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21st Sep '17 12:18:16 PM DrOO7
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** A rare version on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', where the man ''knew'' that he wasn't the father. After a teenage girl was raped, she only confided in her friend. When she learned she was pregnant, he claimed he was the father to spare her the humiliation of telling everyone what had happened to her. Desperate for some [=TLC=] after her ordeal, she began using the pregnancy to draw closer to him. When she miscarried after falling down, she blamed it on his girlfriend, putting the final nail in the coffin of their relationship, until she finally admitted that she'd tripped on her own, rather than being shoved.
21st Sep '17 10:10:36 AM x_countryguy
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* In the manga version of ''Manga/KareKano'', [[spoiler: Souichiro Arima's birth mother Ryouko does this to squeeze child support money out of his father, Reiji, because she knows Reiji is the son of a rich doctor. (What she doesn't know is that Reiji is illegitimate, much younger than his father's legitimate children, and actively hated by all of them except Souji, the eldest). She leaves Soichiro to ''[[OffingTheOffspring die]]'' some time after finding this out, but Soichiro is saved by Reiji's timely arrival and ends up being adopted soon after by Souji and his wife Shizune, who can't have children of their own.]]
* In the anime version of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'', [[spoiler: Kotonoha is convinced Sekai did this to Makoto and cuts open Sekai's belly to "make sure" after [[AxCrazy murdering]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse her]].]] Is this what ''actually'' happened? [[spoiler: The show's ambiguous on it: Sekai has a fairly strong claim in regards to pregnancy itself, but it's left up in the air whether she deliberately pulled the trope, or this is just TeenPregnancy without the baby trap itself behind. (Some fans speculate that Sekai might not have been pregnant, but sincerely believed she was due to having symptoms that could easily be mistaken as those of pregnancy)]].

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* In the manga version of ''Manga/KareKano'', [[spoiler: Souichiro [[spoiler:Souichiro Arima's birth mother Ryouko does this to squeeze child support money out of his father, Reiji, because she knows Reiji is the son of a rich doctor. (What she doesn't know is that Reiji is illegitimate, much younger than his father's legitimate children, and actively hated by all of them except Souji, the eldest). She leaves Soichiro to ''[[OffingTheOffspring die]]'' some time after finding this out, but Soichiro is saved by Reiji's timely arrival and ends up being adopted soon after by Souji and his wife Shizune, who can't have children of their own.]]
* In the anime version of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'', [[spoiler: Kotonoha [[spoiler:Kotonoha is convinced Sekai did this to Makoto and cuts open Sekai's belly to "make sure" after [[AxCrazy murdering]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse her]].]] Is this what ''actually'' happened? [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The show's ambiguous on it: Sekai has a fairly strong claim in regards to pregnancy itself, but it's left up in the air whether she deliberately pulled the trope, or this is just TeenPregnancy without the baby trap itself behind. (Some fans speculate that Sekai might not have been pregnant, but sincerely believed she was due to having symptoms that could easily be mistaken as those of pregnancy)]].



* In ''Manga/OishiiKankei'', [[spoiler: Kanako tries to pull this on Keiji to force him to marry her. She was, in fact, pregnant, but the baby wasn't his, but from her boss.]]

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* In ''Manga/OishiiKankei'', [[spoiler: Kanako [[spoiler:Kanako tries to pull this on Keiji to force him to marry her. She was, in fact, pregnant, but the baby wasn't his, but from her boss.]]



* Mariella Zabini from ''Fanfic/BlackSky'' is purely motivated by her desire to escape her life as a prostitute when she engages herself into an affair with the Prince of Sabina, whom she ''knows'' is without a male heir to succeed her. Unusually for this trope, the baby's birth would have been a boon for every party involved: Sabina gets a Heir and Mariella as the mother gets to spend her life in comfort and safety. Unfortunately, the Prince wasn't keen on acknowledging he fathered a bastard, [[spoiler: so he brutally mind-wiped Mariella and abandonned her to die in a slum, with her son who later grows up to become Xanxus of the Vongola.]]

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* Mariella Zabini from ''Fanfic/BlackSky'' is purely motivated by her desire to escape her life as a prostitute when she engages herself into an affair with the Prince of Sabina, whom she ''knows'' is without a male heir to succeed her. Unusually for this trope, the baby's birth would have been a boon for every party involved: Sabina gets a Heir and Mariella as the mother gets to spend her life in comfort and safety. Unfortunately, the Prince wasn't keen on acknowledging he fathered a bastard, [[spoiler: so [[spoiler:so he brutally mind-wiped Mariella and abandonned her to die in a slum, with her son who later grows up to become Xanxus of the Vongola.]]



** Another weird example: in the movie ''A Home At The End Of The World'' a gay man named Johnathan is attempting to get his best friend, a straight woman named Clare, pregnant so they can both raise the baby together. When Jonathan's old boyfriend Bobby enters their life and also begins a sexual relationship with Clare, it obviously creates huge discourse within the trio. When Johnathan has finally had enough a threatens to leave them both, Clare reveals that she's pregnant, [[spoiler: although she doesn't mention who the father is]]. This causes both Bobby and Johnathan to [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter put aside their differences and they all raise the baby together as a family unit]].

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** Another weird example: in the movie ''A Home At The End Of The World'' a gay man named Johnathan is attempting to get his best friend, a straight woman named Clare, pregnant so they can both raise the baby together. When Jonathan's old boyfriend Bobby enters their life and also begins a sexual relationship with Clare, it obviously creates huge discourse within the trio. When Johnathan has finally had enough a threatens to leave them both, Clare reveals that she's pregnant, [[spoiler: although [[spoiler:although she doesn't mention who the father is]]. This causes both Bobby and Johnathan to [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter put aside their differences and they all raise the baby together as a family unit]].



* Though it's a recurring point in ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman,'' the movie also tries something different: [[spoiler: Lynette only claims to be pregnant so that Sid stays in a relationship with her. She spills the beans when he resigns from the military to be with her, [[WhatAnIdiot which she didn't want]]. One has to wonder when she would have confessed her lack of pregnancy otherwise.]]

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* Though it's a recurring point in ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman,'' the movie also tries something different: [[spoiler: Lynette [[spoiler:Lynette only claims to be pregnant so that Sid stays in a relationship with her. She spills the beans when he resigns from the military to be with her, [[WhatAnIdiot which she didn't want]]. One has to wonder when she would have confessed her lack of pregnancy otherwise.]]



* Subverted in the film ''Film/WatchIt''; [[spoiler: Ellen, who had been happily seeing Rick until he started acting like a jerk toward her, tells Rick she's pregnant and is keeping the baby. However, it turns out to be a practical joke she and John (his roommate) cooked up to get Rick to grow up and be a man]].

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* Subverted in the film ''Film/WatchIt''; [[spoiler: Ellen, [[spoiler:Ellen, who had been happily seeing Rick until he started acting like a jerk toward her, tells Rick she's pregnant and is keeping the baby. However, it turns out to be a practical joke she and John (his roommate) cooked up to get Rick to grow up and be a man]].



** Used by Drefan Rahl's mother with [[BigBad Darken Rahl]]. Her theory was that if she could give birth to a magically gifted child and heir, Darken Rahl would shower her with riches and status. When Drefan was born and found to be non-gifted, his mother [[OhCrap began to realize]] that her new son was now a liability and that her master plan was probably not the smartest thing she'd ever done. Before Darken Rahl found out about the child, she brought him to a remote monastery to be raised by monks and, in perpetual fear of the infinitely creative ways Darken Rahl would end her life if she were found, poisoned herself. [[spoiler: Drefan [[TurnOutLikeHisFather turned out like his father]].]]

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** Used by Drefan Rahl's mother with [[BigBad Darken Rahl]]. Her theory was that if she could give birth to a magically gifted child and heir, Darken Rahl would shower her with riches and status. When Drefan was born and found to be non-gifted, his mother [[OhCrap began to realize]] that her new son was now a liability and that her master plan was probably not the smartest thing she'd ever done. Before Darken Rahl found out about the child, she brought him to a remote monastery to be raised by monks and, in perpetual fear of the infinitely creative ways Darken Rahl would end her life if she were found, poisoned herself. [[spoiler: Drefan [[spoiler:Drefan [[TurnOutLikeHisFather turned out like his father]].]]



** Though she's certainly not above doing it, it's a bit more ambiguous than that, since she tells her friends (to whom she has no reason to lie) that she genuinely thought herself pregnant. It gets weirder though when eight years later, [[spoiler: after they've divorced, she tells him that they did indeed have a child together, born after they were separated, and could he please look after the kid now?]]

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** Though she's certainly not above doing it, it's a bit more ambiguous than that, since she tells her friends (to whom she has no reason to lie) that she genuinely thought herself pregnant. It gets weirder though when eight years later, [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after they've divorced, she tells him that they did indeed have a child together, born after they were separated, and could he please look after the kid now?]]



* In ''Literature/BraveStory'' we eventually learn that [[spoiler: Wataru's mom]] faked a pregnancy to get her ex (who was already in a relationship with another woman) to marry her. He does, but it doesn't end well.

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* In ''Literature/BraveStory'' we eventually learn that [[spoiler: Wataru's [[spoiler:Wataru's mom]] faked a pregnancy to get her ex (who was already in a relationship with another woman) to marry her. He does, but it doesn't end well.



* In the second book of ''Literature/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' series, [[spoiler: a girl that Kostos slept with does this in order to guilt him into marrying her.]] In the fourth book, it's revealed that [[spoiler: she faked the pregnancy.]]
* In ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying'', a girl claims to be pregnant with Kevin's child, and the group [[spoiler: plot to steal a sample of her urine for a home pregnancy test. Successfully.]].

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* In the second book of ''Literature/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' series, [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a girl that Kostos slept with does this in order to guilt him into marrying her.]] In the fourth book, it's revealed that [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she faked the pregnancy.]]
* In ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying'', a girl claims to be pregnant with Kevin's child, and the group [[spoiler: plot [[spoiler:plot to steal a sample of her urine for a home pregnancy test. Successfully.]].



* In ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' there's a rare male case; [[spoiler: Silas Botwin]] does this to [[spoiler: Meghan]] to keep her from going away to college. Apparently he thought this would lead to them becoming HappilyMarried. It does not go well.
** Later, [[spoiler: Nancy]] does it to [[spoiler: Esteban]]. This was less about maintaining a relationship than as self-defense against murder.
* Seska, of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', uses her pregnancy to manipulate both Chakotay and the Kazon Culluh, telling both of them the child was theirs in order to get what she wants. [[spoiler: It's Culluh's, and Seska's manipulations end when she's mortally wounded in an explosion, and Culluh escapes with his son.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' there's a rare male case; [[spoiler: Silas [[spoiler:Silas Botwin]] does this to [[spoiler: Meghan]] [[spoiler:Meghan]] to keep her from going away to college. Apparently he thought this would lead to them becoming HappilyMarried. It does not go well.
** Later, [[spoiler: Nancy]] [[spoiler:Nancy]] does it to [[spoiler: Esteban]].[[spoiler:Esteban]]. This was less about maintaining a relationship than as self-defense against murder.
* Seska, of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', uses her pregnancy to manipulate both Chakotay and the Kazon Culluh, telling both of them the child was theirs in order to get what she wants. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's Culluh's, and Seska's manipulations end when she's mortally wounded in an explosion, and Culluh escapes with his son.]]



* On ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', [[spoiler: Adrian plans to try this on Ben]] in an attempt to save their marriage since [[spoiler: they only got married because [[ShotgunWedding Adrian was pregnant]], and their relationship started to deteriorate after their daughter was stillborn]]. Since things were great [[spoiler: when she was pregnant, she seems to think [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter another baby will fix things]]]]. Ultimately, [[spoiler: she gives up on the plan when her doctor talks her out of it]] and when [[spoiler: Ben finds out her plan, keeps rejecting her advances, and finally confronts her about it. Though it seems he was willing to go along with it and genuinely sad when she really "wanted out".]]

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* On ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', [[spoiler: Adrian [[spoiler:Adrian plans to try this on Ben]] in an attempt to save their marriage since [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they only got married because [[ShotgunWedding Adrian was pregnant]], and their relationship started to deteriorate after their daughter was stillborn]]. Since things were great [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when she was pregnant, she seems to think [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter another baby will fix things]]]]. Ultimately, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she gives up on the plan when her doctor talks her out of it]] and when [[spoiler: Ben [[spoiler:Ben finds out her plan, keeps rejecting her advances, and finally confronts her about it. Though it seems he was willing to go along with it and genuinely sad when she really "wanted out".]]



* Subverted in ''Series/{{Coupling}}'': Susan tells Steve, "don't worry about it" when he asks about whether they're using contraception. He later learns in an infertility specialist's office that unbeknownst to him, they've been "trying" for six months [[LawofInverseFertility without success]]. Of course, [[spoiler: Susan later discovers that she is pregnant, in what is debatable either playing it straight or a double subversion.]]

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Coupling}}'': Susan tells Steve, "don't worry about it" when he asks about whether they're using contraception. He later learns in an infertility specialist's office that unbeknownst to him, they've been "trying" for six months [[LawofInverseFertility without success]]. Of course, [[spoiler: Susan [[spoiler:Susan later discovers that she is pregnant, in what is debatable either playing it straight or a double subversion.]]



** Emily later does the same thing when Daniel decides to call off the wedding because he realized that he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend. It shows how far into RevengeBeforeReason Emily has slipped. When Daniel finds out the truth, he takes it very badly [[spoiler: and shoots Emily]].

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** Emily later does the same thing when Daniel decides to call off the wedding because he realized that he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend. It shows how far into RevengeBeforeReason Emily has slipped. When Daniel finds out the truth, he takes it very badly [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and shoots Emily]].
8th Sep '17 4:58:46 PM cherrychels
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* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Kelly told Ryan she was pregnant to get him to agree to go out with her again. Immediate cut to Kelly silently shaking her head at the camera.

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* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Kelly told tells Ryan she was is pregnant to get him to agree to go out with her again. Immediate cut to Kelly silently shaking her head at the camera.



If that's a happy marriage I'd prefer to be '''unhappy'''

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If that's a happy marriage I'd prefer to be '''unhappy''''''unhappy'''.



-->I'll set a tender trap
-->He'll be unaware
-->I'll wear a smile down the aisle
-->'Cause he's the father of my child

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-->I'll set a tender trap
-->He'll
trap,\\
He'll
be unaware
-->I'll
unaware,\\
I'll
wear a smile down the aisle
-->'Cause
aisle,\\
'Cause
he's the father of my childchild.



-->"Siri, can you-" "Thomas, I'm pregnant and it's yours." "What?! You told me you were on the pill!" "I lied!" *GASP*

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-->"Siri, -->'''Thomas''': Siri, can you-" "Thomas, you--\\
'''Siri''': Thomas,
I'm pregnant and it's yours." "What?! \\
'''Thomas''': What?!
You told me you were on the pill!" "I lied!" *GASP*pill!\\
'''Siri''': I lied.\\
'''Thomas''': ''Gasp!''
8th Sep '17 4:52:43 PM cherrychels
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* Invoked in a supernatural way in ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'': Lestat changes Claudia [[UndeadChild into a vampire]] so Louis will not leave him--if Louis leaves, Lestat will starve her to madness.

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* Invoked in a supernatural way in ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'': Lestat changes Claudia [[UndeadChild into a vampire]] so Louis will not leave him--if him -- if Louis leaves, Lestat will starve her Claudia to madness.



* Carla tries to do this in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Later she and Turk have an open and honest discussion in which they agree they both want to have kids ... after which he starts slipping her contraceptives when she's asleep.

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* Carla tries to do this with Turk in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Later Later, she and Turk have an open and honest discussion in which they agree they both want to have kids ... after which he starts slipping her contraceptives when she's asleep.



*** Allie tried to pull this on Jake by not wearing her diaphragm. It backfired both when he found it after they had sex and dumped her, angry at her attempt at pulling this trope, and when she failed to conceive anyway.
*** Kendall tries to pull this on Anton after he literally throws her out, fed up with her lies, but he doesn't believe her for a second, given how diligent she was about taking the Pill. Indeed, she caves in and admits that she's lying after he drags her to the doctor.
** A male version on ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' had Sly poking a hole in the condom so that he could "do the right thing" and marry his girlfriend Jessica--and get his hands on her money.
** Like the ''AMC'' example, ''Series/GuidingLight'' had Annie damaging her diaphragm rather than the condom. It backfired for the same reason--husband Josh had told her he wanted to wait to have kids and her deception was the last straw. She miscarried. . . and framed his ex Reva for manslaughter by making it look like she'd pushed her down the stairs.

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*** Allie tried tries to pull this on Jake by not wearing her diaphragm. It backfired both in two ways -- when he found it after they had sex and dumped her, angry at her attempt at pulling this trope, and when she failed to conceive anyway.
conceive.
*** Kendall tries to pull this on Anton after he literally throws her out, fed up with her lies, but he Anton... and, of course, it doesn't work. He doesn't believe her for a second, given how diligent she was about taking the Pill. Indeed, she pill. She caves in pretty quickly and admits that she's lying after tells the truth once he drags her to the doctor.
doctor, who needs to give her a full set of tests ''and'' a needle, but Kendall is AfraidOfNeedles and freaks out, admitting she's lying.
** A male version on ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' had Sly poking a hole in the condom so that he could "do the right thing" and marry his girlfriend Jessica--and Jessica -- and get his hands on her money.
** Like the ''AMC'' ''All My Children'' example, ''Series/GuidingLight'' had Annie damaging her diaphragm rather than the condom. It backfired for the same reason--husband reason -- husband Josh had told her he wanted to wait to have kids and her deception was the last straw. She miscarried. . . and framed his ex Reva for manslaughter by making it look like she'd pushed her down the stairs.



* An unusual version on ''Series/BigLove''. Despite already being married to Bill and having two children with him, Nikki claims she wants another baby, even though she doesn't. This is because she knows that Bill is technically fooling around with his first wife Barb (he's not supposed to sleep with her on nights designated for the other wives) and is desperate to secure some of his affection (she is fully aware that out of his three wives, she's TheUnfavorite.)

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* An unusual version on ''Series/BigLove''. Despite already being married to Bill and having two children with him, Nikki claims she wants another baby, even though she doesn't. This is because she knows that Bill is technically fooling around with his first wife Barb (he's not supposed to sleep with her on nights designated for the other wives) and is desperate to secure some of his affection (she (Nikki is fully aware that out of his three wives, she's TheUnfavorite.)



-->He wanted to be something but she knows he never will
-->She's got him where she wanted and forgot to take her pill
-->And he thinks that she'll be happy when she's hanging out the nappies
-->If that's a happy marriage I'd prefer to be '''unhappy'''

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-->He wanted to be something but she knows he never will
-->She's
will,\\
She's
got him where she wanted and forgot to take her pill
-->And
pill,\\
And
he thinks that she'll be happy when she's hanging out the nappies
-->If
nappies\\
If
that's a happy marriage I'd prefer to be '''unhappy'''



-->Soon as I broke away and I'm feeling happy, you try to trap me
-->You say you're pregnant and guess who's the daddy?

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-->Soon as I broke away and I'm feeling happy, you try to trap me
-->You
me,\\
You
say you're pregnant and guess who's the daddy?
7th Sep '17 1:35:49 AM DrOO7
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* Every daytime SoapOpera ever, and nine tenths of every hispanic telenovelas made. Often paired with FakePregnancy,
(in)ConvenientMiscarriage (and if the woman was faking the pregnancy, she will fake this too in order to avoid any suspicions about why she's not showing. In an ironic twist, she will ''still'' use this to ensnare the man, as his guilt will force him to stay with her and bond over their supposed grief), and LawOfInversePaternity (at the very least, even if she isn't certain that the baby is another man's, she will ignore the possibility so as to get her hooks into the one she wants).

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* Every daytime SoapOpera ever, and nine tenths of every hispanic telenovelas made. Often paired with FakePregnancy,
(in)ConvenientMiscarriage
FakePregnancy,(in)ConvenientMiscarriage (and if the woman was faking the pregnancy, she will fake this too in order to avoid any suspicions about why she's not showing. In an ironic twist, she will ''still'' use this to ensnare the man, as his guilt will force him to stay with her and bond over their supposed grief), and LawOfInversePaternity (at the very least, even if she isn't certain that the baby is another man's, she will ignore the possibility so as to get her hooks into the one she wants).
7th Sep '17 1:34:48 AM DrOO7
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7th Sep '17 1:33:19 AM DrOO7
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* An unusual male example occurs in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' with a narcissistic man who pokes holes in condoms to force women to have his children. He's not particularly interested in staying in a relationship with any of these women, he just thinks the world would benefit from having lots of his offspring around. He personally thinks that he's a great father, as he financially supports all of them, but the mothers, naturally, don't. It finally ends badly for him, when one of the women he was trying to get pregnant decides to strike back. Also sort-of done in another episode, where a 16-year-old was raped by her dentist uncle and was trying to get him to confess, while cops were listening. At first, he denies everything, until she mentions being late and pregnant. He tells her to calm down and that she can't possibly be pregnant due to him having gotten a vasectomy. Whoops. Nick sums it up nicely: ''I've never met a bad man that wasn't afraid of a baby.''
Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=law-and-order-special-victims-unit&episode=s16e13

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* An unusual male example occurs in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' with a narcissistic man who pokes holes in condoms to force women to have his children. He's not particularly interested in staying in a relationship with any of these women, he just thinks the world would benefit from having lots of his offspring around. He personally thinks that he's a great father, as he financially supports all of them, but the mothers, naturally, don't. It finally ends badly for him, when one of the women he was trying to get pregnant decides to strike back. Also sort-of done in another episode, where a 16-year-old was raped by her dentist uncle and was trying to get him to confess, while cops were listening. At first, he denies everything, until she mentions being late and pregnant. He tells her to calm down and that she can't possibly be pregnant due to him having gotten a vasectomy. Whoops. Nick sums it up nicely: ''I've never met a bad man that wasn't afraid of a baby.''
'' Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=law-and-order-special-victims-unit&episode=s16e13



* Every daytime SoapOpera ever, and nine tenths of every hispanic telenovelas made. Often coupled with (in)ConvenientMiscarriage.
** A male version on ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' even had the ''man'' being the one to poke the hole in the condom so that he could "do the right thing" and marry his girlfriend.
** Several others--''Series/GuidingLight'', ''Series/AllMyChildren''--have had the woman damaging her ''diaphragm'' rather than the condom.

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* Every daytime SoapOpera ever, and nine tenths of every hispanic telenovelas made. Often coupled paired with (in)ConvenientMiscarriage.
FakePregnancy,
(in)ConvenientMiscarriage (and if the woman was faking the pregnancy, she will fake this too in order to avoid any suspicions about why she's not showing. In an ironic twist, she will ''still'' use this to ensnare the man, as his guilt will force him to stay with her and bond over their supposed grief), and LawOfInversePaternity (at the very least, even if she isn't certain that the baby is another man's, she will ignore the possibility so as to get her hooks into the one she wants).
** ''Series/AllMyChildren'''s An Li tries to pull this on Brian as she knows that their CitizenshipMarriage is ending now that she has her green card. While it works temporarily, friend Terrence browbeats her into admitting that she's lying, telling her that she is not the kind of cruel, deceitful person to pull a stunt like this.
*** Allie tried to pull this on Jake by not wearing her diaphragm. It backfired both when he found it after they had sex and dumped her, angry at her attempt at pulling this trope, and when she failed to conceive anyway.
*** Kendall tries to pull this on Anton after he literally throws her out, fed up with her lies, but he doesn't believe her for a second, given how diligent she was about taking the Pill. Indeed, she caves in and admits that she's lying after he drags her to the doctor.
** A male version on ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' even ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' had the ''man'' being the one to poke the Sly poking a hole in the condom so that he could "do the right thing" and marry his girlfriend.
girlfriend Jessica--and get his hands on her money.
** Several others--''Series/GuidingLight'', ''Series/AllMyChildren''--have Like the ''AMC'' example, ''Series/GuidingLight'' had the woman Annie damaging her ''diaphragm'' diaphragm rather than the condom.condom. It backfired for the same reason--husband Josh had told her he wanted to wait to have kids and her deception was the last straw. She miscarried. . . and framed his ex Reva for manslaughter by making it look like she'd pushed her down the stairs.
3rd Sep '17 10:02:19 PM star3catcher
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* An unusual male example occurs in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' with a narcissistic man who pokes holes in condoms to force women to have his children. He's not particularly interested in staying in a relationship with any of these women, he just thinks the world would benefit from having lots of his offspring around. He personally thinks that he's a great father, as he financially supports all of them, but the mothers, naturally, don't. It finally ends badly for him, when one of the women he was trying to get pregnant decides to strike back. Also sort-of done in another episode, where a 16-year-old was raped by her dentist uncle and was trying to get him to confess, while cops were listening. At first, he denies everything, until she mentions being late and pregnant. He tells her to calm down and that she can't possibly be pregnant due to him having gotten a vasectomy. Whoops.

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* An unusual male example occurs in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' with a narcissistic man who pokes holes in condoms to force women to have his children. He's not particularly interested in staying in a relationship with any of these women, he just thinks the world would benefit from having lots of his offspring around. He personally thinks that he's a great father, as he financially supports all of them, but the mothers, naturally, don't. It finally ends badly for him, when one of the women he was trying to get pregnant decides to strike back. Also sort-of done in another episode, where a 16-year-old was raped by her dentist uncle and was trying to get him to confess, while cops were listening. At first, he denies everything, until she mentions being late and pregnant. He tells her to calm down and that she can't possibly be pregnant due to him having gotten a vasectomy. Whoops. Nick sums it up nicely: ''I've never met a bad man that wasn't afraid of a baby.''
Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=law-and-order-special-victims-unit&episode=s16e13
1st Sep '17 5:33:30 AM XFllo
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Someone in a relationship deliberately causes a pregnancy without their partner's consent, usually by lying about or sabotaging birth control, in order to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe bind their partner to them]]. The character's motivations run the gamut from understandable to reprehensible: sometimes they're just [[ClingyJealousGirl clingy]] and/or [[ChristmasCake desperate to get hitched]] [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking or have a child]]; other times they feel the relationship is on the rocks and believe that {{babies make everything better}}; still other times they feel the pregnancy will establish a claim on the other person or make it harder for him/her to leave. In accordance with the {{law of inverse fertility}}, attempting this even once will invariably result in pregnancy, with all attendant drama.

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Someone in a relationship deliberately causes a pregnancy without their partner's consent, usually by lying about or sabotaging birth control, in order to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe bind their partner to them]]. The character's motivations run the gamut from understandable to reprehensible: sometimes they're just [[ClingyJealousGirl clingy]] and/or [[ChristmasCake desperate to get hitched]] hitched [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking or have a child]]; other times they feel the relationship is on the rocks and believe that {{babies make everything better}}; still other times they feel the pregnancy will establish a claim on the other person or make it harder for him/her to leave. In accordance with the {{law of inverse fertility}}, attempting this even once will invariably result in pregnancy, with all attendant drama.
15th Aug '17 8:00:08 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': Played with. After a particularly nasty battle in the second season, Atra gets it in her head to have a child with protagonist Mikazuki to give him a reason to live and snap him out of his self-destructive tendencies. [[spoiler:Hilariously, when she finally does ask Mika about it, his response is basically "Yeah, sure". Unfortunately, he winds up dying in the end anyway, leaving Atra to raise the child [[HasTwoMommies with Kudelia]].]]

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': Played with. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' plays around quite a bit with this. After a particularly nasty battle in the second season, Atra [[PluckyGirl Atra]] gets it in her head to have a child with the protagonist Mikazuki [[AntiHero Mikazuki]] to give him a reason to live and snap him out of his self-destructive tendencies. And if it's not with her, then him impregnating [[TheOjou Kudelia]] is another option. [[spoiler:Hilariously, when she finally does ask Mika about it, his response is basically "Yeah, sure". sure"... Unfortunately, he winds up dying in the end anyway, leaving Atra to raise the child little Akatsuki [[HasTwoMommies with Kudelia]].]]
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