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17th Sep '17 2:15:21 PM nombretomado
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Inevitably draws the suitably heroic into a SavingTheWorld plot. See ApocalypseHow for various types of End Of the World. For when TakeOurWordForIt simply won't do, ApocalypseWow is this trope given dramatic form. When asked just ''why'' they want to destroy the world as we know it, villains usually say something from the "WhyYouShouldDestroyThePlanetEarth" list. That is, if they even have one. May be preceded by SignsOfTheEndTimes. If the plot starts ''after'' End of the World happened, see AfterTheEnd.

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Inevitably draws the suitably heroic into a SavingTheWorld plot. See ApocalypseHow for various types of End Of the World. For when TakeOurWordForIt simply won't do, ApocalypseWow is this trope given dramatic form. When asked just ''why'' they want to destroy the world as we know it, villains usually say something from the "WhyYouShouldDestroyThePlanetEarth" "JustForFun/WhyYouShouldDestroyThePlanetEarth" list. That is, if they even have one. May be preceded by SignsOfTheEndTimes. If the plot starts ''after'' End of the World happened, see AfterTheEnd.
15th Sep '17 10:24:59 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', the demonic lord Mehrunes Dagon seeks to destroy the mortal world, so the PlayerCharacter & Friends have to stop him. In the expansion pack, the player must save ''another'' world...from its own creator, who is insane and has an irresistible urge to destroy his creations every once in a while.
* In the sequel, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the [[TheChosenOne Drago]][[PlayerCharacter nborn]] must prevent the evil [[BigBad Alduin the World-Eater]] from resurrecting the long-extinct [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragons]] and then [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eating the world and everyone in it]].
** Calling Alduin evil is a bit of a stretch. Although he is indeed an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] and he is trying to end the world, he is not erasing it from existence, merely restarting it. The Greybeards even say that Alduin is only doing what he was created to do.
--->'''Arngeir''': Have you ever considered that Alduin was not meant to be stopped?

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', the demonic lord Mehrunes Dagon seeks series' mythology, Alduin, the [[DragonsAreDemonic draconic]] BeastOfTheApocalypse, provides a very literal example of the trope. It is repeatedly stated that Alduin, as the World-Eater, is not going to erase all of Creation from existence; he is "merely" going to destroy the mortal world, so the PlayerCharacter & Friends have to stop him. In the expansion pack, the player must save ''another'' world...from its own creator, who is insane and has an irresistible urge to destroy his creations every once in a while.
* In the sequel, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the [[TheChosenOne Drago]][[PlayerCharacter nborn]] must prevent the evil [[BigBad Alduin the World-Eater]] from resurrecting the long-extinct [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragons]] and then [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eating
current incarnation of the world and everyone in it]].
** Calling
so that a new one can take its place. This EternalRecurrence is his divine mandate. As Alduin evil is a bit ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment]]'' of a stretch. Although the end of the world itself, he can only manifest his full power when it is indeed an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] and he is trying time to actually end the world, at which point he is not erasing it from existence, merely restarting it. The Greybeards becomes a [[EldritchAbomination titanic monster]] with divine power even say beyond that of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'':
*** Mehrunes Dagon, the [[DestroyerDeity Daedric Prince of Destruction]], serves as the BigBad. As an OmnicidalManiac of the highest regard, he seeks the utter destruction of Mundus, the mortal world. Naturally, it is up to the [[PlayerCharacter Champion of Cyrodiil]], HiddenBackupPrince Martin Septim, and the [[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]] to stop him. Worse still, in ''[[https://www.imperial-library.info/content/seven-fights-aldudagga The Seven Fights of the Aldudagga]]'', it is implied
that Alduin is originally cursed Dagon into this state as a form of IronicHell as a punishment for hiding parts of earlier kalpas from him:
--->'''Alduin''': "You I curse right here and right now! I take away your ability to jump and jump and jump and doom you to [the void] where you will not be able to leave except for auspicious days long between one and another and even so
only doing what he was created to do.
--->'''Arngeir''': Have
through hard, hard work. And it will be this way, my little corner cutter, [[ImpossibleTask until you ever considered have destroyed all that in the world which you have stolen from earlier kalpas, which is to say probably never at all!]]"
*** In the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, you need to help prevent this from happening to the titular Shivering Isles, the [[EldritchLocation Daedric realm]] of Sheogorath, [[MadGod Daedric Prince of Madness]]. During a [[EternalRecurrence recurring event]] known as the Greymarch, the Isles are destroyed by Jyggalag, the [[ControlFreak Daedric Prince of Order]]. As it turns out, [[spoiler:Sheogorath is the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan person-shaped can]] that Jygglag was sealed inside of by the other Daedric Princes who were fearful and jealous of his power]]. Saving the world in this case involves [[spoiler:taking on the [[AGodIsYou mantle of Sheogorath yourself]] to free Jyggalag and end the ViciousCycle]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the aforementioned
Alduin was not meant returns and serves as the BigBad. However, he has chosen to shirk his duties as World-Eater and instead wants to TakeOverTheWorld instead, to rule it and be stopped?worshiped as a god by mortals, something he once established long ago with the other [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and mortal [[SinisterMinister dragon priests]]. Akatosh, Alduin's divine father and TopGod of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]] pantheon, has sent the [[PlayerCharacter Last Dragonborn]] to oppose Alduin. Failure would still mean the end of the world, with an emphasis on "as we know it".
11th Sep '17 12:15:31 AM PaulA
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* ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'' (2007). Although loosely based on "A Shadow Over Innsmouth" by Creator/HPLovecraft, the movie also works in elements of "The Call of Cthulhu" in that humanity is beginning to descend into chaos as a prelude to the return of the Old Ones from the sea, with scenes of rioting, madness and murder.

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* ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'' (2007). Although loosely based on "A Shadow Over Innsmouth" "Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth" by Creator/HPLovecraft, the movie also works in elements of "The Call of Cthulhu" "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu" in that humanity is beginning to descend into chaos as a prelude to the return of the Old Ones from the sea, with scenes of rioting, madness and murder.
9th Sep '17 6:30:27 AM TimeLordVictorious
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--> ''We'll have nothing to lose

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--> ''We'll have nothing to lose lose''
9th Sep '17 6:29:48 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* "Famous Last Words" by Music/TearsForFears is about a couple perishing in a nuclear holocaust, and a guaranteed TearJerker.
--> ''And all of our prayers will be but a tune''
--> ''The sun and the moon, the wind and the rain''
--> ''Hand in hand, we'll do and die''
--> ''Listening to the band that made us cry''
--> ''We'll have nothing to lose
--> ''We'll have nothing to gain''
--> ''Just to stay in this real life situation''
--> ''For one last refrain''
1st Sep '17 11:24:51 PM Totema
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* "The End" by Music/TheDoors from their debut album ''[[Music/TheDoorsAlbum The Doors]]''.

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* "The End" by Music/TheDoors from their debut album ''[[Music/TheDoorsAlbum The Doors]]''. "When the Music's Over" is an even more literal example.
25th Aug '17 2:26:53 PM FringeBenefits
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** ''FanFic/ShatteredSkies'', another MagicalGirl CrossOver by the same author, puts the multiverse under [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ an even greater threat]] when [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Joker]] decides to put a permanent end to the EternalRecurrence of the battle of good versus evil.
3rd Aug '17 2:30:07 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' multiverse, which shares similarities with the ''PrettyCure'' worlds except for the whole [[{{shonen}} shounen]] [[{{mons}} mon]] series thing, has the exact same looming threat every time.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' multiverse, which shares similarities with the ''PrettyCure'' ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' worlds except for the whole [[{{shonen}} shounen]] [[{{mons}} mon]] series thing, has the exact same looming threat every time.
31st Jul '17 11:55:08 AM Bigri23
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:''[[Music/SonsOfThePioneers I hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men may be cremated equal]].''[[note]][[http://plussbjk.deviantart.com/art/end-of-the-world-118527756 Image]] by [[http://plussbjk.deviantart.com/ PLuSSbjk.]]]][[/note]]-]

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26th Jul '17 6:18:54 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': This was the aim of Gendo and SEELE, but the Children managed to avert it. Invoked by Fuyutsuki.
-->Too much time had passed. The world did not end, neither with a bang nor a whimper. And Sub-Commander Fuyutsuki knew Gendo Ikari had probably failed.
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