Royalty Super Power

There's a reason that the royal family is the one in control of the kingdom. Their bloodline is the one with the powers. Their line is associated with magic, or telepathy, or some other sort of supernatural ability.

Sometimes this is the product of Superpowerful Genetics, other times it's an object passed down, or a ritual that the royals invoke that grants them their powers. Other times it is just handwaved as the Divine Right of Kings with a deity granting them their abilities (especially if it takes the form of healing magic), or just because Everything Is Better With Princesses.

A character unexpectedly exhibiting these powers may result in a Really Royalty Reveal.

Subtrope of Royal Blood and Supernatural Elite, supertrope of Medical Monarch. Compare to Authority Equals Asskicking and The Magocracy. See also Hive Queen, God-Emperor, Vampire Monarch, and Fisher King. See also President Superhero, who usually got into power through democratic means.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z: Invoked, but ultimately averted. During the Frieza Saga, Vegeta believes his Blue Blood makes him the prophecized Super Saiyan. He's proven wrong when he's unable to ascend to defeat Frieza, and it's Goku, a lower-class warrior, who becomes the first Super Saiyan in a thousand years.
  • Sailor Moon: Being a Magical Girl in the royal blood with everyone being princesses and passed down from mother to daughter. More specifically, the members of the Moon Matriarchy are the only ones who can fully use the Silver Crystal.
  • Tenchi Muyo! Members of the royal family can use a variety of supernatural powers though, it's later revealed this is due to them forming connections with the sentient royal trees of Jurai,rather than an innate ability.
  • In Lyrical Nanoha the kings of the Ancient Belkan era invoked this trope via genetic engineering, turning themselves and their descendents into One Man Armies, as seen with Vivio, who, at six years old, had more raw power than the title character, herself a winner of the Superpower Lottery.
  • The ability of the royal family of Roshtaria to command the Eye of God in El-Hazard: The Magnificent World is treated as such in universe but due to the series Schizo Tech it implied by characters with a better of understanding of technology that its keyed to a genetic sequence passed down through the royal family.
  • Aldnoah.Zero: Aldnoah, the Phlebotinum that makes the Vers Empire's colonies, Kataphrakts, and Landing Castles run is directly tied to and controlled by the royal family's blood. The whole Martian Feudal Future caste system is based on Aldnoah activation privileges being genetic.
  • The Sakurada siblings from Castle Town Dandelion have different super powers because their father is the king. Why this is so is never explained.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, members of Ostian royal family exhibit the ability to use something called simply Royal Magic, with which Arika is shown to easily break through Nagi's barriers. Asuna's Magic Cancel is implied to be a rare form the power can manifest as.
  • In Attack on Titan, royal blood is needed to activate the Coordinate and use it to its full potential. Eren Yeager eventually realizes the only reason he was able to use the Coordinate's power at all was because the Titan he was in contact with at the time carried royal blood. The Beast Titan's user, Zeke Yeager, also possesses royal blood — this allows him to control Titans made using his spinal fluid, trigger their transformation by screaming, and grants said Titans the ability to function at night.
  • A Certain Magical Index: The Union Jack spiritual item is a magical item that only the Royal Family of Britain can wield. When used to broadcast the power of Curtana, it creates a Mass Super-Empowering Event.

    Comic Books 
  • While all members of The Inhuman race have superpowers, those of their Royal Family tend to be the most powerful.
  • One issue of Justice Society of America reveals that Wildcat is descended from royalty, which gives him the power to defeat that story's villain in a Prophecy Twist.
  • The Asgardian Royal Family tends to have more of and more than just the ordinary Asgardian Super Strength. Thor's weather powers are inherent, for one thing. Thor's greater strength however, is because his mother was Gaea, who is somewhat higher on the cosmic scale than the Asgardian royal family, being the Mother goddess.
  • The Superman vs Doomsday comic: Doomsday, an invincible regenerating monstrosity that adapts to anything attacking it to the point of No-Sell, experiences his first defeat when the royal family of a planet commit mass suicide to merge into a being of Pure Energy (which Doomsday had not yet encountered, and so was powerless against it). Unfortunately, they cast his body into deep space instead of burning it., meaning they were on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle when it returned. Said royal family had developed limited Psychic Powers through centuries of inbreeding, but it was only through their sacrifice that these powers could be unleashed.
  • Brought up with Plourr in the X-Wing Series. Her line was genetically tampered with, and she is very strong, able to fight a Tunroth to a draw - a Tunroth who jokes that Wookiees let Tunroth win.
  • The Meridian Royal Family in W.I.T.C.H. has great magical power passed down from mother to daughter, said magical power being on the level of a Physical God with Fisher King effects on the kingdom itself. This is probably why only Queens like Elyon are allowed to rule, while the only male member of the family (her brother Phobos) is shown to have a much lower power level that he makes up for by being a Manipulative Bastard.
  • The Royals Masters of War takes place in an Alternate Universe World War II. One where the "Divine Right of Kings" takes on a far more literal meaning.
  • Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe in Wakanda. That nifty cowl is actually his symbol of office. Technically, though, the only truly superhuman abilities the Black Panther has come from a heart-shaped herb, not his genetics.
  • Aquaman's love interest Princess Mera has the ability to manipulate water with her mind that in the New 52, its revealed to be a trait of the Xebel royal family where she belongs to. It also turns out that those that marry into her family inherit it as well, which is something her evil betrothed Nereus seeks to once he marries her.

  • A bit ambiguous in Krull. Colwyn's ability to control the Glaive (let alone reach into lava to retrieve it) are probably from his status as The Chosen One, though the parallels to the Sword In The Stone are obvious. Similarly, the minor pyrokinetic powers Lessa demonstrates during the wedding and the major pyrokinetic powers that Colwyn demonstrates once the wedding is completed may be a function of the wedding ceremony itself, a power of the royal bloodlines, or some combination of the two (i.e., a result of members of the royal bloodlines becoming a mated pair).

  • In Warbreaker, more of an identifier than a useful power, the Idrian royal line can change the color of their hair based on their emotions. It is useful way to demonstrate their strong will and self-control, though, because it can be controlled with extreme effort.
  • In Fiona Patton's Tales of the Branion Realm series, the royal family of an alternate Britain is associated with a fire god. All the family have glowing eyes, and the sovereign is the god's "Vessel" or avatar.
  • In The Lord of the Rings the kings of Gondor are said to have healing abilities. The truth is, possibly, a bit more mundane— as Aragorn uses forgotten herbal techniques.
    • His abilities to control the Dead Men of Dunharrow (a host of spectral undead) and interact with them as if they were solid, abilities granted by the oath they swore to his family, are less ambiguous.
  • Everyone in Xanth has a magical talent, but there's a legal requirement that the king must be a Magician (someone whose talent is particularly powerful). Over the course of the series, one family has kept the throne for several generations because they're descended from a character who was given the gift that all his descendants would have Magician-class talents.
  • Labyrinths of Echo explored the implications. The protagonist immigrated to a very rich kingdom. Later his boss explains the reason why here only scholars know what "drought" means: crown princes of several successive dynasties were trained and initiated into a special magical tradition giving the ability to strike deals with the land itself. So they fight off endless attempts to influence them, to the point that "was a crown prince and trained accordingly" is given as a reason why a king-Arbiter managed to control his powers. In many generations of batshit insane mages almost no one tried to overthrow the monarchy or attack a specific king. Rebel mages screamed for blood of the head of a magical order allied with the crown and long after civil war's end avengers popped up once per tenday or so. Not against the King. In the land choke-full of diviners he travels incognito with two guards and a token cover-up: lots of people could track him if they wanted, but no one does.
  • Only the nobles in The Familiar of Zero can use magic, and their children can use magic via Superpowerful Genetics. And in a special case, a user of Void Magic must be descended from the either one of the founding leaders of any of the four countries.
  • In The Dresden Files, it would seem being a descendant of royalty is one of the criteria for being a Knight of the Cross. Not much of a restriction due to the way heredity spread; for instance, almost everybody in Europe is descended from Charlemagne.
  • Both the House of Haldane (rulers of Gwynedd) and the House of Furstan (rulers of Torenth) in the Deryni works are deeply associated with magic.
    • The Haldanes ruled Gwynedd long before their powers were discovered; the discovery of the abilities facilitated the restoration of the dynasty to the monarchy after an interregnum of some eighty years. Subsequent Haldanes used their powers to help retain their throne in the face of their rivals' repeated efforts to retake the country.
    • The Furstans largely train to use their powers like other Deryni, but the monarch's investiture is a magical ritual involving the tomb of the dynasty's founder, which is depicted throbbing with arcane power. Kelson Haldane and some of his courtiers visit the tomb with the young King Liam and his uncle before the ceremony, and even Liam is noted as avoiding touching the tomb.
  • In Dune the Bene Gesserit manipulated marriages between members of certain houses for about ten thousand years in an attempt to breed a Kwisatz Haderach who could access both sides of his lineage's Genetic Memory and see the future perfectly. The end result was Paul Atreides, who used his powers to become the messiah of the Fremen of Arrakis and Emperor of the known universe. His son, the God-Emperor Leto II, inherited the same powers and spent the next four millennia selectively breeding his sister's bloodline (including repeated inbreeding with clones of Duncan Idaho) for the ability to not be viewed by prescience.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire members of house Targaryen supposedly have the blood of dragons, though the only current one who is fireproof and can command the loyalty of dragons is Daenerys.
    • Melisandre claims that royal blood has power. Since this power can only truly be unlocked through blood sacrifice, this doesn't work out so well for the royals in question. Her definition of "royalty" is also very broad, including illegitimate children of royalty, children of royalty who were born before their parent took power, and relations of the King Beyond the Wall, who is self-proclaimed and whose title is not hereditary.
    • House Stark was royalty once back when they were the Kings of the North. Though they aren't officially kings anymore, their bloodline still has power thanks to their lineage as descendants of the First Men. Wargs, Greenseers and Greendreamers have all appeared in the Stark's family tree.
  • In Margaret Weis's The Star of the Guardians series, the ubermensch ruling class have perfect genetics, psychic abilities, and the sanction of God.
  • In the Inheritance Trilogy the Arameri royal family has a variety of superpowers—they can command the Enefadeh (a group of powerful gods), and also command weaker members of the family depending on their sigil.
  • Members of the Rakan dynasty, rulers of the ancient Golden Anaxia in Reflections of Eterna, wielded magical powers connected to the very fabric of the world of Kertiana, but the knowledge of how to use them has been lost as the dynasty almost died out. Likewise, the four ducal houses of Golden Anaxia also wielded some sort of Elemental Powers but forgotten all or almost all about them.
  • In the Hell's Gate series, we have a few on both sides of the inter-universal war. On the Arcanan side, the Mythalans have a Fantastic Caste System, with the magic-using Shakira on top, the supported by the military nobility of the Multhari, and oppressing the mundane Garthan peasantry. On the Sharonan side, the Calirath dynasty has ruled Ternathia, and at one time or another, most of the world, thanks to their family Talent- the ability to predict human suffering and tragedy, and thus act to prevent or minimize loss of life (on their side, when it happens in battle. Chunika s'hari, Halian.Sho Warak.) that gets stronger the closer the Calirath is to the centre of the danger.
  • In the Star Trek novel Spock's World, one of the primitive Vulcan tribes discovered that their young were born with a "second eyelid," that allowed their tribesman better vision in the harsh Vulcan desert. When the more warlike protagonist of that sub-story takes virtual control of her tribe, she uses that ability to gain a better water source and better resources from the other tribes of ancient Vulcans. Eventually, her tribe becomes the dominant bloodline for all Vulcans and this genetic feature becomes part of normal Vulcan physiology. (This is what saves Spock's vision in the episode "Operation: Annihilate" in the series.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, the Princess Fairies are in charge of all fairy magic as well as their own.
  • In the Old Kingdom series, the Royal Blood is one of the Five Great Charters, linking the royal family to the very make-up of magic in their land, as well as their kingdom's fate. This conferrs several advantages: members of the royal family seem to be stronger magicians than ordinary folk, and can bestow a mark on their direct vassals (such as soldiers who enforce royal law) that grants limited protection from harmful spells. Mogget also reveals that Kerrigor corrupted this royalty superpower to make himself an extraordinary threat. As a prince he gave a mark to his evil Free Magic and undead servants, creating a loophole in the Charters.
  • In Jennifer Fallon's Demon Child Trilogy, the Harshini generally can tap into the same magic source as the gods. The royal té Ortyn family, though, can dam up the whole thing and release ridiculous amounts of it all at once.
  • Journey to Chaos: The royal bloodline enables Kasile to produce and control Sacred Fire, which is divine magic.
  • In Gail Dayton's One Rose Trilogy, rulership of the nation of Adara isn't hereditary; the ruler is selected by the nobles and the officials of the state church. It's technically possible for someone without magical powers to be selected, but there's a definite bias toward those who have them, especially powers that are useful for ruling, such as being able to sense lies.
  • Neverwhere: All of the House of Portico are Openers, a power that is MUCH more useful than it sounds.
  • Invoked by the Discworld philosopher Ly Tin Wheedle:
    The only thing known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according to the philosopher Ly Tin Wheedle. He reasoned like this: you can't have more than one king, and tradition demands that there is no gap between kings, so when a king dies the succession must therefore pass to the heir instantaneously. Presumably, he said, there must be some elementary particles — kingons, or possibly queons — that do this job, but of course succession sometimes fails if, in mid-flight, they strike an anti-particle, or republicon. His ambitious plans to use his discovery to send messages, involving the careful torturing of a small king in order to modulate the signal, were never fully expanded because, at that point, the bar closed.
  • Tigana: The Princesnote  of Tigana can bind wizards to them. This comes to them via Divine Parentage.
    Alessan: You will have heard the legend. It happens to be true. The line of the Princes of Tigana, all those in direct descent, can bind a wizard to them unto death. [] It is our primal story: Tigana is the chosen province of Adaon of the Waves. The first of our Princes, Rahal, being born of the god by that Micaela whom we name as mortal mother of us all. And the line of the Princes has never been broken.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The RPG 7th Sea has this. Sorcery in this setting is a special power of nobility and royalty. Its origins vary; in some countries (mostly Romance-expies), it originates from an ancient Deal with the Devil, in some (the England-expy and the Russia-expy) from deals with the local faeries and spirits.
  • The whole point of Exalted. The Dragon-Blooded rule the Realm because their hereditary elemental superpowers are considered a sign of being chosen by the Elemental Dragons (which may even be true). However, there are other types of Exalted, all of whom are much more powerful than the Dragon-Blooded and were personally handpicked by gods who outrank the Dragons. Who has a true mandate to rule the world? And who is best suited to defend it from the Things that want to destroy it?

    Video Games 
  • The emperor's line in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has dragon blood in them and can even turn into dragons.
    • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim we ourselves get a taste of what Tiber Septim, the first Emperor, could do. The new Imperial Family, however, is mundane.
  • Radiant Historia: Eruca, the princess, is the only one who can perform the ritual to delay Desertification. The Chronicle users are also royal family members, but they play a totally different part.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem have the royal family of Altea, whose relationship to the hero Anri allows them to wield the holy sword, Falchion. Female members can also use the Aum Staff that allows to resurrect a fallen character (but only once).
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 have the various noble families of Crusader lineage. Their Holy Blood gives them significantly higher natural abilities than commoners possess (which take the form of special stat boosts), but more importantly, only those of the right Crusader blood can use their family's respective holy weapon or spell, all of which are devastatingly powerful.
    • In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the imperial family of Begnion came to power due to their ability to hear the voice of the Goddess. This ability is inherited from the line's non-human ancestor. When the previous Empress tried to reveal this, she was murdered to preserve the Senate's power and credibility. At the end of Radiant Dawn, the true Empress decides that her sister has been doing just fine without their ancestor's power, and accepts the crown of a different country.
    • In Fire Emblem Awakening, only the royal line of Ylisse (who are descendants of the above-mentioned royal family of Altea) is capable of wielding Falchion, the sword that can defeat the Fell Dragon Grima; anyone else who tries to use the sword will find it to be as dull as a butter knife. Even among royalty, though, the sword is picky about who can use it. Out of the current three royal siblings (Emmeryn, Chrom, and Lissa), only Chrom can use the sword. Although both of his children prove capable of wielding it. Maybe it's the hair?
    • The royal families of Nohr and Hoshido in Fire Emblem Fates are both descended from two ancient dragons, giving them the ability to manipulate the terrain of the battlefield using "Dragon Veins". Despite not being blood-related to the royals, Azura can also use Dragon Veins due to being a descendant of Valla's royal family, as can her cousin the Avatar, who's also the son of Valla's usurper king, the dragon Anankos. It is technically possible to give anyone this ability (in fact, a minor plot point in Gunter's backstory is that he refused it), but completing the stage that gives one the ability is a pain in the butt.
  • In Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny, members of the Slaith Royal Family are apparently born knowing how to perform the Ein Zecksclaw technique. Fee's ability to do this in times of great danger ultimately reveals that she is really Princess Audrey, Max's long-lost sister.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The daughters of Hyrule's Royal Family named Zelda inherit the powers of the Seventh Sage / Maiden, the Triforce of Wisdom, the power of the Goddess Nayru, and the spirit of the Goddess Hylia. You'd think all the power would prevent them from inevitably being the Damsel in Distress at one point in every story...Though to be fair, the one who places her in distress most often is the wielder of the Triforce of Power and is the embodiment of an eternal curse laid by Demon King Demise, Hylia's Arch-Enemy. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild says that these powers are passed down by the women of the Royal Family, and when the queen died while Zelda was just a child and couldn't guide her daughter in awakening those powers, it proves devastating for the kingdom's defenses.
  • In Choice of Romance, the Kingdom of Iberia has the nobility possessing Life or Death magic (depending on the family). Death mages is mostly good for fighting (e.g. throwing fireballs), while Life mages are usually healers, although it's possible to use Life magic for Mind Control (with some nasty side effects for the user). As per tradition, the magic type of the current ruler must be different from the one before, meaning a Life magic King/Queen must be succeeded by a Death magic heir and vice versa. In Chapter III, a lower noble has figured out how to create Death rods, artifacts capable of storing and using Death magic without being a powerful Death mage, as long as it's been charged by one. The idea is that this would allow the Iberian army to include commoners with powerful weapons to crush all opposition. However, higher-ranking nobles fear that this would undermine the very foundations of nobility. The lower noble also claims that, at a later time, Life rods could be made to allow anyone with rudimentary magical abilities to heal (e.g. Death mages healing themselves in battle).
  • House Randgriz in Valkyria Chronicles, the royalty of Gallia, are supposed to be this, said to have been descended from Valkyria, a race of powerful warriors wreathed in blue flames. Nobody pegged them as Darcsen, whom the Valkyria defeated thousands of years ago.
  • Subverted in Long Live the Queen. It initially appears that all Lumen belong to noble bloodlines, but this is only because Lumen who aren't politically important are the subject of discrimination and hate there are consequently less of them. The potential for magic is passed along the royal bloodline, but it doesn't belong to them alone.
  • Drawn: The royal family is said to have possessed magic, presumably the same Art Initiates Life power that Iris, the sole royal survivor possesses.
  • In Tales of Vesperia Estelle's special power as a Child of the Full Moon is revealed to be one that comes from the royal family (and in fact is why she's one of the candidates to be the next Emperor), with the interesting twist that she also falls under Last Of Her Kind as the power has faded out over the generations. It is ultimately revealed the power came first; the Children of the Full Moon who did not die to stop the Adephagos founded the Empire to watch over and monitor blastia use to prevent such events from happening again.
  • In Final Fantasy XV, the royalty of Lucis can use magic due to the power of the Crystal. This magic includes storing weapons and other objects and summoning them at will, warping short distances or to a thrown object, and drawing elemental energy from the environment to craft spells. They can also share these abilities with others. The female members of Tenebrae's royal family have other powers - namely being able to communicate with the gods and heal the Starscourge.

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