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- Death Note
- Episode 30 of has a montage towards the beginning that highlights Kira's adverse effects on ordinary people — then we cut the sound early to Demegawa's "I am here to tell you that Kira is justice!" Even moreso when we see Sachiko collapse into tears after receiving Soichiro's ashes.
- There's also one very early, when Light starts scheduling people to die at a specific time. He gets happily on with his day while people die out of sight.
- The manga adaptation of Breath of Fire IV has the contrasting experiences of both Ryu and his counterpart, Fou-lu.
- For Ryu, almost everything he saw have humanity being positive and a good influence from his True Companions with The Power of Friendship. This was shown when Nina gives him a Cooldown Hug to calm down his Unstoppable Rage and first transformation into the Kaiser Dragon.
- Fou-lu, however, was a subverted King in the Mountain, who was seen as an Unwanted Revival by the corrupted Fou Empire and was actively pursued to be killed by them. He ultimately snaps after his love interest was tortured and sacrificed to be used as fuel for the Hex Cannon against him, upon which he decides to Kill 'em All because Humans Are the Real Monsters.
Films — Animated
- Team America: World Police: The "Montage" sequence, which is mainly a Training Montage, also features the Big Bad's preparations to complete his evil scheme.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas had one contrasting how Christmastown and Halloweentown prepared for Christmas.
- In Tangled, Rapunzel out of the tower turns into a Mood-Swinger, in a montage switching from delight at being outside and despair on how she defied her mother — with Flynn watching it all deadpan.
- The "Savages" musical number in Pocahontas showing the Colonists and the Natives preparing to go to war against each other, with emphasis on the irony of the two sides being so similar when each side sings about how the other side is not like them.
Films — Live-Action
- The opening sequence of The Private Life of Henry VIII cuts back and forth between the grim scene of Anne Boleyn's execution and the happy, flirtatious fun of life at court as Henry's getting ready to marry Jane. It even has Anne say "What a beautiful day" as she stands on the block, only for Jane to say the exact same thing much more cheerfully back at court.
- Rocky III: The opening montage explicitly contrasts Rocky's rich lifestyle with Clubber Lang's rough and tumble rise to the top.
- Rocky IV: The Training Montage was all about this: Rocky's rustic Training from Hell is contrasted with Ivan Drago's super-scientific and soulless training regimen. This helps define the difference between the two fighters: Rocky has heart, while Drago is empty.
- Repo! The Genetic Opera has a great one during the song At The Opera Tonight. It cuts between the Repo Man suiting up and Blind Mag lamenting her future, while they sing similar lines in tandem.
- From Hell has a montage contrasting the life of Dr. William Gull (the Queen's surgeon) and Mary Jane Kelly (a prostitute), showing how unfair Victorian life is.
- A Corner in Wheat offers a very early example. This 1909 film intercuts between poor people in a bread line and the lavish parties of the speculator who caused their misery.
- The Karate Kid (1984) has a battle montage contrasting Daniel's style — tentative, but growing in confidence — with the Cobra Kai's ruthless and calculated style.
- Downfall. Eva Braun typing out her irrelevant and frivilous last will against a background of mass destruction and Child Soldiers Driven to Suicide.
- In Forbidden City Cop, the Cop's peaceful picnic with his wife is contrasted with the brutal deaths of the other Cops. Especially jarring since the cops' demises are immediately followed by events at the picnic that mirror their deaths as a creepy form of Relax-o-Vision.
- Titanic (1997) cuts between scenes of the fun and raucous party in steerage and the boring rich folks sitting around gossiping over brandy and cigars.
- Kill Your Darlings has an very uncomfortable sequence, cutting back and forth between shots of murder, anonymous sex, drug abuse, and learning of the death of a friend, showing how the different characters react to and create various tragedies.
- In The Godfather, a christening is contrasted with a series of hits on rival mob bosses.
- Sergei Eisenstein was a master at this.
- Strike contrasts the simple meal of the workers' families dining together happily, with the rich fancy meal of their angry, evil boss who dines alone.
- October, about the Red October revolution of 1917, takes a dim view of religion in accordance with Communist doctrine. The "masks of the gods" sequence contrasts Russian Orthodox icons with Buddhist statues and pagan carvings, suggesting that all religions are the same.
- The Mechanic (2011). Arthur Bishop and Steve McKenna using a variety of automatic weapons and a Barrett fifty-calibre rifle on an improvised firing range are alternated with scenes of Steve's daily routine with his chihuahua, which is meant to set up the interest of Steve's first target, a Manly Gay hitman who likes young men with cute dogs.
- The Way Ahead (1944). Two retired veterans are griping about how easy soldiers have it these days, against a montage of those soldiers slogging through a tough assault course.
- The Naked Face (1984) opens with the protagonist (a psychiatrist) listening to his patients, against scenes of a unseen assassin assembling a silenced rifle in a (failed) attempt to murder him.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In a fourth-season episode we cut back and forth between Buffy's team and the Initiative, both planning to capture the same monster. Buffy's Ragtag Bunch of Misfits brainstorms together, checks the books, and works things out, while the Initiative gives orders from superior to inferior, checks the (inaccurate) data files, and sticks to rigid orders.
- A humorous version exists in the Mythbusters Demolition Derby Special, where Jamie and Adam are preparing a bus for a series of possibly dangerous stunt driving maneuvers. The show cuts back and forth between Jamie very calmly, meticulously putting together parts of a rollcage while Adam is frantically cutting pipe and tearing things up to make room for the cage.
- "Free To Be You And Me" juxtaposes the temporarily separated Dean and Sam, with Dean doing his usual business of icing monsters intercut with Sam's attempts to hold down a normal job and life. In "Exile on Main Street", Dean has done the same, and scenes of his normal life are intercut with flashbacks to life as a Hunter.
- In "The Slice Girls", Dean having sex with a Girl of the Week is intercut with a Victim of the Week being murdered. Turns out the two events are related, so this also serves as foreshadowing.
- Used in episode 1 of the sci-fi series to create a juxtaposition between a tense scene during which Kelly fights for her life against her Ax-Crazy zombie probation worker, and an entirely ridiculous scene in which Alisha performs oral sex on a bottle for her gawping male companions.
- Also used in episode 5: the opening scene features a montage of the gang's reactions to Sally's interview about their community service programme, which highlights their different personalities - Simon is shy and terrified, Alisha ignores Sally altogether and starts texting, Kelly complains loudly, Curtis looks bored and aggravated, and Nathan says something sarcastic then breaks randomly into song.
- Used again in the first episode of the second series, when the team are shown going about their business before another day at community service begins: Alisha and Curtis gently tease one another; Kelly mourns Nathan's death; Simon returns to his upstairs hideaway to mourn Sally's death- for good measure, he's got her body stored in a freezer in this same hideout. And all throughout this montage, a figure in a black jumpsuit, mask and hood is seen dashing across rooftops towards the community centre...
- The season 4 episode of House of Cards (US) that introduces Republican presidential nominee Will Conway uses this trope to contrast him from series protagonist and Democratic presidential nominee Frank Underwood. Conway enjoys spirited “good morning” sex on the bathroom counter with Hannah, while Frank stands alone in front of a bathroom vanity filled with recovery medications as Claire peeks in from a cautious distance. After the quickie with his spouse, Conway goofs around with one of his adorable moppet children; meanwhile, a subdued Frank discusses with Claire the importance of staying focused on their political agenda instead of worrying about their personal relationship.
- The first episode of Agent Carter shows Peggy Carter making a Spot of Tea and getting dressed in her apartment in 1947, intercut with scenes from Captain America: The First Avenger of Peggy kicking ass and taking names during World War II. This sets up the theme of how Peggy is stuck doing mundane tasks now the war is over and women are expected to Stay in the Kitchen.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: The song "So They Say" juxtaposes Captain Hammer and Dr. Horrible as they gear up for the events of Act 3.
- Likewise "On the Rise" contrasts Penny's optimism with Dr. Horrible's pessimism about the world.
- Gravity Falls: In "Dipper Vs. Manliness", there's a montage showing on one hand Dipper training with the Manotaurs to become manly, and Mabel "training" Grunkle Stan to ask Lazy Susan out. At several points in the montage, both trainings get quite similar (like Mabel unsuccessfully shaving Stan's chest hair, followed by a Manotaur gluing hair to Dipper's barren chest). The music that plays might be appropriate for a Hard Work Montage, except that halfway through it starts simply describing the events on screen without worrying about rhyming until the end.
[...] Now you're gonna jump a crazy gorge.Keep on shavin' that hairy uncle.Your heart's on fire and the fire is in your heart!
- The Simpsons in "The President Wore Pearls" had Lisa preform a musical montage of her becoming popular and manipulated with Principal Skinner singing about his evil scheme to cut Music, Art and Gym.
- Total Drama Island has one juxtaposing the Screaming Gophers' well co-ordinated teamwork as they build their team's hot tub with the Killer Bass' conflicts and problems as they try to build theirs.