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->''"I realize that our audience has changed now and when I look out past the ring now I see so many children. I know that kids are watching my every move and there are a lot of parents who know their kids look up to me, and I know a lot of people watch our program with closed eyes, and I kind of live by the motto -- 'Hustle Loyalty Respect.' If someone is out of line, I think instead of giving them an "FU", it's better to give them an "Attitude adjustment"."''
-->--'''Wrestlin/JohnCena''' on renaming his {{finishing move}}

The light twin of DarkerAndEdgier, when something is {{Tone Shift}}ed 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 deliberate {{ExecutiveMeddling}}. It could be a deliberate throwback to a pre-{{Cerebus Syndrome}} incarnation. Thus, a Lighter And Softer reboot may often follow an incarnation 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 its brother extreme, Lighter and Softer can leave just as [[TastesLikeDiabetes bad of a taste]] in longtime fan's mouths as Darker and Edgier if handled poorly.

At its most extreme it can [[CharacterDerailment turn]] a previously vibrant cast into {{Flat Character}}s and remove a lot of the show's appeal or even cause fans to abandon the work entirely. If it shoehorns [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Black and White morality]] into the work and makes everyone clear {{hero}}es and {{villain}}s, then expect people to complain about the loss of subtlety in the setting, or feel like the writers are [[ViewersAreMorons talking down to them]].

In music, this may result in an artist merely recording a SurprisinglyGentleSong, or it could lead to the artist having a complete GenreShift to a lighter genre.

Often found alongside DenserAndWackier, and YoungerAndHipper. Also often signaled by an increase in [[{{Slapstick}} wacky humor]].

Just like with DarkerAndEdgier, please keep in mind that TropesAreTools. When something is lighter and softer than its initial source material, it doesn't mean it's automatically worse. It usually depends on who creates/writes said material as well as how subtly they make the transition. ExecutiveMeddling may of course be at fault; "We gotta appeal to the kids!" But other reasons include trying to be more mainstream, to change an unpopular run, to appeal to another demographic, to recognize and dispel DarknessInducedAudienceApathy etc. The LighterAndSofter run can end up being positively remembered for years to come. It just depends on who's behind the product and how they execute it.

Compare {{Bowdlerise}}, {{Disneyfication}}, MenaceDecay, BadassDecay, SequelDifficultyDrop, ReverseCerebusSyndrome, {{WAFF}}.

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