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15th Apr '17 7:18:17 AM ZimFan89
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** In the original story, it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: [[GodOfGood Harmony]] created Celestia and Luna, making her their mother and sole parent]].

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** In the [[Fanfic/TheBridge original story, story]], it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: [[GodOfGood Harmony]] created Celestia and Luna, making her their mother and sole parent]].
15th Apr '17 7:17:53 AM ZimFan89
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** [[spoiler:Dr. Bright Future, the creator of the Marionettes (sapient robots of which Trixie is one), if constantly referred to as 'father' by Trixie and a number of other ones (though Teddy refuses to, as he HAS an adopted father). He eventually comes to return the feeling. Flim and Flam are probably the straightest example, as they're actually based off of his mind.]]

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** [[spoiler:Dr. Bright Future, the creator of the Marionettes (sapient robots of which Trixie is one), if is constantly referred to as 'father' "father" by Trixie and a number of other ones (though Teddy refuses to, as he HAS an adopted father). He eventually comes to return the feeling. Flim and Flam are probably the straightest example, as they're actually based off of his mind.]]


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** In the original story, it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: [[GodOfGood Harmony]] created Celestia and Luna, making her their mother and sole parent]].
11th Apr '17 11:01:15 AM BeerBaron
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* Divayth Fyr in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has made four female clones of himself who describe themselves as "Like his daughters, [[{{squick}} but also his wives.]]" When he talks about them to the player, though, his affection towards them sounds more fatherly than sexual (though there still is a DirtyOldMan aura about him).

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 4000 year-old]] reclusive wizard Divayth Fyr in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has made created four female clones {{Opposite Sex Clone}}s of himself himself, who describe themselves are variously referred to as "Like his daughters, [[{{squick}} but also "[[IncestIsRelative daughters]]" and his wives.]]" "[[ScrewYourself wives]]". When he talks about them to the player, though, discussed, his affection towards toward them sounds seems more fatherly than sexual (though there sexual, but he still is has a DirtyOldMan aura about him).him. Perhaps surprisingly, this isn't seen as very {{Squick}}y, at least within his [[MageTower tower]].
2nd Apr '17 12:23:28 PM DustSnitch
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* Mary in ''Literature/TheBible'' is a variation. While {{Jesus}} was born from only one biologically parent, {{God}} is considered his father. [[CaptainObvious The exact nature of how this works is unkown]]... unless some other genetic information was provided, Jesus would basically be a clone of Mary. [[BellisariosMaxim But that's not really important]]. A problem arises in translation of some languages, where referring to Jesus as the "Son of God" implies that God had sex with Mary, but {{Woolseyism}} would be disrespectful in this case.

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* Mary in ''Literature/TheBible'' is a variation. While {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} was born from only one biologically parent, {{God}} is considered his father. [[CaptainObvious The exact nature of how this works is unkown]]... unless some other genetic information was provided, Jesus would basically be a clone of Mary. [[BellisariosMaxim But that's not really important]]. A problem arises in translation of some languages, where referring to Jesus as the "Son of God" implies that God had sex with Mary, but {{Woolseyism}} would be disrespectful in this case.
1st Apr '17 1:49:15 PM ultimomant
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* Although it's never brought up, Elsa in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' could be considered this to Olaf and Marshmallow, simce she created them with her magic, and she does seem to regard Olaf at least with some kind of maternal affection. Furthermore, in ''Disney/FrozenFever'' Olaf calls the small snowmen that Elsa's cold creates his "little brothers", suggesting that he does view Elsa as a parent and other snow creations as his siblings.

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* Although it's never brought up, Elsa in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' could be considered this to Olaf and Marshmallow, simce since she created them with her magic, and she does seem to regard Olaf at least with some kind of maternal affection. Furthermore, in ''Disney/FrozenFever'' Olaf calls the small snowmen that Elsa's cold creates his "little brothers", suggesting that he does view Elsa as a parent and other snow creations as his siblings.
28th Mar '17 11:45:19 AM Rbade
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* Inverted in ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallOnline]]'' and [[VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse]]''. Majin Buu split himself to create his wife, with whom he then had children in the "traditional" way.

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* Inverted in ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallOnline]]'' ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' and [[VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse]]''.''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse''. Majin Buu split himself to create his wife, with whom he then had children in the "traditional" way.
28th Mar '17 11:44:33 AM Rbade
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* Inverted in ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallOnline]]'' and [[VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse]]''. Majin Buu split himself to create his wife, with whom he then had children in the "traditional" way.
24th Mar '17 8:05:55 AM BeerBaron
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* Divayth Fyr in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has five female clones of himself who describe themselves as "Like his daughters, [[{{squick}} but also his wives.]]" When he talks about them to the player, though, his affection towards them sounds more fatherly than sexual (though there still is a DirtyOldMan aura about him).

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* Divayth Fyr in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has five made four female clones of himself who describe themselves as "Like his daughters, [[{{squick}} but also his wives.]]" When he talks about them to the player, though, his affection towards them sounds more fatherly than sexual (though there still is a DirtyOldMan aura about him).
13th Mar '17 6:20:23 PM Bootlebat
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* Most microorganisms are sexless and reproduce [[BizarreAlienReproduction by dividing]]
4th Mar '17 9:55:59 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Father created his "children", the homunculi by splitting off various facets of his personality - specifically, the SevenDeadlySins.
* Ryoko in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' ({{OVA}}s only) is not really a clone since she was partly created from one of Washuu's egg cells and partly from the Mass (a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] HiveMind), but is pretty close to the trope, and considered a daughter by Washuu. At one point when Washuu is describing Ryoko's origins the other girls suggest that the Mass is her "father" Ryoko angrily rejects the idea. Her childhood was terrible, but mostly because she was enslaved by the villain (who also kept Washu as a HumanPopsicle). Notably, while Washuu is the greatest scientific genius in the universe, Ryoko [[BookDumb isn't]]. Though this might just be a result of Ryouko's complete lack of any kind of education.
** There's a [[TraumaCongaLine deeply tragic]] side to it, however; [[spoiler:Washu was once HappilyMarried and had a son the natural way. The man was a noble who was summoned to his homeworld for an arranged marriage - and his government took the kid as well. And forced the man to call the trophy wife the kid's mother. Said kid grew up to be Mihoshi's great-grandfather.]] Ryoko's conception(along with her ComboPlatterPowers) was an attempt to avoid that happening a second time... which failed ''miserably'' when a nascent supervillain noticed all the bells and whistles the kid had, charmed his way into Washu's lab, stuffed the mother in a cryotube and turned the kid into a superweapon.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'':
** There's an unusual case of this; the cloning was done without the parent's knowledge and [[spoiler: when Quint Nakajima discovered Subaru and Ginga, she raised them as her daughters in a normal, loving environment with her husband since she couldn't have children anyway. She didn't even find out that they were her clones until much later ([[StrongFamilyResemblance although their resemblance to her was part of the reason why she adopted them in the first place]]).]]
** Uno was also an OppositeSexClone of [[MadScientist Scaglietti]], and several of the other [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] were based at least partly on his DNA.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'':
** [[spoiler: Rau Le Creuset]] is the clone of Al Da Flaga, who was such a misogynistic {{narcissist}} that he despised his naturally-born son Mwu blaming his mother ("that woman"). Produced by MadScientist Ulen Hibiki, two other Al Da Flaga clones turn up in the Cosmic Era: [[spoiler: Rey Za Burrel in the sequel ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny,'' and Prayer Reverie in the manga ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'']].



* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** [[spoiler: Shura, who's a clone of his father, Yomi.]] He doesn't act exactly as his father does, but that's because he's still a kid, and it's stated that [[spoiler: Yomi used to be more impetuous before he got blinded.]]
** Also, the Ice Maidens have no fathers. Only mothers. If an Ice Maiden gets intimate enough with a male to give birth to a child of his, said child will be male.
* Appears in Hiroyuki Morioka's ''[[LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars Seikai]]'' series. The Abh, though they are aloof, arrogant and imperialistic, are not as much evil, as they are ''odd'' by the standards of the most of the Galaxy, including even their own subjects. One of their oddities is that all their babies are essentially custom-made for the person who just happened to want to reproduce. As they generally do not practice marriage, this makes that person a TrulySingleParent for the said child.
** With the Abh its actually a bit all over the place. While some are a TrulySingleParent others are more complicated with a wide variety of options, including, but not limited to HomosexualReproduction. The most cherished are the Children of Love who are born from a combination of genes from two people who are in love with each other, even if only one is legally recognised as the parent.
* Although the audience doesn't get to see much of ''Franchise/SailorMoon's'' Silver Millennium, Queen Serenity may well qualify for this trope, albeit an unusually benevolent example. She has no husband, no one ever asks who or where Princess Serenity's father is, and she and her daughter look exactly alike. This is more obvious in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], where Princess Serenity is frequently drawn with silver hair, and much of the Moon Kingdom's resources include advanced technology. There's a panel in the manga that shows Queen Serenity bringing the shell of a star to the Galaxy Cauldron, then Princess Serenity's birth.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** It's entirely possible that this is the case with Medusa and [[AmbiguousGender Crona]], since Medusa is already a MadScientist and it would [[AbusiveParents not be out of character]] for her to make a custom-made kid who she then abuses horribly.
** This is explicitly the case in the manga for [[spoiler: Asura and Kid, who are ''both'' the 'sons' of Shinigami, being fragments of his soul given independent existence. The first, Asura, was supposed to rid his father of fear, and instead simply grew into an anthropomorphic personification of fear that - by the time of the series - cannot be reasoned with and despises his creator. The second, Kid, was created some centuries afterward in order to replace Shinigami, the idea being that he could eventually counter his 'big brother's' influence if/when he was freed.]]
* Diavolo, the villain of part 5 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', was born to an inmate of a woman's prison, who had no contact with any men for far longer than could fit any possible gestational timeframe. The exact nature of his conception is left a RiddleForTheAges.
* The Angel race in ''Manga/HappyWorld'' reproduce asexually. They are only able to do this once in their life, to produce a single, or in rare cases, two pure blooded angel children. They are able to reproduce with humans to make half blood angels though.



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Father created his "children", the homunculi, by splitting off various facets of his personality -- specifically, the SevenDeadlySins.
* The Angel race in ''Manga/HappyWorld'' reproduce asexually. They are only able to do this once in their life, to produce a single, or in rare cases, two pure blooded angel children. They are able to reproduce with humans to make half blood angels though.
* Diavolo, the villain of part 5 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', was born to an inmate of a woman's prison, who had no contact with any men for far longer than could fit any possible gestational timeframe. The exact nature of his conception is left a RiddleForTheAges.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'':
** There's an unusual case of this; the cloning was done without the parent's knowledge and [[spoiler: when Quint Nakajima discovered Subaru and Ginga, she raised them as her daughters in a normal, loving environment with her husband since she couldn't have children anyway. She didn't even find out that they were her clones until much later ([[StrongFamilyResemblance although their resemblance to her was part of the reason why she adopted them in the first place]]).]]
** Uno was also an OppositeSexClone of [[MadScientist Scaglietti]], and several of the other [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] were based at least partly on his DNA.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'':
** [[spoiler: Rau Le Creuset]] is the clone of Al Da Flaga, who was such a misogynistic {{narcissist}} that he despised his naturally-born son Mwu blaming his mother ("that woman"). Produced by MadScientist Ulen Hibiki, two other Al Da Flaga clones turn up in the Cosmic Era: [[spoiler: Rey Za Burrel in the sequel ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny,'' and Prayer Reverie in the manga ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'']].
* Although the audience doesn't get to see much of ''Franchise/SailorMoon's'' Silver Millennium, Queen Serenity may well qualify for this trope, albeit an unusually benevolent example. She has no husband, no one ever asks who or where Princess Serenity's father is, and she and her daughter look exactly alike. This is more obvious in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], where Princess Serenity is frequently drawn with silver hair, and much of the Moon Kingdom's resources include advanced technology. There's a panel in the manga that shows Queen Serenity bringing the shell of a star to the Galaxy Cauldron, then Princess Serenity's birth.



* Appears in Hiroyuki Morioka's ''[[LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars Seikai]]'' series. The Abh, though they are aloof, arrogant and imperialistic, are not as much evil, as they are ''odd'' by the standards of the most of the Galaxy, including even their own subjects. One of their oddities is that all their babies are essentially custom-made for the person who just happened to want to reproduce. As they generally do not practice marriage, this makes that person a TrulySingleParent for the said child.
** With the Abh its actually a bit all over the place. While some are a TrulySingleParent others are more complicated with a wide variety of options, including, but not limited to HomosexualReproduction. The most cherished are the Children of Love who are born from a combination of genes from two people who are in love with each other, even if only one is legally recognised as the parent.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** It's entirely possible that this is the case with Medusa and [[AmbiguousGender Crona]], since Medusa is already a MadScientist and it would [[AbusiveParents not be out of character]] for her to make a custom-made kid who she then abuses horribly.
** This is explicitly the case in the manga for [[spoiler: Asura and Kid, who are ''both'' the 'sons' of Shinigami, being fragments of his soul given independent existence. The first, Asura, was supposed to rid his father of fear, and instead simply grew into an anthropomorphic personification of fear that - by the time of the series - cannot be reasoned with and despises his creator. The second, Kid, was created some centuries afterward in order to replace Shinigami, the idea being that he could eventually counter his 'big brother's' influence if/when he was freed.]]
* Ryoko in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' ({{OVA}}s only) is not really a clone since she was partly created from one of Washuu's egg cells and partly from the Mass (a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] HiveMind), but is pretty close to the trope, and considered a daughter by Washuu. At one point when Washuu is describing Ryoko's origins the other girls suggest that the Mass is her "father" Ryoko angrily rejects the idea. Her childhood was terrible, but mostly because she was enslaved by the villain (who also kept Washu as a HumanPopsicle). Notably, while Washuu is the greatest scientific genius in the universe, Ryoko [[BookDumb isn't]]. Though this might just be a result of Ryouko's complete lack of any kind of education.
** There's a [[TraumaCongaLine deeply tragic]] side to it, however; [[spoiler:Washu was once HappilyMarried and had a son the natural way. The man was a noble who was summoned to his homeworld for an arranged marriage - and his government took the kid as well. And forced the man to call the trophy wife the kid's mother. Said kid grew up to be Mihoshi's great-grandfather.]] Ryoko's conception(along with her ComboPlatterPowers) was an attempt to avoid that happening a second time... which failed ''miserably'' when a nascent supervillain noticed all the bells and whistles the kid had, charmed his way into Washu's lab, stuffed the mother in a cryotube and turned the kid into a superweapon.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** [[spoiler: Shura, who's a clone of his father, Yomi.]] He doesn't act exactly as his father does, but that's because he's still a kid, and it's stated that [[spoiler: Yomi used to be more impetuous before he got blinded.]]
** Also, the Ice Maidens have no fathers. Only mothers. If an Ice Maiden gets intimate enough with a male to give birth to a child of his, said child will be male.



* Although it's never brought up, Elsa in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' could be considered this to Olaf and Marshmallow, simce she created them with her magic, and she does seem to regard Olaf at least with some kind of maternal affection. Furthermore, in ''Disney/FrozenFever'' Olaf calls the small snowmen that Elsa's cold creates his "little brothers", suggesting that he does view Elsa as a parent and other snow creations as his siblings.



* Although it's never brought up, Elsa in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' could be considered this to Olaf and Marshmallow, simce she created them with her magic, and she does seem to regard Olaf at least with some kind of maternal affection. Furthermore, in ''Disney/FrozenFever'' Olaf calls the small snowmen that Elsa's cold creates his "little brothers", suggesting that he does view Elsa as a parent and other snow creations as his siblings.



* Dr. Tyrell in ''Film/BladeRunner'' has a relationship like this with his greatest creation [[ArtificialHumans Roy Batty]], though Roy himself is not a clone of Tyrell.



* Thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall, the Australian film ''Film/{{Predestination}}'' contains a truly absurd example of this. Thanks to a StableTimeLoop and being a {{Hermaphrodite}} (started female, then surgically made male due to reproductive trauma), the original female protagonist was impregnated by a male future version of herself. (This plot is based on Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/AllYouZombies'', discussed below.)



** The novelization of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' movie makes it clear that Rotta is Jabba's son -- and his alone: Hutts are hermaphrodites. Jabba's father was named Zorba, and likely was the same deal. However, this aspect only applies in the ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'' continuity, as Hutts are a two-gendered species and reproduce heterosexually in the rebooted canon.
* Thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall, the Australian film ''Film/{{Predestination}}'' contains a truly absurd example of this. Thanks to a StableTimeLoop and being a {{Hermaphrodite}} (started female, then surgically made male due to reproductive trauma), the original female protagonist was impregnated by a male future version of herself. (This plot is based on Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/AllYouZombies'', discussed below.)
* Dr. Tyrell in Film/BladeRunner has a relationship like this with his greatest creation [[ArtificialHumans Roy Batty]], though Roy himself is not a clone of Tyrell.

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** The novelization of the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' movie makes it clear that Rotta is Jabba's son -- and his alone: Hutts are hermaphrodites. Jabba's father was named Zorba, and likely was the same deal. However, this aspect only applies in the ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'' continuity, as Hutts are a two-gendered species and reproduce heterosexually in the rebooted canon.
* Thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall, the Australian film ''Film/{{Predestination}}'' contains a truly absurd example of this. Thanks to a StableTimeLoop and being a {{Hermaphrodite}} (started female, then surgically made male due to reproductive trauma), the original female protagonist was impregnated by a male future version of herself. (This plot is based on Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/AllYouZombies'', discussed below.)
* Dr. Tyrell in Film/BladeRunner has a relationship like this with his greatest creation [[ArtificialHumans Roy Batty]], though Roy himself is not a clone of Tyrell.
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* Mary in Literature/TheBible is a variation. While {{Jesus}} was born from only one biologically parent, {{God}} is considered his father. [[CaptainObvious The exact nature of how this works is unkown]]... unless some other genetic information was provided, Jesus would basically be a clone of Mary. [[BellisariosMaxim But that's not really important]]. A problem arises in translation of some languages, where referring to Jesus as the "Son of God" implies that God had sex with Mary, but {{Woolseyism}} would be disrespectful in this case.

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* Not a cloning scenario, but in ''The Bad Place'', by Creator/DeanKoontz, [[spoiler:hermaphroditic Roselle, who is the product of brother-on-sister rape and fully reproductively functional as both male and female, self-impregnates three times, resulting in two sons (one the villain, the other a co-protagonist) and a pair of twin daughters]].
* Mary in Literature/TheBible ''Literature/TheBible'' is a variation. While {{Jesus}} was born from only one biologically parent, {{God}} is considered his father. [[CaptainObvious The exact nature of how this works is unkown]]... unless some other genetic information was provided, Jesus would basically be a clone of Mary. [[BellisariosMaxim But that's not really important]]. A problem arises in translation of some languages, where referring to Jesus as the "Son of God" implies that God had sex with Mary, but {{Woolseyism}} would be disrespectful in this case.case.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', Menelaus deduces that the story about the princess's mother is nonsense, and her only parent must have been her father -- she was posthumous, though.



* Aphrodite in RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' was born from the sea foam produced from Ouranus's body when it fell into the ocean.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''
** The Durona group is an extreme example -- Lilly Durona clones herself ''forty'' times, and forms an entire research hospital out of her clones.
** Miles Vorkosigan's clone-brother Mark Vorkosigan was raised by the mad scientist who created him, but there's some question of whether he is legally Miles's brother or his son. Either way, he is relieved when Miles produces other heirs.



* Dan Sylveste, in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' trilogy, is actually a clone of his father Calvin, with some attempt at childhood trauma reproduction. Unusually, this fact is kept secret even from him, by covert body modification to make him look more like his "mother".

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* Dan Sylveste, in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' trilogy, [[Creator/JackChalker Jack L Chalker's]] ''Literature/DowntimingTheNightSide'' uses the same setup as Heinlein's ''All You Zombies'' to invert this trope: Yes, the protagonist is actually a clone of his both mother and father Calvin, with some attempt at childhood trauma reproduction. Unusually, this fact (via several time loops and a GenderBender inflicted by the setting's time travel {{phlebotinum}}) but she/he is kept secret even two different parents from him, by covert body modification the children's perspective since he/she was the father on one time loop and the mother on another, as well as effectively two different people due to make him look more like his "mother".CharacterDevelopment.
%%* Liz Pennykettle from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* The Solarians in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'' eventually engineered themselves into a race capable of that, [[ValuesDissonance because their idea of freedom is to depend on no other person and to never meet anyone]].



* This trope plays a significant role in ''Houston, Houston, Do You Read?'' by James Tiptree Jr (aka Alice Sheldon).
* Two examples from Creator/JohnVarley:
** [[spoiler:Kenneth "Sparky" Valentine]] from ''Literature/TheGoldenGlobe'' turns out to be an (illegal) clone of his father.
** The Titanides from Varley's ''Literature/GaeaTrilogy,'' while technically male and female, actually have three sets of genitals making for an absolutely ridiculous number of possible reproductive permutations one of which is--you guessed it--solo, in which a female Titanide impregnates herself. Solos tend to be considered a little odd.
* The Ullerans from Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Uller Uprising'' are a hermaphroditic race. Self-impregnation is difficult but not impossible though it is generally considered taboo. The chief of the one Ulleran tribe that practices it refers to his offspring as "little me".



* Not a cloning scenario, but in ''The Bad Place'', by Creator/DeanKoontz, [[spoiler:hermaphroditic Roselle, who is the product of brother-on-sister rape and fully reproductively functional as both male and female, self-impregnates three times, resulting in two sons (one the villain, the other a co-protagonist) and a pair of twin daughters]].
* "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ subverts this: in spite of being a OneGenderRace, the women had discovered how to replace cloning with merging ova.
* In Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Rise of the Iron Moon'', Lord Starborn to Starsprite -- whom he then casts out, unnamed; it is Black and Coppertracks who name her.



* Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' features a character who attempted this as part of an {{Immortality}} scheme. He commissioned ''two'' clones of himself -- one of each sex -- and had one of them raised in the same manner as his mother, intending for her to "give birth" to his male clone and raise it as he himself was raised, thus providing personal continuity as a form of LegacyCharacter. When the program suffers a catastrophe, he gives it up in favor of BrainUploading.

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* Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' features a character who attempted this as part of an {{Immortality}} scheme. He commissioned ''two'' clones of himself -- one of each sex -- and had one of them raised Aphrodite in RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' was born from the same manner as his mother, intending for her to "give birth" to his male clone and raise sea foam produced from Ouranos' body when it as he himself was raised, thus providing personal continuity as a form of LegacyCharacter. When fell into the program suffers a catastrophe, he gives it up in favor of BrainUploading.ocean.



* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', Menelaus deduces that the story about the princess's mother is nonsense, and her only parent must have been her father -- she was posthumous, though.

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* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', Menelaus deduces that the story about the princess's mother is nonsense, and her only parent must have been her father -- she was posthumous, though.%%* This trope plays a significant role in ''Houston, Houston, Do You Read?'' by James Tiptree Jr (aka Alice Sheldon).



* The Solarians in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'' eventually engineered themselves into a race capable of that, [[ValuesDissonance because their idea of freedom is to depend on no other person and to never meet anyone]].
* [[Creator/JackChalker Jack L Chalker's]] ''Literature/DowntimingTheNightSide'' uses the same setup as Heinlein's ''All You Zombies'' to invert this trope: Yes, the protagonist is both mother and father (via several time loops and a GenderBender inflicted by the setting's time travel {{phlebotinum}}) but she/he is two different parents from the children's perspective since he/she was the father on one time loop and the mother on another, as well as effectively two different people due to CharacterDevelopment.

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* The Solarians in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'' eventually engineered themselves into Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' features a race capable character who attempted this as part of that, [[ValuesDissonance because their idea an {{Immortality}} scheme. He commissioned ''two'' clones of freedom is to depend on no other person himself -- one of each sex -- and to never meet anyone]].
* [[Creator/JackChalker Jack L Chalker's]] ''Literature/DowntimingTheNightSide'' uses
had one of them raised in the same setup manner as Heinlein's ''All You Zombies'' his mother, intending for her to invert this trope: Yes, "give birth" to his male clone and raise it as he himself was raised, thus providing personal continuity as a form of LegacyCharacter. When the protagonist program suffers a catastrophe, he gives it up in favor of BrainUploading.
* Dan Sylveste, in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' trilogy,
is both mother and actually a clone of his father (via several time loops Calvin, with some attempt at childhood trauma reproduction. Unusually, this fact is kept secret even from him, by covert body modification to make him look more like his "mother".
* In Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Rise of the Iron Moon'', Lord Starborn to Starsprite -- whom he then casts out, unnamed; it is Black
and Coppertracks who name her.
* "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ subverts this: in spite of being
a GenderBender inflicted OneGenderRace, the women had discovered how to replace cloning with merging ova.
* The Ullerans from Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Uller Uprising'' are a hermaphroditic race. Self-impregnation is difficult but not impossible though it is generally considered taboo. The chief of the one Ulleran tribe that practices it refers to his offspring as "little me".
* Two examples from Creator/JohnVarley:
** [[spoiler:Kenneth "Sparky" Valentine]] from ''Literature/TheGoldenGlobe'' turns out to be an (illegal) clone of his father.
** The Titanides from Varley's ''Literature/GaeaTrilogy,'' while technically male and female, actually have three sets of genitals making for an absolutely ridiculous number of possible reproductive permutations one of which is--you guessed it--solo, in which a female Titanide impregnates herself. Solos tend to be considered a little odd.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''
** The Durona group is an extreme example -- Lilly Durona clones herself ''forty'' times, and forms an entire research hospital out of her clones.
** Miles Vorkosigan's clone-brother Mark Vorkosigan was raised
by the setting's time travel {{phlebotinum}}) mad scientist who created him, but she/he there's some question of whether he is two different parents from legally Miles's brother or his son. Either way, he is relieved when Miles produces other heirs.
* ''Literature/WeAreLegionWeAreBob'': Each new Bob is a copy of one of
the children's perspective since he/she was the father on one time loop Bobs that came before, making father/son and the mother on another, as well as effectively two different people due brotherly relationships obvious. The Bobs still notably avoid referring to CharacterDevelopment. each other that way, though.



%%* Liz Pennykettle from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* ''Literature/WeAreLegionWeAreBob'': Each new Bob is a copy of one of the Bobs that came before, making father/son and brotherly relationships obvious. The Bobs still notably avoid referring to each other that way, though.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter "The Doctor's Daughter"]] sees the creation of the Doctor's daughter Jenny. His DNA was taken at gunpoint and recombined to form a new person of which he is genetically both mother and father. Everyone on the planet Messaline was made that same way.
* ''Series/{{Hyperdrive}}'': First Officer York creates a clone of himself from his own cells including skin flakes, nail clippings and certain other emissions.
* ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' has Mack Hartford, RidiculouslyHumanRobot son of AdventurerArchaeologist Andrew Hartford, whose [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking biological clock was ticking]].
* ''Series/SoWeird'': Fi dates a boy who discovers himself to be a clone of his scientist father.



* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor's Daughter" sees the creation of the Doctor's daughter Jenny. His DNA was taken at gunpoint and recombined to form a new person of which he is genetically both mother and father. Everyone on the planet Messaline was made that same way.
* ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' has Mack Hartford, RidiculouslyHumanRobot son of AdventurerArchaeologist Andrew Hartford, whose [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking biological clock was ticking]].
* ''Series/SoWeird'': Fi dates a boy who discovers himself to be a clone of his scientist father.
* ''Series/{{Hyperdrive}}'': First Officer York creates a clone of himself from his own cells including skin flakes, nail clippings and certain other emissions.






* ''{{Webcomic/Bomango}}'': Gogo is shown to be able to reproduce asexually when Didi grew and budded off of her. However they see each other as twins, not as parent and child. Also they might be able to reproduce sexually as well because both Didi and Gogo have different sexual/romantic orientations. Gogo is straight. Didi is a lesbian.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:John]] is ultimately the "biological parent" (or at least the midwife--shit be truly weird) of all the B1- and B2-universe players, through the [[CloningBlues ectobiology]] and [[StableTimeLoop time shenanigans]] of SBURB.
** Among the troll players, the parent-equivalent is... [[spoiler: Karkat]]. Which not only reflects their role as the above human's foil/counterpart, it's also [[ShownTheirWork a nifty reference to their sign's mythological role in the Western Zodiac]]. [[spoiler: It also glitched the A-1 session [[{{Understatement}} pretty badly]].]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', Jean tells Bob confidentially that [[spoiler: the genetic cocktail which accidentally produced Molly the Peanut Butter Monster contained genetic material from many creatures, including some human -- Jean's own. This only accounts for a small part of Molly's genome, but Jean ''is'' Molly's mother, just a little bit.]]



* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Jean tells Bob confidentially that [[spoiler: the genetic cocktail which accidentally produced Molly the Peanut Butter Monster contained genetic material from many creatures, including some human -- Jean's own. This only accounts for a small part of Molly's genome, but Jean ''is'' Molly's mother, just a little bit.]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:John]] is ultimately the "biological parent" (or at least the midwife--shit be truly weird) of all the B1- and B2-universe players, through the [[CloningBlues ectobiology]] and [[StableTimeLoop time shenanigans]] of SBURB.
** Among the troll players, the parent-equivalent is... [[spoiler: Karkat]]. Which not only reflects their role as the above human's foil/counterpart, it's also [[ShownTheirWork a nifty reference to their sign's mythological role in the Western Zodiac]]. [[spoiler: It also glitched the A-1 session [[{{Understatement}} pretty badly]].]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Bomango}}'': Gogo is shown to be able to reproduce asexually when Didi grew and budded off of her. However they see each other as twins, not as parent and child. Also they might be able to reproduce sexually as well because both Didi and Gogo have different sexual/romantic orientations. Gogo is straight. Didi is a lesbian.



* Professor Farnsworth of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', a true Mad Scientist, clones himself a son from a growth on his back. Instead of having a birthday, his clone ends up celebrating his growth-scraping day.
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. The Brain attempts to take over the world by cloning himself, which he hopes will lead to a chain reaction where his clone will clone itself, and that clone will clone itself, etc. He would be a Truly Single Parent...until one of Pinky's toenail clippings accidentally gets in the cloning device, making the resulting "clone" essentially [[HomosexualReproduction the son of the two title characters.]]

to:

* Professor Farnsworth of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' Dr. Robotnik creates a true Mad Scientist, clones himself a RidiculouslyHumanRobot son from in the form of Robotnik Jr.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. This is
a growth more ambiguous example, because of the moral differences of the writers and the disagreements between them, but Princess Bubblegum is thought of as being this. According to Jesse Moynihan, Princess Bubblegum is Lemongrab's mom, although only in the sense that she made him and gave him life. He may share ''some'' of her DNA, according to Jesse, but most of the other writers on his back. Instead of having the show don't view the princess as being a birthday, his clone ends up celebrating his growth-scraping day.
* Subverted in an
mother to her experiments. This is supported by the fact that she doesn't act like a parent at all.
** One
episode had her use some of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. The Brain attempts her own DNA to take over create Goliad and use Finn's DNA to create Stormo, who Finn referred to as his son.
* Chan of ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''. It's never told whatever happened to
the world by cloning himself, which he hopes will lead mother unless giving birth to a chain reaction where ten children sent her off the deep end.
* Dr. Von Reichter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' creates
his clone will clone itself, and that clone will clone itself, etc. He would be a Truly Single Parent...until one of Pinky's toenail clippings accidentally gets in the cloning device, making the resulting "clone" essentially [[HomosexualReproduction the "son" José with science. Von Reichter doesn't seem to consider José his son so much as José thinks of the two title characters.]][[WellDoneSonGuy him as a father]].



* Professor Farnsworth of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', a true Mad Scientist, clones himself a son from a growth on his back. Instead of having a birthday, his clone ends up celebrating his growth-scraping day.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] may well have been created by his father Membrane as an experiment, according to [[WordOfSaintPaul Eric Trueheart]]. (Technically he only says that he was created as an experiment, but {{Fanon}} holds cloning because the two look basically identical. Fans are left to their own guesses where [[CreepyChild Gaz]] came from.)
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. The Brain attempts to take over the world by cloning himself, which he hopes will lead to a chain reaction where his clone will clone itself, and that clone will clone itself, etc. He would be a Truly Single Parent...until one of Pinky's toenail clippings accidentally gets in the cloning device, making the resulting "clone" essentially [[HomosexualReproduction the son of the two title characters.]]



* Dr. Von Reichter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' creates his "son" José with science. Von Reichter doesn't seem to consider José his son so much as José thinks of [[WellDoneSonGuy him as a father]].

to:

* Dr. Von Reichter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' creates his "son" José with science. Von Reichter doesn't seem In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[ChristmasEpisode Holidays of Future Passed]]," set [[DistantFinale thirty years in the future]], [[DoggedNiceGuy Milhouse]] and [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Lisa]] have a daughter named Zia. However, they arranged to consider José his son so much as José thinks have her made out of [[WellDoneSonGuy him as only their best genetic material...which means she's just a father]].clone of Lisa.
-->'''Lisa:''' You parked the car. That helped.\\
'''Milhouse:''' Yeah, I guess...



* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' Dr. Robotnik creates a RidiculouslyHumanRobot son in the form of Robotnik Jr.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] may well have been created by his father Membrane as an experiment, according to [[WordOfSaintPaul Eric Trueheart]]. (Technically he only says that he was created as an experiment, but {{Fanon}} holds cloning because the two look basically identical. Fans are left to their own guesses where [[CreepyChild Gaz]] came from.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[ChristmasEpisode Holidays of Future Passed]]," set [[DistantFinale thirty years in the future]], [[DoggedNiceGuy Milhouse]] and [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Lisa]] have a daughter named Zia. However, they arranged to have her made out of only their best genetic material...which means she's just a clone of Lisa.
-->'''Lisa:''' You parked the car. That helped.\\
'''Milhouse:''' Yeah, I guess...
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. This is a more ambiguous example, because of the moral differences of the writers and the disagreements between them, but Princess Bubblegum is thought of as being this. According to Jesse Moynihan, Princess Bubblegum is Lemongrab's mom, although only in the sense that she made him and gave him life. He may share ''some'' of her DNA, according to Jesse, but most of the other writers on the show don't view the princess as being a mother to her experiments. This is supported by the fact that she doesn't act like a parent at all.
** One episode had her use some of her own DNA to create Goliad and use Finn's DNA to create Stormo, who Finn referred to as his son.
* Chan of ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''. It's never told whatever happened to the mother unless giving birth to ten children sent her off the deep end.
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