[[caption-width-right:350:[[VisualPun Not always so clean.]]]]

->''"Till Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom.\\
Then the father hen will call his chickens home.\\
The wise men will bow down before the throne.\\
And at his feet they'll cast their golden crown.\\
When the man comes around."''
-->-- '''Music/JohnnyCash''', "When the Man Comes Around"

How do we know that the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is approaching? By the warning signs that precede it, of course. Whether TheStarsAreGoingOut or [[Literature/BookOfRevelation a beast with seven heads rises out of the ocean]], or just [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dogs and cats living together]], everyone knows that something bad is about to happen. It's a sign of the end.

Works that want to make biblical allusions will often use things from the Literature/BookOfRevelation, although not always literally.

Supertrope to TheStarsAreGoingOut. Subtrope to PortentOfDoom. May overlap with BadMoonRising or CometOfDoom.

Compare JustBeforeTheEnd. See also ApocalypseHow, CaughtUpInTheRapture and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. For signs as in [[WavingSignsAround sandwich boards and posters]], see TheEndIsNigh.

Not to be confused with SignOfTheApocalypse, a stock phrase used for humor. Also not to be confused with JumpingTheShark.



[[folder: Anime/Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', shortly before [[AGodAmI Father]] enacts his plan, all of the people who've opened the Gate suddenly drop through the floor, triggering a solid OhCrap from the entire cast. [[spoiler: Of course, his plan is ultimately foiled, but he got a nice ApocalypseWow in anyway.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'':
** As [[RewritingReality reality begins to merge]] with [[EldritchLocation Orqwith]] -
*** In Stuttgart, all the clocks chime 15. Simultaneously.
*** In Kyoto, four stainless-steel pyramids are found rotating five feet above the ground.
*** In Patagonia, a library is discovered. [[Creator/JorgeLuisBorges The books it contains are unknown, unreadable]].
*** In Johannesburg, [[SpontaneousHumanCombustion a little girl named Harriet inexplicably catches fire]].
*** In Reykjavik, three shadows come to life and murder their owners.
*** In London, Madame Tussaud's wax figure of John Lennon begins to bleed from bullet wound stigmata.
*** 'In Rome, in Leningrad, in Darwin... [[IronicNurseryRhyme "The door flew open, in he ran - the great, long, red-legged Scissorman."]]'
** In Barcelona, when the Cult of the Unwritten Book starts to summon the Decreator -
*** A bus full of teenagers was possessed by the Unquiet Face and driven through the Corridor of Hallucinations
*** The Needle Children, who cannot be seen through glass, laid pointless siege to an old folks' home in the suburbs.
*** At 11:30 there was an outbreak of spirit skywriting which continued for an hour and a half.
*** At midnight the word 'harmony' disappeared from the vocabulary of everyone in the city.
*** At 12:30 the Embryo Stains invaded the marrow of a nightclub owner and forced him to compose terrifying poetry.
*** Everything blue became temporarily invisible.
*** The rain forgot how to fall.
** When Shadowy Mr. Evans appears (his apocalypse is local and sex-based):
*** A bunch of men lick a street lamp erotically.
*** A couple paints maps of the Soviet Union and the USA on their bodies before having sex.
*** Dozens of people park their cars in the middle of football fields and start having sex in them at the same time.
*** A group of college professors specializing in the XVIII-Century German literature go on suicide/gang-rape spree.
*** Local doctors and nurses surgically create new sexual organs on bodies of comatose patients.
*** A woman in a dog costume chases a man in drag.
* This was a ''very'' popular trope in early Creator/VertigoComics. In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', Doctor Destiny's hold over Dream's gem leads to a wave of cruelty, hallucinations, and general nightmares sweeping over the global consciousness as the fate of the Dreaming lies in the balance.
* Creator/AlanMoore uses similar nightmare scenes during the "Love and Death" arc in ''ComicBook/SwampThing''. Anton Arcane's unholy resurrection leads to a "shockwave of nightmare", affecting people and animals around the area and spreading:
** A man approaches a homeless drunk in an alleyway, [[KillItWithFire and pulls out a book of matches...]]
** A woman approaches her husband with a [[FryingPanOfDoom cast iron skillet...]]
** A cat climbs into a sleeping baby's crib, claws bared...
** A guard dog attacks its owner...
** A cow gives birth to something that screams like a woman and then dies...
** In [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham Aslyum]], Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man, starts screaming maniacally, and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has stopped smiling...
** This wave of supernatural evil even attracts the attention of [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths The Monitor]] (this page was not included when DC printed the arc in trade paperback).
* In ComicBook/FantasticFour, fire and floating stones in the sky were actually illusions generated by the Watcher to try to conceal Earth from the oncoming apocalypse, but The Herald saw through them, and his presence ushered the coming of ComicBook/{{Galactus}}.
* One DC Comics story sees reality itself beginning to unwind. One of the signs of this is that Batman can no longer solve any of the Riddler's puzzles, proving that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.


[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films does this twice:
** ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''
-->'''Winston Zeddemore:''' Do you remember something in the Bible about the last days, when the dead would rise from the grave?
-->'''Ray Stantz:''' I remember Revelations 7:12. "And I looked as he opened the 6th seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake. And the sun became as black as sack cloth, and the moon became as blood."
-->'''Winston Zeddemore:''' And the seas boiled and the skies fell.
-->'''Ray Stantz:''' Judgment Day.
-->'''Winston Zeddemore:''' Judgment Day.
-->'''Ray Stantz:''' Every religion has its myth about the end of the world.
-->'''Winston Zeddemore:''' Myth? Ray, has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason we've been so busy lately is 'cause the dead ''have'' been rising from the grave?

-->'''Peter Venkman:''' Or you could accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
-->'''Mayor:''' What do you mean, biblical?
-->'''Ray Stantz:''' What he means is Old Testament biblical, Mr. Mayor. Real wrath-of-God-type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling!
-->'''Egon Spengler:''' Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes! Volcanoes!
-->'''Winston Zeddemore:''' The dead rising from the grave!
-->'''Peter Venkman:''' Human sacrifice, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dogs and cats living together]], mass hysteria!
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seventh_Sign The Seventh Sign]]''. A man is breaking the seven seals of the Apocalypse, causing the warning signs of the Apocalypse to occur.
* ''Film/TheCore'' had:
** People with pacemakers all dying due to localised electromagnetic pulses.
** Birds mass suiciding because their directional sense was off, causing them to fly top speed into buildings.
** The ozone layer developing holes that let through unfiltered sunlight hot enough to melt the Golden Gate Bridge.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/BeingAGreenMother'', plague, earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions are all the result of singing the Llano of Chaos, which ends all living things within weeks of it being sung. Although one could argue that these are less ''signs'' of the end and more the ''cause''.
* In the novel ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' by Creator/MichaelChabon, reports of talking chickens are mentioned as a sign of the end times, or at least of the coming of Messiah.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has a lot of these, as it's a book about the lead up to the End of Days.
* In the "present" (23rd century) of ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', the world has already gone through an apocalypse that has reduced the population to 700,000,000 people and necessitated great efforts to replenish the earth to what it formerly was. An example of this is what spurs those on the Columbus Project to make the decision to change the past and obliterate their entire post-Columbus history and those who existed in it in favor of repairing the past and creating [[spoiler:what turns out to be]] a better future. It turns out that despite their optimism and everything they've done, there are more people than the planet can support, North America is in the midst of a famine, crop production is going down, and no matter what is done, everything's going to go to shit, another Ice Age will come, and humanity will be plunged into the Stone Ages.
* Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TheLastBattle'' where all the signs of Revelation begin to happen, albeit in Narnia.
* A classic example is Creator/WilliamButlerYeats' ''Literature/TheSecondComing'', a poem that predicts the birth of the AntiChrist.
* ''Literature/ArciaChronicles'' and ''Literature/ReflectionsOfEterna'' by the same author have a lot of these but they are mostly ignored by NormalPeople.
* ''Creator/JohnHodgman's Literature/ThatIsAll is ''dedicated'' to making this trope as weird as possible. Ray Kurzweil acquiring a kayboard arm (not the kind you're thinking of), the Blood Wave and the Rise of [[EldritchAbomination The Ancient and Unspeakable Ones]] are all signs of the Apocalypse.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', Brother Justin says that the depression and all the traits of the CrapsackWorld in which the show takes place are surely signs of the apocalypse. He isn't wrong, but what he isn't aware of at that point is that ''he's'' the one who's bringing it.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s "Apocalypse Nowish" does this-there are birds crashing into buildings, snakes coming out of plumbing, rats everywhere, and eventually, all the locations of the phone calls they get about these things, [[ConnectTheDeaths when laid out on a map]], make an ancient symbol of destruction, with Connor's birthplace-slash-the place where the Beast rises smack in the middle.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Miss Calender knows the Hellmouth is about to open based on locally occurring portents; a family's swimming pool begins to boil (with them in it), a cat gives birth to a litter of snakes and a baby is born with his eyes facing inward.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' eventually shifted from a straight-up "serial killer" series to the idea that the general rise in the tide of human cruelty was tied into the upcoming apocalypse, sharing equal time between investigation of hideous murders and investigation of strange phenomena.
** They also had an episode with ''literal'' signs of the end times, revolving around a Russian who sabotaged Chernobyl (sometimes translated as "Wormwood", the name of a poison star in the Book of Revelation) and who might just be the anti-Christ. Even though the anti-Christ isn't in the Book of Revelation. The episode instead conflates the anti-Christ with the Beast, including him surviving a fatal head wound and his helicopter having the serial number 666. Curiously, for a show about the coming end of days, he never reappeared.

* ''Magazine/TheWatchtower'', a magazine published by Jehovah's Witnesses, has numerous features on how current events line up with predictions in Literature/TheBible.
* Other religious examples such as ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'', or the late ''Plain Truth'' [[note]] formerly available in print only but now pretty much an Internet concern circulated by the Worldwide Church of God and its splinter groups[[/note]].
* A secular example would be Magazine/ForteanTimes, which explores these strange world-views and catalogues many, many, examples of people convinced the world is about to end.

* From "Earth Died Screaming" from ''Music/BoneMachine'' by Music/TomWaits:
-->''There was thunder''
-->''There was lightning''
-->''Then the stars went out''
-->''And the moon fell from the sky''
-->''It rained mackerel''
-->''It rained trout''
-->''And the great day of wrath has come''
-->''And here's mud in your big red eye''
-->''The poker's in the fire''
-->''And the locusts take the sky''
* "Seven Swans" (the song, not the album) by Music/SufjanStevens is rife with apocalyptic imagery:
-->''We saw the dragon move down. / My father burned into coal.''

[[folder:Myth, Legend, and Oral Tradition]]
* In Finnish folk tale ''Velisurmaaja'' (Brother-killer) the fratricidal protagonist declared he will go far away. When asked by his mother or sister when he will return, he replies (according to the version recorded in ''Kanteletar''): "when the crow turns white, when the goose turns black, when a stone rolls on water, when a feather sinks to the bottom, when sun shines in midnight, when the moon burns hot, when stars dance in the sky". Many versions include assorted Christian elements like the Last Judgement, raining fire, blaring horns of heaven, and the return of Christ.
* In Myth/NorseMythology the coming of [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Ragnarök]] is to be foreshadowed by a three year long winter and [[EldritchAbomination wolfes]] eating the sun and the moon.
* The fairy-tale of Chicken Little, who when a leaf dropped on his head in autumn took it as the sky falling down and was convinced the world was ending.
* Increasingly unhinged right-wing fundamentalist preacher John Hagee makes a big thing about "[[http://www.fourbloodmoons.co.uk/ The Four Blood Moons]]", arguing that the Bible foretells a time when four eclipses of the moon will happen in quick sucession, heralding the commencement of the End Times, unless [[OnlyInAmerica the world]] renounces its evil ways and turns from liberalism, socialism, feminism, unjust criticism of God's holy state of Israel, and other manifestations of godlessness, and returns to the ordained path of the LORD, as defined by people like John Hagee. Apparently the Bible was written four thousand years ago to predict what is happening right now. [[note]] The Reverend Hagee has not read his own Bible - see Mark 8:12 as quoted below...[[/note]]

* In Islam, Signs of the End are categorized into Major and Minor: minor signs are quite vague and subject to interpretation regarding what they refer to. However, major signs, like the emergence of the Antichrist (in Arabic "Dajjal") are unambiguous. There are many minor signs but only ten major ones.
* Christianity:
** The [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'' is crammed with them from start to finish, including plagues, world wars, stars falling to earth, TheNumberOfTheBeast, DemonLordsAndArchdevils showing up... it would be easier to list the signs that ''don't'' appear. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the original TropeMakers if not the UrExample.
** The early 2015 craze among some Christian denominations concerning the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Moon_Prophecy Four Blood Moons]]", a sequence of lunar eclipses coinciding with major Jewish religious festivals, leading exciteable people to conclude God is about to initiate the Last Days.
** Despite the occasional Christian groups claiming to know when the world will end, most Christians consider trying to predict the end times to be an exercise in futility, due to Jesus Himself being on record as "sighing deeply" and saying, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it." (Mark 8:12) In another verse, He explicitly states that the coming of The End will be a major surprise for everyone, that "concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. (Matthew 24:36)"

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Sourcebook ''Elder Evils'' has this all over the place - book introduces nine [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] whose appearance is proceeded by the signs of upcoming apocalypse. They're even divided in generic and monster-specific signs.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TotalWarAttila'' has a mechanic to warn the players of the incoming apocalypse that will befell on the game. Starting with the birth and rise of Attila himself and going with the many climate catastrophies that happened at the time, until it finishes [[spoiler: with the sack and fall of Rome itself]].
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' runneth over with all kinds of approaching apocalypse signs. [[spoiler:Turns out, most of them are fake or just misinterpreted. A few of them are real and Gehena really is about to begin within a week, but it has nothing to do with ''this'' story.]]
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' touches upon this trope in reference to a book he finds in Lupino's nightclub, Ragna Rock.
-->''I was surprised to find that somebody had been passing time reading. The paperback was entitled "The Age of Murder and Storm." The blurb on the back mentioned Norse mythos and Ragnarok, the end of the Viking world with a terrible winter that covered the earth in ice, when vile crimes were rampant and all humanity lost. I could see how somebody impressionable might get it into their head that we were at the end of time. I was also beginning to see what the nightclub and its owner were all about.''
* In ''7th Legion'', there is a prophesy about the signs that the Chosen, those humans who had left Earth long ago, were returning to reconquer it. The first was a night without darkness (the lights from the ships filling the sky). The second is a day without light (those same ships blot out the sun with their numbers). The final sign is the rain of fire (landing craft entering the atmosphere).
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' starts with one of these. The star that falls upon Tristram at the beginning of the game is mentioned in the Prophecy of the End Days as a sign that the end has begun.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/{{Treknologic}}'': Mike's trivial prowess and vaults of Quatloos signified the [[SugarApocalypse Mike-pocalypse]].
* In ''Machinima/GamerPoop'', Cicero's penis is so big that it's apparently a sign of the end times. PlayedForLaughs, of course.