Created By: Odon on December 25, 2009

The End Is Nigh (aka Doomsayer)

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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).

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • December 17, 2009
    Seen in the miniseries of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, before the Earth is destroyed. When he realizes the end actually IS nigh, he abandons his sign.
  • December 17, 2009
    random surfer
    ignore, already in the OP.
  • December 17, 2009
    In Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, as the food storm rages all over the world, two guys wearing sandwichboards are standing on a street corner in NYC. The first guy's board says "The end of the world is today!" and the other's says "The end is tomorrow!" The second guy is crushed by a hot dog, and the first guy gloats, "I was right!"
  • December 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Watchmen one is a spoiler.
  • December 17, 2009
    Don't forget that guy in Bruce Almighty... who turns out to be God all along.
  • December 17, 2009
    Chabal 2
    • There Will Be Brawl has this guy in the form of Olimar.
    • Empire Earth's units change appearances as you progress through time, the final prophet unit is a homeless-looking guy wearing only a sandwich board with "The End Is Near" written on it.
    • Calvin had at least one strip with snowmen doing this. Jason as well.
  • December 18, 2009
    X Men Evolution in the episode that introduces Angel features a doomsayer like this, bearing a sign with "Angels are among us!"

  • December 18, 2009
    Already a trope? Under what title?
  • December 18, 2009
    random surfer
    If you mean my comment - I meant ignore my post, my example was already in the OP (Original Post).
  • December 18, 2009
    Right, no problem.
  • December 18, 2009
    Correction for the Doctor Who example: it's "I told ye so! I told ye so!"
  • December 18, 2009
  • December 28, 2009
    The TV miniseries version of Stephen King's The Stand featured one of these, played by Kareem Abdul Jabbar of all people. He actually survives the plague, and continues his Doomcrying until Randall Flagg kills him personally.

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