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Darker And Edgier: Web Original
  • The Insane Cafe RP trilogy has elements of this. The first was a nonsensical, hilarious and downright Narmy. The second was more plot driven and a terrorist attack on a remote laboratory was a key plot point. The 3rd installment features several assassination attempts, a few sex scenes and an impending war. Oh yeah, profanities are uttered the second and third installments.
  • Cracked has commented on the "gritty reboot" trend several times.
  • Just google "Misery Machine", possibly adding "Scooby Doo." D&E, textbook case.
  • There Will Be Brawl makes the Nintendo universe so grimdark and Film Noir-esque that it practically becomes a parody of this trope.
  • The blog Chocolate Hammer mocked this trend with the game Darker and Edgier, in which familiar franchises were warped beyond recognition and readers had to guess what they originally were. The posts in question can be found here and here.
  • "I'm going to ask you one more time! Where the F*** is Carmen Sandiego?!"
  • In Marvel/DC: After Hours Season 2, The Joker's plan is to make all comic book characters into Darker and Edgier characters. The Green Goblin however ends up pointing out that all that will lead to is Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy without Lighter and Softer heroes.
  • While most of the campaigns in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe were standard Bronze Age fare, the Night Life In The Big Easy campaign, which featured a solo 1980s-style vigilante facing off against a voodoo-themed criminal empire that had been built on drugs, prostitution, and white slavery, was straight out of the Dark Age.
  • College Humor has a video illustrating the gritty reboot process: http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1935593
  • The Brothers Mario is a GTA Machinima with Mario and Luigi being mobsters involved in a gang war.
  • The Waldo Ultimatum. 'Nuf said.
  • Suburban Knights compared to Kickassia. While both are hilarious and Kickassia indeed showed off Critic's lack of sanity well, SK had a really dark villain that made the mood drop in whatever scene he was in, innocents getting blown up, a Bittersweet Ending where Critic hopes to find the Necronomicon in order to revive Ma-Ti, death not being at all cheap and actual, honest-to-God Tear Jerkers.
  • When compared to the movies, The Gungan Council is definitely more mature across the board. However, whether or not it beats out Star Wars: Legacy depends on the writer and character.
  • The flash series Mario Brothers was much darker than the original games, as the very beginning had Mario trying to escape from something before it proceeds to a flashback.
    • Luigi ended up killed during an ambush on King Koopa's forces, Koopa successfully kidnaps Princess Toadstool because Mario was busy mourning for Luigi. Koopa's plans with Toadstool involve using her to create mushrooms so he could effectively be immortal. After a final stand against Koopa, and successfully dethroning him, he ends up failing to save the Princess (resulting in her death by magma alongside Koopa), and the direct result was an eruption, getting to where the series started. Mario then faces the magma flow and dies.
  • "Zest Online Riddle" is a game similar to NotPron, and it's... weird. It also has dark, oppressive music and, overall, it's... creepy. Thing is, unlike most online riddles, this actually has some kind of a story to it, and from what this troper knows, it appears to be darkening "The Wizard of OZ", among other things.
  • Equestria Chronicles is My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic meets 1984.
  • Twilight of Equestria spins off from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic into a different world, one that is oh so much more sinister. Characters have contended with zombie attacks. Demon ponies and hybrid ponies fraternize with mutant ponies and your usual unicorns, pegasi, griffins, and zebras. Heroes from the really good to the ambiguous grapple with Villains and Anti-Villains as they all try to understand what brought them together in the most unlikely of places...
  • In Funny Or Die's The Rugrats ''Live Action'' Movie apparently Angelica is not just a selfish, spoiled child, but a murderous, manipulative sociopath.
  • Parodied by The Onion, with this (fake) story about a cereal mascot getting a dark backstory.
  • For Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, compare Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh: Tenth Anniversary Abridged Movie. While both are still quite funny, the latter has a greater amount of violence, more blue jokes (courtesy of Jaden), and an actual Tear Jerker with the retention of the death of Yugi's grandfather.
  • A bit of an overlap with the Advertising section, but someone created this. Extremely dark, gritty, and honestly depressing, until you get near the end... OOOOOH YEAH!
  • While the original Ghost_K (Order of the Guardians) setting is a standard Alien Invasion Sci-Fi story with elemental heroes fighting them, it has spawned a much bleaker prequel series in the form of K21 Sqaured. Here the enemies are entirely human, with an array of disturbing goals. Elemental power is abused more readily as it not seen as a blessing like it is in Order of the Guardians storyline.
    • The collection of short stories that compromise the Subterfuge Chronicles and Shattered Endeavours manage to be Darker and Edgier than even the main K21 Squared storyline, with the majority of the stories set from the perspective of antagonists. Tarnished Perceptions also manages this, but is arguably more in line with the way in which the main story is portrayed.
    • Second Great Battle of Siberia is this to the main Ghost_K setting, as it provides a more futile depiction of the efforts of humanity to defeat the aliens with all of the main characters managing to die in the process.
  • Raymond Sipe has a song about Cthulhu that pretty much does justice to its source. However, when you compare it to songs about forum places like /v/, /mu/, and even /mlp/, as well as many of his other songs he's done, and it makes its darker and edgier motif all the more surprising to see.
  • Before its first, and original cancellation, Ben's Rants were very tame. The worst that Benthelooney would put in was alternatives for curse words. However, when he uncancelled his rants in 2012, Ben Tannehill started writing in more personality for the character, and made him more cartoony, causing for the newly produced rants to include references to violence, and occassionally, sex. Whilst these aren't as bad as some, it is still raunchier than anything that Ben did, before the rants were resurrected.
    • Not only that, but in the credits of Ben Rants: Sanjay and Craig, the song has an uncensored swear word. Ben stated that the reason for not censoring it was because he refused to censor such an awesome song.
  • French artist Sylvain Sarraulh's Badass versions of cartoon characters.
  • Pokémon Apokélypse parodies this by making the world of Pokemon dark and edgy.
  • TV Tropes: Darth Wiki is where all the negative opinions go to. And a couple of other dark stuff.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged, while still being mostly comedic, seems to be diving into this with the Cell Saga, specifically around the time when the Big Bad himself is introduced. The fact that Cell's presence is, unlike all the other villains who appeared in the series prior, actually treated with complete seriousness by the cast should be a sign of things to come.

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