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->''We shall take only [[LamarckWasRight the greatest minds, the finest soldiers, the most faithful servants]]. [[SendInTheClones We shall multiply them a thousandfold]] and release them to usher in a new era of glory.''
-->-- '''Col. Corazon Santiago''', "The Council of War", ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' (Accompanies completion of the Secret Project "[[DesignerBabies The Cloning Vats]]")

A common source of soldiers in science fiction is cloning. This can make sense if you want to mass produce one exceptionally good soldier or don't want to spend much time creating an army of DesignerBabies from scratch. Typically they grow to adulthood at an accelerated rate as well.

Related to SendInTheClones. Often overlaps with ExpendableClone and FacelessMooks. May be used to justify WeHaveReserves tactics. If the clones are a unique race they may form a [[HenchmenRace Henchmen]] or ServantRace.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'' the Corpse Corps are clones of the Schiff Moses.
* [[spoiler:Obito]] of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' created an army of [[spoiler:Zetsu]] clones using Hashirama's [=DNA=] and the chakra of seven of the bijuu. [[spoiler:Kaguya]] intends to reproduce this on a larger scale by converting [[spoiler:the victims of the [[LotusEaterMachine Infinite Tsukiyomi]]]] into [[spoiler:Zetsu]] clones.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' universe features extensive cloning by the police force to which the titular Judge Dredd belongs. Dredd is a clone himself and on occasion has to fight his "brothers" who have gone rogue.
* The comic ''ComicBook/TheBoyWhoWantedWar'' had a scientist create a clone army based off his son's DNA. But there are still drafting from the population because it was not enough.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In the ''Franchise/StarCraft'' / ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/101250/the-koprulu-sector The Koprulu Sector]]'' the Dominion uses cloning to fuel their rapid population growth. Most are not intended directly for the military, as it's easier to resocialize criminals, but the side story [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/122953/born-of-sin Born of Sin]] reveals that [[spoiler: Scootaloo's DNA was used to breed an experimental army.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/AmericanNinja 3'' has an army of ninja clones.
* Boba/Jango/Everyone Fett from ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''. Indeed, the Clones and by extension the early Stormtroopers are all clones of Jango Fett. They are genetically engineered for obedience and age at twice the normal rate, except for Boba.
* In ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' the [[spoiler: Tet cloned an army of astronaut Jack Harper to conquer earth, then switched to drones and had the Jacks maintain them.]]
* ''Film/PootieTang'': Parodied with the fake Pooties. Only an idiot couldn't tell they were fakes, but they fool everyone anyway.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the "Clone series" (''Clone Republic'', ''Rogue Clone'', ''Clone Alliance'', ''Clone Elite'', and ''Clone Betrayal'') all the enlisted men in every branch of the military are clones, and very disposable ones at that.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Grand Admiral Thrawn recovered some Spaarti cloning cylinders capable of growing a clone to adulthood in a matter of weeks and giving it memories.
* In the ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' series the Union military relies heavily on azi, mass-produced DesignerBabies intended to help make up the population difference between the Union and [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression Earth]]. They're not all clones per se, but many genotypes are copied many times.
* At least one novel in the ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' mentions the Arcturians, who provide clone soldiers for the Federation military.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DarkAngel'' many of the X-5s have several clones, in the first season finale Max destroyed the stockpile of embryos so more wouldn't be born. When she was recaptured they tried breeding her the old fashioned way.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Sontarans are an entire race of this. They're all clones of a general who lived 10,000 years ago.
** The two-part special ''The End Of Time'' features [[spoiler:The Master Race.]] An army of six billion [[spoiler:humans transformed into loyal clones of The Master.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** Most Dark Eldar are vat-grown. "Trueborn" units have special stats.
** Many of the Adeptus Mechanicus's Skitarrii are grown in vats, or at least their organic components are.
** DependingOnTheWriter, the Death Korps of Krieg may all be clones of the exact same guy, a fact they hide from outsiders [[GasMaskMooks by wearing gas masks everywhere]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', all humans are this for Friend Computer.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KingOfFighters '99'' had the endgame involve armies of [[spoiler:Kyo]] clones being staged across the world by Krizalid in an attempt to take over the world. [[spoiler: Even if he were to succeed, which he did not, the governing body that created him had shut down his connections and the endboss of the next game, Zero, personally terminated Krizalid because of how out-of-control he got.]]
* In ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'', the Lab Assistants are revealed to be this in the Secret Warp Room, where the production line of them is shown.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'': The alien troops are collections of genetic and cybernetically modified clones from a variety of species under the control of the Ethereals.
* In ''TotalAnnihilation'' the Arm's troops are clones while the Core's are robots with uploaded human minds. Or at least the Commanders are, the ordinary units could be just robots.
* In the ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' games, the Replicas you commonly fight throughout the series are clones of Paxton Fettel developed by Armacham.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': The SRS Scientists have developed a large number of clones, who are the foot soldiers you can find and fight around the streets and during missions.
* In ''Videogame/LittleBigAdventure'', the tyrannical Dr Funfrock maintains control of planet Twinsun with an army of clones.
* The 1983 Atari arcade game ''Major Havoc'' has the title character leading an army of clones (all cloned from himself) against the automated bases of the [[TheEmpire collapsed Vaxxian empire]], according to [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory listed on the arcade cabinet]].
* In ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', it was revealed that the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Shadow-Mirror]] had originally envisioned their W-Series forces to be this. They got as far as the prototype before realizing they had no way to accelerate his growth, so decided to go with androids instead.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Warframe}}'', the concept is put through an interesting spin. The fascist Grineer Empire is trying to conquer the solar system with soldiers cloned in industrial quantities that they claim are sourced from "perfection". In reality, the entire empire is falling apart, dependent on [[CloneDegeneration copies of copies of copies]], riddled with so many genetic defects that they're dependent on cyborg technology just to survive.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' the Anarchists use clones known as "Gigglers" as CannonFodder. They're engineered to feel no pain and are grown at an accelerated rate that leaves them no time for an education so they're dumb as rocks. They're controlled using an implant that pumps them full of happy drugs when they do something right, hence the name.
** Lee is a clone grown by the Anarchist's enemies, the CORE, using a stolen cloning rig that was given to their R&D department. He was grown at a normal rate so he is smart, but still [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060621.html a bit flaky]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' Frans Raynor had a shoddily-made army of Dr. McNinja clones produced in order to invoke ConservationOfNinjitsu on the original.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' the second season premiere revealed [[spoiler: that the boys were clones, and Doctor Venture kept a room of clones for when they inevitably die]]. In the season 3 finale, Sergeant Hatred takes the preformed clones and leads them as a RedshirtArmy. This also serves to remove the safety net from the show.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' Gallaxhar considers himself to be a perfect being so he clones an army of himself.
** In the TV series, Coverton is asked by his master to clone one of the monsters for this purpose. Unfortunately, the chosen subject is [[TheDitz B.O.B.]], a choice even Coverton finds dubious.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some species of gall aphids parthenogenically produce warrior caste nymphs.
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