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Anime and Manga
- Digimon Tamers: Megidramon i.e what happens when Takato, in the brink of extreme anger after Beelzemon killed Leomon, forced Guilmon to evolve to Mega-level can cause the slow collapse of the Digital World simply by existing. Fortunately Jeri managed to bring him and Takato back to their senses, and Megidramon devolved back to Guilmon.
- Depending on how you class demons, Hellboy himself is either this or the Antichrist. Much of the imagery associated with him is taken from descriptions of the Beast in Revelations.
- The Ogdru-Jahad aka The Seven Who Are One, representing the Dragon of Revelations, are definitely this, as are their 369 children, the Ogdru-Hem, who seek to free their parents so that they might reduce the planet to a smoldering cinder.
- The Conqueror Worm, a Lovecraftian being summoned by Hermann von Klempt as part of his plan to unleash the Ogdru-Jahad, is also an example. Created by allowing a being from the void between the stars to infest the body of a dead Nazi rocket scientist, the Worm will transform all of humanity into their final, reptilian state, and then devour them, causing so much death and destruction that the Ogdru-Hem and then the Ogdru-Jahad will awaken and burn the world.
- Used in an oddly technopunk style in East of West where Death's son is raised to be the beast of the apocalypse. However the three horsemen (there are three because Death no longer works with them) have their doubts as to who the beast really is.
- Played for laughs in Ghostbusters (1984), when Ivo Shandor's machinations summon the prophesied demon Gozer to destroy the world because "humanity is too sick to live". Gozer proceeds to take the shape of a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and lay waste to the city before being banished back to where it came from.
- Faust: Love of the Damned: The Homunculus is a giant serpent demon who will bring about Hell on Earth.
- Holocaust 2000: Played with. Robert has an apocalyptic nightmare featuring the seven-headed Beast from the Sea from the Book of Revelation. However, this actually symbolizes the seven-towered nuclear power plant he is working on.
- The Beast of the Rakans in Reflections of Eterna. Up to this point it has never appeared, but it is referenced in terms of dread in almost every book.
- Despite being an angelic being, the Abomination of Desolation is played up as this in The Fallen, with its goal being severing Earth from Heaven, followed by destroying the world. It's not evil, though, just literally made for that purpose.
- The Beast of Judgment in The Shadow Campaigns is traditionally considered to have been this; believed to have been an Eldritch Abomination sent by God to destroy a corrupt world, the beast was defeated by the local Crystal Dragon Jesus who banished it with his Incorruptible Pure Pureness. The Sworn Church teaches that humanity must stay on the righteous path or God might decide to summon the Beast back for another try. Religious art usually depicts it as a giant wolf-like monster, though this is accepted as being a metaphor. The actual Beast - a rare, fully-sapient demon that can possess seemingly limitless human hosts and wants to pull an Assimilation Plot on the world, currently stuck in a single body in the Church's dungeon - is much more frightening.
- The Beast on Angel, a huge, horned monster made out of rock, and prophesied to bring about an apocalypse. It's eventually revealed to be The Dragon to the season's real Big Bad, Jasmine, though this does little to detract from its status as an example of the trope.
- Supergirl: Ancient Kryptonian mythology speaks of the Worldkiller. First, she leaves her mark (it resembles the House of El symbol, but with the "S" replaced with a skull) all over. Second, she kills all sinners. Third, she destroys the world. The genetically engineered being Reign was modeled after the story of the Worldkiller. She proves much more powerful than the average Kryptonian, beating Supergirl to a bloody pulp in their first battle.
Mythology and Religion
- The Beast from the Sea, aka the First Beast, or the Beast, from the Book of Revelation, a seven-headed, ten-horned monstrosity who represents the Devil/the Dragon on Earth and wields all of his authority. Having been healed of a fatal wound it seems undefeatable. There is also the Second Beast, aka the False Prophet, a ram-horned, dragon-voiced being who serves as propaganda minister to the First Beast. One could argue that Satan himself, in the form of the Dragon, is also an example. Islam has a similar concept in the Beast of the Last Days.
- Norse Mythology:
- Fenrir, also called the Fenris Wolf, and Jormungandr. Brothers and children of Loki, the two were imprisoned because of their prophesied role in Ragnarok. It doesn't work. When the end times do roll around, Fenrir is freed (when his sons, Skoll and Hati, devour the Sun and the Moon), and Jormungandr crawls onto land, and the two of them lead the assault on Asgard, where they batter down the gates and slay Odin and Thor respectively. By this point Fenrir is so large that his upper jaw hits the sky when he opens his mouth, Jormungandr can encircle the world, and the din they create is so loud that it causes the sky to split open, freeing Surtr and the sons of Muspel to make war on the gods.
- One could make a case for Nidhoggr, an Omnicidal Maniac of a dragon who gnaws away at the roots of Yggdrasil with the intent of undoing all creation.
- Classical Mythology: Typhon, the worst monster in Greek myth, is a failed Beast of the Apocalypse. Following Zeus' defeat of Cronos, Gaia slept with Tartarus in order to conceive Typhon, whom she then turns loose with the intent that he kill the Olympian pantheon and continue the pattern of succession within Greek myth. He fails and is imprisoned by Zeus. Whether he can break loose is never really explored.
- Egyptian Mythology: Apep, the Lord of Chaos, was a monstrous serpent said to have come to life immediately after the birth of Ra, arising from the sun god's own animated, undead umbilical cord. The two deities waged war every night when Ra took the Sun into the Underworld to rejuvenate it, with Apep attempting to destroy it and Ra. Ra would be protected by other gods, or battle the serpent himself while in the form of a cat. If Apep were ever to win — which could theoretically happen every time the sun went down — he would devour both Ra and the Sun, and the world would end.
- Rovagug, the Rough Beast, God of Wrath, Disaster and Destruction. Crawling from a sinkhole at the edge of the universe, Rovagug embodies omnicidal mania, and seeks to devour all of the gods and the very fabric of reality itself. For this reason, all of the gods allied in the distant past to chain him in the center of Golarion. The Archangel Sarenrae threw him down, while the Archdevil Asmodeus forged his prison and the key to his cell. Rovagug is constantly straining to free himself, and it would be a very bad thing if that were ever to happen. In Pathfinder' Space Opera spin-off Starfinder, the planet Golarion has disappeared for unknown reasons, and consequently so has Rovagug's cell. As a result, no one knows where in the universe Rovagug is, and this makes a lot of gods and people very worried indeed.
- Rovagug's Spawn are played very similarly; what he can do to the universe they threaten to do to the world, ploughing through armies and entire civilizations. Than again, with names like "Festering Ulunat, the Unholy First", "Great Doom Chemnosit, the Monarch Worm", "the Tarrasque: Armageddon Engine", "Unyielding Kothogaz, the Dance of Disharmony", "Wrath-Blazing Xoanti, the Firebleeder", and "Volnagur the End-Singer" this isn't exactly surprising.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The Tarrasque was portrayed this way (an immensely powerful monster designed for "epic" level play, which can only be killed by slaying it and then asking a god to intervene and finish it off for you). Its considerable power was later eclipsed by other publications, particularly the Epic Level Handbook, which introduced monsters many orders of magnitude more dangerous.
- The Elder Evils book is completely themed around this trope, each chapter providing one or more such creatures and providing some rules and storylines for employing them.
- Dendar the Night Serpent in the Forgotten Realms setting an enormous black snake that came into existence when the first being slept and had a nightmare. At some point in the future, Dendar is destined to invade Toril, where she will do battle with the god Ubtao at the Peaks of Flame; if Ubtao loses the fight, Dendar will devour the sun and bring about the end of the realms.
- The Antediluvians from Vampire: The Masquerade, ancient vampires that have grown so powerful and monstrous that their awakening would lead to Gehenna, the vampiric apocaylpse.
- In The Legend of Spyro, Malefor's plan to take over the world involves waking a massive, ancient golem named "The Destroyer".
- Chrono Trigger's Lavos, an Eldritch Abomination from outer space that has fallen onto the planet where the game takes place in prehistoric times, wiped the dinosaurs and the sentient Lizard Folk, paving the way for human civilization, and has been sleeping under the crust of the planet ever since, absorbing the DNA of the local species to evolve itself and the spawn it creates. Eventually it would break free and move on to a different planet; the game's heroes witness the Bad Future caused by its catastrophic emergence and aim to Retcon it.
- Typhon is portrayed this way in Titan Quest, although much like his mythological inspiration, he never quite succeeds in clearing out all of Olympus.
- The Darkova in Odin Sphere, the three-headed beast of Armageddon. There's also Leventhan, the last dragon, who transforms into the bringer of Chaos during the game's final events. He's modeled in equal parts on Leviathan and Jormungandr, while his name is taken from Surtr's sword, Lavatein.
- In DragonFable, there are two Dragon Boxes with dragon eggs inside them: The that hatches from the Black Dragon Box will destroy the world, and the one that hatches from the White Dragon Box will save it. The one from the White Dragon Box, Fluffy, is corrupted and turned undead, so the world is doomed, right? Fluffy saves the world by weakening itself after it's forced to gain a lot of power, and the one from the Black Dragon Box destroys a planet... the planet-sized dragon, Fluffy.
- Solaris, interdimensional lifeform and god of time in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). Divided into Iblis (the body) and Mephiles (the mind) he seeks to cause the collapse of time itself.
- BlazBlue has The Black Beast. A monstrosity which wiped out a massive proportion of the human population and polluted the world with seither, meaning the survivors (minus some Beastkin who were created to fight it and can process it naturally) have to live on cities built on mountaintops. It's actually Ragna, doomed to be sent back in time and become a Tragic Monster, until the Stable Time Loop was broken by the existence of Noel.
- Omega in Mega Man Zero, Ax-Crazy yet loyal Dragon to Dr. Weil. Caused the demise of 75% of all sentient life (combined total of humans and reploids). Making things even more horrifying is that Omega is exactly what Dr. Wily intended Zero to be. Sprinkle a little extra Fridge Horror on there when the reveal is made that Omega is Zero's original body, meaning that Wily succeeded.
- In The Legend of Zelda, some versions of Ganon fit this, such as the Came Back Wrong mindless Ganon from The Legend of Zelda Oracle games and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
- The Elder Scrolls
- Alduin the World-Eater, a colossal black dragon and "firstborn" of Akatosh, the God of Time and Top God of the Nine Divines pantheon (or possibly an aspect of Akatosh, as sources conflict on the matter). Alduin's divine mandate is to devour the world at the end of every "kalpa", or cycle of time, to make way for the new world in the next kalpa. As Alduin is the embodiment of the end of the world itself, he can only manifest his full power when it is time to actually end the world, at which point he becomes a titanic monster with divine power even beyond that of the Daedric Princes. However, Alduin doesn't seem particularly interested in fulfilling his purpose. He'd much rather rule the world and be worshiped as a god than destroy it. Since it isn't the appropriate time for him to end the world when he serves as the Big Bad in Skyrim, he is "merely" an invincible dragon who needs a very specific realty-warping Thu'um shout (Dragonrend) to even render him into a state where he can be hurt.
- Satakal, the Yokudan "God of Everything," is this in Redguard culture (with many parallels to Alduin, prompting speculation that they are the same entity/event seen by two different cultures). Suffering from a great hunger, Satakal consumes the world in order to create another, leaving behind "worldskins" as he does. Ruptga, the "Tall Papa" and chief deity of the Yokudan pantheon, was the first spirit to survive this process and helped to teach others how to survive as well. Those who do typically become additional deities in the Yokudan pantheon. "Weaker" spirits, like those of the mortals within Mundus, hope to make it to the "Far Shores," a safe haven from Satakal.
- The Adephagos of Tales of Vesperia is an ancient being said to have threatened the world in ages past but was sealed away before it could succeed. It is depicted as a writhing mass of tentacled darkness. When Alexei activates Zaude and frees it, it covers the sky, turning it an eerie violet shade with the only things visible on it being a number of phantasmal tentacles seemingly made of living aer.
- The Snarl in The Order of the Stick is the result of the Gods' constant disagreements during their first attempt at creating the world that lead to the formation of a beast made of all the snarled threads of reality. It then killed an entire Pantheon without breaking a sweat and urged the remaining Gods to re-create the world after agreeing to add new features in turn to not repeat the mistake and imprison the Snarl into it. The Snarl since tried to break its prison, creating rifts in the fabric of reality that got sealed by a group of adventurers known as the Order of the Scribble behind gates. After Xykon's attempt to control the gates led the Order of the Stick to destroy several of them, the Snarl becomes a threat to reality once again.
- Toyed with, like everything else is, in The Salvation War. The Beasts of Revelation are unleashed by Yahweh and Satan with the intent that they end the world... and are cut down by the human military, albeit with more difficulty than most of the demons they've faced up to that point.