History DarkerAndEdgier / WesternAnimation

11th Dec '17 3:04:07 PM AHI-3000
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* A very uncommon example of an animated series that's DarkerAndEdgier than the movies they're based on is ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''. Whilst the movies are FamilyFriendly [=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 dying after a few hours, villains with no problem killing, mutilations and so on. Worth noticing that, even so, the comics were even darker in tone.
26th Sep '17 3:43:24 PM RedBerryBlueCherry
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* Downplayed in Netflix's ''Toys/Lalaloopsy'' reboot. They're not too depressing, but the last three episodes are surprisingly bleak and don't get better until the season finale.

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* Downplayed in Netflix's ''Toys/Lalaloopsy'' ''Toys/{{Lalaloopsy}}'' reboot. They're not too depressing, but the last three episodes are surprisingly bleak and don't get better until the season finale.
26th Sep '17 3:42:26 PM RedBerryBlueCherry
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* Downplayed in Netflix's ''Toys/Lalaloopsy'' reboot. They're not too depressing, but the last three episodes are surprisingly bleak and don't get better until the season finale.
16th Sep '17 11:31:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' was a pleasant surprise when it first hit TV. It had the death of one of the main characters in the first episode, dealt with prejudice and interpersonal conflicts virtually unknown in a Saturday morning cartoon, portrayed bad futures, and took a more adult approach that treated viewers as mature.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' was a pleasant surprise when it first hit TV. It had the death of one of the main characters in the first episode, dealt with prejudice and interpersonal conflicts virtually unknown in a Saturday morning cartoon, portrayed bad futures, and took a more adult approach that treated viewers as mature.
14th Sep '17 6:33:17 PM TheTropper
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was perhaps one of the darkest shows of its era in Creator/CartoonNetwork. In fact, this show is a straight up example of DarkerAndEdgier in comparison to most Creator/CartoonNetwork shows at the time, which were mostly pure cartoonish comedy while Samurai Jack is a {{dramedy}} with some elements of {{thriller}} and {{action}}. Then we have dark themes which are rarely played in an animated series for children such as apocalypse, genocide, mass murder, slavery, torture, and episodes entirely built around NightmareFuel. Surprisingly, it was Cartoon Network's first original program not to be a part of the Creator/CartoonCartoons brand, presumably for this reason.
** The [[SamuraiJack/TropesSeason5 fifth season]] of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' (pictured right), set 50 years after the previous seasons and featuring more violence and a grittier, darker story. Jack is now willing to kill humans who serve Aku, along with the use of [[BloodierAndGorier actual blood]]. It's also on Creator/AdultSwim / Creator/{{Toonami}} instead of Creator/CartoonNetwork.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was perhaps one of the darkest shows of its era in Creator/CartoonNetwork. In fact, this show is a straight up example of DarkerAndEdgier in comparison to most Creator/CartoonNetwork shows at the time, which were mostly pure cartoonish comedy while Samurai Jack is a {{dramedy}} with some elements of {{thriller}} and {{action}}. Then we have dark themes which are rarely played in an animated series for children such as apocalypse, genocide, mass murder, slavery, torture, and episodes entirely built around NightmareFuel. Surprisingly, it was Cartoon Network's first original program not to be a part of the Creator/CartoonCartoons brand, presumably for this reason.
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reason. Then comes the [[SamuraiJack/TropesSeason5 fifth season]] of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' (pictured right), set 50 years after the previous seasons and featuring more violence and a grittier, darker story. Jack is now willing to kill humans who serve Aku, along with the use of [[BloodierAndGorier actual blood]]. It's also on Creator/AdultSwim / Creator/{{Toonami}} instead of Creator/CartoonNetwork.
8th Sep '17 7:00:12 PM JPO398
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** Season 2 inevitably ended up becoming darker with the return of [[BigBad Scar]], whose visage appears in the fire of a volcano and plots to take back control of the Pridelands. His VillainSong goes so far as to imply he wants to see it all burn to the ground.
4th Sep '17 10:43:12 AM VisitorAlex
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was perhaps one of the darkest shows of its era in Creator/CartoonNetwork. In fact, this show is a straight up example of DarkerAndEdgier in comparison to most Creator/CartoonNetwork shows at the time, which were mostly pure cartoonish comedy while Samurai Jack is a {{dramedy}} with some elements of {{thriller}} and {{action}}. Then we have dark themes which are rarely played in an animated series for children such as apocalypse, genocide, mass murder, slavery, torture, and episodes entirely built around NightmareFuel. Surprisingly, it was Cartoon Network's first original program not to be a part of the Creator/CartoonCartoons brand, presumably for this reason.



** ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was perhaps one of the darkest shows of its era in Creator/CartoonNetwork. In fact, this show is a straight up example of DarkerAndEdgier in comparison to most Creator/CartoonNetwork shows at the time, which were mostly pure cartoonish comedy while Samurai Jack is a {{dramedy}} with some elements of {{thriller}} and {{action}}. Then we have dark themes which are rarely played in an animated series for children such as apocalypse, genocide, mass murder, slavery, torture, and episodes entirely built around NightmareFuel. Surprisingly, it was Cartoon Network's first original program not to be a part of the Creator/CartoonCartoons brand, presumably for this reason.
3rd Sep '17 3:30:20 PM Josef5678
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** Although, to be fair, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was perhaps one of the darkest shows of its era in Creator/CartoonNetwork. In fact, this show is a straight up example of DarkerAndEdgier in comparison to most Creator/CartoonNetwork shows at the time, which were mostly pure cartoonish comedy while Samurai Jack is a {{dramedy}} with some elements of {{thriller}} and {{action}}. Then we have dark themes which are rarely played in an animated series for children such as apocalypse, genocide, mass murder, slavery, torture, and episodes entirely built around NightmareFuel. Surprisingly, it was Cartoon Network's first original program not to be a part of the Creator/CartoonCartoons brand, presumably for this reason.

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** Although, to be fair, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was perhaps one of the darkest shows of its era in Creator/CartoonNetwork. In fact, this show is a straight up example of DarkerAndEdgier in comparison to most Creator/CartoonNetwork shows at the time, which were mostly pure cartoonish comedy while Samurai Jack is a {{dramedy}} with some elements of {{thriller}} and {{action}}. Then we have dark themes which are rarely played in an animated series for children such as apocalypse, genocide, mass murder, slavery, torture, and episodes entirely built around NightmareFuel. Surprisingly, it was Cartoon Network's first original program not to be a part of the Creator/CartoonCartoons brand, presumably for this reason.
3rd Sep '17 2:23:13 AM VisitorAlex
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* Once Creator/{{Toonami}} came back and took over Creator/AdultSwim's action block, it became this. Not only is the color scheme darker, but the revived block also had shows like ''Anime/AttackOnTitan'', ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', and ''[[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Hellsing Ultimate]]''.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' has taken this route and outdoes [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruder its predecessor]] in term of being a WhamEpisode. Whereas the original ''Intruder'' was perfectly content in killing TOM 1, this has seen that the Intruder has taken over TOM 1's body, [[spoiler: assimilate SARA's core, gloat about [[KilledOffscreen killing TOM 4]], TOM 5 rip off his own arm, and the ''Absolution'' is destroyed. There's also a touch of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou thrown into the bumpers as they go from flashing "RED ALERT", to garbed text as SARA "dies", to error messages after the ''Absolution''[='=]s destruction. However, [[EarnYourHappyEnding things end on a positive note]], as TOM managed to back up SARA and upload her onto a ship he finds and she builds him a new arm.]]



* Once Creator/{{Toonami}} came back and took over Creator/AdultSwim's action block, it became this. Not only is the color scheme darker, but the revived block also had shows like ''Anime/AttackOnTitan'', ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', and ''[[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Hellsing Ultimate]]''.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' has taken this route and outdoes [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruder its predecessor]] in term of being a WhamEpisode. Whereas the original ''Intruder'' was perfectly content in killing TOM 1, this has seen that the Intruder has taken over TOM 1's body, [[spoiler: assimilate SARA's core, gloat about [[KilledOffscreen killing TOM 4]], TOM 5 rip off his own arm, and the ''Absolution'' is destroyed. There's also a touch of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou thrown into the bumpers as they go from flashing "RED ALERT", to garbed text as SARA "dies", to error messages after the ''Absolution''[='=]s destruction. However, [[EarnYourHappyEnding things end on a positive note]], as TOM managed to back up SARA and upload her onto a ship he finds and she builds him a new arm.]]
3rd Sep '17 2:17:06 AM VisitorAlex
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** Although, to be fair, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was perhaps one of the darkest shows of its era in Creator/CartoonNetwork. In fact, this show is a straight up example of DarkerAndEdgier in comparison to most Creator/CartoonNetwork shows at the time, which were mostly pure cartoonish comedy while Samurai Jack is a {{dramedy}} with some elements of {{thriller}} and action. Then we have dark themes (which are rarely played in an animated series for children) such as apocalypse, genocide, mass murder, slavery, torture, and episodes entirely built around NightmareFuel. Surprisingly, it was Cartoon Network's first original program not to be a part of the Creator/CartoonCartoons brand, presumably for this reason.

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** Although, to be fair, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was perhaps one of the darkest shows of its era in Creator/CartoonNetwork. In fact, this show is a straight up example of DarkerAndEdgier in comparison to most Creator/CartoonNetwork shows at the time, which were mostly pure cartoonish comedy while Samurai Jack is a {{dramedy}} with some elements of {{thriller}} and action. {{action}}. Then we have dark themes (which which are rarely played in an animated series for children) children such as apocalypse, genocide, mass murder, slavery, torture, and episodes entirely built around NightmareFuel. Surprisingly, it was Cartoon Network's first original program not to be a part of the Creator/CartoonCartoons brand, presumably for this reason.
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