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29th Jan '16 6:11:38 AM TheNerevarine
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* While [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Barsoom]] is a dying world with most of their people struggling to survive, none are as doomed as the Lotharians of which only 1000 remain with no females and children among them. They live as recluses in the Torquas swamps and developed such advanced psychic powers to create life-like soldiers to defend them as well as extend their own lifespans. Their leader Tario attempted to use his powers to circumvent this problem by materializing a female in secret, though he had no success.
19th Jan '16 3:26:22 PM GrammarNavi
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* The Neanderthals from the ''EarthsChildren'' series are, of course, destined for extinction, although it's hinted that at least some of their hybrid offspring may interbreed with modern humans and so have descendents.
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* The Neanderthals from the ''EarthsChildren'' series are, of course, destined for extinction, although it's hinted that at least some of their hybrid offspring may interbreed with modern humans and so have descendents.descendants.

* The ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'' portrays the Andorians as this. Their complex four-sex biology is failing them and their window of fertility has dropped to only four or five years. The Andorian culture has reorganized itself around ArrangedMarriage for quads of young people who are genetically compatable. Unless their genome can be repaired, the Andorians face extinction within fifteen generations. Note that events in later stories - ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' most notably - make the problem even worse.
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* The ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'' portrays the Andorians as this. Their complex four-sex biology is failing them and their window of fertility has dropped to only four or five years. The Andorian culture has reorganized itself around ArrangedMarriage for quads of young people who are genetically compatable.compatible. Unless their genome can be repaired, the Andorians face extinction within fifteen generations. Note that events in later stories - ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' most notably - make the problem even worse.

** Dragons, who are extinct at the beginning of the series. The last few that hatched were badly degenerated and barely the size of dogs. [[spoiler: But there might be hope for them, now that Danaerys managed to hatch three healthy specimen.]]
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** Dragons, who are extinct at the beginning of the series. The last few that hatched were badly degenerated and barely the size of dogs. [[spoiler: But there might be hope for them, now that Danaerys Daenerys managed to hatch three healthy specimen.specimens.]]

*** We later get a full explanation for this: [[spoiler:The Minbari were, at one point, introduced to a HalfHumanHybrid time traveler, [[ReallyGetsAround who mated with a minbari and so did his descendants]]. At the present time, the windfall his genes caught has begun to turn and the human DNA sequences are gradually being removed from the Minbari genome by outbreeding. When the Minbari reach first contact with humanity (which by an extreme coincidence happens to be the very same time traveller), they find pieces of those genetic sequences (who were originally human in the first place) in his genome and reach the above conclusion.]]
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*** We later get a full explanation for this: [[spoiler:The Minbari were, at one point, introduced to a HalfHumanHybrid time traveler, [[ReallyGetsAround who mated with a minbari and so did his descendants]]. At the present time, the windfall his genes caught has begun to turn and the human DNA sequences are gradually being removed from the Minbari genome by outbreeding. When the Minbari reach first contact with humanity (which by an extreme coincidence happens to be the very same time traveller), traveler), they find pieces of those genetic sequences (who were originally human in the first place) in his genome and reach the above conclusion.]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' the canals are slowly decaying and cannot be repaired. Mars is about to become arid and basically uninhabitable again destrouing most native life including the three types of sentients. Canal Martians generally more or less accept this, which the Europeans, who believe in Progress and sometimes in social darwinism, find offensive or a sign of weakness.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' the canals are slowly decaying and cannot be repaired. Mars is about to become arid and basically uninhabitable again destrouing destroying most native life including the three types of sentients. Canal Martians generally more or less accept this, which the Europeans, who believe in Progress and sometimes in social darwinism, find offensive or a sign of weakness.

In ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'', every spacefaring, intelligent civilization is eventually doomed to become a DyingRace, and nobody knows why.
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* In ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'', every spacefaring, intelligent civilization is eventually doomed to become a DyingRace, and nobody knows why.
15th Jan '16 5:28:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dwarves of the ForgottenRealms may or may not be this trope, depending on which products you credence. Some of the 2E products suggest that dwarf males may be marrying human women (and breeding true) as a counter to their own race's slow birth rate and scarcity of females.
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* Dwarves of the ForgottenRealms TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms may or may not be this trope, depending on which products you credence. Some of the 2E products suggest that dwarf males may be marrying human women (and breeding true) as a counter to their own race's slow birth rate and scarcity of females.

* The Doreen, Kraken and Scurrilans from ''FiftyFathoms''. The Doreen habitats were destroyed by the recent apocalypse, the Kraken were hit hard by first said apocalypse and by the {{Big Bad}}s later. There have never been more than 200 Scurrilans, and Scurrilans don't get along with anyone, even each other. * ''{{Exalted}}'': The Dragon-Kings (dinosaur-folk) has been dying for thousands of years now. Due to the way the Dragon-Kings reincarnate, they can't expand beyond the number of available souls, and that number has suffered enormous periodic drop offs throughout the history of Man. Even among those who remain, the devastation of their culture (and past life memories of their grief) means that the vast majority are never educated past the feral first stage of their life.
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* The Doreen, Kraken and Scurrilans from ''FiftyFathoms''.''TabletopGame/FiftyFathoms''. The Doreen habitats were destroyed by the recent apocalypse, the Kraken were hit hard by first said apocalypse and by the {{Big Bad}}s later. There have never been more than 200 Scurrilans, and Scurrilans don't get along with anyone, even each other. * ''{{Exalted}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The Dragon-Kings (dinosaur-folk) has been dying for thousands of years now. Due to the way the Dragon-Kings reincarnate, they can't expand beyond the number of available souls, and that number has suffered enormous periodic drop offs throughout the history of Man. Even among those who remain, the devastation of their culture (and past life memories of their grief) means that the vast majority are never educated past the feral first stage of their life.
12th Jan '16 4:57:19 PM nombretomado
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** Only 15 Skavids and a handful of Aviansie remain on RuneScape.
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** Only 15 Skavids and a handful of Aviansie remain on RuneScape.[=RuneScape=].
12th Jan '16 4:57:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''RuneScape''. The Mahjarrat is the perfect example, as there are only nine of them confirmed alive, and each one of them is "as powerful as one of your (human) armies".
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* ''RuneScape''.''VideoGame/RuneScape''. The Mahjarrat is the perfect example, as there are only nine of them confirmed alive, and each one of them is "as powerful as one of your (human) armies".
6th Nov '15 9:56:39 AM PDL
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* Once a species declines too far, a process called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutational_meltdown mutational meltdown]] can set in, whereby mutations accumulate and become widespread faster than natural selection can remove them from the population. As a result, more defects accumulate until the species is doomed to extinction.[[note]]The exact point at which this would occur is a bit nebulous; the 50/500 rule (a population of 50 is necessary in the short term, at least 500 in the long term) is often used, but it depends on the mutation rate, as well as how long the population spends at such low numbers. Less than that, and the population is likely doomed.
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* Once a species declines too far, It may be declared "Functionally extinct" as there are too few individuals to maintain a working gene pool. These remaining individuals are known as "endlings". A process called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutational_meltdown mutational meltdown]] can set in, whereby mutations accumulate and become widespread faster than natural selection can remove them from the population. As a result, more defects accumulate until the species is doomed to extinction.[[note]]The exact point at which this would occur is a bit nebulous; the 50/500 rule (a population of 50 is necessary in the short term, at least 500 in the long term) is often used, but it depends on the mutation rate, as well as how long the population spends at such low numbers. Less than that, and the population is likely doomed.

* When an EndangeredSpecies' numbers have declined to only a few individuals, such that they lack sufficient genetic diversity to perpetuate themselves for long, those few are known as "endlings". * A species may be declared "functionally extinct" if there are only a few individuals left. Even if it's not fully extinct, a population too small to maintain the species means it's doomed.
22nd Oct '15 11:53:33 AM eowynjedi
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* One is revealed near the end of ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}''. [[spoiler:When Agnieszka is shoved into a heart-tree, it tells its history: ''she'' was once a tree-person. When the tree-people began fading and dying out, her sister tried marrying a human king to revitalize her people through their offspring, but she was betrayed and the tree-people decided to revert entirely to trees. The Wood sprang up from the queen's rage when some unwitting woodcutters came to the grove.]]
21st Oct '15 10:54:45 PM Sapphire225
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* Humanity is this in AttackOnTitan, with the titans having reduced most of humanity to a tiny fraction that is forced to live within three erected walls just to keep them from extinction. And with the Colossal Titan's invasion, it only continues to decline.
21st Sep '15 9:06:41 PM Adept
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* ''AnimalX'' - Minato is working hard to propagate his dying race. * ''{{Metroid}}'': It's kind of implied in [[AllThereInTheManual the manga]] that this is why the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Chozo]] trained Samus to be a warrior when they adopted her.
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* ''AnimalX'' ''Manga/AnimalX'' - Minato is working hard to propagate his dying race. * ''{{Metroid}}'': ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'': It's kind of implied in [[AllThereInTheManual the manga]] that this is why the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Chozo]] trained Samus to be a warrior when they adopted her.

* The Borrowers in ''TheBorrowerArrietty''. * This is something that worries the vampires in ''{{Karin}}''. There are more vampires dying than there are children being born. The protagonist's parents are looked up to by younger couples since they have three children while most other parents only have one at most.
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* The Borrowers in ''TheBorrowerArrietty''. ''Manga/TheBorrowerArrietty''. * This is something that worries the vampires in ''{{Karin}}''.''Manga/{{Karin}}''. There are more vampires dying than there are children being born. The protagonist's parents are looked up to by younger couples since they have three children while most other parents only have one at most.
19th Aug '15 6:34:56 PM sorako
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* As indicated by the translation of the title, humankind in ''LightNovel/JinruiWaSuitaiShimashita'' (usually translated as ''Humanity Has Declined'') is gradually fading away, even if they still have a few good years ahead of them. * While vampires as a whole are not in any danger of dying out in ''DanceInTheVampireBund'', pureblood vampires have dwindled down to the point where there are only four left by the start of the series, only one of which is female. And since pureblood vampires can only conceive once over the course of their long lives, that means that they're only three generations away from inbreeding at most, and if Mina or any of her future heirs ever bear a son, their race dead-ends immediately.
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* As indicated by the translation of the title, humankind in ''LightNovel/JinruiWaSuitaiShimashita'' ''LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined'' (usually translated as ''Humanity Has Declined'') is gradually fading away, even if they still have a few good years ahead of them. * While vampires as a whole are not in any danger of dying out in ''DanceInTheVampireBund'', ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'', pureblood vampires have dwindled down to the point where there are only four left by the start of the series, only one of which is female. And since pureblood vampires can only conceive once over the course of their long lives, that means that they're only three generations away from inbreeding at most, and if Mina or any of her future heirs ever bear a son, their race dead-ends immediately.
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