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17th Apr '17 10:47:06 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' revolves around this. If the First Flame dies out, darkness will cover the world. Most of the game's characters want to stop this from happening, by rekindling the Flames (called "Linking the Fire") and allowing them to keep burning. A bit of a twist in that there's no grand evil being that's actively trying to quench the Fire; the Flames are dying simply due to the long march of time, as nothing can last forever. It's also pretty clear that ''the world'' will continue on just fine, the question is whether any life as it is currently known can survive the oncoming Age of Dark. Ultimately, [[spoiler:the games leave it up to the player to decide what's really best for the world: kindle the Flames and try to prolong the current era as long as possible, let the Flames die and nature take its course, or reject the choice and seek a third option... if any such option even exists.]]
31st Mar '17 10:35:14 AM Divra
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* The various ways this can happen are what in ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' are known as NIGHTMARE scenarios. Right now, the one looking most likely is NIGHTMARE GREEN, i.e. a combination of Earth entering an unstable area of space-time and the mental activity of seven billion humans causing a trans-dimensional rift and letting in something with too many angles and tentacles.
30th Mar '17 6:03:47 AM Juicehead_Baby
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27th Mar '17 6:50:55 PM NightShade96
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* ''WebVideo/NatOneProductions'''s story-line ''Denazra'' invokes this trope over and over again. The denazra are a race of self-replicating machines spreading at real speeds throughout the galaxy and eradicating all known organic life. Very slowly. [[TheAlliance The Coalition]] has assembled mighty fleets to stop them time and time again over hundreds of years, but they have yet to successfully defend a single world. There's so much time between invasions, however, that [[HeadInTheSandManagement most people don't seem to be all that concerned]].
* If the Dimensional Guardians from ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' don't find the seven cybaspheres and fix the rip the space/time continuum, both their world and Creturia will destroy one another.
* In the animated UrbanFantasy ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', the EvilPlan of TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness involves [[spoiler: the death of almost every major politician and military leader on the planet, which, combined with the psychic trauma to surrounding populations and visions of "the eye of God" watching from the sky, will result in a collapse of modern societies, allowing for the BigBad to rebuild civilization anew, [[WellIntentionedExtremist more in keeping with his enlightened, philanthropic, and humanitarian views]]]].
* In the ''[[Videogame/OrderOfTheStick Giant in the Playground]]'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32 Freeform Roleplaying section]], this has apparently been threatened three times, and a fourth is planned. Although this one's going to be a conquer, not destroy, the world.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' catalogs these as "_K-class end-of-the-world scenarios", (usually XK-class) and has many [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts Of Doom]] and {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s capable of triggering them.
** There are several other scenarios that would end the world as "we know it." For example, the "RK-class replacement scenarios" are ones where all life on Earth will be replaced by some other form of "life."
** Some [=SCPs=] and tales indicate the world has ''already ended several times''. In some cases the Foundation survivors used some version of time travel or retconning to prevent the events that led to the disaster. More disturbing are incidents where the Foundation simply cleaned up the surface and repopulated the world with clones, rewriting history to account for any inaccuracies, with the implication that ''nobody knows how many times they've done this''. And the cloning system that allows it is in bad shape.
** A few alternate dimensions have suffered this fate, usually due to an improperly contained SCP. The Foundation also accidentally caused this in at least one reality by giving them a vaccine which turned out to be a SterilityPlague.
* [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/end This video]]. You've probably seen it, it's the one with the nuclear holocaust and the fucking kangaroos.
* In the ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' universe, the GreyGoo plague of the "Nanoswarm Era" destroys the original Terran civilization (although many humans, robots, and AIs survive to create new civilizations from the ashes). [[AIIsACrapshoot The Amalgamation]] is threatening to do it again, and more completely.
* In the flash game ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/463278 Mastermind]]'', this is your ultimate goal; the titular Mastermind forgets to tell his henchmen this rather important fact. When it comes time to push the button and end the world, they're understandably freaked out. Then hilariously parodied when the Mastermind, having made his escape into space, looks back on the debris of Earth and muses "Now what do I do? Hm, maybe I should've thought this out more."
* ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'' ends the world many times in a thirty minute stretch of time. Sometimes a series of worldwide nuclear explosions demolishes the planet itself. Sometimes the planet falls into the sun. Once, somebody just has to say a word that triggers the explosion of the planet.
* Each story of a Roleplay/{{Global Guardians|PBEMUniverse}} campaign was set up like a season of a television series. Specifically, the finale of each season was an end of the world scenario. Notable examples were the [[AlienInvasion Xorn invasion]], the near-miss of an asteroid, the release of a horde of [[EldritchAbomination elder gods]] on the planet, impending nuclear holocaust, drastic historical revision by way of a time-traveling bad guy, an invasion by MirrorUniverse versions of the various superheroes, and quite a few other threats to the entire planet.
* At the end of the Literature/ChaosTimeline, WorldWarIII between the superpowers Germany and China breaks out, and although it doesn't last long (less than one day, in fact), the world will never be again as it was before. [[spoiler:Because the [[strike:hackers]] Logos and their allied [=AIs=] take over the world and the military and tell the war off.]]
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:
--> 39. Not allowed to ask for the day off due to religious purposes, on the basis that the world is going to end, more than once.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition'':
-->'''Mystic Cave Zone Boss''': You may have received messages about the universe being destroyed or some nonsense. These are lies of a bored child. They are meant to amuse you.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', a precog predicts that if [[spoiler:Jack Slash is not killed]], somewhere between thirty three and ninety six percent of the human population will be wiped out. [[spoiler:It happens when Jack induces a FaceHeelTurn in [[PhysicalGod Scion]], who proceeds to go on a rampage that begins with obliterating the entire island of Great Britain and gets worse from there.]]
* Discussed in "The End of the World!?" by WebVideo/MatthewSantoro, a video made in 2010, where Matthew discusses whether the world will end in 2012.
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24th Mar '17 10:27:35 AM marcoasalazarm
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* The ''Fanfic/CoreLine'' setting happens after The End Of The World As We (that is, people who didn't had to be concerned about BreakingTheFourthWall and RageAgainstTheAuthor except as a random gag in a story) Knew It, in the midst of all the chaos that (even after a decade-plus of years) Earth is still reeling from.

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* The ''Fanfic/CoreLine'' setting happens after The End Of The World As We (that is, people who didn't had to be concerned about BreakingTheFourthWall and RageAgainstTheAuthor except as a random gag in a story) Knew It, in the midst of all the chaos that (even after a decade-plus of years) Earth is still reeling from. And there's a great many number of monsters out there that wish to finish the job...
24th Mar '17 10:26:27 AM marcoasalazarm
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* The ''Fanfic/CoreLine'' setting happens after The End Of The World As We (that is, people who didn't had to be concerned about BreakingTheFourthWall and RageAgainstTheAuthor except as a random gag in a story) Knew It, in the midst of all the chaos that (even after a decade-plus of years) Earth is still reeling from.
23rd Mar '17 3:46:51 PM Tehrannotaur
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' seems to be about preventing the End of the World as We Know It at first, but apparently this outcome had been clear [[ItWasHisSled from the very beginning]]. [[spoiler:The attempts to stop the Angels from reaching Terminal Dogma under Tokyo-3 are only meant to buy more time to arrange that the event happens in a way most favorable to the various factions. That the 18th Angel (humanity itself) will succeed in causing the end in [[TheMovie The End]] had always been a foregone conclusion.]]

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' seems to be about preventing the End of the World as We Know It at first, but apparently this outcome had been clear [[ItWasHisSled from the very beginning]]. [[spoiler:The attempts to stop the Angels from reaching Terminal Dogma under Tokyo-3 are only meant to buy more time to arrange that the event happens in a way most favorable to the various factions. [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves That the 18th Angel (humanity itself) will succeed in causing the end end]] in [[TheMovie The End]] had always been a foregone conclusion.]]
14th Mar '17 3:53:38 AM DemoDemon
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* The Permian Extinction, which occurred on the [[CaptainObvious Permian]]-Triassic Boundary, was very nearly the End of the World as We Know It. At least, it was very nearly the end of ''life'' as we know it. 95% of all species went extinct. The extinction that killed the dinosaurs (the KT Extinction) wiped out "only" 60% of all species. Somewhat interesting, the Permian extinction killed large numbers of individual species, but kept many groups intact. The KT Extinction killed whole groups (such as the dinosaurs, ammonites, etc.), but saved more groups of individual species.

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* The Permian Extinction, also charmingly known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Great Dying]], which occurred on the [[CaptainObvious Permian]]-Triassic Boundary, was very nearly the End of the World as We Know It. At least, it was very nearly the end of ''life'' as we know it. 95% of all species went extinct. The extinction that killed the dinosaurs (the KT Extinction) wiped out "only" 60% of all species. Somewhat interesting, the Permian extinction killed large numbers of individual species, but kept many groups intact. The KT Extinction killed whole groups (such as the dinosaurs, ammonites, etc.), but saved more groups of individual species.


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*Speaking of extinction events, there was also the Great Oxygenation Event, also known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Oxygen Holocaust]], which makes the Permian Extinction look like a walk in the park. Basically, at this point, life on Earth was comprised almost exclusively of anaerobic bacteria (meaning that [[WeaksauceWeakness oxygen was lethal to them]]). Thankfully, the planet's waters and atmosphere were fairly poor in oxygen at the time, so they did just fine. Enter cyanobacteria, who began to thrive and photosynthetize at staggering speed, [[HostileTerraforming filling up the water and the air with oxygen in the process.]] Result: the first and biggest extinction event in Earth's history. 99% of anaerobic bacteria were completely wiped out, ejecting aerobs (who could thrive in oxygen) into the position of dominant form of life. However, it ended up [[GoneHorriblyWrong massively backfiring on cyanobacteria]] - the buildup of oxygen in the atmosphere resulted in the formation of carbon dioxyde, which was a less efficient greenhouse gas than methane, which the atmosphere was previously saturated with. Because of this, the temperature of the Earth sharply dropped and the planet entered a massive ice age known as the Huronian Glaciation which lasted for ''[[EndlessWinter 300 million years]]'' and triggered a ''[[HolyShitQuotient second extinction event]]'' that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed off nearly all cyanobacteria]] in turn. Basically, cyanobacteria almost killed all Earth life by ''[[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds breathing.]]''
24th Feb '17 6:32:52 PM Yozzy
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s'' universe is entering the eleventh millennium of the ongoing end of the ''Galaxy''. The only reason its lasted this long is because most of the bringers of the end are as happy to fight each other as humanity. The End of a ''World'' As We Know It happens ''all the time''. But what's the loss of one planet when there are nearly a million more out there?

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s'' universe is entering the eleventh millennium of the ongoing end of the ''Galaxy''. The only reason its it's lasted this long is because most of the bringers of the end are as happy to fight each other as humanity. Chaos wants to engulf the galaxy, Orks and Necrons both want to climb to the top and kill or subjugate everything left standing, the Tyranids want to eat everything, and the Eldar fear the last war against Chaos will be starting sooner than they predicted. The End of a ''World'' As We Know It ''a'' World happens ''all the time''. But what's the loss of one planet when there are nearly a million more out there?
22nd Feb '17 6:22:05 PM Kooshmeister
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* ''Literature/ThePoisonBelt'' features what the main characters ''believe'' will be the end of the world, caused by the DeadlyGas of the title, but it turns out to be harmless in the book's TwistEnding.
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