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28th Sep '16 6:19:33 AM SaraJaye
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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' follows this trope itself. Season 1 was somewhat dark and gloomy, at times it even barely kept its elements of comedy, and elements that eventually meant nothing in the show were taken very seriously then. Episodes ranged from Homer attempting to commit suicide at the thought of being a hopeless loser, Bart and Lisa barely escaping death at the hands of a criminal babysitter, and ''Moaning Lisa'' was so depressing that it almost had the entire fanbase hating Lisa for glooming up the show. Season 2 did step up the comedy, but only a bit. In fact, in the premier for said season we even see ''the American bad boy'' Bart Simpson cry. Since then, the Simpsons rarely has any dark, depressing moments, and anything shown to be a downer is usually either played for laughs or treated like no serious problem. The darkest episode of the later seasons is ''The Boys Of Bummer'', which disappointed many by ending a very dark episode with an unintentional snorefest.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' follows this trope itself. Season 1 was somewhat dark and gloomy, at times it even barely kept its elements of comedy, and elements that eventually meant nothing in the show were taken very seriously then. Episodes ranged from Homer attempting to commit suicide at the thought of being a hopeless loser, Bart and Lisa barely escaping death at the hands of a criminal babysitter, and ''Moaning Lisa'' was so depressing that it almost had the entire fanbase hating Lisa for glooming up the show.just plain heartbreaking. Season 2 did step up the comedy, but only a bit. In fact, in the premier for said season we even see ''the American bad boy'' Bart Simpson cry. Since then, the Simpsons rarely has any dark, depressing moments, and anything shown to be a downer is usually either played for laughs or treated like no serious problem. The darkest episode of the later seasons is ''The Boys Of Bummer'', which disappointed many by ending a very dark episode with an unintentional snorefest.
24th Sep '16 6:04:52 PM nombretomado
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* The U.S version of {{Series/The Apprentice}} became this when it changed its format to become an all-celebrity show. The [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama birther]] opinions from DonaldTrump don't help the show's possible view of itself as a paragon of solemnity either.

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* The U.S version of {{Series/The Apprentice}} became this when it changed its format to become an all-celebrity show. The [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama birther]] opinions from DonaldTrump Creator/DonaldTrump don't help the show's possible view of itself as a paragon of solemnity either.
11th Sep '16 4:51:12 AM SatoshiBakura
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* ''Manga/YuGiOh'' started as a surprisingly dark, bleak manga about a kid who had an evil alter ego that inflicted punishments on bullies that ranged from psychologically crippling, to killing, to eternally damning in limbo forever, but then that card game came along. Cue a LighterAndSofter progression, to which kid and alter ego start [[CharacterDevelopment changing]] via ThePowerOfFriendship. There were also several instances, pre-and-post Duelist Kingdom arc, where the games featured were very cutesy on the surface. And the manga itself begins with an IJustWantToHaveFriends motivation on Yugi's part.
30th Aug '16 7:03:10 PM comicwriter
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* The first series of ''Manga/CatsEye'' was fairly serious and action-driven, albeit with a lot of lighthearted comedy moments in-between robberies. The second series was a borderline RomanticComedy, with increasingly absurd heists and [[PlotTumor a larger amount of focus]] on the DatingCatwoman relationship between Hitomi and Toshio.

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* The first series of ''Manga/CatsEye'' was fairly serious and action-driven, albeit with a lot of lighthearted comedy moments in-between robberies. The second series was a borderline RomanticComedy, with increasingly absurd heists and [[PlotTumor [[RomanticPlotTumor a larger amount of focus]] on the DatingCatwoman relationship between Hitomi and Toshio.
20th Aug '16 9:16:07 PM Arsidias
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* The very first episode of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series, "Hey Diddle Riddle", while comedic in tone, [[ContinuityNod did make reference to the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents by "a gang of criminals"]] (an origin story almost exactly like the one from the comics, and one the producers of the show hesitated to so much as allude to), and it's clear from the dialogue that (again, just as in the comics), Wayne has become Batman in order to fulfill a promise he made to his parents for that very reason. Following this two-episode story arc, the show never brought up the murder again.

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* The very first episode of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series, "Hey Diddle Riddle", while comedic in tone, [[ContinuityNod did make reference to the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents by "a gang of "dastardly criminals"]] (an origin story almost exactly like the one from the comics, and one the producers of the show hesitated to so much as allude to), and it's clear from the dialogue that (again, just as in the comics), Wayne has become Batman in order to fulfill a promise he made to his parents for that very reason. Following this two-episode story arc, the show never brought up the murder again.
15th Aug '16 4:59:46 PM bt8257
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This ToneShift away from seriousness and more towards humor can happen for any number of reasons. Maybe audiences weren't jiving with the more serious take. Maybe there was some ExecutiveMeddling involved. Maybe the writers were just bored. In some cases, the story ''started'' funny, [[CerebusSyndrome became serious]], but then returned to its roots. And if it [[LongRunner runs long enough]], it may go serious ''[[CerebusRollerCoaster again]]''.

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This ToneShift away from seriousness and more towards humor can happen for any number of reasons. Maybe audiences weren't jiving with the more serious take. Maybe there was some ExecutiveMeddling involved. Maybe the writers were just bored. In some cases, the story ''started'' funny, [[CerebusSyndrome became serious]], but then returned to its roots. And if it [[LongRunner runs long enough]], it may go serious ''[[CerebusRollerCoaster ''[[CerebusRollercoaster again]]''.
24th Jul '16 11:21:27 AM Astatine
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* Budiansky's run in Marvel's ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' was started with the famous "New Order" 4 parter, one of the darkest stories in the entire series, where Shockwave defeats and captures the weakened autobots, hangs their bodies like meat at a butcher's, and severs Prime's head to probe it for the power of the Creation Matrix. The arc is completely serious and dark throughout, with Shockwave as a competent and unstoppable foe. The Budiansky stories following were instead characterised by lightness and goofiness, as they became increasingly more ridiculous and humorous, featuring space kids, robot wrestling, and car washes of doom, and it is these more SliceOfLife stories that tend to be associated with him. Furman's run on the other hand, was consistently dark and serious.
23rd Jun '16 6:47:54 PM nombretomado
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* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'' gives us this. The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert first installment]] is fairly serious, with you either leading the Soviet Union's attempt to conquer Europe or the heroic Allied defense in an [[AlternateHistory alternate]] WorldWarII using mostly-realistic weapons. The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 second game]] features [[SchizoTech out-of-place technology]] (More of it than the first game), PsychicPowers, and attack squid. The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 third game]] includes, among other things, [[BearsAreBadNews bear cannons]] and TimCurry.

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* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'' gives us this. The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert first installment]] is fairly serious, with you either leading the Soviet Union's attempt to conquer Europe or the heroic Allied defense in an [[AlternateHistory alternate]] WorldWarII using mostly-realistic weapons. The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 second game]] features [[SchizoTech out-of-place technology]] (More of it than the first game), PsychicPowers, and attack squid. The [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 third game]] includes, among other things, [[BearsAreBadNews bear cannons]] and TimCurry.Creator/TimCurry.
19th Jun '16 6:40:07 AM rjd1922
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* As [[http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/24029 this article]] about ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' says, Sega aims to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope for the SonicTheHedgehog series, starting with ''Sonic And The Secret Rings'', after the DarkerAndEdgier games of ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''. ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' continues in the same vein, and ''Sonic Boom'', both [[VideoGame/SonicBoom the game]] and [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom the cartoon]], are pure light-hearted cheese.

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* As [[http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/24029 this article]] about ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' says, Sega aims to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope for the SonicTheHedgehog ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, starting with ''Sonic And The ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings'', Rings]]'', after the DarkerAndEdgier games of ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''. ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' continues in the same vein, and ''Sonic Boom'', both [[VideoGame/SonicBoom the game]] and [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom the cartoon]], are pure light-hearted cheese.
2nd Jun '16 7:12:11 PM Prfnoff
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* The original name for this trope was "Buu Syndrome," named after the Buu Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', which brought the long-absent humor aspect of the story back in full force, featuring things such as Gohan trying to be a superhero only to be immediately found out, a tournament which quickly degrades into slapstick, villains who are initially so weak that the heroes aren't at all bothered by them, Goku getting favors from a god by offering to introduce him to Bulma, a sage who "brings out Gohan's potential" by forcing him to sit still while he reads comic books, and the world's most powerful coffee candy. To top it off, the villain of the story is an EldritchAbomination from the dawn of time who resembles a fat creampuff in Arabian Nights digs, who kills people by turning them into candy and eating them. While it did have some very dark parts, these chapters are generally so over-the-top that you can't help but laugh.

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* The original name for this trope was "Buu Syndrome," named after the Buu Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', which brought the long-absent humor aspect of the story back in full force, featuring things such as Gohan trying to be a superhero only to be immediately found out, a tournament which quickly degrades into slapstick, villains who are initially so weak that the heroes aren't at all bothered by them, Goku getting favors from a god by offering to introduce him to Bulma, a sage who "brings out Gohan's potential" by forcing him to sit still while he reads comic books, and the world's most powerful coffee candy. To top it off, the villain of the story is an EldritchAbomination from the dawn of time who resembles a fat creampuff in Arabian Nights digs, who kills people by turning them into candy and eating them. While it did have some very dark parts, these chapters are generally so over-the-top that you can't help but laugh.
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