Created By: zarpaulus on August 13, 2013 Last Edited By: zarpaulus on August 26, 2013
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Clone Army

An army composed of clones

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We shall take only the greatest minds, the finest soldiers, the most faithful servants. We shall multiply them a thousandfold and release them to usher in a new era of glory.
-- Col. Corazon Santiago, "The Council of War", Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri (Accompanies completion of the Secret Project "The Cloning Vats")

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 tactics.

Anime and Manga
  • In Blood+ the Corpse Corps are clones of the Schiff Moses.

Comics
  • 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.

Fanfic

Film
  • 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.

Literature
  • 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.

Live Action TV
  • 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.

Tabletop Games
  • Warhammer40000
    • 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.

Video Games
  • 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.

Web Comics
  • 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.

Western Animation
  • 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.

Real Life
  • Some species of gall aphids parthenogenically produce warrior caste nymphs.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • August 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Often overlaps with Faceless Goons and Expendable Clone. Also, might be used as a way to justify We Have Reserves.
  • August 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • 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.
  • August 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • Doctor Who:
      • In an episode of the new series the Doctor comes upon a war between some humans and an alien species where the body count is so great they use cloning to replenish their army. Clones aren't 100% identical to those who are being cloned: the Doctor ends up cloned and his clone is female for example.
      • Recurring enemies the Sontarans are all clones from one great General in their 10,000 year war.
  • August 13, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    Comics

    • Judge Dredd universe features extensive cloning as the basis of the police force to which the titular Judge Dredd belongs.
  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
    Compare Mes A Crowd when a character can instantly make this.
  • August 13, 2013
    arromdee
    Will people please stop saying that the Doctor's Daughter was supposed to be a clone? She was created by using the Doctor as both parents, which means taking half the DNA from him and the other half from him. The two halves taken don't have to be opposite halves and can repeat, making this different from cloning. For instance, since each half included an X chromosome, the result is female, which could not happen with cloning.
  • August 13, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ I'll grant that it's a similar concept, but for now I'll just include the Sontarans.
  • August 13, 2013
    AgProv
    Literature Radio

    The Lentilla clones, the Allitnels, in Douglas Adams' H 2 G 2. Created in their millions by a malfunctioning cloning machine that could not be shut off because to do so would constitute murder, Arthur Dent rounds up as many as he can to help fight off the dreaded Foot Warriors on the planet Brontitor. Unfortunately, they run into their cloned opposites, the Lentillas (or vice-versa) and a priest who marries them. On the instruction "you may kiss the bride", there is a matter-antimatter explosion that takes two more of the problems out of circulation... and Arthur has lost more of his army...
  • August 13, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ As I recall that "army" as you call them consisted of Arthur and three Lintillas who were normally archaeologists.
  • August 13, 2013
    Tallens
  • August 13, 2013
    MrRuano
    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.
  • August 14, 2013
    MartinTheMess
    Real Life example, sort of. Ants and bees have non-reproductive female workers and soldiers who compose the vast majority of a hive/colony and who do all the work and defense.
  • August 14, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ I don't think they're clones. Or even identical multicentuplets.
  • August 16, 2013
    Astaroth
    Possible page quote?

    We shall take only the greatest minds, the finest soldiers, the most faithful servants. We shall multiply them a thousandfold and release them to usher in a new era of glory.
    -- Col. Corazon Santiago, "The Council of War", Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri (Accompanies completion of the Secret Project "The Cloning Vats")
  • August 16, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ That's pretty good. But I don't recall if that project had any game effect other than increased population growth.
  • August 18, 2013
    Tallens
    May I suggest this for an image? "Creation of a clone army." as possible caption.
  • August 18, 2013
    DAN004
    • In Crash Bandicoot 3, the Lab Assistants are revealed to be this in the Secret Warp Room, where the production of them is shown.
  • August 22, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced, Wiki Worded and italicized some work names.
  • August 22, 2013
    zarpaulus
    Examples or hats?
  • August 22, 2013
    arbiter099
    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.
  • August 22, 2013
    Quatic
    American Ninja Three -- fucking ninja clone army, brah.
  • August 23, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • August 23, 2013
    Quatic
    Ok, well in American Ninja Three, the big bad's secret weapon is a genetic engineering lab where he is growing a clone army of ninja warriors. It turns out they must be some pretty low grade ninjas, because the hero is able to take a large number of them out without too much difficulty.
  • August 24, 2013
    tardigrade
    ^^^^^^^^^^^ right, ant and bee workers are not typically clones, but the soldier caste of gall aphids is produced clonally.
  • August 26, 2013
    zarpaulus
    One more hat.
  • August 26, 2013
    morenohijazo
    • In the First Encounter Assault Recon games, the Replicas you commonly fight throughout the series are clones of Paxton Fettel developed by Armacham.
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