Dark Legends of Pretty Cure is a fanfic by Ryanasaurus0077 which is even darker than Dark Age of Pretty Cure and is inspired in part by Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Star Wars, and The Dark Knight Saga. Already it's shaping up to be even worse than Club Pretty Cure, and considering how much flak that one got, that's saying something.
This fanfic contains examples of:
- Anti-Hero: For much of the series, Kana is either Type V or an outright Villain Protagonist. Ami is a Type IV.
- Author Avatar: Hikari Ippahara, who starts out as an idealist and gradually grows jaded. The author has confirmed that he's not the only influence on Hikari; Harvey Two-Face (who fights crime as Gotham's White Knight and pays dearly for it with his sanity), Jacen Solo (whose idealism leads him to become a Sith Lord), and Sayaka Miki (who fights crime as a magical girl but grows jaded courtesy of a broken heart and becomes one of the very monsters she was supposed to be fighting) also contribute largely to the influence.
- All seven of the Cures represent a different side of the author to some degree.
- Nagi/Cure Bella represents his pacifist side;
- Ami/Cure Notte represents his passive aggressive side;
- Hikari/Cure Acqua represents his idealist side;
- Mamoru/Cure Ghiaccio represents his protective side;
- Shoko/Cure Sole represents his brainiac side;
- Toshimi/Cure Natura represents his mature side;
- Kana/Cure Sangue represents his cynical and assholish side.
- All seven of the Cures represent a different side of the author to some degree.
- Badass Longcoat: Kana combines this with Tights Under Shorts with her Cure costume.
- Berserk Button: Kana does not like when the term "made girl" is mistaken as referring to maids, as a caporegime for the Corbucci family learned during a ball held by Don Corbucci:Corbucci caporegime: "Made girl"? As in the family maid?
Kana: As in the girl who's going to whack your fucking ass if you make any more jokes about my occupation.
Corbucci caporegime: Seriously?
[Kana grabs the caporegime by his shirtfront]
Kana: Yes. Seriously. I attended this function as a favour to Capo di Demone, and the Boss would not appreciate people joking about a "made girl" attending this function. If you talk shit about my job one more time, your made men will have to serve a new caporegime. Am I making myself the fuck clear?
Corbucci caporegime: C-C-Crystal...
[Kana throws him down]
- Big Bad: Number 9.
- Bigger Bad: Mina Cardone.
- Bittersweet Ending: Word of God says this will be the outcome; all he can say for now is that it'll involve a sudden transition from the Crapsack World portrayed herein to the canon world where many of the Curefics coexist.
- Canis Latinicus: "Nerum" is believed in-series to be a Latin word and is even conjugated as such (e.g. "Nera"). Word of God says it's actually Hollywood legend Dennis Muren's surname spelled backwards.
- The Consigliere: Enrico Cardone appears to be this for Capo di Demone, but in reality, he's Capo di Demone and the Capo Famiglia, and the Capo di Demone that Kana had killed was actually a Street Boss.
- Country Matters: After Hikari starts killing criminals, Kana stops by Michiko's mansion just to flip her shit at her in this manner:Kana: You cunt! Look what the fuck you just did to your own friend over a fucking boyfriend! I've always been sick and fucking tired of you, but this time you've gone TOO! FUCKING! FAR!
- Dame Swears-A-Lot: Prior to her HeelFace Turn, it seems as though every other line of dialogue spoken by Kana/Cure Sangue can't be spoken on television without legal intoxication setting in from excessive Sound-Effect Bleep consumption.
- Darker and Edgier: Taken to Serial Escalation levels... and then comes the Bittersweet Ending.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Kana does not use guns; when asked about it, she simply claims that they're "uncivilized tools". Also, Number 9 is afraid of A.D. Durante, and for good reason, as Kana explains following his first appearance in the series.Kana: That son of a bitch lost a member of his own species to that Durante character when he was allied with a pair of Cures far worse than I.
Ami: "Durante"... now that's a name I kind of remember hearing earlier. I hear that he was a member of Assassins For Justice until they threw him out.
Kana: Well, he sure as fuck has to be quite monstrous for that to have happened.
- Evil Counterpart: Kana to Hikari. The polarity is reversed when Hikari starts killing criminals and Kana has a Heel Realization, but Kana knows that she's capable of killing and doesn't wish for Hikari to be known as a murderess, so she instructs the other Cures to pin the blame on her for Hikari's vigilante killing spree, becoming the Dark Knight to Hikari's White Knight.
- Gratuitous Latin: The phrase "Caveat emptor"Lat. is spoken quite a bit in early episodes. It becomes meaningful in later episodes. In addition, other Latin phrases also appear sporadically throughout the series.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Good God, Kana just keeps striking keys randomly on Michiko's Berserk Switchboard without even realizing it! Then again, she's deliberately hitting some of those keys, with such things as constant swearing, a preference for apples, and the obligatory "flat jokes". Lampshaded in episode 9:Kana: Chill it, flatty. The way you rant your fucking head off whenever I'm around you, next you're going to chew me the fuck out for breathing!
- The feeling finally becomes mutual when Michiko confesses her love to Makoto, directly leading to Hikari's vigilante killing spree.
- HeelFace Turn: Kana suddenly realizes that killing is wrong after learning that Hikari has started murdering criminals. The realization of what she had almost become is enough for her to seek reconciliation and even go so far as to declare that she would gladly perish against the monsters and take the full blame for Hikari's vigilante killing spree if that's what it takes to seal her redemption.
- He Who Fights Monsters: A major theme of the series.
- Ironic Echo: Kana echoes Hikari's words back to Nagi, Ami, and Toshimi after obtaining the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time since losing her family, only this time, she knows what she must become, not what she has a chance of becoming.Kana: You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I'm not a hero, girls. Only someone who isn't a hero can protect Hikari's image now. So I know what I must become, so Hikari's image as a White Knight is preserved for all eternity.
- Killed Off for Real: The author has noted that at least one Cure will be offed in the course of the series.
- Knight Templar: Kana has shades of this prior to her HeelFace Turn.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Nagi and Hikari; also, Michiko and Hikari.
- The Mafia: A few fictional families inhabit Mizukai; one of them, Assassins For Justice, is not based in Mizukai and actually plans to destroy the city to kill the corruption at its root. It's hinted that this group, at a time when it was still an independent vigilante organization, orchestrated the Great Kanto Earthquake of '23 under the leadership of the oni Yasunori Kato. During a ball hosted by one of the families, Kana poses as a "made girl" for AFJ.
- Monster of the Week: The Nera serve this function.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: In another Shout-Out to Batman, when Kana/Cure Sangue confronts Hikari in episode 14 for what turns out to be a fight to the death:Hikari: [subtitled] WHO ARE YOU?
Cure Sangue: I'm Batman. Or rather, the Batman to your Harvey Two-Face.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Kana developed this personality after her family was killed and she was left for dead. What did she do after that? She was criticized for not attending the funeral, she was turned out on the streets, she became very penniless, she lost her best friend--she even went to jail, Goddammit! That's what she did!
- Obi-Wan Moment: How Toshimi wishes to die should she become a casualty after one of her friends gets offed in episode 3:Toshimi: If I go out, I prefer to go out against one of those monsters, with all I've got, and I want to make it count.
- Obligatory Swearing: More than some of the author's other Curefics, even!
- The One Guy: Mamoru Kinoshita.
- Pater Familicide: Kana's father killed her mother and sister and left her for dead before, in a Shout-Out to City of the Living Dead, hanging himself in a cemetery.
- Pet the Dog: Kana may be an asshole, but she's an asshole with a heart, and it shows, particularly when she buries her dead mentor in the burial crypt where her family rests in one episode and when she gives Hikari an apple out of genuine concern for her health in another episode.
- Precision F-Strike: While Kana swears the most out of any character in the series, even she manages to make a profanity profound upon The Reveal (which hints at a possible Zombie Apocalypse):Kana: Fucking hell... son of a bitch! So now we're walking corpses!?
Cure Notte: Good... bad... I'm the bitch with the gun.
- After killing the Nerum in episode 3, Cure Notte has this to say as a Bond One-Liner when Nagi tells her, "I thought you were a bad person!":
- Pretentious Latin Motto: All the Cures have their own; each reflects his/her personality.
- Nagi/Cure Bella: "Numquam perdito spem."Lat.
- Ami/Cure Notte: "Somnia et veritas non miscent."Lat.
- Hikari/Cure Acqua: "Pugno pro amori et iustitia!"Lat.
- Mamoru/Cure Ghiaccio: "Te protegam."Lat.
- Shoko/Cure Sole: "Mea bonitas extendit ab ortu enim solis usque ad occasum."Lat.
- Toshimi/Cure Natura: "Talis est factum naturae."Lat.
- Kana/Cure Sangue: "Deus testor, peribunt inimici mei!"Lat.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Kana's declaration to Michiko in episode 13 that the latter had gone "TOO! FUCKING! FAR!" at the end of a brief "The Reason You Suck" Speech that also has her use the C word.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kana's brief and extremely loud profanity-laced tirade toward Michiko upon hearing about Hikari's vigilante killing spree.
- Redemption Equals Death: Following her HeelFace Turn, Kana states that she's willing to go this far to fully atone for her sins.
- The Scrappy: Deliberately invoked by the author. Michiko was intentionally designed to degenerate into an over-the-top parody of this.
- Sharp Dressed Woman: Kana wears a pantsuit when attending the ball hosted by Don Corbucci disguised as a "made girl" for Assassins For Justice, the Mafia organization she had recently destroyed.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Toshimi Torigoe, who is stated to be the Cure that has survived her job the longest out of any other Cure. She's also the oldest, at 24.
- Shout-Out: During the "Kana's Past" arc, Teito Monogatari gets a passing mention when Capo di Demone burns down the Corbucci mansion.Capo di Demone: Another branch of Assassins For Justice, led by Yasunori Kato, brought about the Great Kanto Earthquake of '23.
Kana: I'm sorry, I didn't get that part.
Capo di Demone: About Signore Kato?
Kana: My parents didn't like the Teito Monogatari books, they thought the books promoted the occult...
Capo di Demone: Nice bit of "historical fiction"... based on fact, as I mentioned.
- Celebrity Voice Actor: Emma Watson as the voice of Kana Kitsune.
- Start of Darkness: Kana lost all sense of hope after losing her family. Hikari tells her this during her own start down the path of darkness:Hikari: You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I fear I may live to see that day myself, like you have.
Kana: What the fuck do you know about seeing yourself become the villain? You're the White Knight here; I couldn't give more or less a flying fuck about myself. So die a hero, bitch! That's how you'll likely die anyway.
- Take That Me:
- Hikari is a walking example of this.
- From the start of episode 1: "With kindness comes naivete. Courage becomes foolhardiness. And dedication has no reward. If you cannot accept any of that, you are not fit to write Curefics." This coming from someone who can't seem to understand the first of those three statements.
- Tights With A Skirt: Worn by Ami and Mamoru with their Cure costumes; the latter is a notable male example.
- Tights Under Shorts: On the other hand, Kana wears this with her Cure costume.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kana and Hikari.
- Tonight, Someone Dies: At least one Cure is going to bite it in the series.
- Training from Hell: Kana trained with assassins after losing her family.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Apart from the Puella Magi Madoka Magica-inspired plotline, there's also a The Dark Knight Saga-inspired plotline, a Giallo-inspired plotline, and a Slasher Movie-inspired plotline to keep things fresh, and when they eventually collide...
- Villain Protagonist: Kana is either this or a Type V Anti-Hero for a good portion of her time in the series.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hikari is willing to kill criminals after she becomes depressed; Kana is willing to kill criminals from the start, but at least she has a Heel Realization upon finding out about Hikari and tries to make amends for her bloodshed.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Mamoru is this in Cure form, wearing a Palette Swap of Ami's Cure costume.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Kana.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: Knowing she has stained her own hands with the blood of many criminals in the past, Kana instructs Nagi, Ami, and Toshimi to report her as the perpetrator of Hikari's vigilante killing spree before setting off to try to reach out to Hikari before it's too late.Kana: I made a promise to the Lord to protect Hikari's image at any cost. I killed those criminals.
Toshimi: No... you can't... you're not that kind of person.
Kana: But I can be that kind of person, because I'm capable of being a murderess. I'm whatever the city needs me to be. And if the city and Hikari's family and friends need me to play the villain so they can remember Hikari as a White Knight, so be it.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Toshimi mentions a few times that the world is coming close to one, but she doesn't reveal the full details, as she initially believes that some things are better left unrevealed. The truth is far more unsettling to the Cures, as well as to Nagi (who hadn't become a Cure yet by that point). Feeling guilty about not telling the whole truth, Toshimi goes into further detail about her decade-long career as Cure Natura.