Stages, levels, or locations with a dark theme are areas usually associated with the dark or have dark/shadow-themed elements. It's one of the many reoccurring themes of the series. This theme is also referred to as shadow-themed.

Other Traits and Features

One of the most notable traits of dark-themed stages is that the area usually has an unsettling sense of gloom and the area often has dark areas. Dark-themed stages are very commonly the themes of final levels throughout the series. Dark-themed stages shouldn't be confused for haunted-themed.

Dark-themed stages also tend to harbor the toughest enemies in a game usually newer, tricker enemies or stronger versions of enemies that appear earlier in the game. Dark-themed stages can also have numerous of hazards ranging from bottomless pits to spikes.


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