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 MedicalRapeAndImpregnate and BabyFactory. Compare SuperBreedingProgram.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* This turns out to be the secret behind [[spoiler: the Washuu clan]] in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. [[spoiler: They've been engaging in slavery and incest to produce both breeding slaves and {{child soldier}}s to serve them. Clan patriarch Tsuneyoshi has numerous bastard children, including not only BigBad Nimura Furuta, but Kishou Arima and Rize Kamishiro; Rize herself was raised for the purpose of bearing children to Tsuneyoshi and his legitimate heirs.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Terrafor_MARS}}'' the Newton clan is revealed to be this. They have used selective breeding with humans for 600 with the objective of surpassing mankind. Joseph Newton is a product of this activity.

[[folder:Comic Book]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Cable}}'' once fought a cult of psychic women whose leader claimed to have been arranging events to lead to the birth of Jean Grey. However, she was in the middle of a VillainousBreakdown at the time and Cable expressed skepticism of it.
* The fanatical Judda from ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', a cult centered around a former High Judge named Morton Judd, who wanted to use genetic engineering and cloning to pacify the population of Mega-City One. After his coup failed, he and his followers escaped into the Australian outback along with a batch of genetic material from the Judge clone banks. They eventually resurfaced during the "Oz" storyarc, having spent the past 30 years breeding an army of Judda to conquer Mega-City One. Nearly all of them are wiped out when Dredd teleports a nucelar device into their hideout in Ayers Rock, except for three survivors: Judge Kraken from the "Necropolis" arc and Jonah and Pandora from the "Jihad" audio drama.

* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', the Bene Gesserit have worked for 90 generations to create the ChosenOne, the 'Kwisatz 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 Kwisatz Haderach. However, she instead bore a son, Paul, who was the Kwisatz Haderach himself.]]
** Leto II takes over their program when he ascends to the throne. By the time of ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'', he has made some success: [[spoiler:he's bred an individual who cannot be seen with prescience. He plans for her to kill him and pass on her genes as humanity spreads out of its forced confinement so humanity will never be subject to a tyrant like him again]].
* 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 Literature/VorkosiganSaga, especially ''Literature/{{Cetaganda}}'' and ''Literature/DiplomaticImmunity'', 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.
* In Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/TheApocalypseCodex'', 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 deserves notice: [[AndIMustScream they kidnap young women, inflict spinal cord injuries to permanently paralyze them, and use artificial insemination to repeatedly use their bodies as unwilling host mothers]].
* In ''Literature/FlightOfTheGodkinGriffin'' the Godkindred Kingdom's state religion is that by [[HeinzHybrid mingling species]] their descendants can become gods, and they [[TheEmpire conquer]] neighboring countries in pursuit of new bloodlines. In contrast, the Mountain Pards believe that by inbreeding they can achieve purity by inbreeding themselves into a bestial state, which involves having their psychotic male young rape their females repeatedly. [[spoiler: They're both wrong. Ascension is a matter of belief, all the Godkindred were doing was breeding towards the phenotype their ancestors had immediately after descending from godhood.]]
* In ''Literature/TheBloodLadders'' the founder of the Church in the human lands was the first human mage and while her gift was given by angels it is also carried by [[BloodMagic blood]]. The early Church was known for Bacchanalian orgies to spread her bloodline as widely as possible before they realized they could protect more people from demons by slipping a drop of magic-carrying blood into the communion wine.
* In ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'', it turns out that the Puppeteers are utilizing a "birth lottery" to breed genetically lucky humans. Teela is a result of this scheme.
* The Hatchery program in ''Literature/TheLivesOfTao'' is used by the Genjix to breed the next generation of [[SymbioticPossession hosts,]] specifically by breeding for both [[ChildProdigy intelligence]] and [[EvilIsSexy beauty,]] with an intense regiment of TrainingFromHell.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DarkAngel'''s second season, the enemies of the X-series are breeding cult 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.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Genestealer Cults in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' infiltrate a planet, interbreed with its population to pass on their genes, and then cause strife to weaken them in preparation for Tyranid invasion.
** The Illuminati are 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. Most want to gather together all of the Emperor's descendants and sacrifice them all at once to return their power to him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''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.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'', the Loptyrians are worshippers of Loptyr, an evil dragon, who needs a human vessel to return. After a long period of being ReformedButRejected, the Lotpyrians under [[TheChessmaster Manfroy]] decide to produce another vessel via interbreeding the descendants of the original vessel.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the Grimleal are worshippers of the [[SealedEvilInACan Fell Dragon Grima]] trying to create him a vessel, much [[MeetTheNewBoss like Loptyr and the Loptyrians]]. Unlike the Loptyrians, the Grimleal have been attempting to create a child to serve as a vessel for the dragon's spirit for a straight one thousand years. Grimleal leadership is done by failed vessels of Grima. [[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 [[HumansByAnotherName Homs]] 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' The god of murder Bhaal learned of his impending death and started a few of these along with 'independent efforts'. The rescue of one of them sets off the plot. (The children were to be sacrificed at birth.)
* Johnny Cage from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' is actually descendant from an ancient cult that bred warriors for the gods, and is the source of his green energy powers.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' the Celeste pseudo-religiously breed with as many species as possible. Arikos of Nile took it a step further by conning a couple hundred Talmi women into believing he could turn them into humans if they bore him Celeste children. He killed the ones who grew too old to bear children and the kids who "failed", until a bunch of his kids had enough and turned him in.