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[[caption-width-right:350: Nothing says darker better than seeing Winnie the Pooh and friends cross the DespairEventHorizon.]]

* Spoofed in [[http://inspector.ytmnd.com/ this]]. Where's Brain?
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' featured several episodes which were darker than the rest of the series as well as children's animation in general. Linka's cousin dies of a drug overdose in "Mind Pollution", a drive by shooting of a family is shown in "Utopia", "Formula For Hate" covers the topic of AIDS, a teacher and a friend of Gi gets shot in a gang shoot out in "Teers in the Hood" (and the episode also shows realistic images of victims of gang violence, including a dead child), Wheeler's friend is killed in "Talking Trash", and throughout the series, the deadly effects of pollution are shown.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short "Heavenly Puss" is a lot darker than most ''Tom and Jerry'' cartoons. Tom is killed trying to catch Jerry, and is told that if he wants to get into Cat Heaven, he has one hour to make amends with Jerry... otherwise, he'll be condemned to eternal torment by a demonic bulldog. Tom ''[[YankTheDogsChain just]]'' [[YankTheDogsChain misses the deadline]], and is literally dropped into Hell, where demon Spike dunks him in a cauldron of boiling water. Fortunately for Tom it was AllJustADream, but it was still a harrowing experience for him, and probably the audience as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is generally a bit more adult and risqué in its humour and situations than other Creator/CartoonNetwork shows. It however does have two particularly dark stories:
** For an episode based around a jolly and happy holiday, the Christmas Special turned out to be this. I mean usually presents disappear and people are sad or something along those lines. [[BigBad Quillgan]] [[spoiler:gets his hands on the present he created and wishes for the destruction of Christmas forever, which then causes bombs to be placed on anything Christmas-ish including snow. Thankfully we never see how powerful the bombs were but it's very likely they could do serious damage and had he succeeded it would've been the largest terror attack in history. This would've likely caused no one to want to celebrate a holiday that goes hand in hand for a global scale bombing.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' entered this territory more or less from the season 4. In the first few seasons were a kind of humor who remember much of TheSimpsons (with more crudeness and mockery), and the characters themselves are sane. However, it was not until season 4, and more recent episodes, which adds up to the brim extremely sadistic and violent moments with people being gutted, torn in half, beheaded, etc. Watch any occasional episode of the first three Family Guy's seasons and then see recent episodes like the third episode of "Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball!" and the full episode "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q", there is a clear difference.
** Other clearest examples to see how the series has become DarkerAndEdgier are the following: Bertram crosses the MoralEventHorizon by doing something not so comedic. He kills LeonardoDaVinci. Stewie's apparent ancestor which nearly destroyed the universe. Then Peter throws an unconscious Stewie under Lois' car wheel, and promptly has her run him over, and there was Evil Stewie, who committed one homicide, cut off Brian's tail, tries to choke Stewie with it, and later tries to strangle said dog with his collar. Seems like ''Family Guy'' is getting more seriously menacing antagonists, aren't they?
*** Not to mention in a deleted scene, Evil Stewie grinds his fist into a one-year old school bully's skull, then murders his parents. And this was shortly before the other homicide he committed.
** Brian's hallucinogenic trip in the episode "Seahorse Seashell Party" is often regarded as the most disturbing and dark animation in the show.
** The episode "Life Of Brian" is probably the darkest episode ever in the series. The episode in itself marks a total change in the whole series [[spoiler: because Brian is briefly KilledOffForReal and really PlayedForDrama]]. Damn, this show seems like it becomes DarkerAndEdgier in every new season. The first episodes were LighterAndSofter compared to the most recent.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' started off as a light-hearted children's show (albeit with a heavy dose of [[ParentalBonus parental bonuses]], [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar subversive jokes, and black comedy]]). The show took a darker turn around the end of season 2, in which we are presented with a villain with absolutely no quirky or amusing characteristics [[OmnicidalManiac whose only goal is to end all life]]. Since then, we've seen the show openly deal with issues like death, mental illness, MindRape, suicide, despair, and self-esteem. The show is in its 6th season-a far cry from the candy-colored jelly beans shouting "Algebraic!" in the pilot so many moons ago.
** Seriously, compare the season 1 episode "Slumber Party Panic" to the season three episode "From Bad to Worse".
*** Even better, compare Season 1 episode "Ricardio the Heart Guy" to Season 4 episode "Lady & Peebles".
*** Regardless, there are still some lighthearted episodes, such as "Shh!" and "James II".
* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', while being perhaps one of the edgiest of Nicktoons, the TV movie, "The Ultimate Enemy", was the perhaps the darkest episode in the entire series, as well as one of the darkest moments in Nickelodeon history.
** Isn't the concept of the show pretty damned dark, too? I mean, the hero is half-living, half DEAD. Let that sink in your mind for a moment...oh, and Vlad's plan to win Maddie over by murdering her husband is pretty dark for a children's show.
** Indeed, "WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy" is Darker and Edgier for the series as a whole; it is the only episode/movie in which a character is explicitly murdered, [[ShadowDiscretionShot albeit just offscreen]]. It also features the show's single most evil antagonist: a [[OmnicidalManiac mass-murdering]] [[spoiler: [[FutureMeScaresMe future version]] of the hero himself.]]
* Usually, ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is a fairly light-hearted SliceOfLife cartoon with the occasional moments of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, but one episode called "On The Lam" was pretty dark as well as hilarious. It involves Harold, Sid, and Stinky [[spoiler:believing to]] blowing up an old police station with a rocket and they bound and gag Arnold so that he wouldn't tell anybody.
** Not to mention the infamous "Cheese Festival" episodes. They usually start in a lovey dovey valentine style, with Arnold going to the cheese festival with his love interest, and Helga doing whatever she can to ruin the date. No matter how hilarious the episode is, they always have the same, depressing, dark ending; Arnold doesn't get the girl and is friend zoned, while Helga is left completely alone at the festival without a lover or even a friend, giving off a very miserable face just before all the lights go out.
** There are also the episodes addressing Arnold's parents ("Parents' Day" and "The Journal"). "Parents' Day" is just straight up sad for the most part, given the subject matter. "The Journal" does have its fair share of comedic moments, but the ForegoneConclusion that Miles and Stella will eventually go missing and be unable to properly raise their son makes the whole thing kind of sad. [[spoiler: The two parter does end on an optimistic note given that Arnold finds a map detailing where his parents actually went. This was supposed to be a hook for the second series movie, which unfortunately never got made.]]
* Warner Brothers attempted to make the classic ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' characters Darker and Edgier in the 2005 series ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'', only to result in massive outcry against the idea, and an overhaul resulting in a [[{{Animesque}} strangely drawn cartoon]] that wasn't very much in the way of new or interesting. A {{retool}} for the second season attempted to add more references to the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, with mixed results.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' AnimatedAdaptation started out fairly light in tone, but the second season features a future laid waste by an evil warlord, the replacement of the young Clark Kent version of {{Superman}} with a rather disagreeable clone called Superman X, an utterly destroyed New Metropolis, and the death of one of Triplicate Girl's selves. Dark and edgy enough? No? How about, Superman X says Brainiac 5's going to do something original-Brainiac-level nasty at some point in the future. The other episodes showed similar darker shades such as a murder conspiracy where Timber Wolf was convicted of patricide, the Legion brainwashing Chameleon Boy to infiltrate Imperiex's lair, a child who will be responsible for Imperiex's creation in the future being hunted down for that exact reason, Dream Girl being kidnapped and forced to use her precognitive powers to fight against the Legion by a group of terrorists. Ultimately, Brainiac 1 influences Brainiac 5 with MoreThanMindControl, and Brainy brutally kills Imperiex onscreen, turns on the Legion, puts a crown of Kryptonite on Superman - not the clone, ''our'' Superman. He begins to digitize the entire universe, basically assimilating the Coluans to be his army. The LOSH finale is how WhamEpisode is done. We get an EarnYourHappyEnding, though, when 5 is able to drive 1 out during a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, and Superman X can go home right and the restoration of the time-stream brings the third Triplicate Girl back.
** V4 [[Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} LSH]] in the comic book version, as well as being an example of RunningTheAsylum, was notorious for this. It was even parodied in the Amalgam Comics Marvel/DC crossover.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', the newer, more dramatic sequel to its predecessors, as allotted by Ben, Gwen, and Kevin being [[TimeSkip aged up into their adolescence]]. Aside from the age difference, one drastic change is that Ben now retains wounds inflicted while in alien form even after he's reverted back to human.
** It's not just making 'em a little older, either. With ''Alien Force'' and ''Ultimate Alien,'' villain motivations go from "steal the Omnitrix and [[KickTheDog kick puppies]]" to ethnic cleansing, civil war with BlackAndGreyMorality and no good guys, people dying and staying that way, and consequences go from "astonishingly, nobody got hurt" to "Anything goes behind a GoryDiscretionShot and people stay dead." The last half of ''Ultimate Alien'' takes it farthest, especially with the episode "Catch a Falling Star."[[note]]Today, on your favorite kids' cartoon: A murderous criminal better suited for CSI gets back-alley surgery to alter his face. The amount of blood the team found from that was [[GoryDiscretionShot apparently impressive]]. We find he killed the "surgeon" (that is, the ''veterinarian'' who owed him a favor) and anyone else who got in his way. His sidekick is an actress with a messed-up upbringing that lead to her becoming like the many RealLife "groupies" of criminals. He had in fact put her in a SadisticChoice DeathTrap back when he'd been more of a "cartoon" villain than a dark villain; her affection for him is explicitly compared to StockholmSyndrome.[[/note]]The new ''Omniverse'' series is [[LighterAndSofter scaling it back]] - it's not without its more serious episodes, but there's a distinct lack of genocide.
*** Or there wasn't, but it's not looking good for [[spoiler: Upgrade's race after the KnightOfCerebus villain trio destroyed Galvan B.]] Headed up by one of the main makers of ''TransformersAnimated,'' this series has something of a CerebusRollercoaster with dramatic episodes being more common little by little though the funny is never totally abandoned.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' pulled this off rather well in season 3 by showing two young characters suddenly grown up, adapting to the change in writing style, introducing new locations, and expanding the scope of the series.
** This was the culmination of a transitional phase of the story begun during the Web World Wars when [[spoiler:Bob was thrown into the Web and the previously one-shot virus attacks became a full-on assault. When Enzo was required to take the role of Guardian and lost in a game, losing his right eye in the process... that was when the Darker and Edgier tone was cemented]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' did similar, starting with the season three opener "Transwarped". Instead of the usual light-hearted action/humor, it explored the ethical implications of building a sentient but simple-minded superweapon, dealt with Ratchet's troubled past, involved far more visceral violence (albeit to robots) and brought several main characters close to death. As of "Where Is Thy Sting" [[spoiler: one Autobot character's been killed off grotesquely and the leader of the Autobots is beaten into a coma with his own hammer. We never do see him wake up, by the way.]] WordOfGod says that had the series continued, [[spoiler: he would have been revealed as having been killed.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' itself saw this after the end of season 1, which featured [[spoiler: the death of Optimus Primal]]. The first, episodic, often very campy season stands in contrast to the more mature, more serious later seasons. AnyoneCanDie also goes into full effect, though [[spoiler: naturally, Optimus does get resurrected into a new toy, er, body]].
** Its sequel WesternAnimation/BeastMachines [[FromBadtoWorse continues raising the already dire stakes from the previous series]] by busting right out of the gate with planetary genocide... and it still manages to degenerate from there.
* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has a habit of borrowing characters, ideas, or scenery from the earlier Transformers shows and modifying them for its own purposes. In Beast Wars Waspinator was the lovable hapless ButtMonkey who blew up many times but always pieced himself together without any obvious lasting effects. In Animated he's a gigantic, half-crazed techno-organic bent on bloody revenge upon Bumblebee for (accidentally) having him sent to the stockades under accusations of treachery. When ''he'' [[spoiler: blows up, he's also seen piecing himself back together, but the effect is intensely creepier.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is the darkest and edgiest Transformers cartoon thus far. There's far less comic relief; disease, brutality, and the undead are common thematic elements; and deaths are common (the Autobots are actually shown killing Decepticons). Heck, in the first episode a character is killed by Starscream rather violently and his death is mourned throughout the series. Whenever a character is killed, they don't come back and are only referenced.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' underwent this slightly for the movie. It was edgier and more serious than the majority of the series -- not that that's hard to accomplish.
** The episode "Knock it Off" had them sell the formula Dick Hardly, a villain who, despite having no superpowers, was thought by most fans to be the worst villain they ever fought, even worse than Him. He was an unscrupulous and cruel man who used the stuff to started cranking out "EXTREME" Powerpuff Girls. He used more Chemical X and less of the other ingredients resulting in malformed girls, whom he abused or callously destroyed, and for no reason other than greed. Later when he wouldn't give up the Chemical X he drinks it and turned into a monster and nearly sucked the life out of the girls leaving them sickly green and covered in spots. The professor and their clones were just barely able to save them. It was little wonder that Dick was the only originally-human villain on the show who was KilledOffForReal.
*** The "Speed Demon" episode where the girls travel to a grim future where Ms. Bellum has turned into a Mayor-hat obsessed wretch [[spoiler: because the Mayor had been killed]], the teacher is so traumatized that she keeps repeating a MadnessMantra about the girls leaving, and the professor is a shallow shell of his former self, not even going into the list of people who blame them, having suffered possibly even worse things. And it's all caused by [[spoiler: Him]] who has reduced the town to an apocalyptic wasteland and becoming a [[PhysicalGod literal Satan]] himself.
** In the episode Super Zeros, where the girls try to act like their favourite heroes, they poke fun at this trope. Buttercup at one point complains, "And we're not all dark and tormented!".
* In 2003, Creator/JohnKricfalusi made a revival of his cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', called ''Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon'', to allow him more freedom on what he couldn't do previously on the show. It was darker, much more violent, the characters used stronger curse words, and it had a lot more blatant sex jokes, including a few episodes where the duo are portrayed as gay lovers. Needless to say, it didn't go down well...
* To promote the movie, a PG-13 version of ''GIJoe'' called ''GIJoeResolute'' was launched Creator/AdultSwim. The first episode involves Cobra taking a massive boost in competence, leading to the Joe's battleship base attacked, Bazooka killed, and Moscow wiped off the face of the map. Then again, what do you expect when WarrenEllis is doing the writing?
** There was also a version on TheHub called ''GIJoeRenegades''. While not as dark as ''Resolute'', it certainly wasn't the kiddie-esque fare of the '80s cartoons.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooDirectToVideoFilmSeries films]] of the late '90s were much darker than the previous shows and movies. They were very violent, people actually died, the villains were threatening, most of the monsters were real, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a few adult jokes were put in]]. By the time ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' premiered, they became LighterAndSofter.
** However, the new series ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' has become Darker and Edgier, again. And becomes more and more Darker and Edgier so as the series goes on.
*** Season 1 was no picnic for the gang, but Season 2 really takes a dark turn. The villains are generally more menacing, and the plot becoming more of a CosmicHorror story. And then comes the GrandFinale, which has to be seen to be believed.
** The recent movies have also returned to a darker tone and style. Basically, the franchise is perpetually on a CerebusRollercoaster.
* The final episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' (the only one animated) was a bloody and gory retelling of ''The Literature/ThreeLittlePigs'', featuring the wolf messily eating the pigs (and presented as a rapist in one scene) and making two of the pigs a smoker and an alcoholic who sponge off their brother. Plus, TheBadGuyWins.
* The 2003 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}} '' animated series compared to the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 original 1987 version]]. But slightly LighterAndSofter compared to the original comic.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the animated, Direct-to-DVD feature ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', where the Edgier 2003 Turtles disdain their 1987 counterparts, but are in turn scorned by the yet edgier [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage original Mirage comic Turtles]] when they meet:
--> '''Mirage Michelangelo:''' So, you're suppose to be ''us'' from other worlds... I don't see it.
--> '''Mirage Donatello:''' What's with the multi-colored headbands?
--> *''The 1987 and 2003 turtles express their shock''*
--> '''Mirage Raphael:''' Hmph... [[MerchandiseDriven sell outs]].
** The "Red Sky" seasons in the 1987 series is this compared to the light-hearted show before.
*** To expand on this, the last 3 seasons (starting with season 8) were dubbed the [[FanNickname "Red Sky"]] seasons by fans, because the sky was always red, giving the show a more post-apocalyptic feel. There was a greater focus on action and less on {{Slapstick}} and BreakingTheFourthWall. The turtles were also designed to look less LighterAndSofter. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSpwzYGasiw Here's a clip]] for those who aren't familiar with these seasons.
** Strangely enough, Raphael becomes Darker and Edgier for a few seconds in the second intro of the 1987 series of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''. This happens during the long version of the intro when the ThemeSong reaches about 18 seconds and happens right at the beginning in the short version. It's when the screen pans upward to Raphael's face. His shading is much darker than usual, not to mention having an angry glare in his eyes. Keep in mind that this version of Raphael is a levelheaded [[DeadpanSnarker wise guy]], unlike the usual [[GoodIsNotNice portrayal]] [[HairTriggerTemper of]] [[HotBlooded Raphael]] in most of the other ''TMNT'' [[AlternateContinuity continuities]]. With that said, this instance of an aggressive-looking '87 Raphael (pre-season 8) is actually quite fitting.
** The Nickelodeon series is in-between, being more serious than the 80s one but lighter than the 2003 one.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' features this after Season 1. While the first episodes did detail how a nation was destroyed and explains Zuko's scar, it's not until the second season when the plot really starts to hammer in the sheer destruction of war, touching on such cheery implications as genocide, concentration camps [[spoiler:for water benders]], and a general feeling of helplessness. In addition, the second season introduced the ''extremely'' [[MagnificentBastard competent]] [[HeroKiller Princess Azula]] to follow up on the first season's StarterVillain. Even the personal stories get deeper and darker, with Zuko struggling with moral issues, [[spoiler:Katara seeking vengeance for her mother's death with a technique called "bloodbending", and Azula going absolutely psychotic.]] Done well, because the descent into darkness is gradual and doesn't just put a gun in a character's hand. Rather, the focus is on fleshing out characters and exploring the implications of their situation.
** The show is an excellent example of how a series can be dark, with mature themes, without having to resort to graphic content (something it shares with a number of other series, including Literature/HarryPotter).
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' seems to be taking it even further, with a {{steampunk}} city riddled by crime.
*** The creators have even [[WordOfGod stated outright]] that ''Korra'' is darker and more mature in comparison to ''Airbender'' - which is extremely impressive for a Nickelodeon cartoon, given how mature the original series was already. So far, nothing has proven them wrong, with scenes that are highly reminiscent of public executions and rape, constant allusions to historic examples of oppression such as [=McCarthyism=], the RedScare, the Nazi suppression of Jews, etc. a politically driven storyline filled with social and political unrest and perhaps the most blatant depiction of a terrorist attack in the history of children's television.
*** A MurderSuicide. Not implied or ambiguous, but fully shown in the season finale.
*** [[spoiler: Season 2, just six episodes in, is ''far'' darker than even the first season. RageAgainstTheMentor is in the first episode, Aang is revealed to have unintentionally [[ParentalNeglect neglected]] Kya and Bumi, a Civil War breaking out in the Water Tribes in an gigantic CainAndAbel struggle between Korra's Uncle and Father, Korra's CreepyTwins cousins Eska and Desna, Eska begins dating and enslaving Bolin and tried to force him to marry her and when he broke it off she pursued him with a Murder Face on, and we're revealed to a CrazyAwesome businessman named Varrick who ''bombs'' the Southern Water Tribe cultural center (with people most notably being in it) as well as his own ships so he can bankrupt Asami's struggling Future Industries and take it over! Oh and the cherry on top [[LaserGuidedAmnesia the heroine loses her memory]] after breaking up with the cop boyfriend and then being swallowed by a Kaiju sized Dark Spirit]]!
*** [[spoiler: Season 3 continues to keep up with the dark theme of the show even before Korra meets the villains who are out to destroy her. Korra has had to talk a man out of killing himself. This isn't like "Endgame" where only one person could stop him; the man had climbed up the bridge in Republic City and many citizens could see him and the police and Avatar had to talk him out of it. They were successful, but they got really in depth with his suicidal thoughts. Also the prison escapes for the villains involved brutal attacks on the guards including locking them up for 3 weeks with little food, hitting them with magma, and throw some into lava. To add onto that Zuko said each one can overpower any bender and together can destroy the world, and there are only 4 of them. To top it all off, Ba Sing Se has turned into a run down society where the only part of the city that shows any sign of being the place people dreamed of living in AvatarTheLastAirbender is the Upper ring and palace. The queen is a corrupt tyrant who forces heavy taxes on her citizens to afford her lifestyle and forces many citizens to live in poverty. To make things worse the Dai Li are back just as corrupt as ever though this time they are taking new Airbenders and forcing them into her army, even Kai who is still in his youth.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' to ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': The latter show was a light hearted comedic show without any of the characters being in any real danger while in ''[=SatAM=]'', Dr. Robotnik has become a power hungry dictator who has taken over the city of Mobotropolis, captured the king and thrown him into another universe, and has turned most of the inhabitants into robots to do his bidding. He is also much more menacing and capable than his other interpretations, which are generally [[IdiotBall bumbling idiots.]] Also, Sonic, Tails and a band of surviving friends known as the Freedom Fighters try to stop him from ''completely'' taking over the world- [[VillainWorld he already owns most of it]] -and must avoid being captured and roboticized in the process.
** Although it is MUCH lighter than the comic.
* Parodied in TheStinger for the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' movie. [[spoiler: Having been beaten up by the cul-de-sac kids over a misunderstanding (he attacked the Eds, not knowing that everyone had made up), Johnny, as his superhero persona Captain Melonhead, reimages himself as The Gourd and swears revenge on the neighborhood... [[BreakingTheFourthWall only for Plank to tell him the movie was over.]]]]
-->"What ''movie?"''
** The movie itself was a more Darker and Edgier version of the series, and [[DudeNotFunny not in the fun way]]: The Eds' scheme seriously wounded the other kids for once, which cause them to seek retribution, meaning ganging up on the Eds so they could beat them up senseless. The Eds themselves ends up in several hardships trying to escape them, which takes its tolls on both Edd and Eddy. [[spoiler: They end up in a rather ugly fight because of Eddy's lack of seriousness and empathy unleashed all of Edd's repressed anger, and later it turned out that Eddy has his [[FreudianExcuse reasons]] [[DomesticAbuse for]] [[StepfordSmiler his]] [[JerkassFacade behavior]]]]. The climax itself was a horrific {{deconstruction}} of AmusingInjuries and what consequences they actually have.
** Another episode that has a dark feel to it is the ''Cartoon Network Invaded'' special episode "The Eds Are Coming".
* In addition to the [[CerebusSyndrome direction of its writing]], ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s evolving animation style and loosening content restrictions imposed by [[ComedyCentral the network]] played a major part in the show becoming darker (if not more serious) over its run, with more and more graphic content included on a regular basis. It's gotten to the point that most of the old episodes, which were once rated TV-MA, are now rated TV-14 since they appear downright tame compared to what's been allowed on the show (and other basic cable programming) in recent years.[[note]]Some of them are still EditedForSyndication in order to achieve said rating.[[/note]]
** Cartman's CharacterDevelopment from a mostly harmless BrattyHalfPint to a sociopathic EnfantTerrible.
** ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' was an early indication of some of the things the series would do in later years. To elucidate, there's a higher body count than the first three seasons combined (To be fair it does involve a war), Kyle's mom is a genuine, no-nonsense BigBad and the global scale war and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt was treated dead seriously although some of the events that kick-start it e.g rampant cussing, the bombing of the Baldwins is pretty hilarious.
** Some pretty dark and dramatic episodes, such as "The Return of Chef", "Stanley's Cup", "Imaginationland" trilogy (that is clearly more serious), "Coon & Friends" trilogy and "'''You're Getting Old'''" are clear examples that often the series goes from being PlayedForLaughs to PlayedForDrama. Try watching these episodes and then watch any episode from the season 1. There is a clear difference.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' is perhaps the darkest telling of Spider-Man. The pilot alone portrays the origin of villain Electro as a tormented university student who smashes a sign after everyone laughs at a cruel prank played on him, is electrocuted, then murders the chief antagonist. Spider-Man tries to stop him from killing more people, Electro seeing everyone as the people who hurt him, but can only do so by killing him. Too bad, as the graphic nature was what killed the series.
** The 1981 syndicated ''Spider-Man'' series was also darker and edgier compared to the ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' series shown on NBC's Saturday morning lineup at the same time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'': Not too many fans (want to) remember the show containing murderous animals, child endangerment, and tension between the babies thick enough that it can be cut by a katana.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': The 1991-1994 episodes, in comparision to the more child-friendly later seasons. Resulted in heavy [[FanonDiscontinuity]]
*** This is taken up to eleven in the Snow White Segment of ''Rugrats: Tales from the Crib'' when Angelica (as the Evil Queen) not only threatens to slit Snow White's throat a few times (only to be corrected that it's aimed at a family audience), but also refers to Kimi as "Spazzy".
** It's also a bad sign when the {{adults|AreUseless}} are being more competent than usual.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has taken on a slightly darker tone in season two, by playing up the ForScience and commando motifs more.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' got darker with each season, starting out mainly as an action-comedy cartoon with only the Robin-centric episodes being serious, but after the first season it all went downhill from there, and you got episodes like Robin going temporarily insane, Terra "dying" [[spoiler: and then later maybe possibly coming back to life?]], and then there was the apocalypse with everyone [[TakenForGranite turning to stone]].
** All of the arc episodes in Raven's season (a.k.a. season four) were CerebusSyndrome incarnate. How bad is it? Well, [[spoiler: Slade comes back to life, has pyrokinesis, and is after Raven in a seriously Pedobear way.]] And that's just the first arc episode.
--> '''J. Torres''': [The show] started out skewed a lot younger... but along the way, I think the producers discovered it was reaching a wider audience. ... [the show] got into some darker story lines, and they introduced a lot more characters, so they expanded on it, and they let the show evolve with the audience.
* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'': Season Five. It had several scary and adventurous episodes. Nothing too gratuitous of course (it is a kids show after all).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' TV series in comparison to the comic strip its based on. [[JustifiedTrope Though justified]] in that being on television obviously allows it to get away with a lot more than what a daily newspaper comic strip would.
* ''WeaponBrown'' is ''{{Peanuts}}'' (and other cartoon characters) made ludicrously grimdark.
** There was also the student film "Bring Me The Head Of Charlie Brown" by future ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' writer Jim Reardon, which involves the Great Pumpkin hiring the kids as hitmen to kill Charlie Brown in gruesome ways, eventually he snaps and goes on a killing spree.
* When ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' started in 1992, it was this compared to every other kids show out there. In a good way though, with mature storylines and complex characters and themes. The movies were even darker.
** Darker still was its follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', set in a gritty {{Cyberpunk}} future Gotham City. It was ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' UpToEleven: more mature stories, edgier violence, and an even bleaker tone. And to think the network originally wanted it to be a "kid-friendlier" Batman show.
** And now with the LighterAndSofter ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' finished up, Cartoon Network is launching ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman''. WordOfGod is the network deliberately wanted to return to a darker and more serious tone evocative of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and the more recent Creator/ChristopherNolan [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga movies]]. {{Katana}} has taken the place of {{Robin}} and Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}, which should probably tell you something about the tone.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' is [[WordOfGod actively]] promoted [[http://tv.ign.com/articles/118/1181091p1.html as such]], particularly noticeable with the [[{{Catfolk}} Thundercats]]' enslavement of their [[{{Lizardfolk}} Lizard]] enemies, and other themes of FantasticRacism. Moral ambiguity comes to Thundera, which soon becomes a SoiledCityOnAHill and DoomedHometown with the murder of young Lion-O's father.
* While ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is a funny and light-hearted in its own right, the show's first half-hour episode (and season one finale), "Phineas And Ferb Get Busted" is among the darkest things Disney has ever done. After Candace successfully busts her brothers, the duo get sent to a reform school that's a prison where their identities and creativity are stripped and they are subject to ''[[Film/AClockworkOrange Clockwork Orange]]''-esque torture and a not-so-subtle form of waterboarding, to the point of becoming imagination-deprived zombies. Candace eventually discovers what's going on and attempts a rescue, where she is barely able to save them. Bonus points for the fact that the reformatory's DrillSergeantNasty is perhaps [[VileVillainSaccharineShow one of the most evil villains to appear in a Disney cartoon]], to the point where he even gets [[DisneyVillainDeath killed]] at the end. [[spoiler: Thankfully, it's AllJustADream ([[DreamWithinADream within a dream]]), but it's still a terrifying WhatIf episode.]]
** [[PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension The movie]] is also this. It involves the first time where [[CheerfulChild Phineas]] is truly mad at someone ([[spoiler:him being upset at Perry revealing himself to be a secret agent, as he feels like Perry never regarded him and Ferb as friends]]), we have a dictatorship where every character has DarkerAndEdgier counterparts, and the first time the main characters have been faced with someone trying to kill them.
** To a lesser extent, the fourth season as a whole seems to be more liberal when it comes to using black comedy and GettingCrapPastTheRadar, and the stories of some episodes may count too, in particular Phineas' controversial snapping in [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbMissionMarvel "Mission Marvel".]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s second season starts on a [[SarcasmMode light note]] with the [[VileVillainSaccharineShow new villain]] brutally [[MindRape twisting the minds]] of most of the main cast and [[SugarApocalypse consuming the world]] [[WorldGoneMad in chaos]]. Then we get to the third episode, which has elements like Fluttershy [[NeckSnap snapping a bear's neck]] (though this event is taken out of context) and Twilight going horrifically [[SanitySlippage insane]].
** The show in general is Darker and Edgier compared to previous ''MyLittlePony'' shows, especially [[TastesLikeDiabetes the G3 ones]]. This is especially cemented by the fact that [[BlackComedy darkly comedic]] SanitySlippage is a perfectly common occurrence among our main cast.
** It's been noted that the series [[CerebusSyndrome has been getting Darker and Edgier as it goes along]], too. While the main villain from season one was forgiven, Season 2's Discord was [[TakenForGranite put back in]] the FateWorseThanDeath [[AndIMustScream that he came from]], and in the third season's premiere, the villain is [[KilledOffForReal outright killed]]. This coincides with and is somewhat justified by each of these villains in turn being less sympathetic than the last (angry and frustrated moon princess, jerkassish and unempathetic but still somewhat amusing spirit of chaos, egotistical and sadistic shape-shifting Queen, blackhearted unicorn king who enslaved his subjects seemingly just {{for the evulz}}...), though of course that's still this trope. Trend possibly averted with the main villain of the season 2 finale, though, even if she and her army haven't been seen since -- merely being [[TwinkleInTheSky blasted over the horizon]] should by rights be only an inconvenience for cartoon villains with wings. As for one-parters, we have season 3's "Magic Duel", where Trixie, who in season 1 was a mostly harmless MilesGloriosus JerkAss, comes back under the control of an ArtifactOfDoom, inflicts various types of BodyHorror on the characters, forces Twilight Sparkle, the only character capable of saving them, out of town and turns Ponyville into a dictatorship where everypony is her slave.
* An in-universe example in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Multiple episodes show Luanne running a Bible-themed puppet show called "The Manger Babies". In a later episode, John Redcorn runs a business of selling children's educational [=DVDs=] and has Luanne make some. When her popularity wanes, she tries to gain back her fanbase by making a Darker and Edgier show with "edgier" storylines and characters, including a {{Bratz}} doll {{Expy}}.
** "Pigmalion", to elaborate Luanne gets a job at a millionaire's house and moves in with him, at first things are fine but after a while he starts to get very obsessive and creepy, he dyes her hair and won't let her wear anything but identical dresses, it turns out to be an insane plot about his vision of "the perfect family" which consists of her and a man dressed in a Swiss outfit and himself as their pet pig, this scares Luanne and he chases her into a pork processing plant where he ends up being killed by the processing machine.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX1iplQQJTo#t=36s This scene,]] once you get to the sweatshop part, in comparison to other Simpsons scenes in general, let alone Simpsons intros. It could easily be considered the darkest sofa gags in the entire series, and one of the darker scenes.
** The first TreehouseOfHorror was a series of moderately creepy stories connected by a non-frightening FramingDevice which kept reminding viewers that the tales were fictional. Starting with the second special, however, the stories began to get more violent and scary while the FramingDevice got less and less reassuring. Eventually it was dropped altogether, and the stories quickly became downright horrific.
** "Homer's Enemy". Is considered by some fans as one of the darkest episodes of The Simpsons, although many also counts as an episode to which he added more BlackHumor.
** "The Boys of the Bummer" also gets a special mention. The entire population of Springfield [[MoralEventHorizon abused, mocked, humiliated and attacked Bart]] simply over a lousy baseball game. And they did not stop abusing Bart, even when he was DrivenToSuicide. [[FridgeHorror If Marge hadn't intervened, who knows what might have happened]].
** Any episode with a character who has no funny quirks and is played seriously. Examples include the french winemakers from "The Crepes Of Wrath" (who nearly killed Bart by giving him antfreeze-laced wine not to mention that their general treatment of him was pretty poor), the Babysitter Bandit from "Some Enchanted Evening" (who tied up the kids and tried to rob the house) and Bart's kindergarten teacher from "Lisa's Sax" (whose treatment of Bart made him what he is today).
** Some episodes with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Burns]] are darker and more dramatic than any other episodes (except the ones mentioned here). Examples include "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" (where he crossed MoralEventHorizon by trying to drown Bart), "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (where he blocked all the sunlight from Springfield, and he screwed over other characters in the same episode and his action were played seriously. It makes his shooting look justifiable.), "Mother Simpson" (where he was involved with biological warfare and he is responsible for making Homer's mother, Mona Simpson, to run from the law, even though she saved him). As you can see like Bart's unhappy kinder gardening, Mr Burn's actions also set future episodes in motion...
** The earlier Sideshow Bob episodes were also quite dark and dramatic. This eventually went away after his gradual VillainDecay.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything]]'', the second feaure film in WesternAnimation/VeggieTales, seemed grimmer than its predecessor. While it still had jokes, there was still a darker atmosphere aspect that can be felt in it. Probably something to do with the film opening with a teenage boy getting kidnapped at swordpoint. Or the villain's plan to murder his brother being played entirely seriously, as well as his [[WouldHurtAChild willingness to outright kill his niece and nephew if it came down to it.]] Or maybe the protagonists [[BystanderSyndrome refusing to do anything even remotely helpful until a good way through the movie.]]
** When it comes to the mainline series, the episode "Sweetpea Beauty" seems a tad darker than other episodes, featuring a nightmarish climax and a villain more threatening than [[LaughablyEvil most others in the show]].
* ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' did one. For proof watch ''WesternAnimation/PoohsGrandAdventure.'' Or just look at the page image up there. Yes, Winnie the Pooh has indeed crossed the DespairEventHorizon.
** The television series WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh also did this.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': TheMovie. There is much more creepiness and seriousness of what was in the series, Plankton is much more evil and depraved than it was usually in the series ([[MoralEventHorizon enslave all the citizens of Bikini Bottom and almost commits two murders on screen]]) and [[TheBadGuyWins and finally achieved all its objectives]] (although not for long). And this is the first time that we find with [[VileVillainSaccharineShow really menacing villains]]: Dennis, a vicious mercenary Plankton willing to kill, and the Cyclops, who kidnaps sea creatures and subjected to painful methods to die.
** A videogame titled ''SpongeBobSquarePantsCreatureFromTheKrustyKrab'' is cited as the darkest SpongeBob game ever, with NightmareFuel to the brim.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' in the [[TheMovie films]] and ComedyCentral seasons, though there were earlier examples that foreshadowed this.
** The darkest episode has to be ''The Sting'', with its death of Fry moment, Leela's hallucinations, and her almost-suicide. As well, the episode is favored as a clearer view of Leela's unrevealed affection for Fry and Philip's not-as-dumb-as-seems devotion to her.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', despite being a light-hearted show about group of kids and their adventures at school, had a few dark and serious episodes.
** "Prickly Is Leaving". We were introduced to Dr. Slicer: the most evil villain in the series, who [[WouldHurtAChild employed cruel and unusual tactics]] to control the school and, unlike Finster or Prickly, only cared about power without regard for the students' welfare. His behavior [[EvenEvilHasStandards even disgusted Miss Finster]], and TJ (who was never afraid to stand up to adults before or since) was completely scared of him. He was ousted in the end, but [[FridgeHorror consider this]]: Third Street wasn't the first school he was principal of, and likely would not be the last.
** "The Biggest Trouble Ever" is a WhamEpisode for the series. It involves the gang accidentally breaking the statue of Thaddeus T. Third III and become the town's most hated people. Ms. Finster punishes them by making them work menial jobs. But the real reason why the episode is so dark is what happens later: Mayor Fitzhugh, the mayor of Third Street, decides to [[MoralEventHorizon send the Recess Gang to six separate schools]], even though they were remorseful and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Prickly and Ms. Finster objected]]. Throughout the episode, Fitzhugh looked very gleefully sadistic about the whole thing, and only relented when Third's own grandson, demanding that they be pardoned, threatened to expose Fitzhugh's own (deliberate) past misbehavior regarding the statue.
** The Halloween special is really quite creepy, especially for a show aimed at kids. It's presented in an anthology format (similar to the Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons): One story features a recurring character becoming a werewolf and attacking various citizens, the second (in a homage to Stephen King's Christine), has the kids' bicycles coming to life during a storm, causing fear and chaos (this even ends with a sinister cliffhanger, as the bus the school escapes on is revealed to be similarly alive), and the final story features the gang being pursued by zombies, very creepy ones at that.
* [[BigDamnMovie The Rise of Miss Power]] is this to the regular ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' series. While there are still jokes, we are introduced to the villainess Miss Power, who, unlike other villains, [[KnightOfCerebus is taken seriously]]. She goes to Earth, and teaches [=WordGirl=] her powers (like ice breath), and also teaches her to mock the other villains. This goes so far as to [=WordGirl=]/Becky Botsford talking back to her parents, and she even [[TearJerker mocks her own sidekick]]. When she discovers Miss Power's scheme, she gets a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, and is declared to be weak by Miss Power, and she takes over the town. And, unlike other villains, she would've succeeded in killing someone, had [=WordGirl=] not intervened, and almost succeeded in [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]. This feeling towards the episode is mostly because of the anti-bullying message they put into the movie.
* The ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' short "WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath". People ''die''.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' season 2, "Invasion".
** Miss Martian is now an AntiHero who regularly extracts information from her enemies' minds, even though it leaves them completely catatonic. Superboy (now her ex-boyfriend) is increasingly concerned, and [[spoiler: the fact that she tried to make him forget he was upset]] was the last straw before the breakup.
** Aqualad's arc isn't any lighter. [[spoiler: When he first appears, it's set up to look like he switched sides during the TimeSkip, and he nukes a base full of oblivious krolotean henchmen just to make it convincing. Then it turns out he's a FakeDefector and picked warning his friends about the bomb over saving the aliens, but Nightwing still notes that it was an "impossible choice".]] He is then mind-raped [[spoiler: by M'gann.]]
** Bart "Impulse" Allen, FunPersonified in the comics, is a StepfordSmiler from a BadFuture.
** Have fun watching [[spoiler:Artemis's]] Team and family mourning her death and swearing vengeance on the killer!
** And it gets worse with the revelation that [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] existed in ''Young Justice'' and was introduced and killed off during the time skip. Not enough terror yet? Think about the emotional effects of that on [[spoiler:Nightwing]] coupled with everything else that's been going on. Can you say "impending mental breakdown"?
** The closer two episodes take the cake. "Summit" shows a character get stabbed with blood on the exit wound (granted, it was [[BackFromTheDead Ra's Al Ghul]]). And in the second season finale, [[spoiler:Kid Flash]] disintegrated very painfully on-screen, being very definitely KilledOffForReal.
* The GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' could probably qualify. Not only are all the main locations of the series destroyed, but the TakeOverTheWorld scheme is more destructive than any other, and on top of that, the hero comes closest to dying. Oh, and did we mention that it also contains the only real time when the villains of the episode are KilledOffForReal? Granted, they were more dangerous than the other villains that the series showed and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman they weren't humans]], but still.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' was a pleasant surprise when it first hit TV. It had the death of one of the main characters in the first episode, dealt with prejudice and interpersonal conflicts virtually unknown in a Saturday morning cartoon, portrayed bad futures, and took a more adult approach that treated viewers as mature.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica Beavis and Butt-Head Do America]]''. While the film still has comedic beats, the plot is much more serious than any episode of the series. A criminal confuses Beavis and Butthead for a couple of thugs he hired to kill his wife, Dallas. Dallas also hides an extremely dangerous biological weapon in Beavis' shorts. The CIA learns of this and starts to go after the duo. Given all of this, Beavis and Butthead have several brushes with death. In addition, a couple of scenes were somewhat sexual.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' from around season 2 onward when the show's MythArc started to develop.
** TheMovie. The consequences are really scarier, and the villain is arguably the worst of all villains that has appeared in the series.
* In ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'', several episodes antagonized by [[BigBad Katz]] are clearly darker and edgier, but also more dense.
** But still, in the final season [[UpToEleven the things really got worse]], especially with the episode "The Mask", which is one of the most realistic depictions of domestic abuse in the villain Mad Dog. Also "Remembrance of Courage Past".
* ''DrawnTogether'' has always been kept a BlackHumour somewhat [[ComedicSociopathy sociopathic]], but certainly, for many fans, the season 3 comes to disturbing levels or even DudeNotFunny.
* In ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', the GrandFinale titled "Destination Imagination". It was even rated TV-PG.
** The first episode "House of Bloo" could count as well. There are much more serious and TearJerker moments than in next episodes, which clearly became LighterAndSofter.
* In ''TheFairlyOddParents'', it is highly questionable that over time, the show has been become darker and edgier, perhaps on the verge of becoming this in season 2 or 3.
** "Action Packed" is an example of this. Even the physics of the animation is darker and edgier when Timmy wished to be in an action movie.
** TheMovie titled ''AbraCatastrophe''. Crocker is much more evil than in other episodes, even crossing the MoralEventHorizon when kidnaps and tortures Wanda for use as a power source. In fact, the consequences are quite threatening and Timmy has no choice that faces Crocker in a fight during the climax.
** Also, any episode featuring a villain [[VileVillainSaccharineShow who is really evil away]]: "No Substitute For Crazy" with the appearance of Miss Doombringer: a crazy woman who is definitely worse than [[AntiVillain Mr.Crocker]], and The Destructinator from the episode "Wishology".
** In the episode [[WhamEpisode Hassle In The Castle]] we're introduced to Maryanne who, despite being a one shot character, is probably one of the most evil characters ever to appear in a children's cartoon. She killed Franz Ferdinand and his wife ForTheEvulz and caused WorldWarOne.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', several episodes focused on Tom and his relationship with Jane and Daria are clearly darker.
** The final episode entitled "Boxing Daria". It is probably the most serious and dark episode of the entire series and there is a significant TearJerker. And why? Because we found a Daria's tormented memory from her childhood, and has much to do with her personality. Unlike other episodes, contrasts comedic moments and the whole episode generally focuses on this topic.
*** The creator said about this episode, saying:
--> "Daria's journey was wrapped up in... [this] episode. Daria realizes that her isolation isn't just about being different - she likes being isolated. It may be painful for her, but she's better off trying to interact with the others. She's pretty realistic. She's smart and articulate yet unsure of how the world will accept her."
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series went in this direction during the mid 1940's. The Disney-esque musical cartoons were all but abandoned, the jokes became meaner and more cynical, etc. "Fresh Airedale", "Each Dawn I Crow", "Long-Haired Hare", "Knights Must Fall", "Chow Hound" and "Hare Raising Hare" are among the darkest cartoons Warner Brothers ever produced. Around 1952, this toned down slightly, and there were more fluctuations between DarkerAndEdgier and LighterAndSofter (although 1964's "Dumb Patrol" was among the darkest Bugs Bunny cartoons ever made).
** This goes back even further in some cases. For example, the Porky Pig cartoon "Pied Piper Porky" is surprisingly dark for a pre-1943 Porky Pig cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has the episode "Hot Water". In it, Stan buys a living hot tub who alienated Stan from his family, then kills Lewis, Marguerite, Francine and Stan in that order. Something quite disturbing if the series has not been renewed after this episode, this would have been the end of the series. And while the episode was eased with some humor, TheBadGuyWins this time and the living hot tub is actually a KarmaHoudini.
** Several episodes focused on Roger are clearly darker and edgier, deserves special mention "Love, American Dad Style", where Roger finally could say that crosses the moral event horizon with the extreme obsession for Hayley, at point who ultimately he shoots and tries to rip her skin. Most disturbing (but probably played for laughs) is that the episode ends with Roger [[TheBadGuyWins getting away with it, ripping the skin to Jeff.]]
** The episode "Son Of Stan" also deserves a mention, especially in the climax of the episode, where Stevearino (Steve's evil clon) reveals his TrueColors: he has dedicated himself to kill cats ForTheEvulz, later he tries to kill his own brother and his father. Unlike Roger, he's played seriously.
** The Christmas episodes. Most notably the two dealing with the Anti-Christ.
** The show as a whole has gotten DarkerAndEdgier along with it's [[GrowingTheBeard beard growth]], especially in recent seasons.
* ''CatDog'' had the series GrandFinale and TheMovie titled: "The Great Parent Mystery", that is definitely more serious than the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale2'' is more serious than [[WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale the first movie]]; despite Eris being deposed, the scenes of the characters' worst nightmares are pretty intense, and it has Merliah in the position of possibly losing her legs forever. There's also two scenes where Kylie almost drowns.
* The episode Dreamscapers (and Gideon Rises, for that matter) of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a WHOLE lot darker than the rest of the season. It had a MIND DEMON. [[spoiler:Things took an EVEN DARKER turn when he got mad. EAT NIGHTMARES!]]
** The short series Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained was mostly a short, lighthearted comedic bit of animation. However, the last episode The Hide Behind featured a real lumberjack legend (which is disturbingly similar to Slenderman), and even [[spoiler:ended with him being real and stalking Dipper on the way home.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' got noticeably DarkerAndEdgier in its second season (even the opening credits!). Sometimes it worked, by averting AngstWhatAngst and letting the kids actually show the emotional pain they would logically be feeling due to their circumstances. Other times, it drifted into {{Narm}} and seemed like a lot of cheap angst for its own sake. The third season pulled back to a tone midway between the first two.
* ''Animation/TheSnowQueen2012'' is darker than the fairy tale that inspired it; The Snow Queen rules the world as a dictator and plans to cause eternal winter everywhere.
* WesternAnimation/DuckTales was mostly a light-hearted kids show, but it had a few dark episodes. The nephews were once turned into gold statues, and there also were several episodes, where a character nearly dies.
** The alien robots in the episode "Money to burn" not only stole Scrooge's money bin, so they could melt down the coins to make new robots. But they also were really close to melting Scrooge and Launchpad into grease. Not to mention the FridgeHorror that these robots had probably killed off the alien race, who had once created them in the first place...
** The mites in "The attack of the metal mites" were played ''very'' seriously, despite the fact that they were tiny insects. After all, they were designed to eat metal! So they caused plenty of damage all over the city, and they even devoured Fenton's otherwise indestructable Gizmoduck suit.
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