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Averted: The sequel has the same tone of the previous work.
"We need to make a sequel to this game, but it won't be as dark as the last one."
The writers didn't want the darker show scare off its audience, so they made a light-hearted sequel to bring its old fans back.
The sequel was meant to be a parody of its predecessor.
Lampshaded: "Hey, this movie doesn't seem so dreary and drab, like the last one."
Invoked: A test audience watches a movie and some of them complain that the movie needs some humor.
Defied: "Let's not make the movie too comical or too dramatic."
Discussed: "I didn't like this older show. It was too emotional and depressing..."
Conversed: "Oh, man, that guy just fell face-first on a pie! Ha-ha!"
Deconstructed: The show is not light-hearted enough for the newer audience to forget about the darker predecessor and many old fans actually liked or loved it and bash on the sequel for being so childish.
Reconstructed: The show manages to appease both the newer audience and the older fans, despite being lighter in tone.