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->''"Always look on the bright side of death,\\
Just before you draw your terminal breath.\\
Life's a piece of shit,\\
When you look at it.\\
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.\\
You'll see it's all a show--\\
Keep 'em laughing as you go,\\
Just remember that the last laugh is on you!"''
-->-- '''''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''''', "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"

Black comedy, also known as black humor or dark comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where topics and events that are usually treated seriously (death, mass murder, regular amounts of murder, suicide, domestic violence, disease, insanity, fear, child abuse, drug abuse, rape, castration, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, beastiality, child pornography, etc.) are treated in a satirical manner while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are.

It is not quite ToiletHumor, which is just gross, neither is it quite VulgarHumor, since it can be delivered quite easily without swearing. It often times takes the form of RefugeInAudacity, while incorporating elements of the above mentioned forms of humour. What makes it different though, is that the theme of the comedy would tend to gravitate towards topics that are considered to be "dark" (such as depression, death, atrocities, racism, poverty, etc). This form of humour will usually go beyond the mere act of telling jokes, some works focusing rather on situational comedy, ''DoctorStrangelove'' being one example. Movies that alternate between comedy and tragedy, like ''FullMetalJacket'', are not black comedy, since by definition Black Comedy draws humor from the tragic parts. To sum it up, black humour is a type of comedy that deals with negative aspects of life, deriving humour due to it being shocking and unexpected, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' having dead babies singing for example, being shockingly cruel (and thus unexpected), and in part because it many time reflects a truth that might be too grim to state seriously, something quite common for example in Soviet Russia, and quite abundant in political humour.

A joke might revolve around, for example, a homeless man committing a string of murders so that he will get sentenced to death, a state that, properly tied up in appeals, is ''better than'' his former life expectancy and quality. Delivered correctly, it can be very funny, yet at the same time more than a little disturbing. If done wrong, however, the audience may cry "DudeNotFunny".

Black Comedy doesn't necessarily have to involve death -- anything tragic can be fodder for Black Comedy. A KafkaKomedy is a subtrope of Black Comedy in which the object of humor is abject failure.

Related to, and often confused with, DudeNotFunny. CrossesTheLineTwice may apply. Often set in a CrapsackWorld. Subtropes include GallowsHumor (which affects the joke maker personally) and KafkaKomedy (in which anything the protagonist does is guaranteed to fail). As the perfect storm of fatalism and dry humor, it often overlaps with [[BritCom British Humour]] and RussianHumour. This can be RefugeInAudacity.

If Black Comedy shows up in a series that doesn't ordinarily deal with grim subject matter so cavalierly, it's a BlackComedyBurst.

Black Comedy might even be [[OlderThanYouThink as old as comedy itself]].

Not to be confused with UncleTomfoolery. Compare SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror.

Has [[IThoughtItMeant very little to do with]] people such as Creator/JackBlack, nor Creator/BillCosby, EddieMurphy, Creator/RichardPryor, or Creator/ChrisRock, although they may occasionally engage in it.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The, thankfully never used, slogan for Panasonic "From the wonderful folks who brought you Pearl Harbor". It was later repurposed as advertiser Jerry Della Famina's book title. [[note]]Although, with Nakajima not a name in the US market, the phrase would be more appropriately applied to Mitsubishi.[[/note]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUnu8mm551I This]] [[CandidCameraPrank hidden camera mailbox prank]] seems like an innocent enough prank, (until the guns get pulled out).
* [[http://www.adrants.com/images/la_senorita_mexican_restaurant_billboard.jpg This billboard]], [[DrinkingTheKoolAid which is a reference to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown the Jonestown Massacre]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjVW6roRs-w "No Pressure"]] featured, among other things, kids being [[DisproportionateRetribution blown up]] for not signing on to 10:10's [[GlobalWarming carbon emissions reduction program]] as a CrossesTheLineTwice joke. If you don't feel like watching, it's not some kind of cute, funny explosion effect; it's [[{{Gorn}} very bloody]] and identifiable bits of human tissue can be seen coating the bystanders in this ad. The reaction to this ad was an enormous DudeNotFunny and it was pulled very quickly when it became apparent that people were turning against the 10:10 campaign as a result of it.
* The DiscoveryChannel 2013 Shark Week promo is a staged live newscast of [[MeaningfulName "Snuffy the Seal"]] [[YetAnotherBabyPanda being returned to the ocean]] which [[MoodWhiplash suddenly turns tragic]] when [[ThreateningShark a great white shark leaps out of the water]] and [[IncrediblyLamePun snuffs out Snuffy.]] (A SceneryCensor is used to avoid {{Gorn}}.) Watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HMnMgX7GiOA here.]]
* The whole point of WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie is to get the audience to laugh at, but be aware of, all the stupid ways you can die around trains.
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[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}} ]]
* In ''{{X1999}}'' Seishiro and Fuuma joke about how they won't be able to enjoy the ice cream from the nice ice cream shop in Shinjuku while watching the Shinjuku area being destroyed.
* Anime/CatSoup or Nekojiru-sou was a show that had a reputation for being a combination of cute but dark.
* Less than half a minute into the first episode of ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' somebody is hanging from a tree by the neck. HilarityEnsues.
* ''TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'', both due to the bizarreness of the setting; the main characters ship corpses around for a living in return for being allowed to loot the corpse's material possessions (and the occasional karmic payoff) by the souls of the deceased, but also from [[DeadpanSnarker the way they deal with said job]].
* ''Stink Bomb'', from the Memories trilogy, plays the death of tens of thousands of people and the [[TheTokyoFireball destruction of Tokyo]] by a biological weapon for laughs.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' certainly was advertised as this and generally works well like this, although it works better as a comedy to some than to others.
* The ''{{Durarara}}'' manga features "manga torture" conducted by otaku [[TortureTechnician torture technicians]]. It involves having the victim selecting a manga, and then they get tortured by a means taken from that work. What truly makes it Black Comedy is how the torturers declare that, really, [[NewMediaAreEvil the content of the manga has absolutely nothing to do with it]]. They're just sick, sick people who, if they weren't otaku, would have had other interests -- interests that they would be equally good at turning into demented tortures.
* Appears occasionally in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' -- most noticeably the episode titled "Happy Family Planning", about a group of people trying to kill themselves after making an internet suicide pact. Believe it or not, it's the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Episode Of Funny]] of the series.
* A few of the games the gang plays in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' counts as this. Once they talked about what they would use if they were to kill someone and how. Another time Mion sent everyone to look for body pieces at the dump. Knowing the series, this is usually foreshadowing or a plot point.
* For the most part, ''Anime/AngelBeats'' invokes ImmortalLifeIsCheap. This means that a lot of presumed deaths, particularly the DwindlingParty scenes in episodes 2 and 8, are played for laughs.
* ''OruchubanEbichu'' was outright designed to push the envelope as to what could be aired in the Japanese late night slot. As said in its entry, Ebichu has a long tendency of interrupting the protagonists ''in flagrante delicto''...
* ''ShinChan'': The FUNimation dub hints at this in the episode "Brotherhood of the Grovelling Allowance":
-->(After listening to depressing music)'''Shin''': Will you buy me a shotgun, dad?
-->'''Hiro''': Sorry, I'm broke.
** In another episode, Mitzi warns a misbehaving Hina, "You're lucky we're not in China, or you'd be in a dumpster right now!"
** The references to Penny's sister Caitlin, who "lives in the lake" now
** Another example, the episode ''Penny's Mom Abhors Shin.''
* ''DetroitMetalCity'' at its best/worst.
* ''HokutoNoKen'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po77bJk1DdI this]]. Made even funnier when you apply FridgeLogic and realize it's not EpicFail on the mook's part but ''Kenshiro's own brand of DarkComedy at work''.
* ''LightNovel/JinruiWaSuitaiShimashita'' is a bright, happy and cheerful series about humanity dying out through declining birthrates. The so far unnamed protagonist is resigned to the fact that most of the people she interacts with have had an IQ bypass.
* In second case of {{QED}}, Touma is presented with a case of dead debitor in a closed room. All the suspect (who had the key of the room) has motives to kill him. However in the end, it was revealed that all the suspect (which are realated in some ways) ''thought'' their loved ones was the one who killed the jerk, and so, engages in ZanyScheme to protect their loved ones. The punchline is that the jerk was killed by ''accident''. [[spoiler:Which was arranged by the deceased creditor, who wants to protect the suspects, which are her daughter, her daughter's fiance and her loyal butler.]]
* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' has this in '''spades.''' Murder; frequent attempted suicide; the Yakuza, criminals, and all sorts of unsavoury (and sometimes demonic) characters... it makes horrific things [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horrifically funny!]]
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[[folder:Blog]]
* In one blog, Blog/DeadcodersReviews used WhatTheHellHero to call out two characters for murdering their child, but in the next blog, a joke was made about killing a child, meaning that this was both DeadBabyComedy and BrickJoke.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/IdeesNoires'' by Creator/AndreFranquin is the embodiment of this trope. It is very dark but still quite funny.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. Laurie Jupiter and Dan Dreiberg can't help laughing over how Rorschach dropped a [[TooKinkyToTorture sado-masochist posing as a supervillain]] down an elevator shaft.
** This has always been Creator/AlanMoore's principal sense of humor. You're always going to find at least one moment like this in anything he writes. His work from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' is especially notable as black comedy is usually the entire driving force behind all his stories published there.
* A core element of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''.
* Not to mention ''ComicBook/MarshalLaw''.
* Anything by JhonenVasquez, from ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' to ''InvaderZim''. The main point of the former, particularly the early comics, is to show horribly brutal deaths and tortures. As things progress and Johnny gets more and more talky the violence begins to tone down, but that over the top violence remains at the core of most of the comedy in the strip.
** ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}!'', by the same author, follows a Johnny's child neighbor through a series of considerably disturbing adventures, such as his grandpa trying to eat him and a rather strange trip to a public bathroom.
** ''Fillerbunny'' is all about seeing something cute in inordinate amounts of pain.
** And then there's the Bad Art Collection... and ''Jelly Fist''...
** Oddly, ''IFeelSick'', despite being another spin off of Johnny, tones this down considerably, favoring a stranger brand of humor. "Cat had acid for blood..."
* Most of GarthEnnis' works, especially ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'', ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', ''{{Preacher}}'', and ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}''. ''{{Preacher}}'''s best-known example would have to be Arseface, a character who manages to render himself hideous in a failed suicide attempt and pursues Jesse Custer to avenge the death of his father - caused by Custer using his [[CompellingVoice Voice of God]] power to order him to "Go fuck himself." Which he did. And then committed suicide.
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' makes liberal use of it.
* A staple of the humor in ''ComicBook/SecretSix''.
** From their appearance in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'':
--> *Deadshot kills General Kerimov*
--> Hawkgirl: "You killed him."
--> Deadshot: "What, it was self-defense. Guy obviously had a gun."
--> Hawkgirl: "He ''didn't'' have a gun, Deadshot!"
--> Deadshot: "Okay, so it was murder. Who cares?"
* This is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's whole shtick.
%%* ''LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl''.
* In a comic that parodies the ''ComicBook/ChickTract'' "Lisa", a man who sexually abuses his daughter is suddenly overcome with guilt over what he has done to his child, and decides that only God can forgive him for his crimes. After having confessed to a priest, who bestows forgiveness on him, the man heads home, feeling like a new, happier person, ready to start completely over... with abusing his daughter again.
* The ''WitchGirls'' comics are big on this. One of the reasons the TabletopGame ''WitchGirlsAdventures'' is really, really creepy to people who don't get those elements are supposed to be PlayedForLaughs, or don't find it funny.
* Both the comic and film versions of ''ComicBook/KickAss'' get a lot of mileage out of this trope, showing just just how violent and psychotic a person would have to be to actually pull it off as a superhero.
* Many stories by Creator/WilhelmBusch, like ''Max Und Moritz''.
* ''Clarissa'', also know as ''Family Portrait'', is a comic about a young girl who is the victim of ParentalIncest and whose family are a classic case of 50s {{Stepford Smiler}}s. It's not as amusing as other examples but can still be sickeningly funny.
* Belgian comic ''Violine'' definitely qualifies. Ten-year-old Violine has the ability to read people's minds by looking into their eyes. Her adventures include rescuing mice from being dissected (she even sees one cut open, and vomits), being thought of as a witch and chased by people who want her dead, hopping into a car with a pedophile (and seeing an image of herself bound and gagged and looking terrified when reading his mind), being thrown off a ship that she got caught stowing away on by a crew that assumes she's dead, witnessing the dead bodies of many birds caught in an oil spill, being chased by men with guns who then get eaten by alligators, and many more. All of this is played for very dark humor. Or you could possibly interpret it as a serious story that just has dark jokes scattered throughout, but either way, the sources of humor are pretty morbid.
* Evan Dorkin's ''ComicBook/FunWithMilkAndCheese'' series was about two hyperviolent dairy products who spend every strip they were ever in beat the ever loving shit out of everything they hate. And they hate everything except for liquor, TV, and each other. It's actually hard to describe the level of brutality involved. To put it in context, at one point, a guy from the Guinness Book of World Records shows as they're beating a hippie pot dealer to a bloody mess and crowns them as "World Class Abuse Kings".
* Icelandic playwright/cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson's crudely-drawn cartoons include such savory topics as incest, coprophagia, bestiality, suicide, and adults intentionally putting children in harm's way. [[http://www.dagsson.com Check it out if you dare ]].
* In ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' Joker starts a joke "How many brittle bone babies does it take-" only for Batman to cut across him. Admittedly not dead babies but clearly the same pitch-black comedy.
* ''TwistedToyfareTheater''.
* The original ''ComicBook/TheMask'' comics often bordered on this.
* ''Hubba Hubba,'' a two-page comic by Arthur Suydam that appeared in ''Heavy Metal''. One of Suydam's trademark weirdos-with-snouts sees a beautiful naked woman and, hoping to impress her with a gift, kills and cooks what he thinks is a small animal. This turns out to have been the woman's baby, and you're meant to see her horror and his ignorance as to its cause as humorous.
* ''Comicbook/SinCity'' can get this way with its over-the-top violence. Jack Rafferty's death, for instance, goes on for many pages as he's slowly chopped up by Miho, making empty threats in the process while the [[AntiHero the typically violent Sin City heroes]] gradually become more squeamish. At one point, Jack seems aware of how stupid he must look and shouts "Nobody laugh! This isn't funny!," as he crawls around with Miho's manji shuriken sticking out of his butt.
* The Swedish comic ''Hälge'' when it isn't using {{Irony}} or plain jerkassry, it's using this trope.
* The Italian comic ''{{Sturmtruppen}}'' uses it rather often, the cake being taken by a series of strips on a soldier who got the head opened by a shrapnel and an earlier one on a SS Execution Squad and their failed attempts at executing a very stoic Jewish prisoner.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': It pops up a few times, but in [[WhamEpisode issue 6]], [[AxCrazy Whirl's]] dialogue dips into this, especially when he and Rung are being held as hostages.
--->'''Fortress Maximus''': Okay, my demands haven't been met, one of you is about to die.
--->'''Whirl''': Ooh Ohh! Pick me!
--->'''Rung''': Okay, calm down, we can talk about this.
--->'''Whirl''': Don't listen to him, he's trying to distract you, pull the trigger!
* IDW's ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' comic book adaptation has its share of this, especially after issue #2, since unlike [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the animated show]], it doesn't need to be suitable to children as young as 3.
* Much of the humor of ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' comes from the deadly mishaps that befall the pygmy tribe. Fortunately for them, they can [[DeathIsCheap resurrect themselves]].
** Dying for them happens so often, they made games centered around who stays alive the longest.
* In the first issue of ''Comicbook/SexCriminals'', main character Suzie begins her narration with her and her boyfriend about to be arrested, then goes on to relate the story of her father getting murdered, all the while insisting she's going to start joking soon.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6123743/1/In_the_event_of_Alien_impregnation In the Event of Alien Impregnation]]" seeks to shed a humorous light on the horrific experience of [[FetusTerrible parasitic pregnancy]] displayed in the ''Alien'' films. [[LoveItorHateIt Depending on who you are]], its either [[FridgeBrilliance strangely hilarious and clever]] or [[DudeNotFunny twisted]] and full of horrific implications.
* The narration in "FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion" sometimes leads to this, mostly as a result of combination of LemonyNarrator, SophisticatedAsHell and {{Understatement}}.
* The "Fanfic/DayOfTheBarneyTrilogy" is a very notable HateFic of ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' that has Barney commit CorruptionOfAMinor on a large scale, personally maim and kill people, rape teenage girls after taking them under his wing as his Special Friends and impregnating them with mutant offspring that they die giving birth to, cause every catastrophe in world history, and it's ''still'' darkly humorous.
* The fanfic, [[Fanfic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], possesses some grim undertones of this, especially when discussing the horrors of war. [[LemonyNarrator The narrator doesn't seem to have much of a conscious with this however]], and her mild indifference and apathy towards some of the darker elements of Equestrian history, even poking fun at them at times, would certainly qualify for this trope.
* The ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fanfic "Surrogate" contains a scene which, whether or not you can bring yourself to laugh, is clearly structured ''like'' a comedy. There's a literal dead baby involved, and Medic [[YouDoNotWantToKnow thinks]] he wants to know where it's gotten to. Heavy doesn't want him to know, but, unfortunately for them both, is a BadLiar.
* In ''[[FanFic/PokeWars Poké Wars: The Exigence]]'', [[TheHyena Banette's]] favorite coping mechanism. This exchange from when he [[spoiler: died and came back to life]] pretty much says it all:
--> '''Banette:''' All I remember was everything being white for as far as I could see. I don't know if I imagined it all, if it was a dream, or if I really died. What really surprised me was that there weren't any flames.
--> '''Cacturne:''' Banette.
--> '''Banette:''' Oh come on, you didn't honestly think I was gonna end up anywhere else if I died, did you?
* Pretty much everything by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/287003/ this guy]]. Or girl.
* The ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3401052/1/A-Black-Comedy A Black Comedy]]" is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin full]] of examples, but one that stands out is this exchange that seems to intentionally run down the checklist.
-->'''''Harry:''' (My mother) died when I was one.''
-->'''''Lily:''' Oh...''
-->'''''Harry:''' (Trying to salvage the awkwardness) [[CrossesTheLineTwice My dad too]].''
-->'''''Lily:''' My firstborn son died. *ignores surprised stares* [[BlackComedy He was one as well]].''
-->''(beat)''
-->'''''Sirius:''' [[RuleOfThrees I had a goldfish once--]]''
-->'''''Harry:''' Sirius, stop.''
-->''Sirius agreed, not really wanting to dredge up [[FirstPetStory painful memories]] of Goldie.''
* In the ''{{Warhammer40000}}'' universe, [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]] - the total elimination of life on a planet - is usually the last, most bitter resort for dealing with a conflict. In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9311942/1/Cultist-chan-Destroyer-of-Worlds Cultist-chan, Destroyer of Worlds]], it's a punchline.
* ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' features a lot of this. [[spoiler: Especially in the incredibly grim Series Five.]]
* The "Long live the king" line spoken during [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa's death]] has become an [[MemeticMutation Internet meme]]. Just search through Google Images or any image site and you'll find at least a dozen photos (usually of cats) with this line tacked onto them.
* Lampshaded in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesGetXtreme'':
--> '''Calvin:''' Did I miss anything?
--> '''Hobbes:''' Just a weird guy telling chicken jokes and road jokes. They were about as exciting as a chicken crossing the road.
--> '''Calvin:''' Unless the chicken got hit by an oncoming car.
--> '''Hobbes:''' That would be sick.
* Used, appropriately enough, by Sirius Black in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8066097/5/Another-Perspective Another Perspective]]''. After being found innocent of the crimes he was imprisoned for, Sirius runs into Crouch (who threw him into prison without a trial) at the Quidditch World Cup.
--> '''Crouch''': You may have convinced the Boy-Who-Lived you're innocent but you'll break the law again and be back in Azkaban in a heartbeat.
--> '''Sirius''': Could you put me in my old cell? It has a wonderful view of your son's burial place.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78g0SyQjU1s "Will You Help Me Hide a Body?"]], a dark parody of [[Disney/{{Frozen}} "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"]], then segues into NightmareFuel and ParanoiaFuel by the end when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Anna killed her parents, and she implies that Elsa's next]].
* All over the place in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', as the sheer DarkerAndEdgier nature of the setting is combined with the typical cheesy humor of the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise.
** In Episode 67, when Chris tries to rescue Cosmo from Beelzebub.
--> '''Chris''': What do you want with her?
--> '''Beelzebub''': [[BlackComedyRape Come back in about nine months and you'll see]].
** In the rewrite of Episode 73, Tails refuses to hand Cosmo over to Tsali. Tsali responds by throwing Tails to the floor, opening his ribcage, and ''ripping his heart and lungs from his chest with his bare hands''.
--> '''Tsali''': I guess you didn't [[SonicAdventure open your heart]] enough!
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[[folder:Film]]
* The obscure ''Film/HighStakes'' - part KafkaKomedy, part Noir mystery.
* When Creator/TheCoenBrothers do comedy, this is usually the sort they do: ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' and ''Film/RaisingArizona'', for instance. ''Film/MillersCrossing'', ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', ''Film/BurnAfterReading'', and ''Film/ASeriousMan'' are all dramas, but they've got plenty of black comedy in them.
* Creator/DonHertzfeldt, when his films aren't out-and-out [[SurrealHumor surreal.]]
* Arguably ''Film/{{Hesher}}'' at least has some elements and the scenes involving the titular character are mostly played for laughs, though the movie is mainly a dramedy.
* ''Anything'' made by Creator/ToddSolondz. [[UpToEleven Emphasis on the black part.]]
* Paul Verhoeven likes doing this, especially in his big budget action movies: ''Film/RoboCop1987'', ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' and ''Film/HollowMan''.
* Terry Gilliam's ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' lives this trope, unless you're watching the [[ExecutiveMeddling "Love Conquers All"]] edit.
* ''Film/BurkeAndHare'', a comedy that is ''very loosely'' based on the real-life murderers.
* ''Film/{{Clue}} the Movie'', based on the board game. Combines this with the Murder Mystery genre.
* ''Film/DeathBecomesHer''. The original tagline was "Your Basic Black Comedy".
* ''Film/TheDistinguishedGentleman'' is about a black ConMan who scams his way into Congress by pretending to be a popular, dead, white man. When he gets there, the film turns to satire when he discovers just how small-time his game really is and who the ''real'' criminals are.
* ''Film/DrStrangelove''. Also a touch of GallowsHumor on [[Creator/StanleyKubrick the director's]] part, since it was made at a time when [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt nuclear war]] was a very real possibility. The filmmakers originally intended it as a serious film about an accidental nuclear war, but when they realized the inherent absurdity of the situation, they decided to play it for black humor instead. Notably, [[EnforcedMethodActing they didn't tell Slim Pickens]], so his performance was completely straight.
* ''[[Film/DropDeadGorgeousFilm Drop Dead Gorgeous]]'' (not that DropDeadGorgeous).
* There's a bit of this in ''Film/DuckSoup'', with things like a loud and cheerful "We're going to war!" musical number. Nobody is actually killed, though.
* The Irish film ''Film/AFilmWithMeInIt'' is about a failed actor who has to deal with the bodies of people who keep dying in accidents in his flat.
* ''Film/FourLions'', a comedy involving the world's worst Jihadist suicide bombers.
* Creator/BobcatGoldthwait's ''Film/GodBlessAmerica'' is built on this trope [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] to the point it [[CrossesTheLineTwice crosses the line back and forth]]. It's worth noting that it's [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]]
** His directorial efforts (''Film/ShakesTheClown'', ''Film/SleepingDogsLie'', ''Film/WorldsGreatestDad'' and ''Film/GodBlessAmerica'') specialize in this.
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'': So, when you go back to your high school reunion and everyone asks what you do now, do you tell them you're a hitman or not?
* ''Film/{{Heathers}}'': A film about getting your own back on high school bullies by engineering their murders and making them look like suicides.
--> Oh, my God. I'll have to send my S.A.T. scores to San Quentin instead of Stanford.
* Paddy Chayefsky's 1970 film ''The Hospital'' has doctors dying from unusual causes, while at the same time the Chief of Surgery (George C. Scott) is so despondent over the meaninglessness of life, as well as being impotent, he's trying to kill himself, until he rapes the daughter of a patient at which point he realizes he does have a reason to live!
* ''Film/TheHouseOfYes'' could be called a Dead President Comedy the way it plays with the JFK assassination. The character in question is an AxCrazy NightmareFetishist with [[VillainousIncest a severe fixation on her blue-blood brother]]. This can be viewed as Anvilicious Black Comedy, or outright Fetish Fuel, but it's a definite case of CrossesTheLineTwice.
* ''Film/InBruges'' In a film about two hitmen on the run after one of them botched a hit by shooting an innocent child, who spends his time drinking and contemplating suicide the only humour you'd expect to find is the black kind.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': Mostly the parts with the Basterds and the scenes with Hitler have black comedy elements, though the film as a whole is a drama.
* ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets'', which somehow makes the cold-blooded murder of seven people hilarious.
-->"I shot an arrow in the air..."\\
[=*thump*=]\\
"...she fell to Earth in Berkeley Square.".
* Ealing Studio's 1955 film ''Film/TheLadykillers'', which is TheCaper till it all goes pear-shaped.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' As per the page quote, this is a film which laughs at death. The cheery ditty quoted is sung by a group of Jews whilst they're being crucified.
** There's also [[http://youtu.be/NUHk2RSMCS8 the Suicide Squad.]]
* ''Film/LordOfWar'' switches genres halfway through but the first half is filled with this.
* ''Film/ManBitesDog''. How black? Like goth panthers in a coal mine.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is essentially ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' lite.
** At least in the movie and early seasons. The TV show eventually became a {{dramedy}} and in some episodes just a straight drama.
** "We have the finalists in the shrapnel-catching contest."
* ''Film/MonsieurVerdoux'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's classic daring comedy about a SerialKiller.
%%* ''Film/MouseHunt''.
* The film ''Film/MysteryTeam'' is a mild version of this. The film is essentially a murder mystery, but the humor comes not so much from the murder, but the character's reactions to it. (For example, one character explains to an orphaned girl that life isn't fair by pointing out he didn't get a bike for his birthday). The film also has jokes about cancer, pedophilia and drug use, which are treated less seriously.
* ''Film/{{Network}}'' presents Howard Beale's descent into insanity and assassination at the order of his boss as a long joke with a killer punchline.
* ''Film/ANewLeaf'', a dark comedy about a spoiled man who spends all of his inherited wealth, then plots to marry into wealth and murder his wife.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' at several points. Mia Wallace's heroin overdose is a particularly long and manic dark joke.
* ''Film/TheRoom'' according to WordOfGod, but not according to anyone else. After it became clear that what was clearly intended to be a moving romantic drama was in fact reducing audiences to tears of laughter at the SoBadItsGood factor, [[ParodyRetcon Tommy Wiseau has since taken to describing his masterwork as a "black comedy",]] apparently as some kind of face-saving exercise.
* ''Film/ScotlandPA'' takes the plot of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', [[SettingUpdate transfers it to 1970's rural Pennsylvania]], and plays the whole thing for laughs.
* ''Film/ShallowGrave'', the breakout film for a young Ewan [=McGregor=] and Creator/ChristopherEccleston, is a British dramedy about three roommates who put out a classified ad for a fourth person to fill in an empty spot in their flat. They heckle most of the applicants, until finding someone they all agree would make a fine roommate. Or so they think... Turns out he's a drug runner for the mafia and, shortly after he moves in, the three find him dead in his room of a drug overdose, with a large briefcase full of money lying next to him. They make the decision to not report the crime, dismember the body, and keep the money for themselves. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity (and psychopathy) ensue.]]
* The two ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' theatrical movies ''Film/DemonKnight'' and ''Film/BordelloOfBlood'' are full of this.
* The aptly titled ''Film/VeryBadThings'', in which the emotional toll of the protagonist's preparations for his impending wedding to a {{Bridezilla}} is compounded by the accidental death of a hooker at his bachelor party and the resulting ever-worsening train wreck of bad decisions and bad luck which, by the end of the movie, has ruined the lives of everyone it hasn't killed.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' is a family fantasy comedy about... murder, adultery, and racism. And corrupt businesses such as the destruction of the LA [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Streetcar_Scandal Red Car]]. (But the film was a blockbuster... You can't argue with success.)
* The Tom Green-directed film ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', which actually features the star/writer/director [[GrossOutShow chomping on a baby's umbilical cord, among other weird and gross things]]. RogerEbert famously said of this movie:
--> "The day may come when ''Freddy Got Fingered'' is seen as a milestone [[AbsurdityAscendant of neo-surrealism]]. The day will never come when it is seen as funny."
* The intro segment to the movie ''Film/{{Postal}}'' (based on the game of the same name, which [[VideoGameMoviesSuck is a bad sign]], and directed by Creator/UweBoll, which is a worse one) goes like this, to quote TheOtherWiki:
-->September 11, 2001. Terrorists are about to fly a plane into the World Trade Center when they realize that there can't possibly be enough virgins left in the afterlife, given the recent rash of suicide bombings. After a quick phone call to their leader confirms that they may only get twenty, they decide to call off the attack and fly to The Bahamas. Just then, the cockpit door is kicked open and the passengers struggle to take control of the plane. Veering out of control, it smashes into the Twin Towers - the fiery explosion revealing the film's title card.
** According to the few reviewers who managed to see the movie, this is the ''least offensive part''.
** Sadly, it's also probably the funniest. The rest of the movie is feeble action sequences and stale jokes. The only possible exception are a few choice one liners. In a job interview Q&A: "What is the difference between a duck..."
* ''Film/MeetTheFeebles'' has the puppet form of Black Comedy.
* Another Creator/PeterJackson film, ''{{Braindead}}'', has some when the nurse zombie and the priest zombie have themselves some zombie sex and spawn a precocious little zombie scamp in a ridiculously short amount of time. Lionel decides to take it to the park for some reason. Hilarity ensues.
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' from the creators of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* The Mr. Creosote sketch from the ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''.
* The [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]] 1930 classic ''L' Âge d'or, The Golden Age'' has got lots of these jokes (and it's the most hilarious film ever), one of the main characters is a man working for a ''good will mission'' organisation, and is on a mission to spread happiness in the world. He randomly attacks people, he ''kicks a blind man'' and KickTheDog more than once. One scene also includes a man that shoot an annoying kid with a rifle.
** This is far OlderThanTheyThink in film -- some of the very earliest silent comedies feature prop babies getting trampled, thrown out windows and hit by trains (carried over from vaudeville, where everybody got hurt).
* [[Creator/NormMacDonald Norm [=MacDonald=]]]'s film ''Film/DirtyWork'', especially the last line when the hero explains that everything worked out and he got the girl "...and Dr. Farthing got the money to his bookies. But the bookies killed him anyway. So he's dead. Well, that's the end."
* Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg did a "dead baby" humour with a Film/{{Juno}} {{Expy}} in ''Disaster Movie''.
* Chris manages this in ''Film/TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan''. He describes in horrific detail how he found his neighbours shot dead in their car along with their baby daughter by the invading soldiers, but his stoned dialogue is hilarious enough that it CrossesTheLineTwice.
* The ''Film/{{Feast}}'' trilogy is this whenever it's not occupied with {{Gorn}} (and sometimes [[BloodyHilarious when it is]]).
* ''Film/VampiresSuck'' Death by bowling ball.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' features a number of scenes that [[CrossesTheLineTwice Cross The Line Twice]] in this fashion, including implied extreme violence against a [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan hysterical woman]], blatant racial stereotyping PlayedForLaughs, and passengers and crew cheerfully oblivious to the dying struggles of a LittlestCancerPatient.
* The Thailand action/comedy film ''SARS Wars: Bangkok Zombie Crisis'' features a few rather tasteless jokes, like a zombie fetus clawing its way out of its mother's stomach to attack the heroes, only to be foiled by the umbilical cord still being attached (and too short).
* The movie version of ''Film/AScannerDarkly'' takes the few comedic moments from the novel, and makes them an almost equal balance to the main plot, which is about an undercover narcotics cop becoming addicted to a deadly drug, and suffering permenent brain damage that destroys his sense of identity. But hey, funny hallucinations and crazy junkie antics for all!
* Creator/KevinSmith has been known to dabble in this, particularly in ''{{Clerks}}'' when it turns out Caitlin accidentally had sex with a corpse.
* The TV movie ''Sunset Limousine'' is generally family-friendly, but there are a few instances of black humour, the blackest of them all coming when JohnRitter fights a casket as it is being drawn by a conveyor belt into a retort (specifically, he tries and fails--humorously--to pull it out as it goes in). Easily the most scarily funny moment of Ritter's three-decade career.
* ''Film/ShadowOfTheVampire'' is a darkly humourous film re-imagining Murnau's horror classic ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' as being shot starring a real vampire. At the end the vampire kills most of the cast ''and Murnau keeps the camera rolling.''
* ''Happiness (1998)'' is this through and through. Particularly with its portrayal of pedophilia and what a ''DysfunctionJunction'' it all is.
* The Creator/AlfredHitchcock comedy ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry''.
* ''Film/MissNobody''. Picture ''AmericanPsycho'', only with a perky female secretary instead of a male yuppie. Even the death scenes have music more befitting an old cartoon than a movie about a SerialKiller.
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' also qualifies though it's so dark some people fail to notice the satire.
* ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' frequently indulges in this, with the most notorious moment being when Alex and his Droogs beat and rape a couple in their own home while performing the title tune from ''Film/SinginInTheRain''.
* The fruit fly scene in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.
* ''Film/PainAndGain'' sure does play like one, even during the more darker moments of the film.
* The ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series was seasoned with Black Comedy from the beginning, but by the end of the trilogy [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome it had come to overtake the horror]].
* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'': Freddy Krueger may have been one of the earliest comedic horror villains, and many followed with varying success.
* ''Film/{{Tunnelvision}}'' is built on this and [[CrossesTheLineTwice Crossing the Line Twice]].
* ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'' is just about one of the funniest films there is about the subjects of greed, corruption, excess, drug addiction, and the heaps of ruination that they bring into people's lives.
* ''Film/TheDouble'' is set in a noir, absurd world. The film is about a man's life falling apart, but it comes with a healthy dose of comedy.
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander'' has a darkly funny moment after Hollom, shunned as a "Jonah", has taken his own life. During his funeral service, Aubrey is handed a Bible...open to the book of Jonah, earning the responsible party a very dirty look.
* The Disney film ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' has a cheery song called "In Summer" where Olaf sings about how fun the first summer of his life will be. Except Olaf is ''a snowman'' who's only a day old and doesn't know yet that the arrival of summer will cause him to melt and die.
-->'''Olaf''': Winter's a great time to stay home and cuddle, but put me in summer and I'll be a... [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion happy snowman]]!
** Being made of snow also makes him NighInvulnerable to any form of injury.
-->'''Olaf''': (''after accidentally walking his upper half into an icicle'') Oh, look at that. I've been impaled.
* The occasional humour in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' is usually based around this. After the presence of the Muto become blindingly obvious, the media encourages people not to panic, and to evacuate in an orderly fashion. The next shot shows hundreds of cars either piled-up or in traffic, many of which are off-road as a way to sidestep said traffic, along with a plane that got hit by an EMP.
** As the female MUTO destroys Vegas and officers look on in horror, Elvis Presley's ''Devil in Disguise'' plays cheerfully in the background.
** The fight in Honolulu.
--> '''Sam:''' Look, Mommy! Dinosaurs!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jokes]]
* A joke that originated at CTY in 2013 (delivery must be in a monotone for the desired effect):
--> "A man walks into a bar. He is impaled by the bar. People call for a medic, but he is already dead. The End."
* The day after his wife disappeared in a boating accident, an Ocean City man answered his door to find two grim-faced Maryland State Troopers. "We're sorry Mr. Rice, but we have some information about your wife," said one trooper. "Tell me! Did you find her?" Rice shouted. The troopers looked at each other. One said, "We have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news. Which do you want to hear first?" Fearing the worst, an ashen Rice said, "Give me the bad news first." The trooper said, "I'm sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found your wife's body in the Assawoman Bay near the Rte 90 Bridge." "Oh my God!" exclaimed Rice. "What's the good news?" The trooper continued. "When we pulled her up she had 12 huge and 6 jumbo size blue crabs on her." Stunned, Mr. Rice demanded, "If that's the good news, what's the great news?" The trooper said, "[[CrossesTheLineTwice We're going to pull her up again tomorrow!]]"
* David was tasked to collect 100 foreskins from Philistines to prove his worth to marry King Saul's daughter. When he returns with 200 foreskins, everybody sways between admiration and horror. When asked how he did it he answers: "Well it went much more smoothly when I realized that I could kill them beforehand."
* A woman on an ocean liner asked a crew member, "Do ships like this sink very often?" "No, ma'am," he replied, "Only once."
* What's the hardest part of a vegetable to eat? [[spoiler:The wheelchair!]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheWhiteTiger'' is pretty famous for this.
* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' is one of the best examples, and the TropeNamer from a review of it that coined the term.
* Almost anything by Creator/KurtVonnegut.
* Creator/OscarWilde's short stories "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and "The Canterville Ghost" are both good examples, although the latter stops being so towards the end.
* ''Literature/{{Candide}}'', by Creator/{{Voltaire}}.
* In book ''Literature/{{Grendel}}'', the [[VillainProtagonist title character's]] philosophical musings as he tears Danes to shreds [[ForTheEvulz just for the lulz]] are about as black as black comedy gets.
* Warren Adler's ''Literature/TheWarOfTheRoses'', which is about Jonathan (Oliver in the film) and Barbara Rose engaging in an increasingly vicious divorce battle.
* ''Ranklechick'' by Rikki Simons is about ghouls in a zoo around Jupiter that fly through space in ships powered by particles that insult physics and then get beaten up. It's a touching story of Christmas and insanity.
* Lampshaded (kind of?) in one of the shadowy conversations that open a chapter in ''EndersGame'':
-->"I think you underestimate Ender."\\
"But I fear that I also underestimate the stupidity of the rest of mankind. Are we absolutely sure we ought to win this war?"\\
"Sir, those words sound like treason."\\
"It was black humor."\\
"It wasn't funny. When it comes to the buggers, nothing--"\\
"Nothing is funny, I know."
* ''Tik-Tok'' by John Sladek (not the one from the ''Literature/LandOfOz'').
* Characters in ''DarknessVisible'' are [[WorldOfSnark unsurprisingly]] willing to joke in the face of imminent death, the end of the world, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ruined suits]].
--> Lewis: (facing the end of the world on his birthday) - 'This is the worst birthday present I have ever had.'
--> Marsh (after yet another waistcoat gets soaked in a dying man's blood) - 'It seems a man cannot keep a suit more than two days in your company, Lewis,’ Marsh complained, washing the blood from his hands. ‘I’m certain you do it deliberately!’
* If anything in one of Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's books makes you laugh, it's Black Comedy.
** "I want to have your abortion.", spoken by Marla to Tyler in ''Literature/FightClub''.
* The self-described "Bad Catholic" humorist John Zmirak has been [[http://www.takimag.com/site/article/america_a_pyramid_of_ostriches known to quip]] "If you can't joke about terrorism and cancer, what ''can'' you joke about?"
* Any of Creator/DerekRobinson's novels. The war novels are more black than comedy, but the spy novels are more comedy than black (but still pretty black).
* There is saying mentioned in one of stories from Žamboch: Hope dies penultimate. What remains till the end is dark humour.
* Everything BretEastonEllis writes falls under this trope.
* ''The Late Hector Kipling'' by David Thewlis. Throughout all the tragedy that the main character has to deal with, he finds himself unable to respond "properly" to it, to be sad and grieve like any other person would, which leads to bizarre situations and conversations. A large chunk of the book is actually about his hope that someone close to him would die already.
* Frequent in the stories of Creator/FlanneryOConnor. For example, in ''Literature/WiseBlood'', none of the major characters are good people or even particularly sympathetic, while the plot involves absurdities like a stole gorilla costume, an anti-church being corrupted into a money-making scheme, and the attempted seduction of a girl who turns out to be a FilleFatale.
* Creator/EphraimKishon has died and sometimes even gone to hell at the end of several of his short stories. [[SnapBack It didn't exactly last.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' occasionally dabbles in this. Good examples come, unsurprisingly, from [[DeadpanSnarker Ron]].
* ''AnElegyForTheStillLiving'' Robin Goodfellows jokes are strictly black comedy.
-->“So this man walks into a bar. He sits down at the stool, says hey, bartender, bring me a bloody Mary. The bartender steps into the backroom. The man hears someone scream from behind the door, and then three loud thumps. A minute later, the bartender comes back out carrying your wife, bleeding from the head, and lays her on the table. Ha!”
* ''WorldWarZ'', when two soldiers pick up human infant skulls and put on a small show for their troop. Would be going into DudeNotFunny territory if the real subject wasn't about the GallowsHumor used for coping with... you know... a ZombieApocalypse.
* Creator/CliveBarker's ''Mister B. Gone'': Filled with the darkest of humor, as can be expected from Clive Barker. There's a scene where the demon villain protagonist [[BloodBath bathes in a tub full of blood from dead babies]]. The townspeople are hot on his trail, since there was a hole in his baby bag, and he left a trail of children, like bread crumbs, on his way back to his hovel. He complains how difficult it was to keep them alive so the bath would be warm when he emptied their blood into the tub.
* Mrs. Hall, of Sherborne, was brought to bed yesterday of a dead baby, some weeks before she expected, owing to a fright. I suppose she happened unawares to look at her husband.? Jane Austen, letter to Cassandra, October 27, 1798.
* "It was born, though, that very evening, took one look, according to the Radletts, at its father, and quickly died again" Nancy Mitford, ''Love in a Cold Climate''
* A favorite of Creator/WilliamSBurroughs in ''Literature/NakedLunch''. Deranged surgeons, ridiculous murder porn, general mayhem.
* ''Literature/AModestProposal'', in which Jonathan Swift makes the satirical idea of [[spoiler:the poor selling their children as food.]]
* ''HellsChildren'', by Andrew Boland.
* There's a book called ''The Bunny Suicides'' and a sequel ''Return of the Bunny Suicides''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOntheTin It's exactly what it seems]], usually having ShoutOut to other things (''Terminator'', ''Aliens'', etc.). And good lord is it hilarious.
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, Eddie actually manages to defeat the depressed, super intelligent AI in the train that's trying to kill itself and them with a dead baby joke.
-->''Why did the dead baby cross the road? Cause it was stapled to the chicken.''
** The short story "Survivor Type" is about a drug dealing surgeon who gets stranded on a deserted island with no food but plenty of heroin. Eventually he starts cutting off his own limbs and eating them as he gradually loses his mind. "They say you are what you eat and if so I HAVEN'T CHANGED A BIT!"
** Creator/StephenKing novels in general. The bits that aren't pure terror are this trope. Sometimes they even go side-by-side.
* The story ''Daedalus and Icarus'' from Ovid's Literature/TheMetamorphoses, although the humor has been LostInTranslation.
* In Lawrence Block's novel ''Literature/{{Ariel|Block}}'', Ariel's friend Erskine has a proclivity for this.
* Creator/HilaireBelloc's ''Cautionary Tales for Children'' is in part just that: a book of poems where bad things happen to children who do bad things—[[CantGetAwayWithNuthin no matter how trivial]]. Really, though, Belloc makes their punishments absurd to make for better comedy.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]'' are filled with grim jokes about injury and death. For example, this passage from the first chapter of the first book:
--> "Well!" thought Alice to herself. "After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down-stairs! How brave they'll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!" (Which was very likely true.)
** In ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]'', in fact, many jokes about death are pointed directly at Alice. The most overt one is this exchange between her and Humpty Dumpty, after she tells him her age:
-->'''Humpty:''' An uncomfortable sort of age. Now if you'd asked my advice, I'd have said "Leave off at seven" – but it's too late now.
-->'''Alice:''' I never ask advice about growing.
-->'''Humpty:''' Too proud?
-->'''Alice:''' I mean, that one can’t help growing older.
-->'''Humpty:''' ''One'' can't, perhaps, but ''two'' can. With proper assistance, you might have left off at seven.
** What he means is that Alice should have arranged for her own murder when she turned seven. It is no surprise that she quickly changes the subject there.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
* Almost everything by Creator/EdwardGorey. Possibly the most famous example is ''The Gashlycrumb Tinies'', an illustrated alphabet of [[CrossesTheLineTwice the deaths of 26 children, mostly in improbable and bizarre ways]]: "W is for Winnie, embedded in ice; X is for Xerxes, devoured by mice..."
* Everything Tom Sharpe ever wrote, especially ''The Throwback''.
* Creator/MatthewWaterhouse's novels ''Fates, Flowers'' and ''Vanitas'' revel in black comedy to the event where it becomes a selling point.
* Creator/RoaldDahl's love of this has helped keep some of his children's novels on "most challenged books" lists for decades now. ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has whole musical numbers in-story in which the Oompa-Loompas gleefully sing about the awful fates of children who misbehave, for instance. The [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical adaptation]] takes this aspect further -- while in the novel and most adaptations it is clear the naughty kids at least survive their ordeals, several of them are doomed to DeathByAdaptation in the musical (they'll get an offstage DisneyDeath '''if''' they're lucky) and it's ''still'' PlayedForLaughs!
* In the ''StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', Kirk references his near-death in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]" by saying that "those of [the audience] who know the circumstances under which [he] left [Vulcan would] guess [he] was rather glad to get away again."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' provides the page image, and for good reason. It deals with issues like incest, pedophilia, mental retardation parental abuse, and racism for laughs. No '''[[StealthPun wonder]]''' Fox ended it.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Roose Bolton is often doing this.
** And Ramsay takes after his dad in this regard.You may never look at a sausage the same way again...
* ''Series/ICarly'' uses this on occasion:
** "iQuit iCarly": T-Bo talks about his best friend Eddie Robinson who was hit by a bus and now became "Dead-die Robinson".
** "iMove Out": Spencer jokes that their aunt died falling out of a "winder". He quickly amends that the cause of death is a heart attack.
** "iPsycho": The old clown in Nora's birthday party suffered an aneurysm and was transported via a gurney, implied he can't make it through.
** "iBeat the Heat": "When the temperature gets too high, the elderly will start to DIE!"
* A significant portion of the comedy in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', especially in the episode "Mystery Spot" which has a hilarious DeathMontage. See GroundhogDayLoop for more.
** Any time the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Trickster]] shows up. Even after his death, he's still the funniest guy on the show.
* ''OneFootInTheGrave''. Sometimes there's also straight tragic moments.
* ''Anything'' by ChrisMorris.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. A grimly accurate portrayal of the self-serving political system and incredibly, impossibly funny. Even the suicide jokes.
* There are countless examples from [[BritCom British comedy]] in general.
* ''{{Titus}}'' was about domestic violence, child abuse, alcoholism and mental illness, and was one of the funniest things on TV during its run.
* ''{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'' is full of this, being a spoof of the First World War.
** For example, (quoted from memory)
--> George: "What should we do if we step on a mine?"
--> Blackadder: "Well, standard procedure is to jump 50 feet into the air, and scatter yourself over a wide area."
** {{Blackadder}} in general is full of this.
* ''WaitingForGod''. Considering its name is (presumably) an allusion to the famous [[WaitingForGodot play]] by Creator/SamuelBeckett, and that it's set in an old people's home...
* ''ThankGodYoureHere'' will usually start with this premise.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' to the bone. The infamous "bathtub drop" is listed on the series' NightmareFuel and CrowningMomentOfFunny pages. However, as the series went on and the stakes got higher and higher, the comedy was gradually shed.
* ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' fills its episodes with taboo comedy, riffing on such topics as dumpster babies, statutory rape, crack addiction, and cannibalism.
** Arguably spends just as much time succumbing to VulgarHumor as this trope, if not more.
* ''PushingDaisies'' seemed like the writers were competing to make the most gruesome death imaginable while still counting as slapstick.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has a continuing story arc where Jack's wife Avery is kidnapped in North Korea and forced to marry Kim Jong Il's son. It is suggested that she is being brainwashed and raped while in captivity.
** Also, she's forced to anchor a North Korean news program, where we see her say, "And in food news... you've had enough to eat today."
* ''DeadLikeMe'' did this as well. The first guy reaped (besides George) comes in at the tail end of a bank holdup in which no less than two guns are being waved around and the entire top floor explodes. The victim dies slipping on a banana peel.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" is surprisingly funny considering its all about the terrible horror that results from being able to see the future accurately and the inevitability of death. Very, very grim. But also very, very funny. Mr. Brockman's wisecracks and his deadpan shows-off with Mulder and Scully are especially memorable.
** "Je Souhaite" was a light-hearted episode with [[TooDumbToLive two stupid brothers]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing a few unfortunate things]] who died in an explosion.
* The Quiz Broadcast sketches in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', focusing on a GameShow taking place in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world. The host is desperate to treat everything with the joviality of a typical quiz show, even though humanity is obviously doomed.
--> '''Host''': Pre-[[ApocalypseHow Event]] sources talk of hope. What ''was'' "hope"?
** The "Elderly Sherlock Holmes" sketch is initially played for Black Comedy laughs as Dr. Watson desperately tries to pretend that Holmes, who has succumbed to dementia, is still the razor-sharp mind he always was. It's then [[MoodWhiplash immediately subverted]] when Holmes, in a moment of clarity, reveals to John that he knows what's happening to him.
*** It is implied that this scene was a homage to {{Blackadder}}, which ended on a similarly serious note. In a previous skit Mitchell and Webb, [[AsHimself as themselves,]] discuss the ending of Blackadder and agree to end on a serious, dramatic sketch. The following scene takes a serious subject matter, the death of a colleague - but the hamminess is turned UpToEleven for laughs.
* ''Series/TheSopranos''.
* Due to the subject matter (historical {{edutainment}}), ''Series/HorribleHistories'' indulges in this at almost all times. Frequent topics include dead/abused children, murder, torture, dismemberment, people getting beaten to death, suicide, war crimes, decapitation and incest. ''In a show at least nominally aimed at eight-year-olds''. There's even a recurring feature called "Stupid Deaths" in which a kooky {{Death}} character laughs at historical figures for dying in ways that usually involve [[ToiletHumour toilets]]. It's possible the real nastiness of it flies over the heads of its target audience, while doing lots to attract a PeripheryDemographic.
* ''Laid'', a 2011 Australian series about a woman who discovers that her former lovers have started dying in various strange and unexpected circumstances.
* TalesFromTheCrypt.
** When [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] hosted his own show, ''Series/FreddysNightmares'', he would frequently use Cryptkeeper-style lines and delivery.
* ''TheNightShift'' doesn't deal specifically with death, but it's like ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs off its meds]] and stars a DysfunctionJunction. The viewpoint character is clinically depressed, TheDitz is too incompetent to ever live a normal life and tragically waiting for a dream that can never come true, and the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist JadedWashout is a "psycho" whose issues with his AbusiveParents are [[CerebusSyndrome examined seriously]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in TheMovie.
* In Britain, ChrisMorris's show ''{{Jam}}'' depended almost entirely on this, even featuring a dead baby. Another of his shows, ''Series/BrassEye'', infamously went too far with its "Paedophilia special" and received numerous complaints. Many of these, strangely enough, happened to be from the kind of people and newspapers who the show was satirising in the first place - the News of the World and the Daily Mail acted far more bent out of shape than the Times and the Guardian. Getting celebrities to discuss the implications of a "roboplegic wrongcock" (a paralysed paedophile with cybernetic implants that let him chase children) on television is inherently funny, though.
** ''The Adam and Joe Show'' featured a ''Jam'' parody with a send-up of the dead baby sketch. Joe played a TV repairman who finds a dead baby behind the set and says he will have to [[DudeNotFunny rape the corpse]] in order to repair the television. A horrified Adam refuses to film any more, and storms off the set while Joe complains that "you don't understand my genius"
** To its credit, the paedophilia special did result in one of the [[https://images.encyclopediadramatica.se/b/b5/Daily_Star_Brass_Eye_Charlotte_Church.jpg best examples of press hypocrisy]]. Just remember, the girl on the left was ''15 years old'' when the article was printed.
* Creator/RikMayall's numerous series for the BBC - ''TheYoungOnes'', ''Series/TheNewStatesman'', and ''{{Bottom}}''.
* Anything involving Doug in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Most of his humor comes from his pure ineptitude at being a doctor so he ends up killing most of his patients.
** In season four Doug became a ''pathologist''. Elliot discovered that he had a knack for identifying causes of death, the implication being that he'd caused them before ("Upstairs, we call that a 'Doug.'") What began as a running dark joke -- incompetent doctor kills patients -- was subverted when said doctor discovered his gift for determining what killed other doctors' patients.
** There's still a lot of dark humour using Doug, however. He's constantly losing corpses (in body bags, though - to date - they have never been non-adult-sized body bags) throughout the hospital, and having to recover them, usually by hoisting them over his shoulder or dragging them through the halls. In one case, he actually says
--->'''Doug:''' They're like children. Big, dead children.
** During one of the Brain Trust Meetings:
--->I propose we get "Hello Kitty" toe tags. You know, for the dead children.
** Also in one episode while a character was talking the elevator door behind him kept freaking out, closing most of the way before bouncing back open. After Kelso is done talking the camera pans down to show a full body bag lying halfway in the elevator with the doors repeatedly hitting it. Doug later comes and picks it up.
** Scrubs is extremely dark when you look close. Dr. Cox, Kelso, Jordan, Ted, Denise/Jo ...
--->You know, it's ironic that cancer starts with "can", because at this stage there's nothing we can do about it.
** Another episode has JD complain about Doug putting toetags on patients who weren't even dead yet because he got bored. JD also "borrows" a body from the morgue to teach his interns a lesson.
** One episode has JD hide in a body bag and when he tried to get out, Doug started hitting him with a fire extinguisher. When JD asks why he was hitting him, he said he thought it was a corpse coming back to life and "dead people should be dead".
* ''LittleBritain'' was criticized for its increasing attempts to shock, with characters such as an incontinent old lady and an adult man who breastfeeds from his mother. "Puking Pure-blood Lady" projectile vomits whenever she is told that someone of a different ethnic origin prepared the food she is being served.
* ''TheSarahSilvermanProgram''. SarahSilverman's stand-up, as well.
* ''Series/KidsInTheHall''. One example would be Bruce's monologue apologizing for causing cancer:
--> "I'm sorry I caused all that throat cancer and all that bowel cancer. I was just on a roll..."
* ''TV Funhouse'' was a ''very'' loose SpinOff of the animated segments of the same name from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', taking the form of a SubvertedKidsShow. Choice bits include the [[UncannyValley ghoulishly lifelike]] "Ani-Pals" puppets draining the host's spinal fluid in search of "Christmas cheer", a restaurant where various animals eat the meat of their species, and the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self-explanatory]] "Fetal Franchise/ScoobyDoo".
* One ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit that went into serious DudeNotFunny territory was "First He Cries", riffing on the book/tv movie "First You Cry" dealing with breast cancer - this one focuses on the stricken woman's dickish, self-centered husband (played by Creator/BillMurray). It gets HarsherInHindsight as the woman, who faces her situation with good cheer and resolve, is played by Gilda Radner.
* In a ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' episode it's revealed that every time after Mr. [=McKenzie=] and his wife quarrel, Mrs. [=McKenzie=] usually takes revenge on him by taking a male cabbie to her home for dinner, and after that the cabbie disappears mysteriously; the latest casualty being a driver called "Curly" Melnick. Now it's Louie whom is picked by her, and he's obviously unsure about what will happen to him.
--->'''Louie:''' Who was the one that said "I'll be back"?
--->'''Alex:''' I think it was "Curly" Melnick.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Used occasionally.
--> '''Max:''' "Hey look! The monster hunters left behind their equipment to help us. Wait, what are we supposed to do with this pile of charred bones?"
* ''Series/WonderShowzen''.
* Australian comedy team The Chaser had their show ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' suspended for two weeks because of a skit parodying the charity Make a Wish Foundation, showing terminally ill children in a hospital and suggesting that they be given pencil cases instead of trips to Disneyland because "they're only going to die anyway." There was an overwhelming reaction of DudeNotFunny to the sketch, including from Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
** Some commentators pointed out that another comedy show, ''The Mansion'' had used exactly the same joke a year before and received no complaints, to which others responded that at least that one hadn't shown dying children (real or otherwise) in their version of the sketch, which showed a receptionist denying the kids' last requests by phone.
** The Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph also made note of a story on TheOnion's News Network about a child exploiting the loophole of wishing for unlimited wishes and consequently bankrupting the Make A Wish Foundation with his ludicrously long list of demands. Interestingly, the story not only features the child in question but also not-so-subtly casts him as the villain due to his insatiable demands (to the extent of him wishing away the pro-bono legal team the Foundation was hoping to use in its defense) and features the hosts hoping for his imminent demise so that the Foundation can stop granting his wishes. Presumably Prime Minister Rudd was not told about this sketch either so that he could also comment on it sight unseen.
** The Chaser also did a similar story in ''The Chaser'', their early newspaper. In it, a child's wish was to receive a blow job from Cameron Diaz.
** The previous series of the show had featured ''The Eulogy Song'', which mentioned a number of dead celebrities (including the then recently deceased Steve Irwin) and stated that no matter how awful someone is while they're alive, (s)he will be lauded as a "top bloke" after death. It received a huge number of complaints and The Chaser responded that it was a tamer version of an even more offensive song featured in Chris Taylor's stage show ''Dead Caesar.'' The following week they made fun of the controversy in a parody of the "turning off the TV" national election campaign ads then running, with Chas stepping in to switch off the broadcast when ''The Eulogy Song'' came on.
* The infamous "Undertaker's Sketch" from episode 26 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' suggested cannibalism as an alternative to interment or cremation. The punchline was so disgusting that ExecutiveMeddling demanded that the studio audience end the episode by storming the set in protest.
* ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'', while generally hovering somewhere above this level of offensiveness, did feature this joke about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Woodward_case Louise Woodward case]]:
--> "Louise, currently between school and university, will have to remain in America for the duration of the appeal, although she's desperate to come home, as she has to finish an essay entitled 'What I Did in My Year Off.'"
* On ''NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'', Simon Amstell made a joke about Courtney Love. Team captain Noel Fielding tells him that Courtney is pretty tough, and he should watch out or she could beat him up. Simon's reply: "Yes ... or she could kill me and make it look like suicide!"
** A graphic immediately appears at the bottom of the screen that reads "Disclaimer: Simon Amstell is definitely wrong".
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
** Season 7 ended with the unexpected death of George's fiance, Susan (from licking toxic glue from cheap wedding invitations he picked out). His reaction? A moment of silence, followed by going out with his friends for coffee. ''It Gets Worse''. During the post-credits scene, he calls another woman, tells her his fiance recently died, and asks if she's free this weekend.
*** Jason Alexander (who played George) himself has said he feels that Seinfeld is "a very dark show about very dark people".
-->''Did a dingo eat your baby?''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz's band is called Dingoes Ate My Baby, a reference to the real life tragedy made famous by the movie ''A Cry In The Dark''.
** Justified after the eponymous character sacrifices her life to save [[TheNotLoveInterest Dawn]] (and [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl the world]]), only for her friends to rip her from heaven. Buffy reacts to this noble yet traumatizing act by, among other things, using BlackComedy as a coping mechanism. [[DudeNotFunny Buffy's friends catch on]], making this PlayedForDrama.
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' has an instance of dead ''puppy'' humor. They claim the oldest dog in the world is 23 - well, now they've found a ''24'' year-old dog! ...Never mind. (The dog shows up alive later on.)
* ''1000 Ways To Die'', especially in its later episodes. As one tagline put it: "We glorify stupidity and put a smiley face on Death".
* As the title might suggest, ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' was a BritCom about ReluctantRetiree Victor Meldrew looking for ways to occupy his time and featured an uncommonly large amount of material, [[MoodWhiplash humour and otherwise]], touching on old age, death, loneliness and having to [[HumansAreFlawed put up with everyone else]].
* Season 5 of ''MadMen'' gives us the suicide of Lane Pryce. After a season of discussing the faulty electrical system of SCDP's prospective client Jaguar, Lane's wife gets him one shortly after they win the account. Long story short, the electrical system fails as soon as Lane tries to use it to asphyxiate himself; the portrayal is such that, despite being horrified, one really cannot help laughing.
* Often used in ''GoodnessGraciousMe'' as a way to tackle controversial subjects. Examples include:
** A mock advertisement for the fire-proof "Asbestos Sari", designed to prevent the wearer from meeting an untimely death in a "kitchen accident" (a common euphemism for women being murdered due to HonorRelatedAbuse.)
** An Indian woman runs into a women's shelter screaming that her husband attacked her with a knife. The white woman running the shelter refuses to help until she's certain that it was a kitchen knife and not a ceremonial knife, in which case it would be [[CultureJustifiesAnything a cultural matter]] and the shelter will not be able to intervene. This goes on for so long that the knife-wielding husband breaks in and the white woman does nothing.
** A recurring sketch in the second series involved an elderly Indian woman being interviewed about her life during the time of the British Empire. She would begin with an innocuous memory which would turn into something horrific (such as being raped by soldiers or having her entire village massacred) but then end on a "happier" note about the soldiers' beautifully polished boots or the army commander having previously given the village children sweets: "''Wonderful'' days!"
** A parody of ''Series/TheSootyShow'' where Soo is Sooty's widow and due to be burned on his funeral pyre (''sati'') due to cultural tradition. She explains that she thinks this is barbaric - and ends up being stoned for adultery instead.
** A ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' parody where each of the Teletubbies represents one of the religious/ethnic groups fighting for control of Kashmir. Po's {{Expy}} is eventually beaten to death by the others for trying to suggest that they reach a peaceful solution.
** Any of the sketches about racism, caste differences or sectarian violence.
* ''Series/BlackMirror'' aims at being a drama with heapings of black comedy as it looks at the way technology alters humanity into something worse. Some episodes however seem to drop the "comedy" part of the equation however.
* Creator/{{SBS}} makes a lot of Australian TV that relies on this, including ''{{Housos}}'', ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'', ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' and ''Series/{{Pizza}}''.
* ''Series/{{Malcolm In The Middle}}''. Child abuse, terrorism, sociopathy... nothing is sacred.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' occasionally, sometimes in-universe, as a means for the doctors and nurses to cope with the tragedies they've witnessed. After Dr Romano was crushed by a falling helicopter after having already lost his arm to a helicopter rotor, Dr Pratt commented "That guy must have really pissed off a helicopter in a past life"
** Med student Lucy Knight once misplaced a corpse and was rather freaked out when the corpse's twin brother arrived to collect the body.
** When Dr Greene was told two men were in the ER for fist fighting his response was "How quaint."
** When a burn victim comes in, they tend to call them "crispy critters".
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
-->"One of the test monkeys slipped on a banana peel and broke his neck. It was both tragic and hysterical."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' dips into this occasionally as part of its GenreRoulette and MonsterOfTheWeek nature.
** "The Romans", as one can imagine by doing a comedy story set in Emperor Nero's palace. Barbara is made a slave with no rights or ability to get home to her own time, and Nero attempts to rape her multiple times (even chasing her down the corridors while she screams), and it's all treated as the horrible fate it is, and yet all PlayedForLaughs.
** The Fourth Doctor's [[CreepyCute cute]], NightmareFetishist personality is used many times to milk amusement out of some really dark topics such as [[TooKinkyToTorture torture]] and murder, such as through BadNewsInAGoodWay or by just providing the {{Bathos}} needed to start playing it for laughs.
** John Simm's portrayal of The Master is made of this.
** There is also an example of this in "The Crimson Horror". One would think that an innocent horse about to be (almost) executed would be tragic......but not when it's Strax doing it.
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* Music/AndrewJacksonJihad employ this trope frequently. Their songs deal with issues such as self-loathing, social anxiety, poverty, homelessness, ParentalAbandonment, racism, sexism, and lead singer Sean Bonnette's grandfather's terminal cancer, but manage to be extremely funny ([[FountainOfMemes and quotable]]) in the process. It helps that they have titles like "The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving."
* Music/BoBurnham employs this now and again in his songs--some of his most popular songs are about the KKK and pedophilia.
* "Benny the Bouncer" by [[Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer]], which is about a bouncer named Benny who is cut into pieces and brutally killed by Savage Sid. In contrast, the piece is sung by Lake in a ridiculous, heavy accent, while accompanied by Emerson on a honky-tonk piano, giving an impression of being upbeat and silly. Often considered as a filler track.
* Music/TomLehrer. More than half of his songs fits. "Irish Ballad" and "We Will All Go Together When We Go" are particular standouts. "I Got It From Agnes" is an unintentional example, since started out as one of his more lighthearted songs (similar to "The Elements" and such) on an enigmatic subject, since, as Lehrer has stated, it was written long before anyone had heard of [= AIDs. STDs =] were thought about far less commonly at the time, although the dark interpretation--inescapable today--just happens to conveniently fit among Lehrer's usual themes, so nowadays he's just [[AscendedFanon gone with that interpretation]].
** "I Hold Your Hand in Mine" might sound innocent but hearing it makes you realise it's a representative of this trope. The same is true "My Home Town". And "The Old Dope Peddler."
** And "I Got It From Agnes" is pretty damn dark even without taking AIDS into account; one character gets an STD [[ParentalIncest from her father]], "who gives her everything," and another gives it [[BestialityIsDepraved to his dog]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp4fwumUDLg The World War 3 Song]]" deserves a honorary mention as a mild EarWorm.
** And its Soviet cousin, which can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtL0iih5L5c here]].
* A lot of MitchBenn's stuff. "Rock And Roll Hall of Death", for instance, parodies the fascination people have with pop stars' deaths... by imagining a museum devoted to them:
-->See the pills that Karen Carpenter took to stay skinny,
-->Gene Vincent's motorbike and Music/MarcBolan's Mini.
* Music/InsaneClownPosse.
* Music/{{Eminem}}'s entire celebrity/artistic persona?
** Mainly the songs where his "Slim Shady" alter-ego takes over.
* Music/{{Cage}}.
* The Music/DixieChicks' "Goodbye Earl" is a jaunty number about a woman who enlists a friend's help to kill and dispose of an abusive husband. And it's played entirely for laughs.
* "Pray for You" by Jaron and the Long Road to Love. Told by a preacher that he should pray for even those whom he hates, the narrator asks the following on his ex-wife: "I pray your brakes go out running down a hill / I pray a flowerpot falls from a windowsill / And knocks you in the head like I'd like to..."
* Music/BrianEno's song "Baby's On Fire" is a cheerful uptempo rocker about... well, take a guess.
* Music/{{Ween}}'s "Spinal Meningitis" complete with a squeakily sung impression of a terminally ill child would seem to be in the worst possible taste, although the chorus, sung in an adult voice: "Shine on mighty Jesus, spinal meningitis got me down" indicates a touch of religious satire. Maybe...
** More prominent in {{Ween}} side project, Moistboyz, in which singer Guy Heller, in character as [[StageName Dickie Moist]] sings about over-the-top acts of violence, advocates harmful activities such as drinking and driving, and so on. For example, "Supersoaker [=MD50=]," in which a group of suburban teens in a truck do a prank drive-by in which they spray Dickie with a water gun. Rather than moving on since it's just a few kids having harmless fun, he decides to enact his revenge on them. And what kind of punishment does spraying someone with a water gun call for? [[DisproportionateRetribution He smashes their windshield with them still inside]], which both sends glass flying in their faces and causes them to wreck and presumably die.
* Schaffer the Dark Lord's "Clone-(expletive deleted)," tells of a post-apocalyptic future where robots are at war with mankind, and humans send clones of themselves as soldiers to fight in their place. One cloner decides to take advantage of the situation... It would be an understatement to say that it doesn't end well.
* Stephen Lynch's "Baby", which is about realising how ugly his newborn daughter is. Contains the line "I always wanted kids / Is it wrong to hope for SIDS?"
** The best example might be "For The Ladies", where he contemplates the best way to cause a miscarriage in his pregnant wife.
** There's also his "Halloween", which involves the culinary possibilities offered by trick-or-treaters. Lyrics [[http://www.metrolyrics.com/halloween-lyrics-stephen-lynch.html here]].
* Music/{{Devo}} songs often contain underlying dark humour, but a select few sound ''almost'' like they're not joking.
** Particularly songs from their early demo period: "I Need A Chick", "Baby Talkin' Bitches", "Bamboo Bimbo", "I've Been Refused", and "The Rope Song" may offend some.
** "Mongoloid" and "Jocko Homo" might seem controversial for their titles alone, although they aren't particularly offensive songs themselves. The lyrics from the former portrays the titular "mongoloid" as a well-adjusted and productive member of society ("And he wore a hat/And he had a job/And he brought home the bacon/So that no one knew") and this actually resulted in Devo getting several supportive letters from parents to children with Downs syndrome. The latter has nothing to do with homosexuality, but is based on a religious anti-evolution pamphlet titled: "Jocko Homo, Heaven Bound King of the Apes."
** "Triumph Of The Will": "It is the thing females ask for/When they convey the opposite" (The whole song can be interpreted as being about a rapist or a player who likes to think that he knows girls want him but are afraid to show their sexual side).
** "I Desire" contains love lyrics written by would-be-assassin John Hinckley Jr. The joke may have been on Creator/WarnerBrosRecords, who had to pay royalties to an inmate.
** Sometimes Devo were controversial for their music videos - i.e., a talk show host refused to feature them after seeing the video for "Whip It" which she thought was offensive to women. In one case, the Music/JimiHendrix estate forbade them from including their video for "Are You Experienced" on a DVD because there's a shot of a Jimi Hendrix look-a-like coming out of a coffin to play guitar, which they assumed was ''making fun'' of him.
** Gerry Casale's alter ego, Jihad Jerry. Also, in a ''very early'' Devo performance, Jerry donned those "Chinese" toy glasses as a character called Chinaman (you can see a brief shot of him in their "Secret Agent Man" video).
* Australian band The Self-Righteous Brothers have a whole string of songs which fit this trope, often sung in a pleasantly melodious fashion. A couple of examples -- from "Now You're Gone":
--> Now your family want to take me to court
--> Just for having sex with your rotting corpse.
--> I love you so much more
--> Now that you're gone.
** They are also responsible for such gems as "Daddy Drinks Because You Cry" and "(Too Much) Sperm In Your Eyes".
* Creator/SeananMcGuire's lullaby "You Would Fit In the Microwave".
* The Frogs' infamous "It's Only Right And Natural", where every song is written from the point of view of over-the-top sex-obsessed gay men - possibly the song that really CrossesTheLineTwice is "Baby Greaser George", in which the narrator puts his "thing" in the mouth of a 3-month old in a stroller while dressed as a leather man, and gets a testicle bitten off. Dark comedy isn't ''all'' they do, but it's what they're most well-known for due to song titles like "Grandma Sitting In The Corner With A Penis In Her Hand Going 'No No No'".
* The [[http://arts.theguardian.com/pictures/image/0,8543,-11004928939,00.html original cover art]] of Music/TheBeatles' ''Yesterday and Today'' album.
* And then there's the BloodhoundGang's song "Lift Your Head Up High (and Blow Your Brains Out)".
** And the classic "A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying."
* Music/AmandaPalmer has a thing for upbeat catchy songs with really dark lyrics, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C17yfGyJjM Oasis]]" is a song about getting raped and then an abortion, but it's OK, because Music/{{Oasis}} wrote her a letter. "Mandy Goes to Medschool" is a very groovy sort of cabaret song about back-alley abortions, and "Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner", which is a fantastic and really rather amusing song that is about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* A drinking song popular in some Australian universities at the moment. It starts at "My name is Jack/And I'm [[ILoveTheDead a necrophiliac]]/I get so hard/When I see a graveyard" and gets significantly worse from there. (No, YouDoNOTWantToKnow. Seriously.)
* Music/{{Queen}}'s song "I'm Going Slightly Mad" (from ''Innuendo'') makes fun of dementia, specifically AIDS-related dementia. Which may be a DudeNotFunny moment to some people, because Freddie Mercury was fighting AIDS by then.
* Like the rest of their music library, the song "I Lit Your Baby on Fire" by the politically incorrect grindcore band Music/AnalCunt is a thrashing, incomprehensible ode to doing ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, complete with wonderfully heartwarming lyrics such as, "It screamed a little louder/And then it shut up."
* This most certainly applies to the Music/DougAnthonyAllStars, an Australian musical comedy trio whose repertoire included songs about necrophilia ("Necro-romancer"), bestiality ("I Fuck Dogs"), their desire to murder Oprah Winfrey ("Oprah"), the Twelve Apostles' drug habit ("Catholic Girls on LSD"), their wish to crawl back inside their mothers' wombs ("Mummy Dearest"), and snogging grandma ("World's Best Kisser"). And that's just for starters.
* Creature Feature's song A Gorey Demise features this, along with general GallowsHumor. It's a song with a basic concept of reciting the year's obituaries, in an ABC format. "'G' is for Greg who died in the womb."
* Noah And The Whale's "Jocasta". Unsurprising to anyone who knows [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing the story of Jocasta]], it involves actual baby death.
-->''When the baby's born\\
Oh, let's turn it to the snow\\
So that ice will surely form\\
Over weak and brittle bones\\
Oh, let's leave it to the wolves\\
So their teeth turn it to food\\
Oh, its flesh keeps them alive\\
Oh, its death helps life survive\\
Oh, the world can be kind in its own way.''
* BigBlack addresses issues such as murder, rape, necrophilia, suicide, racism, and the works. "Jordan, Minnesota" is a song about a parent-child molestation ring in the town that the song is named for. Their first LP, Atomizer, includes songs about the aforementioned molestation ring, a black man who's light-skinned enough to pass off as a white guy, a corrupt police officer, a guy bored with arson and easy sex (the only two things teens in rural America do for fun) and decides to combine them, a man who goes to "houses of ill repute," a wife-beater and/or fist-fucker, a recovering alcoholic who relapses, a veteran with shellshock who becomes a hitman, and two teens who go to a slaughterhouse for entertainment.
** Their 2nd LP, ''Songs About Fucking'', features asshole truck drivers, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a Kraftwerk cover]], a guy who has sex with other people's girlfriends, a young girl who slept away 15 years of her life and wanted to kill herself but couldn't, sexual humiliation as a habit, a killing method in which the throat is cut open and the tongue is pulled out through the hole, an eccentric man who parties all night, a fungus that can grow on bread and cause serious hallucinations if ingested, a mafia killing in which a parked car was rigged to explode when the target's car passed by, a guy who had sex with a woman, who refused his brother's earlier advances, and killed her with his shoe then hid her body in a pond while hosing down his truck with loud music on, people who slowly turn into what they hate most without trying, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a Cheap Trick Cover]]
** They also had an EP whose cover art depicted a real life suicide victim whose head was split in two after shooting himself with a shotgun. The name of this EP? ''[[PunBasedTitle Headache.]]''
* The lyrics for Welsh Death metal band Desecration's song "I.A.I" are so vile it had to be abbreviated. On release of the album 'Gore and perversion' the band members were actually arrested and the original albums were destroyed due to the offensive nature of the songs which lies somewhere between this and terror. The original album artwork will either disgust you beyond belief or make you laugh. Find it all [[http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=4663 here]] if you dare. Extremely NSFW!
* Music/JonLajoie does this often in a lot of his videos. Probably the most obvious one is MC Extremely Inappropriate Rhymes in "WTF Collective 2":
-->I shake things up like [Michael] J. Fox when I get on the mic
-->And I drop my enemies like Christopher Reeves' horse
* PostRock group GodspeedYouBlackEmperor have a short, jaunty little acoustic guitar interlude entitled "Moya Sings Baby-O" at the beginning of "Antennas to Heaven," which is otherwise a dark, minimalist instrumental. The lyrics talk about abusing, ignoring, [[EyeScream gouging the eyes of]] and feeding alcohol to a baby. It's entirely unexpected.
** This interlude is a version of the Appalachian folk song "What'll We Do With The Baby-O".
* Music/{{Rammstein}} has some of this going on in some songs - not necessarily in an obvious way, but still in quite a few. A good example is ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0ilel-wXBA&feature=related "Ich tu' dir weh"]]), which very explicitly describes some extreme sadomasochistic actions, but is sung in quite a catchy rhythm. Even better an example is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD-NkUSiW-s "Liebe ist für alle da"]], which goes on about how 'love is for everyone', while clearly being about a rapist. This extends to their shows, where, as an allusion to a real case of (arguably voluntary) fetish [[ImAHumanitarian humanitarianism]] a short "play" was shown in which one of the band's members was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE8EMWxuZB0 chased around the stage with a flamethrower and then "cooked" in a giant pot]].
** "Mein Teil" is a great example of Rammstein's dark comedy. The song depicts the Meiwes cannibalism case... from the perspective of the WILLING victim.
* The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgtitHA22i0 Girlfriend in a Coma]]'' by Music/TheSmiths.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AKRqDtzOlQ "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung"]] which should not be funny but really is.
** Lots of Al's songs fall into this. "I Remember Larry" recounts how the singer was bullied (sometimes quite viciously and dangerously) and how he killed the bully. "You Don't Love Me Anymore" is a ballad about all the ways his girlfriend has tried to kill him. "Christmas at Ground Zero" is about nuclear war, and "The Night Santa Went Crazy" details SantaClaus going on a killing spree at the North Pole.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak0_fa1DDpc "Dead Puppies Aren't Much Fun"]] by Ogden Edsel. The title is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self explanatory]] so why is it so amusing?
* A good chunk of TheVelvetUnderground's second album, ''White Light/White Heat''. "The Gift", "Lady Godiva's Operation" and "Sister Ray" all have characters indulging in activities that end in somebody getting killed, all while the stories are narrated in a deadpan, if not outright playful, tone.
* Virginia O'Brien's "Say We'll Be Sweethearts Again", a song about domestic abuse, is as hilarious as it is brutal.
* A lot of Music/RandyNewman's early songs were black-humored. For example, "Sail Away" is a Copland-esque ballad describing America as the promised land that is being used by a slave-trader to entice an African boy onto a ship and into bondage.
* Music/WarrenZevon reveled in this. There's "Excitable Boy" (about an insane young man who bites people, then rapes and murders his prom date, then "dug up her grave and built a cage with her bones"), "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" (about a Norwegian mercenary in Africa who's assassinated by the CIA, rises from the grave, and takes revenge), "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (which begins "I lay my head on the railroad tracks and wait for the Double E; the railroad don't run no more, poor poor pitiful me"), and of course "Werewolves of London."
* Music/GunsNRoses's song "Used To Love Her".
** I used to love her, but I had to kill her. I had to put her, six feet under, and I can still hear her complain.
* The end of the video for I Could Be the One, by Avicii and Nicky Romero.
* The song "Another Irish Drinking Song" by Da Vinci's Notebook is this. It's basically explaining the singer drinks constantly because everyone's died. It starts with dad, mom, two brothers, a sister, and goes into uncles, grand-uncles, grandparents, a guy who went to Notre Dame, a Scotsman, a pedophile priest, and finally talking about when the singer dies, they want the Lord to kill the cast of RiverDance. And Michael Flatley too. The chorus is basically repeating "drink", then dance, sing, fight, throw up, pass out, and wake up to drink again.
* HarryChapin's "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" is about a truck driver who loses control of his truck going down a hill and dies in the ensuing crash (BasedOnATrueStory, even). The whole thing's PlayedForLaughs, between the repeated mention of the bananas (the truck's cargo, and they end up splatted all over the road in the crash) and morbid humor (when the brakes fail: "He said 'Christ!' / It was funny how he had named the only man who could save him now..."). The song also spawned the "Harry, it sucks" meme from the band's reaction to Chapin's first couple attempts at writing an ending.
* Music/ElvisHitler.
* Celtic and Filk singer Marc Gunn wrote a lullaby for his daughter...about demons underneath her bed, that will eat her up if she doesn't go to sleep.
-->That is not a blanket...
-->Goodnight!
* "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)" by Joe Diffie. He asks that, should he die, his body should be stood up beside the jukebox with a "[[{{pun}} stiff drink]]" in his hand. The song starts off as a slow fiddle piece before abruptly shifting into upbeat honky-tonk.
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[[folder: New Media]]
* Although many stories from ''TheOnion'' don't involve this, quite a lot do. Their book ''Our Dumb World'' is a landmark in the history of black comedy literature, as it succeeds in brutally mocking every nation on the planet.
* ''Globe Magazine'' is a tabloid magazine that often [[BlatantLies completely fabricates]] stories about celebrities. Oftentimes, it gets past the line that's accepted as satire, i.e., ''TheOnion'', into making unsubstantiated and vicious rumors about celebrities. They [[MoralEventHorizon reached a low even more vicious than usual]] by making their front-page article titled "[[http://www.globemagazine.com/story/526 Who will die first?]], and [[http://gossiponthis.com/2010/06/09/globe-magazine-releases-gary-coleman-death-photos/ publishing the deathbed photos of Gary Coleman]].
* This very page has shown various Google ads that qualify as this due to the juxtaposition, ranging from a pregnancy calendar to "5 Ways to Help Baby Sleep". "Intelligent keywords" are comedy gold.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Gary Larson's ''FarSide'' comic strip at least skirted this trope at times. In one of his book-collections, he printed some of the ones that got rejected by his editors because... they stopped skirting and plunged right in.
** In one case, a snake was crawling through a crib, with a huge bulge in its center. Gary Larson commented, "No, you didn't see this. Turn the page." The real joke of the picture was that the snake became so enlarged by the bulk of the freshly consumed infant that it couldn't squeeze through the bars of the crib, and was trapped.
** Another strip that newspapers refused to publish concerned some cowboys who were so hungry they could eat a horse, and did so. (A good example of ValuesDissonance: in several European countries horse meat is openly sold in every butcher's shop.)
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' takes delight in excessive Black Comedy with frequent jokes about death, and often killing off one-shot characters for the purpose of a joke.
** Pig convinces a mallard to talk to a quiet duck on the pond that he's attracted to, but it's actually a decoy duck that leads to the mallard getting shot and killed.
** Rat's "children's" stories. One of the milder ones involves an extended family throwing a member overboard because he overscheduled their vacation.
* Finnish newspaper comic B. Virtanen seems to fit the trope.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is a [[KafkaKomedy death-free black comedy]] -- Charlie Brown's life is pathetic enough to be tragic, and humorous enough to be black comedy.
* In one ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' strip, the eponymous hero is demonstrating various classic gags to illustrate different types of humor. Getting to the step-on-the-rake-get-hit-in-the-face gag, he then proceeds to show BlackHumor when he stomps on the rake, impaling his foot.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' uses this trope quite often. One arc features the PointyHairedBoss's dead body getting stuffed by a "Libertarian Taxidermist" and being played with like a hand puppet.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' can engage in this from time to time:
** One strip has Garfield kicking Odie off the table, then dropping a flowerpot on his head as a "get well soon" gift).
** There an arc which implied that Odie and Jon were figments of Garfield imagination, as he slowly starved to death.
* There's a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip where Calvin proposes a class debate on "whether cannibalism is grounds for leniency in murder, since it's less wasteful." No, really. Since it's a kid strip, Calvin ends up sitting in the corner, wondering why the teacher "would rather teach us stuff that any fool can look up in a book."
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'':
** Their strip ''Just Below the Surface'' frequently uses it, including an example in which a baby ''turns to dust when testing a super-absorbent diaper''.
** And also ''360 Degrees of Separation'': "Come on sweetie! Open up for the airplane... Open up for the..."
* ''Every single strip'' of the New York Daily News-exclusive comic ''ComicStrip/BetweenTheLines'' is this.
* The Danish newspaper comic ''Homo Metropolis'' by Nikolie Werdelin mainly consists of story arcs about people put in extreme situations and their absurd attempts at coping, such as:
** The suicidal psychiatrist who accidently agrees with her patient:
---> '''Patient''': And when Death finally comes, he is a friend ... I will sail to the other side ... There is peace and quiet ... no pain ... just...quiet...
---> '''Dr. Kleist''': That sounds wonderful!
---> '''Patient''': [[FlatWhat What?]]
---> '''Dr. Kleist''': Erm, no, I mean, you must remember your ressources, that life is unique and ...
** The terminally ill man who dresses up:
---> Yay! My old tux fits again! (beat) Yay ...
** Bea, whose son, Jan, owes money to drugdealers:
---> '''Jan''': There's a guy, Stopja, who says that he wants the money before Christmas, or I'll get whacked.
---> (beat)
---> '''Bea''': I'd really like to have a heart-to-heart with this Stopja person's mother.


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[[folder:Pinball]]
* True to its source, the ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' pinball is full of this, whether it's perps exploding into LudicrousGibs or civilians locked up for excessive flatulence.
* The SkillShot of ''Pinball/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' has a T-Rex squishing people. Not bad on its own, but the less common "Super Skill Shot" includes ''old ladies'' among the targets. Ouch.
* All of the humor in Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' is this, as per the license.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Not long after ChrisBenoit had strangled his wife and son to death, then hanged himself, a picture of him crying (taken from the EddieGuerrero tribute episode of RAW) made its way around the Internet, with the caption [[DudeNotFunny "They were supposed to tap out!"]] You can see it [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_WCrIotSdkFA/Sbq3y3obmVI/AAAAAAAABXw/McbmIWOxUVs/s400/benoit+supposed+to+tap+out.jpg here]].
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/FurTV'' is the king of this category, yes, along with shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' or ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but a puppet version. Sometimes reaching disturbing levels.
* On the 11/14/10 episode of ''TheFundayPawpetShow'' everyone was watching a reporter show footage of an angry man in a Rascal scooter ram an elevator door three times, the third time disappearing down the shaft to his real-life death. As the reporter showed the footage again, out of nowhere cast member Blitz said "Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" completely catching everyone off guard.
* ''Series/TheFerals'': Even overlooking the levels of violence and cruelty, which is not easy, the rabbit character is named Mixy...after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myxomatosis myxomatosis]].
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[[folder:Radio]]
* AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho has its moments, particularly in the episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS2E2MaxWarp "Max Warp"]]. The entire episode is a gleeful TakeThat to ''Series/TopGear''. The Richard Hammond character appears to die violently in a space ship crash. In RealLife, Hammond was in a serious car crash two years before the episode aired.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* {{Mortasheen}} practically ''runs'' on this.
* When it was released at the height of the Cold War, the ''NuclearWar'' card game was seen as an example of this.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', particularly the Straight and Classic play styles (the Zap style is too busy committing more cartoonish violence).
* The orcs and goblins in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy''. These are creatures that live for killing things - goblins even commit suicide just to kill enemies. These are the most humorous in the setting. And [[XtremeKoolLetterz da Orkz]] in its sci-fi counterpart ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. These are creatures who can get anything to work by simply [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve believing it will work]], and with the Grots, the local flavour of the goblins, being the ultimate kind of ButtMonkey to the Orks in the setting - and not caring. Where any other army is based on a major civilization or a well-known historical army, the Orks are based on British [[FootBallHooligans soccer hooligans]], clearly cementing them as comic relief. The ''40K'' setting is so dark, grim, and cynical that it is almost taken to levels of self-parody, something many fanfiction writers embrace to a strong degree, and even some official book series, such as ''ComicBook/DeffSkwadron'' and the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' ('''[[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!]]''') series.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' has Kobal, Demon Prince of Dark Humor, and his servitors, who work to turn existence into black comedy.
* ''PlaneScape'', full stop. The dark humor in the setting is a huge deconstruction of the typical D&D heroic fantasy.
* Rule of thumb in ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'': If you aren't putting together horrible jokes with your cards, you're doing it wrong. Possible question/answer combinations include "I got 99 problems, but ''being on fire'' ain't one" or "Why do I hurt all over? ''Scalping''".
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Tom Stoppard's play ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' is a hilarious take on the events of Hamlet as seen from the point of view of two minor characters. Who, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as you may have guessed]], die. [[MindScrew And/or are dead.]]
* Peter Shaffer's play ''Black Comedy'' ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is]]'' a black comedy--the lead is a bungling lowlife of questionable morals whose life collapses hilariously over the course of the play.
* David Ives's ''Variations on the Death of Trotsky''.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''
** While most of the play has a serious tone, the musical number in which Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett start harvesting and serving human flesh is extremely silly. It's a flurry of corny jokes about how a man's occupation might relate to his flavor, some incredibly corny {{pun}}s, and a [[PainfulRhyme rhyming contest]].
* The canon of Joe Orton; every single character he's created is an amoral monster who will either kill you or fornicate with you regardless of gender.
** And considering that in RealLife Joe Orton was killed by his gay lover, it seems his work was truer to life than he would have liked...
* Christopher Durang specializes in this kind of humor. Two of his better known plays are ''The Marriage of Bette and Boo'' and ''Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You''. In the first, one of the title characters repeatedly bears stillborn children; the doctor, announcing their births, drops them on the floor. The second ends with the eponymous nun shooting two people.
* ''The Cripple of Inishmaan'' by Creator/MartinMcDonagh tells the story of a poor, crippled orphan who tries to break into show business. [[ButtMonkey Everything]] [[TheWoobie that could possibly go wrong for him does.]] It's simultaneously one of the most depressing plays you will ever read or see and one of the funniest.
** Most of [=McDonagh's=] work is within this genre. Mutually abusive mother/daughter relationship in ''The Beauty Queen of Leenane''? [[RefugeInAudacity How amusing]]! Murderous rampage prompted by a DeadPetSketch scenario in ''TheLieutenantOfInishmore''? BloodyHilarious!
* OlderThanSteam: The gravedigger scene in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Also his roundabout explanation as to where Polonius' body is could be seen to fall under this trope:
-->'''King Claudius:''' Now Hamlet, where's Polonius?
-->'''Hamlet:''' At supper.
-->'''King Claudius:''' At supper! Where?
-->'''Hamlet:''' Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him.
* The "music with her silver sound" scene in ''RomeoAndJuliet.'' Juliet's entire household, including her parents, her nurse, and her would-be husband, is in mourning because they think she's dead (and, watching the show, [[ForegoneConclusion you know that she's going to end up dead soon, anyway.]]) The musicians who have come to play for her wedding realize that this is kind of an awkward time to be hanging around, and they try to exit discreetly...only to run into Peter, the nurse's comic manservant, who wants them to play a song to cheer him up. They try to explain to him that it's really no time to be playing music...only to have him threaten them at knifepoint.
--> '''First Musician:''' What a pestilent knave is this same!
--> '''Second Musician:''' Hang him, Jack!
* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' has plenty of this, since Audrey II is both horrifying and hysterical.
* ''Theatre/AvenueQ''. About three across-the-line jokes per song. Assuming the line is pretty far away from "tasteful". "TheInternetIsForPorn ..."
* Sarah Kane's play ''Blasted'' takes this trope one step further: Ian, one of the main characters, eats a dead baby. He is also a racist, alcoholic rapist who has had his eyes eaten by a soldier who raped him with a gun.
* Despite (or maybe because of) the fact that ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'''s target audience is teenagers, it uses a lot of this. Archie, who has muscular dystrophy, is the subject of many terminal illness jokes.
* The classic Punch and Judy puppet show, especially in its harsher incarnations.
* Every single production by Pittsburgh-based theatre company Rage of the Stage falls into this category. Their CrowningMomentOfAwesome was a ''WizardOfOz'' adaptation featuring a mentally insane and heavily medicated Dorothy, a heroin-addicted Scarecrow, and a sex-obsessed Lion.
* Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'' is frequently interpreted as this -- which may actually have been the point to begin with.
* ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' is a madcap comedy about a newlywed theater critic who discovers that his elderly {{Maiden Aunt}}s are {{Serial Killer}}s who regularly poison their gentlemen callers. Add a violently psychotic older brother, stir with some [[PoliceAreUseless utterly oblivious]] police, season with copious amounts of LampshadeHanging, and watch it get significantly worse from there. (No, YouDoNOTWantToKnow. Seriously.)
* AntonChekhov wrote comedies so dark a lot of people assume them to be straight tragedies. One of his plays famously opened in two russian theaters at roughly the same time, one billed it as a satirical comedy, the other as a tragedy.
* ''Theatre/PokemonTheMewsical'' has a lot of this; edgy humor is played for laughs to the point that there's a running gag of Giovanni shooting people.
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[[folder: Theme Parks ]]
* ''TheHauntedMansion'' has quite a bit of this mixed in with all the horrific imagery.
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[[folder: TV Tropes Wiki ]]
* The page [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/memorial.JPG image]] of {{Irony}} can become funny because of this. On the page it used to illustrate (the [[TearJerker/RealLife real life subpage of]] TearJerker, [[YouBastard not so much).]] When you have no tears left there's nothing else but to laugh.
* The RealLife page has a surprising amount of this, most likely due to nearly [[DeconstructorFleet every single trope being applied to the real world]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' antagonist [=GLaDOS=] has a strong streak of black comedy. In fact, the entire world in which the game takes place is constructed of this. ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' and its promotional material ups the ante by showing a behind the scenes look at the insanity that is Aperture Science -- along with the inevitable tragic results which are themselves PlayedForLaughs.
** While most of the world is in Black Comedy territory, some of it is more along the lines of just plain upsetting.
*** "Mr.Johnson, I don't want this! I don't want this! No, Listen to me! Sir, I do not want this!"
** ''Anything'' [[http://www.cavejohnsonhere.com/ Cave Johnson says.]]
** Creator/{{Valve|Software}} in general seems to love this trope, albeit in a relatively subdued sense. [[VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} Brain-damaged woman used in dangerous experiments?]] Check. [[VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}} Cats turned inside out by a malfunctioning teleporter?]] Yep. [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Exploding heads, live animals being sewn into patients and brutal beatings as part of a ridiculously pointless war?]] Naturally.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is a black comedy in cartoony clothing -- it looks bright and G-rated, but every now and then something incredibly dark happens, like a suicide-bombing [[GirlScoutsAreEvil Girl Scout]]
* The cartoony, comically exaggerated bloodshed of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' brings it to the edge of black comedy. The Meet the Cast videos push it over, and Meet the Pyro turns it UpToEleven.
* ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', when not relying on reference comedy, revels in this trope. [[MultipleEndings The ending]] where the BigBad discovers the contents of the MacGuffin he's been trying to get his hands on [[spoiler:have been replaced with explosives by Smiling Jack]] is a particularly amusing example.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series depend heavily on this trope. The intro to the first game is a stellar example. Given that one of the games' major influences is ''Dr Strangelove'', this is hardly surprising.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC ''Old World Blues'' is so dripping with Black Comedy you'll forget that the Think Tank kinda forgot where they left your brain.
*** Like ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', however, ''Old World Blues''' humor becomes very subdued when you come across a bona-fide Death Camp.
* In a case of the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar radar ops]] being asleep at the switch, the E-rated ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'' is loaded with this. No less than three characters continue to inundate you with British humo(u)r despite varying stages of horrific undeath.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' computer game series.
* ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'' has armies of clones dying for [[BloodSport entertainment]]. There are also references to [[LotteryOfDoom a population-control lottery]], assigned dwellings, government-mandated curfews, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a section of the stands being under]] [[HilarityEnsues full coyote alert]]...
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' plunges into this trope wholeheartedly during the Grave Eclipse over Belinsk. We have horrible monsters invading the city and slaughtering the locals... and then we have the ability to [[ApocalypticLog read the bemused thoughts of the freshly-dead]] (most of whom are {{Deadpan Snarker}}s), an old man [[FailedASpotCheck obliviously flirting with death]], and last but not least, said monsters invading an opera house and ''[[RefugeInAudacity raiding the orchestra pit]] to [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn play horror music]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice for their next victims]]''. There's a bit of dark humor in other parts of the game, but this is where it's strongest.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' revels in black comedy, much of it based around the protagonist and his immortality. You can win an argument with a man espousing the glories of the afterlife by ''snapping your own neck'', dropping dead, then standing up minutes later and saying, "All right, now it's your turn." Or hit on a female zombie and then bicker with your [[TheLancer Lancer]] about which of the pair of you she was most into.
** You can also order an NPC to crack open your skull to look if there is anything inside. You then write into your journal "there wasn't".
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'': The BossBattle takes place inside a mountain of excrement, [[http://sloprano.ytmnd.com/ the Great Mighty Poo.]] Warning, link swears.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4YePD6B9Qw recreation of the D-Day scene from Saving Private Ryan]] or the dead baby humour when you [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEGvmRu7Ez4 squish a baby dinosaur that thinks you are its mummy (because you helped it hatch) to sacrifice it to some crocodile god.]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has The Riddler provide a black comedy example of the riddle of the Sphinx:
--> '''Riddle''': What walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the night?
--> '''Answer''': A baby. Cut off its legs and it'll still have its arms. Give it a crutch and it will hobble on three.
:: Followed by this line:
-->'''Therapist''': How can you even joke about that?
-->'''Riddler''': Easy, doctor: It's not my baby.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' tops it right after the final boss battle, with the Joker's last words.
-->'''Batman''': Want to hear something funny? Even after everything you've done, I still would've saved you.
-->'''Joker''': Heh, that's actually... pretty funny! *cackles*
* While the mutated fetus enemy in ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' isn't played for laughs, it's hard to think anything ''but'' humour was going through the heads of the animators when animating your grapple kill against them: Isaac yanks the baby from his head, and ''kicks it across the room''. One has to wonder why they didn't go the whole hog and add a crowd cheering.
** To wit, there is an achievement/trophy for doing said grapple kill ten times. The achievement's title? ''Kickin' It''
* Visceral games apparently has a thing for this trope; there's an achievement in ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' for killing enough undead babies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}: Black Plague'' features Clarence - a disembodied voice in your head from a virus that ''runs'' on this trope.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' : The whole game, really. Mixed with a lot of Slapstick, if you are similarly inclined.
** Babies make excellent ablative armor. In a pinch, they make decent bludgeons, too.
** Toady's dev logs can be a gold mine for this kind of stuff.
---> ... then his guts popped out and another guy came along and severed his exposed guts, [[DissonantSerenity so that's all working]].
** The community ''thrives'' on this sort of schadenfreude.
---> My fort became successful to the point of boredom, so I armed my favorite death trap, put on the Macarena in my music player, and began cycling through my units list in time with the music, and [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential threw someone in the death trap]] every time the guys went "eey, Macarena!".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG2EQEsGFCc This mod]] for ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 2]]''. Several of the comments on the video count as well.
* A bit of overheard dialogue during the City Elf origin in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', when a guard is grumbling about having to have killed a pretty elf woman while she was trying to escape, which is followed with [[ILoveTheDead "She's still warm. How picky are you?"]].
* The ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' level "The Hive". As Duke progresses through the level (an alien hive located underneath the Duke Dome), he comes across several cocooned women tearfully moaning and crying as Octoroid babies graphically burst from their rapidly-expanding stomachs - the next-gen elements make the visuals and their anguished cries plain disturbing. Duke attempts to make light of the situation after he comes across the Holsom Twins, who have also been impregnated. Duke replies, "Looks like you're... fucked" and soon after, their stomachs burst open (this happens after he expressed audible rage when they're kidnapped from his high-rise condo) in an earlier level. Some [[http://www.destructoid.com/review-duke-nukem-forever-203658.phtml online reviews]] noted that this was an [[BlackComedyRape attempt]] to push the Mature rating for all it was worth, but made Duke look like a cold, callous psychopath instead.
* ''VideoGame/{{H|eroicArmiesMarching}}AM'' likes this trope, allowing you to send goblin babies into battle. The lore describes them as being so weak, their skin peels off like wet paper.
** A less harsh example: Shit Golems.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 4''. The entire game. You see, it's a Cold War. You're the dictator of a Banana Republic, and you're ultimately a pawn in a much larger game between the US and the USSR. Your people aren't exactly cooperative, nor they are very bright. You can't stay in power (for long) lest you Kick the Dog on regular basis. This culminates when you sell your island to the US to test nuclear bombs: your Announcer Chatter will say that "according to the scientists, the big shiny mushroom is harmless, and it's good for the skin tone", your history involves the worst in people (Being the only true graduate of every Harvard Grad in your class, where you have to be a pathetic banana republic dictator, your buddies go on to be POTUS).
* Eggman's PA announcements in ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' are absolutely full of this. To quote one example:
--> "Next stop, the Tropical Resort. Here, you will find: breath-taking views from our giant Ferris wheel, amazing deals from our shopping mall, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick constant risk of bodily harm.]]"
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' towards Guy's fear of women. During a good portion of the game, whenever a girl comes very close to him (especially if they touch him) he recoils in fear and starts screaming. ''Hilarious'', and becomes a RunningGag But then we learn why he's so afraid of contact with women... When he was young, his home, Hod, was being attacked by Duke fon Fabre's men. Guy was hidden inside a (thankfully extinguished) fireplace by his older sister and the house maids, and then the soldiers came in. In order to protect him, Guy's sister and the maids threw themselves onto Guy as the soldiers killed them all. He passed out, but when he came to, he was smothered in a pile of dead women. Suffice to say, [[DudeNotFunny nobody was laughing after that]].
* ''VideoGame/FruitMystery'' is all about feeding zoo animals human foods and reading about the often fatal consequences.
* ''[[VideoGame/AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAAARecklessDisregardForGravity AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity]]'' particularly likes this style of humor.
* In early-1990s classic ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'', it was possible- and in fact intentional- for the player to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GzF6vm9fwY&feature=related blow up all their own lemmings in order to abort a level]] for whatever reason. After the timers above their head ran out, each lemming would go "Oh no!" in a cartoonish voice, shake a bit, and then go "pop!" in a firework-like explosion.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' can fall into this, if you go into it with the right sort of mindset. There's something about the image of Rin trying to paint with no arms that's hilarious.
** One unintentional example was one of the RelaxOVision screens that can pop up if you disable the sex scenes. During Hanako's route (the girl who has suffered third degree burns on half her body), an image of ''fried shrimp'' can randomly appear as the filler image for her sex scene.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has a Radio/GTARadio talk show called ''Integrity 2.0'' that's almost based around this.
* From ''VideoGame/DustFiveOneFour'':
--> "Suicide in public areas is strictly prohibited."
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' pretty much ''runs'' on this trope. A few examples include:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmCyPXv5APY official "Paths" flick,]] where pretty much everyone but Agent Voxine is killed, injured, or horribly traumatized in some way, shape, or form.
** The "Mammodin of Mass Destruction" mission in Deradune, where you strap high-explosives into mind-controlled rhinos then direct them into poacher camps. Failure comes in two ways: angering other Mammodins, or [[OutWithABang attracting other Mammodins who want to mate with yours,]] thus causing an explosion of LudicrousGibs.
** A Mechari explaining that they ''do'' have a sense of humour--it's just hard to laugh along when your head's in a sack.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' had a fair bit of this. ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' absolutely ''revels'' in it, to the point where it qualifies for both DenserAndWackier and DarkerAndEdgier.
** There's a mission where a man makes constant sexist remarks against the female leader of his town. You then [[spoiler: use a mortar to bomb his house, knocking it off a cliff, and send him screaming to his death at the bottom of a chasm.]] And it is one of the ''funniest and most satisfying moments in the game''.
* Midway through the game, [[{{Troll}} Handsome Jack]] kills [[spoiler: Bloodwing]] and then starts complaining that he was going to play a violin "all sarcastically" over the corpse. A few minutes later he finds a violin and actually starts playing a terrible off-key song on it just to rub the salt in the wounds. And it manages to still somehow be hilarious, [[CrossesTheLineTwice perhaps because of how over the top it is.]]
* The Nintendo DS game ''Mizuiro Blood'' has this, when the main character gets sliced horizontally.
* The joke endings for the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series, after ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' anyway, fall nicely into this. That said the joke ending for ''VideoGame/SilentHillBookOfMemories'' is by far the darkest as it takes shots at every single convention, and character, in the series. I.e., one character accidentally sneezes on Mary Sunderland, she says it's cool, but James remarks she has to be more careful or else she might catch something. Also Alex Shepard teaching his brother how to swim.
* VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth, much like the show, runs on this. At one point you fight a giant aborted Nazi zombie fetus.
* ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle'' has Josuke from Part 4 heal his opponent back to full health when he uses his Great Heat Attack. Johnny from Part 7 is handicapped; specifically, his legs are paralyzed. When Josuke uses his GHA on Johnny, he stands up, his legs working again... and then Josuke beats him ''back'' into paraplegia. ("If I heal you first, it's not cheating, right? DORADORADORADORADORAAA!")
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has this trope in spades. Despite it being a story about a DeadlyGame where high-schoolers kill each other, much of the tragedy ends up being played for laughs.
* There are many ways for Elonie to die in ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' and all of them are depicted with a cutesy, super-deformed depiction of her demise.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/TheNekciMenijShow'', which asks you to laugh at women angling to kill each other over album sales and awards.
* ''Creator/FilmCow'' is an animation studio (of ''{{Charlie the Unicorn}}'' fame) that focuses mostly on rather... [[CrazyAwesome interesting]] characters, who either end up dead or do the killing themselves. As you can imagine, it is [[IncrediblyLamePun bloody hilarious]].
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' is a web video series about two characters fighting to the death. Would have had a hard time avoiding this one. Co-host Boomstick is a notable fountain of this, no matter how the fight ends, he always has a bad pun for the fallen. Or one for the victor or how the fight ended.
* Japanese flash animator Rareko is known for this in his works. One example includes ''Push Puku Chan'', which is about an android who was trying to make friends using her trumpet, but often ends up killing people, whom fear her.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' frequently cracks jokes about racism and off-screen character deaths. Probably the blackest moment comes in "Pinkie's Day In", where Pinkie Pie accidentally kills two babies through incompetent parenting. And it gets lampshaded:
-->'''Mrs. Cake:''' Well, this series took quite a dark turn. \\
'''Pinkie:''' Yeah, even I feel kinda bad making jokes about dead babies.
* ''WebVideo/TomorrowsNobodies'' regularly plays violence, death, and child abuse for laughs.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' revels in this.
** The sister comic, ''Warbot In Accounting'' includes an example. The eponymous warbot, in an attempt to become a father, buys a kit to build a robot, only to produce a distorted, agonized thing. Warbot proceeds to dump the malformed baby robot in the trash.
*** "It's so dark, daddy. So daaaaaaark...."
** And this comes back around when it's revealed the baby robot is still in the trash some time later, pleading for help from its dad.
** ''AnsemRetort'', which is probably inspired by ''8-Bit'' in more ways than one, is even worse. It sets the tone for the rest of the series when the first strip plays burning an orphanage and courthouse for laughs.
* ''GoneWithTheBlastwave'' both [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it's Black Comedy as well as the fact that it's [[HypocriticalHumor morally deplorable to laugh at it]]... In the process making it even more hilarious.
* ''{{Concerned}}''
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''.
* ''NobodyScores!''
* ''[[http://revfitz.com/chuckcomics.html Kick The Football, Chuck]]'' Posits that Charlie Brown is not naturally bald, but bald from chemotherapy. Every common gag with peanuts is shed in this light. Particularly dark is a [[http://revfitz.com/fbc08.html day at school]].
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/350?search=molly Happy Mother's Day]]. See the first comment.
* The Troll arc of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' frequently veers into this, since [[OurTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] are an [[BarbarianTribe inherently violent race]], and their interactions in the comic descend into the worst kind of internet {{Troll}}-fuelled FlameWar only held in person and in a culture where there is no murder taboo. Expect to find hilarious facial expressions on heads severed by a serial killer, witty and idiosyncratic IM conversations about the end of the world, and characters horribly maiming each other each other for hilariously trivial reasons such as {{LARP}} drama, [[Music/InsaneClownPosse having just watched the music video for Insane Clown Posse's "Miracles"]], or boredom.
** ''Homestuck'' in general has this going, particularly from Act 5 onward. Not just ''Homestuck'', not even just ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' - virtually everything Andrew Hussie has ever done, ''ever''. Even ''SweetBroAndHellaJeff'', if you really think about it.
** And then comes Act 6, in which a version of our universe suffers a horrific totalitarian dictatorship involving the deaths of billions...but at the same time major elements included the Insane Clown Posse being elected as double juggalo presidents, Guy Fieri as "the third and final antichrist", and soft drink being pumped through the water supply.
* Quite possibly [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in ''NanasEverydayLife'', which begins as a SadistShow with instances of GallowsHumor and BlackComedyRape. As the story goes on it almost unnoticably puts [[CerebusSyndrome more emphasizes the dark aspects than the comedic ones]] until there is only one thing left to ask: '''IS THIS COMEDY?'''
* Frequently played in ''NoBlackPlume''.
* ''Webcomic/ZombieRanch'' has [[http://www.zombieranchcomic.com/2010/05/05/28-you-dont-need-a-body/ images]] like a woman casually using [[{{Irony}} glue]] to put her undead horse back together. That's not even getting into the media segments cheerfully depicting things like [[http://www.zombieranchcomic.com/episode/176-war-and-remembrance/ zombie massacre]].
* ''[[http://headtripcomics.livejournal.com/ Head Trip]]'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on its reputation by starting off with [[http://headtripcomics.comicgenesis.com/d/20060303.html an abortion joke]].
** ''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/ Something Positive]]'' did [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12192001.shtml the same thing]] a few years earlier.
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' uses black comedy for many of the jokes in the strip, particularly the strips focusing on [[SociopathicHero Richard]]. The creators also made a short animated feature released on Youtube that is one long black comedy joke.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcbazH6aE2g Excitement abounds, I almost can't wait. Relax, I don't want your baby, I already ate.]]
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' will often go to this level and beyond.
* ''[[http://sexylosers.com/ Sexy Losers]]'' is a classic of the genre, with comedic situations arising from disgusting and perverted sexual practices, including necrophilia and incest.
* ''[[http://www.biggercheese.com/ Bigger Than Cheeses]]'' performed an ample display of this trope in response to one of [[http://www.ctrlaltdel-online.com/comic.php?d=20080602/ Ctrl+Alts+Del's ham-fisted dramatic storylines]], with a series of arguably distasteful/controversial [[http://www.biggercheese.com/index.php?comic=747 two-panel gags]].
* ''[[http://www.asofterworld.com/ A Softer World]]'' which relies on this in frequent but creative ways. ''[[http://www.asofterworld.com/index.php?id=260/ Like this.]]'' ''[[http://www.asofterworld.com/index.php?id=261/ Lampshaded]]'' (sort of, in an incredibly disturbing way) the very next day.
* ''[[http://www.electricretard.com/ ElectricRetard]]''
* ''[[http://www.lucid-tv.com Lucid TV]]'' does this with doctors. Think ''Series/{{House}}'', but worse.
* ''Webcomic/VGCats'',which often veers into that territory, has two examples [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=269 here]] and [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=270 here]]. The later was in response to complaints about the former.
** There is also [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=137 this]] and, if you count all kinds of babies, [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=186 this]].
* ''FLEMComics'' is one very long frequently-lampshaded run of every offensive trope in the book. The one strip the author thought so horrible that he put it off for years? ''Hank the Dancing Abortion''. Complete with hangar through the head. Later converted to a running gag.
* ''Jerkcity'', in its more coherent moments.
-->'''Spigot''': ''YOU MIGHT SAY ALL THIS SARIN GAS IS MAKING ME VIETNUMB''
* ''[[http://www.agameoffools.com A Game of Fools]]'' can fall into this territory at times, with [[http://www.agameoffools.com/comic_05.html this]] being a particularly disturbing example.
** [[http://agameoffools.com/comic_126.html This]] too.
* The name of the game in ''[[http://manga.clone-army.org/t42r.php Tomoyo42's Room]]''. Sometimes even involving actual dead babies: for example, Tomoyo throwing hers and Sakura's child (well, egg) into the sea, or sticking a dead baby through a fan.
* ''[[http://legorobotcomics.com LegoRobot Comics]]'' is definitely an example, and DEFINITELY {{NSFW}}.
* ''Shredded Moose'' attempts this. The creator forgot to include the "comedy" part.
* ''[[http://www.sexdrugsandjunecleaver.com/ Sex, Drugs, and June Cleaver]]'' occasionally forays into this territory. Oh, and it's a JournalComic.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' wants its readers to know that, despite all appearances, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/8/16/ they do in fact have limits]], of which this type of comedy is one. EvenEvilHasStandards.
* ''Elftor's'' entire purpose seems to have been locating the line of decency and sprinting as far past it as humanly possible. Consider [[http://www.elftor.com/elftor.php?number=22 this strip]], where the eponymous character "solves" his girlfriend's pregnancy by hitting her in the stomach with a shovel, resulting in a miscarriage, resulting in the fetus coming back to life as a zombie, who promptly gets his '''own''' girlfriend pregnant, and requests a shovel. You probably don't want to know about the [[http://www.elftor.com/elftor.php?number=20 special 9/11 comic]] (released ''on'' 9/11/01, no less).
* ''Edible Dirt''.
* The webcomic ''[[http://www.hyperdeathbabies.com/index.php?dir=anomaly&comic=1 Anomaly]]'' is hosted on a website called "hyperdeathbabies.com". The first comic stars a dead baby in a dumpster. After that.... it's easier to list the comics that are ''not'' as offensive as humanly possible.
* ''[[http://doobl.comicgenesis.com/d/20060623.html Doobl!]]'' falls within this trope heavily, although unfortunately listing it here rather ruins the joke. It's still worth reading for a giggle, and you can always pretend to be surprised.
* ''CoachRandom'' uses the joke in the page quote, except it's a "dead puppy in clown makeup".
* Done in [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2011/04/sex-ed-2/ this]] ''AmazingSuperPowers'' strip. [[note]]With bonus dead babies in the hidden comic.[[/note]]
* The [[WordSaladTitle intentionally mis-named]] ''PerryBibleFellowship'' mixes this with [[CrapsaccharineWorld a cutesy art style]].
* ''[[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/ Chopping Block]]'' is a web comic about a stereotypical serial killer, mommy and sex issues included.
* ''Webcomic/TheSnailFactory''.
* K.C. Green's works, such as ''{{Gunshow}}'' and ''Horribleville'', function on Black Comedy as if it were fuel. The fact that Green is diagnosed with severe depression, which many of his comics deal with, doesn't help any of it.
* ''[[http://revfitz.com/squarecomics.html Mr. Square]]'' Can be particularly dark when it wants to be. It stars a clinically depressed doodle who wants nothing but death. The fact that the author withholds this from him is suspiciously spiteful.
* ''PineValleyChronicles''.
* ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' has some pretty dark humor at times. Things like jokes about characters being dead in canon (it's a MetaFic), {{The Fair Folk}}'s child stealing and incestual habits, being bitten by a zombie, some characters homicidal or suicidal tendencies etc.. Its spin offs aren't immune either, ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' even had a running gag about MurderTheHypotenuse.
* ''{{Webcomic/Oglaf}}'' often combines BlackComedy with sex.
* A mainstay of [[http://www.bitercomics.com/ Biter Comics]]'.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Webcomic/WelcomeToHell's premise is about a young boy who [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]] and becomes a demon who must haunt another teenager.
* The ''[[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop YouChewPoop]]'' forums has a topic devoted to these sorts of jokes. Possibly the funniest/most offensive is this:
-->'''Manwith10toes:''' What did the blind, deaf, mute, crippled, retarded kid get for Christmas? Cancer.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIcKqqz2lm8 This episode of HAWP]] in which the punchline ends with "sometimes life isn't funny".
* This trope was featured in Episode 6 of the TV Tropes podcast ''Podcast/{{On the Tropes}}''.
* [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/056ffa6b76/legitimate-rape-pharmaceutical-ad This]] parody from Funny Or Die, poking fun at politician Todd Akin's comments that women can't get pregnant from [[RapeAsComedy rape]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AYujWCCHRk Anything is funny with Yakety Sax!]]
* ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' fuses this with ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'''s usual [[SurrealHumor surreal comedy]]: most of the humor is derived from the [[TheyKilledKenny bizarre and unusual ways the major (and sometimes minor) characters are killed]].
* Almost the entirety of Literature/{{Assignment 2}}.
* The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/amanda-todds-death Amanda Todd meme]].
* [[http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/sketches-the-most-disturbing-aristocrats-joke-ever-1469521 The Most Disturbing Aristocrats Joke Ever]] by Creator/DougWalker.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' has loved this trope ever since her "Top Ten Disturbing And Inescapable Christmas Songs" list. It contains a song which tells a story of domestic violence. While the song is played, the viewers are treated to a reenactment of a southern hick beating his wife. The clip starts as serious and somewhat realistic, but then, out of nowhere, the husband starts giving his wife the "stop hitting yourself" treatment and giving her Indian burns. The scene turns from [[DudeNotFunny not funny]] into silly and then outright hilarious.
** ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' also indulges in this fairly often. In "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" review, for example, he starts out optimistic about the movie, then the words "[[IronicEchoCut One Viewing Later]]" appear on the screen, and he's got blood all over his hands...
-->'''NC''': (grinning) My apologies to the neighbour's cat, it's just...after seeing a film that was so...cat-killingly bad, I had no choice but to destroy the nearest living creature.
*** Also, the Critic's habit of killing himself on a regular basis.
* The Website/DarwinAwards, an anthology of [[TooDumbToLive stupid deaths]] / [[GroinAttack sterilizations]]. [[WordOfGod According to the creator]], [[WhatAnIdiot the stupidity of it]] is what keeps it funny [[DudeNotFunny rather than morbid]].
* The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/vengeance-dad Vengeance Dad]] and [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ptsd-clarinet-boy PTSD Clarinet Boy]] [[MemeticMutation memes]].
* [[http://www.dorkly.com/video/13119/dorkly-bits-the-horrible-secret-behind-starter-pokemon The horrible truth behind starter Pokemon]].
* WebVideo/DiamandaHagan
* Pixies Production's parody of DrakeAndJosh, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXYmdgZSE00 ''Drew and Jacob'']], which plays up death and the insanity of the Josh {{Expy}} for laughs, despite being taken seriously by the characters themselves.
* ''TheRandomverse can make almost any character into a black comic. For one, at SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's funeral, [[MadLove Harley Quinn]] asks new beau Green Goblin if he has any words. Double G responds with "I'm sure he knows exactly what I'm thinking..."
-->''I'm doing your girl; I'm glad you're dead. I'm doing your girl; I'm glad you're dead. I'm doing your girl; I'm glad you're dead.''
* ''You Suck At Photoshop'' is the story of a man having a slow and terrible mental breakdown while trying to make a series of AccentuateTheNegative video Photoshop tutorials demonstrating advanced techniques. The combination of his forced DeadpanSnarker persona being SoUnfunnyItsFunny, his ToxicFriendInfluence [[LeetLingo sn4tchbuckl3r]] constantly harassing him over Skype, and the increasingly [[SadistShow surreal awfulness of Donny's life]] put it ''firmly'' in this category.
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' has a number of moments like this in the second season, particularly with Alex's [[DeadpanSnarker reactions]] to Jay's [[TooDumbToLive incredibly stupid]] behavior. In particular, in Entry #46, Jay sneaks into Alex's house, only to be interrupted when he spots the resident HumanoidAbomination ''right'' outside and hears Alex coming in. He hides in a closet. Then we get this:
-->'''Alex:''' Hey, Jay. You forgot your flashlight.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-methamphetamine-can-make-you-new-person/ This]] ''{{Website/Cracked}}'' article.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDlUWur3kEE Stalker Song]] plays up the stalking behaviors of a [[PsychoExGirlfriend Psycho Ex-Boyfriend]] for laughs. Even when he kidnaps the girl's cat and threatens to harm him unless the girl gives him attention, it's still pretty funny.
* [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne For]] [[ChildrenForcedToKill obvious]] [[KillEmAll reasons]], most of the humor that does pop up in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' tends to be of either this nature or CrossesTheLineTwice. Then again, that's the only real way you can laugh at terrorists abducting teenagers and forcing them to kill each other.
* The site [[http://www.dead-baby-joke.com/ dead baby joke.com]] which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* The Jerry series is rife with it. Particularly in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wNbEYNVakM&feature=channel this]] installment. When Jerry's dad hears his son committed suicide, he giggles and says, nostalgically, "Oh, man, that is just so... something he'd do."
* Subverted in ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob's'' review of ''LasVegasBloodbath'', where the Snob has prepared a list of jokes to go with a scene in the movie where the killer murders a pregnant woman and cuts out her unborn child... but then he decides that the jokes are all too tasteless and offensive to actually use, so he just shows a clip from another movie instead.
** Played straight in the ''WebVideo/EightiesDan'' Christmas special.
** And in the Snob's review of ''Antropophagus''. The reaction to the infamous "killer rips a pregnant's unborn child out of her and devours it" is Brad showing how the eating should be done with a doll.
-->And I just ate a fucking fetus!
* An early episode of ''ImAMarvelAndImADC'' has {{Superman}} dropping his baby son after {{Spider-Man}} suggests that being an illegitimate father will tarnish his image. After dropping the kid, Superman reacts with an "ooooooooops".
* ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/12986 12 Uses Of Dead Babies]]''. As a matter of fact, Newgrounds has a collection of shorts called [[http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/bastards BASTARDS]] with plenty of shorts that cross the line and are guaranteed to irk you... Yet, they may also be guaranteed to make you laugh as well, and if they do, CONGRATULATIONS! You're a heartless [[TitleDrop bastard!]]
* Played straight in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: TheAbridgedSeries'' with Gauron's segment of the show. He tells 9/11 jokes in one episode, but the creator admitted that was too harsh.
* ''HappyTreeFriends'' is a webseries that combines RefugeInAudacity and this trope and takes it as far as it can.
* Website/YouTube user WebVideo/{{Blueluigi}} has a satirical video involving a whiny fanboy who wants to harm himself just to bring back FoxKids.
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:
--> 54. "Napalm sticks to kids" is *not* a motivational phrase.
* ''TheOnion's'' RealityTV parody ''Sex House'' began heading down this path from ''episode 2''. [[FromBadToWorse It]] [[ComedicSociopathy went]] [[SadistShow downhill]] [[ImmoralRealityShow from]] [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror there]].
* [[http://www.grudge-match.com/current.html WWF Grudge Match]] has had a few matches that were like this. Notable examples include [[http://www.grudge-match.com/History/lector-dahmer.shtml Hannibal Lector vs. Jeffrey Dahmer]] (in which the two, instead of fighting, participated in a bake-off), [[http://www.grudge-match.com/History/gump-rainman.shtml Forrest Gump vs. Rainman]] (in which the two's disabilities are openly mocked), and [[http://www.grudge-match.com/History/rott-chi.shtml A Rottweiler vs. A Rottweiler's weight in Chihuahuas]] (dogfighting, obviously).
* In the wake of the Haitian earthquake, an image of one of the delapidated areas was passed around with the caption - "Hold F11 - if you laugh, [[WhatTheHellHero you're a horrible person]]."[[note]] Pressing F11 causes the window to maximize to having no boundaries, and holding it causes the image to shake repeatedly[[/note]]
* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' made a couple of most dire situations quite funny:
** First is Master Zen's backstory. Due to his HairTriggerTemper, he once got so annoyed by [[{{Noob}} Sparadrap]] that he ended up [[ApplianceDefenestration throwing his computer out the window]]. There was a old lady under that window and he's now in jail due to the incident. The whole story is however treated as "just to give you an idea of how bad Sparadrap can screw up things" at the time it's told to [[AudienceSurrogate Gaea]].
** Later on, [[spoiler:the top professional player of the game looses his job after the game creator gets him blamed for his own illegal activities]]. The visible consequences? [[MenDontCry First, people (all male) crying over it get a "What's this? You guys are all wimps" comment from one of the female characters.]] Second, an episode has the protagonists go to find the person who the worst hit by the events (bad enough for genuine depression) and try to give him a pep talk. Joke of the day? The protagonists giving the worst pep talk ever while its intended recipient remains completely unresponsive.
* ''WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows'': in his Firework/Born This Way combination review, plays this for dark irony, by showing himself sitting at a computer drinking and attempting to kill himself with a toy gun immediately after talking about his glamorous, jet-setting life.
* Website/RottenDotCom: he overall tone of the comments beneath the shocking photographs and in the articles in the Rotten Library.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* And, what black humor list would be complete without mention of '''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'''? Definitely go out of their way to be controversial and gross, sometimes [[DudeNotFunny at the expense of laughs]].
** Perhaps the best example of something on the show being both dark ''and'' hilarious is in "Little Orphan Hero" in which Captain Hero ends up reenacting the rape scene from ''Film/TheAccused''. It doesn't sound funny until you consider the fact that A: He's dressed like a woman for no good reason and no one at the frat kegger questions this B: He's powerful and crazy enough to kill all his attackers with ease C: A newspaper headline later in the show reads "Best Kegger Ever!" and D: It's a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' Expy in a tube top being gang banged by frat boys. The sheer insanity of the situation counteracts the normal DudeNotFunny.
** From the same episode: Captain Hero wipes out his species out of ''spite''.
--> '''Captain Hero:''' Captain Hero ONE! Billions of innocent Zebulonians... um... dead. Oh. I... uh...(Slinks off)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Tearjerker" the evil plot involves a film about a mentally retarded, alcoholic Jew in the Holocaust with a cancer-riddled puppy.
** It's really more of a parody of OscarBait. The film's name is even ''Oscar Gold''.
** Let's not forget Tearjerker's contingency movie: "Six hours of a baby chimp trying to revive its dead mother".
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': Only Creator/JhonenVasquez could make the hostile alien takeover of our world so twistedly funny.
* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'': Its gross humor and demonic running gags are truly a dead giveaway.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** There's an episode where Bender adopts a dozen orphans and then attempts to sell them to a restaurant as meat.
** Then there's the second movie "The Beast With a Billion Backs" where in order for the Robot Devil to provide the robots with weapons he tells Bender he must give him his first born son, so he brings him to Robot Hell and casually kicks him into a vat of molten lead saying "Here you go".
** In the same movie, Bender goes to kill himself in a suicide booth (itself a RunningGag example). He ends up falling through a trap door before it has a chance to work, and after it does, this happens.
-->'''Recording''': You are now dead. Please take your receipt.
-->A receipt is printed out, falling onto a very large pile of untouched receipts.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', most infamously. In its later seasons, it's even more notorious for [[MoodWhiplash rapidly switching between this]] and [[{{Irony}} being too moralistic and heavy-handed]]. There were even dead babies during the Christopher Reeve stem cell episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is a black hole; blackness so dense, not even light can escape. For example; "September Eleventh, Two Thousand Fun!" The show couples this brand of humor with {{Breathless Non Sequitur}}s. "Airport '07" applied the trope by featuring a sequence in which a group of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRj-S8Aklcw "Prom Night Dumpster Babies"]] sing a showtune about their plight.
** The episode "The Splendid Source" spoofed this; Peter and friends find the people who write the world's dirty jokes. They have on display the first dead baby joke, a papyrus scroll with an Egyptian woman saying "My baby is dead" and a man pointing and saying "Ha".
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': Courage and his owners Eustace, and Muriel Bagge constantly run into monsters, aliens, demons, mad scientists, zombies, and island natives that Courage must fend off to save his owners. Eustace always ends up being attacked by all the horrors in the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
-->'''Grim:''' ''(Baby voice)'' Who's gonna get reaped? Who's gonna get reaped? You are! You are!
-->'''Grim:''' Come on, Mandy. This should be fun... like watching a train wreck.
-->'''Grim:''' Ahahaha! This is more fun than the French Revolution!
-->'''Grim:''' Actually, I'm scheduled to see you next week, Mr. Teetermeyer!
** ...And that's just one character.
* The classic two-reel 1936 ''{{Popeye}}'' short ''Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor'' had a rather dark running gag. Wimpy spent most of the story chasing a duck with a meat grinder, with the intention of turning it into a burger. Fortunately, the duck ends up getting away, swiping Wimpy's last hamburger in retaliation after he gives up.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', which occasionally decides to drop the "comedy" part; it left it to die in a ditch for most of the last season.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. More subtle than the above examples, but still there.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' is about a completely [[{{Jerkass}} desensitized, immoral, rude, stubborn, selfish, heartless asshole]] who will put people (including his friends) in harm's way to commit (usually illegal) acts of vengeance, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and yet is so hilarious.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' features a fantastically hilarious joke of law firm boss juggling a baby with shotguns and live chainsaws. Though in all fairness, that baby was having a good time.
** Then there's the episode where Phil runs for president and goes down a line of well-wishers. "Shake hand, kiss baby. Shake hand, kiss baby. [[DuckSeasonRabbitSeason Shake hand, kiss hand. Shake baby, kiss hand. Kiss hand, shake baby...]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' lives and breathes this trope.
** Almost inevitably, the show had one such sketch in which a crowd of visitors inside a maternity ward coo at a baby, only for a nurse to walk up and cover its face to illustrate that it's dead. Good stuff.
** Lampshaded in one episode where a sketch shows a visit from the Tooth Fairy being interrupted by the girl's mother and father arguing, and showing MultipleEndings where some combination of the parents and the Tooth Fairy die. The characters in the sketch then win an award for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5D_3BlOWOQ "Darkest Sketch Ever"]].
** A close contender for that title would be HannahMontana being murdered like Lennon, and her friends from the show [[OfCorpseHesAlive struggling to maintain the illusion of her being two different people with her corpse]], ''Film/WeekendAtBernies''-style, only for her body to become more horrifically mutilated. The sketch ends with a cut to MileyCyrus crying hysterically in an office, as a Disney executive warns her "And THAT is how we'll end the show if you ever get knocked-up like that ''{{Zoey 101}}'' whore!!!".
** Proving that even the creators have limits, supposedly they scrapped a potential skit in which a baby is delivered stillborn, causing the doctor to work it like a hand puppet. It was (obviously) never made.
* A few of the in-house Creator/CartoonNetwork Creator/AdultSwim shows lightly qualify. "Lightly" because more often, they're just [[SurrealHumor flat-out insane]].
** [[{{Sealab2021}} Like veal. Only babies.]]
** Almost every one of the ''The New Adventures of the ComicBook/WonderTwins'' shorts has someone dying due to the twins inability to use their powers correctly.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' frequently gets laughs from graphic violence and horrible things and sheer sadism toward the main characters. This is the show with an episode that gave us a LotusEaterMachine PoweredByAForsakenChild, after all (even if Dr. Venture "didn't use the whole thing!")
** Also think about the fact that Dean and Hank are [[spoiler: clones that are constantly being killed]] (at least for the first few seasons).
* The episode "Mr. Grumpypants" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' has [[ImplacableMan Jailbot]] following Jacknife into a hospital and accidentally killing some sick kids; later on, various inmates of the prison are reverted into infants by magical means, which is a probably rare instance of seeing toddlers cutting each other to pieces. Also, the driving force of the episode is the Warden's hatred of children and desire to murder the little girl who Jailbot accidentally brought to Superjail. However, the inmates treat her with dignity, and when she finally succumbs to cancer, this is treated as a [[TearJerker very sad moment]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', awful things are always happening to the neighbour, Carl. He has 'died' many times on the show, including; his arms being ripped off, his skin being torn off (and then shot with robot lasers), being blasted with laser guided socks by robotic turkeys, and and being sucked into a turbine powered toilet (with only his head left intact) after which he was revived in various ways. His penis has also been surgically removed, he's been raped by dogs, was hypnotised and then forced to shove and entire broomstick into his body by way of his anus, and other various assaults. One of the main characters, Shake, has also attempted suicide many times (succeeding a few times, and once by accident), including; putting a hose on the exhaust pipe of Carl's car and feeding it into the interior with the windows rolled up, hanging himself (which was thwarted by Frylock, but then doing it right in Carl's pool with piranhas, sleeping pills, and another hose attached to Carl's car exhaust), cutting himself in half with a katana (the accidental one), and finally, attempting to shoot himself in the head, only to be patched up by the Marines so he could report for duty.
** Standards and Practices: Acceptable!
* In the ''HulkVs Wolverine'' direct-to-DVD animated movie, after a shot showing a bunch of fetuses-in-tubes at Weapon X HQ, the following exchange takes place:
-->'''Deadpool''': What do you say after the mission we kill all those [[PeopleJars floating babies]]?\\
'''Omega Red''': ...do you ever shut up, Wilson?\\
'''Deadpool''': What? Babies creep me out! Rock-a-bye--BANG!
* ''MonkeyDust'' focused on the darker side of life in Britain today, with sketches involving serial killers, terrorists, and paedo-hunting mobs; playing [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist all kinds of bizarre, horrible or disgusting behaviour]] for dark and disturbing laughs. Fans of the show suspect that the real reason it was cancelled after the second series was because some of the sketches were deemed to have come TooSoon. It was revived for a third series, but the [[AuthorExistenceFailure producer died soon afterwards.]]
** Perhaps the best of the lot was Ivan Dobsky, a man constantly committing murders so he can stay IN prison, which he finds a lot nicer than the modern world.
** Others consider the Paedofinder General skits in which a man resembling a 16th-century [[TheWitchHunter witch hunter]] roams Britain accusing people of being "paedophiles" and executing them for trivial reasons, to be the best.
---> "By the powers invested in me by a text vote on Sky News, I find you guilty of paedophilia!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' toys around with this from time to time (aside from the straight {{Gorn}}), particularly with the "Dethkomedy" episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' does this on occasion in the post-season 4 episodes.
-->'''[[BigBad Plankton]]:''' Is this a real or an artificial baby?
** A brilliant example is the beginning of the episode ''Plankton's Pet'', where Plankton attempted to steal a krabby patty with a baby-like robot. Mr. Krabs tackled the thief, horrifying the customers and employees until he reveals the truth. However, when he puts the baby's head back on and kicks it out of the Krusty Krab, he is beaten by some women for his abuse.
** A pre-season 4 example is ''Nasty Patty'', where Spongebob and Mr Krabs think they have killed a health inspector and try to hide the body.
* The later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' occasionally use this type of comedy. A couple of examples include a pregnant Brandine smoking a cigar and chugging a jug of moonshine and proudly patting her belly saying "That stopped the kicking" and another features Chief Wiggum in a flashback playing with a baby Ralph and dropping him on his head.
** One well-known example from an earlier episode occurs in "Homer's Enemy".
** In the movie, Bart plays a game that involving blasting down babies. Maggie is not pleased... seemingly because Bart stolen her game (she is implied to be playing the game later).
** Examples of this trope existed within episodes as early as season four, like the episode "Marge Gets A Job". On her first walkthrough of the Nuclear Power Plant, she notices some nameless employees each exhibiting some signs of work-related depression, each worse than the last to the point that one employee looks like he is ready to go on a shooting rampage. Marge, making quick note of this, suggests some quick ideas to liven things up, such as a day where the employees wear festive (read: loud Hawaiian) shirts, and Tom Jones music plays in the background to lighten the mood. Mr. Burns immediately takes to this, and the next day, we see all of Marge's suggestions lumped into one, including a depressing rendition of "What's New, Pussycat?" playing scratchily in the background as the same employees are now dangerously depressed, and the one man grimacing menacingly while patting his gun.
** There's also Moe Szyslak's [[RunningGag repeated attempts]] to commit suicide.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' uses this in relation to Dr. Doofenshmirtz's HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood.
** When they went to the museum, there was a dog skeleton on display with a collar that says "Bucky." Phineas says that they had a dog named Bucky who got sick and went to live on kindly Old Man Simmons's farm. Their dad hurries them along to the next display, which is kindly Old Man Simmons.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has a [[ArtStyleDissonance surprising amount]] of this, and TheOtherWiki even lists it as a BlackComedy. A few outstanding examples:
** The episode "Princess Monster Wife" is about The Ice King stealing body parts of other princesses to create his own princess. His own [[RealityEnsues fully aware princess]]. She's so horrifying that Finn and Jake faint at the sight of her, and [[TheWoobie she knows]] that she's an unnatural and suffers horrible emotional trauma by merely existing and knowing she's an abomination, while the Ice King only tries to comfort her with some of his only displays of kindness in the whole series only for Finn and Jake to screw it up by not understanding the situation or that she's fully aware. And it's somehow as hilarious as it is [[TearJerker/AdventureTime heartwrenching]], partially thanks to [[ArtStyleDissonance the simplistic and childish art style that the show deploys.]]
** The ChristmasSpecial [[TearJerker/AdventureTime "Holly Jolly Secrets"]] [[TheReveal established]] that The Ice King was once a normal antiquarian who stumbled upon an ArtifactOfDoom that drove him insane and away from his fiancee Betty and he lives through the apocalypse crying out for his lost love and begging that anyone forgive him for whatever he may do under the influence of his evil crown. After TheReveal, Jake's first line is ''"Drama boooomb!!!"'', and the Ice King cries out about his secret being revealed; that secret being that he "used to wear glasses", and he continues to brush off everything that happened, along with everyone else besides Finn. Even not considering TheReveal, the entire two part episode consisted of Finn and Jake watching The Ice King's video diary, which was filled to the brim with CringeComedy and The Ice King sobbing for hours about his unhappiness. It's all darkly funny, until the DudeNotFunny ending.
** One of the tamer examples occurs in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' In one episode Jake is imprisoned by a Demon who weakens him by stealing his blood and supplies him with various things he might need albeit [[ForTheEvulz surrounded by a force-field that is rigged to vaporize him]]. He has a rather [[ForMeItWasTuseday Careless]] attitude towards the whole situation and takes a seat on what he believes to be a rock. It turns out to be a member of turtle-like species that apparently spends the first twelve years of its lifetime sleeping. it eventually approaches the supplies and cheerfully exclaims "I just woke up today!" before being obliterated by a quick and powerful zap. Jake picks up the shell and decides to [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain pretend its sleeping.]]. The show in general is getting much DarkerAndEdgier.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' of all places, justified in that it deals with [[LivingForeverIsAwesome Vandal Savage]] and a Superman who was shot into the future. In the season one episode 'Hereafter', Savage recounts how he killed the entire Justice League and destroyed the solar system, at which point a depowered Superman beats him into the ground and raises up a rock.
-->Superman: "I should crush your skull."
-->Savage: "Go ahead, we both know it wouldn't work."
-->*Beat. Superman gets up.*
-->Superman: "What do we do now?"
-->Savage: "Lunch?"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' revolves around the two protagonists delivering pizzas. Two anthropomorphic pizzas answer the door, considering the pizza to be their new baby. Gumball accidentally [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120919162343/theamazingworldofgumball/images/e/ee/Job10.png drops the pizza as the father]] is paying him.
** A later episode revolves around one of the recurring characters who [[{{They Killed Kenny Again}} meets a gruesome demise in nearly every appearance]] with the two protagonists trying to figure out how he's able to [[{{Backfromthedead}} return]]. To do this they kill him in a montage of different fatalities only to come back from each one. (It turn out that [[{{ItMakessenseincontext}} his parents clone him]].)
* A mainstay of the humor in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', with frequent subjects including trauma, sociopathy, alcoholism, and death.
* ''WesternAnimation/TripTank'' is, like ''Robot Chicken'', a animated SketchComedy show that revels in this.
* Even the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts dabbled in this from time to time.
** The Goofy short "How to Be a Detective" opens with a guy getting thrown off a bridge, followed by a pan over silhouettes in an apartment building, each of which is displaying scenes of comically over-the-top violence. Later, there's a gag where Goofy is kicked out of the city morgue after falling down an elevator shaft, and is told "Beat it, and don't come back 'til you're ready!"

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* ''Website/TheOnion'' often has brilliant examples of this sort of humor, consider ''[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/43212 More Americans Falling For 'Get Rich Slowly Over A Lifetime Of Hard Work' Schemes]]'' and [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/34165 the most depressing Onion article ever,]] [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-never-wanted-you-vs-mommy-please-come-home,11560/ or the other most depressing Onion article ever]] [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/kidnapped-boy-found-safe-imagines-kidnapped-boy,2597/ ...or this third, even MORE depressing Onion article]] (all three of which, IMO, [[CrossesTheLineTwice Cross The Line Twice]] and then cross it again and head ''way'' over into actually really depressing territory).
** [[http://www.theonion.com/video/scientists-successfully-teach-gorilla-it-will-die,17165/ Scientists Successfully Teach Gorilla It Will Die Someday]].
** It even made a joke about the Rwandan Genocide... and it was actually funny.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ-T3i8Ap3U This O-SPAN clip]]. Political satire, meet deeply disturbing morbid humor.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-educators-alarmed-by-poorly-written-teen-s,1007/ This particular gem]] introduces as so: At the group's annual convention Sunday, members of the National Education Association called for the formation of a nationwide coalition of parents, teachers and political leaders to address a rapidly growing problem: the alarmingly low quality of teenage suicide notes across the U.S.
-->Brodhagen then related the story of another tragic suicide note, discovered at the feet of a 15-year-old St. Louis boy who had hanged himself.
-->"The boy's mother opened the door to his room one morning to wake him up for school," Brodhagen said, "and she screamed in horror at what she saw: Dangling, right there in front of her, was a participle."
* Often used on ''MockTheWeek'', ''especially'' by Frankie Boyle. On the subject of pets:
-->"I don't know how long I could be a vet before I got bored and started shagging stuff. I'd shag an owl, because whatever position you took it from you could always get eye contact. Or shag a kitten--could you imagine having sex with something you ''wanted'' to cuddle afterwards?"
** Frankie Boyle uses this so much, one could argue he subverted it once. The subject was children, and after one comment about how sinister the picture looked, he went on to tell a really sweet story about his own daughter.
** Similarly, when he skewered the host for a relatively tame joke, everyone remarked on how it must have been odd for him to find himself in the moral high ground. He double subverted it when, a moment later, he made a joke about the Russian that Vladimir Putin had allegedly assassinated through polonium poisoning.
** That pet quote actually merited him his own separate warning before the program started.
** He even lampshades it in a deleted scene (that later appeared in a compilation episode), in which he makes a joke about the recent memorial concert for Princess Diana; after joking that they could have staged a more fitting tribute "by staging a gang-bang in a minefield", he smiles charmingly at the audience's torn-between-shock-and-amusement reaction, goes back to the start position, and innocently notes that "it'll be interesting to see if that makes it in, actually."
** ''Series/FrankieBoylesTramadolNights'' is generally considered by critics to be pushing so far into the realm of tasteless that it forgets to have jokes.
* The late Creator/GeorgeCarlin was well-known for this.
* A good chunk of Creator/ChristopherTitus' material is ''extremely'' black comedy, often crossing into GallowsHumor. Most of which centers on living in an extremely dysfunctional family (his father was a hard-drinking, chain-smoking womanizer who married and divorced five times, his mom [Ken's second wife] was a manic-depressive schizophrenic alcoholic, and his relatives on both sides of the family are [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking drug addicts, mental patients, undiagnosed psychos, and a Mormon]]). To give you an idea on how dark Titus's humor is, think about this: his ''5th Annual End of the World Tour'' set includes a bit called "Pedophile Crucifixions"[[note]]in which priests who have molested church-going children finally get what's coming to them by getting nailed to a cross. Titus claims that if this happens, people will go to church more often and churches will have more holy men who actually care about God's creatures[[/note]] and that's not even one of his darker shows (his darkest show is actually ''Love is Evol'', who centers on how his marriage to Erin Carden [referred to as "Kate" for legal reasons] fell apart (including Erin almost murdering Titus, goading him to commit suicide, and claiming abuse in divorce court so she can get all of his money), why seemingly sane people stay in bad relationships, and how Titus found love again with a woman who wasn't a psycho bitch and had a normal, functional family -- [[YankTheDogsChain which of course didn't last]]).
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* In [[http://ursulav.deviantart.com/art/Where-Zombie-Babies-Come-From-6979550 this]] picture by Ursula Vernon DeliveryStork [[XMeetsY meets]] dead babies. Enjoy.
* Black humour isn't everyone's cup of liquidised baby.
* Q: What is the best way to get 100 dead babies out of a blender? A: With chips! http://www.dead-baby-joke.com/introduction.htm
** Q: What's worse than a pile of dead babies? A: The live one at the bottom of the pile.
*** What’s worse than that? It has to eat its way out. What’s worse than that? It succeeded. What's worse than that? It went back for seconds. What’s worse than that? Music/JustinBieber, duh.
** Sadly some dead baby jokes require visual pantomime. On the other hand...
* How do you empty a garbage truck full of dead babies? With a pitchfork!
** There's another version of that one: What's the difference between a truckload of dead babies and a truckload of bowling balls? You can't unload the bowling balls with a pitchfork.
* Q: What's worse than five babies in a trashcan? A: One baby in five trashcans.
* Q: What's the difference between one hundred dead babies and a Ferrari? A: I don't own a Ferrari.
** Or, I don't have a Ferrari in my garage.
*** Corollary: And if I did, I wouldn't wank over it every day.
* Q: What's pink and orange and floats on the bottom of a pool? A: A baby with its floaties slashed. Q: What's pink, red, and orange and floats on the top of a pool? A: Floaties with their baby slashed.
* Q: What's the difference between a baby and a trampoline? A: You take off your boots before jumping on the trampoline.
* Q: What's the best way for Capcom to greenlight the [[MegamanLegends Megaman Legends 3 project?]] A: Simple. Dress two aborted fetuses as Roll and Megaman Volnutt.
* Most Adult Swim online games http://games.adultswim.com/, which frequently cross the line. Examples include:
** [=HRmaggedon=]
** Floater
** Meowcenaries
** AmateurSurgeon
** Candy Mountain Massacre
** Five Minutes To Kill Yourself
** Gigolo Assassin
** Schizo-phrenzy
** Viva Caligula
** Orphan Feast
** Kill Thy Neighbor
* [[http://www.redhampshire.com/offensive-racist-statement-from-manchester-state-rep/ A certain person]] has made a comment about genocide as a result of his personal distaste of {{anime}}. It did get some smiles, but still... he said that [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo two nukes]] weren't enough...
* [[http://www.gifbin.com/982377 This]] animated gif, staring StevenSeagal.
* [[http://www.messybeast.com/dragonqueen/medical-acronyms.htm This]] site has a list of medical slangs. Most them are jokes about terminal diseases, wounds, deformities, etc.
* Feel like shaking a baby to death? [[http://techcrunch.com/2009/04/22/feel-like-shaking-a-baby-to-death-theres-an-app-for-that/ There's an app for that]]. Or at least, there used to be, until Apple found out and pulled it from the App Store.
* Q: What is the difference between a dead baby and a rock? A: The baby can be raped!
* Q: Why did that kid fell off the swing? A: Because he has no arms!
** Q: And why did nobody help him to get up? A: Because he has no friends!
* In the same vein as the above: Q: Why did Sarah fall off the swing? A: She has no arms or legs.
** Knock knock. Who's there? Not Sarah.
* Relatively similar and equally repellent are Helen Keller jokes: Q: How did Helen Keller burn her fingers? A: By reading the waffle iron. And countless others.
* Q: Whats red and white and cries? A: A skinned Baby with salt.
** Q: What has four legs and an arm? A: An attack dog on a playground.
** Q: What is brown and knocks on glass? A: A Baby in the oven.
** Q: What is rosy and turns red on the push of a button? A: A baby in a mixer.
* Q: How do you make a baby stop crawling in circles ? A: You nail the other hand to the floor.
* Q: How many babies do you need to paint a wall ? A: Depends on how hard you throw.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There's a yarn that a unit of Gurkhas were being shelled. One shell hit the man who was always giving TheCaptain a headache. Whereupon someone said, "If the sahibs couldn't deal with him when he was in one piece, how will the gods deal with him when he is in six?"
* Harold Holt, [[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics Prime Minister of Australia in 1966-7]], went on an ill-advised swimming trip at Cheviot Beach (notorious for its riptides and strong currents) to impress his mistress. They NeverFoundTheBody, but it's probable that he drowned (although the history books simply say "disappeared"). The Melbourne suburb of Glen Iris decided to honour his memory by naming a municipal swimming pool after him.
** On a similar note, students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in 1968, named their cafeteria grill in honor of alleged cannibal [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alferd_Packer Alferd Packer]], with the slogan, "Have a friend for lunch!"
* The traditional tales told about Saint Lawrence of Rome provide great examples of both this trope and GallowsHumor. According to legend, Saint Lawrence was martyred by being roasted to death on a gridiron. Supposedly, after roasting over a hot fire for a while, he said to his tormentors, "''I am done on this side; you may turn me over now''". That's the Gallows humour. The Black Comedy is what happened afterward - the Church decided he would make an excellent patron saint of cooks and chefs! And comedians.
** There's a streak of black comedy running through the patronage of saints. St Sebastian - martyred by being shot full of arrows - is patron of archers. Thomas More - executed for not supporting HenryVIII's divorce and subsequent split from Rome - is patron of difficult marriages (as well as lawyers and statesmen, which More was). Teresa of Avila - known for her overwhelming ecstatic visions - is patron of headaches.
*** St. Sebastian is also the patron of [[HumanPincushion laceworkers.]]
* Any high-stress job where confronting dead or dying persons is a daily occurrence is rife with this. Police officers, firefighters, medical personnel of all stripes, and ''especially'' emergency room staff resort to Black Comedy to keep some psychological distance and maintain their composure.
** Zorro-bellies, crispy-critters, [=GOMERs=], frequent fliers, baby catchers...medical slang is full of really, really dark comedy. The terms mean, respectively, a patient whose abdomen is covered in surgical scars, a horribly burned patient, "Get Out of My ER" for a bothersome patient who wants attention, a patient who is in and out of the ED all the time, and an OBGYN.
*** CTF, or Cletus the Fetus is an obscure black comedy medical term for a baby born at 23 weeks, where the survival rate is less than 1%. There have been no cases of a baby surviving birth before 22 weeks, confirming [[MakesSenseInContext doctors may have the blackest of all humor]].
** And their propensity to refer to motorcycles as "Donor-cycles", due to the high rate of fatalities on them.
* Tim Horton, famous hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and founder of the wildly famous donut and coffee store; Tim Hortons. One day he was driving through the streets of St. Catharines Ontario extremly drunk. He went under the lake St. Overpass at around 150Kmh in his car and hit a support column. He and his car were obliterated. To this day, you can still find Tim-Bits everywhere.
* After his drunk driving-related death, in which he crashed into a tree near his house on an icy Christmas night, it was said of [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity on-and-off Yankees manager]] Billy Martin that "he was the only baseball player who ever died sliding into home."
* On the death of MargaretThatcher, former PM. her former opponents started a campaign to purchase a large number of copies of "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead", in an attempt to put it on the top of the charts and force the BBC to air it days before her funeral.
** The BBC did end up airing it, but only about a seven-second clip.
** Similarly, the eternally-repurposed Nietzche joke:
-->"There's no such thing as society," - Margaret Thatcher, 1987\\
"There's no such thing as Margaret Thatcher," - Society, 2013
* Creator/ChristopherHitchens combined this with a TakeThat at Princess Diana:
--> '''Hitchens:''' The thing about mine fields is that they're very easy to lay, but they're very difficult and dangerous, and even expensive to get rid of - the perfect description of Prince Charles's first wife.
** In turn, a joke circulated about Hitchens immediately after his death by those less than fond of him went as such:
--> “God is Dead.” —– Christopher Hitchens, 2007
--> “Christopher Hitchens is Dead.” —- God, 2011
*** ...which is a [[OlderThanTheyThink repurposed Nietzsche joke]].
* The kids' song "Baby bumblebee", that got featured on "Wee Sing Silly Songs" as well as other silly song lists. It starts off rather tame...but gradually gets more and more disgusting as the song goes on.
--> "I'm bringing home my baby bumble bee Won't my Mommy be so proud of me I'm bringing home my baby bumble bee -OUCH!! It stung me!!"
--> "I'm squishin' up my baby bumble bee Won't my Mommy be so proud of me I'm squishin' up my baby bumble bee -EW!! What a mess!!"
* There is a Japanese dish called ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oyakodon oyako don]]'', which is chicken and egg served on rice. The humor comes from its name: the character for ''oya'' means "parent" and the character for ''ko'' means "child". In other words, you're eating a "parent-and-child" bowl.
** Then there's ''tanin don'', which replaces the chicken with beef. The title means "stranger bowl".
** PaulSimon named a song "Mother and Child Reunion" after a chicken and egg dish he saw on a Chinese restaurant's menu.
* Many military songs tend to be dark satires of the current war, including from Vietnam the VERY dark American song "Napalm Sticks to Kids:"
-->Cobras flying in the sun,
-->Killing gooks is lots of fun,
-->Get one pregnant and it's two for one,
-->Napalm sticks to kids.
* Some people who suffer from eating disorders, depression, self harm, etc. will often make fun of it, some to alleviate pain, others just for the hell of it. Sometimes they are so desensitized to it that they will make a joke about it in front of someone else, only to see the other person staring in horror.
* Music/BlueStahli's sense of humor is darker than the void of space is empty. He'll joke about anything. Kidnapping, stalking, insomnia, anything.
* Some years back there used to be a sign on the Tribourough Bridge in New York City that helpfully informed drivers: "In event of attack, drive off bridge."
* BillBryson recounts in "The Lost Continent" a joke about the infamous R. Budd Dwyer suicide which took place on live television, created by a few teenagers who saw it on TV to cope with the horror. The joke goes like this:
--> ''What's the difference between Budd Dwyer and Bud Light?''
--> Bud Light has a head on it.
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