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->''We shall take only the greatest minds, the finest soldiers, the most faithful servants. We shall multiply them a thousandfold and release them to usher in a new era of glory.''
-->-- '''Col. Corazon Santiago''', "The Council of War", ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' (Accompanies completion of the Secret Project "The Cloning Vats")

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 DesignerBabies from scratch. Typically they grow to adulthood at an accelerated rate as well.

Related to SendInTheClones. Often overlaps with ExpendableClone and FacelessMooks. May be used to justify WeHaveReserves tactics. If the clones are a unique race they may form a [[HenchmenRace Henchmen]] or ServantRace.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'' the Corpse Corps are clones of the Schiff Moses.
* [[spoiler:Obito]] of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' created an army of [[spoiler:Zetsu]] clones using Hashirama's [=DNA=] and the chakra of seven of the bijuu. [[spoiler:Kaguya]] intends to reproduce this on a larger scale by converting [[spoiler:the victims of the [[LotusEaterMachine Infinite Tsukiyomi]]]] into [[spoiler:Zetsu]] clones.
* In ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'' an Amestrian general explains that the actual reason human alchemy is outlawed is not the associated dangers but that it could be used to create an army. [[spoiler:Which is exactly what the Central Amestris army did. Unfortunately the manufactured humans just ate anyone they happened across, the army included]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' 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 clearest example of an actual army however are the Judda, a clone army built by a rogue genetic engineer in Australia.
* The comic ''ComicBook/TheBoyWhoWantedWar'' 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.
* The backstory to ''ComicBook/{{Prophet}}'' is about how the Earth Empire cloned John Prophet innumerable times so they could take over and enslave the universe. Not just straight clones either, but clones with special conditioning to obey the Empire, ones genetically modified to handle different environments, huge floating brain clones to direct other clones, even teenage SexSlave clones. Eventually the clones rebelled and infighting destroyed the Empire. The main story is about sleeper agent clones reactivating and rebuilding the Empire, this time with nothing but clones.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In the ''Franchise/StarCraft'' / ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/101250/the-koprulu-sector The Koprulu Sector]]'' the Dominion uses cloning to fuel their rapid population growth. Most are not intended directly for the military, as it's easier to resocialize criminals, but the side story [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/122953/born-of-sin Born of Sin]] reveals that [[spoiler: Scootaloo's DNA was used to breed an experimental army.]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Atlas and later Jakobs used cloning technology to produce hordes of [[SuperSoldier commandos]] with only the [[GeneticMemory best training]].
* In the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/ThePowerThatsInside'', all the Officers Jenny and Nurses Joy are programmed to be this.
* ''Fanfic/CyclesUponCycles'': [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Saren]] resorts to cloning to quickly build an army of fearless, perfectly obedient drones in numbers capable of matching the [[Franchise/{{Starcraft}} Terrans and Zerg]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/AmericanNinja 3'' has an army of ninja clones.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The page image features the Clone Troopers from ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', who are all cloned from famed bounty hunter Jango Fett. They are genetically engineered for obedience and age at twice the normal rate. In fact, the first generation of stormtroopers were mostly veteran clone troopers.
* In ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' the [[spoiler: Tet cloned an army of astronaut Jack Harper to conquer earth, then switched to drones and had the Jacks maintain them.]]
* ''Film/PootieTang'': Parodied with the fake Pooties. Only an idiot couldn't tell they were fakes, but they fool everyone anyway.
* Discussed in ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens''. After Finn has deserted and broken out a Resistance pilot, Kylo Ren is openly sceptical of the First Order's stormtroopers, most of whom are regular humans taken at birth and raised to be warriors. While Hux is arguing that his troops are the best, Ren argues that perhaps a clone army would be better, showing that the Clone Troopers still have quite the reputation sixty years on.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Grand Admiral Thrawn recovered some Spaarti cloning cylinders capable of growing a clone to adulthood in a matter of weeks and giving it the original's memories. Regular humans come out OK if shielded from the Force during growth, but cloned Jedi invariably go insane.
* In the ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' series the Union military relies heavily on azi, mass-produced DesignerBabies intended to help make up the population difference between the Union and [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression Earth]]. They're not all clones per se, but many genotypes are copied many times.
* At least one novel in the ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'' mentions the Arcturians, who provide clone soldiers for the Federation military.
* in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', after the Slaughterhouse Nine are decimated, Jack had Bonesaw create an army consisting of ten clones of every member the Nine have ever lost, each with the original's powers and a reasonable attempt at their personalities. Bonesaw also created a couple of {{Hybrid Monster}}s [[AllYourPowersCombined combining two members' powers]] just for fun.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DarkAngel'' 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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** 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 [[spoiler:The Master Race.]] An army of six billion [[spoiler:humans transformed into loyal clones of The Master.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** 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.
** DependingOnTheWriter, the Death Korps of Krieg may all be clones of the exact same guy, a fact they hide from outsiders [[GasMaskMooks by wearing gas masks everywhere]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', all humans are this for Friend Computer.
* You can do this in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 5e [[GameBreaker by abusing the combination of the spells Simulacrum and Wish]]. Simulacrum is used to create a copy of the caster with half the HP and all of the spell slots (though with no ability to regain spells), and Wish can be used to duplicate the effects of any spell. To create the clone army, you cast Simulacrum, creating a clone of yourself with the ability to use Wish. The clone uses Wish to duplicate the effects of your spell, creating another clone who can ''also'' use Wish. That clone also duplicates the Simulacrum spell, resulting in yet another Wish-capable clone, and so on.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters '99'' had the endgame involve armies of [[spoiler:Kyo]] clones being staged across the world by Krizalid in an attempt to take over the world. [[spoiler: 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 ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'', the Lab Assistants are revealed to be this in the Secret Warp Room, where the production line of them is shown.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'': The alien troops are collections of genetic and cybernetically modified clones from a variety of species under the control of the Ethereals.
* In ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' 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 ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' games, the Replicas you commonly fight throughout the series are clones of Paxton Fettel developed by Armacham.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'': 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 ''Videogame/LittleBigAdventure'', 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 [[TheEmpire collapsed Vaxxian empire]], according to [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory listed on the arcade cabinet]].
* In ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', it was revealed that the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance 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 ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' has War Dragons and their human counterparts morphs who could be considered a fantasy version of this, being life created from artificial means using recycled quintessence(life force) for the purpose of being expendable soldiers.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Warframe}}'', the concept is put through an interesting spin. The fascist Grineer Empire is trying to conquer the solar system with soldiers cloned in industrial quantities that they claim are sourced from "perfection". In reality, the entire empire is falling apart, dependent on [[CloneDegeneration copies of copies of copies]], riddled with so many genetic defects that they're dependent on cyborg technology just to survive.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' has Mileena, who was made to [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 replace Kitana]]. As of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', this happens to Kano as well. [[EvenEvilHasStandards He's not pleased about this.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'', Oscar Mike and Whiskey Foxtrot are two clone soldiers who are remnants of a clone army from a long-forgotten war. The difference between the two apart from [[ClonesArePeopleToo personalities]] is that Oscar Mike is a regular clone, and Whiskey Foxtrot is [[CloneDegeneration a defective one]].
* Empires that research cloning in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' can create clone armies. They're slightly better than ordinary assault armies.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' the Anarchists use clones known as "Gigglers" as CannonFodder. 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 [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060621.html a bit flaky]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' Frans Raynor had a shoddily-made army of Dr. McNinja clones produced in order to invoke ConservationOfNinjitsu on the original.
* Galatea [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080715.html attempts]] to do this in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' but is [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080722.html talked out of it.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' the second season premiere revealed [[spoiler: 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 RedshirtArmy. This also serves to remove the safety net from the show.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' 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 [[TheDitz B.O.B.]], a choice even Coverton finds dubious.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', for obvious reasons.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some species of gall aphids parthenogenically produce warrior caste nymphs.
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