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-> '''Sawtooth:''' Do you think it's possible that the only reason humans exist was to create robots?\\
'''Florence:''' Maybe. And maybe the only reason robots exist is to create the lifeform that comes after you. And when that lifeform asks, "where are your creators?", what do you plan to tell it?\\
'''Sawtooth:''' Probably something like "let's go meet the neighbors."\\
'''Florence:''' Better be careful. The moment humans find out they've become grand creators, they're going to spoil your kid rotten.
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''

The act of creating life is a central part of many works. This goes for creating life in general and for intelligent life, biological or otherwise, in particular. The act can be portrayed in many ways, such as:

* BornOfMagic
* CreatingLifeIsAwesome
* CreatingLifeIsBad (also known as PlayingGod)
* CreatingLifeIsUnforeseen
** InstantAIJustAddWater
** ItCameFromTheFridge
** LoveImbuesLife
** GrewBeyondTheirProgramming
* CreationMyth
* CreationStory
* DeityOfHumanOrigin

Examples that fit squarely in one of these subtropes go on that page only.

The Franchise/{{Frankenstein}} genre of this trope family usually fall squarely in the CreatingLifeIsBad camp. Usually, but not always.

Note that this trope only comes into effect when creating new life in a manner ''other than'' the old-fashioned way, for ''that'', see PregnancyTropes. For a downright archaic way, see SpontaneousGeneration.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' - Magicians are able to conjure living, intelligent beings (though they typically have fairly short lifespans). The act of creating a magical life form is treated as morally neutral. However, the practice has become unpopular among magicians in the modern age because, all things considered, making a nonsentient magical item to increase your own power is simpler and more convenient than creating a servant.
* ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShell Ghost in The Shell 2: Innocence]]'' had an intro sequence detailing the semi-organic creation of a cybernetic organism.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* ''Fanfic/RuinValue'' sees the small band of survivors creating more ponies to replace the people who died in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[spoiler:However, they are not meant to replace ponies; they're meant to replace [[HumanitysWake humans]].]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', on a quest to restore monsters to Baravada, Brox discovers a spell that will transform inorganic items into living creatures. Later, Paul is unwillingly taught the spell.
** The "Legendary Life Spell" turns out to be a valuable trade good when the four return to C'hou in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', so Paul casts it a few times to make sure he remembers how, then dumps the resultant little creations into the sewer to (hopefully) thrive there. Also, simply mentioning it intrigues the skahs enough that they actually have a long conversation with the four.


[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* In ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Chancellor Palpatine makes a claim that the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis had the ability to create life.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', the ur-viles and waynhim were artificial living beings created by the Demondim, who were themselves created by the Viles. Their motivations for doing so are explained in detail in the ''Last Chronicles''- the Viles (incorporeal spirits) were manipulated into self-loathing by [[BigBad Lord Foul]], and so determined to create the Demondim to be something totally different from themselves (undead beings). The Demondim in turn inherited their progenitors self-loathing, and decided to create creatures entirely different from ''them''selves, with the result being ur-viles and waynhim (corporeal living beings). The two races are physically almost identical, but took radically different approaches to dealing with their artificial nature, something about themselves which they found repellant- the waynhim dedicated themselves to the service of the Land and its people, while the ur-viles teamed up with Lord Foul and dedicated themselves to sharing their misery with the rest of the world (in the hopes that if they did well enough, Foul would [[DeathSeeker destroy them]]). [[spoiler: However, after Foul's defeat in the First Chronicles, the ur-viles decided that this was a poor strategy, and became Wild Cards (in the Second Chronicles) and eventually allies (in the Third)]].
* In the novel ''[[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus]]'' from 1818 and 1831, it is left ambiguous whether creating the creature was actually a bad thing or not. The creature suffers (and subsequently causes suffering to his creator), not because it was created but because the creator abandoned it afterwards. The story can be read in in many ways, unlike most of the (usually extremely heavy-handed) genre it spawned.
** Is Doctor Frankenstein a bad scientist (who did a bad experiment), a bad father (who abandoned the son he had created), or a bad God (who cast out his creation at first provocation... Just like the Yahveh of Literature/TheBible, but unlike the Allah of Literature/TheQuran - who instead forgave Adam and sent him out as a prophet rather than an outcast)? Well, that's something you'll just have to decide for yourself. Most re-tellings of the story will make the choice for you, however, by simply declaring that ScienceIsBad, period, and putting AlwaysChaoticEvil stamps all over the place.
* In ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'', an alien civilization created at least one sentient supercomputer, Deep Thought, for the purpose of answering philosophical questions regarding the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', Fabious Bile creates dozens upon dozens of forms of life, mostly fusions of xeno, human and daemonic. His crowning achievement is [[spoiler:successfully cloning the Primarchs themselves]].
* In Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Titan'', UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} ends up doing this. When humanity self inflected Earth with [[ApocalypseHow Class 6 extinction]], the crew on Saturn's moon Titan, the last humans left, drop a tube of bacterium before their death. Those bacterium developed into insect-like life and escaped out of the solar system when the sun exploded-[[{{Anvilicious}} like what NASA is supposed to do]]. Stephen Baxter has gotten quite a lot of flare for this.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' has artificial life as a possible invention. It is unexpectedly undramatic and is described as having applications for agriculture and simple labour.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', your civilization will create intelligent life (unless you actively avoid those tech trees), and this is not part of the characterization of your faction. You may be awesome or horrible, honest or hypocrite, religious or unproblematically secular... In either case, you will create sentient life.
* In ''VideoGame/LuminousArc2'', the reason Mage Queen Elicia was cast to Arthania [[spoiler:is because she attempted to create life to replace the children that she couldn't save while she was working as a nurse]].
* ''VideoGame/{{SimLife}}'' is all about creating life. The player plays the role of Gaia herself, guiding the force of evolution from single cell organisms to various kinds of civilizations.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' Takes the concept of ''VideoGame/SimLife'' and gives it a personal touch, allowing players to literally create life in all sorts of weird and wonderful forms, both recognisable and completely eldritch in nature, with all created creatures procedurally animated and usable in game. Seeminingly fitting, given that it was originally called ''Sim Everything''.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' and ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'', we have Scientists creating life, Frankenstein style. While the ones in the fifth game falls squarely in the traditional CreatingLifeIsBad camp, the one in the fourth game is portrayed as morally neutral. Trying to do the right thing in ways that are sometimes misguided but not overly so.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/TheCartoonChroniclesOfConroyCat'' [[http://dtoons.com/conroy/2008/12/12152008/ begins with the creation of the title character.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DevilsCandy'' The story starts when Kazu creates a living, breathing girl for his biology project.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': "[[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=3 Our goo kinda came to life...]]," but later revealed to be [[spoiler:a monster sent on purpose from an AlternateUniverse]]. Also, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-02-24 in a filler strip]] ''soap bubbles'' came to life as ''VideoGame/{{Pacman}}''-like critters... and promptly attacked Tedd.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussion]] of this and its logical consequences is one of the central themes in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01475.htm One comic]] has two characters (a {{terraforming}} robot and a [[UpliftedAnimal bio-engineered sapient wolf]]) take the discussion to the next level, discussing the purpose of life.
* In one ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' strip, [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3053 God poses as a Dr. Frankenstein marveling that Slick lives.]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - Two characters have the ability to create life, especially intelligent life. One is the sage and blacksmith Macseth, who created one of the three Rulers and his four sons, the other is Enryu, a legendary and rarely seen existence with in the Tower.
* ''Webcomic/{{Follower}}'': The Chio are a new species created by the U.S. military for use as soldiers.
* A major component of ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}'', where planets are sentient and create sentient lifeforms out of the stuff of their cores to populate the surface with "children". The first creation, an "Eve", is awake and sentient immediately after formation and helps the planet in guiding the new people.
* Hex and Zeno create Remote Beast out of dead cats and dogs and other things in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate''.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''Literature/MageLife'', It is possible in Mage Life for someone of sufficient knowledge to create feeling, thinking life.
* Nilbog, a background villain in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', has this as his superpower, being capable of generating bizarre new life. He uses these to kill everyone in his hometown and take it over, where he creates an Alice in Wonderland like fantasy kingdom, which the government avoids destroying because he's created monsters that replicate when exposed to fire and they're terrified of what he could do with nuclear weaponry.
* ''AudioPlay/DoctorWhoovesAdventures'' has its Doctor, at an unspecified time and place, rescue a filly from a robot that apparently created her to study life.
* This is common practice in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', where a great mind (implied to be Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) unlocked the secrets of genetic manipulation in the early nineteenth century and radically altered the course of history. Helen, one of the main members of the Lambsbridge Gang, was created artificially by being grown in a vat.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Koden was created by 2 robots in a factory, as explained in the Special Info Episode.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Princess Bubblegum invokes this trope when she tries to create an heir to the kingdom. Despite her mild intentions, her son Lemongrab basically ends up as a brain-damaged stress-case with anger management issues and an inability to read social cues. Although he's not evil, she refers to him as a failed experiment because of his serious mental issues. However, she doesn't seem very willing to treat him with any sort of respect or kindness, so the direct cause of all of his problems remains ambiguous.
** Lemongrab's creation was a complete and wonderful success compared to Princess Bubblegum's next one. Goliad started off as everything Lemongrab was not- mild-mannered, calm, eloquent, intelligent, polite, respectful, sane... But she was corrupted beyond repair, and took advantage of her God-like powers, trying to mind control everyone in the name of Social Darwinism, the weak bowing to the strong.
*** However, Bubblegum did have one success: Stormo. Created out of Finn's strand of hair (while Goliad was created from one of PB's baby teeth), he was a griffin-like being who inherited Finn's heroic nature. Goliad offered the chance to rule together, but Stormo refused and locked himself in eternal psychic battle with his sister to protect everyone.
** Throughout the show's run it has been implied a few times that nearly all of the Candy Kingdom citizens were created by Princess Bubblegum and she views them at times as her children.