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->''"No more teaching alphabets!\\
Let 'em sell cigarettes!"''
-->-- '''The Capitol Steps''', "Bye, Bye, Big Bird"

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An easy way to catch the audience's attention quickly when making a video is to turn the video into one big nostalgia piece that hearkens back to their childhoods. That way the channel-surfers will stop for a second and go "hey-- isn't this...?" and by the time they've figured out that it's ''not'', it's too late; you've got 'em.

Of course, if your artist has any credibility at all then you won't want to do a straight [[SatireParodyPastiche pastiche]]. Instead, you'll want to parody the original work or genre, most typically by having the characters do things that would not be permissible in usual kids' shows. Not all videos do this, however.

See also WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids, SugarApocalypse, SurpriseCreepy, and VileVillainSaccharineShow. You might find the DepravedKidsShowHost in one of these.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edbYNEPUmV0 Gali the Alligator]], a parody advertisement for an action/suspense channel show the titular alligator [[SugarApocalypse slaughtering his way through a children's show]] [[{{Gorn}} in a very gory way]], [[SoundtrackDissonance all to a cheery tune sung by children]] [[LyricalDissonance that also has some very violent lyrics]].
--->'''Singing Children''': Here comes Gali the Alligator, he's a puppet decimator.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw Dumb Ways to Die]], a 3-minute PSA about train safety, has cute animation and a catchy song, but it's actually about bad ways to kill yourself.
* The commercial for ''VideoGame/WarDragons'' starts off as a parody of ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' and other family-friendly depictions of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] before the characters are terrorized by the dragons from the game.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. Bunch of kids on a trip find a giant robot in a cave, and are told to use it to protect the world. It gets worse. Much, much worse.
* From [[Creator/MohiroKitoh the same writer]]: ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}''. Playful tomboy finds [[{{Mons}} a cute little star-shaped creature with superpowers]] and [[BondCreatures develops a bond with it]]. Tragedy ensues when she encounters similar monsters bonded with other children who [[KidsAreCruel aren't so nice]].
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'''s art style would not look out-of-place on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} or Creator/CartoonNetwork. [[ClusterFBomb Then the characters start talking...]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' starts out your standard cutesy MagicalGirl fare. Then [[spoiler:Episode 3]] delivers its CerebusSyndrome[=/=]{{Deconstruction}} [[WhamEpisode double-whammy]].
** ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion The Rebellion Story]]'': [[spoiler:Homura's Soul Gem world is also one of these. It indeed appears to be cutesy MagicalGirl fare, taking all sorts of cues from LighterAndSofter fanart and fanfiction depictions of the series. Then Homura discovers that the world is actually a witch barrier...]]
* ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'' has an episode "Red-Nosed Reindeer" that sounds like it would be a sweet Christmas special. [[spoiler:It's actually a tragedy. All of Kirito's friends die in front of him because of his mistake, and then he devotes a bunch of time and effort toward [[HopeSpot a rumor about a magical artifact that he could use to resurrect his girlfriend]], only to find out he's six months too late. Then he receives a surprisingly cheerful message that she wrote before she died, telling him not to beat himself up too much because she had accepted long ago that it was only a matter of time before she met a violent end. Merry Christmas!]]

* Creator/AlanMoore did this to ComicBook/{{Superman}} in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', in which basically every [[NotSoHarmlessVillain joke villain in his gallery suddenly goes serious.]] To wit: Bizarro attempts the "perfect imperfect duplicate" by massacring citizens and committing suicide ("Superman... ''alive''"), Toyman and Prankster kidnap, torture, and kill one of Clark Kent's coworkers and expose his secret identity during a news broadcast, an army of Metallos besieges the Daily Planet and forces Superman and his closest allies to withdraw to the Fortress of Solitude, Brainiac takes over Lex Luthor's body and allies with the Kryptonite Man and the Legion of Supervillains and kills Jimmy Olsen, Lana Lang, and Krypto the Super Dog. [[spoiler:And [[TheManBehindTheMan the mastermind behind it all]] is Mxyzptlk. "Did you ''honestly'' believe that [[CosmicHorror a fifth-dimensional sorceror would resemble a funny little man in a derby hat?"]] Superman kills him by ripping him apart between his own dimension and the Phantom Zone; then, in penance, walks into a room of [[DePower Gold Kryptonite]] and then [[DrivenToSuicide into the Arctic.]]]] At least [[EarnYourHappyEnding the ending is happy]].
* Moore also plays with this in a parody children's comic section in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' by solving a maze so a character can get a narcotic hit. The second volume of ''League'' had an extended section devoted to this, which depicted the characters from various well-known British FunnyAnimal comics (in particular ''ComicStrip/RupertBear'') as horrific mutations created by [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Doctor Moreau]].
* Creator/RobertCrumb was influenced by the FunnyAnimal comics he read as a child, but he twisted this in his own work by including topics such as sex, drugs, bloody violence, vulgar language and politics. It inspired the UndergroundComics movement where the innocence of comics as a children's medium was further subverted.
* The British comic ComicBook/{{Viz}} follows the format and style of popular kids comics from the UK, such as ComicBook/TheBeano, but with swearing, gag penises and toilet humor.
* Steph Cherrywell's ''ComicBook/WidgeyQButterfluff'' pokes fun at [[SugarBowl syrupy children's cartoons]] such as ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has the kid's shows "The Sex Puppets," which is ''Series/SesameStreet'' as hardcore porn, and "Anthrax Cat," which is WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry as {{Gorn}}.
* ''ComicBook/SamAndMax'' is a series based on the comics drawn by the creator and his little brother when they were children, about a [[FunnyAnimal cuddly dog]] and an [[CartoonCreature adorable rabbit-creature]] solving crimes in a [[TheWonderland bright, psychedelic and fantastical world]]. It's also a [[GrotesqueCute violent]], [[NauseaFuel deeply twisted]], [[{{Satire}} satirical]] BlackComedy.
** One story is set up like a nauseatingly cute children's story, with Sam tucking Max into bed and reading him bedtime stories. Sweetly, Max asks, 'What happens when we die?'. Sam answers by [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath cheerfully smothering Max with his pillow]].
** There's also make-and-do sections, not all of which are child-friendly. The Max head puppet is mostly okay, but suggests using it to '[[NightmareFuel put on terrifying puppet shows for the neighbourhood kids that will affect them later in life]]'. The paper dress-up dolls include things like a CensorBox for Max, labelled as "crude method of concealing Max's identity in his series of poorly-focused stag films", and are accompanied by creepy instructions like "[[RuleThirtyFour What would be more enjoyable than dressing and stripping everyone's favourite pin-headed cartoon characters]]? Or anyone else, for that matter? Paste these pages onto heavy paper or plywood and cut them out with a hacksaw! '''''NOW!'''''" And then, there's the instructions for [[CalvinBall Fizzball]], a game vaguely baseball-ish but involving raincoats and [[DontTryThisAtHome trying to make tossed beer cans explode by hitting them with axe handles]].
** There's a whole story arc about pirates keeping manatee sex slaves (a play on the theory that the [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]] myth was inspired by sailors seeing manatees). It's played in as silly a tone as possible (complete with the pirates singing terrible love songs to them), but it's still really child-inappropriate.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' we have it when Doctor Destiny watches TV, as he drives the world insane - one of things he watches is a kids show in which the host suddenly decides there is no hope in the world and commits suicide, while teaching children how to effectively slit your wrists. [[BlackComedy Destiny couldn't stop laughing]].
* There's a ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comic in which a kid's show host finds out that his wife (who played another onscreen character) is cheating with one of his assistants. He proceeds to teach the kids how to throttle someone to death, before Dredd bursts in and breaks it up.
* Simon Hanselmann's comic ''Megahex'' (not to be confused with the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' villain of the same name) features the characters from the British picture book series and TV cartoon ''Meg and Mog'', about a kindly WitchClassic and her cat, as drugged-up, screwed-up slackers.
* ''ComicBook/TheUnfunnies'' takes place in a universe of FunnyAnimal characters that at first seems peaceful and saccharine, but takes a turn for the worse when the universe's creator, an incarcerated child murderer named Troy Hicks, takes over and causes horrible things to happen to the characters. There is also a side story revolving around a character being manipulated into having his testicles amputated by an unscrupulous doctor and being manipulated by his adulterous wife into allowing her to cheat on him due to his guilt of not being able to give her a child.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* This is what happens in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4602078/1/Challenge_of_the_Super_Friends_The_End Challenge of the Superfriends the End]] as a result of the LegionOfDoom encountering an EldritchAbomination. From there, we get MindRape, BodyHorror and EyeScream, and finally what will become a SugarApocalypse in the {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}' world.
* Occurs in [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=173306 Scooby the Dreadnaught]], which starts like your average ''ScoobyDoo'' story. Where the titular great dane has been replaced with a weaponized coffin from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Hilarity ensues.
* ''[[http://yuletidetreasure.org/archive/17/slavebear.html Slave Bear of Care-a-Lot.]]'', a ''Franchise/CareBears'' fan fic that contains profanity and features the Care Bears engaging into BDSM.
* That the fictional fifth and final season of MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic appears to be one of these is a major plot point in Fanfic/FiveScoreDividedByFour. [[spoiler: Because Lauren Faust got the storylines from a humanized [[SealedGoodInACan Twilight]] [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Sparkle]], which included details of Discord's betrayal.]]
* The AfterTheEnd short story series ''FanFic/DayOfTheBarneyTrilogy'' portrays the famous purple dinosaur as a disturbingly chipper cult leader and EldritchAbomination who causes a SugarApocalypse,inciting his young fanbase to murder every single adult in sight, before taking over America.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''The Groove Tube'' features "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBvpj0cCHLA Koko the Clown]]", who acts like a sickeningly sweet kiddie-show host until it's "Make-Believe Time" and tells the kids to make the adults leave the room. He then sits down, lights a cigarette, and reads his viewers erotic literature, such as excerpts from ''Fanny Hill'' and de Sade's ''The Philosophy of the Bedroom''. It adds to the effect that he selects passages his kiddie-viewers have specifically requested in letters.
* Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/MeetTheFeebles''. A variation on shows such as ''Series/SesameStreet'' and ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', with the cast suffering through [[DysfunctionJunction a LOT of personal problems]], and [[ItWasHisSled a bizarre (and violent) twist ending]].
* ''Film/{{Ted}}'' starts off like this, with a little boy finding that his teddy bear has come to life as a Christmas miracle to be his best friend. It's played completely straight--possibly the neighbourhood bullies are crueller than they'd usually be in a film like this--until the teddy wanders into the kitchen, and the boy's parents immediately react by asking [[PrecisionFStrike what the fuck]] that thing is, and threaten to shoot it. The boy and his bear become famous all over the world... then we TimeSkip to a point where the boy is now an emotionally-stunted adult, still dependent on his teddy bear, who is a FormerChildStar and incredibly hedonistic and crude. After this, the subversion is complete and it drops the pretense to focus on other gags.
* ''Film/TheBabadook'' features a [[ShowWithinAShow pop-up book called "Mister Babadook"]]. At first, it seems innocent as the Babadook seems to a goofy character. Then, it starts talking about the Babadook will stalk you and make it so you wish you were dead. The book gives both Samuel and Amelia nightmares. [[spoiler: The book is also an ArtifactOfDoom that summons the Babadook, who turns out to be an EldritchAbomination.]]
* ''Film/It2017'' features one, as a result of Pennywise manipulating the characters' perceptions. It's subtle at first-- in one scene we hear a cheery woman's voice from the television off-screen talking about how great it is to [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop play with your friends in the sewer.]] Later, when Henry [[spoiler:kills his father]], the same host addresses him by name and encourages him to "kill them all!"
* ''Film/ABCsOfDeath2'' features this in the segment "W is for Wish", which consists of a DeconstructiveParody of action figure commercials that feature children ending up in the universe of the toyline to aid the heroes in fighting the villains. Two boys wish to help Prince Casio fight against the legions of Zorb, only to find themselves in a world where [[WarIsHell the heroes are slaughtered mercilessly by the villains, with the survivors held prisoner to be subjected to painful torture]]. [[DeathOfAChild One boy is reduced to a skeleton]] while the other ends up "rescued" by Fantasy Man, who may or may not have [[PaedoHunt an impure interest in the boy]].

* ''Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book'', by Creator/ShelSilverstein, written in classic children's-book style with Silverstein's characteristic art, is designed to help let all of Uncle Shelby's little friends [[FalseReassurance get what they deserve]]. It contains ideas for fun activities like playing hopscotch with real scotch, and explanations of amazing things like how the friendly kidnapper has nice candy and a fast car and maybe if you tell him your daddy has a lot of money he will let you ride in his car!
* A Teddy Bear who comes to life to help a little girl is about as childish a cliche as you can have. Unless you've read anything by Creator/MercedesLackey.
* There's a book that looks like a children's picture book, has artwork like a children's picture book, and is written like a children's picture book, but it's called ''Literature/GoTheFuckToSleep'' and is aimed at adults. Made even better by having freaking ''Creator/SamuelLJackson'' reading the audiobook. To make up for it, there is an actual children's version of the book called ''Seriously, Just Go to Sleep.''
* ''Literature/IWantMyHatBack'' is what appears to be a children's book about a bear looking for his hat. [[spoiler:It ends in [[DisproportionateRetribution the bear murdering the rabbit to get his hat back]].]]
* ''Literature/DerStruwwelpeter'' is a series of poems featuring children who exhibit different vices such as picky eating or bad personal hygiene. All of the characters end up injured, sick or [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath dead]]. There's also The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb, who [[FelonyMisdemeanor gets his thumbs cut off]] as a punishment for, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well you guessed it already]]. The book was written and illustrated in 1845 by the German [[PsychoPsychologist psychiatrist]] Heinrich Hoffmann as a christmas present for his 3-year-old son, as he deemed classical childrens [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany "silly"]]. Earning the "expected" results from his son, other parents pressured Hoffmann to publish the book, which he eventually did under the title [[DeceptivelySillyTitle "Funny Stories and Lovely Pictures for Children aged 3 to 6"]].
* ''Inspector Pancakes Helps the President of France (Solve the White Orchid Murders)'', by Karla Pacheco and Maren Marmulla, is a parody children's book that subverts itself. The pictures and the large-print narration are about a cute dog detective who tracks down a HarmlessVillain in GayParee, while the small-print narration tells a different story, that also fits with the pictures, about a furry-story-for-adults canine CowboyCop hunting a brutal and depraved serial murderer in full Creator/JamesEllroy style.
* ''Literature/TheUglyBarnacle'', in what is possibly the bluntest way possible for such a short story. At first, it seems that the barnacle will be able to overcome it's ugliness, [[spoiler: only for said ugliness to prove to be so bad, that it kills ''everyone''.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The show ''TV Funhouse'' was built around this concept, featuring drinking, smoking, drug-using, psychotic puppets and parody cartoons like "X-Presidents" and "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" to great effect. It originated as a series of animated shorts on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', though "Ambiguously Gay Duo" dates back even further, to the short-lived ''Series/TheDanaCarveyShow''.
* ''Series/ChappellesShow'' had one sketch where puppets (voiced by the regulars of the show as well as Music/SnoopDogg) taught the kids about things like homelessness, drugs, masturbation, and [=STDs=].
* ''Saul Of The Mole Men'', which pastiches Sid and Marty Krofft shows of the '70s such as ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' and somehow borrows heavily from/straight out parodies the short lived 70s {{toku}} ''Dengeki! Strada 5''.
* The cast of ''Series/{{Rainbow}}'', a British kid's show, recorded [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcgzKrDYc1M this joke segment]] which was obviously never meant to air.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''Series/AshesToAshes'' both have occasional children's programs from their time periods, altered in a way to comment on the plot. The most blatant example is their take on ''WesternAnimation/CamberwickGreen'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf17YKJZv3w as seen here]].
* [[OlderThanTheyThink Predating]] most of these, Creator/AndyKaufman often [[AffectionateParody affectionately]] invoked and subverted kids show tropes, particularly hosts, in his work. (He actually hosted a kiddie show in Boston in the 1960s, and acts such as "Mighty Mouse" were ones he had developed and perfected as a performer at children's parties in his youth -- now presented to adults.) The most famous example of this on film would be his [[Main/ExecutiveMeddling much-delayed-from-broadcast]] 1977 [=TV=] special, which climaxes with an actual, sincere interview with Howdy Doody (the original puppet and voiceover performer were used), but also has such segments as "The Has-Been Corner" and reveals that his ExcitedKidsShowHost HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight. In his PBS ''Soundstage'' appearance, his [[AlterEgoActing alter ego]] Tony Clifton turns up as a puppet and literally kicks the butt of a Howdy Doody imposter, and a ''Winky Dink and You''-inspired segment proves to be the key to his getting back to the show when he's banished to a desert island for "going too far". Plus, a friend recounts in the documentary ''The Real Andy Kaufman'' that Andy had broached the concept of a ChristmasSpecial that would, among other things, have ended with a disaster involving a skydiving Santa whose parachute doesn't open...
* Paul Reubens' character Pee-Wee Herman had a SubvertedKidsShow done with the Groundlings that eventually becoming a ''real'' one in ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''. After Pee-Wee's... [[ADateWithRosiePalms incident]] in 1991, his real kids show completed the Circle of Life and became fodder for subversion, such as the ''Series/InLivingColor'' parody ad for a Pee-Wee Herman doll with a motorized rapid-motion arm "so Pee-Wee can beat... [[LastSecondWordSwap this drum]]!"
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'':
** The series used to have a recurring segment called "News 4 Kids". Jon Stewart donned a cardigan, sat surrounded by stuffed toys and tiny plastic furniture and explained current affairs for the very young -- in an incredibly cynical and depressing way, while smoking a cigarette and drinking from a hip flask. (They stopped making the segments in 2000 when Stewart quit smoking). They later started featuring Gitmo instead. Islamic Terrorist Elmo!
** ''Jon Stewart Jizz-Ams in Front of Children''... uh, ''Jon Stewart Touches Children''... oops!, ''Jon Stewart's Story Hole''.
--> And that'll be... Our Little Secret.
** The show also introduced a parody of ''WesternAnimation/SchoolHouseRock'' explaining the (non)importance of mid-term elections, explaining in cynical and graphic detail as to how corrupt the system really was.
* One ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' skit has Creator/EricIdle as a kiddie TV presenter who realizes the book he's reading is pornography barely disguised as a kiddie storybook.
-->'''Eric:''' Hello, children, hello. Here is this morning's story. Are you ready? Then we'll begin. ''(opens book, reads)'' "One day Ricky the magic Pixie went to visit Daisy Bumble in her tumbledown cottage. He found her in the bedroom. Roughly he gabbed her heavy shoulders pulling her down on to the bed and ripping off her..." (audience laughter)
* From ''Series/FlightOfTheConchords'': "In the marmelade forest, between the make-believe trees, in a cottage cheese cottage, lives Albi... (Albi)... Albi... (Albi)... Albi the Racist Dragon!"
* One of those Top 50 Somethings shows on British TV had Sweep shouting "F**K OFF!" at the presenter. Now I know you can say it's just a beeping note but anyone who grew up with those characters ''always knows what it means''.
** On a similar but genuine note, the performers doing the slide whistle noises that formed the speech of ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' had actual words in mind, and if you know what they are you can actually recognise it. As shown on ''Series/{{QI}}'', one particular line was "Oh, sod it! The bloody thing's stuck again."
* ''Series/LookAroundYou''. Look around you. Just look around you. Have you worked out what we're looking for?
* A recurring sketch on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' features a kid's show hosted by Uncle Al, the Kiddies' Pal. "Uncle Al had a lot of medicine last night!" was the hungover host's usual catchphrase.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has a lot of sketches that are about screwed-up kids' shows or have premises that would make it a screwed-up kids show if it were played during the hours when kids may be watching.
** From the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], there was Mr. Bill, a little clay guy who was ''constantly'' squashed, sliced, and otherwise tormented, often by the aggressive Mr. Sluggo. He got no help from his supposed friend Mr. Hands either. "Oh nooooooooo!" Later incarnations of Mr. Bill were actually pitched at kids as well as adults, without having to change things!
** From the [[TheEighties 1980s]], Eddie Murphy played a drinking, smoking, cynical WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}} ([[CatchPhrase "I'm Gumby, dammit!"]]) and Mr. Robinson, an inner city take on [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]] ("Here's how we answer the door in ''my'' neighborhood, children... ''[[MoodWhiplash WHATCHU WANT?!]]''").
** In the [[TheNineties 1990s]], there was "Jingleheimer Junction", a show with Umberto Unity (Horatio Sanz), Katie Kindness (episode host Cameron Diaz), and Clara Caring (Ana Gasteyer), all of whom wore sweaters with the letters of their first names. When Freddy Friendship (Will Ferrell) joined the cast. Jingleheimer Joe had a ''major'' OhCrap moment, while '''F'''reddy, '''U'''mberto, '''C'''lara, and '''K'''atie all remained blissfully unaware, insisting that their new friend should be at the front.
** The Season 24 episode hosted by John Goodman had "The Happy Smile Patrol," which combined this with the FunnyAneurysmMoment (another trope ''SNL'' is familiar with) with repeated news reports of the actors and actresses from the show involved in violent, horrific acts interrupting the broadcast.
--->'''News anchor:''' Once again: Teddy Tickles, Glenda Giggles, and Harry Hugs have now taken their ''own'' lives, after a killing spree that claimed, among others, Cuddly Kevy. A tragic, tragic day. [[MoodWhiplash We now return to "The Happy Smile Patrol".]]
** The [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]] brought us a one-off sketch on the Season 28 (2002-2003 season) episode hosted by Ray Liotta where one of the cast members of a ''Barney The Dinosaur''-esque TV show [[ShesAllGrownUp has grown boobs]] during her hiatus and the director (and the actor in the Barney-esque costume) trying to do the show despite the actress's {{Gainaxing}} and the ensuing AccidentalInnuendo.
** Season 33 had, in the Seth Rogen-hosted episode, a parody of ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' in which their bus hits and kills a guy. When a cop (Kenan Thompson playing 1970s comic Nipsey Russell) pulls them over to question them, Zoot shoots him!
** The second time James Franco hosted (during 2009-2010's Season 35) had an ''SNL'' Digital Short featuring Franco as the special guest star on a children's show called ''The Tizzle Wizzle Show'' where the kid actors dance around in pajamas. [[spoiler: It turns sinister when the knives and pills are handed out and the show ends with James Franco as the sole survivor of a dangerous murder-suicide game]].
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'':
** ''The Reading Caboose'', which mingled the tropes from children's shows with subjects from the UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory page, all hosted by Creator/GeorgeCarlin, to boot.
** A direct parody of ''Film/SchoolhouseRock'' ("Public School House Rock"), featuring musical [[FromACertainPointOfView grammar and vocabulary]] shorts such as "Expletives" (compare "Interjections", the original).
** "Tickle Me Emo", a skit where Elmo is a bratty, overdramatic, suicidal emo.
** The ''Series/SesameStreet'' spoofs derive their humor for dealing with grown-up themes. Sesame Street is bought out and bulldozed by real estate developers, Bert is revealed to be a sexual predator, Big Bird has to be incinerated because he contracted bird flu...
** Their Disney Princess sketch starts off like your standard Disney song, but then it's revealed that she's in South Central LA, running into bums, tranny hookers, and gangbangers, before going to a movie set to shoot "Snow White and the Seven Positions".
* ''Primetime Glick'' featured a segment called "Tales from Lalawood," which featured Jiminy Glick telling children gruesome tales of celebrity murders, suicides, etc., told for the children with cute marionette puppets.
* The ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Smile Time" involved a children's TV show being used by evil demonic puppets to suck out the life force of the children watching the show (at one point, the demons get into an argument over whether this constitutes quality {{edutainment}}). While investigating, Angel ends up being turned into a puppet himself. And can still kick Spike's butt (although admittedly Spike was a bit too busy laughing his ass off to put up much of a fight...)!
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7LFM05IgZ8 Biffovision]]'', an aborted BBC series by the co-creator of Teletext's surreal gaming magazine, ''Series/{{Digitiser}}'', sees the traditional Saturday-morning magazine show given a surreal and overtly adult twist.
* Series/GoodnessGraciousMe, an English TV sitcom did a skit called "Skipinder the Punjabi Kangaroo" which took sections of Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo and used a GagDub to portray him as bigoted, sexist and foul mouthed with a thick Indian accent.
* The GameShow ''Series/FunHouse'' was an actual kids' show. Its SpinOff ''College Mad House''... not so much. They basically replaced the kids with college students, made the stunts risque, and changed the names of the obstacles in the house to things like "Roommate from Hell".
* In Germany, ''Series/DieSendungMitDerMaus'' is a favorite model for this. Like this parody from the German show ''RTL Samstag Nacht'' (yep, it's the Transatlantic Counterpart of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''): "Hello dear kids! Today we'll show you [[ComedicSociopathy how to turn your hamster into a nice doorstopper]], [[PeepingTom how to drill a hole into the wall to watch your]] [[CoolBigSis big sister]] [[ShowerScene taking a shower]], and [[ThoseWackyNazis how to burn down a home for third world refugees]]."
* German late night ''Harald Schmidt Show'' had a recurring segment featuring sock puppets ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK36_4Z7LD8 Bimmel und Bommel]]'' explain each letter of the alphabet by citing deadly diseases and mass-murdering dictators beginning with said letter, along with crude sexual references.
* Brian Conley did a famous (in the UK) series of sketches poking fun at the tropes of kids' TV presenters, "Nick Frisbee and Larry the Loafer", which feature both age-inappropriate material and the audience going 'ooh' when Larry (a squirrel puppet) is beaten by Nick, to which he responds "[[CatchPhrase IT'S A PUPPET!!]]"
* ''Series/InLivingColor'' went to this well more than once. ''The Candy Cane Show'' had a female presenter who couldn't hide her neuroses (about relationships, aging, etc.) behind her perkiness, and ''The Scary Larry Show'' was hosted by an unstable Vietnam veteran/postman who had a similarly shell-shocked buddy as a sidekick.
* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' often includes putting one of these on as part of the competition of its DragQueen competitors, with the aim to of course cram as much innuendo as possible into the sketches.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' had "Mrs. Falbo's Tiny Town," a parody of children's television where Andrea Martin plays a naive kids TV show host with Creator/JohnCandy has her dumb jester clad sidekick who do insane things that almost get them killed like visiting a populated maximum security prison. In the final, Cinemax-produced season, alcoholic Happy Marsden hosts a children's show called "Happy Hour" live from a local tavern.
* The rationale behind casting Creator/TomBaker as the narrator in ''Series/LittleBritain''. With his distinctive voice being fundamentally linked to the childhood of a large chunk of the audience, he spends his role babbling in a similar tempo and vocabulary to that used by the Doctor he played. Of course, what he's saying is invariably obscene, bigoted, sexually depraved or any combination of the above.
* ''Series/BlackMirror'':
** An in-universe example in "Recap/BlackMirrorTheWaldoMoment" - Waldo is a character from a segment on a late-night satirical show where a cartoon bear interviews various celebrities in a set designed to look like one from a children's show, where he uses a lot of foul language and crude humor. There is a certain amount of subtle StylisticSuck applied.
** "Recap/BlackMirrorFifteenMillionMerits" is shot, acted and written in a way that {{Pastiche}}s the revival series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', which Charlie Brooker admits he loves. But not only does [[DownerEnding no Doctor figure show up]], but the love of the hero's life gets {{Brainwashed}} into a life of [[HappinessInSlavery happy sex slavery]]...
* Dutch television is notorious for this, especially shows from the progressive channel VPRO. In the 1980s they had an actual children's show called ''Theo en Thea'' in which the presenters explained topics such as drugs, prostitution and homosexuality to actual children, but in a fun and comedic way. Despite complaints of many parents this show remained broadcast in the children's timeslot and was a hit with kids and adults alike! Another VPRO show notable for this is ''Purno de Purno'' (see the Western Animation folder below).
* A Spring 1994 episode of the French children's variety show ''Jacky Show'' became a quite accidental example and caused a bit of a scandal when singer/actress Mallaury Nataf performed her single "''Fleur Sauvage''". As clearly seen in [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxxyfu a brief video]], she was wearing a very short dress, twirled a bit too energetically and ended up performing a MarilynManeuver that flashed both sides and showed she wasn't wearing any panties under her tights. Miss Nataf herself, however, [[https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.actualites.fr/2237/le-dindonlescalopela-teucha-de-mallaury-nataf-sans-culotte-club-dorothee-tf1-1994/&prev=search claimed some years later]] that the video in question is not from the live broadcast but a separate performance after the show.

* Music/LilyAllen's "Alfie" is set in a brightly-colored house that looks like the set of a children's show, but is offset by a rude little hand puppet smoking joints, masturbating and generally being horrible.
* The video for Will Young's "Who Am I?" digitally inserts him into a number of old children's shows, including ''Series/BluePeter''.
* Music/KateNash's "Pumpkin Soup" is set in a children's TV set, with certain homages to ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' visible...
* The set for the music video of Hard 'n Phirm's "Pi" is "Zap", which apes the TV show "Series/{{Zoom}}".
* The video for Music/{{Lostprophets}}' "A Town Called Hypocrisy" features the band as characters in a parody of kids shows such as ''Playdays'' or ''Playbus'' called "Town Time", intercut with a debauched cast party.
* Dizzee Rascal's "Dream" is a spoof of British children's shows in the 50's, with a miniature Dizzee interacting with puppets atop a piano, presided over by a grandmotherly looking woman.
* Rather than a kid's show, Music/{{Muse}}'s "Invincible" featured the band on an amusement park ride obviously modeled after the ''It's a Small World'' ride. The ride shows a very abbreviated history of man, [[HumansAreBastards with an unsettling focus on wars]]; after the September 11 recreation, everything goes completely insane.
* Serj Tankian's 'Empty Walls' video takes place at a day care (where he seems to perform) rather than an actual show. And then the little kiddies start acting out America's 'War on Terror' on each other..
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtffv9bpB-U Green Jello/Jelly's "Three Little Pigs"]] consists of a retelling of the classic fairy tale that features rather child-unfriendly elements, such as one of the pigs being implied to be a stoner and the song ending with the pigs hiring Franchise/{{Rambo}} to gun down the Big Bad Wolf. The music video is even in stop-motion animation and features a brief glimpse of a woman sunbathing topless.
* Inverted on Music/RobZombie's ''I'm Your Boogieman'' music video for ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'' in which the framing device (a 1950's-esque children's show a la Creator/{{Ghoulardi}}) is relatively harmless compared with the bits of the movie and Rob Zombie singing...
* Music/KanyeWest has pictures of TEDDY BEARS on his first three rap albums.
** [[AllAnimationIsDisney The bear going cartoon]] didn't help much.
* Music/{{Primus}}'s video for "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" has them in kids-show appropriate cowboy costumes and animations of Winona with a pet beaver to lyrics like "Wynona loved her big brown beaver and she stroked it all the time." It was so well-executed that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar not even the kids caught on.]]
* While Kunt and the Gang never fit the DepravedKidsShowHost archetype, much of his music fits into this trope; examples include "Fucksticks" (about a phrase the singer and his late grandfather shouted whenever bad things happened to them), "Gentleman's Wash" (about how it's proper etiquette to wash one's genitals in the sink on the off-chance that the woman you date will want to fellate you), "I Was Pissed Out Of My Head" (where the singer mentions incidents where he injured or killed people while extremely drunk) and "Wank Fantasy" (where the singer talks about women in erotic situations he's fantasized about while masturbating), which sounds like Music/TheWiggles' evil twins broke into their recording studio.
** Later double-subverted: as part of a campaign to get "Fucksticks" played at the Royal Wedding, he issued a family-friendly version aimed at small children.
** Taken to CrossesTheLineTwice extremes in "Jimmy Savile and the Sexy Kids", in which he is actually singing in the persona of RealLife DepravedKidsShowHost Creator/JimmySavile justifying his [[BlackComedyRape hundreds of child rapes]] by blaming it on '[[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming sexy kids]]'.
* In Germany, ''The Smurfs'' song by Vader Abraham (Vader as in Dutch for "father", not the ''Franchise/StarWars'' one) is a popular target for this.
* The Music/PaulAndStorm song "Epithets" is a ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock''-inspired tune (specifically, a pastiche of "Interjections") about the most common applications of shouting profanity.
** Similarly, "Pirates and Emperors."
* It's [[http://youtu.be/5BXzphHiHD8 The Bad Ronald Show!]] (a.k.a. Bad Ronald's video for "Let's Begin")
* The video for Music/ElP's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZptOs8Gu9k The Full Retard]]" stars both El himself, and a Muppet who kills people (including a little girl!) and injects himself with heroin.
* The video for Music/AliceInChains' "[[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r0_2Wq9Aos4 The Devil Puts Dinosaurs Here]]" revolves around one of these.
* Music/ImagineDragons' video for "Radioactive" is kind of a live-action DarkerAndEdgier, BloodierAndGorier ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' pastiche, with adorable fluffy CartoonCreature monsters duelling in an apocalyptic cockfighting ring, surrounded by grimy criminals betting on them.
* Music/MileyCyrus' performance at the 2013 [=VMAs=] used a lot of this as part of her FormerChildStar persona. For instance, she showed up with her hair in two little childish topknots, and was wearing a teddy bear leotard - the teddy's face had [[TheStoner bloodshot, unfocused eyes]] and was sticking its tongue out lasciviously. She also had teddy bear-costumed backup dancers, portrayed by twerking black women with big butts, while singing a song about partying on molly and coke. And that's just the start. In short, despite being a star marketed towards children for most of her career, her performance in that show absolutely should not be viewed by children. [[CringeComedy Or anyone else.]]
* Music/{{AWOLNATION}}'s music video for "Kill Your Heroes" takes the form of three children watching a ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' parody entitled ''Awol's Fun Time''.
* The music video for Music/{{Mastodon}}'s Deathbound is that [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot a solar eclipse]] has caused everyone in [[Series/MrRogersNeighborhood Magicland]] to go AxCrazy while demons rise from the earth and aliens invade, destroying the world.
* [[Music/MelanieMartinez Melanie Martinez's]] work could best be described as Subverted Kid's Music. The songs' scores typically sound like lullaby-esque pop music, and with her cute outfits and song titles like "Dollhouse", "Tag, You're It", and "Milk and Cookies", [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForLittleGirls a parent could plausibly mistake her for a children's entertainer]]. Except those songs typically have surprisingly crude lyrics, and even when they don't, the themes are often dark or mature. (The aforementioned songs alone are about a [[StepfordSmiler Stepford Smiler's]] dysfunctional family, a woman getting kidnapped, and the same woman [[MurderBallad killing her kidnapper]], respectively.) The fact that her work runs on AmbiguousInnocence doesn't help.
* Radiohead with "Burn the Witch", paying homage to both Camberwick Green and The Wicker Man.
* Desiigner's "Timmy Turner" is more or less a DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* The first few (English) lyrics in [=AronChupa=]'s "I'm an Albatraoz" sound like a kid's story. Then "hoe" gets dropped...

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/MeetTheFeebles'' is a Muppets-style musical comedy in which puppets have sex, do drugs, and commit mass murder with a machine gun.
* In a similar vein: ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', which was done as an AffectionateParody of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''.
* The internet's weekly live broadcast ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow'' (once described as "Th eMuppets as they would be presented by Creator/MontyPython") has in big letters [[http://www.pawpet.tv on its website]] THIS IS NOT A KID'S SHOW!
* ''Series/WonderShowzen'' parodies ''Series/SesameStreet'' and the like. Sketches have included a UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush-inspired "Middle America" muppet castrating the cast, a sexual affair between the letter P Muppet and a pile-of-feces muppet, "interview" segments in which actual children "report" on various things out in the big wide world -- and ask the folks there questions about their sex lives, and an entire episode parodying ''Series/HeeHaw'', packed full of offhand jokes glorifying domestic violence, inbreeding, and situational homosexuality.
** What makes ''Wonder Showzen'' even more on the nose in terms of this trope is the fact that its original title actually was ''Kids Show''.
* ''Series/GregTheBunny'' is the result of someone asking "if puppets did live amongst us, [[{{Deconstruction}} what would it be like]]?" It follows the daily exploits of the writers and actors on a kid's show, but demonstrates how the puppets aren't kid-friendly behind the scenes. There's swearing, "[[FantasticRacism anti-puppetism]]", drinking, and lots of sex.
** The show's second pilot on IFC included strong implications that one of the cast members was a rapist.
* ''Series/TheSiflAndOllyShow'' is a borderline example. While it does have sock puppets, songs and "educational" skits it was generally less interested in corrupting something pure than it was having fun with it's own unique brand of weirdness.
* ''Series/CrankYankers'' employs Muppet-type characters to enact prank telephone calls, which are usually of a decidedly non-family-friendly nature.
* The German ''Freitag Nacht News'' did ''Bernie und Ert'' (later ''Bullzeye''), which took the HoYay in Ernie and Bert and cranked it UpToEleven. With darkrooms and gimps suits.
* ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'', a BBC Three show about a bunch of urban puppet animals; swearing, sex, inbreeding and all sorts of unsavoury shenanigans.
* ''Fur TV''
* ''Hale And Pace'' did a sketch of this once. Among the attractions were a counting game where they "took away" friends with a handgun, not to mention the letters of the day were... P! M! and T!
* ''Series/TomorrowsPioneers'', a Palestinian show (specifically made by the radical Hamas group) where they indoctrinate kids to hate Israelis and become Suicide Bombers. Here, for example, is a video in which a WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse clone named Farfour cheats on a school test, then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5S995NCeaUg blames it on Jews]]. Later, due to Disney threatening legal action, Farfour was ''killed'' by a member of Mossad (Israel's even-nastier version of the CIA), whom he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW27_Dypkgo calls a terrorist]]. Farfour was replaced by a bee named Nahool, who taught children not to abuse animals... by hitting cats and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_ExZVimjST8 picking them up by their tails]], and throwing stones at lions. Later, Nahool died of a disease when Israeli authorities refused to allow him passage to Jordan for surgery, and his replacement Assoud (a guy in a WesternAnimation/BugsBunny suit) was killed by Israeli bombing. The next presenters, Nassur and Sarara, managed to survive until the end of the program's run.
* The Israeli version of ''Sesame Street'', ''Rechov Sum Sum'', is generally much milder in comparison, though it has featured Muppets as members of the Israeli Defense Force, and they make no bones about how they are packing ''mad'' heat.

[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin and Jack Burns did a skit called "Captain Jack and Jolly George", or what it would look like if a pair of beatnik hippies got their own kids' show. Needless to say, it's not really for children. And then George Carlin went and played "Mr. Conductor" on the American version of ''Series/ShiningTimeStation''. He then went on to do a stand-up routine on parenting (entitled "Fuck the Children") in which he tells parents "And remember, this is Mr. Conductor talking; I know what I'm talking about."
* Creator/RobinWilliams plays a Mr. Rogers-esque kiddie show host in a segment of one of his early stand-up specials. He puts a hamster in a microwave ("Pop goes the weasel!") to demonstrate to kids how "we're all going to die from radiation", much to the disgust of the show's director.

* ''Theatre/DogSeesGod'' is this trope applied to ''{{Peanuts}}''. Somehow, teenaged Charlie Brown manages to suffer even more than he did as a kid.
* The ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' Broadway stage musical (origin of the infamous song "TheInternetIsForPorn", among others), is a blatant parody of ''Series/SesameStreet''... with swearing, drinking, smoking, and sex. The writers have described it as "if ''Sesame Street'' taught adults how to live". Believe it or not, the show actually won three Tony awards: Best Score (Music & Lyrics), Best Book, and Best Musical.
** Also, many cast and crew members were, at one point, in Muppet productions.
** Also setting the show apart (and key to its success and acclaim) is that it doesn't run on pure cynicism or subversion. You actually care about the characters, and its ultimate life lessons (as found in "The Money Song" and "For Now") are actually uplifting pieces of advice.
** This show just might be a subversion of a subversion... one of the creators said something to the effect of "What we're doing, we're not subverting ''Sesame Street'' at all. ''Sesame Street'' '''itself''' is a subversive show."
** Brian Henson's ''Stuffed and Unstrung'' is an attempt to do this by the Jim Henson studio.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''. The game's original concept, ''Twelve Tales'', would have been more appropriate to general audiences; however, after the gaming press accused Conker of being yet another cutesy Rare platformer in the vein of ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', Rare decided to completely rewrite the scenario to include more sex, violence, swearing and ToiletHumor. What it would have been can be seen in the GBC game ''Conker's Pocket Tales''. In fact, the only thing that seems anything like the original ''Twelve Tales'' concept that's left in the game was the fire-farting dragon, which really isn't any worse than some of the jokes snuck past the radar in ''Donkey Kong 64'' and ''Banjo Kazooie''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'' starts out as happy, colorful, smiley all around, [[spoiler:and quickly begins turning into a big old pile of NightmareFuel with pools of blood, black clouds of death slowly engulfing the world, and those ''demon hands that start popping up out of nowhere'']]!
* The original ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' titles had [[http://2disbetterthan3d.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/rena31.jpg graphics that]] looked very SuperDeformed and bright. If you ignore the intro and its implications of murder, the first several minutes of the novel looks like a typical SliceOfLife visual novel about friendship and school, maybe a little harem mixed in. The series is a mystery-murder well-known for its {{Gorn}} and NightmareFuel.
* The RealityWarper Peacock from ''{{VideoGame/Skullgirls}}'' lives this kind of life; thanks to cartoons negatively influencing her already tortured and unstable mind, she became a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, highly dangerous thug who travels with an equally dangerous ensemble of living objects including an anvil and two bombs, and most of her attacks involve cartoony physics and gags that have a very realistic degree of killing power.
* The character of Monokuma in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', a horrible, but hilarious scheming murderer, played in the Japanese version by the voice actress for Anime/{{Doraemon}}. The famous LetsPlay of the game notes that Doraemon's voice virtually ''is'' childhood in Japan, and Japanese players invariably have a huge reaction as soon as Monokuma starts speaking. Tarako, TheOtherDarrin from ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' onward, doesn't help with her most famous role being the titular character of ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan''.
* ''VideoGame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'' puts an interesting spin on this. The Bendy cartoons the plot revolves around are cute and family-friendly, with an old-fashioned rubber hose Creator/{{Disney}} style. However, in the studio, [[spoiler:there's an actual Boris the Wolf, cut open and strapped to a table, and some toothy cartoon monstrosity (that resembles Bendy) comes after you while you're unable to escape]].

* One ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' features the Empire of Blood's grim version of an overcommercialized and over-hyped parade, including dark parodies of ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters (Little Roc, Hurt & Burnie, etc). Inverted with Felix the Mensch, a benign counterpart to Oscar the Grouch.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has an in-universe example with [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods The Squiddles]], a [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickeningly-adorable]] cartoon that the kid protagonists remember. However, it turns out that [[spoiler: the squiddles are actually humanity's subconscious representation of the [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors.]]]] This is ''especially'' apparent in the last song from the [[DeFictionalized Squiddles album]], [[LastNoteNightmare "Let The Squiddles Sleep (Ending Theme)".]] You will never hear "LET'S BE TANGLE BUDDIES!" again without ''[[NightmareFuel shivering.]]''
* Webcomic/{{Dolan}} comics are about DonaldDuck, except he's AxCrazy and gruesomely kills/abuses other cartoon characters.
* In Jen Babcock's ''Webcomic/CestLaVie'':
** Dogsbody character Louis Lamoureux gets his big break into television - inside the Reading Rabbit costume, which, as the name implies, means he has to turn kids on to the magic of books by reading stories to them. But some of the kids have other ideas...
** Similarly, in the very first couple of episodes of the comic, anti-heroine Mona Montrois establishes her character as a cynical snarker by getting sacked from a nursery teacher job. She tells the kids the fairy-tales as they originally were, short of froth, glamour and happy endings...
* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', a web-based series that emulates ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' and similar video-game themed shows of the late '80s.
* ''Webcomic/{{Doobl}}'' at first looks like a fairly standard Christian webcomic (with lame yet frequent bible jokes), but when a DeathByNewberyMedal storyline comes up, [[spoiler: Neek tells Doobl that animals don't have souls. After reading the bible to verify, Doobl begins to degenerate in both faith and family-friendlyness. Soon, Doobl becomes a {{jerkass}} and starts spewing profanity. Humi, up until this point an exception to ReptilesAreAbhorrent, studies the bible in an attempt to save Doobl, only to become just like him. It goes FromBadToWorse the moment Humi discovers his [[GagPenis penis]]]]...

[[folder:Web Original]]
* This is a major theme in WebAnimation/YouTubePoop.
** While kids' shows aren't the only thing used in YTP, they ''are'' one of the ''main'' things in it, and the comedic effect of [[ManipulativeEditing editing things to sound vulgar]] is a lot more noticeable when the source material itself is for children. This is taken UpToEleven by [=YTPs=] of EduTainment shows like "Dr. Rabbit's World Tour."
** A common theme is to apply CensoredForComedy to clips of perfectly innocuous kid's shows (most often Series/SesameStreet), with no edits whatsoever besides the addition of {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s. The effectiveness varies, but in some cases it's astounding how ''filthy'' this one device alone can make a clip from a kid's show, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Wd-Q3F8KM this clip]] of The [[spoiler:Count]] singing about how much he loves to [[spoiler:count]] being a prime example, and one of the few that works well without being a tiny fragment completely out of context.
* [[http://www.bertisevil.tv/ Bert is EVIL!]]
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', features a lot of fluffy forest animals who all die incredibly violent deaths each episode. The official websites had labels reading "CARTOON VIOLENCE" and "not appropriate for children under 12" all over it back when it still had its own website, but there were still parents complaining about their six-year-olds stumbling upon it.
* ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'', which crosses the line twice as much with Gorn and porn. Sometimes, but not always, funnier.
* An inversion, taking the very serious ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and turning it into an 80s SaturdayMorningCartoon. [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/485797 Beware]].
** And the animation studio's slogan? "Touching your inner child"....
* Website/{{Newgrounds}} takes great pride in doing this. ''VideoGame/{{Pico}} vs. Bear'' parodies the famous ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' as a depraved drug abuser with a suspected history of child molestation.
* Music/LemonDemon's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AXPnH0C9UA Song of the Count (Censored)]].
* Polish 3D animator Cyber8. Nearly all of his videos involve beloved childhood cartoon characters being mulitated and sexually abused.
* [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/01d650100f/ponyo-is-on-a-boat I'm on a Boat (Feat. Ponyo).]]
* Music/DoctorSteel's webisodes of ''The Dr. Steel Show'' are done in the style of kids shows but are quite subverted. Also his song, ''Smokey's Theme'', ostensibly the [[ThemeTune theme song]] for a kid's show about a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids cigar-smoking]] trout who loves children.
* The famous ''DarthWiki/CandleCove'' CreepyPasta uses this as its premise, but utilises it more for shivers than laughs.
** "Lost Episode" and "The Truth Behind [show]" creepypastas do the same thing, describing an episode with horrific DerangedAnimation and putting forward theories that the characters are based off dead people respectively.
** There are a few creepypastas that take a similar route as ''Candle Cove'' by using made-up shows (as apposed to existing shows), like ''Literature/HappyAppy''.
* ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' has a recurring gag where a Mr Roger's-like host is seen reading the end of a children's book and then giving a moral to the story such as "never go outside".
* Brazilian Website/{{Tumblr}} [[http://porramauricio.tumblr.com/ Porra, Maurício!]] gets panels from ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' and sees them as perverted content. Among the running gags are [[BlackIsBiggerInBed Jeremiah having a]] GagPenis (as well as having him and Taka as {{Memetic Molester}}s), Bucky being AmbiguouslyGay, and resident BigEater Maggy being portrayed as a junkie. Though sometimes it's just "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?" (such as [[http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kzsn3x93yR1qbnzf6o1_500.jpg this]], where Chuck Billy's girlfriend Rosie Lee reveals somehow her face changed to Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio's - ItMakesSenseInContext)
* The webcomic ''Clarissa'' is about a little girl living with her happy, seemingly perfect, family. It appears to be nothing that you wouldn't see in a newspaper or on a kids network. It just happens that everyone is a StepfordSmiler and that her father [[ParentalIncest rapes her]] at night. It's played [[BlackComedyRape for laughs]]. [[BlackComedy The darkest laughs ever]].
* From ''Website/CollegeHumor'': "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1941782 ConquistaDora the Explorer]]". [=ConquistaDora=] teaches children how to enslave and conquer the tribes of the new world for the royal kingdom of Spain.
* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared''[[note]]As seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ&feature=channel_video_title here]].[[/note]] starts off like a kid show, with a talking notepad singing to some puppets about being creative. It goes downhill from there and ends with [[spoiler: the puppets doing art projects with and cutting up a cake made from human organs, and painting the word "DEATH".]] The last line of the song, appropriately enough, is [[spoiler: "Now let's all agree to never be creative again"]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtkGtXtDlQA The second video]] has the puppets learning about time, [[spoiler: before learning that eventually, everyone runs out of it as they slowly rot alive.]] The sequels also play around with the concept, and later episodes are more disturbing than the earlier ones.
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' plays host to [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-993 SCP-993]], a cartoon show called "Bobble the Clown" broadcast by an unknown station. Anyone over the age of ten suffers a splitting headache and falls unconscious when trying to watch the show; anyone under the age of ten is subject to [[HarmfulToMinors watching Bobble teaching them how to do horrible things]], like kidnap an ordinary suburbanite and [[ImAHumanitarian cook his flesh]], stalk and murder a London woman, or torture a prisoner of war. Alarmingly enough, [[spoiler: [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou Bobble is aware]] that the SCP Foundation is trying to keep his show from being broadcast, and has produced an episode showing kids how to release several of the Foundation's more dangerous specimens and murder the researchers keeping him contained.]]
* The [[http://youtu.be/WXvsl8xgRxc "Counting Song"]] by Adam Buxton begins like a song teaching numbers to young children and suddenly turns in an increasingly desperate rant against the [[GrowingUpSucks life as an adult]].
* Done a few times on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. The ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail84.html kids' book]] has Strong Bad "write a children's book." Which means he steals a book called "Everyone Is Different" from his brother and turns things like "Some people are very tall. Quincy is very tall." into "Some people are very tall and merciless. Quincy is [[{{Kaiju}} destroying San Antonio]]" with a black Sharpie.
** Another Strong Bad Email [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail110.html suggests]] that Strong Bad get his own children's show. He then explains why he's not 'cut out for that kind of sugarjob.'
--->'''Strong Bad:''' The Cheat is behind the freakin' box! (RecordNeedleScratch) ''[[RageBreakingPoint He's behind the box!!]]'' '''''[[IllKillYou I'll kill you]]! [[ComicalOverreacting I'll kill all your dogs!!!]]'''''\\
(''cut back to Strong Bad in front of the Compy'')\\
'''Strong Bad:''' So, you can see how that might be less than pleasant. What with all the letter writing and the angry mothers and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick the subsequent stringing me up in town square for all to see]].
** One of the shorts released as "Decemberween in July" has Strong Bad giving the same treatment he did to "Everyone is Different" to a holiday-themed kids' book called "That Time Of Year".
-->'''Old Version:''' Greta is making cookies. When will they be done?\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Greta is [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior feeding the mouse bug spray]]. [[BlackComedy When will he be done for?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYx4tLpmTbo Uncle Ray's House]] IS a fictional show that would be appropriate for little ones. But there's a TwistEnding that makes this innocent video this trope.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' creator Fred Perry did an animation of the "You Are a Pirate" song from ''Series/LazyTown'' that was filled to the brim with sexual innuendoes. Needless to say, it's kind of NSFW.
* Creator/SethMacFarlane's ''Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy'' includes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj78yCaumpc one episode]] where Wile E. Coyote finally kills that Roadrunner. And then has an identity crisis as he doesn't know what to do with his life after that.
* This is the central element in the "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-almighty-loaf--2 Almighty Loaf]]" meme, which takes a talking loaf of bread from a direct-to-video Christian-themed children's show, and turns it into a demonic harbinger of evil who speaks with the voice of the Lord of Darkness himself:
-->'''The Almighty Loaf:''' [[Film/{{Legend 1985}} Even now, the evil seed of what you've done]] ''[[Film/{{Legend 1985}} germinates]]'' [[Film/{{Legend 1985}} within you.]]
* [[Creator/{{Tomska}} Magical]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vrnJp5GcKQ Dream Bed.]]
* There are plenty of online fan works that take children's cartoons and turn them into this, be it fan art or fan fiction or even a video. Whether it's played for [[RuleOfFunny laughs]] or for [[RuleOfDrama horror/tragedy]] varies.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjGpzhcnA64 Fuwa Fuwa Foof]]'', an original concept by [=ExtraordinaryCircus=] on Website/YouTube. It's the story of an [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable]] [[EverythingsBetterWithBunnies bunny]] named Foof. [[CuteIsEvil Who used to be a gang leader.]] She pulled a HeelFaceTurn, but her old cohorts (Giri Giri and Kiri Kiri) are trying to get her back into her former life of crime and debauchery. On top of that, there's the song in the opening, "Chu Chu Lovely Muni Muni Mura Mura Purin Purin Boron Nurururerorero" by Music/MaximumTheHormone; not only is it deceptive by starting of like a soft, cutesy pop-rock tune then turning metal a few seconds in, but the full song is actually about [[spoiler:rape, kidnapping, pedophilia, and is often interpreted as a commentary on the sexualization of minors in anime]].
* This trope is present in many of the ''Scientifically Accurate'' videos, which take children's media, a lot of them starring anthropomorphic animals, and tear them apart by demonstrating what the shows would be like if they were way more realistic. Results are often violent, nauseating, and/or NSFW. One particularly sickening example is ''Scientifically Accurate WesternAnimation/CatDog'', which portrays the titular characters as a cat and a dog surgically grafted together by an insane surgeon to present as a show idea to an [[TakeThat extremely unflattering]] take-off of Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} called Nickel''odious''.
* The journalist and blogger Mr Moth created a series of Twitter posts "[[https://twitter.com/i/moments/889155640173760514 Today on Octonauts...]]", a series of plot synopses from a very different version of ''WesternAnimation/TheOctonauts''. In this version, Kwaazi is a [[HumanoidAbomination Felinoid Abomination]], Shellington is an {{Apocalypse Cult}}ist, Barnacles can only barely keep his [[CarnivoreConfusion carnivorous instincts]] under control, Tweak has become some kind of invisible spirit, Professor Inkling is a MadScientist, Peso is an ActionSurvivor, and the Vegimals are a SlaveRace and occasional food source. (Dashi ... [[DemotedToExtra is also there]].) Even the episodes that aren't following the CosmicHorrorStory arc have descriptions like "Today on Octonauts, during a two-day party, the gang accidentally kill a narwhal and have a torrid time covering it up when the cops arrive".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Creator/TexAvery: At the start of the ''WesternAnimation/ScrewySquirrel'' cartoon "Screwball Squirrel" we see a lovely forest scene and a cute squirrel picking up acorns. Then Screwy Squirrel appears and asks him what kind of picture this is going to be? The squirrel says it will be about him and his "cute, furry friends in the forest", whereupon Screwy groans "Oh, no, not that!" and takes him behind a tree where he beats him up.
* Many Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons turned into Creator/AdultSwim ones, such as ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}''.
* Also from Creator/AdultSwim, ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', which is based on ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' with the art style of ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath''.
* The show ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' breathes and lives in this trope. It would take at least half a page to list children's shows that it "corrupted".
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'', that aired on Adult Swim, is a rather rare serious-minded example of this trope. To be more specific, it took the no-blood, nobody dies GIJoe and took things more seriously, [[AnyoneCanDie named characters dying]] and [[{{Mooks}} Vipers being slaughtered by the dozens.]]
* [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight Krusty the Clown]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' tends to accidentally follow this trope. Usually he is seen smoking on air or making sarcastic comments about stuff, not caring about the children's well being. Then again, he does show ''[[WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow Itchy and Scratchy]]''...
-->'''Krusty:''' Hey Hey, kids! Watch my show and [[Music/{{Madonna}} I'll send you this book]] featuring me in a variety of [[RuleThirtyFour sexually explicit]] [[FanService positions]].\\
''(Krusty is being dragged off by executives)''\\
'''Krusty:''' What? Hey! It's not really me; I used a stunt butt!
** Bart even has the Krusty the Klown Home Pregnancy Test.[[note]]Warning - May cause birth defects[[/note]]
** In the episode "White Christmas Blues", Krusty mentions that he's always drunk or high when The Itchy and Scratchy Show is on. When he finally watches an episode sober, he's horrified and kills the feed.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' is a parody of cartoon violence, most notably from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, by making it extremely gory in a way that would never be permitted on air for actual children in our universe.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' will do this in their "{{cutaway gag}}s", sometimes featuring kids shows and other material often associated with juvenile audiences.
** One example would be when Elmer Fudd not only successfully shooting Bugs Bunny (to bloody effect), but watching as the hare writhes in agony before snapping his neck.
** Also, the time when ''Series/SesameStreet'' and ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' melded together to bring something with graphic adult situations and brought to you by the letter H.
** One of the most noticeable would be when the show had a ColdOpen of Stewie destroying Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood in a dream sequence. Even though the dream Rogers still got the last laugh, it's one of the few gags in the show's history that [[EveryoneHasStandards Seth MacFarlane has openly apologized for.]]
* The pilot episode of the ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'' animated series features a thinly-veiled parody of Sesame Street that had fallen into crime and disrepair, with the Kermit the Frog equivalent manipulating children to give him money.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' episode "Uncle B.J.'s Roadhouse" was a parody of ''Pee-wee's Playhouse.''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** There's the episode "Neighbor Hood", about a children's TV show host who entreats his young viewers to send the show "happy paper" from their parents' wallets to keep the show's stars alive and happy (a nod to what Creator/SoupySales pulled in the early 60s on his kids' show). This season 5 episode was originally planned for the first season but the staff feared a lawsuit from Fred Rogers (''Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'') as it paralleled his show a bit too closely. It was given to DC Comics as issue #7, "Remote Controlled," and then refurbished as this episode.
** The original prototype short was this. "The Whoopass Girls" was never meant to be a kids show yet is drawn in the same little girl show inspired style, with a kids show narrator, as the show proper.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Triptank}}'' is an animated SketchComedy show that loves pulling this with some sketches starting out rather harmless and cutesy and then someone gets slighted and...let's just say retribution ends in blood and death the majority of the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'':
** The series does this in "Rixty Minutes", where interdimensional TV shows include a Lucky Charms commercial featuring zombie-like children gruesomely disemboweling Lucky, and a somewhat [[ClusterFBomb cruder]] version of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''.
** In "Total Rickall", an episode about parasites that plant memories in your mind to convince you to give them your trust to take over planets, Summer's imaginary friend, Tinkles, turns out to be an alien parasite. She is shot with a laser and turned into a dead alien.
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' could easily fool more than a few unsuspecting people into thinking it's a kids' movie due to it's [[ArtStyleDissonance Pixar-esque art style]]. Let's just say that the film is ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids far]]'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids from family-friendly...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a [[ArtStyleDissonance simple, paper cut-out art style]], [[{{UsefulNotes/Kawaisa}} cute characters]], and [[KidHero child protagonists]]. It is for these reasons that it became ''notorious'' for being a case of WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids. Way back in the '90s, MoralGuardians around America ''hated'' this show for being inappropriate and [[ThinkOfTheChildren exposing children]] to [[ToiletHumor Toilet]] and VulgarHumor. Luckily, the show's become a loved pop culture icon, despite this. Amusingly, a later promo for the [[LongRunner twentieth season]] shows the story of a young girl growing up watching ''South Park'' as if it were a kids' cartoon.
** ''South Park'' also a couple of in-universe examples in ''The Terrance And Phillip Show'' and ''Fat Abbot'' which both consist of over-the-top swearing. The latter also has ethnic slurs and {{Broken Aesop}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/PibAndPog'' is a SelfParody by Creator/AardmanAnimations, featuring two cute claymation creatures in a pre-school children's show that rapidly descends into them committing tit-for-tat acts of graphic ultraviolence on each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/PurnoDePurno'', another series from VPRO (see the Live-Action TV folder above). With characters such as the "Kietelaar" (a Dutch word for clitoris), politically incorrect gags about sex, homosexuality and bodily functions, political commentary and very suggestive imagery. Most likely Dutch TV shows back then were very good and MoralGuardians feared that they would get flamed if they attacked those shows so they flamed anime instead. Incidentally, Hans Peter Wessels, the person who created ''Purno de Purno'', would create ''another'' Subverted Kids Show in 2002 called ''Ffukkie Slim''.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* For a brief period American television showed the Brazilian children's show with its blond host "Xuxa". It had beautiful young women scantily clad as toy soldiers doing flips.