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26th Jan '16 4:57:24 AM Moosedog
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Often used in fantasy works, 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).
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Often used in fantasy works, 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). 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.
22nd Jan '16 2:13:53 PM vifetoile
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** Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaWindWaker''. The game's opening tells of a "Legendary Kingdom" that fell to a great evil - but what fate eventually befell it, no one knows. It turns out that the island cities of the Great Sea are the descendants of that doomed kingdom - but no one even remembers the cataclysm as a historical event, only as a legend.
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** Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaWindWaker''.''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. The game's opening tells of a "Legendary Kingdom" that fell to a great evil - but what fate eventually befell it, no one knows. It turns out that the island cities of the Great Sea are the descendants of that doomed kingdom - but no one even remembers the cataclysm as a historical event, only as a legend.
21st Dec '15 11:11:38 AM vifetoile
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** Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaWindWaker''. The game's opening tells of a "Legendary Kingdom" that fell to a great evil - but what fate eventually befell it, no one knows. It turns out that the island cities of the Great Sea are the descendants of that doomed kingdom - but no one even remembers the cataclysm as a historical event, only as a legend.
27th Nov '15 9:15:41 AM SamTheAwesome
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* The [[GreatOffscreenWar Last Great Time War]] the revived series of Series/DoctorWho. The Doctor's emotional scars are behind much of his character development, and many episodes revolve around the after effects of the War. (displaced civilizations, occasional surviving Daleks, etc)
29th Sep '15 9:10:37 PM Kalaong
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* ''Anime/TheBigO''. Forty years earlier an unknown disaster wiped out human civilization. Only those within the main city and its surrounding landscape remain, but none can remember what happened on that day.
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* ''Anime/TheBigO''. Forty years earlier an unknown disaster wiped out human civilization. Only those within the main city and its surrounding landscape remain, but none can remember what happened on that day. It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:''nothing'' existed before that point; that everyone is either a robot or a [[TomatoInTheMirror clone]], what few "memories" remain are simulated, and the city itself is an artificial construct. If the whole setting isn't actually InsideAComputerSystem and everyone is a program... But the GainaxEnding was doing its best to out-do EVA anyway]].
27th Sep '15 12:19:21 PM ragnarok235
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* In the expansion of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', it's revealed that the planet called Alpha Centauri/Chiron is actually an ancient experiment on planetary-scale artificial sentience using genetically-engineered ecosystems called "Manifold Six", created by a race of {{Precursors}}. 100 million years ago, another Manifold, Tau Ceti, gained planet-wide sentience resulting in a massive psionic disruption which annihilated three systems and broke the back of the Progenitor civilization. The surviving aliens have split into two factions, the Manifold Caretakers who are determined to locate and protect the remaining Manifolds so they remain in their dormant state, and the Manifold Usurpers who apparently didn't learn their lesson and are trying to find another Manifold and activate it so they can achieve godhood.
20th May '15 8:08:10 PM rojopixler
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}'', all the sura clans suddenly went to war with the gods around the time Leez was born. Entire planets were destroyed and [[HalfHumanHybrid Halfs]] got caught up in [[FisherKing emotional resonance]] and went berserk as a result. Bonus points for the event actually being referred to as the Cataclysm.
20th May '15 3:56:49 PM Winter
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* The ''Anime/TekkamanBlade II'' OVA has the Prague Black September, a revolt of "Primary Tekkamen" (humans partially transformed by the alien Radam to gain armored bodies but not offensive powers; they were fighting discrimination from "normal" humans) that was put down with the use of nuclear weapons. Only one major character lacks ties to the event, and one character has frequent flashbacks to the burning city. Also, it happened in the wake of an alien invasion that nearly wiped out humanity.
17th May '15 10:43:07 PM SparkyLurkdragon
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* Permeates ''[[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia]]''. About a thousand years ago, the world's six Moons suddenly dropped a bunch of meteors on the planet below, pummeling the ancient civilizations into the stone age in an event called the Rains of Destruction. By the start of the game, humanity has only just about recovered to the equivalent of Age of Discovery technology. [[spoiler:And there are factions who are trying to make the Rains fall again...]]
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* Permeates ''[[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia]]''.''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. About a thousand years ago, the world's six Moons suddenly dropped a bunch of meteors on the planet below, pummeling the ancient civilizations into the stone age in an event called the Rains of Destruction. By the start of the game, humanity has only just about recovered to the equivalent of Age of Discovery technology. [[spoiler:And there are factions who are trying to make the Rains fall again...]]
17th May '15 10:42:47 PM SparkyLurkdragon
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* Permeates ''[[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia]]''. About a thousand years ago, the world's six Moons suddenly dropped a bunch of meteors on the planet below, pummeling the ancient civilizations into the stone age in an event called the Rains of Destruction. By the start of the game, humanity has only just about recovered to the equivalent of Age of Discovery technology. [[spoiler:And there are factions who are trying to make the Rains fall again...]]
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