History CerebusSyndrome / WesternAnimation

24th Dec '15 3:46:32 PM gophergiggles
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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.
28th Nov '15 1:56:34 PM FF32
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* 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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* 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 "[=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).
27th Nov '15 11:04:09 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' began in a similar vein to other adult animated sitcoms such as ''FamilyGuy'', just with a focus on mocking Hollywood and celebrity culture. Around the midway point of the first season, however, the series took a more decisive turn into BlackComedy as Bojack begins to realize [[TheAlcoholic the type]] [[{{Jerkass}} of person]] [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis he has become]] and wonders if it is too late to try and be a good person again.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' began in a similar vein to other adult animated sitcoms such as ''FamilyGuy'', just with a focus on mocking Hollywood critiquing Hollywood, the media, and celebrity culture. Around the midway point of the first season, however, the series took a more decisive turn into BlackComedy as Bojack begins to realize [[TheAlcoholic the type]] [[{{Jerkass}} of person]] [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis he has become]] and wonders if it is too late to try and be a good person again.again and pursue happiness, and his colleagues also start to question who they are and whether they can be happy.
27th Nov '15 3:11:07 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': The show has been mostly the battles between a MagicalGirl BadassPrincess, and a [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] megalomaniac and his band of monsters trying to steal the source of her power, with some silly comedy thrown in. But has the season progressed, darker parts of the world began to emerge: ** The BoardingSchoolOfHorrors, which Star has dreaded to go, is a virtual prison where unruly princesses are subjected to brainwashing. ** Star's battle with monsters becomes harder to swallow [[spoiler: when you learn that the founders of Mewni ''massacred'' the monsters and took their land]]. ** Oh and that [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain incompetent overlord]] who keeps getting beat by Star? [[spoiler: He's ''usurped'' by a more competent individual who is able to coerce Star into destroying her wand by threatening to kill Marco]]. * Also by Disney there's ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', which started out as a lighthearted FantasticComedy about twins exploring the supernatural in the titular town, but as more plot elements were introduced (among them Bill Cipher and [[spoiler:Stan's secret brother Ford]]) it began to get DarkerAndEdgier. * WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse began as a MonsterOfTheWeek show, with the only major developments beyond the first two episodes being the introduction of Connie, Lion and the concept of fusion. However, starting with the Season 1A finale Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem and the introduction of Lapis Lazuli the show grew more serious: introducing more Gems like Jasper, Peridot and [[spoiler: Ruby & Sapphire]] and telling us more about the characters (often depressing) backstories: [[spoiler: Pearl being essentially a slave on Homeworld and Amethyst being a defective Gem from the Kindergarten-a place on Earth built by the Gem Homeworld which caused Rose Quartz' rebellion and the War which the Crystal Gems fought in]]. Steven's skills also began growing and he grew from TagalongKid to an equal member of the team.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': The show has been mostly the battles between a MagicalGirl BadassPrincess, and a [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] megalomaniac and his band of monsters trying to steal the source of her power, with some silly comedy thrown in. But has the season progressed, darker parts of the world began to emerge: ** The BoardingSchoolOfHorrors, which Star has dreaded to go, is a virtual prison where unruly princesses are subjected to brainwashing. ** Star's battle with monsters becomes harder to swallow [[spoiler: when you learn that the founders of Mewni ''massacred'' the monsters and took their land]]. ** Oh and that [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain incompetent overlord]] who keeps getting beat by Star? [[spoiler: He's ''usurped'' by a more competent individual who is able to coerce Star into destroying her wand by threatening to kill Marco]]. * Also by Disney there's ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', which ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' started out as a lighthearted FantasticComedy about twins exploring the supernatural in the titular town, but as more plot elements of the town's mysteries were introduced (among them Bill Cipher and [[spoiler:Stan's secret brother Ford]]) it began to get DarkerAndEdgier. unveiled, the show became more of a BlackComedy. * WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' began as a MonsterOfTheWeek show, with the only major developments beyond the first two episodes being the introduction of Connie, Lion and the concept of fusion. However, starting with the Season 1A midseason finale Mirror "Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem and the introduction of Lapis Lazuli Gem", the show grew more serious: introducing more Gems like Jasper, Peridot episodes started delving into character relationships and [[spoiler: Ruby & Sapphire]] and telling us more about the characters (often depressing) backstories: emotions that come with them, revelations such as [[spoiler: Pearl being essentially a slave on Homeworld and having unresolved feelings towards Steven's deceased mother, Amethyst being a defective Gem from the Kindergarten-a place created on Earth built by who resents herself for being part of a large-scale alien experiment, and the general nature of the Gem Homeworld which caused Rose Quartz' rebellion and the War which the Crystal Gems fought in]]. Steven's skills also Homeworld]] began trickling in, and Steven started growing and he grew from TagalongKid to an equal member of the team.team. * ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' began in a similar vein to other adult animated sitcoms such as ''FamilyGuy'', just with a focus on mocking Hollywood and celebrity culture. Around the midway point of the first season, however, the series took a more decisive turn into BlackComedy as Bojack begins to realize [[TheAlcoholic the type]] [[{{Jerkass}} of person]] [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis he has become]] and wonders if it is too late to try and be a good person again.
5th Nov '15 7:58:12 AM TheAlsoPerson
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*WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse began as a MonsterOfTheWeek show, with the only major developments beyond the first two episodes being the introduction of Connie, Lion and the concept of fusion. However, starting with the Season 1A finale Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem and the introduction of Lapis Lazuli the show grew more serious: introducing more Gems like Jasper, Peridot and [[spoiler: Ruby & Sapphire]] and telling us more about the characters (often depressing) backstories: [[spoiler: Pearl being essentially a slave on Homeworld and Amethyst being a defective Gem from the Kindergarten-a place on Earth built by the Gem Homeworld which caused Rose Quartz' rebellion and the War which the Crystal Gems fought in]]. Steven's skills also began growing and he grew from TagalongKid to an equal member of the team.
13th Oct '15 4:49:02 PM twilicorn
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* Also by Disney there's ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', which started out as a lighthearted FantasticComedy about twins exploring the supernatural in the titular town, but as more plot elements were introduced (among them Bill Cipher and [[spoiler:Stan's secret brother Ford]]) it began to get DarkerAndEdgier.
27th Sep '15 10:10:24 AM redandready45
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': The show has been mostly the battles between a MagicalGirl BadassPrincess, and a [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] megalomaniac and his band of monsters trying to steal the source of her power, with some silly comedy thrown in. But has the season progressed, darker parts of the world began to emerge: ** The BoardingSchoolOfHorrors, which Star has dreaded to go, is a virtual prison where unruly princesses are subjected to brainwashing. ** Star's battle with monsters becomes harder to swallow [[spoiler: when you learn that the founders of Mewni ''massacred'' the monsters and took their land]]. ** Oh and that [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain incompetent overlord]] who keeps getting beat by Star? [[spoiler: He's ''usurped'' by a more competent individual who is able to coerce Star into destroying her wand by threatening to kill Marco]].
23rd Sep '15 11:53:13 AM kazokuhouou
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** No mention of ''Moral Orel'' and CerebusSyndrome is complete without the episode "Alone", an episode that doesn't even have Orel in it (bar a voice only cameo) and deals with topics such as abuse of the physical, mental, and sexual kind, rape, abortion, and delusion. How bad was this episode? The execs had ''asked'' for CerebusSyndrome, and when they saw this episode, experienced buyer's remorse and ''cancelled'' the series.
9th Sep '15 2:03:07 PM ThatGuy0verthere
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*** The show reaches its arguably most dramatic and depressing moments in the episode "Numb" which has nerry a joke in it. [[spoiler: The whole episode centers around Bloberta realizing that she cannot achieve sexual pleasure from the various power tools she uses to masturbate with. Being absolutely repulsed by her husband at this point, she goes on an unsuccessful quest to find a man in town that she can have an affair with. The episode ends with a drunken Clay returning home to witness Bloberta break down in tears after Orel asks her why she married him. After noticing him, she immediately freezes up and returns to her cold, distant persona and the two climb into their separate beds without a single word.]] All of this while The Mountain Goat's song "No Children" plays. Remember when this show used to be about accidentally resurrecting zombies?
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*** The show reaches its arguably most dramatic and depressing moments in the episode "Numb" which has nerry nary a joke in it. [[spoiler: The whole episode centers around Bloberta realizing that she cannot achieve sexual pleasure from the various power tools she uses to masturbate with. Being absolutely repulsed by her husband at this point, she goes on an unsuccessful quest to find a man in town that she can have an affair with. The episode ends with a drunken Clay returning home to witness Bloberta break down in tears after Orel asks her why she married him. After noticing him, she immediately freezes up and returns to her cold, distant persona and the two climb into their separate beds without a single word.]] All of this while The Mountain Goat's song "No Children" plays. Remember when this show used to be about accidentally resurrecting zombies?
24th Jul '15 7:26:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' started out as a total screwball absurdist comedy (in typical Adult Swim fashion) involving the world's most popular metal band with a loose at best thread of plot. Then characters started getting fleshed out, things like child abuse and parental neglect started popping up, and in the second season finale [[spoiler:the band is attacked in their own compound, Mordhaus, by a small army of soldiers brainwashed into killing them and anyone who stands in their way. An epic battle ensues, the band's home is set ablaze, and their manager may very well have been killed.]]
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* ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' started out as a total screwball absurdist comedy (in typical Adult Swim fashion) involving the world's most popular metal band with a loose at best thread of plot. Then characters started getting fleshed out, things like child abuse and parental neglect started popping up, and in the second season finale [[spoiler:the band is attacked in their own compound, Mordhaus, by a small army of soldiers brainwashed into killing them and anyone who stands in their way. An epic battle ensues, the band's home is set ablaze, and their manager may very well have been killed.]]
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