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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is this to the games at the time it was being produced (and ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' is this to the source comic). The most well-known aspect is that Super Sonic is a SuperpoweredEvilSide who eventually splits up from Sonic and becomes basically a physical god. Sonic once believed he killed his friends and fell into a HeroicBSOD.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'':
** The comic started out as a GagSeries similar to ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''. Around issue 20 or so, it shifted to a more serious, interconnected tone similar to ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''. The Endgame arc (where Sonic becomes a fugitive after being accused of killing Princess Sally, and Robotnik is KilledOffForReal) is where it dove off the deep end, and established itself as one of the darkest incarnations of Sonic, dealing with themes such as abusive relationships, birth out of wedlock, drugs, genocide, and bigotry. It stayed that way for 10 years or so, before Ian Flynn took over as writer and returned the comic to a lighter tone, though still not ''as'' light as the recent games. Coincidentally, the darker period from issue 50 to 160 is widely regarded as the series' DorkAge, providing an example of TropesAreNotGood.
** Way back when the comic was humor-oriented, the cover for issue #4 parodied this by promising an "all-new, darker, grittier" Sonic. Turned out he was just covered in dark grit from cleaning the chimney.

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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is this to the games at the time it was being produced (and ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' is this to the source comic). The most well-known aspect is that Super Sonic is a SuperpoweredEvilSide who eventually splits up from Sonic and becomes basically a physical god. Sonic once believed he killed his friends and fell into a HeroicBSOD.
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** *** The comic started out as a GagSeries similar to ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''. Around issue 20 or so, it shifted to a more serious, interconnected tone similar to ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''. The Endgame arc (where Sonic becomes a fugitive after being accused of killing Princess Sally, and Robotnik is KilledOffForReal) is where it dove off the deep end, and established itself as one of the darkest incarnations of Sonic, dealing with themes such as abusive relationships, birth out of wedlock, drugs, genocide, and bigotry. It stayed that way for 10 years or so, before Ian Flynn Creator/IanFlynn took over as writer and returned the comic to a lighter tone, though still not ''as'' light as the recent games. Coincidentally, the darker period from issue 50 to 160 is widely regarded as the series' DorkAge, providing an example of TropesAreNotGood.games.
** *** Way back when the comic was humor-oriented, the cover for issue #4 parodied this by promising an "all-new, darker, grittier" Sonic. Turned out he was just covered in dark grit from cleaning the chimney.chimney.
** ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is this to the games at the time it was being produced. The most well-known aspect is that Super Sonic is a SuperpoweredEvilSide who eventually splits up from Sonic and becomes basically a physical god. Sonic once believed he killed his friends and fell into a HeroicBSOD.


** ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'' (her Post-Crisis title) Is darker than even the most envelope-pushing of her pre-Crisis stories - [[TropesAreNotBad sometimes to the title's benefit]], [[TropesAreNotGood sometimes not]]. The ''very first issue'' begins with [[AnArmAndALeg a dismembered caveman]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence killing his mate]], to set up the new concept of all the Amazons (including Diana) as reincarnated souls of women who'd died from DomesticAbuse.



*** ComicBook/WonderWoman's increasing willingness to kill since her aforementioned offing of Maxwell Lord reaches an extreme with her becoming a proud warrior who casually and proudly murders criminals and boasting about it. This was especially jarring given attempts to hang onto her status as an AllLovingHero, which dates back to the days when she was the DC hero most consistently and vocally ''opposed to killing''.

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*** ComicBook/WonderWoman's ComicBook/{{Wonder Woman|2011}}'s increasing willingness to kill since her aforementioned offing of Maxwell Lord reaches an extreme with her becoming a proud warrior who casually and proudly murders criminals and boasting about it. This was especially jarring given attempts to hang onto her status as an AllLovingHero, which dates back to the days when she was the DC hero most consistently and vocally ''opposed to killing''.


** Captain's America's enemy, the Red Skull, who was arguably already the most evil character in all of comic books is even ''worse''. He began his career by killing 200 of his own men and cutting off his face. He forced a woman to kill her husband or else he would kill their baby. He kills the baby ''anyway''. And he's ''Captain America's SON''.

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** Captain's America's enemy, the Red Skull, who was arguably already the most evil character in all of comic books is even ''worse''. He began his career by killing 200 of his own men and cutting off his face. He forced a woman to kill her husband or else he would kill their baby. He kills the baby ''anyway''. '''He then has his men rape her.''' And he's ''Captain America's SON''.


*** A literal version shows in ''Franchise/TeenTitans'', with the character Solstice. Prior to the New 52, she was a cheerful girl with [[LightEmUp light powers]]. Afterwards, she had a permanently inhuman appearance and [[CastingAShadow shadow powers]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Kid Flash has become a murderous rebel leader from the future, Raven is secretly working for her demon father, Wonder Girl now gets her powers from an ArtifactOfDoom, and Superboy is the clone of Superman and Lois Lane's evil son from the future - though in his own series, the latter became very much a traditional hero]].

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*** A literal version shows in ''Franchise/TeenTitans'', with the character Solstice. Prior to the New 52, she was a cheerful girl with [[LightEmUp light powers]]. Afterwards, she had a permanently inhuman appearance and [[CastingAShadow shadow powers]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Kid Flash has become a murderous rebel leader from the future, Raven is secretly working for her demon father, Wonder Girl ComicBook/WonderGirl is now a thief who gets her powers from an ArtifactOfDoom, and Superboy is the clone of Superman and Lois Lane's evil son from the future - though in his own series, the latter became very much a traditional hero]].


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*** ComicBook/WonderWoman's increasing willingness to kill since her aforementioned offing of Maxwell Lord reaches an extreme with her becoming a proud warrior who casually and proudly murders criminals and boasting about it. This was especially jarring given attempts to hang onto her status as an AllLovingHero, which dates back to the days when she was the DC hero most consistently and vocally ''opposed to killing''.


* Much of Marvel's [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] runs in this vein. A stunning amount of the process of its "updating" traditional Marvel characters for the modern era has involved inflating the sex and violence content (e.g. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] isn't merely violent or even murderous, but is also [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]]; Quicksilver isn't just [[BigBrotherInstinct very protective]] of his sister the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, but is in a [[BrotherSisterIncest sexual relationship]] with her; [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] is a genius as expected -- due to a painful cancer-like affliction which has spread brain matter throughout his body and will soon kill him). "Updating" personalities means turning everyone into a complete and utter {{Jerkass}}. ComicBook/SpiderMan largely escaped.

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* Much of Marvel's [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] runs in this vein. A stunning amount of the process of its "updating" traditional Marvel characters for the modern era has involved inflating the sex and violence content (e.g. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] isn't merely violent or even murderous, but is also [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]]; Quicksilver isn't just [[BigBrotherInstinct very protective]] of his sister the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, but is in a [[BrotherSisterIncest sexual relationship]] with her; [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] is a genius as expected -- due to a painful cancer-like affliction which has spread brain matter throughout his body and will soon kill him). "Updating" personalities means [[AdaptationalJerkass turning everyone into a complete and utter {{Jerkass}}.jerkass]]. ComicBook/SpiderMan largely escaped.


* Since his debut Frank Castle, ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' had held the rank of Captain of the Dark Age of Comic Books. Then he was the tip of the spear of a darker, gritter run, ''ComicBook/MarvelKnights'' that took him and other "heroes" into their own Darker, Edgier works. Then Castle was promoted to full Dark Lord with ''ComicBook/PunisherMax'' which was a run where, hmm, most may know Jean Grey, she had a Max run that was boarderline lesbian erotica. Now take the Punisher as he was and remove any limits of violence, language, and vigilante gore. Numerous examples were put up as the image source for PayEvilOntoEvil and they were all deemed far too graphic.

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* Since his debut Frank Castle, ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' had held the rank of Captain of the Dark Age of Comic Books. Then he was the tip of the spear of a darker, gritter run, ''ComicBook/MarvelKnights'' ''Creator/MarvelKnights'' that took him and other "heroes" into their own Darker, Edgier works. Then Castle was promoted to full Dark Lord with ''ComicBook/PunisherMax'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' which was a run where, hmm, most may know Jean Grey, she had a Max run that was boarderline lesbian erotica. Now take the Punisher as he was and remove any limits of violence, language, and vigilante gore. Numerous examples were put up as the image source for PayEvilOntoEvil PayEvilUntoEvil and they were all deemed far too graphic.



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* Since his debut Frank Castle, ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' had held the rank of Captain of the Dark Age of Comic Books. Then he was the tip of the spear of a darker, gritter run, ''ComicBook/MarvelKnights'' that took him and other "heroes" into their own Darker, Edgier works. Then Castle was promoted to full Dark Lord with ''ComicBook/PunisherMax'' which was a run where, hmm, most may know Jean Grey, she had a Max run that was boarderline lesbian erotica. Now take the Punisher as he was and remove any limits of violence, language, and vigilante gore. Numerous examples were put up as the image source for PayEvilOntoEvil and they were all deemed far too graphic.

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* ''ComicBook/AmazingAgentLuna'' is becoming this as of Year 2. Not only does Luna undergo TWO {{Plot Mandated Friendship Failure}}s in the course of Volume 7, but it's hinted from the brief description of Volume 8 at the end of Volume 7 that [[spoiler:she may pull a FaceHeelTurn in Volume 8. In fact, a FaceHeelTurn [[FakeDefector may be her only option]] if she wants to win Francesca back, though that's just because she rejoined Elizabeth when she thinks Timothy had dumped her because of Luna.]]


** A lot of publishers/writers noticed that ''Watchmen'' and ''The Dark Knight Returns'' were both dark and popular and apparently concluding that they were popular ''because'' they were dark. The resultant flood of titles which were dark without also being ''good'' is a large part of how the Fan Nickname "the Dork Age" for this era got started.

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** A lot of publishers/writers noticed that ''Watchmen'' and ''The Dark Knight Returns'' were both dark and popular and apparently concluding that they were popular ''because'' they were dark. The resultant flood of titles which were dark without also being very ''good'' is one reason there's a large part lot of how overlap between the Fan Nickname "the Dork terms "Dark Age" for this era got started.and "Dork Age" in the minds of many fans.

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** A lot of publishers/writers noticed that ''Watchmen'' and ''The Dark Knight Returns'' were both dark and popular and apparently concluding that they were popular ''because'' they were dark. The resultant flood of titles which were dark without also being ''good'' is a large part of how the Fan Nickname "the Dork Age" for this era got started.

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* ''Spencer & Locke'' parodies the cast of ComicStrip/{{Calvin and Hobbes}} and pushes it through the lens of ComicBook/{{Sin City}}. The result is HardboiledDetective with a DarkAndTroubledPast and a seven-foot-tall blue panther ImaginaryFriend.


** Creator/{{Disney}} Italy does this as an habit. Aside for publishing some 'normal' stories with classic characters and settings with darker themes, once in a while they bring back Doctor Vultur (a ''[[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi in everything but the name]]'' orango trying to TakeOverTheWorld) and a truer to the origins version of the Black Spot, and, in chronological order, they created the following: Paperinik himself (theorically Franchise/DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego. In practice even his lighter stories show the sadistic streak that in two occasions prompted him to ''set off [[TorchesAndPitchforks lynching mobs]]''), ''Paperinik New Adventures'', ''Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine'' (where Mickey is forced to temporarily move in [[CrapsackWorld a city more corrupted than]] ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham]]'' and survive in spite of his very existence being a danger to the men who control the city), ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' (where the heroes have no qualms in trying and killing their enemies), and ''ComicBook/DoubleDuck''.

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** Creator/{{Disney}} Italy does this as an habit. Aside for publishing some 'normal' stories with classic characters and settings with darker themes, themes and complete rejection of FamilyFriendlyFirearms (to the point Scrooge mentioned having at least a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obice_da_149/19_modello_37 149mm artillery piece]] and threatened to fire Donald from it), once in a while they bring back Doctor Vultur (a ''[[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi in everything but the name]]'' orango trying to TakeOverTheWorld) and a truer to the origins version of the Black Spot, and, in chronological order, they created the following: Paperinik himself (theorically Franchise/DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego. In practice even his lighter stories show the sadistic streak that in two occasions prompted him to ''set off [[TorchesAndPitchforks lynching mobs]]''), ''Paperinik New Adventures'', ''Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine'' (where Mickey is forced to temporarily move in [[CrapsackWorld a city more corrupted than]] ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham]]'' and survive in spite of his very existence being a danger to the men who control the city), ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' (where the heroes have no qualms in trying and killing their enemies), ''ComicBook/MonsterAllergy'' (explicitely a ''horror'', and as scary as the authors could get away with) and ''ComicBook/DoubleDuck''.


* Speaking of Alan Moore, he actually did a Darker and Edgier reboot of UK superhero [[ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} Marvelman]] as well. What had originally started out as a British Captain Marvel rip-off, turned into a gritty, ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]''-ish, what-is-real head trip, that even turned his Freddy Freeman-esque sidekick Kid Marvelman into a violent psychopath.

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* Speaking of Alan Moore, he actually did a Darker and Edgier reboot of UK superhero [[ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} Marvelman]] as well. What had originally started out as a British Captain Marvel rip-off, turned into a gritty, ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]''-ish, what-is-real head trip, that even turned his Freddy Freeman-esque sidekick Kid Marvelman into a violent psychopath.sadistic psychopath, with graphic violence that was unprecedented in the genre at the time and is still shocking today.


** Not even the mantle of Robin is safe from this "dark and edgy" obsession. Tim Drake whose era as Robin is probably most similar to Dick Grayson, gets replaced by the dark and edgy Damian Wayne. Ironically, Tim Drake was an aversion of this trope by replacing the dark and edgy Jason Todd as Robin and right at the cusp of the Dark Age of Comics no less.

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** Not even the mantle of Robin is safe from this "dark and edgy" obsession. [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake Drake]] whose era as Robin is probably most similar to Dick Grayson, gets replaced by the dark and edgy Damian Wayne. Ironically, Tim Drake was an aversion of this trope by replacing the dark and edgy Jason Todd as Robin and right at the cusp of the Dark Age of Comics no less.less though his costume was physically darker and more practical than those of his predecessors.

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** Interestingly, Thunderstrike was probably the furthest from this trope, as he was a man juggling between being a dad and a superhero. The only time he really entered this trope was when he was possessed by the Executioner's battle axe Bloodaxe

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