"I think nighttime is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction."
Many works are set at night - sometimes to the point where it is actually never daytime (except maybe at the end, where the sun rises just as all is finally well
). The night can be caused by a magical curse
, geological reasons, time has inconveniently stopped while it was dark out, or just because.
Settings likely to be used in this environment are Big Boo's Haunt
, Empathic Environment
, Hell Hotel
, Haunted Castle
, Haunted House
, and Mordor
. See also Dramatic Thunder
, Evil Is Not Well Lit
, Grave Clouds
, and Weird Moon
, where the moon stays the same phase. Contrast the setting of Always Night with the goal of a villain; The Night That Never Ends
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- 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.
- Alan Moore's Green Lantern story "In Blackest Night" was set largely in the Obsidian Deeps, a region of space with absolutely no light at all; the intelligent species that evolved there had no visual organs, nor any words in their language to describe the concepts of "light" and "color". Which made choosing Rot Lop Fan to become a Green Lantern problematic. It was resolved when Rot Lop Fan chooses instead to associate the ring's power with a SOUND he associates with good and an object that can produce it— instead of a Green Lantern, he calls himself the F-Sharp Bell.
Films — Animated
- In the movie adaptation of Coraline, the Otherworld is affected by an eternal night.
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.
- In Aliens, the planet where the bulk of the action takes place has little to no sunlight.
- In both TRON films it is always night inside the computer world. There is no such thing as "day".
- 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).
- Isaac Asimov's short story (and later novel) Nightfall is about the inverse. The whole premise of the story is a planet that has 6 suns, so nobody on the planet has ever seen total darkness. Except for every so many millennia, when most of the suns are on the other side of the planet, and the smallest sun is eclipsed by the only moon, and mass riots ensue, leading to civilization's destruction. Not because of the darkness, but because of all the stars!
- In Cormac Mc Carthy's The Road, the huge amounts of ash in the air (presumably from nuclear winter) make even noonday fairly dim. Mc Carthy mentions multiple times that the boy has never actually seen the sun. This is exacerbated by the time of year the story takes place in, mentioning that the man thinks it's November toward the start of the book.
- Inverted in The Resaurant At The End Of The Universe. Ursa Beta Minor, by an inexplicable and somewhat suspicious freak of topography consists almost entirely of subtropical coastline. By an equally suspicious freak of temporal relastatics, it is always Saturday afternoon just before the beach bars close.
- In Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead, it's noted that even day on Necropolis isn't bright or sunny. Enough light is blocked that little of it reaches the streets, and on the walkways it "seemed like midnight at noon".
- 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.
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.
- During the Neverland story-arch 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.
- In Dont 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.
- Karasuthra, the third layer of the Beastlands.
- 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-World of Warcraft one), the lands of the night elves are said to be in a perpetual night.
- 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.
- With the exception of a single sunrise at the end of one episode, and the last few minutes of the final episode, Beast Machines never had even a single ray of sunlight.
- That's because the whole series takes place in Cybertron - on which it seems to always be night, in every series except for Transformers Energon.
- 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.
- Veggie Tales' "Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed" does the same: the mayor of Bumblyburg is unable to use the Larry Signal "because it's daytime. You can't see it in ze daytime." So she calls up Larry on the phone and asks him to forward the message along. (How she came to know that he has such connections is never explained.)
- Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker is set in the gloomy real world and the Blade Runner-like city of Genesis. Conditions only get brighter at the ending with a location shift.
- Near the north and south pole in wintertime, the sun can go for days, weeks, or even months without rising due to the Earth's tilt. The 'Arctic Circle' and 'Antarctic Circle' on maps mark where this phenomenon begins to occur.
- It sure seems like this for many months of the year in Seattle, Portland, and elsewhere in The Other Rainforest. Seriously, it's like living on the set of Blade Runner or some gothic novel.
- The deep sea: so many miles below light is virtually non-existant. It's always dark deep under water.
- Caves: the more you crawl inside, the darker it gets.
- Before the invention of street lighting most of the villages, countrysides and forests were absolutely full of darkness once the evening fell.
- Outer space counts if you aren't close to a star.
- 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.
- For a more regional version, there's The Great Smoke of London in December 1952. The light-blocker was smoke from fireplaces and factories, with smog from cars and buses, which was not unusual. However, add cold weather, an anti-cyclone over London, and a lack of winds, and Londoners got a smoke denser than usual, with visibility only being a meter, and that was during the day. Out of all mechanized transport, only the London Underground operated anywhere near properly - buses had to have people in front holding torches. Concerts and movies had to be cancelled, because of the smog seeping indoors. Worse, it turned out to be an environmental disaster which took between 4,000 to 12,000 lives.
- 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.
- A large enough volcanic eruption would also have a similar effect to the three examples above.