A common source of soldiers in science fiction is cloning. This can make sense if you want to mass produce one exceptionally good soldier or don't want to spend much time creating an army of Designer Babies
from scratch. Typically they grow to adulthood at an accelerated rate as well.
Related to Send in the Clones
. Often overlaps with Expendable Clone
and Faceless Mooks
. May be used to justify We Have Reserves
Anime and Manga
- In Blood+ the Corpse Corps are clones of the Schiff Moses.
- Judge Dredd universe features extensive cloning by the police force to which the titular Judge Dredd belongs. Dredd is a clone himself and on occasion has to fight his "brothers" who have gone rogue.
- American Ninja 3 has an army of ninja clones.
- Boba/Jango/Everyone Fett from Attack of the Clones. Indeed, the Clones and by extension the early Stormtroopers are all clones of Jango Fett. They are genetically engineered for obedience and age at twice the normal rate, except for Boba.
Live Action TV
- In the "Clone series" (Clone Republic, Rogue Clone, Clone Alliance, Clone Elite, and Clone Betrayal) all the enlisted men in every branch of the military are clones, and very disposable ones at that.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Grand Admiral Thrawn recovered some Spaarti cloning cylinders capable of growing a clone to adulthood in a matter of weeks and giving it memories.
- In Dark Angel many of the X-5s have several clones, in the first season finale Max destroyed the stockpile of embryos so more wouldn't be born. When she was recaptured they tried breeding her the old fashioned way.
- Doctor Who: The Sontarans are all clones of a general who lived 10,000 years ago.
- Most Dark Eldar are vat-grown. "Trueborn" units have special stats.
- Many of the Adeptus Mechanicus's Skitarrii are grown in vats, or at least their organic components are.
- King of Fighters '99 had the endgame involve armies of Kyo clones being staged across the world by Krizalid in an attempt to take over the world. Even if he were to succeed, which he did not, the governing body that created him had shut down his connections and the endboss of the next game, Zero, personally terminated Krizalid because of how out-of-control he got.
- In Crash Bandicoot 3, the Lab Assistants are revealed to be this in the Secret Warp Room, where the production of them is shown.
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown: The alien troops are collections of genetic and cybernetically modified clones from a variety of species under the control of the Ethereals.
- In Total Annihilation the Arm's troops are clones while the Core's are robots with uploaded human minds. Or at least the Commanders are, the ordinary units could be just robots.
- In the First Encounter Assault Recon games, the Replicas you commonly fight throughout the series are clones of Paxton Fettel developed by Armacham.
- In S.S.D.D the Anarchists use clones known as "Gigglers" as Cannon Fodder. They're engineered to feel no pain and are grown at an accelerated rate that leaves them no time for an education so they're dumb as rocks. They're controlled using an implant that pumps them full of happy drugs when they do something right, hence the name.
- Lee is a clone grown by the Anarchist's enemies, the CORE, using a stolen cloning rig that was given to their R&D department. He was grown at a normal rate so he is smart, but still a bit flaky.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Frans Raynor had a shoddily-made army of Dr. McNinja clones produced in order to invoke Conservation of Ninjutsu on the original.
- In The Venture Bros. the second season premiere revealed that the boys were clones, and Doctor Venture kept a room of clones for when they inevitably die. In the season 3 finale, Sergeant Hatred takes the preformed clones and leads them as a Redshirt Army. This also serves to remove the safety net from the show.
- In Monsters vs. Aliens Gallaxhar considers himself to be a perfect being so he clones an army of himself.
- Some species of gall aphids parthenogenically produce warrior caste nymphs.