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Right: Ron trying to walk off a double helping of Eye Scream.

Deliberately writing a serious version of events related from a story which was originally quite lighthearted, "serious" in this case being more bleak, horrific, dark and/or possibly sadistic. Indeed, Dark Fic veritably wallows in (or savors) misery and darkness. This is sometimes satire, based on memes, or just writers flexing their creative muscles and showing us certain canonical elements that have the potential to be Nightmare Fuel. Or maybe the writer just enjoys depressing people with their writing style.

When badly done (especially when the original work was a comedy), it will do nothing but squick readers, who will quickly abandon it. Or make people laugh. Well done, though, it can provide an intense and unsettling view of something supposedly familiar. Or it can make people laugh.

The Fan Fic version of Darker and Edgier. Related to Grimmification. Often the result of Fridge Horror, in which case it is the fandom equivalent of Ascended Fridge Horror.


Contrast with Fix Fic. A Dark Fic may or may not be the end result of a Deconstruction Fic. If the series was already dramatic and dark, it shouldn't really be here (e.g. it's impossible to make a dark fic of The Walking Dead unless you really take it to another level).

Comedies or series on the "idealistic" side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism tend to inspire Dark Fic; similarly, "realistic" or darker stories inspire W.A.F.F. fanfic.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia is a manga series about personified countries. It goes without saying that darker stories—especially involving Russia or any colonial power, past or present—based on actual historical events are not uncommon.
    • A rather popular subject among these is the Cold War. While Russia is almost always shown as the Psychopathic Manchild he is, the portrayal of America varies.
    • Fanfiction regarding Nazi Germany writes itself.
    • Another popular subject is the conflict between North and South Korea. North Korea is usually portrayed as a hardened woman soldier whose goal is to force her brother South Korea to accept communism—whether he likes it or not. The conflict usually is portrayed as bloody and tear-jerking, and both Russia and America have no qualms about taking advantage of it.
    • Many fics involving colonialism, especially in regards to the British Empire, plunge straight in to darkfic territory in a brutal analysis of the implications of colonialism for the personified countries - anything regarding the Opium Wars is practically guaranteed to be this trope.
    • There are also quite a few darkfics based around the end of Prussia or the Berlin Wall, which usually involve him being kidnapped and tortured/raped by Russia for a few decades. Any fic about Russia and the Soviet countries is practically guaranteed to have him do horrible things to them, esspecially Lithuania, Latvia, or the aformentioned Prussia.
    • In the case of works like 1983: Doomsday Stories, this can also be subverted. Nations die and suffer from the aftermath of Doomsday. But further down the line, things do get better for at least some of them.
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • One particularly disturbing example is the Fusion Fic doujinshi Drifting Classroom, a horror tale void of any of the series' humor, optimism or light-heartedness. It involves the school, with everyone inside, being sent to a barren world. They split into factions over whether they should attempt to find a way home or try to start a life in the new world. People start dying, Osaka finds a gun in a paper bag and begins killing the other girls, Chiyo winds up getting the gun but Osaka stabs her in the throat. Then Chiyo sees Chiyo-Daddy after she dies, who is actually God or something, then wakes up to find it's All Just a Dream and everything's fine.
    • There is a Hentai doujinshi (links will not be provided - Brain Bleach is expensive) which revisited Osaka theorizing about what would happen if Chiyo got kidnapped. It's a Hentai. Do the math.
    • I'll Be On The Road Again, in which Kaorin realises that she can never have Sakaki, and ends up killing herself by driving her car into a wall. Short and eerily In Character.
    • Azumanga Royale, which is a crossover with, well, Battle Royale. And it's hilarious, thus proving that you can make a series Darker and Edgier and still keep it funny.
    Yomi: Tomo-chan, my best buddy in the whole world, wait for me so we can 'team up'! I'll introduce you to my new friend, Mr. Spiky Bat! He's been wanting to meet you for a real long time. I think you're going to become real close!
    • Differing Paths, in the genre of "Tomo-as-badass-cop" fics. Not entirely serious, but contains severe, near chapter-to-chapter Mood Whiplash. This is the kind of thing that goes straight from a hilariously meta Lucky Star crossover, to Tomo torturing Kaorin.
    • Control is a Yukari/Minamo fic where, to start things off, Yukari has a secret drug problem. It only gets grimmer from there.
    • Cold Nights is more dramatic than its fluffy source. It depicts Tomo as a Stepford Smiler whose parents are always arguing.
  • The two 'Karakura Cops' stories. It places the Bleach characters in a police force setting and the Espada are a terrorist group who brutally murder almost the entire cast. Apart from containing cannibalism, suicide and child murder, it actually starts off as a light-hearted comedy.
  • Death Note isn't exactly a cheerful story to begin with, but The Faceless explores the Fridge Horror of having a realm of Death Gods feeding off human lifespans all the time and what happens when humans learn this. They begin killing each other because of it, resulting in a Post Apocalyptic World of Nihilism.
  • Digimon Adventure 02
  • Nana's Everyday Life delves into themes darker than Elfen Lied, and that's saying something!
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • The Cries of Haruhi Suzumiya is a Haruhi Suzumiya darkfic by way of crossing it over with Higurashi: When They Cry, and manages to be darker than both of the source materials. It contains fingore, child murder, heads exploding, maggots bleeding out of a girl's privates, and just what would happen if two of the most powerful characters in fiction went insane.
  • With Kill la Kill being a rather controversial show, this can be a given, however, some of said fics are often more graphic than the anime is:
    • If I've Been Enveloped in Tenderness is a rather grim and explicit fic. To elaborate, Ragyo won and there is a very high body count with Mako's parents, Nudist Beach, and two of the Elite Four being executed. The fic can be found on Archive of Our Own, where it is rated thusly.
    • Maim de Maim isn't as dark but it does have it's moments. A key point would be what Ragyo did to Mr. Tapatio or Nui's backstory, rather, what she did in said backstory.
    • Like the abovementioned, A Minor Miscalculation,have more detailed deaths than in the original anime, the first chapter opening to Mako and Mataro losing their parents to Nui in very graphic fashion.
    • The Crimson Garment and most of what can be said is that Satsuki has a lot psychological issues and the fic is a dystopian fantasy where most parents only see their kids as a means to an end (Mako's parents don't), death rates are high, life is determined by your grades (80% fail the test), and the world is a rather depressing combination of a Crapsack World and Wretched Hive. Essentially, it's like Kill la Kill meets Akame ga Kill! and Neon Genesis Evangelion, with some bit Elfen Lied in a Hunger Games like setting.
    • At the End of Days (extended version can be read here: [1]) is a fic that takes place sometime after Ep. 18 and, well, getting rid of Ragyou didn't kill them off she like said, instead, they've gone haywire, bring the end of the world. It's a also a Death Fic, as most of everyone that Satsuki and Ryuuko knew are dead, included Mako, Iori, and three of the Elite Four.
  • K-On!
  • Love Live!:
    • School Idol Days is the most notorious example for the Love Live! series, to the point where it's practically made its mark among the fans for how absurdly dark it is. While the original doujin is mostly a reskinned version of its namesake, School Days, it later got a sequel called School Idol Days S based on Love Live! Sunshine!! that features an original story. A Lighter and Softer bloopers chapter later reveals that the entire doujin series is actually a movie that the girls are making. The first School Idol Days doujin series, on the other hand...
    • The Love Light Bringer! doujin series by Kitahara Tomoe also had a few examples:
      • Coolish Blue: Maki faces a number of nightmarish visions (including a decayed version of her) after her right eye is either injured or lost.
      • Coolish Blue -2nd Halation-: One of the most notorious moments in this doujin is the midstory: Honoka got stabbed by a crazed fan, which causes other µ's members and Honoka's family to break down. The after note has Honoka unexpectedly coming back to life though.
  • Lucky Star:
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • The Name of War. There's no external enemy, just the TSAB, and the divisions in squads and families are heart-breaking.
    • Anything by Extrinsical is not for the faint of heart.
    • Also, Scars of Time and Distant Sky. (The latter contains Planetarian spoilers!)
    • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha BetrayerS is something of a household name for Nanoha darkfic, not so much because of blood, gore, and murder, but because of how thoroughly and gleefully it subverts the original's enlightened ideals of The Power of Friendship, honest communication, and family bonds. The author instead turns the story into a Game of Thrones-level political clusterfuck, where Hayate masterminds armed coups, Nanoha has to fight Fate (again) and Subaru for reasons she is not allowed to explain to them and vomits blood every morning from overexertion, and a 9-year-old Vivio has to fight both of her mothers in a bid for galactic dictatorship.
  • Negimaru, a Dark Fic for Mahou Sensei Negima! made by the same people who made Drifting Classroom above and Evangelion RE-TAKE. It's about Chisame’s alter ego Idol character getting beaten by her fellow classmates in Internet popularity polls so she schemes of a plan to destroy their reputations online by using her *ahem* cosplay skills. Her plans succeed a little too well, and... let’s just say she gets too involved in her plan...
  • The Dark Blues arc of MegaMan NT Warrior spawned about a million of these. Many of them shipping.
  • Shadow Cell's Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny retelling, it brings much of the Zeta out of Destiny's retelling.
  • There are quite a few Naruto fanfictions which explore the whole children-as-warriors idea, as well as killing for money and the short life expectancy of ninjas. The only reason the setting of Naruto isn't already dark is purely because it chooses not to focus on such things, being a shonen series:
    • Atonement is a chilling description of a scenario in which a curious doctor delves into the case of a permanent psych-ward patient and regrets it. Naruto ends up in the psych ward by undergoing serious torture, losing one of his hands, going blind, having his chakra pathways destroyed due to forced extraction of Kyuubi, and ends up developing a split personality to cope: he ends up thinking he's Sasuke.
    • Fan Fiction Dot Net abounds with fanfiction describing Naruto's all-out, lifelong struggle to utterly decimate the Leaf Village because people hated him (he recognizes this possibility himself). These are usually chock full of tales of him being beaten, burned, stabbed, mugged, occasionally raped (if the author is going for some real shock value), harassed, having his house destroyed, and generally just doing everything possible to make him kill everything forever.
    • In dark fics featuring Hinata as the main character, you can bet Hiashi is going to be subject to Flanderization as a Jerkass, The Anti-Christ, kicker and shooter of dogs, Manipulative Bastard, Smug Snake, all-around not nice guy and not paying attention to traffic lights. All this despite the fact that in canon, he isn't really such a bad guy, just proud and strict. He's revealed to be quite a sympathetic character quite early on, as well. The same goes for her sister Hanabi, mixed with Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, due to her vague nature. However the manga suggests that she really is just a normal kid, and a nice sister at that, and the anime follows that through.
    • Ten Thousand Fists involves him getting an Omnitrix filled with anime characters in place of aliens. And you know its a Dark Fic when Chapter 1 has Iruka tortured, mutilated, and killed with the same happening to Naruto, who only lives due to a Deus ex Machina. Then we find out he suffers the usual gamut of beatings, burnings, dog maulings, rapes, etc. And somehow it manages to get worse once Kakashi shows up.
    • Team 8 is one of the most popular Naruto fanfics and has its fair share of darkness. Almost every Hyuuga is a complete jerk (especially towards Hinata), Kurenai has a Dark and Troubled Past, and Naruto suffered near-systematic abuse prior to becoming a ninja that goes way beyond what the manga implies.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion fandom might be collectively the crowning champion of this trope. The series was already known for its darkness, but amongst fans known for analysing everything down to the smallest detail the ability to tease out the smallest aspect and expand upon every twisted meaning or interpretation is phenomenal. A far from comprehensive list:
    • Random1377 is a prolific NGE darkfic author, with entries such as The Lifespan of a Love Affair (a deconstruction of the Misato/Shinji pairing), Let She Who is Without Sin (about a Serial Killer), and Aoi (includes Shinji being killed in the first chapter, and falls apart from there).
    • Adam Kadmon has written several NGE dark fics, taking particular aspects of the characters and canon and spinning them to horrific effect. Examples include I Knew Him When, a deeply depressing examination of the lives of the pilots and the people around them post-Third Impact; The Second Other, which nightmarishly twists the relationship between Shinji and Gendo; and Fast, which grotesquely examines why Rei is a vegetarian.
    • Scar Tissue is also a good one: Asuka blames her scars and death in canon on Shinji and punishes him by subjecting him to constant emotional, physical and sexual torture, and Shinji takes it all because he thinks he deserves it after defiling her and leaving her die right before ending humanity. Meanwhile Shinji's low self-esteem and self-hatred has become a split personality tortures him in the form of hallucinations. And that's only the backstory; the fic itself begins after Asuka beating him so brutally that he has to be taken to the hospital and she finally realizes her actions have been horrible. On the other hand, the fic inverts the usual darkfic formula in that it starts off dark and gets progressively lighter.
  • Marie D. Suesse and the Mystery New Pirate Age!! deliberately invokes as many One Piece fanfiction cliches as possible, then breaks down and explores what would happen in those cases if reality ensued. The results are often both hilarious and horrific.
  • Osomatsu-san:
    • I With A Reputation For Follow-Up Suicide is a novelization of a MAD of the same name. All six of the brothers are Driven to Suicide, one by one.
    • Death In The Family has Ichimatsu killing Karamatsu.
    • Ichimatsu participating in Self-Harm and/or contemplating suicide is a surprisingly common fandom plot. Here is a particularly heartbreaking example, and another by the same author.
    • One particularly famous Pixiv comic had Iyami and Chibita solve a murder mystery where the sextuplets were hacked to pieces, only to find out Osomatsu did it, then hid the fact that he wasn't among them by rearranging the body parts so each body looked like someone lost a part when hiding their corpses.
    • After learning that Osomatsu-kun had a chapter where a robber dragged Osomatsu into being his partner in crime, fans started writing and drawing plenty of fic where the memory still haunts Osomatsu in his adult years. Either the robber returns and pulls him back into that life, or it turns into Alternate Universe fic where he kidnapped Osomatsu and subjected him to a lot of physical and mental (and occasionally sexual) abuse when they ran away together.
    • Modmad's untitled comic, the first page of which can be found here, is a downplayed example as the tone remains mostly as wacky as the original series. However, there is still a dark element to it, as the robber mentioned above, Tougou, returns running a "legitimate" business wherein he has roped Jyushimatsu's girlfriend into working in porn against her will and tries to give Jyushimatsu the Cement Shoes treatment when he tries to rescue her (though fortunately, Jyushi survives and formulates a Zany Scheme with his brothers and Chibita to save the girl).
  • Pokémon fans are very prone to this. Many up the violence from the anime:
    • Pathways. Just the cover art alone, with a bloody Pikachu looking especially nightmare-fuelish is enough to warn that this fic is quite dark.
    • The Dark Side Of Innocence is a James/Jessie fic where James is given a drug that makes him more violent by Giovanni. It features several graphic deaths, such as Giovanni being eaten by his drugged Persian.
    • Not as violent as the above examples, but there is Ash's Coma. This fan theory suggests that Ash Ketchum was placed into a coma in the first episodes of the Pokémon series after being accidentally electrocuted by Pikachu. The theory goes onto suggest that several plot elements of the anime are actually the results of his coma-induced delusions.
    • The Road You Choose is a collection of works based off of the Pokémon anime, with a few key differences: Aging, Misty, and Aura.
    • Team Rocket Roots is a comic bordering on Betrayal Fic that goes into depth of Jessie's Missing Mom Miyamoto and also involves Jessie turning on her friends.
    • Denounce The Evils starts out as a canon-compliant Team Rocket redemption fic but it soon deviates into darker territory. It covers themes including mental illness, homophobia, transphobia, and childhood abuse. There's also some cursing and sexual references.
  • The Puella Magi Madoka Magica fanfic Persephone's Waltz manages to be even bleaker than its notoriously depressing source material, with an incredibly detailed exploration into someone's slowly collapsing sanity and the horrible things that people can be driven to in desperate situations. About halfway through Sayaka brutally stabs Homura to death (it doesn't stick) and it isn't even the most horrifying thing that happens.
  • Ranma ½
    • Possibly the ultimate example of a well-done Dark Fic is The Bitter End. It deconstructs the fanon " psychobitch" Akane into a real person with a real mental disorder, and then follows this premise all the way to its dark, bloody and horrifying conclusion.
    • Ill Met By Starlight is the other great Ranma Dark Fic.
    • Another popular Dark Fic is Can't Let Go. It's about how both Ukyo and Mousse decide to deal with the ones they're infatuated with.
  • Sailor Moon
    • The series had a bit of a dark turn in its final season, where a renegade magical girl tries to destroy the world and nearly succeeds. The Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica tells her side of the story, taking cues from the manga but featuring a dream sequence from the anime, and has what would definitely be considered a bad ending.
    • Deconstructed in The Dark, Twisted, Grotesque, Violent and Generally Perverse Adventures of the Sailor Scouts!. Written under the conceit of the main characters reading through various fanfic "scripts", it manages to touch on every facet of Sailor Moon darkfic ever to exist.
    • Deaths of the Senshi is quite good once you get past the squick. And they get better in end, so don't be too afraid.
    • Usagi Is Dead Hip Hip Hooray. The title only gives you the very barest inkling: it starts with an unspeakably horrifying tragedy that subverts the entire original show, and only gets worse from there.
    • The last Light is a short crossover in which the whole concept of the Sailor Crystals is given the Doctor Who treatment. Equal parts Tearjerker and Nightmare Fuel.
    • Damaged was a long-ago well-regarded darkfic in which one of the senshi is lost, presumed dead, in a battle with the Dark Kingdom. Lacking any explanation for what happened to her, officials turn their attention to the remaining girls, and their lives fall apart in different ways. But it's the ending that packs the real punch...
    • A highly popular yet unfinished Dark Fic is A Dangerous Pairing. The story features an evil version of both Usagi and Mamoru.
  • Also made by Studio Kimigabuchi is a Sgt. Frog doujin titled Hikari No Kuni. Which shows a dark version of an alien invasion from Keron.
  • Respect is a What If? Smile Pretty Cure! story that examines what would happen if timid crybaby Yayoi Kise made a contract with Kyubey in order to stop a bully from tormenting her. Needless to say, things go downhill quickly.
  • Soul Eater has been getting a few, too. For example, A Souls Songbook is a Alternate Universe Fic where the battle between Shinigami-sama & Asura eight centuries ago went the other way, resulting in a Crapsack World run by the witches, the Kishin is worshiped by the mainstream religion, and the Shapeshifter Weapons are considered things.
  • The Rise and Fall of Captain Starlock is this for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, with Simon crossing the Despair Event Horizon and vowing revenge against the beastman. It still didn't become full darkfic, but, you got the picture.
  • Based off To Love-Ru, "To-Love-DEATH" is all this. Taking a silly romantic comedy like To-Love-Ru, allow the characters warm your heart, then get destroyed with zombies!

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • It probably won't take long for someone to find a Calvin and Hobbes dark fic, such as Camp Nightmare. Calvin is signed up for a day camp which has a really cheery atmosphere and people dressed like clowns... then Calvin and Hobbes discover a room full of the corpses of partially eaten children and it goes all downhill from there.
    • Tiger Chronicles: Catch 22 Syndrome. In it, after narrowly avoiding summer school in a heavy-handed boot camp, Calvin begins to research this supposed place of reform... only to find a conspiracy devoted to barbaric ideology. Very dark and with heavy themes of child abuse, but beautifully-written.
    • Stripes or Pink is a crossover between Calvin and Hobbes, The Pink Panther, and Nancy Drew. It features elements that are pretty dark for C&H and PP, such as a criminal organization that sends a cold-blooded attacker after Nancy, putting Calvin and the others in danger.
    • Calvin and Hobbes invites a whole category of darkfic, dark cartoons, etc., in which Calvin comes to realize that Hobbes is really a stuffed toy, and the live tiger was a figment of his imagination.
    • In A Special Place to Meet, it's implied that Calvin (who's now a teenager) died in a car crash and his mom put Hobbes on the spot as a memorial, meanwhile Hobbes doesn't know what's going on.
    • In The End of Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin crashes his sled and is never found. Then, six years later, his sister Claire finds him and he's dead.
    • No More Tigers has Calvin failing to imagine Hobbes, then finding out that tigers have gone extinct (not counting zoo tigers).
    • Let's Go Exploring is about Calvin as an adult being suicidal.
  • Arguably, Garfield Minus Garfield. Jon is clearly insane in those, after all...
  • Peanuts:
    • High School probably takes the cake. All the characters are teenagers. Pig-pen gets Violet pregnant. Snoopy gets rabies, kills Woodstock and Linus and infects Sally with the disease. Schroeder is a gay psychopath who kills Lucy, kills the rabid Snoopy, and then admits his love to Linus as he dies. Peppermint Patty and Marcie are lesbians with AIDS. Charlie Brown is emo and commits suicide.
    • The Weapon Brown series is a twisted version of the Peanuts characters All Grown Up in a post-apocalyptic world. Nearly everything that's ever been on the funny pages makes a cameo, but notable major characters are "Chairman Horns" from Dilbert, "Warden King" and The Wizard from The Wizard of Id, "Anne" from Little Orphan Annie, and "Pops" (from Thimble Theatre, but you know him better as Popeye). And then there's CAL-v.1n.


    Films — Animation 
  • Three Wishes is a Aladdin fic where Jasmine brutally tortures Jafar in revenge for years of physical abuse and sexual abuse.
  • Consumed is a Cinderella fanfic where Cinderella gets revenge on her step-family. Cue Cinderella getting Anastasia assassinated, having her body fed to her mother and sister (off-screen), and getting both of them put into jail for assumed murder and cannibalism. Drizella opts to kill herself instead of being hanged.
  • Inside Out:
  • The Disney/Pixar movie Coco (plus some things the director has said) has given fans a lot to work with.
    • Many fics delve into the backstories of the adult characters. In particular, many cover what Imelda must have dealt with as a single mother in the 1920s, and even more cover what may have happened to Héctor during the 96 years he was separated from his family (and given the state he's in in the movie, he clearly hasn't had the best time). As for Ernesto... dealing with the fact that he murdered his best friend surely wasn't easy.
    • Other fics taking place post-movie explore the resulting PTSD some characters would likely go through, such as Héctor after learning he was murdered by his best friend, and Miguel after nearly being murdered twice.
  • Frozen fans are incredibly prone to this. It could be argued that dark fics even outnumber the happy fics. Anything from angsty fics dealing with topics like incest or Elsa's powers, to suicide fics, to fics dealing with politics and the consequences of an Endless Winter, and fics that make Elsa a murderous villain or anti-villain are commonplace, and even Anna has one or two of those:
  • The Land Before Time : Rhombus's The Seven Hunters has the premise "What would happen if Littlefoot and his friends were suddenly turned into carnivores?" and it plays the premise to its logical, horrifying conclusions.
  • Considering how cruel nature is and how dark the films are, it's unsurprising that The Lion King has a lot of these (especially fanart). A popular concept revolves around Zira murdering Simba's and Nala's first cub, Kopa (a semi-official character from books that predate the sequel film), and that being why she was exiled.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
    • So Rot Vie Blut is a grimmified fanfic where Snow White is the murderous step-daughter of Grimhilde.
    • The oneshot Fairest incorporates the Brothers Grimm ending into the plot and plays it for horror. Snow White's torture of her step-mother makes her new husband rethink their marriage.
  • Tangled:
  • Zootopia: I Will Survive is a particularly infamous short comic where Judy ends up pregnant with Nick's child. Judy doesn't want to keep it, mainly citing health reasons and her career, but Nick wants to. This leads into an argument which ends in Nick leaving Judy after she says she isn't changing her stance.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Neil Gaiman has written a The Chronicles of Narnia darkfic called "The Problem of Susan" about Susan after her siblings are killed so they can stay in Narnia. It also involves White Witch/Aslan sex. He also wrote Snow, Glass, Apples which makes "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" much darker by telling it from the Queen's point of view and making Snow White the villain.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: 25 Years Later is a sequel story set when the characters are adults. It starts with Greg being a miserable adult. He's distant from Manny, his father is dying of lung cancer, and he hasn't talked to Rowley in seven years after a failed love confession.
  • Good Omens
    • If you ever wonder why the obvious plot bunny of "what if Aziraphale was the demon and Crowley the angel?" hardly ever pops up, read The Sacred and the Profane. It proves that the only way to pull this off without completely abandoning canon characterization is to deconstruct the traits that would otherwise be out of place when on the other side. Aziraphale's affability becomes the facade Zirah assumes to convince others (and himself) that he's really an angelic soul when he's not casually offing people, and Crowley's tendency to be not so evil around Aziraphale is translated into Caphriel's inability to let go of his love for, and what passes for a relationship with, Zirah. Armageddon is still being averted seems to take most of the edge off... and then an exception to the canon-established Everybody Lives outcome occurs: Caphriel kills Zirah to get over his unhealthy love for him, so neither of them gets a happy ending. And all because an angel had the wrong thought in the wrong place.
    • That said though, with the tv series now existing fans have gotten braver about trying this plot along with one variant that tends to fit here: Azriaphale falling because of his continued association with Crowley. (This can be played for dark comedy too, though: Aziraphale falling out of pure spite that Heaven made him choose between it and Crowley, anyone?)
    • A good number of fics about a Second Apocalypse that the characters have no hope of averting, Crowley and/or Aziraphale being punished for averting Armageddon or their love, or Crowley revealing that his Noble Demon personality was an act all along and making Aziraphale suffer for his misguided trust/love. Some of them are competently written, while others plunge straight into Deus Angst Machina territory.
  • Many, many Harry Potter fanfics. Before book 7, most were of "What if Voldemort wins" variety (Cycle of the Badger, for example). After that, they mostly flesh out the what was happening with the rest of the wizarding world during the book. Also the First War is quite popular.
    • Hogwarts Exposed is something of a Dark Fic, full as it is of rape, pedophilia, torture and bodily functions; the author disagreed with himself as to the extent to which this was intentional.
    • The Padfoot Tragedies series, a "what if" story except the what if in question is "What if Sirius killed himself in his sixth year following years of abuse from his family, pedo!Fenrir Greyback and Hogwarts head girl, and Bastard Boyfriend!Remus? And that meant the Voldemort never fell? And then Sirius somehow comes back from the dead 20 or so years later?"
    • How do you make a magical world even darker? By crossing it over with Hellraiser in "Evil Be Thou My Good". It's actually a bit of a subversion as things end relatively happily... so long as you are Harry or one of his friends. The Dursleys, Death Eaters, Umbridge... yeah, things don't go well for them.
    • The Very Secret Diary, focusing on the relationship between Tom Riddle and Ginny Weasley, is a downplayed example. The Harry Potter books get pretty damn dark, but they don't get this dark until the fifth or sixth book in the series. This story takes place during the second — but, aside from a couple minor details that got Outdated by Canon a few years after the story's publication, it's entirely canon compliant. Part of what makes it so terrifying is that it's 100% plausible that this is what was happening offscreen during the second book.
    • My Immortal, though poorly-written, still counts: Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys (or rather, this fanfic's version of them) all have negative backstories (rape, dead parents, etc), there's lots of self-harm (although apparently the vampires do self-harm just because they're bored without being depressed), and Draco Malfoy commits suicide (although he does it twice and comes back both times.)
  • The A dance of Shadow and Light series by Ocadioan takes the Inheritance Cycle and makes it significantly darker and more brutal. Especially as of Phoenix Fire, where the body count in the first ten chapters alone reach above 250,000.
  • A Shot of the Needful deals with manipulation, alcoholism and sexual abuse... in the Jeeves and Wooster fandom. It doesn't end well.
  • The Lord of the Rings fandom has plenty of these, many involving Elves and Ho Yay. However, one fan fic stands out as being extremely disturbing: And These Pearls That Were Her Eyes. A story based on The Silmarillion segment about the last king and queen of Númenor, it's a dark tragedy about spousal violence and rape. (Not that The Silmarillion isn't pretty dark to begin with.)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society:
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus have developed a niche fanbase filled with these, mostly due to dark!Percy and his One-Scene Wonder fight with Akhlys. Some, like this one attempt to resolve his inner turmoil, while some, like this one, simply enjoy and explore the theme.
  • Due to its nature, The Phantom of the Opera is rich with possibilities. The Phantom is a Stalker with a Crush, who has been watching a little girl for years as she grows up (hidden behind her mirror, no less), who has a history of assassination and dark magic (among other things), and whom most of the fans still want to see get the girl. Ironically, this goes back to the original interpretation of the character, prior to the musical version, which made the Phantom Lighter and Fluffier.
  • The Temeraire series is not really lighthearted fare as it is, given that it doesn't shy away from showing the horrors of war and averts Infant Immortality for the Aerial Corps' cadets and midwingmen, but all of that is contrasted by protagonist William Laurence's unshakably strong moral compass and his friendship with his dragon, the eponymous Temeraire. The fanfic Black Wings, Black Sails removes all of that by separating Laurence and Temeraire, and bringing Laurence to turn to piracy. More than anything else, the fic shows what could happen if William Laurence went bad, with all his strength of conviction, leadership skills, and military experience as a master prize-taking captain behind him. Knowledge of canon, especially of Temeraire and Laurence's unbreakable bond, makes this fic a heart-wrenching affair to behold.
  • Twilight:
    • The Paper Doll Kindergarten. Remember Nessie (or Renesmee Carlie, if you prefer), Bella's super-quick-growing genius vampire baby? Well, Nessie isn't happy. Sadly, this fic is no longer available for whatever reason.
    • "What Dreams May Come", which just applies the "vampire hypnotism" found in so many other works of vampire literature to Twilight, while simultaneously showing Edward in the most creepy possible light. Mind Rape ensues.
    • Nessie inspires a lot of this. There are two companion fics, called "Seven" and "Eighteen" which deal with two possible interpretations of her strange aging.
    • For a look at the horrors of imprinting from the other side, For You I Will {found here) is an incredibly dark work that has Embry imprinting on a vagrant named Melanie Sampson. Everyone promptly accepts it as True Love like in the books... except Melanie is nothing like the other "wolf girls", and starts using the imprinting bond to get away with abusing Embry and getting him to do all sorts of horrific things with her. By the end of the fic, Melanie is forcing Embry to help her brutally sodomize and murder brown-haired women. Jacob and the other werewolves manages to figure this out, but the story ends with Melanie ordering Embry to secretly kill them all, so they can't interfere.
  • Where's Wally?:
    • Searching is a one-shot describing a darkly different interpretation of the Where's Waldo scenes that makes entirely too much sense.
    • What Is Lostadd is a story about an OC named Gabby who has never able to find Waldo due to being red/green colorblind, and when she finally admitted her condition to her class, she was constantly ridiculed. Suffering from anxiety and self-harm because of this, she blames Waldo for it all. When her only friend gives her a magic WW book, they enter it to find Waldo and presumably do something nasty to him. Sadly, it ends there, but the fact that somebody had the idea at all is mind-boggling.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: Pooh Goes Apeshit (extremely not safe for work, lunch, or your sanity).
  • Worm:
    • Cenotaph both plays this straight... and inverts it. On one hand Taylor's father is murdered by Bakuda and she almost dies on the other, Taylor doesn't spend the first month of her cape career fighting for her life against both sides of the law.
    • Stepping On Worm by the infamous Perfect Lionheart wants to think it's a Fix Fic. But the changes made to the background setting end up creating a far darker and more disturbing world than canon - for one, a notorious supervillain is the power behind the US government - and things just get worse from there.
  • Warrior Cats: Apprentice And Pregnant covers Teen Pregnancy more blatantly than the books. It also features rape, suicide, profanity, and other topics the series won't touch.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Addams Family:
  • Dad's Army, of all things, gets the bleak and surprisingly plausible Dads Army Fanfic. In short, the worst fears of the Home Guard finally takes place, and the South coast of England is invaded by Nazis. The typically comically inept Home Guard are now tragically incapable of offering any real resistance.
  • Day of the Barney, which depicts Barney the Dinosaur as an evil immortal overlord bent on conquering the world (his first and only successful attempt involves inciting every child in the world into a riot against everyone else) with a major case of hypocrisy, not being afraid to murder in graphic manners while maintaining his sickeningly sweet personality. Oh, and his backstory holds him responsible for killing the dinosaurs, corrupting Caligula, unleashing the Black Plague, rescuing Adolf Hitler and leading Those Wacky Nazis to Anne Frank.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) has, among others, The Long War. Rather than chase after the Galactica and search for Earth, the POV fleet decides to remain at the colonies and keep fighting the cylons. Despite a few victories and poor cylon tactics, they are slowly suffering from attrition and the cylons are starting to learn. The fleet's commander is slowly going insane and the overall outlook looks even bleaker than the television series.
  • A Sweater Stitched in Lies is a dark fic of The Cosby Show (yes, really) featuring murder, attempted murder, insanity, meth addiction, domestic and child abuse, and lots of sex. Sondra goes insane after Elvin and the twins are murdered in their home (or she murders them, it's not clear), and everything goes downhill from there, with the family falling to pieces while trying to cope.
  • Doctor Who is almost custom made for this. Even beyond the Doctor being a well-baked angst muffin with psychological scars so deep you can fit entire lost civilisations in them, the legions of vicious, dangerous and destructive Aliens and Monsters that have been featured, the sheer potential of a vehicle that can appear anywhere in time and space, and a universe that is Always Doomed all combine to contain endless possibilities. Fans have not ignored any of this.
    • On a more subtle note, Psycho Savior, qu'est-ce que c'est? features a pretty dark take on the Ninth Doctor, who was never exactly a sunshiney kind of guy to begin with. Fortunately, the writer never forgets that the Doctor is, in fact, a Big Damn Hero, which keeps the story firmly on the side of pretty damn good.
  • Believe it or not, Fan Fiction Dot Net's small cache of Everybody Loves Raymond fanfic consists almost entirely of Dark Fic, which is pretty surprising for a sitcom. There are a couple of fics where Debra cheats on Ray with Robert (including one where the result of this action is both Ray and Amy becoming embittered, dark souls who join forces to plot revenge, if I remember correctly), one where Marie has a heart attack and the other characters stand around sneering and laughing at her instead of calling an ambulance, and one that features teenaged versions of Ray and Debra as angst-ridden Emo Teens who spend an afternoon cutting themselves.
  • Hunting the Unicorn is a Glee fic that's heavily influenced by The Last Unicorn. It deconstructs Kurt and Blaine's sugary, chaste romance by exposing just what would make them (and especially Blaine) act like they do in the show. According to readers, the effect is heartbreaking.
  • How I Met Your Mother has an entire livejournal community of darkfic — an impressive feat for any fandom, let alone a sitcom. Most of them involve various main characters getting into abusive relationships (either with each other or with one-shot or original characters, but most often Barney/Robin), extreme genre shifts changing the setting from comedy to crime/drama or thriller/horror multichapter stories, or subjecting one or more of of the characters' pasts to a Cerebus Retcon, again, usually involving abuse. idioticonion is one of the fandom's most prolific darkfic writers.
  • iCarly can get some pretty bleak fics:
    • They're usually based on Sam's potentially abusive mother, or the potential for a Sam/Freddie relationship to go horrifically off the rails and end up with Sam physically abusing Freddie (often including rape).
    • In the Carly/Sam fandom, fanfics relating to Sam's behavior pop up, especially self harm (cutting, drugs, alcohol abuse, etc) related ones.
    • In one fic, the gang holds a segment on iCarly where anyone can suggest a website and they'll visit it. Someone links them to various shock sites. Needless to say, the kids are scarred and it doesn't get any better from there. Carly gets severe nosebleeds and nightmares from the trauma, Sam distances herself from her friends and Freddie, already slightly mentally damaged from his mother winds up going completely insane! By the end of the story Freddie has killed his own mother, gutted Sam live on camera and committed suicide, Spencer is slightly disabled from a head injury and Carly is left traumatised and completely alone.
  • Laverne & Shirley:
    • K-S-M: Kiss Me is still kind of comedic, but it veers into Black Comedy: one of Lenny's relatives at a party drugs the punch with something that makes women lusty and tipsy, and Laverne drinks it. It wears off, but that's a bit heavy for Laverne and Shirley, and she ends up sick.
    • In A New Beginning, Shirley dies, Laverne is a lot less Hot-Blooded than normal and it's implied that Squiggy is dead too.
    • Weight of the World is about Shirley dying.
    • The Imperfect Man, a psychic apparently predicts Laverne's death and she goes a bit insane and possibly tries to kill herself (but the alternate interpretation is that she thinks she's immune to death now). At the end, she's OK, but Carmine dies.
    • In Always, Laverne is old and dying of cancer.
    • In Milwaukee Terror, a Monster Clown with balloons full of blood stalks the title characters and kills their friends, lying that he'll make them "float". He supposedly kills Laverne and Shirley too, but at the end, they're OK.
    • Somebody to Lean On has Laverne get raped by her boyfriend Mike.
    • Sinners Have Soul has Laverne find Shirley unconscious or dead and bleeding.
    • In Bloody Kisses, Carmine turns into a vampire and kills several people including Laverne's dad. He also turns Shirley into a vampire, who tries to bite Laverne. Eventually, Lenny and Squiggy kill Shirley and Carmine.
    • There's a whole series of AlternateUniverseFics called Bookends. While not all the fanfics are dark, the timeline for the universe highlights some dark stuff, including Laverne's mother dying (canon) of lung cancer (fanon), Renna (a relative of Lenny's) getting a brain injury, six-year-old Laverne having trouble at school from distraction because her mother is unwell and being called a dummy, Laverne's social life being "the pits" a year after the show, Lenny's wife Karen getting post-partum depression, Laverne and Shirley not being as close as before (although that was temporary), Frank dying of a heart attack, Lenny's cat Bosco becoming sick and surviving but later dying anyway (along with a turtle, two frogs, and a dog), a nearly-elderly Laverne having a high-risk pregnancy, Shirley's daughter Eileen becoming an alcoholic and then dying in a car crash, Shirley's parents and Lenny's father dying, Carmine having a (non-lethal) heart attack, Squiggy's sister being suicidal, Sonny dying of a stroke, and finally Laverne finding out that she has low blood sugar.
    • There's a parody of the theme called Laverne and Shirley Lose Everything in a Catastrophic Fire, which has lyrics like "any dream we have cannot come true" and "this time, there's no hope for us".
  • Many Mash fics focus on Hawkeye Pierce struggling to adjust to life after the war and often end with him being Driven to Suicide. Arguably justifiable, as he always was a little bipolar and had a complete psychological breakdown in the series finale that caused him to be committed to a mental hospital. Fanfic writer Meredith Bronwen Mallory has some disturbingly well-written darkfics on Fan Fiction Dot Net. Mostly Slash Fic, but all haunting and brilliant.
  • The infamous Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers fanfiction Agony in Pink, the far-too-long story in which the original Pink Ranger, Kimberly, is kidnapped, raped, tortured and snuffed by Lord Zedd in very graphic fashion. Some believe it caused an "international incident" (if being mentioned as a reason for filtering a site counts as such) and may have been the reason that Fan Fiction Dot Net stopped allowing NC-17 stories.
    • Power Rangers in general seems to lend itself to darker fanfiction, though very few as dark as the above. There's a lot of potential darkness in a teenage strike team fighting aliens with the entire world at stake, and almost none of it gets explored on-screen in the TV-Y7 franchise where the heroes (very nearly) always win.
  • The Mork & Mindy fanfic Together is practically like a soap opera: first Mindy thinks she has a cold...which turns out to be the flu, Lily (the neighbour) gets appendicitis and Mork gets low blood sugar, then when they get better, Mork and Mindy have a falling-out, then when they make up, then Lily deals with an abusive boyfriend named Logan, then Mindy feels sad on Mother's Day because her mother's dead, then Lily gets lonely and dislikes her job, so she quits it, then they think Mork has to leave...but he doesn't...but he gets amnesia...then he goes back to normal but he and Mindy fight again, they make up but Lily gets insecurities...
    • Another Mork and Mindy fanfic that is dark is Goodbye. Basically, Mork gets severely injured in a car accident, then he dies, and seven years later, Mindy goes insane and eventually kills herself.
  • There's a popular type of dark fic called JDA in Scrubs fan fiction. In them, JD is often suicidal, abuses drugs, and has cancer in a few of them.
  • Stargate SG-1 has the Eurydice Verse, in which the damage doesn't reset itself after every episode. The author probably thinks the characters should be a lot more screwed up than they appear to be in Canon.
  • Harper's Island has a lot of darkfic based on the Big Bad's plan succeeding.
  • Smallville, being the origin story for The Cape, Superman, was fairly light until Bizarro showed up, and more so after Doomsday entered the picture in season eight, but Dark Fics in the cheerful early seasons is quite common. Crisis, for example, with graphic descriptions of sexual assault, torture, attempted murder and copious amounts of angst.
  • Remember the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode with many Enterprises and a reality where "Federation has lost and Borg are everywhere"? Well, there is a fanfic about it here.
    • Speaking of Star Trek, Djinn1 is particularly good at this trope. See: the Original Series stories Dream Until Your Dream Comes True, Banshee, and Witness. There are many more; those are just the exceptionally good (and exceptionally dark) ones.
    • There are also some very dark Star Trek fics and fanart depicting the Mirror Universe. One such fic is Naraht's How To Advance Your Career Through Marriage series — taking the thesis put forward in Diane Duane's TNG Mirror Universe novel Dark Mirror that Mirrorverse Picard was much less... scrupulous about his attraction to Jack Crusher's wife. It focuses on Dr. Crusher's conflict about their undeniably imbalanced, profoundly unhealthy relationship and its impact on her family and well-being, while navigating a perilous Enterprise where assassination as a means of advance in rank is commonplace. (And it turns standard Picard's fondness for Hamlet into a bit of a bleak stealth joke.)
    • In An Enduring Song, Deanna Troi dies and Riker mourns her.
    • Rewiring rewrites the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Wire" as taking place in the twenty-first century, everyone lives in an apartment building, Bashir and Kira work in a pizza restaurant (as part of the Deep Dish Nine universe) and the aliens are humans. In the actual episode, Garak is addicted to an implant in his brain that was meant to make him immune to pain while he was a spy, but in this fic, he's addicted to drugs and his addiction symptoms are much worse.
    • One user has made several Star Trek: Voyager fanfics called The Night X Went Crazy and Killed Everyone, about a character doing just that. They've done it to Neelix, Seven of Nine, and the Doctor, although his is called The Night the Doctor Finally Went Off the Deep End.
    • The Marissa Picard storys [sic] are light-hearted Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfiction centering on one Mary Sue character. These fanfic stories have attracted some of their own fanfics, including some that are very dark indeed (such as Dark Marrissa #1: The Master Builders and Marrissa Pays Off Karma).
  • Although Supernatural is pretty dark to start with, some fanfics manage to make it worse, usually through a lot of torture and rape. One fic springs instantly to mind when Evil!Sam decides to make Dean his sex slave, mostly through raping the living daylights out of him, all in a world where Hell had taken over. And any fic that takes place in the Alternate Universe shown in "The End", where the Sam and Dean fail to stop The Apocalypse from happening and Sam agrees to be Lucifer's vessel.
  • Sweetly Rotten swings between being an example of Rule 34 and this. It's about The Worst Witch, and claims that while the principal Miss Ada Cackle's Evil Twin Agatha was in charge, she sexually assaulted the vice principal Miss Hecate "HB" Hardbroom. The fanfic switches between fetishizing the sexual assault and playing it for drama.

  • The Protomen is a dark fic for Mega Man (Classic).
  • Vocaloid has some pretty dark fanfics:
  • Almost all Slash Fic for X Japan is this in some way. For very, very valid Real Life reasons (namely, two of the original band members are dead after lives spent struggling with mental illness and alcohol/drug abuse, one of the three surviving original members spent 12 years in a dangerous Scam Religion before getting out, one is a hardcore alcoholic, and one has had a life of physical and emotional illness and the loss of a parent and a soulmate from self-inflicted deaths). The happiest any fic that is more than a one-shot Plot What Plot story can plausibly get there is Earn Your Happy Ending - and even some of that, when written involving Taiji before 2011, became much more sad.

    Tabletop Games 

  • Little Shop of Horrors is somewhat dark at times on its own, but somewhere on Deviant ART, some fanfics are, instead of a surreal musical romantic comedy from the 80's based off of a dark comedy from the 60's, quite dark and dramatic, such as Seymour's Nightmare.

  • The original Dino Attack line was just a couple of guys with high-tech vehicles and over-the-top weaponry fighting mutant dinosaurs in a city for no particular reason. Dino Attack RPG manages to take the vague premise and run it into a much Darker and Edgier drama. In the RPG, the mutant dinosaur rampage isn't just affecting a city, but it's a global catastrophe ( planned by the Darkitect). Instead of just four guys, there are over two hundred people fighting to save the planet, many of whom have depressing backstories, psychological issues, and character arcs with tragic consequences. The rest of the story is filled to the brim with death, destruction, genocide, drugs, alcohol, sexism, smoking, homophobia, child abuse, murder, betrayal, and torture, just to name a few. There's even an alternate ending that ends with an Earth-Shattering Kaboom and everybody dying. Did we mention this was based on a LEGO line?
  • My Little Pony had a few of these even predating Friendship Is Magic. While not particularly gory they tend to be darker than the series, dealing with death and averting the usual apathy the ponies have towards danger:
    • In Eternal it's shown that the unicorns are incredibly old and immortal. Unicorns are essential to the balance of the universe, but they view it as a curse that they pass down onto their children.
    • Scars Of War is an unfinished fanfic where the ponies of Dream Valley have just finished a traumatic war against another region.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • Murderer's Row is a brutal prison AU fic for Red vs. Blue. There is death, disembowlment, and a terrifying rape scene.
  • RWBY
    • The infamous fanfic Blood Rose is pretty much the embodiment of this trope. Gore, graphic violence, cannibalism, and sexual assault are relatively common (and sometimes take place all at the same time) What makes it even more disturbing is that Ruby, who is easily the most innocent and naive person in the show itself, is generally the one doing all of this. Unlike most fanfics of this degree of violence, though, it actually has a pretty decent plot.
    • RWBY: Dark is a series where Remnant is reimagined as a dystopian wasteland where almost every RWBY hero recieves a hot dose of Adaptational Villainy: Lord Ozpin is the tyrannical ruler of Remnant, Jaune, Pyrrha, Nora, and Ren are his private assassin force, Blake is the leader of the White Fang terrorist organization, Weiss is the corrupt CEO of the Schnee Dust Company, and Ruby is a bloodthirsty, perverted Serial Killer with Yang as her mutilated slave/trophy pet.
    • RWBY: Scars is a dark retelling of RWBY. The general story and characterization is similar to canon, however the world of Remnant is taken more seriously without any of the whimsy of the first two volumes. Grimm are dangerous beasts and many students don't even survive Beacon's initiation, which means many students show signs of PTSD before even graduating. The characters have also been fleshed out, including more clear Abusive Parents on Weiss' part (which leads to Weiss being seriously mentally ill) and Domestic Abuse on Blake's part.
    • Let Us Be Your Poison is a rewrite of RWBY that works it into a "dark fairy-tale". Hunters work as military personnel (not Grimm killers) and the world is overall much darker.
  • Dark Fics for Eddsworld are pretty common too. One example would be "Disfigure", in which the Evil Director Guy from the episode "Spares" starts working with experiments that involve fusing people together. He ends up doing this to Edd, Matt, Tom and Tord and the resulting abomination is implied to kill him for it. Afterward, Paul and Pat sneak into the lab and end up separating the boys, freeing them from their horrible nightmare...only to end up as a conjoined monstrosity themselves. This one is noteworthy in that the author was kind enough to provide pictures of what the fusions looked like on their Deviantart account...let's just say, it isn't pretty...

  • This might be deserving of note for being a dark fic in Fan Fiction Dot Net's rather small El Goonish Shive section. The actual comic got hit by Cerebus Syndrome for a while, but ye gods...
  • Homestuck has more than a few dark fics due to the sheer amount of Fridge Horror it has. Most commonly focused on the doomed timelines, but several AUs about a dystopian non-sgrub Alternia, a post-game world where either trolls or humans have enslaved the other species, or just canon continuity stories with a lot of rape, death, Wangst and abuse.

    Web Original 
  • Given the material, some of the timelines and stories on arguably fall under this in relation to Alternate History. These are generally brutal, Crapsack Worlds ranging from victorious Nazis to nuclear holocaust.
    • One specific example would be A World of Laughter, a World of Tears, which follows the unforeseen consequences of Walt Disney's election into the White House.
    • For All Time is basically what happens when Finagle's Law is applied to history. Here, FDR dies of a stroke two weeks after Pearl Harbor, leaving the far less competent Henry Wallace in charge of the country during World War II. Gone Horribly Wrong doesn't even begin to describe it. Here, the most marginalized and insane figures become prominent leaders, ranging from President Jim Jones to Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa of France to Andrei Chikatilo becoming premier of the Soviet Union, nations break up, genocides and civil wars happen on a daily basis, and nuclear and chemical weapons become common tools for war.
  • The fiction blog Hitherby Dragons tries this with many of its entries, spanning from The Smurfs (undergoing the Trail of Tears), to My Little Pony (during the apocalypse), to Glow Worm (as a demon, fighting a doomed battle against worse horrors), to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (the heroine dies early on), to stereotypical high school Magical Girl stories (the magical girls are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse). In the bittersweet style of Hitherby, some such stories (like the one where Teletubbies are suffering eternal punishment for their sins) turn things around on the reader again and manage to end on an uplifting note, while others do not.
  • Sailor Nothing takes the Sailor Moon style Magical Girl genre and deconstructs it into a realistically horrifying tale similar, yet different to Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The story follows a teenage girl who, after jumping at the chance to be a hero, spends most of her time fighting evil rather than making friends, doing well in school, and generally living her life. This is made worse by the fact that it is during high school, so her social reputation is constantly demolished, and that she can never truly quit being a hero.
  • A popular meme on Tumblr involves "genre swap" — i.e., taking carefully-selected screenshots of a particular fandom and arranging them and moderately manipulating their tint, exposure, brightness, etc to make them fit a completely different genre. You've got some dark-to-light — Dexter as a romantic comedy! Breaking Bad as a Rogers and Hammerstein musical ("Albuquerque's Alive With The Sound Of Dealing")! — but others are light-to-dark, such as Glee as a horror film, How I Met Your Mother as a murder mystery (involving the murder of the eponymous mother), or Tangled as a psychological thriller.

    Web Videos 
  • A disturbing amount of That Guy with the Glasses fanfiction is Dark Fic (the other half is Crack Fic), mostly due playing crazy comedy characters for drama and the challenge of still keeping their personalities intact is more fun than it should be.
    • That Guy with the Glasses in Space. If a group of nerdy, fun internet personas becoming broken — but very, very Badass — woobies due to war and experiments isn't dark then we don't know what is.
    • The Hooker Verse doesn't do too badly either in this department, either. The only difference is that it replaces war with, well, the internet personas either whoring themselves out, becoming pimps or paying for said whores.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Blinky Bill fanfic Scars Are Forever.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers was already pretty vicious for a mid-eighties cartoon, but when the fanfic writers get a hold of it, they have zero problem playing up the stuff the writers only got to hint at, like the brutality of Wolf Den, the corruption in Earth's government, etc. One of the show's writers, Chris "Kaymo" Rowley, made the mistake of joking about the villainess's sexual tastes to the fanfic writers. You can probably guess what happened next. Taking the crown is Ann Kathrin Kniggendorf. Very well-written and exceptionally brutal. The scariest one is "Raumjager," (a timeline where Nazi Germany not only won, but has gone on to conquer the galaxy, and the normally persecuted Shane is now considered a paragon of the ubermenchen ideal...scarier when you remember that the writer is German herself). The nastiest is "The Lie" - massive Squick, Rape as Drama, and a very unsettling ending on top of it.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Spindle, Spire takes the series' Cosy Catastrophe and turns it into an After the End setting that would make Fallout crap its pants. If you don't get bitten by a zombie, eaten by diredogs or have raiders do... things to you, you'll eventually rot from the inside out anyway, the only semblance of civilisation is under threat from a previously unknown brainwashing monstrosity, and the main characters are inflicted with every manner of Body Horror. This eventually culminates in an ending that might be called bittersweet if you tilt your head and squint a lot.
    • Purpose by nrbuer deals with a confused Finn who eventually joins the isolated human survivors as he is no longer needed as the hero in Ooo. Following this event, Finn eventually leaves Ooo forever and decides to live with the humans for three years. Until the entrance of the AT characters directly caused a spiralling turn against Finn's life, from the loss of his human lover, to the war between humans and mutated creatures as a result of perceived racism and the Big Bad Lucien's desire to restore humans to its rightful place. There is also Flame Princess's Brutal Honesty policy taking into its brutal conclusion that caused the Fire Kingdom citizens to dethrone and loathe her because of it, massive distrust between many people, even having an internal war such as the Fire and Candy Kingdom and deaths for many named characters like Cinnamon Bun and Moe.
  • Among the increasing amount of The Amazing World of Gumball dark fics, there's Rise Of Darkness and The Orb Of Corruption both of which are very dark, but especially the latter.note 
  • Animaniacs:
    • The Burbank Confession, where toons experience prejudice from humans, to the point that one who is as much as seen is shot with a turpentine bullet. Dot flips off a cop, bloody battles ensue, Bugs Bunny dies, and many other equally unpleasant things happen.
    • Bonds, in which the Warners, years after the end of Animaniacs, along with the rest of the cast of the show and a few characters from Tiny Toon Adventures and Looney Tunes, confront a mystery regarding the death of Slappy and the disappearance of toons in North America. It also features a very unique view of the world in which not only Animaniacs, but all cartoons co-exist.
  • The Arthur fandom is full of fanfics that are intentionally 'mature' and offensive however some are unironic but handle issues above the target audiences level. How To Break A Family involves D.W. being kidnapped. It gets worse from there. Thora dies of a heart-attack after hearing the news, Mrs. Read and Mr. Read divorce after the kidnapping, Arthur and Kate grow up dysfunctional, and there is a lot of violence. Other fics emulate the series and deal with rough but still age-appropriate topics, such as Prunella the Bodyguard, which has a man taking advantage of Marina's blindness to harass her at the library, and Strong Enough, which goes into Mrs. Read's mindset during "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album".
  • For Every Action, a rather disturbing take on Atomic Betty. The plot involves the eponymous hero getting sucked into an alternate universe, where she is the dictator. Various death and carnage ensue.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom breeds darkfic almost as much as it does shipping. While vastly varied, it can generally be divided into three main groups: a) From before the series begins, speculating on what a century long war would do to the world, b) During the series, exploring the minds of what are essentially Child Soldiers and the implications of a lot of the on-screen nastiness (such as the main characters' impressive body count), as well as the depredations of the Fire Nation, or c) Set after the series, deconstructing the Happily Ever After ending on the entirely reasonable basis that a lot of the Fire Nationals aren't just going to accept peace, and the rest of the world isn't going the let them go unpunished. Alternate Universe Fic, for example the Fire Nation winning the war, is also popular.
    • Anything serious by marvel26 can give chills. Especially when the Fridge Logic behind it all makes sense. His story Manifest Destiny is a chilling depiction of the Dark Side of Aang's love for Katara to it's extreme. And by the same author is His Father's Son, a story that explores Zuko as Fire Lord Post-Series.
    • The ATLA Wiki's fanon portal features a large number of Darker and Edgier sequel fics, AU fics, and prequel fics. A:TLAR gets some attention purely for being recognized as being one of the closest to an unacceptable (by ATLA wiki rules) R rating, without being out-and-out graphic. My Own Savior is particularly dark.
    • When All Your Dreams Come True is easily one of the darkest out there. Zuko succeeds in capturing Team Avatar early in their journey. The result? Sokka is quickly Killed Off for Real; Katara has her tongue cut out and is made into a training exercise for Firebenders to practice fighting a Waterbender, eventually ending up like a proto-Hama; Aang is blinded and condemned to spend the rest of his life as a prisoner; Toph, who doesn't even appear in Book One, ends up dying as well; Finally, Zuko is driven insane by his guilt and drinks himself into oblivion. He ends up creating an elaborate delusion where he joins Aang and teaches him firebending, falls in love with Katara, and they go on to overthrow Ozai and end the war.
    • For some reason the author gave it a T rating, but Lady Noir is creepy, especially given that in The Legend of Korra, Aang is dead and Katara is alive.
  • Vindictive Hand Of Vengeance is a Ben 10: Ultimate Alien fanfic in which Gwen Tennyson is framed for murder and thrown into the Null Void for 16 years. She escapes and sets out on an elaborate Roaring Rampage of Revenge while trying to piece her life back together.
  • Believing In Magic deconstructs the topic of the Blue's Clues and deals with Joe growing up. It's a subtle, realistic take on the series and it delves into the fact most of the characters in the series aren't real, or don't appear to be to most. It's one of the few serious fics for the series.
  • It is pretty much natural for Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Fan Fiction to be Darker and Edgier than the show itself. Yes, it is about cute and fuzzy little rodents, but these cute and fuzzy little rodents are quite elaborate and multi-dimensional characters in a rescue and crime-fighting team. Many fans feel that Disney never really fleshed out the potential of the latter. So must CDRR Fan Fiction sends the Rangers into way bigger and more dangerous cases than the show and drives them to their limits and beyond. While not taking anyone Out of Character, building up on established character traits instead, it tends a lot more into action-adventure and drama. Most CDRR fics that aren't Darker and Edgier are parodies on something because there are hardly any Slice of Life fics.
    • Under The Bridge is about Gadget's long-lost twin sister who wants to kill Gadget because she thinks their father rejected and tried to drown her because she was born as a one-armed albino and not a cute little blonde like Gadget. After several unpleasant encounters, the latter opts for drastic measures to save herself and her friends. It was eventually given a MSTing co-written by author John Nowak himself.
    • Of Mice and Mayhem is a webcomic (or rather a graphic novel) based on the cartoon that delves into a lot of dark subject matter surrounding a Government Conspiracy.
    • The Rescue Rangers fanfic tradition already started out a great deal Darker and Edgier than the show itself when its very first real Fan Fic ever written, Rhyme and Reason, was released in 1996: A mysterious villain sends Chip on a dangerous quest all over the city to find his teammates whom said villain threatens to kill by sunset — and puts through an individually tailor-made physical and emotional wringer.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • "The Ultimate Enemy" from Dark Danny's POV, or him escaping, or Danny joining Vlad and staying even after a death threat to Jazz is lifted. And generally a lot of exploration of mortality, psychology, and how it might feel to be essentially undead.
    • Despite its generally lighthearted mood, the show has proven itself to be incredibly prolific when it comes to fics regarding torture, experimentation, and dissection. One of the most famous of these is Phantom of Truth by HaiJu. Told from Maddie Fenton's perspective as she observes the infamous Phantom in a government facility, the fic contains several instances of electrocution torture and in one chapter includes an incredibly detailed description of the severing and subsequent studying of Phantom's hand. Its 65 chapter sequel describes the aftermath of the incident, ranging from psychological trauma to physical problems resulting from the experiments to attempts to destroy the information on said experiments which the government still had and prevent it all from ever happening to anyone again. Another one is Lab Rat by AnneriaWings; not for the faint of heart, this 20K+ fic is one of the goriest dissection fics out there, and has inspired some Recursive Fanfiction.
    • Another example is You Should Be Dead, in which Dash accidentally shoots Danny dead. And then Danny wakes up perfectly fine the next day, aside from the fact that he's lying in a pool of his own blood. And there's a chemical which essentially melts ghosts, and Technus is Killed Off for Real.
  • Daria fan sites have fanfics written by the "Angst Lords" - a number of Dariafic writers who really turn the screws to the characters in the show. What makes the majority of these fics really dark is that they're also really well-written.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Eddward - Edd has enough of it and decides to murder all his tormentors. Rated M for all right reasons. Its sequel Johnny is even more terrifying, going straight into Cosmic Horror Story territory.
    • Forefit, which shows what would happen if Ed, Edd and Eddy still maintained their childhood problems four years after the show's end. Gets even darker as the chapters progress.
    • While not a fic, there is a popular theory that everyone is Dead All Along. It's not taken seriously enough to be fanon, however it has a lot of fan-works about it.
  • The Fairly OddParents! has enough of these to create a community for them.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • The More Than My Friend series of fanfics is light on darkness compared to other fanfics but is still dark in its own right, especially when compared to the source. The spinoff material is more fluffy. The first fic is about Mac being abused by his Big Brother Bully and forced to buy drugs for him. The second begins with his brother and mother dying in an accident, Mac being sent to an orphanage, and Frankie deciding to take him in.
    • I Spoke As A Child has no humor to it and is a completely serious fanfic dealing with the aftermath of Date Rape.
  • Gravity Falls has a ton of then. Given the show's nature, this isn't really surprising. It's a horror centric children's cartoon dealing with the supernatural. It's pretty much asking for dozens of dark fics:
    • There is a popular AU known as the "Reverse Falls AU" (also called the "Reverse Pines AU"). As the name implies, it is a role-reversal AU where Dipper and Mabel are villains. They go into full-blown Creepy Twins territory, murder people, and have supernatural powers.
    • It Runs In The Family is about Gideon's sadistic cousin, Cashmere Gleeful, getting revenge on the Pines family for getting Gideon arrested and put in jail.
    • The same author wrote another story called The Seven.
    • There's also Behind The Mask.
    • Behold Mabel The Sweater Knitter, the Cupcakes of Gravity Falls.
  • In a Creepypasta lost episode of Hey Arnold! entitled Hey Arnold: The Furnace, Harold and Sid murder Stinky after a stunt goes awry. Whilst hiding in Arnold's basement, Arnold himself is murdered after learning what they did. Sid commits suicide out of guilt, and Harold follows soon afterward after discovering that everything was a huge mistake.
  • While Invader Zim isn't exactly a cheery series to begin with, it usually addresses dark and serious issues (the main character is trying to enslave and/or genocide humanity, after all) with relative sarcasm or surrealism. Fanfiction writers, on the other hand, often take these more seriously, which is relatively easy to write considering the Crapsack World in which the series occurs. Often this includes a.) Zim destroying the world and feeling bad about it afterwards, b.) Dib killing Zim and feeling bad about it afterwards or c.) Zim or Dib simply realizing how horrible their lives are and killing themselves.
  • Jem:
    • Jem fanfics tend to lean on two sides: Deconstruction Fic or normal darkfic. The former often has Jerrica being portrayed as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who toys with her boyfriend's heart and takes being Jem so seriously it tears the band apart. The latter lean towards being Misfits fics that deal with their Dark And Troubled Pasts, Daddy Issues, and in general rougher topics that the cartoon ever did:
    • The first Jem fanfic on Fan Fiction Dot Net was a dark fic where Roxy drowns.
    • Lasting Fame is a Dead Fic Deconstruction Fic that takes place 20 years after Jem and the Hologram disbanded. Jerrica's double life as Jem caused more trouble than was worth.
    • Epitaph is a drama fic where Kimber is kidnapped by Zipper. This is fair Jem game... except that Zipper accidentally hit Kimber's head too hard and killed her. A simple kidnapping quickly turns into a murder.
    • Due to the connection between 80s rock stars and drugs, quite a few stories deal with drug addiction. Mary Phillips Story has, amongst other things, Stormer going to rehab.
  • Unsuprisingly, Jimmy Two-Shoes is lending itself well to this. Being a kids show that takes place in Hell, it was asking for it. Take for example, Death Among Misery, an unfinished story where an evil being far older and more powerful than even The Dreaded Lucius I returns to terrorize Miseryville and it apparently has some connection to the backstory of Lucius VII and Heloise. Gets a bit gory at some points, case in point.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Darkfics for the series are not uncommon either, usually involving the return of Ron's evil side, or Kim turning to evil. One featuring Kim holds that the good/evil switching device will make a moderately good person moderately evil, and a very good person very evil. Having been through it, Kim tortures Shego with scalpels and pliers for her amusement. It's well written, but (obviously) really unpleasant.
    • The other main style is turning Harmless Villain Dr. Drakken into someone... not so harmless.
    • A common Fandom-Specific Plot involves what if Shego hadn't been unharmed at the end of So The Drama. What if she thought Kim had tried to kill her, or even what if Kim did kill her? One example is Better Than Revenge, a Kim/Shego fic where Shego is taken to the hospital after the electric surge causes her heart to stop.
    • Paragon, pictured above. It's a horror story that involves Josh Mankey cursing Ron with the ability to see the dead. His ultimate goal is to use Kim as a vessel for his mother's spirit, since she is the paragon of perfection in his eyes. The story ends with Ron's spirit in Josh's body, so Kim can finally be with him without worrying what the rest of the school thinks, but the experience has left them so psychologically damaged that they decide to kill themselves.
    • The Touch Of Green Fire has Shego ending up with a life-threatening illness and Kim having to save her while dealing with her own feelings for Shego.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012):
  • Somewhat "closer" to the original Looney Tunes is Rules of Survival, in which the author speculates on the origins of the Funny Animals in the least over-the-top way possible (at least at first). It's mercifully short, but an alternate title may as well be "How to turn 'What's up, Doc?' and 'You're dethpicable' into Tear Jerkers."
  • The Loud House:
    • The Loud Comic, or I Love My Brother is a fan comic revolving around Luan Loud, a psychopathic Yandere who is introduced violently murdering Ronnie Anne as to get rid of any potential rivals to her brother's affections, later finding out that Lynn is another rival and having a meltdown over it.
    • Requiem for a Loud is a very popular Loud Family fanfic where Lincoln gets diagnosed with a terminal illness and is given only a few weeks to live. Its popularity has inspired several similar stories.
    • Make It Wit Chu, a fanfic that's about Lincoln being raped by his elder sisters with the latest chapter even having Lucy joining on the "fun". It shows in excruciating detail the trauma Lincoln is going through... and yet its author, Doctor Ynot, still expects us to find it erotic.
    • Lucy's Birth explains Lucy's pale skin as her having anemia. Also, there's a random scene of a younger Lincoln and Lynn (three and five years old respectively) nearly drowning.
    • Discussed in The Loud House Fandom Steriotypes (sic): It mentions that common dark themes for Loud House fanfic are Rita and Lynn Sr. disappearing, Leni being mentally ill or brain-damaged, Leni dying/being raped/being kidnapped, Luna being an addict, Luna being rejected by Sam, Luna abusing Lincoln, incest, Luan accidentally injuring someone from a prank, Luan being evil and/or mentally ill, Lincoln dying (usually from suicide no less) or running away after the episode "No Such Luck", Lucy summoning a demon, Lucy being depressed/suicidal, Lola being evil, Lisa being insecure, Lisa being evil, Lisa accidentally injuring or killing herself or someone else, Rita and Lynn Sr. being bad or mean parents or divorcing, Lincoln being depressed/insecure and/or hating his family, Lincoln being evil, and people becoming zombies.
  • Making Fiends is a dark cartoon so naturally this occurs. Paint it Green, Blue, Black is a horror fic that gives us a backstory about Charlotte: her parents were murdered in front of her and she repressed the memories. Charlotte undergoes a Sanity Slippage after remembering this and murders her grandmother. Vendetta is presented as a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk who doesn't have any issue with murder and it contains some romance between the two.
  • Dark Phineas and Ferb fics are surprisingly (?) common. There's The Reverse World. Lacrimosa (seems to be a Dead Fic) involves an old partner of Perry's torturing Phineas for the funsies. Over Complexity is a Wonderful Thing and its sequel, DoubleCrossed and Back Into the Fray! are Alternate Universe War Fics involving the occasional... rather graphic scene (including Irving being blown to dust by a grenade, though it's not like some of the fanbase would mind). The ShadowChronicles are pretty basic Dark Fic.
  • The Powerpuff Girls has many especially when you have villains like HIM running around:
    • One of the most notable that stands out is Parsec's Immortality Syndrome and its sequels in which Blossom dies in a battle with Mojo, is resurrected, but after seeing The Nothing After Death, decides to go on a Kill ’Em All spree. And it just goes downhill from there. The only thing that keeps it from being completely depressing is the final series, Solitary Vigil, in which Bubbles goes to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
    • There is also Villain which shows what would happen if one of the girls would do Face–Heel Turn. A lot of people die.
    • The Utonium Trials portrays the girls as immortal and ageless beings who are precocious to Creepy Child levels. The government catches wind of them and takes them from their father because they're artificial humans deemed a danger to society
    • The Ladder series is about the girls each dying but being brought back to life repeatedly. It delves into the psychological aspects of both that and dealing with the sudden loss of family.
    • The web comic The Powerpuff Girls Reimagined is a rather dark retelling of the story, where instead of being Artificial Humans, the girls were the unborn daughters of The Professor and his wife, who were murdered along with their mother prior to the events of the series and brought back by The Professor, who at the time was on the verge of blowing his brains out before they were revived.
  • Rainbow Brite has quite a few as it's a surprisingly dark Magical Girl cartoon. The Rainbow Connection has Wisp running away after a traumatic event, growing up into an adult, and only returning to Rainbow Land after Stormy goes on a graphic murder spree.
  • Regular Show fan fiction Asleep in a Blizzard pairs Benson with a snow globe named Evelyn, who suffers at the hands of an abusive boyfriend and dies with Benson's child (how does candy dispenser sex work?) and Benson kills said abusive boyfriend.
  • Rugrats:
    • Rugrats (and by extension All Grown Up!) fans have "The Rugrats Theory". As the name implies it's a theory however it spawned a lot of fanworks. As the story goes, the entire series is a product of a delusional Angelica and everyone is Dead All Along. Chuckie died with his mother, Tommy was born stillborn, and the twins were aborted. Fans differ but Dil is often depicted as the only living character; Kimi and Susie are ignored. The "theory" was never supposed to be serious and is just an interesting darkfic AU.
    • There's also Rugrats and the Gray Plague. Despite having a happy ending, it still has some pretty dark topics: Tommy has a serious illness and his parents temporarily divorce towards the end.
    • Prerugrats: Downplayed. It is mainly a lighthearted prequel to Rugrats but it does have Tommy have a stillborn older brother Spencer, and it claims Spike was found in a litter of dead puppies.
    • Tommy Pickles Vs The Terrible Twos: Downplayed because only two chapters are dark: "Tommy's Fear" which has Tommy get amnesia (and it's played completely seriously) and "Visiting Uncle Ben and Aunt Elaine", which has Elaine get a placental eruption and her fetus dies.
  • Scooby-Doo tends to lend itself heavily to these kind of things:
  • South Park seems to practically hemmorhage darkfics. For an example of a Cartman centered dark fic, we have Playing God, in which Cartman matter-of-factly and brutally murders Kenny (unlike most cases, it's taken seriously this time) as an experiment to see if he'd come back after being murdered in cold blood. Everyone being in-character makes it worse.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Most Wanted (since deleted) includes Mr. Krabs dying (implied), some mysterious knocking and a wolf kidnapping SpongeBob and throwing him in the back of a truck in chapter 5 (including Mr. Krabs almost being killed in chapter 2), glass getting pushed onto SpongeBob in chapter 6 leading up to when his arm almost gets sliced off. More outrageous, it's rated T.
    • Felony deals with some mysterious disappearances that have been going on in Bikini Bottom in the past few years. Spongebob is getting worried, but he and Patrick decide to go to Goofy Goober's for some ice cream. They end up getting drunk, just like in The Movie, and get into a barfight. Spongebob is taken to the emergency room, but is ok. Patrick, however, is nowhere to be found. It turns out Plankton captured Patrick and took him over to the Chum Bucket. Patrick also learns where all the citizens have been disappearing, and what Plankton's been making his chum out of.
    • Mortal Man is darker than what the show handles, however it isn't uncharacteristically dark. It is about how Spongebob deals with Mermaid Man's death. In the cartoon Mermaid Man has been Put On The Bus as his voice actor, Ernest Borgnine, died.
    • Squidward's Suicide is a fake lost episode about Squidward killing himself.
  • A Steven Universe fanartist by the handle of mimicteixeira drew a series of commissions of the Crystal Gems being shattered by the Homeworld Gems. The first two of Amethyst and Garnet are mostly just Tear Jerkers, but Pearl's is pure Nightmare Fuel, as it looks as though her head is being popped like a grape. What makes this worse is that in the comments for that last one, mimic reveals that they were commissioned to do one of Steven too, and that while they're proud of how it turned out, they refuse to ever upload it online. Apparently, it was just THAT gruesome.
  • Street Sharks Redux is what happens when Street Sharks is re-written to include all the Fridge Horror. Events made considerably darker than in the series (such as the experimentation and brainwashing of Slammu), and it delves into a lot of the psychological horror a person would face if they found themselves mutated against their will and forced into hiding while worrying about their loved ones.
  • Challenge of the Super Friends: The End, where the Legion of Doom travel to a horrific Lovecraftian universe and end up like victims in the Event Horizon and Hellraiser films, while the Superfriends themselves become fascistic and attempt to make their world a utopia in the villains' absence.
  • There are a number of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dark Fics. The general public may look upon the Turtles as kid friendly fare thanks to Adaptation Displacement, but the fics in question hearken back to the days of the original comics, which got pretty damned dark and violent. Yoshi's backstory alone was nowhere near kid-friendly. There is a Fan Fiction Dot Net community devoted to these darkfics, many of which are quite well-constructed.
    • Mutant Ninja Turtles Gaiden, a fancomic that deals with the four turtles growing up with psychological problems after a horrific incident, wrapped up in a mystery regarding a new turtle (who has his own set of issues)
  • Teen Titans:
    • The brilliant fanfic Joker's Wild shows what happens when you take a mass murdering psychopath like The Joker and put him into a light hearted series like the Teen Titans cartoonverse. It's moments of horrific slaughter are matched by twisted humor. Not surprising considering it's about the Joker.
    • The sequels tops it up even further as it explores the negative implications of their actions, brings up sensitive issues like PTSD and rape full front and has the titans commiting a Face–Heel Turn that is apparently portrayed as a good thing.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Shed 17 is a Mockumentary detailing the truth about Thomas the Tank Engine, specifically that all the talking trains are the result of horrific Nazi science that fuses human biology with machines with very mixed and often bloody results.
    • Pilots of Sodor takes the trains (though with a bit of Anthropomorphic Personification) and puts them in a post-apocalyptic wasteland fighting for their lives in mecha based off their original selves. It also throws in some dark Mythology Gags to the source: You know how Henry gets trapped behind a tunnel wall because he doesn't want to leave? Here, he's trapped in a room because he killed half the staff during a battle.
  • Total Drama:
    • Legacy explores a universe where Gwen suffered a violent death at the hands of the serial killer in "Hook, Line and Screamer", and the death itself (or more precisely, the mortal wound) is fairly graphic. All this from a comedic show.
    • The Doctor Will See You Now If you have any doubts about that, just wait until you reach chapter 3. That’s where the story starts to reveal its true colors, and they are horrifying!
    • The Legend of Total Drama Island, a reimagining of the first season, is one of the fandom's darkest competition stories that doesn't make the contestants fight to the death or simply murder them—and mostly just because it plays for drama incidents that the original played for laughs.
    • Monster Chronicles This story is predominantly a horror story, with a supernatural serial killer taking the contestants hostages. And there are darker elements at play, such the supernatural parts of the story and several characters having Dark and Troubled Pasts not found in canon.
    • Total Drama Pomewin Island The entire plot of the fic involves 56 people being kidnapped as part of a corrupt politicians scheme to make them take part in a game in which all of them get executed horribly at the end, with one of those kidnapped being only 13 or 14 years old. Cassandra also implies that she does not intend for even the game's winner to survive.
    • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread This story is one that can be enjoyed by people who are fans of Total Drama but also want something a little darker without the forced nature of many fics that fit that general description. Despite some pretty dark elements at play, this story doesn’t go for over-the-top drama, an edge-lord mentality, or grimness for grimness’ sake.
  • Transformers-related Dark Fics are not uncommon. Unsurprisingly, they tend towards war stories.
    • For example, fan-comic "War Journal" ends with an outnumbered, outgunned group of Autobots preparing to make their last stand... A Decepticon Army Ending, if you will.
  • Yin Yang Yo!:
  • There are fan made webcomics of both Nickelodeon's Rugrats and Doug, the latter dealing with Doug seeking revenge on Skeeter for raping and killing Patty, after which it became So Bad, It's Good.
  • There exists a Dark Fic, aptly (ironically?) named "Twilight on London," that manages to turn much of the Disney/Don Bluth Mouseworld on its head and rework it into a Godfather-like tale taking place in 1800s London, replete with sex, beatings, murders, and all-around Canon/character-breakage.
  • Two fanfictions in form of webcomics by Bleedman are this for various cartoons. Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi is this mostly for Dexter's Laboratory and Atomic Betty, having Dee Dee, Mandark and Sparky being killed off. Grim Tales from Down Below is this for The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy with a bit of other cartoons, by having villains like Dark Danny and Him living up to their villainous potential the boundaries of kid-friendly shows couldn't let them dwell into.
  • The fan-artist Twisted-Wind has many dark and often bloody artworks of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Most of their comics are this as well (such as their Steam Punk AU or their Count Mickey Dragul AU).
  • Fanfic writer EvantheNerd83 has written several dark fics, mostly Star vs. the Forces of Evil, one of his best is Stars and Darkness, a horror anthology with each chapter having Star and Marco encountering a different horrifying situation, ranging from scissor accidents, Eldritch dimensions and creatures, Body Horror, Stars magic going horribly wrong, Rick and Morty-style existential horror, Mundanger, Adult Fear and worse.

    "Official" Examples 
Examples that have actually been professionally released, for money:

  • The original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is so full of possibilities that it has spawned quite a few "legitimate" examples in modern times, the most notable being:
  • Archie Comics:
    • Archie and The Punisher met halfway in their unlikely 1994 crossover in which The Punisher tracks an Archie lookalike to Riverdale with orders to apprehend rather than kill him. The original pitch involved Archie hiring The Punisher to kill a psychopath who murdered his entire family, but this was considered too dark.
    • The above didn't stop them from coming up with Afterlife with Archie more than a decade later, which basically asks the question: "How would Riverdale handle a zombie apocalypse?" The answer is much, much darker than you'd think.
    • Archie has since created an entire line of Archie horror series, such as Archie vs. Predator and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
    • Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog crossed over with, of all characters, Spawn. Naturally the latter was toned down in keeping with the former's (mostly) kid-friendly atmosphere, but still...
  • The play Dog Sees God is something like the above Peanuts fic "High School", though it gives Charlie Brown an Earn Your Happy Ending conclusion.
  • A Frozen Heart is a licensed book based off of Frozen. As dark as the original Frozen is, the book is aimed at a narrower audience (the recommended age range is somewhere between 10-14, depending on the seller) and thus is allowed more wiggle room. While not that dark, it does allude to Hans having Self-Harm issues and goes into depth on his abusive childhood.
  • Pocket Monsters: The Animation reads like someone tried to take all of the whimsy out of the Pokémon anime and replace it with a Dark Fic reinterpretation, but it's actually an unfinished series of novels by the original anime director Takeshi Shudō. The world of Pokémon is a Crapsack World where ten year olds are legal adults with all the taxes and troubles that entails, almost all Gym leaders bribe trainers because four consecutive loses in a row means their licensed are rescinded, and Pallet Town is a desolate, crime-ridden cesspool because there are no jobs and no one ever succeeds at being a Pokémon Trainer. Even the reason behind Ash's Disappeared Dad is dark: Delia Married Too Young and became pregnant at eighteen. Her husband ran off one day on a Pokémon journey, just like her own dad did, and never returned. Delia doesn't love him anymore but never divorced him, and she resents Ash to a degree because she misses her youth.
  • The Scooby-Doo Project is one for Scooby-Doo, as its basic premise is Scooby-Doo in the style of The Blair Witch Project... and the Blair Witch part is played so straight. The extended ending ends with the gang missing, presumed dead, though this is later disproven.
  • A Tale Of... is a Twice-Told Tale crossover series of interconnected novels set in an Alternate Universe take on the Disney Animated Canon. Most, if not all, the films take place in one universe. The original book was a dark but sympathetic twist on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from the POV of Grimhilde. The other books are also based around Disney villains, though the original characters receive more spotlight in the sequels.
  • The point of the The Wicked Years series, applying this trope to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It's a book series based on both the MGM film and original Oz books. Within the first section alone there is Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) being a Child by Rape, heavy religious themes, attempted baby murder, and several rather graphically described sexual scenes. That's not even getting into Elphaba's adulthood. Wicked is full of politics, violence, sex, and all sorts of other dark issues. The musical is more family-friendly but is still dark fic material compared to the original Oz books.
  • To begin, let's get the Elephant in the Living Room out of the way: A lot of doujinshi (which can be considered drawn fanfic) do this, both hentai and non-hentai. Steer clear especially of the hentai ones if your tolerance level for your favorite characters being raped is in any way low, as that's one of the least horrible things that'll happen to them.
  • But even among R-rated Doujinshi, artist Takotsuboya's works really push the darkness slider up to eleven. It's so messed up the sex is just a distraction from how incredibly dark things are getting. Be warned: any of these may send you into a depressing funk for quite some time.
    • K-On!: The Takotsuboya K-ON Trilogy, one of the more infamous works.
    • Oreimo: The siblings' personalities took a dark and twisted turn, and things get progressively worse with every page from there. Have fun!
    • Girls und Panzer: When you were watching the anime, did you ever think "this series is pretty cute, but it would be a lot better with more gore, PTSD, and war crimes"? No? Well somebody did.
    • Kantai Collection: The artist's most recent work. Imagine all the ship girls in a World War II setting. Now remember that most of the ship girls are from Japanese naval ships in World War II. Now, what was the fate of most of Japanese naval power in the war?


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