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->''"Pepperland is a tickle of joy on the blue belly of the universe... It must be scratched."''
-->-- '''The Blue Meanie''', ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''

Oh, how beautiful a place is the SugarBowl! As are the {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s that live in it. The best part? Even when menaced by [[HarmlessVillain Mr. Meanie]], nothing bad will ever happen!... [[TemptingFate Right?]]

Not quite. A popular [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] and [[SatireParodyPastiche parody]] of the SugarBowl [[{{Settings}} setting]] and its [[TastesLikeDiabetes overly cute residents]] is to have them get [[CrossesTheLineTwice hilariously and painfully]] [[BloodyHilarious mass]][[KillTheCutie acred.]] Whether it's "Mr. Meanie" [[NotSoHarmlessVillain going stir crazy]], [[RapePillageAndBurn invading]] [[TheEmpire armies]], holocausts, firestorms, disasters, or other acts of PowersThatBe, the residents will suffer for their adorableness with ''[[BreakTheCutie pain.]]''

The inverse of this parody is when the cute critters decide to take the offensive. Whether they're really a [[GangOfCritters gang of]] {{Killer Rabbit}}s, or [[BitchInSheepsClothing secretly evil and planning to]] [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer our world]], they mean our heroes harm in lovably cute [[VillainSong musical numbers.]]

Yet another inverse is when someone throws a GenesisEffect at the CrapsackWorld, possibly changing it into anywhere between a WorldHalfFull or even a full blown SugarBowl.

It should be noted that this ''can'' be played seriously in the case of a VileVillainSaccharineShow or KnightOfCerebus making themselves known. In this case, it's not for parody and is instead showing the new villain is ''not'' to be taken lightly. Done right, this version is normally [[TearJerker downright heartbreaking]].

See also SubvertedKidsShow, SuperweaponSurprise, CrapsaccharineWorld, SurpriseCreepy, TroubledBackstoryFlashback, and SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror. VileVillainSaccharineShow is when the show has a villain that by all rights should cause it, but doesn't...most of the time. ArtStyleDissonance is practically a requirement.

Contrast NoEndorHolocaust, where, by all rights, the actions of the main characters should have led to massive destruction and death, but didn't, because The WordOfGod says so.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] someone [[HyperDestructiveBouncingBall on a destructive]] [[CaffeineBulletTime sugar rush]] (though this could conceivably be the outcome) or [[HappyFunBall sugar being used as an accelerant]].


* An infamous animated promo for a 1983 special report entitled “Green Street Reds” for the KGO (San Francisco Creator/{{ABC}} affiliate) local evening news showed a Soviet [=SAM=] shooting Santa Claus and his sleigh out of the sky. This resulted in [[https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1988&dat=19831112&id=_UIiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bq0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1997,1287641 many angry calls]] from parents with [[NightmareFuel inconsolable children]] and the offending clip was quickly pulled. You can watch the clip [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut3OpRzYOJY here]].
* The "Let's All Go to the Lobby" promo parody, [[http://vimeo.com/emkaytwelve/followthesun Follow the Sun]]...
* In an old issue of ''Nintendo Power'', there was a full-page ad for the Nintendo 64 game ''VideoGame/{{Battletanx}}: Global Assault'' which featured tanks blowing up a world of [[LawyerFriendlyCameo absolutely-not-Teletubbies-honest]].
** Likewise, TV ads for the game had the so-not-the-Snuggles-fabric-softener-bear chased down and mauled by one of the tanks.
* The initial advertisement for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' was Nintendo's mascots kicking the crap out of each other to [[SoundtrackDissonance the tune of "Happy Together"]].
--> '''Creator/DonLaFontaine:''' "Something's gone wrong in the happy-go-lucky world of Nintendo!"
** The page picture is part of a campaign in Belgium using ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' to raise awareness of [[TykeBomb child soldiers]] in Africa. The full commercial is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa782wOrUVM here.]] UNICEF had to run the advert late at night to [[NightmareFuel avoid scarring any children for life with it.]] The words at the end are something to the effect of "Don't let war destroy the world of children."
** If you're familiar with other UNICEF ads, you probably won't be surprised to hear that they seem to have quite a thing for this trope. Among other things, they had a little girl play with her dog and step on a landmine (all done in what appears to be crayon drawings), followed by a picture of several heavily bandaged, realistically drawn children. Or the other one where storks drop several babies over a city, they slowly land with parachutes, smiling while looking down on the city or up at the sky with those big eyes, then a squadron of evil looking airplanes show up, carpet bombing the entire city, using bombs with psychotic grins painted on them. The ad ends with the babies landing on the smoking ruins of the city, looking frightened and hopeless. You can tell something like this leaves a big impact if someone can recall it after 12 years with great detail, after seeing it exactly once.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRxZ-uvyog0 This ad]] for 13eme rue, a French action and thriller network. The statement translates to "This is how we'll do a children's show if we have to do one".

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' has the cute little Puchuus, who are actually violent and imperialistic. When they get injured or killed they shift from cute to plain ol' [[{{Gonk}} hideous]], resembling ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}''. There is also a sudden shift from their tiny, adorable cries of "Puuchuu!" to overly dramatic broken English. "Ow that hurt! You make-a me bleeeeeed!". The protagonists seem to enjoy blowing them up and kicking them around.
* ''Manga/HibikiNoMahou'' features extremely cute character designs, some of them very {{Moe}}. But the subject matter and overall tone of the series is dark, considering it's a {{Deconstruction}} of the magical school genre.
* Arguably the entire plot of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
** Higurashi's story [[spoiler: is a time loop wherein several characters always start out as schoolyard best friends in a sleepy little rural Japanese town called Hinamizawa. Each cycle of the loop starts out sickeningly cutesy - playground hijinks, characters making nonsense noises ("nipaa") and other characters gushing over how adorable it is, and typical melodramatization of the mundane. Baseball and hide-and-seek, in particular, are seen as SeriousBusiness with the former regarded as an epic battle and the latter subjected to a child's idea of in-depth military strategy. An episode or two into the cycle, though, characters begin to die in horrifically violent, painful and gruesome ways and one character - Rika - is conscious of the cycle of reincarnation and the futility of fighting it. If you've seen the WesternAnimation/SouthPark Mysterion/"Coon And Friends"/Cthulhu episodes, you get the idea. She's Kenny. Only rather than being played for dark laughs, it's played just plain dark. Then, when everyone you care about has been reduced to ashes, wet meat, or a comatose vegetable, the plot reset button gets hit and it's time to watch them suffer all over again.]]
* ''Manga/MadeInAbyss'' appears to be a whimsical PuniPlush adventure story about [[ABoyAndHisX a girl and her robo-boy]] and, later, an [[PettingZooPeople adorable bunny-person]]. And that's essentially accurate, but along the way they must cope with ruthless man-eating monsters, and a "curse" built into the [[EldritchLocation abyss]] with effects ranging from those of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decompression_sickness the bends]] to [[BodyHorror horrific mutations]] and death. The curse created the bunny-person through unique circumstances; normally it turns people into [[AndIMustScream deformed mutants]]. The main character manages to escape several encounters with dangerous beasts unscathed, but when her luck inevitably runs out, the aftermath plays out in excruciating detail. [[spoiler:She survives, barely, with a massive scar from an [[AmputationStopsSpread attempted amputation]].]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', another MagicalGirl deconstruction, takes this trope to [[NightmareFuel horrific]] and [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] levels.
* This is seen in the latter half of ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'', as the formerly tranquil island and ocean begin to be corrupted.
* The book and film versions of ''Anime/RingingBell'' are kind of like this. Watch the first few minutes/pages and you think it is a sweet little story about a lamb that has to learn on how to be careful in the big world, breathing the idea of ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' and ''Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion''. Jump to the second half to realize why the movie instead is often compared to ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' and ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIIIRevengeOfTheSith''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'': [[spoiler: We get a chilling vision of what ''could'' have happened to Equestria in the form of what the Changelings do to a peaceful land of cute kitty people they just so happened to land in after "A Canterlot Wedding".]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' once has a ''ZombieApocalypse'' complete with TheVirus. [[DaylightHorror Only seen by day.]] And ''all the Smurfs get bitten'', before the cure is spread by accident. And it has lingering effects even after being cured: Grouchy Smurf, the first infected and the one who stayed under its effects the longest, used to not be grouchy before that. Oh, and it predates ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' by ''nine years''.[[note]] Grouchy's behavioral change ''only'' applies to the original comic book story "The Black Smurfs". The AnimatedAdaptation version "The Purple Smurfs" takes place after "The Smurfette", so Grouchy's behavior there is simply natural.[[/note]]
* ''Comicbook/IHateFairyland'' is about a young girl who wound up stuck in the eponymous Fairyland and sent forth on a quest to unlock her way home... 27 years ago. While she hasn't aged physically, mentally she is now 33 years old and has been driven murderously insane after nearly three decades of failure and now goes around causing all sorts of chaos and carnage.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Days Of Future Smurfed", the Smurf Village is destroyed in an earthquake in Empath's advanced years. The last Smurf in his generation that he sees dying when this happens is his half-brother Brainy.
* Likewise, Fanfic/TheEndOfPonies.
* The premise of Fanfic/FalloutEquestria and [[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaPinkEyes its]] [[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons various]] [[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaMurkyNumberSeven spinoffs]]. The post-Littlehorn pre-apocalypse Equestria glimpsed through [[TransferableMemory Memory Orbs]] and journals also qualifies, as the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic idyllic fantasy land of Equestria]] becomes a [[CrapsackWorld war-torn, genocidal Orwellian police state.]]
* ''Fanfic/LostTalesOfFantasia'' Has various Creator/{{Disney}} characters getting involved in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and [[Disney/PeterPan Neverland]] gets bombed to ashes by the Nazis. Later on, the island where both ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' and ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' take place meets the same fate.
* Unicornicopia being destroyed by Discord in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''.
* LetsPlay/TheTerribleSecretOfAnimalCrossing
* One is in the making in ''Fanfic/TwilightRevised''. [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins]].
* The ''MLP:FIM'' fanfic [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/253045/i-am-going-to-save-and-or-destroy-equestria I Am Going To Save And/Or Destroy Equestria]] is about a world where Nightmare Moon and Celestia destroyed each other, rather than Celestia sealing her sister away. This causes the Fiends, the majority of whom are G1 villains, to be released from Tartarus, and without alicorns to defeat them, the results are not pretty. The entire Equestrian army is more or less annihilated in six minutes, and one of the interlude chapters features a survivor's story of the end of Baltimare, which plays as a combination of ''Franchise/AttackOnTitan'' and ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.
* ''Fanfic/TheSmurfetteVillage'''s titular location is destroyed by a volcano in the second story, while the Smurf Village itself falls to a SyntheticPlague in the third story, leaving only ten surviving Smurfs who destroy the village with a fire to prevent the disease from spreading.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The destruction of [[spoiler: Cloud Cuckoo Land]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' - Duloc was already a CrapsaccharineWorld at best, but the ''Scared Shrekless'' special revisits it after everyone's cleared out and it's a run-down, creepy mess. To underline the point, that LyricalDissonance singing booth is now openly threatening.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', [[spoiler:[[TheSwarm the Cy-Bugs completely overrun]] Sugar Rush, forcing an evacuation of all of its residents (except for Vanellope, who is a glitch and cannot physically leave) and almost annihilating their world. Fortunately, after permanently stopping the Cy-Bugs, everything in Sugar Rush was reset by having Princess Vanellope cross the finish line.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' runs a lot on this; In it we see cute, cartoony, living AnthropomorphicFood getting cut, cooked and gruesomely killed.
* The Storm King immediately conquers Canterlot in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'' and enslaves its residents, and plans redecorate to be less cute in order to better fit his brand.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' there's Oz as a whole, and the land of Teacups and porcelain people in particular. Though there are dangers in Oz most of it highly colorful, whimsical and safe, especially those parts under the good witch [[spoiler:Glinda]]'s protection. The "apocalypse" comes in from the wicked witch besieging it with flying monkeys; the land of Teacups is ''shattered'' and its denizens massacred. Main character China Girl is actually introduced after having had both of her legs broken to bits. The rest of the movie could be seen as an attempt to undo this trope and save Oz.

* ''Jag Lever Pappa'' ("I live, daddy") by Siri Marie Seim Sønstelie describes the Utøya massacre, where on July 22, 2011 a gunman Andreas Breivik killed 69 people on the Norwegian island Utøya, most of them teenagers, and wounded many others. Siri Sønstelie, a survivor, recounts how Utøya seemed a paradise for her before the attack, a carefree place of peace and harmony with a special atmosphere where you had fun and could feel completely safe, and how the attacker turned it into hell.
* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'':
** Turns out that wickedness and evil are needed in the world, otherwise a cosmos of nothing but virtue and innocence will be wiped out in a great blinding light, essentially this trope.
** On a smaller scale, the protagonists at one point find a village of Gnifty Gnomes; tiny, disgustingly cute little critters who only want to play games and sing songs. After our villains narrowly escape their proposed party, Blackmail gallantly chops down a tree that crushes their village, wiping them out.
* ''Literature/SweetStory'' is about a cutesy children's-story world descending into carnage, savagery and ultimately the end of all life on the planet. Since the reason for it all is that [[ItMakesSenseInContext it's started raining candy instead of water,]] it is also literally about an apocalypse caused by sugar.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/IkMikLoreland'' no one is physically hurt, but all the letters disappear from the main character's colorful homeland, everyone forgets how to read and write, everyone's clothes become plainer, and the place just generally looks like it's been sent back to the dark ages.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJb0XQAUFLI first teaser]] for ''Series/{{Scream Queens|2015}}'' features a perky college girl blowing a bubble while an [[EarWorm obnoxiously catchy]] teen pop song plays. At first glance, it looks like a promo for ''Series/{{Glee}}'' (both shows were created by Creator/RyanMurphy)... until the girl is stabbed and the bubble explodes with blood, splattering the screen red.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ_AIyP67eY Later]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq7RgvFIYfE promos]] have two of the show's cast members, Creator/EmmaRoberts and Creator/KekePalmer, stepping outside of a sorority house and blowing bubbles to the camera... and a demonic face shows up in them before they pop.

[[folder: Music]]
* Dirty Paws by OfMonstersAndMen recounts a story in a fairy-tale forest which is ravaged by a war between the birds and bees. the titular character Dirty Paws leads a group of ground creatures allied with the birds to defeat the Queen Bee.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' first Plot Point campaign, Evernight starts out as a pretty idyllic Dungeon Crawl StandardFantasySetting. And then the monsters that suck out people's innards invade.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] and [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] ''[[VideoGame/TwelveThirteen 1213]]'' with the [[spoiler: Golden Ticket ending where the world ended because everything turned into sweets and everyone died from diabetes.]]
* ''VideoGame/AgentUSA'' is a kid's edutainment game about stopping a ZombieApocalypse brought on by a [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever berserk television set]].
* The little known shareware game ''Blip & Blop: Balls of Steel'' by defunct software house Loaded Studio is all about this: the titular balls start by killing a village of Smurfs (which, incidentally, killed the "great scientist" Gargamel), then destroy (very) thinly-veiled expies of Franchise/CareBears, Snorks, VideoGame/{{Lemmings}} and various other videogame and cartoon characters. Which are almost all equally evil and murderous.
* In ''VideoGame/BurritoBison'', the Gummies bring this upon themselves by kidnapping Bison to wrestle Jawbreaker. ''Burrito Bison Revenge'' shows just how bad he left it once he escaped: the Arena is ''not'' pretty.
* The Creator/AdultSwim game ''VideoGame/CandyMountainMassacre'' is the essence of this trope. You go play as a badass character with a gun in a sweets-themed LevelAte land killing everything in sight.
** The sequel turns things into an out-and-out CrapsaccharineWorld, with one level having you going through what is in all intents and purposes a ''torture chamber'' on your way to off the BigBad.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has [[spoiler:[[BonusLevel Whimsyshire]], a bright and happy land filled with teddy bears, flowers and unicorns that are all trying to kill you, and which explode with [[BloodyHilarious comical gouts of blood]] upon their demise.]]
* VideoGame/DinoRun. Cutesy, sometimes hat-wearing pixel dinosaurs, colorful 8-bit GhibliHills... and the premise of the game is that all this is about to be ''destroyed.''
* The end of ''VideoGame/DoshinTheGiant'': The final monument is the Tower of Babel, which blocks out the sun. Since Doshin is an embodiments of the sun, that's bad news. Barudo Island begins to collapse, and the villagers flee in terror while Sudoru ponders the nature of life and death. Doshin holds up the tower to let them escape, but since we've never seen any other land mass, we never see anyone actually get to safety, and it's possible for Doshin to walk off the edge of the world, the only conclusion is that [[InferredHolocaust everyone drowns]]. Finally, with the island sunk beneath the waves, Doshin collapses and becomes a new island.
* The entire point of ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}''.
* The happy, pious, God-loving populace in ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' is the first stop for the apocalypse. When we first visit it everybody is smiling, thanking the lord and hugging miniature sheep while the most upbeat music in the world plays; when we revisit death and slaughter greets us and shortly after that the land is covered by oozing darkness.
* In ''[[Videogame/HarmoKnight HarmoKnight]]'', the planet Melodia is a happy, [[BandLand music-themed]] planet. Then meteoroites containing [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] rain down, turning the animals violent and dooming the music loving people to [[CrapsackWorld a world of nothing but noise]], then they knock people ''unconscious'' using their loud noise making powers, then lastly, they [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking kidnap the princess]]. Now that's a really '''BIG''' Sugar Apocalypse! But wait! Why dont we ask [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits those 4 guys over there!]] They'll know what to do!
* VideoGame/HelloKittyRollerRescue has evil aliens invading Earth with the intention of turning everyone on the planet into a cube, complete with a DownerEnding if you fail to defeat the final boss.
* The ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series is mostly set in the peaceful kingdom of Dream Land on the planet Pop Star, filled with painfully cute little creatures. This sleepy little SugarBowl is menaced on a seemingly regular basis by beings ranging from a nightmare demon out to torment the population with horrible, painful dreams to [[EldritchAbomination eldritch entities]] of pure darkness that possess and corrupt all they touch. There's a reason Kirby has a reputation for facing [[VileVillainSaccharineShow jarringly nasty villains]].
** ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' opens with Dark Matter taking over Ripple Star, a place so saccharine that the planet itself is shaped like a love heart with a smiley face.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' is either this or the inversion of this: it's a ZombieApocalypse where the protagonist is a hyper-cheerful, bubbly cheerleader whose attacks create rainbows and sparkles.
* Several levels in ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' have this taking place at some point or another:
** [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Follow The LEGO Brick Road]] has a secret area right behind the starting area which involves Munchkin Land being attacked by a group of [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Micromanagers]].
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Meltdown at Sector 7-G]] revolves around [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Lord Business]] and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Joker]] tearing apart Springfield in search of the Foundation Element.
** [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Once Upon A Time Machine In The West]] has the game's BigBad show up in 1885-era Hill Valley and drops several objects from different universes onto it, leaving it completely destroyed.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', where the Shroobs' AlienInvasion leaves much of the Mushroom Kingdom in ruins.
** This is the BigBad Smithy's ultimate goal in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'':
-->"Then we could get rid of all wishes, and create a world filled with...WEAPONS!!!"
** One of the most disturbing moments in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' is when you arrive at Sammer's Kingdom just before the world is wiped out. You try to retrieve the MacGuffin in order to stop it... but you can't make it in time and barely escape. Then, when you go back in... it's gone. All of it. Gone.
* ''VideoGame/TheMaw'': Your world is a brightly-colored land full of cutesy, silly critters. You're going to ''eat them all.''
* The whole idea behind ''VideoGame/NaughtyBear'' is playing the role of a serial killer amongst a group of teddy bears.
* One of the core aspects of ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' is the clash between cuter franchises with more mature ones. This reaches its logical extreme in the Franzea level, based on ''VideoGame/LocoRoco''... and is eventually invaded by ''Franchise/MetalGear''. Such MoodWhiplash is stated by WordOfGod to be, partially, the point of the game.
** It gets more disturbing when you play the Dojo stage from ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper''. It starts off with training with Chop Chop Master Onion, and all of a sudden, when the entire town outside of the Dojo is revealed, the music takes on a dramatic change to OrchestralBombing and OminousLatinChanting, and there is a HumongousMecha from ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' invading the city. Parappa's world is cutesy and colorful, but to see it invaded and destroyed by a huge and devastating machine, all while the little citizens scream and run for their lives. [[NightmareFuel Brrrrrr.]]
** On the flipside, some stages involve the cutesy universes being the ones doing the invading, leading to a bizarre sort of [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. Case in point, [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Hades]] getting swarmed by an army of VideoGame/{{Patapon}}.
* In ''VideoGame/RazesHell'', you play an alien who goes on a violent RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Kewletts, a band of adorable aliens who [[FantasticRacism want to destroy anything that isn't as cute as they are]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' Galactic Adventures has two missions made by the cast of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.
** One of them, [[SugarBowl "Litterbox Gulch"]] is a battle between a variety of adorable creatures and bears. The Cute Creatures inhabit a cutesy land and the bears inhabit a disgusting one filled with lakes of what appears to be poop.
** Another one, entitled "That's My Lunch", is about a little girl named Suzy Woozy leading [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter her pets]] to a place called "Hugz Valley". On the way, you encounter [[spoiler:two monsters called "Blood Beasts", who make you lure Suzy away from her pets so they can lure in a pet to eat. After you have helped them kill them all]], Suzy says [[spoiler: "Death, Murdah, Scweams of the Dyin'! Bwifday Parties are best when they're paid for in souls!" And reveals to you that the Blood Beasts have killed her pets every year and she simply buys new ones.]]
** Many fan-created adventures consist of cute creatures fighting evil creatures, or the other way around. The "Creepy and Cute" parts pack almost encouraged this. Due to the game's cartoony nature, almost all of the violence can be considered this.
* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series is [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure no]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 stranger]] [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog to]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 apocalyptic]] [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed scenarios]], but ''VideoGame/SonicForces'' is the first to cross into this territory by featuring a city with an AmazingTechnicolorPopulation of FunnyAnimals that gets mercilessly decimated by Dr. Eggman's robots.
* The player's job in ''VideoGame/{{Thwaite}}'' is to prevent this from happening to a village.
* The Genocide route in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' potentially qualifies as this. [[spoiler: At first it doesn't seem 'too' much different from the Neutral or Pacifist routes, but after exiting the Ruins, things slowly start to escalate. Much of the humor is gone, nearly all of the non-enemy {{Non Player Character}}s have evacuated, and the few [=NPCs=] you ''do'' encounter will react with apprehension and fear at [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential the atrocities you've committed]]. You have to go out of your way to [[KillEmAll hunt down every single monster in each area until none remain]] (said monsters including [[PungeonMaster an ice bird creature that aspires to be a successful comedian]], [[BigFriendlyDog an armor-wearing guard dog that likes to be petted]], [[BattleCouple another pair of dogs who are enthusiastically in love with each other]], [[PecFlex a horse/fish hybrid who constantly flexes his muscles]], [[NeatFreak a cleaning-obsessed turtle]], [[ShrinkingViolet a shy fish that likes to sing]], [[HealItWithFire a volcano that thinks its lava can heal people]], [[IceQueen an airplane that is a walking (flying?) parody of the Tsundere archetype]], [[HoYay a pair of guardsmen who secretly harbor romantic feelings for each other]], [[CreepyCute a spider girl who hosts a bake sale to raise money to get her fellow spiders out of the Ruins]], and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Jerry (but nobody likes Jerry)]]), and most of the enemies encountered (including most of the bosses) are easily killed in one or two hits. The normally quirky tone of the game is exchanged for a sense of dread and ambience as you progress through the game, you are prompted at nearly every turn to give up your murderous tendencies, and even [[FoulFlower the]] [[TheFakeCutie main]] [[RealityWarper antagonist]] [[ManipulativeBastard of]] [[CameBackWrong the]] [[EmptyShell game]] eventually realizes that you're going to destroy everything, ''including him'' ([[TheFarmerAndTheViper even after he'd been helping you through the entire route thus far]]). And Lord help you if, [[YouBastard despite]] [[ThatOneBoss everything]], you actually manage to [[ApocalypseHow complete]] [[DealWithTheDevil the]] [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce Genocide]] [[SuddenDownerEnding route...]]]]
* In the ''VideoGame/WildStar'' mission "Shiphand: Space Madness," inhaling too much of a hallucinogenic gas will turn the research station into this, with bright green interiors and rainbows, deer in party hats, and angry sentient lamps trying to kill you.
* At first glance, one might think ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' is an example of this. The world is extremely colorful and the characters are kind of adorable looking. But the backstory and setting are actually rather grim, and the story deals with heavy themes like loss and regret. It still ends up with a pretty idealistic ending however.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/BreakfastOfTheGods'' is a webcomic about breakfast cereal mascots in a very grim and serious war. It's surprisingly bloody. The third book is called "Apocalypse Yum".
* [[http://chainsawsuit.com/2008/08/19/strip-44/ This strip]] of ''Chainsawsuit'' shows what happens if you don't play ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' for too long.
* An early ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0091.html strip]] spoofed the classic "Hostess Supervillain" strips, in which [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] and [[Creator/DCComics DC]] characters were able to DeusExMachina their way out of trouble with the use of DeliciousFruitPies. How does Rich "One Long CrowningMomentOfAwesome" Burlew spoof these? The goblins ''kill'' "Fruit Pie the Sorcerer".
** Randy Milholland spoofed them in a completely different and, well, more [[http://superstupor.com/sust01042008.shtml Milholland-esque]] manner...
** Another [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]] gives us [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0301.html The Battle of Movie Confections]] Where "let's all go to the lobby" takes a turn for the macabre.
** And a ''Magazine/DragonMagazine'' strip featured a sinister cult of ''breakfast cereal'' mascots, with the title "Cereal Killers".
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' pulls this one all the time. The strip plays it inverted when mocking content filters in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2'' -- the blood and gore is replaced by rainbows and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/8/11/ confetti.]]
* A recurring motif in ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' strips. Some examples are [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF152-Scorpy_the_Forest_Friend.gif here]] and [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF231-Baby.jpg here]].
* Invoked several times in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' with the [[KillerRabbit Ob'Enn]], a race of cute and fuzzy [[ScaryDogmaticAliens koalaliens]], and played with in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20040913.html this strip]] Also, the diamond beetles. At least from [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20011022.html their point of view]].
* Happens to the Dimension of Lame in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' [[spoiler:when the demons from the Dimension of Pain finally invade]].
* ''Webcomic/VGCats'', frequently and crossing even more lines than Penny Arcade.
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': What happened to Sam's world.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* There is a story called [[http://www.jihad.net/nonjihad.html Day of the Barney]] in which the purple dinosaur commands his young viewers to kill all the adults. He then takes over using his armies of hooded, mutant "Beloved Ones" and enforces a children-only world by [[spoiler: having a ceremony occur whenever a child turns 13-years-old: the boys are decapitated, and the girls are brainwashed, locked into ''rape camps'', and forced to give birth to more half-human "Beloved Ones."]] The memorable thing about the story? It was played ''straight'' (and was surprisingly well-written). In the sequel story, it's revealed Barney is actually an [[EldritchAbomination Elder God]].
* [[http://onastick.net/sitz/images/ Hello Kitty 40000]]. "In the grim future of Hello Kitty there is only war" -- "[[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/File:MPost4244-motivator1377526vc8%2Ejpg In the grim future of Hello Vader...]]"
* In [[http://kayin.pyoko.org/iwbtg/forums/index.php?topic=19297.0 Hatchling]], [[spoiler: the player has to induce this in the Sugar Bowl region of the Sacchari Range in order to reach the true ending.]]
* [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=64 This]] legend from ''Literature/HitherbyDragons''. And it's certainly not the only one; many, many other stories having coming apocalypses and slaughters happening to a variety of SugarBowl worlds. The entire "Unclean Legacy" story is a bleak landscape that occurs after Gargamel has captured the Smurfs, and [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=123 one stretch]] of the story of Ink Catherly is in a corrupted, putrefying version of Candyland.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YZtJdaN_l4 If Balloons Could Talk]]'' by Neil Cicierega poses the titular question. The first few seconds of the hypothetical world involves everyone happily skipping around with their talking balloons, and then...
* The Cyriak Harris Flash cartoon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNwCojCJ3-Q "Meow."]] A Sugar ZombieApocalypse made worse because [[spoiler: headshots and suicide ''don't work.'']]
* Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures Fan Adventures has [[http://mspafa.wikia.com/wiki/You_Know,_For_Kids! a trope]] dedicated to this.
* ''Creator/PaulRobertson'' work is all about this. For example, [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=908674814285543652 Pirate Babys Cabana Battle Street Fight]] emulates a ZombieApocalypse BeatEmUp with {{chibi}} characters.
* ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''. Cute anthropomorphic animals right out of ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''... in a setting that's Creator/HPLovecraft meets ''Franchise/SilentHill''.
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'': This is what happens when the psychopathic serial killer Kirby pays the Mushroom Kingdom a visit. This is also what he did to his homeland Dreamland.
* ''Podcast/{{Treknologic}}'': The Mike-pocalypse manifested itself as this, forcing the crew to review ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* A ''WebVideo/LasagnaCat'' episode has a giant Garfield accidentally, but rather violently destroying an idyllic and peaceful village that is [[LevelAte build from and habited by creatures made of breakfast products]] by sneezing on it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* People in the Candy Kingdom on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' explode when they're scared. So Princess Bubblegum has to resurrect the dead. This results in zombies. So she has a huge slumber party with everyone, with Finn guarding the castle, and he can't tell anyone about the zombies. It's actually a subversion.
** The Cute King and his army of Cuties accidentally do this to ''themselves''. They always fall apart or explode if they work themselves too much.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', the land of Zinnia is a magical land full of fairies, unicorns, and mermaids, and its entire color palette is very bright and almost like candy. It doesn't stay that way when Malucia drains the entire land of magic.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''
** The Strawberry Shortcake parody people launch a genocidal campaign of dehumanization and consumption of the Sockbat race.
** The Smurf village is destroyed by a lawnmower.
** Clara (Tricked by Spanky) lures in cute forest animals so they could get eaten. She is horrified after finding out.
* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' involving "the Giggle Pies", which are adorable, cuddly, [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] puffballs of cuteness. They actually are evil, though, and plan to take over the world by subjugating the populace to their cuteness. They are said to taste like manure, which is how the Yugopotamians beat them: Yugopotamians find manure ''[[BizarreTasteInFood delicious]]''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AlcnJc3sdM "Five Fat Sausages"]] is a disturbing take on the nursery rhyme about [[LetsMeetTheMeat apparently sentient sausages]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath slowly burning to death in a heated pan]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', a sleepy, eccentric town populated by kooky and (for the most part) well-intentioned citizens…[[spoiler:destined to be the site of the apocalypse.]] The darkness begins to set in at the beginning of Season 2, cumulating in [[spoiler:WhamEpisode "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future", which ends with the sky opening up and demons pouring out]].
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' enjoys both repeatedly massacring the cutesy GangOfCritters and causing wholesale destruction of their wooded homeland, along with ''setting fire to the Earth itself'' on occasion.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', a {{Unicorn}} OmnicidalManiac Twinkles the Terrible causes planets to explode in an explosion of pink dust, which settles in a heart-shape.
* The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials pilot special]] for the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' series. It starts off with the cutesy sweetness usually associated with the franchise, then reptilian monsters come out of the sky and snatch up ponies to be turned into the dragon-like servants of a demon-centaur named Tirek. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'' had some evil witches unleash [[BlobMonster The Smooze]] on Dream Valley, and several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' had Ponyland being threatened with danger, such as the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName chauvinistic penguins]] from "Baby It's Cold Outside" and the magic-stealing Lavan from "Quest of the Princess Ponies".
* The series premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ends on a cliffhanger as a MadGod, [[FallenAngel Nightmare]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Moon]], is freed from [[SealedEvilInACan her thousand-year imprisonment]], captures [[GodEmperor the resident sky-goddess]], and [[OmnicidalManiac threatens the world with extinction]] by triumphantly plunging it into TheNightThatNeverEnds.
** The premiere for the second season gives us the cloud city of Cloudsdale crumbling apart in a vision caused by [[GodOfEvil Discord]] as he presents Rainbow Dash with a SadisticChoice. What's worse is that there's ''nothing to imply this '''isn't''' actually happening!'' [[spoiler: Then Discord [[RealityIsOutToLunch unleashes chaos on all of Equestria]] after having [[CorruptTheCutie corrupted the mane cast]] to [[WeUsedToBeFriends break the bonds of their friendship]], which pushes Twilight to the edge of the DespairEventHorizon. [[WorldGoneMad Amidst all the destruction]], the vision of Cloudsdale comes true.]]
** In the two-part Season 2 finale, the glorious capital city of Equestria, Canterlot, is invaded by [[spoiler:changelings, an [[TheSwarm insect-like]] race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]] that [[EmotionEater feed on love]] and in their natural form resemble black [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie insect ponies]] with fangs]]. By the thousands. [[NightmareFuel It's actually pretty creepy.]]
** A flashback sequence near the beginning of the Season 3 premiere displays this happening to the Crystal Empire one thousand years ago after [[EvilOverlord King Sombra]] [[SorcerousOverlord used his immensely powerful]] BlackMagic to [[TheDarkTimes impose an oppressive reign]] and [[SlaveRace enslave the local population of crystal ponies]], [[MoralEventHorizon who are shown bound in chains]]. [[spoiler: His return at the climax of the second episode very nearly causes the same thing to reoccur, with his very presence converting the surrounding landscape into {{Mordor}} again, but the successful return of [[AmplifierArtifact the Crystal Heart]] results in him apparently being KilledOffForReal.]]
** In "Magic Duel," another, [[spoiler: Ponyville-localized]] instance of this trope is enacted by [[spoiler: [[TheMagnificent the]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Great]] [[ItsAllAboutMe and]] [[AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter Powerful]] [[ThirdPersonPerson Trixie]], who has acquired a relic called the Alicorn Amulet, which enhances her magic to [[PhysicalGod godlike]] levels. She quickly defeats Twilight in a WizardDuel, banishes her from town, and converts Ponyville into her own private fascist state. The reason she takes her quest for revenge so far is because, unbeknownst to her, the Amulet also an ArtifactOfDoom that is corrupting her the more she keeps using it.]]
** The Season 5 finale puts all of these to shame. [[ArcVillain Starlight]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Glimmer's]] TimeTravel plan to [[EvilIsPetty ruin the Mane Six's friendship]] results in [[ButterflyOfDoom increasing worse]] {{Bad Future}}s with the various previous {{Big Bad}}s ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the Flim Flam Brothers]]) conquering Equestria since the Mane Six weren't there to stop them. This eventually culminates into Equestria becoming [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt a barren wasteland of rock, dirt, and dead trees]] that wouldn't look out of place in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''. This, plus [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Twilight telling Starlight]] [[FromBadToWorse things could become even]] ''[[UpToEleven worse]]'' [[FromBadToWorse if she continued]], convinces [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Starlight]] to put things back to normal.
** The endless polar storms that threaten to engulf the Crystal Empire when the Crystal Heart is shattered in the Season 6 premier seem almost quaint compared to the stack of cataclysms immediately preceding them, but are still plenty dire on their own merits.
* ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'': Inverted in ''The Beginning of Rainbow Land'' when you find out that [[SugarBowl Rainbow Land]] was originally a lifeless wasteland.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' -- Uses the trope to exhaustion. Serial-killing Smurfs, genocidal Franchise/CareBears, bitter WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake, etc. And the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse in the form of ''MyLittlePony''.
--> '''Death Pony''': "And I am '''[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Death Pony! ]]
--> '''Woman''': "Oh, how sad! The poor thing can't hear."
--> '''Boy''': "''No mom, I think he said-''"
--> '''Death Pony''': "[[/folder]]

[[folder: Raaaaarrrrgh ]]
** [[spoiler: They die, by the way.]]
** The gummy bear gnawing her foot off.
** Or Watership Down as done by Fraggle Rock.
** In one segment the ''Franchise/CareBears'' [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything decide to purify their land]] by massacring the Care Bear Cousins. The Great Cloudkeeper in the Sky, incensed by their barbarity, punishes them by turning Care-a-Lot into a Hell on Earth: [[TakeThat New Jersey]].
--> '''Jon Corzine''': Hello, I'm New Jersey's governor Jon Corzine. I hope you've enjoyed this re-enactment of our state's proud history. The Garden State. Come get in on some of this rainbow!
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** The three-parter, "Imaginationland", in which the land of good thoughts is being slaughtered by the land of bad thoughts.
** This also cued the return of [[spoiler: the Woodland Critters that Cartman had thought up]]. They're a level of nasty so bad that even ''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]]'' didn't want to meet the person that imagined them!
** "Woodland Critter Christmas". The sickeningly cute, (yet devil-worshiping) Woodland Critters are subject to a Sugar Apocalypse. [[spoiler: To be fair, they DID deserve it.]]
** In "Dances with Smurfs", the Smurf village is destroyed by bulldozers. It wouldn't have been so funny if UNICEF had not already been there.
** The Amazon is commonly a victim of the SugarApocalypse in {{Green Aesop}}s. To prevent this, the kids are forced by their parents to [[CutawayGag join a choir to travel to the Amazon]]. The choir is even more sugary. By the end of the episode, [[IncrediblyLamePun nature abhors a vegan]], and they all want to destroy the Amazon.
* WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake's world has been targeted with this in parodies (see above), but years before those the first of the 1980s animated specials actually played the trope straight. In ''The World of Strawberry Shortcake'', the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak manages to magically flood the valley of Strawberryland by tricking the kids into using a never-runs-dry watering can that only he can ''stop'', and once they've given him what he wants (all of its strawberries) and the waters recede, it's reduced to a muddy wallow. It isn't even restored to its SugarBowl self until the next special.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'', this happened in the backstory, with the old Trollzopolis being destroyed by Simon, as well as a lot of their magic being corrupted and taken. The world almost bit it, too.
* ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown''. Played straight, then inverted when you find out what the [[KillerRabbit rabbits]] are capable of doing to ''each other''.
-->'''Fiver:''' The field... the field... it's '''covered with blood!'''
-->'''Hazel:''' Blood? Don't be ridiculous... Why don't you go fetch me a cowslip? There's some fine grass over here.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}''. An evil wizard unleashes his hellish forces on an ugly little hippy-dippy land populated by cutesy elves and fairies. Then there's the big battle scene in which little Rice Krispies mascot look-a-likes get mercilessly slaughtered.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' quoted above, one of these gets the plot moving. The heroes must resort to ThePowerOfRock to save Pepperland.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Greatest" opens with a race of {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s called Binglebops in the middle of their sickeningly cutesy Bingleberry Festival when Lord Hater shows up and ruthlessly conquers their home planet Bingleborp.

* [[https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/26/sylvanian-families-isis-freedom-of-expression-exhibition This]] series of art pieces showing the Toys/SylvanianFamilies being invaded by [[PunnyName MICE-IS]] terrorists, which was forbidden from being displayed at London Mall Galleries' Freedom of Speech exhibition in 2015 for "potentially inflammatory content".