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* ''Anime/MyHeroAcademia'': When quirks first came into being. Discovered when a baby in Qing Qing was born glowing, the new generation began developing powers to the point up to where a MuggleBornOfMages was a rarity during the event of the manga and anime.


* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Katara is a [[PlayedWith pretty unique example]]. She’s from the [[MakingASplash Water Tribe]], and her being a waterbender born to two [[{{Muggles}} non-benders]] (Hadoka and Kya) isn’t unique because being RandomlyGifted with ElementalPowers in the World of Avatar is very common. However, she’s a member of the Southern Tribe, which has been targeted by the Fire Nation in order to kill and/or capture every single waterbender that was produced there during the Hundred Year War. Katara is the only one left by the time the series began, and the 14-year-old hardly has any waterbending experience because there aren’t any other waterbenders around to teach her. A major subplot of the first season is Katara finding a Waterbending Master from the Northern Tribe (which has mostly remained intact thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world) to teach her.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Katara is a [[PlayedWith pretty unique example]]. She’s from the [[MakingASplash [[ElementalNation Water Tribe]], and her being a waterbender [[MakingASplash waterbender]] born to two [[{{Muggles}} non-benders]] (Hadoka and Kya) isn’t unique because being RandomlyGifted with ElementalPowers in the World of Avatar is very common. However, she’s a member of the Southern Water Tribe, which has been targeted by the Fire Nation raids in order to kill and/or capture every single waterbender that was produced there during the Hundred Year War. Katara is the only one left by the time the series began, begins, and the 14-year-old hardly has any waterbending experience because there aren’t has never been any other waterbenders around to teach her. A major subplot of the first season is Katara finding a Waterbending Master from the Northern Water Tribe (which has mostly remained intact thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world) to teach her.

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* Deconstructed in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games. The status of muggle-born mages depends largely on the player's background. City elves and human peasants make out the best, since they get to leave a life of inescapable poverty to join the Circle of Magi. Human nobles outside the Tevinter Imperium also join the Circle but lose all claims of nobility in the process. Tevinters are a special case. Their nobility is composed ''entirely'' of mages, and marriages are arranged in such a way to ensure mage offspring. Commoners hold out hope that one day their children or grandchildren might become mages, but even if they do, they'd be stuck working as lowly bureaucratic clerks since all the lofty positions are held by the noble families. Then there's the Qunari, whose mages become slaves to the state.


* In ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'', [[OurMagesAreDifferent mages come from families]] passing their particular form of magic down a SingleLineOfDescent. Every family ''started'' with a muggle that decided to practice magic, though it takes generations of research to make much of it.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'', [[OurMagesAreDifferent mages come from families]] passing their particular form of magic down a SingleLineOfDescent. Every family ''started'' with a muggle that decided to practice magic, though it takes generations of research to make much of it.


* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Katara was born a waterbender despite her parents, Hakoda and Kya, being non-benders.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Katara was born is a [[PlayedWith pretty unique example]]. She’s from the [[MakingASplash Water Tribe]], and her being a waterbender despite her parents, Hakoda born to two [[{{Muggles}} non-benders]] (Hadoka and Kya, Kya) isn’t unique because being non-benders.RandomlyGifted with ElementalPowers in the World of Avatar is very common. However, she’s a member of the Southern Tribe, which has been targeted by the Fire Nation in order to kill and/or capture every single waterbender that was produced there during the Hundred Year War. Katara is the only one left by the time the series began, and the 14-year-old hardly has any waterbending experience because there aren’t any other waterbenders around to teach her. A major subplot of the first season is Katara finding a Waterbending Master from the Northern Tribe (which has mostly remained intact thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world) to teach her.


** Multiple examples are also encountered throughout the series where a "half-blood" witch or wizard is descended from both a Muggle ''and'' a magical parent. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Voldemort]] himself is one, born of the [[ChildByRape unwilling union]] of a witch and the Muggle man who she drugged with LovePotions to [[StalkerWithACrush force him to fall in love with her]].]]

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** Multiple examples are also encountered throughout the series where a "half-blood" witch or wizard is descended from both a Muggle ''and'' a magical parent. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Voldemort]] himself is one, born of the [[ChildByRape unwilling union]] of a witch and the Muggle man who she drugged with LovePotions to [[StalkerWithACrush force him to fall in love with her]].]]


** Harry's late mother, Lily Potter (nee Evans) was also born to an otherwise entirely Muggle family. Lily's sister and Harry's aunt Petunia resented Lily's aptitude for magic, which led to her and Vernon Dursley's attempted (and unsuccessful) suppression of Harry's magical potential.
** Several Hogwarts classmates turn out to be Muggle-borns, such as Dean Thomas from Gryffindor, who relates that he was "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem down for Eton]]" until he received his notice from Hogwarts instead.
** Multiple examples are also encountered throughout the series where a "half-blood" witch or wizard is descended from both a Muggle ''and'' a magical parent. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Voldemort]] himself is one, born of the unwilling union of a witch and the Muggle man who was the object of her affections ([[RapeAsBackstory and love potions]]).]]

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** Harry's late mother, Lily Potter (nee Evans) was also born to an otherwise entirely Muggle family. Lily's sister and Harry's aunt Petunia resented Lily's aptitude for magic, which led to her and Vernon Dursley's attempted (and unsuccessful) suppression of Harry's magical potential.
potential and [[AbusiveParents their abuse of Harry]].
** Several Hogwarts classmates turn out to be are Muggle-borns, such as Dean Thomas from Gryffindor, Justin Finch-Fletchley of Hufflepuff, who relates that he was "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem down for Eton]]" until he received his notice from Hogwarts instead.
** Multiple examples are also encountered throughout the series where a "half-blood" witch or wizard is descended from both a Muggle ''and'' a magical parent. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Voldemort]] himself is one, born of the [[ChildByRape unwilling union union]] of a witch and the Muggle man who was the object of her affections ([[RapeAsBackstory and she drugged with LovePotions to [[StalkerWithACrush force him to fall in love potions]]).with her]].]]


* Characters who are Sorcerers in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' frequently have this trope as their backstory, since they are premised on innate magical talent, as opposed to Wizards, who gain their skills via long and hard studies, and Warlocks, who derive their powers from a pact with a powerful patron-being. Still, one of the possible mechanics for a Sorcerer's power is having a hidden ancestral bloodline (often draconic in origin) which has resurfaced in the character and manifested as magical capabilities. (Oddly, in most campaign settings, it's rare for sorcerers to form explicit family lines.) The fluff for warlocks also indicates that sometimes they're born out of nowhere or are descended from fiends, often unknowingly - this is edition-dependent and DependingOnTheWriter.

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* Characters who are ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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Sorcerers in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' frequently have this trope as their backstory, since they are premised on innate magical talent, as opposed to Wizards, who Wizards[[note]]who gain their skills via long and hard studies, studies[[/note]] and Warlocks, who Warlocks[[note]]who derive their powers from a pact with a powerful patron-being. patron-being[[/note]]. Still, one of the possible mechanics for a Sorcerer's power is having a hidden ancestral bloodline (often bloodline, often draconic in origin) origin, which has resurfaced in the character and manifested as magical capabilities. (Oddly, in most campaign settings, it's rare for sorcerers to form explicit family lines.) )
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The background fluff for warlocks Warlocks also indicates that sometimes they're simply born out of nowhere or are descended from fiends, often unknowingly - -- although this is edition-dependent and DependingOnTheWriter.


* Characters who are Sorcerers in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' frequently have this trope as their backstory, since they are premised on innate magical talent, as opposed to Wizards, who gain their skills via long and hard studies, and Warlocks, who derive their powers from a pact with a powerful patron-being. Still, one of the possible mechanics for a Sorcerer's power is having a hidden ancestral bloodline (often draconic in origin) which has resurfaced in the character and manifested as magical capabilities. The fluff for warlocks also indicates that sometimes they're born out of nowhere or are descended from fiends, often unknowingly - this is edition-dependent and DependingOnTheWriter.

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* Characters who are Sorcerers in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' frequently have this trope as their backstory, since they are premised on innate magical talent, as opposed to Wizards, who gain their skills via long and hard studies, and Warlocks, who derive their powers from a pact with a powerful patron-being. Still, one of the possible mechanics for a Sorcerer's power is having a hidden ancestral bloodline (often draconic in origin) which has resurfaced in the character and manifested as magical capabilities. (Oddly, in most campaign settings, it's rare for sorcerers to form explicit family lines.) The fluff for warlocks also indicates that sometimes they're born out of nowhere or are descended from fiends, often unknowingly - this is edition-dependent and DependingOnTheWriter.


* Characters who are Sorcerers in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' frequently have this trope as their backstory, since they are premised on innate magical talent, as opposed to Wizards, who gain their skills via long and hard studies, and Warlocks, who derive their powers from a pact with a powerful patron-being. Still, one of the possible mechanics for a Sorcerer's power is having a hidden ancestral bloodline (often draconic in origin) which has resurfaced in the character and manifested as magical capabilities.

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* Characters who are Sorcerers in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' frequently have this trope as their backstory, since they are premised on innate magical talent, as opposed to Wizards, who gain their skills via long and hard studies, and Warlocks, who derive their powers from a pact with a powerful patron-being. Still, one of the possible mechanics for a Sorcerer's power is having a hidden ancestral bloodline (often draconic in origin) which has resurfaced in the character and manifested as magical capabilities. The fluff for warlocks also indicates that sometimes they're born out of nowhere or are descended from fiends, often unknowingly - this is edition-dependent and DependingOnTheWriter.


* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', these are called muggle-borns[[note]]WordOfGod says that all of them have a magic-user somewhere in their ancestry, but they usually don't know this.[[/note]], or more derisively, "[[FantasticSlur mudbloods]]," and [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence their existence]] is a driving factor in the BigBad's ANaziByAnyOtherName ideology. Harry's best friend Hermione Granger is the most important one, and the FantasticRacism she experiences drives her to become a champion for the rights of magical minorities. One could say this is the TropeCodifier.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', these are called muggle-borns[[note]]WordOfGod Muggle-borns[[note]]WordOfGod says that all of them have a magic-user somewhere ''somewhere'' in their ancestry, but they usually don't know this.[[/note]], or more derisively, "[[FantasticSlur mudbloods]]," and [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence their existence]] is a driving factor in the BigBad's ANaziByAnyOtherName ideology. ideology.
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Harry's best friend Hermione Granger is the most important prominent one, and the FantasticRacism she experiences drives her to become a champion for the rights of magical minorities. One could say this is the TropeCodifier.TropeCodifier.
** Harry himself is a borderline case; both of his parents were full-fledged magic-users, but since he was orphaned as an infant and his foster parents were [[FantasticRacism full of hardcore anti-magic sentiment]], Harry never knew of his heritage or about the wizarding world in general until Hagrid was sent to tell him "Yer a wizard".
** Harry's late mother, Lily Potter (nee Evans) was also born to an otherwise entirely Muggle family. Lily's sister and Harry's aunt Petunia resented Lily's aptitude for magic, which led to her and Vernon Dursley's attempted (and unsuccessful) suppression of Harry's magical potential.
** Several Hogwarts classmates turn out to be Muggle-borns, such as Dean Thomas from Gryffindor, who relates that he was "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem down for Eton]]" until he received his notice from Hogwarts instead.
** Multiple examples are also encountered throughout the series where a "half-blood" witch or wizard is descended from both a Muggle ''and'' a magical parent. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Voldemort]] himself is one, born of the unwilling union of a witch and the Muggle man who was the object of her affections ([[RapeAsBackstory and love potions]]).]]


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* Characters who are Sorcerers in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' frequently have this trope as their backstory, since they are premised on innate magical talent, as opposed to Wizards, who gain their skills via long and hard studies, and Warlocks, who derive their powers from a pact with a powerful patron-being. Still, one of the possible mechanics for a Sorcerer's power is having a hidden ancestral bloodline (often draconic in origin) which has resurfaced in the character and manifested as magical capabilities.


This is a common trait in protagonists for several reasons. It means that they begin as a FishOutOfWater, which can be kept up and milked for comedy or drama for as long as it remains entertaining. It means that, as the viewpoint character, they can be slowly introduced into the customs of the MagicalSociety. It means that they can be the target of any FantasticRacism that exists between mages and {{muggles}}. And since their initial values and sympathies are likely to be different from someone raised in magical society, they're almost certain to be a disruptive influence on it - especially if, as often happens, they're also [[BornWinner far more talented than most people from magical bloodlines]].

If they're not the protagonist, the character may instead serve as TheWatson, likewise allowing the audience a chance to learn about the magical world. In this case, they may or may not be shown in contrast to a protagonist who's more of an insider.

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This is a common trait in protagonists a protagonist for several reasons. It means that they begin as a FishOutOfWater, which can be kept up and milked for comedy or drama for as long as it remains entertaining. It means that, as the viewpoint character, they can be slowly introduced into the customs of the MagicalSociety. It means that they can be the target of any FantasticRacism that exists between mages and {{muggles}}. And since their initial values and sympathies are likely to be different from someone raised in magical society, they're almost certain to be a disruptive influence on it - especially if, as often happens, they're also [[BornWinner far more talented than most people from magical bloodlines]].

If they're not the protagonist, TheProtagonist, the character may instead serve as TheWatson, likewise allowing the audience a chance to learn about the magical world. In this case, they may or may not be shown in contrast to a protagonist who's more of an insider.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', these are called muggle-borns[[note]]WordOfGod says that all of them have a magic-user somewhere in their ancestry, but they usually don't know this.[[/note]], or more derisively, "[[FantasticSlur mudbloods]]," and [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence their existence]] is a driving factor in the BigBad's ANaziByAnyOtherName ideology. Harry's best friend Hermione Granger is the most important one, and the FantasticRacism she experiences drives her to become a champion for the rights of magical minorities.
** One could say this is the TropeCodifier.
* In ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'', Emily is an Earthling TrappedInAnotherWorld, and both of her parents were ordinary Earthlings (though since Earth has no magic, it's possible that they had magical potential that they never got to exercise). She avoids [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Classism]] because everyone thinks that she's the daughter of [[TheArchmage Void, the Lone Power]], but Book 5 shows just how badly the more conservative magicians can treat magicians without proper ancestry: [[spoiler:At [[WizardingSchool Mountaintop]], they're deliberately mistaught, used as slaves and crapped on by the upper-class students, then expelled and used as [[LivingBattery batteries for Mountaintop's defenses]].]]

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', these are called muggle-borns[[note]]WordOfGod says that all of them have a magic-user somewhere in their ancestry, but they usually don't know this.[[/note]], or more derisively, "[[FantasticSlur mudbloods]]," and [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence their existence]] is a driving factor in the BigBad's ANaziByAnyOtherName ideology. Harry's best friend Hermione Granger is the most important one, and the FantasticRacism she experiences drives her to become a champion for the rights of magical minorities.
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minorities. One could say this is the TropeCodifier.
* In ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'', Emily is an Earthling TrappedInAnotherWorld, and both of her parents were ordinary Earthlings (though since Earth has no magic, it's possible that they had magical potential that they never got to exercise). She avoids [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Classism]] Fantastic]] ''classism'' because everyone thinks that she's the daughter of [[TheArchmage Void, the Lone Power]], but Book 5 shows just how badly the more conservative magicians can treat magicians without proper ancestry: [[spoiler:At [[WizardingSchool Mountaintop]], they're deliberately mistaught, used as slaves and crapped on by the upper-class students, then expelled and used as [[LivingBattery batteries for Mountaintop's defenses]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Katara was born a waterbender despite her parents, Hakoda and Kya, being non-benders.



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