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3rd Oct '16 4:20:27 PM Sakubara
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* Believe it or not, ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has tons of examples of this. Mixed in with the banana-skin related tomfoolery, there are some pretty [[TearJerker tear jerking moments there.

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* Believe it or not, ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has tons of examples of this. Mixed in with the banana-skin related tomfoolery, there are some pretty [[TearJerker tear jerking jerking]] moments there.
25th Sep '16 9:48:20 PM Gamermaster
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* Two chapters in, and ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' is already using this. We open with the happy, fun travels of protagonists Tohma and Lily, and after the sequence ends with a cheerful PuniPlush panel of the two, we cut to another planet... where [[FairCop Enforcer Teana]] is investigating a devastated village while the [[TheFederation TSAB unit]] accompanying her assesses the damage and lays out rows and rows of the dead. As Teana questions the heavily injured survivors, it is then implied that Tohma and Lily were the ones responsible for this incident.

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* Two chapters in, and ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' is already using this. We open with ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Downplayed in episode seven of [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha
the happy, fun travels of protagonists Tohma and Lily, and after the sequence ends with first season]] since there was a cheerful PuniPlush panel commercial break in between, but we go from a somewhat lighthearted scene of the two, we cut Arthra crew about to another planet... where [[FairCop Enforcer Teana]] is investigating a devastated village while the [[TheFederation TSAB unit]] accompanying arrive on Earth to [[spoiler: [[TheWoobie Fate]] being whipped to near unconsciousness by her assesses the damage and lays out rows and rows of the dead. As Teana questions the heavily injured survivors, it is then implied that Tohma and Lily were the ones responsible for this incident.[[AbusiveParent Abusive Mother]].]]



** Two chapters in, and ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' is already using this. We open with the happy, fun travels of protagonists Tohma and Lily, and after the sequence ends with a cheerful PuniPlush panel of the two, we cut to another planet... where [[FairCop Enforcer Teana]] is investigating a devastated village while the [[TheFederation TSAB unit]] accompanying her assesses the damage and lays out rows and rows of the dead. As Teana questions the heavily injured survivors, it is then implied that Tohma and Lily were the ones responsible for this incident.



* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' dashes suddenly between GenkiGirl MagicalGirlfriend, a beautiful love story and [[TearJerker Tear Jerking heartwarming, tragic or even dark]] segments. For example, Kana is floating along, experiencing the world and wondering if there is anything she can do as a sort of "job" when she sees father walking with his young son, who is carrying a box. The boy is talking to the box, telling what is apparently a puppy inside that he is "going home" with the pair. Kana thinks how nice, then [[spoiler: the ghost of the dead puppy floats out of the box, licks the boy on the face, and fades away.]]
** Don't forget ''Manga/AiRen'': after the day where everyone goes to the beach, [[spoiler: Ai peacefully dies in her sleep]]. Author Creator/TanakaYutaka is patron saint of this trope.
* ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' often switches between comedy and drama in the span of a few pages.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'': Before the movie proper, viewers were treated with a happy little short about the heroes' Pokémon having a vacation in a park. Five minutes after it ends, the actual movie then shows a Pokémon killing a bunch of scientists and blowing up the lab it was made in.
** An episode of ''Best Wishes!'' features a story about Team Rocket infiltrating Colress's base and Meowth being brainwashed into attacking his comrades, intercut with N's investigations into the destruction of a laboratory, and Ash and co. trying to get a seed stuck out of Pignite's nose.
** Played far more seriously in a first-season episode in which Misty leaves her Psyduck at a daycare that emphasizes ThePowerOfLove, only to go back for it while complaining that the one time she needs it for something (which is relatively trivial) is the one time she leaves it someplace. She and the others sneak in to discover that all the Pokémon are locked in small cages and about to be shipped off to the boss of Team Rocket.
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'', usually utterly silly, and a parody of serious anime in general, will throw in a sad, heartfelt, or action-oriented episode once in a while.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' It doesn't happen all the time, but there are a few points in Soul Eater where the mood will do a complete 180 at the drop of a hat. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GXVZYEH8LY=related sometimes even less]]
** The second ending song can cause this as well: a sweet and rather bubbly tune about not wanting to grow up... which concludes, among others, ''all'' the episodes of the [[EldritchAbomination Kishin]] [[SealedEvilInACan Revival]] arc. [[spoiler:Including the one that ends with the newly-revived Kishin showing off a SlasherSmile.]]
** The series first Cerebus moment came when Soul got cut across the chest by Ragnarok. It's followed up by the fight between Crona and Stein and Death Scythe, which flips between the brutal and the comedic. Contrast Spirit stabbing Crona so that they are hanging from the blade or Stein blowing a hole through Crona's chest, with Crona and Ragnarok nonsensical mid-battle arguments and the bit where they wonder what to do with the stars circling Crona's head after being kicked by Stein.
* ''Manga/KazeHikaru'' is both a hilarious RomanticComedy and a blood-soaked JidaiGeki.
** Sei has a [[SuperDeformed super-deformed]] moment ''one page'' after making her first kill; with ''[[BloodSplatteredInnocents blood still on her face]]''.
* The first 7 or so episodes of ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}'' make it seem like a cute, funny, SliceOfLife anime. [[spoiler:It comes as a complete surprise when the next 4 turn into horror.]] And then switches back to adorable for the OVA.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' mixes action, romance, and lots of comedy, so this isn't surprising. SuperDeformed slapstick in the middle of serious scenes, as well as shameless pantyshots could be {{narm}} or NarmCharm.
** The reboot, ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' notably has this in episodes where an angsty/dramatic ColdOpen is followed by the happier opening theme. Same goes for when a dramatic cliffhanger is followed by the closing theme.
* There's a five-episode OVA called ''Anime/MasterOfMartialHearts''. The first four are fanservicey breasts-and-panties fighting anime stuff. The last episode is a neck-breakingly-fast shift into hard drama. It's as though someone called for a deconstruction in the planning stages and they didn't get to it until the end (though there ''are'' minor hints in that direction early on).
* ''Anime/SonicX'', the original version, at least, has a fairly emotionally heavy ending to the second season, what with [[spoiler: Sonic explaining to Chris why he stayed behind and Chris's reaction]]. Following into the dub-only season 3, which starts with... a really bad pun.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' frequently uses this. For instance, most of Episode Two involves the SSS members getting temporarily killed in increasingly bizarre and amusing ways (for the most part, no one can really die in ''Anime/AngelBeats'' due to the fact that they're already dead, so this is PlayedForLaughs), but eventually, when it's just Yuri and Onatashi, Yuri starts talking about how [[spoiler: when she was a little girl, her three younger siblings were killed by robbers right in front of her, one by one, because she couldn't find any valuables to give them.]]
** Noda is such a psychotically violent LargeHam that he's basically Walking Mood Whiplash. One of the best examples is in the first episode, when Otonashi is about to join the SSS: the camera pans slowly across the other members while a stirring militaristic song plays in the background...suddenly, Noda bursts through the door, swinging his axe wildly and threatening to kill Otonashi (again) for insulting Yuri. And then a giant mallet smacks Noda out the window.
** The beginning of episode 4 has Yui auditioning for Girls Dead Monster [[spoiler:since Iwasawa moved on at the end of the previous episode]]. To counter objections she's too peppy and pop-ish for the role, Yui's audition is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxFN2Y5H3ss rock version of the opening theme]] which shows she can pull it off. Then right after the end of the opening, she accidentally hangs herself with her own microphone by kicking the stand into the ceiling. "Death metal", indeed.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', similar to ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', tends to have abrupt moments of comic relief interspersed with heavy drama and/or intense fight scenes. Compared to the manga, the anime adaptations have taken opposite approaches to this: the TV series significantly ups the comic relief, while the [=OVAs=] practically eliminate it.
* There are ''plenty'' of scenes in ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' where really serious and dramatic scenes will inexplicably cut to a panel of unleaded FanService. Occasionally, horror and fanservice will be shown ''in the same panel'', like when a random girl is ''being eaten alive'' and the audience is treated to a PantyShot from the victim.
** A perfect example is at the beginning of chapter 6, which starts off with a radio broadcast about statistics about the infection spreading, which immediately cuts to the four main girls bathing together... with the very serious broadcast still playing over this.
* ''Anime/JackToMameNoKi'' (An anime adaptation of ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'') does this from time to time, it starts out rather cheery and upbeat, once Jack gets to the beanstalk the mood changes after he meets Princess Margaret, after she sings a love song she introduces him to her "mother" a witch named Madame Hecuba who kidnaps children and feeds them to her ogre son Tulip, she has also taken over the kingdom of the clouds, murdered Margaret's parents, turned most of the servants into mice, and put Margaret under a hypnotic spell to which she will marry Tulip and inherit the castle.
* The OnTheNext segments of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' feature one of the titular duo cheerfully teasing the next episode while dropping in silly [[FandomNod fandom nods]], like how Kotetsu puts mayonnaise on everything and Barnaby saves his favourite food for last. Thus, there is a good amount of whiplash when we hear Barnaby saying, "Hi, I'm Barnaby - the member of Tiger & Bunny who always uses two tissues!" over [[spoiler:shots of Kotetsu holding on to dear life in the ICU after being beaten into a coma during the episode proper]].
** And the show itself likes to switch between random silly humour, plot-less drama and dark, mysterious moments in consecutive episodes -- sometimes even in the same episode.
* The ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' series does this often between the comedy/light-hearted moments and the dramatic/intense racing moments. The 3 [=OVA=]s also have these, although less than the TV series had. But by the time the final OVA ''SIN'' was released, there was almost all drama with little to no comedy left in it.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', episode 1: The opening is vaguely dark, then comes the SliceOfLife, then comes the drama, then the SliceOfLife returns, then [[spoiler: Himari dies, then she's revived]], then the penguins come and the show returns to SliceOfLife. And then, uh, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzVh3NVwMwY this]] happens. And then, [[spoiler:[[BrotherSisterIncest incest]].]] The second episode seems to be more comedic, but nothing good has ever come from trusting Creator/KunihikoIkuhara.
* ''Manga/KamisamaDolls'' pulls the whiplashes many times per episode, with the situation changing from comedic to serious (and vice-versa) at the drop of a hat. From the first episode alone, the expectations for what the anime actually is gets turned over enough times that you'll just learn not to take anything for granted.
* ''Webcomic/AfganisuTan'' can be this at points, particularly when you compare the childish pranks of the NationsAsPeople with the real-life history that they're portraying.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' thrives on this. You get a few moments of comedy before you go back to the melancholy feel of it.
* Episode 40 of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''. The previous few episodes were very dark and dramatic, and this episode has a more lighthearted feel overall.
* In ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'', the carefree adventures of the main characters are often offset by Fuu's feelings of grief over her father's death, which is even more prevalent in the TV series than in the {{OVA}}.
* The manga ''Manga/ShinigamiSamaNiSaigoNoOnegaiWo'' leaps between comedy and drama at breakneck speeds.
* Despite being a light hearted yaoi comedy with drama, ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi'' gets rather depressing especially around [[WhamEpisode episode 16]] where the aspect of the oblivious {{uke}} gets taken very seriously when you see what happens when you constantly try to show said oblivious friend that you're very serious with your feelings and get punished as a result.
* ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' is filled with low key versions of this - every moment after an animal is introduced and [[CutenessProximity fawned over]] by [[CityMouse Hachiken]], light-hearted talk of butchering and eating it ensue.
* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' is full of ''MoodWhiplash''
* The fourth ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' OVA ends with the utterly horrific [[FreudWasRight death]] of [[spoiler: Rip Van Winkle]] and the invasion of London by [[ThoseWackyNazis Millennium]]. The credits then roll over a bizarre and utterly ''hilarious'' animated sequence of Schrodinger marching over the globe with ''Das Englandlied'' playing.
** In the 8th episode, [[spoiler:Alucard and Seras share a tender moment where he ''finally'' calls her by her name, indicating how proud he is that she's become a full-fledged vampiress and avenged Pip...and the scene immediatly afterward has Anderson screaming like a lunatic.]]
** The 6th episode ends with a goofy and amusing credits sequence of Seras training with Pip and his men. This is followed by a scene [[spoiler: where Seras finds the bloody corpses of those same men, and screams in rage at the person responsible]]
* ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', unlike most anime, has a slow Opening and upbeat Ending theme. Cue episodes with horrible flashbacks near the end of the episode, followed by [[MemeticMutation AIJOU YUUJOU]]
* Where do we even begin with ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''? In some instances going from a girl fretting about the boy she likes in one frame, and getting hit by a truck in another. Then you can go from a major battle, to a suicide attack, to [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/sora_no_otoshimono/v08/c031/32.html this]]. Make sure you're wearing a neck brace when reading the manga.
** Chapter 47 and 54 take the proverbial cake and eat it whole.
* ''Manga/{{Life}}'' has a habit of having its few lighthearted moments followed directly by tragic ones. For example in one later chapter, [[spoiler:Miki gets drunk at a [[FestivalEpisode festival]]. The next few pages are lighthearted until Miki and Ayumu fall down a cliff. Nothing bad happens, but they have a serious talk.. Then right after Miki [[VomitIndiscretionShot barfs]].]]
* ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' has an example of this. Episode 15 is about a toy dog that Franchise/{{Kirby}} starts treating like his own child. The episode ends with the dog exploding and Kirby left devastated and mourning the dog. The next episode is a lighthearted episode about a fish who falls in love with Fumu.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - Episode 19 ends with quite a predicament for Chihaya, but the ending theme, sung by Takane, is strangely cheerful.
* ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' has a habit of throwing in the occasional comic relief scene into what is otherwise a very dark series, though the anime does it more than the manga, and as of around [[WhamEpisode Volume 6]] onwards, these lighthearted moments have been getting further apart. It's [[CrapsackWorld Loveless]] after all, did you really expect the fluff to last?
* The anime movie ''Anime/RingingBell'' starts out fluffy and cute -- the protagonist is a naive little lamb with lots of energy -- however it quickly turns into a dark revenge story.
* Episode 2 of ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' introduces some of the main bad guys, and their scenes are very much more serious in tone than the relatively light hearted aspects of the school life stuff.
* ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', episode 21. Just when it looks like the girls will revive the [[BigGood Queen of Marchenland]], [[VillainousHarlequin Joker]] kidnaps [[NonHumanSidekick Candy]] (and steals all but one [[MacGuffin Cure Decor]]), leaving them high and dry as [[BigBad Pierrot]] comes closer to awakening. Then we cut to the incredibly peppy credits song, and after that, the preview for episode 22 - which shows Joker tormenting Candy and the girls, a NightmareFace, and Yayoi having a breakdown - set to the same peppy song!
** It's not the only one - ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'' had episode 44 - a ChristmasEpisode that also showed [[spoiler:Cure Flower, the transformed state of Tsubomi's grandmother]] kicking copious amounts of ass. At the end, BOOM - the BigBad finally makes his appearance. Cue Ending Theme. Then, the preview for the next episode shows the main heroines in tears because they blew it big time.
** And there's also ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars DX 3'', whose ending has ''six gathered teams'' bawling their eyes out because [[spoiler:they just lost their fairy companions AND their powers to save the world.]] Then, there's a scene at the end where [[spoiler: the fairies return, crashing another get-together.]]
** Are we forgetting the last four episodes of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar''? [[spoiler: Pretty Cure go to Dark Fall, look like they can win, and then Akudaikaan pulls out MORE POWER. The Pretty Cure, Michiru and Kaoru get their hope back and keep fighting, just so Akudaikaan can pull out EVEN MORE POWER. Rinse, lather, repeat about 6 times. Then, the last time, all the spirits from the Land of Fountains pitch in, Akudaikaan LITERALLY BREAKS OPEN and then gets up and releases EVEN MORE POWER.]] They play tennis with hopeful and hopeless for two entire episodes. And there's more! [[spoiler: Gohyaan is revealed as the ManBehindTheMan, and the process get repeated about another four times. Then, just as Pretty Cure and the Kiryuu sisters get all their motivation back, and they FINALLY win, Michiru and Kaoru start disappearing. Then, the spirits of the Land of Greenery give them their lives back. THEN (yes, there is more), we cut to a future-montage with happy music, and after a few happy images, we see the four heroines and the four fairies crying as they part (but not forever, thankfully). More happiness follows, but THEN Saki borders on a HeroicBSOD when she see Izumida-senpai at the softball finals,]] and then we get a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} between Saki and Mai. Yeah. They really take it UpToEleven here.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Days after blacking out during the horrible Eclipse, Guts awakens to Erika comically falling down the stairs of the elf mine in which he was brought to for safety. Moments later, Guts is horrified to learn that his lover, Casca, has [[spoiler:[[GoMadFromTheRevelation gone completely insane]] due to being ''[[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped to insanity]]'' by their former commander and friend, Griffith, during the Eclipse.]] A major FreakOut ensues.
* ''Anime/DivergenceEve'' is a story of death, zombies, horrible, horrible things happening to everybody....yet the ending is happy jpop to the main character bouncing around in skimpy outfits. It is as if you replaced the end credits of ''Shindler's List'' with ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has a couple. Episode 9 has a [[ClicheStorm familiar]] plot where [[TemporaryLoveInterest Stocking falls in love with a repulsive ghost]], which, due to StatusQuoIsGod, naturally [[PutOnABus departs]] [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence for heaven]] once the episode ends. Strangely, this ''unbelievably predictable'' was played mostly without irony, leading some viewers to wonder if the episode was a RedundantParody or genuinely intended to be taken seriously.
** A far more prominent example is the SeasonFinale in Episode 13. [[GainaxEnding Gainax really topped themselves this time]].
* ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' episode 26. Kouji Kabuto delivers the killing blow against Dr. Hell with the awesome 100 Rapid Fire Rocket Punch and it seems that they've won. Then, we find out Baron Ashura is alive and he/she ''sacrifices themselves to resurrect the Mycene Empire'' and it ends on a cliffhanger with Mazinger Z rushing off to fight these beasts!
* Episodes 13 and 14 of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' seem to be organized incorrectly. Both occur after the end of the "Level Upper" arc but Episode 13 is a BeachEpisode while 14 is a slow, reflective episode that focuses on Ruiko Saten and her coming to terms with the events of the previous arc. Because of the intensity of the arc's climax, episode 14 seems to be a more appropriate follow-up but instead the series opts for a cheery, lighthearted, {{Fanservice}}-laden episode out of nowhere without really giving the previous arc a chance to cool down (which seems to be the aim of episode 14).
** This trope is also used for dramatic- [[TearJerker and heartbreaking]]- effect in the Sisters arc, when Mikoto's silly squabbling with one of her clones is followed by the clone being brutally murdered by Accelerator.
* The first ten minutes of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime is a DownerBeginning that systemically destroys the heroine's life and makes you think the whole show will be a TearJerker. Then you are suddenly launched into Manabe's goofy daydream, and the ludicrously cute and silly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FLTUJKdvU8 opening sequence.]] This sort of thing [[CerebusRollercoaster happens a lot]].
* This is common in [[MohiroKitoh Mohiro Kitoh's]] work. For example, in ''{{Manga/Bokurano}}'', Machi tells Ushiro she has a crush on him. Then [[spoiler:she gets shot in the head.]]
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' experiences a lot of ToneShift. Creator/MonkeyPunch would intersperse an attempted rape scene PlayedForLaughs with a young women [[PlayedForDrama begging that same character for protection]]. A fan of {{Bathos}}.
* Near the end of Episode 20 of ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', there's some relatively lighthearted shots of the teams getting ready to enter the individual tournament, with the first ending theme playing. Then the scene cuts to Shiraitodai, where they have effortlessly defeated their competition and Teru [[spoiler:denies having a sister, suggesting that the rift between them is deeper than viewers and Saki previously thought]]. Then the scene shifts back to the pool, with Kiyosumi playing around and Saki hoping to see Teru again.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', there's a fair amount in the tenth chapter. While they're getting ready for the match with Pravda, there's some lighthearted moments as they try to acclimatize the new Duck Team. Then Momo insists that they have to win and gets angry when some of her teammates doubt that they will, at which point she insists that it's absolutely necessary, and Anzu reaffirms this with [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness uncharacteristic seriousness]]. Then Yukari, the POV character of the manga adaptation, briefly reflects on all the friends she's made through tankery, and how fulfilling her life has become in the past year. While Yukari is doing so, she notices Miho talking with one of her family maids, then follows the two into a restaurant when she sees Miho's expression change suddenly. While the meeting between the two is initially pleasant Miho's maid then tells her that her family has decided that if she does not win against Pravda, [[spoiler:she will be disowned]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has many cases of this, however, considering the entire series itself, from the beginning of ''Anime/DragonBall'' to the end of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', is a CerebusRollercoaster, so it should come as no surprise.
** [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome The Buu Arc]] is just '''ripe''' with {{Mood Whiplash}}'s. The tone of the episodes change from comedy to action to heartwarming to drama almost ''every other episode''. Majin Buu debuted as a pink, fat, childish, candy loving blob monster, just moments later [[spoiler: he turns [[SatanicArchetype Dabura]] into a cookie and then ''eats him'', almost kills ''Super Saiyan 2 Gohan'' and nearly beats to death [[NotBrainwashed Majin Vegeta]] and '''one of the rulers of the Universe''', Supreme Kai.]]
** Another example, Buu Arc specific, also being when [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] convinces Majin Buu not to cause anymore destruction by explaining what the differences are between good and bad. Majin Buu not only agrees to never kill again but also starts to show his side of love and compassion with a new dog the he and Mr Satan had adopted when Majin Buu healed it. It seemed to be a truly great SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}... [[spoiler: [[ShootTheDog only for the dog to be shot at the end of the episode]]]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s successor, ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', is steeped in mood whiplash. Most of this results from the introduction of Beerus and Whis, introduced in the first story arc as villains and hands-down the most powerful beings in their particular universe ([[AlwaysABiggerFish though not, by any means, within the multiverse]]). In subsequent arcs, their power could be a [[StoryBreakerPower story breaker]] that would instantly solve any plot, but they just aren't interested in helping the main characters, so they spend most of their screentime as ThoseTwoGuys making wry comments about plot developments and getting into amusing antics on the side. The whiplash gets even stronger in the "Future Trunks" Arc, which features the show's most seriously evil villain so far and is set in a very depressing BadFuture. This plot is interspersed with Beerus and Whis's interactions and an entirely humorous plot involving the [[KingOfAllCosmos King of Everything]] wanting to be Goku's friend, all part of the set up for a TournamentArc later on.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' has this setting in from the solar eclipse episode onward. What was once a happy, gentle show takes a turn for the scary.
* Used in ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil''. One scene may consist of a romantic comedy harem high school theme. The next suddenly has the characters fighting for their lives against demons.
* ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' is always reasonably light-hearted, but it doesn't change the fact that during the more serious and sad scenes, there will almost always be someone saying something (unintentionally) funny or making an cartoonily exaggerated reaction face.
* ''Anime/KantaiCollection'' infamously does this in its fourth episode. During the emotional fallout of the death of one of the characters, the quirky Kongou siblings bust in the middle of the episode and end up hijacking the show, not [[AngstWhatAngst addressing the death]] [[SubvertedTrope until the end]]. It wasn't as bad as one would think, but they certainly left a mark.
* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders'' puts Terence D'Arby's defeat and Vanilla Ice's introduction within the same episode. D'Arby gets comically punched out of a celling by Star Platinum, whereas Ice [[spoiler: unceremonially kills Mohammad Avdul and leaves the ending as a cliff hanger.]] KnightOfCerebus is so suddenly placed even the manga readers 25 years ago may find it shocking, let alone the anime-only audiences.
** The trope applies to ''Stardust Crusaders'' in general. While the protagonists are thrust into serious situations, there's a fair amount of humor and sense of semi-danger that assures readers/watchers that in the end, no serious harm will befall the characters. Towards the end of the series, the cast starts [[CharactersDroppingLikeFlies dropping like flies]] immediately after the fight with D'Arby the Younger, and with the exception of the scene of Joseph's revival, humor is virtually absent.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', the trailer has pretty shots of the Tree of Life and talks about nature and a boy who protects it... then giant sci-fi robots. And then back to the tree.
* ''Anime/MomotarosDivineSeaWarriors'' starts out with adorable animals doing everyday things, but then Momotaro arrives in a plane and suddenly it turns into a war film.
* Often invoked in ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'':
** In episode 2, Aya refuses Wakatake's request to write a notice for a lost bicycle because she thinks Wakatake is being snobby and Wakatake's bicycle has nothing to do with her anyway. Then Wakatake apologizes, saying he makes the request because he thought she is "one of us," and went downstairs. Aya then realized she may have been [[FriendlessBackground losing potential friends]] for being InnocentlyInsensitive, as Wakatake treated her as a friend but not vice versa, and Wakatake's the first person who called her a friend. So she chased downstairs, only for her to realize Wakatake wasn't known for egging people on for nothing:
-->'''Wakatake''': Do you feel like writing the statement now?
** In ''The Valentine Knows'', Sunahara twice invoked ItsNotYouItsMe to try to distance himself from Aya. In both cases, those lines are right after words that [[LoveConfession confesses his "likeness" to her]].
* ''Anime/YoKaiWatch'' episode 25 ends with Nate and Jibanyan dreamily running toward each other like when they first met, only to be interrupted by Nate's mother finding Jibanyan ate her chocolate cake, assuming Nate did it and [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment cutting him off from desserts for a week]], leading to te and Jibanyan getting into an argument.
* One chapter of ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'' is a fun FestivalEpisode. It's a BreatherEpisode after the previous few bleak chapters. That is until the end where [[spoiler:Shouko returns home and tries to [[DrivenToSuicide jump off a balcony]].]]
* The oneshot ''●REC'' by Mizu Asato starts off with a father recording his daughter wearing her middle school uniform for the first time. Combined with [[http://img.bato.to/comics/2014/06/17/r/read53a07f8530c8b/img000001.jpg the cover]] it seems like the setup to a {{hentai}}. [[spoiler: [[WhamShot Then we see that they're in a hospital room]].]]
-->[[spoiler: Daddy... please pray for me. That this surgery will work out.]]
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* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' dashes suddenly between GenkiGirl MagicalGirlfriend, a beautiful love story and [[TearJerker Tear Jerking heartwarming, tragic or even dark]] segments. For example, Kana is floating along, experiencing the world and wondering if there is anything she can do as a sort of "job" when she sees father walking with his young son, who is carrying a box. The boy is talking to the box, telling what is apparently a puppy inside that he is "going home" with the pair. Kana thinks how nice, then [[spoiler: the ghost of the dead puppy floats out of the box, licks the boy on the face, and fades away.]]
** Don't forget ''Manga/AiRen'': after the day where everyone goes to the beach, [[spoiler: Ai peacefully dies in her sleep]]. Author Creator/TanakaYutaka is patron saint of this trope.
* ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' often switches between comedy and drama in the span of a few pages.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'': Before the movie proper, viewers were treated with a happy little short about the heroes' Pokémon having a vacation in a park. Five minutes after it ends, the actual movie then shows a Pokémon killing a bunch of scientists and blowing up the lab it was made in.
** An episode of ''Best Wishes!'' features a story about Team Rocket infiltrating Colress's base and Meowth being brainwashed into attacking his comrades, intercut with N's investigations into the destruction of a laboratory, and Ash and co. trying to get a seed stuck out of Pignite's nose.
** Played far more seriously in a first-season episode in which Misty leaves her Psyduck at a daycare that emphasizes ThePowerOfLove, only to go back for it while complaining that the one time she needs it for something (which is relatively trivial) is the one time she leaves it someplace. She and the others sneak in to discover that all the Pokémon are locked in small cages and about to be shipped off to the boss of Team Rocket.
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'', usually utterly silly, and a parody of serious anime in general, will throw in a sad, heartfelt, or action-oriented episode once in a while.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' It doesn't happen all the time, but there are a few points in Soul Eater where the mood will do a complete 180 at the drop of a hat. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GXVZYEH8LY=related sometimes even less]]
** The second ending song can cause this as well: a sweet and rather bubbly tune about not wanting to grow up... which concludes, among others, ''all'' the episodes of the [[EldritchAbomination Kishin]] [[SealedEvilInACan Revival]] arc. [[spoiler:Including the one that ends with the newly-revived Kishin showing off a SlasherSmile.]]
** The series first Cerebus moment came when Soul got cut across the chest by Ragnarok. It's followed up by the fight between Crona and Stein and Death Scythe, which flips between the brutal and the comedic. Contrast Spirit stabbing Crona so that they are hanging from the blade or Stein blowing a hole through Crona's chest, with Crona and Ragnarok nonsensical mid-battle arguments and the bit where they wonder what to do with the stars circling Crona's head after being kicked by Stein.
* ''Manga/KazeHikaru'' is both a hilarious RomanticComedy and a blood-soaked JidaiGeki.
** Sei has a [[SuperDeformed super-deformed]] moment ''one page'' after making her first kill; with ''[[BloodSplatteredInnocents blood still on her face]]''.
* The first 7 or so episodes of ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}'' make it seem like a cute, funny, SliceOfLife anime. [[spoiler:It comes as a complete surprise when the next 4 turn into horror.]] And then switches back to adorable for the OVA.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' mixes action, romance, and lots of comedy, so this isn't surprising. SuperDeformed slapstick in the middle of serious scenes, as well as shameless pantyshots could be {{narm}} or NarmCharm.
** The reboot, ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' notably has this in episodes where an angsty/dramatic ColdOpen is followed by the happier opening theme. Same goes for when a dramatic cliffhanger is followed by the closing theme.
* There's a five-episode OVA called ''Anime/MasterOfMartialHearts''. The first four are fanservicey breasts-and-panties fighting anime stuff. The last episode is a neck-breakingly-fast shift into hard drama. It's as though someone called for a deconstruction in the planning stages and they didn't get to it until the end (though there ''are'' minor hints in that direction early on).
* ''Anime/SonicX'', the original version, at least, has a fairly emotionally heavy ending to the second season, what with [[spoiler: Sonic explaining to Chris why he stayed behind and Chris's reaction]]. Following into the dub-only season 3, which starts with... a really bad pun.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' frequently uses this. For instance, most of Episode Two involves the SSS members getting temporarily killed in increasingly bizarre and amusing ways (for the most part, no one can really die in ''Anime/AngelBeats'' due to the fact that they're already dead, so this is PlayedForLaughs), but eventually, when it's just Yuri and Onatashi, Yuri starts talking about how [[spoiler: when she was a little girl, her three younger siblings were killed by robbers right in front of her, one by one, because she couldn't find any valuables to give them.]]
** Noda is such a psychotically violent LargeHam that he's basically Walking Mood Whiplash. One of the best examples is in the first episode, when Otonashi is about to join the SSS: the camera pans slowly across the other members while a stirring militaristic song plays in the background...suddenly, Noda bursts through the door, swinging his axe wildly and threatening to kill Otonashi (again) for insulting Yuri. And then a giant mallet smacks Noda out the window.
** The beginning of episode 4 has Yui auditioning for Girls Dead Monster [[spoiler:since Iwasawa moved on at the end of the previous episode]]. To counter objections she's too peppy and pop-ish for the role, Yui's audition is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxFN2Y5H3ss rock version of the opening theme]] which shows she can pull it off. Then right after the end of the opening, she accidentally hangs herself with her own microphone by kicking the stand into the ceiling. "Death metal", indeed.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', similar to ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', tends to have abrupt moments of comic relief interspersed with heavy drama and/or intense fight scenes. Compared to the manga, the anime adaptations have taken opposite approaches to this: the TV series significantly ups the comic relief, while the [=OVAs=] practically eliminate it.
* There are ''plenty'' of scenes in ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' where really serious and dramatic scenes will inexplicably cut to a panel of unleaded FanService. Occasionally, horror and fanservice will be shown ''in the same panel'', like when a random girl is ''being eaten alive'' and the audience is treated to a PantyShot from the victim.
** A perfect example is at the beginning of chapter 6, which starts off with a radio broadcast about statistics about the infection spreading, which immediately cuts to the four main girls bathing together... with the very serious broadcast still playing over this.
* ''Anime/JackToMameNoKi'' (An anime adaptation of ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'') does this from time to time, it starts out rather cheery and upbeat, once Jack gets to the beanstalk the mood changes after he meets Princess Margaret, after she sings a love song she introduces him to her "mother" a witch named Madame Hecuba who kidnaps children and feeds them to her ogre son Tulip, she has also taken over the kingdom of the clouds, murdered Margaret's parents, turned most of the servants into mice, and put Margaret under a hypnotic spell to which she will marry Tulip and inherit the castle.
* The OnTheNext segments of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' feature one of the titular duo cheerfully teasing the next episode while dropping in silly [[FandomNod fandom nods]], like how Kotetsu puts mayonnaise on everything and Barnaby saves his favourite food for last. Thus, there is a good amount of whiplash when we hear Barnaby saying, "Hi, I'm Barnaby - the member of Tiger & Bunny who always uses two tissues!" over [[spoiler:shots of Kotetsu holding on to dear life in the ICU after being beaten into a coma during the episode proper]].
** And the show itself likes to switch between random silly humour, plot-less drama and dark, mysterious moments in consecutive episodes -- sometimes even in the same episode.
* The ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' series does this often between the comedy/light-hearted moments and the dramatic/intense racing moments. The 3 [=OVA=]s also have these, although less than the TV series had. But by the time the final OVA ''SIN'' was released, there was almost all drama with little to no comedy left in it.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', episode 1: The opening is vaguely dark, then comes the SliceOfLife, then comes the drama, then the SliceOfLife returns, then [[spoiler: Himari dies, then she's revived]], then the penguins come and the show returns to SliceOfLife. And then, uh, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzVh3NVwMwY this]] happens. And then, [[spoiler:[[BrotherSisterIncest incest]].]] The second episode seems to be more comedic, but nothing good has ever come from trusting Creator/KunihikoIkuhara.
* ''Manga/KamisamaDolls'' pulls the whiplashes many times per episode, with the situation changing from comedic to serious (and vice-versa) at the drop of a hat. From the first episode alone, the expectations for what the anime actually is gets turned over enough times that you'll just learn not to take anything for granted.
* ''Webcomic/AfganisuTan'' can be this at points, particularly when you compare the childish pranks of the NationsAsPeople with the real-life history that they're portraying.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' thrives on this. You get a few moments of comedy before you go back to the melancholy feel of it.
* Episode 40 of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''. The previous few episodes were very dark and dramatic, and this episode has a more lighthearted feel overall.
* In ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'', the carefree adventures of the main characters are often offset by Fuu's feelings of grief over her father's death, which is even more prevalent in the TV series than in the {{OVA}}.
* The manga ''Manga/ShinigamiSamaNiSaigoNoOnegaiWo'' leaps between comedy and drama at breakneck speeds.
* Despite being a light hearted yaoi comedy with drama, ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi'' gets rather depressing especially around [[WhamEpisode episode 16]] where the aspect of the oblivious {{uke}} gets taken very seriously when you see what happens when you constantly try to show said oblivious friend that you're very serious with your feelings and get punished as a result.
* ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' is filled with low key versions of this - every moment after an animal is introduced and [[CutenessProximity fawned over]] by [[CityMouse Hachiken]], light-hearted talk of butchering and eating it ensue.
* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' is full of ''MoodWhiplash''
* The fourth ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' OVA ends with the utterly horrific [[FreudWasRight death]] of [[spoiler: Rip Van Winkle]] and the invasion of London by [[ThoseWackyNazis Millennium]]. The credits then roll over a bizarre and utterly ''hilarious'' animated sequence of Schrodinger marching over the globe with ''Das Englandlied'' playing.
** In the 8th episode, [[spoiler:Alucard and Seras share a tender moment where he ''finally'' calls her by her name, indicating how proud he is that she's become a full-fledged vampiress and avenged Pip...and the scene immediatly afterward has Anderson screaming like a lunatic.]]
** The 6th episode ends with a goofy and amusing credits sequence of Seras training with Pip and his men. This is followed by a scene [[spoiler: where Seras finds the bloody corpses of those same men, and screams in rage at the person responsible]]
* ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', unlike most anime, has a slow Opening and upbeat Ending theme. Cue episodes with horrible flashbacks near the end of the episode, followed by [[MemeticMutation AIJOU YUUJOU]]
* Where do we even begin with ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''? In some instances going from a girl fretting about the boy she likes in one frame, and getting hit by a truck in another. Then you can go from a major battle, to a suicide attack, to [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/sora_no_otoshimono/v08/c031/32.html this]]. Make sure you're wearing a neck brace when reading the manga.
** Chapter 47 and 54 take the proverbial cake and eat it whole.
* ''Manga/{{Life}}'' has a habit of having its few lighthearted moments followed directly by tragic ones. For example in one later chapter, [[spoiler:Miki gets drunk at a [[FestivalEpisode festival]]. The next few pages are lighthearted until Miki and Ayumu fall down a cliff. Nothing bad happens, but they have a serious talk.. Then right after Miki [[VomitIndiscretionShot barfs]].]]
* ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' has an example of this. Episode 15 is about a toy dog that Franchise/{{Kirby}} starts treating like his own child. The episode ends with the dog exploding and Kirby left devastated and mourning the dog. The next episode is a lighthearted episode about a fish who falls in love with Fumu.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - Episode 19 ends with quite a predicament for Chihaya, but the ending theme, sung by Takane, is strangely cheerful.
* ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' has a habit of throwing in the occasional comic relief scene into what is otherwise a very dark series, though the anime does it more than the manga, and as of around [[WhamEpisode Volume 6]] onwards, these lighthearted moments have been getting further apart. It's [[CrapsackWorld Loveless]] after all, did you really expect the fluff to last?
* The anime movie ''Anime/RingingBell'' starts out fluffy and cute -- the protagonist is a naive little lamb with lots of energy -- however it quickly turns into a dark revenge story.
* Episode 2 of ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' introduces some of the main bad guys, and their scenes are very much more serious in tone than the relatively light hearted aspects of the school life stuff.
* ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', episode 21. Just when it looks like the girls will revive the [[BigGood Queen of Marchenland]], [[VillainousHarlequin Joker]] kidnaps [[NonHumanSidekick Candy]] (and steals all but one [[MacGuffin Cure Decor]]), leaving them high and dry as [[BigBad Pierrot]] comes closer to awakening. Then we cut to the incredibly peppy credits song, and after that, the preview for episode 22 - which shows Joker tormenting Candy and the girls, a NightmareFace, and Yayoi having a breakdown - set to the same peppy song!
** It's not the only one - ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'' had episode 44 - a ChristmasEpisode that also showed [[spoiler:Cure Flower, the transformed state of Tsubomi's grandmother]] kicking copious amounts of ass. At the end, BOOM - the BigBad finally makes his appearance. Cue Ending Theme. Then, the preview for the next episode shows the main heroines in tears because they blew it big time.
** And there's also ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars DX 3'', whose ending has ''six gathered teams'' bawling their eyes out because [[spoiler:they just lost their fairy companions AND their powers to save the world.]] Then, there's a scene at the end where [[spoiler: the fairies return, crashing another get-together.]]
** Are we forgetting the last four episodes of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar''? [[spoiler: Pretty Cure go to Dark Fall, look like they can win, and then Akudaikaan pulls out MORE POWER. The Pretty Cure, Michiru and Kaoru get their hope back and keep fighting, just so Akudaikaan can pull out EVEN MORE POWER. Rinse, lather, repeat about 6 times. Then, the last time, all the spirits from the Land of Fountains pitch in, Akudaikaan LITERALLY BREAKS OPEN and then gets up and releases EVEN MORE POWER.]] They play tennis with hopeful and hopeless for two entire episodes. And there's more! [[spoiler: Gohyaan is revealed as the ManBehindTheMan, and the process get repeated about another four times. Then, just as Pretty Cure and the Kiryuu sisters get all their motivation back, and they FINALLY win, Michiru and Kaoru start disappearing. Then, the spirits of the Land of Greenery give them their lives back. THEN (yes, there is more), we cut to a future-montage with happy music, and after a few happy images, we see the four heroines and the four fairies crying as they part (but not forever, thankfully). More happiness follows, but THEN Saki borders on a HeroicBSOD when she see Izumida-senpai at the softball finals,]] and then we get a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} between Saki and Mai. Yeah. They really take it UpToEleven here.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Days after blacking out during the horrible Eclipse, Guts awakens to Erika comically falling down the stairs of the elf mine in which he was brought to for safety. Moments later, Guts is horrified to learn that his lover, Casca, has [[spoiler:[[GoMadFromTheRevelation gone completely insane]] due to being ''[[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped to insanity]]'' by their former commander and friend, Griffith, during the Eclipse.]] A major FreakOut ensues.
* ''Anime/DivergenceEve'' is a story of death, zombies, horrible, horrible things happening to everybody....yet the ending is happy jpop to the main character bouncing around in skimpy outfits. It is as if you replaced the end credits of ''Shindler's List'' with ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has a couple. Episode 9 has a [[ClicheStorm familiar]] plot where [[TemporaryLoveInterest Stocking falls in love with a repulsive ghost]], which, due to StatusQuoIsGod, naturally [[PutOnABus departs]] [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence for heaven]] once the episode ends. Strangely, this ''unbelievably predictable'' was played mostly without irony, leading some viewers to wonder if the episode was a RedundantParody or genuinely intended to be taken seriously.
** A far more prominent example is the SeasonFinale in Episode 13. [[GainaxEnding Gainax really topped themselves this time]].
* ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' episode 26. Kouji Kabuto delivers the killing blow against Dr. Hell with the awesome 100 Rapid Fire Rocket Punch and it seems that they've won. Then, we find out Baron Ashura is alive and he/she ''sacrifices themselves to resurrect the Mycene Empire'' and it ends on a cliffhanger with Mazinger Z rushing off to fight these beasts!
* Episodes 13 and 14 of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' seem to be organized incorrectly. Both occur after the end of the "Level Upper" arc but Episode 13 is a BeachEpisode while 14 is a slow, reflective episode that focuses on Ruiko Saten and her coming to terms with the events of the previous arc. Because of the intensity of the arc's climax, episode 14 seems to be a more appropriate follow-up but instead the series opts for a cheery, lighthearted, {{Fanservice}}-laden episode out of nowhere without really giving the previous arc a chance to cool down (which seems to be the aim of episode 14).
** This trope is also used for dramatic- [[TearJerker and heartbreaking]]- effect in the Sisters arc, when Mikoto's silly squabbling with one of her clones is followed by the clone being brutally murdered by Accelerator.
* The first ten minutes of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime is a DownerBeginning that systemically destroys the heroine's life and makes you think the whole show will be a TearJerker. Then you are suddenly launched into Manabe's goofy daydream, and the ludicrously cute and silly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FLTUJKdvU8 opening sequence.]] This sort of thing [[CerebusRollercoaster happens a lot]].
* This is common in [[MohiroKitoh Mohiro Kitoh's]] work. For example, in ''{{Manga/Bokurano}}'', Machi tells Ushiro she has a crush on him. Then [[spoiler:she gets shot in the head.]]
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' experiences a lot of ToneShift. Creator/MonkeyPunch would intersperse an attempted rape scene PlayedForLaughs with a young women [[PlayedForDrama begging that same character for protection]]. A fan of {{Bathos}}.
* Near the end of Episode 20 of ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', there's some relatively lighthearted shots of the teams getting ready to enter the individual tournament, with the first ending theme playing. Then the scene cuts to Shiraitodai, where they have effortlessly defeated their competition and Teru [[spoiler:denies having a sister, suggesting that the rift between them is deeper than viewers and Saki previously thought]]. Then the scene shifts back to the pool, with Kiyosumi playing around and Saki hoping to see Teru again.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', there's a fair amount in the tenth chapter. While they're getting ready for the match with Pravda, there's some lighthearted moments as they try to acclimatize the new Duck Team. Then Momo insists that they have to win and gets angry when some of her teammates doubt that they will, at which point she insists that it's absolutely necessary, and Anzu reaffirms this with [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness uncharacteristic seriousness]]. Then Yukari, the POV character of the manga adaptation, briefly reflects on all the friends she's made through tankery, and how fulfilling her life has become in the past year. While Yukari is doing so, she notices Miho talking with one of her family maids, then follows the two into a restaurant when she sees Miho's expression change suddenly. While the meeting between the two is initially pleasant Miho's maid then tells her that her family has decided that if she does not win against Pravda, [[spoiler:she will be disowned]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has many cases of this, however, considering the entire series itself, from the beginning of ''Anime/DragonBall'' to the end of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', is a CerebusRollercoaster, so it should come as no surprise.
** [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome The Buu Arc]] is just '''ripe''' with {{Mood Whiplash}}'s. The tone of the episodes change from comedy to action to heartwarming to drama almost ''every other episode''. Majin Buu debuted as a pink, fat, childish, candy loving blob monster, just moments later [[spoiler: he turns [[SatanicArchetype Dabura]] into a cookie and then ''eats him'', almost kills ''Super Saiyan 2 Gohan'' and nearly beats to death [[NotBrainwashed Majin Vegeta]] and '''one of the rulers of the Universe''', Supreme Kai.]]
** Another example, Buu Arc specific, also being when [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] convinces Majin Buu not to cause anymore destruction by explaining what the differences are between good and bad. Majin Buu not only agrees to never kill again but also starts to show his side of love and compassion with a new dog the he and Mr Satan had adopted when Majin Buu healed it. It seemed to be a truly great SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}... [[spoiler: [[ShootTheDog only for the dog to be shot at the end of the episode]]]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s successor, ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', is steeped in mood whiplash. Most of this results from the introduction of Beerus and Whis, introduced in the first story arc as villains and hands-down the most powerful beings in their particular universe ([[AlwaysABiggerFish though not, by any means, within the multiverse]]). In subsequent arcs, their power could be a [[StoryBreakerPower story breaker]] that would instantly solve any plot, but they just aren't interested in helping the main characters, so they spend most of their screentime as ThoseTwoGuys making wry comments about plot developments and getting into amusing antics on the side. The whiplash gets even stronger in the "Future Trunks" Arc, which features the show's most seriously evil villain so far and is set in a very depressing BadFuture. This plot is interspersed with Beerus and Whis's interactions and an entirely humorous plot involving the [[KingOfAllCosmos King of Everything]] wanting to be Goku's friend, all part of the set up for a TournamentArc later on.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' has this setting in from the solar eclipse episode onward. What was once a happy, gentle show takes a turn for the scary.
* Used in ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil''. One scene may consist of a romantic comedy harem high school theme. The next suddenly has the characters fighting for their lives against demons.
* ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' is always reasonably light-hearted, but it doesn't change the fact that during the more serious and sad scenes, there will almost always be someone saying something (unintentionally) funny or making an cartoonily exaggerated reaction face.
* ''Anime/KantaiCollection'' infamously does this in its fourth episode. During the emotional fallout of the death of one of the characters, the quirky Kongou siblings bust in the middle of the episode and end up hijacking the show, not [[AngstWhatAngst addressing the death]] [[SubvertedTrope until the end]]. It wasn't as bad as one would think, but they certainly left a mark.
* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders'' puts Terence D'Arby's defeat and Vanilla Ice's introduction within the same episode. D'Arby gets comically punched out of a celling by Star Platinum, whereas Ice [[spoiler: unceremonially kills Mohammad Avdul and leaves the ending as a cliff hanger.]] KnightOfCerebus is so suddenly placed even the manga readers 25 years ago may find it shocking, let alone the anime-only audiences.
** The trope applies to ''Stardust Crusaders'' in general. While the protagonists are thrust into serious situations, there's a fair amount of humor and sense of semi-danger that assures readers/watchers that in the end, no serious harm will befall the characters. Towards the end of the series, the cast starts [[CharactersDroppingLikeFlies dropping like flies]] immediately after the fight with D'Arby the Younger, and with the exception of the scene of Joseph's revival, humor is virtually absent.
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', the trailer has pretty shots of the Tree of Life and talks about nature and a boy who protects it... then giant sci-fi robots. And then back to the tree.
* ''Anime/MomotarosDivineSeaWarriors'' starts out with adorable animals doing everyday things, but then Momotaro arrives in a plane and suddenly it turns into a war film.
* Often invoked in ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'':
** In episode 2, Aya refuses Wakatake's request to write a notice for a lost bicycle because she thinks Wakatake is being snobby and Wakatake's bicycle has nothing to do with her anyway. Then Wakatake apologizes, saying he makes the request because he thought she is "one of us," and went downstairs. Aya then realized she may have been [[FriendlessBackground losing potential friends]] for being InnocentlyInsensitive, as Wakatake treated her as a friend but not vice versa, and Wakatake's the first person who called her a friend. So she chased downstairs, only for her to realize Wakatake wasn't known for egging people on for nothing:
-->'''Wakatake''': Do you feel like writing the statement now?
** In ''The Valentine Knows'', Sunahara twice invoked ItsNotYouItsMe to try to distance himself from Aya. In both cases, those lines are right after words that [[LoveConfession confesses his "likeness" to her]].
* ''Anime/YoKaiWatch'' episode 25 ends with Nate and Jibanyan dreamily running toward each other like when they first met, only to be interrupted by Nate's mother finding Jibanyan ate her chocolate cake, assuming Nate did it and [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment cutting him off from desserts for a week]], leading to te and Jibanyan getting into an argument.
* One chapter of ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'' is a fun FestivalEpisode. It's a BreatherEpisode after the previous few bleak chapters. That is until the end where [[spoiler:Shouko returns home and tries to [[DrivenToSuicide jump off a balcony]].]]
* The oneshot ''●REC'' by Mizu Asato starts off with a father recording his daughter wearing her middle school uniform for the first time. Combined with [[http://img.bato.to/comics/2014/06/17/r/read53a07f8530c8b/img000001.jpg the cover]] it seems like the setup to a {{hentai}}. [[spoiler: [[WhamShot Then we see that they're in a hospital room]].]]
-->[[spoiler: Daddy... please pray for me. That this surgery will work out.]]
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s successor, ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', is steeped in mood whiplash. Most of this results from the introduction of Beerus and Whis, introduced in the first story arc as villains and hands-down the most powerful beings in their particular universe ([[AlwaysABiggerFish though not, by any means, within the multiverse]]). In subsequent arcs, their power could be a StoryBreaker that would instantly solve any plot, but they just aren't interested in helping the main characters, so they spend most of their screentime as ThoseTwoGuys making wry comments about plot developments and getting into amusing antics on the side. The whiplash gets even stronger in the "Future Trunks" Arc, which features the show's most seriously evil villain so far and is set in a very depressing BadFuture. This plot is interspersed with Beerus and Whis's interactions and an entirely humorous plot involving the [[KingOfAllCosmos King of Everything]] wanting to be Goku's friend, all part of the set up for a TournamentArc later on.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s successor, ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', is steeped in mood whiplash. Most of this results from the introduction of Beerus and Whis, introduced in the first story arc as villains and hands-down the most powerful beings in their particular universe ([[AlwaysABiggerFish though not, by any means, within the multiverse]]). In subsequent arcs, their power could be a StoryBreaker [[StoryBreakerPower story breaker]] that would instantly solve any plot, but they just aren't interested in helping the main characters, so they spend most of their screentime as ThoseTwoGuys making wry comments about plot developments and getting into amusing antics on the side. The whiplash gets even stronger in the "Future Trunks" Arc, which features the show's most seriously evil villain so far and is set in a very depressing BadFuture. This plot is interspersed with Beerus and Whis's interactions and an entirely humorous plot involving the [[KingOfAllCosmos King of Everything]] wanting to be Goku's friend, all part of the set up for a TournamentArc later on.
27th Aug '16 2:39:10 PM Generality
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s successor, ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', is steeped in mood whiplash. Most of this results from the introduction of Beerus and Whis, introduced in the first story arc as villains and hands-down the most powerful beings in their particular universe ([[AlwaysABiggerFish though not, by any means, within the multiverse]]). In subsequent arcs, their power could be a StoryBreaker that would instantly solve any plot, but they just aren't interested in helping the main characters, so they spend most of their screentime as ThoseTwoGuys making wry comments about plot developments and getting into amusing antics on the side. The whiplash gets even stronger in the "Future Trunks" Arc, which features the show's most seriously evil villain so far and is set in a very depressing BadFuture. This plot is interspersed with Beerus and Whis's interactions and an entirely humorous plot involving the [[KingOfAllCosmos King of Everything]] wanting to be Goku's friend, all part of the set up for a TournamentArc later on.
26th Aug '16 5:10:35 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Two chapters in, and ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Magical War Chronicles Lyrical Nanoha Force]]'' is already using this. We open with the happy, fun travels of protagonists Tohma and Lily, and after the sequence ends with a cheerful PuniPlush panel of the two, we cut to another planet... where [[FairCop Enforcer Teana]] is investigating a devastated village while the [[TheFederation TSAB unit]] accompanying her assesses the damage and lays out rows and rows of the dead. As Teana questions the heavily injured survivors, it is then implied that Tohma and Lily were the ones responsible for this incident.

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* Two chapters in, and ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Magical War Chronicles Lyrical Nanoha Force]]'' ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' is already using this. We open with the happy, fun travels of protagonists Tohma and Lily, and after the sequence ends with a cheerful PuniPlush panel of the two, we cut to another planet... where [[FairCop Enforcer Teana]] is investigating a devastated village while the [[TheFederation TSAB unit]] accompanying her assesses the damage and lays out rows and rows of the dead. As Teana questions the heavily injured survivors, it is then implied that Tohma and Lily were the ones responsible for this incident.
26th Aug '16 2:22:21 AM kuchiki222
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** The end of Tenrou Island Arc. The guild just completely defeated Grimoire heart, and saving the exam in process, as well as a possible redemption quest opened for [[BigBad Hades]]. Fairy Tail parties as they always do in the end, and [[LukeYouAreMyFather Cana is reunited with Gildarts.]] Then, [[spoiler: Zeref gatecrashes Grimoire Heart's airship, freezes Rustyrose and Kain Hikaru in a flash, reveals he was not weak at all, and reminds us why he is called the Ultimate BigBad, by killing Hades (his heart was repaired at that time).

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** The end of Tenrou Island Arc. The guild just completely defeated Grimoire heart, and saving the exam in process, as well as a possible redemption quest opened for [[BigBad Hades]]. Fairy Tail parties as they always do in the end, and [[LukeYouAreMyFather Cana is reunited with Gildarts.]] Then, [[spoiler: Zeref gatecrashes Grimoire Heart's airship, freezes Rustyrose and Kain Hikaru in a flash, reveals he was not weak at all, and reminds us why he is called the Ultimate BigBad, by killing Hades (his heart was repaired at that time). He announces that Fairy Tail is doomed, as Acnologia was on to them now. Few panels later, Fairy Tail gets to experience a [[CurbStompBattle dragon's wrath]] UpToEleven even with four dragonslayers giving their all (Damn, their entire guild, their STRONGEST part of the guild), all ended up running. They still ended up getting nuked by Acnologia, the said dragon above. They get better thankfully, but that took 7 WHOLE YEARS!!]] All this in space of 4 chapters.
26th Aug '16 1:41:17 AM kuchiki222
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** The end of Tenrou Island Arc. The guild just completely defeated Grimoire heart, and saving the exam in process, as well as a possible redemption quest opened for [[BigBad Hades]]. Fairy Tail parties as they always do in the end, and [[LukeYouAreMyFather Cana is reunited with Gildarts.]] Then, [[spoiler: Zeref gatecrashes Grimoire Heart's airship, freezes Rustyrose and Kain Hikaru in a flash, reveals he was not weak at all, and reminds us why he is called the Ultimate BigBad, by killing Hades (his heart was repaired at that time).



* ''Anime/YoKaiWatch'' episode 25 ends with Nate and Jibanyan dreamily running toward each other like when they first met, only to be interrupted by Nate's mother finding Jibanyan ate her chocolate cake, assuming Nate did it and [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment cutting him off from desserts for a week]], leading to Nate and Jibanyan getting into an argument.

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* ''Anime/YoKaiWatch'' episode 25 ends with Nate and Jibanyan dreamily running toward each other like when they first met, only to be interrupted by Nate's mother finding Jibanyan ate her chocolate cake, assuming Nate did it and [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment cutting him off from desserts for a week]], leading to Nate te and Jibanyan getting into an argument.
18th Aug '16 4:18:33 PM Tre
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*** And after that's over we still have half of ''Gurren Lagann'' left, and it'll be followed by the [[{{Gorn}} ultra-violent]], [[ShootTheShaggyDog super-depressing]], perfect anime for {{SyFy}}, ''Anime/MDGeist''.

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*** And after that's over we still have half of ''Gurren Lagann'' left, and it'll be followed by the [[{{Gorn}} ultra-violent]], [[ShootTheShaggyDog super-depressing]], perfect anime for {{SyFy}}, Creator/{{Syfy}}, ''Anime/MDGeist''.
2nd Aug '16 1:42:44 PM Willbyr
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* There are ''plenty'' of scenes in ''HighSchoolOfTheDead'' where really serious and dramatic scenes will inexplicably cut to a panel of unleaded FanService. Occasionally, horror and fanservice will be shown ''in the same panel'', like when a random girl is ''being eaten alive'' and the audience is treated to a PantyShot from the victim.

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* There are ''plenty'' of scenes in ''HighSchoolOfTheDead'' ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' where really serious and dramatic scenes will inexplicably cut to a panel of unleaded FanService. Occasionally, horror and fanservice will be shown ''in the same panel'', like when a random girl is ''being eaten alive'' and the audience is treated to a PantyShot from the victim.
1st Aug '16 3:57:56 AM kirara19
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* ''Manga/BarefootGen'' starts off as a looking like a slapstick comedy. [[NightmareFuel Then Little Boy is dropped]].

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* ''Manga/BarefootGen'' starts off as a looking like a slapstick comedy. [[NightmareFuel [[WarIsHell Then Little Boy is dropped]].



* Believe it or not, ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has tons of examples of this. Mixed in with the banana-skin related tomfoolery, there are some pretty [[TearJerker tear jerking]] moments there.

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* Believe it or not, ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has tons of examples of this. Mixed in with the banana-skin related tomfoolery, there are some pretty [[TearJerker tear jerking]] jerking moments there.
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