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''What happens when you detonate a spherical metal honeycomb over a hundred miles wide just above the atmosphere of a habitable world? Regardless of specifics, the world won't remain habitable for long.''

FridgeLogic doesn't just find plot holes; it can make your typical happy ending into a DownerEnding, and render even the most flawless moral victory into BlackAndGrayMorality. How? By helping the viewer realize that the "survivors" at the end of a work don't have a future. When authors use large and amazing technologies and world or even galaxy spanning threats, they run the risk of letting the excitement of StuffBlowingUp get the better of them and not think through how the survivors will make a living afterward, even though they can't help but celebrate as the EvilTowerOfOminousness explodes [[LoadBearingBoss with its master's demise]].

Y'see, HappilyEverAfter implies there's arable land to farm, electricity and running water, and a semblance of civilization to go back to, as well at least several hundred to several thousand people surviving by the end.[[note]]Exact figures are debated by biologists, but it is known that most species which reproduce sexually cannot survive in the long term if there's too much inbreeding.[[/note]] A ZombieApocalypse, [[NukeEm nuclear holocaust]], ColonyDrop, TheGreatFlood, or anything that can cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt will have subtle and far reaching effects ''even if it's stopped''. And even if humanity does manage to survive (humans are ''clingy'' bastards) there are bound to be massive casualties. And even if the work runs with the above scenarios and makes it about characters from a TerminallyDependentSociety surviving AfterTheEnd, the author may end up seriously overestimating their and their civilizations' chances of survival.

Cue the MoralDissonance if [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the heroes are primarily responsible]] for this near disaster. The subversion of this trope is if the heroes [[WhatTheHellHero fully realize the effects of their actions]]... and choose to follow through anyway. Maybe they are [[SociopathicHero amoral sociopaths]] who do not care, maybe the OmniscientMoralityLicense makes it such that [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the ultimate consequences will be preferable to the status quo]], or maybe things are beyond the GodzillaThreshold and so anything goes.

Some common examples of this trope coming into effect include:
* Any work with anthropomorphic animals, short of tortoises and parrots (unless it assumes HumanlikeAnimalAging) will most likely have the cast be dead inside of 20 years unless it specifically addresses the issue (such as ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' or ''Film/{{Babe}}''). Also, any talking-animal story that takes place on a farm, and one of the characters is a pig--because unlike horses, cows, sheep, goats and poultry, you only raise a pig for one thing.[[note]]Well there are truffle hogs and breeders but still[[/note]]
* A ZombieApocalypse, although in some works it's part of the underlying horror (or helps the ambiance at any rate).
* An AdamAndEvePlot. Unless there are revealed to be survivors elsewhere, the lack of genetic diversity will mean humanity is doomed in a handful of generations.
* Even those collapse-of-civilization scenarios that harp upon mass famine, plague, and mayhem will seldom think to mention the grim prospects for people with chronic medical needs -- cardiac patients, diabetics, transplant recipients -- who'd be doomed to succumb to their ailments as their medication runs out.
* TimeTravel stories where the goal is to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. If the protagonist succeeds, the implication is that they've wiped out an alternate timeline and every living thing in it.
* Any work BasedOnATrueStory that takes place prior to or during a nasty historical event, and retroactively, any work ''written'' shortly before such an event.
* A character or characters [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse disappearing from the plot]] becomes this [[UncertainDoom if they were last seen in a dangerous position.]]
* ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences mentioned on screen.
* Any PoliceProcedural in which corruption by and large within the force is blown out of the water; even with a few befitting the KnightInShiningArmor, expect Interpol or the National Guard to step in at the end to keep the city from tearing itself apart.

Keep in mind that this is an ''inferred'' holocaust. If the work explicitly states that there's a horrible aftermath or if it ends on a cliffhanger (for example, depicting an undetected bomb about to explode), then it isn't an example of this trope. Also note that, despite the name, the "holocaust" doesn't have to involve massive death; it could be as simple as a criminal getting away because the writers [[ConvictionByContradiction didn't give the good guys enough evidence to convict]].

A possible reason why audiences may see a "happy" ending as an EsotericHappyEnding. Contrast InferredSurvival, and contrast NoEndorHolocaust for when this possibility is nixed by WordOfGod or subsequent material. For more general plot points that are chilling when contemplated at length, see FridgeHorror.

'''''EndingTrope, so spoilers be ahead.'''''



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/BlueGender''. A few humans have survived GaiasVengeance, and they can all live in harmony with mother nature, free at last of technology; then the FridgeLogic sets in - the only survivors will be physically strong people so if you're physically disabled, blind, deaf, have a terminal disease, etc. then you're hosed; Mother Nature hates you and you have no right to live.
* Turns into MoralDissonance in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0''. [[spoiler:Shinji [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl rescues Rei]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero though as a result]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt triggers the Third Impact]]. [[BigDamnVillains It takes a timely intervention with Kaworu to stop it.]]]] ''3.0.'' takes the "Inferred" out of it.
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'', though already post-apocalyptic, just made it worse when the last known bastion of humanity fell since its patron Proxy abandoned it, as well as almost every Proxy burns to death. The only survivors are a Proxy, two cogito-infected autoreivs, and a person who is either another Proxy or sterile. However, this is considered good because the small populations of humanity who retreated from the planet a thousand years before begin to return due to the Earth finally recovering from the nuclear winter. Every character we knew that even survived will likely be slaughtered because none of them were meant to survive -- Proxies were genetically altered to have a deathly reaction to UV rays and autoreivs were meant to destroy all the sterile humans and then themselves by way of the cogito virus.
* The ''Manga/{{Spriggan}}'' [=OVA=] ends with the destruction of the BigBad's super weapon, the ARK (yes, [[TheArk THAT ARK]]. It has Dinosaurs). We are shown the heroes emerging triumphant from underground, to be cheered and applauded by the team members on the surface of the mountain. All seems well. And then we zoom out to show the Earth which looks not a little battered, as well as completely reshaped, by the earlier destruction. Clearly the world will never be the same now.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has an inferred ''extinction'': After humans retake the surface, they live (largely) at peace with the Beastmen. However, Beastmen can't reproduce and all of the existing ones were made in PeopleJars by Lordgenome. Since they're apparently not making any more Beastmen, they'll eventually all die out (except Viral, because he's immortal) unless Beastmen have access to the cloning technology that Lordgenome used in the first place.
* Really, the champions at this are the ''LightNovel/DirtyPair''. Anything they get involved with has a 50% chance of causing mass collateral damage, and it's probably not healthy to dwell on the numbers of deaths that can (indirectly or directly) be laid at Kei and Yuri's feet. In any sane story, they'd be the villains.
* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''. For all the inspirational music and pictures of the pretty archipelago the desert had become, there were inhabited villages and animals in that desert, and desert ecosystems are fragile in the best of times. TheGreatFlood just annihilated every living thing there, how do they expect an archipelago ecosystem to evolve from that? Even if the water seeps into the groundwater or evaporates, leaving the land water-rich but not a sea anymore, well, there's still that ''utter and complete destruction of everything'' to contend with. A possible explanation is that She only released the water to the south, since it's shown at the end of episode one (when the camera pans back while Shu's hanging from the fortress) that everything south of Hellywood is already gone.
** And then there's the rather obvious fact that the Sun's expansion isn't going to stop, and that Earth has only a few centuries of life left at best before it becomes an uninhabitable hellhole (and the knowledge and resources needed to leave and restart elsewhere are likely no longer extant).
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The moon has been blown up a couple times over the course of the franchise (it's sometimes suggested that they've brought it back using the Dragon Balls, but those take a year to recharge, so there are at least months where there's no moon). The problems this would cause are never mentioned.
** Killing the OmnicidalManiac [[EvilOverlord Emperor Freeza]] is very much understandable, but he is still ''Emperor'' Freeza of at '''least''' 79 planets. The short term result is the absence of a dictatorial tyrant; the ''ugly'' civil war created by the power-vacuum in his sudden absence (He probably ''kept'' hundreds of warlords from starting their own private wars) would kill ''billions'' if not '''trillions''' of innocent, decent alien lives. The lead-up manga for ''Resurrection of F'' reveals that years after his death, Freeza's Planet Trade Organization is spread thin enough that it can't spare reinforcements to put down rebellions.
** Buu destroyed two planets full of intelligent beings. Since one of those planets was not wished back into existence, then there's the FridgeHorror that the good people and animals on the planet died again if the wish accidentally included them. The fact that the resurrection also specifically excluded evil people raises the question of how many of those people were, say, parents or driving cars (and what exactly defines an evil person, anyway).
** There's the time when everyone who Cell killed [[DeathIsCheap was resurrected]]. A lot of those were people living on islands that Cell destroyed. Unless the wish meant those islands were remade too, they likely drowned long before making land. Way to go, Yamcha, asking for wishes without thinking them first.
** In Dragon Ball Super, Goku's fight with Beerus nearly causes the destruction of the entire universe. We see destruction occurring all over the universe as well, with many planets being shattered and disintegrating. The billions of aliens who must have died from this are never brought up, although later on it is revealed that the universe only has 28 inhabited planets remaining.
** The movie "Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan" begins with an entire ''galaxy'' vanishing in seconds. King Kai takes notice, but the implications are never really brought up. Creator/TeamFourStar parodied this by having South Kai calling King (North) Kai about it, and King Kai pointing out that he now has a lot more competition for the Otherworld Tournament. [[DudeNotFunny South Kai didn't think it was funny]].
* ''Anime/GoLion'' ends with the deaths of the BigBad and his [[TheDragon Dragons]]. Cue the ensuing war to take his place, and the billions of resulting deaths.
* ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' touches on this at the end. The Macross and the few Zentradi turncoats were able to beat the Boddol Zer fleet. However, Exsedol reminds Britai that there are over 1,000 fleets of the Boddol Zer and Lap Lamiz classes in the galaxy, each one numbering in the millions of ships. What is not stated is that, the power of culture notwithstanding, it would still be a long, hard, and impossibly uphill battle of attrition against possibly ''billions'' of ships. The Macross and Britai's Zentradi would have to win all of those battles. [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce Just one of those other fleets has to win and it's game over]]. Later ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series address this with the Macross Colonization Fleets: the human-Zentradi civilization attempts to seed as many worlds as possible so that even if Earth was taken out by one of the other Zentran fleets, the human race and its allies would still survive.
* Halfway through ''Anime/RODTheTV'', an extremely overzealous SelfDestructMechanism set off by a NebulousEvilOrganisation causes the entire city of Hong Kong to sink into the ocean. All the heroes survive, but it's hard to feel good about it when hundreds of thousands of innocent people presumably drowned. No dead bodies are shown, so maybe we're supposed to assume they all escaped somehow?
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** A scene in season 3 has Mamoru giving exposition on the Outers to the Inners. The audience is shown a slide show of each Outer with their corresponding Talisman and planet. The (dwarf) planet Pluto is depicted as a gas giant. And suddenly, ''Sailor'' Pluto's utter terror at the prospect of Saturn awakening makes a ''lot'' more sense. ''Script/ShadowjackWatchesSailorMoon'' draws explicit attention to that scene:
--->'''Ami''': …Pluto isn't a gas giant with multiple moons.
--->'''Mamoru''': It isn't ''now''.
** In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], at the end of the "Dream" arc, it's revealed that [[spoiler: the Amazoness Quartet are the Asteroid Senshi]]. Saturn was the only one who knew this before they [[spoiler: got purified]]. Afterwards, they reveal that they're [[spoiler: not supposed to be awake yet]], implying that their [[spoiler: celestial bodies]] are ''significantly'' younger than [[spoiler: the rest of the solar system]]. Again, ''Saturn was the only one who knew who they were'', and making things ''even better?'' She went in with the ''express purpose'' of [[PapaWolf rescuing them.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'':
** The Motherships of the Robotech Masters contain large civilian populations, ranging from 150,000 to 270,000. In the war, the Army of the Southern Cross and the reinforcements sent back by the Robotech Expeditionary Force destroy them all, at least two with all hands (the first REF ship to return rammed the closest mothership and then self-destructed inside before they could even realize they needed to run to the escape pods, and later the ''Tristar'' repeated the feat). The death toll is not shown, but is likely enormous.
** As the producers apparently hated the Tirolian race the Robotech Masters belong to, the aborted ''Robotech II: The Sentinels'' show the Regent's Invid conquering Tirol, herding the population into shelters, and then [[TheDragon Tesla]] goes to a shelter, interrogates the prisoners about the Flower of Life and leaves a bomb once he's finished. The dialogue states in no uncertain terms he intends to do it to ''the entire planet'' unless someone actually leads him to the location of the Flower, at which point the Invid will kill them all in one go. Good thing the only Tirolians who know where the Flower of Life is are all with the Masters...
* ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'': How many people got attached to Kanna's reincarnations, which caused her curse to kill both of them.
* After raising water levels by hundreds of feet and knocking satellites out of orbit, ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'' ends in a world which is survivable, but massively ruined.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Schniezel [[spoiler: nukes and completely destroys Pendragon, Britannia's capital, probably killing millions in the process, and completely shattering the system of government. The implications, and all the deaths, are largely glanced over by the series, and after Lelouch's death, Schniezel is not charged or punished for anything]].
* ''Anime/ThePlacePromisedInOurEarlyDays'' ends on an apparently happy note: [[spoiler:Sayuri is awake, the Tower is destroyed and its effect ended, and the Velaciela makes it safely back to Honshu]]. Furthermore, the HowWeGotHere opening with an adult Hiroki very strongly implies that not only did they [[spoiler:manage to land properly, but also that World War Three eventually ended peacefully without going nuclear]]. That said... [[spoiler: at a minimum, most of Hokkaido just got wiped out because the two leads were wasting time having a touching moment instead of launching the missile, including possibly Okabe's family. Furthermore, even if World War Three ended in peace, we don't know how many lives did end up getting lost before that happened.]]

* The paintings of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light[[superscript:[[TradeSnark TM]]]], usually show homes with a bright glow coming from within. But as [[http://voidmanufacturing.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/the-madness-of-thomas-kincade/ this blog post]] points out:
--> "All of Kinkade’s structures seem consumed from within by raging infernos. What might be laughed off as artistic excess suddenly trickles icily down your spine when you realize that Kinkade’s rustic incinerators are operating at full tilt regardless of the time of day, prevailing weather conditions, and the particular season depicted in the painting!"
** The effect is compounded by many of Kinkade's regular motifs. Often, there are wild animals or livestock, but very few of the works have visible humans. Smoke rises from every buildings' [[https://thomaskinkade.com/art/nanettes-cottage/ every chimney,]] regardless of the season or time of day, and it tends to rise in high, thin columns, suggesting that the smoke is being generated by ''very'' hot fires. Along with the unnatural glow coming from buildings, Kinkade tended to use a somewhat surreal color pallet for the sky, which tended to give the paintings an [[RedSkyTakeWarning ominous]] [[http://www.parsonsthomaskinkadegallery.com/cross-thomas-kinkade 'calm before the storm']] or [[https://thomaskinkade.com/art/winters-end/ 'oncoming forest fire']] vibe.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' has a beauty of a discussion of this trope-- an aging superhero, who spent his youth as some hybrid of [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman and [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Batman, is called back into service again against a generic giant robot. Instead of MacGyvering -- and he actually tells the audience the kinds of things he'd have thought of back in the day-- he simply beats it to death, ploughing through six residential city blocks in the process. Afterward, he shouts at the policeman who thanks him for his help, telling him to look at the destruction and claim that he (TheHero) actually helped anything.
* One 1970s ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' story, in a clear homage to the recently released film ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]],'' had the team flying around in Quinjets cheerfully destroying an attacking spacefleet sent by ComicBook/{{Thanos}}. The Avengers have repeated many times that they never kill, but all those blown up spaceships had people... er, aliens on board. Oh well. [[MST3KMantra It looked cool, though!]] This also probably counts as a WhatMeasureIsANonHuman moment since many Marvel and DC heroes have this attitude toward aliens, surprisingly enough.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and parodied in Scott [=McCloud=]'s one-shot, over-sized comic ''Destroy!'': Two super-powerful heroes fight in New York City (and the surface of the Moon), destroying a good many buildings in the process. Until the very end, the only dialogue is '''Destroy!''' quickly met with '''Shut up!!'''; at the end, a bystander (police?) opines, 'Good thing no-one was hurt.'
* Although the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk is ostensibly a hero, many of his UnstoppableRage rampages have caused enormous and widespread destruction, which raises the question of exactly how many innocents have lost their lives as collateral damage. As it stands, only a single Hulk rampage (Incredible Hulk #300, which in Hulk's defense, was the result of Hulk being {{Mind Rape}}d by Nightmare and all of Earth's heroes knowing this) led to deaths (the number varies but as of ''Civil War'', the count is 26 dead men and women and one dog). Lampshading this is [[TeenGenius Amadeus Cho]] hypothesizing that the lack of carnage in every other Hulk rampage save the one from Hulk #300, is that [[NoEndorHolocaust underneath it all, the Hulk still retains Banner's super-math skills, maybe even to a greater degree than Banner, and so he's able to predict the trajectory of all the debris he sends flying and make sure it never hits anybody (Cho himself has a similar ability to instantly calculate trajectories)]].
* Subverted and parodied by ComicBook/PlasticMan in ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ("Thank God for this crummy economy, or we'd never have [[ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding abandoned buildings]] to smash!") but also played straight in the same StoryArc, when Franchise/TheFlash saves an entire city from destruction without anyone thinking of the after-effects and homelessness of the inhabitants. Though the JLA was actually in the process of helping to rebuild the country at the end of that story; it's the reason that Plastic Man hadn't seen his son in months.
* Done deliberately in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''; it's pointed out early on that the price of freedom in the comic's post-apocalyptic world could very well be starvation. It was a non-issue in the movie because there never was a nuclear war, just a breakdown of several major world governments. Creator/AlanMoore admitted that was a significant plot-hole as humanity would have never been able to survive a nuclear war such as the one in the graphic novel.
* In ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', every male mammal dies, all at once. Humanity may or may not survive, but it seems to have utterly escaped the author that innumerable ecosystems would be devastated due to the sudden removal of pollinators, prey, and apex predators (mammals in general are not as essential to ecosystems as, for example, many insect species, so they wouldn't be outright destroyed). It is unsurprising that this was remarked midway through the series, when geneticist Dr. Mann remarks that with no males, all mammal species would eventually become extinct. However, later on, he implies that this may not be the case, when a couple of women see rats long after they were supposed to have all died. The DistantFinale shows Paris sixty years later, so clearly there was NoEndorHolocaust.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', even without the AwfulTruth about [[spoiler:Veidt being responsible]] coming to light (or even believed, considering that Rorschach is certifiably AxCrazy), Dr. Manhattan tells Veidt that the world coming together and averting war due to [[spoiler:New York being destroyed by what's believed to be an alien (or Dr. Manhattan himself in [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the movie]])]] is a stopgap solution, at best.
-->'''Dr. Manhattan''': Nothing ever ends.
* This trope can be found in more or less any issue of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. Sure, they always save the world in the end, but not without L.A. being destroyed. [[spoiler:Twice]].
* At the end of ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'', Franchise/TheFlash "[[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong fixes]]" Franchise/TheDCU by merging it with the Creator/{{Wildstorm}} and Creator/{{Vertigo|Comics}} universes, resulting in the streamlined ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' timeline. While it's understandable that DC would want to simplify its continuity, this raises some serious FridgeHorror. For one, when Flash's CosmicRetcon made all the heroes YoungerAndHipper, it ''[[CessationOfExistence ERASED A TON OF CHARACTERS FROM HISTORY]]''. However ''[[ComicBook/DCRebirth Rebirth]]'' revealed that, Franchise/TheFlash and [[ComicBook/TrinityOfSinPandora Pandora]], who convinced The Flash to merge the universes, were NOT the cause of the YoungerAndHipper CosmicRetcon that erased those characters. [[spoiler:The actual culprit is [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]], who is messing with the entire DC Universe from outside of it.]]
* During the "Dead-End Kids" arc of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Dale and Stacey Yorkes try to nuke New York City in the early 1900s. Even with Tristan picking it up and launching it into the air, and Karolina and Xavin combining their energies to create a massive forcefield, it's still implied that lots of people died, and the brutal gang-war between the Upward Path and the Sinners that was raging at the time probably didn't help things...
* When one thinks about it, ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' has a similar problem as ''Blue Gender''. So the blurb on the back cover about how we "finally start living" [[RealityEnsues doesn't sound so nice anymore.]]
* The premise of ''ComicBook/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' ''Climate of Fear'' is that the titular Thing has made it out of the Antarctic and to the Argentinian rain forest. Given that the [[Film/TheThing1982 movie]] made it very clear humanity would be doomed if the Thing got to a populated area then, in spite of the destruction of the Things who had taken human forms in the comics, probably a ''lot'' of the wildlife has been assimilated and it won't be long before they've spread all over the planet.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the fan-made ''Film/MegaMan'' movie, when Mega Man destroys Wily's castle all is well and the city is saved... Except for the fact that giant hunks of metal are raining down on the city and are most likely striking people down where they stand.
* The characters featured in ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'' are just a tiny fraction of what fiction has to offer, which means that untold others have already been swallowed up by the Nothing.
* Averted in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. The four suddenly realize that no matter who brings the Black Tower down, it will spell death for millions of Tayhil and monsters. The Pyar gods had promised them a wish apiece if they helped bring the Tower down, and though they'd been planning to wish that they could take their magic home with them, they painfully decide to ask the Pyar gods to save the baddies and just send them home in their normal bodies.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Responsible for a few changes to the end of ''WesternAnimation/WallE''. During the previews, audience members expressed depression at the end of the film; they'd left with the impression that humanity was screwed on returning to the polluted Earth. The animators added on a series of images to the credits that showed the human race repairing the ecological damage and regaining the skills they'd lost aboard the ''Axiom'', ending with a beautiful landscape and a [[Heartwarming/WallE Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]] ([[spoiler:hundreds of years later, the plant that WALL•E found has become a gigantic tree]]).
* The ending of Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' is optimistic and hopeful for a peaceful future... until you remember how the battle for land and freedom between the Native American people and European settlers [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory really turned out]]. Or how badly the natives [[BodyHorror reacted]] to common diseases that the European settlers had long since been immune (or at least resistant) to.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' (based on the Literature/BookOfExodus) depicts Moses after his exile being welcomed and accepted by Midianites and even marrying one (indeed, the Bible states that Moses' first wife was a Midianite), however those who have read Numbers 31:17-18 will know of the massacre of Midianites perpetrated by the Hebrews and commanded by none other than Moses himself. Even funnier is that the movie ends with Moses descending from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments; presumably the movie cuts out ''just'' before he reacts to that whole Golden Calf thing. Then again, it could very likely be the ''second'' tablet.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' invoked this trope twice. First was in the beginning of the movie, where Batman was trying to stop the Jokerz from making off with advanced equipment. One of the pods smashed into a building causing an explosion, as well as another one with the equipment itself exploding. Realistically, people would have been killed from the explosion. The second is near the end of the movie, where Joker was using his hacked into defense satellite "toy's" laser to gun down Batman and kill anyone nearby, even demolishing a theater that was implied to be full of people (in the uncut version, the edited version made the building abandoned), and later activated it (albeit accidentally) to have it target his own lair. Realistically, people would have died even before Batman managed to stop him once and for all.
* ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' ends with the baby causing a massive power outage across Las Vegas by pulling apart a giant cable on the ground. And in the ending the kids go back home to ''[=BeBe=]'', who lives in the ghetto, who is at the very least an absentee parent. Leon has a shot, since he's not actually one of the kids, seems to be pretty decent, and his mother seems to give a damn about him but, seriously, everybody else is headed to juvie, if they're lucky. No parents, poor schooling, terrible diet, living in a bad neighborhood? Not exactly a recipe for success.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', as Cracked so aptly postulated, what happens after the ''other'' members of his kind [[EarthShatteringKaboom show up on Earth?]] Also, the Iron Giant only became [[IAmNotAGun benevolent]] due to having an accident that gave him amnesia. What happens if the ''nuke'' that exploded in his face ended up doing the opposite? Due to the fact he was self-repairing, he could have accidentally been restored back to his [[KillEmAll factory settings?]]
** Since he's shown smiling while reassembling, it can be assumed the Iron Giant is still his happy-go-lucky self, and if others of his kind were to show up, he'd fight tooth-and-nail to defend Earth. The big issue at play is the fact that the nuke exploded in the upper atmosphere, and yet nothing is said about electronics being fried by the inevitable EMP burst such an explosion would create (theoretically, of course).
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3'': Although Bratt was defeated and the Gru family saved, thousands are dead due to the damage caused by the expanding bubblegum in Hollywood.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', thanks to the knowledge of what will happen to the scaring industry at the end of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''. What will happen to all the monsters who built a life out of teaching how to scare?
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' reveals that Po's home village was destroyed long ago in an attack by [[BigBad Lord Shen]]. It was already assumed that most of the villagers died as a result, but when you consider that this event was thought to have wiped out the entire panda species, it makes you wonder just how big the death toll really was...
* At the end of ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'', when Cassim discards the Hand of Midas by throwing it into the ocean, it accidentally hits the ship that was used by the remaining seven thieves who evaded capture by the Agrabah palace guards and were tricked by Saluk that Cassim sold the thieves out. The ship turns gold and sinks, and because the Vanishing Isle had submerged and would not rise until long after and there's no other land nearby, they must have drowned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'', a forest ecosystem is destroyed and the animals in it displaced, but it's very unlikely that all of them survived, and indeed, we never find out what happened to them. The story is recounted many years later and they are unlikely to have lived that long anyway. A cut song, "Biggering" included the lyric "Who cares if some things are dying?!" and may have been cut to avoid directly addressing this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' Remy won't live more than five years, so Linguini better start learning how to cook himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternEmeraldKnights'' features multiple instances of Green Lanterns blowing up manned spacecraft, at one point wiping an enormous fleet. No escape pods are ever seen.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', just how many planets did the Boov lead the Gorg to that were then destroyed, and how many of them were inhabited?
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'': Just how many living, breathing food items were brutally carved up before the events of the film? Also, who's to say that people won't notice the death and destruction inside the supermarket? Even if the food manage to create evidence that the massacre was carried out by someone like, say, a jihadist or an AxCrazy psycho, they'll all most likely by considered either evidence or spoiled food, and they'll all end up in the trash.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs''. All of the giant food that has fallen all over the world will most likely make the words "famine" and "starvation" archaic. As long as the food doesn't start rotting, of course, though the world's governments would probably move very, very quickly to preserve the sudden influx of food reserves. If it could be preserved and not rot (preferably underground), this could also potentially lessen the after-effects of nuclear war, as there would be enough food to stave off starvation...provided no one uses ground-bursts or bunker-busting weaponry, but even then, the food would probably be stored deep enough that no nuclear attack could touch it.
* ''Disney/MulanII'' is pretty infamous for this trope: The main plot is that Mulan and company are moving three princesses to a neighboring kingdom as part of an ArrangedMarriage to the other kingdom's princes. However, the three princesses and Mulan's old friends Ling, Yao, and Chein Po wind up falling for each other, so Mulan helps the princesses to follow their hearts and get out of the arranged marriage so they be with the ones they truly love. Happily ever after, right? Well...the thing is, the reason the princesses were in this arranged marriage in the first place was so both their home kingdom and the other kingdom could be united to repel an invasion by the Huns. Because the princesses didn't follow through with the arranged marriage and married the soldiers instead, it's easy to infer that the alliance of the two kingdoms didn't occur and that the Huns invaded and subsequently took over China without the two armies united against them.
* The opening of ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' depicts the titular creatures teaming up throughout history with various evil historical figures, including Genghis Khan and Napoleon. As one Tumblr post [[https://poison-liker.tumblr.com/post/122686710044/kushlungs666-according-to-the-official-minions pointed out,]] those two alone mean that the Minions assisted in the deaths of tens of millions of people at bare minimum. The fact that they go into hiding during World War II also [[FridgeHorror implies that]] the reason Minions didn't assist in the Holocaust was that they didn't get the opportunity.

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* At the climax of ''Film/TheTestamentOfDrMabuse'', Lohmann entirely fails to prevent Dr. Baum from setting fire to the chemical works, which Dr. Mabuse's notes predicted would kill thousands of local residents with poisonous fumes. Possibly averted since both Lohmann and Baum spend some time chasing each other around the burning works with no kind of protective equipment, and don't suffer anything worse than brief coughing fits.
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'', even though the ending itself was bittersweet enough, with Wikus losing what remaining humanity he has left, there is the possibility that once Christopher returns to his home planet the other Prawns won't be too pleased to know what happens to the others who are still held captive. Given the kind of technology they have, the human race will not only be facing a possible alien invasion but also suffer a similar fate, or something much worse than what they put the captive Prawns through.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'': Axis Chemical ''is blown up by Batman'', destroying the source of Joker's smilex gas. While this is good, there must have been at least a hundred people, [[WhatMeasureIsAMook henchmen granted]], inside the plant, and a massive chemical fire spewing out fumes. And there's Batman's cutting the lines to the Joker's balloons and letting them float away, which was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in Magazine/{{Mad}} Magazine's parody of the movie:
-->'''Icky Vale:''' But won't the loose balloons fly over another city, and poison other people?\\
'''Battyman:''' [[MoralMyopia That's]] ''[[MoralMyopia their]]'' [[MoralMyopia problem]]!
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Gordon says that "the Narrows is lost". That's an entire section of the city, albeit isolated from the rest of Gotham, consumed by the Scarecrow's fear toxin, including most of Gotham's available police force. The path the train took before it crashed probably wasn't too pretty either while Fox was mixing up a cure. Somehow, though, Batman and the remaining police apparently brought things back from the brink in time for ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
** Parts of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'''s viral marketing campaign focused on the aftermath of the city being exposed to the toxin in ''Begins''. The results was a sudden increase of mental illness in the city because of the contaminated drinking water; this could explain why Gotham's got so many madmen for the Joker to recruit, and why Arkham's got a revolving door. But there's no indicator that the people infected by the toxin were permanently damaged by the toxin; Rachel was a special case, as she was given a "concentrated dose" as said by Scarecrow. Odds are, most of the people infected by the fear toxin were able to recover after a time when the water vaporizer was destroyed.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' a city of 12 million people is taken hostage and cut off from the rest of the world. While food supplies are being brought in on the one remaining bridge, the logistics of fairly distributing them to a terrified populace without a police force almost certainly means rioting, anarchy, and mass starvation. It puts the eerily empty streets in a new light. And during the climax, Batman ''destroys a skyscraper'' that's in his way, and during the battle a lot of other buildings are hit with explosives. Either it was an act of major desperation, or he felt confident no one was alive inside. Either way, that's a lot of deaths.
* In ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' Pottersville has more excitement and a superior economic infrastructure. Bedford Falls only has a moderate manufacturing economy and no obvious places to find excitement. Once the factory closes down, Bedford Falls will suffer depression and unemployment. Pottersville has backup industries, such as the nightclubs, that can encourage outside investment.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'': It's strongly implied this happened to most of the ''Pearl's'' crewmen, when Will Turner finds Cotton's parrot, and it squawks "Don't eat me!" Later on, Will is in a cage made out of bones with the other pirates...
-->'''Will:''' Where's the rest of the crew?\\
'''Gibbs:''' These cages we're in... were not built until ''after'' we got here.
** ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]'': From Barbossa's account of the ''Pearl's'' capture, the audience can assume that Jack, Barbossa, Gibbs, and Jack the Monkey are the only survivors left of the ''Pearl's'' crew. Granted, Jack the Monkey was alive aboard the bottled ''Pearl'', but he's immortal anyway. Cotton's parrot is also seen, which might mean that the rest of the crew is still alive on it. Or that the parrot survived on its own.
* ''Film/SoylentGreen'': Okay, so maybe for sake of argument, the secret does successfully get out, and the Soylent Corporation is shut down. But what are the common masses going to do? The Earth, for the most part is screwed ecologically, the only way to get a [[OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap decent meal]] without paying for it is to steal or kill for it. The world is headed for anarchy, if it isn't already. Most likely though, the company's influence will keep the secret suppressed, only allowing it to survive in small rumors and urban legends amongst the people. The whole reason there ''was'' a secret was that the environmental damage is far worse than the public is aware (the oceans are ''dead'' not ''dying''). Soylent Green is the only sustainable food source left, though unfortunately about as sustainable as [[http://www.snopes.com/critters/disposal/catrat.asp a cat and rat farm.]]
* In the remake of ''Film/TheAndromedaStrain'', humanity in the future sends a sample of a [[{{Nanomachines}} Nanobot virus]] dead set on killing humanity with [[CrypticConversation (very roundabout)]] instructions on how to beat it and (presumably) to keep some o' that cure around for when it comes in the future. They stop the virus, but continue with the [[GreenAesop deep sea excavation]] that will [[FantasticAesop cause the extinction of the only thing capable of stopping it]], so the future is [[NeglectfulPrecursors completely screwed because of us.]] This is not helped by the fact that a shadowy government organization kept a small sample of the Andromeda Strain, and it's even implied to have gotten loose since the message sent from the future referred to its storage code.
* Although not a "Holocaust" exactly, in ''Film/ConAir'', Garland Greene manages to survive the events of the film, and is last seen happily engaged in casino gaming. As we all know, demented, crazed serial killers, ''don't just "get better".'' Had the movie run just a bit longer, we might have gotten to see him convert Casino patrons into headgear.
* ''Of the Dead'' films:
** ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' and ''Film/LandOfTheDead'' have the remnants of humanity holed up and later get eaten, save for a handful of survivors. At least in the case of ''Land of the Dead'' the zombies were growing smarter, so maybe they'll evolve back to a human intelligence and live happy but smelly lives themselves.
** The original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' is less explicit in its implication that the remainder of humanity is doomed at the hands and mouths of hordes of zombies, and more implicit that the remainder of humanity will destroy itself due to paranoia and mob rule. At the end of the film, Ben is the only survivor of his group. Upon trying to signal a posse of gun-toting zombie hunters, he's mistaken for a zombie, shot in the head and killed. The posse piles him up with other dead zombies, specifically laying him next to the first zombie seen in the movie. The implication is that this posse will shoot first, ask questions later, a rather hopeless situation for Ben and other surviving humans in his same position. There was also a mention of how the posse kept making their way into places heavily surrounded by zombies in order to find survivors, but never found any. Meaning that no one was able to tell the living from the dead and just kept shooting on sight.
* ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'':
** The super-storm may be over, but the world's problems are just beginning. An entire hemisphere now buried under uninhabitable ice, major cities destroyed, some serious overcrowding and resources issues imminent for the refugees who fled south... The astronaut's hopeful line that "the air never looked so clear" demonstrates that the writers did not quite think this through.
** In the real world, it is likely the remaining American citizens and soldiers may face violence and/or persecution in Mexico given the resource issues and the sheer flood of refugees (and soldiers who could be seen as invaders) - and the fact that the United States is now near-powerless. The film tries to hand-wave this by saying the US President had forgiven Latin American debt in return for accepting refugees: surely the present global economic system would collapse with North America, Europe and Russia uninhabitable, and how can debts be owed to a country that no longer exists?
** Of course this can be chalked up to the screenwriter not thinking the implications of said events through. Something quite common in disaster movies actually.
** Most of the Northern hemisphere is covered in ice and snow. White ice and snow. Which means huge albedo. Which means it will not warm up and melt.[[note]]The white coloration of the ice and snow, 'albedo,' means that it will reflect more sunlight than it absorbs--somewhat ironically, the exact opposite of a greenhouse effect.[[/note]] In the case ice or snow fields pass under the 20 degrees circle of latitude, it means one thing - the whole planet will freeze, because of the huge albedo effect. Guess around which latitude the Mexican border (the first patch of land not covered with ice) is. And even if that won't turn Earth into a snowball, it will destroy most life on it thanks to huge climactic changes. Moreover, much - probably most - of the world's arable land is in the Northern Hemisphere, so even if millions or billions died there will still be a major effect on food supply for the survivors.
* At the end of the remake of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008'' Klaatu sacrifices his physical form to stop the Gort nanobot cloud... by unleashing a massive EMP like pulse that covers the entire Earth. The last few minutes of the movie show ''entire cities'' shutting down... and the movie ends. Now, there are two ways to interpret this: the pulse shut down all electronics temporarily (maybe even shutting down all mechanical devices as shown by how Helen's simple mechanical watch no longer works after the blast), which would cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people (such as airplane passengers, people dependent on life support, people with pacemakers...) or it shut down all electronics on Earth ''permanently'' which would not only cause the ''aforementioned'' deaths but eventually lead to the further deaths of ''millions'' due to lack of heating, food spoilage, and the inevitable global mayhem. The implications and the actual effect of such an event are simply ignored due to the movie's abrupt end. The lack of global communications also means that those who knew what happened and why would be unable to warn everyone else why they needed to change. Thus creating the very likely possibility that Klaatu will come back and think the players 'squandered' their second chance (when the warning was actually lost) and kill them all.
** The original ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' put more thought into this - when Klaatu shuts down the Earth's machines for a half-hour, hospitals and in-flight airplanes are specifically exempt. It's not perfect, though. Hope you didn't crash when your car shut down while driving the freeway, because you can't find a functioning phone to call 911 and the ambulances aren't working anyway.
* In ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', Snake Plissken stops all electricity over Earth. Actually, it does not seem like anyone could really consider there to be any "winners" in that movie, unless you think that cutting the power was going to stop the world[[note]]and by 'the world' we mean 'the United States'[[/note]] from tearing itself apart. And in the [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork original film]], Snake destroys the [[MacGuffin nuclear fusion tape]], sabotaging the post-war conference between the United States, the Soviet Union and China. (The novelization, [[AllThereInTheManual which gives a lot more background and character detail]], subverts this neatly: said tape in question is what the slimeball US President is hoping to use as an ace in the hole to force the Soviet Union and China into doing what ''he'' wants. Plissken's destruction of the tape isn't going to cause another war: it's just going to ensure that the balance of power remains unchanged and business carries on as usual.)
* ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'' ends with ComicBook/{{Galactus}} (who in the film appears as a huge sentient cloud ''several times'' the size of Earth) '''exploding''' in a suitably impressive fashion, all while he was about halfway through munching on the Earth's core. Basically, it's the ''Film/IndependenceDay'' mothership times a hundred, plus whatever damage you would expect from having huge, miles deep holes buried in the planet's crust.
* The CultClassic ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' movie has Gordon stopping Ming from sending the [[ColonyDrop moon crashing]] into earth. Gordon tracks how long this will take, using a MagicCountdown device, stopping the collision JustInTime. Even if that's enough to save the world, the moon's orbit is now royally screwed, and the Earth should have already been subject to catastrophic tidal effects. The opening sequence of the movie indicated Ming was playing with Earth's geological and meteorological events for fun, making it worse. The novelization stated that time moved differently on Earth and Mongo, so while Ming has been playing with Earth only quite recently, the effects had been happening for several years. This also implied that the Moon would still be safely away from Earth to maintain a stable orbit once Flash wins.
* ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'': It's never spelled out just how many people were killed by the Klowns, but they were scooping people up all over town (to the point that they needed a giant vacuum cleaner for the job) and there were a ''lot'' of cotton candy cocoons in the tent ship. The number's probably in the hundreds. The movie ends on a lighthearted PieInTheFace gag however.
* ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' has the fairies forced underground by humanity's expansion into their rightful territory. With the entire royal family dead and the Golden Army unusable, their civilisation will most likely be split by rival claimants to the throne, and the BPRD has lost its heroic members, so there's nothing standing in humanity's way to continue expanding, driving the fairies to extinction. And this is without taking into account that in the films, HumansAreTheRealMonsters, to the point that when the forest god dies it creates a forest compared in the novelisation to Eden - which humans then pollute and destroy.
* In ''Film/IAmLegend'', a cure is found and delivered to a walled city housing some survivors. But considering the infectees' physical capabilities, how is that city wall going to stop them? And what good will the cure be if it requires that the infectees be captured alive, restrained, and packed in ice while it's administered? The opening narration says that TheVirus killed 90% of humanity, with almost every survivor instead becoming a Dark Seeker (only 12 million of 600 million not killed by the virus were straight up immune). "Curing" them is logistically impossible. Also, what's the point? It's hard to imagine the surviving pockets of humanity wanting to mount a planet-wide kidnapping war just to end up with half a billion bed-ridden invalids. And after years of being a monster, what kind of lives can the cured have? The original (alternate?) ending would've implied all that; there the Dayseekers weren't mindless creatures but trying to rescue one of their own. Even with a cure, sheer numbers would've forced a coexistence, at best. According to the director's cut advertising, this was a controversial idea. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16258_5-awesome-movies-ruined-by-last-minute-changes.html This article addresses it pretty clearly.]]
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', the [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion unmitigated and total victory over the aliens]] is wonderfully uplifting, until you realize that the aliens blew up all the major nations' capitals and several dozen of its primary cities in the days they went unopposed. Did we mention that, thanks to industrialization, around 90% of the developed world's population now live in cities? Also, the effects of a ship 1/4 the size of the moon blowing up (due to a ''nuclear explosion'', no less) cannot be good. Especially not if the [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060728101642/http://intuitor.com/moviephysics/independ.html theory]] that the alien weapons were powered by antimatter is correct.
* ''Film/IpMan'' concludes the final fight with the speculators overpowering the Japanese guards to get to the wounded hero, then cuts to him being taken to safety and later to his real-life success. What happens to the Foshan townsfolk as a result of the most probable Japanese response is left unknown. The sequel shows the Japanese taking out their anger on one of Ip's allies, but the fate of the rest remains unknown.
* In ''Film/LogansRun'', all the people are forced to evacuate their city of CrystalSpiresAndTogas, when the [[AIIsACrapshoot Evil AI]] that ran it is defeated. Despite the evil, it was a beautiful and decadent {{Utopia}} where no one had wants or needed to know a valuable skill or trade. [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans The downside]] was it killed them at 30. To put it plainly, these humans are entirely dependent on machines to provide and don't even know what the Sun is. The Sun! Saying 90% of the thousands of refugees died in the winter would be optimistic, as they knew nothing about wilderness survival and had only one senile elder human to teach them how to survive.
* In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', as pointed out in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16570_p2.html this]] Cracked article. Neo wins! All people can be free from the Matrix if they want to leave! Yay!...Oh wait that means billions of people finding out their life is a total lie and they can choose to keep living knowing it's a lie. Or they can go die in a post apocalyptic wasteland. ''VideoGame/TheMatrixOnline'' has the Machines not objecting to the pre-existing freeing process - people are still offered the choice of red pill (freedom) or blue pill (this is a dream, nothing's unreal about the life you lead), but humans don't ''have'' to. There is simply no more war in the real world, so freed humans who would or previously would have lived in Zion before moving permanently to their hovercraft may choose to work for the Merovingian or the Machines themselves; the insinuation is that the real world is meaningless with the Machines' willingness to kill all the humans now gone, because the humans can't populate the surface, and the Machines still need live humans for the processing power of their brains. In the end, nobody can ''use'' the real world, but everyone ''needs'' the Matrix to keep running as usual.
* The fact that the workers and the capitalists reconcile at the end of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' doesn't change the fact that the city is in ruins and all the machines it depended on were destroyed. Sure, Joh Fredersen knows how to build the city, but the man who took care of all the tech details just [[DisneyVillainDeath fell off the cathedral roof]]. Besides, where are all the workers supposed to live after their homes flooded out?
* In ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' the alien Eros claims that the human race must be destroyed to prevent it developing the solaronite bomb, a weapon that will [[CriticalResearchFailure explode the at]][[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics oms of sunlight]], thereby destroying the entire universe. Since the aliens are defeated at the end, we must assume that either a) more of the aliens will arrive to complete the destruction of the Earth, or b) humans ''will'' develop the solaronite and destroy the universe. Either way we're screwed. Alternatively, that's not so much a research and logic failure as it is Eros not actually having any better understanding of what he's talking about than the movie's writers. Since it's ''[[SoBadItsGood Plan 9 From Outer Space]]'', the fact that all life in the movie's universe could be destroyed isn't necessarily a bad thing, and many viewers would likely consider it a relief or even a mercy.
* ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'' has the last known remnants of humanity flee to Alaska in a four seater helicopter (don't worry, it managed to carry all two dozen of them. It was made out of a ClownCar, you see). It's worth mentioning that the T-Virus has completely killed all other plant and animal life. So really, humanity is boned with or without the zombies. The last movie implies that the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Umbrella Corporation]] is still active and functional, and could potentially save humanity [[TooDumbToLive if they would just pull their head out.]]
* At the climax of ''Film/SmallSoldiers'', Chip Hazard hijacks the truck containing all the toys, and unleashes several hundred Commando Elite toys on our heroes. It's probably best that the movie didn't go into what most likely happened to all the ''Gorgonite'' toys that were in that truck. Also, at the end of the film, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Gil Mars]] plans to manufacture ''more'' of them, add a few zeroes to the price and sell them to ''the military''. "I know some rebels in Central America who will find them quite entertaining."
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The destruction of Alderaan must have had some effects on the rest of the galaxy. It was a Core world and implied to be powerful and rich. Surely the complete explosion of an entire world would cause economic collapse on other planets that relied heavily on trade with it. Additionally, even ignoring the economic and political consequences, a planet exploding and leaving chunks of debris scattered around would make the whole solar system uninhabitable and likely destroy any ships nearby.
** A classic example is the destruction of the Death Star II in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Some fans claim the effects of a moon-sized ship being blown up in orbit around Endor's moon would have almost annihilated all life on the planet, supported by the Special Edition showing chunks of the Death Star II raining like hailstones. [[WordOfGod George Lucas stated that it didn't happen,]] with the result [[NoEndorHolocaust naming a trope]]. See [[http://theforce.net/swtc/holocaust.html this]] website for details.
** The trope as it applies to the personnel ''aboard'' Death Star II is {{discussed|Trope}} at length in ''{{Film/Clerks}}'', pointing out that since the station was still under construction, there were surely plenty of civilian workers. A construction worker who overhears mentions that this was the very reason he turned down a roofing job for a known mafia boss; his friend who took the job was not so lucky.
** A canonical example is the Death Star holocaust, i.e. the rank-and-file Imperial troops, contractors, etc. that died when the rebellion blew up the first Death Star. In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], the New Republic put the official number of deaths as 500,000, but the real number is more like ''5 million'', and the lowered estimate is pure propaganda.
*** It's been [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4Y3dlTDAxw theorized]] that the destruction of the first Death Star was catastrophic on a scale that all previous theories couldn't match - an ''economic'' scale. Building it was the most expensive project in recorded history. It carried a massive amount of manpower and combat strength. Its commander, Grand Moff Tarkin, was third in the line of succession behind Palpatine and Vader. ''Democratic government'' had been dismantled in favor of literal gunship diplomacy, based around this one military asset. Despite that, life in the galaxy was pretty much "business as usual". It was just another government project, and few people outside the Imperial military even knew it ''existed'' - not out of any attempt at secrecy, but general ''apathy''. The Galactic Empire was rolling along smoothly, and most people didn't even ''care'' that Alderaan was destroyed, like most didn't think twice about Waco. When it was destroyed, however, it was pretty much [[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]]; massive reductions in private spending, increased sympathy for the government - it drove the galaxy into a recession, and the war against the Rebellion into overdrive. It still worked out damn well for the Rebellion, as it proved that the Empire not only wasn't invincible, but its single most powerful asset couldn't protect itself from "terrorists."
** A smaller example is the Battle of Coruscant in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'': That battle wasn't in space, but rather the planet's upper atmosphere. That one Separatist frigate, and other ship in the battle that gets shot down is going ''down'', and given the fact that the planet is one big city, is guaranteed to hit ''something''. For that matter, we actually see the ship the Jedi crash down in knock over buildings; the inevitable death toll is never acknowledged.
*** The visual guide states that four people died when Anakin crashed onto the runway, but tens of thousands more would have done so if he hadn't. Additionally, the novelization pulls no punches by outright stating that hundreds of thousands of people were dying via collateral damage for every hour that the battle dragged on.
* In ''Film/TheTimeMachine2002'', the leader of the Morlocks says that there are many more Morlock colonies other than the one the hero blows up in the climax. Add to this the fact that it's made clear that YouCantFightFate and that the hero sees a future in which the Morlocks have conquered the Eloi and the only logical conclusion is that the other Morlocks will eventually kill him and all his friends.
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' closes with the revelation that the Rage virus didn't spread beyond Great Britain and the rest of the world is OK, but one is left wondering what effect the gruesome death of tens of millions of people, plus the full abandonment of one of the world's greatest economic and military powers (and a nuclear state to boot), would have on the global economy and political-military status quo. The picture gets grimmer in ''[[Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater 28 Weeks Later]]'', which ends with the infection crossing the English Channel into France.
* ''Film/X2XMenUnited'':
** [[GeneralRipper William Stryker]] uses a DoomsdayDevice that would cause the death of every mutant in the world. ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, the only one outfitted with a protective helmet, stopped the device half way and turned it against humans. Everyone on earth suffered seizures, first a tiny minority all at once then the rest of the population all at once, within a few minutes. Commuters, pilots, swimmers, skydivers, people with heart conditions, everyone in a hospital... at least thousands of people must have died. The third movie not only ignores these events, they suggest that the relations between humans and mutants somehow got better! Plus, even if no one died, every mutant in the world just had painful, highly visible seizures in front of their normal human neighbors, and in turn was perfectly fine when every human had them. If Mystique's small scale SuperpowerMeltdown is any indication, some of them will also have very noticeably [[BrokenMasquerade blown their cover]] and taken all ambiguity out of [[TheUnmaskedWorld existence]], and made themselves even bigger targets for hate crimes.
** ComicBook/{{Storm}} calls down four tornadoes to do away with some pursuing jet fighters tailing the Blackbird. It was a cool scene, but she could have caused quite a bit of damage to the New England countryside in the event that she was not careful and did not keep them in the air. The pilots bail out of the two F-16s she takes out, but who knows what they hit on the ground? Two out of control fighter planes, loaded with fuel and live weapons.
* In ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', part of Apocalypse's plan involves [[spoiler:using Magneto to manipulate the Earth's magnetic poles and bring metal out of the ground, destroying major cities and paving the way for mutants to lead. Although Magneto eventually performs a HeelFaceTurn and helps the rest of the students bring Apocalypse down for good, his actions still result in untold damage, cities shown being destroyed on-screen and an explicit mention of ''millions'' of casualties. Despite this, the government apparently acknowledges him as a hero and are stunned to learn that he helped stop the threat]]. The supposed casualties are never addressed after this, and the ending is otherwise positive.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', V'Ger is seen to destroy objects as it stores them as information in its memory. Inside V'Ger, ''Enterprise'' encounters several representations of things that have undergone this process. These representations include entire planets.
** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' is the only Trek film with no deaths...''on-screen''. As badly as the whale probe was wreaking havoc with Earth's biosphere--it was even in the process of evaporating the oceans--the probe probably killed thousands and caused years worth of climate change.
** In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', the explosion on Praxis was powerful enough to pose serious risk to ''Excelsior'' as far away as the Federation side of the Neutral Zone. Hard to imagine what it did to Qo'noS, the capitol of the Klingon Empire and the planet that Praxis was in orbit of.
** The ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot. Vulcan was the voice of peace and reason in the Federation. With it [[EarthShatteringKaboom gone]] we should expect a much more violent history. This means less hippie-talk of peace and diplomacy, and more [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks shooting bad guys]]. Furthermore, with many of the Federation's current best-and-brightest gone with the Vulcan Science Academy (and many more never to be born)... its technological future looks pretty grim. Unless Future!Spock intervenes pretty heavily and often, you have to wonder what will happen to the Federation when the Borg eventually stumble across it.
** * Not exactly a "holocaust" in the traditional sense, but [[spoiler:Krall's attack on the USS ''Enterprise'']] in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' results in a ruinous death toll among the ''Enterprise'' crew. Likely less than 10% of a crew of 1,100 survived.
** There are also two new star-sized black holes in inhabited Federation space, one where Vulcan used to be and one near the solar system. Such radical shifts in local gravity is going to have major consequences.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': [[spoiler:The crash of the ''Vengeance'' in downtown San Francisco must have caused a remarkably high number of civilian and military casualties]].
*** An establishing shot of Qo'noS shows that the above mentioned Praxis disaster happened decades earlier than it did in the prime universe (and the film suggests that, at least in this timeline, [[StateSec Section 31]] was responsible for it). When Kirk leads an away team to Qo'noS' surface, several scenes show an abandoned city and industrial area that makes the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone look like Disneyland. It's not clear if the two events are connected, but clearly something very, ''very'' bad happened there.
* ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard''. Okay, folks, imagine you had basically shut down the country's entire infrastructure, including police and firefighter communications, programmed traffic lights to give contradictory instructions, ''and'' done your best to inspire a mass panic by transmitting nationwide a (faked) video of the White House blowing up. Merely shooting the bad guy is not going to clean all this up.
* ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' has this in both endings. In "I slept too long", his problem is pretty obvious, and in "Hail to the King", Deadites can still freely possess anyone, anywhere, and Ash is essentially doomed to live in a randomly zombifying world. The comics rolled with this.
* In ''Film/AlienResurrection'' Ripley saves the day by crashing the xenomorph-filled ship into the Earth causing an impact blast hundreds of miles wide, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero most likely destroying the biosphere in the process]]. In the novelization (based on the original script) you learn that Earth was mostly screwed already, which is why one of the characters says, "Earth... what a shithole." The only people still on the planet are the ones that can't ''afford'' to leave for one of the colonies which may have some UnfortunateImplications of its own.
* In ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'', our human survivor is left in the middle of Antarctica. Alone. Without a coat. In real life, she would've frozen to death ''before'' the credits rolled, but I guess we can just assume it happened afterward. Unless, and this is not shown, she quickly uses the vehicle nearby and finds her way to the boat that brought them there which is still afloat with a live crew to drive it.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. Unless they somehow get decent leaders and some humanitarian aid, everyone on Planet Spaceball is apparently going to die of hypoxia. They're [[SurroundedByIdiots all]] {{asshole|Victim}}s anyway.
* ''Film/{{Blindness}}''. How people survived the movie at all is a miracle in and of itself, several weeks without food or running water for at least the majority of the populace (in the novel, the female lead is the ONLY person to retain their sight). There are... [[ImAHumanitarian surprisingly few corpses]], considering how food production must have stopped entirely.
* Famously, ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' ends with the von Trapps heading off on foot to Switzerland, which they claim is "just over the mountains" from Salzburg. The problem is, [[HollywoodAtlas it's not]]. ''Germany'' is though. That is of course considering whether or not they make it over the Alps in the first place, with no protection or supplies. Which is why the real von Trapp family escaped to Italy via train, then got to Switzerland from there. But that would've been too complicated for a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
** The heroic nuns who sabotaged the Nazis' vehicles were probably treated to more than a slap on the wrist. Nazis, eh? Bastards.
* ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'': Somebody sets up a plot to destroy all the surrogates and kill the humans linked into them in the process. The hero manually engages the safety overrides on all the pods but at the last minute decides to have the weapon go off anyway, destroying the surrogates while leaving human beings intact. So one billion surrogates conducting business, operating machines, driving cars, etc, suddenly shut down and one billion atrophied shut-ins must now emerge to try to deal with the ensuing mayhem. The graphic novel at least plays the ending for ambiguity -- [[spoiler:sure, all the shut-ins are back out in the real world, but it's only a matter of time until someone redevelops the Surrogate technology. And the main character's wife kills herself because she can't stand the idea of being seen as-is]].
* The Podcast/RiffTrax for ''Film/AeonFlux'' hangs a lampshade on the "back to nature" ending:
--> "Yes--leave your idyllic city life with its culture, lack of disease, and flush toilets. Go into the dank forest! Sharpen young ash branches, kill monkeys and eat their internal organs...learn to live without hygiene, without medicine, with no resistance to disease...enjoy the fruits of cholera, dysentery, and as-of-yet unidentified stomach worms..."
* ''Film/{{Predators}}'' ends with the two surviving main characters killing the final predator as the next 'game' begins. They mention how they're going to try and find another way off the planet they are on. Which is well and good, but if [[LargeHam Crazy Laurence Fishburne]] is anything to go by, there will be another group of predators for that game, and they have absolutely no intention on letting them get off. And even if they find another ship and somehow get it to fly offworld, they better hope it has a map to Earth...
* Intentionally invoked in ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', the protagonist of the film manages to escape from his captors and from a grisly fate as a HumanSacrifice in a Mayan city, he is also reunited with his wife and children. The problem? The Spaniards have arrived to Yucatán, and we all know that in a few years they will overrun the entire peninsula, subjugating any people they encounter.
* At the end of ''Film/TheChinaSyndrome'', the television broadcast from the nuclear reactor starts getting static, stronger and stronger, before the signal is lost. Cue SilentCredits.
* In ''Film/AliensInTheAttic'', Spark returns home after [[HeelFaceTurn helping the kids]] prevent the invasion. But his two compatriots also return to their home planet. One would think that it wouldn't take long for the alien leaders to find out about Spark's betrayal, so that probably wasn't a happy reunion with his family.
* The source of much controversy surrounding the end of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' was, appropriately, the apparent apocalyptic fate of Kurtz's compound. Although Coppola explicitly said that he didn't mean that [[spoiler:Kilgore called in an airstrike]], the [[spoiler:opening of the movie]] has been [[EpilepticTrees taken]] to be exactly that.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' published a particularly disturbing (but incredibly plausible) interpretation regarding the ending of the movie ''Film/{{Big}}''. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18793_5-reasons-big-had-most-depressing-happy-ending-ever.html Check it out yourself.]]
* ''Film/TrueGrit'' (the 2010 version) in regards to Matt Damon's character [=LaBoeuf=]. His last appearance consists of him being left behind as Rooster rides off to get Mattie's snake bite treated. But the problem is that just a few moments ago he had suffered a horrible whack over the back of the head with a large rock, bad enough to knock him out cold, and at this point he is visibly bleeding from the mouth and his speech is slightly slurred. That, added with the length of time it takes for Rooster to get help for Mattie (it's night when they reach a doctor) it's entirely possible that [=LaBoeuf=] died of his head injuries before Rooster could get back. That's supported by Mattie's comment 25 years later that she never heard from [=LaBoeuf=] again after the shootout, and the fact that this head injury ''did'' kill [=LaBoeuf=] in the original 1969 movie.
* Another character-specific example is found in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. Cameron Frye is last seen resolving to, for the first time in his life, have it out with his domineering and emotionally distant father after accidentally totaling the latter's priceless Ferrari. This is the final step in his metamorphosis from a sad, shy hypochondriac to an assertive, confident adult, and it's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] -- but the facts remain thus: the Ferrari is beyond saving, and the elder Frye, who prioritizes his material wealth, ''especially the Ferrari,'' to the exclusion of everything and everyone else, will be home shortly. And if Cameron pre-CharacterDevelopment was as deathly afraid of his father as he said he was, one can safely infer that his father has given him ''damn good reason'' to be. So despite his newfound strength and confidence, the ensuing confrontation very likely did ''not'' end well for him. Suffice it to say, [[FanficFuel many fanfics]] have been written depicting this scene, with varying outcomes.
* ''Film/RoboCop3'': During the climax of the film, a self-destruct device is set off that Robocop and two other characters narrowly escape from by flying away on a jetpack. The implications of a ''thermo''-failsafe device obliterating OCP's headquarters (the tallest and largest building in the city) and causing an explosion that engulfed the entire surrounding area are never discussed or elaborated upon. Apparently, the viewer is supposed to be happy that Robo and his friends successfully stopped [=McDaggett=] and OCP from bulldozing Old Detroit, while ignoring that at least dozens of OCP employees (and presumably a large chunk of Detroit's downtown core) was just destroyed.
* Military-history experts agree that none of ''Film/KellysHeroes'' would have had much chance to spend any of the gold they stole. Kelly's group would have been shot at and/or arrested when they tried to move back across the American lines in a German truck, and Oddball's crew would've almost certainly gotten killed, leaving the scene in a defective Tiger while the General's forces are securing the area. Though given [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the era that the film was made]] it's a safe surmise that they deserted at the end.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'': The main character [[RidingIntoTheSunset drives off into the sunset]] after getting everyone who might go after Irene and Benicio. But, he's just been stabbed in the gut by a guy who killed his last target with a single quick slash. And now that the leaders of much of the LA mob are dead there's going to be a mad power struggle and, maybe, a war with the East Coast mob at the same time.
* The 1935 Creator/ErrolFlynn movie ''Film/CaptainBlood'' ends with Flynn's character appointed the new governor of the English colony on Jamaica, based out Port Royal, by the new king, William III. The revolution that brought William to the throne took place in 1688. Port Royal was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Royal#Earthquake_of_1692_and_its_aftermath completely destroyed by an earthquake]] in 1692.
* ''Film/DeathProof'' ends with the heroines beating the crazed stunt driver to death - but makes no mention of what will happen when they come back from their test drive with major damage to the seller's car. And then there's the girl they left behind as collateral for the test drive, implying that she was a porn star...
* In the ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'' episode about ''{{Literature/Perfume}}: The Story of a Murderer'', horrifying implications are pointed out about the penultimate scene, where Grenouille uses his perfect perfume to cause the crowd at his execution to [[LoveIsInTheAir forget about it and start screwing each other]]. One, people came with their families for the execution and the scene shows the amorous citizens grabbing the closest person to them. Wouldn't this mean many people would end up [[IncestIsRelative screwing their relatives]]? Second, executions [[ValuesDissonance back then were publicly open for all ages]]. Wouldn't this mean some people would end up screwing ''their children''?
* A smaller-scale example that draws upon RealLife; the movie ''Film/BoogieNights'', which chronicles the changing fortunes of a porn star based on John Holmes through the 1970s and 1980s, ends at some point in the early 1980s with the characters reunited and getting back to work. It seems like a happy ending, but this trope kicks in when you realize that it ends just before the outbreak of the HIV/AIDS crisis which, among other things, ravaged the porn industry as numerous performers were infected due to unsafe sex practices. Among them was John Holmes, who the main character is based on.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'':
** The battle in Smallville not only involves Supes and the other Kryptonians fighting in a populated town smashing through inhabited buildings with reckless abandon, but the US military fires ''missiles'' into the town, yet not a single civilian death is seen or mentioned.
** The final battle sequence involves General Zod's World Engine destroying a major chunk of Metropolis' core, and the ensuing evacuation shots show pieces of (and entire) buildings collapsing and falling on fleeing members of the populace. Likewise, the final fight between Clark and Zod results in at least one building's structural integrity weakening (due to Zod using his heat vision to incinerate the supporting columns), and a satellite crashing into the city. Yet, in the final scene (where Clark bikes to the Daily Planet), life has seemingly returned to normal and no civilian causalities of any kind are mentioned.
** The '''massive''' probable civilian death toll of the climax of ''Man of Steel'' in any kind of naturalistic universe led to a full-scale backlash against this trope among both fans and mainstream media film critics, which led to several superhero and SF films of 2015-16 (such as ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' and ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'') taking great and unsubtle pains to avoid it.
* An earlier Superman example, in ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'': Superman ''moves the moon'' to create a total solar eclipse and de-power Nuclear Man. No mention of how this would have completely mucked up the tides and endangered countless lives. But then again, it's not the only thing the film casually overlooked (such as [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace the ability to breathe, even talk, in space...]])
* ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'': How many millions of people died when [[spoiler:the crash of the entire world's power networks shut down hospitals, stopped providing refrigeration for food, stopped helping regulate temperature in extreme regions, etc.]]?
* The Korean film ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'' invokes this trope two different ways. The eponymous train is basically run on slave labor, by a corrupt engineer who won't hesitate to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild use children to power his supertrain]]. While the idea of revolting against the engineer and his staff is a good thing, it falls apart when the locomotive section is destroyed, causing the entire train to derail and crash. At this juncture, it really doesn't matter that the evil overlord and his henchmen were killed: with the entire world being a frozen wasteland, all of remaining humanity and life were contained on that one train. Two kids surviving the wreckage, in an environment that experienced mountain men have trouble with, doesn't seem inspiring. The sequence at the end, with the polar bear in the distance looking at the kids, was supposed to inspire hope for life.[[note]]Alternatively, it could inspire hope for ursine life.[[/note]] Only, polar bears are super predators, and known ''Man-Eaters''. Even if the kids could somehow find food, and survive the terrain, there's a non-negligible possibility that they were killed outright 2 minutes after the credits ran.
* Combined with some historical ForegoneConclusion and OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding in the period dramedy ''Film/{{Ridicule}}''. It's set in the court of Louis XVI shortly before UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, and the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue indicates that the hero and heroine (both low-ranked nobility with a social conscience) are married and involved in philanthropic work in Revolutionary France. The film also indicates that the heroine's father has fled to England and is doing well there. No mention is made of the fates of the other characters, who were also aristocrats at court.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Valentine's HatePlague signal was in full effect (with a brief interruption) for about five minutes. It stands to reason that ''several millions'' of people, all over the world, would have killed each other by then. Valentine may not have reached his full goal, but he probably came a long way. It's hard to imagine how the Kingsman could ever hope to cover up this story. It goes further than that. By the end of the movie, an enormous number of world leaders, military generals, and scions of industry are dead, and it would appear nobody knows why. Granted the movie's satire argues they're no great loss, but society would grind to a halt as people worked out and/or started fighting over who was in charge. The rest of the Kingsmen probably had a hell of a mess to clean up. The fact that even people like Dean and his crooks managed to survive suggests that Eggsy, Roxy and Merlin did manage to avert most of the catastrophe. The keyword being ''most'', as very likely the situation is still a terrible one in the aftermath.
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'': No one can say that Truman escaping from what was essentially a one-way glass prison that lasted his entire life wasn't inspiring. But he's probably going to have a lot of trouble adapting to the real world, ''serious'' psychological issues due to everyone in his life lying to him, and being mobbed by a myriad of fans he has generated over the course of his life. And a corporation that produced "the wealth of a small country" has now lost its source of revenue, and is facing serious lawsuits by a guy they imprisoned and spied on for thirty years, which means countless jobs will be lost.
* Most {{Slasher Movie}}s portray anyone who doesn't believe in the killer doll, the killer cyborg, or the killer dream ghost as jackasses who deserve to die, but in reality, why would ''anyone''? There's a good chance that the heroes just survived [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] or [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] only to go to jail forever. Imagine that you just walked into a crime scene with 10 people's entrails all over the floor and a blood-soaked sorority sister holding a butcher knife saying a reanimated corpse did it. Would '''''you''''' take her seriously, and on the off chance that you did, do you think there's a judge, a defense attorney, and 12 other people who would agree with you?
* In both ''Film/CountYorga'' and ''Return of Count Yorga'', despite the title character being killed, NoOntologicalInertia is ''not'' in effect. Meaning the people he turned are still vampires, no longer have their morality and will continue to feed, kill and spread the undead curse. Considering that all the protagonists are either dead or are turned into vampires by the film's end, it's largely implied those turned will continued to do so with no one to oppose them. Especially jarring in the second film when you consider it takes place next to an ''orphanage'' and, outside of Yorga, not ''one'' vampire was staked.
* ''[[Film/{{Oblivion2013}} Oblivion]]'': Even with the Tet gone, humanity is screwed. The planet is a wasteland, most of its water is gone. The survivors have no chance of rebuilding civilization again because the planet now lacks the necessary resources for it. Also, the remains of the Moon are still in orbit and will provide a constant source of large-scale impact events that through their sheer number eventually WILL cause a massive extinction of whatever multi-cellular life still lingers on.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'': The [[PlotArmor main characters get away unscathed]], but there were countless people injured or killed by the dinosaurs. Claire and [=InGen=] are going to face ''years'' of litigation for that. And their company will collapse since no one will want to see another dinosaur theme park. ''Ever''.
* In ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', due to the crop failures and massive dust storms, it's not hard to imagine that a good percentage of the human population had starved to death by the time the film starts. And with [[spoiler: the multiple ships en route to Saturn in the finale]], there might have only been a few million people left. Them seemingly all being American ties logically to corn being the last of the big 5 staple crops to die out. And corn is not one of the higher ones. Rice and wheat sustain the vast majority of the world.
* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'': US-Chinese relations in the aftermath of Goldfinger's plot: China has just financed and supplied a terrorist attack and attempt to detonate a nuclear device on US soil. Worse, despite his globe-trotting nature, Bond never visits mainland China (he does visit Hong Kong, but as a British colony it would be spared in an all-out nuclear war between the US and China).
* Freaking ''ghosts'' are rampaging through the city, the Mayor is seeking counsel from New York's Archbishop, and one of the heroes points out the biblical implications of the dead rising from the grave. How likely is it that the church Mr. Stay Puft stomps on in ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'' would '''not''' be full of frantically praying believers when it got flattened?
* By the end of ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'', [[PlotArmor the main characters are fine]] but billions are dead and the planet is in ruins.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', unlike [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the book it was based on]], doesn't show the bratty kids making it out of the factory. Wonka assures Charlie that they were all fine, but given Wonka has also been shown to be an UnreliableExpositor, some fans theorise that he's just sugarcoating it for Charlie's sake.

* In Dennis Lehane's novel ''Literature/TheGivenDay'', Luther Laurence, a black man in 1919, [[EarnYourHappyEnding goes through a lot of crap just so he can be reunited with his wife and a child he's never seen]] in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the most properous black community in America at the time. The problem the novel doesn't address? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_riot Tulsa's prosperity only lasts another couple years.]] Then shit really hits the fan.
* In the Chinese science-fiction story [[TranslationTrainWreck ''Barrage Jamming''/''Universal Jamming''/''Full-Band Interception'']] by Liu Cixin, The Russians/Chinese ([[UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat depending on the version you're reading]]) defeat NATO by ramming the ''SUN'' with a gigantic fusion-engine laden spaceship thereby creating a ridiculously huge EMP. NATO loses all communications and is defeated. Nobody seems to give a damn how to deal with the magnetic field of the earth and all the radiation afterwards. Though in some parts of the story, it [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis is referred to as "history"]], so humanity must have survived somehow. Later, Liu Cixin remade parts of the story into ''Literature/BallLightning'', to avoid the sun-ramming part.
* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'':
** Although the book ends on a hopeful note, it's also set up in such a way that one person not being careful enough could start the whole thing over again. But it's also set up in such a way as to indicate humanity has learned much from the experiences chronicled in the book, so it might not be such a horrible fight the next time.
** If you ignore the catastrophic environmental damage, collapse of many state governments, tension between those that are still around... Humanity has learned to fight off the zombies and many people have overcome their differences to work towards rebuilding, but there's the implication that it may be too little too late, especially considering the Holy Russian Empire's freely admitted ambitions of outbreeding and conquering the west.
* Creator/LRonHubbard's ''Literature/TypewriterInTheSky'' has the main character falling into a story. When the story ends, that universe collapses and everyone dies except our protagonist, who returns to the "real world". We, however, know that it's just a story, so once the book ends his universe must be destroyed too.
* The Rapture, as depicted by Tim [=LaHaye=] and Jerry Jenkins in ''Literature/LeftBehind'', means the sudden disappearance of every premillennial dispensationalist Christian and every child in the world (including unborn children), and causes thousands to die in plane crashes. The authors, however, seem to have no idea of how devastating a catastrophe like this would be, and life returns to normal a few days later.
* The ''Literature/ChristCloneTrilogy'' is even worse. The ''Left Behind'' series has a kind of cartoonish logic to all the disasters and plagues due to the terrible writing of the twin authors. The author of the Christ Clone series can actually write, and all the disasters are lovingly detailed. You'll be having nightmares after reading it, trust me.
* ''The Gripping Hand'', the long-awaited sequel to ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle, has the Moties' disastrous breeding cycle fixed by a parasite spread by air-borne cysts. "Only Moties carrying the parasite will be allowed to leave the Mote system." All it takes is one unscrupulous physician to find a way to kill the "Crazy Eddie Worm" without killing the Motie hosts and bingo, the disaster for the entire galaxy envisioned in the first book is now inevitable. Or something else happening to make the parasite no longer viable in Moties. That doesn't even count the Moties that reached the brown dwarf system.
* In ''Literature/TheRoad'' by Cormac [=McCarthy=], the protagonists are a man and his son, headed south through the ash covered ruins of America. They reach the southern United States, predictably finding it just as dead as the rest of the country. On top of this, the boy's father dies. The boy is found by 'the good guys' in what feels like a [[DeusExMachina forced happy ending]], but then you realize that ''there is no biosphere''. ''Everything is dead''. Eventually, everyone is going to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim starve to death]], [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty be eaten by cannibals]], or [[DiabolusExMachina die of some horrific lung disease]]. [[ShootTheShaggyDog And that will be it]].
* By the end of Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', virtually all industrial facilities have been destroyed or abandoned to ruin, and virtually all oil wells and mines ''in the world'' have been abandoned as worthless when they weren't blown up ''by the heroes themselves'', but it's OK because the evil collectivists have been deposed (and most of them [[KarmaHoudini aren't actually killed]]). And even having one productive copper mine makes up for all the rest that were blown up, because those were subject to taxation and therefore worthless. Sure, the heroic capitalists may have their LostWorld up and running fine, but it is unlikely that their egoistic powers really enough to save the country from spiralling into mayhem and civil war? Even so, [[ValuesDissonance they weren't necessarily going to save the world from mayhem and civil war]]. UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans; they were waiting until they everything was screwed and civilization would have to be rebuilt from the ground up. If one suscribes to the theory that ''Anthem'' is the ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' world in the future, then there was indeed some sort of holocaust.
* In Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep'', the ''happy'' ending involves the destruction of whole civilizations and the deaths of trillions upon trillions of people. Which leads one to wonder, how bad ''was'' [[SealedEvilInACan the Blight]] anyway, if [[GodzillaThreshold that was the better option]]?
* In ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}'', the eponymous Scottish village appears on earth for one day every hundred years. This seems fine until you realize that by the time one year has passed for the villagers, ''36,500 years'' have passed on Earth! How many years will it be before the land the town inhabits is rolled over by an ice-age glacier, or flooded by the polar ice caps melting, or the Earth becomes uninhabitable in some other way? And this was supposed to keep the townspeople safe!
* The much-discussed appendix of ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' is an inverted example: if no one can topple Ingsoc, it is curious that an in-universe document talks about them in the past tense. On face this could mean that they imploded under their own weight. However, Orwell once said that the appendix didn't necessarily mean Ingsoc and Oceania fell. There's also the theory that Airstrip One (aka Great Britain) is a North Korea-esque state, and the rest of the world is much the same as our world.
* In ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'', humanity is nearly completely wiped out by a nuclear war, and the last three or so stories in the anthology deal with its aftermath. In them, it is established that the number of survivors could be counted on one hand; of them, only two pairs were couples who later had children. The last story is meant to imply that the two families met up and intermarried, but even then, there is not enough genetic diversity for humanity to continue reproducing. In a few generations, the fertility of everyone will drop to zero due to genetic diseases and the negative effects of inbreeding. It's written by Creator/RayBradbury, so this is probably intentional.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}: Breaking Dawn'' ends with the Volturi admitting defeat and leaving the Cullens alone and Bella and Edward being left to have a happy marriage for eternity, with no one else wanting to shanghai members of the family or [[spoiler:kill their daughter]]. They all apparently have forgotten that Aro touched Edward's hand during the climax, thus giving him access to ''all'' of Edward's thoughts and thus now has knowledge of all of the powers of the gathered vampires, including Bella, who was supposed to be the secret ace-in-the-hole. And the book insists that the Volturi would ''never'' give up trying to have their way. More generally, there are very few {{Vegetarian Vampire}}s. There are probably millions of them in the world, feeding every night.
* By the end of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', while [[BigBad Voldemort]] is killed, and his clique is scattered or apprehended, the horde of [[EmotionEater depression-inducing]] and [[EmptyShell soul-sucking]] demons they unleashed upon the world is still around, and never addressed. In addition, Voldemort's racist and genocidal puppet government ran wizarding Britain for almost a year, all the the time brutally persecuting muggle-borns and political opponents. It's safe to say the death toll was probably very heavy, and the muggle-borns in particular may have been almost wiped out.
* In the final book of the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series, ''The Last Guardian'', [[spoiler:Opal Koboi's past self dies, which causes a paradox when ''everything she interacted with spontaneously explodes.'' This includes [[ETGaveUsWifi most of our technology]]]]. Obvious problems, such as planes falling from the sky, are addressed and forgotten about, but this would cause death and destruction on an unimaginable scale, even if they were "small" explosions (not even taking into account all the explosives like ''nuclear missiles''), followed by panic and mass deaths from medical emergencies and starvation, and the collapse of human civilisation as we know it.
* ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'': Two words: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_winter impact winter]]. Suddenly, all that care taken to only ColonyDrop on uninhabited areas seems just a little pointless.
* The FairyTale "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk" ends with Jack chopping down the massive eponymous plant stem, causing the sky-dwelling giant to plummet to his death. And they all lived HappilyEverAfter. Until a few months later, when the stench of the giant's rotting corpse (plus the tons of decaying plant matter) renders the entire area unlivable and fraught with potential death from disease.
* Bulgakov's novels ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'' and ''Literature/HeartOfADog'' both set in the early Soviet Russia before Stalin's Great Terror was started. And there is '''no way''' openly Anti-Soviet Professor Preobrazhensky from ''Literature/HeartOfADog'' can survive the Stalinist purges. Likewise Ivan Bezdomny from ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'' (in fact, Ivan's character was based on poet Ivan Prubludny, who actually was executed in 1937).
* Mythical creatures in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' will far outlive their beloved kings and queens (the ones that don't get zapped back to England, anyway), and the kings and queens will far outlive their animal friends. Although animal life-spans must be enhanced somewhat, seeing that Reepicheep appears in two books that take place three years apart, and under the best conditions mice only live about two years.
* Downplayed in Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches''. The protagonist not only accepts that he will remain a mouse forever, he is extremely optimistic about his short life span, glad that he won't outlive his grandmother. (This only applies to the book though. He gets turned back into a human by the Grand High Witch's assistant at the end of the movie.)
* Any work that was written and set in Europe between the 1870s or thereabouts and the 1930s retroactively became this because of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI all the]] [[UsefulNotes/JosephStalin horrors]] [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany of the]] [[CrapsackWorld twentieth century]]. This goes double for any such work to feature [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust sympathetic Jewish characters]].
* Easy to miss in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheShadowOutOfTime'' due to the focus on the weird experiences of the human protagonist, it's established that the Great Race of Yith escaped extinction at least twice by means of collectively employing their trademark [[GrandTheftMe body swap]] technique and then just never switching back -- once in getting to Earth in the distant past from their homeworld, and once to escape their flying polyp antagonists by jumping far into the future to take over bodies from an insect civilization that doesn't exist yet, but one day will. This means that at least twice they've left the original owners of the bodies they took over to die ''en masse'' in ''their'' abandoned old bodies that they'd suddenly find themselves stuck in with no explanation instead...
** Even worse because Lovecraft [[OlderThanTheyThink took this plot point from an earlier novel]], in which this act is the alien species' crossing of the MoralEventHorizon...
* In the beginning of Creator/LaurenKate's ''Waterfall'' the Earth is flooded as Main/{{Atlantis}} resurfaces. People die, animals die, plants die (after all, they are flooded by salt water). In the end, when [[TheProtagonist Eureka's]] spirit is leaving this world, she looks at people and the world being reborn. Let's assume that plant and animal life is also reborn, along with people - but what about cities and technology?
* All those times that Cadfael eludes, embarrasses, or deftly out-argues Prior Robert or Brother Jerome in the ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' novels become rather less cathartic if you know that, within three years of the series' last novel, the historical Prior Robert became ''the new head of Shrewsbury abbey''. Cadfael's life as a monk-slash-AmateurSleuth probably got a ''lot'' more circumscribed and frustrating once it was ''Abbot'' Robert and ''Prior'' Jerome dictating what he can or cannot investigate ... and heaven help any innocent suspect they'd deny him the chance to exonerate.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' was essentially a show about some 50,000 people surviving after their home planets were wiped out. Despite this, ''by the end of ThePilot'', the cast essentially ignored the genocide.
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', the realisation that there's no one left is brought crashing down on the survivors in all subsequent seasons (though the losses they all would have suffered in the initial attack are continually ignored). But in the ''ending'' of the series, [[spoiler:the survivors (humans and friendly Cylons) end up on our Earth in the past and throw away all available technology and start over]]. The idea that this means [[spoiler:plowing fields by hand, building houses by chopping down trees with stone axes, dying in childbirth, being killed by starvation and disease and wild animals, and losing all of their culture]], while being completely unable to warn anyone about the cycle of history seems not to occur to anyone. Given that the finale implies [[spoiler:the Colonials will be introducing language (presumably with writing) and farming but such things didn't show up for another 100,000 years, there is even more support for the idea that things didn't go very well. The fossils found in the DistantFinale indicate that even Hera died young]].
* Every episode of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' becomes disturbing to watch when you see how many buildings are toppled by megazords and giant monsters. To be fair, the writers sometimes HandWave this by putting in abandoned places or quarries. Also, one has to wonder what the casualties were in such episodes like "Countdown to Destruction", where all of the {{Big Bad}}s from the first six seasons decided to conquer Earth and some other planets. The whole city gets raided. Even a [[HumongousMecha megazord]] gets toppled by a bunch of {{Mooks}}.
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' starts with the Moon being blasted out of Earth's orbit, and follows the inhabitants of the moonbase. How badly did Earth suffer from this? We find out via NegativeSpaceWedgie SubspaceAnsible that humanity survives for several thousand years... but [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the planet did not.]] In one second season episode the Alphans make contact with Earth and discover that everybody is now living in domed cities because the planet's natural environment has been totally destroyed.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', ChaoticGood Michael Westen and his crew save people's lives from Drug Cartels, Street Gangs and many other kinds of nasty people, but he usually does this by scamming government employees, security guards and many innocent bystanders into giving him the information he needs, usually in the form of documents. Though rarely shown, one can assume that when their employers notice the documents missing these people will be fired and their lives possibly ruined. In a season 3 episode where his own mother [[WhatTheHellHero Calls him out on this]] after she witnessed firsthand what her son has to do every day in order to save lives. Seems to be a B-plot point in Season 4, with several characters (notably Fiona) questioning Michael's adherence to his own principles. An example being an episode in which Fiona tells Michael off for being someone that only cares about the ''idea'' of people, but is increasingly disturbingly casual about not caring about actual, specific people he meets and even relies on.
** In the pilot, Michael heads off a bad guy by hijacking a stranger's car and crashing it into the bad guy's, with no air bags and with the stranger still inside. He walks away afterward and leaves the stranger to deal with the damage and possible serious injuries. Seriously, was there ''no'' other way to protect the kid?
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', every time a System Lord is killed they are killing a sapient, innocent human being who never asked to be taken over by a [[PuppeteerParasite slimy body-controlling snake]]. This is addressed a few times throughout the show, and eventually the Tok'ra find a way to extract the Go'auld without killing the host, but it is rarely used. However, said humans are usually quite insane after having been a meat puppet for centuries/millennia, and such unnaturally long life often leaves them incapable of surviving without the symbiote anyway. Apophis' host, when captured by the Tau'ri, would have died within days and even begged for death after all the suffering he had been through; chances are, most long time hosts would feel similarly.
** The original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' concludes with a bunch of innocent children (Ra's servants) [[spoiler:getting nuked]]. (That part was averted in the novelization: the eldest of the kids gathers them all and [[spoiler:they get off the ship in time]].)
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Nearly every Borg that dies is an unwitting victim of TheVirus. This is demonstrated in-universe as a very necessary evil.
** The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" ends with [[spoiler:Scotty revealing that he beamed all the tribbles on the ''Enterprise'' into the engine room of the Klingons who served as the villains of the episode, "where they'll be no tribble at all."]] Knowing Klingons and their attitude towards tribbles, it might have been more humane if [[spoiler:he ''had'' just beamed them into space]]. When ''Deep Space Nine'' revisited the episode Worf reveals that the tribbles escaped and ecologically devastated several planets. The Klingons eventually completely eradicated the species out of sheer necessity. This leads to another example, as the crew ends up bringing them back at the end of the episode.
** In a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, the Enterprise happens upon a planet in the grips of a pandemic. Another planet produces a cure for them, but Picard discovers that the "cure" is actually a highly-addictive drug. The episode ends with Picard refusing to help the aliens secure more of the drug, citing [[AlienNonInterferenceClause the Prime Directive]] as an excuse. His intention is to resolve the problem by having the aliens discover that they don't actually need the drug. But how many people in the throes of an excruciating withdrawal period committed suicide because they thought they were dying of plague, and what would happen to the economy and infrastructure of the world as all of its citizens start undergoing detox against their will simultaneously. Likewise they gloss over the fact that the supplying planet's entire economy was devoted to producing the drug, so they would undergo severe economic collapse as well. When the dust settles from all that, there's the question of how the "plague victim" planet will repay their "benefactors" when they find out the truth. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Real humanitarian effort, there, Picard.]]
** In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the infamous episode "Dear Doctor" where Phlox and Archer commit genocide, by letting the Valakian race die so that the Menk can evolve. Despite Phlox's assertion that the Menk are on the edge of an evolutionary breakthrough, it's only a ''theory'' he has ([[ArtMajorBiology based on an absurd misunderstanding of evolution]]) and there is no certainty that it will actually occur. Since the Valakians take care of the Menk, it's possible they all starved to death.
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the Ocampa are completely reliant on the Caretaker's technology, who gives them 5 years of power for their city, upon realising he's dying. Given how in "Fury", set 5 years later, an older Kes shows up and she's incredibly pissed off, it's likely she returned home only to discover her race either died out or were enslaved by the Kazon.
** Any episode or movie where time is shown to be mutable. When something goes wrong in the past, the crew usually tries to fix it or make it better, however that leads to a couple of nagging questions, such as "how do they know they're in the ''wrong'' timeline", and "what counts as ''fixing'' the past?" Many times, the crew just assumes that the past was fixed and everything is OK because the keys to the Enterprise still work, and Earth is still the capital of the Federation. But despite all the major stuff looking OK, there's a good possibility that hundreds, thousands, millions, billions of people have ceased to exist in the interim, because someone took a second longer to die than they should have, because someone was later or earlier than they should have been, because someone who shouldn't have existed at all was somewhere, preventing something from happening. This just becomes FridgeHorror when you look at all of the contradictions in canon, and consider they're all explainable as being side effects of missions to change the past that didn't work out as well as the crew thought, and they didn't even know they had failed. Ultimately any time traveling ep becomes a case of ProtagonistCenteredMorality, where everything is OK merely because it's OK for the 5 or 6 people with the most screen time.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Demons most of the time inhabit innocent people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Winchesters always kill the person when fighting the demon (especially in the later seasons) even though using exorcism is a way (granted, a slower way) to extract the demon without hurting the person. This issue is brought up a few times in the show but with the demons being the show's disposable {{Mooks}}, they never dwell on it for long. However on occasions when the demons smoke out of their hosts to escape, the hosts drop lifelessly to the ground, implying that they were already dead.
** The Angels, who in the fifth and sixth seasons also start becoming disposable Mooks. Like the demons, when Angels die, they also generally take their human hosts with them. However, in this instance the human hosts gave the Angels their consent to inhabit their bodies in the first place.
* The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]] in the original ''Series/KamenRider'' were civilians who had been brainwashed and transformed into {{Cyborg}}s by Shocker. FridgeHorror sets in when you realize that throughout the series, the heroes are murdering ''dozens'' of innocent people who have no control over their actions.
* The BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' ends with both [[spoiler:Robin Hood and Maid Marian (and a couple of Merry Men)]] dead, and the remaining outlaws promising to fight on in his name and defeat Prince John. The show was cancelled after this, but since history tells people that in a few years time the prince becomes King John, they obviously failed utterly (and may well have been killed in the attempt).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators "The Dominators"]], the Dominators' plan to explode the planet into a radioactive mess as a fuel source is foiled. But the Dominators have been repeatedly sending messages to the main fleet to come that way. When the fleet arrives, will it sit back and take it? Especially against a PerfectPacifistPeople?
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E1TheTimeWarrior "The Time Warrior"]]. So, the kitchen staff got out of Irongron's castle before it exploded...right?
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor "The Armageddon Factor"]], it's implied that the Atrians unknowingly managed to wipe out the Zeons very early on in the war, and that the subsequent conflict was engineered by the Shadow simply so that he wouldn't get bored waiting for the Doctor to arrive.
** Multiple episodes end with it being very unclear whether things won't just go back to normal after the Doctor leaves, or if he has actually improved anything at all. Became AscendedFridgeHorror in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf "Bad Wolf"]], which explicitly states the Doctor's actions in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero made things many times worse]].
** The climax of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] has Earth dragged through space at phenomenal speeds, which is shown to cause such a large amount of shaking that characters have to take shelter to protect themselves from the wind and flying debris. What is essentially a world-wide earthquake would have caused widespread damage, killing thousands, maybe tens of thousands of people, and would be worse than normal given all the damage the Daleks did beforehand. Yet the only thing that Doctor comments on is that the disturbance will lead to a lot of rain. And despite all this the Earth-pulling is treated as a happy moment. There's also the gravitational disturbances throughout the Solar System and the Moon getting back into place. The original script has the Doctor say they still have time before the system falls apart but this goes unmentioned.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]], made and set in 2010, mentions that the population of Earth is several hundred million less than the real life 2010 population. This leaves the conclusion that all the alien invasions the Whoniverse Earth has experienced have resulted in the deaths of ''hundreds of millions of people''. (One possibility is that these people have been erased by the cracks, meaning that they're back at the end of the season. Still an inferred holocaust, albeit a temporary one.)
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]], the solar storm causes a literal holocaust as waves of fire wash over the surface of the planet. The bank patrons are last seen shouting in alarm, and Madame Karabraxos flees with what valuables she can grab, an act that suggests that even her most secure vault will eventually be destroyed by the flare.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]], mention is made of horrendous destructive tides. The moon's increase in mass would have many other repercussions for the weather, plate tectonics, etc. But no specifics are given; the only report from the earth is that things are going "badly", but apparently the developed world still has electricity, even the parts along coastlines.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight "In The Forest of the Night"]]: What happened to aeroplanes in flight when every runway in the world was suddenly taken over by the forest? If animals could escape from the zoos thanks to the trees, could prisoners escape from prison thanks to the trees? How many structures collapsed worldwide? There are no ambulances to deal with medical emergencies or accidents. [[ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts And what about the astronauts]]? Everybody on the space station probably got fried, unless it happened to be behind the earth at the time. (Is this why humans gave up on space travel by 2049?)
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore Sleep No More]]", set in the 38th century, India and Japan have become one nation. Remarks by the Doctor implyphysical merger in the wake of a "Great Catastrophe", not solely a [[CocaPepsiInc political alliance]].
* ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' is about Police RecycledINSPACE; on the planet Demeter, there are 3 races, Humans, Crocs and Blues, there are police from all 3 races and each criminal gang includes people from all 3 races. In that one episode, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Crime Of The Week]] was racism, so the Writers had to invent a 4th race of SpaceJews for the criminals to be racist at. Police arrest the criminals, HappyEnding, but we never, '''ever '''see any SpaceJews in any subsequent episodes.
* Not simply averted, but outright inverted by the ''Series/RedDwarf'' "Back To Earth" miniseries: though the heroes had spent the second part fearing that they, as fictional characters, would cease to exist when their series was cancelled in the "real" world, the very end explains that, though that "real world" had just been a hallucination, quantum mechanics caused it to have a real existence that would persist even once the gang woke, and, more, every world ever hallucinated, dreamt or imagined becomes entirely real as an alternate dimension, and goes on existing forever.
* At the end of ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'', the Blackwood team manages to make peace with the Morthren, after the last-second {{Retcon}} that the entire war had been orchestrated by a single madman. Everyone walks off optimistically into the sunset. However, civilization has mostly collapsed, crime and decay are rampant, the world is a polluted cesspit and the heroes are still homeless. The Morthren are in even worse shape, as their population numbers something near 20, and they've had extremely limited success at reproduction on Earth. Better yet, if you factor in the unresolved plot points from the first season, there's an entire Morthren invasion force that's set to arrive at the planet in three years. "Nice morning," indeed.
* Episode 3 of ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' has a BittersweetEnding, in that a huge storm has demolished most of the island and killed many animals, but the giant ''Liopleurodon'' was among them, and he became food for a bunch of lucky ''Eustreptospondylus'' dinosaurs. The book version on the other hand goes on to mention that all the dinosaurs attracted by the food will destroy the local ecosystem by the time the ''Liopleurodon'' is gone (we see what riot a single one can cause in the episode), and nothing short of another mega-storm (which would wreck the place even further) could drive the ''Eustreptospondylus'' away until then.

* One of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s host segments for the episode ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'' involves Joel and the Bots analyzing the Rupert Holmes song "Escape", better known as "The Piña Colada Song". The song revolves around a married man answering a personals ad for a date, only to find that [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle his own wife is the date]]. The finale of the debate (in which they give the song's protagonists the names of Rick and Julie for the sake of argument) is Tom's interpretation of the finale.
--> '''Tom Servo:''' And although the song tries to paint a rosy picture of a relationship reborn, it ''is'' human nature that either Rick or Julie - maybe both, I don't know - would harbor at least a ''fragment'' of resentment that the other set out to cheat on him or her, which would unleash itself in fits of passive-aggressive behavior and bitter incrimination!

* Since the Book of Exodus centers around the Jewish slaves and not the Egyptian slaveowners, it's easy to miss the implications of the facts that the Egyptians suffered ten (un)natural disasters in rapid succession, including a locust swarm eating a good part of the harvest and a plague killing at least one person in every household. This was then followed by a sizable portion of the country's workforce leaving the country, and a good chunk of the military drowning in the Red Sea. Egypt must have been in pretty bad shape for the next few years.

* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'':
** In the second episode [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors St. Bastards]] is blown up, killing the tyrannical headmaster Jeremiah Hardthrasher... and by implication, all the students who were still inside at the time, and too starved and beaten to possibly escape. At no point do any of the characters consider this.
** In a later episode, Pip Bin capsizes a ship while its crew are all on board, and the narration confirms that no-one but Bin escapes alive. He never shows [[KarmaHoudini any remorse]] for killing them.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement "Elder Evils" is basically designed around this concept. Yes, all of the Big Bads can be defeated (or at least can be temporarily driven off), but their appearance irrevocably changes the world. Take Atropus, the World Born Dead, as an example: even if you manage to repel him, his presence has unleashed hordes of undead upon your world and killed off most of the living inhabitants. The awakening of Leviathan, a serpent so large it encircles the planet, has caused earthquakes and tsunamis that have decimated civilization. Yeah, you defeated the monster... but at what cost? Some of them, such as Father Llymic, specifically bring up the resultant epic-scale disaster.
* Even the best endings in the "Time of Judgement" supplements for the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' are usually a little horrifying.
** Only Wormwood, the canonical ending of ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', is limited in its scope, and even then it would have a significant impact. (With all those ancient, powerful, influential vampires ashes in the wind, what happens when, say, the creature that had turned the CEO of Pentex into little more than a hand puppet abruptly vanishes? Still, Wormwood was clear that despite all the rationalizations, Vampires ARE A BAD THING. If nothing else, in the CrapsackWorld that is the Old World of Darkness, the loss of all Homo Nocturnis is only a benefit.)
** In just about every other possible ending for the other gamelines humanity is almost wiped out, and much of the planet lies in ruins. Most of the Time of Judgment scenarios for ''TabletopGames/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' ended with societal collapse and significant global bodycounts.
** For all the apocalyptic doom and gloom, one of the endings to ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' DID imply the end of life as we know it... but only because all of humanity had transcended mortality, awakened as mages, and combined once more into the One and recreated the universe from the beginning.

* ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' may have ended with a resurrected Mimi thanks to ThePowerOfRock, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the prognosis isn't good for the large HIV+ portion of the cast.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', every time you go back to the beginning. Cremia's cows get stolen, Romani's memory gets wiped, the monkey gets boiled in oil, Kafei and Anju don't get married, and all that pales to insignificance by the fact that the moon crashes into Termina. Killing Majora magically [[ResetButton makes everything]] [[HappilyEverAfter turn out OK]]... unless you believe the game does have multiple timelines. [[EpilepticTrees What if by playing the Song of Time, you just hop over to a different timeline while the rest of the world burns? So while you decide to live in the timeline where everything turns out fine, there are countless others that you left to die]].
*** Even without the above, there are ''canonically'' two alternate timelines where Link never went to Termina, and thus wouldn't be around to save it from destruction.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'' ends with Link still stranded adrift at sea with no food or fresh water, no dry land is visible in the background, and he might possibly still in the area where the original storm occurred.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'':
*** The war between the demons and the goddess from before the game even starts. This winds up killing all but a dozen Hylians and most of the Gorons.
*** Whatever caused the ancient robots to deactivate and turn Lanayru into a desert. While the robots' and enemies' corpses remaining in the same position where you last used the timeshift stone is mostly for gameplay reasons, it implies things went to hell ''very'' shortly after link left.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'', but of a [[JustifiedTrope justifiable variety]]. Before the start of the game, Hyrule was destroyed and people now live on former peaks and cliffs of this flooded world. Yet, it seems to further drive home the point that, even AfterTheEnd, life goes on.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' both fit chronologically last in one of the three timelines. The diverse cities seen in other games, including their unique cultural development, history, and anything else they might have contributed is either lost or replaced by a barren wasteland filled with Moblins and Octorocks, hermits hiding away in caves, and a small number of remote towns with a handful of people. The Goron race is nowhere to be seen, and the graceful, civilized Sea Zoras have been driven out or massacred by the monstrous River Zora. ''Hyrule Historia'' officially places these games last in the timeline where the Hero of Time fell during the final battle, leaving the united Triforce in Ganondorf's hands; hypotheses relating to the kind of destruction he went on to create are entirely justified.
** The graveyard in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' appears in the same position as Kakariko Village in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' doesn't state it openly, but the sheer ''number'' of ruined villages and farmholds (there are literally dozens of them all over the land, outnumbering by far the still inhabited settlements) hint that most of Hyrule's population died during the Calamity a century prior.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series play with this: the original glosses over all the implied death and destruction caused by Wily's attacks, with ''7'' being real bad as the robots that busted Wily out of prison must have killed a number of guards and inmates in the process. The X series averts this, by admitting the heroes are killing sentient robots. ''X4'' onward was specific about this, with the heroes telling certain bosses that their actions could cause significant destruction if they didn't stop. ''X4'' is especially notable, as the prologue stage has you fighting on a floating city called Sky Lagoon in the first half, and when it falls onto the city below, part two picks up in that decimated city that your character knows was inhabited by millions.
* ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'':
** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheCuriousVillage'' has the plot twist that 90% of the village's population is robots. The 10% of the population that's human includes Bruno, Flora (who leaves), Pavel ([[NoSenseOfDirection who's only there accidentally]]), and Stachenscarfen (who also leaves). Whenever the robots run out of power, the elderly Bruno fixes them up in the dead of night. If Flora lays a hand on her fortune, the robots will be deactivated for good; she decides to leave her fortune, as well as the village, happy ending for all - but what happens when Bruno dies?
** In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'' a [[spoiler:giant mecha bursts through the roof of the cavern in which "future London" exists, right into London, one of the largest, densely populated cities on Earth, which must instantly kill thousands of people. It then proceeds to shoot cannons across the city, presumably killing hundreds if not thousands more]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', the main characters are actually concerned about this happening because the Patriots are so deeply entrenched in the workings of the world that destroying them will cripple vital services like water and power worldwide. A clearly-resigned Campbell warns Snake early-on that the absolute best outcome they can hope for is to stop Liquid from taking over the system, and then the plan is to ''let the Patriots continue to exist'' so as not to plunge the world into a new dark age. When this fails, they decide to nuke the Patriots anyway because the dark age is simply preferable to Emperor Liquid. Fortunately Sunny is a much better coder than Naomi and finishes the virus so that it only lobotomizes the [=AIs=], leaving basic services untouched. However, as Drebin implies, even with the basic resources being kept intact with the Patriots gone, there is not only still going to be war, but its most likely going to increase as a result due to "not everyone being too happy with rainbows and lollipops". That's not even getting into Drebin's drunken implication that the United Nations will most likely end up becoming the spiritual successor of the Patriots in terms of strict control, or that the entire world is completely broke to the extent that not even creating PMC regulatory laws will get them out of the debt. Largely confirmed by ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** At the end of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', the main cast treats things as having gone "back to normal"... while standing in the ruins of a city flooded out by a vengeful god, possibly killing thousands. [[NoEndorHolocaust Or not, somehow.]]
-->'''Tails:''' [[MoodDissonance All's well that ends well!]]
** In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', Eggman blew up the moon. A later game shows [[NoEndorHolocaust the moon fixed]], somehow. At Sonic Boom 2013, WordOfGod stated that the moon is still blown up, but we [[CheatedAngle only ever see the good side]] in future games.
** After you beat the final boss of ''[[VideoGame/SonicAdvanceTrilogy Sonic Advance 2]]'', the Egg Utopia falls to the ground in a giant explosion, presumably killing thousands.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' Eggman cracks open the planet, leaving entire continents in pieces. Another NoEndorHolocaust situation: the goal of the game is to put the world back together, and the cities and towns you visit in the meantime are having more trouble with Eggman's robots and Dark Gaia's monsters than the structural damage to the Earth.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' features a bit of this towards the end of the Warden Resistance arc, in which you end up destroying the water-treatment facility of Praetoria, removing the mind-control drugs the government puts into the water, but also (explicitly) destroying the only source of drinkable water in a way that would take months to repair. The number of deaths that would result from this is obviously quite large (if not exactly earth-destroying) but the interesting point is that this is the most "good" of the Praetorian arcs... And yet it ends with the largest (inferred) amount of civilian casualties. The [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Responsibility]] Loyalists end their campaign by slowing down Tyrant's invasion of (Primal) Earth... specifically to avoid civilian casualties from both riots in the streets for not using the army to help protect the CrapsackWorld as they recover, and to minimize the blood on our side.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII''. Although you've defeated the three prime evils, the world is still overrun by possessed critters that have wiped out most of the world's population. Confirmed by ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', with necromancers running amuck, cursed forests, crazy cultists and the Kingdom and probably the entire world have been smashed down to rubble basically. Oh, and Tyrael is apparently now crazy and all the Prime Evils, plus Lilith, are back, and we find out that Tyrael's destruction of the Worldstone blew up Mount Arreat and corrupted the lands around it. All those barbarians you were helping throughout Act V were probably instantly killed -- ''by your ally'', no less -- just to save the rest of the world. There is some good news though! Now that the Worldstone is gone, all humans will apparently now become super strong half angel, half demons like they originally were.
* In part of the backstory to the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series, the Well of Eternity imploded after too much magical strain and the supercontinent Kalimdor was shattered into what we know today. This event is even seen in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients'', where it was depicted as happening ''so quickly'' that the heroes riding on dragons couldn't even stop to pick up other groups of fleeing parties that they saw. Given the absolutely massive amount of land that became sea, it's safe to say that hundreds of thousands died.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' seems perfectly happy allowing its hero to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero screw the world up in an attempt to save it]]. The "Lightmass bomb" deployed in ''Gears 1'' evaporated tons of immulsion and gave birth to a disease called "rust lung" in the sequel. ''Gears 3'' follows suit; the locust and lambent have been wiped out, but so has the fuel source used by all human tech, and the last collective human force has also dissolved. The remnants of the COG can look forward to many more years of battling various stranded camps for basic necessities such as food, water, and ammo.
** Okay, good news, bad news, worse news, horrible news. Good news is, the COG discover the breakthrough of the millennium: fabricator technology, which allows them to take all that scrap from the war and turn it into self-sufficient solar-powered cities. Worse news is, the COG are back. Horrible news is, the remnants of the lambent have mutated into something weird and accidentally resurrected the precursor race to the Locust, starting a new war with a weird new enemy. And the horrible news is, the lambent pulse affected the very forces of nature, causing hurricanes made of ''fire'' that pop up every HOUR. So yes, people are going to die.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII: The Asian Dynasties'' expansion, The Indian campaign set ends on a triumphant note, as the sadistic British general in charge of one of the main branches of the East India Company has been killed, along with the branch itself... until you realize how in real life the Indian Mutiny was ultimately a failure. It ''did'' however lead to the East India Company being dissolved and replaced by the British Rajj. While the latter was no picnic for the natives, it was an undeniable improvement over the former, the UrExample of CorruptCorporateExecutive and MegaCorp.
* ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander: Forged Alliance'' ends on an optimistic note regardless of which side you play as the pivotal force in stopping the Seraphim and the epilogue is narrated, but it's clear that a significant percentage of the human race is dead and Earth itself may be uninhabitable due to radiation. The Aeon are still mopping up a civil war and have lost their true leader, what's left of the UEF is struggling to find its feet after the Seraphim tore out its heart and soul (along with almost all of its military personnel), and the always-fractious Cybrans have lost one of the few commanders they could rally around, in addition to their own civil war. The Seraphim still have a great deal of military power and resources in the material world, and from the teaser at the end... it's not over by a long shot.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere.'' Hoo boy, ''Odin Sphere''. Don't get too attached to the beautiful land of Erion, because it's gone at the end of the game, along with nearly everyone in it. Only four people are left alive, with the faint glimmer of hope that Gwendolyn and Oswald can at least re-populate the world. Might be a subversion though. We do get confirmation that they succeeded and the world was repopulated, during a secret scene in which Cornelius and Velvet likewise finally become free of the Pooka Curse.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' lets you visit Alefgard from the first game. Only the first castle is on the map. The other towns are replaced with a patch of desert.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'''s World of Darkness is covered in constant night, and happens to have another world directly above it. When the hero uses the Ball of Light, the source of the darkness is destroyed so it is always daytime. Either the ball is providing the source of light, or the world above was destroyed to let the light in.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' is very guilty of this. There are a grand total of three populated cities on the entire planet still standing at the end of the game (down from ~10 at the beginning). It's almost impossible to think that a vibrant or even viable humanity could still be left to rebuild by the end of the game. The town of Salamond, one of the three survivors, was explicitly founded to sell mythril to the rest of the world, but without any significant trading partners and with transportation almost cut, the town would starve. Fynn shows no signs of abilities to support itself, either.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has this. In the wake of [[spoiler:Orphan]]'s death, [[spoiler:Cocoon falls quite a distance, which would have killed thousands, if not millions of people. Carbuncle, the fal'Cie which grew most of Cocoon's food, died]]. While Gran Pulse itself is not a wasteland, how quickly can a formally city dwelling people learn to live off the land without knowing what is safe to eat while fending off the many monsters than inhabit the surface? However, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' turns it into NoEndorHolocaust, which is subverted in ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' by Vanille, who mentions the thousands of people that died due to her actions, which implies that there ''were'' casualties during the fall.
** ''XIII-2'' also confirms that people died in the fall. One sidequest involves bringing rare flowers to a man to give to his deceased niece.
* There's an interesting example in the [[AllThereInTheManual novelization]] of the Creator/LucasArts game ''VideoGame/TheDig'', albeit part of the BackStory rather than the main plot. The Cocytans, a race of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s, decided to share their technological wonders with the rest of the galaxy, so they sent off a bunch of probes disguised as asteroids. These probes were programmed to "show up" in close proximity to likely planets and (apparently) threaten to crash into them unless the inhabitants of said planet came to take a look, at which point they would be kidnapped and whisked off back to Cocytus to meet the friendly aliens. (Meanwhile, the Cocytans [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] and got stuck there, leaving rather a cold reception back at home.) The FridgeLogic comes in when you ask yourself the question: would the asteroid ships have ''crashed into'' the planets they targeted if they didn't happen to have a native society that was sufficiently developed to stop them? This is, perhaps mercifully, left unanswered.
* All the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games (barring ''3'') usually discuss aspects of this trope in each town/person's ending. You killed the rampant raiders? Good now people won't be dragged off and killed. You didn't teach the lowly village about crop rotation? Half the village dies of starvation during a drought later and the rest disbands, scattering into the wasteland.
** Particularly ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', with its focus on political warmongering and no clearly "good" side in the conflict. No matter what side you take in the endgame, the other sides will suffer, your side will carry a burden for a long time, and many minor factions will get the short stick no matter what. The Brotherhood will either take up banditry or get blown up in their bunker (unless you have them sign a truce with the NCR, which is only possible if [=McNamara=] remains Elder). The Great Khans may evacuate en masse, or they get killed off, go out in a suicide blaze of glory, or assimilated by the Legion. The Followers of the Apocalypse, the brightest and most idealistic in the whole ''Fallout'' universe, have ''one'' ending where they don't get exterminated, kicked out or saddled with impossible workloads. And if you persuade the Remnants and [[spoiler:Arcade Gannon]] to pull a BigDamnHeroes and aid the battle while you side with the NCR, guess who ends up arrested as a ''war criminal''? If you are smart and savvy enough you can make sure that almost everyone gets a relatively good ending. To do that however [[EarnYourHappyEnding you must explore every loop of dialog and every possible story pathway and that can be very time consuming]].
** In ''The Pitt'', no matter which side you take, it is unlikely a cure for the plague will be realized, dooming the residents to slow extinction via mutation.
** If you infect the water supply with the Modified FEV, it is implied that it will kill everyone on the planet, not just the mutants and corrupt humans in the Wasteland.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' You have to decide between ending multiple crusader factions or nuking a twisted yet enlightened faction. Whatever ending you pick, your actions result in hundreds of idealists dead and Boston controlled by radical extremists of some kind.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' goes to great lengths to address this. The party realise that they have to permanently deactivate all of the world's Blastia in order to power the WaveMotionGun that will save the world, including the Barrier Blastia that keeps the major centres of population safe. First, they go to the world's leaders and get permission. Then they discuss ways to prepare for the ensuing blackout, such as creating a new military force to guard the cities. The end result is that the world ''will'' be harder to live in, but it's not without hope.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'':
** The first game ends with the Hiigaran Exiles defeating TheEmpire that [[DisproportionateRetribution saturation-bombed their adopted home planet with thermobaric weapons, killing three hundred million people, for violating a treaty signed by members of their species from four thousand years ago]] and killing its deranged tyrant, aided and abetted by rebel Imperial Navy units. A player might well wonder what was going to happen to said empire now that its [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} God-Emperor of Man]] expy was dead and buried. According to background material in ambiguously-canon midquel ''Cataclysm'', the answer is "nothing good": [[spoiler:The resulting power vacuum kicked off a civil war that ended with the old Empire messily Balkanised and an awful lot of military hardware in the hands of Imperial loyalists, warlords or pirates. And then the flesh-eating technogenic monster turns up]].
** The game's ending kind of glossed over the question of whether Hiigara had an existing population, and what might have happened to them after the Exiles took possession. The fluff for ''Cataclysm'' also establishes that a large percentage of the surviving Hiigarans are ''very very bitter'', and that Hiigara is still very sparsely populated. The ''best''-case scenario is that a whole lot of people got forcibly displaced from their homes for the sake of a much smaller group of refugees, whose actual claim to the planet after a four thousand year absence is frankly somewhat shaky, [[note]]Make what you will of the original ''Homeworld'' containing a lot of allusions to [[Literature/TheBible Exodus]][[/note]] and the worst-case scenario is [[FridgeHorror a literal Holocaust]].
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there is a powerful being on the planet whose job is to wipe out everyone if it decides that the planet is "corrupted". It is convinced not to, but states that it has done its job countless times on other planets before.
* In ''VideoGame/EveOnline'', the player character cannot be killed even if the ship they're on is destroyed, but it is made explicit in the [[http://www.eveonline.com/background/potw/default.asp?cid=14-07-05 supplementary materials]] supplied by CCP that the ship has a largely-full conventional crew (the player character, a "capsuleer", replaces all command and control crew, but maintenance, etc. is still needed, and on large ships, that's a lot of people). A ship being destroyed is an inconvenience for the player, who in the worst case scenario is transferred to a clone and can start again in a new ship. The rest of his crew (who may number one or two in the smallest of the frigates all the way to tens of thousands in the city sized titans), it's better to just not think about. Then there are the NPC ships you can fight, most of which are not capsuleer-controlled, so even the smallest involve full crews being killed off for (virtual) real.
* When you think about it, all 4X games, from ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' to ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' end this way, win or lose. Yay! You've won! What's the death toll of your supreme greatness? Bummer, you lost. Not only did your plans suck and got your ass conquered, but you took most of your population down with you in that desperate last stand. Even games which, like ''Civilization'', allow for peaceful victories, it's often necessary to butcher quite a lot of people on the way, especially when your victory is at hand and everyone freaks out and dogpiles you, [[GangUpOnTheHuman crab bucket-style]].
* The in-game books in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' state that the rock hovering over Vvardenfell is effectively a meteor only held in place by Vivec's power. Without him, it will resume it collision course and cause untold levels of devastation to the island. At the end of the Main Quest, the Heart of Lorkhan, which provided Vivec with his power, is destroyed. According to both ''[[Literature/TheElderScrolls The Infernal City]]'' and ''Skyrim'', the island was indeed destroyed and rendered inhospitable. The rest of Morrowind suffered even more once Red Mountain erupted again in the aftermath. ''And then'' the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] took advantage of their longtime enemies' weakness by embarking on a raid across the country. In the end, millions of people died and the Dark Elves lost most of their homeland.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'':
** The main plotline ends with Emperor Martin sacrificing himself in order to stop the Daedric invasion. Unfortunately, this left Tamriel without an Emperor, and with ''massive'' casualties in Cyrodiil and beyond courtesy of Mehrunes Dagon's armies. Eventually, in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the "inferred" became explicitly stated: the Empire is [[VestigialEmpire a shadow of its former self]], and [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Aldmeri Dominion]] is the main superpower.
** A rather sad example in the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion -- So the PlayerCharacter succeeded in [[spoiler:putting Sheogorath's curse to an end, freeing Jyggalag to be himself again, protecting the Realm of Madness from destruction and becoming a ''Daedric Lord'' themselves. AGodIsYou! But Jyggalag, by nature, hates madness utterly and violently. You are now the god of madness. The two of you used to depend and like each other... once]]. ''Skyrim'' leaves things ambiguous, but this much is clear: there are only a few hints to prove that the being now called Sheogorath was ever the Champion of Cyrodiil, and Jyggalag is nowhere to be found.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
** This was one of the biggest problems which caused the uproar of the original ending, in which no matter which choice you made [[spoiler:the mass relays, which made intra-galactic travel possible and were the backbone for the galactic community, are all destroyed]]; because of this the great majority of players felt that, even barring [[spoiler:the devastating physical effects of such explosions]], the galaxy would be plunged into another dark age and that billions of people would be cut off and starve to death.
** On a smaller scale, [[spoiler:the Citadel, a giant space station the size of a small country, outright blew up above Earth]], which would result in horrendous destruction in addition to the deaths of everyone on it. And your TrueCompanions got stranded on a deserted planet - and with [[spoiler:the lack of mass relays]] no one's coming to save them, and due to biological differences either two of them will starve to death (two of the five most important characters in the series, in fact) or all ''but'' two will.
** Because of a massive and unprecedented player demand, in June 26th 2012 Creator/BioWare released the [[AuthorsSavingThrow "Extended Cut"]] free DownloadableContent, which changed the ending so that [[spoiler:the mass relays were damaged instead of destroyed, the Citadel no longer explodes over Earth in the "Destroy" or "Synthesis" endings]] and galactic civilization is shown recovering and rebuilding. The holocaust, however, comes back in the low-EMS ending... minus the "inferred" part. [[spoiler:The Crucible destroys the mass relays and fries almost every living being on Earth -- and presumably other planets in systems with a relay]].
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and its subsequent Episodes manage to avert this trope and play it straight simultaneously. On the one hand the horrors suffered by humans due to the years of Combine rule and the various alien species now populating Earth is heavily shown, not the least being the hundreds of corpses Freeman finds (and the less said about [[ZombieApocalypse Ravenholm]], the better), and the devastation to City 17 and its populace during and after [[spoiler:the destruction of the Citadel]]. On the other hand, it seems to ignore how ''completely and utterly screwed'' the entire planet is, considering things like the Combine draining the oceans, the extinction of most of Earth's species and how bloody numerous all those aliens are (a single [[BigCreepyCrawlies Antlion]] hive contains ''hundreds'' of the damn things). Otherwise, Earth's inhabitants will have to adapt to how the destruction of Earth's biosphere is being replaced by an alien one from Xen. Citizens can be overhead [[TastesLikeChicken discussing the taste of Headcrab]], the Vortigaunts are known to farm Antilions, and it is mentioned by the fisherman in ''Lost Coast'' that Leeches are eaten due to the absence of native fish, so they are off to a good start.
* Between ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/MOTHER3''. Because of the "End of the World" revealed by Leder, everyone from ''VideoGame/MOTHER1'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' died, excepting a select few. This includes the lovable Tendas, Ness and Ninten's families, Teddy, Ana, Paula, Loid, Jeff, Poo, and possibly the innocent Mr. Saturns, although it's possible that the Mr. Saturns came on their own "White Ship", or that the Tendas hid in the Lost Underworld. Because of the purposely ambiguous ending, it's left to the player to decide whether all these people come back to life or not. Of course, this all depends how long after ''[=EarthBound=]'' ''MOTHER 3'' takes place. So we KNOW about the Holocaust, it's just the inferred part is who died because of it.
* This also happens to [[spoiler: Crono's mom and cats]] after ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'': Well, Kratos, you've successfully killed most of the gods. Hooray! Now we have to deal with the fact that the underworld has no guardian, meaning that all the demons will probably find a way to break out and roam the earth, which might not even exist anymore because there's no ocean god alive to make sure that the sea doesn't engulf the entire land masses which are dead anyway since there's no one to pull the sun around and keep life alive. [[DisproportionateRetribution All because Ares tricked you into killing your family]].
* If you haven't played the other ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' games, the A ending of ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' seems unambiguously happy. If you ''have'' played the other games, however, you realize that [[spoiler:the entity that Nessiah did all his horrible deeds in order to kill was none other than Hector, the BigBad of ''Riviera''. So basically, while Yggdra did save her world by defeating Nessiah, she also unwittingly made it so that ''no one'' will interfere with Hector's plans until Ein comes along in ''Riviera'']].
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
** During ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles'', Leon and Krauser encounter piranha infected with the T-Virus... in the river. Given that this river is a tributary of the Amazon, that dam they visit had ''better'' be downstream from the piranha, because otherwise there's nothing stopping those fish from reaching the main river and biting everything they run into, creating an outbreak so big it'll wipe out the entire Amazon rain forest. And the ''original'' T-Virus outbreak is in the middle of a massive forest in midwestern North America, and about halfway through ''Dead Aim'' you sink an ocean liner full of zombies in the middle of the Pacific. The T-Virus is loose in the biosphere and has been for quite a while, which means they're really just marking time until some kind of apocalypse scenario.
** As of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' where two major bio-terrorist attacks occur over the world, two of those with airborne viruses, it's 100% certain that something got out. [[FridgeLogic Would explain why the BSAA get so much funding, though.]] And the President of the United States is now dead, Umbrella is still active under control of "the Family", and [[spoiler:the BOW in the submarine lab still managed to get out, spreading the C-Virus throughout the Indian Ocean]]. No guarantee that the [[spoiler:cure for the C-Virus]] can be properly administered or even works, either. If the [[CrapsackWorld world wasn't quite crapsack before]], it is now.
* In the "good" ending of ''VideoGame/MystIII'', the player sends Saavedro back to his home to reunite with his family. Well, there is also a small detail, that after 10 years spent in solitude he became [[AxCrazy homicidally insane]] and his people don't know that... Let's just hope, that he won't go on a murdering rampage when he learns that his wife married someone else while he was considered dead.
* During the ending in the first ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'', your character was about to return to the real world after destroying the meteor. After a few [[TearJerker heart-wrenching scenes]], your character has made it back to the Pokemon world, and is reunited with his or her friends. This is great and all, but have you ever wondered how the character's real world family is responding to our hero's disappearance?
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'':
** The failure of the Relaxation Center condemning tens of thousands of test subjects to death or a persistent vegetative state. Wheatley comes right out and says this during the opening sequence, so it's less inferred than outright stated. The FridgeHorror comes in below, though.
** The NoodleIncident of "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day", which is implied to have coincided with [=GLaDOS=] deciding to murder everyone in the Enrichment Center. So, she slaughtered a bunch of kids with neurotoxin, they became test subjects and died in her DeathCourse test chambers, or they became vegetables when the Relaxation Center failed -- you pick. An EasterEgg reveals [[spoiler:Chell to have been one of the girls in question]].
** Cave Johnson's [[PosthumousCharacter pre-recorded messages]] in Old Aperture all but explicitly state that a vast majority, if not all, of the test subjects the company recruited over the decades died or suffered horrific injuries or mutations. This means that a whole generation of "astronauts, Olympians, and war heroes" were slaughtered by {{Mad Scien|tist}}ce, then a bunch of homeless people, then Aperture's own scientists once they started [[ProfessorGuineaPig testing on themselves]].
** Several of the alternate Caves from the Perpetual Testing Initiative implied that many more of this happened in alternate universes, usually involving alternate versions of the pre-recorded messages in the main game, such as Mantis-men overrunning Aperature, a sentient cloud siphoning off people's skins and a space prison escape. Lampshaded with the Sick Boy, who Cave Prime specifically mentioned had died to eliminate any ambiguity on your end. Most of these end up saving Cave Prime's universe by solving his money problem [[spoiler: and scaring him out of building [=GLaDOS=]]].
** The ending has [[spoiler:Chell herself]]. She's free to go anywhere. After having bathed in lots of gel made of moon rock (which is said to be as poisonous as asbestos), breathed in actual asbestos, bathed in the blue gel (which apparently hates the human skeleton and can be absorbed by the skin) and god knows how much trauma from the tests and [[spoiler:being sucked out onto the moon]]. She probably doesn't stay alive for very long. And she's in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' universe, in a world occupied by the Combine, with no weapons, no current allies, and no idea about what might lie beyond.
* Being a prequel to ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', where the world was torn apart by war, ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' becomes this. Made even worse by the fact that the BigBad actually predicted this and stated this as a reason for continuing his evil plan.
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X Universe]]'' falls to this after the events of ''X3: Albion Prelude''. The {{Precursors}} shut down the entire PortalNetwork to contain the [[AIIsACrapshoot incredibly aggressive Xenon terraformer AI]]. Doing so on a small scale in the past has been a good solution to bad problems, but this means not only will the [[FiveRaces younger species]] be incapable of travelling or communicating with each other or their own colony planets, they won't even know where the other sectors ''are'' to ''try'' and contact each other for years. Many sectors have nothing but manned manufacturing plants, most of which aren't self-sustaining, and even many planetary sectors rely heavily on trade. On the other hand, it also had the byproduct of stopping the Argon/Terran war in its tracks, which at this rate was going to end in one of the two sides being completely wiped out. The Terrans would come off the best, as a) over two thirds of their sectors are in the Solar System, and they've got non-jumpgate technology for intrasystem travel, and b) they ''do'' know where their other main sector is in space, and can reach it using jumpdrives.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. [[MultipleEndings Each ending]] (even the happiest of them all!) has some rammifications on either the main character, humanity or both. Though it's left up to the player to decide which path is the best and follow it.
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' ends with [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed the world only saved temporarily]] from the ongoing desertification, and still reliant on (voluntary) HumanSacrifice for its continued existence. The world might be saved for good some day... or it might be destroyed the *next* time something stops the ritual from taking place. Although the perfect ending provides a hope spot where a researcher is investigating a promising lead to reverse the desertification.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' the Dalish Warden can request to have the Hinterlands set aside to become the new Dalish homeland, as their boon for ending the Blight and slaying the Archdemon. It's vague what actually happened, but ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' hints that this didn't go well;
-->'''Merrill''': We... we heard the Dalish were given land in Ferelden. Is it true?\\
'''Alistair''': Yes. I wish I could say that went better.\\
'''Merrill''': Why? What happened?\\
'''Alistair''': It's... a long story. I intend to make it up to your people, however. I owe an old friend of mine too much to do otherwise.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' has you defeat the Seneschal, whose job is to will the world to continue to exist, and take his place. He then asks you to kill him, as he's tired from eons of sitting alone beyond the Rift. Unfortunately, the only way to end the game at this point is to turn the Godsbane on yourself, ''killing the being responsible for the cohesion of the world before a new replacement comes along''. [[spoiler:The NewGamePlus makes it clear the world ''didn't'' end, and perhaps even that stabbing yourself didn't work, as you'll eventually come face to face with your old Arisen as the new Seneschal when you again reach the final boss. It doesn't make it clear exactly what stabbing yourself ''did'' if it ''didn't'' kill you the first time around, though.]]
* Over the course of ''VideoGame/TheMatrixOnline'''s storyline, not only do large numbers of humans in the real world take up permanent residence in large hover barges, some choose to work for the Machines. As the storyline progressed, Zion and the Machines were embroiled in a cold war where the Machines worked to suppress Zion's recruitment efforts in secret and Zion was preparing for another war. It's very likely that, had the game not been shut down, future story arcs would have explored a second war between the Machines in Zion - one where Zion now has a way of causing real harm to the Matrix and the Machines who are dependent on it for survival.
* From [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]]'s GuiltBasedGaming page: when was the last time you saw someone with or even ''mention'' a VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}? You know, the virtual pets known for dying if you leave them unattended? That's right. The fad's long over, so ''just about every Tamagotchi is dead.''
* Although ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' wasn't quite the emotional rollercoaster that the [[TrailersAlwaysLie heartbreaking trailer promised]], it does explore this in several ways. One is by making it very clear that each and every one of the zombies you're cheerfully dismembering was a human being, either by interaction with [=NPCs=], discovery of supplemental materials, or the subsequent trailer showing holidaymakers alive and well, and being recognisable from the game as being the same zombies you fight. The second is that a decent amount of the [[TwentyBearAsses fetch quests]] aren't just to keep people happy, but are for medical supplies for the wounded and prescription medicine such as insulin and asthma inhalers, without which the patients would die.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'':
** In the first game, there's whole thing with Ishimura, where one of the biggest mining spaceships ever built is heavily damaged (and it causes several subsequent Necromorph outbreaks). That's not so bad, if mankind wasn't relying on ''tearing planets apart'' to cover its resource needs. It gets worse when Isaac [[spoiler:drops an already pulled-out chunk of Aegis 7 back on its surface, effectively destroying the whole planet]]. By that point it wasn't inhabited, but still.
** In the second game, it pushes this beyond mere material horizon by having a Necromorph outbreak in a densely populated space station. While some evacuation ships are seen to take off and there are emergency prompts, there are also quite a disturbing number of on-screen human casualties. [[spoiler:The whole station eventually gets destroyed, along with the spaceship Ishimura from first game.]]
** The third game forgets about some working civilisation - after three years have passed, full scale war between the Unitologists and Earth Government has begun, and worse, the Unitologists are winning. Even the task force retrieving Isaac refers to themselves as "Earthgov's last battalion", which means that this conflict is likely coming to a (bad) end. In the first mission, the player gets to look into this war - essentially urban warfare combined with Unitology-caused Necromorph outbreaks, and this is implied to happen all over the colonies.
** ''Awakened DLC'' takes it UpToEleven, by showing [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination giant Necromorph]] [[ThatsNoMoon moons]] [[PlanetEater attacking Earth]]]]. Depressing end, indeed.
* Discussed by [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] in his review of ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''. Although there is a brief scene in which it's shown that [[spoiler:at least one Booker survived their time-wipe]], this still ultimately leaves baby-Elizabeth in the care of a violent, alcoholic, self-destructive Booker who may or may not be neck-deep in gambling debts to a lot of bad people.
* Ever notice how many inanimate objects in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' seem to have eyes? In the series' backstory, when Bowser took over the Mushroom Kingdom, he used a magic spell to turn most of the Kingdom's inhabitants into those inanimate objects that serve as obstacles throughout the franchise. Now, consider how many of those obstacles, such as the ubiquitous brick blocks, Mario destroys during his quests to save Princess Peach.
* In ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' (and really, any FightingGame), this happens depending on who you lose to. Seeing how there is no referee or security enforcing any rules, and every tournament after ''1'' is stated to be funded by outright corrupt people, FridgeHorror suggests that the outcomes of some losses could be very ugly indeed. Yeah, losing to Ryu, Ken, or Chun Li might suck, but say whatever else you want about them, they aren't cold-blooded killers. Now people like Vega (US) (a sexually fixated sadist), M. Bison (BigBad, mad scientist, demon worshipper, all around homicidal maniac), and Juri (confirmed shameless sadist who gets off on pain and suffering): some combatants' win quotes out and out say they're going to beat, kill, or torture the loser after the match is over.
* The Heartless in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' go around and attack the [[CosmicKeystone Keyholes]] in each world, destroying the world and making their residents fall into darkness forever; or, if they're lucky, they'll end up in the refugee world of Traverse Town. It isn't really discussed in the games beyond witnessing the [[DoomedHometown Destiny Islands]] fall in the first game, but at the end of that game you see all of the destroyed worlds get restored, represented by missing stars reappearing in the sky, and there is a ''lot'' of them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' opens with the entire planet bombarded from orbit, wiping out most of ''everything''. The ending shows at least some humans have survived some unspecified time after the game's events, but really, the vast majority of people who survived the initial blasts would have died of disease, starvation or exposure, and that's before considering the horrific damage done to the biosphere. As for the Tasen, even in the best possible outcome only a handful survive, far too little to preserve the species. And it's implied [[spoiler:the Komato]] will collapse into civil war now that their hated enemies are gone. Daniel Remar said much of this was going to be explored when he was thinking of things to include in a sequel, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but then he lost interest in making one]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series features vastly changed landmasses between games, with little indication of whether its populace died from a world changing cataclysm or survived those changes and died from the passage of time. A greater variety of non-human creatures are found in earlier games than later games, some moving from Sosaria to Serpent Isle, while others appear extinct. There are significantly less people in ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'' than ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'', as the Age of Armageddon is in full effect, and Skara Brae has its own sequence detailing the town's destruction. The preceding two adventures, ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII: Serpent Isle'', and ''VideoGame/UltimaVIII: Pagan'', have The Avatar trigger continent wide destructive magical forces before leaving for another dimension without fully reverting the effects of those disasters.
* ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'':
** The first game begins with a young mutant's power going off in the middle of a populated city, devastating several streets for miles. And for the record, in those several streets, there's no sign of anybody around...
** Meanwhile, the second game has Manhattan getting ''nuked''. The sheer loss of life this would inevitably cause is merrily passed by with nary a word mentioned for the rest of the game.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': [[AllThereInTheManual Background information]] in the original game reveals that a massive earthquake hit the west coast in 2030. It was powerful enough to destroy most of San Francisco and cause [[CaliforniaCollapse most of California south of Lompoc to sink into the ocean]]. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lompoc,_California Lompoc]] happens to be north of places like Los Angeles and San Diego. Not only that, but considering in-game maps of North America, "south of Lompoc" included the entire Baja California peninsula as well. Altogether, that's 25 million casualties from the sinking alone. And then there's the giant tsunami that would arise from the event and then spread across the Pacific...
* ''VideoGames/StoriesPathOfDestinies'' has, as its name implies, a ton of different endings that you go through caught in a GroundhogDayLoop in the hopes of collecting enough information to plot your way to the GoldenEnding. Several endings have entirely-un-implied holocausts going on, up to and including [[ApocalypseHow the destruction of the entire universe]]. A number of less-severe 'bad endings' simply has TheEmperor and LaResistance both get wiped out (along with Reynardo, the main character), and then make it clear that the resulting power-vacuum soon cause the entire empire to descend into chaos, anarchy and banditry. However, while the GoldenEnding has Reynardo escape [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl with his love-interest]], he leaves the Emperor and most of his fleet destroyed, and the Rebel Council dead. There's no apparent reason why the rest of the empire should fare any better than in any other 'both sides got killed' ending, suggesting that it's not a particularly happy ending for anyone BUT Reynardo. TheMole also survives in the GoldenEnding - with no-one left behind to tell whatever remains of LaResistance that he IS TheMole. Putting him in a fine position to survive and even prosper in the ensuing anarchy by taking advantage of TheRemnant of both sides.
* In the mission "Killing Time" in ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'', Garrett must stop the clocktower mechanism. He ends up getting a bit more than he bargained for, as he ends up causing the tower to collapse. While it's never brought up, it's highly likely that a lot of people died in the collapse, both the Hammerites inside the tower, and the people on the streets whose houses were crushed. Even if we assume that there was ample warning and time to evacuate before the tower fell... there's still all the Hammerites that the player had likely knocked out and left unconscious in out-of-the-way places.
* ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'' ends with the reformed Kuro performing a HeroicSacrifice to return Sein to the Spirit Tree and restore Nibel, and Naru and Gumo adopting her [[SoleSurvivor sole surviving child]], [[SequelHook who begins to emerge from their egg just before the credits roll]]. However, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kPSl2vyu2Y teaser trailer]] for the sequel, ''Ori and the Will of the Wisps'', shows the fledgeling grieving over their mother's feather before [[DesolationShot panning to a landscape of charred or petrified owl corpses]], implying that Kuro's sacrifice caused a large amount of CollateralDamage.
* The mortal battlefield plane of Valhalla in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' is always a major city that would have had hundreds of thousands or millions of residents. When the events of the game happen the city is always abandoned and empty. What exactly happened to make it become empty is a RiddleForTheAges, but there aren't many indications that anything ''good'' happened.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** On '''Any''' of the neutral endings, if you spare flowey, then he's free to kill off the underground, whenever he likes!
** With a small monster population, a serial killer or the government could inflict a genocide on the ENTIRE monster population.
* In TheStinger of ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'', a fleet of helicopter drones takes off from the ruins of Fizzco's headquarters to distribute their ZombieApocalypse-inducing Overcharge energy drink to the rest of the world.

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* One of the most important events in the ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' series is the Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History, usually shortened to The Tragedy. It's described as an extraordinary form of social unrest that spiralled out of control, culminating into worldwide chaos. The [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 other]] [[VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls games]] give some additional details. Thanks to the influence of the Ultimate Despair, there was widespread terrorism, coup d'etats, wars solely for the sake of death and destruction, extreme pollution of the atmosphere, etc. It's safe to assume that '''a lot''' of people have been killed, no doubt in the millions.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* In a "kill count supercut" of Captain America in film, the [[spoiler:destruction of the Project Insight Helicarriers]] at the end of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' sends the counter rising, then ''flying,'' then it zooms in on the "23" casualties with a pause and adds 23.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' they blow up Paradron, a planet recently populated by a pacifist race (who may or may not have completely evacuated everybody) just to keep the Decepticons from getting at its plentiful energon supplies. Aside from the Paradronian Sandstorm being sad, nobody seems to care.
--->'''Ultra Magnus:''' It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Hand me the bomb.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersArmada'', for some magical reason all the discovered Mini-Con panels seem to be in deserted areas. None of them ever pop up under, say, an apartment building in the Bronx.
** Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', and used as a source of major angst for the well-meaning but clumsy Bulkhead every time somebody needs a cheap excuse for him to get depressed. The humans of Detroit seem to actually waver between welcoming the Autobots as heroes and fearing them for all the property damage they cause, and one episode shows the Autobots helping to rebuild a bridge ''they'' destroyed.
** Lampshaded in a G1 parody in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', where Optimus proudly states that ''only'' fifty humans were killed in the crossfire of their latest engagement, a new record.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' ends with the planet being reformatted into a techno-organic paradise, with everyone having an animal alt mode. One problem: not everyone would be happy with having an animal mode. Well, that and the massive upheaval that would occur now that Cybertron's covered with plantlife, among other things.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' '''LOVES''' this trope:
** Let's reconsider the battle against Graviton in "Breakout: Part 2". The hellicarrier and the prison inside it fell into the ocean; could they evacuate that many people? (including super-villains). The whole of Manhattan island was taken out of the ground, and then fell back: that can only generate a tsunami right next to New York, and a huge earthquake. In the battle, several buildings where destroyed or used as weapons (and nobody ever said that they were {{Conveniently Empty|Building}}). And to finally defeat him, Thor summons a thunder [[GodzillaThreshold that seems like an atomic explosion]]. And a bit of FridgeHorror: after that absolute devastation, ''Thor wants to celebrate'' that they defeated the bad guy. But well, he's a BloodKnight, and for people like him there is NoEndorHolocaust.
** That however was ''nothing'' compared to the events of "Gamma World, parts 1 and 2". At the end of the first part, [[MyBrainIsBig The Leader]] managed to lure the Avengers into his trap and activated a [[DoomsdayDevice gamma satellite]] that subjected ''everyone'' in the area of Las Vegas (including the Avengers themselves, minus Hawkeye and The Hulk) to the same gamma radiation that turned Bruce Banner into the green goliath, effectively turning everyone in the range of the satellite into Hulk-like monsters who started punching each other and causing destruction everywhere. This means, (not even getting into the aftermath of said transformations, or into the effects of gamma radiation on the elderly, the infirm or [[AdultFear children and babies]]), that about '''600,000 people''' (according to 2010 demographics) simultaneously turned into {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le [[UnstoppableRage rage monsters]] strong enough to level buildings and massacre entire armies. We don't know exactly for how long was the satellite operating, but even if the effect somehow lasted only five measly minutes, that would have been enough for the whole city to become rubble and ash and [[FridgeHorror for hundreds (or even thousands) to either die or suffer long-lasting effects and/or injuries]]. Yet the two-parter ends on a happy note with everyone returning to their human form, Las Vegas somehow not completely erased from the map, Hawkeye and The Hulk returning to the team and The Leader being imprisoned. It's even dumber when you realize that Iron Man had the same heart problems as in the films, and yet, despite turning into a Hulk himself and a visual showing the device in his heart getting destroyed in the transformation, [[UnexplainedRecovery he was completely fine in the end]].
** And let's not even ''begin'' with Kang's invasion "Come the Conqueror" and "The Kang Dynasty", which is a worldwide one. Explosions worldwide, blitzkriegs worldwide, killer robots worldwide... in New York alone, the focus of the episode, there are cars exploding or flying around, buildings damaged or destroyed, fires without control, the Brooklyn Bridge was destroyed [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the glasses of a small kid were broken]].
** When Malekith opened the casket of the ancient winters in the episode of the same name, he unleashed a worldwide ice age and released ice monsters everywhere. But, as it was magic, it may be safely assumed that when Thor closed the casket [[ResetButton everything got back to normal]] (perhaps [[HandWave including]] any collateral damage caused by the ice and the monsters).
** In "Along Came a Spider", the street collapses and falls over a subway train. The passengers who leave it are at the station and see the roof falling and run away... but what about the passengers who were still inside the train, going to some other station?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. In "Grounded" they intentionally scuttle a ship full of refined nuclear bat guano right next to the pier.
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has an even bigger one in "Hot Stretch", where a bunch of aliens, the Kraaho, use a nuclear device in an attempt to make Earth's climate raise so they can live here. By the end of the episode they are stopped, but the machine still was activated and caused a volcanic eruption in the middle of Bellwood (we see a driving car being engulfed by magma, so at least one person died for sure). It's ''really'' hard to swallow that nobody died in this, seeing how entire buildings were seen being consumed. To make it worst, [[KarmaHoudini the Kraaho aren't even punished for that]].
* In a minor case, in ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' they show people being thrown out of airships constantly. Of course, they have parachutes, and are careful to show this... but they hardly ever show them being rescued. There are three given alternatives; either be unlucky enough to descend into the wastelands (a volcanic, monster filled floor to the Atmos), go into one of the deep gorges where atmospheric pressure grows great enough to ''crush ships'', or drift on air currents until reaching a Terra (which has thus far only happened once to a [[SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness main good guy]]).
* At the end of every episode of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', the city is invariably in ruins due to giant robot fights, with [[SnapBack everything completely fixed by the next episode]].
* This trope is why Timmy Turner from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' always finishes his SnapBack {{Status Quo|IsGod}}-restoring wishes with "and that everything was back to normal!". Even though fairy magic has a rule that fairy magic cannot be used to seriously harm or kill people ''directly'', it's a bit hard to believe there aren't ''some'' people who get caught in the crossfire of some wishes, such as ones that result in erupting volcanos, or giant monsters rampaging throughout the city and tearing down buildings, and given "Da Rules" are infamous for the amount of LoopholeAbuse that gets pulled throughout the series...
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''. The {{Jerkass}} diesels really ''are'' going to take over, most of the steam trains in the world really ''are'' going to be scrapped, and in RealLife many of the actual class of engines on which the characters are based are completely extinct. However, some stories (particularly in the books) take place a good deal later than the 1950s, and some are even in ''this'' century. Sodor had a great degree of operating independence, and lacked the labor clashes that cemented Dieselisation on the British mainland. It is, in-universe, the one place to avoid it due to the Fat Controller having the authority to opt out as well as Sodor's economic prosperity.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Between the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear missile in the skies above Metropolis in "Bizzaro's World" and the meltdown of an offshore nuclear power plant in "Apokolips...Now!" a few months later, business for oncologists in that town is about to be very good, indeed.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', the world believes that a deadly fried chicken ingredient has been released on the masses everywhere that has the fast food chain responsible. It is stated that the world economy has been halted, and it is believed that everyone except prepared survivalists will die. It turns out the disease isn't fatal, and everything is back to normal by the next episode. The world economy shutting down for weeks should have had a much more lasting effect, even if we assume every character is cynical enough to just ignore the inevitable riot deaths during the believed pandemic.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'':
** A subtle and possibly intentional example of this in an otherwise unremarkable {{filler}} episode: a character comments that the population of Beijing is 15 million. Even compared to modern figures (''Generator Rex'' takes place some time [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture In the Future]]) that's 3 million low, and [[FridgeHorror considering]] [[JustBeforeTheEnd the backstory of the story...]]
** One episode involves an EVO who puts everything in the world to sleep, Holiday mentions they don't have much time before people start dropping dead from dehydration, but it never brings up people who were in the middle of doing potentially dangerous tasks such as driving (which is a bit jarring, considering the show doesn't shy away from the implications of civilian casualties).
** The series ends with Rex curing every Evo in the world. The end has a casual mention that there will still be nanites. Of course, this is because they weren't a hundred percent sure whether they were writing a season finale or a series finale. If it's the series finale, then there's the connotation that, if everyone's nanites are still there and active, then the thing that makes it such a CrapsackWorld - the fact that ''everyone'' is a ticking time bomb whose nanites can say "let's turn this person into a feral, rampaging monster whose appearance and powers would give Lovecraft nightmares" at ''any second'' - has not changed at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** In one episode Oberon puts almost everyone in Manhattan to sleep for several minutes, during which he also conjures a freezing rain storm. Yes, a couple of traffic accidents are shown when everyone falls asleep, but nobody calls him on it when he claims everyone will wake up just fine. Unless he put far more thought into his spell than it looked like (and judging by what he seems to think of the rights of anyone aside from [[TheFairFolk his own kind]], he probably didn't), then it's likely that between traffic accidents, interrupting dangerous tasks, or simply falling from precarious places, thousands of people died. And everything is back to normal by the next episode, as though nobody outside Manhattan even noticed.
** In "City of Stone", Demona turns all the New Yorkers into statues, and goes about smashing them (obviously killing them). We only get to see her kill a few people on screen, but she was strolling down the street, no doubt smashing more. We also know people flying helicopters or working heavy machinery aren't immune, because Fox was also turned to stone, and only the timely action of Xanatos prevented their chopper from crashing into the ground. [[WordOfGod Greg Weisman]] is well aware of this and confirms that many people died off-screen.
** In "Grief", the mad Jackal unleashes a 'wave of death' outside of the temple in Egypt. While the heroes within the temple that he individually blasted are aged/de-aged rather than killed, outside we see trees crumble into dust, crocodiles reduced to skeletons, and an ''entire city'' fall into ruin. While the aging is reversed at the episode's end, the avatar confirms that those who are dead and gone cannot be brought back. If that was Giza that got blasted, that means '''three million people died in that episode''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'':
** An obscured recurring theme every time the MonsterOfTheWeek trashes the city. But not even {{Conveniently Empty Building}}s can overshadow the gianormously huge crater left at the very heart of the city (see image above). Unless anybody who worked in the area had called it a day, then infrastructure damage would be the least of their worries. The [[UnreliableExpositor unreliable news channel]] said the collateral was no less than 14 billion dollars in damage along with some shaken populace. Casualties were not even mentioned.
** The time where all of Human life on Earth was rendered unable to move for several days. Part of the initial problem was shown, where Octus walks down a street and passes a few crashed planes and helicopters.
* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Koop-zilla" apparently takes place in a fictional Japanese city called Sayonara. [[FreakLabAccident Because of a lab experiment gone wrong]], [[BigBad Bowser]] actually transforms into the titular Koop-zilla and starts destroying the city, and as a result Mario also becomes a giant just so he can stop Bowser, causing the city to be destroyed even more. A later episode called "Karate Koopa" also takes place in Sayonara, except that instead of a large, technologically-advanced metropolis, it's now a small Japanese fishing village, and Bowser is now a samurai. And by the way, Sayonara means "goodbye" in Japanese.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The Hearth's Warming Eve play suggests the ponies fled their original home for Equestria due to monsters making it unlivable. There remains the question, what if some ponies stayed or got left behind?
** [[GodOfEvil Discord]], villain of the "Return of Harmony" two-parter, was said to rule Equestria before [[PhysicalGod Celestia and Luna]] [[TakenForGranite sealed him in stone]]. As shown in the two-parter, within hours of his escape he plunges Equestria into a WorldOfChaos in which time, gravity, causality and [[WorldGoneMad sanity]] are entirely optional. A stained glass window depicts him ''holding ponies over a pit of fire with puppet strings'' while agonized screams are audible in the background.
** In the season 4 finale, when Tirek drained the pegasi of their magic, depriving them of flight and presumably their cloudwalking ability as well, one would think that the residents of Cloudsdale fell out of the sky to their doom.
** The Season 5 finale gets a double dose of this due to the SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong BadFuture theme [[spoiler:and is the reason why Starlight Glimmer's forgiveness and redemption was controversial amongst fans]]:
*** You never see the entire cast of characters in any one future, and while it is possible they were simply OutOfFocus, nothing is said to guarantee they're not dead or worse. Shining Armor and Princess Cadance were in the Crystal Empire when King Sombra was freed meaning they likely died trying to defend it or worse were fitted with mind control helmets and forced to fight their loved ones, Applejack and Rarity lived in Ponyville when Queen Chrysalis took over meaning (since she knew of their forms in a timeline where they ''weren't'' heroes) they were likely killed or enslaved by her. The final timeline looks like something out of ''Film/MadMax'' and has ''no life in sight'', making it the clearest example of this.
*** Of course it also carries the baggage of any such plot where worst case scenario all these alternate timelines and the people within them suffered greatly and then ceased to exist, or possibly are now ''still suffering'' in alternate timelines. Of course, in any case these people in these altered timelines still lived, suffered, and died all the same. Pretty heavy stuff for ''My Little Pony'', when you think about it.
** One of the season 6 episodes, an adaptation of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', has the Scrooge analogue being presented with the possibility of their actions causing a never-ending winter.
* The ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Misplaced" has every single adult on the planet disappear (which isn't actually what happens, but the effect is the same). Even ignoring all those who were driving or flying or doing something else dangerous at the time, the situation is only fixed two or three days later, meaning ''millions'' of young children at the very least were left helpless for days.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode "Panic in the Sky", the Watchtower is invaded by multiple teams of Ultimen clones, led by Galatea, herself a Supergirl clone. Several scenes show Ultimen getting normal human Watchtower employees cornered, and preparing to kill them. The normal humans do fight back bravely, and we never see what happens to them, but it's very probable that they (along with numerous other humans offscreen) were flat out killed, as the Watchtower's security systems being down, and every single superhero who was on the station at the time was involved in a fight for their own lives, leaving said normals to fend for themselves against what effectively was an army of Kryptonian clones.
* While it is never said onscreen, the Edge of Beyond from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' is most likely a system that was torn apart by the Web and its [[EldritchAbomination Web Creatures]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Ocean Gem", the water from all the world's oceans are magically taken to form a pillar reaching into outer-space. Although Steven does manage to fix this issue, it appears to have taken at least a day to do so; one can only ''imagine'' the effect that would have on the Earth's environment and economy.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In Episode 2 Old Man [=McGucket=] claims that he's [[spoiler:gone on murderous rampages in robots many times before and hasn't been caught]].
** Candy remarks that Several Timez "won't last a week" in the woods after Mabel lets them go. Subverted in that they live on garbage and have become scavengers.
** "Northwest Mansion Mystery" ends on a high note [[spoiler:except for the apocalyptic prediction made by [=McGucket=]]] with the townspeople now enjoying the party that had been promised to them generations ago, and Pacifica lifting a 150 year old curse on her family. But as we've seen, her parents psychologically abused her into responding to a bell behind closed doors. So what do her parents have in store for her once everyone goes home for the night?
** In the end of "Not What He Seems", [[spoiler: some of Gravity Falls was destroyed, the goverment agents are still after Stan and now everyone in Gravity Falls is fully aware of the town's supernatural secret from the gravity anomalies]].
* Brian on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is treated like another human member of the family, even though his expected lifespan is drastically shorter than the others. [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Peter]] makes several jokes about this. ("Wow, Brian, it's moments like this that make me sad that you're gonna die fifty years before I do."; "Beer that never goes flat!...That means that this beer still won't be flat by the time that you're dead and we...you know...get a new dog to help the kids forget you.")
* When Yugo uses the six Eliatrope Dofus to battle Ogrest in space during the third ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' OVA, he breaks off large chunks of Mount Zinit, which come crashing down to various cities on the World of Twelve. Although, nobody is shown being killed by the meteors, they're dangerous enough to have Ruel claim, "It's the end of the world."
* In the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', [[spoiler:Jack and Ashi return to the past and kill Aku in Jack's time. Ashi [[RetGone vanishes soon after]], since she only exists because of Aku. What isn't shown is that the same thing must logically have happened to everyone else from the BadFuture that Jack has now erased, meaning that he spent so much time saving innocents, inspiring people, and making friends only to delete them all from existence]].
** One should remember the final line of the main theme. [[spoiler: "... To undo the future that is Aku."]] He does exactly that!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'':
** Averted in "Skytanic" where Cyril and Lana push a bomb off of a blimp...and realise that they just bombed Wales.
** In "Arrival/Departure" Kreiger rips out a nerve gas canister contained in a missile just before it goes off. Even though Kreiger says that the nerve gas was the only dangerous part, it could still potentially do collateral damage at whatever city it's aimed towards.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' episode "Depth Charge", Atlantean soldiers flood New York, and the entire subway system is shown to be filled with water. Despite the sheer scale of this attack, not a ''single mention'' is ever made to any casualties, even though there had to be ''a lot'' of people in the subway when the flood waters hit. There's a throwaway line at the very beginning of the episode noting that the entire city had been evacuated. Exactly how they were able to get the entire city evacuated that quickly, especially for an event that's pretty common in their universe (originally it was a monster attack) is a story for another trope.