Quotes: Cerebus Syndrome

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Wow, this got serious all of a sudden.
Chiru, Xabungle

    comic books 

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


It's always lightest before the dark.
The Killer Inside Me

''And then people started dying
I thought this comic was fun
Oh god, my heart
Look at what you've done
I still don't know, still don't know what Homestuck is
I still don't know, still don't know what Homestuck is
I'm not sure when things changed, but I'm near broken-hearted
— totalspiffage, I Don't Know What Homestuck Is

    live-action tv 

I was always brave
And kind of righteous
Now I find I’m wavering
Crawl out of your grave,
You find this fight just
Doesn’t mean a thing
Buffy sings "Going Through the Motions" ("Once More With Feeling")

It's stopped being fun, Doctor.


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

    web animation 

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.


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!

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.
Helen: Okay ... I was sexually assaulted by my college fiance.
Dave: Wouldn't you have told me this before...
Dave: It's just not that kind of strip, Helen.

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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.
Dr. Phil Sandifer on "The Man in the Velvet Mask"

I certainly didn't tune into Happy Days to see a visibly pissed-off Richie screaming and yelling at the blind, petulant, self-pitying Fonzie to quit being a coward (when Fonzie, in all seriousness, castigates God with, "I thought I was your favorite person!?" as he claws at his own eyes, the grotesque vulgarity of the moment is truly breathtaking)...So why did the producers and writers attempt it? Was it requested by star Winkler, to give him something "real" to act, as opposed to all the "Whoas!" and "Aaaaays!"?
Paul Mavis on the infamous Fonzie's Blindness

Perhaps the most controversial part of the series was the introduction of Section 31, a Federation secret police (so secret that nobody ever heard of them before) that carries out assassinations and genocide. Gene certainly wouldn't want that.

"Receiving an offer that would make most reasonable people deeply uncomfortable, Kirk loaned out his body to help save a dying culture, even as two of the three members of that culture proved somewhat untrustworthy.

In contrast,
The Crossing has Archer finish off an entire race of predatory non-corporeal beings without batting an eye. The Crossing seems to confirm that Enterprise is no longer a show about exploration and new worlds. Perhaps it never was; perhaps that show was dead before Broken Bow was even broadcast in late September 2011."

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

Oh my God, this movie is a black hole of humor. There are a few good chuckles in the first half with the Daily Planet crew and Kitty, but it just gets so damned serious and self-absorbed, and it doesn’t back any of it up with real content beyond the world’s most hilariously transparent Jesus imagery. This side of, like, Neon Genesis Evangelion, at least.
David Uzumeri on Superman Returns

While they’re often overlooked by super-hero fans, newspaper comic strips are a vital part of the world of sequential art that reaches millions of readers and is no less worthy of examination or criticism than their long-form counterparts. Unless, of course, we’re talking about Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean, which started out 30 years ago as a high school comedy and evolved into a form that delivers three panels of pure, crushing despair directly at its readers on a daily basis.

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.

Letting the world be is the opposite of Philanthopy's motto, which was 'Fight for your beliefs'. This kind of drastic contradiction only makes sense in the context of Kojima's stark change in attitude over the years.
Terry Wolfe, "Metal Gear Soldout"

Maybe [Masao] Kato reckoned that the fans who enjoyed Trigger when they were ten to fifteen years old deserved a sequel whose maturation was commensurate 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.

    web video 

What's the word for when something that started out being funny ends up depressing the hell out of you? Insert that word here.
Jenny Lawson, Let's Pretend This Never Happened

I was just picturing Judy Garland getting strapped down to a table and being brought into a room where they're about to shock her brain, but giving the same type of performance she gave in the original movie. That would've been wonderful.

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!'

Knowing that was being done 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.

    real life 

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