->''{{Darkseid}} goes all out. A lot of villains tell everyone about their plan, but Darkseid filmed an elaborate dramatization of it. Look at those special effects. He didn't just have a computer rendered picture of what his battle station will look like, he got actors to run around on an airfield while planes were getting vaporized.''
-->-- '''SeanBaby'''

Sometimes, it's enough to just say "[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed The World Is In Danger]]!" and hope the hero (and the audience) may understand the urgency and risk and answer TheCall. Sometimes, though, a little more is in order. Storyboarding the Apocalypse is a disturbingly detailed narrated account of the impending {{Gotterdammerung}} and rise of the ultimate evil, accompanied by a montage to give plenty of NightmareFuel inducing visions of the end to all parties involved.

Storyboarding the Apocalypse is used on a few different occasions:

* The hero might [[RefusalOfTheCall refuse the call]], forcing his [[MentorArchetype Mentor]] to show him how the BigBad can hurt him, by turning his [[HiddenElfVillage secluded hometown]] into a DoomedHometown.
* Or the BigBad might give a MotiveRant and/or NewEraSpeech expounding at length on how [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans they'll turn the world into]] {{Mordor}}, or bring about a new Eden via utter destruction because UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.
* Or maybe this same calamity happened somewhere else once before, and they decided to FlingALightIntoTheFuture.

Occasionally this is given as a warning by less direct conventional methods; CassandraTruth can deliver it, or via PsychicDreamsForEveryone, or TimeTravel in the hope of driving the point home to the hero and the audience.

Especially detail-oriented villains will have prepared dioramas, movies, a SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic, and even commission an EarthShatteringPoster or two to help hammer it in. Or they might just [[ExpositionBeam beam it into the hero's skull with a laser.]]

Compare JustBetweenYouAndMe, VillainWorld and BadFuture, which can be the Storyboarded Apocalypse given form. See also UnspokenPlanGuarantee. Contrast ApocalypseWow, which is also a narrative depiction of the apocalypse, only used for very different dramatic goals.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Just before making his wish, Emperor Pilaf of ''{{Dragonball}}'' takes a moment to visualize himself as emperor of the world, and we get a sequence showing him as emperor. (He spends the entire fantasy standing on a podium doing nothing but laugh while a crowd hails him.) Oolong uses this time to ruin the whole thing by wishing for panties.
* ''{{X1999}}'' (also known as "The Shoujo Armageddon") not only features a lengthy vision by [[WaifProphet dreamseer Hinoto-hime]] on how the apocalypse will proceed, it also flashes forward and flashes back to that dream sequence many times throughout the series.
* The Anti-Spiral in ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' explains exactly how and why the Earth will be destroyed, complete with a helpful 3-D simulation. Simon realizes through instinct that it's the truth, going briefly into a HeroicBSOD.
* ''SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie''. When it becomes clear that Metal Sonic intends to destroy the world, Knuckles explains to the skeptical president how exactly a single robot could accomplish this: by puncturing the lava veins that flow through the giant mountain/glaciar that holds the various {{Floating Continent}}s that make up the Land of the Sky together, the planet's own rotation will hurl them off into outer space (though this won't affect the Land of Darkness, which is the actual planet's surface). Unfortunately, Sonic overhears this conversation, and due to the PsychicLink, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Metal knows everything that Sonic knows...]]
* The major driving force of the ''ZettaiKarenChildren'''s plot is a prophecy of the devastating war between espers and normal humans, completed with realistic visions that several characters has experienced.
* Done twice in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' by the two masterminds of Akatsuki regarding their individual plans for creating a lasting peace.
** [[spoiler: Pain]] had developed the design for a massively powerful weapon using the bijuu. His intent [[spoiler: was to use it in order to wipe out the current order, reducing humanity to a subsistence level. The weapon would be left intact, used by their descendants whenever hate overcame their fear, repeating the cycle and preventing a full-out war]].
** [[spoiler: Madara]] intended to use the chakra of the bijuu for an incredibly powerful jutsu. [[spoiler: By reforming the bijuu into the Jubi and absorbing its chakra, he would gain enough power to cast an eternal genjutsu at the moon, which would then reflect to the earth. Every living being would be ensnared in his genjutsu and made into extensions of Madara]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During the Sons of Empire arc of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', Lumi A.K.A. The Snow Queen details her plans to to wipe out life in the mundy world (our world). They consist of [[spoiler:using warlocks and witches to spread plagues across the globe, sending dragons and fire imps to burn our cities to the ground, coming in herself and putting the whole planet into perpetual winter]], then finally leaving us to wither and die without crops or any means of producing anything. When they're done the Empire will use our devastated, uninhabitable planet as a prison world.
** Subverted almost immediately afterward, however, by the Adversary's son, who's lived in Fabletown until recently Storyboards the Aversion of the Apocalypse. The big problem with Lumi's plan is that [[spoiler:we'll catch on to the fact that we're being attacked by germ warfare fairly quickly, and while that alone wouldn't help much as we have no idea how to leave this world for the Homelands of the Fables, the residents of Fabletown will likely approach the US government and go public with their existence. Once they do, they'll give us all the info we need on the Empire's location, and since the Empire has a ban on all modern technology from our world (The Adversary fears a rebellion if his subjects did carry it) our armies would obliterate theirs, and the Empire would fall]].
*** At the end of the arc, the Adversary decides to hold off on the invasion until they have the Fables living among us all killed so they can't intervene.
* Done in ''Series/{{Angel}}: After The Fall'': [[spoiler: Wesley gives a dying Angel a vision of how the Shanshu Prophecy plays out for him, which involves a lot of heads on pikes. Angel then promptly wishes for death so he can avoid it!]]
* The ''[[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] Galactus'' trilogy has a scene where Reed Richards lays out Gah Lak Tus's M.O.: [[spoiler: First it broadcasts a signal that drives those who receive it insane, absolutely destroying a civilization's infrastructure. Then, when the first shuttles land, they release a flesh-eating virus so that all organic life is killed. Then, it harvests the molten core of the planet and strip mines the surface before moving on to the next world]]. Reed ends up using a holographic projector.
** In the original [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Galactus Trilogy]], TheWatcher gives a similar description of just what will happen if {{Galactus}} [[PlanetEater eats Earth]], though it's projected into the characters' minds as opposed to being holographic.
* In ''SagaOfTheSwampThing'', the resurrected Anton Arcane rants about how he's going to bring the worst of the damned back into the world, inciting chaos and a literal Apocalypse. Scenes of havoc wrought by those he's already unleashed provide a literal "storyboard" of the kinds of hell Arcane would've spread around the world, had he not underestimated [[strike: Holland]] Swamp Thing.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' did it on a number of occasions, most memorably in "The Right Hand of Doom". Hellboy wonders what might happen if he cuts off his EvilHand, and we see a splash page of a hooded man standing in a burning ruin, holding up the severed hand and chanting, "Anung un Rama..." (Hellboy's true name [[ScrewDestiny at the time]]).
* ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier'' features a particularly creepy example, where the BigBad's genocidal plans for Earth are communicated via the writings of a children's author -- specifically, a Dr. Seuss {{Expy}}.
* This was done to the original Exiles team from Marvel Comics on their second mission, which was to ensure the death of Phoenix during the Trial of the Phoenix in an alternate continuity. Their leader was going to refuse the mission and reveal everything in hopes of a better solution only for everyone to be subjected to a graphic mental download by their Mission Control of the horrific destruction that would occur if she wasn't killed at that point in time.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment, Boingo in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' uses a literal slideshow to demonstrate to Red how he intends to monopolize the goodie market. His proposal, when placed on a diagram, looks just like a new city plan. Meaning that it may harm the goody market, but it will boost the construction industry significantly.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', King Candy describes what might happen if Vanellope plays: her glitchiness might cause the game to crash, forcing the game to be unplugged. Not only do we see the population fleeing in terror trying to get out, but worse, [[spoiler: Vanellope, as a glitch, can't leave the game. She'll be stuck as the game goes offline, and go with it into oblivion.]] But that's not the worst part. [[spoiler: It's a lie. King Candy is a lying bastard who is doing this to keep himself in power because if Vanellope did win, the game would reset and Vanellope would be restored to her rightful position.]]
* In the Rankin Bass production of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'', Samwise becomes the bearer of the One Ring, which tries to corrupt him with a vision of a world in which he has become all powerful. Of course, it being Samwise, this vision involves innocuous things like turning all of the orcs into cute animals and the entire world into a flower garden. Samwise realizes how silly the idea of him being an Evil Overlord would be and is able to resist the allure of the Ring.
-->[[NarmCharm "BEHOLD THE GARDENS OF MY DELIGHT!"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'', Ommadon the Red Wizard outlines his plan to use BlackMagic to win TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar, and attempts to convince his brother wizards to join him, complete with images:
--> '''Ommadon''': ''Fear'' rules man, and I will summon the dark forces to infest the spirit of man so he uses his science and logic to destroy ''himself''. What havoc I will raise! I will turn brother against brother[[note]] Demons convince two brothers to insult each other and begin figting[[/note]]. Greed and avarice will prevail, and those who do not hear my words will pay the price. [[note]] A fat man is shown cackling over slums, while others are shown in ragged clothing in slums- or perhaps concentration camps[[/note]] ''I'' will teach man to use his machines; ''I'' will show him what twisted science can give birth to. [[note]] Bulldozers destroy forestland without building anything in its place[[/note]] ''I'' will teach man to [[CallBack fly like a fairy]], and will provide [[UnholyNuke the ultimate answer to all his science can ask]]! [[note]] A plane drops a nuclear bomb, and the resulting mushroom cloud reforms into an image of Ommadon himself standing above the world[[/note]] And the world will be free for ''my'' magic again. Man will never inherit my domain, for I will make man ''mine''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', The DiabolicalMastermind Hugo Drax had such an exposition.
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' contains ''two'' examples of this. One is at the beginning of the film, as Charlton Heston's voiceover about what happened to the dinosaurs threatens the same consequence for Earth later on. Truman later makes it explicit:
-->'''Truman:''' Damage? Ah, total, sir. If this asteroid hits, nothing would survive. Not even bacteria.
-->'''Truman:''' So when the rogue comet hit the asteroid belt it sent all these pieces spinning off. Next fourteen days, the Earth's in a shooting gallery. Now, if it's a Pacific Basin impact, which we think it will be, it'll flash-boil millions of liters and set off earthquakes when it hits the ocean bedrock. Half the Earth's population will be incinerated by the heat blast and the other half will freeze to death in nuclear winter ... this is as real as it gets. It's coming. Right now, at about eighteen thousand miles an hour. Not a soul on Earth can hide from it.
* A possible parody of this occurs near the end of ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', referring to the interstate bypass, and eerily foreshadowing the modern stripmall.
-->'''Judge Doom:''' I see a place where people get on and off the freeway. On and off, off and on, all day, all night! Soon, where Toon Town once stood will be a string of gas stations; inexpensive motels; restaurants that serve rapidly prepared food; tire salons; automobile dealerships; and wonderful, wonderful billboards reaching as far as the eye can see! My God, it'll be beautiful.
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'': "I will give you a brief, brief glimpse into the future..."
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'':
** ''Film/TheTerminator'' gave us a glimpse of the future where humanity is being hunted down by [=SkyNet=].
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' also showed us Sarah Connor's nightmare of a city being destroyed, just to remind us of the nuclear holocaust, quite disturbing for those who remember the ColdWar days.
** ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' showed the apocalypse happening as nuclear missiles rained down on cities
* ''Film/TheCore'' has the lead character explaining the Earth's ultimate fate with a peach and a aerosol can flamethrower.
--> '''Keyes:''' As the electromagnetic field becomes more and more unstable, we'll start seeing isolated incidents - one plane will fall from the sky, then two. Then, in a few months, anything, everything electronic will be fried.
--> '''Zimsky:''' Static discharges in the atmosphere will create superstorms with hundreds of lightning strikes per square mile.
--> '''Keyes:''' After that, [[FromBadToWorse it gets bad.]]
* Galadriel in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' shows Frodo a vision of The Shire as an industrial work camp. In the book it turns out she was bang on; in the movie Saruman gets shanked early and that side of the conflict ends.
* In ''Film/VForVendetta'', Finch describes the upcoming revolution with shots spliced in of an overeager enforcer killing a kid with a Fawkes mask and then getting lynched by the angry neighbors:
--> '''Dominic:''' So do you know what's gonna happen?
--> '''Finch:''' No. It was a feeling. But I can guess. With so much chaos, someone will do something stupid. And when they do, things will turn nasty. And then, Sutler will be forced do the only thing he knows how to do. At which point, all V needs to do is keep his word. And then...
** He finishes his guess a bit later.Fortunately, he was wrong.
---> '''Dominic:''' I went by Parliament. Never seen anything like it - tanks, antiaircraft, infantry - it makes you wish that no one would show up tonight. But if they do, what do you think will happen?
---> '''Finch:''' What usually happens when people without guns stand up to people with guns.
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'' Lex Luthor shows Lois Lane a series of maps detailing exactly how his plan will destroy pretty much the entire Western Hemisphere.
* When [[AIIsACrapshoot WOPR]] in ''Film/WarGames'' is given a LogicBomb, it begins to run thousands of simulations of [[ApocalypseHow global thermonuclear war]] all of which are accurately labeled - US First Strike, [[CubanMissileCrisis Turkey Heavy]], USSR First Strike, et cetera. Each ends with [[UnwinnableByDesign WINNER: NONE]] and the total destruction of all population and military centers on the planet.
* In ''Film/ThirteenDays'', President Kennedy uses this to give an example of how the CubanMissileCrisis can easily turn into [[WorldWarThree nuclear war]]. After bringing up a historical example in ''The Guns of August'' (a recently-published book about the events of August 1914 leading up to WorldWarOne), he plays out something similar if the US decides to implement a blockade of Cuba:
-->"If one of their ships resists the inspection, and we shoot out its rudder and board it. They shoot down one of our planes, in response. So we bomb their anti-aircraft sites - in response to ''that''...they attack Berlin. So we invade Cuba.... and they fire their missiles... and we fire ours..."
* The 2006 remake of ''Nihon Chimbotsu'' (''Japan Sinks'') had a scene where the geologist trying to warn the Japanese government about the disaster uses a computer simulation showing the dramatic dissolution of the Japanese archipeligo. Dramatic, as in he starts with "Hokkaido will be the first to go" as the camera cuts to Hokkaido splitting in half.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Galadriel memorably storyboards what would happen if she were to take the Ring for herself when Frodo offers it to her before ultimately refusing it.
* The Knights of the Word in TerryBrooks's overarching meta series have these occur to them every time they fall asleep.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' giant novel 'Metamorphosis', Data learns the fate of the galaxy should he choose to [[spoiler:stay a human]].
* Although the hero of the ''{{Pendragon}}'' books is always trying to prevent whatever world he's in from falling apart, Bobby gets a good, long, disturbing look at what will happen if he fails in the third book [[spoiler:and the Nazis win World War II]].
* Subversions abound in the ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, where such visions often lead to the [[SelfFulfillingProphecies very events they depict]]. Jacen Solo's are the most specifically apocalyptic; his visions of what the future will be like turn him to the Dark Side in order to prevent the galaxy from lapsing into unending war. Ironically they all involve him killing Luke Skywalker, but it never occurs to him to kill himself.
* An early ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book has the Ellimist showing the heroes a supposedly inevitable Yeerk-dominated world, and then actually ''giving'' them the opportunity to [[RefusalOfTheCall Refuse The Call]]. However, this wasn't a message of doom, an easy out, or even a possible future, but a BatmanGambit on the Ellimist's part to show the heroes where the location of a generator that will cripple the alien invasion for a short time is.
** Later on, an entire book is devoted to this, when Jake wakes up in a future where the Yeerks have won.
** There's also a Megamorphs based on the idea that they never walked through the construction site and got their powers (a deal that Jake agreed to in a moment of weakness). Suffice to say it doesn't end well.
* Parodied in ''Science of Literature/{{Discworld}} II: The Globe'', in which Ponder Stibbons has set up an elaborate presentation to show the danger to the Roundworld Project, only for Rincewind to sum things up in one sentence when he still has "a dozen slides and a flowchart" to go.
** A straighter example is from ''Discworld/TheLastHero''. Ponder Stibbons has said that unless an explosion at the Hub is prevented, the magical field will collapse for up to two years.
--> '''Lord Downey:''' Well, we can get along without magic for two years, can't we?
--> '''Ponder:''' No. The sun will crash and burn. The seas will dry up and vanish. The turtles and the elephant might cease to exist altogether.
--> '''Downey:''' All that'll happen in two years?
--> '''Ponder:''', No, all of that'll happen in the ''first ten minutes''. Magic isn't just coloured lights and balls; magic holds the world together.
** This is followed by a hypothetical illustration showing the Discworld AfterTheEnd, with the turtle and elephants reduced to skeletons and the disc itself turned [[DeathWorld reddish and dead]].
* Literature/TheBible's Literature/BookOfRevelation is the TropeCodifier, meaning it's OlderThanFeudalism. The Book of Daniel is a [[UrExample less well-known but older example]]. Both are examples of apocalyptic literature, an entire genre of turn-of-the-common-era artwork in which this trope was the whole point. Unfortunately, as no one can agree on which parts are symbolic and which parts are literal given the obtusely poetic language, there's a myriad of interpretations as to what each part of the storyboarding means (most fundamentally, are they talking about the literal end of the world, or the fall of specific empires that were powerful at the times of writing?).
* During Ragnarok, how many steps backward will Thor take after slaying Jormungand before keeling over from the poison? The ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' can tell you. [[spoiler:It's nine.]]
* In ''TheGeneral'' series by DavidDrake and SMStirling, the computer secretly advising Raj Whitehall can show him '''detailed''' audiovisual scenarios of the most likely results of various courses of action. Sometimes, just to rub in for us what a WorldHalfEmpty they're in, it'll show him situations he can't do anything about.
* The journal from ''Literature/TheHouseOnTheBorderland'' recounts a vision [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane (?)]] of the end of the solar system.
* Stoically averted in ''Literature/GoodOmens'': while a good bulk of the book revolves around the prophecies of Agnes Nutter, who predicted the apocalypse down to the slightest detail, and one of the protagonists knows all of them ''by heart'', nothing is ''ever'' revealed in the text before it actually happens.
* Over the course of TheDresdenFiles, [[FromBadToWorse more and more bad]] [[CerebusSyndrome shit keeps happening]], and TheMasquerade gets thinner and thinner. (WordOfGod has already revealed that he'll end the series with an apocalypse scenario.) ''Cold Days'' reveals that this is not a coincidence; [[FantasyKitchenSink various supernatural foes]] have had their EvilPlan[=s=] [[GambitPileup crash into one another,]] and [[spoiler:Nemesis]], TheManBehindTheMan, [[spoiler:([[EldritchAbomination er, so to speak]])]] is specifically trying to manipulate everyone else into causing the end of the world. Retroactively speaking, the entire series has been StoryboardingTheApocalypse.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' will often feature a Presidential adviser or a CTU analyst using a PowerPoint presentation to literally storyboard what will occur if the terrorists' plot succeeds. A memorable second season episode shows [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]] [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy David]] [[BenevolentBoss Palmer]] staring in shocked silence at a computer projection of the death toll if the nuclear bomb goes off in LA.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this once a season, usually via TimeTravel or precognitive paintings.
* In the season opener for ''Series/BattlestarGalactica|Classic}}'' 1980, character Doctor Zee shows a simulation what a Cylon invasion of Earth would look like. The destruction was recognizable to viewers as Cylon fighters superimposed over stock footage of the movie ''Earthquake'' -- but that makes sense in-universe, as Doctor Zee could have easily captured the footage from TV airings of the movie!
** For some reason promotional material for the movie that was made from that opener seemed to draw almost exclusively from this attack.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In "Doomed", after Giles reveals that the MonsterOfTheWeek wants to open the Hellmouth and end the world, everyone groans "Again?" and Xander comments that it's lost its impact. At which point Giles proceeds to remind them exactly what that means. In detail.
-->'''Xander''': "Hmm. Feeling the impact again."
** In the seventh season the First Slayer gives Buffy a vision of the inside of the Hellmouth. An entire army of the Ubervamps that are nearly impossible to kill. Only they're [[ConservationOfNinjitsu strangely not, anymore.]]
* In the finale of ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', the Rangers are zapped by the BigBad to a barren world where he has taken control. Its precise nature wasn't exactly clear - we never saw much of it beyond a small cave - but it seemed to be less of an outright AlternateDimension than a mere taste of what was coming.
** In ''Magiranger'', N. Ma claimed to be "devouring time", aging the entire planet except himself and the Rangers.
* A few [[TheSeventies 1970s]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' examples:
** "Inferno" sends the Doctor into a [[{{Dystopia}} Dystopic]] MirrorUniverse where Project Inferno (ongoing in his reality) has progressed a few days faster and proceeds to destroy the world, thus giving him extra motivation to shut down his world's Project Inferno.
** "Day of the Daleks" has a future AlternateHistory where a nuclear holocaust happens and the Dalek take over. Hearing about the averted timeline gives additional incentives for various diplomats to get it right.
** In "Pyramids Of Mars", the Doctor takes the TARDIS to 1980 to show Sarah Jane the lifeless Earth that will result if Sutekh isn't stopped in 1911.
* ''Series/SevenDays'' operate similarly to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' examples above: show what happened, then use TimeTravel to go back and fix things.
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' begins with a scene of a terminator killing John Connor, triggering TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Fortunately, it was AllJustADream.
* The last story arc of the first season of ''Series/StargateSG1'' began with this. Even though it had been less than a season, the [[BigBad Goa'uld]] might have already been looking a bit [[HarmlessVillain harmless]]. Their foot soldiers had apparently attended the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy and wore [[ArmorIsUseless Useless Armor]]. The SG-1 team was threatened inadvertently by {{Human Alien}}s, StarfishAliens and {{Negative Space Wedgie}}s as often as by the Goa'uld intentionally. But in the episode "There But For the Grace of God", Daniel visits an AlternateReality and learns that if the Goa'uld ever made it to Earth ''in ships'' (at least, ships without saboteurs inside) Earth would be screwed. Apparently, the Goa'uld don't need good aim when they are bombarding Earth's cities from orbit.
* Although the deadliness of the Xindi threat was stated often in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''; the episode "Twilight" demonstrates EXACTLY what would happen if they made it to Earth.
* In the aptly named ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "The End", the angel Zachariah shows Dean a BadFuture where Sam is [[DemonicPossession possessed by Lucifer]], the angels are all either fallen or missing, and Dean himself has become [[DarkerAndEdgier harder and more cynical]] because of the ongoing ZombieApocalypse.
* Sometimes happens on ''Series/TheXFiles'' when the ArcWords "the timetable has been set" come up. Particularly memorable are Dr. Kurtzweil's ramblings in TheMovie, where he reveals the first steps in [[spoiler:the impending eradication of humanity and the subsequent alien colonization of Earth]].
* Burt on ''Film/{{Tremors}}: The Series'' did this a few times, describing how failure to eliminate a Graboid or shrieker quickly will snowball into mass destruction if they breed and/or metamorphose.
* The series ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'' examines what would happen to our cities (and everything else) if all humans were to suddenly and simultaneously vanish.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The 3.5 ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''[[CosmicHorrorStory Elder Evils]]'' is basically a How To guide for ending your group's campaign world in a spectacularly apocalyptic manner via EldritchAbomination. Naturally, it gives detailed scenarios of such, including things from the ZombieApocalypse to the magical equivalent of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaway_greenhouse_effect the runaway greenhouse effect]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A scene in ''Videogame/QuestForGloryIV: Shadows of Darkness'' has the main character experiencing a hallucination and seeing the Dark One's rise to power. (Near the end, if the player loses the game, the Dark One does rise, mirroring the sequence exactly.)
* A convoluted example appears in ''SinAndPunishment''. In an effort to motivate the ActionGirl to shoot her transformed-by-TheVirus partner, the MysteriousWaif shows her a vision of a future in which he has become evil. This vision becomes a stage, complete with the chance to get a Game Over. Yet, despite her mowing down hundreds of enemies during the dream sequence without any noticeable effect, the final shot she makes against the corrupted hero somehow causes her to ''shoot him in the present as well''.
* ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'' has a more literal example, when the party finds a computer in a post-apocalyptic world that shows a visual record of the "Day of Lavos" from 300 years prior. The footage, combined with the fact that the event is [[BadFuture due to happen a thousand years in their future]], nearly gives the party a breakdown but galvanizes them to try and change history.
* [[spoiler:Leder]]'s incredibly long {{infodump}} in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', which [[spoiler:storyboards both the previous apocalypse and the forthcoming extra bad apocalypse.]]
** The story of EarthBound involves alien invading the future as we see it in the title of the game. This sends Buzz-Buzz to the present day to find the 4 heroes who can stop BigBad before that happens. The team never go to the future for an observation of the BadFuture, [[spoiler:as BigBad is actually in the past, controlling the world's destiny from there.]]
* Alexandra Roivas receives a vision of the potential apocalypse in ''EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' caused by the Ancient [[spoiler:[[SummonBiggerFish she has unleashed to defeat Pious's Ancient]]]].
* [[SubvertedTrope Noticeably missing]] in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. Everyone loves to [[InfallibleBabble talk about it]], but no one seems to know precisely what will happen. The hierarch Verdelet flip-flops from thinking the Seeds of Resurrection will cause [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt untold catastrophe]] to thinking it involves [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher reality]]. And the BigBad has more important things to worry about, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} like dancing]].
* Done in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', where you're treated to a detailed lecture on how the last [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]] occurred, and then reminded in no uncertain terms that the next one is just around the corner.
* The Big Bad in ''Under a Killing Moon'' storyboards his planned apocalypse for the Earth, which is to be cleansed of all mutant contamination and prepared for the return of his "pure" people from his space station (under his leadership, of course).
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', an embittered Jim Raynor is dead-set on killing the zerg-infested Kerrigan. Then Zeratul appears and shows him a (playable) vision of what will happen if Kerrigan dies. It isn't pretty.
* In a trailer for the ''WorldOfWarcraft'' content patch: ''Rage of The Firelands'', Thrall is begging the elemental spirits for guidance... when one answers. [[NatureSpirit Ragnaros]] rises from the Maelstrom and brings Thrall on a ride to the end of the world, culminating in Ogrimmar being destroyed by a sea of fire, which is about to engulf Thrall himself. Thrall [[BigNo screams as loud as he can]] before being interrupted by Aggra, realizing that the events he witnessed were a vision of what is to come if Ragnaros is not stopped.
* The ending of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', true to its title, reveals the full scope of the plot of [[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]] to save the Earth from the second coming of the same catastrophe that destroyed their First Civilization. The scene where this is communicated has a FMV sequence showing in [[ApocalypseWow lavish detail]] just exactly how that first catastrophe happened.
* The intro (and possibly ending, depending on the player's karma) sequences of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games.
* ''Averted'' in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. If Isaac RefusedTheCall, the screen simply fades to sepia with the caption, "And so, the world drifted toward its fated destruction..." and then offers to let you restart. The vagueness of this explanation is both arguably creepier than this trope, and [[spoiler: neatly hiding the true reason for the world's destruction.]]
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* Done hilariously in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10/ here]].
* Done (in crayon format) by Redcloak in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s prequel, ''Start of Darkness''. Rather than destruction, however, he expects his plan to use a god-killing abomination to blackmail the deities of his world to result in a modern-style utopia for his people.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEeApYlVXzE This]] ChairmanNuke video.
* [[http://mooninmyeyes.deviantart.com/#/d40i5am This]] thing on deviantart. With giant suicidal sea serpents. Also, the author apparently reads TV Tropes.
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* When Batman archvillain Ra's Al Ghul lays out his plan to destroy humanity in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', it is accompanied by a series of detailed stills showing the world being saturated by the Lazarus Pits, in chaos, and finally at "a blessed peace."
--> '''Batman:''' But that will cost countless lives!\\
'''Ra's al Ghul:''' Actually, Detective, we ''have'' counted: Two billion, fifty-six million, nine hundred and eighty-six thousand! A most impressive plan, would you not agree?\\
'''Batman:''' Yes... I can see it clearly now for the first time. You are completely out of your mind.
* At the end of the first episode of the 1994 ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' cartoon, Puppet Master takes one last stab at ultimate power and imagines ruling the world, complete with montage.
* In a fifth-season episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Lex Luthor uses one of these (in sepia tone) to describe his vision for the world.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' used this at least twice. In "Revolution", Mad Mod - who has control of the city and most the Titans on the run - gives a captured Robin a look at what he calls "coming attractions" (possibly a subtle reference to a scene in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', which the episode takes much of its inspiration from). On a more serious note, in "Birthmark", Slade transports Raven into a devastated world that she is destined to bring about, a vision which actually comes true in the season finale.
-->'''Slade''': Skies will burn. Flesh will turn to stone. The sun will set on your world, never to rise again!
* A similar, but longer and considerably more elaborate speech is delivered to Superman by [[spoiler:Darkseid]] in the final episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
-->I hope you appreciate, Kal-El, everything that happens from this point is on your head. The skies will rain fire, the oceans will boil, the streets run red with the blood of billions. Only then, when your last ''pitiful'' hope has been vanquished, will I end your life. Let's go.
** In the second season finale, The Question has images of the end of the world projected directly into his mind as a form of interrogation.
** And in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' GrandFinale, there's a brief image of what'll happen to Earth when [[spoiler:the Thanagarians activate the hyperspace bypass]] - basically, the planet implodes. Worryingly, Batman's response is "Ingenious!"
* In an episode of ''[[SuperFriends Galactic Guardians]]'', Darkseid - in a plot to hijack the space station of Star City and [[KillSat outfit it with weapons]] - almost literally Storyboards The Apocalypse in a scene made relatively well-known by {{Seanbaby}}'s website:
-->'''Seanbaby''': Darkseid goes all out. A lot of villains tell everyone about their plan, but Darkseid filmed an elaborate dramatization of it. Look at those special effects. He didn't just have a computer rendered picture of what his battle station will look like, he got actors to run around on an airfield while planes were getting vaporized.
* A tongue-in-cheek Storyboarding appears in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', "The Thing That Wouldn't Stop It", showing the fate of the world's frozen-food industry at stake due to a monstrous mutated TV dinner.
-->'''Max:''' [[TellMeAgain Tell me, Sam,]] ''why the heck are we doing this, again?!''
-->'''Sam:''' It's simple, Max. If this so-called "Thing" could somehow find its way into our world, devouring unsuspecting citizens who have no natural fear of frozen entrees, they would surely cause a nationwide mistrust of pre-manufactured foods of all kinds, forcing producers of salty, overcooked, man-sized portions to go bankrupt! To safeguard American businesses, Max! ''That's'' why the heck we're doing this!
* When the kids on ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' first meet Paradox (from their P.O.V. anyway), he shows them what the future will be like if a time-distorting entity isn't stopped. He does this by taking them to the Moon of the future and letting them look at the long-dead Earth from there ... and then warning them that it's their ''best'' possible future. Brief, but an effective demo.
* After the TimePolice capture the Warden, the Judge of Time Court shows him the consequences of his plans to make WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}} a franchise. The phrase "property of me" is used by Overlord!Warden. Present!Warden thinks the nightmare scenario he's presented with is a movie.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Rapture's Delight" includes Stan and Francine being shown a videotape intended to explain the Rapture to children, which includes graphic, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''-esque depictions of demons and angels doing battle on earth. Later, the episode shows those very things actually happening.
* During the series finale of ''RoswellConspiracies'', [[spoiler:the Shadoen fleet]] plans to blow up earth's moon. Before actually carrying through with their plan they play footage of large chunks of said moon raining down all across the planet and estimating what the death toll with be.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZIM'', ZIM slapped alien video goggles onto everyone to show them the horrors that would befall the earth [[DisproportionateRetribution if they didn't buy candy bars from him]]. The scene was only aired in full once, shortly before 9/11, and was subsequently edited to no longer show [[FunnyAneurysmMoment New York City in ruins]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Any time scientists mention either the death of the Sun and Solar System and/or the universe.
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