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Quotes: Cerebus Syndrome
"I was always brave
And kind of righteous
Now I find Iím wavering
Crawl out of your grave,
You find this fight just
Doesnít mean a thing"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer sings "Going Through the Motions" ("Once More With Feeling")

"You've changed, Parker. You used to have a sense of humor. What happened? Why are you so angry?'"
Ben Reilly echoing the sentiments of Spidey fans in general

Haley: We were a lot safer when we just made fairly obvious jokes about the rules!
Vaarsuvius: I blame Cerebus.

"Seriously, I'd make an effort to get out. The drama tag was pulled, so we're looking at a limited lifespan here. Sure, it's manageable now, but soon you'll have backstories and love triangles and then love pentagons and then super-horrible secrets are revealed that change things forever... this store will end up so miserably emo that no sane being will be able to stand it. Everyone will just leave."
Head Alien, Shortpacked!

Dave: You want to break up? Where's this coming from?
Helen: Okay, the truth. I can't date because when I was a girl I saw my father commit suicide.
Dave: That makes no sense. And you don't have a father.
Dave: Wouldn't you have told me this before...
"The last act is bloody, no matter how charming the rest of the play."
Blaise Pascal

Virus: Never turn a funny comic into a serious epic drama. We have a murder-suicide pact that says if we ever turn into a drama, we're going to end it all rather than inflict that on the world.
Eastwood: No, I said I was going to murder the rest of you, change my name and spend the rest of my days as a painter in Brazil.

"These writers and the producer, who's very creative, were writing more and more about how painful it is to be immortal. And there was a little bit of existential crisis linked to, also, an inspirational crisis, and it became a little less 'MTV Rock n' Roll.' By the time they went into Raven, in my opinion, we were full-aheaded into a middle-aged crisis show... It was like a death wish. Nobody wanted to go on living forever. Everyone's saying, 'aaaahh, it's so hard living forever! I can't take it! Everybody dies but me!' It started already on Highlander a little bit; And it always cracked me up because, basically, you'd think it'd be a great, blissful gift to be alive forever. Well, it became darker and darker and more painful."
Dennis Berry on the aborted Highlander: The Raven

"How do you even begin to separate the horrible from the fanciful in this place anymore?"

"Boy, Toy Story got really dark, didn't it? I mean it's like 'You've got a friend in m—BURN ALIVE! BURN UNTIL YOU ROT IN HELL!'"

Toy Story: A couple of toys get lost and then found. The only folks who cry are the animators who make 2D films as they watch their future crumble.

Toy Story 2: We watch as a toy is abandoned by her beloved owner and we get to see her heart shattered during a Sarah McLachlan ballad. Tears flow like rain.

Toy Story 3: All our heroes learn that everything they love will eventually leave them behind. The demand for antidepressants for preschoolers skyrockets.

Toy Story 4: Woody is stabbed by a gang of rogue toys only to discover that his voice box has cancer. His death is very painful, it lasts 90 minutes, and Pixar shows the whole thing. No one ever smiles again.
Cracked chart: The Sadness of Toy Story Measured in Tears

"Let's say, for sake of example, that you're sick of making Companion Cube jokes, and suddenly do a serious storyline about your female character having a miscarriage. Obviously, you'd need to have several blood clots in your brain to think this is a good idea; you're established as a wacky humour comic, so this is going to be an awkward tonal shift at best, and hugely disrespectful of the subject matter at worst."

"I know you aspire to write stories with some complexity, Rockstar, and that players trying to have fun in your games must be very frustrating, but you kind of brought this on yourself when you decided that Tw@ would be a funny name for an internet cafe."

"Was it tasteful, maturely-executed and not-gratuitous at all? No. No, it wasn't any of those... knowing that was being doing by a guy named 'Skullface' so he could blow up a giant walking mecha robot that existed because Big Boss previously blew up another giant walking mecha robot that was infused with the resurrected soul of his dead mentor? That stuff is why it's tough to take a rape scene in Metal Gear Solid seriously. What it was was awkward; really fucking awkward."

"Chrono Cross is a grown-up Chrono Trigger. Maybe [Masao] Kato reckoned that the fans who enjoyed Trigger when they were ten to fifteen years old deserved a sequel whose maturation was commeasurate with their own experiences during the years since Trigger's release. Chrono Trigger is a fairy tale; a boyhood dream. Chrono Cross is a bittersweet dose of reality. There is no THE END in the world. The story always continues after the latest chapter is concluded, and — perhaps as Trigger's fans noticed as they passed into adolescence and adulthood — the next chapter isn't necessarily a happy one or what we expected."

"Paul Cornell once observed that the reason Sylvester McCoy was his favorite Doctor was that McCoy was the first Doctor Cornell could imagine encountering a concentration camp and still having the story work, whereas earlier Doctors would just not work, morally, in that setting. And it's a fair point — imagining William Hartnell 'hmmming' his way through systematic extermination while insisting on upholding history would be sickening...But sometimes seeing the shocking extremes of what a Doctor Who story can be is necessary. You don't really know the shape of something until you probe its edges."

"At first, the comic was filled with silly one-shot stories and goofy jokes, but later on, all that fell by the wayside as a stronger and much more compelling storyline over took the series."
The Irate Gamer summing up the trope when talking about Kinnikuman.

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