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18th Jan '17 11:29:43 AM Xtifr
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* The short story ''The Nine Billion Names of God'' by Creator/ArthurCClarke. It ends with the main characters standing outside a monastery, watching as God turns off the universe and [[TheStarsAreGoingOut the stars go out one by one]]. Subverted in that there's not really a safe vantage point from which to watch the end of the universe.

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* The short story ''The "The Nine Billion Names of God'' God" by Creator/ArthurCClarke. It ends with the main characters standing outside a monastery, watching as God turns off the universe and [[TheStarsAreGoingOut the stars go out one by one]]. Subverted in that there's not really a safe vantage point from which to watch the end of the universe.
2nd Dec '16 8:26:12 AM sisima70
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** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' version 3.5 has a book called Elder Evils that contains a number of world-destroying horrors useful to end a campaign
31st Oct '16 4:54:15 AM ChronoLegion
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* The titular character in ''[[Webcomic/JackDavidHopkins Jack]]'' did this after triggering the collapse of civilization and the extinction of the human species: http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=3077


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* The titular character in ''[[Webcomic/JackDavidHopkins Jack]]'' did this after triggering the collapse of civilization and the extinction of the human species: http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=3077
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31st Oct '16 4:53:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* In the ''Film/{{Interstellar}} Text Adventure'' online game, you eventually find out that the world you're on is going to be destroyed in a matter of years. You can either pull a Mann and send out a fake "all clear" signal or accept your fate and get into a pod, asking your robot to wake you up just before the end to enjoy the show. In the latter case, you are woken up and climb a mountain a few minutes before the planet a fiery wave gets to you.
30th Oct '16 6:55:06 PM Seanette
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* The ''RobertAHeinlein'' short story "Jackpot Year" is about a man who studies trends and realizes that the world is about to go to Hell in a hand basket. He and a young lady decide to live off the grid, as far away from civilization as possible, to avoid the madness and wait while everyone goes to pieces. [[spoiler: [[ShaggyDogStory His plan fails]], as the story ends with the sun dying.]]

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* The ''RobertAHeinlein'' Creator/RobertAHeinlein short story "Jackpot Year" "Year of the Jackpot" is about a man who studies trends and realizes that the world is about to go to Hell in a hand basket. He and a young lady decide to live off the grid, as far away from civilization as possible, to avoid the madness and wait while everyone goes to pieces. [[spoiler: [[ShaggyDogStory His plan fails]], as the story ends with the sun dying.]]
14th Oct '16 7:51:54 AM CheeseDogX
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* The ''RobertAHeinlein'' short story "Jackpot Year" is about a man who studies trends and realizes that the world is about to go to Hell in a hand basket. He and a young lady decide to live off the grid, as far away from civilization as possible, to avoid the madness and wait while everyone goes to pieces. [[spoiler: [[ShaggyDogStory His plan fails]], as the story ends with the sun dying.]]
8th Oct '16 8:38:05 PM arrgh
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* The TropeNamer is "Santa Monica" by Music/{{Everclear}}, though, honestly, [[LyricalDissonance the other lyrics don't seem all that apocalyptic, which only makes that chorus even more baffling]].

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* The TropeNamer is "Santa Monica" by Music/{{Everclear}}, though, honestly, [[LyricalDissonance though one look at the other lyrics don't seem all that apocalyptic, which only makes that chorus even more baffling]].will reveal it's not a song about the apocalypse - it just made a good trope name.
4th Aug '16 5:20:31 PM ScorpiusOB1
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** Those critters will be long extinct much before good ol' Sun activates its [[OneWingedAngel red giant form]]. Bacteria will be the ones that will watch (or rather its bacteria equivalent) the world die... assuming they have not gone extinct before, in the already searing hot late-days Earth, that is.
23rd Jul '16 3:20:11 PM ErikModi
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* In BabylonFive: [[spoiler: a DistantEpilogue shows a human who has AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence recording and reviewing important records from humanity's history, before flying away in an organic spaceship before Earth's sun goes nova.]]
8th Jul '16 12:58:59 PM DenisK21
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* ''WebAnimation/RedVsBlue'': Epsilon (a.k.a. Church) believes that the memory unit he's trapped in is dying, resulting in constant earthquakes that make it seem like the planet is falling apart. When the rest of the Blue Team leaves on one last adventure, he elects to stay behind with Tex to watch this simulated world's (and their own) last moments. [[spoiler:At least, that was the idea. Turns out the quakes were ACTUALLY caused by the real Reds and Blues trying to get Epsilon out of the memory unit. Church, who had just [[MercyKill let go of his forced-to-exist memory of Tex to spare her an apocalypse]], was not amused.]]
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