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25th Jun '17 6:28:41 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' had a pretty dark first season. Season 2 was LighterAndSofter, downplaying most of the magic and focusing more on a LoveTriangle and {{Melodrama}} in the sisters' love lives. Season 3 became more action-packed, with Season 4 getting ''really'' dark (involving a character being KilledOffForReal and a subsequent FaceHeelTurn for another character). Seasons 5 and 6 became LighterAndSofter, with more fantasy-themed standalone episodes. Seasons 7 and 8 are closer to Season 1's level of tone.
28th May '17 4:12:14 PM nombretomado
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* Due to ExecutiveMeddling, the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films became this way. Creator/TimBurton's take on the franchise was dark and gothic. There was a bit of cheese in [[{{Film/Batman}} the 1989 film,]] but his follow-up, ''Film/BatmanReturns,'' was almost depressing. Later, WarnerBros had replaced Burton with Creator/JoelSchumacher to make the franchise more marketable. ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' each had greater camp value than the one before it, but ''Batman and Robin'' brought the franchise to a halt for the rest of TheNineties. Creator/ChristopherNolan restored the franchise with his consistently dark and realistic {{reboot}}, ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.

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* Due to ExecutiveMeddling, the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films became this way. Creator/TimBurton's take on the franchise was dark and gothic. There was a bit of cheese in [[{{Film/Batman}} the 1989 film,]] but his follow-up, ''Film/BatmanReturns,'' was almost depressing. Later, WarnerBros Creator/WarnerBros had replaced Burton with Creator/JoelSchumacher to make the franchise more marketable. ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' each had greater camp value than the one before it, but ''Batman and Robin'' brought the franchise to a halt for the rest of TheNineties. Creator/ChristopherNolan restored the franchise with his consistently dark and realistic {{reboot}}, ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
22nd May '17 11:14:35 PM BiggerJ
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is pretty much always dark. Whether the dark is utterly hilarious or depressingly serious is another matter. Race of man made people taking a restaurant hostage, being held on trial for the death of a giant, or getting ready to bring Armageddon to start another Adam and Eve situation? Hilarious. Marital troubles, other versions of you from other dimensions causing trouble, and [[spoiler: replacing yourself in another universe seconds after the you from that one died]]? Disturbing. And it's not uncommon to switch between the two sides several times in the same episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is pretty much always dark. Whether the dark is utterly hilarious or depressingly serious is another matter. Race of man made people taking a restaurant hostage, being held on trial for the death of a giant, or getting ready to bring Armageddon to start another Adam and Eve situation? Hilarious. Marital troubles, other versions of you from other dimensions causing trouble, and [[spoiler: replacing yourself in another universe seconds after the you from that one died]]? Disturbing. And it's not uncommon to switch between the two sides several times in the same episode.episode (e.g. what happens when you create a universe solely to provide you with power).
8th May '17 10:45:28 AM Emperor_Oshron
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' uses this trope as darker and more serious episodes are interspersed with jarringly comedic ones. Because most episodes are in their own little bubble, there is no overall story to interrupt and in most cases the darkest and grimmest episodes have the exact same impact on the show as the ones about absurd nonsense - that is, [[TheStatusQuoIsGod none]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' uses this trope as darker and more serious episodes are interspersed with jarringly comedic ones. Because most episodes are in their own little bubble, there is no overall story to interrupt and in most cases the darkest and grimmest episodes have the exact same impact on the show as the ones about absurd nonsense - that is, [[TheStatusQuoIsGod [[StatusQuoIsGod none]].
24th Apr '17 9:35:33 PM shrikelet
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' should be called ''Cerebus Rollercoaster: The Series''. To put it simply, a given arc will typically start with lighthearted moments between the Straw Hats on the ship, which continues once they get on their current island, although there will be hints of darker action. Then trouble starts, and the Straw Hats are once again fighting for their lives against a gang of villains, who will typically be led by a JerkAss at best. Subjects such as [[WarIsHell war]], [[FantasticRacism racism]], slavery or death may become prominent. After the end of the struggle, things go back to being lighthearted, even with occasional jokes about the life or death experiences. Even fights can rapidly switch from serious to silly, such as when Zoro accidentally ends up handcuffed to Usopp, and the two of them and their opponents (who refuse to work together) argue over how to resolve the situation.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' should be called ''Cerebus Rollercoaster: The Series''. To put it simply, a given arc will typically start with lighthearted moments between the Straw Hats on the ship, which continues once they get on their current island, although there will be hints of darker action. Then trouble starts, and the Straw Hats are once again fighting for their lives against a gang of villains, who will typically be led by a JerkAss at best. Subjects such as [[WarIsHell war]], [[FantasticRacism racism]], slavery [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil slavery]] or [[AdultFear the death of one's loved ones]] may become prominent. After the end of the struggle, things go back to being lighthearted, even with occasional jokes about the life or death experiences. Even fights can rapidly switch from serious to silly, such as when Zoro accidentally ends up handcuffed to Usopp, and the two of them and their opponents (who refuse to work together) argue over how to resolve the situation.
2nd Apr '17 1:01:48 PM Joysweeper
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' uses this trope as darker and more serious episodes are interspersed with jarringly comedic ones.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' uses this trope as darker and more serious episodes are interspersed with jarringly comedic ones. Because most episodes are in their own little bubble, there is no overall story to interrupt and in most cases the darkest and grimmest episodes have the exact same impact on the show as the ones about absurd nonsense - that is, [[TheStatusQuoIsGod none]].
28th Mar '17 10:12:38 PM LadySugarQuill
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' was at first serious. It slowly became more comedic, but often snapped back to the darkness of earlier books. Around #30, the series became constantly ridiculous, but the final 10 books returned to (and sometimes surpassed) the maturity of the first few books.

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' was at first serious. It slowly became more comedic, but often snapped back to as a result of being both very long, and highly episodic. Besides a serious run between books 15 and 23, and the darkness of earlier books. Around #30, increasingly bleak last arc, the series became constantly ridiculous, but the final 10 would have an over-the-top LiteralSplitPersonality plot followed by "book-length torture scene", and plot-heavy or dark books returned to (and sometimes surpassed) alongside ones where the maturity of climax involves morphing an annoying poodle, a FantasticVoyagePlot, or the first few books.[[Filler fucking]] [[LilliputianWarriors Helmacrons]].
20th Mar '17 7:17:09 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' starts off LighterAndSofter, then gets darker and much more serious with chapter 11. Then there's a few lighter chapters, interspersed with a lingering threat, until chapter 21, which is pure unbridled NightmareFuel. After that, the horror takes a step back, and it gets lighter again... then there's several chapters in which it becomes very apparent that Harry's something of a StepfordSmiler, then he deals with his issues. Then he and some new friends get kidnapped by some utterly horrific creatures. Then Harry manages to IndyPloy his way out of trouble. Then it quietens down, with a little revelation or two about Harry's godmother of the ParentsAsPeople variety, looming threat mingled with Fudge having rings run around him and followed by the bad guys facing their first significant set back. Then we see London nearly overrun by an army of the undead, one of the secondary protagonists nearly eaten alive on screen and [[spoiler: Sif has her heart ripped out and Harry Dresden uses his Death Curse. Both get better courtesy of Doctor Strange]]. Things calm down, we get to meet a couple of new characters and it's all a bit lighter... then we find out in Chapter 50 that [[spoiler: Lucius Malfoy has executed a coup d'etat and gained control of the Winter Soldier]] making HYDRA more dangerous than ever, before chapters 53-58 deal with milder Harry related sub-plots, then chapters 59 and 60 [[spoiler: have the kids fighting for their lives and the Winter Soldier struggling for his soul]], chapters 61 to 68 have some pretty heavy fallout, before chapter 69, a quite literal HopeSpot, before delving into the three darkest chapters in the story, then a light Christmas special, then a chapter quite literally entitled 'The DarkestHour'. While it's rarely sudden, this is a fic which ''specialises'' in MoodWhiplash.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' starts off LighterAndSofter, then gets darker and much more serious with chapter 11. Then there's a few lighter chapters, interspersed with a lingering threat, until chapter 21, which is pure unbridled NightmareFuel.
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After that, the horror takes a step back, and it gets lighter again... then there's several chapters in which it becomes very apparent that Harry's something of a StepfordSmiler, then he deals with his issues. Then he and some new friends get kidnapped by some utterly horrific creatures. Then Harry manages to IndyPloy his way out of trouble. Then it quietens down, with a little revelation or two about Harry's godmother of the ParentsAsPeople variety, looming threat mingled with Fudge having rings run around him and followed by the bad guys facing their first significant set back. Then we see London nearly overrun by an army of the undead, one of the secondary protagonists nearly eaten alive on screen and [[spoiler: Sif has her heart ripped out and Harry Dresden uses his Death Curse. Both get better courtesy of Doctor Strange]].
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Things calm down, we get to meet a couple of new characters and it's all a bit lighter... then we find out in Chapter 50 that [[spoiler: Lucius Malfoy has executed a coup d'etat and gained control of the Winter Soldier]] making HYDRA more dangerous than ever, before chapters 53-58 deal with milder Harry related sub-plots, then chapters 59 and 60 [[spoiler: have the kids fighting for their lives and the Winter Soldier struggling for his soul]], chapters soul]].
** Chapters
61 to 68 have some pretty heavy fallout, before chapter 69, a quite literal HopeSpot, before delving into the three darkest chapters in the story, then a light Christmas special, then a chapter quite literally entitled 'The DarkestHour'. While DarkestHour', before a HopeSpot in chapters 75 and 76, things getting darker in chapter 77, then darkness is finally banished at the end of chapter 78, and the good guys all have a massive party and a fairly relaxed epilogue.
** And then, in chapter 2 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', [[spoiler: Voldemort]] turns up again and starts wreaking havoc. Then things quiet down as the fall-out is managed, until the end of chapter 7, when the long anticipated [[spoiler: Sinister/Red Room arc, 'Forever Red']] kicks off, promising to be one of the darkest parts of the series.
** In short, while
it's rarely sudden, this is a fic series which ''specialises'' in MoodWhiplash.
16th Mar '17 6:01:41 PM BlueGuy
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' went from lighthearted and happy-go-lucky (as much as having a hedgehog save his friends from being used as live power sources for robots and a mad scientist threaten the world with a Death Star clone can be anyways) in its "Classic era" to progressively darker in its Dreamcast era and culminating in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 2006]]'' before doing a 180 and returning to its happy-go-lucky roots (well, as much having a mad scientist split the world into pieces and a hedgehog nearly ''outrun a black hole'' can be considered happy-go-lucky) with titles such as ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' and ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. Then nine years later, the dark story returned with ''VideoGame/ProjectSonic2017''.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' went from lighthearted and happy-go-lucky (as much as having a hedgehog save his friends from being used as live power sources for robots and a mad scientist threaten the world with a Death Star clone can be anyways) in its "Classic era" to progressively darker in its Dreamcast era and culminating in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 2006]]'' before doing a 180 and returning to its happy-go-lucky roots (well, as much having a mad scientist split the world into pieces and a hedgehog nearly ''outrun a black hole'' can be considered happy-go-lucky) with titles such as ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' and ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. Then nine years later, the dark story returned with ''VideoGame/ProjectSonic2017''.''VideoGame/SonicForces''.
25th Jan '17 6:19:53 PM Novaheart
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** Best exemptified by the [[spoiler: Yakuza Arc, which went from a story of trying to get a hikkimori heir to a Yakuza clan out to one of the more DownerEndings for an arc with most of their employers dead. And it took one scene to jump from Comedy to OhCrap.]]

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** Best exemptified by the [[spoiler: Yakuza Arc, which went from a story of trying to get a hikkimori heir to a Yakuza clan out to one of the more DownerEndings DownerEnding for an arc with most of their employers dead.dead and ''nothing meaningful resolved''. And it took one scene to jump from Comedy to OhCrap.]]
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