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  • AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity particularly likes this style of humor.
  • At The Carnival: About half the jokes in the game are about people getting horribly injured, or even killed, on the rides at Hazard Park.
  • The otherwise E-rated Banjo-Tooie is loaded with this. No less than three characters continue to inundate you with British humour despite varying stages of horrific undeath, and plenty of jokes involve characters getting injured or even killed.
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum has the Riddler provide a black comedy example of the riddle of the Sphinx:
      Riddle: What walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the night?
      Answer: A baby. Cut off its legs and it'll still have its arms. Give it a crutch and it will hobble on three.
      Followed by this line:
      Therapist: How can you even joke about that?
      Riddler: Easy, doctor: It's not my baby.
    • Batman: Arkham City tops it right after the final boss battle, with the Joker's last words.
      Batman: Want to hear something funny? Even after everything you've done, I still would've saved you.
      Joker: Heh, that's actually... pretty funny! [cackles]
    • Batman: Arkham Knight manages to take the Joker's black comedy Up to Eleven even after he dies, as Bruce Wayne's split personality, created as an unexpected side effect of Joker's Titan-infused blood poisoning. Every joke from the "AI" insults the characters Batman comes across, while Batman plays the straight man by pretending he can't hear them. You get to hear these messages throughout the entire game and after side-quests (or until Batman destroys the source in the ending by furiously punching it to stuff it in a box).
  • Borderlands has a fair bit of this. Borderlands 2 absolutely revels in it though, to the point where it qualifies for both Denser and Wackier and Darker and Edgier.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day:
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  • Crusader Kings tends to run into this. You have to spend most of the game attempting to murder people, steal titles, start wars, and maneuver your favored heir into a position of power while entirely disregarding anything resembling modern morality if you expect to survive. Except every other character in the game is trying to do the exact same thing. The resulting Gambit Pileup usually ends in comedy. Then you catch tuberculosis and die, leaving your inbred son in charge.
  • There's an achievement in Dante's Inferno for killing enough undead babies.
  • Visceral games apparently has a thing for this trope; while the mutated fetus enemy in Dead Space isn't played for laughs, it's hard to think anything but humour was going through the heads of the animators when animating your grapple kill against them: Isaac yanks the baby from his head, and kicks it across the room. One has to wonder why they didn't go the whole hog and add a crowd cheering. To wit, there is an achievement/trophy for doing said grapple kill ten times. The achievement's title? Kickin' It.
  • Dr. Mal: Practice of Horror involves playing solitaire in order to "diagnose" your patients' various wacky complaints. The "doctor" himself is a wild-haired chainsaw-wielding cross between a Mad Scientist and an Evil Clown, the patients are similar caricatures and the card illustrations and icons for "bone," "blood" &etc. examinations are often ludicrously gruesome.
  • A bit of overheard dialogue during the City Elf origin in Dragon Age: Origins, when a guard is grumbling about having to have killed a pretty elf woman while she was trying to escape, which is followed with "She's still warm. How picky are you?".
  • The Duke Nukem Forever level "The Hive". As Duke progresses through the level (an alien hive located underneath the Duke Dome), he comes across several cocooned women tearfully moaning and crying as Octoroid babies graphically burst from their rapidly-expanding stomachs - the next-gen elements make the visuals and their anguished cries plain disturbing. Duke attempts to make light of the situation after he comes across the Holsom Twins, who have also been impregnated. Duke replies, "Looks like you're... fucked" and soon after, their stomachs burst open (this happens after he expresses audible rage when they're kidnapped from his high-rise condo in an earlier level). Some online reviews noted that this was an attempt to push the Mature rating for all it was worth, but made Duke look like a cold, callous psychopath instead.
  • From DUST 514:
    "Suicide in public areas is strictly prohibited."
  • Dwarf Fortress: The whole game, really. Mixed with a lot of slapstick, if you are similarly inclined.
    • Babies make excellent ablative armor. In a pinch, they make decent bludgeons, too.
    • Toady's dev logs can be a gold mine for this kind of stuff.
      ... then his guts popped out and another guy came along and severed his exposed guts, so that's all working.
    • The community thrives on this sort of schadenfreude.
      My fort became successful to the point of boredom, so I armed my favorite death trap, put on the Macarena in my music player, and began cycling through my units list in time with the music, and threw someone in the death trap every time the guys went "eey, Macarena!".
  • The Fallout series depend heavily on this trope. Given that one of the games' major influences is Dr. Strangelove, this is hardly surprising.
    • The intro to the first game is a stellar example.
    • Fallout 3: Most notably anything written on the terminals in the Nuka Cola factory, mostly involving the testing of their products, which resulted in some deaths. Nuka Cola Quantum was finally cleared for release once the number of deaths was at acceptable levels. Said product includes radioactive isotopes.
    • Fallout: New Vegas DLC Old World Blues is so dripping with Black Comedy you'll forget that the Think Tank kinda forgot where they left your brain. Like Portal, however, Old World Blues' humor becomes very subdued when you come across a bona-fide death camp.
    • Fallout 4 comes with a number of promotional short films explaining the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system. It also says a lot about Vault-Tec's sociopathic tendencies that they can pass off cannibalism as a peachy survival tip.
  • In Five Nights at Freddy's, you are a security guard in a building full of murderous animatronics, and all you have to defend yourself with is security cameras, two doors, and limited electricity to power the cameras and the doors... and it begins with a bored-sounding security guard reading out legal information to you, telling you some odds and ends, and basically ending the conversation with an offhand mention about how someone in the past had their frontal lobe torn out by the animatronics, which is why they aren't allowed to walk around during the day anymore, how the animatronics are likely to kill you by forcing you into an animatronic suit, and how there are blind spots all around your office. It's hard not to chuckle, in a twisted way. Then you find out why the animatronics are doing what they're doing, and then the man who caused it appears, and things take a massive turn for the worst.
  • Fruit Mystery is all about feeding zoo animals human foods and reading about the often fatal consequences.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn plunges into this trope wholeheartedly during the Grave Eclipse over Belinsk. We have horrible monsters invading the city and slaughtering the locals... and then we have the ability to read the bemused thoughts of the freshly-dead (most of whom are Deadpan Snarkers), an old man obliviously flirting with death, and last but not least, said monsters invading an opera house and raiding the orchestra pit to play horror music for their next victims. There's a bit of dark humor in other parts of the game, but this is where it's strongest.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV has a GTA Radio talk show called Integrity 2.0 that's almost completely based around this.
  • Graveyard Keeper positively thrives on this, as its tutorial guide cheerfully advises you to carve flesh from a corpse and sell it to the innkeeper in order to buy said guide a beer.
  • Half-Life 2 has cats turned inside out by a malfunctioning teleporter.
  • Heroic Armies Marching likes this trope.
    • You're allowed to send goblin babies into battle. The lore describes them as being so weak, their skin peels off like wet paper.
    • A less harsh example: Shit Golems.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Superman's ending in Battle Mode reveals that he has placed a miniature Kryptonite pill in his chest. The other League members would take turns on a weekly rota caring for the device, being the ultimate decider whether or not to activate it. While the implications are Nightmare Fuel, the reveal that Batman is the only one not allowed a turn is a bit darkly funny.
  • The Jackbox Party Pack gives us Bomb Corp and Trivia Murder Party, where death is treated by the games' hosts as a bit of a joke. The former game because its host is used to seeing his coworkers get blown up, and in the latter the host is a trivia-obsessed murderer.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle has Josuke from Part 4 heal his opponent back to full health when he uses his Great Heat Attack. Johnny from Part 7 is handicapped; specifically, his legs are paralyzed. When Josuke uses his GHA on Johnny, he stands up, his legs working again... and then Josuke beats him back into paraplegia.
    Josuke: If I heal you first, it's not cheating, right? DORADORADORADORADORAAA!"
  • Kindergarten and its sequel pretty much runs on this, considering they take place at two of the most dysfunctional kindergartens you'll ever find. For example, Buggs's mission in the first game is for you to help him kill Ms. Applegate and get away with it. The scene at the end of the mission where the principal searches the children includes:
  • Legacy of Kain, being a series that could very well be one of the best examples of Black-and-Gray Morality, pretty much runs away with this whenever humorous and snarky components come up in dialogue. Some of Kain's descriptions of the various items he comes across in Blood Omen are just rife with dark, snarky observations.
    Kain: [describing the Heart of Darkness] Reputed to have been ripped from the chest of the greatest vampire to have ever existed, Janos Audron, the Heart of Darkness restores vampiric unlife. Life is precious, Janos discovered - as it was torn throbbing and bleeding from his own body.
  • In early-1990s classic Lemmings, it's possible - and in fact intended - for the player to blow up all their own lemmings in order to abort a level for whatever reason. After the timers above their head run out, each lemming will go "Oh no!" in a cartoonish voice, shake a bit, and then go "pop!" in a firework-like explosion.
  • The Last of Us Part II is full of this trope. Since the tone of the game is extremely bleak, they made all the comedy dark as well.
  • In LISA, the majority of the comedy ends up being this (for example, one character is an insufferable narcissist who wears the USA flag as a shawl. In Pain Mode, this character transforms into a horrifying beast with an extremely-long neck, making him look similar to a flagpole).
  • In Luigi's Mansion 3, after rescuing E. Gadd, who was sealed in a portrait shortly before the events of the game, E. Gadd tries to suggest to Luigi that they escape the hotel immediately, only for Luigi to point out that the rest of his friends are still trapped inside. He responds with visible annoyance that Luigi wants to stay behind and rescue his friends and treats Luigi's friends' potential fates of being stuck in paintings to be hung on King Boo's wall for the rest of eternity as just another inconvenience blocking their escape.
  • Mishap: An Accidental Haunting and Mishap 2: An Intentional Haunting have their fair share of this trope, from the animated background items in the cluttered hidden object scenes to the cartoonish drawings and utterly ludicrous deathsnote  of the minor ghosts you can capture using a special monocle to the fact that the quit button for the second game is an electric outlet and clicking on it produces a pained-sounding scream.
  • The Nintendo DS game Mizuiro Blood has this, when the main character gets sliced horizontally.
  • Monday Night Combat has armies of clones dying for entertainment. There are also references to a population-control lottery, assigned dwellings, government-mandated curfews, a section of the stands being under full coyote alert...
  • Abundant in Monster Loves You!. While the game is generally lighthearted and kid-friendly, you can do some really horrible things for no other reason than your personal amusement.
  • Mortal Kombat: Whenever there's humor, there's high chance it will be Bloody Hilarious. Characters like Johnny Cage are particularly known for being humorous even during the Fatalities. For example, one involves using his hands to open a rip in his opponent's torso just to peek through it and yell "Heeeeere's Johnny!"
  • Mother Chef: The Musical! doesn't take itself or its premise too seriously, from the musical segments to the silly visuals; however, the premise is still quite dark, as it takes the idea of feeding babies to demons and runs with it.
  • Penumbra: Black Plague features Clarence - a disembodied voice in your head from a virus that runs on this trope.
  • Planescape: Torment revels in black comedy, much of it based around the protagonist and his immortality. You can win an argument with a man espousing the glories of the afterlife by snapping your own neck, dropping dead, then standing up minutes later and saying, "All right, now it's your turn." Or hit on a female zombie and then bicker with your Lancer about which of the pair of you she was most into. You can also order an NPC to crack open your skull to look if there is anything inside. You then write into your journal "there wasn't".
  • The entire world in which Portal takes place is constructed of this.
    • Antagonist GLaDOS has a strong streak of black comedy.
    • Portal 2 and its promotional material ups the ante by showing a behind-the-scenes look at the insanity that is Aperture Science — along with the inevitable tragic results which are themselves Played for Laughs.
    • Anything Cave Johnson says.
  • Psychonauts is a black comedy in cartoony clothing — it looks bright and G-rated, but every now and then something incredibly dark happens, like a suicide-bombing Girl Scout.
  • Randal's Monday: The game is full with it. From Matt's increasingly bloody and unlikely deaths to Randal's past self getting the Wolverine treatment, there is a lot of black comedy to be had.
  • In The Sexy Brutale, this is primarily provided by the staff, who carry out their murders with the phlegmatic, casual attitude they might have towards washing dishes. Mood Whiplash is also used to full effect.
  • The joke endings for the Silent Hill series, after Silent Hill 4 anyway, fall nicely into this. That said, the joke ending for Silent Hill: Book of Memories is by far the darkest as it takes shots at every single convention, and character, in the series. I.e., one character accidentally sneezes on Mary Sunderland, she says it's cool, but James remarks she has to be more careful or else she might catch something. Also Alex Shepard teaching his brother how to swim.
  • This mod for The Sims 2. Several of the comments on the video count as well.
  • The indie game 60 Seconds!, much like Fallout, milks a lot of dark humor out of the fear of nuclear war in The '50s. You play Ted, a typical family man who has sixty seconds to scour his randomly-generated house for supplies and get as many family members as he can to the fallout shelter before the bombs hit. After that, it's a matter of keeping your family alive on a diet of water and tomato soup for as long as possible, with occasional expeditions to the irradiated wasteland that is the world above.
  • Eggman's P.A. announcements from Sonic Colors sound like they could have easily been lifted from Portal:
    Eggman: We seem to be losing pressure on level seventeen. Please hold your breath against the harsh vacuum of space until you pass out from oxygen starvation. After that, you won't care. Enjoy the ride!
    Eggman: Next stop, the Tropical Resort. Here, you will find: breath-taking views from our giant Ferris wheel, amazing deals from our shopping mall, and constant risk of bodily harm.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth, much like the show, runs on this. At one point you fight a giant aborted Nazi zombie fetus.
  • Most level's intro and outro in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! can be hilariously dark, sometime including people dying in comedic death, Magma Cone's outro in particular outright have an Accidental Murder among the level's friendly NPCs.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a surprising amount of this, both in the trailers and the game itself.
    • Ridley's reveal trailer has him impale Mega Man with his tail and snap Mario's neck, then gleefully twirl Mario's cap on his finger.
    • Simon Belmont's reveal trailer has Luigi getting violently killed by Death and turning into a ghost. At the end of the trailer, he's about to get back into his body before getting interrupted by Carmilla.
    • Some of the deaths in the World of Light opening cutscene are played for laughs: Snake tries hiding in a cardboard box, Villager runs around in a panic, and the Wii Fit Trainer just does exercises until the beams hit her.
    • The spirit for Paz Ortega Andrade gives the special ability to start with a Bomb-Omb equipped. This is likely a reference to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, where she dies by having a bomb detonate inside what is implied to be her vagina.
    • The spirit for Ness's Dad is represented by a telephone, and requires fighting an invisible Snake. In addition, the ability for it is "Running Start".
    • One unlock picture references Aerith's infamous death pose.
    • The Palutena's Guidance conversation for the Pokémon Trainer has Viridi wonder about all the weak Pokémon that get left in their balls and forgotten. Pit then suddenly worries about "PikaPit" before Palutena assures him that "I'm sure all those abandoned Pokémon are all playing in a farm upstate."
    • Taken Up to Eleven during Banjo-Kazooie's showcase, where Masahiro Sakurai refers to all the background characters in Spiral Mountain as "poor souls", and proceeds to joke about their horrible fates, such as Bottles's death at the beginning of Banjo-Tooie, Gruntila being trapped under a boulder for two years, and Tootie's fate in the first game's Game Over sequence.
    • In Terry Bogard's reveal trailer, a bunch of SNK characters are shown reaching for the Smash invitation as a reference to The King of Fighters. The main antagonist of Fatal Fury, Geese Howard, is one of them. But unlike the others, he doesn't just miss the invitation. He jumps over the ledge of his skyscraper while reaching for it, and ends up falling to his death, just like in Fatal Fury.
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013 involves you trying to do organ transplants to save a patient's life, and you can screw up to the point of killing them. You perform the surgery with just one hand, grip and grab tools in the most awkward ways, and cut and poke things out in a way that would have gotten you jailed if done in real life. You can cause the patient to lose so much blood that he should have died, but as long as he has just that one milliliter of blood left, he'll live! To make things even more dark and comedic, you can inject yourself with a syringe that makes you hallucinate and perform the surgery in that state.
  • Tales of the Abyss has a retroactive example in Guy's fear of women. During a good portion of the game, whenever a girl comes very close to him (especially if they touch him) he recoils in fear and starts screaming. Hilarious, and becomes a Running Gag. But then we learn why he's so afraid of contact with women... When he was young, his home, Hod, was being attacked by Duke fon Fabre's men. Guy was hidden inside a (thankfully extinguished) fireplace by his older sister and the house maids, and then the soldiers came in. In order to protect him, Guy's sister and the maids threw themselves onto Guy as the soldiers killed them all. He passed out, but when he came to, he was smothered in a pile of dead women. Suffice to say, the laughs are a lot more uncomfortable after that.
  • The cartoony, comically exaggerated bloodshed of Team Fortress 2 brings it to the edge of black comedy. The Meet the Cast videos push it over, and Meet the Pyro turns it Up to Eleven.
  • Theme Hospital is a darkly comical look at healthcare. The diseases are very silly, but patients can still drop dead if not treated in time (or treated incorrectly). The game in particular skewers the notion of healthcare as a profit-making industry, with the intro movie showing a doctor halting an operation (which he is performing with a chainsaw) and dropping the patient into a Bottomless Pit when he fails to pass a credit check. Its Spiritual Successor Two Point Hospital has a lighter tone, but still features some darkly comedic elements.
  • Tropico 4. The entire game. You see, it's a Cold War. You're the dictator of a Banana Republic, and you're ultimately a pawn in a much larger game between the US and the USSR. Your people aren't exactly cooperative, nor they are very bright. You can't stay in power (for long) lest you Kick the Dog on regular basis. This culminates when you sell your island to the US to test nuclear bombs: your Announcer Chatter will say that "according to the scientists, the big shiny mushroom is harmless, and it's good for the skin tone", your history involves the worst in people (being the only true graduate of every Harvard Grad in your class, where you have to be a pathetic banana republic dictator, your buddies go on to be POTUS).
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, when not relying on reference comedy, revels in this trope. The ending where the Big Bad discovers the contents of the MacGuffin he's been trying to get his hands on have been replaced with explosives by Smiling Jack is a particularly amusing example.
  • Steam game Who's Your Daddy? has dark humor in the form of killing a baby. One player plays as the father trying to protect his son from the dangers of the house (electrical outlets, sharp objects, chemicals, etc.) while the other player plays as the baby trying to get themselves killed. The baby "wins" if it dies, but the father wins if he can keep the baby alive for a few minutes. The idea of playing as a baby trying to get killed Crosses the Line Twice.
  • WildStar pretty much runs on this trope. A few examples include:
    • The official "Paths" flick, where pretty much everyone but Agent Voxine is killed, injured, or horribly traumatized in some way, shape, or form.
    • The "Mammodin of Mass Destruction" mission in Deradune, where you strap high-explosives onto mind-controlled rhinos then direct them into poacher camps. Failure comes in two ways: angering other Mammodins, or attracting other Mammodins who want to mate with yours, thus causing an explosion of Ludicrous Gibs.
    • A Mechari explaining that they do have a sense of humour—it's just hard to laugh along when your head's in a sack.
  • The Witch's House: The many, many deaths you can suffer throughout the game - while horrific - can elicit a chuckle or two, due to how creative they are or how suddenly they happen; especially after you know the Awful Truth behind the game, and just who it is you're playing as.
  • The Worms game series. The more outlandish weapons involve exploding sheep, exploding cows, exploding old ladies...