->''"The world gave me no child, so I built one."''
-->-- ''TheMegas'', "The Message From Dr. Light/Level Select"

{{Mad Scientist}}s, being the rampant egotists that they are, tend to [[CloningBlues clone]] themselves when they want children. Inevitably the children in question are as [[InTheBlood brilliant as their parent]], though there seems to be only about a 50% chance of their brilliance being [[LamarckWasRight of the same sort]]. The clone's childhood, if [[YoungerThanTheyLook portrayed at all]], is frequently awful as they're forced to live up to their parent's seemingly-[[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent impossible expectations]]. Often, there's some attempt to subject them to the same childhood traumas as their parent had, in order to further force them on an identical path.

This applies particularly to mad scientists of the [[EvilutionaryBiologist Evilutionary]] variety, and appears to be a primarily literary trope, probably because of the difficulty in finding plausible-looking pairs of actors. Some animals are able to reproduce without mating in which case the offspring recieve all their genetic material from the mother, either as a perfect clone or by simply doubling the DNA of an unfertilized egg. In animals with WZ chromosomes, females have the chromosomes WZ and males ZZ, which allows a female to create both female and male offspring by herself. In humans, which have XY chromosomes, an artificial clone of a female person could only be female, while the clone of a male could be either male (XY) or female (XX) by switching the Y chromosome for a copy of the X chromosome.

Compare ReplacementGoldfish and HomosexualReproduction. Not related to normal single parenthood, wherein two people were involved in the child's creation [[ParentalAbandonment at some point]].

Opposite trope of ExtraParentConception
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Father created his "children", the homunculi by splitting off various facets of his personality - specifically, the SevenDeadlySins.
* Ryouko in ''TenchiMuyo'' ({{OVA}}s only) is not really a clone since she was partly created from one of Washuu's egg cells and partly from the Mass (a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] HiveMind), but is pretty close to the trope, and considered a daughter by Washuu. At one point when Washuu is describing Ryoko's origins the other girls suggest that the Mass is her "father" Ryoko angrily rejects the idea. Her childhood was terrible, but mostly because she was enslaved by the villain (who also kept Washu as a HumanPopsicle). Notably, while Washuu is the greatest scientific genius in the universe, Ryouko [[BookDumb isn't]]. Though this might just be a result of Ryouko's complete lack of any kind of education.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'':
** There's an unusual case of this; the cloning was done without the parent's knowledge and [[spoiler: when Quint Nakajima discovered Subaru and Ginga, she raised them as her daughters in a normal, loving environment with her husband since she couldn't have children anyway.]]
** Uno was also an OppositeSexClone of [[MadScientist Scaglietti]], and several of the other [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] were based at least partly on his DNA.
* In ''GundamSeed'':
** [[spoiler:Rau le Creuset is the clone-son of Al da Flaga, who was such an egotist that he despised his naturally-born son Mwu because he felt that the child was "impure" thanks to the genes he got from his mother. Two other Al da Flaga clones turn up in other parts of the series: Rey za Burrell in ''Gundam SEED Destiny,'' and Prayer Reverie in ''GundamSEEDAstray'', although some evidence points to the possibility that Prayer is instead a clone of ''Mwu''.]]
** Kira was [[spoiler: initially a natural son of Ulen and Via Hibiki, but his MadScientist father tampered with his genome so much (up to including parts of his employer Al da Fraga's genome, which is where Kira got his [[PsychicPowers Newtype powers]], and which makes him sort of Mwu's half-brother), that he should count as his TrulySingleParent, albeit in more of a ''custom-made'' light.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Nemu is the artificially-created vice-captain of Kurotsuchi Mayuri. It's implied that she's an OppositeSexClone of Mayuri, to the point where her level of free will is debatable. Although given that she's clearly nicer than her father, she obviously has at least some free will.
* ''YuYuHakusho'' has [[spoiler: Shura, who's a clone of his father, Yomi. He doesn't act exactly as his father does, but that's because he's still a kid, and it's stated that Yomi used to be more impetuous before he got blinded.]]
** Also, the Ice Maidens have no fathers. Only mothers. If an Ice Maiden gets intimate enough with a male to give birth to a child of his, said child will be male.
* Appears in Hiroyuki Morioka's ''[[LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars Seikai]]'' series. The Abh, though they are aloof, arrogant and imperialistic, are not as much evil, as they are ''odd'' by the standards of the most of the Galaxy, including even their own subjects. One of their oddities is that all their babies are essentially custom-made for the person who just happened to want to reproduce. As they generally do not practice marriage, this makes that person a TrulySingleParent for the said child.
** With the Abh its actually a bit all over the place. While some are a TrulySingleParent others are more complicated with a wide variety of options, including, but not limited to HomosexualReproduction. The most cherished are the Children of Love who are born from a combination of genes from two people who are in love with each other, even if only one is legally recognised as the parent.
* Although the audience doesn't get to see much of ''Franchise/SailorMoon's'' Silver Millennium, Queen Serenity may well qualify for this trope, albeit an unusually benevolent example. She has no husband, no one ever asks who or where Princess Serenity's father is, and she and her daughter look exactly alike. This is more obvious in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], where Princess Serenity is frequently drawn with silver hair, and much of the Moon Kingdom's resources include advanced technology. There's a panel in the manga that shows Queen Serenity bringing the shell of a star to the Galaxy Cauldron, then Princess Serenity's birth.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** It's entirely possible that this is the case with Medusa and [[AmbiguousGender Crona]], since Medusa is already a MadScientist and it would [[AbusiveParents not be out of character]] for her to make a custom-made kid who she then abuses horribly.
** This is explicitly the case in the manga for [[spoiler: Asura and Kid, who are ''both'' the 'sons' of Shinigami, being fragments of his soul given independent existence. The first, Asura, was supposed to rid his father of fear, and instead simply grew into an anthropomorphic personification of fear that - by the time of the series - cannot be reasoned with and despises his creator. The second, Kid, was created some centuries afterward in order to replace Shinigami, the idea being that he could eventually counter his 'big brother's' influence if/when he was freed.]]
* Diavolo, the villain of part 5 of JojosBizarreAdventure, was born to an inmate of a woman's prison, who had no contact with any men for far longer than could fit any possible gestational timeframe. The exact nature of his conception is left a RiddleForTheAges.
* The Angel race in HappyWorld reproduce asexually. They are only able to do this once in their life, to produce a single, or in rare cases, two pure blooded angel children. They are able to reproduce with humans to make half blood angels though.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Dr. Alison Mann (no relation to ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', but eventually a close friend), when she hears rumors of one Dr. Matsumori's cloning breakthroughs, decides to use her own [=DNA=] and uterus to beat him to the goal of a viable cloned infant. It did not end well [[spoiler:probably due to an agent of Dr. Matsumori slipping an abortificant into her dinner as she neared term.]] Later, she discovers that Dr. Matsumori had in fact used the same genetic progenitor for his project in an effort to [[ReplacementGoldfish have a second chance at raising the daughter he so estranged from that she renamed herself after Mann's Chinese Theater to irritate him]]. [[spoiler: ''He'' succeeds, eight times over, before his death four years after the {{Gendercide}}. In the DistantFinale we see the cloned Manns (or 'Dr Men' as Yorick quips) working in the lab. Yorrick notes "They all talk with their hands, just like her" but says they will never be as good as the original because they don't have Allison's 'a**hole father' to spur them to greater efforts.]]
* In the late 1980's TheDCU gave us Vril Dox and Vril Dox II. The story fits this trope to a tee, including setting impossible standards for the clone, and subsequent rebellion. Despite the latest continuity reboot claiming that Vril Dox has been operating entirely through robot proxies for thousands of years (Until Now!), it appears this relationship is still intact.
* Laurel "Cobweb" Lakeland and her sidekick Clarice (and all their known ancestors) in ''Creator/AlanMoore's TomorrowStories'' are somewhere between this and HomosexualReproduction. They're clones (parthenogenic reproduction), but their development was triggered by lesbian sex between the previous Cobweb and her sidekick.
* Purple PlanetEater {{Galactus}} was recently revealed to have a daughter, Galacta, which led to some rife speculation about who her mom was. Turns out it was also Galactus.
** [[spoiler: Turns out, that "parasite" that's been bugging Galacta? It isn't. Not even close. And since she was born this way...]]
* In ''[[Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative The Initiative]]'' Baron von Blitzschlag sort of did this; having been given the job of cloning a superpowered deceased trainee he decided to include some of his own DNA in the process to carry on his legacy. It didn't go all that well, as two of them died and the remaining one (not too surprisingly) rejected his ex-Nazi supervillain "father".
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Dredd and [[EvilTwin his brother Rico]] were both cloned from Chief Judge Fargo. Dredd himself has been cloned to varying degrees of success.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/AeonNatumEngel'' a ''truly'' TrulySingleParent's child appears on a talkshow. It's not nice; gender-swap-magic combined with artificial impregnation which makes it possible for parents to impregnate themselves and get children with horrible genetic diseases.
* In the Franchise/HarryPotter fanfic one-shot ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4746187/13/What_a_Bunch_of_Nonjon I Got Soul But I'm Not A Soldier]]'', Harry [[spoiler: creates his son Marvin in order to remove the piece of horcurx stuck in his head, which after Voldemort's defeat is effectively inert metaphysical goop that is slowly killing him, so both Harry and Marvin are part Harry, part horcrux.]]
* In ''[[Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor Yu Gi-Oh: The Thousand Year Door, Redux]]'' Francesca's ancestor, despite a [[HeroicVow vow of celibacy]], was able to conceive and bear a child due to a holy ritual invoking the patron god of unicorns. (Although, her unicorn companion was supposed to be the spiritual father of such a child, but as far as physical parentage was concerned, she was the only parent.)
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[[folder:Film]]
%%* ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''
* In ''Film/EnemyMine'', all Drac are both male and female, and reproduce by self-fertilization. (As the novelette put it, "Don't tell a Drac to boff himself, 'cause it just might!")
* Geppetto carved ''Film/{{Pinocchio}}'' out of wood, so he definitely qualifies.
* Jango Fett from the ''StarWars'' prequels is by no stretch of the imagination a MadScientist, but other than that he's a classic TrulySingleParent to Boba Fett. He's also cloned to form the Grand Army of the Republic, though it's hardly a family relationship.
** Also Shmi Skywalker, as Anakin is conceived through the Force, and thus has no father. (Qui-Gon Jinn believes he was conceived by the midi-chlorians.)
** The novelization of ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' movie makes it clear that Rotta is Jabba's son - and his alone: Hutts are hermaphrodites. Jabba's father was named Zorba, and likely was the same deal.
* Thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall, the Australian film ''Predestination'' contains a truly absurd example of this. [[spoiler:Thanks to a StableTimeLoop and being a hermaphrodite (started female, then surgically made male due to reproductive trauma), the protagonist was impregnated by himself, gave birth to herself, then picked up the newborn and dropped her off at the orphanage where she grew up to start the cycle over again. At no point in his/her timeline is the protagonist ever not influenced by another version of him/herself.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Mary in Literature/TheBible is a variation. While {{Jesus}} was born from only one biologically parent, {{God}} is considered his father. [[CaptainObvious The exact nature of how this works is unkown]]... unless some other genetic information was provided, Jesus would basically be a clone of Mary. [[BellisariosMaxim But that's not really important]]. A problem arises in translation of some languages, where referring to Jesus as the "Son of God" implies that God had sex with Mary, but {{Woolseyism}} would be disrespectful in this case.
* Aphrodite in RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' was born from the sea foam produced from Ouranus's body when it fell into the ocean.
* The Durona group in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' is an extreme example - Lilly Durona clones herself ''forty'' times, and forms an entire research hospital out of her clones.
** Miles Vorkosigan's clone-brother Mark Vorkosigan was raised by the mad scientist who created him, but there's some question of whether he is legally Miles's brother or his son. Either way, he is relieved when Miles produces other heirs.
* ''Literature/{{Cyteen}}'' by Creator/CJCherryh is all about the version of this trope where the progenitor's childhood is reproduced so that the progenitor herself will be reproduced as exactly as possible. Additionally, Jordan is his father's clone.
* Dan Sylveste, in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' trilogy, is actually a clone of his father Calvin, with some attempt at childhood trauma reproduction. Unusually, this fact is kept secret even from him, by covert body modification to make him look more like his "mother".
* Creator/DavidBrin plays with this trope in ''Glory Season'', where the women on the planet undergo either parthenogenetic or allogamous (sexual) reproduction, depending on what time of the year they mate with the male.
* This trope plays a significant role in ''Houston, Houston, Do You Read?'' by James Tiptree Jr (aka Alice Sheldon).
* Two examples from Creator/JohnVarley:
** [[spoiler:Kenneth "Sparky" Valentine]] from ''Literature/TheGoldenGlobe'' turns out to be an (illegal) clone of his father.
** The Titanides from Varley's ''Literature/GaeaTrilogy,'' while technically male and female, actually have three sets of genitals making for an absolutely rediculous number of possible reproductive permentations one of which is--you guessed it--solo, in which a female Titanide impregnates herself. Solos tend to be considered a little odd.
* The Ullerans from HBeamPiper's ''Uller Uprising'' are a hermaphroditic race. Self-impregnation is difficult but not impossible though it is generally considered taboo. The chief of the one Ulleran tribe that practices it refers to his offspring as "little me".
* In the BackStory of JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', main character Phaethon was "born" when a computer simulation of his father Helion's personality became self-aware. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone After causing an]] EarthShatteringKaboom.
* Not a cloning scenario, but in ''The Bad Place'', by DeanKoontz, [[spoiler:hermaphroditic Roselle, who is the product of brother-on-sister rape and fully reproductively functional as both male and female, self-impregnates three times, resulting in two sons (one the villain, the other a co-protagonist) and a pair of twin daughters]].
* "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ subverts this: in spite of being a OneGenderRace, the women had discovered how to replace cloning with merging ova.
* In StephenHunt's ''The Rise of the Iron Moon'', Lord Starborn to Starsprite -- whom he then casts out, unnamed; it is Black and Coppertracks who name her.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein provides several examples in his works.
** ''Literature/AllYouZombies'' features a character that, through some truly amazing feats of TimeTravel, is simultaneously [[spoiler:[[MyOwnGrampa his own mother, father, daughter, and son]]]].
** In ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', protagonist Lazarus long has this pulled on him by the people involved in his latest rejuvenation, as a way of getting him out of the ennui of WhoWantsToLiveForever. They conspire to bear twin {{Opposite Sex Clone}}s of him that he adopts and raises as his own children.
* TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' features a character who attempted this as part of an {{Immortality}} scheme. He commissioned ''two'' clones of himself -- one of each sex -- and had one of them raised in the same manner as his mother, intending for her to "give birth" to his male clone and raise it as he himself was raised, thus providing personal continuity as a form of LegacyCharacter. When the program suffers a catastrophe, he gives it up in favor of BrainUploading.
* This has been mentioned as having happened in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series. There are even laws in place stating that a clone is legally the child of the tissue donor and can legally inherit from them - so long as the cloning was authorized by the donor or the donor's estate. That caveat is to prevent cases where someone clones a rich man, kills the rich man, and then has the clone claim his 'father's' fortune on behalf of his creator.
* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', Menelaus deduces that the story about the princess's mother is nonsense, and her only parent must have been her father -- she was posthumous, though.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', Professor Maxon to the men he created. (He also wants to create a perfect one to marry to his own daughter.)
-->''"Though there are twelve more," continued Professor Maxon, "you were my first born son and I loved you most, dear child."\\
The younger man was horrified.\\
"My God, Professor!" he cried. "Are you mad? Can you call this thing 'child' and mourn over it when you do not yet know the fate of your own daughter?"\\
Professor Maxon looked up sadly. "You do not understand, Dr. von Horn," he replied coldly, "and you will oblige me, in the future, by not again referring to the offspring of my labors as 'things.'" ''
* The Solarians in ''{{Foundation}} and Earth'' eventually engineered themselves into a race capable of that, [[ValuesDissonance because their idea of freedom is to depend on no other person and to never meet anyone]]
* [[JackChalker Jack L Chalker's]] ''Literature/DowntimingTheNightSide'' uses the same setup as Heinlein's ''All You Zombies'' to invert this trope: Yes, the protagonist is both mother and father (via several time loops and a GenderBender inflicted by the setting's time travel {{phlebotinum}}) but she/he is two different parents from the children's perspective since he/she was the father on one time loop and the mother on another, as well as effectively two different people due to CharacterDevelopment.
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', the ship cat eats something and is pregnant, not with a kitten but with Eet, who later admits that he did what he could with what he had.
* Liz Pennykettle from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Dr. Noonien Soong from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has Data (and EvilTwin Lore). Data is not really a clone in any sense of the word, but he does share his creator's likeness, and is possibly a result of his creator wanting to better his "offspring". (Note that Data has a large portion of Dr. Soong's memories.) Data himself also tries to create a child, Lal, who's built to work almost exactly like Data, although she quickly gained her own personality. He also had B4, who he did not create, but did copied all of his memories into, creating the android equivalent of a clone.
* Dr. Lewis Zimmerman from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' also put a lot of himself in his creation of the EMH Mark 1, although he never really regarded any as sons except the Doctor, when he finally met him. Incidentally, they also look exactly alike.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor's Daughter" sees the creation of the Doctor's daughter Jenny. His DNA was taken at gunpoint and recombined to form a new person of which he is genetically both mother and father. Everyone on the planet Messaline was made that same way.
* ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' has Mack Hartford, RidiculouslyHumanRobot son of AdventurerArchaeologist Andrew Hartford, whose [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking biological clock was ticking]].
* ''Series/SoWeird'': Fi dates a boy who discovers himself to be a clone of his scientist father.
* ''{{Hyperdrive}}'': First Officer York creates a clone of himself from his own cells including skin flakes, nail clippings and certain other emissions.
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[[folder: Religion and Mythology]]
* A recurring theme in CelticMythology is that of a divine being being transformed into an animal (or in some cases, grain), eaten by a woman, who became pregnant with them in their new form.
** This theme also shows up with some frequency in various Native American legends. StrangeMindsThinkAlike?
* Many variations in GreekMythology; Athena was born from Zeus' head, and while in some versions she's his alone in others she had a mother, the goddess Metis, who was pregnant when Zeus ''[[ImAHumanitarian ate]]'' her. Some versions also have Hera giving birth on her own to Hephaestus as a response, etc. (Of course, the second myth would contradict most versions of the myth of Athena's birth, because they claim that Hephaestus used a hammer and chisel to split Zeus's skull open and free Athena, meaning he would have had to have been an adult at the time.)
** On of the eldest Greek goddesses, Gaia, was able to to give birth to several deities without needing a sperm donor, notably Ouranos and Pontos.
** According to the better-known myth, Aphrodite was born from the cut-off genitals of Ouranos.
** Nyx from Greek mythology did this. A lot. Sources disagree on exactly which children were hers alone and which she had with her husband (and [[BrotherSisterIncest little brother]]) Erebus, but it was at most four. And she has like twenty kids.
* In NorseMythology, the Giant Ýmir was born from the cow Auđhumla licking the salt from a stone. (... Though this trope is averted if you count the stone as the other parent, I guess.)
** The more common interpretation in the Nordic countries is that Ýmir had no parents. He came into being within the stone, and Auđhumla merely freed him.
* Mary to Jesus, at least in mortal/biological terms.
** Interestingly, Christians believe that Jesus already existed before becoming a mortal, as God's begotten Son. So yeah, Jesus has two Truly Single Parents at the same time.

** There are no caveats in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] account. Islam accepts the Virgin Birth, but Literature/TheQuran also says very pointedly that God was not begotten and does not beget. The Muslim version of the story is that God willed that Mary become pregnant with Jesus without Him or anyone else being the father. No, this doesn't make sense: it's not supposed to. It's a miracle.
** Also subverted to some degree in all versions of the story: although Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived, she was very much married to the carpenter Joseph. It is generally agreed that Joseph adopted Jesus and helped raise him as his own.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the [[MessianicArchetype Emperor of Mankind]] creates the twenty Primarchs at least partly from his own DNA. They end up scattered through [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the warp]] by the [[GodIsEvil Chaos gods]], helping him pull the scattered Human worlds into a single Imperium; years later one of them decides [[PrideBeforeAFall HE ought to be the Emperor]] and things go all to shit.
* Halaster Blackcloak in ''ForgottenRealms'' makes a number of clones of himself (all of which were as crazy or worse than he was) before he died. Whenever two of them meet (like in the ending of the first chapter of Hordes of the Underdark) they hold a rather amusing argument over which is the original and which is the clone.
* Finder Wyvernspur attempted something similar, feeling that his music was too perfect to be trusted to mere bards who would change them to suit their interests at the time and wanted them to exist unchanged by time. So he created what was in essence a clone of himself to use as an immortal repository of his music but his abuses of the newly created creature as it was developing left it with a burning and eternal hatred of its creator and it refused to ever sing a note of his 'father/mother's' music and killed one of the apprentices that was part of its creation. Later he teamed with an alliance of evil creating a daughter feeling she would be more pliable (and unbeknownst to him one of them created dozens on the side) to try and prove he was right and ended up with a raft of daughters all different in personality and crafted backgrounds (none knowing off of their created past outside of Alias).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Caulder/Stolos from ''[[NintendoWars Advance Wars: Days of Ruin]]'' is probably the most prolific Truly Single Parent this side of Jango Fett, making no less than 4 different clones (which didn't really look much like him except for hair color and complexion, and most of them aren't even the right ''gender'') and then making a bunch of backup clones for each clone type. The 4 end up ranging the entire spectrum of good and evil. [[spoiler:On top of this, at the end we find out that he's actually a clone of the first Caulder/Stolos, the only survivor after the original and his clones decided that ThereCanBeOnlyOne of them and killed each other.]]
* A very odd inversion of this in Hugo from ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}''. He is a young child dependent on his parents, [[spoiler:The Batter and Vader Eloha]], to raise him and care for him. However, not only is [[spoiler:he the creator of both beings]], but [[spoiler:is presumed to be the creator of most beings in the game, including the Three Guardians who made the Zones]].
* Dmitri Yuriev of ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' cloned himself six-hundred-odd times to create the URTVs, inducing mutations only in the last [[strike:three]] four embryos to create the Variants.
* Divayth Fyr in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has five female clones of himself who describe themselves as "Like his daughters, [[{{squick}} but also his wives.]]" When he talks about them to the player, though, his affection towards them sounds more fatherly than sexual (though there still is a DirtyOldMan aura about him).
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'', Henry Lawson had himself cloned to create his daughter Miranda, who also recieved significant genetic engineering to become a perfect human and powerful biotic. After she ran away, he created another one as a replacement. [[spoiler:Oriana, whom Miranda kidnapped as a baby and secretly gave to foster parents.]] For some reason he apparently stopped trying to get his perfect heir and instead [[spoiler:focused on getting Oriana back over the next decade or so]]. He created a lot of other clones before, but those were discarded as failures. Which perfectly fits the character of his other projects. [[spoiler:Building a fake refugee camp to gain free bodies for Ceberus' cyborg slave army and turn all the unfit children and elderly into zombies for weapon tests and combat training.]]
* The Founder in ''NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'' split off three distinct aspects of her personality into separate characters: [[spoiler:Lienna, Nefris, and Safiya]].
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' [[spoiler: Solid and Liquid Snake are the cloned children of Naked Snake (Big Boss).]] But [[spoiler: not a perfect clone. The donor egg was from a Japanese woman and he was brought to term by EVA.]]
** [[spoiler: Solidus is implied to be a perfect clone though.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'', [[HalfIdenticalTwins Alexia and Alfred Ashford]] were created from their father Alexander's genes along with those of supra-genius ancestor ([[{{Squick}} don't think about that too hard]]) Veronica, apparently in an effort to restore their disgraced [[AristocratsAreEvil family name]] to its former glory.
* Arceus from ''{{Pokemon}}''. In one event you can see Arceus create an egg for you ([[MindScrew using a ritual that apparently involves Google images]]). Said egg becomes a level 1 legendary, which can double as a DiscOneNuke.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', somewhat in the original series and especially in {{Fanon}}, Mega Man, Roll, and to a lesser extent Proto Man are all treated as Dr. Light's children, despite merely being RidiculouslyHumanRobots created by him. (Though this may be partly because he simply has more regard for his creations than the series's [[BigBad other major robotics genius]].)
* In ''DigitalDevilSaga'' Angel is the TrulySingleParent of Sera. Rather than cloning, however, Angel is a fully functioning hermaphrodite who created Sera from her own sperm and egg.
* [[spoiler:Kuchiki Toko]] in ''KaraNoShoujo'' has no father, though her mother didn't realize because she had been having sex with someone. However, this man was completely sterile.
* ''{{Ever17}}'' has [[spoiler:You'haru]], whose daughter is a clone of herself.
* In ''TheSims 2'', if you use the Tombstone of Life and Death, you can choose to "simulate a genetic merger with" the Sims that are currently on the lot. The selected Sim (the one who would be getting pregnant) is included on that list. Children produced through this method will always be a gender-switched clone of the parent (at least, in facial features and coloring).
** Brandi Broke's unborn son is a pre-made example, though it does list a father on the child's family tree.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Helen Narbon and Helen B. Narbon of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''. [[EmbarrassingMiddleName The B is for Beta.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Jean tells Bob confidentially that [[spoiler: the genetic cocktail which accidentally produced Molly the Peanut Butter Monster contained genetic material from many creatures, including some human -- Jean's own. This only accounts for a small part of Molly's genome, but Jean ''is'' Molly's mother, just a little bit.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unity}}'', one of the species can reproduce parthenogenetically. [[spoiler:Juni Melrose, the main character, is the parthenogenetic offspring of Hira Melrose - and eventually, adopts Hira's second (also parthenogenetic) child. In the spinoff series "Planetfall" we see that some time later, there are quite a few Melroses running around.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:John]] is ultimately the "biological parent" (or at least the midwife--shit be truly weird) of all the B1- and B2-universe players, through the [[CloningBlues ectobiology]] and [[StableTimeLoop time shenanigans]] of SBURB.
** Among the troll players, the parent-equivalent is... [[spoiler: Karkat]]. Which not only reflects their role as the above human's foil/counterpart, it's also [[ShownTheirWork a nifty reference to their sign's mythological role in the Western Zodiac]]. [[spoiler: It also glitched the A-1 session [[{{Understatement}} pretty badly]].]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Bomango}}'': Gogo is shown to be able to reproduce asexually when Didi grew and budded off of her. However they see each other as twins, not as parent and child. Also they might be able to reproduce sexually as well because both Didi and Gogo have different sexual/romantic orientations. Gogo is straight. Didi is a lesbian.
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* In ''TheSpoonyExperiment'', this is [[MadScientist Dr. Insano's]] method for creating [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Son of Insano]].
* In ''ThaliasMusings'', this is Mnemosyne to the Muses, Demeter to Persephone, Hera to Hephaestus, and Zeus to Athena.
* Planet Shield from {{Phaeton}} designates specific people to be the truly single parents of massive litters, one of which resulted in Nakira. Also the Aud's have been their own truly single parents over and over since the 16th century.
* In the Chakat Universe, all hermaphrodites therein are of course able to do this, though they're not supposed to unless they have no other option. (This was done by a villainous skunk in one of Gildedtongue's adventures. Shi is the only canon example so far.)
* This is the case with [[http://tokiandcowiki.wikidot.com/wiki:toki Toki]] and her twin sister [[http://tokiandcowiki.wikidot.com/wiki:doki Doki]], the females of whose species can reproduce through parthenogenesis as is their case.
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* Professor Farnsworth of ''{{Futurama}}'', a true Mad Scientist, clones himself a son from a growth on his back. Instead of having a birthday, his clone ends up celebrating his growth-scraping day.
* Subverted in an episode of ''PinkyAndTheBrain''. The Brain attempts to take over the world by cloning himself, which he hopes will lead to a chain reaction where his clone will clone itself, and that clone will clone itself, etc. He would be a Truly Single Parent...until one of Pinky's toenail clippings accidentally gets in the cloning device, making the resulting "clone" essentially [[HomosexualReproduction the son of the two title characters.]]
* The various cloned Dannys (and [[OppositeSexClone Dani]]) in ''DannyPhantom'' all refer to Vlad as father, though technically parenthood should be either Danny himself or Jack and Maddie, what with them having Danny's DNA.
* While they're not clones, ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' father, Professor Utonium, could still qualify as a Truly Single Parent by adoption if nothing else. At least if you consider "Made in a lab out of sugar and spice and everything nice, plus Chemical X" to be adoption.
** Later on, it's revealed to be a very weird case of [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]] in that Mojo Jojo, the primary enemy of the girls and formerly the assistant of Utonium, was responsible for accidentally adding Chemical X into the formula that created the girls.
** Mojo Jojo fits the trope in another way, as he created the Rowdyuff Boys without any help from anyone. (Later, after they are brought back to life by Him, he competes with the other villain for their affection; each villain tries to prove that he is more evil than the other to win them over.)
* Dr. Von Reichter from ''{{Cybersix}}'' creates his "son" José with science. Von Reichter doesn't seem to consider José his son so much as José thinks of [[WellDoneSonGuy him as a father]].
* Subverted in ''TransformersAnimated''. It is strongly hinted throughout seasons 1 and 2 that Isaac Sumdac is a TrulySingleParent of Sari. It turns out that he isn't the only parent- he's the [[spoiler: [[HalfHumanHybrid only]] ''[[RobotGirl human]]'' [[TransformingMecha parent]]]]. Who the other parent(s) is/are is never revealed, and we don't know enough about where [[spoiler: protoforms]] come from to make a guess.
* The ''{{Transformers}}'' continuities in general do this a lot with their robot characters, given that they only need a single set of hands (or even no hands, in some cases) to build them.
* Theorized about Hank and Dean from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', but {{Jossed}} by WordOfGod. The boys were born the old-fashioned way some time ago; Rusty is just very secretive about who the mother is.[[note]]The prime possible mother is batshit insane and an even WORSE parent than Dr. Venture is. That's saying something.[[/note]] Also, [[spoiler:Hank and Dean we know actually ''are'' clones of the original natural-born Hank and Dean who were TooDumbToLive.]]
* In ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' Dr. Robotnik creates a RidiculouslyHumanRobot son in the form of Robotnik Jr.
* On ''InvaderZim,'' [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] may well have been created by his father Membrane as an experiment, according to [[WordOfSaintPaul Eric Trueheart]]. (Technically he only says that he was created as an experiment, but {{Fanon}} holds cloning because the two look basically identical. Fans are left to their own guesses where [[CreepyChild Gaz]] came from.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[ChristmasEpisode Holidays of Future Passed]]," set [[DistantFinale thirty years in the future]], [[DoggedNiceGuy Milhouse]] and [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Lisa]] have a daughter named Zia. However, they arranged to have her made out of only their best genetic material...which means she's just a clone of Lisa.
-->'''Lisa:''' You parked the car. That helped.
-->'''Milhouse:''' Yeah, I guess...
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. This is a more ambiguous example, because of the moral differences of the writers and the disagreements between them, but Princess Bubblegum is thought of as being this. According to Jesse Moynihan, Princess Bubblegum is Lemongrab's mom, although only in the sense that she made him and gave him life. He may share ''some'' of her DNA, according to Jesse, but most of the other writers on the show don't view the princess as being a mother to her experiments. This is supported by the fact that she doesn't act like a parent at all.
** One episode had her use some of her own DNA to create Goliad and use Finn's DNA to create Stormo, who Finn referred to as his son.
* Chan of ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''. It's never told whatever happened to the mother unless giving birth to ten children sent her off the deep end.
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* This can happen in some species of animals (and plants) through the various means of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asexual_reproduction asexual reproduction]], including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenogenesis Parthenogenesis]].
** Mostly in insects and suchlike, but the largest creature capable of this (in extremis; mostly it uses normal sexual reproduction) is the komodo dragon. Imagine that. They do not need males to breed, just resources. And they're three-metre long armoured lizards. Be very afraid...
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