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Weaponized Offspring
Boomstick: What is it with creatures from the Mario universe usin' their babies as weapons? Is it that effective? I'm gonna have to test this out, maybe some sort of baby-launcher...

A creature, very often seen in video game boss battles, which creates smaller versions of itself or gives birth to attack its enemies. Sometimes there is an explanation, such as it being the queen of a race of Bee People or is the Mother of a Thousand Young, sometimes there isn't. Sometimes a monster will just spawn smaller copies and send them after the enemy with no other indication that it is actually female (sometimes it will be explicitly stated as male, on top of things).

This, in video games, tends to happen just to make the boss fight more difficult and/or annoying. Usually these characters have a seemingly endless supply of offspring to launch at potential attackers. It's probably worth noting that eggs don't need to be fertilised.

Natural selection favors those who pass on their genes, which requires at least some of their offspring to survive long enough to reproduce. However, in the case of eusocial insects such as bees, ants, and termites, all but the queens and drones are sterile, so it doesn't matter if they die as long as it helps their mother survive long enough to produce fertile offspring that can pass on their genes.

A sister trope to Tyke Bomb, and subtrope of Mook Maker and Abnormal Ammo. Daughter of Monster Is a Mommy. Related to Flunky Boss and Asteroids Monster. Also a subtrope of Living Weapon and Natural Weapon (since the ability to produce offspring is pretty inherent). Compare Doppelgänger Attack. Contrast Spawn Broodling: this trope is about attacking or creating allies by giving birth; Spawn Broodling is about attacking or creating allies by making the enemy give birth. See also Drone Deployer.


Video Game examples:

Action Adventure
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Metroid:
    • Metroid Prime 2 has the Chykka, guardian of Dark Torvus, who spawns Chykklings during the fight against her. This generally makes the fight easier, since Chykklings are easily destroyed and usually drop profuse amounts of health and ammo.
    • Another creature in Metroid Prime 3, the Fargul Hatcher, which is not a boss but appears in only one spot on the planet Bryyo, also uses this form of attack by spawning a wave of Fargul Wasps at Samus.
    • Metroid: Fusion has enemies in the water zone that launch rotating eggs (maybe they're eggs...?) from their abdomens.
  • Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum from American McGee's Alice can open up and spawn smaller, weaker copies of themselves.
  • In inFAMOUS 2, the Hive Lord enemy will create pods that sprout from that ground. The pods hatch Spikers if the player doesn't destroy them fast enough.
  • Mother Smiles in Killer7 lay eggs that roll towards the player. They hatch if they get close to the player, or if they're shot, turning into a vanilla Action Bomb Heaven Smile.
  • The seahorse in some Ecco the Dolphin levels does this, spitting out baby seahorses from his pouch.
  • The Gigginox in the Monster Hunter series will periodically lay a cluster of eggs on the ground, from which Giggi will emerge. In G Rank, it'll start laying the eggs on its back, for the sake of making it more difficult to destroy them. The eggs, however, are far preferable to the alternative of dangerous poison bombs.

Action RPG
  • The Ravagers in Mass Effect 3 release tiny Swarmers when wounded, which crawl towards the attacker and try to push them into the Ravager's line of fire.
  • One of the Divine Beasts in Solatorobo lays eggs in midair that hatch into small birds that attack you.

Eastern RPG
  • In Pokémon, the move "Egg Bomb" is naturally learned by Chansey, Blissey, and Exeggutor.
    • Vespiquen has three exclusive moves where she unleashes a swarm of drones to attack, defend or heal herself respectively. She's also based on a queen bee, naturally (see Real Life section below.)
  • In Final Fantasy VII, the Grangalan outside Costa del Sol can spawn smaller versions of itself known Grangalan Jr. for the second generation and Grangalan Jr. Jr. for the third and smallest generation.

First-Person Shooter
  • The Gonarch from Half-Life creates Headcrabs (who are essentially smaller versions of it) during the fight against it.
  • Shial from Blood has spawning of regular spiders as its only attack.
  • The 1996 release of Duke Nukem 3D had Duke face the alien queen as the Final Boss. The queen routinely birthed drones that could fire shrink rays at Duke, making him very squishable.

Hack and Slash
  • Cerberi in the first God of War game spit out puppylike Cerberus Seeds that, if given enough time, will grow into full grown Cerberi.

Platform Game
  • Heroic example, the Yoshis in Super Mario Bros. use their eggs as projectiles. Birdo has this trademark move of shooting eggs out of her mouth in Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Yellow Paragoombas in Super Mario Bros. 3 attack by releasing Microgoombas from the air.
  • In Super Ghouls and Ghosts, the boss of the first stage is a giant bird which spits eggs out of its mouth which hatch into smaller, groundbound bird monsters which attack you.
  • Skylanders has Sonic Boom, a griffin whose children are cursed to constantly be reborn as eggs. Because of this, she decides to train her children to fight as soon as they hatch, so that they can be able to defend themselves at any time. It can be upgraded in various ways, including the ability for the eggs to inflict damage before the babies hatch from them. They also manage to inherit her sonic abilities.
  • In Mega Man X, Storm Eagle can fire eggs which will hatch into robotic birds that will attack you.
  • In Mega Man Zero 4, Popla Cocapetri (a chicken) can lay an egg with 2 legs that will run about, harrassing you. The egg is hard to kill, too.
  • Donkey Kong 64: The spider mini-boss will send groups of smaller spiders (possibly its children) after Tiny Kong.

Real-Time Strategy
  • In the original StarCraft I the Zerg's Queen units could spawn broodlings, in StarCraft II the Brood Lord does that as does Kerrigan.
    • The Heart of the Swarm expansion to Starcraft II introduces the Swarm Host unit that spawns short-lived locusts. The Primal Zerg Pack Leader Slivan the Eternal Mother resembles a massive Swarm Host. In another mission the Brood Mother Niadra spawns several zerglings without the use of a hatchery.
      • Heart of the Swarm also had this as an upgrade option for Banelings: When it explodes it becomes two smaller Banelings.
  • Warcraft III:
    • Nerubians and Hydras from spawn two smaller Nerubians / Hydras on death. In the Nerubian's case it's explained as their carrying their young into battle.
    • Crypt Fiends and Nerubians attack with what seems to be tiny, floating spiderlings. You can also notice that said spiders will float back to the user after being cast. Furthermore, the description of the Nerubian unit implies this.
  • The Empress Bulbax of Pikmin 2 lays Bulborb larvae to attack you when you face it, except in the first encounter.

Roguelike
  • In Nethack it's possible for a character polymorphed into a female monster (regardless of what gender they were beforehand) to lay eggs. Cockatrice eggs can be thrown in order to stone an enemy. Throwing eggs you laid results in a luck penalty though. Alternatively a character that finds an egg can carry it with them, and it may become a tame monster upon hatching.

Shoot 'em Up
  • This is the attack of the final boss of Apidya, a giant hornet that keeps releasing bees at you.

Simulation Game
  • Thanks to the detailed simulation and Wide Open Sandbox nature of Dwarf Fortress, it's completely possible, even with a vanilla version, to use quickly reproducing non-pasture animals such as turkeys or peafowl as an infinite source of ammunition to blast off lava cannons onto enemy hordes. The trick is to set the ammo on fire prior to launch. And of course, you probably have some dwarven kids running around as well, contributing nothing and learning nothing while depleting your booze stock for nine years. For a specific DF example, there's Boatmurdered: "A few more war dogs ran out and attacked. I have to say I'm slightly terrified by them. One of the bitches actually gave birth while she was attacking, and her puppies joined in on the carnage." Militia dwarves tend to go into battle carrying their infants, which can lead to the poor kid being used as a club. Or a shield.

Survival Horror
  • In Resident Evil: Code: Veronica, Alexia's penultimate boss form turns her into a Queen Ant like creature that constantly births small poisonous insectoid enemies that run interference while Chris tries to fight her.

Turn-Based Strategy
  • Breeders and Mother Breeders in Might and Magic: Heroes VI are demons whose bodies constantly generate imps, which they then command to fly kamikaze-style at the enemy.

Western RPG
  • The giant grubs in Diablo II lay eggs while a player is nearby, which quickly spawn into aggressive larvae.
  • Wasps from Diablo III will shoot small, slow-moving, explosive versions of themselves at you.
  • The Daedra Spiders in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion send little mini-versions of themselves to attack and paralyze you.
  • Matilda in Angry Birds, who has an egg bomb as her schtick.

Wide Open Sandbox
  • Terraria:
    • The Eye of Cthulhu shoots out mini-eyes to attack the player as a sort of ranged attack.
    • The Brain of Cthulhu shoots out flying eyeballs that serve as its life bar.
    • The Wall of Flesh shoots out burrowing worms that attack the player as well as the feeders that extend on cords to attack the player.
    • Plantera sprouts vine attached attack mouths like the wall of flesh has in its second stage.

MMORPG
  • Happens too many times to count in World of Warcraft. Perhaps the most infamous example was Onyxia and whelps which she spawned occasionally. The same whelps would also spawn when a player came too close to piles of eggs in the room, and Onyxia happened to have a fearing attack which caused characters to run uncontrollably, often leading to MANY WHELPS! NOW, HANDLE IT!


Non Video Game examples:

Anime/Manga
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Cell creates miniature clones of himself to battle the "lesser" members of the Z team. These "Cell Jr." are not that much weaker than Cell himself...so imagine his shock when Gohan finally gets serious and kills each of them with one punch to rescue his friends.
    • In the non-canon Lord Slug movie, Slug's minion Medamatcha can spawn smaller versions of himself to swarm enemies.

Comic Books
  • There's a Green Lantern villain called Evil Star who makes Starlings that are dwarf copies of himself.
  • The minor X-Men villain Tusk could create smaller copies of himself.

Literature
  • In A Clash of Kings, Melisandre gives birth to a living shadow which slays Ser Cortnay Penrose.
  • In Ender’s Game (and sequels) the Formic queen gives birth to all her soldiers, since the Formics are an insect race.

Live-Action TV
  • In Community while playing the in-universe video game "Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne" Abed reprograms his NPC wife to birth babies (which look like tiny versions of Abed) and uses them to fight the final boss.
  • The X-Files: Flukeman would bite people and inject its parasitic larvae into them.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The "Bluegill" neural parasites were controlled by "mother-creatures"- large parasites- that appeared to produce the smaller mind-controlling bug-like parasites.
  • The Visitors in V-2009, having the characteristics of Bee People in this regard, used this trope: Anna (the Queen) spawned a huge number of eggs to raise an army of warriors.

Tabletop Games
  • The Tyranid's Tervigon unit from Warhammer 40K spawns Termagants.
    • And the special character organism "The Parasite of Mortrex" has a similar deal with Ripper Swarms. On a smaller scale, a lot of Tyranid guns work on this principle - their ammunition consisting of their grubs propelled at high speed with muscle spasms.
  • In the board game Evo (which is about dinosaurs mutating and surviving in a hostile environment), there is a card called "Tough Babies", which allows newborn dinosaurs to attack enemy dinosaurs, which they normally cannot. Amusingly, the card depicts a baby dino poking a machine gun out of its eggshell...
  • A lot of cards in Magic: The Gathering can produce token creatures. Sometimes it's a captain calling troops into battle, or a monster tamer calling on some pets, but a few creatures do use their own offspring as troops, usually Hive Queens. Case in point: Sliver Queen, And Queen, Hornet Queen...

Western Animation
  • In the Family Guy Y2K parody episode "Da Boom", the nuclear holocaust mutates Stewie into a half-human-half-octopus creature, who then lays a huge pile of eggs. Next scene, an army of human-octopi march through the town chanting "victory is ours", and attack the people by jumping at them and grabbing their faces with their tentacles.

Real Life
  • This tends to be the case with social insects; all of them except for queens are infertile and only exist to fight off threats or gather food. (And the males who exist only to mate with the queens.) Special mention goes to bees, whose reproductive organs are converted into stings (which kill them when they're used) and termites, which can explode to drive off intruders.
  • When a female aphid starts a new colony, she first gives birth to a cluster of non-breeding clone daughters that surround her. Predators pick off these cannon-fodder offspring while their mom remains sheltered by her young, able to produce a new generation of disperser/breeders.
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