After The End / Web Original


  • In The Gamers Alliance, all the stories have been set some time after the most recent catastrophic event that has taken place in the world. The most recent story arc takes place over a decade after the Cataclysm which shattered continents, gave rise to the terrifying Godslayer and allowed demon hordes to invade the world en masse.
  • Several stories on Everything2, including (but not limited to):
  • Fine Structure's dystopian "Crushed Underground" chapter takes place after a nonspecific apocalypse called the "Hot Wars". The surface is uninhabitable and humanity is reduced to a small population.
    • ** MAJOR SPOILERS** Actually, we learn in later chapters (after Earth is sealed off from the rest of the universe by a Black Hole, much like a piece of a twisted balloon animal,) that humanity suffers a Crash EVERY FEW CENTURIES. Just when humanity is on the verge of discovering subatomic theory, everyone on the face of the planet has his or her memories and technological knowledge wiped in an instant. Surrounded by working vehicles, factories, and skyscrapers, civilization recovers pretty quickly. It turns out this is the plan of two protagonists to keep humanity from rendering Earth uninhabitable via nuclear war.
      • Again.
  • The Darwin's Soldiers tie-in story Card of Ten takes place on a post-apocalyptic Antimatter Earth.
  • A common interpretation of Salad Fingers' location.
  • The setting of Lost Boys Of The Cascades, a world where almost all adults were killed in a pandemic a year prior.
  • In Above Ground, the remaing humans live underground due to the spreading of a disease which turned all those left on the surface into monsters.
  • The setting of Apocalypse Lane, due to a nuclear war. It's a comedy series, so everything is Played for Laughs.
  • The AlternateHistory.com thread Protect and Survive is set in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, after a nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the West. Newcastle is somewhat spared, but suffers in the aftermath of the nuclear war.
  • The Alternate History Wiki's setting 1983: Doomsday takes place after a nuclear war caused by a Soviet Air Defense Forces officer being reassigned to a different bunker and his replacement mistaking a false alarm for an American nuclear attack. The timeline continues to be updated in real time via the WCRB NewsHour.
  • Tales of Ubernorden is set some time after a Golden Age is destroyed.
  • Rosais set after humans left cyborgs to fix the ecosystem they destroyed by causing all natural life to disappear.
  • Several stories in Hitherby Dragons, although the intro to "The Arena and what happened there" sums it up rather well.
  • The Wanderer's Library storyThe Cafe, among others.
  • The main premise of the Halo based machinima "Shadows Of The Past" is a nuclear war took place in the time frame of 1970-2020. Based on the fact the characters are always referencing pop culture of this time period. This could also be Rule of Funny This is Played for Laughs since it's a comedy series.
  • Brad Jones Demo Reel turned out to take place during this.
  • "End Times" begins three months after a messy virus (that somehow involved gross swelling) wipes out most of the population past their mid-twenties.
  • Expedition Z begins 20 years after the actual Zombie Apocalypse, hence jumpstarting the plot to find survivors since zombie activity has, with high confidence, died down significantly.
  • SCP Foundation, SCP-419 ("Window to the World"). SCP-419 is a window to another reality that looks upon a cityscape. At some point a war occurred and the city was devastated, with buildings burning and reduced to rubble.
  • Another AlternateHistory.com work, The End, And Afterwards, by Andy C, builds up to the destruction of a good chunk of the planet, after an unmanned probe mysteriously goes haywire and ends up crashing into the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Madagascar, thus prompting the evacuation of as many of the survivors of humanity as possible.