VulgarBee on Oct 10th 2018 at 9:52:27 AM
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4tell0life4 on Oct 15th 2018 at 5:02:55 PM
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In the distant future (or at least 20 Minutes into the Future), humanity has declined, and animals (whether all of them, or a few certain kinds) become the new dominant species.
Here, the humans might be extinct and animals now roam the world freely; there might be scenes of them living on manmade living places if any of them existed at all. Or, there might be only a few humans left, either scattered away or confined to a single location, and they've been regressed (in various ways) that they can't form a modern-like society anymore; they're no longer the dominant species.
Sometimes, the animals might be, or become, Funny Animals or Petting Zoo People (there may or may not be an in-universe "evolution" happening to them); they have become the new "man". Furthering in this direction, the humanoid animals may even see the humans (if there are any) as "animals", either as a Human Pet, human cattle, etc.
Plots involving this setting might be about how animals live now that they're the dominant species, or they may focus on the few humans who tried to survive in the "new world" full of animals.
Cockroaches Will Rule the Earth is a subtrope.
See also Uplifted Animal, which is how the animals become smarter.
- In Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth, a great disaster has killed off nearly all humans, with the few survivors lacking intelligence, and in the meantime, races of humanoid animals have risen up to take the humans' place on the food chain.
- Nelvana Studios' Rock & Rule occurs on an Earth where humanity has eradicated itself, leaving the dogs, cats and rats to ascend mastery of the world. It seems they can now interbreed, as none of the characters seem to fit neatly into canine, feline or murine physiology.
- Planet of the Apes takes place in a planet run by apes. Humans have become the lesser species due to losing their intelligence and their ability to talk.
- Isaac Asimov's short story "No Connection" takes place on an Earth where humanity went extinct. America is populated by a peaceful bear descended race. The story ends with them expecting a conflict with ape descended aggressors from Eurasia.
- In William Tenn's "Null-P", dogs take over the Earth. Humans still exist, but they have given up civilization and it isn't even clear if they are sapient. They are adopted as pets by the dogs and later go effectively extinct.
Live Action TV
- In Red Dwarf, after humanity died out, a race of cat-people descended from David Lister's cat took over. They then nearly wiped themselves out in a holy war over what color their god's hat was.
- Saturday Night Live had a series of sketches called "Bear City" in which a meteor strikes an American city, driving the human population underground and allowing the bears to rise up and fill the roles formerly filled by humans. The sketches are notable in that the humor is driven entirely through action as the bears cannot talk.
- Paladog: After humanity is destroyed for its wickedness, animals take over to replace them.
- Inherit the Earth is a seemingly medieval world populated by sentient bipedal animals whose ancestors were uplifted by humanity before a plague wiped them out.
- In Riptor's ending in the original Killer Instinct, the genetic experiments Ultratech used to create Riptor end up dooming humanity and ushering in a second era of the dinosaurs.
- Splatoon takes place in a world where various sea creatures (primarily squids) have become the dominant species on Earth due to rising sea levels having led to the death of humanity thousands of years prior.
- Tokyo Jungle is set in a world in which there are no humans, the city of Tokyo is falling into disrepair without any maintenance, and a new ecosystem is forming in its ruins where multiple species of herbivores and carnivores compete for survival. The cause of this is eventually revealed to be humans from an apocalyptic future attempting to transplant themselves back to the 21st century with time travel, creating a Time Paradox which caused all present-day humans to vanish.
- Family Guy's "Road to the Multiverse" has Stewie and Brian travel to different universes. The last one they go to is a universe where dogs are the dominant species and humans are the pets. In that universe, Brian is a human, and a smart one too; he'd fit in the real world.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: In "The Last Bat On Earth", Batman gets trapped in the distant future where animals rule.
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