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2nd Oct '17 5:07:03 PM PDL
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* Most microorganisms have no gender and reproduce by [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe splitting in two]]

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* Most microorganisms have no gender and reproduce by [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe splitting in two]]two]]. The cells that make up any multicellular do the same for the organism to grow.
30th Sep '17 10:36:00 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': The Orphe are a vaguely insect-looking species that reproduce asexually. The method is by sprinkling some "senirapa" water upon themselves (even a single drop will suffice), which causes their body to spontaneously generate two new Orphe. The children possess all the memories of their parent. It is common for dying Orphe to do this as their final act, to ensure that their memories and experiences will not be lost, but the game suggests that they can do it at any time they please, as long as they have some of the water on hand. And this is before one Orphe randomly undergoes a mutation that leads to the sudden birth of the first female of their species.

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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'':
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The Orphe are a vaguely insect-looking species that reproduce asexually. The method is by sprinkling some "senirapa" water upon themselves (even a single drop will suffice), which causes their body to spontaneously generate two new Orphe. The children possess all the memories of their parent. It is common for dying Orphe to do this as their final act, to ensure that their memories and experiences will not be lost, but the game suggests that they can do it at any time they please, as long as they have some of the water on hand. And this is before one Orphe randomly undergoes a mutation that leads to the sudden birth of the first female of their species.species.
** The Zaruboggan seem to be a OneGenderRace, and also reproduce asexually. The precise method isn't gone into, but the word they use for producing a child is "[[{{Squick}} regurgitation]]".
30th Sep '17 10:33:21 PM DarkHunter
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** [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe asari]] reproduction is based on 'melding'. During said process, the asari scrambles and changes up a DNA sample of her own, using the DNA of her partner, whatever sex and [[BoldlyComing (sentient) species it may be]], as a map/inspiration. The randomized version of the asari's genes is then combined with an unchanged sample of them for purposes of producing offspring. [[OptionalSexualEncounter Sexual contact is not required, but not uncommon]]. Even more weirdly, mating ''within their own species'' is discouraged in order to avoid certain extremely nasty genetic defects that can occur from such a union.

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** [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe asari]] Asari]] reproduction is based on 'melding'. During said process, the asari scrambles and changes up a DNA sample of her own, using the DNA of her partner, whatever sex and [[BoldlyComing (sentient) species it may be]], as a map/inspiration. The randomized version of the asari's genes is then combined with an unchanged sample of them for purposes of producing offspring. [[OptionalSexualEncounter Sexual contact is not required, but not uncommon]]. Even more weirdly, mating ''within their own species'' is discouraged in order to avoid certain extremely nasty genetic defects that can occur from such a union.


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** The [[BigBad kett]] in ''Andromeda'' actually ''cannot'' reproduce; all sex organs on them are vestigial. So how are new kett made? [[spoiler:They transform members of other species into new kett via a highly painful process referred to as "exaltation". The Archon implies that they have assimilated over a thousand species into more kett.]]
19th Sep '17 6:25:31 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Moclans reproduce by laying eggs, although they are male. [[spoiler: Or at least it seems that way to begin with...]]
17th Sep '17 5:32:09 AM Tightwire
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* Transformers in IDW's ''Transformers'' comic have a truly bizarre reproductive cycle that doesn't even involve sex of any kind. There are "hot spots" on Cybertron and its moons where [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]] form and are then "ignited" by an energy pulse from Vector Sigma, the life-giving core of Cybertron. Once the sparks are lit they are carefully removed from the ground and placed within the cybertronian's constructed body. This is referred to as "forging" and is the natural form of reproduction for them. They can also artificially reproduce through "cold construction," which involves surgically removing a portion of the spark from another cybertronian and using it to grow a new one. There was much [[FantasticRacism bigotry]] towards cold constructed bots in Cybertron's old days (to the point of there being a cybertronian apartheid) as they were seen as blasphemy towards [[RobotReligion Primus]] but it's more or less died out after the Great War.

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* Transformers in IDW's ''Transformers'' comic have a truly bizarre reproductive cycle that doesn't even involve sex of any kind. There are "hot spots" on Cybertron and its moons where [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]] form and are then "ignited" by an energy pulse from Vector Sigma, the life-giving core of Cybertron. This is known as 'forging'. Once the sparks are lit they are carefully removed from the ground and placed within a special kind of incubator known as the cybertronian's constructed body. 'protoform', which it merges with. It then begins to take a form usually based on the person whom it has the most contact with as a protoform, and rapidly begins to develop the parts it needs for its future alt-mode. This is referred to as "forging" all takes less than an hour, and is the natural form of reproduction for them. development from 'sparkling' into a full-size adult takes about two weeks.
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They can also artificially reproduce through "cold construction," which involves surgically removing a portion of the spark from another cybertronian and using it to grow a new one. There was much [[FantasticRacism bigotry]] towards cold constructed bots in Cybertron's old days (to the point of there being a cybertronian apartheid) as they were seen as blasphemy towards [[RobotReligion Primus]] but it's more or less died out after the Great War.
17th Sep '17 4:39:15 AM Tightwire
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** Dr. Zoidberg's species lay eggs into the ocean and then die off en masse. He's only lived so long because no female seeking a mate will even look at him. This doesn't prevent Zoidberg having a JewishMother-equivalent relative, or introducing himself as "Norm and Sam and Sadie's boy," so presumably some Decapodians avoid mating to raise the kids.

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** Dr. Zoidberg's species lay eggs into the ocean and then die off en masse. He's only lived so long because no female seeking a mate will even look at him. This doesn't prevent Zoidberg having a JewishMother-equivalent relative, or introducing himself as "Norm and Sam and Sadie's boy," so presumably some Decapodians avoid mating boy." This is kind of FridgeBrilliance; since only the most disgusting and pathetic members of his race survive to raise the kids.young, who do you think's going to be teaching them their standards?
28th Aug '17 3:18:26 AM moloch
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* One of the ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Star Trek: The Captain's Table]]'' books presented the Anjiri and the Nykkus, [[spoiler: apparently]] two species of [[TheReptilians [=Reptilians=]]] whose gender (female, male, neuter) was determined by the temperature at which their eggs were incubated. Originally, they were presented in a fairly straightforward PlanetOfHats way- the Anjiri were matriarchal, with the females running the planet and the males being basically incompetent Space Pirates; the Nykkus were initially presented as a sort of HenchmenRace to the Anjiri. It later turned out that [[spoiler: the Nykkus and Anjiri are actually one species with two forms; females of either "species" in fact lay eggs for both, apparently regardless of whether their mates are Nykkus or Anjiri. All the Nykkus shown in the original appearance were "Coldborn" (neuter and not very bright); the male and female Nykkus shown later have little interest in working for the Anjiri, although the females are a lot better disposed towards them.]] Oh, and incubation temperature also determines, or at least strongly influences, both intelligence and physical strength (with females being the strongest/smartest for each race).

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* One of the ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Star Trek: The Captain's Table]]'' books presented the Anjiri and the Nykkus, [[spoiler: apparently]] two species of [[TheReptilians [=Reptilians=]]] whose gender (female, male, neuter) was determined by the temperature at which their eggs were incubated. Originally, they were presented in a fairly straightforward PlanetOfHats way- the Anjiri were matriarchal, with the females running the planet and the males being basically incompetent Space Pirates; the Nykkus were initially presented as a sort of HenchmenRace to the Anjiri. It later turned out that [[spoiler: the Nykkus and Anjiri are actually one species with two forms; females of either "species" in fact lay eggs for both, apparently regardless of whether their mates are Nykkus or Anjiri. All the Nykkus shown in the original appearance were "Coldborn" (neuter and not very bright); the male and female Nykkus shown later have little interest in working for the Anjiri, although the females are a lot better disposed towards them.]] Oh, and incubation temperature also determines, or at least strongly influences, both intelligence and physical strength (with females being the strongest/smartest for each race).
15th Aug '17 7:59:08 PM Fireblood
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* In {{Robert J Sawyer}}'s ''Illegal Alien'', the Tosoks' females have four wombs, so that group sex is the norm for them, with four males impregnating each. Half-siblings are also far more common as a result. Occasionally though just one male inseminates all four of a female's wombs. Their term for God possibly even reflects that-one human, learning about all this, reflects how they thought the Tosoks were saying "Foremother" but it may have really been "''Four''mother".
24th Jul '17 5:25:59 AM Powoga
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*** ''Volo's Guide to Monsters'' gives us another explanation: sometimes, a Beholder may create another Beholder (or some other creature) by [[{{Clap Your Hands If You Believe}} dreaming]].
21st Jul '17 5:57:44 AM MarqFJA
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Sometimes related to GRatedSex. May fall into YouFailBiologyForever, if the reproductive method fails to generate enough offspring to maintain a population. Note for examples to not include anything related to cultural practices; we're limited to the biology of reproduction here. Put NonMammalMammaries, ExoticEquipment, MisterSeahorse, FacefulOfAlienWingWong, and ChestBurster on their own pages, please.

Supertrope of BizarreAlienSexes. Compare BizarreSexualDimorphism. If this trope is averted even when it shouldn't be, we're dealing with a MaleToFemaleUniversalAdaptor.

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Sometimes related to GRatedSex. May fall into YouFailBiologyForever, if the reproductive method fails to generate enough offspring to maintain a population. Note for examples to not include anything related to cultural practices; we're limited to the biology of reproduction here. Put NonMammalMammaries, ExoticEquipment, MisterSeahorse, FacefulOfAlienWingWong, and ChestBurster examples belonging to subtropes on their own pages, please.

Supertrope of BizarreAlienSexes. Subtropes:
[[index]]
* BizarreAlienSexes
* ChestBurster
* ExoticEquipment
* FacefulOfAlienWingWong
* MisterSeahorse
* NonMammalMammaries
[[/index]]

Compare BizarreSexualDimorphism. If this trope is averted even when it shouldn't be, we're dealing with a MaleToFemaleUniversalAdaptor.
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