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20th Sep '17 10:55:26 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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** Note that there are far fewer candidates in Real Life then in fiction. Ebola outbreaks and other quick lethal diseases for example "burn out" because people die too quickly to spread it around very much. In a pandemic its speculated that after people start locking themselves at home the transmission would stop from quarantine. Slower diseases conversely are more survivable or treatable. There are still dangerous scenarios, but not world ending ones.

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** Note that there are far fewer candidates in Real Life then in fiction. Ebola outbreaks and other quick lethal diseases for example "burn out" because people die too quickly to spread it around very much. [[note]]Although this could make them good candidates for use in ''tactical'' biological weapons, as they produce a good number of deaths quickly but don't stick around for long.[[/note]] In a pandemic its speculated that after people start locking themselves at home the transmission would stop from quarantine. Slower diseases conversely are more survivable or treatable. There are still dangerous scenarios, but not world ending ones.
27th Aug '17 1:53:43 PM DarkHunter
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** In the later seasons of ''SG-1'', one of the Ori's favorite tricks for gaining new followers was have their Priors secretly unleash a deadly plague upon a population, then have the Priors (priests) publicly show up and miraculously cure that plague. They also try to use it as a bio-weapon against Earth, but a HeelFaceTurn-ed Prior uses his power to cure it (and is immediately killed by the Ori for his treachery).

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** In the later seasons of ''SG-1'', one of the Ori's favorite tricks for gaining new followers was have their Priors (priests) secretly unleash a deadly plague upon a population, then have the Priors (priests) publicly show up and miraculously cure that plague. They also try to use it as a bio-weapon against Earth, but a HeelFaceTurn-ed Prior uses his power to cure it (and is immediately killed by the Ori for his treachery).
27th Aug '17 1:53:14 PM DarkHunter
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* The Hoffan Plague spread by [[spoiler:Micheal]] in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' in an effort to cripple the Wraith. For reference, a group called the Hoffans created a drug that, if taken, would render one immune to Wraith feeding, and indeed poisonous to the Wraith. It also had a 50% mortality rate among those who took it (they were aware of this, and took it anyway. The Wraith slaughtered the survivors). [[spoiler:Micheal got a hold of it, turned it into a disease (albeit with "only" a 33% mortality rate), and spread it to as many human populations as he could in order to poison the Wraith's food supply.]]
* In backstory to the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Prisoners", Linea was imprisoned as "the Destroyer of Worlds" for creating a plague that wiped out over half the population of the planet Rillaan.

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The Hoffan Plague spread by [[spoiler:Micheal]] in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' in an effort to cripple the Wraith. For reference, a group called the Hoffans created a drug that, if taken, would render one immune to Wraith feeding, and indeed poisonous to the Wraith. It also had a 50% mortality rate among those who took it (they were aware of this, and took it anyway. The Wraith slaughtered the survivors). [[spoiler:Micheal got a hold of it, turned it into a disease (albeit with "only" a 33% mortality rate), and spread it to as many human populations as he could in order to poison the Wraith's food supply.]]
* ** In backstory to the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Prisoners", Linea was imprisoned as "the Destroyer of Worlds" for creating a plague that wiped out over half the population of the planet Rillaan.Rillaan.
** In the later seasons of ''SG-1'', one of the Ori's favorite tricks for gaining new followers was have their Priors secretly unleash a deadly plague upon a population, then have the Priors (priests) publicly show up and miraculously cure that plague. They also try to use it as a bio-weapon against Earth, but a HeelFaceTurn-ed Prior uses his power to cure it (and is immediately killed by the Ori for his treachery).
12th Aug '17 9:13:06 AM Generality
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' franchise, devastating plagues are a recurring theme in the history of the D'ni civilization and all can be traced back to a single source: King Alsendahl, who created a plague to exterminate an alien race who he believed were preparing to attack, only for it to jump the species barrier and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard nearly wipe out his own people]]. In atonement for this, he had himself and all known sources of the disease permanently sealed inside his palace. Mutations of the plague popped up every few centuries thereafter, and have been major plot devices in two of the tie-in novels: in ''The Book of Ti'ana'', the vengeful criminals Veovis and A'Gaeris release a plague onto the D'ni city, destroying its population almost completely, and in ''The Book of D'ni'', a strain that had been rendered harmless to the D'ni proved fatal and virulent to their crueler cousins, the [[CrapsaccharineWorld Tehranee]], resulting in the destruction of that civilization.
21st Jul '17 1:40:29 AM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11030109/2/Pansy-s-fault Pansy's Fault]]'' a message from the future reveals that dark wizards and witches who were trying to get rid of the light spouses assigned to them by the Ministry of Magic's marriage law created a virus which mutated and started a ZombieApocalypse.
21st Jul '17 1:36:04 AM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11030109/2/Pansy-s-fault Pansy's Fault]]'' a message from the future reveals that dark wizards and witches who were trying to get rid of the light spouses assigned to them by the Ministry of Magic's marriage law created a virus which mutated and started a ZombieApocalypse.
14th Jul '17 11:30:58 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', one world is suffering from the after-effects of one such plague being accidentally released and wiping out the vast majority of men in the world. With all of the world becoming a LadyLand, the two new superpowers (US and Australia) are in competition for population growth, each attempting to subvert the breeding efforts of the other and kidnap highly-"productive" men. Strangely enough, artificial insemination is never attempted, even though it would be an obvious answer.
14th Jul '17 11:24:10 AM ChronoLegion
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** An unintentional example in "The Pyramid at the End of the World", where a pair of scientists are running routine tests. Unfortunately, one of them had her glasses accidentally broken by her husband, and the other one is suffering from a bad hangover from the night before. The latter ends up [[MisplacedADecimalPoint messing up a decimal point]], while mixing the latest batch of chemicals. This results in a highly-voracious flesh-eating bacteria that threatens to wipe out all life on Earth within a year, should it escape the lab.
14th Jul '17 9:37:52 AM kazokuhouou
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* The scientists in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' weren't ''trying'' to create a synthetic plague, they were trying to create a cure for Alzheimer's. Unfortunately for them, not only did the ALZ-113 give sentience and super-intelligence to apes, it was fatal to humans. And it was an airborne virus. NiceJobBreakingItHero. The ViralMarketing website [[http://www.simianflu.com Simian Flu]] implies that only one-tenth of the population survived. ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' reveals that only small pockets of humans survived-those with a natural immunity to the plague.

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* The scientists in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' weren't ''trying'' to create a synthetic plague, they were trying to create a cure for Alzheimer's. Unfortunately for them, not only did the ALZ-113 give sentience and super-intelligence to apes, it was fatal to humans. And it was an airborne virus. NiceJobBreakingItHero. The ViralMarketing website [[http://www.simianflu.com Simian Flu]] implies that only one-tenth of the population survived. ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' reveals that only small pockets of humans survived-those with a natural immunity to the plague. [[spoiler: ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'' reveals it's mutating to affect the remaining population: it robs them of the ability to speak. The Colonel claims it also robs humans of their intelligence, but, as seen on the film's YMMV page, there's room for debate on that.]]
3rd Jul '17 2:26:04 PM Dravencour
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* Everyone suspects that the plague on Omega in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is human-made, because it kills all species except humans (and Vorcha, who are immune to all disease and help spread it). However, it turns out that while it is, indeed, artificial, [[spoiler:it was created by the Collectors to purge Omega of every race except humans, so they can harvest the latter]].

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* Everyone suspects that the plague on Omega in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is human-made, because it kills all species except humans (and Vorcha, who are immune to all disease and help spread it). However, it turns out that while it is, indeed, artificial, artificial and intended to wipe out non-humans, [[spoiler:it was created by the Collectors to purge Omega for the purpose of every race except humans, so isolating the humans they can want to harvest the latter]].by killing everyone else]].



* [[TheVirus The Blacklight Virus]] in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' was engineered by [[ArmiesAreEvil Blackwatch]] from the fictional naturally-occuring Redlight mutagenic virus (or vice-versa, it's not entirely clear). It was originally intended to [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain target specific minorities]], [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong,]] and ''then'' they decided that it'd be really awesome if they made it ''[[TooDumbToLive even more virulent.]]'' [[spoiler: And Dr. Alex Mercer was the one that "improved" it.]]

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* [[TheVirus The Blacklight Virus]] in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' was engineered by [[ArmiesAreEvil Blackwatch]] from the fictional naturally-occuring naturally-occurring Redlight mutagenic virus (or vice-versa, it's not entirely clear). It was originally intended to [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain target specific minorities]], [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong,]] and ''then'' they decided that it'd be really awesome if they made it ''[[TooDumbToLive even more virulent.]]'' [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And Dr. Alex Mercer was the one that "improved" it.]]
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