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Mace: It belonged to a bounty hunter I killed on Geonosis, by the name of Jango Fett.
Anakin: You mean the clone template?
Mace: Yes. Strangely enough he had a son, or at least a clone he regarded as a son. His name is Boba Fett.
—Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

In the wide world of fiction, clones come in all different sizes, shapes, and ages. As the name of this trope implies, this is any clone that is a child or teenager.

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The reasons for such a clone existing and how they interact with the rest of the world vary widely from work to work. It may be that an adult or couple unable to have children have access to a cloning facility and decide to clone themselves to make a "son" or "daughter". Or if they are the narcissistic type, they may decide that they only want a "perfect child", with themselves being the picture of perfect naturally. Or in some cases, usually comedic ones, the clone or clones may have been created by other children, usually either in an attempt to make a friend or have an army of clones to do their chores for them. In cases like this, the creation may sometimes be accidental. And of course there may be the occasions when a clone child is created as a Replacement Goldfish.

The clone child may or may not suffer from Cloning Blues depending on their situation. If they were mass-produced (such as with the "do my chores" example above) or if they turn out to be an Evil Twin to the original, they may become Expendable Clones as the main cast tries to figure out a way to get rid of them.

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For the robotic equivalent, see Robot Kid. Compare Clones Are People, Too. This might be used to make someone a Truly Single Parent.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Nagate Tanikaze from Knights of Sidonia is the clone grandson of Hiroki Saito, who was originally going to be used as a Body Backup Drive until Hiroki decided he wanted to die a natural death and stole Nagate to raise him as his grandson.
  • Several characters in Lyrical Nanoha are clones of dead characters: Fate, Erio, and Vivio. The former two were made as Replacement Goldfish and the latter to get around a genetic lock on a battleship. Fate and Vivio both are shown to be different from their originals (Fate's mother Precia hates her for this exact reason) but we never actually see what the original Erio was like (it's implied that there weren't any major differences). Fate and Erio both suffer Heroic BSODs when they discover that they're clones, and Vivio suffers one when she discovered the reason why she was cloned. Fortunately, Fate is adopted by Lindy, Erio is adopted by Fate, and Vivio is adopted by Nanoha and Fate.

    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics
    • The Flash: Thaddeus Thawne II, more known as Inertia and later as Kid Zoom, is a clone and Evil Counterpart of Bart Allen (Impulse/Kid Flash/Flash IV) made in the 30th century by President Thawne by mixing Bart's DNA with Thawne genetic material. He eventually travelled to 20th century to defeat his nemesis and eventually he managed to kill him as The Flash after the Infinite Crisis by cheating the Rogues and make them kill him as part of his plans.
    • Wonder Girl: One of Donna Troy's origins has her as a younger magically-made copy of Wonder Woman. While Diana was already part of the Justice League, Donna was a founding member of the Teen Titans.
    • Superman: Superboy (Kon-El) was Superman's genetically engineered teenage clone. He was later Retconned into a hybrid with the combined DNA of Superman and his arch-enemy Lex Luthor.
    • In Young Justice, Empress lost both of her parents, but then discovered that they'd both been cloned by a supervillain. After the supervillain was defeated, she took the clones, both of them infants, back home with her.
  • The unsuccessful Hack/Slash revival Son of Samhaim teamed up Cassie with an innocent, but potentially vicious, child clone of the main series' Big Bad Akakios.
  • Marvel Comics: In the Marvel Multiverse, X23 is a female clone of Wolverine (she had to be female because the Y-chromosome was damaged, so they copied the X-chromosome to complete the set of 46). In the comics as well as the animated series, she was a a child of about 10 initially. She gets a little older but is still only a young teen. And she suffers a healthy dose of Cloning Blues, although just as much angst comes from the horrible and abusive treatment she received at the hands of the scientists who created her before she managed to escape.
  • The 80's incarnation of My Little Pony has the Baby Ponies, who are basically younger magical clones of their older originals that act like them in every way. Their exact origin isn't addressed in the TV series, but there is a UK comic series explaining that most of them were born from a magic mirror from their respective mothers' wishes. ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has something resembling a similar Spiritual Successor in the form of the Mirror Pool that allows whoever uses it to create copies of themselves.
  • Super Dinosaur has Minimus, the clone son of Max Maximus, also known later in the story as Tyrannosaurus X.

    Fan Works 
  • In The Powerpuff Girls fanfic Ladder Ashley is essentially a clone of Buttercup except six years younger (she's five). The girls decide to raise her as their little sister.
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    Film-Live Action 
  • Attack of the Clones
    • Boba Fett is 10 years old in this film, and it's revealed that he is an unaltered clone of his "Dad", the bounty hunter Jango Fett. Fett is the genetic template for all the Clone Troopers, but demanded the Kaminoans create Boba as part of his contract in addition to the fortune they pay him.
    • The other clones have been modified to reach adulthood at twice the normal rate of a typical human, but the clone soldiers still have to go through childhood, albeit a very shortened one that is fully devoted to training. Hundreds of clone children are seen in one scene practicing some sort of computer simulation, all of them sharing Boba's face.
  • Austin Powers: Due to his size, Mini-Me, who is a miniature clone of Dr. Evil, is mistaken as being a baby by Fat Bastard, who expresses interest in eating him.
  • The Disney Channel TV film The Other Me, has a boy accidentally make a clone of himself. It is based on the children's book Me Two and follows the same plot and story, See Literature section below for more details.
  • Resident Evil: Retribution has Becky, the deaf child clone of Alice who adopts her as her own daughter after rescuing her from the Umbrella Corporation's underwater operations facility.

    Literature 
  • In Literature/A Memory Called Empire one of the Teixcalaanli emperor’s heirs is his ten-year old clone, though due to his age he’d rule alongside two co-emperors.
  • The main premise of the novel (and film) The Boys from Brazil is that Josef Mengele creates numerous teenage clones of Adolf Hitler, in the hopes that one of them grows up to become the next Fuhrer.
  • All of the Sisters in A Certain Magical Index are clones of the 14-year old Mikoto Misaka. They were designed to be expendable clones, and are (mostly) emotionless girls as a result. More notably perhaps, is Last Order, who stands out as being a kid even in the rest of the group, having not finished the accelerated growth process. She's also distinguished by having emotion slipped in as part of her conditioning. Essentially being a real child in any practical way and no longer part of the system that created her, she becomes a sort of surrogate little sister for an ex-villain, while doubling as his Morality Pet.
  • The children's novel Clone Conspiracy by Simon Rose. Local kids Luke and Emma, try to solve the strange mystery of her brother Patrick, who disappeared and then resurfaced acting like he didn't know them. They trace everything to a company called Lennox Gen and find out Patrick is a clone of the company's dead leader and was taken so he could have the original's memories implanted. Then they find out that they too are clones and that there own originators have died as well. Luckily, they are able to save everyone and shut down Lennox Gen.
  • Imperial Radch: Anaander Mianaai, Lord of the Radch, exists as a legion of mind-linked clone bodies. When the Battle of Omaugh Palace kills all her adult bodies in the star system, she has to operate through a backup child body to deal with the aftermath. Breq is a bit amused to see her ancient Arch-Enemy trotting around as a preteen.
  • A children's novel, Me Two. It has a 12 year old boy accidentally make a clone of himself because some Mad Scientist types unintentionally put some of their new cloning formula in an ocean pups experiment they sold as a legitimate business. Hilarity Ensues as Wilf has his clone do stuff for him while trying to keep it a secret. In the end, the secret does get out....but only to Wilf's friends and family. The clone is adopted Wilf's parents, who pass him off to the public as an identical cousin. This book later got made into a Disney Channel TV film called The Other Me. (See Film section)
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe.
    • Boba Fett (see above) has a young readers book series devoted to him, detailing his life right after Attack of the Clones. He starts out 10 and grows a bit older as the series moves on. He starts wearing his trademark armor at around 13. At one point he even meets a young clone cadet (see above).
    • Then there is the novel Crosscurrent which has a very unusual example. The book shows that the Empire had created a number of clones at a top secret facility on a distant moon, all of whom were strong in the Force. These clones eventually rebelled and killed their masters and started a Lost Colony as they tried to figure out how to escape the moon (they had no working starships). During this time, some of them started marrying and having children of their own. From this comes a 9 year old girl named Grace, born to the clones Alpha and Hunter. She serves as a major character in the novel, especially after a Clone Degeneration disease kills all the other clones except her and an adult male clone named Soldier. Her parents and sister were among the victims. What makes Grace so unusual is that she is the daughter of two clones. Depending on how you look at it, she is either a clone herself because her parents were clones and therefore she inherited through them the genes of whomever they were cloned from, or she is a very rare inversion of this trope as a normal child born to clone parents.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Orphan Black
    • The second season finale reveals that the Dyad Institute tried to recreate Project Leda, the human cloning experiment that created the show's protagonist Sarah Manning. Near the end of the episode Sarah comes face to face with eight year old Charlotte Bowles, the only successful attempt out of 400 trials to make more clones.
    • In season 3, it's discovered that Hank and Bonnie Johanssen attempted to recreate Project Castor, another human cloning experiment. Unfortunately the new clone, whom they named Abel, died in infancy.
  • In one of the later seasons of The Pretender, Jarod discovers a secret cloning project that has produced a teenage clone of him. (Played by the actor who usually played teenage Jarod in flashbacks.)
  • Smallville: The final season reveals that there is a lab with many clones of Lex Luthor. Most of them die, one adult one is evil and eventually dies of clone degeneration, and the final one, which is a teen, becomes the Smallville version of Kon-El/Superboy.
  • Stargate SG-1. The episode "Fragile Balance" reveals that while in a coma, Jack O'Neill was cloned. When he wakes up he meets Jonathon O'Neill, his young clone who looks to be about 12-14 years old. Jack is not pleased. Jonathon also suffers from Clone Degeneration because of a flaw in his creation. Fortunately, they are able to fix him, and even send him off to live a normal life.
  • In an episode of Star Trek Enterprise, Charles "Trip" Tucker is in critical condition and to save him, they create a copy of him named "Sim" using some alien equipment. Sim actually starts off as a fetus, then over the course of several days, grows into a baby, then a child, then an adult.

    Video Games 
  • Fallout 4 has Shawn II. Well technically he's a Synth with zero deviation from the template, but this generation of synths has organic components that are all cloned from the protagonist' son Shawn. In most the the endings You can take kid Shawn with you to try to have the life the atom bomb, Vault Tec, and the Institute took away.
  • Halo: To cover up the disappearance of the children kidnapped for the SPARTAN Program, clones were made of the kids designed to resemble them and die off from Clone Degeneration. However, a few managed to survive with the help of their "parents", confusing the Spartans that escaped and found a twin having taken their place at their home.
  • Honkai Impact 3rd
    • Theresa Apocalypse is the result of her adoptive grandpa Otto's attempt of making a clone of the legendary Valkyrie, Kallen Kaslana. She's grown in the lab since she was an infant, and she had a growth defect that makes her body unable to grow beyond looking like a 12 year old.
    • There's also "Experiment K423", which is also Otto's project for cloning Kiana Kaslana, the daughter of 2 of the Schicksal Organization's strongest warriors. Aside from being grown from a child age, she also had the core of the 2nd Herrscher put into her. In the past, when the real Kiana is missing and her father Siegfried found K423 instead, he chose to raise her like his own child, and later formally name her "Kiana".
  • Oriana Lawson from Mass Effect. She is genetically identical to Miranda (although she tends to be called sister rather than a clone - Oriana was grown from the same genetic template, not donated material) and was taken as a baby along when the older sister (a teen herself) fled from their father. You first meet when she is in her late teens.
  • Metal Gear: Solid Snake, Liquid Snake, and Solidus Snake are all clones of Big Boss. Each of them started out being raised as children by the military, resulting in them growing up into the fighters that they are throughout the series.

    Web Video 
  • In the SuperMarioLogan episode, "Baby Shrek", after taking a very painful crap on the toilet after eating some Sara Lee Cheesecake, Shrek gives birth to a baby ogre, much to the bewilderment of Mario and Dr. Goodman. Towards the end of the episode, a news report reveals that the Sara Lee Cheesecake factory has been caught cloning their cheesecake products, leading to people who have consumed the cheesecake to give birth to or to poop out a clone of themselves, as is the case with Shrek. When the Sara Lee Cheesecake company announces a recall of the clones, Shrek chooses to keep his clone and raise it like his son for 18 years.

    Western Animation 
  • In American Dad!, Stan clones Steve in a bet with Francine on who had the better parenting style. The clone Steve raised by Stan ended up becoming a psychopath.
  • In an episode of Back at the Barnyard, Otis and eventually Abby clone themselves and get calves that are small but able to feel crushes, so about eleven
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. In one episode Ma Vreedle, mother to the Vreedle brothers (dim-witted clones made from a cloning kit well past the "best if used by" date) gets a fresh cloning kit and makes Pretty Boy Vreedle, whom she regards as "perfect". However, she's not satisfied with just one Pretty Boy, and so decides to drain Earth's oceans to make billions of them, which naturally would ruin the planet. She is stopped and the few dozen she had already made are put up for adoption.
    Romboid Vreedle: How many new brothers is we gonna get?
Ma Vreedle: Oh, 3 or 4.....hundred billion.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: Using the DNA of the three rangers (and building a robot to stand in for the robot fourth), Emperor Zurg creates evil clones of Team Lightyear. However, he was too impatient to let the clones finish growing, so they emerge as kids, cute but very evil.
  • In Carl Squared, the 14 year old main character clones himself.
  • Danny Phantom has a clone of the titular character by the name of Dani Phantom who is not only has the appearance of a child, but ends up being the opposite gender of Danny.
  • Futurama has Cubert Farnsworth, the 12-year-old clone of Prof. Hubert Farnsworth, initially meant to be his successor.
  • In Gravity Falls, Dipper clones himself with a Xerox machine so that he can both take tickets for his Grunkle Stan and go to the dance with a girl. Unfortunately the copies make more copies of themselves of degrading quality and things get rapidly out of hand.
  • In an episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, Jade clones herself with a magic spell so she can tag along on Jackie's adventure while still staying behind to finish her chores. Unfortunately, the clone tags along too, and she forgot to apply a finishing spell, meaning the clone divides into more clones that divide into more clones that divide into...
  • ReBoot
    • In the season 3 finale, the system restarts restoring all previously destroyed things in Mainframe, including people. Because Enzo Matrix, who is now an adult due to being caught in a Time Skip, forgot to change his icon back from "game sprite mode" the computer didn't recognize him and created a copy of his younger self, who retains all of the original's memories prior to the aforementioned Time Skip . By Season 4, "Little Enzo" is treated as a little brother to the original and their sister Dot, with both being fiercely protective of him. And since the original Enzo prefers to be called solely by his last name Matrix now, Little Enzo is often just called Enzo. He also has no problem with Cloning Blues as he has a great family, and likes who he is.
    • Andraia, the original Enzo's girlfriend, may also count during her time as a child (she would get caught in the same Time Skip as Enzo mid-Season 3). As a Game Sprite, she would have to leave with her game when it departed Mainframe...or would she? She downloads a backup of herself onto his icon, and upon Bob touching it she appears in Mainframe to be with Enzo. This would seem to indicate that the Andraia we see for the rest of the series is a copy, and the original is still in the game (she even said "goodbye" to Enzo before the game left). However, she also talks about the game "letting her out", so perhaps the backup download was just her way of opening up a portal to escape.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    • Boba Fett is a recurring antagonist in the show. He is in the age range of 10-13 in this series (the war lasts 3 years In-universe). This is when he begins his career as a bounty hunter. And as the series proves, being a child makes him no less dangerous. He also doesn't technically suffer Cloning Blues, his angst in the series comes from his father being killed in the movie during a battle with Mace Windu, thus leaving him orphaned and alone. Cue the Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • The episode "Death Trap" introduces a group of cadets in the Clone Youth Brigade, the clone children first seen in Attack of the Clones. Because of the genetically engineered Time Skip, they are chronologically six, but physically and mentally 12. Being clones of Jango, they all have Boba's face, with their individual hairstyles and personalities the only real ways of telling them apart. Guess who uses this fact to infiltrate the group so he can kill Mace Windu.
    • A later episode has another group of clone cadets join the adult clones in fending off a Separatist attack on the cloning facilities of Kamino. They're pretty darn good at it despite still being kids.
  • Young Justice keeps Superboy's origin of being a younger clone of Superman (at the start of the series he's less than a month old but looks like a teen), and includes a subplot about Clark coming to terms with this fact.
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