History WhamEpisode / WesternAnimation

26th Mar '17 9:16:09 PM AthenaBlue
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* The season 1 finale of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' not only introduced an original character, Cad Bane, who immediately comes across as a badass and unlike most villains thus far succeeds in his mission, nearly wiping out a room full of Senates and an unarmed Skywalker in the process but fueled the launch of Season 2 which in two episodes is already DarkerAndEdgier than almost everything the first season had to offer.

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* The season 1 finale of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS1E22HostageCrisis "Hostage Crisis"]]
not only introduced an original character, Cad Bane, who immediately comes across as a badass and unlike most villains thus far succeeds in his mission, nearly wiping out a room full of Senates and an unarmed Skywalker in the process but fueled the launch of Season 2 which in two episodes is already DarkerAndEdgier than almost everything the first season had to offer.



** The villains that paved the way for Cad Bane in the Ryloth Trilogy weren't too stupid either, but they each had a fundamental weakness the commander of the blockade did not expect Anakin's suicide run because of his pride, the droid in ''Innocents of Ryloth'' did not perceive the Twi'leks themselves as threats until they were ripping him apart, and Emir Tambor stalled long enough for Mace Windu to capture him because of his greed. Unlike these villains Cad Bane's only weakness seems to be that nobody else is as badass as he is.

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** The villains that paved the way for Cad Bane in the Ryloth Trilogy weren't too stupid either, but they each had a fundamental weakness weakness: the commander of the blockade did not expect Anakin's suicide run because of his pride, the droid in ''Innocents of Ryloth'' did not perceive the Twi'leks themselves as threats until they were ripping him apart, and Emir Tambor stalled long enough for Mace Windu to capture him because of his greed. Unlike these villains Cad Bane's only weakness seems to be that nobody else is as badass as he is.



** The 4-part Umbara arc in season 4 is one of these (especially since it started right after the LighterAndSofter episodes focused on the Droids), in particular the episode ''Carnage of Krell''.

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** The 4-part Umbara arc in season 4 is one of these (especially since it started right after the LighterAndSofter episodes focused on the Droids), in particular the episode ''Carnage "Carnage of Krell''.Krell".



** Season 1, Episode 10 reveals that [[spoiler: Gall Trayvis, one of the few senators to speak out against the Empire, was actually in league with them the entire time. He used his transmissions as a front to hide his true intentions: finding and eliminating insurgents.]]
** Episode 11 sees [[spoiler: Grand Moff Tarkin arrive on the scene, only to behead his most incompetent officers, then predict the heroes' next move. While they succeed in hacking the Imperial communciations, Kanan is captured, and Tarkin destroys the tower after only one transmission.]]
** The first season finale is an even ''BIGGER'' wham episode. [[spoiler: The heroes steal aboard Tarkin's personal Star Destroyer to rescue Kanan. While they get him free, they find the Inquisitor waiting for them. He duels Ezra and Kanan, only to knock Ezra out, causing Kanan to go into an UnstoppableRage. Kanan then defeats the Inquisitor, driving the latter to [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]. They escape the Star Destroyer, only to have half the Imperial Navy on their tail. But Chopper has gone to get help from another Rebel cell, and rescues them in the nick of time. The episode ends with the reveal that not only did Ahsoka Tano survive ''Revenge of the Sith'', but she has been working for the Rebels the entire time. The [[WhamShot final shots]] of the episode reveal that Palpatine has sent Darth Vader himself to deal with the Rebels.]] You may wish to take a few minutes to catch your breath after watching the episode.
** The Season 2 pilot, ''The Siege of Lothal'', is no less brutal -- and follows hot on the heels of the aforementioned finale! [[spoiler: Darth Vader sets a trap for the rebels which results in the citizens of Lothal turning against them. They are forced to leave, but find that the Empire has cut off their escape. Sneaking into a nearby Imperial base, they try to steal a shuttle, but find Vader waiting for them. He [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps them]], and they escape only because ''he lets them''. ''Then'' they go to Tarkintown, only to find it burned and its citizens arrested. They finally make their escape back to their fleet -- only to find that their shuttle was rigged with a tracking device. Vader shows up moments later, and [[OneManArmy personally tears their fleet in half]], killing nearly all their pilots and destroying their command ship. Only Hera's [[AcePilot amazing pilot skills]] enable them to escape. Even worse, Ahsoka and Vader become aware of each other. Ahsoka is so shaken by the revelation that Anakin is alive -- not to mention [[FaceHeelTurn that he is a Sith Lord]] -- that she ''faints'', and when she wakes up, she denies any knowledge of who or what he is. Vader, meanwhile, ''lets the survivors escape again'', because he wants to use Ahsoka for his own ends.]] Oh BABY....
** The Season 2 finale, "Twilight of the Apprentice". Kanan, Ezra and Ahoska travel to Malachor and encounter not only Inquisitors but [[spoiler:''Darth Maul''. After helping Ezra recover a Sith Holocron and teaming up with them against the Inquisitors, Maul betrays the group and [[EyeScream blinds]] Kanan. Ezra uses the Holocron to unlock the Sith Temple... which turns out to be a planet-killing superweapon. Before he can deactivate it, [[FromBadToWorse Darth Vader arrives]] and curbstomps him again, this time destroying his lightsaber. Ahsoka then has a brutal fight with Vader, where she's forced to accept that he really is Anakin. Vader says [[ThatManIsDead he destroyed Anakin]], and Ahsoka taps into the Dark Side herself, seeking to avenge her former master by killing the monster he's become. When Kanan and Ezra manage to remove the Holocron and shut down the weapon, Ahsoka Force-pushes them out of the temple as its doors close, giving them no choice but to leave her for dead. Then, in the final scene back on the ''Ghost'', Ezra sits in his quarters with the Sith Holocron, which can only be accessed by those corrupted by the Dark Side, [[StartOfDarkness and activates it]].]]

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** Season 1, Episode 10 [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E10VisionOfHope "Vision of Hope"]] reveals that [[spoiler: Gall Trayvis, one of the few senators to speak out against the Empire, was actually in league with them the entire time. He used his transmissions as a front to hide his true intentions: finding and eliminating insurgents.]]
** Episode 11 [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E11CallToAction "Call to Action"]] sees [[spoiler: Grand Moff Tarkin arrive on the scene, only to behead his most incompetent officers, then predict the heroes' next move. While they succeed in hacking the Imperial communciations, Kanan is captured, and Tarkin destroys the tower after only one transmission.]]
** The first season finale finale, [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E13FireAcrossTheGalaxy "Fire Across the Galaxy"]], is an even ''BIGGER'' wham episode. [[spoiler: The heroes steal aboard Tarkin's personal Star Destroyer to rescue Kanan. While they get him free, they find the Inquisitor waiting for them. He duels Ezra and Kanan, only to knock Ezra out, causing Kanan to go into an UnstoppableRage. Kanan then defeats the Inquisitor, driving the latter to [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]. They escape the Star Destroyer, only to have half the Imperial Navy on their tail. But Chopper has gone to get help from another Rebel cell, and rescues them in the nick of time. The episode ends with the reveal that not only did Ahsoka Tano survive ''Revenge of the Sith'', but she has been working for the Rebels the entire time. The [[WhamShot final shots]] of the episode reveal that Palpatine has sent Darth Vader himself to deal with the Rebels.]] You may wish to take a few minutes to catch your breath after watching the episode.
** The Season 2 pilot, ''The premiere, [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsTheSiegeOfLothal "The Siege of Lothal'', Lothal"]], is no less brutal -- and follows hot on the heels of the aforementioned finale! [[spoiler: Darth Vader sets a trap for the rebels which results in the citizens of Lothal turning against them. They are forced to leave, but find that the Empire has cut off their escape. Sneaking into a nearby Imperial base, they try to steal a shuttle, but find Vader waiting for them. He [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps them]], and they escape only because ''he lets them''. ''Then'' they go to Tarkintown, only to find it burned and its citizens arrested. They finally make their escape back to their fleet -- only to find that their shuttle was rigged with a tracking device. Vader shows up moments later, and [[OneManArmy personally tears their fleet in half]], killing nearly all their pilots and destroying their command ship. Only Hera's [[AcePilot amazing pilot skills]] enable them to escape. Even worse, Ahsoka and Vader become aware of each other. Ahsoka is so shaken by the revelation that Anakin is alive -- not to mention [[FaceHeelTurn that he is a Sith Lord]] -- that she ''faints'', and when she wakes up, she denies any knowledge of who or what he is. Vader, meanwhile, ''lets the survivors escape again'', because he wants to use Ahsoka for his own ends.]] Oh BABY....
BABY ...
** The Season 2 finale, [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E19TwilightOfTheApprentice "Twilight of of]] [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E20TwilightOfTheApprenticePartII the Apprentice".Apprentice"]]. Kanan, Ezra and Ahoska travel to Malachor and encounter not only Inquisitors but [[spoiler:''Darth Maul''. After helping Ezra recover a Sith Holocron and teaming up with them against the Inquisitors, Maul betrays the group and [[EyeScream blinds]] Kanan. Ezra uses the Holocron to unlock the Sith Temple... which turns out to be a planet-killing superweapon. Before he can deactivate it, [[FromBadToWorse Darth Vader arrives]] and curbstomps him again, this time destroying his lightsaber. Ahsoka then has a brutal fight with Vader, where she's forced to accept that he really is Anakin. Vader says [[ThatManIsDead he destroyed Anakin]], and Ahsoka taps into the Dark Side herself, seeking to avenge her former master by killing the monster he's become. When Kanan and Ezra manage to remove the Holocron and shut down the weapon, Ahsoka Force-pushes them out of the temple as its doors close, giving them no choice but to leave her for dead. Then, in the final scene back on the ''Ghost'', Ezra sits in his quarters with the Sith Holocron, which can only be accessed by those corrupted by the Dark Side, [[StartOfDarkness and activates opens it]].]]
** Naturally, the season 3 finale, [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero]] [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII Hour"]], continues in the tradition. [[spoiler:The rebels' base on Atollon is destroyed by the Empire, and a lot of them die, bringing an end to their plans, which they'd been working on the entire season, for an assault on Lothal's factories. Commander Sato [[HeroicSacrifice dies]] {{ramming|AlwaysWorks}} ''Phoenix Home'' into Admiral Konstantine's [[NoWarpingZone Interdictor]] so Ezra can escape and bring back reinforcements. Kallus' cover as [[ReverseMole Fulcrum]] is blown, and he's captured by Thrawn, but manages to escape and join up with the rebels. The episode ends with the surviving rebels en route to Yavin IV.
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8th Mar '17 8:49:28 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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It goes without saying, but '''here be''' '''''unmarked spoilers.''''' '''YouHaveBeenWarned.'''

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It goes without saying, but '''here be''' '''''unmarked '''beware of spoilers.''''' '''YouHaveBeenWarned.'''
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It goes without saying, but '''here be''' '''''unmarked spoilers.''''' '''YouHaveBeenWarned.'''
6th Mar '17 10:41:56 AM dannylightninglightner
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** "Rick Potion #9", in which [[spoiler:Rick and Morty accidentally unleash a BodyHorror virus infecting all of Earth and wrecking it beyond repair, then they escape to an alternate universe where they suffered a brutal death very shortly after fixing their version of the problem. They then bury their alternate counterparts, and seamlessly replace them. Morty suffers a huge HeroicBSOD because of this]].

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** "Meseeks and Destroy," in which [[spoiler: in a very graphic and violent way, Morty is almost raped]].
** "Rick Potion #9", #9," in which [[spoiler:Rick and Morty accidentally unleash a BodyHorror virus infecting all of Earth and wrecking it beyond repair, then they escape to an alternate universe where they suffered a brutal death very shortly after fixing their version of the problem. They then bury their alternate counterparts, and seamlessly replace them. Morty suffers a huge HeroicBSOD because of this]].this]].
** "Auto Erotic Assimilation": At the end of this episode, Rick [[spoiler: attempts suicide]].
4th Mar '17 10:09:26 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has the episode "Have You Seen This Snail?". Beginning because 98% of the episode is TearJerker, something very unusual [[{{Slapstick}} in a cartoon like this]]. Then we have Granny, a villain with no comedic qualities in villainy, [[ImAHumanitarian killing snail pets to eat]], and tries to do the same with Gary.
4th Mar '17 10:06:08 AM MagnusForce
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** "The Why of Fry" reveals that Fry's 100-year freezing from falling into a cryogenics chamber was no accident, but ''the work of Nibbler'' to bring Fry to the future and stop the [[EldritchAbomination Brain Spawn]] (previously seen "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", which also revealed that Nibbler was actually intelligent, with both seemingly forgotten afterwards) from destroying the universe.

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** "The Why of Fry" reveals that Fry's 100-year 1000-year freezing from falling into a cryogenics chamber was no accident, but ''the work of Nibbler'' to bring Fry to the future and stop the [[EldritchAbomination Brain Spawn]] (previously seen "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", which also revealed that Nibbler was actually intelligent, with both seemingly forgotten afterwards) from destroying the universe.
2nd Mar '17 6:33:09 PM MagnusForce
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* The first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'', "The Big Shift" definitely lives up to its name. Atomic Puppet officially replaces the [[BalefulPolymorph vanished]] Captain Atomic as the protector of Mega City, Mookie transforms from bumbling wannabe superhero to full-blown villain, and Joey reveals to his dad that he is Atomic Puppet and his sock puppet is the transformed Captain Atomic.



** And then the ChristmasEpisode [[spoiler: a mere three weeks later ended with Stewie preventing Brian's death, and retconing it all off.]] [[WordOfGod Seth Green]] later claimed the whole thing was done for shock value, to remind all the viewers it was a show where anything could happen and likely wood. (Meaning, it was ''meant'' to be a Wham Episode with a ''huge'' Wham.)

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** And then the ChristmasEpisode [[spoiler: a mere three weeks later ended with Stewie preventing Brian's death, and retconing it all off.]] [[WordOfGod Seth Green]] Macfarlane]] later claimed the whole thing was done for shock value, to remind all the viewers it was a show where anything could happen and likely wood. (Meaning, it was ''meant'' to be a Wham Episode with a ''huge'' Wham.)



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** "Leela's Homeworld" finally answers the longtime question of the identity of Leela's parents. They're not aliens as long-believed, but ''sewer mutants'' (a downtrodden group previously seen in the early episode "I Second That Emotion", but rarely got any attention afterwards until "Leela's Homeworld") who gave up their baby daughter so she could live a better life than them on the surface world.
** "The Why of Fry" reveals that Fry's 100-year freezing from falling into a cryogenics chamber was no accident, but ''the work of Nibbler'' to bring Fry to the future and stop the [[EldritchAbomination Brain Spawn]] (previously seen "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", which also revealed that Nibbler was actually intelligent, with both seemingly forgotten afterwards) from destroying the universe.



* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Starcrushed". Star has to go back to Mewni to fight Toffee and might never come back, so she finally confesses her love to Marco right before saying she might never see him again. The ShipTease finally reached its climax.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Starcrushed". Star has to go back to Mewni to fight the resurrected Toffee and might never come back, so she finally confesses her love to Marco right before saying she might never see him again. The ShipTease finally reached its climax.climax.
** Prior was the Season 1 finale "Storm the Castle", in which Star destroys her wand to save Marco from Toffee. It reforms, but a piece of it is left missing -- one that falls into [[BigBadWannabe Ludo]]'s hands at the beginning of Season 2.
28th Feb '17 11:14:59 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has the episode "Have You Seen This Snail?". Beginning because the 98% of the episode is TearJerker, something very unusual [[{{Slapstick}} in a cartoon like this]]. Then we have Granny, a villain with no comedic qualities in villainy, [[ImAHumanitarian killing snail pets to eat]], and tries to do the same with Gary.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Star Crushed". Star has to go back to Mewni to fight Toffee and might never come back so she finally confesses her love to Marco right before saying she might never see him again. The ShipTease finally reached its climax.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has the episode "Have You Seen This Snail?". Beginning because the 98% of the episode is TearJerker, something very unusual [[{{Slapstick}} in a cartoon like this]]. Then we have Granny, a villain with no comedic qualities in villainy, [[ImAHumanitarian killing snail pets to eat]], and tries to do the same with Gary.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Star Crushed". "Starcrushed". Star has to go back to Mewni to fight Toffee and might never come back back, so she finally confesses her love to Marco right before saying she might never see him again. The ShipTease finally reached its climax.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Star Crushed". Star has to go back to Mewni to fight Toffee and might never come back so she finally confesses her love to Marco right before saying she might never see him again. The ShipTease finally reached its climax.
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