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11th Oct '17 11:19:26 AM Fretless94
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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', being a massive {{crossover}} between loads of Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon properties and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', jumps around in tone like crazy. You can go from fighting an intense battle against [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] to hanging out with [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]. You can summon [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Genie]] or [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch]] or even Disney/ChickenLittle to fight against a horrible EldritchAbomination. You can go from walking through the [[FieldOfBlades Keyblade Graveyard]] with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoCbMsVWvT4 this music]] to walking through Disney Town and playing a mini-game involving [[WesternAnimation/Ducktales1987 Huey, Dewey and Louie]], an ice cream cannon, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fzJKGIDzwI It's a Small World]].
3rd Sep '17 7:07:40 PM 3_D_S
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* ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone: Balance'' has a sort of ''fractal'' CerebusSyndrome, in which each individual story arc starts out extremely light and ends dark and dramatic. The very first arc, ''Here There Be Gerblins'', starts with three guys making dick jokes and fighting a LaughablyEvil villain that poses little threat and ends with said three guys accidentally nuking an entire city and killing thousands of people. The arcs progress in this manner (''Eleventh Hour'' starts with a goofy shopping montage and ends with a main character [[TomatoInTheMirror finding out he's a brainwashed villain]] that created an ArtifactOfDoom, ''Stolen Century'' starts with an easily-won bar fight in which two of the heroes con some drunk guys out of their shoes and ends with the entire cast being either killed off or brutally [[MindRape Mind Raped]], et cetera). Even the finale is largely funny and lighthearted interspersed with a few truly disturbing moments.
25th Aug '17 3:07:03 PM Misterian
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* The ''Franchise/{{RatchetAndClank}}'' series tends to run on this trope, though whether it plays it straight, downplays it, or outright goes into CerebusSyndrome territory depends on the game in question. But mostly it tends shift between being light-hearted space opera with humor not unlike something you'd see in a [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation Dreamworks movie]], to clashing with villians that have a history of destroying planets, committing galactic genocide, or enslaving other galactic heroes into becoming gladiators... then moves back to the light-hearted stuff again.
24th Aug '17 11:59:50 PM tsstevens
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* The ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' series had seemingly had miscommunication between programmers Techland and developers Deep Silver in that when it was first revealed in 2007 it was basically a zombie outbreak on a tropical island. Then when the game was revived in 2011 it went a much different route that seemed to want to outdarken ''Franchise/TheWalkingDead'' based on the trailers and some of the in game content. Titles such as ''Riptide'' or ''Escape'' play up the horror or psychological themes, but at the same time there is humor in the game if you look for it, goofy elements and the games can very much be an action filled case of PlayTheGameSkipTheStory for those who aren't interested.
27th Jul '17 10:33:39 AM ClintEastwood
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** The classic series had a lot of wild shifts in tone, particularly whenever new people took over behind the scenes. The best example might be the tenure of Creator/TomBaker as the [[TheNthDoctor Fourth Doctor]], since it lasted so long. It began with the comical "Robot", which established 4 as much sillier and more alien than his predecessor. Soon it was doing far darker stories like "Pyramids of Mars" and "Genesis of the Daleks". MoralGuardians complained, so we got a RobotBuddy and much more comedy with serials like "City of Death" (written by comedic author Creator/DouglasAdams). Baker's final season, however, was comparatively grim and death and decay was a recurring theme.
** Due to the production difficulties of the time (several producers, tortured budgets and plots that had to be written around [[AbsenteeActor the lead actor's failing mental health]]), Season 3 (with the First Doctor) definitely qualifies. "Mission to the Unknown", a BottleEpisode without the Doctor in it where a bunch of people get miserably slaughtered by Daleks, is followed by "The Myth Makers", a lighthearted {{Bathos}}-based social comedy set in Troy which suddenly becomes very dark and bloody when the Greeks invade in the final episode. "The Daleks' Master Plan" is a SpaceOpera {{Arc}} combining an extreme bodycount (including the deaths of ''two'' companions) and brutal violence with the [[AffablyEvil intentionally goofy]] villain the Monk and a ridiculous comedy episode halfway through where they get stuck on a 1920s film set and then go off to celebrate Christmas. "The Massacre" is another unusually dark episode with a DownerEnding where the Doctor is forced to ignore a genocide and has a HeroicBSOD, interrupted in the last five minutes by a giggly CloudCuckooLander ManicPixieDreamGirl companion accidentally breaking into the TARDIS. Then we get the [[AngstWhatAngst somewhat less relentlessly negative]] "The Ark", the absolutely ridiculous "The Celestial Toymaker", a comedy MusicalEpisode ("The Gunfighters") which again has a suddenly dark and bloody ending, and it's only by "The Savages" and "The War Machines" that the series settles back down into monster-based adventure serials.
** Series 2 of the revival era alternates between an invasion which the Doctor can't help stop and he may be dying, to a madcap body-snatcher romp, to a tale about humans losing their humanity to cold steel shells, to a somewhat tongue-in-cheek 50s piece with a hammy villain, to demonic possession on board a lonely Sanctuary Base, to an offbeat episode commenting on ''Doctor Who'' fandom itself to all-out war between [[spoiler:the Daleks and the Cybermen]].
** Series 5 and 6: Matt Smith was originally a much more [[CloudCuckoolander madcap and alien]] Doctor, who met a girl and took her away to see the universe. In the middle of the season, [[spoiler: Rory gets erased from time]]. However, two episodes after this, the Doctor is passing off as a human lodger and playing football. The episode after that has the Doctor [[spoiler: trapped in the Pandorica; Rory returning, albeit as an Auton and shooting Amy, while River is inside the TARDIS and it's exploding]]! And then the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang finale]] has this in spades in one episode. Music/ChameleonCircuit summed it up quite nicely in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f0xBe0kq3E this song]].
** As for Series 6? It begins with [[spoiler: The Doctor being KilledOffForReal]] and [[FromBadToWorse only gets worse from there.]] Other episodes in the season include a madcap {{pirate}} romp, a sinister clone saga, a horrifying WhatDoTheyFearEpisode and a buddy comedy. "The Doctor's Wife" is as much of this as possible squeezed into one episode: it includes a sweet, whimsical, romantic main plot about the series' origin story, a gruesomely dark and depressing subplot about the dead Time Lords, quirky CargoShip-riddled bantering and shenanigans between the Doctor and the TARDIS, and a sadistic voice trapping and psychologically torturing Amy and Rory ForTheEvulz.

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** The classic series had a lot of wild shifts in tone, particularly whenever new people took over behind the scenes. The best example might be the tenure of Creator/TomBaker as the [[TheNthDoctor Fourth Doctor]], since it lasted so long. It began with the comical "Robot", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", which established 4 Four as much sillier and more alien than his predecessor. Soon it was doing far darker stories like "Pyramids "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars" Mars]]" and "Genesis "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks". Daleks]]". MoralGuardians complained, so we got a RobotBuddy and much more comedy with serials like "City "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death" Death]]" (written by comedic author Creator/DouglasAdams). Baker's final season, however, was comparatively grim and death and decay was a recurring theme.
** Due to the production difficulties of the time (several producers, tortured budgets and plots that had to be written around [[AbsenteeActor the lead actor's failing mental health]]), Season 3 (with the First Doctor) definitely qualifies. "Mission "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissionToTheUnknown Mission to the Unknown", Unknown]]", a BottleEpisode without the Doctor in it where a bunch of people get miserably slaughtered by Daleks, is followed by "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers The Myth Makers", Makers]]", a lighthearted {{Bathos}}-based social comedy set in Troy which suddenly becomes very dark and bloody when the Greeks invade in the final episode. "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Daleks' Master Plan" Plan]]" is a SpaceOpera {{Arc}} combining an extreme bodycount (including the deaths of ''two'' companions) and brutal violence with the [[AffablyEvil intentionally goofy]] villain the Monk and a ridiculous comedy episode halfway through where they get stuck on a 1920s film set and then go off to celebrate Christmas. "The Massacre" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre The Massacre]]" is another unusually dark episode with a DownerEnding where the Doctor is forced to ignore a genocide and has a HeroicBSOD, interrupted in the last five minutes by a giggly CloudCuckooLander ManicPixieDreamGirl companion accidentally breaking into the TARDIS. Then we get the [[AngstWhatAngst somewhat less relentlessly negative]] "The Ark", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E6TheArk The Ark]]", the absolutely ridiculous "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker The Celestial Toymaker", Toymaker]]", a comedy MusicalEpisode ("The Gunfighters") ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]") which again has a suddenly dark and bloody ending, and it's only by "The Savages" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E9TheSavages The Savages]]" and "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E10TheWarMachines The War Machines" Machines]]" that the series settles back down into monster-based adventure serials.
** Series 2 of the revival era alternates between [[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion an invasion which the Doctor can't help stop and he may be dying, dying]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth to a madcap body-snatcher romp, romp]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen to a tale about humans humans]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel losing their humanity to cold steel shells, shells]], [[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern to a somewhat tongue-in-cheek 50s piece with a hammy villain, villain]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet to demonic possession possession]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit on board a lonely Sanctuary Base, Base]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters to an offbeat episode commenting on ''Doctor Who'' fandom itself itself]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday to all-out war between [[spoiler:the Daleks and the Cybermen]].Cybermen]]]].
** Series 5 and 6: Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith was originally a much more [[CloudCuckoolander madcap and alien]] Doctor, who met a girl and took her away to see the universe. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood In the middle of the season, [[spoiler: Rory gets erased from time]]. time]]]]. However, two episodes after this, [[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger the Doctor is passing off as a human lodger and playing football. football]]. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The episode after that has the Doctor [[spoiler: trapped in the Pandorica; Rory returning, albeit as an Auton and shooting Amy, while River is inside the TARDIS and it's exploding]]! exploding]]]]! And then the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang finale]] has this in spades in one episode. Music/ChameleonCircuit summed it up quite nicely in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f0xBe0kq3E this song]].
** As for Series 6? It begins with [[spoiler: The Doctor being KilledOffForReal]] and [[FromBadToWorse only gets worse from there.]] Other episodes in the season include [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot a madcap {{pirate}} romp, pirate romp]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E5TheRebelFlesh a sinister sinister]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople clone saga, saga]], a horrifying WhatDoTheyFearEpisode and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime a buddy comedy. "The comedy]]. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife" Wife]]" is as much of this as possible squeezed into one episode: it includes a sweet, whimsical, romantic main plot about the series' origin story, a gruesomely dark and depressing subplot about the dead Time Lords, quirky CargoShip-riddled bantering and shenanigans between the Doctor and the TARDIS, and a sadistic voice trapping and psychologically torturing Amy and Rory ForTheEvulz.



** The Twelfth Doctor's tenure so far, Series 8 and 9, continues this trend. Series 8 is mostly standalone stories while Series 9 prefers multi-parters, but either way it's common for light adventures to suddenly swerve into tragic territory and dark ones to indulge in whimsy as the much-changed Doctor's relationship with Clara is tested again and again. "The Caretaker" has Clara trying to hide her two relationships with Danny and the Doctor from each other when the latter poses as a human at her school...but it also addresses Danny's concern that Clara will come to a bad end traveling with the alien. "Last Christmas" has brain-eating, DreamWithinADream-weaving aliens...but SantaClaus himself helps our heroes escape them. "The Girl Who Died" has the Doctor help a village of Viking farmers defeat hammy aliens...but when the cost of victory is too high to bear, he makes a rash decision that haunts him for the rest of a season. The intense "The Zygon Invasion"/"The Zygon Inversion" has cheeky comic relief and a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. The tragic, massively-scaled three-part Series 9 finale starts with what ''could'' be a whimsical adventure, but certain villains are out to get the Doctor ''and'' Clara makes a well-meant choice... After that saga's BittersweetEnding comes "The Husbands of River Song", a ChristmasEpisode that outstrips just about every other revival episode for wackiness '''''then''''' becomes a tender romance that has its own BittersweetEnding -- albeit one more sweet than bitter.

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** The Twelfth Doctor's tenure so far, Series 8 and 9, continues this trend. Series 8 is mostly standalone stories while Series 9 prefers multi-parters, but either way it's common for light adventures to suddenly swerve into tragic territory and dark ones to indulge in whimsy as the much-changed Doctor's relationship with Clara is tested again and again. "The Caretaker" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]" has Clara trying to hide her two relationships with Danny and the Doctor from each other when the latter poses as a human at her school...but it also addresses Danny's concern that Clara will come to a bad end traveling with the alien. "Last Christmas" "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has brain-eating, DreamWithinADream-weaving aliens...but SantaClaus himself helps our heroes escape them. "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died" Died]]" has the Doctor help a village of Viking farmers defeat hammy aliens...but when the cost of victory is too high to bear, he makes a rash decision that haunts him for the rest of a season. The intense "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion"/"The Invasion]]"[=]/[=]"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion" Inversion]]" has cheeky comic relief and a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. The tragic, massively-scaled three-part Series 9 finale starts with what ''could'' be a whimsical adventure, but certain villains are out to get the Doctor ''and'' Clara makes a well-meant choice... After that saga's BittersweetEnding comes "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song", Song]]", a ChristmasEpisode that outstrips just about every other revival episode for wackiness '''''then''''' becomes a tender romance that has its own BittersweetEnding -- albeit one more sweet than bitter.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is one of the few successful examples of a comedic series trying this. For example, four consecutive episodes of the fourth season involve 1) an elaborate ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody/homage; 2) global warming played for laughs (and guest-starring Al Gore's Head); 3) Fry's thousand-years-dead past tragically resurfacing; and 4) a whacky escalating war involving paper routes. Gleesh.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is one of the few successful examples of a comedic series trying this. For example, four consecutive episodes of the fourth season involve 1) an elaborate ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody/homage; 2) global warming played for laughs (and guest-starring Al Gore's Head); 3) Fry's thousand-years-dead past tragically resurfacing; and 4) a whacky wacky escalating war involving paper routes. Gleesh.
18th Jul '17 7:35:40 PM erazor0707
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonNovaAndAntica'': The fic generally maintains the lighthearted nature of its source material, which makes the deviations all the more evident. Generally speaking, you'll have all sorts of friendly battles and warm moments one instance, and in another, allusions to death as well as personal drama and strife.
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7th Jul '17 11:52:52 AM BatmanKalEl
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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderman'' takes the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' road. While it is LighterAndSofter and DenserAndWackier than the usual Spidey fare, its main arc plot is much darker than the comedic episodes. Season 2 seems to be going for a more mature arc plot too, while still maintaining humour.

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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderman'' ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' takes the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' road. While it is LighterAndSofter and DenserAndWackier than the usual Spidey fare, its main arc plot is much darker than the comedic episodes. Season 2 seems to be going for a more mature arc plot too, while still maintaining humour.
7th Jul '17 11:52:13 AM BatmanKalEl
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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' takes the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' road. While it is LighterAndSofter and DenserAndWackier than the usual Spidey fare, its main arc plot is much darker than the comedic episodes. Season 2 seems to be going for a more mature arc plot too, while still maintaining humour.

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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderman'' takes the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' road. While it is LighterAndSofter and DenserAndWackier than the usual Spidey fare, its main arc plot is much darker than the comedic episodes. Season 2 seems to be going for a more mature arc plot too, while still maintaining humour.
7th Jul '17 11:47:59 AM BatmanKalEl
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* WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan takes the WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse road. While it is LighterAndSofter and DenserAndWackier than the usual Spidey fare, its main arc plot is much darker than the comedic episodes. Season 2 seems to be going for a more mature arc plot too, while still maintaining humour.

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* WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' takes the WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' road. While it is LighterAndSofter and DenserAndWackier than the usual Spidey fare, its main arc plot is much darker than the comedic episodes. Season 2 seems to be going for a more mature arc plot too, while still maintaining humour.
27th Jun '17 10:51:31 AM Mdumas43073
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'', particularly in the later seasons.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was prone to this, particularly in the its later seasons.
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