A character, or mass of characters, that are used for breeding without having a choice in the matter.
Reasons behind this include: belief that it will promote scientific interest, belief that it will make future generations stronger, belief that it will assimilate a group, belief that it will assert dominance (and "breed out") a race, or practical means for turning a Slave Race
into a Servant Race
.. Or baser reasons like Lust
Regardless, don't expect them to care about the victim's feelings on the matter. When it involves sex, by definition, this is a Rape Trope
, since the person's consent is a non-issue. Even when the slave is willing
, the fact that they are
a slave without any real ability to choose makes this Questionable Consent
to Chosen Conception Partner
, without the person having a choice in the matter. Is most often a specific form of a Sex Slave
, though Speculative Fiction
tropes can skip the sex entirely. Often used as Fetish Fuel
, especially in Fan Fiction
, but it's also used to help to show just how insane, corrupt, or downright evil
the enemy is.
This almost always
involves a female being forced to bear offspring for an enemy group, though it does occur with males as well. When a male is the victim of a female
, it's generally played as comedic, desirable, and/or a mark of the male's sexual prowess.
to Accidental Pornomancer
. Often overlaps with Mars Needs Women Mate or Die
, or Abduction Is Love
. See also People Farms
If female (or male in some stories
), they may be a Baby Factory
NOTE: Though it's undoubted that this has happened in Real Life at various points in human history, No Real Life Examples should be posted, as per the standing orders for all Sex Tropes.
Anime & Manga
- Berserk: The Midland women captured by Emperor Ganishka's forces are put in a magic device that infuses their unborn child with demonic energies, turning it into a demon. The demon then bursts its way out of the womb, killing the host, as a way to strengthen the demonic army.
- Naruto: Hinata Hyuga was abducted by a Kumo ninja as a child for this exact purpose because of her bloodline ability. Although the abduction failed, the incident would likely still fall under this category.
- In Daily Life with Monster Girl, Miia was supposed to bring back a human male to breed with her entire village because lamias are all born female and this is their only way to perpetuate the species. On screen, this only happens in a Dream Sequence where Miia imagines her "darling" Kimihito in this situation, eventually too exhausted to do it when her turn comes.
- In The Authority, villein Regis headed an empire on an alternate Earth that turned all of China into a rape camp in an attempt for his dying race to produce offspring.
- Batman: In one storyline in Tales of the Dark Knight, Batman, who had just started working as a vigilante, actually enjoys what he does until he meets the Monster of the Week—the son of a Nazi female scientist who looks down on him but grows somewhat fond of Batman, trying to get him to have a child with her. Partially through her son's help, Batman manages to escape and swears to never think of what he does as 'fun' ever again.
Film - Live Action
- The villainous, eponymous monsters in the Alien franchise do this to any species they encounter, specifically humans. By design, the Xenomorphs were created to invoke every possible means and horrific result of rape, including impregnation. As such, those humans they don't kill they typically bring back to and cocoon within their nest, where they will be impregnated by a facehugger. The "birthing" process, however, is fatal.
- During his stint as a gladiatorial slave Conan the Barbarian was, shall we say, put to stud.
- In Hidan no Aria, Vlad abducted Riko Mine Lupin after her parent's death and kept her in a cage in the hopes of assimilating her genes, as he did with many people before (since she descends from a very powerful family). But since after some experiments he considers her a genetic failure, he intends to use her to produce a child that he could actually use. Whether he means fathering the child himself isn't made explicit though — the series isn't that dark.
- The Belgariad: Belgarath the Sorcerer, during his wanderings after Poledra's death, makes the mistake of passing through the Wood of the Dryads during the Dryadic breeding season, and is taken prisoner for purposes of impregnation. (Though, since Dryads are a single-gender race, even Belgarath plays down the implications—they don't have a choice in the matter.)
- In the Dark Jewels books, this overlaps with Sex Slave for Damon and Lucivar, although due to various reasons the baddies never actually succeed in getting them to impregnate anyone.
- Mentioned in John Norman's Gor series. Sex Slaves are common, and it's mentioned that there are bred slaves. The dominance/submission issues involved are often explored.
- Handmaids in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Women of reproductive age who had "lived in sin" by the standards of the Republic of Gilead are sent to the Rachel and Leah Re-education Center. After being re-educated, the Handmaid then stays with an upper-class family and is regularly raped by the Commander in the hopes that she will get pregnant with a live, unmutated baby on behalf of his barren Wife. If she fails, she gets two more chances with this with two other families. If she fails those, then she's sent to the Colonies.
- Tindwyl in the Brandon Sanderson Mystborn novels was used as a breeding slave in the Lord Ruler's breeding program for the Terris people.
- In Time Enough for Love Lazarus Long recounts a time he bought a brother-sister "breeding pair" of genetically modified slaves with the intent to free them on a planet where two hundred years before he himself had been made a slave. In fact the two he bought turned out to be his great-great-great-grandchildren.
- The first two free Hork-Bajir mention this in "The Change".
- In the Alternate Timeline shown in, "The Familiar" humans being bred is also mentioned. In this case, it's rather easy to do given that Puppeteer Parasite powers are used.
- In some works in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (they're mentioned in X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble and The Bounty Hunter Wars), Kuati nobles are said to keep telbun, slaves apparently used for both recreational and procreative sex. In Wedge's Gamble Erisi Dlarit and Corran Horn use a Kuati noblewoman and her telbun as their cover ID during The Infiltration, and Erisi tells an Imperial customs agent that she's come to Coruscant with her telbun to conceive, following family tradition.
Mythology & Religion
- One of Heracles' lesser-known feats occured during his stay with the Amazons alongside Theseus. The queen, wanting to enjoy Theseus' company as long as possible, told them they were prisoners until Hercules had impregnated 50 Amazon women. Being, well, Hercules, he did so in one night.
- Earth: Final Conflict: Lily Marquette gets captured by aliens and used for breeding.
- Wade is written out by being captured by CroMags and sent to a breeding center.
- The episode "Love Gods", where all males are rounded up and used for breeding (with human females who are lucky enough), including Quinn.
- In Stargate SG-1 the Jaffa do double-duty as Slave Mooks and as living incubators for Goa'uld larvae.
- In Dragon Age, the Darkspawn often capture people alive and drag them back underground to be forcibly converted into more Darkspawn. Women, in particular, are turned into Brood Mothers. Huge, obese monstrocities riddled with Body Horror that do nothing but create new Darkspawn without the need for converts.
- In Duke Nukem Forever, there is a scene where women are captured, stripped, cocooned, and impregnated by alien creatures. Apparently, their bodies also explode when the alien spawn emerges. Two recurring minor characters, the "Holsom Twins", suffer this fate while Duke quips sarcastically.
- According to The Elder Scrolls background information, the Breton race resulted from the selective breeding of high-ranking Aldmer men with human women they took as second wives.
- Saints Row: The Third: Oleg was captured and used as a base for an army of physically powerful, but mentally flawed, clones, in a non-sexual example.
- In El Goonish Shive, according to Hedge, this was Damien's plan for Grace if he couldn't find enough chimeras to build himself an army.
- When Evon was captured by the Cabal Maximus attempted to use her to breed an army of super-sorcerers. He was only stopped by a higher-ranking Cabal member who wanted her for a different reason.