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17th Sep '17 11:38:49 AM nombretomado
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DaylightHorror is an ''{{inver|tedTrope}}sion'' of this trope. NotASubversion. Not to be confused with DarkIsEvil, although it can invoke this.

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DaylightHorror is an ''{{inver|tedTrope}}sion'' of this trope. NotASubversion.Administrivia/NotASubversion. Not to be confused with DarkIsEvil, although it can invoke this.
13th Sep '17 7:31:05 AM Willbyr
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27th Aug '17 2:04:24 AM JackG
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* ''The Resurrected'', a 1991 film adaptation of ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', recreates the scene in the novel where the hero has to navigate his way out of a subterranean laboratory/oubliette of failed BodyHorror experiments after dropping his lamp, using only a [[TenSecondFlashlight torch with fading battery]] and a pocketbook of matches.
14th Aug '17 10:06:46 AM AnotherDuck
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' (full version), being outside in the dark is a very bad ide-SSSSSSSSS *BOOM*. So is going into caverns without plenty of torches. The game mechanics make hostile mobs spawn where it's dark, while (sun)light burns the undead ones like Zombies and Skeletons and makes Spiders non-hostile unless provoked.
** However, [[ActionBomb creepers]] also overlap with DaylightHorror. While they only ''spawn'' at night, daylight has no effect on them. In fact, they can be ''more'' dangerous during the day, because players usually bring less armor and weapons with them when they're journeying out in daylight.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' (full version), being outside in the dark is a very bad ide-SSSSSSSSS *BOOM*. So is going into caverns without plenty of torches. The game mechanics make hostile mobs spawn where it's dark, while (sun)light sunlight burns the undead ones like Zombies and Skeletons Skeletons, and makes Spiders non-hostile unless provoked.
** However, [[ActionBomb creepers]] also overlap with DaylightHorror. While they only ''spawn'' at night, daylight has no effect on them. In fact, they can be ''more'' dangerous during the day, because players usually bring less armor and weapons with them when they're journeying out in daylight.
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14th Aug '17 9:57:58 AM AnotherDuck
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* As a general convention in 3D games, any drop into darkness is fatal to the character. Sometimes a leap of faith or a razor-thin ledge leads to SecretPath or EasterEgg, but these are intended to be challenging.
9th Aug '17 1:35:29 PM CosmicFerret
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* The {{SNES}} ''VideoGame/JurassicPark'' tie-in game had a primitive first-person mode which activated inside buildings. Wandering into a darkened space before obtaining the night-vision goggles meant a swift death, even if there were no dinosaurs inside once the player obtained the goggles.

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* The {{SNES}} ''VideoGame/JurassicPark'' ''VideoGame/JurassicParkSNES'' tie-in game had a primitive first-person mode which activated inside buildings. Wandering into a darkened space before obtaining the night-vision goggles meant a swift death, even if there were no dinosaurs inside once the player obtained the goggles.
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.
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