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* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness crossover game ''Midnight Circus'' features an equestrian act by this very name, operated by the four [=DeEquesto=] siblings; of course, since this particular game is all about a CircusOfFear, the Horsemen also hunt down anyone trying to escape from the carnival with extreme prejudice. Each of them fights with a different weapon and their own distinct style: War is a loudmouthed TinTyrant armed with a broadsword; Famine is a LeanAndMean spearfighter armed with an enchanted spear that cripples its victims with induced starvation; Sickness is a [[EvilCripple clubfooted]] horse-archer, commonly making use of Wyrm-tainted arrows that infect its victims with deadly plague; and of course, Death is a ominously quiet EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette, armed with a scythe.
5th Mar '16 6:37:58 PM igordebraga
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*** A more traditional depiction is also mentioned in the HellGate that is [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1844 SCP-1844]]:
-->Containment breach of SCP-1844 for seventy-two minutes. Entity resembling an emaciated humanoid mounted on an albino specimen of ''Equus ferus caballus'' emerges from pit and escapes.
16th Feb '16 7:18:16 AM igordebraga
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Most adaptations will replace Conquest with Pestilence, or a similar apocalyptic agent, like [[Literature/GoodOmens Pollution]], Genocide, Plague, Nuclear Holocaust, or Overpopulation. In the Bible Pestilence and Death are often understood as being the same being, and in some translations Death is named as Pestilence. Famine is also occasionally overlapped with the concept of Pestilence in some depictions, as a WalkingWasteland.

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Most adaptations will replace Conquest with Pestilence, [[ThePlague Pestilence]], or a similar apocalyptic agent, like [[Literature/GoodOmens Pollution]], Genocide, Plague, Nuclear Holocaust, or Overpopulation. In the Bible Pestilence and Death are often understood as being the same being, and in some translations Death is named as Pestilence. Famine is also occasionally overlapped with the concept of Pestilence in some depictions, as a WalkingWasteland.



* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} X-Men villain]] ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} appropriately has had a rotating cast of minions under the names of the Four Horsemen, whose job was to wreak havoc in his name as a way of culling the weak from the strong. Several heroes have been brainwashed into serving him; Angel becoming Death and later Archangel is the best-known example. Most of his Horsemen join him by choice, however; in that case, Apocalypse recruits each one via a DealWithTheDevil (like telling Autumn that he'd give her more attention than her neglectful parents to covince her become Famine, or offering to heal the IllBoy Abraham Kieros and then making him War).

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* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} X-Men villain]] ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} appropriately has had a rotating cast of minions under the names of the Four Horsemen, whose job was to wreak havoc in his name as a way of culling the weak from the strong. Several heroes have been brainwashed into serving him; Angel becoming Death and later Archangel is the best-known example. Most of his Horsemen join him by choice, however; in that case, Apocalypse recruits each one via a DealWithTheDevil (like telling Autumn that he'd give her more attention than her neglectful parents to covince convince her become Famine, or offering to heal the IllBoy Abraham Kieros and then making him War).



* Brazilian comic [[MonicasGang Bug-a-Booo]] has a main character [[DontFearTheReaper Lady McDeath]], a comedic GrimReaper. In one story she has a beer with the other three horsemen, with Famine being now well-fed and War married to Peace.



* ''Series/{{Game of Thrones}}'' In episode Hardhome 4 horsemen of the White Walkers appears on the hill

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* In the ''Series/{{Game of Thrones}}'' In episode Hardhome 4 horsemen of the Hardhome, four horse-riding White Walkers appears appear on the hillhill, possibly to invoke this.



* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The Four Horsemen".
** Though they replace War with "Time". Wonder why.

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* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The Four Horsemen".
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Horsemen". Though they replace War with "Time". Wonder why.



* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's newest album, ''Alpocalypse'', features 3 of the 4 Horseman, with Al himself replacing the missing Horseman (Famine, in case you were wondering).

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's newest 2011 album, ''Alpocalypse'', features 3 of on the 4 Horseman, cover Al riding along with Al himself replacing the missing Horseman (Famine, other 3 Horsemen. He replaces Famine, as a CallBack to all the food songs in case you were wondering).his catalogue (and the black horse Al rides has his trademark curly hair).



* [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Team NChick]] did this to themselves for laughs. Lindsay (the Nostalgia Chick) is war because she's apparently scary when she's angry, Elisa (The Makeover Fairy and Dr. Tease) is Death, Nella is Pestilence and Kali (the puppy) is Famine.

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* [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Team NChick]] did this to themselves for laughs. Lindsay (the Nostalgia Chick) is war because she's apparently scary when she's angry, Elisa [[Webvideo/VampireReviews Elisa]] (The Makeover Fairy and Dr. Tease) is Death, Nella is Pestilence and Kali (the puppy) is Famine.


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* On episode of ''Westernanimation/TheSimpsons'' has Flanders react to a stampeding pachyderm with "It's the four elephants of the apocalypse!". And in "Simpsons Bible Stories", [[http://thehairpin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/08/simpsons_four_horsemen_by_tarrzan-d31qr5a.jpg the horsemen are there]] causing the end days once the family leaves church.
12th Feb '16 10:50:14 PM Gravidef
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' introduced the Four Horsemen in the 5th season as servants of Lucifer preparing the world for the apocalypse, with their steeds replaced by cars, named after horses.
** War was introduced in the second episode of Season 5, and he drove a ''red Mustang''. He [[LetsYouAndHimFight gets people to divide up]] and [[TheChessmaster start killing each other]] with a [[MasterOfIllusion twist of his ring.]]
** Famine is an incredibly creepy, rotten-toothed old man in a wheelchair, who pushes people's desires UpToEleven so they'll gorge themselves, die, and he can eat their souls. Interestingly, it isn't always food he makes people crave, it could be attention, drugs, money, sex, alcohol, or whatever their personal vice is. Was driven around in a black Cadillac Escalade. He used to be healthier, but the Haber process (which massively increased the world's food supply) crippled him.
** Pestilence appeared in "Two Minutes To Midnight", where he is amusing himself breeding super-viruses in a residential care home. It is revealed that he spread Swine Flu in order to distribute a vaccine which is really the Croatoan virus. Very [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster-y]]. He drives a ''green'' '72 AMC Hornet wagon license plate: SIKN TIRD ("Sick and Tired"). Portrayed by Matt Frewer, who played him as swinging between cool and collected (chilled) and raging fury (hot/fevered).
** Death was summoned by Lucifer from where he was bound beneath the earth in "Abandon All Hope", and remained offscreen for a long time. He finally appeared on-screen in the episode: "Two Minutes To Midnight". He drives a white 1959 Cadillac. The color difference was lampshaded by [[TortureTechnician Alastair]] who said Death doesn't actually ride a pale horse. License plate: BUH* BYE and walks with a cane. A man drops dead in the street after bumping into him, and an entire pizzeria dies just because he fancies a slice. Dean talks to him extensively, and Death reveals that he is at least as old as God, if not older (since he says that [[TheFogOfAges neither he nor God can remember any more]]), and that in the end even God will be reaped by him. Rather than being a willing servant of Lucifer (as the others are implied to be), Death reveals that he is far more powerful, and only serves because he is bound to Lucifer by a spell. He willingly gives Dean his ring in exchange for a promise that the latter will do anything in order to return Lucifer to his prison. He is portrayed by the skeletal Julian Richings.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' introduced the Four Horsemen in the 5th season as servants of Lucifer preparing the world for the apocalypse, with their steeds replaced by cars, named after horses.
** War was introduced in
horses. They serve as a kind of QuirkyMinibossSquad for the second episode of Season 5, season, as the Winchesters and Castiel must track all four down and collect their powerful magic rings to serve as a key to Lucifer's cage.
** War, the first of the Horseman to be revealed, drives a red Mustang. A [[AffablyEvil cheerful fellow]] who loves his work,
he drove a ''red Mustang''. He doesn't actually commit any violent acts himself; rather, he [[LetsYouAndHimFight gets people to divide up]] and [[TheChessmaster start killing each other]] with a [[MasterOfIllusion twist of his ring.]]
]] War casually brags about being behind every major war in history: "I was in Europe. Then I was in Europe. Then I was in Vietnam..." He was apparently in Darfur causing strife when Lucifer called him to the United States to start messing with the Winchesters.
** Famine is an incredibly creepy, rotten-toothed old man in a wheelchair, who pushes people's desires UpToEleven so they'll gorge themselves, die, and he can eat their souls. Interestingly, it isn't always food he makes people crave, it could be attention, drugs, money, sex, alcohol, or whatever their personal vice is. Was driven around in a black Cadillac Escalade. He used to be healthier, but Escalade; he needs demonic help because the Haber process (which process, which massively increased the world's food supply) supply, crippled him.
his health. His presence drives people's desires of any kind--drugs, food, sex, love, money, etc.--UpToEleven, eventually prompting them to self-destruct as they lose all self-control (one poor cook becomes so overwhelmed with hunger that he ''sticks his entire upper body in a deep-fat fryer''). Famine's also somewhat poetic, waxing philosophical about America as a "swarm of locusts in stretch pants."
** Pestilence appeared in "Two Minutes To Midnight", where he is amusing himself breeding super-viruses in a residential care home. It is revealed that he spread Swine Flu in order to distribute a vaccine which is really the Croatoan virus. Very [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster-y]]. Chessmaster-y]], and [[FauxAffablyEvil only superficially polite]]--he likes to talk and make jokes, but is also prone to furious rants about the uselessness of humans; he can't understand why God loves them so much. He drives a ''green'' green '72 AMC Hornet wagon with the license plate: plate SIKN TIRD ("Sick and Tired"). Portrayed by Matt Frewer, who played him as swinging between cool and collected (chilled) and raging fury (hot/fevered).
** Death was summoned by Lucifer from where he was bound beneath
Tired"); the earth in "Abandon All Hope", and remained offscreen for a long time. He finally car is often filled with disease-carrying flies.
** Death, the leader of the Horsemen, first
appeared on-screen in the episode: "Two Minutes To Midnight". He drives a white 1959 Cadillac. The color difference was lampshaded by [[TortureTechnician Alastair]] who said Death doesn't actually ride a pale horse. License plate: BUH* BYE and walks with a cane. A man drops dead in the street after bumping into him, and an entire pizzeria dies just because he fancies a slice. Dean talks to him extensively, and Death reveals that he is at least as old as God, if not older (since he says that [[TheFogOfAges neither he nor God can remember any more]]), and that in the end even God will be reaped by him. Rather than being a willing servant of Lucifer (as the others are implied to be), Death reveals that he is far more powerful, powerful (as he's a natural force in the universe), and only serves because he is bound to Lucifer by a spell. He willingly gives Dean his ring in exchange for Death later becomes something of a promise recurring character; the Winchesters are prone to calling him up when they have a problem that even the latter will do anything in order to return Lucifer to his prison. He is portrayed by angels can't solve (for example, [[spoiler: saving Sam's soul from the skeletal Julian Richings.depths of Hell]]). Oddly, Death has an affinity for human junk food.
12th Feb '16 10:32:09 PM Gravidef
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* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Pestilence retired in disgust after the advent of penicillin and was replaced by the Horseman Pollution. Also, War is a horse''[[LadyOfWar woman]]'', a gorgeous [[FieryRedhead redhead one]], who can [[HeroesWantRedheads make men fight over her]]. And they've [[BadassBiker traded in their horses for motorcycles]].
** Later in the novel, a group of [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Hell's Angels]] tags along, calling themselves Grievous Bodily Harm, Really Cool People, Cruelty to Animals and No-Alcohol Lager (he changes his name every time he thinks of something else he hates, and finally ends up as People Covered In Fish).

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* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Pestilence retired in disgust after which is about the advent end of penicillin and was replaced by days, naturally features the Horseman Pollution. Also, War is a horse''[[LadyOfWar woman]]'', a gorgeous [[FieryRedhead redhead one]], Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse (that term will be explained below), who can [[HeroesWantRedheads make men fight over her]]. And they've [[BadassBiker have traded in their horses for motorcycles]].
motorcycles. The novel also has a DistaffCounterpart group of preteens called "the Them" who are the best friends of Adam, the novel's Anti-Christ. [[spoiler: one of the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome moments]] in the book is when the Them face off against their Horseperson counterparts using nothing but crude facsimiles of the sigils mentioned in Revelations...and ''win''.]]
** Carmine "Red" Zuigiber, aka Scarlet, is the Horsewoman of [[LadyOfWar War]]. As her name implies, she is a FieryRedhead whose very presence can cause huge acts of violence. In the first half of the novel, she works as a war correspondent for a small newspaper, and is extremely successful because she's causing the wars in the first place. Her counterpart in the Them is Pepper, the [[SmurfettePrinciple only girl]] in the group who is equally fiery and short-tempered.
** Dr. Raven Sable is the Horseman of Famine, who delights in causing different ways to make humans starve themselves to death (including making people hungry just by looking at them). To that end, he runs a global diet empire that specializes in nutritious "food" which contains absolutely zero real food content. He's also the mastermind behind nouvelle cuisine and a series of [[McJob cheap fast-food joints]] that never satisfy. His counterpart in the Them is Wensleydale, who is something of a know-it-all.
** Chalky, or Mr. White, is the Horseman of Pollution--it's revealed that Pestilence retired with the advent of penicillin, prompting Chalky to take the job. His touch can turn even the most pristine river into a stream of post-industrial sludge, and his presence automatically makes the area around him filthy. His counterpart in the Them is Brian, a chubby and somewhat cowardly boy.
** Death himself is the Final Horseman, and though he functions as their leader, he's actually probably the nicest of the four--it's implied that he's a CardCarryingVillain who, unlike the others, is part of the natural order of things. As such, he can't be defeated permanently. His counterpart in the Them is Adam himself.
** Later in the novel, a group of [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Hell's Angels]] tags along, along with the Four Horsepersons as they travel to Lower Tadfield, where the apocalypse will begin. When the Hell's Angels learn of their new friends' true identities, they take to calling themselves Grievous Bodily Harm, Really Cool People, Cruelty to Animals and No-Alcohol Lager (he changes his name every time he thinks of something else he hates, and finally ends up as People Covered In Fish).
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* In ''StrontiumDog'', the Satan-figure created four beings modelled on the horsemen to watch over the desert of despair.

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* In ''StrontiumDog'', ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'', the Satan-figure created four beings modelled on the horsemen to watch over the desert of despair.
8th Jan '16 7:12:03 PM nombretomado
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* They're featured to wonderful effect in a SpittingImage [[http://youtu.be/FTtwFyFNgfg song-and-video segment.]]

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* They're featured to wonderful effect in a SpittingImage ''Series/SpittingImage'' [[http://youtu.be/FTtwFyFNgfg song-and-video segment.]]
25th Dec '15 6:41:43 PM WillKeaton
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*** Conquest: [[spoiler: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-231 SCP-231-7]], a young woman being contained under the belief she was an ApocalypseMaiden. After she abandoned [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-343 SCP-343]] (aka God) because he did nothing to stop the Foundation from her FateWorseThanDeath, War suggests that he create a new Horseman.]]
*** War: [[spoiler: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-993 SCP-993]], a children's television show host named "Bobble the Clown" that brainwashes children under ten to become murderers, torturers, and cannibals.]]
*** Pestilence: [[spoiler: [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-027 SCP-027]], an unknown phenomenon currently possessing a man, who attracts vermin to him.]]
*** Death: [[spoiler: [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-053 SCP-053]], a young girl whom prolonged exposure to causes people to become homicidal (with any that try to kill her instantly dying). What's more, the Pale Horse she rides is [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-682 SCP-682]], an indestructible reptile that hates all life.]]

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*** Conquest: [[spoiler: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-231 SCP-231-7]], SCP-231-7,]] a young woman being contained under the belief she was an ApocalypseMaiden. After she abandoned [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-343 SCP-343]] (aka God) because he did nothing to stop the Foundation from her FateWorseThanDeath, War suggests that he create a new Horseman.]]
*** War: [[spoiler: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-993 SCP-993]], SCP-993,]] a children's television show host named "Bobble the Clown" that brainwashes children under ten to become murderers, torturers, and cannibals.]]
*** Pestilence: [[spoiler: [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-027 SCP-027]], SCP-027,]] an unknown phenomenon currently possessing a man, who attracts vermin to him.]]
*** Death: [[spoiler: [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-053 SCP-053]], SCP-053,]] a young girl whom prolonged exposure to causes people to become homicidal (with any that try to kill her instantly dying). What's more, the Pale Horse she rides is [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-682 SCP-682]], SCP-682,]] an indestructible reptile that hates all life.]]
25th Dec '15 6:40:33 PM WillKeaton
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* [[http://www.keiththompsonart.com/pages/four_horsemen.html A modern take on the Four Horsemen]].
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1295 1295]]: [[spoiler: They got stuck on earth after they mistook an atomic bomb blast for the end of the world.]]

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* [[http://www.keiththompsonart.com/pages/four_horsemen.html A modern take on the Four Horsemen]].
Horsemen.]]
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1295 1295]]: 1295:]] [[spoiler: They got stuck on earth after they mistook an atomic bomb blast for the end of the world.]]
25th Dec '15 6:39:57 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' once had the four horsemen, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20000103.html who resemble the four main characters of the comic]], discussing the ridiculous panic over year 2000.

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* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' once had the four horsemen, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20000103.html who resemble the four main characters of the comic]], comic,]] discussing the ridiculous panic over year 2000.



* There are only four horsemen of the apocalypse, because Creator/MrT [[http://4q.cc/index.php?pid=fact&person=mrt&id=83vpogcc56f7g2dv4kcu5slvprnmiwf6 is going to walk]].
* [[http://twitter.com/Its_Death And]] [[http://www.twitter.com/Its_Famine now]] [[http://www.twitter.com/its_war they're]] [[http://www.twitter.com/Its_Pestilence on twitter]].

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* There are only four horsemen of the apocalypse, because Creator/MrT [[http://4q.cc/index.php?pid=fact&person=mrt&id=83vpogcc56f7g2dv4kcu5slvprnmiwf6 is going to walk]].
walk.]]
* [[http://twitter.com/Its_Death And]] [[http://www.twitter.com/Its_Famine now]] [[http://www.twitter.com/its_war they're]] [[http://www.twitter.com/Its_Pestilence on twitter]].twitter.]]
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