Dark Age of Pretty Cure is a Fan Fic by ryanasaurus0077 which draws heavy inspiration from The Dark Age of Comic Books, particularly the most important reading materials from the era (including Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, both from DC Comics).
This fanfic contains examples of:
- Anti-Hero: All of the Cures are this to some extent, and Ayumi in particular is Type V when we first meet her and Type IV for much of the rest of the series.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Ayumi.
- Bifauxnen: Ayumi.
- Bloodier and Gorier
- Darker and Edgier
- He Who Fights Monsters: Part of Ayumi's backstory.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ayumi gets this from a gang of third years at the start of the series.
- Recycled Soundtrack: Any time you hear music, it's either directly lifted from a Dark Age DC Comics movie or at the very least inspired by such music.
- Take That Me: A Sophisticated as Hell remark from Ayumi about the "Thirty Days Hath September" poem is a subtle snipe by the author at himself.Ayumi: Now, I happen to know the very original version of an old, familiar poem about the months of the year, a version that was written by a scholar in the 15th century who was fired for his use of an obscenity in the poem. He was stripped of all credit for his work, which was rewritten and attributed to Mother Goose. This original version goes thus: "Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November. All the rest have thirty-one, 'cept February, 'cause he's a cunt."
- Villain Protagonist: Ayumi has no qualms about picking fights for pure enjoyment, but she gets better about this over time as she transitions away from this trope and learns to control her impulses.