Playing With / Dark Reprise

Basic Trope: A reprise of a song, only Darker and Edgier.
  • Straight:
    • The first time the song My Hometown is played, Alice sings about how she plans to leave Troperville. The second time, she's discouraged and sings about being stuck there.
    • Bob's Leitmotif gets a darker remix when he does a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Exaggerated:
    • At first, My Hometown is played, Alice is downright euphoric and about to get her big break. The second time, she's suicidal and alone.
    • When Bob was The Hero, he had an extremely cheerful theme. When he makes a Face–Heel Turn, his theme becomes terrifying.
  • Downplayed: The second time My Hometown is played, (now world-famous) Alice reminisce about all her past successes and failures, and sheds a happy and relieved tear on her nostalgia. This is a moment of her introspection and her confidence and sense of achievement, cuing a quiet yet uplifting music.
  • Justified: Alice's music teacher recommends her students to change the lyrics of their songs based on their mode.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • The reprise starts out dark... but as she sings, Alice gains hope.
    • Bob Face-Heel Turns and recieves a darker Theme Song. Until he stabs Emperor Evulz in the back, and his theme goes back to normal.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...but then reality sets back in.
    • ...Only to go back to its dark form when he reveals he killed Evulz for selfish reasons.
  • Parodied: In Alice's dark reprise, she is not only lamenting about her current state, but also that if she had a theme song, now it would become dark.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The reprise starts dark... but she gains hope... and then reality sets back in... until she reconsiders...
    • In a Turn Based Strategy game, the music alternates between triumphant during the heroes' turns, dark during the enemies' turns and "weird" during neutral-units' turns; all without skipping a beat.
  • Averted:
    • There's no reprise.
    • The reprise is just as happy.
  • Enforced:
    • Rule of Drama
    • "Once Bob is a Villain he can't have a heroic song, but his song is associated with his character so we'll just make it darker."
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, Alice, wasn't that song really cheerful before?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz turns Bob the Musical Assassin into his evil minion and sends him to infiltrate the heroes' party. When it's time for Bob to face the bad guys, which are now on the same side with him, he pretends to kill them with his music and plays not his usual cheerful song, but a darker version that just puts enemies into a sleep. Bob's (former) friends are confused with such a change and all of them become a little bit nervous, for the benefit of Emperor Evulz.
  • Defied: Alice refuses to give up.
  • Discussed: "Is it me, or Bob's battle music is a bit sadder than before?"
  • Conversed: "It's the same music... Now he will surely turn into a villain and kill everyone."

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