Prototype object oriented programming uses generalized objects, which can then be cloned and extended. Using fruit as an example, a “fruit” object would represent the properties and functionality of fruit in general. A “banana” object would be cloned from the “fruit” object, and would also be extended to include general properties specific to bananas. Each individual “banana” object would be cloned from the generic “banana” object. Compare to the class-based paradigm, where a “fruit” class would be extended by a “banana” class.