Ancient families are the most powerful Fae families that ever lived. Many channeled their children's energy to gain power. In the ancient world they were viewed and worshiped as gods by humans who gave them many names. Ancients adapted to feeding on the love or fear of masses of human followers and they fed off of hundreds of people at a time. These families were viewed as Gods or Goddesses by ancient cultures of the human world.
Ancients are incorporeal beings that possess the body of living creatures, as shown by Zeus, Hera, Iris, and Eros. In their true form, they are glowing green spirit-like beings.
Ancients possess many powers and abilities of various Fae species, such as the shapeshifting ability demonstrated by Persephone and Hades. Hades explained that he learned his impersonation skill from his brother, Zeus (Family Portrait).
Although they are considered immortal they can be killed or hurt by another Ancient or by using the power from an Ancient. Eros was killed when Lauren threw an axe into his back and the metal attracted lightning produced by Zee during a storm created by Iris (Here Comes the Night).
Unlike the prohibitions imposed upon Fae regarding interspecies sex and romance, the Ancients engaged in sex with humans and procreated with them at will. A Heraclid is a human descendant of Hercules and a mutation with exceptional genes that make them strong, fast, and incredibly resilient (Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts).
A Coquetel was a special cocktail that Ancients called "the drink of prophesy." It was the original, classic cocktail of the Fae.
Trick described The Norn as an Ancient: "You know the ancients adore trickery. Their favors come at a high price." (Blood Lines). In Into the Dark, The Norn said to Kenzi, "I am as old as time and twice as deadly."
- Heratio / aka Hera
- Iris / aka Nyx
- Zee / aka Zeus
- The description about Ancients in Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts — four seasons after The Norn was identified as an Ancient in Blood Lines — is one of the many plot holes and contradictions that have existed throughout the storyline of Lost Girl.
- Zee and Heratio have reversed genders from their classical counterparts. In Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts, Heratio told Iris to "listen to your mother" (i.e. Zee); and Zee said to Iris "Your father just made a mistake, that's all" (i.e. Heratio). However, in Here Comes the Night, Heratio called himself "Hera".
- Zee has been called Zeus, Amun, Odin, and Jupiter, by patriarchal civilizations (End of Faes).
- 1.13 Blood Lines (The Norn)
- 2.03 Scream a Little Dream (The Norn)
- 2.05 BrotherFae of the Wolves (The Norn)
- 2.14 Midnight Lamp (The Norn)
- 2.21 Into the Dark (The Norn)
- 3.05 Faes Wide Shut (Bacchus)
- 5.02 Like Hell Pt.2 (Persephone) (Hades mentioned only) (Demeter mentioned only)
- 5.03 Big in Japan (Zee / as Elizabeth Helm)
- 5.04 When God Opens a Window (Zee / as Elizabeth Helm)
- 5.05 It's Your Lucky Fae (Heratio) (Hades mentioned only)
- 5.06 Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts (Heratio, Iris, Zee) (Hercules mentioned only)
- 5.07 Here Comes the Night (Eros, Heratio, Iris, Zee) (Hades voice in vision) (Psyche mentioned only)
- 5.08 End of Faes (Hades, Heratio, Iris, Zee) (Aphrodite mentioned only) (Nyx in Iris)
- 5.09 44 Minutes to Save the World (Hades, Heratio, Iris, Zee) (Nyx in Iris) (Athena mentioned only)
- 5.10 Like Father, Like Daughter (Hades, Heratio, Persephone, Zee)
- 5.11 Sweet Valkyrie High (Hades)
- 5.12 Judgement Fae (Hades, Hephaestus, Heratio, Megaera, Zee)
- 5.13 Family Portrait (Hades)
- 5.14 Follow the Yellow Trick Road (Hades)
- 5.15 Let Them Burn (Hades)
- 5.16 Rise (Hades)