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'''Gonzo:''' When you're right, you're right. [[NoFourthWall (Turning to face the audience:)]] You're on your own, folks. We'll meet you at the finale!\\

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'''Gonzo:''' When you're right, you're right. [[NoFourthWall (Turning to face the audience:)]] You're on your own, folks. [[ShooOutTheClowns We'll meet you at the finale!\\finale]]!\\


* The musical ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' follows a similar arc. It begins comedically, then darkens; and while it has a happy ending, it has to travel through some very dark territory to get there.

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* The musical ''[[SeventeenSeventySix ''[[Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' follows a similar arc. It begins comedically, then darkens; and while it has a happy ending, it has to travel through some very dark territory to get there.


* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples William Shakespeare's]] ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'', one of the earliest tragicomedies. The first half is a gloomy, melodramatic, and heartbreaking tragedy of a king who wrongfully suspects his wife of infidelity. Then a guy gets [[BearsAreBadNews eaten by a bear]], and it becomes a pastoral romantic comedy.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples William Shakespeare's]] ''Theatre/TheWintersTale'', one of the earliest tragicomedies. The first half is a gloomy, melodramatic, and heartbreaking tragedy of a king who wrongfully suspects his wife of infidelity. Then a guy gets [[BearsAreBadNews eaten by a bear]], and it becomes a pastoral romantic comedy.


* ''Film/TheRoom'' actually follows this pretty rigidly. The first half is mostly baffling moments of comedy and meandering subplots, while the second half cuts away all the subplots in favour of the main infidelity storyline, before the protagonist is DrivenToSuicide.

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* ''Film/TheRoom'' actually follows this pretty rigidly. The first half is mostly baffling moments of comedy and meandering subplots, while the second half cuts away all the subplots in favour of the main infidelity storyline, before the protagonist is DrivenToSuicide. (Though it's [[SoBadItsGood so badly acted]] that even the dramatic parts are unintentionally funny.)


* ''Webvideo/RedVsBlue'' more often that not. During [[Webvideo/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles the earlier seasons]], it tried to keep the zany comedy on top by splitting more serious stuff onto miniseries. But then CerebusSyndrome kicked in, making a deeper plot take precedence - though that meant a world and characters that tries to take itself seriously had to welcome the previously estabilished cast of bickering\weird\clueless idiots, a contrast that made them even funnier.

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* ''Webvideo/RedVsBlue'' ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' more often that not. During [[Webvideo/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles the earlier seasons]], it tried tries to keep the zany comedy on top by splitting more serious stuff onto miniseries. But then CerebusSyndrome kicked kicks in, making a deeper plot take precedence - though that meant means a world and characters that tries try to take itself themselves seriously had have to welcome the previously estabilished established cast of bickering\weird\clueless bickering/weird/clueless idiots, a contrast that made makes them even funnier.

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* The 1994 Scottish 6-Part miniseries, TakinOverTheAsylum follows this trope. The first 3 episodes are a quirky {{Dramedy}} whereas the last 3 episodes are much darker, starting with the [[WhamEpisode death]] of a major character at the end of Episode 4.

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* ''Webvideo/RedVsBlue'' more often that not. During [[Webvideo/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles the earlier seasons]], it tried to keep the zany comedy on top by splitting more serious stuff onto miniseries. But then CerebusSyndrome kicked in, making a deeper plot take precedence - though that meant a world and characters that tries to take itself seriously had to welcome the previously estabilished cast of bickering\weird\clueless idiots, a contrast that made them even funnier.


In the worst cases, however, over the course of a series of books, films, television episodes, or other media, the subject might start out mainly comedy, switch to dramedy at about the halfway point, then continue to become [[DarkerAndEdgier darker and less comedic]] until [[AnyoneCanDie beloved characters start getting wiped out with frightening regularity]]. Fans are then more justified in complaining that the series JumpedTheShark with a GenreShift.

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In the worst cases, however, over the course of a series of books, films, television episodes, or other media, the subject might start out mainly comedy, switch to dramedy at about the halfway point, then continue to become [[DarkerAndEdgier darker darker]] [[CerebusSyndrome and less comedic]] until [[AnyoneCanDie beloved characters start getting wiped out with frightening regularity]]. Fans are then more justified in complaining that the series JumpedTheShark with a GenreShift.

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* The theatrical version of Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' becomes one of these. Most of the play follows the movie's plot with comedy sprinkled around (although the comedic gargoyles are removed.) Then, unlike the movie, [[spoiler:Esmeralda dies.]] Then [[spoiler:Quasimodo throws Frollo to his death.]] Then (depending on the production), [[spoiler:Quasimodo takes Esmeralda's body into Notre Dame's crypt to die alone with her.]] So its a tad bit more depressing to say the least.

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* ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'' begins as a period-flavored romantic comedy, but gradually develops into a tragic romance.


* A lot of light-hearted operas (e.g. ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', ''DonGiovanni'', ''La Traviata'' or pretty much any opera in the "fallen woman" genre, etc.) take a dive toward the dramatic in the final act. Mozart himself said that any good comic opera needs at least one ''seria'' (read: dramatic opera) character or arc.

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* A lot of light-hearted operas (e.g. ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', ''DonGiovanni'', ''La Traviata'' ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'', ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'', ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' or pretty much any opera in the "fallen woman" genre, etc.) take a dive toward the dramatic in the final act. Mozart himself said that any good comic opera needs at least one ''seria'' (read: dramatic opera) character or arc.


* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' swings erratically between the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, but it's relatively rare for an episode to have significant amounts of comedy and drama.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' swings erratically between the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, but it's relatively rare for an episode to have significant amounts of comedy and ''and'' drama. The laughs tend to be fairly separated.


* Almost totally averted by ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. The jokes almost never stop, no matter how serious things get. WordOfGod claims it actually ruined an intended MoralEventHorizon - The Monarch once put a hooker through a death course, making references to shows like ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The creators intended this to be his big creepy MoralEventHorizon, but people just found it hilarious. Otherwise, it's done very well.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' swings erratically between the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, but it's relatively rare for an episode to have significant amounts of comedy and drama.
* Almost totally averted by ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. The jokes almost never stop, no matter how serious things get. WordOfGod claims it actually ruined an intended MoralEventHorizon - The Monarch once put a hooker through a death course, making references to shows like ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The creators intended this to be his big creepy MoralEventHorizon, but people just found it hilarious. Otherwise, it's done very well.


* ''TheSagaOfTuck'' also follows this to a T: when [[spoiler: Tuck is beaten and left near death StuffedIntoALocker, all the cracking wise grinds to a halt until he's out of the hospital]]. This annoyed a few fans who accused it of CerebusSyndrome.

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* ''TheSagaOfTuck'' ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' also follows this to a T: when [[spoiler: Tuck is beaten and left near death StuffedIntoALocker, all the cracking wise grinds to a halt until he's out of the hospital]]. This annoyed a few fans who accused it of CerebusSyndrome.


In the worst cases, however, over the course of a series of books, films, television episodes, or other media, the subject might start out mainly comedy, switch to dramedy at about the halfway point, then continue to become [[DarkerAndEdgier darker and less comedic]] until [[EverybodysDeadDave beloved characters start]] [[KillEmAll getting wiped out with frightening regularity]]. Fans are then more justified in complaining that the series JumpedTheShark with a GenreShift.

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In the worst cases, however, over the course of a series of books, films, television episodes, or other media, the subject might start out mainly comedy, switch to dramedy at about the halfway point, then continue to become [[DarkerAndEdgier darker and less comedic]] until [[EverybodysDeadDave [[AnyoneCanDie beloved characters start]] [[KillEmAll start getting wiped out with frightening regularity]]. Fans are then more justified in complaining that the series JumpedTheShark with a GenreShift.

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