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28th Jan '16 4:47:48 PM Heart
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* The space colony of Talaam in ''VisualNovel/OurPersonalSpace'' doesn't even try to be subtle about its attempts to enforce this, even going so far as to mainly bring in young couples as settlers in the hope that they'll reproduce and boost the newly founded colony's population. The protagonist even notes, much to her chagrin, that they brought a very limited supply of birth control, but ''plenty'' of pregnancy tests.
15th Jan '16 4:59:54 PM Baby_Moondancer
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* In the series ''Series/DeadlyWomen'', the episode "Deadly Women Who Kill Their Own" shows a woman who killed all TEN of her children because she truly did not want children, but her priest said having her tubes tied would be a mortal sin. She was only caught, at age 70, when she confessed to the killings.
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* In the series ''Series/DeadlyWomen'', the episode "Deadly Women Who Kill Their Own" shows a woman related the story of Marie Noe, who killed all TEN of her children because she truly did not want children, but her priest said having her tubes tied would be a mortal sin. She was only caught, at age 70, when she confessed to the killings.
20th Dec '15 1:06:25 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Implicit for the Emaan in ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'', since their BizarreAlienBiology means all females become incurably sterile at the age of ''eighteen''. Also means that they are forced to be a species of {{Absurdly Youthful Mother}}s.
19th Dec '15 8:56:27 PM ecuvulle6267
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[[folder:Film]] * ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'': It's implied that President Snow expects Katniss Everdeen to bear Peeta's children as a means of being able to control her. [[/folder]]
19th Dec '15 3:08:01 PM Jake
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', by the same author, has a much straighter example that drives the entire plot. The fact that the female character in question ([[spoiler: also Asuka]]) definitely didn't want kids is a source of much angst early on, especially because she didn't have the option of a safe abortion.
10th Dec '15 3:18:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' one argument used by Benedick on himself.
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* In ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' one argument used by Benedick on himself.

* In ''RomeoAndJuliet'', Romeo laments that Rosalind neglects her duty in this, cutting off her beauty from all posterity. * In ''AllsWellThatEndsWell'', Parolles tells Helena that preserving virginity neglects this duty, which could produce ten virgins from losing hers.
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* In ''RomeoAndJuliet'', ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', Romeo laments that Rosalind neglects her duty in this, cutting off her beauty from all posterity. * In ''AllsWellThatEndsWell'', ''Theatre/AllsWellThatEndsWell'', Parolles tells Helena that preserving virginity neglects this duty, which could produce ten virgins from losing hers.

* In ''FireEmblem: Genealogy of the Holy War,'' the fourth game in the series, every last female character recruited in the first half of the game has two kids if she falls in love with someone. One boy and one girl each, no exceptions. And it's a massive GenerationXerox for classes depending on who the fathers are.
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* In ''FireEmblem: ''Videogame/FireEmblem: Genealogy of the Holy War,'' the fourth game in the series, every last female character recruited in the first half of the game has two kids if she falls in love with someone. One boy and one girl each, no exceptions. And it's a massive GenerationXerox for classes depending on who the fathers are.

* There is a prompt to "Do your part in repopulating species" from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''. However, this was a short time after a [[DepopulationBomb sterility field]] had gone down, so this is not so much an obligation to reproduce, so much as an announcement that people are finally free to make babies again. * Any straight couple that engages in "woohoo" in ''TheSimsMedieval'' may produce a baby. Unlike in other Sims games, there is no way to prevent this.
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* There is a prompt to "Do your part in repopulating species" from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''.''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. However, this was a short time after a [[DepopulationBomb sterility field]] had gone down, so this is not so much an obligation to reproduce, so much as an announcement that people are finally free to make babies again. * Any straight couple that engages in "woohoo" in ''TheSimsMedieval'' ''Videogame/TheSimsMedieval'' may produce a baby. Unlike in other Sims games, there is no way to prevent this.
21st Nov '15 10:58:22 PM nombretomado
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* Discussed in the ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheNewRetcons'', where Elly Patterson highly resents her brother and sister-in-law for not wanting children and deciding not to have them. She herself did not want kids but felt that she had to have them anyway. This was also why she lied and told everyone Georgia was infertile, cause to her that was the only 'acceptable' reason to avoid motherhood.
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* Discussed in the ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheNewRetcons'', where Elly Patterson highly resents her brother and sister-in-law for not wanting children and deciding not to have them. She herself did not want kids but felt that she had to have them anyway. This was also why she lied and told everyone Georgia was infertile, cause to her that was the only 'acceptable' reason to avoid motherhood.

* One of the reasons Anthony is so despised in the ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' fandom is the [[UnfortunateImplications implied subtext]] that it was he who pressured his wife Thérèse into having a child that she didn't want by agreeing to be the primary care-giver, then reneging on the agreement just as Thérèse was going through postpartum depression. The reader is explicitly meant to see Thérèse as an unnatural monster for not wanting children in the first place (to the point where she wholesale abandons child, husband and all not much later) and Anthony as the poor put-upon hubby who 'tries to love' his wife despite her refusal to make them a 'real family'.
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* One of the reasons Anthony is so despised in the ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' fandom is the [[UnfortunateImplications implied subtext]] that it was he who pressured his wife Thérèse into having a child that she didn't want by agreeing to be the primary care-giver, then reneging on the agreement just as Thérèse was going through postpartum depression. The reader is explicitly meant to see Thérèse as an unnatural monster for not wanting children in the first place (to the point where she wholesale abandons child, husband and all not much later) and Anthony as the poor put-upon hubby who 'tries to love' his wife despite her refusal to make them a 'real family'.
6th Nov '15 8:59:22 PM Bissek
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00472.htm Florence regards it as a duty, since there are only 14 of her species.]] This precludes InterspeciesRomance -- she can't ask him to support puppies not his own.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00472.htm Florence regards it as a duty, since there are only 14 of her species.]] This precludes InterspeciesRomance -- she can't ask him Winston to support puppies not his own.own. Though when [[spoiler:Doctor Bowman]] actually offers to implant her with one of the extra Bowman's Wolf embryos left over from the initial experiments, she declines, on the grounds that she isn't in a situation where she could properly care for a child at that time.
19th Sep '15 1:39:42 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ElfQuest'', nature decides when two elves are ready to have a child, and the elves aren't allowed to protest. This turns into a [[WordOfGod mate or get]] ''[[WordOfGod really]]'' sick situation for several elves, most prominently Dewshine, who ''hates'' the mate that was chosen for her by destiny. But since BabiesMakeEverythingBetter, she loves her ''child'' regardless. This trope gets twisted later -- nature seems to consider genetics ''and'' population when deciding which two elves are to reproduce. The Gliders, for example, have an ''inversion'' forced upon them: none of them had been able to conceive [[spoiler:aside from Winnowill via magic]] in centuries, despite very much wanting to have children among them, due to locking themselves in a mountain fortress with limited space. The Go-Backs, on the other hand, have an amazingly short lifespan because of their warring with trolls and living in harsh conditions and breed like any other mammals; when the Wolfriders mention Recognition, Kahvi is surprised that they still bother with that. As with [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality most things, the Wolfriders have the ideal balance]], as they reproduce often enough to maintain a cycle of life and death, but still have Recognition and only breed genetically superior children. Except for Pike, who was his father's first attempt at Healer-induced conception ''outside'' of Recognition.
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* In ''ElfQuest'', ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', nature decides when two elves are ready to have a child, and the elves aren't allowed to protest. This turns into a [[WordOfGod mate or get]] ''[[WordOfGod really]]'' sick situation for several elves, most prominently Dewshine, who ''hates'' the mate that was chosen for her by destiny. But since BabiesMakeEverythingBetter, she loves her ''child'' regardless. This trope gets twisted later -- nature seems to consider genetics ''and'' population when deciding which two elves are to reproduce. The Gliders, for example, have an ''inversion'' forced upon them: none of them had been able to conceive [[spoiler:aside from Winnowill via magic]] in centuries, despite very much wanting to have children among them, due to locking themselves in a mountain fortress with limited space. The Go-Backs, on the other hand, have an amazingly short lifespan because of their warring with trolls and living in harsh conditions and breed like any other mammals; when the Wolfriders mention Recognition, Kahvi is surprised that they still bother with that. As with [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality most things, the Wolfriders have the ideal balance]], as they reproduce often enough to maintain a cycle of life and death, but still have Recognition and only breed genetically superior children. Except for Pike, who was his father's first attempt at Healer-induced conception ''outside'' of Recognition.
12th Aug '15 6:05:06 PM Goldfritha
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Maybe having babies is considered a civic duty, like a man's serving in warfare.
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