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* Predicted in ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'' for WhenTheStarsAreRight the Old Ones will return and mankind will become as they are: ''free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy.''

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* Predicted in ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'' for WhenTheStarsAreRight when the Old Ones will return and mankind will become as they are: ''free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy.''

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* Predicted in ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'' for WhenTheStarsAreRight the Old Ones will return and mankind will become as they are: ''free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy.''
* Lampshaded in ''Old Virginia'' by Laird Barron.
-->Humans are the best pawns so far—the ones with a passion for fire and mystery. With subtle guidance they-you-can return this world to the paradise it was when the ice was thick and the sun dim. We need men like Adolph, and Herman, and their sweet sensibilities. Men who would bring the winter darkness so they might caper around bonfires. Men like you, dear Roger. Men like you." Virginia ended on a cackle.


It's not hard to spot this guy (or girl) in an AfterTheEnd setting: he's the one dancing merrily on the grave of civilization. What his particular beef was with society may vary, but in all cases he's overjoyed to have seen it bite the dust. He's not typically the [[OmnicidalManiac one responsible for]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom the big boom]], though he might shake the hand of whoever is given the opportunity. Could possibly be considered a slightly less insane version of PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery.

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It's not hard to spot this guy (or girl) in an AfterTheEnd setting: he's the one dancing merrily on the grave of civilization. What his particular beef was with society may vary, but in all cases he's overjoyed to have seen it bite the dust. He's not typically the [[OmnicidalManiac one responsible for]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom the big boom]], though he might want to shake the hand of whoever is given the opportunity. Could possibly be considered a slightly less insane version of PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery.


* The cover of the Music/{{KISS}} album ''Destroyer'' consists of the band members doing this during a nuclear explosion.

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* The cover of the Music/{{KISS}} album ''Destroyer'' ''Music/{{Destroyer}}'' consists of the band members doing this during a nuclear explosion.


* The ''Doomguard'' faction in the ''Dungeons&Dragons'' setting ''{{Planescape}}'' has this as their ideal. The end of everything can not be prevented, and is therefore desirable. Some members might regret the suffering of the people that have died, but everything that is completely destroyed really makes their day.

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* The ''Doomguard'' faction in the ''Dungeons&Dragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting ''{{Planescape}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' has this as their ideal. The end of everything can not be prevented, and is therefore desirable. Some members might regret the suffering of the people that have died, but everything that is completely destroyed really makes their day.

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* Music/BlueOysterCult is the TropeNamer.


It's not hard to spot this guy (or gal) in an AfterTheEnd setting: he's the one dancing merrily on the grave of civilization. What his particular beef was with society may vary, but in all cases he's overjoyed to have seen it bite the dust. He's not typically the [[OmnicidalManiac one responsible for]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom the big boom]], though he might shake the hand of whoever is given the opportunity. Could possibly be considered a slightly less insane version of PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery.

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It's not hard to spot this guy (or gal) girl) in an AfterTheEnd setting: he's the one dancing merrily on the grave of civilization. What his particular beef was with society may vary, but in all cases he's overjoyed to have seen it bite the dust. He's not typically the [[OmnicidalManiac one responsible for]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom the big boom]], though he might shake the hand of whoever is given the opportunity. Could possibly be considered a slightly less insane version of PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery.


* Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode 'Time Enough At Last'. [[CruelTwistEnding But then...]]

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* Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode 'Time "Time Enough At Last'.Last". [[CruelTwistEnding But then...]]


* One ''TheFarSide'' strip shows a two guys in a boat fishing, with [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons mushroom clouds]] rising in the background. One tells the other: "I'll tell you what this means -- no size restrictions and ''screw'' the limit!"

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* One ''TheFarSide'' ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip shows a two guys in a boat fishing, with [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons mushroom clouds]] rising in the background. One tells the other: "I'll tell you what this means -- no size restrictions and ''screw'' the limit!"






* Harold Lauder in Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand''. At least he was in the beginning of the book...

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\n* Harold Lauder in Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand''.''Literature/TheStand''. At least he was in the beginning of the book...











* [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] during a [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror episode]] when he happened to be in a bomb shelter when the rest of the world was destroyed by [[EarthShatteringKaboom nuclear bombs]]. One of the first things he did was go to the church, where he danced in his underwear.

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* [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] during a [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror episode]] when he happened to be in a bomb shelter when the rest of the world Springfield was destroyed by [[EarthShatteringKaboom nuclear bombs]]. One of the first things he did was go to the church, where he danced in his underwear.


* The lyrics of Music/MiracleOfSound's FilkSong for ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77X_BzrIL-U Higher Tonight!]], allude to this.

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* The lyrics of Music/MiracleOfSound's FilkSong for ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77X_BzrIL-U Higher Tonight!]], Tonight!]] allude to this.


* The player themselves in the ''DeadRising'' franchise which encourages you to play dress-up and revel in amusing deaths of zombies. Several "psychos" also fit the bill.

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* The player themselves in the ''DeadRising'' ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' franchise which encourages you to play dress-up and revel in amusing deaths of zombies. Several "psychos" also fit the bill.


* In the Chaos ending of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', [[spoiler:Flynn and Lucifer stare at the burning Eastern Kingdom of Mikado; with the Archangels dead and the rest rendered ineffectual, God's attempt to seal Tokyo has failed and demons and survivors will flock out of their cage into the restored world, resulting in a savage world where only the strongest will survive]]. Given Flynn's status as a HeroicMime, it's a bit hard to see whether he considers the situation this trope or WhileRomeBurns.

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* In the Chaos ending of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', [[spoiler:Flynn and Lucifer stare at the burning Eastern Kingdom of Mikado; with the Archangels dead and the rest of the Law faction rendered ineffectual, God's attempt to seal Tokyo has failed and demons and survivors will flock out of their cage into the restored world, resulting in a savage world where only the strongest will survive]]. Given Flynn's status as a HeroicMime, it's a bit hard to see whether he considers the situation this trope or WhileRomeBurns.



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* In the Chaos ending of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', [[spoiler:Flynn and Lucifer stare at the burning Eastern Kingdom of Mikado; with the Archangels dead and the rest rendered ineffectual, God's attempt to seal Tokyo has failed and demons and survivors will flock out of their cage into the restored world, resulting in a savage world where only the strongest will survive]]. Given Flynn's status as a HeroicMime, it's a bit hard to see whether he considers the situation this trope or WhileRomeBurns.

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