'''Dark Legends of Pretty Cure''' is a fanfic by Tropers/{{Ryanasaurus0077}} which is [[SerialEscalation even darker than]] ''FanFic/DarkAgeOfPrettyCure'' and is inspired in part by ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', and ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. Already it's shaping up to be even worse than ''FanFic/ClubPrettyCure'', and considering how much flak that one got, that's saying something.

!!This fanfic contains examples of:
* ActorAllusion: To Creator/YokoHikasa, courtesy of Kana: "I'm not about to accept that I've become a zombie, [[LightNovel/IsThisAZombie you piece of shit]]!"
* AltumVidetur: The phrase "Caveat emptor"[[labelnote:Lat.]]Buyer beware[[/labelnote]] is spoken quite a bit in early episodes. It becomes meaningful in later episodes.
** In addition, other Latin phrases also appear sporadically throughout the series.
* AntiHero: For much of the series, Kana is either Type V or an outright VillainProtagonist. Ami is a Type IV.
* AuthorAvatar: Hikari Ippahara, who starts out as an idealist and gradually grows jaded. [[WordOfGod The author has confirmed]] that he's not the only influence on Hikari; Harvey Comicbook/TwoFace (who fights crime as Gotham's White Knight and pays dearly for it with his sanity), [[Literature/LegacyOfTheForce Jacen Solo]] (whose idealism leads him to become a Sith Lord), and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Sayaka Miki]] (who fights crime as a magical girl but grows jaded courtesy of a broken heart and becomes one of the very monsters she was supposed to be fighting) also contribute largely to the influence.
** All seven of the Cures represent a different side of the author to some degree.
*** Nagi/Cure Bella represents his pacifist side;
*** Ami/Cure Notte represents his passive aggressive side;
*** Hikari/Cure Acqua represents his idealist side;
*** Mamoru/Cure Ghiaccio represents his protective side;
*** Shoko/Cure Sole represents his brainiac side;
*** Toshimi/Cure Natura represents his mature side;
*** Kana/Cure Sangue represents his cynical and assholish side.
* BadassLongcoat: Kana combines this with TightsUnderShorts with her Cure costume.
* BerserkButton: Kana does not like when the term "made girl" is mistaken as referring to [[{{Meido}} maids]], as a caporegime for the Corbucci family learned during a ball held by Don Corbucci:
-->'''Corbucci caporegime''': "Made girl"? As in the family maid?\\
'''Kana''': As in the girl who's going to whack your fucking ass if you make any more jokes about my occupation.\\
'''Corbucci caporegime''': Seriously?\\
''[Kana grabs the caporegime by his shirtfront]''\\
'''Kana''': Yes. Seriously. I attended this function as a favour to Capo di Demone, and the Boss would not appreciate people joking about a "made girl" attending this function. If you talk shit about my job one more time, your made men will have to serve a new caporegime. Am I making myself the fuck clear?\\
'''Corbucci caporegime''': C-C-Crystal...\\
''[Kana throws him down]''\\
'''Kana''': Better.
* BigBad: Number 9.
** BiggerBad: Mina Cardone.
* BittersweetEnding: WordOfGod says this will be the outcome; all he can say for now is that it'll involve a sudden transition from the CrapsackWorld portrayed herein to the canon world where many of the Curefics coexist.
* CanisLatinicus: "Nerum" is believed in-series to be a Latin word and is even conjugated as such (e.g. "Nera"). WordOfGod says it's actually Hollywood legend Dennis Muren's surname spelled backwards.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: EmmaWatson as the voice of Kana Kitsune.
* TheConsigliere: Enrico Cardone appears to be this for Capo di Demone, but in reality, he's Capo di Demone and the Capo Famiglia, and the Capo di Demone that Kana had killed was actually a Street Boss.
* CountryMatters: After Hikari starts killing criminals, Kana stops by Michiko's mansion just to flip her shit at her in this manner:
-->'''Kana''': You ''cunt''! ''Look'' what the ''fuck'' you just did to your own friend over a ''fucking boyfriend!'' I've always been sick and ''fucking'' tired of you, but this time you've gone ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis TOO! FUCKING! FAR!]]''
* [[SirSwearsALot Dame Swears-A-Lot]]: Prior to her HeelFaceTurn, it seems as though every other line of dialogue spoken by Kana/Cure Sangue can't be spoken on television without legal intoxication setting in from excessive SoundEffectBleep consumption.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Taken to SerialEscalation levels... and then comes the BittersweetEnding.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Kana does not use guns; when asked about it, she simply claims that they're "uncivilized tools". Also, Number 9 is afraid of A.D. Durante, and for good reason, as Kana explains following his first appearance in the series.
-->'''Kana''': That son of a bitch lost a member of his own species to that Durante character when he was allied with a pair of Cures far worse than I.\\
'''Ami''': "Durante"... now that's a name I kind of remember hearing earlier. I hear that he was a member of Assassins For Justice until they threw him out.\\
'''Kana''': Well, he sure as fuck has to be quite monstrous for that to have happened.
* EvilCounterpart: Kana to Hikari. The polarity is reversed when Hikari starts killing criminals and Kana has a HeelRealization, but Kana knows that she's capable of killing and doesn't wish for Hikari to be known as a murderess, so she instructs the other Cures to pin the blame on her for Hikari's vigilante killing spree, becoming the Dark Knight to Hikari's White Knight.
* HairTriggerTemper: Good God, Kana just keeps striking keys randomly on Michiko's Berserk Switchboard without even realizing it! Then again, she's deliberately hitting some of those keys, with such things as constant swearing, a preference for apples, and the obligatory "flat jokes". Lampshaded in episode 9:
-->'''Kana''': Chill it, flatty. The way you rant your fucking head off whenever I'm around you, next you're going to chew me the fuck out for breathing!
** The feeling finally becomes mutual when Michiko confesses her love to Makoto, directly leading to Hikari's vigilante killing spree.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kana suddenly realizes that killing is wrong after learning that Hikari has started murdering criminals. The realization of what she had almost become is enough for her to seek reconciliation and even go so far as to declare that she would gladly perish against the monsters and take the full blame for Hikari's vigilante killing spree if that's what it takes to seal her redemption.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: A major theme of the series.
* IronicEcho: Kana echoes Hikari's words back to Nagi, Ami, and Toshimi after obtaining the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time since losing her family, only this time, she knows what she ''must'' become, not what she has a chance of becoming.
-->'''Kana''': You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I'm not a hero, girls. Only someone who isn't a hero can protect Hikari's image now. So I know what I must become, so Hikari's image as a White Knight is preserved for all eternity.
* KilledOffForReal: The author has noted that at least one Cure will be offed in the course of the series.
* KnightTemplar: Kana has shades of this prior to her HeelFaceTurn.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Nagi and Hikari; also, Michiko and Hikari.
* TheMafia: A few fictional families inhabit Mizukai; one of them, Assassins For Justice, is not based in Mizukai and actually plans to destroy the city to kill the corruption at its root. It's hinted that this group, at a time when it was still an independent vigilante organization, orchestrated the Great Kanto Earthquake of '23 under the leadership of the oni Yasunori Kato. During a ball hosted by one of the families, Kana poses as a "made girl" for AFJ.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The Nera serve this function.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: In another ShoutOut to ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', when Kana/Cure Sangue confronts Hikari in episode 14 for what turns out to be a fight to the death:
-->'''Hikari''': ''[subtitled]'' WHO ARE YOU?\\
'''Cure Sangue''': I'm Batman. Or rather, the Batman to your Harvey Two-Face.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Kana developed this personality after her family was killed and she was left for dead. What did she do after that? [[ReturnOfTheLivingDead She was criticized for not attending the funeral, she was turned out on the streets, she became very penniless, she lost her best friend--she even went to jail, Goddammit! That's what she did!]]
* ObiWanMoment: How Toshimi wishes to die should she become a casualty after one of her friends gets offed in episode 3:
-->'''Toshimi''': If I go out, I prefer to go out against one of those monsters, with all I've got, and I want to make it count.
* ObligatorySwearing: More than some of the author's other Curefics, even!
* TheOneGuy: Mamoru Kinoshita.
* PaterFamilicide: Kana's father killed her mother and sister and left her for dead before, in a ShoutOut to ''CityOfTheLivingDead'', hanging himself in a cemetery.
* PetTheDog: Kana may be an asshole, but she's an asshole with a heart, and it shows, particularly when she buries her dead mentor in the burial crypt where her family rests in one episode and when she gives Hikari an apple out of genuine concern for her health in another episode.
* PrecisionFStrike: While Kana swears the most out of any character in the series, even she manages to make a profanity profound upon TheReveal (which hints at a possible ZombieApocalypse):
-->'''Kana''': Fucking hell... ''son of a bitch!'' So now we're ''walking corpses''!?
** After killing the Nerum in episode 3, Cure Notte has this to say as a BondOneLiner when Nagi tells her, "I thought you were a bad person!":
-->'''Cure Notte''': Good... bad... I'm the bitch with the gun.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: All the Cures have their own; each reflects his/her personality.
** Nagi/Cure Bella: "Numquam perdito spem."[[labelnote:Lat.]]Never lose hope.[[/labelnote]]
** Ami/Cure Notte: "Somnia et veritas non miscent."[[labelnote:Lat.]]Dreams and reality do not mix.[[/labelnote]]
** Hikari/Cure Acqua: "Pugno pro amori et iustitia!"[[labelnote:Lat.]]I fight for love and justice![[/labelnote]]
** Mamoru/Cure Ghiaccio: "Te protegam."[[labelnote:Lat.]]I will protect thee.[[/labelnote]]
** Shoko/Cure Sole: "Mea bonitas extendit ab ortu enim solis usque ad occasum."[[labelnote:Lat.]]My kindness doth extend from the rising of the sun to its setting.[[/labelnote]]
** Toshimi/Cure Natura: "Talis est factum naturae."[[labelnote:Lat.]]Such is a fact of nature.[[/labelnote]]
** Kana/Cure Sangue: "Deus testor, peribunt inimici mei!"[[labelnote:Lat.]]As God is my witness, my enemies shall perish![[/labelnote]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Kana's declaration to Michiko in episode 13 that the latter had gone "TOO! FUCKING! FAR!" at the end of a brief TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that also has her use the [[CountryMatters C word]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Kana's brief and extremely loud profanity-laced tirade toward Michiko upon hearing about Hikari's vigilante killing spree.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Following her HeelFaceTurn, Kana states that she's willing to go this far to fully atone for her sins.
* TheScrappy: Deliberately invoked by the author. Michiko was intentionally designed to degenerate into an over-the-top parody of this.
* SharpDressedWoman: Kana wears a pantsuit when attending the ball hosted by Don Corbucci disguised as a "made girl" for Assassins For Justice, the Mafia organization she had recently destroyed.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Toshimi Torigoe, who is stated to be the Cure that has survived her job the longest out of any other Cure. She's also the oldest, at 24.
* ShoutOut: During the "Kana's Past" arc, ''TeitoMonogatari'' gets a passing mention when Capo di Demone burns down the Corbucci mansion.
-->'''Capo di Demone''': Another branch of Assassins For Justice, led by Yasunori Kato, brought about the Great Kanto Earthquake of '23.\\
'''Kana''': I'm sorry, I didn't get that part.\\
'''Capo di Demone''': About Signore Kato?\\
'''Kana''': My parents didn't like the ''Teito Monogatari'' books, they thought the books promoted the occult...\\
'''Capo di Demone''': Nice bit of "historical fiction"... based on fact, as I mentioned.
* StartOfDarkness: Kana lost all sense of hope after losing her family. Hikari tells her this during her own start down the path of darkness:
-->'''Hikari''': You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I fear I may live to see that day myself, like you have.\\
'''Kana''': What the fuck do you know about seeing yourself become the villain? You're the White Knight here; I couldn't give more or less a flying fuck about myself. So die a hero, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]! That's how you'll likely die anyway.
* [[SelfDeprecation Take That Me]]:
** Hikari is a walking example of this.
** From the start of episode 1: "With kindness comes naivete. Courage becomes foolhardiness. And dedication has no reward. If you cannot accept any of that, you are not fit to write Curefics." This coming from someone who can't seem to understand the first of those three statements.
* TightsWithASkirt: Worn by Ami and Mamoru with their Cure costumes; the latter is a notable male example.
** TightsUnderShorts: On the other hand, ''Kana'' wears ''this'' with ''her'' Cure costume.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Kana and Hikari.
* TonightSomeoneDies: At least one Cure is going to bite it in the series.
* TrainingFromHell: Kana trained with assassins after losing her family.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Apart from the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''-inspired plotline, there's also a ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''-inspired plotline, a {{Giallo}}[=-=]inspired plotline, and a SlasherMovie-inspired plotline to keep things fresh, and when they eventually collide...
* VillainProtagonist: Kana is either this or a Type V AntiHero for a good portion of her time in the series.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Hikari is willing to kill criminals after she becomes depressed; Kana is willing to kill criminals from the start, but at least she has a HeelRealization upon finding out about Hikari and tries to make amends for her bloodshed.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, Nagi's Cure name was going to be Cure Rosa, there was going to be a cameo by the Cures from ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'' at the end as the key part of an explanation as to why there were [[OneMarioLimit two Cure Rosas]], and Toshimi was to share her surname with Ikuko. The author still intends this series to be a prequel to the entire Pretty Cure universe, though.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Mamoru is this in Cure form, wearing a PaletteSwap of Ami's Cure costume.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Kana.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Knowing she has stained her own hands with the blood of many criminals in the past, Kana instructs Nagi, Ami, and Toshimi to report her as the perpetrator of Hikari's vigilante killing spree before setting off to try to reach out to Hikari before it's too late.
-->'''Kana''': I made a promise to the Lord to protect Hikari's image at any cost. I killed those criminals.\\
'''Toshimi''': No... you can't... you're not that kind of person.\\
'''Kana''': But I can be that kind of person, because I'm capable of being a murderess. I'm whatever the city needs me to be. And if the city and Hikari's family and friends need me to play the villain so they can remember Hikari as a White Knight, so be it.
* ZombieApocalypse: Toshimi mentions a few times that the world is coming close to one, but she doesn't reveal the full details, as she initially believes that some things are better left unrevealed. The truth is far more unsettling to the Cures, as well as to Nagi (who hadn't become a Cure yet by that point). Feeling guilty about not telling the whole truth, Toshimi goes into further detail about her decade-long career as Cure Natura.