|Trope · Genre|
|Synonyms:||post-apocalyptic fic, Post-Colonization, Apocalypse AU|
|Related:||Dystopian AU, Zombie Apocalypse|
|See Also:||darkfic, zombies|
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A portmanteau of "apocalypse fic", apocafic is fiction set during or after some sort of apocalypse, or end of the world. Some canons carry a built-in apocalypse against which the protagonists are fighting: in apocafic, they lose. For example, apocafic in Stargate and X-Files is usually set after the alien occupation; Supernatural apocafic is set on a demon-controlled Earth.
In some fandoms, the apocalypse happens as part of the series premise, such as Jeremiah or Battlestar Galactica (or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where characters actually asked each other "what is the plural of apocalypse?"); stories set in these universes tend not to be called 'apocafic' unless the writer makes a different apocalypse happens. Highlander's canonical apocalypse was called "the gathering", and it was a time when all Immortals would be drawn together, killing one another until only one Immortal was left. HL fans also wrote about non-canonical apocalypses, like worldwide disasters that wiped out most of humanity but which the immortals survived, such as in the Immortal Nations series by Maygra and MacGeorge.
As well, canonically averted apocalyse can inspire AU apocafic. In Forever Knight, for example, an asteroid threatened Earth in the episode "A More Permanent Hell". In canon, the collision did not occur; but there have been stories exploring the consequences if it had.
In other fandoms, there is no canonical reason to expect an apocalypse, so writers are free to imagine their own. Yahtzee's Goodnight Moon places Joan of Arcadia characters on the cusp of a second ice age, for example; it was written for The Day After Tomorrow Challenge, which produced apocafic for 44 separate fandoms. Starsky & Hutch fandom had several Apocalypse stories, despite being a 1970s buddy cop show See: Decorated for Death. Some fandoms even offer awards; some X-Files awards, for example the Spookys, had an apocafic category, referred to in that fandom as post-colonization.
- Forever Knight: ...what's an arcsecond? by Imajiru (1995)
- Firefly (Mal/Simon): Pieces Tossed Aside by ana_grrl (2006)
- Gateverse (John/Daniel): At The Hour When We Were Trembling by Frostfire (2007)
- Supernatural/Stargate: Atlantis crossover: And All the World Beneath by Seperis (2007)
- Supernatural (Sam/Dean): Last Outpost Of All That Is by gekizetsu (2008)
- Supernatural (Dean/Castiel): Anything Worth Dying For by waldorph (2009)
- AI8: Future Legend by winterlive for the queenbitchfest challenge (2009)
- Due South (Fraser/Kowalski): Untune the Sky by akamine_chan. Fraser and Ray K meet in post-apocalyptic Chicago several years after an unexplained "Smash" causes planet-wide devastation. (2009)
- Stargate: Atlantis (John/Rodney): The Hard Prayer by Rheanna (2009)
- Merlin (Merlin/Arthur): Steam by new_kate. Renaissance-era post-apocalyptic steampunk AU set 300 years after canon timeline. (2010)
- Winnie the Pooh: And is there Honey still for Tea? by tryfanstone (2010)
- Apocalypse KREE!, a Stargate SG-1 apocaficathon
- spn_apocasmut, a Supernatural prompt-based ficathon
- Apocalyptothon, a multifandom ficathon
- Apocabigbang, a multifandom big bang challenge
- Multi-Fandom Post-Apocalypse Survival Slash Thematic List: Index by bookworm_2005
- Earth-shattering Kaboom: Stargate Apocafic Recs: Recs site by splash_the_cat