A Dairy Queen ad ran in 2008 depicting a young couple enjoying their ice cream and fantasizing about the future. The man imagines that he is blessed with a son. The women imagines she is the one holding the video camera while the man gives birth, screaming at her "you did this to me!"
The official Catholic stance on Family Planning (or, "the rhythm method") vs Birth Control has inspired an ad featuring Pope John Paul II, who is rubbing his very prominent belly and grinning, underneath is written, "Would he be more careful if it was him that got pregnant?"
An American broadcast ad for the PlayStation version of The Game of LIFE had a male player excitedly landing on the square that tells you you're having a baby — and appearing heavily pregnant as a result. He was also wearing a pink shirt.
In Genesis of Aquarion, the primary villain ends up pregnant after the 'dance of feathers', with the protagonist... and then later miscarries, though this is the least strange plot point in this series.
In Futaba-kun Change, the main character learns that he and his entire family are all Gender Benders triggered by sexual arousal, meaning that the person he's always thought of as his father is actually his mother in the purely technical (or biological) sense. Naturally he finds this revelation deeply disturbing.
Patarillo'sBishounen Maraich is somehow able to become pregnant twice despite being 100% male and human.
This is more or less what the entire plot of the manga Sex Pistols (released in English as Love Pistols) is... a bunch of somewhat-human guys and girls with animal spirits trying to breed with other guys and girls, where Homosexual Reproduction is common place and men can become pregnant due to their unique physiology and this one ordinary teenage boy gets thrown into this mess and...Uh... Imagine Fruits Basket on amphetamines, throw some viagra and Mood Whiplash in and you're somewhere in the right ballpark. If you're on acid.
In the Animal X series (Animal X: Daichi no Okite, Animal X: Aragami no Ichizoku, Animal X: Genshi Sairai) made by Sugimoto Ami in 1990, Yuuji, one of the main characters, a gender bender, has the ability to get pregnant and does several times through the series. The series is not only very mature, but provides an even more in depth view of MPREG than even Sex Pistols/Love Pistols.
Humorously addressed in the Full Metal Panic! TSR comedy radio show. Yes, Full Metal Panic of all series. Gauron tries to get Sousuke to admit that he wants to bear his children. Even funnier is the fact that Sousuke thinksit's possible.
Kämpfer may or may not have a really weird subversion. At the end of episode 12, a female adult Natsuru is seen reading a Christmas story to a little girl, her husband comes over... and it's revealed to be male Natsuru. With a mustache. Wut.
A pseudo-example happens in Franken Fran. An experimental stem cell surgery caused a cardinal's brain to develop into a fully developed infant. The cardinal later convinces Fran to remove the baby so he can take his secret past life to his grave. The baby was then given to the nuns that tried to exorcise the cardinal.
A scene in the epilogue of ˝ Prince has Gui and Lan deciding to have a baby. Because Lan can't stand pain and doesn't want to have to go through giving birth, Gui ends up pregnant with her child.
Adam Warlock's female counterpart, Kismet, was artificially created by The Enclave, a group of mad scientists dedicated to creating the perfect being, as a male named Paragon. When Paragon learned of Adam's existence, he decided to transform himself into a female in order to mate with Adam and give birth to a perfect child. Adam wasn't responsive to the idea, so Kismet went in search of another possible mate. In an alternate timeline, she and Quasar (Wendell Vaughn) have a son named Starhawk. Oddly enough, Starhawk ended up sharing a body with his wife, Aleta.
In the far future of Grendel, planetary emperor Orion Assante must carry his heir to term himself, as his wife's health is too fragile to handle a pregnancy. Justified in that futuristic medicine allows for surgical implantation of the embryo, as well as a Caesarian birth. Years later, male pregnancy is still kept as a sacred tradition to birth new rulers.
Purple Planet EaterGalactus 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. He also specifies that he was pregnant with her.
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers - in one story, Phineas gets his girlfriend pregnant - they're both pleased with the news, but her father is definitely not, and demands she get an abortion. Phineas takes her to a Mad Scientist friend who suggests an alternative, and transplants the fetus into Phineas. After that things start to get weird.
This happens so often to poor Duo Maxwell that you could probably find such a fic in five random searches.
Heero is popular too, by rape at times, since he was experimented on and all.
Quatre sometimes gets pregnant too.
Mpreg is very popular in Axis Powers Hetalia, as states and provinces are often depicted as the children of nations. However, if you applied a bit of Fridge Logic to this, you would realize that a country's states are actually parts of their physical body, such as America's ahoge as Nantucket, and Korea's as Seoul, so the entire premise is built upon the MST3K Mantra.
Except that the countries are all anthropomorphic personifications, so literal "body parts equated to country geography" doesn't really work.
Poor America seems to suffer the most from this, with a entire livejournal communitydedicated to his pregnancies. Such is the popularity of giving America the seahorse treatment that someone actually did a chart detailing the most likely fathers of the respective states with comments on the circumstances of their conception (for instance, Alaska is "Most likely to have resulted from hate-sex").
There is the canon presence of Hong Kong, a city in China, who's sometimes taken by the fandom to be China and England's love child. And Cyprus, another official (if yet-to-appear-in-canon) character, is often similarly viewed as Turkey and Greece's love/hate child.
Fruits Basket slash authors love doing this to Hatori, who transforms into a seahorse if hugged by a woman.
A popular element of Pet Shop of Horrors fanfiction. Guaranteed to be a FOURTH of the total fanfics available of this fandom. Possibly justified with Count D, as he is not human... But Leon?!
There are a lot of Dragon Ball Z fanfics that have either Goku or Vegeta pregnant with each other's baby. It's become widely believed by fans that male Saiyans are capable of impregnating each other, though opinions are split on whether this applies to all male Saiyans or only the "lower-tier" ones.
Naruto would get impregnated (usually because of Sasuke) because of several reasons; the Kyuubi is a female (even though it is just a mass of malevolent chakra with no real gender), the "fact" that demons can reproduce regardless of gender and this was carried on into Naruto (or other jinchuuriki like Gaara, opening up a whole new can of worms), there is a jutsu that enables males to get pregnant, Sexy no Jutsu somehow alters the user's entire biology, or Orochimaru is being his usual sick self and experimented on male pregnancies for some completely unknown reason. Take your pick.
In the rare chance that Sasuke gets pregnant (in the NaruSasu pairings) it's usually because of the Kyuubi's chakra that causes his pregnancy. That or Orochimaru/Kabuto did some rather interestingexperiments on poor Sasuke, leading him impregnated by everyone and anyone, including his own brother. Occasionally it's Sexy no Jutsu gone wrong, but since he has the Sharingan wouldn't he just be able to perfectly copy the jutsu?
The second part of Sasuke's goal is to repopulate the Uchiha clan... but in Self Reliance (Original story deleted, archived version in HTML and PDF format available), he doesn't trust any females he knows to carry his child. So he decides the logical course of action is to carry the child himself.
Companion Crisis takes this to a whole new level, with Itachi, Hidan, and Deidara getting pregnant, as well as Konan. However, the author makes it plausible.
ThisBleach Mpreg fic actually does some rationalizing... a bit. The author fully admits that it isn't really good science but that it works for her. She then takes it Up to Eleven by having the character give birth... in enemy territory.
Parodied in the Code Geass fanfic Ambiguous wherein Suzaku mysteriously gets pregnant by Lelouch. The natural way. The biological impossibility of this is lampshaded, amongst other improbabilities found in Mpreg fanfics such as the credibility of the doctor to reach such a conclusion, and male seahorses.
Done many times in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Fanfic. Usually Justified by Jaden/Judai's fusion with Yubel granting him (some of) the necessary equipment.
Fanfiction based on Comic Books
Based on a recent arc in the Mighty Avengers where Tony Stark was turned into a woman temporarily; a mpreg fic called Moth has been written.
It features the Young Avengers characters Wiccan and Hulkling. Oddly enough, these two characters are relatively easy to explain away in terms of an MPreg: Hulkling is a shapeshifter, and Wiccan can alter reality in a limited fashion (by way of example, the character who he is based off of, Scarlet Witch, got pregnant off a robot, which is on a level of insanity equal to M Preg).
Actually, wiccan has been revealed to be the lost son of the Scarlet Witch, as is Speed, so he has similar powers to his mother, like his twin has similar powers to their uncle.
The universe also has Grace Summers, the daughter of Sean Cassidy-Guthrie and Christian Summers. Carried to term by Christian though the circumstances regarding what allowed the pregnancy remains a mystery.
The two-part fic, X-men: Sabertooth Mpreg , puts an interesting spin on the genre. Unlike most other Mpreg fics, the characters aren’t turned into Out of Characterwoobies or softies, and the story is far from your typical fluffykid fic.
Naturally, the Parody Fic series Sith Academy had a couple of things to say on this topic. In the first, no actual M Preg takes place; it is simply that an addled Yaddle assumes that all the patients for her free clinic are pregnant. The follow up to this involves Bizarre Alien Biology in the otherwise human-seeming Jon-Tra Volta, and a wild night with a wookie.
X-Men:First Class, wherein just one hilarious macro image◊ launched a wave of fanfics wherein Erik impregnates Charles. The science is usually handwaved using the idea of Charles simply having a second mutation.
It's very common in the Thor fandom to have fanart and fanfiction of pregnant Loki. Justified because Norse Mythology has Loki being pregnant several times, and a lot of the pieces are actually retellings of those stories.
Partly justified. Fans cheerfully ignore the part where the Loki of Norse myths was in some sort of female form the times he bore children.
Fanfiction based on Literature
Harry Potter fanfic writers love this to death. At least the unpredictably of magic gives it a fair reason/excuse. Most of the time. It's perfectly common to see Harry knocked up with twins, usually, from Draco or Snape, or anyone really.
A Snape/Lupin mpreg story can be read here It's not a slash story and surprisingly well written, despite the first chapter being a bit OOC.
There was a Harry Potter fanfiction in which Ron and Draco had a fertility potion spilled on them during a private detention in Snape's dungeon, leading to Ron becoming pregnant by Draco, who left him, so Ron ran off to have sex with Harry, who dumped him after finding out Ron had slept with Draco; then Ron started going out with Gary Stu!Neville, who just so happened to have a crush on Blaise, leading to Ron and Neville making out in front of Blaise and Draco in order to make them jealous, which preceded Neville finding out about Ron's pregnancy and declaring that he wanted to be the baby's father, while Mentor!Snape helped them along. There wasn't a female character in the fic.
There is a fanfic where Harry gives birth to a kitten, after having gay sex with Voldemort while transmuted. Couldn't make this up if I tried, people.
This script fic parodies nearly every Harry Potter Mpreg fic ever.
My Immortal unintentionally references this in the line where Harry fends off two peeping toms by yelling "ABRA KEDAVRA!" and "pointing his womb".
A Most Unlikely Family is a Harry Potter-Discworld crossover, in which Neville finds himself in Ankh-Morpork, pregnant with Harry's baby. Apparently the magical accident responsible gave him a womb but not a vagina.note The delivery was by caesarian section. Sadly the mother didn't survive, but here's something to ponder: which Discworld character kinda resembles both Harry and Neville?
The creators of Bag Enders are also known for comedic mpreg, and described it thus in their "Horrifically Honest Guide to Fanfiction Terms": "Since there exists no fanfic genre of ‘M-PMT’ or ‘M-bloody awful period pain’, this is one outlet to make your characters get all the suffering of being female with none of the benefits. Bwahahaahahaa!"
Feel free to alternate between cringing and cracking up while reading the ultimate Legolas/Aragorn. "My assumption is correct: your birth canal has formed."NO. WORDS.
One Redwall fanfic unintentionally references this. The Mary Sue heroine's sidekick was supposedly the daughter of the canon characters Brome and Keyla. Brome is a male mouse, and Keyla, despite the Gender-Blender Name, is a male otter. As they didn't appear in the fic, one can only assume the author forgot the gender and/or species of at least one of them, but the mental image wasn't fun. Unless you're into that.
A number of Heroes fanfics feature Mohinder giving birth to Sylar's baby. This is normally justified by the good doctor's experimentation with a defective Super Serum. In an alternate future, the formula transformed him into some sort of bug mutant, so who's to guess what all else it might have done to him. Though, one has to imagine it could just as easily be written the other way around since Sylar is a shapeshifter.
There is an Andromedafic (NSFW) where Tyr finds himself a highly evolved lover who cannot have children due to her body rejecting the sperm. So, her eggs are implanted into Tyr (no operation - a subconscious desire come true). Her nanobots even rebuild him so he gives birth the natural way.
Star Trek: The Original Series slash writers are fond of this trope, often utilizing Spock's alien-human hybrid status or random alien-induced mutations as a justification for some truly bizarre biology.
This fanfiction has the Doctor revealing that he became female during his last regeneration and getting pregnant with Jack's baby. Twice. And the second time, Jack isn't there. It's explained fairly well, though. The title is "57 Academics Just Punched the Air". A cookie if you know where that's from.
There are a couple of fairly squicky Doctor/Master slash fics involving the Master (usually in a position of some power) forcibly impregnating the Doctor through magic Time Lord science. Whilst these rarely raise the question of why he would make the Doctor carry a fetus to term only to have to surgically remove it, some are well-characterized enough to point out that the Master is bat-shit insane. Here it is.
It's not exactly surprising that Torchwood fanfic authors latched onto Jack's throwaway line "Well, at least I won't get pregnant. Never doing that again," while talking about oestrogen in the rain from contraceptives getting in the water supply. And considering that he's from the 51st century, this is less ridiculous than in most fandoms.
Arthur is understandably horrified... Considering that they've never had sex.
An extremely longAmerican Idol fanfic titled Cambios narrates the entire life chronicles of David Cook and David Archuleta's kids, beginning with their daughter Reyna who was conceived accidentally during their time at AI (meaning Archie was 16, people!), with very little explanation (something about some guys being able to get pregnant). The two go on to have four more children, and Archie looks 'exactly the same' a decade later. It ends with Reyna auditioning for American Idol, and the judges proceed to tell her that she looks like both Archie and Cook, and her singing voice is a mixture of the two.
Very common in the Glee fandom with Kurt/Blaine shippers. Finn supossedly utters the line 'don't get my baby brother pregnant' a lot.
Numerous Sherlock fanfics. Usually Sherlock/John By far the weirdest one is this one.
Given that the favorite characters of most Stargate Atlantis fans are McKay, Sheppard and their kind but harried medical support Dr. Beckett, that the favorite fanfic genre (by far) is Sheppard / McKay slash usually involving Aliens Made Them Do It, and that the show's canon features entirely unpredictable Ancient technology that is triggered into activity by especially Sheppard's genetic make-up and that they spend a lot of time actively searching for and experimenting with, the M-Preg practically writes itself. Usually it's McKay who ends up getting knocked up, apparently mainly because he's a neurotic hypochondriac who hates kids. Fanfic writers are cruel.
Outside this, Eridan is the most popular target of mpreg, the trend originating from the fact that his lusus is a seahorse, although canonically no trolls of any gender can get pregnant. A common trope is the idea that his Skunk Stripe is a natural trait signifying that he can be impregnated.
There's male pregnancy as horror fanfic. There is a Teen Titans animated series fic where Robin was used (quite unwillingly) for a Mad Science experiment...and impregnated with several hundred sea monster embryos. Monsters in the Closet - it can be found here in all its debatably wonderful, horrific glory.
The Mind of a Hero. The circumstances behind it, while Weird Science, are far from happy. It involves an odd device to bring Danny's inner shadow forth... and his first words: "Why my mother?!"
Transformers Mpreg is fairly common, starting with the fact that you can count the number of females in G1 on one hand but the number of males ranks in the thousands, and ending with them being robots. The tougher question should be how they can get pregnant.
Some Avatar: The Last Airbender slash writers have the disturbing tendency to get Zuko knocked up, usually with Jet's spawn. Worse, one particular author wrote two fics on the subject using the dreaded Rape Is Love plot device (as if Zuko hasn't already suffered enough in canon, jeez). But to be fair to her, she did at least give semi-plausible explanations for Zuko's ability to carry children.
Fanfiction which is based on an Alpha/Beta/Omega hierarchy in general (such as a lot of Werewolf AU fic) will often have omega males being capable of being impregnated and giving birth.
The Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito vehicle Junior, in which Arnold plays a scientist who is willing to get pregnant. The movie is a comedy, but the pregnancy is played surprisingly seriously here, leading to some emotional development in Arnold's character.
Rabbit Test, a 1978 film directed by Joan Rivers and starring Billy Crystal.
A slightly squickier variant happens in the Alien movies, wherein people of any gender and presumably any species can be impregnated with baby aliens. The first victim in the series is, notably, male. In fact, it was John Hurt.
Louis Gossett Jr. is a pregnant male hermaphroditic and naturally parthenogenetic alien in Enemy Mine.
The 1940 Gender Bender comedy Turnabout ends with a husband and wife seemingly returning back to normal after spending most of the film in each other's bodies...until the ancient Indian idol that made the initial switch confesses that he's screwed up and informs the husband that he's now pregnant.
It happens, in an extreme Body Horror way, to a few of the brainwashed townspeople in Slither. It almost happens to the main character but he escapes it due to a technicality.
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, wherein a group of janitors become guinea pigs for a new type of self-warming cookie. The chemicals used to create said cookie cause a sort of fishlike creature to grow in the males who eat them, which are later "birthed" through the anus.
This short, produced by the Biola University Guerrilla Film Initiative.
In Alienable (2008), featuring Walter Koenig and Richard Hatch, combines the trope in question with a struggle for legal custody.
Stingray Sam. The rich have only been having male children (via gender-decisive drugs) in order to perpetuate their dynasties and so are in danger of dying out. Doctors Fred and Edward come up with a solution by combining their DNA to create their son, Fredward. This leads to (another) Big Lipped Alligator Moment from our heroes, as they sing of this miraculous invention and all the ensuing names.
Fredrick and Edward had a son named Fredward, Max and Clark had a son named Mark, Aldo and Rex had a son named Alex (etc)
In the direct-to-video Roy "Chubby" Brown vehicle UFO, Chubby unwittingly gets this done to him as a punishment for the lewd and sexist nature of his act (the alternative punishments being chemical castration, physical castration, or having his testicles beaten with a cricket bat and having a red-hot poker shoved in his anus). Part of the treatment involves his body being modified so that the child will be born through Chubby's backside, which goes From Bad to Worse when it's revealed that he'll get pregnant every year for thirty years, which will leave him with "an arsehole the size of the Grand Canyon" when all is said and done (though he ultimately only has to give birth once).
This is practically the driving premise of Storm Constantine's Wraeththu novels, in which it is executed for entirely "straight" dramatic ends.
In the Wild Cards series, Dr. Tachyon has his mind swapped by his Ax-Crazy grandson Blaise, who leaves him a teenaged girl's body. Blaise rapes her repeatedly, eventually getting her pregnant shortly before leaving Earth (with the girl trapped in Tachyon's original body in tow). By the time Tachyon has gotten back into his original body, s/he had not only given birth, but had gotten pregnant again.
In the short story —All You Zombies— by Robert A. Heinlein, an intersexed woman gives birth then gets a sex change and travels back in time and impregnates herself. By the end of the story the mother, father, baby, and narrator are all revealed to have been the same person. Aren't time travel loops fun?
Done with the titular alien species in Chalker's Web of The Chozen: Female choz lay six eggs and both males and females incubate them in brood pouches. The sex of the offspring is determined by the sex of the incubating parent with the normal ratio being 2 males to 4 females. The hero of the story is the only male choz who produces female offspring.
An exceptionally icky example is present in Iain M. Banks' Excession. Given that people tend to live several centuries in the far future society portrayed, life-long monogamy is exceptionally unusual. A couple who plan to stick together that long can engage in a process that involves this trope in order to emphasize their co-dependence. A couple can impregnate each other in turn to give birth at the same timeexplanation First the male impregnates the female, then before the fertilized egg leaves the ovary both initiate a Gender Bender (this process is trivial but takes up to a year to complete), the egg is kept in stasis in the ovary as it changes into a testicle, the originally female partner impregnates the originally male partner, the second egg is kept in stasis as the originally female partner changes back and once both individuals are female their pregnancies proceed more or less naturally ending with both giving birth at the same time in a process called Mutualling. In the specific example, the woman goes Ax-Crazy with a knife and kills her partner's fetus (also nearly killing her originally male partner) when the (then female) partner has an affair with another woman while pregnant. The partner changes back and leaves the woman while the woman goes nuts and stabilizes her pregnancy to remain pregnant for the rest of her life. This sequence of events so disturbs the AI of the colony ship they lived on at the time (which had watched and subtly intervened in the lives of millions of people who lived on it over its existence) that it resolves to fix their broken psyches as a personal preoccupation. The story ends “happily ever after” with the couple reconciled before once again going their own ways, the woman giving birth and then being allowed to raise the child she'd gestated for the last 20 years, and the partner (now male) gone off to become (physically) a member of a species of Straw Men.
In The Fresco by Sheri S. Tepper, some aliens temporarily stranded on Earth pick on a group of powerful conservative American men to incubate their young, reasoning that since the men are opposed to abortion, they'll agree that it is their duty to help the aliens out. The men are not happy, especially when it turns out the young aliens will have to eat their way out of their bodies. The whole incident provides an anvilicious moral: don't force others to do what you aren't willing to do yourself.
Parodied in the last A Series of Unfortunate Events book, where Count Olaf's ultimate disguise is of a pregnant woman. Even the people he's trying to fool think it's ridiculous.
The Yilanč in Harry Harrison's West of Eden trilogy are one of the best uses of this in fiction. The race function in much the same way as seahorses. Few males survive more than three brutal pregnancies, and the society is dominated by females who keep the males solely as breeders (despite them being every bit as intelligent as the females).
Occasionally mentioned in passing in some of S.L. Viehl's books; for example, a rumor circulates in Stardoc that Cherijo has impregnated Kao. And then, there's this exchange in Blade Dancer:
Thgill: I'd love to have your offspring. How about we get intoxicated, go back to my place, and you impregnate me?
Jory: Doesn't work that way with my kind, pal.
One science-fiction story (the author of which clearly had issues with men) involved a matriarchal society in which males were implanted with embryos. The last third of the story was a graphic description of the baby tearing its way out of the male's body.
In The Stress of Her Regard, silicon-based vampiric lifeforms from Earth's primordial past are roused from torpor when one of them, resembling a small statue, is implanted in the body of a living man. To send them back into hibernation, the obstetrician protagonist must perform a forced Caesarian section to extract the statue (which has grown since the first surgery!).
In The Whims Of Creation, by Simon Hawke, the baby incubators on a generation starship are believed to have been compromised by a rogue computer program. Several characters speculate that any existing fetuses may have to be gestated the old-fashioned way for the first time in centuries. When a female character takes exception, her husband reminds her that technology has advanced far enough to allow him to do all the hard work. Although the incubator issue is resolved, the book ends with him giving birth to their daughter.
In the William Schoell sci-fi/horror novel Dragon, several workers helping to uncover an ancient temple become sick and are taken to the local hospital. After doing exams, the stunned doctor declares that somehow, they're pregnant. It turns out this is one stage of the temple's secretly super-advanced defense system. The men are "pregnant" with hideous monstrosities which, like in Alien, burst out of them and proceed to kill everyone in the hospital.
In a variant, the Thomas Disch short story "Emancipation" featured a man who gets surgically altered so he can breast-feed his child, in a future where gestation routinely occurs in People Jars. Counts as bad research since hormone treatments would be all that was necessary.
In the Prince Roger series, the "women" of Marduk are by the strictest definition male. The "men" of the species have an organ which resembles human male genitalia, but it's actually an ovipositor. When a Mardukan man ovulates, he implants the ova into a woman, who fertilizes the egg and carries it to term.
Mentioned in Lucian's True History. The people of the moon are a One-Gender Race (all males) and their sons grow inside the calves of the men.
In Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves, the aliens have three sexes: Rationals, Emotionals and Parentals. While only the Emotionals are referred to as 'she', it's the Parentals, consistently referred to as 'he', that actually bear the children.
Metaphorically present in Frankenstein. The process of creating each new artificial life takes the titular doctor the better part of a year, with the hardest labor coming near the end and leaving him mentally and physically exhausted. Does This Remind You of Anything??
Monkey, a comedic adaptation of the (very old) Chinese novel Journey to the West, has an episode where two of the main characters Zhu Bajie and Xuanzang unknowingly drink magical pregnancy inducing river water flowing through a town filled with nothing but women and Sun Wukong has to retrieve an antidote.
In Alien Nation, Newcomer males have their children transferred into their bodies before they fully come to term, in a more literal seahorse-like way. While Tenctonese females incubate the pod until it is time for transfer, the males experience the majority of the pregnancy, including massive hormone changes, mood swings, sensitive nipples, nursing the pod, carrying the extra weight, and (the reeeeally fun part) the actual act of giving birth.
Similarly seahorse-like, in Babylon 5, all Narn males have a pouch like that of an opossum or other marsupial, in which newborn babies are placed until they are old enough to go out into the world. Although this biological tidbit never factors into the plot of the series, G'Kar has been known to reference his own body part in unusual euphemisms and refers to some naďve Narns as pouchlings.
Merton in Big Wolf on Campus after an alien abduction. He himself references Junior as part of his Once per Episode movie-buff routine, and then there's this shout out to Alien...
Merton: So, how do you think the baby will make its way into the world, my anatomy being a little different from the average child-bearer?
Alien: Are you familiar with the film Alien?
Merton: Are you kidding? The 1979 Ridley Scott classic, featuring Signourney Weaver in a career-defining role?
Merton: Oh! Remember the part where the alien bursts out of John Hurt's stomach? That was disgusting...you mean?
Capt. Jack Harkness has a throwaway line in the first episode ("Everything Changes") of Torchwood "Oh well, at least I won't get pregnant, I'm never doing that again." Harkness' home era is the 51st century.
T'Pol later notes that Trip is the first Earthling male to get pregnant. He wasn't very happy. Considering how Earth governments probably banned all research into human augmentation and assisted reproduction in the post-Khan era, that's probably justified, despite Enterprise-era medical advances. When Trip later gets friendly with another alien babe, T'Pol is quick to bring this up once more.
In the episode of Quantum Leap titled "8˝ Months", Sam leaps into a pregnant woman. Billie Jean Crockett is a pregnant teenager who will make the second biggest mistake of her life - giving her baby up for adoption - unless Sam, as Billie Jean, can convince someone to help her raise her child... before he goes into labor. Here's the specifics of how Sam becoming someone else works: Sam is always in his own body, and the person he swaps places with ends up back in the Waiting Room, though both people inhabit an outward aura of the other. After one leap where Al got droolingly distracted by Sam as a blonde bombshell, Project QL tweaked Al's "tuning" so that he would see through Sam's appearances from that point on. Hence why Al argues that Sam can't be pregnant — Sam is still technically in a man's body. Yet, Sam experiences several physical symptoms of pregnancy, including sudden nausea, cravings, backaches, swelling feet, hot flashes, frequent urination, bouts of sleepiness, and mood swings. He also insists that he felt the baby kick. When Sam goes into labor, the infant mysteriously vanishes from Billie Jean's womb in the future, while in the past the doctor is somehow able to see "a head of curls" and encourages Billie Jean to push. All the while, Sam is begging Al for help and screaming to "Get... it... out!"
On The Cosby Show, Cliff once went through a pregnancy along with every other man in the cast — except Grandpa Huxtable, obviously, as he's old enough to have gone through man-o-pause — apparently due to some odd contamination in the water supply. The women were very sympathetic. Clair was wheeling him into the delivery room and Bill stopped to ask another man how it had gone - and, specifically, how much pain it had been. The description almost made Bill find the strength to run away. The show ended with Cliff delivering a six-foot sub sandwich and a two-litre bottle of coke; Denise's husband Martin delivered a toy sailboat. Theo, the unwed father, delivered a red convertible. Guess it was All Just a Dream.
In an extremely short-lived NBC comedy from 1979 called Turnabout, Sharon Gless and John Schuck are a married couple whose bodies are switched (ŕ la Freaky Friday). In one episode, the husband, who is in the wife's body, thinks the body is pregnant. She/he isn't, but John Schuck gets to deliver some of the worst dialog in TV history when he rambles on about how she (remember, he's the wife) can't wait to feel their child growing inside him.
Also used in an episode of Charmed when Piper and Leo have their powers magically switched while Piper is pregnant. Leo also somehow got all of Piper's symptoms. And again in the Sandman episode in which Leo ended up pregnant with Piper's baby until he felt the baby kick.
In the Round the Twist episode "The Big Burp", Pete becomes pregnant by holding hands with and then kissing a dryad after peeing on her tree. This is apparently how dryads always reproduce. Making things even more stressful are the fact the pregnancy only takes about a day or two, and the "father" insists on hanging around him and badgering him about taking care of her daughter whilst remaining invisible and inaudible to everyone else. He then proceeds to experience an Express Delivery... by, as the title suggests, belching up the baby. Well, if that's how she made him pregnant in the first place...
Used as a one-off joke in one of Scrubs' many fantasy sequences. Carla is asked what she would do if she won the lottery, and she imagines Turk being pregnant instead of her.
One episode revolved around extraterrestrial George Sunday carrying an alien baby, and hilarity ensued when Dr. Piers Crispin saw the ultrasounds and thought it was Janet's father. (Just to make it a little crackier, the baby is revealed to be a gorilla. Yes.)
Subverted in another episode, where he decided to give "sympathetic pregnancy" a go by inflating his stomach. Janet was pleased at first, but quickly got sick of it. "I've heard of sympathetic pregnancy, but not with stretch marks."
Subverted in The Young Ones – Vyvyan’s pregnancy turns out to be the BIGGEST CASE of trapped wind on record.
In the Farscape movie, "The Peacekeeper Wars", Rigel locates and ingests the remains of John and Aeryn so that their bodies can be reintegrated(don't ask). The process works, but Rigel discovers that he's carrying John and Aeryn's baby. The fetus is transplanted back into the mother so she can deliver the child normally. Or as normal as things get on Farscape...
Grey's Anatomy has a episode with a pregnant man that Izzie, Christina, and Meredith steal from the psych ward. He has the bump and all the symptoms, even a positive pregnancy test. Turns out that he had a tumor-with teeth and hair, no less-growing inside him that produced the pregnancy hormone, thus the positive pregnancy test result. It was removed in surgery
An episode of iCarly features a scene with Carly and Sam offering a picture of a pregnant man, along with a steaknife and BF Wangs gift certificate, for anyone who can find Sasha Striker.
In the House episode "Skin Deep," a subplot involved a man dealing with couvade syndrome, to the point of experiencing labor pains along with his wife. House was amused, though the couple were not. Incidentally, it triggered a clue to the main story's problem. Also, see couvade in the Other category.
In Eureka Sheriff Carter experiences couvade syndrome because of some technology that still needed some tweaking, not related to the main crisis of the week.
Dans une galaxie prčs de chez vous had an episode where Brad became pregnant with an alien. After it was born, he became very over protective of his offspring, but it all ended with a Crowning Moment of Sadness when the alien baby vanished from existence at the end of its life, making Brad teary eyed of his lost "child".
Rembrandt Brown from Sliders suffered this when the team went into a world where a global epidemic made women unable to carry to full term so men were fitted with vaguely marsupial artificial wombs to ensure the child is fully developed.
Jake from The Troop gets bitten by a Snark and impregnated. Afterwards, he has to raise the baby snark briefly, making him miss out on the b-plot and providing a thinly veiled Aesop on the issues of teen pregnancy.
In one Sex-Ed PSA after two teenagers get magically transported to a gameshow style realm. After declaring that pregnancy is solely a girl's responsibility among other creeds, they temporarily made him pregnant to teach him some respect. It was certainly one of the more bizarre Sex-Ed videos out there.
Max Sweeney in The L Word plays this trope for Drama. In a story ripped from the headlines, Max, a trans* man becomes pregnant after having sex with cis-gendered man, Tom. Just because it's not fanfic, doesn't mean it works particularly well (although the article is clean, the site may be considered NSFW).
A promo image for The New Normal features a pregnant Bryan next to his boyfriend and their actual surrogate mother.
In Red vs. Blue, Tucker is impregnated by an alien as part of a prophecy. Tucker gives birth at the end of season four, although we do not see the birth take place (thankfully). This also means that we have absolutely no idea which orifice the baby emerged from (again, thankfully).
The video for Will Young's single, Hopes and Fears. Pass the Brain Bleach.
The Decemberists' The Tain LP, based on Táin Bó Cuailnge, presumably makes reference to the Curse of Macha (see Mythology below).
In the video for Chromeo's "When the Night Falls," the singer manages to impregnate a multitude of female fans via the Power of Rock. He later does this to himself, accidently, while looking in a mirror, before its revealed to be All Just a Dream.
Done by Zeus with both Athena and Dionysus, if a fully grown and armored warrior woman bursting out of your skull after eating her mother AND stitching your pre-term half-mortal son into your thigh after you accidentally fry his mortal mom respectively counts.
Also done by Loki (if transforming yourself into a mare in order to distract a horse so that the Ćsir will not have to pay its owner for his work and the giving birth to eight-legged steed Sleipnir counts). An alternate version of the legend claims that the woman involved was the giantess and witch on whom Loki fathered the Fenrir Wolf and the Midgard Serpent, and also that the result of Loki's pregnancy was Hel, Queen of the Dead.
There's also a mostly lost myth that alludes to Loki turning into a human woman, marrying a farmer, and raising a family with him for a few years. It wasn't uncommon for Norse orphans to claim that Loki was their mother and their human fathers abandoned them in disgust at Loki's ruse.
Another example is the Welsh text the Mabinogion, in which two brothers, Gwydion and Gilfaethwy, are successively turned into a stag and a hind, a boar and a sow, and a pair of wolves. They are in these forms long enough to bear an offspring from each transformation. After the brothers are turned back into redeemed humans, their animal offspring are then turned into humans and baptized.
A variation occurs in Celtic myth. A wealthy landowner casually brags to Conor, King of Ulster about how his wife could outrun the King's best horses. Conor is less than pleased with this, and out of spite demands the woman compete in a race. If she fails, her husband will be killed on the spot. To make matters worse, the wife is heavily pregnant. She manages to win the race anyway, before collapsing on the ground and giving birth to a pair of twins. Enraged at how she was treated, she reveals that she is the goddess Macha. Before vanishing, she places a curse: whenever there is a threat to the city of Ulster, every adult male within will spontaneously go into labor for 9 days, leaving the city defenseless. Later on, Queen Maeve exploits this weakness when she goes after the Brown Bull of Cooley, leaving the hero Cuchulain to fight her armies singlehandedley.
Older Than Dirt: In a Hittite legend, Kumarbi wants to overpower Anu, bites off his genitals, and becomes pregnant with his children. Kumarbi being male, they can't get out, so the gods have to cut Kumarbi open, or realize a magic ritual, Depending on the Writer. One text states the three new gods exited through Kumarbi's "good place."
The Sumerian water god Enki once somehow impregnated himself.
Rural folklore once claimed that yolkless chicken eggs (produced due hens' miss-timed reproductive process) were laid by roosters. Myths about basilisks and cockatrices sometimes claim these creatures hatch from such "cock's eggs".
Parodied in Baby Blues. When watching a nature DVD which (correctly) explains male seahorse anatomy, Wanda simplifies it by telling Zoe that the male seahorse has the baby. Wanda then offhandedly asks if male seahorses do household chores as well.
A Dilbert sequence involved Dogbert convincing Dilbert he had made him pregnant by giving him fertility drugs. Dilbert became visibly larger and greatly increased his eating to feed all the multiple babies he thought he had in their until Alice pointed out that a) it was impossible and b) the only evidence he had was his weight gain.
In Exalted, Luna, the shapeshifting goddess of the moon and patron of the Lunar Exalted, has a form called the Two-Faced Bride, an aspect that apparently represents fertility and deceit and which usually appears as a pregnant human of any age and gender. Its apparent preferred form is a pregnant male youth, and it's mentioned that one city was actually visited by the Two-Faced Bride in the guise of a pregnant boy. The various bits of Shapeshifting Squick that are detailed for the Lunar Exalted implies that they, too, are capable of this.
In Eberron, Changelings physically transform themselves due to doppelganger lineage. The transformation is so complete that females who take on male form can father children, and males who take on female form can become pregnant (but are apparently locked into female gender, if not necessarily the form they became pregnant in, until they give birth).
GURPSTechnomancer (a world background where science and magic co-exist) has spells for transferring pregnancy, which includes the production of a magical "womb" for males. And the Bio-Tech supplement includes science and super-science for male pregnancy.
Adult male Sims who are abducted by aliens get their Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong (mercifully offscreen), and become pregnant when they are returned to Earth. The result of this pregnancy is the same as the result of a human pregnancy in the game, except that the baby will have alien features, including green skin, black eyes and extreme personality traits.
A cheat mode allows you to make any adult, male or female, pregnant by any other character of either sex or any age (even babies and children) on the lot: people they're living with, people passing by at the moment right outside the house, etc...; squick?
There are also hacks out that let men get pregnant by their male partners (it also lets a woman get pregnant by another woman).
Some Pokémon games have glitches where two male or two female Pokemon can breed.
Brütal Legend. Hoo boy. There are more examples of this in a video game than there probably should be. The Warfather and Overblesser are living Mook Maker demons that can produce units in the middle of the battlefield...by getting pregnant with nothing but his master's say so. Then there's the Ratgut, a Eurotrash zombie whose belly houses dozens of plague infested rats. Yuck.
Most of the cast of Zeno Clash all seem to believe that this is the reason they were all born, from a character known as Father-Mother. It's not. While Father-Mother is male, he has in fact been stealing infants to raise them as his own.
"If the laws of nature allowed it, I would bear that man's children!"
In Team Fortress 2, Valve references this trope again: Redmond and Blutarch, twin brothers and founders of RED and BLU put aside their differences to try and produce an heir by this method. Apparently they haven't found a way to make it work.
El Goonish Shive has a few strips which discuss the ramifications of the Gender Bender settings on the Transformation Ray Gun in this regard, though it hasn't happened to anyone yet (apparently, this overrides the transformation's built-in time limit of 30 days). This is explained as some of the many safeties built into the device (it's Magitek); a being is incapable of pregnancy for at least the first several days after transformation, a pregnant person cannot be transformed, a gender switched individual who becomes pregnant is permanently changed to a woman (unless transformed back using the Transformation Gun), and food is handled in such a manner that shrinking/enlargement is harmless (even if you enlarge, eat food, then shrink due to the effect wearing out rather than a second hit).
In Ultra Fast Pony, all the females of the buffalo tribe were kidnapped, leaving the males of the tribe to bear the children. The results aren't pretty.
Khoshekh, the tomcat hovering in midair over the sinks in the men's room of Night Vale's radio station, gives birth to a litter of kittens.
How does a he-cat give birth? Well, how does a he-cat hover in an immobile spot in a radio station bathroom? Some things just aren't meant to be questioned.
It's subverted in an episode of Ozzy and Drix, where Ozzy initially thinks he's pregnant (and is oddly happy about it too), but it turns out the "baby" is actually a parasitic virus that's been injected into him.
In an episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, best-friend Carl gets impregnated with an alien baby during an interstellar visit. There are a bunch of allusions to the biology of it, but most of the subject is covered by the stereotypical motherly personality Carl begins to develop, even letting some of the girls in his class throw him a baby shower. The "birth" is non-explicit and the newborn simply appears outside of Carl's body. Oh, and this his pregnancy occurred on his backside, not the typical belly region. Make of that what you will.
One episode of American Dad! has Steve being accidentally impregnated with Roger the alien's baby (while giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation - the foetus is passed via the mouth). Before the baby is born, however, Steve accidentally impregnates his girlfriend with the alien baby by kissing her. Her conservative parents never provided her with a decent sex education, so she had no idea alien biology was involved.
In an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Meatwad believes he is impregnated by Jesus Christ, when he actually has billions of spider eggs encased inside his body.
Meatwad: I've been touched by the power...on my unit. In broad daylight.
"The Route of All Evil" has Bender "pregnant" with home-brewed beer. Complete with "birth". "It's an ale! 5 gallons, four ounces!"
Zapp Brannigan technically has this happen to him in one of the comics. Captured by a species of alien he was leading a war against, they secretly implant larva in his body and stuff him with food, intending to use him as a kind of combination unwitting suicide bomber and troop transport. The oblivious Brannigan would be returned to his side when the larvae were near complete development, enabling them to rip their way out of his body and start killing the other high-ranked officials.
This happens in the Dilbert TV show, when Dilbert launches a rocket that is supposed to go to other planets and bring back alien DNA, but it malfunctions and circles around the town after getting a sample of alien DNA, picking up random bits of Earth animal DNA (and robot parts), and then hits Dilbert and lodges itself in Dilbert's body. The result is that Dilbert becomes pregnant with a mutant being.
In Rocko's Modern Life, Filburt (a turtle) and Dr. Hutchison (a cat) get married and have... an egg. As a result of various events, Filburt has his friend Heifer (a steer) incubate it for him, causing Heifer to become possessive of it and develop maternal tendencies. When the egg hatches, out comes a cat, 2 turtles... and a steer.
One episode has the Warden giving birth to a manifestation of his own bitterness... which looks appropriately grotesque, dangling umbilical cord and all.
Bird (stated to be male by the writers) is shown to be heavily swollen and pregnant in "Time-Police Part 2" and lays an egg which hatches into a strange newborn bird-human hybrid. To add to the strangeness of the scene, it's implied that Bird got pregnant via the inmates, who proceed to create a society of bird-people in such a way.
Superjail! seems to adore this trope, which brings up some very concerning questions about the writers' sanity. In a later episode in season 2, one of the Twins appears to be pregnant with something they call a "Wurbuxx", complete with mood swings and cravings for cleaning products (including a Squick-tastic scene where the pregnant Twin is chugging BLEACH). They end up building a birthing nest, promote Alice to midwife, and a tiny fetal-looking Twin is born...which they then eat, because as it turns out the Wurbuxx is an intergalactic delicacy. This doesn't even count the time they managed to create a superhuman cloned baby from their blood to fight in a bloodsport arena, either.
Separate throwaway gags in Drawn Together imply that Xandir and Captain Hero are both capable of pregnancy.
Perhaps not exactly the same thing, but the Looney Tunes short "Golden Yeggs" ends with Daffy Duck laying a golden egg for gangster Rocky. As Daffy himself puts it, "You don't know what you can do 'til you've got a gun against your head!".
The Venture Bros. Season 1 finale had Dr. Venture rushed to the hospital to extract a large growth in his stomach that turned out to be his twin brother living inside him since before birth. His sons are clueless enough to conclude he's conventionally pregnant.
The Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon'' episode "Stimpy's Pregnant". Although at the end, it's revealed that he wasn't really pregnant, just constipated.
The animated series Fish Hooks not only plays this trope straight, but plays it literally, as one of the teachers, Mr. Baldwin, is a seahorse and explicitly pregnant despite the fact he lives alone and apparently lacks a social life.
Although rare, several erotic visual novels belonging to Otokonoko Genre has this as plot point. The technicalities are usually never discussed, and if it does, it's usually firmly in A Wizard Did It territory.
Sooner than we develop the medical procedures to make male pregnancy safe, we're very likely to develop the artificial uterus, though we're still working out the kinks of both environment and transition process.
Note too that while there's some preliminary research in transforming female genetic information into a pseudo-sperm (for a child that could have two genetically female parents), this is impossible in reverse because of the differences between sperm and eggs.
There was a hoax/art-project about actually accomplishing this a while back by a guy called Lee Mingwei. It never happened. You can be forgiven for thinking it did, though:
Turns out this is apparently based on real science! See for instance here (the Snopes article debunking the hoax) and here (the Popular Science article "Male Pregnancy: A Dangerous Proposition".
In the mid-eighties, following up on some work he had done on the topic, popular-science writer Dick Teresi wangled $500,000 from the publisher of Omni Magazine to work with prominent fertility researcher Cecil Jacobson on the first human male pregnancy (and secure a multi-million dollar book deal in the process). Unfortunately, he had second thoughts when he realized (a) how dangerous an ectopic pregnancy would be; and (b) that Cecil Jacobson had been arrested for artificially impregnating dozens of women with his own sperm.
What interested Jacobson in the idea is that he claimed to have successfully impregnated a male baboon in the 1960s, which carried the fetus for four months.No, not like THAT!
Jean Drapeau, Mayor of Montreal from 1954-1957 and 1960-1986, said "The Olympics can no more lose money than a man can have a baby." Political cartoons showed him as very pregnant following the 1976 Olympics, which left Montreal with a 1 billion dollar debt that took them a full 3 decades to pay off.
Female-to-Male transsexuals can get pregnant in various ways:
ABC News reported in March 2008 about Thomas Beatie, a transgendered female-to-male resident of Bend, Oregon who never had genital reconstructive surgery (since it is not necessary in order to legally change one's sex in that state). Since his wife could not get pregnant and his own female reproductive system was still functional, he offered to carry the child himself. By legal technicality, this is a male pregnancy, though biologically Beatie is female. Using artificial insemination, Beatie has given birth to a girl and a boy as of June 2009 and is planning to have a third child.
Discovery Health ran a special called "Transgendered and Pregnant" recently. A married couple consisting of a trans womannote Male-to-Female. and trans mannote Guess. get pregnant during the latter half of their hormone therapy. The dad of the pair is the one carrying the child.
And the flip side, many male to female transgender women would jump at the chance to test anything that would allow male-bodied people to be pregnant, and they already have the right hormones.
Also the condition of Fetus in Fetu, in which a baby develops a second (at least partial) twin inside itself. The result is that the outer human can appear pregnant.
Science fiction Author Larry Niven actually suggested this as the only safe way Superman and Lois Lane could have a baby in Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex. Superman would have to carry.
There is a condition known as couvade syndrome (aka sympathetic pregnancy), in which men with pregnant spouses will experience symptoms of pregnancy themselves, such as morning sickness or weight gain. It was originally assumed to be an old wives tale, although recent research has found that men actually do experience hormonal changes during pregnancy, possibly as the result of phermones given off by the mother or some sort of physiological trigger.
The rare case of a successful abdominal pregnancy, in which a fertilized egg travels through the Fallopian tube in the wrong direction and implants itself outside the uterus, suggests that having a uterus isn't 100% mandatory for carrying a child to term. Given the risks inherent in ectopic pregnancies, it's unlikely that fertility clinics will be offering this option to men any time soon.
What do you think the Trope Namer is? explanation The female seahorse inserts the eggs into a pouch that the male has and when they hatch they come making it look like the male is giving birth.