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30th May '17 7:27:35 AM Shadowgazer
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* Given that ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' starts InMediasRes and a big chunk of the story, [[ProlongedPrologue a twelve volume long prologue]], [[HowWeGotHere shows how everything came to be in first arc]], which showed Guts as a dark, brooding and ruthless warrior on the brink of madness due to his obsessive revenge against Griffith, [[ForegoneConclusion we thought that the flashback would be self-explanatory]] once we got to that point... Until we found out just how much everything went '''''horribly wrong''''' once [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot the Eclipse]] went down, which involved [[spoiler: a former good guy making an ''[[MoralEventHorizon epic]]'' FaceHeelTurn and becoming a godlike demon lord, [[EverybodysDeadDave damn near the entire cast of likable characters dying]] [[SacrificialLion horrific deaths,]] the sole female protagonist [[GoMadFromTheRevelation being brutally raped to insanity]] by said former good guy, and the main man who [[HopeSpot tried so desperately to save his friends and lover failing to do so,]] losing [[EyeScream an eye]] and [[LifeOrLimbDecision an arm]] in the process.]] Wow.

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* Given that ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' starts InMediasRes and a big chunk of the story, [[ProlongedPrologue a twelve volume long prologue]], [[HowWeGotHere shows how everything came to be in first arc]], which showed Guts as a dark, brooding and ruthless warrior on the brink of madness due to his obsessive revenge against Griffith, [[ForegoneConclusion we thought that the flashback would be self-explanatory]] once we got to that point... Until we found out just how much everything went '''''horribly wrong''''' once [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot the Eclipse]] went down, which involved [[spoiler: a former good guy Guts supposed friend making an ''[[MoralEventHorizon epic]]'' FaceHeelTurn decision and becoming a godlike demon lord, [[EverybodysDeadDave damn near the entire cast of likable characters dying]] [[SacrificialLion horrific deaths,]] the sole female protagonist [[GoMadFromTheRevelation being brutally raped to insanity]] by said former good guy, supposed friend, and the main man who [[HopeSpot tried so desperately to save his friends and lover failing to do so,]] losing [[EyeScream an eye]] and [[LifeOrLimbDecision an arm]] in the process.]] Wow.
9th May '17 9:16:05 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' understood right from the opening scene that the film version of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was DarkerAndEdgier than the animated series, what with the imprisonment of the Sorceress and He-Man hacking and slashing his way through a dozen or so of Skeletor's Centurions (who might have been faceless {{Mooks}}, but [[AmbiguousRobots may also have just been automatons]]). But any illusions that Skeletor might have been up to his usual cartoony tricks are shattered when he out-and-out murders CanonForeigner Saurod [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to obtain the Cosmic Key]]. ''This'' Skeletor was much more villainous than his cartoon counterpart, who'd ''never'' directed any real acts of violence toward his minions.

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* Fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' understood right from the opening scene that the film version of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was DarkerAndEdgier than the animated series, what with the imprisonment of the Sorceress and He-Man hacking and slashing his way through a dozen or so of Skeletor's Centurions (who might have been faceless {{Mooks}}, but [[AmbiguousRobots may also have just been automatons]]). But any illusions that Skeletor might have been up to his usual cartoony tricks are shattered when he out-and-out murders CanonForeigner Saurod [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to obtain the Cosmic Key]]. ''This'' Skeletor was [[AdaptationalVillainy much more villainous than his cartoon counterpart, counterpart]], who'd ''never'' directed any real acts of violence toward his minions.
5th May '17 6:03:51 PM Quackeytrope
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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' starts off as a fairly lighthearted Disney film about a young African lion cub and his life in the Serengeti. [[spoiler: All that changes when King Mufasa is killed by his evil brother Scar, who makes poor Simba believe that ''he'' did it, tries to have him killed, and then takes over Pride Rock and turns it into a tyrannical nightmare that Simba has to end]].

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' starts off as a fairly lighthearted Disney film about a young African lion cub and his life in the Serengeti. [[spoiler: All that changes when King Mufasa is killed by his evil brother Scar, [[{{Gaslighting}} who makes poor convinces Simba believe that ''he'' did it, to blame himself for it]], tries to have him killed, and then takes over Pride Rock and turns it into a tyrannical nightmare that Simba has to end]].
2nd May '17 7:01:14 AM Svartalfar
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* In ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion'', most angel battles have been relatively light up to a point, and the story had been mostly focused on the fluffy development of the [[OfficialCouple main]] [[{{Polyamory}} triad]]. But then, [[spoiler:during the Bardiel fight, Rei has to sacrifice herself.]]
1st Apr '17 4:56:08 AM ClatoLawa
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* ''Fanfic/{{Ultrasonic}}'', a ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''/''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' crossover, opens after Marinette has been trapped in Zootopia in the body of a white cat for some time, and while we get hints that ''something'' bad happened before she was ripped from UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, the flashback scene where a typical Akuma attack ends with [[spoiler:Chat Noir losing his ring and Adrien being brutally killed]] has this effect.

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* ''Fanfic/{{Ultrasonic}}'', a ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''/''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' crossover, opens after Marinette has been trapped in Zootopia in the body of a white cat for some time, and while we get hints that ''something'' bad happened before she was ripped from UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, the flashback scene where a typical typical-for-the-show Akuma attack ends with [[spoiler:Chat Noir losing his ring and Adrien being brutally killed]] has this effect.effect: since we already know that the Butterfly has followed Marinette to Zootopia, the reveal that [[spoiler:that he's halfway to his goal and Ladybug's partner won't be coming to help her]] changes the stakes of the rest of the story.
29th Mar '17 1:33:38 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Attracting both adults and children, the show initially follows teenagers adapting to their [[ExtranormalInstitute new school]], training to protect their world from scary monsters, getting involved in light-hearted, wacky hijinks, and glossing over serious events such as off-screen murder or easily fixed monster invasions. When the third volume's combat tournament gives Yang a predictable victory over Mercury, Mercury unexpected attacks her from behind; she punches him with enough force to end the fight but finds herself being arrested by security in front of an angry, booing crowd. The episode ends as arena television reveals to the audience and Yang what really happened; a defenceless Mercury was lying on the ground while Yang needlessly assaulted him, shattering his legs. After the episode, the creators released a statement requesting that, from now on, adults should supervise any child access to the show; originally intended for a mature audience, this episode was designed to be the gut punch that warns the fans a darker storyline was starting.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Attracting both adults and children, the show initially follows teenagers adapting to their [[ExtranormalInstitute new school]], training to protect their world from scary monsters, getting involved in light-hearted, wacky hijinks, and glossing over serious events such as off-screen murder or easily fixed monster invasions. When During the third volume's combat tournament gives tournament, Yang a predictable victory over Mercury, predictably defeats Mercury unexpected attacks her but is unexpectedly attacked behind from behind; the sore loser; she punches him with enough force to end the fight but finds herself being ground only to be arrested by security in front of an angry, booing crowd. The episode ends as arena television reveals the truth to the audience fanbase and Yang what really happened; Yang; a defenceless Mercury was lying on the ground while Yang needlessly assaulted him, shattering his legs. After the episode, the creators released a statement requesting that, from now on, adults should supervise any child access to the show; originally intended for a mature audience, this episode was designed to be the a gut punch warning fans that warns the fans a darker storyline was starting.
29th Mar '17 1:28:41 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Attracting both adults and children, the show initially follows teenagers adapting to their [[ExtranormalInstitute new school]], training to protect their world from scary monsters, getting involved in light-hearted, wacky hijinks, and glossing over serious events such as murder occurring off-screen or monster invasions being quickly, neatly fixed. When the third volume's combat tournament gives Yang a predictable victory over Mercury, Mercury unexpected attacks her from behind; she punches him with enough force to end the fight but finds herself being arrested by security in front of an angry, booing crowd. The episode ends as arena television reveals to the audience and Yang what really happened; a defenceless Mercury was lying on the ground while Yang needlessly assaulted him, shattering his legs. After the episode, the creators released a statement requesting that, from now on, adults should supervise any child access to the show; originally intended for a mature audience, this episode was designed to be the gut punch that warns the fans a darker storyline was starting.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Attracting both adults and children, the show initially follows teenagers adapting to their [[ExtranormalInstitute new school]], training to protect their world from scary monsters, getting involved in light-hearted, wacky hijinks, and glossing over serious events such as murder occurring off-screen murder or easily fixed monster invasions being quickly, neatly fixed.invasions. When the third volume's combat tournament gives Yang a predictable victory over Mercury, Mercury unexpected attacks her from behind; she punches him with enough force to end the fight but finds herself being arrested by security in front of an angry, booing crowd. The episode ends as arena television reveals to the audience and Yang what really happened; a defenceless Mercury was lying on the ground while Yang needlessly assaulted him, shattering his legs. After the episode, the creators released a statement requesting that, from now on, adults should supervise any child access to the show; originally intended for a mature audience, this episode was designed to be the gut punch that warns the fans a darker storyline was starting.
29th Mar '17 1:27:52 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The show starts by following a group of teenagers as they adapt to their [[ExtranormalInstitute new school]], train to protect their world from scary monsters and get involved in wacky hijinks along the way. It's light, cheerful tone quickly drew an audience of adults and children alike, glossing over serious events such as murder occurring off-screen or monster invasions being quickly fixed. The third volume's combat tournament led to an individual match between Yang and Mercury which predictably ends with Yang's victory. Unexpectedly, Mercury attacks her from behind, so she punches him with enough force to end the fight for good only to find herself being arrested by security in front of a booing crowd. The episode ends to arena televisions graphically revealing to both Yang and the audience what really happened: a defeated Mercury was lying on the ground when Yang needlessly assaulted him, shattering his legs. After the episode, the creators released a statement thanking fans for their support but requesting that, from now on, adults needed to supervise children's access to episodes; originally intended for an adult audience, this episode was the turning point towards a much darker storyline.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The Attracting both adults and children, the show starts by following a group of initially follows teenagers as they adapt adapting to their [[ExtranormalInstitute new school]], train training to protect their world from scary monsters and get monsters, getting involved in light-hearted, wacky hijinks along the way. It's light, cheerful tone quickly drew an audience of adults hijinks, and children alike, glossing over serious events such as murder occurring off-screen or monster invasions being quickly quickly, neatly fixed. The When the third volume's combat tournament led to an individual match between gives Yang and a predictable victory over Mercury, Mercury which predictably ends with Yang's victory. Unexpectedly, Mercury unexpected attacks her from behind, so behind; she punches him with enough force to end the fight for good only to find but finds herself being arrested by security in front of a an angry, booing crowd. The episode ends to as arena televisions graphically revealing television reveals to both Yang and the audience and Yang what really happened: happened; a defeated defenceless Mercury was lying on the ground when while Yang needlessly assaulted him, shattering his legs. After the episode, the creators released a statement thanking fans for their support but requesting that, from now on, adults needed to should supervise children's any child access to episodes; the show; originally intended for an adult a mature audience, this episode was designed to be the turning point towards gut punch that warns the fans a much darker storyline.storyline was starting.
29th Mar '17 1:19:55 PM Wyldchyld
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* For the first two seasons, ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' was a lighthearted, if a bit [[ClicheStorm cliched]], love letter to {{Shonen}} {{Anime}}, until the second half of the third season throws us with:
** [[spoiler: Yang getting tricked into attacking her opponent after the match ended,]]
** [[spoiler: Pyrrha getting tricked into overusing her power on Penny, killing her and causing her {{Internal|Reveal}} RoboticReveal, which causes enough doubt, grief, and horror to stir the Grimm into attacking the city,]]
** [[spoiler: Blake getting found and threatened by her [[BastardBoyfriend Bastard Ex-Boyfriend]], and Yang [[AnArmAndALeg getting her arm chopped off]] trying to defend her,]]
** [[spoiler: Cinder succeeding in stealing the power of the Fall Maiden, killing Pyrrha and leaving Ozpin MIA,]]
** [[spoiler: And Weiss being taken back home by her (at the time implied to be) AbusiveDad.]]
** [[spoiler: The fourth season proves to be a somber affair as it follows Ruby and a few friends as they try set things straight and everyone else tries to recover from the Fall of Beacon.]]

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* For the first two seasons, ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' was a lighthearted, if a bit [[ClicheStorm cliched]], love letter to {{Shonen}} {{Anime}}, until the second half of the third season throws us with:
** [[spoiler: Yang getting tricked into attacking her opponent after the match ended,]]
** [[spoiler: Pyrrha getting tricked into overusing her power on Penny, killing her and causing her {{Internal|Reveal}} RoboticReveal, which causes enough doubt, grief, and horror to stir the Grimm into attacking the city,]]
** [[spoiler: Blake getting found and threatened by her [[BastardBoyfriend Bastard Ex-Boyfriend]], and Yang [[AnArmAndALeg getting her arm chopped off]] trying to defend her,]]
** [[spoiler: Cinder succeeding in stealing the power of the Fall Maiden, killing Pyrrha and leaving Ozpin MIA,]]
** [[spoiler: And Weiss being taken back home by her (at the time implied to be) AbusiveDad.]]
** [[spoiler:
''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The fourth season proves to be show starts by following a somber affair as it follows Ruby and a few friends group of teenagers as they try set things straight and everyone else tries adapt to recover their [[ExtranormalInstitute new school]], train to protect their world from scary monsters and get involved in wacky hijinks along the Fall way. It's light, cheerful tone quickly drew an audience of Beacon.]]adults and children alike, glossing over serious events such as murder occurring off-screen or monster invasions being quickly fixed. The third volume's combat tournament led to an individual match between Yang and Mercury which predictably ends with Yang's victory. Unexpectedly, Mercury attacks her from behind, so she punches him with enough force to end the fight for good only to find herself being arrested by security in front of a booing crowd. The episode ends to arena televisions graphically revealing to both Yang and the audience what really happened: a defeated Mercury was lying on the ground when Yang needlessly assaulted him, shattering his legs. After the episode, the creators released a statement thanking fans for their support but requesting that, from now on, adults needed to supervise children's access to episodes; originally intended for an adult audience, this episode was the turning point towards a much darker storyline.
20th Mar '17 10:31:06 PM crashkey
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* The [[SerialEscalation first]] WhamEpisode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' where [[spoiler: Mami, the CoolBigSis of the crew, gets killed by a witch. This is shocking to the audience not just because it happens so early in the series, or because it completely subverts our expectations about PlotArmor in the MagicalGirl genre, or because her appearance in the opening suggests she'll live at least long enough for Madoka to fight alongside her, but because for the first 80 seconds of the battle, Mami seemed to be doing [[CurbStompBattle really well]], even unloading the FinishingMove from the previous episode on it, and then, within the space of 10 seconds, the witch revealed its [[OneWingedAngel true form]] and ''bit her head off.'']]
* ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'''s ''Sadness Prayer'' prequel. For most of the first volume, it's a fairly standard prequel, going over events we already knew about and introducing some minor characters who have light-hearted interactions. While still dark, it's not quite as brutal as one would expect from the franchise - and then [[spoiler:Kirika murders two girls, which traumatizes her to point of HeroicBSOD and outright PsychologicalHorror style hallucinations.]]

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* ''Franchise/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
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The [[SerialEscalation first]] WhamEpisode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' where [[spoiler: Mami, the CoolBigSis of the crew, gets killed by a witch. This is shocking to the audience not just because it happens so early in the series, or because it completely subverts our expectations about PlotArmor in the MagicalGirl genre, or because her appearance in the opening suggests she'll live at least long enough for Madoka to fight alongside her, but because for the first 80 seconds of the battle, Mami seemed to be doing [[CurbStompBattle really well]], even unloading the FinishingMove from the previous episode on it, and then, within the space of 10 seconds, the witch revealed its [[OneWingedAngel true form]] and ''bit her head off.'']]
* ** ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'''s ''Sadness Prayer'' prequel. For most of the first volume, it's a fairly standard prequel, going over events we already knew about and introducing some minor characters who have light-hearted interactions. While still dark, it's not quite as brutal as one would expect from the franchise - and then [[spoiler:Kirika murders two girls, which traumatizes her to point of HeroicBSOD and outright PsychologicalHorror style hallucinations.]]
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