God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
An authority figure exhorts an individual or group thusly: "Make with the Baby-Making!" This may simply be a formal request or plea, or a full-on commandment involving Mandatory Motherhood
. In extreme cases of the latter, it can also intersect with Mate or Die
It can be delivered to a person or couple to produce a Spare To The Throne
, or the next stage of a Super Breeding Program
; or a group such as a Breeding Cult
or an entire nation that needs to recover from The Plague
or a Near Villain Victory
by an Omnicidal Maniac
. After all, nobody wants a Childless Dystopia
. (Well, almost nobody
.) In the case of deities, this can extend to entire species and biological systems.
Compare I Want Grandkids
, which may involve this, but is usually more along the lines of hinting and suggesting. Contrast Population Control
. If you thought this was about the euphemism for a rather vulgar way to dismiss someone, try Bowdlerise
- The Bible. The quote at the top is the very first commandment God gives his newly-created humans.
- In the Dune series, the Bene Gesserit have been running a Super Breeding Program. Their members are periodically ordered to get pregnant off selected males, by seduction or marriage.
- Near the end of the Belgariad, Last Of Her Kind Taiba gets married with an implied but strong push from the god Mara to restore the Marag race. In the Malloreon, we find out that Mara is helping matters along by making sure most of Taiba's births are multiples.
- The theocratic Republic of Gilead of The Handmaid's Tale came about through a false-flag attack and coup on the US government, after a biological apocalypse had sterilized much of the human population. The new regime rewrote the laws to emphasize procreation, and to subjugate still-fertile women (Handmaids) to that role particularly, usually in service to wealthier or ranking families with sterile wives (and often sterile husbands, although that was denied and failure to concieve was blamed on the Handmaid). Other women who weren't fertile were subjugated to a male-dominated society in various other roles as well, such as house servants.
- In Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), this becomes almost an imperative for the human race after the Cylon attack.
President Laura Roslin: I'm going to be straight with you here. The human race is about to be wiped out. We have fifty thousand people left and that's it. Now, if we are even going to survive as a species, then we need to get the hell out of here and we need to start having babies!
- Later on, she also went so far as to make terminating a pregnancy illegal, which she said she never would have advocated outlawing in pre-cataclysm society.
- In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Kerrigan sends a single broodmother to a Protoss ship with orders to breed an army to take it over.
- In a Funny Moment from Half-Life 2 Episode One, after the suppression field preventing conception is destroyed, awkward, nerdy scientist Dr. Kleiner is heard on the city's broadcast system imploring people to start replenishing the population.
- Japan's falling birth rate has become something of a panic issue in recent years, and some government figures have attempted to exhort people to have babies.
- You know who else encouraged people to breed? Hitler, that's who! Lebensborn was a Nazi Germany breeding program which rewarded extramarital conceptions by "racial pure and healthy" adults. In addition, the Cross of Honor of the German Mother was awarded by the Nazi government to women who had lots of babies (bronze for four kids, silver for six, gold for eight or more). Any woman who qualified for a gold cross got it direct from Hitler himself.
- France has the Médaille de la Famille française (Medal of the French Family) for raising a large family. It doesn't have to be children you conceived, though -- it has been awarded to foster and adoptive parents.