* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' quickly gained notoriety for being able to use this trope for the fullest impact and dramatic effect. Director Tetsuro Araki managed to create seamless transitions between triumphant victory and hope to multiple character deaths and complete despair for the main characters, as well as vice versa, impeccably well.
* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' kicks off as a lighthearted show about Shu, a carefree, immature young boy straight out of a shonen anime geared at selling toys. (In fact, the creator later re-used him in ''Legendz''). At the end of the first episode, after tussling with some badguys over a mysterious girl, Shu gets sucked into a bizarre portal and transported to a fantastical far off land of mass drought, child soldiers, child SEX SLAVERY, never-ending warfare, and dead cats. GOTCHA!
* A more recent example is ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s Episode 3. The first 2 episodes managed to set a fairly dark mood, but still pale in comparison with the end of episode 3.
** During the episode itself was a spectacular MoodWhiplash. Halfway into the episode, you have Mami and Madoka sharing their sincerest feelings with each other, both of them feeling inspired after the conversation. [[spoiler: Mami dies gruesomely five minutes after.]]
** Fansubbers exclusive, but the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD-_oLjmCGY "Morning Rescue" commercials]] in the Madoka Fansubbers tend to serve as this. We get dark, creepy magical girl show mood and suddenly, wacky commercial. Fans quickly [[MemeticMutation latched onto it]], seeing it as a refuge from the depressing and horrific nature of the show.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKY1w4NNX-Y Example]] of some wacky person overdubbing the show [[FridgeHorror perfectly]]. Warning: Some spoilers.
** Episode 10 has several impressive moments, such as Madoka excitedly hugging Homura after a successful battle, immediately followed by [[spoiler:the disastrous results of Walpurgisnacht's attack: Mami is apparently dead, and Homura watches helplessly as Madoka becomes a witch]].
* The ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manga loves this. After a serious chapter or two, it'll switch to one that's light hearted. Those chapters usually involve the student council.
** The anime manages it within a single episode (9) from comedy [[spoiler: (Shigure's pranks on his long suffering editor)]] to loneliness [[spoiler: (It is Tohru's first New Year without her mother)]] and finally friendship [[spoiler: (Yuki and Kyo don't let her spend it alone)]].
** Episode 13/the beginning of volume 4 goes from a CrowningMomentOfFunny (featuring Black Haru) to dark and unsettling (featuring Yuki and Akito) to a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming (featuring Yuki and Tohru), all in the course of ''half'' an episode.
* The ultimate heavyweight champion: ''MyNeighborTotoro'' and ''{{Grave of the Fireflies}}'' were originally released as a double feature. (After watching ''{{Grave of the Fireflies}}'', you ''need'' ''MyNeighborTotoro''.)
** ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' has this on its own. Satsuki and Mei meeting their fun new next-door neighbors that live in the woods around the shrine, with [[spoiler: ten minutes of Satsuki running around town trying to find Mei, who appears to have drowned in the river]], before the end (which has [[spoiler: more mostly-lighthearted fun]]).
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has a lot of similar whiplashes, intermixing light-hearted comedy, sweet romance, heart-wrenching drama, and sadistic carnage.
** Hell, ''ElfenLied'' even begins with severe whiplash, starting with a mildly vapid secretary-like woman which seems to suggest that the viewer is in for a lighthearted family romp...until she is brutally decapitated by the ACTUAL HEROINE's invisible powers, just because SHE GOT IN THE WAY.
** Not to mention the J-pop ED played after said carnage
** There's also the intro, especially in the first episode. Elfen Lied's intro, Lillium, can be seen as a calming, soothing, beautiful song, set to imagery that pays tribute to Gustav Klimt's artwork. What's the first thing the viewer sees after the intro? A twitching, bloodied, severed arm. Then the carnage only proceeds to get worse.
* ''Manga/{{SaiKano}}'': The mood often switches radically ''on the same page''. ''Repeatedly''.
** Mostly fixed [[AdaptationDistillation in the anime]].
* Same for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', intermixing thrilling HumongousMecha action with highly painful drama. And [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]].
** And {{Fanservice}}. Don't forget the fanservice.
** Many of the [[WhamEpisode later episodes]] would finish with some amount of horror ([[spoiler:Shinji's bloodcurdling scream at the sight of an injured Toji in episode eighteen; Asuka wailing that she "hates everyone" in twenty-two]]) that would be immediately followed by the light-hearted "Fly Me to the Moon". The ending theme for episode twenty-two is particularly unnerving.
** The show is largely a run-of-the-mill {{Shonen}} series up until [[spoiler: Episode 18]], which was made around the time Hideaki Anno [[CreatorBreakdown had a massive psychological crisis]] involving depression that he had to go into therapy for. Episodes after this "epoch" are noticeably darker, bloodier, and sadder than the previous episodes. MoodWhiplash? Ohhhhh yes.
** Despite the incredibly depressing content, EVA's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAvg0RHJTdA theme music]] is some of the most upbeat around. It almost taunts you, as you know what to expect after it ends.
* All of ''KodomoNoOmocha'' deals with tears and laughter, usually in the same episode. Most consider it a well-done portrayal of growing up.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' TV Series and movie intentionally created MoodWhiplash, often to make fun of the audience for taking things seriously. Especially later, when the WriterOnBoard started sacrificing characters for their [[AnAesop Aesops]].
* ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' had a humorous beach episode right after a female character's boyfriend disintegrated in her arms, and she went catatonic.
** An even more drastic example in the same series is episode sixteen, where literally seconds after the [=HiMEs=] are declaring their eternal friendship, the LovableTraitor Nagi tells them that they must [[spoiler:fight each other in an InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath, in which defeat causes the same disintegration to the person dearest to the loser]].
** The {{Post Episode Trailer}}s are often humorous, in contrast to the dark tone of later episodes, often making light of the tragic and horrific events that happen in them. In the preview for Episode 25, [[spoiler:Yuuichi]] asks [[spoiler:Mai]] to repeat what she said to him [[spoiler:as he was dying from Shiho's Child being destroyed]], noting that he couldn't hear her and that he can't ascend to Heaven until he hears it, causing her to refuse to tell him out of annoyance.
* Entire series Mood Whiplash include ''{{Gatekeepers}}'' and its sequel, ''Anime/{{Gatekeepers 21}}''.
* Also seen in ''[[JinkiExtend Jinki: Extend]]'' which was one series, but based on a manga and its sequel.
* ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' whiplashes back and forth between sweet, thoughtful LoveTriangle romance and over-the-top slapstick comedy.
* ''Manga/{{Legendz}}'': from slapstick, CartoonPhysics and random humor suddenly to horror, {{Tear Jerker}}s, suffering and heavy morality. Incredible achievement on behalf of the director and writers.
* Naru in ''Manga/LoveHina'' is a champion (it is the lead in for her ''MegatonPunch''), but Motoko is also well versed in it. Keitaro plummets into anguish with equal speed.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' is guilty of this in the second half of the After Story series. To give an example, take the episode where [[spoiler:Nagisa died. Heart wrenching, of course, with Tomoya quickly becoming a crying wreck while holding his newly born child]] Aaaaaaand cue the upbeat happy J-pop ED!
** And then [[spoiler:that same child dies in his arms 5 years later.]] Aaaaand cue the upbeat J-pop ED!
** The main series is also this. You can spend a whole episode laughing, then switch to crying in the next, and then back to laughing in the following episode, thanks to the show actively switches between high school comedy and heavy drama.
** It can also happen in the same episode, especially where Fuuko or Sunohara are involved. This troper has had moments where tears were still running down her cheeks from the previous scene, yet she was laughing at a comical moment.
** Lampshaded towards the end of the first season when Tomoya and Nagisa are talking about her part in the play... and how she burst into song at the end of her performance.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' takes this to a whole 'nother level. While it already had standard MoodWhiplash episodes following dramatic episodes (usually revolving around Kon, Ichigo's sisters, or FakeUltimateHero Don Kanonji), during the {{Filler}} arc a brief clip comic relief snippet, titled Shinigami Cup, was placed after the credits of each episode. The clip displayed various of ''Bleach'''s numerous characters doing all sorts of things, from managing their hair in the morning to attending club meetings.
** There's also the ending credits song "Happy People" (as upbeat as it sounds) which premiered at the end of what is probably the least appropriate episode possible. The episode ends with [[spoiler: Ichigo falling over in a puddle of his own blood after having been stabbed through the chest.]] "Happy people! Happy people!"
** Another example is the bizarre amount of humor in 3-on-1 fights versus Aizen. In the original Soul Society arc, Ichigo and Renji are trying to protect Rukia from Aizen, Gin, and Tousen, and they insert a random laugh moment where Rukia berates Renji for holding his hand over her mouth. The most recent with Isshin, Urahara, and Yoruichi has Urahara and Yoruichi randomly fighting over the quality of Urahara's equipment. Isshin can only stand there annoyed. Aizen even points out that Urahara's silliness in this particular fight is an act.
** The battle against Szayel takes the cake. It's about half wacky humour between Ishida, Renji, Pessche and Dondochakka, and half Renji and Ishida ''getting their organs destroyed''. Later when Mayuri turns up to save the day, there is some comic relief between him and Ishida which quickly becomes FridgeHorror when you realize this is the guy who ''tortured his grandfather to death''.
** Yumichika and Charlotte's fight starts off looking like pure comedy filler between a [[TheFightingNarcissist narcissist]] and his EvilCounterpart. Cue MoodWhiplash when Yumichika's [[CoverBlowingSuperpower secret abilities]] are suddenly revealed. FridgeBrilliance reveals Charlotte and the 11th division have the same philosophy (direct combat prowess) and that Yumichika's objection is therefore to the 11th division philosophy itself. FridgeHorror reveals this means the [[HiddenDepths so-called]] narcissist's sacrificing himself for a philosophy he doesn't believe in because his true philosophy is the importance of [[UndyingLoyalty loyalty]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' often includes humorous moments in the middle of fights. The author has stated herself that manga is supposed to be entertaining, and thus wanted to minimize the focus on sad scenes (then again, this is the same manga that has [[spoiler:Hughes' well-known TearJerker funeral scene]]).
** The manga has gone so far as to actually throw in a humorous moment right after a character meets a gruesome fate, in ''the same scene'', [[spoiler: namely, Yoki charging in right after Heinkel ''rips Kimbley's throat out'']], or having characters crack jokes about political propaganda right next to [[spoiler: Mrs Bradley]] breaking down when told her husband and child are apparently dead. In chapter 102 she also throws one in right ''before'' a Tearjerker moment, [[spoiler:Edward comically pulls Roy over by the ankle when he mentions the Gate to check to see if he still has all his limbs]] TWO PANELS before it's revealed that [[spoiler:Roy has lost his eyesight to the Gate]]. As the series progresses, things get darker and more serious, but instead of [[CerebusSyndrome cutting the humor]], it refuges in more extreme [[MoodWhiplash mood whiplashes]] and GallowsHumor.
** It's not always the funny moments that do it, though-- Chapter 107, for example, combines 3 or 4 [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ludicrously awesome moments]] with one of the series' most impressive {{Tear Jerker}}s. You'll feel like bawling your eyes out and {{squee}}ing at the same time.
** In episode 56 of Brotherhood, [[spoiler: It has been announced that the forces of good have taken over Central]] and everyone is cheering, complete with triumphant music, but is quickly turned around with just two words, [[spoiler: "I'm back" (Fuhrer Bradly)]].
** Best example is in Brotherhood episode 19 when [[spoiler:the show [[NaturalSpotlight shines a spotlight on Havoc]] during his [[ManlyTears Manly Tears]] moment about how he loves big boobs. Directly followed up in the rest of the episode with a mix of horror and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]], with a RoaringRampageOfRevenge[=/=]HeroicBSOD thrown in for good measure.]]
** The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] has plenty of Mood WHiplash as well. It'll be serious, serious -- ten seconds of comedy that come out of nowhere -- back to serious. There seems to be less of this in the latter portion of the series, which could probably be attributed to many things including the darker tone of the show overall and the anime having overtaken the manga.
*** the 2003 anime makes use of detached, noncanonical {{OVA}}s for the MoodWhiplash feel. For example, the Chibi Party OVA.
*** The same goes for the comedy episodes of the [[Anime/FullMetalAlchemist 2003 anime]]. For example episode 13, the anime source regarding [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Mustang's feelings on dogs and appropriate female uniforms for when he takes over the military]] also includes a brief flashback, which reveals that [[spoiler: Mustang set a terrified armed child on fire during the war]].
* In ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' this is done routinely as Kagome balances fighting demons and going to school. Several episodes open with Kagome at school fretting about her grades, only to cut to the BigBad plotting to kill her in his dark castle.
** One weirdly funny moment occurs when Inuyasha's group is trying to solve a situation where two brothers are trying to kill each other and they're destroying all the villages around in their tussel. Inuyasha rants about the thoughtlessness of brothers warring with each other before realising his friends are staring incredulously. Inuyasha then argues with them about whether or not he's being hypocritical because of his feud with his own brother. Sango randomly wonders whether Sesshoumaru's sneezing as a result of people talking behind his back and the scene does a SneezeCut... to Jaken sneezing on Sesshoumaru's behalf. Comedy moment over, it returns to the very serious situation of the two feuding brothers that Inuyasha's group is trying to stop.
* ''BrigadoonMarinAndMelan''. Don't let the cartoonish character design or silly gags found in this series fool you! This sci-fi fantasy anime is a rollercoaster of emotions [[BreakTheCutie that eat]] [[PluckyGirl plucky]] [[HeartwarmingOrphan girls]], [[{{Stoic}} cyborg bodyguards]], and the occasional {{Moe}} for breakfast only to be saved or doomed by DeusExMachina or DiabolusExMachina. [[EarnYourHappyEnding Everything turns out alright in the end]].
** But what adds to this anime's bipolarity? Remember that infamous scene in Disney/{{Bambi}} when Bambi finds out his mother is dead and the next scene that follows is happy springtime? Brigadoon ends ALL of its episodes like that! Regardless of happy conclusions or a shocking CliffHanger at the end of each episode, the series ends each episode with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp2UA6cA8B4&feature=channel_video_title sugary-sweet ED.]]
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' generally doesn't change moods in mid-episode, but episodes have been in every possible style -- from romantic fairy-tales to moody {{Deconstruction}} to classic HeroicBloodshed.
** An in-episode example would be "Speak Like a Child." Most of the episode is lighthearted and silly as Spike and Jet attempt to find the right equipment to watch a [[TheRing mysterious videotape]]. When they finally succeed, they find out that the tape is [[spoiler:a message which Faye made as a child and sent to herself in the future, telling her never to lose her younger self. She doesn't remember a thing.]] ''[[TearJerker Ouch]].''
** Used quite well in "Waltz for Venus". Towards the end of the episode, Spike and Roco, who Spike met in that episode, confront a gang that Roco stole a valuable plant from (to cure his sick sister). [[spoiler: As the fight starts, it plays typical, upbeat fight music. Eventually a gang member comes after Roco, but he quickly defeats him by using a technique that Spike had tried to teach him earlier in the episode. He is so happy that he did the technique right that he gives Spike a thumbs up. Spike returns the thumbs up and immediately after, Roco is shot and the music stops. The MoodWhiplash makes Roco's death hit the viewer pretty hard, even though he was only introduced that episode.]]
** And in contrast to the last two examples, the finale of "Ballad of Fallen Angels," the first of the HeroicBloodshed episodes which featured Spike's first epic throwdown with his enemy Vicious. We're treated to a beautiful flashback of Spike and Julia, where Spike says to her, "Just like that...sing for me, please." And then we return to the present where Spike wakes up, all wrapped up in bandages due to all the crap he got put through during that fight, and Faye is singing quietly. Spike calls Faye over, motioning for her to lean close, and then...[[spoiler:"You sing off key." And Faye goes into instant tsuntsun mode and ''lets him have it'', ending the episode on a hilarious note]].
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', while mostly a parodic anime, does this later in the series, having moving moments almost directly followed by comedy. The biggest shock is when Il Palazzo [[spoiler: shoots Excel at the end of episode 23]], even though he did the same thing at the beginning of episode 1 as well as numerous other times throughout the series, and [[spoiler: Excel dies]] so often that you lose count.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' - the first series went for a GeckoEnding when it [[spoiler:killed Asuna on her 14th birthday]]. The very next episode sees Negi examining something on the headteacher's desk, then [[spoiler:breaking down upon realizing that it's one of her bells, out of her ashes. Of course, by the end of the series, with help from Chao Lingshen and others in 3A, she gets better the moment Negi and company use the machine Lingshen invented to permanently terminate her deal with the demon king]], but still...
** The manga does this too, the most extreme one occurring when [[spoiler: Ala Alba arrives in Magicus Mundus. Fate appears, impales Negi (who nearly dies of blood loss) with a stone spear, destroys the gateport, scatters the group across the world, and frames Negi as the person responsible for the whole incident. The next few chapters show that the various members of the group end up selling themselves into slavery, becoming horribly ill, and getting amnesia, among other things.]]
** It also does this in reverse. After about 20 chapters of drama, fights, long-speculated-upon backstory, and a build up to TheReveal, we get a FanService-heavy BreatherEpisode / FuroScene. It is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny very funny]] though.
** And then slammed us all with Ako breaking down in secret.
** The recent one is probably the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sweet]] "Kiss Kiss Carnival" chapters being immediately followed by a series of [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapters]].
*** The latest of which, 277, has involved the '''erasure from existence''' of [[spoiler: Craig, Aisha, Tosaka, Bear-Lady, and Emily]]!
*** Although [[spoiler: that's apparently reversible, so just forget that your new friend disintegrated! Like it never happened.]]
** Chapter 304 of the Manga pulls this off with a great back-and-forth; when Negima [[spoiler: prepares to start a big, climactic fight with the mysterious villain Dynamis, Dynamis announces he's going into his strongest form.... which involves him getting naked. Just as Negi's Nakama are recovering from the shock (some of them rather pleased) it goes back to serious when Dynamis starts beating the crap out of Negi and the previously-disposed of FiveBadBand come back to fight some more. But then Ako announces she can give the group the strength buff they need to overcome the odds and beat their enemies.... by sticking a giant, magical needle in their butts.]]
** Chapter 340 wields this trope like a blunt weapon. [[spoiler: Asuna's back, and saved Negi: Awesome. Then they start hugging: Heartwarming. Then they get into one of their usual arguments, with what is essentially God standing RIGHT THERE: Funny. Then Asuna and Negi defeat the BigBad, and just as the first cheer escapes from this Awesome moment, turns out God hijacked Nagi's body at some point and the only thing he could say after seeing his son for the first time in Six years? "Negi, come and kill me. Then everything will be over." OH look, here comes the tears.]]
** Chapter 352, hoo boy... is a massive TerJearker. [[spoiler: Asuna has woken up 30 years too late; everyone from 3A is dead including Negi. And at the very end, she sees Chao and Evangeline.]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' - slams very rapidly from sad to inspirational to very, very sad when [[spoiler:Kamina is mortally wounded, but gets back up and destroys the remaining opposition in a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesomeAnime stirring scene]]... ''then'' he dies]]. Later, during the first few post-TimeSkip episodes, after a fast-paced rollercoaster ride of over-the-top badassitude, it seems like the show actually jumped off the same slippery slope that took ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Fortunately, that was just to build up momentum to fly up even further UpToEleven.
** In ''[[TheMovie Lagann-hen]]'',this goes in reverse; when [[spoiler: the Cathedral Lazengann has been activated and is about to punch out the Earth]], things look bad and the mood is relatively dramatic... then [[spoiler: Lordgenome [[HollywoodHacking hacks]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUzzAlorT7Q the Cathedral]] ]], in what is considered one of the [[Funny/TengenToppaGurrenLagann funniest]] scenes in the movie.
** If you're watching ''Gurren Lagann'' on the Sci-Fi channel, you get an additional whiplash if you stick around after the show's end to see... ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''. Talk about mood whiplash!
*** And after that's over we still have half of ''Gurren Lagann'' left, and it'll be followed by the [[{{Gorn}} ultra-violent]], [[ShootTheShaggyDog super-depressing]], perfect anime for {{SyFy}}, ''MDGeist''.
* ''Manga/{{Gravitation}}'' regularly flip-flops between comedy and angst, depending on how Shuichi reacts to the events happening to him. The most extreme example was after a slapstick sequence of Shuichi and Aizawa being chased by fangirls, then getting drunk together, when [[spoiler:three other men hired by Aizawa come in, and they beat and rape Shuichi]].
** Schoolgirl cosplay directly post [[spoiler:brutal assault]], anyone?
** How about the end of the anime [[spoiler:when Eiri's suicide attempt is interrupted by Shuichi bursting through the ceiling in a dog costume.]]
** Part of the problem was ExecutiveMeddling; Maki Murakami wanted the series to be DarkerAndEdgier, but her editor convinced her to keep the story comedic. Mostly.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', the darkest entry in the ''MobileSuitGundam'' saga, was followed up by ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'', a comedic hijinks series. Following negative reactions, ZZ shifted gears halfway through its run, focusing on drama and politics.
** To be fair, Tomino had a history of following up epic tragedies with comedies, and depressions caused by ExecutiveMeddling can be attributed to at least a few of his KillEmAll endings anyways.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' was a depressing series, held to be at least as [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and edgy]] as Zeta because even though it had some breather episodes and plenty of funny moments it also had a ''consistently'' [[KillThemAll high death count]] for [[AnyoneCanDie named characters]]. It was then followed by ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', which is as Super Robot as Gundam can ever get.
** Speaking of Gundam, the ongoing story arcs from the parody manga ''Gundam-San'' are the absolute king of this. Best example would probably be ''Garma of the Space Island'', a goofy SliceOfLife story about the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Zabi clan]] as a poor family living in a Japanese-style shack. Things take a turn for the worse after Zeon Deikun shows up, but the absolute biggest WhamEpisode comes when [[spoiler:it turns out the whole thing was Kycilia reminiscing about her dead family, right when Char shows up to deliver her [[BoomHeadshot memorable death scene]].]]
** ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' has a little of this as well, welding comic relief scenes with scenes of intense fights and slight drama. The worst of this has to be in episode 20 which in one scene, in order to recall a past memory, Sei ends up quoting ''all 43 episodes'' of the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' to a scene where [[spoiler: Aila]] is forced to fight, and when she refuses, is suffered through MindRape. She ends up not only decimating a recurring character's Gunpla but get unfairly get called out on when [[spoiler:Reiji, a boy she loves,]] hatefully yells at her. [[spoiler:Fortunately, this series comes back to the lighter side in Episode 21 when she and Reiji reconcile]].
*** Episode 21 itself piles on the feels, with [[spoiler:Reiji]]'s hate and [[spoiler:Aila]]'s despair, then heartwarming as they reconcile. Not long afterwards, [[spoiler:Reiji and Aila]] get into a shouting match over who's going to win before [[spoiler:[[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt Aila quits Team Nemesis and calls out Nine Barthess, Josef Kankaansyrjä and his grandson]]]]. After all of that, the rest of the match shows them flirting while beating each other up. It's as simultaneously heartwarming, humorous, and awesome as you might expect.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' generally starts each arc with someone dying horribly (or at least a mutilated corpse in plain sight). And then on the other side of the opening credits, lighthearted comedy. And then things go steadily downhill again.
** The first season's ending theme provides this effect, especially with the ending of Meakashi-hen:[[spoiler:After an episode of bloody carnage, the last shot we see is of Shion falling to her death, so taking Watanagashi-hen into account, the entire cast of main characters save for Rena and Oishi are now dead. The screen goes black, and we hear the splat of her body hitting the ground.]] Cut to the ending credits to a light, soothing piano piece.
** There's probably at least one person who tuned in to the first episode right after the first scene and opening credits, knowing nothing about the show, and assumed the series was a comedy. It must be like playing ''{{Eversion}}'' blind.
** The anime has two noticeable whip lashes. Right after Meakashi ends, [[spoiler:the arc where Shion goes the a murder spree that [[NeverLiveItDown ruined her reputation]]]], we see her again in the next episode. Normal and happy, back to her GenkiGirl self; it's more striking then with the other characters. Next is at the end of the first season. Everything seems happy and fine, until you notice [[spoiler:this is another world, which is why everyone's happy and back to normal.]]
** The whole series is an expert in Mood Whiplash as it often turns a funny or cute scene into a surprising or even nightmare bringing scene. What is creepy in the anime is often scary or terrifying in the manga where you sometimes almost don't dare to turn to the next page. Like in Onikakushi-hen chapter 3 (in where there are no less than 4 changes in mood in just a few pages) when Keiichi confronts Rena about her and Mion keeping secrets from him only for Rena to turn the tables on him and instead accuse him of keeping secrets from his friends. It's all seems to be end peacefully when Rena calms down, until you turn the page and see [[http://manga.animea.net/higurashi-no-naku-koro-ni-onikakushihen-chapter-3-page-30.html this]], complete in colour and all. It is without warning and you have to read carefully to even notice that the page before was also in colour. And now imagine a series full of similar things...
*** One notable scene in the manga is [[spoiler:Shion's]] death. We see her falling, then are shown a diabetes inducing scene of "What if" [[spoiler:that's very much like what happens in the Kai arcs]], before we get a gory shot of her dead body.
** The manga is bad about this, often using omakes at the end or beginning of a chapter. It's especially noticeable at the end of Minagoroshi. [[spoiler:Right after a DownerEnding there are a bunch of omakes ''making fun'' of the depressing scenes, and lampshading Miyo's odd facial expressions]].
* Then there's ''TenshiNiNarumon'', which does the reverse: silly and random 90% of the time, but with the occasional WhamEpisode tossed in.
* ''Manga/PrinceOfTennis'' does this so violently (and very, very deliberately) that if you aren't ready for the MoodWhiplash between high-stakes tournament finales and alternate universe chibi adventures, you're liable to end up in a neck brace.
* Done near the end of ''Manga/LuckyStar'', when the normal sequence of slice-of-life gags is broken by a touching segment on why Konata's late mother chose her father.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' does this occasionally, interspersing their tense battles with weird and unexpected humor, such as [[spoiler: when Kuwabara is about to die in his fight with Risho, and Yukina's appearance suddenly makes him super strong; he knocks Risho out with one blow and then proceeds to do muscle-man poses to impress her.]] Another one of note was when [[spoiler: Chuu, in the middle of the power-up which will herald his ultimate technique, runs to the edge of the ring and starts throwing up.]]
* ''TheSlayers'' adores this and makes full use of it, including [[LampshadeHanging hanging lampshades]] on it at every opportunity. In a particularly memorable scene, [[spoiler: Lina has been put out of action and is possibly dead despite Sylphiel's efforts, the rest of the cast are facing the season's [[BigBad Big Bad]] with various injuries and no hope of winning -- and Amelia's overprotective father, the ridiculously over-the-top Prince Philionel, arrives from nowhere and makes a fool out of himself by challenging the enemy in the name of justice. Zelgadis [[FourthWall explains this]] by commenting, "Well, they can't let these episodes get ''too'' serious."]]
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' starts as a charming romantic comedy and decays into an [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty nightmare]].
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** Arguably the entire point of the weird broadcast order of episodes is to recreate the mood whiplash that occurs in the novels, but on a TwelveEpisodeAnime timescale. More directly, though, the WhamEpisode probably qualifies as mood whiplash, as a series about the personal weirdness of its title character suddenly turns out to be about the very real dangers that puts the rest of the cast into.
** In the WhamEpisode, Haruhi is ridiculously bored, and braids Mikuru's hair. Can't fault Mikuru for shivering in fear at what Haruhi might do to her. For the record, Haruhi used Mikuru to blackmail the Computer Club President on charges of sexual harassment, and forcefully stripped her several times, though not at the same time. Kyon goes home and soon sleeps. When he wakes up, it turns out they're in a separate universe, [[spoiler:created by Haruhi herself]], and they don't know how to get out.
** Asakura's big scene previously would also count. It's set up to look like a fourth fraction declaration(and love confession parody). And the series is shaping up to a be comedy/drama at this point. Then suddenly you get this line without warning or a change in tone of voice: [[spoiler: '''Asakura''': "That's why I'm going to kill you and see how Miss Suzumiya reacts." She pulls out a knife and makes with the stabbing. This is followed by reality-warping KUNG-FU action!]] It's still the only real action scene in the anime and one of only 2 in the {{LightNovels}}.
* The 8th volume of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' features this trope in a particularly jarring way. After the last page, when [[spoiler:everyone on the ship dies cheering on the main characters after Miranda deactivates her innocence, from the woman and her bodyguard that were set up to be main (or at least recurring) characters to the nameless crewmen celebrating for the last time belowdecks]], the very next page is an omake featuring the wacky hijinks of the creator and her assistants.
** Chapter 189 begins with someone surveying the carnage left after an attack by the Noah, then cuts to the fact that [[spoiler:Allen just dropped out of the Ark straight onto the Earl's head.]] The goofiness then gives way to [[spoiler:the Fourteenth]] being freaky as hell, and [[spoiler:Allen starts thrashing around, clutching his head and screaming "No, no!"]]- then he headbutts the Earl across the room. It also features Kanda freaking out about his hair tie again. The sudden attack of silliness is really, really jarring, considering the lack of comedy in the preceding few installments and the fact that it seems like the weirdest possible place to put it.
** Also in the anime, when everyone thinks [[spoiler:Allen is dead]] and learn they can't even see him, after spending the last few episodes on some pretty heavy life and death stuff, suddenly Miranda appears and trips down the deck of the ship. Then again when it seems that [[spoiler:Kanda's just died]], next comes extended comedic scenes on the debt which Allen's master wracked up and what he made two of the Noahs do as they tried to find him. Very funny, but also very sudden given the extremely serious nature of the episodes before it.
* ''Anime/TsukuyomiMoonphase'' flips from the light-hearted, daily life of a cute monster girl and her surrogate family, to dark, full-out battle sequences between the villains that almost look like they're from another show! The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoNNU1uawj0 main title sequence]] doesn't help any.
* ''{{Jubei-Chan}}'' uses this to great effect. One moment Jiyu's engaged in some heartwarming highjinks the next she's plummeting down a cliff face with [[HighPressureBlood high velocity blood loss]].
* ''{{Violinist of Hameln}}'' is the '''''king''''' of this trope. Accept no substitutes. The series flips from drama, tragedy, and angst to heartwarming romance and then to outright ludicrous gags pretty much with the turning of a page; to list every instance of MoodWhiplash would be to summarize every page and line of dialogue. The real kicker is that it's pulled off surprisingly well and the characters become very complex as a result. Note that this only applies to the manga, the {{Anime}} starts out horribly sad and pretty much stays that way.
* ''RozenMaiden'' much? The series mixes the daily antics of a group of immature, childish dolls trying to acclimate themselves to and enjoy their new life, with much [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensuing]]...except that these same dolls are forced to compete in a Highlander-style fight, forced to kill their own sisters or be killed by them.
* ''{{Kanon}}'' keeps bouncing between {{Tear Jerker}}s, SitCom- style humor, and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming]].
* ''Anime/NaruTaru'' starts out looking like a cute and perky {{Mons}} series, but then just a few episodes/chapters later, [[spoiler:the adorable mascot spears a boy through the chest with a big pointy object]]... and [[FromBadToWorse it keeps getting darker and darker from there]].
* ''{{Honey and Clover}}'' is a series that handles the whiplash from madcap comedy to rather dramatic introspection, then to near melodramatic romance quite well throughout the entire run, and even within the same episode.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has a fair share of serious moments, but is still a GagSeries, and as such, has a habit of shifting back to being hilarious in the blink of an eye.
* ''SoltyRei'' has some episodes where the transition between comedy and serious, somewhat-noirish action takes place in a matter of seconds.
* ''StrikeWitches'' is, for the first eight episodes, a light {{fanservice}} show with [[OnceAnEpisode regular]] Neuroi attacks, albeit with reference to the war going on in the background. The end of episode eight [[spoiler:shows the titular unit's commander pointing a gun at her second in command, demanding her resignation]]. [[FromBadToWorse Things get even worse]] from then on, up to and including [[spoiler:a conspiracy to pull the Witches out of battle]].
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' starts with the main character getting stabbed right though the chest to the main character waking up and causing a mess in the dorms screaming that he was killed and that he will be avenged. The series flip-flops between the hilarious and the deathly serious fairly consistently.
* ''[[MahouTsukaiNiTaisetsuNaKotoNatsuNoSora Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~]]'' is a rather lighthearted {{slice of life}}-affair, until the reveal that [[spoiler:Sora has a terminal illness and will likely die soon]].
* Believe it or not, ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has tons of examples of this. Mixed in with the GenreSavvy characters and banana-skin related tomfoolery, there are some pretty [[TearJerker tear jerking]] moments there.
** And MUCH moreso in the manga.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often had this, either ending comic episodes on a jarring twist or following a BreatherEpisode with a tragic WhamEpisode. A fairly low key example early in the series was a humorous episode about trying to catch a stray cat that got Zero's mask stuck on its head, which ended with the Emperor delivering an unsettling Social Darwinist speech broadcast on every television in Britannia, talking about how evil equality is. The kicker was in the second season where the very last comic episode focuses on [[spoiler: Milly's graduation celebration, where boys wear blue hats and girls wear pink hats, and if someone steals someone else's hat and puts it on, those two have to become boyfriend/girlfriend. There had been a WillTheyOrWontThey looming over Shirley and Lelouch for the entire series until that point, when Lelouch essentially handed his hat over to Shirley, showing that he was finally willing to return her feelings]]. The episode ended with [[spoiler: Shirley regaining her memories, causing her to become aware of Japan's and Britannia's GambitPileup (and remember that she had tried to murder Lelouch after he killed her father the previous year), leaving her with literally nobody to trust. It goes FromBadToWorse]].
* Even the various incredibly {{FanService}} heavy ''BurnUp'' series' have moments of this.
* The OVA of Johji Manabe's ''Capricorn'' has this in spades. One example: The CuteMonsterGirl happily flies an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent out of the BigBad's castle like they're close friends and nothing's wrong, but turns panicky when {{mooks}} start chasing after them, and then she gives same student the cold shoulder when he tries to talk to her soon afterward. And the [[ManBehindTheMan evil general]] the masses know is manipulating the king [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny still cheer for him at a massive rally]] as he takes control of the planet. As it's a 45-minute adaptation of an entire manga series, however, these kinds of issues are [[CompressedAdaptation to be expected.]]
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' marks the end of its comedic side with the introduction of [[KnightOfCerebus Legato.]]
** A more straight-up case of whiplash comes in episode six, where after a series of largely comedic episodes, the mood shifts gears and actually ''shows'' the audience the consequences of Vash (somehow) having destroyed a city without killing anyone inside.
** Another example is when [[spoiler: Wolfwood dies]]. The next episode starts just like the earlier onees with Vash doing some zany antics and eating donuts, giving us some hope that maybe what we saw last time wasn't absolute. Then in the middle of a "Donuts are awesome!" funny scene, Vash [[spoiler: starts to cry]], driving it home that yes, [[spoiler:Wolfwood actually died]]. Oh, and this is also the episode when [[spoiler:Vash kills Legato and goes into a HeroicBSOD about [[ThouShaltNotKill having to kill someone]]]], so it just [[FromBadToWorse keeps getting worse]].
* ''Manga/GakuenAlice'' jumps from a light hearted ten year old school girl life to [[spoiler:Someone is going to die in five second if you don't do something, someone is missing, probably death, someone is kidnapped and so on.]]
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' did this in the first season, alternating between wacky high school hijinks and RealRobot action arcs that could get rather grim. The sequels compartmentalised the two halves with all comedic ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' and more action/drama oriented ''The Second Raid'' having far few comedic moments though it wasn't entirely devoid of them, partly thanks to [[LargeHam Gates]].
* At first glance, ''TheNoozles'' seems like an innocent, light-hearted anime about talking koala bears- until you get to it's surprisingly deep MythArc and its apocalyptic, horrific final episode.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is usually a cute and silly series, but occasional has strips that are very serious and very TearJerker (such as Russia's History and America Cleans the Storage). Interestingly, in a Japanese poll for the first volume, one of these serious strips ranked first.
** If you follow the anime- [[http://hetalia.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_45 episode 45.]] The [[http://hetalia.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_44 previous episode]] was the usual comedy (with [[spoiler: Swirzerland trying to teach self defense to Liechtenstein]], Canada's ButtMonkey episode an some cute America and Japan stuff), and then, ''bam!'', you get a TearJerker flashback (of [[spoiler: Liechtenstein almost DyingAlone in the rain after UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne pushes her close to the DespairEventHorizon]]) that is '''far''' more dramatic than it was in the manga at the start and by the end a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming (with [[spoiler:Liech being saved by Switzerland, and then in the present, her thanking him]]) in an episode that is basically ''completely'' serious, though not dark.
** Between the TearJerker parts of America cleans out the storage you have the episode with Rome's song andthe episode with Italy trying to spy on the Allies. Basicly you have light hearted episode 15 with Japan and Western Cultures, more serious episode 16 about China's and Japan's history, episode 17 which is about America remembering about his and England's past and makes you want to cry, episode 18 with Rome's song, episode 19 with Canada not being noticed then back to a TearJerker for the continuation of America's Cleaning Out the Storage.
** The "While you were gone" comic strips seem like lighthearted fluff, with Italy and Poland pranking Lithuania, until Po walks in on him in the bath and sees his scars.
--> [[TearJerker "So there's a side of Lithuania...I don't know..."]]
** Many strips that feature Lithuania seems to devolve into MoodWhiplash, even if he is not the direct recipient given his presence in the aforementioned Cleaning out the Storage and Bloody Sunday strips in addition to those dealing with his own history.
* The various ''Anime/GetterRobo'' series are known to violently slam between mind-blowing HotBlooded SuperRobot badassery and pure horror, bringing in themes of fatalism and CosmicHorrorStory.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' could be considered an example of this. Most of the first arc contained a light-hearted, action-y atmosphere, like what you'd generally expect from some Shounen manga. However, it takes a left turn when [[spoiler: the original Syaoran wakes up, and "Syaoran" is revealed to be a clone that suddenly falls into a trance-like state, in which he also takes Fai's eye for his own, and leaves the group]].
* In ''Manga/GhostHunt'' most episodes are strait-forward paranormal research/horror, except for those bits of romantic comedy that seem to pop out of nowhere.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''. The series tends to shift between a dark, supernatural action show, to a {{Moe}} school-yard romantic comedy.
* ''ZombieLoan''. The manga more so than the anime, but in both cases, the series gravitates between slapstick and character-driven comedy to scenes of extreme violence and gore.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is full of this. The series shifts between HotBlooded action taken UpToEleven (with generous amounts of FoeYay and HoYay included) and scenes [[WarIsHell showing the bodies of countless fallen soldiers]]. And that's not even including the occasional dramatic death scenes.
* Amazingly, ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Watch some episodes. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Laugh.]] Then watch [[TearJerker the ending]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has the title character coming back to the village from a particularly arduous battle to find [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the entire village congratulating him and recognizing him as a hero]]]]. This is then followed by a rather amusing scene of a squad of Cloud nin [[spoiler:coming the village to inform them ''their'' village plans to take care of Sasuke and Akatsuki]] while one of them talks about theoretical girlfriends he would get while traveling but upset when he leaves them. But ''then'' [[spoiler:we find out that Tsunade's attempt to save the villager's from Pain's attack didn't just render her unconscious, but ''put her in a coma'' so the village council decides she needs to be replaced in the meantime and '' Danzo'' successfully pushes his way into the becoming the acting Sixth Hokage]]. All of this in '''one chapter''' (which is called "[[IronicEpisodeTitle The Joyful Village]]").
** An even worse example happened much earlier: the same chapter included Hayate being brutally murdered for [[HeKnowsTooMuch learning about the planned invasion of the Leaf Village by the Sound and Sand Villages]] then goes to Naruto making a summoning contract but only being able to summon a tadpole, then it goes back to Hayate's corpse [[http://eatmanga.com/Manga-Scan/Naruto/Naruto-092/page-20 on the same page]].
** Something similar to Bleach's omake happened with ''Naruto'' after Shippuden started, although omakes weren't shown after some of the more serious episodes (especially around the time [[spoiler:Asuma]] died).
** Anyone who reads the manga saw this one coming in Shippuden: the seventh season's ending is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRY1pfabiiw saccharine cheery feature]] of a certain character. This same season also happens to be the one in which [[spoiler: the main characters' hometown is flattened, and several characters die.]] Episode 165's omake calls attention to this out-of-place and mostly ridiculous ending just before it is used again. Episode ''166'' [[spoiler: has the same featured character make what is intended to be a heroic sacrifice, get thrown around like a ragdoll, and stabbed. Naruto goes into a rage greater than he's ever been in before, unleashing the fox's six-tailed form]]. Cue the same ending!
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has at least one moment of this. For most of the series, threats of death and massive destruction have been thrown around and treated comedically. Even though some characters have tried killing their enemies, they have never succeeded, and nobody seems to mind when the main characters level a house or smash through a wall. Then, we get the Ryuu Kumon story arc, where we get to see as a young boy is orphaned when his house collapses on his father, explicitly crushing him to death and leaving him with nothing but the clothes on his back, his father's last words, and a scroll of martial arts techniques. Another mood whiplash, or a reaction of a different sort, may result when you realise the fact that the cause of the tragedy was stupidity of a Darwin Awards level. Seriously, what kind of idiot practices a move explicitly stated as a back-breaking bearhug on the central support pillar that happens to be the sole thing keeping the building from falling down on top of them?
** Another, more short-term example of this is during the end of the Shi Shi Hokodan arc. [[TheRival Ryoga]] is charging up his second AngstNuke in just as many minutes, Ranma has already been hit hard by the first one, and his confidence-powered counter-technique was a HopeSpot and {{subversion}} of LookWhatICanDoNow. How does Ranma win? {{Invoked}} DistractedByTheSexy.
-->'''Ranma''': Look! [[PantyShot I can see Akane's panties!]]
* Two chapters in, and ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Magical War Chronicles Lyrical Nanoha Force]]'' is already using this. We open with the happy, fun travels of protagonists Tohma and Lily, and after the sequence ends with a cheerful PuniPlush panel of the two, we cut to another planet... where [[FairCop Enforcer Teana]] is investigating a devastated village while the [[TheFederation TSAB unit]] accompanying her assesses the damage and lays out rows and rows of the dead. As Teana questions the heavily injured survivors, it is then implied that Tohma and Lily were the ones responsible for this incident.
* Contrast episodes 33 and 34 of ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. Episode 33: [[CheerfulChild Suzie]] goes to the Digital World, happily running around, meeting her Digimon partner... everything's great. A baddie shows up, but he's easily driven away and no one really gets hurt. Episode 34: [[spoiler: Beelzemon [[DeadSidekick kills Leomon]], triggering [[BreakTheCutie Jeri's state of depression that lasts for most of the rest of the anime]], and [[DeadlyUpgrade Guilmon digivolves the wrong way into a bringer of apocalypse-type creature]]]]. Are we even talking about the same anime here?
** The train scene in episode 41 of Tamers is probably the most extreme example of this trope in the entire franchise. It goes from funny (Takato facing the troubles of having Guilimon on the train and tripping over his feelings about Jeri), to sad (Takato reduced to tears by Jeri's lifeless state), to creepy (Jeri, [[spoiler: actually the [[BigBad D-Reaper's]] agent]], reading the ingredients off the back of an energy bar in a cold monotone) all in one scene.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' pulls off a pretty hardcore case of whiplash by accident in episode 6. The episode features a BrokenBird Woobie girl who wants nothing more than to stop killing, and live a happy life by herself. [[spoiler: Of course, any GenreSavvy viewer knows that she dies tragically by the end of the episode. Which she does, courtesy of several large ice spears through the lungs, followed by the sad 'dying in the rain' scene.]] Quiet/Sad ending theme. Then the preview for the next episode is presented by a hyper-active {{Moe}} character with pink hair.
** They do it on purpose a lot, too, since this is a show that ''really'' likes to mess with your head. Just look at the beginning of the first episode: [[ChekhovsGunman inexplicable shot of a girl standing by a lake]] with sad music -> police chasing a superpowered secret agent -> agent gets away, starts ''[[{{Fingore}} breaking his own fingers]]'', then gets [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown owned]] by a scary guy in a WhiteMaskOfDoom -> {{exposition}} -> [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome badass opening theme]] that [[SpoilerOpening kinda spoils]] [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler a couple of things]] -> {{adorkable}} exchange student trying to move into his apartment gets mistaken for a TV repairman.
* The second season of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has the wisecracky Greenback Jane storyline sandwiched between the (tragically horrific) Vampire Twins and (horrifically tragic) Fujiyama Gangster Paradise storylines.
* The ''Manga/BlackButler'' ending themes. The first half has I'm ALIVE! which is an upbeat song that's accompanied by adorable, brightly colored animations of [[SuperDeformed chibi]] versions of all the characters. The second ending, Lacrimosa (which means "Tearful" or "Mourning" in Latin), has a much sadder tone and the animation features a regular Sebastian rowing a boat along a river with [[SpoilerOpening Ciel laying in a bed of white flowers]]; the colors of the whole image are rather muted, too.
** This happens in the manga, too; one chapter featured [[AntiHero The Hero]] [[spoiler:ordering his butler to burn down a building full of hostages]]. The next chapter has an eccentric tailor come to fit him with some new clothes and [[NakedPeopleAreFunny running-around-half-naked hijinks]] [[HilarityEnsues ensue]].
** If you want to talk about Kuro, please see the very first five minutes of the very first episode of the second season. This episode introduces [[CreepyChild Alois Trancy]], who, in the first minute of the episode is sitting on a bed, [[spoiler: covered in bruises next to a much older man]], while he [[MadnessMantra repeats the word 'darkness' over and over again]]. Then he suddenly switches from his solemn state and yells "I WANT THIS! I WANT YOU!". Then, after the theme song, the kid switches from AxCrazy to [[DeliberatelyCuteChild adorable and quirky]] to melancholic to incredibly [[AmbiguouslyGay flamboyant]] so much that your neck will be broken by the time the eyecatch plays.
* ''RustBlaster'', by the same author as ''Manga/BlackButler'', manages to flip flop between high school hijinks and screaming horror several times, despite only being six chapters long. As an example, the local eccentric TeenGenius kidnaps Kei and [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable straps him to an operating table]] to "experiment on him." PlayedForLaughs, but it segues directly into Kei flashing back to his childhood.
--> '''Kei:''' Even if I scream and beg, the results are the same.
* Parodied in ''NininGaShinobuden''. The series is more or less entirely comic, but the ending of episode six is treated entirely dramatically, complete with hints at a dramatic backstory and overarcing plot line. The rest of the series completely ignores this scene until the last episode, when the characters realize that they forgot to follow up on that plot thread, and attempt to create a MagicalGirl storyline as a cover.
* ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' veers into this whenever it goes into its [[WhamEpisode more serious]] [[TearJerker arcs]]. Even when an installment is played for mostly seriousness, jokes are still spattered throughout... and naturally such chapters are ''bookended'' by lighthearted comedy chapters. A tad jarring when [[spoiler: Zoruru's return and deadly duel with Dororo]] in Volume 17 is filled with lighthearted jokes at their expense and [[spoiler: startling half[[TheReveal -reveals]] about their history]]...
* The ''Manga/FairyTail'' anime overlays the beginning of the upbeat, cheery, teeth-meltingly sweet ending theme over the final scene in the episode. Regardless of what that scene might be. Comedy often results. This is one of the series's main sources of humor; even during some of the most dramatic moments of the series, some humorous occurrence may occur when least expected. One of many classic examples includes when Erza is in the middle of a serious discussion, walking around with her eyes closed in a manner typical of one deep in thought, when she carelessly falls into a pitfall trap that had been laid out by Lucy, and then climbs out and resumes her discussion as if nothing happened. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkl0cGwts0I&feature=related The characters even take a moment to reflect on the cute, high-pitched scream she makes when she falls]].
* The [[YaoiGuys not-quite-yaoi]] ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' manga seesaws between [[{{Gorn}} gory horror]] with gratuitous rape, murder and dismemberment, and a light supernatural detective story with talking animal-spirits and slapstick comedy. Partially due to ExecutiveMeddling; Yoko Matsushita likes doing DarkerAndEdgier material, but her editors wanted something more commercial.
* ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'' refuses to let go of its original comic qualities, even when CerebusSyndrome manifests. As a result, even individual reports can shift between serious/tense/somber and comedic multiple times.
* A number of ''{{Hentai}}'' series will have light-hearted fanservice in one scene and girls getting raped to death or psychological breakdown by evil men, demons or unholy cthulhoid abominations in the next, or vice-versa.
* ''Foxy Nudes/Hana no Joshi Ana'': Newscaster Etsuko is a two part Hentai OVA focusing on a sexy news anchorwoman who (predictably) uses sex to get top ratings. She goes on scene to a hostage situation, promising to save the hostage...and then flips around and starts staging the entire situation. While for the most part it's a light-hearted sex comedy, but the majority of the sex comes from Etsuko herself forcing the drunk kidnapper to repeatedly rape his hostage...and while the other characters have cartoonish reactions to it, the girl herself is repeatedly screaming and crying the entire time...and then towards the end, Etsuko gives the kidnapper a gun (telling him it was a prop), but when it turns out to be real, he fires it at the police, and when a sniper fires back, he accidentally hits...the hostage. And, again, it's treated as a joke, mostly. And to sum up the ending, the kidnapper goes to jail, the sniper gets fired and becomes a sexual masseuse, and [[KarmaHoudini Etsuko enjoys high ratings, riches, and sex with her camera man.]]
** And if you're wondering whether or not the girl died, it's never directly said. Every time someone brings it up, it gets laughed off or the topic changes, as if she was a spoiled princess (despite it never being shown or hinted at that) and not a girl who gets repeatedly raped and then shot. It really is quite disturbing if you don't run with the whole RapeAsComedy thing.
* ''{{Akumetsu}}'' interperses serious violence and talk with cuts to the cute chibi mascot Ametsu-kun.
* [[MindScrew God only knows]] if Creator/KaoriYuki means to jerk us around as much a she does. ''AngelSanctuary'' will abruptly jump from [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming cute and sweet]] to dismemberment [[BodyHorror via]] [[OrganicTechnology cybernetic tentacles]] and back in almost every volume. For bonus weirdness, [[DissonantSerenity her eerily lighthearted commentary would be more aptly suited to any given Romance Comedy]]...
* In the first episode of ''[[BrigadoonMarinAndMelan Brigadoon: Marin and Melan]]'', a killer robot is targeting a little middle school girl. Now, this sounds like a serious situation, but this whole scene is played out like an elaborate Elmer Fudd vs Bugs Bunny chase. While the series does maintain some level of comedy from there on out, this first episode does very little to prepare the viewer for the very serious and sometimes tragic storyline that follows.
* OsamuTezuka did this ''all the time''. Whether it was [[CreatorCameo random insertion of himself into the procedings,]] an inappropriate appearance by Hyoutan-Tsugi (aka "Gourdski"), a bit of over the top anachronism, or just some plain slapstick, you could rely on Tezuka to insert a bit of humour in all but his most serious stories. To quote a review of ''Buddha'':
-->"In Tezuka's world, the exquisite collapses into the goofy in a New York minute, the goofy into the melodramatic, the melodramatic into the brutal, and the brutal into the sincerely touching. The surprising result is a work wholly unique and downright fun."
** The first episode of ''Anime/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' also counts. It literally goes from tragedy to comedy and back every minute or so.
** On the opposite end of the spectrum, Tezuka was not above killing people in his Astro Boy stories. His trademark cutesy style just makes it worse.
* ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'', episode 13. Masane has to essentially break Rihoko's heart, and her own by forcing Riho to leave. It ends with a new and bouncy end theme, featuring a group shot of smiling cast members.
* ''SpecialA'''s extremely perky second ending theme causes a lot of this - the first one is more restrained and so dramatic ending notes are left be, but the second is just so insanely cheerful it can really throw you for a loop on darker episodes.
* ''Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'': What self-advertises as a Fanservice series of light-hearted and silly stories turns shockingly serious by episode 8.
* Happens several times in ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''. The most notable example would probably be episode 13, where a cartoony chase scene suddenly turns into an actual matter of life and death when the bad guy gets out of his wacky robot and pulls a gun. To Nadia's horror, Captain Nemo simply shoots him dead. After a tense silence, we cut to the ending credits.
* The CP9/Water 7 arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'' practically set this as the main tone of the series. In a matter of roughly five or six episode, [[spoiler: Usopp goes from a serious fighter, going head-to-head with Luffy in one of THE most emotional battles in shounen, returns as ''Sogeking''. With a ''Sogeking theme song.'']]
** The CP9 personify this. Great swordsman and second most powerful person on the squad Kaku has ''giraffe'' inspired super powers. Mind-raper and corrupt government official Spandam spills coffee over himself and has an elephant sword. And oh-ho-ho, let's not forget the Buster Call. [[spoiler: A military operation capable of clearing an island off the entire world is accidentally triggered by Spandam when trying to talk to someone over a similar-looking telephone to the one that initiates the Call. He destroys an entire island and brings up horrible memories to his captive because he is so incompetent.]]
** The tenth movie ''[[OnePieceStrongWorld Strong World]]'' is filled to the brim with Mood Whiplash, from Funny to Awesome to Tear Jerker to Heartwarming to Dispair, and criss crossing between them all. It has to be seen to be believed.
** The Sixth movie should be called "MoodWhiplash The Movie". It starts as a trip to a festival island with funny residents and games such as Goldfish Catching, Ring Toss, and the Shooting Gallery. Halfway through it devolves into a mix of mystery and horror.
** Episode 420 of the anime. For the most part, the episode focused on Robin's arrival to Tequila Wolf and her story runs on RuleOfDrama, then suddenly at the end, the rest of the episode focused on Usopp's arrival to Boin Archipelago... and it's [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]], full of [[{{Slapstick}} slapstick comedy]].
** Chapter 623: After who knows how long, the little slave girl Koala is finally reunited with her family. The entire village is overjoyed to see her again, and Koala waves Tiger goodbye with both of them smiling widely... then [[spoiler:Tiger is ambushed by the Marines, who reveal that Koala's hometown had sold Tiger's location to them in exchange for Koala's safety, and mortally wounded. Worse still is that she wasn't even aware of it.]]
* ''MyLovelyGhostKana'' dashes suddenly between GenkiGirl MagicalGirlfriend, a beautiful love story and [[TearJerker Tear Jerking heartwarming, tragic or even dark]] segments. For example, Kana is floating along, experiencing the world and wondering if there is anything she can do as a sort of "job" when she sees father walking with his young son, who is carrying a box. The boy is talking to the box, telling what is apparently a puppy inside that he is "going home" with the pair. Kana thinks how nice, then [[spoiler: the ghost of the dead puppy floats out of the box, licks the boy on the face, and fades away.]]
** Don't forget ''Manga/AiRen'': after the day where everyone goes to the beach, [[spoiler: Ai peacefully dies in her sleep]]. Author TanakaYutaka is patron saint of this trope.
* ''PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' often switches between comedy and drama in the span of a few pages.
* ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'': Before the movie proper, viewers were treated with a happy little short about the heroes' Pokémon having a vacation in a park. Five minutes after it ends, the actual movie then shows a Pokémon killing a bunch of scientists and blowing up the lab it was made in.
** An episode of ''Best Wishes!'' features a story about Team Rocket infiltrating Colress's base and Meowth being brainwashed into attacking his comrades, intercut with N's investigations into the destruction of a laboratory, and Ash and co. trying to get a seed stuck out of Pignite's nose.
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'', usually utterly silly, and a parody of serious anime in general, will throw in a sad, heartfelt, or action-oriented episode once in a while.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' It doesn't happen all the time, but there are a few points in Soul Eater where the mood will do a complete 180 at the drop of a hat. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GXVZYEH8LY=related sometimes even less]]
** The second ending song can cause this as well: a sweet and rather bubbly tune about not wanting to grow up... which concludes, among others, ''all'' the episodes of the [[EldritchAbomination Kishin]] [[SealedEvilInACan Revival]] arc. [[spoiler:Including the one that ends with the newly-revived Kishin showing off a SlasherSmile.]]
** The series first Cerebus moment came when Soul got cut across the chest by Ragnarok. It's followed up by the fight between Crona and Stein and Death Scythe, which flips between the brutal and the comedic. Contrast Spirit stabbing Crona so that they are hanging from the blade or Stein blowing a hole through Crona's chest, with Crona and Ragnarok nonsensical mid-battle arguments and the bit where they wonder what to do with the stars circling Crona's head after being kicked by Stein.
* ''KazeHikaru'' is both a hilarious RomanticComedy and a blood-soaked JidaiGeki.
** Sei has a [[SuperDeformed super-deformed]] moment ''one page'' after making her first kill; with ''[[BloodSplatteredInnocents blood still on her face]]''.
* The first 7 or so episodes of ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}'' make it seem like a cute, funny, SliceOfLife anime. [[spoiler:It comes as a complete surprise when the next 4 turn into horror.]] And then switches back to adorable for the OVA.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' mixes action, romance, and lots of comedy, so this isn't surprising. SuperDeformed slapstick in the middle of serious scenes, as well as shameless pantyshots could be {{narm}} or NarmCharm.
* There's a five-episode OVA called ''Master of Martial Hearts''. The first four are fanservicey breasts-and-panties fighting anime stuff. The last episode is a neck-breakingly-fast shift into hard drama. It's as though someone called for a deconstruction in the planning stages and they didn't get to it until the end (though there ''are'' minor hints in that direction early on).
* ''Anime/SonicX'', the original version, at least, has a fairly emotionally heavy ending to the second season, what with [[spoiler: Sonic explaining to Chris why he stayed behind and Chris's reaction]]. Following into the dub-only season 3, which starts with... a really bad pun.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' frequently uses this. For instance, most of Episode Two involves the SSS members getting temporarily killed in increasingly bizarre and amusing ways (for the most part, no one can really die in ''Anime/AngelBeats'' due to the fact that they're already dead, so this is PlayedForLaughs), but eventually, when it's just Yuri and Onatashi, Yuri starts talking about how [[spoiler: when she was a little girl, her three younger siblings were killed by robbers right in front of her, one by one, because she couldn't find any valuables to give them.]]
** Noda is such a psychotically violent LargeHam that he's basically Walking Mood Whiplash. One of the best examples is in the first episode, when Otonashi is about to join the SSS: the camera pans slowly across the other members while a stirring militaristic song plays in the background...suddenly, Noda bursts through the door, swinging his axe wildly and threatening to kill Otonashi (again) for insulting Yuri. And then a giant mallet smacks Noda out the window.
** The beginning of episode 4 has Yui auditioning for Girls Dead Monster [[spoiler:since Iwasawa moved on at the end of the previous episode]]. To counter objections she's too peppy and pop-ish for the role, Yui's audition is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxFN2Y5H3ss rock version of the opening theme]] which shows she can pull it off. Then right after the end of the opening, she accidentally hangs herself with her own microphone by kicking the stand into the ceiling. "Death metal", indeed.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', similar to ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', tends to have abrupt moments of comic relief interspersed with heavy drama and/or intense fight scenes. Compared to the manga, the anime adaptations have taken opposite approaches to this: the TV series significantly ups the comic relief, while the [=OVAs=] practically eliminate it.
* There are ''plenty'' of scenes in ''HighSchoolOfTheDead'' where really serious and dramatic scenes will inexplicably cut to a panel of unleaded FanService. Occasionally, horror and fanservice will be shown ''in the same panel'', like when a random girl is ''being eaten alive'' and the audience is treated to a PantyShot from the victim.
** A perfect example is at the beginning of chapter 6, which starts off with a radio broadcast about statistics about the infection spreading, which immediately cuts to the four main girls bathing together... with the very serious broadcast still playing over this.
* The ''Literature/{{Jack and the Beanstalk}}'' anime film does this from time to time, it starts out rather cheery and upbeat, once Jack gets to the beanstalk the mood changes after he meets Princess Margaret, after she sings a love song she introduces him to her "mother" a witch named Madame Hecuba who kidnaps children and feeds them to her ogre son Tulip, she has also taken over the kingdom of the clouds, murdered Margaret's parents, turned most of the servants into mice, and put Margaret under a hypnotic spell to which she will marry Tulip and inherit the castle.
* The OnTheNext segments of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' feature one of the titular duo cheerfully teasing the next episode while dropping in silly [[FandomNod fandom nods]], like how Kotetsu puts mayonnaise on everything and Barnaby saves his favourite food for last. Thus, there is a good amount of whiplash when we hear Barnaby saying, "Hi, I'm Barnaby - the member of Tiger & Bunny who always uses two tissues!" over [[spoiler:shots of Kotetsu holding on to dear life in the ICU after being beaten into a coma during the episode proper]].
** And the show itself likes to switch between random silly humour, plot-less drama and dark, mysterious moments in consecutive episodes -- sometimes even in the same episode.
* The ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' series does this often between the comedy/light-hearted moments and the dramatic/intense racing moments. The 3 [=OVA=]s also have these, although less than the TV series had. But by the time the final OVA ''SIN'' was released, there was almost all drama with little to no comedy left in it.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', episode 1: The opening is vaguely dark, then comes the SliceOfLife, then comes the drama, then the SliceOfLife returns, then [[spoiler: Himari dies, then she's revived]], then the penguins come and the show returns to SliceOfLife. And then, uh, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzVh3NVwMwY this]] happens. And then, [[spoiler:[[BrotherSisterIncest incest]].]] The second episode seems to be more comedic, but nothing good has ever come from trusting KunihikoIkuhara.
* ''KamisamaDolls'' pulls the whiplashes many times per episode, with the situation changing from comedic to serious (and vice-versa) at the drop of a hat. From the first episode alone, the expectations for what the anime actually is gets turned over enough times that you'll just learn not to take anything for granted.
* ''Webcomic/AfganisuTan'' can be this at points, particularly when you compare the childish pranks of the NationsAsPeople with the real-life history that they're portraying.
* ''WanderingSon'' thrives on this. You get a few moments of comedy before you go back to the melancholy feel of it.
* Episode 40 of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''. The previous few episodes were very dark and dramatic, and this episode has a more lighthearted feel overall.
* In ''{{Tamayura}}'', the carefree adventures of the main characters are often offset by Fuu's feelings of grief over her father's death, which is even more prevalent in the TV series than in the {{OVA}}.
* The manga ''Shinigami-sama ni Saigo no Onegai wo'' leaps between comedy and drama at breakneck speeds.
* Despite being a light hearted yaoi comedy with drama, ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi'' gets rather depressing especially around [[WhamEpisode episode 16]] where the aspect of the oblivious {{uke}} gets taken very seriously when you see what happens when you constantly try to show said oblivious friend that you're very serious with your feelings and get punished as a result.
* ''SilverSpoon'' is filled with low key versions of this - every moment after an animal is introduced and [[CutenessProximity fawned over]] by [[CityMouse Hachiken]], light-hearted talk of butchering and eating it ensue.
* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' is full of ''MoodWhiplash''
* The fourth ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' OVA ends with the utterly horrific [[FreudWasRight death]] of [[spoiler: Rip Van Winkle]] and the invasion of London by [[ThoseWackyNazis Millennium]]. The credits then roll over a bizarre and utterly ''hilarious'' animated sequence of Schrodinger marching over the globe with ''Das Englandlied'' playing.
** In the 8th episode, [[spoiler:Alucard and Seras share a tender moment where he ''finally'' calls her by her name, indicating how proud he is that she's become a full-fledged vampiress and avenged Pip...and the scene immediatly afterward has Anderson screaming like a lunatic.]]
** The 6th episode ends with a goofy and amusing credits sequence of Seras training with Pip and his men. This is followed by a scene [[spoiler: where Seras finds the bloody corpses of those same men, and screams in rage at the person responsible]]
* ''SoRaNoWoTo'', unlike most anime, has a slow Opening and upbeat Ending theme. Cue episodes with horrible flashbacks near the end of the episode, followed by [[MemeticMutation AIJOU YUUJOU]]
* Where do we even begin with ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''? In some instances going from a girl fretting about the boy she likes in one frame, and getting hit by a truck in another. Then you can go from a major battle, to a suicide attack, to [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/sora_no_otoshimono/v08/c031/32.html this]]. Make sure you're wearing a neck brace when reading the manga.
** Chapter 47 and 54 take the proverbial cake and eat it whole.
* ''Manga/{{Life}}'' has a habit of having its few lighthearted moments followed directly by tragic ones. For example in one later chapter, [[spoiler:Miki gets drunk at a [[FestivalEpisode festival]]. The next few pages are lighthearted until Miki and Ayumu fall down a cliff. Nothing bad happens, but they have a serious talk.. Then right after Miki [[VomitIndiscretionShot barfs]].]]
* ''KirbyOfTheStars'' has an example of this. Episode 15 is about a toy dog that {{Kirby}} starts treating like his own child. The episode ends with the dog exploding and Kirby left devastated and mourning the dog. The next episode is a lighthearted episode about a fish who falls in love with Fumu.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - Episode 19 ends with quite a predicament for Chihaya, but the ending theme, sung by Takane, is strangely cheerful.
* ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' has a habit of throwing in the occasional comic relief scene into what is otherwise a very dark series, though the anime does it more than the manga, and as of around [[WhamEpisode Volume 6]] onwards, these lighthearted moments have been getting further apart. It's [[CrapsackWorld Loveless]] after all, did you really expect the fluff to last?
* The anime movie ''ChirinNoSuzu'' starts out fluffy and cute - the protagonist is a naive little lamb with lots of energy - however it quickly turns into a dark revenge story.
* Episode 2 of ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' introduces some of the main bad guys, and their scenes are very much more serious in tone than the relatively light hearted aspects of the school life stuff.
* ''SmilePrecure'', episode 21. Just when it looks like the girls will revive the [[BigGood Queen of Marchenland]], [[VillainousHarlequin Joker]] kidnaps [[NonHumanSidekick Candy]] (and steals all but one [[MacGuffin Cure Decor]]), leaving them high and dry as [[BigBad Pierrot]] comes closer to awakening. Then we cut to the incredibly peppy credits song, and after that, the preview for episode 22 - which shows Joker tormenting Candy and the girls, a NightmareFace, and Yayoi having a breakdown - set to the same peppy song!
** It's not the only one - ''HeartcatchPrettyCure'' had episode 44 - a ChristmasEpisode that also showed [[spoiler:Cure Flower, the transformed state of Tsubomi's grandmother]] kicking copious amounts of ass. At the end, BOOM - the BigBad finally makes his appearance. Cue Ending Theme. Then, the preview for the next episode shows the main heroines in tears because they blew it big time.
** And there's also ''PrettyCureAllStars DX 3'', whose ending has ''six gathered teams'' bawling their eyes out because [[spoiler:they just lost their fairy companions AND their powers to save the world.]] Then, there's a scene at the end where [[spoiler: the fairies return, crashing another get-together.]]
** Are we forgetting the last four episodes of "FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar"? [[spoiler: Pretty Cure go to Dark Fall, look like they can win, and then Akudaikaan pulls out MORE POWER. The Pretty Cure, Michiru and Kaoru get their hope back and keep fighting, just so Akudaikaan can pull out EVEN MORE POWER. Rinse, lather, repeat about 6 times. Then, the last time, all the spirits from the Land of Fountains pitch in, Akudaikaan LITERALLY BREAKS OPEN and then gets up and releases EVEN MORE POWER.]] They play tennis with hopeful and hopeless for two entire episodes. And there's more! [[spoiler: Gohyaan is revealed as the ManBehindTheMan, and the process get repeated about another four times. Then, just as Pretty Cure and the Kiryuu sisters get all their motivation back, and they FINALLY win, Michiru and Kaoru start disappearing. Then, the spirits of the Land of Greenery give them their lives back. THEN (yes, there is more), we cut to a future-montage with happy music, and after a few happy images, we see the four heroines and the four fairies crying as they part (but not forever, thankfully). More happiness follows, but THEN Saki borders on a HeroicBSOD when she see Izumida-senpai at the softball finals,]] and then we get a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming between Saki and Mai. Yeah. They really take it UpToEleven here.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Days after blacking out during the horrible Eclipse, Guts awakens to Erika comically falling down the stairs of the elf mine in which he was brought to for safety. Moments later, Guts is horrified to learn that his lover, Casca, has [[spoiler:[[GoMadFromTheRevelation gone completely insane]] due to being ''[[RapeLeadsToInsanity raped to insanity]]'' by their former commander and friend, Griffith, during the Eclipse.]] A major FreakOut ensues.
* ''DivergenceEve'' is a story of death, zombies, horrible, horrible things happening to everybody....yet the ending is happy jpop to the main character bouncing around in skimpy outfits. It is as if you replaced the end credits of ''Shindler's List'' with ''The PowerPuffGirls''
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has a couple. Episode 9 has a [[ClicheStorm familiar]] plot where [[TemporaryLoveInterest Stocking falls in love with a repulsive ghost]], which, due to StatusQuoIsGod, naturally [[PutOnABus departs]] [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence for heaven]] once the episode ends. Strangely, this ''unbelievably predictable'' was played mostly without irony, leading some viewers to wonder if the episode was a RedundantParody or genuinely intended to be taken seriously.
** A far more prominent example is the SeasonFinale in Episode 13. [[GainaxEnding Gainax really topped themselves this time]].
* ''ShinMazinger'' episode 26. Kouji Kabuto delivers the killing blow against Dr. Hell with the awesome 100 Rapid Fire Rocket Punch and it seems that they've won. Then, we find out Baron Ashura is alive and he/she ''sacrifices themselves to resurrect the Mycene Empire'' and it ends on a cliffhanger with Mazinger Z rushing off to fight these beasts!
* Episodes 13 and 14 of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' seem to be organized incorrectly. Both occur after the end of the "Level Upper" arc but Episode 13 is a BeachEpisode while 14 is a slow, reflective episode that focuses on Ruiko Saten and her coming to terms with the events of the previous arc. Because of the intensity of the climax of the arc, episode 14 seems to be a more appropriate follow-up but instead the series opts for a cheery, lighthearted, {{Fanservice}}-laden episode out of nowhere without really giving the previous arc a chance to cool down (which seems to be the aim of episode 14).
** This trope is also used for dramatic- [[TearJerker and heartbreaking]]- effect in the Sisters arc, when Mikoto's silly squabbling with one of her clones is followed by the clone being brutally murdered by Accelerator.
* The first ten minutes of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime is a DownerBeginning that systemically destroys the heroine's life and makes you think the whole show will be a TearJerker. Then you are suddenly launched into Manabe's goofy daydream, and the ludicrously cute and silly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FLTUJKdvU8 opening sequence.]] This sort of thing [[CerebusRollercoaster happens a lot]].
* This is common in [[MohiroKitoh Mohiro Kitoh's]] work. For example, in ''{{Manga/Bokurano}}'', Machi tells Ushiro she has a crush on him. Then [[spoiler:she gets shot in the head.]]
* ''Franchise/Lupin III'' experiences a lot of ToneShift. Creator/MonkeyPunch would intersperse an attempted rape scene PlayedForLaughs with a young women [[PlayedForDrama begging that same character for protection]]. A fan of {{Bathos}}.
* Near the end of Episode 20 of ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', there's some relatively lighthearted shots of the teams getting ready to enter the individual tournament, with the first ending theme playing. Then the scene cuts to Shiraitodai, where they have effortlessly defeated their competition and Teru [[spoiler:denies having a sister, suggesting that the rift between them is deeper than viewers and Saki previously thought]]. Then the scene shifts back to the pool, with Kiyosumi playing around and Saki hoping to see Teru again.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', there's a fair amount in the tenth chapter. While they're getting ready for the match with Pravda, there's some lighthearted moments as they try to acclimatize the new Duck Team. Then Momo insists that they have to win and gets angry when some of her teammates doubt that they will, at which point she insists that it's absolutely necessary, and Anzu reaffirms this with [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness uncharacteristic seriousness]]. Then Yukari, the POV character of the manga adaptation, briefly reflects on all the friends she's made through tankery, and how fulfilling her life has become in the past year. While Yukari is doing so, she notices Miho talking with one of her family maids, then follows the two into a restaurant when she sees Miho's expression change suddenly. While the meeting between the two is initially pleasant Miho's maid then tells her that her family has decided that if she does not win against Pravda, [[spoiler:she will be disowned]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has many cases of this, however, considering the entire series itself, from the beginning of ''Anime/DragonBall'' to the end of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', is a CerebusRollercoaster, so it should come as no surprise.
** [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome The Buu Arc]] is just '''ripe''' with {{Mood Whiplash}}'s. The tone of the episodes change from comedy to action to heartwarming to drama almost ''every other episode''. Majin Buu debuted as a pink, fat, childish, candy loving blob monster, just moments later [[spoiler: he turns [[SatanicArchetype Dabura]] into a cookie and then ''eats him'', almost kills ''Super Saiyan 2 Gohan'' and nearly beats to death [[NotBrainwashed Majin Vegeta]] and '''one of the rulers of the Universe''', Supreme Kai.]]
** Another example, Buu Arc specific, also being when [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] convinces Majin Buu not to cause anymore destruction by explaining what the differences are between good and bad. Majin Buu not only agrees to never kill again but also starts to show his side of love and compassion with a new dog the he and Mr Satan had adopted when Majin Buu healed it. It seemed to be a truly great CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming... [[spoiler: [[ShootTheDog only for the dog to be shot at the end of the episode]]]].

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