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Basic Trope: In a work set in the future, species that are still alive today are extinct.

  • Straight: In the year 3000, whales are extinct.
  • Exaggerated: In the year 3000, all organisms except for humans are extinct. Humans themselves don't have too much time left, either.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Humans had to kill all whales, either intentionally or accidentally, in order to make room for various forms of futuristic ocean-based technology.
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    • Some huge disaster occurred, and humans barely survived it. Most other species didn't have a chance.
  • Inverted: In the year 3000, many extinct species have been resurrected.
  • Subverted: Whales were thought to be extinct, but a large group is discovered.
  • Double Subverted: The group of whales is quickly hunted to make room for a new underwater city.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No mention is made of any extinct species.
  • Enforced: The editor tells the author that message that humans are destroying life on earth isn't clear enough, and he should show all the animals that will no longer exist in 1000 years.
  • Lampshaded: "You know it's really something how every future we visit has whales go extinct."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob make people pay exorbitant amounts to see a live whale from their time.
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  • Defied: Charlie, a conservation biologist who was also a sci-fi fan, wants to make sure that today's life survives to the future (unlike in his books) and lobbies to increase conservation efforts for whales.
  • Discussed: Upon arriving in the year 3000, Alice remarks that having a familiar species go extinct is straight out of a science fiction novel.
  • Conversed: "Hey, what's going on in Tropers Through Time?" "They arrived in the year 3000 in this episode. Whales are extinct."
  • Implied: Upon reaching the future, the first thing seen is a massive pile of whale bones in a completely drained ocean basin.
  • Deconstructed: The extinction of whales is shown to have a catastrophic effect on the ocean's food chain as many other animals soon follow them, putting humanity itself in danger.
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob are sent on a mission to the past in order to collect enough whale DNA to be able to bring them back from extinction.

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