Created By: Dutchtica on February 16, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on August 13, 2016

Evil Induces Darkness

A force of evil saps the light away from a normal day

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The portal to hell is open, the aliens have arrived, the demon is manifest inside your old nan's body.

Whatever happened it's bad, the end of the world as we know it is eminent, and just to emphasize how totally the shit has hit the fan, the bright and sunny day has turned into a a pitch black darkness (Shades of red optional)

  • When the Beast in Angel completes his ritual, Los Angeles is put in a constant night.
  • When the being Ohm manifests in a human host in the Doctor Who Audio adventure The Shadow of the Scourge, day turns into night instantly

Might need a better title
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  • February 16, 2013
    StarSword
    The logical conclusion of Dark Is Evil.

    Literature:
    • Invoked in The Return of the King. Sauron shields his photosensitive army from the sun by blotting it out with a massive ash plume from Mount Doom.

    Video Games:
  • February 16, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    Babylon 5: When Delenn first meets Mr. Morden ("Signs and Portents"), the agent for the Shadows, she sees a sort of darkening, like a shadow that shouldn't be there, across his face, and recognizes who he represents ("they're here!").
    • And in a later instance when Morden encounters Londo when their relations are more strained ("Interludes and Examinations"), the lights in the corridor dim and redden around him. Something similar happened with Morden's first encounter with Kosh ("Signs and Portents"), and in the Extended Universe Passing of the Techno-Mages novels a couple of Morden's encounters with Galen are described thus.
    • And when the Vorlon Planet Killer arrives at Centauri Prime ("Into the Fire"), its huge round shape perfectly eclipses the Centauri sun and casts that world into shadow. (This seemed to underscore Vir's pointing out that one more person "touched by Shadows" remained on Centauri Prime, Londo. But it could also symbolize the emerging fact that the Vorlons Weren't That Different from the Shadows--it was a "planet killer" after all.)
  • February 17, 2013
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • The Twilight Zone episode "I Am the Night - Color Me Black". Darkness falls over a small town and various other places in the world due to the extreme hatred felt by people living there.
  • February 17, 2013
    Chernoskill
    I'm not sure, but doesn't Boromir in Lot R at Elrond's House, when he describes Mordor, say something about the days always being rather dim and overcast?
  • February 18, 2013
    aurora369
    The evil ending of Dawnguard, an add-on for Skyrim, makes you capable of causing these, by shooting the sun with cursed arrows and making it a dim, black and red vortex that does not harm vampires so you can gallivant across the countryside without worrying about your vampiric powers sealed.
  • February 18, 2013
    Dutchtica
    That's not exactly what I was gunning for, sounds more like a Total Eclipse Of The Plot (localized at it may be)

    I'm looking for where the sideeffect is that everything goes dark out
  • February 18, 2013
    Dutchtica
    • Bubba Ho Tep 's presence sucks out the electricity from lightbulbs around him.
  • February 18, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    • At the beginning of Okami, the majority of the world has been turned into Cursed Zones. And yes, they're filled with creepy black and red mists.
  • February 18, 2013
    StarSword
    @Chernoskill: Don't recall that line, but now that you mention it I do recall the sky briefly darkening when Gandalf reads the inscription on the ring.
  • February 19, 2013
    Chernoskill
    ^^ There's of course also the summoned cloud that Sauron uses to shield the evil troops advancing on Minas Tirith from the sunlight.
  • February 19, 2013
    Antigone3
    In the Belgariad, the home of the Child of Dark is always covered with dense clouds (to the point that only fungi can grow there).
  • February 20, 2013
    Arivne
    Evil Induced Darkness, to make it easier to use in a sentence?
  • August 13, 2016
    Morgenthaler
  • August 13, 2016
    DAN004
    I... don't get what the trope describes. What happens in this trope?
  • August 13, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Best I can tell, it's for a villain who actually spreads darkness rather than darkness representing evil. Whether that's really distinct enough from Dark Is Evil or Casting A Shadow is a different matter.
  • August 13, 2016
    Generality
    The ash cloud example from Lot R is also Empathic Environment; it's telling, and relevant, that when The Cavalry arrives, the clouds dissipate, and when Aragorn leads his army into Mordor, that place starts to lighten up too, even though his force is far too small to have any hope of victory. This means that the amount of cloud cover in an area is directly responsive to the morality of the immediate occupants.

    The most obvious example I can think of, also from Lot R, is this: When Gandalf recites the Ring couplet in Black Speech, in both book and film, it causes the vicinity to darken, even though the Council is in broad daylight.

    In both the original and remake of Ghostbusters, when the vortex is opened in the climax, it takes the form of a massive green cloud that plunges New York into a night-like darkness. In the original, true night has fallen by the time the heroes are victorious, but in the remake, the world suddenly snaps back to day again once the portal is closed.
  • August 13, 2016
    DrNoPuma
    Compare Fisher King.
  • August 13, 2016
    DAN004
    Maybe I get it: as a force or forces of evil come near, the scenery suddenly becomes darker, or the scenery becoming darker entails the appearance of those evils.
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