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13th Apr '17 5:54:33 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' ends up being about how The Slender Man reclaims the Earth for [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] at large.

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* [[TheSlenderManMythos [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' ends up being about how The Slender Man reclaims the Earth for [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] at large.
9th Apr '17 7:47:46 PM KillerClowns
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** The more fearsome example is the End of the Cycle, if the player is foolhardy enough to [[SchmuckBait ignore the very clear warnings]] and [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with it]]. It will give you massive, game-breaking benefits for fifty years. [[spoiler:And then simply snuff out your empire, no matter how vast or powerful, before moving on to obliterate the rest of the galaxy while the player, now in control of a tiny group of hated exiles, [[ControllableHelplessness watching the galaxy die, being saved for last]].

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** The more fearsome example is the End of the Cycle, if the player is foolhardy enough to [[SchmuckBait ignore the very clear warnings]] and [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with it]]. It will give you massive, game-breaking benefits for fifty years. [[spoiler:And then simply snuff out your empire, no matter how vast or powerful, before moving on to obliterate the rest of the galaxy while the player, now in control of a tiny group of hated exiles, [[ControllableHelplessness watching the galaxy die, being saved for last]].]]
9th Apr '17 11:07:14 AM KillerClowns
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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)]].



* ''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 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.



* The freeware horror game ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'' begins with the cosmic horrors just moments away from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt arriving on Earth,]] with only the smallest shred of hope of actually stopping them. Unfortunately, the person responsible for that shred of hope is...[[KnightTemplar questionable.]] [[ImAHumanitarian To]] [[AbusiveParents put it]] [[{{Tykebomb}} charitably.]]



* For the most part, VideoGame/{{Stellaris}} is LovecraftLite: the player's fleets can put a violent end to many an {{Eldritch Abomination}} with proper deployment of [[WaveMotionGun tachyon lances]] and [[MoreDakka heavy kinetics arrays]]. But two cannot be so easily dealt with.
** The less terrible example -- as they may leave the player CursedWithAwesome -- is the Worm-in-Waiting. [[spoiler:Existing outside of time, as a sentient StableTimeLoop, they can potentially utterly alter and reverse-engineer your species. Eventually turning your home system into a black hole surrounded by tomb worlds... as well as giving your species the ability to live comfortably on tomb worlds, and just about anything else.]]
** The more fearsome example is the End of the Cycle, if the player is foolhardy enough to [[SchmuckBait ignore the very clear warnings]] and [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with it]]. It will give you massive, game-breaking benefits for fifty years. [[spoiler:And then simply snuff out your empire, no matter how vast or powerful, before moving on to obliterate the rest of the galaxy while the player, now in control of a tiny group of hated exiles, [[ControllableHelplessness watching the galaxy die, being saved for last]].



* ''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 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.
* 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)]].
* The freeware horror game ''VideoGame/SouthOfReal'' begins with the cosmic horrors just moments away from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt arriving on Earth,]] with only the smallest shred of hope of actually stopping them. Unfortunately, the person responsible for that shred of hope is...[[KnightTemplar questionable.]] [[ImAHumanitarian To]] [[AbusiveParents put it]] [[{{Tykebomb}} charitably.]]
* For the most part, VideoGame/{{Stellaris}} is LovecraftLite: the player's fleets can put a violent end to many an {{Eldritch Abomination}} with proper deployment of [[WaveMotionGun tachyon lances]] and [[MoreDakka heavy kinetics arrays]]. But two cannot be so easily dealt with.
** The less terrible example -- as they may leave the player CursedWithAwesome -- is the Worm-in-Waiting. [[spoiler:Existing outside of time, as a sentient StableTimeLoop, they can potentially utterly alter and reverse-engineer your species. Eventually turning your home system into a black hole surrounded by tomb worlds... as well as giving your species the ability to live comfortably on tomb worlds, and just about anything else.]]
** The more fearsome example is the End of the Cycle, if the player is foolhardy enough to [[SchmuckBait ignore the very clear warnings]] and [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with it]]. It will give you massive, game-breaking benefits for fifty years. [[spoiler:And then simply snuff out your empire, no matter how vast or powerful, before moving on to obliterate the rest of the galaxy while the player, now in control of a tiny group of hated exiles, [[ControllableHelplessness watching the galaxy die, being saved for last]].
9th Apr '17 11:05:04 AM KillerClowns
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* For the most part, VideoGame/{{Stellaris}} is LovecraftLite: the player's fleets can put a violent end to many an {{Eldritch Abomination}} with proper deployment of [[WaveMotionGun tachyon lances]] and [[MoreDakka heavy kinetics arrays]]. But two cannot be so easily dealt with.
** The less terrible example -- as they may leave the player CursedWithAwesome -- is the Worm-in-Waiting. [[spoiler:Existing outside of time, as a sentient StableTimeLoop, they can potentially utterly alter and reverse-engineer your species. Eventually turning your home system into a black hole surrounded by tomb worlds... as well as giving your species the ability to live comfortably on tomb worlds, and just about anything else.]]
** The more fearsome example is the End of the Cycle, if the player is foolhardy enough to [[SchmuckBait ignore the very clear warnings]] and [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with it]]. It will give you massive, game-breaking benefits for fifty years. [[spoiler:And then simply snuff out your empire, no matter how vast or powerful, before moving on to obliterate the rest of the galaxy while the player, now in control of a tiny group of hated exiles, [[ControllableHelplessness watching the galaxy die, being saved for last]].
4th Apr '17 9:48:17 AM WillBGood
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Oh, boy... Long story short? [[spoiler:Aliens with Blue And Orange Psychology harvest magical energy created from 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/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Oh, boy... Long story short? [[spoiler:Aliens with Blue And Orange Psychology BlueAndOrangeMorality harvest magical energy created from 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.
29th Mar '17 1:28:03 PM AgentS7
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* The MythArc of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' eventually reveals that the mere existence of [[spoiler:Spiral Power, which the protagonists use and abuse all the time,]] is a threat to the very stability of reality, so [[spoiler:the Anti-Spirals]] decided to create ''their own'', smaller scale Cosmic Horror Story in an attempt to stop it.
12th Mar '17 6:29:42 AM Wuz
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* Liu Cixin's ''Remembrance of Earth's Past'' trilogy, starting from ''Literature/ThreeBodyProblem'', is a big example of sci-fi Cosmic Horror. Humanity made FirstContact with an alien civilization, the Trisolarians, who intend to colonize Earth to flee from their uninhabitable home world. They are magnitudes beyond Earth in technology and had locked down Earth's scientific development before their invasion even begins, and when they finally arrive, a single probe obliterates the entirety of Earth Fleet in minutes, before the audience is revealed to that [[spoiler:the entire universe is under a principle that made annihilation of all other civilizations mandatory, plunging the entire story into hopelessness as everyone in the universe is hostile to each other by nature, and way beyond anything the humans ''and'' the Trisolarians could manage. By the third book, a third civilization casually obliterates the entirety of Solar System by flattening it into 2D, and all everyone can do is to preserve whatever traces of humanity that were left, since the universe is completely hopeless.]]

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* Liu Cixin's ''Remembrance of Earth's Past'' trilogy, starting from ''Literature/ThreeBodyProblem'', ''Literature/TheThreeBodyProblem'', is a big example of sci-fi Cosmic Horror. Humanity made FirstContact with an alien civilization, the Trisolarians, who intend to colonize Earth to flee from their uninhabitable home world. They are magnitudes beyond Earth in technology and had locked down Earth's scientific development before their invasion even begins, and when they finally arrive, a single probe obliterates the entirety of Earth Fleet in minutes, before the audience is revealed to that [[spoiler:the entire universe is under a principle that made annihilation of all other civilizations mandatory, plunging the entire story into hopelessness as everyone in the universe is hostile to each other by nature, and way beyond anything the humans ''and'' the Trisolarians could manage. By the third book, a third civilization casually obliterates the entirety of Solar System by flattening it into 2D, and all everyone can do is to preserve whatever traces of humanity that were left, since the universe is completely hopeless.]]
5th Mar '17 7:23:54 AM Wuz
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* Liu Cixin's ''Remembrance of Earth's Past'' trilogy, starting from ''Literature/ThreeBodyProblem'', is a big example of sci-fi Cosmic Horror. Humanity made FirstContact with an alien civilization, the Trisolarians, who intend to colonize Earth to flee from their uninhabitable home world. They are magnitudes beyond Earth in technology and had locked down Earth's scientific development before their invasion even begins, and when they finally arrive, a single probe obliterates the entirety of Earth Fleet in minutes, before the audience is revealed to that [[spoiler:the entire universe is under a principle that made annihilation of all other civilizations mandatory, plunging the entire story into hopelessness as everyone in the universe is hostile to each other by nature, and way beyond anything the humans ''and'' the Trisolarians could manage. By the third book, a third civilization casually obliterates the entirety of Solar System by flattening it into 2D, and all everyone can do is to preserve whatever traces of humanity that were left, since the universe is completely hopeless.]]
3rd Mar '17 2:26:33 AM harharhar
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' block, which is a continuation from a previous ''Innistrad'' block. Whereas the original ''Innistrad'' block is a GothicHorror setting with humans being preyed upon by vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons, what-have-you, ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' has cultists, people going crazy and resident EldritchAbomination wreaking havoc. [[spoiler:Its ending especially cements the CosmicHorrorStory status: Said EldritchAbomination is successfully sealed... only because it has decided it's done playing and seals itself for reasons unknown]].
22nd Feb '17 7:13:41 AM Silverblade2
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* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' morphs into one of these for the final boss fight where it turns out the alien overlord
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