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8th Oct '17 9:31:23 PM LancelotG
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* Due to the [[MatureAnimalStory nature of the series]], it's rather frequent in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' for the prose style to switch back and forth between jovial Creator/JRRTolkien and ruthless Creator/GeorgeRRMartin for a few pages, or even paragraphs. For example, at one point in ''Mossflower'', the heroes need to outsmart two dimwitted villains, so they pull the old trick also seen in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' of starting an argument among them by imitating voices, leading them to comically quarrel over their cheese. [[spoiler:One of them then fatally impales the other in his anger, then in shock at what he's done, stumbles backwards into a sinkhole and drowns.]] Our protagonists then sing a happy little song about this as they carry on.

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* Due to the [[MatureAnimalStory nature of the series]], it's rather frequent in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' for the prose style to switch back and forth between jovial Creator/JRRTolkien and ruthless Creator/GeorgeRRMartin for a few pages, or even paragraphs. For example, at one point in ''Mossflower'', the heroes need to outsmart two dimwitted villains, so they pull the old trick also seen in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' of starting an argument among them by imitating voices, leading them to comically quarrel over their cheese. [[spoiler:One of them then fatally impales the other in his anger, then in shock at what he's done, stumbles backwards into a sinkhole and drowns.]] Our protagonists then sing a happy little song about this as they carry on.on.
* Robert Browning's poem "Porphyria's Lover" begins on a stormy night when the speaker, alone in a dark and dreary cottage, is visited by a woman who he believed had rejected him, who has deserted a party and walked through the rain to find him. She lights a fire in the grate, leans on his shoulder, and confesses that she has loved him all along. [[spoiler:Eager to preserve this beautiful moment, he strangles her in her own hair.]]
13th May '17 3:56:25 AM Andyroid
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** Pratchett also manages to do utterly hilarious and tear-jerkingly dramatic at the exact same moment. I'll only say: "THAT! IS! NOT! MY! COW!"

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** Pratchett also manages to do utterly hilarious and tear-jerkingly dramatic at the exact same moment. I'll only say: "THAT! moment in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THAT! IS! NOT! MY! COW!"COW!]]"
1st Apr '17 3:57:37 PM jamespolk
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* Literature/ErastFandorin novel ''Literature/SpecialAssigments'' actually consists of two separate novellas. The first, ''The Jack of Spades'', is a whimsical comic story in which Fandorin is chasing a LovableRogue ConMan. The second, ''The Decorator'', involves Fandorin's hunt for a brutal SerialKiller.

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* Literature/ErastFandorin detective novel ''Literature/SpecialAssigments'' ''Literature/SpecialAssignments'' actually consists of two separate novellas. The first, ''The Jack of Spades'', is a whimsical comic story in which Fandorin is chasing a LovableRogue ConMan. The second, ''The Decorator'', involves Fandorin's hunt for a brutal SerialKiller.
1st Apr '17 3:57:12 PM jamespolk
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* Literature/ErastFandorin novel ''Literature/SpecialAssigments'' actually consists of two separate novellas. The first, ''The Jack of Spades'', is a whimsical comic story in which Fandorin is chasing a LovableRogue ConMan. The second, ''The Decorator'', involves Fandorin's hunt for a brutal SerialKiller.
7th Dec '16 8:02:10 AM MarsJenkar
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** ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' is particularly egregious, since the mood whiplash effect arguably results in an OutOfGenreExperience. The book goes from a scene where Sandy actually thinks a pig farmer is really a bunch of 12 foot tall ogres and the pigs are captive princesses (which is a laugh out loud hilarious scene) to a gut wrenching description of slavery. It feels like going from a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' type absurdist satire to high drama.

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** ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' is particularly egregious, since the mood whiplash effect arguably results in an OutOfGenreExperience. The book goes from a scene where Sandy actually thinks a pig farmer is really a bunch of 12 foot tall ogres and the pigs are captive princesses (which is a laugh out loud hilarious scene) to a gut wrenching description of slavery. It feels like going from a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' type absurdist satire (or a ''Literature/DonQuixote'' misadventure) to high drama.
6th Dec '16 12:16:00 PM JohnPrestwick
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** In the Battle of Hogwarts, there's an amusing scene when Percy defeats Pius Thickness ("Hello Minister, did I mention I'm resigning?"). Immediately afterwards, [[spoiler:[[ShooOutTheClowns Fred gets killed]].]]
21st Jul '16 10:01:35 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is usually because of [[SadClown Harry's sense of humor]]. Once, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Nicodemus has him in a totally inescapable position, giving him the opportunity to join him--and if he refuses, Nick will just cut his throat after he finishes his breakfast. Harry promptly cracks a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' joke, and when Nicodemus is a bit nonplussed, says, "Must be a Creator/DCComics fan."

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** In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is usually because of [[SadClown Harry's sense of humor]]. Once, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Nicodemus has him in a totally inescapable position, giving him the opportunity to join him--and if he refuses, Nick will just cut his throat after he finishes his breakfast. Harry promptly cracks a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' joke, and when Nicodemus is a bit nonplussed, says, "Must be a Creator/DCComics fan."
23rd Nov '15 10:18:16 AM TheGreatUnknown
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* It's not usual for the characters in ''Literature/UncommonAnimals'' make jokes in dark moments, but the first story, The Hunted, goes from Mina and Jennelle [[EatingTheEyeCandy drooling over]] the 'delivery boy' to Mina being terrified of him in the space a sentence.

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* It's not usual for the characters in ''Literature/UncommonAnimals'' make jokes in dark moments, but the first story, The Hunted, goes from Mina and Jennelle [[EatingTheEyeCandy drooling over]] the 'delivery boy' to Mina being terrified of him in the space a sentence.sentence.
* Due to the [[MatureAnimalStory nature of the series]], it's rather frequent in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' for the prose style to switch back and forth between jovial Creator/JRRTolkien and ruthless Creator/GeorgeRRMartin for a few pages, or even paragraphs. For example, at one point in ''Mossflower'', the heroes need to outsmart two dimwitted villains, so they pull the old trick also seen in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' of starting an argument among them by imitating voices, leading them to comically quarrel over their cheese. [[spoiler:One of them then fatally impales the other in his anger, then in shock at what he's done, stumbles backwards into a sinkhole and drowns.]] Our protagonists then sing a happy little song about this as they carry on.
20th Nov '15 12:11:54 AM HeraldAlberich
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', we have an adorable, Cinderella-like little boy exploring the wonderful world of magical, colorful wizards. Then, he sees his dead parents, he's almost killed by a mysterious blood-drinking figure, and he's confronted by a trusted teacher with the BigBad growing out of his head.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', we have an adorable, Cinderella-like little boy exploring the wonderful world of magical, colorful wizards. Then, he sees his dead parents, he's almost killed by a mysterious blood-drinking figure, and he's confronted by a trusted teacher with the BigBad growing out of his head.



** Done both hilariously and heartbreakingly in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Whilst on the ward for mentally damaged permanent residents of St Mungo's hospital, we see post- memory loss Gilderoy Lockheart, who is just as mind-numbingly stupid and arrogant as he was in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberofSecrets CoS]]... And then straight afterwards the absolutely devastating fate of Neville's parents is shown. Cut back to Lockheart talking about how he can do joined up handwriting.
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' series - ''Claudia and the Terrible Truth'', where the VerySpecialEpisode-esque main plot (the girls finding out that two of their new charges are being abused by their father) is interspersed with the sitters helping kids preparing for a St. Patrick's Day parade.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy is loaded with these moments- they'll take you from heartwarming happiness, or seeing the characters laugh for the first time in weeks directly to horrific death and much despair.

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** Done both hilariously and heartbreakingly in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Whilst on the ward for mentally damaged permanent residents of St Mungo's hospital, we see post- memory post-memory loss Gilderoy Lockheart, who is just as mind-numbingly stupid and arrogant as he was in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberofSecrets CoS]]... And ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberofSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]''--and then straight afterwards the absolutely devastating fate of Neville's parents is shown. Cut back to Lockheart talking about how he can do joined up handwriting.
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' series - ''Claudia series--''Claudia and the Terrible Truth'', where the VerySpecialEpisode-esque main plot (the girls finding out that two of their new charges are being abused by their father) is interspersed with the sitters helping kids preparing for a St. Patrick's Day parade.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy is loaded with these moments- they'll moments--they'll take you from heartwarming happiness, or seeing the characters laugh for the first time in weeks weeks, directly to horrific death and much despair.



* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is usually billed as 'uproariously hilarious' or the like, and in many places it is. However, there are many parts that range from dramatic and moving to outright horror--for instance, the torture rooms of the Particulars in ''Night Watch''.

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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is usually billed as 'uproariously hilarious' or the like, and in many places it is. However, there are many parts that range from dramatic and moving to outright horror--for instance, the torture rooms of the Particulars in ''Night Watch''.''Discworld/NightWatch''.



* ''TheTimeTravelersWife'' has moments like this. Towards the end of the book, there are some fairly depressing scenes, such as [[spoiler: Henry discovering he will die in several years, or Charisse acknowledging Gomez's feeling towards Clare]]. This is followed by a fairly comical scene where Henry travels a few months into the future and ends up locked inside the library, which forces him to reveal his time traveling nature to the entire library staff. A few pages later, [[spoiler: Henry almost freezes to death in another time traveling incident, and ends up losing his feet. And lets not mention his death scenes...]].

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* ''TheTimeTravelersWife'' ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'' has moments like this. Towards the end of the book, there are some fairly depressing scenes, such as [[spoiler: Henry discovering he will die in several years, or Charisse acknowledging Gomez's feeling towards Clare]]. This is followed by a fairly comical scene where Henry travels a few months into the future and ends up locked inside the library, which forces him to reveal his time traveling nature to the entire library staff. A few pages later, [[spoiler: Henry almost freezes to death in another time traveling incident, and ends up losing his feet. And lets not mention his death scenes...]].



* T. H. White's ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' started as a light hearted parody of [[KingArthur Arthurian Legends]], with anachronism, Merlin as a bumbling magician, Arthur turned into various animals, and Pellinore's ineffectual quest for the Questing Beast. Slowly each following chapter got less and less humor and got darker and darker, until the tragic last chapter that ended just before King Arthur's fight against his son Mordred as he reminisces over the good old days.

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* T. H. White's ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' started starts as a light hearted light-hearted parody of [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian Legends]], with anachronism, Merlin as a bumbling magician, Arthur turned into various animals, and Pellinore's ineffectual quest for the Questing Beast. Slowly each following chapter got has less and less humor and got gets darker and darker, until the tragic last chapter that ended ends just before King Arthur's fight against his son Mordred as he reminisces over the good old days.



* MarkTwain's works often suffer from this, the most notable example occurring in ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' where we are treated to a humorous drunk, a cold blooded murder, an attempted lynching, and then a circus, all literally in the same chapter.

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* MarkTwain's Creator/MarkTwain's works often suffer from this, the most notable example occurring in ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' where we are treated to a humorous drunk, a cold blooded murder, an attempted lynching, and then a circus, all literally in the same chapter.



* One of JimButcher's [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles signature]] [[Literature/CodexAlera tropes.]]
** In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is usually because of [[SadClown Harry's sense of humor]]. Once, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Nicodemus had him in a totally inescapable position, giving him the opportunity to join him-- and if he refuses, Nick will just cut his throat after he finishes his breakfast. Harry promptly cracks a {{Spider-Man}} joke, and when Nicodemus is a bit nonplussed, says, "Must be a DCComics fan."
** ''Literature/CodexAlera'' often manages this by juxtaposing a CrowningMomentOfFunny with a serious scene. The most spectacular example was at the beginning of ''Princeps' Fury'', when we're treated to some hilarious bickering between a couple of soldiers. Then [[spoiler:they're attacked by the Vord, and one is [[CruelAndUnusualDeath ripped into little bits]] while the other has to be {{Mercy Kill}}ed by Ehren]].
* ''BridgeToTerabithia'': The book (and by extension, the movie) starts out relatively lighthearted and without drastic conflict...[[spoiler:and ends up becoming completely tragic and melancholic following the revealing of Leslie's death]]. The same pattern can be seen in [[DeathByNewberyMedal similar]] works, such as ''A Taste of Blackberries''.

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* One of JimButcher's [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles signature]] [[Literature/CodexAlera tropes.]]
Creator/JimButcher's signature tropes.
** In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is usually because of [[SadClown Harry's sense of humor]]. Once, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Nicodemus had has him in a totally inescapable position, giving him the opportunity to join him-- and him--and if he refuses, Nick will just cut his throat after he finishes his breakfast. Harry promptly cracks a {{Spider-Man}} ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' joke, and when Nicodemus is a bit nonplussed, says, "Must be a DCComics Creator/DCComics fan."
** ''Literature/CodexAlera'' often manages this by juxtaposing a CrowningMomentOfFunny with a serious scene. The most spectacular example was is at the beginning of ''Princeps' Fury'', when we're treated to some hilarious bickering between a couple of soldiers. Then [[spoiler:they're attacked by the Vord, and one is [[CruelAndUnusualDeath ripped into little bits]] while the other has to be {{Mercy Kill}}ed by Ehren]].
* ''BridgeToTerabithia'': ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': The book (and by extension, the movie) starts out relatively lighthearted and without drastic conflict...conflict... [[spoiler:and ends up becoming completely tragic and melancholic following the revealing of Leslie's death]]. The same pattern can be seen in [[DeathByNewberyMedal similar]] works, such as ''A Taste of Blackberries''.



* Kids' novel ''Jennifer the Jerk is Missing''. Starts out very suspenseful, with an 8 year old boy who has a reputation for telling tall tales and being a brat, trying his best to convince his 13 year old babysitter that he did in fact witness the kidnapping of his 8 year old classmate, bratty Jennifer "the Jerk". Played totally for suspense for the first half of the story, but things start to get silly when Jennifer is encountered. Bound to a chair and gagged, she actually lets out a muffled bratty "ha ha" under her gag when her rescuers mess up, and things just mostly get sillier from there. One of the kidnappers even merely pretends to have a gun by pointing his finger through his pocket (and Jennifer can even tell). Totally shoots the suspense in the first half of the book to pieces. (Then later, it starts taking itself seriously again)
* ''Yoda: DarkRendezvous'' alternates a much [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation sillier-than-standard]] Master Yoda with reminders that a war is going on. A set of undercover Jedi suffering through transit on a ship belonging to a cut rate cruise line, having to deal with things like an overexcited fire alarm system and a mazelike ship structure, turns [[{{Tearjerker}} heart-breakingly tragic]] when Asajj Ventress comes in and starts trying to kill the main cast. And anyone between her and them.
** Creator/AaronAllston's run in the XWingSeries can tend towards this at times, but it helps that he does use transitional devices, and much of the silly is a deliberate in-universe attempt to raise morale.

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* Kids' novel ''Jennifer the Jerk is Missing''. Starts out very suspenseful, with an 8 year old boy who has a reputation for telling tall tales and being a brat, trying his best to convince his 13 year old babysitter that he did in fact witness the kidnapping of his 8 year old classmate, bratty Jennifer "the Jerk". Played totally for suspense for the first half of the story, but things start to get silly when Jennifer is encountered. Bound to a chair and gagged, she actually lets out a muffled bratty "ha ha" under her gag when her rescuers mess up, and things just mostly get sillier from there. One of the kidnappers even merely pretends to have a gun by pointing his finger through his pocket (and Jennifer can even tell). Totally shoots the suspense in the first half of the book to pieces. (Then later, it starts taking itself seriously again)
again.)
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
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''Yoda: DarkRendezvous'' Literature/DarkRendezvous'' alternates a much [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation sillier-than-standard]] Master Yoda with reminders that a war is going on. A set of undercover Jedi suffering through transit on a ship belonging to a cut rate cut-rate cruise line, having to deal with things like an overexcited fire alarm system and a mazelike ship structure, turns [[{{Tearjerker}} heart-breakingly tragic]] when Asajj Ventress comes in and starts trying to kill the main cast. And anyone between her and them.
** Creator/AaronAllston's run in the XWingSeries ComicBook/XWingSeries can tend towards this at times, but it helps that he does use transitional devices, and much of the silly is a deliberate in-universe attempt to raise morale.



* In-universe example in ''TheWitcher''. Geralt says of Dandelion (an accomplished bard and poet) that the latter's talent generally lies in ability to enact abrupt swings between touching lyrics and bawdy obscenity.
* ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor: Flames of Yesterday (a text story) pokes fun at the idea of gender, and the unruliness of the teams, then the Decepticons show up. This is especially noticeable with their weapons, high pressured water-guns that shoot chemicals. They shoot Metalhawk (after realizing that their guns are pump action), and he goes into crazy ramblings about colored rabbits. One shoots the head scientist with a more concentrated pressurized blast, that, coupled with her lack of armor, nicks her laser-core and kills her.

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* In-universe example in ''TheWitcher''.''Literature/TheWitcher''. Geralt says of Dandelion (an accomplished bard and poet) that the latter's talent generally lies in ability to enact abrupt swings between touching lyrics and bawdy obscenity.
* ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor: ''ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor: Flames of Yesterday Yesterday'' (a text story) pokes fun at the idea of gender, and the unruliness of the teams, then the Decepticons show up. This is especially noticeable with their weapons, high pressured water-guns that shoot chemicals. They shoot Metalhawk (after realizing that their guns are pump action), and he goes into crazy ramblings about colored rabbits. One shoots the head scientist with a more concentrated pressurized blast, that, coupled with her lack of armor, nicks her laser-core and kills her.
23rd Aug '15 12:33:37 PM imagen247
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* In ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'', [[spoiler:the day after Hazel and Augustus share their first kiss and make love, Augustus reveals that his cancer has returned and metastasized]].

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* In ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'', [[spoiler:the day after Hazel and Augustus share their first kiss and make love, Augustus reveals that his cancer has returned and metastasized]].metastasized]].
* It's not usual for the characters in ''Literature/UncommonAnimals'' make jokes in dark moments, but the first story, The Hunted, goes from Mina and Jennelle [[EatingTheEyeCandy drooling over]] the 'delivery boy' to Mina being terrified of him in the space a sentence.
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