History CerebusSyndrome / WesternAnimation

22nd Jun '16 1:14:11 AM Morgenthaler
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** The third season episodes are frequently just downright depressing (with only a couple jokes made), with episodes dedicated to fleshing out secondary characters and showing how messed-up everyone's life (especially Clay's) is. The commentary bits before the episodes even have one exec saying they cancelled the show because they didn't want Dino to do anything worse to Orel. On the other hand, some episodes can be [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming quite uplifting]], like "Dumb" which ends with [[spoiler:Nurse Bendy getting rid of her weird teddy bear family and spending time with her real son Joe (specifically making weird face [[OverlyLongGag all throughout the credits]])]] and "Closeface" which ended with [[spoiler:Orel and Christina enjoying a dance while Reverend Putty helps Stephanie (his daughter, who reveals he knew was gay) get over a girl that didn't really like her and they decide to go look for dates together]].

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** The third season episodes are frequently just downright depressing (with only a couple jokes made), with episodes dedicated to fleshing out secondary characters and showing how messed-up everyone's life (especially Clay's) is. The commentary bits before the episodes even have one exec saying they cancelled the show because they didn't want Dino to do anything worse to Orel. On the other hand, some episodes can be [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming quite uplifting]], uplifting, like "Dumb" which ends with [[spoiler:Nurse Bendy getting rid of her weird teddy bear family and spending time with her real son Joe (specifically making weird face [[OverlyLongGag all throughout the credits]])]] and "Closeface" which ended with [[spoiler:Orel and Christina enjoying a dance while Reverend Putty helps Stephanie (his daughter, who reveals he knew was gay) get over a girl that didn't really like her and they decide to go look for dates together]].



** "[[ChristmasEpisode Holly Jolly Secrets]]" has perhaps the most significant example: [[spoiler: The Ice King's origins are revealed in his video diary, revealing he was once a antiquarian named Simon Petrikov, who was perfectly sane and had a fiancee, but when he jokingly put the Ice Crown he bought from a Scandanavian merchant, he did something that caused her to leave him, and he never saw her again, the rest of the video diary is a [[TearJerker depressing]] borderline ApocalypticLog]]. This reveal can retroactively make even some of the silliest early episodes ''really'' depressing.
*** Later seasons have also started to focus more on the BackStoryHorror that is the [[WorldWar3 Mushroom War.]] [[spoiler: For instance, it's revealed that [[WalkingWasteland the Lich]] was born from the nuclear waste that the atomic bomb left, and Marceline and Simon Petrikov (who was still semi-sane) lived through the war together, with him [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming acting as a parent to her (she 7, he 47 (as of Simon&Marcy))]]. They share a [[TearJerker extremely moving]] episode where all this is revealed as she desperately tries to get him to remember.]]

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** "[[ChristmasEpisode Holly Jolly Secrets]]" has perhaps the most significant example: [[spoiler: The Ice King's origins are revealed in his video diary, revealing he was once a antiquarian named Simon Petrikov, who was perfectly sane and had a fiancee, but when he jokingly put the Ice Crown he bought from a Scandanavian merchant, he did something that caused her to leave him, and he never saw her again, the rest of the video diary is a [[TearJerker depressing]] depressing borderline ApocalypticLog]]. This reveal can retroactively make even some of the silliest early episodes ''really'' depressing.
*** Later seasons have also started to focus more on the BackStoryHorror that is the [[WorldWar3 Mushroom War.]] [[spoiler: For instance, it's revealed that [[WalkingWasteland the Lich]] was born from the nuclear waste that the atomic bomb left, and Marceline and Simon Petrikov (who was still semi-sane) lived through the war together, with him [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming acting as a parent to her (she 7, he 47 (as of Simon&Marcy))]]. Simon&Marcy)). They share a [[TearJerker extremely moving]] moving episode where all this is revealed as she desperately tries to get him to remember.]]
22nd Jun '16 1:13:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' started as a goofy and over-the-top parody of shows like ''DaveyAndGoliath''. They've slowly become much darker, focusing less on more lighthearted and humorous plots and delving into the character drama that comes from living in a community where everyone hates each other and are only loosely held together by a religion many of them secretly resent.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' started as a goofy and over-the-top parody of shows like ''DaveyAndGoliath''.''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath''. They've slowly become much darker, focusing less on more lighthearted and humorous plots and delving into the character drama that comes from living in a community where everyone hates each other and are only loosely held together by a religion many of them secretly resent.
31st Mar '16 10:35:31 PM hirilelfwraith
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' started out as a lighthearted FantasticComedy about twins exploring the supernatural in the titular town, but as more of the town's mysteries were unveiled, the show became more of a BlackComedy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' started out as a lighthearted FantasticComedy about twins exploring the supernatural in the titular town, but as more of the town's mysteries were unveiled, the show became more of a BlackComedy.BlackComedy, including [[spoiler:heartbreakingly realistic broken relationships, copious body horror, multiple instances of torture and actual demonic possession, and the apocalypse.]]
23rd Mar '16 5:08:45 PM nombretomado
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** Starting with the movies, and continuing with its return to a regular series format on ComedyCentral, the show has maintained itself as a comedy series, albeit with some changes in tone. It has begun to address socio-political issues in a more overt way than it previously had, and the humour has become noticibly darker and more mature. However, there is still plenty of comedy to go around.

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** Starting with the movies, and continuing with its return to a regular series format on ComedyCentral, Creator/ComedyCentral, the show has maintained itself as a comedy series, albeit with some changes in tone. It has begun to address socio-political issues in a more overt way than it previously had, and the humour has become noticibly darker and more mature. However, there is still plenty of comedy to go around.
18th Mar '16 10:56:17 PM Hossmeister
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9th Mar '16 10:32:56 AM Hossmeister
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** It could also be counted as a meta example when you consider that ''Daria'' was a {{Spinoff}} of ''BeavisAndButthead''. Watching later seasons, it can be hard to tell that the show spun off from something containing the line [[ToiletHumour "I am the Great Cornholio! I need TP for my bunghole!"]]

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** It could also be counted as a meta example when you consider that ''Daria'' was a {{Spinoff}} of ''BeavisAndButthead''.''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''. Watching later seasons, it can be hard to tell that the show spun off from something containing the line [[ToiletHumour "I am the Great Cornholio! I need TP for my bunghole!"]]
6th Mar '16 4:28:02 AM captainpat
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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". [[AssPull 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". [[AssPull Cue his parents driving up in a moving truck to reveal they patched things up and everything can go back to normal]].normal. So while "You're Getting Old" averts StatusQuoIsGod, [[ZigZaggedTrope the follow-up episode subverted the aversion]].
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.
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