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9th Aug '16 4:23:34 AM Morgenthaler
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Compare with FourIsDeath. For Death when he's a solo act, see TheGrimReaper (or DontFearTheReaper for the more benign version.)

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Compare with FourIsDeath.DestroyerDeity. For Death when he's a solo act, see TheGrimReaper (or DontFearTheReaper for the more benign version.)) See also FourIsDeath.
1st Aug '16 6:23:42 AM OlmoJV
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** The [[StarterVillain Crippled Wanderer]] [[spoiler:(Tenris)]] is "Pestilence": the plague he creates and spreads is the driving plot point of ''Spirit Walker''. In addition to that, the demon [[BearsAreBadNews bear]] he created runs rampage across the Forest and grows more powerful with each kill in "Wolf Brother". (If the bear hadn't been killed before [[WhenThePlanetsAlign the zenith of the Great Auroch's red eye]], it would have become invincible.) [[spoiler:Tenris has also won the complete trust of the Sea clans over the years, making him the real authority figure of the Seal Islands.]]

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** The [[StarterVillain Crippled Wanderer]] [[spoiler:(Tenris)]] is "Pestilence": the plague he creates and spreads is the driving plot point of ''Spirit Walker''. In addition to that, the demon [[BearsAreBadNews bear]] he created runs rampage across the Forest and grows more powerful with each kill in "Wolf Brother".''Wolf Brother''. (If the bear hadn't been killed before [[WhenThePlanetsAlign the zenith of the Great Auroch's red eye]], it would have become invincible.) [[spoiler:Tenris has also won the complete trust of the Sea clans over the years, making him the real authority figure of the Seal Islands.]]
1st Aug '16 6:21:29 AM OlmoJV
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* The main antagonists of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'' are a group of power-hungry clan mages called the Soul Eaters. Four of them each function as main antagonists in four of the six books, and they can be compared to the Four Horsemen by their personal attributes and the plots in the respective books.
** The [[StarterVillain Crippled Wanderer]] [[spoiler:(Tenris)]] is "Pestilence": the plague he creates and spreads is the driving plot point of ''Spirit Walker''. In addition to that, the demon [[BearsAreBadNews bear]] he created runs rampage across the Forest and grows more powerful with each kill in "Wolf Brother". (If the bear hadn't been killed before [[WhenThePlanetsAlign the zenith of the Great Auroch's red eye]], it would have become invincible.) [[spoiler:Tenris has also won the complete trust of the Sea clans over the years, making him the real authority figure of the Seal Islands.]]
** Thiazzi is "War": not only he's the [[WorldsStrongestMan strongest man of the Forest]] and the most [[AxCrazy violent]] of the Soul Eaters, in ''Oath Breaker'' he drives the Deep Forest clans into war among each other, and then he [[spoiler:unites both sides and nearly leads them into an open war with the Open Forest clans]].
** [[FemmeFatale Seshru]] is "Famine": in ''Outcast'', she causes Lake Axehead to gradually dry and grow sick with deformed and inedible fish [[spoiler:(with her having actually committed the latter only)]], which are the main food source of the Otter Clan.
** [[{{Necromancer}} Eostra]] is "Death": she has always been obsessed with the secrets of the dead, and she even resembles a corpse. She resurrected a deceased boy in her youth, and in ''Ghost Hunter'' she summons the spirits of [[spoiler: all the deceased Soul Eaters]].
23rd Jul '16 9:48:10 AM billybobfred
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* In ''Videogame/{{Nethack}}'', once you have the Amulet of Yendor and make it to the Astral Plane, three of the Horsemen show up--Death, Pestilence, and Famine, of which Death is the most annoying, Pestilence the most scary, and Famine the biggest pushover. The fourth horseman, War, [[spoiler:is the player.]]

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* In ''Videogame/{{Nethack}}'', once you have the Amulet of Yendor and make it to the Astral Plane, three of the Horsemen show up--Death, up -- Death, Pestilence, and Famine, of which Death is the most annoying, Pestilence the most scary, and Famine the biggest pushover. The fourth horseman, War, [[spoiler:is the player.]]]] That's ambiguously hinted if you try to #chat with one of them (they'll say [[spoiler:"Who do you think you are, War?"]]) and unambiguously spelled out in [[AllThereInTheManual a comment in the source code]]. And you can't [[SealedEvilInACan tin their corpses]], because [[spoiler:War does not [[{{Pun}} preserve]] its enemies]].
21st Jun '16 12:34:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* Some of the characters in Creator/PiersAnthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series - notably Death and War - are based on The Horsemen.

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* Some of the characters in Creator/PiersAnthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series - notably Death and War - are based on The Horsemen.
9th Jun '16 5:47:28 AM QuintanaDS
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** 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.

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** 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 group, who is equally fiery and short-tempered.
6th Jun '16 10:07:11 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* The song "Trojan Horses" by Music/{{Cormorant}} mention the horsemen, not to mention the WhamLine:
-->The truth is not worth hiding:
-->you are Death, and Death is you.
4th Jun '16 7:44:26 PM gewunomox
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* TheClash also did a song called "Four Horsemen".

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* TheClash Music/TheClash also did a song called "Four Horsemen".
30th May '16 9:17:25 PM jormis29
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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 convince her become Famine, or offering to heal the IllBoy Abraham Kieros and then making him War). The first four introduced in the comics had three being eponymous with the Bible ones, the aforementioned Famine (an anorexic who could disintegrate organic matter and induce extreme hunger) and War ([[PersonOfMassDestruction who could create explosions]]), along with Pestilence (a PoisonousPerson formerly known as Plague); the fourth was Archangel as Death (probably because [[TheGrimReaper there is a Death in the MCU]], [[DontFearTheReaper and she's not much evil]]).

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* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} [[Comicbook/XMen 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 convince her become Famine, or offering to heal the IllBoy Abraham Kieros and then making him War). The first four introduced in the comics had three being eponymous with the Bible ones, the aforementioned Famine (an anorexic who could disintegrate organic matter and induce extreme hunger) and War ([[PersonOfMassDestruction ([[HavingABlast who could create explosions]]), along with Pestilence (a PoisonousPerson formerly known as Plague); the fourth was Archangel as Death (probably because [[TheGrimReaper there is a Death in the MCU]], [[DontFearTheReaper and she's not much evil]]).



** In the main Marvel Universe, {{Wolverine}} was kidnapped by Skrulls working with Apocalypse and brainwashed, turned into Death, too. He did it gambling that he would be able to break free somehow--and also to get the adamantium Sabretooth had recently been upgraded with away from him (Magneto had ripped out Logan's skeleton years earlier; his getting adamantium-laced bones back was part of the deal to become Death). He was even sent after [[TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]] in order to subdue him, so he could be War. Hulk refused, but ended up as War at another time, leaving after hurting Rick Jones by accident.
** After the M-Day event, Gambit voluntarily joined Apocalypse to become the new Death. He had been planning to play ReverseMole, but the brainwashing used to turn him proved too strong. By the time Gambit shook it off, he felt he couldn't go back to the X-Men.

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** In the main Marvel Universe, {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} was kidnapped by Skrulls working with Apocalypse and brainwashed, turned into Death, too. He did it gambling that he would be able to break free somehow--and also to get the adamantium Sabretooth had recently been upgraded with away from him (Magneto had ripped out Logan's skeleton years earlier; his getting adamantium-laced bones back was part of the deal to become Death). He was even sent after [[TheIncredibleHulk [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]] in order to subdue him, so he could be War. Hulk refused, but ended up as War at another time, leaving after hurting Rick Jones by accident.
** After the M-Day event, Gambit ComicBook/{{Gambit}} voluntarily joined Apocalypse to become the new Death. He had been planning to play ReverseMole, but the brainwashing used to turn him proved too strong. By the time Gambit shook it off, he felt he couldn't go back to the X-Men.



* [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Comics]] recently introduced their Four Horsemen of Apokolips, tying them into Jack Kirby's New Gods mythos as primordial deities of the aforementioned evil planet, with the Horsemen themselves being mere vessels created to contain a fraction of their power.

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* [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Comics]] recently introduced their Four Horsemen of Apokolips, tying them into Jack Kirby's New Gods Creator/JackKirby's ComicBook/NewGods mythos as primordial deities of the aforementioned evil planet, with the Horsemen themselves being mere vessels created to contain a fraction of their power.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}: The Fury'', they make an appearance. [[spoiler:And a timely one, as Hellboy is busy battling the creature intended to bring about Ragnarok. The four end up [[CoolVersusAwesome squaring off]] against a reincarnated KingArthur and the Knights of the Round Table.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}: The Fury'', they make an appearance. [[spoiler:And a timely one, as Hellboy is busy battling the creature intended to bring about Ragnarok. The four end up [[CoolVersusAwesome squaring off]] against a reincarnated KingArthur Myth/KingArthur and the Knights of the Round Table.]]



* 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.

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* Brazilian comic [[MonicasGang [[ComicBook/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.
30th May '16 9:38:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the Dreamwave continuity version of ''TransformersEnergon'', Rhinox, Airazor, Cheetor and Terrorsaur got abducted by [[BigBad Unicron]] and turned into his Four Horsemen.

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* In the Dreamwave continuity version of ''TransformersEnergon'', ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'', Rhinox, Airazor, Cheetor and Terrorsaur got abducted by [[BigBad Unicron]] and turned into his Four Horsemen.
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