The Frightbot told a story so scary you couldn't help but laugh.
— MOTHER 3
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!
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
That was TOO close! You were almost a JILL SANDWICH!
— Barry Burton, Resident Evil
Then it's settled. Let's have fun tonight because it is... IT'S PARTY TIME!
LOVE IS BREAKING MY HEEEEE-AAAAART!
— Love is Breaking My Heart by Grave Digger
NOOOO! MY LOVE! Accept it! Accept it! ACCEPT IT!
— Zommari Leroux, Bleach
"WHAT is a MAN?!? A MISERABLE LITTLE PILE OF SECRETS! But enough talk, HAVE AT YOU!!"
— Dracula, 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!
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)
The absurdity of the situation put its pathos to the rout.
Misjudging whether to go big or small is, dramatically, a huge problem. The entire tightrope of dramatic effectiveness hinges on getting the balance right. The line between pathos and bathos is razor thin, and tumbling off of it can be the difference between brilliant and a disaster that will be mocked for the ages.
That's what makes The Wicker Man so great: the giant abyss between what it wants to be and what it actually is. It's a horror movie with no scares, occurring entirely in broad daylight. It's a psychological thriller with no thrills, or psychology. When it goes for creepy, you just laugh, partially because Nic Cage's reactions are just as nonsensical as the movie itself. He's in the movie, but clearly doesn't know what the hell it's about... When he learns the cult is into selective breeding and ritual sacrifice, his response is a mild "I don't GET you. I don't GET this place." When faced with unspeakable horror, Cage seemingly thought to himself, "What would Chandler Bing say?"
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. That’s not tragic. That shit is fucking hilarious.
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.
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".
Now, is General Grievous supposed to be funny? 'Cause they said he was a villain, right? Not a comedian? Like Larry Seinfeld? But also a creepy weirdo, like Jerry Flint? (I'm co confused.)
— Mr. Plinkett, Revenge of the Sith review