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* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' started as a superhero parody with a lot of FanService. The first three volumes are mostly comedy, with occasional hints at more dramatic plot developments and backstories. Volume four goes all out, opening with Ninjette apparently dealing with PTSD. Five sees [[spoiler:Emp's CrowningMomentOfAwesome from the previous book being not only papered over by her JerkAss teammates but outright turned against her and the death of one (maybe two) main characters, plus a horde of C-listers. Volume Six is 60-80% dead serious. Volume 7 isn't much better]]

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* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' started as a superhero parody with a lot of FanService. The first three volumes are mostly comedy, with occasional hints at more dramatic plot developments and backstories. Volume four goes all out, opening with Ninjette apparently dealing with PTSD. Five sees [[spoiler:Emp's CrowningMomentOfAwesome achievements from the previous book being not only papered over by her JerkAss teammates but outright turned against her and the death of one (maybe two) main characters, plus a horde of C-listers. Volume Six is 60-80% dead serious. Volume 7 isn't much better]]



* In the ComicBook/XMen comics as a whole, this happened to the character of ComicBook/{{Magneto}}: First, he was just a former friend who did a FaceHeelTurn and believed in [[FantasticRacism Mutant Superiority]]. Then, his backstory, especially his being a Holocaust Survivor is developed in depth and he goes from re-occurring BigBad to [[AntiVillain Anti-Villain]] who is acting preemptively because he believes that it's just a matter of time until [[HumansAreBastards mutants are rounded up into Death Camps.]]

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* In the ComicBook/XMen ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics as a whole, this happened to the character of ComicBook/{{Magneto}}: First, he was just a former friend who did a FaceHeelTurn and believed in [[FantasticRacism Mutant Superiority]]. Then, his backstory, especially his being a Holocaust Survivor is developed in depth and he goes from re-occurring BigBad to [[AntiVillain Anti-Villain]] Anti-Villain who is acting preemptively because he believes that it's just a matter of time until [[HumansAreBastards mutants are rounded up into Death Camps.]]

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* Happens in the second, DC Rebirth, half of Amanda Conner's and Jimmy Palmiotti's ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn'' run. The comic is increasingly taken over by an overarching plot involving Harley's conflict with the Mayor of New York, who was initially depicted as comically corrupt but [[JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope becomes truly, mass-murderingly evil]], and it ends with [[spoiler:Harley's on-off boyfriend Mason Macabre being [[StuffedIntoTheFridge murdered in front of her]] and Harley going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, which is all played mostly straight.]]


* The ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic started out as a gag series on par with ''WesternAnimaton/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', but gradually grew more serious over its run, fitting in with its ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' counterpart. Then, it dove off into its DorkAge for about five or six years.

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* The ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comic started out as a gag series on par with ''WesternAnimaton/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', but gradually grew more serious over its run, fitting in with its ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' counterpart. Then, it dove off into its DorkAge for about five or six years.



* ''ComicBook/ScudTheDisposableAssassin'''s first story arcs included a cult that worshipped "manliness and unnecessary explosions", a cyborg-giraffe crime lord, and a werewolf astronaut. The last few issues pretty much kicked humor to the curb, placing Scud literally in the middle of Armageddon, fighting against both Heaven and Hell. The 2008 4-issue re-launch {{Time Skip}}s ahead 10 years and manages to make things even darker, [[spoiler:but then pulls out to an upbeat ending involving ThePowerOfLove. The author has noted that, if the series had finished as planned, it would have had a DownerEnding where Scud commits suicide and destroys the world, but between the original and relaunch, he moved away from his "angry young man" persona and rethought.]]

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* ''ComicBook/ScudTheDisposableAssassin'''s first story arcs included a cult that worshipped "manliness and unnecessary explosions", a cyborg-giraffe crime lord, and a werewolf astronaut. The last few issues pretty much kicked humor to the curb, placing Scud literally in the middle of Armageddon, fighting against both Heaven and Hell. The 2008 4-issue re-launch {{Time Skip}}s ahead 10 years and manages to make things even darker, [[spoiler:but then pulls out to an [[SurprisinglyHappyEnding upbeat ending ending]] involving ThePowerOfLove. The author has noted that, if the series had finished as planned, it would have had a DownerEnding where Scud commits suicide and destroys the world, but between the original and relaunch, he moved away from his "angry young man" persona and rethought.]]









* ''ComicBook/Sleepwalker'' started with relatively lighthearted stories for the first 11 issues or so. Then issue #12 featured Sleepwalker's human host Rick Sheridan being {{Mind Rape}}d with nightmares of Sleepwalker killing humans in various gruesome ways. Issue #13 featured Sleepwalker suffering mind-warping hallucinations from a FantasticDrug. The series permanently went dark from issue #19 onwards. Highlights include Rick being tormented by bizarre demonic monsters, Sleepwalker getting his throat slit on-panel, Rick's girlfriend Alyssa being turned into a [[NoodlePeople NoodlePerson]] and being used as a seductive [[PeoplePuppets People Puppet]] to try and kill Rick, Sleepwalker's EvilCounterpart being created from a human serial killer who carved his victims' hearts out with a kitchen knife, and a demonic invasion of New York with several gruesome on-screen deaths.

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* ''ComicBook/Sleepwalker'' ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' started with relatively lighthearted stories for the first 11 issues or so. Then issue #12 featured Sleepwalker's human host Rick Sheridan being {{Mind Rape}}d with nightmares of Sleepwalker killing humans in various gruesome ways. Issue #13 featured Sleepwalker suffering mind-warping hallucinations from a FantasticDrug. The series permanently went dark from issue #19 onwards. Highlights include Rick being tormented by bizarre demonic monsters, Sleepwalker getting his throat slit on-panel, Rick's girlfriend Alyssa being turned into a [[NoodlePeople NoodlePerson]] and being used as a seductive [[PeoplePuppets People Puppet]] to try and kill Rick, Sleepwalker's EvilCounterpart being created from a human serial killer who carved his victims' hearts out with a kitchen knife, and a demonic invasion of New York with several gruesome on-screen deaths.


* ''ComicBook/Sleepwalker'' started with relatively lighthearted stories for the first 11 issues or so. Then issue #12 featured Sleepwalker's human host Rick Sheridan being {{Mind Rape}}d with nightmares of Sleepwalker killing humans in various gruesome ways. Issue #13 featured Sleepwalker suffering mind-warping hallucinations from a FantasticDrug. The series permanently went dark from issue #19 onwards. Highlights include Rick being tormented by bizarre demonic monsters, Sleepwalker getting his throat slit on-panel, Rick's girlfriend Alyssa being turned into a [[NoodlePerson]] and being used as a seductive [[PeoplePuppets People Puppet]] to try and kill Rick, Sleepwalker's EvilCounterpart being created from a human serial killer who carved his victims' hearts out with a kitchen knife, and a demonic invasion of New York with several gruesome on-screen deaths.

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* ''ComicBook/Sleepwalker'' started with relatively lighthearted stories for the first 11 issues or so. Then issue #12 featured Sleepwalker's human host Rick Sheridan being {{Mind Rape}}d with nightmares of Sleepwalker killing humans in various gruesome ways. Issue #13 featured Sleepwalker suffering mind-warping hallucinations from a FantasticDrug. The series permanently went dark from issue #19 onwards. Highlights include Rick being tormented by bizarre demonic monsters, Sleepwalker getting his throat slit on-panel, Rick's girlfriend Alyssa being turned into a [[NoodlePerson]] [[NoodlePeople NoodlePerson]] and being used as a seductive [[PeoplePuppets People Puppet]] to try and kill Rick, Sleepwalker's EvilCounterpart being created from a human serial killer who carved his victims' hearts out with a kitchen knife, and a demonic invasion of New York with several gruesome on-screen deaths.

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* ''ComicBook/Sleepwalker'' started with relatively lighthearted stories for the first 11 issues or so. Then issue #12 featured Sleepwalker's human host Rick Sheridan being {{Mind Rape}}d with nightmares of Sleepwalker killing humans in various gruesome ways. Issue #13 featured Sleepwalker suffering mind-warping hallucinations from a FantasticDrug. The series permanently went dark from issue #19 onwards. Highlights include Rick being tormented by bizarre demonic monsters, Sleepwalker getting his throat slit on-panel, Rick's girlfriend Alyssa being turned into a [[NoodlePerson]] and being used as a seductive [[PeoplePuppets People Puppet]] to try and kill Rick, Sleepwalker's EvilCounterpart being created from a human serial killer who carved his victims' hearts out with a kitchen knife, and a demonic invasion of New York with several gruesome on-screen deaths.


* ''ComicBook/{{PaperinikNewAdventures}}]]'': While already DarkerAndEdgier than other Disney comics, the series takes it up a notch during the sequel series where the some issues focus on abusive relationships and the main focus is on a complex family drama about revenge where the main character regarding that arc has a DarkAndTroubledPast.

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* ''ComicBook/{{PaperinikNewAdventures}}]]'': ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': While already DarkerAndEdgier than other Disney comics, the series takes it up a notch during the sequel series where the some issues focus on abusive relationships and the main focus is on a complex family drama about revenge where the main character regarding that arc has a DarkAndTroubledPast.

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* ''ComicBook/{{PaperinikNewAdventures}}]]'': While already DarkerAndEdgier than other Disney comics, the series takes it up a notch during the sequel series where the some issues focus on abusive relationships and the main focus is on a complex family drama about revenge where the main character regarding that arc has a DarkAndTroubledPast.


* In the ComicBook/XMen comics as a whole, this happened to the character of SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}: First, he was just a former friend who did a FaceHeelTurn and believed in [[FantasticRacism Mutant Superiority]]. Then, his backstory, especially his being a Holocaust Survivor is developed in depth and he goes from re-occurring BigBad to [[AntiVillain Anti-Villain]] who is acting preemptively because he believes that it's just a matter of time until [[HumansAreBastards mutants are rounded up into Death Camps.]]

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* In the ComicBook/XMen comics as a whole, this happened to the character of SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}: ComicBook/{{Magneto}}: First, he was just a former friend who did a FaceHeelTurn and believed in [[FantasticRacism Mutant Superiority]]. Then, his backstory, especially his being a Holocaust Survivor is developed in depth and he goes from re-occurring BigBad to [[AntiVillain Anti-Villain]] who is acting preemptively because he believes that it's just a matter of time until [[HumansAreBastards mutants are rounded up into Death Camps.]]


* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' does this intentionally. Over its 14-year run, it went from a cute, kid-friendly comic about sudden snowfalls, greedy relatives and stupid, stupid rat creatures to an epic fantasy saga about a rather horrific SealedEvilInACan with graphic violence and death, the threat of genocide, a ReligionOfEvil, and the aforementioned rat creatures going from harmless comic relief to a deadly threat (except for ThoseTwoBadGuys among them, who remain comedic.) However, it still managed to kick in humor every now and then, with at least one funny moment every issue. Jeff Smith apparently did this so that audiences wouldn't be "committed to an epic tale right from the start."

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* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' does this intentionally. Over its 14-year run, it went from a cute, kid-friendly comic about sudden snowfalls, greedy relatives and stupid, stupid rat creatures to an epic fantasy saga about a rather horrific SealedEvilInACan with graphic violence and death, the threat of genocide, a ReligionOfEvil, and the aforementioned rat creatures going from harmless comic relief to a deadly threat (except for ThoseTwoBadGuys among them, who remain comedic.) However, it still managed to kick in humor every now and then, with at least one funny moment every issue. Jeff Smith Creator/JeffSmith apparently did this so that audiences wouldn't be "committed to an epic tale right from the start."


* This happened to ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade'', of all things. The first four issues are mostly light-hearted, but the last two reveal that [[spoiler:Mister Myxyzptlk]] has been behind everything, and may even have [[spoiler:gone back in time and ''destroyed Krypton in the first place'']] just to make sure he got everyone where he wanted them.

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* This happened to ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade'', ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', of all things. The first four issues are mostly light-hearted, but the last two reveal that [[spoiler:Mister Myxyzptlk]] has been behind everything, and may even have [[spoiler:gone back in time and ''destroyed Krypton in the first place'']] just to make sure he got everyone where he wanted them.


* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': When the series were taken over by Tabary after Goscinny's death; while the stories remained mostly comical, they started having more coherent adventures with Iznogoud occasionally switching from VillainProtagonist to AntiHero.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': When the series were was taken over by Tabary after Goscinny's death; while the stories remained mostly comical, they started having more coherent switched from eight to twelve page vignettes to 40+ page adventures more akin to ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', with Iznogoud occasionally switching from VillainProtagonist to AntiHero.


* The Italian demential/slapstick comic book series ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' by Leonardo Ortolani: it started as a AffectionateParody of Marvel and DC superheroes, but after the first 10 issues, it started to develop darker and edgier stories.

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* The Italian demential/slapstick comic book series ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' by Leonardo Ortolani: it started as a AffectionateParody of Marvel and DC superheroes, but after the first 10 issues, it started to develop darker and edgier stories. It now fits this trope so closely that it is almost an Italian ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''.



* The Italian ''fumetto'' ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'', that originally started as a Trope/ShallowParody of the SuperHero genre, fits this trope so closely that it is almost an Italian ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''.

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* The Italian ''fumetto'' ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'', that originally started as a Trope/ShallowParody of the SuperHero genre, fits this trope so closely that it is almost an Italian ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''.


** That's not even getting into ComicBook/OneMoreDay in which Spiderman makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Mephisto]] to [[ResetButton undo his marriage with Mary-Jane in return to save Aunt May's life.]] [[TheyjustDidntCare A bullet wound that not even the greatest scientists or Doctors (even with magical or alien technology) in the entire Marvel Universe could heal]].

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** That's not even getting into ComicBook/OneMoreDay in which Spiderman makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Mephisto]] to [[ResetButton undo his marriage with Mary-Jane in return to save Aunt May's life.]] [[TheyjustDidntCare A bullet wound that not even the greatest scientists or Doctors (even with magical or alien technology) in the entire Marvel Universe could heal]].heal.


** [[UsefulNotes/BronzeAge|OfComicbooks]] was also less silly than the Silver Age, especially for DC. Topics like drug addiction, racism, and other social issues were addressed.

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** [[UsefulNotes/BronzeAge|OfComicbooks]] {{UsefulNotes/The Bronze Age|OfComicbooks}} was also less silly than the Silver Age, especially for DC. Topics like drug addiction, racism, and other social issues were addressed.

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