* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'', who's Dan going to destroy this time? How far will he go? How much pain can Chris be put through? Is Dan's Imposter coming back? And how villainous can the things Dan's fighting actually be? Seriously, the first season alone has Dan swearing vengeance against New Mexico, Canada, George Washington, etc. At some point, even the most mundane titles have you on the edge of your seat. Like "Reality TV". Or "The Boss". Or "The Telemarketer" (''especially'' the Telemarketer).
* The RunningGag in ''{{Archer}}'' with Brett getting shot. The most recent case involved ''multiple'' ricochets and the bullet going down a flight of stairs before hitting him.
* MegasXLR should be called "Serial Escalation: The Series." How strange will the buttons and weapons get? How badly will they backfire? How much can Coop eat? How badly will the world get screwed over as a result of the hero's actions?
* RegularShow: How angry can Mordecai & Rigby make Benson? How bizarre can the adventures get? How will J.G. Quintel and company make the censors cry this time?
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. How much more awesome can The Bat get? What gadgets does have have this time? [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Did the Batmobile just turn into a]] HumongousMecha?
* Someone tell us that there is no challenge between the writers to make Quagmire from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' progressively [[{{Squick}} squickier]] in his sex mania.
** Speaking of ''Family Guy'', how huge are those fights with the giant chicken? The most recent one involves time travel, cloning and a space shuttle, among other things.
* In some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer's AmusingInjuries are rendered this very way.
** One episode has Homer coming home with a truck and claiming that it FellOffTheBackOfATruck; A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_carrier "truck-truck"]]. Cue Bart driving up with a truck-truck, claiming it fell off of a truck-truck...truck. Cue Maggie driving up in a truck-truck-truck...
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is essentially fueled by this trope. [[MemeticMutation Now ''you'' can ride like Mr. Garrison!]] [[http://pagesperso-orange.fr/mike.werner/BlogPics/MonoCycle.jpg]]
** Over the course of "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka", InUniverse ExecutiveMeddling slowly turns the ShowWithinAShow ''Jesus & Pals'' from a down-to-earth, family-friendly public access show into a ''JerrySpringer''-esque trainwreck.
** Cartman's SelfServingMemory in "Fishsticks" results in his flashbacks becoming more and more outrageous, from being calling "handsome and not at all fat" to slaying a dragon and even fighting a robot army as an {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/FantasticFour the Human Torch]].
** And in the early seasons, Sheila's over-the-top protests, ranging from mass suicides outside of a network studio to throwing a parade for a lady with a conjoined fetus. They seemed to have stopped after the war with Canada.
** In "Death" the boys ask various people about their thoughts on assisted suicide. When they ask Mr. Garrison, he says he's "not touching that one with a twenty-foot pole" and with each person they ask, the figurative pole grows another twenty feet.
* How much more brutal can ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' get?
** Blacker than the blackest black times infinity?
** And what line will Doctor Rockzo cross next to get more cocaine?
** Not to mention the size of the Tribunal's meeting room.
* Similarly, ''MoralOrel'' went from being a dark comedy mocking religion to a flat-out depressing dramedy over the course of 3 seasons...and fans loved it, despite that AdultSwim regretted telling the show creator to amp up the dark humor.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' does this with its titular bending. Katara, for instance, goes from requiring a water pouch at all times, to bending her sweat, to bending the water in her opponent's bodies.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the characters all spend massive amounts of time in training. Ability escalation is to be expected when you work hard and practice constantly.
** With each passing season, the series basically does this with the powers of every major character.
* The sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has this with Lin Beifong. In just about every episode she is in, she continues to be more {{Badass}}. From swinging on her metal cables in the Pro-bending stadium to save Korra in Episode 6, to outright tearing apart a MiniMecha on her own in Episode 7, and then being an outright [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] and saving her men from an Equalist base in Episode 9.
** To singlehandedly taking on a battalion of chi-blockers to ''[[HolyShitQuotient ripping apart an Equalist airship by herself]]'' in Episode 10...[[spoiler: [[TearJerker before getting her]] [[DePower bending taken away]], [[DefiantToTheEnd while all but spitting in Amon's face and telling him to do his worst]]]].
** The entire series is this in term of each WhamEpisode. From episode six onwards, ''every single episode has counted as one''', going from a terrorist attack to a full-out civil take-over of the city. Finally it tops it off with [[spoiler: with TheReveal of Amon and having an ''on-screen'' MurderSuicide on a ''Y-7'' show.]] The latter is more towards the [[DarkerAndEdgier darkening]] of the show, which is SerialEscalation in its own right.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' ''loves'' this trope. Some of the best examples? There's Zim [[DisproportionateRetribution flooding an entire city]] because Dib hit him with a water balloon, there's Dib hacking into advanced Irken machinery from his laptop, there's GIR knocking Dib through a brick wall with a projectile sandwich... It just goes on.
** He didn't just flood the city. He used Irken space-based technology to vaccuum ALL THE WATER ON EARTH INTO ONE WATER BALLOON and deploy it from SPACE onto Dib. He flooded EVERYTHING ON THIS SIDE OF THE PLANET.
** Not to mention all the [[PersonOfMassDestruction catastrophes that Zim's caused]]: killing two previous Tallests, destroying several planets on his own, creating [[EldritchAbomination every kind of horrible, twisted monstrosity imaginable]] and starting a massive power failure when he was '''two minutes old.''' Also, most of that was unintentional.
*** He put the fires out!
**** He made them worse!
***** Worse? Or ''better''?
*** ''He piloted a goddamn planet. In a duel against Dib.''
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'': How psychedelic can we make it? [[spoiler:Very, very psychedelic. It's all in the mind, y'know.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': It's like the writers sat down during the pitch meetings for season two and said, "Guys, let's ramp up all those gay jokes we had about the Larry 3000 to the point that people ''will'' wonder if this show is supposed to be on AdultSwim[[note]]"Day of the Larrys" and "Ex Marks the Spot"[[/note]]. Heck, let's throw in some jokes featuring Otto being abused and neglected as well[[note]]"Hate and Let Hate," "Out With the In Crowd," and "Orphan Substitute"[[/note]]. CartoonNetwork is probably going to cancel us, so if we're going to go out, let's go out with a freakin' bang!"
** The episode "Every Poe Has a Silver Lining" had [[BlackComedyBurst Edgar Allen Poe is completely cheerful and oblivious to all things dark and gloomy and Time Squad makes the guy have a complete mental breakdown]] -- until they criticize his cake.
** The Ho Yay centered on Larry went from being barely noticeable in season one to being a character trait in season two. The Ho Yay count kept on rolling into RefugeInAudacity territory, with Larry and his feelings for Tuddrussel being the prime target. The idea escalates to the season two episode "Ex Marks The Spot", where Larry acts like a jealous housewife and tries to sabotage Tuddrussel's and his ex-wife Sheila's dinner after seeing them act rather unusually cool towards each other. When found out, and Tuddrussel casually laughs it off, Larry bitterly tells him he's sleeping on the sofa.
*** "Day of the Larrys" was another season two episode that seemed to exist as a challenge to the writers to pack as many gay references as possible before the censors catch on. Maybe they ''did'' ask Dave Wasson (''Time Squad'' show creator) to tone down some parts, but that episode got away with a gay cowboy Larry opening hitting on Tuddrussell in front of Otto at a gay disco (that looks like the one from the ''Simpsons'' episode "Homer's Phobia"), so, unless Dave Wasson reveals behind-the-scenes secrets either in a podcast or on a documentary, there's no way of knowing what the [[CensorDecoy sacrificed scenes]] were.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] who can stare down a cockatrice and then a dragon.
** Another features [[HotBlooded Rainbow]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Dash]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome flying so fast, it causes a sonic boom, in addition to some sort of colorful spacial rift]].
** On a meta-note, how much fanmade materal can [[FanCommunityNickname Bronies]] create? How much of an influence is the subculture having on the Internet in general? It's staggering...
*** MLP could be considered the American {{Touhou}}, in the sense that both fandoms are on a mission to [[{{Crossover}} cross their respective series over with everything in existence.]]
** And on ''another'' Meta note, how much [[LargeHam hammier]] can TabithaStGermain make her characters?
** And on yet ''another'' meta note, how much more fluid and detailed can they make the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeArt art and animation]]? It has reached dazzling levels as of season 3, showing off the best of AdobeFlash especially with the [[SeasonFinale season finale's]] quality being [[UpToEleven the very best]] of the show so far, which is saying a lot.
** Also, how much [[VileVillainSaccharineShow eviller]] can the villains get?
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' invoked this when Mr. Krabs crossed the MoralEventHorizon. Eventually the writers stopped at "Cent of Money".
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