History CerebusSyndrome / WesternAnimation

13th Jun '17 2:25:34 AM BrightLight
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* The original ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' was a mostly light-hearted comedy with some occasional dramatic moments thrown in. ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' keeps the comedy, but cranks the drama ''waaay'' up, as Po faces the villain who [[YouKilledMyFather committed genocide against the other pandas]], [[YouKilledMyFather including his biological parents]]. ([[spoiler:Except that his father and some others survived]].)
12th Jun '17 4:14:57 PM appealus
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** Though it ''does'' manage to end on a [[HappyEnding high note]]: The last thing you see in the series is a FlashForward to Orel's adult life where he's HappilyMarried to his childhood sweetheart Christina Postabule and has a loving and stable family of two children and a puppy.

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** Though it ''does'' manage to end on a [[HappyEnding high note]]: The last thing you see in the series is a FlashForward to Orel's adult life where he's HappilyMarried to his childhood sweetheart Christina Postabule Posabule and has a loving and stable family of two children and a puppy.puppy.
** The pictures of the happy couple's brothers, Shapey & Block, show them as seemingly well adjusted adults. Shapey goes on to become a Police Officer & Block a Fireman.
18th May '17 11:31:48 AM JoeMerl
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* The original ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' was a mostly light-hearted comedy with some occasional dramatic moments thrown in. ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' keeps the comedy, but cranks the drama ''waaay'' up.

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* The original ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' was a mostly light-hearted comedy with some occasional dramatic moments thrown in. ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' keeps the comedy, but cranks the drama ''waaay'' up.up, as Po faces the villain who [[YouKilledMyFather committed genocide against the other pandas]], [[YouKilledMyFather including his biological parents]]. ([[spoiler:Except that his father and some others survived]].)
18th May '17 11:22:03 AM JoeMerl
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** The sequel episode to "You're Getting Old" has Stan learning a lesson at the end along the lines of "Change might be unpleasant or scary but accepting it is the only way to move forward and enjoy new experiences". Cue his parents driving up in a moving truck to reveal they patched things up and everything can go back to normal. So while "You're Getting Old" averts StatusQuoIsGod, [[ZigZaggedTrope the follow-up episode subverted the aversion]].

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** The sequel episode to "You're Getting Old" has Stan learning a lesson at the end along the lines of "Change might be unpleasant or scary but accepting it is the only way to move forward and enjoy new experiences". Cue his parents driving up in a moving truck to reveal they patched things up and everything can go back to normal. So while "You're Getting Old" averts StatusQuoIsGod, [[ZigZaggedTrope the follow-up episode subverted the aversion]]. (Though this is treated as a DownerEnding.)
** Starting in season 18, there's been a steady building of actual continuity and season-long arcs; with season 19 on, this usually includes several dramatic twists. Previously the show was basically episodic and relied a lot on NegativeContinuity.



* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', of all things, went through some of this right towards the end of the show. Being an episodic comedy with a fair bit of negative continuity for its first two seasons, the third season began to have running continuity, most notably involving Tak's ship. While it still didn't take itself too seriously, the greater focus on sci fi elements, the war against the Irken Empire, and other facets of the Universe promised something beyond the original scope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', of all things, went through some of this right towards the end of the show. Being an episodic comedy with a fair bit of negative continuity for its first two seasons, season, the third second season began to have running continuity, most notably involving Tak's ship. While it still didn't take itself too seriously, the greater focus on sci fi elements, the war against the Irken Empire, and other facets of the Universe promised something beyond the original scope.
10th May '17 6:30:42 AM mariofan1000
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* Relatively minor example, but although Season 8 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' (subtitled [[AdventuresInComaland ''Dreamland'']]) is still more comedic than dramatic, it does have a mostly serious FilmNoir mystery at its core, and contains lengthy scenes without a single joke.
6th May '17 5:06:00 PM nombretomado
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* Certain events in the third season premiere of ''TransformersAnimated'', most notably the whole [[spoiler:Blurr crushed into a cube and the Autobot High Command thinking that ethical guidelines are optional]] thing, indicate they're going that way.

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* Certain events in the third season premiere of ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', most notably the whole [[spoiler:Blurr crushed into a cube and the Autobot High Command thinking that ethical guidelines are optional]] thing, indicate they're going that way.
23rd Apr '17 1:01:53 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted with the [[TMNT2003 second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series]], which begins by almost perfectly mirroring the original comic's dark, serialized story arcs (though with more overt humor), but then goes through an entire tonal shift in season 6, becoming more like the older cartoon series.

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* Inverted with the [[TMNT2003 second Teenage ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtles|2003}}'' animated series]], series, which begins by almost perfectly mirroring the original comic's dark, serialized story arcs (though with more overt humor), but then goes through an entire tonal shift in season 6, becoming more like the older cartoon series.
20th Apr '17 11:15:46 AM BatmanKalEl
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* Though not particularly sunny to begin with, WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime has now been hit by this, starting with Unicron's debut appearance and never looking back, particularly in "Crossfire" when [[spoiler:Breakdown (one of the most sympathetic Cons) gets violently murdered by Airachnid]]. It's difficult to say if there's an actual KnightOfCerebus, but the prime candidates might be Unicron or Airachnid, as neither have many funny traits or any redeeming ones.

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* Though not particularly sunny to begin with, WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has now been hit by this, starting with Unicron's debut appearance and never looking back, particularly in "Crossfire" when [[spoiler:Breakdown (one of the most sympathetic Cons) gets violently murdered by Airachnid]]. It's difficult to say if there's an actual KnightOfCerebus, but the prime candidates might be Unicron or Airachnid, as neither have many funny traits or any redeeming ones.
10th Apr '17 6:13:23 PM nombretomado
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** The show itself has been through this not once or twice, but SIX times. The first season was more of a lighthearted, slice of life comedy show in the vein of WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons and WesternAnimation/BabyBlues which featured storylines focusing on mainly the family as a whole. The second season continued this formula but shifted it a little in favor of focus on other characters and started to find its own voice away from TheSimpsons. The third season is when the show began developing the characters but focused more on gags and jokes than the previous seasons and became edgier in tone. Seasons 4 and 5 had most of the character's personalities altered and became a show exclusively for telling jokes and gags but retaining some of the heart that the previous seasons had. This was altered again in Seasons 6 and 7 (mainly because the crew members that worked on Seasons 4 and 5 went to work on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' and the majority of the "charm" those seasons had went straight to that show), where the show became a venue for jokes with very little heart in between and became a little more serious as some episodes had Brian voice SethMacFarlane's political views. They shifted this again in Seasons 8 onward in exchange for nothing but mean-spirited humor and taking a DarkerAndEdgier tone to the point of where an episode featuring heart now is very rare.

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** The show itself has been through this not once or twice, but SIX times. The first season was more of a lighthearted, slice of life comedy show in the vein of WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons and WesternAnimation/BabyBlues which featured storylines focusing on mainly the family as a whole. The second season continued this formula but shifted it a little in favor of focus on other characters and started to find its own voice away from TheSimpsons. The third season is when the show began developing the characters but focused more on gags and jokes than the previous seasons and became edgier in tone. Seasons 4 and 5 had most of the character's personalities altered and became a show exclusively for telling jokes and gags but retaining some of the heart that the previous seasons had. This was altered again in Seasons 6 and 7 (mainly because the crew members that worked on Seasons 4 and 5 went to work on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' and the majority of the "charm" those seasons had went straight to that show), where the show became a venue for jokes with very little heart in between and became a little more serious as some episodes had Brian voice SethMacFarlane's Creator/SethMacFarlane's political views. They shifted this again in Seasons 8 onward in exchange for nothing but mean-spirited humor and taking a DarkerAndEdgier tone to the point of where an episode featuring heart now is very rare.
3rd Apr '17 11:11:57 PM BatmanKalEl
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* WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants after the movie things got a lot darker and a bit depressing. This also started before the movie. Such episodes include "[=SpongeBob=] Meets the Strangler" (where he is pursued by a sadistic criminal) or "Dumped" (where the episode begins quite cheerful but the development of the episode is pretty TearJerker).

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* WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' after the movie things got a lot darker and a bit depressing. This also started before the movie. Such episodes include "[=SpongeBob=] Meets the Strangler" (where he is pursued by a sadistic criminal) or "Dumped" (where the episode begins quite cheerful but the development of the episode is pretty TearJerker).
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