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10th Sep '17 6:49:29 PM ZimFan89
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* In S. M. Stirling's ''Shadowspawn'' series, the titular species of superhuman beings, who have been [[AncientConspiracy secretly controlling humanity for thousands of years]], have decided that the global population is growing too large to control, so needs to be curbed. The only problem for them is that they can't agree on how. The ruling elders want to use a string of [=EMPs=] to destroy all modern technology, and corral all remaining humans. A progressive movement of younger members, however, want to use a SyntheticPlague to merely kill enough to lower numbers, while they then come in with the antidote, letting them be welcomed as saviors and handed open control on a silver platter.
9th Sep '17 12:01:39 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''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.

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', 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.
20th Aug '17 5:04:50 PM DarkHunter
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** The genophage returns in ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', since the krogan that launched for Andromeda left before the cure may or may not have been administered in ''3''. Apparently, Clan Nakmor had a mutation that is (very slowly) rendering the genophage ineffective, and they've applied some kind of gene therapy during the 600 year stasis sleep to Andromeda to enhance it, as a result their birth rates have quadrupled (so, now 1/250 pregnancies is viable). If the trend continues, the Andromeda krogan could be cured of the genophage within a few thousand years.

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** The genophage returns in ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', since the krogan that launched for Andromeda left before the cure may or may not have been administered in ''3''. Apparently, Clan Nakmor had a mutation that is (very slowly) rendering the genophage ineffective, and they've applied some kind of gene therapy during the 600 year stasis sleep to Andromeda to enhance it, as a result their birth rates have quadrupled (so, greatly multiplied (they now 1/250 pregnancies is viable).have a viability ratio of 1/25). If the trend continues, the Andromeda krogan could be cured of the genophage within a few thousand years.
9th Jul '17 1:12:11 AM DarthWalrus
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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 Depopulation Bomb 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 Depopulation Bomb back at us.
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30th Jun '17 10:11:12 PM DarkHunter
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** The genophage returns in ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', since the krogan that launched for Andromeda left before the cure may or may not have been administered in ''3''. Apparently, Clan Nakmor had a mutation that is (very slowly) rendering the genophage ineffective, and they've applied some kind of gene therapy during the 600 year stasis sleep to Andromeda to enhance it, as a result their birth rates have quadrupled (so, now 1/250 pregnancies is viable). If the trend continues, the Andromeda krogan could be cured of the genophage within a few thousand years.
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.
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