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6th Apr '16 10:18:38 AM Skybrigadier
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* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'' has entered this lately with the third volume. One can go from romantic drama to off-the-wall hijinks and pranks and back again within the space of a chapter, as one example.
1st Apr '16 12:01:15 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': This story's mood and tone shift constantly due to the length of the chapters and the author's desire to blend waff and comedy with the darkness of canon. In a single episode you can go from wacky teenager antics to mecha action to a character considering committing suicide to two children in love snuggling up on their bed.
17th Mar '16 6:26:41 PM Exxolon
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* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film series has varied quite a bit in tone over the years, ranging from a fairly serious drama in which one of the main characters died (''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'') to a lighthearted comedy set on Earth with a SpaceWhaleAesop (''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}''). The [[Film/StarTrek 2009 film]] was more of a comedy-drama.

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* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film series has varied quite a bit in tone over the years, ranging from a fairly serious drama in which one of the main characters died (''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'') to a lighthearted comedy set on Earth with a SpaceWhaleAesop (''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}''). The [[Film/StarTrek 2009 film]] was more of a comedy-drama.comedy-drama but ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' turned the darkness back up with a truly dangerous villian and a [[spoiler: temporary]] major character death.
15th Mar '16 5:45:37 AM Midna
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** 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 [[TearJerker Tear Jerking]] 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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** 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 [[TearJerker Tear Jerking]] 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.



* As with many tropes it played with, ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' took this and [[UpToEleven ran with it for all it was worth]]. Not only would it alternate between highly dramatic and comedic episodes (for example, a drama-heavy two-parter which ended with [[spoiler: the death of one of the Crichtons, essentially killing the main character]], being followed by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments an episode that was largely animated]] as an homage to Creator/ChuckJones, and then was followed once again by an episode dealing with the [[TearJerker aftermath]] of [[spoiler: Talyn-John's death]]) but would have heavy MoodWhiplash within the individual episodes, especially as Crichton's mental state was variably played for laughs and drama. This even extends from season to season, as the series gets progressively darker over the course of season 1 and 2, before taking the plunge outright in season 3. Season 4 then backpedals into a somewhat lighter tone, before things get pitch black in ''The Peacekeeper Wars''.

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* As with many tropes it played with, ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' took this and [[UpToEleven ran with it for all it was worth]]. Not only would it alternate between highly dramatic and comedic episodes (for example, a drama-heavy two-parter which ended with [[spoiler: the death of one of the Crichtons, essentially killing the main character]], being followed by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments an episode that was largely animated]] as an homage to Creator/ChuckJones, and then was followed once again by an episode dealing with the [[TearJerker aftermath]] aftermath of [[spoiler: Talyn-John's death]]) but would have heavy MoodWhiplash within the individual episodes, especially as Crichton's mental state was variably played for laughs and drama. This even extends from season to season, as the series gets progressively darker over the course of season 1 and 2, before taking the plunge outright in season 3. Season 4 then backpedals into a somewhat lighter tone, before things get pitch black in ''The Peacekeeper Wars''.



* ''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) [[TearJerker Fry's thousand-years-dead past resurfacing in the most]] [[DownerEnding heart-rending, gut-wrenching, soul-destroying story ever broadcast]]; 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) [[TearJerker Fry's thousand-years-dead past resurfacing in the most]] [[DownerEnding heart-rending, gut-wrenching, soul-destroying story ever broadcast]]; tragically resurfacing; and 4) a whacky escalating war involving paper routes. Gleesh.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a few lighthearted episodes, however most of them tend to take 90 degree turn into dramatic seriousness and have [[TearJerker heartwrenching]] scenes. One notable episode of this nature has two of the characters role play as children's book characters before transitioning into a reveal that one of them was literally grown to be a soldier in an interstellar war and that she constantly agonizes about this fact, worrying that the others see her as a lesser being because of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is pretty much always dark. Whether the dark is [[BlackComedy utterly]] [[CrossingTheLineTwice hilarious]] or [[TearJerker depressingly]] [[NightmareFuel 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/StevenUniverse'' has a few lighthearted episodes, however most of them tend to take 90 degree turn into dramatic seriousness and have [[TearJerker heartwrenching]] heartwrenching scenes. One notable episode of this nature has two of the characters role play as children's book characters before transitioning into a reveal that one of them was literally grown to be a soldier in an interstellar war and that she constantly agonizes about this fact, worrying that the others see her as a lesser being because of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is pretty much always dark. Whether the dark is [[BlackComedy utterly]] [[CrossingTheLineTwice hilarious]] utterly hilarious or [[TearJerker depressingly]] [[NightmareFuel serious]] 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.
5th Mar '16 10:28:22 AM Tyk5919
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* ''Series/PrimevalNewWorld'' always fluctuated with its tone. The series started off being DarkerAndEdgier than its [[Series/{{Primeval}} predecessor]], but started to lighten up, until [[WhamEpisode "Undone"]] aired. From that point on, the series flip-flopped between being dark, to being light-hearted (and even humorous at times) until the show ended the same way it started: dark and grim.
17th Feb '16 2:26:46 PM NLM
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*''Manga/UQHolder'' The series can go from murder attempts, to high-school hi-jinks, to a zombie apocalypse, to fanservice-heavy bathhouse antics in a single arc.
8th Feb '16 2:37:54 PM Twentington
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* Joe Diffie started out with a mix of ballads and upbeat novelties on his first two albums. Starting with his third and fourth albums ''Honky Tonk Attitude'' and ''Third Rock from the Sun'', the novelty factor pushed to the forefront, giving him big hits in lighthearted, silly fare such as both albums' title tracks, "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)", and "Pickup Man", with "So Help Me Girl" being the lone ballad sucess from either. Once the novelty wore off, he began releasing more serious material again, culminating in 1999's ''A Night to Remember'', which was praised for its serious tone.
3rd Feb '16 7:34:34 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' starts out as a LighterAndSofter blend of fluff and FixFic that's chock full of snark. Then [[spoiler: the Winter Soldier]] turns up, [[DiabolicalMastermind Lucius]] [[MagnificentBastard Malfoy]] [[TookALevelInBadass takes several levels in badass]] and things get serious. Then they lighten up for a few chapters, before descending into a chapter of pure NightmareFuel, before going into a lighter subplot, before getting darker again, though the LemonyNarrator is pretty much omnipresent and even the villain chapters tend to have a fair dose of BlackComedy. Really, the tone varies on a chapter by chapter basis depending which of the EnsembleCast (while Harry is the chief protagonist, his age means that his role in the action is - usually - limited) is being focused on, occasionally leading to quick switches ''within'' chapters (considering that some of them can top 20,000 words, this isn't surprising).



* ''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. 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. 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. 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 ''specialises'' in MoodWhiplash.
31st Jan '16 3:36:24 PM jormis29
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has the infamous case of [[SliceOfLife happy beginning]], [[TheDarkestHour heart-wrenching middle]] and a controversial BittersweetEnding. ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' manages to restore things to apparent SugarBowl again, only to deconstruct and partially reconstruct it again over the course of a single movie.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has the infamous case of [[SliceOfLife happy beginning]], [[TheDarkestHour [[DarkestHour heart-wrenching middle]] and a controversial BittersweetEnding. ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' manages to restore things to apparent SugarBowl again, only to deconstruct and partially reconstruct it again over the course of a single movie.
22nd Jan '16 5:36:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Musical duo TroutFishingInAmerica recorded two albums of children's songs in their earliest years. Then they did an album of mostly dead-serious folk-rock. Ever since then, they've gone back and forth between the two, even splitting the difference with sillier folk-rock songs, and albums that contain a little of both.
* GreenDay's career is frequent with NewSoundAlbum shifts to either "DarkerAndEdgier" or "back to snarky". After breakout ''Dookie'', came the heavier ''Insomniac'' (partly due to CreatorBreakdown), followed by two lighter albums, then two Punk-RockOpera albums, and then a trilogy that tried to go back to the old sound.

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* Musical duo TroutFishingInAmerica Music/TroutFishingInAmerica recorded two albums of children's songs in their earliest years. Then they did an album of mostly dead-serious folk-rock. Ever since then, they've gone back and forth between the two, even splitting the difference with sillier folk-rock songs, and albums that contain a little of both.
* GreenDay's Music/GreenDay's career is frequent with NewSoundAlbum shifts to either "DarkerAndEdgier" or "back to snarky". After breakout ''Dookie'', came the heavier ''Insomniac'' (partly due to CreatorBreakdown), followed by two lighter albums, then two Punk-RockOpera albums, and then a trilogy that tried to go back to the old sound.
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