Created By: MarqFJA on February 11, 2012 Last Edited By: MarqFJA on February 27, 2016

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.
Community Feedback Replies: 40
  • February 11, 2012
    ginsengaddict
    Uhm... Jesus?
  • February 11, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Angel: Darla becomes pregnant with Angel's baby. Darla and Angel are both vampires, but the baby (Conner) is human.
  • February 11, 2012
    Koveras
    • 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.
  • February 11, 2012
    Charsi
    I think that trope already exists.
  • February 11, 2012
    spudwalt
    Flora's pregnancy in Two Kinds. Normally, Keidran and Humans can't have children together, but the deity Euphemural allows it in order to further his/her/its plans.
  • February 12, 2012
    Arivne
    This is very similar to (if not the same as) But I Cant Be Pregnant.

    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.
  • February 12, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^^^ Which would be...?

    ^ But I Cant Be Pregnant seems to be a subtrope of this, dealing with a previously declared infertile female becoming pregnant despite said infertility (persumably without artificial impregnation/fertilization methods).
  • February 12, 2012
    Stratadrake
    It may be worth analyzing But I Cant Be Pregnant to see how it's getting used in on-page examples and throughout the wiki. The phrase-based title is definitely a strike of ambiguity against it.
  • February 13, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^ You're free to open a Trope Talk/TRS thread for that if you want. For my part, the on-page examples are mostly of the "pregnancy occurs despite biological factors that should've made it impossible (age, injury, differing species.)" sort. Miraculous Pregnacy is the Super Trope encompassing all kinds of impossible pregnancies, whether the impossibility is in how it happened or in some later part of the pregnancy cycle, as the One Piece example shows.
  • February 13, 2012
    nargles78
    Law Of Inverse Fertility is also somewhat related.
  • February 13, 2012
    AP
    • Some versions of Buddha were also born from a virgin.
  • February 14, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^^ No, not really.
  • March 8, 2012
    TooBah
    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.
  • March 14, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Steve Smith in American Dad accidentally got pregnant by swallowing Roger's egg. Later he got a girl pregnant by kissing her and transferring the alien fetus into her mouth.
  • April 23, 2012
    chicagomel
    • At the end of Dogma, God makes Bethany pregnant. Prior to this she had been sterile.
  • April 23, 2012
    chicagomel
    Whoops, someone got my example already.
  • April 23, 2012
    Generality
    This is all over mythology. Everything from Ancient Egypt to Arthurian tales has some account of a birth bereft of one or both parentages.
  • April 23, 2012
    captainsandwich
    in The Bible probably among the oldest version of this trope is the birth of Isaac. when he was born his father was 100 years old (I assume this was long before viagra), and his mother was beyond child bearing years. when god's 3 messengers told them Abraham (the father) would have a baby with his wife Sarah (the mother) he laughed. Sarah over heard the news and she laughed as well. Isaac translates as "He laughs/will laugh."
  • April 23, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Can we separate "miraculous conception" from "miraculous pregnancy"? The first concerns any number of circumstances that lead to standard pregnancies once the baby is there, the second is more like "the woman shouldn't be able to carry this child at all."
  • April 26, 2012
    Andygal
    soft split it.
  • April 26, 2012
    nman
    This would be related to Half Human Hybrid, Homosexual Reproduction, No Biochemical Barriers, Hot Skitty On Wailord Action. Whether it would be sub/sister/super tropes, I don't know.
  • April 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the Backstory of Friends Ross was considered a "medical miracle" because his mother was thought to be infertle.
  • November 20, 2012
    polarbear2217
    Film In Children Of Men, Kee is pregnant despite the fact that all woman were assumed to be infertile.

    (not sure about the book)
  • November 20, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Webcomic:

    • Sister Claire has the title character become pregnant thanks to divine intervention despite being a virgin. She is informed of this by the angel Gabriel.
  • November 20, 2012
    StarSword
    TV:
    • In Stargate SG 1, Vala Mal Doran was impregnated by the Ori using their ascended powers in order to produce their Dark Messiah Adria. When Vala asked SG-1 if they'd ever heard of anyone becoming pregnant without having sex around time of conception, almost everyone clearly wants to say Jesus, but Teal'c pipes up with Darth Vader instead.
  • November 22, 2012
    Xelloss08
    Film:
    • The end of the science fiction film Epoch has the previously-infertile female lead becoming pregnant, implied to be due to the healing powers of the Torus.
  • November 22, 2012
    Generality
    In Dogma, Bethany had lost her faith because of infertility. At the end, God makes her pregnant.
  • May 28, 2015
    MarqFJA
    Man, this has stagnated, hasn't it?

    You know, I'm beginning to think that this trope is superfluous since Mystical Pregnancy already exists. What do you think? Merge the examples here to Mystical Pregnancy?
  • May 28, 2015
    lakingsif
    Doesn't this come under Anatomically Impossible Sex, as well as a bunch of other things like Homosexual Reproduction/ Science Babies, Mystical Pregnancy, etc.
  • May 28, 2015
    bitemytail
    ^ Law Of Inverse Fertility comes into play as well.
  • May 28, 2015
    Exxolon
    In the David Eddings The Elenium Queen Ehlana is poisoned. She's cured but one of the side effects is permanent sterility. She later gives birth (to the astonishment of the most highly studied priestess in the main cast) to a healthy girl. It turns out that the pregnancy was induced by a goddess who was then born as the child in human form. When this comes to light (to some characters) she says it was very hard, even with her divine power, to overcome the sterilisation caused by the poison.
  • May 28, 2015
    lakingsif
    ^^ The description is horrific and literally all of the examples come under Anatomically Impossible Sex or Science Babies. Oh, I'll give you Jesus as a Mystical Pregnancy, though.
  • May 28, 2015
    Lythande
    Is this supposed to be a subtrope of Mystical Pregnancy, of the specifically "should not be physically possible" variety?
  • July 1, 2015
    MarqFJA
    In hindsight, it's probably more like the reverse: It's the supertrope to Mystical Pregnancy, because not every case of "practically impossible pregnancy" is due to explicitly supernatural causes. The One Piece example illustrates this: Extreme enough willpower allowing someone to do what is explicitly impossible is a thing in-universe. And then there's the Man Of Steel Woman Of Kleenex, which seems to me like a Justified Trope case, using Bizarre Alien Biology on part of the Human Alien subject as the justification.

    @lakingsif: Explain to me how the description is horrific. Oh, and Anatomically Impossible Sex isn't always involved in this trope, IMO.
  • January 29, 2016
    DAN004
    One Piece doesn't seem to count: it's merely Longest Pregnancy Ever, the method of conception (and this trope focuses on the method, right?) is assumed to be normal.
  • January 30, 2016
    shadowbeast
    Web Original:
    • SCP-1987-J is a magic piece of guitar music which can be played by anyone who knows how it is supposed to sound, even if they can't play the electric guitar (nothing fun happens if played on any other instrument.) Strange things occur, such as sexual enhancement of the player, immunity of the player to bullets, polymorphing of vehicles into custom rods and muscle, reanimating the dead, and people and creatures popping into existence. Among the observed effects, spontaneous pregnancies have been known to occur in fertile females... Infertile females... Males...
  • January 30, 2016
    jamespolk
    Between But I Cant Be Pregnant and Mystical Pregnancy, we definitely have this covered. Motion to discard.
  • January 31, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ This is a Missing Supertrope.
  • January 31, 2016
    RashandFierce
    Web Video: In The Nostalgia Critic review of Fern Gully with The Nostalgia Chick, Chick touches Critic's hand, which glows blue. Chick says "Now you're pregnant."
  • February 27, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    See also Express Delivery.

    Bizarre Pregnancy would be a much better name. This sounds way too close to the more specific Mystical Pregnancy.
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