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* ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' by John Wyndham. The light from a meteor shower renders most of the human race blind, leaving them vulnerable to carnivorous walking plants that sting you to death and eat your corpse, and reproduce rapidly. Don't bother watching the 1962 film which conveniently has a HappyEnding when they suddenly discover that the Triffids [[spoiler: can be killed with sea water]].

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* ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' by John Wyndham. The light from a meteor shower renders most of the human race blind, leaving them vulnerable to carnivorous walking plants that sting you to death and eat your corpse, and reproduce rapidly. Don't bother watching the [[Film/TheDayOfTheTriffids 1962 film film]] which conveniently has a HappyEnding when they suddenly discover that the Triffids [[spoiler: can be killed with sea water]].





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* In a BadFuture of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the immortal Adam Munroe unleashes the Shanti virus, wiping out most of the world's population so they can build anew.

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* In a BadFuture of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', ''Series/TwelveMonkeys'' the immortal Adam Munroe unleashes world is at this state thanks to the Shanti virus, wiping out most of plague and headed for Type 3.
* Earth in ''Series/The100'' has apparently regressed to this level. It could have been worse,
the world's survivors on the Ark thought it was a Class 3 or 4.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': With 40 missile tubes each capable of delivering eight 20-megaton kinetic kill missiles a second, the ''Andromeda Ascendant'' can destroy every
population so they can build anew.center of a Tarn Vedra (read: Earth like) class planet in under six minutes. And that's strictly with basic munitions, not even touching the ''[[ApocalypseHow/ClassX2 Class X-2]]'' weaponry.



* With 40 missile tubes each capable of delivering eight 20-megaton kinetic kill missiles a second, the [[Series/{{Andromeda}} Andromeda Ascendant]] can destroy every population center of a Tarn Vedra (read: Earth like) class planet in under six minutes. And that's strictly with basic munitions, not even touching the ''[[ApocalypseHow/ClassX2 Class X-2]]'' weaponry.

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* With 40 missile tubes ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': The world following the Pale Wars has bumped the world back to roughly late 19th century levels of technology, barring the odd bit of SchizoTech. Humans and Votan keep warring with each capable of delivering eight 20-megaton kinetic kill missiles other and we've a second, lot more invasive wild alien species to contend with, but on the [[Series/{{Andromeda}} Andromeda Ascendant]] can destroy whole things look like they'll pick up again eventually.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Reapers in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]] erased almost all traces of human life to fix a paradox in time, if left unchecked reaching a Class 3.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]], the Daleks killed off
every human on board the [=GameStation=] apart from Rose, and firebombed the Earth, shifting its continents, making it ''at least'' a Class 2.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E3Gridlock "Gridlock"]], the mood drug Bliss mutated, wiping out all life on New Earth apart from the undercity of New New York, which was safely quarantined by the Face of Boe.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], [[spoiler: the Master does this in a very creative and, admittedly, totally awesome manner: by turning (almost) the entirety of humanity into ''carbon copies of himself,'' giving rise to, aptly named, "The Master Race". We all get better shortly afterwards, though.]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]], [[spoiler:we learn that the Silence have occupied the Earth since the age of fire and the wheel. Canton Delaware and the Doctor trick the Silence into post-hypnotically ordering their own destruction through a message in the 1969 moon landing. As there are probably remote corners of the Earth where people haven't seen the Moon landing videos, it's unlikely to be a Class 3.]]
* In a BadFuture of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the immortal Adam Munroe unleashes the Shanti virus, wiping out most of the world's
population center of a Tarn Vedra (read: Earth like) class planet in under six minutes. And that's strictly with basic munitions, not even touching the ''[[ApocalypseHow/ClassX2 Class X-2]]'' weaponry.so they can build anew.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' --
** In "Gridlock", the mood drug Bliss mutated, wiping out all life on New Earth apart from the undercity of New New York which was safely quarantined by the Face of Boe.
** The Reapers in "Father's Day" erased almost all traces of human life to fix a paradox in time, if left unchecked reaching a Class 3.
** In "The Parting of the Ways", the Daleks killed off every human on board the [=GameStation=] apart from Rose, and firebombed the Earth, shifting its continents, making it ''at least'' a Class 2.
** In ''The End of Time'', [[spoiler: the Master does this in a very creative and, admittedly, totally awesome manner: by turning (almost) the entirety of humanity into ''carbon copies of himself,'' giving rise to, aptly named, "The Master Race". We all get better shortly afterwards, though.]]
** In "Day of the Moon", [[spoiler:we learn that the Silence have occupied the Earth since the age of fire and the wheel. Canton Delaware and the Doctor trick the Silence into post-hypnotically ordering their own destruction through a message in the 1969 moon landing. As there are probably remote corners of the Earth where people haven't seen the moon landing videos, it's unlikely to be a Class 3.]]
* New Zealand production ''Series/TheTribe'' had the worlds' adult population dead from an accidentally-engineered virus, and the surviving children living in a Class 1 catastrophe, with mostly successful attempts to restore technology. However, in the sequel series, ''TheNewTomorrow'', set possibly some centuries later, the children's society has regressed to the point of basic small-scale agriculture, and tribes of hunter-gatherers, as well as worship of the Ancestors, and technology has all but become forgotten (some machines, still working on their own, are thought to be "monsters"), making this a pretty firm Class 2.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' --
** In "Gridlock", the mood drug Bliss mutated, wiping out all life on New Earth apart from the undercity of New New York which was safely quarantined by the Face of Boe.
** The Reapers in "Father's Day" erased almost all traces of human life to fix a paradox in time, if left unchecked reaching a Class 3.
** In "The Parting of the Ways", the Daleks killed off every human on board the [=GameStation=] apart from Rose, and firebombed the Earth, shifting its continents, making it ''at least'' a Class 2.
** In ''The End of Time'', [[spoiler: the Master does this in a very creative and, admittedly, totally awesome manner: by turning (almost) the entirety of humanity into ''carbon copies of himself,'' giving rise to, aptly named, "The Master Race". We all get better shortly afterwards, though.]]
** In "Day of the Moon", [[spoiler:we learn that the Silence have occupied the Earth since the age of fire and the wheel. Canton Delaware and the Doctor trick the Silence into post-hypnotically ordering their own destruction through a message in the 1969 moon landing. As there are probably remote corners of the Earth where people haven't seen the moon landing videos, it's unlikely to be a Class 3.]]
* New Zealand production ''Series/TheTribe'' had the worlds' adult population dead from an accidentally-engineered virus, and the surviving children living in a Class 1 catastrophe, with mostly successful attempts to restore technology. However, in the sequel series, ''TheNewTomorrow'', ''Series/TheNewTomorrow'', set possibly some centuries later, the children's society has regressed to the point of basic small-scale agriculture, and tribes of hunter-gatherers, as well as worship of the Ancestors, and technology has all but become forgotten (some machines, still working on their own, are thought to be "monsters"), making this a pretty firm Class 2.



* Earth in ''Series/The100'' has apparently regressed to this level. It could have been worse, the survivors on the Ark thought it was a Class 3 or 4.
* In ''Series/TwelveMonkeys'' the world is at this state thanks to the plague and headed for Type 3,
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': the world following the Pale Wars has bumped the world back to roughly late 19th century levels of technology, barring the odd bit of SchizoTech. Humans and Votan keep warring with each other and we've a lot more invasive wild alien species to contend with, but on the whole things look like they'll pick up again eventually.


* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'': [[spoiler:One MindVirus and 12 exploding antimatter reactors later, Earth is reduced to a husk of its former self, with 80% of the global human population being wiped off the face of the planet. If Tenmyouji's backstory is to be believed, the planet is on its way to recovery.]] ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' reveals that [[spoiler:the entire point of the Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition is to train Sigma and Phi's MentalTimeTravel abilities to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong]], and in ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:said MindVirus was created by a WellIntentionedExtremist as a countermeasure against a far worse outcome that would kill ''everyone'']].

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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'': [[spoiler:One MindVirus and 12 18 exploding antimatter reactors later, Earth is reduced to a husk of its former self, with 80% of the global human population being wiped off the face of the planet. If Tenmyouji's backstory is to be believed, the planet is on its way to recovery.]] ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' reveals that [[spoiler:the entire point of the Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition is to train Sigma and Phi's MentalTimeTravel abilities to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong]], and in ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:said MindVirus was created by a WellIntentionedExtremist as a countermeasure against a far worse outcome that would kill ''everyone'']].

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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'': [[spoiler:One MindVirus and 12 exploding antimatter reactors later, Earth is reduced to a husk of its former self, with 80% of the global human population being wiped off the face of the planet. If Tenmyouji's backstory is to be believed, the planet is on its way to recovery.]] ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' reveals that [[spoiler:the entire point of the Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition is to train Sigma and Phi's MentalTimeTravel abilities to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong]], and in ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' it's revealed that [[spoiler:said MindVirus was created by a WellIntentionedExtremist as a countermeasure against a far worse outcome that would kill ''everyone'']].


* ''VideoGame/{{Nier}} has an interesting twist on this. After the "WCS Disaster" killed a massive amount of the world's population, society is now at a medieval level. The twist is that [[spoiler:humanity became Shades in order to escape the disaster, and the people in the world are clones that the Shades intend to inhabit - the world is medieval because the clones developed sentience, and their civilization has only reached medieval level so far]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Nier}} ''VideoGame/NieR'' has an interesting twist on this. After the "WCS Disaster" killed a massive amount of the world's population, society is now at a medieval level. The twist is that [[spoiler:humanity became Shades in order to escape the disaster, and the people in the world are clones that the Shades intend to inhabit - the world is medieval because the clones developed sentience, and their civilization has only reached medieval level so far]].


* In ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', a small nuclear exchange during a major surge in the planet's magical field wiped out all human civilization, and nearly wiped out humanity itself. In the three hundred years since, small pockets of civilization have emerged here and there, but 90% of humanity lives as subsistence farmers or hunter-gatherers.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', a small single nuclear exchange during a major surge in the planet's natural magical field field(and the subsequent cascade failure as the natural disasters it triggered killed millions more) wiped out nearly all human civilization, and nearly wiped out humanity itself. In the three hundred years since, small since pockets of civilization have emerged here and there, to the point that humanity(and non-humans) are building nations again, but 90% 80-90% of humanity sapient life still lives as subsistence farmers or hunter-gatherers.in town- or city-states.

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* The titular rimworlds of ''VideoGame/{{Rimworld}}'' have already gone through a Class 2 many many years before the game starts, with the ancient remains of buildings, road networks, and industrial machines scattered all around the map. Scattered collections of human settlements dot the globe, with the most advanced towns generally about modern-day in terms of technology level and plenty of lower-tech tribal groups as well. The remnants of the advanced civilization that used to be here are encountered as you go along, in the form of ancient vaults that house [[PeopleJars stasis pods]], occasional groups of highly-advanced {{Killer Robot}}s, and toxic plumes from long-abandoned chemical plants that have finally exploded and decided to settle on top of your settlement.


* Two tantalizing events in the Bronze Age caused societal collapse across a wide area, around 2250 B.C.E. and around 1200 B.C.E.


* About 500 years prior to the beginning of ''Manga/DragonBall'', a violent storm raged across the planet Namek, leaving only one Namekian on the ground and another escaped to somewhere in space. Even centuries later with asexual Namekian reproduction, there are only a few hundred Namekians left. During the Frieza saga, Frieza, his henchmen and Vegeta almost completely eradicate the Namekian race, aside from the Nameless Namekian who fled all those centuries ago, separated into the light side of Kami and the dark side of Piccolo. Piccolo becomes the only living Namekian on the surface alive prior to most of the race being resurrected by the Namekian Dragon Balls and transported by the Earth Dragon Balls, followed shortly thereafter by Namek's explosion.

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': About 500 years prior to the beginning of ''Manga/DragonBall'', [[Manga/DragonBall the first series]], a violent storm raged across the planet Namek, leaving only one Namekian on the ground and another escaped to somewhere in space. Even centuries later with asexual Namekian reproduction, there are only a few hundred Namekians left. During the Frieza saga, saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Frieza, his henchmen and Vegeta almost completely eradicate the Namekian race, aside from the Nameless Namekian who fled all those centuries ago, separated into the light side of Kami and the dark side of Piccolo. Piccolo becomes the only living Namekian on the surface alive prior to most of the race being resurrected by the Namekian Dragon Balls and transported by the Earth Dragon Balls, followed shortly thereafter by Namek's explosion.

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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': The Toba Catastrophe was caused by the godly kaiju, Reijuu, going on a rampage and stoically wiping out every human or fae civilization it could find; being rechristened a word that meant "Extinction" as Bagan. Only by the efforts of every Mothra and Battra on the planet that Bagan was sealed until Attu Island for 100,000 years. 77,000 years later in the modern day, it woke up early.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'''s space stage grants players with the Scientist archetype the 'Gravitation Wave' ability, which generates a pulse of powerful gravity that destroys all man[[note]]Read: alien[[/note]]-made structures on a chosen planet. It violates the galactic code, and thus makes any nearby empires pretty irked at you. Except for [[OmnicidalManiac the Grox]], who find it pretty funny.

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* ''VideoGame/FarCry5'' ends, canonically, with a nuclear war breaking out (though it remains unclear as to who started it) and a societal collapse. We get to see the results 17 years later in ''VideoGame/FarCryNewDawn''.

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* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': the world following the Pale Wars has bumped the world back to roughly late 19th century levels of technology, barring the odd bit of SchizoTech. Humans and Votan keep warring with each other and we've a lot more invasive wild alien species to contend with, but on the whole things look like they'll pick up again eventually.


* Individual planets suffered everything up to and including Class 5 in the Final War of ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'', but human civilisation as a whole is starting to reclaim the stars 80 years on.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'': Individual planets suffered everything up to and including Class 5 in the Final War of ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'', War, but human civilisation civilization as a whole is starting to reclaim the stars 80 years on.



** As does MutantFuture, the close-as-you-can-get-it retroclone of the game that uses the Labyrinth Lord rules.
* Earth went through at least one of these in the backstory of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', plunging an advanced civilization into barbarism as a result of a global nuclear war. Earth rebuilt and subsequently went through at least two or three more apocalypses, becoming known as [Holy] Terra along the way, but those were part of higher marks on the apocalypse scale.
* More or less the level of disaster which occurred in the backstory of ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', but further details are not available at your security clearance, citizen.

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** As does MutantFuture, the * ''TabletopGame/MutantFuture'', a close-as-you-can-get-it retroclone of the game ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' that uses the Labyrinth Lord rules.
rules, is likewise set after a massive nuclear holocaust.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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Earth went through at least one of these in the backstory of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', backstory, plunging an advanced civilization into barbarism as a result of a global nuclear war. Earth rebuilt and subsequently went through at least two or three more apocalypses, becoming known as [Holy] Terra along the way, but those were part of higher marks on the apocalypse scale.
** A significant number of Imperial worlds are ancient human colonies that fell into this, either independently or as part of larger-scale cataclysms and wars, then slowly worked their way back up to higher tech levels over the course of thousands of years. The degree of recovery varies from world to world -- some reach industrial levels by the time the Imperium finds them again, some develop agricultural societies and some remain firmly in the Stone Age.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'': More or less the level of disaster which occurred in the backstory of ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', backstory, but further details are not available at your security clearance, citizen.



* The Great Rain of Fire, a planetary cataclysm that devastated the D&D setting of ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' 3000-odd years ago, knocked human and elven civilization from scifi-grade technology back to savagery. The exact nature of the weapons Evergrun's elves and Blackmoor's humans threw at each other is unknown, but nukes were probably the ''least'' of them, as their conflict was so violent that it ''changed Mystara's axial tilt''. Note that this same event rates as a Class 3 for some of the other races that were around back then, and that still others only subverted a Class 3 because the Immortals preserved some of them in the Hollow World.
* The Bliss of ''TabletopGame/BlissStage'' destroyed civilization by making the earth a TeenageWasteland.
* The "Crucible Of God" scenario in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''[='=]s final supplement, ''Gehenna'', ends in this (if the [=PCs=] ''win''), with about 90% of the Earth's humans depopulated (and corresponding numbers of most other life).

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'': The Great Rain of Fire, a planetary cataclysm that devastated the D&D setting of ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' world 3000-odd years ago, knocked human and elven civilization from scifi-grade technology back to savagery. The exact nature of the weapons Evergrun's elves and Blackmoor's humans threw at each other is unknown, but nukes were probably the ''least'' of them, as their conflict was so violent that it ''changed Mystara's axial tilt''. Note that this same event rates as a Class 3 for some of the other races that were around back then, and that still others only subverted a Class 3 because the Immortals preserved some of them in the Hollow World.
* ''TabletopGame/BlissStage'': The Bliss of ''TabletopGame/BlissStage'' destroyed civilization by making the earth a TeenageWasteland.
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** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'':
The "Crucible Of God" scenario in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''[='=]s the final supplement, ''Gehenna'', ends in this (if the [=PCs=] ''win''), with about 90% of the Earth's humans depopulated (and corresponding numbers of most other life).life) dead.



* Observed with regularity in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. A significant number of Imperial worlds are ancient human colonies that fell into this, either independently or as part of larger-scale cataclysms and wars, then slowly worked their way back up to Stone Age or medieval-era levels over the course of thousands of years.
* The Yozis in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are trying to do this to Creation, but it only falls into this category because they're not going to kill all humans. If the Yozis were to succeed it would be worse than a Class Z.

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* Observed with regularity in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. A significant number of Imperial worlds are ancient human colonies that fell into this, either independently or as part of larger-scale cataclysms and wars, then slowly worked their way back up to Stone Age or medieval-era levels over the course of thousands of years.
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''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The Yozis in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are trying to do this to Creation, but it only falls into this category because they're not going to kill all humans. If the Yozis were to succeed it would be worse than a Class Z.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Dragons'' includes an apocalyptic scenario where a StandardFantasySetting finds itself overrun with dragons for unknown reasons -- possibilities given in the book include dragons deliberately ramping up their fertility to deal with an increase in dragonslayers, the eradication of a predator that normally thins out populations of newborn dragons and a mass summoning spell, as well as combinations thereof. Regardless of the reasons, the world finds itself overrun with dragons rampaging where they wish and destroying anything in their way, leading to a widespread collapse of civilization.


* The Yozis in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are trying to do this to creation, but it only falls into this category because they're not going to kill all humans. If the Yozis were to succeed it would be worse than a Class Z.

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* The Yozis in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are trying to do this to creation, Creation, but it only falls into this category because they're not going to kill all humans. If the Yozis were to succeed it would be worse than a Class Z.

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