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  • Given that it makes fun about world history and often focuses on World War II, the entire idea of Axis Powers Hetalia might fall under that. Making fun about the deadliest war in history normally would be Black Comedy at best, but having World War II presented as China beating up the entire Axis with a wok is just plain ridiculous.
    • In their promotional campaign months before the release, Funimation showed exactly why their dub of Hetalia was given a TV-MA rating. This immediately had the side effect of the fandom becoming a Broken Base over the altered dialogue.
      • To clarify for those not familiar with the series: the protagonists are Those Wacky Nazis, the characters are merciless cultural stereotypes, and the whole show basically reads like World War II if World War II were a wildly inappropriate reality show. And it's hilarious.
    China: We're not allowed to have Christmas trees in our country because they're flammable. It kind of sucks.
    Italy: Heh, just like the girls.
  • Hellsing. Mooks tend to suffer high levels of gory violence, and so does the main character, who tends to shrug it off without a thought.
    • One of the Valentine brothers (the vulgar one, Jan) quotes the Konami Code while unloading with (two?) SMGs. At the end of a particularly gory segment early on. In fact, pretty much everything he says crosses the line twice. Like what he wants to do to Integra.
      Jan Valentine: Little Hellsing chicky, we're coming to find you~! Come out, little Hellsing, I promise it will be a lot of fun! We just wanna torture you, kill you, maybe skullfuck your corpse a couple of times, burn your house to the ground, go home and masturbate, okay?
  • The anime Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan bases much of its comedy on brutal and over-the-top violence.
  • Similarly to Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Dai Mahou Touge relishes in the protagonist's sheer brutality in applying wrestling submission maneuvers for much of its comedy. This is contrasted with the fact that she usually acts like the typical sweet Magical Girl (whose spells cause just about as much havoc...)
  • A number of things Gates did in Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid can be classified as this. Some of the other things he does are outright Squick.
  • Excel Saga: Although on the whole not too bad, but the final episode was entitled "Going Too Far", it was intentionally so violent, obscene, and long (it had a running time 1 minute longer than the standard episode format) that it wasn't allowed on Japanese TV.
    • And some consider it a Funny Moment for the whole series, as it's a spot on spoof.
  • The same team that made Excel Saga also made Puni Puni Poemi every episode of which crosses the line just as frequently as the "Going Too Far" episode.
  • Considering that Baccano! comes across, in many ways, like the anime equivalent of a Martin Scorsese or Tarantino movie, it's no surprise that this trope would pop up.
    • Claire Stanfield doesn't cross the line so much as he plays double-dutch with it. In any given episode he appears in, he can come off as over-the-top badass, disturbingly psychotic, or any combination thereof as many as five or six times depending on the gratuitous amount of Gorn he churns out. Most people end up filing him under Ax Crazy Awesome and call it a day.
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    • Ladd Russo also loves to play hopscotch with the line, such as when he uses a dead Lemure as a puppet while taunting Chane. Equally good is the scene where he kills a hapless mook by punching him in the face until he dies.
  • Captain Kurotsuchi of Bleach has skip roped with the line since the Soul Society arc and comes of as all the more amusing for it.
    • Of course, the fact he's well aware of what others think manage to make some scenes even funnier.
  • One Piece has Boa Hancock literally kick an adorable kitten that happened to be in her way to indicate that she is, in fact, a villain. Later, and after pulling a Heel–Face Turn, she kicks a puppy and a baby seal at the same time to turn it into a gag.
    • Then there's Luffy's own Hilariously Abusive Childhood. The line is crossed when it's revealed that Luffy was tied to helium balloons and released into the sky. To make him stronger.
  • One of Kimblee's lines from Fullmetal Alchemist: "That's one way of saying it. Another is that I made women and children go boom."
  • Hell Teacher Nube: The Buddhist nun who ate mermaid flesh and became immortal, thus becoming The Chew Toy for grisly punishment of all kinds and magnitudes is one thing. But then there's Minki's introduction: annoyed at boys from Doumori Elementary, and feeling particularly vindictive, she turned them all into panties. How to remove the spell? The girls had to wear them. This Is Wrong on So Many Levels that Hiroshi suffers a spectacular breakdown, looping back to heroic and trying to charge back into battle. Yes, that's right. Hot-Blooded, heroic panties.
  • The ludicrous exposition in Speed Racer does this often and unintentionally.
  • Gintama does this very frequently with its gags, partly due to its tendency towards Vulgar Humor.
    • For one example, Gintoki and Kagura decide to make a replacement topknot for the Shogun using hair shaved from an unconscious Kondo's groin, which Shinpachi complains about as usual. They then note that a similarly unconscious Katsura's long, straight hair would be much better for making a replacement, and so they making a wig that they place on Kondo's groin.
  • Hiruma's creative and liberal use of his Hyperspace Arsenal on his teammates (and everyone else) in Eyeshield 21.
  • Tako-Maria As in, Maria's talking severed head, that bears an uncanny resemblance to a cute octopus based on a certain Vocaloid character.
  • Let's Bible may be the most blasphemous thing to ever come from Japan. And it's only 2 chapters long. Details here.
  • Ghost Stories, the Gag Dub version oh so much. "I know now that it could never work between us! As much as we wanted to it could never be! Not because you're a rabbit, but because you're black..."
    • The main characters' personalities are also changed into a born-again fundamentalist Christian, a Jewish stereotype, a little kid who may or may not be mentally retarded and often babbles incoherently and a massive pervert who often blurts out sexist and racist things. The main character's mom also becomes a lesbian who hits on the fundamentalist Christian girl (who's a high schooler) in a flashback.
  • Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro: Crosses the line so often it can only be explained as being in a quantum state
    • Lets list some examples shall we? Most of them are contained to the manga though. Lets see... there's the little girl that hires the detectives to protect her obviously pedophilic (toy-company owning) grandfather, whom she adores, and her attempt to kill his murderer when they fail to protect him. There's the actions of Kaitou X who decides to invite the main character to his mystery by replacing a wall that's been painted by children for world peace with around twenty glass boxes stacked on top of one another - each containing a murdered person ground up into bloody soup - just before its unveiled on TV in front of the children. Or of course, how about when the later villain Sicks sends his own message by forcing a man to drive a knife into his gut and push his stomach along the ground to scrape in Sick's symbol in giant blood form or his family will be killed. Yeah. Every week before releasing a chapter the author had to meet with the editor because they wanted to make sure he didn't go over the top. What was considered over the top at this point is frankly impossible to know.
    • When X kills a bunch of neighborhood dogs, grinds up their bodies, and places them in boxes, it's horrible and twisted. When a guy holds up a tiny box crying about his chihuahua that he had to borrow lots of money to buy, it's sad, but kind of funny at the same time. When the people he bought it from come and ask him which body he wants to give up to cover the sale, it's morbidly hilarious.
  • Detroit Metal City is about one man's descent into the mentality of a sociopath by merging with his Super-Powered Evil Side. It's Played for Laughs. And it works.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is the living embodiment of this trope. All the main characters are named after lingerie. Comedic Sociopathy is commonplace, and it's always played for laughs. The titular duo respectively have an unstoppable drive for sex and bondage. The closest thing the series has to an Only Sane Man who can actually do something is a Pedophile Priest, and his Evil Counterpart is a Combat Sadomasochist ramped Up to Eleven. Ghosts are made of shit, vomit, and semen. Anything it references, from Barbie to Transformers, is Rule 34ed to unbelievable extremes. The soundtrack itself has a song that is literally a woman having sex, complete with sexophone. FLCL is CHILD'S PLAY compared to this.
  • Sengoku Basara makes only what concessions to the laws of physics that it needs to in order to prevent itself crossing the line thrice. Bonus points in this case for doing the same with history.
  • Done often and well in Angel Beats!, but particularly memorable examples include Yui accidentally hanging herself and Naoi's death during the second Dwindling Party scene, when everybody's deaths have been followed by the remaining people screaming the dying one's name:
    Naoi dies
    Otonashi: Anybody want to say something?
    Yui: ...I don't know his name.
  • The second season of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai has the infamous scene where Kodaka had just discovered that Yukimura is a girl and Rika decides to find out for herself by fingering Yukimura in plain sight of the entire group, followed by Rika visibly spreading her fingers to see if Yukimura had gotten wet from it and happily announcing that Yukimura is indeed a girl.
    Rika: 'Tis as clear as day now, milord! This one is most certainly a lass!
    Kodaka: That's what I've been saying too!
    Rika: Yeah, but nothing beats checking things out for yourself!
  • Mario Zucchero's defeat in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part V: Vento Aureo. Buccellati zips off his head into the party's mercy, where Mista proceeds to hang the head with a fish hook and torture him with spectacles len focus to the eye. While Zucchero is unable to scream or say anything due to his mouth being zipped, Narancia turns on the music and the gang starts dancing.
  • Kill la Kill, which was brought to you by the same people who brought to you Panty and Stocking. How powerful you are is inversely proportional to how much clothing you have on. The Big Bad runs a fascist school hellbent on taking over all of Japan. The opposition is a girl repeatedly subjected to Black Comedy Rape and a revolution where being scantily-clad is a requirement. One of the series' most dangerous villains is a walking source of Limited Animation and trolling. It really sets up how nasty the real villain of the series is.
  • Attack on Titan: Zackly torturing a captured noble. This wouldn't normally be funny, but the fact that the guy appears to be held in some kind of BDSM setup with a funnel up his ass can be funny to some.
    • This example crosses the line four times when Zackly looks at his good work, literally sheds a tear and praises himself for it.
    Zackly: Beautiful. This may be the greatest work of art ever conceived.
  • During the Future Trunks Arc of Dragon Ball Super, upon returning to the future to try and deal with Goku Black again, the security officers open fire on Goku. We then get this gem - in both the sub and the dub:
    Security: Eat Lead, Murderer!
    Trunks: Don't Shoot! This man isn't Black!

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