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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' packs one of these into a single episode in ''Everything's Jake''. [[spoiler:Magic Man[[labelnote:note]] the Nyarlathothep[[/labelnote]] hijacks Jake's shapeshifting powers, turning his body into its own (historied) world (despite having not existed for more than a few seconds in the real world) [[labelnote: note]] making Jake an unwitting Azathoth or Demiurge[[/labelnote]]. Jake wakes up trapped inside himself and thinks it's awesome... until he discovers that he's hungry and he can't eat the food there because its made of his own flesh. Jake's hunger begins to cause earthquakes, but one one of the city's scientists correctly realizes that if Jake "leaves", their world will end. Said scientist tries to take a third option by leaving Jake's world to find him some food, but upon emerging into the "glob world" (the Treehouse), he learns that the resident "glob" is a hideous Cthulhu expy [[labelnote:note]]Finn with a mouthful of spaghetti[[/labelnote]]. The scientist melts at the horror of the sight, bemoaning the AwfulTruth of their doomed world and the nightmarish beings they've worshiped. Sadly, Jake learns when he leaves that the scientist was right - leaving the city causes its citizens to revert back to being non-sentient parts of his own body, erasing them from existence. No one but Jake and Magic Man knows the ever existed and no one but Jake cares]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' packs one of these into a single episode in ''Everything's Jake''. [[spoiler:Magic Man[[labelnote:note]] the Nyarlathothep[[/labelnote]] hijacks Jake's shapeshifting powers, turning his body into its own (historied) world (despite having not existed for more than a few seconds in the real world) [[labelnote: note]] making Jake an unwitting Azathoth or Demiurge[[/labelnote]]. Jake wakes up trapped inside himself and thinks it's awesome... until he discovers that he's hungry and he can't eat the food there because its made of his own flesh. Jake's hunger begins to cause earthquakes, but one one of the city's scientists correctly realizes that if Jake "leaves", their world will end. Said scientist tries to take a third option by leaving Jake's world to find him some food, but upon emerging into the "glob world" (the Treehouse), he learns that the resident "glob" is a hideous Cthulhu expy [[labelnote:note]]Finn with a mouthful of spaghetti[[/labelnote]]. The scientist melts at the horror of the sight, bemoaning the AwfulTruth of their doomed world and the nightmarish beings they've worshiped. Sadly, Jake learns when he leaves that the scientist was right - leaving the city causes its citizens to revert back to being non-sentient parts of his own body, erasing them from existence. No one but Jake and Magic Man knows the they ever existed and no one but Jake cares]].
19th Nov '16 2:46:17 PM DustSnitch
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** ''Sailor Stars'', the last arc of the anime, reveals that Sailor Senshi exist across the galaxy and have all been engaged in an epic battle against evil. Sailor Galaxia, one of the strongest warriors, has been exterminating entire planets so that she can collect Star Seeds, which are souls. Galaxia is said to have wiped out 80% of the galaxy. [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] is ''even worse'': Galaxia, bad as she was, was also [[spoiler:the UnwittingPawn to the AnthropomorphicPersonification of [[GodOfEvil Chaos]], which at the climax ''absorbs the source of the universe's life'']]. Sure, Usagi [[spoiler:destroys Chaos, restores life to the galaxy]] and [[DeathIsCheap resurrects]] [[EverybodyLives all her dead friends]], but we're told that [[spoiler:Chaos]] has ''survived'', and that one day it'll be back.

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** ''Sailor Stars'', the last arc of the anime, reveals that Sailor Senshi exist across the galaxy and have all been engaged in an epic battle against evil. Sailor Galaxia, one of the strongest warriors, has been exterminating entire planets so that she can collect Star Seeds, which are souls. Galaxia is said to have wiped out 80% of the galaxy. [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] is ''even worse'': Galaxia, bad as she was, was also [[spoiler:the UnwittingPawn [[spoiler:an unwitting pawn to the AnthropomorphicPersonification anthropomorphic personification of [[GodOfEvil Chaos]], Chaos, which at the climax ''absorbs the source of the universe's life'']]. Sure, Usagi [[spoiler:destroys Chaos, restores life to the galaxy]] and [[DeathIsCheap resurrects]] [[EverybodyLives all her dead friends]], but we're told that [[spoiler:Chaos]] has ''survived'', and that one day it'll be back.



* ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos''. There are vast empires beyond the galaxy led by omnipotent and unfettered {{Physical God}}s. [[{{Satan}} Maledict]] and [[CrystalDragonJesus Allysion]] use the entire universe as their sandbox, waging the Eternal War against each other while [[BlueAndOrangeMorality concocting up schemes alien to human minds]] and regarding their creations as their playthings. Between them is the Shroud, a sentient all-consuming [[spoiler: and ''intelligent'']] parasitic virus that devours worlds on a regular basis. And then there's the [[AbusivePrecursors Forerunners]], an entire ''race'' of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s prophesied to [[ApocalypseHow return and destroy the entire universe]] [[spoiler:[[ShootTheShaggyDog which is exactly what happens in the epilogue]]]]. The background lore takes this even further - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were apparently founded due to the influence of said Lovecraftian horrors on humanity.

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* ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos''. There are vast empires beyond the galaxy led by omnipotent and unfettered {{Physical God}}s. [[{{Satan}} Maledict]] and [[CrystalDragonJesus Allysion]] use the entire universe as their sandbox, waging the Eternal War against each other while [[BlueAndOrangeMorality concocting up schemes alien to human minds]] and regarding their creations as their playthings. Between them is the Shroud, a sentient all-consuming [[spoiler: and ''intelligent'']] parasitic virus that devours worlds on a regular basis. And then there's the [[AbusivePrecursors Forerunners]], an entire ''race'' of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s prophesied to [[ApocalypseHow return and destroy the entire universe]] [[spoiler:[[ShootTheShaggyDog which [[spoiler:which is exactly what happens in the epilogue]]]].epilogue]]. The background lore takes this even further - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were apparently founded due to the influence of said Lovecraftian horrors on humanity.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' [[TheEndingChangesEverything turned out to be this all along after]] TheReveal which is that all of the events of the story until this point had been [[spoiler:a human boy named Finn's imagination as he played with his father's Lego collection without permission. Said father, known to the Lego characters as The Man Upstairs, and whom the BigBad is just a loose Expy of, wasn't letting his son to play with the Legos the way they were intended and wanted to [[AndIMustScream glue his creations together so they couldn't be disturbed.]]]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' [[TheEndingChangesEverything turned out to be this all along after]] TheReveal which is that all of the events of the story until this point had been [[spoiler:a human boy named Finn's imagination as he played with his father's Lego collection without permission. Said father, known to the Lego characters as The Man Upstairs, and whom the BigBad is just a loose Expy of, wasn't letting his son to play with the Legos the way they were intended and wanted to [[AndIMustScream glue his creations together so they couldn't be disturbed.]]]]]]



* ''Film/EventHorizon'', in which [[spoiler:"{{Hell}}"]] is the easiest way for the characters to describe [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hyperspace]], but some elements suggest it to be far, far worse. ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fans like to joke that the film is a prequel.

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* ''Film/EventHorizon'', in which [[spoiler:"{{Hell}}"]] [[spoiler:"Hell"]] is the easiest way for the characters to describe [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hyperspace]], but some elements suggest it to be far, far worse. ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fans like to joke that the film is a prequel.



** ''Film/GodzillaVSSpaceGodzilla'' centers around Godzilla going up against his alien clone. To give an idea as to how dire the situation is, when asked what would happen if Space Godzilla were to defeat his earthly counterpart, the Shobijin [[YouDontWantToKnow refuse to answer.]] As if that wasn't bad enough, the ending of the film also implies that Godzilla's battle with Space Godzilla was the catalyst that causes [[spoiler:Godzilla to become [[HeroicRROD Burning Godzilla.]]]]

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** ''Film/GodzillaVSSpaceGodzilla'' centers around Godzilla going up against his alien clone. To give an idea as to how dire the situation is, when asked what would happen if Space Godzilla were to defeat his earthly counterpart, the Shobijin [[YouDontWantToKnow refuse to answer.]] As if that wasn't bad enough, the ending of the film also implies that Godzilla's battle with Space Godzilla was the catalyst that causes [[spoiler:Godzilla to become [[HeroicRROD Burning Godzilla.]]]]]]



* ''Film/VanishingOnSeventhStreet'' gives us a phenomenon that can consume entire cities. Darkness becomes a [[GeniusLoci sentient]], [[DarkIsEvil malevolent]] [[EldritchAbomination force]] that hunts down and absorbs everyone it can, leaving only EmptyPilesOfClothing and turning those it snatches up into [[LivingShadow shadows in its thrall.]] Light can keep the shadows at bay, but becomes harder and harder to sustain the longer the phenomenon is active, and the daylight hours grow shorter and shorter. There is no reason or explanation for this phenomenon, only the growing, desperate sense of inevitable doom. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied that the will to live is the key to surviving this, but even then the darkness does everything it can to [[BreakTheCutie break the resolve]] of the few remaining survivors, and [[AnyoneCanDie succeeds in almost every case]].]]

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* ''Film/VanishingOnSeventhStreet'' gives us a phenomenon that can consume entire cities. Darkness becomes a [[GeniusLoci sentient]], [[DarkIsEvil malevolent]] [[EldritchAbomination force]] that hunts down and absorbs everyone it can, leaving only EmptyPilesOfClothing and turning those it snatches up into [[LivingShadow shadows in its thrall.]] Light can keep the shadows at bay, but becomes harder and harder to sustain the longer the phenomenon is active, and the daylight hours grow shorter and shorter. There is no reason or explanation for this phenomenon, only the growing, desperate sense of inevitable doom. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied that the will to live is the key to surviving this, but even then the darkness does everything it can to [[BreakTheCutie break the resolve]] resolve of the few remaining survivors, and [[AnyoneCanDie succeeds in almost every case]].case.]]



* Creator/AlgernonBlackwood's "The Willows" takes place in [[spoiler:an EldritchLocation where the boundaries between our reality and another reality have worn thin. It's very eerie and otherworldly and places a lot of emphasis on incomprehensible reality and human insignificance.]]

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* Creator/AlgernonBlackwood's "The Willows" takes place in [[spoiler:an EldritchLocation Eldritch Location where the boundaries between our reality and another reality have worn thin. It's very eerie and otherworldly and places a lot of emphasis on incomprehensible reality and human insignificance.]]



** "Literature/AStudyInEmerald" is a Franchise/SherlockHolmes {{homage}} set in a late [=19th=] century where the Great Old Ones took over centuries ago. While the world superficially is much like ours and the God-Monsters themselves seem as if they've [[GoingNative gone native]], one doesn't need to scratch the surface much to find exceedingly unpleasant facts and goings-on [[spoiler:which may soon lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[FridgeHorror Imagine the first half of the 20th century if all world leaders were even worse monsters]]]].

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** "Literature/AStudyInEmerald" is a Franchise/SherlockHolmes {{homage}} set in a late [=19th=] century where the Great Old Ones took over centuries ago. While the world superficially is much like ours and the God-Monsters themselves seem as if they've [[GoingNative gone native]], one doesn't need to scratch the surface much to find exceedingly unpleasant facts and goings-on [[spoiler:which may soon lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[FridgeHorror the apocalypse. Imagine the first half of the 20th century if all world leaders were even worse monsters]]]].monsters]].



** In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' several hints are dropped regarding entities and realities of this magnitude, especially in regards to "Todash Darkness and the unspeakable things that dwell there in the black never between realities". [[spoiler:The scenes in Book Seven regarding Roland, Susannah, and Oy fleeing through Castle Discordia from [[EldritchAbomination one of these things]] that somehow got OUT of Todash are laced with suggestive themes about what would happen when the Tower falls and Todash sets these critters loose on all the many universes.]]

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** In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' several hints are dropped regarding entities and realities of this magnitude, especially in regards to "Todash Darkness and the unspeakable things that dwell there in the black never between realities". [[spoiler:The scenes in Book Seven regarding Roland, Susannah, and Oy fleeing through Castle Discordia from [[EldritchAbomination one of these things]] things that somehow got OUT of Todash are laced with suggestive themes about what would happen when the Tower falls and Todash sets these critters loose on all the many universes.]]



** ''Literature/UnderTheDome'': The titular dome is [[spoiler: the creation of alien children at play. It's only lifted when the protagonists momentarily induce a sense of pity in one of the children.]]

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** ''Literature/UnderTheDome'': The titular dome is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the creation of alien children at play. It's only lifted when the protagonists momentarily induce a sense of pity in one of the children.]]



* Creator/PeterWatts's ''{{Literature/Blindsight}}'' is essentially Cosmic Horror Story made [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness realistic and scientifically hard]]. The novel deals with [[TheSociopath characters that display psychopathic or sociopathic traits]], and is set in a future in which the basic human sense of worth is undermined by the social implications of new technologies. However the true cosmic horror is revealed near the end; [[spoiler: the aliens are actually all impossible-to-understand beings that are non-sapient. Sentience itself is an aberration and perceived by the aliens as a blight on the galaxy. In fact things like art cause them pain, making them want to kill anything that displays emotion or empathy.]] The sequel goes even further, examining the theory of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_principle a holographic universe]]; namely that the universe could just be one big simulation, with the laws of physics being the programming and God being ''the virus that breaks them''.
* In Creator/JackWilliamson's short story "Born of the Sun", the planets of the Solar system are [[spoiler:actually [[ThatsNoMoon eggs of space-dwelling dragon-like monsters]] that start hatching. [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto first]]]].

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* Creator/PeterWatts's ''{{Literature/Blindsight}}'' is essentially Cosmic Horror Story made [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness realistic and scientifically hard]]. The novel deals with [[TheSociopath characters that display psychopathic or sociopathic traits]], and is set in a future in which the basic human sense of worth is undermined by the social implications of new technologies. However the true cosmic horror is revealed near the end; [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the aliens are actually all impossible-to-understand beings that are non-sapient. Sentience itself is an aberration and perceived by the aliens as a blight on the galaxy. In fact things like art cause them pain, making them want to kill anything that displays emotion or empathy.]] The sequel goes even further, examining the theory of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_principle a holographic universe]]; namely that the universe could just be one big simulation, with the laws of physics being the programming and God being ''the virus that breaks them''.
* In Creator/JackWilliamson's short story "Born of the Sun", the planets of the Solar system are [[spoiler:actually [[ThatsNoMoon eggs of space-dwelling dragon-like monsters]] monsters that start hatching. [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto first]]]].first]].



* ''Literature/CthulhuArmageddon zig-zags between this and LovecraftLite. Humankind has survived the Great Old Ones rising and become a NewOldWest and WeirdWest combination. However, humankind is gradually dying out and their greatest champion is [[spoiler: a HumanoidAbomination.]] Then it goes FromBadToWorse.

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* ''Literature/CthulhuArmageddon zig-zags between this and LovecraftLite. Humankind has survived the Great Old Ones rising and become a NewOldWest and WeirdWest combination. However, humankind is gradually dying out and their greatest champion is [[spoiler: a HumanoidAbomination.]] humanoid abomination]]. Then it goes FromBadToWorse.



** There's also the backstory of the Toclafane, who turn out to be [[spoiler: the last remnants of humanity, having discovered that there was no escape from the entropy consuming all existence, and became some kind of terrifying HiveMind race of sociopaths in order to hang on just a little longer.]] It's shown that merely seeing where the universe ends up is enough to turn the Master's human wife into a StrawNihilist.

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** There's also the backstory of the Toclafane, who turn out to be [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the last remnants of humanity, having discovered that there was no escape from the entropy consuming all existence, and became some kind of terrifying HiveMind hive mind race of sociopaths in order to hang on just a little longer.]] It's shown that merely seeing where the universe ends up is enough to turn the Master's human wife into a StrawNihilist.



* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' is an RPG based on the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, embracing and expanding upon what he developed (though at times in the direction of LovecraftLite, depending on the [[GameMaster Guardian]] or scenario). An alternate setting for the game, ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'', takes place in modern times and adds in ConspiracyTheories of every stripe by giving them a CthulhuMythos spin (TheGreys that Majestic-12 are in contact with are cats-paws for the Mi-Go, surviving [[ThoseWackyNazis South American Nazis]] have access to [[{{Ghostapo}} Mythos-related occult knowledge]] and are being manipulated by an avatar of Nyarlathotep, the mutated [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal homeless people]] in the New York underground are renegade Ghouls, etc.). Curiously enough, in ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' it's mentionned in the main book that by the turn of the millenium, most [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Mythos entities]] and their minions are [[OrcusOnHisThrone far less present and/or active]] than they were even in [[GenteelInterbellumSetting the 20s and 30s]]... [[spoiler:They don't need to be. [[ForegoneConclusion They already won]]. They just need to wait a comparatively short while [[WhenThePlanetsAlign for the Stars will soon be]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Right]].]]

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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' is an RPG based on the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, embracing and expanding upon what he developed (though at times in the direction of LovecraftLite, depending on the [[GameMaster Guardian]] or scenario). An alternate setting for the game, ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'', takes place in modern times and adds in ConspiracyTheories of every stripe by giving them a CthulhuMythos spin (TheGreys that Majestic-12 are in contact with are cats-paws for the Mi-Go, surviving [[ThoseWackyNazis South American Nazis]] have access to [[{{Ghostapo}} Mythos-related occult knowledge]] and are being manipulated by an avatar of Nyarlathotep, the mutated [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal homeless people]] in the New York underground are renegade Ghouls, etc.). Curiously enough, in ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' it's mentionned in the main book that by the turn of the millenium, most [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Mythos entities]] and their minions are [[OrcusOnHisThrone far less present and/or active]] than they were even in [[GenteelInterbellumSetting the 20s and 30s]]... [[spoiler:They don't need to be. [[ForegoneConclusion They already won]]. won. They just need to wait a comparatively short while [[WhenThePlanetsAlign for the Stars will soon be]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt be Right]].]]



* ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland'' [[spoiler:[[LovecraftLite is a massive subversion]]]]. The world is being menaced by the Caretakers, a group of [[TheFairFolk entities who live based on story rather than physical laws, as we humans do]]. They have collectively decided to drive humanity to [[DrivenToSuicide self-destruction]], and have done so via a [[TheVirus viral]] insanity that causes ''reality'' to lose its grip on ''you''... [[spoiler:The Caretakers hate humans because they're actually ''terrified'' of us, since [[HumansAreCthulhu we act in ways they find utterly incomprehensible]]. That, and TheReveal of the fact that ''vice versa'' is not true...]]

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* ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland'' [[spoiler:[[LovecraftLite [[spoiler: is a massive subversion]]]].subversion]]. The world is being menaced by the Caretakers, a group of [[TheFairFolk entities who live based on story rather than physical laws, as we humans do]]. They have collectively decided to drive humanity to [[DrivenToSuicide self-destruction]], and have done so via a [[TheVirus viral]] insanity that causes ''reality'' to lose its grip on ''you''... [[spoiler:The Caretakers hate humans because they're actually ''terrified'' of us, since [[HumansAreCthulhu we act in ways they find utterly incomprehensible]]. incomprehensible. That, and TheReveal the reveal of the fact that ''vice versa'' is not true...]]



* The Swedish RPG ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}'' mixed Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Aleister Crowley occult traditions and the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies, and took its aesthetics from [[PunkPunk Splatter Punk]], Creator/CliveBarker and Creator/HRGiger art. It's actually a subversion. Humans are hopeless against supernatural forces, but [[spoiler:will triumph once awoken. In fact, most supernatural beings are hopelessly trying to prevent that. In other words, they [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu broke their arms punching]] [[HumansAreCthulhu us]].]]

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* The Swedish RPG ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}'' mixed Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Aleister Crowley occult traditions and the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies, and took its aesthetics from [[PunkPunk Splatter Punk]], Creator/CliveBarker and Creator/HRGiger art. It's actually a subversion. Humans are hopeless against supernatural forces, but [[spoiler:will triumph once awoken. In fact, most supernatural beings are hopelessly trying to prevent that. In other words, they [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu broke their arms punching]] [[HumansAreCthulhu punching us]].]]



* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noctum Noctum]]'' has such a premise (mixed, like others on the list, with splatterpunk), but with the caveat that [[spoiler:the reason the BigBadEnsemble abominations were attracted to our world in the first place is because HumansAreTheRealMonsters]].

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noctum Noctum]]'' has such a premise (mixed, like others on the list, with splatterpunk), but with the caveat that [[spoiler:the reason the BigBadEnsemble abominations were attracted to our world in the first place is because HumansAreTheRealMonsters]].humans are evil]].



* It is revealed in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' that [[spoiler:[[GodIsEvil Chakravartin]] created The Gohma to test humanity after giving them his type of power, and resets the world when he doesn't find an heir, as well as the universe with it. He's done this countless times, implying this has been going on for eons before any of the named characters have even existed.]]

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* It is revealed in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' that [[spoiler:[[GodIsEvil Chakravartin]] [[spoiler:Chakravartin created The Gohma to test humanity after giving them his type of power, and resets the world when he doesn't find an heir, as well as the universe with it. He's done this countless times, implying this has been going on for eons before any of the named characters have even existed.]]



** In the main story, humanity [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the 2060s]] is at war with [[spoiler:Corvus, a rogue, malevolent AI which desires to control the human race through their [=DNIs=]. The threat he poses to humanity is very much an existential one, and he is also responsible for the creation of the Frozen Forest, a virtual EldritchLocation that could have ended up being humanity's realm for the rest of eternity. Or the protagonist could have been dead the entire time, bringing the very ontology of the campaign's universe into doubt.]]
** The Nightmares campaign takes place in an AlternateUniverse where [[spoiler:the experiments, instead of giving rise to Corvus, end up opening up the realm of Malus, inhabited by Deimos, the demigod of dread, and Dolos, the demigoddess of trickery. Deimos unleashes a ZombieApocalypse on humanity so he can have an army to kill Dolos and usurp Malum. The protagonist thwarts Deimos' plan with Dolos' help, but not because Dolos cares about humanity; she doesn't care about us at all, she's just bored with her brother's antics and wants to go home.]]

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** In the main story, humanity [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the 2060s]] is at war with [[spoiler:Corvus, a rogue, malevolent AI which desires to control the human race through their [=DNIs=]. The threat he poses to humanity is very much an existential one, and he is also responsible for the creation of the Frozen Forest, a virtual EldritchLocation eldritch location that could have ended up being humanity's realm for the rest of eternity. Or the protagonist could have been dead the entire time, bringing the very ontology of the campaign's universe into doubt.]]
** The Nightmares campaign takes place in an AlternateUniverse where [[spoiler:the experiments, instead of giving rise to Corvus, end up opening up the realm of Malus, inhabited by Deimos, the demigod of dread, and Dolos, the demigoddess of trickery. Deimos unleashes a ZombieApocalypse zombie apocalypse on humanity so he can have an army to kill Dolos and usurp Malum. The protagonist thwarts Deimos' plan with Dolos' help, but not because Dolos cares about humanity; she doesn't care about us at all, she's just bored with her brother's antics and wants to go home.]]



* In the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'', it just so happens that there's another world next door, a world ruled by [[EldritchAbomination the VERY EMBODIMENT of PAIN]], and he can't wait to get his hands on our world. Don't worry that he has an intricate web of followers that are helping him to succeed, but thanks to his non linear view of time, [[spoiler:he already has]]. Though, luckily for humanity, [[spoiler:it's all a KansasCityShuffle on his part.]]

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* In the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'', it just so happens that there's another world next door, a world ruled by [[EldritchAbomination the VERY EMBODIMENT of PAIN]], and he can't wait to get his hands on our world. Don't worry that he has an intricate web of followers that are helping him to succeed, but thanks to his non linear view of time, [[spoiler:he already has]]. Though, luckily for humanity, [[spoiler:it's all a KansasCityShuffle kansas city shuffle on his part.]]



** [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted. In the end, all you did was delay the inevitable, and the knowledge of the creator of humanity and heart of the world drives you to suicide, leaving you nothing but a ghost trying to delay it even further, fully knowing that in the end, it will always get out, all you can do being delaying it again and again so that humanity can live a short while longer, plunging the game fully into cosmic horror and DownerEnding territory.]]
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace''. All life in the galaxy seems to exist for no other purpose than to be eaten by the [[spoiler:Brethren Moons. Humanity is alone in the stars because every race before it fell into the same rut of expanding beyond their resources and falling prey to the temptation of the Moons' Markers. The Moons can be fought, but only at a [[HeroicSacrifice high cost]]. The image at the top of the page? [[http://images.wikia.com/deadspace/images/0/0a/Dead_space_3_-_moon_boss_concept_art.jpg That's pretty close to what Brethren Moons do to planets during Convergence events.]] The third game also hints that the Moons are waking up, which is exactly what happens in the ''Dead Space 3: Awakened'' DLC pack. Though protagonists Issac Clarke and John Carver survive their HeroicSacrifice moment, they are now faced with the impossible threat of an entire race of hungry [[EldritchAbomination planetoid abominations]] descending upon Earth and the colonies...]]
* Surprisingly, ''Videogame/DeadlyPremonition'' ends up with elements of this genre. [[spoiler:The BigBad is an immortal HumanoidAbomination from another plane of existence that has warped the hero's life since childhood and thrives on torturing humans ForTheEvulz. The story is [[UnreliableNarrator just vague enough]] to make every detail questionable, making for a PsychologicalHorror experience.]]

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** [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted. [[spoiler:Double Subverted. In the end, all you did was delay the inevitable, and the knowledge of the creator of humanity and heart of the world drives you to suicide, leaving you nothing but a ghost trying to delay it even further, fully knowing that in the end, it will always get out, all you can do being delaying it again and again so that humanity can live a short while longer, plunging the game fully into cosmic horror and DownerEnding Downer Ending territory.]]
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace''. All life in the galaxy seems to exist for no other purpose than to be eaten by the [[spoiler:Brethren Moons. Humanity is alone in the stars because every race before it fell into the same rut of expanding beyond their resources and falling prey to the temptation of the Moons' Markers. The Moons can be fought, but only at a [[HeroicSacrifice high cost]].cost. The image at the top of the page? [[http://images.wikia.com/deadspace/images/0/0a/Dead_space_3_-_moon_boss_concept_art.jpg That's pretty close to what Brethren Moons do to planets during Convergence events.]] The third game also hints that the Moons are waking up, which is exactly what happens in the ''Dead Space 3: Awakened'' DLC pack. Though protagonists Issac Clarke and John Carver survive their HeroicSacrifice moment, they are now faced with the impossible threat of an entire race of hungry [[EldritchAbomination planetoid abominations]] abominations descending upon Earth and the colonies...]]
* Surprisingly, ''Videogame/DeadlyPremonition'' ends up with elements of this genre. [[spoiler:The BigBad Big Bad is an immortal HumanoidAbomination from another plane of existence that has warped the hero's life since childhood and thrives on torturing humans ForTheEvulz. For The Evulz. The story is [[UnreliableNarrator just vague enough]] enough to make every detail questionable, making for a PsychologicalHorror Psychological Horror experience.]]



** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' makes it ''even worse''. [[spoiler: After an unspecified (but MASSIVE) number of cycles Linking The Fire, the system keeping the world kinda-sorta functional has failed. Not "[[TakeYourTime it will fail soon (no really!)]]" or even "[[AlwaysClose right about to fail]]". It '''''[[YouAreTooLate FAILED]]'''''. You, an [[TheUnchosenOne Unkindled]] have been tasked to find several Lords of Cinder in a drastic attempt to make yourself strong enough to Link The Fire, and one of those former Lords ''[[TimeyWimeyBall broke time]]'' to buy the world one last chance. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption It's just not enough.]] As you near the end of your journey, [[WeirdSun the sun]] ''[[BloodyHorror bleeds out]]'' and the Abyss covers the land. There's no [[DeusExMachina last-minute fix]] or BigDamnHeroes from any PowersThatBe. This is TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and while there are MultipleEndings, they all come down to whether or not you try (and fail) to Link The Fire, give the world a MercyKill, or Usurp the Fire to claim whatever power it still holds for yourself.]]

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** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' makes it ''even worse''. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After an unspecified (but MASSIVE) number of cycles Linking The Fire, the system keeping the world kinda-sorta functional has failed. Not "[[TakeYourTime it "it will fail soon (no really!)]]" really!)" or even "[[AlwaysClose right "right about to fail]]". fail". It '''''[[YouAreTooLate FAILED]]'''''. '''''FAILED'''''. You, an [[TheUnchosenOne Unkindled]] Unkindled have been tasked to find several Lords of Cinder in a drastic attempt to make yourself strong enough to Link The Fire, and one of those former Lords ''[[TimeyWimeyBall broke time]]'' ''broke time'' to buy the world one last chance. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption It's just not enough.]] enough. As you near the end of your journey, [[WeirdSun the sun]] ''[[BloodyHorror bleeds out]]'' sun ''bleeds out'' and the Abyss covers the land. There's no [[DeusExMachina last-minute fix]] or BigDamnHeroes from any PowersThatBe. This is TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the apocalypse and while there are MultipleEndings, multiple endings, they all come down to whether or not you try (and fail) to Link The Fire, give the world a MercyKill, mercy kill, or Usurp the Fire to claim whatever power it still holds for yourself.]]



* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' morphs into one of these for the final boss fight.
* The SurvivalHorror game ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' is often seen as this, but strictly speaking, while the tone is unmistakably Cosmic Horror, the plot itself is not, and all three of the standard endings involve [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacters triumphing over the Ancients and saving humanity]], which lands this one squarely in LovecraftLite territory. The bonus ending reveals that there's a bit more to it than that, and that [[spoiler:Mantorok, the most powerful and sole surviving Ancient, engineered the deaths of the other Ancients as part of a larger plot]]. But while on paper that probably sounds like a BolivianArmyEnding, it's not made clear in-story what, if anything, that means for humanity.

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* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' morphs into one of these for the final boss fight.
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* The SurvivalHorror game ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' is often seen as this, but strictly speaking, while the tone is unmistakably Cosmic Horror, the plot itself is not, and all three of the standard endings involve [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacters Player Characters triumphing over the Ancients and saving humanity]], which lands this one squarely in LovecraftLite territory. The bonus ending reveals that there's a bit more to it than that, and that [[spoiler:Mantorok, the most powerful and sole surviving Ancient, engineered the deaths of the other Ancients as part of a larger plot]]. But while on paper that probably sounds like a BolivianArmyEnding, it's not made clear in-story what, if anything, that means for humanity.



* ''VideoGame/{{Freespace}}'' is basically what happens when ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' meets this trope. [[StarfishAliens The Shivans]] aren't really massive unfathomable monsters (well, they ''are'' massive, at least, next to humans and [[HumanoidAliens vasudans]]) but they [[OutsideContextProblem come right out of nowhere to utterly decimate both sides of an interplanetary war]] until [[EnemyMine they're forced to team up just to survive]], next to nothing is known about their ultimate goal in killing everything in sight, and any major victories against them come at a great cost (the destruction of the Lucifer in the first game resulted in [[spoiler: Earth getting completely cut off from the rest of the Alliance]]) and are short-lived regardless, because whatever superweapon gets taken down, they have about a thousand more anyway, and many more that are even stronger.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Freespace}}'' is basically what happens when ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' meets this trope. [[StarfishAliens The Shivans]] aren't really massive unfathomable monsters (well, they ''are'' massive, at least, next to humans and [[HumanoidAliens vasudans]]) but they [[OutsideContextProblem come right out of nowhere to utterly decimate both sides of an interplanetary war]] until [[EnemyMine they're forced to team up just to survive]], next to nothing is known about their ultimate goal in killing everything in sight, and any major victories against them come at a great cost (the destruction of the Lucifer in the first game resulted in [[spoiler: Earth [[spoiler:Earth getting completely cut off from the rest of the Alliance]]) and are short-lived regardless, because whatever superweapon gets taken down, they have about a thousand more anyway, and many more that are even stronger.



* ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'', of all things, became this with revelations gleaned from ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga''. [[spoiler:All life was created, or at least had their creation influenced, by a race of incomprehensibly [[TimeAbyss old]], [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powerful]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] and [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm incomprehensible]] superbeings known as the Precursors]]. The only thing known for certain is that, thanks to [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero their near genocide by one of their creations scorned in favor of humanity]]]], their only desire is to see all their creations suffer horrible pain and death at the hands of their newest, most recognizable form: [[spoiler:the HiveMind [[TheVirus Virus]] known as the Flood.]]

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* ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'', of all things, became this with revelations gleaned from ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga''. [[spoiler:All life was created, or at least had their creation influenced, by a race of incomprehensibly [[TimeAbyss old]], [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powerful]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] old, powerful, alien and [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm incomprehensible]] incomprehensible superbeings known as the Precursors]]. The only thing known for certain is that, thanks to [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero their [[spoiler:their near genocide by one of their creations scorned in favor of humanity]]]], humanity]], their only desire is to see all their creations suffer horrible pain and death at the hands of their newest, most recognizable form: [[spoiler:the HiveMind [[TheVirus Virus]] hive mind Virus known as the Flood.]]



* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is initially presented as a Cosmic Horror SpaceOpera, where galactic civilisations are carefully cultivated and then ruthlessly culled by [[SapientShip the Reapers]] in an [[ViciousCycle endless cycle]], as they have done for [[TimeAbyss tens of millions of years]]. The franchise ultimately proved [[spoiler:to be LovecraftLite, however; with enough War Assets, you can kill the Reapers, control them, or turn them into willing allies]]. On a smaller scale, the ''Leviathan'' DLC of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' revolves around Shepard tracking down a mysterious, incomprehensible EldritchAbomination (the titular Leviathan), which was powerful enough to ''single-handedly'' take down a Reaper. It has [[MindRape mind control abilities]], which it uses to sway countless lifeforms throughout time in order to keep [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow its existence a secret]]. Fittingly, the climax of the DLC takes place [[spoiler:deep beneath the waters of an oceanic planet, where its revealed that the Leviathan are a race of ancient StarfishAliens that indirectly created the Reapers]]. In the end the Leviathan [[spoiler:help Shepard out, swinging the DLC back towards LovecraftLite.]] At least until the Leviathans [[SequelHook come back again]].

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is initially presented as a Cosmic Horror SpaceOpera, where galactic civilisations are carefully cultivated and then ruthlessly culled by [[SapientShip the Reapers]] in an [[ViciousCycle endless cycle]], as they have done for [[TimeAbyss tens of millions of years]]. The franchise ultimately proved [[spoiler:to be LovecraftLite, Lovecraft Lite, however; with enough War Assets, you can kill the Reapers, control them, or turn them into willing allies]]. On a smaller scale, the ''Leviathan'' DLC of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' revolves around Shepard tracking down a mysterious, incomprehensible EldritchAbomination (the titular Leviathan), which was powerful enough to ''single-handedly'' take down a Reaper. It has [[MindRape mind control abilities]], which it uses to sway countless lifeforms throughout time in order to keep [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow its existence a secret]]. Fittingly, the climax of the DLC takes place [[spoiler:deep beneath the waters of an oceanic planet, where its revealed that the Leviathan are a race of ancient StarfishAliens Starfish Aliens that indirectly created the Reapers]]. In the end the Leviathan [[spoiler:help Shepard out, swinging the DLC back towards LovecraftLite.]] At least until the Leviathans [[SequelHook come back again]].



* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the planets of Algo are the seal on the SealedEvilInACan, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Profound Darkness]], and that the sentient races of Algo exist for no other reason than to produce heroes who can defeat Dark Force and prevent it from destroying the seal and releasing the Profound Darkness back into the universe]]. Chaz [[RefusalOfTheCall doesn't take well to this news.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the planets of Algo are the seal on the SealedEvilInACan, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Profound Darkness]], Darkness, and that the sentient races of Algo exist for no other reason than to produce heroes who can defeat Dark Force and prevent it from destroying the seal and releasing the Profound Darkness back into the universe]]. Chaz [[RefusalOfTheCall doesn't take well to this news.]]



** The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology features good ol' [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] himself as the BigBad, and ''Innocent Sin'' ends with [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins the bad guy winning]] and the party having to push the ResetButton to get another shot at saving the world.]]
** The events of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' ultimately leads to the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, complete with a doomsday cult and brain-dead people uttering prophetic warnings. This is all due to the subtle influence of the reawakened Nyx, a vast and ancient being being called down to the earth. Her presence causes people to explode into puddles of black ooze and random organs. In all likelihood, she doesn't care in the slightest. Oh and she's mainly summoned by the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the malice and despair in the hearts of humanity. Despite your best efforts, [[spoiler:the best action taken was a reverse seal; the protagonist makes a HeroicSacrifice to keep said personification of malice and despair away from Nyx.]]

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** The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology features good ol' [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] himself as the BigBad, and ''Innocent Sin'' ends with [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins the [[spoiler:the bad guy winning]] winning and the party having to push the ResetButton Reset Button to get another shot at saving the world.]]
** The events of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' ultimately leads to the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, complete with a doomsday cult and brain-dead people uttering prophetic warnings. This is all due to the subtle influence of the reawakened Nyx, a vast and ancient being being called down to the earth. Her presence causes people to explode into puddles of black ooze and random organs. In all likelihood, she doesn't care in the slightest. Oh and she's mainly summoned by the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the malice and despair in the hearts of humanity. Despite your best efforts, [[spoiler:the best action taken was a reverse seal; the protagonist makes a HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice to keep said personification of malice and despair away from Nyx.]]



* The entire ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' series. The Zone is an unfathomable and horrific EldritchLocation worshiped by a crazed brainwashed cult (the Monolith), and it has the power to manipulate time and space in [[RealityIsOutToLunch very weird ways]]. In the ending of ''Shadow of Chernobyl'', [[spoiler:you end up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero destroying the last thing holding the Zone's power in check]]]]; the Zone is rapidly expanding and there's no way to stop it.

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* The entire ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' series. The Zone is an unfathomable and horrific EldritchLocation worshiped by a crazed brainwashed cult (the Monolith), and it has the power to manipulate time and space in [[RealityIsOutToLunch very weird ways]]. In the ending of ''Shadow of Chernobyl'', [[spoiler:you end up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero destroying the last thing holding the Zone's power in check]]]]; check]]; the Zone is rapidly expanding and there's no way to stop it.



* ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'' involves a group of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who DugTooDeep and unleashed the mysterious creatures that run their world, losing control of them, and everyone and everything is consumed in their path. In the end [[spoiler:they are technically beaten, but too late to save anyone. The protagonist is DrivenToSuicide rather than be alone in an empty void.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'' involves a group of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who DugTooDeep and unleashed the mysterious creatures that run their world, losing control of them, and everyone and everything is consumed in their path. In the end [[spoiler:they are technically beaten, but too late to save anyone. The protagonist is DrivenToSuicide driven to suicide rather than be alone in an empty void.]]



* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' became this when the truth about the [[TheOldGods The Elder Gods]] was revealed. [[spoiler: The elder gods create planets until they manage to create a perfect world and then go to sleep on the perfect world for millions of years before waking up, whereupon they destroy all of the planets they created except for the perfect world, which turns into a DeathWorld, as they feed of the life energy of worlds, and then start the cycle all over again. Zaros's plan is to ascend to the level of an elder god so he can confront them and convince them to stop because they barely acknowledge that sapient lifeform exist at all other than as tools for them to use]]. Even before this revelation, Runescape had many elements of this. The young gods, who mostly are former mortal before they were exposed to artifacts left behind by the elder gods and many of whom are [[JerkassGods Jerkasses]], have been fighting each other in multiple [[ForeverWar Forever Wars]] that caused the destruction of many worlds and the extinction of many species. The Stone of Jas, one of the artifacts of the elder gods that can grant godhood, is an ArtifactOfDoom that causes the Dragonkin, a race enslaved by Jas, to grow more and more powerful and enraged whenever it is used, which resulted in the destruction of at least one planet. But despite this terrible danger, both gods and mortals crave its power, causing it to act as an AppleOfDiscord that has driven many conflicts. Tuska, an extremely powerful but unintelligent AnimalisticAbomination god has been rampaging from planet to planet, causing much destruction. It also been implied that the Pirate quest storyline is building towards this with the reveal of Xau-Tak, an evil god of oceans and death, who may also be working with Sliske, the BigBad of the current main storyline. The game also has a very large number of the tropes associated with cosmic horror stories listed at the top of this page even in the non-cosmic horror parts of the game.

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* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' became this when the truth about the [[TheOldGods The Elder Gods]] was revealed. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The elder gods create planets until they manage to create a perfect world and then go to sleep on the perfect world for millions of years before waking up, whereupon they destroy all of the planets they created except for the perfect world, which turns into a DeathWorld, death world, as they feed of the life energy of worlds, and then start the cycle all over again. Zaros's plan is to ascend to the level of an elder god so he can confront them and convince them to stop because they barely acknowledge that sapient lifeform exist at all other than as tools for them to use]]. Even before this revelation, Runescape had many elements of this. The young gods, who mostly are former mortal before they were exposed to artifacts left behind by the elder gods and many of whom are [[JerkassGods Jerkasses]], have been fighting each other in multiple [[ForeverWar Forever Wars]] that caused the destruction of many worlds and the extinction of many species. The Stone of Jas, one of the artifacts of the elder gods that can grant godhood, is an ArtifactOfDoom that causes the Dragonkin, a race enslaved by Jas, to grow more and more powerful and enraged whenever it is used, which resulted in the destruction of at least one planet. But despite this terrible danger, both gods and mortals crave its power, causing it to act as an AppleOfDiscord that has driven many conflicts. Tuska, an extremely powerful but unintelligent AnimalisticAbomination god has been rampaging from planet to planet, causing much destruction. It also been implied that the Pirate quest storyline is building towards this with the reveal of Xau-Tak, an evil god of oceans and death, who may also be working with Sliske, the BigBad of the current main storyline. The game also has a very large number of the tropes associated with cosmic horror stories listed at the top of this page even in the non-cosmic horror parts of the game.



* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvUnlimited'' (though that's really more of a harem story in a warfare setting) and ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'', where we actually seethe alien invaders who are mindlessly destroying humanity, which turns out to be completely incidental to their goal of [[spoiler: mining resources]], and at the end of the game it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[AwfulTruth there are 10^37 BETA in the universe who regard humanity as completely insignificant.]]]]
* ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta''. The main heroine is a clearly lovecraftian entity that drives people (bar the protagonist who goes off the deep end himself anyway) to madness, it is never shown to the reader and it's ultimate goal is to [[spoiler: convert all of humanity into lovecraftian entities]]. On the other hand, it's hardly invulnerable.

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* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvUnlimited'' (though that's really more of a harem story in a warfare setting) and ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'', where we actually seethe alien invaders who are mindlessly destroying humanity, which turns out to be completely incidental to their goal of [[spoiler: mining [[spoiler:mining resources]], and at the end of the game it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[AwfulTruth there [[spoiler:there are 10^37 BETA in the universe who regard humanity as completely insignificant.]]]]
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* ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta''. The main heroine is a clearly lovecraftian entity that drives people (bar the protagonist who goes off the deep end himself anyway) to madness, it is never shown to the reader and it's ultimate goal is to [[spoiler: convert [[spoiler:convert all of humanity into lovecraftian entities]]. On the other hand, it's hardly invulnerable.



* The ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' serial, ''Sahmad's Tale'', features a plague that robs its victims [[DreamStealer of their ability to dream]], gradually causing them to go completely insane and eventually die. It is eventually revealed that the plague is caused by [[spoiler: an EldritchAbomination that resembles a miniature sun with tentacles, who feeds on dreams for sustenance]].

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* The ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' serial, ''Sahmad's Tale'', features a plague that robs its victims [[DreamStealer of their ability to dream]], gradually causing them to go completely insane and eventually die. It is eventually revealed that the plague is caused by [[spoiler: an EldritchAbomination eldritch abomination that resembles a miniature sun with tentacles, who feeds on dreams for sustenance]].



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPQUljVDR1Y&list=PLJab8EQxX-ZL5yL86MNqiSP80eYZMd_xm ''The Last Stage'']], a story-line from ''WebVideo/NatOneProductions'', deals mainly with large-scale paranormal threats, [[spoiler: one of which may actually be the government agency employing the main characters]]. The [[EldritchAbomination supernatural entities]] pulling the strings more or less view Earth as lunch.
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', which is loosely based on the original below-mentioned Slender Man Mythos. A young man looks through some old tapes belonging to an old friend of his who's gone missing in an attempt to learn what happened to him. He learns of his friend being pursued by a certain EldritchAbomination and discovers that [[BrownNote he's beginning to experience strange events due to watching the tapes]]. This one is notable in that [[spoiler: a semi-normal human proves to be more of a direct threat to the protagonists than the Abomination itself, which is more akin to a force of nature that has been awakened]]. Also more unusually, [[spoiler: the series actually has a surprisingly positive ending. It's bittersweet (and two good guys die) but the protagonists do more or less "win", albeit in a rather ambiguous sense.]]
* The famous imageboard-based RPG ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' is a cosmic horror story about a group of uplifted animals trying to escape an underwater facility plagued by [[EldritchAbomination unnatural abominations and horrors]], while at the same time trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Rather unbelievably, [[spoiler: it actually manages to [[EarnYourHappyEnding have a happy ending]] thanks to the players going OffTheRails.]]

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPQUljVDR1Y&list=PLJab8EQxX-ZL5yL86MNqiSP80eYZMd_xm ''The Last Stage'']], a story-line from ''WebVideo/NatOneProductions'', deals mainly with large-scale paranormal threats, [[spoiler: one [[spoiler:one of which may actually be the government agency employing the main characters]]. The [[EldritchAbomination supernatural entities]] pulling the strings more or less view Earth as lunch.
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', which is loosely based on the original below-mentioned Slender Man Mythos. A young man looks through some old tapes belonging to an old friend of his who's gone missing in an attempt to learn what happened to him. He learns of his friend being pursued by a certain EldritchAbomination and discovers that [[BrownNote he's beginning to experience strange events due to watching the tapes]]. This one is notable in that [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a semi-normal human proves to be more of a direct threat to the protagonists than the Abomination itself, which is more akin to a force of nature that has been awakened]]. Also more unusually, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the series actually has a surprisingly positive ending. It's bittersweet (and two good guys die) but the protagonists do more or less "win", albeit in a rather ambiguous sense.]]
* The famous imageboard-based RPG ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' is a cosmic horror story about a group of uplifted animals trying to escape an underwater facility plagued by [[EldritchAbomination unnatural abominations and horrors]], while at the same time trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Rather unbelievably, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it actually manages to [[EarnYourHappyEnding have a happy ending]] ending thanks to the players going OffTheRails.off the rails.]]



* The ''WhateleyUniverse'' has a Cosmic Horror Story backstory, and the Sara Waite stories are all centered around one or more {{Eldritch Abomination}}s... including Sara Waite herself. Plus, there's an in-universe example, since [[spoiler: Sara Waite's previous form]] Michael Waite wrote a best-seller called "Incongruity" which turns out to be The First Book Of The Kellith, which is now in print all over the world. [[OhCrap Oops]].
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has quite a few elements of cosmic horror, particularly in the Endbringers, horrifically powerful monsters that regularly obliterate major population centers. Despite the efforts of all the heroes and villains working together, the Endbringers are whittling away the human population. The only being able to really stop them is Scion, the first and most powerful parahuman, but he apparently lacks the mental capacity to decisively defeat them. [[spoiler:And then it's revealed that Scion is actually the avatar of a cosmic EldritchAbomination, and it pulls a FaceHeelTurn and [[FromBadToWorse decides to wipe out humanity]].]]

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* The ''WhateleyUniverse'' has a Cosmic Horror Story backstory, and the Sara Waite stories are all centered around one or more {{Eldritch Abomination}}s... including Sara Waite herself. Plus, there's an in-universe example, since [[spoiler: Sara [[spoiler:Sara Waite's previous form]] Michael Waite wrote a best-seller called "Incongruity" which turns out to be The First Book Of The Kellith, which is now in print all over the world. [[OhCrap Oops]].
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has quite a few elements of cosmic horror, particularly in the Endbringers, horrifically powerful monsters that regularly obliterate major population centers. Despite the efforts of all the heroes and villains working together, the Endbringers are whittling away the human population. The only being able to really stop them is Scion, the first and most powerful parahuman, but he apparently lacks the mental capacity to decisively defeat them. [[spoiler:And then it's revealed that Scion is actually the avatar of a cosmic EldritchAbomination, cosmic, eldritch abomination, and it pulls a FaceHeelTurn turns to evil and [[FromBadToWorse decides to wipe out humanity]].]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seems to set this up in ''The Beast With a Billion Backs'', in which a horrifying, tentacled, borderline incomprehensible GeniusLoci attacks our universe from ''its own'' after successfully making a way through it, [[spoiler:but then subverts it in a [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold sympathetic]], if not [[ExtremeOmnisexual incredibly disgusting]] way.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seems to set this up in ''The Beast With a Billion Backs'', in which a horrifying, tentacled, borderline incomprehensible GeniusLoci attacks our universe from ''its own'' after successfully making a way through it, [[spoiler:but then subverts it in a [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold sympathetic]], sympathetic, if not [[ExtremeOmnisexual incredibly disgusting]] way.]]disgusting way]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' packs one of these into a single episode in ''Everything's Jake''. [[spoiler: [[TricksterGod Magic Man]][[labelnote:note]] the Nyarlathothep[[/labelnote]] hijacks Jake's {{Shapeshifter}} powers, [[PlatonicCave turning his body into its own (historied) world]] (despite [[NarniaTime having not existed for more than a few seconds in the real world]]) [[labelnote: note]] making Jake an unwitting Azathoth or [[UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} Demiurge]][[/labelnote]]. Jake wakes up [[RecursiveReality trapped inside himself]] and [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong thinks it's awesome]]... until he discovers that he's [[BigEater hungry]] and he [[CaptainObvious can't eat the food there because its made of his own flesh]]. Jake's hunger begins to cause earthquakes, but one one of the city's scientists correctly realizes that if Jake "leaves", [[DreamApocalypse their world will end]]. Said scientist tries to TakeAThirdOption by leaving Jake's world to find him some food, but upon emerging into the "glob world" (the Treehouse), he learns that the resident "[[EldritchAbomination glob]]" is a hideous Cthulhu {{Expy}} [[labelnote:note]] Finn with a mouthful of spaghetti[[/labelnote]]. The scientist [[BrownNote melts at the horror of the sight]], bemoaning the AwfulTruth of their doomed world and the nightmarish beings they've worshiped. Sadly, Jake learns when he leaves that the [[DownerEnding scientist was right]] - leaving the city causes its citizens to [[AssimilationPlot revert back to being]] [[PiecesOfGod non-sentient parts of his own body]], [[DeaderThanDead erasing them from existence]]. [[DyingAlone No one but Jake and Magic Man knows the ever existed and no one but Jake cares.]]]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' packs one of these into a single episode in ''Everything's Jake''. [[spoiler: [[TricksterGod Magic Man]][[labelnote:note]] [[spoiler:Magic Man[[labelnote:note]] the Nyarlathothep[[/labelnote]] hijacks Jake's {{Shapeshifter}} shapeshifting powers, [[PlatonicCave turning his body into its own (historied) world]] world (despite [[NarniaTime having not existed for more than a few seconds in the real world]]) world) [[labelnote: note]] making Jake an unwitting Azathoth or [[UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} Demiurge]][[/labelnote]]. Demiurge[[/labelnote]]. Jake wakes up [[RecursiveReality trapped inside himself]] himself and [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong thinks it's awesome]]... awesome... until he discovers that he's [[BigEater hungry]] hungry and he [[CaptainObvious can't eat the food there because its made of his own flesh]]. flesh. Jake's hunger begins to cause earthquakes, but one one of the city's scientists correctly realizes that if Jake "leaves", [[DreamApocalypse their world will end]]. end. Said scientist tries to TakeAThirdOption take a third option by leaving Jake's world to find him some food, but upon emerging into the "glob world" (the Treehouse), he learns that the resident "[[EldritchAbomination glob]]" "glob" is a hideous Cthulhu {{Expy}} [[labelnote:note]] Finn expy [[labelnote:note]]Finn with a mouthful of spaghetti[[/labelnote]]. The scientist [[BrownNote melts at the horror of the sight]], sight, bemoaning the AwfulTruth of their doomed world and the nightmarish beings they've worshiped. Sadly, Jake learns when he leaves that the [[DownerEnding scientist was right]] right - leaving the city causes its citizens to [[AssimilationPlot revert back to being]] [[PiecesOfGod being non-sentient parts of his own body]], [[DeaderThanDead body, erasing them from existence]]. [[DyingAlone existence. No one but Jake and Magic Man knows the ever existed and no one but Jake cares.]]]]cares]].



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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' operates somewhere between this and LovecraftLite. Far on the "cynical" end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism? Check. Ruled by an EldritchAbomination that can effortlessly crush realities just in passing? Check. BodyHorror, check, and YouCantFightFate, check. However, the antagonists, far from inhuman, are [[HumansAreBastards all-too human]] and their motivations [[ItsPersonal are far from impersonal]]. That EldritchAbomination is nothing more or less than [[spoiler: [[HumansAreCthulhu humanity's collective unconscious made manifest]]]]. And the protagonist and his TrueCompanions are iron-willed {{Determinator}}s who staunchly ''refuse'' to give in to the DespairEventHorizon or GoMadFromTheRevelation. Final judgment on whether the story counts as this or LovecraftLite will likely hinge on its ending... [[ScheduleSlip if it ever comes]].
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', a {{deconstruction}} of different focus than ''Evangelion'', yet similar to it: ''Something'' is making you fight in its super robot against other super robots, to decide the fate of the world [[spoiler:and infinite numbers of other ones]]. Why? You will never have the slightest idea. The manga features one attempt at an explanation, but it really doesn't help make anything better: [[spoiler:TheMultiverse has [[TheMultiverse a virtually infinite number of parallel universes]] constantly springing from slight divergences]], but this apparently puts a strain on existence, and so the giant robot battles [[spoiler:happen to be a "defense mechanism" to get rid of most universes with not enough divergence with each other.]] It's a whole new level of cosmic insignificance.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' operates somewhere between this and LovecraftLite. Far on the "cynical" end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism? Check. Ruled by an EldritchAbomination that can effortlessly crush realities just in passing? Check. BodyHorror, check, and YouCantFightFate, check. However, the antagonists, far from inhuman, are [[HumansAreBastards all-too human]] and their motivations [[ItsPersonal are far from impersonal]]. That EldritchAbomination is nothing more or less than [[spoiler: [[HumansAreCthulhu humanity's [[spoiler:humanity's collective unconscious made manifest]]]].manifest]]. And the protagonist and his TrueCompanions are iron-willed {{Determinator}}s who staunchly ''refuse'' to give in to the DespairEventHorizon or GoMadFromTheRevelation. Final judgment on whether the story counts as this or LovecraftLite will likely hinge on its ending... [[ScheduleSlip if it ever comes]].
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', a {{deconstruction}} of different focus than ''Evangelion'', yet similar to it: ''Something'' is making you fight in its super robot against other super robots, to decide the fate of the world [[spoiler:and infinite numbers of other ones]]. Why? You will never have the slightest idea. The manga features one attempt at an explanation, but it really doesn't help make anything better: [[spoiler:TheMultiverse [[spoiler:the Multiverse has [[TheMultiverse a virtually infinite number of parallel universes]] universes constantly springing from slight divergences]], but this apparently puts a strain on existence, and so the giant robot battles [[spoiler:happen to be a "defense mechanism" to get rid of most universes with not enough divergence with each other.]] It's a whole new level of cosmic insignificance.



* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' - thanks to [[HumansAreBastards humans being bastards]] [[AllTheOtherReindeer killing the only people protecting them from demons]] it leads to them being left alone against the enemy. At the very end it's implied that [[spoiler:humans have been all killed, leaving only demons and devilmen]] and then [[spoiler:[[EverybodysDeadDave everybody except Satan dies]]]]. Oh and God is an gigantic EldritchAbomination that kills anybody who gets too close it. ''AMON'' makes it even worse - [[spoiler:God has put the entire world on a time loop so all humans and demons live and die for nothing over and over, [[GodIsEvil just to make Satan suffer the loss of his beloved repeatedly for all eternity]]]].

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* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' - thanks to [[HumansAreBastards humans being bastards]] [[AllTheOtherReindeer killing the only people protecting them from demons]] it leads to them being left alone against the enemy. At the very end it's implied that [[spoiler:humans have been all killed, leaving only demons and devilmen]] and then [[spoiler:[[EverybodysDeadDave everybody [[spoiler:everybody except Satan dies]]]].dies]]. Oh and God is an gigantic EldritchAbomination that kills anybody who gets too close it. ''AMON'' makes it even worse - [[spoiler:God has put the entire world on a time loop so all humans and demons live and die for nothing over and over, [[GodIsEvil just to make Satan suffer the loss of his beloved repeatedly for all eternity]]]].eternity]].



* The canonical manga {{Interquel}} that was never published would put both ''Anime/{{GunBuster}}'' and ''Anime/DieBuster'' in that territory, with revelation that, long story short, [[spoiler:the Universe is one big EldritchAbomination, the Space Monsters are its immune system and humanity can do nothing but desperately fight for survival, sacrificing their weapons and champions in the process.]]

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* The canonical manga {{Interquel}} that was never published would put both ''Anime/{{GunBuster}}'' and ''Anime/DieBuster'' in that territory, with revelation that, long story short, [[spoiler:the Universe is one big EldritchAbomination, Eldritch Abomination, the Space Monsters are its immune system and humanity can do nothing but desperately fight for survival, sacrificing their weapons and champions in the process.]]



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': A post-apocalyptic CrapsackWorld where a catastrophe [[spoiler:caused by an AncientConspiracy meddling with ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow]] led to the annihilation of half of humanity's population, with the remainder under the relentless attacks of "[[EldritchAbomination Angels]]": alien ([[HumansAreCthulhu or not]]) assailants whose motives and psychology we do not have an idea of. Their biology becomes increasingly bizarre over the course of the series--even early specimens are stated to exhibit ''wave-particle duality'', and one late Angel is a four-dimensional being with a three-dimensional "shadow". Later specimens appear to be evolving toward interfacing with humanity, which mainly just causes MindRape of various types. Various factions within the series [[GambitPileup vie for the opportunity to take down the Angels in the way they deem most appropriate]], with the winner being the creation of equally nightmarish HumongousMecha, but such a last resort requires [[PoweredByAForsakenChild the chosen pilots to be mentally ill and psychologically tortured]] in order for them to function. [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu The war only results in increasingly horrifying circumstances and adversaries]], while a key benefactor of the ''protagonists'' is actually a Lovecraft-style AncientConspiracy who were always planning to use the Angels to resurrect an [[RealityWarper even worse alien God]] and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt InTheirOwnImage. In the end, the apocalypse is so [[MindScrew incomprehensible]] it even also makes [[GainaxEnding us real life humans go mad from the revelation]]. And please note that this summary actually leaves out several ''even more'' screwed-up revelations about the setting and characters.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Oh, boy... Long story short? [[spoiler:Aliens with [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue And Orange Psychology]] harvest magical energy created from [[PoweredByAForsakenChild girls' suffering and eventual mutation into eldritch horrors]] in an attempt to stave off the impending death of the universe via the Second Law of Thermodynamics]], and even they cannot even comprehend why only this IndustrializedEvil works out of all things.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': A post-apocalyptic CrapsackWorld where a catastrophe [[spoiler:caused by an AncientConspiracy ancient conspiracy meddling with ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow]] Things Man Was Not Meant To Know]] led to the annihilation of half of humanity's population, with the remainder under the relentless attacks of "[[EldritchAbomination Angels]]": "Angels": alien ([[HumansAreCthulhu or not]]) (or not) assailants whose motives and psychology we do not have an idea of. Their biology becomes increasingly bizarre over the course of the series--even early specimens are stated to exhibit ''wave-particle duality'', and one late Angel is a four-dimensional being with a three-dimensional "shadow". Later specimens appear to be evolving toward interfacing with humanity, which mainly just causes MindRape of various types. Various factions within the series [[GambitPileup vie for the opportunity to take down the Angels in the way they deem most appropriate]], appropriate, with the winner being the creation of equally nightmarish HumongousMecha, humongous mecha, but such a last resort requires [[PoweredByAForsakenChild the chosen pilots to be mentally ill and psychologically tortured]] tortured in order for them to function. [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu The war only results in increasingly horrifying circumstances and adversaries]], adversaries, while a key benefactor of the ''protagonists'' is actually a Lovecraft-style AncientConspiracy who were always planning to use the Angels to resurrect an [[RealityWarper even worse alien God]] and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt InTheirOwnImage. In the end, the apocalypse is so [[MindScrew incomprehensible]] it even also makes [[GainaxEnding us real life humans go mad from the revelation]]. And please note that this summary actually leaves out several ''even more'' screwed-up revelations about the setting and characters.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Oh, boy... Long story short? [[spoiler:Aliens with [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue And Orange Psychology]] Psychology harvest magical energy created from [[PoweredByAForsakenChild girls' suffering and eventual mutation into eldritch horrors]] horrors in an attempt to stave off the impending death of the universe via the Second Law of Thermodynamics]], and even they cannot even comprehend why only this IndustrializedEvil works out of all things.



* ''Comicbook/JonathanHickmansAvengers'' is this applied to an entire superhero multiverse; as its main ArcWords put it: "Everything Dies". A number of foundational Marvel heroes, including ComicBook/IronMan, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]], and ComicBook/BlackPanther, are forced to judge whether to kill other Earths to temporarily save their own as TheMultiverse is suddenly locked into [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ an inescapable death spiral.]] [[spoiler: One of them does.]] On the other side, the optimism of the likes of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the Great Society (a CaptainErsatz Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica from a parallel universe) is ultimately exposed as meaningless and ineffective against the end of everything. Oh, and also the beings in charge of running the Multiverse [[ComicBook/{{Infinity}} want to kill the Earth and any worlds in their way of doing that]], and even they're on their last legs because they've been attacked by an unimaginable force far bigger and more powerful than themselves. By the end of the run it's revealed [[spoiler:all of this is the result of EldritchAbomination cosmic beings known as the Beyonders living outside reality, who consider themselves AboveGoodAndEvil. Everything has just been them conducting a callous experiment on the results of the destruction of all creation, and they've already [[KillTheGod slaughtered every high-tier cosmic being that might have been tasked with stopping them,]] with the few heroes that manage to confront them such as Thor and Hyperion being destroyed effortlessly. The run concludes with Captain America and Iron Man, the leaders of Earth's Greatest Heroes, dying fighting each other out of spite over mutual betrayals as the universe explodes around them, and there was nothing anyone ever could have done to stop it.]]
** The followup ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' has [[spoiler: the final two universes die and [[HopeSpot the last plans by the Fantastic Four and allies to save even just a few people fail.]] The only reason anything survives at all is because DOCTOR DOOM, ultimate villain of the Marvel Universe and the only one ruthless enough to truly do whatever it takes to defy the Beyonders, [[MoralEventHorizon initiated the destruction of countless universes himself, including many of those the heroes dealt with that morally shattered them.]] He seized enough power in the wake of this to forge their remains into a new planet so brutal its inhabitants refer to it as [[MythologyGag Battleworld]], which he rules over as its tyrannical and unopposable god-king. And after all this, it's clear to Doom that even [[CrapsackWorld this last outpost of any kind of known reality is broken, as a reflection of his own blighted soul.]]]] However, [[spoiler: a few heroes and villains survive from the old multiverse to fight back against Doom, and the fate of the Beyonders is as yet unknown. Given this will end with the Marvel Multiverse restored for All-New All-Different Marvel, the whole saga retroactively becomes LovecraftLite, albeit running as hard as it can to the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism until the last minute.]]

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* ''Comicbook/JonathanHickmansAvengers'' is this applied to an entire superhero multiverse; as its main ArcWords put it: "Everything Dies". A number of foundational Marvel heroes, including ComicBook/IronMan, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]], and ComicBook/BlackPanther, are forced to judge whether to kill other Earths to temporarily save their own as TheMultiverse is suddenly locked into [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ an inescapable death spiral.]] [[spoiler: One of them does.]] On the other side, the optimism of the likes of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the Great Society (a CaptainErsatz Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica from a parallel universe) is ultimately exposed as meaningless and ineffective against the end of everything. Oh, and also the beings in charge of running the Multiverse [[ComicBook/{{Infinity}} want to kill the Earth and any worlds in their way of doing that]], and even they're on their last legs because they've been attacked by an unimaginable force far bigger and more powerful than themselves. By the end of the run it's revealed [[spoiler:all of this is the result of EldritchAbomination cosmic beings known as the Beyonders living outside reality, who consider themselves AboveGoodAndEvil. Above Good and Evil. Everything has just been them conducting a callous experiment on the results of the destruction of all creation, and they've already [[KillTheGod slaughtered every high-tier cosmic being that might have been tasked with stopping them,]] them, with the few heroes that manage to confront them such as Thor and Hyperion being destroyed effortlessly. The run concludes with Captain America and Iron Man, the leaders of Earth's Greatest Heroes, dying fighting each other out of spite over mutual betrayals as the universe explodes around them, and there was nothing anyone ever could have done to stop it.]]
** The followup ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' has [[spoiler: the final two universes die and [[HopeSpot the last plans by the Fantastic Four and allies to save even just a few people fail.]] fail. The only reason anything survives at all is because DOCTOR DOOM, ultimate villain of the Marvel Universe and the only one ruthless enough to truly do whatever it takes to defy the Beyonders, [[MoralEventHorizon initiated the destruction of countless universes himself, including many of those the heroes dealt with that morally shattered them.]] them. He seized enough power in the wake of this to forge their remains into a new planet so brutal its inhabitants refer to it as [[MythologyGag Battleworld]], Battleworld, which he rules over as its tyrannical and unopposable god-king. And after all this, it's clear to Doom that even [[CrapsackWorld this last outpost of any kind of known reality is broken, as a reflection of his own blighted soul.]]]] ]] However, [[spoiler: a few heroes and villains survive from the old multiverse to fight back against Doom, and the fate of the Beyonders is as yet unknown. Given this will end with the Marvel Multiverse restored for All-New All-Different Marvel, the whole saga retroactively becomes LovecraftLite, Lovecraf tLite, albeit running as hard as it can to the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism until the last minute.]]



* James Tynion IV's ''Memetic.'' The long and short of it is [[spoiler: a [[BrownNote meme of a sloth]] induces madness in people within twelve hours of seeing it, culminating in the human race fusing together into skyscraper-tall towers just in time to greet an incoming EldritchAbomination.]]

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* James Tynion IV's ''Memetic.'' The long and short of it is [[spoiler: a [[BrownNote meme of a sloth]] sloth induces madness in people within twelve hours of seeing it, culminating in the human race fusing together into skyscraper-tall towers just in time to greet an incoming EldritchAbomination.Eldritch Abomination.]]



* Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}'' mainly fought the Lloigor, shapeless [[DemonicPossession body-stealing]] beings from beyond time and space who can consume reality. Turns out [[spoiler:they're actually the first-generation superheroes who "self-evolved" into RealityWarper [[AGodAmI Gods]] and subsequently went [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide mad with power]], but were forced to live outside normal space-time since their own universe was too fragile to hold them]]. And they want back in. Badly.

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* Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}'' mainly fought the Lloigor, shapeless [[DemonicPossession body-stealing]] beings from beyond time and space who can consume reality. Turns out [[spoiler:they're actually the first-generation superheroes who "self-evolved" into RealityWarper [[AGodAmI Gods]] reality-warping Gods and subsequently went [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide mad with power]], power, but were forced to live outside normal space-time since their own universe was too fragile to hold them]]. And they want back in. Badly.
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* Myth/MesopotamianMythology. Humanity is a ServantRace and the gods are mostly [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]], a high percentage of whom enjoy meddling in the lives of humans for fun and blighting them with misfortune and sickness for their sins. The world is also populated with weird monsters like Aqrabuamelu and Sirrush, [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abdominations]] like Nammu/Tiamat, and demons like Lamashtu and Pazuzu who randomly attack humans for the fun of it. There is no hope of a happy ending for humans: the afterlife is a place of stasis and darkness where everyone goes no matter what kind of life they lived.

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* Myth/MesopotamianMythology. Humanity is a ServantRace and the gods are mostly [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]], a high percentage of whom enjoy meddling in the lives of humans for fun and blighting them with misfortune and sickness for their sins. The world is also populated with Eldritch Abdominations like Nammu/Tiamat and Kur, HumanoidAbomination JerkassGods who may occasionally PetTheDog, weird monsters like the Aqrabuamelu and Sirrush, [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abdominations]] like Nammu/Tiamat, and AlwaysChaoticEvil demons like Lamashtu who cause plagues, infertility, and Pazuzu who randomly attack famine just ForTheEvulz. Meanwhile, humans for the fun of it. There is no hope of are nothing more than a happy ending for humans: ServantRace and the afterlife is a place of stasis and darkness where everyone goes no matter what kind of life they lived.
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* Myth/MesopotamianMythology. Its premise is that humanity exists for no other purpose than to be slaves to the gods, who are mostly [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] who enjoy meddling in the lives of humans for fun and blighting them with misfortune and sickness for their sins. The world is also populated with weird monsters like Aqrabuamelu and Sirrush, [[EldritchAbdomination Eldritch Abdominations]] like Nammu/Tiamat, and demons like Lamashtu and Pazuzu who randomly attack humans for the fun of it. There is no hope of a happy ending for humans: the afterlife is a place of stasis and darkness where everyone goes no matter what kind of life they lived.

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* Myth/MesopotamianMythology. Its premise Humanity is that humanity exists for no other purpose than to be slaves to a ServantRace and the gods, who gods are mostly [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] who Abominations]], a high percentage of whom enjoy meddling in the lives of humans for fun and blighting them with misfortune and sickness for their sins. The world is also populated with weird monsters like Aqrabuamelu and Sirrush, [[EldritchAbdomination [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abdominations]] like Nammu/Tiamat, and demons like Lamashtu and Pazuzu who randomly attack humans for the fun of it. There is no hope of a happy ending for humans: the afterlife is a place of stasis and darkness where everyone goes no matter what kind of life they lived.
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* The "[[https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=323982772 Cult of Cthulhu]]" fan-made scenario for ''VideoGame/PlagueInc: Evolved'' consists in spreading Cthulhu's worship around the world. The abilities and symptoms of this new "plague" include astronomical phenomenons which help the cult spreading, as well as actual actions from the cult. The more the cult is active, the faster it spreads and the more it kills. The scenario is won if the player succeeds to research the Cthulhu's Awakening sympton and if all surviving humans are infected. [[LovecraftLite Note that the cult may lose if the cure is completed (even if Cthulhu has been awaken)]].
11th Nov '16 11:30:16 AM nanshe
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* Myth/MesopotamianMythology. Its premise is that humanity exists for no other purpose than to be slaves to the gods, who are mostly HumanoidAbominations who enjoy meddling in the lives of humans and plighting them with misfortune and sickness for their sins. The world is also populated with weird monsters like Aqrabuamelu and Sirrush, EldritchAbdominations like Nammu/Tiamat, and demons like Lamashtu and Pazuzu who randomly attack humans for the fun of it. There is no hope of a happy ending for humans: the afterlife a place of neither reward or punishment, just a place of stasis and darkness.

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* Myth/MesopotamianMythology. Its premise is that humanity exists for no other purpose than to be slaves to the gods, who are mostly HumanoidAbominations [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] who enjoy meddling in the lives of humans for fun and plighting blighting them with misfortune and sickness for their sins. The world is also populated with weird monsters like Aqrabuamelu and Sirrush, EldritchAbdominations [[EldritchAbdomination Eldritch Abdominations]] like Nammu/Tiamat, and demons like Lamashtu and Pazuzu who randomly attack humans for the fun of it. There is no hope of a happy ending for humans: the afterlife a place of neither reward or punishment, just is a place of stasis and darkness.darkness where everyone goes no matter what kind of life they lived.
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* Myth/MesopotamianMythology. Its premise is that humanity exists for no other purpose than to be slaves to the gods, who are mostly HumanoidAbominations who enjoy meddling in the lives of humans and plighting them with misfortune and sickness for their sins. The world is also populated with weird monsters like Aqrabuamelu and Sirrush, EldritchAbdominations like Nammu/Tiamat, and demons like Lamashtu and Pazuzu who randomly attack humans for the fun of it. There is no hope of a happy ending for humans: the afterlife a place of neither reward or punishment, just a place of stasis and darkness.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' packs one of these into a single episode in ''Everything's Jake''. [[spoiler: [[TricksterGod Magic Man]][[labelnote:note]] the Nyarlathothep[[/labelnote]] hijacks Jake's {{Shapeshifter}} powers, [[PlatonicCave turning his body into its own (historied) world]] (despite [[NarniaTime having not existed for more than a few seconds in the real world]]) [[labelnote: note]] making Jake an unwitting Azathoth or [[UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} Demiurge]][[/labelnote]]. Jake wakes up [[RecursiveReality trapped inside himself]] and [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong thinks it's awesome]]... until he discovers that he's [[BigEater hungry]] and he [[CaptainObvious can't eat the food there because its made of his own flesh]]. Jake's hunger begins to cause earthquakes, but one one of the city's scientists correctly realizes that if Jake "leaves", [[DreamApocalypse their world will end]]. Said scientist tries to TakeAThirdOption by leaving Jake's world to find him some food, but upon emerging into the "glob world" (the Treehouse), he learns that the resident "[[EldritchAbomination glob]]" is a hideous Cthulhu {{Expy}} [[labelnote:note]] Finn with a mouthful of spaghetti[[/labelnote]]. The scientist [[BrownNote melts at the horror of the sight]], bemoaning the AwfulTruth of their doomed world and the nightmarish beings they've worshiped. Sadly, Jake learns when he leaves that the [[DownerEnding scientist was right]] - leaving the city causes its citizens to [[AssimilationPlot revert back to being]] [[PiecesOfGod non-sentient parts of his own body]], [[DeaderThanDead erasing them from existence]]. [[DyingAlone No one but Jake and Magic Man knows the ever existed and no one but Jake cares.]]]]
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has been rapidly heading in this direction, especially with the recent reveals about what Xehanort has been planning to do his entire life. Let's just say that the first two games - which involve beings of pure darkness kidnapping specific people to unlock power and your character entirely losing his memory so it can be manipulated by an outside force respectively- are some of the most cheerful in the series.



* Webvideo/TheKnightShift has traces of this at times.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' becomes this at the climax of Season 2. However, it has a tendency to swing back toward LovecraftLite, even if through ''incredible'' amounts of effort on the part of the protagonists.



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' ends up as one of these, [[spoiler: complete with a KillEmAll ending, though it gets undone.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' presents Earth at the mercy of malevolent cosmic entities. Peridot initially can't see the downside to Homeworld's plan to terraform Earth into a Gem colony, which would have eradicated all organic life on the planet, while Yellow Diamond, the highest ranking and cruelest Gem seen so far, is prepared to destroy the Earth ''out of spite''.
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