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This Superman wields the greatest power that exists on the planet Earth— and with these jewels I found in Clark Kent's apartment... I can channel his power to destroy this entire planet— and Superman with it!

You and your twin primed the machine, but this little baby still needs a lot of fuel. So it's breaking down your dimension. Soon, your reality will collapse into a one-dimensional point in time and space.
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Fan Works

"I took the remains and modified it into a weapon so powerful, I could wipe every sign of life off this crummy planet. I'm seriously considering that."

Access: "And that is where the current problem lies. The Nexus is being destroyed from within. Its walls are buckling, allowing more and more seepage."
Rogue: "Seepage?"
Mon-El: "With the walls weakened, it means that it is easier for entities from other universes to cross over into the Nexus. Seepage."
Access: "Exactly. And it is a portion of the Great Battery that is causing the walls of reality to weaken. Somewhere, in that new universe, on the planet Earth, a malfunctioning fragment of the Battery is acting like a cancer. It's slowly eating away at the Nexus. And if it weakens much more, those walls are going to break."
Invisible Woman: "Not another Amalgam?"
Mr. Fantastic: "Oh no. We wouldn't be so lucky. "Amalgam was the merger of two realities into one. This will be worse. This will be the sudden collision of a multitude of realities striving to occupy the same space and time."
Dr. Strange: "Total, complete destruction."
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Film

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr. Raymond Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human Sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria!

"For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war, and touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel they were nothing. They'd built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked. But nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled. The cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men. On the roads it was a white line nightmare. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice. And in this maelstrom of decay, ordinary men were battered and smashed."
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Literature

"Sic transit mundus."note 

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Robert Frost, "Fire and Ice"

Apocalpyse soon
Heading your way.
Ground zero at noon.
Halve a nice day.
Pragmatist, Edmund Conti

Eddie: This was no nuclear war. This...this...
Blaine the Mono: NOPE. IT WAS MUCH WORSE THAN THAT. AND IT'S NOT OVER YET.

During the first million years of its existence, mankind survived five apocalypses without succumbing to extinction. It endured the Apocalypse of Steel, the Apocalypse of Hydrogen, the Apocalypse of Serotonin, both Apocalypses of Water, the second of which occurred despite certain contracts to the contrary. Mankind also survived the Apocalypse of Grease, which wasn't a true apocalypse, although it wiped out nearly half of humanity by clogging the gears that ran the densely packed underwater cities of Lor, but that's a tale for another time.
How The World Became Quiet, by Rachel Swirsky

I saw a guard, as alone as all the others. What’s happened? I asked him. He was confused, shaking his head. He would not look at me. Something’s happened, he said. Something... there was a collapse... nothing works properly... there’s been a... a breakdown...
He was being very inexact. That wasn’t his fault. It was a very inexact apocalypse.

George: Oh, I get it. When we finish our job, it will be the end of the world.
Chuck: That's just what I said to Sam. And do you know what happened? He looked at me in a very queer way, like I’d been stupid in class, and said, "It’s nothing as trivial as that."
Arthur C. Clarke "The Nine Billion Names of God"

"In the year 2258 the world goes to war and with our level of technology, almost everything is destroyed. Billions die, entire nations vanish in fire, it's a world we cannot afford to let happen."
'Time Traveller, United States of Ameriwank

Live-Action Television

Buffy: This is how many apocalypses for us now?
Giles: Oh, uh, six at least. Feels like a hundred.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "The Gift"

Buffy. When I saw you stop the world from, you know, ending, I just assumed that was a big week for you. Turns out I suddenly find myself needing to know the plural of "apocalypse".
Riley, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "A New Man"

Music

Deep inside the Hootsman there lies a secret heart.
Barbarian is a cyborg powered by a neutron star.
For centuries immortal he will quest in time and space;
But now he must make sacrifice to save the human race.


The only way to save the galaxy,
Is to destroy planet Earth and all Dundee.


Faster than a laser bullet,
Hootsman flies to Fife.
He detonates his nuclear heart;
Destroys all human life.
Gloryhammer: Apocalypse 1992

Theatre

Oooo, the Polar Cap is slowly expanding
In a million years we'll freeze to death I guess
If the Ice Age hasn't floored us
There's a planet heading toward us
When it hits, we'll be an interstellar mess!
Oh, our continent is crumbling and dissolving
As our rivers wash the topsoil out to sea,
And what land we can retrieve'll
Be devoured by pest and weevil,
And there won't be nothing left for you and me.
Lady Scientist, The Golden Apple, "Doomed, Doomed, Doomed"

Video Games

''EATERS have destroyed the entire ecosystem of the planet, which now is in ruins. Now the EATERS will roam the universe in search of victims, repeating their pattern of destruction on each planet they find. Eventually, they'll undoubtedly reach the Earth. And you'll have to live with the knowledge that what lead them there was...you.
Chimera Beast, "Bad Ending"

X-57 is twice the size of the asteroid that wiped out the Earth's dinosaurs. It would be like millions of fusion bombs striking at once. With the heat of the blast, a thousand kilometers away, clothes would ignite. There'd be global wildfires. Air shock will flatten everything for hundreds of kilometers. Terra Nova will die, Shepard- not just our colony, the planet. There'll be a climate shift, mass extinctions, the ecosystem won't recover for thousands of years. Millions maybe.

Hopper: The sky is pitch black with smoke. The ocean is dark, incredibly dark. Uh, in the distance I can see land. According to navigation - it's Lisbon and the coast of Portugal.
Radio Operator: Any signs of life? Over... Hopper?
Hopper: It's on fire. Everything is on fire. The flames, they're reaching all the way into the sky. It's unreal.
Radio Operator: Any signs of life? Over.
Hopper: No, nothing but a massive firestorm covering the continent.
SOMA, from the crew of the Curie shortly after a comet impacts the Earth

Web Original

"Shakespeare could never conceived of an apocalypse, at least, not in the way we can conceive it, with environmental or nuclear disaster a very frighteningly plausible reality. But Lear comes close."

Western Animation

The end of the world... Those death metal album covers got it shockingly right!
Wendy Corduroy, Gravity Falls


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