The End of the World wiki last edited by NightFang on 08/11/13 02:08AM View full history

Overview

End of the World scenarios are a popular thematic device in just about every medium. It takes the notion of the disaster movie and expands it to encompass the whole of humanity or even the whole of creation.The usual format is for a portents to appear and be investigated and shown to be leading up to the destruction of the earth, colonized planet or universe. This gives a time-frame of sorts that informs the story arc. In some cases it can be open ended,as in zombie plagues for example. Then it will typically focus on a small groups efforts to either prevent the impending catastrophe or on a small group of people trying to survive. The genre also covers themes such as disease reducing the modern infrastructure of the world we know back to a primitive state by depopulation.

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There are a number of related themes that often tie in as a cause of the impending doom:

  • Aliens
  • Natural planetary disasters
  • Solar system wide disasters
  • Universe wide disasters
  • Plague and disease (inc. Zombies & parasites)
  • War
  • Apocalypse
  • God War
  • Superhero Civil War
  • Joker getting hands on all the nuclear weapons.
  • Ultimate Reed Richards

One way or another humanities days are numbered.

Some notable extinction event arcs are:

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