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25th Jul '16 2:58:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In 1987, {{Infocom}} made an InteractiveFiction text adventure called ''TheLurkingHorror'' loosely drawing on the themes of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.

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* In 1987, {{Infocom}} made an InteractiveFiction text adventure called ''TheLurkingHorror'' ''VideoGame/TheLurkingHorror'' loosely drawing on the themes of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
19th Jul '16 1:43:31 AM ElectroKraken
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' borders on this at times. While the universe as a whole isn't overtly threatened by any EldritchAbomination, it does show mankind's insignificance in a vast cosmos that is almost entirely unaware of its existence; when it is discovered, the only safe option is to deliberately cut Earth off from the rest of the galaxy. In the event that it hadn't, arguably the most ''optimistic'' possible future for human race was to be colonized by the [[TheEmpire Scarran Imperium]] and used for casual sex by Scarran officers on shore leave- the next generation of humans being almost entirely comprised of Scarran hybrids. For good measure, the Uncharted Territories alone are populated by coutless varieties of nightmarish creatures and [[HumanoidAbomination impossible beings]], most of them extremely hostile or at the very least antagonistic towards other races. Worse still, the nearest things to gods in this setting (be they SufficientlyAdvancedAliens or truly godlike EnergyBeings) are amoral and uninterested in anything outside their sphere of influence- ''at best''; at worst, they're murderous kill-crazy bastards who are actually empowered by mass-slaughter. And yet, one crazy human came closer to destroying the entire universe than any of these.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' borders on this at times. While the universe as a whole isn't overtly threatened by any EldritchAbomination, it does show mankind's insignificance in a vast cosmos that is almost entirely unaware of its existence; when it is discovered, the only safe option is to deliberately cut Earth off from the rest of the galaxy. In the event that it hadn't, arguably the most ''optimistic'' possible future for human race was to be colonized by the [[TheEmpire Scarran Imperium]] and used for casual sex by Scarran officers on shore leave- the next generation of humans being almost entirely comprised of Scarran hybrids. For good measure, the Uncharted Territories alone are populated by coutless countless varieties of nightmarish creatures and [[HumanoidAbomination impossible beings]], most of them extremely hostile or at the very least antagonistic towards other races. Worse still, the nearest things to gods in this setting (be they SufficientlyAdvancedAliens or truly godlike EnergyBeings) are amoral and uninterested in anything outside their sphere of influence- ''at best''; at worst, they're murderous kill-crazy bastards who are actually empowered by mass-slaughter. And yet, one crazy human came closer to destroying the entire universe than any of these.
17th Jul '16 1:36:26 AM thatmadork
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* ''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''.
14th Jul '16 12:59:22 AM PaulA
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* Some years ago, a short-lived CCG called ''Hecatomb'' had this as its premise - each player was an [[OmnicidalManiac "Endbringer"]], someone who, whether MadScientist, EvilSorcerer or what-have-you, competed with other Endbringers to be the first to [[YourSoulIsMine gather enough souls]] to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to fuel their powers, then move on [[AlternateReality to the next alternate reality]] to start over. You fought each other by summoning/creating monstrous minions (many of them {{eldritch abomination}}s in their own right) and [[FusionDance fusing them together]] to form [[HybridMonster Abominations]], calling down [[GodOfEvil evil gods]] (including [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]), and similar dirty tricks, all to get the requisite 20 soul tokens at your enemies' expense. And since every player gained a soul token at the beginning of his/her turn...

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* Some years ago, a short-lived CCG called ''Hecatomb'' had this as its premise - each player was an [[OmnicidalManiac "Endbringer"]], someone who, whether MadScientist, EvilSorcerer or what-have-you, competed with other Endbringers to be the first to [[YourSoulIsMine gather enough souls]] to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to fuel their powers, then move on [[AlternateReality to the next alternate reality]] AlternateUniverse to start over. You fought each other by summoning/creating monstrous minions (many of them {{eldritch abomination}}s in their own right) and [[FusionDance fusing them together]] to form [[HybridMonster Abominations]], calling down [[GodOfEvil evil gods]] (including [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]), and similar dirty tricks, all to get the requisite 20 soul tokens at your enemies' expense. And since every player gained a soul token at the beginning of his/her turn...
5th Jul '16 1:45:49 PM Chaos009
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** ''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.]]
3rd Jul '16 4:40:40 PM Discar
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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 [[OutsideContextVillain 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 [[OutsideContextVillain [[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.
2nd Jul '16 4:02:18 PM KCN
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* ''The Prayer'' by German psychedelic trance duo Electric Universe. It invokes the feeling of cosmic horror by mixing an actual Hindi prayer with exceptionally dark trance samples.
30th Jun '16 7:19:12 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{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 ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''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]].
26th Jun '16 1:21:40 AM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/StarControl 3''. True to the genre, you are told outright near the very beginning that you ''cannot'' defeat the main antagonists of the game, the Eternal Ones, and instead must find a way to appease them. Even Star Control 2 was no slouch in the matter; your beef was with the [[EvilOverlord Ur-Quans]], but as you follow the story, there's something ''much'' more sinister than the Ur-Quans themselves.

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* ''VideoGame/StarControl 3''. True to the genre, you are told outright near the very beginning that you ''cannot'' defeat the main antagonists 2'' has elements of the game, the Eternal Ones, and instead must find a way to appease them. Even Star Control 2 was no slouch in the matter; your this. Your beef was is with the [[EvilOverlord Ur-Quans]], Ur-Quan]], an entirely mundane alien race, but as you follow the story, it becomes clear there's something ''much'' more sinister out there than the Ur-Quans themselves. Ur-Quan themselves.


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* ''VideoGame/StarControl 3'' introduce the Eternal Ones as the main antagonists, a threat of this nature who are said to be completely invincible and unbeatable. The player must find a way to appease them rather than defeat them.
26th Jun '16 1:15:51 AM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'': The city of Yharnam and its environs are one big Great One playground, where most humans go insane with horror or bloodlust and the few that remain sane are picked off one-by-one. There's also other eldritch factions that nobody has ANY intel on. That's not even getting into the fact that [[spoiler:the entire game is a mass hallucination brought on by the dreams of the Great Ones.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'': The city of Yharnam and its environs are one big Great One playground, where most humans go insane with horror or bloodlust and the few that remain sane are picked off one-by-one. There's also other eldritch factions that nobody has ANY intel on. That's not even getting into the fact possibility that [[spoiler:the entire game is a mass hallucination brought on by the dreams of the Great Ones.]] In a bit of a twist, [[spoiler:the Great Ones themselves are generally pretty docile and non-interfering, and some even appear to be trying to ''help'' humanity with this situation. Most of the danger and madness comes from ''human'' factions that have obtained a sliver of the Great Ones' power and are misusing it.]]
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