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->''"Deaths for all ages and occasions. Deaths of kings and princes ... and nobodies."''\\
''"The bad end unhappily, the good, unluckily."''
-->-- '''The Player''', ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead''

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When AnyoneCanDie becomes "Everyone '''''Will''''' Die."

Many series are noteworthy for the extremely high body count among the main cast that they rack up in their last few episodes. In some cases, ''all'' of the heroes make a HeroicSacrifice, or otherwise find themselves wearing the RedShirt. Occasionally, the protagonists simply fail to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, resulting in a DownerEnding. (Possibly DyingAlone to cap it all.)

Compare EverybodysDeadDave, where everybody except the main characters are dead. If just one person survives, it's SoleSurvivor or FinalGirl. Compare the ClimacticBattleResurrection. Also compare the BolivianArmyEnding, only we actually see the attack of the Bolivian Army. Also see DwindlingParty, where the cast is killed off one by one from the start. When a SuddenDownerEnding is planned from the start, it usually happens this way.

Usually, however, either they accomplish something in death, such as killing the BigBad and thus preventing TheBadGuyWins, or it becomes clear that likeable as they may be, the world is better off without them, or their deaths are clearly an escape from a FateWorseThanDeath. If none of these happens, and they prove completely ineffectual in both life and death, it's a ShootTheShaggyDog ending.

In a {{Prequel}}, they may be DoomedByCanon: all characters who do not appear in the sequel and can not be disposed of otherwise will have to die.

In TabletopGames, this is called a TotalPartyKill. {{Game Master}}s who are ''really'' annoyed with their group (or just [[KillerGameMaster sadistic]]) may invoke RocksFallEveryoneDies.

A short historical digression: the words "Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius" ([[OminousLatinChanting Latin]]: "Kill them all. God will know his own," popularly rendered as, "Kill 'em all, and let God sort 'em out.") are [[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Latin_proverbs#Kill_them_all attributed]] to Abbot Arnold Amaury before the massacre of Béziers during the [[TheCrusades Albigensian Crusade]] -- albeit not in any of the numerous contemporary accounts of it.

The TropeNamer is YoshiyukiTomino, the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' creator who was given the nickname "Kill 'Em All Tomino" because of his reputation for producing anime where he kills off a large number of characters, often due to bouts of depression in his own life.

The funny thing about this particular trope, however, is that knowing that ''everyone'' dies is somehow much less spoiler-ish than knowing that, say, only your favorite one does. The wonders of perception... as [[JosefStalin some guy]] once [[BeamMeUpScotty allegedly]] said, "The death of one man is a tragedy; [[AMillionIsAStatistic the death of millions is a statistic]]."

See also SuicideMission and GottaKillEmAll. Contrast EverybodyLives.

Not to be confused with the 2012 martial-arts movie ''[[Film/KillEmAll Kill 'Em All]]''.

'''As a DeathTrope (and frequently an EndingTrope), all examples will have Unmarked Spoilers. You have been warned.'''

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* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manages to kill off the entire main cast including Akira in the span of five volumes. ViolenceJack technically bring many of them back... only for them to [[CrapsackWorld go through hell again.]]
* The entire main cast of ''RoseOfVersailles'' dies by the last episode, leaving only a few of the supporting characters to narrarate the historical fates of the more prominent figures people most easily recall of the French Revolution.
** The manga is particularly egregious about it. At the start, the protagonists were supposed to be Marie Antoinette, Oscar and Fersen (later DemotedToExtra). At the end it looks that at least Fersen (who in RealLife survived until 1810) will survive the series, we already got the SequelHook to ''Eikou no Napoleon-Eroica''... Cue the second to last page detailing Fersen's eventual death by lynching and the last one being a page-wide drawing of his dead body.
** As its sequel, ''Eikou no Napoleon-Eroica'' follows suite. In this series we have four protagonists: Alain and Bernard are inherited from ''Rose of Versailles'', and then we have the title character NapoleonBonaparte and his first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais. Alain and Bernard dies halfway after a failed attempt to kill Napoleon before he can be crowned emperor, Joséphine dies her historical death in 1814, and the manga ends with Napoleon's death at Saint Helena.
* TropeNamer YoshiyukiTomino has produced a number of anime, including several ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' shows, where he kills off a large number of characters, often due to bouts of depression in his own life. He's not known as "Kill 'Em All Tomino" for naught. Incidentally many instances of his Kill 'Em All tendencies coincide with instances of [[ExecutiveMeddling executives trying to screw with him]], see Zeta Gundam, Victory Gundam, Aura Battler Dunbine, Space Runaway Ideon.
** ''SpaceRunawayIdeon'' is the all-time heavyweight champion of this. The entire cast (including children) die bloody and gruesome deaths, culminating in the complete destruction of the entire universe and everyone in it. Between this series and its predecessor ''{{Zambot 3}}'', creator YoshiyukiTomino actually earned the nickname "Kill 'Em All Tomino".
*** So much so that Tomino even gets killed in ''Be Invoked''.
*** Amusingly, Tomino himself has admitted that he sometimes wonders how he came up with the ending to ''SpaceRunawayIdeon''.
*** Enough so that ''SoukouNoStrain'', whose directing team worked with Tomino, ended up being a subversion. It began as an EverybodysDeadDave and ended that way, but just about everybody expected Sara and her cohorts to drop off.
*** ''{{Saikano}}'' feels incredibly influenced by Ideon, particularly considering the two have essentially the same ending; the main difference is, ''Saikano'' has no EarthShatteringKaboom, and Shuji stays alive as the last man on Earth as Chise accompanies him as an EnergyBeing.
** Many of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series directed by Tomino also have high death counts, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' in particular. [[{{Irony}} The ironic thing]] about the ''Gundam'' series is that Tomino's stated reason for his Kill Em All tendencies was to discourage sequels.
*** In particular, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'''s penultimate episode is titled "Casualties of War." What happens in it? About half the cast dies. Believe it or not, [[DownerEnding it still gets worse.]]
*** Though Tomino is not involved with ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', the latter half of the first season (''especially'' episode 24) sees a ''massive'' die-off of both main and named characters.
*** Likewise, the final two episodes of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'', while leaving nearly all the main heroes safe, killed off the majority of the supporting cast, and the only survivor among the antagonists was via a last-minute defection to the good guys. Unfortunately, '''the''' most blatantly obvious death (and the most moving one at that) got eliminated via {{Retcon}} in the sequel, with [[FirstLawOfResurrection no explanation ever given]] (the Special edition was slightly more ambiguous). Seriously, the guy gets ''disintegrated by {{antimatter}}'', and then comes back to life.
**** The original idea for the ''SEED'' ending involved the main cast being killed off one way or another, with the only survivor being Athrun (who would be maimed). The idea was dropped due to protests from the voice actors, who became attached to their characters early on.
***** Its worth noting that Gundam Seed currently holds the record for most character deaths, out of all the Gundam series.
*** Likewise, episodes 47 and 48 of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]'' killed most of the supporting cast. Moreover, with the exception of [[BigBad Lord Ezelcant]] and Falk, '''EVERY NAMED CHARACTER''' from Vagan in the Third Generation gets offed by the end of these two episodes.
**** But the end literally ALL the support pilots died. The only surviving pilots for either side were the 3 Gundam pilots and Ezelcant's clone (because Kio goes out his way to save him.) Despite this they still act like it was a happy peaceful ending despite all the Vagans Kio and Asemu actually wanted to save dying.
*** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamMSIGLOO MS IGLOO 2]]''. '''Everybody''' dies, except for one lucky Federation soldier and a Feddie higher-up. It's no small wonder some people have compared this to V Gundam in terms of bleakness.
*** Amusingly subverted with ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', in which (despite it being a Tomino directed series) most of the cast survives, even those [[KarmaHoudini you wish got blasted to hell]] (looking at you Guin). Course, this series was made long after Tomino apparently found a new lease in life, so...
** Also ''AuraBattlerDunbine'' sees one character survive, a sylph by the name of Cham Fao, who Tomino seemed to have a soft spot for. Everyone else went down in flames and explosions, taking most of Earth and Byston Well with them.
*** That they tried to push, as it was mentioned that she was never seen again.
** To illustrate how associated Tomino is with this Trope, for a good time the picture for this page was of him smiling. And he's the [[Sandbox/TropePantheons Pantheon's]] [[Pantheon/LifeAndDeath designated Deity]] thereof.
* ''MiraiNikki'', in the concluding arc of the series, almost all of the characters in the whole series are progressively killed off, including the series' deuteragonist, Yuno. However, the ending subverts this, with the existence of an alternative parallel universe where the cast survives.
* By the end of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 6, all of the protagonists are dead.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' also had a "kill 'em all" ending, due to the writer Hideaki Anno going through depression at the time (much like "Kill 'Em All Tomino"). However, Evangelion manages to avert this, sort of. The last two TV episodes and the movie all detail TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and while every lifeform is merged into a giant amorphous superconsciousness, human individuals can potentially choose to get out of it. The main cast, however, is practically obliterated - only Asuka and Shinji are seen alive at the end, and most of the other mains were killed before Instrumentality even began. However, the facts that Asuka herself was killed before Instrumentality began, and that the mysterious Quantum Rei "witnesses" their deaths implies that they have another chance...
* The SDF-1 and its entire crew are wiped out at the end of the first third of ''{{Robotech}}''. (In the original ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', however, everyone is fine... which makes this the rare {{Macekre}} that ''ups'' the death count.)
* ''GenesisClimberMospeada'' pulls this in its ''first episode''. The one character who survives becomes protagonist by default.
* In ''Manga/DragonBallZ'', the villain [[ChaoticEvil Super Buu]] has an attack dubbed "Human Extinction," that does [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly as the name implies]]. To add to that, anyone who isn't killed by this attack he kills personally (by turning them into candy, no less). Then he reverts to his ''even crazier'' Kid Buu form and immediately [[EarthShatteringKaboom blows up the Earth]] for the lulz. Then, he turns to the rest of the universe, and eventually makes his way to the afterlife, and starts destroying stuff there. This is one of the rare cases where the heroes have a ResetButton - which itself becomes a plot point, as the surviving secondary cast rushes to find it before it becomes too late for everyone (as the ResetButton has a time limit, ''and'' it's something that Buu is capable of destroying if he gets to it first).
** What makes this example worse is that the attack was triggered when Piccolo [[NiceJobBreakingItHero pointed out that Buu promised he would fight their promised fighter only after he had killed everyone on Earth, in an attempt to buy some time.]] Knowing the ResetButton existed, Piccolo figured it didn't really matter; bringing back the entire population of Earth would be just as easy as bringing back the millions Buu had already killed. But he thought killing everybody would be at least ''marginally'' time-consuming even for Buu. Whoops.
** And in Future Trunks' timeline, Goku dies from a virus, all of the Z-fighters are killed by the Androids, and eventually Gohan meets his maker as well. There is no ResetButton here, since Piccolo died, disabling the Dragon Balls (and finding the other set, located on planet Namek, wouldn't work because of the above-mentioned time limit, which has already expired), and altering the past only creates an AlternateTimeline (aversion of TemporalParadox).
* The end of the second season of ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' kills all of the {{Mons}} off. There is a third season where they come BackFromTheDead, but it was never released in the US.
* Most of the cast of ''FushigiYuugi'' died through the course of the series. This was, however, [[DisneyDeath undone]] in the {{OVA}}s.
* Staying true to the original ''[[SevenSamurai Shichinin no Samurai]]'', by the end of ''[[SamuraiSeven Samurai 7]]'', Gorobei, Kyuzo, Kikuchyo, and Heihachi have all died in battle, leaving only three of the original seven. Naturally, this is also true of its Western remake ''The Magnificent Seven''.
* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'' anime, every secondary heroine sacrifices her own life to allow the title character to press on toward the FinalBattle. ''Twice''. There is a subversion in the final season. While all the main cast except Usagi die, the Starlights actually live to see Sailor Moon save the day.
** The manga likes this trope even more. The guardian Senshi get killed in the first and third arcs, [[HeroicSacrifice Sailor Pluto]] dies in the second arc, and ''everybody'' dies in Stars. Nobody on the good side dies in the fourth arc.
* Mangaka Mohiro Kitoh may be said to be a challenger to Tomino's Kill Em All Throne:
** ''{{Narutaru}}''... Don't mess with the little girl who can use the ''whole world'' as a weapon. Oh, and while at the end, it resembles ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]]'' in that there are [[AdamAndEvePlot two people alive]], it doesn't [[TearJerker feel]] that way.
** ''{{Bokurano}}'' makes a valiant attempt to out-Tomino Tomino himself. Early on, the children discover that even if they win their battles, they're guaranteed to die. Only later is it revealed that for every battle they win, ''an AlternateUniverse'' is destroyed. Which they are, on occasion, forced to watch by their RobotBuddy.
* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' is the fight between the Iga and Kouga clans. 10 members of each clan are pitted against each other, and they die one by one until all that is left are the StarCrossedLovers, who are both DrivenToSuicide.
* In ''WolfsRain'' every character dies, one at a time. While [[ApocalypseHow the world dies]]. And then the world is born again. And everyone is apparently reincarnated a really long time later... possibly in the modern day.
* In ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'', the protagonists Saki and Satoru are the only named characters left alive in the end. Every other named character, human and Bakenezumi, gets brutally killed off by the end of the war. You know it's going to get bad when three out of the five main characters get killed prior to the final battle. And that's before getting into how Kamisu 66 and its entire population got erased off the face of the Earth...
* The ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' anime fell victim to this. In fact, the only major character that wasn't either permanently killed off or otherwise rendered ineffective was the BigBad. DownerEnding, indeed.
* ''DaiMahouTouge'' features "Kill Them All" as the {{invocation}} activating the lead MagicalGirl's powers... Mayhem ensues, as you may imagine.
* ''{{Berserk}}'' closes the Golden Age arc by killing off every major character [[SubvertedTrope but four]]: Guts (who lost a hand and eye to demons), Casca (who lost her mind), Griffith ([[FaceHeelTurn who went evil]] [[MoralEventHorizon and was responsible for all of the above]]), and Rickert (who was not with the Band when everything went to hell). The entire world of the series seems to be heading that way, as well.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'', while not over yet, is definitely veering in this direction. As of the latest chapter, only Integra, Seras, possibly Heinkel, Islands, and the Major (who's a freaking ''robot'') are still kicking out of the named cast, and there's a high probability of more killing. Millennium, Iscariot, and likely the Wild Geese have all been destroyed, the Hellsing organization is just barely hanging on, Islands is planning to bomb the area into oblivion to end the mess, and, oh yeah, ''the entire population of London has been completely obliterated.''
** It is over now, and, out of the entire original cast, only Seras, Integra, and a now immortal Heinkel are still alive after the 30-year timeskip. As for everyone's favourite psychopathic vampire, well... Alucard [[StayingAlive came back]] after 30 years.
* OsamuTezuka used this trope often, even in his early career. In his late '40s work ''Lost World'', out of the dozen or so main characters, only three survive to the end & several nameless extras are killed when the rocketship crashes on top of them. Manga/AstroBoy storylines frequently ended with everybody who wasn't a main character or a {{Recurrer}} dead (and sometimes even them!). Most of the ''Phoenix'' stories end with everybody except the eponymous bird dead, including the entire populations of a couple of planets, which is understandable since the main theme of the series is that the quest for immortality is futile & we should be happy with the lives we have.
* In ''GaReiZero'', the entire named cast dies in the last 2 minutes of the FIRST episode. It's an effective cliffhanger, but... Then they kill half of the cast not presented in first episode. The body count keeps rising in [[GaRei the manga]] including some survivors of GaReiZero.
* ''LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes'' has most of the main cast dead by the end of it. The author, Tanaka Yoshiki, was given the [[FanNickname nickname]] "Mass Murder".
* A slight subversion of this trope comes from the not-very-well-known anime ''{{Shin-Hakkenden}}'' in which, by the end of the series, only two of the named characters are alive. One is the narrator (who doesn't really even take part in the story until 3/4 of the way through the series) and the MisledVillainGirl, who's pregnant. The reason this sort of counts as "subverted" is the two main characters die.
* ''RahXephon'' ends up with about half of the main cast dead by the end of the penultimate episode. However it's like that at first until Ayato "retuns" the world to get a happy ending.
* The ''VenusVersusVirus'' anime ends with every major character dead. The only characters who survive are minor comic-relief characters. The anime OvertookTheManga.
* In the DownerEnding of ''{{Texhnolyze}}'', everybody either dies gruesomely or [[AndIMustScream becomes a permanently stationary automaton]]. Given the nature of the show, this is probably expected.
* CLAMP:
** The ''{{X1999}}'' movie starts killing off its cast from its first scene - in some cases not even bothering to pause to introduce the characters first - and doesn't stop until everyone but Kamui is dead. The TV series is a little gentler, but as far as the manga is concerned, [[AnyoneCanDie all bets are off]].
** Also by those [[Creator/{{Clamp}} Sadistic Lady Mangaka]], ''RGVeda'' (which was also their debut longrunning manga). Some people were actually surprised that two major characters survived.
** ''XxxHoLic'': By the end of the manga, all the main characters except Watanuki have long died, courtesy of Clamp's last minute timeskip, pardon the pun.
* Characters in ''{{Gantz}}'' die once to get involved in the story (and can possibly die again). Being a MauveShirt or even a main character is no protection from death. Then came the Osaka arc, and after ''that'' [[SerialEscalation came the Italy arc]].
* By the end of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' (TheMovie, not the manga it's based on) the only survivors are Kaneda, Kei, Kai, and the Colonel. Everyone else is either killed by Tetsuo or killed when Akira sucks everyone else into a vortex; Tetsuo's fate is left ambiguous.
* ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'': in the end, everybody dies. Not only the main characters, but everybody who's in Kur�zu-cho. This is a big part of why it's effective as a CosmicHorrorStory.
* At the end of ''MDGeist'', the main character, who is a military developed human killing machine reactivates a canceled countdown time that unleashes a self-replicating robot army designed to exterminate all human life on the planet, just so he can have a stronger opponent to fight.
** Then in the sequel to ''MDGeist'', he foils a plan to nuke all of the robots in one stroke, and then leads them to humanity's last remaining stronghold so that they can completely destroy it.
* Though possibly expected, in the space of about three chapters, ''GunslingerGirl'' has ''rapidly'' descended into this, with almost half of the named SWA cyborgs (Beatrice being among them) and likely their handlers, in the case of the others, being killed in a bloody battle against a well-armed terrorist group in possession of a missile.
** [[spoiler:Everyone does die]].
** [[spoiler:Except for a few select handlers and SWA staffers. Even then, only Jean is seen in the DistantFinale, with everyone else's fate uncertain. And Petrushka, Rico and Claes get to avoid dying in battle and live out the rest of their short lifespans in peace (or succumb to cancer in Petrushka's case.)]]
* By the end of the first volume of ''Anime/{{Urotsukidouji}}'' (otherwise known as Legend of the Overfiend) the only survivors are Jyaku, Megumi, Nagumo, and Akemi; everyone else is killed by demons, Niki, or Nagumo in his transformed state.
* ''Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom'' does this over the course of the series, and then finishes its spree ''very'' callously in the final episode. At the episode's end, after the series seemingly following the "Cerulean Blue Sky" route of the PhantomOfInferno visual novel, Reiji/Zwei, at the episode's end, is shot dead by either Elen/Ein or a completely random passerby on a cart, and depending on the interpretation of the final scenes, Elen/Ein herself possibly committed suicide by oxytropis. In conclusion, every major character, except [=MacGuire=], possibly Ein, Shiga and Mio is dead by the end of the series.
** The fate of Elen and Reiji is actually ment to be ambiguous, as we are never shown if they are actually dead. This is not the first time that both characters have been [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat "killed"]] before.
* In ''TetragrammatonLabyrinth'', this is what happens to any character that shows up more than twice in the story. It's less of a DownerEnding rather than a bittersweet ending, though. It's kind of ambiguous what kind of ending it is, but it seemed like it was a EarnYourHappyEnding type.
* ''GallForce'' series manage to do that nearly all time. Each time lots of cast is introduced just for one purpose: to gradually kill everyone and finally wipe all life from the entire galaxy.
* The entire point of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'''s prequel, ''Saiyuki Gaiden'', which deals with the original incarnations of three of the ikkou, and Goku's childhood in Tenkai. Contains flavours of ForegoneConclusion as well, because of this. It ends with three out of the four main characters horribly dead and the fourth subjected to LaserGuidedAmnesia and sealed in a cage for 500 years.
* By the end of the ''Anime/{{Kite}}'' movie, Every important character is dead except for the main heroine, who is so so screwed up inside it seems implied she will keep waiting for her dead boyfriend until she dies from starvation or dehydration.
* [[{{Braiger}} Baxinger]] ends with everyone but the team's tagalong kids dead.
* TowardTheTerra introduces many characters over the decades of time and light-years of distance it spans. In the end, the only named survivors are a small handful of minor characters, one major character who's been there the whole time, and one major character who was introduced in the second half. Compare that to the dozens-strong kill count of named characters, [[TheHeroDies including both main characters]], and it's [[BittersweetEnding a wonder the ending is as upbeat as it is]].
* The anime ''{{Gilgamesh}}'' killed all of the characters but one in an event that also wiped out everyone else on Earth, but gave birth to one new life, which was immediately strangled by the sole survivor. Since she would have died alone shortly after, I guess this counts as ''Kill Em All'' + 1.
* In the {{hentai}} ''Anime/SpyOfDarkness'', the protagonist Anne sacrifices herself to kill the rampaging "sex-beast" known as Dragon after it brutally rapes and murders all of her companions. In the end, it's stated that the records of Anne and her comrade's deaths will be sealed away under top level clearance, which means that very few people will even ''know what happened to them.''
* Played with in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura Akemi is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop, and in every single iteration thus far, she's been the only magical girl to finish alive and not a witch.
* It is never actually made clear if this is how GaoGaiGar FINAL ends, but considering that the Brave Robots all get defeated in the quite brutal ways (Volfogg is impaled by 5 clones of one Soul Master, [=ChoRyuJin=] is cut in half vertically, after which both Enryu and Hyoryu use Supernova, destroying them both and their enemy). After the BigBad is defeated, GGG is only able to send two people back to our own solar system, while the rest will be stuck in an alternate universe that is on the verge of collapsing. And you thought GaoGaiGar was a happy-go-lucky SuperRobot Anime?
* In the Japanese version of the final episode of the 80's series of ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' almost all of the main cast, including the main character, died after 52 episodes of them appearing regularly. This even extends to characters who didn't die in the original manga.
* ''DT Eightron'', another Sunrise show, does this in a particularly maddening way - it happens out of the blue in the last 2 minutes of the show!
* No one dies in the main story of Manga/{{Bakuman}}, but in one [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe manga]], "Classroom of Truth", everyone, including the main character, dies. The main characters consider it [[ShootTheShaggyDog overly depressing and pointless]].
* ''Manga/{{Outlanders}}'' has Japan vaporized in a skirmish, then North America is obliterated from orbit, then the Moon is crashed into the Earth killing everyone else. Finally, except for the two main characters and their ship's crew, everyone dies in a suicidal attack on the imperial capitol, which blows up taking the entire planet with it. It's a good thing that the surviving characters are fertile (quintuplets, no less).
* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'': This is the very premise of the manga. Even people outside of the competition itself get to die a lot as well.
* Every single salmon in the ''Manga/CrimsonsTheScarletNavigatorsOfTheOcean'' manga about a school of migrating salmon dies. Even the ones who aren't eaten by predators and successfully make it back to their birthplace to spawn. Because, according to TheOtherWiki, "Salmon not killed by other means show greatly accelerated deterioration (phenoptosis, or "programmed aging") at the end of their lives. Their bodies rapidly deteriorate right after they spawn as a result of the release of massive amounts of corticosteroids."
* The premise of Manga/DeathNote [[ForegoneConclusion dictates this conclusion from the beginning]]. By the final episode of the Anime, nearly every major character of the show is dead, including Light himself. To further hammer home the point, one of the final rules of the notebook is that once someone dies, they may never be brought back to life.
* "Conclusion: God's War", Shotaro Ishinmori's posthumous finale to ''Manga/{{Cyborg009}}'' (written by his son from the drafts and notes on the arc), pulls this BIG time on the cast. [[EarnYourHappyEnding Although there's a bit of light at the end of the tunnel]], [[spoiler: the cyborgs are bumped off one by one, until 009 and 003 are left to die together as the world is destroyed and then reset.]]
* In a series where very few people from mooks on up are ever KilledOffForReal, OnePiece has this happen in two Straw Hat's back-stories: Nico Robin was the sole survivor of the population of her home island, the population was purged beyond just the academics who could read the illegal glyphs, but the entire population because of the mere possibility that some academics escaped and were hiding among the general populace. All of Brook's friends died a slow death by poisoning as they recorded [[TearJerker their last song as a group, dying off as the song was played.]] Brook's back-story takes it UpToEleven, because even ''he'' didn't survive his own KillEmAll backstory. He just had a power that let him come back.
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* The final issue of ComicBook/OneHundredBullets. The only guaranteed survivors are Loop, Victor, and Will with Lono having a case of NeverFoundTheBody, and Graves and Dizzy at the mercy of a BolivianArmyEnding.
* ''PrideOfBaghdad'' ends with all four protagonists being gunned down by American soldiers without even achieving the freedom that they'd been dreaming of. It should probably be mentioned that the protagonists are lions.
* ''CoheedAndCambria: The Amory Wars - The Second Stage Turbine Blade''. Not only do Coheed and Cambria get tricked into ''brutally murdering their own children'', they also die mostly because Cambria destroys a spaceship's engine in a fit of rage. Secondary characters also die in a failed coup, by the truckload. And that's just one of the chapters in the story!
** To make matters worse, Claudio (the protagonist for much of the storyline followed SSTB) is supposed to ''destroy the entire solar system, and release the souls of the Keywork!!!'' (The Keywork is the fictitious Solar System thing). BecauseDestinySaysSo.
* The AlternateContinuity story "ThePunisher Kills The MarvelUniverse" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** Also ''ThePunisher: The End'', where after a nuclear apocalypse, the Punisher and his sidekick venture out of a bomb shelter when the radiation has gone down enough for him to make it to the people responsible. He kills them, then his sidekick (who was actually a murderer), and then dies.
* The {{Elseworlds}} graphic novel ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: [[ComicBook/BatmanVampire Crimson Mist]]'' ends up with every named character in the Batman world, except Dr. Jeremiah Arkham and, apparently, a female expert in the supernatural, killed off.
* In ''[[BatmanRIP The Return of Bruce Wayne]]'', Superman says that this is what would happen if Batman came back to the 21st century by [[CameBackWrong himself]].
* ''ComicBook/XForce[=/=]ComicBook/XStatix''
** The comic kills off team members intermittently throughout the series, before slaughtering the survivors ''en masse'' in the final issue. Still managed to have a sequel series, by showing some of the characters' fates in the afterlife.
** Despite being violently killed along with his teammates, Doop turned up alive in ''Nation X'' and is currently a supporting cast member of the ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' comic.
* ''MarvelZombies'' ([[ZombieApocalypse as one would expect]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from the title]]) killed off a good 90% of its characters.
* The original ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' Marvel comics run featured vast numbers of deaths. In fact, something like 1/5 of all the characters introduced in the comic series had died by the end (in the case of Optimus Prime, twice over, but everyone else was for real). In fact, sometimes characters who had been the focus for multiple storylines with them evading death multiple times would suddenly be killed with no warning in a very off-hand manner several years later most notably Blaster, who had something like two year's worth of storylines based around him during which time he was repeatedly shot, infected with a horrific robotic illness, at one point completely disassembled and then tortured non-stop for months on end by Grimlock before finally getting some semblance of a normal life, only to be killed a year later by Starscream without a second's thought. This trope then went insane in the TransformersGeneration2 sequel series in which the corpses mounted up at an alarming rate.
** The later ''Universe'' comic introduced a gigantic number of characters in the first issues. This was way more than could be properly handled, so they massacred most of them until it was at a better size.
** Furman would be brought in to write the series finale for ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. His first question to the staff? "Who can I kill?" The answer? Tigerhawk, Depth Charge, and every Predacon except Megatron and Waspinator.
** It's probably not much of a stretch to say that Simon Furman is the white YoshiyukiTomino.
*** Every character that he kills off that gets a death scene of their own concludes it with the line "Oh well. Never did want to live forever!"
* ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' is about 113 people with superpowers, called the Specials. At the end, they're all dead. The two most important non-Special characters also die.
* ''UsagiYojimbo'' author Stan Sakai wrote a Kill 'Em All FinalBattle as an experiment, but decided it was "too depressing".
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' featured at least one story arc which took place in an alternate future in which Sentinels had killed most of Earth's heroes and enslaved the rest. By the end of it, the adult Shadowcat is the only X-Man alive. Though Rachel Summers managed to also survive via TimeTravel, and now lives in the main MarvelUniverse.
** There's also the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse, an alternate timeline where Professor Xavier was killed years before he would've formed the X-Men, and [[SocialDarwinist Apocalypse]] takes over half the world and has already killed off most of the population. It goes downhill from there.
* The ''GreatLakesAvengers'' have a nasty habit of losing members, including Mr. Immortal's love interest in issue 1.
** Probably the only safe characters are Mr. Immortal (whose power is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; he absolutely cannot be killed by any means, not even by completely obliterating his body) and Squirrel Girl (who's too popular to kill).
** Actually, they honestly haven't gotten it nearly as bad as one might think from the way their first Dan Slott mini parodied the kill-happy nature of major comics crossovers. The only long-term member who has died and ''stayed'' dead is Dinah Soar; Doorman died but came back as an angel of death, and Big Bertha and Flatman are still alive and kicking. Aside from that, you've just got characters who were essentially created by Dan Slott ''to'' die.
* ''{{Ultimatum}}'', UltimateMarvel's big CrisisCrossover before the title reboot, cut a wide swath through the heroes and villains of the canon. By the time it's over, around 70% of the named characters and millions-strong chunks of international populations are dead.
** Make that 70% of named ''mutants''. Looking at the casualty list on TheOtherWiki, there are nearly two dozen ''UltimateXMen'' characters dead (including Xavier, Magneto, Cyclops, and Wolverine), compared to a handful from ''TheUltimates'' (Ant-Man and Wasp), ''UltimateFantasticFour'' (Dr. Doom and Dr. Storm (Sue and Johnny's dad)), and miscellaneous heroes (Daredevil and Dr. Strange). The ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' cast got out relatively unscathed, even gaining a few {{Transplant}}s from the other series (Iceman and Human Torch).
* The ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' storyline "End of an Era", which rebooted the Legion, ended up by killing off everyone from the old history before restarting history.
* Comicbook/DoomPatrol pre-dated most of this by pulling a TotalPartyKill in the ''[[OlderThanTheyThink Sixties]].'' All four of the actual members (The Chief, Rita Farr, Cliff Steele, Larry Trainor) were nuked saving a small fishing village.
* At the end of the prison arc in ComicBook/TheWalkingDead, every single character present during the attack from the Governor, including a ''baby'', were brutally murdered, save for Rick and Carl. That's seven of the main characters!
** It's only gotten worse since that storyline. Although there are a shitload of new characters (who are constantly dying as well) the only survivors from the original group that was introduced on day 1 are Rick, Carl, Andrea, and Sophia. Considering that this series is partially meant to chronicle the life of Rick, and the zombie apocalypse seems to be going on with no end in sight, it's more than likely that the series will end with everyone dying.
* The last issue of [[ComicBook/{{Fables}} Jack of Fables]] kills off everyone but the [[InfantImmortality baby]] and the [[BlackDudeDiesFirst black guy]].
* The MarvelMangaverse "Rings of Fate" arc (which also was the SeriesFinale of that set of comics) wound up killing a good chuck of it heroes and some villains leaving only a handful left standing.
* Creator/{{Gotlib}} drew a ''Hamlet'' parody. The source material being what it is, it ends with all named characters death. The doctor who diagnoses all deaths as viper beat (yes, even Ophelia's) dies beaten by a viper. The gravedigger has an heart attack seeing all these corpses. Then the narrator shoots himself.
* ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' featured Thanos using the title object to wipe out over half of the universe's population in order to impress Death, which includes several major and notable supporting characters from various Marvel books, like the Fantastic Four, the original X-Men members (then known as X-Factor) save Cyclops, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, and Rick Jones. Then halfway into the storyline when the surviving heroes band together to form one last stand against the power-mad titan, it doesn't end well. In the end a ResetButton winds up restoring [[StatusQuoIsGod everything back to normal]].
* ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' is often known for doing this in several of its issues, usually ones that show what the downer outcomes to major events within the Marvel Universe could have been like.
* The ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' spinoff "Mighty Mutanimals" ended with the ''entire team'', including animated mainstays such as Leatherhead, Slash and Metalhead, assassinated.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* [[{{Fanfic/Pagliacci}} Here's a tip. When the Prankster invites you to a party... don't show up.]] Brings new meaning to the phrasew "TotalPartyKill", doesn't it? ''[[IncrediblyLamePun (rimshot)]]''
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' has what can be described as a Kill Em All ending, with some very nasty curses involved and some major {{TearJerker}}s.
** The sequel, ''Sluagh'', is worse. Depending on how you look at it, NONE of Our Heroes are left standing after the Battle of Druim Cett, and if half of those creatures aren't out of the author's imagination, there's some funky stuff in water of those Irish springs.
* Speaking of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1240132/1/One_Step_Too_Far One Step Too Far]]'' plays with this by having Rowling realize she just killed the last available character... in the middle of book 6.
* ''FanFic/AeonNatumEngel'': Six words: [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Alma Wakes Up, Everyone Gets Eaten]].
* Happens in ''FanFic/ThatGuyWithTheGlassesInSpace''. Or at least until WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic goes back in time and fixes everything.
* A common goal to most people who [[CameBackWrong are resurrected]] in ''FanFic/ImmortalitySyndrome''.
* The notorious ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' DarkFic ''A Bad End'' is... well, did you read the title?
* The summary of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7419029/1/Transformers Transformers: Good Mourning]] is, "This is the fanfic in which the Transformers will all die." Ultimately subverted.
* The ''NineteenEightyThreeDoomsdayStories'' AU for ''AxisPowersHetalia'' [[CaptainObvious has this happen in]] [[WorldWarIII 1983]], otherwise known as [[ApocalypseHow Doomsday]]. Whole Nations are killed by the nuclear attacks, while some of the luckier ones experience slower deaths. Most of the stories however take place [[AfterTheEnd long after that]].
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[[folder:Films -- General]]
* In ''Film/DasBoot'', just as the eponymous submarine returns home and the crew is greeted by the cheering people the air raid siren sounds and Allied aircraft attack the harbour, sinking the sub and killing all aboard but three people (Werner and the Chief both manage to survive the air raid, and there was that one guy who got rushed to the hospital just before it happened). This is actually an anti-war subversion, the U96 and all her crew returned safely home (U96 was considered a lucky boat in that none of her crew was killed). Her captain Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock went on to captain Germany`s first and only nuclear powered freighter. So although the book/film (based on the real crew) had a downer ending, RealLife did not.
** In ''Film/{{Stalingrad}}'', only 3 characters are alive near the end, and then a Russian sniper kills one of them, and the last two take cover and [[SnowMeansDeath slowly freeze to death in the snow]]. As the two stop moving and are slowly covered by the falling snow, [[DownerEnding the credits roll]]. If one pays attention to how the movie focuses on smaller and smaller groups of soldiers (from full regiments to single characters) it can be said that this trope is exactly what this movie is about. Only one of the soldiers, Rollo, doesn't die onscreen, but after he witnesses the remaining German soldiers surrender, it's ambiguous whether or not he joined them. If he did, his chances would be slim anyway.
* Russian war movies about WW2, while being somewhat more upbeat, also include this:
** A Russian WarMovie ''The Crossing'' (not to mix with the USA film) depicts a Soviet anti-tank platoon, which is retreating toward the eponymous crossing, where the Soviet troops are regrouping. They travel one whole day towards the crossing, then on the dawn of the next day they are attacked by a German armored troop, and are wiped out, without managing to inflict any (serious) damage to the enemy. A [[ShootTheShaggyDog tragic and pointless]] end.
** Similarly, the BasedOnATrueStory film ''The Brest Fortress''. The whole garrison is ultimately killed, with exception of a few captured soldiers. However, the casualties they inflicted on the enemy were horrendous.
** ''I am a Russian Soldier'', also being based on the Brest Fortress siege, understandably has a similar ending.
** ''The Commander's Daughter'', [[OverlyLongGag also being based]] on the Brest Fortress siege, also pulls this off. All the protagonists die except for the eponymous heroine; her survival, however, is of the IDied variety, as we see the enemy killing everyone. This is TruthInTelevision, however, as both her prototypes survived the war.
** In the Russian film ''Zvezda (The Star)'', the eponymous scout unit is eventually cornered, shot, and [[KillItWithFire flamethrowered]] to death by SS and Wehrmacht troopers. The captain who sent their team out narrates the result of their sacrifice, then mentions that he also [[PosthumousNarration died later in the war]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' killed off most of the [[TransformersGeneration1 first generation of Transformers]], Autobot and Decepticon alike, in order to facilitate the introduction of the new toy line.
** The later season of the cartoon series casts doubt on this, as many of the Transformers killed in the movie are seen up and walking around again, although some of these occasions are believed to have been animation gaffes. The impact of this is lessened since the highest-profile fatality, Optimus Prime, returned in the cartoon series. In the comics set after the movie, impressively, he stayed dead permanently.
** Oddly, although Jazz and Cliffjumper survived in the movie, Casey Kasem (Cliffjumper's voice actor) quit and all of his characters disappeared, and Scatman Crothers (Jazz's voice actor) died, so Jazz disappeared too.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. First, humanity is, apparently, completely wiped out. Then, the only two explicitly named human characters die, one before the movie even begins. ''Then'', all of the stitchpunks, except 3, 4, 7 and 9, die along the course of the film. Granted, the ending itself [[BittersweetEnding isn't all that bleak]], but that doesn't mitigate the loss of life.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' is a prized one. Only two characters survive at the end: Aki Ross (the main character) and Dr. Sid. All the other characters are killed by phantoms except Major Elliot (who gets shot) and General Hein, the antagonist, who is blown up inside his ship.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''. During the musical piece, "Worthless," ALL of the cars singing the main parts die. Granted, this is because they're singing AS they're being carried to their deaths.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/SeasonOfTheWitch'', everyone (except for an altar boy/Knight Wannabe and a girl that was possessed by a demon) dies rather horrible deaths.
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', the villain is tricked into eating an explosive pill, which blows up the casino at the end with every main character in it. However, all the good guys are seen in heaven, strumming harps. Even the villain, until "Six of them went to a Heavenly spot, the seventh one is going to a place where it's terribly hot."
* The last few scenes of ''Film/TheDeparted'' ends up with every main character but one getting shot by each other - then the very last scene has that final main character getting shot by the other main character's boss.
* ''Film/TheSidehackers'' was a brutal, gritty biker film in which almost every character (including the hero's extremely likable love interest, whose death ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had to cut out of the aired version and have Crow explain) was gang raped and killed. The hero himself was gunned down by the fatally wounded villain whilst walking away from a MexicanStandoff. The three that lived (the black guy, the guy who told bad jokes, and the hero's friend) all ran off when the battle was in progress. ''Sidehackers'' incidentally, was the movie which prompted Best Brains to institute their policy of watching a movie ''all'' the way through before selecting it for their show.
* ''{{Rocketship X-M}}'' features a bunch of people going to the moon, but [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale ending up on Mars]]. They are able to find about people that are horribly mutated from a war and on the way back, and only have enough time tell the people of Earth about this, before [[DiabolusExMachina a leak makes them run out of gas on the way home and they are unable to land]]. As Crow put it on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', "There's nothing more depressing then being stuck in a spaceship, watching people die in a spaceship."
* ''Beneath the PlanetOfTheApes'' ends with the cast getting shot. And then Charlton Heston's dying act is to trigger a gigantic nuke that [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroys the entire planet]]. They still managed three more films, though (with only two main characters, who escaped through TimeTravel).
** These two survivors die in a later movie. Every character from the first two films ends up dead.
** Oh the irony... Heston actually '''re-wrote''' the ending to the script (in which Taylor destroys the entire planet) because he didn't want it to become a FranchiseZombie, and would rather just end it then.
* ''Film/VillageOfTheDamned'':
** In Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/VillageOfTheDamned'' remake with Christopher Reeve, only the teacher girl and her kid (the only alien child who had more or less normal emotions) survive. Everyone else in town is dead.
** A subversion of the original story (''TheMidwichCuckoos'' and the original ''Village of the Damned'' movie) in which none of the kids had human emotions. They all died along with the teacher responsible for their deaths, but almost everybody else they hadn't "influenced" survived.
* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' ends with Tony Montana and crew dead and the drug lord who ordered the film-ending attack still alive. Fortunately or not, you don't get to see his presumable satisfaction with this. The video game depicting an alternative take on the film picks up after Tony's 'death' and has the player control him as he attempts to rebuild his drug empire. This can be viewed as an alternate continuity.
* Those who do not die onscreen in the cult [[LaResistance French Resistance]] movie ''Army of Shadows'' are killed off in the epilogue screen titles.
* ''Film/TheWildBunch''. [[TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil Good guys. Bad guys. Worse Guys.]] Bystanders. Livestock. Only two named characters are still breathing as the closing credits roll.
* In ''Film/TheFall'', Roy almost ends his story this way, much to Alexandria's horror. Only her confession of love convinces him to allow their avatars to live.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has everyone dying at the hands of the Ancient Ones, not just the cast, but every living being on the planet and the planet itself.
* In the ''{{Saw}}'' franchise, no one (up to and including the eponymous serial killer himself) survived all seven movies except one. Jigsaw nursed that one back to health after he survived, then he trained him as his apprentice, and by the time [[TheReveal all this is revealed]] at the end of ''Saw 3D'' he's proven to be the one confirmed good egg out of Jigsaw's apprentices. The last scene has him leave a rogue apprentice, Hoffman, in a room he'd remember from the game in the first film.
* The Quentin Tarantino movie ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' ends with just about the entire crew dead except for Mr. Pink, who either gets caught by the cops during the ending credits or is shot to death.
* ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'': (the only survivor is mistaken for a zombie and shot in the head)
%% * ''Film/CabinFever'': ditto, in an obvious homage
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'', where everyone who hadn't already been killed by the undead were nuked by the U.S. Army. The film's ''only'' survivors are a couple of voices at the other end of a phone call because they're the ones who called in the nuclear strike.
* The Scottish film ''Film/{{Outpost}}'' has a squad of mercenaries and their scientist/corporate employer wiped out by undead Nazi super-soldiers. The end of the movie leads the viewer to believe that a second team was wiped out the same way.
* ''Film/DeadMan''. Interestingly, the only death that isn't really seen is that of William, presumably the eponymous "dead man."
* The entire crew of the ''Icarus II'' dies in the sci-fi movie ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' (2007), but they do manage to save the world in the process. It is hinted that Kappa might not die, but is frozen in time right before his death, stuck admiring a wall of fire. In all probability, he died too.
* ''Film/{{REC}}'': Nobody survives. Leading lady, camera man, hero firefighter, mother and daughter, Chinese family, young cop... they ALL bought it and/or [[NotUsingTheZWord came back]]. Except probably an old couple.
* ''Film/{{Quarantine}}''. There's a few {{Hope Spot}}s, in particular one close to the end when the landlord says there's a way to get out through the basement, but really. What really sells it is that most characters who die pop back up as [[NotUsingTheZWord (let's just say)]] zombies, and near the end there's a sequence where the two leads have to fight through what's left of the rest of the cast.
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. Possibly Averted-Lily's survival seems likely, which would make her the SoleSurvivor.
* ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject''. Considering that the whole concept of the movie is "Hey, we found this video camera out in the woods..." why would you expect anything else?
* ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'' ends with everybody dying in the massive P-Fleet vs Babel 13 space battle. A few survive, though, and Earth is freed from Emperor Pirk's tyranny.
* All eight characters who got a speaking part in ''Film/TheDescent'' died. At least in the original version, the US got a different ending.
** In the sequel, featuring the two main characters, everyone dies in an AssPull of epic proportions.
* The ''Film/FinalDestination'' series. The survivor of the first movie gets killed in the second and the survivors of the second one all survive the BBQ finale, with a RedShirt biting the dust instead, but are said to be dead at the beginning of the third one. The third movie decides to not waste time and kills everyone in a not very ambiguous ending. The next movies turn it into outright ShootTheShaggyDog stories: the protagonists never had any influence on their respective demises, and all their actions were for naught. Death is a sadistic cosmic entity who plans out everything just the way he intended.
* ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' ends with the deaths of virtually all of the major conspirators who organized the botched July 20th assassination attempt on Hitler. [[BasedOnATrueStory It's not like the screenwriter had a choice]].
* By the end of ''Miracle at St. Anna'', with the exception of Hector and Angelo, every single villager and Allied soldier in St. Anna is killed during a battle with German soldiers.
** Which makes sense, because the real massacre of Sant'Anna di Stazzema [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sant%27Anna_di_Stazzema_massacre]] resulted in 560 people being killed, even though the intrusion of american soldiers is completely fictional and there was no battle. It was, quite simply (and sadly), a huge massacre of innocent civilians. The place now is pretty much a ghost town.
* By the end of the first ''Film/ScaryMovie'' everyone except for Cindy's father, Sherriff Gale, and Doofy (who's the bad guy) are killed. Many of said characters inexplicably come BackFromTheDead in the sequels.
* In ''Film/DeadSnow'', the cast is slaughtered one by one during an exceptionally bloody standoff against the Nazi Colonel Herzog and his stiff soldiers. The toughest one survives after figuring out that the Nazis are after a box of stolen gold and presenting it to them. Though when he finally gets back to the car, he discovers he has accidentally brought a gold coin with him. The Colonel appears and offs him shortly afterwards.
* The credits of ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'' start rolling when all characters are dead except one, who is fatally wounded. As the screen fades to black, you continue to hear his mumbling and moaning as he slowly bleeds out due to having his gut sliced to ribbons. At the end of the credits, ''he is still not dead.''
* In ''StrangerThanFiction'', this is stated to be author Karen Eiffel's SignatureStyle. It becomes an issue when the main character Harold Crick becomes her new protagonist and when confronted with this she is plagued by guilt at how many actual lives she might have ended.
* The Creator/AkiraKurosawa film ''Film/{{Ran}}'' -- not surprising since the plot closely resembles that of ''Theatre/KingLear'', with a bonus CycleOfRevenge element thrown in for good measure.
* ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''. 11 of the eponymous group die, and the last is badly injured. The two officers with them both survive, though.
* In the Spanish movie ''Nicotina'' every single person that is plot pertinent dies. Actually, even that ones that aren't important ended up dying, since the whole building explodes.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise in general seems to enjoy outright slaughtering its characters. ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' picks off 2 of the survivors from the previous movie in the first 5 minutes, kills another survivor partway through, and kills Ripley at the end. Out of all the other characters present throughout the movie, only 2 survive,one presumed dead throughout the film and is only even given a small cameo in the film itself.
* Creator/DarioArgento's films seem to be rather fond of this, killing most of the main cast and rarely ever having a survival count higher than 2. The most egregious example of this being ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'', where once the main heroine kills the head witch (Suspirorum, the Mother of Sighs), the building starts to collapse, and the moment she leaves, it bursts into flames, supposedly killing every single person within the building except for the main heroine.
* In the Creator/JohnCarpenter film ''Film/DarkStar'' two out of four crew members are obliterated in a nuclear blast by a malfunctioning bomb that decides there is no point to existence. Ironically, this stems from a crew member trying to convince the bomb not to explode. Now floating around helplessly in space without a ship, one of the two remaining ones is sucked in by a group of asteroids to slowly drift off and die, while the other decides to surf into the nearby planet's atmosphere on a piece of debris to burn up.
* In ''Film/SilentRunning'', the protagonist murders his crew mates in order to save the last forest from being destroyed, then eventually commits suicide to prevent a rescue mission from discovering the truth. Only a single robot (of the original three) is left "alive" to care for the plants.
* The 2009 French zombie movie ''The Horde'' ends with only 1 survivor left standing, possibly 0 as you can hear the zombies approaching before the credits roll.
* Nukes from a Soviet sub wipe out the cast of ''The Bedford Incident'' in retaliation for the ''Bedford'' firing their nukes at the Soviet sub first.
* Zombie's ''Film/HalloweenII2009'' has everyone die... including Dr. Loomis, Michael Myers, ''and'' Laurie!
* The two ''CountYorga'' movies ends with all the characters either dead or turned into vampires (most of the female cast for the latter).
* In Uwe Boll's ''[[GoodTroiEpisode Tunnel Rats]]'', only two soldiers survive the Viet Cong massacre of their camp... only to be killed when the Air Force levels the place. A third soldier that had nearly escaped the VC's labyrinth of tunnels was buried alive and slowly suffocated.
* In the ending of ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' when Monroe meets with the TV Executives one last time, he meets again with the three executives and tells them that he has viewed the final reel and says that it is "offensive, dishonest, and inhuman". He leads the executives into a screening room to view the final reel of the recovered film.
* ''Film/TheMission'' might well be one of the most depressing cases of this, as it ends with every single one of the protagonists getting massacred by the Portuguese soldiers, and out of a ''tribe'' they'd been trying to help, only a handful of women and children make it out alive. Worse still, [[KarmaHoudini the men responsible for the massacre get away with it]].
* Applied InUniverse in the film ''Formula of Love'', where one of Caliostro's servants sing a song with nonsense words, and when asked by some woman what the song means (she presumes it's in Italian), he tells her a tragic story ending with "So in summation, everybody died."
* Subverted in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', where a KillEmAll ending is RetGone.
* By the end of ''Play Dirty'', there is only one member of the unit who is not confirmed to be dead. And since he's lying helpless in a truck that nobody living knows the location of with a serious gut wound, the best one can say of that man is that at the end of the movie he might not be dead ''yet''.
* ''Film/ThePerfectStorm'': Nobody survives that fateful boating trip.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Dogville}}'', Nicole Kidman's character takes the name of this trope literally and indeed sends her goons to kill the entire village, except the dog.
* In the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' movie ''Film/DemonKnight'' only Jeryline the hotel manager's niece survives the Collector and his minion's attack.
** Likewise in its sequel ''Film/BordelloOfBlood'', the only two surviving people are Rafe and Catherine Then Catherine reveals she was bitten and turned by Lilith before going for Rafe's neck.
* In ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' the original cast is reduced to just Duke and Snake Eyes (plus President Zartan and Storm Shadow in the Cobra side) by killing them in ThePurge. And even then, [[BackForTheDead Duke's one of the casualties]].
* ''Film/TheGrey'' is about a small group of Alaskan oil workers who get caught in a plane crash on the way to Anchorage, and have to both survive the wilderness and fend off attacks by wolves. Eventually, they all die, except for the protagonist who may or may not survive.
* Fitting with the ''Film/{{Cube}}'' series' deep cynicism and the utter lethality of the eponymous mazes, nearly all characters usually die, either by the cubes or by their own hands. The survival rate in the series' entries is, successively, [[spoiler:1:0:2.]]
* By the end of ''Bodyguards and Assassins'', there are a grand total of two bodyguards and zero assassins still living. 90% of the surviving cast are people who fit in neither group, and as such didn't spend the last hour of the movie killing each other.
* In ''Hell in the Pacific'', the American soldier and the Japanese soldier seem to be about to turn on each other- and then a bomb kills them.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In LloydAlexander's ''Literature/{{Westmark}}'' trilogy, any character with a name [[AnyoneCanDie had a fifty-fifty chance of making it out of book 3 alive]]. There were more deaths than in the previous two books combined - and the second book took place ''during a war''.
* The main crisis of ''Literature/TheSundered'' is, "Who will live? Humanity, or humanity's fractured slaves?" Take a wild guess.
* ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''. At the end, most of the main characters throughout ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series and all possible Earths are completely obliterated from all possible timelines. Permanently. (The only possible survivor is a character who stepped into a teleporter in a previous book and wasn't seen again.) And then, to make it even worse, Creator/DouglasAdams [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]]. Adams had, before his death, adapted the novel for [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy a radio version]]; he had stated some dissatisfaction with the DownerEnding and, in the radio version, it is revealed that the Babelfish can teleport its host if they're about to die. Since all the main characters are using a babelfish for translation, they survive (landing at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe).
* In ''Literature/IslandOfTheBlueDolphins'', the [[TheAloner protagonist's]] entire people sailed away from her island, and the brother left behind with her is killed by wild dogs soon after. Then it's revealed that their ship sank. So even after she leaves her island, she's [[LastOfHisKind very, very alone]]. It turns out later [[spoiler:the boat didn't sink until ''after'' it had unloaded its cargo on California. Everyone on the ship died, but it was a completely different set of people.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' went this way at full speed since ''A Storm of Swords'', and it's not like the first two books lacked corpses either.
** From [[http://web.archive.org/web/20001005212114/eventhorizon.com/sfzine/chats/transcripts/031899.html Martin himself]]: "No one will be alive by the last book. In fact, they all die in the fifth. The sixth book will be just a thousand-page description of snow blowing across the graves..."
** The reputation of the series is partly bolstered because of the tendency for characters to be [[NeverFoundTheBody presumed killed]], in addition to the ones who actually die.
* Averted in ''HouseOfLeaves''. In the photograph insert after the cover, there is a typed note in the middle of the mess, detailing the author's desire to kill off Will Navidson's children in brutal ways. "Drown them in blood" was the particular phrase.
* In Sonya Hartnett's ''The Midnight Zoo'' it is heavily implied that the three Rom Children and all the zoo animals are dead at the end of the book. Similar to ''The Last Battle'' it seems to be a happy ending with the children and animals reaching {{Heaven}} Or...Some kind of afterlife...This is supposedly a very hopeful uplifting ending...[[EsotericHappyEnding Maybe...]]
* ''Literature/TheTerror''. This is a bit of a ForegoneConclusion, as the book is based on the real life Franklin Expedition, where nobody survived. Over the course of the book, the 129 men are subjected to a horrific DwindlingParty scenario. In the end, Francis Crozier and Lady Silence (who wasn't even part of the expedition in the first place) are the only survivors.
* Todd [=McCaffrey=]'s ''DragonridersOfPern'' books have, thus far, featured exploding mine holds, '''three''' continent-threatening plagues (two of which infected dragons) and almost a Weyr taken out in one swoop by a bad jump ''between''.
* ''Literature/BattleRoyale''. Everyone dying is the ''premise'' of the book. In fact, in the end, one more survives than was supposed to...
* Considering his subject matter, this is not uncommon in the works of DerekRobinson, particularly in his wartime novels. Character turnover is so great that you are lucky to end a novel with two of the original cast (in works by an author who is famous for LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters)
** A Good Clean Fight particularly, in that two of the three primary viewpoint characters die in a very abrupt manner.
* Creator/HPLovecraft never pulled this off, probably because he always presented his stories in a semi-realistic manner, so ending it with "then everybody died" when the world is, very clearly, not dead, would kinda ruin the setting. Instead he had lots of "everybody WILL die. And there's nothing we can do about it".
** Well, he did write things like ''Nyarlathotep'' and ''The Doom That Came To Sarnath'', which describe the sudden and mysterious fall of entire cities. Might avert the trope mainly by virtue of not having a lot of explicitly ''named'' characters, mind.
** That, and he wrote a fair few stories in which the majority of the named characters died, like "The Call of Cthulhu," or "The Lurking Fear."
** His short story ''Literature/TheTemple'' begins with The Captain sinking the lifeboats of an enemy ship before the body of a crewman from said ship turns up on deck. Then he begins executing individual members of his crew when their superstitions get the better of them. Then at least two crewmen are killed when the engines unexpectedly explode, forcing the ship to go deeper. The six remaining crewmen are killed by the Captain for trying to start a mutiny, and then the one officer that remains is eventually DrivenToSuicide. The Captain is likely to die of suffocation, as he is now trapped at the bottom of the ocean with no chance of rescue; the only reason his death isn't recorded is because he's the one telling the story.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': Somewhat subverted in the final {{Narnia}} book, in which all nearly the characters from our world appear, having died there in a train accident. They get a HappyEnding, while much fan consternation is caused by the fate of Susan, who is "no longer a friend of Narnia", does not appear in the book, and survives. The sole survivor is the one who, in typical plot terms, gets casually killed off.
* Apocryphally, NeilGaiman deals with this loose end from ''The Last Battle'' in his 2004 short story ''The Problem of Susan''.
* In ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' by Creator/AgathaChristie, everyone on the island is killed off and the culprit leaves a confession in a bottle, sends it out to sea, and commits suicide.
* By the end of CormacMcCarthy's ''BloodMeridian'', every character in the posse, including the protagonist The Kid, is dead. [[KarmaHoudini The only exception is]] the worst of them, Judge Holden.
* Approximately half of the characters introduced in the first book of Steven Erikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series are dead by (and mostly during) book three. 75% are gone by the end of book six (including most of the BigDamnHeroes from earlier on). However, many of those characters are either reincarnated, resurrected or continue to play an active role as ghosts.
* Raymond E. Feist's ''[[TheRiftwarCycle Riftwar cycle]]'' of novels have spanned something like 200 years to date, so with a few magical exceptions every major character from the first book is now dead. However, the end of the ''Serpentwar' sub-series was notable for not only wiping out most of the then-supporting cast and a couple of leading characters in a devastating war, but also destroying the city of Krondor, where a significant amount of the action in the books had taken place. Later books took this to an insane extreme by blowing up the entire planet of Kelewan, which had seen a lot of the action take place there as well.
* ''Creator/PaulKearney'' 's splendid five-book ''Literature/TheMonarchiesOfGod'' series ends with the death of every single character. Seriously, the only character who isn't expressly shown to be dead is a second-tier character who ceased being of any importance and vanished after the third volume.
* This was originally supposed to be the fate of most of the main characters in the Honor Harrington novel ''At All Costs'' in which even the protagonist herself was supposed to die so that her son could take up the mantle a few decades down the road. The Author decided to change that, however, when coauthor Eric Flint sped up the Mesa plot - and probably headed off what would have been the greatest fan rebellion in science fiction since ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' was first canceled. Effectively, like a character from the Honorverse? Too bad - there's roughly a 50% chance they'll die within a few books. Unless that character is the favorite character of David Weber's wife, i.e. James [=MacGuinness=].
* ''Literature/SometimeNeverAFableForSupermen'', the human race is wiped out in the fictional WWIII and WWIV. The Gremlins survived by hiding underground, only to learn that they are going to cease to exist because they are created by the imagination of humans.
* In Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'', except for two kids, every character is dead by the end.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', 99.4% of humanity is killed off in the first quarter of the book, and then most of the many, many main characters die over the course of the book, leaving two or three alive.
* Iain M. Banks is a big fan of this. Both ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'' and ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' end with just one main character alive (barely). And now ''Literature/{{Matter}}'' as well. ''Consider Phlebas'' goes further than the main characters: virtually everybody picked out of the crowd, even just as "the security guard", is killed off.
* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''. Almost every character dies, even including the narrator. Only two survive, Tjaden and Kropp, who is crippled.
* It's not everybody in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', but after the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome battle of Chi Bi]], the fan favorites start dying off one by one. By the end of the series none of them are left and nobody cares that [[TreacherousAdvisor Sima Yi's]] grandson has [[DarkHorseVictory taken over all three kingdoms]].
* A few of the OneHundredAndEight heroes of ''Literature/HeroesOfTheWaterMargin'' (or ''Suikoden'', for those of you more familiar with the Japanese title) had already died before the end, but a huge list of them get killed off fighting another rebel group, just as the government had hoped because they feared the heroes' power. Whichever survivors that didn't scatter to the winds after that were poisoned by order of the emperor.
* [[KingArthur The Arthurian legend]]. At the end, a whopping ''five'' characters are left living: Lancelot and Guinevere (who join the Church and die anyway), Bedivere[[note]]who seems to only have survived to avert UndeadAuthor, since none of the other survivors are in any condition to tell the tale[[/note]], Morgan, and Arthur, who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence was carried off to Avalon with a mortal wound]], [[KingInTheMountain to wait and sleep there until England needs him again]]. To put this into perspective, there are traditionally fifty Knights of the Round Table, [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and even more secondary characters]].
* [[CrapsackWorld Inevitably]], ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' literature has plenty of examples:
** In the HorusHeresy novel ''Battle for the Abyss'', every single character, named and unnamed, ends up dead. By HorusHeresy standards, this is a BittersweetEnding: at least the loyalist Space Marines' {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s are not in vain.
** In ''Daemon World'', the epilogue states that there is a ''legend'' that one of the book's characters lived. Other than that slight possibility, all the characters (named and unnamed) and the entire population of the world died -- plus [[GeniusLoci the world itself]]. An Eldar maiden world, it was DrivenToSuicide because of all the horrors that had been committed on it.
** In ''Angels of Darkness'', the Dark Angels realize that they can remain in a hermetically sealed fortress, and so keep the virus released it from destroying the world, and [[HeroicSacrifice die themselves because their suits won't last that long]]. Fearing what they might do when dying of hunger and asphyxiation, they [[DrivenToSuicide all commit suicide together]].
** In the ''Literature/GreyKnights'' novel ''Hammer of Daemons'', Alaric himself survives. Also some low-level unnamed {{Mooks}}, and two Grey Knights who weren't captured in the opening chapter. Other than that, every named character and large chunks of the unnamed masses die.
** The ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels inevitably go this way. The author started killing off major characters in book 5 (of 12, with no ending in sight), hasn't stopped since, and explicitly stated that he's going to continue writing for the series until people lose interest in them or there is no-one left to write about.
** In ''Legion of the Dammned'' all but one of the defenders die fighting the invading Blood Crusade. This HeroicSacrifice causes a legion of vengeful ghosts to rise up and wipe out the Blood Crusade army. Subverted in the end when the relief force arrives and discovers that the women and children survived by hiding in the graves. The Space Marines and the local defense force deliberately sacrificed themselves so the Blood Crusade army would assume that it killed everyone on the planet and move on before discovering the women and children.
* In Creator/DavidWeber and Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series, they start with a full company of body guards. Throughout the four books, only 14 or so of the group are left. The planet was a great example of EverythingIsTryingToKillYou.
* From David Weber and Steve White, [[TheShivaOption General Directive 18]].
* Has a lampshade hung on it by Mark Twain in the afterword to ''Pudd'nhead Wilson,'' where he explains that the solution to the convoluted original plot was to drop the original characters down a well in the back yard, which only ceased when it seemed likely the well would fill up.
* ''Literature/MobyDick''. Everyone and every''thing'' except the narrator and the whale dies. There's a reason he starts the book by saying "Call me Ishmael."
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'':
** This is exactly the point of [[DeadlyGame the Hunger Games]], the novel's eponymous reality TV-show. Subverted when Katniss and Peeta attempt a double suicide with poison; to avoid this, the Capitol makes them both winners. The Capitol is not very happy about it, either.
** Not to be outdone, the sequel ''Catching Fire'' has even more people dying. Though, subverted slightly in the end of the Quarter Quell as the six remaining victor-tributes survive the end of the book. District 12 is bombed, causing more deaths, though an estimate of survivors is not given until ''Mockingjay''.
** The one that really takes the crown in the trilogy is ''Mockingjay''. Drumroll for the death toll: Finnick, Boggs, Prim, Cinna, Portia (along with the rest of Peeta's prep team), all except seven of the 41 living victors of previous Hunger Games, a random woman in the Capitol that Katniss shoots, quite a few Capitol children, Snow, Coin, all except for four other members of Katniss's team. And if you're counting when it's seen, almost 2/3 of District 12's citizens, including Madge and her family are all dead by the book's end. Really, you could tell someone who's never read the books that "{{Everyone dies}}," and you wouldn't be too far off.
* ''The Hero of Ages'', the final book in the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy. By the end, the series' body count includes, Kelsier, Dockson, Clubs, Ore'Seur, The Lord Ruler, Tindwyl, Zane, Preservation, Elend Venture, and ''Vin, the main character herself.'' Doesn't include outright villains, such as Straff Venture or Ruin. This is a mitigated case compared to many others, based on Sazed as a god explicitly informing the survivors that he has spoken with Vin, Elend, and Kelsier in whatever spiritual form they now exist, and they're apparently happy.
* In all of Creator/MatthewReilly's books except for ''Hover Car Racer'', nearly all characters die except for the small main group of people.On average this leaves about 4 characters unharmed at the end of each book.
* By the end of ''Literature/LesMiserables'', only about three of the main characters are left alive.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', main character Túrin, his sister Niënor, their mother Morwen, Túrin's best friend Beleg, romantic rival Brandir, the entire kingdom of Nargothrond, a plot-significant outlaw tribe, and several important villains are all dead. About the only significant characters to make it out alive are the (immortal) BigBad, Húrin himself, Thingol and Melian, and Mablung- and the last four all have their days numbered. [[SarcasmMode Fun times]]! And this story is but a mere chapter of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', where the surviving characters can be counted on one hand.
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. The [[OurElvesAreBetter whole Noldor royal family]] is exterminated, sans Finarfin (who never left to Beleriand) and his daughter Galadriel, who does not take part in the events of ''Quenta Silmarillion''. Likewise, [[AnyoneCanDie Men tend to die]] in ''TheSilmarillion''. A lot.
* Alma Alexander's ''The Secrets of Jin-Shei'' features eight main characters. Four die dramatically in quick succession toward the end of the book, and one disappears. Then comes the epilogue, where the one remaining main character muses on the deaths of the others--oh, and her husband and son are dead by then, too.
* Garth Nix's ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'' subverted it. Every character, named and unnamed, dies, except for the main character, who comes out of it with a [[GodJob slight change of vocation]]. He decides to [[ResetButton fix things]], but is unable to restore everyone, including all the Denizens, a vast majority of the named characters in the series. Further, two humans are (arguably) affected: his mother and himself, though the New Architect [[IJustWantToBeNormal buds off a new Arthur]].
* In ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', the four main characters die off in various ways. One is hit by a car, one is murdered, one has a heart attack, and the last one dies during childbirth.
* Glen Cook's ''Literature/BlackCompany'' series does this, partly in the original trilogy's climax but primarily in the ironically titled final volume, ''Soldiers Live,'' which sees a cast of several dozen virtually wiped out. In fact, the last half of the series was spent building up the cast and carefully keeping most of them alive, which serves this trope very well when it is finally used.
* ''Literature/TheBookThief'' by Markus Zusak. Almost the entire cast in one scene. Notably, [[OhAndXDies the reader is told this well in advance.]]
* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''. The first two thirds of the book are extremely light-hearted and funny. And then they remind you that this is a war. The brilliant part though, is that their deaths happen so gradually, you don't realize just how many people have died until Yossarian tries to picture all the people he's known who're dead.
* The ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'': None of the Burgundians who get to Etzel's court survive, tons of Etzel's men, his brother Bl�del, wife Kriemhild and son Ortlieb are killed as well, as are R�diger of Bechlaren and all his men, and all of Dietrich's retainers except Hildebrand. The only named Burgundian survivors the two queens left behind in Worms (Ute and Brunhild, although in some adaptations, notably the Fritz Lang movie, Brunhild commits suicide or dies after Siegfried's murder - having loved only him, she has no reason to go on living). And there's the (unnamed) chaplain who had to return home after Hagen unsuccessfully tried to drown him in the Danube.
* ''Literature/TheBriefHistoryOfTheDead'' would seem to be exempt from this, since it ''starts'' with [[ApocalypseHow only one character still alive]]. The catch is that half the book takes place in an afterlife where souls linger so long as at least one living person remembers them, so that one character is preserving her friends, her family, her colleagues, and the cashier at the grocery store where she used to shop. When she goes, they go, and there's no one left to remember ''her''.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': The ending is very vague, leaving the orphans marooned on an uninhabited island, with only ''The Beatrice Letters'' to suggest any of them made it back to civilization. As for the rest of the characters, anyone who didn't die can easily be presumed dead, especially the unimportant background characters who perished in one of Olaf's acts of setting a building on fire.
* In David Thewlis's novel ''The Late Hector Kipling'', the main character's two best friends, both his parents, their dog, his girlfriend's mother and his lover all die. And that is ''besides'' the bloodbath he himself creates. Ironically, the title character's epithet of "late" does not come true, as he's about the only one who survives.
* ''The Gashlycrumb Tinies'' by Edward Gorey: Any letter in English alphabet begins the name of a child who died: "A is for Amy who fell down the stairs..." and so on.
* ''Literature/WutheringHeights''. Out of the two families, 11 people die, leaving just one of each.
* In ''TheLongWalk'', every contestant (save for Ray Garraty) dies during the Walk, and it looks he won't have long to live either, even though he won. It's mentioned earlier in the story that most of the previous Walks' winners died not long after due to the immense physical and psychological strain it placed on them.
* Brian Keene's ZombieApocalypse two-parter ''The Rising'' and ''City Of The Dead'' culminates with all the human characters being killed via means ranging from "[[TakingYouWithMe self-immolation by firing a flamethrower at a gas line while surrounded]]" to "[[NonHumanUndead eaten in their sleep by zombie rats]]" to "killed by zombie crocodile in the sewers". On the other hand, they did get an afterlife which...well, no details beyond the presence of loved ones are actually mentioned, but given that it presumably did ''not'' feature demonic spirits reanimating the dead, it can only have been an improvement.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Kalak is possessed by Mordak in the climax and goes on a killing spree that wipes out most of Team Good before killing himself to stop himself. Ultimately defied, though. Erowin comes down from Heaven to personally make sure it doesn't happen.
* ''Literature/TheElricSaga'': The story ends with Elric destroying and re-making the universe to right the cosmic balance by using the Horn of Fate (and having to kill his best friend, Moonglum, with Stormbringer so he has the physical strength to do so), before committing suicide by killing himself with Stormbringer. Oh, and everyone whose was killed by Stormbringer - their souls were consumed by the sword, so presumably they're not re-incarnating in any particular form in this new universe.
* The penultimate chapter of ''[[Literature/{{Redshirts}} Redshirts]]'' ends this way. The very brief final chapter then admits that the author was just kidding about that.
* ''Literature/OnTheBeach'' ends with the main characters taking {{Cyanide Pill}}s to avoid succumbing to the horrible radiation poisoning that is guaranteed to kill off everyone who doesn't.
* ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' begins with the death of every single person on Earth except for eighty people that make it out... and then it gets worse. It's easier to list the survivors: of the thirty-something people who made it onto the Mother, the only seven survivors were Jobs, Mo'Steel, Olga, Edward, Violet, Noyze, and Roger Dodger.
* ''Literature/TheUglyBarnacle'': "Once, there was an ugly barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died. The end."
* The last two books in [[MichaelGrant Michael Grant's]] ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' have an enormous body count, with over half the central cast dying, and 40% of the kids trapped in the FAYZ dead.
* ''Werther Has Already Been Written''(1979) by famous Soviet writer Valentin Kataev, a novel about Cheka terror in Odessa in 1921. By the end, ''all'' significant characters, good or evil, are dead. A few who survived the main storyline are killed in a [[FlashForward flashforwards]]. And the most of unsignificant characters dies, too.
* Creator/TerryBrooks didn't kill off every character by the end of ''Wishong Of Literature/{{Shannara}}'', but he came close: by the end, only Jair and Slanter were left from the Culhaven company, and Allanon had also been killed.
* Of the six members of the eponymous ''Jackdaws'', a WorldWarTwo thriller by Ken Follett, only two survive the mission to occupied France.
* ''Mila 18" by Leon Uris is mainly set in the Warsaw Ghetto, which was of course brutally destroyed by the Nazis and their minions. Only a couple of main characters manage to escape the slaughter, as might be expected. Many of those who died went down fighting, taking a significant number of their tormenters with them.
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* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': Several episodes had this averted, particularly in the 12th (1970-1971) season, including:
** "Terror at 2:00": As Virginia City is set to celebrate the signing of a treaty between them and the Paiutes (which Ben Cartwright had helped broker), a white supremacist named Ganns and two of his henchmen -- all are posing as reporters from the East Coast -- plan to massacre the entire town by spraying the celebration with machine gun-like fire (they had stolen a Gatling gun from the Army and are on the run). Averted when Little Joe and Candy discover their plans and shoot Ganns shortly before he attempts to use the gun to interrupt the ceremony.
** "Kingdom of Fear": In this adaptation of ''CoolHandLuke'', the main villain -- a deranged ex-Army captain who has imprisoned innocent men to work in his gold mine -- realizes that the authorities are on to him once one of his latest slaves (Little Joe) has escaped and is getting help.
* {{Being Human}}(UK). Between seasons 3 and 4, the entire main cast is killed off, and replaced by newcomers.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. They even threw in a line of dialogue which revealed that the only previous regular character to make it out of the series alive had [[BusCrash died off-screen at some point since]].
** It is worth pointing out that this was unintended. The writers had a fifth season planned in which it would be revealed that only one character was definitely dead. The rest had merely been stunned and taken prisoner. However, the BBC decided to cancel the series at that point, so it was just assumed that almost everyone was dead. Also, Avon wasn't gunned down on screen (we only heard shots being fired) and in theory survived.
* ''[[{{Blackadder}} The Black Adder]]'' ended with all but two of the main characters dying from drinking poison as a result of a convoluted power struggle. Later seasons of the ''{{Blackadder}}'' also tended to end with the wiping out of all or most of the cast. This was played for morbid laughs in ''Blackadder II'' (and averted ''Blackadder the Third''), but treated ''[[TearJerker deadly seriously]]'' in ''Blackadder Goes Forth''.
* The ''{{Dinosaurs}}'' finale, "Changing Nature," had the dinosaurs in the process of going extinct due to environmental catastrophe brought about by the actions of the [[FunWithAcronyms WESAYSO]] Corporation. A [[DownerEnding very bleak ending]] to a generally light-hearted show.
* ''MortalKombatConquest''. Reportedly, there was supposed to be a second season, which either undid some of the deaths, or continued with a new crew, but the series was canceled, and thus finished with the DownerEnding in which Shao Kahn killed ''everyone''.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' dealt with a mall shooting where the perps killed and maimed more than 15 people before offing themselves. After further investigation, it's learned that one of the survivors helped motivate them into the shooting, thinking they'd just take out the jerks who tried to rape her earlier that day, only to have this revenge plan backfire when she realized they were unstable enough to go after people at random. The survivor eventually tried to off herself, as well, thus fulfilling the trope in spades.
* ''TheYoungOnes'' ends with the four main characters dying in a bus crash. Granted, they died just about every episode, but we're to assume this one sticks.
** Also, Vyvyan's hamster and their landlord both died in the same episode, under different circumstances. (Although the landlord was eaten by lions in the previous season, oddly enough.)
* British soap opera ''DreamTeam'' took this to insane lengths: ''37'' deaths of (mostly) main characters over its run, which considering the show is set at a relatively normal soccer (football) team is quite some achievement.
** These deaths range from freak coach explosions to chewing gum.
* ''SixFeetUnder'' features a doozy of an finale, as the audience finds out how every main character died: Ruth, David and Federico die of natural causes, Keith is shot to death as he exits a security van, Brenda is 'talked' to death by her brother, and Claire dies at the age of 101.
* ''{{V}}: The Series'' had numerous secondary characters being killed off during the series, including resistance fighters who had been present since the original miniseries (and other long-term characters simply leaving, never to be seen again). At the end, the viewer is left to infer that resistance member Robin's child, Elizabeth (a.k.a. "The Star Child") and her boyfriend were killed when they boarded a transport with a hidden bomb on it.
* A number of ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories end like this. It's worth noting that in these cases the Doctor's actions usually prevent a far greater number of casualties, and the Doctor and his companions (almost) always survive, but the high body is rather unsettling for what is ostensibly [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids a family program]].
** "Pyramids of Mars" leaves only one survivor other than the Doctor and Sarah... and he (a bit part) only survives because he's in ''Egypt'' while the action takes place in England. The novelisation states that this character is killed off-screen by cultist henchmen later.
** In "Horror at Fang Rock", the entire guest cast dies. The Doctor and Leela sail off, leaving a lighthouse full of corpses behind them.
** "Logopolis" has every single member of the eponymous planet dead, and approximately a quarter of '''the universe''' destroyed. ''By accident.''
** The Fifth Doctor era was notorious for this, with ''four'' examples of this trope. It got to the point where one of his companions, Tegan, left because she couldn't handle all of the death anymore:
*** "Castrovalva" has seemingly everyone except the Doctor and his three companions die. The Master also seems to die, though he somehow escapes [[JokerImmunity with no explanation whatsoever]].
*** "Warriors of the Deep" has every single guest character, RedShirt and {{Mook}} dead by the end, with the possible exception of a bit character who was hiding at the time. The final shot is the Doctor standing amid half a dozen corpses, mournfully saying "There should have been another way..."
*** "Resurrection of the Daleks" has every single guest character, RedShirt and {{Mook}} except for one secondary character (noticing a pattern?) dead. Including Davros, who dies but appears in a later episode [[JokerImmunity with no explanation whatsoever]]. This is the one where Tegan finally gets fed up and leaves.
*** "The Caves of Androzani", where a grand total of two characters survive - Peri and the villain's secretary. Even the Doctor [[TheNthDoctor "dies"]].
** In "Attack of the Cybermen", the Doctor and Peri survive. Perhaps some Cryons survived, far enough away from the explosion.
** "The Parting of the Ways" has '''everybody''' on Satellite 5 except for Rose (as well as a significant portion on Earth) killed by the Daleks, then the Daleks disintegrated. Jack Harkness and the Doctor die too, but Jack's brought back to life ([[{{Immortality}} permanently]]) and the Doctor [[TheNthDoctor regenerates]].
** In "Voyage of the Damned", only the Doctor and three people aboard the ''Titanic'' survive. And the episode started with hundreds of people on board.
** Even though it's set in another timeline, "Turn Left" has to be mentioned here. The Doctor, Martha, [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures Sarah Jane, Maria, Clyde, Luke,]] [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Gwen and Ianto]] are all killed [[ForWantOfANail because Donna turned right at a intersection]]. With Donna and Rose the main characters of the episode and Jack immortal and Owen and Tosh already dead, that's every character that's ever had billing in all three series. Since this all gets reversed by the end of the episode, it's also an example of the SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics.
*** To reverse it, even ''Donna'' dies.
** In "The Vampires of Venice", one or two bit characters (the greeter or whatever, the girl in the alley) may survive, but every non-regular with even the tiniest connection to the plot dies.
** "The God Complex": Everyone dies expect for The Doctor, Amy, Rory and Gibbis.
** Spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has a pretty high mortality rate too. Out of the original cast of six, Suzie dies in the pilot, Owen dies, [[CameBackWrong comes back wrong]], then dies permanently in the Season 2 finale while talking with Tosh, who's bleeding out and dies moments later. Finally, Ianto dies [[DiedInYourArmsTonight in Jack's arms]] when they confront the 456. And that doesn't even include Captain Jack, who dies around 1300 times but always comes back.
* The short-lived NBC show ''Series/TheOthers'' ended with all but one character (Albert) biting it.
* The final episodes of the Canadian TV series ''Butch Patterson: Private Dick'' ended with five of the seven main characters being killed off one by one, the sixth going to jail for their murders, with only the title character being the last man standing.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight''. Oh, ''Series/ForeverKnight''. Virtually everyone on the show was killed off over the course of the third season, culminating in the hero seemingly killing his beloved and then asking his sire to stake him.
* In the five-episode zombie series ''DeadSet'', absolutely every character, and, indeed, most - if not all - of Britain, is either dead or undead by the final episode.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In the final episode, Wesley and Lindsey are both killed in the final battle, and Eve refuses to leave the collapsing building, and may or might die. Doyle, Cordelia and Fred have all died previously. Connor escapes, as does Lorne. The last thing we see is Angel, Spike, Illyria and a mortally wounded Gunn facing off impossible odds. Although JossWhedon later wrote comics in which most characters survive (sort of, but in the process the entire city of Los Angeles was sent to Hell), this was the end for a lot of the TV audience.
* ''{{LEXX}}''. By the end of the miniseries everyone seen on-screen except the main characters wind up dead. It became a signature of the second season that nobody that the main characters met would survive to see the end credits (there's only one exception, a child who escapes in a small spacecraft only to reappear and be killed in the opening sequence a few episodes later). A ''universe'' gets destroyed at the end of the season, killing everyone who'd lived there. While many of the supporting characters make it through to the end of the third season they all die at the end when the Lexx blows up the afterlife. Similarly, season four takes place in just one locale and many of the characters survive until the end of the season when the Lexx blows up Earth. One of the three protagonists dies for good too, though perhaps in trade some of the named supporting characters actually survive to escape for a change.
* ''Series/TwentyFour''. Virtually every major character (and most of the recurring ones) introduced in the first season has been killed off, with the exceptions of Jack, Kim and Tony (who is now in prison for probably several consecutive life sentences).
** A small list of major characters managed to get out without being killed, like Chase Edmunds (minus a hand), Mike Novick, Audrey Raines, Erin Driscoll or Kate Warner.
* Out of 25 main characters and several minor ones on ''HarpersIsland'', 4 make it out alive (2 due to InfantImmortality). There are 29 deaths on screen. The promos had heavily implied that '''everyone''' was going to die, although the writers opted not to go there.
* The season one finale of SpartacusBloodAndSand is actually entitled ''Kill Them All'', and does pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, at least as regards the Roman characters.
** Taken UpToEleven in the ''Vengeance'' finale, where the writers manage to kill off ''every single villain'' on the show, and quite a few protagonists, too. And [[HistoryMarchesOn the rebellion fails]], so one can presume that the rampant character deaths aren't going to stop anytime soon.
** And ''Victory'', the ''War of the Damned'' finale, gives us the end of the rebellion, in which (inevitably) every remaining major character except Caesar, Crassus, Agron, Nasir, Sibyl and Laeta dies, mostly in battle.
* Often done with ''Series/{{Lost}}'' with the minor characters: by the beginning of Season Five, all of the background survivors are dead, and by season six most of the background Others are dead.
** Played with in the last season. All the main characters, including some villains, die and end up in purgatory to fulfill their loose ends. In the last episode, they meet up inside a church with Jack's dead father before [[HappyEnding moving on together.]]
* ''{{Primeval}}'' is slowly heading this way. Claudia Brown, Tom Ryan, Stephen Hart, Nick Cutter, Helen Cutter, Sarah Page...well, to put it simply, there are three main characters left from series one. ''Three.''
* The only characters to survive the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Cigarette Burns" are Kirby's theatre assistant, Bakovic's widow, and Henri, none of whom were present at the climax. The angel also survives.
* Played with in ''PunkyBrewster'' in the 2-part "Perils of Punky" episode. In it, Punky and her friends encounter an evil spirit which then proceeds to kill all of her friends and her dog. Although it's eventually revealed to be a ghost story Punky's telling to her friends, several fans of the show still wonder what the writers were thinking for creating such a disturbing, dark episode in an otherwise light and family-friendly sitcom.
* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' was a family show, but didn't hesitate in killing off most of its cast. There were fifteen major characters in all: Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Guinevere, Uther, Gaius, Kilgharrah, Morgause, Agravaine, Lancelot, Gwaine, Elyan, Percival, Leon and Mordred. By the end of the series, only '''five'' are left standing: Merlin, Guinevere, Gaius, Leon and Percival. Some die along the way, but four are taken out in the GrandFinale. Kilgharrah is still alive, but it had been established in an earlier episode that he was dying of old age. And if you take into account the final scene, which depicts Merlin in the present day, then ''everyone'' is dead except him.
** [[TheObiWan Somewhat astounding that Gaius survived when you think about it]]. [[MentorOccupationalHazard His odds would not have been good at the start of the show]].
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has had a [[AnyoneCanDie large body count]] throughout the series, and the ending is no different, killing off much of the main cast and several minor characters as well.
* Parodied on ''Series/{{Community}}'' with the ShowWithinAShow ''[[CougarTown Cougarton Abbey]]'':
-->'''Troy''': Britta, why did everyone on "Cougarton Abbey" just die?
-->'''Britta''': [[BritishBrevity They only ran six episodes]]. That's the great thing about British TV. They give you closure.
* How ''Series/{{Frasier}}'''s live radio drama ends in "Ham Radio" when an annoyed Niles [[WagTheDirector highjacks the proceedings and kills off the entire cast in about 30 seconds.]]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' manages to kill off every main character save one (possibly two as one of the character's fates is quite ambiguous) as well as all of the recurring characters.
* The bizarre finale to ''Series/HeyDad'' in which the family is taken hostage by a bank robber who ''blows up their house''. The "dad" of the show's title lived on by virtue of having been absent from the show for some time by then.
* ''Series/UltramanLeo'': Episode 40. Oh Jesus Tap Dancing Christ. [[spoiler: Commander Black releases Silver Bloom, which kills everyone on the MAC team, destroys most of Tokyo and nearly kills Leo.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* In Music/TheProtomen's Act I, Dr. Wily orders the robot army to kill the crowd. In live performances, he sometimes says the line verbatim.
* Music/IronMaiden's concept album "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son". A town is wiped out due to an disaster, and Lucifer plans on canceling mankind.
* [[{{REM}} It's]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt...
* ''Played for laughs'' in not one, not two, but ''three'' songs by TomLehrer. "The Irish Ballad" is about a woman who murders every one of her relatives (and is then arrested), while "We Will All Go Together When We Go" and "So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III)" are both about nuclear war.
* {{Metallica}} provides the TropeNamer: ''Kill 'Em All'' is the name of their first album.
* [[MarilynManson When I'm a god, everyone dies!]]
** An [[http://www.spookhouse.net/angelynx/manson/ACS.HTM alternative explanation]] is that this didn't mean that everyone would be killed, but rather that instead of eternal paradise or damnation (noted as lies in the previous line), people TakeAThirdOption and just... end.
* [[{{OFWGKTA}} Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.]] Not only is it in the collective's name, but at the end of the song "Window", Tyler, The Creator kills the main members of the group, minus Earl Sweatshirt.
* Music/PorcupineTree's "Strip The Soul," from the 2002 album ''In Absentia'': "Strip the soul, kill them all.."
* This is how the "Legend of Archery" music video by Music/DriftlessPonyClub ends, though it's not as extreme as other examples here, where ninja!Sam Grant (the bassist) kills the other three members. [[InfantImmortality Subverted shortly after, though, as three babies are left behind.]]
* Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," about the real-life sinking of the titular ship on Lake Superior, killing all twenty-nine crew members, in 1975.
* Music/{{Weird Al|Yankovic}}'s bizarre Christmas song, "The Night Santa Went Crazy," is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a night at the North Pole]] in which SantaClaus loses his mind and goes on a killing spree. More than half the elves and all but two of the reindeer die.
--> '''Santa:''' Merry Christmas to all... now you're all gonna die!
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* The final battle of Ragnarok involves almost every living being in existence and at the moment of his own defeat, the Surtur, the Giant-God of Fire, will blow himself up in a massive explosion that kills pretty much all life in the world. At the end, the only exceptions are Baldr (who returns to life after the battle) and a few guys who hide in a tree. Also, given the extremely robust roster of NorseMythology, the list of named characters who kick the bucket goes well beyond just the Aesir.
* The Indian ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'' has very detailed lists of the two massive armies fighting in the Battle of Kurukshetra: 393,660 chariots, 393,660 war elephants, 1,180,980 horse riders, and 1,968,300 footmen, for a grand total of 4,330,260 soldiers, fighting over 18 days. Survivors: 10.
* [[KingArthur The Arthurian Cycle]] ends with King Arthur facing his traitorous son [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod Mordred]] at the Battle of Camlann. The only survivors are Arthur, two of his knights, and Mordred. Not satisfied, Arthur rushes the destroyer of his kingdom, leading to a MutualKill. One of the two knights dies of his wounds soon after.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* See RocksFallEveryoneDies.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' lives for this. The ForeverWar nature of the setting means that horrific levels of death are the norm, and while there are a handful with ContractualImmortality for the vast, vast majority of characters a swift end could be around the next corner.
* Most games of NuclearWar end this way.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' promised this end from the word go, and to its credit, most of the end-game scenarios defaulted to it.
** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' promised nothing of the kind, but in a couple of the end-game scenarios the best you can really do is "life will someday evolve again."
* The "Wrath of God" card from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. There are other cards with similar effects, including (but by no means limited to) Damnation (which is essentially the same as Wrath of God but uses black mana instead of white), Day of Judgement (which leaves out the "They can't be regenerated" part and is currently usable in the Standard tournament format, unlike Wrath of God itself), Akroma's Vengeance (which costs more than any of the so-far named cards but also destroys artifacts and enchantments), Chain Reaction (which is red, and although it doesn't explicitly have that kind of effect, it deals damage to each creature equal to the number of creatures in play, allowing it to do the same under the right circumstances), and Novablast Wurm (which is a creature that kills all ''other'' creatures when it attacks).
** The biggest is are either [[http://sales.starcitygames.com/carddisplay.php?product=24744 Decree of Annihilation]], which does about what you'd expect in such a way that not even indestructible creatures can survive it, or [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Apocalypse Apocalypse]], which wipes out everything currently in play no matter what the card's type is and no matter what abilities it has.
* The basic premise of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is that if things continue as they are, all that ends up happening is everyone keeps losing by inches, until one of three things happens: the Wyld dissolves the world, everything falls into the Abyss, or the Yozis take control of a blasted hellscape. Prior to release, it was a prequel to TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness, so this ending was set in stone. Now, as with most things in ''Exalted'', it exists mainly for the player characters to kick it in the nards and set it on fire.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' does this ''all the time''. ''Repeatedly''. If the [=PCs=] don't kill each other or themselves, the GM will. This is why they're each given a set of "backup" clones.
** It's not uncommon for a PC to die ''during the mission briefing''. And not unheard of for a PC to die ''before they even make it to the mission briefing''.
** The mission debriefing offers one last chance for the [=PCs=] to hand each other a death sentence, by bringing up all the evidence of treason they collected earlier and hadn't already presented. It also encourages them to kill each other during the mission to set up a DeceasedFallGuyGambit.
** The "Tips for Traitors" section, when discussing how to manipulate the marching order for tactical advantage, includes a warning to ''not'' let the guy with the area-of-effect weapon take far left or right flank - the temptation to turn and wipe out all his teammates at once is way too high.
* ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' has this as the eponymous spell, which destroys the universe. The spell can be cast as a random effect of a spell miscast.
* In the CthulhuMythos board game ArkhamHorror (and the dice game Elder Sign) the players are investigators trying to seal away a EldritchAbomination before it awakens. If it does wake up, there's a last-ditch BossFight against it. Except Azathoth. Azathoth takes longer to wake than other Great Old Ones, but if he does then ''everyone dies immediately''.
** The reason for this is that it is implied Azathoth is literally [[AllJustADream dreaming the whole of reality]], and awakening him therefore causes the [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ entirety of reality to wink out of existence]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare was famously a fan of this:
** By the end of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', the only major character left alive is Horatio. Hamlet's Dad is dead before the curtain goes up in the first place, Polonius is murdered by Hamlet in a case of mistaken identity (though Hamlet's not too unhappy about that), which causes his daughter Ophelia to commit suicide. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are executed offstage. The final scene then ends with a bloodbath that kills off Hamlet's mother, his uncle, Ophelia's brother Laertes and finally Hamlet himself.
*** Creator/IngmarBergman went one better on this in a famous 1990s staging of the play. Fortinbras and his army are portrayed as fascists playing heavy metal from boom boxes. When they break in at the end through the back wall, instead of listening to Horatio's explanation, Fortinbras has two of his men take Horatio offstage and shoot him, then finishes the play himself as a press conference.
** ''Theatre/KingLear'' is scarcely less bloody, featuring seven (eight if a given production kills off the Fool) deaths, and it's all but explicitly stated that the Earl of Kent exits at the end of the play to commit suicide, which leaves only Edgar and Albany alive.
** ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'', where the only major characters left alive when the play ends are Lucius, Marcus and CardCarryingVillain Aaron. And Aaron's being taken off to his execution.
** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', anyone? Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Mercutio, Paris, [[DemotedtoExtra Benvolio]], Lady Montague... It's almost a trope in itself for a character [[AnalogyBackfire not to realize this]] and say something like: "Oh, what a beautiful, heartwarming love story, just like Romeo and Juliet!"
** Just about the only two members of the main cast who survive ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' are the ''bad'' guy (Iago), who probably will be executed soon, and one now-crippled good guy (Cassio), but everyone else (Othello, Desdemona, Rodrigo, and Emilia) is deader than a doornail.
** Even the history plays are not immune to rapidly climbing death tolls. ''HenryV'' kills Sir John Falstaff (who never appears on stage, but did appear in the prequel), The Earl of Cambridge, Lord Scrope of Masham, Sir Thomas Grey, Bardolph, Nim, The Duke of York, the Boy, Mistress Quickly, The High Constable of France, Lord Rambures, The Dauphin, and Lord Grandpre. That's just named cast and not one of them dies on stage.
* ''Götterdämmerung'', the final play in Creator/RichardWagner's operatic cycle ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'', culminates with Siegfried's death prompting Brünnhilde to make a HeroicSacrifice that burns down Valhalla with all the gods inside.
** If all the gods from Rheingold are considered to be in Valhalla then the Ring cycle manages to kill 29 out of 33 named characters. The only surviving characters at the end of ''Götterdämmerung'' are the three Rheinmaidens, and Alberich. Given that the whole 14 hours started off with these four characters (in the same location), this is rather appropriate.
* Wagner started on the path of Everyone Dies early. His boyhood tragedy ''Leubald'' featured 24 deaths and by the last act he was having to bring characters back as ghosts.
* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', all but Toby, Anthony, and Johanna wind up dead. The original Broadway musical and [[WordOfGod Stephen Sondheim himself]] indicate that Anthony and Johanna do, in fact, survive, having burst onto the scene with the constable in tow (Sondheim has said that they are the only two characters to have a "happy" ending, relatively speaking). Toby, however, has gone completely and incurably insane.
* In the Disney musical ''Aida'', Aida and Radames are buried alive, Mereb is stabbed, Nehebka is presumably beaten to death, and the Pharaoh is poisoned. This leaves only three characters (Amneris, Aida's father, and Zoser) alive, with Zoser presumably executed soon after the musical's end.
* Explicitly referred to in the ''Toxic Avenger'' musical, in which the eponymous monster considers doing this in the appropriately named song, "Everybody Dies." Averted when he changes his mind after one murder.
* '' 'Tis Pity She's a Whore'' ends with most of the main characters dead. Shakespeare was downright tame next to some of the major Jacobean playwrights.
* Greek tragedies often killed off all or nearly all the main characters, leaving only one or two minor characters to carry on. Example: ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}''. Other times it was EverybodysDeadDave. And if they don't die? Well, the wounds they carry aren't usually just of the psychological variety. Case in point, ''Theatre/OedipusTyrannus'' (or ''Rex'', depending on the translator), who, after his mother/wife hangs herself, uses her cloak-pin to gouge out both of his eyes. When you get up and leave the theatre at the end of a Greek Tragedy? Expect to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catharsis feel phenomenally relieved]] that ''it didn't happen to you''.
* ''LittleShopOfHorrors'', which is essentially a Greek tragedy in mid-20th-century BMovie form, ends with all of the main characters dead. It gets cranked UpToEleven in the finale, in which the audience is told that the events that led to their deaths repeated themselves all over the country -- people bought the [[PlantAliens evil alien plant's]] progeny for their own homes [[DealWithTheDevil "and got sweet-talked into feeding [them] blood."]] That's right, the plants eventually ''wiped all of humanity from the face of the earth.'' Why? ''[[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Because humanity allowed them to.]]'' And it's all PlayedForLaughs!
* All the characters of ''Le P�re No�l est une ordure'' (Santa Claus is an asshole) die: one is shot half-way through the play, the others die at the end when the depressive upstairs neighbor who's been trying to get help all night finally gives up and blows up the whole building. The ending was changed for the big screen adaptation, which makes for funny conversation when someone who's only seen the play talks to someone who's only seen the movie.
* Music/PDQBach's "half-act opera" ''The Stoned Guest'' kills off its four principal characters (In a production whose cast consists of four people and a dog) in a minute and a half: Donna Ribalda strangles Carmen Ghia to death. In revenge, Don Octave tries to stab Donna Ribalda, but she dodges and he is HoistByHisOwnPetard. Il Commandatoreador draws a pistol and fells Donna Ribalda in one shot, but he then succumbs to an overdose of alcohol. Then, due to ExecutiveMeddling, all four have an UnexplainedRecovery so they can sing the happy finale.
* The show ''Urinetown: The Musical'' ends with the rebels, led by the villain's daughter avenging the death of the Protagonist and throwing the Big Bad off a building. Unfortunately, it turns out the "evil" measures the villain had taken to ensure water conservation really were the only sensible choice. Everyone, save for the secretary Mr. [=McQueen=] who moves to the Amazon, ends up dying slowly of dehydration whilst singing a gospel of how the only water they need is inside them. Yeah, it's not.
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' lives out this trope. [[IllGirl Fantine]], the character set to be the main female protagonist, dies after appearing in a grand total of 5 songs (out of over 40). The death stops for a bit, then [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Eponine]] dies at the barricade in Marius's arms. Then, to prove that really AnyoneCanDie out of all characters [[HeartwarmingOrphan Gav]][[TheArtfulDodger roche]] dies. Then there are the barricade boys which include: [[TheMessiah Enjolras]], [[TheCynic Grantaire]], [[TheLancer Combeferre]], [[TheEveryman Feuilly]], [[ReallyGetsAround Courfeyfac]], [[{{Hypochondria}} Joly]], [[TheHeart Jean Prouvaire]] and [[BornUnlucky Lesgles]], and you probably didn't know most of their names. Shortly after that bloodbath, InspectorJavert [[DrivenToSuicide takes the plunge]]. Finally [[TheAtoner Jean Valjean]] dies too. In the end, you're left with: [[HappilyAdopted Cosette]], [[SoleSurvivor Marius]] and [[KarmaHoudini The Thenardiers]].
* ''25 Saints'': [[DirtyCop Mrs. Duffy]] is implied to have executed Tuck and possibly Sasha, although there's [[NeverFoundTheBody no confirmation]]. Sammy turns Duffy's gun on her, then threatens the Sheriff, only for him to [[InstantDeathBullet shoot her through the heart]] [[TheDogShotFirst first]]. Charlie strangles the Sheriff with his own necktie, then commits SelfImmolation to be TogetherInDeath with Sammy.
* Creator/HenrikIbsen ends the play {{Theatre/Brand}} with a CataclysmClimax, i.e. an avalanche. This avalanche is described as "filling the entire valley" - effectively killing off the entire cast.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''FireEmblemJugdral'', after fighting his way to the capital to clear his family name as well as defeating the real villains, Sigurd and his army are betrayed and killed by Arvis. Just before killing Sigurd, Arvis even shows off his new wife Deirdre who used to be Sigurd's wife before being kidnapped and brainwashed.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''. By the end of the first episode every single living character, no matter how minor, is confirmed dead. That's every single one of the scientists your crew was sent to check up on, every single one of your teammates no matter what station, and the protagonist himself is killed in the episode finale to boot.
* ''{{Drakengard}}'s'' 4th ending does this to all the main characters. Even all the ''supporting'' characters are gone.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' ends in [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Ragnarok]] - the game's five protagonists must each fight against the five harbingers of apocalypse. Fighting them in any but one order (as hinted at through a [[NoManOfWomanBorn series of prophecies]]) results in everybody dying, regardless of the player winning the fights.
** The Good Ending isn't much better. Four of the five main characters survive, but ''everyone else in the world'' is dead.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' series, where your objective is to kill enemies to rack up points and survive. Very few story characters remain alive by the time the games are completed.
* ''CallOfDuty 4'' has one of the main characters as well as his entire squad, a pilot he just rescued, and countless other Marines, dying in a nuclear explosion. On the SAS side, the player is forced to watch as his entire squad is slowly killed off before being able to kill the BigBad once and for all.
** In ''ModernWarfare 2'', only three characters of the main storyline survive. The same three that surived the first game. In the Washington side plot, everyone with a name seems to survive.
*** In ''ModernWarfare 3'', Soap dies at near the end of the game, and Yuri [[HeroicSacrifice buys some time]] so that Price could kill [[BigBad Makarov]]. Price survives, along with Nikolai.
* ''PlanescapeTorment'' ends with the entire party dead and one's character sent to eternal punishment in the lower planes or erased from existence entirely. It's possible to save everyone but the main character, who goes to his eternal punishment if you do so. And that's the ''good'' ending. Though it is implied that he kicks ass in the afterlife, as well.
* ''VideoGame/UnrealIITheAwakening'' ends with a massive [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridge Drop]] on the whole squad except the main characters. While there was a vibe of TheWarHasJustBegun, the sequel hook was surprisingly vague and no actual sequel materialized. DownerEnding all around.
* The Base Defense missions in the middle-late portions of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} 2: Durandal'' have the player scouring a friendly base from evil clones of the friendlies. How to tell them apart (except that clones explode when approached)? Well, the first such mission is called ''God Will Sort the Dead''. Yes, it's a very viable strategy, and on the Xbox 360 port, it's actually necessary for OneHundredPercentCompletion.
** [[http://marathon.bungie.org/story/maptext.html The levels in the ''Marathon'' games frequently included interesting messages if you viewed them using a map editor.]] The text for ''God Will Sort The Dead''? "Q: How do you tell the difference between the good Bobs and the bad ones? A: Good Bobs?" The first game had it's own share, namely Bob-B-Q's "BOB-JAM? APPLY GRENADES LIBERALLY!!", and yes, you were supposed to save the Bobs on that level, too...
* The [[MultipleEndings bad ending]] of ''{{Persona 3}}'' has this happen to SEES, as well as about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt six billion-plus]] extras.
* [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' features this type of ending, with every member of the main cast but (possibly) Kratos dying by the end by the end of the third game. Even then, it's extremely ambiguous.
** If anything/anyone from Greek Mythology is still alive, it's because Kratos hasn't killed it/them yet.
* The [[MultipleEndings appropriately named Armageddon Ending]] in ''LiveALive''. The worst part is that ''You're playing as the bosses, it's you who gives out the command and to gain access to the ending, you must let the heroes beat you within an inch of your life, so you must deliberately search for the ending.'' [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt You sick filthy bastard]].
* In ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', he 'bad ending of the Demon Path leads to the killing of most of the cast on-screen, followed by [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum Revya destroying both worlds and killing everybody else, him/herself included]]. This happens if you ''[[VillainProtagonist win]]''.
** Also the [[SecretCharacter Asagi]] Route; in a divergence from her normal characterization, Asagi spitefully destroys the world, forcing you to start a NewGamePlus with her on the team.
* In ''FarCry2'', every named character (except for one) is dead, including all of your buddies and the player character. In fact, you kill them all yourself, other than the Jackal - who was the one you were sent to Africa to kill in the first place...
* Same thing happens in the original ''FarCry''.
* The losing team in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is stripped of their weapons and made to run slower while the winning team gets a speed boost and 100% critical hit chance. HilarityEnsues.
** In the finale of Payload maps, both teams will be usually be near the bomb as it explodes (one team pushing the cart into the others spawn point), usually resulting in both team being killed.
* The final mission of ''{{Freespace}} 2'' unexpectedly ends with the local star going supernova, and both the player's character and his entire squadron are incinerated. If you replay the final mission forewarned and position yourself near the jump point and can escape before the star explodes, you survive but your team-mates' heroic sacrifice is mentioned in the final cut-scene, implying that it's a bit disappointing you didn't join them.
* Most of the lead and supporting cast of the ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' games is dead by the end of the second game, with only Max himself and one of the minor secondary characters surviving, unless you beat the game on the hardest difficulty, in which case Mona Sax also survives.
* A humongous number of named characters are dead by the end of ''StarCraft: Brood War'', with only 5 characters from the first game surviving (Kerrigan, Jim Raynor, Zeratul, Artanis and Arcturus Mengsk). The Epilogue hints that even all the player characters (with the possible exception of the Protoss Executor) were subsequently killed, either because they have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]] or, because of the sequential nature of the campaigns, were on the losing factions.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR: Extraction Point]]'', the [[CanonDisContinuity non-canon]] MissionPackSequel to ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'', ends with all the protagonist's teammates dead, the protagonist himself on the verge of death, having failed to defeat the BigBad, and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt looming.
** The actual canon continuation, ''FEAR 2'', isn't much better... Every ally that protagonist Michael Beckett comes into contact with except one dies throughout the course of the game, and Beckett himself is ''raped'' by the BigBad at the very end, his fate after that left hanging.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' has you see everyone die, except Isaac, who goes on to the sequel ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2''.
** So does the animated film ''WesternAnimation/DeadSpaceDownfall'', in no uncertain terms.
** ''Dead Space 2'' repeats the pattern. Everyone except Isaac and Ellie end up dead or turned into a Necromorph.
** And then finally the ending of ''Dead Space 3'' where Isaac and Carver make their HeroicSacrifice as Ellie escapes... until the post-credits Stinger.
*** And then there's the DLC epilogue, where the [[EldritchAbomination Brethren Moons]] have awakened and already [[PlanetEater devoured all life on Earth]].
* ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'' in the Neutral Ending. Starts off an ordinary day in a modern Japanese town setting. By the end, it's just you, the Heroine and the Old Man left alive in the entire world, more or less. The Lawful Ending has God's chosen people AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, which [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt sort of fits]]. It's averted in the Chaos Ending, but the survivors have a far worse world to look forward to.
** Nocturne takes this UpToEleven in the True Demon Ending as it is a multiversal extinction and creation of a new world is no longer possible.
* In the bad ending of ''BreathOfFireIV'', the final boss fight is against your former party members, ending with them all dead, as it's impossible to lose. It's then implied that your character goes on to end humanity as the credits roll over a black background.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'', losing, or taking too long, against the final boss Vegnagun will result in it [[BadEnd firing, obliterating not only your party, but all of Spira]].
* ''[[FinalFantasyXIII2 Final Fantasy XIII-2]]'' is just heartwrenching. Despite all the multiple endings, only one of them is actually canon, and it's the worst ending possible. In the true ending, [[TheHeroDies Serah dies]], then '''EVERYONE DIES''' (except for Noel, maybe). And then it's revealed that Lightning has been TakenForGranite. [[DownerEnding The end.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII Lightning Returns]]'' clears up some of the confusion though. While it is revealed that not ''everyone'' died, a good chunk of the population was eradicated during the TimeCrash. And the trailers for ''Lightning Returns'' show that Lightning, [[spoiler:Noel, Hope, Fang]], and even [[spoiler:Snow]] are alive and well, along with some form of civilization.
* ''{{DEFCON}}'''s motto is "Everybody Dies". Appropriate as everybody DOES die as a result of a [[ColdWar nuclear war.]]
* ''MortalKombat: [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drops a bridge]] on most of the older characters at the beginning of the game, including Cage, Sonya, Kitana, Jax, Liu Kang, and Raiden.
** Liu Kang was actually already killed [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance in the previous game]]. And as for Raiden, it's not like death keeps him down for long - he's unlockable anyway (as the CameBackWrong [[FanNickname Dark Raiden]]).
** The climax of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'''s story mode kills off a pretty sizeable chunk of the cast. The ending hints that the Netherrealm will be the primary setting of the sequel, so said characters [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies might not be as dead as you think]].
** On top of that, the ''[[DownerBeginning beginning]]'' of ''9''[='s=] story mode shows the aftermath of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''. [[MemeticMutation Bodies. Bodies everywhere.]]
* ''SaintsRowIV'' kills off a sizeable portion of the series cast, as well as another seven billion people, with an EarthShatteringKaboom in the first few hours of the game.
* Some advanced ''NetHack'' players choose to accept the "extinctionist" challenge, a special form of play where you have to drive every single monster to extinction. This can be accomplished by casting an appropriate spell on the monster you want to wipe out, or killing 160 of it. NetHack being [[NintendoHard how it is]], most of those players' characters end up dying anyhow.
* The final battle of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is the aptly-named "SuicideMission". AnyoneCanDie, up to and including [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] him/herself if you're insufficiently prepared. Anyone except [[NonActionGuy Joker]], anyway.
* The Refusal Ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. ''Everyone from every civilization in the entire galaxy is killed by the Reapers.''
** Also the low-EMS Destroy ending, in which the Crucible misfires and causes massive destruction on Earth and presumably throughout the galaxy. While the final cinematic in the Extended Cut shows that some people survived, every main character is implied to die except Admiral Hackett, who is shown to be in a situation where he probably won't be alive for much longer.
* Bioware was ''stopped'' from doing this for VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic. A female-only ending had Carth making a [[HeroicSacrifice last-ditch effort to plead with the PC]] if she chose the Dark Side. The player could accept his offer to turn on Bastila and allow the Republic to destroy the Starforge, [[TogetherInDeath dying with him to save the Republic]].
** Though the correct sequence of choices will lead to only four of the ten crewmen of the Ebon Hawk alive. Darkside female Revan can kill Mission, Zaalbar, Carth, Bastila, Juhani, and Jolee, leaving Canderous, HK-47, T3-M4, and herself alive.
** They deleted the Kill 'em All ending from ''Knights of the Old Republic 2'' as well.
* The [[ForegoneConclusion inevitable end]] to your fort in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is when goblins/orcs/megabeasts/kobolds/zombie-carp/[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential you]] massacre everyone in the fortress.
* Depending upon your interpretation of the ending of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', it might be just this. Every villain is killed, possibly all of House Beoulve the entire playable cast might have been blown away by the Final Boss's death explosion in the Airship Graveyard, and as for Delita and Ovelia, they have a frank discussion of their mutual differences using knives. Every non-playable character you meet is murdered somehow. By the end the last surviving characters are the ones at Ramza's funeral - and one of them is said to have been executed by the Church in the frame story. Valmafra, Mustafo's dad, and ironically Aerith are the only confirmed survivors. Orran also survived long to have produced at least one son, but is mentioned in the epilogue to have been executed.
* At the end of its second part, ''TrafficDepartment2192'' kills off [[ApocalypseHow the entire population of the planet on which it was set]], except for a few members of the Traffic Department who escape. In part 3, everyone in the Traffic Department except [[VillainProtagonist Velasquez]], [[RobotBuddy Bob]], and Velasquez's [[InfantImmortality young son Ian]] dies, but they take with them all of the [[AlienInvaders alien chain of command]] in their region of space except [[RedemptionEarnsLife Orlok, who wants to reform the invaders from within]], and Mala, another child. Between the two factions a species of SiliconBasedLife is completely annihilated. Velasquez's [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cybernetic implants are damaging her brain and will kill her soon]], so that leaves a grand total of four survivors out of everyone who appears onscreen.
* The two "worse" endings in VideoGame/CaveStory:
** In the "bad" ending, the only survivors are Quote and Kazuma
** The "good" ending adds to this list Sue, Sakamoto, and Itoh.
** The "best" ending, however, is not an example of this trope; as you have killed Ballos and prevented his powers from running rampant, preventing the freefall of the island to the planet's surface, which would otherwise kill everyone on the island, you also save Jenka, Balrog, Misery and a bunch of Mimigas. Everyone who wasn't ''already'' dead by the point you fought the Undead Core.
* It's quite possible to end HeavyRain with all of the four protagonists (and quite a few extras) dead.
* While few characters are shown dying in ''VideoGame/SunsetOverImdahl'', the end implies that absolutely nobody within Imdahl's walls got out alive--the few who survived the plague were slaughtered by soldiers and dumped in a mass grave, which is found in a BadFuture that the hero [[YouCantFightFate utterly fails to avert]].
* The prequel game ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' is named after and takes place on the planet Reach, which in the ExpandedUniverse has always been described as the humans greatest and most devastating defeat, so terrible that it's not even called the Battle of Reach but usually just called the Fall of Reach. That the Master Chief is always mentioned to be the last surviving Spartan supersoldier and you play as a soldier in a Spartan team makes it clear from the very start how the game will end. Though in fact, additional material confirms that Doctor Halsey was successfully evacuated from Reach, which would indicate that the Spartan sent with her to make sure she would not be captured alive, also survived.
* ''RadiantSilvergun''. The game ''opens'' with the end of all life on the Earth at the hands of the Stone-Like, with the protagonists conveniently ''not'' being on Earth. Guy dies in a [[SenselessSacrifice senseless]] [[StupidSacrifice (and rather bone-headed)]] [[SenselessSacrifice sacrifice]], ramming himself into the Stone-Like in a futile attempt to destroy it. Tengai loses it immediately after and does the same thing, his suicide run buying Buster, Reana and Creator time to flee into orbit. Buster and Reana are then teleported to 100,000 BC, and are vaporized in one final flash of light emanated by the Stone-Like. Creator, the sole survivor, permanently deactivates years later. Fortunately, this is ''immediately'' after successfully completing and awakening clones of Buster and Reana - the first two human beings, in a bizarre EternalRecurrence plot.
* The ending of ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki'' implies that everyone except the party members are going to die. And guess what? This is not the bad ending or the normal ending. This ''is the TRUE ENDING''. Justified because the gods have supported the world and since you just kicked their asses, the world now belongs to the mortals but first, the ones who live at the continents have to die first.
* The vast computer system that controls the {{Precursors}} of ''MegaManLegends''. Good thing Mega Man's the only surviving entity that can override it, or else it would've actually happened. ''Twice''.
* Not only does everyone die in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'', the final dungeon is itself the afterlife (which is deep within the Sun!). Amazingly, you can still wrangle a good ending out of this.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2: Retribution'' has this occur in the Tyranids' ending: the resurgent Hive Fleet drives off the Inquisition, then proceeds to devour the subsector, killing 94% of all Guardsmen stationed there, and every last loyalist Blood Raven... to say nothing of the billions of civilians in the subsector. The last shot in the ending is bugs as far as the eye can see.
** The Chaos ending is similar, with the entire sub-sector subjected to Exterminatus.
** The original ''Dawn of War'' isn't much better, with the majority of the planet's population either slaughtered or corrupted, the planet itself about to be eaten by a NegativeSpaceWedgie, and all but three characters dead.
** The Ork ending of ''Winter Assault'' has every character except Gorgutz and his unnamed YesMan dead.
** The Necron endings of both ''Dark Crusade'' and ''Soulstorm'' have the [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] {{Killer Robot}}s do what they do best.
* Almost every protagonist in ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' is killed off. Technically there are three survivors (and Alex), as the three characters don't die on-screen, though the final character implies that even if they're still alive in the present day, they'll be hunted down for the rest of their lives.
* In the Gamecube's ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' (which is for all practical purposes the original ''RE''), everybody but the player could and probably would die. In the worst ending, everyone dies except for the player character. Canonically, Jill, Chris, Barry, Brad, and Rebecca all survive, although this is impossible to achieve in the game.
** In ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Resident Evil 3]]'' the entire city is nuked, killing all but the lucky few who escaped.
* The original "good" ending for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'': due to having a LoadBearingBoss, TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon collapses, burying the party. ''[[ExpansionPack Mask of the Betrayer]]'' rectified the matter; over half the party survived.
* ''InfiniteSpace'' has quite possibly the biggest body count in any video game ever. By the end, ''billions'' of people and entire planets are dead.
* This is more or less the goal of the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' expansion pack ''The Darkspawn Chronicles.'' In an alternate universe where [[PlayerCharacter the Warden]] dies during the Joining ritual, the RagtagBunchOfMisfits who accompany him/her in the main game must prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt without his/her leadership. But in this expansion, you play the game as one of the darkspawn - and killing all of these heroic characters is your objective.
* ''VirtuesLastReward'' has over [[MultipleEndings twenty endings]], a number of which imply a total castpocalypse. Special mention goes to Clover's ending, however, which involves the player character walking in on a room filled with the corpses of six of the cast [[DrivenToSuicide and promptly deciding to join them.]] The remaining two characters fates are left ambiguous; [[InfantImmortality Quark]] is presumably left trapped in the Cryo chamber, whereas K appears to have picked up the deadly virus Radical-6.
* TelltaleGames's take on [[Videogame/TheWalkingDead The Walking Dead]] ends with Clementine as the only confirmed survivor. Whether or not Omid and Christa survived is not covered.
** [[spoiler:As of Season 2 Episode 1,they survived for a few months before Omid was killed, then nearly a year and a half later Christa goes missing and her fate is unconfirmed]]
* By the end of ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' Only Mithra lived to tell the tale. Literally, as she is the one who's voice you hear in the next episode previews.
* ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' has the Conquest ending, in which Nepgear literally kills off every single one of the [=CPUs=] and Gamindustri itself will soon crumble.
* ''PowerStone 2'' does has [[ColonyDrop meteors]] rain down from the sky and kill all the players should they take too long to kill each other in sudden death.
* ''Videogame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' can end up this way depending on your actions, with only Frank Pritchard, Megan Reed, the Tongs and Bob Page as the certain survivors (with all but Pritchard being DoomedByCanon).
** Of the key characters who die, Zeke Sanders, Isaius Sandoval, and Faridah Malik can all die if Jensen doesn't intervene. Bill Taggart, Hugh Darrow, David Sarif and protagonist Adam Jensen also die should the player choose the "Cover Up" ending and destroy Panchaea along with most of the protagonists/antagonists.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' has this through all of the endings as part of the [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy anti-war moral]]; ignoring the fact that most of Dubai is already dead or doomed before the game even begins, or that Walker's team dies before he reaches the conclusion, or the additional probability that the truth could get out and ignite another world war, the player then gets a final whammy depending on the ending chosen:
** In the non-epilogue ending, Walker is horrified by a revelation after confronting Konrad, and kills himself out of guilt over his actions, resulting in Walker joining the already huge body count.
** If Walker doesn't commit suicide, he is one of the few survivors and the game unlocks the epilogue endings:
*** Attacking the US squadron that finds Walker and dying means that Walker dies horribly along with the truth.
*** Attacking the US squadron that finds Walker and surviving only increases the chance of conflict and leaves Walker trapped and alone in a barren desert city.
*** Surrendering to the US squadron that finds Walker grants the only "happy" ending, but Walker remains shell-shocked and even alludes to the possibility that just because he didn't die doesn't mean he didn't survive.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' originally kicks this off with Max Payne, Alfred Woden, Vladimir Lem and Vinnie Gognitti being the only major characters to live to the second game (with the Gognitti barely doing so when Max leaves him bleeding to death in an alley).
** ''Max Payne 2'' takes this to the extreme, as Woden is shot, Lem is shot and falls to his death, Gognitti is blown up, newcomer Valerie Winterson is shot by Payne, and Mona Sax even comes BackFromTheDead only to die yet again. The only major characters that live to ''Max Payne 3'' are Max himself and Jim Bravura (and Jim later dies from a heart condition in the ''[=MP3=]'' midquel comic.) Hell, it really isn't too surprising that many fans [[TwoPartTrilogy ignore the third]] as [[InNameOnly only Max returns.]]
* VideoGame/{{OFF}}'s endings both qualify. At ''most'', the merchant, the tutorial's teacher and a BonusBoss survive. Otherwise, you and the Batter literally pull the plug (or rather, the switch) on the entire world and everyone in it.
* In ''VideoGame/CalmTime'', the conclusion to the game ends with almost everybody except the main character dead. The main character was the one who killed everyone else.
* Lu Bu's ending in Dynasty Warriors 6 can count. In the final stage, an alliance has been formed against Lu Bu and his men. This alliance has many warlords including Liu Bei, Yuan Shao, Cao Cao, Sun Quan, Zhang Jiao and Dong Zhuo. Even the likes of Liu Yao, Liu Zhang, Yuan Shu, Liu Biao, Zhang Lu and Kong Rong get involved. When their first attack plan doesn't work, they all attempt to attack Lu Bu together. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV25hHhh7l8 No points for guessing how it turned out.]]
* The bad ending of ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' does this by having Ludger turn on and kill off every single member of the party for the sake of his protecting his older brother, who doesn't want to live and needs to die for the sake of the world. You actually have to fight all of them in a proper battle, which understandably [[EarnYourBadEnding isn't easy]], with it being one versus eight (Though mercifully, you only have to fight four of them at a time, with replacements coming in as each one falls).
* Tecmo's ''Deception'' series (and its PS2 sequel ''Trapt'') winds up with almost every single character dead by the end of each game, that's any mook you see, any minor or major character along with the main character too, none of them are safe.
* [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] Wii game ZangekiNoReginleiv has this as the ending, which is fitting, as the whole story is basically a version of the Nordic Ragnarok mentioned up in Mythology. This tends to make the story a bit of a ShaggyDogStory, as Frey and Freya fight off the giants and save civilian lives all for naught in the end, with the Giants eventually wiping out everyone but them. Their final battle with Surtur sees him die in a great ball of fire, as in the myth, which consumes everything, but TheStinger implies that Frey and Freya themselves survived, and became Adam and Eve for our world today. [[BrotherSisterIncest Don't try to think about it too hard...]]
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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'''s Heaven's Feel route, almost the entire supporting cast, and Saber, the LoveInterest from one of the other routes die, and in one ending even ''Shiro'', the ''protagonist'', dies.
** Actually, it's not that much worse than the other two routes. Rin, Sakura and one of Ilya or Shirou survive, and none of the minor non-magi characters are known to have been killed. Saber dies, yes, but Rider survives (which isn't true in any other route), and all of the servants bar one die in every route anyway (that's the point of the war). The only person who dies in HF and no other route (other than Shirou) is Zouken, and that's hardly a great loss....
** The prequel ''FateZero'' is even worse. The protaganist Kiritsugu is [[YourDaysAreNumbered diseased]], and everyone else except for [[BigBad Kotomine]] and another main character dies.
* ''MuvLuvAlternative'' ends with one final, SuicideMission for Takeru and his squadmates: Operation Cherry Blossom. [[DwindlingParty One by one]], you see each of the girls - characters developed over the course of three games and friends who Takeru (and the player) has come to care for very deeply - perform a HeroicSacrifice to let Takeru go on, and get killed in ways so brutal and graphic that an outcry from the fans resulted over the {{Gorn}}, culminating in Takeru [[PlayerPunch being forced to]] [[ICannotSelfTerminate to blow up Meiya (the girl he cared for the deepest aside from his girlfriend Sumika)]] [[ShootTheHostage to kill the Big Bad]]. Only three make it out of the Original Hive alive: Takeru, Sumika and Kasumi, and of ''them'' Takeru [[RetGone ceases to exist]] and Sumika dies due to NoOntologicalInertia. Of the unit Takeru and his squadmates joined, all (except the three who spent the operation hospitalized) are dead (including the commanding officers), and the three ''may'' follow suit if the sidestories released by the makers are any indication.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'':
** The "Submarine" ending plays it perfectly straight, with every other Nonary Game participant dead and covered in blood, before you get knifed InTheBack. That's every character killed. Ace feigned death, and the Snake that was dead in Door 3 was not the actual Snake that you met. Snake would probably still die, though.
** The "Axe" ending, quite likely. Clover killed Seven, Santa, June and Junpei, and Ace likely killed Lotus to get into door 9. Clover would have killed Ace: she was covered in blood, he had Lotus' bracelet. WordOfGod states she was unable to work out the [[FinalExamBoss kyuu/Q (9/q) puzzle]], and burned in the incinerator.
* Franchise/WhenTheyCry:
** The entire town of Hinamizawa is wiped out in one of the continuities in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' ([[AllThereInTheManual several, actually]]), and most of the main characters die - generally in horrible and bloody ways - in the other continuities as well.
** One of the arcs is actually named Minagoroshi, Mina = everybody, goroshi = to kill. The kill 'em all arc, the official English title is "The Massacre Chapter."
** Subverted in Matsuribayashi-hen. It says a lot about the series that '''not''' killing everyone could be considered a subversion rather than just an aversion.
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' follows suit and underlines it by giving you the body count at the end of each arc, which is most frequently read, "[[TitleDrop When the seagulls cry]], [[DownerEnding there are no survivors]]."
* In ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory'', you are sent to investigate a derelict GenerationShip, the entire population of which perished about 600 years ago for mysterious reasons. Long story short, a HumanPopsicle from a far more democratic period of the ship's life was made to go through heavy abuse from the ship's noble families and [[DespairEventHorizon snapped]] so hard that, as she describes in a diary entry aptly titled "I'll kill them all!", [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge she cut off the ship's life support system]], killing everyone including herself onboard.
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* In ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'', the main characters have a low chance of surviving any [[NegativeContinuity single]] comic. As the author puts it, each scenario is a "more or less intricate machin[e], the end result of which is always failure".
* ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' seemed to be heading in this direction - with Mike murdered by April and Marsha gunned down by Mike's mother to keep her from killing April... before she could do it herself. They all recovered. For a given value of "recovered," that is, considering that this is CRFH.
* WordOfGod is that ''Webcomic/UglyHill'' was originally going to end with one of these, but he couldn't bring himself to do it.
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' [[DoomedByCanon has]] [[ForegoneConclusion its]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid reasons]] to kill of most of the main cast.
* In the circus arc of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Schlock is getting a little twitchy about his undercover janitor job, and comes up with a [[CuttingTheKnot simple solution]]:
-->'''Schlock:''' I say we burn the place down until the smells go away, then interrogate the survivors.
-->'''Chelle:''' Would there ''be'' any survivors in that scenario?
-->'''Schlock:''' Probably not. What a time saver!
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3523 Crimney complains about a ]] ZombieApocalypse thrown into a story to achieve this.
* ''Webcomic/PaoniaPawns'' had a villain literally nuke the entire cast, including all of his fellow "Players". Only five characters out of dozens appear to have survived.
* ''{{Homestuck}}'' is the embodiment of this. Whilst the death of a character is usually a spoiler, it is safe to say that at some point, a character ''will'' die. [[spoiler: This does not always matter, however, as DeathIsCheap.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* This is the premise of ''HappyTreeFriends'' usually only one character survives an episode.
* In KlayWorld's movie, 95% of the cast dies at the end. Almost all of the Klaymen, Marv, Mr. Black, Smiling Gary, Vince, all the Aliens, Rick, the armless guy, a news anchor, one of the cavemen at the beginning, Dr. Brown, the ax guy, and the long arms guy, leaving Chip, Pick, and Dr. Bob as the only survivors.
** [[spoiler: Most of the klaymen are "rebuilt" by the survivors in the end.]]
* ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'':
** Episodes 3 and 4 are straight Kill Em All episodes.
** Through the series as a whole, every character except Sanford and the [[MemeticBystander Hot Dog Vendor]] dies at least once, with some characters dying multiple times an episode. If you live in Nevada, you WILL die.
* Played for laughs in one of the [[MultipleEndings alternate endings]] of the original ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' series. [[FamousLastWords "Son of a bitch!"]]
* In ''TheDementedCartoonMovie'', the ending credits point out that only one character survived the movie. Everyone else died in explosions, head explosions, car accidents, explosions, crushing, and explosions.
** The credits were clearly referring to the stick figure who ran off the left side of the screen after watching a car hit a wall and explode. However, since another car came out from that part of the screen, it's possible that he was promptly ran over. And if not, he would've been killed in the EarthShatteringKaboom thirty seconds later. Perhaps Mr. Weight would be a more likely example.
* ''ThereWillBeBrawl'' ends with damn near the entire cast getting killed off, many of whom die in the last episode.
* ''Literature/FineStructure'' ends with nearly the entire named cast dead, usually by BoltOfDivineRetribution, HeroicSacrifice, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking old age]].
* This is a fairly common way for episodes of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' to end.
* Walrusguy's final YouTubePoop is somewhat infamous for this.
* ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'', AlternateUniverse game that it is, hinges its BackStory on a PointOfDivergence where [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fuyuki City]] is destroyed by a berserking Holy Grail.
* In ''CityOfUnity'', the eponymous Einheit City was recently invaded by an army amassed from the remnants of the colonies that were on the losing end of a genocidal war. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They're pissed.]] The city resembles a sci-fi version of the battle of Stalingrad at that point. Character deaths are very, very common.
* The premise of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' (although it's something of a given, considering it is based off of ''Literature/BattleRoyale''). By the end of the game, only one student it going to be left alive, something which entails the death of over 100 named characters to get to that point. Even then, one of the winners was thrown back into the game and hasn't been heard from since that version's conclusion, and another winner was killed a year after their game.
* Several episodes of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad''. PlayedForLaughs thanks to NegativeContinuity.
** In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', you can play a Teen Girl Squad minigame. Strong Bad gives you the most points by, you guessed it, killing all four girls as creatively as possible.
* In the ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' episode "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcNEdTnsEM Hardly Working: The Cartoon]]", everybody in the office end up killing each other off in cartoonish fashions.
* The SuddenDownerEnding of WebVideo/DemoReel. Donnie gets his personality and life erased by having to become WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, and the others stay in the PlotHole as a TogetherInDeath.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* By the time ''FriskyDingo'' wrapped up, only 6 characters of importance - Killface, Xander, Simon, Stan, Wendell and Valerie - were left standing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood'', while it ultimately has an EarnYourHappyEnding, has a ''massive'' body count for a children's cartoon. Only eight of the twenty-nine characters introduced in season one make it to the end, and that's not counting the casualties among later introductions. InfantImmortality is no solace, either.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Failsafe", by the end the entire Justice Leauge and Team is dead, as is good portions of the world's military, with the exception of Miss Martian and the Maritian Manhunter, who later ''stabs M'gann in the chest''. Thankfully, it was just an UnwinnableTrainingSimulation, but still.
* Arguably subverted with ''GIJoeResolute'', which promised a high body count and by all means delivered on that promise...with Cobra. While a pretty good amount of known named Cobra characters were killed (some more gruesomely than others) the G.I Joe team was for the most part pretty much intact. The only named G.I. Joe character who was killed is Bazooka, who died offscreen and his corpse is perfectly clean and intact (while some of the Cobras can't quite say the same thing about their fatalities).
* Pretty much the ending of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' results with almost all of Crystal Cove, save the gang, dead. However, once Nibiru implodes, it creates a CosmicRetcon so not only is everyone who died alive, but all of Crystal Cove's mysteries have never happened, created an alternate world in which only the gang remembers the previous one.
%% * "PlayedForLaughs" in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "Ghost Boy"
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