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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 Napoléon Bonaparte) while at other times the relationship is much closer in terms of blood. 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 (or Relatively Flimsy Excuse, which deals with in-universe fake relatives). 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 
  • 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.
  • Batman: Modern writers have established that Bruce (Batman) Wayne is a descendant of Revolutionary War general 'Mad Anthony' Wayne. (This is also a Mythology Gag as Bob Kane named the character Bruce Wayne after Robert the Bruce and 'Mad Anthony' Wayne.)
  • The Desert Peach is about the fictional brother of Erwin Rommel.
  • The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones: In "The Trail of the Golden Guns" (#26-27), Dr. Jones is hired by Beth Cody, the granddaughter of Buffalo Bill Cody, to retrieve a pair of golden pistols presented to her grandfather by the Czar of Russia.
  • In JSA, the superhero Lance (later Magog) was the great-grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • One of the Justice League Elite's covert missions involved tracking down a distant heir of Adolf Hitler.
  • In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Doctor Moreau is the uncle of French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau.
  • The Daltons who are recurring villains in the Lucky Luke franchise aren't the historical outlaws but their fictional cousins. More accurately, they're Suspiciously Similar Substitutes for the comic's version of the real Daltons (who were one-shot villains who didn't survive the sole album they appeared in).
  • In Marvel 1602, Robert Drake is said to be related to the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake.
  • 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 Sensation Comics #39, a lost Roman colony is ruled by a descendant of Emperor Nero.
  • 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.
  • Wynonna Earp is the great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp.
  • X-Men: Piotr and Illyana Rasputin are revealed to be descendants of Grigory Rasputin, who was the mutant head of a sex cult.
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    Fan Fic 
  • Subverted in Lamarckian. The villain Wendigo is introduced as being a descendant of Andrew Jackson (who had no children), and tries "finish what he started" by hunting native american populations. However, it's implied he's actually delusional. Considering he's a cannibalistic serial killer whose been hunting the family of the hero who caught him for a decade, it would be the least insane thing about him.

    Film — Animated 
  • The title character of Dumbo is implied to be the son of the most famous circus elephant, Jumbo. (His real name is Jumbo Junior.)

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    Literature 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Da Vinci Code, Sophie Neveu is discovered to be the last descendent of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.
  • Dusty Fog in the novels of J.T. Edson is a cousin of real life gunslinger John Wesley Hardin.
  • In The Gods of Manhattan, several famous personages are revealed to have had children after becoming gods.
  • 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.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, L. Prosser is one of many, many descendants of Genghis Khan.
  • In the Gor series protagonist Tarl Cabot may be related to the Italian navigator John Cabot.
  • Horatio Hornblower has Lady Barbara Wellesley, Horatio's second wife, who is a fictional sister of The Duke of Wellington.
  • Johnny and the Dead: One of the ghosts is a cousin of Albert Einstein.
  • The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds features a powerful political family in its future history named Springer-Soames, descended from the real British political Soames family, and thereby from Winston Churchill.
  • Tim Powers:
    • In Declare, the protagonist is the half-brother of Kim Philby.
    • In Three Days to Never, the protagonist learns that his family are secretly descended from Albert Einstein through Lieserl, Einstein's first daughter who is believed to have died as an infant.
  • The Shadow: The Shadow's Arch-Enemy Shiwan Khan is the last living descendant of Genghis Khan.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The Spartan mercenary commander Aeositeus in Thaïs of Athens is a fictional younger cousin of the historical Spartan king Agis III.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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).
  • '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.
  • Arrested Development Season 4 introduces Rebel Alley, a fictional illegitimate daughter of Ron Howard.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bones:
    • Angela is the daughter of Billy Gibbons, guitarist of ZZ Top, who guest stars as a fictional version of himself.
    • Booth meanwhile is a descendant of John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. This is a sore point for Booth, and a probable source of his desire to serve his country so much (first in the military and then in the FBI).
  • Eddie Hitler in Bottom claims that Adolf Hitler is his mother.
  • California Dreams: In "Family Tree", Lorena mentions that she is related to Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez.
  • Brittany from Glee is the biological daughter of Stephen Hawking.
  • Head of the Class: While doing a genealogy project, Darlene discovers that is probably descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. While her classmate Alan is overwhelmed by this revelation, Darlene herself is completely blase about it.
  • Home Improvement: Wilson W. Wilson Jr. is a cousin of the Wilson brothers from The Beach Boys.
  • 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".
  • Just Shoot Me!: Kevin from the mailroom was a cousin of actor Ray Liotta, who sometimes appeared as himself.
  • 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.
  • 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 Parks and Recreation, the rapper Ginuwine is mentioned as being the cousin of the character Donna, and eventually cameoed on the show.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: It's said that Spock is related to Arthur Conan Doyle on his mother's side. (Or at least to the person who coined the phrase "Once you have eliminated the impossible...", which, if crossovers are your thing, could be interpreted as saying he's descended from Sherlock Holmes.)
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    Music 
  • The Arrogant Worms' song "Jesus' Brother Bob" is sung from the perspective of the brother of Jesus. (Presumably half-brother, both having the same mother Mary.) It details the complaints of Bob being overshadowed by his famous brother. Among his gripes is when mobs of people (typically played by the audience) come beseeching the help of Jesus, they leave disappointed when they find it's "only Bob". A more humorous one is that Bob needs to pay for the Sea of Galilee ferry, whereas his brother can simply walk across at no cost. In later performances of the song, about the only person who pays much attention to Bob is Judas, though even then, to Bob's annoyance he's mostly just interested in how Bob's family's Christmas was.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Battletech, the Kurita House, rulers of the Draconis Combine, claim descent from the WWII vice-admiral, Takeo Kurita.

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    Video Games 
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • 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 indicator. 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.
    • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey has it that the player character, either Alexios or Kassandra depending on player choice, is the grandchild of King Leonidas—yes, that Leonidas, the one also featured in 300—through his fictional daughter Myrrine, whereas in actual history Leonidas is only known to have had one child, a son named Pleistarchus; spotty historical records are used to justify this, like most liberties taken in Assassin's Creed. It's also eventually revealed that Alexios and Kassandra's biological father is actually Pythagoras, the famed Greek mathematician, not their recognized father Nikolaos as detailed early in the story, doubling-up on their known historical relatives.
  • In Aviary Attorney, main character Jayjay Falcon is the grandson of Maximilien Robespierre, which he has gone to great lengths to conceal.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV and 5, two fictional grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II of England have bit parts, one being an unnamed prince and the other Princess Georgina. It's unclear if they're supposed to be the children of one of her four real life children, or some fictional fifth child.
  • Touhou likes this one:
    • Remilia Scarlet claims to be descended from Vlad Tepes (and it's 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 historical Buddhist priest Myouren Hijiri.
    • Fujiwara no Mokou was the daughter of a Fujiwara noble of high enough rank to be a princess' suitor.note  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 ad collected traditional ghost stories, taking the name Koizumi Yakumo).
  • Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series claims to be descended from Sir Francis Drake, though it later turns out he lied about that.

    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.

    Western Animation 
  • Arthur: Francine's uncle is noted jazz musician Joshua Redman. Admittedly, he appears not quite As Himself: he's credited as "Joshua Redman as Mr. Redman" while Yo Yo Ma is "As Himself" in the same episode.
  • Family Guy:
    • A Cutaway 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.
  • One episode of Futurama had David Farnsworth as one of Professor Farnsworth's ancestors; he looked just like him (huge glasses included), only younger.
  • Johnny Test introduces No-Beard, Blackbeard's loser brother.
  • Hank Hill from King of the Hill is cousins with Dusty Hill of ZZ Top.
  • Milo Murphy's Law
    • The titular Milo is the fictional descendant of Edward A. Murphy Jr., after whom Murphy's Law was named.
    • The episode Wilder West also introduces the thrill-seeking Jackie, a descendant of Calamity Jane.
  • The Simpsons has used this a few times:
    • Krusty the Clown is half-brothers with Luke Perry (in the Latin American translation being changed to Robert Redford).
    • Mr. Burns is the natural brother of George Burns (despite Burns being a Stage Name).
    • 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."
  • In South Park, Hong Kong singer Wing is portrayed in the show as the wife of City Wok owner Tong Lu Kim.

Alternative Title(s): Historical Characters Fictional Sibling, Historical Characters Fictional Child, Historical Characters Fictional Descendant

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