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Low Fantasy is a catchall, and rather inexact, term for that sub-genre of {{fantasy}} that is set in a secondary world but is neither HighFantasy nor HeroicFantasy, though it may overlap with other sub-genres. Not a good way to define a genre, but English is funny like that -- [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary especially our particular brand of it]].

The designation is not a description of the quality of the work, but rather the ''amount'' of fantasy, and the number of fantastic or otherwise supernatural elements, it contains, which can be rather difficult to measure. Sometimes comedies are also excluded from the genre, but either way the works that remain don't have a natural unity.

However, while there are no features all Low Fantasy has in common, there are features common in many low fantasies, each the opposite of one of the defining features of High Fantasy:

* Settings: Historical, contemporary, or even futuristic but otherwise subdued and only sparsely supernatural. A clear contrast to HighFantasy's wildly supernatural setting.
** Human Dominance: Worlds which are populated mostly (or even exclusively) by human beings rather than the usual [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Tolkienesque]] mix of [[FiveRaces elves, dwarves and other humanoids]].
** Magic: While Magic is very prominent in HighFantasy, it usually rare if not non-existent in LowFantasy.
* Scope: Down to Earth. Tends to focus more on the survival and tribulations of one or a few individuals rather than the whole world. A villainous king who steals a magical artifact is less likely to be trying to bring back the Infernal Legions of Hell and conquer the world and more likely to be trying to make himself immortal or conquer a few nearby kingdoms.
* Shades of Grey: While HighFantasy usually feature BlackAndWhiteMorality with clear cut heroes and villains, many LowFantasy works have a GreyAndGreyMorality or even a GreyAndBlackMorality.
** War: While HighFantasy features battles between good and evil, wars in LowFantasy are usually fought for power, land, and resources.
* Methods: Victories are usually achieved through physical combat, not magical battles or moral superiority - the defining feature of HeroicFantasy.
* Heroes: Usually normal people that have taken up a cause rather than the {{Chosen One}}s of HighFantasy.

Distinguishing between low fantasy and [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness soft science fiction]] can be tricky. Robert E. Howard, creator of Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, wrote both; the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu mythos]] ''is'' both.

Not to be confused with {{Demythtification}}, which removes the magical elements, but can keep the BlackAndWhiteMorality and such.

Compare with MagicRealism, MundaneFantastic and DarkFantasy. Contrast with StandardFantasySetting, DungeonPunk, and UrbanFantasy, plus the tropes mentioned above.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/PlusAnima'': Is a story about a group of children (the oldest being 17) that are +Anima, people that can [[VoluntaryShapeShifting transform]] to varying degrees into [[{{Animorphism}} animals]], which is the closest thing to magic the setting has. The setting is a world with (with very few exceptions) medieval or renaissance technology, full of wars, slavery, discrimination, ethnic conflicts, insecurity, inequality, amoral researchers and abuse of power. The story however is [[WorldHalfFull fairly optimistic]] about it, with the main characters and most people they meet merely trying to survive and find happiness despite everything.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has no real supernatural beings other than the titular titans, and those are treated more scientifically than other fantasy races.
* ''LightNovel/GrimgarOfFantasyAndAsh'': A group of young Japanese teenagers [[YouWakeUpInARoom awaken in the world of Grimgar]] with no memory of how they got there. Magic is largely limited to minor healing, some sword skills, and a few dark-based spells that inflict minor status ailments. Combat is brutal and savage: many of the battles our main party gets into are far more reminiscent of UrbanWarfare of the likes seen in [[TheWarOnTerror Fallujah]] as goblins take full advantage of buildings and town architecture to ambush and snipe from.[[labelnote:*]]Episode 8's battle strongly resembles a contemporary room-clearing exercise you would expect a modern special forces unit to do, starting off with picking off the enemy sniper and sentry, then stacking up to do a door breach and fighting for every square inch of the building's interior.[[/labelnote]] The goblins so far are the only non-human race, and the question of how "evil" they are is implicitly asked as they are clearly intelligent creatures who enjoy games and playing with small animals. And even all this, fighting is only a small part of life in Grimgar: much of the time, the characters are living in a much more mundane fashion by doing things such as washing clothes, cooking meals, and paying for daily living expenses.
* ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' has a disillusioned cynic trying to make up for her past deeds. Fictional medieval setting with limited magic.
* ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'': one of the two main character is a wolf goddess in humanoid form, but the plot is mostly about the mundane things she and the trader she travels with encounter.
* LightNovel/SukaSuka: The world of SukaSuka was a standard HighFantasy light novel setting in the distant past. This all changed with the emergence of the [[EldritchAbomination 17 Beasts]] who wiped out humanity, along with dragons, elves, and the majority of the world’s magical knowledge. Few people in the present day setting know of the advanced magic of the past, which is regarded as LostTechnology. Only characters who were alive before the apocalypse possess any knowledge of these lost arts. The story also tends to focus more on the mundane lives of the people left behind, rather than the heroes who go off to battle. There is also no obvious evil in the story, with the 17 Beasts being more akin to a force of nature, [[spoiler: while later reveals show that the conflict with the beasts was more [[GreyAndGreyMorality complicated]] than first shown.]]
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* ComicBook/RedSonja fits here. She's not on an epic quest to defeat a great evil, nor is there even a great evil to defeat in most instances. There are quite a few warlords or slavers or town toughs that need defeating, usually when they stand between Sonja and the nearest tavern. She's occasionally motivated to a larger quest but never for more than a month.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'' is mostly a HistoricalFiction[=/=]AlternateHistory story, but it also contains a few low-key fantasy elements, mostly consisting of the visions various characters experience, coupled with the one witch who uncannily recites a conversation from decades ago, mostly spoken by dead men half a continent away.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', despite having numerous varieties of dragons, is fairly low fantasy. There is little or no actual magic involved in the narrative, and dragons are treated as a separate order of animals that can be tamed and domesticated. [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2 The sequel]] drives this home with the revelation of an alpha dragon, the Bewilderbeast, whose dominance can be challenged by other dragons.
* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' takes place in a mundane fantasy version of Ancient China, where the only fantasy elements include animal guardians and the spirits of ancestors. Besides that, it's pretty much about a war, the main character is a human girl and the fantasy stuff is only a bit of flavouring.
* ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' in a similar vein has very little magic - with the only source of it being Rapunzel's hair. Besides the animals being somewhat more intelligent than normal, there's little else. The protagonists are all human, and the story is mainly Rapunzel's journey to the kingdom. The antagonist is said to be a witch, but she has no powers other than knowing how to activate Rapunzel's magic. As far as GreyAndGreyMorality goes, it's up for debate whether or not the WickedStepmother actually loves the daughter she kidnapped.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Despite taking place in a world filled with somewhat sentient animals and Fairy Godmothers, more emphasis is placed on the human characters in ''Film/{{Cinderella|2015}}''. It could have passed for a decent period piece if not for the various fairy tale tropes that crop up from time to time.
* ''Film/TheCraft'' overlaps this with UrbanFantasy, but places more emphasis on the bond between the four practising witches. Bonus points for attempting to show accurate Wiccan and neopagan practises (the magic-fuelled climax aside that is). More emphasis is on Sarah overcoming her suicidal issues than the magic.
* ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory'' is set in our world, just where fairies happen to be real. The fairies are merely background characters, and the plot is more about the friendship between the two girls who find them in the back garden. Guardian Angels are implied to exist as well.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' in contrast to later entries in the franchise, is quite Low Fantasy. The only magic is the curse that keeps the pirates immortal. And the plot is merely about rescuing Elizabeth from them, and them trying to break their curse. The sequels [[GenreShift abandon this element]] and introduce sea monsters, ancient goddesses, mermaids and trips into the underworld.
** ''On Stranger Tides'', while definitely higher than ''Curse'' kind of lowers the HighFantasy of the previous two sequels. Outside of mermaids and Fountain of Youth, the movie turns back into standard action-adventure film. That still does not seem to affect the critics and lots of fans who still think the entry is the lowest in the series.
* Similar to the ''Cinderella'' example, ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleOfTerror'' is implied to take place in TheDarkAges and the only magic comes from Claudia's tricks. The heart of the plot is the relationship between the stepmother and stepdaughter - with Claudia being turned to murder Lilli due to a succession crisis. The fairy tale stuff is mostly just flavouring.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Most of the fantasy novels of Creator/BarbaraHambly, as evidenced by the ''Literature/SunWolfAndStarhawk'', ''Literature/{{Dragonsbane}}'' (a self-aware [[DeconstructedTrope brutal send-up]] of HeroicFantasy), and ''Literature/{{Darwath}}'' series in particular. [[CrapsackWorld The world is not a nice place]], magic is rare and weird, [[WarIsHell combat is ugly and dirty]], [[BlackAndGrayMorality heroes are at least tinged with gray, antagonists are creepy and vile]], characters ''will'' die, and the cutie ''will'' {{break|TheCutie}}.
* Glen Cook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series is Low Fantasy with a High Fantasy backdrop. The titular Black Company is a mercenary company employed in a High Fantasy-type war of Evil Empire versus Heroic Rebels. However, they aren't working for the Heroic Rebels. Definite [[GreyAndGreyMorality gray morality]]; the "Evil" Empire is more Lawful Neutral, while the "Heroic" Rebels are rather less heroic on closer examination. The main characters are all loyal to each other and the band, but are interested in survival, not saving the world. And as to magic users being rather freakishly evil, there's the Dominator...
* Gene Wolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' takes place in an Earth so far in the future that the sun has gone red and counting individual years have become meaningless. Before the fall of humanity into an impoverished dark age of ignorance and superstition, humanity had reached levels of technology that borders on the supernatural, having mastered things such as dimensional portals. Now humanity is fighting over the scraps, while the End Times grow ever closer. Psychic powers and bizarre alien creatures from other planets and dimensions further confuse the line between sci-fi and low fantasy, but these are rare. In this world, eating a pork sausage is considered a stroke of luck for most people and until near the end of his tales, the main character is mostly stumbling around between his execution jobs rather than doing epic deeds.
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has absolutely no magic, but a world that is very clearly not ours. The narrative is not clear on whether it is postapocalyptic, or the environment just happens to be one detrimental to the health of [[GenderRarityValue male sperm and male fetuses in the womb.]] The heroism and battles are more of the low-fantasy type, too.
* ''Literature/ChronicleOfTheUnhewnThrone'' by Brian Staveley has elements of HighFantasy but avoids stock tropes of elves, dwarves and wizards. Its magical system is complex but low-key, it has fantastic creatures like giant birds and a demonic ancient race, but largely the focus is on politics and military training.
* Alan Campbell's ''Literature/DeepgateCodex'' trilogy combines many Low Fantasy elements with a {{steampunk}} setting.
* Creator/TimMarquitz's ''Literature/{{Dirge}}'' is set in a world almost on the verge of destruction due to a ZombieApocalypse but which still has a small chance of survival due to, well, people with swords and walls. Assassin Dirge, a SweetPollyOlliver killer working for the local church, may change the balance of power between the zombie's necromancer masters and TheEmpire which controls the walled compounds.
* Creator/TimMarquitz's ''Literature/TheBloodWarTrilogy'' takes place in a world where magical artifacts are exceedingly rare and incredibly powerful game-changers--and the Orc equivalents have just found an entire treasure-trove full of them, changing the balance of world power.
* The ''Literature/EddieLaCrosse'' series has elements of this, although people also put it in the SwordAndSorcery sub-genre (which is typically not considered low fantasy). It probably varies a bit from book to book exactly which label is best. Supernatural elements definitely exist, but they tend to be relatively rare — there aren't wizard flinging fireballs on every page, and the primary antagonists are non-magical and human.
* Creator/RobinHobb's [[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer]] series is classic Low Fantasy. Notable because the events described are very much high fantasy, but the story focuses on characters who barely ever see the significance of their actions, and the plot is very much grounded in their day to day experiences.
* ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie and following books set in the same world are arguably Low Fantasy at its rawest.
* Literature/FlyByNightSeries - so much so, that there is no magic at all, just the occasional bit of weird mechanics.
* The ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' series by Scott Lynch: the main characters are a gang of sophisticated con men, who tend to run around cities rife with organized crime. The magical ability of the world is actually pretty high, but it's all in the hands of a wizards' guild that appears rarely and has it in for the protagonists.
* ''Literature/TheGoldenDreamOfCarloChuchio'' is a simple travel tale with little magic involved(mostly dreams and visions which have minor bearing on the plot). The setting is rather like Medieval Central Asia and if you look up place names you will sometimes find them actually corresponding to place names in medieval times.
* The ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' Trilogy by Mervyn Peake could be seen as an extreme case of this even to the point where it's open to debate whether it actually counts as a fantasy series or not. While it does take place in a rather fantastical setting (i.e. an impossibly large and ambiguously sentient castle) and is doused with a good dose of fantasy imagery (e.g. a giant dead tree suspended many hundreds of feet from the ground on which a set of twins frequently have tea), it contains no instances of magic, dragons, talking animals or any other such elements found in even the lowest of fantasy novels. Also, the nonexistence of major conflict throughout most of the novels sets it apart from other fantasy stories. The third books ''really'' brings up doubts about the books' fantasy merit. Still, this doesn't repel book stores from insisting that these books be placed in the fantasy section. Actually, I'm not sure where else they would go. The related novella "Boy in Darkness," however, is a ''slightly'' more traditional fantasy story, but most of the magic and shape shifting elements present may've just been more metaphor than anything.
* ''Literature/GunfightersRide'' is about a Pony Express rider and his horse dealing with magical menaces.
* Literature/AHarvestOfWar: A quasi-historical ConstructedWorld urban setting, the only actual fantasy element is a separate race of rather mundane not-exactly-humans.
* ''Literature/TheHaunting'' has magic, but it's rare and underpowered enough (and dependent on illusion) that people easily make up reasons why what they saw cannot be.
* James K. Burk's ''High Rage'' (and its as yet unpublished sequel ''Taking Hope''): intrigue, war, politics, swordfighting and some interesting magic, but no dragons or world-shattering conflicts.
* Although there is an evil dark ancient power threatening to come into play in the ''{{Literature/Inda}}'' series, it's mostly a background event and not at all the main focus of the story, which is instead concerned primarily with explaining the life of the titular character and how it relates to the history of his homeland and the rest of the world, particularly the strait which eventually becomes named after him. In fact, the story of what's going on with Norsunder and the most prominent Norsundrian in the story (Ramis), is a plotline that's left hanging for the next book set in the same world, which takes place some 400 years later - and which again primarily focuses on the intersection between different cultures and how characters cope in day to day life. Basically, the whole Sartorias Deles storyline seems to all be shaping up to have a slowburning HighFantasy epic showdown by having multiple installments of LowFantasy stories leading up to the ultimate confrontation with Norsunder.
* The ''Literature/{{Indigo}}'' series fits on most counts: It's AfterTheEnd. Sentient nonhuman beings are rare. Morality is mainly [[GreyAndGrayMorality grey and gray]]. Clan feuds are more likely than actual wars (although one kingdom does get captured by an EvilOverlord [[spoiler:who turns out not to be evil after all]]). And magic isn't particularly reliable or predictable, and is rarely powerful. However, the future of the human race ''is'' on the shoulders of our eponymous heroine and [[NonhumanSidekick her]] "dog." [[spoiler:[[MindScrew Or something]].]]
* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' a free fantasy web serial that features grey morality, a human dominated world, comedy, and magic is of limited use and often unimportant. It does also feature goblins and other races but while human civilization is fragile and decaying they are still by far the most powerful race.
* Literature/KalpaImperial, by Creator/AngelicaGorodischer, is a no-magic alterante world with a vast Empire, destroyed and rebuilded over and over again.
* ''Literature/LastDragon'' has very little magic and the dragons are, as might be inferred from the title, extinct. The tone of the novel is rather harsh too.
* ''Literature/{{Mortis}}: The Blood 'n Flowers Series'' is set in an urban fantasy-style setting with angels, demons, skinwalkers, and the like running amok. The main focus of the story are the character arcs and their emotional development.
* D. E. Wyatt's ''[[Literature/ElsabethSoesten No Good Deed...]]'' is set in a world influenced by mid-15th Century Western Europe, with neither fantastic creatures or magic to be found.
* ''Literature/ThePaladin'' by Creator/CJCherryh is an example of the "no visible magic" variety of Low Fantasy.
* The ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' novels are another example of low fantasy, where the villains often go to war for petty reasons, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane magic is almost nothing more than prophecy and ascended parlor tricks]], the scope is limited to Mossflower woods (or if they do go afar, wherever that place happens to be; our heroes are not going out to save the world as you'd expect in HighFantasy), and where in the earlier books, AnyoneCanDie. What breaks that mold is the FunnyAnimal cast, the BlackAndWhiteMorality, and the fact the Brian Jacques himself ostensibly [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids writes these books for kids]].
* ''Literature/ReturnOfTheReaper'', where we see little to no magic, except that of the demons and angels.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': GreyAndGrayMorality? Check. AntiHero? Check. An almost complete lack of magic? Check. It would actually be easy to mistake the setting of the series for Europe of the mid-1400's if were not for the presence of a polytheistic religion, as well as the [[MixAndMatchCritters chimera]], giants, sea monsters, etc. There is some fan speculation that the setting is our own world, long AfterTheEnd.
* ''Literature/RonjaTheRobbersDaughter'' is a great example of a Low Fantasy children's book.
* The Old Norse ''Literature/SagaOfGrettirTheStrong'' (from c. 1320 AD) fits the definition rather well. Its main plot is the title hero's struggle to survive as an outlaw, but it also features black magic and fights with undeads and trolls.
* K.J Parker's ''Literature/TheScavengerTrilogy'' is good example of a low fantasy. The series sticks to mundane settings and has a dark tone. It provides a troubling take on heroism. Supernatural elements are present but low-key. The wars are inglorious, both in the field and their aims.
* ''Literature/TheShadowOfTheLion'' by Creator/EricFlint, Creator/DaveFreer, and Creator/MercedesLackey is set in ancient Venice, and, though magic exists, it has little more to do with the day to day life of most citizens than historical "witchcraft" did, and, indeed is treated in much the same way. [[spoiler:Except for protagonist Marco Valdosta who ends up fulfilling his destiny as a mage by acting as a vessel for the [[DeusExMachina Winged Lion of Venice]] and saving the city.]] Virtually the only other fantastical elements are spirits/demigods and demons (from whom humans draw magical power, so arguably these two are just different aspects of the same element).
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is a generally low-magic setting, with a cynically pragmatic worldview and a focus on political maneuvering between rival factions who are all at least morally gray; however, the politics spans two continents and reaches epic levels on its own even without more traditional, stirring High adventure elements. However, because TheMagicComesBack slowly over the course of the story, the fantasy does get progressively Higher as the series goes on, even though the general tone remains Low in nature. The magic and other mysteries are treated as ambiguous, yet highly dangerous, potentially world-changing and complicating factors in an already combustible political and social situation.
* Eisenstein's ''Sorcerer's Son'' is fairly idealistic, but the small scale plot and human dominated world are enough to mark it as low fantasy.
* ''Literature/TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon'' takes place in a world with no magic at all, but has all the worldbuilding hallmarks of a fantasy series.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori'': A series in which magic is rare (and controlled by a secretive network of supernatural spies and assassins), magic-users are generally feared and mistrusted, all but one of the main antagonists are non-magical, political intrigue and military strategy play as big a part in the plot as the supernatural elements, and the protagonist is a former religious pacifist turned vengeance seeker after the massacre of his village.
* ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'' by [[Creator/CSLewis C. S. Lewis]] certainly skews in this direction. Somewhat surprising from the author of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
* ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}'' is set in a fantasy version of Poland with magic and {{Grey and Grey morality}}. Even [[TheCorruption the wood]] is more complicated then it first seems.
* ''Literature/WarGod'' by Creator/TimMarquitz has plenty of magic but it's not very powerful and the world is a BlackComedy fantasy setting where it's only used to make money or make people miserable.
* Although a series about talking cats may sound like HighFantasy, ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has some very distinct Low Fantasy qualities, with its dark tone, GrayAndGreyMorality, increasingly [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional characters]], and minimal involvement of supernatural forces.
* ''Literature/WatershipDown'' is from the perspective of rabbits trying to find a new home. A few of the rabbits have precognition powers - the plot getting started by one having a vision of their home being destroyed.
%%* Most of the fantasy of Joel Rosenberg.
%%* All of the fantasy novels of Creator/KJParker.
* ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'' is set in a world just like ours, with one major difference: humans can make deals with demons.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' began as this. The three witch sisters had minimal magic - one could see the future, one could freeze time and the third could move things with her mind. Plots were usually about stopping a MonsterOfTheWeek from hurting innocents or the sisters trying to balance tbeir Charmed duties with their personal lives. Around the third season, a BigBad was introduced and enemies started getting more powerful. By the fifth it had moved closer towards HeroicFantasy.
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' has a genie living with a US astronaut and using small wishes to interfere in his daily life. There's NoAntagonist for the most part, and most episodes revolve around Tony trying to conceal Jeannie's powers from everyone.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s two main characters are human brothers who hunt various demons and monsters hiding in the real world. It's usually MonsterOfTheWeek rather than a BigBad - though later seasons do up the epic scale a bit.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' treats vampires as a subculture within the human world, though it later introduces things like faeries and shapeshifters. But most of the protagonists are human.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', like the book series it's based on, definitely falls into this in the first through sixth seasons and to a lesser degree the seventh. In fact, the series has even less fantasy than the books because it is a PragmaticAdaptation.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/BunniesAndBurrows'': A game about intelligent rabbits trying to survive in a modern setting. Magic does not exist, but there are mild psychic powers (rare) and herbs can be combined into medicine. Your average monsters include humans, dogs, and owls.
* While Magicians, Witches, and magic in general, exists in the setting of ''TabletopGame/{{Citadels}}'', they do not play a significant role in the actual gameplay, which focuses more on city-building rather than character battles. The "magical" skills of the characters have no inherent difference from their non-magical counterparts.
* ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'': The "Shadow Chasers" setting.
* ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' (at least in their RPG incarnation) take a pretty good shot at this one. Even in the tabletop battle game, wars between nations are usually concerned with either land-grabbing or religious differences (the kind with fire), but anything involving the undead Cryx faction usually veers off into ludicrous world-threatening territory.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' emphasizes interpersonal conflict, politics, and characters who actually have a place and role in society other than "adventurer". The relative paucity of "monsters" ([[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Guilt Free Slaughter Victims]]) in a FunnyAnimal-populated setting gets a LampshadeHanging in one supplement:
--->'''Frater Perphredo:''' Where are the monsters? My friend, we're '''all''' monsters.
** That said it's not ''Dark'' fantasy, most of the factions have a sympathetic side and magic is treated similarly to High fantasy, aside from [[BlackMagic Unholy magic]] which is unquestionably evil (though WhiteMagic isn't necessarily good), and the setting is reaching a renaissance.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Maelstrom}}'' is set like this. The magic only exists as the power of God or as part of a mystical, mistrusted force. (There IS a character class of Mage.) Otherwise it is just normal Tudor England. You could even remove the magic with no major changes.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheAgeOfDecadence'': It's a cynical, brutal, low-magic world set AfterTheEnd. There are stories of a long-dead empire that used to employ fantastical magical powers and who fought with gods at their side, but naturally all that power in the hands of mortals ended up leading to the [[CrapsackWorld current status quo]] because HumansAreBastards. Pretty much all magic is of the enchantment type: unlike many other [[RolePlayingGame Role Playing Games]], being a wizard is simply not an option here, as your character will never be able to cast a single spell.
** [[spoiler: It ''is'' however possible for a very skilled Loremaster to unlock many of the secrets left behind by the ancient civilization, including some of their nearly invincible armor and regenerative machines.]]
*** [[spoiler: In the case of very skilled, and particularly callous Loremasters, it's even possible to unlock enough of the ancient secrets to destroy the world ''again.'']]
* While not gritty or cynical in the slightest (just the opposite, really), the ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}}'' series of games tend to have many of the other marks of Low Fantasy. In the earlier (and Japan-exclusive) games especially, the setting is dominated by humans, there is very little blatant magic (most "magical effects" are at least manufactured by the alchemist heroes of the games, often with recipes that have at least a little grounding in actual science), and the setting of the games only encompasses a single country or principality (on purpose, as the protagonist is working in a time limit and typically is running a business anyway, and doesn't have time to go casually WalkingTheEarth). The ''Atelier Iris'' sub-series, which did make it to America, has received some criticism for moving away from most or all of these elements; ''Mana Khemia'' and Atelier games on the DS, ''Liese'' and ''Annie'', have brought the Low Fantasy elements back to the forefront to at least some degree, with ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Rorona|The Alchemist of Arland}}'' deliberately going back to it full-force.
* ''Videogame/ChivalryMedievalWarfare'' is a multiplayer medieval first person game with melee and archery and had no magic whatsoever.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' sits comfortably between high and low, although its roots are firmly planted in Low Fantasy due to taking place in 15th century Central Europe, during the last years of the Holy Roman Empire. You spend a great deal of time simply making enough money to survive, and spend a lot of time visiting very mundane cities and villages, negotiating with local lords (most of whom don't have the time to talk to you anyway), studying at universities and cathedrals, and tackling robber knights and brigands. Magic comes only in the form of alchemical concoctions (recipes for which are supposedly, but not really, based on the works of real-world alchemists and philosophers), which take a long time and precious (real-world) ingredients. The supernatural elements, however, are pretty strong, with many mythical creatures from European lore lurking in the countryside, and an over-arching plot involving the summoning of demons from hell. Also, Christian saints apparently have great powers to bestow upon their followers.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' may have humanoid species besides humans (with the spotlight, naturally, on the dwarves, though all of the races are assholes in their own way), but it's quite low as fantasy goes. Technological advances range between the bronze and medieval ages (though, with a little creativity, [[ClockPunk the dwarves can go well beyond]]), there's no magic (and the magic immediately in development, necromancy and immortality, is only controlled by the few who learned of divine secrets), and the most common threats to your colonies are rather mundane issues such as the local wildlife, the scarcity of natural resources, and invasions from the malevolent goblins (or, perish the thought, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking running out of booze]]). Dragons and megabeasts may exist, but they are few and far between. With that said, the game is relatively easy to modify, allowing code-savvy players to add their own mythical terrors and magic if they wish.
** Also, if you [[DugTooDeep dig deep enough]], you'll get to the [[TheLegionsOfHell Hidden Fun Stuff]]...
* While ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' itself straddles between high and low fantasy (definitely the lowest of the Final Fantasies), the end result of the death of Kefka, who became the God of Magic through draining the power of the Warring Triad, is the elimination of magic in the world, resulting in the end, a low fantasy world.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** Aside from the existence of magic and the occasional shape-shifting species (such as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Manaketes]] and [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Laguz]]), the worlds of ''Fire Emblem'' are pretty low fantasy as a whole. Magic is common, but it averts LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards as it's used as a source of combat no more mundane than basic melee combat is. Furthermore, fantastical creatures and holy weapons are mainly considered long-forgotten legends or myths by the common people, and the main conflict is generally focused on war between kingdoms.
** Rather interestingly for a series that is LowFantasy, ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' is actually neutral on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, meaning depending on the game, it either has a leading towards Cynicism, Idealism or a balance. ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is easily the most idealistic setting in the series so far, while the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Tellius]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn games]], the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade Elibe]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade games]] and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' are pretty neutral, while the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Jugdral]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 games]] quite cynical.
** Subverted with ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' - while it's definitely not unheard of for godlike beings or dragons to be the FinalBoss in a Fire Emblem game, they're usually portrayed as near-mythical and non-existent as they would be in real life. In regards to both games, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has [[spoiler:the Demon God Formortiis ravage the continent of Magvel with TheLegionsOfHell and the undead, making that game more in-tune with HeroicFantasy.]] Meanwhile, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has [[spoiler:the entire conflict manipulated by a PhysicalGod named Anankos as he resides in an EldritchLocation, and the majority of ''Revelations'' is spent in Valla.]]
* While the amount of Low and High Fantasy elements fluctuates wildly between individual installments, the ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Risen}}'' games generally fit into this quite nicely. The general point of the games is often some personal goal like escaping a PenalColony or reclaiming your stolen humanity (even though you may save the world in the process, it's never your main motivation). Magic exists, but isn't widespread with the only practitioners being either arrogant high mages or morally questionable Necromancers and Voodoo Priests. ''Gothic 3'' even implies that, since magic comes from the gods, it actually might be a corrupting, evil force after all. And even though there is another humanoid race - the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] - their only true difference to humans seems to be the worship of a different god, a simple difference in philosophy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungnir}}'', which is gritty and set to a BlackAndGrayMorality racial conflict. The world has some magic, but anything flashy is bound to be a [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden art]]; there are Sprites, but they tend to stay away from people, and the resident angel's morality and objectives are a bit questionable. It helps that this game is part of the unabashedly DarkFantasy VideoGame/DeptHeaven series.
* ''VideoGame/InheritTheEarth'' is set in a [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals world]] where [[AfterTheEnd humanity]] either died or ''left''. {{Uplifted Animal}}s, the descendants of humanity's last projects, have built a quasi-medieval society using found artifacts, such as the ''extremely'' advanced [[MagicFromTechnology Orbs]], to help keep their lives running smoothly.
* Similar to the ''Atelier'' example, the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'' is less about world-shaking events and more on the daily lives of characters. While there's definitely more of a plot here in comparison and there are villains to defeat, the world itself is never really in danger. While non-human beings exist, they are rare in the extreme, and only occasionally make an appearance. MagiTek called Orbments replaces combustion-based technology but mostly behaves like our own electronics. The battle Orbments that allow use of spells are expensive and slow to be produced, and those that do own one are either members of the Bracer Guild to protect civilians or the mercenary Jaeger Corps. Most of the time, the protagonists are doing all they can to protect their own home countries/cities, let alone saving the world and rarely step outside their nation's borders. Plots tend to be concerned with the grounded lives of its characters and local politics, even villains tend to have understandable motives that rarely effect other parts of the map. The cynicism is entirely absent in spite of the low stakes, the protagonists are flawed but heroic people with good hearts and several antagonists aren't as black as they first appear, though genuinely evil characters do exist.
* ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' straddles the line between this and high-fantasy. On one hand, there's a race of elf-like people (though they don't have the longevity that are typically associated with elves,) and in the past everyone had to contend with demons [[spoiler: though this turns out to be propaganda.]] On the other hand, much of the game is spent contending with a messy war involving three different nations and lots of political intrigue and scheming.
** The spiritual successor, ''VideoGame/ExitFate'', is most definitely in this category. While elves, magic, spirits, and [[TheChosenOne a destined hero]] all exist, the focus is primarily on the wars fought between two nations over territory [[spoiler:and a third nation that invades both lands as part of a plan to unite the world by force]]. Furthermore, while spirits exist (and may actually be the souls of the departed), they are inherently eldritch beings who seem either indifferent or actively malevolent towards the living.
* While relatively high on the Fantasy scale, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' is a low fantasy take on the typical high fantasy of the series. While Link is able to use basic magic, the fact that he can puts those who witness it in awe and leads them to assume that he's capable of even greater feets like resurrection. And while there is a prophesy that the world will be saved by a hero, it never specifies Link or any vague description of him. Not to mention that the villain isn't a conquering tyrant, but a lonely child corrupted by dark power.
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' fits both the literary and gaming definition of low fantasy. While the central drama revolves around the fantasy element of Max's time travel powers, the rest of the drama stems from realistic scenarios dealing with real world issues.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' has many of the hallmarks of LowFantasy. Humans are overwhelmingly the dominant race (others exist, like the [[IntelligentGerbil Felynes]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter Wyverians]], but they get little focus), magic doesn't exist, and the plot scope is centred on individual hunters trying to get by in a world where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' takes place in the ConstructedWorld of Calradia, and other than the total lack of magic and the supernatural it fits the mold quite well. You take on the role of a wandering hero seeking to make a name for himself in a land of warring kingdoms controlled by {{Feudal Overlord}}s who are out to expand their holdings and gain personal glory.
* {{Creator/Bungie}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}'' series is arguably an example. While its setting does have wizards of incalcuable power and legions of undead soldiers in a campaign to exterminate the living, the focus of the series tends to be on rank-and-file soldiers struggling to get by, fighting a seemingly hopeless war which none of them expect to survive, and just observing the world falling apart around them. There is little in the way of [[HeroicFantasy heroics]], just a [[HeroicResolve collective resolve]] not to go quietly into the night.
* ''Pigskin'' takes place in a "Seventh Century A.D." where Vikings battle barbarian hordes on the English countryside for no determinable reason or purpose, with trolls sometimes joining either or both sides. Historical accuracy is definitely not the point.
* ''VideoGame/SunsetOverImdahl'' hits seven items out of nine on the checklist, and barely avoids the last two--it's a pointless war to keep a crumbling empire together, and magic is barely present, let alone good or evil.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Thera}} Thera: Legacy of the Great Torment]]'' is a ''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar'' mod that puts the player behind the reins of a civilisation in an Earth-like world that has just survived a cataclysmic event known as the Great Torment. The presence of stat-boosting and [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane possibly supernatural]] artifacts, non-human creatures on the southernmost and northernmost continents, and vague hints of prophecies in some faction's backgrounds, all suggest there is something else going on besides the mundane and scientific. It's much, much more cynical than the average HighFantasy, though - there is no good or evil here, just different civilisations all fighting each other for different reasons, be it freedom, faith, self-defence, revenge, or simple lust for power ([[HumansAreBastards mostly that one]]).
* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' fits this trope to a tee and [[RuleOfCool even adds]] a very gritty FilmNoir aesthetic coupled with medievalish ClockPunk and SteamPunk into [[JustForFun/XMeetsY the overall mix]]...
* ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'': Unlike most Low Fantasy RPGS, The world of Tyranny is a ''literal'' Bronze-Age, where iron swords are the game's equivalent of mithril-tier weaponry. Magic is actually abundant, but mostly chaotic; only the elite have fine control of the potential programming of magic, and just barely enough to come up with memory storage or a specific WMD curse known as an Edict. Everyone else gets the "blow stuff up with an element" magic, which is supplied from said elite in exchange for service. The majority is humans, the beastmen are a persecuted minority ([[ChaoticEvil and not without good reason]]), and they all find reasons to fight each other despite the threat of the armies of an actual overlord. Most importantly, as the overlord's vassal, you are not some "kill everything on sight" evil knight. You're a commissar, sent to judge the masses and make-or-break various communities and tribes as you see fit in the name of the empire, and you can make the best of a horrible position or just ruin the lives of an entire nation with corrupt policy and well-timed betrayal.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOverture'': The world of East Rondelin is a gritty place resembling feudal Japan. Two warlords have decimated the countryside fighting eachother for control of desolate rock, a small, worthless island with no strategic position or resources. Magic does not exist, and even the evil race of Demi has been subdued by the invention of crossbows.
* ''Webcomic/RumorsOfWar'': Mundane setting? AncientGreece. Cynicism? [[GreyAndGrayMorality Cloudy]] with a chance of [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment more clouds]]. Human Dominance? [[TheMagicGoesAway Yes]]. Heroism? [[KnightInSourArmor natch]]. [[MythArc Rumors]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of war?]] Take a wild guess.
* ''Webcomic/TheSilverEye'': The only magic that remains are a few cursed objects from the time of the Nedarians. Melete is the only Nedarian alive and the only one who can generate curses. Descendants of Nedarians (like the Hollingsworths and the Shephards), have a tiny bit of magic that allow their [[KaleidoscopeEyes eyes to change colors]] and their hands to catch on fire, but that's just about it.
* ''TheWolfAtWestonCourt'' is set in a kingdom similar to Regency England, which has a largely human population--though if the fact that they signed a treaty which apparently allows the Fairy military to enter their lands in persuit of (admitedly badass) criminals and boss their police around and not respect the rights of the kingdom's subjects while doing so is anything to go by, the world as a whole may not be human dominated. Plot scope is trickier to pin down, and there's much yet to be revealed. Tone is (largely) comedic, methods tend towards violence (especially with Nova), and our heroes are sarcastic, moody, and not above breaking the law. Oh, and the only actual magic we've seen so far (unless fairies fly with magic) is a cursed bracelet which at the time of this writing is killing one of the protagonist.
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* ''Literature/TheSolsticeWar'' has elements of this. While primarily a war story where the only fireballs are from cannon shells, it takes place in a world where people can reminisce about hunting "drakes" and "rock bears," there's churches dedicated to restoring dead magic (with some indication that it was once alive), and a character with some outright magic (though it could also be psychic powers). But the overwhelming majority of the story is rifle armed soldiers fighting in a conventional mid-20th century style war.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfPrinceValiant'' - EnforcedTrope - This Family Channel series is one of the rare animation series set in a low fantasy world, in part by Family Channels guidelines to not allow dragons or magic. Merlin is more a scientist and cannons were mistaken for dragons. One of the few times ExecutiveMeddling works out better.
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