Amy: Yes it's... great. A great miracle.
Leela: And not one of those bogus everyday miracles like a sunrise! Aren't you a male?
A male character gets pregnant through Functional Magic, weird science, gender-bending, Bizarre Alien Biology, body swapping, actually being a seahorse, or just plain bad writing. Usually played for laughs since Real Life Pregnancy Does Not Work That Way, but it can be done seriously or even tragically, especially when it's from a Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong.
Especially common in fanfic. MPreg stories frequently result in the pregnant character being hit with a heavy dose of Ukefication. It is often given no more explanation than The Power of Love overcoming biology.
Sometimes MPreg is explained by the action taking place in the future, the pregnancy being of an explicitly supernatural nature, or the man being an alien, especially if the aliens are hermaphroditic but present as male to our eyes. Or if it's otherwise in canon. Regardless of how it comes about, though, fanfic with this often turns into Kidfic.
The trope name comes from the fact that male seahorses have an egg pouch. In it, they receive and fertilize the egg cells of their mates, and carry them to term. Not quite the same as a mammalian pregnancy (or the few fish and reptiles that birth live young), but it certainly appears as such to human eyes, especially when the young leave the pouch.note
This is theoretically possible in real life. A scientist was able to implant an embryo in the abdominal wall of a male baboon, and others report that it is indeed possible to get a man pregnant if the embryo is planted at the proper spot, but only if the man is pumped full of pregnancy hormones. The embryo can create its own placenta.note Unfortunately, the abdominal wall is not designed to detach from the placenta, resulting in massive bloody injury. There's also no obvious route of exit, and the baby would have to be removed via c-section. Male volunteers, not wanting to risk their lives on such a venture, have not been forthcoming. The most likely way you'll see a pregnant man in real life is if he's transgender and still fertile. In fact, "seahorse dad" has become an affectionate slang term for such fathers.
Fictional examples may involve Bizarre Alien Biology, Bizarre Alien Sexes, Bizarre Alien Reproduction, Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism, and Lactating Male. If the other parent is also male, you've got Homosexual Reproduction. Can be Body Horror for men. Compare Egg-Laying Male for when a biologically male character lays eggs. See also Chest Burster and Ass Shove for the potential non-C-section routes of exit, and Pregnant Reptile for another trope about a character getting pregnant/giving birth when they shouldn't be able too. If the setting permits, male-male reproduction is best achieved with a Uterine Replicator.
Has nothing to do with Youtube comedian Mr. Pregnant
- 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?"
- This◊ cinema board (reading "Harry Potter Knocked Up Evan Almighty), unintentionally so.
- Yoplait once ran an ad campaign where eating the yogurt gave the consumer a vision of their greatest desire. For one woman, it was her husband giving birth (apparently without pain meds), screaming and cursing about how she did this to him.
- This commercial for Dream Ice Cream shows a world where men getting pregnant is the norm via Imagine Spot.
- 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.
- This Argos advert for baby furniture. Justified Trope, in this case - the pregnant guy is an alien.
- The city of Chicago ran a teen pregnancy prevention campaign that ran on this trope to raise social awareness and spark debate, depicting pregnant teenage boys with the taglines "Unexpected? Most teen pregnancies are." or "It shouldn't be any less disturbing when it's a girl."
- The famous Saatchi poster from the 1969: Would you be more careful if was you that got pregnant?.
- Capri Sun's Respect the Pouch series of ads features a Disrespectoid named Chuck the Clucker, whose tossing of a pouch into a chicken coop resulted in him turning half-human, half-chicken. The first of the animated shorts following Respect the Pouch's second run has Chuck laying eggs that he makes into breakfast for the other Disrespectoids, but in the process of making Boing-Boing Betty's egg, the last one he lays hatches into an actual baby chick.
- Eagle Insurance of Illinois had their mascot Eagle Man who would lay an egg, which would hatch a chick holding the card with the company's rate quotes. See it here. Later iterations of the commercial featured Eagle Woman, presumably from the narm of using this trope for so many years.
- 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.
- Bergedorfer Bier parodies the Vanity Fare Demi Moore cover image with a series of ads featuring "pregnant men" stroking their beer bellies, with the ad slogan "Brewed With Love".
- A scene in the epilogue of ½ 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.
- 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.
- Preyas from Bakugan, instead of evolving into a stronger version of himself like other Bakugans, his evolution involves him giving birth to a Bakugan which changes between an angel, light-elemental version of him and a devil, fire-elemental version of him. This might be a case of Bizarre Alien Biology.
- In the Come On! Clash Baby story "Lindaman", the hero rescues a prince from a group of evil witches, only to learn that they've made the prince pregnant, and plan to do the same to him.
- Yukari and Sora from Family Compo are a transgender woman and man respectively. Sora gave birth to their now-adult daughter Shion, though he was initially reluctant.
- 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.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Father, mid-way through consuming Hohenheim, appears to be pregnant, with parts of Hohenheim sticking out of him. It's not any better when Hohenheim completely disappears into Father, making Father look grossly overweight.
- 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 thinks it's possible.
- 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.
- 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.
- Happens to Panda in Gokudo.
- The premise of He's a mom?! -Knocked-up boys- is about men getting pregnant in order to combat against the declining birth rate in Japan.
- In Hell Girl, the episode that explores Hone Onna's origin features the villain of the week ending up on Ai's boat heavily pregnant after being sent to Hell. The baby rips it's way out of his belly, leaving him in agony for the rest of the trip to Hell.
- Poked fun at, but ultimately defied by Megumu of If Her Flag Breaks. Since everyone constantly mistakes him as a girl, someone eventually mentioned that he would have a much cuter child with Protagonist Souta than one of the actual girls would, but he clearly said it isn't possible.
- The manga Kentaro Hiyama's First Pregnancy is set far in the future, where something happened to enable men to get pregnant, but it's VERY risky for a man to get an abortion, even more so than it would be for a woman.
- Played for laughs in CLAMP's Muri Kuri.
- Patalliro!'s Bishounen Maraich is somehow able to become pregnant twice despite being 100% male and human.
- 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.
- In Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, Cuuko eventually develops some feelings for Mahiro, and decides she, Nyarko, and Mahiro should be a family, with Mahiro bearing her child. Mahiro is freaked out, not just for the obvious reasons, but because Cuuko is simply the human form of a Lovecraftian alien being and thus might actually be able to make it happen.
- 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 Yondaime no Hanamuko, men can get pregnant thanks to technology and science.
- Also poked fun at in Yuri!!! on Ice: after watching Victor demonstrate the eros routine he plans on having Yuri perform, Yuri says that Victor is sexy enough to, and we quote, "make even [him], a man, pregnant". And yes, the English dub did keep that line.
- In a Season 6 episode of Happy Heroes, Big M. develops a bump in his tummy and thinks he might be pregnant. When he finally does give birth, he realizes he didn't actually give birth and that he just farted.
- Episode 496 of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf is based around Paddi thinking he and Sparky are going to have a baby after they kiss each other in a play of Sleeping Beauty that occured in the previous episode.
- The entire plot of the comic book Al's Baby. In the near future, Al Bestardi (also known as Al the Beast) is the number one enforcer for Don Luigi, an aging mobster who rules Chicago, and who gave Al permission to marry his only daughter, Velma. Luigi decides that he needs a grandchild in order to carry on his legacy. Unfortunately for Al, Velma refuses to get pregnant, as it would interfere with her career as a torch singer - and as it happens, male pregnancy is now medically possible via surgery...I think we all know where this is going.
- Concrete accidentally triggers his body's previously unknown asexual reproductive system and ends up pregnant, complete with aches, pains, morning sickness, and mood swings. His girlfriend is thrilled. Justified in that he is a human man's brain transplanted into an alien body.
- 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.
- Purple Planet Eater Galactus 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.
- 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.
- Hellblazer: Done in one arc where a mobster's son (actually the demon-possessed corpse thereof) has been slowly transforming his host's father's body into a womb, specifically because it's a unnatural a situation.
- The Infinity Gauntlet series:
- Adam Warlock goes through a Journey to the Center of the Mind Vision Quest in which he is turned female, culminating in his/her giving birth.
- 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 Lucifer, the male archangel Michael is used as the (giant-sized) incubator for the "army of archangels" in the second book.
- Played for Laughs in PS238, when Tyler (who's eight) misunderstands the effect of an alien virus:
"What? Is he saying I'm going to have babies? I don't want that!"
- Marvel Comics' Quasar had a cover image with him in costume clutching a pregnant belly in the same fashion as Demi Moore's cover on Vanity Fair (see Print Media below).
- Spider-Man once turned into a real giant spider, got pregnant, died and finally gave birth to himself in human form with all of his memories intact and new powers. This story has not been referenced much since.
- 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 there until Alice pointed out that a) it was impossible and b) the only evidence he had was his weight gain.
- Subverted in Pearls Before Swine - one series of strips involves the very male Rat becoming pregnant in order to shake up the strip, but it turns out he just ate too much lasagna (and Garfield).
- In Safe Havens, mermen get pregnant. Thomas finds that out the hard way when he ends up pregnant with his and Remora's half-merperson child Marlon. Years later, Melville learns the same lesson, though considering Martian merpeople are half fish, half dodo, because the top half takes the form of the dominant species that Melville hails from, he ends up laying an egg instead.
- Played with in Zits. In one two-week arc, Jeremy, Hector and Pierce wear weighted vests that simulate the weight gain of pregnancy. The whole two weeks play out as if they actually are pregnant, with the first strip in the series featuring "pregnant" Jeremy, Hector and Pierce walking down the hallway, without any context as to why they're that way. It culminates in Jeremy complaining to his mother about all the difficulties he had wearing the vest... and then thanking her for going through the real thing to have him.
- This short, produced by the Biola University Guerrilla Film Initiative.
- 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.
- In Alienable (2008), featuring Walter Koenig and Richard Hatch, combines the trope in question with a struggle for legal custody.
- In the horror movie Amulet a soldier takes a job aiding a young woman and her rather unusual mother. The film ends with the soldier giving birth to an eldritch abomination
- The British TV short film Birthday is about a couple in a hospital dealing with a husband about to give birth to a child. It takes the whole subject as seriously as it can get, complete with having to deal with a midwife popping in and out of the hospital room, usually never at the time when the husband wants her to come.
- Louis Gossett Jr. is a pregnant
malehermaphroditic and naturally parthenogenetic alien in Enemy Mine.
- Male Kabiijians in Evil Alien Conquerors are the ones that carry the babies.
- In Godzilla (1998), it's revealed that the titular creature is actually capable of reproducing asexually. Nick Tatopoulos even referred to him as "a very unusual he".
- 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.
- The Arnold Schwarzenegger / Danny DeVito vehicle Junior is basically The Movie of this trope, in which Arnold plays a scientist who is willing to get pregnant for research purposes. The movie is a comedy, but the pregnancy is played surprisingly seriously here, leading to some emotional development in Arnold's character.
- In Monster Hunt, the male protagonist Tianyin is implanted with the Monster Queen's egg (not by choice). His stomach immediately swells up and stays at full term size until he vomits the monster baby up, back the way it was forced down. All is Played for Laughs.
- In the second story of the anthology horror film The Mortuary Collection, Jake, a fratbro who frequently manipulates girls into sex, gets his comeuppance at the hands of his latest conquest Sandra, in the form of a pregnancy with Express Delivery thanks to what is implied to be her Bizarre Alien Biology. It culminates in a very graphic birth, complete with the lovely imagery of Jake's penis tearing open and exploding from the inside as his monster baby pushes out the same way it went in.
- In the 2016 cult horror film Night of the Virgin a naïve twenty year old goes out on New Years to lose his virginity, and ends up in the home of a priestess to an ancient goddess, who is searching for a man to bear her child.
- One of the posters for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child depicts Freddy Krueger this way◊. Lord of nightmares, indeed.
- This is discussed in Monty Python's Life of Brian:
"It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them."
"Right, but you don't have a womb! Where's the fetus going to gestate? You gonna keep it in a box?"
- In Paternity Leave, a man finds out that he is pregnant with his partner's baby. No real explanation is given, however, the story is less about biology and more speculation on how the dynamics of an unplanned pregnancy might affect a gay male relationship.
- Rabbit Test, a 1978 film directed by Joan Rivers and starring Billy Crystal, in which Billy Crystal plays a meek night-school teacher who gets pregnant after a fumbling one-night stand with a woman his cousin set him up with.
- 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.
- John Hurt was alien-pregnant again in Spaceballs.
- 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 Ten Brothers (1995), the ten magical siblings were born when their mother ate the Ten Fairies' Pearls. In the end her husband is mortally wounded and on the brink of death. The ten siblings sacrifice themselves by changing back into the pearls since their magical power can save their dad if he eats them. Their mother feeds the pearls to him and he is indeed healed. Then they both notice that his belly is swelling...
- 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.
- Two 4 One: A rare realistic example with trans man Adam getting pregnant.
- 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).
- In Zoolander 2, Hansel somehow manages to get every single member of his orgy pregnant. This includes a sumo wrestler and Kiefer Sutherland, who later suffers a miscarriage. The film being what it is, this is all Played for Laughs.
- The essay Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex by speculative fiction write Larry Niven suggests that one way to avoid a superpowered fetus killing Lois Lane is by having Superman carry the baby instead.
- In the short story —All You Zombies— by Robert A. Heinlein, an intersex 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?
- In Walter Jon Williams's novel Aristoi, the (male) protagonist's boyfriend voluntarily becomes pregnant with the protagonist's sperm, using the commonplace technology of the far future (it's so far in the future that people have godlike powers and can do anything).
- You can also get an implant that over several months gives you a complete and total sex change. Guys who want to experience pregnancy and birth as women can use these.
- This is how Cockatrice was born in The Book of the Dun Cow.
- City of Bones by Martha Wells: The bio-engineered krismen, male and female, have marsupial pouches to gestate their young, which start out as egg sacs that are manually transferred into the pouch.
- Cordwainer Smith's "The Crime And The Glory Of Commander Suzdal": The once-human klopts reproduce by implanting a lump of cells in the gut and give birth by C-section. Plot of which can be found here.
- Iain M. Banks' The Culture: An exceptionally icky example is present in 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 in a process called Mutualling. In the specific example, the woman goes Axe-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 short story Dark Angel by Edward Bryant, a modern day witch-for-hire gets revenge on a man who has wronged her by using voodoo to make him pregnant. This is played for horror because A: a condition of the spell is that no one else will know what's wrong with him and B: he has a uterus but no birth canal.
- 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.
- The Dresden Files: In book 15, Skin Game, Harry discovers that his "parasite" is actually a child conceived from Lash's sacrifice as an act of unconditional love. Given that the book is about robbing a near-impenetrable vault to steal from Hades' private treasury, there are clear parallels between Dresden's mind-child and Athena, who burst, fully-formed, from Zeus' skull.
- Dana, the protagonist from the Goosebumps book Egg Monsters from Mars; after being saved by a swarm of the titular egg monsters, who formed a blanket of sorts covering him and preventing him from freezing to death, Dana then managed to escape... only to suddenly lay an egg the following day. Turns out the monsters aren't protecting him so much as they're impregnating him.
- In a variant, the Thomas M. 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 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.
- Stanley Pottinger's "The Fourth Procedure" features a VERY pro-life Strawman Politician being impregnated (very much against his will) by a VERY pro-choice surgeon.
- 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?
- 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.
- An Anne McCaffrey short story in which an alien prostitute impregnates half the male population of a small town. The title, "A Horse From A Different Sea", references the seahorse analogy.
- Stephen Colbert explains the seahorse in I Am America (And So Can You!) in his chapter on sex.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jack Chalker's transformation novels, such as the Well World series, often feature this happening to assorted characters, usually through Bizarre Alien Biology. One was even transformed into an actual seahorse. He didn't actually get pregnant, but the possibility was acknowledged.
- The Yilanè 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).
- 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 Wild Cards series, Dr. Tachyon has his mind swapped by his Axe-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.
- This is practically the driving premise of Storm Constantine's Wraeththu novels, in which it is executed for entirely "straight" dramatic ends.
- Diane Duane's Young Wizards: Briefly mentioned in High Wizardry while Dairine is at the spaceport trying to find a place to hide from the Lone Power's minions, she enters what looks like a bathroom. It's actually a birthing chamber for some species of aliens, and one male alien present is upset because Dairine's entrance interrupted him.
- Played for Laughs in 2point4 Children. Bill buys a pregnancy test but, when she goes to take it, realises one of the tester sticks is missing. It turns out that Ben has taken and used it and now believes he's pregnant.
- 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.
- In American Horror Story: Double Feature, a Dying Race of aliens kidnap humans in order to produce hybrids that could perpetuate their race. In the beginning of the Death Valley arc, four young adults are abducted by aliens (two men and two women), and upon returning to Earth all four of them are revealed to be pregnant. They are later kidnapped by the Men in Black and locked in a facility where an equal number of pregnant men and women are waiting for the birth of their hybrid child. As to how the alien baby will be born? "Life finds its way..."
- The Pregnant Man was one of the recurring characters on the Australian sketch comedy programme Australia Youre Standing In It.
- 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 naïve 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 Sigourney 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Dans une galaxie près 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 Tear Jerker when the alien baby vanished from existence at the end of its life, making Brad teary eyed of his lost "child".
- Doctor Who and the Whoniverse:
- "The Long Game": Recurring character the Face of Boe makes a cameo on a news report, where it's mentioned that he's just announced his pregnancy.
- 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's home era is the 51st century.
- "The Tsuranga Conundrum": Yoss. His species, the Gifftans, have both sexes able to get pregnant and only able to give birth to their own gender. He's mildly disgusted when told that human reproduction works differently.
- Doom Patrol (2019): Larry births a baby negative spirit following his visit to outer space.
- 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.
- The 1990s revival of Fantasy Island features the episode "Heroes", where a man who keeps pestering his wife to try for a fourth baby so he can have a son is brought to the island at her behest so he can be made pregnant with her child. Unusually for this kind of story, whilst the man learns the usual moral of appreciating how hard women have it and to accept children for what they are (being completely fine when he gives birth to their fourth daughter), the woman is also shown learning that the "father" doesn't exactly have the pregnancy period easy, even though they don't carry the baby.
- In the Farscape movie "The Peacekeeper Wars", Rygel locates and ingests the remains of John and Aeryn so that their bodies can be reintegrated (Don't Ask). The process works, but Rygel 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...
- In Full House episode "The Volunteer", the subplot involves Jesse making a bet with Becky that he can go a full day wearing a pregnancy suit to get a feel for what she's going through, the winner who gets to pick the attic wallpaper (she wants "Fun at the Circus", he, of course, wants "Elvis: The Wallpaper".) But soon he discovers it's a lot harder than he thought it was. He eventually takes it off to take a break in hopes that Becky won't notice, but of course she does, and surely enough, he loses the bet, but learns a valuable lesson from it.
- Garth Marenghis Darkplace:
[deadpan] "Look at that poor man, he's been screwed by a giant eyeball and now he's giving birth."
- The George Lopez Show: Continuing after an episode of when Carmen runs away, one scene shows Carmen (his daughter) returning home, but with a twist — she is pregnant! After this, George then realizes not only is his daughter pregnant, but also his wife and his mother. Then, his son Max walks into the room with a large belly as well. After asking his father, "Where is this going to come out?", George abruptly wakes up and responds aloud, "If you are lucky, your bellybutton!" I suppose it was All Just a Dream induced from all the stress of worrying about to where had Carmen run away.
- Grey's Anatomy has a episode with a pregnant man that Izzie, Christina, and Meredith abduct 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
- 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.
- An episode of iCarly features a scene with Carly and Sam offering a picture of a pregnant man, along with a steak knife and BF Wangs gift certificate, to anyone who can find Sasha Striker.
- Max Sweeney in The L Word plays this trope for Drama. In a story Ripped from the Headlines, Max, a transgender man, becomes pregnant after having sex with a cisgender man, Tom. (although the article is clean, the site may be considered NSFW).
- In the infamous Harsher in Hindsight season in Married... with Children where Peggy and Marcy get pregnant at the same time, in one episode, Jefferson has a "sympathetic pregnancy".
Jefferson: My ovaries hurt!
Peggy: Wow, he is really good!
- 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 Mork & Mindy, Mork gets pregnant and lays an egg bigger than he is, due to Bizarre Alien Biology. It eventually hatches to reveal Mearth, played by 56-year old Jonathan Winters.
- My Hero:
- 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."
- A promo image for The New Normal features a pregnant Bryan next to his boyfriend and their actual surrogate mother.
- In The Orville, Moclans, including Bortus and Klyden, produce eggs. Somehow.
- In the episode of Quantum Leap titled "8½ 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!"
- Lister in Red Dwarf, through having sex with his counterpart from a gender-reversed Alternate Universe.
- Cat becomes pregnant when a polymorph uses him to host her eggs in "Can of Worms".
- 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...
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch has an episode where Sabrina starts a rumour about Harvey becoming pregnant (along with many others) in an Other Realm rumour mill. Unfortunately, any rumour started in the Other Realm becomes truth in the mortal realm so this trope is the result.
- In the 2018 episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Chadwick Boseman, one sketch features the Fertility Frontier Project, which has successfully implanted an artificial womb in a man. The sketch feels more like a deconstruction of this trope; the man was supposed to have gotten a C-section, but the artificial womb was discovered by the scientists to be too fragile note . As such, the child must be delivered through the patient's urethra, with attendant risk of "tuliping" (meaning that the patient's penis will peel backwards like tulip petals). The scientists spend the rest of the sketch talking over his attempts to find out more about this potential complication.
- 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.
Turk: Stupid lotto.
- In an episode of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Malone becomes one to a water nymph, whose young gestates inside the father, and is then returned to the mother after a short time.
- 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.
- In the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Unexpected", a particularly irresponsible Green-Skinned Space Babe assumes that the pregnancy-inducing Green Rocks used by her people won't work on a human, and invites chief engineer Trip Tucker to play with their mind-linking capabilities. Her assumption proves wrong, and Hilarity Ensues. The Klingons were especially amused. 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.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has a couple of references across the series to an Ensign, later Lieutenant, Vilix'pran, from an unspecified non-human species, undergoing "budding", his species' equivalent of pregnancy.
- St. Elsewhere: In "A Moon for the Misbegotten", a patient named Michael Gold believes that he is pregnant. Although Elliot tells him to send Michael to psych, Luther instead obtains a urine sample in order to prove to Michael that he couldn't possibly be pregnant. Both Luther and Dr. Morrison are shocked that the test indicates that Michael is really pregnant. However, it turns out that Michael had been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning, which messed up the test results. It also caused the delusion of pregnancy, combined with Michael's severe guilt over killing a little girl during The Vietnam War.
- Super Sentai/Power Rangers:
- In Mahou Sentai Magiranger/Power Rangers Mystic Force, Toad/Hekatoid seeds the clouds with his poisonous tadpoles.
- Choujuu Sentai Liveman Episode 31: "Mama! The Parasitic Monster's Cries": Junichi got impregnated by a Brainbeast, and out of it came a Cute Monster named Vega Baby, who sees Junichi as the mom. However, when the little monster sacrifices itself to save him, Junichi got a newfound respect for mothers (and the Brainbeast got very dead). It went from the wackiest Liveman episode ever to one of the saddest at lightning speed, although the last bit of the episode manages to insert one snarky humorous line. Also, looks like Junichi is going to have a hard time about making this event not get mentioned when fans talk about him.
- 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 an extremely short-lived NBC comedy from 1979 called Turnabout, Sharon Gless and John Schuck are a married couple whose bodies are switched (à 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.
- Victorious: In an episode where the main group must participate in a method acting exercise, Andre is given the role of a marathon runner who's pregnant. This ends up confusing his grandmother when she sees him with a noticeable baby bump.
- Aside from the time(s) Colin got stuck with this— what with all of those female roles he ends up playing— there's at least one Irish Drinking Song from Whose Line Is It Anyway? that invokes this... which is promptly forgotten, next verse.
When I got home that night
My ovaries did swell
I puffed up like Jiffy Pop
I'm a dude— what the hell!?
- Subverted in The Young Ones Vyvyans pregnancy turns out to be the BIGGEST CASE of trapped wind on record. The embarrassing part is that Vyvyan's studying to become a doctor. He really should've known better.
- In the Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell episode "Three Demons and a Demon Baby", Gary accidentally gets impregnated with Satan's spawn.
- 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).
Chaplain: and now stricken with pangs
that tear at our backs like thistle down
the mirror's soft silver tain
reflects our last and birthing hour
- The theme song for Bill Nye the Science Guy is sometimes parodied like this:
"Bill Nye, his mom's a guy!"
- 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, accidentally, while looking in a mirror, before its revealed to be All Just a Dream.
- Jonathan Coulton takes this trope literally with his song "Seahorse", which describes the feelings of a male seahorse looking for a loyal bride.
- Gong's album Acid Motherhood has a Mister Seahorse cover image.
- Similarly, Motherhood by Babybird.
- The video for Tom Petty's "Yer So Bad" has a man with a very pregnant abdomen and breasts appearing in the background, shown a few seconds after a man reads a tabloid with an article headline "New Device Helps Men Feel Pregnant."
- In 2021, as part of the leadup to the release of his debut album Montero, Lil Nas X began sharing photos and videos of himself with a (supposedly fake) pregnant belly on social media, with the child's upcoming birth scheduled for the same day as the album's release date.
- Classical Mythology: 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 in Norse Mythology (if transforming yourself into a mare in order to distract a stallion so that the Æsir will not have to pay its owner for his work and then giving birth to eight-legged steed Sleipnir counts). Whether this counts as a man getting pregnant or gender-fluidity+shapeshifting depends on who you ask.
- An alternate version of the legend detailing the births of Loki's most famous children, Fenrir, Jormungandr and Hel, claims that Loki gave birth to Hel. Although all three monsters share the same lineage — Loki and a giantess/witch named Angrboða — this particular variation of the myth claims that after she bore Fenrir and Jormungandr, Angrboða insulted the Æsir and was burned at the stake, leaving behind only her still-beating heart. Loki swallowed this, became pregnant, ran away into the woods and eventually gave birth to their daughter, the half-dead Hel.
- There's also a mostly lost myth that alludes to Loki turning into a human woman (specifically a milkmaid), marrying a farmer, and raising a family with him for eight 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 singlehandedly.
- This might be an alternate telling; other versions claim that they just suffer labor pains for 9 days, being left invalid but without actually producing offspring.
- The Puranas from India narrate this ancient legend of a king. King Yuvanashwa of Ayodhya had a hundred queens but was unable to have sons. The sages took pity on him and prepared a special water for his queens which would bless them with excellent sons. However, Yuvanashwa became thirsty and ignorantly drank the concoction. He became pregnant and remained that way for a hundred years. When the king went into labor, the gods themselves came down and performed a Caesarean surgery on him, safely delivering a baby. The boy was named Mandhata and he conquered the three worlds.
- In Inuit religion, the first two humans were Aakulujjuusi and Uumarnituq, and were both males. Being the only two humans, they got lonely and decided to mate. Uumarnituq got pregnant, but obviously, he couldn't give birth. So a spell was put on to give him a vagina, and he became the first female.
- 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."
- Mesopotamian Mythology: The Sumerian water god Enki once somehow impregnated himself.
- Rural folklore once claimed that yolkless chicken eggs (produced due to hens' mistimed reproductive process) were laid by roosters. Myths about basilisks and cockatrices sometimes claim these creatures hatch from such "cock's eggs".
- In a more obscure part of the Myth concerning Seth and Horus's succession battles, Seth attempted to rape Horus but the falcon-headed god catches the seed in his hand, and his mother Isis cuts it off to avoid it tainting him. Later on, they spread Horus's seed in Seth's garden - Set being unaware of both Horus catching his seed and the tampering. The next day, Set declared that he was the superior man because Horus was 'made a woman'. Thoth performed a test, and showed that Set was the one who ended up pregnant.
- A central story arc in The Thrilling Adventure Hour's "Sparks Nevada" universe involves a shapeshifting Jupiter Spy who impregnates several characters—or rather uses them as incubators for his own offspring. These characters include Croach the Tracker, whose pregnancy is justified given male Martians are the ones who carry young anyway, and the human Felton, whose pregnancy is less justified.
- In Desperate Setouchins, Sasuke is pregnant with Keiji's child. Subverted when it turns out he was lying.
- In The Lands Of Evelon, both the Lovey-Love Potion and the Eternal Love Elixir allow male pets to become pregnant and give birth/lay eggs. The trope is also inverted, as they also allow female pets to impregnante other females.
- 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).
- 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.
- GURPS Technomancer (a world background where science and magic co-exist) has spells for transferring pregnancy, which includes the production of a magical "womb" for males.
- The GURPS Bio-Tech supplement includes science and super-science for male pregnancy.
- Horribly, horribly deconstructed in Vampire: The Requiem's Night Horrors: The Wicked Dead''. A dhampyr can be produced regardless of gender, the only requirement being the parents must be a human-vampire couple, although either participant can get pregnant. Since this is a horror story, it does not end well.
- Brütal Legend. 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 — who, if one reads his quotes on the matter he seems to love and have deep affection for, as would an actual parent.
- Visually implied in Death Stranding: Sam, the protagonist, carries a pod with a baby on his chest, to which he is attached to with a cable that visually mimics an umbilical cord. Other characters sometimes speak to the baby or touch the pod in a way reminiscent of how people sometimes interact with pregnant people. When Sam falls asleep, he wraps his arms around the pod. At the end of the game, Sam breaks the pod and takes the baby out to raise it as his own, with the shot of the broken pod and amniotic fluid on the ground reminiscent of childbirth. Higgs, the antagonist, also has a pod like this. You can meet male NPC porters on your travels, with some of them also having them. Cliff, another antagonist, is connected to his soldiers with umbilical chords that sprout from his belly button. It's worth noting that none of these characters are literally pregnant, and it's only a visual/textual metaphor (the pods can be unplugged at any point with no ill effects to the baby inside or the person it was attached to).
- Jokingly referenced in Left 4 Dead 2, where Ellis comments on his personal hero, Jimmy Gibbs Jr:
"If the laws of nature allowed it, I would bear that man's children!"
- Some Pokémon games have glitches where two male or two female Pokémon can breed.
- The Sims:
- This was introduced in The Sims 2. 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.
- There are also hacks out that let men get pregnant by their male partners (it also lets a woman get pregnant by another woman).
- Alien abduction and male pregnancy were not originally in The Sims 4, but the Get To Work expansion reintroduce them and it can prove quite a surprise if you haven't been paying attention, with needs and moods erratically all over the place, along with the concern that you're heavily overweight, up until you spot the moodlet. And then a patch provided special gender options that allows you to create male Sims that can be impregnated through the more traditional means.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Yoshi is supposed to be male, but he lays eggs.
- Whether Birdo of Super Mario Bros. 2 is a trans woman or a cis woman depends on which translation (or game) you go with, but even the versions where Birdo is transgender have her shooting eggs from her mouth.
- The Seadrings of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team are able to produce Dream Eggs whether it's the brothers or sister doing so. Appropriately enough, they're literal seahorses.
- 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. Thankfully, they were killed moments before they could put in the orders to "build a machine to make one of us pregnant."
- 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.
- Visual Novel company Nounai Kanojo has produced a number of Otokonoko Genre novels set in a shared universe in which effeminate males are capable of falling pregnant, and this ability heavily features into the plot of the novel.
- Josou Sanmyaku (Tomgirls of the Mountains) revolves around the protagonist stumbling across a decaying village inhabited by several beautiful male crossdressers, each of whom wants to bear his child and can do so during the course of the novel.
- Josou Kaikyou revolves around the protagonist being shipwrecked on a sacred isle visited by three crossdressing men from a dying nearby island, disrupting a holy ritual and being trapped there with the crossdressers until he impregnates one of them.
- Josou Gakuen' revolves around the protagonist discovering his school is full of crossdressing boys, several of whom develop crushes on him and can bear his child.
- Yome Juu! features a protagonist whose cast of possible love interests includes his crossdressing male childhood friend, who will fall pregnant if the player chooses his route.
- Visual Novel company No~Strike, an offshoot of Nounai Kanojo, specializes in Otokonoko Genre novels in which the crossdressing male characters are able to become pregnant, a fact that is central to the plots of several of their works.
- Kyuukatsu o Josou Suru ("Girls Clothes in Absentia") revolves around the protagonist Akagi reuniting with a childhood friend, Ijichi, who has been kicked out of their family and turned to crossdressing prostitution to survive. As Akagi rescues Ijichi from this lifestyle, he ends up getting Ijichi pregnant and marrying him.
- Josou Gakuen, aka "Jogaku", literally revolves around a future in which the government has responded to declining birth rates and the diminishing numbers of women by setting up a project to make effeminate males take women's place as the child-bearing sex.
- Josou Sennen Oukoku, aka "Joso Millenium", is an isekai fantasy novel in which the protagonist Watari Hideto is compelled to bring peace to the warring tribes of humans and demons, and can end up wedding and impregnating one or more of three crossdressing male diplomats.
- The "Trap Shrine Trilogy" is a set of three interlinked visual novels — Josou Jinja ("Trap Shrine"), Josou Shinwa ("Trap Legend") and Josou Souseki ("Trap Genesis") — that revolve around the protagonist, the Shinto priest in charge of an unusual shrine that only permits crossdressing men to be its miko, assembling a harem of crossdressing boyfriends from the resident kami and shrine maidens]]. Throughout the first two novels, it's invoked that the crossdressers are able to become pregnant, but no pregnancies actually occur until the third and final novel, in which the protagonist impregnates the entire harem, with the epilogue being an mpreg subversion of No Preggers Sex.
- According to the Bravest Warriors comics, Mr. Tezuka was the one who gave birth to Beth.
- Minilife TV: A robotic variation occurs in "How I Got Your Laptops". After Snowball the vampire wakes up from his operation, he learns that his robot friend Archie has given birth to twin laptops, and Snowball suggests to him to let Chris and Ian adopt them. How exactly Archie got pregnant in the first place is never explained, as Snowball didn't feel comfortable asking him.
- In PoGonYuTo, Kunashgi becomes pregnant thanks to Picoyo's laser attack. The baby develops in 5 minutes, and Kunashgi gives birth by expelling an egg from his urethra.
- In Red vs. Blue, Tucker is impregnated (well, infected parasitically) by an alien as part of a prophecy. Tucker gives birth at the end of season four, off-screen, although he spends the entire episode groaning in agony and vomiting. Where in the body the parasite is located and which orifice it emerges from isn't revealed at the time but, years later, the characters revisit the moment while trying to fix the timeline and a post-partum Tucker can be heard groaning off-screen about the pain in his 'dick-hole'.
- Starship Regulars: The male Gerex can carry their babies after the females lay an egg inside the male. Wilson made it up.
- During the Strong Bad Email episode 'Garage Sale', Coach Z seems to think he is pregnant.
Marzipan: This garage sale is more like a garbage sale.
Strong Bad: Arhareharharhah! MOMS ONLY!
Coach Z: Oh, then I'm allowed to say it.
- Played with in another episode, 'Cliffhangers', where, as part of a mock cliffhanger, Homestar reveals that hes become pregnant to Strong Sad, who reminds him he cant be pregnant because he's a guy.
- This short little comic strip on DeviantArt parodies and inverts this with cute little seahorses.
- A now-lost comic by Humon implies that this must have happened. While most of the comic is serious but sweet, the final panel and twist is that Loki got pregnant and decided to dump the resulting kid on the unlucky priest's church doorstep.
- Then there's this one featuring the Male Pregnancy Support Group.
- Bomberman Land Parody involves a man named Emon getting pregnant with twins. This was played for comedy like most of the other stuff in that webcomic.
- Parodied in Bug Martini here. Apparently, if men could get pregnant, they'd treat it like a competition.
- In Dangerously Chloe, this is how succubi reproduce - they slip their essence inside their special guy, and a Chest Burster claws its way out nine months later. Don't worry, demon boys are very resilient.
- Dragon Ball Multiverse: King Cold, according to Cooler. He destroyed an entire planet during Frieza's birth.
- 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
- This trope lead to Starscream's trinemates leaving Cybertron in Eons Ago - they didn't want to raise Skywarp's sparkling in a war.
- One Hark! A Vagrant comic had Gustav Vasa give birth to Sweden. Literal giving birth and literal landmass of Sweden.
Gustav Vasa your baby resembles a penis.
- Manly Guys Doing Manly Things's Mr. Fish ended up eating the Alien parasites, gestating them, and spitting them back out, making the Xenomorphs look like moray eels. For bonus points the comic was posted the day after Father's Day.
- In Narbonic, the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue strip shows that Dave would be the one to carry their daughter to term, rather than Helen (they are mad scientists, after all). But he expected that from the very start.
- The aforementioned Luna appears here in Keychain of Creation, although he appears to be in an adult male form.
- This is how Akihiko and Fuuka justify both the existence of Ryoji and the MC's weird cravings in Persona 3 FTW: he was pregnant the whole time.
- Done as a false story-arc in Boxer Hockey. A character named Charles (often called Chuck) gets pregnant via virtue of a character Rittz' semen-stained toilet seat.
Ritz: You're a g.. g..
Charles: Yes, that's right... I'm a gay person.
- Kronar, Son of Man, from Oglaf, and his entire tribe of woman-hating barbarians.
- In Sailor Sun, Honey is Bay's time-traveling future daughter. This dismays the gender-bending Bay to no end, since it implies that she never goes back to being Brad.
- In Unicorn Jelly, this is the price Wai-Wai has to pay in order to legally live as a man.
- Vinci and Arty: Arty's coworker Arkie Illions is an actual anthropomorphic seahorse, and apparently unaware that he's expecting.
- In Wizard & Giant, the titular characters end up having a baby girl together, who goes on to become Queen of Khefru, the Ivory City. Wizard spends nine months laying on the couch, eating eggs and growing his baby bump.
- As stated above, "mpreg" is commonly associated with hackney fan fiction in which the love between the two characters is so great that it transcends biology and basic human logic, with conception and birth generally being an afterthought, making for the logical extreme of a Crack Ship. Because of the way the internet works, mpreg is also a very popular fetish amongst maiesiophiliacsnote . These people are typically left alone.
- As part of their mocking of FernGully: The Last Rainforest's really stupid G-Rated Sex, The Nostalgia Chick and The Nostalgia Critic held hands and she gleefully got him pregnant. Fangirls left this alone.
- "Babies" by Weebl's Stuff.
- totopole101 thinks this has happened to him after having a sleepover with "Dyan Ronmolestor".
- For a long time, Gaia Online fans thought Gino would be pregnant after his possession by the Overseer, especially after the release of the "Overseer's Gift" minicomic. Even after Word of God said otherwise. This being Gino, it'd hardly have been the weirdest thing to happen to him.
- Ultra Fast Pony:
- In the episode "The Butts Family", all the females of the buffalo tribe were kidnapped, leaving the males of the tribe to bear the children. The results aren't pretty.
- In "How To Control Freaks", Discord claims that he's having a a baby. He's a Reality Warper, so it's not too implausible for him to be pregnant. He's also a Talkative Loon, so it might also just be nonsense.
- 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.
- Whateley Universe:
- At least some MTF changelings, such as Tabby Cat, have given birth in the past.
- Shortly after transforming, April Arendt (formerly Stephen Braeburn) predicts that she would be pregnant by early 2007.
- It has been stated that Carmilla is capable of impregnating any human, regardless of either sex or fertility, though mercifully the details are not given. Just what this means for Carl isn't clear, though it is not as if there wouldn't be some Laser-Guided Karma in him getting pregnant. So far, the only one she has actually impregnated has been female.
- Joel has done this in The Sims 3 via GameMods. To Mario and Luigi.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Josh & Margaret", Jake's father Joshua is shown to have given birth to him through an egg sac that formed on his head after he got bitten by a shapeshifting monster, right before Margaret conventionally gave birth to Jake's brother Jermaine.
- 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 his pregnancy occurred on his backside, not the typical belly region. Make of that what you will.
- The Fiji Mermaid couple in The Adventures of Puss in Boots.
- 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.
- The episode "Roger's Baby": long story short, Jeff is lost in space, then dissected and replaced with a clone. The clone sacrifices himself to put Jeff's brain in his body, then several seasons later it turns out that Jeff's new alien body can't reproduce, so Roger eats his brain to rebirth him as a human.
- The Amazing World of Gumball:
- 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.
- In the "Pregnant Pause" episode of Beavis and Butt-Head, Beavis starts feeling stomach cramps and due to watching a movie about a pregnant woman, begins thinking he must be pregnant too. He then goes through the whole episode hearing about various symptoms of pregnancy and thinking they all apply to him. Eventually, he starts feeling strong contractions, and so he rushes to the bathroom to give birth...and it turns out he was just constipated.
- In an episode of Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben ends up giving birth while in one of his alien forms. With no accompanying squick and/or Heroic BSoD on his part (though the audience may differ). This might not be due to the Mister Seahorse so much as when/how the implied impregnation occurs. The alien in question is said to be asexual.
- In the "Fish Out of Water" episode of BoJack Horseman, BoJack helps a male seahorse give birth on the bus.
- In the Cow and Chicken episode "Me An' My Dog", Cow lends her imaginary dog named Kevin to a lonely imaginary man she found in the park. The imaginary man later arrives at Cow and Chicken's house to reveal that Kevin had puppies. The imaginary man claims that the weirdest thing isn't that an imaginary dog gave birth, but that Kevin was a boy dog.
- In The Crumpets episode "Lil Wrinkly One", most of the Crumpets consume cigarette-like chocolates and think they're pregnant. The females initially only sprout bloated bellies, but the males would grow theirs too. When Pa discovers his sons' bellies bloating, he becomes thrilled very briefly until realizing that it's unusual.
- 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.
- Separate throwaway gags in Drawn Together imply that Xandir and Captain Hero are both capable of pregnancy in spite of being men.
- In The Fairly OddParents TV movie Fairly OddBaby, Wanda explains that in the Fairy World, male fairies carry the offspring in response to Timmy's inquiry about Cosmo being pregnant with his and Wanda's baby, Poof. Presumably fairy reproduction really does work like seahorses. Averted with the Anti-Fairies, however - Anti-Wanda was the one who gave birth to Foop.
- In the Family Guy episode "Stewie is Enceinte", in an attempt to get Brian to spend more time with him, Stewie pulls The Baby Trap and uses a machine to knock himself up with Brian's DNA. He ends up giving birth to a litter of human/dog hybrids with birth defects and they eventually abandon them in an animal shelter.
- 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. He gives birth to an unknown amount of babies in "Labor of Love".
- Foghorn Leghorn thinks he has become this in a Looney Tunes cartoon after Dawg pulls a joke on him and puts an ostrich egg under him in his sleep. Nonetheless, he becomes a vicious Papa Wolf when Dawg repeatedly calls the newborn ostrich ugly.
- Done with the alien Kif in the aptly-named "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch". Apparently, his species has a strange method of reproduction.
- "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.
- In "The Bird-Bot of Ice-Catraz", the penguins that were covered in liquid dark matter as a result of Bender tearing the hulls of a transport ship on an iceberg not only become hyperfertile, the males start laying eggs as well.
- In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Jeff the Spider ends up laying a bunch of eggs. It briefly leads to everyone being confused since he's clearly male. Also, he never really had any encounters with other giant spiders up to that point, so he could possibly be able to reproduce asexually.
- Webstor lays eggs in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) as a side effect of eating something not meant for him, so he eats more and raises an army.
- In the Momma Named Me Sheriff episode "Bad Parents", Stanley inattentively leaves Tommy locked in his police cruiser and doesn't notice it slide into a pond, which results in Tommy somehow becoming pregnant. At the end, it turns out he just swallowed a frog.
- Ozzy & Drix:
- Subverted in an episode 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.
- Played straight in another episode, where he does reproduce via mitosis. However, the offspring was a mutation, and as a result, evil.
- In an episode of Men in Black: The Series, Jay gets pregnant by ingesting an alien zygote that was undergoing fertilization at MIB's lab.
- When all three of the kids in Home Movies plump up at the same time, they show a montage of their "fat" movies, one of them is called "The Pregnant Monk meets the Pregnant Buddhist".
- In the Oggy and the Cockroaches episode "Nine Months and Counting", the roaches trick Oggy into thinking he's pregnant by inflating his belly. He's pretty happy about the idea, until he learns what really happened.
- 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.
- Jerry was seen giving birth in Rick and Morty's opening sequence.
- 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 Heffer (a steer) incubate it for him, causing Heffer to become possessive of it and develop maternal tendencies. When the egg hatches, out comes a cat, 2 turtles... and a steer.
- Granted, Dr. Hutchison was shown to be half-turtle herself in an earlier episode so she could have laid the egg.
- In Robot Chicken, the final straw for a man trapped in a suicide bomber vest is that they sold out of tickets for The Avengers 2, but still had plenty of tickets for Movie Where Kevin James Gets Pregnant. He and his girlfriend blow up the theater together. A blurb notes that Movie Where Kevin James Gets Pregnant goes on to be the biggest box office success of all time.
- In another sketch, The Nerd starts dreaming about being in shows on The CW. When he gets to Jane the Virgin, he questions how on earth he could be pregnant, since he's a virgin...and a dude.
- In one sketch crossing over The Jetsons with Alien Elroy gets the Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong and impregnated with the alien. So did Astro.
- In the Squidbillies episode "Butt Trouble", Rusty and Early lay eggs due to drinking an unhealthy amount of mercury.
- One episode has the Warden giving birth to a manifestation of his own bitterness that 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. 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.
- The Trap Door has Drut, who's either this or Your Tomcat Is Pregnant (considering the male pronouns used by the rest of the cast, Drut's gender is unclear).
- 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.
- In the last episode of Where's Huddles?, Ed mistakenly believes that Bubba is pregnant when he goes to pick up Bubba's test results and the doctor accidentally looks at Penny's x-ray instead of Bubba's.
- Although rare, several erotic visual novels belonging to Otokonoko Genre has this as a plot point. The technicalities are usually never discussed, and if it does, it's usually firmly in A Wizard Did It territory.
- The specific Trope Namer for this article was a piece of public 'protest art' which was stenciled on sidewalks and walls around the San Francisco Bay area in the mid 2000s, in support of parental rights for gay and lesbian couples. The graffito consisted of a stylized picture of a seahorse, with the caption, "Mr. Seahorse knows men can be mommies too". This is in reference to how male seahorses carry their fertilized eggs after the female inserts them in his egg pouch.
- In response to concerns over rising costs of hosting the Olympic Games, Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau stated that "the Olympics can no more have a deficit than a man can have a baby". Cue political cartoon featuring Drapeau making a frantic call to an abortion clinic.