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"In the beginning, the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has largely been considered a bad move."The opposite of The End of the World as We Know It, this is a scene that takes place at literally, the beginning of the universe. Maybe it's just a Distant Prologue, or maybe Time Travel is involved. In rare cases, it will be the beginning of the next universe, because the current one is dying. See also Creation Myth, which nearly always has a scene like this.
- The DC Universe
- Witnessing the beginning of the universe is largely Krona's motivation. He barely got to see it before the machine he was using to witness it malfunctioned, creating The Multiverse.
- There were a few characters in Crisis on Infinite Earths who were there at the beginning of the universe when it was reformed into a NonMultiverse. Those were the only ones who remembered what the Multiverse used to be like. And then even they got reset, so that the only one who remembers is the thought-insane Psycho Pirate.
- In Marvel Comics, Galactus is the last survivor of the universe previous to this one, so his Origin Story (when shown) involves the creation of the universe.
- The "Rite of Spring" segment of Fantasia doesn't go as far back as the beginning of the universe, but it does show the Earth in the midst of being fully formed.
- A few of the movie adaptations of Discworld have this.
- In one of Robert Reed's stories, Sister Alice, the protagonist is sent through a wormhole to a baby universe, becoming the new God.
- In The Magician's Nephew the characters witness the birth of Narnia.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.
- The first book has the Big Bang Burger Bar, where you get to watch the event.
- Inverted in the sequel, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Milliways is a restaurant where you get to watch the end of the universe.
- In James Blish's A Clash Of Cymbals, the last Cities in Flight novel, the last humans alive at the end of the universe get to create new Big Bangs using the mass of their own bodies.
- In the Discworld book
FaustEric, in order to allow the title character to live forever, a Literal Genie transports him back to the beginning of time, where he meets a creator.
- The Silmarillion's first chapter is the creation of the world.
- The titular ship from Star Trek: Voyager was there once. How? There where Qs involved.
- Red Dwarf. The winning scenario for the "Dave Lister" character in "Better Than Life" (a fictional game scenario) involves him having to jump-start the new Big Bang. (quote from memory:) "It's the ultimate irony. Dave Lister, a confirmed atheist, turns out to be God."
- Doctor Who
- In the episode "Castrovalva", some practical joker sets the coordinates for "Event one: Hydrogen inrush."
- The stuck 'fast return' switch almost sends the TARDIS back to the beginning of the universe in "Inside the Spaceship". This was also known by the title "The Edge of Destruction."
- In "Terminus", the doomed spaceship of the title jumps back in time before it explodes, becoming the event that sparks the Big Bang.
- In the more recent Doctor Who serial, "The Big Bang", The Doctor uses the exploding TARDIS to reboot the universe in a 2nd Big Bang.
- The Big Bang Theory has the scientific version of this in its title. Only complete with the thematically fitting Title Theme Tune. (See Bare Naked Ladies example.)
- The History of Everything by Barenaked Ladies (famous as the Title Theme Tune of The Big Bang Theory) refers to the scientific version of this, especially in its first two lines:
Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait...
- Most Creation Myths, as noted above.
- The Book of Genesis in The Bible begins with God creating the heavens and the earth.
- In Calvin and Hobbes, one strip starts: "First there was nothing. Then, there was Calvin!" as a parody of this trope.
- All the player characters in Demon: The Fallen witnessed the beginning of the universe personally, because they created it in the first place. How much of it they remember, however, depends on their respective Demonic Lore skill scores.
- In Pokémon-X, when asked "tell us what happened, from the beginning," Brandon launches into a spiel about how the universe was created.
- In 8-Bit Theater Sarda sends White Mage on a trip through time, which drops the character at a point BEFORE the Big Bang.
- 1/0 begins with the (interactive) narrator creating the comic's universe with a "Let there be light!".
- In the Futurama episode "The Late Phillip Fry", Fry, Bender and Prof. Farnsworth travel to the end of the universe, and watch it begin all over again. Twice.
- In Justice League, Batman and Green Lantern accidentally travel back in time to witness the beginning of the universe.
- Family Guy: A hiccup with Stewie's Time Travel machine causes Stewie & Brian to land outside time, and the return pad is what causes the Big Bang. Spoilered because it just recently happened.
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