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->''"Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large."''
-->-- '''Creator/HPLovecraft'''

Imagine a [[CrapsackWorld universe]] where even the tiniest spot of hope for the future is [[WideEyedIdealist blindness in itself]], the insane StrawNihilist yelling about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in the [[BedlamHouse asylum]] is actually [[OnlySaneMan the only one with a clue]], and [[CuriosityKilledTheCast too much curiosity about the true nature of the world is a precursor to a]] FateWorseThanDeath. A universe where [[PunyEarthlings humanity]] is preyed upon as a mere plaything for all kinds of [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm inconceivable]] horrors, and all our ideals are naught but cruel illusions; a universe which was once ruled by such {{eldritch abomination}}s from the depths of space long ago.

Nor are they dead; they merely wait, [[SealedEvilInACan and soon they shall wake]]. They shall return to rule this world, [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair and all our grandest achievements]] [[AllForNothing shall have been in vain]]. For all our blind {{hubris}} we are but mice in the wainscoting, making merry while the cat's away--but even today, the world is more dangerous than we may know.

Take one step away from the comforts of home, and you will find [[ParanoiaFuel terror and madness]] on every nook and corner -- dark cults, hideous monstrosities, truths so terrible that [[GoMadFromTheRevelation none may comprehend them and remain sane]]. Demons gibber in the tunnels beneath your feet. Parasites and worms slither unseen in whatever food or drink you dare put into your mouth. Ghosts hover unseen and unheard around you, discerning and mocking your every thought and secret. The vile essence of an alien disease lurks in the recesses of your own family tree, a genetic time bomb just ''waiting'' [[InvoluntaryTransformation to]] [[BodyHorror go]] [[AndIMustScream off]]...

Such was the vision of Creator/HPLovecraft, pioneer of the Cosmic Horror Story. [[DownerEnding Our victories are hollow]] and [[YouCantFightFate our doom is certain]], for we struggle not against ordinary monsters, but [[EldritchAbomination something else entirely]]. It's possible that they don't even notice our existence; they're simply so unstoppable that their mere passing obliterates worlds, or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]], and we happen to be the world in question.

A Cosmic Horror Story doesn't just scare you with big, ugly monsters--though it can certainly have them--it depresses you with the fatalistic implication of being insignificantly powerless before such vast, unknowable and fundamentally alien entities. On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it sometimes lies near the cynical DespairEventHorizon.

If you aren't sure if a work is a Cosmic Horror Story or not, ask yourself these questions:
* Is the [[BigBad antagonist]] evil or uncaring on a cosmic scale? We're talking a BigBad who is capable of destroying humanity, planet Earth, the universe, or all three and doing so with very little or no preparation and/or intent, and with about as much effort as it takes to swat a mosquito that's landed on your arm.
* Is the attitude of the antagonist towards humanity disregard, simple pragmatism, or incidental hatred? (A godlike antagonist that actively hates humanity and its works is more in line with RageAgainstTheHeavens or GodIsEvil.) Does the antagonist have a worldview and motivations that doesn't really seem to take humanity into account? Are the motivations of the antagonist [[BlueAndOrangeMorality difficult to explain using human terms?]]
* Are the antagonist or its minions so alien in appearance or mentality that simply being near them or ''seeing them'' is [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow sufficient to drive a human to madness?]]
* Are the antagonist or its minions [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm indescribable -- literally?]] Lines like "[[TakeOurWordForIt I cannot find the words]] to describe [[NothingIsScarier the vile thing I saw]]..." are a hallmark of Cosmic Horror Stories.
* Is the tone of the work deeply pessimistic about the possibility of the antagonist being defeated completely? If it isn't, the work is more likely to be LovecraftLite.

Answering "No" to more than two of these means that the work is probably not a Cosmic Horror Story, although it may share tropes with the genre.

!! Common tropes in Cosmic Horror Stories include:
[[index]]
* AboveGoodAndEvil
* AlienGeometries
* ApocalypticLog
* BodyHorror
* BeneathTheEarth
* BlueAndOrangeMorality
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu
* BrownNote
* ClosedCircle
* TheDarkTimes
* DiabolusExMachina
* DiabolusExNihilo
* DugTooDeep
* EldritchAbomination
* EldritchLocation
* GoMadFromTheRevelation
* GodIsEvil
* HalfHumanHybrid
* HumansAreMorons
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet
* LeakingCanOfEvil
* LovecraftCountry[=/=]CampbellCountry
* LovecraftLite
* MadGod
* MindRape
* {{Mythopoeia}}[[/index]]: Most {{Eldritch Abomination}}s do not derive from folklore.\\
That said, there are quite a few of them that [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy created folklore accidentally]].[[index]]
* OutsideContextVillain
* PlanetaryParasite
* PsychologicalHorror
* PunyEarthlings
* PuppeteerParasite
* SealedEvilInACan
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* TimeAbyss
* TomeOfEldritchLore
* TownWithADarkSecret
* UltimateEvil
* TheUnpronounceable
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm
[[/index]]

The genre is sometimes called "Cosmic Horror", LovecraftianFiction, or Weird Fiction. Very likely to use ParanoiaFuel and invoke an atmosphere similar to {{Room 101}}; both tropes play with the fear of that unknown ''thing'' that happens to traumatize all those who encounter it. A DespairEventHorizon or a DownerEnding can be used to add to the depressing atmosphere. Compare/contrast with GothicHorror (on which prose the first Cosmic Horror Stories, like those from Lovecraft himself, borrowed), DarkFantasy, CrapsackWorld, MindScrew and ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.

Note that while the Franchise/CthulhuMythos SharedUniverse [[TropeMaker origi]][[TropeCodifier nated]] in the Cosmic Horror fiction of Creator/HPLovecraft, a Cosmic Horror Story need not refer to the Mythos or borrow from its imagery. LovecraftLite goes a step further than that and does not expect us to take Lovecraft's vision seriously in the first place.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/HellstarRemina'', features an enormous sentient planet coming to Earth and wreaking indescribable horror upon it. [[spoiler:Then it '''''EATS''''' the Earth as if it was an appetizer before continuing on its way, presumably to eat more celestial bodies.]]
** Also ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'', by the [[JunjiIto same author]]. A town is built [[spoiler:on top of an impossible spiral structure]], which proceeds to cause increasingly horrible things to happen before absorbing the entire town. [[spoiler:It has done so countless times before and will do so countless times again.]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' operates somewhere between this and LovecraftLite. Far on the "cynical" end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism? Check. The BiggerBad is an EldritchAbomination that can effortlessly crush realities just in passing? Check. BodyHorror, check, and YouCantFightFate, check. However, the antagonists, far from inhuman, are [[HumansAreBastards all-too human]] and their motivations [[ItsPersonal are far from impersonal]]. That EldritchAbomination is nothing more or less than [[spoiler: [[HumansAreCthulhu humanity's collective unconscious made manifest]]]]. And the protagonist and his TrueCompanions are iron-willed {{Determinator}}s who staunchly ''refuse'' to give in to the DespairEventHorizon or GoMadFromTheRevelation. Final judgment on whether the story counts as this or LovecraftLite will likely hinge on its ending... [[ScheduleSlip if it ever comes]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': A post-apocalyptic CrapsackWorld where a catastrophe [[spoiler:caused by an AncientConspiracy meddling with ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow]] led to the annihilation of half of humanity's population, while the remainder are under the relentless attacks of the "[[EldritchAbomination Angels]]", alien ([[HumansAreCthulhu or not]]) assailants on whose motives, constituents or psychology we do not have an idea of. They also happen to get progressively creepier as the show progresses, with the final ones as capable of MindRape. Various factions within the series [[GambitPileup vie for the opportunity to take down the Angels in the way they deem most appropriate]], with the winner as the creation of equally nightmarish HumongousMecha, but such a last resort requires [[PoweredByAForsakenChild the chosen pilots to be mentally ill and psychologically tortured]] in order for them to function. [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu The war only makes things worse in increasingly horrifying details]], while there is also an AncientConspiracy behind the scenes (similar to Lovecraft's tales) who plans to use such abominations in the first place to resurrect an [[RealityWarper even worse alien God]] and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt InTheirOwnImage. In the end, the apocalypse is so [[MindScrew incomprehensible]] it even also makes [[GainaxEnding us real life humans go mad from the revelation]].
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', a {{deconstruction}} of different focus than ''Evangelion'', yet similar to it: ''Something'' is making you fight in its super robot against other super robots, to decide the fate of the world [[spoiler:and infinite numbers of other ones]]. Why? You will never have the slightest idea. The manga features one attempt at an explanation, but it really doesn't help make anything better: [[spoiler:TheMultiverse has [[TheMultiverse a virtually infinite number of parallel universes]] constantly springing from slight divergences]], but this apparently puts a strain on existence, and so the giant robot battles [[spoiler:happen to be a "defense mechanism" to get rid of most universes with not enough divergence with each other.]] It's a whole new level of cosmic insignificance.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Oh, boy... Long story short? [[spoiler:Aliens with [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue And Orange Psychology]] harvest magical energy created from [[PoweredByAForsakenChild girls' suffering and eventual mutation into eldritch horrors]] in an attempt to stave off the impending death of the universe via the Second Law of Thermodynamics]], and even they cannot even comprehend why only this IndustrializedEvil works out of all things.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** ''Sailor Stars'', the last arc of the anime, reveals that Sailor Senshi exist across the galaxy and have all been engaged in an epic battle against evil. Sailor Galaxia, one of the strongest warriors, has been exterminating entire planets so that she can collect Star Seeds, which are souls. Galaxia is said to have wiped out 80% of the galaxy. [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] is ''even worse'': Galaxia, bad as she was, was also [[spoiler:the UnwittingPawn to the AnthropomorphicPersonification of [[GodOfEvil Chaos]], which at the climax ''absorbs the source of the universe's life'']]. Sure, Usagi [[spoiler:destroys Chaos, restores life to the galaxy]] and [[DeathIsCheap resurrects]] [[EverybodyLives all her dead friends]], we're told that [[spoiler:Chaos]] has ''survived'', and that one day it'll be back.
** [[spoiler:Chaos is also the true evil]] in the anime as well. In the manga, it is also the true power behind every other major villain in the series. The Sailor Senshi exist to fight it, and will likely be fighting it for eternity.
* The canonical manga {{Interquel}} that was never published would put both ''Anime/{{GunBuster}}'' and ''Anime/DieBuster'' in that territory, with revelation that, long story short, [[spoiler:the Universe is one big EldritchAbomination, the Space Monsters are its immune system and humanity can do nothing but desperately fight for survival, sacrificing their weapons and champions in the process.]]
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' started as a ComingOfAge {{Mons}} series but experienced a GenreShift when the true nature of the [[BigBad D-Reaper]] was revealed. At the end of the series, after poisoned worlds, endless {{Mind Rape}}s, and a total invasion and subjugation of a city, [[spoiler:the D-Reaper cannot be defeated, at least not conventionally, only regressed to a less threatening form.]] The fact that [[ChiakiKonaka the main writer]] is a contributor to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos will not shock anyone who's watched the series, nor will the fact that he also wrote ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''.
* ''{{Devilman}}'' - thanks to [[HumansAreBastards humans being bastards]] [[AllTheOtherReindeer killing the only people protecting them from demons]] it leads to them being left alone against the enemy. At the very end it's implied that [[spoiler: humans have been all killed, leaving only demons and devilmen]] and then [[spoiler: [[EverybodysDeadDave everybody except Satan dies]]]]. Oh and God is an gigantic EldritchAbomination that kills anybody who gets too close it.
** ''AMON'' makes it even worse - [[spoiler: God has put the entire world on a time loop so all humans and demons live and die for nothing over and over, [[GodIsEvil just to make Satan suffer the loss of his beloved repeatedly for all eternity]]]].
* The MythArc of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' eventually reveals that the mere existence of [[spoiler:Spiral Power, which the protagonists use and abuse all the time,]] is a threat to the very stability of reality, [[spoiler:the Anti-Spirals]] thus determined to create ''their own'', smaller scale Cosmic Horror Story in an attempt to stop it.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}'' mainly fought the Lloigor, shapeless [[DemonicPossession body-stealing]] beings from beyond time and space who can consume reality. Turns out [[spoiler:they're actually the first-generation superheroes who "self-evolved" into RealityWarper [[AGodAmI Gods]] and subsequently went [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide mad with power]], but were forced to live outside normal space-time since their own universe was too fragile to hold them]]. And they want back in. Badly.
* A ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]]'' comic, The Call of C'Russo, of all things, features this as its story. Donald tries out for a singing competition organized by a renowned musician, and gets successfully recruited by having his voice altered by an apparent twin of this musician. It's later revealed that the entire world is actually the dream of Ar-Finn, a primordial cephalophoid monster which slumbers in an ancient city at the bottom of the sea. The two twins are manifestations of the monster's conflicting subconscious desires to either continue sleeping or wake up (which Donald's voice will make it do). When the creature does exactly that, the rest of the world vanishes as it no longer creates the world-dream, and everything in its vicinity shapes itself into its image, resulting in Donald and his nephews growing tentacles and stick eyes. It's eventually put back to sleep, but the story ends on a rather dark note as Donald contemplates everybody's existence as mere parts of the creature's imagination.
* ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', also from Morrison, arguably. But [[BrokenAngel Secret Original]] ''is'' living in this: A CaptainErsatz of GoldenAge {{Superman}}, he discovered his world had no free will and went to change this, by coming into reality. And the reality is: He is just a comic book character...
* ''ElEternauta'', anyone? The aliens called "Hands", who are [[HigherTechSpecies smarter]] and [[SuperiorSpecies more evolved]] than human beings, are actually unwilling puppets of higher entities that they only dare to call "Them", and they even define "Them" as the "cosmic hate". [[UltimateEvil "Them"]] [[NothingIsScarier are never shown]].
* The notorious work of indie comics artists Al Columbia and Hans Rickheit and, at times, Creator/EdwardGorey.
* It's still uncertain whether ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' are this or LovecraftLite. It appeared at first to be the latter, but the monsters are getting nastier, and Hellboy is getting increasingly desperate.
* Leviathan shown in ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'' was [[AllThereInTheManual described in supplementary graphic novels]] to be the true EldritchAbomination.
* There was an AnthologyComic series from Vertigo called ''Flinch''. In one story, a massive fan of Lovecraft eventually grows up with the realization ''"We don't deserve monsters"'' and loses all wonder of [[EldritchAbomination creatures]] out there.
* ''FallOfCthulhu'' by BOOMComics.
* ''CthulhuTales'', also by BOOMComics; however, being an AnthologyComic, a lot of individual stories fell into LovecraftLite instead.
* Both [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] and [[DCUniverse DC]] have elements of this. For Marvel, anytime {{Galactus}} shows up, and for DC, anytime Starro shows up. Many CrisisCrossover events are this too.
* ''TheThanosImperative'' was a storyline where the main Marvel Universe was invaded by the Cancerverse, a version of the Marvel universe where every living thing in the universe was made immortal by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s (and turned into hideous tentacle-beard monsters in the process) and got too full.
* ''TheSandman'' stories focus on abstract beings of incomprehensible power and age that govern the whole of reality, and where supernovae exploding and wiping out solar systems of intelligent life are so common that they only mention them in passing. An example of a more {{Mind Screw}}ingly surreal Cosmic Horror Story is ''A Tale of Two Cities'', which is told in the manner of a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian ghost story]] and has a man become lost in a city's dream (ie cities have a sort of collective personality shaped by their inhabitants, and if they have a personality, why can't they dream? In the Sandman universe, this sort of logic applies to many of the anthropomorphic personifications and their realms) and meets a man who has been lost there for countless years, but still prefers the possibility of wandering through the city's dream to the alternative: "That the city should wake. That it should wake and-" but he gets distracted [[NothingIsScarier before he can tell us what might happen if a dreaming city woke up.]]
** In ''A Dream of a Thousand Cats'' it is shown that if enough people dream the same thing at once (and it's not a large number, only a thousand or so) they can not only [[RealityWarper directly change the physical world]], they can change history so that the world has ''always'' been in its "new" form, and the "old" world not only ceases to exist, but is {{Ret Gone}}d from the entirety of history so that it never existed at all.
** The fact that the Dreaming is a place inhabited by sentient creatures makes the end of ''A Game of You'' where Dream uncreates the skerry (a land that is apparently as vast and heavily populated as a country) a true Biblical apocalypse for its inhabitants. The fact that he quite casually confirms that he could recreate the land and resurrect the inhabitants exactly as they were before if he chose to adds an almost ReligiousHorror to it, as it shows just how powerful he is, and how insignificant sentient beings are in comparison.
** There's also a story where [[ArabianNights Haroun-al Rashid]] makes a bargain with Dream to preserve his perfect, magical city from the inevitable ravages of time by ''giving the entire city'' to Dream to take into his realm and preserve it forever in his stories. The story is relatively LighterAndSofter compared to some of the others (which tells you quite a lot about them!), but it still involves a real city being effortlessly transformed into a fantasy by the protagonist of the series.
** At the same time, one of these abstract beings (Morpheus himself) claims that he and his siblings are merely the servants, the dolls, of mortals. For better or for worse, mortals are the dominant power in creation.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4602078/1/Challenge_of_the_Super_Friends_The_End Challenge of the Super Friends: The End]]'', where the Legion of Doom travel to a horrific Lovecraftian universe and begin winding up like victims in the ''Film/EventHorizon'' and ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films. The unseen Benefactor may well be an UltimateEvil.
* ''FanFic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'' takes regular ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' and cranks up the Cosmic Horror elements to max. The Ophilim Kiasoz destroys entire star systems simply by passing through them, and no one knows just what it is. The Nex, [[UltimateEvil of which virtually nothing is known]], drives people mad by just mentioning it. The former GodEmperor becomes the [[GodOfEvil Chaos God]] of '''[[LawfulEvil Order]]'''. And before all of that, the New Devourer (the descendants of the [[TheAssimilator Tyranid]][=/=][[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Ork]] superhybrid) eats more than '''one third''' of all life in the galaxy. The whole 1st segment reads like it was written by Lovecraft himself.
* ''[[http://meganphntmgrl.livejournal.com/80785.html A Statement In The Ice]]'' a Lovecraft-meets-''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' pastiche in which Cthulhu bears down on New York city [[spoiler:rather than the custom-made EldritchAbomination Veidt unleashed in canon.]]
* So you think ''FanFic/AeonNatumEngel'' and its remake ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' are going to be your standard "[[DarkerAndEdgier Bad]][[HotBlooded ass]] Shinji" LovecraftLite [[FixFic setting reboots]], do you? [[OriginalFlavor Think again]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' fanfiction ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9878555/1/Johnny Johnny]]''. Not surprising, considering it has to top its [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9878532/1/Eddward already very disturbing predecessor]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanfiction ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'' moves further and further into this trope with each chapter. Not even the most powerful denizens of Gensoukyou, working together and using their most potent attacks, do more than inconvenience either Yuuka or [[spoiler:the Shadow Youkai]], some of them barely surviving the encounter, with retribution being swift and terrible. Furthermore, Yukari casually notes that she deals with similar - though not quite as bad - situations on a regular (for her) basis, and several characters, including Yuuka herself, states that there are ''far'' worse things out there.
* ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos''. There are vast empires beyond the galaxy led by omnipotent and unfettered [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]]. [[{{Satan}} Maledict]] and [[CrystalDragonJesus Allysion]] use the entire universe as their sandbox, waging the Eternal War against each other while [[BlueAndOrangeMorality concocting up schemes alien to human minds]]. No matter what Sonic and his friends do, they are pretty much unable to stop the countless factions fighting over the scraps of the Milky Way [[spoiler: and they wouldn't have survived their adventure at all if Maledict wasn't secretly protecting Sonic and his friends]]. And then there's [[EldritchAbomination Dark Tails]]...
** Taken UpToEleven by the [[AbusivePrecursors Forerunners]], an entire ''race'' of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] prophesied to [[ApocalypseHow return and destroy the entire universe]] [[spoiler: [[ShootTheShaggyDog which is exactly what happens in the epilogue]]]].
* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'' is a crossover between ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, and as such is filled with ponies being killed and {{Mind Rape}}d by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. [[spoiler:Ultimately closer to LovecraftLite, as even though the Mane Cast are all left mentally scarred, with Twilight on the verge of complete insanity, Nyarlathotep is defeated and the world saved.]]
* ''FanFic/StarWarsParanormalities'' is relatively normal until the Forceless Collective - creatures described as [[EldritchAbomination dead spots in the Force]] - enters the scene, although it's still closer to LovecraftLite since the heroes don't usually have any problems defeating these things and the rest of the story is a relatively light-hearted DeconstructionFic. However, they are still taken very seriously. First off, it's suggested they've already conquered several galaxies prior, and they are capable of [[DemonicPossession possessing]] other creatures [[AndIMustScream (and the victims are consciously aware of it)]], often forcing the heroes to kill otherwise innocent people. The first encounter with the Collective: the heroes are forced to escape from the planet they are invading, only saving a small percentage of the population from annihilation or possession along the way.
** After the events of Episode II - Chapter 9, it's revealed that the Collective the heroes are fighting against are just one totalitarian faction of Forceless, and other Forceless exist independent of this one. When discussing the details of [[spoiler: Gestroma's]] backstory, it's suggested that Forceless are born from wounds in the Force, normally created from mass genocides. Considering that the entire history of the Star Wars universe is filled with such genocides, it leads to some in-universe FridgeHorror.
* ''FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimal'' eventually turns into a cosmic horror story when exploring the ramifications of a benevolent A.I. whose safeguards and restrictions are only ''mostly'' right.
* [[TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' ends up being about how The Slender Man reclaims the Earth for [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] at large.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie. No seriously, you read that right. The Lego Movie [[TheEndingChangesEverything turned out to be this all along after]] TheReveal which is that all of the events of the story until this point had been [[spoiler: a human boy named Finn's imagination as he played with his father's Lego collection without permission. Said father, known to the Lego characters as The Man Upstairs, and whom TheBigBad is just a loose Expy of, wasn't letting his son to play with the Legos the way they were intended and wanted to [[AndIMustScream glue his creations together so they couldn't be disturbed.]]]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Creator/JohnCarpenter's "apocalypse trilogy" (''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'', ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'' and ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'') is an escalation of the trope over the 3 movies: first, a [[ShapeShifting protean]], [[TheVirus invasive lifeform threatening to subsume in itself every living thing on the planet]] in [[MysteriousAntarctica a desolate antarctic setting]] reminiscent of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''At The Mountains Of Madness''; then a liquid [[TheCorruption corruption]] that turns out to be {{Satan}}, and whose goal is to bring to our world its ''true'' father, [[UltimateEvil the Anti-God]], in an old church being investigated by academics from an establishment similar to Miskatonic University; and finally, [[EldritchAbomination ineffable, unreal horrors]] attempting to find purchase in our reality through the writings of a MadArtist and his previously-fictitious TownWithADarkSecret in the middle of LovecraftCountry, all the while [[MindScrew screwing over the protagonist]] in such a way that it was formerly the TropeNamer for ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.
** Arguably also the original short story ''Literature/WhoGoesThere?'' which inspired ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'', although not quite as bleak.
** ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' has elements of this as well, with the monster being an alien unlike anything on Earth (apart from its humanoid appearance) and a being who is nearly impossible to destroy. The main narrative comes off more as LovecraftLite, but it's implied at the end that there's more of those things out there, and they may come attack again at any time.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'', in which [[spoiler:"{{Hell}}"]] is the easiest way for the characters to describe [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hyperspace]], but some elements suggest it to be far, far worse. ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fans like joke that the film is a prequel.
* ''Film/{{Possession}}'', a film by Andrzej Zulawski which maps Cosmic Horror Story onto a disintegrating marriage.
* ''The Vanishing On 7th Street'' gives us a phenomenon that can consume entire cities. Darkness becomes a sentient, [[DarkIsEvil malevolent]] force that hunts down and absorbs everyone it can, leaving only EmptyPilesOfClothing and turning those it snatches up into shadows in its thrall. Light can keep the shadows at bay, but becomes harder and harder to sustain the longer the phenomenon is active, and the daylight hours grow shorter and shorter. There is no reason or explanation for this phenomenon, only the growing, desperate sense of inevitable doom. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied that the will to live is the key to surviving this, but even then the darkness does everything it can to [[BreakTheCutie break the resolve]] of the few remaining survivors, and [[AnyoneCanDie succeeds in almost every case]].]]
* While Italian director Creator/LucioFulci's horror movies are usually more remembered for their [[SurrealHorror bizarre dream-logic]] and [[{{Gorn}} outrageously gory kills]], at least two (''Film/TheBeyond'' and ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'') can be considered to be Cosmic Horror Stories, as both are deeply nihilistic, concern themselves with incomprehensibly malevolent supernatural forces, [[spoiler:and end very badly for pretty much everybody]]. The links to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos (''Film/TheBeyond'' features [[TomeOfEldritchLore the Book of Eibon]] as a MacGuffin, and most of ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'' takes place in a town named [[LovecraftCountry Dunwich]]) help a bit.
* The original ending to ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' had more than a touch of this [[spoiler:as in it, Ash drinks too much of the sleeping potion and wakes up AfterTheEnd, which given how freaky the scenery is was likely a result of the supernatural forces mentioned in the Necronomicon running rampant]].
* ''Film/TheForgotten'' turns out to be one. Telly and Ash's children were kidnapped by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and put through all that hell because they were ''experimenting''. The Abominations have the ability to snatch people right out of the air and instantly make any person close to you forget who you are. They have human agents that go along with them because they can't stop them. [[spoiler: There's a happy ending, but only because the Abominations said the experiment failed]].
* The ''{{Film/VHS}}'' [[{{Film/VHS2}} films]] are starting to give off this vibe, with the ending of the second film [[spoiler: implying in the that the tapes themselves are directly tied to it.]]
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', were it not for the Jaegers, man would be less significant than mere bugs before the apocalyptic tsunami of mountainous bone and muscle that are the Kaiju.
* The ''[[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Toho Universe]]'' (IE: The fictional universe the Toho Studios films take place in) certainly fall under this. Invading aliens, Kaiju, ancient civilizations that worship unearthly beings, and humanity just barely able to survive any of the ongoing mayhem. Even films that have happier endings still heavily imply that the danger is far from over and that humanity are essentially insects to the giant monsters that rampage across the world.
** ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' is this as well as an allegory for the atomic bomb. A giant ancient monster is awoken/mutated by nuclear testing and ends up wreaking havoc upon humanity. Godzilla ends up destroying Tokyo, swats down airplanes and crushes tanks like they're little more than flies, and is impervious to conventional weaponry. At the end, it takes something ''worse'' than the monster to kill it (IE: The Oxygen Destroyer). And, even then [[spoiler: it's heavily implied that Godzilla wasn't the only one of his kind.]] Cue the sequels.
** ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster''. A princess becomes possessed by the spirit of a long-extinct being from Mars (or Venus depending on which version you are watching) who proceeds to try and warn humanity about their impending doom. As if that wasn't bad enough, a giant meteor has landed on earth and seems to be growing. Said meteor then bursts open revealing Ghidorah, a giant three-headed space dragon that goes from planet to planet wiping out all life. Why? Just for the hell of it. It takes the combined efforts of Mothra, Godzilla, and Rodan (Three already powerful monsters that made humans seem like insignificant ants in comparison) just to drive him away.
** While ''Film/{{Matango}}'' lacks the space aliens and kaiju of other Toho films, it certainly has its share of inhuman horrors. A group of sailors end up washed up on an island that's strangely inhabited by a lot of unusual mushrooms. They find another boat washed up that belonged to a research crew, but said crew seems to have disappeared. [[spoiler:And then we find out what happens when someone eats the mushrooms.]]
** ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack''. Not only do you have the Godzilla returning from the first film as a vengeful zombie-thing possesed by the spirits of those who died in World War II, but you also have three kaiju that were so feared by people that they were actually worshipped as gods. Said three gods (Mothra, Baragon, and Ghidorah) are awoken to help protect Japan against Godzilla's wrath due to the JSDF once again being useless against him. And, even then, the most powerful of the three god-monsters (Ghidorah, who also happens to be the Yamato No Orochi) is no match against Godzilla.
** ''Film/GodzillaVSSpaceGodzilla'' centers around Godzilla going up against his alien clone. To give an idea as to how dire the situation is, when asked what would happen if Space Godzilla were to defeat his earthly counterpart, the Shobijin [[YouDontWantToKnow refuse to answer.]] As if that wasn't bad enough, the ending of the film also implies that Godzilla's battle with Space Godzilla was the catalyst that causes [[spoiler:Godzilla to become [[HeroicRROD Burning Godzilla.]]]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/RobertWChambers's book ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'', which was an influence on Lovecraft himself, and he made references to it that [[TheWeirdAlEffect are now better known than the original source]]. Filled with MindScrew and TakeOurWordForIt.
* The works of Creator/ArthurMachen were a huge influence on Lovecraft, particularly his 1894 novella ''Literature/TheGreatGodPan'', which gives us the eponymous EldritchAbomination and was the basis for Lovecraft's own story "Literature/TheDunwichHorror". Machen wrote other works of this kind, though ''The Great God Pan'' stands out as the most significant.
* Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's ''Literature/TheNightLand'' and ''Literature/TheHouseOnTheBorderland'' are also notable forerunners.
* Creator/GuyDeMaupassant's short story "The Horla" is another influence on Lovecraft, with its motifs of a cosmos harbouring unknown terrors and, closer to home, a malevolent, intangible organism capable not only of possessing humans but of one day replacing them as a species. Unless, that is, it's just the [[UnreliableNarrator narrator]] [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness gradually going mad]].
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket'', of which Lovecraft's own seminal ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' is a SpiritualSuccessor if not outright sequel.
* [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. "Grandpa Cthulhu" Lovecraft]] and his ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' colleagues - [[Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith Clark Ashton "Klarkash-ton" Smith]], [[Creator/RobertEHoward Robert E. "Two-Gun Bob" Howard]], etc. - who started the whole Franchise/CthulhuMythos thing (although it wasn't actually named, nor any kind of cohesive whole, until Creator/AugustDerleth laid hands on it) as a collective attempt to lend their works an air of authenticity, by [[{{Mythopoeia}} sharing common elements and references]] as if the stories were actually based on Real Life sources. And ''it worked'' - there are now people who genuinely believe the ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore Necronomicon]]'' is a real existing book and that Cthulhu was worshiped by ancient Sumerians.
* Creator/HGWells:
** This is especially evident with his most famous novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', in which a race of [[StarfishAliens Martians]] arrives on Earth in cylinders containing hundreds of them each. They build gigantic fighting machines capable of leveling cities and killing enormous groups of people very quickly. The military uses just about ''everything'' that would have been available at the time, ranging from canons to the ironclad ''Thunder Child'' (the ironclad is even replaced by an [[NuclearOption atomic bomb]] in the 1953 film), and the best they can do is occasionally ''stall'' the Martians before being incinerated. By the second half of the book England is a deserted wasteland with barely anyone left alive. The narrator himself even refers to the invasion as "the beginning of the route of civilization". [[spoiler:The only thing that saves humanity is the Martians' bodies being vulnerable to unfamiliar bacteria.]]
** ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' has some shades of cosmic horror as well, so far as it emphasizes mankind's insignificance--the protagonist travels thousands of years into the future only to discover that rather than advance, mankind has devolved into two primitive species, the Eloi and the Morlocks (though the 1960 film version was slightly more optimistic, and suggested that it may be possible to rebuild civillization). After that whole adventure he travels ''further'' into the future to a point where Earth is implied to be dying and humanity is heavily implied to be gone completely.
* ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'' and its sequels take place in a world where bureaucratic top secret government agencies even more covert and shadowy than MI5 and the CIA battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s attracted to reality after Alan Turing discovered a theory that allowed the user to warp reality with computers and the [[{{Ghostapo}} Nazis attempted to summon the Great Old Ones using the souls of those slaughtered in the Holocaust]] to win the Second World War. CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt where the Elder Gods devour the world]], is definitely going to happen; the only question is how long we've got, and the best estimates have it as a matter of a few years ... if we're lucky.
* Sarah Monette's ''Literature/TheNecromanticMysteriesOfKyleMurchisonBooth'' stories take place in a Cosmic Horror Story universe -- unsurprisingly, as she openly acknowledges Lovecraft as a major influence.
* Creator/StephenKing likes tropes associated with this genre, particularly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, although most often they're limited in how much they can affect the world. He also uses LovecraftCountry a lot (many of his works are set in New England, most often rural Maine).
** In ''Literature/{{IT}}'', the eponymous monster is perceived as a GiantSpider by the protagonists, because this was the closest analogue that their rational minds could find for Its appearance. Attempting to fight It can result one's mind being flung beyond the edge of the universe, then being driven mad by the Deadlights (which It is merely an appendage of). After the protagonists [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu succeed in killing It]], they [[LaserGuidedAmnesia magically forget about the entire incident]]; apparently this was the only way they could have lived a normal life afterward.
** "Literature/TheMist" describes what happens when ordinary folk are confronted with an encroaching alternate reality that gradually enshrouds everything in an unnatural fog filled with predatory {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. (Although as the novella [[ShoutOut explicitly states]], they aren't truly "Lovecraftian" horrors, in that they can bleed and die, particularly if they are [[KillItWithFire set on fire]].)
** In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' several hints are dropped regarding entities and realities of this magnitude, especially in regards to "Todash Darkness and the unspeakable things that dwell there in the black never between realities". [[spoiler:The scenes in Book Seven regarding Roland, Susannah, and Oy fleeing through Castle Discordia from [[EldritchAbomination one of these things]] that somehow got OUT of Todash are laced with suggestive themes about what would happen when the Tower falls and Todash sets these critters loose on all the many universes.]]
* ''Literature/TheHauntingOfAlaizabelCray'' has the standard deluded-fools-summoning-[[EldritchAbomination eldritch-abominations]] plot. Said {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are called the Glau Meska, but often known as the Deep Ones. Now where did that idea come from...?
* The American horror writer Creator/ThomasLigotti has written a few of the only genuinely Lovecraftian pastiches ever. A few, though not many, of the works explicitly use the names of Lovecraft's creations. One of his best (and most unsettling), "Nethescurial", [[http://www.ligotti.net/showthread.php?t=433 can be read here]].
* Many stories by Creator/CliveBarker could fall into this category. ''Skins Of The Fathers'' particularly. Clive Barker is one of the few authors whose Cosmic Horror Story works can't be traced back to Lovecraft's distinctive styles, but has all the themes: ArtifactsOfDoom, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, {{Eldritch Location}}s, and a general sense of dread and fear caused by contact with higher beings that just might not have humanity's best intentions in mind.
* The fantasy of Creator/MichaelMoorcock is full of Cosmic Horror. ''Literature/TheElricSaga'''s world especially has many, many ancient evils that used to rule the world and now lie around decaying and waiting to destroy any traveler they meet. Elric himself rules over [[DeadlyDecadentCourt the remnants of one of these evil empires]], and his patron god is an EldritchAbomination (as are virtually all the other gods; WarhammerFantasy's OrderVersusChaos theme was clearly inspired by Moorcock's work, at least until they decided to get rid of the Order part). The final book involves [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world being completely remade]] by the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, and the "good" ending to the story accepts this as inevitable. The Corum series is an example too; he fights against Elric's Lords of Chaos in the first series, and in the second series against a group of Eldritch Abominations who are based on the elemental forces of cold and death.
** An interesting variation is the Dancers at the End of Time: Humanity itself is the source of the horror: having reached omnipotence through enormously energetically costly technology, they dramatically sped up the heat death of the universe. The few surviving races still coexisting with humanity who are witnessing [[TheStarsAreGoingOut the stars dying at a frightening rate]] are pretty much living this trope. Also, since this is a [[CanonWelding Moorcock story]], there is also the implication that some of the Abominations who are wreaking havoc in Elric's universe -[[spoiler: including Elric's own Patron God]]- are in fact Dancers who decided to take part in wars between gods to stave off their boredom
* In ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', after Weston returns to his body which had heretofore been [[DemonicPossession possessed by a bent eldil]], the picture he paints of the afterlife suggests a Cosmic Horror universe: Reality as we know it is just a thin shell surrounding an endless abyss of nothingness, and ultimately nothing humanity does matters. However, this being a novel by Creator/CSLewis, he's wrong about the universe; and it's suggested that this wasn't even Weston talking, but an eldil impersonating Weston in hopes of discouraging Ransom.
* Creator/NeilGaiman:
** "How to Talk to Girls at Parties." The narrator ends up at the wrong party with his friend, flirts with girls who turn out to be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of planets, and is almost consumed by hearing a song from one of them. His friend tries to make out with a ''sun'' and inadvertently pisses her off, and the narrator never hears from him again.
** "Literature/AStudyInEmerald" is a Franchise/SherlockHolmes {{homage}} set in a late [=19th=] century where the Great Old Ones took over centuries ago. While the world superficially is much like ours and the God-Monsters themselves seem as if they've [[GoingNative gone native]], one doesn't need to scratch the surface much to find exceedingly unpleasant facts and goings-on [[spoiler:which may soon lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[FridgeHorror Imagine the first half of the 20th century if all world leaders were even worse monsters]]]].
* ''Cthulhu's Reign'', edited by Darrell Schweitzer, is an anthology of short stories on what life - well, existence anyway - on Earth would be like when the Old Ones return.
* In Creator/JackWilliamson's short story "Born of the Sun", the planets of the Solar system are [[spoiler:actually [[ThatsNoMoon eggs of space-dwelling dragon-like monsters]] that start hatching. [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto first]]]].
* Mark Z. Danielewski's debut novel ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves''. As a book about a book about a film about a [[color:blue:House]] [[EldritchLocation that is a maze]] (or, in short, a book that is a maze), it layers its MindScrew into several overlapping narratives, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou all commenting on each other]] [[note]]some warning you of danger[[/note]] , accompanied by some ''seriously'' [[SelfDemonstratingArticle screwed-up typography]], all to give the reader the sense of disorientation one would feel inside the ever-shifting, enigmatic house.
** It's made particularly explicit when the protagonist of the A-story says that the eponymous house [[EldritchLocation actually is]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien God]].
* ''Literature/ThatIsAll'' has a day by day summary of Ragnarok in 2012. 700 Ancient and Unspeakable Ones destroy the world over the course of the year, killing humanity and any chance of civilization rebuilding in horrific and sometimes [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] ways.
* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' and its sequel ''This Book is Full of Spiders'' are Cosmic Horror masquerading as LovecraftLite. The antagonists are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from parallel realities or [[EldritchLocation stranger places]] intent on entering our reality and shaping it to suit them. It's strongly implied by the end of the second book that the only reason they haven't been successful so far is that there are so many of these things trying to invade our reality that their various plans and agents keep interfering with each other.
** The first novel involves a drug that [[spoiler: causes 99% of the people who use it to eventually explode, releasing sentient alien insects capable of infecting others and controlling their hosts while using them as incubators]]. The other 1%, which just happens to include the protagonists, merely gain the ability to see the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and StarfishAliens that exist ''all around us'' just out of sight of humanity. John and Dave end up [[spoiler: destroying the alternate-reality living computer that's responsible for the attempted incursion, but since it's merely the manifestation of an EldritchAbomination, it's not really destroyed, and now it's ''pissed''.]]
** The second novel ends with the revelation that [[spoiler:agents of the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s have infiltrated much of society and government. Also, a large number of humans are infected with a spider-like parasite that can [[BodyHorror turn them into Lovecraftian monsters]] and potentially be controlled by the antagonists.]] And as John and Dave themselves repeatedly point out, our "heroes" are just two losers who happen to end up postponing the inevitable through sheer luck, ignorance, video game skills, [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu snark]], lots of beer, and ThePowerOfRock. Yeah, they're [[RefugeInAudacity that kind of book]].
* Literature/TheAdversaryCycle by F. Paul Wilson depicts a struggle between two forces over Earth -- the Otherness and the Ally. Neither of them care about humanity -- it's just a counter in a galaxy-spanning conflict for an unknown goal, and implied to be a [[InsignificantBluePlanet relatively worthless one at that]]. The Ally protects Earth simply because the Otherness wants it, and the protagonists serve the Ally only because the consequences of the Otherness taking over Earth are far, far worse.
* Creator/AlgernonBlackwood's "The Willows" takes place in [[spoiler:an EldritchLocation where the boundaries between our reality and another reality have worn thin. It's very eerie and otherworldly and places a lot of emphasis on incomprehensible reality and human insignificance.]]
* Creator/BrianLumley uses many of Lovecraft’s deities and concepts. Examples of this are the ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' (quite Lovecraftian explanation of the vampire’s nature), ''Titus Crow'' and ''Dreamlands'' sagas. Ironically enough, the ''Necroscope'' series is more into this than many of the things he wrote with actual Lovecraft references.
* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges wrote the short story ''There Are More Things'' in Lovecraft's memory. The story tells the encounter the narrator has with a monstrous extraterrestrial inhabiting an equally monstrous house
* Costa Rican writer Daniel Gonzalez is also known for being influenced by Lovecraft. Some examples are:
** Zarate Arkham, the main character of his horror novel ''A Scream in the Dark''. Her name is a clear allusion to Lovecraft.
** Zarate comes from a rich British family that practices witchcraft, Satanism, demon worship and incest.
** The Arkhams have been persecuted for several centuries because of their Satanic practices, a recurrent topic in Lovecraftian fiction.
** A branch of the Arkham family rules over a rural and isolated English town, [[spoiler:although it is later discovered that they're actually undead and the town is an EldritchLocation]].
** The EldritchAbomination is actually Cthulhu itself.
** Several characters have pacts with demons. Things don’t go well.
** Incest is a common topic.
* The works of Creator/GrahamMasterton, especially those in the ''Literature/TheManitou'' series, featuring the Indian medicine man Misquamacus and a cast of eldrich horrors drawn from the same stagnant pool where Lovecraft fished (or rather, trawled).
* Ramsey Campbell, like fellow brits Brian Lumley and Graham Masterton, is one of the most influential latter-day contributors to the CthulhuMythos, especially in his earlier works; there's a reason he's TropeNamer for CampbellCountry, after all.

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'' took place in a universe threatened by formless evils. The (presumably) non-human "Elements" Steel and occasionally even the more sympathetic Sapphire, could, on occasion [[HumanoidAbomination seem alien themselves]].
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' borders on this at times. While the universe as a whole isn't overtly threatened by any EldritchAbomination, it does show mankind's insignificance in a vast cosmos that is almost entirely unaware of its existence; when it is discovered, the only safe option is to deliberately cut Earth off from the rest of the galaxy. In the event that it hadn't, arguably the most ''optimistic'' possible future for human race was to be colonized by the [[TheEmpire Scarran Imperium]] and used for casual sex by Scarran officers on shore leave- the next generation of humans being almost entirely comprised of Scarran hybrids. For good measure, the Uncharted Territories alone are populated by coutless varieties of nightmarish creatures and [[HumanoidAbomination impossible beings]], most of them extremely hostile or at the very least antagonistic towards other races. Worse still, the nearest things to gods in this setting (be they SufficientlyAdvancedAliens or truly godlike EnergyBeings) are amoral and uninterested in anything outside their sphere of influence- ''at best''; at worst, they're murderous kill-crazy bastards who are actually empowered by mass-slaughter. And yet, one crazy human came closer to destroying the entire universe than any of these.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' heavily implies that [[GreatOffscreenWar the Last Great Time War]] became this by the end. Entire civilisations were rendered extinct or simply wiped from existence, ''armies'' of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s were created and used as weapons, the Daleks became deranged and maniacal even by [[AbsoluteXenophobe their]] [[OmnicidalManiac standards]], the Time Lords were perfectly willing to destory ''time'' in an attempt to save their own skins, and the Doctor - usually a BadassPacifist who tries to find a solution that won't kill anyone - was so horrified that he ([[JokerImmunity tried to]]) kill off ''[[KillEmAll everyone involved]]'' just to contain it.
* Arguably Series/TwinPeaks, especially in the second season with the gradual reveal that under a quiet and reasonably cheerful town it turns out there are mysterious otherworldly beings, including one who delights in possessing people's bodies and committing brutal murders, though he is found and apparently defeated [[spoiler: until he possesses Cooper's body in the season finale]]. Then of course there's [[EldritchLocation The Black Lodge]].
* Angel is closer to LoveCraftLite for most of it's run, but lurches into CosmicHorror in it's final season.
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[[folder: Radio]]
* Played with in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Each version of the story literally ''begins'' with Earth being obliterated by indifferent aliens to make way for a hyperspace bypass, and would have completely driven mankind to extinction if Arthur Dent and Trillian hadn't conveniently befriended aliens who took them offworld before the disaster happened. However, in a twist, it is revealed that [[spoiler: the Earth was actually a gigantic super-computer designed to figure out the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, and it was destroyed five minutes before the program was to be completed, essentially making Arthur Dent the most important person in the entire universe]].
** A major plot thread, at least in the radio series, involves the "Total Perspective Vortex", a torture device which consists of forcing prisoners to glimpse the entirety of the universe with a tiny, microscopic marker reading "You are here", the idea being that the victim's brain snaps as a result of being unable to comprehend their insignificance. Ironically, this actually ''helped'' Zaphod, who survived because it made him realize that his ego was literally ''as big as the universe''. Well that and [[spoiler: he was in an artificial universe but that's another matter altogether]].
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[[folder:Religion]]

* UsefulNotes/AztecMythology. [[PoweredByAForsakenChild If humans ever stop sacrificing each other]], the Gods will become too weak to keep the universe running. Entropy will take over, the sky will tear itself apart, skeletal snake-woman monsters will descend from on high and everything will perish. Again. Except, presumably, the Gods, who have already survived five or six apocalypses in the past, pretty-much all of which were ''entirely their fault''.
* ClassicalMythology as well. It would merely be a DarkerAndEdgier LowFantasy if the Greeks weren't obsessed with personifying ''everything''[[note]]even though most AnthropomorphicPersonifications don't appear in any myths, Hesiod mentions them and so they are "canon", so to speak[[/note]] but the fact that every abstract concept is personified as a deity means that Fate, which is [[YouCantFightFate completely unstoppable]], is in fact a sentient being (which was actually worshipped by some mystery religions) and is thus making the word [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] entirely for her own amusement, and there is nothing that mortals or even gods can do to get her to stop being a {{Troll}}.
* NorseMythology. Wolves large enough to eat heavinly bodies? A snake so large it encircles the earth? A dragon large enough to eat away at the foundations of the universe? Beings refered to as "''giants''" (or "jötun" which means "devourer") that are (mostly) sinister primordial personifications of nature that existed even before the universe? The fact that the god who runs the show is a scary death-deity that really is not in controll of the universe as much as trying to keep it balanced but knows that in the end it will all come tumbeling down? A even older race of giants that embody fire and heat and live in a place literary called "''Home of the Worlddestroyers''" that only wishes to burn the entire universe.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. It looks bleak. The ghosts of dead titans are trying to [[ApocalypseHow drag all of Creation into Oblivion]], the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demonic creators of the universe]] want to reclaim rule of it, and the [[FairFolk infinite armies of shapeless chaos]] want to dissolve all existence back into chaos. After a series of catastrophes, about 98% of the world has already been irreparably destroyed by the start of the series, civilization has been steadily crumbling for hundreds of years, and everybody is lining up to be the one to finally finish the job. Of course, you're Exalted. You can solve all these problems by punching them in the face.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' takes place in a world infiltrated by Chaos, a [[TheCorruption corruptive]] [[MoreThanMindControl force]] [[TheHeartless given strength by the ickier parts of the human psyche]]. The only way to combat Chaos is to be [[KnightTemplar frighteningly dogmatic and wipe it out whenever it looks at you funny]], [[IDidWhatIHadToDo no matter who gets caught in the crossfire]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is ''[[CrapsackWorld even worse]]''. Not only is Chaos even more of a threat (powerful daemons in ''Warhammer'' can devastate armies; powerful daemons in ''[=40K=]'' can devastate '''star systems'''), there are also the [[NighInvulnerability implacable]] legions of the Necrons and their former [[PhysicalGod C'tan]] masters, and the [[WeHaveReserves limitless]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid hordes]] controlled by its immortal HiveMind. Indeed, it's often noted that humanity still survives despite [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed the galaxy always being doomed]] not because of anything they do, but because the various unstoppable, incomprehensible menaces keep ''getting in each others' ways''.
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' subverts the trope; the setting's big secret is that [[spoiler:the universe is humanocentric, existing only for our benefit]]. Any horrific monsters beyond time that make us insignificant, then, are actually [[spoiler:the product, not the cause, of our sense of insignificance; it's a vicious cycle.]]
* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness has elements of this in each of its gamelines, with each one having an apocalyptic ending. [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Vampire]] has the [[EldritchAbomination Antediluvians]], their ancient, cannibalistic and godlike forefathers and [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Werewolf]] has the Wyrm and the titular apocalypse. Of the bigger lines, only [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Mage]] gives the potential for a happy ending, and doesn't involve one flavour or another of the Old Ones eating everything (unless the PC's screw up BADLY).
* The Swedish RPG ''{{KULT}}'' mixed Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Aleister Crowley occult traditions and the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies, and took its aesthetics from [[PunkPunk Splatter Punk]], Creator/CliveBarker and Creator/HRGiger art. It's actually a subversion. Humans are hopeless against supernatural forces, but [[spoiler:will triumph once awoken. In fact, most supernatural beings are hopelessly trying to prevent that. In other words, they [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu broke their arms punching]] [[HumansAreCthulhu us]].]]
* The same Swedish company also released ''MutantChronicles'', whose basic premise is somewhat similar to that of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', if on a much smaller scale (humanity still hasn't expanded beyond the solar system); although depending on the GameMaster's choices for his own campaign, [[LovecraftLite it could be entirely possible for the players]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu to rip]] [[BigBad the Dark Soul]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu a new one]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding if they try hard enough]]. [[HopeSpot Or not]].
* ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland'' [[spoiler:[[LovecraftLite is a massive subversion]]]]. The world is being menaced by the Caretakers, a group of [[TheFairFolk entities who live based on story rather than physical laws, as we humans do]]. They have collectively decided to drive humanity to [[DrivenToSuicide self-destruction]], and have done so via a [[TheVirus viral]] insanity that causes ''reality'' to lose its grip on ''you''... [[spoiler:The Caretakers hate humans because they're actually ''terrified'' of us, since [[HumansAreCthulhu we act in ways they find utterly incomprehensible]]. That, and TheReveal of the fact that ''vice versa'' is not true...]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' is an RPG based on the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, embracing and expanding upon what he developed (though at times in the direction of LovecraftLite, depending on the [[GameMaster Guardian]] or scenario).
** In ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'', a modern-day [[ConspiracyKitchenSink conspiracy-heavy]] setting for ''COC'', it gets worse. Curiously enough, it's mentionned in the main book that by the turn of the millenium, most [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Mythos entities]] and their minions are [[OrcusOnHisThrone far less present and/or active]] than they were even in [[GenteelInterbellumSetting the 20s and 30s]]... [[spoiler:They don't need to be. [[ForegoneConclusion They already won]]. They just need to wait a comparatively short while [[WhenThePlanetsAlign for the Stars will soon be]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Right]].]]
** And for a different take on modern-day Mythos espionage roleplaying, ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' has been made into its own game, using the same basic Chaosium rules as ''[=CoC=]'' and ''DG'', making all three fully compatible. Have fun.
* ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech''. Mix the above with ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. The good news: You have all sorts of wonderful toys (MagiTek HumongousMecha, PsychicPowers, FunctionalMagic, {{Lovecraftian Superpower}}s...) to fight against the [[StarfishAliens Migou]] [[AlienInvasion invaders]] and the EldritchAbomination-worshipping {{cult}}s. The bad news: the fact that the Migou and the cults [[EvilVersusEvil also fight each other]] only barely slows down their systematic conquest of more areas, both have thoroughly infiltrated human society despite TheGovernment's increasingly (and justifiably) [[KnightTemplar draconian security policies]], a handful of godlike abominations and countless lesser ones are already here, and the first storyline-progressing book can be summed up in three words: It Got Worse. It's even mentioned in the core book that should [[SealedEvilInACan Great Cthulhu]] be woken up by the [[ReligionOfEvil Esoteric Order of Dagon]], it's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt game over for anything not in thrall to the Old Ones]].
* Long-defunct late-80's/early-90's RPG ''Dark Conspiracy'' had this sort of vibe -- even though the BigBadEnsemble of the Dark Lords took several cues from mythological gods and demons, they were still overwhelmingly powerful and unknowable extradimensional entities, who managed [[TheMasquerade from behind the scenes]] to turn [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near-future Earth]] into a [[CrapsackWorld horribly depressing]] {{dystopia}} with the worst aspects of CyberPunk cranked UpToEleven and almost none of the cool stuff that comes with it (they stalled technological progress because too much of it could give humanity hope for the future, y'see, and since [[TheHeartless they thrive on our despair]]... ''Their'' minions had access to plenty of creepy, evil tech). Oh, and almost everyone even the slightest bit in the know was either an UnwittingPawn, [[LesCollaborateurs collab]][[TheQuisling orating]], or worse, one of countless monstrous minions who infiltrated and preyed on an apathetically oblivious humanity in secret.
* Pelgrane Press [[AuthorAppeal really seem to like this trope]], since the first three published settings for their ''Gumshoe'' system -- ''Trail of Cthulhu'', ''TabletopGame/FearItself'' and ''The Esoterrorists'' -- all contain varying degrees of it. The first one is classic Franchise/CthulhuMythos pulp horror investigation; the second is about playing more or less normal people suddenly confronted to the fact that their world actually is like every Creator/CliveBarker-esque [[PunkPunk splatterpunk]] story lumped together; and the third is about a secret organisation, the Ordo Veritatis, trying to stop an AncientConspiracy (the eponymous esoterrorists) from turning their world into a copy of the second one for fun and profit. Things are not going so well for the Ordo.
* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' has published a supplement called ''Worlds Of Cthulhu''. No points for guessing [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos the premise]].
* Some years ago, a short-lived CCG called ''Hecatomb'' had this as its premise - each player was an [[OmnicidalManiac "Endbringer"]], someone who, whether MadScientist, EvilSorcerer or what-have-you, competed with other Endbringers to be the first to [[YourSoulIsMine gather enough souls]] to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to fuel their powers, then move on [[AlternateReality to the next alternate reality]] to start over. You fought each other by summoning/creating monstrous minions (many of them {{eldritch abomination}}s in their own right) and [[FusionDance fusing them together]] to form [[HybridMonster Abominations]], calling down [[GodOfEvil evil gods]] (including [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]), and similar dirty tricks, all to get the requisite 20 soul tokens at your ennemies' expense. And since every player gained a soul token at the beginning of his/her turn...
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noctum Noctum]]'' has such a premise (mixed, like others on the list, with splatterpunk), but with the caveat that [[spoiler:The reason the BigBadEnsemble abominations were attracted to our world is because HumansAreTheRealMonsters]].
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' can fall into this. The apocalypse has already happened. 9/10ths of humanity have been wiped out (read: had their brains pulled out and read like floppy disks) by enigmatic superbeings called the [=TITANs=], with the remaining ten percent only surviving because apparently the [=TITANs=] lost interest for no explainable reason (and apparently human extinction was only a side effect of their goals anyway). Before leaving, they released mindless killing machines charged with harvesting heads, superweapons never dreamt of by human minds, plagues and nanobots capable of turning someone into BodyHorror. Space folds differently around some TITAN artifacts, and psychic powers exist... as a side effect of one of their mutagenic plagues which may or may not turn you into a time bomb of some sort. Looking at TITAN artifacts can be damaging to your mind, or even infect you with a mutagenic horror, rewrite your mind, or simply destroy you... from across vaccuum and through the best protection humanity has ever devised. Monstrosities prowl the dark parts of space, just left behind when the [=TITANs=] vanished. Of course, the [=TITANs=] only started this menagerie of horrors because a cosmic superbeing (superbeings?) of enigmatic origins and goals did something similar to them for similarly ineffable reasons. Transhumanity's only hope lies in the fact that apparently nobody who matters cares enough to take the few months required to finish the job, but they might do it anyway out of carelessness.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' very gladly hands the GameMaster the tools necessary with the ''Far Realm''. Though D&D already had weird, Lovecraftian monsters like the squid-headed illithids, mid-2nd Edition game designer Bruce Cordell started adding even deeper cosmic horror elements. One of his more influential contributions was the idea of a "far realm" of everything outside the borders of time, making the multiverse into a bubble in the infinite cosmic horror stew. ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'''s plane of Xoriat is strongly inspired by it, and a lot of weirder monsters that weren't from "the planes" or "AWizardDidIt" became the result of Far Realm intrusions into reality. The denizens of the Far Realm don't even care enough to want in, but constant accidents and random events cause little openings in the very thin wall of reality. Add in your standard insane cultists, mad wizards seeking alien power, world-ending monstrosities from later books like ''Elder Evils'', and a bevy of alternate rules including a SanityMeter rule cribbed from ''Call of Cthulhu'', and D&D is very inviting to someone who wants to inflict this trope on a high fantasy world.
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* The SurvivalHorror game ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' is often seen as this, but strictly speaking, while the tone is unmistakably CosmicHorror, the plot itself is not, and all three of the standard endings involve [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacters triumphing over the Ancients and saving humanity,]] which lands this one squarely in LovecraftLite territory.
** The bonus ending reveals that there's a bit more to it than that, and that [[spoiler:Mantorok, the most powerful and sole surviving Ancient, engineered the deaths of the other Ancients as part of a larger plot.]] But while on paper that probably sounds like a BolivianArmyEnding, it's not made clear in-story what, if anything, that means for humanity.
* In ''Videogame/{{Bayonetta}}'', {{Heaven}} is a white-and-gold version of {{Hell}}. [[LightIsNotGood That doesn't mean Heaven is all good]], [[DarkIsEvil nor that Hell isn't all evil]]. No, [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks they're both]] [[EvilVersusEvil equally evil]]. Which means humans are screwed the moment they take their last breath.
* Frictional Games specializes in this, with their games ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'', and the more popular ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''.
* In 1987, {{Infocom}} made an InteractiveFiction text adventure called ''TheLurkingHorror'' loosely drawing on the themes of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* Another IF example: ''Videogame/{{Anchorhead}}'' is an award-winningly well-regarded example of a text adventure set in the "slowly unraveling horror" Lovecraftian milieu. [[http://baf.wurb.com/if/game/17 Look here]] for download and information on the game.
* In ''{{Drakengard}}'', TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed because the gods are [[GodIsEvil not just evil]], but also composed entirely of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. There are not slithering masses of tentacles that cause insanity by their very sight, but [[HumanoidAbomination something very morbid]].
* The events of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' ultimately leads to the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, complete with a doomsday cult and brain-dead people uttering prophetic warnings. This is all due to the subtle influence of the reawakened Nyx, a vast and ancient being [[spoiler:and who apparently ''[[ThatsNoMoon is the moon]]'',]] being called down to the earth. Her presence causes people to explode into puddles of black ooze and random organs. In all likelihood, she doesn't care in the slightest. Oh and she's mainly summoned by the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the malice and despair in the hearts of humanity. Despite your best efforts, [[spoiler:the best action taken was a reverse seal; the protagonist makes a HeroicSacrifice to keep said personification of malice and despair away from Nyx.]]
** The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, however, is very definitely a Cosmic Horror Story, with the added horror that human passions are to blame [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve for the strength, if not outright creation, of the evil forces that constantly plague the various realities]].
** The {{Persona 2}} duology features good ol' Nyarlathotep himself as the BigBad, not to mention that [[spoiler: Innocent Sin ends with [[TheBadGuyWins the bad guy winning]] and the party having to push the ResetButton to get another shot at saving the world.]]
* ''Shadow of the Comet'', ''Prisoner of Ice'' and the better-known ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'', by Infogrames, are all in the same Cthulhu Mythos-haunted world, with several direct Lovecraftian references, including [[TomeOfEldritchLore the Necronomicon and De Vermis Mysteriis]]. The name of the mansion from the first ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark1992'', Derceto, is revealed in-game to be an alias of [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Shub-Niggurath]], the Mythos' equivalent of a fertility deity...
** ''AITD 1992'' and ''The New Nightmare'' veer towards LovecraftLite, since Carnby is ultimately able to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punch out Cthulhu]] at the end of both. ''AITD 2008'' plays this trope straight, with Carnby and Sarah fighting a desperate battle against the forces of Lucifer, and a SadisticChoice ending where TheBadGuyWins in both options.
* ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'' gradually reveals itself to be a game of this kind. It starts out as a cute SugarBowl of a world, but as you progress further and use your RealityWarper powers in order to get the gems you need, the game gradually gets darker and darker. The LetsPlay by LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab in particular reads like a Lovecraft story towards the end of it, right down to the rejection of the SugarBowl world's "cheery lies."
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' morphs into one of these for the final boss fight.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' fulfills almost all above tropes (minus TomeOfEldritchLore and TheUnpronounceable) but on a fortunately contained scale (less fortunate for those who lived there.) However, Shodan ''is'' still out there...
* Whether or not [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lavos]] qualifies is up to the player's imagination, but as of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''...
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is a Cosmic Horror SpaceOpera. Every fifty thousand years organic species advance, invent space travel, develop mass effect technology, and spread across the galaxy with [[LostTechnology the Mass Relays and the Citadel]] as the cornerstones of their civilisations. Then, as they have done for [[TimeAbyss tens of millions of years]], [[SapientShip the Reapers]] return and wipe them to extinction, spending centuries to ensure that every last trace of advanced civilisation is gone so that the cycle can begin anew, before leaving again to await the next harvest. [[AbusivePrecursors The entire galaxy is their tilled farmland]], deliberately cultivated so that [[spoiler:they can reproduce, creating new Reapers from the liquified corpses of entire species]] ([[BadassBoast "each a nation"]]). That Shepard is merely able to ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu stall]]'' them is an unprecedented event, and serves as nothing more than an annoyance to them, though one that they actually come to have [[WorthyOpponent respect]] and [[TheDreaded fear]] towards.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' plays this to the hilt. The ''opening minutes'' have Earth [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] and under siege, despite having a better chance than any before them the governments and militaries of the galaxy drop like flies, ''millions'' of people are harvested and killed '''every day''', their only chance of survival is a desperate long shot that nobody is sure will work ([[spoiler:and in the "Refuse" ending, [[DownerEnding it doesn't]]]]), and Shepard him/herself is constantly on the verge of the DespairEventHorizon.
** The franchise ultimately proved to be LovecraftLite, however; [[spoiler:with enough War Assets, assuming you don't deliberately kick off the Refusal ending by firing on the Catalyst's avatar, you can destroy the Reapers, take control of them as a hypertech god-emperor, or kick off TheSingularity and actually make them allies and helpers, rather than mass extinction events]].
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the planets of Algo are the seal on the SealedEvilInACan, [[BiggerBad the Profound Darkness]], and that the sentient races of Algo exist for no other reason than to produce heroes who can defeat Dark Force and prevent it from destroying the seal and releasing the Profound Darkness back into the universe]]. Chaz [[RefusalOfTheCall doesn't take well to this news.]]
* A pretty good example comes from the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos''. Well, it just so happens that there's another world next door, a world ruled by [[EldritchAbomination the VERY EMBODIMENT of PAIN]], and he can't wait to get his hands on our world. Don't worry that he has an intricate web of followers that are helping him to succeed, but thanks to his non linear view of time, [[spoiler:he already has]].
** Though, luckily for humanity, [[spoiler: it's all a KansasCityShuffle on his part.]]
* The indie SurvivalHorror[=/=]AdventureGame ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}'' achieves this in a very minimalistic, PsychologicalHorror fashion (no darkness or monsters, just a [[SurrealHorror surreal tale]] set in a town hit by a mysterious [[ThePlague plague]]).
* Surprisingly, ''Videogame/DeadlyPremonition'' ends up with elements of this genre. [[spoiler:The BigBad is an immortal HumanoidAbomination from another plane of existence that has warped the hero's life since childhood and thrives on torturing humans ForTheEvulz. The story is [[UnreliableNarrator just vague enough]] to make every detail questionable, making for a PsychologicalHorror experience.]]
* The [[MultiUserDungeon MUD]] ''{{Lusternia}}'' features a [[GenreBusting lot of different genres]], but this is one of the most prevalent. There was even a [[HopelessWar war]] between the {{Precursors}} of mortalkind, the Elder Gods, and the resident {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, the Soulless Ones. (Also known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Heralds of Magnora]], Magnora being the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personification of destruction]].) Nowadays they're ''largely'' [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]], but there's a world-spanning event every real life year or so where one breaks free...
* From a gameplay perspective, ''VideoGame/TheBreach'' is closer to LovecraftLite, but in narrative terms, it's more like this. At no point is there any hope of permanently defeating the Yellow, just pushing it back where it came from, and Sergei firmly believes ([[spoiler:correctly]]) that if [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hyperspace experiments continue]], humanity is doomed.
* ''Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth'' is an alternate viewpoint retelling of Lovecraft's ''The Shadow over Innsmouth'' [[spoiler:with the main character going irrevocably insane in the end, thanks in part to the knowledge that he has, at best, only slightly postponed the inevitable downfall of humanity]].
* ''VideoGame/StarControl 3''. True to the genre, you are told outright near the very beginning that you ''cannot'' defeat the main antagonists of the game, the Eternal Ones, and instead must find a way to appease them.
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake''[='=]s premise seems to be for the titular author [[spoiler:to prevent his world from falling into this trope]].
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' is a smaller scale version, involving a hefty dose of PsychologicalHorror. No matter how many individual humans and [[YourMindMakesItReal manifestations]] are defeated, the true power behind the town ([[WildMassGuessing whatever it is]]) will never die and there will always be more people to invoke it, either intentionally or unintentionally.
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' is ultimately a somewhat idealistic Cosmic Horror Story. Azeroth is home to four known [[BiggerBad Old Gods]] (though more have been implied), [[EldritchAbomination ancient, evil and extremely powerful beings]] that ruled Azeroth until they were imprisoned by the Titans. Of the four known so far, only one, Y'shaarj, has been confirmed to be destroyed, though its influence can still be seen on the continent of Pandaria, where it was imprisoned. Prophecies foretell an Hour of Twilight, a day when the Old Gods will escape their bonds and be unleashed upon the world once more.
* ''{{Dishonored}}'' sets humanity in a ConstructedWorld that is entirely hostile to its existence. The seas are filled with all manner of terrifying monstrosities, packs of rats from a nearby continent regularly kill men and eat them alive, the state religion has DevilButNoGod, an immortal EldritchAbomination fights off boredom by granting people incredible power for the sake of seeing what they choose to do with it, and the only thing holding off the end of the world is implied to be the whales -- whales whose oil fuels an industrial revolution, and who are being harvested to the point of extinction.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace''. It's even more depressing than the name implies. All life in the galaxy seems to exist for no other purpose than to be eaten by the Brethren Moons. Humanity is alone in the stars because every race before it fell into the same rut of expanding beyond their resources and falling prey to the temptation of the Moons' Markers. The Moons can be fought, but only at a [[HeroicSacrifice high cost]]. The image at the top of the page? [[http://images.wikia.com/deadspace/images/0/0a/Dead_space_3_-_moon_boss_concept_art.jpg That's pretty close to what Brethren Moons do to planets during Convergence events.]] The third game also hints that the Moons are waking up...
** ...Which is exactly what happens in the ''Dead Space 3: Awakened'' DLC pack. Though protagonists Issac Clarke and John Carver survive their HeroicSacrifice moment, they are now faced with the impossible threat of an entire race of hungry [[{{EldritchAbomination}} planetoid abominations]] descending upon Earth and the colonies...
* ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'', of all things, became this with revelations gleaned from ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga''. [[spoiler:All life was created, or at least had their creation influenced by, a race of incomprehensibly [[TimeAbyss old]], [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powerful]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] and [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm incomprehensible]] superbeings known as the Precursors]]. The only thing known for certain is that, thanks to [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero their near genocide by one of their creations scorned in favor of humanity]]]], their only desire is to see all their creations suffer horrible pain and death at the hands of their newest, most recognizable form: [[spoiler:the HiveMind [[TheVirus Virus]] known as the Flood.]]
* It is revealed in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath' that [[spoiler: [[GodIsEvil Chakravartin]] created The Gohma to test humanity after giving them his type of power, and resets the world when he doesn't find an heir, as well as the universe with it. He's done this countless times, implying this has been going on for eons before any of the named characters have even existed.]]]]
* Many ShootEmUp series, such as ''{{Gradius}}'' and ''RType'', involve fighting a [[NighInvulnerability seemingly invincible]] [[EldritchAbomination cosmic menace]] (notably the Bacterians in the former, and the Bydo in the latter) that keeps regenerating, or worse, multiplying into more copies of itself.
* In ''RadiantSilvergun'', possibly inspired by the aforementioned ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'', an octahedral ArtifactOfDoom known as the Stone-Like is excavated and wipes out life on Earth in a flash, the only survivors being those who escaped into satellite orbit. The Silverguns attempt to stop the artifact and for a moment [[HopeSpot appear to succeed at the end]], but then it transports them back in time and vaporizes them as well. The sole survivor is the Creator robot, who has cloned the protagonists, but unfortunately he breaks down before he can warn them of the Stone-Like's purpose, which is that it will keep wiping out humans unless they can learn the error of their ways.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise displays many hallmarks of a cosmic horror story, coupled with orwellian scifi elements. Ironically enough the player is working for the unexplainable eldritch abomination in this case (the G-Man), while the main antagonists (the Combine) can be explained more or less rationally as an invase extraterrestrial space-faring species which has a nasty habit of conquering/assimilating one dimension after another into their empire, complete with all the inhabited (and uninhabited) worlds and civilizations they contain - Though the sheer speculated size of the combine's empire compared against the player could itself be defined as a cosmic eldritch abomination in this case.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' series stepped into this genre's waters with the introduction of the Cthulhu-esque EldritchAbomination Oblivion in the second installment, and was fully immersed in it by the third.
* ''{{Freespace}}'' is basically what happens when WingCommander meets this trope. [[StarfishAliens The Shivans]] aren't really massive unfathomable monsters (well, they ''are'' massive, at least, next to humans and [[HumanoidAliens vasudans]]) but they [[OutsideContextVillain come right out of nowhere to utterly decimate both sides of an interplanetary war]] until [[EnemyMine they're forced to team up just to survive]], next to nothing is known about their ultimate goal in killing everything in sight, and any major victories against them come at a great cost (the destruction of the Lucifer in the first game resulted in [[spoiler: Earth getting completely cut off from the rest of the Alliance]]) and are short-lived regardless, because whatever superweapon gets taken down, they have about a thousand more anyway, and many more that are even stronger.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfShredsAndPatches'' is another [[InteractiveFiction IF]] example, originating as a TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu campaign set in Elizabethan England concerned with a reconstructed manuscript of ''[[TheKingInYellow The King In Yellowe]]''.
* The entire ''{{STALKER}}'' series. The Zone is an unfathomable and horrific EldritchLocation worshiped by a crazed brainwashed cult (the Monolith), and it has the power to manipulate time and space in [[RealityIsOutToLunch very weird ways]]. And in the ending of ''Shadow of Chernobyl'', [[spoiler: you end up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero destroying the last thing holding the Zone's power in check]]]]. Not only that, but the Zone is rapidly expanding and [[FromBadToWorse there's no way to stop it]].
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* ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta''. The main heroine is a clearly lovecraftian entity that drives people(bar the protagonist who goes off the deep end himself anyway) to madness, it is never shown to the reader and it's ultimate goal is to [[spoiler: convert all of humanity into lovecraftian entities]]. On the other other hand it's hardly invulnerable.
* ''MuvLuv Unlimited'' (though that's really more of a harem story in a warfare setting) and ''MuvLuv Alternative'', where we actually seethe alien invaders who are mindlessly destroying humanity, which turns out to be completely incidental to their goal of [[spoiler: mining resources]], and at the end of the game it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[AwfulTruth there are 10^37 BETA in the universe who regard humanity as completely insignificant.]]]]
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* Thanks in part to RealLifeWritesThePlot, ''{{Thunderstruck}}'' has gained elements of a Cosmic Horror Story world. The city in which most of the action takes place is [[ForegoneConclusion doomed, period]]. The primary action focuses on a race of gods for whom all of human history is a single generation - and the action is centered on the ''scions of the preceding generation's champion''.
* ''{{Homestuck}}'': Andrew Hussie cites ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' as an inspiration, and ''oh boy'' does it show. Entire universes are created for the sole purpose of recruiting players for a game, one which violently destroys the players' home planets. Victory at the game results in (at best) one's home planet being recolonized, and the creation of a new universe--both of which will eventually be host to new instances of the game. And that's when things go right. The protagonists have accidentally rendered the game {{Unwinnable}}, by enabling the BigBad to obtain the powers of a PhysicalGod. Now, the only way to defeat him is to reset the universe--which will pave the way for the arrival (albeit, in a different universe) of a time-travelling demon who feeds on dead universes. In any case, given the way that {{Stable Time Loop}}s work in this story, the protagonists may already be doomed to fail. And in case all that's too subtle, the comic takes an acrobatic [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] pirouette off the handle and into the deep end with [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004748 "Jade: Wake up"]], where the Lovecraft-inspired Noble Circle of [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors]] make their on-screen debut. And then we find out that the Horrorterrors need the protagonists' help, because ''[[ALwaysABiggerFish something is killing them]]''.
** It's stated that the vast majority of sburb sessions are doomed to fail from the start, never producing new universes, but tumors just to make a big F-U to those who try. So the nearly all of your race is destroyed, and the most of races don't actually ever even win.
* The premise of ''LovecraftIsMissing'' is that [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] wrote truth disguised as fiction. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin And now he's missing]]...
* ''TheWatcherOfYaathagggu'' is ''PostApocalyptic'' Cosmic Horror.
* ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'' is a Cosmic Horror MagicalGirlfriend[=/=]UnwantedHarem story. WordOfGod is that the comic will have a "Lovecraft ending".
* ''NecessaryMonsters'' could be considered such, since while the comic itself takes a more SpyFiction approach, the fact remains that the world is actually controlled by an AncientConspiracy of every type of monster possible, from SlasherMovie and UrbanLegend-style {{serial killer}}s to outright {{eldritch abomination}}s, with a vested interest in preserving humanity -- because when you've got a self-perpetuating all-you-can-eat buffet with everything you and your pals like to eat in it, you don't want anybody to go around thrashing it.
* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' has a HumansAreCthulhu variant, where a major driving force of the plot is a conventional EldritchAbomination (nevertheless hinted to come from our world, not video games) can cause video game characters to start NoticingTheFourthWall, at which point, overcome by the knowledge that reality-warping inscrutable beings created them and everything they know, all of their turmoils and suffering, for the sake of children's entertainment, they invariably go mad and then either homicidal or catatonic.
* ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' is at its core a cosmic horror story. It takes place in the MageTheAwakening canon so it's not too difficult to see why.
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* In the world of the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', the only thing standing between humanity and a legion of sanity-shattering artifacts or implacably destructive monsters is a shadowy organization of [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]]... whose ruthlessness makes them only slightly less dangerous than the things they're protecting humanity from.
* The ''WhateleyUniverse'' has a Cosmic Horror Story backstory, and the Sara Waite stories are all centered around one or more {{Eldritch Abomination}}s... including Sara Waite herself. Plus, there's an in-universe example, since [[spoiler: Sara Waite's previous form]] Michael Waite wrote a best-seller called "Incongruity" which turns out to be The First Book Of The Kellith, which is now in print all over the world. [[OhCrap Oops]].
* ''Stickman Exodus'' traps hapless stickmen in a Cosmic Horror Notebook (PlayedForLaughs -- BlackComedy laughs). Their goal, the Promised Page, the one place the [[HumansAreCthulhu "Great Doodler"]] can't touch, might not even exist for all they know. We won't either since the series had a NoEnding.
* Most of the stories in TheSlenderManMythos are this in some form or another.
** As well as those part of TheFearMythos, of which Slender Man is also a part.
** Taken to it's logical conclusion in ''Slender: The Arrival''. The ending implies that [[spoiler: Slender Man can indeed be fought and possibly defeated... [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu but only if every single person who knows about him dies.]] Slender Man uses knowledge of himself to spread and in the end, one character commits suicide just to try and stop Slender Man from spreading his influence any further. [[OhCrap It's left ambiguous if said character succeeds or not]]...]]
* H-M Brown's ''{{Shell}}'' is the prologue to the ''Geolyth Lore'' series.
* The ''{{Bionicle}}'' serial, ''Sahmad's Tale'', features a plague that robs its victims [[DreamStealer of their ability to dream]], gradually causing them to go completely insane and eventually die. It is eventually revealed that the plague is caused by [[spoiler: an EldritchAbomination that resembles a miniature sun with tentacles, who feeds on dreams for sustenance]].
* The CastleSeries, told with [[StickFigureAnimation stickmen]], but not PlayedForLaughs. The cosmic horror in this series comes from the titular Castles that [[GeniusLoci may or may not be sentient]].
* This comes up now and again in various {{creepypasta}}, most notably TheHolders series.
* The "Lord Vyce" and "Entity" story arcs of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' became this, with a DimensionLord Lord Vyce conquering universes because, as it turns, he is trying to protect the multiverse from something even worse than he is simply refers to as "the entity", an EldritchAbomination that devours worlds and universes, and he is "forcing the issue" because nobody listened to his warnings. [[spoiler:The Entity, revealing itself after Vyce's defeat, shows the intent of absorbing all existence, viewing itself as the pinnacle of all creation. The plot however turns into a Deconstruction of the trope, showing in the end that the existence of an EldritchAbomination is every bit as insignificant as that of PunyHumans.]]
* WebVideo/HitlerRants can sometimes go into this territory. Some of the more extreme Untergangers have written characters as having incomprehensible powers related to time and space. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ztJrZ1thiI this video]] sees Captain Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (through footage his actor Jürgen Prochnow taken from ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness''- notice a pattern here?) literally ''tear apart reality'' for no other reason than to piss off Hitler.
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' went in this direction toward the end. True, the main plot was about mutant dinosaurs rampaging all over the planet, but let's see... humanity's general insignificance in a vastly uncaring cosmos? Check. EldritchAbomination capable of destroying the planet with little effort? The Maelstrom makes that a solid check. EldritchAbomination evil or uncaring on a cosmic scale? Definitely check.
** The [[WhatIf alternate ending]] ''[[http://peabodysam.deviantart.com/art/Dino-Attack-December-21-2010-388575558 December 21, 2010]]'' would be a full-on example, where [[EldritchAbomination the Maelstrom]] has more or less overrun the entire planet with less than ten people still alive by sheer luck [[spoiler: and destroys everything in a matter of seconds with no survivors, not to mention the bleak implication that it would spread to the rest of the universe]].
* ''Literature/TheSickLand'' is a cosmic horror story in the form of an ApocalypticLog set in an EldritchLocation that transmits TheVirus. Humanity can survive on the fringes of the area...for a while.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has quite a few elements of cosmic horror, particularly in the Endbringers, horrifically powerful monsters that regularly obliterate major population centers. Despite the efforts of all the heroes and villains working together, the Endbringers are whittling away the human population. The only being able to really stop them is Scion, the first and most powerful parahuman, but he apparently lacks the mental capacity to decisively defeat them. [[spoiler:And then it's revealed that Scion is actually the avatar of a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, and it pulls a FaceHeelTurn and [[FromBadToWorse decides to wipe out humanity]].]]
* The famous imageboard-based RPG ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' is a cosmic horror story about a group of uplifted animals trying to escape an underwater facility plagued by [[EldritchAbomination unnatural abominations and horrors]], while at the same time trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Rather unbelievably, [[spoiler: it actually manages to [[EarnYourHappyEnding have a happy ending]] thanks to the players going OffTheRails.]]
* MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries and its spinoff Rainbow Dash Presents has hints of this, with all manner of EldritchAbomination inhabiting the world. In fact, one of the characters, [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]], is possessed by an EldritchAbomination named Thrackerzod.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' arguably takes place in such a universe. Although over the course of the series we find Max beating his fair share of enemies, ultimately the great BigBad is shown to be unstoppably powerful, and our hero's only hope to even TIE with him is to let all his friends die and restart the timeline with his own death in the hopes it goes better the second time. Unfortunately, given the prophecies frequently referenced, [[GroundhogDayLoop this cycle has happened at least several dozen times]].
* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' is that the 4 elemental worlds must band together using ancient technology to fight a great [[PlanetEater giant planet that wants to eat their homes]]. It is [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]], [[{{Determinator}} unrelenting]], and [[NighInvulnerable unbeatable]]. The only hope is to run away, or face certain destruction. And they can't run forever. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids For a child's show this is somewhat jarring]].
* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is that an unstoppable, endlessly malevolent force of literal evil (the StartOfDarkness episodes reveal that Aku is simply a ''tiny fragment'' of a creature that formed in the first moments of the universe) has conquered the world and is spreading its influence throughout the stars, and that a lone warrior wielding the only thing in existence that can even harm it embarks on a hopeless quest to defeat the evil and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* The short-lived 80's Cartoon Show ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'' was heavily influenced by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. It pushed towards this trope as hard as was possible for a MerchandiseDriven cartoon from TheEighties; even the comedy episodes had more than their share of horrors. One can only imagine how they would have upped the ante had it been successful enough to get more than one season (and toy wave)...
* ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' ends up as one of these. No, really, it does, [[spoiler: complete with a KillEmAll ending, though it gets undone.]]
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