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20th May '17 10:36:55 AM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' franchise features the recurring Armageddon spell, first given to the player character in ''VideoGame/UltimaVI'', that effectively destroys all life on Britannia apart from the caster (apart from ''VideoGame/UltimaVIII'' and ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'', where it kills the caster as well) and, if they're lucky, a few select [=NPCs=], such as [[AuthorAvatar Lord British]]. Naturally, the games are usually {{Unwinnable|ByInsanity}} after casting the spell, so pretty much everyone who ever played these games cast the spell once and only once to see what happens, before reverting to an earlier savegame.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' franchise features the recurring Armageddon spell, first given to the player character in ''VideoGame/UltimaVI'', that effectively destroys all life on Britannia apart from the caster (apart from ''VideoGame/UltimaVIII'' and ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'', where it kills the caster as well) and, if they're lucky, a few select [=NPCs=], such as [[AuthorAvatar Lord British]]. Naturally, the games are usually {{Unwinnable|ByInsanity}} after casting the spell, so pretty much everyone who ever played these games cast the spell once and only once to see what happens, before reverting to an earlier savegame.
24th Apr '17 12:14:37 AM angie710
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* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', after humanity appropriated the technology [[note]] [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo Possibly nuclear energy, though this is not stated]]. [[/note]] of the resident SuperiorSpecies and used it as a weapon of war, only a few small, isolated populations of humans remained. They became seven isolationist city-states, perhaps with a few surrounding villages or suburbs.
23rd Apr '17 10:11:25 AM nombretomado
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* It is possible to research and build biological weapons in ''SwordOfTheStars''. When launched against a planet, each plague missile kills millions of people. Enough of them can quickly depopulate a world with no ill effect to the environment. Another version of the plague makes the target population more willing to join your empire. However, millions still die.

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* It is possible to research and build biological weapons in ''SwordOfTheStars''.''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''. When launched against a planet, each plague missile kills millions of people. Enough of them can quickly depopulate a world with no ill effect to the environment. Another version of the plague makes the target population more willing to join your empire. However, millions still die.
1st Apr '17 3:57:24 AM Doug86
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* CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/TheRoad'' has some unspecified disaster leading to this.

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* CormacMcCarthy's Creator/CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/TheRoad'' has some unspecified disaster leading to this.
23rd Mar '17 9:53:07 AM Willbyr
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* In ''DragonBall'', Super Buu's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Human Extinction Attack]], which only leaves a handful of survivors on the surface of the Earth, mainly those skilled and/or lucky enough to dodge it.

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* In ''DragonBall'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', Super Buu's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Human Extinction Attack]], which only leaves a handful of survivors on the surface of the Earth, mainly those skilled and/or lucky enough to dodge it.
16th Mar '17 1:44:42 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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# It's more budget friendly to pull off a depopulated future with a single band of familiar survivors and a bunch of faceless enemy {{mooks}} than it is to portray a [[CyberPunk vastly overpopulated future]] on the other end of the Malthusian Disaster Spectrum. Alternatively, a DepopulationBomb that doesn't wipe out some 90% of humanity may still justify a CrapsackWorld.

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# It's more budget friendly to pull off a depopulated future with a single band of familiar survivors and a bunch of faceless enemy {{mooks}} than it is to portray a [[CyberPunk vastly overpopulated future]] on the other end of the Malthusian Disaster Spectrum. Alternatively, a DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bomb that doesn't wipe out some 90% of humanity may still justify a CrapsackWorld.



* ''Literature/OldMansWar'' has a minor DepopulationBomb in the backstory, as justification for the quarantine of Earth. An alien disease called "The Crimp" caused a third of the planet's male population to go sterile.

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* ''Literature/OldMansWar'' has a minor DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bomb in the backstory, as justification for the quarantine of Earth. An alien disease called "The Crimp" caused a third of the planet's male population to go sterile.



* ''Literature/ZForZachariah'' opens AfterTheEnd came about thanks to both literal [[DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bombs]] as well as nerve gas. The protagonist believes she's the last living human, until her valley is found by another man. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] from there.

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* ''Literature/ZForZachariah'' opens AfterTheEnd came about thanks to both literal [[DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bombs]] Bombs as well as nerve gas. The protagonist believes she's the last living human, until her valley is found by another man. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] from there.



* 'The Virus' in ''Series/TheTribe'' was a DepopulationBomb with a bonus OnlyFatalToAdults.

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* 'The Virus' in ''Series/TheTribe'' was a DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bomb with a bonus OnlyFatalToAdults.



* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has the case of [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1322 SCP 1322]], another world populated by HumanAliens that they found a portal to. Communications and cultural exchange went great until a viral outbreak killed millions of people on 1322's world. The Foundation offered to help and came up with a vaccine that, due to the alien biology of the other world's inhabitants, worked... [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and rendered everyone infertile.]] They hate our world now and have been trying to throw a DepopulationBomb back at us.

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* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has the case of [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1322 SCP 1322]], another world populated by HumanAliens that they found a portal to. Communications and cultural exchange went great until a viral outbreak killed millions of people on 1322's world. The Foundation offered to help and came up with a vaccine that, due to the alien biology of the other world's inhabitants, worked... [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and rendered everyone infertile.]] They hate our world now and have been trying to throw a DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bomb back at us.



* The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' were hit by a DepopulationBomb referred to as the "Genophage", designed by the salarians during the Krogan Rebellions. The krogan evolved on Tuchanka, an [[DeathWorld extremely lethal planet]] where only massive fertility and hardy physiology made it possible for them to survive, and once they moved off Tuchanka, their numbers, lifespan, and birthrates were so explosive that in order to satisfy the need for more territory to support their growing numbers, they began aggressively moving in on worlds already colonized by other sapient species. The genophage reduced krogan birthrates to less than one successful live birth per thousand pregnancies.\\
Interestingly, the salarians do ''not'' view the genophage as a DepopulationBomb, but rather as a device to control the krogan birthrate to keep them from overpopulating the galaxy. As Mordin so blunty points out, if the salarians wanted to ''wipe out'' the krogan, it would have been a hell of a lot easier just to slap them with a permanent sterility version of the genophage instead of the carefully tailored one that allows for "pre-industrial growth levels" which would enable the krogan to give birth to enough young to keep up a steady population. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:the krogan began to adapt to the genophage, prompting the salarians to update it to maintain a stable birthrate]].\\

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* The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' were hit by a DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bomb referred to as the "Genophage", designed by the salarians during the Krogan Rebellions. The krogan evolved on Tuchanka, an [[DeathWorld extremely lethal planet]] where only massive fertility and hardy physiology made it possible for them to survive, and once they moved off Tuchanka, their numbers, lifespan, and birthrates were so explosive that in order to satisfy the need for more territory to support their growing numbers, they began aggressively moving in on worlds already colonized by other sapient species. The genophage reduced krogan birthrates to less than one successful live birth per thousand pregnancies.\\
Interestingly, the salarians do ''not'' view the genophage as a DepopulationBomb, Depopulation Bomb, but rather as a device to control the krogan birthrate to keep them from overpopulating the galaxy. As Mordin so blunty points out, if the salarians wanted to ''wipe out'' the krogan, it would have been a hell of a lot easier just to slap them with a permanent sterility version of the genophage instead of the carefully tailored one that allows for "pre-industrial growth levels" which would enable the krogan to give birth to enough young to keep up a steady population. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:the krogan began to adapt to the genophage, prompting the salarians to update it to maintain a stable birthrate]].\\



* Cobalt bombs. Cobalt absorbs radiation and transforms into the radioactive Cobalt-60 isotope, which falls over a large area as fallout, potentially rendering a swath of land uninhabitable for some years. However, the world-destroying cobalt superbomb feared in pop culture is a grossly exaggerated fantasy, and the only attempt at building a cobalt bomb ended in failure. It would certainly be a DepopulationBomb for many miles from the impact site though.

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* Cobalt bombs. Cobalt absorbs radiation and transforms into the radioactive Cobalt-60 isotope, which falls over a large area as fallout, potentially rendering a swath of land uninhabitable for some years. However, the world-destroying cobalt superbomb feared in pop culture is a grossly exaggerated fantasy, and the only attempt at building a cobalt bomb ended in failure. It would certainly be a DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bomb for many miles from the impact site though.



* Myxomatosis and other diseases have often been employed as a DepopulationBomb against invasive pest species such as rabbits or rodents. Biopesticides are likewise used as a targeted alternative to insecticides to eradicate agricultural insect pests.

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* Myxomatosis and other diseases have often been employed as a DepopulationBomb Depopulation Bomb against invasive pest species such as rabbits or rodents. Biopesticides are likewise used as a targeted alternative to insecticides to eradicate agricultural insect pests.
15th Feb '17 8:44:36 PM danya02
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In order for a CozyCatastrophe to remain cozy and small scale, it helps if said cozy catastrophe takes place AfterTheEnd. It helps to justify the existence of a nearly-deserted but intact urban wasteland that, even if civilization DID collapse in the real world for any reason other than a DepopulationBomb, would probably still be teeming with people only a few months after the fact. Sometimes major characters have a fortunate random immunity to the widespread plague or chemical/bio-weapon. The use of a biological or chemical weapon may be due to the NuclearWeaponsTaboo.

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In order for a CozyCatastrophe to remain cozy and small scale, it helps if said cozy catastrophe takes place AfterTheEnd. It helps to justify the existence of a nearly-deserted but intact urban wasteland that, even if civilization DID collapse in the real world for any reason other than a DepopulationBomb, Depopulation Bomb, would probably still be teeming with people only a few months after the fact. Sometimes major characters have a fortunate random immunity to the widespread plague or chemical/bio-weapon. The use of a biological or chemical weapon may be due to the NuclearWeaponsTaboo.
23rd Jan '17 12:54:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Rapture serves as one in the ''LeftBehind'' film series, the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series, and the ''Moment After'' film series.

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* The Rapture serves as one in the ''LeftBehind'' ''Film/LeftBehind'' film series, the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series, and the ''Moment After'' film series.
11th Jan '17 7:38:27 AM Milarqui
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* In ''A Planet For The President'', in order to stop the trouble with the environment, the United States cabinet decides to provoke this, infecting Earth's population with a deadly virus the US inhabitants are vaccinated against. However, the President (who is in the plan) is allergic to eggs, so the vaccine must be produced elsewhere. However, all the vaccines (save for the President's) turn out to be faulty, and the illness also affects the US population: in the end, the President is the last human alive.

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* In ''A Planet For The President'', in order to stop put an end to the trouble with the environment, growing environmental crisis derived from global warming, the United States cabinet decides to provoke this, infecting infect most of Earth's population with a deadly virus virus, which the US inhabitants are vaccinated against. However, Thing is, the President (who is in the plan) is allergic to eggs, so the his vaccine must be produced elsewhere. However, all the vaccines (save for the President's) turn out to be faulty, and the illness also affects the US population: in the end, the President is the last human alive.
27th Nov '16 10:35:25 AM Sharlee
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* Myxomatosis and other diseases have often been employed as a DepopulationBomb against invasive pest species such as rabbits or rodents. Biopesticides are likewise used as a targeted alternative to insecticides to eradicate agricultural insect pests.
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