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A sister trope of "neo noir" or Cyberpunk, fantastic noir is a relatively small Subgenre that blends the setting, characters (it usually stars a Hardboiled Detective) and plot structure of a Film Noir mystery story with the more colorful elements of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The genre seemed to arrive all at once in The Eighties and remains strong today, with the publication of such books as Anonymous Rex, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (Literature), and The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.

Examples of Fantastic Noir include:



Tabletop Gaming

  • Eberron is geared towards that kind of play, amongst others. Even including a prestige class for it.

Video Games


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