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Lighter and Softer
Well, fans feared this would happen, and this was Blizzard trolling them.

"We're gonna fly to school each morning, we're gonna smile the entire time,
We're gonna be more happy, we're gonna finally be fine!
We're gonna get more calm and normal, we're gonna fix our state of mind,
We're gonna be less crazy, we're gonna finally be fine!"

The Light twin of Darker and Edgier, when something is Tone Shifted to be more kid friendly and frothy than the original source. This can either happen to a show over time, or it can be the result of Disneyfication. It may also be done purposefully if it's felt that the series has been getting overly dark. Thus, a Lighter And Softer installment may often follow one which made a point of being Darker and Edgier. Finally, if an adult or more serious TV show or movie has a spin-off aimed at children, this can be the result. Just like it's brother extreme Lighter and Softer can leave just as bad of a taste in longtime fan's mouths as Darker and Edgier if handled poorly.

At it's most extreme it can turn a previously vibrant cast into Flat Characters and remove a lot of the show's appeal or even cause fans to abandon the work entirely. If it makes the work into Black and White morality and makes everyone clear heroes and villains then expect people to complain about the loss of subtlety in the setting or feel like their being talked down to.

In video games, it can lead to It's Easy, so It Sucks. Though just because a video game is cute doesn't mean that it is always easy.

In music, this may result in an artist merely recording a Surprisingly Gentle Song, or it could lead to the artist having a complete Genre Shift to a lighter genre.

Often found alongside Denser and Wackier, and Younger and Hipper. Also often signaled by an increase in wacky humor.

Just like with Darker and Edgier, please keep in mind that Tropes Are Not Bad. Sometimes when something is lighter and softer than its initial source material, it doesn't mean it's automatically bad. It usually depends on who creates/writes said material as well as how subtly they do it. Sometimes some products that are lighter and softer are the result of Executive Meddling. Other reasons include trying to be more mainstream, to change their luck in a bad situation, to appeal to another demographic, recognition of Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy etc. Sometimes, something that's light and soft can actually be good if done right. It just depends on who's behind the product and how they execute it.

Compare Bowdlerise, Disneyfication, Menace Decay, Badass Decay, Sequel Difficulty Drop, Reverse Cerebus Syndrome, WAFF.


Examples:


Hotter and SexierSeries TropesReverse Cerebus Syndrome
Large HamJustForFun/Tropes of LegendLove Triangle
Least Is FirstIdealism TropesLoner-Turned-Friend
Ink-Suit ActorThe Millennium Age of AnimationLimited Animation
The Problem with Licensed GamesMedia Adaptation TropesLive-Action Adaptation
Jumping the SharkCreativity LeashLowest Common Denominator
Intercourse with YouIndustrialLoudness War
Stealth PunOverdosed TropesBig Lipped Alligator Moment
Limited AnimationThe SeventiesLimited Animation
Limited AnimationThe SeventiesLimited Animation
Antagonist TitleImageSource/Video GamesDiablo II
Leave the Camera RunningSturgeon's TropesThe Load
K PopThe New TensLong Runner

alternative title(s): Lighter And Fluffier; Light Fluff; Fluffy Reboot
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