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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.
23rd Jan '17 1:36:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* From ''BlissStage:'' "The effects of [[LotusEaterMachine the Bliss]] were sinister and immediate: every human above the age of 18 were struck with a sudden weariness, and when they fell asleep, they did not awaken... ...Society, particularly industrialized society, begins to collapse one month later, as food production and utilities break down."

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* From ''BlissStage:'' ''TabletopGame/BlissStage:'' "The effects of [[LotusEaterMachine the Bliss]] were sinister and immediate: every human above the age of 18 were struck with a sudden weariness, and when they fell asleep, they did not awaken... ...Society, particularly industrialized society, begins to collapse one month later, as food production and utilities break down."



* In the backstory of the ''TowersOfHanoi'' puzzle a legend is told of a temple with 64 golden disks; when the priests manage to relocate the tower in accordance with the rules of the puzzle, the world will cease to exist. (Even if it took a single second to make one move, this will take 2^64-1 moves, or about 585 billion years.)

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* In the backstory of the ''TowersOfHanoi'' ''TabletopGame/TowersOfHanoi'' puzzle a legend is told of a temple with 64 golden disks; when the priests manage to relocate the tower in accordance with the rules of the puzzle, the world will cease to exist. (Even if it took a single second to make one move, this will take 2^64-1 moves, or about 585 billion years.)
23rd Jan '17 1:35:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Literature/BookOfRevelation from Literature/TheBible, which serves as the inspiration for the ''LeftBehind'' books and any Christian end-times related fiction.

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* The Literature/BookOfRevelation from Literature/TheBible, which serves as the inspiration for the ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' books and any Christian end-times related fiction.
14th Jan '17 3:03:40 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': This is the threat the protagonists are trying to stop. Assuming that the forces of Good aren't thwarted, the entire world will be "sublimated"-vaporized in a flash of light.
4th Jan '17 12:27:09 AM ZorotheGallade
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* The end of Chapter 4 in ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'' has the heroes arrive just too late to stop the Kaiser's plan: He escapes into the Holy Pillar bringing Agnes with him, but not before destroying the Moon, which kills all of Magnolia's allies, plunges the world into an eternal night, and since the Moon was the only line of defense against Ba'als, they invade Luxendarc, replacing all random encounters, with NPCs in every town going from panicking to being resigned to their fate. [[spoiler:Good thing the player has a ResetButton and Yew is [[BreakingTheFourthWall quick to recommend they use it]].]]
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