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9th May '17 6:04:45 AM theknack101
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* The theatrical version of Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' becomes one of these. Most of the play follows the movie's plot with comedy sprinkled around (although the comedic gargoyles are removed.) Then, unlike the movie, [[spoiler:Esmeralda dies.]] Then [[spoiler:Quasimodo throws Frollo to his death.]] Then (depending on the production), [[spoiler:Quasimodo takes Esmeralda's body into Notre Dame's crypt to die alone with her.]] So its a tad bit more depressing to say the least.
23rd Apr '17 8:02:35 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'' begins as a period-flavored romantic comedy, but gradually develops into a tragic romance.
23rd Apr '17 7:53:20 AM Prfnoff
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* A lot of light-hearted operas (e.g. ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', ''DonGiovanni'', ''La Traviata'' or pretty much any opera in the "fallen woman" genre, etc.) take a dive toward the dramatic in the final act. Mozart himself said that any good comic opera needs at least one ''seria'' (read: dramatic opera) character or arc.

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* A lot of light-hearted operas (e.g. ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', ''DonGiovanni'', ''La Traviata'' ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'', ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'', ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' or pretty much any opera in the "fallen woman" genre, etc.) take a dive toward the dramatic in the final act. Mozart himself said that any good comic opera needs at least one ''seria'' (read: dramatic opera) character or arc.
13th Apr '17 4:13:45 PM mariofan1000
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' swings erratically between the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, but it's relatively rare for an episode to have significant amounts of comedy and drama.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' swings erratically between the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, but it's relatively rare for an episode to have significant amounts of comedy and ''and'' drama. The laughs tend to be fairly separated.
13th Apr '17 4:12:19 PM mariofan1000
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* Almost totally averted by ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. The jokes almost never stop, no matter how serious things get. WordOfGod claims it actually ruined an intended MoralEventHorizon - The Monarch once put a hooker through a death course, making references to shows like ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The creators intended this to be his big creepy MoralEventHorizon, but people just found it hilarious. Otherwise, it's done very well.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' swings erratically between the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, but it's relatively rare for an episode to have significant amounts of comedy and drama.
* Almost totally averted by ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. The jokes almost never stop, no matter how serious things get. WordOfGod claims it actually ruined an intended MoralEventHorizon - The Monarch once put a hooker through a death course, making references to shows like ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The creators intended this to be his big creepy MoralEventHorizon, but people just found it hilarious. Otherwise, it's done very well.
9th Apr '17 1:23:03 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheSagaOfTuck'' also follows this to a T: when [[spoiler: Tuck is beaten and left near death StuffedIntoALocker, all the cracking wise grinds to a halt until he's out of the hospital]]. This annoyed a few fans who accused it of CerebusSyndrome.

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* ''TheSagaOfTuck'' ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' also follows this to a T: when [[spoiler: Tuck is beaten and left near death StuffedIntoALocker, all the cracking wise grinds to a halt until he's out of the hospital]]. This annoyed a few fans who accused it of CerebusSyndrome.
19th Jan '17 7:01:01 PM ChaoticNovelist
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In the worst cases, however, over the course of a series of books, films, television episodes, or other media, the subject might start out mainly comedy, switch to dramedy at about the halfway point, then continue to become [[DarkerAndEdgier darker and less comedic]] until [[EverybodysDeadDave beloved characters start]] [[KillEmAll getting wiped out with frightening regularity]]. Fans are then more justified in complaining that the series JumpedTheShark with a GenreShift.

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In the worst cases, however, over the course of a series of books, films, television episodes, or other media, the subject might start out mainly comedy, switch to dramedy at about the halfway point, then continue to become [[DarkerAndEdgier darker and less comedic]] until [[EverybodysDeadDave [[AnyoneCanDie beloved characters start]] [[KillEmAll start getting wiped out with frightening regularity]]. Fans are then more justified in complaining that the series JumpedTheShark with a GenreShift.
22nd Sep '16 9:47:45 PM nombretomado
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* A lot of light-hearted operas (e.g. ''LaBoheme'', ''DonGiovanni'', ''La Traviata'' or pretty much any opera in the "fallen woman" genre, etc.) take a dive toward the dramatic in the final act. Mozart himself said that any good comic opera needs at least one ''seria'' (read: dramatic opera) character or arc.

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* A lot of light-hearted operas (e.g. ''LaBoheme'', ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', ''DonGiovanni'', ''La Traviata'' or pretty much any opera in the "fallen woman" genre, etc.) take a dive toward the dramatic in the final act. Mozart himself said that any good comic opera needs at least one ''seria'' (read: dramatic opera) character or arc.
31st Aug '16 11:55:00 PM WillBGood
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* ''Film/ThirdStar is hilarious throughout, despite having [[BlackComedy very dark subject matter]] but in the last half hour everything starts to go horribly wrong.

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* ''Film/ThirdStar ''Film/ThirdStar'' is hilarious throughout, despite having [[BlackComedy very dark subject matter]] but in the last half hour everything starts to go horribly wrong.
31st Aug '16 11:54:11 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' is the ultimate example of this trope in American pop culture. Its reputation shifted from being among the zaniest of zany sitcoms (by the standards of the time) to TearJerker-a-minute episodes.

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* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is the ultimate example of this trope in American pop culture. Its reputation shifted from being among the zaniest of zany sitcoms (by the standards of the time) to TearJerker-a-minute episodes.



** Although there was plenty of serious stuff in ''Series/{{Mash}}'' early on -- take "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet." The main difference is in the (dis)integration of the elements rather than the amount of either: in the early days comedy and tragedy often happened back-to-back in the same situation, whereas in later years episodes would often feature distinct "funny" and "serious" plotlines.

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** Although That said, there was plenty of serious stuff in ''Series/{{Mash}}'' early on -- take "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet." The main difference is in the (dis)integration of the elements rather than the amount of either: in the early days comedy and tragedy often happened back-to-back in the same situation, whereas in later years episodes would often feature distinct "funny" and "serious" plotlines.
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