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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'':
** The game concludes with [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Gehenna]], which usually ends with the Antediluvians dead and the Curse of Caine extinguished. However, in the Gehenna scenario "The Crucible Of God," players who want to continue their chronicle after Gehenna quickly find that the Antediluvians' struggle for control has left the world in ruins ''and'' populated the resulting wastelands with monsters:

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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'':
** The game concludes with
''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade: [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Gehenna]], which usually ends with the Antediluvians dead and the Curse of Caine extinguished. However, Gehenna]]'' - most commonly in the Gehenna scenario "The Crucible Of God," players who want God."
** As the epilogue makes clear, the Curse of Cain might be gone and vampires might be extinct, but they certainly managed to leave a lasting impact on the world before they died off: billions of people have been killed, society has been knocked back to Industrial Revolution-levels, and the Antediluvians have often left horrific remnants in their wake. All this will likely take decades to recover from, and the now-human player characters will have to deal with the lasting scars of Gehenna if they'd like
to continue their chronicle after Gehenna quickly find that the Antediluvians' struggle for control has left the world in ruins ''and'' populated the resulting wastelands with monsters:game post-apocalypse.



** Tzimisce Antediluvian not only warped countless thousands of plants, animals and humans alike over the course of its attempt at an AssimilationPlot, but the power of [[{{Biomanipulation}} Vicissitude]] lives on in many of them. Quite apart from the obvious danger of a human being possessing both a functioning intellect and the full range of Tzimisce powers, many of them also possess a uniquely Tzimisce derangement: sadism, obsessive territoriality, or the desire to drink blood. Maybe becoming mortal again wasn't such a good thing after all...
** The players themselves could be this, at DM's discretion. If they didn't turn into humans at the end, they suddenly realize that the effect of Withering had passed, and they are getting more powerful each night, regardless of their generation limit. In several millenia, the players turn into ''Antediluvians'' of a new age.

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** The Tzimisce Antediluvian not only warped countless thousands of plants, animals and humans alike over the course of its attempt at an AssimilationPlot, but the power of [[{{Biomanipulation}} Vicissitude]] lives on in many of them. Quite apart from the obvious danger of a human being possessing both a functioning intellect and the full range of Tzimisce powers, many of them also possess a uniquely Tzimisce derangement: sadism, obsessive territoriality, or the desire to drink blood. Maybe becoming mortal again wasn't such a good thing after all...
** The players themselves could be this, at DM's discretion. If they didn't turn into humans at the end, they suddenly realize that the effect of Withering had passed, and they are getting more powerful each night, regardless of their generation limit. In several millenia, millennia, the players turn into ''Antediluvians'' of a new age.


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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'': farmer-turned-EvilSorcerer Archibald Henderson died in 1906, but the aftereffects of his atrocities continue to plague Solomon Island as of 2012. For one thing, the [[ScaryScarecrows animated scarecrows]] he built to protect his property are back to killing people; for another, the farmhand he [[{{Transflormation}} transformed into a pumpkin monster]] is still haunting the island as a supernaturally-empowered serial killer. Worst of all, the experiments he performed to harness the hidden power of the island eventually paved the way for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Nathaniel Winter]]'s attempt to do the same via [[AmusementParkOfDoom Atlantic Island Park]], leading to the creation of the [[EmotionEater Bogeyman]].

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* In the anime adaptation of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sakyo's]] plan to open up a tunnel between the demon and the human worlds during the Dark Tournament arc is explicitly stated as the inspiration for [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Sensui's]] plan to do the same thing in the Chapter Black arc. The only difference is that Sakyo intended to do so with [[ScrewtheRulesIHaveMoney money]] while Sensui believed he could build his tunnel with the power of a psychic.

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* ''Series/{{Taken}}'': In "Charlie and Lisa", Eric Crawford shows his daughter Mary the artifact found at the Roswell crashsite that his father Owen left him and invites her to join him at the UFO project so that she can continue the family legacy.

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** This trope is a major plot point late in Season 5: [[spoiler: it's eventually revealed that Orlin Dwyer's [[SerialKiller actions]] as Cicada eventually inspire his niece Grace to [[FutureBadass grow up]] to become the [[LegacyCharacter second Cicada]] and continue his [[FantasticRacism anti-metahuman]] campaign.]]


* Most of the conflicts that occur in ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' can be traced back to [[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar Belka]]. Many scientists and engineers from the country went to various places around the planet to become arms dealers and weapons manufacturers to breed conflict amd start wars to avenge their homeland.

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* Most of the conflicts that occur in ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' can be traced back to [[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar Belka]]. Many scientists and engineers from the country went to various places around the planet to become arms dealers and weapons manufacturers to breed conflict amd and start wars to avenge their homeland.


* Most of the conflicts that occur in ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' can be traced back to [[VideoGam/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar Belka]]. Many scientists and engineers from the country went to various places around the planet to become arms dealers and weapons manufacturers to breed conflict amd start wars to avenge their homeland.

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* Most of the conflicts that occur in ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' can be traced back to [[VideoGam/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar [[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar Belka]]. Many scientists and engineers from the country went to various places around the planet to become arms dealers and weapons manufacturers to breed conflict amd start wars to avenge their homeland.

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* Gorden Amherst created the [[SyntheticPlague Dollar Flu/Green Poison]] to bring about the downfall of civilization in ''VideoGame/TheDivision''. By the time [[PlayerCharacter the Agent]], finds him, hes been DeadAllAlong, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed by his own virus.]] Nonetheless, [[TheBadGuyWins he got what he wanted]] from the chaos caused by the outbreak, and a [[FaceHeelTurn rogue agent]] named Aaron Keener steals his research and equipment to start a new plague that he intends to use to seize power.
* Most of the conflicts that occur in ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' can be traced back to [[VideoGam/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar Belka]]. Many scientists and engineers from the country went to various places around the planet to become arms dealers and weapons manufacturers to breed conflict amd start wars to avenge their homeland.


* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', this is how the character Jerome fits into the Joker legacy without upsetting the idea of The Joker being a CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler:he is initially set up as the in-universe version of Joker, but upon his death it is revealed that he has instead gained [[FameThroughInfamy a massive following]] that has begun to manifest itself in an AsLongAsThereIsEvil sort of way]].

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* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', this is how the character Jerome fits into the Joker legacy without upsetting the idea of The Joker being a CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler:he is initially set up as the in-universe version of Joker, but upon his death it is revealed that he has instead gained [[FameThroughInfamy a massive following]] that has begun to manifest itself in an AsLongAsThereIsEvil sort of way]].way. Then it turns out that his twin brother Jeremiah is the real future Joker when the latter is corrupted with an insanity gas after Jerome's death, turning his skin bleach white and causing Jeremiah to vow that he will be a superior successor to his brother's legacy.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Graceling}}:'' [[spoiler: King Leck of Monsea was one of the titular Gracelings, graced with the power to convince anyone of anything. Being a complete and utter sadist, he naturally abused this ability to the fullest. (For just one example, he was noted to be particularly fond of telling his advisors that they wanted to rape and vivisect random women ForScience. He'd then take notes, shove the bodies into a corner, and tell everyone that they enjoyed the stench and vermin). While he's killed near the end of the first book, the sequel is almost entirely concerned with trying to get a kingdom whose populace has had their minds broken and twisted out of all recognition back to something resembling stability. Worse, it's gradually revealed throughout the book that portions of his commands and conspiracies still remain in effect, resulting in otherwise honest government officials manipulating and subverting their queen's authority due to the random interaction of beliefs Leck implanted in them years ago.]]


* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' has main villain Dio Brando; even after his death, his shadow looms over the Joestar/Kujo Clan, causing them and the world much trouble. Even he, however, is a result of a much more ancient evil from Mesoamerica. Though Dio dies in part 3 of ''Jojo'', the initial enemies of Part 4 are a direct result of his actions, Part 5's protagonist is a blood relation to him, and Part 6's BigBad is trying to continue Dio's master plan.

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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has main villain Dio Brando; even after his death, his shadow looms over the Joestar/Kujo Clan, causing them and the world much trouble. Even he, however, is a result of a much more ancient evil from Mesoamerica. Though Dio dies in part 3 of ''Jojo'', the initial enemies of Part 4 are a direct result of his actions, Part 5's protagonist is a blood relation to him, and Part 6's BigBad is trying to continue Dio's master plan.


* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'': Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is killed off at the end of the first game, either [[spoiler:suffocating under a collapsed building when the Allies invade Moscow]] or at the hands of [[spoiler:his treacherous security officers if he manages to conquer Europe]]. In the second game, it's revealed that Stalin created the Psychic Corps and Psychic Beacon technology by authorizing such experiments during the war, with Yuri actually being a former student of Stalin. This makes him indirectly responsible for the entire plot of the second game and Yuri's own scheme to mind control the planet in the ExpansionPack.

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'': Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is killed off at the end of the first game, either [[spoiler:suffocating under a collapsed building when the Allies invade Moscow]] or at the hands of [[spoiler:his treacherous security officers if he manages to conquer Europe]]. In the second game, it's revealed that Stalin created the Psychic Corps and Psychic Beacon technology by authorizing such experiments during the war, with Yuri actually being a former student of Stalin. This makes him indirectly responsible for the entire plot of the second game and Yuri's own scheme to mind control the planet in the ExpansionPack.

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** The villain Destro was captured and subsequently committed suicide, but people still respond to the ideals detailed in his autobiography and his children are trying to continue the Quirk Liberation Army he founded in his name.


* Manus, Father of the Abyss in ''Videogame/DarkSouls'' is long dead by the time of ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII''. His remains eventually became the Abyss, a dark realm haunted by malevolent spirits, and the fragments of his soul embodying his emotions were reincarnated as his Children of Dark. One of those Children [[spoiler:Queen Nashandra, embodiment of Manus' desires]], is directly responsible for Drangleic's downfall. Even in death Manus spreads Dark.

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* ''Videogame/DarkSouls'':
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Manus, Father of the Abyss in ''Videogame/DarkSouls'' Abyss, is long dead by the time of ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII''. His remains eventually became the Abyss, a dark realm haunted by malevolent spirits, and the fragments of his soul embodying his emotions were reincarnated as his Children of Dark. One of those Children [[spoiler:Queen Nashandra, embodiment of Manus' desires]], is directly responsible for Drangleic's downfall. Even in death Manus spreads Dark.Dark.
** Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight, is the single most impactful individual on the world of the series, seeing how it was he who committed the "First Sin", when he refused to let the first Age of Fire be succeeded by an Age of Dark, breaking the very foundations of the metaphysical world order to preserve the First Flame. The result was the repeated cycles of the First Fire fading and being rekindled, which precipitate both sequels, and ultimately, the turning of the entire world into ashes, as seen in the final DLC of the third installment.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWomanEarthOne'': Hercules is a large part of why Themysciran society is dangerously misandrist in this universe, though he was killed long ago by Hippolyta for his attack and rape of her people.

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