->''"When every private widow well may keep\\
By children's eyes her husband's shape in mind."''
-->-- '''Creator/WilliamShakespeare''', "Sonnet 9"

Just before the BigDamnHeroes scene, or just after the hero's done his HeroicSacrifice, the girl he left behind discovers that she's pregnant. He's gone, but not forgotten. Subtrope of NewChildLeftBehind.

Bonus points are awarded if this is the result of them having sex [[LawOfInverseFertility exactly once]]. Double Bonus [[MyGirlIsNotASlut if it was the girl's first time, too]], or if the reaction to her pregnancy later on is "[[HowDareYouDieOnMe Well thanks for leaving me with a child to raise by myself]]."

It's generally considered ''very'' romantic, even in historical settings where a single mother can be expected to have a hard time of it (especially during wartime; even if he didn't die in the war itself--or at all--she can say he did), on top of all her other problems. Unsurprisingly, it is assumed in these circumstances that BabiesMakeEverythingBetter.

The intersection of HerHeartWillGoOn with BabiesEverAfter. May involve a BirthDeathJuxtaposition, or result in DeadGuyJunior. This trope seems to be a recurring theme in horror films, sort of an extension of the puritanical belief that [[DeathBySex sex equals death]]. For when "Someone" wants to know about "Him", see TellMeAboutMyFather.

Usually an EndingTrope, so there will inevitably be spoilers in the examples section. Sometimes a [[BeginningTropes Beginning Trope]], to introduce TurnOutLikeHisFather -- and sometimes both, as ChangingOfTheGuard occurs.

If the trope is ever gender flipped, the baby will be found somewhere around the female's corpse.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[Manga/MyGirl Kazama Masamune]] spent the last few years of his life pining after his old girlfriend, who after a long relationship had suddenly moved away and cut off all contact with him. He was never able to move on from her and never started up any relationship since. He ends up being contacted by the girl's mother years later... to be told his old love had just died suddenly in an accident. Soon after he meets the girl's daughter, who is in fact ''his'' daughter, who he had no idea existed until that point...
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Goku ones up the other examples by not only leaving behind a kid after his ([[DeathIsCheap second]]) HeroicSacrifice, but leaving behind a kid that's ''[[StrongFamilyResemblance completely identical]]'' to him.
* After [[spoiler:Asuma Sarutobi]] dies in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:Kurenai Yuuhi]], hinted to be having a relationship with, is revealed as very, ''very'' pregnant.
* Happens at the end of ''Manga/NaruTaru''. There's a bit of ArtMajorBiology in there, since the father concieved the kid while dying of radiation sickness from having a tac-nuke dropped on him.
* [[TheWisePrince Emperor Hotohori]] in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' can fall under this trope. Though he was officially married and the pregnancy wasn't necessarily discovered ''after'' his death, the whole point of '''having''' the child was to leave behind an heir '''in case he died''' in the battle [[spoiler:with Kutou]]. And said child, Prince Boushin [[spoiler: and later Emperor Reitezei]], looks ''remarkably'' like him as well!
* Possibly ''[[InvertedTrope inverted]]'' in the backstory of ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'' when [[spoiler:Ryuuya finds out he is slowly dying of a curse. Uraha suggests that the only way he can work to save the soul of their beloved Kanna is for him to leave a line of descendants to do it for him and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments offers herself to be the mother of his child]]. He dies when she is heavily pregnant and their child becomes the ancestor of the series' main character Yukito]].
* [[spoiler:Mine Kujyou]] discovers she is pregnant by [[spoiler:Shuro (a.k.a. Akiba)]] at the very end of ''EternalSabbath'', after [[spoiler:Shuro has died in the final battle with Isaac]].
* ''Kinda'' what happens to Hayate after ''NanohaAs''. Following the HeroicSacrifice-slash-SuicideByCop of [[spoiler:Reinforce (a magically-created ArtificialHuman)]], she creates [[spoiler:Reinforce Zwei (a smaller magical ArtificialHuman who looks a lot like the original)]]. The thing is, she ostensibly refers to the latter being "born" from her Linker Core (magical heart of sorts) after it merged with the former's Linker Core, in order to live the life the former wished for. In other words, we have here an example of [[ScienceBabies technological]] [[HomosexualReproduction lesbian procreation]] for [[InvokedTrope the sake of this trope]]. Yes, it's weird like that.
* Happens in the little-known anime movie ''Like The Clouds, Like the Wind''. It's an especially sad example since the male member of the couple kills himself soon after having sex with his wife for the first time.
* [[spoiler: Marbette]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', [[spoiler: who goes from ActionGirl to PregnantBadass... and we find out about this a while after the baby's father, TeamDad Oliver, has perished in an SenselessSacrifice.]]
* Happens a couple of times in ''PetShopOfHorrors''.
** One memorable episode was about the vengeful girlfriend of a criminal Leon killed in the line of duty. D manages to break the cycle of revenge by appealing to her that she did not want her unborn child's mother to be a murderer.
** A second, much darker version occurs in Pet Shop Of Horrors: Tokyo. A woman's dead boyfriend is temporarily brought back to spend O-bon with her on the one-year anniversary of his death. At the end, he prepares to return to the land of the dead, but she is unwilling to let him go. She is found a week later in her apartment with the rotting corpse of her boyfriend... and now pregnant.
** Another one from Tokyo involves a down-on-her-luck novelist adopting a cicada larve simply because it was unusual. Through the actions of the larve turned human boy who helps her a la TrampsLikeUs she hooks up with a composer who happened to be at Count D's the same day she was. Obviously they get together, but in true fashion when it comes to cicada's both males both die and leave the females (the man had gotten a female cicada larve) pregnant.
* Gender-flipped in ''Manga/{{Nicoichi}}'', when the main protagonist adopted the son of his single mother girlfriend, who had passed away after being involved in a traffic accident. This act became the [[PlotTriggeringDeath trigger for the plot]] of the series.
* In ''Manga/AiRen'', Ai and Ikuru ''both'' die, but their child - gestated in an artificial womb - is "born" and taken care of by Haruka-sensei, who possibly would have been Ikuru's lover had circumstances between them been different.
* In ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' Jonathan Joestar is killed by his ArchEnemy Dio Brando during his honeymoon with Erina. Erina wants to be TogetherInDeath with Jonathan, but he tells her to escape and rescue a recently orphaned baby girl in the process. As it turns out, Erina was already pregnant with Jonathan's son whom she names George.
* In a late arc of ''Manga/SilentMobius'', Katsumi Liqueur's boyfriend Roy is murdered by the BigBad and she is possessed by a demonic weapon. After being freed from possession, she discovers a pregnancy that had been magically put on hold for several months. Their daughter is seen at the very end of the manga.
* A different take on this appears in ''GunslingerGirl''. [[spoiler:After the Hilshire/Triela fratello are killed during the Turin operation, Roberta Guellfi talks of how she resents being left alone again after discovering love with Hilshire. Turns out Hilshire had a hospital preserve some eggs from his cyborg Triela, whom he once promised to help live a normal life (after she got turned into a cyborg, this was impossible due to the danger and the [[BlessedWithSuck fatal effects of her conditioning]]). [[DeadManWriting He leaves a letter]] asking Roberta to carry on in their stead; Roberta carries and gave birth to the child, [[DistantFinale eventually revealed to be a girl named Speranza]], though it's not revealed if her father was Hilshire himself or an anonymous sperm donor.]]
* In ''{{Koizora}}'', after [[spoiler: Hiro dies of cancer]], Mika reveals that she's pregnant with his child again.
* While never expressly stated, it could reasonably be suggested in the anime version of ''{{Anime/Trigun}}'', considering the last lines of dialogue Milly and Wolfwood share.

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[[folder:Ballads]]
* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''Literature/FauseFoodrage'', the queen pleads for her life after her husband's death for her baby's sake.
* Gender-flipped in "The Foggy, Foggy, Dew": "Now I'm a bachelor, I live with my son, we work at the weaver's trade..."
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The Wash one-shot "Float Out" of the ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' comic features a memorial of sorts for Wash that takes place after his death in the film. The last page reveals a ''very'' pregnant Zoe.
* Crossing over with RealLife, in Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical comic ''{{ComicBook/Persepolis}}'', she tells the story of one of her relatives who was in jail about to be executed by the government. His wife bribed a guard so they could have one last night together, ''wanting'' a baby to remember him by. He's not happy about it and warns her about how terrible life is for an unwed mother, especially in totalitarian Iran.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', [[spoiler:Krim is revealed to be pregnant with Sust after Skot dies]].
* In ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'', Abi does this with Book before putting him out of his misery.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Transformers}}: Sector 7'' comic has William Simmons sacrifice his life while fighting a traitor in order to let his wife (who has just found out she's pregnant) escape before his grandfather Joseph Simmons dropped a liquid nitrogen bomb on the location in order to keep [[strike:Megatron]] [[InsistentTerminology NBE-1]] on ice. Even then, she only survives because of Jetfire, whose life William spared during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Jetfire also tells Joseph that she's carrying William's child. Joseph tells her to abandon this life and keep her child away from it. She opens a deli and has a son named Seymour, the same guy we see in the movies.
** This puts a whole new spin on Seymour not wanting his mother to know about his research. It's not that she's unauthorized to know. It's that she knows this life got her husband killed and doesn't want to lose her son.
** This contradicts with the ''Ghosts of Yesterday'' novel, which states that Seymour's father is named Walter, and he is alive and well in the late 60s. In the comic, William dies in 1954.
* {{Ultimate|Marvel}} CaptainAmerica slept with his girlfriend just before his fateful mission. The child ended up being raised practically from birth by the US Government, trying to create a new Cap. [[GoneHorriblyWrong What they got was Ultimate Red Skull]].
** Mainstream Cap also got [[{{Agent 13}} Sharon Carter]] pregnant before he his death ([[UnexplainedRecovery He got better.]]).
* Much of the last volume of ''StrangersInParadise'' revolves around the characters attempting to fulfill this trope.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': There's a very rare GenderInvertedExample in the "America" story. America Jara, a democratic protester, is accidentally killed during an arrest to stop a terrorist attack. Her [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend and recent lover]] Bennet Beeny transfers his brain to her comatose body so they can always be together, but not before impregnating the body. He names their daughter "America" in her honor.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The whole reason [[spoiler: why everyone is going after C.C]] in a ''Anime/CodeGeass'' continuation, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6969408/1/In_the_End In the End]]''.
* Toward the end of ''ASadStory'', [[spoiler:Harry]]'s girlfriend Maria tells him that he's going to be a father, and thus can't die yet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' badfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3739288/1/Lisa_is_Pregnant Lisa Is Pregnant]]'', Bart dies while trying to keep Lisa from freezing to death by having sex with her. This results in her getting pregnant, and Marge opposes Lisa getting an abortion because the last living part of her child is inside Lisa, causing Lisa to change her mind and have the baby out of respect for Bart.
* The ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' fandom uses this trope all the time, on the assumption that Jack ''could've'' gotten Rose pregnant when they [[AutoErotica made love in that Model T]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic frequently invoked this trope after [[spoiler: Wash's death in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'']], even before it was confirmed by the canon comic "Float Out", due to [[spoiler:Wash and Zoe discussing starting a family in "Heart of Gold"]].
* In the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' AU ''Fanfic/NineteenEightyThreeDoomsdayStories,'' it's revealed that Sopron is this for Austria, considering that [[spoiler:he's the father, with Hungary being her mother]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8120153/1/Two-Wrongs-and-a-Right Two Wrongs and a Right]]'' has this and a DeadGuyJunior. [[spoiler:''And'' a FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo.]]
* In the ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' fanfic ''FanFic/WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'', [[spoiler: it's implied this happened with John and his second wife Kortney, with hints that he died not long after she gave birth to his twin sons.]]
* There are a number of Sherlock fanfics where a gender swapped John (Joan) finds out she's pregnant after Sherlock's "death".
* [[spoiler:Jeyne Westerling]] in ''Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers'', who discovers her pregnancy while at [[spoiler:Greywater Watch, after being led there by Ser Brynden Tully for her safety.]] At first she's shocked, and then overjoyed because [[spoiler:the potions she was given by her mother were actually contraceptives intended to stop her from conceiving an heir for Robb Stark. Unfortunately, the baby boy she gives birth to is blind and without a right arm because of this, and so the crown to the North passes to Sansa instead.]]
* Subverted in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2379367/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Spiritus-Crystalus Harry Potter and the Spiritus Crystalus]]. Ginny stops using contraception spells in case Harry doesn't survive the final battle, but Harry can sense it and avoids sex in such cases - wizards don't look kindly on out-of-wedlock children and their mothers.
* In "Fanfic/RemembranceOfTheFallen" Tiana Lanstar is in her third trimester with a baby conceived ''in vitro'' using {{technobabble}} applied to her Bajoran wife Sobaru's genome.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In Stanley Kubrick's ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'', [[spoiler: Spartacus makes his heroic sacrifice and is crucified along with his men. While escaping out of Rome, Varinia shows her dying lover their newborn son, who will grow up to be a free man.]]
* ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp''. See Literature.
* During the credits of the 2010 LiveActionAdaptation of ''[[UchuuSenkanYamato Space Battleship Yamato]]'' [[spoiler:Yuki is seen with her son from Kodai who died destroying the last Meteor Bomb]]. This is during the ending credits no less.
* A variation occurs in ''Film/CarlitosWay''. Carlito finds out Gail is pregnant before he dies, but the effect is still the same.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild''. Incidentally, the pregnancy (which allows Krueger to attack through the unborn child's dreams) is indirectly responsible for Dan's death.
* ''Film/AustinPowers'', the supposed reason why Scott was created. It would later turn out to be not totally true.
* ''CandymanFarewellToTheFlesh''. Paul dies, but not before leaving Annie a parting gift.
** The Film/{{Candyman}} himself, whose death (after impregnating the daughter of a wealthy landowner) qualifies as terrifying.
* ''Film/TheTerminator''; Kyle Reese dies after impregnating Sarah Connor, enabling her to give birth to John Connor.
* ''Film/ColdMountain''; [[spoiler:the main character, after reuniting with his wife]].
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'', although it doesn't ''quite'' follow the usual pattern...since [[spoiler: Will gets to come back after ten years]]
* ''Film/PlanetTerror'' ("I told you, I never miss.")
* ''Film/{{Premonition}}'': Apparently this is supposed to make the film's ending uplifting rather than horribly depressing.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'': The heroine's husband not only leaves her with Some'''''thing''''' to remember him by, but also something to remind her of the [[{{Squick}} terrible process of his death.]]
* ''Film/{{Inside}}''. As depressing as it is, it only begins this way and gets much, much worse.
* In ''Film/TakingLives'', after taking out the serial killer, lead detective AngelinaJolie and star witness Ethan Hawke decide to resolve the sexual tension that had been burning between them for the whole friggin' movie. Of course, the next morning, Jolie discovers that the real killer is the guy she'd just been sweating all night long. The killer goes on the run, leaving Det. Jolie in the family way from their one night stand. Of course, [[spoiler:it turns out the pregnancy was really faked with a prosthetic belly, to lure the killer into a trap. Which is good, because he ''stabs her in the stomach.'']]
* ''Revelation'' sees our hero and heroine searching for an ancient box containing the nails that held Jesus on the cross, while trying to evade an evil cabal. Upon finding the box, the cute but bookish heroine notices it has a male/female symbol on the front and has a sudden urge to "love thy neighbor." Of course the guy, whom she's known for all of 12 hours, has no problem in putting off their escape from the baddies for a couple minutes while he takes care of business. The goons show up literally as he finishes and he soon dies while escaping, after losing the box. It turns out [[spoiler: that he's the descendant of Jesus and his last act was to put the second coming (get it?) in the heroine's belly.]] Meanwhile, [[spoiler:an evil bishop finds the nails and uses the residual Jesus DNA to create a clone which turns out to be the antichrist.]] Yeah, it's messed up.
* ''Film/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}''. Partially subverted in that [[spoiler:the father is temporarily brought back via a wish made by his grieving wife, however, whether this wish was real or an illusion is not made clear (although, given the demonic nature of the wish-granting title character, it is probably the latter).]]
* The ending of ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' is set up so that, [[spoiler:while David is killed,]] his relationship with Alex ensures the possibility of a bouncing baby sequel. Although not explicitly stated, the character played by Julie Delpy in the ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInParis'' was, in fact, intended to be David's daughter.
* In ''Film/{{Starman}}'', the alien knocks up the heroine before returning to his home planet for good. As his human form is identical to that of the heroine's dead husband, the baby is both someone to remember the alien by ''and'' someone to remember the dead husband by.
* ''Film/ThePaintedVeil''. In the book, [[YourCheatingHeart it isn't his]]. In the movie it's unclear.
* In ''Film/DemonicToys'', a cop tells her boyfriend (also a cop) about her pregnancy right before a drug bust. You can pretty much guess what happened right afterwards.
* ''Film/BlackChristmas1974''. Somewhat subverted in that [[spoiler: the father was depicted as kind of a jerk, and the heroine may have had an abortion, assuming she never learned the truth about what actually happened]].
* ''Film/TheFly1986'': Veronica is impregnated by Brundle before the end of the movie. [[SpinOffspring Their son is the protagonist]] of the 1989 sequel ''Film/TheFlyII''.
* ''Film/RawheadRex'': A heavily pregnant woman is inexplicably spared by the monster. Her husband? Not so much.
* The remake of ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn2009'', the movie ends with a proclamation that the cult's "age of sacrifice" has been lowered from 19 to 18. [[TheDragon Enforcer]] Malachai is clearly one of the people who is now too old to live and resigns himself to his fate, leaving behind a very upset wife with a bulging belly. (This is in the original Creator/StephenKing story.)
** Also Implied: The movie features an occult ceremony deemed ''"The time of fertilization"'' by the CreepyChild high priest leading it. The ceremony includes a very vocal sex scene between two non-speaking unnamed extras. It is strongly implied that the woman gets pregnant from this. Her ceremonial sperm donor mightn't have a name, but he is addressed in the credits as "The oldest boy". So if other members of the clan were past the age of sacrifice, obviously the oldest boy must be, too.
* In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film this is used as a beginning trope.
** Although, not ''completely'' true to form. Baby Jim Kirk was born moments before dad died, and Dad got to name him, instead of being conceived without soon-to-heroic-sacrifice dad knowing as is typical with this trope.
* Subverted in ''My Life'' in which Michael Keaton's character [[spoiler: isn't expected to live long enough to see his baby born. He does anyway]].
* Forms the plot of the 2009 tearjerker ''The Greatest''. In this case, parents of a dead teen take in his pregnant girlfriend.
* Happens in the epilogue of Dario Argento's ''The Card Player''.
* ''Film/PearlHarbor'' leaves Our Heroine and Our Hero together with [[MurderTheHypotenuse Dead Hypotenuse's]] baby.
* ''A Mighty Heart''
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' Isabella of France, wanting to rub Edward I's nose in the fact that she will ultimately be having the last laugh, tells him that the child she is pregnant with, the future Edward III, was not fathered by Edward II, but rather by William Wallace, meaning that the reign of Edward I's bloodline is effectively over.
* In the 2009 film ''Grace'', the father-to-be dies in a car accident. [[spoiler: The unborn child dies as well, but she gets better...sort of.]]
* At the end of ''Gloomy Sunday'', Ilona is shown to be heavily pregnant. It isn't revealed if Laszlo or Andres is the father, however [[spoiler: both are dead by the end, so the trope applies either way.]]
* This is the surprise twist at the end of ''Crush'': Kate is revealed to be pregnant with Jed's baby. It is the only reason the movie avoids an unbelievably DownerEnding.
* ''People Will Talk'', this is the basis for the plot with the added complication that they never married. When the doctor tells her about her pregnancy, she is so distraught about having to break her father's heart and admit to premarital sex that she attempts suicide. The doctor tells her that there was a mix-up with the tests and she wasn't pregnant, then proposes so that when she does have the baby, there will be nothing shameful (except the fact that she will give birth about seven months after the wedding, which no one seems to notice.)
* Jack Bull's daughter with Sue Lee in ''Film/RideWithTheDevil''.
* Not of the romantic variety (at least, not human), but in ''Film/TurnerAndHooch'', after Hooch dies, Turner ends up with one of Hooch's pups.
-->'''Turner''': [[CallBack This is not your room.]]
* After [[spoiler: Jack's]] suicide mission in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' the film skips ahead two years to show [[spoiler: Julia]] with a daughter that is obviously his. Then [[spoiler: another Jack Harper clone who had appeared earlier and also showed traces of the original Jack's memories of Julia]] finds them.
* Defied in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', in which a villain obsessed with his posterity is survived by a newborn son. As he's dying, the women who will care for the baby tell him point-blank that his boy won't even know his name.
* In the Troma/Astron 6 spoof ''FathersDay'', the act of impregnating a woman makes you a target for the BigBad, a rapist and serial killer whose preferred victims are fathers.
* Parodied in ''ManBitesDog''. After Patrick, one of the film crew, is killed, Remy tearfully gives his condolences on camera to Patrick's pregnant girlfriend. After Franco, another crew member, is killed, Remy gives the same condolences...to the ''[[YourCheatingHeart same girlfriend]]''.
* In ''The Shaft (2001)'', [[spoiler: Mark's partner Jeff]] leaves behind a pregnant wife after [[spoiler: being strangled to death by elevator cables]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'': "He said 'Garp', then he said, 'Good!', then he died."
* The Literature/SallyLockhart novel ''The Shadow in the North''. Though this does address the "unwed mother in 1870s England" issue by making the custody of Sally's child a plot point in the next book.
* [[spoiler:Seren Pedac]] in ''[[Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen Reaper's Gale]]'' after [[spoiler:Trull Sengar]] has a particularly random [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on him.]]
* ''The High Lord'' by Trudi Canavan
* In ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', after Scarlett's first husband dies she has his son. Subverted in that Scarlett is actually annoyed at how people keep saying how lucky she is to have something to remember her husband by.
* In ''Literature/ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'', Katie is pregnant when her husband dies. Annie Laurie Nolan is born five months and three days later.
* In the {{Backstory}} to Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Gods of Mars]]'', Dejah Thoris was consoled for losing John Carter with his son, Carthoris. It was when Carthoris vanished as well that she did something foolish.
* ''Literature/ColdMountain'':[[spoiler: between Inman and Ada]]. Apparently this is [[TruthInTelevision based off of the real conception of the author's great-great aunt, but still.]]
** This book contains multiple examples of this trope. Again, its use is somewhat justified--it takes place during the American Civil War, prior to which [[MustNotDieAVirgin many]] [[NowOrNeverKiss couples were married]]--and then, of course, many of the guys didn't come back...
* Similar to the midpoint of ''Literature/TheThornBirds'', where Meggie becomes pregnant by [[spoiler: Father Ralph just before he leaves her and returns to the Church]] and specifically says that this baby will be a part of him that she can keep. The child becomes one of the two major protagonists of the second half of the novel, and is a prime example of the "TurnOutLikeHisFather" trope.
* After Claire leaves Jamie in the 1700s, their daughter Brianna fills this role at the end of the second book in the ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series.
* At the beginning of ''Private Wars'', Tara Chace learns she is pregnant by her lover Tom Wallace, who died at the end of ''A Gentleman's Game''.
* In ''The Rapture of Canaan'', [[spoiler:James commits suicide out of fear when he learns that he is the father of Ninah's unborn child.]]
* A side plot in Jill Paton Walsh's ''A Presumption of Death'' concerns a young RAF aviator who has disappeared, leaving a pregnant fiancee in great want. Harriet determines that he died the day after the two of them consummated their relationship, [[spoiler:but that the military is covering up his death because they planted false information about Norwegian defences on his body, then secretly dumped it off the coast of Germany to be found by the Nazis]]. Lord Peter is able to convince the military to declare the young man dead, which frees up his estate.
* In the Creator/NgaioMarsh book ''Vintage Murder'', an English theatre impresario is killed during a theatrical tour of New Zealand. His wife, the leading lady, is suspected of having committed the murder along with the leading man, with whom she is supposedly having an affair. It turns out that [[spoiler:the wife had indeed fallen in love with her leading man but refused to have an affair, citing moral grounds; after her husband's death, she agrees to marry the leading man only to discover, joyfully, that she's pregnant with her husband's child.]] The killer is [[spoiler:the deceased's business partner, who has a secret gambling problem]].
* At the end of ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'', [[spoiler:Annie]] has this from [[spoiler:Finnick]]. (Katniss also finds it something of a consolation.)
* In Michelle Magorian's ''A Little Love Song''/''Not a Swan'', Hilda, who is a nurse during World War I, falls in love with an injured soldier. They have sex just before he has to go back to war, and then he dies in battle. Even more heart wrenching in that when Hilda's brothers find out she's pregnant, they put her in a mental institution and force her to give up the baby for adoption as soon as he's born.
* Subverted in Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Beauty''. Grace's father suggests that she and Robbie marry quickly and "get started on a baby" before he departs for his voyage, but both Robbie and Grace refuse, preferring to wait until he returns.
* In Robert Buettner's ''Orphanage'' the besieged Ganymede Expeditionary force have finally located the enemy base. Because it's on the other side of Ganymede and they are about to be overrun, their only hope is for their mothership to bombard the site the next time it overflies the target. The ship's captain Metzger confesses that their computers are out and that it'll be another orbit before they can take the shot, which will too late. The expeditionary force's CO then tells Metzger that Mrs Metzger, currently on the surface, is pregnant. Evacuating the rest of the crew, Metzger manually pilots the ship to crash into the enemy base, saving the expeditionary force and his unborn child.
* ''Literature/AThreadOfGrace'': Claudia and her fiance play this trope very straight at first. They get married, have sex (her first time), and he dies in an attempt to save the local townspeople. They even marry knowing that he's likely going to be dead by the end of the week. [[spoiler: Subverted in that the child is born premature and dies two days later.]]
* Inverted in Creator/DouglasCoupland's ''Girlfriend in a Coma'', as Karen, the titular girlfriend gives birth while in a coma, giving her boyfriend someone to remember her by.
* Played with in the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', in that Cimorene's pregnancy was revealed well before there was any hint that anything would happen to Mendanbar, and that he's not actually dead, simply [[SealedGoodInACan Sealed In A Can]]. The baby turns out to be a really good thing, though, since only a member of the royal family (which is currently quite depleted) can wield the sword and release him.
* Anthony Trollope's ''Barchester Chronicles'' opens with Eleanor's husband having died between books, leaving Eleanor completely devastated. Until their baby was born. "And thus the widow's deep grief was softened, and a sweet balm was poured into the wound which she had thought nothing but death could heal."
* Malorie Blackman's ''Literature/NoughtsAndCrosses'' - a pretty big plot point towards the end, with a bit of a twist. [[spoiler: Callum gets Sephy pregnant, and soon after gets arrested for terrorism and raping Sephy (the latter is a lie, it was consensual) but Sephy's dad, a high-ranking government official, offers them a choice: he will free Callum if Sephy has an abortion, or if she keeps the baby, Callum will be hung. They choose the latter, resulting in this trope and a HeroicSacrifice of sorts from Callum.]]
* In the [[Literature/TheWitcher Witcher]] cycle, it appears at least some elves believe in it. Justified in that their numbers are limited, so those about to die make an attempt to remedy this. Possibly averted given low elven fertility, which could mean they see it as a variety of another trope, LastDance.
* ''Literature/TimeScout'': Carl's got a baby on the way.
* In ''Beyond the Summerland'', the first book of L.B. Graham's ''The Binding of the Blade'' series, [[spoiler:Joraiem]] is murdered right after the end of his and [[spoiler:Wylla]]'s honeymoon; in the epilogue, when they are bringing his dead body home to his parents, we find out that [[spoiler:Wylla]] is pregnant with his baby.
* It does not happen at the ''end'' of the book, but in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' the Whistler husband died a few months before the book started. Eldest Mother had slept with him the night before the accident, but initially assumed that the early signs of pregnancy were actually the signs of approaching menopause. Social conventions hold that talking openly about a pregnancy will jinx it, so her family keeps quiet. [[spoiler: At the end of the book it turns out to be a healthy boy.]] Since men are generally more susceptible to heart attacks, disease, and inherited weaknesses, this actually isn't uncommon in the book.
** Technically [[spoiler: Eldie was this for Keifer to [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]] Kij]], five years before book's start.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Played with in ''Changes'' when the mother dies and leaves behind a child for the father to remember her by an eight-year-old child that the mother had until then kept secret from the world.
** A particularly bizarre version happens in ''Skin Game'', in which it's revealed that [[spoiler: Lash, the mental copy of the fallen angel Lasciel that used to live in Harry's head, had committed an "act of love" when she sacrificed herself to save him, resulting in the creation of a new spiritual entity formed of herself and Harry, which has been dwelling and growing within Harry's mind ever since, and now needs to leave to be able to continue its growth. Or, as Harry puts it, he's pregnant.]]
* In Creator/JasperFforde's ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext The Woman Who Died a Lot]]'', when Thursday is attacking her irresponsibility, one of Tuesday's defenses is that she might get this trope if Gavin does indeed die on destiny's schedule.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''/''Literature/HeroesOfOlympus'' novels, seeing as male gods love to impregnate female mortals and then leave, never to see them or the kid again. This is Percy's main criticism of his father, Poseidon. However, it is subverted by the fact that some of them occasionally visit their lovers/kids (like Hermes, for example, though it is rare). Most are pretty much out of the picture though.
** You could also argue that the female gods pull similar shit on male mortals, deliberately having a one night stand to purposely impregnate herself, and then dumping the guy with a baby nine months later with no convictions to pay child support or help raise it. (Like Athena, for example)
* ''Literature/TheLastWerewolf'' [[spoiler: ends with Jake's death, but Talulla already knows she is pregnant with his baby, although she never gets a chance to tell him that. In the second book in the series, ''Talulla Rising'', she gives birth to twins.]]
* At the end of 'Secret Sacrament' by Sheryl Jordan we find out that Gabriel has (and will no doubt die of) the disease that has been plaguing the Shinali and it's also revealed that his Shinali girlfriend is pregnant. The sequel is about his daughter.
* 'Tandia' by Bryce Courtenay (sequel to 'The Power of One') ends with the protagonist Peekay dead but the woman he loves - Tandia alive, safe and carrying his baby in Switzerland
* ''The Bronze Horseman'' ends with Alexander arrested by the Soviet secret police, but his wife Tatiana makes it to America with their baby (then Paullina Simons wrote a sequel getting them back together via a number of {{Contrived Coincidence}}s).
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: The end of David's first story, ''Snigger and the Nutbeast.'' And at the end of the third book, [[spoiler: Zanna reveals she's pregnant with David's child.]]
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayar]]'', Padma is in fact killed while his wife is in labor, but Alys finds baby Ivan if not a consolation at least a distraction from grief.
* ''Literature/KingdomOfLittleWounds'' looked at this trope and said "nope." Ava is left pregnant after Jacob runs away, but she miscarries. Isabel is still pregnant when Christian dies, but she also miscarries. Midi manages to carry her baby to term, but she's not sure who the father is and the afterword would suggest she's not so attached to Arthur, the man she supposedly loved, after all.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'', in which a woman claims she is pregnant with her deceased husband's child. In fact [[spoiler: the "pregnancy" is a nasty teratoma with hair and teeth.]]
* Happened to Karen after [[spoiler: Keith was killed by Dan]] in ''OneTreeHill''. She has a daughter she names Lily.
* Parodied in ''KidsInTheHall'', with a sketch where recurring character Flying Pig is killed by flying into power lines. Then, we see some pregnant chick lifted off her feet. That's right, she's [[{{Squick}} having Flying Pig's baby]]!
* Inverted in an episode of ''PrivatePractice''. An older women (about sixty) and a young man (thirty) are married. The woman is nine months pregnant after being artificially inseminated, ready to have her baby. The baby has complications, Addison fixes it, but the mother dies after giving birth due to complications associated with her age. The woman very nearly says this trope's name.
* Played straight in season 3 of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', though this is also a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as the woman who plays [[spoiler:Allison Blake]] was really pregnant.
* Dr Sara in Series/PrisonBreak
* Baby William becomes this for a short time on ''Series/TheXFiles''. Luckily, [[spoiler:Mulder isn't as dead as we thought.]]
* Played straight in '''Series/{{Skins}}'' with [[spoiler:Jal and Chris]] but then averted with [[spoiler: Jal getting an abortion]]
* Gender flipped at the end of ''Series/MacGyver'', when [[spoiler:Mac discovers that the girl he loved and wanted to marry back in college had given birth to his son, and he now has someone to remember ''her'' by.]]
* Gender flipped in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Reunion". K'ehleyr, whom Worf had sex with in second-season episode "The Emissary", introduced him to their son, Alexander, then was murdered.
* Played straight at the end of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' with [[spoiler:Kasidy, who was revealed to be pregnant with Ben Sisko's child in an earlier episode]]
* ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'':
** Subverted at the end where Honami Moriyama gives birth to the child of [=Domon/TimeYellow=]. Why is it a subversion? [[spoiler:Because Domon doesn't really die, he just goes back to his time.]]
** In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' episode 40, SixthRanger Gai Ikari meets Honami and her son (named Mirai[[note]]Japanese for "future".[[/note]]) and even [[spoiler:[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments sends a photo of them to Domon when]] [[TransformingMecha GoJyuDrill]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments returns to the 31st Century]]]].
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Taking the Stone", one of the young hedonists, Das, leaves behind a pregnant girlfriend after committing ritual suicide. It isn't considered a tragedy (at least, by the hedonists), since their society demanded it, and the alternative was becoming an outcast and slowly dying of radiation poisoning. The girlfriend isn't affected at first, though, despite being heavily pregnant, later tries to get drunk.
** In a way, Aeryn Sun's son D'Argo Crichton-Sun could be considered an example. John Crichton was "twinned" in one episode and in the next the party split in half for multiple episodes and the two Johns went with different groups. The John Crichton who was with Aeryn developed a relationship with her, then died shortly after. It took a while after the group reunited for Aeryn to get together with the other Crichton, by which time she was confirmed to be pregnant by the dead Crichton, the live one considers it his son all the same though.
* Invoked in-universe in ''{{FlashForward|2009}}'': Demetri Noh, having seen nothing in his flashforward, fears he's doomed to die. Janis, his lesbian coworker, laments that she won't conceive a child in time to have the sonogram/pregnancy she sees in her flashforward. Demetri proposes sleeping together so that he can have a kid before he dies, and she will get her baby.
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/ChicagoHope''. A woman suffers a miscarriage and her husband dies of a heart attack on the same day. She convinces the doctors to artificially inseminate her with her husband's sperm before they too die off and she successfully becomes pregnant.
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'' has [[spoiler:Jonah Gabriel's wife, who gives birth to his son after he's been shot dead.]]
* Genderflipped in Series/{{Angel}}, where Darla dies giving birth to Connor.
* Genderflipped in the finale of ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', when [[spoiler: Ling'er dies in a heroic sacrifice, leaving Xiaoyao to return home with their infant daughter]]. For additional irony points, the baby is [[DeadGuyJunior named after Xiaoyao's ''other'' dead love interest]].
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Teyla's pregnancy seemed to be going this way, as the (previously unmentioned) father of her child was kidnapped by [[BigBad Michael]] and (as she found out later when she was also kidnapped), experimented on. Ultimately subverted when the BigDamnHeroes rescue Teyla, her baby, AND Kanaan and Dr. Keller is able to undo his mutation.
* In one episode of Series/LawAndOrder SVU, a teen girl, as part of a pregnancy pact, has sex with a schizophrenic homeless man in his early 20's. The girl's brother reacts by [[spoiler: castrating and immolating the homeless man.]] After both the girl's brother and mother [[spoiler: are sent to prison]] the girl is left pregnant and alone, but is [[spoiler: taken in by the homeless man's father, so that he can support her and his grandchild.]]
* NCISLosAngeles: Very fond of this trope. At least 5 murder victims have left behind pregnant wives/girlfriends so far and they are only in Season 5.
* ''DowntonAbbey'':
** Genderflipped. [[spoiler: Sybil dies from eclampsia just hours after giving birth to her daughter, leaving Branson to raise the baby alone.]]
** Happens in the Series 3 Christmas special when [[spoiler: Matthew Crawley dies in a road accident while driving back to Downton just after Mary has delivered their baby.]]
** DA also subverts the romantic aspects. Housemaid Ethel's [[{{Jerkass}} upper-class lover]] has already rejected their illegitimate child by the time he is killed in WorldWarOne. The consequences of unmarried motherhood in the early twentieth century are not pretty for Ethel; then the father's parents swoop in offering to raise the baby so that ''they'' can have someone to remember their son by. [[spoiler: Ethel refuses but by S3 has descended even further into poverty and prostitution, and eventually decides she must give up her child to his grandparents for his own good.]]
* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "Be Right Back", a woman's boyfriend is killed the day after they move into their new house, and she discovers shortly afterwards that she is pregnant. Her grief drives her to use new software to create a clone "substitute" of him.
* ''Series/{{Everwood}}'': {{Defied}}. One episode featured Dr Brown's patient whose husband died several years ago, but tried to invoke this trope during his illness. He made her promise to have in vitro with his sperm and have his child. He really longed to propagate. She wants to do it for him, but it took her a long time to recover from her grieving and prepare to go through it. She's also in a new relationship. Her new spouse originally claimed he was OK with it, but in fact he was very uneasy about the whole thing and wanted to conceive his own child. She considered breaking up with him but Dr Brown ultimately convinced her that it was unfair of her late husband to ask her for such a thing and that she's not bound to fulfil his wish.
* Referenced in ''Series/{{Bones}}'': In "The Critic In the Cabernet", Brennan decides she wanted to have a baby via artificial insemination, and wants Booth to be the donor. Later, after Booth starts to hallucinate [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Baby Stewie haranguing him]], Brennan has him rushed to the hospital, where he is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Before the surgery, Booth tells Brennan that if he doesn't make it he wants her to use some of his "stuff" to have a baby.
* On ''OneLifeToLive'', after Patrick is "killed", his pregnant widow Marty is comforted by her archenemy Blair of all people, who reminds her that at least she has his baby.
* In a non-romantic gender-flipped example, several young women were kidnapped and forced to bear children for an evil infertile couple on ''Series/CriminalMinds''. One of the captives was murdered after having a girl (the couple wanted boys to act as a [[ReplacementGoldfish surrogate]] for their own stillborn son), but genetic tests revealed that a toddler raised by the couple was actually her son, leaving her parents with Someone To Remember Her By. The grandparents are also granted visitation rights to their granddaughter, who has been HappilyAdopted.
* In an episode of LawAndOrder, the cops and prosecutors are surprised to learn that the much younger TrophyWife of their victim not only isn't a GoldDigger, she's equally devastated by the fact that they didn't get a chance to have children--she suffered several miscarriages and the surrogate they hired ran off with the baby.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The end result of the story of ''The Hazards of Love,'' Music/TheDecemberists 2009 concept album.
** Actually a subversion, as the lyrics of the last song imply that [[spoiler:the whole family - father, mother, and unborn child - die together. There is no mention of the child's birth or a miscarriage, and Margaret is obviously in the sinking boat with William when the river claims them (she is described as arranging rocks around the hull to weigh it down).]] A better Decemberists example of this trope would be "Yankee Bayonett," a surprisingly cheerful love song between a pregnant woman and her dead soldier lover.
* Gender-flipped in the music video for Travis Tritt's 1994 song "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tell_Me_I_Was_Dreaming Tell Me I Was Dreaming]]". The song is the second of a trilogy (with 1991's "Anymore" and 1998's "If I Lost You") where Tritt plays a Vietnam veteran in the music videos of the trilogy. In this video, his wife, who is heavily pregnant, falls off a boat dock and hits her head on the way down. Their child is born, but she dies. The baby is even named after his wife, Annie.
* TheStatlerBrothers song "Silver Medals and Sweet Memories", with the narrator's father never returning from WorldWarII.
* ''Music/{{Tommy}}''. Subverted in that the father comes BackFromTheDead to kill the mother's new lover (or to be killed by him in the film adaptation).
* "Never Went To Church", by british rap group ''The Streets'' plays with this trope. It's about a man, the narrator, lamenting his father's death and emulating his actions, both on purpose and subconsciously. In the last verse, it is revealed that the narrator himself embodies this trope.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* This happened to Devora Brukhis in ''CerberusDailyNews'', with one twist - ''she'' was the one who went off to war, leaving her boyfriend behind. He was killed in a terrorist attack a few days before she found out she was pregnant.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', Billy dies before his daughter Louise is born. He does get brought down to earth so he can visit her before meeting his judgment.
* Elizabeth Proctor in ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', although her husband knew she was pregnant (as it saved her from being executed for witchcraft like him).
* Averted with Serafina in ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo''. The shock of her husband's death causes her to have a miscarriage.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' has a sidequest where Shepard has to resolve a debate between a woman, Rebekah, and her brother-in-law, Michael. Rebekah's husband, Jacob, died recently and she's pregnant with his baby. It turns out Jacob had a rare heart defect that could shorten the baby's lifespan. Michael wants the embryo to get routine genetic therapy to eliminate the possibility of the baby developing the same condition, but Rebekah refuses because it has a tiny chance of killing the baby.
** After the TimeSkip in [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the sequel]], the two can be seen again in the Citadel, discussing other ways to improve the health of the new toddler, also named Jacob.
** The couple are seen arguing ''again'' in [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third game]], this time over whether Jacob should be allowed to socialize in daycare or if he should be kept at home to minimize the danger to him during the Reaper War.
** If you encouraged her to hook up with Charr in the second game, Ereba will be pregnant with his baby in [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third game]]. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he gets killed after only six months of marriage. [[TearJerker You have to bring her his final letter.]]]]
* This can potentially occur at the end of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. When a Grey Warden slays an [[BigBad Archdemon]], both of their souls are destroyed, and both perish. If the PC is male and romances Morrigan, she will want him to make love to her on the eve of the final battle, as part of a magic ritual where they will conceive a child that will absorb the soul of the Archdemon instead of him, and save the his life. However, if he refuses to do so, she gets upset and leaves, and if he subsequently slays the Archdemon himself, he will die. The epilogue tells that she already became pregnant at some point before the endgame (since the ritual was refused), and is now carrying his child.
* Played with in the ending of ''OverlordRaisingHell''. After you complete the BonusLevelOfHell only to get stuck down there, the final cutscene shows [[TheDragon Gnarl]] reminiscing on the sinister exploits of the VillainProtagonist, and discovering that the Overlord's mistress is bearing the Overlord's child. "Evil always finds a way..."
* One of the more absurd examples occurs in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius FireEmblem: Radiant Dawn]]''. [[spoiler:Ena]] discovers she's pregnant [[spoiler:with Rajaion's child 23 years after the last time it would have even been possible for him to get her pregnant]]. [[AllThereInTheManual Additional materials]] reveal that the child even becomes a DeadGuyJunior. [[spoiler: This could be explained by the fact that she's a dragon, but it becomes confusing again when the sporadic accounts of Ena's almost-sister-in-law Almedha's pregnancy makes it clear that it did not last nearly as long.]] (Though to be fair, [[spoiler: ''Almedha's'' baby daddy was a human and their kid was a [[HalfHumanHybrids Branded]]...]])
* This can potentially happen in FireEmblemAwakening, if a married [[spoiler: first generation]] male character that isn't a Lord is killed in battle while his girlfriend/wife survives to the end, since [[spoiler: their KidFromTheFuture is slated to be born after the game's ending.]] [[spoiler: Though this might also happen to a Second Generation male, shall said girlfriend/wife [[PlayerCharacter be a Female Avatar]].]]
* The second campaign of ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'' ends with the hero's Native American girlfriend giving birth to his son. Since the campaigns follow a family over six generations it was practically the only way that one of the hero characters could make a HeroicSacrifice.
* Occurs in ''{{Ever17}}''. [[spoiler:Tsugumi is pregnant with Takeshi's children after he dies on [=LeMU=]. However, subverted because [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]].]]
* Noh is implied to be pregnant in her ending for ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara 2'', despite the fact that historically she never bore OdaNobunaga any children.
* The ending of ''[[MuvLuv Muv Luv Unlimited]]'' [[spoiler:has Takeru's girlfriend and their daughter standing on a field of a distant planet, looking towards the night sky in the direction of the Earth. Takeru himself had died in the last stand of humanity against the BETA back on Earth]].
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulCalibur Soul Calibur V]]'': Sometime between the conclusion of ''SC IV'', yet prior to ''V'', series' protagonist Xianghua and Kilik finally [[CoitusEnsues consumated their feelings for each other.]] But since [[TheAtoner he]] was still plagued by feelings of guilt, due to being infected by The Evil Seed, he [[spoiler: left her before she awoke and departed for the Astral Chaos to train, in hopes of purifying himself]]. Kilik hasn't been seen, or heard from since; leaving Xianghua to wonder what's become of him [[spoiler: and ultimately marry another man to rebuild her life on her own]]. What he didn't know is that he had left her with child: [[spoiler: their then-unborn son, Xiba]].
* In the "Severed" DLC for ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' [[spoiler:Lexine is pregnant with Gabe's child; both the Government and ReligionOfEvil had plans for her. Gabe sacrifices himself in order to allow Lexine to get away from the Necromorph-infested Sprawl.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}'' (the 3rd game of the ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}}'' series), this happens in [[spoiler:the 3rd Good Ending: the main protagonist ultimately dies, and his soul lingers for several years in Japan, before he finally manages to go find his lover Maria; she's now returned to her native Philippines and lives with her family. She now has a child, who's the fruit of the time she and the protagonist spent together during the storyline. The child is able to see his father's soul, so they can meet for the first time.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' it is revealed [[spoiler:if you look near Harley's old outfit from the first game, there is a positive pregnancy test on the floor; SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker dies at the end, making this a villainous example]].
** Also, she can be heard briefly singing to [[spoiler:the baby]] during the credits at the end.
** However, the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DLC heavily hints that [[spoiler:Harley is not actually pregnant, having instead gotten a false positive after many negative tests]]. It might be even worse, since it's been speculated that [[spoiler:losing the Joker caused enough stress to create a miscarriage. Hence the reason her methods are both erratic and self-defeating, insanity notwithstanding.]]
* KnightsOfTheOldRepublic: The canonical version is that LSM!Revan trucked off to the great unknown to fight the True Sith, never returning, and leaving Bastila knocked up (with the likely prospect of exile, among other consequences). Their descendant [[IdenticalGrandson Satele Shan]] is a major NPC in StarWarsTheOldRepublic.
* After completing the bonus dungeon in VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII, [[spoiler: the origins of TheHero are revealed: a girl from the Dragovian Tribe visited the human world and fell in love with a human prince. The girl's father disapproved of their courting, and took his daughter away, back to the Dragovian Village. The prince searched all over the world for his lost love, eventually dying just before he could reach the village. The girl was heartbroken, but soon after she received word of his demise, she discovered she was pregnant with [[TheHero his child]]...]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': While it has been known that [[spoiler:Solid Snake is a clone of Big Boss]] very early on in the series, it's revealed near the end of the series that [[spoiler:he wasn't grown in a test tube but inside an actual woman. The clones were created by the Patriots when Big Boss appeared to be mortally wounded and the woman who volunteered was his occasional girlfriend EVA.]]
* In the final route of ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' Taiga goes off to fight an eternal battle. Apparently, though, he had gotten Crea pregnant a few days before despite being unconscious during their only time together. [[spoiler:He does return a few years later, though.]]
* In ''GrandTheftAutoIV'', this shows up at the end [[spoiler:if the player chooses the "Deal" ending and Roman dies at his wedding. Malorie reveals she is pregnant after Nico avenges his death. In the "Revenge" ending, this doesn't apply.]]
* Another gender-flipped example in the After Story of ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', with [[spoiler:Nagisa]] dying giving birth to Ushio, leaving Tomoya alone.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A decidedly skewed version occurs at the end of ''ItsWalky'': After Walky's heroic sacrifice, Joe mentions that they may be able to resurrect him using ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, but only if they can find a complete genetic sample. Cut to Walky's deeply religious (and assumed-to-have-been virginal) girlfriend Joyce looking ''[[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20041017.html extremely]]'' embarrassed.
** It should be noted that she was only "assumed to be virginal" by the other characters--there was a month long storyline about Walky and Joyce's first time having sex (and then the multiple times they had sex afterwards) that came right before the final storyline (and served as foreshadowing for this moment), so the readers were certainly in on the joke.
* In the BackStory of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', for the black dragon and his mother.
* ''{{Fans}}!'' has a two-in-one: the time-travelling Joseph Oberf was born after both his father (Rikk) and his genetic mother (Rumy) were killed, since he was implanted as a fetus in his birth mother (Ally).
* Suspecting he might die if he goes off to war, Candi invokes this trope by trying to get herself pregnant with Donte's child in the CiemWebcomicSeries.
* In ''{{Wurr}}'', [[spoiler:the dog Niavel]], who "[[DoubleEntendre got involved]] with [[spoiler:{{hellhound}}s]]," was recently confirmed to be pregnant with what are likely the now-deceased [[spoiler:Issan]]'s pups.
* AntiBunny: Morris and Knull have a kid, Morris dies, and then she gets on the train and-
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* An interesting variation that circumvents the pregnancy occurs in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. In it, there are several A.I. programs that are eventually revealed to [[spoiler:all be severed fragments taken from a single, original A.I. known as Alpha, which was in turn copied from an actual human mind.]] Later, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Church, one of the main characters of the series, is actually what was left of the Alpha A.I. implanted into an artificial body (something that he himself was unaware of).]] Long story short, [[spoiler:Church, or rather, the Alpha A.I., dies for real.]] Shortly before his death, however, Caboose is entrusted with Epsilon, one of the A.I.s that were [[spoiler:severed from the Alpha A.I. (in this case, Church's memory)]], which he decides to befriend, raise, and basically use as a ReplacementGoldfish for [[spoiler:Church, which isn't especially hard since Epsilon remembers being named Church and acts just like him and Caboose loves to tell him stories about the Alpha]]. Interestingly, the Reds and Tucker [[spoiler:don't seem to be aware of the switch, despite "Church" not remembering who they are since Epsilon was severed from the previous Church before they met him.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' uses this trope at the end of a film Abe Lincoln made.
-->'''Girl:''' I have your baby in me, Giraffe!
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 its reboot]], this is the origin of the Sorceress's daughter (who is revealed to be Teela).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Very much TruthInTelevision for any event that leaves a high enough body count. There will almost certainly be some pregnant spouses left behind.
* The documentary ''Film/DearZachary'' tells the story of how Dr. Andrew Bagby was slain by his sociopathic pregnant ex-girlfriend Shirley Jane Turner. However, [[spoiler:even the BabiesEverAfter was subverted in the end: the Canadian courts judged Turner to "not be a threat to society", and after her release, Turner regained custody of their child. She took the baby and jumped with him into the Atlantic Ocean.]]
* Happens often in wartime, as many women will attest. A soldier has that "I'm deploying in the morning...tonight could be the last time we see each other..." moment with his sweetheart before heading overseas. Many women find out that they're pregnant...at about the same time they get the news of their beloved being killed in action.
** Military couples dealing with infertility issues sometimes ask that lab-conceived embryos be saved longer than is usual, just in case the husband dies overseas and the widow wants to invoke this trope in his memory.
* Subverted with MarilynMonroe and her first husband. She wanted to get pregnant in case this happened when he went overseas to fight WorldWarII, but he convinced her this was a terrible idea- she'd have a hard enough time getting by during the war, and that if something did happen to him her life would become a complete mess. All of which are, in fact, RealLife consequences of having a baby in such a situation.
* [[http://kotaku.com/5638353/an-open-letter-from-the-company-of-heroes-developers-widow Brian Wood]], a game developer at Relic Entertainment, was killed after his car was hit by an intoxicated driver. His final act was to [[DyingMomentOfAwesome swerve so that he absorbed most of the impact]], [[HeroicSacrifice saving the life of his wife and unborn child in the process]].
* Singer Music/RozaRymbaeva was seven months pregnant with her second child when her husband suddenly died of a heart attack.
* Broadway actress and singer LaChanze was eight months pregnant when her husband was killed in the 9/11 attacks.
** Speaking of 9/11, People Magazine recently did an article on [[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20524377,00.html children born after their fathers had perished in the attacks.]]
* Ethel Kennedy had her 11th child six months after RFK's assassination.
* Buddy Holly's wife was pregnant with their first child in 1959, when an airplane carrying Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) crashed in Iowa and killed everyone onboard. In a sad subversion of the trope, she miscarried soon after his death.
** J.P. Richardson's wife was also pregnant and didn't miscarry. What is interesting is that said Child, J.P. Richardson III, sometime after his mother's passing, viewed his father's well-preserved body when the cemetery wanted to move his parents to a section that allowed a more noticeable monument.
* The sinking of the Titanic left a few pregnant spouses and girlfriends in its wake (no pun intended).
* When Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen died in February 1789, his wife was about a month pregnant with their fourth child (his eighth), and gave birth the following October.
* In a modern variant, husbands faced with risky surgical procedures or terminal illness have been known to have their sperm stored with their wives' approval, so that this trope might be posthumously invoked in the event they don't make it off the operating table.
* A [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthumous_birth#Royalty_and_nobility surprising lot]] of kings and nobles. Shapur II of Persia is reputed to be the only king ''crowned'' before his birth.
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