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19th Oct '17 9:42:39 PM LadyNorbert
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* According to the backstory of ''Fanfic/SkyholdAcademyYearbook'', the eponymous school came into being in part because its founders were never able to have children of their own.



* Both sides are featured in ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. On the one hand, Rose Van Alden, who wants a child more than anything in the world and practically considers sex a chore to get that, can't conceive. Her husband Nelson is not so thrilled about having children himself [[spoiler: but knocks up Lucy during his first and only one night stand.]] Meanwhile, Lucy had suggested to stop using birth control in order to secure Nucky for herself, but only gets pregnant after he has abandoned her.
* ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'': Given the fecundity of their parents, the Walker kids seem to have an unusual amount of fertility problems. Sarah being the sole exception.

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* Both sides are featured in ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. On the one hand, Rose Van Alden, who wants a child more than anything in the world and practically considers sex a chore to get that, can't conceive. Her husband Nelson is not so thrilled about having children himself [[spoiler: but knocks up Lucy during his first and only one night stand.]] Meanwhile, Lucy had suggested been advised to stop using birth control in order to secure Nucky for herself, but only gets pregnant after he has abandoned her.
* ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'': Given the fecundity of their parents, the Walker kids seem to have an unusual amount of fertility problems. problems, Sarah being the sole exception.



* ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' plays this both ways. In the prologue, Mrs. Wormwood, who wanted anything but a second child, dishearteningly found out she was 9 months pregnant with Matilda as she was preparing to compete in the Biannual International Salsa & Ballroom Dancing Championships. In the B-story told by Matilda, [[spoiler:which is later revealed to be the story of Miss Honey's parents]], the Acrobat and the Escapologist tried for years to conceive a child without success, until, on the day of their most dangerous stunt, "The Burning Woman Flying Through The Air With Dynamite In Her Hair...Caught by the Man Locked in the Cage", they found out that she was pregnant and attempted to cancel the performance, but contractual obligations forced them to perform anyway, and the Acrobat was gravely injured during the trick, dying after giving birth to their daughter.

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* ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' plays this both ways. In the prologue, Mrs. Wormwood, who wanted anything but a second child, dishearteningly found out she was 9 months pregnant with Matilda as she was preparing to compete in the Biannual International Salsa & Ballroom Dancing Championships. In the B-story told by Matilda, [[spoiler:which is later revealed to be the story of Miss Honey's parents]], the Acrobat and the Escapologist tried for years to conceive a child without success, until, on the day of their most dangerous stunt, "The Burning Woman Flying Through The Air With Dynamite In Her Hair... Caught by the Man Locked in the Cage", they found out that she was pregnant and attempted to cancel the performance, but contractual obligations forced them to perform anyway, and the Acrobat was gravely injured during the trick, dying after giving birth to their daughter.
2nd Sep '17 11:02:43 AM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. In Season 4, Marshall and Lily decide that the time just isn't right for the two of them to have a baby, and they actually make it stick; Lily doesn't get pregnant. What makes it notable is that AlysonHannigan, the actress who plays Lily, ''was'' pregnant throughout the season, but the writers still passed on the chance to write it into the story.

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* Averted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. In Season 4, Marshall and Lily decide that the time just isn't right for the two of them to have a baby, and they actually make it stick; Lily doesn't get pregnant. What makes it notable is that AlysonHannigan, Creator/AlysonHannigan, the actress who plays Lily, ''was'' pregnant throughout the season, but the writers still passed on the chance to write it into the story.
2nd Aug '17 6:07:46 PM WillKeaton
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* Happens to two "friends" in ''[[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20294878,00.html I'm So Happy For You]]''.

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* Happens to two "friends" in ''[[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20294878,00.html I'm So Happy For You]]''.You.]]''
2nd Aug '17 6:07:12 PM WillKeaton
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** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3150847/1/Conceived Conceived]]'': Both Starfire and Raven fall pregnant due to a villain weapon's side effects (Starfire from Robin, Raven from Beast Boy).
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3507597/1/A-Late-Night-of-Reflection A Late Night of Reflection]]''. The whole fic is Beast Boy thinking about how difficult it was for him and Raven to finally have their son.
** In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9862443/1/Timing-is-Everything Timing is Everything]]'', played for both couples and causes quite a bit of tension. On the one hand, Robin and Starfire have trouble conceiving - turns out they ''are'' genetically compatible despite being from different planets, but human sperm are too weak for her reproductive system. First, there is an argument about using IVF, then an attempt fails. Raven, on the other hand, has a ButICantBePregnant moment - she's only supposed to be capable of having children with someone who has demon blood. However, she's dating Beast Boy, and apparently his shapeshifting abilities extend to his sperm enough to fool Raven's reproductive system. Then Beast Boy recommends that Starfire [[AutoErotica sits in the T-Car]] next time she's implanted, since that's where Raven got pregnant. Apparently, it works.

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** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3150847/1/Conceived Conceived]]'': Both Conceived]]'' has both Starfire and Raven fall falling pregnant due to a villain villain's weapon's side effects (Starfire from Robin, Raven from Beast Boy).
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3507597/1/A-Late-Night-of-Reflection A Late Night of Reflection]]''. Reflection.]]'' The whole fic is Beast Boy thinking about how difficult it was for him and Raven to finally have their son.
** In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9862443/1/Timing-is-Everything Timing is Everything]]'', Everything,]]'' played for both couples and causes quite a bit of tension. On the one hand, Robin and Starfire have trouble conceiving - turns out they ''are'' genetically compatible despite being from different planets, but human sperm are too weak for her reproductive system. First, there is an argument about using IVF, then an attempt fails. Raven, on the other hand, has a ButICantBePregnant moment - she's only supposed to be capable of having children with someone who has demon blood. However, she's dating Beast Boy, and apparently his shapeshifting abilities extend to his sperm enough to fool Raven's reproductive system. Then Beast Boy recommends that Starfire [[AutoErotica sits in the T-Car]] next time she's implanted, since that's where Raven got pregnant. Apparently, it works.
2nd Aug '17 6:06:00 PM WillKeaton
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* "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/47junipertree.html The Juniper Tree]]"
* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momotaro Momo-tarou]]" is the Japanese version of this fairy tale.

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* "[[http://www.[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/47junipertree.html The "The Juniper Tree]]"
Tree"]]
* "[[http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momotaro Momo-tarou]]" "Momo-tarou"]] is the Japanese version of this fairy tale.



* In "Literature/{{Tatterhood}}", the queen is so eager to have a child, she neglects to follow the magical directions to get them.

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* In "Literature/{{Tatterhood}}", "Literature/{{Tatterhood}}," the queen is so eager to have a child, she neglects to follow the magical directions to get them.
19th Jul '17 5:51:55 PM Minni128
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*One chapter of ''Fanfic/ConcerningADrifter'' implies Satsuki is physically unable to have children due to [[ParentalIncest childhood]] [[RapeAsBackstory abuse]].
9th Jul '17 6:25:49 AM RicPot
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* Rampant on ''Series/DowntonAbbey''. The only woman on the show who actually gets pregnant without difficulty when she wants to is Sibyl, and she ends up [[DeathByChildbirth dying as a result]].

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* Rampant on ''Series/DowntonAbbey''. The only woman on the show who actually gets pregnant without difficulty when she wants to is Sibyl, Sybil, and she ends up [[DeathByChildbirth dying as a result]].
5th Jul '17 2:30:00 PM Goldfritha
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If it's the ''man'' who was reliably told he was infertile, expect MamasBabyPapasMaybe to rear its head; to maximize the drama, usually the woman knows he's the father.
9th Jun '17 7:59:25 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In many versions of the oft-edited KingArthur stories, Arthur and Guinevere want an heir but can't produce one, while a single dalliance with a woman who [[BrotherSisterIncest turned out to be his half-sister]] led to conception, birth, and eventually the child, Mordred, and Arthur inflicting a MutualKill on each other at Camlann.

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* In many versions of the oft-edited KingArthur Myth/KingArthur stories, Arthur and Guinevere want an heir but can't produce one, while a single dalliance with a woman who [[BrotherSisterIncest turned out to be his half-sister]] led to conception, birth, and eventually the child, Mordred, [[BastardBastard Mordred]], and Arthur inflicting a MutualKill on each other at Camlann.
4th Jun '17 12:31:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''[[CiemWebcomicSeries Ciem: Vigilante Centipede]]'' in a few parts, but played totally straight most of the time. Candi seduces Donte ''twice'' in the hopes of them having a baby. And nothing happens either time. After Donte's [[spoiler: ([[NotQuiteDead fake]]) [[DeathFakedForYou death]]]], Candi meets Denny. They try to restrain themselves at first, but eventually succumb. They have sex numerous times without incident. Then, after tricking Gunner in a fight to kill himself by falling on his own knife, Candi has sex with Denny again. And ''this time'', gets pregnant. By that point, she wanted a child, but was not amused with the ''timing''. After Denny is [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]], she rescues Donte and reconciles with him. Several times they try to get pregnant, with no success. It's when Candi ''no longer cares'' that she actually ends up conceiving Frank.

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* Played with in ''[[CiemWebcomicSeries ''[[Webcomic/CiemWebcomicSeries Ciem: Vigilante Centipede]]'' in a few parts, but played totally straight most of the time. Candi seduces Donte ''twice'' in the hopes of them having a baby. And nothing happens either time. After Donte's [[spoiler: ([[NotQuiteDead fake]]) [[DeathFakedForYou death]]]], Candi meets Denny. They try to restrain themselves at first, but eventually succumb. They have sex numerous times without incident. Then, after tricking Gunner in a fight to kill himself by falling on his own knife, Candi has sex with Denny again. And ''this time'', gets pregnant. By that point, she wanted a child, but was not amused with the ''timing''. After Denny is [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]], she rescues Donte and reconciles with him. Several times they try to get pregnant, with no success. It's when Candi ''no longer cares'' that she actually ends up conceiving Frank.
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