History DarkerAndEdgier / LiveActionTV

15th Apr '18 5:11:59 AM Josef5678
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* ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' is pretty much darker than most other ''Super Sentai'' series despite being an AffectionateParody (albeit aimed at adults in OtakuOClock). The show has many contents and acts that ''would not recommend to kids'', but this trope really kicks in in Episodes 10 and 11 when [[spoiler:Delu-Knight shows up as a really-menancing and competent MonsterOfTheWeek with no silly gimmicks]]. Also, [[spoiler:Z-Cune Aoi got done with in BloodierAndGorier Episode 4 of Season 2]].

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* ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' is pretty much darker than most other ''Super Sentai'' series despite being an AffectionateParody (albeit aimed at adults in OtakuOClock). The show has many contents and acts that ''would are not recommend to kids'', suitable for children, but this trope really kicks in in Episodes 10 and 11 when [[spoiler:Delu-Knight shows up as a really-menancing really menacing and competent MonsterOfTheWeek with no silly gimmicks]]. Also, [[spoiler:Z-Cune Aoi got done with in BloodierAndGorier Episode 4 of Season 2]].
14th Apr '18 6:03:01 AM 4444jdm
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* ''HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' is pretty much darker than most other ''Super Sentai'' series despite being an AffectionateParody (albeit aimed at adults in OtakuOClock). The show has many contents and acts that ''would not recommend to kids'', but this trope really kicks in in Episodes 10 and 11 when [[spoiler:Delu-Knight shows up as a really-menancing and competent MonsterOfTheWeek with no silly gimmicks]]. Also, [[spoiler:Z-Cune Aoi got done with in BloodierAndGorier Episode 4 of Season 2]].

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* ''HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' is pretty much darker than most other ''Super Sentai'' series despite being an AffectionateParody (albeit aimed at adults in OtakuOClock). The show has many contents and acts that ''would not recommend to kids'', but this trope really kicks in in Episodes 10 and 11 when [[spoiler:Delu-Knight shows up as a really-menancing and competent MonsterOfTheWeek with no silly gimmicks]]. Also, [[spoiler:Z-Cune Aoi got done with in BloodierAndGorier Episode 4 of Season 2]].
14th Apr '18 6:02:34 AM 4444jdm
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* ''HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' is pretty much darker than most other ''Super Sentai'' series despite being an AffectionateParody (albeit aimed at adults in OtakuOClock). The show has many contents and acts that ''would not recommend to kids'', but this trope really kicks in in Episodes 10 and 11 when [[spoiler:Delu-Knight shows up as a really-menancing and competent MonsterOfTheWeek with no silly gimmicks]]. Also, [[spoiler:Z-Cune Aoi got done with in BloodierAndGorier Episode 4 of Season 2]].
14th Mar '18 10:03:01 PM Jupree
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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' -- borderline, especially in season 5, but even moreso season 6 and later. Though it was more depressing than dark. One good example of this is the darker variant of the "Seinfeld" theme played in the street tough scene of the "The Pledge Drive," when the street tough asks Nanna, "Lady, you looking for something?"

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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' -- borderline, especially in season 5, but even moreso season 6 and later. Though it was more depressing than dark.dark, mostly because of George. One good example of this is the darker variant of the "Seinfeld" theme played in the street tough scene of the "The Pledge Drive," when the street tough asks Nanna, "Lady, you looking for something?"
8th Mar '18 5:54:03 PM n3xus
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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has had several rather dark entries; among them are ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'',''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'', and ''Series/KaitouSentaiLupinrangerVSKeisatsuSentaiPatranger''.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has had several rather dark entries; among them are ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'',''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'', ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'', and ''Series/KaitouSentaiLupinrangerVSKeisatsuSentaiPatranger''.
8th Mar '18 5:53:48 PM n3xus
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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has had several rather dark entries; among them are ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'', and ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger''.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has had several rather dark entries; among them are ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'',''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'', and ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger''.''Series/KaitouSentaiLupinrangerVSKeisatsuSentaiPatranger''.



** ''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]], with only the below-mentioned ''Ultraman Geed'' topping it. 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/UchuuSentaiKyuranger'' ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'' 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]], with only the below-mentioned ''Ultraman Geed'' topping it. 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.
17th Feb '18 3:53:43 PM Divra
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* ''Series/ZCars'' was launched as a DarkerAndEdgier alternative to ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' among British {{Police Procedural}}s. While pretty tame by modern standards, its first airing in 1962 caused shock in the British public (especially the scene where the police pull someone over to milk them for the horse-racing results). ''Series/ZCars'' was later overtaken by ''Series/TheSweeney'' in the "grimdark"-department.

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* ''Series/ZCars'' was launched as a DarkerAndEdgier alternative to ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' among British {{Police Procedural}}s. While pretty tame by modern standards, its first airing in 1962 caused shock in the British public (especially the scene where the police pull a policeman calls someone over in the street to milk them for the horse-racing results). ''Series/ZCars'' was later overtaken by ''Series/TheSweeney'' in the "grimdark"-department.
17th Feb '18 3:50:04 PM Divra
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* ''Series/ZCars'' was launched as a DarkerAndEdgier alternative to ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' among British {{Police Procedural}}s. While pretty tame by modern standards, its first airing in 1962 caused shock in the British public (especially the scene where the police pull someone over to milk them for the horse-racing results). ''Series/ZCars'' was later overtaken by ''Series/TheSweeney'' in the "grimdark"-department.
18th Jan '18 8:34:16 AM Sapphirea2
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*** Series 10 plays with this. The first third of is LighterAndSofter as new companion Bill Potts is broken in, but come "Oxygen" things get grim again, with the Monks Trilogy that follows showing things going from bad to worse for a ''long'' while before a happy ending is managed. The Vault StoryArc involving [[spoiler: Missy's possible redemption]] serves as a dark backdrop to the whole season, culminating in the SeasonFinale "World Enough and Time"/"The Doctor Falls", which unleashes Hell on the Doctor and '''especially''' Bill on the way to a denouement flush with death, destruction, and straight-up tragedy even as the Doctor reaches new heights of ''goodness''. '''And then''' there's a RayOfHopeEnding for the broken, death-seeking Doctor, leading directly into a GrandFinale ("Twice Upon a Time") in which he helps inspire his ''original'' self to regenerate, faces an antagonist who [[spoiler: isn't actually an antagonist]], gets positive closure regarding the fates of [[spoiler: all three companions]], sees that [[spoiler: Everybody Lives]], and ends his "life" deciding to regenerate and keep living to help others -- using his FinalSpeech to encourage his next self to "Run fast, laugh hard, be kind."

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*** Series 10 plays with this. The first third of is LighterAndSofter as new companion Bill Potts is broken in, but come "Oxygen" things get grim again, with the Monks Trilogy that follows showing things going from bad to worse for a ''long'' while before a happy ending is managed. The Vault StoryArc involving [[spoiler: Missy's possible redemption]] serves as a dark backdrop to the whole season, culminating in the SeasonFinale "World Enough and Time"/"The Doctor Falls", which unleashes Hell on the Doctor and '''especially''' Bill on the way to a denouement flush with death, destruction, and straight-up tragedy even as the Doctor reaches new heights of ''goodness''. '''And then''' there's a RayOfHopeEnding for the broken, death-seeking Doctor, leading directly into a GrandFinale ("Twice Upon a Time") in which he helps inspire his ''original'' self to regenerate, faces an antagonist who [[spoiler: isn't actually an antagonist]], gets positive closure regarding the fates of [[spoiler: all three companions]], sees that [[spoiler: Everybody Lives]], and ends his "life" deciding finally decides to regenerate and keep living to help others -- using his FinalSpeech to encourage his next self to "Run fast, laugh hard, be kind."" Thus, unlike most Doctors, his MythArc sees him become a more uplifting character as it progresses, ending with him proudly embodying '''kindness''' ([[GoodIsNotNice just not niceness]]).
18th Jan '18 8:26:11 AM Sapphirea2
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*** Then there's the ''Twelfth'' Doctor. Series 8 alone has Clara Oswald and the Doctor having numerous arguments, her throwing his TARDIS keys into a volcano in an attempt to blackmail him over [[spoiler: her boyfriend's death]] (good thing it's in a dream state), and the season's BigBad imprisoning dead people in a false Heaven (a stretch that included the infamous "Don't cremate me" line) as a precursor to turning them into an army of Cybermen. Creator/PeterCapaldi also gives a far darker portrayal of the Doctor than the last couple of incarnations; he's much more rude, alien, and aloof even when people are dying around him. Over time it becomes clear he is actually amazingly empathetic and compassionate, and he grows even warmer and more whimsical in Series 9...just in time for near-nonstop emotional trauma involving many near-death experiences for him ''and'' Clara and the long-term consequences of many of his well-meant decisions. This culminates in a three-episode closing arc in which his inability to cope with both a cruel betrayal and [[spoiler: Clara's actual death]], exacerbated by imprisonment in a torture chamber, result in him temporarily becoming TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. A most BittersweetEnding follows.
*** Also, companions becoming more badass as time goes on is portrayed as not a good thing in this era. (Yeah, we had Davros ''saying'' he makes people into weapons in Series 4, but, well, ''it's Davros.'') Going back to the final Eleventh Doctor episodes, Clara takes the usual progression from civilian who's a little smarter than the average governess to someone able to keep up with what's going on around her, but starting with "Flatline" she does a good job of stepping into the Doctor's role -- [[TheChessmaster too good]], in his opinion -- and becomes increasingly willing to gamble her life, directly leading to the his aforementioned climactic ordeal in Series 9.

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*** Then there's the ''Twelfth'' Doctor. Series 8 alone has Clara Oswald and the Doctor having numerous arguments, her throwing his TARDIS keys into a volcano in an attempt to blackmail him over [[spoiler: her boyfriend's death]] (good thing it's in a dream state), and the season's BigBad imprisoning dead people in a false Heaven (a stretch that included the infamous "Don't cremate me" line) as a precursor to turning them into an army of Cybermen. Creator/PeterCapaldi also gives a far darker portrayal of the Doctor than the last couple of incarnations; he's much more rude, alien, and aloof even when people are dying around him. Over time it becomes clear he is actually amazingly empathetic and compassionate, and he grows even warmer and more whimsical in Series 9...just in time for near-nonstop emotional trauma involving many near-death experiences for him ''and'' Clara and the long-term consequences of many of his well-meant decisions. This culminates in a three-episode closing arc SeasonFinale in which his inability to cope with both a cruel betrayal and [[spoiler: Clara's actual death]], exacerbated by imprisonment in a torture chamber, result in him temporarily becoming TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. A most BittersweetEnding follows.
*** Also, companions becoming more badass as time goes on is portrayed as not a good thing in this era. (Yeah, we had Davros ''saying'' he makes people into weapons in Series 4, but, well, ''it's Davros.'') Going back to the final Eleventh Doctor episodes, Clara takes the usual progression from civilian who's a little smarter than the average governess to someone able to keep up with what's going on around her, but starting with "Flatline" she does a good job of stepping into the Doctor's role -- [[TheChessmaster too good]], in his opinion -- and becomes increasingly willing to gamble her life, directly leading to the his aforementioned climactic ordeal in Series 9.
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