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Basic Trope: Careful management of beings to produce superior offspring.

  • Straight: Bob is the result of a program trying to make superior physically adept humans.
  • Exaggerated: Entire species are the result of careful breeding programs.
  • Downplayed: Bob comes from a line of humans with beneficial mutations, though when compared to an average human he doesn't really stand out.
  • Justified: The breeding program was done in order to preserve their race, which was becoming too weak for the world around them.
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  • Inverted: Superior beings carefully manage defects in their species to make a weaker race.
  • Subverted: Bob appears to be the result of a breeding program, but in actuality he just trained.
  • Double Subverted: ...However its eventually revealed the breeding program was about increasing human potential to train, thus why Bob is so unusually strong.
  • Parodied: There are super breeding programs for such silly things as dish washing, telling the differences between colors, and how to make weird noises.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's abnormal physical adeptness is assumed to be the result of a super breeding program. However, it is discovered Bob legitimately trained to reach that strength. Then someone points out the possibility the program was about improving the human capacity for training. Bob himself finally explains his training isn't the result of increased base potential... As its the result of an heightened Healing Factor allowing him to recover faster.
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  • Averted: There are either no programs or any that actually accomplished worthwhile results.
  • Enforced: "Nobody is going to buy it that Bob just trained really hard. Have it he's the result of a program designed to make better humans."
  • Lampshaded: "So, humans see themselves like any other beast, just manipulating pairs to make better specimens?"
  • Invoked: The government, trying to develop countermeasures against Magical Girls, Espers, and Neos start a Super Breeding Program to do just that.
  • Exploited:
    • Emperor Evulz, in need of a quick army, hijacks a local Breeding Program to turn everyone created by it into his Slave Mooks.
    • Emperor Evulz, endlessly hungering for new powers but having already bested every super human, forces the survivors to breed so he acquire the Hybrid Powers produced.
  • Defied: Scientists trying to make super soldiers are offered by their government to run a breeding program, which they reply to in horror.
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  • Discussed: "There's all these superpowered beings running around, yet none of them seem to be parents..." "Oh, are you suggesting they should mate? Humanity as a whole could benefit from so many of those abilities, though you would need to establish a full program to make sure there's a large enough population to avoid inbreeding issues."
  • Conversed: "Just how ethical do you think it would be to run a breeding program?" "I suppose it mainly depends on how the individuals involved are treated."
  • Implied: Bob is unusually capable for a normal human, though his abilities don't neatly fall under any known genetic condition and all his relatives are similarly capable.
  • Deconstructed: Seeing the program merely as "Start" and "Intended Result", everyone that fails to meet the intended result either lives purely to produce offspring that will or are killed if they're exceptionally failed in order to reduce the resources consumed in keeping the program going. Thus, the eventual successes like Bob are horrified by all the dehumanization involved in creating them.
  • Reconstructed: Though the program is seen merely as "Start" and "Intended Result", everyone born inbetween live much happier lives as a result of making sure they actually comply. Thus, while the program can be seen as dehumanizing, everyone involved is genuinely happy and eventual successes like Bob are treated with great respect.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is the end result of a program, which treated every "failure" as a non-human. This causes Bob to wonder how easily he'll be considered a thing himself.

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