History MoodWhiplash / WesternAnimation

16th Dec '17 6:03:42 PM DustSnitch
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*** And one of the shorts in that DayInTheLife episode has [[BadassGrandpa Iroh]] cheerfully dancing and singing through the city on a shopping errand, with the short ending on him, ''still singing that happy song'', [[TearJerker breaking down sobbing]] over a small memorial shrine for his dead son; ending with a dedication to Iroh's [[{{Creator/Mako}} deceased voice actor]].

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*** And one of the shorts in that DayInTheLife episode has [[BadassGrandpa Iroh]] Grandpa Iroh cheerfully dancing and singing through the city on a shopping errand, with the short ending on him, ''still singing that happy song'', [[TearJerker breaking down sobbing]] over a small memorial shrine for his dead son; ending with a dedication to Iroh's [[{{Creator/Mako}} deceased voice actor]].
29th Nov '17 10:23:25 AM ClintEastwood
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* :''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'':

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** The show stuck to this trope since season 5, with episodes such as "Kenny Dies", "Raisins", and "Guitar Queer-O", dealing with the death of a friend, a painful break-up, and the drama between good friends respectively.
** Most of the first half of season 15 was lighthearted goofiness, often showing how stupid various characters (or the South Park-verse's inhabitants as total) are. You're Getting Older is [[spoiler:a WhamEpisode where the group breaks up, Stan's parents divorce, and Stan thinks the whole world sucks... Also Kyle and Cartman seem to be friends now]].

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** The show stuck to this trope since season 5, with episodes such as "Kenny Dies", "Raisins", "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E13KennyDies Kenny Dies]]", "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E14Raisins Raisins]]", and "Guitar Queer-O", "[[Recap/SouthParkS11E13GuitarQueerO Guitar Queer-O]]", dealing with the death of a friend, a painful break-up, and the drama between good friends respectively.
** Most of the first half of season 15 was lighthearted goofiness, often showing how stupid various characters (or the South Park-verse's inhabitants as total) are. "[[Recap/SouthParkS15E7YoureGettingOld You're Getting Older Old]]" is [[spoiler:a WhamEpisode where the group breaks up, Stan's parents divorce, and Stan thinks the whole world sucks... Also Kyle and Cartman seem to be friends now]].



** "The Sting" is probably the best example -- you could be severely depressed, sniffling, and in agonizing pain as a guilt-consumed Leela descends into madness, her hopes dashed for the THIRD time, yet laugh your ass off as her warped mind imagines the entire crew launching into a broadway-style musical number, complete with flashing lights, and then be knocked into a shivering, sobbing mess by the following scene.

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** "The Sting" "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E12TheSting The Sting]]" is probably the best example -- you could be severely depressed, sniffling, and in agonizing pain as a guilt-consumed Leela descends into madness, her hopes dashed for the THIRD time, yet laugh your ass off as her warped mind imagines the entire crew launching into a broadway-style musical number, complete with flashing lights, and then be knocked into a shivering, sobbing mess by the following scene.



** The episode with Fry's dog. The entire episode, you're built up to expect that he'll get his dog back, wacky hijinks ensue, and then Fry [[spoiler:discovers that his dog lived for twelve more years after he was frozen, so he had a full life, it's not right to bring him back, and the dog probably wouldn't even remember Fry anyway. Then we discover that ''the dog spent those twelve years waiting faithfully for Fry to come back, only to die of old age.'']]

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** The episode with Fry's dog."[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]". The entire episode, you're built up to expect that he'll get his dog back, wacky hijinks ensue, and then Fry [[spoiler:discovers that his dog lived for twelve more years after he was frozen, so he had a full life, it's not right to bring him back, and the dog probably wouldn't even remember Fry anyway. Then we discover that ''the dog spent those twelve years waiting faithfully for Fry to come back, only to die of old age.'']]



** Or the episode where Fry is weeping at the revelation of [[spoiler:how much his brother loved and missed him]]... while in the background Bender collects enough skulls for a Mousketeer reunion.
** ''The Late Philip J. Fry'' has an ''extremely'' dramatic CommercialBreakCliffhanger when [[spoiler:Fry, trapped at the end of the universe due to a time machine that can only go forwards, discovers the beginning of a message to him on the ground.]]
** Happens InUniverse when the Amazons sentence Fry, Zapp and Kif to death by snu-snu. On the one hand, they're horrified at the expectation of death. On the other hand, Fry and Zapp are ''hornified'' at the thought of banging lots of scantily-clad Amazons. Their mood switches about every second or so.

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** Or "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E4LuckOfTheFryish Luck of the episode Fryish]]" where Fry is weeping at the revelation of [[spoiler:how much his brother loved and missed him]]... while in the background Bender collects enough skulls for a Mousketeer reunion.
** ''The "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E7TheLatePhillipJFry The Late Philip Phillip J. Fry'' Fry]]" has an ''extremely'' dramatic CommercialBreakCliffhanger when [[spoiler:Fry, trapped at the end of the universe due to a time machine that can only go forwards, discovers the beginning of a message to him on the ground.]]
** Happens InUniverse in "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E1AmazonWomenInTheMood Amazon Women in the Mood]]" when the Amazons sentence Fry, Zapp and Kif to death by snu-snu. On the one hand, they're horrified at the expectation of death. On the other hand, Fry and Zapp are ''hornified'' at the thought of banging lots of scantily-clad Amazons. Their mood switches about every second or so.



** It also may have been intentionally invoked with Baby Doll and her rapid switching back and forth between her real voice and her [[TastesLikeDiabetes disgustingly cute]] persona.

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** It also may have been intentionally invoked with [[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE11BabyDoll Baby Doll Doll]] and her rapid switching back and forth between her real voice and her [[TastesLikeDiabetes disgustingly cute]] persona.



** After Batman was [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated supposedly killed]], the Joker delivers a eulogy with [[AntagonistInMourning apparently genuine regret]] (or, at least, regret that [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he didn't get to finish off the Dark Knight himself]]). He then turns on a dime from a sad sigh to a jaunty "Well, [[TheFunInFuneral that was fun]]! Who's for Chinese?"

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** After Batman was [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated supposedly killed]], killed]] in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman The Man Who Killed Batman]]", the Joker delivers a eulogy with [[AntagonistInMourning apparently genuine regret]] (or, at least, regret that [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he didn't get to finish off the Dark Knight himself]]). He then turns on a dime from a sad sigh to a jaunty "Well, [[TheFunInFuneral that was fun]]! Who's for Chinese?"



** Season 22 Episode 3's CouchGag intro. It goes from the standard sequence, then becomes a meta reference to the show's animation process in South Korea, [[{{Deconstruction}} interpreted by graffiti artist Banksy as a sweatshop]]. Warning: High Octane Depression Fuel.
** "The Boys of Bummer", has Bart being hated by everyone in town and being DrivenToSuicide because of it in one of the most disturbing plots in the show's history. It alternated between a light-hearted subplot of Homer becoming a mattress salesman and accidentally trading his with the Lovejoys.

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** Season 22 Episode 3's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E3MoneyBART MoneyBART]]"'s CouchGag intro. It goes from the standard sequence, then becomes a meta reference to the show's animation process in South Korea, [[{{Deconstruction}} interpreted by graffiti artist Banksy as a sweatshop]]. Warning: High Octane Depression Fuel.
** "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E18TheBoysOfBummer The Boys of Bummer", Bummer]]", has Bart being hated by everyone in town and being DrivenToSuicide because of it in one of the most disturbing plots in the show's history. It alternated between a light-hearted subplot of Homer becoming a mattress salesman and accidentally trading his with the Lovejoys.



** In "Homer the Moe", Moe's professor commits suicide by walking into the campus lake on-screen. Cut to Homer singing a chirpy ditty - "I'm-a-walking down the street, going to open Moe's barů"
** In "Treehouse of Horror III," Homer is in a store selling forbidden objects and frozen yogurt (referred to as "frogurt"), leading to a back-and-forth containing this trope between Homer and the shopkeeper.
** A scene in the first act of "Brother From the Same Planet" has Homer dozing off while taking a bath and dreaming about being very late to pick up Bart from soccer practice (which, in fact, he is). The dream shows him driving in a wild panic up to the field, only to find a skeleton in soccer clothes with Bart's famous "hair-spikes" at the top of its skull; apparently Homer kept Bart waiting so long that Bart starved to death. Homer gathers up the corpse, [[BigNo screams]], and sobs - which prompts him to wake up, leap out of the bathtub, and frantically run out to his car dripping wet and completely naked [[HoYay (causing Ned Flanders to remark: "Homie, I see your doodle!")]]. Then, in the next scene, the "serious-to-silly" shift reverses itself with a very upset Bart getting in the car as Homer tries to hand him a hot-fudge sundae (which he bought to apologize), only for Homer to [[CoveredInGunge spill the sundae right on top of Bart's head]]. Homer then does his best to make up with his son as Bart just sits there glowering straight ahead, the ice cream and hot fudge dripping down his face and neck, getting angrier and angrier. The scene ends with Homer urging: "How about a hug?" Bart finally glares over at his father...and imagines him as ''[[NightmareFace an emaciated, eyeless zombie]]''. Pretty jarring, but certainly keeping up the BlackComedy overtones of the series's earlier seasons.

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** In "Homer "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS13E3HomerTheMoe Homer the Moe", Moe]]", Moe's professor commits suicide by walking into the campus lake on-screen. Cut to Homer singing a chirpy ditty - "I'm-a-walking down the street, going to open Moe's barů"
** In "Treehouse "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E5TreehouseOfHorrorIII Treehouse of Horror III," III]]", Homer is in a store selling forbidden objects and frozen yogurt (referred to as "frogurt"), leading to a back-and-forth containing this trope between Homer and the shopkeeper.
** A scene in the first act of "Brother From "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E14BrotherFromTheSamePlanet Brother from the Same Planet" Planet]]" has Homer dozing off while taking a bath and dreaming about being very late to pick up Bart from soccer practice (which, in fact, he is). The dream shows him driving in a wild panic up to the field, only to find a skeleton in soccer clothes with Bart's famous "hair-spikes" at the top of its skull; apparently Homer kept Bart waiting so long that Bart starved to death. Homer gathers up the corpse, [[BigNo screams]], and sobs - which prompts him to wake up, leap out of the bathtub, and frantically run out to his car dripping wet and completely naked [[HoYay (causing Ned Flanders to remark: "Homie, I see your doodle!")]]. Then, in the next scene, the "serious-to-silly" shift reverses itself with a very upset Bart getting in the car as Homer tries to hand him a hot-fudge sundae (which he bought to apologize), only for Homer to [[CoveredInGunge spill the sundae right on top of Bart's head]]. Homer then does his best to make up with his son as Bart just sits there glowering straight ahead, the ice cream and hot fudge dripping down his face and neck, getting angrier and angrier. The scene ends with Homer urging: "How about a hug?" Bart finally glares over at his father...and imagines him as ''[[NightmareFace an emaciated, eyeless zombie]]''. Pretty jarring, but certainly keeping up the BlackComedy overtones of the series's earlier seasons.



** "The Strong Arms of the Ma" has a pretty intense scene of Marge getting robbed at gunpoint by a hobo thug, causing her to develop agoraphobia...after a humorous opening of the Simpsons going to Rainer Wolfcastle's garage sale and Homer arranging the family and objects into the car ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''-style.
** In "Lisa the Skeptic" the town's deepest religious beliefs are tested after the discovery of a fossilized angel. The whole episode builds up to everyone clutching their loved ones as the fossil levitates into the air and speaks to them in a loud, booming voice. At that point it is revealed to be a cheesy mascot that has been used to promote the opening of a new shopping mall.
** In "Homer the Smithers", Homer is picked by Smithers to substitute as Mr. Burns' personal assistant (as somebody being so woefully incompetent that Burns would appreciate Smithers more), and we see him humorously struggle to keep up in his work. [[RageBreakingPoint Until Homer gets so sick of being berated that he punches Mr. Burns]] so hard it knocks him out, and Homer seriously worried he'd killed him.

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** "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E9StrongArmsOfTheMa Strong Arms of the Ma" Ma]]" has a pretty intense scene of Marge getting robbed at gunpoint by a hobo thug, causing her to develop agoraphobia...after a humorous opening of the Simpsons going to Rainer Wolfcastle's garage sale and Homer arranging the family and objects into the car ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''-style.
** In "Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E8LisaTheSkeptic Lisa the Skeptic" Skeptic]]" the town's deepest religious beliefs are tested after the discovery of a fossilized angel. The whole episode builds up to everyone clutching their loved ones as the fossil levitates into the air and speaks to them in a loud, booming voice. At that point it is revealed to be a cheesy mascot that has been used to promote the opening of a new shopping mall.
** In "Homer "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E17HomerTheSmithers Homer the Smithers", Smithers]]", Homer is picked by Smithers to substitute as Mr. Burns' personal assistant (as somebody being so woefully incompetent that Burns would appreciate Smithers more), and we see him humorously struggle to keep up in his work. [[RageBreakingPoint Until Homer gets so sick of being berated that he punches Mr. Burns]] so hard it knocks him out, and Homer seriously worried he'd killed him.



* ''SpongeBob SquarePants'': After the horrifying ending of "SquidBob TentaclePants" in which the characters are melded together, there is no episode that come after and transitions us out for comic relief! That's the B episode in that pair! It ends there and goes straight into the upbeat end credits!

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* ''SpongeBob SquarePants'': ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': After the horrifying ending of "SquidBob TentaclePants" in which the characters are melded together, there is no episode that come after and transitions us out for comic relief! That's the B episode in that pair! It ends there and goes straight into the upbeat end credits!



** The two-parter where Stewie kills Lois. For the first 8 minutes, it's the usual post-cancellation FG humor, and then, Stewie sneaks aboard onto the cruise ship and shoots Lois, who appears to have died as Stewie intended, and fell from the ship into the ocean. [[TearJerker Joe had to call off the 6-day search for her, and a year has passed since.]] Brian finds out that Stewie killed Lois, suspicion from Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe falls on Peter when he recently takes a life-insurance policy on her, Stewie throws away his gun and drawing of himself killing Lois, and Peter's friends find the evidence and believe that ''Peter'' did it, leading to Peter's testimony in court. He was found guilty, but then, Lois shows up, alive, and tells everyone that Stewie killed her.

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** The two-parter [[Recap/FamilyGuyS6E4And5StewieKillsLoisAndLoisKillsStewieThe two-parter]] where Stewie kills Lois. For the first 8 minutes, it's the usual post-cancellation FG humor, and then, Stewie sneaks aboard onto the cruise ship and shoots Lois, who appears to have died as Stewie intended, and fell from the ship into the ocean. [[TearJerker Joe had to call off the 6-day search for her, and a year has passed since.]] Brian finds out that Stewie killed Lois, suspicion from Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe falls on Peter when he recently takes a life-insurance policy on her, Stewie throws away his gun and drawing of himself killing Lois, and Peter's friends find the evidence and believe that ''Peter'' did it, leading to Peter's testimony in court. He was found guilty, but then, Lois shows up, alive, and tells everyone that Stewie killed her.



** In "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q", the episode starts off with its usual shenanigans until it slowly shows off a very realistic spouse abuse between Quagmire's sister and her boyfriend. Everyone gets uncomfortable and they even try to convince Quagmire's sister to dump her boyfriend, but she refuses due to being engaged to him. Quagmire and Peter then plot to kill the boyfriend, but Joe refused to get involved since it would be against the law until he witnesses Quagmire's sister getting beaten, causing Joe to darkly say "Let's waste this dick." The entire episode is very dark and grim with very little humor compared to the other episodes and it's rather jarring to see spouse abuse used realistically when the entire series showed the Griffin family abusing each other for shits and giggles and appear to be fine afterwards.

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** In "Screams "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E3ScreamsOFSilenceTheStoryOfBrendaQ Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q", Q.]]", the episode starts off with its usual shenanigans until it slowly shows off a very realistic spouse abuse between Quagmire's sister and her boyfriend. Everyone gets uncomfortable and they even try to convince Quagmire's sister to dump her boyfriend, but she refuses due to being engaged to him. Quagmire and Peter then plot to kill the boyfriend, but Joe refused to get involved since it would be against the law until he witnesses Quagmire's sister getting beaten, causing Joe to darkly say "Let's waste this dick." The entire episode is very dark and grim with very little humor compared to the other episodes and it's rather jarring to see spouse abuse used realistically when the entire series showed the Griffin family abusing each other for shits and giggles and appear to be fine afterwards.
13th Oct '17 2:57:54 PM Kissinger113
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* The screencap from the linking page is taken from the short Disney film "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Ichabod and his horse are enjoying a good laugh when [[spoiler: they realize the hoofbeats they had been hearing were cattails hitting on a log.]] Then, all of a sudden [[spoiler: their laughing is joined by one of the most sinister, insane, and terrifying laughs committed to any film, animated or otherwise, coming from atop the hill of the nearby cemetery. Two guesses as to who it is.]] The audience's mood goes from [[spoiler: having a chuckle with Ichabod and his horse to wetting of underwear and comforting of the more sensitive children. And adults]]
30th Apr '17 3:00:56 PM Lopiny
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', "Last of the Starmakers" tends to go back and forth between the last moments of the life of a space squid, and some silly antics with some Ninjas only marked "1", "2", and "3". It's rather jarring.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', :''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'':
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"Last of the Starmakers" tends to go back and forth between the last moments of the life of a space squid, and some silly antics with some Ninjas only marked "1", "2", and "3". It's rather jarring.jarring.
** "Night of the Weremole" has some particularly disturbing scenes of the monstrous Weremole (and Muriel, who got bitten) threatening Courage and Eustace, with a much sillier scene with Eustace playing Whack-a-mole with weremole Muriel constantly dodging his mallet thrown right in-between.
9th Apr '17 12:00:23 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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** In Episode 104, [[spoiler: Olaf gives Kaeloo and Mr. Cat a tragic flashback... and is intereupted by the sound of them snoring, having fallen asleep out of boredom.]]
9th Mar '17 7:23:23 PM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': If anything sad happens, it's certain to be followed by a funny moment.
** From the episode [[BabysittingEpisode "Let's Play Babysitting"]]:
-->'''Mr. Cat''': As a kitten, I was tied up in a sack and thrown into a rushing river. I was saved by a salmon, [[RaisedByWolves raised like her own son.]] Her greatest quality... she couldn't talk at all.
** In the episode "Let's Play Spies", every body is injected with TruthSerum. Bad Kaeloo reveals that she considers herself to be ugly, Mr. Cat confesses that he was abused by his family, and Stumpy reveals... that he [[WholesomeCrossdresser enjoys dressing as a girl]] when nobody else is around.
13th Feb '17 7:12:17 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rejected}}'' by Creator/DonHertzfeldt zig-zags wildly between SurrealHumor and SurrealHorror. One segment has a character rip out another character's belly and beat them with it while the victim bleeds to death. Then the first guy wears it as a hat, says "I am the Queen of France!" in a silly voice, and does a weird dance while silly music plays.
13th Dec '16 9:49:42 AM PixelKnight
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** After Batman was [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated supposedly killed]], the Joker delivers a eulogy with [[AntagonistInMourning apparently genuine regret]] (or, at least, regret that [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he didn't get to finish off the Dark Knight himself]]). He then turns on a dime from a sad sigh a jaunty "Well, [[TheFunInFuneral that was fun]]! Who's for Chinese?"

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** After Batman was [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated supposedly killed]], the Joker delivers a eulogy with [[AntagonistInMourning apparently genuine regret]] (or, at least, regret that [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he didn't get to finish off the Dark Knight himself]]). He then turns on a dime from a sad sigh to a jaunty "Well, [[TheFunInFuneral that was fun]]! Who's for Chinese?"
11th Oct '16 7:36:44 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' takes this to an art form, able to switch from wacky humor to stunningly straight-faced drama and pathos on a dime. One example of many involves an episode's story cutting between an all-out brawl between dozens of comical, wish-granting Mr. Meeseeks, Rick drunkenly singing karaoke in a tavern full of silly fantasy creatures, and [[spoiler:Morty fighting off a giant jellybean intent on raping him in the tavern's restroom]]. That last one sounds like it might be played for BlackComedy, but no, ''[[RapeAsDrama it is not]]''.
11th Oct '16 10:28:24 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldHis9Lives'' goes from standard {{ComicStrip/Garfield}} humour, to a surreal take on the Garden of Eden story, to a [[TearJerker sad story]] about a pianist's first cat, to a nightmare-inducing scenario involving a lab cat, to a tribute to ComicStrip/KrazyKat. And at the end Garfield meets God. If you think that's bad, try to find the graphic novel it was based on. Most of the stories made it into the animated special, but not the one that ends with Garfield, drawn as a realistic orange tabby that's [[MindScrew either driven crazy by time travel or possessed by evil spirits,]] leaping with fangs bared and claws outstretched right into the face of his owner, an elderly woman. (Who's not even looking at him, and saying "come play with maw maw" right as he's pouncing.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldHis9Lives'' goes from standard {{ComicStrip/Garfield}} humour, to a surreal take on the Garden of Eden story, to a tribute to ComicStrip/KrazyKat, to a [[TearJerker sad story]] about a pianist's first cat, to a nightmare-inducing scenario involving a lab cat, to a tribute to ComicStrip/KrazyKat.cat. And at the end Garfield meets God. If you think that's bad, try to find the graphic novel it was based on. Most of the stories made it into the animated special, but not the one that ends with Garfield, drawn as a realistic orange tabby that's [[MindScrew either driven crazy by time travel or possessed by evil spirits,]] leaping with fangs bared and claws outstretched right into the face of his owner, an elderly woman. (Who's not even looking at him, and saying "come play with maw maw" right as he's pouncing.)
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