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* Reportedly evoked at a social gathering, when Creator/MarilynMonroe spotted UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and said "Imagine if me and Einstein had a baby. It could be perfect: beautiful like me and smart like him!" When Einstein got word of this, he remarked "What if it turns out the opposite? Ugly like me and dumb like her?"
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Rattigan explains his master plan for a new world to the other {{Teen Genius}}es he'd collected, and mentions that he's written up a breeding program. They are appropriately appalled.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Rattigan explains his master plan for a new world to the other {{Teen Genius}}es he'd collected, and mentions that he's written up a breeding program. They are appropriately appalled.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]], Luke Rattigan explains his master plan for a new world to the other {{Teen Genius}}es he'd collected, and mentions that he's written up a breeding program. They are appropriately appalled.
* This is initially assumed to be the case in an episode of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', where someone breaks into a sperm bank that stores donations from men with a high IQ and steals a number of samples. The truth turns out to be a little different.



* This is initially assumed to be the case in an episode of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', where someone breaks into a sperm bank that stores donations from men with a high IQ and steals a number of samples. The truth turns out to be a little different.






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* The genetically engineered genius hamsters in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' plan to harness the brain power of the human race by kidnapping hundreds of geniuses and starting a breeding colony.



* The genetically engineered genius hamsters in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' plan to harness the brain power of the human race by kidnapping hundreds of geniuses and starting a breeding colony.

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** Incidentally, Farnsworth does in fact have a son with Mom, who while perhaps not as smart as him is still a very intelligent person in her own right; the son in question however is [[TheDitz Igner]], the dumbest of her three children, proving that two smart people breeding doesn't automatically create a smart child. Her other two, at least one of which she had with Farnsworths' rival Wernstrom (probably both, but only one is confirmed), are not as dumb as Igner, but neither are they especially clever either.


* The Earth in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has a Gene Pool Improvement Act ("[[{{Tagline}} Evolution through legislative selection]]") that forbids people with low intelligence from having children naturally. Fortunately, there is the option of buying improved genes from a genetic engineering company.

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* The Earth in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has a Gene Pool Improvement Act ("[[{{Tagline}} Evolution through legislative selection]]") that forbids people with low intelligence from having children naturally. Fortunately, there is the option of buying improved genes from a genetic engineering company. That's indirectly how Tagon's Toughs ended up with Dr Bunnigus -- her parents "had maybe 83 uncontested IQ points between them", but still wanted a kid. They selected a general package, then when she was older, she decides to sign up with a bunch of mercenaries....


* The premise behind the 1994 romantic comedy ''I.Q''. Creator/AlbertEinstein does some PlayingCyrano when his niece is attracted to a garage mechanic but insists on marrying an intelligent stuck-up JerkAss so their children will have a high IQ. Einstein and his fellow scientists make the mechanic look smarter than he is -- she eventually sees through the ruse but marries him anyway.

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* The premise behind the 1994 romantic comedy ''I.Q''. Creator/AlbertEinstein UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein does some PlayingCyrano when his niece is attracted to a garage mechanic but insists on marrying an intelligent stuck-up JerkAss so their children will have a high IQ. Einstein and his fellow scientists make the mechanic look smarter than he is -- she eventually sees through the ruse but marries him anyway.


* Inverted and averted in Film/{{Idiocracy}}. The dumbed-down future is held to be the end result of less intelligent people vastly outbreeding smarter folks, but Joe's proposal to fix it doesn't involve any selective breeding, but instead changing the culture by encouraging people to develop a greater appreciation for education and the arts.

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* Inverted and averted in Film/{{Idiocracy}}. The dumbed-down future is held to be the end result of less intelligent people vastly outbreeding smarter folks, but Joe's proposal to fix it doesn't involve any selective breeding, but instead changing the culture by encouraging people to develop a greater appreciation for education and the arts.


* ''Series/Supernatural''. In "The Slice Girls", Dean's one-night stand turns out to be an Amazon demon looking to ConceiveAndKill. The Amazons select mates who are handsome, [[BrainsAndBrawn healthy, and clever]] and when Sam asks how Dean [[BookDumb fit the last of these categories]], Dean bashfully admits to having pretended to be an investment banker.

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* ''Series/Supernatural''.''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "The Slice Girls", Dean's one-night stand turns out to be an Amazon demon looking to ConceiveAndKill. The Amazons select mates who are handsome, [[BrainsAndBrawn healthy, and clever]] and when Sam asks how Dean [[BookDumb fit the last of these categories]], Dean bashfully admits to having pretended to be an investment banker.

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* ''Series/Supernatural''. In "The Slice Girls", Dean's one-night stand turns out to be an Amazon demon looking to ConceiveAndKill. The Amazons select mates who are handsome, [[BrainsAndBrawn healthy, and clever]] and when Sam asks how Dean [[BookDumb fit the last of these categories]], Dean bashfully admits to having pretended to be an investment banker.

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* The genetically engineered genius hamsters in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' plan to harness the brain power of the human race by kidnapping hundreds of geniuses and starting a breeding colony.


* Mack Reynolds' ''Section G'' series novel ''Brain World''. All of the initial settlers of the planet Einstein were required to have a minimum IQ of 130. They all bred with each other, and the result was a planet of geniuses with intellectual abilities far exceeding the rest of humanity.

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* Mack Reynolds' Creator/MackReynolds' ''Section G'' series novel ''Brain World''. All of the initial settlers of the planet Einstein were required to have a minimum IQ of 130. They all bred with each other, and the result was a planet of geniuses with intellectual abilities far exceeding the rest of humanity.


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* The premise behind the 1994 romantic comedy ''I.Q''. Creator/AlbertEinstein does some PlayingCyrano when his niece is attracted to a garage mechanic but insists on marrying an intelligent stuck-up JerkAss so their children will have a high IQ. Einstein and his fellow scientists make the mechanic look smarter than he is -- she eventually sees through the ruse but marries him anyway.
* In the end of ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the titular doctor proposes a plan for surviving nuclear war that involves preserving the best of humanity in bunkers. Men would be chosen based on their leadership capabilities and wisdom, [[DoubleStandard women based on their appearance and reproductive capacity]]. The government figures, all of whom are men, are immediately on board with this plan.
* Inverted and averted in Film/{{Idiocracy}}. The dumbed-down future is held to be the end result of less intelligent people vastly outbreeding smarter folks, but Joe's proposal to fix it doesn't involve any selective breeding, but instead changing the culture by encouraging people to develop a greater appreciation for education and the arts.
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): It's mentioned that at one point, [[spoiler:Taravangian]] decreed that his subjects could only have children after passing an intelligence test, and that the least intelligent should commit suicide for the good of society. That would be when his handlers decided to stop allowing him freedom to alter policy on his brilliant days.
-->'''[[spoiler:Taravangian]]:''' So brilliant on one hand. So stupid on another.



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* The premise behind the 1994 romantic comedy ''I.Q''. Creator/AlbertEinstein does some PlayingCyrano when his niece is attracted to a garage mechanic but insists on marrying an intelligent stuck-up JerkAss so their children will have a high IQ. Einstein and his fellow scientists make the mechanic look smarter than he is -- she eventually sees through the ruse but marries him anyway.
* In the end of ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the titular doctor proposes a plan for surviving nuclear war that involves preserving the best of humanity in bunkers. Men would be chosen based on their leadership capabilities and wisdom, [[DoubleStandard women based on their appearance and reproductive capacity]]. The government figures, all of whom are men, are immediately on board with this plan.
* Inverted and averted in Film/{{Idiocracy}}. The dumbed-down future is held to be the end result of less intelligent people vastly outbreeding smarter folks, but Joe's proposal to fix it doesn't involve any selective breeding, but instead changing the culture by encouraging people to develop a greater appreciation for education and the arts.
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* Inverted and averted in Film/{{Idiocracy}}. The dumbed-down future is held to be the end result of less intelligent people vastly outbreeding smarter folks, but Joe's proposal to fix it is not to encourage any selective breeding, but instead to change the culture by encouraging people to develop a greater appreciation for education and the arts.

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* Inverted and averted in Film/{{Idiocracy}}. The dumbed-down future is held to be the end result of less intelligent people vastly outbreeding smarter folks, but Joe's proposal to fix it is not to encourage doesn't involve any selective breeding, but instead to change changing the culture by encouraging people to develop a greater appreciation for education and the arts.

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* Inverted and averted in Film/{{Idiocracy}}. The dumbed-down future is held to be the end result of less intelligent people vastly outbreeding smarter folks, but Joe's proposal to fix it is not to encourage any selective breeding, but instead to change the culture by encouraging people to develop a greater appreciation for education and the arts.


* The premise behind the 1994 romantic comedy ''I.Q''. AlbertEinstein does some PlayingCyrano when his niece is attracted to a garage mechanic but insists on marrying an intelligent stuck-up JerkAss so their children will have a high IQ. Einstein and his fellow scientists make the mechanic look smarter than he is -- she eventually sees through the ruse [[AllsWellThatEndsWell but marries him anyway]].

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* The premise behind the 1994 romantic comedy ''I.Q''. AlbertEinstein Creator/AlbertEinstein does some PlayingCyrano when his niece is attracted to a garage mechanic but insists on marrying an intelligent stuck-up JerkAss so their children will have a high IQ. Einstein and his fellow scientists make the mechanic look smarter than he is -- she eventually sees through the ruse [[AllsWellThatEndsWell but marries him anyway]].anyway.

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* You can do this in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' by arranging marriages between characters (including yourself) with desirable congenital traits to breed children with those traits, who will have a 15% chance of inheriting the trait from one parent (chances are higher if both parents have the trait). The most desired trait is, interestingly enough, Genius, which grants a +5 bonus to each of the 5 attributes. This has led many players to practice inbreeding to maximize the chances of getting children with desirable traits, but children might then be born with the Inbred trait, which gives a -5 penalty to all attributes, as well as health and fertility penalties. The game tracks characters' DNA as a string of letters, and the more similar the DNA strings of 2 characters are, the higher the chances of an inbred child.

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