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9th Jan '17 11:53:41 AM PhantomRider
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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' started as [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers a daily syndicated cartoon]] based on a line of toys, TheNineties brought the DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', and the 2000s-2010s saw the Creator/MichaelBay live-action movies, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' (a mix of goofy, mature and ContinuityPorn), and the mature TV cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and its followup ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''. It usually ends up being cyclical, being scaled back once it gets too dark and the beginning the climb again.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' started as [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers a daily syndicated cartoon]] based on a line of toys, TheNineties brought the DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', and the 2000s-2010s saw the Creator/MichaelBay live-action movies, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' (a mix of goofy, mature and ContinuityPorn), and the mature TV cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and its followup ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''. It usually ends up being cyclical, being scaled back once it gets too dark and the then beginning the climb again.
9th Jan '17 11:53:02 AM PhantomRider
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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' started as [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers a daily syndicated cartoon]] based on a line of toys, TheNineties brought the DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', and the 2000s-2010s saw the Creator/MichaelBay live-action movies, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' (a mix of goofy, mature and ContinuityPorn), and the mature TV cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and its followup ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' started as [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers a daily syndicated cartoon]] based on a line of toys, TheNineties brought the DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', and the 2000s-2010s saw the Creator/MichaelBay live-action movies, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' (a mix of goofy, mature and ContinuityPorn), and the mature TV cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' and its followup ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''. It usually ends up being cyclical, being scaled back once it gets too dark and the beginning the climb again.
18th Oct '16 9:18:39 AM Morgenthaler
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18th Oct '16 9:10:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Toys/{{BIONICLE}}, in its original run, went whole-hog with this, especially in the later years. It featured shades of CosmicHorrorStory, named characters dying, and thoughts of nihilism and hopelessness. The series even had the guile to have an ending where[[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins, if only temporarily]]. The intent seemed to be to make stories more mature as the audience inevitably got mature, similar to the Harry Potter example.

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* Creator/WarrenEllis wrote a DarkerAndEdgier treatment of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' called ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'', which premiered as a WebOriginal series. While hardcore current fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks did not really appreciate the changes]], It did receive positive reviews from casual fans who had grown up with the series.

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* Creator/WarrenEllis Creator/AlanGarner wrote a DarkerAndEdgier treatment of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' called ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'', which premiered as a WebOriginal series. While hardcore current fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks did not really appreciate two fantasy novels in the changes]], It did receive positive reviews early [[TheSixties nineteen-sixties]], aimed at a readership of 12 or above. [[CreatorBacklash The fact he didn't like the books very much]] meant it took him a long time to get around to writing a concluding sequel, ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''. Fifty years, to be precise. ''Boneland'' is as far away as you can possibly get from casual fans the certainties and the linear plot of ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath''. The book has a dark, grey, quality to it and follows one of the child-characters from the earlier books into adulthood. Colin, the heroic child who had grown up with entered Faerie at age twelve, is bewildered, disillusioned, on the series.brink of the male menopause and fighting mental health issues. He is, quite literally, wondering where the Magic went to. It isn't difficult to suspect Garner is writing an ironic postscript for all those children who devoured the magic of ''Brisingamen'' and ''Gomrath''. And then grew up into adults, thinking back to the magical excitement of reading Garner's adventures as kids, and who today....

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* Attempted in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. The games' stories started out in a typical cartoony video game setting with the protagonist fighting Eggman and his army of robots. Then came ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', a DarkerAndEdgier installment with pointedly more mature themes than any previous game in the series. ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' took this even further, dealing with themes such as a corrupt military murdering innocent scientists and weapons of mass destruction. However, when ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' took this to ludicrous extents (with whiffs of WereStillRelevantDammit) and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' was slammed for its overly convoluted plot among other things, a growing backlash towards this trend forced Sega to go back and aim for a younger audience again, especially with ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and beyond.

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* Creator/WarrenEllis wrote a DarkerAndEdgier treatment of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' called ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'', which premiered as a WebOriginal series. While hardcore current fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks did not really appreciate the changes]], It did receive positive reviews from casual fans who had grown up with the series.



* Toys/{{BIONICLE}}, in its original run, went whole-hog with this, especially in the later years. It featured shades of CosmicHorrorStory, named characters dying, and thoughts of nihilism and hopelessness. The series even had the guile to have an ending where[[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins, if only temporarily]]. The intent seemed to be to make stories more mature as the audience inevitably got mature, similar to the Harry Potter example.
* Creator/AlanGarner wrote two fantasy novels in the early [[TheSixties nineteen-sixties]], aimed at a readership of 12 or above. [[CreatorBacklash The fact he didn't like the books very much]] meant it took him a long time to get around to writing a concluding sequel, ''Literature/{{Boneland}}''. Fifty years, to be precise. ''Boneland'' is as far away as you can possibly get from the certainties and the linear plot of ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath''. The book has a dark, grey, quality to it and follows one of the child-characters from the earlier books into adulthood. Colin, the heroic child who entered Faerie at age twelve, is bewildered, disillusioned, on the brink of the male menopause and fighting mental health issues. He is, quite literally, wondering where the Magic went to. It isn't difficult to suspect Garner is writing an ironic postscript for all those children who devoured the magic of ''Brisingamen'' and ''Gomrath''. And then grew up into adults, thinking back to the magical excitement of reading Garner's adventures as kids, and who today....
* Attempted in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. The games' stories started out in a typical cartoony video game setting with the protagonist fighting Eggman and his army of robots. Then came ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', a DarkerAndEdgier installment with pointedly more mature themes than any previous game in the series. ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' took this even further, dealing with themes such as a corrupt military murdering innocent scientists and weapons of mass destruction. However, when ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' took this to ludicrous extents (with whiffs of WereStillRelevantDammit) and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' was slammed for its overly convoluted plot among other things, a growing backlash towards this trend forced Sega to go back and aim for a younger audience again, especially with ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and beyond.
14th Aug '16 2:26:42 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a similar case, starting out light-hearted yet becoming more plot-driven and mature over the years.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a similar case, starting out light-hearted yet becoming more plot-driven and mature over the years. However, it still successfully manages to stay child-friendly enough so as not to exclude new audiences.
14th Aug '16 2:16:44 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a similar case, starting out light-hearted yet becoming more plot-driven and mature over the years.
14th Aug '16 2:13:25 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is a very good example of this trope. Its first season was full of one-off comedic adventure stories, whereas several seasons later as its original audience has grown, the characters have aged and developed, there is ongoing continuity in several serious storylines, and the show routinely deals with more mature themes.
* This was attempted with ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'', with its DarkerAndEdgier sequels ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''. However, this didn't work out so well, which resulted in Cartoon Network backtracking with ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', followed by a [[ContinuityReboot reboot of the franchise]].
9th Aug '16 8:51:04 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'' -- what started out as Hiccup and Toothless getting into misadventures with their friends turns into an [[DarkerAndEdgier all-out war between the Vikings and the dragons.]]
3rd Jul '16 5:59:11 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}, in its original run, went whole-hog with this, especially in the later years. It featured shades of CosmicHorrorStory, named characters dying, and thoughts of nihilism and hopelessness. The series even had the guile to have an ending where[[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins, if only temporarily]]. The intent seemed to be to make stories more mature as the audience inevitably got mature, similar to the Harry Potter example.

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* Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}, Toys/{{BIONICLE}}, in its original run, went whole-hog with this, especially in the later years. It featured shades of CosmicHorrorStory, named characters dying, and thoughts of nihilism and hopelessness. The series even had the guile to have an ending where[[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins, if only temporarily]]. The intent seemed to be to make stories more mature as the audience inevitably got mature, similar to the Harry Potter example.
27th Jun '16 8:11:10 PM WaxingName
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