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September 28, 2009 6:40 PM Subscribe
Can anyone recommend some good books, TV shows, movies, or video games about people who battle it out with literal inner demons?
posted by anonymous to media & arts (35 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've noticed that I'm drawn to a particular plot: I really enjoy stories in which people with a dark side struggle against their darker half.
Are there any really good examples of this plot that you can recommend? I'm particularly interested in books, but other types of media are fair game. Despite the speculative nature of my request, I'm also open to more "metaphorical" examples of this idea.
I've noticed this trope is very common in shounen anime and manga. The Vizards of Bleach have the sort of quality I dig. When Ichigo had just discovered he was a Vizard, there were several tension-filled chapters in which he constantly fought for control of his human senses.
Another example is the Prince/Dark Prince dynamic of The Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. I love how the Prince is forced to push against the Dark Prince's advances--and how much the Prince acquiesces at first.
Obviously, the seduction of the Dark Side of the Force is a classic idea.
Vampire and werewolf stories are OK, but I'm picky. Lament of the Lamb has the type of vampire plot I like: subtle and more psychological.
I'm finding what I'm searching for a little hard to describe. I suppose here are two ideas to keep in mind: stories in which the hero is taunted by the darkness he's transforming into ("One of us! One of us!") and stories in which the hero fights against something monstrous from within.
If you have any fanfic recs of some of the series I've mentioned that focus on the inner turmoil, I'd love them as well.