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3rd Jun '17 3:20:32 PM nombretomado
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* [[InvokedTrope Explicitly used]] in WiiWare game ''VideoGame/{{LIT}}''. The objective is to cross the nearly pitch-black rooms of the school by creating paths of light with lamps, computer monitors, flares, etc. Stepping into an unlit area is instant death. You also have a TenSecondFlashlight, but that's only used to scope out the surroundings and figure out how to proceed - it won't protect you as you move.

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* [[InvokedTrope Explicitly used]] in WiiWare the UsefulNotes/WiiWare game ''VideoGame/{{LIT}}''. The objective is to cross the nearly pitch-black rooms of the school by creating paths of light with lamps, computer monitors, flares, etc. Stepping into an unlit area is instant death. You also have a TenSecondFlashlight, but that's only used to scope out the surroundings and figure out how to proceed - it won't protect you as you move.
18th May '17 11:38:21 AM HighCrate
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If someone enters a dark space in ''any'' horror media (though action films also use the trope), [[GenreSavvy you know something's going to happen, and it's not likely to be good]]. Something's going to snatch someone, burst into the room, [[LightningReveal be lit dramatically by a sudden flash of lightning]], and/or bull rush the heroes.

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If someone enters a dark space in ''any'' horror media (though action films also use the trope), [[GenreSavvy you know something's going to happen, and it's not likely to be good]].good. Something's going to snatch someone, burst into the room, [[LightningReveal be lit dramatically by a sudden flash of lightning]], and/or bull rush the heroes.



* In the ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' expansion pack ''Perseus Mandate'', from what we hear in a recorded message, the top dogs of the Nightcrawler army believe this. [[WrongGenreSavvy However, light does not help or hamper any of Alma's apparitions]].

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* In the ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' expansion pack ''Perseus Mandate'', from what we hear in a recorded message, the top dogs of the Nightcrawler army believe this. [[WrongGenreSavvy However, light does not help or hamper any of Alma's apparitions]].apparitions.
5th May '17 1:38:01 AM Vir
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** Rumia. She is a subversion though, as she [[RequiredSecondaryPowers can't see in her own darkness]], and [[RalphWiggum is too stupid to eat anyone in the first place.]] ZUN has once stated that Rumia was specifically intended to be an inversion of the trope. Because DarknessEqualsDeath and DarkIsEvil, audiences tend to expect characters with dark-based powers to be extremely powerful, so he made Rumia a weak stage 1 boss instead. It says something that Cirno, the ButtMonkey of the setting, could wipe the floor with her. ZUN did leave open possibility that [[RestrainingBolt there's more to Rumia than meets the eye]], though, through her amulet. The fanmade "EX Rumia", which is what happens when said amulet is taken off, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLvK5YiQhCs usually plays the trope very straight]].

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** Rumia. She is a subversion though, as she [[RequiredSecondaryPowers can't see in her own darkness]], and [[RalphWiggum [[TheDitz is too stupid to eat anyone in the first place.]] ZUN has once stated that Rumia was specifically intended to be an inversion of the trope. Because DarknessEqualsDeath and DarkIsEvil, audiences tend to expect characters with dark-based powers to be extremely powerful, so he made Rumia a weak stage 1 boss instead. It says something that Cirno, the ButtMonkey of the setting, could wipe the floor with her. ZUN did leave open possibility that [[RestrainingBolt there's more to Rumia than meets the eye]], though, through her amulet. The fanmade "EX Rumia", which is what happens when said amulet is taken off, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLvK5YiQhCs usually plays the trope very straight]].
6th Apr '17 9:23:55 AM Dravencour
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** In ''Doom 3'', a game [[WhoForgotTheLights infamous for darkness-related issues]], you have to choose between the flashlight or a weapon[[note]]unless you are escorting a scientist carrying a lantern; even then, that only happens once, the EscortMission lasts for less than two minutes, and the [[TooDumbToLive overeager dumb sod]] [[LeeroyJenkins rushes ahead to the exit]] and [[ShaggyDogStory gets killed anyway]][[/note]]. Player frustration with this arbitrary choice and the entailing FakeDifficulty led to the famous Duct Tape GameMod, in which Doomguy TakesAThirdOption by strapping the flashlight ''to'' his weapons.

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** In ''Doom 3'', a game [[WhoForgotTheLights infamous for darkness-related issues]], you have to choose between the flashlight or a weapon[[note]]unless you are escorting a scientist carrying a lantern; even then, that only happens once, the EscortMission lasts for less than two minutes, and the [[TooDumbToLive overeager dumb sod]] [[LeeroyJenkins rushes ahead to the exit]] and [[ShaggyDogStory gets killed anyway]][[/note]]. Player frustration with this arbitrary choice and the entailing ensuing FakeDifficulty led to the famous Duct Tape GameMod, in which Doomguy TakesAThirdOption by strapping the flashlight ''to'' his weapons.weapons. The BFG Edition takes the tack of attaching the light to Doomguy's armor, allowing the player to use weapons freely.
3rd Apr '17 11:17:31 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' and similar stealth games are effectively a version of this trope, for all your enemies. In one level, the hero's helpers aid the hero in eliminating a squad of enemies by cutting the power. As the lights go out, the player quickly eliminates all the foes. Conversely, an early level in the second game uses this trope against Sam, where he must follow the beam of a searchlight to avoid being {{One Hit Kill}}ed by a sniper with night vision goggles.
* In the ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' expansion pack ''Perseus Mandate'', from what we hear from a recorded message, the top dogs of the Nightcrawler army believe this. [[WrongGenreSavvy However, light does not help or hamper any of Alma's apparitions]].

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* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' and (and similar stealth games are games) is effectively a version an inversion of this trope, for all your enemies. In one level, the hero's Sam's helpers aid the hero him in eliminating a squad of enemies by cutting the power. As the lights go out, the player quickly eliminates all the foes. they're easy pickings. Conversely, an early level in the second game uses this game, ''Pandora Tomorrow'' plays the trope straight against Sam, where he must follow stay inside the beam of a searchlight to avoid being {{One Hit Kill}}ed by a sniper [[OneHitKill or he dies instantly]], courtesy of an enemy sentinel with night vision goggles.
NightVisionGoggles and a SniperRifle.
* In the ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' expansion pack ''Perseus Mandate'', from what we hear from in a recorded message, the top dogs of the Nightcrawler army believe this. [[WrongGenreSavvy However, light does not help or hamper any of Alma's apparitions]].
9th Feb '17 6:07:12 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', the player has limited power and is trying to survive a wave of amoral animatronics trying to stuff them into a suit lined with gizmos and electronics, killing them in the attempt. If the power runs out, Freddy Fazbear himself appears and plays an OminousMusicBoxTune, leaving the player helpless to do anything but wait for [=6AM=] or their jumpscare-y death, whichever comes first.

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* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', the player has limited power and is trying to survive a wave of amoral animatronics trying to stuff them into a suit lined with gizmos and electronics, killing them in the attempt. If the power runs out, the lights go off, Freddy Fazbear himself appears and plays an OminousMusicBoxTune, leaving the player helpless to do anything but wait for [=6AM=] [[InstantWinCondition [=6AM=]]] or their jumpscare-y death, death by JumpScare, whichever comes first.
9th Feb '17 6:05:17 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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[[caption-width-right:279:[[InstantWinCondition Turn to 6, turn to 6]], ''[[MadnessMantra turn to 6]]''...]]
25th Jan '17 10:47:20 AM Monolaf317
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* ''VideoGame/{{Tattletail}}'': Stay in the dark too long, and Mama Tattletail will catch you, especially since being in darkness makes Tattletail freak out. Being in the light (not counting your flashlight) also means you're safe, as the power goes out when she's attacking.
23rd Jan '17 5:36:43 AM REV6Pilot
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* The main mechanic of the short indie game ''VideoGame/TheLastLight'' is that the ''thing'' in the subway kills people who venture into the darkness. You have to manage power distribution in certain areas, keep your TenSecondFlashlight charged and have a good number of flares to get to the end.

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* The main mechanic of the short indie game ''VideoGame/TheLastLight'' is that the ''thing'' ''[[FogOfDoom thing]]'' in the subway kills people who venture into the darkness. You have to manage power distribution in certain areas, keep your TenSecondFlashlight charged and have a good number of flares to get to the end.
1st Nov '16 2:21:18 PM Ninjatwist_
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* According to the logs of the ''Wiki/{{SCP Foundation}}'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-280 SCP-280]], the "Eyes in the Dark", retreats from sources of light, but in the darkness, it's an absolute nightmare, where it will hunt down humans and tear them apart with its claws strong enough to ''tear through steel''. Try to turn on the lights to defend yourself? It'll teleport away if it's exposed to sudden lights and retreat for another ambush. Because of this, its containment chamber has to be completely dark. [[NightmareFuel Oh, and it was first found in a location where it massacred a family of five in their home.]]
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