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->''"There's no call for language like that"''
->''"I have to agree too much"''
-->-- '''Competing graffiti''', ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''

An obligatory trope for any depiction of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt or other potential disasters is some [[CrazyHomelessPeople crazy-looking hobo]] (usually [[WavingSignsAround holding a sign]]), a street preacher (usually brandishing a bible) or a common guy [[MadOracle believing himself to be a prophet]] (more times than not, wearing a [[CheapCostume bedsheet draped over as a makeshift robe]]) declaring that we should all repent because the world is coming to an end. Ha! [[CassandraTruth As if that will ever happen!]]

See also TheCassandra, JustBeforeTheEnd and HarbingerOfImpendingDoom. Not to be confused with SignsOfTheEndTimes, which don't involve sandwich boards. May overlap with SignOfTheApocalypse, the StockPhrase joking that something unexpected signals the end of the world. When the media does this it's YouCanPanicNow.

Not to be confused with [[Creator/EdmundMcMillen Edmund McMillen's]] [[Videogame/TheEndIsNigh indie game of the same name]].


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''{{Tintin}}''. In "[[Recap/TintinTheShootingStar The Shooting Star]]", the [[GoMadFromTheRevelation mad ex-astronomer Philippulus]] goes around in white robes, banging a gong and generally making a nuisance of himself.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': A hobo is seen several times carrying a sign with this trope's exact title printed on it. [[spoiler:He is revealed to be Rorschach]]. It also lampshades the threat of nuclear annihilation hanging over everyone (not to mention future events in the comic).
* A guy like this is featured in one of the early issues of ''ComicBook/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}} Season Eight''.
* Sight gag in an Italian comic book. Two men, holding signs that claim "The world will end tomorrow" and "The world will end the day after tomorrow" respectively, are beating each other in the background. In the foreground, a third man is reading a newspaper article titled "Is the world ending today?"
* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline, the {{antihero}} ComicBook/{{Anarky}} distributes money to a wide variety of anti-establishment groups and individuals, one of whom is a doomsday prophet who uses part of the money to pay homeless people to walk around Gotham wearing sandwich-board signs proclaiming his message. (Unfortunately, he uses the rest of the money to finance his plan to blow up most of downtown Gotham, which he believes will kick-start the apocalypse.)
* A man in a "The End Is Nigh" sandwich board is one of the people watching Moriarty's bombing of London in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', presumably feeling somewhat vindicated.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', as the food storm rages all over the world, two guys wearing sandwichboards are standing on a street corner in NYC. The first guy's board says "The end of the world is today!" and the other's says "The end is tomorrow!" The second guy is crushed by a hot dog, and the first guy gloats, "I was right!"
* One of these appears in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' ranting on the streets of Thebes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'', a rat wearing a sandwich board made out of two slices of bread can actually be seen warning all the other rats about the floodgates.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Played for BlackComedy in the opening titles of ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', where a [[TemptingFate man with a sign saying THE END IS NEAR]] is being attacked by zombies.
* Don't forget that guy in ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' [[spoiler: who turns out to be God all along]].
** Bonus points for creative variations on the theme, like "Armageddon Outta Here"
* There is a random guy like this in ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'', seen on a street corner during the earthquake that eats California.
* A GenericGraffiti version in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. The main character Jim stumbles into a church that has "'''THE END IS EXTREMELY FUCKING NIGH'''" written on one of its walls. Of course, the church ''is'' full of zombies...
* There's a drunk guy in the diner in ''Film/TheBirds'' who claims that the apocalypse is coming.
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', there is a preacher in the ruins of Los Angeles who is like this. Justified in that the end ''already'' came.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Crowds of these are seen being broken up by mounted police outside the Houses of Parliament, indicating the "Panic, sheer bloody panic!" inspired by the villainous Lord Blackwood's return from the dead. One man really goes to town describing the terrible events to come.
-->"The end is nigh! Blackwood's come back from Hell, and laid a curse upon this land! He walks in every shadow, and every puff of smoke. Behold, he cometh with clouds, and everyone shall see him!"
* In ''Film/TheSeventhSeal,'' a radical flagellant comes before a crowd to tell them they're all doomed, and says it several times in succession. Lots of people actually pay attention to him, though, because they're all afraid of TheBlackDeath.
* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' has one who stops his ranting to address the main character whilst in [[TheNineties '96]]. It's implied that many doomsayers are actually time travelers scattered throughout history who have gone insane.
* In ''Film/LeftBehind2014'', Chloe Steele sees a THE END IS NEAR sign (next to empty clothes of the person probably holding it) changed to read THE END IS HERE after the Rapture happens.
* Early in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', someone has gratified The End Is Nigh on a billboard advertising the redeveloped Gotham Seaport, [[{{Foreshadowing}} where Lex Luthor is up to something sinister]].
* ''Film/IronSky''. James Washington in shown on a street corner trying to warn people that the Moon Nazis who turned him into a white man are about to invade Earth. Needless to say, no-one pays the crazy hobo any attention.

* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', we have poor Tanelat. His job as the last Herald of the Almighty was to show up, inform humanity that the Desolation was at hand, and provide leadership and scientific knowledge to help them survive it. Unfortunately, as a result of getting stuck in Hell for several times as long as he was supposed to, he is nearly catatonic and can do little more than babble.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Tyrion Lannister comes across a Begging Brother preaching about the red comet as a PortentOfDoom and decrying the corruption of the current regime. Westeros is already in the midst of a CivilWar so none of this is news, but it serves a foreshadowing for the later increase in religious fundamentalism.
* The Red Star cultists in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' believe (or claim to believe) that the red star heralds the end of the Disc unless everyone does what they say.
* It's worth mentioning that ''Literature/TheBible'' is ambivalent about these types, claiming that only God knows when the world will end and anyone preaching of this is either misguided or outright a false prophet.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' ("The Shakespeare Code"). As the Doctor shows Martha around [=17th=] century London, they pass by a preacher shouting "And the Earth will be consumed by flames!". At the end, when the [[SealedEvilInACan void opens and the Carrionites are being released]], the same preacher is seen screaming with almost glee-like tones, "I TOLD THEE SO! I TOLD THEE!"
* Seen in the miniseries of ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', before the Earth is destroyed. When he realizes the end actually IS nigh, he abandons his sign.
* [[MiniSeries The mini series version]] of Creator/StephenKing's ''Series/TheStand'' featured one of these, played by Kareem Abdul Jabbar of all people. He goes all around UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity screaming "Bring out your dead" in a reference to the Black Plague, even before people start dying en masse from a disease with a 99% fatality rate. He actually survives the plague, and continues his doomcrying until Randall Flagg kills him personally.
** The character was present in the book too, although in an even smaller role than he had in the mini series. Like in the series, he does the "Bring out your dead" shouting, but IIRC is a short, overweight white guy who runs away from Larry when Larry tries to approach him.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Towards the end of Season 7 as the population of Sunnydale pack up and flee, a crazy homeless guy is hauled into the police station shouting the ArcWords "From beneath you, it devours."
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Sliders}}''. The fifth season opener has the group land on a world performing experiments with dimensional travel, causing severe and dangerous weather phenomena. One guy on the streets is reading off apocalyptic Bible verses right until the end, where the experiments are shut off and everything returns to normal. He quickly says, "Or not."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In an effort to avert the Apocalypse, Dean decides to surrender to the Archangel Michael. Knowing that the angels have recruited fundamentalist Christian groups to find him, he approaches a street preacher who is [[TheCassandra saying that angels have been telling him about the impending end of the world]] and tells him to contact the man upstairs. Dean is embarrassed when the preacher drops to his knees and starts praying loudly, only for Castiel to teleport in, knock out the preacher and [[BewareTheNiceOnes beat the crap out of Dean]].
* Parodied (Inverted maybe) in the pilot for ''Series/SuperForce''. While Zach is walking around, looking at the future world, we see a street preacher holding a sign reading "Repent! The world will never end!"
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Future's End" a [[TimePolice Starfleet timeship piloted by Captain Braxton]] tries to destroy Voyager, claiming they'll be responsible for a disaster that will destroy the entire solar system in the 29th Century. Voyager resists and they get pulled into a time rift, emerging in 1990's Earth where the Voyager crew find Captain Braxton (who ended up crashing back in TheSixties) as a crazed hobo putting up signs saying the End is Nigh. Technically he's about 900 years out, but what's nigh is the launch of the timeship by a 20th Century CorruptCorporateExecutive who stole it from Braxton, which will lead to the destruction of the solar system when it arrives in the future.

* Pretty much the whole point of Music/JethroTull's album ''Stormwatch''.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin had at least one strip with snowmen doing this. [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Jason]] as well.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has a cartoon with a flea holding up a sign saying "The end of the dog is coming." He's right.
** Another had the guy who ''makes'' all these signs glaring out his shop window as the mushroom clouds bloom, and bemoaning the fact that the bottom just dropped out of the market.
* A cartoon in ''ComicStrip/PrivateEye'' parodied the media's constant scaremongering over issues like climate change and terrorism by having ''everyone'' in a street wearing "The End Is Nigh" sandwich boards, except one man, who is scorned and called 'weirdo' by the others.
* In ''ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest'', they see such a man.
-->'''Ernest''':''You think that's right, Frank?''\\
'''Frank''': Of course not! They haven't even started rolling the credits yet.
** In another strip, one man predicts the world will end today, one tomorrow -- and Frank observes they can't make ends meet.
* ComicStrip/USAcres: one of the last comics had Lanolin walking around with a sign reading "the end is near", as a ForeShadowing that the series was about to end.
* A long running trope in magazine comics - always a guy in a robe with the sign saying the end is near. Best one is the man running down the street screaming "10 .... 9 ... 8 ...."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' features Flagellants, mobs of unhinged religious fanatics who are convinced that the latest Chaos invasion, Orc Waaagh!, Dark Elf raid, Skaven uprising, Undead attack, civil war... anyway, they're convinced that it's the End Times and want to take part in the final battle. Since their fervor makes them fearless and they like to bludgeon enemies to death with two-handed flails, Empire generals tolerate their presence, even if army morale tends to suffer slightly.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* There is actually a game called ''VideoGame/TheEndIsNigh''. [[NintendoHard Get ready to die a lot.]]
* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'''s units change appearances as you progress through time, the final prophet unit is a homeless-looking guy wearing only a sandwich board with "The End Is Near" written on it. In all eras, the prophet unit will also vocalize that the end is coming and other apocalyptic phrases (since their entire function is to unleash natural disasters such as earthquakesn hurricanes and volcanoes).
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has a few of these, with them thinking that the [[IncurableCoughOfDeath Wailing Death plague]] is a sign of the end.
* In ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'', Adis people do this near the end of the game. [[spoiler:Of course, by the time they do this, the universe destruction ''has'' already started to happen.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
** The player can encounter a seemingly insane Chasind barbarian ranting about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Blight]] in the front courtyard of the Lothering Chantry. Several civilians are trying to silence him, as his shouting is starting to unsettle people. The Warden can choose to ignore him, intimidate him or even shame him into leaving, or try to calm him down with diplomacy. (A sufficiently persuasive Warden can discover the reason for his madness: the darkspawn slaughtered his entire clan, and he was forced to watch as they [[AFateWorseThanDeath dragged off his wife]].)
** Another doomsayer can appear in Redcliffe, albeit briefly. He warns that the attack on the village by a [[NightOfTheLivingMooks horde of walking corpses]] is a sign of the end of the world and that everyone should repent their sins. Like Lothering, the Warden can ignore or drive off the doomsayer, or they can just kill him. He shouts that he welcomes death as you attack him.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series:
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect'': Manuel, a delusional research assistant at the Eden Prime dig site, correctly foreshadows the Reaper's coming. He's rewarded with a [[TalktotheFist punch to the face]], courtesy of a renegade Shepard.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a "Mad Prophet" who uses the trope name: "Repent! The end is nigh!" (Presumably, he doesn't know about the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] who are planning to destroy all civilization; he blames humans as a "blight" - "You, sir, are a blight! And you! And you!")
** The Mad Prophet returns for a brief cameo in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' DLC campaign "Omega", blaming humans for the occupation of Omega (which is factually correct, by the way) and the ongoing Reaper invasion.
* A homeless guy in Santa Monica does this in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. Someone familiar with the game's plot and the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness {{Metaplot}} will find grains of truth in most of what he says.
* In the "Enter the Metro" trailer for ''[[Videogame/{{Metro2033}} Metro Last Light]]'', a scraggly homeless man is standing in the middle of a street in Moscow preaching about the end of the world - then he laughs as the [[WorldWarIII air raid alarms sound and ICBMs launch in the background]].
* The card Doomsayer in ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'', which proclaims "The end is coming!" on entering the playfield and [[KillEmAll destroys everything on the board]] if allowed to survive to the next turn. He says, "I knew it!" when he dies. If prevented from dying with a silencing effect and then buffed to be able to attack, his attack dialogue is, [[DevelopersForesight "Did I miss it?"]]
** In Whispers of the Old Gods we have doomsayer's triumphant return in the form of validated doomsayer. Because the expansion is about the hour of twilight,[[note]]The day that the old gods awaken and claim the planet as their own, corrupting everything in their path[[/note]] he get the literal last laugh.
--> '''Validated Doomsayer:''' I was right all along!
* The above cards are based on the Doomsayers and Validated Doomsayers from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. The Doomsayers appeared before the launch of the ''Legion'' expansion pack, giving warnings of impending doom and handing out pamphlets. Validated Doomsayers appeared later in the expansion after [[spoiler:Argus]] appeared in the skies of Azeroth with updated pamphlets.
** The content of the pamphlets indicates the doomsayers aren't a unified lot. Some support the Legion, some support the Old Gods, and others are just crazy survivalists.
* The villains in ''VideoGame/FarCry5'' are the members of a fanatical doomsday cult that believes the world is about to end and are launching a holy war to "cleanse" nonbelievers of their sins (through torture, drugs, and brainwashing).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The crazy old guy in ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'' who keeps walking around shouting "DOOM!" and narrating to no one that anyone in the strip can see.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3007 Seymour interrupts Slick's trying to persuade Monique to sleep with him because everything's wonderful -- and Slick promptly converts to telling to sleep with him because the world's falling apart.]]
* The rabbit community of ''Webcomic/CrossedClaws'' has Jered, an old rabbit raving about how cats in the fields are going to kill them all. Of course, while there ''is'' a cat out there, she's one of the most kindhearted characters in the comic. [[spoiler: Of course, her ''caretakers'' are another story...]]
* In ''Webcomic/TiffanyAndCorey'', Corey encounters [[https://tiffanyandcorey.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-beginning-of-end.html one of these]] as an old bearded man with a sign.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'' has this guy in the form of Olimar.
* The creepy eyeless vagrant from ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' wears a sandwich board with the message "The End is Nigh" written over it. [[spoiler:He turned out to be an hologram created by the BigBad]]
* Red Chocobo's LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/PokemonEmerald'' has the cutest The End is [[strike: Ny]] Nigh [[http://lparchive.org/Pokemon-Emerald/Update%2058/raltsarmageddon.jpg ever]].
* The two goofy unicorns in a WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn short say this phrase and perform an out-of-place frightening image.
-->'''Charlie:''' Okay, that was the scariest thing I've ever seen.
* King Ross of WhatCulture lapses into this when he recaps something some sort of ShockingSwerve in whatever pro wrestling show he's recapping...
-->'''King Ross''': ...[[MotorMouth you know what that means grab two of every animal and run for the bastard border]]!\\
''(Warning sirens blare as a [[ChromaKey different looking dilapidated scenery]] is shown)''\\
'''King Ross''': ''(marching by, waving his scepter)'' THE END IS NIGH, THE END IS NIGH, F*CKING RUN AWAY, THE END IS NIGH--BYE!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' (in the episode that introduces Angel) features a doomsayer like this, bearing a sign with "Angels are among us!"
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' - a guy is holding a sign like this early in the episode. When we get to the MonsterOfTheWeek part it reads "Told You So".
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' - In the episode "Child's Play", A street preacher voiced by Garrett Morris holds one of these signs, and sees a fountain turning a bubbling red as a sign that thirty years of doing this has finally paid off; He is notably upset when it turns out to be a prank with fruit-flavored soda mix. He turns up to the sky and asks plaintively why God is messing with his head.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode "Let's Play Ecologists", when Stumpy hears about air pollution, he panics and hyperventilates. He then assumes that his being unable to breathe properly is a result of air pollution, and he starts screaming "We're all going to die! [[TitleDrop The end is nigh!]]"

* Parodied in [[http://images.archives.newyorker.com/djvu/Conde%20Nast/New%20Yorker/2009_01_05/webimages/page0000001_3.jpg?v=v5 this]] 2009 ''New Yorker'' magazine cover.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Harold Camping's Judgement Day Predictions. There were six of them, total.
* The 2012 phenomenon.
* [[MillenniumBug Y2K.]]
* Going by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events Wikipedia]], Christians have been predicting the Apocalypse literally since the beginning (despite the fact that Jesus was very emphatic about how even he himself doesn't know when the world will end).
* The Seventh Day Adventist Church is built on this. In fact, they were originally formed from the remains of the Millerite movement, a group led by William Miller, who predicted the second coming of Christ in the year 1843.
* The signs are TruthInTelevision given some street preachers are known to carry signs carrying the same or similar wording [[note]]the exact phrase "The End Is Nigh" apparently originally coming from a man who walked up and down Oxford Street in London carrying a sandwich board or placard with the phrase[[/note]]; however, this may or may not necessarily indicate The End will be ''definitely'' next week, more as an inducement to repent and believe the Christian gospel by means of warning of impending judgement to come.