Miraculous Pregnancy
A pregnancy that should be impossible for the affected character.


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Alternate names: Bizarre Pregnancy

An abnormal pregnancy that is practically impossible - be it due to how it occured or some aspect of its post-conception progression - by the norms of the species to which the pregnant character belongs to, such that the only way to actually explain the miracle is either via Applied Phlebotinum (especially Functional Magic), Divine Intervention, or simply Rule of Cool (e.g. a sterile character using Heroic Spirit to effectively defy the laws of nature).

Sub Tropes include But I Can't Be Pregnant! (female becomes pregnant despite sterility on her part or her male partner's), Mr. Seahorse, and pregnancy-type Truly Single Parent.

Examples

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • One of the points in Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex (the original essay by Larry Niven) was that if Superboy ever ejaculated upward, the scattered individual sperm could impregnate women all over the Smallville area without their knowledge. Thus it would seem miraculous, especially given the kind of offspring they'd have.

Film
  • The Phantom Menace. Shmi Skywalker tells Qui-Gon Jinn that Anakin had no father: "I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him. I can't explain what happened." Qui-Gon Jinn later tells the Jedi Council that Anakin may have been conceived by the midichlorians.

Live-action TV
  • In The X-Files, Scully is left unable to bear children (at least, according to human science) after her abduction by the aliens in the second season. And then she becomes pregnant again in the eighth, with the only explanation being that aliens did it to her.

Religion and Mythology
  • Christianity has the Virgin Mary concieving Jesus without ever having had sex (or, persumably, any genital contact with viable semen).
  • Some versions of Buddha were also born from a virgin.
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