History DarkerAndEdgier / LiveActionTV

9th Aug '17 6:17:25 PM DecafGrub47393
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* ''Series/EmeraldCity'' is a dark reimagining of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. NBC and the show's creators advertised the show as "''Game of Thrones'' meets ''Wizard of Oz''". The show is the most violent ''Wizard and Oz'' story and turns most characters into antiheroes. The Wizard of Oz is now the ruler of all of Oz and uses tactics such as fear and intimidation in order to get what he wants. Wizard Guards are shown murdering civilians, and Oz has outlawed magic due to it threatening his rule. The Scarecrow is part of the Wizard Guard and is shown murdering people. Dorthy steals from the hospital in order to help her family. [[spoiler: In the season one final the Wizard is killed due to dorothy's mother killing him.]]

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* ''Series/EmeraldCity'' is a dark reimagining of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. NBC and the show's creators advertised the show as "''Game of Thrones'' meets ''Wizard of Oz''". The show is the most violent ''Wizard and of Oz'' story and turns most characters into antiheroes. The Wizard of Oz is now the ruler of all of Oz and uses tactics such as fear and intimidation in order to get what he wants. Wizard Guards are shown murdering civilians, and Oz has outlawed magic due to it threatening his rule. The Scarecrow is part of the Wizard Guard and is shown murdering people. Dorthy steals from the hospital in order to help her family. [[spoiler: In the season one final the Wizard is killed due to dorothy's mother killing him.]]
30th Jul '17 9:45:00 AM Josef5678
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** ''Series/UltramanGeed'' (2017) takes ''Leo'''s DownerBeginning'' UpToEleven with the ''entire galaxy'' being destroyed, only being restored by the efforts of Ultraman King, and the titular Ultraman is the son of [[SatanicArchetype Ultraman Belial]], having to face an uphill battle with only the help of a seriously wounded Franchise/UltramanZero.

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** ''Series/UltramanGeed'' (2017) takes ''Leo'''s DownerBeginning'' DownerBeginning UpToEleven with the ''entire galaxy'' being destroyed, only being restored by the efforts of Ultraman King, and the titular Ultraman is the son of [[SatanicArchetype Ultraman Belial]], having to face an uphill battle with only the help of a seriously wounded Franchise/UltramanZero.
29th Jul '17 11:12:13 PM RoarkTenjouin
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** ''Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger'' may have a cast that's a lot quirkier than other entries, but it has easily the biggest DownerBeginning in all of Sentai - '''the entire universe''' was conquered by Jark Matter, with civilians shown being killed in the opening[[note]]for comparison's sake, the closet Sentai had come before was near the end of the aforementioned ''Ohranger'', where the villains had conquered the entire earth[[/note]]. Additionally, it features one of the earliest deaths of a Sentai ranger ([[spoiler:Champ]]) in the entire franchise, ''16 episodes in'', with only [[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Mika]] dying earlier.


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** ''Series/UltramanGeed'' (2017) takes ''Leo'''s DownerBeginning'' UpToEleven with the ''entire galaxy'' being destroyed, only being restored by the efforts of Ultraman King, and the titular Ultraman is the son of [[SatanicArchetype Ultraman Belial]], having to face an uphill battle with only the help of a seriously wounded Franchise/UltramanZero.
22nd Jul '17 3:11:16 AM WillBGood
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* Any Queen song notwithstanding, the series was firmly in the "LivingForeverIsAwesome" camp. During the last two years, however, the plot began focusing more on Duncan's pain and alienation of being immortal; this angst eventually carried over into ''The Raven'', the ultimately doomed spin-off. One of the show's directors, Dennis Barry, suggested that the writers were dreading middle age, and that Duncan's existentialist crisis was a reflection of their collective ''mid-life'' crisis.
* Paradoxically, ''The Raven'' was an uneasy mix of this ''and'' LighterAndSofter. Amanda, the spin-off character, was intended as PluckyComicRelief character. To achieve the desired result, Amanda discovered (sixty years after the fact) that an armored truck she once robbed was actually carrying WWI battle plans, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of British troops. Despite this, the show's biggest weakness was its attempts to merge ''Highlander'' lore -- lopping off heads, etc. -- with domesticity and light comedy. There were creative differences over what the general tone should be, and the show ended on a confused coda: the male lead is transformed into an immortal. ...After being poisoned by golf balls filled with green gas by a comical bad guy.

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Any Queen song notwithstanding, the series was firmly in the "LivingForeverIsAwesome" camp. During the last two years, however, the plot began focusing more on Duncan's pain and alienation of being immortal; this angst eventually carried over into ''The Raven'', the ultimately doomed spin-off. One of the show's directors, Dennis Barry, suggested that the writers were dreading middle age, and that Duncan's existentialist crisis was a reflection of their collective ''mid-life'' crisis.
* ** Paradoxically, ''The Raven'' was an uneasy mix of this ''and'' LighterAndSofter. Amanda, the spin-off character, was intended as PluckyComicRelief character. To achieve the desired result, Amanda discovered (sixty years after the fact) that an armored truck she once robbed was actually carrying WWI battle plans, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of British troops. Despite this, the show's biggest weakness was its attempts to merge ''Highlander'' lore -- lopping off heads, etc. -- with domesticity and light comedy. There were creative differences over what the general tone should be, and the show ended on a confused coda: the male lead is transformed into an immortal. ...After being poisoned by golf balls filled with green gas by a comical bad guy.
11th Jul '17 5:18:42 AM Josef5678
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* Briefly happened with ''Series/Frasier'' in season, specifically in the episode "You can't tell a crook by his lover." Roz gets scammed by a group of hardened criminals who are poolers. Daphne, Niles and Frasier decide to replay them to get their money back, but when it goes wrong, it looks as though they're about to get killed or hurt. Daphne's command to "run for it" saves them as they manage to outwit the crooks and run off.

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* Briefly happened with ''Series/Frasier'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' in season, specifically in the episode "You can't tell a crook by his lover." Roz gets scammed by a group of hardened criminals who are poolers. Daphne, Niles Niles, and Frasier decide to replay them to get their money back, but when it goes wrong, it looks as though they're about to get killed or hurt. Daphne's command to "run for it" saves them as they manage to outwit the crooks and run off.
10th Jul '17 11:32:56 PM Jupree
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** Don't be fooled with the gaming theme and the somewhat-ridiculous looking suits the Rider have. ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' is arguably just as bad as either ''Ryuki'', ''Faiz'', or even ''Gaim'', only surpassed by ''Amazons''. Bugsters are SeriousBusiness in this CrapsaccharineWorld, most of the Riders are either amoral [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] or flat-out [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]], a special surgery is required to become a Rider, the [[spoiler: Proto Gashats]] having severe side effects if overused, [[spoiler:a Rider being killed off early]], and as of Episode 14, [[spoiler:the main character is suffering from the "Game Disease"]]. ''Ex-Aid'' is pretty much the closest thing the audience get to a ''Kamen Rider'' version of a DarkerAndEdgier gaming anime.

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** Don't be fooled with the gaming theme and the somewhat-ridiculous looking suits the Rider have. ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' is arguably just as bad as either ''Ryuki'', ''Faiz'', or even ''Gaim'', only surpassed by ''Amazons''. Bugsters are SeriousBusiness in this CrapsaccharineWorld, most of the Riders are either amoral [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] or flat-out [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]], a special surgery is required to become a Rider, the [[spoiler: Proto Gashats]] having severe side effects if overused, [[spoiler:a Rider being killed off early]], and as of Episode 14, [[spoiler:the main character is suffering from the "Game Disease"]]. ''Ex-Aid'' is pretty much the closest thing the audience get to a ''Kamen Rider'' version of a DarkerAndEdgier gaming anime.anime


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* Briefly happened with ''Series/Frasier'' in season, specifically in the episode "You can't tell a crook by his lover." Roz gets scammed by a group of hardened criminals who are poolers. Daphne, Niles and Frasier decide to replay them to get their money back, but when it goes wrong, it looks as though they're about to get killed or hurt. Daphne's command to "run for it" saves them as they manage to outwit the crooks and run off.
5th Jul '17 7:20:03 PM siamesecatman444
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** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' might have a bright fruit theme to it, but its head writer is Creator/GenUrobuchi of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' infamy. For those not familiar with ''Madoka Magica'', the fact that he's nicknamed [[AnyoneCanDie "Urobutcher"]] and that he specifically named ''Black, Ryuki'' and ''Faiz'' as influences on ''Gaim'' should start ringing alarm bells. It starts out with {{Deconstruction}}s of {{Mons}} and the KidHero before getting to a situation similar to ''Ryuki'' with multiple Riders of which only Gaim himself has a fully functional moral compass; the rest range from {{AntiVillain}}s using questionable methods for good goals to {{Social Darwinist}}s pursuing power at any cost to a {{Jerkass}} who uses his influence to pick on children. But the real trap was sprung a quarter of the way in: [[spoiler:a supporting character is turned into a monster, but unlike other recent Rider series he ''isn't saved'' and is killed despite Gaim's best efforts. The one who did the deed proceeds to rub it in by stating he did a heroic thing by eliminating a threat to innocents. And even as Gaim asserts that he [[ThouShaltNotKill can't kill]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman a human]], we find out that some of the monsters are ''also'' transformed humans - one (the first one he faced, in fact) was even a friend of his that had gone missing.]] A few episodes later makes it even worse - [[spoiler:it's a CosmicHorrorStory, the thing making the monsters had already overtaken at least one alien world (meaning that even the monsters that weren't once human were still people), and Earth will likely be overtaken within ten years.]] Had Urobuchi removed all of its lighthearted moments, ''Gaim'' becomes a full-blown {{Tragedy}} to the point of being the darkest and [[BloodierAndGorier goriest]] Rider show in the franchise's history, complete with a very disturbing BittersweetEnding. [[spoiler: Specifically, while the heroes do save the world, the CosmicHorrorStory elements are something that will ''always'' continue on other worlds, and there's no restoring those who were lost.]]

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** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' might have a bright fruit theme to it, but its head writer is Creator/GenUrobuchi of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' infamy. For those not familiar with ''Madoka Magica'', the fact that he's nicknamed [[AnyoneCanDie "Urobutcher"]] and that he specifically named ''Black, Ryuki'' and ''Faiz'' as influences on ''Gaim'' should start ringing alarm bells. It starts out with {{Deconstruction}}s of {{Mons}} and the KidHero before getting to a situation similar to ''Ryuki'' with multiple Riders of which only Gaim himself has a fully functional moral compass; the rest range from {{AntiVillain}}s using questionable methods for good goals to {{Social Darwinist}}s pursuing power at any cost to a {{Jerkass}} who uses his influence to pick on children. But the real trap was sprung a quarter of the way in: [[spoiler:a supporting character is turned into a monster, but unlike other recent Rider series he ''isn't saved'' and is killed despite Gaim's best efforts. The one who did the deed proceeds to rub it in by stating he did a heroic thing by eliminating a threat to innocents. And even as Gaim asserts that he [[ThouShaltNotKill can't kill]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman a human]], we find out that some of the monsters are ''also'' transformed humans - one (the first one he faced, in fact) was even a friend of his that had gone missing.]] A few episodes later makes it even worse - [[spoiler:it's a CosmicHorrorStory, the thing making the monsters had already overtaken at least one alien world (meaning that even the monsters that weren't once human were still people), and Earth will likely be overtaken within ten years.]] Had Urobuchi removed all of Even its lighthearted moments, ''Gaim'' becomes a full-blown {{Tragedy}} to the point of being the darkest and [[BloodierAndGorier goriest]] Rider show in the franchise's history, complete with a very disturbing BittersweetEnding. BittersweetEnding has some ominousness: [[spoiler: Specifically, while the heroes do save the world, the CosmicHorrorStory elements are something that will ''always'' continue on other worlds, and there's no restoring those who were lost.]]]]
17th Jun '17 6:30:04 PM Lelouchvibritian12
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* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'': While the show was never lighthearted, it started out somewhat family friendly, but as the series progressed it became darker and much more violent. Many characters were made into psychopaths and shown as corrupt. In most Batman shows/movies/ comics Jim Gordon is shown as a moral charater, in Gotham Jim Gordon has broken the law on multiple occasions and has killed criminals when he feels like they deserve it.

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* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'': While the show was never lighthearted, it started out somewhat family friendly, but as the series progressed it became darker and much more violent. Many characters were made into psychopaths and shown as corrupt. In most Batman shows/movies/ comics Jim Gordon is shown as a moral charater, in Gotham Jim Gordon has broken the law on multiple occasions and has killed criminals when he feels like they deserve it. The show has a bleak depressing tone where charaters can die and no one is a hero.
11th Jun '17 7:12:05 AM ACW
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* Season 2 of ''Series/TheFlash'' is this to Season 1. Barry starts out the season more jaded than ever. We have a [[BigBad Zoom]] who is a [[CompleteMonster total scumbag]] [[KnightofCerebus darkening every scene with him in it]] and antagonizing Barry. And the season ends with Barry losing his father.

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* Season 2 of ''Series/TheFlash'' is this to Season 1. Barry starts out the season more jaded than ever. We have a [[BigBad Zoom]] who is a [[CompleteMonster total scumbag]] scumbag, [[KnightofCerebus darkening every scene with him in it]] and antagonizing Barry. And the season ends with Barry losing his father.
8th Jun '17 10:23:33 AM Lelouchvibritian12
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* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'': While the show was never lighthearted, it started out somewhat family friendly, but as the series progressed it became darker and much more violent. Many characters were made into psychopaths and shown as corrupt.

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* ''{{Series/Gotham}}'': While the show was never lighthearted, it started out somewhat family friendly, but as the series progressed it became darker and much more violent. Many characters were made into psychopaths and shown as corrupt. In most Batman shows/movies/ comics Jim Gordon is shown as a moral charater, in Gotham Jim Gordon has broken the law on multiple occasions and has killed criminals when he feels like they deserve it.
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