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A fictional character is revealed to be related to someone non-fictional and famous. Sometimes, this is supposedly a distant ancestor; for instance, Alice claims that she is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Napoleon Bonaparte; while at other times, the relationship is much closer in terms of blood, and if that non-fictional celebrity is still alive, they might actually turn up as a guest star playing themselves.

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Not to be confused with Real-Life Relative. See also Historical-Domain Character, Famous Ancestor, Same Surname Means Related, and Beethoven Was an Alien Spy.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Code Geass: Nina Einstein is somehow related to her universe's Albert Einstein (who apparently studied something other than physics and never invented the bomb; Nina does).
  • The Ferari sisters in Galilei Donna are direct descendants of Galileo.
  • Hikaru no Go has Fujiwara no Sai, whose relative position in the historical Fujiwara clan is never stated other than having sufficient means to dedicate himself to a lifetime of playing Go.
  • Vinland Saga: Although it's unknown if King Arthur existed in any way in real life, in-series he did, and Askeladd at least thinks he is his direct descendant.

    Comic Books 
  • Wynonna Earp is the great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp.
  • The Desert Peach is about the fictional brother of Erwin Rommel.
  • Tiffany is a French comic about a young woman descended from Joan of Arc's brother (the Virgin of Orleans famously not having any children). While she also hears voices, she's actually a mind-reader instead of hearing angels instructing her to boot the English out of France.
  • In JSA, the superhero Lance (later Magog) was the great-grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • In Promethea, the protagonist Sophie Bangs briefly meets John Kendrick Bangs, her ancestor, on the house-boat on the Styx which he wrote about while searching for her dead predecessor.
  • In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Doctor Moreau is the uncle of French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau
  • X-Men: Piotr and Illyana Rasputin are revealed to be descendants of Grigory Rasputin.
  • In Marvel 1602, Robert Drake is said to be related to the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake.
  • Alix Senator: The mother of Alix's son Titus is eventually revealed to be a sister of the emperor Augustus.
  • Asterix: In "Asterix in Spain", when Asterix is sent to the circus and forced to fight an auroch, a Roman noblewoman drops her red cloak into the arena, and Asterix's attempts to keep it from being dirtied lead to him defeating the Auroch. Impressed, the noblewoman demands Asterix is pardoned, and since she's Julius Caesar's half-sister of a cousin by marriage, the Roman general in charge of the circus cannot deny her request.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Forrest Gump is a descendant of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the KKK.
  • In the film version of The Beverly Hillbillies, at a wedding someone wonders "Do you think Cousin Bill got the invitation?" Cut to: exterior shot of the White House, and a voice wondering where he left the invite.
  • In the film adaptation of The Seven Per Cent Solution, Sigmund Freud is given a son. He had one daughter in real life, who was included in the book, but she threatened to sue if her image was used in the film (she had no power over uses of her father's image, however).
  • In Dogma, main character Bethany Sloane is said to be the great great great great great grand-niece of Jesus Christ. When she discovers this secret, she is overcome with emotion about the burden of being The Chosen One and asks the angel Metatron to make it not true, who has to console her by revealing that Jesus himself felt much the same way.
  • In Johnny English, Pascal Sauvage is a descendant of Charles Edward Stuart (grandson of King James II) and uses that familial connection to usurp Queen Elizabeth.
  • 3000 Miles to Graceland: Both the hero and the bad guy are implied to be half-brothers fathered by none other than Elvis Presley. The villain, in particular, is obsessed with the King's legacy.
  • In Adaptation., Charlie Kaufman wrote himself into the screenplay and created a fictional twin brother named Donald for him to play off of.
  • In Back to the Future, the character Marvin is revealed to be the cousin of Chuck Berry when he calls him on the phone, thus allowing Marty to invent Rock and Roll by playing Chuck's future hit Johnny B. Goode.
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    Literature 
  • Horatio Hornblower has Lady Barbara Wellesley, Horatio's second wife, who is a fictional sister of The Duke of Wellington.
  • In The Western Mysteries, main character PK Pinkerton believes that he is a nephew to the Real Life Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detectives.
  • In the SPQR series by John Maddox Roberts, the main chracter Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger is a fictional member of the Real Life Caecilius Metellus family and is closely related to several notable Real Life members.
  • Sherlock Holmes: One of the few tidbits Holmes gives about his personal life (in "The Greek Interpreter") is that his grandmother was the sister of a French artist named Vernet (without specifying which of the several French artists with that name it was).
  • In the Gordianus the Finder series, Gordianus' friend Lucius Claudius is a member of the Claudius family (i.e. ancestors of the emperor detailed in I, Claudius). Incidentally, in SPQR, being a Metellus gives the protagonist relation to that same group- guessing both authors are I, Claudius fans.
  • Gary Corby writes the Athenian Mysteries series about Nicolaos, the fictional older brother of Socrates (who in the novels is Nic's Annoying Younger Sibling). The historical record gives the name of Socrates' parents and in Platos' Dialogues, Socrates mentions being taught by a Diotima, who in the novels, is Nicolaos' girlfriend.
  • Dusty Fog in the novels of J.T. Edson is a cousin of real life gunslinger John Wesley Hardin.
  • The Spartan mercenary commander Aeositeus in Thaïs of Athens is a fictional younger cousin of the historical Spartan king Agis III.
  • In the Gor series protagonist Tarl Cabot may be related to the Italian navigator John Cabot.
  • Johnny and the Dead: One of the ghosts is a cousin of Albert Einstein.
  • Irving Wallace wrote The Word about the discovery of a new gospel, scribed by "James, brother to the Lord Jesus Christ." It's revealed to be an ingenious forgery that fooled many analysts and historians, making it a work of fiction within a work of fiction.
  • The Golden Age Mystery character Albert Campion of the Albert Campion books and Campion is implied but never stated to be the illegitimate son of King George V. Campion is a Rich Idiot with No Day Job with an undisclosed source of wealth and is indicated to have some connection with the royal family. George V, like other members of the House of House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha/Windsor had Albert among his names, and Campion's real name, Rupert, also fits in with the German origin of the family.
  • The Three Musketeers' take on the Man in the Iron Mask is that it was the (real) king Louis XIV's (fictional) twin brother. Aramis learns of this and uses it to advance in the Jesuit ranks along with trying to replace Louis with his twin, hoping he'll be a better king. Note that the author was well aware this theory was highly fanciful, but it certainly made for a better story.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo:
    • The (real) general Quesnel is given a fictional son (Franz) so as to provide a You Killed My Father moment (in real life, his death was unsolved). In the book, he's killed in a duel with Villefort's father Noirtier, with Noirtier keeping this interesting little tidbit as a trump card to prevent Franz' marriage with his granddaughter Valentine.
    • Haydee is the daughter of the historical Ali Tebelin and Kyra Vassiliki, and she serves a major role in revealing Fernand's crimes (in the novel, he betrayed Ali to the Turks and sold both Kyra and Haydee into slavery), leading to his downfall.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, L. Prosser is one of many, many descendants of Genghis Khan.
  • In The Da Vinci Code, Sophie Neveu is discovered to be the last descendent of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.
  • In The Shadow of the Vulture, Red Sonya of Rogatino (who would serve as inspiration for Red Sonja) is the sister of Roxelana, the Ruthenian wife of Suleyman the Magnificent.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Rome implies very strongly that Ptolemy XV (Caesarion), in real life the son of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra was actually fathered by the fictional Titus Pullo. At the end of the series, Pullo is charged with executing Caesarion on Octavian's orders, but instead he spirits him away and raises his son in Rome.
  • Star Trek: It's said that Spock is related to Arthur Conan Doyle on his mother's side.
  • Just Shoot Me!: Kevin from the mailroom was a cousin of actor Ray Liotta, who sometimes appeared as himself.
  • The short-lived TV series The Rousters starred Chad Everett as Wyatt Earp III, a rouster for a carnival. Grandson to Wyatt Earp the First and not too pleased about it.
  • Brittany from Glee is related to Britney Spears.
  • Eddie Hitler in Bottom claims that Adolf Hitler is his mother.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In the episode Werewolf, Mike and the bots are surprised to see that the film features Martin Sheen's lesser-known brother Joe Estevez. Inspired by this, they start discussing "Who would you cast in your werewolf movie?", and all of their choices are the (fictional) obscure relatives of real actors, like Burt Reynolds' brother Tim, and Don Knotts' brother Spike. And Tom Servo's last choice is Chip Hitler.
  • On 30 Rock, disliked writer Lutz turns out to be closely related to hunky actor Kellan Lutz (who cameos on the show as such relative).
  • On Parks and Recreation, the rapper Ginuwine is mentioned as being the cousin of the character Donna, and eventually cameoed on the show.
  • Blackadder:
    • The first Blackadder himself is a fictional son of the mostly-fictional King Richard IV, who in real life may have been killed in the Tower as a boy by his uncle Richard III and at the very least was never King. It follows that all other Blackadders are descended from him, though each descendant's lot degrades over time: from prince to lord to butler (to prince) to soldier.
    • Edmund's "friend", Percy is a fictional member of the House of Percy, an English noble family that had great power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In the first series, Percy is identified as the Duke of Northumberland and in the second series, he's Lord Percy Percy, the heir to this title. In what is possibly a deliberate error, although the Percy family were Earls of Northumberland for a long time, the title of Duke of Northumberland didn't exist until the 1550's and no one with the last name of Percy held it until 1766.
  • 'Allo 'Allo!: Herr Otto Flick, a parody of the sinister Nazi Gestapo agent, tends to remind others that he's the godson of Heinrich Himmler. On at least one occasion, this gets him out of trouble when he's arrested by Wehrmacht General von Klinkerhofen and Himmler uses his connections to get him released.
  • The Man in the High Castle: Nicole Dormer, a young German woman and fellow Lebensborn who befriends Joe Blake, is officially the "niece" of Joseph Goebbels, although it's implied that she's really his bastard daughter.
  • Home Improvement: Wilson W. Wilson Jr. is a cousin of the Wilson brothers from The Beach Boys.
  • In Blindspot, Patterson's father is revealed to be Bill Nye. He guest stars in an episode to help the FBI solve the problem of the week.
  • In Homicide: Life on the Street, Megan Russert is the cousin of Tim Russert. He guest starred as himself in "The Old and the Dead".
  • California Dreams: In "Family Tree", Lorena mentions that she is related to Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez.

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    Video Games 
  • Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series claims to be descended from Sir Francis Drake, though it later turns out he lied about that.
  • Touhou likes this one:
    • Remilia Scarlet claims to be descended from Vlad Tepes (and this is the title of her stage theme). It's complete BS, however: if anything she's old enough to have been his daughter.
    • Yuyuko Saigyouji is implied to be the daughter of the famous Japanese poet Saigyou.
    • Byakuren Hijiki is the sister of the actual Buddhist priest Myouren Hijiri.
    • Fujiwara no Mokou was the daughter of a Fujiwara noble of high enough rank to be a princess' suitor. However, due to the princess humiliating her father by refusing his proposal, Mokou swore revenge, drank the Hourai elixir she was supposed to destroy and now fights Kaguya whenever she can (since both are immortal).
    • The relation between Yukari Yakumo (one of the oldest and most powerful youkai in Gensokyo, able to do whatever the hell she wants with boundaries) and Maribel Hearn (a young girl who can see boundaries) is uncertain, but fanon generally accepts that Yukari was Maribel very (very) long ago, despite existing in the same time period (which, admittedly, means very little in Gensokyo). When asked about this, Zun only said "There once was a man named Lafcadio Hearn" (Lafcadio being a 19th-century Irishman who eventually settled in Japan, taking the name Koizumi Yakumo).
  • In Assassin's Creed II, Ezio's teenage girlfriend, Cristina Vespucci, is the cousin of explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
    • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag subverts this: when the character James Kidd first appears, it's directly stated that he's the son of Captain Kidd, if the name wasn't enough of an indictator. The subversion is that not only is Kidd not really a Kidd, he's not fictional and isn't even a man—it's a persona played by the historical lady pirate Mary Read as part of her Assassin activities.

    Web Comics 
  • In-Universe in GastroPhobia: Phobia's (possibly half-)brother is Alcides, better known (after the bout of divine madness during which he killed his family) by the name Herakles.
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    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons has used this a few times; notably Krusty the Clown is half brothers with Luke Perry (in the Latin American translation being changed to Robert Redford) and Mr. Burns is the natural brother of George Burns. When Lisa looks at a tabloid while waiting in line at the Kwik-e-mart, she says "I wonder what cousin Jessica's up to."
  • Hank Hill from King of the Hill is cousins with Dusty Hill of ZZ Top.
  • Family Guy:
    • A Manatee Gag had real-life Kathy Griffin as a cousin of the fictional Griffins.
    • "The Griffin Family History" shows that Peter's ancestor Peter Hitler was brothers with Adolf.
  • Arthur: Francine's uncle is noted jazz musician Joshua Redman. Admittedly he appears not quite As Himself: he's credited "Joshua Redman as Mr. Redman" while Yo Yo Ma is "As Himself" in the same episode.
  • In South Park, Hong Kong singer Wing is portrayed in the show as the wife of City Wok owner Tong Lu Kim.
  • Milo Murphy's Law has the titular Milo, the fictional descendant of Edward A. Murphy Jr., after whom Murphy's Law was named.
  • Johnny Test introduces No-Beard, Blackbeard's loser brother.

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