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* ''FanFic/ProfessorArc'': For the first chapters, Professor Arc is mostly about Jaune blundering through a teaching job he has no qualifications for, suffering hilarious humiliation. Then [[TheHeavy Cinder]] [[KnightOfCerebus]] shows up and proceeds to [[spoiler: play mind games with both Beacon's students and staff, revealing how horrible she is to Jaune.]] While the story remains mostly comedic, [[spoiler: the conflict between Jaune and Cinder is properly set up]].


* Given that ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' starts InMediasRes and a big chunk of the story, [[ProlongedPrologue a twelve volume long prologue]], [[HowWeGotHere shows how everything came to be in first arc]], which showed Guts as a dark, brooding and ruthless warrior on the brink of madness due to his obsessive revenge against Griffith, [[ForegoneConclusion we thought that the flashback would be self-explanatory]] once we got to that point... Until we found out just how much everything went '''''horribly wrong''''' once [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot the Eclipse]] went down, which involved [[spoiler: Guts supposed friend making an ''[[MoralEventHorizon epic]]'' decision and becoming a godlike demon lord, [[EverybodysDeadDave damn near the entire cast of likable characters dying]] [[SacrificialLion horrific deaths,]] the sole female protagonist [[GoMadFromTheRevelation being brutally raped to insanity]] by said supposed friend, and the main man who [[HopeSpot tried so desperately to save his friends and lover failing to do so,]] losing [[EyeScream an eye]] and [[LifeOrLimbDecision an arm]] in the process.]] Wow.

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* Given that ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' starts InMediasRes and a big chunk of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** The Eclipse. Since
the story, [[ProlongedPrologue Golden Age arc was basically a twelve volume twelve-volume long prologue]], prologue explaining [[HowWeGotHere shows how everything came to be in first arc]], which showed Guts as became the Black Swordsman]], it was already clear that it would eventually explain just what caused Guts to go from a dark, brooding reluctant member of the Band of the Hawk to actually deciding his place was with them to becoming the aggressive, ruthless, and ruthless terrifying warrior on the brink of madness due to because of his obsessive obessive desire to get revenge against Griffith, [[ForegoneConclusion we thought that the flashback would be self-explanatory]] once we got to that point... Until we found out just how much everything went '''''horribly wrong''''' once on Griffith. And it certainly does. [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot the The Eclipse]] went down, which involved [[spoiler: Guts supposed friend making an ''[[MoralEventHorizon epic]]'' decision involves Griffith deciding to sacrifice everyone in the Band of the Hawk to become a member of the Godhand, resulting in brutal and becoming a godlike demon lord, graphic deaths of [[EverybodysDeadDave damn near most of the entire cast known cast]]. And Guts' lover and main source of likable characters dying]] [[SacrificialLion horrific deaths,]] the sole female protagonist [[GoMadFromTheRevelation being brutally comfort, Casca, gets raped to insanity]] into insanity by said supposed friend, and the main man who [[HopeSpot tried so desperately newly-created Godhand that Griffith turned into -- all while Guts [[ForcedToWatch has to watch]]. And Guts fails to save his friends and lover failing to do so,]] lover, while losing [[EyeScream an eye]] and [[LifeOrLimbDecision an arm]] in the process.]] Wow.process. To make matters worse, Casca being raped into insanity absolutely [[StarCrossedLovers destroys their relationship]] and leaving Guts with nobody, and deciding to start his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
** And the gut punch regarding Casca doesn't end here. Not only was she pregnant at the time of the Eclipse, the fetus ended up tainted by the Godhand's demonic power and was born prematurely, though the demonic baby in question does end up keeping its mother save during danger. But when Guts and his group head to Elfheim to try and restore Casca's memories, they ''do'' end up succeeding. But she has completely [[TraumaInducedAmnesia repressed the memories]] of the Eclipse, and seeing Guts causes her to [[TraumaButton remember things]]. She ends up screaming in terror and shaking, leaving Guts to realize that he cannot even be near her anymore. [[StarCrossedLovers These two cannot catch a break]].


* The first four books of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' are fairly light in tone, despite having their share of darker moments and real drama. However, when [[spoiler: King Math dies and the Cauldron-Born overrun Caer Dathyl]], it's a very clear signal to the reader that this victory's not going to be nearly as easy as the previous ones, and that AnyoneCanDie.

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* The first four books of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' are fairly light in tone, despite having their share of darker moments and real drama. However, when [[spoiler: King Math dies and the Cauldron-Born overrun Caer Dathyl]], Dathyl]] in ''The High King'', it's a very clear signal to the reader that this victory's not going to be nearly as easy as the previous ones, and that AnyoneCanDie.

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*** Another gut punch is the opening scene, where Shinji reaches his [[MoralEventHorizon lowest point]] in the series [[spoiler: by masturbating over Asuka's comatose body. He was already in the middle of a HeroicBSOD over Kaworu's death, which happened shortly before the start of the movie, but it only gets worse after this incident]].


* Likewise, ''Theater/{{Cabaret}}'' is light-hearted and hysterical ... until the Nazis show up.

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* Likewise, ''Theater/{{Cabaret}}'' ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' is light-hearted and hysterical ... until the Nazis show up.


* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is [[FromBadToWorse a never-ending string of these]], one after another, practically once a chapter, but you're probably not going to put the comic down and reexamine your lease on life, the world, and humanity until chapter six, when we learn in an interrogation why [[SociopathicHero Rorschach]] is so screwed up: [[spoiler:When he was a private detective for hire, he accepted a job to find a little girl who'd been kidnapped. When he tracked her kidnapper down, he searched the house and realized that the man had [[MoralEventHorizon killed her, chopped her body up, and fed her to his dogs.]] At that moment, Rorschach ''snapped'', killed the man's dogs, and, when he returned home, chained him up in the basement, poured kerosene everywhere, tossed the man [[LifeOrLimbDecision a hacksaw]], and [[KillItWithFire dropped a lit match.]]]] What exited the building [[ThatManIsDead was only Rorschach.]] From this point onwards, the story stops being a superhero comic and becomes a violent tragedy with superheroes in it. It's so bleak and despair-inducing that it ruins the marriage of the psychologist interviewing Rorschach and basically [[DespairEventHorizon destroys all faith he had in humanity.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is [[FromBadToWorse a never-ending string of these]], one after another, practically once a chapter, but you're probably not going to put the comic down and reexamine your lease on life, the world, and humanity until chapter six, when we learn in an interrogation why [[SociopathicHero Rorschach]] is so screwed up: [[spoiler:When he was a private detective for hire, he accepted a job to find a little girl who'd been kidnapped. When he tracked her kidnapper down, he searched the house and realized that the man had [[MoralEventHorizon killed her, chopped her body up, and fed her to his dogs.]] At that moment, Rorschach ''snapped'', killed the man's dogs, and, when he returned home, chained him up in the basement, poured kerosene everywhere, tossed the man [[LifeOrLimbDecision a hacksaw]], and [[KillItWithFire dropped a lit match.]]]] What exited the building [[ThatManIsDead was only Rorschach.]] From this point onwards, onward, the story stops being a superhero comic and becomes a violent tragedy with superheroes in it. It's so bleak and despair-inducing that it ruins the marriage of the psychologist interviewing Rorschach and basically [[DespairEventHorizon destroys all faith he had in humanity.]]



* ''ComicBook/WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow?'' is already somewhat darker than the standard Franchise/{{Superman}} story, but doesn't broadcast its true intentions until two formerly {{Harmless Villain}}s torture and kill [[spoiler: Pete Ross, Superman's childhood friend -- then later, Lana Lang gets casually charcoaled by The Legion of Supervillains, which Superman angrily screaming, "YOU HURT LANA?!"]].

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* ''ComicBook/WhatEverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow?'' is already somewhat darker than the standard Franchise/{{Superman}} story, but doesn't broadcast its true intentions until two formerly {{Harmless Villain}}s torture and kill [[spoiler: Pete Ross, Superman's childhood friend -- then later, Lana Lang gets casually charcoaled by The Legion of Supervillains, which resulting in Superman angrily screaming, "YOU HURT LANA?!"]].



* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''. As noted in Creator/RogerEbert's review, Edwina's death (complete with her bones on a dinner table right after), drives home the point that Mrs. Tweedy (and the film) aren't fooling around.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' just sounds like some cutesy kids film about animals, but then we find out that NIMH stands for something: [[spoiler: The National Institution of Mental Health. The mice are for science experiments. Oh crap.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''. As noted in Creator/RogerEbert's review, Edwina's death (complete with her bones on a dinner table right after), drives home the point that Mrs. Tweedy (and the film) aren't isn't fooling around.around (and neither is the film).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' just sounds like some cutesy kids film about animals, but then we find out that NIMH stands for something: [[spoiler: The National Institution of Mental Health. The mice are for science experiments. Oh crap.OhCrap.]]



** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has a lighthearted "reunion special" for the first two thirds of its runtime - until Kylo Ren stabs [[spoiler: ''[[MoralEventHorizon his own father,]]'' [[AnyoneCanDie Han Solo]]]] right through the chest, demonstrating that the new Star Wars movies are [[AnyoneCanDie pulling no punches]] when it comes to major character deaths.
** ''Film/RogueOne'' is somewhat DarkerAndEdgier but nothing that we haven't seen before in ''Star Wars'' up until the moment when [[spoiler: [[PluckyComicRelief K-2SO]]]] pulls a YouShallNotPass to protect the leads, signalling that not all the heroes are gonna make it out of this movie. [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll Or any of them.]]]]
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' had a {{downplayed|trope}}, {{lampshaded}}, and promptly-{{subverted}} GutPunch when it first came out, that may have been mostly forgotten now. When Doc Brown first demonstrates his time machine, he ties the dog Einstein into the [=DeLorean=]. At the point where the car disappears in a flash of fire-trails, many in the audience worried that the dog may have really been destroyed.

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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has a lighthearted "reunion special" for the first two thirds of its runtime - until Kylo Ren stabs [[spoiler: ''[[MoralEventHorizon his own father,]]'' [[AnyoneCanDie Han Solo]]]] Solo]],]] right through the chest, demonstrating that the new Star Wars ''Star Wars'' movies are [[AnyoneCanDie pulling no punches]] when it comes to major character deaths.
** ''Film/RogueOne'' is somewhat DarkerAndEdgier DarkerAndEdgier, but nothing that we haven't seen before in ''Star Wars'' Wars''... up until the moment when [[spoiler: [[PluckyComicRelief K-2SO]]]] pulls a YouShallNotPass to protect the leads, signalling that not all the heroes are gonna make it out of this movie. [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll Or any of them.]]]]
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' had a {{downplayed|trope}}, {{lampshaded}}, and promptly-{{subverted}} GutPunch when it first came out, that which may have been mostly forgotten now.nowadays. When Doc Brown first demonstrates his time machine, he ties the dog Einstein into the [=DeLorean=]. At the point where the car disappears in a flash of fire-trails, many in the audience worried that the dog may have really been destroyed.



* ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp'' acts as a LighterAndSofter BreatherEpisode for Phase 3 of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. It stays comedic all the way through, ending on a high note with [[spoiler: Janet van Dyne's rescue from the Quantum Realm, Ghost's redemption and the end of Scott's house arrest]]. The gut punch lands in the [[TheStinger mid- and post-credits scenes]], when [[spoiler: Scott enters the Quantum Realm to get some healing particles for Ghost, only to become trapped there when Hank, Hope and Janet - the only people who even know he's in there, let alone how to get him out - disintegrate in [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar Thanos's snap]]. The post-credits scene shows Scott's empty house, with the TV displaying the fact that the US has entered a ''nation-wide state of emergency''.]]
* ''Film/StarTrek2009'' seems like a fun, action-packed film revival of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] -- until [[spoiler:Vulcan is destroyed and Spock's mother killed]]. At this point, it's brutally clear that this is ''not'' going to be like the timeline that Trekkies have grown up watching, and nobody or nothing is safe.

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* ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp'' acts as a LighterAndSofter BreatherEpisode for Phase 3 of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. It stays comedic all the way through, ending on a high note with [[spoiler: Janet van Dyne's rescue from the Quantum Realm, Ghost's redemption and the end of Scott's house arrest]]. The gut punch lands in the [[TheStinger mid- and post-credits scenes]], when [[spoiler: Scott enters the Quantum Realm to get some healing particles for Ghost, only to become trapped there when Hank, Hope and Janet - the only people who even know he's in there, let alone how to get him out - disintegrate in [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar Thanos's snap]]. The post-credits scene shows Scott's empty house, with the TV displaying the fact that the US has entered a ''nation-wide ''nationwide state of emergency''.]]
* Related to the above, the ending of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' is an awful, awful punch in the gut for anyone who had become attached to almost any MCU character. [[spoiler:The infamous Snap disintegrates literally half the population of not just Earth, but the ''entire universe''. Many fan-favorite characters turned to ash right before the viewers' eyes, including Bucky Barnes, the Black Panther, Peter Quill, and the teenage Spider-Man.]] It actually manages to get a little worse in the early part of ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', when the surviving Avengers (and the audience) learn about other allies and loved ones whose deaths were ''not'' shown in the previous film. These include [[spoiler:Princess Shuri of Wakanda and Hawkeye's ''entire family'']].
* ''Film/StarTrek2009'' seems like a fun, action-packed film revival of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] -- until [[spoiler:Vulcan is destroyed and Spock's mother killed]]. At this point, it's brutally clear that this is ''not'' going to be like the timeline that Trekkies have grown up watching, and nobody or and nothing is safe.



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': From the start the series is clearly darker and more cynical than the usual fantasy novel. But [[spoiler:Ned's execution]] takes it to a whole new level. You do NOT expect a main character to die like this. And again when [[spoiler:the Starks are betrayed by the Freys]] (the [[Series/GameOfThrones television version of this]] quickly became infamous as one of the biggest {{Gut Punch}}es in the history of television).

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': From the start the series is series, it's clearly darker and more cynical than the usual fantasy novel. But [[spoiler:Ned's execution]] takes it to a whole new level. You do NOT expect a main character to die like this. And again when [[spoiler:the Starks are betrayed by the Freys]] (the [[Series/GameOfThrones television version of this]] quickly became infamous as one of the biggest {{Gut Punch}}es in the history of television).



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Being Buffy's spin-off, one can only expect, and there's just as much gut-punching, Season 1 [[spoiler:Doyle sacrifices himself.]], Season 4 [[spoiler:Cordelia never woke up from her coma.]], and finally, but most prominently [[spoiler:Fred's slow and painful death, being hollowed by having her internal organs liquified in order for an EldritchAbomination to take over her body.]]

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Being Buffy's spin-off, one can only expect, and there's expect that there will be just as much gut-punching, gut-punching - and there is. Season 1 [[spoiler:Doyle sacrifices himself.]], Season 4 [[spoiler:Cordelia never woke up from her coma.]], and finally, but most prominently [[spoiler:Fred's slow and painful death, being hollowed by having her internal organs liquified liquefied in order for an EldritchAbomination to take over her body.]]



** The end of "The Mountain and the Viper". Tyrion has been accused of killing the king, and his innocence is to be decided by trial by combat. His champion, Oberyn is viciously defeated and he is sentenced to death by Tywin. Tyrion cannot even reply, shockingly staring in catatonic astonishment at Oberyn's skull-crushed corpse, as does Jaime; the only different reaction is from Cersei, who stares at Oberyn's slaughtered body, listening to Tyrion's death sentence while smirking in vindication.

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** The end of "The Mountain and the Viper". Tyrion has been accused of killing the king, and his innocence is to be decided by trial by combat. His champion, Oberyn Oberyn, is viciously defeated and he is sentenced to death by Tywin. Tyrion cannot even reply, shockingly staring in catatonic astonishment at Oberyn's skull-crushed corpse, as does Jaime; the only different reaction is from Cersei, who stares at Oberyn's slaughtered body, listening to Tyrion's death sentence while smirking in vindication.



* While ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has always been bleak, the gut punch moments have not stopped since mid-season 2 when [[spoiler: 11 year-old Sophia, who was lost in the woods, was revealed to be both dead and now a zombie. Rick is forced to gun her down while her mother screams nearby.]] Season 3 continues the trend with [[spoiler: Rick's pregnant wife Lori dying from a medieval c-section birth while her 12 year old son screams and cries, he then has to shoot her dead body in the head so she won't turn into a zombie. Rick has a full blown mental break upon finding out, goes to find her body and discovers a zombie has eaten it.]] Rick [[spoiler: mercilessly kills a hotheaded prison inmate in a "three strikes and you're out" situation]] and The Governor deliberately [[spoiler: shoots Merle in the gut so he will turn into a zombie, shortly before his younger brother Daryl catches up to them and is forced to put down his only surviving family member]].

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* While ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has always been bleak, the gut punch moments have not stopped since mid-season 2 when [[spoiler: 11 year-old 11-year-old Sophia, who was lost in the woods, was revealed to be both dead and now a zombie. Rick is forced to gun her down while her mother screams nearby.]] Season 3 continues the trend with [[spoiler: Rick's pregnant wife Lori dying from a medieval c-section birth while her 12 year old 12-year-old son screams and cries, cries; he then has to shoot her dead body in the head so she won't turn into a zombie. Rick has a full blown mental break upon finding out, goes to find her body and discovers a zombie has eaten it.]] Rick [[spoiler: mercilessly kills a hotheaded prison inmate in a "three strikes and you're out" situation]] and The Governor deliberately [[spoiler: shoots Merle in the gut so he will turn into a zombie, shortly before his younger brother Daryl catches up to them and is forced to put down his only surviving family member]].



%% * [[KnightOfCerebus ZODIAC Virgo]] from ''VideoGame/RefleX'' delivered two substantial of these. The first when it shot down Cancer from behind and the second when it [[spoiler:destroyed the Pheonix]].

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%% * [[KnightOfCerebus ZODIAC Virgo]] from ''VideoGame/RefleX'' delivered two substantial of these. The first when it shot down Cancer from behind and the second when it [[spoiler:destroyed the Pheonix]].Phoenix]].



* [[CrapsackWorld True to its setting]], ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' starts out fairly dark with the deaths of the Lord of House Forrester and his eldest son, leaving 13-15 year old Ethan to take the reins of the gutted remains of his household and try to survive the obvious squeeze House Bolton and its bannermen will be putting on those had been loyal to House Stark. [[spoiler:And then [[AxCrazy Ramsay Snow]] stabs him through the neck, killing him at the end of the first episode.]] Things do not get better, to put it lightly.

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* [[CrapsackWorld True to its setting]], ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' starts out fairly dark with the deaths of the Lord of House Forrester and his eldest son, leaving 13-15 year old teenage Ethan to take the reins of the gutted remains of his household and try to survive the obvious squeeze which House Bolton and its bannermen will be putting on those who had been loyal to House Stark. [[spoiler:And then [[AxCrazy Ramsay Snow]] stabs him through the neck, killing him at the end of the first episode.]] Things do not get better, to put it lightly.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Henchgirl}}'' : Before Issue 5, the series focuses on the contrast between Mary Posa's life as a 20something woman who can't adult and her job as the muscle for the Butterfly Gang, and the focus is on relationships and humor. Once Mary and Mannequin leak a plan to the media to steal from an orphanage, the gang seeks to find the mole, and ends up smashing Mannequin to pieces in Issue 5 and beating up fellow henchperson Palawan, thinking he is the mole. In Issue 6, the Butterfly Gang starts out with a standard museum break-in caper, which is [[spoiler: a trap for the mole, as the jewel they steal forces its bearer to tell the truth Palawan denies leaking the plan, but Mary can't deny it.]] The gut punch is Mary being kidnapped and the reader thinking the Butterfly Gang is going to kill her (which Coco wants to do), but it gets worse they [[spoiler: inject her with PsychoSerum ]], turning her from a LovableRogue into a seriously evil character. The remainder of the series involves Mary committing progressively more evil acts and her friends [[spoiler: and eventually, Coco]] trying to save her from both capture and from crossing a MoralEventHorizon by [[spoiler: killing Amelia, mistakenly thinking that Amelia stole Fred/Mannequin/Time Baron from her]].

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* Despite taking place during a war, ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is pretty lighthearted with plenty of slapstick, lowbrow jokes, and copious amounts of Creator/EddieMurphy. Even when Captain Li Shang and his troops head to the front, they're singing a happy song about "a girl worth fighting for" -- and walk smack into a destroyed village. Both the song and the humor slam to a screeching halt, and it gets even worse when they see that General Li's entire army has been slaughtered. This isn't just one scene of MoodWhiplash; this is a Mood-180 for the whole damn ''movie''.

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* Despite taking place during a war, ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is pretty lighthearted with plenty of slapstick, lowbrow jokes, and copious amounts of Creator/EddieMurphy. Even when Captain Li Shang and his troops head to the front, they're singing a happy song about "a girl worth fighting for" -- and walk smack into a destroyed village. Both the song and the humor slam to a screeching halt, and it gets even worse when they see that General Li's entire army has been slaughtered. This isn't just one scene of MoodWhiplash; this is a Mood-180 for the whole damn ''movie''.


* [[spoiler:Kamina's brutal death]] in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' was not only a legendary TearJerker, but the event that changed the series from a fun, colorful, lighthearted adventure romp to an epic war story on a massive scale. The fan reaction to this event is polarizing to this day, and the show aired ''more than half a decade ago''.

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* [[spoiler:Kamina's brutal death]] in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' was not only a legendary TearJerker, but the event that changed the series from a fun, colorful, lighthearted adventure romp to an epic war story on a massive scale. The fan reaction to this event is polarizing to this day, and the show aired ''more than half a decade ago''.


* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' opens with the FantasticNuke being set off and the assumed deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Atlanteans (including Kida's mother, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence sort of]]), but it doesn't hit that hard since A) [[ForegoneConclusion Atlantis gotta sick at some point]] and B) what kind of Disney movie lets the princess [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest retain both her parents?]] The next half an hour or so are fairly lighthearted,colorful and thrilling pulp adventure movie. Then the [[MechanicalAbomination Leviathan]] shows up and destroys the expedition's submarine in five minutes of screen time, killing a '''[[KnightOfCerebus staggering]]''' number of people onscreen and racking up a [[RedshirtArmy good-guy casualty rate]] in the triple digits that will likely never be topped again in a Disney movie.

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* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' opens with the FantasticNuke being set off and the assumed deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Atlanteans (including Kida's mother, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence sort of]]), but it doesn't hit that hard since A) [[ForegoneConclusion Atlantis gotta sick sink at some point]] and B) what kind of Disney movie lets the princess [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest retain both her parents?]] The next half an hour or so are fairly lighthearted,colorful and thrilling pulp adventure movie. Then the [[MechanicalAbomination Leviathan]] shows up and destroys the expedition's submarine in five minutes of screen time, killing a '''[[KnightOfCerebus staggering]]''' number of people onscreen and racking up a [[RedshirtArmy good-guy casualty rate]] in the triple digits that will likely never be topped again in a Disney movie.


* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is [[FromBadToWorse a never-ending string of these]], one after another, practically once a chapter, but you're probably not going to put the comic down and reexamine your lease on life, the world, and humanity until chapter six, when we learn in an interrogation why [[SociopathicHero Rorschach]] is so screwed up: [[spoiler:When he was a private detective for hire, he accepted a job to find a little girl who'd been kidnapped. When he tracked her kidnapper down, he searched the house and realized that the man had [[MoralEventHorizon killed her, chopped her body up, and fed her to his dogs.]] At that moment, Rorschach ''snapped'', killed the man's dogs, and, when he returned home, chained him up in the basement, poured kerosene everywhere, tossed the man [[LifeOrLimbDecision a hacksaw]], and [[KillItWithFire dropped a lit match.]] What exited the building [[ThatManIsDead was only Rorschach.]] It's so bleak and despair-inducing that it ruins the marriage of the psychologist interviewing Rorschach and basically [[DespairEventHorizon destroys all faith he had in humanity.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is [[FromBadToWorse a never-ending string of these]], one after another, practically once a chapter, but you're probably not going to put the comic down and reexamine your lease on life, the world, and humanity until chapter six, when we learn in an interrogation why [[SociopathicHero Rorschach]] is so screwed up: [[spoiler:When he was a private detective for hire, he accepted a job to find a little girl who'd been kidnapped. When he tracked her kidnapper down, he searched the house and realized that the man had [[MoralEventHorizon killed her, chopped her body up, and fed her to his dogs.]] At that moment, Rorschach ''snapped'', killed the man's dogs, and, when he returned home, chained him up in the basement, poured kerosene everywhere, tossed the man [[LifeOrLimbDecision a hacksaw]], and [[KillItWithFire dropped a lit match.]] ]]]] What exited the building [[ThatManIsDead was only Rorschach.]] From this point onwards, the story stops being a superhero comic and becomes a violent tragedy with superheroes in it. It's so bleak and despair-inducing that it ruins the marriage of the psychologist interviewing Rorschach and basically [[DespairEventHorizon destroys all faith he had in humanity.]]


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-->'''Rorschach:''' This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God [[spoiler:who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to dogs.]] [[DespairEventHorizon It's us. Only us.]]

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