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19th Apr '18 3:52:27 PM SymBionicFan
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** "Dipper and Mabel vs the Future" takes it UptoEleven, [[spoiler:with Bill Cipher starting the apocalypse by tricking an emotionally compromised Mabel into giving him the Rift.]]

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** "Dipper and Mabel vs the Future" takes it UptoEleven, UpToEleven, [[spoiler:with Bill Cipher starting the apocalypse by tricking an emotionally compromised Mabel into giving him the Rift.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Episode C; [[spoiler: Just when it looks like Jack is going to make headway in his mission to destroy Aku, with his LoveInterest Ashi at his side, the demon himself shows up and discovers that Ashi is [[LukeIAmYourFather biological daughter]], a fact he [[PeoplePuppets gleefully exploits]] to get Jack and Ashi to fight. Then, he forcefully transforms Ashi into a [[OneWingedAngel demonic female replica of himself]], Ashi trying and failing to fight the corruption before begging Jack for a MercyKill. Jack cannot go through with it and [[KneelBeforeZod surrenders]], with the last shot of the episode being Aku holding the sword in triumph while the samurai sits slumped over in defeat.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Episode C; [[spoiler: Just when it looks like Jack is going to make headway in his mission to destroy Aku, with his LoveInterest Ashi at his side, the demon himself shows up and discovers that Ashi is [[LukeIAmYourFather his biological daughter]], a fact he [[PeoplePuppets gleefully exploits]] to get Jack and Ashi to fight. Then, he forcefully transforms Ashi into a [[OneWingedAngel demonic female replica of himself]], Ashi trying and failing to fight the corruption before begging Jack for a MercyKill. Jack cannot go through with it and [[KneelBeforeZod surrenders]], with the last shot of the episode being Aku holding the sword in triumph while the samurai sits slumped over in defeat.]]
1st Apr '18 10:28:13 PM DiabulusPyrus
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* ''Anime/KemonoFriends:'' By the end of episode 11, [[spoiler: Kaban has [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed herself]] against the [[EldritchAbomination Black Cerulean]] to protect Serval, which is unconscious on the ground and certainly not completely safe, with the Black Cerulean still roaming and being an enormous threat to the other [[MoeAnthropomorphism Friends.]]]]
25th Mar '18 8:47:20 AM Mechamorph2
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* The Bronze Age Collapse of circa 13th century BCE was this for antiquity. In a short span of decades, what was once an intricate international network of trade between various thriving civilizations around the Mediterranean disappeared. Cities were abandoned, scholarship all but disappeared, societal collapse was near total in some of these civilizations and the population plummeted. To this day no one alive knows the root causes of this sudden decline in civilization but for the contemporary peoples it would certainly look like the end of human civilization had come. Many modern scholars posit that it had an even larger impact than the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
21st Mar '18 12:51:11 PM Ultimatetroper
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* Rwby's When it falls is just the bad guys explains what will happen when they win. It practically explains the darkest hour trope.


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** then their is the song "When it falls" which is just the bad guys explaining what will happen when they win.
** their is also the song "Divide" which does the same thing "When it falls" does. [[spoiler:Though it's more abou there bad guys relishing their victory than anything else.]]
19th Mar '18 12:44:10 AM NeoTerraKnight
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''
** In Resurrection of F Saga, Vegeta was about to finally finish off Frieza which Goku couldn't do because he let his guard down thanks to Sorbet's ring laser. Frieza then decides to use this time to destroy Earth in to take Vegeta and everyone out. With the Earth destroyed, only Goku and fellow survivors remain alive thanks to Whis and Beerus while they look on in despair for everyone killed. Whis however, gives Goku one last chance to make things right but rewinding to before Frieza can destroy Earth.
** In Future Trunks Saga, [[spoiler:Merged Zamasu's body was destroyed but he ends up becoming Infinite Zamasu by fusing with the whole multiverse to the point that he takes over the timeline ''and'' trying to take over the original timeline. Then as the heroes aren't strong enough to hurt him, Zamasu ends up blasting the entire world to kill the remaining survivors and only the heroes including Future Mai, Supreme Kais Shin and Gowasu, and Future Trunks were the only survivors left. Goku summons Future Zeno to destroy Zamasu... at the cost of Future Trunks' timeline being destroyed.]]
18th Mar '18 8:13:52 PM FurryKef
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*** Further, two out of the three Russian leaders whose approval was needed to launch their nuclear weapons had already given the OK. The only one who did not approve of opening fire was the captain of the submarine from where the missile was to be be fired. Thankfully, that was enough.

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*** Further, two out of the three Russian leaders whose approval was needed to launch their nuclear weapons had already given the OK. The only one who did not approve of opening fire was the captain of the submarine from where the missile was to be be fired. Thankfully, that was enough.
18th Mar '18 1:41:13 PM nombretomado
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* The phone call at the end of "Young Lust" from ''TheWall'': Pink finally gets through to his wife, only to learn that another man is answering the phone. What's more, he has to learn this ''through the dispatcher''. At that point, he well and truly disconnects from the world around him.

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* The phone call at the end of "Young Lust" from ''TheWall'': ''Music/TheWall'': Pink finally gets through to his wife, only to learn that another man is answering the phone. What's more, he has to learn this ''through the dispatcher''. At that point, he well and truly disconnects from the world around him.
12th Mar '18 4:28:06 PM RedScharlach
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* The Darkest Hour in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is when the children realize they can't beat the D-Reaper even with AllYourPowersCombined, Juri is in a suicidal, catatonic state, they learn that the D-Reaper obliterated the Digital World, making it a Barren Wasteland, and they realize it's plan to cause a [[ApocalypseHow Class 6 Apocalypse]].

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* The Darkest Hour in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is when the children realize they can't beat the D-Reaper even with AllYourPowersCombined, Juri is in a suicidal, catatonic state, they learn that the D-Reaper obliterated the Digital World, making it a Barren Wasteland, and they realize it's its plan is to cause a [[ApocalypseHow Class 6 Apocalypse]].



* ''Film/DraftDay'': For the Browns, at a certain point in the draft they traded away there first and second round picks for the next three years for Vontae Mack, a player who they could have grabbed without the trades, and the number 6 overall pick. This effectively destroyed their chances to build their team in the next years. At this moment, the general manager responsible for this all but lost his job..
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' features a darkest hour ''montage'' for three of its six separate storylines: Zachry hurries home to find that the Kona have massacred his village; Robert Frobisher struggles to complete the Cloud Atlas Sextet in what little time he has left before his bribe money runs out, finding himself unable to eat or sleep as his sanity crumbles; finally, Sonmi-451 is faced with the awful truth of what really happens to Fabricants who have been rewarded with Exaltation - [[spoiler: killed at the very moment they believe they'll be allowed to retire, before being recycled into cheap protein for other Fabricants. In other words, Sonmi's been eating her retired sisters for the entire film.]]

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* ''Film/DraftDay'': For the Browns, at a certain point in the draft they traded away there their first and second round picks for the next three years for Vontae Mack, a player who they could have grabbed without the trades, and the number 6 overall pick. This effectively destroyed their chances to build their team in over the next years. years that followed. At this that moment, the general manager responsible for this all but lost his job..job.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' features a darkest hour ''montage'' for three of its six separate storylines: Zachry hurries home to find that the Kona have massacred his village; Robert Frobisher struggles to complete the Cloud Atlas Sextet in what little time he has left before his bribe money runs out, finding himself unable to eat or sleep as his sanity crumbles; finally, Sonmi-451 is faced with the awful truth of what really happens to Fabricants who have been rewarded with Exaltation - [[spoiler: -- [[spoiler:they're killed at the very moment they believe they'll be allowed to retire, before being recycled into cheap protein for other Fabricants. In other words, Sonmi's been eating her retired sisters for the entire film.]]



*** Before that, we had [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]. Rose's presence in Donna's alternate reality [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft in the previous episode]] means the walls of reality are breaking down. And then, the Earth (and 27 planets) is snatched from it's current location right in the middle of the Medusa Cascade, and we have a Dalek fleet closing in. Every military outpost falls, humans are being taken away and UNIT hands Martha the Osterhagen key. The end of the episode has the Doctor shot by a Dalek and regenerating, Sarah Jane Smith driving into a group of Daleks (vehicles are forbidden) and a Dalek entering Torchwood. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd the following episode]], we find out that Davros (back from the dead [[JokerImmunity because of course he is]]) is going to detonate a reality bomb powered by the stolen planets, the Dalek's Zed Nutrino energy and [[LargeHam and every ounce of ham he produces]]. Also, we find that the Osterhagen key is a GodzillaThreshold for if humanity lost so much hope that death is better. Sarah also has a crystalized nova explosion that could be used to blow up the crucible. Before they can use their respective plot devices, they get transported Vault. Then the TARDIS appears and a meta-crisis Doctor and Donna run in, guns blazing. They get zapped back and imprisoned.

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*** Before that, we had [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]. Rose's presence in Donna's alternate reality [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft in the previous episode]] means the walls of reality are breaking down. And then, the Earth (and 27 planets) is snatched from it's its current location right in the middle of the Medusa Cascade, and we have a Dalek fleet closing in. Every military outpost falls, humans are being taken away and UNIT hands Martha the Osterhagen key. The end of the episode has the Doctor shot by a Dalek and regenerating, Sarah Jane Smith driving into a group of Daleks (vehicles are forbidden) and a Dalek entering Torchwood. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd the following episode]], we find out that Davros (back from the dead [[JokerImmunity because of course he is]]) is going to detonate a reality bomb powered by the stolen planets, the Dalek's Zed Nutrino energy and [[LargeHam and every ounce of ham he produces]]. Also, we find that the Osterhagen key is a GodzillaThreshold for if humanity lost so much hope that death is better. Sarah also has a crystalized nova explosion that could be used to blow up the crucible. Before they can use their respective plot devices, they get transported Vault. Then the TARDIS appears and a meta-crisis Doctor and Donna run in, guns blazing. They get zapped back and imprisoned.



** ''Heaven Sent'', where the Doctor is trapped in a AndIMustScream situation following the death of his companion, and must spend 4.5 billion years punching his way through a thick wall made of a crystalline solid stronger than diamond.

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** ''Heaven Sent'', where the Doctor is trapped in a an AndIMustScream situation following the death of his companion, and must spend 4.5 billion years punching his way through a thick wall made of a crystalline solid stronger than diamond.



--> Sarah: I just wanted to tell you that I believe you. I believe everything that you told me about us. But the truth is, Chuck, I don't feel it. Everything that you told me about us and our story, I just ... I don't feel it.

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--> Sarah: I just wanted to tell you that I believe you. I believe everything that you told me about us. But the truth is, Chuck, I don't feel it. Everything that you told me about us and our story, I just ...just... I don't feel it.



** Starting at the middle of season 4… The Fleet finds Earth after years of searching, but the whole planet is a radioactive wasteland. The friendly cylons have been all but decimated, with only one sheep surviving. Galactica herself is wounded and falls apart with old age. People fall prey to suicidal and auto-destructive behaviors, a situation that culminates in a bloody mutiny. The one child that symbolizes humanity's future is kidnapped by the bad cylons… and ''it keeps getting worse'' until the beginning of the SeriesFinale.

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** Starting at the middle of season 4… The 4, the Fleet finds Earth after years of searching, but the whole planet is a radioactive wasteland. The friendly cylons Cylons have been all but decimated, with only one sheep surviving. Galactica herself is wounded and falls apart with old age. People fall prey to suicidal and auto-destructive behaviors, a situation that culminates in a bloody mutiny. The one child that symbolizes humanity's future is kidnapped by the bad cylons… Cylons... and ''it keeps getting worse'' until the beginning of the SeriesFinale.



** First one occured as early as [[Recap/KamenRiderExAidEp10UnevenDoctors #10]]. [[TheHeart Emu]] has epidemy of Game Disease on his hands, can't get others to stop arguing and is pretty much helpless.
** [[spoiler: The story took a nosedive pretty early after #10 so this comes again in [[Recap/KamenRiderExAidEp13DefinedDestiny #13]]. [[BigBad Kuroto]] is immortal, has murdered Kiriya with his new upgrade, tries really hard to murder the current patient and noone can do much against that.]]

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** First one occured occurred as early as [[Recap/KamenRiderExAidEp10UnevenDoctors #10]]. [[TheHeart Emu]] has epidemy of Game Disease on his hands, can't get others to stop arguing and is pretty much helpless.
** [[spoiler: The story took a nosedive pretty early after #10 so this comes again in [[Recap/KamenRiderExAidEp13DefinedDestiny #13]]. [[BigBad Kuroto]] is immortal, has murdered Kiriya with his new upgrade, tries really hard to murder the current patient and noone no one can do much against that.]]



* All of the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' season finales feature Darkest Hours, but the fifth season takes the cake. Sam is possessed by Lucifer, their last chance at stopping the Apocalypse failed, and it seems inevitable that Lucifer and Michael will have their showdown and tear the world apart. Even Castiel, a freaking ''angel'', says its hopeless.

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* All of the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' season finales feature Darkest Hours, but the fifth season takes the cake. Sam is possessed by Lucifer, their last chance at stopping the Apocalypse failed, and it seems inevitable that Lucifer and Michael will have their showdown and tear the world apart. Even Castiel, a freaking ''angel'', says its it's hopeless.



* Wrestling/{{TNA}} has faced near-death so many times since the end of the Hogan/Bischoff era that many believe the company will ''never'' die. That being said, late 2016 was undoubtedly its more dire period. TNA went through another major exodus of talent (prior exoduses had destroyed its previously stacked roster to the point that only two of the TNA Originals, Wrestling/{{Abyss}} and Wrestling/JamesStorm, were left in the company), had gotten kicked out of their original headquarters and forced to move into their merchandise warehouse, and then in October, information was released on the internet detailing its many legal woes, including multiple lawsuits from multiple parties, one of them being from ''its own President'', Billy Corgan, and a tax lien from the state of Tennessee. Dixie Carter, TNA's owner, resisted Billy's attempts to buy the company, and her constant lying and screwing over Corgan (who was well-liked by the talent) eventually caused the entire roster to sour on her. The company was saved (yet again) by Anthem, who would buy out Corgan and TNA and leave Dixie with a 5% stake, before [[KickedUpstairs kicking her upstairs]].

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* Wrestling/{{TNA}} has faced near-death so many times since the end of the Hogan/Bischoff era that many believe the company will ''never'' die. That being said, late 2016 was undoubtedly its more most dire period. TNA went through another major exodus of talent (prior exoduses had destroyed its previously stacked roster to the point that only two of the TNA Originals, Wrestling/{{Abyss}} and Wrestling/JamesStorm, were left in the company), had gotten kicked out of their original headquarters and forced to move into their merchandise warehouse, and then in October, information was released on the internet detailing its many legal woes, including multiple lawsuits from multiple parties, one of them being from ''its own President'', Billy Corgan, and a tax lien from the state of Tennessee. Dixie Carter, TNA's owner, resisted Billy's attempts to buy the company, and her constant lying and screwing over Corgan (who was well-liked by the talent) eventually caused the entire roster to sour on her. The company was saved (yet again) by Anthem, who would buy out Corgan and TNA and leave Dixie with a 5% stake, before [[KickedUpstairs kicking her upstairs]].



** Long Night, War of the Beast, The Beheading, Reign of Blood, Three Tyranical Wars, Black Crusades, they all qualify. Imperium (and pre-Imperium) accumulated quite a lot of those over 15 thousand years. Yes, humanity survived by the skin of their teeth, but it suffered crucial irrecoverable losses each time. The current period in lore is called Time of Ending and, lets say, the name works.

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** Long Night, War of the Beast, The Beheading, Reign of Blood, Three Tyranical Wars, Black Crusades, they all qualify. Imperium (and pre-Imperium) accumulated quite a lot of those over 15 thousand 15,000 years. Yes, humanity survived by the skin of their teeth, but it suffered crucial irrecoverable losses each time. The current period in lore is called Time of Ending and, lets let's say, the name works.



** And the Chapter is terribly, terribly understrength after a botched campaign in Kauvara, in Dawn of War : Soulstorm.

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** And the Chapter is terribly, terribly understrength after a botched campaign in Kauvara, in Dawn ''Dawn of War : Soulstorm.War: Soulstorm''.



** The second, a pastiche of such moments in horror films, in chapter 32, after a group consisting of the majority of the storyline's surviving cast, including Torg and Bert, are ambushed and apparently killed in the space of a single strip. It would be just a one-strip fake out like the one two chapters later, except that only Torg and Flaky - and ''not'' Bert - actually did survive.

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** The second, a pastiche of such moments in horror films, in chapter 32, after a group consisting of the majority of the storyline's surviving cast, including Torg and Bert, are ambushed and apparently killed in the space of a single strip. It would be just a one-strip fake out fake-out like the one two chapters later, except that only Torg and Flaky - and ''not'' Bert - actually did survive.



** Wierdmaggedon takes it even further. [[spoiler:Bill has turned Gravity Falls into a Wierd apocalyptic wasteland, captured a large number of people, including Ford, the only one who knew of Bill's weakness, and destroyed the Journals, the only other source of information on Bill, before sicking his lackeys on Dipper.]]

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** Wierdmaggedon "Weirdmaggedon" takes it even further. [[spoiler:Bill has turned Gravity Falls into a Wierd weird apocalyptic wasteland, captured a large number of people, including Ford, the only one who knew of Bill's weakness, and destroyed the Journals, the only other source of information on Bill, before sicking his lackeys on Dipper.]]
4th Mar '18 4:15:29 PM JamesAustin
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* ''MagicTheGathering'' graces us with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=186081 Darkest Hour]].
** As far as the storyline is concerned, this point is reached when [[EldritchAbomination Yawgmoth]] personally manifests himself on Dominaria.
** New Phyrexia. If you haven't gleaned how that's a Darkest Hour from the title, the Phyrexians have invaded another plane. This time, ''they've won''. From what's been spoiled so far, it seems as if ''they've been able to infect mana itself.'' The multiverse is ''screwed''.
** The current page image takes place on the plane of Innistrad. The only thing keeping the humans of Innistrad from becoming lunch for the resident zombies, werewolves, vampires, ghosts and demons is faith in the archangel Avacyn. Avacyn ''has gone MIA and the wards and holy weapons are starting to fail'', leaving them all but defenseless.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Horus Hersey. Horus has besieged Terra, and the traitor legions have ravaged the entire planet, and the Emperor and only 3 of his Space Marine legions are all that stand against Horus and his 8 traitor legions.
** Long Night, War of the Beast, The Beheading, Reign of Blood, Three Tyranical Wars, Black Crusades, they all qualify. Imperium (and pre-Imperium) accumulated quite a lot of those over 15 thousand years. Yes, humanity survived by the skin of their teeth, but it suffered crucial irrecoverable losses each time. The current period in lore is called Time of Ending and, lets say, the name works.


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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' graces us with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=186081 Darkest Hour]].
** As far as the storyline is concerned, this point is reached when [[EldritchAbomination Yawgmoth]] personally manifests himself on Dominaria.
** New Phyrexia. If you haven't gleaned how that's a Darkest Hour from the title, the Phyrexians have invaded another plane. This time, ''they've won''. From what's been spoiled so far, it seems as if ''they've been able to infect mana itself.'' The multiverse is ''screwed''.
** The current page image takes place on the plane of Innistrad. The only thing keeping the humans of Innistrad from becoming lunch for the resident zombies, werewolves, vampires, ghosts and demons is faith in the archangel Avacyn. Avacyn ''has gone MIA and the wards and holy weapons are starting to fail'', leaving them all but defenseless.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Horus Hersey. Horus has besieged Terra, and the traitor legions have ravaged the entire planet, and the Emperor and only 3 of his Space Marine legions are all that stand against Horus and his 8 traitor legions.
** Long Night, War of the Beast, The Beheading, Reign of Blood, Three Tyranical Wars, Black Crusades, they all qualify. Imperium (and pre-Imperium) accumulated quite a lot of those over 15 thousand years. Yes, humanity survived by the skin of their teeth, but it suffered crucial irrecoverable losses each time. The current period in lore is called Time of Ending and, lets say, the name works.
23rd Feb '18 7:33:12 PM MoonByte
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** In the second movie ''The Sealed Card'', she has lost the whole city, including her closest friends, father and apparently love interest to the negating power of the card with no way to stop her. And [[HopeSpot when she finds a way to stop her]] under the condition that she will bring a HeroicSacrifice, said love interest appears and takes her spot.
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