"I think nighttime is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction."A setting where it is always night. Whether this is natural or not largely depends on the setting. The night might be caused by a magical curse, geological reasons, or maybe time has inconveniently stopped while it was dark out. A Tidally Locked Planet would logically be this on one side. Haunted settings are most likely to be used in this environment. Places such as Big Boo's Haunt, Hell Hotel, Haunted Castle, Haunted House, Überwald, and Halloweentown may never see the light of day, which suits their undead inhabitants just fine. Because Evil Is Not Well Lit Mordor can be this, often caused by choking sulfuric clouds or pollution. If this is caused deliberately (such as by a villain) during the story, as opposed to having always been the case, that is The Night That Never Ends. Can be pared with Dramatic Thunder, Grave Clouds, and Weird Moon. The Inverted Trope is Endless Daytime.
— Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes
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Anime and Manga
- Tegami Bachi: The Earth's natural sun has long since expired, and so a small man-made sun was created. The capital "Akatsuki" enjoys simulated daylight. The middle-class region, "Yuusari", is in a state of perpetual twilight. In the impoverished region "Yodaka", the artificial sun is no brighter than a full moon.
- In its full three series, Gregory Horror Show, it is never day. In the video game, you could go outside at 3:00 PM and it would look the same as night, and in the sub-series The Bloody Karte, which featured some periods of twilight.
- Ergo Proxy: The Post-Apocalyptic wasteland outside the dome cities is constantly covered by a thick layer of clouds, creating an artificial nighttime.
- In Invincible, the Batman Expy Darkwing operates in "Midnight City" which takes the dark look of Gotham to the extreme - due to a spell, it's always midnight in that particular city.
- In Legion of Super Heroes, Kathoon is a planet whose sun is perpetually eclipsed. Kathoon resident Lydda Jath was given superhuman strength by her scientist father, only to learn once she left her homeworld that her strength fades when exposed to light.
- In White Sand, due to Taldain being a Tidally Locked Planet, there's always night on the aptly-named Darkside.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- In Dark City, where every single scene until late in the film takes place during the dead of night. It is eventually revealed that this isn't just our perspective: It actually is always night in the city, yet nobody had noticed! Except for John Murdoch. That is why he's so dangerous to the Strangers.
- While filming for an episode of Grave Encounters, Lance notes that it's dark outside at 8:30 AM when it should have been bright by 7:45. Later on, Lance checks the time againó it's 1PM, it's still pitch black. Even later again, the time is 8PM and there has been no sign of sunlight. It's also implied the hospital has it's own dimension.
- Highlander II: The Quickening takes place in 2024, when Connor has become a wealthy man by parlaying The Prize (the ability to read the minds of all the world's mortals at once) into building a vast planetary force field to repair the ozone layer; the downside is that the entire planet is now permanently dark. "No sun, no stars, only heat and humidity."
- Johnny Mnemonic is a cyberpunk film taking place in the future, where the smog and rain make it too overcast to see the sun. The only time daylight is ever seen is in the brief glimpses of flashbacks to Johnny's childhood.
- All scenes of the film version of Sin City play out at night.
- The horror movie 30 Days of Night is set at the northernmost town in the USA — Barrow, Alaska — during the one month with no sunlight.
- William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land. In the far future, the Sun has gone out and the only light is from residual vulcanism. The Last Redoubt of humanity is surrounded by terrible monsters waiting for its protective power source to fail.
- John C. Wright's Awake in the Night Land is set in the same universe as The Night Land, where the Sun has burnt out and the only light is from residual vulcanism.
- In Roger Zelazny's Jack of Shadows, the world does not turn on its axis and is divided into a fantasy Nightside and a high-tech Dayside; this ends when Jack breaks the compact and the machine at the heart of the Nightside world, causing morning to come and releasing Lucifer.
- Simon R Green's Nightside series takes place in a (presumably) fictional part of London where it's always night (hence the name).
- In Discworld book Thud!, it's established that it always night (and raining) in the city of Sam Vimes' consciousness, when the Summoning Dark attempts to make him its champion. It even has its own Watchman.
- In The Iron Tower, by Dennis L. Mc Kiernan, the Dimmendark blots out the sun (creating endless night and endless winter) so that all of the evil creatures banished (and destroyed) by the sun can further the Big Bad's plan to conquer the world.
- In Dune, the planet Giedi Prime is fouled with pollution, preventing sunlight from piercing the cloud cover.
- Eighth Doctor Adventures novel, The Janus Conjunction, takes place on Janus Prime, which is in a state of perpetual solar eclipse, blocking enough sunlight that the planet is always in darkness.
- Nostramo, the home world for Night Lords, is perpetually dark because the dying sun it circles cannot penetrate the pollution-clogged atmosphere. The world is barely better lit at noon than at midnight, keeping the planet swathed in dull greys and deep blacks.
- In The Nekropolis Archives, Nekropolis is located in the Null Plains, a realm of darkness. The main source of light is Umbriel, the shadowsun, which creates a permanent twilight.
- The Return of the King. The land of Mordor is the stronghold of Sauron, the major villain of the Lord of the Rings series. Its sky is filled with gloomy clouds of smoke from Mount Doom, causing it to be as dark as night even during the day.
Live Action TV
- The Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Nightmares" has a cemetery suddenly appearing near Sunnydale High. It is night there, even if it is day everywhere else.
- In Dune, the planet Giedi Prime is always shown dark. Presumably following the book's explanation that the planet is fouled with pollution.
- During the Neverland story-arc in season three of Once Upon a Time, during the entire time the main characters are on the island the sun never once rises. It is implied that this is Peter Pan's will, as flashbacks show that the island used to have daytime.
- Abigail is a horror story-album, featuring a hunted mansion. In "Arrival," the hill the mansion sits atop is said to cover the entire surrounding area in heavy darkness (which has only gotten worse as the story progresses). By the ending during "Black Horsemen," the moon itself has actually gone out.
- Closing Time is an album with 12 songs, all of which have a midnight atmosphere, especially "Midnight Lullaby" and "Grapefruit Moon".
- In Don't Rest Your Head, the Sun never rises on the Mad City; you can still get sunlight if you get back to the City Slumbering.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Module Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits. One of the alternate worlds accessible from Lolth's Web was the Nightworld of Vlad Tolenkov, a land of perpetual night. Its heat and plant life were sustained by ancient magic, with undead roaming the land.
- Lunia, the first layer of Mount Celestia, which is a pristine beach by a freshwater sea of holy water under a sky filled with bright stars. Also the third layer of the Beastlands.
- Dungeon magazine #31, adventure "Beyond the Glittering Veil". The world of Topaline has no sun and 5 small moons. It has a starry night sky overhead at all times.
- The plane Shadowmoor in Magic: The Gathering, while its foil Lorwyn is always noon. Granted, they're actually the same world, just on different sides of a reeeeeealllly long day-night cycle, but the change also warps the inhabitants' personalities and the environment, so they've been counted as separate areas.
- Referenced a few times in Warhammer 40,000, especially where Chaos magic is prevalent and especially on some worlds in the Eye of Terror. Out in the physical universe there is/was Nostramo, a world caught in eternal darkness. The people there evolved to not have irises, only pupils, and it was so demoralizing to the populace that the major source of population control wasn't disease, war or neglect, but SUICIDE. That is, until it was subject to Exterminatus.
- According to the sourcebook of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game (at least, the pre-WoW one), the lands of the night elves are said to be in a perpetual night.
- Day hasn't been seen yet in Crystal Rave, just the night sky. The sun might rise at some point, but we still don't know if it will.
- The Haunted Mansion is set at nighttime, no matter when you visit the park. Averted in the film.
- As is Pirates of the Caribbean. The day-for-night effect was considered so convincing that after opening in 1967, there were reports of guests genuinely believing that they were outside during the ride, and getting confused because they didn't think it was that late in the day when they got in line to ride it. Also averted in the films.
- The Super Mario Bros. have many levels/stages set at night:
- Super Mario Bros. 3's final world was the aptly-named "Dark Land", where every level was apparently nocturnal.
- The East map in Wario Land 3 is nighttime until you get the two sun fragment treasures.
- Mario Kart has several nighttime rack tracks: Luigi's Mansion (twice), Banshee Boardwalk, Boo Lake/Broken Pier, Ghost Valley 1-3 (which just have a void for the background, pure blackness), Twilight House, etc.
- The ghost house levels in both New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii feature this. Even though you only get to see that it's night for about five seconds in the outdoors parts at the very end of the levels.
- Worlds 3 and 6 from Super Mario Bros. 1 are both set at night.
- World 5 in Super Mario Bros. 2 is the only one set at night, although the caverns are very dark.
- Creepy Castle and Frantic Factory in Donkey Kong 64 are played during the night.
- Conker's Bad Fur Day has three nighttime stages: Spooky, War, and Heist.
- Fatal Frame 2's setting has been cursed to relive the night of its destruction over and over.
- World of Warcraft
- Tirisfal Glades and Duskwood are always set at nighttime.
- A couple of the Northrend zones; the sun never seems to rise in Icecrown or the Storm Peaks.
- Silent Hill games have the Otherside, which is always night and full of vicious monsters.
- Melee, Scabb and Blood islands in the Monkey Island series. Scabb interestingly always remains night even though you can travel to two islands near it and come back as many times as you want; the other two are always daytime. Lampshaded by Guybrush while in Melee island, when he notes that the clock is always at 10 pm.
- Exaggerated in Escape from Monkey Island where pleasant tourist trap Jambalaya Island is always in full sunshine, while its islet, the dismal pirate reservation Nuttin Atoll, is always around midnight. The two even share the same overworld map, with one side being brightly lit and the other side dark.
- Ōkami - Regardless of what time of day it is, you're forced into Night and can't force it to go into the next day during the festival where Orochi reawakens and picks Kushina to be his next victim. Also, by late game, the sky will always show the impending total eclipse regardless of what time of day it is.
- Upper Heng Sha in Deus Ex: Human Revolution is in perpetual twilight. Although knowing the story, it might as well be more of a Light Is Not Good situation. Panchea as well, though ironically this is when the storyline takes a sharp turn towards Survival Horror.
- Due to the paraSOL, Lunar Knights starts out like this. Daybreak starts to spread from the Hunting Mansion and Acuna once Lucian purifies Margrave Rymer.
- Kingdom Hearts features several worlds always set at night:
- Halloween Town and The World That Never Was are both eternally nighttime in any game they appear in.
- Kingdom Hearts II: Port Royal is always set at night so that "the moonlight shows us for what we really are" is in effect for the cursed crew.
- Castle of Dreams in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is nighttime.
- Agrabah is always day in the city and ruins, and always nighttime by the Cave of Wonders.
- The Shutokou Battle series of Driving Games always takes place at night, since (illegal) street racing is done mostly at night to avoid heavy traffic and to reduce chances of police encounters. What makes this game "always night" is that the games have in-game clocks that typically correspond to your system's internal clock. The clock is is used for in-game events, but while the in-game clock could say noon, the sky still looks like midnight.
- The Backyard Sports series has Backyard Baseball, where the playoffs and All-Star Game are always at night.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker:
- Whenever you get near the Forsaken Fortress, it suddenly becomes night (until somewhere halfway through the game when the Big Bad ceases to use it as a base of operations).
- Ganondorf places the world under a curse of perpetual night from the time you arrive on Greatfish Isle until you find Nayru's Pearl. In this instance, it works out in your favor; the pirates are also seeking the pearl, but they've stopped at Windfall Island for the night and claim they'll set off on their adventure when morning comes.
- Seiken Densetsu 3: The Moonreading Tower keeps the beast kingdom in perpetual night, so that all of the beastmen are locked into werewolf mode.
- In Arx Fatalis the sun has apparently collapsed and the world is plunged into freezing darkness. All the inhabitants had to move underground in order to survive, and so the entire game is set in caves. Trying to open the door to the surface actually results in a gust of ultra-cold wind instantly freezing your character and anyone around him to death.
- Subverted in the indie horror game Ambridge Mansion, you are in a haunted mansion in its own alternate dimension. Everywhere outside of the house is endless blackness, giving the appearance that it is always night, although there is no real day or night there.
- Champions Online has an entire zone dedicated to an eternal night - Vibora Bay. In a downplayed example, whenever the "Bloodmoon" events occur, it turns to night for the three day or so period, as well.
- Holiday Star in the second Hatoful Boyfriend is always set at night, despite time passing. Midnight leads to predawn, which leads to midnight again, then dusk, and midnight again... The new day, and change, never comes.
- Ambridge Mansion takes place in a haunted mansion in its own alternate world. Everywhere outside of the house is blackness, giving the appearance that it is always night, although there is no real day or night there.
- Rather than just a black background for Balloon Fight, there are actually stars indicating it's night for the entire game.
- Banjo-Kazooie has the creepy Mad Monster Mansion and the cheery Freezeezy Peak (it was a level with a Christmas theme) both set entirely at night.
- The village of Bleak in Breath of Fire I has the Dark Key of the Goddesses, which means their entire town is held in perpetual nighttime. Not that the thieves of Bleak seem to mind at all. In fact, once the Dark Key is taken from the Light Keep and the sun can once again rise on the village, the thieves all seem kind of depressed.
- In Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, Walter had used cursed artifacts to force his castle and the immediately surrounding area to be cloaked in eternal night, as Rinaldo explains. The night breaks when Leon defeats Walter and the castle crumbles.
- The premise of Darker; in Delphi, it is Always Night, while in the Halon empire it is Endless Daytime.
- Dark Souls: Darkroot forest is always at night, because the creators wanted to implement some kind of day/night system into the game but were unable to do with with the engine at the time (partially because the game was rushed), so they simply made it so that it's daytime in the Undead Burg/Parish and night in Darkroot to simulate the feeling of time passing.
- In Bloodborne, the city of Yharnam is always at night forever, not because of not being able to implement some kind of day/night system, but because the sky was shrouded by Rom the Vacuous Spider to keep people away from the Paleblood Moon brought by the School of Mensis.
- In Disney Princess Enchanted Journey, Cinderella's world is stuck in time just before midnight.
- Elsword: The entirety of Feita is set at night.
- The areas in space for Final Fantasy Endless Nova always appear to be set at night, with the street-lamps always on. Apparently the asteroids always have their bases turned away from the sun.
- Final Fantasy Video Game franchise:
"Nightfall comes early around these parts."
- Final Fantasy VII: The Cosmo Canyon and Northern Crater stages are set during twilight and at night, respectively.
- Ultimecia's Castle in the Time Compression world at the end of Final Fantasy VIII is in the midst of an eternal night. As is Delling City, apparently.
- Treno in Final Fantasy IX. It's lampshaded before you travel there for the first time:
- Northern Thanalan, in Final Fantasy XIV, seems to be under an eternal dusk, possibly due to the constant smog that the ceruleum processing plant produces.
- To better convey the darker mood of Maldita Castilla, as well as the retraux flavour, the background is set at nighttime for the entire game.
- Minecraft has the End; a World in the Sky where it is always night, the terrain is flat save for huge towers of obsidian, and the only inhabitants are Slender Man expies and a giant, nigh-unstoppable dragon.
- The NES game Nightshade takes place in Metro City, a hard-boiled setting where it's always night.
- Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 adjusts the In-Universe Game Clock to Japan time; for example, if your system's time zone is set to GMT -7 and time set to 4 PM, it will be 8 AM in-game. However, no matter what time the clock shows, it's always nighttime on the expressways of Japan.
- Tales of Xillia brings us the city of Fenmont where the use of spirits has created a 'night clime' which results in the city and it's surrounding area to exist in an endless night where the sun never rises.
- Thief (2014) is perpetually dark; justified in-universe by the spread of the Gloom. Sunrise finally comes in the final scene.
The sky has become red and gray, It was permanently dark, now no longer day,
- Implied with the Quiet Place in Vox And King Beau, which is described as dark and unlit every time it's mentioned.
- One half of Eternia, in both He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) and its 2002 successor, is shrouded in eternal night. (The second version calls it the Dark Hemisphere and gave an explanation for it in the second season.) Naturally, it's the half where the villains live.
- In Arthur, the In-Universe Dark Bunny is set "in a city "where it's, like, always nighttime" — parodying the tendency for Batman media to be set at night.
- An eternal night could be the product of living in the night side of a planet tidally locked to its star.
- This could be the effect of a nuclear war. Lots of nukes, according to some sources as few as 50, could throw so much debris and dust into the atmosphere that it would block out the sun for years, thus ensuring famines all around the globe.
- Many scientists believe that if that asteroid hit and did kill the dinosaurs, this would have been why. The impact would have sent massive amounts of dust and chemicals into the air, blocking the sun, sending the world into perpetual night. No sun, no photosynthesis, no plants; even without the impact, it's the end of the world as the dinos knew it.