'''Basic Trope''': A light work is either retooled or re-imagined to be darker than it previously was.
* '''Straight''': A cartoon is a fairly lighthearted action cartoon. A few years later, it's retooled into something different which is far more edgy in terms of subject matter.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** The original cartoon is explicitly for children and is on the level of Teletubbies. The retool makes it a 18+ gorefest set in a WretchedHive with genocide-scale violence and every other word being a swear.
** BloodierAndGorier
* '''Downplayed''': The retool did not change much, but things are clearly more cynical.
* '''Justified''':
** Now that the heroes are stronger, stronger and more evil villains try to stop them.
** Alternatively, the "dark" aspects of the series were [[FridgeHorror vaguely implied before]] and now they're just being [[AscendedFridgeHorror confirmed]].
* '''Inverted''': LighterAndSofter
* '''Subverted''': The show has all the hallmarks of a DarkerAndEdgier retool but is no more edgy or dark.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...At first, anyway. [[NonIndicativeFirstEpisode Those first few episodes]] were only meant to lure in people who watched the original show.
* '''Parodied''':
** The DarkerAndEdgier aspects of the show are nullified by extreme censorship and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Moral Guardians Of The Week]].
** Nothing about the show changes, but everyone just starts swearing and [[ForTheEvulz killing each other for the hell of it]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': The show can never really decide which angle it wants to take. One episode will be incredibly dark, the next will be as light as the original.
* '''Averted''':
** There is no retool.
** There is a retool, but it doesn't make the series gritty or kiddish.
* '''Enforced''':
** "We're not getting enough of the 18-49 demo with this cartoon. Let's make some changes and see if we can't fix this."
** SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids
** [[RatedMForMoney It sells, duh.]]
** The writers ran out of ideas with the show as it currently was - the retool will allow them to explore new stories, as well as some implications that were left unsaid.
* '''Lampshaded''': One of the characters remarks: "Wow, this place is a whole lot scarier than I remember..."
* '''Invoked''': [[KnightOfCerebus Emperor Evulz]] deciedes to begin his conquest, and things start to get darker.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': The Heroes train harder to prevent villians from taking over.
* '''Discussed''': "Remember when all we did was stand around and tell jokes?"
* '''Conversed''': "Ah please, that show's for kids. I mean, look, that...one guy is killing that other guy. And did he just swear?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** The darker and edgier aspects only effect the parts of the show which were pront to dark edginess to begin with, while the lighter and softer elements simply become [[CharacterDevelopment stronger]] from living side by side with the darker parts of the story.
** A meta example: People are attracted to the darker edgier version because they think there will be conflict, tragedy, and drama; but once they see it, it turns out there are no meaningful conflicts and nothing is portrayed dramatic/tragic or anything. They just made it darker because they it would be "[[XtremeKoolLetterz kewler]]" and [[RatedMForMoney rake in a lot of cash]].
** Other meta examples: DarknessInducedAudienceApathy, {{Wangst}}, and/or AngstAversion
* '''Reconstructed''':
** But over time the darker parts of the story begin overcoming the lighter parts until everything in the story is at least a bit darker than they started with.
** Meaningful conflicts and drama are later added in and written so correctly it makes it worthy of reading/watching.
** Meta examples: ALighterShadeOfBlack, AngstWhatAngst, StoicWoobie, and/or EarnYourHappyEnding
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Get the hell back to DarkerAndEdgier - the trope that's been revamped for the [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] 90s... [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitches!]]
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