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19th Jun '16 12:24:02 AM Morgenthaler
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During UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation, thanks to the popularity of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', and (to a milder degree) ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the idea that animation could be expanded beyond the family market began to take off again. With the establishment of the TV ratings system, it also became easier to make it clear to audiences that a show wasn't for children. As the Renaissance Age began to shade into UsefulNotes/TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' [[note]] basically just another suburban family sitcom, but a bit cruder and more grounded in reality than usual [[/note]] became a quiet success for Creator/{{FOX}}, and Creator/CartoonNetwork starting with the success of the spoof ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' began to create its own adult-oriented shows, eventually launching the Creator/AdultSwim lineup. But the biggest shake-up to the ghetto came in 1997 when Creator/ComedyCentral debuted the MA-rated ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a vulgar but often uproarious comedy that immediately became a smash hit.

Unfortunately, because of this, most of the adult-oriented shows that followed in ''South Park'''s wake were similarly vulgar, envelope-pushing fare most successfully FOX's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Thanks to creators following the example of that, people now believe that any western animation that isn't just kids' shows are sitcoms and/or a raunchy cartoon, which is far from the truth. Thus, it's very hard for aspiring animators/creators to create animated shows without VulgarHumour and ComedicSociopathy in mind (unlike in Japan, where this stereotype is nonexistent), so they never get green-lit, which leads to people creating ''more'' South Park-esque shows; lather, rinse, repeat.

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During UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation, thanks to the popularity of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', and (to a milder degree) ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the idea that animation could be expanded beyond the family market began to take off again. With the establishment of the TV ratings system, it also became easier to make it clear to audiences that a show wasn't for children. As the Renaissance Age began to shade into UsefulNotes/TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' [[note]] basically just another suburban family sitcom, but a bit cruder and more grounded in reality than usual [[/note]] became a quiet success for Creator/{{FOX}}, and Creator/CartoonNetwork -- starting with the success of the spoof ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' -- began to create its own adult-oriented shows, eventually launching the Creator/AdultSwim lineup. But the biggest shake-up to the ghetto came in 1997 when Creator/ComedyCentral debuted the MA-rated ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a vulgar but often uproarious comedy that immediately became a smash hit.

Unfortunately, because of this, most of the adult-oriented shows that followed in ''South Park'''s wake were similarly vulgar, envelope-pushing fare -- most successfully FOX's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Thanks to creators following the example of that, people now believe that any western animation that isn't just kids' shows are sitcoms and/or a raunchy cartoon, which is far from the truth. Thus, it's very hard for aspiring animators/creators to create animated shows without VulgarHumour and ComedicSociopathy in mind (unlike in Japan, where this stereotype is nonexistent), so they never get green-lit, which leads to people creating ''more'' South Park-esque shows; lather, rinse, repeat.



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* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/TheNutshack'' say that their animated series is the very first adult Asian cartoon. It seems that Japanese animation is not adult in the slightest.

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* In a review in Metro (free newspaper on public transport) of Goro Miyazaki's ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'', the reviewer made a remark along the lines of, "but its main problem is that it's not very funny; it's a cartoon, so what's the point if it's not funny?"

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* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/TheNutshack'' say that their animated series is the very first adult Asian cartoon. It seems that Japanese animation is not adult in the slightest.

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* In a review in Metro (free newspaper on public transport) of Goro Miyazaki's ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'', the reviewer made a remark along the lines of, "but its main problem is that it's not very funny; it's a cartoon, so what's the point if it's not funny?"

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* [[DeconstructedTrope Intentionally averted like]] '''[[DeconstructedTrope hell]]''' with ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman''. There's virtually no gross-out humor, exactly two well-thought-out episodes about socio-political issues, and selfish characters, of which [[GreyAndGreyMorality there are many]], are almost always punished for doing bad things, which is necessary for a show who's title character is coping with depression.

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* [[DeconstructedTrope Intentionally averted like]] '''[[DeconstructedTrope hell]]''' with ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman''. There's virtually no gross-out humor, exactly two well-thought-out episodes about socio-political issues, and selfish characters, of which [[GreyAndGreyMorality there are many]], are almost always punished for doing bad things, which is necessary for a show who's title character is coping with depression.depression.

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9th Jun '16 9:45:10 PM NWolfman
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is an aversion. Critics and audiences alike both agree that the show is well-written with likable characters, and only a spare amount of vulgarity for vulgarity's sake. If anything, audiences find it to be a much-needed answer for shows that play it straight. That said, ''Rick and Morty'' does thoroughly earn its TV-MA rating, which may initially scare off viewers who are aware of this trope and expect the show to be more of the same.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is an aversion. Critics and audiences alike both agree that the show is well-written with likable characters, and only a spare amount of vulgarity for vulgarity's sake. If anything, audiences find it to be a much-needed answer for shows that play it straight. That said, ''Rick and Morty'' does thoroughly earn its TV-MA rating, which may initially scare off viewers who are aware of this trope and expect the show to be more of the same.same.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Intentionally averted like]] '''[[DeconstructedTrope hell]]''' with ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman''. There's virtually no gross-out humor, exactly two well-thought-out episodes about socio-political issues, and selfish characters, of which [[GreyAndGreyMorality there are many]], are almost always punished for doing bad things, which is necessary for a show who's title character is coping with depression.
3rd May '16 2:56:45 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the TropeNamer, is almost single-handedly responsible for creating the [[RefugeInAudacity audacious]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice line-crossing]] brand of humor that has become so prevalent in adult animation. Hard as it is to imagine these days, in 1997 the sight of cartoon characters telling each other to "suck balls" was totally wild and crazy (the closest ''The Simpsons'' had ever come to that was, of course, "Eat my shorts!"), and the show drew huge viewership numbers purely from the [[DancingBear novelty factor]]. Like all popular things, it was quickly aped and imitated, and soon it became standard practice for adult cartoons to take a page out of Parker and Stone's book.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the TropeNamer, is [[TropeCodifier almost single-handedly responsible responsible]] for creating the [[RefugeInAudacity audacious]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice line-crossing]] brand of humor that has become so prevalent in adult animation. Hard as it is to imagine these days, in 1997 the sight of cartoon characters telling each other to "suck balls" was totally wild and crazy (the closest ''The Simpsons'' had ever come to that was, of course, "Eat my shorts!"), and the show drew huge viewership numbers purely from the [[DancingBear novelty factor]]. Like all popular things, it was quickly aped and imitated, and soon it became standard practice for adult cartoons to take a page out of Parker and Stone's book.
3rd May '16 2:56:10 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the TropeNamer, is almost single-handedly responsible for creating the [[RefugeInAudacity audacious]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice line-crossing]] brand of humor that has become so prevalent in adult animation. Hard as it is to imagine these days, in 1997 the sight of cartoon characters telling each other to "suck balls" was totally wild and crazy (the closest ''The Simpsons'' had ever come to that was, of course, "Eat my shorts!"), and the show drew huge viewership numbers purely from the [[DancingBear novelty factor]]. Like all popular things, it was quickly aped and imitated, and soon it became standard practice for adult cartoons to take a page out of Parker and Stone's book.



* Being the TropeNamer, it's a given that ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is going to be listed on this page. It's almost single-handedly responsible for creating the [[RefugeInAudacity audacious]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice line-crossing]] brand of humor that has become so prevalent in adult animation. Hard as it is to imagine these days, in 1997 the sight of cartoon characters telling each other to "suck balls" was totally wild and crazy (the closest ''The Simpsons'' had ever come to that was, of course, "Eat my shorts!"), and the show drew huge viewership numbers purely from the [[DancingBear novelty factor]]. Like all popular things, it was quickly aped and imitated, and soon it became standard practice for adult cartoons to take a page out of Parker and Stone's book.
26th Apr '16 2:43:44 PM Midna
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* ''WesternAnimation/MrPicklesGoodBoy'' was harshly criticized for playing this trope dead straight. Plots are [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy incredibly, some would say unrealistically dark]], the artstyle is dead in the middle of the UncannyValley, and many viewers find the characters [[FlatCharacter bland at best]] and terrible excuses for human beings at worst. Critics say that the excess BodyHorror and [[SadistShow cruelty]] tend to overshadow the plot.
15th Apr '16 2:28:42 AM lvthn13
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* We can now add ''WesternAnimation/MrPicklesGoodBoy'' to the list of shows that play this trope straight. Plots are [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy needlessly dark]] to the point of being unrealistic, all of the characters are [[NauseaFuel ugly]], [[UncannyValley inside]] [[{{Gonk}} and out]], as well as being [[FlatCharacter bland at best]] and terrible at worst, and the excess BodyHorror and [[SadistShow cruelty]] tends to overshadow the plot.
13th Apr '16 4:07:05 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* Probably the worst offender of this trope played straight would be ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', which is 90% CringeComedy. You can count the amount of jokes that are not [[RefugeInAudacity shock value]], [[NauseaFuel bodily function-related]] or at the expense of any kind of social/racial minority on one hand.

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* Probably One of the worst offender more notable examples of this trope played straight would be ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', which is 90% CringeComedy. You can count the amount of jokes that are not [[RefugeInAudacity shock value]], [[NauseaFuel bodily function-related]] or at the expense of any kind of social/racial minority on one hand.
7th Mar '16 11:34:00 AM FGHIK
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Bad news! The mainstream Western audience thinks that all adult animation is full of graphic violence, sex jokes, MindScrews, swearing, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and, to a lesser extent,]] ToiletHumor!

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Bad news! The mainstream Western audience thinks that all adult animation is full of graphic violence, sex jokes, MindScrews, [[MindScrew mind screws]], swearing, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and, to a lesser extent,]] ToiletHumor!
7th Mar '16 11:33:07 AM FGHIK
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Bad news! The mainstream Western audience thinks that all adult animation is full of graphic violence, sex jokes, mind screws, swearing, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and, to a lesser extent,]] ToiletHumor!

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Bad news! The mainstream Western audience thinks that all adult animation is full of graphic violence, sex jokes, mind screws, MindScrews, swearing, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and, to a lesser extent,]] ToiletHumor!
5th Mar '16 1:17:54 PM chaokiwi
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* ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'', which was originally intended to air alongside Seth [=MacFarlane==]'s series but ended up airing with the revival of ''Beavis and Butt-head''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'', which was originally intended to air alongside Seth [=MacFarlane==]'s [=MacFarlane=]'s series but ended up airing with the revival of ''Beavis and Butt-head''.
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