Just like a family tree in real life, a fictional family tree is a family tree involving characters from media.
Also called fictional genealogy, fictional family trees are commonly used in work whose universe and story are extensive, including novels, cinematic universes, and TV shows. Creating a fictional family tree can add a sense of depth to a character or a family.
Fictional family trees are created when a character’s family spans multiple generations throughout a piece of content. These are usually created for important characters in the story, characters who are of nobility or have a rich ancestral background, or fictional families who are interrelated to each other.
Aside from writers, people who play tabletop role-playing games can use fictional family trees to beef up their character’s lore.
The first step to making a fictional family tree is by knowing which characters need them. If they’re important or affluent in your fictional universe, come from a big family, or are extremely connected to the other people in your story, then a family tree can be a great idea to flesh out the lore.
There are many tools to help you create a fictional family tree for your character or a character you like, such as MyHeritage, FamilyTreeX, and Word Anvil. Even online design applications such as Canva have free templates that can help you illustrate your fictional family tree.