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14th Jun '18 8:29:19 PM nombretomado
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** After the display of CrazyAwesome that was episode 22, the creators understood that viewers wouldn't be able to withstand the incredible amounts of awesomeness present in the last four episodes without a breather. So episode 23 was mostly made up of Team Dai-Gurren preparing to launch themselves towards the final battle. Oh, and [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Simon invented teleportation just so he could punch Rossiu in the face in order to stop Rossiu from committing suicide]].]]

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** After the display of CrazyAwesome that was episode 22, the creators understood that viewers wouldn't be able to withstand the incredible amounts of awesomeness present in the last four episodes without a breather. So episode 23 was mostly made up of Team Dai-Gurren preparing to launch themselves towards the final battle. Oh, and [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Simon invented teleportation just so he could punch Rossiu in the face in order to stop Rossiu from committing suicide]].]]



* In ''Fanfic/OnePieceParallelWorks'', after the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]], [[{{Tearjerker}} sad]], and epic Baleeira Porto Arc and the CrazyAwesome Tequila Wolf Arc, we have the Restaurant Row Arc, a light-hearted (if you can get past [[BreakTheCutie Sebastian's]] [[{{Tearjerker}} backstory]]) and comedic arc where the Capricorn Pirates look for a chef to join their crew.

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* In ''Fanfic/OnePieceParallelWorks'', after the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]], SugarWiki/{{heartwarming|moments}}, [[{{Tearjerker}} sad]], and epic Baleeira Porto Arc and the CrazyAwesome Tequila Wolf Arc, we have the Restaurant Row Arc, a light-hearted (if you can get past [[BreakTheCutie Sebastian's]] [[{{Tearjerker}} backstory]]) and comedic arc where the Capricorn Pirates look for a chef to join their crew.



* Two of these are in the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fic ''Fanfic/HuntingTheUnicorn'': "The Outlaws" (chapter four) is a well-needed CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny and funny]]) after three chapters of slowly breaking Kurt. "The Men At Arms" (chapter ten) comes after ''seven'' chapters of [[DeconstructionFic exposing Blaine]] as an [[HeroicSelfDeprecation insecure, fragile,]] [[BrokenAce seriously damaged]] LoveMartyr who's put Kurt on a ''huge'' pedestal. It's also right before [[spoiler: [[TrueCompanions the Warblers]] drag Blaine into therapy, where he reveals that he's not a virgin and had a [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest horrible, horrible breakup with his first]].]] Oh yeah, and [[spoiler: he now has a StalkerWithACrush.]]

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* Two of these are in the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fic ''Fanfic/HuntingTheUnicorn'': "The Outlaws" (chapter four) is a well-needed CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} ([[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and funny]]) after three chapters of slowly breaking Kurt. "The Men At Arms" (chapter ten) comes after ''seven'' chapters of [[DeconstructionFic exposing Blaine]] as an [[HeroicSelfDeprecation insecure, fragile,]] [[BrokenAce seriously damaged]] LoveMartyr who's put Kurt on a ''huge'' pedestal. It's also right before [[spoiler: [[TrueCompanions the Warblers]] drag Blaine into therapy, where he reveals that he's not a virgin and had a [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest horrible, horrible breakup with his first]].]] Oh yeah, and [[spoiler: he now has a StalkerWithACrush.]]



** "Smells like Murder", the episode with the body in the cooler that's sent to the LAPD by ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny mail]]'', is sandwiched between "Identity Theft", about a man who's on trial for murder and pleads guilty [[spoiler:to protect his schizophrenic son]], and "Maternal Instincts", about a teenage boy who is shot in a parking lot but doesn't die [[spoiler:right away]] and bonds with Brenda's niece.

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** "Smells like Murder", the episode with the body in the cooler that's sent to the LAPD by ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments mail]]'', is sandwiched between "Identity Theft", about a man who's on trial for murder and pleads guilty [[spoiler:to protect his schizophrenic son]], and "Maternal Instincts", about a teenage boy who is shot in a parking lot but doesn't die [[spoiler:right away]] and bonds with Brenda's niece.



* After an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome especially epic]] conclusion to a story arc, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' went off on a tangent with the Midnight Crew intermission. Also a breather episode for the author, who needed to fix up his server before he could continue to the next arc.

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* After an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome especially epic]] conclusion to a story arc, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' went off on a tangent with the Midnight Crew intermission. Also a breather episode for the author, who needed to fix up his server before he could continue to the next arc.
24th May '18 7:20:45 AM TheAlmightyCastform
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** "The Kindergarden Kid" is a homage to ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner'' that severed as the Season 4 premiere, airing the day after the season 3 finale. Considering that the final episodes of that previous season transitioned from a small story arc about Amethyst's depression and lack of self-worth directly to [[spoiler: Jasper's corruption, TheReveal that Rose shattered Pink Diamond, and Steven near-death in the midst of space (first from assassination, then from a lack of oxygen)]] without a break, this episode was definitely needed.

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** "The Kindergarden Kid" is a homage to ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner'' that severed as the Season 4 premiere, airing the day after the season 3 finale. Considering that the final episodes of that previous season transitioned from a small story arc about Amethyst's depression and lack of self-worth directly to [[spoiler: Bismuth's reveal and outrage, Jasper's corruption, TheReveal that Rose shattered Pink Diamond, and Steven near-death in the midst of space (first from assassination, then from a lack of oxygen)]] without a break, this episode was definitely needed.
23rd May '18 6:57:57 AM jormis29
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* The opera ''Theatre/EinsteinOnTheBeach'' by PhilipGlass reaches a climax with a chaotic sequence set aboard a spaceship. But its closing sequence is a quiet section in which a character philosophizes about love. Qualifies as a "breather episode" when you consider the opera is more then ''four hours long'' (without an intermission).

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* The opera ''Theatre/EinsteinOnTheBeach'' by PhilipGlass Music/PhilipGlass reaches a climax with a chaotic sequence set aboard a spaceship. But its closing sequence is a quiet section in which a character philosophizes about love. Qualifies as a "breather episode" when you consider the opera is more then ''four hours long'' (without an intermission).
20th May '18 3:15:27 PM eyebones
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Writing is not born out of a powerful compulsion to torture imaginary people.

Really! Or at least hypothetically it isn't. Okay, it isn't, in a few rare cases.
18th May '18 3:47:18 PM Valiona
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* Subverted in episode 8 of ''Literature/{{Another}}''. It's fairly light-hearted in [[AnyoneCanDie stark contrast]] to the earlier episodes [[spoiler: where people were getting killed left and right.]] Then the ending for the episode comes along...

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* In ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'', the two stories in Volume 10, which takes place between two major story arcs. One features Haruyuki fighting alongside Aqua Current, a "bodyguard" and [[spoiler:former member of Nega Nebulus]], to gain some points after prematurely leveling up, while another has Kuroyukihime teaming up with an old acquaintance and his friends to fight a rival Burst Linker while on a trip in Okinawa. The timing is a little different in the anime, since the first story is between the first and second main story arcs, while the latter is in the middle of [[CerebusSyndrome the Dusk Taker saga]], but they're still an example.
* Subverted in episode 8 of ''Literature/{{Another}}''. It's fairly light-hearted in [[AnyoneCanDie stark contrast]] to the earlier episodes [[spoiler: where people were getting killed left episodes, being a BeachEpisode in which Reiko takes her nephew Koichi and right.]] Then some of his friends to visit her old classmate, who might know about stopping the ending for curse once it's started. As Reiko talks with her friend, the episode comes along...other students hang out on the beach, [[spoiler:until one goes after a beach ball and dies, becoming the latest casualty and (seemingly) proof that the curse can strike outside Yomiyama]].



* ''Manga/BloomIntoYou'' has Chapter 24. The preceding chapters deal with Touko dealing with the knowledge that [[spoiler:her sister may not have been the perfect person Touko believed her to be]], and the subsequent chapters focus on rewriting the play's ending, which are fairly dramatic and serious. Chapter 24, however, focuses on Yuu and Touko going to an aquarium- InUniverse, Yuu's unexpected invitation cheers Touko up quite a bit.

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* ''Manga/BloomIntoYou'' has Chapter 24. The preceding chapters deal with Touko dealing with the knowledge that [[spoiler:her sister may not have been the perfect person Touko believed her to be]], and the subsequent chapters focus on rewriting the play's ending, which are fairly dramatic and serious. Chapter 24, however, focuses on Yuu and Touko going to an aquarium- InUniverse, Yuu's unexpected invitation aquarium and having fun together, which cheers Touko up quite a bit.


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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' has the Caliber story, an adventure in which Kirito and his friends find the legendary sword, following up on a brief detour from Kirito and Leafa's journey to the World Tree in Volume 4. To a lesser extent, there's "Mother's Rosray," which, despite having [[spoiler:a terminally ill new character]], has decidedly lower stakes than other arcs. Both are relatively lighthearted compared to the preceding Phantom Bullet arc and the following "Alicization" arc.


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* ''VideoGame/Persona4'' has this happen from time to time, especially when the group thinks they've solved the case.
** The latter half of summer vacation. With a suspect in custody, the Investigation Team relaxes and hangs out together, from enjoying the festival to sharing a watermelon together.
** The class trip to [[VideoGame/Persona3 Tatsumi Port Island]] is also fairly relaxed, although it does involve the group learning a little more about Naoto's backstory.
** The entire month of January in [[UpdatedRerelease Golden]]. Although you learn that [[spoiler:Marie is missing]], you have an entire month to hang out in a peaceful Inaba, after having solved the case [[spoiler:and prevented the world from being engulfed in fog]].
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has the culture festival, which takes place after [[spoiler:the Phantom Thieves are framed for killing Kunikazu Okumura, becoming wanted criminals as a result]]. Immediately after [[spoiler:Akechi blackmails the Phantom Thieves into helping him]] and immediately before [[spoiler:Sojiro confronts you and Futaba about your connection to the Thieves]], you can hang out with one of your Confidants from Shujin at the festival for a fun and fairly comedic event.
11th May '18 9:05:39 AM NumberFortyFour
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* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' is this for the Harry Potter movie series. It follows the angst ridden Order of the Pheonix and precedes the dark two part finale. The movie has a much heavier focus on comedy than the others, prominently features multiple light-hearted romance subplots, and though not without dark moments was the only post Prisoner of Azkaban movie to earn a PG rating rather than PG-13.
8th May '18 9:23:10 PM AJD
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The Breather Episode is used after a particularly grueling and emotional story arc or episode, and serves to lighten the mood; to contrast with the "dark" mood of the previous episode. These might feature several musical numbers and [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]] [[ADayInTheLimelight appearances]] by [[LowerDeckEpisode minor characters]]. They are presented in a fun-house manner, with plenty of bright and cheery colors. Children's shows play with this trope by being more lighthearted than usual.

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The Breather Episode is used after a particularly grueling and emotional story arc or episode, or as a break partway through a sequence of intense episodes, and serves to lighten the mood; mood, to contrast with the "dark" mood of the previous episode. These might feature several musical numbers and [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]] [[ADayInTheLimelight appearances]] by [[LowerDeckEpisode minor characters]]. They are may be presented in a fun-house manner, with plenty of bright and cheery colors. Children's shows play with this trope by being more lighthearted than usual.



** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' all serve as breather episodes between ''Civil War'' and the upcoming ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.

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** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' all serve as breather episodes between ''Civil War'' and Similarly,, ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp'' follows up on the upcoming universe-shattering ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.
8th May '18 8:12:50 PM Valiona
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* ''Manga/BloomIntoYou'' has Chapter 24. The preceding chapters deal with Touko dealing with the knowledge that [[spoiler:her sister may not have been the perfect person Touko believed her to be]], and the subsequent chapters focus on rewriting the play's ending, which are fairly dramatic and serious. Chapter 24, however, focuses on Yuu and Touko going to an aquarium- InUniverse, Yuu's unexpected invitation cheers Touko up quite a bit.



* [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh The Hundred-Acre Wood]], and later [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Atlantica]], serve this purpose in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series.

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* [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh The Hundred-Acre Wood]], and later [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Atlantica]], serve this purpose in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series. This is particularly true in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', in which the 100 Acre Wood is a mandatory level in the second set of four levels, which is when the game gets significantly darker.
4th May '18 4:51:26 AM FoxBluereaver
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has the following:
** Chapter 24 is set between between the [[WhamEpisode game-changer that was Chapter 23]] and the start of the Fuchsia Tag-Tournament Arc in Chapter 26.
** Chapters 30 and 31 are a lot more relaxed and low key than the Tag Tournament and Janine gym battle chapters, with the end of Chapter 31 showing that the story will soon be going into high action again.
** Chapter 36 is this in the aftermath of the above, after leading to another major WhamEpisode in Chapter 34, and in preparation to the eventual trip to Cinnabar Island for Ash's seventh badge.
1st May '18 9:08:19 AM sanfranman91
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* Episode 7 of ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx serves as this. Squad 13 gets to take a well-deserved break from fighting klaxosaurs by [[BeachEpisode spending some time at the beach]].

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* Episode 7 of ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx'' serves as this. Squad 13 gets to take a well-deserved break from fighting klaxosaurs by [[BeachEpisode spending some time at the beach]].
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