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->''"Are you a cute, young girl who likes to cook and clean? Do you have hips suited for bearing many children? Four, five, six, and maybe even twelve?"''
-->-- '''Dieter's letter''', ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''

Take the female body. Now, instead of visualizing a human being, with all the markings of independent thought and higher intelligence, visualize an organic device that can be used to create babies. This is no doubt rather creepy (particularly for our female viewers), but sometimes this is because it is believed to be necessary, to deal with a heavily depleted race of species. On the other hand, this trope can just as easily be engaged in for the sake of evil. Babies can be sold for delicious, delicious profit. Or alternatively, [[EatsBabies they're just delicious]]. [[BreedingCult You can guess]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil what a sufficiently evil character]] [[SexSlave will do]] [[BreedingSlave from this point]].

The BabyFactory symbolizes the idea of a woman as being chained to her biology, and also represents the darker side of BabiesMakeEverythingBetter. Come what may, babies must be created. No, she doesn't get to have any interaction with the baby. Probably for the better, since she's likely to resent the life this has given her. Even worse, the mother might actually enjoy it -- sure, we've reduced the higher functions of humanity to the economic functions of supply and demand, but it's a living.

This trope is a central ramification of any work where creating DesignerBabies is a societal directive. Many ScienceFiction writers avoid it altogether by providing a means of creating babies that doesn't require human wombs or (usually non-consensual) sexual intercourse. Usually this takes the form of a UterineReplicator.

On rarer occasions, men are also involved in this trope, usually as a result of a {{Gendercide}} forcing the survivors to be as engaged in the baby-making business as the women who carry the babies to term. Usually in these cases, things are not as bad for the women, who, because of large supply, have the choice of whether or not they participate in this process thanks to their relatively high GenderRarityValue.

In some modern works, a woman actually sees herself as one of these, and uses the babies she can make as fulfillment in the more traditional BabiesMakeEverythingBetter vein. Can result in TooManyBabies. MarsNeedsWomen may be involved if there are aliens in the story.

See also: MotherOfAThousandYoung, and PeopleFarms, for other human ranching purposes. See also MandatoryMotherhood and BreedingCult. Particularly dark examples of this trope often overlap with BreedingSlave. Sometimes involves a ChosenConceptionPartner.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The world of ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' had a wee problem with many [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Twilight]] women being subjected to rampant sexual abuse -- for both the reasons that people are just plain terrible and to create more Twilights, kids who would inherent the condition from their mothers and thus [[SuperHumanTrafficking feed the Twilight slave system further]]. So... actually, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters both reasons are because people are just plain terrible]].
* The Third type androids in ''Anime/ArmitageIII'' were designed for this purpose in order to increase the Martian population, though they were also given sapience and their own personalities. This, combined with the fact that the main villains of the film are [[StrawFeminist feminists who have taken over Earth's government]] who aren't happy about this, can make the story rather uncomfortable for western audiences.
* Yuki-onna in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' have a ''very'' limited window to get married and have children before they become infertile, and their race is close to dying out. This is PlayedForDrama with the yuki-onna Mizore, who is stuck between an ArrangedMarriage to one of the series' villains and unrequited love with the protagonist.
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'': This forms a central conflict on the prison world of Lobnas II. When the planet is conquered, the prisoners have their sentences annulled (since they were not sentenced under Abh law). The male prisoners have a dream of starting their own nation on the planet, and wish to keep the female prisoners on the planet by force if necessary, since if there are no women to birth children, the planet's future is doomed from the start. The female prisoners, many of them victims of sexual abuse, obviously want absolutely no part in this and want off the planet ''now''.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', a BreedingCult keeps women for the purpose of bearing either a "pure" heir or a disposable TykeBomb. [[spoiler: Rize Kamishiro]] managed to escape this fate.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers #199]]'' (written by David Michelinie), when [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] is introduced to the Avengers, we're told that she has become eight months pregnant by an unknown father, or by some unknown force. In issue #200 we get the baby delivery as well as Marcus Immortus (son of Kang the Conqueror and Revelation) admitting he'd kidnapped Ms. Marvel and tried wooing her with expensive clothes, serenading her with history's best musicians, etc. But apparently she hadn't been won over because he says, "with a boost" from his father's "mind machines", Ms. Marvel finally gave in. The reaction of the entire team is to throw a baby shower. (Err?)
** Creator/ChrisClaremont explicitly called out the company’s editors for their handling of the whole affair, both in having [[https://m0vie.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/jessicajones-akaivegottheblues14.jpg Carol herself call it out]] in ''Avengers Annual #10'' and in ''The X-Men Companion II''. This issue effectively killed Marcus' character as the company hurried to distance themselves from the nonsensical storyline.
-->'''Claremont''': Now, if that had been the point David [Michelinie] was trying to make, that these other Avengers are [[SuperDickery callous boors]], okay then, I may disagree with the point, but if he followed through on it, it would have made sense. But it seemed to me, looking at the story, looking at the following story, that he was going for: “This is how you respond to a pregnancy.”
* The Psions in the Franchise/DCUniverse treat their females like this.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', Ninjette's own ''father'' wants to reduce her to this. Ninjas sent from the clan have no qualms about chopping off her limbs to make this easier.
* ''ComicBook/{{Elephantmen}}'' were made by Mappo's genetic engineering, and grown from embryos using local African women as surrogates. The mothers were kept under anesthetic and fed with [=IV=]s for the whole pregnancy and gave birth by c-section. More accurately had the newborn extracted from what was left of their bodies, as bearing an elephantman to term is 100% fatal. It's not discussed why some other species of mammal wasn't used, other than "Mappo is a monster".
* [[Comicbook/InnocenceLost Dr. Sarah Kinney]] is forced to become one by Zander Rice when she disobeys her superiors' orders by attempting to create a female clone of Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}. When she successfully creates the female embryo, Rice forces ''her'' to act as the surrogate. Nine months later, Comicbook/{{X 23}} is born.
* A rare voluntary and one-off example occurs with ComicBook/LadyShiva. She allowed herself to be impregnated solely as a business transaction, to provide a test subject for the child's father, and gave up the girl immediately after she gave birth, not meeting the girl again for another seventeen years.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In Disney's ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'', this trope is brought up during the song, "Honor To Us All":
--> "We all must serve our emperor,\\
Who guards us from the Huns:\\
A man by bearing arms,\\
A girl by bearing sons."

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ShootEmUp''. The reason the bad guys are trying to kill the BadassAndBaby. [[spoiler:Several women are impregnated with the semen of a senator who needs a bone marrow transplant. The villains try to kill the senator by killing the mothers; one runs into the protagonist just before she's killed (just after she gives birth).]]
* The MacGuffin of ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' are the Five Wives, the harem of Immortan Joe that he was using to breed male children who aren't damaged by radiation. If they fail to produce a healthy baby boy after three tries, he casts them out.
* In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the title character's nuclear war survival plan calls for there to be a group of survivors, including "our top government and military men". To better facilitate this trope, there were would be "a ratio of, say, ten females to each male" and "the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics, which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature". Naturally, monogamy will be "regrettably" abandoned, it being "a sacrifice required for the future of the human race".
* ''Film/{{Logan}}'': The mothers of the children bred by Transigen for their X-23 program are treated as disposable wombs. Gabriela doesn't elaborate on what became of them, but the implication of her remarks, "girls nobody can find," is [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they were killed]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* Kzinti females in ''Literature/KnownSpace'' are non-sentient versions of this trope, due to genetic engineering. [[spoiler: except when they are sentient, due to a long running conspiracy of sentient females]]
* The [[spoiler:Axlotl tanks]] in ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' are actually [[spoiler:the females of the Bene Tleilax]].
* The purpose of the handmaids in ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' is to provide this service. They're not particularly good at it, though, mostly because the authoritarian society they live in demands that the babies have a specific father, and the society in question is unwilling to acknowledge that the reason some wives can't get pregnant may have more to do with lazy sperm than a faulty ovary.
* On ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' the Priest Kings are - unknown to human Goreans - an insectoid species with a queen in the insect sense; she's revered but doesn't have any actual power. The power of the high council is invested in the First Five Born (of which by the time we meet them there are only two left). The Mother dies in the third book, and the plot of the fourth book concerns recovery of the last female egg, so as to restart the sequence (they already have a male).
* In ''Literature/{{Hexwood}}'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the corrupt and oppressive intergalactic government enforces its will by means of psychic assassins called Servants. They get more Servants by picking women with strong psychic abilities to breed to the current Servant and giving them drugs so that they have as many babies as possible (the women, naturally, get no choice in this matter). The children are taken away as soon as they're born, and... well, no one knows what happens to the mother after that.
* Creator/FrankHerbert's ''Hellstrom's Hive''. The insect-like humans of the Hive have a practice of salvaging valuable genes from damaged individuals by slicing off most of the body above the waist and below the knees and using the remainder for breeding purposes. Unlike most examples these "reproductive stumps" can be male as well as female.
* Jonathan Swift's famous essay, ''Literature/AModestProposal'' suggests farming women around Europe for babies to eat once they hit 12 months old as a means of dealing with recurrent famine problems.
* In ''Literature/TheGiver'', certain girls are selected at the age of twelve to begin training as Birthmothers, producing offspring for the Community that are immediately taken away. Once they meet their quota, Birthmothers spend the rest of their lives as factory labourers. The system is elaborated on in ''Literature/{{Son}}'', and it is as sterile and creepy as one would expect -- the women are even referred to as "Vessels" and their children as "Products," and they give birth blindfolded as not to get attached to their offspring.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/{{Spectrum}}'', a race of LizardFolk often travel with four-legged pets. It turns out these are their females who have lost their sentience as a result of a radical evolutionary change caused by an ancient cataclysm.
* ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' contains a gender-reversed example: The males of Lyrane II are non-sentient and about four feet tall.
* How Werewolves view women in the ''Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld'' series, as a result of GenderEqualsBreed.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', the Holy Russian Empire ends up resorting to these after the war ends, since there are so few young, fertile people left. The Russian woman the author interviews is currently pregnant with her ''eighth'' child; all her previous children are by different fathers, and they're taken away from her almost at once, presumably so she can get pregnant again as quickly as possible.
* Inverted in China Miéville's ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' with the khephri, as the males are big nonsentient beetles who are of little use beyond reproduction to the females, who look like attractive human women ...except for their heads, which look like big beetles.
* ''Flash for Freedom!'' {{Literature/Flashman}} and the other crewmen on the slave ship are encouraged to sleep with as many female slaves as possible, as women pregnant with lighter skinned babies can be sold at a higher price. Oddly enough, given his usual lechery, Flashman isn't particularly keen on the idea, and takes a single slave as his concubine instead.
* ''[[http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/valente_08_12/ Fade to White,]]'' an AlternateHistory short story by Creator/CatherynneMValente is set in a post-WorldWarThree United States where men and women are tested for intelligence, 'loyalty' and most important: fertility. Women who score highly get to raise their children in the more modern houses with the improved radiation-proofing. Men who score high become a Husband, serving as fathers to several families on a rotating basis. Society deliberately maintains the fiction that it's carrying on the [[TheFabulousFifties values of pre-war era]], giving the Husbands phony jobs and each family pretending the others don't exist. Less fertile men (or those who are black or asian) get either shipped out to the front line or take jobs where they must take regular hormone suppressants (so women will be encouraged to only have sex with the fertile Husbands).
* In ''Literature/{{Bumped}}'', teenage girls are heavily encouraged to be surrogate mothers for older couples after a SterilityPlague makes everyone over the age of 18 sterile.
* In ''Promised'', the final book in Caragh O'Brien's {{dystopia}}n ''Birthmarked'' trilogy, the Enclave starts making fertile women become surrogate mothers. The women are given free housing and care. The women are brainwashed into believing it is a choice, however, leaving has dire consequences.
* In one of the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' books, there was a character who, having married a woman he despised for political gain, proceeded to impregnate her in the hope (eventually realized) that she would [[DeathByChildbirth die in childbirth.]]
** Queen dragons were treated as a non-human example during the Long Interval, as the dragons' numbers had declined to a point where there was only ''one'' breeding queen per generation, upon whom the perpetuation of the species depended. Queens weren't allowed to fly except to mate, and the notion of them flying against Thread was inconceivable.
* Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns has secret genetic and breeding experiments being performed for the purpose of [[spoiler:producing someone who could communicate with the hydrogues]]. An unusual example in that both genders are treated equally badly.
* This is Isabel's role at court in ''Literature/KingdomOfLittleWounds''. Notably right after her oldest daughter dies, the king comes to her bed to create another child as though Sophia were just a part to replace and Isabel a mechanism to make that replacement.
* Song Ching in Creator/JackChalker's ''Rings Of The Master'' series was specifically engineered for the seemingly mutual exclusive roles of physical and mental paragon and baby factory through the simple expedient of modifying her endocryn system to make her rationality dependent upon pregnancy hormones, giving her full use of her brilliant, cold and rational mind when she is pregnant but making her extremely distracted, horny and suggestible when she is not, effectively programming her to do anything to get pregnant as soon as possible after giving birth. This challenges her fellow {{PhlebotinumRebel}}s to plan their operations around the periods when she is functional, "service" her when she is not and care for her ever-growing family as she does not normally have the mindset that makes for a good mother. Hormone treatments are considered but discarded as they don't want to risk damaging her brilliant mind and she feels the need to say "screw you Dad" by bearing all the heirs her father expected her to produce for him in the service of the rebellion. The real kicker? Left to her own devices, she prefers women.
* In Creator/JulieKagawa's series ''Talon'', [[spoiler: this is what happens to female dragons who are determined to be unable to be of any assistance to the Talon organization.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Dragonvarld}}'', members of the Sisterhood are typically [[VowOfCelibacy supposed to be virgins]] (well, at least with regard to ''men''), but that would lead to eventual extinction, so a group of them are designated as breeders. The process is controlled, and they do not have lasting contact with the fathers or with their specific offspring. Also, the first book has one of the main characters be subject to two different plans to produce a son with her who'll inherit her magic; neither party obtains her free consent, and she dies in childbirth.
* In the ''Literature/ErebusSequence'', this is the answer to the question of where the Orfani come from. The ''sanatorio'', supposedly an asylum for the mentally ill, is actually a place where the king breeds mutants with kidnapped women.
* In Philippa Ballantine's ''Literature/BooksOfTheOrder'' trilogy, the protagonists encounter a cave where female members of the eponymous Order are chained to walls and raped by demon males, to breed hybrids. [[spoiler:The main protagonist, to her horror, finds out that [[ChildByRape she is one such hybrid]], and her mother managed to get her out of the "factory", but couldn't escape herself.]]
* In ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible'', Demeter sets up “breeding camps” on planet Myridia to supply her army with new soldiers. Healthy women are chained and give birth in captivity, while sick or sterile are killed.
* Somewhat inverted in the case of ''Literature/SevenEves'' -- eight women are all that remain of the human race, seven of whom are still capable of childbearing, and, with the help of a genetic engineer, they voluntarily become "baby factories" in order to birth seven new races of humans.
* In ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'', a strange consequence of PopulationControl on many developed worlds (plus everyone being TheAgeless) is the appearance of a type of women the titular protagonist calls "frantic mothers". These women have their maternal instinct dialed UpToEleven, and they believe themselves to be wholly this trope. They are frequently the ones lobbying the governments to build colony ships and settle faraway planets. Eventually, governments give in and finance the costly undertaking, just to be rid of women like that. Many space traders (usually males) may also agree to transport groups of "frantic mothers" to young colonies, and the women are more than willing to pay for passage with sex, although they get testy if the space trader in question is sterile (perfectly reversible in this setting), ignoring the explanations of the problems of having a child in low gravity. While French dislikes such women, he does agree that they are a good reason why humanity has settled thousands of planets.
* Inverted in Fyodor Berezin's ''Ash'', where the protagonist crash-lands on a thoroughly-nuked human colony world and discovered that an underground city still endures despite continued bombardment. The colonists, damaged by radiation and interbreeding, put him in a cell and proceed to pump him for sperm, but in a pragmatic, methodical way. They bring in a woman and have her strip and dance in front of him, but the guards won't actually let him touch her. Instead, he's then cattle-prodded to force ejaculation, and the sperm is then used to impregnate their women. Eventually, the leader of the city asks if the protagonist wants to actually have sex for variety's sake.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Doctor Pulaski ends up telling two [[LostColony colonies]] (one consisting of traditional Irishmen, and the other of slowly degenerating [[CloneDegeneration clones]]) that they must engage in widescale polygyny and polyandry in order to gain an appropriate amount of genetic diversity. One Irishwoman expresses disdain that they apparently have to modify the entire way their culture examines the family for the sake of some oddly defined scientific reasons, but ends up agreeing to go along with it.
** The illogic of the trope being applied in this situation was deconstructed in a ''Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'' novella that essentially spends the entire story asking "What were the ''Enterprise'' crew ''thinking''?"
*** The in-show explanation is that neither colony has enough genetic diversity on its own to survive, though there's no reason they couldn't just open immigration from the Federation.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'':
** One world they encounter has recently suffered a massive decrease in the number of available fertile males- the male Sliders are promptly rounded up and sent to a breeding camp once they're discovered. Arturo points out that he could easily solve their problem by introducing artificial insemination (this world never developed it), but no one cares to listen to what a man has to say, only how many women he can impregnate per day. In addition, they also engage in some eugenics by limiting eligible women to young beautiful ones.
** The Kromaggs have to engage in this trope because their females, due to [[DepopulationBomb a biological attack by humans]], can't effectively propagate the race. Main character Wade ends up as one, and that's the last we hear of her until season five, where we find she and other humans are being used to power new sliding technology.
* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' depicts the [=InVitros=] being born, fully grown, from one of these. Minor subversion, in that they are from *literal* factories, and no pregnancy is involved.
* An episode of Series/EarthFinalConflict indicates that the Taelons were using human clones and the cover of an infertility clinic to make HalfHumanHybrids. It also stated that Sandoval was also tinkering with the results as well.
* A '''very''' distressing example occurs in ''Series/StargateSG1''. SG-1 finds a planet where the people have developed a virtual panacea which keeps them in perfect health. They later find out that the drug is basically "ground up Goa'uld", as Jack puts it, harvested by enforced breeding of a captive Goa'uld queen. Things get even worse when they find out that the queen in question is Egeria, the mother of the Tok'ra, and pretty much the [[HeelFaceTurn only good Goa'uld queen ever]].
* ''Series/TheLottery'' has 100 citizens set to become this, pending the results of a national lottery.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' has the female president of the colonies somewhat sensibly point out at one point that in order for humankind to survive in the long term following the destruction of the home worlds, its people have to start "making babies." Eventually, she reluctantly issues an executive order banning abortions (and establishing adoption procedures).
** The Cylons on Caprica try to establish an incredibly creepy version of this en masse, to create hybrid offspring (since one of their God's commandments is to "be fruitful" and they can't reproduce with each other). [[spoiler:It doesn't work, because it turns out Cylon biological reproduction (with humans or each other) requires the parents to actually love each other.]]
* In ''Series/{{Underground}}'', we get several mentions of breeding farms where slave women are forced to produce a future generation of slaves, having up to a dozen children that are sold off immediately after birth. Henry came from one of these farms.
* ''Series/OneLifeToLive'': Asa makes it quite clear to new wife Blair that the only reason he dumped his previous wife her is that he viewed her as this (she's much younger than him)--by forcing himself on her and demanding that she bear him a son, lest he throw her and her mother out without a dime.
* ''Series/BigLove'': Second and third wives Nicki and Margene fear that they're this in regards to first wife Barb, given that Barb can't have any more children.
* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': This is the purpose of the Handmaids.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ramsay Bolton's [[ClingyJealousGirl clingy, jealous mistress]] catches [[spoiler: Sansa]] trying to escape and implies that he will dismember her to the point of leaving her an immobile quadriplegic who can't escape again, but fulfill the only reasons Ramsay keeps her around: to birth legitimate children, and pacify the North by technically remaining married to House [[spoiler: Stark]]. Have I mentioned [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Ramsay might actually do that]]?
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': In ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S11E03TheTimeTravelers The Time Travelers]]'', Reena is going to colonize a new planet, and says she's looking forward to the "minor population explosion" that's sure to happen once they arrive. Tom Servo quips that she'll be "Perpetually breeding like a termite queen..."
* ''[[Series/{{Survivors}} Survivors (1975)]]'' had this initially as part of Charles' plan to repopulate the Earth. The heroes decided they didn't agree with it and so left. Later, when Charles was brought back as a main character, he seemed to have dropped this plan and instead was concentrating on rebuilding society and uniting the surviving people.

[[folder: Music]]
* Pearl Jam's "Do The Evolution" music video.

[[folder: Standup Comedy]]
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin finds it offensive. He calls it "pumping out a unit".
-->'''George Carlin:''' I also happen to like it when feminists attack these fatass housewives who think there's nothing more to life that sitting home on the telephone, drinking coffee, watching TV and pumping out a baby every nine months. P-poom, p-poom, p-poom, p-poom, p-poom... will seven be enough, Bob? ... p-poom, p-poom.
** [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] has likewise attacked the celebration of a woman producing 8 or 9 babies, pointing out that "we're not repopulating after the Flood", so maybe it's time to stop celebrating this sort of thing.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', Skaven females are still bloated baby-makers lacking intelligence or even adequate muscles to support moving their own girth out of their dens.
* Implied among the [[MeaningfulName Death Corp of Krieg]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. It is not clear if the "vitae wombs" they use are {{Uterine Replicator}}s or a method of modifying actual human females to drastically increase fertility, but it is considered "abhorrent" InUniverse and only barely tolerated. The end result supports a society that does nothing but crank out DeathSeeker GasMaskMooks by the million.
** There is actually a fairly horrific version of this buried in the lore. A Chaos SpaceMarine by the name of Honsou created a device called the Daemonculaba. The details are fairly graphic, but lets just say it was created as a way of rapidly producing SuperSoldiers and the nicest part involved forced reverse C-Section.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Nazis have a secret breeding program, with a lot of pure Aryan women involved, on Mercury.
* A particularly ghastly variant crops up in ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade House of Tremere]]'': it so happens that Clan Tremere preferred a highly ''organic'' means of creating [[OurGargoylesRock gargoyles]], namely by engineering Alvusia, a twenty-foot-tall gargoyle broodmare, and keeping her locked in the cellars. For good measure, her creators also sliced her limbs off and pulled her teeth in order to stop her from resisting the impregnation process -- [[BodyHorror which involves having her stomach repeatedly sliced upon, stuffed with embryonic gargoyle, and sewn up again]]. Needless to say, [[TheWoobie Alvusia is in constant agony, and spends most of her time screaming]]. In a final insult, the gargoyles born to her are trained to revere the scientists in charge of the process as their parents and gods -- leaving Alvusia regarded as little more than a convenient source of brothers and sisters ''by her own children.''

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Brood Mothers from ''Franchise/DragonAge'' are this plus a MookMaker boss. Their creation is a pretty big example of BodyHorror: female captives of [[TheUsualAdversaries darkspawn]] are usually made into broodmothers. They contract the [[TheCorruption taint]] by being force-fed darkspawn tissue until they both mutate and develop cannibalistic urges, bloating significantly as they devour massive amounts of flesh, even from their own kin. The race of the broodmother is how the type of darkspawn she will give birth to is determined, but each one is capable of spawning thousands, at twenty or so per breeding.
* The ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' ExpandedUniverse: while all able-bodied men were conscripted into the armed forces after E-Day, all fertile women were required to help repopulate Sera. They were relocated to creches where they could be forced to bear children. Though these women got better food rations than front-line soldiers, some of those front-liners considered time with the women at the "breeding farms" a reward.
* ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' has Queen Sam and Lady Margaret, the only mentioned females of the Mudokon and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Glukkon]] species, respectively. While Lady Margaret is more of a case of BeePeople, Queen Sam is kept in a controlled environment where all she does all day is lay Mudokon eggs, which will be grown into slaves (or, in ''Abe's Odyssee'', food). Her Glukkon masters have gone to the trouble of engineering The Shrink, an artificial intelligence designed solely to keep Queen Sam from reflecting on where her eggs are going, lest this realization make her stop laying. Also, she's kept in a literal factory.
* In ''Super VideoGame/MondayNightCombat,'' one of the announcers can sometimes bring up the "Dame Of The Game" prize: One "lucky" female audience member is selected at random, given a bouquet of flowers, and then shipped off to an off world colony to help with re-population.
* [[http://www.pikminwiki.com/Red_Bulborb Bulborbs]], common enemies in {{VideoGame/Pikmin}}, are not ''people'', but they still amble around after food, nap during the day, and are dangerous and energetic at night. Except for the [[http://www.pikminwiki.com/Empress_Bulblax Empress Bulblaxes]], which have enormously distended abdomens so swollen that their feet don't touch the ground. Unlike every other Bulborb, rather than chasing and biting attackers she can only roll and thrash and continuously give birth. This is not the natural state of female Bulborbs - it happens to the largest one in a given range in response to environmental changes - like, perhaps, Pikmin-sized Captains showing up and making the food do weird things.
* [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]] in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' believes that the only worth women have is to create more Legionaries. However, in Caesar's case, this is less sexism and more simply raw pragmatism in how he feels women are more useful as breeding chambers rather than fighters.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the Krogan can reproduce thousands of children very quickly. It becomes a plot point in the entire series regarding the [[SterilityPlague genophage]]. If Shepard cures the Krogan of it, Wrex boasts he'd be surprised how fast the females can churn them out. If Eve is alive, she'll tartly correct Wrex and let Shepard know that the galaxy doesn't have to worry about another Krogan rebellion.
** Referenced in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''; an asari (a species that can mate with any species to produce children,) is considering whether or not to marry a krogan (who have been hit with said genophage that makes most of them incapable of having children with their own species,) and wonders if her boyfriend sees her as a "baby-making machine", since he seemed briefly surprised when she told him that any children they had would be asari rather than krogan, though he quickly assured her he'd love them anyway. You have the choice to advise her whether or not to trust that he loves her as a person or to break up with him because she doesn't trust him. If you advise her to marry him then ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' reveals that [[spoiler: he did very much love her for who she was, and she was pregnant with his child at the time of his horrible death]].
* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'':
** The Zuul females are non-sentient, aggressive, and usually always pregnant. Whats worse is that since they are Artificially made the race that made them did this on purpose. [[spoiler: The Suul'ka are assholes like that.]]
** The Prestor Zuul try to avert this as much as possible. They can't do anything as of right now to make the female more intelligent but they treat them much better then the regular Zuul.
* Light-heartedly referenced in ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Half-Life 2 Episode One]]'' when Alyx suddenly realizes that Dr. Kleiner, during one of his propaganda broadcasts, is encouraging people to "get busy" in order to repopulate.
* This is the implication of the evidence found on Half-Ogre Island in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', which shows that the half-ogres are the result of monstrous breeding camps between Half Ogres and females of other species, mostly humans and elves, which always resulted in death for the female. There were also experiments between female ogres and male humans which for obvious reasons did not lead to death, but these rarely yielded any offspring. Regardless, [[ItWasHereISwear the evidence mysteriously disappears later on]]. The operation was supposedly created by a conspiracy of gnomes who uses it to breed Half Ogre bodyguards for their criminal operations.
* Actually {{subverted}} in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II''. While nearly every combination of ethnicity, religion, and government type in the game is patriarchal, it's possible for a character's wife to be more than just a way to produce heirs. They can be appointed to a number of court positions, particularly the role of spymaster, and female rulers can and do happen (though they're [[GameFavoredGender mechanically disadvantaged]]).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'', [[spoiler: this is Dumuzid's motivation. He wants men who will continue to populate the planet, and so he decides to do this by using a succubus to weed out men who reach a certain age without getting married and making babies.]]
* In ''VideoGame/LastDream'', a plaque on the wall of Pandora Castle elevates "mothers of five or more males" to a higher status than common soldiers.
* The page quote originates from a bit of flavor text you can find in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'', and stems from both the Nazi's own reputed "breeding program", and fits the German belief of the time that a woman should [[StayInTheKitchen occupy herself with Kitchen, Kurche unt Kinder]] -- that is, Kitchen, Church, and Child-rearing. Obersturmbanfuhrer Frau Engel also mentions at one point that she's served the Reich as a good German woman should be birthing half a dozen "Aryan" children for it.

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* According to {{Nazisploitation}} films and novels (even some mainstream fiction picked up the UrbanLegend, e.g. ''Bear Island'' by Alistair [=MacLean=]) ThoseWackyNazis would select racially pure German women to be impregnated by virile SS men, in order to create the MasterRace. In actuality, while the Nazis did have an organisation that helped care for the offspring of SS members (even illegitimate children) with the goal of increasing the birth rate (which had fallen drastically due to the Great Depression), there was no 'breeding program'.
** They did, however, encourage women to have children by giving them rewards for doing so. The more children they had, the bigger their rewards would be - some were even given medals for doing "great service to their country". While they weren't forced into it, to increase the birthrate, they made it worth the girl's while to get married to an SS soldier and have several children by him.
** German soldiers in occupied territories were discouraged from forming relationships with local women. The exception to this was in countries that were perceived as being more "Aryan," that is to say Norway and Denmark. Here the soldiers were not only encouraged to seek out the company of the local women, there was also built a state-of-the-art hospital in Norway specifically for expecting women where the child had a German father.
* On a related vein, in UsefulNotes/FascistItaly women were given medals for bearing many children, and soldiers were required to salute pregnant women. Mussolini specifically said motherhood is to women what war is to men, which should give you some idea where he was coming from.
* The [[LesCollaborateurs government]] of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 Vichy France]] made it illegal for married women to work in civil service, restricted divorce until it was almost impossible, and made abortion a crime against the state. Pétain at least partially blamed the fall of France on women stepping away from their "natural roles" as mothers to work.
* The Christian Identity movement, a group of {{Right Wing Militia Fanatic}}s and white supremacists in the United States, turned down a woman who wanted to learn how to fight in preparation for an allegedly upcoming race war. They laughed and said, "Women are for breeding".
* The concept of 'let's specifically reward women for having kids' is becoming more and more common in those countries where the fertility rate has fallen close to or below the replacement level (2.1 kids per couple). Russia, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Italy, Germany and Poland outright 'give' stuff to couples who have children (Singapore increases the amount paid per child- $3,000 for having one kid, $18,000 for having a third). Sweden's very generous parental leaves and stem in part from the concept of, "If we make having kids easier, there will be MORE of them!" Results are mixed, but Russia had population 'growth' in 2009 for the first time in fifteen years. The biggest argument against this method is that it encourages citizens from overpopulated countries such as India and China to immigrate to any one of these nations for their benefits and have as many children as they want.
** Alternatively, instead of giving money for having extra children, an effort is made to reduce disadvantage of having children. The most common measures taken are improving access to professional childcare, and extending parental leaves to both parents, but improved access to midwives is also among the options.
* UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan encouraged women to live by the creed of "Umeyo fuyaseyo okunino tameni!" (tr: "Let's have babies and multiply for the good of the Empire!").
* Immigrants are often seen as this by the native population, especially when they receive financial aid based on the number of children they have. It contributes significantly to the distrust they receive.
* Any sort of hive queen (whether a real creature such as bees, or a fantasy creature or race), whose primary (or only) purpose is to [[MookMaker pop out eggs or babies]].
* UsefulNotes/NewZealand's Domestic Purposes Benefit (Sole Parent) is a special type of unemployment benefit given to solo parents with dependent children, with the condition they do not have to actively seek employment until their youngest child turns six. Right-wing politicians claim the benefit has resulted in a generation of welfare-dependent baby factories, popping out a baby every five years to flout the part time work condition.
* The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiverfull Quiverfull]]" movement is a sect of Christianity which basically states that [[BreedingCult couples must produce as many "Soldiers of God" as they possibly can]], like [[{{Pun}} filling up a "quiver" with arrows]]. Women who subscribe to this ideology are often ''constantly'' pregnant. The TV show ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'' on Creator/{{TLC}} follows the lives of one of these families, the Duggars. (Note that the Duggars have stated that they are not part of the Quiverfull movement, but they are are still associated with it because of the number of children they have.)
* Romania under Nicolae Ceaușescu was notorious for this. Abortion was illegal and each woman was expected to bear at least four children. As a result, Romanian orphanages became extremely overcrowded and understaffed.
** Not to mention abortion actually increased as all contraception was also banned. And the long term effects is that [[{{Irony}} it actually caused a net decrease in population]] as a lot of kids died from lack of care and women died from back alley abortions.
* This trope is intrinsic to a traditional hereditary monarchy. The purpose of the king is to rule and the purpose of the queen is to give birth to an heir. Of course, the king has to contribute a little something to the heir-making process too. Nevertheless, the only essential purpose of a queen consort is to make a baby. When UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte realized that he needed an heir for his empire, he divorced his beloved but middle-aged wife Josephine so that he could marry a younger and more fertile woman. After his new marriage to Marie Louise, Napoleon famously remarked that he had "married a womb". This can be gender-flipped if a queen is the sovereign, in which case the only essential purpose of the prince consort is to impregnate her, but that's rarer since most monarchies throughout history have favored male heirs.
** Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands treated her consort Henry as this. She was stern, religious, and frugal. He was gregarious, good humoured and had difficulty in accepting his weak position within the power structure. After several miscarriages, they finally had their first and only daughter, and after that they lived seperate.
* Captive breeding programs for endangered species play this trope straight, often accelerating the process via interventions such as removing a captive bird pair's first batch of eggs for hand-rearing so they'll immediately produce another.
* German politician Frauke Petry of the [=AfD=] party wants a [[http://www.noz.de/deutschland-welt/politik/artikel/500073/afd-petry-will-volksentscheid-uber-abtreibung referendum]] to restrict abortion (which is not technically legal in Germany, merely ''tolerated'' in some cases) even more. She also is of the opinion that each German woman should have at least three children, to "secure the survival of our people". Why she seems to think that ''immigrants'', who are least able to go abroad for an abortion, won't have more babies, too, when they're not able to get abortions, is anyone's guess.
* The Code of Hammurabi stated that if a wife was not able to bear children, she was to have her husband sleep with one of her slaves or servants, who would then bear the child on her behalf.
* During the MiddleAges, it was not uncommon for royal and noble women to hire wet nurses to feed their babies, so that they could return to fertility faster. It was important for upper-class women to have many children, because there was a good chance that some of them would not reach adulthood...but ''someone'' was needed to [[HeirClubForMen carry on the family name and inherit wealth and titles]].
* Aphids (a insect known for infesting crops). Because of BizarreAlienBiology, they reproduce with or without a male depending on the season, and give birth to offspring ''that are pregnant by parthenogenesis before they are even born.'' There can be 41 generations of aphids in a season, and theoretically one female could produce billions of descendants, assuming none die. There's a reason farmers and gardeners love [[AnimalJingoism ladybugs]].
* Most female mammals continuously produce young as long as conditions are right, with the only breaks being for raising existing offspring. Female kangaroos often have a baby in the pouch and at the same time a fetus in the womb.