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* There are several in the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series, often due to the MonsterOfTheWeek wiping out all life. Early on, it's revealed to be the Saiyans' job to clear out planets and sell them, such as Kanassa and Meat. Later on was Namek, another victim of Frieza's troops. Then there was New Planet Vegeta, which was already ruined and about to collide with a meteor. After that was ''Earth itself'', thanks to Buu.
* Two in ''Anime/KiddyGrade'', first the space prison that Alv, Dvergr, Éclair, and Lumière are sent to investigate, and later, a space colony that Éclair and Lumière escape to.



* Two in ''Anime/KiddyGrade'', first the space prison that Alv, Dvergr, Éclair, and Lumière are sent to investigate, and later, a space colony that Éclair and Lumière escape to.



* There are several in the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series, often due to the MonsterOfTheWeek wiping out all life. Early on, it's revealed to be the Saiyans' job to clear out planets and sell them, such as Kanassa and Meat. Later on was Namek, another victim of Frieza's troops. Then there was New Planet Vegeta, which was already ruined and about to collide with a meteor. After that was ''Earth itself'', thanks to Buu.



* In ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes, at one point Calvin daydreams about Spaceman Spiff being stranded on one of these. aided by the fact that he missed the lunch bell and is sitting alone in the classroom.

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* Franchise/GreenLantern: sector [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]], only 5 people survived the slaughter of every living being, all were held in a different sector. Even after the Red Lanterns use one planet in it as home base, it's still ruins as far as the eye can see.
* Asgard in the ''ComicBook/MarvelOneHundredthAnniversarySpecial'' has long been abandoned by the gods and Yggdrasil's roots have overgrown the ruins.
* In ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes, at one point Calvin daydreams about Spaceman Spiff being stranded on Issue 14 of ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'', Elijah Snow visits one of these. aided by Yet another one of the fact that he missed the lunch bell and is sitting alone in the classroom.Four's atrocities.



* In Issue 14 of ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'', Elijah Snow visits one of these. Yet another one of the the Four's atrocities.
* Franchise/GreenLantern: sector 666, only 5 people survived the slaughter of every living being, all were held in a different sector. Even after the Red Lanterns use one planet in it as home base, it's still ruins as far as the eye can see.
* Asgard in the ''ComicBook/MarvelOneHundredthAnniversarySpecial'' has long been abandoned by the gods and Yggdrasil's roots have overgrown the ruins.



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* In ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes, at one point Calvin daydreams about Spaceman Spiff being stranded on one of these. aided by the fact that he missed the lunch bell and is sitting alone in the classroom.
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* ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has the title character explore an abandoned planet from which horrifying needle monsters are spreading onto Earth.
* Paul S. Kemp's ''The Twilight War'' trilogy set in the ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'' reveals that [[spoiler: Shar has been doing this to other worlds and intends to do the same to Abeir-Toril.]]
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'', the characters discover some of the planets where space-faring humans first settled, in ruins and devoid of intelligent life.
* The "pit-stop" planet and alien spaceport in Creator/AndreNorton's ''Galactic Derelict''. The home planet of the alien spacecraft is still inhabited by two primitive alien tribes who are at war, but it is made clear that they are not the civilization that built the ruined city they dwell in.
* Creator/JonathanLethem's ''Girl in Landscape'' primarily takes place on one which is being sparsely colonized by humans. There are still a few lingering aliens, but they have only a passive interest in either the humans or the relics of their ruined civilization.
* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series details a number of solar systems that had once been host to heavy traffic but have been bypassed by the time the titular fleet passes through because the PortalNetwork rendered the old mode of system-to-system hyperspace travel obsolete. Some of these systems have been completely abandoned, while others still have [[DyingTown dwindling populations that lack the means to leave]] (there aren't any spaceships passing through anymore, after all).



* Creator/JonathanLethem's ''Girl In Landscape'' primarily takes place on one which is being sparsely colonized by humans. There are still a few lingering aliens, but they have only a passive interest in either the humans or the relics of their ruined civilization.

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* Creator/JonathanLethem's ''Girl In Landscape'' primarily takes place on one which is being sparsely colonized by humans. There are still a few lingering aliens, but they have only a passive interest Mars in either Creator/HBeamPiper's short story "Omnilingual" .His short story "Graveyard of Dreams", later expanded into the humans or novel ''The Cosmic Computer'', took its title from a poem by a colonist on Mars who was apparently inspired by the relics of their ruined civilization.planet's ruins.



* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'', the characters discover some of the planets where space-faring humans first settled, in ruins and devoid of intelligent life.
* Mars in Creator/HBeamPiper's short story "Omnilingual." His short story "Graveyard of Dreams," later expanded into the novel ''The Cosmic Computer'', took its title from a poem by a colonist on Mars who was apparently inspired by the planet's ruins.
* Paul S. Kemp's ''The Twilight War'' trilogy set in the Forgotten Realms reveals that [[spoiler: Shar has been doing this to other worlds and intends to do the same to Abeir-Toril.]]
* The "pit-stop" planet and alien spaceport in Creator/AndreNorton's ''Galactic Derelict''. The home planet of the alien spacecraft is still inhabited by two primitive alien tribes who are at war, but it is made clear that they are not the civilization that built the ruined city they dwell in.
* Kiva, in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. It's without life except for the furious ghosts of the people who lived there, and mentioned to be charcoal-colored when seen from orbit.
** More Star Wars: ''Revan'', a tie-in novel to Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, reveals the Sith Emperor's homeworld of Nathema to be one of these. His ascension to immortality involved a Force ritual that consumed every living thing on the planet. Several hundred years later, the bodies are still there exactly as they died, because the microorganisms that would normally decompose them were all killed. It's hinted that the Emperor intends to repeat this process for the entire galaxy, [[EvenEvilHasStandards and this scares the handful of Sith who know about it enough that they're secretly planning to assassinate him]].
** In the ShortStory ''[[Literature/StarWarsTheEndOfHistory The End of History]]'', Antron Back hides himself and a collection of Jedi artifacts on a nameless and abandoned moon that had once been colonized by Geonosians, who left tunnel systems the size of cities behind which made for a perfect hiding spot.



* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series details a number of solar systems that had once been host to heavy traffic but have been bypassed by the time the titular fleet passes through because the PortalNetwork rendered the old mode of system-to-system hyperspace travel obsolete. Some of these systems have been completely abandoned, while others still have [[DyingTown dwindling populations that lack the means to leave]] (there aren't any spaceships passing through anymore, after all).

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* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series details a number ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** In the ShortStory ''[[Literature/StarWarsTheEndOfHistory The End
of solar systems History]]'', Antron Back hides himself and a collection of Jedi artifacts on a nameless and abandoned moon that had once been host to heavy traffic but have been bypassed colonized by Geonosians, who left tunnel systems the time size of cities behind which made for a perfect hiding spot.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Kiva, in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. It's without life except for
the titular fleet passes through furious ghosts of the people who lived there, and mentioned to be charcoal-colored when seen from orbit.
** ''Revan'', a tie-in novel to ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', reveals the Sith Emperor's homeworld of Nathema to be one of these. His ascension to immortality involved a Force ritual that consumed every living thing on the planet. Several hundred years later, the bodies are still there exactly as they died,
because the PortalNetwork rendered the old mode of system-to-system hyperspace travel obsolete. Some of these systems have been completely abandoned, while others still have [[DyingTown dwindling populations microorganisms that lack would normally decompose them were all killed. It's hinted that the means Emperor intends to leave]] (there aren't any spaceships passing through anymore, after all).repeat this process for the entire galaxy, [[EvenEvilHasStandards and this scares the handful of Sith who know about it enough that they're secretly planning to assassinate him]].



* ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has the title character explore an abandoned planet from which horrifying needle monsters are spreading onto Earth.



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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield", the planet Cheron ended up this way. So was the Time Vortex Planet from "The City On The Edge Of Forever" and "Yesteryear", but for different reasons.
* San Helios in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Planet of the Dead". Despite no signs of life apart from the planet-destroying [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial stingrays]], the city was fine a year a before the story.

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* [[spoiler:Markab Prime and Daltron 7]] become ghost planets in ''Series/BabylonFive''.
**
In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield", the planet Cheron ended up B5 spin-off ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', a number of these are also visited.
* Kobol, Caprica, [[spoiler: and "Earth"]] in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Technically, New Caprica also becomes one, though only after one year of habitation.
* Creator/CarlSagan's ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'' (a documentary series) included model shots of a fictional Mars fitting
this way. So was the Time Vortex Planet from "The City On The Edge Of Forever" and "Yesteryear", but for different reasons.
* San Helios in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Planet of the Dead". Despite no signs of life apart from the planet-destroying [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial stingrays]], the city was fine a year a
trope, before the story.going on to describe what Mars is ''really'' like.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':



** The planet-sized Library has a million million intelligent lifeforms following a catastrophe 100 years prior, though the Doctor and his allies can't seem to find any of them.
* Creator/CarlSagan's ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'' (a documentary series) included model shots of a fictional Mars fitting this trope, before going on to describe what Mars is ''really'' like.
* Kobol, Caprica, [[spoiler: and "Earth"]] in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Technically, New Caprica also becomes one, though only after one year of habitation.

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** The planet-sized Library [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary planet-sized]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Library]] has a million million intelligent lifeforms following a catastrophe 100 years prior, though the Doctor and his allies can't seem to find any of them.
* Creator/CarlSagan's ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'' (a documentary series) included model shots ** San Helios in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]]. Despite no signs of life apart from the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts planet-destroying]] [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial stingrays]], the city was fine a fictional Mars fitting this trope, year a before going on to describe what Mars is ''really'' like.
* Kobol, Caprica, [[spoiler: and "Earth"]] in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Technically, New Caprica also becomes one, though only after one year of habitation.
the story.



* [[spoiler:Markab Prime and Daltron 7]] become ghost planets in ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* In the B5 spin-off ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', a number of these are also visited.
* Happened quite often in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Sometimes it was a plague, or technology gone wrong, or something else horrible happened to wipe out life on the planet. It was rarely not spooky.
* One ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' two-parter features a trip to the aptly-named "Deserted Planet."



* One ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' two-parter features a trip to the aptly-named "Deserted Planet".
* Happened quite often in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Sometimes it was a plague, or technology gone wrong, or something else horrible happened to wipe out life on the planet. It was rarely not spooky.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield", the planet Cheron ended up this way. So was the Time Vortex Planet from "The City On The Edge Of Forever" and "Yesteryear", but for different reasons.



* Echo V was home to the Iktomi in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''. Now there's nothing but cobwebs. [[GiantSpider Literally]].



* Echo V was home to the Iktomi in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''. Now there's nothing but cobwebs. [[GiantSpider Literally]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', one of the planets in your home system has a crashed alien spaceship on it. Before they died, the survivors left directions to a nearby system, which turns out to be a ruined planet that was devastated by the Grox. Some [[EpilepticTrees theories]] suggest that the ruins may be human in origin, especially when you consider that Earth is deserted when you discover it.
* Creator/LucasArts' old PC adventure game, ''VideoGame/TheDig''. Astronauts end up playing archeologist in the ruins of an alien civilization.
* Most all of the worlds visited by Samus Aran in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games. And if they weren't at first, they are when she leaves. [[EarthShatteringKaboom If they're]] [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds still there.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', one of A ghost ''system'' in ''VideoGame/AlienLegacy''. When the UNS ''[[SleeperStarship Calypso]]'' arrives to the Beta Caeli system, the crew is woken up from [[HumanPopsicle cryosleep]], and the [[PlayerCharacter Captain]] reads all the messages received from Earth since their departure centuries (if not millennia) ago. One of these notifies you that another ship was sent to the same system just over a decade after the ''Calypso''[='s=] departure. However, due a slightly more efficient drive, it was supposed to have arrived to Beta Caeli [[LightspeedLeapfrog about two decades before you]]. So, naturally, you expect to find a colonized system with thousands of settlers awaiting your arrival. What you find are planets in your home system has a crashed alien spaceship on it. Before they died, the survivors left directions to a nearby system, which turns out to be a ruined planet that was devastated by the Grox. Some [[EpilepticTrees theories]] suggest that the ruins may be human in origin, especially when you consider that Earth is deserted when you discover it.
* Creator/LucasArts' old PC adventure game, ''VideoGame/TheDig''. Astronauts end up playing archeologist in the
filled with ruins of an alien civilization.
* Most all
the colonies and no trace of the UNS ''Tantalus'', the ''Calypso'''s sister-ship. Besides settling the system, much of the game involves tracking down the clues and figuring out what happened to the other ship and the colonists. [[spoiler:The ship was scrapped for parts by order of her captain, and most of the shuttle fleet was later wiped out in a suicidal charge on the [[AbusivePrecursors H'riak]] [[{{Panspermia}} seedship]] hiding in the system, leaving the major colonies on the two habitable worlds visited by Samus Aran in and numerous tiny outposts isolated from one another; then the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games. And if they weren't at first, they are when she leaves. [[EarthShatteringKaboom If they're]] [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds still there.]]habitable planets' native life went insane and wiped out the colonists there; eventually, the isolated outposts died out too]].



* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' takes this to a chilling extreme. Not only is the planet of Tau Volantis a ghost planet, this game reveals that the setting is essentially a ghost ''galaxy'' thanks to [[spoiler:the Brethren Moons periodically turning the populations of entire worlds into Necromorphs and consuming them to propagate their own race.]]
* Creator/LucasArts' old PC adventure game, ''VideoGame/TheDig''. Astronauts end up playing archaeologist in the ruins of an alien civilization.
* It is only a minor element of the setting (absolutely nothing encourages you to land, it's just possible in case you want to read the flavour text), but Neo New York in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' is this -- once a prosperous colony, a terrible plague swept through it, destroying the entire biosphere. The planetary image wouldn't look out of place for any of the more inhabited Federation colonies, although the fact that the fog surrounding the skyscrapers is [[SicklyGreenGlow green]] is somewhat telling...
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The myriad planets and installations built by the Forerunners, including the eponymous ringworlds, are ghost space constructs.
* Lh'owon from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' was razed by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Pfhor]] slavers. It is mostly a desert, with a few instances of nasty wildlife and aforementioned slavers.



* Most all of the worlds visited by Samus Aran in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games. And if they weren't at first, they are when she leaves. [[EarthShatteringKaboom If they're]] [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds still there.]]
* ''Schizm'' cribs from ''Forbidden Planet'' as well--everyone on the world you're exploring just ''vanished'' in what must have been a single day, leaving behind unfinished work and uneaten meals. The initial research team vanished more slowly, and had enough time to leave behind increasingly panicky [[ApocalypticLog audio diaries]] speculating on what the hell was going on. What's left is a rather sinister BeautifulVoid. [[spoiler: Subverted in the end. Everyone is still alive, but they were transported into separate dimensions so that the planet's defense system could observe them and determine if they were a threat.]]
* The "[[ShoutOut Forbidden Planet]]" in ''VideoGame/SigmaStarSaga'' takes this trope more literally than most--you'll find yourself under attack from levitating tombstones. Turns out the former inhabitants had(/have) a ''serious'' grudge against the aliens you've allied with, and not even death is stopping them from revenge. In a notorious [[GameBreakingBug bug]], those tombstones are the most lethal enemy in the game; killing one to end the level will instead trap you in purgatory forever.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', one of the planets in your home system has a crashed alien spaceship on it. Before they died, the survivors left directions to a nearby system, which turns out to be a ruined planet that was devastated by the Grox. Some [[EpilepticTrees theories]] suggest that the ruins may be human in origin, especially when you consider that Earth is deserted when you discover it.



* Lh'owon from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' was razed by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Pfhor]] slavers. It is mostly a desert, with a few instances of nasty wildlife and aforementioned slavers.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The myriad planets and installations built by the Forerunners, including the eponymous ringworlds, are ghost space constructs.
* The "[[ShoutOut Forbidden Planet]]" in ''VideoGame/SigmaStarSaga'' takes this trope more literally than most--you'll find yourself under attack from levitating tombstones. Turns out the former inhabitants had(/have) a ''serious'' grudge against the aliens you've allied with, and not even death is stopping them from revenge. In a notorious [[GameBreakingBug bug]], those tombstones are the most lethal enemy in the game; killing one to end the level will instead trap you in purgatory forever.
* ''Schizm'' cribs from ''Forbidden Planet'' as well--everyone on the world you're exploring just ''vanished'' in what must have been a single day, leaving behind unfinished work and uneaten meals. The initial research team vanished more slowly, and had enough time to leave behind increasingly panicky [[ApocalypticLog audio diaries]] speculating on what the hell was going on. What's left is a rather sinister BeautifulVoid. [[spoiler: Subverted in the end. Everyone is still alive, but they were transported into separate dimensions so that the planet's defense system could observe them and determine if they were a threat.]]
* This is the planet Quartia in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts''. Everything inhabiting the planet quite literally had the life sucked out of it.
* Similarly, Fodra from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', however there are a few survivors, instead of machines.



* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' takes this to a chilling extreme. Not only is the planet of Tau Volantis a ghost planet, this game reveals that the setting is essentially a ghost ''galaxy'' thanks to [[spoiler:the Brethren Moons periodically turning the populations of entire worlds into Necromorphs and consuming them to propagate their own race.]]
* It is only a minor element of the setting (absolutely nothing encourages you to land, it's just possible in case you want to read the flavour text), but Neo New York in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' is this -- once a prosperous colony, a terrible plague swept through it, destroying the entire biosphere. The planetary image wouldn't look out of place for any of the more inhabited Federation colonies, although the fact that the fog surrounding the skyscrapers is [[SicklyGreenGlow green]] is somewhat telling...
* A ghost ''system'' in ''VideoGame/AlienLegacy''. When the UNS ''[[SleeperStarship Calypso]]'' arrives to the Beta Caeli system, the crew is woken up from [[HumanPopsicle cryosleep]], and the [[PlayerCharacter Captain]] reads all the messages received from Earth since their departure centuries (if not millennia) ago. One of these notifies you that another ship was sent to the same system just over a decade after the ''Calypso''[='s=] departure. However, due a slightly more efficient drive, it was supposed to have arrived to Beta Caeli [[LightspeedLeapfrog about two decades before you]]. So, naturally, you expect to find a colonized system with thousands of settlers awaiting your arrival. What you find are planets filled with ruins of the colonies and no trace of the UNS ''Tantalus'', the ''Calypso'''s sister-ship. Besides settling the system, much of the game involves tracking down the clues and figuring out what happened to the other ship and the colonists. [[spoiler:The ship was scrapped for parts by order of her captain, and most of the shuttle fleet was later wiped out in a suicidal charge on the [[AbusivePrecursors H'riak]] [[{{Panspermia}} seedship]] hiding in the system, leaving the major colonies on the two habitable worlds and numerous tiny outposts isolated from one another; then the habitable planets' native life went insane and wiped out the colonists there; eventually, the isolated outposts died out too]].
* This trope certainly applies in force once you reach [[spoiler: Old Miltia]] in the third episode of ''Xenosaga'' - the entire planet is completely devoid of human life, though all the trappings of the setting's technologically-advanced society are in place, adding to the creep factor.
* In the ''Xtended'' GameMod for ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'', the Expansion system PortalNetwork is littered with the remnants of Terran colonies that were wiped out 800 years ago when their AI terraformer fleets went haywire and started "[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]" inhabited worlds. The modern Terrans under the Earth State government control the majority of these abandoned ghost planets, but a few are under the control of the Boron Kingdom or Split Dynasty, which has caused some friction between the races.



* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** This is the planet Quartia in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts''. Everything inhabiting the planet quite literally had the life sucked out of it.
** Similarly, Fodra from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', however there are a few survivors, instead of machines.
* In the ''Xtended'' GameMod for ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'', the Expansion system PortalNetwork is littered with the remnants of Terran colonies that were wiped out 800 years ago when their AI terraformer fleets went haywire and started "[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]" inhabited worlds. The modern Terrans under the Earth State government control the majority of these abandoned ghost planets, but a few are under the control of the Boron Kingdom or Split Dynasty, which has caused some friction between the races.
* This trope certainly applies in force once you reach [[spoiler: Old Miltia]] in the third episode of ''Xenosaga'' - the entire planet is completely devoid of human life, though all the trappings of the setting's technologically-advanced society are in place, adding to the creep factor.



* The Dimension of Pain from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is eventually revealed to be one of these. It originally just seemed to be a barren, rocky world populated by a smattering of demons. It's not until the end of the "That Which Redeems" arc that we discover the dimension originally belonged to a race of human-like beings, whom the demons overthrew. Over the centuries the demons wiped out all other life in the dimension. They even devoured the original inhabitants' souls and destroyed everything they had built, save for a single, ruined city, preserved as a testament to the demons' victory. It is also implied that these 'demons' were actually mutants created by Nofun labs, and the same could happen to the main dimension as well.

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* The Dimension of Pain from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is eventually revealed to be one of these. It originally just seemed to be a barren, rocky world populated by a smattering of demons. It's not until In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:Jane]]'s Land, the end [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006720 Land of the "That Which Redeems" arc that we discover the dimension originally belonged to a race of human-like beings, whom the demons overthrew. Over the centuries the demons wiped out all other life in the dimension. They even devoured the original inhabitants' souls Crypts and destroyed everything they had built, Helium]], is almost completely lifeless save for a single, ruined city, preserved as a testament to the demons' victory. It is also implied few plants that these 'demons' were actually mutants created by Nofun labs, and have managed to cling to life. [[spoiler:All the same could happen to Alpha Kids' Lands are the main dimension as well.same]].



* Webcomic/{{Subnormality}} gives us [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page505.html Wonte IV]]. "There was something besides oil that came out [[DugTooDeep when the drills got down there]] and it didn't [[EldritchAbomination mix with the human mind and its fuckin' little creations]]."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:Jane]]'s Land, the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006720 Land of Crypts and Helium]], is almost completely lifeless save for a few plants that have managed to cling to life. [[spoiler:All the Alpha Kids' Lands are the same]].

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* Webcomic/{{Subnormality}} The Dimension of Pain from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is eventually revealed to be one of these. It originally just seemed to be a barren, rocky world populated by a smattering of demons. It's not until the end of the "That Which Redeems" arc that we discover the dimension originally belonged to a race of human-like beings, whom the demons overthrew. Over the centuries the demons wiped out all other life in the dimension. They even devoured the original inhabitants' souls and destroyed everything they had built, save for a single, ruined city, preserved as a testament to the demons' victory. It is also implied that these 'demons' were actually mutants created by Nofun labs, and the same could happen to the main dimension as well.
* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}''
gives us [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page505.html Wonte IV]]. "There was something besides oil that came out [[DugTooDeep when the drills got down there]] and it didn't [[EldritchAbomination mix with the human mind and its fuckin' little creations]]."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:Jane]]'s Land, the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006720 Land of Crypts and Helium]], is almost completely lifeless save for a few plants that have managed to cling to life. [[spoiler:All the Alpha Kids' Lands are the same]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E13Sacrifice "Sacrifice"]], Yoda journeys to the long-abandoned planet Moraband, the Sith homeworld (better known as [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Korriban]]) as the final stage of his VisionQuest. Between the stains of the Dark Side and the ancient ruins, the place has an appropriately creepy air.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** When the ''Ghost'' crew first visits Geonosis, in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The Honourable Ones"]], they find they can't detect any life signs from the planet, and Ezra can sense an aura of death surrounding the planet. On their return visit in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E10GhostsOfGeonosis "Ghosts of]] [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E11GhostsOfGeonosisPartII Geonosis"]], the crew finds evidence that the Empire deliberately wiped out the Geonosian species, although ''why'' they can't figure.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E19TwilightOfTheApprentice "Twilight of]] [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E20TwilightOfTheApprenticePartII the Apprentice"]]: Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka travel to the planet Malachor, a former base of the Sith. Underground, they find extensive ruins surrounding a Sith Temple, the entire area littered with [[TakenForGranite the petrified corpses]] of participants in a long-ago battle.
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Earth]]'', the characters discover some of the planets where space-faring humans first settled, in ruins and devoid of intelligent life.

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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Earth]]'', ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'', the characters discover some of the planets where space-faring humans first settled, in ruins and devoid of intelligent life.
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* Some people think the planet Mars is a Real Life example of this.
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* Lh'owon from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' was razed by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Pfhor]] slavers. It is mostly a desert, with a few instances of nasty wildlife and aforementioned slavers. In a similar vein, the eponymous ringworlds and other such installations of [[SpiritualSuccessor spiritual sequel]] ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' are ghost space constructs.

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* Lh'owon from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' was razed by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Pfhor]] slavers. It is mostly a desert, with a few instances of nasty wildlife and aforementioned slavers. In a similar vein,
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The myriad planets and installations built by the Forerunners, including
the eponymous ringworlds and other such installations of [[SpiritualSuccessor spiritual sequel]] ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' ringworlds, are ghost space constructs.
4th Aug '16 1:20:44 PM Gerusz
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* Tomb worlds in ''Videogame/{{Stellaris}}'' start this way. [[spoiler:This is also the doom of colonies that have fallen to the Unbidden - the building remains, the colonists are just ''gone''. Which makes them a really nice spot to (re)settle once the Unbidden are taken care of.]]
25th Apr '16 8:05:06 PM FordPrefect
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* Several ''TravellerClassic'' adventures had planets like this, including ''Adventure 4 Leviathan'' and ''Double Adventure 5 The Chamax Plague''.

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* Several ''TravellerClassic'' Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' adventures had planets like this, including ''Adventure 4 Leviathan'' and ''Double Adventure 5 The Chamax Plague''.



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13th Dec '15 10:25:51 AM FekketCantenel
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* ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has the title character explore an abandoned planet from which horrifying needle monsters are spreading onto Earth.
13th Oct '15 9:24:46 AM Prfnoff
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* Altair IV in ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''.

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* Altair IV in ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''.''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' contains many still-functioning relics of the hyper-advanced Krell civilization, despite the disappearance of the Krell themselves, which seems to have happened quite suddenly.
7th Oct '15 12:24:48 PM ChronoLegion
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* A ghost ''system'' in ''VideoGame/AlienLegacy''. When the UNS ''[[SleeperStarship Calypso]]'' arrives to the Beta Caeli system, the crew is woken up from [[HumanPopsicle cryosleep]], and the [[PlayerCharacter Captain]] reads all the messages received from Earth since their departure centuries (if not millennia) ago. One of these notifies you that another ship was sent to the same system just over a decade after the ''Calypso''[='s=] departure. However, due a slightly more efficient drive, it was supposed to have arrived to Beta Caeli [[LightspeedLeapfrog about two decades before you]]. So, naturally, you expect to find a colonized system with thousands of settlers awaiting your arrival. What you find are planets filled with ruins of the colonies and no trace of the UNS ''Tantalus'', the ''Calypso'''s sister-ship. Besides settling the system, much of the game involves tracking down the clues and figuring out what happened to the other ship and the colonists.

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* A ghost ''system'' in ''VideoGame/AlienLegacy''. When the UNS ''[[SleeperStarship Calypso]]'' arrives to the Beta Caeli system, the crew is woken up from [[HumanPopsicle cryosleep]], and the [[PlayerCharacter Captain]] reads all the messages received from Earth since their departure centuries (if not millennia) ago. One of these notifies you that another ship was sent to the same system just over a decade after the ''Calypso''[='s=] departure. However, due a slightly more efficient drive, it was supposed to have arrived to Beta Caeli [[LightspeedLeapfrog about two decades before you]]. So, naturally, you expect to find a colonized system with thousands of settlers awaiting your arrival. What you find are planets filled with ruins of the colonies and no trace of the UNS ''Tantalus'', the ''Calypso'''s sister-ship. Besides settling the system, much of the game involves tracking down the clues and figuring out what happened to the other ship and the colonists. [[spoiler:The ship was scrapped for parts by order of her captain, and most of the shuttle fleet was later wiped out in a suicidal charge on the [[AbusivePrecursors H'riak]] [[{{Panspermia}} seedship]] hiding in the system, leaving the major colonies on the two habitable worlds and numerous tiny outposts isolated from one another; then the habitable planets' native life went insane and wiped out the colonists there; eventually, the isolated outposts died out too]].
7th Oct '15 8:14:17 AM Saber15
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* In the ''Xtended'' GameMod for ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'', the Expansion system PortalNetwork is littered with the remnants of Terran colonies that were wiped out 800 years ago when their AI terraformer fleets went haywire and started "[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]" inhabited worlds. The modern Terrans under the Earth State government control the majority of these abandoned ghost planets, but a few are under the control of the Boron Kingdom or Split Dynasty, which has caused some friction between the races.
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