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11th Jun '17 2:01:17 PM Starshock
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The genre is sometimes called "Cosmic Horror", LovecraftianFiction, or Weird Fiction. Very likely to use ParanoiaFuel and invoke an atmosphere similar to {{Room 101}}; both tropes play with the fear of that unknown ''thing'' that happens to traumatize all those who encounter it. A DespairEventHorizon or a DownerEnding can be used to add to the depressing atmosphere. Compare/contrast with GothicHorror (on which prose the first Cosmic Horror Stories, like those from Lovecraft himself, borrowed), DarkFantasy, CrapsackWorld, MindScrew and ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.

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The genre is sometimes called "Cosmic Horror", LovecraftianFiction, or Weird Fiction. Very likely to use ParanoiaFuel and invoke an atmosphere similar to {{Room 101}}; both tropes play with the fear of that unknown ''thing'' that happens to traumatize all those who encounter it. A DespairEventHorizon or a DownerEnding can be used to add to the depressing atmosphere. Compare/contrast with GothicHorror (on which prose the first Cosmic Horror Stories, like those from Lovecraft himself, borrowed), DarkFantasy, CrapsackWorld, MindScrew and ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.
ThroughTheEyesOfMadness. CosmicPlaything could be viewed as this on a much, much smaller scale.
11th Jun '17 1:07:37 PM DVB
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* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' started as a ComingOfAge {{Mons}} series but experienced a GenreShift when the true nature of the [[BigBad D-Reaper]] was revealed. At the end of the series, after poisoned worlds, endless {{Mind Rape}}s, and a total invasion and subjugation of a city, [[spoiler:the D-Reaper cannot be defeated, at least not conventionally, only regressed to a less threatening form.]] The fact that [[Creator/ChiakiKonaka the main writer]] is a contributor to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos will not shock anyone who's watched the series, nor will the fact that he also wrote ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''.

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* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' started as a ComingOfAge {{Mons}} series but experienced a GenreShift when the true nature of the [[BigBad D-Reaper]] was revealed. At the end of the series, after poisoned worlds, endless {{Mind Rape}}s, and a total invasion and subjugation of a city, [[spoiler:the D-Reaper cannot be defeated, at least not conventionally, only regressed conventionally. However, it was restored to its original form, a dinky little program from the early Internet with less threatening form.power than a cheap calculator.]] The fact that [[Creator/ChiakiKonaka the main writer]] is a contributor to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos will not shock anyone who's watched the series, nor will the fact that he also wrote ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''.
3rd Jun '17 10:02:47 AM nombretomado
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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 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]].

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* The ''WhateleyUniverse'' ''Literature/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]].
28th May '17 3:03:10 PM nombretomado
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In the last few decades it's become fairly popular to invert the common indifference of the CosmicHorrorStory setting, while still keeping it every bit as horrifying, by incorporating elements such as YourMindMakesItReal, SenseFreak, and HumansAreCthulhu. Such settings are usually still classed as Cosmic Horror, and are embodied by the works of CliveBarker, and the WarHammer games. In such settings humans often learn that they really do matter, and their emotions and desires really can shape reality...only to then get smacked in the face with BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.

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In the last few decades it's become fairly popular to invert the common indifference of the CosmicHorrorStory setting, while still keeping it every bit as horrifying, by incorporating elements such as YourMindMakesItReal, SenseFreak, and HumansAreCthulhu. Such settings are usually still classed as Cosmic Horror, and are embodied by the works of CliveBarker, and the WarHammer ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer}}'' games. In such settings humans often learn that they really do matter, and their emotions and desires really can shape reality...only to then get smacked in the face with BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
13th May '17 8:40:32 PM immblueversion
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4th May '17 3:44:19 AM BarthVader
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* PlayedForLaughs with ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', to the point Cthulhu himself appears in the theme song.

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* PlayedForLaughs with ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', to Quoth the point Cthulhu himself appears NightmareFuel page of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'':
-->[The show] is basically an exercise
in existential horror: you are just one of a near-infinite number of yourselves, spread over a vast, uncaring, Godless multiverse. Some of you have died gruesomely and unremembered, others are wealthier and more successful than you will ever be. The fact that you are where you are isn't even down to luck; it just is. Entire civilizations live or die at the theme song.whim of callous, Lovecraftian gods, who may even be you, whether you know it or not. There is no meaning to life, no purpose, no destiny. At one point, Morty outlines this reality to his sister, and then, as an antidote tells her to come and watch TV, which is either the most nihilistic cry of despair ever screamed from that medium or the most audacious act of native advertising in television history.
29th Apr '17 9:40:50 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* According to Music/DavidBowie, this is a possible interpretation of his album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'':

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* According to Music/DavidBowie, this is a [[FlipFlopOfGod one possible interpretation interpretation]] of his album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'':
26th Apr '17 5:59:27 AM backpack
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In the last few decades it's become fairly popular to invert the common indifference of the CosmicHorrorStory setting, while still keeping it every bit as horrifying, by incorporating elements such as YourMindMakesItReal, SenseFreak, and HumansAreCthulhu. Such settings are usually still classed as Cosmic Horror, and are embodied by the works of CliveBarker, and the WarHammer games. In such settings humans often learn that they really do matter, and their emotions and desires really can shape reality...only to then get smacked in the face with BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
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]].]]
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