Chosen Conception Partner
Super Trope of Mandatory Motherhood, Glorified Sperm Donor and Stalker with a Test Tube, but way more friendly than any of the three. In this trope, someone wants a child and picks some ("lucky") person who is not their spouse, or wedded Love Interest, to be the one to do it. While this may overlap with the Stalker with a Test Tube sometimes, most cases are much nicer about the offer and their motives are not to use the other person for their genes. The choice is motivated by feelings of actual respect, love or affection, a Darwinist Desire, or finding a good person to raise a family with. The individual may also be a Prince, Princess, Ojou, Last of His Kind, or MacGuffin Girl that needs to produce an heir for a bloodline, family or race, but their reasons are still motivated by some level of respect, love or affection for the partner chosen. As such, if the characters are both villains, then expect to see Villainous Virtues, Villainous Friendship and Even Evil Has Loved Ones. Expect at least one character to fit this trope in a Harem Genre story. If they're middle-aged, they may be a Christmas Cake or state that "My Biological Clock Is Ticking", and if homosexual, this is a case of All Lesbians Want Kids. If the baby-seeker is a non-human, expect this to overlap with "Do You Want to Copulate?". If Mate or Die is also a factor, it may overlap with Only You Can Repopulate My Race. Because this is a mutually beneficial partnership, it almost always averts That Thing Is Not My Child!. For more information, check out the Analysis page.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Miroku in InuYasha is a male example, although it is usually Played for Laughs. Any beautiful woman he meets he immediately propositions to bear his child. Justified in that he's living with a curse that will certainly kill him sooner or later, and he needs to produce a child before that happens - especially in such harsh times as Feudal Japan. In the finale, he's cured and he settles down with Sango, who bears him three children.
- In Strike The Blood:
- Ojou La Folia shows a clear interest in the protagonist Akatsuki Kojou and comes to respect him as a hero. At one point, her first reaction to seeing Akatsuki transformed into a woman is to say, "This is a problem. I can't bear an heir with him like this!"
- Later, while on the ship of another vampire lord, several beautiful maids approach him for sex. When Kojou suspects that they aren't really maids, they reveal themselves as political hostages from foreign countries and say they want to bear Akatsuki's children because as a vampire lord even more powerful than the one they serve, they'd gain incredible status and privilege.
- In the first Naruto Shippuden movie, the priestess Shion knows that As Long as There Is Evil, Mouryou will one day return. Because of this, she will need to pass her power to, and train, the next priestess. She offers Naruto the opportunity to "help" with this. He happily makes an unbreakable vow to do so.
- In Crest of the Stars, this is the standard reproductive process among the Abh, who do not practice marriage. Thanks to their mastery of genetic engineering, they can combine the genes of any two people, be they of the same sex or even close family members, and produce a viable child. Or they can just clone the parent and have that be the child. That said, conceiving a child naturally with one's lover is considered to be the most special and blessed form of having children, and those children are known as "Children of Love".
- Batman has the daughter of Ra's Al-Ghul, Talia. Her greatest desire is to sire a worthy heir for her father's empire with the Caped Crusader (although she has made the offer to other men at times, such as Jason Todd). In fact, Ra's has several daughters (and a sister) that exist solely for this purpose. Usually, they happily choose their mate, although they will cross over into Stalker with a Test Tube territory if jilted.
- Hela, in the Ultimate Marvel universe, toward Thor. When Thor dies and winds up in her realm, she bargains to release him from the afterlife as long as he conceives a child with her. Due to the fluid nature of time in her realm, she's already heavily pregnant only a few days later and proudly muses about how their child is a "warrior born".
- In Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose:
- One issue depicts several possible futures (pictured above). In one of them, Tarot marries her Love Interest Jon, has a child by him, and then lends him to her sister Raven so that she can have a child of her own.
- There is also another issue where an attractive (and giant) Troll Queen wishes for Jon (who the trolls think is a fertility god) to impregnate all of her female troll subjects. After being force-fed a drink that kept him high as a kite the whole time, he accomplishes the task without having a clue what's going on the entire time.
- In the Pre-Flashpoint Swamp Thing, John Constantine allows Swamp Thing to use his body to father a child with Abby.
- Fantastic Four: Double Subverted with Alyssa Moy, a little-known Love Interest of Reed Richards. Alyssa is, like Reed, one of the smartest people on the planet, and they dated while he was in college. However, she turned down Reed's marriage proposal because she felt it was the duty of smart people like them to breed with the dumbest persons so that the next generations will be smarter. When this failed for some strange reason, she later tries to get back in Reed's pants again, but by that time, he was happily married to, and had children of his own with, Sue Storm.
- Heralds of Valdemar. This happens to Herald-Mage Vanyel. Van is not at all interested in women, but King Randale is sterile, and his life-bonded mate, Shavri, desperately wants to be a mother. Since the king must appear fertile in case he needs to make an alliance marriage, Van agrees to sire a child with Shavri and acts as Honorary Uncle to the resulting daughter. He also fathers children with a few other women on request, starting a Secret Legacy that later books' protagonists turn out to be part of.
- In The Last Kashmiri Rose, protagonist Joe Sandilands has an affair with another man's wife, and ultimately realizes that this is why. Her husband was injured in the war in a way that affected his fertility, and Sandilands looked enough like him that a child's parentage wouldn't be questioned.
- A Brother's Price has male prostitutes whose sole job is to father children. As men are only 10% or so of the population, being a Chosen Conception Partner is not so much of a compliment to a man - men are considered handsome if they have no deformities. Only rich women can afford to fulfil a Darwinist Desire.
- In The Big Lebowski, Maude is a variation. While she did pick The Dude to impregnate her, this is solely because he's The Slacker and unlikely to oppose her for custody or to have any impact on the child's life whatsoever. She also didn't ask for his permission first, but he had no problem with the sexual deed before finding out, and seemed fine with the arrangment once she very openly explained it. While yes, she used him for his genes, it wasn't meant in an antagonistic way.
- In the Stargate SG-1 episode "A Hundred Days" Jack O'Neill is trapped offworld for three months after a meteorite strike buries the stargate. He romances a local woman who, after the harvest festival, phrases her desire to sleep with him as, "I want you to give me a child." But since the SGC is able to rescue him the next afternoon, we never find out if they had one.
- Bones. Brennan, who had always been indifferent to children in the past, suddenly announces that she wants to be a mother. She asks Booth for sperm, since she believes he has the right genes to supply an above-average baby (along with her genius genes of course). He reluctantly acquiesces, but then just as he decides not to he collapses with a brain tumor. As he goes into surgery he tells Brennan "If I die I want you to have my 'stuff.'"
- In Parks and Recreation, Ann spends months trying to find to find a nice man to impregnate her as a sperm donor, after years of never finding a lasting, stable romance to settle down in. She plans on having some sort of friendly, responsible contact with the father as the child grows up, since it would a choice by both of them. She ends up choosing Chris. But this dramatic reunion between exes becomes a revived romance, so he impregnates her the traditional way!
- The Big Bang Theory sees troubled genius Sheldon Cooper, notoriously ascetic about matters of what he chooses to describe as coitus, hooking up with his distaff equivalent, Doctor Amy Farrah-Fowler. Both agree that a valid motivation for any putative sexual union, or preferably a test-tube conception, is to perpetuate their intellectual genes by trying for a superhuman child.
Howard: I'm guessing that future generations will condemn us for not taking this opportunity to kill Sheldon.Leonard: May future generations forgive us...
- Farscape: John Crichton ends up on the receiving end of this when he travels to a Sebacean colony where the Empress-to-Be has to get married to a male who can provide her with healthy children in order to rule...and he's the only one who can do it. In this case, the princess doesn't want to force John into the relationship, but with the threat of being handed over to Scorpius on the table, he doesn't seem to have a choice.
- The X-Files: Used in the episode "Per Manum." It plays directly into season 8's poorly-disguised Who's Your Daddy? subplot; it's a flashback episode to mid-season 7 offering a potential answer to Scully's unexpected pregnancy. After her stolen ova are found and tests suggest the eggs could be viable, Scully refuses her doctor's offer of an anonymous sperm donor and asks Mulder. The audience isn't shown the scene where she asks, only a shot to a few days after Mulder has had time to think it over. Scully assumes he will refuse, but Mulder accepts. In a completely heart-wrenching twist on the trope, the IVF attempt actually fails, giving us a heartwarming scene of Mulder comforting a devastated Scully and telling her "Never give up on a miracle." And leaves the Who's Your Daddy? storyline to live another day.
- Saving Hope: Dawn decides she wants to have a baby and chooses her ex-husband (and current Friend-with-Benefits) to be the father, though she insists she wouldn't ask him to co-parent. It all turns out to be a moot point when they go in for fertility testing and find out Dawn's eggs aren't viable.
- In the Book of Genesis, Sarah had been struggling with infertility for a number of years, and believed herself to be nearing the end of her reproductive lifespan. So (as per the Code of Hammurabi) she got her husband Abraham to sleep with her maidservant, Hagar. (Naturally, as per the Law of Inverse Fertility, Hagar conceives by sleeping with him once.) This causes Sarah to become jealous (not helped by the fact that Hagar seemed to lord it over her, forgetting her place and/or her relationship to Abraham). Hagar gives birth to a boy named Ishmael (though he's legally Sarah's), and Sarah has a biological son named Isaac later, driving out Ishmael and his biological mother. They leave to the desert and, with God's help, rebuild their lives elsewhere.
- Subverted by Rebecca. She too struggled with her fertility, and it looked as though she'd have to get a concubine for Isaac. But they prayed together, and were eventually able to conceive twins.
- Jacob's wives Leah and Rachel also give their servants (and some say half-sisters) Zilpah and Bilhah to him to bear children during infertile periods. In total, Jacob has seven children by Leah, two by Rachel, two by Zilpah, and two by Bilhah.
- Later in the same book, Lot's daughters get their dad drunk and sleep with him. Their home had been destroyed, and their fiances had been killed. They believed themselves and Lot to be the only people left, and they felt compelled to have children for future security. They each bear a son by him.
- Later still, a woman named Tamar marries one of Judah's sons, and he dies. As per custom of that time and place, she was to marry his brother, to perpetuate her deceased husband's lineage; she did as she was supposed to, but he also passed away (which is attributed to divine punishment for using Coitus Interruptus instead of perpetuating his brother's lineage.) Next in line is a boy named Shelah, who is conveniently not old enough for marriage just yet. Judah believes Tamar to be cursed, and doesn't want to lose his last son; he tells Tamar to move back in with her parents and wait for Shelah to grow up, at which point he'll become hers... but once Shelah comes of age, he is married to another woman. So Tamar decides to take things in her own hands by disguising herself as a prostitute and sleeping with Judah himself; he almost has her executed for engaging in illicit sex once her pregnancy begins to show, but she reveals that he is the father by using the seal, cord, and staff she took as "collateral" three months earlier. He spares her life, saying that she was more righteous than he was because she did her duty while he didn't; she gave birth to twins, who are then recognized as Judah's descendants.
- Toward the end of Dragon Age: Origins, Morrigan offers the Grey Warden a way to avoid dying in the impending battle against the Archdemon. The catch is, one of the (male, obviously) Grey Wardens must agree to help her conceive a child, and she is pretty vague about what the consequences of this decision might be and what exactly she plans to do with the kid once it's born. The potential fathers can be the Male Warden Player Character, Alistair, or Loghain. In Dragon Age: Inquisition we finally get to meet the kid, Kieran, and he turns out to be a pretty normal child after all minus having Urthemiel's soul if the ritual was performed and some neat powers as a result.
- Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is an RPG by Atlus where this features prominently. You can Classmate with the heroines to create star-children to come into dungeons with you.
- Dr. Strangelove is eventually revealed to have used Huey Emmerich this way in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to father her child Hal, aka Otacon. She thinks of the child as being hers and The Boss'. Huey wasn't aware of this, and this plays a role in their relationship eventually disintegrating.
- Downplayed in Shortpacked!, where Ethan is asked to help Robin and Leslie get pregnant (by using a Super Soaker to implant Leslie's DNA in his sperm and another one to impregnate Robin). Since he and Leslie are both gay and Robin is most likely bi, it removes a great deal of drama (that and Robin's alien-modified body makes the pregnancy last three weeks).
- Among nobles in Drowtales this practice is both a common and accepted way for mothers to gain access to rare and/or desired bloodline abilities, with most cases having both parties be fully aware of what's going on and fine with it. Sil'lice and Kor'maril were one such example, with her explicitly stating that this was her intent before anything happened and then having the two part amicably once the children were born, and the children are aware of who their father is. Snadhay'rune Vel'Sharen veers into Stalker with a Test Tube territory when she not only doesn't tell Mel'arnach the target of this what her intention is and takes the genetic material necessary through trickery but also Mel is also a woman and the child was carried to term in a Uterine Replicator.
- At the end of season 4 of Archer it's revealed that Lana is pregnant. The next season reveals that she used a sperm donor. In the last episode, the baby is born, and Lana explains to Archer that she knew he had frozen a bunch of his sperm, and that not only is he a genetically fit specimen, but she loves him despite what a mess he is. She then introduces Archer to his daughter.