Created By: necroz on January 4, 2010

R-Rated Opening

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When an animated or 'lighthearted' seeming work wants to make it clear from the start that it's going to be bloody or deadly it will show blood and/or a dead body. Useful to warn parents before the movie gets to something more disturbing.
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  • December 30, 2009
    • Higurashi starts with Keichi beating two girls into a pulp with a baseball bat.

    And, on that note, this trope can be used for effective Mood Whiplash by going straight back to 'lighthearted' territory after the shot.
  • January 1, 2010
    • The new Green Lantern: First Flight animated movie starts with Abin Sur bleeding to death from a stomach wound. It has quite a few dark moments after that.
    • Justice League: The New Frontier opens with the painter/author of the apocalyptic book commit suicide.
  • January 1, 2010
    random surfer
  • January 1, 2010
    ^^ To expand upon "Watchmen... just Watchmen":
    • The very first scene has a unknown possible homosexual break in to the apartment of a an old man, who is then beaten viciously and thrown out a window where he splatters on the pavement below.
      • Then, in the opening credits we see, amongst other horrors, the Hiroshima bomb dropping, a criminal being punched in the face, sending blood spraying out towards the audience, two lesbians murdered in bed with WHORE written on the walls in blood and a man burning himself alive.
  • January 2, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • The Your Head A Splode scene from the opening of Ghost in the Shell.
    • Tokyo getting destroyed nuclear-style in the opening shot, and then the dogs and the spy getting killed in Akira. The spy's death was especially bloody, just to drive home the point that, no, even though it's animated, this is not for kids.
    • The three thugs getting killed by Guts in the bar scene from Berserk, including one getting slashed in half with his BFS.
    • Lucy's rampage through the lab in Elfen Lied definitely qualifies, with bonus points for the Full Frontal Assault.
  • January 2, 2010
    This trope was cruelly averted by Barefoot Gen, which starts out pretty normal until the bomb hits. As I was used to Western Animation standards, this was basically Nightmare Fuel for me when I first saw it at age 12. However, that could be also an attempt to get the audience to feel the same way the characters do, as the bomb was unexpected by them as well.
  • January 4, 2010
    I want to launch this, but before that, does anyone have different name suggestions?
  • January 4, 2010
    Do We Have This already?

    Name suggestion:

    Kids Look Away Now!

    (from the Conan O Brien sketch where he plays gruesome nursury rhymes that babies can't understand)
  • January 4, 2010