[[caption-width-right:248:[[Series/LookAroundYou Water, water, what hast thou donest?]]]]
->''"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered."''
-->-- [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis 7:17-20]], Literature/TheBible (King James Version)

What happens when {{God}} (or [[OurGodsAreDifferent the gods]]) decides to KillItWithWater. [[KillEmAll All of it]].

[[OlderThanDirt Older than the book itself]], this is the one element nearly ubiquitous in mythology, and with good reason: it may have had a basis in reality [[note]](a hypothesized late Pleistocene/Early Holocene flooding event, possibly from a [[ColonyDrop small asteroid impact]] or earthquake off the coast of Madagascar causing a tsunami, or maybe the melting and receding of the ice caps and glaciers of the last Ice Age.)[[/note]], but as a kind of cultural memory it forms the backbone of many origin mythologies, from the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime to the biblical Book of Genesis. Usually the moral of the story is "don't piss off the gods", but sometimes the flooding is part of the process of (re)creating a world, often as a literal way of washing away the corruption of the previous one before a new one can be born.

Some scientists argue that the prevalence of the Great Flood in Eastern Mediterranean myth derives from a historical event, in which the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea Black Sea]] was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea_deluge_theory suddenly flooded]] in about 5600 BCE. However this would only account for the Middle Eastern and possibly the European myths, not the ones from the rest of the world. Some of various religious persuasions believe that the prevalence of the Great Flood myth derives from an actual worldwide great flood caused by their deity of choice (although a global flood [[http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-noahs-ark.html#flood isn't seen as plausible by most scientists]][[note]]The first and propably most important issue is that, even if the polar caps melted, there's much less water in the surface and the atmosphere than the needed to submerge Earth's surface to the levels mentioned on the Bible. If one resorts to the [[http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25723-massive-ocean-discovered-towards-earths-core.html#.VNjTj_nF_uN subsurface one]], new issues pop up.[[/note]])

The waters will ''usually'' recede after a while, at which point some focus will be given to the survivors recovering and rebuilding, but sometimes they will stay, and the affected world will be permanently turned into [[SingleBiomePlanet an ocean planet]].

Expect a GiantWallOfWateryDoom.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': The god Poseidon, wishing to wash away the filth of mankind, raises the oceans to destroy all of civilization. In the anime, this is compounded by the [[BarrierMaiden priestess]] Hilda praying to [[CrossoverCosmology Odin]] to keep the ice in the GrimUpNorth eternally frozen; her absence causes it to melt and contribute to the flooding.
* ''Manga/DragonKnights'': The demon fish Varawoo sunk the world before it was sealed away.
%%* ''Manga/NowAndThenHereAndThere'': Don't piss off Lala Ru.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Noah's Giant Flood card symbolizes this event. (His name is not a coincidence, given his obvious God-complex, and his entire deck (which he calls "7 Turns of Creation") the symbolizes the development and evolution of the world; he unveils his key card, Shinato's Arc, right after doing so.
* In ''Anime/FatePrototype'', Gilgamesh's Noble Phantasm, "Enki: Sword of the End", summons a flood in reference to the one mentioned in his story.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Suske en Wiske search for Noah's arc in "De Adelijke Ark".

[[folder: Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': In "De Ark van Nero" Nero builds an arc to survive a giant flood.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5304252/3/I-shall-endure-to-the-end I Shall Endure to the End!]]'', the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley are ordered by their respective Managements to assist and advise a boat-builder called Noah and his family, ensuring the Ark is built on schedule and that Noah's energy and enthusiasm do not flag.
** What happens next more-or-less follows, but embellishes, the biblical account. It also establishes that this was the same flood experienced by Deucalion, Dardanus of Arcadia and Emperor Yao, [[PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs that did in the dinosaurs]] and the Minoan civilization, and that destroyed Atlantis, Lemuria and Hy-Brasil.
** An interesting note is that a global flood didnít actually happen, as such -- there simply wasnít enough water in existence for Heaven (not God, it should be noted, as these are two separate things in the ''Good Omens'' mythos) to flood the Earth completely: rather, it was a collection of floods in the cradles of civilization in China, the Americas and the greater Middle East, combined with the sinking of Atlantis and Lemuria (and the resulting tidal waves on every coastline on Earth) and the flooding of the modern-day Black Sea, which all together gave bronze-age mankind the definite impression that the whole world had in fact flooded.
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. The MadScientist plans to use his Tesla doomsday device to erupt every volcano in Antarctica, inundating Earth's coastal cities, plus the additional benefit in destroying the MasterComputer that controls Earth, buried under the South Pole.
* In the original ''Fanfic/{{Shadowchasers}}'', the main antagonist plans to destroy the world this way, leading to a unique interpretation of the story in Genesis:
-->'''Jinx:''' This is crazy. In Genesis, after the Great Flood, God promised Noah that He would never flood the world again."
-->'''Jalal:''' True, the Almighty said that He would never again flood the world. But apparently, now a ''devil'' is trying to do it.

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* The "Rite of Spring" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' actually ends with the entire Earth being flooded by a massive tidal wave caused by a solar eclipse.
* Retold in ''Disney/Fantasia2000'' in the re-imagined "Noah's Ark" adaptation of ''Pomp and Circumstance''.
* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' the Biblical flood was caused by the Atlantis' weapons research and the city was sunk to ''save'' it from destruction.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* The 1933 film ''Deluge'', mainly known through StockFootage of the destruction of New York until an Italian dubbed version was rediscovered in the 1980's.
* This was the end result in ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''. The earthquakes and volcanic eruptions were merely a prelude.
* This happens in ''Film/{{Noah}}'', starring Creator/RussellCrowe, naturally enough.
* This is the backstory and setting for ''Film/WaterWorld''. In this scenario, the water does not appear to be going away anytime soon.
* Parodied in ''Film/EvanAlmighty'', where [[spoiler:a poorly-built dam]] winds up causing the deluge that God ordered Evan to build an ark for.

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': The drowning of Númenor. Sauron convinced the Númenóreans to worship [[BigBad Morgoth]], which led them to commit human sacrifices. [[{{God}} Eru]] objected and created a tidal wave that destroyed Númenor and everyone on it, besides turning a previously flat earth into a round one.
* ''Literature/RaptorRed'': A flood of the sort that only comes every thousand years strikes Raptor Red and her family around the middle of the story.
* In Shane Johnson's ''Ice'' an astronaut ends up traveling back in time where he experiences the biblical flood.
* ''Literature/{{Flood}}'' is a hard sci-fi depiction of a global flood in modern times.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** One of the two founding myths of Ankh-Morpork involves a boat that was built to withstand a great flood, containing two of every animal. The accumulated waste products of all the animals was tipped over the side, and they called it Ankh-Morpork.
** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', one of the things that worries the Slightly Reverend Mightily Oats about Omnian dogma is that ''every'' Discly culture has a flood myth, similar but different to the one in the Book of Om.
* According to WordOfGod, the past of the ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' universe featured one, causing Syren Island to sink beneath the sea.
* Referenced in Orson Scott Card's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', in which the origin of the Myth was tracked back to the flooding of the Red Sea.
* ''Kine'', by AR Lloyd, plays with this. The flood in question is a perfectly ordinary localised inundation of low-lying flat land by heavy rainfall, but it is presented as a seemingly global event from the point of view of the protagonists - who are weasels, whose point of view is only half an inch above the water, so it makes sense.
* ''Literature/{{Flood}}'' and its sequel ''Ark'' center heavily around the transformation of the Earth into an ocean planet due to the release of massive reservoirs of water from within the Earth's mantle. Humanity on Earth survives mostly on massive rafts and ships [[spoiler:and in a single underwater city]], although in ''Ark'' there's talk of genetically engineering an aquatic human species.
* An early Pagan CreationMyth in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' stated that the goddess Lurline peed a flood that caused animals to become the sentient, {{Talking Animal}}s known currently as "Animals". The later Unionist revision changed it to a flood of tears.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Gaius Baltar]] mentions the story of the Flood as explained in the Book of Phytia to Roslin, comparing his role in the destruction of the Colonies to that of the Flood. While no actual Flood is seen, the story is clearly a reference to the biblical story and [[spoiler: may even have been its origin]].
* On ''Series/{{Dominion}}'', [[BigBad Gabriel]] explains that the entire Flood story was metaphor for what really happened, since it was easier for humans to understand than the truth. Said truth being that [[spoiler: the "flood" was [[DarkAndTroubledPast Michael]], who believed that humanity had to be punished for daring to worship angels instead of God. The "ark" in turn was actually a bunker Noah built to try and save some people from the slaughter.]]

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/CharliePatton, a 1930s blues singer had a song named "High Water Everywhere" about the Mississippi floods.
* "When The Levee Breaks" by Kansas Joe Mccoy and Memphis Minnie is another blues record about the local floods in the South and was famously covered by Music/LedZeppelin on ''Music/LedZeppelinIV''.
* Music/TheClash describes how London drowns in ''Music/LondonCalling''.

[[folder: Mythology and Religion]]
* In Abrahamic religions:
** The Torah, and by extension, Literature/TheBible, features the global Flood sent by God to cleanse the Earth of an unbearably wicked mankind, after tasking Noah with building the Ark to save himself, his family and pairs of every animal (seven pairs each of every clean beast and every bird, and one pair each of everything else). [[ItWasHisSled Noah lives]].
** Averted in ''Literature/TheQuran'', in which the flood is merely local and destroys only one civilization.
** UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} subverts this trope, as it does so many. Noah constructed the ark according to the instruction of the malevolent Demiurge, but it was burned down with magical fire by Eve's daughter Norea in a fit of supernatural rage. He built a second ark, which turned out to be useless because they were just transferred temporarily into Heaven for the length of the flood.
* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'': The earliest recorded example. At one point, Gilgamesh comes across Utnapishtim, who had been made immortal by the gods in reward for building a giant reed boat to save his family, his village's craftsmen, and a number of baby animals from a world-destroying flood. After running aground, he even sent out a dove and raven to check if the water had receded, although the order's reversed from the biblical account -- the dove found nothing, the raven found land and did not come back, so Utnapishtim and his crew disembarked.
* Various Native American mythologies. The Aztecs believed that the Earth had been created and destroyed four times before the present age, and the end of the last age was a watery one.
%%* Various Asian-Pacific and Polynesian mythologies:
* Myth/ClassicalMythology has ''three'', most notably Deucalion's.
* This list could go on forever. Just check Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deluge_myth here]].
* According to Creator/{{Plato}}, {{Atlantis}} was destroyed by earthquakes and floods.
* Myth/NorseMythology:
** Ýmir is killed and his blood flooded the earth and drowned all but two of the frost giants.
** Eventually, after Ragnarök, the world will sink.
* Myth/HinduMythology: A demon threw the earth into the sea and Vishnu, as his boar Avatar Varaha, went down and brought it back to the surface, killing the demon.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manu_(Hinduism) There's also the story of Manu, which is somewhat similar to the Biblical and Gilgamesh accounts.]] The main difference is that Vishnu appears to Manu as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsya Matsya,]] [[SeaMonster the]] [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent fish]] [[GodInHumanForm avatar]].
* Myth/ChineseMythology, but instead of the flood wiping out humanity, Yu the Engineer directed the construction of great canals and redirected rivers to control the flood and provide better irrigation for farming. Yu learned his lesson after Emperor Yao executed his father, Gun, whose attempt to control the flood by damming the rivers and seas with gargantuan dykes only made the floods worse when the dykes inevitably broke. Instead of being a story about the sin of man, the Chinese flood myth is a Taoist parable about cooperating with nature instead of futilely fighting against it.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' calls the extremely powerful, extremely ancient founders of the clans "Antediluvians" for exactly this reason -- they predated the Great Flood, and were likely some of the only things to survive while the Earth drowned.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/TheGreenPastures'' is a re-telling of TheBible in a modern day setting. It includes the whole Noah story including the great flood.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The final boss fight against Perfect Chaos in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' takes place in a city that it has just flooded.
* One of these apparently happened sometime between ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Legends]]''.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' takes place in the Adult timeline of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''; long story short, Ganondorf broke free, Link wasn't around to stop him, so the Goddesses [[TimeStandsStill froze Hyrule in time]] and flooded it. The survivors fled to the mountaintops, which had become islands, and eventually Hyrule became only a legend. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, Hyrule is flooded ''again'', this time destroying it completely.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', destroying the balance between Light and Darkness plunges the world into the latter, [[TimeStandsStill freezing the surface in time]] and then flooding it so only a temple and a priestess remain above water.
* The goal of Team Aqua in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Sapphire]]'', ''Emerald'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'', which they intent to achieve by unleashing [[OlympusMons Kyogre]]. What they don't realize is that the flood would be rather more drastic and rather more permanent than they had thought.
* Killing Poseidon unleashes a great flood in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII''. And he's merely the ''first'' God to die in that game.
* Konami's ''VideoGame/NoahsArk'' actually takes place ''during the flood'' where the water slowly raises during gameplay.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' [[spoiler:explains that before years began to be counted, Ashunera expressed great grief over the warring of the Beorc and Laguz, and caused the entire world to be flooded due to her grief overlapping with her power unintentionally. She then split into Ashera and Yune, causing a war of dominance to take place.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Afterlife}}'', this can randomly befall the planet you're supposed to be taking care of, killing off the entire population "except for a few smarty-pants who [[TheArk figured out how to build a boat]]."
* While ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' doesn't have a literal flood, it certainly has a [[ParasiteZombie metaphorical one]] (called, of course, the Flood). And it was definitely successful in wiping out the [[{{Precursors}} previous galactic civilization]]. To quote Genesis 9:11:
-->"I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth."
* The history of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is defined by world threatening events known as Calamities. The Sixth Umbral Calamity was the Great Flood, triggered by the abuse of magic rampant in the War of the Magi.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': In the Alpha timeline, when the Condescence openly takes over Earth, she floods the whole planet to make it more hospitable to an aquatic alien like herself. By the time her flood is done, humans are all but extinct and Earth is completely covered by oceans, broken only by floating prefab slums home to alien exiles and by Dirk's home on top of a ruined skyskraper.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' frequently alludes to the concept, though such a thing never happens onscreen. Water is treated as sinister, and [[VaguenessIsComing ToTheArk]] (note name) named one of his videos Deluge. The series MythArc never really makes clear what the frequent Ark/Flood references are meant to imply, but...
* The great flood seems destined to happen in ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID''. Constant reference is made to floods, HazardousWater, and an [[AmbiguousSituation ambiguously defined]] "Ark". [[SpiritualSuccessor Yes, this was made after]] ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets''. Within the series MythArc, it seems implied that the Flood is in some way tied to the EternalRecurrence the characters find themselves trapped in.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBox'': Strongly implied to be just getting underway at the end, when the old man and his lovely young companion wind up carrying their two animals in boxes to--TheArk. While it's pouring rain.
* Gargamel ends up creating such a flood that covers the entire Smurf Forest by using magic beans in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Blue Eyes Returns". It took Smurfette and her pegasus friend Blue Eyes to fix the problem and restore the forest to normal.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'': in the episode ''Two by two'', Grandpa Boris tells the babies the story of Noah's Ark. They naturally re-enact their own ship and collect small critters in their backyard before it starts to rain (which they believe to be a flood like the Biblical one). They wonder why Noah originally collected two of each animal, but quickly deduce it's for having a friend along for the ride. Not that babies in a G-rated show would get the ''real'' reason though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Mom & Pop Art" Homer floods Springfield to make it into a modern artwork.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* The Netherlands have been victim of floods for centuries, due to the country being below sea level. The flood of 1953 was so disastrous that a unique project was created to built strong dykes and level the land higher: The Delta Works. It has to be read to be believed, but it actually worked!
** It is said that "God may have created the Heavens and the Earth, but it was the Dutch that built the Netherlands."
%%* The Boxing Day Tsunami.
%%* The 2011 Australia floods.
* A number of record-breaking floods throughout recorded history could be considered as these, at least in terms of regional and economic effects.
* Rising waters due to global warming and the end of the Ice Age. Could have been ''the'' Biblical Flood. The glacial melting was mostly gradual, but it's thought the melt was punctuated by three periods of rapid sea level rise that would've been disastrous to any coastal communities.
* There has been some evidence found of a massive flooding when the Black Sea originally formed, which possibly inspired the writings on such great Floods in the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh in the first place.
* The prevalence of flood myths is beginning to be considered to be the result of most early human settlements being situated on or very close to a large river for fresh water, and large rivers tend to flood every ten to twenty years or so, occasionally catastrophically.
* The Missoula Floods. About 15,000 years ago, Glacial Lake Missoula (located over -- surprise! -- Missoula, Montana), melted through a glacier arm that was damming it, and poured out over much of eastern Washington (whose torn-up landscape now has the distilled-awesome name of [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace the Scablands]]), tore the Columbia Gorge a new one, and backflooded up the Willamette Valley eight hundred feet deep in places before draining into the Pacific. It created dry falls that briefly had ten times the water flow of all the present-day rivers of Earth combined. Better yet, this is known to have happened -- though not to the same scale as the first time -- at least thirty-five times. Many other glacial lakes -- notably Lake Agassiz in central North America and Lake Altai in central Asia -- are believed to have produced similar megafloods.