History DarkerAndEdgier / WesternAnimation

21st Feb '17 3:24:43 AM LooneyCartoons
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** The Nickelodeon series is in-between, being more serious than the 80s one but lighter than the 2003 one.

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** The Nickelodeon series is in-between, being more serious than the 80s one but lighter than the 2003 one. Though, some episodes from the third and fourth seasons do give the 2003 series the run for its money, with the presence of the Triceratons and Shredder becoming Super Shredder.
9th Feb '17 11:32:11 PM R.G.
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* Essentially Canada and France's answer to BatmanTheAnimatedSeries, IvanhoeTheKingsKnight featured some occurrences of blood and well as utterances of words such as "Hell", "Hellish" and "Hellhole."

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* Essentially Canada and France's answer to BatmanTheAnimatedSeries, IvanhoeTheKingsKnight ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' featured some occurrences of blood and well as utterances of words such as "Hell", "Hellish" and "Hellhole."
2nd Feb '17 5:39:38 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Sexism existed in the ''WesternAnimation/EverAfterHigh'' series, but the book adaptations ramped it up [[YouGoGirl a lot]]. Somehow a world where girls studied politics, (magic-)science and cross-country riding in high school, were encouraged to use libraries and the Internet, could dress however they liked, could become renowned businesswomen and [[{{Expy}} not-Quidditch]] champions [[note]]as shown by the characters Snow White and Mira Shards[[/note]], and never showed anything other than total agency in their love lives became a borderline-CrapsaccharineWorld whose characters angsted over being seen as nothing more than a pretty face, never had their academic achievements acknowledged, were never allowed "to do anything dangerous or exciting", and whose assigned schoolwork was entirely frivolous in nature. Female characters that didn't fit this agenda were consequently ignored by the authors. In comparison, in the series...one football player refused to let Cerise play on the team, before learning AnAesop at the end of that episode. And that was about as bad as sexism got.
14th Jan '17 9:22:23 PM Josef5678
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* A very uncommon example of an animated series more DarkerAndEdgier than the movies they're based on is ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''. Whilst the movies are FamilyFriendly [=PG13=] comedies with only slapstick violence, the cartoon has some serious mess-up stuffs including BodyHorror (one villain is made of alien stolen organs, including heads!), sentient clones diying after a few hours, villains with no problem killing, mutilations and so on. Worth noticing that, even so, the comics was even darker in tone.

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* A very uncommon example of an animated series more that's DarkerAndEdgier than the movies they're based on is ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''. Whilst the movies are FamilyFriendly [=PG13=] [=PG-13=] comedies with only slapstick violence, the cartoon has some serious mess-up stuffs including BodyHorror (one villain is made of alien stolen organs, including heads!), sentient clones diying dying after a few hours, villains with no problem killing, mutilations and so on. Worth noticing that, even so, the comics was were even darker in tone.
14th Jan '17 1:56:50 PM Luppercus
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* A very uncommon example of an animated series more DarkerAndEdgier than the movies they're based off is ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''. Whilst the movies are FamilyFriendly [=PG13=] comedies with only slapstick violence, the cartoon has some serious mess-up stuffs including BodyHorror (one villain is made of alien stolen organs, including heads!), sentient clones diying after a few hours, villains with no problem killing, mutilations and so on. Worth noticing that, even so, the comics was even darker in tone.

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* A very uncommon example of an animated series more DarkerAndEdgier than the movies they're based off on is ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''. Whilst the movies are FamilyFriendly [=PG13=] comedies with only slapstick violence, the cartoon has some serious mess-up stuffs including BodyHorror (one villain is made of alien stolen organs, including heads!), sentient clones diying after a few hours, villains with no problem killing, mutilations and so on. Worth noticing that, even so, the comics was even darker in tone.
14th Jan '17 1:55:58 PM Luppercus
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* A very uncommon example of an animated series more DarkerAndEdgier than the movies they're based off is ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''. Whilst the movies are FamilyFriendly [=PG13=] comedies with only slapstick violence, the cartoon has some serious mess-up stuffs including BodyHorror (one villain is made of alien stolen organs, including heads!), sentient clones diying after a few hours, villains with no problem killing, mutilations and so on. Worth noticing that, even so, the comics was even darker in tone.
14th Dec '16 5:45:37 AM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' may possibly be the darker of all versions of Peter Pan, much more than the Disney version and even the live action version.
28th Nov '16 1:28:06 PM WhatArtThee
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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short "Heavenly Puss" is a lot darker than most ''Tom and Jerry'' cartoons. Tom is killed trying to catch Jerry, and is told that if he wants to get into Cat Heaven, he has one hour to make amends with Jerry... otherwise, he'll be condemned to eternal torment by a demonic bulldog. Tom ''[[YankTheDogsChain just]]'' [[YankTheDogsChain misses the deadline]], and is literally dropped into Hell, where demon Spike dunks him in a cauldron of boiling water. Fortunately for Tom it was AllJustADream, but it was still a harrowing experience for him, and for young children watching, too.
** The short "Blue Cat Blues" is just as dark. Both Tom and Jerry are driven to suicide in this episode after their hearts are broken, and though it is never shown, it is implied, as they sit on the train tracks as the sound of an oncoming train is heard just before the episode ends.



** The episode "Knock it Off" had them sell the formula Dick Hardly, a villain who, despite having no superpowers, was thought by most fans to be the worst villain they ever fought, even worse than Him. He was an unscrupulous and cruel man who used the stuff to started cranking out "EXTREME" Powerpuff Girls. He used more Chemical X and less of the other ingredients resulting in malformed girls, whom he abused or callously destroyed, and for no reason other than greed. Later when he wouldn't give up the Chemical X he drinks it and turned into a monster and nearly sucked the life out of the girls leaving them sickly green and covered in spots. The professor and their clones were just barely able to save them. It was little wonder that Dick was the only originally-human villain on the show who was KilledOffForReal.
** The "Speed Demon" episode where the girls travel to a grim future where Ms. Bellum has turned into a Mayor-hat obsessed wretch [[spoiler: because the Mayor had been killed]], the teacher is so traumatized that she keeps repeating a MadnessMantra about the girls leaving, and the professor is a shallow shell of his former self, not even going into the list of people who blame them, having suffered possibly even worse things. And it's all caused by [[spoiler: Him]] who has reduced the town to an apocalyptic wasteland and becoming a [[PhysicalGod literal Satan]] himself.



* While ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is funny and light-hearted in its own right, the show's first half-hour episode (and season one finale), "Phineas And Ferb Get Busted", is among one of the darkest things Disney has ever done. After Candace successfully busts her brothers, the duo get sent to a reform school that's a prison where their identities and creativity are stripped and they are subject to ''[[Film/AClockworkOrange Clockwork Orange]]''-esque torture and a not-so-subtle form of waterboarding, to the point of becoming imagination-deprived zombies. Candace eventually discovers what's going on and attempts a rescue, where she is barely able to save them. Bonus points for the fact that the reformatory's DrillSergeantNasty is perhaps [[VileVillainSaccharineShow one of the most evil villains to appear in a Disney cartoon]], to the point where he even gets [[DisneyVillainDeath killed]] at the end. [[spoiler: Thankfully, it's AllJustADream ([[DreamWithinADream within a dream]]), but it's still a terrifying WhatIf episode.]]
** [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension The movie]] is also this. It involves the first time where [[CheerfulChild Phineas]] is truly mad at someone ([[spoiler:him being upset at Perry revealing himself to be a secret agent, as he feels like Perry never regarded him and Ferb as friends]]), we have a dictatorship where every character has DarkerAndEdgier counterparts, and the first time the main characters have been faced with someone trying to kill them.

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* While ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is funny and light-hearted in its own right, the show's first half-hour episode (and season one finale), "Phineas And Ferb Get Busted", is among one of the darkest things Disney has ever done. After Candace successfully busts her brothers, the duo get sent to a reform school that's a prison where their identities and creativity are stripped and they are subject to ''[[Film/AClockworkOrange Clockwork Orange]]''-esque torture and a not-so-subtle form of waterboarding, to the point of becoming imagination-deprived zombies. Candace eventually discovers what's going on and attempts a rescue, where she is barely able to save them. Bonus points for the fact that the reformatory's DrillSergeantNasty is perhaps [[VileVillainSaccharineShow one of the most evil villains to appear in a Disney cartoon]], to the point where he even gets [[DisneyVillainDeath killed]] at the end. [[spoiler: Thankfully, it's AllJustADream ([[DreamWithinADream within a dream]]), but it's still a terrifying WhatIf episode.]]
** [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension
right,[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension The movie]] is also is this. It involves the first time where [[CheerfulChild Phineas]] is truly mad at someone ([[spoiler:him being upset at Perry revealing himself to be a secret agent, as he feels like Perry never regarded him and Ferb as friends]]), we have a dictatorship where every character has DarkerAndEdgier counterparts, and the first time the main characters have been faced with someone trying to kill them.



* Though ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is usually lighthearted, the season premieres and finales can get into dark stuff.

** The second season starts on a [[SarcasmMode light note]] with the [[VileVillainSaccharineShow new villain]] brutally [[MindRape twisting the minds]] of most of the main cast and [[SugarApocalypse consuming the world]] [[WorldGoneMad in chaos]].
** The show in general is Darker and Edgier compared to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 the G3 shows.]] This is especially cemented by the fact that [[BlackComedy darkly comedic]] SanitySlippage is a perfectly common occurrence among our main cast.
** In the third season's premiere, the villain is [[KilledOffForReal outright killed]]. Said villain is a blackhearted unicorn king who enslaved his subjects seemingly just {{for the evulz}}.
** The fifth season opener is ''even darker'', verging into WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids territory. Instead of a powerful ancient evil, the ArcVillain is a perfectly normal unicorn who runs a FalseUtopia where IndividualityIsIllegal, and any pony who stumbles upon the village is brainwashed through MoreThanMindControl into never leaving. The town's VillainSong is, according to WordOfGod, inspired by WWII era propaganda, and every pony in the town sports incredibly disturbing fake smiles. What's more, the villain captures the Mane 6 and locks them in a room full of speakers that chant her philosophy non-stop, refusing to let them out until they accept her way, and they can ''slowly feel themselves losing their identities''. Yes, a show about coloured horses for kids has a disturbingly realistic take on a cult or dictatorship.
** And then comes the season 5 finale, which includes (among other things) a [[spoiler: G-rated depiction of an ''actual pony war'' and a BadFuture apocalyptic version of Equestria that is nothing but a ''lifeless ash-swept wasteland'']].
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** In an in-universe example, multiple episodes show Luanne running a Bible-themed puppet show called "The Manger Babies". In a later episode, John Redcorn runs a business of selling children's educational [=DVDs=] and has Luanne make some. When her popularity wanes, she tries to gain back her fanbase by making a Darker and Edgier show with "edgier" storylines and characters, including a Franchise/{{Bratz}} doll {{Expy}}.
** "Pigmalion". Luanne gets a job at a millionaire's house and moves in with him, at first things are fine but after a while he starts to get very obsessive and creepy, he dyes her hair and won't let her wear anything but identical dresses, it turns out to be an insane plot about his vision of "the perfect family" which consists of her and a man dressed in a Swiss outfit and himself as their pet pig, this scares Luanne and he chases her into a pork processing plant where he ends up being killed by the processing machine.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The first WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror was a series of moderately creepy stories connected by a non-frightening FramingDevice which kept reminding viewers that the tales were fictional. Starting with the second special, however, the stories began to get more violent and scary while the FramingDevice got less and less reassuring. Eventually it was dropped altogether, and the stories quickly became downright horrific.
** "Homer's Enemy" is considered by some fans as one of the darkest episodes of ''The Simpsons'', although many also count it as an episode to which he added more BlackHumor.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E18TheBoysOfBummer The Boys of the Bummer]]" gets a special mention. The entire population of Springfield [[MoralEventHorizon abused, mocked, humiliated and attacked Bart]] simply over a lousy baseball game. And they did not stop abusing Bart, even when he was DrivenToSuicide. [[FridgeHorror If Marge hadn't intervened, who knows what might have happened]].
** Any episode with a character who has no funny quirks and is played seriously. Examples include the french winemakers from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E11TheCrepesOfWrath The Crepes Of Wrath]]" (who nearly killed Bart by giving him antfreeze-laced wine not to mention that their general treatment of him was pretty poor), the Babysitter Bandit from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E13SomeEnchantedEvening Some Enchanted Evening]]" (who tied up the kids and tried to rob the house) and Bart's kindergarten teacher from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E3LisasSax Lisa's Sax]]" (whose treatment of Bart made him what he is today).
** Some episodes with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Burns]] are darker and more dramatic than any other episodes (except the ones mentioned here). Examples include "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" (where he crossed MoralEventHorizon by trying to drown Bart), "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (where he blocked all the sunlight from Springfield, and he screwed over other characters in the same episode and his action were played seriously. It makes his shooting look justifiable.), "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]" (where he was involved with biological warfare and he is responsible for making Homer's mother, Mona Simpson, to run from the law, even though she saved him). As you can see like Bart's unhappy kinder gardening, Mr Burn's actions also set future episodes in motion...
** The earlier Sideshow Bob episodes were also quite dark and dramatic. This eventually went away after his gradual VillainDecay.

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* Though ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is usually lighthearted, the season premieres and finales can get into dark stuff.

** The second season starts on a [[SarcasmMode light note]] with the [[VileVillainSaccharineShow new villain]] brutally [[MindRape twisting the minds]] of most of the main cast and [[SugarApocalypse consuming the world]] [[WorldGoneMad in chaos]].
** The show in general is
is Darker and Edgier compared to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 the G3 shows.]] This is especially cemented by the fact that [[BlackComedy darkly comedic]] SanitySlippage is a perfectly common occurrence among our main cast.
** In
cast. Then again, this doesn't say much, since the third season's premiere, the villain is [[KilledOffForReal outright killed]]. Said villain is a blackhearted unicorn king who enslaved his subjects seemingly just {{for the evulz}}.
** The fifth season opener is ''even darker'', verging into WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids territory. Instead of a powerful ancient evil, the ArcVillain is a perfectly normal unicorn who runs a FalseUtopia where IndividualityIsIllegal, and any pony who stumbles upon the village is brainwashed through MoreThanMindControl into never leaving. The town's VillainSong is, according to WordOfGod, inspired by WWII era propaganda, and every pony in the town sports incredibly disturbing fake smiles. What's more, the villain captures the Mane 6 and locks them in a room full of speakers that chant her philosophy non-stop, refusing to let them out until they accept her way, and they can ''slowly feel themselves losing their identities''. Yes, a
show about coloured horses for kids is still very lighthearted.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
has a disturbingly realistic take on a cult or dictatorship.
** And then comes the season 5 finale, which includes (among other things) a [[spoiler: G-rated depiction of an ''actual pony war'' and a BadFuture apocalyptic version of Equestria that is nothing but a ''lifeless ash-swept wasteland'']].
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** In
an in-universe example, multiple example. Multiple episodes show Luanne running a Bible-themed puppet show called "The Manger Babies". In a later episode, John Redcorn runs a business of selling children's educational [=DVDs=] and has Luanne make some. When her popularity wanes, she tries to gain back her fanbase by making a Darker and Edgier show with "edgier" storylines and characters, including a Franchise/{{Bratz}} doll {{Expy}}.
** "Pigmalion". Luanne gets a job at a millionaire's house and moves in with him, at first things are fine but after a while he starts to get very obsessive and creepy, he dyes her hair and won't let her wear anything but identical dresses, it turns out to be an insane plot about his vision of "the perfect family" which consists of her and a man dressed in a Swiss outfit and himself as their pet pig, this scares Luanne and he chases her into a pork processing plant where he ends up being killed by the processing machine.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The first WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror was a series of moderately creepy stories connected by a non-frightening FramingDevice which kept reminding viewers that the tales were fictional. Starting with the second special, however, the stories began to get more violent and scary while the FramingDevice got less and less reassuring. Eventually it was dropped altogether, and the stories quickly became downright horrific.
** "Homer's Enemy" is considered by some fans as one of the darkest episodes of ''The Simpsons'', although many also count it as an episode to which he added more BlackHumor.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E18TheBoysOfBummer The Boys of the Bummer]]" gets a special mention. The entire population of Springfield [[MoralEventHorizon abused, mocked, humiliated and attacked Bart]] simply over a lousy baseball game. And they did not stop abusing Bart, even when he was DrivenToSuicide. [[FridgeHorror If Marge hadn't intervened, who knows what might have happened]].
** Any episode with a character who has no funny quirks and is played seriously. Examples include the french winemakers from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E11TheCrepesOfWrath The Crepes Of Wrath]]" (who nearly killed Bart by giving him antfreeze-laced wine not to mention that their general treatment of him was pretty poor), the Babysitter Bandit from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E13SomeEnchantedEvening Some Enchanted Evening]]" (who tied up the kids and tried to rob the house) and Bart's kindergarten teacher from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E3LisasSax Lisa's Sax]]" (whose treatment of Bart made him what he is today).
** Some episodes with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Burns]] are darker and more dramatic than any other episodes (except the ones mentioned here). Examples include "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" (where he crossed MoralEventHorizon by trying to drown Bart), "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (where he blocked all the sunlight from Springfield, and he screwed over other characters in the same episode and his action were played seriously. It makes his shooting look justifiable.), "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]" (where he was involved with biological warfare and he is responsible for making Homer's mother, Mona Simpson, to run from the law, even though she saved him). As you can see like Bart's unhappy kinder gardening, Mr Burn's actions also set future episodes in motion...
** The earlier Sideshow Bob episodes were also quite dark and dramatic. This eventually went away after his gradual VillainDecay.
{{Expy}}.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', despite being a light-hearted show about group of kids and their adventures at school, had a few dark and serious episodes.
** "Prickly Is Leaving". We were introduced to Dr. Slicer, the most evil villain in the series, who [[WouldHurtAChild employed cruel and unusual tactics]] to control the school and, unlike Finster or Prickly, only cared about power without regard for the students' welfare. His behavior [[EvenEvilHasStandards even disgusted Miss Finster]], and TJ (who was never afraid to stand up to adults before or since) was completely scared of him. He was ousted in the end, but [[FridgeHorror consider this]]: Third Street wasn't the first school he was principal of, and likely would not be the last.
** "The Biggest Trouble Ever" is a WhamEpisode for the series. It involves the gang accidentally breaking the statue of Thaddeus T. Third III and become the town's most hated people. Ms. Finster punishes them by making them work menial jobs. But the real reason why the episode is so dark is what happens later: Mayor Fitzhugh, the mayor of Third Street, decides to [[MoralEventHorizon send the Recess Gang to six separate schools]], even though they were remorseful and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Prickly and Ms. Finster objected]]. Throughout the episode, Fitzhugh looked very gleefully sadistic about the whole thing, and only relented when Third's own grandson, demanding that they be pardoned, threatened to expose Fitzhugh's own (deliberate) past misbehavior regarding the statue.
** The Halloween special is really quite creepy, especially for a show aimed at kids. It's presented in an anthology format (similar to the Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons): One story features a recurring character becoming a werewolf and attacking various citizens, the second (in a homage to Stephen King's Christine), has the kids' bicycles coming to life during a storm, causing fear and chaos (this even ends with a sinister cliffhanger, as the bus the school escapes on is revealed to be similarly alive), and the final story features the gang being pursued by zombies, very creepy ones at that.



* The GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' could probably qualify. Not only are all the main locations of the series destroyed, but the TakeOverTheWorld scheme is more destructive than any other, and on top of that, the hero comes closest to dying. It also contains the only real time when the villains of the episode are KilledOffForReal. Granted, they were more dangerous than the other villains that the series showed and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman they weren't humans]], but still.



* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** The GrandFinale titled "Destination Imagination". It was even rated TV-PG.
** The first episode "House of Bloo" could count as well. There are much more serious and TearJerker moments dealing with possibly losing a friendship. The next episodes became LighterAndSofter when that conflict was resolved.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** "Action Packed" is an example of this. Even the physics of the animation is darker and edgier when Timmy wished to be in an action movie.
** TheMovie titled ''WesternAnimation/AbraCatastrophe''. Crocker is much more evil than in other episodes, even crossing the MoralEventHorizon when kidnaps and tortures Wanda for use as a power source. In fact, the consequences are quite threatening and Timmy has no choice that faces Crocker in a fight during the climax.
** Any episode featuring a villain [[VileVillainSaccharineShow who is really evil]], such as Miss Doombringer (a crazy woman who is definitely worse than [[AntiVillain Mr.Crocker]]) from "No Substitute For Crazy" and The Destructinator from the episode "Wishology".
** In the WhamEpisode "Hassle In The Castle", we're introduced to Maryanne who, despite being a one shot character, is probably one of the most evil characters ever to appear in a children's cartoon. She killed Franz Ferdinand and his wife ForTheEvulz and caused UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, which led to Adolf Hitler rising to power, UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, the deaths of millions, and the creation of nuclear weaponry.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Several episodes focused on Tom and his relationship with Jane and Daria have a darker tone.
** The final episode, entitled "Boxing Daria". It is probably the most serious and dark episode of the entire series and has a significant TearJerker. The creators had this to say about it:
---> "Daria's journey was wrapped up in... [this] episode. Daria realizes that her isolation isn't just about being different - she likes being isolated. It may be painful for her, but she's better off trying to interact with the others. She's pretty realistic. She's smart and articulate yet unsure of how the world will accept her."
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** "Hot Water". In it, Stan buys a living hot tub who alienated Stan from his family, then kills Lewis, Marguerite, Francine and Stan in that order and while the episode was eased with some humor, TheBadGuyWins this time and the living hot tub is actually a KarmaHoudini. If the series had not been renewed after this episode, this would have been the end of the series.
** Roger-centric episodes are darker than usual (to the point of being [[SurpriseCreepy downright creepy]]), but one that deserves special mention is "Love, American Dad Style", where you could say Roger finally crosses the MoralEventHorizon (if he hasn't already) by developing an extreme obsession with Hayley, and reacting badly when she rejects him. He shoots her, ties her to a mattress in an ice factory, and tries to rip off her skin and wear it over himself to be "closer" to her. Jeff shows up in the nick of time, but things still end badly, since Roger [[TheBadGuyWins decides to wear Jeff's skin instead, leaving him in a tub full of ice.]]
** The episode "Son Of Stan" also deserves a mention, especially in the climax of the episode, where Stevearino (Steve's evil clone) reveals his TrueColors: He has dedicated himself to kill cats ForTheEvulz, later he tries to kill his own brother and his father. Unlike Roger, he's played seriously.
%%** The Christmas episodes. Most notably the two dealing with the Anti-Christ.
** The show as a whole has gotten DarkerAndEdgier along with it's [[GrowingTheBeard beard growth]], especially in later seasons.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** The GrandFinale titled "Destination Imagination". It was even rated TV-PG.
** The first episode "House of Bloo" could count as well. There are much more serious and TearJerker moments dealing with possibly losing a friendship. The next episodes became LighterAndSofter when that conflict was resolved.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** "Action Packed" is an example of this. Even the physics of the animation is darker and edgier when Timmy wished to be in an action movie.
** TheMovie titled ''WesternAnimation/AbraCatastrophe''. Crocker is much more evil than in other episodes, even crossing the MoralEventHorizon when kidnaps and tortures Wanda for use as a power source. In fact, the consequences are quite threatening and Timmy has no choice that faces Crocker in a fight during the climax.
** Any episode featuring a villain [[VileVillainSaccharineShow who is really evil]], such as Miss Doombringer (a crazy woman who is definitely worse than [[AntiVillain Mr.Crocker]]) from "No Substitute For Crazy" and The Destructinator from the episode "Wishology".
** In the WhamEpisode "Hassle In The Castle", we're introduced to Maryanne who, despite being a one shot character, is probably one of the most evil characters ever to appear in a children's cartoon. She killed Franz Ferdinand and his wife ForTheEvulz and caused UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, which led to Adolf Hitler rising to power, UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, the deaths of millions, and the creation of nuclear weaponry.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Several episodes focused on Tom and his relationship with Jane and Daria have a darker tone.
** The final episode, entitled "Boxing Daria". It is probably the most serious and dark episode of the entire series and has a significant TearJerker. The creators had this to say about it:
---> "Daria's journey was wrapped up in... [this] episode. Daria realizes that her isolation isn't just about being different - she likes being isolated. It may be painful for her, but she's better off trying to interact with the others. She's pretty realistic. She's smart and articulate yet unsure of how the world will accept her."
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** "Hot Water". In it, Stan buys a living hot tub who alienated Stan from his family, then kills Lewis, Marguerite, Francine and Stan in that order and while the episode was eased with some humor, TheBadGuyWins this time and the living hot tub is actually a KarmaHoudini. If the series had not been renewed after this episode, this would have been the end of the series.
** Roger-centric episodes are darker than usual (to the point of being [[SurpriseCreepy downright creepy]]), but one that deserves special mention is "Love, American Dad Style", where you could say Roger finally crosses the MoralEventHorizon (if he hasn't already) by developing an extreme obsession with Hayley, and reacting badly when she rejects him. He shoots her, ties her to a mattress in an ice factory, and tries to rip off her skin and wear it over himself to be "closer" to her. Jeff shows up in the nick of time, but things still end badly, since Roger [[TheBadGuyWins decides to wear Jeff's skin instead, leaving him in a tub full of ice.]]
** The episode "Son Of Stan" also deserves a mention, especially in the climax of the episode, where Stevearino (Steve's evil clone) reveals his TrueColors: He has dedicated himself to kill cats ForTheEvulz, later he tries to kill his own brother and his father. Unlike Roger, he's played seriously.
%%** The Christmas episodes. Most notably the two dealing with the Anti-Christ.
** The show as a whole
''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has gotten DarkerAndEdgier along with it's [[GrowingTheBeard beard growth]], especially in later seasons.



* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' was mostly a light-hearted kids show, but it had a few dark episodes.
** The nephews were once turned into gold statues, and there also were several episodes, where a character nearly dies.
** The alien robots in the episode "Money to Burn" not only stole Scrooge's money bin, so they could melt down the coins to make new robots. But they also were really close to melting Scrooge and Launchpad into grease. Not to mention the FridgeHorror that these robots had probably killed off the alien race, who had once created them in the first place...
** The mites in "[[Recap/DuckTalesAttackOfTheMetalMites The Attack of the Metal Mites]]" were played ''very'' seriously, despite the fact that they were tiny insects. After all, they were designed to eat metal! So they caused plenty of damage all over the city, and they even devoured Fenton's otherwise indestructable Gizmoduck suit.
28th Nov '16 7:45:08 AM WhatArtThee
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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' featured several episodes which were darker than the rest of the series as well as children's animation in general. Linka's cousin dies of a drug overdose in "Mind Pollution", a drive by shooting of a family is shown in "Utopia", "Formula For Hate" covers the topic of AIDS, a teacher and a friend of Gi gets shot in a gang shoot out in "Teers in the Hood" (and the episode also shows realistic images of victims of gang violence, including a dead child), Wheeler's friend is killed in "Talking Trash", and throughout the series, the deadly effects of pollution are shown.



* The pre-school claymation series ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}'' includes a [[OldShame shameful]] BannedEpisode that terrified many toddlers: "Pingu Runs Away". In this episode, Pingu misbehaves, runs way from home in the dark of night and comes across some scary ice sculptures (a skull, a dinosaur and a devil). The episode does have a happy ending, and is designed to teach young children about the dangers of running away, but it can easily make toddlers cry and/or give them nightmares. Even the scene of Pingu being punished at the beginning of the episode is pretty dark; Pingu actually gets ''spanked'' by his mother, with him crying in pain. This may be the darkest episode of a pre-school television series ever made.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is generally a bit more adult and risqué in its humor and situations than other Creator/CartoonNetwork shows. In one Christmas special [[BigBad Quillgan]] [[spoiler:gets his hands on a present he created and wishes for the destruction of Christmas forever, which then causes bombs to be placed on anything Christmas-ish, including snow. Thankfully we never see how powerful the bombs were but it's very likely they could do serious damage and had he succeeded it would've been the largest terror attack in history. This would've likely caused no one to want to celebrate a holiday that goes hand in hand for a global scale bombing.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** The show is usually a fairly light-hearted SliceOfLife cartoon with the occasional moments of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, but one episode called "On The Lam" was pretty dark as well as hilarious. It involves Harold, Sid, and Stinky [[spoiler:believing to]] blowing up an old police station with a rocket and they bound and gagged Arnold so that he wouldn't tell anybody.
** The infamous "Cheese Festival" episodes. They usually start in a lovey dovey valentine style, with Arnold going to the cheese festival with his love interest, and Helga doing whatever she can to ruin the date. No matter how hilarious the episode is, they always have the same, depressing, dark ending: Arnold doesn't get the girl while Helga is left completely alone at the festival without a lover or even a friend, making a very miserable face just before all the lights go out.
** There are also the episodes addressing Arnold's parents ("Parents' Day" and "The Journal"). "Parents' Day" is just straight up sad for the most part, given the subject matter. "The Journal" does have its fair share of comedic moments, but the ForegoneConclusion that Miles and Stella will eventually go missing and be unable to properly raise their son makes the whole thing kind of sad. [[spoiler: The two parter does end on an optimistic note given that Arnold finds a map detailing where his parents actually went. This was supposed to be a hook for the second series movie, which unfortunately never got made...until 2017, that is.]]
2nd Nov '16 9:37:03 AM jdgs
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** It's not just making 'em a little older, either. With ''Alien Force'' and ''Ultimate Alien,'' villain motivations go from "steal the Omnitrix and [[KickTheDog kick puppies]]" to ethnic cleansing, civil war with BlackAndGreyMorality and no good guys, people dying and staying that way, and consequences go from "astonishingly, nobody got hurt" to "Anything goes behind a GoryDiscretionShot and people stay dead." The last half of ''Ultimate Alien'' takes it farthest, especially with the episode "Catch a Falling Star."[[note]]Today, on your favorite kids' cartoon: A murderous criminal better suited for CSI gets back-alley surgery to alter his face. The amount of blood the team found from that was [[GoryDiscretionShot apparently impressive]]. We find he killed the "surgeon" (that is, the ''veterinarian'' who owed him a favor) and anyone else who got in his way. His sidekick is an actress with a messed-up upbringing that lead to her becoming like the many RealLife "groupies" of criminals. He had in fact put her in a SadisticChoice DeathTrap back when he'd been more of a "cartoon" villain than a dark villain; her affection for him is explicitly compared to StockholmSyndrome.[[/note]]The new ''Omniverse'' series is [[LighterAndSofter scaling it back]] - it's not without its more serious episodes, but there's a distinct lack of genocide.

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** It's not just making 'em a little older, either. With ''Alien Force'' and ''Ultimate Alien,'' villain motivations go from "steal the Omnitrix and [[KickTheDog kick puppies]]" to ethnic cleansing, civil war with BlackAndGreyMorality and no good guys, people dying and staying that way, and consequences go from "astonishingly, nobody got hurt" to "Anything goes behind a GoryDiscretionShot and people stay dead." The last half of ''Ultimate Alien'' takes it farthest, especially with the episode "Catch a Falling Star."[[note]]Today, on your favorite kids' cartoon: A murderous criminal better suited for CSI gets back-alley surgery to alter his face. The amount of blood the team found from that was [[GoryDiscretionShot apparently impressive]]. We find he killed the "surgeon" (that is, the ''veterinarian'' who owed him a favor) and anyone else who got in his way. His sidekick is an actress with a messed-up upbringing that lead to her becoming like the many RealLife "groupies" of criminals. He had in fact put her in a SadisticChoice DeathTrap back when he'd been more of a "cartoon" villain than a dark villain; her affection for him is explicitly compared to StockholmSyndrome.[[/note]]The [[/note]]In comparison, the new ''Omniverse'' series is [[LighterAndSofter scaling scaled it back]] - it's not without its back a lot]] (it does have some more serious episodes, but there's a distinct lack of genocide.never reached the same heights and usually tried to made them lighter with more jokes and silly situations inserted), and the new reboot has completely gone back to lighter and softer.
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