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In the trailer for Avengers: Endgame Black Widow states that:

Thanos did what he planned to do, killed half of all living creatures in the universe.

Now that line suggests that this was not just limited to sentient beings (Humans, Asgardians, Krull etc.) but that half of everything, from the tiniest insects, to birds, sheep, cows etc. all vanished.

In the comics, is this indicated to be the results of the snap, or is it only sentient beings that are killed?

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TL;DR: It would appear as if Thanos killed all animal life with the snap, which would include sentient and non-sentient creatures.


The line in the comics is:

My love bade me to extinguish the light of half the universe's populace.

Populace would imply every living creature rather than just sentient beings.

This can be seen in the page below from Infinity Gauntlet Issue #1:

Infinity Gauntlet_ Issue #1 page showing Thanos considering the snap

This is indeed confirmed later on when we also see that other species are indeed affected as cattle farmers report that cows have vanished also, pets are missing and scientists have concluded it is all animal life.

New bulletins coming in indicate that humans are not the only creatures falling victim to the Great Disappearance.

Cattle farmers report that half their herds have vanished.

Indeed, scientists believe half of all animal life on the planet disappeared along with the missing human victims.

Infinity Gauntlet_ Issue #1 page showing animal life disappearing

Plant life would not seem to be affected, the reports all talk about population and beings and the news report specifically mentions only animal life. There are also various images of clusters of trees which whilst possible would be more unlikely given the randomness of the event. See the below image from Infinity Gauntlet Issue #2.

Infinity Gauntlet Issue #2 panel showing a cluster of trees

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    Did plant life also disappear? Like, during the Infinity War Snap scene, I'm failry sure I didn't see half of the trees in that forest turn to dust. – Nzall Mar 5 at 11:42
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    What about Fungi and all those Prokaryotas? – user28434 Mar 5 at 13:13
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    @DavidK If Groot counts under that definition of yours then yes sentient plant species are affected. – TheLethalCarrot Mar 5 at 13:44
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    @DarrelHoffman No, the question asks about the comics not the MCU. In the comics Thanos does this to please Mistress Death not to save on resources as he does in the films. – TheLethalCarrot Mar 5 at 14:25
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    I would think "populace" implies sentient beings, not all beings, even though that is contradicted by the rest of your answer. – Azor Ahai Mar 5 at 17:42

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