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27th Apr '17 10:30:23 PM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** In the episode "Let's Play the Quest for the Wholly Gruel", [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Stumpy unknowingly launches a comet onto the planet using a magical artifact.]] It's stopped just before it hits.
** In Episode 77, Kaeloo launches a comet onto the planet. [[spoiler: This time, the planet actually does get destroyed, but everyone survives ([[ResetButton and the planet is fine by the next episode]]).]]
16th Apr '17 5:10:14 AM Geoduck
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* In Tove Jansson's ''[[Literature/TheMoomins Comet in Moominland]]'', the eponymous object comes very close to earth, causing quite a bit of upheaval, but in the end just misses the planet and goes zooming back into space.
31st Mar '17 7:57:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* A random event in ''EuropaUniversalis'' involves a comet or meteor appearing and the superstitious peasants being concerned enough that your country loses stability. Players complained that the event only had one option, so in each major update the devs added a new option...which also reduced stability. ''[[VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun Victoria 2]]'' also has a Comet Sighted event, but because it's set in [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions more enlightened times]] the comet gives you research points instead.

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* A random event in ''EuropaUniversalis'' ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis'' involves a comet or meteor appearing and the superstitious peasants being concerned enough that your country loses stability. Players complained that the event only had one option, so in each major update the devs added a new option...which also reduced stability. ''[[VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun Victoria 2]]'' also has a Comet Sighted event, but because it's set in [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions more enlightened times]] the comet gives you research points instead.
26th Mar '17 2:36:23 AM Yozzy
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** In the case of Mordheim, the comet, like a few other astral bodies, is made [[GreenRocks warpstone]]. While the impact brought ruin to the city and caused the local government to collapse, the comet shattered into uncounted warpstone fragments, which poisoned the local populace and caused them to mutate hideously and turn insane. It also attracted all sorts of nasty types, as the warpstone is spiritually important to [[LegionsOfHell Chaos cults]], practical importance to outlaw mages, and both to the [[RatMen Skaven]]; and also mercenaries who know it's worth more than it's own weight in gold, and something Empire loyalists are working hard to contain.
3rd Mar '17 2:09:54 PM Xtifr
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* A comet was seen in the sky shortly after the death of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar. Rather than being seen as a bad omen, the comet was believed to be proof that Julius Caesar had ascended to godhood after his murder.
** Of course, his great-nephew and adopted son Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} was gaining power and certainly encouraged this story, meaning he could call himself son of a god.

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* A comet was seen in the sky shortly after the death of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar. UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. Rather than being seen as a bad omen, the comet was believed to be proof that Julius Caesar had ascended to godhood after his murder.
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murder. Of course, his great-nephew and adopted son Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} was gaining power and certainly encouraged this story, meaning he could call himself son of a god.



* Tacitus mentions two comet sightings during the reign of the Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}. Nero was apparently so concerned about each of these two comet sightings (in the years 60 and 66 AD, respectively), thinking that they were omens foretelling the sudden end of his reign, that he had most of the Roman nobility massacred as a means to forstall assassination.
** Just as an interesting aside, the comet in 66 AD was Halley's Comet.

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* Tacitus mentions two comet sightings during the reign of the Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}. Nero was apparently so concerned about each of these two comet sightings (in the years 60 and 66 AD, respectively), thinking that they were omens foretelling the sudden end of his reign, that he had most of the Roman nobility massacred as a means to forstall assassination.
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assassination. (Just as an interesting aside, the comet in 66 AD was Halley's Comet.)
25th Jan '17 9:53:40 AM BigJaredMonkey
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* In a rare example of a comet being a ''good'' omen, some scholars believe that the [[Literature/TheBible Star of Bethlehem]] was one. Others discount this because of said stigma of comets being doom omens, instead assuming that the event was an alignment of several stars.

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* In a rare example of a comet being a ''good'' omen, some scholars theologists believe that the [[Literature/TheBible Star of Bethlehem]] was one. Others discount this because of said stigma of comets being doom omens, instead assuming that the event (assuming it actually happened at all) was an alignment of several stars.
25th Jan '17 9:49:38 AM BigJaredMonkey
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* A red comet appears in the sky early in Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series -- unusually, the characters aren't universally filled with dread; several of them decide the comet shows divine favour for their side (Daenerys thinks it's a sign that will lead her khalasar to safety; the Lannisters believe it is a sign of good fortune for their family and especially Joffrey; etc.) At the end of ''A Feast for Crows'' it seems to be confirmed that [[spoiler:it's a part of the prophecy of the Prince Who Was Promised]].

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* A red comet appears in the sky early in Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series -- unusually, series, marking the deaths of both King Robert Baratheon and the murder of Ned Stark. Unusually, the characters aren't universally filled with dread; several of them decide the comet shows divine favour for their side (Daenerys thinks it's a sign that will lead her khalasar to safety; the Lannisters believe it is a sign of good fortune for their family and especially Joffrey; etc.) At the end of ''A Feast for Crows'' it seems to be confirmed that [[spoiler:it's a part of the prophecy of the Prince Who Was Promised]].
4th Jan '17 1:32:10 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': red comet during Season 2 coincides with birth of dragons and return of Magic.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': red Red comet during the Season 2 episode "The North Remembers" coincides with birth of dragons and return of Magic.Magic, though everyone interprets it differently.
11th Dec '16 9:17:58 PM Willbyr
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', such a comet indicates the imminent [[spoiler: fulfillment of Jim Cook's prophecy]]. For bonus points, it appears to ''turn'' and fly straight towards [[spoiler: him]] several times, causing alarm, though [[spoiler: this is only an illusion, albeit part of the prophecy, and the comet is never the real threat.]]

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', such a comet indicates the imminent [[spoiler: fulfillment of Jim Cook's prophecy]]. For bonus points, it appears to ''turn'' and fly straight towards [[spoiler: him]] [[spoiler:him]] several times, causing alarm, though [[spoiler: this is only an illusion, albeit part of the prophecy, and the comet is never the real threat.]]
3rd Nov '16 8:57:36 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* According to the Florentine Codex, a comet appeared over the Aztec Empire not long before Hernán Cortés arrived.


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