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A woman has babies. That is, she gave birth to multiple babies at the same time, and now she, with help from her husband, has to figure out how the heck to deal with this many kids at once. HilarityEnsues.

Often the defining feature of works that it appears in for the simple reason of plausibility. Babies are a lot of work, and anyone who has this many is pretty much going to have to center a great deal of her life around them. While one would think that this would make the parents a little high-strung and frustrated with their baby-centered lives, quite often BabiesMakeEverythingBetter anyway, despite the extremity of the situation. When used as a brief gag, it's usually tongue-in-cheek.

This trope came to prominence because of the relatively high chance of multiple births in the early days of in vitro technology. This was due to the procedure (no longer practiced by most above-board facilities) of implanting multiple embryos under the assumption that only one would actually take. While this is the extreme version of the trope, more down-to-earth works of fiction can still play this up with twins.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* This is the basic premise of ''Go! Go! Itsutsugo Land'', a series about a set of 5 year-old quintuplets and the various misadventures of their daily lives.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* [[http://www.comicvine.com/mother-of-champions/29-41239/ Mother of Champions]] from Franchise/TheDCU's "Great Ten" superhero team is a particularly bizarre (albeit non-comedic) variation. Ironically, she was barren before she developed her powers.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* One of ''Daria'' BigNameFan Roger E. "The Angst Guy" Moore's works, ''Quinnts'', splits the title character's sister, Quinn, into a set of, appropriately enough, quints, who each embody an aspect of the canon Quinn's personality (bossy, hedonistic, rambunctious, psuedo-intellectual and attention-seeking, respectively). Predictably, their version of Daria is a complete emotional wreck.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/RaisingArizona'' has this as a set-up: Herbert's poorly thought-out plan to have a child with his wife involves kidnapping one of the Arizona Quints, reasoning that the parents wouldn't mind losing just one. (He gets the idea from reading an interview with the father, who had jokingly commented that "We've got more than we can handle!")
* ''Quints'', a Creator/DisneyChannel Original movie about a teenage girl who gets five younger siblings at one shot and has to take care of them.
* ''Half a Dozen Babies'', about a couple that have sextuplets.
* The titular miracle in ''Film/TheMiracleOfMorgansCreek'' (1944) involves Betty Hutton's character giving birth to sextuplets.
* An unusual variant on this trope in Italian film ''Film/YesterdayTodayAndTomorrow''. Adelina has the babies one at a time, the regular way. The problem is that she has to pop out a baby every fifteen months, because she is facing imprisonment for selling contraband cigarettes, and being pregnant or nursing keeps her out of jail. It works for a while but as time passes the steadily increasing size of her lower-class family starts presenting problems.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Dorrie's Book'' by Marilyn Sachs is about a child whose mother's second pregnancy unexpectedly results in triplets.
* The NurseryRhyme about the old woman who lived in a shoe...and had so many children, she didn't know ''what'' to do!
* ''Sister of the Quints'', a young adult novel which may have inspired the above-mentioned Disney Channel movie, as it has essentially the same plot.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* A whole spate of RealityTV shows involved finding TruthInTelevision examples of this trope and filming it, the most well-known example probably being ''Series/JonAndKatePlusEight''. Shows in this vein seem to be waning in popularity thanks to Nadya "Octomom" Sulemain (who actually has ''fourteen'' children), whose irresponsible invocation of this trope has caused the viewing public to strongly question the morality and motives of anyone who would decide to have this many children, let alone try to get a Reality TV show for it.
* ''Quintuplets'' starred Andy Richter as the father of a set of teenage quints.
* Several episodes during Season 2 of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' are centered around a mom who chose to keep all 5 of her babies, even though the doctors had recommended she have 1 or 2 of the fetuses terminated.
* When Leslie finds out on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' that she is pregnant with triplets, her husband Ben, who is an accountant, has a panic attack at the prospect of having to pay for the upbringing of three children.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Drizzt Do'Urden, the drow of ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' fame, was almost killed at birth because he was the third son born into his family, according to the R.A. Salvatore novel "Homeland." The ChaoticEvil and matriarchal drow were fine with having ''many'' daughters, but any more than two sons had to be sacrificed to Lloth. Drizzt survived because one of his older brothers killed the other to improve his own standing.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the Creator/VanBeurenStudios cartoon short "Frozen Frolics", a delivery stork delivers a batch of at least 43 baby penguins to a visibly worried father penguin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Apu and Manjula get octuplets after she starts taking fertility treatments to increase the chance of pregnancy. We later find out that this wasn't the fault of the doctor they saw several people had been slipping Manjula fertility drugs without her knowledge. Later on the same episode, ''nine'' babies are born to a couple living in Shelbyville.
** This also applies to Cletus and Brandine Spuckler, who have far more children, even before season 8.
** ''Holidays of Future Past'' shows that each of Apu and Manjula's children also had a set of octuplets.
* In the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', Chowder and Panini are married and have 50 babies, including 20 ''in one day''. They ''are'' sort of like rabbits, after all...
* This is Shrek's nightmare in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird''.
* The original ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' pilot, "Poor Papa", has this, where a stork delivers way too many babies to him and his wife. This carries over to his appearance in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', where he and his girlfriend have spawned numerous offspring since his imprisonment.
** The same plot is reused in the MickeyMouse short "Mickey's Nightmare", which as the title suggests, is AllJustADream.
** Ditto "[[WesternAnimation/PorkyPig Porky]]'s Romance", which was a parody of the aforementioned "Mickey's Nightmare".
* A 1935 WesternAnimation/MerrieMelodies cartoon (directed by Creator/FrizFreleng), "The Merry Old Soul", has Old King Cole marry The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe. HilarityEnsues when he tries to take care of all those kids.
* In one BadFuture episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'', Linka is shown living in a deeply impoverished town with over half a dozen kids...all fathered by [[ShipTease Wheeler]].
* Bloo tells a phony story in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' to their next door neighbour about how he and Frankie are not only married, but have 64 children as well. Frankie is not particularly happy about this lie, and to make matters worse, Bloo asks her "What were their names again?"...
* Happens in an Main/ImagineSpot in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}'' episode, "Arthur's Baby", when Buster asks him what would happen if his expecting mom had more than one baby.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' episode "Rupert in Timeland" featured Rupert Bear and Podgy Pig flashing forward through various future stages of their lives because of an accident that happened while trying to help Father Time fix his machine. One of the futures they end up going to has Podgy becoming the father of an alarming amount of children.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The UrExample is probably the case of the Dionne quintuplets, born in Canada in 1934. A tragic case, they were removed from their parents' custody and exploited as a government-operated tourist attraction.
* For a darker [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this, many cultures view the birth of twins as a bad omen, which may lead to them being killed shortly after birth.
* Then there's Nadya Suleman, the "Octomom," so called because of a dead-straight example of the "in vitro GoneHorriblyRight" version resulting in the second set of surviving octuplets in US history (and first set where all members survived longer than a week.) Normally that many are ''not'' implanted, but she has said that the alternative was that the unused embryos would be destroyed. This adds to the six kids she had ''already,'' those ''not'' at once.
** In order to not look ''completely'' crazy she claimed to have only implanted 6 left-over embryos (of which 2 then split into twins) because she didn't want any of her babies to die. She was [[BlatantLies lying]] on both fronts: the doctor implanted 12 embryos. And she insisted on fresh embryos for each of her IVF-cycles, so there are still some of her embryos left in the freezer.
* However, she's not within a light-year of the record, set in the 1700s: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feodor_Vassilyev Feodor Vassilyev]]'s wife and the ''69'' children she had over her lifetime ''laugh'' at Suleman's measly 14. If each of the 67 who survived infancy had ''two'' kids each (that's on the far low end for that era), Feodor likely has 70,000 descendants by this point.
* While ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'' isn't exactly this trope (she obviously didn't have all 19 kids at once), she does have 2 sets of twins.