Crapsack World: Fan Fic

  • Dark Fics implemented badly can sometimes end up as this.

Axis Powers Hetalia
  • This is pretty much the default for much of the world in the AU, the 1983: Doomsday Stories, at least in the first 10 years or so after Doomsday. A good deal of the Nations are dead. Those who survived the initial nuclear carnage were forced to a grueling existence of simply trying to stay alive from day to day. Eventually, things do get better in some parts, like the Alpine Confederation.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  • In Alternate Destination, Zarm eventually turns Earth into this.
  • In Heroes For Earth, Earth is slowly becoming this, as no one cares to fight the Corporation's callous destruction of the ecosystem through their blatant corruption and waving of power over local governments.

Code Geass
  • The setting of Code Geass Megiddo: To begin with, Japan was totally destroyed by detonating the underground reserves of sakuradite, with what little remnants of it now being a desolate Matrix-esque wasteland. From there, the rest of the world (specifically Britannia and the EU; China has since been annexed by the former) is engaged in the Code Geass equivalent of World War III, with all the devastation that entails. Every faction has their share of narrow-minded racists and warmongers that want to wipe out some section of humanity, while in the shadows, V.V.'s order (which, in a huge departure from canon, holds a Knights Templar / Illuminati tone and composition) watches the war's progress while preparing for Ragnarok. Even the Black Knights, for all their righteousness and just cause, cannot escape having villains in their number, ranging from the State Sec Shinobi Corps to an underground faction of Japanese xenophobes that want to purge the world of "gaijin scum". All that said, Megiddo would have a serious case of Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy if not for certain "good" characters and situations breaking the gloom, as well as Lelouch's proclaimed agenda being to destroy the current world and replace it with something better.

Cross Over

Death Note
  • The world of The Faceless an AU with a Broken Masquerade exposing the reality of the Shinigami World to the human race which results in a post-apocalyptic world of nihilism-civilization has collapsed, it's a world of permanent war, everyone wears masks and are busy dying.

  • The Odyssey. It's set in Exalted, and the protagonist is currently a mortal. That should tell you all you need to know. Every day is a constant battle for survival, pitting sheer determination against the overwhelming power of the Realm's Dragon-Blooded.

Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter Fanfictions love this trope, and it doesn't even require the Voldemort to be even in a body to do it, Pureblood behavior allows the fanfiction writers to make a world that is the absolute worse way to view medieval society...and it isn't so much a crack fic as in other worlds. After all, you have people like Umbridge in power....
  • The wizarding world is becoming this in Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness. And Sluagh somehow managed to mesh the worst of the Troubles in Northern Ireland with the worst of Voldemort's reign of terror.
  • Deserving is set in one of these, as summed up in the sporking: "I honestly don't know who to root for in Deserving, because the world is populated by complete fuckwits. Harry is an inconsistently characterised wanker, as are Ron, Hermione and Neville, Severus is just inconsistently characterised (and a wanker in a more literal sense, of course), Minerva, Sprout and Pomfrey seem to have morphed into three bitter old hags I half expect to see meeting up with an ambitious nobleman on a blasted heath, the kids are Gary Stus at best and downright creepy at worst, Millicent (where's she been when all this is going on?) is a Mary Sue, and then there are the actual villains."
  • Faery Heroes starts off in a future where Voldemort attacked the Muggles, and ended up causing the magicals to be in desperate war of survival, with all the magicals forgetting he started it. The first chapter featured a dying Santa Claus due to how bad it was for crying out loud.
  • The Firebird Trilogy of stories also has a very, very well constructed Crapsack world. The fic deconstructs the harem genre in the most horrifying manner, creating a world where sexual harassment of young males is encouraged, Goblins are witch raping, iumpregnating horrors, and Voldemort (Who is very much his canon counterpart, if perhaps worse), is seen by most of the fans as a hero....and Goyle is a girl. Squick
    • To explain the first, if girl or woman doesn't "poach" a boy at a young age, they are likely to never get married or have a partner at all due to the extreme gender imbalance. So young teen girls have to plan out seducing, blackmailing, tricking, or outright raping a good prospective mate if they hope to have any sort of future at all (as power and success is found in family groups, rather than as individuals).
  • The Harem War has over a third of all magical females as concubines against their wills, hinted to be killed in later life after being made as sex slaves at very young ages, with the rest of the magical females in general being treated poorly.
  • Harry Potter and the Altered World has this with large conflicts in Russia, China, South American and Africa, but in a What If version of the story the world is so bad that Bellatrix teaches at Hogwarts, muggle borns can't buy books for school (this includes Hermione) and all the main characters are either orphans or abused. Not to mention that world had Voldemort as a hero to Muggle Borns and Half Bloods....and he was killed by accident by an evil James Potter.
  • There's a world in the realm of Fan Fiction where daring to like what you wish to can result in torture, where ideology can get you imprisoned with guards who are Mind Rape incarnate, where pedophiles are allowed to be teachers, and where you can get away scot-free for murdering someone who asked you to quiet down in the movie theater. In this world, students are tortured, reason seems to have fled, and whatever choice you make on ideology, you are doomed to become reviled, except if you fill some completely arbitrary criteria. What is this horrific world? It's My Immortal, widely considered the worst fanfic ever written.
  • Wish Carefully has Wizarding Britain turn into one due to Harry deciding to give the Death Eaters exactly what they wanted. The economy and the infrastructure are practically collapsed due most of the business owners, almost the entire consumer base and the workers leaving the country with Harry, and Hogwarts is reduced to nothing more than an empty castle due Harry and his crew taking away everything that could be moved and the part of Hogwarts that made it magical deciding to leave with them. On top of that, the inbreeding has reached such a point that pregnancies between Purebloods usually end with either a miscarriage or a Squib (sometimes with the mother being unable to bear more children), forcing the Death Eaters to resort to kidnapping women from other countries to serve as baby factories (the women are treated well and given two years between pregnancies to avoid causing more damage, and live in luxurious mansions with their every whim pampered to, though their residencies are little more than Gilded Cages). As a result, the International Confederation of Wizards locked the Death Eaters up in England and keeps high surveillance on anyone who enters or leave. Any attempts to correct the above problems by having help from the Muggles or reproducing with the Muggleborns are impossible due a magically-enforced treaty barring any contact with Muggles and having any new Muggleborn shipped off-country. And since they don't have anyone to lord over, Voldemort has become even more of a torture-happy Control Freak who will casually torture any of his followers for kicks and kills people wearing glasses, and the very ideals of the Death Eaters have been exposed as the suicidal lie they are. By the time Lucius is an old man on his last legs, everyone has become so sick of Voldemort's cruelty and madness and are so desperate to fix things that they're planning to kill Voldemort themselves or, if Harry really is the only one who can kill him, incapacitate him and mail him to Harry for disposal, so the treaty that also bars those who have left from returning until Voldemort and his men are no longer in control, will be invalidated. However, as Lucius' grandson (and White Sheep of the family) Leonidas has pointed out, there's no guarantee Harry will do anything until their very society has died out. To counter it, the rest of the Wizarding World has gotten much better due them seeing what happened in Britain and the blood supremacy ideals getting discredited has led to more esteem and better treatment for Mugleborns, and those who have emigrated with Harry have experienced a prosperous economy and a very healthy and well-sized population.

  • Hivefled's take on Alternia manages to be even more crapsack then it was in the original, which is saying something. Mind you, this is somewhat unsurprising given whose in charge.

Kamen Rider Fourze
  • Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is set in the optimistic world of Fourze...except in this world, Gentaro's death brought in an ancient serpent who resurrected him and now Gentaro's planning on destroying the world. Moreover, other serpents have begun possessing people who have also recently died, other Kamen Rider shows got involved in the mix, the original Big Bad is crossing lines and the Mysterious Benefactor is being amoral for some odd reason. All in all, friendship isn't going to be the shining beacon of light in this fic.

The Legend of Zelda

The Lion King
  • In The Lion King Adventures, the world is this for Simba, Nala and Haiba in Series Five after the destruction of the Pride Lands at the end of Series Four.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • The setting of Bad Future Crusaders — the Face Heel Turned Queen Twilight Sparkle has turned conquered Equestria and the Crystal Empire, turning them into a totalitarian Police State/Empire, whose military has no problem with bombing population centers in order to drive fugitives out of hiding. Meanwhile, what we've seen of the rest of the world isn't nice either, as Sonhos Vale (the country where Apple Bloom and Silver Spoon grew up as refugees) has been split by civil war for so long no one remembers why, and Saddle Arabia has suffered from such serious drought that its society is on the verge of collapse.
  • The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum is a War Fic take on The Conversion Bureau and promptly takes it all Up to Eleven, with all the crapsack-ness that it implies. And there's a lot. Food is so scarce that some jobs have started paying people in rations instead of money, and some people have resorted to cannibalism; humanity is fighting a what is pretty much a Hopeless War and their only possible shot at victory is likely to be a Pyrrhic Victory by detonating the Yellowstone megavolcano; if they lose they'll get turned into zombified slaves, with the Equestrian Barrier is spreading across the world and destroying every human and human-made object it touches. So many of our characters are traumatized in some way that the fic may deserve its own page for Woobies, and it may actually be a convincing argument for bringing back the old "World Of Woobie" trope. However, there's still a glimmer of hope, as a good Equestria much more based on MLP canon has joined the battle and will aid humanity.
    • TCB!Equestria, however, is as little of a Crapsaccharine World as you can have while still being 'straight' crapsack, as TCB!Equestria's war effort has not been kind to it. There's implied starvation, overpopulation of urban centers and pollution, a total logistic breakdown, mass poverty, and deranged newfoals just barely hidden under the veneer. Only fear and brainwashing appear able to hold it together.
    • The TCB!Crystal Empire, according to Stephan and any refugees from there, has turned into a police state under total media blackout, and the crystal ponies have been enslaved, forced to mine for crystals everyday, kept obedient out of fear of humans and they aren't even told that the barrier is impassable. Marcus even goes so far as to call the place the "North Korea of Equus."
  • The Pony POV Series has the Epilogue timeline (based on the first series' Alternate Ending, later expanded on by Applejack's glimpses in the Truth, and eventually explored in-depth by the Dark World arc), which shows what would have happened had Discord succeeded in conquering Equestria. It is possibly the ultimate Villain World, where the Mane Cast have been brainwashed into Discord's loyal enforcers, killing anyone (including children) who opposes him (and sometimes for no reason whatsoever), while at the same time are victims of his mind games the same as everypony else. Meanwhile, Discord's rewritten history to make himself seem benevolent compared to the deposed Celestia and Luna, even as he causes random chaotic events on a daily basis for his amusement — among other things, it seems the dead rising to eat their loved ones is a common occurrence under his reign. Need I go on? It's such a horrible place that even Original Timeline!Discord is unnerved by it.
  • The Alternate Universe depicted in Sunshine And Fire. It is not at all a pleasant world - the Endless Daytime brought on by Daymare Sun has caused water (and thus the ability to grow crops) to become a luxury with death by dehydration a very common occurrence, the Earth Ponies being horribly treated and discriminated against, children are taken away from their homes if they have a special talent that could be useful to the Queen (and they're often Brainwashed into her ruthless agents on top of that), there's political infighting, murders, reeducation, and treason both direct and indirect.
  • The "present" era of the Twilight Then Twilight Now Universe is pretty much this, after a long chain of Gotterdammerungs. The end result is that, after a series of war that left over 60% of all Equestrians dead, the Crystal Empire being destroyed, the deaths of Princesses Celestia and Luna, the temporary-but-damaging reign of a zealous worshipper of a new monotheistic religion, Zoraponyism, who brutally tortured and murdered Alicornists for their different beliefs, the rise of a brutal Earth Pony Supremacist kingdom in Coltonville that mutilates unicorn & pegasi foals at birth so they can't do anything but live as Earth Ponies, the destruction of the Tree of Harmony, a literal Hate Plague that has resulted in stallions being denied political power and generally made socially inferior in comparison to mares as a result of it driving so many of them violently insane, and the efforts of evil-worshipping sorcerers and witches, ponykind has changed to the point that things like "friendship" and "pacifism" are spat on rather than upheld as virtues. It's so awful that a B-plot of one story, The Magnificent Six, has a character, Applejack, made immortal shortly before everything went to hell, work to travel back through time and Set Right What Once Went Wrong, arguing that a world this damaged and warped has no right to exist at the cost of the peaceful, loving, happy Equestria of old. Though apparently the world is set on track to a brighter future at the end of the "core" fanfic (the titular Twilight Then, Twilight Now), "Ponyland" is still an awful world until then, and the series has struggled considerably with Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.
  • The Equestria of 1000 years hence in Harmony Theory: Princesses Celestia and Luna are, to all intents and purposes, dead, having been sealed away inside their respective celestial bodies. A massive magical wasteland now occupies a large portion of what was once the center of Equestria, so dangerous it's nearly certain death to go inside. The loss of the Alicorns brought about a Götterdämmerung effect, resulting in a catastrophic lowering of ambient magic; several races, explicitly including the Buffalo have gone extinct, Griffons are dying out because the lowered magic has made it almost impossible for them to breed, Dragons can't grow beyond a certain size or else they die from the Square Cube Law, and Ponies... Well, to start with, Rainbow Dash finds they have become Made of Plasticine as a side effect of their general loss in magical power; they're so much generally weaker than her that she almost kills somepony by accident, being so much tougher, stronger and faster that she's classified as a living superweapon, and a powerful pony of the "modern era" would be just barely better than average in Rainbow Dash's original time. Cutie Marks, now renamed Talent Brands, are capable of mentally influencing their hosts in extremely unpleasant ways; for example, a pony unfortunate enough to have Talent Brand for killing (which itself shows what kind of crapsack world this is) has been driven insane by a constant mental barrage of subconscious demands to kill everyone she meets. There's a Mad God who wants to destroy the world. Equestrian civilization has shattered into two fundamentally opposed warring territories, one to either side of the aforementioned magical wasteland; the Solar Empire and the Luna Republic. There's a Straw Nihilist running around after the Elements of Harmony for some insane plot of his own. There's hints that the Elements of Harmony may actually be an Artifact of Doom with good press. And the technological progress nowhere near matches what Rainbow Dash expected after 1000 years. It's not really so unbelievable that Rainbow Dash is pretty dismissive of the future.

  • With a world filled with 9 ultra destructive demons who have a habit of escaping their human prisons and people capable of causing earthquakes, summoning snakes big enough to eat cars, mind rape people and in general causing mass destruction, Naruto worlds are rarely that far behind the Harry Potters.

  • Brave New World
    • You know how Treasure Town in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is listed as one of these? In this fic, it's about eleven zillion times worse. The entire town is built upon a huge gate that contains the most evil thin in the Omniverse (that is, a collection of every multiverse ever), and it is the primary base of the Nhilators, a villainous group that at times gives Chaos a run for it's money. There is exactly one character from Treasure Town that is not evil, and he's a ghost who became a priest in order to repent.
    • Also there's a place which is worse than Treasure town... Genocide city, a place worst than the gate to hell. Even after the seal on the gate weakens and monstrous things start crawling up from the depths, Treasure Town is still "not as bad as Genocide City".
  • The entire world in Poké Wars has become one of these, what with wild 'mons running rampant in a discoordinate, but efficient, effort to wipe humanity off the map. Cities covered by Muk sludge, towns overrun by Fearows, legendaries practically nuking large settlements... you get the idea. It's even worse when you find out that the Pokémon's powers were amplified way above their original levels. Johto got it particularly bad, being the "rebel" Pokémon's main stronghold.
  • The Sun Soul, a story set in the Pokémon universe is essentially a highly methodical deconstruction of how brutal and dangerous a world with such monsters would be. A single Gyarados for example is more than capable of wiping a small town off the map. The villians start and control wars from the shadows, orchestrate crises to further theit political power, and merrily murder anyone who gets in their way. The heroes are, of course, trying to fix all this but in a world stalked by one horrifyingly effective Hero Killer after another, where being Killed Off for Real at any moment is a real threat, it isn't easy.


Sonic X

Star Trek
  • In Flight Of The Condor, Kirk and Spock chase a fugitive and end up in a crapsack world. It is the Earth of an alternate 23rd century.

  • We have this to a certain degree in the Gensokyo 20XX Series with Fantastic Racism being a driving factor, especially in 20XXV, when it was made a tad more apparent in chapter fourteen where Yuuka notes that some people resorted to their more unethical side to get by or get things that they need, as well as the fact that drugs run rampant. There is also the fact that Wretched Hives like The Forbiddens exist and Bedlam Houses as the alternatives to dealing with the very mentally ill. Aside from the aforementioned, it seems to okay. Word of God did state that some semblance of this can be seen in how the children behaved, making a comparison to South Park.
    Amoridere: On the note of the swearing, which they do on a fairly normal basis, well, I suppose it could serve as an allegory or representation of the world and life's state, the world being a crapsack. As a matter of fact, the kids are also not necessarily immune to violence and neither do they have much holding back when they use it, let alone any qualms about using it. I mean, think about it this way, sure, when the kids swear on South Park, it is supposed to be seen as funny, but, at the same time, seeing all of the other stuff they do besides swearing (like bullying, stealing, and various other things that kids have no business doing) and doing whatever the hell they want to do whenever they wanna do it, it could show as to how useless their parents are, as well as the fact theire world is also a crapsack.

Warhammer 40,000
  • The Shape of the Nightmare to Come - Dark Fic of Warhammer 40,000, the patron saint of all crapsack worlds and turns it's crappiness Up to Eleven. The God Emperor of Mankind dies and is reborn in the Warp as the Star Father, ruthless Chaos God of Order, the Astronomicon collapses, so the Imperium of Man gets fractured into several smaller empires, out of which many are even worse than it was and most of its' forces are either destroyed or start mad, fanatical crusades. The Tau turns into bitter conquerors who sees other races as lesser ones. Most of the Eldar die to awake Ynnead, who ends up trapped in the Infinity Circuits so they all died for nothing. Chaos breaks from the Eye of Terror and two Chaos Empires - one ruled by Abbadon and another by Huron Blackheart - rise. The Orks and Tyranids merge into terrible New Devourer that eats half of the galaxy. The Void Dragon breaks free through ends trapped in Sol System. Oh, and the Necrons have unleashed Ophilim Kiasoz, an Eldritch Abomination that unmakes solar systems just by passing through them. The introduction sums it up:
    It is the 51st Millennium and I cannot wake up from this nightmare! I cannot wake up!
    • It's sequel, The Age of Dusk, may be heading into that direction - while some things gets better, many gets much worse.

Yin Yang Yo
  • Re: Yin Yang Who? has one of this story's review summing it up as this... partially.note