A common source of soldiers in science fiction is cloning. This can make sense if you want to mass produce one exceptionally good soldier or don't want to spend much time creating an army of Designer Babies
from scratch. Typically they grow to adulthood at an accelerated rate as well.
Related to Send in the Clones
. Often overlaps with Expendable Clone
and Faceless Mooks
. May be used to justify We Have Reserves
tactics. If the clones are a unique race they may form a Henchmen
or Servant Race
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Anime and Manga
- In Blood+ the Corpse Corps are clones of the Schiff Moses.
- Obito of Naruto created an army of Zetsu clones using Hashirama's DNA and the chakra of seven of the bijuu. Kaguya intends to reproduce this on a larger scale by converting the victims of the Infinite Tsukiyomi into Zetsu clones.
- The Judge Dredd universe features extensive cloning by the police force to which the titular Judge Dredd belongs. Dredd is a clone himself and on occasion has to fight his "brothers" who have gone rogue.
- The comic The Boy Who Wanted War had a scientist create a clone army based off his son's DNA. But there are still drafting from the population because it was not enough.
- American Ninja 3 has an army of ninja clones.
- Boba/Jango/Everyone Fett from Attack of the Clones. Indeed, the Clones and by extension the early Stormtroopers are all clones of Jango Fett. They are genetically engineered for obedience and age at twice the normal rate, except for Boba.
- In Oblivion (2013) the Tet cloned an army of astronaut Jack Harper to conquer earth, then switched to drones and had the Jacks maintain them.
- Pootie Tang: Parodied with the fake Pooties. Only an idiot couldn't tell they were fakes, but they fool everyone anyway.
- In the "Clone series" (Clone Republic, Rogue Clone, Clone Alliance, Clone Elite, and Clone Betrayal) all the enlisted men in every branch of the military are clones, and very disposable ones at that.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Grand Admiral Thrawn recovered some Spaarti cloning cylinders capable of growing a clone to adulthood in a matter of weeks and giving it memories.
- In the Alliance/Union series the Union military relies heavily on azi, mass-produced Designer Babies intended to help make up the population difference between the Union and Earth. They're not all clones per se, but many genotypes are copied many times.
- At least one novel in the Star Trek Expanded Universe mentions the Arcturians, who provide clone soldiers for the Federation military.
Live Action TV
- In Dark Angel many of the X-5s have several clones, in the first season finale Max destroyed the stockpile of embryos so more wouldn't be born. When she was recaptured they tried breeding her the old fashioned way.
- Doctor Who: The Sontarans are an entire race of this. They're all clones of a general who lived 10,000 years ago.
- The two-part special The End Of Time features The Master Race. An army of six billion humans transformed into loyal clones of The Master.
- Warhammer 40,000
- Most Dark Eldar are vat-grown. "Trueborn" units have special stats.
- Many of the Adeptus Mechanicus's Skitarrii are grown in vats, or at least their organic components are.
- Depending on the Writer, the Death Korps of Krieg may all be clones of the exact same guy, a fact they hide from outsiders by wearing gas masks everywhere.
- In Paranoia, all humans are this for Friend Computer.
- King of Fighters '99 had the endgame involve armies of Kyo clones being staged across the world by Krizalid in an attempt to take over the world. Even if he were to succeed, which he did not, the governing body that created him had shut down his connections and the endboss of the next game, Zero, personally terminated Krizalid because of how out-of-control he got.
- In Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, the Lab Assistants are revealed to be this in the Secret Warp Room, where the production line of them is shown.
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown: The alien troops are collections of genetic and cybernetically modified clones from a variety of species under the control of the Ethereals.
- In Total Annihilation the Arm's troops are clones while the Core's are robots with uploaded human minds. Or at least the Commanders are, the ordinary units could be just robots.
- In the First Encounter Assault Recon games, the Replicas you commonly fight throughout the series are clones of Paxton Fettel developed by Armacham.
- Grand Theft Auto II: The SRS Scientists have developed a large number of clones, who are the foot soldiers you can find and fight around the streets and during missions.
- In Little Big Adventure, the tyrannical Dr Funfrock maintains control of planet Twinsun with an army of clones.
- The 1983 Atari arcade game Major Havoc has the title character leading an army of clones (all cloned from himself) against the automated bases of the collapsed Vaxxian empire, according to the backstory listed on the arcade cabinet.
- In Endless Frontier, it was revealed that the Shadow-Mirror had originally envisioned their W-Series forces to be this. They got as far as the prototype before realizing they had no way to accelerate his growth, so decided to go with androids instead.
- In S.S.D.D the Anarchists use clones known as "Gigglers" as Cannon Fodder. They're engineered to feel no pain and are grown at an accelerated rate that leaves them no time for an education so they're dumb as rocks. They're controlled using an implant that pumps them full of happy drugs when they do something right, hence the name.
- Lee is a clone grown by the Anarchist's enemies, the CORE, using a stolen cloning rig that was given to their R&D department. He was grown at a normal rate so he is smart, but still a bit flaky.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Frans Raynor had a shoddily-made army of Dr. McNinja clones produced in order to invoke Conservation of Ninjutsu on the original.
- In The Venture Bros. the second season premiere revealed that the boys were clones, and Doctor Venture kept a room of clones for when they inevitably die. In the season 3 finale, Sergeant Hatred takes the preformed clones and leads them as a Redshirt Army. This also serves to remove the safety net from the show.
- In Monsters vs. Aliens Gallaxhar considers himself to be a perfect being so he clones an army of himself.
- In the TV series, Coverton is asked by his master to clone one of the monsters for this purpose. Unfortunately, the chosen subject is B.O.B., a choice even Coverton finds dubious.
- Some species of gall aphids parthenogenically produce warrior caste nymphs.