I'm gonna sing the Doom Song now!
There's something primal about saying "Doom". The deeper, the more echoey, the more stretched-out, the better.
People also often forget that "doom" (related to "deem," i.e.
, "judge" or "estimate") comes from the idea in Old English and Norse mythology of an ultimate destiny, which need not necessarily be a bad one — you could re-translate the phrase "He met his doom" as "He met his fate
". File that one away, fact fans! Another possible re-translation would be "He met his (ultimate) judgment.", as the Modern English word "doom" is derived from the Old English word "dōm" (pronounced like "dome"), meaning "judgment" or "law". Hence that wonderful word "doomsday," meaning "day of judgment." Feeling comforted yet?
This trope is parodied so easily and so often it has become an Undead Horse Trope
. Doom can also be considered an Inherently Funny Word
, and as such has a tendency to appear most often in Laughably Evil
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Advertising of Doom
- This commercial. Just watch it, okay? "Take care of this package or we're... doomed!"
Anime & Manga of Doom
- Lupin III Dragon Of Doom... in the English release, anyway. The original Japanese translates more to "Burn! Iron-Cutting Sword".
- Planet Doom from the Lion version of Voltron (but not the original Japanese version, Golion, where it's called "Planet Galra"note ).
Blogs of Doom
Card Games of Doom
- Magic: The Gathering features, as of this writing, a relatively modest ten cards with "Doom" in their name. This includes the Unhinged joke card Pointy Finger of Doom.
- The card game Munchkin plays to this with the "... Of Doom!" card, which gives a bonus to any weapon item, and can (intentionally) lead to some interesting constructions: Cute Shoulder Dragon OF DOOM, Sword of Slaying Everything Except Squid OF DOOM, Rat on a Stick OF DOOM, etc.
- The "Duck of Doom" trap card. You should have known better than to pick up a duck in a dungeon.
- There is good satisfaction gained by adding ... of Doom! to The Other Ring. It sorta completes the circle.
- Munchkin Cthulhu has a card whose name is already the Sushi Knife of Doom. In a blender game, it could possibly become the Sushi Knife of Doom OF DOOM.
- Continuing with this trend, the in space version of this game has combinable gun cards, leading up to a "Bananafanafofaser Bobaser Dazer Maser Shmaser Raser... of DOOM", which actually would follow through with the 'of doom'ing as it would be insanely powerful.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!'s card game also features Doom a lot, even more so in the TCG version where "Death" tends to get replaced with "Doom".
Comics of Doom
Fan Works of Doom
Film of Doom
- In The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Vincent Price saying "Nine killed you, nine shall die and be returned your loss, nine times nine! Nine killed you, nine shall die, nine eternities in DOOM!"
- Cannibal The Musical:
Ralph: [thrusts a pointing finger at the group] The Rocky Mountains. I gotta warn ya! You're doomed! Doomed! Doomed! [lowers the finger] You're doomed! [walks away] Doomed. [the man walks around the group. The miners follow his walk with their eyes] Turn back, while you still can. You're doomed. You're all doomed.
Packer, Swan: [pause] Thank you.
- In The Color of Money, Vincent sits with his cased Balabushka pool cue watching Mozelle finish a match. Finally Mozelle walks over and says "What you got in there?" Vincent: "In here? (opens case, smirking even more) Doom."
- In the Hudson Brothers' spoof movie Hysterical (1983), the village idiot-cum-prophet was prone to wander up to the heroes while riding his bicycle, pronouncing "You're DOOOOOMED!" in a loud and mournful tone.
- Though few films actually follow the trope in the title itself, except for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- In The Jungle Book, after Bagheera interrupts Kaa's meal of Mowgli, Kaa tells Bagheera, "You have just sealed your doom." Followed by extreme whiplash when Mowgli shoves Kaa's coils off the treebranch.
- In Orgazmo, where Idiot Hero Orgazmo is held by the Ass-Fuck Twins, Natsuko und Haruka, who are speaking in a cutesy Japanese accent: "Dere is no escapin us, Ohgazmo." "Plepare to meet cha dum!" (—-> "Prepare to meet your doom!").
- C3P0 of Star Wars was quite fond of saying "We're doomed!" in the face of any small difficulty.
- A straighter example is in Revenge of the Sith where Grievous during his during his duel with Obi-Wan proclaims, after the cavalry arives, "Army or not, you must realize... you are DOOMED!"
- Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit
- Ice Age: The Tae-Kwan-Dodos: "Doom on you! Doom on you! Doom on you!"
Gamebooks of Doom
- The Lone Wolf series and extended universe give us the Doomwolves, Doomstones, the Doomlands of Naaros in Southern Magnamund, and Book 4 is titled The Chasm of Doom (guest star: Barraka the Doomslayer).
Literature of Doom
Live Action TV of Doom
- The MythBusters crew frequently refer to their especially dangerous rigs as the "[Whatever] of Doom" (occasionally slipping in an "... of Death" to break up the monotony).
- The good folks at Television Without Pity have dubbed the Princeton Plainsborough Teaching Hospital MRI machine from House the "MRI... of DOOM" (ellipses mandated), because every time it's used, something invariably goes wrong.
- Private Frazer of Dads Army had a great way of saying this in a Scottish accent while rolling his eyes madly.
- The resident Cloudcuckoolander of Power Rangers Mystic Force once gave the line "I hate to be a doomsayer, but, uh,... DOOM! Doom, doom, doom."
- Z'ha'dum, the planet of the bad guys (the shadows) in Babylon 5. How is it pronounced? "Za-ha-DOOM".
- The "of Death" variant, like so many tropes is lampshaded in Eureka:
It's a ray
that causes immediate death
! Why can't you just call it a Death Ray
- From one particular bit on The Daily Show: Roombas of doom! Doombas!
- Doctor Who seems to prefer the words "death" or "evil" to spice up the title of a story, but they've throw a few dooms in over the years. There's "Doomsday", Four to Doomsday, The Seeds of Doom and the episode of The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve called "Bell of Doom".
- The 'death' variant is most iconically associated with the Tom Baker era due to three of his most memorable stories having the word 'death' shoehorned into the title - "City of Death", "The Robots of Death" and "The Deadly Assassin" (the title of the first has basically nothing to do with the story, the title of the second is one of the most glaring Spoiler Titles in the series's history, and the title of the third is laughably redundant). This association with the Fourth Doctor led to it being used consciously in some of his expanded universe stories: novels "A Device of Death", "Festival of Death", "Dreamers of Death", "Colony of Death", with the stories "The Valley of Death" and "The English Way of Death" playing on the formula for literary allusions. Other stories with this formula are "The Seeds of Death" (not to be confused with "The Seeds of Doom" above), "The Ambassadors of Death", "The Green Death", the novels "Empire of Death", "Game of Death", "Island of Death", "The Art of Death", "Army of Death", "Kiss of Death", "The Doll of Death", "The Paradise of Death", "Scarab of Death", "The Android of Death", "Plague of Death", "The Masquerade of Death", "The Green Death" and "Death to the Daleks". The Steven Moffat parody "The Curse of Fatal Death" was a skewering of the formula.
- In a sketch on , a Mad Scientist named Professor Death tries to destroy all his doomy inventions when he learns to his horror that governments may be interested in their military applications. This culminates in his taking a hammer to the "Doom Melon."
- Anything remotely scary on Top Gear becomes the "_____ of Death" (Plunger of Death, Ball of Death, etc.)
- "Oh my God, what can it be? We're all DOOMED, WHO'S FLYING THIS THING?" note
- The Buffy episode "Doomed" dealt with two plots: a) Buffy and Riley's budding relationship may be doomed, and b) the earth may soon be doomed by a group of demons.
- Angel. The trope is lampshaded when Team Angel discover an Eldritch Abomination has an Army of Doom. Spike responds sardonically, "Now there's a shock."
- The unproduced season finale of The Middleman was called The Doomsday Apocalypse Armaggedon.
- One of the Merlin video diaries has Bradley James (doing a voiceover parody) declaring a nearby van the "evil, mystical van...of Doom!"
- Star Trek: Voyager. The Adventures of Captain Proton! holdeck program has its Mad Scientist Big Bad lurking in a Supervillain Lair called The Fortress of Doom, which Tom Paris introduces in a suitably dramatic tone of voice.
- Episode "The Midnight Sun" of the original TheTwilightZone
Mrs. Bronson: There was a scientist on the radio this morning and he said it would get a lot hotter each day now that we're moving closer to the Sun and that's why we're ... that's why we're ...
Serling: The word that Mrs. Bronson is unable to put into the hot still sodden air is 'doomed'.
Music of Doom
- Doom Metal and its subsequent subgenres.
- The apotheosis of this genre, at least in terms of naming tendencies, is the doom metal solo project Doom:Vs. The etymology of this (quite ridiculous) name goes as follows: he chose the Latin word "domus", meaning house, then respelt it as "doomus" (meaning "doom house", one supposes), then respelt that as doom:us (meaning that we, "us", are doomed) then replaced the "u" with a "v", simply because a "v" looked so much... doomier than a "u".
- Actually, in Roman times, "u" and "v" looked the same when written. And since the "-us" part of domus is the ending (and thus, the part changed depending on usage), the name could actually have a fair amount of research behind it.
- Rammstein's drummer, Christoph "Doom" Schneider. He took his nickname from the game of the same name, but lamented in a 2010 interview that he would have chosen a different nickname if he'd known it was going to be on every record Rammstein had ever done.
- Hip hop artist DOOM (or MF DOOM), who uses all caps and a mask for extra doominess. Named after Doctor Doom.
Pro Wrestling of Doom
- WCW once had a tag team called Doom, who were a pair of Scary Black Men in black masks. They were eventually unmasked as Ron Simmons and Butch Reed, but were no less scary, no less black, and no less men. And no less doomy.
- Then there's the Legion of Doom, who already had a team name (The Road Warriors) but inherited the Legion of Doom name from a stable they were part of that imploded. The name was just too doomy to lose.
- The Dungeon of Doom, led by Kevin Sullivan
Stand-Up Comedy of Doom
- In 1990, Richard Lewis had a TV special titled Richard Lewis: I'm Doomed.
Tabletop Games of Doom
- The Dungeons & Dragons spell "Doom" may be a bit of a subversion — it presumably fills its (single) target with appropriate dread if it works, but as it's only a first-level cleric spell, that means "only" a -2 penalty to most d20 rolls in terms of mechanics.
- The 1st and 2nd-edition spell "Creeping Doom", on the other hand, was seventh-level and conjured a quite deadly swarm of venomous bugs.
- The Dungeons & Dragons module, "The Red Hand of Doom".
- GURPS Thaumatology has a ritual named Doom that lives up to its name. It first makes you wish you were dead. Then it kills you.
- The Marvel SAGA game system has players use cards to determine the success of their characters' actions instead of dice. The card suits are: Intelligence, Willpower, Strength, Agility, and Doom. (Doom cards do not go back into the discard pile after being played, but get saved out by the GM, who can use them later to force villainous NPCs' actions to succeed.)
- The Skaven in Warhammer - Doomrocket, Doomwheel, Doomglaive, Doomflayer... plus "Your doom has come, man-thing!". Ahem.
- Warhammer 40,000 has Doomrider NA! NA! NA!.
- No! To the Warp with Doomrider! DOOMBREED, greatest of Khorne's Daemon Princes and Genghis Khan in he 41st Millennium! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!
- Deadlands authors love their doomy dooms. There are Tables o'Doom, a Canyon o'Doom, the blood magic spell Doom, and lots of other uses.
- Marvel Heroic Roleplaying has its "doom pool" as a Game Master resource. Over the course of the game, this pool will grow and shrink as the GM (a.k.a. "Watcher") collects, trades up, and spends "doom dice", which serve both as an expendable Luck Manipulation Mechanic for NPCs (and may be outright needed just to power up some of their special tricks) and as a general indicator of the current challenge and tension level of the ongoing scene — player actions not directed against another character, which in other games might have a fixed difficulty rating to beat assigned to them, are here simply opposed by the doom pool itself.
Theater of Doom
- In Finian's Rainbow, Og the leprechaun wails about "doom and gloom — d-o-o-m and gl-o-o-m!"
- The Golden Apple, a scientist sings a perky, cheerful number explaining how the human race is "Doomed, Doomed, Doomed."
Video Games of Doom
- The computer game series Doom, naturally.
- This led to the odd situation where, during the time period that the in-vogue First-Person Shooter was a version of Quake, Moral Guardians tended to complain about Doom, report that violent teenagers were fans of the game, etc., simply because "Doom" sounds scarier than "Quake".
- The name Doom was chosen as an homage to the Tom Cruise film The Color of Money, where "Doom" is the name of the pool cue used by Cruise's character. The developers hoped that their game would have a similar effect on the entire gaming industry as the cue stick "Doom" had in the movie. Which it did.
- In a Shout-Out from Spyro: Year of the Dragon, a pair of Agent 9 sidequests are missions played from a first-person perspective. The mission names? "You're Doomed!" and "You're Still Doomed!"
- In a possible homage to Invader Zim, Deekin sings "Doom doom dooooom" while travelling in the Underdark in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark expansion. (One wonders why there isn't an option for the PC to complain to Deekin about that)
- Because if you're likely to complain about it, you probably found Deekin annoying enough to get rid of him long before going to the Underdark.
- Artix Entertainment's online games often take Refuge in Audacity, and the Doom weapons in Dragonfable are no exception. The description for one is just "DOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!" and another is "So much DOOM, it hurts!"
- And when you used them, the special status effect is called "Engulfed by DOOM! Hahahaha!" and for a few turns the opponent takes a bit of damage. From DOOM!
- Interestingly, the axe version of the Doom weapon actually has a backstory instead of just randomly shouting DOOOOOOOOOOOM!
- Curiously, there isn't much difference between the Doom Weapons and their "purified" counterparts, the Destiny Weapons. The Destiny Weapons deal light damage as opposed to darkness. Hilariously enough, the Destiny Weapons also inflict a special status effect, called "Engulfed by Destiny! Hahahaha!". Yes, the "good" counterparts of the Doom Weapons have the same Evil Laugh!
- Artix Entertainment's Mechquest also has weapons capable of inflicting DOOM! on enemies. These are the trademark of the main enemy faction the Shadowscythe.
- Sepulchre the Doom Knight, the Big Bad of Dragonfable, or his chatty Doom Blade that might be the one really calling the shots.
- Oddly enough, despite the vast time gap between Mechquest and the other two games, and the five year time difference (and implied reality break) between Dragonfable and Adventurequest, the same NPC (the Mysterious Stranger) is connected to matters of DOOM! in all of the games(and he has made his move in two of them!.
- Although it might owe itself more to onomatopeia, there is a song in Pop'n Music 14 (part of a franchise that runs alongside Dance Dance Revolution and Konami's other music games) called "BBLLAASSTT!!". The associated character is an anthropomorphic drum set. Called DOOOOOM.
- The determinedly pessimistic pilot Doomsday from Wing Commander II.note
Doomsday: Now all we need is Maniac, so we can all die together.
Spirit: What an uplifting sentiment.
- The Warcraft III ultimate spell of the Pit Lord, which slowly kills the target and spawns a demon from the corpse? "Doom".
- The spell makes a return in World of Warcraft as the "Curse of Doom", but was nerfed and doesn't kill by default, reducing its doominess (Doomness?).
- It's called this because the demon summoned is a DOOM GUARD. But if he's here, then who's guarding the doom?
- While we're at it, Thrall's weapon? The Doomhammer, the hammer wielded by the great Orgrimm Doomhammer.
- Props to the 'Pendulum of Doom.' Yes, a pendulum. Ok, it's an axe with a 4.0 speed, get over it. PENDULUUUUUUM.
- World of Warcraft has more items, creatures and spells with the word "Doom" in them than we could possibly count here. Let us only mention one more notable item: in the cult video "Leeroy Jenkins", the titular player's weapon was? The "Blackhand Doomsaw". In the occurence, Leeroy doomed his own guildmembers rather than enemies...
- But we can count them here.
- Archimonde's timeless classic "Tremble mortals and despair, DOOM has come to this world!".
- Also, at one point in the fight, the members of the Twilight Counsil in the instance Bastion of Twilight in Cataclysm will yell: Behold your DOOM! with alot of emphesis on the word doom.
- The version of Millhouse Manastorm you fight in Brawlpub has an ability called "Dooooooom!" That's right, it includes the extra 'O's and the exclamation point.
- In the 4th expansion raid Throne of Thunder, the 9th boss, The Dark Animus, is a robot that must go through a lengthy activation sequence before you can fight him, and says all sorts of funny dialogue while he's at it, meanwhile you fight his lesser sized replicas. At one point during his activation sequence, he says: "Setting Doom level to 15000 milli-dooms"note .
- In a parody of the game in Foxtrot, the main character (almost) gets the most powerful weapon in the game, "Doomulus Prime." An actual weapon named Doomulus Prime was added to the game in homage, when the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj were opened.
- Defense Of The Ancients has a hero known as the Doom, whose ultimate spell is called "Doom".
- The Sanctioned Psyker from the Warhammer 40,000 RTS games Dawn of War: Winter Assault and Dark Crusade is famous for crying "Witness your dooooooom!!" when he attacks with the Lightning Arc ability.
- Altered Beast: while sound compression lead to the infamous "WISE FWOM YOUW GWAVE!", the pre-Boss Battle "WELCOME TO YOUR DOOM!" is perfectly audible.
- In Jedi Academy, when one pushes an enemy into a Bottomless Pit, it says "(Name) was thrown into their doom by (name)".
- The dreaded Barrel of Doom from Carnival Night Zone Act 2.
- The Doomlore Shrine in Guild Wars, which is the Town in the Charr Homelands.
- "The mustard of your doom!", perhaps?
- In Mario Party 2, when you land on a Bowser space, Bowser announces his entrance with "Doom doom doom DOOM!"
- New Super Mario Bros. U has a Brutal Bonus Level called "Spinning Platforms of Doom".
- Starting with the second game, the Master of Orion series has had the Doom Star, an Captain Ersatz of the Death Star. Like the Death Star it can turn planets into asteroid fields. Unlike the Death Star, you're never limited to just one at the time.
- In Knights of the Old Republic, Juhani's battlecry: "I vill be your DOOM!"
- Ketsui's True Final Boss is called "DOOM."
- The Tetris: The Grand Master clone Heboris: Unofficial Expansion has "DEVIL-DOOM" mode, which replicates the Harder Than Hard "Shirase" mode from Tetris: The Grand Master 3.
- In the Soul Series:
Kilik: "Haha, this rod will be your doom!"
- From Crash Bandicoot, Doctor N. Gin loves this. "Adopt me... or I will put doom in you!!"
- Cespenar the imp in Baldur's Gate II. His reaction to the artifact weapon "Hindo's Doom":
Cespenar: Hindo's Doom! Can you say it? Hindo's Dooooooooooooooooom...
- Whenever there's a particularly large amount of complaining about a recent change on the City of Heroes official forums, veteran forumgoers cry DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! in mockery.
- Also, the indicators for whether an archvillain's super-resistance power is active have the Fan Nickname "Purple Triangles of Doom."
- Shoot 'em Up game Big Bang Mini names all of the bosses this way in the manual.
THE CRAZY 80'S PUNK WALRUS OF DOOOOOOM!
- There are many one-use plants in Plants vs. Zombies, mostly because they explode the instant they activate. The most powerful of these is called the Doom Shroom, complete with angry-looking red eyes. It has a huge blast radius and actually leaves a crater where it was planted.
- Additionally, the onomatopoeia for when they explode is... wait for it... "DOOM!"
- The main dungeon of NetHack is called the Dungeons of Doom.
- ADoM has the ring of doom, which is autocursing, almost worthless to shopkeepers, and gives you the "doomed" status when you put it on. Being doomed in this game should be taken seriously, as it gives a large negative modifier to most rolls and is very likely to get you killed.
- Angband has a type of cursed item called the Amulet of DOOM. It is the only item in the game which is capitalized like that.
- From Earthbound, the Plague Rat of DOOM!
- The World Ends with You gives us this memorable quote by Higashizawa - "The proof is in the pudding...the pudding of their DOOM!"
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the final boss has a move with the Fan Nickname of the Red Rings of Death.
- The Final Fantasy series bowdlerized the "Death" spell into "Doom" in its early days. In other instances, "Doom" refers to a Standard Status Effect that kills one party member after a timer above their head expires.
- The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures involved entering a place called the Bottomless Pits of Doom.
- For some reason "Nintendo is always doomed!", even while it's having 60% market share of total video game sales...
- These days it's become a very tongue-in-cheek Running Gag on gaming forums. "Doomed Nintendo is best Nintendo," as they always say.
- BlazBlue has the character Mu-12, whose Leitmotif is titled "Sword of Doom".
- In Fable III, during "The Game", the PC gets attacked by
cute fire-breathing chicken of Doom
- From Marvel vs. Capcom 3, we get this gem from Doctor Doom:
- Sam & Max Bright Side of the Moon: in order to get the Computer Obsolescence Prevention Society's magic trick, you have to help them test their ultimate AI in a game of TIC TAC DOOM!
- The SNES game Lufia & The Fortress of Doom
- Nicktoons: Globs of Doom, which also has the PLUNGER OF DOOM!
- All of Bowser's mini games in Mario Party 4 are called [something] of doom. Darts of Doom, Fruits of Doom, Balloon of Doom...
- The Sims Medieval includes top-tier gear like Doomplate, Doomsword, and Doomstaff.
- Kingdom of Loathing has the Dungeons of Doom, and the skill Disco Dance of Doom. And lots of things in the game are doomed.
"Its power would consume us, and we would be known as the Kee-Blurr Elves, doomed to forever bake the cookies of evil."
- Kaos of Skylanders is quite fond of naming his spells "of DOOM!" or the like. Most famously, his favorite water-based spell involves summoning DOOOOOOOOM SHARKS!!! In addition, one Skylander, Whirlwind, has an attack called the Rainbow of Doom.
- It also helps that the guy saying "DOOM" is the same person as ZIM!
- The most common miniboss in Kirbys Return To Dreamland is the Sphere Doomer, and the boss Grand Doomer. There's also the final stage of the game, which are full of regular Doomers. Their names are indicative of their task, which is to bring doom to Kirby and his friends.
- One of the first Flags in Puzzle Pirates was simply called "of Doom" to take advantage of the way character pages listed Flag affiliations. They were shown as "Member of the Flag [Flag Name]" so any member of that flag would be listed as "Member of the Flag of Doom".
- In PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, whenever Ratchet & Clank use their Level 2 super Clank says "You are doomed." Clank also sometimes says "We may be doomed" after respawning.
- In the mobile CCG Rage of Bahamut, the final form of Vania's card has the ability "Malinda's Breath of Doom".
- One of Lavos' second form's magic attacks is called "Shadow Doom Blaze".
- Doctor Doom's goal in LEGO Marvel Superheroes is to build...DOCTOR DOOM'S DOOM RAY OF DOOM!
- Level 3-4 of Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams is "Temple Doomdidoom".
- Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok has Ratatosk the DOOM Squirrel, who keeps proclaiming how he will doom you and destroy the world! Made slightly less imposing by the fact that he's, well, a squirrel.
- League of Legends has the Doom Bots of Doom.
Web Animation of Doom
- The Evil Machine Thing O' Doom from The Demented Cartoon Movie.
- The 2009 Homestar Runner Halloween cartoon is called "Doomy Tales of the Macabre."
- Strong Bad once left the following message on Marzipan's answering machine:
"Hello, Marzipan! This is Professor Tor Coolguy! I was just calling to see if you'd be interested in PREPARING FOR YOUR DOOM
!! Er...e... not really calling to see, uh... I shouldn't have really given you a choice, I mean, uh... you should just go ahead and prepare for your doom. Cause it's on its way, man. It's gonna be some doom."
- Strong Sad, in the 23rd main page, pulls out a tape recording that says, "I'm the floating head of doom!" Presumably, the wooden cutout that floats by is painted of doom on the opposite side.
- Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation, faced with a Nazi Flak tower in Medal of Honor: Airborne (which he didn't realise was real until he received a barrage of e-mails informing him it was), referred to it as a "Doom Fortress".
Web Comics of Doom
- See this map and the Cave Of Doom in The Heroes of Middlecenter.
- In Brat-halla, during the Pantheon Games, Odin revealed a move that he'd learned from his kids: the Twirl Wedgie... of Doom.
- The Unspeakable Vault (of Doom).
- In Questionable Content, the coffee shop that half the cast works at is called Coffee Of Doom!
- And also has a Toilet Of Doom!
- Which is also known as the Cave of Twenty/Forty Asses.
- An apropos Unsound Effect in Erfworld page 107.
- Played with in the "Radio Play" based on the Web Comic Girl Genius, Minor Heroes (online in comic form here):
Squib: You've doomed us all... doomed us all... Doomed us all!
Dr. Bonefish: Done?
Squib: Not yet... DOOOMmmmed!
- The title of this incredibly Genre Savvy and trope-savvy episode of Darths & Droids.
- In Neglected Mario Characters, the Anti-Villain Dr. Donez has a Secret Evil Lab of Doom. A variant example is the tendency of Fred the Spanyard's abilities to have the word "death" in their names, leading to the "Death Ray", "Ray of Death", "Spanyard Flight of Death", and the most extreme, the "Deathly Deathray of Deathly Deathness".
- In the sequence of parodying The Lord of the Rings in Irregular Webcomic!, the party must cross the bridge of Khazad-Doom. Khazad-Doom, not Khazad-dûm. Not quite subtle, hm?
Dwalin: We dwarves are nae a soobtle race.
- In Goats, maniacal geneticist Gregor Mendel offers a scone. A scone of doom.
- This 8-Bit Theater:
Drizz'l: To put quite simply, you're doomed.
Black Mage: Just once I'd like to go a day without being doomed.
Red Mage: It would be a pleasant change of pace.
- Another comic had the "heroes", while in a volcano, encounter a "Fire Dragon (possibly a guardian) of Doom (probably ours)".
- The DOOM Army
- El Goonish Shive loves this.
- Muffins of doom from Precocious, their inverse appears to be cupcakes of bliss.
- From Phil Likes Tacos:
Doug: Yah, the manager is here to save us from our DOOM!
Manager: Actually, I was just going to say "Take it outside."
Doug: No, we're still DOOMED!
Ah haha, I'm here to crash your gaming party!
Doug: Yah, Zoug is here to even the odds against our DOOM!
Doug: No, we're still DOOMED!
Just what is going on in here without us?
Doug: Uhm... I'm not sure about this one, but I'm still going to keep shouting the word DOOM for fun. DOOOOOM!!
- The Way of the Metagamer.
- Played with in Once Upon A Table:
"Everything's better when you add "of doom" to the end."
"Dunno, let's try it."
- The Order of the Stick has a chapter titled "Interlude of Dooooooom!", and then there's always 'helldeathdoomfire volcano' in start of darkness.
- Full Frontal Nerdity falls afoul of the power of the word "Doom". "Don't make me get the fire hose."
- In an early episode of Goblins, two low-level clerics assail each other with D&D spells. When the goblin cleric casts Doom, the dwarf cleric cringes to hear her invoke such a grim-sounding spell name, then Lampshades how poorly it lives up to its title (see "Tabletop Games", above).
- Squid Row: Evil death cat of doom.
- Girls with Slingshots features a ghost kitty which likes to say dooom.
- Far Out There has a series of Voting Incentive comics titled "The Killer Station of Deadly Doom".
- In Mansion Of E, second stage Framebreaker blooms attract doombees. Observe.
- Homestuck has among the aspects of the characters titles, the aspect of Doom. The two canon characters with this aspect are the Mage and the Heir of Doom. The creator has intentionally has left it ambiguous on what the aspect means in this though, so it's anyone's guess which meaning they mean.
- In Zita The Spacegirl the galactic police are called Doom Squad.
Web Original of Doom
- The video podcast Tiki Bar TV features an episode where the guest star — Cally from Battlestar Galactica — plays an alien who must return to space, "or else... doom..." Cut to the unperturbed main characters, one of whom says lightly, "Doom is not a good thing."
- The book review blog Bookshelves of Doom.
- The LoadingReadyRun's Trick or DOOM video involved an evil villain's series of Halloween schemes codenamed "Trick or DOOM". Most of them had nothing to do with neither tricks nor doom.
- Doom House, naturally. Among other things, the protagonist develops a habit of incredulously asking, "A Doom House?" to the point of total non-sequitur.
- Boy, does Neopets have fun with this trope. First off there is the Lever of Doom that steals your neopoints if you pull it, as well as plenty of items. To give you a taste, there is the Evil Toy of DOOM, Ice Lolly of Doom, Immense Rubber Axe of Doom, and Nimmo of Doom (a book).
- From the Hitler Rants parodies, Hitler's Pencil of Doom.
- An enemy in Gaia Onlines 2010 Halloween event (a near-universally-mourned stack of buttermilk pancakes that was left on the counter overnight, in case you were wondering) has an attack named "Wail of Syrupy Doom".
- Podiobook Death By Cliche has Convenient Plot Exposition Man, a one-shot NPC who gives the party the adventure hook for the main quest, before collapsing and apparently dying from the effort of screaming DOOOOOOOOOM! so much and so hard. His catchphrase is used as a Credits Gag, as well as a Running Gag on the remaining episodes' Previously On.
- The Doomy Adventures Of Irken Doominess In the title alone there are 3 Dooms, Although this is to be expected since it's a Online Roleplay of Invader Zim.
- Doom House.
Reginald P. Linux: A "doom house"?!?
Officer Cop: Yeah. DOOOOOOOOOOOM.
Reginald P Linux: A "doom house"?!?
- How come nobody has posted Larry The Little Knight? Doom is a central theme; no surprise, as the main character was picked by the Big Bad to be the Fake Hero. Luckily, Larry is 19, badly dressed, and even more badass violent.
- Suburban Knights has The Gate Cleaner, who even states he's contractually obliged to start every sentence with "DOOOOOOM!".
- One of the many names that SCP-1370 has given itself is "Doom-Master Thirteen Seventeen, Master of all Doom".
Western Animation of Doom
- "Doom" is Zim's FAVORITE word. (Well ... second to his own name.)
- The Mega Doomer Humongous Mecha (... er, that needs to be plugged in). From the same show we have hyper dimwit robot GIR's "Doom Song", to wit, "Doom doom doom doom doom!" ad nauseam. In the pilot it is the crowner for both the show and the trope. In universe, it lasts for six. MONTHS. And, in fact, the show seems to be overly fond of the term doom in general, stuffing it in where-ever it fits, and where it doesn't, such as the episode titles "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom" and "Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom." And Miss Bitters...
- The show had a total of 10 episode titles (including the non-produced ones) with the word 'doom' in it. The first DVD is also called "Doom Doom Doom".
- A version of the show's theme song was recorded and released by a group called the Bass Kittens, who labeled it "The Impending Doom Mix".
- Jhonen Vasquez, the show's creator, has certain words he likes. Besides "doom", he uses "piggy," "weenies," "moose," "dookie," "bees," and "taco". He is also fond of !s. Really, really fond of them.
- I dare you to play the Invader Zim Drinking game. Take a shot every time doom is said. Your liver will die in minutes.
- So my liver is DOOMED?!?!?
- Paranoid and hypochondriac Stork says "We're doomed!" in almost every Storm Hawks episode. Slight variation in episode 29, "Stratosphere": "Our next stop will be the Cyclonian battle platform... of DOOM."
- Those "doom-laden weather balloons of doom."
- Bender from Futurama seemed fond of this. In one memorable example, after Earth is invaded by aliens, this exchange took place:
Professor Farnsworth: Dear Lord, they're back!
Amy: We're doomed!
Bender: (takes a deep breath) DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— (scene cuts away)
- "The Farnsworth Parabox", in which Bender and his glorious golden opposite hold each other and yell "Doooooomed!" in unison.
- The movie Bender's Big Score actually has a meter that measures levels of doom. Also replicates made by time travel are exclusively refered to as "doomed".
- The meter uses a unit of measurement known as "millidooms." Apparently, emitting ten times the background level of milidooms is quite alarming.
Nibbler: Alas! Our kitten-class attack ships were no match for their mighty chairs! The universe is doomed! Doomed!
Fry: Can I pull up my pants now?
- Tonight at 11: DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
- In a tale of two Santa's, when preparing for santa's yearly assault we got this:
Farnsworth: Oh, we're doomed! Every year we're doomed.
- As was Chuckie Finster on Rugrats. Lampshaded when he met another:
Kid: This is very bad. Without the sacred water fountain, we are doomed! Doomed! Doomed I tell you!
Chuckie: Hey, I think I kinda like this guy.
- The Earthworm Jim cartoon used this so often and in so many variants it was virtually a Couch Gag; "We're doomed! Doomed, I tell ya! Doomed, from the middle English meaning condemned to ruination or death! DOOOOOOOMED!" Variations such as "Doomed, in case you weren't paying attention!" and "Doomed, for those of you at home keeping score!" are almost certainly Lampshade Hanging.
- Fans of Transformers: Beast Wars referred to Rhinox's weapons "Chainguns of Doom". Transmetal Tarantulus's new gun was dubbed "Pizza Cutter of Doom".
- Several Episodes of Kim Possible make reference to "spinning tops of doom", which are... well, pretty scary for spinning tops, I guess, but also apparently an extremely desirable evil gadget.
- Somewhat ironic as they were invented by the main characters sidekick.
- The villain Aviarus (arch-foe of the Go Team) released a giant mecha bird called the Flamingo of Doom. Naturally, Aviarus gives it the full treatment: "Release the Flamingo of DOOOOOOOM!" Made even more delicious by the fact that Aviarus was voiced by Richard Horvitz, AKA Zim. Ron Stoppable noted that the Flamingo of Doom was "the second-largest flamingo I've ever seen!"
- The Batman: The Animated Series episode "Almost Got 'Im" had Villains Playing Poker and swapping stories. Cue the Penguin's story:
The Penguin: (narrating) Welcome, my ebon-winged adversary. You have taken the bait, just as I knew you would. Now, prepare to meet your end within my Aviary of Doom!
Poison Ivy: (interrupting the story) Aviary of what?...
The Joker: Sheesh, Pengers. How corny can you get?
The Penguin: Fah! Just because you mundane miscreants have no drama in your souls!... Anyway, there he was in my Av... * Sigh* ... My "big birdhouse"...
- The 1982 Rankin/Bass Productions movie The Flight of Dragons includes a very nice doom speech by Ommadon, voiced by James Earl Jones, emphasized by Doomy Drums of Doom.
- The Legion of Doom! Dreaded foes of the Super Fools! The originals, accept no substitutes. Or Solomon Grundy will crush you!
- The League of Super Evil's Team Pet Doomageddon.
- Doom Kitty from Ruby Gloom. Much like her owner Ruby, her name is less an indicator of actual doom than an excuse to pair them as "Gloom & Doom".
- The Brothers Flub had many Doom gags, usually in the character Fraz. One of the show's VHS collections is entitled "Doom Wears Funny Tights!".
- Avenger Penguins has as its main villain 'Caractacus P Doom', and thus many of the episode titles had the 'Of Doom' tag.
- All Yin Yang Yo villains love the word "doom", but Carl the Evil Coakroach uses it so much that it's downright aggravating.
- The people behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars are fond of this word, sprinkling it liberally through episode titles and sometimes even the opening of the episode narration.
- In the story-telling episode of Angry Beavers, the tendency for Large Ham villains to keep saying "doom" was parodied in the animesque story portion of Treeflower.
Villain: "Prepare to meet your dome!"
Villain: "I mean 'doom!' Yes... YOUR DOOM!"
- In episode XVI of Samurai Jack.
Arena Master: "Welcome... to the Dome... of DOOM!"
- Jimmy Two-Shoes: When he discovers the last challenge in a series he's trying to fail at is eating a cupcake in one minute, Beezy correctly states "I'm doooooomed!"
- "Dog, prepare to meet your doom!"
- In the "Death Punchies" episode of Regular Show, the martial art of Death Kwon-Do uses the 'Of Death' version. Moves include Death Jump, Death Punch of Death, and Pelvic Thrust of Death. The sensei at the Dojo even threatens to beat up Rigby if he's not gone by the time he counts to "3 of Death", then proceeds to count by adding "Of Death" to each of the numbers.
- ¡Mucha Lucha! once had a wrestlier named Doomien who is new to their school. During the match it turns out that Doomien is actually an evil demon.
- Fij Fij of Maryoku Yummy often proclaims that they are all doomed, even when the circumstances are rather benign.
- Phineas and Ferb
- From the episode, The Beak:
*Ferb accidentally drops his skateboard and it is subsequently mutilated by their dangerous obstacle course. And explodes
Phineas: Y'know, it occurs to me we could get hurt. I guess the "of doom" in the name should have tipped us off.
- From the episode "Phineas and Ferb Busters!":
Baljeet: Of DOOM!
Buford: Alright I'll give it a shot.
Doofensmirtz-2: Send them to their doom!
Platyborg: *points to Candace questioningly*
Doofensmirtz-2: Yes, her too.
Platyborg: *points to Perry questioningly*
Doofensmirtz-2: Yes yes, everyone. *while pointing* Doom, doom, doom aaand—
Doofensmirtz-1: DOOM!! Jinx! You owe me three sodas!
Doofensmirtz-2: Okay, doom for him too.
Doofensmirtz-1: What? But-but I'm you!
- My Little Pony The Movie has a variant that still conveys the same meaning. The three witches that create the Smooze live in the Volcano of "Gloom".note
Real Life of Doom
- The Swedish language retains the old Germanic meaning for the word. Swedish word dom (pronounced "doom") means "judgement" or "sentence", and the verb "to judge" or "to sentence" is döma. The Swedish word for judge is domare (literally "doomer") - the same word is also used for umpires or referees in games and sports. Domstol (literally "doom-chair") means "justice department" or "court". So if you are "doomed" in Sweden, it only means that justice has come to a solution in your issue.
- Some examples however, such as "Your plan is doomed to fail" retain the ominousness while still using "dömd". You can also be doomed to death.
- One columnist for Computer Shopper magazine has dubbed his basement computer lab the "Basement of Doom and Pepsi-Cola".
- There is a professor at Wright State University named Dr. Travis Doom. On his webpage, he stated that one of the reasons he got his doctorate was just so he could be called Dr. Doom.
- Probably the archnemesis of Professor Steel? Seriously, the man was in charge of blowing up asteroids.
- The infamous hacker group the "Legion of Doom", again taking the name from Super Friends.
- The Legion of Doom line of the mid-90's Philadelphia Flyers (John LeClair, Eric Lindros, and Mikael Renberg) may or may not have been evoked by Super Friends, but between their offensive potency and physical dominance it's hard not to see it.
- The rapper (and sometime voice actor) Daniel Dumile, better known as MF DOOM. Inspired by Dr. Doom, he performs in a metal mask. He has also recorded as "Viktor Vaughn" among other aliases.
- The Russian parliament is called Duma, and pronounced, yes, you guessed it, DOOMER.
- The term "doomcock" was coined on a LiveJournal group to refer to the Bigger Is Better in Bed trope in fanfic — it itself is a reference to a character from Preacher who uses big guns because he's Compensating for Something.
- Australian Wildlife was damn weird in the past, too. Case in point: Bullockornis planei, probably better known as the Demon Duck Of Doom. (Seriously, it's called that.)
- The Blue Screen of Death, an error screen on Windows operating systems that usually comes out of nowhere and forces you to shut down or restart your computer. Thankfully, it is much less common now than it was ten years ago, due to newer versions of Windows being far more stable.
- And simply rebooting instead of showing the old BSOD.
- Mac users have been known to refer to the "spinning pinwheel of doom," which serves much the same purpose as the blue screen of death.
- In French, a similar expression could be translated by "...of death". Sometimes elongated as "...of murderous death". Yeah...
- Technically, a better translation would be "of death that kills" if you want it to sound as silly as it does in its original language. Yeah... indeed.
- Since french doesn't have a literal equivalent for "doom", translation is often done using "cursed" or even "of the curse".
- Out of sheer coincidence (or thanks to an editor with a werid sense of humor), the Romanian Dictionary of Ortography Orthoepy and Morphology (the newest rules of written and spoken Romanian language, released around 2005) is a large black book with DOOM written on it in red letters.
- In Sweden, it's not uncommon to find a centuries old "Church of Doom" in any given village, town or city. Technically just a local variant of the Latin Domus Dei, "God's house", but you take a look at the word Domkyrka and judge for yourself.
- And that goes for all of Scandinavia. The provost residing under the bishop of Oslo is known as the "provost of doom", actually the Domprost of Oslo. Every Bishopry in Norway is known as a "bispedømme", actually the area where the bishop has jurisdiction. Translated into a "bishop`s doom area" it may sound more scary than it actually is...
- The Finnish have this as well, as "Tuomiokirkko." "Tuomio" is the Finnish word for "Doom", though in this case it simply refers to "Domus."
- In some retailing circles, the late-2000s design of McDonald's buildings has come to be known as the "Giant eyebrow of doom". (It's officially called "Forever Young".)
- Doom Chris, comic artist. (Of course not his real name - he's a Dr. Doom fan)
- The Mydoom computer worm.
- The Doomsday Clock is a generalized rating created and maintained by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists attempting to represent humanities likelyhood of initiating the The End of the World as We Know It as the number of minutes on a clock counting down to midnight. It originally only considered the likelyhood of a nuclear exchange, but has since has expanded its scope to cover the full breadth of Apocalypse How. During the cold war it reached 2 minutes to midnight, as the US and USSR both tested thermonuclear weapons within 9 months, and has gone as low as 17 minutes to midnight. We currently sit at three minutes to midnight, for the first time since 1987.
Doom doesn't even sound like a word anymore...