Created By: Unknown Troper on January 14, 2008

Knight of Cerberus

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Reboot of old topic.

Basically, a villain in a formerly light or comedic series who is played completely straight, in order to display a mood shift toward the dramatic. He may Kick the Dog or Rape The Dog in order to show he means buisiness. In webcomics, this may be a symptom of Cerberus Syndrome (not sure if that topic survived either)

Typically the Big Bad or The Dragon of a series.


Legato from Trigun.

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  • January 14, 2008
    Not to worry, it's spelled Cerebus and both topics survived.
  • January 14, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Lockhart in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" after he get ahold on Ron's wand. ("Say goodbye to your memories!")
  • January 15, 2008
    Miko in Order Of The Stick. This troper believes it contributed to the controversy over her character.
  • January 15, 2008
    Semi-know Troper
    Can't the page be retrieved?
  • January 15, 2008
    Damien from El Goonish Shive was such an example that he was killed off by the author (not in a fourth wall breaking way) to reverse it as he didn't like the direction it was heading. It seems to have worked, No Ontological Inertia indeed.
  • January 16, 2008
    Look under Knight Of Cerebus.
  • January 18, 2008
    Megabyte in Re Boot got WAY more serious after season 2, to the point that anyone who saw a later episode first would never believe (as in, I Am Not Making This Up) that he gave Enzo a guitar in season 1.
  • October 23, 2011
    @ Unknown Troper: I would hardly call Harry Potter a "light or comedic series".