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8th Nov '17 9:19:31 AM TheKaizerreich
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** Mainly this comes due to the age of the property. When 40k started in 1987 as ''Rogue Trader'', it was pure parody of SpaceOpera and just about anything scifi, with characters that were solely mash-ups of various popular scifi characters, as well being simply ''Warhammer'' in space (notably, there was a Tech Priest based on Scotty from ''Franchise/StarTrek''). Until the mid 1990s, it became a little more serious, then over-the-top serious during its 3rd Edition to the point of simply trying too hard. Since then, it has tried to find a balance between being slightly goofy, mostly grim and notably also being a heavy {{Deconstruction}} of science-fiction and even itself. The aforementioned Orks for example '''are''' the comedy faction of the setting, and them being humourous is kind of the point (where every other faction is semi-based on a historical army or myths, Orks are based on British ''football hooligans'' and Chavs), while Chaos might employ ''evil accountants'' as soldiers. On the other hand, things such as the creation process of Space Marines, Imperial Guard (average human soldiers) fighting against galactic horrors like the Tyranids, Necrons, Orks etc are intentionally depicted as grim and often hopeless endevours in the long run, but other works such as the ''Ciaphas Cain'' series show a more humanist, light-hearted side, how not everything is needlessly dark all the time, and that evil people not always get away with their cruelty (Commisars may be authorised to execute cowards freely, but push the troops too hard and the Commisar her/himself might have a rude awakening via UnfriendlyFire), contrary to what it might appear like. It's mostly related to being such a vast setting, spanning the entire galaxy and a core timeline of 10,000 years, so there is enough room for everything and anything.
8th Nov '17 9:02:07 AM TheKaizerreich
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' can go from one length to the other without any warning, but when the going gets serious, it usually stays serious until the end of the arc. This creates a good effect of MoodWhiplash.

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' can go from one length to the other without any warning, but when the going gets serious, it usually stays serious until the end of the arc. This creates a good effect of MoodWhiplash. On the other hand, there is ''Kira'', which is so full of FanService and ridiculousness that most fans [[FanonDiscontinuity disown it]].
28th Sep '17 12:35:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheOrville'': Generally on the silly side of things, but more serious than you might suspect. There are some jokes here and there, but the pressure of commanding a starship and the moral conflicts the characters get into is played largely straight. Seth [=McFarlane=] could have easily gone for pure farce, but he treats the material pretty earnestly, making it more of a ''Star Trek'' homage than a parody.
8th Sep '17 9:03:30 AM CosmicFerret
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* The Franchise/{{DCAU}} takes itself seriously, especially whenever [[GalacticConqueror Darkseid]] shows up, but when the spotlight is on TheFlash then it usually crosses over to the silly side. It's the same in the comics and their respective influences on mood are used very deliberately by authors. [[http://www.the-isb.com/?p=919 Santa delivering coal to Darkseid]]? Hysterical. Horrific things happening to the various Flashes (HeroicSacrifice, children murdered, wife murdered)? Utterly tragic.

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* The Franchise/{{DCAU}} takes itself seriously, especially whenever [[GalacticConqueror Darkseid]] shows up, but when the spotlight is on TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash then it usually crosses over to the silly side. It's the same in the comics and their respective influences on mood are used very deliberately by authors. [[http://www.the-isb.com/?p=919 Santa delivering coal to Darkseid]]? Hysterical. Horrific things happening to the various Flashes (HeroicSacrifice, children murdered, wife murdered)? Utterly tragic.
7th Aug '17 4:09:12 AM Acebrock
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* The titular character in ''Series/TheTick2016'' is merrily dancing on silly end of the scale, being a complete loon, but the setting for the show goes for serious most of the time (with occasional funny moments like the BigBad stealing an ice cream cone from a kid), which is where the humor of the show comes from.
11th Jul '17 12:22:30 PM babyhenchy1
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* The ''Film/{{Predator}}'' movies, on the other hand, take themselves slightly less seriously, with a high level of machismo throughout the first movie, along with one-liners peppering the dialogue throughout both films.

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* The ''Film/{{Predator}}'' movies, on the other hand, take themselves slightly less seriously, with a high level of machismo throughout the first movie, along with one-liners peppering the dialogue throughout both films. Though the first movie does start out more silly and makes a big turn to seriousness once [[KnightOfCerebus the title character makes his first appearance]].
13th Jun '17 9:24:13 PM MasterHero
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* ''Anime/ReCreators'': Serious, and increasingly so as the series goes on. At first, ''Re:CREATORS'' was willing to treat the idea of [[RefugeeFromTVLand fictional characters coming to the real world]] with some degree of levity, [[spoiler:then [[KillTheCutie Mamika dies]]]] and it all goes to hell afterwards. Really, did anyone expect anything else from the creator of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' and the director of ''AldnoahZero''?
6th Jun '17 12:25:47 AM ReynTime250
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* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' starts off relatively silly with it mostly being a SliceOfLife comedy. That deeply changes after Episode 11 where the plot kicks in and gets more serious. It gets even more serious in Episode 15 when [[KnightOfCerebus Croix]] shows up and Episode 22 gets the character to go into the DespairEventHorizon.
16th May '17 3:11:00 PM nombretomado
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* There have been two ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' cartoon series so far (with a third on the way) and they both represented opposite takes on the material. The first, made in 1987, was everything the original comics were not - hammy, TotallyRadical, entirely light hearted and harmless, family friendly fun with an eye on selling TheMerch. The second one, made in 2003, took the serious plots of the comic (often literally), and replaced its somewhat dry characterizations with the more realized turtles from the previous show and live action films to deliver something very comparable to Avatar: The Last Airbender. There were campy superhero stories, and alternate universe tales where everyone dies. There was even an episode that was a straight-up Creator/HPLovecraft send-up. When Executive Meddling retooled the show, it become a lot more like the first cartoon and stayed that way until the [[TurtlesForever Turtles Forever]] crossover movie, which plays up the differences between the two shows for laughs. The 2007 CGI movie was in line with the 2003 series' tone. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 series]] so far has been fairly balanced, and many episodes have both serious ''and'' silly moments. It helps that it's pretty self-aware of its roots in both shows and the original comic.

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* There have been two ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' cartoon series so far (with a third on the way) and they both represented opposite takes on the material. The first, made in 1987, was everything the original comics were not - hammy, TotallyRadical, entirely light hearted and harmless, family friendly fun with an eye on selling TheMerch. The second one, made in 2003, took the serious plots of the comic (often literally), and replaced its somewhat dry characterizations with the more realized turtles from the previous show and live action films to deliver something very comparable to Avatar: The Last Airbender. There were campy superhero stories, and alternate universe tales where everyone dies. There was even an episode that was a straight-up Creator/HPLovecraft send-up. When Executive Meddling retooled the show, it become a lot more like the first cartoon and stayed that way until the [[TurtlesForever Turtles Forever]] ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' crossover movie, which plays up the differences between the two shows for laughs. The 2007 CGI movie was in line with the 2003 series' tone. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 series]] so far has been fairly balanced, and many episodes have both serious ''and'' silly moments. It helps that it's pretty self-aware of its roots in both shows and the original comic.
16th May '17 2:05:37 PM nombretomado
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* There seems to be two realities conflicting with each other in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood''. One is the full-borne sequel to ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' with vampires, vampire-killers, and half-demons trying to struggle with themselves and the horrors their world throws at them; and the other is filled with chibi-cat girls and catboys, mecha-maids, a DarkMagicalGirl[=/Witch/=]MadScientist, and a [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giant]] Tsundere. The same goes for the fangame ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars''. On one side, you get a sequel to ''Tsukihime'' and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', with vampires, monsters, bloody fights and at least two [[CosmicHorror Cosmic Horrors]]. On the other hand, there is an ''open war'' between [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]], TheHeartless are anime {{shout out}}s, the two Big Bads from {{Tsukihime}} [[FusionDance merge]] to become ''a stupid-looking ninja'', and two of your characters can use the [[CareBearStare Love Love Projection Fist]]. And let's not get started on the [[BonusDungeon Tohno Family Takeover Plan]]...

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* There seems to be two realities conflicting with each other in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood''. One is the full-borne sequel to ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' with vampires, vampire-killers, and half-demons trying to struggle with themselves and the horrors their world throws at them; and the other is filled with chibi-cat girls and catboys, mecha-maids, a DarkMagicalGirl[=/Witch/=]MadScientist, and a [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giant]] Tsundere. The same goes for the fangame ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars''. On one side, you get a sequel to ''Tsukihime'' and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', with vampires, monsters, bloody fights and at least two [[CosmicHorror Cosmic Horrors]]. On the other hand, there is an ''open war'' between [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]], TheHeartless are anime {{shout out}}s, the two Big Bads from {{Tsukihime}} ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' [[FusionDance merge]] to become ''a stupid-looking ninja'', and two of your characters can use the [[CareBearStare Love Love Projection Fist]]. And let's not get started on the [[BonusDungeon Tohno Family Takeover Plan]]...
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