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27th May '16 11:11:40 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' was already a pretty dark series, but it still manages to give us this somewhere around the end of volume 9 with the death of [[spoiler: [[EverybodysDeadDave the entire team]] except for Kurono.]] The fact that [[spoiler: Kurono]] [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] afterwards does nothing to mitigate the new knowledge that PlotArmor has ceased to exist.

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* ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' was already a pretty dark series, but it still manages to give us show this somewhere around the end of volume 9 with the death of [[spoiler: [[EverybodysDeadDave the entire team]] except for Kurono.]] The fact that [[spoiler: Kurono]] [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] afterwards does nothing to mitigate the new knowledge that PlotArmor has ceased to exist.



* Given that ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' starts InMediasRes and a big chunk of the story, [[ProlongedPrologue a twelve volume long prologue]], [[HowWeGotHere shows us how everything came to be in first arc]], which showed Guts as a dark, brooding and ruthless warrior on the brink of madness due to his obsessive revenge against Griffith, [[ForegoneConclusion we thought that the flashback would be self-explanatory]] once we got to that point... Until we found out just how much everything went '''''horribly wrong''''' once [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot the Eclipse]] went down, which involved [[spoiler: a former good guy making an ''[[MoralEventHorizon epic]]'' FaceHeelTurn and becoming a godlike demon lord, [[EverybodysDeadDave damn near the entire cast of likable characters dying]] [[SacrificialLion horrific deaths,]] the sole female protagonist [[GoMadFromTheRevelation being brutally raped to insanity]] by said former good guy, and the main man who [[HopeSpot tried so desperately to save his friends and lover failing to do so,]] losing [[EyeScream an eye]] and [[LifeOrLimbDecision an arm]] in the process.]] Wow.

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* Given that ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' starts InMediasRes and a big chunk of the story, [[ProlongedPrologue a twelve volume long prologue]], [[HowWeGotHere shows us how everything came to be in first arc]], which showed Guts as a dark, brooding and ruthless warrior on the brink of madness due to his obsessive revenge against Griffith, [[ForegoneConclusion we thought that the flashback would be self-explanatory]] once we got to that point... Until we found out just how much everything went '''''horribly wrong''''' once [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot the Eclipse]] went down, which involved [[spoiler: a former good guy making an ''[[MoralEventHorizon epic]]'' FaceHeelTurn and becoming a godlike demon lord, [[EverybodysDeadDave damn near the entire cast of likable characters dying]] [[SacrificialLion horrific deaths,]] the sole female protagonist [[GoMadFromTheRevelation being brutally raped to insanity]] by said former good guy, and the main man who [[HopeSpot tried so desperately to save his friends and lover failing to do so,]] losing [[EyeScream an eye]] and [[LifeOrLimbDecision an arm]] in the process.]] Wow.



* [[spoiler: The death of Cloud, the protagonist's [[HalfIdenticalTwins Half-Identical Twin]] brother]] tells us that ''Peace: Cats of the Valley'' is every bit as hardcore as the [[Literature/WarriorCats series]] it [[SerialNumbersFiledOff plagiarises]].

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* [[spoiler: The death of Cloud, the protagonist's [[HalfIdenticalTwins Half-Identical Twin]] brother]] tells us shows that ''Peace: Cats of the Valley'' is every bit as hardcore as the [[Literature/WarriorCats series]] it [[SerialNumbersFiledOff plagiarises]].



* ''Literature/MrMercedes'': In the opening chapter, unemployed people are lined up for a job fair. We get to know Augie Odenkirk, who befriends a woman named Janice, a woman with so little support that she has to bring her baby with her. Augie decides that he's going to take Janice to breakfast, then [[spoiler: a serial killer plows into the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, killing several people, including the three about whom Stephen King has made us care.]]

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* ''Literature/MrMercedes'': In the opening chapter, unemployed people are lined up for a job fair. We get to know Augie Odenkirk, who befriends a woman named Janice, a woman with so little support that she has to bring her baby with her. Augie decides that he's going to take Janice to breakfast, then [[spoiler: a serial killer plows into the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, killing several people, including the three about whom Stephen King has made us care.]]



* The Silo series by Hugh Howey starts with a brilliant gut punch when a would-be protagonist follows his wife into the seemingly deadly post-catastrophe outside world that everyone in his silo sees only through a single screen. He believes, as his wife did after some thorough research, that the image on the screen is a computer generated lie to keep everyone inside. In fact, the idea of going outside is a capital crime in the silo, and everyone guilty is got rid of by sending them there to clean dust off the cameras feeding that screen, and to die a horrible death quickly afterwards. [[spoiler:There is indeed bright and green pastoral world outside, and for a few happy minutes the would-be protagonist is cleaning the lenses, waving at people inside and making plans to find his wife. Until he starts dying violently, tears off his helmet and finds out that the green pastures are CGI fake on his helmet's screen, tricking every condemned criminal into cleaning those lenses, and the real world is as deadly as seen on TV. Gut punches don't stop there: initially the books tell us just what their protagonists know about their world, and in the end their entire existence turns out to be a carefully constructed lie, hiding some truly horrible reality.]]

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* The Silo ''Silo'' series by Hugh Howey starts with a brilliant gut punch when a would-be protagonist follows his wife into the seemingly deadly post-catastrophe outside world that everyone in his silo sees only through a single screen. He believes, as his wife did after some thorough research, that the image on the screen is a computer generated lie to keep everyone inside. In fact, the idea of going outside is a capital crime in the silo, and everyone guilty is got rid of by sending them there to clean dust off the cameras feeding that screen, and to die a horrible death quickly afterwards. [[spoiler:There is indeed bright and green pastoral world outside, and for a few happy minutes the would-be protagonist is cleaning the lenses, waving at people inside and making plans to find his wife. Until he starts dying violently, tears off his helmet and finds out that the green pastures are CGI fake on his helmet's screen, tricking every condemned criminal into cleaning those lenses, and the real world is as deadly as seen on TV. Gut punches don't stop there: initially the books tell us show just what their protagonists know about their world, and in the end their entire existence turns out to be a carefully constructed lie, hiding some truly horrible reality.]]
27th May '16 2:31:37 PM CheeseDogX
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** The Bombing of Narn in ''The Long Twilight Struggle''. The Narn-Centauri War had been mostly a background event at this point, important but not crucial to the overall MythArc. Then suddenly the war is over, the Centauri control Narn and have turned the aggressiveness UpToEleven, and once again, NothingIsTheSameAnymore.
12th May '16 6:57:42 PM weaponer
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* The Silo series by Hugh Howey starts with a brilliant gut punch when a would-be protagonist follows his wife into the seemingly deadly post-catastrophe outside world that everyone in his silo sees only through a single screen. He believes, as his wife did after some thorough research, that the image on the screen is a computer generated lie to keep everyone inside. In fact, the idea of going outside is a capital crime in the silo, and everyone guilty is got rid of by sending them there to clean dust off the cameras feeding that screen, and to die a horrible death quickly afterwards. [[spoiler:There is indeed bright and green pastoral world outside, and for a few happy minutes the would-be protagonist is cleaning the lenses, waving at people inside and making plans to find his wife. Until he starts dying violently, tears off his helmet and finds out that the green pastures are CGI fake on his helmet's screen, tricking every condemned criminal into cleaning those lenses, and the real world is as deadly as seen on TV. Gut punches don't stop there: initially the books tell us just what their protagonists know about their world, and in the end their entire existence turns out to be a carefully constructed lie, hiding some truly horrible reality.]]
11th May '16 5:39:14 AM Piando
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'' starts off as a fairly lighthearted Disney film about a young African lion cub and his life in the Serengeti. [[spoiler: All that changes when King Mufasa is killed by his evil brother Scar, who makes poor Simba believe that ''he'' did it, tries to have him killed, and then takes over Pride Rock and turns it into a tyrannical nightmare that Simba has to end]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'' ''Disney/TheLionKing'' starts off as a fairly lighthearted Disney film about a young African lion cub and his life in the Serengeti. [[spoiler: All that changes when King Mufasa is killed by his evil brother Scar, who makes poor Simba believe that ''he'' did it, tries to have him killed, and then takes over Pride Rock and turns it into a tyrannical nightmare that Simba has to end]].
27th Apr '16 7:38:22 PM CyberTiger88
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* Seems to happen at least once per game in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' which isn't too surprising considering [[SurpriseCreepy what the stories end up as]]...
** ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'' has the player character being framed as the cursed human of legend who's existence would cause natural disasters that will lay waste to the world. Most of the game's second half is spent on the run from former allies and other dangerous Pokémon.
** The day was seemingly saved in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' when Dusknoir has captured Grovyle, the criminal stealing [[CosmicKeystone Time Gears]]... [[spoiler: only for Dusknoir to reveal that he's a mole from a grim future ruled by an insane Dialga by sending the protagonists there to be executed. The rest of the game is all about stopping said future even though it will cause everyone from that future, including the player character, to cease to exist.]]
** By the last leg of ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', the villains are revealed to be a suicide cult who are using an EldritchAbomination to destroy the world. [[spoiler: During the efforts to stop them, one of the companions ends up being killed by their leader Kyruem.]]
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' has [[SacrificialLion Latios and Latias]] being captured and [[TakenForGranite turned into stone]] by an unseen force, which spells out this game isn't going to give a pass on Legendary Pokémon, or the heroes. [[spoiler: Later on, the game makes good on that promise with a second gut punch that ends up with Nuzleaf betraying the heroes and petrifies them, along with nearly the entire Expedition Society. He and Yveltal then go on to turn nearly everyone else in the world, including the inhabits of Serine Village, into stone.]]
26th Apr '16 3:30:52 AM falcon2484
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* Fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' understood right from the opening scene that the film version of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was DarkerAndEdgier than the animated series, what with the kidnapping of the Sorceress and He-Man hacking and slashing his way through a dozen or so of Skeletor's Centurions (who might have been faceless {{Mooks}}, but [[AmbiguousRobots may also have just been automatons]]). But any illusions that Skeletor might have been up to his usual cartoony tricks are shattered when he out-and-out murders CanonForeigner Saurod [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to obtain the Cosmic Key]]. ''This'' Skeletor was much more villainous than his cartoon counterpart.

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* Fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' understood right from the opening scene that the film version of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was DarkerAndEdgier than the animated series, what with the kidnapping imprisonment of the Sorceress and He-Man hacking and slashing his way through a dozen or so of Skeletor's Centurions (who might have been faceless {{Mooks}}, but [[AmbiguousRobots may also have just been automatons]]). But any illusions that Skeletor might have been up to his usual cartoony tricks are shattered when he out-and-out murders CanonForeigner Saurod [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to obtain the Cosmic Key]]. ''This'' Skeletor was much more villainous than his cartoon counterpart.counterpart, who'd ''never'' directed any real acts of violence toward his minions.
26th Apr '16 3:06:48 AM falcon2484
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* Fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' understood right from the opening scene that the film version of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was DarkerAndEdgier than the animated series, what with the kidnapping of the Sorceress and He-Man hacking and slashing his way through a dozen or so of Skeletor's Centurions (who might have been faceless {{Mooks}}, but [[AmbiguousRobots may also have just been automatons]]). But any illusions that Skeletor might have been up to his usual cartoony tricks are shattered when he out-and-out murders CanonForeigner Saurod [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to obtain the Cosmic Key]]. ''This'' Skeletor was much more villainous than his cartoon counterpart.
21st Mar '16 8:38:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheReveal of who exactly killed Laura Palmer on ''TwinPeaks'' ([[spoiler: Her father, possessed by an EldritchAbomination obsessed with her entire being]]) is one of the most infamous of these in TV history, to the point where AMC ran no commercials whatever for the final twenty minutes of the original broadcast. What makes it even worse is that the reveal is followed by what was, back then, probably the most brutal depiction of murder seen in an American mainstream TV show.

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* TheReveal of who exactly killed Laura Palmer on ''TwinPeaks'' ''Series/TwinPeaks'' ([[spoiler: Her father, possessed by an EldritchAbomination obsessed with her entire being]]) is one of the most infamous of these in TV history, to the point where AMC ran no commercials whatever for the final twenty minutes of the original broadcast. What makes it even worse is that the reveal is followed by what was, back then, probably the most brutal depiction of murder seen in an American mainstream TV show.
20th Mar '16 4:43:19 AM Driavatus
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* [[CrapsackWorld True to its setting]], ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' starts out fairly dark with the deaths of the Lord of House Forrester and his eldest son, leaving 13-15 year old Ethan to take the reigns of the gutted remains of his household and try to survive the obvious squeeze House Bolton and its bannermen will be putting on those had been loyal to House Stark. [[spoiler:And then [[AxCrazy Ramsay Snow]] stabs him through the neck, killing him at the end of the first episode.]] Things do not get better, to put it lightly.

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* [[CrapsackWorld True to its setting]], ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' starts out fairly dark with the deaths of the Lord of House Forrester and his eldest son, leaving 13-15 year old Ethan to take the reigns reins of the gutted remains of his household and try to survive the obvious squeeze House Bolton and its bannermen will be putting on those had been loyal to House Stark. [[spoiler:And then [[AxCrazy Ramsay Snow]] stabs him through the neck, killing him at the end of the first episode.]] Things do not get better, to put it lightly.
2nd Mar '16 10:11:29 PM dasuberkaiser
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** In ''Believers'' from Season One, we seem to have the stock sci-fi ending where the 'backwards' aliens are grateful to have their son back despite the surgery going against all their beliefs, they quietly take their son home, typical happy-after-all ending, and then [[spoiler: The parents are cooperating long enough to take their son and ritually kill him as they still believe the surgery destroyed his soul. And the viewer isn't told they're wrong.]] One of the earlier hints that this isn't your grandfather's social-science sci-fi.

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** In ''Believers'' from Season One, we seem to have the stock sci-fi ending where the 'backwards' aliens are grateful to have their son back despite the surgery going against all their beliefs, they quietly take their son home, typical happy-after-all ending, and then [[spoiler: The the parents are cooperating long enough to take their son and ritually kill him as they still believe the surgery destroyed his soul. And the viewer isn't told they're wrong.]] One of the earlier hints that this isn't your grandfather's social-science sci-fi.
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