Quotes / Mood Whiplash

Fan works

...there was a single moment, maybe a second after she died, in which everything was still and eerie and beautiful.
At which point her ghost ruined it by leaping out of the bathtub, soaked and spluttering and gasping for air - not that she needed to breathe anymore, but needing to and doing so out of habit are two different matters - and, upon seeing Emma's smirking and white-clothed form, screamed 'You just made me KILL MYSELF, you bitch!' and tackled her to the ground, clawing wildly and cursing in Spanish.
— The X-Men fic So, How Did You Die?

Leah vacillated between calling down curses on his head and wishing for his love again with a speed that gave Sue whiplash.
Narration, Luminosity

Film — Live-Action

I did not hit her. It's not true, it's bullshit, I did not hit her! I DID NOTOh hi Mark.
Johnny, The Room

Ken: What did I do to deserve this?
Captain Joe: (pensive) We don't deserve half the things we get. (laughs maniacally, then throws down his pen angrily) You're stuck here!


They ended up having kindergartners singing songs to their teddy bears followed by eighteen-year-olds doing speed metal guitar solos.
Greg, referring to his school's talent show, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Live-Action TV

Are you trying to give us emotional whiplash?!
Britta Perry, when Jeff Winger triggers one of these moments, Community

Sing and dance with us after the commercials!
— The ending tagline for Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, which is attached to every episode, including Wham Episodes.


Okay, from Schindler's List to The O.C., just like that?
Mike Nelson on the X-Men movie

Those of you who have not looked back should be encouraged not to do so, even if you begin to feel fingers on your neck, or hear whispers that seem to say, 'Hey! Look at me!' It is merely your subconscious trying to fool you now that I have primed it to do so. Youíre welcome. In addition, one lucky Kakos Industries shareholder has none of the horrors just described waiting behind him or her, but instead one much much worse. Behind one of you out there, sitting in a chair, is me with a pistol. If you look, I will shoot you. Also, those are some good-ass cookies youíve got in your kitchen.
Corin Deeth III, Kakos Industries


Choir: Saint Esther works with cripples, the sick and the abused
And then she says "tits", "bums" and "fart" to keep us all amused

Announcer: You may notice that on That's Life!, viewers are whisked from the heights of comedy to the depths of tragedy and back again, oscillating at a frequency fast enough to give most viewers the emotional bends.
Victor Lewis-Smith


Everythin' goin' on just as usual, and then, all of a sudden, before you know it, there's two people murdered.
Mrs. Jones, Street Scene

Video Games

You became friends with Yosuke.
Yosuke will now DIE FOR YOU!!!

Web Animation

Incidentally, this section contains about as jarring a shift of tone as you can get without splicing five minutes of The Human Centipede into the middle of Mallrats.

Web Comics

Marten: I'm serious though, please don't mess with Hanners too much.
Tai: She's really that fucked up?
Marten: She can't handle physical contact. If anyone so much as hugs her she has a massive panic attack.
Tai: Wow, that's... really sad.
Marten: Yeah, I know.
Tai: Hey, I have an idea!
Marten: What?
Tai: Let's go get my clit pierced!
Marten: I'm... I'm speechless. That may be the greatest non-sequitur in human history.

Web Original

"So I got it figured out guys," Nojima says, having collected himself. "There's a girl who sends people into the past and there's these two — fuck it — three witches out to get her. And there's also this high-tech country that builds a machine to make monsters fall from the Moon, And the main character is this guy from a flying school who has to battle his hated rival while playing card games... and stopping the three witches and all the moon monsters and rescuing the time girl, who's also his sister. But I think what we got here — at its heart — is a love story."

The story that convinced me that David Tennant was not only one of the finest actors to play the part of the Doctor, but when he is on form, the finest actor. All the criticisms that can be leveled at the tenth Doctor are here; heís slightly goonish to begin with, he speaks with a remarkable amount of unearned authority, he patronises those who think differently rather than teaching them, he has a catchphrase for every occasion. What Russell T. Davies does that is so clever is strips him of all of those escape mechanisms...When the Doctor doesnít know how to cope with something, be scared.

You went to go see a comedy about toys. You ended up halfway through flashing back to sitting at your grandma's bedside as she passed away. NO! GRANDMA! DON'T LEAVE ME! I'M NOT READY FOR YOU TO DIE YET! NOOOOOOO!!!!! Oh look! The dinosaur toy is on roller skates! I feel better now.

CAD began in a style not too unlike newspaper comics; something trivial and amusing (well, it tried) to read at work when you were bored, have a chuckle at and move on. Most likely Buckley never put any effort into the actual art because he thought he could push this thing along on the jokes alone; a simple style is okay for a simple little gag strip that you're going to forget by the time you've had your next coffee. But at some point (the word "Ethan" appears, crossed out) Buckley broke out of his straight jacket and decided a shitty little copy-and-paste comic was the perfect medium for tragic, emotional tales of human woe. That gamers looking for a little giggle would somehow appreciate depth of plots like miscarriages, failing relationships and the like. He - for whatever reason - thought that he could trade in the randomrofllol for OHGODWHYYYY and everything would carry on as normal.

Episode 6 of A's is so warm and fluffy and d'awww.

And then they hit you with Hayate's impending death.

Yes, 2K games, we are completely interested in your powerful metaphor for discrimination and the confusion of the teenage mind, especially after we blew up the spooky ghost lady and the Michael Jackson tribute convention. No, we're one hundred percent interested in the folly of historical censorship and religious manipulation, which is why the George Washington Robocop fits completely into this narrative.

Web Video

It's a Comedy of Errors with the violence of Macbeth
So cute and charming (MURDER!)
Zany, wacky, jokey (DEATH!!)
Brentalfloss, "Phoenix Wright With Lyrics"

L, why?! Why did you leave me?! Why did you leave me alone with these IDIOTS!??!? *sobbing* Aaaaand... yeah. I'm over it now.

You know, it's a very odd script that goes literally five minutes from slapstick comedy of a man bumping his head to euthanasia.

Nostalgia Critic: Actually, the funny thing is, have you watched this scene recently? I mean okay, you got the mother shot, the kid looking for her and the father saying—
Bambi's Father: Your mother can't be with you anymore.
Nostalgia Critic: But watch what comes immediately after.
(cut to birds singing a happy song)
Nostalgia Critic: What the hell? It's like, we can't let reality set in too deep, so here's some pretty birdies! Ooh, the birdies, nobody's dead, nobody's dead hey birdies, birdies!

"Am I the only one who just noticed a HUGE tone-shift here?"

Western Animation

What a trip! What a trip! Blizzards all the way! Snow 20 feet deep! But we had to get that serum through! It was mush, mush, mush all night! (Grabbing the dog and pushing him like a sled dog) Come on, mush, mush, mush, mush, mush! Suddenly, the glacier cracks! There's a roar! Tons of ice! NO ESCAPE! AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! How things been with you?

Terror. Terror in the night. The whipping, howling, unforgiving winds crash into the clouds, and rain falls no matter where you turn! There is no escape... no escaping the true horror! A sudden silence, and then screaming thunder, lightning, floods, TORNADOES, FAMINE, PESTILENCE, FIRE, EARTHQUAKES! AAGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!
...giving way to hazy afternoon sunshine. I'll be back with the five-day forecast after this.

Red Mailbox: You see Harold? That man tried to put his package into that mailbox!
Blue Mailbox: Maybe he thought it was a female box?
[they laugh]
Red Mailbox: ...itís been 9 years since Judy died.

Skarr: You betrayed me?
Skarrbot: Affirmative.
Skarr: I am so... proud!

Greg: You're having fun!
Pearl: More or less!
Greg: So dance with me, just say-
Pearl: NO!
"Mr. Greg", Steven Universe
Real Life

At each performance the audience, which had been charmed by the precedent foolishness, grew deathly cold as the debate began: this was not what they had anticipated... and their confidence in the play was never entirely regained. A few days before we left Boston, I replaced the scene with a lighter one, involving the principals and our subtlest player, a cat. The substitute was engaging; the play moved amiably; no one was shocked (some observers in New Haven had declared the entire conception unwholesomely menacing). And by deliberately dulling the edge of the satire, the farce flourished.
Gore Vidal, preface to Visitor to a Small Planet

Imagine if the movie Se7en had been exactly the same, except Brad Pittís character had done a bunch of screwy pratfalls and Wayans brothers style comedy.