Created By: SomeGuy on September 2, 2010 Last Edited By: SomeGuy on September 10, 2010

Too Many Babies

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A woman has babies. As in, multiple babies that she gave birth to at the same time, and now she, with help from her partner, has to figure out how the heck to deal with this many kids at once. Hilarity Ensues.

This trope has come to prominence lately because an effect of in-vitro fertilization is that it increases the odds of multiple births, though advances in technology are such that this is a much more avoidable prospect.

Astonishingly, even in this extreme cases babies still make everything better.


  • Raising Arizona has this as a set-up- Herbert's poorly thought-out plan to have a child with his wife involves kidnapping one of the Arizona Quints, reasoning that the parents wouldn't mind losing just one.
  • In The Simpsons, Apu and Manjula get octuplets after she starts taking fertility treatments to increase the chance of pregnancy. We later find out that this wasn't the fault of the doctor they saw- several people had been slipping Manjula fertility drugs without her knowledge.
  • A whole spate of Reality TV shows involved finding Truth in Television examples of this trope and filming it, the most well-known example probably being Jon & Kate Plus Eight. Shows in this vein seem to be waning in popularity thanks to Octomom, whose irresponsible invocation of this trope has caused the viewing public to strongly question the morality and motives of anyone who would decide to have this many children, let alone try to get a Reality TV show for it.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • July 26, 2010
    Quintuplets starred Andy Richter as the father of a set of teenage quints.
  • July 26, 2010
    Mother of Champions from The DCU's "Great Ten" superhero team is a particularly bizarre (albeit non-comedic) variation.
  • July 29, 2010
    "Twin Surprise"? Either way don't forget to add this to Twin Tropes.
  • August 9, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    with the IVF thing, is that because of the hormones used to trigger egg release (if spawning came to mind, sorry) for fertilisation, or is it that sometimes (particularly in early days of IVF), multiple embryos were released to maximise implantation success?
  • August 9, 2010
    • Quints, a Disney Channel Original movie about a teenage girl who gets five younger siblings that she has to take care of.
    • Half a Dozen Babies, about a couple that have sextuplets.
  • August 10, 2010
    In the series finale of Chowder, Chowder and Panini are married and have literal scores of babies - a day. Seriously, Panini had 20 babies in one day at one point.
  • August 15, 2010
    Does {{101 Dalmatians}} count? Also, the nightmare Shrek has in the third movie?
  • August 15, 2010
    The original Oswald The Lucky Rabbit pilot "Poor Papa" has this, where a stork delivers way too many babies to him and his wife.
  • September 2, 2010
    I have this vague recollection of a book I read in elementary school where the protagonist's mother is supposedly pregnant with twins, and the chapter where she's in labor ends with her obstetrician coming out and telling him "Congratulations. You have two lovely baby brothers. And a sister."

    Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
  • September 10, 2010
    YKTTW Bump. Last call for examples before launch.

    And yeah, everything mentioned so far pretty much counts.