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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 characters, say it with us now DOOOOOOM.
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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.
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".
At one point in a Spider-Man cartoon, he replaced the U.N. Security Council with robots and was briefly "elected" as ruler of the world. Cue robot security council members chanting "DOOM! DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!..."
He also renamed his nation's capital city to Doomstadt.
Also from the Marvel Universe, the lead-up to one of their big Crisis Crossovers in the 1980s involved Surtur the fire giant forging Twilight, also called the Sword of Doom. For months before the series actually began readers saw him in various comics, striking the glowing sword blank on an anvil with a hammer that made a ringing "DOOM!" with each blow.
Marvel Comics has the Elements of Doom. Take the elements of the Periodic System, give them sentience and let them carry out the urge to Kill All Humans.
An early issue of The Amazing Spider-Man has the title character remarking that he was always being "doomed" by every villain he met.
Famously, Hellboy has his right hand of Doom. It's the literal Key to the Apocalypse.
Doomsday, who is best known for killing Superman himself. His arrival was even preceded by the sound of him smashing against the walls of his subterranean prison (naturally, "Doom! Doom!") and the final blow freed him with the ominous onomatopoeia, "Krakadoom." "Crack of doom," naturally.
An old British comics character named Disaster Des caused trouble wherever he went without meaning to. He had a habit of singing to himself, but instead of "dum dum dum" he always sang "doom, doom, doom".
In Judge Dredd, during the "Judgement Day" arc, a movement arose in Mega-City One called the Doomsayers, who constantly ranted about how everyone was doomed, and doom had come to the city. Doom!
Thulsa Doom, major villian of King Kull.Thulsa Doom is a fictional character first appearing in the Kull short story "Delcardes' Cat" by Robert E. Howard. He has since appeared in comic books and film as the nemesis of Kull and, later, one of Howard's other creations, Conan the Barbarian. Thulsa Doom is the prototype for many of the future evil wizards, such as Thoth Amon, Thungra Khotan, and Xaltotun in later Conan stories.
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.
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!"
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).
Thulsa Doom, the Evil Overlord's Evil Overlord from Conan the Barbarian, whose name comes from a King Kull story by Conan's creator Robert E. Howard, who was given to quite doomy and poetic descriptions.
Lampshaded in Terry Pratchett's Soul Music, wherein Susan Sto Helit visits Death's home and expects it to "loom, and involve other words ending in 'oom,' like gloom and doom." She's in for a disappointment.
Elrond says at one point that they must determine the fate of the Ring: "That is the doom that we must deem." (This comes in handy for those of us who did not know the active tense of dooming something.)
There is one half-serious reference to the One Ring as the "Ring of Doom". The Rankin/Bass animated version of Return of the King turned this reference into a song, showing that it wasn't a very serious adaptation.
While more focused on in The Silmarillion, the mortality of mankind, first known as "The Gift of Men" soon became known as the "Doom of Men".
The Silmarillion also has the Doom of Mandos (whose domain is sort of a combo of Death and Fate).
Also, in case The Silmarillion was not confusing enough, in it the "Ring of Doom" refers to a completely unrelated meeting circle where the Valar hold council.
Used memorably in The Horse and His Boy when Aslan confronts Rabadash: "The doom is nearer now. It is at the door; it has lifted the latch—"
Unsurprisingly, a motif in HP Lovecraft's The Doom That Came to Sarnath, sometimes in all-caps:
And before he died, Taran-Ish had scrawled upon the altar of chrysolite with coarse shaky strokes the sign of DOOM.
The Wheel of Time: the Pit of Doom, underneath Shayol Ghul, a mountain. This is where the barrier that separates The Dark One from the world is at its thinnest.
In A Song of Ice and Fire, repeated references are made to the Doom of Valyria. It's not clear what exactly this was, except that it was very hard on Valyria. Euron Crow's Eye claims to have "seen the Doom," so whatever-it-was may still be going on (although Euron shows every sign of being an inveterate liar). Given that Valyria seems to be the birthplace of the dragons, along with various references to smoke, fire, and poison, fans have speculated that the Doom was actually the eruption of one or more very large volcanoes.
The Hendreck character from Craig Shaw Gardner's A Malady of Magicks and its sequels uses DOOM! as his catchphrase.
John Moore's Heroics for Beginners uses this repeatedly, including the Fortress of Doom (above the Village of Angst). The gift shop is shown to have the usual merchandise bearing the Fortress of Doom logo.
In The Third World War: The Untold Story, Minsk receives a "gigantic and hideous doom"... It gets nuked by four missiles.
Patricia C. Wrede's Book of Enchantments has a story set in the Enchanted Forest revolving around the Frying Pan of Doom. It's actually a mighty weapon, but surprisingly few heroes want to go into battle with it.
Averted by The Domesday Book, which is simply a land survey and census — the original meaning of "doom" is "accounting" or "reckoning," and a doomsday was the day a lord would take stock of his landholdings' production, whence the metaphorical sense of "day of reckoning, Last Judgment."
A Malady of Magicks and it two sequels have the heavy axeman wielding a Club Of Doom. Either because of this or simply as a predisposition to the word, he is constantly saying "DOOM", "Doomed", and "of Doom!" (And, memorable, "Doom doom de-doom doom.")
The word doom appears in the Qur'an hundreds of times.
It appears in that particular translation hundreds of times; there will be more or less doom depending on the translator. (And in any case, the true Qur'an is in Arabic. Any translation can only be an interpretation of it.)
Frank McCourt, in Angela's Ashes cynically observes at one point: "Doom. The favourite word of every priest in Limerick." Or something to that effect.
In Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories" a chapter is entitled "Four Stories about the Deep Doom of Dark Doorways" but none of the stories are dark, nor do they involve deepness, doom or doorways.
In Susan Kay's Phantom Erik is know as "The Angel of Doom" in Persia.
The word is often used in Inheritance Cycle, in references to prophecy and fate, such as, "There is a doom upon you," or "Now Eragon's doom would be decided." Given the context, it is unclear whether it means "anyone's ultimate fate" or "a dark fate in specific" but it is definitely tied to destiny and prophecy. Also, Angela the herbalist provides us with this in Eldest, when Eragon asks what she thinks of Nasuada's plans: "Mmm... she's doomed! You're doomed! They're all doomed! ... Notice I didn't specify what kind of doom, so matter what happens, I predicted it. How very wise of me."
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 Dad's Army had a great way of saying this in a Scottish accent while rolling his eyes madly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ironically, in spite of his predictions of his impending death, he survives well beyond the war, still flying (as a mercenary) in 2701 according to the Wing Commander Arena manual.
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...
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 which is 15 dooms for you not geeky types.
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.
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.
"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!
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".
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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 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).
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".
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.
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! Hermes: 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? Nibbler: DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!!!!
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.
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 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"...
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.
Doofensmirtz-1: DOOM!! Jinx! You owe me three sodas!
Doofensmirtz-2: Okay, doom for him too.
Doofensmirtz-1: What? But-but I'm you!
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.
Australian Wildlife was damn weird in the past, too. Case in point: Bullockornis planei, probably better known as the DemonDuck 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."
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. At the height of the cold war it reached 3 minutes to midnight, and has gone as low as 17 minutes to midnight. We currently sit at five minutes to midnight.