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26th Sep '16 3:15:51 PM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Creator/GeorgeRRMartin goes the full mile in trying to show his readers [[TheDungAges how dark]] the [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy Dark Ages]] truly were. AnyoneCanDie, morality is a subjective thing and WarIsHell. Even [[TheMagicComesBack the Magic Coming Back]] seems to just make everything [[FromBadToWorse more dangerous]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Creator/GeorgeRRMartin goes the full mile in trying to show his readers [[TheDungAges how dark]] the [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy Dark Ages]] truly were. AnyoneCanDie, morality is a subjective thing, WarIsHell and the tangled politics with its socio-economic lessons in self-defeat makes the whole war thing and WarIsHell.look like the easy (or just plain lazy) option towards speedplaying your way to disaster. Even [[TheMagicComesBack the Magic Coming Back]] seems to just make everything [[FromBadToWorse more dangerous]].
25th Sep '16 9:10:25 AM emperors
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* ''Anime/NinjaScroll''
25th Sep '16 9:08:50 AM emperors
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* ''Film/TheBeastmaster''
22nd Sep '16 1:21:07 PM Morgenthaler
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Dark Fantasy is, generally speaking, a DarkerAndEdgier [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin subgenre of fantasy]]. These kind of stories can be pretty much described as StandardFantasySetting [[XMeetsY meets]] CrapsackWorld, as opposed to the usually-lighthearted regular fantasy setting. Oftentimes common fantasy elements are [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] or played in the darkest way possible, and the best you can hope for is GreyAndGrayMorality. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} goes a step farther, saying it's {{Horror}} [[XMeetsY meets Fantasy]]. It may have been originally, but now, with some linguistic drift, any remarkably dark fantasy story (it's sometimes enough if it's set in a CrapsackWorld) is often listed as a DarkFantasy. While it's often a matter of marketing or abuse of terms, this entry assumes the latter, currently more common, definition.

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Dark Fantasy is, generally speaking, a DarkerAndEdgier [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin subgenre of fantasy]]. These kind of stories can be pretty much described as StandardFantasySetting [[XMeetsY meets]] CrapsackWorld, as opposed to the usually-lighthearted regular fantasy setting. Oftentimes common fantasy elements are [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] or played in the darkest way possible, and the best you can hope for is GreyAndGrayMorality. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} goes a step farther, saying it's {{Horror}} [[XMeetsY meets Fantasy]]. It may have been originally, but now, with some linguistic drift, any remarkably dark fantasy story (it's sometimes enough if it's set in a CrapsackWorld) is often listed as a DarkFantasy.Dark Fantasy. While it's often a matter of marketing or abuse of terms, this entry assumes the latter, currently more common, definition.



* ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' starts of as a fantasy and starts showing hints of becoming a DarkFantasy in the 2nd book, by the 7th and the spin-offs is it really a dark fantasy with BodyHorror, terror, [[SlasherSmile Slasher Smiles]] and more. Of the characters only the two main characters seem like genualy good, most of the others have GreyAndGrayMorality. Most of the characters treat murder as "necisary", at times, people sell them out, lie, and have slaves. One elf that never was a slave thinks it's okay to kill the race that mainly keeps elves as slaves. There's canibalism, strong implications of rape (one even bragged about seemingly doing it), FantasticRacism, magic is seen as evil, implied incest, and it goes FromBadToWorse. It's a good series because it's well written, interesting story, and the characters are great, but it's still feels wrong that it still has a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids 9+ rating in Norway]], which might be because of the lack of [[ThinkOfTheChildren swearing and implications of nudes]], even though it's [[DoubleStandard allowed on Norwegian children's TV]].

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* ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' starts of as a fantasy and starts showing hints of becoming a DarkFantasy Dark Fantasy in the 2nd book, by the 7th and the spin-offs is it really a dark fantasy with BodyHorror, terror, [[SlasherSmile Slasher Smiles]] and more. Of the characters only the two main characters seem like genualy good, most of the others have GreyAndGrayMorality. Most of the characters treat murder as "necisary", at times, people sell them out, lie, and have slaves. One elf that never was a slave thinks it's okay to kill the race that mainly keeps elves as slaves. There's canibalism, strong implications of rape (one even bragged about seemingly doing it), FantasticRacism, magic is seen as evil, implied incest, and it goes FromBadToWorse. It's a good series because it's well written, interesting story, and the characters are great, but it's still feels wrong that it still has a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids 9+ rating in Norway]], which might be because of the lack of [[ThinkOfTheChildren swearing and implications of nudes]], even though it's [[DoubleStandard allowed on Norwegian children's TV]].



* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' is a strange mishmash of DarkFantasy, UrbanFantasy, DefangedHorrors, and ConspiracyThriller.

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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' is a strange mishmash of DarkFantasy, Dark Fantasy, UrbanFantasy, DefangedHorrors, and ConspiracyThriller.



* ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' games are practically the trope codifiers for [[UrbanFantasy urban]], DarkFantasy.

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* ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' games are practically the trope codifiers for [[UrbanFantasy urban]], DarkFantasy.Dark Fantasy.



* 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.

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* The ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'' mod for ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]'' is explicitly described as DarkFantasy Dark Fantasy by its creators. Convenient, since the mechanics of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' heavily encourage a [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne rather brutal]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder cynical]] gameplay.
21st Sep '16 10:06:06 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'', the 2012-13 movie adaptation.
20th Sep '16 10:05:17 PM ElectroKraken
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* Its more popular spinoff ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be summed up as ''Warhammer'' [[RecycledINSPACE In Space.]] And it does have everything on the list, even the evil cults monopolizing all regigion (provided you remember the Imperial Cult is the lesser of two evils).

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* Its more popular spinoff ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be summed up as ''Warhammer'' [[RecycledINSPACE In Space.]] And it does have everything on the list, even the evil cults monopolizing all regigion religion (provided you remember the Imperial Cult is the lesser of two evils).
15th Sep '16 2:07:27 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk'': See entry for ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
* ''VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho'': See entry for ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
19th Aug '16 5:00:32 AM StFan
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* The ''Literature/BlackCompany'' cycle. The military kind of dark.

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* The ''Literature/BlackCompany'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' cycle. The military kind of dark.
10th Aug '16 12:03:16 PM hoodiecrow
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* By Chaosium, the very early game ''Stormbringer'' and its 90s temporary successor ''Elric!''.
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