An obligatory trope for every movie depicting The End of the World as We Know It
is some crazy-looking person (usually holding a sign) declaring that we should all repent because the world is coming to an end. Ha! As if that will ever happen!
- Played for black comedy in the opening titles of Zombieland, where a man with a sign saying THE END IS NEAR is being chased by zombies.
- Tintin ("The Shooting Star"). The mad ex-astronomer Philippulus goes round in white robes, banging a gong and generally making a nuisance of himself.
- Doctor Who ("The Shakespeare Code"). The doomsayer is quite delighted that the end of the world is happening, crying: "I told ye so! I told ye so!"
- Watchmen. Rorschach uses this as his cover, but it also lampshades the threat of nuclear annihilation hanging over everyone (not to mention future events in the comic).