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This is what happens when the story or themes behind a cartoon, {{comic|s}}, or such don't match their art style. It can be intentional (a specific way for the author to get their point across) or unintentional, in which case it is often jarring. It is often used to portray [[ShowWithinAShow a work of fiction within another]], so the audience doesn't mistake it for "reality". In such instances, StylisticSuck may come into play.

Can be a sub-trope of MoodDissonance, and is itself the supertrope of GrotesqueCute and SugarApocalypse. Compare with CrapsaccharineWorld.



* The "WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie" PublicServiceAnnouncement from Metro Trains in UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw Cute, colorful, blob-things singing happily... until they get horribly mangled, ripped, burned, explosively decompressed... and continue to sing, even though some of their heads/entire bodies are missing.]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/ShinChan''. This family-aimed anime is drawn in a very [[StylisticSuck crude]], [[{{Pun}} "crayon"]] style reminiscent of children's drawings. However, in the original language and the two English dubs, the series is written to be raunchy in its humor and [[ParentalBonus references]], despite airing on various kids' timeslots and channels internationally.
%%* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', too.
* ''Manga/BarefootGen''. It looks like a Saturday Morning Cartoon in the vein of ''Anime/AstroBoy''. [[TearJerker It isn't]]. It's about Hiroshima.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has characters done in the PuniPlush style of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' (by [[Creator/UmeAoki the same artist]], even) to tell a CosmicHorrorStory that is frequently compared to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''Manga/MadeInAbyss'' has characters done in a very PuniPlush art style, in stark contrast to the lush backgrounds and visceral horrors. Despite the cutesy looks of the main characters, don't be fooled for even a second, the manga has very frequent graphic content and BodyHorror that's realistic.
* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'', originally a parody manga, removes all the humor and plays the DysfunctionJunction for its full angst value, but keeps the art style.
* ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}''; just look at the page picture, then look at the trope list.
* ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' has a cute {{moe}}-esque style reminiscent of ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' and a cheerily-colored opening, but is a murder mystery through and through.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', has a children's cartoon art style with the tone of the story remaining dark and mature.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' employs an art style consistent with most kid-friendly shonen anime, but with a degree of [[TruthInTelevision brutal realism]] and [[WarisHell real-life conflicts]] turned UpToEleven.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' has a very sharp-edged, heavily-shaded style that makes it look like a fighting anime in the vein of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. It's actually a high school sketch comedy, even if they still react to everything as seriously as an action series would.
* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' isn't quite as cutesy as some of the examples on this list, but it's unusually stylized for such serious subject matter. This works in its favor, softening the blow of the most traumatic scenes.
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' looks like a series aimed at young girls, but the content itself is a rather dark {{Seinen}} based around a DysfunctionJunction trio of middle schoolers.
* Pretty much anything by Hitoshi Tomizawa. His art is cute, which makes sense since his characters tend to be fairly young. As for his manga itself, it's usually [[HarmfulToMinors very violent]] and [[MindScrew weird]]. He even did the art for ''Literature/BattleRoyale II: Blitz Royale'', which is every bit as violent as the original novel.
* When promotional artwork for the ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' anime came out, it received a lot of flack by those unfamiliar with the original manga for being another "{{Bishonen}}" or "[[{{Yaoi}} fujoshi]]" series. In actuality, it's a rather dark BioPunk {{Josei}} manga set in a CrapSaccharineWorld and just happens to have a [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys predominately male cast]] and colorful artwork. The first chapter alone includes the near-rape of a child by a [[HumanoidAbomination monster woman]] who then goes on to gruesomely [[ImAHumanitarian devour]] a bunch of thieves who break into her mansion.
* Creator/JunjiIto is a noted horror author with a distinctive style that fits very well with the genre of his work. This style doesn't change in the slightest when he writes ''Manga/JunjiItosCatDiaryYonAndMu'', a comedy manga about his cats.
* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' comes pretty close to being a horror series. The art style is reminiscent of ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. A MagicalGirl show that takes place in a whimsical town of pastel colors, ballet, and {{fairy tale}}s. Unfortunately for the characters, their fairytale has not been [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]], and they are the [[CosmicPlaything cosmic playthings]] of an AxCrazy [[TrueArtIsAngsty tragedy-loving]] [[RealityWarper writer]].
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' looks like a normal shonen mecha series but it's far, ''far'' darker than normal and is a seinen.
* ''Manga/HenZemi'' is illustrated in the PuniPlush style, with a cast of big-eyed, soft-faced characters. It's about an average college girl taking a course abnormal sexuality with a class so jaded they think nothing of giving practical demonstrations of the study material.
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'' has the normal {{Moe}} art style of an early 2010s SchoolgirlSeries but takes place in a ZombieApocalypse.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' draws the girls in a cute, innocent style when they're [[ChildSoldier child assassins]]. The original anime has an distinct muted art style that fits the noir tone of the series but ''Teatrino'' plays it even more straight than the manga. The girls are even more {{Moe}}, even the Handlers are adorable, and everything has a bright pastel style.. While still revolving around middle school aged girls torturing and killing people.
* A slight version with ''{{Manga/Kaiji}}''. Looking at the exaggerated artwork and overdramatic facial expressions one could easily assume that this series is partly comedy. In reality there is almost no comedy to be found in ''Kaiji'', and those high-stakes gambles that Kaiji is making mangled faces over are played ''completely seriously'', making for one of the tensest and suspenseful manga of all time.
* ''Manga/DollsFall''. SuperDeformed, cutesy character designs (when they've got their clothes on, at least); sexualized, psychological, gory horror story.
* ''Anime/OsomatsuSan''. While the [[Manga/OsomatsuKun original manga]] is a Shonen and the characters in ''-San'' are still drawn as wacky and cartoonish as it gets, the anime airs [[OtakuOClock late at night]] in Japan and most episodes have enough sex/nudity jokes that wouldn't let it pass as a kid's show.
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', for the original manga with it's cartoonish art style you wouldn't think it would be full of graphic and disturbing imagery.
* Some of the more serious or adult work by Creator/OsamuTezuka can look at odds with his cartoony, Disneyesque style.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': The art style is very Shoujo-ish with lean, tall and handsome big-eyed male characters (well, most of them), whose designs were made by CLAMP themselves, which would probably make you think that this is a Shoujo series if you only look at the [[http://image.phimmoi.net/film/4371/poster.medium.jpg promotional posters.]] However, the story itself is very dark Shounen, with battles between masterminds that will make [[Manga/DeathNote Light and L]] proud.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}''. Holocaust memoirs--with the characters portrayed as {{Funny Animal}}s. "Funny" absolutely not being the operative phrase.
* ''Batman: Black and White'', being all about the artistic experiments, had a few of these. One issue had a very dark, horrifying Two-Face story written and illustrated by Creator/BruceTimm in the cartoony style he developed for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* Much of Creator/JasonShiga's comics have a serious tone that contrasts with his cartoony artwork. His characters are big-eyed and usually have GenericCuteness; his plots involve [[ComicStrip/BusStop searches for missing parents]], [[ComicBook/DoubleHappiness gang wars]], [[ComicStrip/{{Fleep}} terrorism]], [[ComicBook/{{Bookhunter}} over-the-top police action]], or [[ComicBook/{{Meanwhile}} the death of every human on Earth]].
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' stories drawn by Jon Gray have this in ''spades'', only the weird thing is, it ''works'' really well. Gray's hyper-exaggerated, hyper-expressive cartoony style makes comical moments ([[spoiler:like Knuckles meeting his baby half-brother]]) all the funnier, but it also lends full emotional weight to more serious moments ([[spoiler:like Sonic and Sally's breakup argument]]).
* ''ComicBook/TheUnfunnies''. A Creator/HannaBarbera-esque comic series with extremely dark subject matter. Eventually the corruption of this once idyllic world is explained, but the shock of seeing {{Funny Animal}}s involved in child pornography, murders and drug abuse is hard to forget.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' has a loose, cartoony style that wouldn't (and didn't) look out of place in ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', with each cast member a FunnyAnimal. That said, it's a fairly straight JidaiGeki, and there is ''much'' FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, and at times a frankly astonishing body count.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieVsPredator'' has the cute, friendly Franchise/ArchieComics style we all know with {{gorn}} and horror.

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* ''Animation/SquirrelAndHedgehog'', a UsefulNotes/{{North Korea}}n children's cartoon. [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Cute]] {{Funny Animal}}s alternate between frolicking in the idyllic paradise of Furry North Korea and waging war on American Wolves, Japanese Weasels, and South Korean Mice. Even without characters getting shot and killed on-screen, the blatant militarization of Furry North Korea is pretty disturbing.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[http://rinjapine.deviantart.com/ Rinjapine]] is known across Disney/TheLionKing fandom for her PurpleProse WallsOfText, elaborate stories, and [[TangledFamilyTree complex family trees.]] Her art style on the other hand is SoOkayItsAverage.
* The short ''WebAnimation/JimmyNeutronHappyFamilyHappyHour'' has a rather... inexplicable art style for its three characters - Jimmy looks like a realistic adult man with brightly-colored hair and clothes attached to him, Hugh looks like an amateur modeler designed him, and Judy is just a picture that moves around. ''None'' of these fit well with the [[RandomEventsPlot plot]] of the short, involving [[spoiler:Hugh shooting Judy, then forcing Jimmy to watch TV with him at gunpoint before an aggressive pizza they ordered decapitates him]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fics:
** ''WebVideo/KoishiKomeijisHeartThrobbingAdventure'' at first glance looks like a happy series with a cute character design of Koishi going on daily adventures. [[BloodierAndGorier Except that it isn't]]. And it gets [[AnyoneCanDie far, FAR worse]].
** ''Fanfic/AtChirei'' has the same cutesy PuniPlush style the author uses in their light-hearted {{Shipping}} and SliceOfLife doujins, and tells a story of a broken family where one member is struggling with mental illness and another is beginning their [[ForegoneConclusion inevitable]] journey FromNobodyToNightmare.
** Works by the artist Imizu tend to be drawn in a very serious, half realistic and highly detailed style that usually contains absolute comedic madness.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Anime/RingingBell'' looks like a cute children's movie and, while it [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids is a children's movie]], it is a very dark film about a lamb seeking revenge on the wolf who killed his mother.
* ''Once Upon a Girl'' is animated in the style of the family friendly Creator/HannaBarbera[=/=]''Creator/{{Filmation}}'' cartoons, but it is absolutely not appropriate for children in any way, it is a collection of fairy tale parodies in which each segment ends with the characters having sex, with plenty of nudity and foul language scattered throughout.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperBeasto'' may look like it was done by Spumco, but its not all appropriate for anyone under 18.
* You'd be forgiven if you thought ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'' was a kids' movie just by looking at its {{Disneyesque}}/Creator/BradBird/Creator/DonBluth art-style.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rElMstA1kSI Born Under Fire]] is a Colombian animated movie that looks like animated series like ''WesternAnimation/CharlieAndLola'' or ''Pinky Dinky Doo''. It is actually a dramatic documentary about the on-going war conflict in Colombia told from the perspective of children who have witnessed the events, incorporating their drawings into the film.
* The extremely simplistic and cartoonish character designs from the CGI movie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1WGcyJhhE4 Killer Bean Forever]] would make any viewer think that is some kind of silly comedy for kids, but is actually a serious action film with almost no comedy (except for a couple of BlackComedy moments) and lots of killings, as the title suggest.
* Along with the AnimationAgeGhetto trope, this could be one of the reason of why some viewers could make the mistake of think that ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' is a movie for kids due its cartoonish, almost cute characters designs. And also the fact the main characters are talking cats.
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' looks like something one would expect out of either Creator/{{Pixar}} or Creator/DreamworksAnimation, but it's in no way appropriate for children given the films dark humor, rampant profanity, sex jokes, and religious themes.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheWorldOfKanako'': Although the story of this movie is infested with cynicism, there are still a lot of bright lights and colors, flash cuts and fast-paced editing that give the movie a unique atmosphere, especially during Kanako's appearances and the narrator's MushroomSamba.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* The HenshinHero branch of Tokusatsu is mostly geared towards children and usually looks the [[MerchandiseDriven part]], too. Don't be fooled, it often crosses into WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids and the goofier the graphics are, the darker the story may be to balance things out.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' shares the goofy graphics like bright colors or cartoonish zord design of its source material, ''Series/EngineSentaiGoonger''. Unfortunately, its setting is a cross between ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' and ''Film/MadMax'' and it starts with RobotWar wiping out most of humanity.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': Animal themed, bright colored IdiotHero fighting monsters that feed on human desire should be enough of a family friendly set up, right? Yeah, it would be if ([[GoodIsNotDumb presumed]]) IdiotHero was not traumatized by civil war, which he indirectly caused while trying to help local people. And that's just a single backstory.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': You would be forgiven to think it's happy, family friendly show judging by the fruit themed design and the protagonists being dancing teams. The CosmicHorrorStory part comes up only later anyway.
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Video game fighting mechanics, cartoonish effects and hot pink colored design of the main hero can easily detract from the fact that ''Ex-Aid'' is a medical drama that takes ethics of care, value of life and WhatMeasureIsANonHuman ''extremely seriously''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' doesn't have a dissonance between designs and story because of the design being bright and cheery (they are not for most of the time anyway), but because of how it questions identity, use of violence and governmental corruption. Not to speak about {{Dehumanization}} and war that breaks out early into the story.

* The [[http://www.gyldendal.no/Barn-og-ungdom/9-13-aar/Phenomena covers]] of the book series ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' tend to be colorful and bright. But they're about two [[TheChosenOne chosen]] {{child|Soldiers}}ren who eventually have to kill to protect themseves, slavery is a major theme that is not never played for laughs, horrid betrayls, suicide, a character kills his brother, and the story indirectly refers to rape. Despite this is most of the artwork colorful and seems lighthearted. The spin-off picture books are much worse with happy colors and soft lines but are about scalping, murder of innocent slave children, insanity, and more, and are meant for even younger children than the main books.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' is widely considered by fans to have suffered in its early days because the artist then responsible for all the illustrations apparently perceived more BodyHorror in the high-biotech setting than the writers quite intended.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife''. It's probably the darkest game in the entire series, dealing with some fairly deep thematic stuff (like aging, losing one's friends, cheating, etcetra). But it still has the same cuddly, {{puni plush}} aesthetic as the other games (albeit with more muted colors than other games).
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'' qualifies. It has [[SuperDeformed simplistic]], childish character models and cutesy anime character portraits. But the game deals with alcoholism, implied abuse, stagnating marriages, ParentalAbandonment, and death among other things.
* ''VideoGame/HometownStory'' has a GenericCuteness art style but the story can be pretty dark. [[spoiler:A character dies, for example]]
* The whole ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' is like this:
** Both ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' and the original ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' used adorable chibi sprites and bright and colorful worlds. These games also featured traitors, genocide, racism, [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]], and abusive parents galore.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. The cute-looking visuals contrast the genocide, {{fantastic racism}}, {{black and grey morality}}, and a {{Woobie destroyer of worlds}}.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' is one of the more cynical Tales games, focusing almost completely on racism, ParentalAbandonment, and genocide, and having a [[BittersweetEnding less than happy end]]. The art style is extremely bright, colorful, and cute.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is one of the darkest entries in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''. The character designs may be a bit less colorful than some of the other games, but the graphics still remain fairly cute, even when they're depicting [[spoiler:a child drowning in poison, trapped under his father's corpse]].
* Just about all the above also apply to ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', on top of it being a fairly dark WarIsHell story where AnyoneCanDie. (yes, even [[FinalDeath your squad members]])
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. Brightly-colored, often hand-painted visuals, and come on, ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' was so fun! *cue DarkerAndEdgier MindScrew storyline featuring copious NiceJobBreakingItHero and FantasticRacism, which also {{retcon}}s the ending of CT into something a lot darker*
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' has a bright, anime-style aesthetic with chibi sprites that look like your favorite UsefulNotes/PlayStation JRPG. The protagonist is a GenkiGirl with her [[TheComicallySerious grumpy adopted brother]] helping people and making friends. Its themes match said art style at first...sure the first game has a backstory of war and the heroine once recounts how [[spoiler:her mother died protecting her under a pile of rubble as they were bombarded with shells]], but it's only briefly described, much less shown. Then [[WhamEpisode the ending completely changes everything you were led to believe]] with the threat of darker things to follow. Come its two sequels, it delves into ''very'' dark territory for an RPG, such as betrayal, manipulating friends for the greater good, government conspiracy, brainwashing children through repressed trauma, the merciless slaughter of a community as a political scapegoat, survivor guilt, psychological dependence on addiction and the collapse of a civilization, and the hardships of two child soldiers. The worst offender is the reveal that one of the aforementioned children was driven to murderous insanity when [[spoiler:her parents sold her into prostitution at the age of 5 to cover their debts.]]
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' features mentions of war (with implications that the protagonist was one of the "killer robots" involved), a BigBad whose experiments are somewhat reminiscent of Mengele, and [[spoiler:a boss fight that forces you to ''kill'' one of the cutest characters in the game]]. But just look at the [[BadassAdorable robots!]] The [[GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed in-game graphics]] just make it even more jarring.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' could best be described as the video game equivalent to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Death, sex, drunkeness, scatalogical humor, swearing...not a kids game. But Creator/{{Rare}} made it with the same adorable art style that characterized their family friendly fare like ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' (which itself has some occasional dark humor and jokes, more so its sequel). This is because ''Conker: Twelve Tales'' was originally going to be a family-friendly game, not too dissimilar from ''Conker's Pocket Tales'' for Game Boy Color, but then Rare caught on that it would've been too similar to their own ''Banjo Kazooie'', so they turned it into the more adult final version, while keeping the art style intact.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' series is colorful, cartoony, and filled with beautifully subtle details. The battle screens suggest you're fighting during a psychadelic trip-out, and the characters almost look like they're from a stylized ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} comic. And, implicitly and thematically speaking, it's probably the darkest Nintendo has ever gotten.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. For the first 15 minutes, it's averted, but after that it takes a swan dive into the depths. Compared to the art style, the story gets so dark, you would need the light of a thousand suns to be able to see three feet ahead. Though, admittedly, there are comic relief sections, it's still one hell of a contrast.
* Intentionally done in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', where Kiyuduki Satoko's PuniPlush art style helps to conceal the dark nature of the game until [[WhamEpisode the player gets whacked in the face with it]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' introduced a cartoony and very brightly colored art style very different from the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' era's more realistic art. However, its storyline has many dark undertones: [[spoiler:A GreatFlood that reduced the world to a handful of islands that were once mountaintops]], and the final battle culminates in [[spoiler:Ganon being stabbed ''[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice in the forehead]]''.]] There are also various dark elements like the destruction of Greatfish Isle and the subsequent curse of the Great Sea, and the presence of dangerous creatures like Seahats and Big Octo.
** Zigzagged with ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. While not as consistently cartoony as ''The Wind Waker'', it's still very brightly colored and cheery-looking compared with ''Ocarina of Time'' or ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', even though the setup involves the Kingdom of Hyrule having been destroyed by an EldritchAbomination incarnation of Ganon and the land still being threatened by him and his minions. However, it's also a bit of a CozyCatastrophe, as a century later many of the surviving settlements are flourishing and most civilians don't seem to care that an apocalyptic event has occurred beyond wistful longing for the good old days when the Kingdom was still around. The fact that Ganon was sealed away during that century, and is only now [[LeakingCanOfEvil starting to break free]] when Link reawakens, is a major factor. Plus, Ganon himself and the Blight Ganons he uses to control the Divine Beasts have {{Non Standard Character Design}}s that ''do'' look like the kind of gruesome monstrosities that could cause such carnage.
* ''Raze's Hell'' features mostly cutesy art... since you play as a monster bent on fighting the [[CuteIsEvil cuddly]] EvilArmy bent on [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute destroying ugly creatures]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' looks like a SugarApocalypse at first, but it eventually becomes clear that the world (or at least the main character's nation) was pretty messed up even before the Calamity.
* This is one of the criticisms often aimed at the ''VideoGame/BattalionWars'' games: Their art style is [[WarHasNeverBeenSoMuchFun a little too cute for the combat involved]], but not quite cute enough for the characterization of the units and commanders.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', especially ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. With the cutesy look and the bright colors who would expect such a series to be so darn right horrific and depressing? The ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]'' spinoffs are especially bad, as they center around the incredibly cute Pokemon in an apparently idealistic land but are in a league of their own.
* ''VideoGame/CorpseParty: Book of Shadows'' has a surprisingly cutesy art style for a game about people being murdered in gruesome ways.
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' mimics ThickLineAnimation, and has a protagonist who looks very baby-like despite apparently being at least kindergarten-age. Edmund [=McMillen=] has said this was a deliberate design decision--the grotesqueness of what Isaac goes through would not be bearable if drawn realistically. And even with the art-style used, some of the bosses are ''still'' flat-out disgusting and horrifying, such as Blighted Ovum, The Wretched, or Super Lust.
* The bright and colorful visuals of ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' belie the very dark and serious story that effectively explains [[spoiler:TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and how TheMagicGoesAway.]]
* ''VideoGame/GretelAndHansel'' features very cutesy, childish drawings undergoing ''horrible'' twisted FairyTale torments.
* ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyHarveysNewEyes'' is about a very idealistic little girl, and the art style reflects how she views things. This makes it all the more jarring when her illusions begin to slip, and she starts to see blood and dead bodies.
* The ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton'' series, which has a cute and quirky art style... and yet often features topics such as revenge, government coverups, tragic pasts, implied murder, and the loss of loved ones. In one of their games for the iOS, VideoGame/LaytonBrothersMysteryRoom, isn't even implied murder anymore. All their cases deal with [[AlwaysMurder homicides]] ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar among other things]]) but it still remains its cheery, bright art style though at least it has a 12+ age rating.
* Some of the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games fall into this. All of the Mario games utilize bright colors and cutesy character designs, but NightmareFuel abounds in this series and whenever there's anything more than an ExcusePlot, it tends to be somewhat dark or scary. Especially ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', which has one of the brightest art styles of the series, but one of the darkest stories of any Nintendo franchise.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fangame ''VideoGame/KoumajouDensetsu'' features a very dark artstyle but the story and characters are every bit as nutty as the main series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Team Fortress 2}}'' is a class-based first person shooter where a group of mercenaries (most of whom probably have varying degrees of mental instability) are continually fighting a frankly pointless fight over a worthless piece of land thanks to rather ruthless (and [[AntiHero somewhat]] [[AffablyEvil evil]]) contractors. The artistic style? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lbhHle-3V8 It looks like a cartoon.]] This is complete with ridiculous animations (a building/upgrading Sentry, for starters) and LudicrousGibs. This was because during development, Valve was having trouble producing something that would give players a WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, so they decided to make it look like a universe where ridiculous things are ''supposed'' to happen in it, such as how certain abilities (such as rocket jumping) are possible, or why some seemingly arbitrary rules are in place (like, for some reason, you can't jump over a 3 foot high fence that leads out to a sprawling field), hence the reason why they chose a more "stylized" art direction: So that you won't ask yourself these questions in the first place. This also helps it fit in with Valve's dark, irreverent, and somewhat... silly sense of humor. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUhOnX8qt3I This]] sums it all up nicely.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' looks like a harmless children's toy at first glance, until you play Survival mode. [[WizardNeedsFoodBadly Constant threat of starvation]] as well as brutal [[NightOfTheLivingMooks undead creatures]] and [[DemonicSpiders otherwordly monsters]] out for your blood that are ''far'' more threatening than their blocky, cartoonish designs could ever suggest are what awaits in this bright and colorful Lego Land. Needless to say, if ''Minecraft'' is a playground, it's an ''evil'' playground that [[DeathWorld shows no mercy and wants you dead]].
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' takes much the same philosophy and gives it the backdrop of a cutesy cartoon style. Want to build that nice, big 8-story house filled with expensive furniture and decorations and gold bricks? Well then be prepared to face those [[NightOfTheLivingMooks zombies and skeletons]] and DemonicSpiders that made Minecraft a living hell, only this time with {{Eldritch Abomination}}s thrown into the mix.
* Many platforming games fall into this when it comes to how hard they are, especially the older crop from the 80s and early 90s. One just wouldn't expect the cute cartoon video game to have controller-breaking difficulty!
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' has Nexus, the bright, colourful, vibrant, and lush planet of wonders and extremely dangerous predators, plants, and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs predator plants.]] Not counting the locals who would love nothing more than to kill and/or eat you, you also have [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores the Exiles]] and [[TheEmpire the Dominion]] who are waging an all-out war on each other, plus the numerous criminal cartels and third parties rushing to the planet to get a piece of the "homeworld of the Galaxy's most advanced civilization" pie. [[spoiler:There's also what killed the said most advanced civilization, who are still lurking around...]]
* ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' is a game about cartoonish LittleGreenMen who try to launch themselves into space atop rockets. While there's nothing ''actively'' trying to kill you in the game, it more than makes up for it by [[UnexpectedlyRealisticGameplay being unexpectedly faithful to actual physics]]. If you don't know what you're doing or are expecting the game's flight model to be as cartoonish as the art style, your rockets ''will'' crash.
* The ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series starts off pretty campy and cutesy, but overall takes itself seriously. This is what makes certain games like ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' so unusual, because they're quite depressing and dark (respectively) given their cutesy Creator/AkiraToriyama art-style.
* ''VideoGame/{{Yesterday}}'': The artstyle is rather dark and cartoony, in contrast with the game's content.
* The world of ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'' starts out bright and cheerful, but becomes gradually less so as you evert to higher levels, and it's not long before the game reveals its [[{{Mordor}} true]] [[CosmicHorrorStory colors]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Devil Survivor}}'' and its sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Devil Survivor 2}}''. The cutesy, chibi-style sprites? Prepare to watch as they get incinerated, beaten to death frozen, or more! In fact, in the first few minutes of the second game, you get to see a [[spoiler: bloody train crash, WITH the main trio alongside the other corpses.]]
* Some of the dream worlds in ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'' fall under this, but the most [[SignatureScene notable]] one is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFdrqakwIvk&feature=related#t=56s Pink Sea]]. Pastel colors, balloons, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB64Sp2LMks gentle BGM]]... how could this area - [[NightmareSequence of all the other areas in the game]] - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFdrqakwIvk#t=7m25s be so scary]]?
* Some of the worlds in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' come off as this way. The UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance entries mostly being this due to the artstyle being bright and colorful as a result of the SP model not being standardized for most of the runs. (Not so much in 8) Some of the DarkerAndEdgier entries likewise have a darker artstyle, ''especially'' "New Mystery" and "Awakening".
* In the Creator/AdultSwim game series ''VideoGame/CandyMountainMassacre'', a virus has turned the inhabitants of a SugarBowl setting into trigger-happy psychos with guns and bombs. The second game turns things in this direction, with the Cake Queen having turned her land into one of dread for both the Cupcakes (the only inhabitants unaffected by the virus)and any humans unfortunate enough to set foot in the place -- and one level has you blasting your way through what is for all intents and purposes a ''torture chamber''. Yikes!
* The setting in ''VideoGame/NaughtyBear''. Even before the main character goes on his killing spree, the whole place is populated by tremendous {{Jerkass}}es.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' has the darkest narrative in the series while it has the most colorful design and environment. In contrast, ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'''s settings are rather barren and darker, but the story is shonen anime-like and characters crack a joke and tease each other frequently.
* ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'' tells a bleak story of death and devastation, set in a SceneryPorn-laden city and accompanied by soothing music.
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' takes place in a gorgeous FairyTale land with a host of literally colorful characters. It also [[DownerBeginning opens with a child being murdered]], [[YouCantGoHomeAgain ends with a town being destroyed]], and has [[CrapsaccharineWorld a whole lot of unpleasantness in between]].
* The bootleg games ''Mario 3: Around the World'' and ''Mario 4: Space Odyssey'' are odd examples of this. They're styled like the official games, even ripping graphics from some installments, yet they have a distinctly creepy atmosphere: the music is dark and electronic, Mario screams when he falls down a [[BottomlessPits bottomless pit]], and the continue and GameOver screens are [[SurpriseCreepy jarringly]] [[NightmareFuel morbid]].[[note]]This means such lovely images as a piranha plant bursting out of Mario's stomach, a bigger piranha plant finishing the bloody remains of Mario, and a skull wearing Mario's cap, even though the actual gameplay is no more violent than a typical Mario game.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' goes the Earthbound route of goofy, childish graphics (one of the big villains of the game is a ''talking flower'' for crying out loud) juxtaposed with dark themes such as [[spoiler: horrific scientific experiments, killing children, going insane after living life trapped in a body incapable of love and stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop, and potentially genocide and the destruction of all of existence.]] In fact, if you go the [[KillEmAll Genocide route]] it potentially gets even ''darker'' than Mother 3.
* ''VideoGame/LegoCityUndercover'' is seemingly just another Lego game. However, it has many references to [[ParentalBonus adult movies and books]] that children aren't supposed to watch/read (James Bond, Harry Hole, Terminator, etc.), and [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar gets a load of crap past the radar]]. You get points from breaking things, a crime boss gets frozen to death (he is rebuilt, but still), a mook loses both hands, TheHero tortures a mook through brain freezing, and more. It is nicknamed ''VideoGame/{{Lego}} VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' for a reason and probably would have the same ratings if not for the LEGO style. The fact that the hero is a cop [[PoliceBrutality doesn't make it much better]]. It's a good game but still weird it got past the radar.
* ''VideoGame/CupHead'' has a fun, colorful art style based off of 1930s era cartoons a la WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse or WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat. That said, the main storyline is a literal deal with the devil and it has already become well-known for its high difficulty curve.
* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' is set in a brightly-colored school populated with the usual assortment of cute technicolor-hair and eyed anime students... who you can kill in gruesome ways to prevent them from [[MurderTheHypotenuse taking your Senpai]].
* ''Videogame/FromTheDepths'' mixes cartoonish, simplistic voxel-based graphics with advanced ballistic calculations, fluid drag characteristics, naval fleet tactics, and detection equipment to make one of the most complex DesignItYourselfEquipment ''engineering'' games, only being surpassed by the ultra-hardcore space combat simulator ''Videogame/ChildrenOfADeadEarth''.
* ''VideoGame/ForeverHome'' uses Kaduki and RTP style sprites that are in many other RPG Maker games, which look fairly saccharine, but it still doesn't shy away from showing dead bodies, mangled corpses, pools of blood, and suicide.
* Video games by Spanish developer [[http://www.mangoprotocol.com/ Mango Protocol]] have a cutesy cartoonish art style, vaguely reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' (lampshaded when the protagonist of one of them has a BMO plush on her bed) but their attitude and humor is quite cynical and sarcastic. There are some wildly inappropriate elements as well, such as the girl who made up the "Carnivorism" religion, represented by a crucified pig with its intestines hanging out.
* ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' is rendered in a flat, paper cutout style, of the sort used in school decorations and children's books, with FunnyAnimal characters inspired by the works of Creator/RichardScarry. It delves into depression, mental illness in general, sociopolitical issues, and [[spoiler:an EldritchAbomination that may or may not be real.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' is about an adorable pink-haired magical girl princess... in a world filled with {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, VillainousIncest and more assassination plots than you can count. The death images take it UpToEleven, featuring cute SuperDeformed Elodies being [[TheManyDeathsOfYou shot, stabbed, strangled, poisoned, blown up...]] It tends to be marketed with warnings that this is really, ''really'' not meant for kids.
* Some have said that the contrast between the cute {{moe}} art and the bloody, psychological horror plot is part of what makes ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' so creepy. It's even worse in the original visual novels, whose [[http://www.uk-anime.net/images/higurashi-shots.jpg art style]] can best be described as "Weird looking chibi-PuniPlush mix". Hard to imagine that cute little style is from one of the darkest series to come out of Japan in TheNoughties. The remakes make it looks like a normal romance, possibly harem, visual novel but there's not a lick of sexual content and any romance isn't the focus at all.
* ''VideoGame/CorpseParty''. SuperDeformed, cutesy character sprites; deep, psychological, gory horror story.
* ''VisualNovel/MyHaremHeavenIsYandereHell'' lives this trope. If you were to check it out yourself, you wouldn't know offhand that a brightly-colored and upbeat novel like this will turn into a horror mystery novel, featuring some gruesome death scenes.
* ''VisualNovel/LiarLiar'' is a very cute looking, PuniPlush style visual novel with lots of bright colors. It's also a gory game about a [[VillainProtagonist middle school girl]] trying to kill her boyfriend.
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'''s art style fits it's quirky humor, but is about you being a ghost wondering why he died and save people who might know from dying. It has people being shot, crushed, executed, and even dying from a terrifying and even realistic heart attack. Yet the art style is colorful and cartoony with almost no black and gray.
* ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'''s cute character designs and the upbeat upbeat soundtrack juxtaposes with its morbid scenes and the genre it falls under: psychological horror. You are greeted with a warning upon game startup: "This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
%% * ''The ComicStrip/PerryBibleFellowship''.
* ''WebComic/AxeCop'' uses a slightly-exaggerated but fairly realistic style à la most mainstream comic books. But since the plots are written by a six-year-old, the actual content of the comic is ''[[CrazyAwesome completely insane]]''.
* ''Kit N Kay Boodle'' is drawn in a cute cartoon style, yet features near constant furry sex. Many readers find this extremely jarring.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''. This incredibly disturbing webcomic has art that looks like it was drawn by an elementary-schooler. Of course, this is because its creator is GiftedlyBad.
* ''Webcomic/{{Kagerou}}'' starts out this way, with extremely bright colors and cartoonish art contrasted against the dark plot and tendency towards gore. Eventually, though, the art [[ArtEvolution evolves]] into a more realistic but still brightly coloured style.
* ''Webcomic/NanasEverydayLife'' has very cutesy, somewhat [[SuperDeformed chibi]]-like art. It is also based on ''Manga/ElfenLied'', starts out as a BlackComedy, then gets worse.
* ''Webcomic/PurplePussy'' is a super cutesy drawn webcomic for girls... featuring an unending supply of {{Cluster F Bomb}}s and ToiletHumor that will burn your eyes out.
* ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' is a CutAndPasteComic made from sophisticated Victorian art. The jokes tend to be either very silly observations on modern neurotics to very silly poop jokes.
* ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'' has the same cutesy style as ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' by the same author, despite having much darker subject matter. The author's [[Webcomic/LoveAndTentacles third comic]] is in a different style, so this is clearly a deliberate choice.
* Come on. ''Webcomic/MarriedToTheSea'', anyone?
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' is surprisingly smart for its limited art style.
* ''Webcomic/RomanticallyApocalyptic''. Its art is frighteningly realistic and grim. The actual comic? A hilarious BlackComedy.
* ''Webcomic/{{Dolan}}'' comics are poorly drawn comics with horrible spelling that look like they were made by a three-year-old. But don't let that fool you; they're actually [[BlackComedy blackly comedic]] comics about an AxCrazy WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' has gorgeous, vibrant art... for a {{crapsack world}} filled with casual FantasticRacism and rampant nationalism. It's all the more horrific for how accepted it is.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''. A cute, quirky world of FunnyAnimal characters... where fangs are more powerful than ideals and savage instinct triumphs over reason and empathy. By the world's local ethos (it's ok to kill as long as you eat it) ethnic cleansing could just be another name for a BBQ.
* ''Webcomic/{{Skadi}}'' is filled to the brim with BlackComedy, NauseaFuel, and can be surprisingly action-packed in several of its arcs. However, the comic's art style looks like a mix between Spumco and modern day Cartoon Network.
* ''The Complex Adventures of Eddie Puss'' is about a young anthropomorphic cat who has an OedipusComplex, and it's drawn with a very cartoony art style reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''. That last part is justified, given that both works were created by the [[Creator/ChrisSavino same guy]].
* ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' has bold colors, rounded character designs with goofy facial expressions, and is indeed in theory a comedy. This not only belies the occasional outright creepiness and BodyHorror, but the sheer amount of ExistentialHorror to boot. [[spoiler:Half the galaxy have been kidnapped and been replaced with robotic doubles who ''don't know they're any different from the original'' but can be deactivated at any given time, and that's just for starters!]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a cartoony, stick-figure art style that befit the joke-a-week ExcusePlot that the early strips had. However, it soon began to develop an actual story, and once it began undergoing CerebusSyndrome, things got dark fast.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Justified in the {{Creepypasta}} [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Little_Pink_Backpack The Little Pink Backpack]]. Read it for yourself to see the disturbing content.
* ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn'' was established as being here once. [[spoiler:Charlie's kidney was stolen at the end of the first film.]] Anything made by Creator/FilmCow really.
* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' is about three colorful ''Series/SesameStreet'' style puppets experiencing SanitySlippage, BodyHorror and MindRape as a variety of saccharine teachers indoctrinate them.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXvsl8xgRxc&feature=share Adam Buxton's Counting Song.]]
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' inflicts [[CruelAndUnusualDeath horrific deaths]] on cute anthropomorphic woodland critters.
* ''WebAnimation/CyanideAndHappiness'' focuses mainly on VulgarHumor that can be compared to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', yet the comics and animations are drawn in sort of a stick figure style.
* ''WebAnimation/SockSeries'' is cutesy, stylized, and absolutely chock full of human misery and BodyHorror.
* The Bad Webcomics wiki has [[http://badwebcomicswiki.shoutwiki.com/wiki/The_Cute_And_Cuddly_Cast a very negative view of this trope]] , or more specifically, the use of a "cute and cuddly cast" for dramatic webcomics.
* ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' looks like a show from Creator/DisneyXD... But the writing style of the series (with lots of swearing, BlackComedy, and raunchy jokes that many times CrossesTheLineTwice) seems closer to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' than ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is notorious for its vulgar, black-humored style, coupled with crude, primary-colored cutout animation.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', to a degree. It sometimes wants to be taken seriously as an action cartoon, but its stylized design, reminiscent of the less-than-serious ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Fairly OddParents]]'' [[note]]Both ''Danny Phantom'' and ''Fairly [=OddParents=]'' were created by Creator/ButchHartman[[/note]], can make this difficult for non-[[FanNickname phans]].
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' is drawn in Sean Galloway's [[TimmStyle simplistic, yet stylized]] art direction. As a result, the young-skewing show is often cited to be one of the most fluidly animated interpretations of the webslinger to date. Yet, despite receiving additional praises for its surprisingly [[DarkerAndEdgier dark high school and family themes]] and [[UltimateUniverse combination]] of past Spider-Man mythos into a tightly-knitted storyline, viewers felt the show's content would have been better reflected with a more serious looking aesthetic.
** Ironically, its successor, ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', had the opposite reaction from viewers. The show's art direction features detailed character designs and background art, but written far [[DenserAndWackier less grounded]] in reality compared to ''Spectacular'' with {{Cutaway Gag}}s and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]-styled stories. While the show does ([[CerebusRollercoaster occasionally]]) lent itself to tackling dark themes, its bread and butter deals with [[LighterAndSofter kid-friendly]] tales with minimal continuity.
* While cartoons aimed at more adult audiences are not really all that unusual today, when ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' first aired in 1989 it raised many eyebrows. This is because audiences were so used to the AnimationAgeGhetto that it seemed bizarre and ironic that Springfield is a bright and vibrant town with an AmazingTechnicolorPopulation consisting mostly of yellow people, with [[HumansAreMorons idiotic]], [[ApatheticCitizens apathetic citizens]], [[PoliceAreUseless an incompetent police department]], [[SuckySchool a deplorable, low-rate school]], a shady and lecherous mayor, and an evil, possibly satanic CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has a simple and childish cartoon design, with generally idealistic and upbeat characters. However, it is also [[NightmareFuel/AdventureTime violent]], set AfterTheEnd, and has [[Radar/AdventureTime adult humor]] and BlackComedy throughout.
* Similar to the above, ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a very bright, colorful cartoon series with simplistic character designs, gentle, pastel backgrounds, and is mostly a very idealistic show from a young boy's perspective. But it doesn't take long for the series to start delving into the nastier sides of its well-meaning characters, sexual imagery is abundant with frank discussions on consent, trust issues, and the difficulties of relationships between its characters, psychological complexity, abuse, parental neglect, and several clear parallels to racism and non-traditional orientations and a backstory with war, genocide, and ambiguous morality.
* ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' has a very simple, childish design but it's about an EnfantTerrible who lives in a [[CrapsackWorld bleak and depressing]] town where everyone is afraid of her and the monsters she makes. It's rather dark for a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids kids series]], though the original web shorts are a bit ambiguous on whether it was even meant to be one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' uses the angular graphic styles of [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation cartoons]] of TheFifties and TheSixties, evoking memories of longtime kid favorites such as ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. However it features some of the most graphic violence imaginable outside late-night TV (for instance, skin being ripped off and disemboweling), as well as some [[SlasherSmile horrifying]] and [[GrossUpCloseUp grotesque]] facial expressions, tonnes of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar dirty innuendo]], and enough ToiletHumor to clog the New York sewers. Like ''The Simpsons'' above, it was all the more shocking when it premiered back in 1991... on a ''[[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} kid's network]]'' no less.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndSteveTheHappiestGayCoupleInAllTheWorld'' is a stop-motion series built using LEGO-like blocks. It's also a very adult DarkComedy themed around gay couples.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' is a brightly colored, chibi-style cartoon spinoff that seems like a LighterAndSofter reboot to the 2003 ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''... So why the TV-PG rating, especially since the original was TV-Y7? Watch a few episodes and you'll quickly notice it lacks NeverSayDie, thrives on BlackHumor, and has a lot more [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar risqué content]].
* Creator/TerryGilliam's animations for ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' married images collated from early 20th Century shopping catalogs and similar found art from the period 1890-1920, with some very distinctly 1960's-70's surrealism. The collision of style and content makes them oddly memorable.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has a fairly simplistic art style. However, it is a ''very'' [[BlackComedy dark adult comedy]], filled to the brim with [[{{Squick}} content that's not entirely for the faint of heart]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is much more lewd, shrewd, and crude than its sleek 60's look would have you believe.