->''Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,\\
If mankind perished utterly;\\
And Spring herself when she woke at dawn\\
Would scarcely know that we were gone.''
-->-- '''Sara Teasdale''', "There Will Come Soft Rains"

'''Humanity is extinct, leaving only legends behind.'''

Local residents Homo sapiens sapiens [[AfterTheEnd were reported dead]] in [[EarthShatteringKaboom their home planet]] on [[AlternativeCalendar Stardate 2814.7]] due to [[ApocalypseHow unconfirmed causes]]. Witnesses don't agree on the cause of the deaths; some say it was [[WorldWarIII a domestic dispute gone badly wrong]], others that they were killed during a violent [[AlienInvasion home burglary]], or [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters murdered by their children]], while an [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien elderly species]] in the Vega system assures this publication they [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]]. Our sources however have confirmed that humanity is no longer active as a species, though speculation lingers on the existence of a [[TheAloner lone]] [[LastOfHisKind survivor]] [[LivingRelic left to ponder their fate]].

Humanity was born in TheTimeOfMyths[-[[note]]The orphanage in which they grew up [[ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory burned down, making independent verification impossible.]][[/note]]-] and made their residence on [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet the third planet in the Sol system, Milky Way galaxy, Orion Arm]]. Growing up, they created various technological marvels and were an active resident in the cosmos; some even say they were the [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse center of cosmic life]]. Humanity's [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion former enemies]], currently [[SealedEvilInACan residing in a can]], suspect their death may be due to [[SoiledCityOnAHill growing overly proud]] of their achievements.

They will be remembered for their philanthropic work as {{Precursors}}, being prolific creators of not-yet-LostTechnology, [[HumansAreDiplomats stopping several galactic wars]][-[[labelnote:*]]or possibly [[HumansAreWarriors starting them]], records are hazy[[/labelnote]]-] and being all around [[HumansAreSpecial special]]. Though marring that legacy are allegations of being {{neglectful|Precursors}} and even {{abusive|Precursors}}. Already, a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag bunch]] of young space-faring species in the Orion neighborhood can be seen to dare each other to see who will step closest to [[HumansAreCthulhu "Creepy"]] Old Mannity's Oort cloud.

Surviving humanity are the species they [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted to sapience]], [[RobotRollCall various models of robots]], and approximately forty-two [[BioAugmentation genetically]] [[CreatingLife engineered]] sub-species (including a few {{mutants}}), all currently contesting the title of "Heirs of Humanity". Among humanity's children, there is a widespread range of feelings towards their death. Some assure us they are overwhelmed with sadness, and will mourn until [[TheStarsAreGoingOut the stars go out]]. Others, including neighboring [[InnocentAliens friendly aliens]] in the Omicron system, have pledged their intention to give humanity a "second chance" and resurrect all humans via undisclosed means. Some have expressed joy at the death of humanity, and declared their intention to work against any resurrection. A few plan to take up the family business and create their own civilization. Speculation on whether any of these child species can [[InTheBlood avoid]] the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters flaws]] which killed their parents ran rampant among those interviewees.

The funeral reception will be held in the Galactic Core on Stardate 2815.3, and burial in the DerelictGraveyard later that galactic rotation.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''{{Texhnolyze}}'' [[spoiler:Those living on the surface are little more than shades of humans who live without purpose. The underground Lux is thrust into slaughter and carnage in the last few episodes, with essentially everyone dead by the end as the city goes dark.]]
* ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' It is implied that [[spoiler:this is the real setting of the story. Humanity has either departed the planet or is plain old extinct. The half-human hybrids populating the planet are genetic creations of humanity.]]
** The truth is[[spoiler: far more sinister. Hakuoro turned the remaining humans (most have died in an implied cataclysmic war) into blob monsters, although to be fair they killed and dissected his wife and child first.]]
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Atavar}}'' takes place in a future where humanity is extinct, having left behind a race of robots called UOS. UOS is bent on wiping out all life in the galaxy. Nice going, humans.
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[[folder: FanWorks]]
* Because of copious use of SchizoTech and other arguably non-pony-friendly tools and equipment, it is a common FandomSpecificPlot to depict ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' as taking place after HumanitysWake.
* There is a TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4446231/1/The-Last-Human one-shot that deals with this topic.]] The Mutagen that has been used so copiusly by villains and corporations alike has leaked into the groundwater, and all children, be it animal or human, born from this point on will be mutants. The story deals with Michellangelo's pondering on the fact that he and his fellow mutants will be the ones to inherit the Earth when humanity finally goes extinct.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. The world is a tombstone for humanity.
* The aliens at the end of ''AIArtificialIntelligence''.
** Although the movie never specifies one way or the other, it is implied (especially by the circuitry seen through their bodies) that these humanoid beings are not aliens, but robots like David. They are either the last creations of the extinct human species or of their own predecessors (robots building more sophisticated robots).
*** This is foreshadowed by Giggolo Joe who explains why humans fear robots.
*** The so-called aliens are clearly the latter, as they state in the movie that David and Teddy "knew living people", implying that the robots there never met humans (except for the ones they brought back).
* ''Omega Doom'': In this BMovie, humans are dead, robots inherit the Earth... and rule it ''badly'', having devolved into an EnemyCivilWar. [[spoiler:Except there's one last enclave of humans, and they're out to clean up the bad robots by sending out the reprogrammed protagonist.]]
* ''RockAndRule'' depicts the humanoid descendants of dogs, cats, and rats (along with the occasional mutant) living atop and amongst the ruins of human civilization. They seem to have recreated a fairly accurate simulacrum of late '70s/early '80s North America.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* There was a short story by Creator/ArthurCClarke about alien lifeforms from Venus studying the few remaining artifacts of the human found on a frozen Earth. The one that confuses them the most is a short film portraying people behaving in a variety of strange ways, revealed at the end to be [[spoiler:a WaltDisney cartoon]].
* The book ''Re Body'', [[spoiler:Robots kill us all, revive a human head, and set out to destroy some uplifted animals we had created.]]
* Many Creator/HPLovecraft stories don't take place in such a setting but have the idea of humans as an insignificant blip in a universe of monsters about to be snuffed out. Mike Mignola's works also have visions of a future-earth where man is no more.
** ''The Shadow out of Time'' explicitly states that at least 14,000 years in the future humanity will die out and be replaced by a race of intelligent beetles (into whom the Great Race of Yith transfer their consciousnesses).
** Lovecraft takes the theme in a different direction in ''Memory,'' where a demon and genie idly contemplate a number of apes. One eventually remembers that the apes are the descendants of an older race called "man."
* Creator/RogerZelazny:
** "The Stainless Steel Leech" from the story collection ''Last Defender of Camelot'', in which humanity has died out, leaving behind a society of robots. They've adopted the behavior of humans for the most part, though developed strange superstitions. One of the robots developed a hardware problem and became a vampire of sorts, and while hiding from the rest came upon a human vampire, the last of its kind and slowly starving from lack of blood.
** "For A Breath I Tarry" from the same collection has a similar setting, used as a retelling of Faust, though the tragic ending is averted by the creation of a new race of humans.
* In ''Requiem,'' it is mentioned that once humanity finally managed to wipe itself out, two factions arose, each seeing itself as the true descendants of mankind: the robots and the mutants. The robots are animalistic tanks (elephant, gorilla, [=TRex=]...) while the mutants are hybrids and zombie-like things.
* Creator/BrianAldiss's short story ''But Who Can Replace A Man?'' The robots are overjoyed that humanity is wiped out and they are now free, but they end up nuking each other and in the end they come across one surviving human, whom their programming compels them to obey.
* Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' is a story about humanoid robots living in the wake of humanity's demise.
* Dougal Dixon has written two versions of this trope. In ''After Man'', the Earth is repopulated by descendants of the small animals (like rats and rabbits) which an extinct humanity failed to take down with us. In ''Man After Man'', humans speciate into dozens of varieties, some sapient but most not, through a combination of genetic engineering and natural selection.
* ''City'' by Creator/CliffordSimak is a [[PatchworkStory fix-up]] whose component short stories start in the near future and continue until after humanity is extinct; the FramingDevice consists of archival notes by [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted dogs]].
* ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'' by Olaf Stapledon has all of the "First Men" killed in an atomic holocaust 100,000 years from now. Save for thirty-five who mutate into the Second Men, starting a cycle of extinction and replacement that continues for two billion years and 16 more species until the Eighteenth Men die when the Sun goes supernova.
* The short story ''Written on the Wind'' by David Levine, has a federation of alien races trying to decipher a message coded into the fabric of the universe, which turns out to be from humanity who destroyed the universe through nanotechnology; before the end they were able to program the nanites to rebuild the universe and create new and more diverse life.
* In short story "Pots" by Creator/CJCherryh a race of aliens comes across a space probe with Pioneer plaque on the board, after mankind is long gone from the Earth. They attempt to find remaining descendants of humanity, while spreading romantic legend about first space travelers across galaxy. They remake their whole social structure, with hibernation and CloningBlues for top leaders and scientists, for this purpose. When group of archeologists finally finds something on third planet of small, yellow star [[spoiler: it turns out humankind destroyed itself shortly after setting foot on the Moon.]]
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'''s ''EarthTheBook'' is addressed to a civilization that has discover the planet after humanity's unspecified demise.
* A RayBradbury short story, "Literature/ThereWillComeSoftRains" (named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Will_Come_Soft_Rains a poem which also features the trope]]) is about a SmartHouse still running through its daily functions centuries after humanity is wiped out.
** There's also a short story (whose name and author I can't remember) that basically does the same, but with an automated bomber jet. It is implied that it nuked the remains of that one city for a few ten thousand times.
** When taken in the context of ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' where it's reprinted as part of the setting, the smart house has only been going through the motions for a few days at the most after WorldWarThree (it still has fresh bacon and eggs to make the uneaten breakfasts with, and the master's dog is still barely alive). Though humanity hasn't been wiped out completely, human civilization has essentially suffered the same fate as that of the Martian's, dead and remembered only by those few survivors (Human or Martian) left.
* This is the central premise of ''The World Without Us.'' The book is a thought experiment by Alan Wiesman on how our infrastructure would crumble and fade if humanity were to disappear entirely.
* In ''Literature/AngelNotes'', the human race has genetic-engineered itself into around a hundred different sub-species that, collectively, refer to themselves as the human race. The main character is the final remaining true human being, and [[TheHeroDies he dies at the end]]. [[spoiler:This is not good for the human race, as only a true human can use the Black Barrel, one of the only effective weapons they had against the invading [[EldritchAbomination Aristoteles]] that desire to annihilate the remnants of humanity.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One episode of ''TheOuterLimits 90'''s series had robots try to resurrect humanity, and in another, aliens.
* In the new series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode, set billions of the years in the future, "The End of the World" Cassandra claims to be the last human. The {{sequel}} story ignored this and offered a [[HandWave HandWave]] to the effect that there are billions of mutants and hybrids (most of whom look ''exactly'' like ''H. sapiens'') and she's just a racist. A latter story "Utopia" showed humans existing 100 trillion(!) years from now. (Humanity has come back into existence in the meantime, handwaved by the Doctor saying that even though humans humans ''did'' go through different evolutionary forms, they always seem to return to their basic form eventually.)
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' takes place millions of years[[note]]barring many of the TimeTravel episodes[[/note]] after humanity's presumed extinction, apart from Lister who was in [[HumanPopsicle stasis]] for a very long time.
* ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'' explores what might happen to the world if the human race simply vanished today.
* ''TheFutureIsWild'' describes many animal species that evolve long after humanity has left the planet. In the last segment, a new type of tree-dwelling cephalopods show signs they may develop a civilization of their own.
** The book the documentary is based on plays this totally straight, with humanity having died out.
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''FlightOfTheConchords''
--> ''Finally, robotic beings rule the world\\
The humans are dead.''
* "Fairy's Paradise" by CocoRosie is about how after humanity nukes itself out of existence, the fairies will frolic in the ruins of our civilization.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Occurs in the TimeSkip between ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends''. Humanity managed first combined with reploids to become superior cyborgs, then created organic robots in the image of what humans used to be like as a servant race, then true humanity goes extinct, leaving the servant race behind to try and fend off the fail-safes that now think they've TurnedAgainstTheirMasters. The series MacGuffin of ''Legends'' is the last remaining sample of human DNA.
* ''VideoGame/NieR'': [[spoiler:The events of the game ensure that the remnants of humanity will die out in a generation, as Gestalts can no longer prolong their descent to madness and Replicants cannot reproduce.]]
* In ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'', at least three of the storylines end with references to all of humanity [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane]], although it happens millennia after the player's involvement ceases.
* The world of ''VideoGame/InheritTheEarth: The Quest for the Orb'' is a world where humanity has disappeared, leaving the [[UpliftedAnimal Uplifted Animals]] wondering where their progenitors went.
* ''VideoGame/{{Primordia}}'' takes place in a world where humanity has been gone for so long that their robot creations have had time to build their own society and found a religion about "Man the All-Builder."
* In the EasternRPG ''Last Armageddon'', demons have taken over the Earth since humanity became extinct.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''NinePlanetsWithoutIntelligentLife'' follows the adventures of a pair of robots living in a solar system where humanity has died out due to sheer disinterest in procreation.
* The segments with the Wandering Vagabond and crew in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.
* A fairly common background to FurryComics, some notable examples:
** ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', where humans created furries and then [[spoiler: [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters were wiped out by the first furry]], Jack]].
** In ''FurthiaHigh'' humans turned themselves into furries at least a couple generations ago, Kale is the last known human.
* The big reveal at the end of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3183#comic this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' comic is that the astronauts in the pictures are aliens landing on a barren dead earth and reading a monolith left behind by humanity describing how they gradually moved into virtual reality where the perception of time was greatly accelerated.
-->''Dear traveler: please don't think ill of us. We are the last generation. And we are immortal.''
* ''WebComic/OnlyHuman'', humanity has abandoned it's organic bodies and has become a MechanicalLifeform, called Automa.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Technically averted in the ''OrionsArm'' setting. True members of ''Homo sapiens sapiens'' still exist in large numbers, but they are rare in comparison to the overall population of humanity's descendants and are generally only found in baseline reserves.
* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Periodic_Table_of_Science_Fiction The Periodic Table Of Science Fiction]]'', one of the stories features a miner who, waiting for a rescue ship and with nothing to do, uses the harvested ores to paint the surface of the asteroid he's stranded on. It eventually becomes acclaimed an artistic masterpiece and a galactic cultural treasure by alien species long after the human race itself disappears.
* ''Fanfic/DayOfTheBarneyTrilogy'' has Barney [[spoiler:temporarily]] succeed in creating a society that, had it existed long enough, would have resulted in this. After the Great Act of Love, every adult and teenager hides from Barney and his followers while every human child has become Barney's Special Friend. Barney cares for them and makes sure they're well-fed and happy [[spoiler:until they turn thirteen, at which point he murders the boys and takes the girls away so he can rape them and impregnate them with Loved Ones. Due to the allure of Barney and the inclusiveness of his group of Special Friends, as well as the combination of boys generally not being able to reproduce before reaching the age of thirteen as well as them (hopefully) not performing sexual activity with the girls, the full-blooded human race would have died off if Barney had reigned for long enough, with the Loved Ones as the last surviving remnant of humanity.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* There was an episode of ''SuperFriends'' in which aliens find Earth devastated and lifeless. They search our records, find that one of the Legion of Doom's schemes had terrible unintended consequences, and used time travel to set things right without making their intervention too obvious.
* Similar to the above, one episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' had Superman catapulted into the future thousands of years by a so-called disintegration ray, where he discovered [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Vandal Savage]] had inadvertently wiped out the rest of humanity in one of his attempts at world domination. As the only sentient being on Earth, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever he went insane]], grew BoredWithInsanity, and then invited Superman home for dinner. "Like you've got anything better to do."
* The MGM cartoon ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OYvHPpGDY Peace on Earth]]'', and its Cinemascope remake ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=LBRkJBHpQ-I Goodwill to Men]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': A lighthearted cartoon series where the existence of the last boy on Earth is rather surprising, after the great mushroom war and given that humans are considered extinct delicacies.
** A good number of characters though are either partly human or used to be human. [[spoiler: Also, with the arrival of Betty there is now at least one other full-blooded human in Ooo.]]
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[[folder:real life]]
* A localized version that's more of an evacuation than extinction. In the wake of the Chernobyl disaster humanity is pretty much mostly gone from the exclusion zone and the area has been and is being studied by scientists to figure out what does happen if humanity up and leaves from an area and never comes back? The creators of ''LifeAfterPeople'' drew much of their inspiration from Chernobyl.
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