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"Half-Vampire, half-Lycan... but stronger than both!"

Having Mixed Ancestry isn't fun. It's rather lonely not fully belonging to the societies of either parent, even if there isn't 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 Superpower Lottery.

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Blame Powers as Programs or LEGO Genetics, 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 fire powers marries An Ice Person, their kid may well have both sets or even an amalgamated access to Pure Energy, a living Yin-Yang Bomb.

You might expect this to be less the case with Half-Human Hybrids 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 One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce. The Dhampyr is perhaps the ultimate example of this.

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It's usually the Rule of Cool in action, but also Truth in Television 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 Fusion Dance. A Hybrid Monster might be bred specifically to take advantage of this trope. Contrast All Genes Are Codominant, in which special traits are exactly half-inherited by the offspring, and Hybrid Overkill Avoidance, if the writer goes out of the way to minimize the probability of this happening. See also Lamarck Was Right.

See The Other Wiki's pages on heterosis and heterozygous advantage for some information on the real-life equivalent.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Hybrids in Black Clover can be born with two magic attributes, in contrast to most mages unless they have undergone experimentation or are devil hosts. Charmy has Cotton and Food Magic thanks to being half-dwarf.
  • 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. 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 of the series.
    • 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.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • 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 Freeza if he got angry enough. Around the same age, Goten and Trunks could go Super Saiyan without even trying. At age one, Pan learn to fly by herself, and at age 10 she's far more stronger than Perfect Cell. There's some variation too- Word of God 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... Freeza's race. As a result, he inherits the Namekians' ability to regenerate, the Saiyans' ability to gain power boosts after recovering from near-death, and Freeza's ability to remain alive without air and with most of his body missing. 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 From a Single Cell, and come back even more powerful than before. Possibly justified as Cell is a genetically-engineered superweapon, but it's still a ridiculous example.
  • 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 (such as his half-brother Sesshomaru).
    • In the sequel series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Inuyasha and Kagome's daughter Moroha has both demonic power inherited from her paternal grandfather and sacred power inherited from her mother.
  • This trope is the entire basis of Rikuo and Rihan's ability, Matoi in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. 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 Fusion Dance type situation.
  • Invoked in My Hero Academia: after a Mass Super-Empowering Event, some people deliberately sought partners whose Quirks complemented their own in an attempt to create an even stronger child. The example we see in the story is Todoroki, whose father Endeavor arranged a marriage with a particular woman in order to combine his fire powers with her ice powers and have an offspring with both. As one might expect, the kind of man who would make such a cold decision proves a pretty undesirable father and husband. Partially subverted with Todoroki’s older brothers and sister, who didn’t end up with half fire and half ice Quirks. In addition, some parents' quirks can combine to make entirely new powers, such as a nitros + glycerine pairing resulting in Bakugo's explosion Quirk.
  • Yusuke of Yu Yu Hakusho 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 combining the two.
  • One-Eyed Ghouls in Tokyo Ghoul 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 One-Eyed Owl (aka Eto Yoshimura/Sen Takatsuki), is believed to be the most powerful Ghoul CCG has ever encountered.

    Comic Books 
  • Teddy Altman is half Skrull and half Kree, inheriting both super strength and shapeshifting/healing factor.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Greldinard is actually a human baby adopted by an orc shamaness, who then merged him with her dead orc baby to create a true hybrid. Dinard inherited human intelligence and orc strength, allowing him to rise to become supreme king of the orcs before he joined Haazheel's army.
  • Blade, a classic dhampyr, has all the strengths of vampires, but none of the weaknesses, barring a much weaker desire for blood which he treats with a serum.
  • 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 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 Bad Future seen in X-Factor has her dad's Eye Beams, 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 Big Red Devil and the park's newest attraction.
  • Rom Spaceknight's enemy Hybrid is half human, half Dire Wraith... and all evil, having a particularly Squicky obsession with collecting superpowered women to bear his children. Not only can he shape-shift like a Wraith, but he's an incredibly powerful psychic, enough to prove a problem for a young X-Man (who's arguably the most powerful psychic in the Marvel Universe). Oh, and his true form is even more hideous than a normal Wraith's. The most tragic thing? His Wraith father was a Defector from Decadence and pretty much the only sympathetic Wraith we ever met - Hybrid himself was Used to Be a Sweet Kid until he was found and corrupted by other Wraiths.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bridge:
    • 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 and is one of only two beings so far that has the Big Bad Bagan concerned. Unfortunately, he's a bloodthirsty sociopath...
  • Child of the Storm suggests 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 Super Strength, 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. Unfortunately, it's more a case of Blessed with Suck. The Super Strength comes through only in intermittent bursts meaning that he lives in mortal fear of shaking someone's hand and squashing it, the Psychic Powers come through violently, are initially dangerously uncontrollable and nearly get him, Ron and Hermione killed, and Word of God says that he'll never be as strong as Jean is (on the other hand, as Word of God also 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 Psychic Powers will eventually shortcircuit his brain.
  • The "Let's make Touhou kids" meme churns out kids with characteristics (appearance, clothes, powers and personality) of both parents. As Touhou characters cover damn near every slot in the Superpower Lottery (in addition to flight and Bullet Hell as standard), this ends up creating drunkards who can create portals to anywhere, a Cloud Cuckoolander with power over ice and nukes, a girl throwing out Kamehame Hadokens at supersonic speeds...
  • In the Pony POV Series:
    • The Supersoldier project that created General-Admiral Makarov was invoking this by creating unicorn/deer hybrids, with Makarov being the only surviving and most successful one. 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 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. These abilities are why in Loose Canon (and later Ascended Canon), 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 The Stronger Evil, it's established that since Drago is a dragon/human hybrid — specifically one born from 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 Equestria: Across the Multiverse, it's revealed Bright Glow and her sisters are Pegasi/Celestial Pony (a race of benevolent alien ponies) hybrids, specifically 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 Shock and Awe attack. Dazzleglow ascended, making her a hybrid of an Alicorn and the Celestial equivalent.
  • Inverted in Cuckoo Bird. Izuku is half-puca and half-elf, but his powers (i.e. some Shapeshifting, Dreaming of Things to Come, 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.
  • Not a 'power' per se, but in the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers fic Offensive Care, the discovery that Chip and Dale share an unusual anomaly in their blood (despite the fact that they aren't biologically related) leads to Dale working out that he and Chip retain some fragments of mouse DNA from the time the team got 'mixed up' in "A Fly in the Ointment", with the long-term result that Dale and Gadget are compatible enough to have children despite being different species.
  • Half Past Adventure: Rather than a unique ability (a “pup power” as Steve Wolfhard likes to call them), Robin appears to have all the powers of a shapeshifter mixed with all the problems of a rainicorn, albeit both to a far more limited degree — zhe can't get larger than zhir normal form and zhe has trouble projecting light out past zhir own body.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Blade: the title character is a "daywalker", a half-vampire who explicitly has all of their strengths and none of their weaknesses.
  • In Hangman's Curse, 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.
  • Little Nicky, being the offspring of Satan and an angel, can perform both good and evil miracles, and can even get into Heaven with a sufficiently good deed.
  • In Sky High (2005), 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 Flying Brick.
  • The overarching story arc of the Underworld (2003) 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 Lucien, a werewolf, and Selene, a vampire, but only because he is a human descendant of the first immortal Alexander Corvinus, carrying the genetic mutation that allowed for the original strains of the immortal virus to be created.
    • Marcus the first vampire becomes one in the second movie, by drinking werewolf blood.
    • Selene becomes a 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 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.
    • The third film proves the possibility of a vampire-werewolf hybrid child by birth. Sonja, a vampire and Viktor's daughter, is pregnant by Lucien, the above-mentioned werewolf. We never learn of the attributes of this particular hybrid, though, because Viktor kills Sonja long before it can be born.

    Literature 
  • In the second Apprentice Adept triogy, Flach is half-human/half-unicorn (Unicorns in this universe being Voluntary Shapeshifters 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 The Halfblood Chronicles, the titular halfbloods (half-human/half-elf) have both the magic abilities of elves and Psychic Powers (namely Telepathy and Telekinesis) of humans.
  • In the Harry Potter universe, many half-blood wizards like Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, and Lord Voldemort become known for their particularly potent powers. Muggle-born wizards are also a type of hybrid, albeit more diluted, and any of them are shown to be extremely talented. The irony of course is that Magical Society is highly discriminatory against half-blood and muggle-born wizards despite many being more powerful than purebloods (who on top of being weaker are also highly inbred).
    • It is important to note that Half-Blood wizards are by far the most populous, with Pure-Blooded wizards being a significant minority making up only 10% of the magical population. So statistically, it would make sense that Half-Bloods produce a larger number of powerful wizards.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, 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 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 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 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 Healing Factor or eternal youth.
  • In The Mortal Instruments 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 fairies, but have less weaknesses. 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 Percy Jackson and the Olympians 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 Killed Off for Real 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.
  • Demigods & Magicians 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 No-Sell magic from any single mythos, and absorb power from them to the point he can bring both pantheons to heel and potentially Take Over the World. He can only be affected by similarly hybridized magic, like an Egyptian Magician using magic Greek artifacts or a Greek demigod being a Willing Channeler to an Egyptian god.
  • Red Moon Rising (Moore): Danny is a half-vampyre and half-werewulf, though he's had genetic treatments to suppress his wulf side. Eventually it emerges, and he finds that 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.
  • The Silmarillion: 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 hundreds of years.note 
  • In one of the Immortals After Dark books, the female protagonist is a vampire/phantom hybrid. Vampires can teleport and gain people's memories and abilities by drinking their blood, but are vulnerable to burning up in sunlight. Phantoms have telekinesis and the handy ability to go insubstantial, whereupon they can't be killed. The hybrid in question has all of these strengths and doesn't burn in the sun.
    • The protagonist couple from one book, a demon and Valkyrie, appear in later books having had twin girls. Demons can teleport only with training, and Valkyries can't teleport at all, but their daughters can teleport from infancy.
  • Night Huntress: Main character Cat is a Dhampyr. When the first book starts, she's said to be weaker than a new vampire, but after a few weeks of Training from Hell, her strength increases dramatically, and Bones once states that she is a master vampire who happens to have a pulse. On a couple of occasions, she briefly manifests the ability to fly, something that takes vampires decades or centuries to become strong enough to do, and she's in her late twenties. When Cat becomes a full vampire, her strength increases a good deal further, and she drinks undead blood instead of human, temporarily gaining any special abilities possessed by whoever she drinks from.
  • In Wings of Fire, the abilities of hybrids between different tribes of dragon vary. Darkstalker, an IceWing/NightWing hybrid, has their animus and psychic powers. Sunny's SandWing/NightWing heritage cancels itself out; her scales are a pale yellow unusual in both tribes and she was born without a SandWing tail barb.
  • Temeraire: The child of the dragons Temeraire and Iskierka inherits the former's Make Me Wanna Shout power and the latter's fiery Breath Weapon and can combine the two into an even more deadly attack. She develops these abilities far faster than her parents, grows faster than them, and shows exceptional intelligence and cunning even as a hatchling.
  • In the Celestial Wars setting, celestials draw their power from mortal belief. Within their own realm, a celestial who is worshipped as a god has whatever powers (and whatever flaws) their mortal worshippers believe they have, but the instant they step outside their own realm they lose everything except their innate celestial abilities. Celestial-human hybrids, however, can believe in themselves and carry their power with them into foreign realms. For this reason, almost all celestial pantheons consider hybrids too dangerous to let live, and will murder any they find on sight.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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 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 hybrid of humans and demons and machinery.
  • On Charmed, a common witch power is telekinesis and a common power for Whitelighters is a kind of Flashy Teleportation called "orbing". Paige, Chris, and Wyatt, who are all half-witch/half-whitelighter, each combine these powers into orb-telekinesis.
  • Doctor Who: In "Journey's End", 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, the human-Time Lord meta-crisis proves to be unstable, and would kill her if she didn't have her memory erased.
  • Inverted in Farscape by 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.
  • Kamen Rider Kiva: 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.
  • Supernatural:
    • Jesse The Antichrist was the offspring of a human and a demon, and for some reason possessed immensely powerful Reality Warper 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. However, Lucifer then steals Jack's grace, giving himself enough of a power boost that he could wipe out the entire universe single-handedly.
  • The Vampire Diaries:
    • 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, possess 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 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 possess all the abilities of a normal werewolf while retaining their spell-casting powers. They also lose the weakness to silver a normal werewolf possesses.

    Tabletop Games 
  • This is generally how hybrid races work in the wide multiverse of Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Half-orcs are traditionally characterized as slightly weaker than pureblooded orcs, but still notably stronger than baseline humans, and far more intellectually adept and magically inclined — not so much because they are exceptionally gifted in those areas compared to humans, but because orcs are typically so inherently bad. Various settings have even had orc tribes that deliberately encouraged breeding half-orcs in order to have a smarter, more disciplined warrior caste, and/or to produce more orcish spellcasters. Orogs, a Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid of orc and ogre, are typically characterized as being stronger and smarter than either of their basic race — although, ironically, they have a counterpart called the Ogrillon which is pure Dumb Muscle.
    • The relatively obscure half-ogre is essentially the half-orc turned Up to Eleven. In 3rd edition, the obscure Forgotten Realms monster called the Verbeeg returned as a half-ogre which favored its human side; they were smaller and weaker than normal half-ogres, but much smarter.
    • Half-elves are typically portrayed as combining the best traits of elfin and human, with human innovation, hardiness and purposefulness married to elven grace, longevity, magical affinity and foresight. From 3rd edition onwards, they also began to be portrayed as naturally diplomatic, as their innate ability to walk the lines between elven and human mentality made them naturally flexible and good at seeing the perspectives of other people.
    • In older editions of the game, it was implied if not outright stated that the halfling subraces of Stout and Tallfellow were respectively the result of crossbreeding between Hairfoots (the base halfling strain) and dwarves or elves. Whilst retaining all of the natural abilities of the halfling, stout halflings have dwarf-like constitutions, making them hardier and more resistant to poison, whilst tallfellows have elf-like longevity, stealth, and Super Senses.
    • The Krynnish half-goblin is explicitly described as melding the best traits of both its parent races, which creates a confident, outgoing, natural leaders and diplomats.
    • The thoul, originally from Mystara, is a Heinz Hybrid of hobgoblin, troll and ghoul, creating a a creature with the brains of hobgoblin (widely considered the smartest of the goblinoids), the strength and Healing Factor of a troll, and the rending claws and paralytic touch of a ghoul. Ironically, these traits earn them as much resentment from their hobgoblin kin as they do respect, and thouls are typically viciously abused by pureblood hobgoblins, even as they are exploited as bodyguards. They later resurfaced in the Nentir Vale, where it was expanded that thouls were part of a Super Breeding Program; the fact they take more after trolls in temperament than hobgoblins, combined with being very slow-breeding by goblinoid standards, makes them arguably a failure. The bullying is also a calculated attempt to brutalize thoul slave-troopers so they will be too scared to use their abilities to rebel.
    • Half-dragons gain all the inherent powers of their non-draconic parent, most notably the ability to gain class-related skills far faster than the average dragon, but also gain draconic abilities such as increased strength, natural armor, and a draconic breath weapon. This same idea ultimately inspired the concept of half-fey, half-celestials and half-fiends.
    • In the Forgotten Realms, originally, dwarf women were rarer and more than half of all dwarves were sterile as a result of an ancient dwarven civil war in which the different sides abused a monster called a Deepspawn to produce vast armies of clone soldiers. As a result, less conservative dwarf clans encouraged intermarriage between their dwarves and human, gnomish or halfling spouses (usually dwarf men and non-dwarf women), because whilst the offspring of such unions were functionally identical to dwarves in appearance and abilities, their fertility and likelihood of being born female were both higher. This lore was ultimately retconned out in 3rd edition through an in-universe act of divine intervention called the Thunder Blessing.
    • The obscure n'djatwa race of Mystara is an unusual hybrid of elf and ogre. As a result, they have elven intelligent, beauty, grace, speed, dexterity and magical proficiency, but ogrish size, strength and hardiness.
  • In 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.

    Video Games 
  • Devil May Cry 4: Agnus in 4 wonders why Dante is stronger than he is, despite Agnus claiming a difference in power and that Dante is "not human" (ignoring the fact that he was originally human). While Dante never gives Agnus a completely straight answer, it pretty much boils down that although Dante has the power of demons, it's also because he has the soul of a human that makes him more powerful, which can easily be applied to Nero as well. Director Hideki Kamiya of DMC1 has tweeted that it's because humans have heart, which demons lack, as well that Dante chooses to live as a human.
    Dante: "You surrendered your humanity. It's that simple."
  • In 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 Worldstone to diminish their power, resulting in the mostly ordinary human race.
  • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War provide players with the ability to pair units in marriage, and allows their offspring to inherit certain skills from their parents, plus letting their base stats be influenced by the stats of the respective parents. Children inherit the Holy Blood of both parents and two parents with minor blood will result in a child with Major. A fact the Big Bad takes advantage of... via branwashing two half-siblings into marrying.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates bring back the marriage system, only now the children inherit both parents' class options and stat Cap modifiers too. Fitting for this trope, the two Half-Human Hybrid kids (Yarne and Nah) have the potential to become some of the strongest characters in the game.
  • In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, the offspring of Beorc and Laguz are known as the Branded (from the marks they have somewhere on their bodies, usually kept hidden) or Parentless. They often have special abilities, but it's generally considered a great stigma, until Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn when it turns out 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 Ashera turning the entire population to stone are Branded due to her having no idea that they exist.
  • A variant in Pokémon games via Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: 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 StarCraft, two alien races were uplifted by the Xel'Naga: The protoss, who with their powerful bodies and Psychic Powers, are deemed to have "purity of form", and the Zerg, which with their mutative adaptibility, Hive Mind 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 Ultimate Life Form.
    • Kerrighan's ultimate form involves combining purity of form and purity of essence with pure Xel'Naga essence, turning them into a Xel'Naga who can kill all of the above.
  • Xenoblade: Half-Homs High Entia, despite their usually smaller head wings and lack of Pointy Ears, are just as long-lived and capable of manipulating ether as their pure-blooded cousins. What really sets them apart is that they are cured of the genetic "curse" that can eventually turn pure High Entia into mindless Telethia.
  • In 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 Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, 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 Player Character, the Demi-Fiend, who has the body of a demon and a human heart and soul, thus combining the best attributes of both...
  • In SaGa Frontier. Humans increase their stats by developing their bodies and minds through training and battle, and can learn Sword, Gun and 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. One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce doesn't even begin to describe it; this combination possibly makes her the most powerful being in the world, period.
  • Subverted in Bayonetta; Despite being the daughter of an Umbra Witch and an Lumen Sage, Bayonetta only has Umbra Witch powers.
    • Double subverted in that an Umbra witch and Lumen sage having a child seems to have caused her to inherit both their spiritual power, making a witch far more powerful than a witch mating with a human.
  • In 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.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • 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 Altmer father and Nord mother won't come out as a mixed Magic Knight, but will be 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 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 natural magical prowess than their fellow races of men, while having hardier constitutions (especially in terms of inherent magical defenses) than their Altmeri ancestors. The Bretons make for exceptional Mage Killer Magic Knights.
      • In Oblivion, Bretons are practically Game Breakers 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 Tales of Symphonia have the 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 out-populate the full elves.
  • In the Valkyrie Profile series, mixing Elf and Human is the secret to greater power. While the elves and gods have a ton of power that a human can't hope to match, humans have the ability to grow and change. Lenneth's rebirth in the original's Golden Ending sees her becoming half-human and becoming the creator goddess.

    Visual Novels 
  • In the Nasuverse, this crops up fairly often, mostly in 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 Prehensile Hair, 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 '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 Super Strength, Super Speed, Super Toughness, and pyrokinesis; and Miyako has very mild Super Strength. The only ability common to all half-breeds is magic resistance, which is apparently simply a natural quality of any human/supernatural creature hybrid.

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10:
    • Inverted in an episode of the original series where the Omnitrix is damaged, causing Ben to assume hybrids of his normal forms. In all cases, these new forms are worse than his normal ones.
    • Played with when Kevin is transformed into a Shapeshifter Mashup 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 Super Strength, Super Speed and Super Toughness 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 Celestialsapien 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.
  • Played very straight in Star vs. the Forces of Evil 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 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, the High Commission explicitly feared their power and stole them away from their parents to suppress it.
  • Steven Universe
    • The titular character 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 Power Incontinence, and he isn't The Needless. 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: 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: the ability to fuse with humans in addition to Gems. But probably the best thing about being a human/Gem hybrid is that since he was raised among both, he's the only person in the world who can easily empathise with and understand both sides.
    • Fusion between Gems also has an element of this. Gems of the same type fusing just create a larger version of that gem with no more than the combined strength of their components. Fusions made of different gems become stronger that the sum of their parts, often possessing new abilities as a result of their components' powers working off each other.

    Real Life 
  • According to an anecdote told variously about George Bernard Shaw and Isadora Duncan/Sandra Bernhardt, Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe, 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.
  • Likewise, dzos, hybrids of yak and domestic cattle, are larger and stronger than yaks or cattle from the region.
  • Hybrids are becoming increasingly common in the arctic region, including Grolar Bears (Grizzly + Polar Bear) and Narlugas (Narwal + Beluga Whale), as a result of climate change pushing the animals into different environments. Both of these creatures are better adapted to survive the mixed 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.


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