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* ''Literature/DisAcedia'': a dark fantasy web serial set in an interdimensional magical prison, crafted by an ancient, utterly demented deity. Magic is extremely dangerous and feared, death is never an escape, and the entire dimension is divided into fiefdoms waging an eternal war.
12th May '16 9:54:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Part TheEpic, part {{Tragedy}}, part SurvivalHorror. A KnightInSourArmor AntiHero searches for revenge and/or redemption in a CrapsackWorld and fights sickeningly frightening demons along the way. Constant instances of human cruelty lend to the tone of the work. HumansAreBastards, AllMenAreRapists, and AristocratsAreEvil are in full effect. The church is either a CorruptChurch or PathOfInspiration (details of its founding are unclear) but regardless, watch out for the KnightsTemplar [[ChurchPolice Inquisition]]. TheMagicComesBack is portrayed as almost certainly a bad thing, as the only deity shown to be active in the world is a GodOfEvil. (More benevolent godlike beings are mentioned, but haven't shown up to help out.) The MessianicArchetype is a mass murderer and a rapist. And so on. [[spoiler:The kicker? According to a now partially decanonized chapter that was removed for spoiling too much, said GodOfEvil and its demons are merely the answer to humanity's desire for something to be responsible for their suffering (as opposed to it being random and meaningless). The Idea of Evil only exists because, in a truly warped way, people ''need'' it to exist.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Part TheEpic, part {{Tragedy}}, part SurvivalHorror. A KnightInSourArmor AntiHero searches for revenge and/or redemption in a CrapsackWorld and fights sickeningly frightening demons along the way. Constant instances of human cruelty lend to the tone of the work. HumansAreBastards, AllMenAreRapists, and AristocratsAreEvil are in full effect. The church is either a CorruptChurch or PathOfInspiration (details of its founding are unclear) but regardless, watch out for the KnightsTemplar KnightTemplar [[ChurchPolice Inquisition]]. TheMagicComesBack is portrayed as almost certainly a bad thing, as the only deity shown to be active in the world is a GodOfEvil. (More benevolent godlike beings are mentioned, but haven't shown up to help out.) The MessianicArchetype is a mass murderer and a rapist. And so on. [[spoiler:The kicker? According to a now partially decanonized chapter that was removed for spoiling too much, said GodOfEvil and its demons are merely the answer to humanity's desire for something to be responsible for their suffering (as opposed to it being random and meaningless). The Idea of Evil only exists because, in a truly warped way, people ''need'' it to exist.]]
12th May '16 8:29:07 AM Mhazard
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** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' pretends to be this for the first half of the game, being set in a Victorian setting, with the plague of lycanthropy, silver bullets, the works. [[spoiler: However, it is later revealed to be a [[CosmicHorrorStory science fiction story]] along the lines of [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. Lovecraft's]] novels.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' pretends to be this for the first half of the game, being set in a Victorian setting, with the plague of lycanthropy, silver bullets, the works. [[spoiler: However, it is later revealed to be a [[CosmicHorrorStory science fiction story]] along the lines of [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. Lovecraft's]] novels.]]
12th May '16 8:28:26 AM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/{{Amea}}'' features a world overrun by zombies, yetis, and darkness. And by the end of the game, [[spoiler:Amea, Inglor, and Garrik are shown to be the only good guys, and Garrik gets killed fairly early]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' pretends to be this for the first half of the game, being set in a Victorian setting, with the plague of lycanthropy, silver bullets, the works. However, it is later revealed to be a science fiction story along the lines of H. P. Lovecraft's novels.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' pretends ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' has elements of it (Humans opressed by demon overlords and both sides under attack from TheUndead), but it's mostly masked by the sheer awesome.
* Despite the sometimes terrifying enemies and morbid nature of the setting most of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is too idealistic
to be this for the first half of the game, being set in a Victorian setting, with the plague of lycanthropy, silver bullets, the works. However, it is later revealed to be a science fiction story along the lines of H. P. Lovecraft's novels.trope see [[GothicHorror Gothic Horror]]. The AlternateContinuity [[ContinuityReboot Reboot]] ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' and its sequels however, dive right into this.



* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' is completely this. The entire world is almost always at war. Mages constantly fight against the whispers of demons from the dream world/afterlife of the Fade trying to [[DemonicPossession take them over]] (little wonder many of them choose to be [[EmptyShell magically lobotomized]]), and every so often, one succumbs and becomes a HumanoidAbomination, or [[DealWithTheDevil makes a deal in order to learn]] BloodMagic. Demons are thus a constant threat. Because it's so easy for a mage to be possessed or go rogue, they're imprisoned and kept under constant watch by [[CrystalDragonJesus The Chantry]]. Mages who resist this are hunted down and either captured or killed. Elves are a SlaveRace distinguished from humanity only by their long ears, who were once the dominant species but were soon hunted down, and are now second-class citizens in a society dominated by humans (the only exceptions being the Dalish, who are nomadic and desperately hold on to the last shreds of culture they once had). The Dwarves are a politicking race with a brutally restrictive FantasticCasteSystem, who cower in their last two remaining fortress-cities, with the rest of their once-mighty empire being overrun. The resident [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] (though it's technically a religion, not a race, and anyone can join) called the Qunari are almost impossible to understand by the other races, and are constantly threatening invasion. One of the world's major powers is built on slavery, and the rest are filled with everything from [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Deadly Decadent Courts]] to constant infighting. To top it all off, every hundred years or so they all come under attack by [[TheHorde Darkspawn]], which the Chantry's god figure, The Maker, [[TheScourgeOfGod cooked up as divine retribution because Humanity tried to invade heaven]] - [[UnreliableNarrator according to the Chantry, anyways]].

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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' is completely this. The entire ''VideoGame/{{Deception}}'' series tends to be set in a world is almost always at war. Mages constantly fight against that invokes this feel. Though as the whispers of demons from the dream world/afterlife of the Fade trying main character is usually limited to [[DemonicPossession take them over]] (little wonder many of them choose to be [[EmptyShell magically lobotomized]]), and every so often, one succumbs and becomes a HumanoidAbomination, or [[DealWithTheDevil makes a deal in order to learn]] BloodMagic. Demons are thus a constant threat. Because small area, it's so easy for a mage to be possessed or go rogue, they're imprisoned mostly shown in outside cutscenes and kept under constant watch by [[CrystalDragonJesus The Chantry]]. Mages who resist this are hunted down and either captured or killed. Elves are a SlaveRace distinguished from humanity only by their long ears, who were once the dominant species but were soon hunted down, and are now second-class citizens in a society dominated by humans (the only exceptions being the Dalish, who are nomadic and desperately hold on to the last shreds of culture they once had). The Dwarves are a politicking race with a brutally restrictive FantasticCasteSystem, who cower in their last two remaining fortress-cities, with the rest of their once-mighty empire being overrun. The resident [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] (though it's technically a religion, not a race, and anyone can join) called the Qunari are almost impossible to understand by the other races, and are constantly threatening invasion. One of the world's major powers is built on slavery, and the rest are filled with everything from [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Deadly Decadent Courts]] to constant infighting. To top it all off, every hundred years or so they all come under attack by [[TheHorde Darkspawn]], which the Chantry's god figure, The Maker, [[TheScourgeOfGod cooked up as divine retribution because Humanity tried to invade heaven]] - [[UnreliableNarrator according to the Chantry, anyways]]. enemy descriptions.



* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' is completely this. The entire world is almost always at war. Mages constantly fight against the whispers of demons from the dream world/afterlife of the Fade trying to [[DemonicPossession take them over]] (little wonder many of them choose to be [[EmptyShell magically lobotomized]]), and every so often, one succumbs and becomes a HumanoidAbomination, or [[DealWithTheDevil makes a deal in order to learn]] BloodMagic. Demons are thus a constant threat. Because it's so easy for a mage to be possessed or go rogue, they're imprisoned and kept under constant watch by [[CrystalDragonJesus The Chantry]]. Mages who resist this are hunted down and either captured or killed. Elves are a SlaveRace distinguished from humanity only by their long ears, who were once the dominant species but were soon hunted down, and are now second-class citizens in a society dominated by humans (the only exceptions being the Dalish, who are nomadic and desperately hold on to the last shreds of culture they once had). The Dwarves are a politicking race with a brutally restrictive FantasticCasteSystem, who cower in their last two remaining fortress-cities, with the rest of their once-mighty empire being overrun. The resident [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] (though it's technically a religion, not a race, and anyone can join) called the Qunari are almost impossible to understand by the other races, and are constantly threatening invasion. One of the world's major powers is built on slavery, and the rest are filled with everything from [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Deadly Decadent Courts]] to constant infighting. To top it all off, every hundred years or so they all come under attack by [[TheHorde Darkspawn]], which the Chantry's god figure, The Maker, [[TheScourgeOfGod cooked up as divine retribution because Humanity tried to invade heaven]] - [[UnreliableNarrator according to the Chantry, anyways]].



* ''{{VideoGame/Overlord}}'' series are both a pastiche and a parody of this genre.
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' has elements of it (Humans opressed by demon overlords and both sides under attack from TheUndead), but it's mostly masked by the sheer awesome.
* ''VideoGame/{{Amea}}'' features a world overrun by zombies, yetis, and darkness. And by the end of the game, [[spoiler:Amea, Inglor, and Garrik are shown to be the only good guys, and Garrik gets killed fairly early]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' is an example of one. Slavery, war, and general atrocities is the order of the day. More often than not, humans succumb to the worst part of themselves. [[JerkassGods Not to say that the gods are any better]]. Ragnarok is just around the corner, and things are falling apart. Your job is to recruit the soul of worthy mortals to fight in that final battle, and there is no shortage of death and despair to make it very easy and guilt-free for you.
* Despite the sometimes terrifying enemies and morbid nature of the setting most of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is too idealistic to be this trope see [[GothicHorror Gothic Horror]]. The AlternateContinuity [[ContinuityReboot Reboot]] ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' and its sequels however, dive right into this.
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' takes place in a kingdom completely overrun with demons, and it's up to you to feebly try to destroy them.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', Where to begin? The game takes place primarily in the Kingdom of Lordran, which has been completely run into the ground. The only thing that remains are the decaying buildings, it's inhabitants have all either died, or become hollowed, crazed and undead. In addition to it being host to dozens of different types of horrific forms of demons, twisted animals and grotesque monsters. Lordran is also just the worst of the Kingdoms and nations in the souls universe. Many other states are implied to be decaying and faltering. That's just the setting. The world is actually ending to the Plague of Undeath. The morally ambiguous protagonist, along with most of the world's population have been cursed by the Darksign. A curse which grants its bearer technical immortality, but at the cost of eventual complete loss of sanity. (death is also not any less painful when you're immortal in the souls universe). The gods have either all left or are too bothered to do anything about the situation. Many of the [=NPCs=] you meet along the way eventually lose themselves to the curse and you are forced to slay them in self defense. The "hero" is tasked with relighting the First Flame, which even then, would only temporarily cure the curse, as it is forced to resurface every couple of centuries. Or, the hero can choose to let the flame die ushering the world into the ambiguous "Age of Dark". An age of freedom? or simply another word for the dark and nothingness consuming the world? Even the quest givers who task the hero with the final goals of the game are not entirely trustworthy and may be manipulating the player character as an unwitting pawn for further ends.Then there's Manus and the Abyss, if there's anything the Souls series needed to make it the crappiest of crapsack worlds, was an eldtrich abomination trying mindlessly to obliterate all known existence. There isn't much hope in the Dark Souls universe, indeed.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' is even darker than the first game, with up to four kingdoms crumbling due to the shards of Manus influence. While there were many characters who claimed to be undead in the first, even after going crazy they appeared to be normal. In ''II'', [=NPCs=] can be varying levels of hollow, from appearing vaguely zombie-like to almost falling apart - just like the player.
** You think Dark Souls 2 was bad? [[Videogame/{{Darksouls3}} Dark Souls 3]] leaves the series at it's WORST, civilazation has fallen, the Age of Dark is practically upon mankind, all the Lords who kindled the flame before have abandonned their thrones, and now it's up to you to decide what is the true fate of the world, and this is not necesarily a good thing, all that remains is ember indeed......



* Most of the games of Yasumi Matsuno (''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', ''VideoGame/CrimsonShroud'') fall under this category. War-torn lands, oppressive governments, {{Corrupt Church}}es, and vengeful gods abound.
* The ''Under the Burning Suns'' expansion for ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Deception}}'' series tends to be set in a world that invokes this feel. Though as the main character is usually limited to a small area, it's mostly shown in outside cutscenes and enemy descriptions.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'': Maliken's betrayal has caused many Legion strongholds to fall to the mercy of the Hellbourne forces who plans on destroying it so they can bring forth their Sacrificial Pit.
%%* ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' is based around Sorcerers in such a world, and filled to the brim with BodyHorror and WasOnceAMan.
* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'' is set in a continent-sized CorpseLand-cum-PenalColony (think "fantasy [[LandDownUnder Australia]]") under siege by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Fantasy Nazis.]] All summoning runs on {{Necromancy}}, and even ''[[ThePaladin Templars]]'' do this.

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* Most of the games of Yasumi Matsuno (''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', ''VideoGame/CrimsonShroud'') fall under this category. War-torn lands, oppressive governments, {{Corrupt Church}}es, and vengeful gods abound.
* The ''Under ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'' mod for ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]'' is explicitly described as DarkFantasy by its creators. Convenient, since the Burning Suns'' expansion for ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Deception}}'' series tends to be set in
mechanics of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' heavily encourage a world that invokes this feel. Though as the main character is usually limited to a small area, it's mostly shown in outside cutscenes [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne rather brutal]] and enemy descriptions.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'': Maliken's betrayal has caused many Legion strongholds to fall to the mercy of the Hellbourne forces who plans on destroying it so they can bring forth their Sacrificial Pit.
%%* ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' is based around Sorcerers in such a world, and filled to the brim with BodyHorror and WasOnceAMan.
* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'' is set in a continent-sized CorpseLand-cum-PenalColony (think "fantasy [[LandDownUnder Australia]]") under siege by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Fantasy Nazis.]] All summoning runs on {{Necromancy}}, and even ''[[ThePaladin Templars]]'' do this.
[[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder cynical]] gameplay.



* ''Creator/FromSoftware'':
** ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' takes place in a kingdom completely overrun with demons, and it's up to you to feebly try to destroy them.
** In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', Where to begin? The game takes place primarily in the Kingdom of Lordran, which has been completely run into the ground. The only thing that remains are the decaying buildings, it's inhabitants have all either died, or become hollowed, crazed and undead. In addition to it being host to dozens of different types of horrific forms of demons, twisted animals and grotesque monsters. Lordran is also just the worst of the Kingdoms and nations in the souls universe. Many other states are implied to be decaying and faltering. That's just the setting. The world is actually ending to the Plague of Undeath. The morally ambiguous protagonist, along with most of the world's population have been cursed by the Darksign. A curse which grants its bearer technical immortality, but at the cost of eventual complete loss of sanity. (death is also not any less painful when you're immortal in the souls universe). The gods have either all left or are too bothered to do anything about the situation. Many of the [=NPCs=] you meet along the way eventually lose themselves to the curse and you are forced to slay them in self defense. The "hero" is tasked with relighting the First Flame, which even then, would only temporarily cure the curse, as it is forced to resurface every couple of centuries. Or, the hero can choose to let the flame die ushering the world into the ambiguous "Age of Dark". An age of freedom? or simply another word for the dark and nothingness consuming the world? Even the quest givers who task the hero with the final goals of the game are not entirely trustworthy and may be manipulating the player character as an unwitting pawn for further ends.Then there's Manus and the Abyss, if there's anything the Souls series needed to make it the crappiest of crapsack worlds, was an eldtrich abomination trying mindlessly to obliterate all known existence. There isn't much hope in the Dark Souls universe, indeed.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' is even darker than the first game, with up to four kingdoms crumbling due to the shards of Manus influence. While there were many characters who claimed to be undead in the first, even after going crazy they appeared to be normal. In ''II'', [=NPCs=] can be varying levels of hollow, from appearing vaguely zombie-like to almost falling apart - just like the player.
** You think Dark Souls 2 was bad? [[Videogame/{{Darksouls3}} Dark Souls 3]] leaves the series at it's WORST, civilazation has fallen, the Age of Dark is practically upon mankind, all the Lords who kindled the flame before have abandonned their thrones, and now it's up to you to decide what is the true fate of the world, and this is not necesarily a good thing, all that remains is ember indeed......
** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' pretends to be this for the first half of the game, being set in a Victorian setting, with the plague of lycanthropy, silver bullets, the works. [[spoiler: However, it is later revealed to be a [[CosmicHorrorStory science fiction story]] along the lines of [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. Lovecraft's]] novels.
* ''Demon's Crest'', the final game in the ''[[VideoGame/GargoylesQuest Gargoyle's Quest]]'' series, is one of the bleakest games on the Super Nintendo, taking place in a realm of demons and with a main character who wants to gain ultimate power to rule the world.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'': Maliken's betrayal has caused many Legion strongholds to fall to the mercy of the Hellbourne forces who plans on destroying it so they can bring forth their Sacrificial Pit.
* ''{{VideoGame/Overlord}}'' series are both a pastiche and a parody of this genre.
* Most of the games of Yasumi Matsuno (''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', ''VideoGame/CrimsonShroud'') fall under this category. War-torn lands, oppressive governments, {{Corrupt Church}}es, and vengeful gods abound.
* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'' is set in a continent-sized CorpseLand-cum-PenalColony (think "fantasy [[LandDownUnder Australia]]") under siege by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Fantasy Nazis.]] All summoning runs on {{Necromancy}}, and even ''[[ThePaladin Templars]]'' do this.
%%* ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' is based around Sorcerers in such a world, and filled to the brim with BodyHorror and WasOnceAMan.



* The ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'' mod for ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]'' is explicitly described as DarkFantasy by its creators. Convenient, since the mechanics of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' heavily encourage a [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne rather brutal]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder cynical]] gameplay.
* [[VideoGame/GargoylesQuest Demon's Crest]], the final game in the Gargoyle's Quest series, is one of the bleakest games on the Super Nintendo, taking place in a realm of demons and with a main character who wants to gain ultimate power to rule the world.


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* The ''Under the Burning Suns'' expansion for ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth''.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' is an example of one. Slavery, war, and general atrocities is the order of the day. More often than not, humans succumb to the worst part of themselves. [[JerkassGods Not to say that the gods are any better]]. Ragnarok is just around the corner, and things are falling apart. Your job is to recruit the soul of worthy mortals to fight in that final battle, and there is no shortage of death and despair to make it very easy and guilt-free for you.
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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' is a strange mishmash of DarkFantasy, DefangedHorrors, and ConspiracyThriller.

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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' is a strange mishmash of DarkFantasy, UrbanFantasy, DefangedHorrors, and ConspiracyThriller.
2nd May '16 6:51:35 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' would be one of the earliest examples if only Tolkien hadn't held it in DevelopmentHell until his death. TheHorde vastly outnumbering human civilization? Check. Isolationist elves and shameless dwarves? Check. The gods [[PassThePopcorn passing the popcorn?]] Check, as this is set before Eärendil's voyage. The GodOfEvil is the only one not passing the popcorn? Oh yes, check. The main hero is an AntiHero [[KnightInSourArmor in sour armor]]? Frickin check.

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* ** ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' would be one of the earliest examples if only Tolkien hadn't held it in DevelopmentHell until his death. TheHorde vastly outnumbering human civilization? Check. Isolationist elves and shameless dwarves? Check. The gods [[PassThePopcorn passing the popcorn?]] Check, as this is set before Eärendil's voyage. The GodOfEvil is the only one not passing the popcorn? Oh yes, check. The main hero is an AntiHero [[KnightInSourArmor in sour armor]]? Frickin check.



** Even ''Literature/TheHobbit'' could be considered an example, albeit a downplayed one. The whole story is motivated not by the balance of the world, but by greed and self-interest on all sides. There are very few real heroes -- even Bilbo is an apathetic ClassicalAntihero a lot of the time, and Gandalf is a trickster who shanghais Bilbo into the quest and comes and goes capriciously.

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** Even ''Literature/TheHobbit'' could be considered an example, albeit a downplayed one.one (especially since it's for kids and has a lot of comedic elements). The whole story is motivated not by the balance of the world, but by greed and self-interest on all sides. There are very few real heroes -- even Bilbo is an apathetic ClassicalAntihero a lot of the time, and Gandalf is a trickster who shanghais Bilbo into the quest and comes and goes capriciously.
2nd May '16 6:49:21 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** Even ''Literature/TheHobbit'' could be considered an example, albeit a downplayed one. The whole story is motivated not by the balance of the world, but by greed and self-interest on all sides. There are very few real heroes -- even Bilbo is an apathetic ClassicalAntihero a lot of the time, and Gandalf is a trickster who shanghais Bilbo into the quest and comes and goes capriciously.
2nd May '16 6:44:50 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' could be one of the earliest examples, if only Professor Creator/JRRTolkien had't held it in DevelopmentHell until his death. TheHorde vastly outnumbering human civilization? Check. Isolationist elves and shameless dwarves? Check. The gods [[PassThePopcorn passing the popcorn?]] Check, as this is set before Eärendil's voyage. The GodOfEvil is the only one not passing the popcorn? Oh yes, check. The main hero is an AntiHero [[KnightInSourArmor in sour armor]]? Frickin check.
** Much of "The Silmarillion" feels like this, [[UnbuiltTrope amusingly enough]]. Tolkien even wrote that most of his tales were tragic.

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* Believe it or not, Creator/JRRTolkien actually wrote a fair amount in this genre. He even wrote that most of his tales were tragic.
* ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' could would be one of the earliest examples, examples if only Professor Creator/JRRTolkien had't Tolkien hadn't held it in DevelopmentHell until his death. TheHorde vastly outnumbering human civilization? Check. Isolationist elves and shameless dwarves? Check. The gods [[PassThePopcorn passing the popcorn?]] Check, as this is set before Eärendil's voyage. The GodOfEvil is the only one not passing the popcorn? Oh yes, check. The main hero is an AntiHero [[KnightInSourArmor in sour armor]]? Frickin check.
** Much of "The Silmarillion" ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' feels like this, [[UnbuiltTrope amusingly enough]]. Tolkien even wrote that most of his tales were tragic.enough]].
2nd May '16 6:41:14 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' is a strange mishmash of DarkFantasy, DefangedHorrors, and ConspiracyThriller.
28th Apr '16 12:10:51 PM Dravencour
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* The gods [[JerkassGods are all assholes]] who pass the time [[PassThePopcorn eating prayer chips and drinking soul-booze while placing bets and trolling the helpless morals]], and {{The Legions Of|Hell}} {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are mere days away from infesting into the Mortal Realm, or are there already. A GodOfEvil is probably [[VillainsActHeroesReact the only active one]], unless the point of the story is that he doesn't need to, because people will jump at any opportunity to do harm anyway. DemonicPossession is quite common. May even have DevilButNoGod, or an outright [[GodIsEvil evil supreme god]] running the show. If there are no "gods" per se, the CelestialBureaucracy[=/=]CouncilOfAngels have more red tape than a ribbon factory. Alternatively, the [[AngelsDevilsAndSquid eldritch abominations might be destroying both sides]]. In the most absolute worst, the universe is a CosmicHorrorStory.

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* The gods [[JerkassGods are all assholes]] who pass the time [[PassThePopcorn eating prayer chips and drinking soul-booze while placing bets and trolling the helpless morals]], and {{The Legions Of|Hell}} {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are mere days away from infesting into the Mortal Realm, or are if they aren't there already. A GodOfEvil is probably [[VillainsActHeroesReact the only active one]], unless the point of the story is that he doesn't need to, because people will jump at any opportunity to do harm anyway. DemonicPossession is quite common. May even have DevilButNoGod, or an outright [[GodIsEvil evil supreme god]] running the show. If there are no "gods" per se, the CelestialBureaucracy[=/=]CouncilOfAngels have more red tape than a ribbon factory. Alternatively, the [[AngelsDevilsAndSquid eldritch abominations might be destroying both sides]]. In the most absolute worst, the universe is a CosmicHorrorStory.



* [[ZombieApocalypse The dead find staying buried a little boring, and resist any and all attempts to keep them buried]], short of [[KillItWithFire cremation]] or dismemberment. There might even be [[CorpseLand a region so full of undead nothing in its right mind goes there]].

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* [[ZombieApocalypse The dead find staying buried a little boring, and resist any and all attempts to keep them buried]], short of [[KillItWithFire cremation]] or dismemberment. There might even be [[CorpseLand a region so full of undead that nothing and nobody in its their right mind goes there]].



* Even if you don't count in the BlackAndGrayMorality of the heroes, they spend is most of their respite on having sex or getting drunk and violent and have a less than amicable working relationship with their comrades.

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* Even if you don't count in the BlackAndGrayMorality of the heroes, they spend is most of their respite on having sex or getting drunk and violent and have a less than amicable working relationship with their comrades.
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