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9th Feb '17 3:22:31 PM catmuto
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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has a couple breather manga chapters. After the UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper arc and [[spoiler: Madam Red's]] funeral we're treated to a much more lighthearted chapter where Ciel's aunt and his [[ArrangedMarriage fiancee]] [[KissingCousins Elizabeth]] stop by for a visit.

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has a couple breather manga chapters. ''Manga/BlackButler''
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After the UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper arc and [[spoiler: Madam Red's]] funeral we're treated to a much more lighthearted chapter where Ciel's aunt and his [[ArrangedMarriage fiancee]] [[KissingCousins Elizabeth]] stop by for a visit.visit.
** After the ship arc, which had a high body count and several revelations [[spoiler: (with the Undertaker revealing himself to not only be a Deserter Shinigami, but to also be behind the zombie creations out of a twisted desire to experiment)]], the next chapter revolves around Easter and has the cast get together for a whacky, lighthearted egg hunt.
4th Feb '17 5:57:05 PM Blazer
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* Many fans consider ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 4 a Breather ''Season'', coming off of the craziness that was Volume 3, allowing for world-building and character development and keeping the body count ''very'' low. However, it's something of a YMMV as some find it to suffer from ArcFatigue.
29th Jan '17 9:14:06 AM nombretomado
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* AlanMoore's run on ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' had several of these, most notably "Rite of Spring", which is pretty much entirely about hallucinogenic plant-on-human sex. Yes, ''that's'' what qualifies as a breather for the [[DarkerAndEdgier series]]. At least no one's getting tortured, killed, or raped.

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* AlanMoore's Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' had several of these, most notably "Rite of Spring", which is pretty much entirely about hallucinogenic plant-on-human sex. Yes, ''that's'' what qualifies as a breather for the [[DarkerAndEdgier series]]. At least no one's getting tortured, killed, or raped.
28th Jan '17 4:54:12 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' could be viewed as this for the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, being a comparatively laid-back story (apart from the Dementors) which does not have anything directly to do with Voldemort and immediately precedes [[spoiler:his return]] in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. It also comes after ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', which is an ActionizedSequel involving students being attacked by a monster, leading to a year-long reign of terror which threatens to close the school. In comparison, Sirius Black coming after Harry in particular is rather low stakes.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has two:
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''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' could be viewed as this for the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, this, being a comparatively laid-back story (apart from the Dementors) which does not have anything directly to do with Voldemort and immediately precedes [[spoiler:his return]] in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. It also comes after ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', which is an ActionizedSequel involving students being attacked by a monster, leading to a year-long reign of terror which threatens to close the school. In comparison, Sirius Black coming after Harry in particular is rather low stakes.
17th Jan '17 10:37:55 AM MagnusForce
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** Season 7 finale "Reincarnation" is a [[ParodyEpisode playful]] cool-down after the much more dramatic "Overclockwise" that preceded it.
** "Murder on the Planet Express" is a weird example. It's a mostly comedic episode that comes off the [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments more]] [[TearJerker emotional]] "Game of Tones", but is filled with NightmareFuel and BlackComedy.

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** After the famously [[TearJerker emotional]] episodes "Lethal Inspection" and "The Late Philip J Fry", Season 6 followed them up with "That Darn Katz" -- a largely comedic episode about [[ADayInTheLimelight Amy and Nibbler]] trying to stop cats [[CatsAreMean (which are actually evil aliens)]] from enslaving the human race.
-->'''From a review by Zack Handlen of A.V. Club''':"...'That Darn Katz!' may not have pulled on the heart strings like the last two episodes, but this one was firing on all cylinders and we need episodes like this, just silly larks about cats taking over the world, to give us breathing time between the crying jags."
** Season 7 6 finale "Reincarnation" is a [[ParodyEpisode playful]] cool-down after the much more dramatic "Overclockwise" that preceded it.
** "Murder on the Planet Express" is a weird example. It's a mostly comedic episode that comes off the [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments more]] [[TearJerker emotional]] "Game of Tones", Tones" (and just before the final two episodes of the show), but is filled with NightmareFuel and BlackComedy.
16th Jan '17 12:09:18 PM Jhonny
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* Similarly on his follow up Podcast/Revolutions Podcast, Duncan would often include "supplementals" that deal with one person or topic in detail and don't follow the otherwise relatively straight chronological approach. Duncan does this both to give his listeners a break form the sometimes extremely gory details of e.g. the French Revolutions and to make pauses shorter - apparently producing a supplemental is easier and faster than producing a regular episode.

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* Similarly on his follow up Podcast/Revolutions Podcast/{{Revolutions}} Podcast, Duncan would often include "supplementals" that deal with one person or topic in detail and don't follow the otherwise relatively straight chronological approach. Duncan does this both to give his listeners a break form the sometimes extremely gory details of e.g. the French Revolutions and to make pauses shorter - apparently producing a supplemental is easier and faster than producing a regular episode.
16th Jan '17 12:08:49 PM Jhonny
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* Similarly on his follow up Podcast/Revolutions Podcast, Duncan would often include "supplementals" that deal with one person or topic in detail and don't follow the otherwise relatively straight chronological approach. Duncan does this both to give his listeners a break form the sometimes extremely gory details of e.g. the French Revolutions and to make pauses shorter - apparently producing a supplemental is easier and faster than producing a regular episode.
6th Jan '17 11:12:15 PM AgentKyles
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** Dropped as of Season 6, where it is the finale that is a Wham Episode.
5th Jan '17 1:18:41 AM iroanxi
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* ''FanFic/WithThisRing'': After intense episodes with the League getting mind-controlled, setting the stage for Nabu's capture and fighting back a jailbreak, the Team helps the government deport a Martian porn star and go to the Thymyscira for a holiday [[spoiler: before the island gets attacked.]]
26th Dec '16 7:08:12 AM Sapphirea2
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** Averted in Series 9, which was mostly multi-part stories, if one doesn't count the humorous prequel short "The Doctor's Meditation". The one standalone ("Sleep No More") was a FoundFootage horror episode, the lightest episode ("The Girl Who Died") had a '''''very''''' serious development in the season's StoryArc in its denouement, and the finale three-parter saw Twelve broken by a TraumaCongaLine and temporarily turned into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Then came "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a bright and colorful, wacky-yet-poignant ChristmasEpisode with a BittersweetEnding much more sweet than bitter: [[spoiler: Twelve and River spending '''twenty-four happy years together''' before she heads off to meet her destiny]]. A good note to leave off on, since the show took a longer than usual break between seasons and the ''next'' ChristmasEpisode was all that aired in the interim!

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** Averted in Series 9, which was mostly multi-part stories, if one doesn't count the humorous prequel short "The Doctor's Meditation". The one standalone ("Sleep No More") was a FoundFootage horror episode, the lightest episode ("The Girl Who Died") had a '''''very''''' serious development in the season's StoryArc in its denouement, and the finale three-parter saw Twelve broken by a TraumaCongaLine and temporarily turned into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Then came "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a bright and colorful, wacky-yet-poignant ChristmasEpisode with a BittersweetEnding much more sweet than bitter: [[spoiler: Twelve and River spending '''twenty-four happy years together''' before she heads off to meet her destiny]]. A good note to leave off on, since From there, the show took a longer than usual break between seasons and the ''next'' ChristmasEpisode "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" (in which the Doctor and a comic book-style superhero team up) was all that aired in the interim!interim; it too is a lighthearted story.
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