I see no reason why
You wouldn't want someday maybe
To let me have your baby..."
In this trope, someone wants a child and picks some ("lucky") person who is not their spouse, or wedded Love Interest, to be the one to do it. While this may overlap with the Stalker with a Test Tube sometimes, many cases are much nicer about the offer and their motives are not to use the other person for their genes. The choice may be motivated by feelings of actual respect, love or affection, a Darwinist Desire, or finding a good person to raise a family with. The individual may also be a Prince, Princess, Ojou, Last of His Kind, or Living MacGuffin that needs to produce an heir for a bloodline, family or race, but their reasons may still motivated by some level of respect, love or affection for the partner chosen. As such, if the characters are both villains, then expect to see Villainous Virtues, Villainous Friendship and Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
Super-Trope of the followingnote :
- Baby Factory
- Breeding Slave
- Darwinist Desire
- Glorified Sperm Donor
- Mandatory Motherhood
- Mars Needs Women
- Medical Rape and Impregnate
- My Girl Is Not a Slut
- Mystical Pregnancy
- Stalker with a Test Tube
Expect at least one character to fit this trope in a Harem Genre story. If they're middle-aged, they may be a Christmas Cake or state that "My Biological Clock Is Ticking", and if homosexual, this is a case of All Lesbians Want Kids. If the baby-seeker is a non-human, expect this to overlap with "Do You Want to Copulate?". If Mate or Die is also a factor, it may overlap with Only You Can Repopulate My Race.
Because this is a mutually beneficial partnership, it almost always averts That Thing Is Not My Child!.
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- Miroku in InuYasha is a male example, although it is usually Played for Laughs. Any beautiful woman he meets he immediately propositions to bear his child. Justified in that he's living with a curse that will certainly kill him sooner or later, and he needs to produce a child before that happens — especially in such harsh times as Feudal Japan. In the finale, he's cured and he settles down with Sango, who bears him three children.
- Strike the Blood:
- La Folia Rihavein wants Kojou Akatsuki as her future husband and at one point, her first reaction to seeing Kojou after his mind is transferred into a female body is to say, "This is a problem. I can't bear an heir with him like this!"
- Later, while on the ship of another vampire lord, several beautiful maids approach him for sex. When Kojou suspects that they aren't really maids, they reveal themselves as political hostages from foreign countries and say they want to bear Akatsuki's children because as a vampire lord even more powerful than the one they serve, they'd gain incredible status and privilege.
- In the first Naruto Shippuden movie, the priestess Shion knows that As Long as There is Evil, Mouryou will one day return to threaten the world. Because of this, she will need to pass her power to, and train, the next priestess. She offers Naruto the opportunity to "help" with this. He happily makes an unbreakable vow to do so.
- In Crest of the Stars, this is the standard reproductive process among the Abh, who do not practice marriage. Thanks to their mastery of genetic engineering, they can combine the genes of any two people, be they of the same sex or even close family members, and produce a viable child. Or they can just clone the parent and have that be the child. That said, conceiving a child naturally with one's lover is considered to be the most special and blessed form of having children, and those children are known as "Children of Love".
- Naturally, as a Harem anime, Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon has the protagonist, Takeru. In an early episode, his teammate Usagi reveals that she's in an Arranged Marriage to a creepy nobleman who considers Usagi his future property. When Takeru invites her to his place after she confides in him, she assumes his plan is to get her pregnant so that the engagement will be nullified. At first, she behaves as though this is tolerable because she's desperate, but then she has an Imagine Spot and gets immensely excited at the idea of bearing Takeru a child. However, it turns out that Takeru had no such designs and was bringing her over to his house so that they (and the other girls) can have a strategy meeting about how to save Usagi.
- Played for Laughs a couple of times in High School D×D. Xenovia has decided her life goal is to be a mother, and tries to sleep with Issei for that reason alone. She doesn't get far, however, since her stony-faced come-ons freak Issei out more than anything. And then there's Kuroka, who basically introduces herself by asking if Issei wants to make a baby, but whether she's serious, just looking to get laid, or only saying it to fluster him is difficult to say. This becomes increasingly common as Issei grows ever more powerful, and several female characters express interest in having his child simply because they know any child of his will be very powerful.
- Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: After Kogarashi thwarts her master's plan to marry Yuuna and sire powerful children, Oboro decides that mating herself with Kogarashi will create even stronger children, and spends every night trying to seduce him — even crawling buck naked into his bed with him. After Kogarashi makes it clear that he is not interested in having a child with a woman besides one he loves, Oboro decides that these terms are acceptable and resolves to make Kogarashi fall in love with her. Though after a while, she falls in love with him.
- Subverted in the backstory for Fate/stay night and Fate/Apocrypha. Arturia married Guinevere for political purposes, as Arturia was really Married to the Job. However, as Arturia needed a biological heir, Merlin magically gave her a penis until she could conceive an heir with someone. For whatever reason, that someone wasn't Guinevere (it was Morgan via rape).
- Batman has the daughter of Ra's Al-Ghul, Talia. Her greatest desire is to sire a worthy heir for her father's empire with the Caped Crusader (although she has made the offer to other men at times, such as Jason Todd). In fact, Ra's has several daughters (and a sister) that exist solely for this purpose. Usually, they happily choose their mate, although they will cross over into Stalker with a Test Tube territory if jilted as his sister did with Tim Drake, though she had further things she intended to gain from her Conceive and Kill plan.
- Hela, in the Ultimate Marvel universe, toward Thor. When Thor dies and winds up in her realm, she bargains to release him from the afterlife as long as he conceives a child with her. Due to the fluid nature of time in her realm, she's already heavily pregnant only a few days later and proudly muses about how their child is a "warrior born".
- Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose:
- One issue depicts several possible futures. In one of them, Tarot marries her Love Interest Jon, has a child by him, and then lends him to her sister Raven so that she can have a child of her own.
- There is also another issue where an attractive (and giant) Troll Queen wishes for Jon (who the trolls think is a fertility god) to impregnate all of her female troll subjects. After being force-fed a drink that kept him high as a kite the whole time, he accomplishes the task without having a clue what's going on the entire time.
- In the Pre-Flashpoint Swamp Thing, John Constantine has Swamp Thing use his body to father a child with Abby. John was a little miffed that Swampy didn't ask first before the possession, since John was going to offer to do so himself. Subsequently in his own comic book, this comes up again as John realizes the woman who's seducing him is a lesbian in a relationship.
- Fantastic Four: Double Subverted with Alyssa Moy, a little-known Love Interest of Reed Richards. Alyssa is, like Reed, one of the smartest people on the planet, and they dated while he was in college. However, she turned down Reed's marriage proposal because she felt it was the duty of smart people like them to breed with the dumbest persons so that the next generations will be smarter. When this failed for some strange reason, she later tries to get back in Reed's pants again, but by that time, he was happily married to, and had children of his own with, Sue Storm.
- Secret Six:
- Catman (a.k.a. Thomas Blake) receives a call from Scandal Savage and her two wives telling him that they've decided to start a family, and after a lot of discussion are asking him to be their sperm donor. He's surprised and touched by this and readily agrees.
- Chesire (aka Jade Nguyen) also picked him to father her (at least second) child, although in this case it's a Zig Zagged Trope because Chesire is ultimately a self-serving Bitch in Sheep's Clothing—while she is attracted to Blake and cares about their son, both are just a means to an end to her, and unlike Scandal and her wives only made her intentions clear after the deed was already done.
- Maxima, the Queen of Almerac, wants Superman to be this for her. She argues that, being both powerful enough to survive the pregnancy and (possibly with technological help) genetically compatible, she can give him what he otherwise cannot have: children. The fact that she is a better option than his first cousin or his incompatible (and too-fragile) love interest is blunted by the fact that she intends to raise those children as potential heirs to a despotic interstellar monarchy. She doesn't react well to his repeated refusals, with responses ranging from becoming a superhero on Earth to prove herself worthy according to what she thinks are his criteria for a mate, to open combat to force him to submit to her desires.
- Handmaid: This is how the handmaid privilege works. If a Queen could no longer bear children for their King and the King is in need of a son, then either one of the royal couple could select a woman of noble birth (usually one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting) to bear children in her instead. The woman would then have five years to produce a son, with an extra two years added if their first child is female. If they succeed, then they would have a permanent position at court and crowned as a 'Princess Consort'. If they failed, they were dowered and wed off to a minor nobleman and usually replaced.
- Linked in Life and Love: The big reveal. Taiyang was never actually involved with Raven or Summer, the mothers of his daughters Yang and Ruby respectively. Raven and Summer were together, and Tai volunteered to be their donor when they wanted a child; this produced Yang. However, by the time they wanted another child, scientific advancements had made Homosexual Reproduction more viable; this produced Ruby. It was only after Raven had to go on the run and Summer disappeared that Tai and Raven's brother Qrow told the girls that Tai was their father, in order to protect them.
- In the sequel to Beyond the Outer Gate Lies..., Coira Sitri (who is the aunt/stepmother of Sona Sitri and Serafall Leviathan) asks the girls' boyfriend, Harry Dresden, if he would be interested in the role (no need for sex, as she is uninterested in that and knows Harry wouldn't want to, either), since it would potentially lead to their kids being very magically powerful and it would also be a way to metaphorically flip off the traditionalist devils.
- In My Hero Academia fanfic Total Command, Endeavor wants Izuku Midoriya, the first known Quirked male in the world, to give her a child, expecting said child to become a very powerful hero. While she initially plans to ask him for a donation, she later decides to pretty much force him to become hers (not that she plans to carry the child, since she intends to make Rei do so), not knowing that Izuku has heard all about her from her daughter Shoko and doesn't plan to give her the time of the day.
- A Thing of Vikings, Jonna and Reidun, a married pair of Norse lesbians, realize that, they might want heirs with their sudden promotion to the heads of a new Hooligan clan. They discuss adoption, but ultimately decide that having their own biological children would be nice. They offer Stoick right of first refusal, resulting in him giving a Spit Take and a stammered "No thank you!". As he runs off, they then turn to Gobber, who watched his old friend beat a hasty retreat with amusement, and then ask him next, as they're also friends with him. Gobber, after some thought, accepts, despite being gay himself, acknowledging that this isn't romantic love at alland he has some very personal reasons to accept.
- In The Big Lebowski, Maude is a variation. While she did pick The Dude to impregnate her, this is solely because he's The Slacker and unlikely to oppose her for custody or to have any impact on the child's life whatsoever. She also didn't ask for his permission first, but he had no problem with the sexual deed before finding out, and seemed fine with the arrangement once she very openly explained it. While yes, she used him for his genes, it wasn't meant in an antagonistic way.
- In The Draughtsman's Contract, Mrs. Talmann reveals to Mr. Neville after the fact that her reason for pursuing sexual relations with him was to get pregnant and produce an heir, her impotent husband not being of any use in that matter.
- The Postman: Abby and her husband Michael approach the Postman with the request that he father a child with her, since Michael's infertile and the Postman is a stranger who won't be staying in town. He rejects the idea at first, but agrees after she enters his room and strips in front of him. At first she treats him as merely "the body father" upon conceiving, viewing the baby as her husband's (who is dead by the time she finds out). Later they fall in love though and end up raising their daughter together.
- Played for horror in Cthulhu. The protagonist is offered a lot of money to sleep with the wife of a man who's lost his legs and testicles in an accident. He refuses because he's gay, so he's then drugged and raped as the husband and wife are members of the Cult of Dagon who especially want him to bear a child for religious reasons.
- A Brother's Price has male prostitutes whose sole job is to father children. As men are only 10% or so of the population, being a Chosen Conception Partner is not so much of a compliment to a man - men are considered handsome if they have no deformities. Only rich women can afford to fulfil a Darwinist Desire.
- Heralds of Valdemar. This happens to Herald-Mage Vanyel. Van is not at all interested in women, but King Randale is sterile, and his life-bonded mate, Shavri, desperately wants to be a mother. Since the king must appear fertile in case he needs to make an alliance marriage, Van agrees to sire a child with Shavri and acts as Honorary Uncle to the resulting daughter. He also fathers children with a few other women on request, starting a Secret Legacy that later books' protagonists turn out to be part of.
- In The Last Kashmiri Rose, protagonist Joe Sandilands has an affair with another man's wife, and ultimately realizes that this is why. Her husband was injured in the war in a way that affected his fertility, and Sandilands looked enough like him that a child's parentage wouldn't be questioned.
- The Postman, unlike the film adaptation, plays the situation without any romantic feelings. Michael is infertile, he and Abby want to have a child and they still ask Gordon to be body father, but that's where his role ends. He never returns to Pine View, Abby is safe for the entire story and most importantly, so is Michael. Also, unlike the film, where everyone in Pine View was impressed by "Postal Carrier from the Restored United States", Gordon comes into it as a complete stranger and is simply picked for his role for his sincerity and the fact he's one healthy man from outside the community, thus increasing the gene pool.
- Done in a very downbeat and realistic manner in one of George Pelecanos's Nick Stefanos private eye novels. Nick agrees to have sex with a lesbian buddy so that she can have a child to raise with her partner. The sex scene is depicted graphically but unerotically, with a lot of emphasis on how uncomfortable it is for both of them despite their existing relationship, to the point that Nick has difficulty performing.
- Nicole chooses Michael O'Toole, a spiritual man who also got stranded on Rama, instead of her husband Richard, to father her second child in the Rama series. She does this because, with the three of them alone and her the only female, their offspring (the only humans in space in the future) can have more genetic diversity. In the end the alien creators of Rama request that some humans be left at the Node (a space depot) for observation, while the others return to Earth, and Michael and his daughter Simone stay behind as a representative of a male and reproductive female respectively.
- In the Stargate SG-1 episode "A Hundred Days", Jack O'Neill is trapped offworld for three months after a meteorite strike buries the Stargate. He romances a local woman who, after the harvest festival, phrases her desire to sleep with him as, "I want you to give me a child." But since the SGC is able to rescue him the next afternoon, we never find out if they had one.
- Bones. Brennan, who had always been indifferent to children in the past, suddenly announces that she wants to be a mother. She asks Booth for sperm, since she believes he has the right genes to supply an above-average baby (along with her genius genes of course). He reluctantly acquiesces, but then just as he decides not to he collapses with a brain tumor. As he goes into surgery he tells Brennan "If I die I want you to have my 'stuff.'" It later ends up moot though because they get married and have kids the traditional way.
- In Parks and Recreation, Ann spends months trying to find a nice man to impregnate her as a sperm donor, after years of never finding a lasting, stable romance to settle down in. She plans on having some sort of friendly, responsible contact with the father as the child grows up, since it would a choice by both of them. She ends up choosing Chris. But this dramatic reunion between exes becomes a revived romance, so he impregnates her the traditional way!
- The Big Bang Theory sees troubled genius Sheldon Cooper, notoriously ascetic about matters of what he chooses to describe as coitus, hooking up with his distaff equivalent, Doctor Amy Farrah-Fowler. Both agree that a valid motivation for any putative sexual union, or preferably a test-tube conception, is to perpetuate their intellectual genes by trying for a superhuman child.
Howard: I'm guessing that future generations will condemn us for not taking this opportunity to kill Sheldon.
Leonard: May future generations forgive us...
- Farscape: John Crichton ends up on the receiving end of this when he travels to a Sebacean colony where the Empress-to-Be has to get married to a male who can provide her with healthy children in order to rule... and he's the only one who can do it. In this case, the princess doesn't want to force John into the relationship, but with the threat of being handed over to Scorpius on the table, he doesn't seem to have a choice. While he does end up being allowed to bow out, the princess has already been (artificially) impregnated by that point.
- The X-Files: Used in the episode "Per Manum". It plays directly into season 8's poorly-disguised Who's Your Daddy? subplot; it's a flashback episode to mid-season 7 offering a potential answer to Scully's unexpected pregnancy. After her stolen ova are found and tests suggest the eggs could be viable, Scully refuses her doctor's offer of an anonymous sperm donor and asks Mulder. The audience isn't shown the scene where she asks, only a shot to a few days after Mulder has had time to think it over. Scully assumes he will refuse, but Mulder accepts. In a completely heart-wrenching twist on the trope, the IVF attempt actually fails, giving us a heartwarming scene of Mulder comforting a devastated Scully and telling her "Never give up on a miracle." And leaves the Who's Your Daddy? storyline to live another day.
- Saving Hope: Dawn decides she wants to have a baby and chooses her ex-husband (and current Friend-with-Benefits) to be the father, though she insists she wouldn't ask him to co-parent. It all turns out to be a moot point when they go in for fertility testing and find out Dawn's eggs aren't viable.
- On My Name Is Earl, Joy finds out she has a half-sister named Liberty, who also happens to be her arch-nemesis since childhood. It's revealed that it's because Liberty was jealous of Joy for having a father-figure in her life, though Joy's deliberately antagonizing her didn't help any. It just so happens that Liberty is training to become a pro-wrestler, but her husband (a white Expy of Darnell) wants them to live a quiet life in their trailer park and have a baby. Meanwhile, Joy is preparing for her trial, and losing would mean being sent to Prison for life... but she reads that juries tend to be more sympathetic to pregnant women. She tries to get Darnell to get her pregnant, but he thinks (rightly) that that's a terrible reason to bring a child into the world. Earl teaches both couples about the possibility of surrogate mothering. Eventually, after they air their grievances, Joy agrees to be Liberty's surrogate. This was to explain the bump she would be sporting due to Jaime Pressly's real-life pregnancy.
- When All My Children's Liza Colby decides she wants to have a baby, she asks her ex-boyfriend Jake Martin to be the father. Her ex-husband Adam, determined to get back into her life, enlists Jake's angry girlfriend Allie to swap Jake's sperm sample with his, thus committing a far-reaching Bed Trick /Rape by Proxy—indeed, when Liza finally learns the truth several years later, having conceived and given birth to the child, she calls it rape.
- Bette and Tina attempt this in the pilot of The L Word by having sex with a random guy without telling him why. When they try to convince him not to use a condom, he puts two and two together and angrily leaves.
- Heart had the 1990 single All I Wanna Do about a woman who wanted a baby and whose husband was impotent picking up a stranger by the side of the road in the rain and taking him to a motel. She leaves before he wakes, and only finds out when he sees his son years later (she left a vaguely hinting note the morning after but didn't really tell him). The song never really gets around to his reaction beyond surprise. Word is, the Wilson sisters were Squicked by the song, but the label made them do it.
- In Molly Lewis's song "An Open Letter to Stephen Fry", she offers to be a surrogate for Stephen Fry, should he feel the need to pass along his genes to the next generation. She serenaded him with the song in person for an event at Harvard University; he was most bemused.
- In the Book of Genesis, Sarah had been struggling with infertility for a number of years, and believed herself to be nearing the end of her reproductive lifespan. So (as per the Code of Hammurabi) she got her husband Abraham to sleep with her maidservant, Hagar. (Naturally, as per the Law of Inverse Fertility, Hagar conceives by sleeping with him once.) This causes Sarah to become jealous (not helped by the fact that Hagar seemed to lord it over her, forgetting her place and/or her relationship to Abraham). Hagar gives birth to a boy named Ishmael (though he's legally Sarah's), and Sarah has a biological son named Isaac later, driving out Ishmael and his biological mother. They leave to the desert and, with God's help, rebuild their lives elsewhere.
- Subverted by Rebecca. She too struggled with her fertility, and it looked as though she'd have to get a concubine for Isaac. But they prayed together, and were eventually able to conceive twins.
- Jacob's wives Leah and Rachel also give their servants (and some say half-sisters) Zilpah and Bilhah to him to bear children during infertile periods. In total, Jacob has seven children by Leah, two by Rachel, two by Zilpah, and two by Bilhah.
- Later in the same book, Lot's daughters get their dad drunk and sleep with him. Their home had been destroyed, and their fiances had been killed. They believed themselves and Lot to be the only people left, and they felt compelled to have children for future security. They each bear a son by him.
- Later still, a woman named Tamar marries one of Judah's sons, and he dies. As per custom of that time and place, she was to marry his brother, to perpetuate her deceased husband's lineage; she did as she was supposed to, but he also passed away (which is attributed to divine punishment for using Coitus Interruptus instead of perpetuating his brother's lineage.) Next in line is a boy named Shelah, who is conveniently not old enough for marriage just yet. Judah believes Tamar to be cursed, and doesn't want to lose his last son; he tells Tamar to move back in with her parents and wait for Shelah to grow up, at which point he'll become hers... but once Shelah comes of age, he is married to another woman. So Tamar decides to take things in her own hands by disguising herself as a prostitute and sleeping with Judah himself; he almost has her executed for engaging in illicit sex once her pregnancy begins to show, but she reveals that he is the father by using the seal, cord, and staff she took as "collateral" three months earlier. He spares her life, saying that she was more righteous than he was because she did her duty while he didn't; she gave birth to twins, who are then recognized as Judah's descendants.
- Toward the end of Dragon Age: Origins, Morrigan offers the Grey Warden a way to avoid dying in the impending battle against the Archdemon. The catch is, one of the (male, obviously) Grey Wardens must agree to help her conceive a child, and she is pretty vague about what the consequences of this decision might be and what exactly she plans to do with the kid once it's born. The potential fathers can be the Male Warden Player Character, Alistair, or Loghain. In Dragon Age: Inquisition we finally get to meet the kid, Kieran, and he turns out to be a pretty normal child after all minus having Urthemiel's soul if the ritual was performed and some neat powers as a result.
- Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is an RPG by Spike Chunsoft (published by Atlus for all versions in the US sans the PC version) where this features prominently. You can Classmate with the heroines to create star-children to come into dungeons with you.
- Dr. Strangelove is eventually revealed to have used Huey Emmerich this way in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to father her child Hal, aka Otacon. She thinks of the child as being hers and The Boss'. Huey wasn't aware of this, and this plays a role in their relationship eventually disintegrating.
- In the expanded Warcraft universe, it is revealed this is how the Prophet Medivh was born. His mother Magna Aegwynn did not want to give her powers as Guardian to the Council's chosen successor, so decided to make her own successor. She chose Nielas Aran, the court conjuror of Stormwind to be the father due to his impressive magical ability and his royal position. She then proceeded to seduce him for one night then disappeared, returning 9 months later to dump the baby on him only to disappear again. While it's hinted she had some role in her son's life, the knowledge of how and why he was born did not have the best effects on Medivh's psyche, especially as Medivh had been possessed by Sargeras, the Fallen Titan, before he was even born.
- Fable II: If you marry an NPC of the same gender and want children, you can have Player 2 serve this role.
- Downplayed in Shortpacked!, where Ethan is asked to help Robin and Leslie get pregnant (by using a Super Soaker to implant Leslie's DNA in his sperm in order to impregnate Robin). Since he and Leslie are both gay and Robin is most likely bi, it removes a great deal of drama (that and Robin's alien-modified body makes the pregnancy last three weeks).
- Among nobles in Drowtales this practice is both a common and accepted way for mothers to gain access to rare and/or desired bloodline abilities, with most cases having both parties be fully aware of what's going on and fine with it. Sil'lice and Kor'maril were one such example, with her explicitly stating that this was her intent before anything happened and then having the two part amicably once the children were born, and the children are aware of who their father is. Snadhay'rune Vel'Sharen veers into Stalker with a Test Tube territory when she not only doesn't tell Mel'arnach the target of this what her intention is and takes the genetic material necessary through trickery but also Mel is also a woman and the child was carried to term in a Uterine Replicator.
- In Scary Go Round, when Shauna reveals that she recently met her birth father (and though it helped her get over some issues, she doesn't like him as a person much), her mom admits that, in order to get herself and her son moved to better state housing, she decided to have a second child. So she "found the cleverest man [she] could, like, a super-brain... and used him for parts". Shauna finds the phrasing gross, but is surprised to realize that she's "pretty cool with it" in general, especially when her mom boasts that Shauna is the best thing she ever did. The scene is a strangely touching moment between the mother and daughter.
- Zuko and Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender are products of this via the way of an Arranged Marriage. The Fire Nation Royal Family line is filled to the brim with especially prodigious firebenders and their mother Ursa was the granddaughter of Avatar Roku, another prodigious bender. Their father and grandfather wanted to marry the lines to carry on their powerful bending.
- At the end of season 4 of Archer it's revealed that Lana is pregnant. The next season reveals that she used a sperm donor. In the last episode, the baby is born, and Lana explains to Archer that she knew he had frozen a bunch of his sperm, and that not only he is a genetically fit specimen, but she loves him despite what a mess he is. She then introduces Archer to his daughter.