Playing With: Daylight Horror
Basic Trope: Frightening scenes take place outside night time/dark areas where it is most expected.
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- Straight: Bob and Alice are in the middle of a field on a bright sunny day when the killer attacks.
- Exaggerated: Bob and Alice are walking late at night and, as soon as the sun comes up, a giant monster attacks the city, followed by an Alien Invasion, and just before the sun goes down, the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Downplayed: Something scary happens at dusk or the dawn when it isn't quite dark but not entirely light out, either.
- A work features a monster that can only function in direct sunlight or bright lights.
- A story in which the sun is about to go super nova, killing everyone.
- The monster isn't weakened by sunlight, and isn't nocturnal. Why shouldn't it attack now?
- The monster is a being of light (either by association or power set), and just so happens to be an Eldritch Abomination.
- The heroes of the story belong to a race or society wherein the usual light/dark symbolism is the opposite of ours.
- Well, consider that Alice and Bob are dealing with a terrorist attack by a particularly brutal group of thugs. And they are slaughtering everyone with guns, knives, etc. They attack during the day because, well, it's a situation similar to real life, and daytime attack do happen.
- Inverted: Darkness Equals Death
- Subverted: Bob and Alice, for whatever reason, expect the monster to attack during the day but once the sun comes up, it doesn't appear...
- Double Subverted: ... because it was waiting for noon when the sun is highest in the sky.
- Bob and Alice know a killer is after them but Bob consoles her, claiming that, since it's daytime, they should be safe. Just then, the killer pops up out of nowhere and begins chasing them.
- Alice and Bob are struggling through a large group of zombies, with Alice being badly injured and Bob being low on ammo, while a large Sun with a big smiley face and a rainbow are visible in the background.
- Zig Zagged: A killer chases Bob and Alice through the city during the day but they seek shelter in a very dark building, expecting the darkness to hide them. The killer manages to find them and continues to chase them through the dark building but they lose him once they make it outside in the daylight again.
- Averted: A monster chases Bob and Alice throught the night but gives up during the day, despite the characters fully expecting it to continue.
- A writer is bored with the Darkness Equals Death trope and wants to do something more shocking.
- The writer wants to play on the belief that sunlight equals safety by making the monster attack in broad daylight, thus making it feel like it is impossible to be safe.
- Lampshaded: Bob and Alice are chased by a killer during the day and remark how they generally expected to be safe during this time.
- Invoked: The killer is waiting to come out during the day when the characters' least expect it.
- Defied: Characters expect something awful to happen during the day but it happens at night.
- Discussed: "Y'know, there's no reason to believe the killer won't come after us just because it's daytime."
- Conversed: Bob and Alice are at home but have a conversation about movies where something scary happens during daylight hours.
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