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* ''Literature/ByTheWatersOfBabylon'': John, after seeing how human civilization was destroyed, says this had been due to them gaining power through knowledge so quickly it had overridden their sense. This ended up resulting in a cataclysmic war which killed most people and left the rest like his surviving as simple foragers who long thought of those before as gods.


''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The downfall of Atlantean civilization was caused by them misusing their CrystalDragonJesus MacGuffin for military purposes. Both King Nedakh and Kida describe it as wrath of gods, though it's unclear whether it really was the case.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The downfall of Atlantean civilization was caused by them misusing their CrystalDragonJesus MacGuffin for military purposes. Both King Nedakh and Kida describe it as wrath of gods, though it's unclear whether it really was the case.


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* ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The downfall of Atlantean civilization was caused by them misusing their CrystalDragonJesus MacGuffin for military purposes. Both King Nedakh and Kida describe it as wrath of gods, though it's unclear whether it really was the case.
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''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The downfall of Atlantean civilization was caused by them misusing their CrystalDragonJesus MacGuffin for military purposes. Both King Nedakh and Kida describe it as wrath of gods, though it's unclear whether it really was the case.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The downfall of Atlantean civilization was caused by them misusing their CrystalDragonJesus MacGuffin for military purposes. Both King Nedakh and Kida describe it as wrath of gods, though it's unclear whether it really was the case.
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* A running theme in the works of Creator/JRRTolkien

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* A running theme in the works of Creator/JRRTolkienCreator/JRRTolkien: most notably in the downfall of Numenor, the Atlantis-like civilization of which Gondor and Arnor are just surviving colonies. They literally tried to invade ''heaven'' to forcibly steal immortality, and were repaid with divine retribution. Comes up again to a lesser extent with Gondor, growing powerful for a time until arrogant kings wasted their strength on petty civil wars in prior centuries. The Dwarves of Erebor also grew so wealthy that they alienated many of their allies, so that when the dragon Smaug attacked them their neighbors weren't eager to face certain death to help the dwarf refugees. Tolkien lived through World War I, which at the time seemed like the end of western civilization, nearly wiped out an entire generation, and was fought for petty reasons of nationalism and ego.

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* A running theme in the works of Creator/JRRTolkien


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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' shows one example of Krypton's destruction. In this case, [[spoiler:it hinges on the highly technologically developed Kryptonians being overconfident in their planet-monitoring AI, Brainiac, firmly believing that he could not be wrong [[IgnoredExpert despite Jor-El's findings]]. Turns out he knows the planet is about to blow up, and decided there isn't time to save the whole civilisation so he is saving himself instead.]]

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*{{Franchise/Superman}}'s home planet of Krypton is sometimes this. DependingOnTheWriter, reasons for the demise of its society may include a rigid, sterile culture, overconfidence/complacency in Krypton's stability, and/or a sense of superiority/isolationism that stops them from expanding to other planets.
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* Literature/TheLostFleet: Every ship named ''Invincible'' has a very short lifespan - by the standards of a fleet where it's almost unheard of for a ship to survive three years past its commissioning. Most sailors believe that the name is an [[AndManGrewProud affront to the living stars]], although fleet engineers see this superstition as pointless, especially since no captain will have his or her ship be repaired with parts salvaged from an ''Invincible''. Despite this, the fleet bureaucracy refuses to retire the name and keeps naming new ships ''Invincible'' as soon as one is destroyed. They get really annoyed when Geary and another admiral choose to christen a captured bear-cow superbattleship ''Invincible''. [[spoiler:Even that one is destroyed in ''Leviathan'', but it serves as a distraction for the dark ships, giving Geary's fleet some much needed time]].

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* Literature/TheLostFleet: Every ship named ''Invincible'' has a very short lifespan - by the standards of a fleet where it's almost unheard of for a ship to survive three years past its commissioning. Most sailors believe that the name is an [[AndManGrewProud affront to the living stars]], stars, although fleet engineers see this superstition as pointless, especially since no captain will have his or her ship be repaired with parts salvaged from an ''Invincible''. Despite this, the fleet bureaucracy refuses to retire the name and keeps naming new ships ''Invincible'' as soon as one is destroyed. They get really annoyed when Geary and another admiral choose to christen a captured bear-cow superbattleship ''Invincible''. [[spoiler:Even that one is destroyed in ''Leviathan'', but it serves as a distraction for the dark ships, giving Geary's fleet some much needed time]].


Compare LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair, for when a proud civilization built countless monuments to itself before its fall, SoiledCityOnAHill, for one way a city can be destroyed due to hubris (among other reasons, such as [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent complacency]] or [[WretchedHive corruption]]). If one of these civilizations ends up being thought of as a mere myth long after its fall, it can go FromCataclysmToMyth.

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Compare LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair, for when a proud civilization built countless monuments to itself before its fall, SoiledCityOnAHill, for one way a city can be destroyed due to hubris (among other reasons, such as [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent complacency]] or [[WretchedHive corruption]]). If the memory of one of these civilizations ends up being thought of as a mere fades into myth long after its fall, it can go FromCataclysmToMyth.


Compare LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair, for when a proud civilization built countless monuments to itself before its fall, SoiledCityOnAHill, for one way a city can be destroyed due to hubris (among other reasons, such as [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent complacency]] or [[WretchedHive corruption]]).

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Compare LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair, for when a proud civilization built countless monuments to itself before its fall, SoiledCityOnAHill, for one way a city can be destroyed due to hubris (among other reasons, such as [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent complacency]] or [[WretchedHive corruption]]). If one of these civilizations ends up being thought of as a mere myth long after its fall, it can go FromCataclysmToMyth.

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'': The lost civilization of Agartha, a technologically advanced nation millennia ago grew arrogant and waged war against [[DeathOfTheOldGods the goddess Sothis]], who paid them back by wiping out Agartha. [[spoiler:Agartha continues to exist into the present day via the descendants of the survivors of the war, who live in a secret UndergroundCity known as Shambhala, ande Agarthan descendants (now known as "Those Who Slither in the Dark"), are ''still'' dedicated to their war of extermination against the goddess and her Children, and they still possess a good chunk of their ancestors' advanced technology and know how to use them: besides living space, Shambhala is also host to a battery of [[FantasticNuke long-range missile silos]], and is heavily defended with [[LightningGun electrical cannons]] and HumongousMecha armed with massive swords that shoot out [[SwordBeam energy beams.]]]]


Sometimes, PrideBeforeAFall occurs with one person. However, sometimes an entire civilization gets too full of itself and collapses due to its own hubris. Such civilizations may [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair leave behind monuments they made out of pride]] and be outlasted by them. Regardless of what these civilizations leave behind (assuming there are any traces of them left), the reason for their downfall is the same.

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Sometimes, PrideBeforeAFall occurs with one person. However, sometimes an entire civilization gets too full of itself and collapses due to its own hubris. Such civilizations may [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair leave behind monuments they made out of pride]] and be outlasted by them.them, and they may also [[SoiledCityOnAHill suffer from corruption]]. Regardless of what these civilizations leave behind (assuming there are any traces of them left), the reason for their downfall is the same.

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