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This is what happens when the story or themes behind a cartoon, {{comic|s}}, or such don't match their art style. It can be intentional (a specific way for the author to get their point across) or unintentional, in which case it is often jarring. It is often used to portray [[ShowWithinAShow a work of fiction within another]], so the audience doesn't mistake it for "reality". In such instances, StylisticSuck may come into play.

Can be a sub-trope of MoodDissonance, and is itself the supertrope of GrotesqueCute and SugarApocalypse.

Compare with CrapsaccharineWorld.

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[[folder: Advertisement]]
* The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw Dumb Ways to Die]]" ad from Metro Trains in Australia. Cute, colorful, blob-things singing happily...until they get horribly mangled, ripped, burned, explosively decompressed...and continue to sing, even though some of their heads/entire bodies are missing.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
%%* ''Anime/ShinChan''. The American {{gag dub}} at the very least.
%%* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', too.
* ''Manga/BarefootGen''. It looks like a Saturday Morning Cartoon in the vein of ''Anime/AstroBoy''. [[TearJerker It isn't]].
* Some have said that the contrast between the cute {{moe}} art and the bloody, psychological horror plot is part of what makes ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni}}'' and ''Manga/ElfenLied'' so creepy. It's even worse in the original visual novels for ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry''. The [[http://2disbetterthan3d.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/rena31.jpg art]] [[http://www.uk-anime.net/images/higurashi-shots.jpg style]] can best be described as "Weird looking chibi-PuniPlush". Hard to imagine that cute little style is from one of the darkest series to come out of Japan in TheNoughties. The remakes give off a very "Romantic visual novel" look. It has romance, but it's definitely not a romance series.
* ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Magica]]''. It uses characters done in the cute style of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' to tell a story that can be likened to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* The anime adaptation of ''ViolinistOfHameln'', originally a parody manga, removes all the humor and plays the DysfunctionJunction for its full angst value, but keeps the art style.
* ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}'', Just look at the page picture, then look at the trope list.
* ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' has a cute {{moe}}-esque style reminiscent of ''RozenMaiden'' and a cheerily-colored opening, but is a murder mystery through and through.
* ''GundamAge'', has a children's cartoon art style with the tone of the story remaining dark and mature.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' has a very sharp-edged, heavily-shaded style that makes it look like a fighting anime in the vein of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. It's actually a high school sketch comedy, even if they still react to everything as seriously as an action series would.
* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' isn't quite as cutesy as some of the examples on this list, but it's unusually stylized for such serious subject matter. This works in its favor, softening the blow of the most traumatic scenes.
* ''ChirinNoSuzu'' looks like a cute children's movie and, while it [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids is a children's movie]], it is very dark.
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' looks like a series aimed at young girls, but the content itself is a rather dark {{Seinen}} based around a DysfunctionJunction trio of middle schoolers.
* Pretty much anything by Hitoshi Tomizawa. His art is cute, which makes sense since his characters tend to be fairly young. As for his manga itself, it's usually [[HarmfulToMinors very violent]] and [[MindScrew weird]]. He even did the art for ''Literature/BattleRoyale II: Blitz Royale'', which is every bit as violent as the original novel.
* When promotional artwork for the ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' anime came out, it received a lot of flack by those unfamiliar with the original manga for being another "{{Bishonen}}" or "[[{{Yaoi}} fujyoshi]]" series. In actuality, it's a rather dark BioPunk {{Josei}} manga set in a CrapSaccharineWorld and just happens to have a [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys predominately male cast]] and colorful artwork. The first chapter alone includes the near-rape of a child by a [[HumanoidAbomination monster woman]] who then goes on to gruesomely [[ImAHumanitarian devour]] a bunch of thieves who break into her mansion.
* Creator/JunjiIto is a noted horror author with a distinctive style that fits very well with the genre of his work. This style doesn't change in the slightest when he writes ''Manga/ItoJunjiNoNekoNikki'', a comedy manga about his cats.
* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' comes pretty close to being a horror series. The art style is reminiscent of ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses a bright, exaggerated style similar to many other shounen works, in a world where on the off chance the World Government isn't oppressing you, the Pirates are.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. A MagicalGirl show that takes place in a whimsical town of pastel colors, ballet, and {{fairy tale}}s. Unfortunately for the characters, their fairytale has not been [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]], and they are the [[CosmicPlaything cosmic playthings]] of an AxCrazy [[TrueArtIsAngsty tragedy-loving]] [[RealityWarper writer]].
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' looks like a normal shonen mecha series but it's far, far darker than normal and is a seinen.
* ''Anime/HenZemi'' is illustrated in the PuniPlush style, with a cast of big-eyed, soft-faced characters. It's about an average college girl taking a course abnormal sexuality with a class so jaded they think nothing of giving practical demonstrations of the study material.
* ''Manga/GakkouGurashi'' has the normal {{Moe}} art style of an early 2010s SchoolgirlSeries but takes place in a ZombieApocalypse.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' draws the girls in a cute, innocent style when they're [[ChildSoldier child assassins]]. The original anime has an distinct muted art style that fits the tone of the series but ''Teatrino'' plays it even more straight than the manga. The girls are even more {{Moe}}, even the Handlers are adorable, and everything has a bright pastel style.. While still revolving around middle school aged girls torturing and killing people.
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[[folder: Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}''. Holocaust memoirs--with the characters portrayed as {{Funny Animal}}s. "Funny" absolutely not being the operative phrase.
* ''Batman: Black & White'', being all about the artistic experiments, had a few of these. One issue had a very dark, horrifying Two-Face story illustrated by Bruce Timm in the cartoony style he developed for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* Much of JasonShiga's comics have a serious tone that contrasts with his cartoony artwork. His characters are big-eyed and usually have GenericCuteness; his plots involve [[BusStop searches for missing parents]], [[DoubleHappiness gang wars]], [[{{Fleep}} terrorism]], [[{{Bookhunter}} over-the-top police action]], or [[{{Meanwhile}} the death of every human on Earth]].
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' stories drawn by Jon Gray have this in ''spades'', only the weird thing is, it ''works'' really well. Gray's hyper-exaggerated, hyper-expressive cartoony style makes comical moments ([[spoiler:like Knuckles meeting his baby half-brother]]) all the funnier, but it also lends full emotional weight to more serious moments ([[spoiler:Like Sonic and Sally's breakup argument]]).
* ''ComicBook/TheUnfunnies''. A HannaBarbera-esque comic series with extremely dark subject matter. Eventually the corruption of this once idyllic world is explained, but the shock of seeing {{Funny Animal}}s involved in child pornography, murders and drug abuse is hard to forget.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' has a loose, cartoony style that wouldn't (and didn't) look out of place in ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', with each cast member a FunnyAnimal. That said, it's a fairly straight JidaiGeki, and there is ''much'' FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, and at times a frankly astonishing body count.
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[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* ''Animation/SquirrelAndHedgehog'', a UsefulNotes/{{North Korea}}n children's cartoon. [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Cute]] {{Funny Animal}}s alternate between frolicking in the idyllic paradise of Furry North Korea and waging war on American Wolves, Japanese Weasels, and South Korean Mice. Even without characters getting shot and killed on-screen, the blatant militarization of Furry North Korea is pretty disturbing.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* [[http://rinjapine.deviantart.com/ Rinjapine]] is known across Disney/TheLionKing fandom for her PurpleProse WallsOfText, elaborate stories, and [[TangledFamilyTree complex family trees.]] Her art style on the other hand is SoOkayItsAverage.
* The short ''WebAnimation/JimmyNeutronHappyFamilyHappyHour'' has a rather... inexplicable art style for its three characters - Jimmy looks like a real boy with cartoonish features, Hugh looks like an amateur modeler designed him, and Judy is just a picture that moves around. ''None'' of these fit well with the [[RandomEventsPlot plot]] of the short, involving [[spoiler:Hugh shooting Judy, then forcing Jimmy to watch TV with him at gunpoint before a pizza they ordered decapitates him]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanfiction ''FanFic/KomeijiKoishiNoDokidokiDaibouken''. At first glance, it looks like a happy series with a cute character design of Koishi going on daily adventures. [[BloodierAndGorier Except that it isn't]]. And it gets [[AnyoneCanDie far, FAR worse]].
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[[folder:Film-Animation ]]
* ''Once Upon A Girl'' is animated in the style of the family friendly HannaBarbera/''Creator/{{Filmation}}'' cartoons, but it is absolutely not appropriate for children in any way, it is a collection of fairy tale parodies in which each segment ends with the characters having sex, with plenty of nudity and foul language scattered throughout.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperBeasto'' may look like it was done by Spumco, but its not all appropriate for anyone under 18.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rElMstA1kSI Born Under Fire]] is a Colombian animated movie that looks like animated series like ''CharlieAndLola'' or ''Pinky Dinky Doo''. It is actually a dramatic documentary about the on-going war conflict in Colombia told from the perspective of children who have witnessed the events, incorporating their drawings into the film.
* The extremely simplistic and cartoonish character designs from the CGI movie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1WGcyJhhE4 Killer Bean Forever]] would make any viewer think that is some kind of silly comedy for kids, but is actually a serious action film with almost no comedy (except for a couple of BlackComedy moments) and lots of killings, as the title suggest.
* Along with the AnimationAgeGhetto trope, this could be one of the reason of why some viewers could make the mistake of think that ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' is a movie for kids due its cartoonish, almost cute characters designs. And also the fact the main characters are talking cats.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' is widely considered by fans to have suffered in its early days because the artist then responsible for all the illustrations apparently perceived more BodyHorror in the high-biotech setting than the writers quite intended.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife''. It's probably the darkest game in the entire series, dealing with some fairly deep thematic stuff (like aging, losing one's friends, cheating, etcetra). But it still has the same cuddly, {{puni plush}} aesthetic as the other games.
* ''HarvestMoon64'' qualifies. It has [[SuperDeformed simplistic]], childish character models and cutesy anime character portraits. But the game deals with alcoholism, implied abuse, stagnating marriages, ParentalAbandonment, and death among other things.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. The cute-looking visuals contrast the genocide, {{fantastic racism}}, {{black and grey morality}}, and a {{Woobie destroyer of worlds}}.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is one of the darkest entries in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries''. The character designs may be a bit less colorful than some of the other games, but the graphics still remain fairly cute, even when they're depicting [[spoiler:a child drowning in poison, trapped under his father's corpse]].
* Just about all the above also apply to ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', on top of it being a fairly dark WarIsHell story where AnyoneCanDie. (yes, even [[FinalDeath your squad members]])
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. Brightly-colored, often hand-painted visuals, and come on, ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' was so fun! *cue DarkerAndEdgier MindScrew storyline featuring copious NiceJobBreakingItHero and FantasticRacism, which also {{retcon}}s the ending of CT into something a lot darker*
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' features mentions of war (with implications that the protagonist was one of the "killer robots" involved), a BigBad whose experiments are somewhat reminiscent of Mengele, and [[spoiler:a boss fight that forces you to ''kill'' one of the cutest characters in the game]]. But just look at the [[BadassAdorable robots!]] The [[GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed in-game graphics]] just make it even more jarring.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' could best be described as the video game equivalent to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Death, sex, drunkeness, scatalogical humor, swearing...not a kids game. But Creator/{{Rare}} made it with the same adorable art style that characterized their family friendly fare like ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' (which itself has some occasional dark humor and jokes, more so its sequel). This is because ''Conker: Twelve Tales'' was originally going to be a family-friendly game, not too dissimilar from ''Conker's Pocket Tales'' for Game Boy Color, but then Rare caught on that it would've been too similar to their own ''Banjo Kazooie'', so they turned it into the more adult final version, while keeping the art style intact.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' series is colorful, cartoony, and filled with beautifully subtle details. The battle screens suggest you're fighting during a psychadelic trip-out, and the characters almost look like they're from a stylized {{Peanuts}} comic. And, implicitly and thematically speaking, it's probably the darkest Nintendo has ever gotten.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. For the first 15 minutes, it's averted, but after that it takes a swan dive into the depths. Compared to the art style, the story gets so dark, you would need the light of a thousand suns to be able to see three feet ahead. Though, admittedly, there are comic relief sections, it's still one hell of a contrast.
* Intentionally done in ''YggdraUnion'', where Kiyuduki Satoko's PuniPlush art style helps to conceal the dark nature of the game until [[WhamEpisode the player gets whacked in the face with it]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' introduced a cartoony and very brightly colored art style very different from the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' era's more realistic art. However, its storyline has many dark undertones: [[spoiler:A GreatFlood that reduced the world to a handful of islands that were once mountaintops]], and the final battle culminates in [[spoiler:Ganon being stabbed ''[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice in the forehead]]''.]] There are also various dark elements like the destruction of Greatfish Isle and the subsequent curse of the Great Sea, and the presence of dangerous creatures like Seahats and Big Octo.
* ''Raze's Hell'' features mostly cutesy art... since you play as a monster bent on fighting the [[CuteIsEvil cuddly]] EvilArmy bent on [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute destroying ugly creatures]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' looks like a SugarApocalypse at first, but it eventually becomes clear that the world (or at least the main character's nation) was pretty messed up even before the Calamity.
* This is one of the criticisms often aimed at the ''VideoGame/BattalionWars'' games: Their art style is [[WarHasNeverBeenSoMuchFun a little too cute for the combat involved]], but not quite cute enough for the characterization of the units and commanders.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', especially ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. With the cutesy look and the bright colors who would expect such a series to be so darn right horrific and depressing? The ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]'' spinoffs are especially bad, as they center around the incredibly cute Pokemon in an apparently idealistic land but are in a league of their own.
* ''{{Corpse Party}}: Book of Shadows'' has a surprisingly cutesy art style for a game about people being murdered in gruesome ways.
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' mimics ThickLineAnimation, and has a protagonist who looks very baby-like despite apparently being at least kindergarten-age. Edmund [=McMillen=] has said this was a deliberate design decision--the grotesqueness of what Isaac goes through would not be bearable if drawn realistically. And even with the art-style used, some of the bosses are ''still'' flat-out disgusting and horrifying, such as Blighted Ovum, The Wretched, or Super Lust.
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' is about an adorable pink-haired magical girl princess... in a world filled with {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, VillainousIncest and more assassination plots than you can count. It tends to be marketed with warnings that this is really, ''really'' not meant for kids.
* The bright and colorful visuals of ''OdinSphere'' belie the very dark and serious story that effectively explains [[spoiler:TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and how TheMagicGoesAway.]]
* GretelAndHansel features very cutesy, childish drawings undergoing ''horrible'' twisted FairyTale torments.
* ''EdnaAndHarveyHarveysNewEyes'' is about a very idealistic little girl, and the art style reflects how she views things. This makes it all the more jarring when her illusions begin to slip, and she starts to see blood and dead bodies.
* The ''{{Professor Layton}}'' series, which has a cute and quirky art style... and yet often features topics such as revenge, government coverups, tragic pasts, implied murder, and the loss of loved ones. In one of their games for the iOS, VideoGame/LaytonBrothersMysteryRoom, isn't even implied murder anymore. All their cases deal with [[AlwaysMurder homicides]] ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar among other things]]) but it still remains its cheery, bright art style though at least it has a 12+ age rating.
* Some of the SuperMarioBros games fall into this. All of the Mario games utilize bright colors and cutesy character designs, but NightmareFuel abounds in this series and whenever there's anything more than an ExcusePlot, it tends to be somewhat dark or scary. Especially SuperPaperMario, which has one of the brightest art styles of the series, but one of the darkest stories of any Nintendo franchise.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fangame ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu'' features a very dark artstyle but the story and characters are every bit as nutty as the main series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Team Fortress 2}}'' is a class-based first person shooter where a group of mercenaries (most of whom probably have varying degrees of mental instability) are continually fighting a frankly pointless fight over a worthless piece of land thanks to rather ruthless (and [[AntiHero somewhat]] [[AffablyEvil evil]]) contractors. The artistic style? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lbhHle-3V8 It looks like a cartoon.]] This is complete with ridiculous animations (a building/upgrading Sentry, for starters) and LudicrousGibs. This was because during development, Valve was having trouble producing something that would give players a WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, so they decided to make it look like a universe where ridiculous things are ''supposed'' to happen in it, such as how certain abilities (such as rocket jumping) are possible, or why some seemingly arbitrary rules are in place (like, for some reason, you can't jump over a 3 foot high fence that leads out to a sprawling field), hence the reason why they chose a more "stylized" art direction: So that you won't ask yourself these questions in the first place. This also helps it fit in with Valve's dark, irreverent, and somewhat... silly sense of humor. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUhOnX8qt3I This]] sums it all up nicely.
* ''{{Minecraft}}'' looks like a harmless children's toy at first glance, until you play Survival mode. [[WizardNeedsFoodBadly Constant threat of starvation]] as well as brutal [[NightOfTheLivingMooks undead creatures]] and [[DemonicSpiders otherwordly monsters]] out for your blood that are ''far'' more threatening than their blocky, cartoonish designs could ever suggest are what awaits in this bright and colorful Lego Land. Needless to say, if ''Minecraft'' is a playground, it's an ''evil'' playground that [[DeathWorld shows no mercy and wants you dead]].
* Similarly, ''{{Terraria}}'' takes much the same philosophy and gives it the backdrop of a cutesy cartoon style. Want to build that nice, big 8-story house filled with expensive furniture and decorations and gold bricks? Well then be prepared to face those [[NightOfTheLivingMooks zombies and skeletons]] and DemonicSpiders that made ''{{Minecraft}}'' a living hell, only this time with {{Eldritch Abomination}}s thrown into the mix.
* Many platforming games fall into this when it comes to how hard they are, especially the older crop from the 80s and early 90s. One just wouldn't expect the cute cartoon video game to have controller-breaking difficulty!
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' has Nexus, the bright, colourful, vibrant, and lush planet of wonders and extremely dangerous predators, plants, and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs predator plants.]] Not counting the locals who would love nothing more than to kill and/or eat you, you also have [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores the Exiles]] and [[TheEmpire the Dominion]] who are waging an all-out war on each other, plus the numerous criminal cartels and third parties rushing to the planet to get a piece of the "homeworld of the Galaxy's most advanced civilization" pie. [[spoiler:There's also what killed the said most advanced civilization, who are still lurking around...]]
* ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' is a game about cartoonish LittleGreenMen who try to launch themselves into space atop rockets. While there's nothing ''actively'' trying to kill you in the game, it more than makes up for it by [[UnexpectedlyRealisticGameplay being unexpectedly faithful to actual physics]]. If you don't know what you're doing or are expecting the game's flight model to be as cartoonish as the art style, your rockets ''will'' crash.
* The ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series starts off pretty campy and cutsey, but tkaes itself seriously. This is what makes certain games like ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' and ''DragonQuestVII'' so unusual, because they're quite depressing and dark (respectively) given their cutsey AkiraToriyama artstyle.
* ''VideoGame/{{Yesterday}}'' - the artstyle is rather dark and cartoony, in contrast with the game's content.
* The world of ''SugarWiki/{{Eversion}}'' starts out bright and cheerful, but becomes gradually less so as you evert to higher levels, and it's not long before the game reveals its [[{{Mordor}} true]] [[CosmicHorrorStory colors]].
* Some of the dream worlds in ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'' fall under this, but the most [[SignatureScene notable]] one is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFdrqakwIvk&feature=related#t=56s Pink Sea]]. Pastel colors, balloons, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB64Sp2LMks gentle BGM]]... how could this area - [[NightmareSequence of all the other areas in the game]] - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFdrqakwIvk#t=7m25s be so scary]]?
* Some of the worlds in ''FireEmblem'' come off as this way. The GameBoyAdvance entries mostly being this due to the artstyle being bright and colorful as a result of the SP model not being standardized for most of the runs. (Not so much in 8) Some of the DarkerAndEdgier entries likewise have a darker artstyle, ''especially'' "New Mystery" and "Awakening".
* In the Creator/AdultSwim game series ''VideoGame/CandyMountainMassacre'', a virus has turned the inhabitants of a SugarBowl setting into triggerhappy psychos with guns and bombs. The second game turns things in this direction, with the Cake Queen having turned her land into one of dread for both the Cupcakes (the only inhabitants unaffected by the virus), but also humans unfortunate enough to set foot in the place -- and one level has you blasting your way through what is in all intents and purposes a ''torture chamber''. Yikes!
* The setting in ''NaughtyBear''. Even before the main character goes on his killing spree, the whole place is populated by tremendous {{Jerkass}}es.
* ''PhantasyStarII'' has the darkest narrative in the series while it has the most colorful design and environment. In contrast, PhantasyStarIV's settings are rather barren and darker, but the story is shonen anime-like and characters crack a joke and tease each other frequently.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''The PerryBibleFellowship''.
* ''WebComic/AxeCop'' uses a slightly-exaggerated but fairly realistic style a la most mainstream comic books. But since the plots are written by a six-year-old, the actual content of the comic is ''[[CrazyAwesome completely insane]]''.
* ''KitNKayBoodle'' is drawn in a cute cartoon style, yet features near constant furry sex. Many readers find this extremely jarring.
* ''{{Sonichu}}''. This incredibly-disturbing webcomic has art that looks like it was drawn by an elementary-schooler. Of course, this is because its creator is GiftedlyBad.
* ''{{Kagerou}}'' starts out this way, with extremely bright colors and cartoonish art contrasted against the dark plot and tendency towards gore. Eventually, though, the art [[ArtEvolution evolves]] into a more realistic but still brightly coloured style.
* ''NanasEverydayLife'' has very cutesy, somewhat [[SuperDeformed chibi]]-like art. It is also based on ElfenLied, starts out as a BlackComedy, then gets worse.
* ''PurplePussy'' is a super cutesy drawn webcomic for girls... featuring an unending supply of {{Cluster F Bomb}}s and ToiletHumor that will burn your eyes out.
* ''{{Wondermark}}'' is a CutAndPasteComic made from sophisticated Victorian art. The jokes tend to be either very silly observations on modern neurotics to very silly poop jokes.
* ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'' has the same cutesy style as ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' by the same author, despite having much darker subject matter. The author's [[LoveAndTentacles third comic]] is in a different style, so this is clearly a deliberate choice.
* Come on. ''MarriedToTheSea'', anyone?
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' is surprisingly smart for its limited art style.
* ''Webcomic/RomanticallyApocalyptic''. Its art is frighteningly realistic and grim. The actual comic? A hilarious BlackComedy.
* ''Webcomic/{{Dolan}}'' comics are poorly drawn comics with horrible spelling that look like they were made by a three-year-old. But don't let that fool you; they're actually [[BlackComedy blackly comedic]] comics about an AxCrazy DonaldDuck.
* ''{{Unsounded}}'' has gorgeous, vibrant art... for a {{crapsack world}} filled with casual FantasticRacism and rampant nationalism. It's all the more horrific for how accepted it is.
* ''KevinAndKell''. A cute, quirky world of FunnyAnimal characters... where fangs are more powerful than ideals and savage instinct triumphs over reason and empathy. By the world's local ethos (its ok to kill as long as you eat it) ethnic cleansing could just be another name for a BBQ.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* Justified in the {{Creepypasta}} [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Little_Pink_Backpack The Little Pink Backpack]]. Read it for yourself to see the disturbing content.
* ''CharlieTheUnicorn'' was established as being here once. [[spoiler:Charlie's kidney was stolen at the end of first film.]] Anything made by Creator/FilmCow really.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ Don't Hug me I'm Scared]] is about ''Series/SesameStreet'' style puppets experiencing SanitySlippage.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXvsl8xgRxc&feature=share Adam Buxton's Counting Song]].
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', which inflicts [[CruelAndUnusualDeath horrific deaths]] on cute anthropomorphic woodland critters.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is notorious for its vulgar, black humoured style, coupled with crude, primary-coloured cutout animation.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', to a degree. It sometimes wants to be taken seriously as an action cartoon, but its stylized design, reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', can make this difficult for non-[[FanNickname phans]].
* The same goes for ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
* While cartoons aimed at more adult audiences are not really all that unusual today, when ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' first aired in 1989 it raised many eyebrows. This is because audiences were so used to the AnimationAgeGhetto that it seemed bizarre and ironic that Springfield is a bright and vibrant town with an AmazingTechnicolorPopulation consisting mostly of yellow people, with [[HumansAreIdiots idiotic]], [[ApatheticCitizens apathetic citizens]], [[PoliceAreUseless an incompetent police department]], [[SuckySchool a deplorable, low-rate school]], a shady and lecherous mayor, and an evil, possibly satanic CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has a simple and childish cartoon design, with generally idealistic and upbeat characters. However, it is also [[NightmareFuel/AdventureTime violent]], set AfterTheEnd, and has [[Radar/AdventureTime adult humor]] and BlackComedy throughout.
* ''MakingFiends'' has a very simple, childish design but it's about an EnfantTerrible who lives in a [[CrapsackWorld bleak and depressing]] town where everyone is afraid of her and the monsters she makes. It's rather dark for a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids kids series]], though the original web shorts are a bit ambiguous on whether it was even meant to be one.
* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'':
** The series uses the angular graphic styles of [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation cartoons]] of TheFifties and TheSixties, evoking memories of longtime kid favorites such as ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' and ''TheFlintstones''. However this cartoon features some of the most graphic violence imaginable outside late-night TV (for instance, skin being ripped off and disemboweling), as well as some [[SlasherSmile horrifying]] and [[GrossUpCloseUp grotesque]] facial expressions, metric tons of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar dirty innuendo]], and enough ToiletHumor to clog the New York sewers. Like ''The Simpsons'' above, it was all the more shocking when it premiered back in 1991...on a ''[[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} kid's network]]'' no less.
** One episode which [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never made it past the storyboard]] would've gone full-on SugarApocalypse. Ill-tempered Chihuahua Ren reads to his fat and stupid [[DumbIsGood but good-hearted]] feline friend Stimpy a "[[LittleGoldenBooks Leetle Olden Book]]" with illustrations resembling the proto-{{Moe}} works of former Disney artist Mary Blair (designer of It's a Small World). This book is about [[TheCrusades the Children's]] [[ChildSoldier Crusade]], and subjects its cherubic subjects to [[http://www.canadiananimationresources.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ChildrenCrusade2Sad.jpg freezing drowning]], animal attack, [[http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/4525/2278/1600/113671/LS08b.png slaughter]], and eventually slavery. All to prove a point to Stimpy about how [[StrawNihilist life sucks]].
* ''RickAndSteve'' is a stop motion series built using LEGO-like blocks. It's also a very adult DarkComedy themed around gay couples.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' is a bright, cheerful children's show about a boy who lives in Hell and whose best friends are [[AntiAntiChrist the son of Satan]] and a [[EnfantTerrible 14-year-old serial killer.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' is a brightly colored, chibi-style cartoon spinoff that seems like a LighterAndSofter reboot to the 2003 ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.. So why the TV-PG rating, especially since the original was TV-Y7. Watch a few episodes and you'll quickly notice it lacks NeverSayDie, thrives of BlackHumor, and has a lot more [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar risqué content]].
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