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26th Jul '17 1:47:21 AM Tyk5919
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* ''ComicBook/{{Reyn}}'' has the aptly titled Great Cataclysm, a devastating event that nearly destroyed all of humanity. Issue 9 fully explains how the Cataclysm started, and that [[BigBad Brother M'Thall]] caused it.
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17th Jun '17 8:05:20 PM Person1
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* ''VideoGame/ChildrenOfADeadEarth'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Cataclysm]], a conflict marked by weaponized geoengineering which rendered Earth uninhabitable and reduced the human population so much that, over 200 years later, there are still fewer than two billion humans across the entire solar system.
30th May '17 8:29:44 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Often used in {{Fantasy}} works, a Cataclysm Backstory is a trope that can easily set up the events of a story, or possibly the entire setting itself. It's very common in dystopia works and often used in stories that take place AfterTheEnd. Cataclysm Backstory can be used in many different ways. It can sometimes provide a touch of mystery to any work, only being mentioned every now and then and possibly kept unexplained until much later in the story [[PlotHole (if it's ever explained at all)]]. If done well, the Cataclysm Backstory in question will be deeply tied in with the events of the plot and explained in detail. If done poorly, it will be used as an easy way of filling any given PlotHole (i.e. Where did that HumongousMecha come from? It was revealed during the Cataclysm). It can also explain bits of technology more advanced than the general cultural level of the society depicted; whatever it was, it was something the survived the Cataclysm.

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Often used in {{Fantasy}} works, a Cataclysm Backstory is a trope that can easily set up the events of a story, or possibly the entire setting itself. It's very common in dystopia {{dystopia}} works and often used in stories that take place AfterTheEnd. Cataclysm Backstory can be used in many different ways. It can sometimes provide a touch of mystery to any work, only being mentioned every now and then and possibly kept unexplained until much later in the story [[PlotHole (if it's ever explained at all)]]. If done well, the Cataclysm Backstory in question will be deeply tied in with the events of the plot and explained in detail. If done poorly, it will be used as an easy way of filling any given PlotHole (i.e. Where did that HumongousMecha come from? It was revealed during the Cataclysm). It can also explain bits of technology more advanced than the general cultural level of the society depicted; whatever it was, it was something the survived the Cataclysm.
11th Apr '17 4:00:00 PM DarkHunter
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* Hinted at in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', and, by extension, the rest of the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' series to which it is a prequel. The cataclysm in question was invasion by demons, and before it, there was a civilization of sapient robots with technology to put modern Earth to shame. After it, the setting MedievalEuropeanFantasy with a bit of LostTechnology scattered here and there, [[MedievalStasis which then becomes the status quo for thousands of years]].

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Hinted at in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', and, by extension, the rest of the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' series to which it is a prequel. The cataclysm in question was invasion by demons, and before it, there was a civilization of sapient robots with technology to put modern Earth to shame. After it, the setting MedievalEuropeanFantasy with a bit of LostTechnology scattered here and there, [[MedievalStasis which then becomes the status quo for thousands of years]].


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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' takes place 100 years after Calamity Ganon ravaged the land. The Hylians knew it was coming and tried their best to prepare for it, but the Calamity took over the mechanical army they'd unearthed and turned it against them. The Kingdom of Hyrule is all but a non-entity, with only a few scattered villages remaining. The only thing that stopped Ganon from wiping out ''everything'' was Princess Zelda sealing him in Hyrule Castle, which she continues to do until the game starts, but she can't keep it up forever...
24th Mar '17 3:28:49 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- OpeningNarration, ''Film/{{Cyborg}}''
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23rd Feb '17 9:44:33 PM jake38
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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': The premise of the story is that a worldwide blackout occurred and stays in effect for 15 years. As the first season goes on, more on the backstory is revealed. [[spoiler:The power was shut down by electricity absorbing nanites that were created by Rachel Matheson and Ben Matheson. Randall Flynn, representative of the Department of Defense, was happy to fund their project. From a secret location in Colorado known as the Tower, Randall activated the nanites in Afghanistan in response to his son's death. Unfortunately, the nanites got out of control and spread throughout the world and non just Afghanistan. Aaron Pittman is able to find out that the nanites did not go out of control by accident. It seems that someone deliberately programmed them to spread out of Afghanistan, but there is no way of knowing who could have done that and why.]]

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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': The premise of the story is that a worldwide blackout occurred and stays in effect for 15 years. As the first season goes on, more on the backstory is revealed. [[spoiler:The power was shut down by electricity absorbing nanites that were created by Rachel Matheson and Ben Matheson. Randall Flynn, representative of the Department of Defense, was happy to fund their project. From a secret location in Colorado known as the Tower, Randall activated the nanites in Afghanistan in response to his son's death. Unfortunately, the nanites got out of control and spread throughout the world and non just Afghanistan.world. Aaron Pittman is able to find out that the nanites did not go out of control by accident. It seems that someone deliberately programmed them to spread out of Afghanistan, but there is no way of knowing who could have done that and why.]]



* [[BigBlackout The Datacide]] in ''[[VideoGame/SteelBattalion Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor]]'', in which all of Earth's microprocessors were destroyed by a silicon eating microbe. Mankind managed to rebuild and is now on the technology level of the 1940s.

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* [[BigBlackout The Datacide]] in ''[[VideoGame/SteelBattalion Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor]]'', in during which all of Earth's microprocessors were destroyed by a silicon eating microbe. Mankind managed to rebuild and is now on the technology level of the 1940s.
23rd Feb '17 6:49:11 PM jake38
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* [[BigBlackout The Datacide]] in ''[[VideoGame/SteelBattalion Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor]]'', in which all of Earth's microprocessors were destroyed by a silicon eating microbe. Mankind managed to rebuild and is now on the technology level of the 1940s.
23rd Dec '16 3:38:33 AM HeSupplanted
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' gives us Second Impact. By the time the story starts, humanity is just starting to return to normal.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' gives us Second Impact.Impact, a disaster which destroyed Antarctica, caused worldwide flooding and wars, and ended up killing off half of mankind. It's attributed to a meteorite hitting Antarctica, but it was actually caused by [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Seele]] experimenting with and waking [[EldritchAbomination Adam]], who lay dormant there. By the time the story starts, humanity is just starting to return to normal.
2nd Dec '16 8:40:32 PM jake38
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* The defilement of the Golden City by Tevinter Magisters in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, which gave rise to the [[GreatOffscreenWar First was Blight]] and placed the future generations into constant danger of a Darkspawn invasion. [[spoiler: At least, so the Chantry would have us believe. ''Some'' calamity instigated the Darkspawn, but the truth has been [[RiddleForTheAges lost to time]].]]

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* The defilement of the Golden City by Tevinter Magisters in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, which gave rise to the [[GreatOffscreenWar First was Blight]] and placed the future generations into constant danger of a Darkspawn invasion. [[spoiler: At least, so the Chantry would have us believe. ''Some'' calamity instigated the Darkspawn, but the truth has been [[RiddleForTheAges lost to time]].]]



* The ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries''. An event known as the "Great Collapse" took place 1,200 years ago, wiping out ancient Zemurian Civilization and leaving a lot of highly advanced technology behind. This LostTechnology is the main reason why the "Orbal Revolution" happened, advancing the technology from a [[TheMiddleAges Medieval]] to {{Steampunk}} level.

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* The ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries''. An In the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'', an event known as the "Great Collapse" took place 1,200 years ago, wiping out the ancient Zemurian Civilization and leaving a lot of highly advanced technology behind. This LostTechnology is the main reason why the "Orbal Revolution" happened, advancing the technology from a [[TheMiddleAges Medieval]] to {{Steampunk}} level.
1st Dec '16 9:42:21 AM jake38
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* The defilement of the Golden City by Tevinter Magisters in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, which gave rise to the [[GreatOffscreenWar First Blight]] and placed the future generations into constant danger of a Darkspawn invasion. [[spoiler: At least, so the Chantry would have us believe. ''Some'' calamity instigated the Darkspawn, but the truth has been [[RiddleForTheAges lost to time]].]]

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* The defilement of the Golden City by Tevinter Magisters in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, which gave rise to the [[GreatOffscreenWar First was Blight]] and placed the future generations into constant danger of a Darkspawn invasion. [[spoiler: At least, so the Chantry would have us believe. ''Some'' calamity instigated the Darkspawn, but the truth has been [[RiddleForTheAges lost to time]].]]



* The ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries''. An event known as the "Great Collapse" took place 1,200 years ago, wiping out ancient Zemurian Civilization and leaving a lot of highly advanced technology behind. This LostTechnology is the main reason why the "Orbal Revolution" happened, advancing the technology from a [[TheMiddleAges Medieval]] to {{Steampunk}}.

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* The ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries''. An event known as the "Great Collapse" took place 1,200 years ago, wiping out ancient Zemurian Civilization and leaving a lot of highly advanced technology behind. This LostTechnology is the main reason why the "Orbal Revolution" happened, advancing the technology from a [[TheMiddleAges Medieval]] to {{Steampunk}}.{{Steampunk}} level.
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