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18th Sep '17 2:49:11 PM CashSloth
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is ultimately a somewhat idealistic Cosmic Horror Story. Azeroth is home to five known [[GreaterScopeVillain Old Gods]] (though more have been implied), [[EldritchAbomination ancient, evil and extremely powerful beings]] that ruled Azeroth until they were imprisoned by the Titans. Of the four known so far, only one, Y'shaarj, has been confirmed to be destroyed, though its influence can still be seen on the continent of Pandaria, where it was imprisoned. Prophecies foretell an Hour of Twilight, a day when the Old Gods will escape their bonds and be unleashed upon the world once more (Deathwing tried this).

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is ultimately a somewhat idealistic Cosmic Horror Story. Azeroth is home to five four known [[GreaterScopeVillain Old Gods]] (though more have been implied), Gods]], [[EldritchAbomination ancient, evil and extremely powerful beings]] that ruled Azeroth until they were imprisoned by the Titans. Of the four known so far, of them, only one, Y'shaarj, has been confirmed to be destroyed, though its influence can still be seen on the continent of Pandaria, where it was imprisoned. Prophecies foretell an Hour of Twilight, a day when the Old Gods will escape their bonds and be unleashed upon the world once more (Deathwing tried this). [[spoiler: And then it's revealed that the Old Gods are actually the servants of the [[TheManBehindTheMan Void Lords]], malevolent extradimensional beings from beyond the physical universe. The Old Gods encountered in the game are just four of a great number of Old Gods that they flung across the universe. Why did they do this? Because they hate existence and they hoped that at least one of their creations would infest a planet with a sleeping Titan soul, so that that Titan will be corrupted into an unstoppable agent of the Void who will destroy the entire universe. Guess what's inside Azeroth?]]
17th Sep '17 2:31:26 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/OutOfTheCornerOfTheEye'' is a crossover between ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and the Literature/CthulhuMythos, so it's naturally one of these. It's a slow burn at first, but once the Mythos elements start taking center stage, the heroes quickly learn how out of their depths they are, which ends up lampshaded by one of the antagonists:
-->'''[[BrainInAJar Ephraim]]''': The universe cannot care about you, it never did, it never will.
10th Sep '17 4:56:16 AM btravern
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* The Abyss Laughs http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TheAbyssLaughs/TheAbyssLaughs by A.R. LaBaere revolves around the unraveling of the cosmos by the resurrection of the Old Ones, Outer Gods, and various alien races. An homage to House of Leaves, The King in Yellow, and Lovecraft, the novel will expand to a million words.
1st Sep '17 1:17:24 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* According to Music/DavidBowie, this is [[FlipFlopOfGod one possible interpretation]] of his album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'':

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* According to Music/DavidBowie, this is [[FlipFlopOfGod one possible interpretation]] interpretation of his album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'':
27th Aug '17 8:11:28 PM M84
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** The final DLC ''The Ringed City'' adds another layer of senseless tragedy to the whole mess. [[spoiler:The Pygmies once had full mastery over the Dark Soul and were faithful allies to the gods of Anor Londor. But Gwyn feared the Dark Soul's power and placed a seal of fire on humanity in an attempt to keep it in check. This seal became ''the Dark Sign'', ushering in the Undead Curse and the ViciousCycle that would doom the world. All of this sorrow was wrought because of a paranoid god.]]
16th Aug '17 1:52:51 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'' is an early example, taking a nihilistic and maltheistic perspective on Christian theology.
14th Aug '17 2:12:43 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** This gets a flat out parody in one episode, where the eldritch tentacled horror from beyond space and time they encountered was essentially just trying to [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace help them get their car out of a ditch]].
13th Aug '17 10:22:39 PM ImpudentInfidel
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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 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 tellingly enough, Crichton's final victory was only possible thanks to the sponsorship of one of the ''least''' selfish group of entities from beyond reality.

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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.galaxy[[note]]This is somewhat muddled by one of the most populous and powerful races being a genetically modified HumanSubspecies; it's only Earth and it's people that's a meaningless backwater.[[/note]]. 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 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 tellingly enough, Crichton's final victory was only possible thanks to the sponsorship of one of the ''least''' selfish group of entities from beyond reality.
13th Aug '17 10:03:33 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Nightfall" invokes this premise not with a paranormal deity, but with a natural and real phenomenon. On the planet Lagash, the night sky is only visible every two thousand years, during an eclipse. The concept of "darkness" is so foreign to them that one of the characters needs tge concept explained, and torches are an experimental new technology. These eclipses have seemed to coincide with the collapse of past civilizations. A new scientific theory postulates that the night sky, in all its awesome, terrible wonder, has driven every previous civilization mad. On the eve of the next eclipse, the citizens of Lagash are about to find out whether this theory is correct.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Nightfall" invokes this premise not with a paranormal deity, but with a natural and real phenomenon. On the planet Lagash, the night sky is only visible every two thousand years, during an eclipse. The concept of "darkness" is so foreign to them that one of the characters needs tge the concept explained, and torches are an experimental new technology. These eclipses have seemed to coincide with the collapse of past civilizations. A new scientific theory postulates that the night sky, in all its awesome, terrible wonder, has driven every previous civilization mad. On the eve of the next eclipse, the citizens of Lagash are about to find out whether this theory is correct.
13th Aug '17 9:58:10 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Nightfall" invokes this premise not with a paranormal deity, but with a natural and real phenomenon. On the planet Lagash, the night sky is only visible every two thousand years, during an eclipse. These eclipses have seemed to coincide with the collapse of past civilizations. A new scientific theory postulates that the night sky, in all its awesome, terrible wonder, has driven every previous civilization mad. On the eve of the next eclipse, the citizens of Lagash are about to find out whether this theory is correct.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Nightfall" invokes this premise not with a paranormal deity, but with a natural and real phenomenon. On the planet Lagash, the night sky is only visible every two thousand years, during an eclipse. The concept of "darkness" is so foreign to them that one of the characters needs tge concept explained, and torches are an experimental new technology. These eclipses have seemed to coincide with the collapse of past civilizations. A new scientific theory postulates that the night sky, in all its awesome, terrible wonder, has driven every previous civilization mad. On the eve of the next eclipse, the citizens of Lagash are about to find out whether this theory is correct.
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