History Main / SterilityPlague

10th Jul '17 11:17:42 AM Linda58
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* Zigzagged with the Genophage in ''VideoGame/MassEffect''. Playing it straight, it's a genetically engineered virus that attacks pregnant krogan females, causing alterations to hormone production that result in offspring being too deformed to survive and thus stillborn, and a mission in the second game even involves dispersing a new strain of the disease because the krogan are evolving immunity to the old one. Subverting it, the genophage was intended as a sort of mandatory contraception enforcement -- it's designed to allow a carefully calculated number of offspring to be viable enough to survive (which one of its creators notes was harder than just making it a standard sterility plague) - and its effects as a DepopulationBomb actually owe more to krogan inability to learn from their mistakes (or [[MoralMyopia admit to them in the first place]]) than its own inherent lethality.

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* Zigzagged with the Genophage in ''VideoGame/MassEffect''. Playing it straight, it's a genetically engineered virus that attacks pregnant krogan females, causing alterations to hormone production that result in offspring being too deformed to survive and thus stillborn, and a mission in the second game even involves dispersing a new strain of the disease because the krogan are evolving immunity to the old one. Subverting it, the genophage was intended as a sort of mandatory contraception enforcement -- it's designed to allow a carefully calculated number of offspring to be viable enough to survive (which one of its creators notes was harder than just making it a standard sterility plague) - and its effects as a DepopulationBomb actually owe more to krogan inability to learn from their mistakes (or [[MoralMyopia admit to them in the first place]]) than its own inherent lethality. Mordin at one point outright states that completely sterilizing the krogan would have been considerably easier, the Genophage was designed to ensure that the krogan could survive, just at "pre-industrial" numbers. When asked why not go the whole way and wipe them out, he hotly replies he ''isn't'' a war criminal or mass murderer, and finds genocide morally repugnant.
6th Jul '17 5:59:30 AM Ambaryerno
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* In ''Film/{{Logan}}'', mutantkind is dying out because no new mutants have been born for twenty years. [[spoiler:This is due to Transigen using GMO corn syrup to suppress the X-gene.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Logan}}'', mutantkind is dying out because no new mutants have been born for twenty years. [[spoiler:This is due to Transigen using GMO corn syrup to suppress the X-gene. However it's never clearly established whether mutant parents simply have non-mutant children, or if they can't have children at all.]]
26th Jun '17 10:31:04 PM DustSnitch
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* Part of the TwistEnding in Creator/DanBrown's [[spoiler:''[[Literature/DanBrownsInferno Inferno]]'': the titular Inferno is not a new version of the Black Plague but really a virus designed to make one third of the world's population infertile. By the time the novel ends, it has already infected everyone on Earth.]]
18th Jun '17 3:33:08 AM JackG
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* In James Tiptree Jr.'s short story "The Screwfly Solution", a HatePlague turns male sexual urges into murderous violence against women. The female protagonist concludes that it's meant to depopulate the Earth prior to colonisation by aliens. The title comes from the techniques used to eradicate insects via this trope (see RealLife).
9th Jun '17 7:39:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* OffWhite: No human babies have been born in the last three years because the human white spirit was eaten alive.

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* OffWhite: Webcomic/OffWhite: No human babies have been born in the last three years because the human white spirit was eaten alive.
5th Jun '17 1:27:53 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* In ''Film/{{Logan}}'', mutantkind is dying out because no new mutants have been born for twenty years. [[spoiler:This is due to Transigen using GMO corn syrup to suppress the X-gene.]]
20th May '17 3:58:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Vandread}}'': The heroes come across a planet in the second season which had this done to them by Earth. Needless to say, they cure it.

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* ''{{Vandread}}'': ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'': The heroes come across a planet in the second season which had this done to them by Earth. Needless to say, they cure it.
12th May '17 6:34:38 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'': A main cause of the revolution that created the Republic of Gilead was widespread sterility. The few fertile women, dubbed Handmaids, are assigned to the households of powerful men for the express purpose of producing children. Unfortunately, if the men aren't fertile, the women are blamed for it.

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* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'': A main cause of the revolution that created the Republic of Gilead was widespread sterility. The few fertile women, dubbed Handmaids, are assigned to the households of powerful men for the express purpose of producing children. Unfortunately, if the men aren't fertile, the women are blamed for it. However, Gileadean doctrine forbids men to be mentioned as the ones who are sterile and instead places all the blame on women.
6th May '17 6:27:57 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Birth rates in the US had plummeted to catastrophic lows by 2015. And of the babies that ''are'' born, many didn't survive long past birth. This is apparently due to environmental toxins.

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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Birth rates in the US had plummeted to catastrophic lows by 2015. And of the babies that ''are'' born, born now, many didn't survive long past birth. This is apparently due to environmental toxins. The Republic of Gilead says it's only women who are sterile [[spoiler: but the doctor Offred sees tells her most of the Commanders are as well.]]
27th Apr '17 5:06:56 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Birth rates in the US had plummeted to catastrophic lows by 2015. And of the babies that are born, many didn't survive long past birth. This is apparently due to environmental toxins.

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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Birth rates in the US had plummeted to catastrophic lows by 2015. And of the babies that are ''are'' born, many didn't survive long past birth. This is apparently due to environmental toxins.
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