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23rd May '17 7:42:53 PM N1KF
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19th May '17 2:48:42 PM trulymadmoves
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** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' uses this during its shocking reveal. [[spoiler:Peter has just discovered that Ego murdered his mother, and without a moment's hesitation, whips out his guns and shoots Ego to pieces. Ego instantly reforms himself and begins yelling at Peter for wanting to ruin his evil plan. It's both tragic and scary... except for the fact that for the first few seconds after Ego regenerates, he's played by Creator/DavidHasselhoff.]]
9th May '17 3:22:38 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' makes pretty good use of this. The biggest example is probably TheReveal of why the Hooded One is trying to get their hands on Phoney Bone: [[spoiler: the stray parade balloon from Phoney's ill-fated attempt at running for Mayor of Boneville, [[BrickJoke the stunt that got him and his cousins kicked out of Boneville in the first place]]. The banner around it reading "Phoncible P. Bone Will Get Your Vote" was even [[SignsOfDisrepair damaged to read]] "Phoncible P. Bone Will Get You".]]
** To clarify, Phoney is tied to a rock & about to be sacrificed by the Hooded One when this reveal happens. Phoney's dialog just makes this horror ''hysterical''.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' makes pretty good use of this. The biggest example is probably TheReveal of why the Hooded One is trying to get their hands on Phoney Bone: [[spoiler: the stray parade balloon from Phoney's ill-fated attempt at running for Mayor of Boneville, [[BrickJoke the stunt that got him and his cousins kicked out of Boneville in the first place]]. The banner around it reading "Phoncible P. Bone Will Get Your Vote" was even [[SignsOfDisrepair damaged to read]] "Phoncible P. Bone Will Get You".]]
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]] Phoney is tied to a rock & about to be sacrificed by the Hooded One when this reveal happens. Phoney's dialog just makes this horror ''hysterical''.



* This exchange from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', when 12-year-old Klara Prast is discussing life with her abusive, much older husband to Karolina Dean and Molly Hayes, both of whom are from the present, and the latter of whom is Klara's age:

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This exchange from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', exchange, when 12-year-old Klara Prast is discussing life with her abusive, much older husband to Karolina Dean and Molly Hayes, both of whom are from the present, and the latter of whom is Klara's age:
9th May '17 3:21:43 PM MyFinalEdits
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* WesternAnimation/InsideOut: ZigZagged. Riley's depression is a legitimate concern and is played as serious as expected and a result of being them being totally out of their element. But much of the humor comes from them being so over the top that it's funny. To whit, news of no desert is treated as front page headline news and Riley's father's decision to put his foot down with regards to her attitude is treated as if they were launching nuclear missiles complete with simultaneously turning two keys to initiate the response.

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* WesternAnimation/InsideOut: ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'': ZigZagged. Riley's depression is a legitimate concern and is played as serious as expected and a result of being them being totally out of their element. But much of the humor comes from them being so over the top that it's funny. To whit, news of no desert is treated as front page headline news and Riley's father's decision to put his foot down with regards to her attitude is treated as if they were launching nuclear missiles complete with simultaneously turning two keys to initiate the response.
9th May '17 8:38:39 AM hszmv1
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* WesternAnimation/InsideOut: ZigZagged. Riley's depression is a legitimate concern and is played as serious as expected and a result of being them being totally out of their element. But much of the humor comes from them being so over the top that it's funny. To whit, news of no desert is treated as front page headline news and Riley's father's decision to put his foot down with regards to her attitude is treated as if they were launching nuclear missiles complete with simultaneously turning two keys to initiate the response.
9th May '17 8:23:29 AM hszmv1
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** On several occasions, it's implied that Molly relies on this to catch people off guard. No one will suspect the twelve year old with the funny hat obsession can actually put Wolverine on his ass. When a time displaced Geoffry Wilder accuses her of doing this, she also proved so good she still caught him off guard with her rebuke.
7th May '17 6:49:13 PM ThePocket
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* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' is a grim horror game that only gets darker once you discover [[spoiler:your character has been torturing innocent people at Alexander's urging]]. But then there's the diary entry when he describes the actual torture and [[spoiler:mocks his victims' pleas for mercy, complete with a (probably-anachronistic) sing-songy "Myeh myeh myeh"]]. It's kind of hard to keep a straight face through that.
3rd May '17 10:56:06 AM NESBoy
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-->'''Sokka:''' [[ItMakesSenseInContext My first girlfriend turned into the moon]].
-->'''Zuko:''' [[SincerityMode That's rough, buddy.]]

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-->'''Sokka:''' [[ItMakesSenseInContext My first girlfriend turned into the moon]].
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moon]].\\
'''Zuko:'''
[[SincerityMode That's rough, buddy.]]


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* "Son of Stimpy" in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' revolves around Stimpy farting, then trying to prove to Ren that "Stinky" (the fart) is real, only to find that the fart is gone, and he gets depressed over it. The entire premise of this episode is PlayedForDrama.
4th Apr '17 5:23:39 AM justanid
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The [[TropeNamer trope name]] comes from Alexander Pope, who wrote ''Peri Bathous, Or the Art of Sinking in Poetry'' in 1727, in which he mocks the abuse of tropes and figures of speech by bad writers. In it, he notes that juxtaposing the serious and the trivial creates [[{{Narm}} unintentional humor]], which sinks serious poetry.

Bathos can be both intentionally invoked or unintentionally present. It most often appears intentionally in comedic works or those with a comedic undertone, although not always. Unintentional bathos is {{Narm}}.

Subtropes include:

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The [[TropeNamer trope name]] comes from Alexander Pope, who wrote ''Peri Bathous, Or the Art of Sinking in Poetry'' in 1727, in which he mocks the abuse of tropes and figures of speech by bad writers. In it, he notes that juxtaposing the serious and the trivial creates [[{{Narm}} unintentional humor]], which sinks serious poetry.

poetry. As such, unintentional bathos is considered {{Narm}}.

Bathos can be both intentionally invoked or unintentionally present. It most often appears in intentionally in comedic works or those with a comedic undertone, like that of SurrealHumor, although not always. Unintentional On the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, works of bathos is {{Narm}}.

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either sit firmly in the middle or wildly slide up and down. Bathos may cause MoodWhiplash when it does not appear in an otherwise comedic segment of the work.

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Often present in SurrealHumor. Bathos may cause MoodWhiplash when it does not appear in an otherwise comedic segment of the work. In SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, works of bathos either sit firmly in the middle or wildly slide up and down.
24th Mar '17 3:55:54 PM Madrugada
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* ''Film/SchindlersList'' is about the Holocaust, yet also includes a number of humorous moments and scenes, often under very dark pretenses. One example is a family of Jews being moved to shabby quarters muttering that it can't get any worse than this, only to learn that they have to share the place with several other families. Another involves Schindler threatening a hostile German soldier standing between him and his Jewish work force. After a GilliganCut, the soldier is frantically helping Schindler find the Jews.
* In ''Film/TheVillage'' Kitty wants to marry Lucius and gives him an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove. A GilliganCut to her crying her eyes out in her sister's arms tells us how well ''that'' went. You're both inclined to laugh at what a spectacle she made of herself, but the sequence of Ivy singing softly to comfort her still makes you feel sorry for the poor girl who just got her heart broken.

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* ''Film/SchindlersList'' is about the Holocaust, yet also includes a number of humorous moments and scenes, often under very dark pretenses. One example is a family of Jews being moved to shabby quarters muttering that it can't get any worse than this, only to learn that they have to share the place with several other families. Another involves Schindler threatening a hostile German soldier standing between him and his Jewish work force. After a GilliganCut, cut, the soldier is frantically helping Schindler find the Jews.
* In ''Film/TheVillage'' Kitty wants to marry Lucius and gives him an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove. A GilliganCut A cut to her crying her eyes out in her sister's arms tells us how well ''that'' went. You're both inclined to laugh at what a spectacle she made of herself, but the sequence of Ivy singing softly to comfort her still makes you feel sorry for the poor girl who just got her heart broken.
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