Playing With / Cerebus Retcon

Basic Trope: A previously comical moment is retconned as having been very serious.
  • Straight: Bob trips up on a banana, not even necessarily a Banana Peel, for a gag. Later, it's revealed to have caused brain damage that made him comatose.
  • Exaggerated: Bob trips up on a banana and falls onto a spiked ball nearby, causing him to jump up and hit his head on the fan. At first it's just a gag, but later it's revealed Bob died from it, and was a zombie this whole time, living in constant pain from the wounds he received but unable to say anything about it because he was under magic control.
  • Downplayed: Bob slips on a banana for a gag. Later, Alice chews out Mike for not having disposed of it properly.
  • Justified: Some supposedly wacky stunts really are dangerous.
  • Inverted: Bob finds out he has cancer. He later finds it to be hilarious.
  • Subverted: Bob starts to feel sad, but just forgets about it...
  • Double Subverted: ...then remembers it lately and is deeply hurt about it.
  • Parodied: Bob complains about tripping on a banana, crying and wailing, but no one cares and he just sighs and forgets about it.
  • Zig Zagged: The consequences of Bob's having tripped on a banana are depicted as funny or heartbreaking Depending on the Writer or the situation.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "All right, gang, we need to make this show more serious. What gags have we done that are actually quite deadly?"
  • Lampshaded: "Who'd have thought bananas would be so dangerous?"
  • Invoked: The Evil Overlord deliberately plants bananas all over the floor to make everyone think he's harmless before realizing that tripping over a banana is exceptionally deadly.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "If I slip on that banana, I'll get badly hurt! I'll just step over it then."
  • Discussed: "I don't care what Cerebus would do. Me slipping on a banana is not deadly."
  • Conversed: "In shows where everything starts getting serious, people always feel sad about things that happen to them comedically."

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