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17th May '18 11:31:01 AM markband
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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 [[JustForFun/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}} [[JustForFun/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 Dark Fantasy. 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 [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] CrapsackWorld, as opposed to the usually-lighthearted a, usually-lighthearted, regular fantasy setting. Oftentimes common fantasy elements are [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] where the UnfortunateImplications presented by some of the elements of standard fantasy become AscendedFridgeHorror in dark fantasy works. So magic is real and it can be used for pretty much any application, huh? A dark fantasy setting will show just how depraved an evil magician, sorcerer, or wizard can be by using magic from BodyHorror on poor hapless muggles to straight up [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Rape]] using spells of enchantment or mind control. Oh, normal fantasy settings have magical or enchanted animals like unicorns, griffons, and cute little animal familiars that magic users have? Well you can bet that a Dark Fantasy setting will go above and beyond to show that NatureIsNotNice on steroids with horrific bestiary like GiantSpiders, GiantSquid, and dragons as furious hellbeasts straight from the darkest abyss capable of destroying whole cities if not countries. What's that? heroes can call upon their patron dieties for strength to banish the great evil and restore piece to the land? In a dark fantasy setting you can bet that [[JerkassGods very few gods are all that nice]] [[TheGodsMustBeLazy nor are they all that interested in mortal affairs]] with the few that do usually operating on BlueAndOrangeMorality while believing AMillionIsAStatistic with any boon they give [[PowerAtAPrice coming at a cost.]] Some authors go beyond deconstruction and the story is 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}} [[JustForFun/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 Dark Fantasy. While it's often a matter of marketing or abuse of terms, this entry assumes the latter, currently more common, definition.
4th Apr '18 3:51:09 PM DemoDemon
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* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' is set a [[TheMultiverse multiverse]] built upon [[GodIsDead the suicide of its creator YISUN,]] which was once a place of grandiose warrior-gods and civilizations of wise philosopher-kings, but no more. After an apocalyptic Universal War swept away the multiverse in a deluge of fire, seven mad [[GodEmperor Demiurges]] now rule over creation, [[MultiversalConqueror visiting ruin and oppression upon their subjects.]] Crime and rot are rampant and unchallenged. The closest thing to Heaven, the Red City of Throne, is a gigantic WretchedHive built from the corpses of the gods and angels that once inhabited it, controlled by decadent [[TheMafia Guilds,]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent devils]] and ruthless slavers. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels,]] the keepers of order and justice, have either stepped on [[FallenAngel the Path of Thorns,]] lost their way and became glorified mercenaries, or spend their time philosophying in [[VoidBetweenTheWorlds the Void]] while the material world tears itself apart. Worst of all, the central religion of the setting, Atru, preaches that all of creation is built on violence and lies, and worst of all, seems to be ''right.''

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* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' is set a [[TheMultiverse multiverse]] built upon [[GodIsDead the suicide of its creator YISUN,]] which was once a place of grandiose warrior-gods and civilizations of wise philosopher-kings, but no more. After an apocalyptic Universal War swept away the multiverse in a deluge of fire, seven mad [[GodEmperor Demiurges]] now rule over creation, [[MultiversalConqueror visiting ruin and oppression upon their subjects.]] Crime and rot are rampant and unchallenged. The closest thing to Heaven, the Red City of Throne, is a gigantic WretchedHive built from the corpses of the gods and angels that once inhabited it, controlled by decadent [[TheMafia Guilds,]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent devils]] and ruthless slavers. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels,]] the keepers of order and justice, have either stepped on [[FallenAngel the Path of Thorns,]] lost their way and became glorified mercenaries, or spend their time philosophying in [[VoidBetweenTheWorlds the Void]] while the material world tears itself apart. Worst of all, If that wasn't enough, the central religion of the setting, Atru, preaches that all of creation is built on violence and lies, and worst of all, seems to be ''right.''
4th Apr '18 3:48:16 PM DemoDemon
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* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' is set a [[TheMultiverse multiverse]] built upon [[GodIsDead the suicide of its creator YISUN,]] which was once a place of grandiose warrior-gods and civilizations of wise philosopher-kings, but no more. After an apocalyptic Universal War swept away the multiverse in a deluge of fire, seven mad [[GodEmperor Demiurges]] now rule over creation, [[MultiversalConqueror visiting ruin and oppression upon their subjects.]] Crime and rot are rampant and unchallenged. The closest thing to Heaven, the Red City of Throne, is a gigantic WretchedHive built from the corpses of the gods and angels that once inhabited it, controlled by decadent [[TheMafia Guilds,]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent devils]] and ruthless slavers. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels,]] the keepers of order and justice, have either stepped on [[FallenAngel the Path of Thorns,]] lost their way and became glorified mercenaries, or spend their time philosophying in [[VoidBetweenTheWorlds the Void]] while the material world tears itself apart. Worst of all, the central religion of the setting, Atru, preaches that all of creation is built on violence and lies, and worst of all, seems to be ''right.''
-->''"YISUN said: Let there be no genesis, for beginnings are false and I am a consummate liar."''
18th Mar '18 7:58:16 PM Dravencour
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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 KnightTemplar [[ChurchPolice Inquisition]]. Magic and good witches definitely exist, but are treated with suspicion and hostility by the above church. 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, HumansAreBastards and AristocratsAreEvil are in full effect. effect, with [[AllMenAreRapists not a few men being rapists]] as well. The church Church is either a CorruptChurch or PathOfInspiration (details of its founding are unclear) but regardless, watch out for the KnightTemplar [[ChurchPolice Inquisition]].Inquisition]], who can and will torture and slaughter you for being a heretic. Magic and good witches definitely exist, but are treated with suspicion and hostility by the above church. 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.rapist who has become a demon god -- and that last bit happened as his ''very first act'' upon becoming a demon god. 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.]]
15th Mar '18 12:50:54 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Film/{{Gallowwalkers}}''
9th Mar '18 6:32:35 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Film/CarnageForTheDestroyer''
12th Feb '18 7:49:41 PM ElectroKraken
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' hits pretty much every trope except evil cults controlling all organized religion and CyberneticEatsYourSoul. How dark is it? When the setting was rebooted the justification was that all the prophecies about TheEndOfTheWorld came true simultaneously and everything was destroyed in horror despite everything the various heroes and factions tried.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' hits pretty much every trope except evil cults controlling all organized religion and CyberneticEatsYourSoul.CyberneticsEatYourSoul. How dark is it? When the setting was rebooted the justification was that all the prophecies about TheEndOfTheWorld came true simultaneously and everything was destroyed in horror despite everything the various heroes and factions tried.
11th Feb '18 5:14:08 PM godzillavkk
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* If any hero has a shed of nobility to them, and refuse to do any of the above activities they are often depressed loners who feel that they are the only one in the world who believes in traditional HighFantasy values of goodness. Yet they never turn their back on their values, and try to preserve the little goodness in Dark Fantasy worlds.

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* If any hero has a shed of nobility to them, and refuse to do any of the above activities they are often depressed loners who feel that they are the only one in the world who believes in traditional HighFantasy values of goodness. Often they are [[GullibleLemmings hated and feared by the very people they protect.]] Yet they never turn their back on their values, and try to preserve the little goodness in Dark Fantasy worlds.
11th Feb '18 12:02:46 PM godzillavkk
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* If any hero has a shed of nobility to them, and refuse to do any of the above activities they are often depressed loners who feel that they are the only one in the world who believes in traditional HighFantasy values of goodness. Yet they never turn their back on their values, and try to preserve the little goodness in Dark Fantasy worlds.
31st Jan '18 8:56:30 PM Discar
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* Joe Abercrombie's ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' series has [[{{TheKingdom}} a feudal society]] in which the upper classes [[{{AristocratsAreEvil}} scheme and intrigue while caring nothing about the common man]] and [[{{SecretPolice}} the Inquisition]] is a very powerful, feared and merciless force...bordered by a vast and totalitarian [[{{TheEmpire}} slave-keeping empire]] to the South and a barbarian kingdom of savage killers from GrimUpNorth on the other side. Said Southern empire being controlled behind the scenes by a cabal of crazed cannibal mages...and non-cannibal mages being little better [[spoiler: (if not worse...)]]. Oh, the little matter of any form of magic being, at its source, a demonic power in this setting. Lots of violence, grittiness, grime and death. It's saying something that one of the (comparatively) ''more sympathetic'' characters is a cynical, crippled TortureTechnician for the aforementioned Inquisition.

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* Joe Abercrombie's ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' series has [[{{TheKingdom}} a feudal society]] society in which the upper classes [[{{AristocratsAreEvil}} [[AristocratsAreEvil scheme and intrigue while caring nothing about the common man]] and [[{{SecretPolice}} [[SecretPolice the Inquisition]] is a very powerful, feared and merciless force...bordered by a vast and totalitarian [[{{TheEmpire}} [[TheEmpire slave-keeping empire]] to the South and a barbarian kingdom of savage killers from GrimUpNorth on the other side. Said Southern empire being controlled behind the scenes by a cabal of crazed cannibal mages...and non-cannibal mages being little better [[spoiler: (if not worse...)]]. Oh, the little matter of any form of magic being, at its source, a demonic power in this setting. Lots of violence, grittiness, grime and death. It's saying something that one of the (comparatively) ''more sympathetic'' characters is a cynical, crippled TortureTechnician for the aforementioned Inquisition.
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