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4th Dec '16 10:58:03 PM dvorak
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** 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.

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** In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', Where to begin? The games are classed as SurvivalHorror by way of fantasy ActionRPG by a good amount of people. 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.
27th Nov '16 12:21:40 PM valar55
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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 breaking into the Mortal Realm, 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.

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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]], mortals]], and {{The Legions Of|Hell}} {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are mere days away from breaking into the Mortal Realm, 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.
25th Nov '16 1:54:33 PM Galacton
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* 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.

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* 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.
16th Nov '16 1:53:10 PM Discar
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* ''Tales of the Dragon Guard'': [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons naturally radiate]] TheCorruption, which only [[VirginPower virgin]] [[AManIsNotAVirgin women]] are immune to. Entire villages are mutated into slavering, insane monsters, and if the dragon knights fail, a FantasticNuke is detonated, which turns the countryside into a wasteland. Some peasants are convinced that nailing a virgin vaccinates them against the corruption, so [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil you can guess what happens]]. [[VideoGame/{{Stalker}} The dragon knights are followed closely by prospectors looking for dragon gastroliths and scales, who often won't wait for the dragon to be killed before prospecting]].

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* ''Tales of the Dragon Guard'': [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons naturally radiate]] TheCorruption, which only [[VirginPower virgin]] [[AManIsNotAVirgin virgin women]] are immune to. Entire villages are mutated into slavering, insane monsters, and if the dragon knights fail, a FantasticNuke is detonated, which turns the countryside into a wasteland. Some peasants are convinced that nailing a virgin vaccinates them against the corruption, so [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil you can guess what happens]]. [[VideoGame/{{Stalker}} The dragon knights are followed closely by prospectors looking for dragon gastroliths and scales, who often won't wait for the dragon to be killed before prospecting]].
28th Oct '16 7:38:41 AM TheBigBopper
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* ''Anime/Berserk2016'', the 2016 anime adaptation of the above.
* ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'', the 2012-13 movie adaptation.

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* ** ''Anime/Berserk1997'', the 1997 anime adaptation of the above.
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''Anime/Berserk2016'', the 2016 anime adaptation of the above.
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''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'', the 2012-13 anime movie adaptation.
22nd Oct '16 5:46:24 AM TheNerevarine
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* French comic ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'' is set in a dark fantasy realm loosely inspired in Celtic legend and has a EvilOverlord as a protagonist.
16th Oct '16 9:51:28 AM darkabomination
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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.
** Much of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' feels like this, [[UnbuiltTrope amusingly enough]].

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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.
check. Pile on the incest, genocide, bleak war against the forces of an evil god where humanity's on the losing side, and a tragic DownerEnding, and it's almost hard to believe it's in the same universe as the Hobbit.
** Much of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' feels like this, [[UnbuiltTrope amusingly enough]]. The entry just above is but one story in a list of several darker losses and tragedy, set within a world of astounding beauty and wonder, but also in a world where the wisest know that the old glory cannot last and fate is doomed to taint the world with evil. Most elves in the story are genocidal, racist, and on a path of bloodshed and revenge for the Silmarils, doomed by their own oath to get them back or fail beyond any help from the gods and by fate itself. Promises are SeriousBusiness, after all. Humans either die heroically in a war they have no chance of winning, betray their kin with promises and seduction by the dark god Morgoth, or simply try to survive against all odds. Dwarves are either greedy or isolationist against all the suffering around them, and the war is going so bad that both men and elves are on the brink of apocalypse. Things do get better, but their Numenorean descendants bring their triumph down to a PyrrhicVictory.



* ''Literature/RedRoom'' by Creator/CTPhipps follows the adventures of MenInBlack Derek Hawthorne and Shannon O'Reilly as they work for AncientConspiracy the House in keeping humanity in the dark about the supernatural. There are no heroes and the only thing a person can aspire to be is less evil than the next guy.

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* ''Literature/RedRoom'' by Creator/CTPhipps follows the adventures of MenInBlack Derek Hawthorne and Shannon O'Reilly as they work for AncientConspiracy the House in keeping humanity in the dark about the supernatural. There are no heroes and the only thing a person can aspire to o be is less evil than the next guy.



* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series is unrelenting in its darkness. The world is in a constant struggle involving religious zealots, insane immortals, ruthless sorcerers and intergalactic sex-demons. Humanity's best chance of survival might rest in the hands of a manipulative, pitiless sociopath.

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* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series is unrelenting in its darkness. The world is in a constant struggle involving religious zealots, insane immortals, ruthless sorcerers and [[ItMakesSenseInContext intergalactic sex-demons. sex-demons]]. WarIsHell, and is described in horrific detail. Plagues, infighting, slavery so wide-spread that casual cruelty and rape are so commonly described that they might as well be the background scenery. As the title indicates, the setting's been brutalized so hard that a world-ending apocalypse that came dangerously close to driving humans to extinction has already come and gone, and all the warning signs for the second are already hear. Humanity's best chance of survival might rest in the hands of a manipulative, pitiless sociopath.sociopath who reads the emotions and minds of people with disturbing ease, all because he's the only one who has the single-minded focus to break the population out of their own self-interest to prepare for the return of [[EldritchAbomination Mog-Pharau, the No-God]]. The sorcerers that are aware of its existence that could potentially do something about this are derided and mocked by society as madmen that have damned their souls and have splintered into many factions. The Mandate, the only one that still holds to their mission are too small to be of much help, and subject themselves to literal NightmareFuel every night of the first apocalypse in all its horrific glory so they never stray from their path. [[FromBadToWorse And if all that still weren't enough]], later books state outright [[spoiler:that the whole damnation thing is completely true, and thousands of men and women (both sorcerers and normal) are doomed to suffering in a literal interpretation of the Christian afterlife]], and those that remain are in for a full-scale CosmicHorrorStory. This series rivals Manga/{{Berserk}} in sheer cynicism, capped off by the first line of the series. "No-Men, Sranc, and men. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever The first forgets]], [[HumansAreBastards the third regrets]], and [[DepravedBisexual the second have all the fun]]."
7th Oct '16 4:47:57 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/JillKismet'' is an UrbanFantasy series set in the seedy underbelly of the WeirdWest, starring a foul-mouthed monster slayer who started as a teenage prostitute and whose mentor was murdered by an {{Apocalypse Cult}}ist. That should give you some idea.
3rd Oct '16 7:40:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/TalesOfTelguuth'' from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' is an anthology comic series set in a HighFantasy CrapsackWorld where monsters, demons, and tyrants roam the land, and life is generally short and brutal.
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]].
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