History Main / SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness

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]]...
9th May '17 3:23:21 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', which was one of the pioneers of the FirstPersonShooter genre remains serious as the unnamed PlayerCharacter runs down the dark and gloomy corridors of Hell, blowing away the evil demons and never so much as cracking a joke (or saying anything at all) while doing so.
** ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' on the other hand, does cross on the sillier side at times by giving the Doomguy some HiddenDepths, showing that he has a sillier and {{Adorkable}} side to him with his interactions with the dolls. The rest of the game is largely grim in tone, though.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', which was one of the pioneers of the FirstPersonShooter genre remains serious as the unnamed PlayerCharacter runs down the dark and gloomy corridors of Hell, blowing away the evil demons and never so much as cracking a joke (or saying anything at all) while doing so.
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so. But ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' on the other hand, does cross on the sillier side at times by giving the Doomguy some HiddenDepths, showing that he has a sillier and {{Adorkable}} side to him with his interactions with the dolls. The rest of the game is largely grim in tone, though.
9th May '17 9:25:18 AM FlakyPorcupine
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** ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' on the other hand, does cross on the sillier side at times by giving the Doomguy some HiddenDepths, showing that he has a sillier and {{Adorkable}} side to him with his interactions with the dolls. The rest of the game is largely grim in tone, though.
9th May '17 9:21:59 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Music/TypeONegative is ''all over the place'' with this trope ranging from "Christian Woman" and their SelfDeprecation songs on one end, to "White Slavery" and "Everything Dies" on the other. And those are just some of the more extreme examples.
30th Apr '17 3:58:17 PM Silverblade2
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* Cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' are, on the whole, pretty cynical, but also flippant and often deliberately silly. However, on the occasion where they're slightly serious, they're usually less cynical.
24th Apr '17 6:45:33 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/NipponIchi are renown for making games mostly on the 'silly' end of the spectrum. ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' are very silly (although not lacking in a few {{Drama Bomb}}s), as is ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' and ''LaPucelle''. ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' still manages to be quite silly while still being the most 'serious' of the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games. ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' can actually be ''quite'' serious (and [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism quite cynical]]), and would probably be even moreso if Gig hadn't been a main character. ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', Nippon Ichi's ''most'' serious game, is about on the level of a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' or ''TalesSeries'' game, even though it's also Nippon Ichi's most [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic]] game. ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}'' almost inverts it. It's silly moments are played as serious and it's serious moments are more often than not played as silly. Previous tend to be aware of when their being silly or serious, but D4 doesn't seem to be aware. The result is more enjoyable for some than for others, thought reception has generally been very positive.

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* Creator/NipponIchi are renown for making games mostly on the 'silly' end of the spectrum. ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' are very silly (although not lacking in a few {{Drama Bomb}}s), as is ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' and ''LaPucelle''. ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' still manages to be quite silly while still being the most 'serious' of the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games. ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' can actually be ''quite'' serious (and [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism quite cynical]]), and would probably be even moreso if Gig hadn't been a main character. ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', Nippon Ichi's ''most'' serious game, is about on the level of a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' or ''TalesSeries'' ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' game, even though it's also Nippon Ichi's most [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic]] game. ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}'' almost inverts it. It's silly moments are played as serious and it's serious moments are more often than not played as silly. Previous tend to be aware of when their being silly or serious, but D4 doesn't seem to be aware. The result is more enjoyable for some than for others, thought reception has generally been very positive.
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