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25th Jun '17 10:30:43 AM ahopefulcynic
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* In Chapter Two of ''Webcomic/{{Skyvein}}'', a news anchor attributes the release of a skysquid to a couple of eco-terrorists.
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31st May '17 9:17:46 PM Ominae
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->''Owen Ayers, former officer in the Navy... This guy's a war hero. Medical discharge in 2011 after participating in Operation Tomodachi. The U.S.military relief effort at Fukushima. Flew into an unscheduled emergency venting of radioactive gas. He and several members of his crew got radiation poisoning. He was the victim of a nuclear meltdown, so now he wants to cause one.''
-->-- '''FBI profile on Owen Ayers aka Gaia, an ecoterrorist in Reddington's blacklist in '''Series/TheBlacklist'''
26th May '17 10:02:24 AM MetaFour
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* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' pulls a bait-and-switch with this. In the near future, a plague has nearly wiped out humanity, forcing the survivors to live underground. Evidence points to [[AnimalWrongsGroup The Army of the 12 Monkeys]] being responsible for the plague, [[spoiler:but they're just the RedHerring. The actual creator of the plague was Dr. Peters, an assistant at a virology lab--who had spoken before about the "lunacy" of mankind's environmental destruction.]]
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24th May '17 3:19:10 PM LondonKdS
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* The villains of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" are a group of eco-fanatics who are plotting to abuse a time machine to RetGone the entire human race apart from themselves so that they can create a new green civilisation. Only the leaders are aware of this, as their minions are being deliberately deceived into thinking that they're going to colonise an alien planet.
24th May '17 12:50:42 PM Xtifr
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* In the ''Literature/HardyBoys: Undercover Brothers'' novel "Blown Away", the person behind the attempted bombing of the Billington Resort is a member of the terrorist group Ecology First, which resorts to extreme methods in order to preserve the environment.

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* In the ''Literature/HardyBoys: "Literature/TheHardyBoys: Undercover Brothers'' Brothers" novel "Blown Away", ''Blown Away'', the person behind the attempted bombing of the Billington Resort is a member of the terrorist group Ecology First, which resorts to extreme methods in order to preserve the environment.
24th May '17 12:17:20 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'' is, as the title might suggest, about tracking down an eco-terrorist who wants to destroy a damn on the Colorado river to restore the habitat.

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* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'' is, as the title might suggest, about tracking down an eco-terrorist who wants to destroy a damn dam on the Colorado river to restore the habitat.
23rd May '17 10:23:48 PM Xtifr
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* In ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'' continuity, Red Feather (back when she called herself White Feather) had only good intentions for the environment in mind. In fact, to this day, she is repulsed by groups who take it to far. But back then, she was naÃÆÃâÃâ Ã¢â¬â¢ÃÆââ¬Â Ã¢ââ‰â¢ÃÆÃââââ¬Ã ÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ã¢ââ¬Å¾Ã¢ÃÆÃâÃâ Ã¢â¬â¢ÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ãâ¦Ã¡ÃÆÃââââ¬Ã¡ÃÆââ¬Å¡Ãâïve to the ways of humans, and too reluctant to use technology to research new members thoroughly. This resulted in two eco-terrorists joining her group by mistake, and a disaster that she had to take responsibility for. In the present day, having been released on parole, [[MeaningfulRename she renamed herself Red Feather]] (as the purity her old name represented had been tarnished) and joined the title organization [[GaiasVengeance to defend nature with a more hands-on approach.]]

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* In ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'' continuity, Red Feather (back when she called herself White Feather) had only good intentions for the environment in mind. In fact, to this day, she is repulsed by groups who take it to far. But back then, she was naÃÆÃâÃâ Ã¢â¬â¢ÃÆââ¬Â Ã¢ââ‰â¢ÃÆÃââââ¬Ã ÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ã¢ââ¬Å¾Ã¢ÃÆÃâÃâ Ã¢â¬â¢ÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ãâ¦Ã¡ÃÆÃââââ¬Ã¡ÃÆââ¬Å¡Ãâïve naive to the ways of humans, and too reluctant to use technology to research new members thoroughly. This resulted in two eco-terrorists joining her group by mistake, and a disaster that she had to take responsibility for. In the present day, having been released on parole, [[MeaningfulRename she renamed herself Red Feather]] (as the purity her old name represented had been tarnished) and joined the title organization [[GaiasVengeance to defend nature with a more hands-on approach.]]
23rd May '17 10:02:38 PM Xtifr
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I was preparing an Eco-Terrorist trope when I stumbled across this. This is clearly up-for-grabs (hasn't been touched in years), so I'm grabbing it. --Xtifr

Indexes: TerrorismTropes, TheOnlyRighteousIndexOfFanatics, {{Criminals}}, PoliticsTropes
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23rd May '17 10:02:26 PM Xtifr
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I was preparing an Eco-Terrorist trope when I stumbled across this. This is clearly up-for-grabs (hasn't been touched in years), so I'm grabbing it. --Xtifr

Indexes: TerrorismTropes, TheOnlyRighteousIndexOfFanatics, {{Criminals}}, PoliticsTropes
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A person who uses violence and terror to try to save the planet from ecological catastrophe, the Eco-Terrorist is generally a WellIntentionedExtremist--with an emphasis on extreme--or a KnightTemplar. The milder versions, being well-intentioned, may try to avoid harming people, and will confine themselves to actions like blowing up polluting factories in the middle of the night, and things like that. More extreme ones will have no hesitation to kill those they deem responsible--directly or indirectly--for harming the planet. And the most extreme of all will see humans as a [[HumansKillWantonly blight on the planet]], and think the only way forward is to [[KillAllHumans eliminate the species]].

Most Eco-terrorists will view themselves as a sort of human incarnation of GaiasRevenge. In works with GreyAndGrayMorality, they will often be fighting ToxicInc, who may even try to frame them with a FalseFlagOperation.

An eco-terrorist may be a [[LonersAreFreaks lone wolf]] or part of a larger organization. (In real life, the former is more common.) Clandestine eco-terrorists may hide behind more legitimate environmental organizations--which, in some cases, can lead to unfortunate consequences for the more legitimate groups, if the connection is discovered.

Larger organizations may have a more international scope than most other flavors of terrorist--an eco-terrorist group might well have both {{Western|Terrorists}} and FarEastAsianTerrorists working side-by-side.

Very closely related to the AnimalWrongsGroup, but with a much broader scope of interest, which includes not just animals, but also plants, habitats, and, well, the entire ecosystem. May overlap with EvilLuddite if they believe that technology is the biggest threat to the environment.
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* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS3E2Hothouse Hothouse]]" has Alex Marlowe, a former rockstar who heads up an eco-terrorist group who are trying to create Human/Krynoid hybrids at a secret laboratory deep in the jungle, in the hopes that this will help the jungle fight back against humanity.
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* Some writers' versions of ''ComicBook/PoisonIvy'' paint her as an eco-terrorist who uses extreme violence trying to save plants from the evils of humanity.
* In ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', former hero Hawkman has essentially become a mild version of this, who has no hesitation about using violence against loggers and others who threaten his precious Pacific Northwest.
* ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'' has a storyline about an eco-terrorist who tries to unleash a form of MutagenicGoo which makes plants attack people.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain ComicBook/RasAlGhul is an immortal dismayed at the human population boom and the way nature has suffered as a result. He plans to kill off most of humanity to forcibly restore the balance between humanity and the world.
* Polish superhero parody comic book series ''Likwidator'' intentionally embraces this trope and takes it to its logical extreme. The storyline consists mostly of the main hero wandering around killing evil people who mistreat nature -- eg. cut trees, work in environment-polluting factories, hunt, buy meat in the store, keep their dog on a leash... Most readers get gravely offended, which is probably the point.
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* In ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'' continuity, Red Feather (back when she called herself White Feather) had only good intentions for the environment in mind. In fact, to this day, she is repulsed by groups who take it to far. But back then, she was naÃÆÃâÃâ Ã¢â¬â¢ÃÆââ¬Â Ã¢ââ‰â¢ÃÆÃââââ¬Ã ÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ã¢ââ¬Å¾Ã¢ÃÆÃâÃâ Ã¢â¬â¢ÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ãâ¦Ã¡ÃÆÃââââ¬Ã¡ÃÆââ¬Å¡Ãâïve to the ways of humans, and too reluctant to use technology to research new members thoroughly. This resulted in two eco-terrorists joining her group by mistake, and a disaster that she had to take responsibility for. In the present day, having been released on parole, [[MeaningfulRename she renamed herself Red Feather]] (as the purity her old name represented had been tarnished) and joined the title organization [[GaiasVengeance to defend nature with a more hands-on approach.]]
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* ''LightNovel/LChangeTheWorld'' features the most extreme version, with a group called Blue Ship who want to kill off most of humanity with a supervirus in order to save the environment.
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* ''Literature/TheOregonFiles'' novel ''Skeleton Coast'', the crew of the ''Oregon'' uncovers a plot to create a deliberate toxic spill in order to enlighten people about the damage such things can cause.
* In ''Literature/{{Zodiac}}'' by Creator/NealStephenson, the protagonist, Sangamon Taylor, is accused of being this by his opponents. His willingness to resort to illegal methods to fight pollutors lends some weight to the accusation.
* ''Literature/{{Lullaby}}'' by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk, the boyfriend of the very odd realtor, Helen Hoover Boyle, turns out to be an eco-terrorist who ends up becoming the TokenEvilTeammate.
* ''Pictures at 11'' by Creator/NormanSpinrad is about a group of international eco-terrorists who take over a Los Angeles television station with guns and bombs in order to get their message out.
* ''Literature/RainbowSix'' by Creator/TomClancy features the world threatening version of this trope: utilizing a BatmanGambit in setting off attacks to gain attention, then getting their own soldiers as security to unleash a virus to wipe out the human race, then spreading said virus masked as a vaccine after the initial outbreak.
* ''Literature/StateOfFear'' by Creator/MichaelCrichton is about hippie eco-terrorists with an elaborate plan to flood the US in order to convince people that global warming is real.
* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'' is, as the title might suggest, about tracking down an eco-terrorist who wants to destroy a damn on the Colorado river to restore the habitat.
* The ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series features these as the villains opposed to the Empire of Man. They're an interstellar empire of environmentalist extremists who are a StrawmanPolitical nation for the authors.
* The FROMATES ([=FRiends=] Of Man And The Earth) terrorist group in ''Oath of Fealty'' by Creator/LarryNiven and Creator/JerryPournelle. They totally oppose the arcology Todos Santos and commit kidnapping, attempted arson, murder and attempted mass murder in their campaign to destroy it (and everyone living in it).
* The group "Mother Earth" in Ben Elton's novel ''Literature/ThisOtherEden'' is an example. It turns out [[spoiler:they are actually a sort of anti-PR wing for an oil giant.]]
* The terrorist organisation Force Three in the Literature/AlexRider novel ''Ark Angel''. [[spoiler:They turn out to be a subversion, as they're being bankrolled by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Nikolei Drevin]], and their environmentalist goals are just a RedHerring to stop anyone drawing a connection between the two.]]
* The Green Storm in the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series, who toppled the considerably more peaceful Anti-Tractionist League and deploy {{Cyborg}}s and {{Suicide Attack}}s in their war to end the environmentally destructive policy of Municipal Darwinism. [[spoiler:Their leader, Stalker Fang, eventually hatches a plot to fire a KillSat to trigger a chain of dormant volcanoes, hoping that humanity will die off but life itself will survive and return the planet to its natural state]].
* The antagonist in ''Saints at the River'' is Luke Miller, a pissed-off environmentalist that believes that building a temporary dam to recover the body of a drowned child (and thus alter the river flow) would set a precedent that would enable further damage to the environment. Maggie, the journalist who is the protagonist in the story, returns to her hometown to chronicle the dispute between the townsfolk who want to recover the body by building the dam and the environmentalists, led by Luke, who try to thwart the plan. Luke is depicted as a misanthropic {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who believes that nature, particularly the titular river, is the only thing in the world that's pure.
* In Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'', "Greens" conspire to sabotage the war effort and let most of humanity get killed by a HordeOfAlienLocusts that eat anything organic on invaded planets, and then swarm to others once the biosphere collapses, fueled by a mixture of antipathy towards civilization and ignorance of Posleen behavior.
* The novelized version of ''Tom Clancy's VideoGame/EndWar'' has a terrorist group led by a guy named Green Vox. They're an environmental group and during the [[spoiler:Soviet invasion of Canada]] decide to blow up the oil fields with NUCLEAR WEAPONS... because oil is polluting the environment!
* The Literature/CHERUBSeries has the Help Earth! group which first appears in ''The Recruit'' where they plan to make an attack on a conference between several major oil executives. They return in ''Divine Madness'' where they destroy Natural Gas facilities for ChurchOfHappyology The Survivors.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' novel ''Flinx in Flux'' features as its primary antagonists a fanatical ecoterrorist group who believe in destroying all forms of "exploitation" of the natural order by humans. Their current target: a small genetic engineering firm working on the planet Longtunnel, which is renowned for the plasticity of its native lifeforms. Flinx gets involved when he accidentally rescues one of the company's researchers, the lovely and talented Clarity Held, who was kidnapped, interrogated, beaten, and left for dead on Alaspin. The group later mounts a full-scale armed assault on the Longtunnel facilities, and eventually tries to capture [[spoiler:Flinx himself, once they learn what he is]]. In this final battle, they pull a NiceJobFixingItVillain by accidentally breaking the mechanism [[spoiler:keeping Flinx and Pip asleep]].
* In the ''Literature/HardyBoys: Undercover Brothers'' novel "Blown Away", the person behind the attempted bombing of the Billington Resort is a member of the terrorist group Ecology First, which resorts to extreme methods in order to preserve the environment.
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* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', episode "[[Recap/ElementaryS01E08TheLongFuse The Long Fuse]]", features an eco-terrorist named Edgar Knowles, who becomes a suspect in a bombing when his distinctive pattern of speech is matched to some threatening emails.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Aquaman first appears as an eco-terrorist trying to stop a sonic weapon created by Lex Luthor from going into production.
* In ''Series/YourPrettyFaceIsGoingToHell'', [[spoiler:Gary's co-worker Ted]] is revealed to have been a mail-bombing eco-terrorist back when he was alive.
* A ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' season 8 episode has a group of eco-terrorists who kidnap what they consider to be a group of {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s for an on-line trial by Internet viewers, with lives on the line.
* An episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' had an arsonist who began murdering men involved with corporations accused of being heavy polluters, as well as their families. It turns out he was acting alone, and was nothing more than a sadistic psychopath (he used a suit that allowed him to watch his victims burn up close). His actions disgusted the local environmental group whose website he was using to find his "justifiable" victims, especially the leader, who kills him in an instance of TakingYouWithMe.
* In ''Series/{{Bull}}'', at the start of the episode "Dirty Little Secret", a bombing takes place that was said to be done by eco terrorists. [[spoiler: At the end, it's revealed that an international consortium is trying to frame them.]]
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* The Music/RiseAgainst song "The Eco-Terrorist in Me" is an homage to the concept, suggesting that "burning factories" is acceptable because businessmen are the "true criminals."
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'', the "Terrasaur" faction (Godzilla-like giant dinosaurs) are backed by an eco-terrorist group known as Green Fury. (A shout-out to Godzilla's origins as a warning of the dangers of nuclear testing.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''
** In the backstory of the game, an eco-terrorist group, [=TerraFirst!=], is used [[FalseFlagOperation as an excuse]] to give big corporations more rights to hire and use mercenary troops.
** 3rd Edition supplement ''Loose Alliances''. There are a number of other ecoterrorist organizations in the Shadowrun universe.
*** The Green Cells are the European version of the [=TerraFirst!=] group. They are organized in a cell structure without a central command. They carry out hit-and-run physical attacks, magical sabotage and Matrix strikes on anti-environment targets.
*** [=GreenWar=] is an ultra-extreme group that carries out vicious attacks such as dumping acid in water supplies, bombing corporate offices, causing toxic oil spills and using biological warfare (weaponized diseases).
** Some shamans (magic-users) are corrupted by toxic waste and pollution and become toxic shamans. Avengers will ruthlessly attack and destroy anything that harms the environment, while Poisoners annihilate anything that might even possibly hurt the natural world.
* Man Last from ''TabletopGame/DamnationDecade'' are militantly anti-human civilization. They want to push humanity off the top of the food chain and are planning to use an extraterrestrial virus to wipe out the majority of the human race once they vaccinate themselves against it.
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*The Gaians in ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' fit this mold, staging murderous attacks on {{terraform}}ing companies, polluting industries, their allies, and anyone else they deem an environmental threat. Even though terraformed planets were just lifeless iceballs before humans showed up, and most pollution is tossed into the nearest sun.
* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth 2'' has a mission where eco-terrorists are preventing a player-allied tribe from fishing, forcing you to keep sending them food until the terrorists are defeated. This is far easier said than done, as the terrorists also have access to battleships and submarines.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': AVALANCHE believe that Shinra Corporation's Mako reactors are harvesting the very soul of the planet to generate electricity. Their solution: launch violent raids on reactor sites, slaughter Shinra's guards, and bomb the reactors.
* The Cult of Planet in ''[[VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire]]'' is kind of like this, except they are defending an environment that is ''more'' than capable of defending itself, and believe in their cause so strongly they would gladly let humanity go extinct to preserve Planet. (They can convince Planet not to kill ''them'' by doing this, and in fact lend them aid in the form of slightly more docile--to them--wildlife.)
* In ''Videogame/MegaManZX Advent'', Thetis is one of the villains, and his motivation for terrorizing the people (and feeding their souls to [[ArtifactOfDoom Model W Fragment]]) is that people have been ruining his beloved seas.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' episode "Dr. Pelagian's War", Dr. Pelagian is an eco-terrorist out to stop three polluting businessmen.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "[[Recap/ArcherS2E4PipelineFever Pipeline Fever]]" has Joshua "Gandolph" Gray, an eco-terrorist who wants to blow up oil pipelines in the Louisiana bayou. Archer and Lana are dispatched to stop him.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had Hayley falling in with an environmentalist group whose leader insists that he's a "[[UsefulNotes/{{Otherkin}} tree born in a man's body]]" and "wears" nothing but a potted plant. He also tries to blow up the new mall, but only succeeds in destroying Francine's muffin kiosk and Klaus' human body from [[TwoLinesNoWaiting the main plot]]. When he does this, Haley rejects him, shoving him over and breaking his pot, causing him to desperately heap dirt around his body while acting like he's suffocating.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' pursue and shoot down an eco-terrorist named Morbulus, who likes to blow up refineries, even though that's where he'd get his jet fuel from. Morbulus escapes capture, only to cross paths with Doctor Viper, who transmutes him into a four-eyed blob monster.
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