History Main / DarkestHour

13th Mar '17 5:04:04 PM WillyFourEyes
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Happens right before the final dungeon in the remakes of ''VideoGame/LunarSilverStarStory''. After [[spoiler: supposedly killing Ghaleon and finally rescuing Luna, the ''real'' Ghaleon shows up, reveals you only fought an imposter, proceeds to absolutely mop the floor with you in a HopelessBossFight, and Luna awakens as Althena before the two of them abscond to the Fortress of Althena and begin draining all life from the Silver Star.]] You eventually wind up in Meribia, and discover that Kyle has drunk himself into a stupor, Nash has fallen into a deep depression reflecting on the fact that [[spoiler: his earlier HeelFaceTurn]] has probably earned him a particularly painful death from the BigBad, and nearly every [=NPC=] thinks you're all completely screwed.
* Depending on the interpretation, the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' story could be at this phase during ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma''. Despite [[spoiler:the defeat of Yuki Terumi (killed by Hakumen) and Relius Clover (fell into utter depression thanks to his plan failing), the heroes now have to contend with the Goddess of Death Izanami, who turned out to be far above the two in terms of InvincibleVillain, and with her plans, every human is smelted into goo for the Takemikazuchi Embryo. She is also in possession of Phantom, whose magic was previously vital to most of Terumi's successes and proved it by dismissing Hakumen easily, and then she turned [[TheHero Ragna]] into a new rampaging beast that heavily wounds Jin and not even Noel in her controlled Mu-12 form can dent him, this is to the point that Rachel thought that Ragna might have to be killed (or she'll sacrifice herself) to save the 'world beyond hope'. NOL might have been turned to a force of good thanks to Kagura managing to raise Homura as the new Imperator, but it's severely lacking manpower to oppose Izanami (which was exactly her plan!), and some like Bang has not been seen after wrecking Relius' plans, and while Relius was now under the leash of Carl and Litchi, both of them were still pursuing personal problems rather than realizing the greater threat above. And apparently, not even the trio of Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto were THAT tight-knit, while Noel and Makoto readily would throw their life for Ragna's safety, Tsubaki ''still hates Ragna'' and might have other ideas.]] Fittingly, on this part of the story, a lot of fans have been crying ShootTheShaggyDog, DarknessInducedAudienceApathy and TorchTheFranchiseAndRun on this... something like closing the book because they couldn't withstand the trope, when WordOfGod say that there will be one final game to conclude the story so far.
** As it turned out, it becomes the ''truth'', as in ''Central Fiction'', [[spoiler: the main heroes managed to get things done together, Ragna finally managed to avoid being TheChewToy and accomplishes something meaningful and good, even if at cost of something great, the absolute bad guys defeated and the world finally recovering and harmony returning.]]

to:

* Happens right before the final dungeon in the remakes of ''VideoGame/LunarSilverStarStory''. After [[spoiler: supposedly killing Ghaleon and finally rescuing Luna, the ''real'' Ghaleon shows up, reveals [[ActuallyADoombot you only fought an imposter, imposter]], proceeds to absolutely mop the floor with you in a HopelessBossFight, and Luna awakens as Althena before the two of them abscond to the Fortress of Althena and begin draining all life from the Silver Star.]] You eventually wind up in Meribia, and discover that Kyle has [[DrowningMySorrows drunk himself into a stupor, stupor]], Nash has fallen into a deep depression reflecting on the fact that [[spoiler: his earlier HeelFaceTurn]] has probably earned him a particularly painful death from the BigBad, and nearly every [=NPC=] thinks you're all completely screwed.
* Depending on the interpretation, the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' story could be at this phase during ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma''. Despite [[spoiler:the defeat of Yuki Terumi (killed by Hakumen) and Relius Clover (fell into utter depression thanks to his plan failing), the heroes now have to contend with the Goddess of Death Izanami, who turned out to be far above the two in terms of InvincibleVillain, {{Invincible Villain}}y, and with her plans, every human is smelted into goo for the Takemikazuchi Embryo. She is also in possession of Phantom, whose magic was previously vital to most of Terumi's successes and proved it by dismissing Hakumen easily, and then she turned [[TheHero Ragna]] into a new rampaging beast that heavily wounds Jin and not even Noel in her controlled Mu-12 form can dent him, this is to the point that Rachel thought that Ragna might have to be killed (or she'll sacrifice herself) to save the 'world beyond hope'. NOL might have been turned to become a force of good thanks to Kagura managing to raise Homura as the new Imperator, but it's severely lacking manpower to oppose Izanami (which was exactly her plan!), and some like Bang has not been seen others (such as Bang) are M.I.A. after wrecking Relius' plans, and while Relius was now under the leash of Carl and Litchi, both of them were still pursuing personal problems rather than realizing the greater threat above. And apparently, not even the trio of Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto were THAT tight-knit, while ''that'' tightly-knit--while Noel and Makoto would readily would throw their life lives away for Ragna's safety, Tsubaki ''still hates Ragna'' and might have other ideas.]] Fittingly, on this part of the story, a lot of fans have been crying ShootTheShaggyDog, DarknessInducedAudienceApathy and TorchTheFranchiseAndRun on this... something like closing the book because they couldn't withstand the trope, when WordOfGod say that there will be one final game to conclude the story so far.
** As it turned out, it becomes the ''truth'', as in ''Central Fiction'', [[spoiler: the main heroes managed to get things done together, Ragna finally managed to avoid being TheChewToy and accomplishes something meaningful and good, even if at the cost of something great, the absolute bad guys defeated and the world finally recovering and harmony returning.]]



** The second game has this just for a Disc One Final Dungeon of all things. [[spoiler: The Infernal Palace appears in place of Valflame Palace, turning all of Heimdallr into a hellish landscape. Even after fighting their way through Ouroboros and with Rean finally winning over Crow, Duke Cayenne is pissed. He forcibly puts Prince Cedric into the cockpit of the Vermilion Apocalypse, needing Class VII along with Rean and Crow to defeat it. Crow ends up getting impaled by the Vermilion Apocalypse giving Rean the opportunity to pull Cedric out of it. Just as Crow dies, several big whammies are revealed: Jusis's brother, Rufus, is one of the Ironbloods and that Chancellor Osborne is very much alive! The final whammy is that Rean learns that Osborne is his father.]]

to:

** The second game has this just for a Disc One Final Dungeon DiscOneFinalDungeon of all things. [[spoiler: The Infernal Palace appears in place of Valflame Palace, turning all of Heimdallr into a hellish landscape. Even after fighting their way through Ouroboros and with Rean finally winning over Crow, Duke Cayenne is pissed. He forcibly puts Prince Cedric into the cockpit of the Vermilion Apocalypse, needing Class VII along with Rean and Crow to defeat it. Crow ends up getting impaled by the Vermilion Apocalypse giving Rean the opportunity to pull Cedric out of it. Just as Crow dies, several big whammies are revealed: Jusis's brother, Rufus, is one of the Ironbloods and that Chancellor Osborne is very much alive! The final whammy is that Rean learns that Osborne is his father.]]
10th Mar '17 9:51:28 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Within the Cold War, the second half of the Seventies were this for the United States and the Free World. The policy of containment had collapsed in Vietnam, which had fallen to the Communists in 1975. Communism seemed on the march everywhere. Communist terrorist groups were carrying out bombings and assassinating non-Communist political leaders in Italy and West Germany. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the United States seemed to be on its back: economically, there was a combination of recession and inflation that Keynesianism, the then-dominant school of economics, held to be impossible; on foreign policy, after the defeat in Vietnam, opinion polls showed that a majority of Americans opposed any intervention abroad except in the event of an invasion of Canada; and America seemed helpless to respond to the seizure of the American embassy and the taking of American hostages by the Iranians.



** To add to this, the following [[Main/TheLowMiddleAges Early Middle Ages]] could be seen as this. While not as bad as the popular Main/DarkAgeEurope portrayal would have us believe, there is no denying progress, commerce, and science all slowed down a lot in this time. Thus, one could consider it a Darkest Hour for all of Europe.

to:

** To add to this, the following [[Main/TheLowMiddleAges [[TheLowMiddleAges Early Middle Ages]] could be seen as this. While not as bad as the popular Main/DarkAgeEurope DarkAgeEurope portrayal would have us believe, there is no denying progress, commerce, and science all slowed down a lot in this time. Thus, one could consider it a Darkest Hour for all of Europe.



* The reelection of Barack Obama in 2012 certainly looked like this for the conservative movement in the United States. For decades, after every election in which Democrats did reasonably well, the press would be filled with talk about how the conservative movement was dead and the Republican party would have to move to the Left or follow conservatism into extinction; most of the time, conservatives just laughed this off. After the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the failure of the stimulus bill, most conservatives felt confident that the Democrats had seriously overreached and that the Republicans would win the 2012 elections. Then, when not only was Obama reelected, but Democrats actually gained seats in the Senate, despite the fact that twice as many Democrats than Republicans had been up for reelection that year, many conservatives began to talk openly about the possibility that this really was the end, that the country had changed in fundamental ways and that, this time, there really would be a permanent Left-wing majority. Suffice it to say that after the 2014 elections, this [[{{Understatement}} mood of despair came to seem somewhat premature]].
** Come the 2016 election, this situation had flipped and was the care for the liberal movement. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, won in the presidential election against their nominee Hillary Clinton (to the point that "blue" states that historically voted Democrat actually turned "red" albeit in slight margins that warranted recounts and voted for him but he still lost the national popular vote to Clinton by about ''3 million''), in complete defiance of virtually [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity everything they could find and throw at him]] that called into question his history and whether he was qualified for the job. Republicans also gained enough seats to keep their majorities in the House and Senate; consequently giving them control over both the presidency and Congress. And with the death of former Justice Scalia leaving one seat open in the Supreme Court, and the age of Justices Ginsburg, Kennedy, and Breyer, there is also a good chance that conservatives will gain a majority in the Supreme Court, effectively giving them control over all three branches of government (and in the case of the Supreme Court, allowing them to decide Supreme Court cases for several years to come). All things considered, it's been [[WhamEpisode a rather shocking episode of events]] for liberals to say the least.
** This is actually a cyclic trope in politics; not ten years before, the Republicans were claiming they would hold the government permanently after Bush got re-elected. They didn't. And indeed, the so-called "Moral Majority" was so-named in the belief that the majority of Americans sided with them.



** It's worth noting that the costliest year of the war for both the Allies and the Central Powers wasn't 1916, the year of the Somme, or 1917, the year of Passchendaele, but 1918, which didn't even see a full year of conflict. [[Main/FromBadToWorse And then the Spanish Flu hit...]]

to:

** It's worth noting that the costliest year of the war for both the Allies and the Central Powers wasn't 1916, the year of the Somme, or 1917, the year of Passchendaele, but 1918, which didn't even see a full year of conflict. [[Main/FromBadToWorse [[FromBadToWorse And then the Spanish Flu hit...]]
10th Mar '17 6:00:18 PM Gosicrystal
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* For the Boston Red Sox, the 2004 ALCS can be considered this. The Yankees had just beaten them in three straight games, having beaten them at Fenway in a [[Main/CurbStompMatch tramautic blowout 19-8]]. There they were, top of the 9th, Game 4 of the ALCS. The Yanks were three outs away from clinching the series and heading to the World Series yet again. [[spoiler: For the Sox, things got better from there.]]
* Similarly, for the Chicago Cubs, Game 4 of the 2016 World Series can be considered this, as they were close to losing the Series to the Cleveland Indians. After losing one game to the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and winning the next game there the day after, the Cubs ended up losing two more games to the Indians at Wrigley Field (The Cubs' home field), with Game 4 having the Indians [[CurbStompBattle basically destroying the Cubs 7-2]], resulting in Indians being one game away from defeating the Cubs and clinching the Series. Fortunately for the Cubs, things got better at Game 5 and they went on to beat the Indians at Cleveland to clinch the series.

to:

* For the Boston Red Sox, the 2004 ALCS can be considered this. The Yankees had just beaten them in three straight games, having beaten them at Fenway in a [[Main/CurbStompMatch [[CurbStompBattle tramautic blowout 19-8]]. There they were, top of the 9th, Game 4 of the ALCS. The Yanks were three outs away from clinching the series and heading to the World Series yet again. [[spoiler: For the Sox, things got better from there.]]
* Similarly, for For the Chicago Cubs, Game 4 of the 2016 World Series can be considered this, as they were close to losing the Series to the Cleveland Indians. After losing one game to the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and winning the next game there the day after, the Cubs ended up losing two more games to the Indians at Wrigley Field (The Cubs' home field), with Game 4 having the Indians [[CurbStompBattle basically destroying the Cubs 7-2]], resulting in Indians being one game away from defeating the Cubs and clinching the Series. Fortunately for the Cubs, things got better at Game 5 and they went on to beat the Indians at Cleveland to clinch the series.
8th Mar '17 10:24:19 PM quackytrope
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** The original ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' was this to the entire DC Multiverse, [[spoiler: and it ended with only one universe left (a completely rebooted version of the main DCU)]].
4th Mar '17 3:37:07 AM StarTropes
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Perhaps the darkest hour of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is the episode "Azati Prime"--[[TheCaptain Archer]] is captured in a failed attempt to destroy the Xindi Death Star (which is to be used to [[EarthShatteringKaboom nuke Earth]]) and the Xindi launch an attack that cripples ''Enterprise''.
25th Feb '17 6:10:01 PM rva98014
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': The missing mammals have been found, but the larger mystery of why [[spoiler:all of them are now feral]] is unresolved. Judy then unintentionally makes everything worse, proposing [[spoiler:that going "savage" is just inherent in predator biology]]. The result: [[spoiler:she's ''deeply'' insulted Nick, who calls her out on her bigotry and angrily storms out of her life, after he'd nearly joined her on the ZPD; anti-predator sentiments in the city skyrocket, and heated protests erupt; savage predator attacks continue unabated; and, to add insult to injury, the ZPD hides away its predator officers, like Clawhauser, and uses its prey officers as their face - notably, Judy herself]]. All of this adds up to her [[spoiler:abandoning her lifelong dreams of being one of Zootopia's finest, turning in her badge and returning to her parents' carrot farm in shame]].

to:

** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': The missing mammals have been found, but the larger mystery of [[spoiler:of why [[spoiler:all of them are now feral]] they have gone savage]] is unresolved. Judy then unintentionally makes everything worse, proposing [[spoiler:that worse by [[spoiler:proposing that going "savage" is just inherent in predator biology]]. The result: [[spoiler:she's ''deeply'' insulted [[spoiler:she hurts Nick, who calls her out on her bigotry this and angrily storms out of her life, after he'd nearly joined her on the ZPD; life; anti-predator sentiments in the city skyrocket, and heated protests erupt; savage predator attacks continue unabated; and, to add insult to injury, occur with increasing frequency; the ZPD hides away its predator officers, like Clawhauser, and uses its prey officers wants to use Judy as their the face - notably, Judy herself]]. All of the ZPD]]. The weight of this adds up to her [[spoiler:abandoning her lifelong dreams of being one of Zootopia's finest, turning causes Judy [[spoiler:to feel like she's broken the city, and turns in her badge and returning to return to her parents' carrot farm in shame]].depressed and broken]].
21st Feb '17 3:06:08 PM Bugfragged
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'' has at least two crushing moments even for the long-lived protagonist.
** Reviel's inner conflict over his views on humanity lead him to attempt SuicideByCop via Ristill, [[spoiler:only for Luna to take the killing blow for him. He attempts to bite her and bring her back as a sentient vampire, but fails when she turns into a [[CameBackWrong mindless Dark Disciple instead]]. At this point, he crosses the DespairEventHorizon and is resigned to finishing his deathmatch with Ristill.]]
** [[spoiler:Luna manages to regain her mind and convince Reviel to spare Ristill, thus completing his HeelFaceTurn. Unfortunately, Khaos attacks the village of Algiz and forces the two to reveal their vampirism, making it so they can't return to the village for the rest of the game out of fear of ostracism and shame for lying to them. Fortunately, the villagers accept Luna in the ending, though they're split on trusting Reviel because of his bloody past.]]
9th Feb '17 8:18:20 AM NeoTerraKnight
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Come the 2016 election, this situation had flipped and was the care for the liberal movement. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, [[CurbStompBattle soundly won]] the presidential election against their nominee Hillary Clinton (to the point that "blue" states that historically voted Democrat actually turned "red" and voted for him), in complete defiance of virtually [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity everything they could find and throw at him]] that called into question his history and whether he was qualified for the job. Republicans also gained enough seats to keep their majorities in the House and Senate; consequently giving them control over both the presidency and Congress. And with the death of former Justice Scalia leaving one seat open in the Supreme Court, and the age of Justices Ginsburg, Kennedy, and Breyer, there is also a good chance that conservatives will gain a majority in the Supreme Court, effectively giving them control over all three branches of government (and in the case of the Supreme Court, allowing them to decide Supreme Court cases for several years to come). All things considered, it's been [[WhamEpisode a rather shocking episode of events]] for liberals to say the least.

to:

** Come the 2016 election, this situation had flipped and was the care for the liberal movement. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, [[CurbStompBattle soundly won]] won in the presidential election against their nominee Hillary Clinton (to the point that "blue" states that historically voted Democrat actually turned "red" albeit in slight margins that warranted recounts and voted for him), him but he still lost the national popular vote to Clinton by about ''3 million''), in complete defiance of virtually [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity everything they could find and throw at him]] that called into question his history and whether he was qualified for the job. Republicans also gained enough seats to keep their majorities in the House and Senate; consequently giving them control over both the presidency and Congress. And with the death of former Justice Scalia leaving one seat open in the Supreme Court, and the age of Justices Ginsburg, Kennedy, and Breyer, there is also a good chance that conservatives will gain a majority in the Supreme Court, effectively giving them control over all three branches of government (and in the case of the Supreme Court, allowing them to decide Supreme Court cases for several years to come). All things considered, it's been [[WhamEpisode a rather shocking episode of events]] for liberals to say the least.
5th Feb '17 11:52:34 AM Kakai
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'': Merik is abandoned by Cam, who tells him that he's an self-absorbed jerkass fighting windmills before he leaves, sending the man beyond his DespairEventHorizon and leaving him with no allies. As he ponders abandoning his humanity completely, the strange connection he has with the villain is compelling him into a trap, and before he regains his senses, he's pulled into a tavern filled with bad guys out to kill him.
3rd Feb '17 2:22:00 PM TheNohrianDarkKnight
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Similarly, for the Chicago Cubs, Game 4 of the 2016 World Series can be considered this, as they were close to losing the Series to the Cleveland Indians. After losing one game to the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and the next game there, one day later, the Cubs ended up losing two more games to the Indians at Wrigley Field (The Cubs' home field), with Game 4 having the Indians [[CurbStompBattle basically destroying the Cubs 7-2]], resulting in Indians being one game away from defeating the Cubs and clinching the Series. Fortunately for the Cubs, things got better at Game 5 and they went on to beat the Indians at Cleveland to clinch the series.

to:

* Similarly, for the Chicago Cubs, Game 4 of the 2016 World Series can be considered this, as they were close to losing the Series to the Cleveland Indians. After losing one game to the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and winning the next game there, one there the day later, after, the Cubs ended up losing two more games to the Indians at Wrigley Field (The Cubs' home field), with Game 4 having the Indians [[CurbStompBattle basically destroying the Cubs 7-2]], resulting in Indians being one game away from defeating the Cubs and clinching the Series. Fortunately for the Cubs, things got better at Game 5 and they went on to beat the Indians at Cleveland to clinch the series.
This list shows the last 10 events of 852. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.DarkestHour