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->"''The Horsemen are drawing nearer.\\
On leather steeds they ride.\\
They have come to take your life.\\
On through the dead of night,\\
With the four Horsemen ride,\\
Or choose your fate and die!"''
-->-- '''Music/{{Metallica}}''', "Four Horsemen"

So it's TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, or a reasonable facsimile. Chaos, anarchy, and destruction reign. But just when you think it can't get any worse, ''these guys'' show up. The {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of the worst things imaginable, if the Four Horsemen show up, you ''know'' it's an Apocalypse with a capital A.

Literature/TheBible has a job description[[note]]only the fourth name was actually said aloud, and the other three are inferred[[/note]] and item for each horseman, and a [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience color]] for each horse (seen [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6&version=NIV here]]).

* [[TheEmperor Conquest]] - [[EvilOverlord Bow and Crown]] - [[LightIsNotGood White]]
* [[WarGod War]] - [[{{BFS}} Sword]] - [[RedIsViolent Red]]
* [[ScavengerWorld Famine]] - [[AllAreEqualInDeath Scales]] - [[DarkIsEvil Black]]
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] - [[TheLegionsOfHell Hell]] - [[SicklyGreenGlow Green]] [[UndeathlyPallor or Pale]]

Some Bible historians have tried to identify them as some historical figures of the time the Revelation was written -- [[MindScrew but let's not get into that, okay?]]

Most adaptations will replace Conquest with [[ThePlague Pestilence]], or a similar apocalyptic agent, like [[Literature/GoodOmens Pollution]], Genocide, Plague, Nuclear Holocaust, or Overpopulation. In the Bible Pestilence and Death are often understood as being the same being, and in some translations Death is named as Pestilence. Famine is also occasionally overlapped with the concept of Pestilence in some depictions, as a WalkingWasteland.

The only one of these actually ''named'' in the Bible is Death; the others are only identified by the horses they ride. The other names come from the tasks and powers they are assigned. The exact nature, role and purpose of the Horsemen has been the subject of centuries of theological debate - Conquest, for instance, is thought to be either a figure of incalculable evil, perhaps TheAntiChrist or {{Satan}}, setting out to conquer the world; or, he could be a benevolent being like Jesus or the Holy Spirit, and his "Conquest" or "Victory" could be the beginning of the final triumph of Good over Evil. [[note]]The text is unambiguous about the doom and destruction part, however, meaning that even in the best case scenario HolyIsNotSafe when it comes to the horsemen.[[/note]] The other three horsemen don't trigger quite as much discussion, but they aren't universally agreed upon either. Don't be surprised if the writer forgets about how they're not supposed to show up till the very end of the world.

Compare DestroyerDeity. For Death when he's a solo act, see TheGrimReaper (or DontFearTheReaper for the more benign version.) See also FourIsDeath.

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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': The final BigBad was Apocalymon, and he was responsible for the creation of a four member QuirkyMinibossSquad called the Dark Masters, whose arrival heralded the twisted reformatting of the Digital World into a brutal, lifeless place of oppression; while none of them are actual horsemen or horses, they can be construed as thematically connected to the Four Horsemen. They consisted of [[http://wikimon.net/Metal_Seadramon MetalSeadramon]] (probably Famine), [[http://wikimon.net/Pinochimon Pinocchimon]] (most likely Pestilence), [[http://wikimon.net/Mugendramon Mugendramon]] (War), and [[http://wikimon.net/Piemon Piemon]] (Death).

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* [[Comicbook/XMen X-Men villain]] ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} appropriately has had a rotating cast of minions under the names of the Four Horsemen, whose job was to wreak havoc in his name as a way of culling the weak from the strong. Several heroes have been brainwashed into serving him; Angel becoming Death and later Archangel is the best-known example. Most of his Horsemen join him by choice, however; in that case, Apocalypse recruits each one via a DealWithTheDevil (like telling Autumn that he'd give her more attention than her neglectful parents to convince her become Famine, or offering to heal the IllBoy Abraham Kieros and then making him War). The first four introduced in the comics had three being eponymous with the Bible ones, the aforementioned Famine (an anorexic who could disintegrate organic matter and induce extreme hunger) and War ([[HavingABlast who could create explosions]]), along with Pestilence (a PoisonousPerson formerly known as Plague); the fourth was Archangel as Death (probably because [[TheGrimReaper there is a Death in the MCU]], [[DontFearTheReaper and she's not much evil]]).
** Another Death, in an alternate reality, was {{Deadpool}}.
** In the main Marvel Universe, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} was kidnapped by Skrulls working with Apocalypse and brainwashed, turned into Death, too. He did it gambling that he would be able to break free somehow--and also to get the adamantium Sabretooth had recently been upgraded with away from him (Magneto had ripped out Logan's skeleton years earlier; his getting adamantium-laced bones back was part of the deal to become Death). He was even sent after [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]] in order to subdue him, so he could be War. Hulk refused, but ended up as War at another time, leaving after hurting Rick Jones by accident.
** After the M-Day event, ComicBook/{{Gambit}} voluntarily joined Apocalypse to become the new Death. He had been planning to play ReverseMole, but the brainwashing used to turn him proved too strong. By the time Gambit shook it off, he felt he couldn't go back to the X-Men.
** At the same time as Gambit, Sunfire and Polaris were also made Horsemen, against their will, Famine for Sunfire, Pestilence for Polaris. Polaris at least shook off the brainwashing quickly, and returned to the X-Men, but Sunfire spent the next several years working for Mister Sinister.
** A dimension-hopping arc in ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'' included a BadFuture where Archangel was Death, Spider-Man was Pestilence, Blob was Famine, and Cable himself was War.
* [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Comics]] recently introduced their Four Horsemen of Apokolips, tying them into Creator/JackKirby's ComicBook/NewGods mythos as primordial deities of the aforementioned evil planet, with the Horsemen themselves being mere vessels created to contain a fraction of their power.
* In ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'', the Satan-figure created four beings modelled on the horsemen to watch over the desert of despair.
* In the Dreamwave continuity version of ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'', Rhinox, Airazor, Cheetor and Terrorsaur got abducted by [[BigBad Unicron]] and turned into his Four Horsemen.
* In the "Painting that Ate Paris" arc of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', the team encounter the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (Oblivion or Nullity or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Belgian sitcoms]]) at the bottom of an infinite regress of paintings inside the eponymous painting, each of which represent a different art school/style. (It's actually ''more'' confusing than it sounds.) The Horseman is finally defeated when the heroes get it to go through Dada, where it is turned into a rocking horse.
* In Archie's ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' series, the Four Horsemen make an appearance in a long miniseries of comics [[spoiler:and eventually [[KilledOffForReal kill]] the Turtles' friends/friendly rivals, the Mighty Mutanimals (which includes fan favorite Mondo Gecko)]].
* ''ComicBook/WormwoodGentlemanCorpse'' reveals that the Four Horsemen arrived a long time ago, but they liked drugs, sex, and junk food too much to bring themselves to do the whole "reap a quarter of the population" bit. Wormwood keeps them supplied with cocaine, hookers, cheese snacks, and a penthouse suite so that they stay too distracted to trigger the Apocalypse.
* The ComicBook/FantasticFour have [[TheDreaded become a legend similar to this trope]] to ''several'' alien cultures who have had the misfortune of thinking the invasion of earth was a good idea.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}: The Fury'', they make an appearance. [[spoiler:And a timely one, as Hellboy is busy battling the creature intended to bring about Ragnarok. The four end up [[CoolVersusAwesome squaring off]] against a reincarnated Myth/KingArthur and the Knights of the Round Table.]]
* The horsemen make an appearance as a major obstacle for Creator/ImageComics' Deathblow.
* Brazilian comic [[ComicBook/MonicasGang Bug-a-Booo]] has a main character [[DontFearTheReaper Lady McDeath]], a comedic GrimReaper. In one story she has a beer with the other three horsemen, with Famine being now well-fed and War married to Peace.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* Not surprisingly, portrayed in ''Film/TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse''. The Four Horsemen are alluded to, and then repeately shown in anthropomorphic form. They were summoned by the outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* A movie called ''Film/{{Horsemen}}'' is about a group of serial killers who model themselves after the four horsemen. Dennis Quaid must solve this murder!
* A film about the Holocaust is called ''The Fifth Horseman Is Fear''.
* The villains in ''Film/TheCrowWickedPrayer'' were a biker gang/cult that model themselves after the horsemen.
* In ''Film/{{Elf}}'', the four rangers of Central Park show up to destroy Santa Claus for putting them on the naughty list. The way they are depicted make them seem like they actually are the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
* In ''Film/{{Faust}}'' Mephisto the demon wants to bring them to Earth. Oddly, only three, namely War, Plague, and Famine, are shown. Death was probably busy.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' has the villain detailed in the comics folder, and implies [[BeenThereShapedHistory the Four Horsemen inspired those from the Bible]]. In the movie they are Storm (Famine), Psylocke (Pestilence) Archangel (Death - who is appropriately recruited while [[Music/{{Metallica}} "The Four Horsemen"]] plays), and Magneto (War). The opening also shows the (unnamed) Four Horsemen who served Apocalypse during his rule over AncientEgypt.

* ''Literature/GoodOmens'', which is about the end of days, naturally features the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse (that term will be explained below), who have traded in their horses for motorcycles. The novel also has a GoodCounterpart group of preteens called "the Them" who are the best friends of Adam, the novel's Anti-Christ. [[spoiler: one of the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome moments]] in the book is when the Them face off against their Horseperson counterparts using nothing but crude facsimiles of the sigils mentioned in Revelations...and ''win''.]]
** Carmine "Red" Zuigiber, aka Scarlet, is the Horsewoman of [[LadyOfWar War]]. As her name implies, she is a FieryRedhead whose very presence can cause huge acts of violence. In the first half of the novel, she works as a war correspondent for a small newspaper, and is extremely successful because she's causing the wars in the first place. Her counterpart in the Them is Pepper, the [[SmurfettePrinciple only girl]] in the group, who is equally fiery and short-tempered.
** Dr. Raven Sable is the Horseman of Famine, who delights in causing different ways to make humans starve themselves to death (including making people hungry just by looking at them). To that end, he runs a global diet empire that specializes in nutritious "food" which contains absolutely zero real food content. He's also the mastermind behind nouvelle cuisine and a series of [[BurgerFool cheap fast-food joints]] that never satisfy. His counterpart in the Them is Wensleydale, who is something of a know-it-all.
** Chalky, or Mr. White, is the Horseman of Pollution--it's revealed that Pestilence retired with the advent of penicillin, prompting Chalky to take the job. His touch can turn even the most pristine river into a stream of post-industrial sludge, and his presence automatically makes the area around him filthy. His counterpart in the Them is Brian, a somewhat cowardly boy who's ThePigPen.
** Death himself is the Final Horseman, and though he functions as their leader, he's actually probably the nicest of the four--it's implied that he's a PunchClockVillain who, unlike the others, is a proper angel and part of the natural order of things, rather than a mere AnthropomorphicPersonification of humanity's fears. As such, he can't be defeated permanently. His counterpart in the Them is Adam himself.
** Later in the novel, a group of [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Hell's Angels]] tags along with the Four Horsepersons as they travel to Lower Tadfield, where the apocalypse will begin. When the Hell's Angels learn of their new friends' true identities, they take to calling themselves Grievous Bodily Harm, Really Cool People, Cruelty to Animals and No-Alcohol Lager (he changes his name every time he thinks of something else he hates, and finally ends up as People Covered In Fish).
--->'''Biker:''' "'Ere, you're Hells Angels are you? What chapter you from then?"
--->'''Death:''' [[AC:Revelations. Chapter six.]]
--->'''Pollution:''' Verses two to eight.
* In Book 4 of ''Literature/TheImmortals'', the world is ravaged by the local equivalents of War, Famine and Pestilence. Given the option to try and stop one of the three, Daine and company choose Pestilence, as that one could cause the most long-term harm.
* Creator/RobertRankin's Brentford includes a pub called The Four Horsemen; its landlord is a devil worshipper with a Dorian Grey painting upstairs. (Other Brentford pubs include The Hands of Orlac and The Shrunken Head).
* Naturally, after ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' established Death, along with his pale horse Binky, not just as a recurring but as a main character, they had to have the other three show up. They would have ridden out in ''Sourcery'', but they stopped at an inn and got drunk. Only Death could hold his liquor, and the other's horses were stolen, so Death had to ride out alone.
** ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' introduced the fifth member, [[spoiler:Kaos, a.k.a. Ronnie Soak the dairyman]], [[ThePeteBest who quit the Horsemen before they got famous]]. What's even funnier about this is that there actually ''was'' a member of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse who quit before they got famous; see Conquest above.
*** This is something of a subversion: [[spoiler:after gathering together, the Four Horsemen decide they like the world too much and decide to try and save it from being destroyed. Hey, the prophesy just says they'll ride out; nothing in there says ''against whom''.]]
*** In one of his better bits, when Twoflower meets the Four Horsemen, he teaches them to play Bridge.
-->'''Rincewind:''' "How long do you think that'll keep them busy?"
-->'''Twoflower:''' "I don't know. Probably until [[{{Pun}} the last trump]]..."
** Terry Pratchett also mentions that it's not just the Apocalypse--many things have their four horsemen. The Four Horsemen of the Common Cold are Sniffles, Chesty, Nostril and Lack Of Tissues, for instance, and the Horsemen of Panic are Misinformation, Rumour, Gossip and Denial.
** Two of them even started families. Death has his adopted daughter and her daughter with their own series. War married a Valkyrie and they had at least three children together; sons Panic and Terror and daughter [[AerithAndBob Clancy]].
* The ''[[Literature/{{Shannara}} Heritage of Shannara]]'' books have Walker Boh fighting Shadowen demons who deliberately modeled themselves after the horsemen.
* In Nancy Springer's ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Nancy-Springer/dp/B001J9UVLY/ref=sr_1_42?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231388239&sr=1-42 Apocalypse,]]'' four small-town horsewomen take on the role. (Please note, however, that [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer the Publisher's Weekly synopsis got several details wrong]].)
* ''The Pale Horse'' by Creator/AgathaChristie features a pub with Death's horse from the Book of Revelation on the sign with multiple references to this trope. Not surprisingly, the place specializes in death-for-hire, in the form of [[spoiler: murder by clever heavy metal poisoning]].
* The late Charles L. Grant's ''Millennium Quartet'' introduces one Horsemen per novel.
* ''The Fifth Horseman'' (by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre) is a novel about a nuclear terrorist threat, which makes sense, as judicious application of nuclear weapons ''would'' lead to famine, pestilence (in the form of radiation poisoning), war, and death.
* ''The Fifth Horseman: A Sleepy Hollow Legend'' (by Gregg Gonzalez) is a novel about a terrifying battle with the supernatural in the town of Sleepy Hollow, set over the course of September and October of 1988. The Headless Horseman itself is an undead being inhabited by Chaos, the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse, who "brings anarchy, conspiracy, suspicion, paranoia, confusion, mistrust and doubt - all of which destroy man from the inside out." [[spoiler: The Horseman is finally defeated when it is sucked from its physical body and confined in a certain crystal skull, which first has to be activated via a special ritual.]]
* Some of the characters in Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series - notably Death and War - are based on The Horsemen.
** The Incarnation of War is accompanied by four horsemen of the Apocalypse: Conquest, Slaughter, Famine, and Pestilence. War also rides a horse called Were.
* Larissa Ione's ''Lords of Deliverance'' series features four siblings as people chosen to be the horsemen. [[AntiAntiChrist They mostly reject their roles and try to help the world instead of destroy it]]. Famine is a girl and [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed]] to {{Satan}}, which she hates because she has a human boyfriend.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has an incarnation of Conquest as a major antagonist, and it's noted that while he is one of several different incarnations of the concept, the idea behind the four horsemen of the apocalypse grants him a lot of power, and there are certain agencies interested in using that concept to their advantage who like to feed such individuals. Unfortunately, since he's based in [[CanadaEh Toronto,]] the narrative for him as one of the four horsemen is weak at best, and he himself is correspondingly relatively weak. This does not stop him from being extremely dangerous, especially given the interpretation of Conquest as "forceful subjugation," which makes Conquest, among other things, the ''god of torture.''
* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel]]'', the princess's visions of other worlds include one where the horsemen (unnamed) are menacing it.
* The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse are the main characters in Jessica Clark's ''Un Fuego Lento'', they reunite after their latest failure in ending the world in 2012.
* The main antagonists of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'' are a group of power-hungry clan mages called the Soul Eaters. Four of them each function as main antagonists in four of the six books, and they can be compared to the Four Horsemen by their personal attributes and the plots in the respective books.
** The [[StarterVillain Crippled Wanderer]] [[spoiler:(Tenris)]] is "Pestilence": the plague he creates and spreads is the driving plot point of ''Spirit Walker''. In addition to that, the demon [[BearsAreBadNews bear]] he created runs rampage across the Forest and grows more powerful with each kill in ''Wolf Brother''. (If the bear hadn't been killed before [[WhenThePlanetsAlign the zenith of the Great Auroch's red eye]], it would have become invincible.) [[spoiler:Tenris has also won the complete trust of the Sea clans over the years, making him the real authority figure of the Seal Islands.]]
** Thiazzi is "War": not only he's the [[WorldsStrongestMan strongest man of the Forest]] and the most [[AxCrazy violent]] of the Soul Eaters, in ''Oath Breaker'' he drives the Deep Forest clans into war among each other, and then he [[spoiler:unites both sides and nearly leads them into an open war with the Open Forest clans]].
** [[FemmeFatale Seshru]] is "Famine": in ''Outcast'', she causes Lake Axehead to gradually dry and grow sick with deformed and inedible fish [[spoiler:(with her having actually committed the latter only)]], which are the main food source of the Otter Clan.
** [[{{Necromancer}} Eostra]] is "Death": she has always been obsessed with the secrets of the dead, and she even resembles a corpse. She resurrected a deceased boy in her youth, and in ''Ghost Hunter'' she summons the spirits of [[spoiler: all the deceased Soul Eaters]].
* The False Rider in ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'' is identified as being the Pale Rider. "He" is the personification of pestilence and appears as a black mist with three lights to give "him" a face, with the power to infect people with black fog and bring them to Kurouka's dream world.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Londo Mollari refers to his three, much-hated wives as "Pestilence", "Famine", and "Death". The viewer is left to infer that Londo is, by exclusion, [[ForeShadowing War]]. WordOfGod confirms that this is quite deliberate.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' featured them once, though they decided to go the biblical route and had Strife instead of Pestilence, as mentioned above, and War seemed to be their leader (as opposed to Death in most other media, assuming they even have any sort of hierarchy). It's hinted that they're responsible for every major disaster in history, and that any powerful warlock, demon, and possibly even human may be chosen by the Source to serve as a Horseman. The Source itself is also the only being capable of killing them, and routinely does so when the current incarnation of the quartet gives an unsatisfactory performance in their attempt to instigate the apocalypse (which [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the group]] that appeared in the episode treated like a business).
* Season 6 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' features the Doomsday Killer, who fashions his victims' bodies into tableaux based on the Book of Revelation. DDK manages to create The Four Horsemen by [[spoiler: stitching the body parts of one victim onto four different mannequins, attaching the four complete "horsemen" to real life horses, then setting the horses (complete with Horsemen) free onto an unsuspecting downtown Miami.]]
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' had a group of Immortal villains that used this name, [[spoiler:including, at one time, Duncan's friend Methos]]. [[spoiler:Methos]] was Death, Kronos was Pestilence, Silas was War, and Caspian was Famine. It is explicitly stated that the Horsemen of the Bible were actually inspired by this Immortal group.
--> '''[[spoiler:Methos]]:''' I killed. But I didn't just kill fifty, I didn't kill a hundred. I killed a thousand. I killed '''ten''' thousand! And I was good at it. And it wasn't for vengeance, it wasn't for greed. It was because... I liked it. [[spoiler:Cassandra]] was nothing. Her village was nothing. Do you know who I was? I was Death. Death Death on a horse. When mothers warned their children that the monster would get them, that monster was me. I was the nightmare that kept them awake at night.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'', though there they were called "Gunmen of the Apocalypse," and they were actually computer viruses that had infected both the Navicomp and Kryten- who happened to envision his struggle with the virus as a Western.
* ''Series/TheMist'' has the Four Horsemen manifest before a priest who is testing his faith by entering the Mist. War impales him with a harpoon arrow and the four drag him away, presumably to his death.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' introduced the Four Horsemen in the 5th season as servants of Lucifer preparing the world for the apocalypse, with their steeds replaced by cars, named after horses. They serve as a kind of QuirkyMinibossSquad for the season, as the Winchesters and Castiel must track all four down and collect their powerful magic rings to serve as a key to Lucifer's cage.
** War, the first of the Horseman to be revealed, drives a red Mustang. A [[AffablyEvil cheerful fellow]] who loves his work, he doesn't actually commit any violent acts himself; rather, he [[LetsYouAndHimFight gets people to divide up]] and [[TheChessmaster start killing each other]] with a [[MasterOfIllusion twist of his ring.]] War casually brags about being behind every major war in history: "I was in Europe. Then I was in Europe. Then I was in Vietnam..." He was apparently in Darfur causing strife when Lucifer called him to the United States to start messing with the Winchesters.
** Famine is an incredibly creepy, rotten-toothed old man in a wheelchair, driven around in a black Cadillac Escalade; he needs demonic help because the Haber process, which massively increased the world's food supply, crippled his health. His presence drives people's desires of any kind--drugs, food, sex, love, money, etc.--UpToEleven, eventually prompting them to self-destruct as they lose all self-control (one poor cook becomes so overwhelmed with hunger that he ''sticks his entire upper body in a deep-fat fryer''). Famine's also somewhat poetic, waxing philosophical about America as a "swarm of locusts in stretch pants."
** Pestilence appeared in "Two Minutes To Midnight", where he is amusing himself breeding super-viruses in a residential care home. It is revealed that he spread Swine Flu in order to distribute a vaccine which is really the Croatoan virus. Very [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster-y]], and [[FauxAffablyEvil only superficially polite]]--he likes to talk and make jokes, but is also prone to furious rants about the uselessness of humans; he can't understand why God loves them so much. He drives a green '72 AMC Hornet with the license plate SIKN TIRD ("Sick and Tired"); the car is often filled with disease-carrying flies.
** Death, the leader of the Horsemen, first appeared on-screen in the episode: "Two Minutes To Midnight". He drives a white 1959 Cadillac. A man drops dead in the street after bumping into him, and an entire pizzeria dies just because he fancies a slice. Dean talks to him extensively, and Death reveals that he is at least as old as God, if not older (since he says that [[TheFogOfAges neither he nor God can remember any more]]), and that in the end even God will be reaped by him. Rather than being a willing servant of Lucifer (as the others are implied to be), Death reveals that he is far more powerful (as he's a natural force in the universe), and only serves because he is bound to Lucifer by a spell. Death later becomes something of a recurring character; the Winchesters are prone to calling him up when they have a problem that even the angels can't solve (for example, [[spoiler: saving Sam's soul from the depths of Hell]]). Oddly, Death has an affinity for human junk food.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' featured the four horsemen Famine, Pestilence, Death, And... The Other One. They mostly sit around, bored to tears, playing Travel Scrabble and listening to Famine complain about how hungry he is. All except for Death, who is dead.
* In the Season 4 finale of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler: Nadine's]] superpower is to bring about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse when she sees people sinning, although in this version they are ninjas on bicycles. [[spoiler: The only way to stop them from killing everybody is to kill Nadine.]]
* ''Series/SleepyHollow'':
** [[HeadlessHorseman The Headless Horseman]] is interpreted as Death. And if he reclaims his skull, he'll be able to summon his companions and bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[spoiler: It turns out to be Ichabod's former friend Abraham Van Brunt, who [[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul and services]] to [[BigBad Moloch]] in order to gain revenge of Ichabod for "stealing" Katrina from him.]]
** Conquest/Pestilence (who's actually referred to by both names), shows up in the episode "John Doe". It turns out he caused the disappearance of Roanoke Colony, as he infected them with a plague intended to kick-start the Apocalypse. They only survived by being guided to a safe place where TimeStandsStill by the spirit of Virginia Dare. In the present day, Pestilence lures a young boy out of the safe zone into Sleepy Hollow to try and spread the plague, which would allow him to spread across the world. [[spoiler: Fortunately, when Ichabod and Abbie return the boy, it seems Pestilence is banished again.]]
** The first season finale deals with the heroes attempting to stop the rise of the Horseman of War. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he's already loose, as it turns out he's their [[EvilAllAlong supposed ally, Henry Parish the Sin-Eater]], who's actually Ichabod and Katrina's son Jeremy Crane, who agreed to serve Moloch in order to escape being BuriedAlive]].
* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', God orders ArchangelMichael to kick start Armageddon by unleashing the Horsemen. In the end, the entire thing turned out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter for Hercules, and humanity in general.
* In the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' episode "Hardhome", four horse-riding White Walkers appear on the hill, possibly to invoke this.

* The song "Death Voices" By Gallows contains the lyrics "Four nails, Four corners, Four riders and Four horses. Bring me famine, Bring me death, Bring me war, pestilence"
* Music/JohnnyCash's "The Man Comes Around" is a song about the apocalypse which makes direct reference to this at the end:
--> "And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, And I looked and behold: a pale horse. And his name, that sat on him, was Death. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome And Hell followed with him.]]"
* They're featured to wonderful effect in a ''Series/SpittingImage'' [[http://youtu.be/FTtwFyFNgfg song-and-video segment.]]
* The line "seven horses seem to be on the mark" from the Doors' song ''Love Her Madly'' is most likely ''not'' meant to be a reference to the Apocalypse, but some people think it is anyway. The song is about being in love with a girl who is leaving (or at least threatening to). Maybe that is the end of the world to some people?
* There is a 80s rock band called The Four Horsemen. [[http://www.thefourhorsemen.com/ Of course.]]
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The Four Horsemen". Though they replace War with "Time". Wonder why.
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Blessed Are The Dead", which is pretty ironic when you consider that Mustaine hated the fact that Metallica rewrote [[BawdySong "Mechanix"]] into "The Four Horsemen" after he left the band.
* Aphrodite's Child have a song called "The Four Horsemen". Later covered by Gregorian, a band that's a lot like, but not exactly, what it says on the tin.
* Music/TheClash also did a song called "Four Horsemen".
* Saviour Machine, who explicitly wrote songs about the Book of Revelations, wrote a song called "Behold A Pale Horse" which describes the terrible state of the world after The Horsemen ride out.
* The Music/{{Manowar}} songs "The Warrior's Prayer" and "Glory, Majesty, Unity" both talk about 4 mysterious riders who challenge and defeat the combined mights of several armies. "Revelation (Death's Angel)" is based on the book of Revelation, and describes the "four horsemen rid[ing]" and the destroyed Earth they leave in their wake.
* An unfinished music video for the {{Music/Gorillaz}} song Rhinestone Eyes briefly shows the horsemen riding across a nondescript plane, with the [[BigBad Boogieman]] trotting behind them on a donkey.
* Running Wild's "Apocalyptic Horsemen", like many songs from their earlier days on darker (or downright evil) things, portray them in a positive light.
* They are featured on Music/JudasPriest's ''Nostradamus'' RockOpera.
* They are portrayed on the cover of Music/{{WASP}}'s album ''Babylon''.
* The Hold Steady mention them in 'Cattle and the Creeping Things': "don't it all end up in some revelation? with 4 guys on horses, and violent red visions. famine and death and pestilence and war."
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's 2011 album, ''Alpocalypse'', features on the cover Al riding along with the other 3 Horsemen. He replaces Famine, as a CallBack to all the food songs in his catalogue (and the black horse Al rides has his trademark curly hair).
* The cover of Music/{{Muse}} album [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BHARCOVER.jpg Black Holes and Revelations]] has the horsemen sitting at a table, upon which are their miniaturized horses.
* Music/{{Coldplay}}'s "Death And All His Friends" is probably about this ("No, I don't want a battle from beginning to end, I don't wanna cycle or recycle revenge, I don't wanna to follow death and all of his friends").
* Music/{{Pantera}}'s "Cowboys from Hell", while not explicitly about the Four Horsemen, definitely can evoke the feeling of "oh fuck" that would accompany seeing them.
* The German Metal Band ''Die Apokalyptischen Reiter'' are named after the German word for the horsemen. They have several songs about the apocalypse and themselves as horsemen.
* Music/TheOhHellos sing about them in "Pale White Horse." "Neither plague nor famine tempered my courage / Nor did raids make me cower, / But his translucent skin made me shiver deep within my bones. / It was a pale white horse / With a crooked smile / And I knew it was my time."
* The song "Trojan Horses" by Music/{{Cormorant}} mention the horsemen, not to mention the WhamLine:
-->The truth is not worth hiding:
-->you are Death, and Death is you.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WCW}}, and the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA before it, had a long-running {{heel}} stable called Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen. It was led in all its incarnations by Wrestling/RicFlair, although the name was coined by Wrestling/ArnAnderson. Of course, they were not actually depicted as the Horsemen Of The Apocalypse; the name was simply a symbolic reference. Their gang sign was holding up a hand, all four fingers on each spread apart (although, strangely, sometimes they'd hold up ''both'' hands in the 4-finger sign; with all four doing this, that of course signifies the coming of the 32 Horsemen of the Apocalypse).
* WWE refers to Wrestling/{{Charlotte}}, Wrestling/SashaBanks, Wrestling/{{Bayley}} and Wrestling/BeckyLynch as the "Four Horsewomen".

* Literature/TheBible's ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'' is the TropeMaker, making this OlderThanFeudalism. Interestingly enough, the biblical Horsemen combined Pestilence and Death into the final horseman, with War being the second horseman and Famine being the third. The first horseman was Conquest (or possibly Strife), commonly believed to be the Antichrist. The idea of having Pestilence as a Horseman of the Apocalypse is inspired partially by the terrible suffering of the Black Death (a plague which killed roughly one third of Europe's population) and partially to avoid CastSpeciation with War. Mostly the former.
** "I looked, and there was a white horse! Its rider had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering and to conquer....And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another; and he was given a great sword.....I looked, and there was a black horse! Its rider held a pair of scales in his hand, and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, 'A quart of wheat for a day's pay, and three quarts of barley for a day's pay, but do not damage the olive oil and the wine!'...I looked and there was a pale green horse! Its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed with him; they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and pestilence, and by the wild animals of the earth." from Revelation 6; the opening of the seven seals.
*** Some Biblical Archaeologists have theorized that Revelation is actually intended as a coded message to the Jewish people to resist the attempts by the current Caesar (usually believed to be Nero, but some think it may have been Caligula) to enforce worship himself on their people and to pray for the destruction of the Roman Empire, that a Jewish kingdom may be built from the ruins. In this theory, the Horsemen are actually allegories for the four most powerful enemies of the Roman Empire.
*** Also if they are interpreted by historical background of 1st Century: Death (pale green horse), Antonius (war, red horse), Brutus/Nero (corruption, black horse -- note this means political corruption), Caesar (conquest, white horse)

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The fourth [[{{Sourcebook}} World Book]] for TabletopGame/{{Rifts}} primarily concerned the arrival of the Four Horsemen to Earth (Africa, precisely), and a war between a gathering of heroes and an [[TheEmpire Empire]] of demons and monsters to keep them from merging together to form a demon capable of wiping out the entire planet.
* One ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement that contains rules for four epic-level, near-godlike fey beings: the Harbinger (Death), the supreme incarnation of entropy and of life leading inevitably to death; the Scourge (War), the incarnation of life's tendency to wage war against itself from the microscopic level on up; the Blight (Pestilence), the incarnation of the destructive nature of communication, and the Bereft (Famine), the incarnation of ''lack''-it is equal parts thirst, hunger, lust, etc-the incarnation of all un-fulfillable needs.
** Green Ronin's ''Advanced Bestiary'' has a set of Four Horsemen ''templates,'' envisioning the 4Hs not a monsters in their own right, but as possessing spirits. It can be a little weird seeing Death as CR 7.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the Horsemen as the nigh-omnipotent leaders of the NeutralEvil daemons. All represent the end of life in some form or another. [[PsychoForHire Szuriel]], the Horse(wo)man of War; [[HorrorHunger Trelmarixian]], the Horseman of Famine; [[{{Plaguemaster}} Apollyon]], the Horseman of Pestilence; and [[TheChessmaster Charon]], the Horseman of Death (representing the inevitable death of old age). There is also a ''fifth'' horseman, the Oinodaemon, whom the others overthrew.
* ''[[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Geist: the Sin-Eaters]]'' has each one of the five Thresholds symbolically claimed by one of the Horsemen. [[ShownTheirWork It actually works out]]; in Revelations, it says that Hades rides behind Death, so there ''are'' technically five horsemen. Each one ties closely to the means by which the Sin-Eater died; for instance, the Torn, who died by violent means, are favored of the Red Horseman.
** The [[ApocalypseHow Book of Eschaton]] from the ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Testament of Longinus]]'' has the five Horsemen all directly named. (In order: Pestilence, Conflict, Famine, Chance, and Death.) [[ItsBeenDone The appendix puts Eschaton's date of authorship just shy of two millennia ago.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'', the now-un-SealedEvilInACan "the Reckoners" were revealed eventually to be the Four Horsemen.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' RPG, the adventure module "[=ApoKERMIS=] Now!" has the Four Frog-Riders of the Apo[[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermis]], who are meant to [[spoiler: keep the party going until the world ends. Their names are Feast (in charge of the party's snacks), Merry (in charge of the party's music and atmosphere), Cheers (in charge of any drinking going on at the party), and Dancer (in charge of the dancing).]]
* The Chaos gods from TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} are analogous to the Four Horsemen: Pestilence is Nurgle, War is Khorne, Death is Tzeentch, and Famine is Slaanesh.
** Meanwhile, Warhammer has a HellishHorse that is outright called "The Steed of the Apocalypse". Part of the requirements for becoming the Everchosen of Chaos is to break him and make him let you ride him. Yes, in Warhammer, there is only ''one'' Horseman of the Apocalypse... and that's all they need!
* ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} Apocalypse'' contains a monster named "The Four Horsies of the Apocalypse", which features a MyLittlePony-style depiction.
* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness crossover game ''Midnight Circus'' features an equestrian act by this very name, operated by the four [=DeEquesto=] siblings; of course, since this particular game is all about a CircusOfFear, the Horsemen also hunt down anyone trying to escape from the carnival with extreme prejudice. Each of them fights with a different weapon and their own distinct style: War is a loudmouthed TinTyrant armed with a broadsword; Famine is a LeanAndMean spearfighter armed with an enchanted spear that cripples its victims with induced starvation; Sickness is a [[EvilCripple clubfooted]] horse-archer, commonly making use of Wyrm-tainted arrows that infect its victims with deadly plague; and of course, Death is a ominously quiet EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette, armed with a scythe.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''SamAndMax Season 2: Ice Station Santa'', the Freelance Police must collect a full set of Horsemen of the Apocalypse action figures in order to perform an exorcism.
* The TurnBasedStrategy ''Warlords'' series and it's {{Spinoff}} ''VideoGame/WarlordsBattlecry'' include the Horsemen Of The Apocalypse as DemonicInvaders. Rather unusually for the trope they really don't get along with each other. War and Death are particularly hostile against each other after a failed VillainTeamUp in the third ''Warlords'' game. The campaign in the third ''Warlords Battlecry'' centers around the Fifth Horseman, Destruction, who gets along even ''worse'' with the rest, sending armies to invade their realms (except War's, but that's just because [[PiecesOfGod he was busy being dismembered and scattered everywhere]]).
* Curiously, the primary adversaries of ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' fit into these archetypes. Atris as Pestilence (having fallen to TheCorruption), Sion as War (TheBrute who deals with every problem with his lightsaber), Nihilus as Famine (a hole in the universe that is eternally hungry) and [[spoiler:Kreia]] as Death [[spoiler:(her ultimate goal is to destroy the Force, and through it all life).]]
* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series maintains the full stable as part of its pantheon of demons. While their given names are White Rider, Red Rider, Black Rider, and Pale Rider, they are identified in the Compendium as the proper representations of Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. As the world is almost always ending in the SMT franchise, the presence of these guys is almost expected.
** The first to ever appear is the Pale Rider in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'', along with fellow Fiends Daisoujou and David. He and the others appear with a 1/256 spawn rate, and their rare drops are the finest weapons of each path. The Rider's is the Angel's Trumpet, of the Law Path.
** They show up in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. Unfortunately, they're a bit late to the party as the world [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt already ended]]. Luckily, [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo survived]] as the world in between the past one and next one, albeit now it is ball-shaped.
** In ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'', the player can encounter the horsemen in special battles on a new moon or as part of various sidequests given out by the game's resident LouisCypher. The catch is that they are directly referred to the reward items gained from beating them (i.e. The Crown of Victory for beating the white rider, The Sword of War for the red, etc.).
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIMAGINE'' also has these bosses, albeit you have to use Ultimate Summon Orbs to, well, summon them. Oddly enough, three of the Riders are found in one dungeon, and the Pale Rider is all by himself in another.[[note]] They are found in, respectively: Suginami Tunnels and Celu Tower.[[/note]]
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' features them again, as hidden bosses each in a different sector of the Schwarzwelt. They can be fought and summoned using the Fiend Converter.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' has all four of them, plus most of the Fiend race. However, in a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'', their spawn rate is 1/256, their HP's shot to the roof, and have ArtificialBrilliance allowing them to bombard enemies into oblivion with Antichthon should any dare to eat any of their precious Press Turns. They also appear in much weaker forms, sans Antichthon, in a Domain in Infernal Tokyo, as part of a Challenge Quest.
** Beyond the main four, there are also several other signs of the apocalypse that can show up depending on the game, such as Trumpeter (the trumpeting angel signifying the beginning of the apocalypse), or Lady Harlot (the Whore of Babylon herself).
* You fight them in the game ''Videogame/{{Hexen}} II''. Interestingly, Death is only the ''second'' boss you fight. The very fact that you're ''fighting'' them makes War the heavyweight (while having the most straightforward fighting style).
* The game ''VideoGame/{{Afterlife}}'', a sim game by Creator/LucasArts, had "the Four Surfers of the Apocalypso". Yeah. They would ride waves of magma to destroy your simulated heaven and hell if you stay in debt for too long. Their descriptions are SurferDude versions of their Biblical introductions.
* ''VideoGame/TotalWarAttila'' references them as part of its trailers, each represented by a faction that fulfilled an aspect during that time such as the Eastern Roman Empire (Conquest),the Sassanid Empire (War), Visigothic hordes (Faminie) and finally the Huns (Death).
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has a group of elite bosses named after the Four Horsemen, but they're actually extra-dimensional pseudo-alien invaders in giant floating egg suits with only vaguely thematic powers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'':
** The Security Stronghold, a dungeon accessible to all players and designed to teach players how to keep their accounts secure. Each of the dungeon's four levels is named and themed after one of the Horsemen, in the order: War, Famine, Pestilence, Death.
** Though they do not actually make an appearance, they are heavily referenced to in the [[http://runescape.wikia.com/wiki/Deathcon_II 2011 Deathcon II quest]], where the player must arrange statues associated with the Horsemen and place them on plinths.
** [[http://runescape.wikia.com/wiki/Horses Horses the Chicken]], the pet of an NPC named Frank who helped found the Horsemen Clan, has transformations based on the Horsemen's attributes.
* ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Four Horseman in Naxxramas, a group of Death Knights who are the final boss fight of the Military Wing of the raid. It's generally agreed that each one is based off a classic horseman, though people aren't entirely sure which.
** Thane Korth'azz seems most similar to the Horseman of War due to using fire magic, Sir Zeliek is most similar to the Horseman of Conquest due to having a white horse and [[LightIsNotGood Holy spells]], Lady Blaumeux best represents Famine for her reliance on health-draining void zones, and Baron Rivendare's reliance on strong, focused damage over time spells makes him suited for Death.
** The pre-Wrath of the Lich King Four Horsemen were organized as such: Thane best resembled Death for his green-colored horse, Blaumeux best resembled Famine, Zeliek was still best fit for Conquest, and the now-missing Highlord Mograine best represented War for his red horse and fire magic that uses actual fire rather than meteors like Thane Korth'azz.
** In ''Legion'', The Knights of the Ebon Blade assemble a rare (anti-) heroic example of this trope. The new Horsemen consist of [[spoiler: General Nazgrim, Thoras Trollbane, High Inquisitor Whitemane, and Darion Mograine when the Knights failed to acquire Tirion Fordring's corpse.]]
* These guys show up twice in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'', once in the "Omens" official scenario, and again in the VideoGame/FallFromHeaven [[GameMod mod]].
* The ''Darksiders'' series features the Horsemen as the main characters. In this setting, they're "Nephilim" (half-angel, half-demon) and act as enforcers for the Charred Council that [[{{God}} the Creator]] tasked with preserving the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Balance Between Heaven and Hell]] (and Man). Famine and Conquest have been renamed Fury and Strife, as the former names don't fit an action series. The formula so far seems to be that each Horseman stars in a game of their own, each happening concurrently with the others, before they'll presumably team up.
** ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}} I'' had ''someone'' trigger the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]] early, and the Council blames War for it. Now he's incredibly pissed-off and hunting for those responsible.
** ''VideoGame/DarksidersII'' features Death trying to fix War's supposed crime and resurrect humanity.
** In ''VideoGame/DarksidersIII'', Fury is dispatched to slay the SevenDeadlySins running amok.
* In ''Videogame/{{Nethack}}'', once you have the Amulet of Yendor and make it to the Astral Plane, three of the Horsemen show up -- Death, Pestilence, and Famine, of which Death is the most annoying, Pestilence the most scary, and Famine the biggest pushover. The fourth horseman, War, [[spoiler:is the player.]] That's ambiguously hinted if you try to #chat with one of them (they'll say [[spoiler:"Who do you think you are, War?"]]) and unambiguously spelled out in [[AllThereInTheManual a comment in the source code]]. And you can't [[SealedEvilInACan tin their corpses]], because [[spoiler:War does not [[{{Pun}} preserve]] its enemies]].
* Web RPG ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' recently began to introduce the concept of a Demipower group (weaker than gods or the beings who control the elements, but higher than any normal human and most Avatars) known as the Riders, specifically designed to destroy (or, unusually, create) worlds. War is a fightable boss who becomes stronger as the fight goes on and his HP drops, with Pestilence being alluded to in a cutscene when someone suggests smashing the altar that serves as their power source (it didn't work). The heroes eventually break War's altar... [[spoiler: by having two draconic gods breathe on it simultaneously. ]] It knocks out one of the summoners and still leaves War with enough power to fight you a second time.
* The MMORPG ''AdventureQuestWorlds'' gave us a group of undead centaurs known as the Horsemen of the Undead Apocalypse, some of Dage the Evil's most loyal servants. They showed up on Dage's 2014 birthday event, and defeating each of them seven times (once per day, of course) would reward you with a character page badge for each one.
* Although they are named after demons, the Elemental Lords of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIV'' are clearly meant to be analogues of the Horsemen. They do help end at least one or two civilizations on the planet, to boot.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}'' has a random encounter in which you can meet the Four Horsemen of the ''Post''-Apocalypse, standing around a campfire, talking. They just stand around and exchange dialogue, probably because they don't have much to do now. they are labeled as 'almost dead', you can attack them, but they have no equipment, lots of hitpoints and give little experience.
-->'''Horseman of War''': [[ArcWords War never changes]]? F*** you! You don't know me!
* In ''VideoGame/DarkAgeofCamelot'', they serve as minibosses you fight prior to engaging Apocalypse, the Albion realm's boss of the first expansion.
* While not the traditional Horsemen, ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'''s four Sinistrals are clearly inspired by them, as they represent Chaos, Terror, Destruction and Death. [[spoiler:One of them is in your party.]]
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' has the four Horses of the Apocalypse that John Marston can ride once he breaks them. They each have unique abilities.
* If you KickTheDog thoroughly enough in the RTS ''VideoGame/LordsOfTheRealmIII'', you may just end up recruiting four mysterious knights who are ridiculously overpowered... And if you go the other way around and end up as a pious, honorable, chivalrous lord to end all lords, you instead get Micheal, Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel.[[note]]Note that the horsemen and archangels only appear after about two hours has passed in a single game. They're absurdly powerful for the purpose of breaking the stalemate and getting the game over with (likely in favor of the slightly stronger player).[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' has the Four Horsemen as random boss fights after you beat the game once. Each one has a chance of dropping a piece of VideoGame/MeatBoy, who will follow you around and deal damage. It's also possible to meet the HeadlessHorseman. Conquest also appears in the expansion pack; a DummiedOut achievement even refers to him as a forgotten horseman.
* The appropriately titled ''VideoGame/{{Apocalypse}}'' game on the Playstation starred Creator/BruceWillis (Yes, him) as the only man for the job to stop the upcoming apocalypse by defeating the four horsemen (Death, Pestilence, War, and ''Beast''). War strangely reminded him a lot of his ex-wife.
* The [[MeaningfulName Sin's City]] mission tier in ''VideoGame/SuperheroCity'' presents the Four Horsemen (Conquest, War, Famine and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Death]]) as villains for your hero character to fight. Conquest has the power to instill the desire to rule over all things in humans within his vicinity; War, to instill bloodlust; Famine, to instill hunger to the point of the victims [[ExtremeOmnivore eating anything]] ([[ImAHumanitarian including human flesh]]); Death, to drain the life-force from everything in her immediate area.
* The Revelation Pack DLC for ''[[VideoGame/MotorStorm MotorStorm: Apocalypse]]'' adds in four new vehicles themed on War, Pestilence, Famine and Death. They are represented by the Molotov Uradna-66 (a [[MightyGlacier racing big rig]]), Jester Arclight (a sprint car converted into a [[JackOfAllStats buggy]]), Voodoo Acheron (a skeletal [[CoolBike custom chopper]]) and Falfer Tombstone (a [[TheBigGuy monster truck hearse]]) respectively.
* In ''VideoGame/ChaosRingsII'' the Four Horsemen -- Conquest, War, Famine, and Death -- are the agents of the Destroyer Neron dedicated to ending the world. [[spoiler:It's all a complete lie. They are actually the agents of the Creator Amon dedicated to spreading destruction to rekindle humanity's belief in Amon (which he needs to survive) through fear. They can also fuse together to create Herald.]]
* Although they don't all have mounts, Ashnard's top generals in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' are called the Four Riders. Makes sense for someone intent on releasing a SealedEvilInACan. That said, the sequel suggests that the previous king had Four Riders for a nobler purpose.
* The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are monsters from the Netherworld in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'', fought in Sion's scenario. Weirdly, their names have nothing to do with the original Horsemen.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'':
** Four of the Champions from the Shadow Isles seem to be inspired by the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. [[TinTyrant Mordekaiser]] is Conquest, or going by his association to [[PlagueMaster sickness and malady]], Pestilence; [[HellishHorse Hecarim]] is War, seeing as how he's a BloodKnight and his ''title'' is "the Shadow of War"; [[TortureTechnician Thresh]] is associated with Famine due to his weapon and the fact that Famine is an extremely slow and torturous killer, fitting Thresh's theme; [[OurLichesAreDifferent Karthus]] is, obviously, Death due to him being an OmnicidalManiac who wants to bring death to ''everything''.
** Champion Yorick's skills are references to the Horsemen. They are: ''Omen of War'', ''Omen of Pestilence'', ''Omen of Famine'' and ''Omen of Death''.
* In ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'', if the Plaguebearer manages to infect every other player in the match, they become Pestilence who is a PurposefullyOverpowered role who is NighInvulnerable (only lynching kills them) and kills both a target of their choosing, anyone who visiting that person, and anyone who visits [[MuggingTheMonster or attacks]] Pestilence itself.
* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': You actually get to meet them! They hate their job, mainly because they have a BadBoss.

* They are main characters in ''Webcomic/{{Apocalyptic Horseplay}}'', but the Hell no longer follows witch them - they settled down and decided to give that all "end of the world" stuff a rest. The members of the four are Pestilence, War, Famine and Death.
* The "Meanwhile in..." Saturday filler arc in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has Satan send the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse out to destroy the world. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective) they run into the Four Horsemen of Inconvenience: Indigestion, Insomnia, Impotence, and Incompetence. Death is left impotent, Disease can't get any sleep, Famine's stomach hurts, and War fell off his horse and broke his arm. They don't feel much like destroying the world after that.
* The horsemen are [[http://mountaincomics.com/2009/06/25/do-you-want-your-possessions-identified/ present]] in Webcomic/MountainTime, though as Paul, Chris, Barry and Bertram (complete with a shout-out to Nethack). They're short one horse, though.
* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'', in its usual {{Anvilicious}} yet hilarious splendour, brings us [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page433.html The Four Horsemen of the Atheist Apocalypse.]] ''Tiptoe... through the tulips...''
* The {{Game Master}}s in ''Webcomic/TheNoob'' are named after the Four Horsemen (and dress in Ku-Klux-Clan like dresses). There is one strip where they are really the Horsemen of Apocalypse.
* ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'''s universe has the ''Literature/GoodOmens'' Horsepersons as their horsemen, except for Death, who is from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
** Death has also filled in as the Ghost of Iscariot Yet to Come when she had some free time, and War appears to Pip Bernadette as the spirit of his new weapon, Scarlet, to try to claim him as her own.
** And even before that, Death appeared to explain to the readers that a time paradox was about to happen, due to Integra's maternal grandfather being killed in the past.
* ''Webcomic/{{Masquerade}}'' has this, with the Deadly Sins for added flavour!
* In ''Webcomic/{{Educomix}}'', the horsemen are War, Famine, Pestilence, and [[OddNameOut Joel]]. [[spoiler:Dave also joins them, as Death.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' once had the four horsemen, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20000103.html who resemble the four main characters of the comic,]] discussing the ridiculous panic over year 2000.
* Like Robot Chicken, ''Webcomic/{{Femmegasm}}'' had an arc showing My Little Pony versions of the four's horses.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'': Nearby the Parthenon, Monty Jones and family are [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/840.html confronted]] by the Four Norsemen of the Acropolis.
* In ''Webcomic/MysteryBabylon'', when the seal to Pit is opened, three of the Horsemen rise out along with Adrian, the {{Antichrist}}. Judas then joins them and mounts a white horse, completing the quartet.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* There are only four horsemen of the apocalypse, because Creator/MrT [[http://4q.cc/index.php?pid=fact&person=mrt&id=83vpogcc56f7g2dv4kcu5slvprnmiwf6 is going to walk.]]
* [[http://twitter.com/Its_Death And]] [[http://www.twitter.com/Its_Famine now]] [[http://www.twitter.com/its_war they're]] [[http://www.twitter.com/Its_Pestilence on twitter.]]
* [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Team NChick]] did this to themselves for laughs. Lindsay (the Nostalgia Chick) is war because she's apparently scary when she's angry, [[Webvideo/VampireReviews Elisa]] (The Makeover Fairy and Dr. Tease) is Death, Nella is Pestilence and Kali (the puppy) is Famine.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'', Regnum In Potestas, a Sith faction, ran off of this idea by having the horsemen leading the faction.
* VirtualPet website Chicken Smoothie released a series of horses themed after the Four Horsemen for Halloween in 2011. Unusually for a website normally aimed at younger kids and preteen girls, the designs of the four horses were surprisingly grotesque, especially [[http://static.chickensmoothie.com/archive/image.php?k=89994B911982C7BAA8CEDD3E32B63814&bg=aac4da Pestilence.]] They were explicitly identified as "not for the faint of heart" when they were released.
* [[http://www.keiththompsonart.com/pages/four_horsemen.html A modern take on the Four Horsemen.]]
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1295 1295:]] [[spoiler: They got stuck on earth after they mistook an atomic bomb blast for the end of the world.]]
** The ''Competitive Eschatology'' stories offer alternative identities to the Four Horsemen.
*** Conquest: [[spoiler: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-231 SCP-231-7,]] a young woman being contained under the belief she was an ApocalypseMaiden. After she abandoned [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-343 SCP-343]] (aka God) because he did nothing to stop the Foundation from her FateWorseThanDeath, War suggests that he create a new Horseman.]]
*** War: [[spoiler: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-993 SCP-993,]] a children's television show host named "Bobble the Clown" that brainwashes children under ten to become murderers, torturers, and cannibals.]]
*** Pestilence: [[spoiler: [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-027 SCP-027,]] an unknown phenomenon currently possessing a man, who attracts vermin to him.]]
*** Death: [[spoiler: [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-053 SCP-053,]] a young girl whom prolonged exposure to causes people to become homicidal (with any that try to kill her instantly dying). What's more, the Pale Horse she rides is [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-682 SCP-682,]] an indestructible reptile that hates all life.]]
*** A more traditional depiction is also mentioned in the HellGate that is [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1844 SCP-1844]]:
-->Containment breach of SCP-1844 for seventy-two minutes. Entity resembling an emaciated humanoid mounted on an albino specimen of ''Equus ferus caballus'' emerges from pit and escapes.
* [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/600541 This video]] presents a hilarious DeconstructiveParody of the concept; thanks to all the advances in medicine and peace agreements, the Horsemen have been reduced to a bunch of retired losers screwing around in suburbia.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* They turned up in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', when an order of monks accidentally loses a Book Sealed With Seven Seals. Centuries later, the book is purchased by Janine, and she breaks the seals, thinking the book harmless reading material, and so prematurely released the Four Horsemen. The Ghostbusters are called in as a desperate last resort as the Horsemen begin ushering in the Apocalypse. Not surprisingly, they find that their traps and proton packs are virtually useless, but they eventually do manage to contain the horsemen long enough to reapply the broken seals and return things to normal.
** [[spoiler: You know the caption underneath the picture? Well, that's what Peter Venkman called them.]]
* ''Claymation Comedy of Horrors'' featured the Horsemen on sabbatical: Pestilence, War, Famine, and... Bad Dentures.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' season four, Apocalypse naturally gets in on this once again, brainwashing four powerful mutants - [[spoiler: Charles Xavier (Death), Storm (Famine), Magneto (War) and Mystique (Pestilence)]] - into guarding his nodes of power across the earth so he can enact the grand finale battle for the series.
* Similarly, in the original ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' we had Apocalypse recruiting and then commanding the original Horsemen: Kieros/War, Autumn/Famine, Plague/Pestilence, and Angel-then-Archangel/Death.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had a My Little Pony commercial based on their four horses.
* Pestilence appears during an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'', to usher in the end of days. Amusingly, the Cuyler's aren't impressed by him, and actually mock him.
-->'''Early:''' War, Famine, Death, and grasshoppers. One of those don't quite belong, do they?
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperJail'''s latest (2014) season featured bizarre stories from tabloids suddenly becoming real. The episode ends with the arrival of the Four Horsemen and stops there; luckily for the prison, the show has NegativeContinuity.
* One episode of ''Westernanimation/TheSimpsons'' has Flanders react to a stampeding pachyderm with "It's the four elephants of the apocalypse!". And in "Simpsons Bible Stories", [[https://frinkiac.com/video/S10E18/hMg43zjd7E61ltUgYZZNPUsbwb0=.gif the horsemen are there]] causing the end days once the family leaves church.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* A drink called "The Four Horsemen" is made of [[GargleBlaster equal parts Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Johnnie Walker and Jose Cuervo.]]
** Mixing in Everclear makes it "The Four Horseman and Hell Follows". It's a pretty accurate description.
** Toss in some Wild Turkey bourbon and it becomes "The Four Horsemen Go Hunting".
** A different drink with the same name is composed of Jaegermeister, Goldschlaeger, Rumple Minze and Bacardi 151. This is the "I have too much blood in my alcohol stream" version.
** Replace either whisky with Captain Morgan and prepare to [[WaterfallPuke become a walking puke machine.]]
-->'''Random drinker witnessing the... "debacle" caused by the mixture mentioned above''': ''"You idiot! Captain Morgan is a racist! HE HATES MEXICANS!"''
* The four calculus professors with the lowest class averages at Georgia Tech are known as the Four Horsemen.
* The [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Notre Dame backfield]] in the thirties was once known as the "four horsemen of Notre Dame." Probably those who tried to tackle them would understand why.
* The outspoken atheist intellectuals UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins, Creator/ChristopherHitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett are occasionally referred to as the "Four Horsemen of Atheism". Since Hitchens' death due to throat cancer in 2011, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has seemingly replaced him.
* A group of LGBTQ Chilean artists and intellectuals, led by the late writer and poet Pedro Lemebel, referred to themselves as [[http://www.memoriachilena.cl/temas/dest.asp?id=pedrolemebel%281955-%29yeguas "Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis"]] ("Mares of the Apocalypse") in the Chile of the late eighties/early nineties.
* The Four Horsemen appear at TheHouseOnTheRock, [[MoodWhiplash at the end of the Doll Carousel Room]].
* Chris Dahlberg, Jim Preziosi, Eric Treadaway, and Eric "Cornboy" Mayse are "The Four Horsemen" of toy sculpting. They've done everything from ComicBook/{{Spawn}} to the modern [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]] toys, and also own their own studio now.
* The four receivers of the Denver Broncos: Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas.