History Main / FirstLawOfTragicomedies

16th Jan '18 1:38:45 AM Cryoclaste
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples William Shakespeare's]] ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'', one of the earliest tragicomedies. The first half is a gloomy, melodramatic, and heartbreaking tragedy of a king who wrongfully suspects his wife of infidelity. Then a guy gets [[BearsAreBadNews eaten by a bear]], and it becomes a pastoral romantic comedy.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples William Shakespeare's]] ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'', one of the earliest tragicomedies. The first half is a gloomy, melodramatic, and heartbreaking tragedy of a king who wrongfully suspects his wife of infidelity. Then a guy gets [[BearsAreBadNews eaten by a bear]], and it becomes a pastoral romantic comedy.
21st Dec '17 10:40:13 AM needsanewhobby
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* ''Film/TheRoom'' actually follows this pretty rigidly. The first half is mostly baffling moments of comedy and meandering subplots, while the second half cuts away all the subplots in favour of the main infidelity storyline, before the protagonist is DrivenToSuicide.

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* ''Film/TheRoom'' actually follows this pretty rigidly. The first half is mostly baffling moments of comedy and meandering subplots, while the second half cuts away all the subplots in favour of the main infidelity storyline, before the protagonist is DrivenToSuicide. (Though it's [[SoBadItsGood so badly acted]] that even the dramatic parts are unintentionally funny.)
5th Nov '17 12:24:48 PM Viira
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* ''Webvideo/RedVsBlue'' more often that not. During [[Webvideo/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles the earlier seasons]], it tried to keep the zany comedy on top by splitting more serious stuff onto miniseries. But then CerebusSyndrome kicked in, making a deeper plot take precedence - though that meant a world and characters that tries to take itself seriously had to welcome the previously estabilished cast of bickering\weird\clueless idiots, a contrast that made them even funnier.

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* ''Webvideo/RedVsBlue'' ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' more often that not. During [[Webvideo/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles the earlier seasons]], it tried tries to keep the zany comedy on top by splitting more serious stuff onto miniseries. But then CerebusSyndrome kicked kicks in, making a deeper plot take precedence - though that meant means a world and characters that tries try to take itself themselves seriously had have to welcome the previously estabilished established cast of bickering\weird\clueless bickering/weird/clueless idiots, a contrast that made makes them even funnier.
9th Oct '17 1:22:06 PM SpukiKitty
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* The 1994 Scottish 6-Part miniseries, TakinOverTheAsylum follows this trope. The first 3 episodes are a quirky {{Dramedy}} whereas the last 3 episodes are much darker, starting with the [[WhamEpisode death]] of a major character at the end of Episode 4.
2nd Oct '17 7:31:31 PM igordebraga
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* ''Webvideo/RedVsBlue'' more often that not. During [[Webvideo/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles the earlier seasons]], it tried to keep the zany comedy on top by splitting more serious stuff onto miniseries. But then CerebusSyndrome kicked in, making a deeper plot take precedence - though that meant a world and characters that tries to take itself seriously had to welcome the previously estabilished cast of bickering\weird\clueless idiots, a contrast that made them even funnier.
18th Jul '17 4:59:08 PM TristanJeremiah
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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 [[AnyoneCanDie beloved characters start 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 darker]] [[CerebusSyndrome and less comedic]] until [[AnyoneCanDie beloved characters start getting wiped out with frightening regularity]]. Fans are then more justified in complaining that the series JumpedTheShark with a GenreShift.
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.
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