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- Macaron is a mysterious song with almost poetic lyrics about how a singer enjoys eating macarons.
- Many songs from Star Girl and The Illusion Paradise series have shades of this trope.
- The trope is averted in the first half of The Nun and Idol Girl. At the beginning it's a happy j-pop song about a nun who wanted to be become an idol, and thanks to Dr. Realist, her wish was granted. It didn't end well as the idol got overwhelmed by insults to the point of cutting herself. And then it got much worse. The girl was reminded that such a thing had already happened in reality. After she remembered this, she ran to the church with a knife to kill herself, but she was caught by a priest, who then was accidentally killed by the girl, because she forget to drop the knife and she fatally stabbed him as consequence. She returns to be a nun and constantly pray to God to forgive all her actions, even though she knew he won't.
- Terpsichore Theatric is a very cheery song about... well:
Become a shadow on the wall,Become a puppetDance and dance,Spit out words
- Christmas Morgue has happy music and depressing lyrics about the agony of lovers.
- In A Rainy Town, Balloons Dance With Devils - The music is upbeat and wavers into creepy territory at points; the lyrics are about a woman being pursued by demons, and getting caught at the end, all juxtaposed with equally creepy/childish lyrics about pretty red balloons. And needles. The accompanying music video is even worse.
- Despite its cutesy melody, "Rockbell" has a rather depressing lyric about a cat whose "parents" constantly fight and is either ignored or bullied by the local kids. The only person who loves him is his "mother", but one day she fell sick but the cat can't do anything to save her. In the end, he left the town, knowing that nothing will change whether or not he's around.
- Downplayed in "Confession Rival Declaration" from the Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ . The song has a very upbeat tune, but the theme is more of a bittersweet heartbreak. It's about a shy boy who tries really hard to change himself (both inside and outside) to become more appealing to his crush, even though he knows that the girl likes someone else and that nothing he can do would change that.
- We lost Again sounds happy... it's about your favorite baseball team losing due to player's and manager's shortcomings. and the fan cheering for them anyway..
- And Then You Became The Moon sounds very happy, but the song itself is about dying from exposure or a double suicide.
- Breaking Things into Pieces is a happy song about a person, who has a bee in her bonnet about destroying everything, because he believes they are granted a piece of their soul when people become attached to them. It's worth it to add that said things in the title isn't confined only to inanimate objects.
- Don't look at me in that way – the song about a child who dies in a bike accident and whose ghost addresses his parents as they mourn him.
- I'm sorry. I'm sorry. – the song with nauseating and violent lyrics about a victim of either cannibalism or extreme sexual abuse, who at the end of the song gets eaten alive or gang-raped.
- Love me, love me, love me — the song about either toxic relationships, unrequired parental love or child abuse.
- You're a Useless Child - the song about an emotionally abusive mother and her relationship with her son, which ends with her son killing himself.
- Let's Go To Heaven - the song about a pair of lovers committing suicide so that they can be together forever in Heaven.
- Can't Live Without is a bouncy EDM song about an abusive relationship.
- Most of his Seven Deadly Sins series counts as this, but some notable examples are:
- Conchita, the Epicurean Daughter of Evil, an upbeat rock song about a noblewoman who becomes obsessed with eating and eats everything in her castle, including dishware, her servants, and by the end, herself.
- Judgment of Corruption, a fast-paced song full of triumphant sounding horns that's about a greedy, corrupt judge who openly allows himself to be paid off by rich criminals in exchange for letting them go free.
- The Madness of Duke Venomania, yet another fast-paced song about a man who makes a deal with the devil to have all women be drawn to him against their will the moment they lay eyes on him.
- The Tailor Shop on Enbizaka, a slow, gentle sounding song about a woman who, believing that her husband is cheating on her, kills all of the women she sees him with and uses various parts from their clothing to assemble a new kimono to impress him with.
Though Owata-P rarely uses this trope, he has some songs following this theme:
- "The End" sung by Yuzuki Yukari. This song, in terms of the level of melancholy, is probably the worst of all his songs. It has an upbeat and light melody, however the lyrics talk about a depressed singer who can't stand commercialization and the greed of mankind to this point. At the end of the song he decides to take his own life.
- This trope may be averted. Other interpretations of the song say that the main singer is an internet addict trying to socialize online, but his mind is slowly corrupted by it. However he finally tackled how imperfect the virtual world is, so he decided to leave it and start a new life in reality. In this case, the lyrics relate to the virtual world instead.
- Blue. It has a calm, upbeat sound, but it's in the point of view of a depressed person unable to step out of their comfort zone.
- The whole "Do Vocaloids Dream of Doomsday Birds?" series. Almost every song (excluding ＊Sayonara, World End) has a chiptune or video game-like melody, while the lyrics are about the destruction of mankind and Earth due to war.
- The most notable one is ''*Hello, Planet'', sung by Hatsune Miku, being chronologically the last song in this series. It's about Miku, who wakes up after the apocalypse and wanders through a deserted wasteland to find her master. The whole song ends with a happy closing melody in a scene where Miku dies in front of her master's grave.
- Numerous songs from the Happiness series. Every one of them has an electronic melody you could dance to, but the lyrics expose its morbid meaning.
- "This is the Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee" is about Miku, who brainwashes everyone by her singing in order to create a dystopia where happiness is a duty.
- "It looks like there is hidden cheat code for happiness" is about Yukari, who tried to escape through playing games. However, she gets so overwhelmed by events in real life, she shoots herself at the end of the song.
- "Hop! Step! Instant Death! Happiness Dance Deathtrap" averts this trope for the most of the song... and then we get the happy chorus with lines such as the eponymous "Hop! Step! Instant death!"
- "A Joyful, Fun, Happiness Carnival" is a cheerful, upbeat song about ... cannibalism. The video even makes use of Pixellation.
- Then there's I've Found It! A Way to Become Happy Forever, an alternatively sweet-sounding, then upbeat song about a young bride who gains immortality in exchange for being eternally separated from her new husband and later becomes a zombie.
- In fact all of Utata P's troll songs count:
- In, "An Earnest Unrequited Love, Wanting to Make it Bear a Little Happiness": The song starts with a happy chirpy romantic tune, until Mayu reveals part way that she knows everything about the guy she's crushing on and who's he's dating. Mayu then proceeds to singing about killing her rivals by physically and psychologically maiming them. In the end she decides to kill her crush as well.
- Mayu's story seems to be connected to: "You're Seriously Mad? I'm not mistaken here", Where again it starts out in a lovey dovey whimsical tune, until again she sings about stalking then killing her crush, apparently dumping his body in the pool, then quietly clearing off evidence. Surprisingly! Mayu is not a Karma Houdini, because she also sings about getting caught at the start and in the end.
- In, "I'm Sorry for Liking You": the tune is an uplifting romance song that is reminiscent of a comedy love genre. It doesn't turns out to be anything but that. IA apparently bought a pair of contact lenses, that can give you laser eyes. When she failed to read the manual, it gets stuck in her eyes. She panics all the while she burns everything she sees to the ground including her crush. However unlike most examples it ends in a Surprisingly Happy Ending.
- The only exception is in: Not a dream, Not a Lie, A Happy Scene Before My Eyes. The tune makes it sound like you're in a traditional tragic Japanese drama, only to invert it halfway and Genre Shift it into a comedy.
- Two Faced Lovers, a fast-paced, upbeat song about a girl who gets an abortion after being impregnated by a man she loved who rejected her, and how she, in turn, becomes obsessed with sex and begins to use others the way that she was used.
- World's End Dance Hall is another fast rock song about two girls who fall in love and the harassment and homophobia they experience as a result. They make the decision to continue in their relationship anyway, and, depending how one looks at it, the song may end with the two girls committing suicide together.