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  • Cracked has commented on the "gritty reboot" trend several times.
  • Just Google "Misery Machine", possibly adding "Scooby Doo". D&E, textbook case.
  • There Will Be Brawl makes the Nintendo universe so grimdark and Film Noir-esque that it practically becomes a parody of this trope.
  • CollegeHumor has touched on it possibly as much as Cracked has:
  • The blog Chocolate Hammer mocked this trend with the game Darker and Edgier, in which familiar franchises were warped beyond recognition and readers had to guess what they originally were. The posts in question can be found here and here.
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  • In Marvel/DC: After Hours Season 2, The Joker's plan is to make all comic book characters into Darker and Edgier characters. The Green Goblin however ends up pointing out that all that will lead to is Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy without Lighter and Softer heroes.
  • The Brothers Mario is a GTA Machinima with Mario and Luigi being mobsters involved in a gang war.
  • The Waldo Ultimatum by the Imponderables: Where's Waldo? meets The Bourne Ultimatum.
  • Suburban Knights compared to Kickassia. While both are hilarious and Kickassia indeed showed off Critic's lack of sanity well, SK had a really dark villain that made the mood drop in whatever scene he was in, innocents getting blown up, a Bittersweet Ending where Critic hopes to find the Necronomicon in order to revive Ma-Ti, death not being at all cheap and actual, honest-to-God Tear Jerkers.
    • In a more meta sense, The Nostalgia Critic both in-character and out-of-character openly hates this trope when done poorly and, as he puts it, is "dark for the sake of being dark" instead of being dark to convey some message or have some purpose. It comes up in a good amount of reviews. Ironically, his show has got darker too, with Critic having... issues, Santa Christ Took a Level in Jerkass, a lot more Nightmare Fuel and Doug confirming that he's turned Critic's endearing Christmas love into psychosis.
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    • To Boldly Flee manages to be even darker than Suburban Knights. The story revolves a literal Plot Hole that warps and distorts reality. Highlights include The Nostalgia Chick and Todd in the Shadows facing Unwilling Roboticization and brainwashing at the hands of Mechakara, The Cinema Snob being manipulated into joining the villains, which, while a parody of Star Wars, is still pretty messed up, the appearance of Doug Walker (as in the actual person) revealing to the Critic he's a fictional character and that in the real world there's free will and finally the Critic, after a long Heroic BSoD that was completely Played for Drama, sacrificing himself by merging with the Plot Hole. Possibly justified, as according to Word of God To Boldly Flee was written be a send-off to The Nostalgia Critic as a show.
  • The Super Carlin Brothers have a series called "Rated R Pixar," where the plot of a normally G or PG rated Pixar movie is retold in a very dark manner.
  • When compared to the movies, The Gungan Council is definitely more mature across the board. However, whether or not it beats out Legacy depends on the writer and character.
  • "Zest Online Riddle" is a game similar to Not Pron, and it's... weird. It also has dark, oppressive music and, overall, it's... creepy. Thing is, unlike most online riddles, this actually has some kind of a story to it, and from what this troper knows, it appears to be darkening "The Wizard of OZ", among other things.
  • In Funny Or Die's The Rugrats ''Live Action'' Movie apparently Angelica is not just a selfish, spoiled child, but a murderous, manipulative sociopath.
  • Parodied by The Onion, with this (fake) story about a cereal mascot getting a dark backstory.
  • For Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, compare Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh: Tenth Anniversary Abridged Movie. While both are still quite funny, the latter has a greater amount of violence, more blue jokes (courtesy of Jaden), and an actual Tear Jerker with the retention of the death of Yugi's grandfather.
  • Board James started off as a Lighter and Fluffier spin-off of the Angry Video Game Nerd, at least until the "Dream Phone" episode. After the series went into hiatus for a couple of years while James Rolfe worked on the Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, Board James returned to the eponymous character alone, with Motherfucker Mike and Bad Luck Bootsy nowhere to be found and an overarching story arc about James's Sanity Slippage and whether he killed his friends if they even existed to begin with...
  • A bit of an overlap with the Advertising section, but someone created this. Extremely dark, gritty, and honestly depressing, until you get near the end... OOOOOH YEAH!
  • While the original Ghost_K (Order of the Guardians) setting is a standard Alien Invasion Sci-Fi story with elemental heroes fighting them, it has spawned a much bleaker prequel series in the form of K21 Sqaured. Here the enemies are entirely human, with an array of disturbing goals. Elemental power is abused more readily as it not seen as a blessing like it is in Order of the Guardians storyline.
    • The collection of short stories that compromise the Subterfuge Chronicles and Shattered Endeavours manage to be Darker and Edgier than even the main K21 Squared storyline, with the majority of the stories set from the perspective of antagonists. Tarnished Perceptions also manages this, but is arguably more in line with the way in which the main story is portrayed.
    • Second Great Battle of Siberia is this to the main Ghost_K setting, as it provides a more futile depiction of the efforts of humanity to defeat the aliens with all of the main characters managing to die in the process.
  • Raymond Sipe has a song about Cthulhu that pretty much does justice to its source. However, when you compare it to songs about forum places like /v/, /mu/, and even /mlp/, as well as many of his other songs he's done, and it makes its darker and edgier motif all the more surprising to see.
  • Before its first, and original cancellation, Ben's Rants were very tame. The worst that Benthelooney would put in was alternatives for curse words. However, when he uncancelled his rants in 2012, Ben Tannehill started writing in more personality for the character, and made him more cartoony, causing for the newly produced rants to include references to violence, and occassionally, sex. Whilst these aren't as bad as some, it is still raunchier than anything that Ben did, before the rants were resurrected.
    • Not only that, but in the credits of Ben Rants: Sanjay and Craig, the song has an uncensored swear word. Ben stated that the reason for not censoring it was because he refused to censor such an awesome song.
  • TV Tropes: Darth Wiki is where all the negative opinions go to. And a couple of other dark stuff.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged, while still being mostly comedic, seems to be diving into this with the Cell Saga, specifically around the time when the Big Bad himself is introduced. The fact that Cell's presence is, unlike all the other villains who appeared in the series prior, actually treated with complete seriousness by the cast should be a sign of things to come.
  • A Giant Sucking Sound, the election of Ross Perot results in a more chaotic 1990s. The constant violence and the murder of prominent people in entertainment like Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein causes this effect in popular culture In-universe.
  • The Tech Adventures storyline in the Brave New World Universe is notorious for being Darker and Edgier than any other story in the series by a long shot. Where the original Brave New World storyline occasionally had characters seriously injured, Sasha was at the brink of death so many times that the other writers on the project lost count. It culminated in a Bittersweet Ending when Shasha sacrificed himself to save the rest of the Chosen in Joanna's secret base.
  • Season 2 of The Music Video Show. While the first season was lighthearted, the second season sees the host of the show slowly delving into Sanity Slippage. Throw in attempted suicides, a mental breakdown, a book with a creepy hand coming out of the front cover that is possibly a spell book and harsh jokes to boot. There's also the fact that Fluttershy is not real, Dylan says that he's the Devil and takes Pinkie Pie with him in episode 50 after revealing that the host killed his parents. Holy shit.
  • Mortal Kombat: Rebirth by Kevin Tancharoen gives a noir look to Mortal Kombat, eliminating the campy aspects from most depictions.
  • Joseph Kahn's Power/Rangers does this for the Power Rangers Zordon Era. It's actually a Stealth Parody of this trope, with the ultimate message being that no matter how much fanbases may like the idea of giving lighthearted kids' shows grim-n-gritty reboots, ramping up the violence, sex, and dirty language (even if it doesn't come across as forced) will not make the comical elements go away - if anything, it just throws them into sharper relief.
  • Mario Kart: Fury Road is a fake trailer made of scenes from Mad Max: Fury Road, edited to look like an exagerratedly grittier adaptation of the Mario Kart series.
  • This is the point of Gritty Reboots. They make Darker and Edgier Live-Action Adaptation trailers for anything from Harvest Moon: Back to Nature to Goodnight Moon.
  • Lost Episode Creepypastas are about Lost Episodes of (most often) kid's TV Shows that turn the darkness factor Up to Eleven.
  • The fifth episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, where there is no indication the trauma will be reversed, a lot more violence and gore, less jokes, and a song that isn't quite as catchy.
  • Pretty much all of the Deep Web. If you think the regular internet has bad things, the deep web is even more messed up. It is, to put it simply, the darker and edgier part of the internet. Expect child porn, drugs, and red rooms (code name for torture chambers). It is not advised to actually look it up. There is Jail Bait and other websites that are not so fun to look at.
  • Petscop: Petscop goes from a fun (albeit unfinished) game about collecting pets and finding their homes to a dark and twisted story (possibly) inspired by the real-life child killings that happened as a result of rebirthing therapy.
  • TRULY OUTRAGEOUS: A Jem Fan Film! is a Take That! at the official Jem and the Holograms film meant to show that it's possible to darken Jem while keeping the tone. Kimber ends up kidnapped by Cobra and the stakes are slightly up from the usual Jem fare, but the real difference comes from Kimber's angst after finding out she's really a Ridiculously Human Robot.
  • The Homestuck Epilogues are darker in tone than Homestuck, their webcomic predecessor. Both paths generally deal with more realistic and relatable issues, such as dealing with adulthood, abusive relationships, and friendships drifting away or being torn apart due to political differences. The switch to a prose format means that there are no visual gags or possible Art-Style Dissonance, and many of the comical side characters are either Demoted to Extra or outright Killed Offscreen. All of this on top of being a Happy Ending Override to the comic's unambiguously positive outcome.


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