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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:300:[[Franchise/SpiderMan]]]]²[[caption-width-right:300:In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', he's [[OhCrap toast]]. In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'', he's... [[VisualPun toast]].]]²²->''Mr. Howell now has the power to fly\²The role of Mary Ann is now being played by Kareem Abdul-Jabar\²Ginger is 500 feet high\²She is made entirely out of zinc\²I don't remember her being ''that'' way in the first season''²-->-- '''Radio Free Vestibule''', "Something's Wrong with Series/GilligansIsland"²²The ToneShift a show goes through when its plots become increasingly exaggerated and cartoonish. Most often happens with shows whose initial premise is mundane, and ostensibly could take place in the real world, begin to gradually take in tropes from more elaborate genre fiction until the show is at a point where it no longer resembles its pilot episode at all. This is similar to CerebusSyndrome, except that instead of working on tone this trope increases the density and zaniness of literal plot elements, often requiring a greater WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief and viewer concentration level in order to succeed.²²This trope is typically used as a ratings grab. For a show that's losing appeal, it's much easier to instantly come up with wacky plot elements than it is to invest time in more complex character nuance. As with much ExecutiveMeddling, this motivation doesn't exactly have much basis in reality -- most long-running shows either don't undergo this process at all, or do so only when they're about to be canceled. Oftentimes, fans appreciate good consistency in tone. It must be added that its very much distinct from LighterAndSofter since its zany comedy that becomes the dominant trait rather than dropping a dark angle all-together. In fact at times it can even [[BlackComedy overlap]] with DarkerAndEdgier depending on the type of story.²Shows up fairly often in adaptation, particularly {{Animated Adaptation}}s, as this is an easy way to demonstrate how a show is different from its parent program.²²If the author takes advantage of established series elements that have gathered over time, then it's ContinuityCreep.²²Often a reason for JumpingTheShark, or, in some cases, GrowingTheBeard.²²Compare HotterAndSexier, ReverseCerebusSyndrome, KudzuPlot, BloodierAndGorier.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* Isaiah Mustafah, the star of the ''Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike'' series of ads for Old Spice, plays a suave, manly man with various prop changes through scenes of nature used in metaphor. Terry Crews, on the other hand, is a {{cloudcuckoolander}} with NoIndoorVoice, and who suffers from TestosteronePoisoning.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* In general, when a series is given a comedic SpinOff, this tends to happen by default. Specific examples include:²** ''Manga/AttackOnTitanJuniorHigh'', which takes the original ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' and puts it into a ''much'' LighterAndSofter AlternateUniverse where the characters are SuperDeformed junior high students.²** ''Manga/HaruhiChan'' takes the characters and situations from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', chibifies them, and turns the madness and comedy UpToEleven while adding copious amounts of [[RuleOfCute High-Octane Cute]].²** ''Manga/KoroSenseiQuest''. It takes the basic story of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' and puts it in an RPG setting, whilst chucking most of the seriousness out the window and cranking the silliness and cuteness UpToEleven.²** ''Manga/MyHeroAcademiaSmash'', which simultaneously parodies events from [[Manga/MyHeroAcademia the original series]] and focuses on the daily lives of the UA students, and sometimes villains.²** ''One Piece Party'', which brings the Straw Hats in nonsensical zany situations involving old friends and foes, often parodying events of the [[Manga/OnePiece main series]].²** ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'', where the titular character from the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} original series]] takes a backseat to Rock Lee and his team as they go on crazy adventures.²* This happened to manga works of Fujio Akatsuka a lot. His comics such as ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'', ''Moretsu Ataro'', and ''Manga/TensaiBakabon'' were always comedic (although ''Ataro'' was originally more dramatic), but they both started out as being down to earth, but gradually became more and more insane with nonsensical, slapstick-heavy gags. In addition, this happened when all three promoted a BreakoutCharacter and eventually pushed the main characters aside.²* The ''Manga/BlackCat'' manga started out with its deviations from "realism" being mostly limited to creative liberties taken with gun use -- then the plots got more and more convoluted, and by the end science with downright supernatural effects was commonplace.²* The ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'' OVA takes almost every character from two of the most violent and depressing sagas in the HGame industry and puts them into a zany and comedic GagSeries. The results are very funny, partly [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools because of the dissonance]].²%%* ''Anime/DDFistOfTheNorthStar'' thet is a parody series based off of the original ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.²%%* Compare ''Manga/DeathNote'''s [[{{Omake}} "Yonkoma"]] to the series proper. ²%%* ''Manga/HaruhiChan''²* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': ²** The art style of the Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket series is this to the rest of the franchise. It says something when a character who is known for being just this side of possible evokes an "Are they smoking something?" feel. While the plots are no weirder than in the past, the new 1980's style made a lot of fans give up before the character designs become more consistent later in the show. Even then, there's still a ton of OffModel animation that doesn't help.²** Of the TV specials, ''[[Anime/LupinIIISevenDaysRhapsody Seven Days Rhapsody]]'' is a particulary goofy one, with tons of sight gags, zany jokes, and occasional running commentary from the characters throughout the whole thing. Even TheComicallySerious Goemon can't keep a straight face at times.²* ''Three'' anime adaptations of ''VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}}'', ''Heian Monogatari'', ''Kindergarten'' and ''Useless Onmyōji Family'', completely throw out the serious plot and characterization of the game in favor of over-the-top silly humor.²* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':²** ''Advanced Generation'' was noted for this, having zanier plots in filler episodes, as well as Meowth having frequent [[ImagineSpot boss fantasies]].²** The ''Sun and Moon'' arc has noticeably become a cartoony SliceOfLife school series with crack humor (mainly from Samson Oak) reminisce of the original series, including the return of the RunningGag of James being attacked by a Pokémon (in this case, his Mareanie) out of affection, as well as Ash's considerably more cartoony characterisation compared to his more serious minded one from the previous ''XY'' series. Needless to say, this being Pokémon where TheyChangedItNowItSucks and ItsTheSameNowItSucks reign among the fanbase, it is a BrokenBase with fans, and it's a specially sour point among fans of the aformentioned ''XY'' series.²* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': ²** The third season of the anime, ''S'', has a reputation for being the [[DarkerAndEdgier dark season]]. And it is...but it's also the point where the show's slapstick silliness goes into overdrive, the monsters start becoming ludicrous, and the minions start becoming [[AffablyEvil affable]]. Being directed by Creator/KunihikoIkuhara certainly helped[[note]]although this was actually his second season as main director[[/note]], who went on to build a career out of making shows with dark and shocking content juxtaposed with ludicrous premises.²** The anime's sense of humor is this in general compared to the manga. While the manga does have lighthearted moments, they're a bit more grounded in reality than the anime's more over-the-top comedic parts. The '90s dub goes even further by giving the characters more jokey and TotallyRadical dialogue.²* This is the main reason some people get turned off by ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''. It starts out as a slice of life. After episode 7, being a {{Toku}}satsu hero becomes SeriousBusiness.²* Most of ''LightNovel/SorcerousStabberOrphen'''s second season changed the fairly serious tone of the first one for lighthearted adventures and slapstick humor.²* The plots of the [[VideoGame/YokaiWatch video games]] get put on the backburner in the ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' anime in exchange for SliceOfLife antics and comedic gags. The anime also contains ''a lot'' less fighting.²* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':²** An In-Universe example is the Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon, a Toon version of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Seto Kaiba was not amused to have Pegasus turn his trademark monster into an animated abomination with ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} biceps. There's also Toon Summoned Skull, which is somehow even creepier than the original, especially when it gets flirtatious.²** The Kaiba Corp Grand Prix filler arc, compared to the other filler arcs, and even the canon ones, which generally had little to no wackiness whatsoever. Not to mention that this was fresh off of the [[CerebusRollercoaster more serious]] DOMA filler arc. Also, how can you take a [[ NON-ANTHROPOMORPHIC WOLF]] [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood dressed in old lady clothes]] that attacks by ''[[SwallowedWhole eating the opponent's monster in one bite]]'' seriously?²%%** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''. [[DarkerAndEdgier At first.]]²* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': Zigzagged for ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. The show is definitely wackier than most of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. The sense of humor is closer to the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' and it even has a gag episode. At the same time, Super has some of the darkest moments in the franchise with the Future Trunks Saga and its CruelTwistEnding and the Universal Survival Saga and its KillEmAll premise.²* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' took this approach since part 2 (''Manga/BattleTendency'') and has kept at it ever since. Becoming more self aware in how bizarre the series and fights actually are.²** From the creative ways Joseph and Ceaser use their Hamon, the fact one of the reoccurring characters is a ''Cyborg Nazi'', One of the villains is a ''crybaby'', and is part of a trio of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Aztec fitness super-vampire]] that strike a lot more poses than either Dio or Jonathan in ''Manga/PhantomBlood''... culminating in the main villain becoming an Aztec Glam Metal screaming bird vampire who constantly licks his lips.²** In terms of super powers [[Manga/StardustCrusaders part 3]] introduces flashy but tame abilities such as SuperSpeed, [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] and magnetism... [[Manga/DiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] mixes things up with food that attacks you through a recently acquired health problem [[spoiler:which turns out to be beneficial]] and weaponized {{Onomatopoeia}}... [[Manga/GoldenWind Part 5]] starts out with a man capable of slipping objects into people's hands and mouths without them realizing it, who is later defeated by villain able to erase 10 seconds of time, ''then'' [[Manga/StoneOcean Part 6]] introducing the infamous [[ Dragon's Dream]] which would require its own folder just to describe.²* The ''Manga/DevilMan'' portion of "CB Chara Nagai Go World" is more lighthearted and comedic compared to the dark source material, the bloodthirsty demons who appeared in the manga and anime are silly and prone to slapstick with none of them being treated as a serious threat.²* ''Manga/YakitateJapan'', already a fairly comedic series out of the gate, went completely insane as the series went on. Originally, really good bread would just cause a comedic reaction from the taster, but over time, said reactions would become so extreme that it caused [[RealityWarper the entire fabric of reality to come unravelled]], sending people on a round trip to the afterlife, turning them into animals, causing someone to go back in time and prevent the death of his mother, [[BreakingTheFourthWall altering the real-life book the chapter is printed in]] and [[spoiler: in the BigBad's case, turning them into a monstrous human-bread hybrid.]]²* The anime version of ''Manga/KingOfBanditJing'' inverts this trope without getting into the DarkerAndEdgier route. Many of the sillier scenes of the original manga were cut (such as Kir's brief strike in the first story, Rose's drunken episode in the second, etc.), and the characters' more exaggerated facial expressions and reactions are very much downplayed. The result is a more serious and dramatic tone, but it retains the whimsical and mostly light-hearted plot.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* The first half of the ''[[ComicBook/Batgirl2011 New 52 Batgirl book]]'' is overly dark and gritty, what with the downcast tone, bloodthirsty, psychopathic villains and [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] struggling against her [=PTSD=]. The second half is more light-hearted, colourful and whimsical, featuring a recovering, happier Batgirl moving out of Gotham and fighting mostly eccentric baddies. ''ComicBook/BatgirlRebirth'' tones the craziness down but it's still more light-hearted than the beginning of the 2011 series.²* ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'' is an intentional CallBack to the Silver Age. As the [[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 former]] and [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 concurrent]] ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' books were more serious and grounded, "Cosmic Adventures" ''revels'' in craziness and hilarity, featuring evil duplicates, dimensional gates opening everywhere, time-travelling hijinks, mad science and a main character--Linda Lee--who wonders why her world is so strange. For all of these reasons the book is considered a cult classic.²* ''ComicBook/{{Marville}}'' has an example that's weird because the increased wackiness is the result of the comic ''[[CerebusSyndrome trying to be serious and philosophical]]''. The first two issues are a ShallowParody of comic books. From the third to fifth, the protagonists [[GoingCosmic travel back in time looking after God]], and then with someone who might be Him witness the origins of life, dinosaurs and primitive humans (with the first man being Franchise/{{Wolverine}}) while spewing [[HollywoodScience nonsensical "science"]]. ²* The two issues of ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' written and illustrated by Milton Knight, they're more cartoony, bizarre, and surreal compared to most of the other issues, the art is like the Fred Wolf cartoon as if it were animated by Creator/JohnKricfalusi and Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer.²* ''ComicBook/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' is this compared to [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina the movie]]. There's more of an emphasis on the comedy aspects of the story, Jack Burton is less StraightMan and more TheFool, the {{Masquerade}} is [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade so paper thin that it seems everyone must be idiots for not noticing that magic and monsters are all around them]], and Jack is able to screw with and get the better of the villains much more easily.²* Several of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics from the 1950s and '60s are very bizarre and surreal; some stories involved [[GreatGazoo a magical being]] named ComicBook/BatMite who's Batman's biggest fan and a RealityWarper, others included stories where Batman becomes a toddler and fights crime, Batman and Robin being turned into paper thin beings by a multicolored monster, Batman becoming a genie, etc. {{Justified}} by the fact the anti-comic book crusade that led to UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode forced DC to tone down the violence and the seriousness of the earlier years.²* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' is this compared to IDW's other Transformers titles. The book focuses more on the RagtagBunchOfMisfits and their misadventures than it does on the plot and silliness abounds. While there are still plenty of reminders that this is set in the same universe as ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'' and ''ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron'', this is also a book where the universe gets saved thanks to a semi-colon, someone gets affected by a metafictional bomb that [[BreakingTheFourthWall causes him to believe he's a comic book character]], the crew reacts to unexpected time travel by watching ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', and having an existential crisis is considered a rite of passage.²* Unlike other ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/GIJoe'' works, the premise of ''ComicBook/TransformersVsGIJoe'' feels very much like a Silver Age comic, including Jack Kirby-esque artwork.²* The comic based on the Swedish ''Literature/BertDiaries'' series of young adult novels got this. While the novels were wackily comedic, the events themselves always stuck close to reality. The comics, however, introduced events that were unrealistic (such as MadScientist-in-training Åke inventing a cleaning-fluid that [[AteTheSpoon dissolves a car]]), or possible but extremely implausible (such as Bert drifting out to sea on an inflatable raft only to be saved by the beautiful daughter of a Greek millionaire in her private yacht).²* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' was always set in a world with video game-like mechanics, but the early volumes downplayed those traits. The first two Evil Exes were the most obvious "superpowered" characters but they only appeared in-person in their respective battles. Then Volume 3 alone reveals that the world has save points and extra lives, has a man who got superpowers just for being vegan, [[spoiler:there's a "Vegan Police" after said man for cheating his veganism]], and Honest Ed's is treated like some sort of EldritchLocation by the main leads (but the background characters shopping there seem to be just fine). A bonus short strip between Volumes 3 and 4 reveals that Volume 4's ArcVillain has the power to make posters come to life. In Volume 4 proper, the same Evil Ex turns in to animals after being sliced in half, one character is shown to be able to slice a bus in half, and an EnemyWithout version of the main character is introduced. The video game escalates in a similar manner, with the enemies of the first level just being random people fighting out on the street, then moving on to people in costumes (explained by being set at a movie lot), then going to zombies and robots for the last few stages.²* ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'': The Warren run had the "Vampi goes to Hollywood" sub-arc. Technically still horror stories,²* ''Comicbook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'' was already about a superheroine who was actually just a girl from the real world who got trapped in Marvel's comics, and whose eventual powers turned out to be [[NinjaProp weaponizing fourth wall exploitation]]. Yet this already loopy material is tame compared to Gwen's next title, ''Gwenpool Strikes Again'', where she's even more of a TalkativeLoon [[MetaGuy Meta Gal]], and uses her fourth wall powers to create surreal situations such as her vomiting on the artist.²* ''Clifton'' is a FrancoBelgianComics about a retired [=MI6=] agent who do private detective work. Clifton solves murder mysteries and faces off against Nazi remnant, criminal organizations and the like. Despite the serious tone and being down to earth, it has some comedic moments. The series has different authors and the latest albums veered it into weirdness area not seen before. A descendant of [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte]] wants to get revenge on England. He had engineered and released a chemical that forced drivers to drive on the right lane. In Napoleon next appearance, he bombed weddings so the population growth of England will eventually drop to zero.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* ''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}'': This is probably better than CerebusSyndrome as a description of what's happened. Formerly a slow-paced ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' clone with a bit of MagicRealism thrown in, it's introduced vampires, soul-eating demons, and at least two factions competing to rule the world--but even now that characters are getting killed, the whole thing is still PlayedForLaughs.²* In TheSixties, ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' started introducing a ton of sci-fi elements including "Moon People". Once original author Chester Gould left the strip, they were quickly written out. The only remnant of the era Honeymoon Tracy, the daughter of the Moon Queen and Dick's adopted son, Junior Tracy, is still around, but [[BroadStrokes we don't talk about who mom was]]. In 2013 creative team Joe Staton and Mike Curtis reintroduced Moon Maid via CloningBlues. The other moon people are gone, though, their city in ruins.²* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' went this route. The drawing style was always cartoonish, but in the early years the characters and storylines were well-grounded in reality. Starting in the '90s, the style of humor became increasingly cartoonish and all traces of realism vanished.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* If that's possible, ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheRestOfTheSentence'' manages to be even more surreal (both in story and in prose style) than ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndThePortraitOfWhatLookedLikeALargePileOfAsh'', to which it is a sequel. ²* In terms of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' fanfiction, any incarnation of "A Fanfic By Ed" (which were all over a few [=EEnE=] fan-sites before they were taken down at the moment) qualifies as such CrackFic[=tion=], because [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin these are fanfics written by]] [[CloudCuckoolander Ed]]. Said fanfics have Ed make several crossovers, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] eating somebody (usually [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]]), random characters saying "Play something else, kids! ___ is a bad man!" and "Poof!", and Eddy or an AuthorAvatar telling Ed to stop the fanfic. [[ Here's an example]].²* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''²** ''Fanfic/TotalDramaReturns'' is stuffed to the gills with ridiculously over-the-top CharacterExaggeration, gratuitous fourth-wall breaking, insane amounts of RefugeInAudacity and so many running gags it's impossible to count them all.²** ''Fanfic/TotalDramaWhatIfSeries'' The series in canon had comedy for sure, but this fic is mostly comedic instead of dramatic. ²* ''Blog/AskErnstStavroBlofeld'' compared to the original ''Film/JamesBond'' films. Even at their silliest, they come nowhere near this CharacterBlog's wackiness.²* The ''Fanfic/MegsFamilySeries'', which was a Meg-centric ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' fanfic that lasted from 2007 to 2010 and was later revived in 2015, was almost entirely faithful to the show's run at the time. As soon as Meg and [[LoveInterests Zack]]'s daughter Maddie is born, several storylines became chock-full of elements regarding this trope, such as [[FutureBadass Maddie's future self]], an entire chapter centered around the tank from the episode ''Hell Comes to Quahog'', Peter and Zack switching minds, and the Corvette from ''Literature/{{Christine}}'' that [[{{Yandere}} becomes obsessed with Peter and tries to kill Lois]].²* ''[[ TehPenguinz]]'' is a ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'' fanfic which is this taken to the point of InNameOnly. The story centers on the conflict between the "Espi", a group of electrical techno-mages, and "Tyce's Gang". "Donut's Clan" is a third, much less plot-important entity which seems to encompass everything which actually exists in canon. The story contains, in no particular order, magic gateways to other worlds, a legion of "pwnage kittens", a number of magical guinea pigs, what is implied to be some kind of FantasticNuke, and an exceedingly bizarre LayeredWorld system. Yet it somehow all started with ''Club Penguin''...?²* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' is a (mostly) DarkerAndEdgier variant of this. The first few chapters have plenty of wacky moments, and [[Funny/ChildOfTheStorm many more]] strewn through the rest of the story. It is near ridiculously dense.²* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', the injection of Silver Age-esque DC elements makes the story far weirder than it already is. Between fifth-dimensional imps, having a potentially criminal but terribly shy samurai warrior for a teacher, and everyone's infatuation with Beebos, there's plenty of weirdness to go around, particularly for [[WeirdnessMagnet Izuku.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'' most definitely qualifies for this trope, what with the rubbery animation and any of [[PluckyComicRelief Tiger's]] scenes, both courtesy of Creator/{{Amblimation}} [[note]]The only film they made that was an exception to this trope was ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}''[[/note]]. A stark contrast to [[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail the first movie]], which was a musical adventure about hard times (i.e. immigration, separation, and a war between mice and cats). ²* The ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' film series. The first two movies had a lot of comedy and their share of silly moments, but they didn't go too over the top. The plots were fairly serious and believable enough (well, as believable as one could get in a movie about talking animals). [[WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown The second]] had far less drama than the first one but did keep the dark comedy and the shadow of death over the main characters making it a restrained, partial example of LighterAndSofter. By the [[WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs third film]], they have become this. Even the scenes with Scrat have gotten more cartoony over the course of the films.²* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation began as Jeffery Katzenberg's serious attempt to compete with Disney, putting out some very edgy films like ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Antz}}'' and, in collaboration with Aardman, ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''. As soon as the self-referential, potty-mouthed and pop-culture heavy ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' became a mega SleeperHit, [=DreamWorks=] completely did away with the heavy stuff (as well as their traditional animation unit) and spent the better part of the TurnOfTheMillennium making the same movie over and over. After the ''Shrek'' saga declined, the studio attempted to remedy this with more sophisticated films like ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', (2013's ''{{WesternAnimation/Turbo}}'' being the only holdout). However, for well-reviewed these efforts were, audiences found many of these as too sentimental, heavily affecting its finances. [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools The studio put humor at the front once again]] [[DownplayedTrope (although far less gag-based)]] with ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}''.²* ''{{WesternAnimation/Tangled}}'' had a follow up short ''WesternAnimation/TangledEverAfter'', which was 7 minutes of mostly slapstick, where the original spread out the slapstick over the longer running time.²* ''{{WesternAnimation/Frozen|2013}}'''s follow up ''WesternAnimation/FrozenFever'' was a lot sillier than the source film, especially given the consequences of Elsa's powers this time causes mischief instead of danger.²* Compared to many other Disney films, especially the films preceding it, ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' is a very comedic and overall lighthearted film, especially when Genie shows up. It's also this compared to [[Literature/{{Aladdin}} the original Aladdin story.]]²* Though not to the extent of ''Aladdin'', Disney's ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' is also a very comedic, lighthearted film compared to the other Disney Renaissance films, ''especially'' ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', which preceded it.²* The ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' series started off with the fairly serious first movie, which focused on the eponymous social standings within a pack of wolves. The DTV sequels where main characters Humphrey and Kate have had three pups, while still starting off fairly grounded in reality, gradually got less so until eventually, the movies carried increasingly odd and cartoonish plots revolving around slapstick, pop-culture references, ghosts, wolf real-estate, and even ''dinosaurs''.²* There are ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' crossover films, such as ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryAndTheWizardOfOz'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryWillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', which are almost shot-for-shot remakes of classic live action films with parts excluded in order to have slapstick humour added in.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' is this compared to the film it was originally planned to be (a serious Mesoamerican drama called ''Empire of the Sun''). It's also this to Disney films in general, being a thoroughly gag-based comedy instead of a standard romantic dramedy.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* The first ''[[Film/TheEvilDead1981 Evil Dead]]'' film is a fairly straight horror movie, playing every scare and monster as a serious threat and highlighting its cast as "normal" college age kids in over their heads. The [[Film/EvilDead2 second movie]] began to mix in more slapstick and cartoon-y elements, using over-the-top sets in place of actual locations and turning Creator/BruceCampbell's Ash Williams from an everyday guy into a shotgun wielding quipmaster by the end of the movie. Then, in the [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness third film]], he's fighting cartoon skeletons and an evil undead version of himself in medieval Europe through the use of ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]]'' style slapstick and references to '50s sci-fi films.²* After the first two ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies, Creator/SylvesterStallone took over as director, leading to ''Film/RockyIII'' and especially ''Film/RockyIV''. The third movie had Rocky fighting Creator/MrT ''and'' Wrestling/HulkHogan, while the fourth one starts with [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a robot at Paulie's birthday party]]. Then the series got serious again with ''Film/RockyV''.²* The third ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'' film lacked the whimsy of the first two movies, had absolutely no dramatic weight to it, and the antagonist was, instead of a legitimately threatening menace, Creator/JackBlack as the leader of a gang of bullies. However, this movie isn't canon to the original book like the previous installments (each adapts a different half of the book).²* ''Film/Piranha3D'' was definitely a tongue in cheek horror B-Movie but relatively little of it was played for outright comedy; ''Film/Piranha3DD'' on the other hand has a lot more jokes and a lot fewer scares.²* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series. ''Film/{{The Fast and the Furious|2001}}'' was pretty much a straight cop drama that revolved around the world of street racing. Starting with ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious'', the focus shifted to the cars themselves, to the point where ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift'' was almost entirely about the racing. Then, with ''Film/FastAndFurious'', it took ''another'' change in tone, this time becoming an over the top action flick, while ''Film/FastFive'' somehow took it even further to the point where it was just another completely absurd action movie that's closer to something like ''Film/TheTransporter''. Certainly a far cry from the first movie's original cop drama format.²* The 2012 ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' reboot film mainly just mocks the BuddyCopShow and cranks the {{Slapstick}} UpToEleven while its [[Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet source TV show]], for any faults it may have had, focused on some dark subject matter involving adolescents such as drug abuse, suicide, AIDS, homophobia, sexual promiscuity, dropping out of school, teen parenthood, gang violence, sexual assault, etc. [[Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet The sequel]] goes one step beyond by ramping up the [[PostModernism meta content]].²* ''Franchise/DieHard'' had John [=McClane=] going from "everyman action hero [[DieHardOnAnX trapped with baddies]]" to "MadeOfIron action hero wreaking havoc in various places". It gets even worse in the [[Film/AGoodDayToDieHard fifth movie]], which goes to Russia and barely gives room for John to be a DeadpanSnarker.²* The ''Bowery Boys'' movies went from gritty urban melodramas with a substantial dose of comedy to broad and outlandish slapstick adventures with plenty of AppliedPhlebotinum.²* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' was a dark comedy about frightening, mischievous creatures with plenty of violent and disturbing scenes that along with ''Film/{{Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom}}'' was the reason the PG-13 rating was made. ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', despite being rated PG-13, was much sillier than its predecessor. It featured fourth wall jokes, pop culture references, as well as poking fun at the first movie. The movie even starts with the opening shot of a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon where WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck steals the spotlight from WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.²* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'': The supernatural killer from [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 the first film]] was named just ''Fred'' Krueger, and was taciturn, creepy and imposing. In the sequels he became known as Freddy and turned at first darkly comedic and then just comedic, killing his victims in increasingly zany and bizarre ways (the top was probably using the Power Glove to kill a kid turned into a videogame), and acting much more like a cruel jokester.²* The ''Film/{{Emmanuelle}}'' soft-core film franchise started off being based upon an autobiographical book, but later became increasingly wacky, with plots including extreme plastic surgery, time travel, and cannibals. They even made ''Emmanuelle [[RecycledInSpace in Space]]''.²* The original ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' was pretty silly, with its lampooning of local news, '70s related gags and the brawl between the News Teams. The sequel, ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'', cranks it UpToEleven, including a subplot involving Ron Burgundy adopting a pet Shark after [[spoiler:being blinded]] to the final battle which includes a [[spoiler:soul sucking Stonewall Jackson]] and [[spoiler:Harrison Ford turning into a were-hyena]]. Needless to say, this trope was in full force with this sequel.²* The first ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' film adaptation is a bizarre half-example. There were clearly two conflicting visions for the movie: one as a straight adaptation of the very dark and violent source material, and one as a more lighthearted, slapstick-y adaptation geared towards children. The result is a film that would regularly and awkwardly transition from violent deaths to goofy slapstick with cartoony music. The sequel treats the first as canon, but all such silliness is dropped (the subtitle says it all: "Dark Hero").²* ''Film/BluesBrothers2000'' compared to the original ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', while the original was an over the top comedy it was far more realistic than the sequel which featured undead horse riders flying through the air during a musical number, a voodoo priestess who turns several soldiers and police officers into rats, and the band temporarily turning into zombies.²* ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' was already a wacky movie, from the silly premise to the cheesy characters and acting and the over-the-top ways they killed off both humans and sharks. But ''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne'' takes it even further, with ridiculous celebrity cameos, the folks at Creator/TheWeatherChannel giving straight-faced reports on the shark storm, the hero of the first film becoming a badass who at one point ends up [[spoiler:sucked into the Sharknado and forced to chainsaw through the sharks in midair]], and an even greater [[HurricaneOfPuns Sharknado of Puns]].²* While previous installments in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse had their moments of wackiness, ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is almost entirely consisted of odd and crazy set-pieces. It does have its moments of seriousness, but overall the film does not take itself too seriously. Having a talking raccoon and a sapient tree being some of the leads tends to do that. ²* Compared to ''Film/MazesAndMonsters'', ''[[ Skullduggery]]'' is pretty much this for the Anti-D&D films. Where as Mazes and Monsters presents the protagonist's tabletop gaming-induced madness like an actual psychosis, Skullduggery instead says "turns out this guy was the reincarnation of this warlock and a creepy magician dude had him remember his past life". From there, it just gets [[MindScrew crazier]], from [[RunningGag a janitor with a tic-tac-toe game on his back]], a nurse who tries to come onto the protagonist, and a bunch of quirky characters. ²* The original ''Film/{{Godzilla|1954}}'' was a deadly serious anti-war movie which used a giant monster as a metaphor for the horror of the atomic bomb, obviously a risky subject in Japan just 9 years after WWII. The followup, ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain,'' was also pretty dark but not as well-made or successful, so the series was put on hold for a while. When it finally came back after seven years, it was in the form of ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla,'' which is a very goofy comedy that happens to have giant monsters. The series would flirt with serious themes every now and again for the next two decades, but in general it played up the comedy and silliness more and more as time went on, hitting its peak in the early '70s, which saw Godzilla ''flying'' and ''TALKING'', basically turning [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} the franchise]] into a live-action cartoon. When the series was rebooted in the '80s, it went back to the serious nature of the early films and has mostly stayed there ever since.²* The ''Film/DoubleDragon'' movie is action/comedy compared to the ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' video game which is a straight up action game.²* ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' might very well be the first self-aware horror film, and while it's still a dark film with deep themes and genuine terror, it also works as a black comedy. This was a huge change of pace from the original ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'', which was straight horror. Director James Whale purposefully wanted to give the sequel a different tone to stand on it's own. ²* ''Film/MagicMike'' was a cynical SliceOfLife showcasing how empty the titular Mike's lifestyle as a stripper actually is. The sequel is more of a comedy BuddyPicture with Mike and his old friends going to a stripper convention. Even when promoting the movie, Creator/ChanningTatum described it as "what people ''expected'' the first movie to be."²* ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'' is the first R-rated film in the ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' series, but is far more comedic than any of them. Jokes that involve breaking the fourth wall, people dying in hilarious ways, and pop culture references abound, standing in stark contrast to the more somber ''X-Men'' movies that often deal with themes of [[FantasticRacism bigotry]] and revenge head on. (amusingly, [[Film/Deadpool2 its sequel]] is [[DarkerAndEdgier more serious]] even if the wise-cracking is the same and the plot has outlandish elements such as a time-travelling character) ²* It's interesting to see how the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' in general has slowly gotten closer to the source material over time as the producers have felt more confident about their broad appeal. Back when the first ''Film/XMen1'' came out, it was at the very start of the 2000s-2010s comicbook movie craze, and rather subdued both in tone and looks despite featuring characters with superpowers: just compare [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack the black costumes]] adopted by the X-Men and Cyclops making fun of [[SuperheroesWearTights "yellow spandex"]] to something worn by, say, Creator/OliviaMunn as ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', and an early villain like ComicBook/{{Magneto}} compared to ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. ''Film/DarkPhoenix'' is even set in space. And yet it's remained serious, because the anti-bigotry message was always at its core, even when it's not the main plot. So not more comedic, just more cartoonish.²* ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' (the first ''Harry Potter'' film released after director Creator/ChrisColumbus left [[Film/HarryPotter the franchise]], and the only one directed by Creator/AlfonsoCuaron) marked a clear tonal shift from the light, whimsical, and fairly traditional film-making of ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone]]'' and ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]''. The color pallet became much darker, the cinematography and effects more stylized, and the humor more screwball and absurd than in Columbus's films. However, while the general darkness and "adult" feel of ''Azkaban'' [[DarkerAndEdgier were carried on]] throughout the remaining five films, the quirky humor and visuals were mostly retired after this installment.²* ''Film/ADogsPurpose'' is a bit zanier than the [[Literature/ADogsPurpose original book]]. For example, the protagonist is a [[CharacterExaggeration bit more goofy]] than in the book and his [[BigEater love of food]] is even more emphasised. In the book Ellie notices that she's a female in this {{reincarnation}} when she goes to pee. In the film she glances at her underside and freaks out.²* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' had a trashy, indie-comic-book vibe but was ultimately a science fiction SpaghettiWestern with a dark tone and relatively subdued action. ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' involves much bigger guns, Snake getting attacked by sharks, Snake attempting to remain alive by playing basketball, and a generally sillier tone where Snake becomes TheComicallySerious.²* For a sci-fi/action/horror series, the ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' movies took themselves seriously and weren't too outlandish. ''Film/ThePredator'' instead has quirky characters (a whole bunch of them were literally on the way to the loony bin), weird plot developments (for starters, an autistic child who manages to understand Predator technology is very important) and an increase of comedic content, particularly in [[WorldOfSnark the dialogue being non-stop snark]].²* ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' was a shining example of this from the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' films, as was the slow VillainDecay of Jaws from genuinely menacing PsychoForHire to DumbMuscle and finally outright comic stooge.²* While it still has its fair share of serious moments, ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' is far more lighthearted than its predecessor ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', focusing more comedic elements and colorful SceneryPorn a la ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.²* ''Film/Shazam2019'' is more lighthearted and comical than the rest of the DC Extended Universe movies.²* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' is a fish out of water action comedy. The [[Film/BeverlyHillsCopII first sequel]] is more of the same. The [[Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII third]], however, ups the zaniness. The comedy, while there's [[ActionizedSequel less of it]], is wackier, and often integrated into improbable action sequences. There's even a gadget that's like something from a Franchise/JamesBond film and a novelty gun that belongs in a Bond ''parody''.²* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz1925'' is a slapstick comedy loosely based on ''Literature/LandOfOz'' series.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Zig-zagged with ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. While the series gradually became more sophisticated in terms of characterization and theme, Pratchett also began to riff on a wider variety of subjects. Thus, the humour and story elements moved more towards "what would be funny here?" rather than purely commenting on fantasy tropes.²* Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse:²** ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'''s mission was to push the envelope on stories that could be told in novel form, but none did it quite like the novel ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresSkyPirates Sky Pirates!]]'', which even replaced the usual blurb with:²--->''Stories deeper, wider, firmer, plumper, perkier, yellower, crispier and with more incredible bad jokes than you can shake a stick at, the New Adventures take the TARDIS into previously unexplored realms of taste and stupidity.''²** The ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' started off full of lush gothic horror and realistic drama. By book five, they started suddenly retconning the TV series and getting a bit... odd. By book six, all realism was unceremoniously thrown out the window and the novels collectively became ''insane''. ²* Robert [=McCloskey's=] classic ''Homer Price'' stories. The early ones, most famously [[TheOneWith the one about the doughnut machine]], are gentle comic tales of small-town American life...but from there on out the stories keep getting steadily more outlandish, to the point where the final four stories (collected in a second volume, ''Centerburg Tales'') teeter on the brink of surrealism.²* Anne Carson's ''Red Doc>'' is this compared to its predecessor, ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed''. While ''Autobiography of Red'' is a work of subdued MagicRealism in which the most overtly weird element is the fact that the main character has wings, ''Red Doc>'' verges on BizarroFiction: it includes a character named [[Letters2Numbers 4NO]], a flying musk ox, a psychiatric clinic disguised as a garage hidden inside a glacier, and a colony of "ice bats" the size of toasters who live in a structure called Batcatraz. Interestingly, it's also a bit darker than ''Autobiography'': amidst all the weirdness, characters have to deal with issues like [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] and the death of a parent.²* The ''Literature/TalesOfTheCity'' series started off being very slice-of-life. The most outlandish things in the original book were D'orothea's efforts to [[spoiler:pose as a black woman]] and the [[spoiler:pedophilic]] private eye. The second book, in contrast, had [[spoiler:a cannibal cult]]. And then the third book had one of the main characters having a sexual encounter with a real-life closeted movie star (whose name was thus left blank) and a plot involving [[spoiler:Reverend Jim Jones]].²[[/folder]] ²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' gets sillier with each season. Back in the pilot, Jack's official job title being "Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming" was about the only especially unrealistic aspect of the show. Now SurrealHumor in the form of weird, off-the-wall stuff (up to and including having one character be literally immortal) is a regular feature of the series, and convoluted, interrelated multi-episode arcs are common...[[Administrivia/TropesAreTools and the series widely accepted to be much better for it]].²--> '''Jack''': ''(referring to the Obama-Romney election)'' Pennsylvania is Obama's. The voting machines there have become sentient, and are strongly in favor of gay marriage.²* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' was initially pretty macabre and made for somewhat uncomfortable viewing. Later, the series became much less serious, portraying the victims as buffoonish AcceptableTargets like stoners, narcissists and perverts and having many over-the-top elements to make the tone more comedic.²* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'':²** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' started as a gritty and semi-realistic show before being tied in with more standard superhero spin-offs like ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''.²** ''Legends of Tomorrow'' itself is an example, starting out similar in tone to the other Arrowverse shows, though with more sci-fi. As it found its own identity, however, the show become more and more wacky and comedic, with outlandish plots and characters. This likely reached its peak in the third season finale, which featured a climactic {{Kaiju}} battle between a demon and a giant stuffed animal, complete with [[WrestlerInAllOfUs wrestling moves]] and an impact cloud in the shape of a heart!²* ''Series/{{The Avengers|1960s}}'' started off with the intent of becoming a gritty crime drama. Around the time Emma Peel took over as Steed's partner, plots became a lot more cartoony and the lead spies much quippier. By the time the series shifted to colour, the show featured plots like man-eating plants, housecats trained as assassins and an actual shrink ray. Uniquely for this trope, it's the wackier seasons that are more fondly remembered, and any attempts to bring the series back to its 'realistic' roots have been met with hostility.²* ''Series/BlackMirror''. The show, an anthology of cautionary tales about the negative impact technology can have on our lives, makes for quite harrowing viewing most of the time, but even it has some lighter episodes:²** [[Recap/BlackMirrorUSSCallister "USS Callister"]] explores fantastical technology far-removed from contemporary technologies - how humans might mistreat artificial intelligences that are capable of passing the Turing test and how that would be immoral and indeed ultimately detrimental, and it throws in cheeky {{Shout Out}}s to sci-fi fiction and humour to lighten things up.²** [[Recap/BlackMirrorRachelJackAndAshleyToo "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too"]] starts as a dark drama about a pair of teenage sisters who feel isolated after the death of their mother. One of the sisters seeks solace in a robotic toy based on her pop idol Ashley and it brings out obsessive behaviour that causes friction between the two girls. Meanwhile Ashley herself is a drugged-up depressive who loathes her current career path but is kept under the thumb of her abusive aunt/manager. Then Jack blows the little robot's RestrainingBolt [[BrainUploading and it develops Ashley's full personality]], and then the film becomes a {{Parody}} of a Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie (as well as a scathing TakeThat at Disney's past controlling treatment of its former child stars -- especially Music/MileyCyrus, who plays Ashley here).²* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' got like this in Season 7, especially when you compare it to [[CerebusSyndrome the more serious]] Season 6. While it had several serious episodes and some realistic plotlines, it also had a lot of convoluted and wacky plotlines, especially the Jack and Eric ones. For example, one plotline involved Eric gaining the ability to see into the future whenever he sneezes and Jack trying to use this power to win the lottery. Luckily, this was the show's final season.²* ''{{Series/Charmed|1998}}'''s first two seasons leaned more towards {{Melodrama}} with the supernatural stuff as mainly a bit of flavouring. Season 3 made it more action-packed and tongue-in-cheek, with many of the more outrageous magical stuff getting {{Lampshade Hanging}}s. By the fifth season, several episodes would literally revolve around one of the sisters getting turned into a magical creature that required a SexyWhateverOutfit. This got reversed in the seventh and eighth seasons which were more serious - but not as much as the first two.²* The transition between Creator/WilliamHartnell's ''Series/DoctorWho'' and Creator/PatrickTroughton's tenure. The {{Edutainment|Show}} stuff was pretty much gone; Series 6 alone featured clones, an IAmYourFather twist, memory loss, dinosaurs in modern London and {{space pirates}}. The show shifted away from hard sci-fi to focus more on [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]], and [[TheSixties elements of psychedelia began to feature more prominently]]: This is particularly apparent in [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS6E4TheKrotons}} "The Krotons"]] and [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber}} "The Mind Robber"]]. However, in a zig-zagging move, though the Doctor was a lot sillier under Creator/RobertHolmes' pen, horror serials became a lot more common. The First Doctor only had three horror stories in his whole tenure: The {{Bottle Episode}}s [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction}} "The Edge of Destruction"]] and [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissiontotheUnknown}} "Mission to the Unknown"]], and his very last story, [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet}} "The Tenth Planet"]] (which debuted the Cybermen). Conversely, just under half of the Second Doctor's stories were horror-based.²** Another example was the period in the mid-to-late 70s. Under pressure of having [[NoBudget even less money than usual]], constant BBC strikes, the prima donna Creator/TomBaker being allowed to do whatever the hell he wanted, a [[Creator/DouglasAdams script editor]] who loved SurrealHumour and would constantly add it into everything he touched, and MoralGuardians cracking down on the usual ''Doctor Who'' strategy for generating cheap horror (namely {{gorn}} and screaming), the writers unleashed a parade of truly-demented monster ideas that were selected according to cost-efficacy. Critics of the time found the show's tone too flippant to make you care about anyone, but too dark to be funny. Ironically, one of the stories filmed during this period, [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath}} "City of Death"]], is considered to be one of the best, if not ''the'' best ever Classic ''Who'' story.²* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' started to do this, after a fashion, in Series 2. While Series 1 was a fairly light-hearted Edwardian Comedy Of Manners, the second series featured all kinds of SoapOpera elements, including a murder frame-up, interlocking love triangles, miraculous recovery from horrific injuries, and all manner of other bizarre occurrences. Semi-justified in that Series 2 is set during and immediately after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI--life was strange then.²* The first few episodes of ''Series/{{Community}}'' were fairly textbook sitcom material, but over the course of the first season the absurdity was played up. The second season turns this trope on full blast, and the third, controversially, turned it UpToEleven.²* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' started out as a mundane sitcom, but succumbed to camp as a result of Steve Urkel. It began with Steve's [[SexierAlterEgo chemically-induced alter-ego]] "Stefan Urquelle", and kept escalating until Steve traveled to outer space! In fairness, Steve Urkel being the harbinger of these changes was likely incidental, but the down-to-earth family sitcom nevertheless ended with genetic engineering, cloning, and teleportation being regular elements of the plot.²** ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' examined this in a sketch called "Family Matters". Carl's actor Reginald [=VelJohnson=] (played by Peele) confronts an ABC executive (played by Key) about the changes in the show. At first the exec defends "Urkel-mania" as being good for the ratings, but in the middle of the shouting match, he abruptly shoots himself. It turns out that "Jaleel White" doesn't exist, Steve Urkel is real, and he's an evil telepath who has seized control of the show for his own purposes. The rest of the cast and crew are his terrified hostages for six more seasons.²* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' started off as a WagonTrainToTheStars that was only slightly wackier than usual, but from the last few episodes of the first season the writers really started pushing the boat out both in terms of CerebusSyndrome and in how crazy the situations they put the characters into became. Among mainstream TV shows, it's probably rivaled only by the ''Series/DoctorWho'' franchise for how close canon episodes got to what are usually CrackFic concepts. And it mostly did this while still keeping the stories emotionally significant. According to WordOfGod, the series was intended to be an ''anti-Franchise/StarTrek'', kind of like ''Series/TheRealWorld'' [[RecycledInSpace in SPACE!]]. The dysfunction was written in from the start, and much of the increasing craziness was a result of the writers testing just how far they could push the boundaries.²* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' did this right — after a first season that was very well-written, but quiet, sensible, slow-moving, and rather ''Series/{{Cheers}}''-ish in style, the second season amped the show up into a full-blown theatrical {{Farce}} and perfected its trademark blend of ludicrously overblown plots, highbrow wit, and slapstick, which it marinated in (and scooped many, many Emmys for) until it started losing momentum in season nine.²* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' gradually became this after the Ross/Rachel breakup in S3. The characters became more cartoonish, the plots became sillier (particularly those involving Joey and Ross), and drama was significantly cut down. By S6, the show had more-or-less completed its transformation from "off beat sitcom about six 20-something New Yorkers trying to get by in life" to "fast-paced sitcom about six buffoonish New Yorkers acting silly/goofy for 30 minutes."²* The last 2 seasons of ''Series/FullHouse'' had several subplots that fell into this trope, i.e. the guys hawking Jesse's new invention that keeps hair out of someone's face, the family getting addicted to Michelle's new UsefulNotes/{{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game, Jesse trying to keep his blood pressure down even though there's an ostrich in Kimmy Gibbler's yard, etc.²* ''Series/HappyDays'': The actual shark-jumping episode is a good example. Picture the premise of the show -- how the Cunningham family was so gosh-darn swell back in the fifties. Now, reconcile that image with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Fonzie]] water-skiing over sharks to overcome his fear of them, and you can see how JumpingTheShark became a {{Trope Namer|s}}.²* The TV adaptation of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' is much denser and wackier than [[Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids the original movie]], with stuff such as talking about foot odor, [[BizarreAlienBiology aliens that eat with their butts]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking clowns]].²* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' started out mostly grounded sitcom, with only a few really overly silly elements, and as it went on roughly around season 2-3 just started to become a lot more over the top and cartoonish, also intentionally banking on the UnreliableNarrator elements to show things Ted were describing in-universe as a lot more outlandish than they actually were. As the series goes on, the slapstick and silliness of the plots are ramped up while the narrator excuse is increasingly downplayed, making the wackiness seem more like an inherent part of the world.²* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' started off as a fairly straightforward, if [[BlackComedy dark]] sitcom with realistic plots. Starting with Season 2, however, the show became far more manic and over the top, the violence got kicked up a notch, the characters all [[{{Flanderization}} went from somewhat tame]] {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s into some of the worst people in the world, and the humor got dark enough to the point where it started to resemble a less surreal, live-action version of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools It also got]] [[GrowingTheBeard way funnier as a result.]]²* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' would come into mind. ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows before it are generally [[DarkerAndEdgier more serious in tone]].²* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' began as a sort of office comedy interspliced with Clark's super heroics. Though the main duo stayed more or less grounded in domestic reality, their surroundings became more akin to the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age comics,]] with goofball villains (including Shelley Long, Creator/DrewCarey, Sylvia from ''Series/TheNanny'', and culminating in the guy from ''Night Court'' sporting [[MyBrainIsBig a giant latex head]] and calling himself Dr. Klaus Mensa), time travel, magic, and [[OpeningACanOfClones clones galore.]]²** ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' followed a similar path in its later run: Whereas the show's first half focused on sleepy Americana life being confronted by ''X-Files'' weirdness (even featuring a show called "X-Styles" with disgraced muckraker Perry White), the second half was very much in tune with the old comics.... Though some of its takes on the classic DCU characters were weirdly dark and violent.²** Season one of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' was mostly a slightly-odd PoliceProcedural with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' {{Mythology Gag}}s, and its villainies were limited to corporate and municipal corruption, serial killings, mafioso power-struggles and the occasional hitman. By season two it'd widened its scope to include multiple MadScientist-types, crazy cult conspirators, tech-enhanced supervillains and mutants and, as of season three, HatePlague terrorism and elements of the supernatural. By the time season four aired, even over-the-top stuff like Poison Ivy's killer plants felt like Gotham City business-as-usual.²* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' became this once the second season rolled around, with one episode focusing on Al going to extremes to kill a mouse. The shift in tone became more noticeable as soon as Jefferson marries Marcy after Steve left her, and stays that way for the rest of the series. ²* ''Series/NightCourt'' increasingly became more fueled by jokes than by plot.²* [[Series/TheOfficeUS The American version]] of ''The Office'' rolls with this, especially in comparison to [[Series/TheOfficeUK its UK parent]], though not quite as bad as some other shows. The first two seasons (really the first season, but what was technically the first season was stunted) portrayed a fairly realistic day-to-day workplace with a PointyHairedBoss, who, while on the extreme of what should be firing offenses, was fairly realistic in his incompetence, but later seasons saw a more ironclad ContractualImmortality take place for many characters, especially Ryan, Michael, Dwight, and (in one case) Meredith.²* ''Series/OnceUponATime'''s gimmick in Season 1 was that there would be a realistic Storybrooke plot to run alongside the fairy tale flashbacks each episode. Once the curse was broken in the Season 1 finale, the fantasy stuff came to the forefront.²* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', the QuietlyPerformingSisterShow of ''The Office'', upped the ante in silliness. While ''The Office'' had an absurdist humor style and did go over-the-top, its tone was more cynical and, much like its UK parent, utilized CringeComedy frequently. ''Parks and Rec'', in comparison, favored a warmer and more optimistic tone and mined much its humor from the dynamic interactions between each cast member, as well as the occasional CrossesTheLineTwice moment (particularly from the [[QuirkyTown setting itself]]).²* ''{{Series/Roseanne}}'' famously lost the plot in its ninth season, after the Connors won the Illinois State Lottery, and Roseanne Barr thought it would be clever to make the last season as wacky, farcical, and meta as possible. As Brad Jones [[ put it]], imagine if the final season of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' suddenly became a later season of ''Family Matters.''²* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' started as a very subdued SliceOfLife medical sitcom, more similar to shows like ''Series/TheRoyleFamily'' and ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' with the nominal gimmick that the lead character narrated his life. Over time, it transitioned into a more standard American sitcom and then into something almost as wacky as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.²* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' became this once Creator/LarryDavid resigned from writing duties after Season 7. The plots became more cartoonish and fast-paced, the characters became even ''more'' [[UpToEleven jerkish and self-centered]], and the humor was less subtle. A good example of how much the show changed in its last two seasons is the Season 8 episode "The Bizarro Jerry", which centers on Elaine hanging out with somebody who's ''literally'' Jerry's exact opposite, Jerry dating a woman with the hands of a man, George concocting a manipulative-even-for-him scheme to get into an exclusive women's club, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Kramer getting a job]].²* ''Series/Space1999'' had two seasons that were the polar opposites of each other. The first season was slower paced with subdued acting and dealt with cerebral issues, often delving into metaphysics and existentialism. It was more [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey SpaceOdyssey]] than SpaceOpera. Characterization was fatalistic and they often felt powerless and resigned to not understanding the the things that they often encounter. Many episodes ended with more questions than answers. Some episodes had aspects of CosmicHorror, again with the characters unable to proactively affect a turn of events. Season two upped the action and gave the characters recurring quirks such as Tony's failed attempts to make beer. The characters are far more proactive with John Koenig being a GuileHero and ActionHero when he needs to be. He and Alan Carter are now HeterosexualLifePartners when they weren't particularly close in the first season. Helena becomes TheHeart and now there also alien comedy relief sidekick who is also TheChick, TheSpock and fanservice. Most of the episodes have the Everybody Laughs Ending. The second season had a more WagonTrainToTheStars format for a good reason. Fred Frieberger took over as the executive producer and reformatted the show in the same way he approached the [[Franchise/StarTrek the third season of another famous wagon train to the stars]] for which he was also executive producer.²* The affectionately-named "Turd Season" of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. All those fans who wrote letters to keep ''Star Trek'' on the air must have been flabbergasted that ''this'' was the result of their efforts:²##[[Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield "You're dead, you half-white!" "I'll take you with me, you half-black!"]]²##[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain}} "Spock’s Brain"]] is the peak of [[ goofy plot lines]], cheesy dialogue ([[ "Brain and brain!"]]) and [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]] going full Shatner. This episode was later lampooned in a ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode, "The Magnificent Ferengi", by having an alien die and then his corpse be reanimated via remote control.²##That one and [[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E20TheWayToEden}} "The Way to Eden"]] (Don't be such a Herbert!) are always the ones people point to as too stupid to watch...²##...but [[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E4AndTheChildrenShallLead}} "And the Children Shall Lead"]] deserves a nomination for guest-starring Melvin Belli, a celebrity defense attorney, as a melting alien known as Gorgan. Speaking of which, Kirk's [[ meltdown]] in that episode needs to be seen to be believed.²** Not even ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was exempt from this: [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E13SubRosa}} Planet Scotland!]] According to the Memory Alpha wiki, there was a large demographic of middle-aged women that watched TNG; this episode was a failed attempt at rewarding them with something related to their interests. There's really not much to say besides everyone's acting like they're from the most cliche romance novels, the accents are abominable, and Beverly Crusher has sex with a space ghost while reading a pornographic story about her grandma. At least they're doing better than [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E18UpTheLongLadder}} Space Ireland]] did. Jesus, that was actually a real episode.²** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' (a.k.a. the one with [[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E15Threshold}} the salamander boinking]] episode). First, it was the second spinoff of ''The Next Generation'', starting one year after ''Next Gen'' went off the air. ''Deep Space Nine'' was running concurrently, but it began before ''Voyager'' did. Right off the bat, you have franchise fatigue, because there’s not a lot of ideas that haven't already been covered by then. Second, unlike TNG or [=DS9=], VOY was tethered to a network. {{Creator/UPN}}’s core demographics were skewed less toward sci-fi and more toward low-brow entertainment. (This is why we eventually got Wrestling/TheRock in [[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS6E15Tsunkatse}} an episode]], as UPN hosted {{Wrestling/WWE}} at the time.) So it not only had to contend with network demands, like getting more visually-appealing actors, but also expectations from a network audience who weren't predisposed to liking ''Trek''. Hence, ''Voyager'' skewed lighter, with episodes such as [[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS6E5Alice}} Tom Paris buying a spaceship]], which has a brain interface (plastic headband) for controls? Which results in him falling in love with the spacecraft, which kidnaps him and tries to kill his girlfriend. Which is the plot of ''{{Literature/Christine}}'', obviously.²* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' had two: ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' and ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', both of which were car-themed AffectionateParody seasons.²* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' flip flops this trope. While the show pulls no punches in reminding you how crapsack it is it also has its wacky moments when a breather episode comes up. Like when Sam and Dean were hunting a MonsterOfTheWeek pretending to be Dracula. While in full black and white. Then the Channel Chasers episode, and a crossover with ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''. [[Recap/SupernaturalS13E16ScoobyNatural No, really.]]²* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' has had a few as well, most notably ''Series/UltramanTaro'' and the two ''Film/UltramanZearth'' movies. Like ''Carranger'' and ''Go-Onger'' above, they were both intended to be SelfParody entries of the franchise.²* ''Series/UglyBetty'' became a full-blown farce starting about Series 3 and the ratings plummeted.²* Played with in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''. Many of the artifacts had terrible consequences, and they were never unwilling to be serious. However, some of the artifacts started to become even more and more silly as time went on, among them an artifact that traps people inside a Mexican Soap Opera, Walt Disney's pen, and an artifact that summons a bunch of dancing showgirls that chase down people (while singing and dancing.) ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]²* Summer of 1999 into the early fall, {{Wrestling/WCW}} was beginning to hemorrhage viewers and money. They needed all the help they could get. Wrestling/VinceRusso was brought in as head writer to turn things around. 2000 was the ''[[NoFourthWall What you are now watching is fake]]'' era when people were ripping up scripts, discussing [[FinishingMove finishes,]] etc. (Russo was in a cage match where he fluked his way into the world title, but he wasn't sold as a threat, and the overarching commentary was, ''{{Wrestling/Goldberg}} won't follow the script! The script for this show which is fake. And it's so fake that [[WriterOnBoard the head writer scripted himself to be champion!]]'' Another time, Wrestling/BookerT won the World Heavyweight Championship out of a box. The direction was also manic. The Texas Tornado Ladder Match from the November 8, 1999 episode of ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' lasted only 7 minutes, including entrances. Another show had 9 matches, none of which lasted over 3 minutes, and at least half had run-ins. Russo had to average about 2 ridiculous GimmickMatches every 3 weeks, including four different varieties of pole matches. WCW 2000 was entertainingly bad, but he kind of threw a concrete block on a drowning promotion which needed a life preserver. ²* Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, aka JWP Joshi Puroreso always had lighthearted elements but got wackier in 1992 after the majority of the serious "shoot" wrestlers left to form LLPW, with such highlights as "Princess" title belts, the NonIronicClown Command Bolshoi taking charge of proceedings and implied romance drama spilling into the build up of open weight bouts. Unfortunately, a lot of crises comparable to the LLPW pullout (and [[CasualtyInTheRing in one case worse]]) seemed to come upon the promotion at regular intervals, spoiling some of the intended atmosphere. Eventually financial dispute came to a head and JWP seemed to die for good, only for Pure J to rise from the ashes and [[SpiritualSuccessor basically be the same thing]]. ²* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] got a little denser as it incorporated the more outlandish and fantastical gimmicks of rival promotions W*ING and IWA Japan following their unsuccessful "[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny invasions]]", but really got wacky when Kodo Fuyuki took over and enforced his "Sports Entertainment" vision while also cutting back on the {{garbage wrestling}} the promotion was famed for.²* Jaguar Yokota's promotion, Yoshimoto Women's Pro Wrestling Jd', or [=JDStar=], took this approach after three years of virtual aimlessness following Yokota's virtual abandonment of it, trying to bring a more GirlyGirl {{fanservice}} alternative to the traditionally serious joshi puroresu scene.(they may have had a point, the first act in Joshi to get over without gaijin aid ''was'' The Beauty Pair, even if the TomboyCrushgals later blew them out of the water)²* The "Puroresu Love" era spearheaded by [[Wrestling/TheGreatMuta Keiji Mutoh]] was a drastically wackier shift for Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, who had the most serious pro wrestling in Japan, possibly the entire world, from a presentation standpoint. MechaMooks, wannabe Mexicans, public kidnappings and {{Gorgeous George}}s suddenly became the norm, all in the name of new advertising and sponsors following the loss of the original network spot to [[Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH NOAH]].²* IWA Japan itself went this route when its own founder Victor Quiñones basically admitted defeat to FMW and returned to working for them before returning to Puerto Rico to try the IWA brand again there. Rather than continue to fight for the garbage wrestling audience IWA Japan tried to stay alive by incorporating more comedy into its shows (and to be fair, it did live for another decade or so).²* Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1, as a result of losing its direction in the wake of Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto's hiatus and death, became a very cosmopolitan promotion where anything can be expected. [[HumiliatingWager Wagers]] involving food, or dancing. Wrestlers in bull(or cow) themed armor, a cosmic solider, sumo matches...''mostly'' just straight pro wrestling between "regular" athletes but by no means limited to it.²* Wrestling/{{Carlito|Colon}} from his "Caribbean Cool" gimmick onward. From his overly exaggerated Puerto Rican accent, to his increasingly [[FunnyAfro unkempt Afro]], [[SpitefulSpit to his tendency to spit apples in people's faces]], to a tendency [[ThirdPersonPerson to refer to himself in third person]], to his brightly colored tights, to his TalkShowWithFists this Cabana boy was a ''far'' cry from the shovel wielding man in a wife beater who first gained fame in WWC. And Carlito Caribbean Cool only got goofier as he later incorporated elements from his GorgeousGeorge gimmick(itself an example of this trope), however when it came time to humiliate or hurt someone Carlito remained as brutal as he always had been and in fact got ''[[TookALevelInJerkass more]]'' callous. ²* Wrestling/MichelleMcCool got a push in 2007 playing a down-to-earth AllAmericanFace - who was a mostly serious wrestler and personal trainer. Likewise her heel turn in 2009 had her as a BloodKnight who did brutal sneak attacks on Wrestling/MariaKanellis, Wrestling/EveTorres and Wrestling/{{Melina}}. By the end of the year she and Wrestling/{{Layla}} formed Wrestling/LayCool. Initially a generic heel tandem, they became exaggerated versions of {{Valley Girl}}s, with a more comedic edge. This in fact was better received than her previous persona, as fans found that Michelle had a flair for comedy. Layla in particular became an EnsembleDarkhorse for her affinity as TheDitz.²* Wrestling/JillianHall was a mostly serious character until she adopted the gimmick of a HollywoodToneDeaf bimbo. This eventually evolved into skits of her trying to serenade the various celebrity guest hosts - and getting a slapsticky comeuppance each time.²* Wrestling/SummerRae was likewise a serious wrestler on NXT - with an undefeated streak and a habit of making sneak attacks. When she debuted on the main roster, it was as a dance partner to Wrestling/{{Fandango}}. As such she changed her character to a superficial bimbo who could only get fluke wins.²* Inverted for Wrestling/AlexaBliss who debuted as a glitter-obsessed fairy princess who wore a tutu to the ring. She turned heel to become a more serious AlphaBitch.²* Wrestling/TetsuyaNaito ever since he left Los Ingobernables in Wrestling/{{CMLL}} and especially since he {{start|myown}}ed his very own Wrestling/LosIngobernablesDeJapon. Best known as a HotBlooded half of the hotblooded TagTeam No Limit prior, and for his anti Mexican stint in La Ola Amarilla, Naito suddenly became [[TheSlacker lazy]]. To the point he spent more time in matches trying to get away from his opponents so he could spend more time lying down than he did actually trying to beat them. However, laziness also meant he was more willing to strike a foe with a weapon and had no problem with his Ingobernables softening up his opposition, so in a way Naito had become more dangerous.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* The ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' toyline was never realistic, but in its infancy, vehicles tended to be [[CaptainErsatz based on existing military hardware with minor changes]] and the character design, while athletic, was somewhat restrained. This changed as the franchise headed in the '90s, with characters both new and old [[ clad in bright primary colours]], [[ overdesigned vehicles]] and wacky sublines (such as dinosaur-hunting and {{ninja}}s) being the order of the day. For a direct comparison, view the [[ '84 vehicle assortment]] with the [[ '91]] one.²* ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' started out as a fairly edgy girls' toyline, with somewhat mature character designs and realistic high-school plots. Over time, the franchise shifted more toward its fantastical influences in design and story, and the 2016 reboot softened a lot of its remaining edge. ²* ''Toys/TransformersBotBots'' contains tiny Transformers with wacky alt modes, such as food and gardening equipment, while also focusing on their mischief-inducing misadventures. This is a far cry from most other ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, which are often about intergalactic war between two feuding sides.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* ''Videogame/DoubleDragon III: The Sacred Stones.''²-->'''[[ Dr. El Sandifer]]''': The game plays with typical late-NES [[{{Sequelitis}} sequel sloppiness]] -- graphics feel rushed, flat, and lifeless. But conceptually speaking, the game is completely nuts, involving running around the world collecting Rosetta Stones, of which there are apparently several now, so that they can eventually fight [[UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII Cleopatra]]. Sadly, [[CulturalTranslation the plot was sanitized]] for the [American] release, not in the sense of censorship but in the sense of adding sanity.²* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'':²** Creator/BlizzardEntertainment realized that if they wanted their FirstPersonShooter's gameplay and art style to match, they would have to drastically distance themselves from the feel of previous games like ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', and take absolutely nothing seriously. [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools It worked.]]²** Done in-game after the updates with various characters. Any of the properties for each Hero shows that and Mercy look more adorable, cuter and prettier than before. People laugh as they get new costumes that are brightly colorful, and how each design is based on [[TastesLikeDiabetes anything weird]].²* Though the first ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' wasn't exactly serious to begin it with, it still had a ''relatively'' realistic art-style and cartoonish but not that out-there StandardFPSGuns. Then came ''Serious Sam II'', which had things like a world based on fairy tales, a kamikaze parrot as a weapon and [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesigned]] the hero to make him more cartoonish. However, the third game went DarkerAndEdgier.²* The original ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' was already wacky, but its sequel went off the deep end - for example, its third level featured Jim as a cave salamander floating through a pinball bumper- and pencil-studded intestine while shooting inflated sheep on his way to a nonsensical game show at the level's end. Thankfully, it actually [[SurrealHumor worked]]. After that, ''Earthworm Jim 3D'' on the N64 (developed by a different team) descended into infantile "random" gags and ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}} the Bobcat''-quality puns.²* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':²** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', compared to some of [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog the]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 earlier]] [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed titles]] before it, is definitely more cartoony and surreal in its plot and dialogue.²%% ** ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', while not as dense or wacky as ''Colors'', is still obviously denser and wackier than the other Sonic games.²** To a certain extent, ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''. While still relatively serious, the game took a very lighthearted turn in comparison to previous games, with the addition of Chip, a lot more comic relief, more cartoony cutscenes and humans designed to look more like they came out of a Pixar movie.²** ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' is probably the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} example, being much lighter than [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure its darker,]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 more serious predecessors]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 and successors.]] It goes to a more traditional "stop Eggman from doing bad things" plot for Teams Sonic and Dark (even if the latter does have a more complex reason), and Team Rose is hunting for Sonic and Cream's and Big's pets. Team Chaotix has a more serious story on paper, but in practice it's mostly them doing silly missions like collecting bingo chips with occasional ones related to Eggman.²* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' has a variant, in that its plot stays the same - serious, but with comedic bits tossed in. With each installment, however, the weapons get more insane - the second featured things like a lightsaber made from jewels and a flashlight, to chainsaws strapped to boat paddles, to an electric wheelchair with machine guns. The third game allows you to make your own death-machine vehicle. The ''Dead Rising 3'' DLC announced in Summer 2014, Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha, seems to be shooting straight for the highest density of wackiness possible, allowing for four-player co-op gameplay and parodying just about everything that's ever had to do with Capcom, including CapcomSequelStagnation, with a lack of seriousness that wouldn't be too out of place in ''Saints Row IV''.²** Then there's ''VideoGame/DeadRising4'', which is very uncertain as to what it wants to be, but is certainly this. Some of the weapon combos are much sillier, and Frank constantly cracks jokes regardless of how appropriate it is for the time.²* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' started off as a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''-inspired sandbox game about gang warfare, but its second installment [[DerivativeDifferentiation began introducing]] outlandish minigames like streaking naked, driving a sewage truck spraying gunk everywhere to devalue property, riding a quad while on fire, and so on. The third game goes ''completely'' nuts, with a cyberspace level, futuristic VTOL jets and hoverbikes, a vehicle that sucks people up and shoots them out of a cannon, zombies, and so on. The fourth game takes it UpToEleven by featuring an alien invasion, superpowers that would make [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] weep with envy, weaponized dubstep and the main character becoming the President of United States. The preorder DLC pack includes patriotic hardware such as an eagle shaped jet and the [[SwissArmyGun "all guns in one"]] weapon.²* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' itself zig-zags this. It began as a rather subdued criminal to-power story in the 2D games and ''III'', with an '80s soundtrack and more complex plots in ''Vice City''; but really took off in ''San Andreas'' with crazy conspiracy theories all over, raiding an {{Area 51}} {{expy}} [[spoiler:with a ''freaking jetpack'' to boot]], RC planes being used (albeit [[ScrappyMechanic quite poorly]]), a heist on a full-blown casino; and even more. ''IV'' on the other hand [[DarkerAndEdgier went for a more realistic and darker path]], but ''V'' takes things to back to a wackier state with more conspiracy theories [[spoiler:with Bigfoot and aliens becoming realized]], complex plots of heists; among more madness!²* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries'': The original ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]'' started out as a more grounded in reality World War Two-based version of [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries The Tiberian Series.]] Then we had ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'', which introduced mind control, flying saucers, a giant brain in a tank, attack dolphins and giant squid. ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]'' just drops ''any'' idea of being serious and adds in a IFV that launches infantry out of a cannon, [[BearsAreBadNews Attack Bears]] also launchable from the same IFV, {{Animeland}} Japan with giant mechs, [[Film/BatmanAndRobin the Mister Freeze Corps]], magnetic satellites, S.H.R.I.N.K. beams, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[Creator/GeorgeTakei Emperor Takei]]. Oh ''my''!²* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':²** ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'' played like a relatively subdued action movie, with some sci-fi elements and a pinch of ridiculous comedy. The action, sci-fi and humour was all generally done more obviously and with more verve in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', which added political subtext to the mix. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' added supernatural elements, like psychics and ghosts, that are just accepted as part of the universe of the games. By ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', outrageously complicated conspiracy antics and vampires become involved, and every boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has some kind of supernatural power (and explodes after being killed). By ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' the setting is pure sci-fi, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' has Turing Test-passing AI, magic, singing tanks, dragons and other monsters [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and mp3 players]] [[AnachronismStew in 1974]] and ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' replaces the hangover of relatively subdued violence for completely stylised over the top ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''-esque antics. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes'' goes DarkerAndEdgier, with a focus on ColdBloodedTorture perpetrated by a [[FacialHorror hideously deformed]] villain and a realistic prison camp as the main setting, but ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', while still DarkerAndEdgier, brings back the wacky futuristic sci-fi elements [[AnachronismStew in 1984]] and the over-the-top conspiracy plots.²** GaidenGame ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' is, like it says on the title, ''Metal Gear'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on acid]]. It's actually not that ''much'' weirder, but is a GenreShift to [[FightLikeACardPlayer card-based]] StrategyRPG (in gameplay) and exaggerates the supernatural elements in the plot to almost GothicHorror levels (making use of JekyllAndHyde, {{Technically Living Zombie}}s, {{Mad Scientist}}s, FairyTale elements, tragic kidnapped pale little girls with PsychicPowers, {{Creepy Doll}}s, and lots of PsychologicalHorror). The character design shows a distinctly more outrageous, {{Animesque}} aesthetic than the main series (especially Teliko's CostumeExaggeration of Snake's Sneaking Suit).²* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'''s huge sense of humor relied so much heavily on BreakingTheFourthWall, with its overall atmosphere being very silly and goofy. ''Nuts & Bolts'' still has BreakingTheFourthWall aplenty, but overall it relies much more on traditional humor than the first two games did (to wit, the L.O.G is a FourthWallObserver, who would never fit into the previous games).²* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'':²** The games started out as a relatively restrained and realistic war-time era shooter but grew more outlandish over time with the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' and ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' spin offs moving the setting into the near future and the inclusion of the Nazis bonus mode which well... has Nazi Zombies.²** An IGN [[ article]] even says something in the likes of this for why the franchise would be FirstInstallmentWins. The original employed an understated "docudrama" style, with realism and putting the player in historical battles while "work[ing] hard to make sure you felt like a small part of a bigger story, like the proverbial CannonFodder you really were." The current CashCowFranchise goes for instead an overblown [[TestosteronePoisoning macho]] SummerBlockbuster starring characters that wouldn't be out of place in an eighties action film.²* Koei's ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' and ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' have gotten like this. The launch titles for the "Musou" games, as they're known in Japan, mostly focused on basic armed combat on foot and some mounted combat, featuring entirely reasonable costume design. Come later titles, however, attacks have gotten flashier, new, supernatural abilities have been introduced, and costumes have gotten more absurd. ''Strikeforce'' is possibly one of the weirdest incarnations of the Dynasty Warriors series thanks to the introduction of what can only be described as [[SuperMode powered up super modes for every character in the game]]. The two series arguably met a mutual crescendo of denser and wackier with the ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'' series, which takes the concept of both MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and ramps them both UpToEleven. It has also taken on shades of CrisisCrossover as of ''Warriors Orochi 3''.²* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' is considerably wackier than [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} the original]], which was more of an IndecisiveParody until the DLC came out. As a good example of just how not-seriously the game takes itself, there's a quest called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Shoot This Guy in the Face"]]. Overlaps with DarkerAndEdgier, however, given how much of the wackiness is undiluted BlackComedy.²* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', like others here, wasn't the most serious of games, but ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' took it UpToEleven with the wackiness factor. ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' toned down the humor with Bethesda handling it (but still had its odd moments), only for it to return in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', which even features a SillinessSwitch as one of the traits you can pick (and, even without it, there's plenty of wacky elements, such as a gang of Elvis impersonators and an evil talking toaster). ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' is then a bit more serious than ''New Vegas'', but still has tons of silly moments and is generally [[LighterAndSofter Lighter and Softer]] than both ''3'' and ''New Vegas''.²* ''VideoGame/TheSims1'' was a typical life simulator with a little humour. Expansion packs added oddities like genies and zombies, and this eventually escalated into a full-on WorldOfWeirdness with ''The Sims 2'' and its expansions, and most of the true weirdness is contained in the expansions, meaning that any given copy of the games will start out as (relatively) normal, and will accumulate supernatural elements as the player installs additional expansions.²* ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', a psychological horror thriller, had a downloadable sequel subtitled ''American Nightmare'', which added more emphasis on gunplay, contained a hammy villain, and time travel shenanigans. It's justified in the fact that the plot (and enemy) come straight out of Alan Wake's old, [[StylisticSuck crappy]] grindhouse horrors and sci-fi horror. It's best described as Tarantino and Stephen King hanging out.²* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' took the (mostly) serious gameplay from the ''VideoGame/FarCry'' franchise and turned it into an AffectionateParody of all '80s movies.²* Although ''{{VideoGame/Rayman}}'' was never serious to begin with, the second game was DarkerAndEdgier than the first. The third game went back to being dense and wacky, then went beyond dense and wacky with ''Origins'' and ''Legends''.²* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':²** The series exemplifies this trope in that the first games involved fairly realistic (or at least familiar) premises: a carpenter trying to rescue his girlfriend from a gorilla (''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''), then a plumber clearing animals out of the sewer pipes (''VideoGame/MarioBros''), then a demolition crew tearing down a building (''VideoGame/WreckingCrew''). ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' made this premise a little more epic and strange in that it's a princess being rescued from a bunch of turtle sorcerers, and it involves a journey across eight worlds, but it's still fairly straightforward. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' went further into the wackiness side by having a dream world setting, while ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' made each world wildly different from the others and added more powerups, and since then each Mario game seems to try to outdo the last in scale and zaniness, to the point of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' which has the plumber soaring through space and jumping from planet to planet.²** The two ''Galaxy'' games exhibit this. The first game had a more epic scope, with the climax of the game being played as frightening and tragic, and great emphasis was put on the atmosphere and mystery of space, even introducing a new character, Rosalina, who has a melancholy backstory and introduces philosophical ideas about life and rebirth. The second game is more in line with other ''Mario'' titles, with a comical hub world and ship captain, a typical ExcusePlot conflict regarding Bowser and cake, and a less dramatic climax, even ending on a comedic note.²** The ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series is definitely this compared to the ''Mario'' games. How many other games actually let you [[ViolationOfCommonSense set yourself on fire in order to break through certain blocks]]?²** Even that gets outdone by the ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' games, which take the silliness UpToEleven.²* When you get into the Seraphic Gate in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'', the game hits the SillinessSwitch and cranks it UpToEleven. ²* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' started out as ''Hack'', which was a fairly simple ''VideoGame/{{Rogue}}'' clone to begin with except for the addition of a CanineCompanion.²* The early ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' games were a slightly whimsical take on JidaiGeki motifs, BreakingTheFourthWall occasionally. It developed into an anachronism-laden WidgetSeries on the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super Famicom]].²* While most ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games are relatively serious, ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes Tri Force Heroes]]'' takes place in a kingdom that treats fashion as SeriousBusiness, and where the heroes must save Princess Styla from being stuck in an ugly full-body leotard that she can't take off.²* ''VideoGame/{{Fabulous}}'': It's downplayed, but this SpinOff series is less down-to-earth and family-orientated than its predecessor ''VideoGame/{{Delicious}}''.²* ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'', while not in a realistic setting in any way, has down-to-earth themes that would fall under SliceOfLife (learning karate for self defense, learning how to drive to get around, working a side job to get money needed to fix a wrecked car, etc) with Parappa learns that he [[BeYourself just needs to be himself and never give up]]. In the sequel, Parappa goes on a wacky hijinx adventure that involves saving the town from a guy that wants to turn all the food into noodles and turn everyone's hair into [[FunnyAfro giant afros]] while Parappa learns what it means to be mature.²* ''VideoGame/MarioPlusRabbidsKingdomBattle'' is a mix of two (later three, with the ''Donkey Kong Adventure'' expansion) series that are known for being lighthearted and silly, and yet it still manages to be even more comedic and full of hijinks than either, with slapstick, self-awareness, and {{funny background event}}s (that can usually be inspected for a snarky remark from your RobotBuddy on top of that) aplenty. In-universe, this is a side effect of the Raving Rabbids world "crossing over" with the worlds of Mario and Donkey Kong.²* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' compared to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' - which had a 'grounded' sci-fi type story with an all-human cast and a very brooding protagonist. ''IX'' returns the series to a MedievalEuropeanFantasy with animal-people as characters and a much more cartoony art style. That said, it's only this on the surface and for the first several hours, with many dark moments and tragedies happening later in. Its main theme is even genocide, which you get to see enacted on multiple occasions. Not having a very angsty MC after three games probably helps this misconception, too.²* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' was one of the most sombre games in the series - tackling themes like religious bigotry, racism, parental abuse and a character who [[spoiler:was prepared to kill herself to save the world]]. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' has a much more upbeat, goofy tone - with a peppy J-pop soundtrack, outrageous outfits and Yuna and Rikku becoming {{Genki Girl}}s.²* The majority of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is treated seriously with dark tones and a serious storyline. The Hildibrand side quests are so over the top in wacky hijinks and comedy that it wouldn't look too out of place in a cartoon. WordOfGod says the Hildibrand content was deliberately designed this way so that the player can have some laughs to break up the mostly serious mood of the game.²* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'' has much more wacky moments in comparison to the [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1 first]] [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest two]] titles, thanks to the Flanderization, funny enemy design, and Kiddy Kong himself.²* NASCAR Rumble is NASCAR... as a cross-country racing and a ''Videogame/MarioKart'' esque WackyRacing.²* The non-canon ''BIONICLE Heroes'', specifically the console/PC version, is this to pretty much all other ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'' media. Unlike the usual serious tone, ''Heroes'' mostly relies on comedy and slapstick, and characters can fall apart and put themselves back together just like the sets. One of the best examples is the Piraka Playground, which revolves around AmusingInjuries, as the Piraka use fun relaxation equipment and injure themselves while doing so à la ''Tom & Jerry'', ''Looney Tunes'', and the Chuck Jones and Tex Avery shorts.²* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is a very serious game about the galaxy fighting a war of annihilation against a fleet of sentient spaceships that the galaxy is losing. The first two [=DLCs=] continue this theme. Then comes ''The Citadel'', which is a very very wacky adventure where the stakes are much lower, [[EvilIsHammy the bad guys are hammy]], and the whole thing ends with the characters having a party. There's a reason its SugarWiki/FunnyMoments entry is nearly as long as that of the core game and the other [=DLCs=] combined.²* ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2'' not only moves the action from grim and rainy Chicago to Bay Area, but also gives the new protagonist a [[TrueCompanions meme-spewing hacker collective for friends]] and sets him, among others, against a movie studio shooting a very campy sci-fi movie involving a CoolCar that you have to take for a joyride.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Visual Novels]]²* ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'' had a relatively mundane setting, with everyone being trapped in a large high school, and relatively few plot elements that could be considered bizarre and out-there. Come ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', suddenly everyone's trapped on a series of tropical islands guarded by giant robots [[spoiler:and one character gets transformed into a robot himself]], the trial room is reached via a giant Monokuma version of Mt. Rushmore, and Monokuma himself has a sidekick to serve as a comedic foil against (in theory, at least.) The executions were pretty silly and full of BlackComedy before, but in this game they went completely insane, including deep-frying people in active volcanoes and rocketing them into space on a giant rocket arm. The plot is still serious, but the setting is far more outlandish. [[spoiler: Which makes sense when you find out it's all a VR simulation.]] The [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaV3KillingHarmony third mainline game]] went for balancing out these competing approaches both by reducing the zany and raising the darkness and having it not be a direct sequel. How well this worked, and even what type of sequel it ultimately is, will remain hotly debated until definitive answers are given, which may be never. ²* ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'' started off as a pretty grounded romance visual novel with only a few hints of oddities like a bit about cellular memory being a plot device and Yuuji's often hinted job as a black ops agent. The sequel even retconned away the cellular memory thing when the writers realized it was a discredited theory. However, ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' contains super soldiers, super serums, cloning, brain uploading and artificial arms [[spoiler:though it turns out the latter two were actually lies. Kazuki is connected to the Thanatos computer system rather than it being formed around an uploaded version of her brain and the artificial arm was just a really tasteless joke]].²* While most of ''VisualNovel/PrincessEvangile'''s ''W Happiness'' fandisc routes go for the LighterAndSofter path, Konomi's route is this, with just about every other moment Masaya and Konomi spending together being an incredibly awkward and hilarious moment of some sort, down to [[spoiler:Konomi just loudly proclaiming to the other main heroines that she and Masaya had TheirFirstTime the other day]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* WebAnimation/{{Benthelooney}} when his rants/reviews were UnCanceled. To begin with before the uncanceled seasons, Ben was a straightforward ranter that exaggerated how angry he was and added an occasional joke, but still focused on the subject of his rants. In the Uncanceled seasons, Ben took a Denser and Wackier approach which was a trait flanderized in the second run of Ben Rants to the point of where by 2013, his whole rants started to follow this formula and Ben creating two spin-off videos of his other characters.²* ''WebAnimation/LoboWebseries'' focuses on humor compared to the rest of the ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse''. It is still BloodierAndGorier thanks to graphic violence.²* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' was always silly, but grounded in science fiction that wouldn't be out of place in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games it borrows from. That is, until Season 16, ''The Shisno Paradox'', which introduces time travel, ancient gods and such. The high point was a cyclops [[RogerRabbitEffect portrayed by a live-action person]], ensuring complaints from people who preferred [[CerebusSyndrome how dramatic the show got as it went on]] instead of an inversion.²* ''WebAnimation/SonicForHire'' was already wacky to start with, yet as the story goes, it gets farther and farther into the wacky extreme.²* ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' took most of the comedy out of RWBY and condensed it into tiny-sized, giant-headed solid cartoon characters so RWBY could take on a [[{{Pun}} Grim]]Dark tone without upsetting the fans.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' started with this trope as a goal and succeeded admirably.²--> Creator/AndrewHussie: "There was only one sure thing I knew when starting HS. That was that this thing would go batshit insane in ways I couldn't begin to imagine. In fact, it was practically the mission statement."²* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' slides from gentle, mildly complicated antics into [[WorldOfWeirdness utter, ultra-convoluted chaos]]. Some fans consider the change to be where it GrowsTheBeard.²* ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}'' was never exactly down-to-Earth and serious to begin with but nevertheless dealt with fairly realistic personal issues, went this route with the introduction of the Aliens.²* ''Webcomic/LearningWithMangaFGO'' starts as a simple, if not silly, parody of ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder''... at least until they introduced the udon Servants, at which point the series went straight into crazy territory.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* You can argue Wiki/TVTropes itself has gotten wackier since its inception.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Videos]]²* ''WebVideo/CLWEntertainment'': {{Inverted|Trope}}. The GagDub of ''Manga/NinjaHattori'' was actually made before the real fandub.²* As a result of ''WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter'' being called out for getting too angry in some of his ''Animated Atrocity'' reviews, he goes in this direction for reviews of more outlandish cartoon episodes/movies. However, Enter does save whatever anger he has for more contemptuous subjects.²* [=Beta64=] started out documentary-like but received a more comedic overtool with the ''Super Smash Bros Ultimate'' video. Due to backlash, this was toned down by the next episode, but the videos are still have more jokes than earlier ones.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²%%²%% This section has been alphabetized; please place any new examples in the correct order.²%%²%%²* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is this in season 3 (and to a lesser extent, in season 2), despite said season having {{Wham Episode}}s that [[CerebusRollercoaster contrast well with it]]. There is the wild BizarroEpisode that is "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS3E35TheCountdown The Countdown]]", involving TimeTravel, reality warping, MediumAwareness (in contrast to the rest of the show), and a very strange plot that [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext makes just as much sense in context]]. "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS3E9TheGripes The Gripes]]" and "[[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS3E19TheProcrastinators The Procrastinators]]" are a few other strange episodes, especially when compared to the somewhat more realistic SliceOfLife episodes in season 1. Combine Season 3 with savagely twisted Black Comedy and you more or less get Season 4.²* Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood'' compared to the previous two seasons, the first two seasons were more realistic other than the animals speaking and some of the bipedal animals doing human like motions, but in season three the art style and animation is far more cartoony with over the top facial expressions, cartoonish gags, and everyone minus the quadrupedal animals moving and acting like people with their paws and wings acting like hands.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' was {{Uncanceled}} and given a {{Retool}} with ArtEvolution to become ''The New Batman Adventures''. The previous series was known for its stronger ties to FilmNoir and a bigger effort to explain some of the more outlandish comic book plots. This new season started to introducing more superpowered villains and MadScience portrayed as a casual occurrence, in part so it could cross over with ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.²* ''Franchise/Ben10'':²** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' went for this after the previous DarkerAndEdgier sequels ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' ended up being {{Contested Sequel}}s. However, this made it just as divisive as those iterations.²** The ContinuityReboot that followed, ''WesternAnimation/Ben102016'', doubles down on the more comedic tone of ''Omniverse'', being an 11-minute show with greater focus on slapstick comedy (though it still has a MythArc).²* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' became this way starting with season 2. The show started out as an animated series with fairly realistic settings and events for the most part (much like ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''). Once it entered its second season however, the characters became very {{flanderiz|ation}}ed, the story-lines zanier and far more outlandish, and the show as a whole much more cartoony and fast-paced (to the point where even the characters seem to be talking a mile a minute at times).²* Simply put this--borrow the characters from Creator/KevinSmith's [[Film/{{Clerks}} low-budget 1994 blockbuster]], [[AnimatedAdaptation make them animated]], add in new characters, bring ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' writer David Mandel and ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' animators Stephen Silver, Steve Loter and Chris Bailey on board, and include more wackiness, slapstick and fantasy. That would eventually create ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''.²* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' was much more dark and actionized (if still cartoony) with a much greater sense of mortal peril for the heroes. The following episodes downplayed things into a HarmlessVillain series with the Urpneys with most episodes following their buffoonery or some EpicFail to take the title stone. CharacterFocus was rearranged accordingly. The Urpneys became {{Villain Protagonist}}s while the [[KnightOfCerebus genuinely sinister]] BigBad, Zordrak became obsolete and was gradually put OutOfFocus. The heroes, who were ImmuneToSlapstick and still played the formula seriously, spent most of the series as {{Hero Antagonist}}s, though the closing points made Rufus and Amberley more comical and savvy so as to give them more active roles again.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' went through this trope as it went on. It starts to become wackier after its transition from ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'', when the movies were cut down from 90 minutes to an hour, when Poof arrives, and finally, with the additions of talking fairy-dog Sparky and ParodySue Chloe Carmichael.²* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':²** The first few seasons were rather realistic in comparison to what it later became -- the only ''really'' crazy things happened in {{cutaway gag}}s. After the show was UnCanceled, however, the plots and the characters became wackier, zanier, [[TookALevelInDumbass dumber]], and quite [[TookALevelInJerkass mean spirited]] at times. ²** Season 12 has taken this trait and amped it up to 11, to the point of where every scene is comedic. [[note]]Except for the 3 episodes where Brian is briefly killed off.[[/note]]²* Happened in the later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', especially the U.S. Acres segments. [[GrowingTheBeard That was actually a good thing.]] The last three seasons were the funniest and the wackiest of the series. ²* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' becomes more and more bizarre as it goes along, with several plots involving some ''very'' out there concepts.²* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' started out as a typical SliceOfLife series with a good balance of humor and drama. Once the show switched from cels to digital paint, the show put a bit more emphasis on comedy.²* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' was already a lot sillier than its infamous pilot, but Season 2's {{Retool}} took it UpToEleven. How exactly is a bit hard to explain to non-fans, but let it be known Season 1 would likely never have had an episode in which a giant talking sandwich cowboy is central to the plot rather than just a one-off joke. However, some fans believe the increasingly goofy tone cemented the series' SecondSeasonDownfall.²* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the show itself grew denser and wackier as it went onwards. Compare "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]", probably the zaniest episode of the more down-to-earth first season, with the season 4 MusicalEpisode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E12PinkiePride Pinkie Pride]]" -- it's almost like watching a different show. Naturally, this tonal shift follows the show changing creative directors from Creator/LaurenFaust herself to someone else.²* ''WesternAnimation/PAWPatrol'' was never the most realistic cartoon around, but the first season had the team involved in fairly normal situations, such as when they helped a baby whale back into the ocean, with the more zany moments usually being AllJustADream. As the series progressed, the show began introducing sillier plots and characters, such as space aliens, a [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Dick Dastardly]] {{Expy}} and his team of EvilCounterpart [[CuteKitten kitties]] who live in a town of perpetual fog, a kleptomaniac {{Pirate}} and his dachshund first-mate, the team getting superpowers from a golden meteor, rescues involving ''living dinosaurs'', so on and so forth.²* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' from its second season onward is noticeably wackier than the more laid-back first season.²* While ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had its lot of comedy (especially in the last few seasons), the [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 2016 reboot]] ups the antics by having everyone act more excitable, [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerating characterizations]] (for example Blossom went from {{The Smart G|uy}}al to being a NeatFreak with SuperOCD), featuring WingdingEyes often, and frequently mentioning memes.²* Inverted with ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'', as the series started out very uninspired and cartoonish, but shifted gradually to more serious, realistic and story-driven.²* The original ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' was an action fantasy. The 2015 miniseries reboot was a comedy.²* The short lived ''Slimer! And The Real Ghostbusters'' compared to the original ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''. While the original show had its comedic moments, some episodes were downright dark and scary. ''Slimer!'', on the other hand, was purely comedic, the character designs were simplified, and most of the plots were about Slimer being assigned some task which led to wacky and cartoonish antics rather than catching ghosts.²* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':²** ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' was this for the franchise, not only featuring real monsters and supernatural powers, but also a lot more nonsensical cartoon gags and BreakingTheFourthWall.²** ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' is the wackiest thing related to the ''Scooby-Doo'' franchise, with just about every character showing over-the-top, rubbery reactions, as well as turning Fred into a lunatic who believes in Bigfoot and always blames local bully Red Herring for being the MonsterOfTheWeek. Not surprising the animators went on to make ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.²** ''WesternAnimation/BeCoolScoobyDoo'' is the closest modern Scooby Doo example. The show, like ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', lampshades and subverts its predecessors' common tropes. Unlike [[DarkerAndEdgier that show]] though, it's [[LighterAndSofter not a serious take]] on the concept. The show embraces DerangedAnimation and [[UpToEleven raises the comedic value]] extremely. ²* The first season or two of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was very grounded in a quite realistic premise, often bordering on dramedy grounds, one early episode Bart was struggling in school and made a sincere effort to pass a test only to fail miserably and start crying... quite unlike the 'anything goes' antics that made the ''whole'' show a pop-culture fixture in later seasons. However, as years dragged on, [[SeasonalRot this went on too far]], especially during the Mike Scully years, when this trope was allegedly used to death. Since then, current showrunner Al Jean toned down the wackiness ''just a bit''[[note]]How much? A significant plot point in a Season 22 episode involves characters' eyes popping uncontrollably out of their heads following their consumption of an experimental new drug Lisa has invented[[/note]] in attempt to return to its original roots.²* A notable inversion comes in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''. While ''much'' more gag focused, the fantasy adventure plots of previous Sonic incarnations give way to simple SliceOfLife affairs like Sonic firing Tails as his sidekick, and Eggman driving Sonic crazy moving in with him for a while.²* Originally, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' was just a vulgar comedy, but by the time season 7 rolled around, the show went through a CerebusRollercoaster by having more dramatic moments once in a while. Season 13 was the only season where the show became wackier compared to the previous 6 seasons before it, with episodes such as WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse using Music/TheJonasBrothers to shill purity rings to horny preteen girls, confusion over what real wrestling is like, Cartman's insane logic about ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' to get back at Wendy, and apocalypse at a water park involving pee. Some MultiPartEpisode[=s=] tend to be rather serious, such as "Cartoon Wars". Ironically, the mostly serious 12th season has a Two Part Episode about ''giant guinea pigs'' attacking. [[MediumBlending And they are REAL guinea pigs dressed in cute costumes that were integrated with the animation]].²* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' had plenty of B-movie elements, but was still relatively serious as far as Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons went. Then ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' happened, transplanting the hero and his rogue's gallery into a talk show format and throwing any pretense of seriousness out the window. ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet'' somehow managed to be even wackier than that.²* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGoofs'': The 2005 season takes it even further than the 1997 season due to the increase in quality.²* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': The characters became wackier when the show was revived, [[TookALevelInDumbass dumber]] and rather callous. The show as a whole became a lot more zanier surreal. Since "Lost in Bikini Bottom", the plots and facial expressions had become this trope (emphasis on the word wackier, rather than denser, while trying to keep the show more constant in quality) since the second half of season 9.2 started, especially "Company Picnic," "Patrick the Game" and "Food Con Castaways". This is because according to Vincent Waller on Twitter, he and the artists wanted to make the show [[OffModel cartoony]] again. Season 10 so far had been more Wackier and Denser than most of the entire show, especially Whirlybrains and Krusty Katering. It should be noted that this trope become more pronounced once Waller and Marc Ceccarelli became the supervising producers, even moreso when Ben Gruber joined the show.²* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' to the original ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. While the original show did have its silly moments and occasional wacky episodes, like the TrappedInTVLand episode, it was a HalfArcSeason series that had downright dark and terrifying episodes to balance the lighthearted ones. The new show is purely comedic with even wackier situations and the characters have been redesigned into a simpler, more cartoonish style.²* Disney's television adaptations of their films are often this. ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' is a noticeable example, being goofy slapstick that had the characters in a variety of situations all over the world, compared to the more realistic [[WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994 film]] that grounded itself in the African Savannah. ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' also followed [[WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians a story]] that wasn't too outlandish (to the point it was [[Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians1996 mostly replicated in live-action]]) with a series that was a goofy sitcom with animals at best, and just plain cartoonish at worse (one episode had Cruella and Lucky sucked inside a video game).²* The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons started out as a fairly typical 'cat chases mouse' cartoon, which even in the early 1940s wasn't anything new. As time went on though, episodes began taking place [[RecycledInSpace in different time periods and settings]], and thanks to the influence Creator/TexAvery had on MGM's animation studio, the slapstick violence was cranked UpToEleven. This of course coincided with Western Animation as a whole becoming Denser and Wackier in the 1940s, as cutesy cartoons starring WoodlandCreatures fell out of popularity, to be replaced by ThePrankster and the KarmicTrickster. ²* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': This series as a whole is a lot more cartoony and zany than its predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', but seems to get even moreso as time goes on.²** The first season was a pretty exciting, relatively realistic, and at times surprisingly down-to-earth "animated reality show" set in a traditional "[[SummerCampy crappy summer camp]]" on a small island. Afterwards, as the drama gets upped with every season, so does the craziness. The second season takes place in an abandoned movie studio and every episode is a movie parody with much cartoonier antics. The third season has the contestants flying around the world in a rundown jet and singing every episode. The fourth season takes place in the first island, which is now a radioactive waste deposit full of mutants and monsters. The fifth season sees the island restored to normal, [[spoiler:but then get destroyed in the finale]], while the sixth season is instead set on an artificial island with shifting geography and robotic animals.²** The way contestants are kicked off the show each season get more over-the-top every time. In Season 1, a boat came to take the contestants off the island. In season 2, a broken-down limousine drove the contestants off the movie set. Season 3 had the contestants sky dive out of the jumbo jet they were flying in when voted off. In season 4, a giant catapult flung them off the island. And in Season 5? [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext They're flushed down a giant toilet.]] And Season 6 launches them out of a giant cannon.²** In the first season, each of the teen contestants were exaggerated teenage stereotypes, but otherwise mostly realistic and very easily recognizable as people you'd have probably known from school or seen in a down-to-earth teen drama or high school movie. Later seasons mostly moved away from this, with such weirdo characters as a ParodySue LoonyFan, a CreepyChild with supernatural powers, a BubbleBoy, a boy with {{Split Personalit|y}}ies, a mute super-genius, a {{Motor Mouth}}ed compulsive liar, a CrazySurvivalist who believes zombies are real, a CloudCuckoolander who believes he is a wizard, a wannabe supervillain, a Disney princess parody, and a homicidally insane EvilGenius. Yeah, not really the kinds of kids you see in high school.²** This also goes to character injuries as well. In the first season, the worst injury sustained was when Cody got mauled by a bear, though he recovered in the end. In Season 3, Alejandro is engulfed in lava, leading him to become an {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] for nearly two years. Ezekiel, after being voted off, stows away on the plane, causing him to become feral with his skin becomes ghastly pale, eventually making him an {{Expy}} of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]]. In Season 4, Dakota is exposed to radioactive material in a mine, causing her to become a giant, humanoid ''monster''.²** The challenges seem to get more ridiculous and life-threatening in every season. The first season's challenges were mostly simple or straightforward activities associated with summer camp or high school like canoeing, cooking, talent shows, and dodgeball, with the occasional challenge similar to those of well-known reality shows but cartoonishly exaggerated. But as the series went on and Chris' love of putting the contestants in danger for cheap ratings got flanderized, we get completely insane challenges of which most would either be impossible or illegal in real life like having to escape a giant robotic monster going on a rampage, climb an active volcano to throw a dummy into it, traverse a radioactive mine while carrying bombs on one's back, collect the eggs of giant mutant monsters created by toxic waste, and carry sleeping babies past dangerous animals, an avalanche zone, and a blindfolded Chef with a bzaooka that launches globs of pasta.²** ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' saw a return to the relatively realistic standards of the first season of its parent show. Among other things, many of the teams are made of relatively normal people easy to imagine encountering in real life or seeing on reality TV, most of Don's challenges are much more reasonable than those seen on Chris' show, the injuries are also much less over-the-top (the worst one is when Devin falls from a cliff and has to leave the game as a result; he recovers though), and the elimination ceremony is simply just getting to say a few departing words before going to the nearest airport.²** The SpinoffBabies series ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramarama'' takes it UpToEleven. All of the following has occurred in only the first few episodes: Uber balls defying physics and bouncing into outer space, dares summoning people to a form of purgatory where they must make a vow with a talking Cerberus, aliens invading Earth, one character becoming a werewolf, and appearances from sentient animals or objects.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' is infamous for being this compared to the previous Franchise/SpiderMan [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries animated]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan incarnations]] of the character, and even compared to the comic character; while Spider-Man is known for being a [[DeadpanSnarker wise-cracking]] character prone for often pulling IShallTauntYou and YouFightLikeACow, his story included several serious, sometimes even dark storylines, with some of his villains being murderous creepy psychopaths. ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' tones down most of the serious elements -- [[CerebusSyndrome at least initially]] -- and extends Spider-Man's humor to NoFourthWall and cartoonish cutaway gags. Ironically enough, the ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' original comic which the series take its name from is known to be actually DarkerAndEdgier than the classic comic, even involving [[spoiler:Spider-Man's death]].²* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTalesInTheHouse'', a spin-off series of ''WesternAnimation/{{VeggieTales}}'' is notably a lot more cartoony and slapsticky than the latter, most prominently for its wide use of cartoon sound effects.²%%²%% This section has been alphabetized; please place any new examples in the correct order.²%%²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* TheEighties were more or less this compared to TheSeventies, which were this to TheSixties in turn. The second half of TheSixties was noticeably different than the first half, with the rise of the counterculture, protests against UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, assassinations and political unrest. TheNineties would do the same thing to The Eighties, and to an extent, the TurnOfTheMillennium to The Nineties.²* Taiwanese news outlet NMA got famous for doing relatively straight, 3D-animated re-enactions of events, such as Tiger Woods's car crash, the [=JetBlue=] flight attendant who opened up the emergency slide on the plane, and a cartoonish representation of the fight over ''Series/TheTonightShow'' returning to Jay Leno. Nowadays, their videos are completely off-the-wall, have recurring gag characters such as a weed monster, two midget pilots named Sum Ting Wong and Wi Tu Lo (after an infamous incident where an intern gave fake, racist names to a news station regarding a fatal accident at San Francisco International Airport), and a mockery of Ark Music Factory's "Chinese Food". Compare [[ this]] to [[ this.]] It was enough to make an intern infamously quit the company (with an equally silly method: an interpretative dance explaining why she left).²* Due to the now near ubiquity of smartphones, increasingly advanced science and technology, and ratings-obsessed 24 hour news channels, [[RealLife reality itself]] has been see as becoming this by many people, especially in many social and political arenas. For the most part, life has always been a mixture between dense wackiness, boring mundanity, and [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty brutality]] but when you weren't expected to know what was going on outside your town save for what you read in the newspaper or saw on the evening news, it seemed as if life was much less outlandish than it really was.²[[/folder]]²----


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