A subset of SecretCircleOfSecrets, and usually an AncientConspiracy, a BreedingCult is usually either an attempt to create a ChosenOne or a MasterRace.

This type of {{Cult}} takes one of two forms:

* Controlling the world's marriages/relationships/pregnancies to create a new generation, closer to fulfilling its {{Prophecy}} or {{Plan}}.
* Where the members of the cult are itself the result of the Breeding Program, secretly choosing their partners in line with the aims and desires of the Cult.

See also BabyFactory. Compare SuperBreedingProgram.
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!!Examples:

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* In ''{{Planetary}}'' Axel Brass is the last child from a breeding program started by a eclectic group of intellectuals in post-Revolutionary France, gathered together with the goal of creating a perfect human.
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* In ''{{Dune}}'' the Bene Gesserit have worked for 90 generations to create the ChosenOne, the 'Kwizatz Haderach'. [[spoiler:They got within two generations of succeeding - Jessica, who married Leto Atreides, was supposed to bear a daughter, who would have married Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, producing the Kwizatz Haderach. However, she instead bore a son, Paul, who was the Kwizatz Haderach himself.]]
* The Howard Families are a fictional group created by Creator/RobertAHeinlein, featuring heavily in books such as ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'' and ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. The Howard Foundation was started in the 19th century by Ira Howard, a millionaire dying of old age in his forties, for the purpose of extending human lifespans.
* In the VorkosiganSaga, especially ''Cetaganda'' and ''Diplomatic Immunity'', version I is the raison d'etre for the Star Creche, and drives the main plots.
* Creepy immortal bodysnatcher Doro of Octavia Butler's ''[[Literature/{{Patternist}} Wild Seed]]'' establishes one, with "seed villages" all over the world. Someone who's six thousand years old and automatically possesses the body of the nearest person whenever he dies really doesn't view the rest of humanity as much more than his toy.
* Charles Stross' ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries Apocalypse Codex]]'', a vicious cult camouflaged as a televangelist church uses a breeding program to create the next generation of true believers. The way they do it deserve notice: [[AndIMustScream they kidnap young women, inflict them spinal cord injuries making them permanently paralyzed, and use artificial insemination to repeatedly use their bodies as unwilling host mothers.]]
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* In ''DarkAngel'''s second season, the enemies of the X-series are BreedingCult members of "pure-blood" that have comparable abilities to the impure, gene-hacked super soldiers. The transgenics are obstacles to the realisation of the cult's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt planned extinction of the rest of humanity]]
* On ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Hank, the leader of the Prolethian cult [[spoiler: intends on impregnating several women with his and Helena's children.]]
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* Genestealer Cults in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', which infiltrate a planet, interbreed with its population to pass on their genes, and then cause strife to weaken them in preparation for Tyranid invasion.
** There's also the Starchild Movement, a secret society composed mostly of radical Inquisitors who plan to create a reincarnation of the GodEmperor, though selective breeding is just one of the proposed methods.
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': The Chosen of Regeneration [[spoiler:is specifically bred to serve as a perfect vessel for the BigBad's dead/comatose sister, among other functions related to the setting's CorruptChurch.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the Grimleal are worshippers of the [[BigBad Fell Dragon Grima]]. Their leaders have been attempting to create a child with sufficiently pure Grima blood to serve as a vessel for the dragon's spirit and revive it. [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror It turns out that the player's tactician character is the end result]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has the High Entia royal line, which has a planned interbreeding program with humans in order to [[spoiler:rid themselves of the genes that cause them to mutate into Telethia, macroscopic digestive organisms for Xanza's true body, the Bionis.]]
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