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1st May '16 11:15:28 PM Theriocephalus
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** In ''A World of Ice and Fire'', there is mention of the Hairy Men, a species of shaggy, stout humanoids that were once very widespread in western Essos, dominating the central grasslands and the western hills and islands, but were displaced over time by the advance of the humans, who drove them out of their kingdoms one after the other. It's hinted that the Ibbenese are all that remains of their race.
1st May '16 9:39:26 PM jormis29
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* ''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.
** TheFairFolk are in a similar boat; the majority of them invaded Creation during the Balorian Crusade and were subsequently all but wiped out by the [[LostSuperweapon Realm Defense Grid]], leaving scant millions remaining. This combined with how they "reproduce" slowly and their original home is being occupied by a ravenous offshoot, they've largely fallen into melancholy/

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''
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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.
** TheFairFolk are in a similar boat; the majority of them invaded Creation during the Balorian Crusade and were subsequently all but wiped out by the [[LostSuperweapon Realm Defense Grid]], leaving scant millions remaining. This combined with how they "reproduce" slowly and their original home is being occupied by a ravenous offshoot, they've largely fallen into melancholy/melancholy.
1st May '16 7:51:23 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' the magical races tend to be this. There are only a few dozen giants left, as are their mammoths (whom they use for riding) and unicorns. Special mention goes to:

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' the magical races tend to be this. There are only a few dozen giants left, as are and their mammoths (whom they use for riding) and unicorns.are similarly rare, as are the unicorns, which survive only on the island of Skagos. Dire wolves are on their way out, too, although they will likely last longer than the rest. Special mention goes to:
28th Mar '16 7:29:30 PM Doug86
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* The Saiyans in DragonBallZ. There are only 8 pure-blooded Saiyans left (4 in the original manga) after Freeza destroys the planet Vegeta. It's turned around somewhat by the time of Dragon Ball Online, as most humans have some Saiyan blood in them at that point.

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* The Saiyans in DragonBallZ.''Anime/DragonBallZ''. There are only 8 pure-blooded Saiyans left (4 in the original manga) after Freeza destroys the planet Vegeta. It's turned around somewhat by the time of Dragon ''Dragon Ball Online, Online'', as most humans have some Saiyan blood in them at that point.



* 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.

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* Humanity is this in AttackOnTitan, ''Anime/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.



* Both the White and Green Martians in DCComics are Dying Races. None still live on Mars and there's only one Green Martian (the Martian Manhunter) and a handful of White Martians (including Miss Martian) left (at least outside of the Phantom Zone). Technically, they aren't separate species, just separate races, so even if there were more White Martians left, the Martian species as a whole is dying out.
* While {{Superman}} is no longer the LastOfHisKind, there are so few Kryptonians left after the ''New Krypton'' storyline that the species as a whole is doomed.

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* Both the White and Green Martians in DCComics Creator/DCComics are Dying Races. None still live on Mars and there's only one Green Martian (the Martian Manhunter) and a handful of White Martians (including Miss Martian) left (at least outside of the Phantom Zone). Technically, they aren't separate species, just separate races, so even if there were more White Martians left, the Martian species as a whole is dying out.
* While {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} is no longer the LastOfHisKind, there are so few Kryptonians left after the ''New Krypton'' storyline that the species as a whole is doomed.
12th Mar '16 3:13:44 AM Morgenthaler
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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.

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* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'': While [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Barsoom]] 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.
12th Mar '16 3:13:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Martians in RogerZelazny's classic story, ''A Rose for Ecclesiastes''.

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* The Martians in RogerZelazny's Creator/RogerZelazny's classic story, ''A Rose for Ecclesiastes''.



* The alien race that the [=AIs=] have contact with in ArthurCClarke's ''Sunstorm''.

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* The alien race that the [=AIs=] have contact with in ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Sunstorm''.



* The protagonist of ''TheManWhoFellToEarth'' comes from a planet suffering a debilitating drought; about 300 of his kind are left, and he must establish himself on Earth as a businessman powerful enough to have a rescue ship constructed and launched to bring them to Earth, where they can blend in with humanity and thrive.
* 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 descendants.

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* The protagonist of ''TheManWhoFellToEarth'' ''Literature/TheManWhoFellToEarth'' comes from a planet suffering a debilitating drought; about 300 of his kind are left, and he must establish himself on Earth as a businessman powerful enough to have a rescue ship constructed and launched to bring them to Earth, where they can blend in with humanity and thrive.
* The Neanderthals from the ''EarthsChildren'' ''Literature/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 descendants.



* The unnamed aliens from ''{{UFO}}''.

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* The unnamed aliens from ''{{UFO}}''.''Series/{{UFO}}''.



* The Martians in ''IrregularWebcomic'', who are down to three living specimens - all apparently male.

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* The Martians in ''IrregularWebcomic'', ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', who are down to three living specimens - all apparently male.



* The Dark Elves of ''{{Drowtales}}'' have all but vanished by the time the story takes place, having been replaced by their children, the titular drow, who [[BizarreBabyBoom evolved to better survive in the Underworld]]. The ones that are left have largely given up hope of ever seeing the surface again. Conversely, drow are perfectly capable of having Dark Elven offspring if they give birth on the surface, but these children are more or less considered a separate race from the originals with around a millennium of time between the two generations, and are culturally far more similar to their drow parents.

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The Dark Elves of ''{{Drowtales}}'' have all but vanished by the time the story takes place, having been replaced by their children, the titular drow, who [[BizarreBabyBoom evolved to better survive in the Underworld]]. The ones that are left have largely given up hope of ever seeing the surface again. Conversely, drow are perfectly capable of having Dark Elven offspring if they give birth on the surface, but these children are more or less considered a separate race from the originals with around a millennium of time between the two generations, and are culturally far more similar to their drow parents.
12th Mar '16 3:11:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Atlanteans in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. Although they are granted close to eternal life, their [[CreativeSterility culture is slowly dying away]] as their memories fade. They can't even read their own language any more or even use their own technology.
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* The Atlanteans in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. Although they are granted close to eternal life, their [[CreativeSterility culture is slowly dying away]] as their memories fade. They can't even read their own language any more or even use their own technology.
12th Mar '16 3:11:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* Eon from ''Film/Ben10RaceAgainstTime'' is trying to save his dying race by taking over Earth.



* Eon from ''Film/Ben10RaceAgainstTime'' is trying to save his dying race by taking over Earth.
12th Mar '16 3:10:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** Another ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' example is the Highbreed, who consider themselves so superior to other races that they want to destroy all life in the universe because ''their'' race is dying out due to... get this... inbreeding.
12th Mar '16 3:09:35 AM Morgenthaler
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** However, there may be a ray of light for the Asgard. Among the things they gave the Tau'ri [[spoiler: is a computer core that contains all the knowledge of their race, which might also include the minds of each Asgard. If the Tau'ri ever figure out how to fix the Asgard's cloning problem, it's possible that their race could be revived.]]
*** [[spoiler:Also their's still a group of Asgard in [[Series/StargateAtlantis Pegasus galaxy]] called the Vanir who didn't give up.]]



*** 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 traveler), they find pieces of those genetic sequences (who were originally human in the first place) in his genome and reach the above conclusion.]]



* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' - ''Humans''. It is eventually subverted tough.
** [[spoiler:Cylons play it straight after the resurrection hub is destroyed.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' pilot "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage The Cage]]" (and two-part episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E11TheMenageriePartI The Men]][[Recap/StarTrekS1E12TheMenageriePartII agerie]]"). The Talosians are condemned to eventual extinction because their power of mental illusions acts like a addicting drug. They consider their dreams to be more important than reality, so they gave up travelling, building, and creating. They can't even repair the machines left by their ancestors.

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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' - ''Humans''. Galactica|2003}}'':
** Humans themselves after the Cylon destruction of the Twelve Colonies, when there are only about 50,000 survivors who flee into deep space.
It is eventually subverted tough.
tough by the end of the war.
** [[spoiler:Cylons Cylons play it straight after the resurrection hub is destroyed.destroyed. They can't procreate with each other, and they can't transfer their essence into new bodies anymore. [[spoiler:The last Cylons eventually interbreed with the last humans to form a new race.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
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pilot "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage The Cage]]" (and two-part episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E11TheMenageriePartI The Men]][[Recap/StarTrekS1E12TheMenageriePartII agerie]]"). The Talosians are condemned to eventual extinction because their power of mental illusions acts like a addicting drug. They consider their dreams to be more important than reality, so they gave up travelling, building, and creating. They can't even repair the machines left by their ancestors.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E18UpTheLongLadder Up the Long Ladder]]". The inhabitants of the planet Mariposa reproduce by cloning and are suffering from a disorder called [[CloneDegeneration replicative fading]] that occurs when DNA is cloned too many times. If not corrected, they won't be able to reproduce.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E18UpTheLongLadder Up the Long Ladder]]". The inhabitants of the planet Mariposa reproduce by cloning and are suffering from a disorder called [[CloneDegeneration replicative fading]] that occurs when DNA is cloned too many times. If not corrected, they won't be able to reproduce.



* ''EarthFinalConflict'': the Taelons are dying.
** As are their "cousins" the Jaridians. Both races are the result of an Atavus cult leader draining most of the race from their "core energy" and infusing his small group of followers with it. This group (augmented with Kimera DNA/energy) became the Taelons, while what's left of the Atavus became the Jaridians. No wonder the Jaridians hate the Taelons.

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* ''EarthFinalConflict'': ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'': the Taelons are dying.
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dying. As are their "cousins" the Jaridians. Both races are the result of an Atavus cult leader draining most of the race from their "core energy" and infusing his small group of followers with it. This group (augmented with Kimera DNA/energy) became the Taelons, while what's left of the Atavus became the Jaridians. No wonder the Jaridians hate the Taelons.



* In between the old and new series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor used "the Moment" to wipe out all the Time Lords, leaving just him, [[spoiler:an OppositeSexClone genetic anomaly that may or may not "count", a handful of part-human hybrids, and, at least for a time, his arch-enemy the Master]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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In between the old and new series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', series, the Doctor used "the Moment" to wipe out all the Time Lords, leaving just him, [[spoiler:an OppositeSexClone genetic anomaly that may or may not "count", a handful of part-human hybrids, and, at least for a time, his arch-enemy the Master]].
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