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See also DarkFic. Now remember that a lot of FanFiction is by nature DarkerAndEdgier in some way, so to keep this page from clogging up, use only the very ''darkest'' and ''edgiest'' examples. Only the horrific will do.

%%[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'']]
%%* [[http://www.annkniggendorf.de/gr/timeline.html Ann-Kathrin Kniggendorf]] and Trivia make an art form of this in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' fandom.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'']]
* Look up ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' on Website/FanfictionDotNet. Get ready to see a ''lot'' of {{Dark Fic}}s.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'']]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6572573/1/For_Every_Action For Every Action]]'' an ''Atomic Betty'' fanfic that practically runs on this trope.

[[AC: ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'']]
* Take ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''- a cute, comedic series about anthropomorphised countries- twist history a bit, add a good dosage of mind screwing and a bizarre love quadrangle, and you get ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted'', [[http://community.livejournal.com/all_he_ever/profile a series of fanfics]] set in a world where England is on the Axis Powers' side, America is Communist, Prussia is a batshit Nazi and rape machine who rapes Hungary and Liechtenstein, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Austria is suddenly Jewish]], and everyone's suffering for it. [[InternetBackdraft The fandom's opinion on it... well, it's very mixed.]]
** Note that the AHEW crew are not the first nor the last to give this particular series this makeover. The Hetalia fandom as a whole is greatly enamored with the trope. The results... well, are varied.

[[AC: ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'']]
* ''FanFic/WinterWar'' takes the darkest elements of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' and runs with them. ''Bleach'' can get pretty violent, but it's usually contained in one-on-one duels, the only people who die are villains, and no matter how badly a good guy is hurt, they're unlikely to suffer any lasting consequences to it. ''Winter War'' throws that all out the window. Heroes die. Heroes will fight dishonorably or gang up on opponents if they have to. There are limits to what healers can do, and lingering injuries complicate daily life and battle alike. Aizen's Hollowfication experiments are shown as horrific and dehumanizing rather than being used as a source of power-ups. And the authors don't pull punches about the likely states of mind of people who've been on the front lines- or taken captive, or waiting back home for loved ones who are probably dead- for months.

[[AC: ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'']]
* ''Fanfic/TheCalvinverse'' is ever-so-slightly darker than [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes the original strip]], but a few installments are darker than others. ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' undergoes CerebusSyndrome as time goes on, but ''nothing'' compares to the sheer darkness that is [[GrandFinale "Black Rain"]]... [[spoiler:especially when two antagonists are implied to have ''died'' at the hands of [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]].]]

[[AC: ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'']]
* ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars'' manages to make the ''Command & Conquer Tiberium'' universe even darker than it already is, by virtue of introducing WarIsHell to show just how horrific the battles and weaponry in the setting really are.

[[AC: ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'']]
* ''[[WebAnimation/OutcastBandicoot Outcast Bandicoot]]'' portrays both the characters and the universe they inhabit as much, MUCH darker than the original games, even at their gloomiest. Dr. Neo Cortex -- arguably one of the funniest, cartooniest villains in fiction is turned into a full-on ''sadist''. In addition, the work combines this trope with [[BloodierAndGorier Bloodier and Gorier]], making for a VERY violent, heartbreaking, and even scary portrayal of an otherwise lighthearted universe.

[[AC: CrossOver]]
* ''VideoGame/BrutalMario'' Demo 7.5 starts with Mario ruining the Mushroom Kingdom, getting darker from there, then in the Special World we see [[spoiler: Wily transform Mega Man into Quint, and Mario has to kill Mega Man]], and that's before the [[ContinuationFic unofficial Middle Path ROM by Thirteen 1355]].
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' appears to be a LighterAndSofter family fic for the first ten chapters. Chapter 11 introduced a version of the Winter Soldier even more [[TheDreaded terrifying]] [[SuperSoldier than his]] [[OneManArmy canon counterpart]] and a necromancer who is quite clearly insane. Just how insane becomes clear in Chapter 21, which is dark enough to comfortably compare with the darkest parts of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''.
** While the heroes remain the heroes we know and love and the story never veers into GrimDark territory, the story explores the darker side of the natures and of the setting: Natasha's [[DarkAndTroubledPast past is somewhat explored and is quite clearly a very dark place.]] [[ProfessionalKiller Clint used to kill people for a living.]] [[HeelFaceTurn Loki is a hero,]] but underneath the charming sorcerer, coffee maker and indulgent uncle is [[TheSpymaster the most dangerous spymaster]] in the Nine Realms and [[TheAtoner a man who bitterly regrets his past misdeeds.]] Sif frankly acknowledges that yes, she is a warrior god, and yes, she has killed a lot of people, some of whom could be reasonably defined as innocent. So have Thor and the Warriors Three.
** Nick Fury UsedToBeASweetKid, being drinking buddies with Sirius Black and John Constantine and having acted as a big brother figure to Lily Potter for most of her life. By the time of the story, he is the epitome of GoodIsNotNice, proving to be a cold ManipulativeBastard whose personal CynicismCatalyst was the death of Lily (they were so close that he was the second candidate for Harry's godfather and [[spoiler: would have been godfather to the daughter Lily was pregnant with when she died -]] something he also may well have known, which is unlikely to have contributed positively to his mental state) - though it is unlikely that, as a muggle, being unable to take custody of Harry when he knew very well what Petunia was like, having Sirius, one of his best friends who he knew to be innocent, locked up in Azkaban and losing an eye to Lucius Malfoy.
** Albus Dumbledore gives voice to his frustrations over the isolationism of the Wizarding World and the culturally enforced MedievalStasis which strangles innovation and denied him the chance to communicate with brilliant non-wizards, save for working with Howard Stark during World War II, showing a brief glimpse of his dark side with frank admission that he remains capable of becoming a Dark Lord the likes of which Voldemort could never match.
** Sean Cassidy is still a light hearted and wise Irishman (or Irish-American who's spent most of the last forty years living in Ireland and Scotland, as a compromise between the comics and the ''Film/XMenFirstClass''). However, as with canon, his wife was murdered by the IRA. His ensuing RoaringRampageOfRevenge was bad enough that parts of it still give Nick Fury, Director of SHIELD, former US Army Ranger and [[GoodIsNotNice no wilting violet himself,]] nightmares over a decade later. Apparently it had something to do with Sean's CompellingVoice...
** Johnny and Susan Storm's backstory. [[spoiler: Their father murdered their mother when Johnny was six years old]] and it is more likely than not that Johnny saw it happen. After that, a relative took them in, then died, after which [[PromotionToParent Sue mostly raised Johnny by herself.]]
** Nick Fury notes that this happens to most SHIELD Agents, with the exception of Coulson, who manages to maintain his idealism and heart.
** Carol Danvers is YoungerThanSheLooks, being able to pass for a buxom college student at the age of 14 or so. This gains her a ''severe'' amount of unwanted attention.
** [[spoiler: Luna Lovegood]] dies thanks to a bullet in the lungs meaning that she choked to death on her own blood. She's barely ''thirteen.'' [[spoiler: Granted, it ends well enough for her, with her ascension to become the new Delirium of the Endless, but even still.]]
** [[spoiler: Arthur Weasley]] has his neck snapped by the Winter Soldier. And considering his likely fate at HYDRA's hands, it is made very clear by the narration that this is a singular act of mercy.
** The sequel dials up the darkness, with Voldemort putting a horrific spin on the FreakyFridayFlip at the World Cup and very nearly succeeds in telepathically tricking [[spoiler: a panicking Thor into killing Harry and Pepper-in-Carol's-Body]] in the second chapter. Then, it's still pretty light... until the ''Forever Red'' arc comes along and the Red Room make their foreshadowed return, and demonstrate why even HYDRA feared them. How? Well, among other things, they've got 'the Beast', who happens to be [[spoiler: Dudley Dursley]] after he was found and his X-Gene was activated, plus his every whim indulged, by the Red Room in exchange for his serving as their superpowered thug. Three years of this in the Nevernever and what's the result? A fairly harmless bully becomes a drugged up, murderous rapist. They've also got this world's version of [[spoiler: Maddie Pryor, who was stolen from her cradle and]] shaped into a LivingWeapon by [[spoiler: Sinister]], who's also the reason that Harry's treatment at Privet Drive was never picked up on because he wanted Harry isolated so that he could be more easily experimented upon. Oh, and then there's the several days worth of ColdBloodedTorture and MindRape that result in Harry's [[spoiler: BlankSlate becoming first the Red Son, who's promptly infected by the Transmode Virus as a back-up, having had his left arm and eye blasted out by Magneto as part of an attempt to take him down without killing him]] and once Harry [[spoiler: gets back in his body]], he unsurprisingly snaps. Cue [[spoiler: the Dark Phoenix.]]
* Sherlockian {{Crossover}} with ''Series/DoctorWho'' series, ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''. The initial story is fairly grim, invoking the Time War, and then the series lightens until midway through, when we reach the "42" rewrite "Burn", and it all goes downhill from there. [[WhatTheHellHero Little bit]] [[PrecisionFStrike more swearing]] than in the Sherlockian canon, [[ColdBloodedTorture much more torture]] and [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath violence]], AttemptedRape, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] InsatiableNewlyweds all find their way into the series, particularly the three-part finale.
* Part 2 of ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements''. There is little to no humor, some rather grim scenarios are brought up during [[spoiler: Smithy]] and [[spoiler: Dimentio's (Fake)]] backstories, including [[spoiler: Betrayal, paranoia and the strong pursuit of a dream leading to the death of Smithy's closest friend, Dimentio casually mocking the love of Blumiere and Lady Timpani, along with his fabricated story that mentioned a pregnant Daisy DYING during an alien invasion.]] And that's not even getting into Chapters 21-29...
* ''Fanfic/FallingStars'' takes the characters of Anime/LuckyStar and places them into the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} Capital Wasteland]]. Needless to say, it's not nearly as cheery as the original source material.
* ''Webcomic/PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'' and its spin-off ''FanFic/GrimTalesFromDownBelow'' are both examples of this trope done ''extraordinarily'' well, provided you can get past all the fluffy kids' cartoons going through this process in the first place.
* ''Fanfic/ShinnenNewYear'' is a Anime/GuiltyCrown Main/MegaCrossover set years after the anime. Despite having creative humor, the co-authors make the setting dark once the main antagonists shows up and shows a lot of body counts.
* ''[[FanFic/StarsAbove Stars Above]]'' is an interesting case. It's a CrossOver between Manga/LuckyStar and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Magica]], in which the darkness of the latter starts invading the universe of the former.
* ''TheTerribleSecretOfAnimalCrossing'', a fanfic mixed with LetsPlay, does this to ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''.
* ''FanFic/Warhammer40000Trouble''. WarFic, in our HaremComedy story? Yes. ItMakesSenseInContext? HELL YES! Everyone TookALevelInBadass? FUCK YEAH, especially everyone that already badass in the original story but PlayedForDrama instead. That's before we add TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} into account...

[[AC: ''Franchise/TheDCU'']]
* ''[[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 end up like victims in the ''Film/EventHorizon'' and ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films, while the Superfriends become fascistic and attempt to make their world a utopia in the villains' absence.

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'']]
* The ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', to the point where it's been favourably compared to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]. A great example of TropesAreNotBad.
* The remake of the Anime/DigimonAdventure02 ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'' is a lot darker than both the [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Adventure]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 series]] [[LighterAndSofter especially the latter]], on par with Anime/DigimonTamers in terms of the dark content. While the remade Digimon Emperor arc is almost the same as the original sans the use of nukes, [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Alien]] and [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Terminators]], and a possessed [[WakeUpCallBoss Magnaangemon]], it is the next arcs when the true content finally emerges; For starters, most villains like [[ManipulativeBastard Devimon]], [[EvilOverlord Demon]], and [[TheChessmaster Dragomon]] that were previously shoved aside became the main villains of the Digidestied along with other enemies including Piedmon, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Darkheart]], [[CaptainErsatz Gravemon]], and a [[CharacterRerailment rerailed]] Myotismon [[note]]In contrast, [[GoldfishPoopGang Arukenimon and Mummymon]] are demoted to Devimon's lackey, Blackwargreymon is defeated pretty quickly, and Oikawa is reduced to a messenger for Demon[[/note]]. The last third also features an invasion into the Real world, directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of people while the Digidestined themselves are trapped by Darkheart's pursuits unable to do anything to help. [[spoiler: And as it is later revealed, the reason the universe becomes like this is due to Shaun time travel to the past, resulting the Digidestined fighting even greater Dark forces than what they would have confronted]].
* ''FanFic/NeoDigimonDigitalWar'', like the above example, is considerably darker than ''Adventure'' and ''Adventure 02'', featuring such things as a WarIsHell theme and Hikari being plagued by recurring BadDreams that induce BringMyBrownPants.

[[AC: ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'']]
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' continuum offers the fanfics of [[Creator/AAPessimal A.A. Pessimal]], which while written with a touch of Pratchett's absurdism, offer a darker edge to his fantasy world. The question from ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', of what happens to luckless students who fail the Assassins' Guild School's Final Exam, is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5055274/22/The-Graduation-Class finally answered]] in detail that Pratchett only hinted at but did not give. According to reviews, this chapter moved one reader to tears. The Discworld country of "Rimwards Howondaland" is an expy of the old [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra South Africa]] taken UpToEleven, and has social institutions to match, as well as a paranoid and ruthless secret police - who are even called BOSS in the Discworld.

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Disney}}'']]
%%* ''[[http://jeftoonportfolio.blogspot.com/2009/02/twisted-princess.html Twisted Disney Princesses.]]''
* The sequels of ''Fanfic/TheGreatDisneyAdventureSaga'' compared to the original are darker, with a team of evil villains of much greater threat, the darker movies of the canon like Hunchback being explored, and an actual [[spoiler: DisneyDeath of Kelsey]].

%%[[AC: ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'']]
%%* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4067416/1/Doom_Repercussions_of_Evil_Mark_II This fanfic]] is a considerably Darker And Edgier version of the more light-hearted, facetious ''[[http://www.peterchimaera.com/doom.html Doom Repercussions of Evil]]''.

[[AC: ''Manga/DragonBall'']]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'''s Frieza manages to [[UpToEleven surpass the original's already incredible level of monstrousness.]] Examples include him not caring whatsoever happens to his minions, deciding what wine to have for dinner before killing someone, and ''singing'' a variation of [[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic My Favorite Things]] before he impales Krillin.
** What makes this version of Frieza so terrifying is his motivation. In the original series, while monstrously cruel, Frieza's atrocities were mostly motivated by a desire to stay in power and to punish those who dared stand against him. In the abridged series however, it's made clear that Frieza commits his atrocities out of sheer ''boredom''.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'']]
* ''FanFic/MotherDearest'' is a fanfic that qualifies as this, if only for the exploration of Huey, Dewey and Louie's questionable origins. The story has no disturbing themes or violence, though.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'']]
* ''Fanfic/TheOtherworldAnthology'' runs on this trope [[note]]even if their version of Literature/TheLittleMermaid is LighterAndSofter than the Hans Christian Andersen original.[[/note]] WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends is a haunted house of evil imaginary friends and MindScrew, [[WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers Mr. Whiskers]] is a PsychopathicManChild who lusts for Brandy, Claudia from ''WesternAnimation/TheCaribouKitchen'' is a cynical alcoholic, and the titular world is ruled with an iron fist by [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the Mad Hatter]].

[[AC: ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'']]
* ''[[Fanfic/GirlInAllBlack The Girl In All Black]]'', does this to mildly NightmareFuel levels, considering that [[spoiler: Elsa kills Hans, the two Weselton men and probably Kristoff with her powers...oh, and she's also ending the world.]]

[[AC: ''Literature/HarryPotter'']]
* ''Fanfic/AlexandraQuick'' is this to ''Literature/HarryPotter'', although in a way that doesn't go to the extremes of Darkfic or seem out of place with the mood of the original series. People do start dying in the first book though and there are some dark, dark plots in Wizarding America. Things get that way when you have wizards as government and wizards as terrorist with BlackandGreyMorality and you don't know which is which.
* ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' itself compared to {{Canon}}; ''Sluagh'', goes even further with a few sections with very detailed descriptions of the rape and torture of [[spoiler:Hermione]]. And ''A Peccatis'' seems determined to examine all the warts and seams of the wizarding world in general.
* Let's not forget ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', in which most of the characters have converted to [[strike:Satanism]] "STANISM", [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry's]] scar is now a ''pentegram'', and all the characters seem to do is {{Wangst}} around, cut their wrists, go to ''My Chemical Romance'' concerts, have [[IkeaErotica sex]], and proclaim how [[strike:gothic]] "goffik" they are. The irony being that, for all its posturing, it's not ''nearly'' as dark as the actual later books of the series, for which see Literature below.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2462786/chapters/5460785 The Stillness Gave No Token]]'' after [[RapeAsDrama his uncle tried to rape him]], [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Harry]] [[spoiler: merges with the horcrux]] and becomes a batshit insane PoeticSerialKiller. Some of his more imaginative methods of Muggle torture [[EvenEvilHasStandards surprises even Voldemort.]]
* ''[[FanFic/FallBackNineteenForty Fall Back - 1940]]'' has a lot more ''extremely graphic'' violence than canon.

[[AC: ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'']]
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''; on one hand, the entire universe isn't being destroyed and nobody's mind-controlled or in thrall to an EldritchAbomination. On the other hand, the plotline was kicked off by a series of events involving the BigBad couple raping thousands of teenagers to death.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'']]
* While ''FanFic/{{Intercom}}'' is in no way a DarkFic, it certainly is a lot more serious than the original film (which was [[UpToEleven already pretty serious in its own right]]). The story is about Riley being able to communicate with her own emotions when Anger breaks the intercom used to talk to Riley as a "voice in the back of your head". However, this eventually leads to some rather big issues for Riley as she begins to believe that she might be suffering from schizophrenia and develops bit of an identity crisis.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'']]
* This is pretty much the point of the works that are a part of FanFic/ProjectDarkJade, mostly because in them Jade either [[FaceHeelTurn turns evil]] or is in the danger of doing that.
* ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'' -- an AlternateUniverseFic about the first two seasons -- and its sequel, ''The Stronger Evil'' -- which covers the rest of the series -- are slightly rougher than the source material with the way they include blood along with more violence and sexual themes.

[[AC: ''Franchise/KamenRider'']]
* ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' is set in the world of the friendship-based High School centered, ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''...except in this story, Gentaro was resurrected by an evil serpent and is causing mayhem as other Serpents start enacting DealWithTheDevil themes with people who have died, more and more Kamen Riders get pulled into the madness, and at the end of the day, the bad guys are going to be claiming victory of some kind.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'']]
* While by no means depressing, ''Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls'', when compared to its source material, has elements in its plot such as MindRape and an AlienInvasion taking place in it (complete with near-destruction of an entire American Naval Task Force), and that's just the {{backstory}}.

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'']]
* Quite a few in ''FanFic/{{Nightmarefics}}'', with [[SleptThroughTheApocalypse chapter 14]] being the most notable example.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'']]
* ''Fanfic/TheVow'' goes into detail with the StartOfDarkness of [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]] with the addition of a tragic love story. There's also blood shown.

[[AC: ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'']]
* The brutally unforgiving fanfic Fanfic/ZeldasHonor is quite graphic and a far cry from the (mostly) kid friendly VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda franchise. [[spoiler:The child-like Kokiri getting raped, murdered, tortured and turned into cannibalistic assassins? Check. Major character death in some horrific ways such as holes being blown through chests or being melted from the inside out? Check. Primary protagonist's own son being aborted literally out of her uterus and burned alive in front of her? Check.]] This can be quite the horrific story.

%%[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'']]
%%* ''Fanfic/TwilightValley'' and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2550278/1/Out_of_the_Shadows Out of the Shadows]]'' are both very dark ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' fan fictions.

[[AC: ''Disney/TheLionKing'']]
* Series Five of ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' is incredibly dark, featuring the deaths of many beloved characters and countless tragedies.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'']]
* ''Fanfic/RequiemForALoud'' is about main protagonist Lincoln Loud suffering a terminal illness (specifically brain tumors) and is only given about two-to-three weeks left to live. That premise alone is dark by this shows standards, but what really sells it is how everybody else is taking it. While Lincoln's younger sisters [[spoiler:(sans Lisa and maybe Lucy)]] remain unaware of his condition, his older sisters are absolutely ''broken'' over the mere thought of losing their only brother. In particular, Lynn engages in self-harm and Luna becomes so depressed that she [[spoiler:[[DrowningMySorrows resorts to drinking beer]] and has casual sex with a random teen to cope with it]].

[[AC: ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'']]
* ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' is interesting in that while elements that were played for comedy in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' are now deconstructed for dramatic effect, and the lethality of the combat is notably higher, the characters are just as caring and morally upright as ever. In fact, the primary villain is ''more'' sympathetic. Which actually makes things ''worse,'' [[spoiler:because Nanoha decides to help her.]] The ending [[spoiler:, on the other hand, is actually ''happier'' than in canon. [[EarnYourHappyEnding It just took a lot of effort and pain to get there]].]]
* Continuing with ''Nanoha'' fics, "Toward the World's End" starts out fairly light hearted with some cliche romance. It seems to just be so the author could get his OC with Nanoha... then, without WARNING, the entire world crumbles to dust and the only known survivors are Nanoha and Arthur, the OC of the author. Explicitly mentioned are the deaths of Arthur's mother and best friend, of Nanoha's childhood friends Suzaka and Arisa, and of course, Yuuno. Nanoha and Arthur wind up on a deserted island (Because these too many ''corpses of humans'' everywhere else) and are resigned to a hopeless life. At the end of the first story they ''bet their lives'', not caring about the outcome, on a tiny HopeSpot.
** It's back to being a fair bit lighter in the following fics - however, the "everyone's dead" deal is still in effect

[[AC: ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'']]
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''Fanfic/AintNoGrave''. Thematically, it's darker than the Captain America movies, with more violence, drug addiction, mental illness, RapeAsBackstory, and other issues. But despite their additional demons, the characters are probably happier than they are in the main MCU canon by the end of the story. Bucky may be a FunctionalAddict with serious mental health problems but at least he isn't a ManchurianAgent, the series diverges from canon before ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' so Tony hasn't "built a killer robot that almost destroyed humanity" on his conscience, and poor lonely Steve Rogers gets a post-defrosting family.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'']]
* ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'' is darker than [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan the show]] it was inspired from. Mega Man's family is secretly dysfunctional, Roll skews the line to acting like Proto Man, and some Robot Masters die.
** Wily's dystopia in "Future Shock" is much darker than the show, with scientists essentially being lobotomized. This also extends to the future versions of Mega Man's family.
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' is darker than the Mega Man cartoon. Dr. Wily in particular is a much darker, twisted character, and a couple characters die or are severely injured.
** In the cartoon, Metal Man was a camp if effective oneshot Robot Master. In Defender, he's a sadist who takes pleasure in destruction and has appeared multiple times.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'']]
* For a show as innocuous as ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', there is quite a substantial amount of fan media with this in mind. Indeed, a great deal of the fanfiction is darker and edgier to some extent due to addressing more mature themes than the show. This is, of course, disregarding the stuff which is MUCH darker:
** One of the most notable examples is ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}'', a fan fiction that has gained memetic status within the Brony community for its rather horrifying portrayal of [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] and her cupcake recipe.
** Another example would be ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'', an MLP and VideoGame/{{Fallout}} crossover featuring a post-apocalyptic Equestria. Incidentally, it is also a DarkerAndEdgier Fallout 3 as well.
** Another infamous one would be "The Rainbow Factory". The song it was based upon insinuated that pegasi did ''something'' to make pretty rainbows, but [[NothingIsScarier what, exactly, was left to the imagination]]. The fic spelled out in explicit detail the murder of foals too weak to fly.
** Yet another example is ''Fanfic/CheerileesGarden'', where Cheerilee deals with unruly students and the mane 6 (in the sequel) using [[SadistTeacher certain methods]].
** ''Yet another'' is Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony, in which Twilight, believing the Elements of Harmony are threatened, decides to [[CruelAndUnusualDeath extract them from her friends through extremely graphic means]]. While it does teach the reader about many scientific procedures, it does so in ways that you would never hope to learn it. The worst part? '''It's not even over yet'''.
** The fanfic series ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse''. It begins with a mild case of this, where the evil alicorn (here Corona, not Nightmare Moon) is able to remain free after being hit by the Elements and continues plotting to conquer Equestria. This amplifies over the course of the series, to the point where the season finale set at the Gala -- in contrast to the original show, where the gala story was just about the six friends showing up and making a mess -- has the Lunaverse 6 basically conducting a sting operation in order to get a known criminal arrested, so that she can spill the beans on the [[AristocratsAreEvil nobles of Equestria,]] who vary from apathetic to outright corrupt.
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/55130/dusks-dangerous-game Dusk's Dangerous Game]] features centuries-length plans for breeding more alicorns, including deaths of mothers through birth, and a full fledged uprising... all fueled by best intentions of a control freak. She gets better... Nah, not really, but she has to gulp the will of Deus Ex Machina.
** The fanfic FanFic/TheMonsterWeMade is this trope. The story chronicles the last thoughts and actions of everypony as they are put to death by [[spoiler: Alicorn Twilight Sparkle]]
* ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'' appears to keep the SugarBowl setting at first, but ends up being a much darker take on the world.
* This trope is directly referenced and parodied in [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]] when discussing Princess Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon.
-->"But she was different ‘cuz she was dark and edgy. And nopony understood her." [[PlayedForLaughs This is then directly followed by Linkin' Park lyrics.]]
* [[spoiler: Starlight Glimmer's]] cutie mark removal spell is much darker in [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/196844/fallout-equestria-legacies Fallout Equestria: Legacies]] than it was in the show. Not only is it described as very painful, but it's also more or less a DangerousForbiddenTechnique that stands a good chance of killing the person it's being used if you cast it on someone more then once with out waiting for to long. Attention is also drawn to how unpleasant it feel to have your special talent taken away.
* The story ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90939/shell-shock Shell Shock]]'' is an incredibly dark take on military stories in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom. It actually warns the reader: "This is seriously the darkest thing I have yet written. You have been warned."
* ''FanFic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries'' is a fairly lighthearted comedy series...until ''Vinyl and Octavia in 'Dial D for Detectives' '', which features the two investigating a murder. It only gets worse with ''Vinyl and Octavia Duel Destiny'', which ends with the two [[spoiler: going to prison]] and with the villain getting away scott-free. That being said, the two aforementioned stories are only dark in comparison with the rest of the series - they both still have a decent amount of comedy in them.

[[AC: ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'']]
* The premise of ''Fanfic/PeopleLie'' is that Manga/{{Naruto}} was deeply affected by an act of violence during his youth, one that transforms him into a manipulative person with little interest in friendship. A running theme of the fic is how "some characters may have turned out even ''worse off'' if they had a father or mentor to look up to".
* ''Fanfic/WarOfTheBiju'' is a bit darker than the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' series it's based on. [[spoiler: [[AMillionIsAStatistic Body counts of War are shown in the first few chapters of the War Arc]], [[MauveShirt named characters introduced during the War Arc are either killed or mauled]] or one becomes the SoleSurvivor of an attack by Akatsuki's Edo Tensei'd Deidara, and even the Konoha 11 get injured during their battles of the War Arc.]]
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9948266/1/Team-7-s-Ascension-Blood-Wings Team 7's Ascension]]'' starts with Kakashi putting his team through [[TrainingFromHell training that could very well kill them]]. Named characters die and/or are terribly maimed, fights are almost always to the death, and the heroes do horrible things to survive. Tellingly, Sasuke notes at one point that he's killed more people in the last year than people lived in his clan compound which is the size of a small village. Hell, the second phase of the Chunin Exam is deliberately modified to be more deadly because too many foreign teams were entered.
** At the end of the story, Naruto remarks on how it's not just shinobi or Konoha what are messed up, it's the whole world. Everyone's a villain and he simply has to choose which one he'll follow.

[[AC: ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'']]
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': This doujinshi makes this by aiming for realism. It removes the [[HumongousMecha Evas]], [[{{Robeast}} Angels]] or [[EldritchAbomination Adam or Lilith]], uses real world politics in the setting and changes the main characters' traumas for different psychological issues.

[[AC: ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'']]
* The ''Fanfic/OneiroiSeries'' is notorious with fans for this. While ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' is [[CerebusSyndrome not]] [[LighterAndSofter Light And Fluffy]], the series is darker with frequent [[MemeticMutation (VERY frequent)]] sex-related violence (usually rape) and a potential DownerEnding, as well as the fact it has very dark themes involving the relationship between children and their parents (or parental substitutes) and generally the role of adults and family in raising a kid. [[CreatorBreakdown It's very specific.]]

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/{{Phineas and Ferb}}'']]
* ''{{FanFic/The List Of Secrets}}'' (since removed from the Internet) is famously dark and edgy, with characters ''dying'' left and right.

[[AC: ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'']]
* The constant and unrelenting use of this trope in Pokémon fanfic spawned [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDX1m0Y2Vkg this parody]], which also doubles as a parody of grimdark movie reboots in general.
* ''FanFic/LatiasJourney'' is an ''awesome'', hilarious but hellish Pokémon fan fic.
* ''FanFic/NewWorld''. A nice story about a teenaged boy and his adventures with pokemon, that just happens to feature murder, rape, and the apocalypse. The very first chapter features a Scyther beheading another Pokemon and then then being [[LudicrousGibs horrifically and disgustingly killed]].
* While it doesn't go into full DarkFic territory, ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' is nevertheless grittier than the anime. It doesn't shy away from sad content, delves into darker territory than the anime (including the more destructive potential uses of Pokémon in war), and refuses to sugarcoat the nastier aspects of life. That alone probably wouldn't earn it a spot on this page, but it also bears the distinction of being considerably darker than one of its main inspirations, ''Fanfic/AshesOfThePast''.
* The [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon anime]] has taken on a ''much'' darker edge with Cornova's ''Fanfic/PokeWars''. Where the stories are set, all the regions have been [[CrapsackWorld ravaged by war]]. Not to mention, the stories are ''much'' more violent, cynical, grittier and ''much'' less idealistic than the anime it was based on.
* Pokémon has gotten a makeover with the advent of ''FanFic/TheSunSoul'', which combines a pointed {{Deconstruction}} with an AnyoneCanDie attitude. So far, if the reviews and forum opinions are to be believed, the fandom approves.
* Several fan games, like ''VideoGame/PokemonReborn'', ''VideoGame/PokemonRejuvenation'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonInsurgence''.
* While not on the level of some of these, ''{{Fanfic/Traveler}}'' is still set in a world where people and Pokemon can [[spoiler: and do]] die, and the battles, while rarely deadly, are described in much more brutal and violent terms than in the Anime or games on which it is based.
* Parodied in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12128915/1/The-Edit-War-for-Ash-s-Freedom-to-not-be-Betrayed The (EDIT) War for Ash's Freedom to not be Betrayed]]'' with the character Darkern Edgier, a mysterious being who tries to make the Pokemon anime darker, edgier, and sexier. He's trolled at every attempt by Arceus.

[[AC: ''Franchise/PrettyCure'']]
* ''FanFic/TwilightPrettyCure'', is a milder example. There's no blood or violence, but it will explore lots of serious issues like bullying, discrimination, child abuse, and thick tensions between friends when things don't go right.

[[AC: ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'']]
* ''[[http://www.rovl.org/vi/?p=display&e=8482 It Makes Me Happy That I'm Not Them]]'': ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'''s IronicHell.
* ''FanFic/SoullessShell'' attempted this.
* ''FanFic/TheUrthbloodSaga'' is in most ways darker and more mature than the official {{Literature/Redwall}} novels; the wars and violence are more graphic and disturbing, the [[AntiHero heroes]] are often of rather [[BlackAndGreyMorality questionable morality]] and are much less protected by the PlotArmor, it's generally more on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical side]], and the good guys ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on who you view as the "good guys"]]) do not always win. It still has plenty of light, humorous and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] moments though, and it's actually far ''more'' idealistic than the official series in regards to the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil vermin]] being able to [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch turn good]], which is one of its {{central theme}}s.
* ''FanFic/WhatLiesBeyondTheWalls'' is much darker than the original series. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath Violent deaths]] and {{Gorn}} are all around, [[ClusterFBomb swearing is abundant]], [[AntiHero the heroes]] and [[AntiVillain the villains]] [[GreyAndGrayMorality are both morally questionable]], and the story even depicts sex multiples times. Nobody is protected by PlotArmor, [[AnyoneCanDie so the death rate is high]], and even when the heroes or villains win a battle, it tends to feel like a PyrrhicVictory because the survivors are mourning the deceased. Despite all this, the story still has some (albeit vulgar) comedy, touching scenes, and even a few [[BreatherEpisode Breather Episodes]].

[[AC: ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'']]
* ''Fanfic/OrSomethingSeries'' has thing in ''A Common Criminal'' and Pyrrha's half of ''A Farmer''.

[[AC: ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'']]
* Pretty much any [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Holmes!torture]] fic is this, though note that a couple of canonical short stories saw Holmes in pretty dire straits.
** [[AlternateUniverse AU]] fic ''Fanfic/AStudyInRegret'' is this, having killed off [[TheWatson Watson]] ''before'' the first chapter and opening with Holmes undergoing ColdBloodedTorture while LockedInTheDungeon.
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7242298/1/Deliver_Us_from_Evil_Part_I_Mortality Mortality]]'' in the ''Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries'', with more Holmes!torture, horrifying imagery, and general angst.
** ''Fanfic/TheGhostMap''. Epidemic, character death, enforced suicide...yeeeah, we have a DarkerAndEdgier AlternateUniverse, here.

[[AC: ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'']]
* ''[[http://sotto-voice.livejournal.com/444743.html The Road This Far Can't Be Retraced]]'', a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' fanfic, and the [[http://www.threadless.com/product/2094/We_ve_Got_Some_Work_To_Do_Now t-shirt design]] it was inspired by.
** ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/142617?collection_id=yuletide2010&view_adult=true You're Ready and You're Willin']]'' by Hector Rashburn is in the same vein. Yes, there are two fanfics based on a ''t-shirt''. Never underestimate the power of fandom.

[[AC: ''Manga/SgtFrog'']]
* ''FanFic/YinAndYangSeries'': Played with. Although the main four stories try to stay true to the spirit of the original series, both "Eliza: A Side-Story" and "The Past Has a Past, Too...' depict events far darker than the ones of the main series.

[[AC: ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'']]
* ''FanFic/ShadowchasersCityOfAngels'': Compared to all previous Shadowchasers fics, the villains having far more vile and violent motivations. Damien is rather dark as well; he and the other heroes at least qualify for GoodIsNotNice.

[[AC: ''Website/SomethingAwful'']]
* This Photoshop Phriday depicts Children's Books as "serious" [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/photoshop-phriday/childrens-book-movies.php?page=1 Hollywood movies]]

[[AC: ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'']]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4375798/1/Angel_Island_Zone Angel Island Zone.]]'' A retelling of the events of Sonic 3 from Knuckles' end of things. More blood, more tears, more drama, and more character development. And surprisingly, it manages to pull it off quite well.
* ''FanFic/PrisonIslandBreak'' makes most attempts at ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' DarkFic look like a cookbook, taking the best part of the franchise to prison. And this baby ain't based on the mistaken identity event that you saw in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. We're talking Sonic the Cop Killer. It's not ''just'' the rape, the multiple murders, the sadistic Head Warden or the way that the writer seems to find a new way to violate basic human rights in every chapter. It's the way they give the readers the gut-churning feeling that they actually DidDoTheResearch.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9308523/1/Sonic-Evil-Reborn-Zero Sonic: Evil Reborn Zero]]'' reminds you that Sonic the Hedgehog is a bright and cheery franchise for kids, and then turns it into an episodic DeconstructionFic complete with MindRape and GreyAndGreyMorality.
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is a full remake and DeconstructionFic of the third season of ''Anime/SonicX''. While the original season was quite dark on its own for a ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, this fic takes the grim elements [[UpToEleven to the extreme]]. The galaxy is a war-torn CrapsackWorld ruled by [[TheLegionsOfHell demons]] and infested with Shroud parasites, graphic violence and NightmareFuel abound, numerous characters die, and the ending is bittersweet at best [[spoiler: and full non-comedic ShaggyDogStory at worst]]. And the rewrite is often ''even darker that the original'', featuring such pleasent themes as near-galactic destruction, [[spoiler: cannibalism]], horrific science experiments, fundamentalism, religiously-forced pregnancy, and [[spoiler: male-on-male demon pedophilia]].

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'']]
* No matter how hard it is denied by the author when he was still a troll, ''FanFic/OneLessLonelyGurl'' is this. It is a fanfic that features [[MarySue C'ren Bieber]], a prep (used in the ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' context) turned into a super villainess in the WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants universe. There is actually an AxCrazy person under her preppy, soft appearance.
** TheRemake has C'ren speculating about the possibility that the corpses of the people who disappeared in the BermudaTriangle are in the VoidBetweenTheWorlds that is inside a [[EldritchLocation giant coral reef]] located in the deepest parts of the trenches in the area. Or worse, those people are actually alive, [[AndIMustScream screaming for help]], only for no one to hear them because [[ArtisticLicensePhysics sound can't pass through the area.]]

[[AC: ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'']]
* Here are three little vignettes, fan fiction of [[http://theweaselking.livejournal.com/2842431.html Super Mario Bros]]...in the style of Creator/FrankMiller!

[[AC: ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'']]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is normally quite a violent game, but always in a light-hearted and comedic way. ''FanFic/RespawnOfTheDead'', on the other hand, is brutal and disturbing in its violence and very, very dark. Cat Bountry takes the personal quirks of the characters and expands them into full-blown psychosis. The result is actually quite good.
** ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'' has moments of this as well, although in a very different way, largely by actually confronting some of the inherent FridgeHorror of the premise of the games. The fact that the characters are actually somewhat toned down from their portrayal in-game somehow only makes it worse. (For example, in the game, Spies are backstabbing bastards who relish killing. The main character spy, Bleu, actively avoids it.)

[[AC: ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'']]
* While it's true that the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses fanficcers love their smut, fluff and crack beyond reason, they've also spawned several DarkerAndEdgier fics, including FanFic/HookerVerse, FanFic/ThatGuyWithTheGlassesInSpace and several other AU's that '''will''' make you lose your sleep.
** Special mention should go to the "Rotten Dirty Bastard" fics. The special was BlackComedy dedicated to going to extreme lengths describing how much WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic makes everyone's lives suck. The fics will either point out the flaws in these "happier lives" (like Iron Liz never meeting Linkara as one example) or have this heartbreaking sense of loss that makes you want to [[TearJerker cry]].

[[AC: ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'']]

* Several of Technomad's stories set in this continuity show Ellie and her friends [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized acting much more ruthlessly than in canon.]] Cases in point include ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8361242/1/Taking-Care-of-Business Taking Care of Business]]'' and ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7102832/1/Ellie-s-Heroes Ellie's Heroes]]''. Another story, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6475378/1/Game-as-Ned-Kelly Game as Ned Kelly]]'', shows what might have happened if things had gone differently in the third book.

[[AC: ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'']]
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', a reimagining of the show's first season, achieves this effect by several methods, most notably by playing for drama certain incidents that the original played for laughs, and by replacing certain cartoonish elements of the original with some pretty stark realism.

[[AC: ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'']]
* ''WebVideo/KoishiKomeijisHeartThrobbingAdventure'' tells the story of Komeiji Koishi. It starts out innocent enough, but by Episode 8 we have Koishi [[BloodierandGorier getting all of her limbs cut off and left to die on the floor.]] [[PortalCut Until she gets decapitated.]]
** And then [[spoiler:she starts [[AppendageAssimilation attaching the limbs and head of Yukari's corpse]] to her body.]]

[[AC: ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'']]
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5467692/1/Dark-Games-Twisted-Minds Dark Games & Twisted Minds]]'' is this for the first book in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series. Conflict with James and Victoria drives the plot from the start, violence is [[BloodierAndGorier graphic and very common]], sex scene doesn't get SexyDiscretionShot, OC are only introduced to be vampire snacks, and even canon characters aren't safe.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7710478/1/Downward-Spiral Downward Spiral]]'' has Edward imprisoned in Volterra and faced with an ultimatum: either breed hybrids on Aro's orders, or simply kill human women sent into his cell.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7586237/1/For_You_I_Will For You, I Will]]'', Embry imprints on an OC with less than noble intentions, and she takes full advantage of the power she has over him. Warnings for rape, violence, CharacterDeath.

[[AC: ''Literature/{{Worm}}'']]
* ''[[FanFic/{{Cenotaph}} Cenotaph]]'' zig-zags this trope as both played straight and inverted. On one hand [[spoiler: Taylor's father is murdered by Bakuda]] on the other, Taylor dosen't spend the first month of her cape carreer fighting for her life against ''both'' sides of the law.

[[AC: ''Anime/YuGiOh'']]
* ''FanFic/FallenKing'' shows what could have happened if Yugi lost to Pegasus, it deconstructs the power of friendship that the series runs on. Joey realizes that the villains can and will use it as a weapon, and ultimately decides he, Tristan, and Tea must ''stop'' being friends to save the world.

[[AC: Other]]
* [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] [[spoiler: gets made into a coat by Team Rocket, causing Ash to [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]]]], Film/MaryPoppins [[spoiler: gets hit by an airplane while flying with her umbrella]], [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice]] [[spoiler: accidentally poisons herself when she drinks from the "Drink Me" bottle]], just to name a few of the fates of famous popular characters in stories by Creator/HansVonHozel.
* ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'' doesn't have extreme disasters, but its fandom writes several {{Dark Fic}}s that put the pups in real danger.
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