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5th Dec '16 11:10:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', somewhat comparable to the above due to the sheer [[StoryBreakerPower overpoweredness of its main character]], also gets a lot of this, although it's not a straight-up comedy. You can get a scene in which [[OurLichesAreDifferent our protagonist]] utterly humiliates an entire army of powerful magic users, [[http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/998/607/abc.gif sucking a giant angel into a black hole]], and overall being a utterly terrifying BadAss... then in the very next scene you see his [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/998/610/9ef.gif all but squeeing over how awesome he is]].

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* ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', somewhat comparable to the above due to the sheer [[StoryBreakerPower overpoweredness of its main character]], also gets a lot of this, although it's not a straight-up comedy. You can get a scene in which [[OurLichesAreDifferent our protagonist]] utterly humiliates an entire army of powerful magic users, [[http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/998/607/abc.gif sucking a giant angel into a black hole]], and overall being a utterly terrifying BadAss...badass... then in the very next scene you see his [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/998/610/9ef.gif all but squeeing over how awesome he is]].
26th Oct '16 10:57:04 PM Shadeblade11
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* Manga/{{Berserk}} absolutely thrives on contrasting the awful and tragic events of its CrapsackWorld with sudden moments of hilarity. A good example happens after the Eclipse, a demonic ritual in which Guts' best friend betrayed him, his companions were all eaten, his lover lost her sanity, and he lost his own right eye and left hand. In the chapter immediately following this horror, he wakes up in a cave and the first thing he sees is Godo's daughter Erica comically trip down the stairs when she comes to bring him food. In general the series has a lot of MoodWhiplash and rides a roller coaster up and down the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness.

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* Manga/{{Berserk}} ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' absolutely thrives on contrasting the awful and tragic events of its CrapsackWorld with sudden moments of hilarity. A good example happens after the Eclipse, a demonic ritual in which Guts' best friend betrayed him, his companions were all eaten, his lover lost her sanity, and he lost his own right eye and left hand. In the chapter immediately following this horror, he wakes up in a cave and the first thing he sees is Godo's daughter Erica comically trip down the stairs when she comes to bring him food. In general the series has a lot of MoodWhiplash and rides a roller coaster up and down the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness.
26th Oct '16 6:59:14 AM narm00
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* Classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' did this well, especially in the Hartnell era. In "Marco Polo," for example, Kublai Khan is built up as this mysterious, terrible, almost godlike being... and then, he and the first Doctor become friends as they commiserate in the aches and pains of advanced age. "The Myth Makers", one of Hartnell's wittiest, derives a lot of its humour from how mundane the semi-mythical Trojan figures are in personality, especially Paris - his attempts to talk Steven down from attacking him are almost Pythonesque in how anticlimactic they are.

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* Classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' did this well, especially in the Hartnell era. In "Marco Polo," for example, Kublai Khan is built up as this mysterious, terrible, almost godlike being... and then, he and the first Doctor become friends as they commiserate in over the aches and pains of advanced age. "The Myth Makers", one of Hartnell's wittiest, derives a lot of its humour from how mundane the semi-mythical Trojan figures are in personality, especially Paris - his attempts to talk Steven down from attacking him are almost Pythonesque in how anticlimactic they are.



** The Fourth Doctor pretty much functions entirely on this. He's a dramatic, imposing, [[ByronicHero Byronic]], swashbuckling alien with a [[GothicHorror gothic Victoriana]] motif, who wonders up to whatever unspeakable squirming OmnicidalManiac horror he's pitted against this week, gives it a big grin and offers it a jelly baby.

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** The Fourth Doctor pretty much functions entirely on this. He's a dramatic, imposing, [[ByronicHero Byronic]], swashbuckling alien with a [[GothicHorror gothic Victoriana]] motif, who wonders wanders up to whatever unspeakable squirming OmnicidalManiac horror he's pitted against this week, gives it a big grin and offers it a jelly baby.



** "Help" Cassie's speech about what she'd love to do in life - but can't because she knows she's about to die - is heart breaking. But there's also a funny line in there where she says she'd like to see her cousins grow up "because they're really mean and I think they're going to be fat". Even Buffy smiles at this.

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** "Help" In "Help", Cassie's speech about what she'd love to do in life - but can't because she knows she's about to die - is heart breaking. But there's also a funny line in there where she says she'd like to see her cousins grow up "because they're really mean and I think they're going to be fat". Even Buffy smiles at this.
24th Oct '16 2:53:03 AM SimiOfDoom
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* In ''Literature/TollTheHounds'' the very next scene, right after [[spoiler: Anomander Rake]]'s tragic death is the absurd mule-battle between Kruppe and Iskaral Pust.
12th Oct '16 12:47:10 PM fdsa1234567890
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* Fitting the page quote, Joss Whedon's film ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' does this nicely, as exemplified by this round of dialog, as the crew is starting to question what they are doing in the face of a much greater threat than normal:
-->'''Mal:''' You wanna run this ship?!\\
'''Jayne:''' Yes!\\
'''Mal:''' ''[flustered]'' Well... you can't!
24th Sep '16 10:50:45 PM aziuka
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* ''VideoGame/StarStealingPrince'' has a sad if not outright tragic story, with terrifying (not to mention hard) bosses... who you can fight while wearing a beautiful red bow in your hair. [[EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit Yes, even the guys]]. Bonus points for making serious and solemn [[DemBones Hiante]] wear it.
24th Sep '16 10:33:23 PM aziuka
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** Even the [[KillEmAll Genocide run]] has its own darkly humorous moments, such as your conversation with [[NervousWreck Burgerpants]], or the fact that after killing almost everyone in horrific ways, [[spoiler:the Fallen Child]] wants some chocolate.
20th Sep '16 8:16:38 PM KEEP_IN
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is '''mostly''' silly, but can be this depending on how you play it. A [[VillainProtagonist No Mercy/Genocide]] run, for instance, is a straight-up tragic borderline CosmicHorrorStory (and '''[[YouBastard you]]''' are the EldritchAbomination). A Pacifist Run is mostly lighthearted, but it has its own {{Tear Jerker}}s and one extremely dark and horrifying section with the True Lab. A Neutral run is ridden with this if you do decide to kill some monsters. Maybe you laughed at Papyrus' antics and spared him, but then battled Undyne and decided to kill her in self-defense... and then had to bear witness to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpR_mvYUI8U this]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is '''mostly''' silly, but can be this depending on how you play it. A [[VillainProtagonist No Mercy/Genocide]] Genocide]] run, for instance, is a straight-up tragic borderline CosmicHorrorStory (and '''[[YouBastard you]]''' are the EldritchAbomination). A Pacifist Run is mostly lighthearted, but it has its own {{Tear Jerker}}s and one extremely dark and horrifying section with the True Lab. A Neutral run is ridden with this if you do decide to kill some monsters. Maybe you laughed at Papyrus' antics and spared him, but then battled Undyne and decided to kill her in self-defense... and then had to bear witness to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpR_mvYUI8U this]].
24th Aug '16 1:24:52 PM Specialist290
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* GallowsHumor
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