->''We can live beside the ocean''
->''Linger far behind''
->''Swim out past the breaker''
->''[[TropeNamer Watch the world die]]''
->--'''Music/{{Everclear}}''', ''Santa Monica''

It's TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Civilization is officially collapsing all around us. In this kind of situation, a person has two options: They can barricade their doors, and protect their homestead, or they can take everyone they care about out of the cities, to a safe vantage point, from which to watch everything crumble into dust. This is about the people who take this second option.

Common from the [[TheFifties 50s]] to the [[TheEighties 80s]] due to the fear of nuclear annihilation. See WhileRomeBurns, which is about not caring the world is ending, while this is watching it from a safe vantage point. Also compare FaceDeathWithDignity, which this is on a world scale.
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The TropeNamer is "Santa Monica" by Music/{{Everclear}}, though, honestly, [[LyricalDissonance the other lyrics don't seem all that apocalyptic, which only makes that chorus even more baffling]].
* Music/JethroTull's "Dun Ringill", which is about...basically this. The entire album, ''Stormwatch'', is one long "TheEndIsNigh" sign, and this is where the narrator decides to just go and wait the end of the world out.
* In Music/TenaciousD's "City Hall", they talk about watching the collapse of civilization from an underground bunker.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In the 1953 version of ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}'', when it's clear nothing can stop the martians from destroying the cities, a lot of people can be seen camping out in the hills just outside UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.
* ''Miracle Mile''.
* At the end of ''Film/FightClub'', The Narrator and Marla watch as all the buildings around them collapse.
--> '''Narrator''': You met me at a very weird time of my life.
* Happens at the end of ''On The Beach''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' New Series episode "The End of the World", the second episode with the Ninth Doctor, features the natural end of the world, and the Doctor, Rose, and the Face of Boe (among others) are here to watch.
** In the Series/DoctorWho ExpandedUniverse short story "Mondas Passing" the two companions present during "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet The Tenth Planet]]" reunite in their own version of 1986 to passively watch the adventure from an outsider's POV.
** Another ''Series/DoctorWho'' example, The Tenth Doctor, Martha, her family (minus her brother) and Jack Harkness watch helplessly as [[EvilCounterpart The Master]] lays waste to the earth using the Toclafane, while [[SoundTrackDissonance Voodoo Child]] (not to be confused with JimiHendrix's song Voodoo Chile) plays in the background.
* This is more or less the plot of ''Series/TheWalkingDead''.
* ''TheDayAfter''
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Subverted in "Our Man Bashir". Stalling for time to resolve the Holosuite/Transporter Mishap of the Week, Bashir facilitates the success of the holoprogram villain's plan, effectively destroying the virtual earth.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* On at least one occasion, the [[TheSimpsons Simpson]] family gathered on the roof in lawn chairs watching the destruction of Springfield after yet another wacky series of adventures. Marge wouldn't let Bart go loot with the others.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Late Philip J. Fry", Fry, Bender and Prof. Farnsworth watch the universe end in their time machine. [[spoiler:And then they watch it begin all over again.]]
** [[spoiler:And end again. And begin ''again''.]]

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''The Oblivion Society'', which parodies it strangely enough.
* The short story ''The Nine Billion Names of God'' by ArthurCClarke. It ends with the main characters standing outside a monastery, watching as God turns off the universe and the stars go out one by one. Subverted in that there's not really a safe vantage point from which to watch the end of the universe.
* ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse''. Also mentioned is its counterpart, the Big Bang Burger Bar, where you can go to watch the universe being born.

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[[folder: Manga and Anime ]]

* ''{{X1999}}'' has a lot of this among the dragons of earth.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Uncertain if it is a common trope in other [=RPGs=], but WhiteWolf goes on to detail how their worlds end.
** The OldWorldOfDarkness line had a battery of books about how the world AscendedToAHigherPlaneofExistence/[[CosyCatastrophe concluded]] / [[EndoftheWorldasWeKnowIt ceased to exist]] / [[OmnicidalManiac got destroyed]].
*** A scenario for ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' included a group of vampires hiding away from God's judgment to hold vigil and repent; even though the PlayerCharacters might not leave the church they are stuck in, the fates of vampires the world over were written with detail.
*** A scenario for ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' included an illustration where a [[OmnicidalManiac Nephandus]], in a form a mountain tall with [[GlowingEyesofDoom burning eyes]], is breathing atomic fire on cities. The [=PCs=] were welcome to survive long enough to see how the victorious Nephandi and their Malfean masters tore holes in Reality and raped it to death. Depressing as it is, the book for [=MtA=] included other scenarios where the player factions won and ended the world for a better, more comfortable age.
** A few scenarios in the {{Exalted}} line, where the [[AGodIsYou Exalted]] ''might'' lose to the looming threats to Creation, detail (excruciatingly) how everything ends.
*** In Return of the Scarlet Empress, the conclusion of the [[HellOnEarth Reclamation]] semi-metaplot, the [=PCs=] might choose to retreat from the final battle with the [[GodofEvil Ebon]] [[{{Satan}} Dragon]]. The result is a universe where [[AndIMustScream psychopathic hatred forms the core of physical reality, free will exists only to be broken and things exist so that they can suffer]]. The [=PCs=], being god-kings, might survive and gather enough strength to survive or even fight back. Still, the scenery around them is hopelessly bleak.
*** One possible implication of Autochthon's return to Creation is that [[ThePlague the Great Contagion]] infects the inhabitants of Autochthonia, accelerating Autochthon's sickness and killing him. A milder conclusion includes him becoming an undead OmnicidalManiac. One other includes the First and Forsaken Lion -- millennia-old, ghost-god warmonger -- consuming weakened Autochthon and becoming the Onceborn. At least the Neverborn seeks to kill all things so that they come to eternal rest; the Onceborn kills billions at a time because it's ''fun''. Again, the [=PCs=] could stop him, but tough luck.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The titular character in ''[[Webcomic/JackDavidHopkins Jack]]'' did this after triggering the collapse of civilization and the extinction of the human species: http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=3077

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Some scientists predict that just right before the Sun is beginning to transform into a red giant, the last animals on Earth, expected to be spiders, centipedes, insects such as ants, beetles, and cockroaches, lizards, birds, and small mammals will all be driven back into the ocean as by then the continents will be once again too hot to support life.
* The fact that humanity may eventually flee to another planet when the Earth might become uninhabitable in the future may probably count.
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