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Too bad science means you’ll both die.
Kyon: Do I have to live in this gray world all alone with her?
Itsuki: Adam and Eve. If you reproduce enough, it'll work out?
Kyon: I'll smack you.

This is a plot where the remainders of a group, especially an entire race, must be protected from extinction. Occasionally, the final two actually do perish, but not before producing offspring who repopulate the species.

This, of course, ignores real population genetics, where a certain minimum number of genetically divergent (i.e. unrelated) individuals are needed in a gene pool to maintain a healthy genetic diversity over the generations. For humans it is an estimated 497 individuals (no joke) although 1,000+ is to be preferred. The general rule of thumb is the "50/500" guideline — that a population founded by 50 genetically diverse humans in isolation would last about 2,000 years before inbreeding did them in, while 500 or more stand a chance of lasting indefinitely so long as all of them reproduce and no major disasters wipe out a significant part of the gene pool during that time (although as with everything else involving genetics, this is a gross oversimplification and varies greatly with the conditions encountered).

Needless to say, you won't find this in direct siblings. More casually, this results in the unspoken implication that said newly propagated species does not have a problem with incest. This rarely comes up.

In particularly heavy-handed scenarios, the two survivors who rebirth their species will actually be named "Adam" and "Eve", or some fairly obvious variations on those names. This is sometimes called a Shaggy God Story.

Literary note: the "Adam and Eve" plot is pejoratively discussed in many articles and books on writing science fiction stories. Apparently it was, for many years, one of the most over-used twist endings in the badly written stories that make up the editors' mountainous "slush pile" of wasted efforts — in fact, many editors would reject stories with this twist on sight.

Usually found coupled with a New Eden in an allusion to the Garden of Eden; if some manner of vehicle or protective capsule is employed, this becomes an Ark or a City in a Bottle. Often the end result of Earth All Along. May overlap with Ancient Astronauts and/or lead to Advanced Ancient Humans. Related to Last of His Kind. Sister trope of Only You Can Repopulate My Race.

While not necesarily a Discredited Trope yet, it is noted in modern times for having a Squick connotation to it not only due to the incestuous issues, but to the fact that many stories historically have had the Adam and Eve characters as not yet legal adults by modern standards, the general presumption being that they will figure certain biological things out for themselves very early and "just go with it".

See also Babies Ever After.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In the manga Beautiful People by Mitsukazu Mihara, only two people seem to have survived in Japan (and maybe the world) because they accidentally trapped themselves in a bunker for one week while civilization ended. The bomb just killed living beings on the outside without damaging other objects, so they can loot canned food and survive easily for a while. Hopes for them to re-populate the world are... low, as one is a gay man and the other is a lesbian woman... oops.
  • Berserk has a purely symbolic example which ironically leads to a world changing plot, as in chapter 46, 47 and 48 Guts and Casca consummate their relationship in forest and they both remain naked together laying by a tree, while the Snake Apostle is wrecking stuff in another forest... Does This Remind You of Anything?. It becomes more literal when Guts and Casca's child born out this event is used by Griffith to become corporeal and in turn recreates the world and leading the human race to a new future.
  • Blue Gender: Yuji and Marlene eventually find themselves in this role, even though they weren't the last remaining humans on Earth.
  • Completely averted in Dragon Ball where in Dragon Ball Online, you find out that the last survivors of the Saiyan race, Vegeta and Goku, were unable to rebuild the Saiyan life through interbreeding with Earthlings. Saiyans are now extinct.
    • Played straight, though, in that somehow Good Boo was able to produce an entire race of beings from just himself. And seeing as he was a creature created out of pure magic in the first place, that doesn't seem very unlikely. He probably just split into multiple pieces and let them become separate beings instead of reforming. Specifically, he read one of Mr. Satan's adult books, and through it wanted to experience love. So he ended up creating his wife (the aptly named Booby), and then hit her with a love beam, thus causing her to be impregnated with a child. And apparently over the span of a few centuries, this occurred so much it led to the creation of an entire race. Majins must have a lot of free time on their hands.
  • Dr. STONE: After the entire population of Earth was Taken for Granite, the only survivors were six astronauts —three men, three women. They manage to get back to Earth and start a small village, all of whose inhabitants are descended from them. It's still there, with a population of about 40, 3700 years later. Somehow, they didn't run into any genetic diversity problems.
  • Subverted in the manga Eden: It's an Endless World!, where, After the End, two teenagers, Ennoia and Hana, think they're the last people alive. They've both been thinking about the inevitable a lot. After a heartfelt discussion on the matter, they decide to stay in "our Eden", but Ennoia decides that they "don't have to live our lives according to mythology. And that means when we have kids, we don't have to name them 'Cain' or 'Abel', either." As it turns out, they aren't the last people alive, but they might as well be; Most of the remaining population, which is already ridiculously minuscule, has The Virus.
  • In Eureka Seven movie ending, Renton and Eureka became that very symbolic couple after Earth was flooded. Eureka was reborn relying on Renton's survival, memories and dreams, in a way similar to Eve being born from Adam's ribs.
  • Gall Force: The Gall Force: Eternal Story OVA focuses around a crew of a space ship consisting of a One-Gender Race named the Solonoids who are racing to claim a new homeworld and the Paranoids, an enemy alien race. One character is absorbed into an alien gelatinous mass and she ends up becoming pregnant via a Face Full Of Alien Wingwong. The cast surgically remove it, thinking it's an infection, and it rapidly grows into an Opposite-Sex Clone. He and one girl end up being the last two survivors by the end, and go on to produce the entire human race.
  • In Megazone 23 Part I, the character Eve is introduced as a mysterious idol and Megazone is revealed to be a City in a Bottle. In Part 2, Eve explains that she has taken it upon herself to hand-pick a worthy remnant who will survive after the superweapon A.D.A.M. destroys the Megazone, and hopefully make it safely by ark to the regenerated Earth where they can begin repopulating it.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: At the conclusion of the series, Shinji and Asuka are left as the only two surviving humans on an utterly transformed and devastated Earth.
  • This makes up roughly the first third of the sixth volume of Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix manga, Nostalgia. And while the genetic difficulties are addressed, eventually the problem is resolved when the race of aliens capable of taking on any form send a representative on the behalf of the Phoenix. This crossbreeding creates a new species of half human, half moopie.
  • Seen in the last page of the Shadow Star manga, with Shiina's daughter and Kuri's son, playing and having sex on the beach where the series started. It's unclear as to whether their mothers are still alive.
  • Inverted in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, where Robotnik wants to cause the extinction of humanity, except for himself and Sara, so they can get married, have children, and live out their days on an empty planet. Sara responds by attacking Robotnik.
  • WorldEnd: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us?: The protagonist Willem is the last human alive. It was suggested by another character to his Love Interest, Chtholly, that, as a fellow "featureless", she should start training to be Willem's bride so that humanity could flourish again.

    Card Games 
  • Mystical Medleys: A Vintage Cartoon Tarot: "The Lovers" refers to the Adam and Eve story: a man and a woman, both clad only in leaves (and shoes); one of the trees with apples on it, a snake in the middle, and a godly being watching from above.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics' 2001: A Space Odyssey Issue 7 has a Star Child ("New Seed" in the comics) taking two lovers from their doomed planet to repopulate on another.
  • In a magazine cartoon that allows you to recreate the circumstances of the time (even if you know very little about the 60s), the two survivors of an atomic war are a black man and a black woman. The man is saying to the woman, "I'm sure Senator Russell would be pleased that the last two people on Earth are not only Americans, but from Georgia!"
  • In Brightest Day, the insane and evil D'kay D'razz wants to revive the Green Martian race with Martian Manhunter J'onn J'onzz. Even if the plan weren't horribly flawed, she's infertile and deeply in denial about it.
  • ElfQuest:
    • In one of the later ElfQuest stories, a small family of trolls find themselves stranded in a country where there are no other trolls. Flash forward a few thousand years and there are lots of trolls running around. Incest is hinted at but never stated outright.
    • For that matter, if we go by the story How Shall I Keep From Singing, it appears that all elves are descendant from a total of eight High Ones (and one wolf). The "no problem with inbreeding" can probably be explained with Recognition weeding out genetic defects. While one or two of the prose stories in the Blood of Ten Chiefs anthologies do name other High Ones that don't appear in How Shall I Keep From Singing, they aren't part of the Singing group, and the total population still wasn't very big.
  • Xemnu the Titan is an alien who has had this goal since he first appeared in the age of Marvel Monsters. Most of his plans have involved transforming human children into beings like himself, although his most recent plot (in She-Hulk's comic) involved trying it on She-Hulk in order to mate with her.
  • Superman:
    • Pre-Crisis Krypton was, according to legend, populated by two humanoid space travelers named Kryp and Tonn. According The Krypton Chronicles, not many Kryptonians took that legend seriously, though. Also, marriage between cousins was illegal, as Kal-El mentions to Kara once.
    • The Living Legends of Superman: In "The Exile on the Edge of Eternity"'', taking place in the far future, Superman's descendant, the last human being (possibly the last sentient being) in the whole universe find himself alone on a tropical planet after saving the universe. A female emerges from a beam of light, created from a device he used to restore the cosmos, in the middle of a valley, seemingly answering his lonely prayers.
      A'dam'mkent had found his Eve!
    • In The Immortal Superman, the Man of Steel travels to the far future and discovers Earth has become a lifeless rock after eons of wars and pollution. After terraforming Earth back into a habitable world, Superman brings one couple of humanoid aliens and their offspring to Earth so they can repopulate it.
    • Lampshaded on Post-Infinite Crisis Daxam. While the entire Daxamite race descends from Kryptonian explorers and the original, native Aboriginal Daxamite, the whole intermingling is summarized by a single, telltale meeting: a young, male Daxamite inviting a young, sexy Aboriginal Daxamite to join him in "their beutiful new home". Despite speaking nothing but the Language of Love, the couple, and by proxy their two races, elope in the current, Daxamite race.
    • When Vartox's people were hit with a Sterility Plague in Power Girl (2009), he asks Power Girl to help him breed the next generation. When Power Girl points out the flaws in his plan, he explains that was not what he had in mind. They cure his people's sterility instead.
  • Tank Girl: Apocalypse leads into an Adam and Eve plot, but this is not picked up on in later books.
  • Weird Science:
    • A sinister twist on this plot is given in an EC Comics story "The Last Man" (Weird Science #12) about the aftermath of a nuclear war. The male protagonist (who ran away from her family when he was 10) spends the story searching for other life, wondering if there's anyone left, only to find a woman with whom he suspects he could repopulate the Earth. That is, until he learns that the woman is his sister. What happens next is left to the imagination.
    • There's one story in the short lived Weird Science comic series ("A New Beginning" from issue 22) where a man and a woman from the distant future end up becoming Adam and Eve after their time machine leaves them stranded in the past.
  • Averted in Y: The Last Man: While Yorick wants to do this with his girlfriend Beth, it's pointed out that it would be impossible to do so with just two people. In the end, a combination of Adams, Eves, and cloning help bring the human race back.

    Fan Works 
  • In Friendship is Physics, Star Swirl the Bearded mentions an unethical experiment he heard about. A male and female child were released into a sealed, artificial environment with no other contact. The two ponies grew up, but while they cared about each other, it never ever occurred to them to mate. The ones in charge of the experiment concluded that the stories of ponykind originating from a single male–female pair were false.
  • Higher Learning: Shinji and Asuka became this after the Third Impact in the original timeline. A character mentions it several times. The logical consequences do not go unmentioned.
  • Lampshaded in Evangelion post-Third Impact fanfic Orchestrating the Silence: Shinji points out there is nobody in the world other than Asuka and him, and Asuka refrains herself from chewing him out for a "lame Adam and Eve comparison".
  • In Rocketship Voyager, Chakotay suggests that, instead of trying to travel 70,000 light years back to Earth, they establish a Second Foundation of Man on the other side of the galaxy. Captain Janeway rejects the idea out of hand, pointing out they've barely enough people—even counting the extraterrans on their crew—to establish a viable colony, and no race bank of embryos either (she's even more shocked when Chakotay suggests they find a planet with biologically-compatible aliens). It's suggested her dislike of this idea is based on a previous captain's attempt to force his female crewmembers (including a young Ensign Janeway) to become a Baby Factory for a similar colony, sparking a mutiny that was kicked off by a crewmember called Eve hurling a red globe of firefighting powder at an officer called Adams.
  • The Second Try: Asuka and Shinji discuss this during one of the "flashback" chapters.
  • Deconstructed in Poké Wars: The Defervescence. The Clefairy from Mt. Moon have decided to evacuate Seymour and at least one other human in the hopes of restarting humanity if they die out on Earth. However, Seymour is a childless and nerdy scientist with zero experience with dating or parenting and he rapidly starts cracking under the pressure of such weighty expectations, to the point of being utterly terrified that if he fails and humanity reaches a dead end, he'll be directly responsible for their extinction. To make matters worse, the Clefairy try to comfort him but they approach it all from a cold, logical and, well, alien perspective, which fails to comfort Seymour at all and indeed, he starts to wonder if they're just pitying him.

    Film — Animation 
  • 9 ends with this; sort of. Bonus points for the remaining stitchpunks (9, 7, 3 + 4) forming a sort-of Adam and Eve family, complete with Cain and Abel... but not the trope, thankfully.
  • Alpha and Omega initially started with Humphrey and Kate being sent to Idaho to repopulate. Humphrey loved the idea more than Kate did.
  • Subverted in Ice Age: The Meltdown: Manny and Ellie think they are the last mammoths on Earth, when in fact a whole colony still exists (later seen in the film). However, the pool is probably very small, seeing as mammoths eventually did go extinct.
  • The now-canceled Pixar animated film Newt, about the last male and female blue-footed newts on Earth forced to mate to continue the species, even though they don't quite like each other to begin with. It was cancelled to avoid Dueling Movies with Rio.
  • Rio:
    • Rio is about a blue Spix macaw who is sent to Rio in order to mate with the last remaining female of his kind.
    • Rio 2: Later subverted by the sequel which shows an entire flock of blue parrots hiding in the Amazon.
  • In Titan A.E., when the hero and heroine find the eponymous ship, onboard are genetic samples for long-destroyed Earth's species. Also, in a way, they are a symbolic "Adam and Eve". However, they do not need to populate the new world, mankind has been scattered across the galaxy and thus, they only need to call humans to the new planet. But who says that they won't anyway?

    Film — Live-Action 
  • A rather disturbing variant occurs in 28 Days Later. It's left unclear whether the leader of surviving military members at the end of the film actually believes that they can repopulate the Earth (or just Britain) with the two female survivors they have left, expects to capture more women, or simply decides to keep them to placate his unit while they wait for the end.
  • In Annihilation (2018), the only two survivors of the excursions into the Shimmer are Lena and Kane. The Shimmer is a psychedelic Garden of Eden where they encounter an alien creature which bestows upon them new knowledge (although the knowledge is incomprehensible to human minds). At the end of the film, the Shimmer collapses and, depending on your interpretation, Lena and Kane are the last remnants of the alien's DNA, thus beginning a new species.
  • In Bokeh, an American couple on holiday in Iceland wake up one morning to that everyone else on the island and the rest world has disappeared, leaving them as the last man and woman on Earth.
  • The Dark Crystal has Jen and Kira, who both think that they're the last Gelfling until they meet each other. Since Gelflings are able to live in peace after the Skeksis and Mystics join bodies, they obviously will end up repopulating the Gelfling species.
  • The plot of Dr. Dolittle 2 revolves around saving a forest from a logging company by getting the native female of a species of bear on the verge of extinction to mate with the only male bear of the same species that could be found. When Dolittle earlier argues that having an endangered bear in the forest should be enough to protect it, he is told that since there is only the one, the species would die out anyway. By that rationale, even getting another bear to mate should be useless for protecting the forest, since there is no way that a single mating pair would be viable for saving the species.
  • At the end of Five, Roseanne begins the long walk back to the house, but along the way, her baby dies. Michael, who has been searching for her, eventually finds her. After burying her son, they return to the house. Michael silently resumes cultivating the soil, and Roseanne joins him.
  • Knowing ends with aliens/angels removing a number of child pairings from the doomed Earth in order to allow humanity to survive on another planet. Downplayed in that the angels/aliens actually understand genetics and so have taken far more than one 'breeding pair', but the idea is still there.
  • Parodied in Matinee, which is set in the Cuban missile crisis, when the teen protagonists get locked in a nuclear shelter during a bomb scare. Ten Minutes in the Closet ensues.
    "What if we're the only ones left?"
    "Then we become... Adam and Eve."
  • The more practical variant (about a dozen Adams and Eves) is brought up in The Matrix Reloaded when Neo learns that the true purpose of the One is to select 21 women and 7 men who will repopulate Zion after the machines destroy it. The machines know that this will work since they've done it five times before.note 
  • Planet of the Apes:
    • This is actually the initial plan in Planet of the Apes (1968). It's scrapped when the only female crew member dies from Cryonics Failure. Granted, it's implied that it would be partially expanded from the usual trope by there being multiple "adams".
    • In Planet of the Apes (2001), all humans on Ashlar (the name of the planet is given in comics) are descended from the crew of the crashed Oberon, which happened over 3000 years before. The ship doesn't look big enough to contain enough humans to sustain a population for that long, especially on a world populated by hostile insectoids and dinosaurs that even the well-organized simians have trouble dealing with.
  • In Star Quest II, aliens use humans to breed alien/human hybrid to preserve the former's species in some form. Unfortunately, they only actually get one couple at the end, the others on the spaceship having been killed.
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home uses the animal version of this trope. This is a bit of a Double Subversion, as the animals actually do go extinct, but Time Travel rectifies the situation by bringing back the tropal two. Also, they aren't being brought forward to breed per se but to convince an alien probe not to destroy Earth. The novelization acknowledges that two (or three) individuals aren't enough to repopulate a species, so 23rd-century scientists are going to clone additional whales from cell samples preserved before the species was wiped out. (It's said that they couldn't have restored the species just by cloning, because humpback whales have enough learned behavior that they wouldn't be able to survive without someone to teach them.)
  • These Are the Damned: Government scientist Bernard has nine children who he keeps in an underground bunker, whom he teaches via Video Phone because he wants them to restart the human race after the nuclear war he is convinced is inevitable. The children are immune to radiation after being irradiated in the womb after a freak radiation accident the government has been unable to duplicate, but will irradiate anyone who comes into contact with them, hence their forced isolation, though the bunker door is designed to open automatically if radiation is detected outside.
    Bernard: My children are the buried seeds of life. When that time comes, the thing itself will open up the door, and my children will go out to inherit the Earth.
    Freya: What Earth, Bernard? What Earth will you leave them? After all that Man has made, and still has to make! [crying] Is this the extent of your dream? To set nine ice-cold children free, in the ashes of the universe?
  • The climax of Things to Come involves a young man and woman sent to start life on a new world; the seed of Mankind shot into space from a huge gun.
  • Z for Zachariah: Hinted at when John tells Ann they should save up supplies not just for themselves, but also "anyone else". Though she doesn't get what he means, John seems to be thinking they might have a baby some day, and at this point it's left unclear whether anyone else in the world is still alive.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • A classic, and rather literal, example can be found in "Probe 7, Over and Out". An astronaut named Adam Cook crash lands on what appears to be a barren planet. Equipment failures keep him from radioing his homeworld, but he receives transmissions that indicate it has blown itself up in a nuclear war. While searching the planet, he comes across a woman, also stranded there. They can't communicate in words, but they make due by gestures and drawing in the sand. Eventually, it comes out that she's called the planet "Irth" and her name is... Eve Norda.
    • "Two" had Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery as the (as far as we know) sole survivors — from opposite sides, no less — of a city-destroying war between two unnamed factions. Rod Serling's narration in the episode purposefully says that it could be set at any time during the past or future, and that "The signposts are in English so that we may read them more easily".
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • The revival did this in a two-part story with the episodes "Double Helix" and "Origin of Species". The sample size was 8 students and one professor, and it is immediately pointed out that they could not possibly repopulate the planet alone. It's hand waved by the spaceship that took them into the future, which altered their genes to ensure maximum diversity and created hundreds of babies to further pad the gap. Subtly played with in the fact that both the professor and his son are exempt from being "Adams" due to a genetic disease (and are therefore vaporized), but live on as holograms to assist their friends.
    • The episode "Phobos Rising" also hints at this plot, with the Earth possibly destroyed and only two Mars colonies with a combined population of less than fifty as survivors. Unfortunately, accidents fueling Enforced Cold War paranoia end up destroying both colonies with only a pair of defectors surviving. Subverted in the final few minutes, when the surviving pair on Mars receive a transmission from Earth, telling them that the Moon was accidentally destroyed and in the wake of the devastation on Earth, both sides have called a truce.
    • The episode "Resurrection" takes place in a world where humanity has been replaced by robots who overthrew their former masters, who are now extinct. Two robot scientists decide to bring back humanity by illegally breeding an adult human male. They manage to keep him hidden until they can deactivate all the other robots, sacrificing their own lives in the process. The last scene shows that they have also bred an adult human female so they can repopulate humanity. Of course this still ignores population genetics, and they didn't give the guy the necessary skills to keep breeding humans artificially.
  • Seven Days:
    • The episode "Adam & Eve & Adam" has a Neutron Bomb obliterate humanity. Parker, Olga, Owlsey, & Army officer Major Jones have to journey back to Project Backstep. At one point, Owlsey kills Jones and tries to kill off Parker to start an Adam and Eve Plot with Olga. Of course, at the time, he was Ax-Crazy from radiation poisoning. Parker, per his usual shtick, must Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
    • Several episodes feature the destruction of nearly all life on Earth. In fact, in one case, Parker is the only survivor of a plot by an alien conveniently nicknamed "Adam" and has to manually start the Sphere to backstep.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The villain's plan in "Timelash" is essentially to cause this trope with his own planet — and he wants Peri to be his Eve.
    • Also part of Luke Rattigan's plan to take his group of genius students to another planet in recompense for selling Earth to the Sontarans - he's even drawn up a breeding schedule! Needless to say, the one girl in the group isn't too happy with the idea.
      • This is also a case of Fail Biology Forever. Oh so many portrayals of colonies or survival groups seem to have 100 men for each woman.
    • Implied to be the fate of the Tellers in "Time Heist".
    • Suggested by Clyde in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "The Empty Planet". Rani has other ideas.
  • Played out in the finale of the 2000s Battlestar Galactica, wherein the Colonists become the distant ancestors of the modern human race, and Hera Agathon is played up as being the Mitochondrial Eve.
  • Done in an episode of Dinosaurs with unnaturally cute, little furball-type animals.
  • Truth in Television example: One episode of Hoarders came close to this trope, featuring a man with over 2000 fancy rats living free in his house. He'd accidentally allowed his one male and two female pet rats to escape, months earlier, and hadn't had the heart to let them starve or set traps, with inevitable consequences.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • The original pilot, "The Cage", has a group of Rubber-Forehead Aliens who try to use their Lotus-Eater Machine to convince Captain Pike to play Adam for them with an Eve of his choice.
    • The story was expanded in "The Menagerie", using footage from the pilot. The aliens, called the Talosians here, release Pike and his crew after finding that humans "have a hatred of captivity". The "Eve", named Vina here, must stay behind, however, as leaving would cause her to die from the injuries sustained by her true body that are suppressed by their technology. In the present day, with Pike being an old and invalid man, they offer to let him live with them again, where he can gain his youth and health back and live with Vina. He accepts, and it remains ambiguous whether the Plot ever succeeded.
    • "Return to Tomorrow" has the crew encounter a disembodied creature known as Sargon, who claims that the human Adam and Eve were explorers from his race. When the humans refute this claim by citing evolution, Spock admits that the Vulcan creation myth also fits Sargon's story.
  • An episode of Stargate Universe reveals that, thanks to a Timey-Wimey Ball, an alternate version of the Destiny crew (minus Rush and Telford) got thrown 2000 years into the past and had to set up a settlement on planet Novus. When "our" Destiny crew encounters them, they're a formerly thriving civilization of millions, forced to abandon their planet when a black hole was detected approaching the system. There is no mention of any inbreeding, although it is possible the crew's descendants have figured out how to maintain genetic diversity, even though all of them are descended from a few dozen people.
  • In Stargate SG-1, the Alpha Site was intended to invoke this trope should an alien invasion overcome Earth's defenses. This was a real threat in the early seasons (they actually started moving personnel offworld in "The Serpent's Lair"), but the threat diminishes after Earth first gains Asgard military protection, then becomes a spacefaring power in its own right.
  • Kaya, a water nymph, uses Malone for one in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. It doesn't stop Veronica from getting the wrong idea.
  • Kamen Rider Gaim offers a twist on the concept: At the end of the series, Kouta and Mai have evolved beyond humanity and gained the power to shape the world to their will. Rather than destroying the planet he fought so hard to protect, Kouta uses his new powers to create a portal to a distant, uninhabited planet and states that that is the world he'll shape. DJ Sagara, the story's Satan analogue, urges them to "be fruitful and multiply" after openly noting the irony of his doing so.
  • In Tensou Sentai Goseiger, The Movie involves the heroes trying to protect an "Eve" figure whose home planet was destroyed by an Artifact of Doom that the villains are now trying to get their hands on. At the end of the movie, "Adam" returns and takes her back to their planet for them to begin rebuilding their world.
  • In The Last Man on Earth, after Carol finds Phil, she takes it as a matter of course that they'll have to mate to repopulate the species. Phil, who's taken a quick dislike to her, refuses. (It's two years after The Plague wiped out the human race.) And then another woman and man show up to complicate things.
  • Though not quite down to two people, the original "Survivors" featured humanity wiped out except for 1 in 10,000 people. When Charles was first introduced, a defining character trait was his belief that the survivors needed to focus on breeding to rebuild the human species (this trait was later downplayed once he became a main character).
  • On The 100, when Kane is considering killing large segments of the Ark's population to conserve oxygen, he says he's willing to reduce the Ark to "a cosmic Adam and Eve" if necessary.
  • War of the Worlds (2019): It turns out that all of the aliens are descended from Emily and Sacha's child. However, this is kind of inverted with the fact that the humans try to prevent this by going back in time. Also, unlike many examples it's a plot point that they have harmful mutations (though this gets ascribed to Emily and Sacha having genetic disorders, realistically inbreeding alone would do it in enough time).
  • The Outpost: The entire Blackblood species were descended from one Half-Human Hybrid. This doesn't make sense for many reasons. E.g., the genes must be unrealistically dominant for them not to be bred out in the subsequent generations, absent incest which would have its own problems. However, given this is fantasy with the child's father being from a god-like otherworldly species, some magical cause is a possibility.

  • Collapse of the World as We Know It: Parodied. Adam and God are attempting to build up humanity, using a script given to them. They end up doing... almost what they're supposed to do, but Adam adds a few "upgrades", along with God creating Eve out of Adam's ribcage, rather than removing the rib.

  • Italian song "Eva" is about a man telling his beloved that when mankind turns mad and decides to destroy itself, he will leave with her in a spaceship, a "Noah's Ark" where he will be Adam and she'll be his small Eve (Eva!).
  • "Man Gave Names To All The Animals" by Bob Dylan from Slow Train Coming is based on Adam naming all the animals in the Garden of Eden. It's rather childlike in nature and has often been called one of Dylan's worst songs in terms of lyrics.
  • "Snake" by PJ Harvey from Rid of Me:
    You snake (You snake)
    I ate (I ate)
    A true (A true)
    Belief (Belief)
    Good Lord (Good Lord)
    That fruit's (That's fruit's)
    Inside (Inside)
    Of me (Of me)
    Oh Adam (Oh Ad-)
    Please (-am please)

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Book of Genesis:
    • The trope namer is the story of Adam and Eve. After the first man and woman are created, God's first instructions to them is: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth".
    • It is noteworthy that the wording in Genesis 2, the part where Adam and Eve are introduced, comes after the creation of mankind in Genesis 1. While some hold that the story of Genesis 2 is a rephrase of Genesis 1, numerous theologians and scholars have suggested that the various inconsistenciesnote  point to this actually not being the case and that humans already existed, with Adam and Eve being special creations.
    • Chapter 4 identifies three children of Adam and Eve: Cain, Abel, and Seth. After Cain kills Abel, Cain moved east to the land of Nod, where he married someone and had at least one son, Enoch. Adam and Eve are also stated to have had other children, both sons and daughters. Daughters are not tracked in the Bible unless they're important; sons are only tracked if they're relevant to the plot.
    • After The Great Flood, humanity is reduced to eight people (Noah, his wife, Noah's three sons and their wives) and all others are descended from this family.
  • Averted in the Classical Mythology version of The Great Flood: one man and one woman are left, but they are asked by the gods to throw earth or stones over their shoulders, and this earth turns into sufficient men and women to actually repopulate the world.
  • Mabinogion Branwen verch Llyr: The Britons invade Ireland and kill everybody except five pregnant women hiding in a cave. The five women bear five sons who repopulate the island. Hence, the five provinces of Ireland.
  • Norse Mythology:
    • When the Aesir kill Ymir, all the giants drown in his blood except one couple, Begelmir and his wife, from whom all later giants are descended (Prose Edda).
    • The first humans are created by Odin and his two brothers as a couple, Ask and Embla.
    • In Ragnarok, all humanity is destined to perish except a single couple, Lif and Lifthrasir, who will repopulate Earth (Poetic Edda and Prose Edda).

  • In the BBC Radio Drama Earthsearch, the crew of the Challenger end the series by giving up the search for their long-lost home planet Earth, settling instead on the planet "Paradise", which they vow to make "their own Earth" — it's much like their Earth, except that it's two-thirds covered in saltwater oceans, has four seasons, and is the third planet from its sun. Cleverly, throughout the series they had dropped hints that "their Earth" was not the same planet as ours, but then covered them up with Expospeak: for example, the other planets of their solar system have different names from ours, but as soon as this is revealed, it is mentioned offhand that the planets had been renamed. Likewise, we are told that their Earth was the second planet from its sun, but we are told this by a computer which is speculating wildly based on inaccurate information. To keep the Shaggy God Story going, early in Earthsearch 2, the crew loads breeding pairs of animals into a shuttle to wait out a global flood caused by Hostile Terraforming that lasts forty days and nights.
  • From a sci-fi series called "X - 1" (X! Minus! One!): A scientist in Captain Ersatz-East Germany, along with his assistant Alan and beautiful daughter Ava have developed a way to shrink things to subatomic size and are planning to use it to smuggle aid and, eventually, people. Fascist government thugs break into the lab and Alan and Ava are forced to hide in the shrinking machine, which gets turned on either by accident, a plan by the scientist, or because the leader of the fascist thugs demanded a demonstration. Alan and Ava are briefly seen exploring the surface of a planet-sized electron, which they liken to a desert with the central atomic cluster as its sun (which is not the case in reality and atoms aren't described that way anymore). When the scientist reverses the machine, to his surprise, Alan and Ava are gone but a mysterious voice issues in their place, saying that they eventually populated the electron-planet and it was a peaceful and prosperous land for thousands of (atomic) years, and to make sure the peace lasted beyond their deaths they wrote a book of instructions for their descendants. The scientist is incredulous that Alan and Ava are both long-since dead and the parents of a peaceful race.

    Video Games 
  • ActRaiser: After you clear the first Act of each area, the Master creates a temple and two people, a man and a woman, to lead the local civilization, for the most part these two people are the ones who specifically address you when you listen to the peoples' prayers.
  • Assassin's Creed II shows a different interpretation of Adam and Eve. In the games' story, humanity originally began as a slave race created by a highly evolved and technologically advanced (possibly alien) race. If you find all the glyphs and unlock the hidden video, you see a 20-second clip of Adam and Eve parkouring their way through a factory and escaping. This is closer to the Summerian Adam and Eve than the Biblical one, even before you find out that they led a human revolt against the "gods" with the help of a Piece of Eden.
  • In Chaos Rings and its prequel Chaos Rings Ω the entire purpose of the Ark is to set one up using the best possible Battle Couple to breed humans capable of defeating an Eldritch Abomination. However, the genetic problems with this trope are addressed in the first game: in Ayuta's story, there's a bit where it's claimed that the First Couples are dropped off at an era with plenty of other humans for breeding.
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony,: In Chapter 5, it is revealed that after the events of Danganronpa 3, civilization started to recover, but then the Earth got struck by meteorites that carried a deadly disease. In response, Makoto Naegi, now headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, gathered up talented individuals who were immune to the disease (although Kaito Momota apparently was infected), and put them into a spaceship bound for another planet so that the students could repopulate humanity on a habitable world. In the final trial, however, this turns out to be a lie, as part of the storyline for the fifty-third season of Danganronpa.
  • In Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes, the invading aliens kill all the men, and La Résistance calls up Duke from their past to help. The ending shows a clear Adam and Eve Plot, although in this case it's more an "Adam and Eve-land" Plot.
  • Subverted in Fallout 3: The Overseer of Vault 101 refuses to let anyone out of the Vault because he thinks it's the last settlement of humans uncorrupted by the chaos outside, but it's possible to convince him otherwise by pointing out that the Vault doesn't have enough genetic diversity to survive.
  • Fate/Grand Order: Briefly Played for Laughs in the game's first Summer event. After being transported to an uninhabited tropical island for a rare vacation from saving the world, your Yandere Servant Kiyohime demands to "become Adam and Eve" with you. Even if you're an Eve yourself, from which Scathach says that runes can "take care" of that.
  • Referenced in Half-Life 2 (one of the episodes, anyway) where the well-intentioned Dr. Kleiner mentions on the monitors previously used for Breencasts (and which are therefore presumably scattered strategically worldwide) that since the Combine suppression field that had been inhibiting pregnancies was now gone, that those so inclined might as well set about replenishing the human population. Alyx incredulously asks the question that was likely in every player's head at that moment: "Did he just tell everyone to... get busy?"
  • Downplayed in Halo: When the Forerunners were forced to fire the Halos and wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy in order to stop the Flood, they stored as many specimens from different species as they could on the Ark, a giant installation located far away from the Halos' effects. After the Halos had fired, these specimens were sent back to repopulate their various homeworlds.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword ends with Link and Zelda, rather than returning to Skyloft, deciding to remain in what would eventually become Hyrule. While it's probably safe to assume they won't be the only ones to repopulate the surface (the cloud barrier between it and Skyloft has disappeared, making it possible for anyone to come), the Adam and Eve symbolism is still very apparent.
  • Parodied in Left 4 Dead:
    • Since her team follows The Smurfette Principle, Zoey eventually realizes this.
      Zoey: Wait, that makes me the last woman on earth... Shit.
    • And in the sequel, when Rochelle dies:
      Nick: There goes repopulating the earth.
  • The adventure game Lost Eden features two main human characters — Adam and Eve, living in a world where dinosaurs rule over humans. At the end of the game, it is revealed the dinosaurs will go extinct and Adam and Eve will lead humans into an age where they are the dominant species.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Averted. The last hundred or so surviving Protheans were put into stasis, but the genocide of the Protheans by the Reapers lasted centuries. In order to conserve energy, Vigil, the pseudo-AI watching over them, had to initiate a contingency program that would shut down stasis pods one-by-one, starting from the lowest ranking individuals upwards. By the time the genocide ended centuries later, only the top dozen Protheans remained, which, as Vigil pointed out, was far too few to repopulate the species.
    • Discussed in Mass Effect 3: the lone female Krogan immune to the sterilizing Genophage won't reveal her name as part of the rules of her role in Krogan society, so Mordin decides to call her Eve, in a deliberate reference to Earth mythology and in recognition of her importance to the future of her race.
  • The good ending of Odin Sphere. After The End of the World as We Know It, Oswald and Gwendolyn are the only two humans left alive and presumably, the ones who repopulate the devastated planet. Well, Velvet and Cornelius survived it too, but they're not exactly human anymore (unless you get the Golden Ending).
  • Radiant Silvergun where at the end it turns out that the first humans on Earth are the clones of the last humans on Earth who were sent back in time for Reset Button.
  • Shin Megami Tensei I.
    • There's a possibility that the characters actually are Reincarnations of Adam and Eve. At least, Lillth thinks so.
    • Shin Megami Tensei II's neutral ending has the Heroine say this is what they need to do as they walk off into the sunset.
  • Shadow of the Colossus The bridge to the Shrine of Worship is destroyed as Lord Emon and his men escape. That just leaves Mono and Wander to repopulate the Cursed Land.
  • Star Control II: The Shofixti are at one point reduced to two males and about half a dozen females. If you can get the two groups together, you'll have a fully viable species in a few months or so.
  • Every playthrough of The Universim starts with two Nuggets. The male is called Adahy and the female is called Elu.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • One of the fishing dailies in Thunder Bluff is to restock the pond with fish from a nearby lake, and you have to bring back two pairs of fish, which are "randy" and "amorous".
    • A daily quest in Howling Fjord tasks the player with playing "matchmaker" to sea lions after the death of their alpha at the player's hands.
    • In Zandalar the albino brutosaurs are extinct aside from an older male and belligerent female. A quest line focuses on getting the two to mate.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: The Orphe are reduced to a mere five individuals by the time humanity rescues them from the Ganglion. Fortunately, due to Orphe reproducing via "fission" rather than sex, there isn't any danger of inbreeding. Unfortunately, they require a specific chemical (senirapa water) to use as a catalyst for their reproduction, and they only have a few cups of it left. Once they find a way to produce more, their population grows extremely rapidly.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: One was attempted in the distant backstory. After Salem raised a rebellion against the gods, the gods wiped out all of humanity except for Salem (who they left with Complete Immortality as punishment). Humanity eventually returned, but with only a bare semblance of their old magic; Salem's lover Ozma reincarnated with them, and he still had his magic. He was supposed to redeem humanity and then summon back the gods. Salem and Ozma found each other and raised a family together, and their daughters inherited their full magic. Salem figured that rather than go to all the effort to redeem the weak and depowered humanity, they could just kill them all and replace them with their own magical children. Ozma was horrified and tried to escape with their daughters in the night, but Salem caught them, and their daughters were killed in the crossfire.

  • 8-Bit Theater lampshades the genetic problems of this trope.
    We owe it to the species to begin the very sexy process of repopulating the earth. Though that does mean the next generation will necessarily engage in incest. And the generation after won't fare much better. Damn creation myths.
  • Educomix: When Jessica is in the Garden of Edam, she and Adam are the only humans in existence.
  • In a Fans! story set After the End, Tim and cloned copies of his buddies are all that are left to repopulate the Earth. Much attempt is made for genetic diversity but the kids are naive and eventually a brother falls in love with his half-sister. Of course, Earth is just fine; "Tim" is as much a clone as the others, just with transferred memories.
  • In Freefall, Florence laments that fourteen individuals do not provide enough genetic diversity for a species to survive, and her main objective in life is to ensure more Bowman's Wolves (at least five hundred) are artificially created before it's too late.
  • Homestuck:
    • Mentioned; Dirk and Roxy are the only two living humans in a post-apocalyptic future, and Roxy, who has a crush on Dirk, entertains fantasies of the two of them repopulating the species together. Unfortunately for her, Dirk seems to be gay. It's later revealed that repopulating the Earth in this fashion isn't actually necessary since the ectobiology machines are capable of producing more people, and the new world the kids are supposed to make will already be populated once they create it.
    • Played straighter in Homestuck: Beyond Canon. Ultimate Dirk decides to build an entirely new race on a different planet to play the next Sburb, using his and Rose's genetic codes as the basis (the added irony of both "progenitors" being gay is a bonus for him). Instead of making more humans, they instead use ectobiology to mess with the codes enough so that whatever species results from the process is as far removed from them as possible.
  • In an abandoned The Order of the Stick storyline in the book "Don't Split The Party", Elan tries to set up Lien and Hinjo to breed a new generation of paladins. Lien and Hinjo are understandably annoyed with this because A) Elan obviously does not understand how paladins are created, B) Hinjo outranks Lien and sees it as a breach in behavior, and C) Lien already has a boyfriend, one that isn't a spoon-fed nobleman. Plus, there were "many" paladins that were away from Azure City the day of the battle (but we don't hear about them much). And many paladins don't work for Azure City.
  • Parodied in the Sluggy Freelance storyline "28 Geeks Later," when a budding Zombie Apocalypse has taken over a research facility, with several people trapped inside.
    Soldier: We have to repopulate the Earth!
    Zoe: Say what?!?
    Soldier: Well, we have to repopulate the facility at least. It's the only way we'll outlive them as a species.
    Zoe: Is everybody here on Crazy-Stupid gas or something?
    Soldier: This is no way to start a first date!

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time has a different take on the typical Adam and Eve plot, in the episode "You Made Me!". Lemongrab refers to his creator as "his Glob" (his God.) She spends the whole episode trying to figure out how to help him. At the end of the episode, Princess Bubblegum makes Lemongrab a clone of himself, so he won't be alone. The whole plot is reminiscent of God making Eve for Adam to prevent Adam from being the only one of his kind. The whole episode revolved around existential themes, and the idea of having "the perfect mate" who makes one feel whole. Whether or not the relationship between the two Lemongrabs was romantic or platonic/brotherly love is up to the viewer.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, it's stated that airbenders still existing is important both for the balance of the nations and so the next Avatar has someone to teach them, implying Aang would have to restore the Air Nomads with his descendants. This was lampshaded in a video at the San Diego ComicCon 2008. However, in The Legend of Korra, set 70 years later, we see even if only one parent is an airbender the children still can be: one of Aang's children with Katara (a waterbender) was an airbender, and three of his children with his non-bender wife are airbenders. (No word yet on if his youngest is one, he's only a baby after all.) However, beginning in Season 3 of Korra, some non-benders start to develop airbending abilities following the spiritual convergence, which neatly sidesteps the mating problem.
  • In the episode of Family Guy "Friends Without Benefits", Meg daydreams that she and a boy she's crushing on are the last two humans after the Earth is destroyed. The boy decides that they should repopulate. And the two of them start making out in their spaceship.
  • Futurama:
    • Subverted when Leela falls in love with someone she believes to be another cyclops. Even when his personality gets to be too much to bear, Leela feels that she owes it to her species to repopulate. As it turns out, Alcazar was a shape-shifter — who had fooled four other girls. After Fry exposes him, the wedding is called off. Of course, it later turns out that Leela is really a sewer mutant.
    • In the comics, after the Professor teleports Earth's population to the dinosaur age, minus Fry, Bender, Leela and Cubert, the Omicronians show up to salvage the uninhabited Earth, unless our heroes can display one hundred Earthlings, proving Earth still has people. This trope may have been Fry's idea, earning him a slap from Leela.
      Fry: Okay, fine. Then YOU come up with another way for us to repopulate the planet.
  • Implied at the end of the Little Einsteins episode "Knock on Wood", where a male ivory-billed woodpecker (a bird that is believed to be extinct in Real Life) finds a friend... in the form of a female ivory-billed woodpecker.

    Real Life 
  • Cheetahs. From Wikipedia (with a Scientific American citation):
    "The cheetah has unusually low genetic variability and a very low sperm count, which also suffers from low motility and deformed flagellae. Skin grafts between non-related cheetahs illustrate this point in that there is no rejection of the donor skin. It is thought that it went through a prolonged period of inbreeding following a genetic bottleneck during the last ice age."
    • The present-day population of cheetahs is low enough to put them into this category again. So it's good to know that this endangered species has survived such a problem in the past.
  • Northern elephant seals, which had a population that fell to a number somewhere in the 30s during the 1890s but now are no longer endangered (residing in the "least concern" category). However, it should be noted that male elephant seals are able to impregnate up to 50 females every mating season.
  • The stereotypical hamster (the golden/Syrian) is actually endangered in the wild. Virtually every domesticated Hamster is descended from a single litter captured in the 1930s.
  • Genetic studies trace the native fruit flies of Hawaii to a single gravid female, which was probably blown there by a storm.
  • In some areas, humans. Although there was never a colony or town that came entirely from a single couple, there is what is called the "Founder Effect", where having an overly small gene pool increases hereditary traits, usually leading to a higher rate of certain diseases or disorders. For example:
    • For centuries, Martha's Vineyard had an abnormally large number of deaf people. This was because up until the 20th century, there were rarely any outsiders (read: tourists) showing up so it was rare for any new genes to be introduced into the pool.
    • Polydactyly (having more than 5 fingers) is more common in the Amish than elsewhere, for similar reasons (endogamy means small gene pool).
    • 75-80% of Fundamentalist Mormons (not to be confused with the 'regular' Mormons) are related in some way to Joseph Smith or John Barlow. There is also an unusual amount of fumarase deficiency in Mormon populations, the result of Fundamentalists continuing to practice polygamy and endogamy.
    • The royal houses of Europe and other places developed recurring issues because of the massive inbreeding in the second millennium. Notable occurrences include hemophilia (through the descendants of Queen Victoria, currently recessed in living population), prognathism (the famous Habsburg lip; culminated in Charles II of Spain, whose jaw was so deformed he couldn't chew), and various problems (including club foot, scoliosis, and cleft palates) in the Greek-descended Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt (who preferred brother/sister marriages).
      • While outbreeding has been specifically practiced in the last century, other lesser traits are still endemic to certain royal families (large jaw in Spanish; large ears and premature balding in English).
    • In 1775, a giant typhoon hit the Micronesian Island of Pingelap. Only 20 people survived. One of them was a carrier for achromatopsia — "total color-blindness". Since achromatopsia is a recessive genetic disorder, over time more and more islanders have inherited the gene, and thus also a greater number have inherited color-blindness. Today, 10% of the population is completely color-blind, and 30% more of the population carries the alleles that could cause their children to be color-blind.
    • The modern-day inhabitants of Pitcairn Island, all descendants of the Bounty mutineers, are subject to a variety of genetic defects associated with several generations of inbreeding.
    • The CCR5-Delta 32 mutation is descended from Europeans during the time of the Black Death. It's theorized that those that had the mutation then were immune to the disease, thus after it passed, a significant number of Europeans left had the mutation. It's almost unknown in African and indigenous American populations, but about 10% of European-descended humans have the mutation. It would be unremarkable now, except that if you have two parents with the mutation, you have immunity to some strains of HIV, for now. (Wikipedia has more under .)
    • 5-alpha-reductase deficiency, a very rare genetic condition where a child is born with a female appearance but develops male genitalia at age 12, has a very high incidence rate in areas of the Dominican Republic, where nearly everyone with the condition is descended from a single colonist dating from the days of Columbus.
    • The high proportion of people suffering from Huntington's disease (a disease that is hereditary but doesn't have major negative effects until after reproductive age) in the Lake Maracaibo region of Venezuela is believed to be a result of one of the ten or so women who first immigrated there from Europe having the disease.
  • Geneticists have posited that all modern-day Homo sapiens were descended from one woman dubbed as the Mitochondrial Eve who lived in Africa around 200,000 years ago. But this is really a subversion as all scientists are very certain that she is in no sense of the word comparable to the biblical Eve: she was not the first woman, she is simply the earliest woman to which geneticists can trace, and she just happened to be lucky enough that her daughters were able to produce an unbroken line of descendants to the present day while the offspring of her contemporaries died out in the interim.
    • "Died out", in this context, could mean "produced only male offspring for a generation", not actual extinction of the bloodline. As mitochondria are inherited solely through the female line, having sons doesn't do anything to preserve these organelles' genes.
    • In fact, the Y-Chromosomal Adam was dated to live about 130,000 years before Eve.
  • The Toba catastrophe theory, called so after a volcanic eruption some 75,000 years ago, states that humans themselves suffered a severe population bottleneck (down to some two or ten thousand humans on Earth) due to aforementioned volcano. Not exactly Adam and Eve Plot, but as close as we ever got.
    • There are some (hotly debated) theories that say after this eruption, for a short time there were as few as thirty-some-odd breeding human females on the planet. Most estimates put the count as higher, but still considerably low.
  • This is touted as an actual newspaper headline, in the vein of the stuff sent in to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno for his "headlines" segment: Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over.note 
  • Biology classes introducing evolution use this trope to describe Malthusian population growth, explaining how a mated pair of sparrows (or whatever) could hypothetically produce enough descendants to cover the Earth within a shockingly short period of time.
    • Similar examples of a pregnant cat or dog producing thousands of descendants are used by animal welfare groups, to encourage spaying or neutering of pets.
  • This has happened with more than one endangered species. The California Condor was down to 22 birds by the time all birds left in the species were captured and taken to zoos. There are just over 400 alive today, about half in the wild.
  • The population of Przewalski's Horse, the only truly wild horse in the world, is descended from nine horses held in captivity in 1945. 1500 horses are alive today in zoos and in the wild of Mongolia.
  • On Île Haute, in the Kerguelen Islands, a male and female mouflon sheep were introduced in 1957. The current population, descended only from that pair, fluctuates between 250 and 700 individuals, and shows far more genetic diversity than had been expected.
  • Okunoshima is an island of Japan that used to have a wartime research facility. When the place was shut down near the end of the Pacific Campaign, its test rabbits (five in all by one declassified document) were set loose in a nearby meadow. These five rabbits, being an Explosive Breeder species, spawned the progenitors of the hundreds of wild rabbits there today, which is why Okunoshima is nicknamed Rabbit Island.
  • An even worse rabbit-based version of this trope took place on Australia. A wealthy settler named Thomas Austin imported a group of European rabbits for the purpose of having some running around for him to take potshots at. Thirteen of them were released, and within 50 years they had overrun the continent, causing massive plant destruction and, as a result, soil erosion. They continue to be a serious problem today.

Alternative Title(s): Adam And Eve Story