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* In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 7 Days A Skeptic]]'', near the end, [[spoiler: all of the characters are dead except for the player, and the homicidal frankenstein monster that killed the rest.]]



* In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 7 Days A Skeptic]]'', near the end, [[spoiler: all of the characters are dead except for the player, and the homicidal frankenstein monster that killed the rest.]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{RetroBlade}}'' the story begins in the year 3007, where Axel and his sister Alexis are the last known survivors of the reality crash. This trope reaches its full capacity when [[spoiler: Alexis dies]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{RetroBlade}}'' the story begins in the year 3007, where Axel and his sister Alexis are the last known survivors ''Webcomic/DeepRise'': [[http://mspaforums.com/showthread.php?46308-Deep-Rise-An-Illustrated-Xenofiction-Adventure/page70 The face of the reality crash. This trope reaches its full capacity when [[spoiler: Alexis dies]].earth is no longer a face]].
-->'''Eurayle:''' No...
-->'''Cheertwit:''' What is the matter, bad news?
-->'''Eurayle:''' Dead... all of them...
-->'''Cheertwit:''' A settlement was lost? How many died?
-->'''Eurayle:''' All of them.
-->'''Cheertwit:''' What do you mean, all of them?
-->'''Narrator:''' Nine-hundred and eighty-two-million three-thousand and sixteen ape casualties.



* This is the likely ending of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' - since four kids and their guardians are the only (presumed) living humans left.

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* This is the likely ending of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' - -- since four kids and their guardians are the only (presumed) living humans left.



** Uttered almost word-for-word by [[spoiler:Dirk's auto-responder]] - so precisely that it's almost definitely a ShoutOut.

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** Uttered almost word-for-word by [[spoiler:Dirk's auto-responder]] - -- so precisely that it's almost definitely a ShoutOut.



* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Everyone in the star system but Virginis and B has been dead for a long, ''long'' time, and it's implied that Virginis (the only one old enough to remember the others and what happened to them) lashes out at B partially from grief.



* In ''Webcomic/{{RetroBlade}}'' the story begins in the year 3007, where Axel and his sister Alexis are the last known survivors of the reality crash. This trope reaches its full capacity when [[spoiler: Alexis dies]].



* ''Webcomic/DeepRise'': [[http://mspaforums.com/showthread.php?46308-Deep-Rise-An-Illustrated-Xenofiction-Adventure/page70 The face of the earth is no longer a face]].
-->'''Eurayle:''' No...
-->'''Cheertwit:''' What is the matter, bad news?
-->'''Eurayle:''' Dead... all of them...
-->'''Cheertwit:''' A settlement was lost? How many died?
-->'''Eurayle:''' All of them.
-->'''Cheertwit:''' What do you mean, all of them?
-->'''Narrator:''' Nine-hundred and eighty-two-million three-thousand and sixteen ape casualties.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Everyone in the star system but Virginis and B has been dead for a long, ''long'' time, and it's implied that Virginis (the only one old enough to remember the others and what happened to them) lashes out at B partially from grief.



* In the flash series ''Bunny Kill'', main character Snowball is always the ''only'' one left alive at the end of each installment. No exceptions.



* In ''Webcomic/OffWhite,''[[spoiler: Gebo and Kaya both]] go through this.



* In the flash series ''Bunny Kill'', main character Snowball is always the ''only'' one left alive at the end of each installment. No exceptions.
* The season 2 finale of ''AudioPlay/WereAlive''. As the Tower collapses:

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* In the flash series ''Bunny Kill'', main character Snowball is always the ''only'' one left alive at the end of each installment. No exceptions.
* The season Season 2 finale of ''AudioPlay/WereAlive''. As the Tower collapses:



* In ''Webcomic/OffWhite,''[[spoiler: Gebo and Kaya both]] go thoug this.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Maximum Homerdrive", when Homer and Bart watch a movie entitled ''The Thing that Ate Everybody'', which contains the following exchange;
-->'''Woman:''' You mean, it ate Patrick?\\
'''Man:''' It ate ''everybody.''\\
'''Woman:''' What about Erika?\\
'''Man, Homer and Bart:''' It ate ''everybody''!\\
'''Homer:''' ''Stupid!''
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', it ''seems'' like everyone's dead, but as the series progresses the planet's fate is revealed to be far more surreal: the entire populace of the planet has had their sparks (robot souls, essentialy) [[SoulJar forcibly extracted and placed in containers]].

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Maximum Homerdrive", when Homer and Bart watch a movie entitled ''The Thing that Ate Everybody'', which contains Jake teases Finn with this at the following exchange;
-->'''Woman:''' You mean, it ate Patrick?\\
'''Man:''' It ate ''everybody.''\\
'''Woman:''' What about Erika?\\
'''Man, Homer and Bart:''' It ate ''everybody''!\\
'''Homer:''' ''Stupid!''
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', it ''seems'' like
end of an ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode.
-->'''Jake''': Finn! Oh, my Glob, man,
everyone's dead, but as ''dead'', man! They're all ''burned!'' There's barbecue'd bods EVERYWHERE!\\
'''Finn''': WHAT??!!!\\
'''Jake''': [[SubvertedTrope I was just kidding.]] I saved them. [[EverybodyLives Everyone's fine]], see? *points to group of alive and well Goblins*
* This is
the series progresses situation [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]] finds himself in when he wakes up from his 100-year sleep. All of his people, the planet's fate is revealed to be far more surreal: Air Nomads, have been completely wiped out by the entire populace Fire Nation, and almost all of the planet has friends he had in other nations died, if nothing else, of old age.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheFamilyThatDweltApart'', adapted from the short story by E.B. White, when Charles Pruitt returns from an appendectomy operation in Baltimore, he finds that his brother Chester died from eating dried apricots too soon after his own appendectomy, and his mom, dad, and the other Pruitts used a radio transmitting hut as an emergency shelter, and they died from drinking carbolic acid, which
their sparks (robot souls, essentialy) [[SoulJar forcibly extracted and placed in containers]].dad mistook for grain alcohol.



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheFamilyThatDweltApart'', adapted from the short story by E.B. White, when Charles Pruitt returns from an appendectomy operation in Baltimore, he finds that his brother Chester died from eating dried apricots too soon after his own appendectomy, and his mom, dad, and the other Pruitts used a radio transmitting hut as an emergency shelter, and they died from drinking carbolic acid, which their dad mistook for grain alcohol.



* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' episode "Same As It Never Was" a BadFuture tale set thirty years in the future, features the final battle between the turtles (and their surviving allies) and the Shredder, who has conquered the world. In the end, the only surviving cast members are resistance leader April O' Neil and present-day Donatello, who soon after is whisked away to another era.
* This is the situation [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]] finds himself in when he wakes up from his 100-year sleep. All of his people, the Air Nomads, have been completely wiped out by the Fire Nation, and almost all of the friends he had in other nations died, if nothing else, of old age.
* Jake teases Finn with this at the end of an ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode.
-->'''Jake''': Finn! Oh, my Glob, man, everyone's ''dead'', man! They're all ''burned!'' There's barbecue'd bods EVERYWHERE!\\
'''Finn''': WHAT??!!!\\
'''Jake''': [[SubvertedTrope I was just kidding.]] I saved them. [[EverybodyLives Everyone's fine]], see? *points to group of alive and well Goblins*


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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Maximum Homerdrive", when Homer and Bart watch a movie entitled ''The Thing that Ate Everybody'', which contains the following exchange;
-->'''Woman:''' You mean, it ate Patrick?\\
'''Man:''' It ate ''everybody.''\\
'''Woman:''' What about Erika?\\
'''Man, Homer and Bart:''' It ate ''everybody''!\\
'''Homer:''' ''Stupid!''
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' episode "Same As It Never Was" a BadFuture tale set thirty years in the future, features the final battle between the turtles (and their surviving allies) and the Shredder, who has conquered the world. In the end, the only surviving cast members are resistance leader April O' Neil and present-day Donatello, who soon after is whisked away to another era.
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', it ''seems'' like everyone's dead, but as the series progresses the planet's fate is revealed to be far more surreal: the entire populace of the planet has had their sparks (robot souls, essentialy) [[SoulJar forcibly extracted and placed in containers]].
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*** At the end of Season 6, the [[spoiler: Baratheon line is effectively extinguished. The legitimate ones were killed following the Battle of Winterfell, while the King's Landing branch (the three supposed offspring of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister) which is Baratheon in-name-only died one by one under different circumstances. Joffrey was poisoned for being a madman and a threat to the Tyrells, Myrcella was poisoned due to a potentially avoidable rivalry with Dorne thanks to Tywin Lannister allowing Gregor Clegane to kill Elia Martell years earlier (along with her brother's death when the two clashed), and Tommen committed suicide when his mother murdered all of her political adversaries (including his wife) with a massive explosion that killed hundreds (if not more) of his subjects. Ultimately, Lannister pettiness was the King's Landing branch's downfall, and only Joffrey could be said to have invited the fate brought upon him. All that's left of the once great house is an unknown number of bastard children fathered by Robert. Most of the known ones (except Gendry) were purged by King Joffrey in the beginning of his reign and unlikely to be ever legitimized by the current regime in order to not threaten it]].
*** As of Season 6, [[spoiler:House Martell is effectively extinct . The only Martells by blood are the Sand Snakes, but they're illegitimate and much-despised kinslayers. In Season 7, two of them are killed off by Euron Greyjoy while the third one is dying of poison in the Red Keep dungeons. While it is confirmed that Oberyn have eight bastard daughters, the five remaining ones are too young to take up the leadership which left their House and rest of Dorne in a power vacuum]].
*** At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:House Bolton is effectively extinct , with all their members being killed by Ramsay and him finally meeting his end after the Battle of the Bastards. Sansa confirms that their lands, name and titles will be completely erased from history]].

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*** At the end of Season 6, the [[spoiler: Baratheon line is effectively extinguished. The legitimate ones were killed following the Battle of Winterfell, while the King's Landing branch (the three supposed offspring of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister) which is Baratheon in-name-only died one by one under different circumstances. Joffrey was poisoned for being a madman and a threat to the Tyrells, Myrcella was poisoned due to a potentially avoidable rivalry with Dorne thanks to Tywin Lannister allowing Gregor Clegane to kill Elia Martell years earlier (along with her brother's death when the two clashed), and Tommen committed suicide when his mother murdered all of her political adversaries (including his wife) with a massive explosion that killed hundreds (if not more) of his subjects. Ultimately, Lannister pettiness was the King's Landing branch's downfall, and only Joffrey could be said to have invited the fate brought upon him. All that's left of the once great house is an unknown number of bastard children fathered by Robert. Most of the known ones (except Gendry) were purged by King Joffrey in the beginning of his reign and unlikely to be ever be legitimized by the current regime in order to not threaten it]].
*** As of Season 6, [[spoiler:House Martell is effectively extinct .extinct. The only Martells by blood are the Sand Snakes, but they're illegitimate and much-despised kinslayers. In Season 7, two of them are killed off by Euron Greyjoy while the third one is dying of poison in the Red Keep dungeons. While it is confirmed that Oberyn have has eight bastard daughters, the five remaining ones are too young to take up the leadership leadership, which left their House and rest of Dorne in a power vacuum]].
*** At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:House Bolton is effectively extinct , extinct, with all their members being killed by Ramsay and him finally meeting his end after the Battle of the Bastards. Sansa confirms that their lands, name name, and titles will be completely erased from history]].



* In the one-act play ''At The Bottom Of Lake Missoula'', the protagonist Pam is told by the dean of her school that a tornado has stuck her family's home.
-->'''Pam''': "Who is it? Who's dead?!"\\
'''Dean''': "All of them." [beat] "All of them."
* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', the AffablyEvil Hector bids Ulysses a fond farewell at the end of the Big Spree, but not without a cynical reminder that all the rest of his crew have died or vanished.



* In the one-act play ''At The Bottom Of Lake Missoula'', the protagonist Pam is told by the dean of her school that a tornado has stuck her family's home.
-->'''Pam''': "Who is it? Who's dead?!"\\
'''Dean''': "All of them." [beat] "All of them."
* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', the AffablyEvil Hector bids Ulysses a fond farewell at the end of the Big Spree, but not without a cynical reminder that all the rest of his crew have died or vanished.



* The result if the "No Mercy" (commonly referred to as "Genocide") run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. You (the protagonist) hunt down and slaughter (nearly) every monster in the Underground, then make (or are forced to make) a deal with a long-dead corrupted child to completely obliterate what's left.
* Quite possible in several ending combinations in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': [[spoiler: Not saving Shaun alone kills Ethan AND Norman in their epilogues if they hadn't died already.]]
* This is one of the worst endings you can get in the third game of ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}''.
* The "Submarine" ending of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ends with all of the other players apparently stabbed and dead. [[spoiler:[[InTheBack Then you get knifed]]...]]
** Technically all of the endings aside from the True Ending are this. [[spoiler: No matter who the killer is in the ending, they will be unable to unlock the final door.]]
** [[VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward The sequel]] does this [[spoiler: no less than three times. In Luna's path, Sigma and Phi find everyone dead, except for Quark, who's missing. In Clover's ending, Sigma finds everybody's (except for, once again, Quark's) dead bodies. And in Phi's route, Tenmyouji reveals that most of the human population of Earth has been killed by the Radical-6 pandemic]].
* At the end of the first ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', as your party marches through the [[FloatingContinent Seimajou]], they are killed off one by one, until only [[PlayerCharacter Ogami]] and your chosen love interest remain. The player then either has to kill the traitor (Ayame) or watch her [[DeathEqualsRedemption sacrifice herself to save you]]. Then, after you beat the {{Big Bad}}, he reveals himself to be the devil. Ogami despairs that he can't go on without the rest of the party, then Ayame as an angel shows up and they get revived.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Twice in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''. Before the game even starts, the human military capital of Reach is bombed into molten glass, with the ''Pillar of Autumn'' being one of the few ships to escape. By the end of the game, the titular ring-world is blown up, and pretty much everyone on it dies; the final cutscene has the Master Chief and his trusty [=AI=] Cortana searching in vain for other survivors. While ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' reveals that Sergeant Johnson and a handful of others also managed to survive both Reach and Halo, the book ends with only a small fraction of even those few survivors making it back alive to Earth.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', "Composer" ends with [[spoiler:the Didact using the Composer to kill everyone aboard Ivanoff Station, with Chief and Cortana being the only two to survive]].
* The same thing also happens in ''Halo''[='s=] spiritual predecessor ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': after you save the titular colony ship from the Pfhor in the first game, the sequel reveals that during the intervening years, [[PlayerPunch the Pfhor came back while you were gone and virtually nuked the Marathon to oblivion]]. The final game ends with only a few dozen humans from the colony still alive.
** The even earlier ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'' (Which ''Marathon'' is a StealthSequel to) starts with you LateToTheTragedy, with the rest of your team having been killed already.
* Unless you go for a PacifistRun, the remaining Tasen in ''{{VideoGame/Iji}}'' get wiped out by [[TheDragon Iosa]] shortly before you confront [[FourStarBadass General]] [[FinalBoss Tor]]. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on a PacifistRun, where you fight Iosa ''before'' she has a chance to kill the Tasen. Depending on [[VideoGameCaringPotential your]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential playstyle]], two Tasen might escape the massacre but since they are [[DiscountLesbians both female]], the whole species is doomed anyway if you don't stop Iosa.
* Both ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' kill almost every single NPC aboard the station/ship besides the nameless player. There's a group of survivors in the first game, but they are wiped out before the player can reach them. In the sequel, the ending cutscene shows SHODAN taking control of Rebecca Siddons and menacing Tommy Suarez (presumably killing him).
** It's particularly annoying in the second game: you actually see quite a number of survivors, only they die before you can meet them, sometimes while you watch haplessly through the window. Tommy and Rebecca example is even worse. [[spoiler:You run to escape pods bay only to find they're just boarding a pod as the glass door you are behind opens slowly enough, so you can't reach them before they leave.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SystemShock'''s SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', the main character is the only survivor of a plane wreck [[spoiler:that he caused]] in the opening sequence. Rapture itself may qualify, as nearly everyone you encounter is either dead, homicidally insane (and killed by the main character during the game), or no longer truly human. The sequel reveals that there were a few others who survived, and that even the splicers went on to be partially rehabilitated... before joining a sinister cult, whose leader happens to want the protagonist dead.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' follows the tradition with a massive ship drifting in space and its crew turned into monsters. The few survivors you see either kill themselves, or murder each other in truly disturbing ways. Plus the ones who bleed to death in front of you or the one who is actually killed by accident.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2''. We can see massive evacuation at the beginning of the game. It's highly probable that many people made it, they were just gone before Isaac woke up.
* This is the fate of the "God of Destruction" Alex in one of the MultipleEndings of Creator/NipponIchi's ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom''. He wants to destroy everything; he succeeds. And is left alone in an empty universe, too powerful to kill himself.
** A very similar thing happens in the Demon Path of ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''. [[spoiler:Except you're the one who destroys everything, and when the fabric of the world is undone, you go along with it.]]
* Many of the [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' die out around day 10 [[spoiler: Due to Sodom's Moonlight. The ones who are smart enough stay inside, away from getting fried by it. The Residents of the Netherworld are completely safe aside from the wandering souls who return to Gafu.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has an all-but-bluntly-put moment near the end of the game, when Yamato tells the other party members that [[spoiler:, in order for Polaris to change the world,]] all of mankind's desire must be the same. The entire party consists of twelve people. The rest of humanity is ''gone''.
** [[UpdatedRerelease Record Breaker]] has Daichi's nightmare on Wednesday. He's crawling around a destroyed location and calling out for his teammates, but nobody is answering. The camera pans around and shows the other party members lying motionless on the ground, all of them dead. And then Daichi [[MortalWoundReveal turns and reveals a bleeding stomach wound]]. [[spoiler:It turns out that this isn't just a bad dream, this ''actually'' happened during the second cycle of the world, with ''Record Breaker'' taking part during the third cycle.]]

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* The result if In ''Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura'', you start out as the "No Mercy" (commonly referred to as "Genocide") run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. You (the protagonist) hunt down only surviving passenger of a zeppelin after its untimely crash. And depending on how you play and slaughter (nearly) every monster in which options you pick during the Underground, then make (or are forced to make) a deal with a long-dead corrupted child to completely obliterate what's left.
* Quite possible in several ending combinations in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'':
endgame, [[spoiler: Not saving Shaun alone kills Ethan you will end up the only living being in the entirety of Arcanum AND Norman in their epilogues if they hadn't died already.the Void.]]
* This ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': [[spoiler:Mithra]] is one the only character with a name left alive by the end of the worst endings you can get in game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' has only four surviving Caelondians trying to undo The Calamity. [[spoiler: until Zulf finds out exactly what
the third game of ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}''.
* The "Submarine" ending of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ends with all of the other players apparently stabbed and dead. [[spoiler:[[InTheBack Then you get knifed]]...
Calamity was ''supposed'' to do...]]
** Technically all of the endings aside from the True Ending are this. * ''VideoGame/{{BattleZone|1998}} II'' ends this way if you side with [[spoiler: No matter who the killer is in the ending, they will be unable to unlock the final door.]]
** [[VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward The sequel]] does this
General Braddock]]. You murder your former commanding officer, wipe out a rebellion opposing [[spoiler: no less than three times. In Luna's path, Sigma and Phi find everyone dead, except Braddock]]'s plans for Quark, who's missing. In Clover's ending, Sigma finds everybody's (except for, once again, Quark's) dead bodies. And in Phi's route, Tenmyouji reveals that most of the human population of Earth has been killed by the Radical-6 pandemic]].
* At the end of the first ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', as your party marches through the [[FloatingContinent Seimajou]], they are killed off one by one, until only [[PlayerCharacter Ogami]] and your chosen love interest remain. The player then either has to kill the traitor (Ayame) or watch her [[DeathEqualsRedemption sacrifice herself to save you]]. Then, after you beat the {{Big Bad}}, he reveals himself to be the devil. Ogami despairs that he can't go on without the rest of the party, then Ayame as an angel shows up and they get revived.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Twice in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''. Before the game even starts, the human military capital of Reach is bombed into molten glass, with the ''Pillar of Autumn'' being one of the few ships to escape. By the end of the game, the titular ring-world is blown up, and pretty much everyone on it dies; the final cutscene has the Master Chief and his trusty [=AI=] Cortana searching in vain for other survivors. While ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' reveals that Sergeant Johnson and a handful of others also managed to survive both Reach and Halo, the book ends with only a small fraction of even those few survivors making it back alive to Earth.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', "Composer" ends with [[spoiler:the Didact using the Composer to kill everyone aboard Ivanoff Station, with Chief and Cortana being the only two to survive]].
* The same thing also happens in ''Halo''[='s=] spiritual predecessor ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': after you save the titular colony ship from the Pfhor in the first game, the sequel reveals that during the intervening years, [[PlayerPunch the Pfhor came back while you were gone and virtually nuked the Marathon to oblivion]]. The final game ends with only a few dozen humans from the colony still alive.
** The even earlier ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'' (Which ''Marathon'' is a StealthSequel to) starts with you LateToTheTragedy, with the rest of your team having been killed already.
* Unless you go for a PacifistRun, the remaining Tasen in ''{{VideoGame/Iji}}'' get wiped out by [[TheDragon Iosa]] shortly before you confront [[FourStarBadass General]] [[FinalBoss Tor]]. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on a PacifistRun, where you fight Iosa ''before'' she has a chance to kill the Tasen. Depending on [[VideoGameCaringPotential your]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential playstyle]], two Tasen might escape the massacre but since they are [[DiscountLesbians both female]], the whole species is doomed anyway if you don't stop Iosa.
* Both ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' kill almost every single NPC aboard the station/ship besides the nameless player. There's a group of survivors in the first game, but they are wiped out before the player can reach them. In the sequel, the ending cutscene shows SHODAN taking control of Rebecca Siddons and menacing Tommy Suarez (presumably
dictatorship - killing him).
** It's particularly annoying in the second game: you actually see quite a number of survivors, only they die before you can meet them, sometimes while you watch haplessly through the window. Tommy and Rebecca example is even worse. [[spoiler:You run to escape pods bay only to find they're just boarding a pod as the glass door you are behind opens slowly enough, so you can't reach them before they leave.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SystemShock'''s SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', the main character is the only survivor of a plane wreck [[spoiler:that he caused]] in the opening sequence. Rapture itself may qualify, as nearly everyone you encounter is either dead, homicidally insane (and killed by the main character during the game), or no longer truly human. The sequel reveals that there were a few others who survived, and that even the splicers went on to be partially rehabilitated... before joining a sinister cult, whose leader happens to want the protagonist dead.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' follows the tradition with a massive ship drifting in space and its crew turned into monsters. The few survivors you see either kill themselves, or murder each other in truly disturbing ways. Plus the ones who bleed to death in front of you or the one who is actually killed by accident.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2''. We can see massive evacuation at the beginning of the game. It's highly probable that many people made it, they were just gone before Isaac woke up.
* This is the fate of the "God of Destruction" Alex in one of the MultipleEndings of Creator/NipponIchi's ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom''. He wants to destroy everything; he succeeds. And is left alone in an empty universe, too powerful to kill himself.
** A very similar thing happens in the Demon Path of ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''. [[spoiler:Except you're the one who destroys everything, and when the fabric of the world is undone, you go along with it.]]
* Many of the [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' die out around day 10
[[spoiler: Due Braddocks']] former right-hand man, then you go on to Sodom's Moonlight. The ones who are smart enough stay inside, away from getting fried by it. The Residents of the Netherworld are completely safe aside from the wandering souls who return to Gafu.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has
commit genocide on an all-but-bluntly-put moment near the end of the game, when Yamato tells the other party members that [[spoiler:, in order for Polaris to change the world,]] all of mankind's desire must be the same. The entire party consists of twelve people. The rest of humanity is ''gone''.
** [[UpdatedRerelease Record Breaker]] has Daichi's nightmare on Wednesday. He's crawling around a destroyed location
species. By the end, [[spoiler: Braddock]] and calling out for his teammates, but nobody is answering. The camera pans around and shows you are the other party members lying motionless on the ground, all of them dead. And then Daichi [[MortalWoundReveal turns and reveals a bleeding stomach wound]]. [[spoiler:It turns out that this isn't just a bad dream, this ''actually'' happened during the second cycle of the world, with ''Record Breaker'' taking part during the third cycle.]]only named characters left alive.



* This is your character's {{backstory}} if you select the "Sole Survivor" and "Colonist" backgrounds in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. For bonus points, your character can have BOTH. And then Creator/BioWare had a lot of fun with this trope in the sequel:
** Inverted: In the beginning of the game, Shepard and 21 crew members on the Normandy are killed, though most escaped.
** Subverted: In the worst ending of the game, Shepard's entire team and crew dies but it looks like Shepard him/herself will survive... and then s/he falls to his death...thus, leaving Joker the sole (organic) survivor of the Suicide Mission.
** When the Collectors kidnap the crew, this is definitely the feeling when you walk around the empty ''Normandy.'' Yeoman Kelly telling you about the messages at your private terminal, the officers in the crew quarters concerned about their families, the cook, the doctor, ThoseTwoGuys down in Engineering... All part of the ship's atmosphere and suddenly gone. [[spoiler:And depending on how fast you head through the Omega 4 relay, they could really become dead.]]
** According to Zaeed Massani's stories, this trope [[ButForMeItWasTuesday happens to him every Tuesday.]]

to:

* This is your character's {{backstory}} if you select In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 7 Days A Skeptic]]'', near the "Sole Survivor" and "Colonist" backgrounds in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. For bonus points, your character can have BOTH. And then Creator/BioWare had a lot of fun with this trope in the sequel:
** Inverted: In the beginning
end, [[spoiler: all of the game, Shepard characters are dead except for the player, and 21 crew members on the Normandy are killed, though most escaped.
** Subverted: In
homicidal frankenstein monster that killed the worst ending of the game, Shepard's entire team and crew dies but it looks like Shepard him/herself will survive... and then s/he falls to his death...thus, leaving Joker the sole (organic) survivor of the Suicide Mission.
** When the Collectors kidnap the crew, this is definitely the feeling when you walk around the empty ''Normandy.'' Yeoman Kelly telling you about the messages at your private terminal, the officers in the crew quarters concerned about their families, the cook, the doctor, ThoseTwoGuys down in Engineering... All part of the ship's atmosphere and suddenly gone. [[spoiler:And depending on how fast you head through the Omega 4 relay, they could really become dead.
rest.]]
** According to Zaeed Massani's stories, this trope [[ButForMeItWasTuesday happens to him * Implied by the ending of the bonus chapter (only found in the collector's edition of the game) of ''VideoGame/DarkTales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher''. Taking the entirety of the story into account, it is very heavily suggested that the only survivors of the events are the player character and his/her partner, Dupin.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', if you follow the plot missions, just before the finale the Special Forces will have killed
every Tuesday.single survivor and zombie in the mall except you and Isabella. You make your final run to the helipad alone with the mall completely lifeless.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', the clock initially counts down to when the military arrives. Once they do, they're slaughtered by souped up zombies. The only survivor is Sgt. Boykin, who goes insane and believes his squad is still alive. The second clock counts down to a firebombing by the military which presumably kills every living and undead thing in the area, possibly including the player character depending on the player's actions beforehand.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' follows the tradition with a massive ship drifting in space and its crew turned into monsters. The few survivors you see either kill themselves, or murder each other in truly disturbing ways. Plus the ones who bleed to death in front of you or the one who is actually killed by accident.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2''. We can see massive evacuation at the beginning of the game. It's highly probable that many people made it, they were just gone before Isaac woke up.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadToRights'', Jack is the sole survivor at the end.
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has an all-but-bluntly-put moment near the end of the game, when Yamato tells the other party members that [[spoiler:, in order for Polaris to change the world,]] all of mankind's desire must be the same. The entire party consists of twelve people. The rest of humanity is ''gone''.
** [[UpdatedRerelease Record Breaker]] has Daichi's nightmare on Wednesday. He's crawling around a destroyed location and calling out for his teammates, but nobody is answering. The camera pans around and shows the other party members lying motionless on the ground, all of them dead. And then Daichi [[MortalWoundReveal turns and reveals a bleeding stomach wound]]. [[spoiler:It turns out that this isn't just a bad dream, this ''actually'' happened during the second cycle of the world, with ''Record Breaker'' taking part during the third cycle.
]]



* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'', the only non-Max character of any import to live through to the end of the game is [[spoiler:Jim Bravura, who happened to take a few bullets to the torso first]]. Though, if the player completes the game on the hardest difficulty setting, [[spoiler:Mona]] survives too.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadToRights'', Jack is the sole survivor at the end.
* ''VideoGame/TheWhiteChamber'', regardless of the three main endings, drives the point home that [[spoiler:Sarah murdered the entire crew, and she is the only one still alive, everything that seemed to be alive that she had encountered was a complete illusion.]]
* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode Two'', near the end of the game, [[spoiler:the BigBad comes in and kills everybody at the robotics convention off... even the beloved characters from the first game... even the characters you had JUST finished side-questing for.]] As Gabe and Tycho would probably say, "Shit just got real."
* In Episode 4 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', everyone except [[spoiler:Battler]] is killed within the first day.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' opens with the player character awakening in a mining facility with everybody else dead except for an old woman who had been in a hibernation trance and a man who was forgotten in the detention area.
** You were supposed to be responsible for the deaths of nearly everyone in your party, but it was cut due to time restraints. If you go evil, you ''almost'' kill ''everyone in the galaxy''.
** And let's not forget that [[spoiler:the Jedi have been driven to extinction with just three remaining in hiding. None of those three survive the game, meaning if you go Dark Side, the Jedi are completely extinct by the end.]]
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', the four survivors are some of the only people not [[ZombieApocalypse turned into zombies]]. The only other people that appear in-game are a man locked up in a church (who quickly turns into a zombie himself), and the people that come to rescue the survivors at the end of each campaign.
** And even their rescuers often come to bad ends in the first game. The survivors are truly fortunate to be immune to both infection and helicopter crashes.
* Used in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' when [[spoiler: a rather cute samurai-Japan gets sucked into The Void. You survive, but upon going back to the world you find this blank white space, with the occasional piece of broken building or debris.]]
** Also used in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. The ending sees the destruction of the entire universe, save for the Mario Brothers and Rosalina. It gets re-created; but those three are still the only survivors of the original universe - Everyone else wasn't actually saved, but reincarnated.
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction'': Only Parker and Eos survive.
** ''Red Faction II'': Only survivors are Alias, Shrike, and Tangier (if you get a good enough karma rating).
*** ''Red Faction: Guerrilla'': Only Mason and Samanya survive. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Are we seeing a pattern here]]?
* Most of the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' has Jill or Chris wandering a zombie-infested mansion with only one person to aid them depending on which one, finding out that everyone they went in to look for in the first place is dead or dying except Rebecca.
** HUNK is notorious in-universe for being the only person to survive his missions. One of the bonus ending screens in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' has a chopper pilot getting sarcastic about it: "Once again, only ''you'' survive, Mr. Death." ''Chronicles'' shows that he prefers it that way.

to:

* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'', Something like this happens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' in the only non-Max character of any import to live through to beginning with the end Grey Wardens at Ostagar. Although most of the game is [[spoiler:Jim Bravura, who happened to take a few bullets to order join the torso first]]. Though, if King and his army on the battlefield against the darkspawn, two have been selected for a separate mission away from the fighting: the player completes character and another junior Warden named Alistair. The battle is a complete massacre because the game on King's father-in-law, Loghain, ordered his troops to retreat instead of coming to help, and the hardest difficulty setting, [[spoiler:Mona]] survives too.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadToRights'', Jack is
player and Alistair are only saved due to intervention by a sort-of supernatural ally. They awaken a few days after the sole survivor at battle and are greeted with the end.
* ''VideoGame/TheWhiteChamber'', regardless of the three main endings, drives the point home
news that [[spoiler:Sarah murdered they are the only surviving Grey Wardens in the entire crew, country, and she is the only one still alive, everything that seemed to be alive that she had encountered was a complete illusion.responsibility for stopping the darkspawn is entirely on their shoulders.
** This is also seen earlier in the game if you choose the Human Noble origin. During the backstory, [[spoiler:the family castle is invaded and everyone inside is slaughtered. Only the player character and his/her dog escape.
]]
* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade: On At the Rain-Slick Precipice beginning of Darkness: Episode Two'', near ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the end of the game, [[spoiler:the BigBad comes in and kills everybody at the robotics convention off... even the beloved characters from the first game... even the characters you had JUST finished side-questing for.]] As Gabe and Tycho would probably say, "Shit just got real."
* In Episode 4 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', everyone except [[spoiler:Battler]]
appropriately titled Sole Survivor is killed within the first day.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' opens with the player character awakening in a mining facility with everybody else dead except for an old woman who had been in a hibernation trance and a man who was forgotten in the detention area.
** You were supposed to be responsible for the deaths of nearly everyone in your party, but it was cut due to time restraints. If you go evil, you ''almost'' kill ''everyone in the galaxy''.
** And let's not forget that [[spoiler:the Jedi have been driven to extinction with just three remaining in hiding. None of those three survive the game, meaning if you go Dark Side, the Jedi are completely extinct by the end.]]
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', the four survivors are some of
the only people not [[ZombieApocalypse turned into zombies]]. The only other people that appear in-game are a man locked up in a church (who quickly turns into a zombie himself), resident of Vault 111 (other than their kidnapped son) to leave the vault alive, with their spouse having been shot by the kidnappers and the people that come to rescue the survivors at the end of each campaign.
** And even their rescuers often come to bad ends in the first game. The survivors are truly fortunate to be immune to both infection and helicopter crashes.
* Used in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' when [[spoiler: a rather cute samurai-Japan gets sucked into The Void. You survive, but upon going back to the world you find this blank white space, with the occasional piece of broken building or debris.]]
** Also used in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. The ending sees the destruction
rest of the entire universe, save for the Mario Brothers and Rosalina. It gets re-created; but those three are still the only survivors of the original universe - Everyone else wasn't actually saved, but reincarnated.
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction'': Only Parker and Eos survive.
** ''Red Faction II'': Only survivors are Alias, Shrike, and Tangier (if you get a good enough karma rating).
*** ''Red Faction: Guerrilla'': Only Mason and Samanya survive. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Are we seeing a pattern here]]?
* Most of the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' has Jill or Chris wandering a zombie-infested mansion with only one person to aid them depending on which one, finding out that everyone they went in to look for in the first place is dead or dying except Rebecca.
** HUNK is notorious in-universe for being the only person to survive his missions. One of the bonus ending screens in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' has a chopper pilot getting sarcastic about it: "Once again, only ''you'' survive, Mr. Death." ''Chronicles'' shows that he prefers it that way.
vault dwellers killed by CryonicsFailure.



* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', Stryker is the lone survivor of the destruction of an unspecified major city.
* In ''Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura'', you start out as the only surviving passenger of a zeppelin after its untimely crash. And depending on how you play and which options you pick during the endgame, [[spoiler: you will end up the only living being in the entirety of Arcanum AND the Void.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', if you follow the plot missions, just before the finale the Special Forces will have killed every single survivor and zombie in the mall except you and Isabella. You make your final run to the helipad alone with the mall completely lifeless.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', the clock initially counts down to when the military arrives. Once they do, they're slaughtered by souped up zombies. The only survivor is Sgt. Boykin, who goes insane and believes his squad is still alive. The second clock counts down to a firebombing by the military which presumably kills every living and undead thing in the area, possibly including the player character depending on the player's actions beforehand.
* ''VideoGame/{{Theresia}}'' is, in essence, a BeautifulVoid without the beauty. There are an a lot of rotting corpses, but if anyone else is still living (and setting those traps that keep targetting you), they're awfully good at keeping out of sight.
* In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 7 Days A Skeptic]]'', near the end, [[spoiler: all of the characters are dead except for the player, and the homicidal frankenstein monster that killed the rest.]]
* ''VideoGame/SunsetOverImdahl'' begins with one of these. The main character's mother has just died of ThePlague, and he leaves his house to find the rest of the city has followed suit. Then a strange man with a [[TimeTravel time portal]] gives him a chance to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong...
* Something like this happens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' in the beginning with the Grey Wardens at Ostagar. Although most of the order join the King and his army on the battlefield against the darkspawn, two have been selected for a separate mission away from the fighting: the player character and another junior Warden named Alistair. The battle is a complete massacre because the King's father-in-law, Loghain, ordered his troops to retreat instead of coming to help, and the player and Alistair are only saved due to intervention by a sort-of supernatural ally. They awaken a few days after the battle and are greeted with the news that they are the only surviving Grey Wardens in the entire country, and the responsibility for stopping the darkspawn is entirely on their shoulders.
** This is also seen earlier in the game if you choose the Human Noble origin. During the backstory, [[spoiler:the family castle is invaded and everyone inside is slaughtered. Only the player character and his/her dog escape.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt takes place within the first ten to fifteen minutes (depending on how fast you read.) On the entire planet, only the five humans at the Shinjuku Hospital (and one IntrepidReporter) escape the horror of the Conception, an apocalyptic event which destroyed the world outside Tokyo and turned the city into [[HollowWorld the Vortex World]]. All other humans, everywhere have died, and they have either become helpless ghosts who can only hope demons don't eat them, or their souls have been reduced to raw emotional energy called "Magatsuhi"... which demons crave to enhance their own powers. By the end of the game, not one true human exists anymore.
* ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'' starts off with 20 characters on a space station. [[spoiler: By the end of the game, Devlin, Meyer, and [=LaPaz=] are the only characters still alive]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' every character in the game who had a name and was ever slightly important winds up dead, with maybe a half a dozen exceptions. Considering the population in this game, that's an impressive genocide. Notable exceptions are [[spoiler: the main character and his sister, who are shown surviving the final battle. And presumably everyone in his party.]]
* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: On your arrival on the Alliance gunship in Deepholm.
** In ''Legion'', this seems to be the fate of [[spoiler:every human living in Duskwood, one way or another, when you retrieve the Kingslayer daggers as an Assassination Rogue. Either the cult sacrifices them or you kill the cultists. No one else is left.]]
* When you arrive aboard the station in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', every member of the station's crew is already dead or is infested with X parasites.
* ''VideoGame/{{BattleZone|1998}} II'' ends this way if you side with [[spoiler: General Braddock]]. You murder your former commanding officer, wipe out a rebellion opposing [[spoiler: Braddock]]'s plans for dictatorship - killing [[spoiler: Braddocks']] former right-hand man, then you go on to commit genocide on an entire species. By the end, [[spoiler: Braddock]] and you are the only named characters left alive.
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'' opens with every single ''Dynasty'' and ''Samurai'' character except for Ma Chao, Sima Zhao, and Hanbei Takenaka dead after the appearance of a monstrous multi-headed Hydra. The thrust of the game is to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong travel back in time and save those characters from their deaths]] in order to amass a large enough army to defeat the Hydra once and for all.
* In ''VideoGame/StrikeSuitZero'', pretty much the entire Earth fleet has been wiped out, without the single loss of an enemy ship.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': [[spoiler:Mithra]] is the only character with a name left alive by the end of the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' has only four surviving Caelondians trying to undo The Calamity. [[spoiler: until Zulf finds out exactly what the Calamity was ''supposed'' to do...]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', Stryker is the lone survivor of the destruction of an unspecified major city.
* In ''Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura'', you start out as the only surviving passenger of a zeppelin after its untimely crash. And depending on how you play and which options you pick during the endgame, [[spoiler: you will end up the only living being in the entirety of Arcanum AND the Void.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', if you follow the plot missions, just before the finale the Special Forces will have killed every single survivor and zombie in the mall except you and Isabella. You make your final run to the helipad alone with the mall completely lifeless.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', the clock initially counts down to when the military arrives. Once they do, they're slaughtered by souped up zombies. The only survivor is Sgt. Boykin, who goes insane and believes his squad is still alive. The second clock counts down to a firebombing by the military which presumably kills every living and undead thing in the area, possibly including the player character depending on the player's actions beforehand.
* ''VideoGame/{{Theresia}}'' is, in essence, a BeautifulVoid without the beauty. There are an a lot of rotting corpses, but if anyone else is still living (and setting those traps that keep targetting you), they're awfully good at keeping out of sight.
* In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos 7 Days A Skeptic]]'', near the end, [[spoiler: all of the characters are dead except for the player, and the homicidal frankenstein monster that killed the rest.]]
* ''VideoGame/SunsetOverImdahl'' begins with one of these. The main character's mother has just died of ThePlague, and he leaves his house to find the rest of the city has followed suit. Then a strange man with a [[TimeTravel time portal]] gives him a chance to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong...
* Something like this happens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' in the beginning with the Grey Wardens at Ostagar. Although most of the order join the King and his army on the battlefield against the darkspawn, two have been selected for a separate mission away from the fighting: the player character and another junior Warden named Alistair. The battle is a complete massacre because the King's father-in-law, Loghain, ordered his troops to retreat instead of coming to help, and the player and Alistair are only saved due to intervention by a sort-of supernatural ally. They awaken a few days after the battle and are greeted with the news that they are the only surviving Grey Wardens in the entire country, and the responsibility for stopping the darkspawn is entirely on their shoulders.
** This is also seen earlier in the game if you choose the Human Noble origin. During the backstory, [[spoiler:the family castle is invaded and everyone inside is slaughtered. Only the player character and his/her dog escape.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt takes place within the first ten to fifteen minutes (depending on how fast you read.) On the entire planet, only the five humans at the Shinjuku Hospital (and one IntrepidReporter) escape the horror of the Conception, an apocalyptic event which destroyed the world outside Tokyo and turned the city into [[HollowWorld the Vortex World]]. All other humans, everywhere have died, and they have either become helpless ghosts who can only hope demons don't eat them, or their souls have been reduced to raw emotional energy called "Magatsuhi"... which demons crave to enhance their own powers. By the end of the game, not one true human exists anymore.
* ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'' starts off with 20 characters on a space station. [[spoiler: By the end of the game, Devlin, Meyer, and [=LaPaz=] are the only characters still alive]].
*
In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' every character in the game who had a name and was ever slightly important winds up dead, with maybe a half a dozen exceptions. Considering the population in this game, that's an impressive genocide. Notable exceptions are [[spoiler: the main character and his sister, who are shown surviving the final battle. And presumably everyone in his party.]]
* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: On your arrival on the Alliance gunship in Deepholm.
** In ''Legion'', this seems to be the fate of [[spoiler:every human living in Duskwood, one way or another, when you retrieve the Kingslayer daggers as an Assassination Rogue. Either the cult sacrifices them or you kill the cultists. No one else is left.]]
* When you arrive aboard the station in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', every member of the station's crew is already dead or is infested with X parasites.
* ''VideoGame/{{BattleZone|1998}} II'' ends this way if you side with [[spoiler: General Braddock]]. You murder your former commanding officer, wipe out a rebellion opposing [[spoiler: Braddock]]'s plans for dictatorship - killing [[spoiler: Braddocks']] former right-hand man, then you go on to commit genocide on an entire species. By the end, [[spoiler: Braddock]] and you are the only named characters left alive.
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'' opens with every single ''Dynasty'' and ''Samurai'' character except for Ma Chao, Sima Zhao, and Hanbei Takenaka dead after the appearance of a monstrous multi-headed Hydra. The thrust of the game is to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong travel back in time and save those characters from their deaths]] in order to amass a large enough army to defeat the Hydra once and for all.
* In ''VideoGame/StrikeSuitZero'', pretty much the entire Earth fleet has been wiped out, without the single loss of an enemy ship.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': [[spoiler:Mithra]] is the only character with a name left alive by the end of the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' has only four surviving Caelondians trying to undo The Calamity. [[spoiler: until Zulf finds out exactly what the Calamity was ''supposed'' to do...
]]



* Implied by the ending of the bonus chapter (only found in the collector's edition of the game) of ''VideoGame/DarkTales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher''. Taking the entirety of the story into account, it is very heavily suggested that the only survivors of the events are the player character and his/her partner, Dupin.
* ''VideoGame/TheTwistedTalesOfSpikeMcFang'', late in the game, has a rare villainous example:
-->'''Von Hesler''': Hydra, summon all of my officers and have their troops surround the castle.\\
'''Hydra''': Sir...\\
'''Von Hesler''': What?\\
'''Hydra''': They have all been defeated.\\
'''Von Hesler''': All of the officers?\\
'''Hydra''': Yes. Except for those of us here.
* One way to interpret the events of ''VideoGame/EverybodysGoneToTheRapture''. [[AmbiguousSituation It's difficult to say.]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'': By the end of [[GutPunch Chapter 16]], [[spoiler: with the exception of Ampharos and Jirachi, everyone in the Expedition Society, including the player and partner characters, have been turned to stone by Yveltal and its followers, who then precede to petrify almost everyone else on the planet, including most of the Legendary Pokémon.]]
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the appropriately titled Sole Survivor is the only resident of Vault 111 (other than their kidnapped son) to leave the vault alive, with their spouse having been shot by the kidnappers and the rest of the vault dwellers killed by CryonicsFailure.

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* Implied by ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Twice in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''. Before
the ending game even starts, the human military capital of Reach is bombed into molten glass, with the ''Pillar of Autumn'' being one of the bonus chapter (only found in few ships to escape. By the collector's edition end of the game) of ''VideoGame/DarkTales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of game, the House of Usher''. Taking titular ring-world is blown up, and pretty much everyone on it dies; the entirety of final cutscene has the story into account, it is very heavily suggested Master Chief and his trusty [=AI=] Cortana searching in vain for other survivors. While ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' reveals that Sergeant Johnson and a handful of others also managed to survive both Reach and Halo, the book ends with only a small fraction of even those few survivors of making it back alive to Earth.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', "Composer" ends with [[spoiler:the Didact using
the events are Composer to kill everyone aboard Ivanoff Station, with Chief and Cortana being the player character and his/her partner, Dupin.
only two to survive]].
* ''VideoGame/TheTwistedTalesOfSpikeMcFang'', late The same thing also happens in ''Halo''[='s=] spiritual predecessor ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': after you save the titular colony ship from the Pfhor in the first game, has a rare villainous example:
-->'''Von Hesler''': Hydra, summon all of my officers
the sequel reveals that during the intervening years, [[PlayerPunch the Pfhor came back while you were gone and have virtually nuked the Marathon to oblivion]]. The final game ends with only a few dozen humans from the colony still alive.
** The even earlier ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'' (Which ''Marathon'' is a StealthSequel to) starts with you LateToTheTragedy, with the rest of your team having been killed already.
* Quite possible in several ending combinations in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': [[spoiler: Not saving Shaun alone kills Ethan AND Norman in
their troops surround the castle.\\
'''Hydra''': Sir...\\
'''Von Hesler''': What?\\
'''Hydra''': They have all been defeated.\\
'''Von Hesler''': All of the officers?\\
'''Hydra''': Yes. Except for those of us here.
* One way to interpret the events of ''VideoGame/EverybodysGoneToTheRapture''. [[AmbiguousSituation It's difficult to say.
epilogues if they hadn't died already.]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'': By Unless you go for a PacifistRun, the end of [[GutPunch Chapter 16]], [[spoiler: remaining Tasen in ''{{VideoGame/Iji}}'' get wiped out by [[TheDragon Iosa]] shortly before you confront [[FourStarBadass General]] [[FinalBoss Tor]]. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on a PacifistRun, where you fight Iosa ''before'' she has a chance to kill the Tasen. Depending on [[VideoGameCaringPotential your]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential playstyle]], two Tasen might escape the massacre but since they are [[DiscountLesbians both female]], the whole species is doomed anyway if you don't stop Iosa.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' opens
with the exception of Ampharos player character awakening in a mining facility with everybody else dead except for an old woman who had been in a hibernation trance and Jirachi, a man who was forgotten in the detention area.
** You were supposed to be responsible for the deaths of nearly
everyone in your party, but it was cut due to time restraints. If you go evil, you ''almost'' kill ''everyone in the Expedition Society, including the player and partner characters, galaxy''.
** And let's not forget that [[spoiler:the Jedi
have been turned driven to stone by Yveltal and its followers, who then precede to petrify almost everyone else on extinction with just three remaining in hiding. None of those three survive the planet, including most of game, meaning if you go Dark Side, the Legendary Pokémon.Jedi are completely extinct by the end.]]
* At In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', the four survivors are some of the only people not [[ZombieApocalypse turned into zombies]]. The only other people that appear in-game are a man locked up in a church (who quickly turns into a zombie himself), and the people that come to rescue the survivors at the end of each campaign.
** And even their rescuers often come to bad ends in the first game. The survivors are truly fortunate to be immune to both infection and helicopter crashes.
* This is the fate of the "God of Destruction" Alex in one of the MultipleEndings of Creator/NipponIchi's ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom''. He wants to destroy everything; he succeeds. And is left alone in an empty universe, too powerful to kill himself.
** A very similar thing happens in the Demon Path of ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''. [[spoiler:Except you're the one who destroys everything, and when the fabric of the world is undone, you go along with it.]]
* This is your character's {{backstory}} if you select the "Sole Survivor" and "Colonist" backgrounds in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. For bonus points, your character can have BOTH. And then Creator/BioWare had a lot of fun with this trope in the sequel:
** Inverted: In
the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the appropriately titled Sole Survivor game, Shepard and 21 crew members on the Normandy are killed, though most escaped.
** Subverted: In the worst ending of the game, Shepard's entire team and crew dies but it looks like Shepard him/herself will survive... and then s/he falls to his death...thus, leaving Joker the sole (organic) survivor of the Suicide Mission.
** When the Collectors kidnap the crew, this
is definitely the feeling when you walk around the empty ''Normandy.'' Yeoman Kelly telling you about the messages at your private terminal, the officers in the crew quarters concerned about their families, the cook, the doctor, ThoseTwoGuys down in Engineering... All part of the ship's atmosphere and suddenly gone. [[spoiler:And depending on how fast you head through the Omega 4 relay, they could really become dead.]]
** According to Zaeed Massani's stories, this trope [[ButForMeItWasTuesday happens to him every Tuesday.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'',
the only resident non-Max character of Vault 111 (other than their kidnapped son) any import to leave live through to the vault alive, with their spouse having been shot by the kidnappers and the rest end of the vault dwellers killed by CryonicsFailure.game is [[spoiler:Jim Bravura, who happened to take a few bullets to the torso first]]. Though, if the player completes the game on the hardest difficulty setting, [[spoiler:Mona]] survives, too.
* When you arrive aboard the station in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', every member of the station's crew is already dead or is infested with X parasites.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', Stryker is the lone survivor of the destruction of an unspecified major city.



** Second, [[spoiler:the Bunker is destroyed, almost every [=YoRHa=] android is wiped out by the Logic Virus, and 2B suffers a MercyKill, leaving 9S all alone - something that is ''not'' good for his mental state.]]

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** Second, [[spoiler:the Bunker is destroyed, almost every [=YoRHa=] android is wiped out by the Logic Virus, and 2B suffers a MercyKill, leaving 9S all alone - -- something that is ''not'' good for his mental state.]]


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* The "Submarine" ending of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ends with all of the other players apparently stabbed and dead. [[spoiler:[[InTheBack Then you get knifed]]...]]
** Technically all of the endings aside from the True Ending are this. [[spoiler: No matter who the killer is in the ending, they will be unable to unlock the final door.]]
** [[VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward The sequel]] does this [[spoiler: no less than three times. In Luna's path, Sigma and Phi find everyone dead, except for Quark, who's missing. In Clover's ending, Sigma finds everybody's (except for, once again, Quark's) dead bodies. And in Phi's route, Tenmyouji reveals that most of the human population of Earth has been killed by the Radical-6 pandemic]].
* ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'' starts off with 20 characters on a space station. [[spoiler: By the end of the game, Devlin, Meyer, and [=LaPaz=] are the only characters still alive]].
* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode Two'', near the end of the game, [[spoiler:the BigBad comes in and kills everybody at the robotics convention off... even the beloved characters from the first game... even the characters you had JUST finished side-questing for.]] As Gabe and Tycho would probably say, "Shit just got real."
* ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'': By the end of [[GutPunch Chapter 16]], [[spoiler: with the exception of Ampharos and Jirachi, everyone in the Expedition Society, including the player and partner characters, have been turned to stone by Yveltal and its followers, who then precede to petrify almost everyone else on the planet, including most of the Legendary Pokémon.]]
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction'': Only Parker and Eos survive.
** ''Red Faction II'': Only survivors are Alias, Shrike, and Tangier (if you get a good enough karma rating).
*** ''Red Faction: Guerrilla'': Only Mason and Samanya survive. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Are we seeing a pattern here]]?
* Most of the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' has Jill or Chris wandering a zombie-infested mansion with only one person to aid them depending on which one, finding out that everyone they went in to look for in the first place is dead or dying except Rebecca.
** HUNK is notorious in-universe for being the only person to survive his missions. One of the bonus ending screens in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' has a chopper pilot getting sarcastic about it: "Once again, only ''you'' survive, Mr. Death." ''Chronicles'' shows that he prefers it that way.
* At the end of the first ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', as your party marches through the [[FloatingContinent Seimajou]], they are killed off one by one, until only [[PlayerCharacter Ogami]] and your chosen love interest remain. The player then either has to kill the traitor (Ayame) or watch her [[DeathEqualsRedemption sacrifice herself to save you]]. Then, after you beat the {{Big Bad}}, he reveals himself to be the devil. Ogami despairs that he can't go on without the rest of the party, then Ayame as an angel shows up and they get revived.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt takes place within the first ten to fifteen minutes (depending on how fast you read.) On the entire planet, only the five humans at the Shinjuku Hospital (and one IntrepidReporter) escape the horror of the Conception, an apocalyptic event which destroyed the world outside Tokyo and turned the city into [[HollowWorld the Vortex World]]. All other humans, everywhere have died, and they have either become helpless ghosts who can only hope demons don't eat them, or their souls have been reduced to raw emotional energy called "Magatsuhi"... which demons crave to enhance their own powers. By the end of the game, not one true human exists anymore.
* This is one of the worst endings you can get in the third game of ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/StrikeSuitZero'', pretty much the entire Earth fleet has been wiped out, without the single loss of an enemy ship.
* ''VideoGame/SunsetOverImdahl'' begins with one of these. The main character's mother has just died of ThePlague, and he leaves his house to find the rest of the city has followed suit. Then a strange man with a [[TimeTravel time portal]] gives him a chance to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong...
* Used in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' when [[spoiler: a rather cute samurai-Japan gets sucked into The Void. You survive, but upon going back to the world you find this blank white space, with the occasional piece of broken building or debris.]]
** Also used in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. The ending sees the destruction of the entire universe, save for the Mario Brothers and Rosalina. It gets re-created; but those three are still the only survivors of the original universe - Everyone else wasn't actually saved, but reincarnated.
* Both ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' kill almost every single NPC aboard the station/ship besides the nameless player. There's a group of survivors in the first game, but they are wiped out before the player can reach them. In the sequel, the ending cutscene shows SHODAN taking control of Rebecca Siddons and menacing Tommy Suarez (presumably killing him).
** It's particularly annoying in the second game: you actually see quite a number of survivors, only they die before you can meet them, sometimes while you watch haplessly through the window. Tommy and Rebecca example is even worse. [[spoiler:You run to escape pods bay only to find they're just boarding a pod as the glass door you are behind opens slowly enough, so you can't reach them before they leave.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SystemShock'''s SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', the main character is the only survivor of a plane wreck [[spoiler:that he caused]] in the opening sequence. Rapture itself may qualify, as nearly everyone you encounter is either dead, homicidally insane (and killed by the main character during the game), or no longer truly human. The sequel reveals that there were a few others who survived, and that even the splicers went on to be partially rehabilitated... before joining a sinister cult, whose leader happens to want the protagonist dead.
* ''VideoGame/{{Theresia}}'' is, in essence, a BeautifulVoid without the beauty. There are an a lot of rotting corpses, but if anyone else is still living (and setting those traps that keep targetting you), they're awfully good at keeping out of sight.
* Many of the [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' die out around day 10 [[spoiler: Due to Sodom's Moonlight. The ones who are smart enough stay inside, away from getting fried by it. The Residents of the Netherworld are completely safe aside from the wandering souls who return to Gafu.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheTwistedTalesOfSpikeMcFang'', late in the game, has a rare villainous example:
-->'''Von Hesler''': Hydra, summon all of my officers and have their troops surround the castle.\\
'''Hydra''': Sir...\\
'''Von Hesler''': What?\\
'''Hydra''': They have all been defeated.\\
'''Von Hesler''': All of the officers?\\
'''Hydra''': Yes. Except for those of us here.
* In Episode 4 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', everyone except [[spoiler:Battler]] is killed within the first day.
* The result if the "No Mercy" (commonly referred to as "Genocide") run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. You (the protagonist) hunt down and slaughter (nearly) every monster in the Underground, then make (or are forced to make) a deal with a long-dead corrupted child to completely obliterate what's left.
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'' opens with every single ''Dynasty'' and ''Samurai'' character except for Ma Chao, Sima Zhao, and Hanbei Takenaka dead after the appearance of a monstrous multi-headed Hydra. The thrust of the game is to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong travel back in time and save those characters from their deaths]] in order to amass a large enough army to defeat the Hydra once and for all.
* ''VideoGame/TheWhiteChamber'', regardless of the three main endings, drives the point home that [[spoiler:Sarah murdered the entire crew, and she is the only one still alive, everything that seemed to be alive that she had encountered was a complete illusion.]]
* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: On your arrival on the Alliance gunship in Deepholm.
** In ''Legion'', this seems to be the fate of [[spoiler:every human living in Duskwood, one way or another, when you retrieve the Kingslayer daggers as an Assassination Rogue. Either the cult sacrifices them or you kill the cultists. No one else is left.]]
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* In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Odysseus's ship sank, and only he survived to spend seven years with Calypso.
* At the start of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Earth is destroyed and Arthur Dent is thrown out into the universe. [[ThrownOutTheAirlock Quite literally]].
* Eiji Yoshikawa's ''Literature/{{Musashi}}'' opens with one of these, the two main characters literally the only ones left after a battle. They even wake up to find themselves as such, too.

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* In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Odysseus's ship sank, and only he survived to spend seven years with Calypso.
* At
''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' all organic lifeforms of the start of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Earth is destroyed and Arthur Dent is thrown out into Universe, except the universe. [[ThrownOutTheAirlock Quite literally]].
* Eiji Yoshikawa's ''Literature/{{Musashi}}'' opens with one of these,
humans, were killed by the two main characters literally time the only ones left after a battle. They even wake up to find themselves as such, too.book starts.



* ''Literature/TheBriefHistoryOfTheDead'' starts with this for the entire world, as one last survivor is stranded somewhere in Antarctica. The world of the dead is a bit more crowded -- they don't fade until everyone who remembers them is dead, so she's preserving her friends, her family, and even the checkout worker at the grocery store she used to shop at. [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Then she dies, and away they go]].]]



* The ending of ''Literature/SometimeNeverAFableForSupermen'' is similar to ''Closing Time'' mentioned above, as the world gets nuke-washed and all the humans are dead, the Gremlins move to the surface but found out when there's no human alive, there is no imagination to keep them existing. [[DownerEnding They fade out]].
* Happens three times in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}''. A tidal wave kills everyone in Mau's village, leaving him sole survivor. A ship destroyed by the same wave leaves Daphne the one survivor (two, if you like parrots). Meanwhile, a plague has decimated England and wiped out (among others) the 137 people standing between Daphne's father and the crown.

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* The At the end of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Susan is the only character left alive. This isn't really a happy ending of ''Literature/SometimeNeverAFableForSupermen'' is similar to ''Closing Time'' mentioned above, as for her though if you think about it, since it ends focusing on the world gets nuke-washed fact that her family and all friends of the humans family are now in heaven and she is, frankly, not.
** Not only that, but we're informed that [[TearJerker she might never get there]]. Contrary to popular belief, she is not banned out of Heaven for liking lipstick or attending parties, but rather because [[SelfServingMemory she refused to believe they really did go to Narnia, believing (or more likely pretending to) that it was just a silly game they would play.]] Essentially she forgot what was important to her or what's real and replaced it with meaningless fancies. C.S. Lewis left it up to our own interpretation of Susan's personality whether she would find her way again.
* ''The Commander's Daughter'' by Y. Jakovlev is set during the siege of Brest Fortress. At the end, every named character is
dead, except the Gremlins move to the surface but found out when there's no human alive, there is no imagination to keep them existing. [[DownerEnding They fade out]].
* Happens three times in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}''. A tidal wave kills everyone in Mau's village, leaving him sole survivor. A ship destroyed
heroine's mother (imprisoned by the same wave leaves Daphne the one survivor (two, if you like parrots). Meanwhile, a plague has decimated England and wiped out (among others) the 137 people standing between Daphne's father enemy) and the crown.heroine herself, who makes an UnexplainedRecovery, somehow surviving the whole mess (her prototypes also survived, but in-story this less explainable than in RealLife).



* The book ''Literature/TheRoad'' by Creator/CormacMcCarthy is about a father and son as they travel south during what is suspected to be a nuclear winter. The father and son are all they have left.
** Except not quite. The book is full of references to death-cults, sightings of and interactions with cannibals and their victims, an old man they share a meal and a fire with on the road, and [[spoiler:a family of four who'd apparently been shadowing them, preparing to take the Boy in when the Father died from his illness.]]
* ''Literature/ZForZachariah'' - the only survivor initially is the young girl in the mysteriously unaffected valley, writing her diary.

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* The book ''Literature/TheRoad'' by Creator/CormacMcCarthy is about a father and son as they travel south during what is suspected to be a nuclear winter. The father and son are all they have left.
** Except not quite. The book is full
''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' has two of references to death-cults, sightings of and interactions with cannibals and their victims, an old man they share a meal and a fire with on its [[TimeTravel time travelers]] arrive after the road, and [[spoiler:a family of four who'd apparently been shadowing them, preparing [[ThePlague Black Death]] has reached Oxfordshire. In some villages there was no-one left to take bury the Boy in when the Father died from his illness.]]
* ''Literature/ZForZachariah'' - the only survivor initially is the young girl in the mysteriously unaffected valley, writing her diary.
dead.



* ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus'' ends with almost everyone in the circus being slaughtered by Kurt Pilo during his VillainousBreakdown; the only confirmed survivors are Steve, [[FortuneTeller Shalice the Fortune Teller]], [[PlayingWithFire Mugabo the Magician]], [[MonsterClown Gonko the Clown]], and Jamie.
* In "The Yarn of the 'Nancy Bell'" (the first of the ''Bab Ballads'' by Creator/WSGilbert), the sole survivor of the Nancy Bell's crew describes what happened to the others.

to:

* ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus'' ends At the start of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Earth is destroyed and Arthur Dent is thrown out into the universe. [[ThrownOutTheAirlock Quite literally]].
* ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire:]]'' [[spoiler: "Katniss...There is no District 12."]]
* A rare midplot invocation in ''{{Literature/Idlewild}}'' as the characters suddenly realize how many of their friends/family are virtual and how empty the world actually is.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/JohnnyAndTheBomb'' explores the RealLife example of the ''pal's battalions'' in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, which were special units of the British Army consisting of men from a single town. In theory, this increased camaraderie, as people were fighting alongside friends and work colleagues. In practice, they were a fearsomely efficient way to wipe out the entire young male population of a town in a single stroke.
* The post-apocalyptic adolescent novel ''The Lake at the End of the World'' subverts the trope at the beginning when a teenage boy shows up at a farm and claims to be from an underground settlement of a few hundred people. The family that takes him in assumes he's gone insane
with loneliness, but naturally it turns out he's telling the truth.
* Olaf Stapledon's ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'' has
almost the entire human race being wiped out in a nuclear holocaust with just 35 survivors. Their descendants eventually evolve into a new species of humans, which is promptly wiped out a bit later. This trend carries on, including the extinction of all life on Earth and then Venus (twice) until the 18th species of "men" is completely destroyed, along with the entire solar system, by a supernova a couple of billion years later.
* Eiji Yoshikawa's ''Literature/{{Musashi}}'' opens with one of these, the two main characters literally the only ones left after a battle. They even wake up to find themselves as such, too.
* Happens three times in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}''. A tidal wave kills
everyone in Mau's village, leaving him sole survivor. A ship destroyed by the circus being slaughtered by Kurt Pilo same wave leaves Daphne the one survivor (two, if you like parrots). Meanwhile, a plague has decimated England and wiped out (among others) the 137 people standing between Daphne's father and the crown.
* This is part of Willis Corto/[[spoiler: Armitage]]'s backstory in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''. He was part of Operation Screaming Fist, a special-forces raid on a Russian base
during his VillainousBreakdown; The War. After being shot down, he and a few others managed to steal a helicopter and escape to Finland, only to be shot to pieces by the Finnish defense forces while they were trying to land. Corto was the only confirmed survivors are Steve, [[FortuneTeller Shalice one to survive the Fortune Teller]], [[PlayingWithFire Mugabo escape. Automatic Jack, a central character in the Magician]], [[MonsterClown Gonko short story ''Burning Chrome'', was the Clown]], and Jamie.
* In "The Yarn of the 'Nancy Bell'" (the first of the ''Bab Ballads'' by Creator/WSGilbert), the sole
only other survivor of the Nancy Bell's crew describes what happened operation as a whole.
* In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Odysseus's ship sank, and only he survived
to the others.spend seven years with Calypso.



* At the end of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Susan is the only character left alive. This isn't really a happy ending for her though if you think about it, since it ends focusing on the fact that her family and all friends of the family are now in heaven and she is, frankly, not.
** Not only that, but we're informed that [[TearJerker she might never get there]]. Contrary to popular belief, she is not banned out of Heaven for liking lipstick or attending parties, but rather because [[SelfServingMemory she refused to believe they really did go to Narnia, believing (or more likely pretending to) that it was just a silly game they would play.]] Essentially she forgot what was important to her or what's real and replaced it with meaningless fancies. C.S. Lewis left it up to our own interpretation of Susan's personality whether she would find her way again.

to:

* At Margaret Atwood's ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'' is mostly flashbacks from the end point of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Susan is view of apparently the only character left alive. This isn't really human survivor of a happy ending for her though if you think about it, since it ends focusing on global pandemic. The last chapters -- and the fact sequels -- reveal that her family and all friends of the family there are now in heaven and she is, frankly, not.
** Not only that, but we're informed that [[TearJerker she might never get there]]. Contrary to popular belief, she is not banned out of Heaven for liking lipstick or attending parties, but
rather because [[SelfServingMemory she refused to believe they really did go to Narnia, believing (or more likely pretending to) that it was just a silly game they would play.]] Essentially she forgot what was important to her or what's real and replaced it with meaningless fancies. C.S. Lewis left it up to our own interpretation of Susan's personality whether she would find her way again.survivors than he thinks.



* ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus'' ends with almost everyone in the circus being slaughtered by Kurt Pilo during his VillainousBreakdown; the only confirmed survivors are Steve, [[FortuneTeller Shalice the Fortune Teller]], [[PlayingWithFire Mugabo the Magician]], [[MonsterClown Gonko the Clown]], and Jamie.
* The book ''Literature/TheRoad'' by Creator/CormacMcCarthy is about a father and son as they travel south during what is suspected to be a nuclear winter. The father and son are all they have left.
** Except not quite. The book is full of references to death-cults, sightings of and interactions with cannibals and their victims, an old man they share a meal and a fire with on the road, and [[spoiler:a family of four who'd apparently been shadowing them, preparing to take the Boy in when the Father died from his illness.]]
* This is the way ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'' ''opens'', oddly enough. Mary Lennox wakes up to find that her house is completely empty and silent. She is found a few minutes later by two soldiers, who proceed to tell her that her parents and everyone else in the household have died of cholera.
* The ending of ''Literature/SometimeNeverAFableForSupermen'' is similar to ''Closing Time'' mentioned above, as the world gets nuke-washed and all the humans are dead, the Gremlins move to the surface but found out when there's no human alive, there is no imagination to keep them existing. [[DownerEnding They fade out]].



* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' novel ''Fallen Heroes''. Odo and Quark accidentally shoot themselves three days into the future with an alien artefact to find the station in ruins and everyone dead. There are then a series of flashbacks showing just what happened - aliens attacked the station looking for the artefact, which wasn't there as it had been sent into the future...they end up [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong putting everything right]] by figuring out how to time travel back into the past again.
* This is part of Willis Corto/[[spoiler: Armitage]]'s backstory in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''. He was part of Operation Screaming Fist, a special-forces raid on a Russian base during The War. After being shot down, he and a few others managed to steal a helicopter and escape to Finland, only to be shot to pieces by the Finnish defense forces while they were trying to land. Corto was the only one to survive the escape. Automatic Jack, a central character in the short story ''Burning Chrome'', was the only other survivor of the operation as a whole.
* ''Literature/TheBriefHistoryOfTheDead'' starts with this for the entire world, as one last survivor is stranded somewhere in Antarctica. The world of the dead is a bit more crowded--they don't fade until everyone who remembers them is dead, so she's preserving her friends, her family, and even the checkout worker at the grocery store she used to shop at. [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Then she dies, and away they go]].]]
* ''The Commander's Daughter'' by Y. Jakovlev is set during the siege of Brest Fortress. At the end, every named character is dead, except the heroine's mother (imprisoned by enemy) and the heroine herself, who makes an UnexplainedRecovery, somehow surviving the whole mess (her prototypes also survived, but in-story this less explainable than in RealLife).
* ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' has two of its [[TimeTravel time travellers]] arrive after the [[ThePlague Black Death]] has reached Oxfordshire. In some villages there was no-one left to bury the dead.
* Olaf Stapledon's ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'' has almost the entire human race being wiped out in a nuclear holocaust with just 35 survivors. Their descendants eventually evolve into a new species of humans, which is promptly wiped out a bit later. This trend carries on, including the extinction of all life on Earth and then Venus (twice) until the 18th species of "men" is completely destroyed, along with the entire solar system, by a supernova a couple of billion years later.
* ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire:]]'' [[spoiler: "Katniss...There is no District 12."]]
* The post-apocalyptic adolescent novel ''The Lake at the End of the World'' subverts the trope at the beginning when a teenage boy shows up at a farm and claims to be from an underground settlement of a few hundred people. The family that takes him in assumes he's gone insane with loneliness, but naturally it turns out he's telling the truth.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/JohnnyAndTheBomb'' explores the RealLife example of the ''pal's battalions'' in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, which were special units of the British Army consisting of men from a single town. In theory, this increased camaraderie, as people were fighting alongside friends and work colleagues. In practice, they were a fearsomely efficient way to wipe out the entire young male population of a town in a single stroke.
* This is the way ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'' ''opens'', oddly enough. Mary Lennox wakes up to find that her house is completely empty and silent. She is found a few minutes later by two soldiers, who proceed to tell her that her parents and everyone else in the household have died of cholera.
%% * Isabelle, Alec, and Clary do this in ''[[Literature/TheMortalInstruments City of Ashes]]'' when they realize that all the silent brothers are dead.
* Margaret Atwood's ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'' is mostly flashbacks from the point of view of apparently the only human survivor of a global pandemic. The last chapters -- and the sequels -- reveal that there are rather more survivors than he thinks.
* A rare midplot invocation in {{Literature/Idlewild}} as the characters suddenly realize how many of their friends/family are virtual and how empty the world actually is.
* In ''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' all organic lifeforms of the Universe, except the humans, were killed by the time the book starts.

to:

* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' novel ''Fallen Heroes''. Odo and Quark accidentally shoot themselves three days into the future with an alien artefact artifact to find the station in ruins and everyone dead. There are then a series of flashbacks showing just what happened - -- aliens attacked the station looking for the artefact, artifact, which wasn't there as it had been sent into the future...future... they end up [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong putting everything right]] by figuring out how to time travel back into the past again.
* This is part of Willis Corto/[[spoiler: Armitage]]'s backstory in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''. He was part of Operation Screaming Fist, a special-forces raid on a Russian base during The War. After being shot down, he and a few others managed to steal a helicopter and escape to Finland, only to be shot to pieces by the Finnish defense forces while they were trying to land. Corto was the only one to survive the escape. Automatic Jack, a central character in the short story ''Burning Chrome'', was the only other survivor of the operation as a whole.
* ''Literature/TheBriefHistoryOfTheDead'' starts with this for the entire world, as one last survivor is stranded somewhere in Antarctica. The world of the dead is a bit more crowded--they don't fade until everyone who remembers them is dead, so she's preserving her friends, her family, and even the checkout worker at the grocery store she used to shop at. [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Then she dies, and away they go]].]]
* ''The Commander's Daughter'' by Y. Jakovlev is set during the siege of Brest Fortress. At the end, every named character is dead, except the heroine's mother (imprisoned by enemy) and the heroine herself, who makes an UnexplainedRecovery, somehow surviving the whole mess (her prototypes also survived, but in-story this less explainable than in RealLife).
* ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' has two of its [[TimeTravel time travellers]] arrive after the [[ThePlague Black Death]] has reached Oxfordshire. In some villages there was no-one left to bury the dead.
* Olaf Stapledon's ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'' has almost the entire human race being wiped out in a nuclear holocaust with just 35 survivors. Their descendants eventually evolve into a new species of humans, which is promptly wiped out a bit later. This trend carries on, including the extinction of all life on Earth and then Venus (twice) until the 18th species of "men" is completely destroyed, along with the entire solar system, by a supernova a couple of billion years later.
* ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire:]]'' [[spoiler: "Katniss...There is no District 12."]]
* The post-apocalyptic adolescent novel ''The Lake at the End of the World'' subverts the trope at the beginning when a teenage boy shows up at a farm and claims to be from an underground settlement of a few hundred people. The family that takes him in assumes he's gone insane with loneliness, but naturally it turns out he's telling the truth.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/JohnnyAndTheBomb'' explores the RealLife example of the ''pal's battalions'' in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, which were special units of the British Army consisting of men from a single town. In theory, this increased camaraderie, as people were fighting alongside friends and work colleagues. In practice, they were a fearsomely efficient way to wipe out the entire young male population of a town in a single stroke.
* This is the way ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'' ''opens'', oddly enough. Mary Lennox wakes up to find that her house is completely empty and silent. She is found a few minutes later by two soldiers, who proceed to tell her that her parents and everyone else in the household have died of cholera.
%% * Isabelle, Alec, and Clary do this in ''[[Literature/TheMortalInstruments City of Ashes]]'' when they realize that all the silent brothers are dead.
* Margaret Atwood's ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'' is mostly flashbacks from the point of view of apparently the only human survivor of a global pandemic. The last chapters -- and the sequels -- reveal that there are rather more survivors than he thinks.
* A rare midplot invocation in {{Literature/Idlewild}} as the characters suddenly realize how many of their friends/family are virtual and how empty the world actually is.
* In ''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' all organic lifeforms of the Universe, except the humans, were killed by the time the book starts.
again.



* In "The Yarn of the 'Nancy Bell'" (the first of the ''Bab Ballads'' by Creator/WSGilbert), the sole survivor of the Nancy Bell's crew describes what happened to the others.
* ''Literature/ZForZachariah'' -- the only survivor initially is the young girl in the mysteriously unaffected valley, writing her diary.



* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Three million years after a nuclear reactor leak killed the crew of an interstellar mining ship, the only survivors of the pilot episode's disaster are the main characters. Well, one survivor (who was in Stasis during the leak). The other three protagonists are the ship's AI computer, an evolved, humanoid descendant of the main character's pet cat (and, therefore, not actually ''born'' at the time of the disaster) and a holographic simulation of the main character's roommate. Why a hologram? Because he's dead, Dave. Being [[RuleOfFunny a comedy]], the page quote (where Holly breaks the news and [[TropeNamer names the trope]]) quickly spirals into an OverlyLongGag - and the book adaptation's take ends with Holly ranting every possible grammatical combination of the words, "everyone", "is", "dead" and "Dave".
--->'''David Lister:''' Rimmer?\\
'''Holly:''' He's dead, Dave. ''Everybody's'' dead. '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Everybody. Is. Dead. Dave!]]'''''\\
{{beat}}\\
'''Lister:''' Wait... Are you trying to tell me everybody's dead?\\
'''Holly:''' ...Should have never let him out in the first place.
** In the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', Holly has to start rearranging the words and inflections in the hopes that some combination will get through to him, eventually succeeding after "Dead Dave, everybody is. Everybody is Dave, dead."
** At the start of the second series the crew give a similar speech to Kryten, who hadn't realized his masters had been dead for centuries. And even after they tell him, it still takes a few minutes for it to register.
-->'''Kryten:''' I was only gone for two minutes!
** In "Skipper", Rimmer travels to a parallel universe where the nuclear leak hasn't yet happened, and this trope is inverted, as Holly informs him "Nobody's dead" in much the same way that he did to Lister.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Three million years after
''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'': Jack's backstory involves [[spoiler:a mission by a nuclear reactor leak killed the crew of an interstellar mining ship, Special Forces team to take out Victor Drazen, a genocidal Milosevic lieutenant. An emotionally scarred Jack is presumed to be the only survivors of one who makes it out alive...until team member Stephen Saunders surfaces as the pilot episode's disaster are Big Bad in Season 3.]]
** [[spoiler:They failed to kill Victor Drazen and his sons as well]]
** In
the main characters. Well, one survivor (who was 1-2 P.M. episode, Pillar hears this from [[spoiler:a wounded Russian bodyguard who answers a manipulative Russian diplomat's cell phone right after Jack slaughtered the entire detail]].
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', the titular ship ends up [[spoiler:fully crewed]]
in Stasis Season 4. However, during the leak). The other three protagonists are Magog attack at the ship's AI computer, an evolved, humanoid descendant end of the season, [[spoiler:everyone aboard the ship is slaughtered other than Dylan and Trance (the other main character's pet cat (and, therefore, not actually ''born'' at characters being conveniently off-ship). Dylan even uses this as a tactical advantage, as with no crew left there's nothing to stop him removing all the time oxygen (except in the section he and Trance are in) to kill all the Magog still aboard.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' gets one in [[spoiler: Gropos]]. Note, however, that this may be more of a RedshirtArmy.
** Babylon 5 gets two, actually. In the episode [[spoiler: Confessions and Lamentations]], members of one
of the disaster) and a holographic simulation of minor species on the main character's roommate. Why a hologram? Because he's dead, Dave. Being [[RuleOfFunny a comedy]], station ([[spoiler: the page quote (where Holly breaks the news and [[TropeNamer names the trope]]) quickly spirals into an OverlyLongGag - and the book adaptation's take ends with Holly ranting every possible grammatical combination of the words, "everyone", "is", "dead" and "Dave".
--->'''David Lister:''' Rimmer?\\
'''Holly:''' He's dead, Dave. ''Everybody's'' dead. '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Everybody. Is. Dead. Dave!]]'''''\\
{{beat}}\\
'''Lister:''' Wait... Are you trying to tell me everybody's dead?\\
'''Holly:''' ...Should have never let him out in the first place.
** In the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', Holly has to
Markab]] start rearranging the words and inflections in the hopes that some combination will get through to him, coming down with an unknown illness, which eventually succeeding after "Dead Dave, everybody is. Everybody begins to kill them off. Rather than looking at it scientifically, they get whipped into a religious fervor and decide that it's the judgment of God killing the immoral, and all they need to do to be saved is Dave, dead."
**
to come together to pray and perform sacred rituals. As they lock themselves away, Delenn and Lennier (two regular cast members, immune to the plague because of the species difference) go in with them to offer help. At the start end of the second series episode, the crew give doctor on the station figures out a similar speech cure and races down with it to Kryten, who hadn't realized his masters save everyone... [[spoiler: and they're all dead. The two regular cast members are the only ones left alive, to the point where Delenn is holding the corpse of the obligatory cute child that had been dead for centuries. And even dancing around earlier in the episode. In fact, news reports at the end of the episode state that the plague was severe enough that it effectively killed off the entire species, and they never appeared on the show again.]] It was shocking and utterly depressing, but amazingly well done.
*** Delenn and Lenier ''thought'' they were immune, and shortly
after they tell him, it go in with [[spoiler: the Markab]], the disease jumps species (but only to certain ones, the Minbari are still takes a few minutes for it to register.
-->'''Kryten:''' I was only gone for two minutes!
safe. But watching them open up the quarantine, and seeing Delenn absolutely break down surrounded by so much death, is the series' ultimate TearJerker.
** In "Skipper", Rimmer travels to "War Without End" features the station picking up a parallel universe DistressSignal from the BadFuture, unintentionally [[FlingALightIntoThePast sent back in time]] by the NegativeSpaceWedgie in Sector 14, where the nuclear leak hasn't yet happened, and this trope is inverted, as Holly informs him "Nobody's dead" in much the same way Ivanova reports that he did TheCaptain is dead, and that the station is about to Lister.be destroyed by the enemy. This is during the ColdOpen, the ''real'' spoilers don't show up until '''[[LargeHam DRAAL]]''' gets in contact with Captain Sheridan.
* Both the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 new]] and [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 old]] ''Battlestar Galactica'' series begins with a devastating Cylon attack on the Colonies, leaving only the [[TheBattlestar Galactica]] and a number of civilian ships. [[spoiler:ThereIsAnother.]]



** Let us not forget "Resurrection of the Daleks." - The only survivors besides the Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough are Davros and the Mercenary Commander (who gets killed off in a later episode).

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** Let us not forget "Resurrection of the Daleks." - -- The only survivors besides the Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough are Davros and the Mercenary Commander (who gets killed off in a later episode).



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has a few of these, most notably in the episode "Croatoan" where an entire town's population except the brothers and one doctor (not counting one kid who turns out to be working for the BigBad) are wiped out.
** Another memorial episode is "Jus In Bello" where the brothers could easily have stopped any more deaths just by allowing Ruby to sacrifice one virgin girl, who was prepared to be the sacrifice. Even for Supernatural, this episode has a DownerEnding...
*** Season 5 has the episode "The End". [[spoiler: 5 years into the future, Dean witnesses a zombie apocalypse where Bobby is dead, Lucifer possesses Sam's body, and possibly every other hunter he's ever known dead as well. All that's left is him, Castiel (who is self-destructing fast), and Chuck. At the end of the ep, future-Dean leads a suicide run at Lucifer wherein he sacrifices Castiel and everybody else he brought along with him except past-Dean. Lucifer kills him without effort and so, in the future, the only main character left is Chuck.]] This episode was put-a-gun-in-your-mouth-and-pull-the-trigger depressing.
** At the end of Season 7 [[spoiler: Bobby is dead, as is the entire angelic garrison, Kevin and Meg have both been kidnapped by Crowley, Dean and Castiel have been zapped to purgatory, and this is on top of the high character attrition of the previous seasons. The last scene is of Sam standing alone in the wreck of the BigBad's office.]]
--> '''Crowley:''' Looks like you are well and truly on your own.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' gets one in [[spoiler: Gropos]]. Note, however, that this may be more of a RedshirtArmy.
** Babylon 5 gets two, actually. In the episode [[spoiler: Confessions and Lamentations]], members of one of the minor species on the station ([[spoiler: the Markab]] start coming down with an unknown illness, which eventually begins to kill them off. Rather than looking at it scientifically, they get whipped into a religious fervor and decide that it's the judgment of God killing the immoral, and all they need to do to be saved is to come together to pray and perform sacred rituals. As they lock themselves away, Delenn and Lennier (two regular cast members, immune to the plague because of the species difference) go in with them to offer help. At the end of the episode, the doctor on the station figures out a cure and races down with it to save everyone . . . [[spoiler: and they're all dead. The two regular cast members are the only ones left alive, to the point where Delenn is holding the corpse of the obligatory cute child that had been dancing around earlier in the episode. In fact, news reports at the end of the episode state that the plague was severe enough that it effectively killed off the entire species, and they never appeared on the show again.]] It was shocking and utterly depressing, but amazingly well done.
*** Delenn and Lenier ''thought'' they were immune, and shortly after they go in with [[spoiler: the Markab]], the disease jumps species (but only to certain ones, the Minbari are still safe. But watching them open up the quarantine, and seeing Delenn absolutely break down surrounded by so much death, is the series' ultimate TearJerker.
** "War Without End" features the station picking up a DistressSignal from the BadFuture, unintentionally [[FlingALightIntoThePast sent back in time]] by the NegativeSpaceWedgie in Sector 14, where Ivanova reports that TheCaptain is dead, and that the station is about to be destroyed by the enemy. This is during the ColdOpen, the ''real'' spoilers don't show up until '''[[LargeHam DRAAL]]''' gets in contact with Captain Sheridan.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has a few of these, most notably in the episode "Croatoan" where an entire town's population except the brothers and one doctor (not counting one kid who turns out to be working for the BigBad) are wiped out.
** Another memorial episode is "Jus In Bello" where the brothers could easily have stopped any more deaths just by allowing Ruby to sacrifice one virgin girl, who was prepared to be the sacrifice. Even for Supernatural, this episode has a DownerEnding...
*** Season 5 has the episode "The End". [[spoiler: 5 years into the future, Dean witnesses a zombie apocalypse where Bobby is dead, Lucifer possesses Sam's body, and possibly every other hunter he's ever known dead as well. All that's left is him, Castiel (who is self-destructing fast), and Chuck. At the
The end of the ep, future-Dean leads a suicide run at Lucifer wherein he sacrifices Castiel and everybody else he brought along with him except past-Dean. Lucifer kills him without effort and so, in the future, the only main character left is Chuck.]] This ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode was put-a-gun-in-your-mouth-and-pull-the-trigger depressing.
** At the end of Season 7 [[spoiler: Bobby is dead, as is the entire angelic garrison, Kevin and Meg have both been kidnapped by Crowley, Dean and Castiel have been zapped to purgatory, and this is on top of the high character attrition of the previous seasons. The last scene is of Sam standing alone in the wreck of the BigBad's office.]]
--> '''Crowley:''' Looks like you are well and truly on your own.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' gets one in [[spoiler: Gropos]]. Note, however, that this may be more of a RedshirtArmy.
** Babylon 5 gets two, actually. In the episode [[spoiler: Confessions and Lamentations]], members of one of the minor species on the station ([[spoiler: the Markab]] start coming down with an unknown illness, which eventually begins to kill them off. Rather than looking at it scientifically, they get whipped into a religious fervor and decide that
[[spoiler:"Different Destinations"]]. What's worse, it's the judgment of God killing heroes' fault [[spoiler:due to changing history]], and just to twist the immoral, and all they need to do to be saved is to come together to pray and perform sacred rituals. As they lock themselves away, Delenn and Lennier (two regular cast members, immune to knife, the plague because of the species difference) go "everybody" in with them to offer help. At the end of the episode, the doctor on the station figures out a cure and races down with it to save everyone . . . [[spoiler: and they're all dead. The two regular cast members are the only ones left alive, to the point where Delenn is holding the corpse of the obligatory cute child that had been dancing around earlier in the episode. In fact, news reports at the end of the episode state that the plague question was severe enough that it effectively killed off the entire species, and they never appeared on the show again.]] It was shocking and utterly depressing, but amazingly well done.
*** Delenn and Lenier ''thought'' they were immune, and shortly after they go in with [[spoiler: the Markab]], the disease jumps species (but only to certain ones, the Minbari are still safe. But watching them open up the quarantine, and seeing Delenn absolutely break down surrounded by so much death, is the series' ultimate TearJerker.
** "War Without End" features the station picking up a DistressSignal from the BadFuture, unintentionally [[FlingALightIntoThePast sent back in time]] by the NegativeSpaceWedgie in Sector 14, where Ivanova reports that TheCaptain is dead, and that the station is about to be destroyed by the enemy. This is during the ColdOpen, the ''real'' spoilers don't show up until '''[[LargeHam DRAAL]]''' gets in contact with Captain Sheridan.
[[spoiler:a monastery-full of NUNS. ''Nurse-nuns''. With ''children''.]]



** By the finale of season 6, this happens to a number of noble houses, namely [[spoiler:the Tyrells, the Baratheons, the Martells, and the Boltons]].
*** In the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Margaery, Loras, and Mace die when Cersei blows up the sept with them in it. Only Olenna is left alive, but since Olenna is a Redwyne by birth, the Tyrell bloodline is extinct. In the books, there are numerous minor Tyrell cousins (through Mace's two sisters, and old Lord Luthor's younger brothers). Some of the female cousins serve as Margaery's handmaidens. Even the TV series briefly acknowledged that other Tyrell cousins exist in Season 3 one of them even had a speaking line and outright called Olenna "Nana" (grandmother). The ''main branch'' of the family, however, is very clearly dead beyond recovery. With her death in Season 7, House Tyrell has been extinguished]].

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** By the finale of season Season 6, this happens to a number of noble houses, namely [[spoiler:the Tyrells, the Baratheons, the Martells, and the Boltons]].
*** In the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Margaery, Loras, and Mace die when Cersei blows up the sept Sept of Baelor with them in it. Only Olenna is left alive, but since Olenna is a Redwyne by birth, the Tyrell bloodline is extinct. In the books, there are numerous minor Tyrell cousins (through Mace's two sisters, and old Lord Luthor's younger brothers). Some of the female cousins serve as Margaery's handmaidens. Even the TV series briefly acknowledged that other Tyrell cousins exist in Season 3 one of them even had a speaking line and outright called Olenna "Nana" (grandmother). The ''main branch'' of the family, however, is very clearly dead beyond recovery. With her death in Season 7, House Tyrell has been extinguished]].



* The end of the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode [[spoiler:"Different Destinations"]]. What's worse, it's the heroes' fault [[spoiler:due to changing history]], and just to twist the knife, the "everybody" in question was [[spoiler:a monastery-full of NUNS. ''Nurse-nuns''. With ''children''.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode ''The Siege of AR-558'' ends with the main characters in addition to 10 or so soldiers alive - out of a 150-strong unit.
** In earlier episode "Valiant", the titular ship, sister ship of "Defiant", is destroyed [[spoiler: and the only survivors are Nog, Jake, and one girl - the rest of Red Squad dies.]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode ''Dragon's Teeth'', The Vaadwaur, once 6 billion strong and a major power, are reduced to less then 600 - [[spoiler: but are no less dangerous...]]
* Both the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 new]] and [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 old]] ''Battlestar Galactica'' series begins with a devastating Cylon attack on the Colonies, leaving only the [[TheBattlestar Galactica]] and a number of civilian ships. [[spoiler:ThereIsAnother.]]
* Both versions of ''{{Series/Survivors}}'' have Abby Grant waking up halfway through the first episode to find that her husband and all her neighbours are dead, issuing the famous plea "Please don't let me be the only one."
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'': Jack's backstory involves [[spoiler:a mission by a Special Forces team to take out Victor Drazen, a genocidal Milosevic lieutenant. An emotionally scarred Jack is presumed to be the only one who makes it out alive...until team member Stephen Saunders surfaces as the Big Bad in Season 3.]]
** [[spoiler:They failed to kill Victor Drazen and his sons as well]]
** In the 1-2 P.M. episode, Pillar hears this from [[spoiler:a wounded Russian bodyguard who answers a manipulative Russian diplomat's cell phone right after Jack slaughtered the entire detail]].
* Appears in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM's'' basic premise. Save for Corinth, the DomedHometown CityOfAdventure, the entire planet is a dead empty wasteland, all inhabitants dead (a few refugees get to Corinth, of course, but obviously most don't).

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* The end Boyd Crowder from ''Series/{{Justified}}'' gets a big dose of the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode [[spoiler:"Different Destinations"]]. What's worse, it's the heroes' fault [[spoiler:due this when he returns to changing history]], and just to twist the knife, the "everybody" in question was [[spoiler:a monastery-full of NUNS. ''Nurse-nuns''. With ''children''.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode ''The Siege of AR-558'' ends with the main characters in addition to 10 or so soldiers alive - out of a 150-strong unit.
** In earlier episode "Valiant", the titular ship, sister ship of "Defiant", is destroyed [[spoiler: and the only survivors are Nog, Jake, and one girl - the rest of Red Squad dies.]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode ''Dragon's Teeth'', The Vaadwaur, once 6 billion strong and a major power, are reduced to less then 600 - [[spoiler: but are no less dangerous...]]
* Both the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 new]] and [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 old]] ''Battlestar Galactica'' series begins with a devastating Cylon attack on the Colonies, leaving only the [[TheBattlestar Galactica]] and a number of civilian ships. [[spoiler:ThereIsAnother.]]
* Both versions of ''{{Series/Survivors}}'' have Abby Grant waking up halfway through the first episode
his camp to find that her husband and all her neighbours are dead, issuing the famous plea "Please don't let me be the only one."
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'': Jack's backstory involves [[spoiler:a mission by a Special Forces team to take out Victor Drazen, a genocidal Milosevic lieutenant. An emotionally scarred Jack is presumed to be the only one who makes it out alive...until team member Stephen Saunders surfaces as the Big Bad in Season 3.]]
** [[spoiler:They failed to kill Victor Drazen and
of his sons as well]]
** In the 1-2 P.M. episode, Pillar hears this from [[spoiler:a wounded Russian bodyguard who answers a manipulative Russian diplomat's cell phone right after Jack slaughtered the entire detail]].
* Appears in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM's'' basic premise. Save for Corinth, the DomedHometown CityOfAdventure, the entire planet is a dead empty wasteland, all inhabitants dead (a few refugees get to Corinth, of course, but obviously most don't).
followers murdered by his father.



* In the miniseries ''Series/TheStand'', the CDC office where Stu was imprisoned while ThePlague was decimating the general population was adorned with the uplifting graffiti "All Dead Here"
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler:only a handful of Flight 815 survivors and Others make it to the end of the series following the fire arrow attack in season 5 and the Monster's purge of the Temple in season 6, and the only known survivors of the Kahana are Miles and Lapidus.]]

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* In ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'', self-explanatory. Though the miniseries ''Series/TheStand'', the CDC office where Stu was imprisoned while ThePlague was decimating the general population was adorned with the uplifting graffiti "All Dead Here"
title's still deceptive, since there are at least 7 other people left, but that still puts humanity down to one billionth of its old number.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''[=/=]''Series/AshesToAshes'': [[spoiler: Everyone is already dead - bar Sam Tyler and he later kills himself]].
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler:only a handful of Flight 815 survivors and Others make it to the end of the series following the fire arrow attack in season Season 5 and the Monster's purge of the Temple in season Season 6, and the only known survivors of the Kahana are Miles and Lapidus.]]



** The season six episode "Ab Aeterno" shows us what happened when [[spoiler:the Black Rock crashed on the island.]] All concerned except that episode's POV character ended up dead within a few weeks.

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** The season six Season 6 episode "Ab Aeterno" shows us what happened when [[spoiler:the Black Rock crashed on the island.]] All concerned except that episode's POV character ended up dead within a few weeks.



* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', the titular ship ends up [[spoiler:fully crewed]] in Season 4. However, during the Magog attack at the end of the season, [[spoiler:everyone aboard the ship is slaughtered other than Dylan and Trance (the other main characters being conveniently off-ship). Dylan even uses this as a tactical advantage, as with no crew left there's nothing to stop him removing all the oxygen (except in the section he and Trance are in) to kill all the Magog still aboard.]]

to:

* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Appears in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM's'' basic premise. Save for Corinth, the titular ship ends up [[spoiler:fully crewed]] DomedHometown CityOfAdventure, the entire planet is a dead empty wasteland, all inhabitants dead (a few refugees get to Corinth, of course, but obviously most don't).
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Three million years after a nuclear reactor leak killed the crew of an interstellar mining ship, the only survivors of the pilot episode's disaster are the main characters. Well, one survivor (who was
in Season 4. However, Stasis during the Magog attack leak). The other three protagonists are the ship's AI computer, an evolved, humanoid descendant of the main character's pet cat (and, therefore, not actually ''born'' at the end time of the season, [[spoiler:everyone aboard disaster) and a holographic simulation of the ship is slaughtered other than Dylan and Trance (the other main characters being conveniently off-ship). Dylan even uses this as character's roommate. Why a tactical advantage, as hologram? Because he's dead, Dave. Being [[RuleOfFunny a comedy]], the page quote (where Holly breaks the news and [[TropeNamer names the trope]]) quickly spirals into an OverlyLongGag - and the book adaptation's take ends with no crew left there's nothing Holly ranting every possible grammatical combination of the words, "everyone", "is", "dead" and "Dave".
--->'''David Lister:''' Rimmer?\\
'''Holly:''' He's dead, Dave. ''Everybody's'' dead. '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Everybody. Is. Dead. Dave!]]'''''\\
{{beat}}\\
'''Lister:''' Wait... Are you trying
to stop tell me everybody's dead?\\
'''Holly:''' ...Should have never let
him removing all the oxygen (except out in the section he first place.
** In the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', Holly has to start rearranging the words
and Trance are in) to kill all inflections in the Magog hopes that some combination will get through to him, eventually succeeding after "Dead Dave, everybody is. Everybody is Dave, dead."
** At the start of the second series the crew give a similar speech to Kryten, who hadn't realized his masters had been dead for centuries. And even after they tell him, it
still aboard.]]takes a few minutes for it to register.
-->'''Kryten:''' I was only gone for two minutes!
** In "Skipper", Rimmer travels to a parallel universe where the nuclear leak hasn't yet happened, and this trope is inverted, as Holly informs him "Nobody's dead" in much the same way that he did to Lister.
* In the miniseries ''Series/TheStand'', the CDC office where Stu was imprisoned while ThePlague was decimating the general population was adorned with the uplifting graffiti "All Dead Here".



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode ''The Siege of AR-558'' ends with the main characters in addition to 10 or so soldiers alive -- out of a 150-strong unit.
** In earlier episode "Valiant", the titular ship, sister ship of "Defiant", is destroyed [[spoiler: and the only survivors are Nog, Jake, and one girl -- the rest of Red Squad dies.]]



* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''[=/=]''Series/AshesToAshes'': [[spoiler: Everyone is already dead - bar Sam Tyler and he later kills himself]].
* An ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode saw Mulder have a fever dream which ended with him lying in bed as an old man and Cancer Man explaining that they're the only ones left - everyone else he knew is dead. Mulder looked out the window and saw a burning city that resembled Hell.
* Boyd Crowder from ''Series/{{Justified}}'' gets a big dose of this when he returns to his camp to find all of his followers murdered by his father.
* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'', self-explanatory. Though the title's still deceptive, since there are at least 7 other people left, but that still puts humanity down to one billionth of its old number.

to:

* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''[=/=]''Series/AshesToAshes'': In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode ''Dragon's Teeth'', The Vaadwaur, once 6 billion strong and a major power, are reduced to less then 600 -- [[spoiler: Everyone but are no less dangerous...]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has a few of these, most notably in the episode "Croatoan" where an entire town's population except the brothers and one doctor (not counting one kid who turns out to be working for the BigBad) are wiped out.
** Another memorial episode
is already "Jus In Bello" where the brothers could easily have stopped any more deaths just by allowing Ruby to sacrifice one virgin girl, who was prepared to be the sacrifice. Even for Supernatural, this episode has a DownerEnding...
*** Season 5 has the episode "The End". [[spoiler: 5 years into the future, Dean witnesses a zombie apocalypse where Bobby is dead, Lucifer possesses Sam's body, and possibly every other hunter he's ever known
dead - bar Sam Tyler as well. All that's left is him, Castiel (who is self-destructing fast), and Chuck. At the end of the ep, future-Dean leads a suicide run at Lucifer wherein he later sacrifices Castiel and everybody else he brought along with him except past-Dean. Lucifer kills himself]].
him without effort and so, in the future, the only main character left is Chuck.]] This episode was put-a-gun-in-your-mouth-and-pull-the-trigger depressing.
** At the end of Season 7 [[spoiler: Bobby is dead, as is the entire angelic garrison, Kevin and Meg have both been kidnapped by Crowley, Dean and Castiel have been zapped to purgatory, and this is on top of the high character attrition of the previous seasons. The last scene is of Sam standing alone in the wreck of the BigBad's office.]]
--> '''Crowley:''' Looks like you are well and truly on your own.
* Both versions of ''{{Series/Survivors}}'' have Abby Grant waking up halfway through the first episode to find that her husband and all her neighbours are dead, issuing the famous plea "Please don't let me be the only one."
* An ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode saw Mulder have a fever dream which ended with him lying in bed as an old man and Cancer Man explaining that they're the only ones left - -- everyone else he knew is dead. Mulder looked out the window and saw a burning city that resembled Hell.
* Boyd Crowder from ''Series/{{Justified}}'' gets a big dose of this when he returns to his camp to find all of his followers murdered by his father.
* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'', self-explanatory. Though the title's still deceptive, since there are at least 7 other people left, but that still puts humanity down to one billionth of its old number.
Hell.
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* Similar to the above, the hero of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' wakes up in a hospital bed to find that he's [[GhostCity apparently the only person remaining in the whole of London]]. He isn't, but almost everyone else has been transformed by TheVirus into enraged superhuman bloodthirsty [[OurMonstersAreDifferent almost]]-[[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] (so not quite dead, but near-enough).
* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dave Bowman finds out everybody but himself and Frank Poole is dead]] because HAL pulled the plug on the hibernation systems. Later HAL kills Frank Poole by cutting his lifeline during an EVA before Dave can shut him down. In the end, Dave gets zapped by the Monolith and turned into the Star Child. As far as Earth is concerned, until they find out otherwise in ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'', literally everybody really is dead. The ''Series/RedDwarf'' premise, which is actually the TropeNamer as opposed to ''2001'', may be a ShoutOut to ''2001''.



* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dave Bowman finds out everybody but himself and Frank Poole is dead]] because HAL pulled the plug on the hibernation systems. Later HAL kills Frank Poole by cutting his lifeline during an EVA before Dave can shut him down. In the end, Dave gets zapped by the Monolith and turned into the Star Child. As far as Earth is concerned, until they find out otherwise in ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'', literally everybody really is dead. The ''Series/RedDwarf'' premise, which is actually the TropeNamer as opposed to ''2001'', may be a ShoutOut to ''2001''.
* In the end of ''Film/TheFall'' Roy kills off all of his characters with the exception of the masked bandit who he spares at the last minute.
* Similar to the above, the hero of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' wakes up in a hospital bed to find that he's [[GhostCity apparently the only person remaining in the whole of London]]. He isn't, but almost everyone else has been transformed by TheVirus into enraged superhuman bloodthirsty [[OurMonstersAreDifferent almost]]-[[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] (so not quite dead, but near-enough).
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' plays this trope straight at the very beginning: the protagonist goes out of the office to get lunch and upon returning minutes later finds all of his co-workers, friends and love interest brutally murdered.
* The Battle of Yavin in ''Film/ANewHope'' ended with all the on-screen rebel pilots except Han, Luke, Wedge and a Y-wing pilot dead, with all of the dead pilots having only been introduced so they could fight in the battle. However, the ExpandedUniverse continues to write more and more just-off-screen characters into the battle.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies
**
In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dave Bowman finds out everybody but himself ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Ripley and Frank Poole is dead]] because HAL pulled her cat [[FinalGirl are the plug on only survivors]]; the hibernation systems. Later HAL alien kills Frank Poole the other six people on board.
** In, ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Ripley, [[spoiler: Newt, Cpl. Hicks, and Bishop]] survive. The aliens completely demolish the squad of marines. At the beginning of ''Alien 3'', we learn that [[spoiler:Newt and Hicks are killed while in hypersleep, leaving only Ripley and Bishop.]]
** In ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', [[spoiler: Morse]] is the only survivor. [[spoiler: Ripley, impregnated
by cutting a facehugger in hypersleep, kills herself.]]
** ''Film/AlienResurrection'' broke the trend; [[spoiler: Ripley, Call, Johner and Vriess]] survive.
** ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' [[spoiler: Only Dr. Shaw and David the android (who was never truly alive anyway) survive out of a crew of seventeen]].
* ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' originally ended with Ash ''starting'' taking
his lifeline during an EVA before Dave can shut him down. In magic potion, which he must take one drop of for each of the end, Dave gets zapped four centuries that he wishes to sleep, pauses to glance at a noise, and accidentally overdoses by one drop. When he wakes up, he's the Monolith and turned into the Star Child. As far as last man on Earth is concerned, until they find out otherwise in ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'', literally everybody really is dead. looking over an apocalyptic wasteland screaming "[[BigNo No!]] I slept too long!". The ''Series/RedDwarf'' premise, which is actually the TropeNamer as opposed to ''2001'', may be Hollywood studio demanded a ShoutOut to ''2001''.
more kickass ending.
* In By the end of ''Film/TheFall'' Roy kills off all ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', [[spoiler:half of the universe's population is extinguished by Thanos' BadassFingersnap. This includes the new Avengers (except War Machine) and the Guardians (except Rocket). Earlier in the movie, Thanos and the Black Order massacre half of the Asgardian refugees, including Heimdall and Loki, leaving Thor as one of the few survivors of his characters with the exception of the masked bandit who he spares at the last minute.
* Similar to the above, the hero of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' wakes up in a hospital bed to find that he's [[GhostCity apparently the only person remaining in the whole of London]]. He isn't, but almost everyone else has been transformed by TheVirus into enraged superhuman bloodthirsty [[OurMonstersAreDifferent almost]]-[[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] (so not quite dead, but near-enough).
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' plays this trope straight at the very beginning: the protagonist goes out of the office to get lunch and upon returning minutes later finds all of his co-workers, friends and love interest brutally murdered.
* The Battle of Yavin in ''Film/ANewHope'' ended with all the on-screen rebel pilots except Han, Luke, Wedge and a Y-wing pilot dead, with all
kind. However, since some of the dead pilots having only been introduced so they could fight in superheroes have upcoming sequels after this movie, it is expected that some will come back from the battle. However, the ExpandedUniverse continues to write more and more just-off-screen characters into the battle.dead in some capacity]].



** In the original book [[spoiler:the "winner" was not one of the two survivors. ]]
* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' : the movie's old website gushed about [[spoiler:having each of the principle characters die]].

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** In the original book book, [[spoiler:the "winner" was not one of the two survivors. survivors.]]
* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' : ''The Brest Fortress'' is a Russian film depicting the movie's old website gushed about [[spoiler:having each siege of the principle characters die]].titular fortress. In the end, almost every character is dead, [[spoiler:even Anya is told to be [[BusCrash Executed by Germans]], along with all other women and children]], with the sole exception of the main character, who somehow escapes.
* At the end of ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', [[spoiler: Kee and her baby are the only ones who are left alive]].



* In ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', Robin arrives from the crusades only to find his entire home destroyed and his family dead, his blinded servant the only survivor.
** Mercilessly parodied in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'':
-->'''Robin Hood:''' Blinkin, listen to me. They've taken the castle!\\
'''Blinkin:''' I thought it felt a bit drafty. Cor, this never would have happened if your father was alive.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' He's dead?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Yes.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' And my mother?\\
'''Blinkin:''' She died of pneumonia while... oh, you were away...\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My brothers?\\
'''Blinkin:''' They were all killed by the plague.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My dog, Pogo?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Run over by a carriage.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My goldfish, Goldie?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Eaten by the cat.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' (on the verge of tears) My cat?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Choked on the goldfish. Oh, it's good to be home, ain't it, Master Robin?
* ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' originally ended with Ash ''starting'' taking his magic potion, which he must take one drop of for each of the four centuries that he wishes to sleep, pauses to glance at a noise, and accidentally overdoses by one drop. When he wakes up, he's the last man on Earth looking over an apocalyptic wasteland screaming "[[BigNo No!]] I slept too long!". The Hollywood studio demanded a more kickass ending.

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* Another Russian film, ''Film/TheDawnsHereAreQuiet'' (1972), takes place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and follows an army sergeant in command of an AmazonBrigade made up of utterly incompetent volunteers. They try to stop a German diversion group and succeed at the cost of all of girls' lives (while the sergeant survives until twenty years after the war).
* At the end of ''Film/TheEye'', [[spoiler:there is a huge gas tanker explosion, killing almost everyone in sight apart from Mun and Wah]].
* In ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', Robin arrives from the crusades only to find end of ''Film/TheFall'' Roy kills off all of his entire home destroyed and his family dead, his blinded servant the only survivor.
** Mercilessly parodied in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'':
-->'''Robin Hood:''' Blinkin, listen to me. They've taken the castle!\\
'''Blinkin:''' I thought it felt a bit drafty. Cor, this never would have happened if your father was alive.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' He's dead?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Yes.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' And my mother?\\
'''Blinkin:''' She died of pneumonia while... oh, you were away...\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My brothers?\\
'''Blinkin:''' They were all killed by the plague.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My dog, Pogo?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Run over by a carriage.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My goldfish, Goldie?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Eaten by the cat.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' (on the verge of tears) My cat?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Choked on the goldfish. Oh, it's good to be home, ain't it, Master Robin?
* ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' originally ended
characters with Ash ''starting'' taking his magic potion, which he must take one drop of for each the exception of the four centuries that masked bandit who he wishes to sleep, pauses to glance spares at a noise, and accidentally overdoses by one drop. When he wakes up, he's the last man on Earth looking over an apocalyptic wasteland screaming "[[BigNo No!]] I slept too long!". The Hollywood studio demanded a more kickass ending.minute.



* Russian film ''Film/TheNinthCompany'' ends with all characters but two main ones dead.
* Another Russian film, ''Film/TheDawnsHereAreQuiet'' (1972), takes place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and follows an army sergeant in command of an AmazonBrigade made up of utterly incompetent volunteers. They try to stop a German diversion group and succeed at the cost of all of girls' lives (while the sergeant survives until twenty years after the war),
* ''Cassandra's Crossing''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies
** In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Ripley and her cat [[FinalGirl are the only survivors]]; the alien kills the other six people on board.
** In, ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Ripley, [[spoiler: Newt, Cpl. Hicks and Bishop]] survive. The aliens completely demolish the squad of marines. At the beginning of ''Alien 3'', we learn that [[spoiler:Newt and Hicks are killed while in hypersleep, leaving only Ripley and Bishop.]]
** In ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', [[spoiler: Morse]] is the only survivor. [[spoiler: Ripley, impregnated by a facehugger in hypersleep, kills herself.]]
** ''Film/AlienResurrection'' broke the trend; [[spoiler: Ripley, Call, Johner and Vriess]] survive.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' [[spoiler: Only Dr. Shaw and David the android (who was never truly alive anyway) survive out of a crew of seventeen]].
* ''Film/TheQuietEarth'': the quote says it all.
-->Zac Hobson, July 5th. One: there has been a malfunction in Project Flashlight with devastating results. Two: it seems I am the only person left on Earth.
* The Mexican Standoff in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' ends up with [[spoiler:everyone in the room dead or near dead except for heavily wounded Mr White, mortally wounded Mr Orange, and Mr. Pink who promptly makes off with the diamonds (and gets arrested). Immediately after, Mr. White shoots Mr. Orange through the head and is shot dead by the police. NOW everybody's dead, Mr. Pink.]]
* Ethan Hunt after the Prague mission in the first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film. ("My team! My team is DEAD!")
* In ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', [[spoiler: Only three members of the original ensemble survive.]]
* In ''Film/TheHatefulEight'', [[spoiler:everyone, past and present, dies...though Warren and Mannix's deaths are merely heavily implied.]]
* At the end of ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', [[spoiler: Kee and her baby are the only ones who are left alive]].
* At the end of ''Film/TheEye'', [[spoiler:there is a huge gas tanker explosion, killing almost everyone in sight apart from Mun and Wah]].
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' features this exchange between protagonist Alex and his alien navigator Grig:
-->'''Grig:''' Death is a primitive concept. I prefer to think of them as battling evil. In another dimension.\\
'''Alex:''' Another dimension? How many are left?\\
'''Grig:''' Including yourself?\\
'''Alex:''' Yeah!\\
'''Grig:''' One.



* In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', all of the (appearing onscreen) Jedi are killed except for Yoda and Obi-Wan.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible hacks into Syndrome's computer to discover that variations of the giant robot have killed off many former superheroes-- perhaps ''all'' former superheroes except for Frozone, Elastigirl, and Mr. Incredible himself. Genocide makes for a fairly bleak subject in a family-friendly movie.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', the protagonists are journeying through a mountain pass to unite with the rest of the Chinese army, only to find that the army and the villagers they were protecting have all been slaughtered, including Lee Shang's father. Later, the same thing happens to the antagonists after a devastating avalanche kills all but six of the Huns.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', when the crew figures out that [[spoiler: "Miranda" is a planet]], the crew makes a perilous journey through reaver territory, to try to find out why [[spoiler:Miranda]] is so important. When they finally land planet-side, they discover the long dead corpses of an entire planet's population. Of course there were once survivors, but [[spoiler:they all turned into reavers]].
** Earlier, in the same film, after [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep The Operative]] has been outwitted by the crew of ''Serenity'' one more time, he proceeds to [[spoiler: have everyone who has ever provided shelter to the crew killed, en masse, including any [[LeaveNoWitnesses inconvenient bystanders]] and [[AnyoneCanDie Shepard Book]].]] This is what pushes Mal into going to [[spoiler: Miranda to find out just what the Alliance is trying to hide.]]
* ''The Brest Fortress'' is a Russian film depicting the siege of the titular fortress. In the end, almost every character is dead, [[spoiler:even Anya is told to be [[BusCrash Executed by Germans]], along with all other women and children]], with the sole exception of the main character, who somehow escapes.



* [[spoiler: The fate of the entire "Odyssey" crew except for Julia. Bonus whammy points for this information being given to her by a clone of ''her own husband'']] in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}''.
* Both versions of ''Film/TheLadykillers'' end with [[spoiler:a sort of inversion of the title; the entire gang ends up dead while the old lady survives]].
* Kainan's backstory in ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' involves two separate instances of this trope. Kainan is a human warrior from a highly advanced civilisation far from Earth whose military colonised a planet after wiping out the indigenous population of Moorwen. One Moorwen survived and wiped out the entire colony, after which Kainan captured the dragon-like creature, only to crash land on Earth circa 709AD, setting it free amongst the Vikings.

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* [[spoiler: The fate In ''Film/Halo4ForwardUntoDawn'', after Master Chief saves a quartet of the entire "Odyssey" crew except for Julia. Bonus whammy points for this information being given to her by cadets at a clone of ''her own husband'']] in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}''.
* Both versions of ''Film/TheLadykillers'' end with [[spoiler:a sort of inversion of the title; the entire gang ends up dead while the old lady survives]].
* Kainan's backstory in ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' involves two separate instances of this trope. Kainan is a human warrior from a highly advanced civilisation far from Earth whose
Covenant-besieged military colonised a planet after wiping out academy, they ask him why he came for them. [[spoiler:He responds that they are the indigenous population of Moorwen. One Moorwen survived and wiped out the entire colony, after which Kainan captured the dragon-like creature, only to crash land on Earth circa 709AD, setting it free amongst survivors. When one of them asks "Of the Vikings.school?", the Chief corrects him with "On the planet."]] This is reinforced in a following scene, [[spoiler:as Chief and the cadets walk past the fresh corpses of countless UNSC soldiers and cadets]].
* In ''Film/TheHatefulEight'', [[spoiler:everyone, past and present, dies... though Warren and Mannix's deaths are merely heavily implied.]]



* By the end of ''Film/RogueOne'', [[spoiler:every single member of the titular team, including the main characters, are dead, leaving only characters SavedByCanon left standing]].
* In ''Film/Halo4ForwardUntoDawn'', after Master Chief saves a quartet of cadets at a Covenant-besieged military academy, they ask him why he came for them. [[spoiler:He responds that they are the only survivors. When one of them asks "Of the school?", the Chief corrects him with "On the planet."]] This is reinforced in a following scene, [[spoiler:as Chief and the cadets walk past the fresh corpses of countless UNSC soldiers and cadets]].
* By the end of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', [[spoiler:half of the universe's population is extinguished by Thanos' BadassFingersnap. This includes the new Avengers (except War Machine) and the Guardians (except Rocket). Earlier in the movie, Thanos and the Black Order massacre half of the Asgardian refugees including Heimdall and Loki, leaving Thor as one of the few survivors of his kind. However since some of the dead superheroes have upcoming sequels after this movie, it is expected that some will come back from the dead in some capacity]].

to:

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible hacks into Syndrome's computer to discover that variations of the giant robot have killed off many former superheroes -- perhaps ''all'' former superheroes except for Frozone, Elastigirl, and Mr. Incredible himself. Genocide makes for a fairly bleak subject in a family-friendly movie.
* In ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', [[spoiler: only three members of the original ensemble survive.]]
* Both versions of ''Film/TheLadykillers'' end with [[spoiler:a sort of inversion of the title; the entire gang ends up dead while the old lady survives]].
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' features this exchange between protagonist Alex and his alien navigator Grig:
-->'''Grig:''' Death is a primitive concept. I prefer to think of them as battling evil. In another dimension.\\
'''Alex:''' Another dimension? How many are left?\\
'''Grig:''' Including yourself?\\
'''Alex:''' Yeah!\\
'''Grig:''' One.
* Ethan Hunt after the Prague mission in the first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' film. ("My team! My team is DEAD!")
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', the protagonists are journeying through a mountain pass to unite with the rest of the Chinese army, only to find that the army and the villagers they were protecting have all been slaughtered, including Li Shang's father. Later, the same thing happens to the antagonists after a devastating avalanche kills all but six of the Huns.
* [[spoiler: The fate of the entire "Odyssey" crew except for Julia. Bonus whammy points for this information being given to her by a clone of ''her own husband'']] in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}''.
* Kainan's backstory in ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' involves two separate instances of this trope. Kainan is a human warrior from a highly advanced civilisation far from Earth whose military colonized a planet after wiping out the indigenous population of Moorwen. One Moorwen survived and wiped out the entire colony, after which Kainan captured the dragon-like creature, only to crash land on Earth circa 709AD, setting it free amongst the Vikings.
* ''Film/TheQuietEarth'': the quote says it all.
-->Zac Hobson, July 5th. One: there has been a malfunction in Project Flashlight with devastating results. Two: it seems I am the only person left on Earth.
* The Mexican Standoff in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' ends up with [[spoiler:everyone in the room dead or near dead except for heavily wounded Mr White, mortally wounded Mr Orange, and Mr. Pink who promptly makes off with the diamonds (and gets arrested). Immediately after, Mr. White shoots Mr. Orange through the head and is shot dead by the police. NOW everybody's dead, Mr. Pink.]]
* In ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', Robin arrives from the crusades only to find his entire home destroyed and his family dead, his blinded servant the only survivor.
** Mercilessly parodied in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'':
-->'''Robin Hood:''' Blinkin, listen to me. They've taken the castle!\\
'''Blinkin:''' I thought it felt a bit drafty. Cor, this never would have happened if your father was alive.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' He's dead?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Yes.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' And my mother?\\
'''Blinkin:''' She died of pneumonia while... oh, you were away...\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My brothers?\\
'''Blinkin:''' They were all killed by the plague.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My dog, Pogo?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Run over by a carriage.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' My goldfish, Goldie?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Eaten by the cat.\\
'''Robin Hood:''' (on the verge of tears) My cat?\\
'''Blinkin:''' Choked on the goldfish. Oh, it's good to be home, ain't it, Master Robin?
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', when the crew figures out that [[spoiler: "Miranda" is a planet]], the crew makes a perilous journey through Reaver territory, to try to find out why [[spoiler:Miranda]] is so important. When they finally land planet-side, they discover the long dead corpses of an entire planet's population. Of course there were once survivors, but [[spoiler:they all turned into Reavers]].
** Earlier, in the same film, after [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep The Operative]] has been outwitted by the crew of ''Serenity'' one more time, he proceeds to [[spoiler: have everyone who has ever provided shelter to the crew killed, en masse, including any [[LeaveNoWitnesses inconvenient bystanders]] and [[AnyoneCanDie Shepard Book]].]] This is what pushes Mal into going to [[spoiler: Miranda to find out just what the Alliance is trying to hide.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Battle of Yavin in ''Film/ANewHope'' ended with all the on-screen rebel pilots except Han, Luke, Wedge, and a Y-wing pilot dead, with all of the dead pilots having only been introduced so they could fight in the battle. However, the ExpandedUniverse continues to write more and more just-off-screen characters into the battle.
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', all of the (appearing onscreen) Jedi are killed except for Yoda and Obi-Wan.
**
By the end of ''Film/RogueOne'', [[spoiler:every single member of the titular team, including the main characters, are dead, leaving only characters SavedByCanon left standing]].
* In ''Film/Halo4ForwardUntoDawn'', after Master Chief saves a quartet of cadets at a Covenant-besieged military academy, they ask him why he came for them. [[spoiler:He responds that they are ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' -- the only survivors. When one of them asks "Of the school?", the Chief corrects him with "On the planet."]] This is reinforced in a following scene, [[spoiler:as Chief and the cadets walk past the fresh corpses of countless UNSC soldiers and cadets]].
* By the end of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', [[spoiler:half
movie's old website gushed about [[spoiler:having each of the universe's population is extinguished by Thanos' BadassFingersnap. This includes principle characters die]].
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' plays this trope straight at
the new Avengers (except War Machine) and very beginning: the Guardians (except Rocket). Earlier in the movie, Thanos and the Black Order massacre half protagonist goes out of the Asgardian refugees including Heimdall office to get lunch and Loki, leaving Thor as one of the few survivors upon returning minutes later finds all of his kind. However since some of the dead superheroes have upcoming sequels after this movie, it is expected that some will come back from the dead in some capacity]]. co-workers, friends and love interest brutally murdered.
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*** It's even worse in [[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]] where Future Trunks' timeline is attacked by Goku Black [[spoiler:and Zamasu]]. In the end [[spoiler:Zamasu]] kills EVERY REMAINING human in this timeline (except for Future Trunks, Future Mai, Present Bulma [[note]]her future counterpart was already killed by Goku Black[[/note]], Vegeta, and Goku). [[spoiler:Zamasu himself is then destroyed by Zeno, who destroyed the entire multiverse, making Trunks and Mai not just the last survivors on Earth, but also the last survivors in their timeline.]]

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*** It's even worse in [[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]] ''[[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]]'' where Future Trunks' timeline is attacked by Goku Black [[spoiler:and Zamasu]]. In the end [[spoiler:Zamasu]] kills EVERY REMAINING human in this timeline (except for Future Trunks, Future Mai, Present Bulma [[note]]her future counterpart was already killed by Goku Black[[/note]], Vegeta, and Goku). [[spoiler:Zamasu himself is then destroyed by Zeno, who destroyed the entire multiverse, making Trunks and Mai not just the last survivors on Earth, but also the last survivors in their timeline.]]



* The first ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'' comic book starts its UnCancelled run (pictured above) with the bad guys victorious and the good guys reduced to one pacifistic medic and a bunch of scrap.
** Note that the above image has endlessly been parodied and imitated both within the official materials and fan-made works since.
* In Robert Kirkman's ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'', the main character wakes in a hospital after being shot in a firefight -- he's a cop -- only to find the hospital apparently empty. Then he finds the zombies. The city is in much the same state. He does find survivors though, including his wife and son. Although it's not good news for the survivors either. It's a ZombieApocalypse, [[ForegoneConclusion so that's expected]].
* Near the end of ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', Art asks his father Vladek what happened to Art's paternal family after the war. Vladek then explains briefly what happened to each of them as far as he knows. All except one brother who now lives in Israel died in the Holocaust.

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* The first ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'' comic book starts its UnCancelled run (pictured above) with the bad guys victorious and the good guys reduced to one pacifistic medic and a bunch All of scrap.
** Note that the above image has endlessly been parodied and imitated both within the official materials and fan-made works since.
* In Robert Kirkman's ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'', the main character wakes
[[spoiler: three or five characters]] survive in a hospital after being shot in a firefight -- he's a cop -- only to find the hospital apparently empty. Then he finds the zombies. The city is in much the same state. He does find survivors though, including his wife and son. Although it's not good news for the survivors either. It's a ZombieApocalypse, [[ForegoneConclusion so that's expected]].
* Near
the end of ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', Art asks his father Vladek what happened to Art's paternal family after ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets''. [[spoiler: Three if you count the war. Vladek then explains briefly what happened ones who get away, five if you count Graves and Dizzy, both of whom are bleeding out, holding a gun to each of them as far as he knows. All except one brother who now lives other, and stuck in Israel died in the Holocaust.a burning building.]]



* In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' miniseries ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'', Frank Castle's last Vietnam deployment ends with him as the sole survivor of Firebase Valley Forge, surrounded by the corpses of all his comrades and the hundreds of Vietcong who overran the base. The Vietcong directly around him have all been beaten to death with the butt of his gun. None of the soldiers who show up to "rescue" him are particularly surprised at what he eventually becomes.

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* In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' miniseries ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'', Frank Castle's last Vietnam deployment ends with him as Near the sole survivor end of Firebase Valley Forge, surrounded by the corpses of all ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', Art asks his comrades and the hundreds of Vietcong who overran the base. The Vietcong directly around him have all been beaten to death with the butt of his gun. None of the soldiers who show up to "rescue" him are particularly surprised at father Vladek what happened to Art's paternal family after the war. Vladek then explains briefly what happened to each of them as far as he eventually becomes.knows. All except one brother who now lives in Israel died in the Holocaust.



* All of [[spoiler: three or five characters]] survive in the end of ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets''. [[spoiler: Three if you count the ones who get away, five if you count Graves and Dizzy, both of whom are bleeding out, holding a gun to each other, and stuck in a burning building.]]

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* All of [[spoiler: three or five characters]] survive in In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' miniseries ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'', Frank Castle's last Vietnam deployment ends with him as the end sole survivor of ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets''. [[spoiler: Three if you count Firebase Valley Forge, surrounded by the ones corpses of all his comrades and the hundreds of Vietcong who get away, five if you count Graves overran the base. The Vietcong directly around him have all been beaten to death with the butt of his gun. None of the soldiers who show up to "rescue" him are particularly surprised at what he eventually becomes.
* The first ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'' comic book starts its UnCancelled run (pictured above) with the bad guys victorious
and Dizzy, the good guys reduced to one pacifistic medic and a bunch of scrap.
** Note that the above image has endlessly been parodied and imitated
both of whom are bleeding out, holding a gun to each other, within the official materials and stuck in a burning building.]]fan-made works since.



* In Robert Kirkman's ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'', the main character wakes in a hospital after being shot in a firefight -- he's a cop -- only to find the hospital apparently empty. Then he finds the zombies. The city is in much the same state. He does find survivors though, including his wife and son. Although it's not good news for the survivors either. It's a ZombieApocalypse, [[ForegoneConclusion so that's expected]].



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* Extreme example -- ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' where [[spoiler: only two young teenagers are left in the world, with each person turned into Tang]].
** Though, to be fair, [[spoiler: the people turned into Tang aren't so much dead as they are all assimilated into one big consciousness, and they all having the chance to snap out of it if their will to live as an individual is strong enough.]]
* In the spiritual predecessor to the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' [[spoiler: the whole cast and its namesake ship are killed off]]. The hero realizes that he is the last of their group shortly before dying himself.



* ''[[Manga/{{X1999}} X: The Movie]]'' The movie literally ends in all the involved characters, except for the protagonist, Kamui, dying in some graphic, brutal way.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' begins with [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Celes/Ceras/Seras]] Victoria's entire police unit being slaughtered by vampires. [[FirstEpisodeResurrection Technically, she gets killed by a vampire too, but...]]
** The only members of Hellsing alive after the Valentine brothers attack are Walter, Integra, and whoever was on vacation that day (Victoria and Alucard don't count). The next assault on Hellsing leaves only two alive (not counting Victoria).
** Following the end of the Millennium attack on London,[[spoiler: only Integra, Seras, Heinkel and some few others are left alive]].



* ''Anime/{{Vexille}}'' does this soon after TheSquad infiltrates hostile territory, with only the titular ActionGirl apparently surviving the slaughter. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that her lover TheCaptain also survives but he doesn't reappear until the end of the movie.]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is infamous for frequently killing off protagonists near the end of each arc. It's especially prevalent at the end of the sixth arc [[spoiler: where ''everyone'' on the entire planet, ''including'' all but one of the protagonists, who wasn't even the main focus of the story, and the Big Bad, have been killed off]]. Thankfully [[spoiler: most of them get better]].
* In ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'', the [[spoiler:main character is the only one left on the desolated Earth at the end.]]
** An early fan sub of the series put a disclaimer on the third to last episode: "[[SnicketWarningLabel A friendly warning from the team: This is the end of happiness in Saikano. If you would prefer the anime to have a happy end, consider stopping here and pretending there are no more episodes. Continuing will only bring misery and pain. You have been warned...]]" Never has a better synopsis of a final episode been written.

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* ''Anime/{{Vexille}}'' does this soon after TheSquad infiltrates hostile territory, with only During the titular ActionGirl apparently surviving battle in the slaughter. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that her lover TheCaptain also survives but he doesn't reappear until the end north in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', which was really [[spoiler:[[ThePurge a purge of the movie.troublesome warriors]]]], out of the twenty-four claymores sent there [[spoiler: only seven survived.]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is infamous for frequently killing off protagonists near ''Anime/CodeGeass'' seems to start like this: Before the end of each arc. It's especially prevalent at the end of the sixth arc [[spoiler: where ''everyone'' on the entire planet, ''including'' all but one of the protagonists, who wasn't first episode is even the main focus of the story, and the Big Bad, finished, it seems that everyone who could have been killed off]]. Thankfully [[spoiler: most of them get better]].
* In ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'', the [[spoiler:main
a supporting character is in the story is dead, and only one left on in the desolated Earth at the end.]]
** An early fan sub of the series put a disclaimer on the third to last episode: "[[SnicketWarningLabel A friendly warning from the team: This is the end of happiness in Saikano. If
subsequent episodes do you would prefer the anime to have a happy end, consider stopping here find out that C.C. and pretending there are no more episodes. Continuing will only bring misery and pain. You have been warned...]]" Never has a better synopsis of a final episode been written.Suzaku both survived getting shot.



* Happens to Sousuke in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' in [[spoiler:episode 17]]. The events of that episode also parallel a part of his BackStory.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' seems to start like this: Before the first episode is even finished, it seems that everyone who could have been a supporting character in the story is dead, and only in the subsequent episodes do you find out that C.C. and Suzaku both survived getting shot.
* This is the situation near the end of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', [[spoiler: but (fast) everybody gets better at the end]]
* In ''Alien of Darkness'', there is only one survivor.
* In the most recent arc of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Tsuna and Co. are transported 10 years into the future where they are told many major supporting characters have been killed by a rival mafia group. Including [[spoiler:all the arcobalenos (including Reborn), Yamamoto's father and even ''Tsuna himself'' [[note]]Though this is later revealed to be false[[/note]]. Tsuna's parents, Vongola 9th boss, Shamal and Naito Longchamp are still MIA.]]
** Also, by the same author, ''Manga/ElDlive''. [[spoiler:In chapter 31, the enemy group, Heaven Sider, planted a lethal virus inside elDLIVE's Solar System District Station. [[TheHero Chuuta]] and the main team were outside, teaching him to move in space. When they decide that it's enough, they head back to the station, but when they try to access, they can't open the door, because there's already an emergency code. They check in their computers the personnel's status. A large screen displaying the personnel's faces was also marking them with a big X over them and a DEAD word below them. They decide to check the bridge, only to find those they were friends with, in their last seconds]].
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Tatarigoroshi-hen and Yakusamashi-hen end like this. In both instances, the point-of-view character (Keiichi in the former and Satoko in the latter) is the sole survivor, and for similar reasons; they both fall off the same bridge into a river that carries them out of [[DoomedHometown Hinamizawa]]. Although they survive it, they eventually die shortly thereafter.]]
** [[spoiler:Also occurs at the start of the second series, subverting the happy ending of the first series with Rena being talked down by Keiichi. Turns out everyone was killed in a "gas leak" (yeah right) except for Rena, who happened to be out of town at the time. Unlike the previous example however, Rena really does survive the incident, and presumably leads the rest of her life out.]]
** [[spoiler:Actually, in the sound novels, it's revealed in one of the TIPS that Keiichi survives, but he's completely mentally broken, thinking that he was the one who had caused the disaster. He spends the rest of his life in a mental asylum, until he died of a heart attack.]]

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* Happens to Sousuke in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' in [[spoiler:episode 17]]. The events ending of that episode also parallel a part of his BackStory.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' seems to start like this: Before
the first episode is even finished, it seems that everyone who could have been a supporting character in original ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manga. '''Everybody''' except [[spoiler:Satan]] bites it.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** People die all
the story time, but it is dead, and only in the subsequent episodes do you find out that C.C. and Suzaku both survived getting shot.
* This is the situation
taken to its most extreme near the end of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the Buu Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. After previously taking out [[DepopulationBomb most of the humans on Earth]], then soon after a large chunk of the supporting cast, Kid Buu nearly finishes the job by taking out [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth itself]]. By the time the final battle begins, Goku, Hercule/Mr. Satan and Baba (Oh, and Bee the dog) are the only residents of Earth left alive. [[DeathIsCheap Everyone gets better, of course (Earth included!)]]
** The Saiyans. The entire population, which was only a couple thousand, is reduced to ''four''[[note]]Goku, Vegeta, Raditz, Nappa[[/note]]
[[spoiler: but (fast) everybody gets better at or eight [[note]]Tarble, Turles, Broly, Paragus[[/note]], if you're going by the end]]
* In ''Alien
movies and specials]] in a matter of Darkness'', there is only one survivor.
* In
''minutes''. Going against Dragon Ball's usual 'death has no consequence' vibe, the most recent arc of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Tsuna and Co. Saiyans are transported 10 years into KilledOffForReal.
** Future Trunks' timeline. ''All'' of
the future where they are told many major supporting main characters have been killed by a rival mafia group. Including [[spoiler:all the arcobalenos (including Reborn), Yamamoto's father are dead except Trunks and even ''Tsuna himself'' [[note]]Though this Bulma. Everyone is later revealed to be false[[/note]]. Tsuna's parents, Vongola 9th boss, Shamal and Naito Longchamp are still MIA.]]
** Also,
murdered by the same author, ''Manga/ElDlive''. [[spoiler:In chapter 31, the enemy group, Heaven Sider, planted a lethal virus inside elDLIVE's Solar System District Station. [[TheHero Chuuta]] androids and the main team were outside, teaching him to move in space. When they decide that it's enough, they head back to the station, but when they try to access, they Goku died earlier from a heart virus, which can't open be reversed by the door, because there's Dragon Balls since it counts as a natural death. The timeline where Cell came from is even more of a downer since he kills Trunks, leaving only Bulma alive. None of this of can be reversed with the Dragon Balls since Kami is long dead since Piccolo was killed.
*** It's even worse in [[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]] where Future Trunks' timeline is attacked by Goku Black [[spoiler:and Zamasu]]. In the end [[spoiler:Zamasu]] kills EVERY REMAINING human in this timeline (except for Future Trunks, Future Mai, Present Bulma [[note]]her future counterpart was
already an emergency code. They check killed by Goku Black[[/note]], Vegeta, and Goku). [[spoiler:Zamasu himself is then destroyed by Zeno, who destroyed the entire multiverse, making Trunks and Mai not just the last survivors on Earth, but also the last survivors in their computers the personnel's status. A large screen displaying the personnel's faces was also marking them with a big X over them and a DEAD word below them. They decide to check the bridge, only to find those they were friends with, in their last seconds]].
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Tatarigoroshi-hen and Yakusamashi-hen end like this. In both instances, the point-of-view character (Keiichi in the former and Satoko in the latter) is the sole survivor, and for similar reasons; they both fall off the same bridge into a river that carries them out of [[DoomedHometown Hinamizawa]]. Although they survive it, they eventually die shortly thereafter.]]
** [[spoiler:Also occurs at the start of the second series, subverting the happy ending of the first series with Rena being talked down by Keiichi. Turns out everyone was killed in a "gas leak" (yeah right) except for Rena, who happened to be out of town at the time. Unlike the previous example however, Rena really does survive the incident, and presumably leads the rest of her life out.]]
** [[spoiler:Actually, in the sound novels, it's revealed in one of the TIPS that Keiichi survives, but he's completely mentally broken, thinking that he was the one who had caused the disaster. He spends the rest of his life in a mental asylum, until he died of a heart attack.
timeline.]]



** And in an even later chapter [[spoiler: Father kills everyone in Amestris besides Ed, Al, Hohenheim, Izumi, Roy, May, Pride and Greedling. Of course, it happens at the end of a chapter in a series known for cliff-hangers, so not all of them stay dead.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''. Nearing the end, with [[spoiler:Aries Shion and Libra Dohko supporting each other thinking they are the only surviver after RocksFallEveryoneDies]]. They aren't, but they may as well be.

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** And in an even later chapter [[spoiler: Father kills everyone in Amestris besides Ed, Al, Hohenheim, Izumi, Roy, May, Pride Pride, and Greedling. Of course, it happens at the end of a chapter in a series known for cliff-hangers, so not all of them stay dead.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''. Nearing Happens to Sousuke in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' in [[spoiler:Episode 17]]. The events of that episode also parallel a part of his BackStory.
* There is
the end, first episode of ''Anime/GaReiZero'' in which everyone who gets introduced promptly drops dead before the credits begins to roll.
* Happens to the team at the beginning of ''Anime/GoLion'' -- they return from a space mission only to find that humanity on Earth has wiped itself out due to a nuclear war, shortly before being captured by the Galra Empire. This fact [[{{Bowdlerise}} was, of course, edited away]] when it was adapted into ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'',
with [[spoiler:Aries Shion the footage used to imply something very different.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Tatarigoroshi-hen
and Libra Dohko Yakusamashi-hen end like this. In both instances, the point-of-view character (Keiichi in the former and Satoko in the latter) is the sole survivor, and for similar reasons; they both fall off the same bridge into a river that carries them out of [[DoomedHometown Hinamizawa]]. Although they survive it, they eventually die shortly thereafter.]]
** [[spoiler:Also occurs at the start of the second series, subverting the happy ending of the first series with Rena being talked down by Keiichi. Turns out everyone was killed in a "gas leak" (yeah right) except for Rena, who happened to be out of town at the time. Unlike the previous example however, Rena really does survive the incident, and presumably leads the rest of her life out.]]
** [[spoiler:Actually, in the sound novels, it's revealed in one of the TIPS that Keiichi survives, but he's completely mentally broken, thinking that he was the one who had caused the disaster. He spends the rest of his life in a mental asylum, until he died of a heart attack.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' begins with [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Celes/Ceras/Seras]] Victoria's entire police unit being slaughtered by vampires. [[FirstEpisodeResurrection Technically, she gets killed by a vampire too, but...]]
** The only members of Hellsing alive after the Valentine brothers attack are Walter, Integra, and whoever was on vacation that day (Victoria and Alucard don't count). The next assault on Hellsing leaves only two alive (not counting Victoria).
** Following the end of the Millennium attack on London,[[spoiler: only Integra, Seras, Heinkel, and some few others are left alive]].
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is infamous for frequently killing off protagonists near the end of each arc. It's especially prevalent at the end of the sixth arc [[spoiler: where ''everyone'' on the entire planet, ''including'' all but one of the protagonists, who wasn't even the main focus of the story, and the Big Bad, have been killed off]]. Thankfully [[spoiler: most of them get better]].
* In the most recent arc of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Tsuna and Co. are transported 10 years into the future where they are told many major
supporting each other thinking characters have been killed by a rival mafia group. Including [[spoiler:all the arcobalenos (including Reborn), Yamamoto's father and even ''Tsuna himself'' [[note]]Though this is later revealed to be false[[/note]]. Tsuna's parents, Vongola 9th boss, Shamal and Naito Longchamp are still MIA.]]
** Also, by the same author, ''Manga/ElDlive''. [[spoiler:In Chapter 31, the enemy group, Heaven Sider, planted a lethal virus inside elDLIVE's Solar System District Station. [[TheHero Chuuta]] and the main team were outside, teaching him to move in space. When
they are decide that it's enough, they head back to the station, but when they try to access, they can't open the door, because there's already an emergency code. They check in their computers the personnel's status. A large screen displaying the personnel's faces was also marking them with a big X over them and a DEAD word below them. They decide to check the bridge, only surviver after RocksFallEveryoneDies]]. They aren't, but to find those they may as well be.were friends with, in their last seconds]].
* From the ninth Anime/LupinIII special, ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'':[[spoiler: Everyone who wanted to leave [[MurderInc the Tarantula]] is killed, including BrokenBird and potential Lupin love interest Elen. Only Lupin and his gang survive.]]
* After lots of building up to the moment, in Chapter 352 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: it is apparent that, while Asuna has been asleep protecting the Magic World, everyone she knew has died -- even Negi, who supposedly has an immortal body, and Ayaka, who lived to the age of 115 to try to meet Asuna at the time she was supposed to wake up. However, it's sort of subverted a little bit, since Evangeline and ''Chao'', of all people, appear to still be alive.]]
** [[spoiler: Chao ''DID'' say she was from a [[FridgeBrilliance hundred years in the future]]]].
* In the spiritual predecessor to the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' [[spoiler: the whole cast and its namesake ship are killed off]]. The hero realizes that he is the last of their group shortly before dying himself.



** Kakashi's BackStory is like this too. In relatively rapid succession, his mother, father, best friend, mentor, mentor's wife, and other teammate all die. It's apparently for this reason that he joined [[RedShirtArmy ANBU]] at age fourteen. Much later, when Sasuke half-threatens to kill someone important to Kakashi to make him feel his pain, Kakashi simply replies that [[ArmorPiercingResponse everyone he cares about is already dead.]] [[spoiler:Finding out that one of his loved ones isn't as dead as he thought (at least not [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis physically]]) does not bring him any comfort.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** People die all the time, but it is taken to its most extreme near the end of the Buu Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. After previously taking out [[DepopulationBomb most of the humans on Earth]], then soon after a large chunk of the supporting cast, Kid Buu nearly finishes the job by taking out [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth itself]]. By the time the final battle begins, Goku, Hercule/Mr. Satan and Baba (Oh, and Bee the dog) are the only residents of Earth left alive. [[DeathIsCheap Everyone gets better, of course (Earth included!)]]
** The Saiyans. The entire population, which was only a couple thousand, is reduced to ''four''[[note]]Goku, Vegeta, Raditz, Nappa[[/note]] [[spoiler: or eight [[note]]Tarble, Turles, Broly, Paragus[[/note]], if you're going by the movies and specials]] in a matter of ''minutes''. Going against Dragon Ball's usual 'death has no consequence' vibe, the Saiyans are KilledOffForReal.
** Future Trunks' timeline. ''All'' of the main characters are dead except Trunks and Bulma. Everyone is murdered by the androids and Goku died earlier from a heart virus, which can't be reversed by the Dragon Balls since it counts as a natural death. The timeline where Cell came from is even more of a downer since he kills Trunks, leaving only Bulma alive. None of this of can be reversed with the Dragon Balls since Kami is long dead since Piccolo was killed.
*** It's even worse in [[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]] where Future Trunks' timeline is attacked by Goku Black [[spoiler:and Zamasu]]. In the end [[spoiler:Zamasu]] kills EVERY REMAINING human in this timeline (except for Future Trunks, Future Mai, Present Bulma [[note]]her future counterpart was already killed by Goku Black[[/note]], Vegeta and Goku). [[spoiler:Zamasu himself is then destroyed by Zeno, who destroyed the entire multiverse, making Trunks and Mai not just the last survivors on Earth, but also the last survivors in their timeline.]]
* [[spoiler:Filicia]] in ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' is the [[SurvivorGuilt only]] [[ShellShockedVeteran survivor]] of her old unit. She's alright... most of the time.
* From the ninth Anime/LupinIII special, ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'':[[spoiler: Everyone who wanted to leave [[MurderInc the Tarantula]] is killed, including BrokenBird and potential Lupin love interest Elen. Only Lupin and his gang survive.]]
* The ending of the original ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manga. '''Everybody''' except [[spoiler:Satan]] bites it.

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** Kakashi's BackStory is like this this, too. In relatively rapid succession, his mother, father, best friend, mentor, mentor's wife, and other teammate all die. It's apparently for this reason that he joined [[RedShirtArmy ANBU]] at age fourteen. Much later, when Sasuke half-threatens to kill someone important to Kakashi to make him feel his pain, Kakashi simply replies that [[ArmorPiercingResponse everyone he cares about is already dead.]] [[spoiler:Finding out that one of his loved ones isn't as dead as he thought (at least not [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis physically]]) does not bring him any comfort.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** People die all the time, but it is taken to its most extreme near the end of the Buu Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. After previously taking out [[DepopulationBomb most of the humans on Earth]], then soon after a large chunk of the supporting cast, Kid Buu nearly finishes the job by taking out [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth itself]]. By the time the final battle begins, Goku, Hercule/Mr. Satan and Baba (Oh, and Bee the dog) are the only residents of Earth left alive. [[DeathIsCheap Everyone gets better, of course (Earth included!)]]
** The Saiyans. The entire population, which was only a couple thousand, is reduced to ''four''[[note]]Goku, Vegeta, Raditz, Nappa[[/note]]
Extreme example -- ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' where [[spoiler: or eight [[note]]Tarble, Turles, Broly, Paragus[[/note]], if you're going by only two young teenagers are left in the movies and specials]] in a matter of ''minutes''. Going against Dragon Ball's usual 'death has no consequence' vibe, world, with each person turned into Tang]].
** Though, to be fair, [[spoiler:
the Saiyans are KilledOffForReal.
** Future Trunks' timeline. ''All'' of the main characters are
people turned into Tang aren't so much dead except Trunks as they are all assimilated into one big consciousness, and Bulma. Everyone is murdered by they all having the androids and Goku died earlier from a heart virus, which can't be reversed by the Dragon Balls since chance to snap out of it counts as a natural death. The timeline where Cell came from is even more of a downer since he kills Trunks, leaving only Bulma alive. None of this of can be reversed with the Dragon Balls since Kami is long dead since Piccolo was killed.
*** It's even worse in [[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]] where Future Trunks' timeline is attacked by Goku Black [[spoiler:and Zamasu]]. In the end [[spoiler:Zamasu]] kills EVERY REMAINING human in this timeline (except for Future Trunks, Future Mai, Present Bulma [[note]]her future counterpart was already killed by Goku Black[[/note]], Vegeta and Goku). [[spoiler:Zamasu himself is then destroyed by Zeno, who destroyed the entire multiverse, making Trunks and Mai not just the last survivors on Earth, but also the last survivors in
if their timeline.]]
* [[spoiler:Filicia]] in ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky''
will to live as an individual is the [[SurvivorGuilt only]] [[ShellShockedVeteran survivor]] of her old unit. She's alright... most of the time.
* From the ninth Anime/LupinIII special, ''Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins'':[[spoiler: Everyone who wanted to leave [[MurderInc the Tarantula]] is killed, including BrokenBird and potential Lupin love interest Elen. Only Lupin and his gang survive.]]
* The ending of the original ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manga. '''Everybody''' except [[spoiler:Satan]] bites it.
strong enough.]]



* During the battle in the north in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', which was really [[spoiler:[[ThePurge a purge of the troublesome warriors]]]], out of the twenty-four claymores sent there [[spoiler: only seven survived.]]

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* During In ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'', the battle in [[spoiler:main character is the north in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', which was really [[spoiler:[[ThePurge a purge only one left on the desolated Earth at the end.]]
** An early fan sub
of the troublesome warriors]]]], out of series put a disclaimer on the twenty-four claymores sent third to last episode: "[[SnicketWarningLabel A friendly warning from the team: This is the end of happiness in Saikano. If you would prefer the anime to have a happy end, consider stopping here and pretending there are no more episodes. Continuing will only bring misery and pain. You have been warned...]]" Never has a better synopsis of a final episode been written.
* This is the situation near the end of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'',
[[spoiler: but (fast) everybody gets better at the end]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''. Nearing the end, with [[spoiler:Aries Shion and Libra Dohko supporting each other thinking they are the
only seven survived.]]surviver after RocksFallEveryoneDies]]. They aren't, but they may as well be.
* [[spoiler:Filicia]] in ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' is the [[SurvivorGuilt only]] [[ShellShockedVeteran survivor]] of her old unit. She's alright... most of the time.
* ''Anime/{{Vexille}}'' does this soon after TheSquad infiltrates hostile territory, with only the titular ActionGirl apparently surviving the slaughter. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that her lover TheCaptain also survives but he doesn't reappear until the end of the movie.]]
* ''[[Manga/{{X1999}} X: The Movie]]'' The movie literally ends in all the involved characters, except for the protagonist, Kamui, dying in some graphic, brutal way.



* After lots of building up to the moment, in chapter 352 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: it is apparent that, while Asuna has been asleep protecting the Magic World, everyone she knew has died - even Negi, who supposedly has an immortal body, and Ayaka, who lived to the age of 115 to try to meet Asuna at the time she was supposed to wake up. However, it's sort of subverted a little bit, since Evangeline and ''Chao'', of all people, appear to still be alive.]]
** [[spoiler: Chao ''DID'' say she was from a [[FridgeBrilliance hundred years in the future]]]].
* There is the first episode of ''Anime/GaReiZero'' in which everyone who gets introduced promptly drops dead before the credits begins to roll.
* Happens to the team at the beginning of ''Anime/GoLion''- they return from a space mission only to find that humanity on Earth has wiped itself out due to a nuclear war, shortly before being captured by the Galra Empire. This fact [[{{Bowdlerise}} was, of course, edited away]] when it was adapted into ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', with the footage used to imply something very different.
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* Steiner, in ''Film/CrossOfIron'', after Stransky has Steiner's men machine-gunned on returning from behind enemy lines.
-->'''Stransky:''' Where is the rest of your platoon? Sergeant Steiner!\\
'''Steiner:''' You, Captain Stransky. You are the rest of my platoon.\\
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28th Apr '18 9:16:25 PM sayaleviathan
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* By the end of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', [[spoiler:half of the universe's population is extinguished by Thanos' BadassFingersnap. This includes the new Avengers (except War Machine) and the Guardians (except Rocket). Earlier in the movie, Thanos and the Black Order massacre half of the Asgardian refugees including Heimdall and Loki, leaving Thor as one of the few survivors of his kind. However since some of the dead superheroes have upcoming sequels after this movie, it is expected that some will come back from the dead in some capacity]].



*** In the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Margaery, Loras, and Mace die when Cersei blows up the sept with them in it. Only Olenna is left alive, but since Olenna is a Redwyne by birth, the Tyrell bloodline is extinct. In the books, there are numerous minor Tyrell cousins (through Mace's two sisters, and old Lord Luthor's younger brothers). Some of the female cousins serve as Margaery's handmaidens. Even the TV series briefly acknowledged that other Tyrell cousins exist in Season 3 one of them even had a speaking line and outright called Olenna "Nana" (grandmother). The ''main branch'' of the family, however, is very clearly dead beyond recovery]].

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*** In the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Margaery, Loras, and Mace die when Cersei blows up the sept with them in it. Only Olenna is left alive, but since Olenna is a Redwyne by birth, the Tyrell bloodline is extinct. In the books, there are numerous minor Tyrell cousins (through Mace's two sisters, and old Lord Luthor's younger brothers). Some of the female cousins serve as Margaery's handmaidens. Even the TV series briefly acknowledged that other Tyrell cousins exist in Season 3 one of them even had a speaking line and outright called Olenna "Nana" (grandmother). The ''main branch'' of the family, however, is very clearly dead beyond recovery]].recovery. With her death in Season 7, House Tyrell has been extinguished]].



*** As of Season 6, [[spoiler:House Martell is effectively extinct . The only Martells by blood are the Sand Snakes, but they're illegitimate and much-despised kinslayers]].

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*** As of Season 6, [[spoiler:House Martell is effectively extinct . The only Martells by blood are the Sand Snakes, but they're illegitimate and much-despised kinslayers]].kinslayers. In Season 7, two of them are killed off by Euron Greyjoy while the third one is dying of poison in the Red Keep dungeons. While it is confirmed that Oberyn have eight bastard daughters, the five remaining ones are too young to take up the leadership which left their House and rest of Dorne in a power vacuum]].
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