* The 1980's remake of {{Kimba the White Lion}} by Osamu Tezuka.
* The original [[LightNovel novels]] that the ''{{Slayers}}'' anime is based on, while still fairly comical, are far more violent and grim. A particular spell, "Ragnut Rushavna", is gruesome to the point that no other media has had it: The spell involves the victim to be turned into a giant hunk of flesh that is eaten repeatedly by snakes that spontaneously generate from it over and over again until the caster of the spell is detained. The characters themselves, other than [[RedHeadedHeroine Lina]] ironically, are less humorous and blase than they are in the games or the anime.
* On the flip side, ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' went the way of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' in order to achieve Darker And Edgier. In fact, popular consensus among the show's fans is that the sheer spike in Darker And Edgier material in it was a deliberate act to keep FourKidsEntertainment from {{Macekre}}ing it... not like it hasn't stopped them from trying.
** Speaking of ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' went from the brainwashing cult of season 2 to the way darker tone of season 3. It started out with new main characters as usual and a seemingly tame (at least compared to season 2) [[{{Disc One Final Boss}} villain]] until he gets defeated relatively quickly and then the series gets much darker including the characters [[spoiler:dying when they lose a duel, at least that's what they are told]], the main character getting tricked into releasing his [[{{Superpowered Evil Side}} Superpowered Evil Side]] and [[spoiler:killing some of his remaining friends]], and the [[{{The Man Behind the Man}} The Man Behind the Man]]/[[{{Stalker with a crush}} Stalker with a crush]]/[[{{Hidden Agenda Villain}} Hidden Agenda Villain]] possessing the main character's best friend. Although FourKidsEntertainment ruined season 3's dark tone in the dub, watching the Japanese version makes the dark tone obvious.
* Little known fact: ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' was conceived as a Darker and Edgier retelling of ''{{Gigantor}}''.
** The actual Tetsujin remakes also have a touch of this. While the 1980s version wasn't particularly dark, the look of the series was redesigned to make it less cartoony and whimsical and more like the modern, high-tech SuperRobot shows of the day. This ultimately resulted in a rather bland show and it's very telling that when a sequel series, ''Tetsujin 28-FX'' came out in the 90s, despite the new robots being even more complex, overbuilt and gimmicky, with transformation and combination gimmicks and such, the original Tetsujin was drawn in the classic style, googly eyes and all. The second remake in the 00s, from the people who brought you ''GiantRobo'', took it in a whole new direction, keeping the cartoonish 1950s visual style and wrapping it around a grim story about war and political intrigue... and a boy detective with a giant cartoony robot.
* Speaking of SuperRobot shows...Compared with the super idealistic and often BlackAndWhiteMorality-laced titles that preceeded it, ''Anime/VoltesV'' fleshed out its characters more and slipped in serious themes like racism, classism, totalitarian government and ParentalAbandonment into the story. Considering that [[YoshiyukiTomino Yoshiyuki "Kill'em All" Tomino]] was in the staff, it's absolutely no wonder.
* And speaking of classic series, what ''Tetsujin 28'' did for {{SuperRobot}}s, {{Majokko Meg chan}} did it for MagicalGirl shows:
** It included a '''truly''' evil character as an antagonist (Saturn). Prior to this, there was a perception that young girls couldn't handle such things.
** The subplots sometimes touched [[RealLife more serious social issues]] like DomesticAbuse, [[YourCheatingHeart extramarital relationships]], [[DrugsAreBad drug abuse]], ParentalAbandonment, etc.. (For this reason, nine of the 72 episodes were cut from the Italian version.)
** Meg not only lost fights, but she had to face serious consequences (deaths, injuries, humiliations, etc.) that could '''not'' be undone with magic.
* Every adaptation of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' seems to do this. The manga is fairly light-hearted (and the ''Read or Dream'' manga entirely so). The OVA has a bit of camp to it, but gets fairly dark, with a BittersweetEnding. The TV series, ''R.O.D the TV'', manages to get more depressing nearly every episode, but eventually rewards its long-suffering cast [[EarnYourHappyEnding with a happy ending]]. Strangely, they keep improving.
** A new AlternateUniverse manga / ContinuityReboot called ''[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-02-23/new-read-or-die-manga-darker-side-story-outlined Read Or Die Rehabilitation]]'' has been announced, complete with a [[{{Stripperiffic}} rather]] [[AntiHeroSubstitute drastic]] redesign of our BadassAdorable heroine, [[{{Meganekko}} Yomiko]]. Reactions have been mixed, to say the least.
* ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' is a Darker and Edgier version of an earlier series called ''Tekkaman the Space Knight.''
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', a manga spinoff of ''Pokémon'''s video game series, has fights to the death for everyone, humans included.
** ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' is this in a way. Not in terms of violence, though it has been described as "DragonBall meets Pokémon" and is hefty on the fighting, but more-so in the plot. [[spoiler:Especially with Mitsumi and her past is involved.]]
** As far as the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime goes, ''Diamond/Pearl'' and ''Best Wishes'' are both noticeably darker and more serious at times than much of what came before it, some even surpassing the games, though the original Kanto season had it's fair share of dark moments as well. Still, it is generally lighthearted and makes it clear that it is aimed at a young demographic.
** ''Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'' is definitely this, having easily the most shockingly evil antagonist in the series to date, heaping amounts of ColdBloodedTorture, and [[spoiler:easily the most graphic ''onscreen'' death]] in the entire series. [[spoiler:Even though Celebi manages to heal Zoroark, it still [[DisneyDeath counts]].]]
** ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''' has 4 episodes, but shows its definitely darker. The fighting is more brutal involving worse attacks, [[HellisThatNoise blood-curdling screaming]] from getting bitten and almost dying, or being beaten to death by a stun baton, and [[spoiler:a Mewtwo that is portrayed as a powerful psychotic monster.]]
*** The movies in general are this, most of them having at least one of these features:
### A subject that's more serious or complex than usually found in the TV series.
### A crazy antagonist, who can be anything from a MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds (e.g. [[Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}} Lawrence III]]) to a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds (e.g. [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Mewtwo]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Molly Hale]]) to just plain [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] (e.g. [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever The Iron Masked Marauder]], [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions Grings Kodai]]).
### A character getting killed, either [[DisneyDeath temporarily]] or [[KilledOffForReal permanently]].
* ''{{Gatekeepers}}'', while dark in places, ended upbeatly, with the notion that people can stand against TheHeartless with ThePowerOfLove and [[HotBlooded Burning Spirit]]. Cue ''Gatekeepers 21'', where 20 years later most of the cast is dead and TheHeartless are winning.
* ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern'' while not a very kid friendly had a darker and edgier upgrade with CasshernSINS
* Urasawa's ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'' does this to Tezuka's ''Manga/AstroBoy'', showing the grittier side of life in the twenty-first century. This being Urasawa, it works tremendously well as the writing and themes are thoughtful and touching as well as dark and edgy.
** Arguably a subversion. Urasawa doesn't change the basic plot very much at all, resulting in most of the same major robots dying as did in the original. [[spoiler: ie [[KillEmAll all of them.]]]] What made the story darker was the fact that each robot was actually developed, rather than simply being a collection of powers to be destroyed by Pluto.
* ''[[GaoGaiGar GaoGaiGar FINAL]]'' was much darker than the television show for two main reasons: first, it was an {{OAV}} so they could get away with things that wouldn't fly on broadcast television, like explicitly sexual {{Fanservice}}. And secondly, it was aimed at a {{seinen}} audience rather than at children.
** ''FINAL'' is an example of why DarkerAndEdgier does not necessarily equate with Dark and Edgy. The original show was far down the Idealism side of the {{sliding scale|OfIdealismVersusCynicism}}; the {{OAV}}s were just somewhat less so in comparison, and are still pretty darn light and fluffy, especially in comparison to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion certain other super robot shows]] [[{{Bokurano}} which shall remain nameless.]]
* The {{OVA}} of ''MagicalPlay'' is a much darker affair than the slapstick comedy of most of the original series--up to and including characters dying horrible deaths in big puddles of blood.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' did this intentionally as part of a GenreShift from a HaremSeries to {{Shounen}}. The two most obvious indicators of it are the characters' [[DarkAndTroubledPast pasts being revealed]], and BloodlessCarnage getting thrown out the window. The series still maintains its {{fanservice}} and humor, but breaks them up with increasingly-longer stretches of action and drama. [[spoiler:And ''death''.]]
* In the same vein as ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''RosarioToVampire'' starts off as a typical HaremSeries, with a {{monster of the week}} spin. Then CerebusSyndrome sets in, the characters' troubling backstories are explored, and by Season II, it's much more action-oriented, with some {{deconstruction}} thrown in for good measure.
* ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'' has ''Prince of Darkness'' as its DarkerAndEdgier Title, the plot becomes a moodier and much darker plot of the original series as many a dream is destroyed and it was not well received by fans at all
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' utilizes this about every 5 or 6 episodes. Each arc begins with a few gruesome shots of one of the character's deaths, and then proceeds to be lighter and happier for a while, while steadily approaching the doom shown at the beginning of the arc, getting darker as it goes on.
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' not only follows a similar formula, but also has this trope by actually BEING darker and edgier than Higurashi. At least Higurashi was limited to depicting things that are relatively down to earth. Umineko gives us [[RealityWarper witches]] who do whatever they want, often to brutally graphic extents. One even delights in killing her victims in brutally creative ways, only to revive them and do it all over again. And when they're done with the killing they'll start with MindRape that makes Higurashi look like [[{{Bowdlerised}} Casey And Friends]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the 6th movie, ''Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island'', the Straw Hats start to separate from each other, due to conflicts the antagonist is creating. The plot also contains some of the biggest horrors, as Luffy's comrades are [[spoiler: ''eaten by a ManEatingPlant'' called "Lily"]], the BigBad's backstory is also different, showing [[spoiler: that his crew died, and he found Lily, allowing him to create ReplacementGoldfish, so long as he feeds Lily]], the movie's plot is also slightly more complex.
** In the series proper, we had the Water 7 arc, easily the darkest arc in the series [[spoiler: the Merry Go is deemed unfixable and can't sail any further, Usopp leaves the crew when the news is broken to him leading to a fight with Luffy, Robin disappears and later aids in framing the Straw Hats (though not without good reason) and the crew is nearly killed upon meeting the [=CP9=]. Oh and of course Robin's flashback the followig arc]]. Likewise the last bits of the first half have been leaning toward this the such as Ace finally finding Blackbeard [[spoiler: and losing]] the introduction of World Nobles, [[spoiler: the crew getting beaten by a Admiral and getting separated from each other. Luffy finding out about Ace's execution and breaking into Impel Down to rescue him, not only failing but nearly dying in the process. Then of course the whole war that followed to rescue Ace that ultimately ended with Ace ''dying'', Whitebeard, one of the most powerful BigGood pirates on the planet being killed by Blackbeard and having his earthquake power stolen. Luffy actually doubting his dreams and a flashback that showed the ([[NeverFoundTheBody supposed]]) death of a close friend of theirs.]] Granted Luffy recovers and the crew reunite but even then dark times are on the horizon as [[spoiler: Akainu, the Admiral who killed Ace, is now head of the marines.]] So...yeah.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden/Part II'' has been increasingly darker than the original series. The main character, Naruto, [[spoiler:loses the closest thing he has to a father, [[TheObiWan Jiraiya]], his village is nuked, his mother figure Tsunade is knocked into a coma,]] he is put into a BreakingSpeech by Pain which he couldn't retort to... [[spoiler:even though he managed to get Pain to bring everyone back to life that he killed that day, the Village is still a [[DoomedHomeTown crater]], Tsunade is still in a coma, and Danzo nearly became Hokage.]] THEN we get to Sasuke, his former rival and best friend who had [[spoiler:joined Akatsuki and attacked Killer Bee, and then attacked the Kage Summit.]] Learning how far his best friend had fallen caused him to have a HeroicBSOD and fall into an AngstComa. Shippuden/II has more death, destruction, horrors, and Orochimaru-and later [[spoiler:[[BigBad Obito]]]] creepiness to show it's much darker and edgier than Part I.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has ''permanent'' digimon death, one character emotionally traumatized by such and an EldritchAbomination.
** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' is also a good example, thanks to emulating the above show.
* In-universe example in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': Renge's first appearance has her making a video where the normally-cheery members of the club become darker personae, e.g. the {{Keet}} becoming a callous bully. It sells well enough to take the club out of debt.
* ''{{Karakuridouji Ultimo}}'' seems to follow a zig-zag pattern with this trope and LighterAndSofter. The series started fairly light hearted, and comical, up until the chapter where Ultimo, the embodiment of good, beats up an evil doji into a rather nighmarish pulp while ''smiling.'' Then they threw in the main character's best friend turning into a {{Yandere}}, the world blowing up, and the entire good cast being killed quite brutally. Once everyone got better in Part 2 of the series, it went back to its original state, but then implied to have [[spoiler: killed off most of the original Good Doji Masters.]] Then Part 3 [[FromBadToWorse got even worse]], by having the earlier mentioned {{Yandere}} [[spoiler: nearly rape the main character]] in a rather dark manner.
* Once in TheSeventies, there was a short shonen manga by Kazumasa Hirai and Hisashi Sakaguchi. Its name was ''Wolf Guy'', and it was about the adventures of young werewolf Akira Inugami and his HotTeacher Akiko Aoshika. Decades later, Yoshiaki Tabata and Yugo Yuuki (the authors of Manga/{{Akumetsu}}) took the basic concept of this manga and re-made it into a seinen story named ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' - which is full of Gorn, FanDisservice, etc. Inugami gets almost killed several times, Aoshika-sensei is almost completely broken in all senses, and BigBad Haguro Dou goes from a mere Yakuza heir to one of the most despicable villains in manga.
* ''AD Police'', the spin-off of ''BubblegumCrisis'', is darker, more violent and adds some psychological spins to the original series concept. The TV spin-off they produced to this spin-off a decade later surprisingly was [[LighterAndSofter closer in tone]] to the original Bubblegum Crisis.
* Osamu Tezuka's ''Manga/BlackJack'' is a rather dark series to begin with, safe for some comedic touches usually provided by Pinoko. Osamu Dezaki's video adaptation in the 90's however takes the darkness to extremes and (for the most part) deletes all hints of humour in the story, opting for high-tension, highly stylized drama instead.
* Arguably happened to the anime installments of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. The series starts out as an archetypal, formulaic MagicalGirl series, but then the first season turns it into more of a serious action series with magical girls. The second season, meanwhile, goes from having [[AntiVillain no real villains]] to uncovering a {{Sealed|EvilInACan}} [[CrushKillDestroy cyborg]] (who ends up being an AntiVillain anyway). The third season then becomes a straight military series with a little bit of magical girls.
** The ''fandom'' tends to do this. It seems everyone ''wants'' it to be Darker And Edgier. Then, there's the popular ''[=BetrayerS=]'' doujinshi, which cranks the darkness and edgy-ness up to 11. Hayate and Nanoha being LawfulEvil. [[http://arararara.wordpress.com/2008/12/26/nanoha-betrayers-high-quality-release/ You can get it here.]]
*** It should be noted that the fan response to the actually-darker ''FORCE'', mentioned below, has been [[UnpleasableFanbase mixed at best]].
** ''Record of the Magical War Nanoha Force'' is said to be DarkerAndEdgier by the writer. And he wasn't kidding. In the 3rd Chapter, we were introduced to CardCarryingVillain Veyron who introduces himself by killing everyone in a chapel that Touma had visited earlier. We won't see Nanoha fall to the dark side but definitely we will see more people being offed by Belkan weaponry then usual and maybe a few kills with Midchildan weapons. Then, a few chapters later, there's a brutal fight between Signum and the DarkActionGirl Cypha, which involves the latter being partly dismembered and the former, landing in a pool of her own blood with a sword in her gut.
*** And how Touma's device is relies on TheCorruption to work, and Lily is a source of death and ruin as she accidentally causes people to degrade to BodyHorror like meat blobs
** Meanwhile, [=ViviD=] defies the trend, going LighterAndSofter than even the original series was ([[CerebusSyndrome So far?]]).
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is very much DarkerAndEdgier spin on the MagicalGirl genre, but is NotADeconstruction
* The DarkerAndEdgier spin for MagicalGirl series (with one of the most notables being ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' above) is actually OlderThanTheyThink. In TheNineties, ''ShamanicPrincess'' took the {{Cute Witch}}es Tiara and Lena, send them off in MagicalGirlWarrior-type missions... and then headed directly into PsychologicalHorror, FanService and MindScrew territories, never looking back.
** Also in TheNineties, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' did this with the mech genre, again, PsychologicalHorror, FanService, and MindScrew. Coupled with [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
*** And now ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' joins the club with its third installment, moving the formerly LighterAndSofter remake right back into depression territory with [[spoiler:Shinji's [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl little stunt]] at the end of the second film wiping out most of the human race and reducing him into a near-universally hated pariah for almost every other cast member, not to mention Kaworu [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]] '''yet again''' to prevent Fourth Impact]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' was much darker than the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and earned the director the name 'KillEmAll [[YoshiyukiTomino Tomino]]'.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', to frankly put, is extremely dark for an AlternateUniverse Gundam series. You got yourself brutal atrocities committed by both sides which becomes a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with very little in the way of clear comic relief. There is no mercy, no honor, no salvation for anyone. Civilians and soldiers are equally expendable, and not even one's own allies can be trusted. Victory for either side means virtual destruction of an entire subtype of the human race [[spoiler: and by the end, all of it.]]
*** Oh, and the explicit horror isn't where it ends. You know all that genetic manipulation that forms the backbone of the series? [[spoiler: Yea, turns out that the entire thing was taken to the logical extreme by essentially using live humans and clones as disposable test subjects. Not only did this fail to produce an implementable solution to the coordinator issue, it spawned a living representation of all of mankind's sins against itself, [[DarkMessiah the last clone Rau Le Creuset]], who is determined to enact a sick, yet horrifyingly justified restitution upon the human race.]]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' took this closer to home by placing the series in the Anno Domoni timeline where most of the world's current problems aren't just still around, they're exacerbated, and it's going to take a lot of blood to get any work done on them at all. This also makes it one of the darkest alternate universe ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', up next to SEED.
*** [[spoiler: Until the movie suddenly snapped everything into hope and rainbows, giving us one of the few unequivocally happy endings in Franchise/{{Gundam}}. It even has world peace.]]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Gundam AGE]]'' unveiled its true colors from episode 14 onwards. Similar to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]], [[ArtStyleDissonance don't let the series' kiddy art designs fool you.]] While initially masquerading as a children's ''Gundam'' series for the first 13 episodes, [[spoiler:the LoveInterest gets brutally killed in episode 14 and TheHero consequentially takes the dark descent into becoming a genocidal KnightTemplar [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Who Fights Monsters]]. Oh, and the UE are HumanAllAlong. And those hoping for a bloodless final episode was hopelessly crushed at it ends up in a Tomino Kill'em all for BOTH sides.]] Add the almost-complete absence of comic relief and the series being set in a CrapsackWorld that would feel right at home in the Universal Century or Cosmic Era, and you got a series that somehow manages to get up there with ''SEED'' and first part of ''00'' as the darkest AU series yet.
** Where the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series is concerned, it's sometimes darker and edgier in their side stories, regardless of the calendar. Comic relief aside, the overall progression of arcs, foreknowledge, the ending and themes show that the likes of ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War In The Pocket}}'' and ''C.E. 73 Stargazer'' to be less sunshiny than their respective calendars' main series.
** To a point ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise in general was darker and edgier in comparison to the other mecha anime around, with the themes, the (generally) GreyAndGrayMorality, the various War tropes present and the franchise was started by a man known as "KillEmAll".
* The FoolyCooly manga is much darker and more bizarre than the anime its rather loosely based on. An example of this would be [[spoiler:Naota killing his dad with a baseball bat]].
* ''AmazingAgentLuna'' is becoming this as of Year 2. Not only does Luna undergo TWO {{Plot Mandated Friendship Failure}}s in the course of Volume 7, but it's hinted from the brief description of Volume 8 at the end of Volume 7 that [[spoiler:she may pull a FaceHeelTurn in Volume 8. In fact, a FaceHeelTurn [[FakeDefector may be her only option]] if she wants to win Francesca back, though that's just because she rejoined Elizabeth when she thinks Timothy had dumped her because of Luna.]]
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'''s [[Anime/FullMetalAlchemist first 2003 anime adaptation]] was this compared to the original manga. A lot of characters [[DeathByAdaptation die who lived in the manga]], there are fewer comedic MoodWhiplash moments, people suffer from {{Angst}} a whole lot more, the way Homunculi are created is a much darker theme ([[spoiler: they were human transmutations that CameBackWrong, instead of just created from [[MacGuffin Philosipher Stones]]]]), the overall theme is considerably more [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism cynical]], and the ending is far more bittersweet (though still optimistic). The people of Lior get hit the hardest by it, ''especially'' Rose. Two words: [[spoiler:[[ChildByRape rape baby]]]].
** Ironically, the manga has a lot of dark elements that weren't brought over. The Ishvalan War in the anime was a short CurbStompBattle, while in the manga it's full on WarIsHell and a number of chapters are devoted showing how horrible it was. Also the fact there's ''two'' (although the second didn't take) counts of [[spoiler: national genocide]] and unlike the Ishval war, [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll The survivers could be counted on, at the most, both hands]]]]. The anime may be more cynical overall, but the manga has far more (near-)deaths, most likely because the war was not shown yet in the manga when the anime was being made.
* Among MayuShinjo's already very {{melodrama}}tic mangas, we have HaouAiren. While her stories are full of sex scenes (very often with QuestionableConsent [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes at best]]) and FanService, this is the first one that includes graphic violence. And not always with {{Gory Discretion Shot}}s included. Even some of the sex scenes have blood splashed across them.
* ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' is known for being a war drama, but Dog Life and Dog Style takes it UpToEleven as it incorporates the grittiness of RedEyes in a completely uncensored and brutal manner (Which relates the journalist who brings out the uncensored truth). In the first two issues of the manga it starts off showing gruesome death, rape/sex and ultra violence.
* In SailorMoon, the villain Queen Nehelenia appeared in two seasons, and the contrast between which is huge. Season 4 was mostly rather light-hearted: there was a pegasus, the villains were campy circus people who were commanded around by a weird old lady, and it focused mostly on Chibiusa; only at the very end there was a real difference. The first part of season 5, however, was entirely different, even breaking with the usual format. There were no monsters of the week, only Nehelenia's nearly indestructible [[MirrorScare mirror minions]]. In the course of the arc, Mamoru was brain-washed once again, resulting in Chibiusa almost fading, and ''all'' the Inner senshi were taken out one by one, sometimes in ''very'' painful manners (like Makoto being electrified almost to death by Nehelenia herself). This arc also brought back the outer senshi, who have a much more cynical approach to these matters... and they also get taken out. Usagi barely manages to win, but before that she has to go through a full-blown BreakTheCutie process that almost throws her to the DespairEventHorizon. (And ''how'' does she win? [[spoiler: Via ''offering herself to be tortured and killed by Nehelenia'', who also shows heartbreaking HiddenDepths as we learn about the process that made her... well, the way she was. Only ''then'' things start going back to LighterAndSofter.]])
** Even more so, the last part of ''Stars''. [[spoiler: Where after a long search, the Sailor Starlights are reunited with their Princess... only for her to be killed. Then the Inner Senshi get killed. And we find out [[BusCrash Mamoru has been]] DeadAllAlong for a while already. AND Haruka an Michiru kill Setsuna and Hotaru as a part of a FakeDefector plan, but fail and die at Galaxia's hands. And we're not done...]]
** To say nothing of ''Sailor Moon S'''s anime season, which is overall darker than its predecessor. While overall pretty light-hearted, featuring some progressively sillier monsters (as well as Eugeal's car appearing in progressively sillier locations.), once Mimete's removed from the picture, the season takes a dark turn. You know a season's about to get real when the final group of villains don't even ''bother'' to summon the silly monsters of the week their predecessors summoned.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is a DarkerAndEdgier prequel to ''FateStayNight'' -- intentionally so, since the novel's intent is to show just how dark, depressing, and violent the Holy Grail War can be. This was to be expected, because the parts of the backstory already revealed ''FateStayNight'' make all but a tiny handful of the ''FateZero'' characters DoomedByCanon.
* TheMovie installments of ''{{Doraemon}}'' can easily feels like this, even if Nobita and friends remain good people. One movie deal with the horrid effect BlackMagic (in a magical world), which comes from devils (who are aliens). Another deal with the revenge of the Reptilian people evolved from dinosaurs, who want to alter time so humans never exist. Yet another deal with [[WarIsHell the horrors of war]] as terrifying aliens [[spoiler:(who are humans in hazmat suit)]] invade a utopian planet inhabited by cute humanoid animals. The last one has a particular scene that [[TearJerker can't be anything else but traumatic]] to its supposed audience.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - While the first half of the series was very lighthearted, the second half progressively began to take on darker tones, culminating in 765 Pro's rivalry with 961, [[spoiler: Chihaya's dead little brother plot, and the Producer getting into a life threatening accident.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Franchise/LupinIII'' experiences a lot of ToneShift, especially when the directors change.
** Manga.LupinIII, which we include because a fan is more likely to be familiar with the anime equivalents, rather than any of the comics that came first. It establishes itself as a series with sex, violent death, and occasional {{Gorn}}.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'', while cutting out the {{Gorn}}, remained on the darker end of the scale, until a {{Retool}} halfway through the series.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' brings back many of the darker elements from the manga back to the screen. The sexual nature of Fujiko, MindRape, and violent deaths are played up in this series.
** Anime/LupinIIIAnnualSpecials can spend some of the time Darker, and some of the time Lighter.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'' is the darkest of the Lupin Theatrical Releases, and has the notable honor of Creator/MonkeyPunch working on it.
* If you thought that YuuWatase's FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden was merely FushigiYuugi from two hundred years ago... think again. Becaue not only the heroine Takiko comes from a ''very'' different time in the real world (more exactly, ImperialJapan during TheRoaringTwenties, in contrast to Miaka and Yui who come from the Japan of TheNineties), but the Shi Jin Ten Chi Sho that she roams through is ''far'' bloodier and more complicated than the one we viewed during Miaka and Yui's journeys.
** Similarly, SakuraGari is both HotterAndSexier and this. Not only it has HoYay by the wazoo and explicit sex scenes, but also massive doses of dark themes like incest, rape, physical abuse, psychological abuse, etc.)
* ''Anime/RayearthOVA'' is a lot more grim than ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', with several characters dying, FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, and a BittersweetEnding.
* TsubasaReservoirChronicle anyone? Read the first 13 volumes. Then read the next two, and all afterwards 'Nuff said.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' was already one of the darkest titles in ''Shounen Jump'' but the Thousand Year Blood War has turned this UpToEleven. This was, notably, right around the time the anime got cancelled and KuboTite no longer had any worries about network censors. [[spoiler:Suddenly, [[AnyoneCanDie good guys can die]], adhering to HonorBeforeReason shonen battle conventions will only get you killed, and the BigBad is responsible for a genocide OF HIS OWN SUBJECTS.]]
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' eries starts off like a comedy where three siblings have to deal with invisible penguins and get a girl's diary, but [[spoiler: Ringo eventually tries to rape Tabuki, Kanba becomes a terrorist to save Himari, Yuri tries to rape Ringo, Shouma can't cope with how his and Kanba's parents seemingly caused the death of Ringo's sister, etc..]] At least she changed her mind.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', A light-hearted manga-series about a {{Otaku}} playing video-games and using that video-game knowledge to help women in real-life get over their problems which in the process leads to the creation of an UnwantedHarem. Read the early chapters that highlights the before description, and then skip directly to chapter 214. You'll be amazed at how dark the manga becomes. To elaborate, what starts off as a comedy/romance manga series, slowly begins to showcase {{Shounen}}-style action during the later portion of the ''Goddess arc'', and then delves further to even showcasing blood-and-gore once it reaches the ''Past arc''.
* Zigzagged in the ''PrettyCure'' franchise. Some installments are dark, but most are light. The dark ones usually have one or more of the eponymous magical girl having to deal with personal failure that cost them dearly. The reigning champion of Grimdarkness is currently ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'', with Cure Moonlight having to deal with [[spoiler:her FairyCompanion dying in front of her, her father being TheDragon, her father killed by the actual BigBad in front of her, her EvilCounterpart is actually kinda-sorta her little sister, said little sister dies in front of her by ''her own hands'', and then figuring out that even saving the world won't bring them back]]. HurtingHero, she is.
** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' seems intent on One Upping the above, by not only having an expy of Yuri, but by also showing, onscreen, an entire kingdom being devastated by the BigBad (Previous seasons merely gave a small glimpse of how the big bad operated and the devastation in his wake), as well as being the only series in the franchise to date to [[spoiler:subvert one of the then standard formula practices in the series, in that a DarkMagicalGirl, when redeemed, automatically stays on the side of good as a Precure in Regina, only for her to almost immediately be forced back onto the side of evil by the big bad, who's One of the most evil BigBad's since Gooyan... and he's not even the BigBad that appears for most of the series and is in fact ''controlling'' him.]] Damn.
* ''[[DragonBall Dragon Ball's]]'' successor series, ''DragonBallZ'' featured a major tonal shift from fantasy kung-fu adventures to more serious ScienceFiction adventures. Most notably, more characters were apt to die ([[DeathIsCheap and then return, but still...]]) and more focus was put on intense battles for survival rather than tournaments.
* ''TheNoozles'' took a grimdark turn about halfway though, with the introduction of Koalawallaland, its human-hating Nazi Koala inhabitants, and the threat of a RealityBreakingParadox due to the separation of the two universes being accelerated by seismic testing.
* If you only know Yoshitomi Akihito for his kawaii Yuri short stories, then ''SchoolMermaid'', a horror manga, will take you by surprise.
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