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10th Feb '16 10:37:11 AM JMQwilleran
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverlandPirates''' original form, the show could more-or-less be described as ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' [-[[RecycledInSpace WITH PIRATES]]-] (who [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything don't do anything]]). Things such as FakeInteractivity and comic adventures with vague morals to teach were all common fare. The later installments, particularly ''Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates'', have seen a major shift towards action, with high-stakes specials, serious villains and Jake (Captain Jake) engaging in swordplay using a magic sword.
3rd Feb '16 6:37:07 PM RAMChYLD
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* The final ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' made-for-TV special, ''Down to Earth'', suddenly shifted to full-on slice of life. The other episodes are slice of life with a tinge of good-versus-evil.
21st Jan '16 10:47:24 AM Spindriver
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* Since-ended Website/{{Keenspot}} comic ''Cool Cat Studio'' started out as a mundane office comedy without any hint of unusual goings-on. Then one of the characters underwent alien abduction and cloning. Eventually the comic became an all-out FantasyKitchenSink, with arcs centered around ghosts, magic, secret agents, and extraterrestrial war.
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* Since-ended Website/{{Keenspot}} comic ''Cool Cat Studio'' ''Webcomic/CoolCatStudio'' started out as a mundane office comedy without any hint of unusual goings-on. Then one of the characters underwent alien abduction AlienAbduction and cloning. Eventually the comic became an all-out FantasyKitchenSink, with arcs centered around ghosts, magic, secret agents, private eyes, and extraterrestrial war.
19th Jan '16 6:45:14 PM Fixx42
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* Podcast/Wolf 359: Wolf 359 begins as a sci-fi comedy, and then suddenly adds drama and mystery at the end of the first season.
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* Podcast/Wolf Wolf 359: Wolf 359 begins as a sci-fi comedy, and then suddenly adds drama and mystery at the end of the first season.
19th Jan '16 6:43:50 PM Fixx42
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* Podcast/Wolf 359: Wolf 359 begins as a sci-fi comedy, and then suddenly adds drama and mystery at the end of the first season.
29th Nov '15 6:26:34 PM immblueversion
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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' movies are mostly HighShoolAU with some MagicalGirls elements. The third movie, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', adds in a few action and science-fiction elements, including talks of alternate worlds, advanced technological devices that could steal magic [[spoiler:and the villain of the story causing a RealityBleed between both worlds.]]
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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' movies are mostly HighShoolAU HighSchoolAU with some MagicalGirls elements. The third movie, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', adds in a few action and science-fiction elements, including talks of alternate worlds, advanced technological devices that could steal magic [[spoiler:and the villain of the story causing a RealityBleed between both worlds.]]
27th Nov '15 1:23:04 PM Everdream
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** The first 3 films are set in a mostly realistic setting, with no magical elements except for talking animals and [[spoiler: Mufuasa]] appearing as a ghost. ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' seems to be changing the genre to fantasy. Simba's son has some kind of magic superpower known as the "Roar of the Elders.' He roars like a adult lion despite being a cub, while the ghosts of the kings of the past roar with him in the sky, causing wind so strong it can blow the target away. Rafiki is also shown magically cleaning up a cave and making a pool of water appear in it out of nowhere with his staff.
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** The first 3 three films are set in a mostly realistic setting, with no magical elements except for talking animals and [[spoiler: Mufuasa]] appearing as a ghost. ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' seems to be changing the genre to fantasy. Simba's son has some kind of magic superpower known as the "Roar of the Elders.' He roars like a adult lion despite being a cub, while the ghosts of the kings of the past roar with him in the sky, causing wind so strong it can blow the target away. Rafiki is also shown magically cleaning up a cave and making a pool of water appear in it out of nowhere with his staff.
24th Nov '15 6:17:35 PM Everdream
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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has a particularly famous example of this trope. The first third or so focuses mainly on Simba's lighthearted escapades around his father's domain, with a tone and style typical of any Disney-made comedy. [[MoodWhiplash Then Scar kills Mufasa]] [[GutPunch and makes Simba think it was his own fault]]. The rest of the film becomes a practical drama that deals with Simba's guilt and his need to fulfill his destiny by kicking Scar off the throne of Pride Rock. [[HakunaMatata Though lighthearted elements are still present]].
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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has a ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ** A particularly famous example of this trope. trope: The first third or so focuses mainly on Simba's lighthearted escapades around his father's domain, with a tone and style typical of any Disney-made comedy. [[MoodWhiplash Then Scar kills Mufasa]] [[GutPunch and makes Simba think it was his own fault]]. The rest of the film becomes a practical drama that deals with Simba's guilt and his need to fulfill his destiny by kicking Scar off the throne of Pride Rock. [[HakunaMatata Though lighthearted elements are still present]].present]]. ** The first 3 films are set in a mostly realistic setting, with no magical elements except for talking animals and [[spoiler: Mufuasa]] appearing as a ghost. ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' seems to be changing the genre to fantasy. Simba's son has some kind of magic superpower known as the "Roar of the Elders.' He roars like a adult lion despite being a cub, while the ghosts of the kings of the past roar with him in the sky, causing wind so strong it can blow the target away. Rafiki is also shown magically cleaning up a cave and making a pool of water appear in it out of nowhere with his staff.
16th Nov '15 8:53:05 PM GravityBone
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[[folder:Podcasts]] * Podcast/DiceFunk: The show is ostensibly a comedy with a fantasy setting, but Episode 9 makes a hard right into horror. [[/folder]]
9th Nov '15 5:57:53 AM StFan
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[[folder: FanWorks]][[folder:Comic Strips]] * Chester Gould's strange twist of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' from crime drama (albeit with futuristic technology) to SCI-FI, one of the most obvious genre shifts of all time. This is so (in)famous, it could almost be the trope namer. * The first few years of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' focused on the daily life of the titular cynical cat and his long-suffering everyman owner Jon. Then in the mid 1980s the strip adopted a light surrealist style, with Garfield becoming a playful CloudCuckooLander and Jon becoming a LovableLoser, and started to focus on their interactions with the other equally-bizarre inhabitants of the strip. This iteration lasted until the late 1990s, when the strip became {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into a strange hybrid of the first and second iterations, with Garfield regaining his older cynical personality but with Jon keeping his loser characterization. * During the Great Depression, a good number of comic strips shifted from domestic comedy to comedic adventure. * ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} started out just before the Great Depression with the couple being fabulously rich. When the stock market collapsed, Dagwood lost his fortune overnight, shifting the strip from flapper comedy to everyday struggles. [[/folder]] [[folder:Fan Works]]

* ''Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall'' starts out as a story about AdventurerArchaeologist [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] exploring an AncientTomb with a group of fellow archaeologists. The story proceeds as normal, using many of the usual tropes, including the protagonist's rival showing up, capturing them and the site, and trying to seize it for themselves. The ending reveals that everyone was WrongGenreSavvy about the place; it is not an AncientTomb at all, and the eponymous writing on the wall was not a curse meant to scare away tomb robbers, but a warning as to the dangers of disturbing what the place was built to contain, and it is actually a {{Horror}} story.
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* ''Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall'' starts out as a story about AdventurerArchaeologist [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] JustForFun/DaringDo exploring an AncientTomb with a group of fellow archaeologists. The story proceeds as normal, using many of the usual tropes, including the protagonist's rival showing up, capturing them and the site, and trying to seize it for themselves. The ending reveals that everyone was WrongGenreSavvy about the place; it is not an AncientTomb at all, and the eponymous writing on the wall was not a curse meant to scare away tomb robbers, but a warning as to the dangers of disturbing what the place was built to contain, and it is actually a {{Horror}} story.

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[[folder:Film - Animated]]* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' movies are mostly HighShoolAU with some MagicalGirls elements. The third movie, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', adds in a few action and science-fiction elements, including talks of alternate worlds, advanced technological devices that could steal magic [[spoiler:and the villain of the story causing a RealityBleed between both worlds.]]

[[folder:Magazines]] * ''Billboard'' was originally a magazine dedicated to bill posting back in 1894. It evolved in the 1920s to advertise circuses, carnivals, fairs, and vaudeville shows, and continued to shift to a more entertainment-driven focus in the 1930s. By the 1940s, they began issuing music charts. The shift was completed in 1961, when the magazine moved entirely to publication of music charts and music industry-related news.
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[[folder:Magazines]] [[folder:Pinballs]] * ''Billboard'' While ''Pinball/{{Fireball}}'' was originally a magazine dedicated to bill posting back in 1894. It evolved in fairly conventional electro-mechanical pinball [[NoPlotNoProblem without any real plot]], for some reason the 1920s to advertise circuses, carnivals, fairs, and vaudeville shows, and continued to shift to a more entertainment-driven focus in the 1930s. By the 1940s, they began issuing music charts. The shift sequel was completed in 1961, when the magazine moved entirely to publication advertised as part of music charts and music industry-related news.Bally's "Superhero Series".

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]] * Chester Gould's strange twist of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' from crime drama (albeit with futuristic technology) to SCI-FI, one of the most obvious genre shifts of all time. This is so (in)famous, it could almost be the trope namer. * The first few years of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' focused on the daily life of the titular cynical cat and his long-suffering everyman owner Jon. Then in the mid 1980s the strip adopted a light surrealist style, with Garfield becoming a playful CloudCuckooLander and Jon becoming a LovableLoser, and started to focus on their interactions with the other equally-bizarre inhabitants of the strip. This iteration lasted until the late 1990s, when the strip became {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into a strange hybrid of the first and second iterations, with Garfield regaining his older cynical personality but with Jon keeping his loser characterization. * During the Great Depression, a good number of comic strips shifted from domestic comedy to comedic adventure. * ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} started out just before the Great Depression with the couple being fabulously rich. When the stock market collapsed, Dagwood lost his fortune overnight, shifting the strip from flapper comedy to everyday struggles.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]] [[folder:Print Media]] * Chester Gould's strange twist of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' from crime drama (albeit with futuristic technology) ''Billboard'' was originally a magazine dedicated to SCI-FI, one of the most obvious genre shifts of all time. This is so (in)famous, it could almost be the trope namer. * The first few years of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' focused on the daily life of the titular cynical cat and his long-suffering everyman owner Jon. Then bill posting back in 1894. It evolved in the mid 1980s the strip adopted a light surrealist style, with Garfield becoming a playful CloudCuckooLander 1920s to advertise circuses, carnivals, fairs, and Jon becoming a LovableLoser, vaudeville shows, and started continued to shift to a more entertainment-driven focus on their interactions with in the other equally-bizarre inhabitants of 1930s. By the strip. This iteration lasted until the late 1990s, 1940s, they began issuing music charts. The shift was completed in 1961, when the strip became {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into a strange hybrid magazine moved entirely to publication of the first music charts and second iterations, with Garfield regaining his older cynical personality but with Jon keeping his loser characterization. * During the Great Depression, a good number of comic strips shifted from domestic comedy to comedic adventure. * ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} started out just before the Great Depression with the couple being fabulously rich. When the stock market collapsed, Dagwood lost his fortune overnight, shifting the strip from flapper comedy to everyday struggles.music industry-related news.

[[folder:Pinball]] * While ''Pinball/{{Fireball}}'' was a fairly conventional electro-mechanical pinball [[NoPlotNoProblem without any real plot]], for some reason the sequel was advertised as part of Bally's "Superhero Series". [[/folder]] [[folder:Tabletop RPG]] * ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
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[[folder:Pinball]] * While ''Pinball/{{Fireball}}'' was a fairly conventional electro-mechanical pinball [[NoPlotNoProblem without any real plot]], for some reason the sequel was advertised as part of Bally's "Superhero Series". [[/folder]] [[folder:Tabletop RPG]] Games]] * ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':


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* The two-part series premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was a MagicalGirl story that just happened to star ponies. Once the episode's villain was defeated and the world saved, the show immediately shifted to a SliceOfLife ensemble comedy featuring AnAesop at the end of (nearly) [[OncePerEpisode every episode]], though it switches back to the MagicalGirl elements combined with increasingly-prominent HighFantasy tropes on occasion, mostly in season premieres and finales. CerebusRollercoaster is in full effect when directly comparing the "normal" episodes to the "event" episodes, with a slight ongoing [[CerebusSyndrome shift toward seriousness]] overall. And then there are times where individual episodes shift to other genres, such as a Western or a Mystery.
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* The two-part series premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was is a MagicalGirl story that just happened happens to star ponies. Once the episode's villain was is defeated and the world saved, the show immediately shifted shifts to a SliceOfLife ensemble comedy featuring AnAesop at the end of (nearly) [[OncePerEpisode every episode]], though it switches back to the MagicalGirl elements combined with increasingly-prominent HighFantasy tropes on occasion, mostly in season premieres and finales. CerebusRollercoaster is in full effect when directly comparing the "normal" episodes to the "event" episodes, with a slight ongoing [[CerebusSyndrome shift toward seriousness]] overall. And then there are times where individual episodes shift to other genres, such as a Western or a Mystery.

** ''MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' added in a few science fiction elements, including talks of alternate worlds, advanced technological devices that could steal magic [[spoiler:and the villain of the story causing a RealityBleed between both worlds.]]
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