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9th Feb '18 2:14:20 PM chasemaddigan
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* Web Original

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9th Feb '18 2:13:48 PM chasemaddigan
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* After a long string of {{Wham Episode}}s, ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' had "Backyard Bikini Patrol", an episode devoted largely to characterization and {{fanservice}}.
* After the heavy dramatic exposition in episodes 18 and 19, ''WebAnimation/UnforgottenRealms'' made Episode 20, ADayInTheLimelight with ROAMIN the paladin, watching him solve crimes in his... [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} unique]] fashion.
* Entry #23 of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' is the most brutally scary of the series, with J returning to the abandoned house and [[spoiler:being teleported all over the place, hearing the horrible static, somehow ending up in the factory seen in #22, and actually meeting the Slender Man.]] Entry #24, by contrast, 'only' has the ParanoiaFuel of [[spoiler:J's own house apparently making him disappear for hours at a time,]] which by the standards of the series is relatively calming.
** And again in the more recent entry #46 which returns to an only slightly lesser scary than that of #23. In it [[spoiler:Jay breaks into Alex's house and comes in direct contact with Slenderman. This was a huge shock, considering the lack of frame splitting prior to his appearance.]] This was followed by Entry #47, which is entirely shot in daylight hours and involved nothing but talking.
* After the nasty emotional rollercoaster of the Olympics plot (which involved the deaths/resurrection of half the founding Titans, Troia having to make her children DeadForReal) and Ra's Al Ghul's Plague (involving a global plague so virulent it killed millions of people, had heroes dropping like flies, and almost killed Superman), JLA Watchtower / Roleplay/DCNation followed it up with a rather silly "Annual Chili Cookoff" plotline set at Warrior's bar.
* [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki's]] TrueArt page consists mainly of huge MindScrew, after a little MindScrew, the page immediately cuts back and offers an explanation of what TrueArt can be before resuming the MindScrew.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'':
** The series has fairly serious story arcs, with the bulk of the plot generally taking place after the funny review. After major events, Linkara tends to have a few episodes with ''no'' story (or very little), which are ''just'' the funny review, with maybe a bit of foreshadowing or a more dramatic post-credits scene.
** Within the reviews themselves, the second and third parts of his review on ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'' were broken up by his review on a goofy, fun''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' comic. This came right before the final part of CFJ, which saw [[spoiler:Lian Harper getting brutally killed,]] causing Linkara to be so disgusted that [[spoiler:the comic murdered a recurring child character]] for shock value that he [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness completely broke character]] over what happened, getting legitimately enraged. This was then immediately followed by a review on a Franchise/CareBears comic of all things.
* One week in February, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewed ''Film/PatchAdams'' and showed it for the disrespectful, {{glurge}}y, disgustingly uncomfortable mess it was. The very next week, he did an episode on ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'', having fun with the adorable charm of the movie.
** Enforced by the "Top 11 Most Fuck Yeah Movie Themes", as the ''character'' feels like he needs something happy and uplifting to distract him from the rising self-loathing that will spill over [[http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/nostalgia-critic-scooby-doo-6305335 four episodes later]].
* Part four of the DarkerAndEdgier WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee, while still {{foreshadowing}} depressing stuff, was more like the "everyone's shooting and being slapsticky" feel the audience was used to from the site. Of course it ended on a downer with [[spoiler: Snob getting kidnapped by the baddies]], and only got darker from there.
* ''WebVideo/WarningReadersAdvisory'' has had a couple--one to fill a slot on the schedule that was delayed due to some technical difficulties, and one as a regular breather after a handful of plot-heavy episodes that came before.
* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' started having breather episodes after CerebusSyndrome settled in. Season 3, in which the very faction to which the protagonists belong is in danger of outright disappearing after [[spoiler:its almost keystone top player gets banned]], has an episode focusing on a video game tester trying out the game. Season 4, in which the main guild's members [[spoiler:are leaving one after the other]], has the introduction of a new member that has an original way to blow off steam from his job as professional player.
* WebOriginal/TheSharkasmCrew puts in a lot of effort is to hype up the Paranormal Activity series of tournaments and make them the very best they can be. Thus, side tourneys such as TGIC were made.
* The third episode of ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared''. The only gore comes from the food at the picnic and the scrubby of Yellow Guy's brain, and is relatively low-key, a much longer time is spent on things being perfectly fine and happy before it gets dark, [[spoiler:and it's AllJustADream, ending with a heartwarming GoldenMoment]].
* 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.
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29th Jan '18 1:39:52 PM ZimFan89
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* ''[[Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters]]'':

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** Chapter 19 deals with all the fallout from the conclusion of the Dark Hand arc, and gives all the heroes a chance to recover from it... [[SubvertedTrope then it turns into a]] WhamEpisode [[MoodWhiplash in its last scenes]].
24th Jan '18 4:13:11 PM RacattackForce
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See also MoodWhiplash. Contrast WhamEpisode. Occasionally, this will be a BizarroEpisode, and may involve a WackyWaysideTribe. A key component of TheHerosJourney.

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See also MoodWhiplash. Contrast WhamEpisode. Occasionally, this will be a BizarroEpisode, and may involve a WackyWaysideTribe. A key component of TheHerosJourney. If a breather episode later turns out to have major significance for the rest of the series, then it's an InnocuouslyImportantEpisode.
31st Dec '17 9:46:30 PM Arcana4th
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'':
** The Hideout Raid Arc ends with a huge WhamEpisode and some very dark and/or emotionally heavy moments. The arc is soon followed by a 2-chapter mini arc focused on dorm room shenanigans as the students vote for who has the best bedroom.
** The Internship Arc ends with [[spoiler:the first death of a major hero onscreen and Mirio losing his quirk]], followed by implications that Midoriya, Kirishima, Tsuyu and Uraraka didn't came out of that psychologically unscratched. This is followed by a special training with Camie, Inasa, Todoroki and Bakugou as they try to befriend a bunch of children.
30th Dec '17 1:46:17 AM BigKlingy
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** In ''Dai Gyaketen Saiban 2'', it's the second case that's the breather, having only one minor tie-in the the over-arching story arc, and even that's at the very end of the episode after the case itself has been resolved. The case is a SequelEpisode to the above-mentioned Case 4 of the previous game, and is a mostly lighthearted affair. Then Case 3 is a WhamEpisode that begins The Professor plot and reveals [[spoiler: Asogi is still alive]], and Cases 4 and 5 are actually two parts of the same climactic final case.
28th Dec '17 8:44:33 PM MasterN
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One purpose of a StoryArc is to provide the necessary time to really ramp up the peril the protagonists are in. Crunch up the {{Love Interest|s}}, alienate the friends, heap a bunch of victories on the BigBad, let all the [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]] leak out of the superpower, maybe throw in a scorching case of herpes and a drug dependency... you know, just do everything you can to grind a protagonist into a sticky paste.

While this is fun and all, it can occasionally get to be a little overbearing for the audience. The trick is to throw in a breather episode before they become too terrified to tune in, something a little LighterAndSofter in tone.

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One purpose of a StoryArc is to provide the necessary time to really ramp up the peril the protagonists are in. [[BreakTheCutie Crunch up the the]] {{Love Interest|s}}, [[EtTuBrute alienate the friends, friends]], [[YouCantThwartStageOne heap a bunch of victories on the the]] BigBad, let all the [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]] leak out of the superpower, maybe throw in a scorching case of herpes and a drug dependency... you know, just do everything you can to [[TraumaCongaLine grind a protagonist into a sticky paste.

paste]].

While this is fun and all, it can occasionally get to be a little [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy overbearing for the audience.audience]]. The trick is to throw in a breather episode before they become too terrified to tune in, something a little LighterAndSofter in tone.
13th Dec '17 12:39:57 AM __Vano
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In VideoGames, this trope may occur as well, but there's also a variant of the trope applied to the game's difficulty rather than the game's content: see BreatherLevel.

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In VideoGames, this trope may occur as well, but there's also a variant of the trope applied to the game's difficulty rather than the game's content: see BreatherLevel.
13th Dec '17 12:38:46 AM __Vano
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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]] 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, 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]] appearances [[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.
6th Dec '17 8:22:59 PM lempamo
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* Music/DaftPunk's "Make Love" is a quiet piano-driven interlude, in direct contrast to the songs it is stuck between, namely "Steam Machine" and "The Brainwasher".

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* Music/DaftPunk's "Make Love" off of "Human After All" is a quiet piano-driven interlude, in direct contrast to the songs it is stuck between, namely "Steam Machine" and "The Brainwasher".
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