Extinction Punk is a table-top role-playing game (TTRPG), which emulates a genre of science fiction and science fantasy, that envisions how the future might look like if humanity fails to stop a man-made extinction event such as climate change, nuclear holocaust, or biological warfare. As such, it not only describes this TTRPG, but also a multitude of media such as literature, comics, movies, and video games in a similar manner to adjacent movements such as steampunk or cyberpunk.
The iconography of Extinction Punk focuses on tight-knit survivors right after the extinction event or in the (not necessarily human) civilizations which came afterwards. Popular icons in the genre orientate themselves after 21st century youth and climate protest culture and reclaimed capitalist art pieces, transported to a post-apocalyptic environment. Common story elements include mutations, mutated monsters, nature reclaiming the planet, megafauna, and remnants of advanced human technology (e.g., robots, mechs or jury-rigged weaponry) found in unusual settings.
Although Extinction Punk is concerned with the end of the human species as we know it, its narratives are usually adventurous, humorous, colorful, and optimistic. After all, once the worst has already happened, things can only get better. Its stories are often filtered through the lens of early 21st century meme and pop-culture – in equal parts earnest and cynical as well as both critical of late-stage capitalism while being unashamedly nostalgic for the cultural artefacts it produced.