The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again.
— Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, (1795)
I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with LIIIIIIIIIGHT''!
— Dante, Devil May Cry
"Join me, Link, and I will make your face the grrrrrreatest in Koridai! Or else you will DIE."
"You DARE bring LIGHT to my LAIR? YOU MUST DIE!!"
"He was sobbing so hard that he began to hiccup."
— Lorelei Mackenzie, Picard's Illumination
I, Garland, will knock you all down!
The Frightbot told a story so scary you couldn't help but laugh.
— Mother 3
Oh man! Oh God, oh man! Oh God, oh man! Oh God oh man! Oh God oh man oh GOD!
— Ryan O'Neal, Tough Guys Don't Dance
Don't walk you away,
I can find
Don't walk you away,
I can smile
All in one right,
all in one yeah!
Start all again
LOVE IS BREAKING MY HEEEEE-AAAAART!
— Love is Breaking My Heart by Grave Digger
The absurdity of the situation put its pathos to the rout.
"Laughter is something that Demolition Man is good at generating but, as you can probably guess, most of the funniest bits are supposed to be serious... It's incidents like when Wesley Snipes gets whacked twice with a TV set and barely suffers a bruise that make up the real humor."
Later we find out that it's not enough for him to be wracked by guilt because he was out fighting crime when she died of cancer; no, he also had to cause her cancer. Specifically, Spider-man gave Mary Jane cancer by tragically shooting her up repeatedly with his horrible radioactive Spider-Semen. His horrible radioactive Spider-Semen.
The Flash loses his speed and the cop gets shot, though doing so while having the goofiest expression on his face, making this horrifying moment suddenly really funny. Good job, artist.
— Linkara's review of JLA: Act Of God #1
NOOOO! MY LOVE! Accept it! Accept it! ACCEPT IT!
— Zommari Leroux, Bleach
Emotional letter, but they gave Martin Crackhorn such a goofy name, it kinda ruined the effect a little.
Die monster! You don't belong in this world!
It was not by MY hand that I am once again given FLESH. I was called here by HUMANS, who wish to pay ME tribute.
Tribute?!? You steal men's souls! And make them your slaves.
Perhaps the same could be said of ALL religions.
Your words are as empty as your soul. Mankind ill needs a savior such as you.
WHAT IS A MAN?!? A MISERABLE LITTLE PILE OF SECRETS! BUT ENOUGH TALK, HAVE AT YOU!
— Opening scene from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Holy cosmos, look at that thing! So, that's the dragon of the legends? My gosh! That's one whopper of a lizard!
YOU ARE TEARING ME APART, LISA!
— Johnny, The Room
I should not be laughing! This is a terrible situation! And yet... I find myself unable to resist... your influence!
Every single girl moves around with a "Boing" or two, no matter how serious the scene is. Just when you start getting into the dialogue, there it is: Boing. Whoever first said "Big is beautiful" should be subjected to the Gainax Bounce (tm) for the rest of his miserable life.
Dracula seems to have abandoned his wife, Dolores, out of grief for their dead son, leaving her to grieve for Janus at his gravestone. It's actually a kind of sad scene, at least it would be if his gravestone didn't say "Rest In Peaee".
Thunderstorm: Who are you?
Calvin: Who are we? Your worst nightmare.
Socrates: Ya know, Calvin, that line has been used so many times now, it's not even mildly threatening anymore.
Andy: Yeah, it actually just took all the drama out. It's like having 555 for a phone number.
That was TOO close! You were almost a JILL SANDWICH!
— Barry Burton, Resident Evil
"[...T]here is trying to set up a sad mood and then there is going overboard and becom[ing] hysterical."