powers. However, a group of mutated witches called "Siphoners" had the ability to drain magic from any source to power their own, and because the rules of nature didn't take their [[WrongContextMagic brand of magic]] into account they retain this ability after transitioning into a vampire. Afterwards, a Siphoner could feed off the same vampire magic that makes them immortal to cast spells. These Vampire-Witch hybrids can also walk in the sunlight without harm, and even cure themselves of werewolf's venom by draining the magic out of it.
** Witch-Werewolf hybrids posses all the abilities of a normal werewolf while retaining their spell-casting powers. They also lose the weakness to silver a normal werewolf possess.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* You can see it more often in ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''.
** Half-orks born between a human and an orc often have an intelligence on a human level, but they are hardly weaker than pure orcs. If one parent is an orc, and the other a tiefling, these hybrids often qualify for [[GeniusBruiser Genius Bruiser]].
** Half-dwarfs with a dwarf and a human parent often have the power and resistance of a dwarf, but also the speed and agility of a human. This is even more so if the other parent was not a human being [[NonHUmanHumanoidHybrid but an elf]].
** Half-elves and half-drow are slightly larger, stronger and more resistant than pure elves and drow, rather comparable to humans. At the same time they keep the speed and mobility of elves, and are thus faster than humans.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'', this happens whenever a player uses Half-Breed with a single race card -- he gets bonuses against anyone that race card gives bonuses against, but doesn't take penalties when fighting monsters who have an advantage over that race.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 4]]'': Angus wonders why Dante is more powerful than him. While Dante never gives Angus a straight answer, it pretty much boils down to the fact that Dante has both the power of a demon and determination (or soul) of a human.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', all humans on the world of Sanctuary are the descendants of the Nephalem, offspring of renegade angels and demons. The Nephalem had power that potentially far outstrips their parent races, and in fear of them the angels tuned the [[CosmicKeystone Worldstone]] to diminish their power, resulting in the mostly ordinary human race.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' provide players with the ability to pair units in marriage, and allows their offspring to inherit their last equipped skill (one from the father and one from their mother), plus letting their base stats be influenced by the stats of the respective parents at the time the player encounters each kid on the game.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'', the offspring of Beorc and Laguz are known as the Branded (from the marks they have somewhere on their bodies, [[MarkOfShame usually kept hidden]]) or Parentless. They often have special abilities, but it's generally considered a great stigma, until ''Radiant Dawn'' when it turns out [[spoiler: the Apostle and Empress of the Begnion Empire is a Branded, the descendant of the Laguz Heron Lehran and the Beorc woman Altina, which enables them to hear the voice of the Goddess Yune]]. Also, aside from Ike's army, most of those unaffected by [[spoiler: Ashera [[TakenForGranite turning the entire population to stone]]]] are Branded [[spoiler: due to her having no idea that they exist]].
* A variant in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games via HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Breeding two mons together produces a mon of the females' species, that will learn some of the male's moves. So in theory the new mon might have some more powerful moves (sometimes at level 5, meaning just-hatched) without any drawbacks except that hatching it takes longer.
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', two alien races were uplifted by the [[{{Precursors}} Xel'Naga]]: The protoss, who with their powerful bodies and PsychicPowers, are deemed to have "purity of form", and the Zerg, which with their mutative adaptibility, HiveMind and resultant singularity of purpose, have "purity of essence". Eventually agents of a renegade Xel'Naga create a hybrid species, which have the strengths of each, supposedly making them the UltimateLifeForm.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'': Half-Homs High Entia, despite their usually smaller [[MercurysWings head wings]] and lack of PointyEars, are just as [[Really700YearsOld long-lived]] and capable of manipulating [[MagicByAnyOtherName ether]] as their pure-blooded cousins. What really sets them apart is [[spoiler: that they are cured of the genetic "curse" that can eventually turn pure High Entia into mindless Telethia]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'', Sunburn is a dragon-phoenix, which grants him rare powers like teleportation. This actually turns out to be a mixed blessing, as his abilities make him a target for unscrupulous wizards; part of the reason he joined the Skylanders is for protection.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', when visiting the Labyrinth of Amala, a Loa comments demons sacrificed their ability to change and grow in exchange for a form of immortality, while humanity kept it at the cost of remaining mortal. He passingly wonders what this means for the PlayerCharacter, the Demi-Fiend, who has the body of a demon and a human heart and soul, thus combining the best attributes of ''both''...
* In ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier''. Humans increase their stats by [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower developing their bodies and minds through training and battle]], and can learn [[MasterSwordsman Sword]], [[GunFu Gun]] and [[SupernaturalMartialArts Fighting]] skills by using the requisite weapons in combat; they can also use nearly any equipment. By contrast, Mystics grow in power by absorbing monsters into their Mystic Weapons, gaining increases to stats and skills based on the monsters they have in their gear at any point, and many Mystics have equipment slots permanently occupied by mystical armor (which is often less useful than top-tier gear by a long shot); both species can learn Magic. Half-Mystic Asellus normally develops as a human, but can use Mystic Weapons, absorb monsters, and change into a Mystic form to boost her human abilities, yet lacks the problematic Mystic Armor. OneHeroHoldTheWeaksauce doesn't even begin to describe it; this combination possibly makes her the most powerful being in the world, period.
* Subverted in ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}''; [[spoiler:Despite being the daughter of an Umbra Witch and an Lumen Sage, Bayonetta only has Umbra Witch powers.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'', both Sabata and Django are essentially half-immortal on their mother's side and as a result are mostly immune to Klorofolun: while it saps their strength on contact, a normal human would instantly turn undead if they so much as touched it. It's also implied to be the reason Django was able to become a half-vampire (though he ''still'' would have turned completely had they not used the Pile Driver on him first), and the reason why Sabata was able to be imbued with Dark Matter.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Averted over the course of a single generation, as interbreeding between the races results in offspring who almost entirely take after the mother. For example, the child of an [[SquishyWizard Altmer]] father and [[ProudWarriorRAce Nord]] mother won't come out as a mixed MagicKnight, but will be [[UnevenHybrid 99.9% Nord]] in appearance and abilities with the the chance of having a slight point to his ears or perhaps a slight change to his complexion.
** Over the course of many generations however, this is played straight. Fore example, the Bretons were born of a [[BreedingSlave eugenics program]] which mated the Direnni Altmer of High Rock with the Nedes, one of Tamriel's indigenous human tribes (or a collective name for those tribes) who are the common ancestors of most of the modern races of men (except for the Redguards). As a result, the Bretons have a greater [[WitchSpecies natural magical prowess]] than their fellow races of men, while having [[HumansAreWarriors hardier constitutions]] (especially in terms of inherent magical defenses) than their Altmeri ancestors. The Bretons make for exceptional MageKiller {{Magic Knight}}s.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', Bretons are practically {{Game Breaker}}s thanks to their racial trait, a 50% resistance to all magic, which can be stacked with a single item which ''also'' grants 50% resistance to magic as well as 35% chance to reflect spells, creating a character who is completely invincible to all magical and elemental attacks.
* Half-elves in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' have the [[LongLived longevity]] and magical capabilities of full elves, and one bit of dialogue suggests cross-breeding with humans made their magic power ''stronger'' than elves'. Most of the notably powerful individuals in the story are half-elves, though that could just because half-elves have grown to outpopulate the full elves.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the ''{{Franchise/Nasuverse}}'', this crops up fairly often, mostly in ''{{VisualNovel/Tsukihime}}'', since it has the most focus on it. Descendants of oni and humans are regularly shown as having supernatural powers that don't seem to originate from either side and the distinct advantage of being solidly grounded in reality, as opposed to regular oni, which are considered to be 'demons,' formless forces of nature with incomprehensible minds, morality, and ''physics'' that are given shape by human thought and aren't good at maintaining physical form (although, oni hybrids also have severe disadvantages that pure oni and pure humans ''don't'', most notably that they are at constant risk of degenerating into feral, animalistic madmen). The powers held by oni hybrids are pretty much random: Akiha has PrehensileHair, the ability to 'Plunder' heat and life force from things simply by looking at them, and an innate ability to create shikigami; SHIKI has his [[DecapitationRequired 'Death Resistive Body']], the ability to heal his own wounds by eating human flesh, and the ability to control, shape, and solidify his shed blood; Kouma has SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, SuperToughness, and pyrokinesis; and Miyako has very mild SuperStrength. The only ability common to all half-breeds is magic resistance, which is apparently simply a natural quality of any human/supernatural creature hybrid.

* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Uryuoms frequently have several parents adding their genes to an egg, as they don't have typical genders. This ultimately results in a character being a hybrid of four different creatures, conserving many of their powers.
* ''Barbie The Barbarienne'' has [[PunnyName Kymchi,]] an experimental hybrid between magically UnskilledButStrong [[LizardFolk Imps]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] with the result essentially being a [[TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson pop culture-spouting,]] [[MostCommonSuperPower big-boobed,]] white-haired, [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] [[WildCard Mad Goddess that nobody trusts and everyone who knows her fears due to her unpredictability and invincibility.]] In short, [[GoneHorriblyRight the project to harness the power of the imps succeeded.]]

* ''[[Franchise/{{Ben 10}} Ben 10]]'':
** Inverted in an episode of [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} the original series]] where the [[TransformationTrinket Omnitrix]] is damaged, causing Ben to assume hybrids of his normal forms. In all cases, these new forms are worse than his normal ones.
*** Combining Four Arms (a humanoid with SuperStrength and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin four arms]]) with Stinkfly (a giant insect with wings) resulted in [[UnfortunateNames "Stink Arms"]], a physically weaker version of Four Arms who was too heavy to fly.
*** Combining Diamondhead (a warrior with [[SuperToughness diamond-hard skin]] that can be [[SpikeShooter fired in shards]]) with Grey Matter (a midget with SuperIntelligence and WallCrawl powers) resulted in "Diamond Matter", a tiny version of Diamondhead.
*** Combining Heatblast (a MagmaMan who is weakened by water) with Ripjaws (a [[FishPeople Fish Man]]) resulted in "[[OxymoronicBeing Heat Jaws]]", which Ben referred to as [[{{Understatement}} "not the best combo"]].
** Played with when Kevin is transformed into a ShapeshifterMashup of all of Ben's forms. While none of his powers are as strong as the originals, Ben points out that he can combine them to use strategies that none of his forms could use by themselves (the simplest being that weak versions of SuperStrength, SuperSpeed and SuperToughness equals "one mean punch").
* Played straight in Ben 10 Omniverse with two versions:
** A downplayed example is when Ben is bonded with Skurd, a Slimebiote. A unicellular creature, he can take DNA and mix it up. He sticks around with Ben and can combine the DNA of the various aliens Ben has in the Omnitrix to form weapons or extensions for Ben to use while in alien form (including a sword made out of ''Celestialspaien matter''.
** A more direct example and likely inspired by his time with Skurd is with Omniverse's Ben 10,000 who invented the Biomentrix. Two gauntlets that when he smashes together, he can create a powerful hybrid alien. One very notable example was Atomic-X, a fusion of ''Atomix'' and ''Alien X'' (as in the two most powerful aliens in the Omnitrix.) The only downside is that it appears to be somewhat randomized and doesn't "save" any of the transformations.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is half-human, half-Gem. At first, the human half mostly just seems to be inconvenient for him, if not ''life-threatening''; Steven's power grew slowly over his life, with some often dangerous PowerIncontinence, and he isn't TheNeedless. But he eventually shows he has a number of additional powers, such as dream-walking (which a full gem would be unlikely to discover because they don't usually sleep), and several episodes suggest that his abilities will grow to become stronger than even his mother's were. The Season 1 finale show one ''vital'' benefit to having an organic body: [[spoiler:Steven is immune to advanced Gem technology that can instantly destroy the body of a regular gem]]. "Alone Together" reveals another ability he has that the other Gems lack: [[spoiler:the ability to fuse with humans in addition to Gems.]] But, probably best thing about being a human/Gem hybrid, however, is that since he was raised among both, he's the only person in the world who can ''easily'' [[TheHeart empathise with and understand both sides]].
* Played ''very'' straight in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' by the third season. Tom Luctior, long known for being one of the most powerful if not the most powerful demons in existence, is revealed to actually be a half-demon with a Mewman for a father. It's then taken even further by [[spoiler: Meteora Butterfly, daughter of Eclipsa and her monster lover, who is so powerful magically that in the end only Eclipsa, mightiest queen in the Butterfly line, could take her down.]] In the case of the latter, [[spoiler: the High Commission]] explicitly feared their power and stole them away from their parents to suppress it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* According to an anecdote told variously about Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw and Isadora Duncan/Sandra Bernhardt, UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and Creator/MarilynMonroe, etc., the woman says to the man, "You are the greatest brain in the world and I have the most beautiful body, so we ought to produce the most perfect child." He responds, "What if the child inherits my beauty and your brains?"
* Ligers, the offspring of a male lion and female tiger. They are massive mostly due to a defective growth inhibitor (up to 900 lbs, compared to an average 500 lb tiger) and much more powerful than either parent. That said, they are not well suited for the wild. Their overabundance of size requires more food and causes joint problems. They are also usually sterile.
* Domesticated maize, one of the most widely-grown and productive cereals in the world, was repeatedly back-crossed with its wild ancestor, teosinte, over the course of its history.
* Mules tend to be more intelligent than either donkeys or horses, are able to pull and carry a slightly higher percent of their body weight, and have considerably more stamina than either parent.
* Hybrids are becoming increasingly common in the arctic region, including Grolar Bears and Narlugas, as a result of climate change pushing the animals into different environments. Both of these creatures are better adapted to survive the warmer climate than either of their parent species.
* Despite the term "mixed breed," mixed breed dogs (mutts) are not actually this. "Pure breed" dogs are not different species or subspecies, but selected traits. Outside of a few historical working breeds, most pure breed dogs were bred for cosmetic purposes and have a narrow gene pool due to inbreeding. As such, heavily mixed breed dogs are less hybrids and more something closer to the default ''Canis lupus familiaris'', being healthier on average because they have a normalized genetic diversity.