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6th Feb '17 1:52:04 AM IckyKomodoDragon
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Nightfall" invokes this premise not with a paranormal deity, but with a natural and real phenomenon. On the planet Lagash, the night sky is only visible every two thousand years, during an eclipse. Also, every civilization ends shortly after each eclipse. The prevailing scientific theory is that the night sky, in all its awesome, terrible wonder, has driven every previous civilization mad. On the eve of the next eclipse, the citizens of Lagash are about to find out whether this theory is correct.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Nightfall" invokes this premise not with a paranormal deity, but with a natural and real phenomenon. On the planet Lagash, the night sky is only visible every two thousand years, during an eclipse. Also, every civilization ends shortly after each eclipse. The prevailing These eclipses have seemed to coincide with the collapse of past civilizations. A new scientific theory is postulates that the night sky, in all its awesome, terrible wonder, has driven every previous civilization mad. On the eve of the next eclipse, the citizens of Lagash are about to find out whether this theory is correct.
6th Feb '17 1:48:40 AM IckyKomodoDragon
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Nightfall" invokes this premise not with a paranormal deity, but with a natural and real phenomenon. On the planet Lagash, the night sky is only visible every two thousand years, during an eclipse. Also, every civilization ends shortly after each eclipse. The prevailing scientific theory is that the night sky, in all its awesome, terrible wonder, has driven every previous civilization mad. On the eve of the next eclipse, the citizens of Lagash are about to find out whether this theory is correct.
30th Jan '17 1:38:43 PM AgentS7
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* The freeware horror game ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'' begins with the cosmic horrors just moments away from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt arriving on Earth,]] with only the smallest shred of hope of actually stopping them. Unfortunately, the person responsible for that shred of hope is...[[KnightTemplar questionable.]] [[ImAHumanitarian At]] [[AbusiveParents the absolute]] [[Tykebomb best.]]

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* The freeware horror game ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'' begins with the cosmic horrors just moments away from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt arriving on Earth,]] with only the smallest shred of hope of actually stopping them. Unfortunately, the person responsible for that shred of hope is...[[KnightTemplar questionable.]] [[ImAHumanitarian At]] To]] [[AbusiveParents the absolute]] [[Tykebomb best.put it]] [[{{Tykebomb}} charitably.]]
30th Jan '17 1:37:29 PM AgentS7
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* The freeware horror game ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'' begins with the cosmic horrors just moments away from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt arriving on Earth,]] with only the smallest shred of hope of actually stopping them. Unfortunately, the person responsible for that shred of hope is...[[KnightTemplar questionable.]] [[ImAHumanitarian At]] [[AbusiveParents the absolute]] [[Tykebomb best.]]
22nd Jan '17 6:42:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' takes place in a world infiltrated by Chaos, a [[TheCorruption corruptive]] [[MoreThanMindControl force]] [[TheHeartless given strength by the ickier parts of the human psyche]]. The only way to combat Chaos is to be [[KnightTemplar frighteningly dogmatic and wipe it out whenever it looks at you funny]], [[IDidWhatIHadToDo no matter who gets caught in the crossfire]].

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''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' aka ''Warhammer Fantasy'' takes place in a world infiltrated by Chaos, a [[TheCorruption corruptive]] [[MoreThanMindControl force]] [[TheHeartless given strength by the ickier parts of the human psyche]]. The only way to combat Chaos is to be [[KnightTemplar frighteningly dogmatic and wipe it out whenever it looks at you funny]], [[IDidWhatIHadToDo no matter who gets caught in the crossfire]].



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is ''[[CrapsackWorld even worse]]''. Not only is Chaos even more of a threat (powerful daemons in ''Warhammer'' can devastate armies; powerful daemons in ''[=40K=]'' can devastate '''star systems'''), there are also the [[NighInvulnerability implacable]] legions of the Necrons and their former [[PhysicalGod C'tan]] masters, and the [[WeHaveReserves limitless]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid hordes]] controlled by its immortal HiveMind. Indeed, it's often noted that humanity still survives despite [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed the galaxy always being doomed]] not because of anything they do, but because the various unstoppable, incomprehensible menaces keep ''getting in each other's ways''.

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* ** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is ''[[CrapsackWorld even worse]]''. Not only is Chaos even more of a threat (powerful daemons in ''Warhammer'' can devastate armies; powerful daemons in ''[=40K=]'' can devastate '''star systems'''), there are also the [[NighInvulnerability implacable]] legions of the Necrons and their former [[PhysicalGod C'tan]] masters, and the [[WeHaveReserves limitless]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid hordes]] controlled by its immortal HiveMind. Indeed, it's often noted that humanity still survives despite [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed the galaxy always being doomed]] not because of anything they do, but because the various unstoppable, incomprehensible menaces keep ''getting in each other's ways''.
16th Jan '17 11:01:27 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' isn't straight-up Cosmic Horror, but it does incorporate some elements of the genre. "[[ManEatingPlant Audrey II]]," the main antagonist, is a {{Starfish Alien|s}} that came from outer space to drive Seymour mad and destroy humanity (although it displays surprisingly human psychology, speech, and behavior, and it breaks Seymour's sanity through subtle mind games and not by being mind-shatteringly eldritch). At the end of the play (and especially at the end of the Director's Cut of [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors the 1986 movie]]), it's pretty clear that we don't stand a chance against this extraterrestrial threat. A case could also be made that Seymour was meddling in [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things man was not meant to know]].

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* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' isn't straight-up Cosmic Horror, but it does incorporate some elements of the genre. "[[ManEatingPlant Audrey II]]," the main antagonist, is a {{Starfish Alien|s}} that came from outer space to drive Seymour mad and destroy humanity (although it displays surprisingly human psychology, speech, and behavior, and it breaks Seymour's sanity through subtle mind games and not by being mind-shatteringly eldritch). At the end of the play (and especially at the end of the Director's Cut of [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors the 1986 movie]]), it's pretty clear that we don't stand a chance against this extraterrestrial threat. A case could also be made that Seymour was meddling ''really'' shouldn't have meddled in [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things man was not he wasn't meant to know]].
6th Jan '17 10:38:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AftermathPopulationZero'': After humanity disappears, most signs of its civilization disappear within a few centuries' time, the remainder after the next ice age. Other lifeforms move on and adapt. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old, the universe three times that length of time; humanity's whole existence was just the blink of an eye.

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* ''Series/AftermathPopulationZero'': After humanity disappears, vanishes, most signs of its civilization disappear within a few centuries' time, the remainder after the next ice age. Other lifeforms move on and adapt. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old, the universe three times that length of time; humanity's whole existence was just the blink of an eye.
28th Dec '16 8:38:37 PM Xtifr
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* Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'' and its sequels take place in a world where bureaucratic top secret government agencies even more covert and shadowy than MI5 and the CIA battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s attracted to reality after Alan Turing discovered a theory that allowed the user to warp reality with computers and the [[{{Ghostapo}} Nazis attempted to summon the Great Old Ones using the souls of those slaughtered in the Holocaust]] to win the Second World War. CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt where the Elder Gods devour the world]], is definitely going to happen; the only question is how long we've got, and the best estimates have it as a matter of a few years ... if we're lucky.

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* Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'' and its sequels ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' take place in a world where bureaucratic top secret government agencies even more covert and shadowy than MI5 and the CIA battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s attracted to reality after Alan Turing discovered a theory that allowed the user to warp reality with computers and the [[{{Ghostapo}} Nazis attempted to summon the Great Old Ones using the souls of those slaughtered in the Holocaust]] to win the Second World War. CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt where the Elder Gods devour the world]], is definitely going to happen; the only question is how long we've got, and the best estimates have it as a matter of a few years ... if we're lucky.
18th Dec '16 10:18:05 PM batmany
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** ''Film/ShinGodzilla'' centers around some sort of sea-dwelling....thing that comes on shore, causes tons of massive destruction, and rapidly mutates. It turns out that this incarnation of Godzilla isn't a mutated dinosaur, but rather some sort of ancient organism with adaptive abilities and genetics that are beyond human comprehension. It quickly becomes clear to everyone in the film that Godzilla isn't just some irradiated sea creature, it is a destruction god incarnate. Standard weapons don't work on it. And, while armor-piercing weaponry can cause it to bleed, Godzilla can easily dispatch such weapons using numerous beams of atomic enargy (Not only from his mouth, but also from his tail and dorsal spines). About the only saving grace humanity has comes from when [[spoiler:Godzilla is frozen alive by a mixture of chemical coagulants]] and, even then, it's hinted to not be a permanent solution. [[spoiler:Godzilla's tail splitting into Human-Godzilla Hybrids at the end doesn't bode well for humanity either.]]
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