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  • Fillerbunny.
    • And Johnny the Homicidal Maniac! Particularly early on, a good deal of the humor comes from the over-the-top violence and murders committed by the title character.
  • An in-comics example from Watchmen: Dan and Laurie, at dinner, are trading stories and reminisce about a sadomasochist who used to dress up as a supervillain in an attempt to get beaten up. Laurie asks what happened to him; Dan says he tried it on Rorschach and Rorschach dropped him down an elevator shaft. Cue a moment of stunned silence... and then hysterical laughter.
    • "Oh god, I'm sorry, that isn't funny. Ha ha ha ha ha!"
  • The Image Comics series Bomb Queen is pretty much this trope, using a villain ruling a 'free' city that encourages rape, incest, drug use, murder, and occasionally cutting up children for meat. All played for laughs.
  • In the Joker's Last Laugh miniseries, The Joker uses the powers of Multi-Man to escape. Multi-Man's ability is to resurrect with a new super power any time he is killed. Since he has no control over what power he comes back to life with, The Joker kills him over and over and over until Multi-Man has a power The Joker finds useful. MM is clearly horrified and suffering, but each successive panel depicts the means of death in more and more bizarre/humorous (at least to The Joker) fashion. e.g. Joker with a drum labeled "Hot Oil", holding a hand mixer caked in gore. Adding insult to injury (heh), when The Heroes later need to escape from the same prison under different circumstances, they run across Multi-Man, who has this power...
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    • To be completely honest, most of the more over-the-top things the Joker does fall under this trope, along with some not so over-the-top things as well. The man simply crosses the line so many times he's not even aware there is a line.
      • He's the Joker. He plays Jump-rope with the line.
  • Superboy Prime ripping Risk's arm off: gruesome. Superboy Prime ripping Risk's other arm off with exactly the same sound effect: running gag.
    • Superboy Prime is a Running Gag about emo villains that crossed the line into absurdity. The line that sums up how absurdly idiotic and emo he is:
      I'll kill you! I'll kill you to death!
    • Though considering Death Is Cheap and Superboy Prime comes from beyond the fourth wall, the above line makes some sense. This also helps justify some of his over the top sociopathy making this trope work for him. From his perspective, these guys are all comic book characters whose lives exist to entertain him.
  • The Sensational Hydra (a Skrull who takes over Hydra briefly) takes a sword and slices off the arm of a random minion while reciting the Hydra oath:
    "Hail Hydra! Cut off one limb and... (waits) C'mon... Note to self: it's a metaphor."
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  • Bullseye of Daredevil fame often does this, especially in the movie. It's hard not to laugh when a Red Shirt dies from a well-aimed pencil.
    Mike Nelson, as Kingpin: I admire a man who can kill an olive at ten paces.
  • Preacher does this everywhere. Especially notable is the recurring villain who, already introduced bald with one ruined eye, is mistakenly matched up with a prostitute of the wrong gender and gets raped. Then he gets a scar across his head that make him look like a, in his own words; giant penis. Then he gets his foot eaten by cannibals. Then his entire genitals are destroyed by an attack dog and he has to pee through a tube. Near the end of it all his favourite pastimes are plotting revenge against the main character, and standing in front of a mirror repeatedly drawing his gun while screaming "DOOM COCK! DOOM COCK!".
    • This is what Garth Ennis attempts to achieve in anything he writes.
  • Managed in one Star Wars comic, in which Vader uses the Force to interrupt Jedi Master Tsui Choi's leap at a squad of clone troopers. While it should be a horrible moment, as a sympathetic Jedi is about to be slaughtered, the image of his leap just...stopping in midair is rather entertaining.
  • A more meta-example surrounds Spider-Man One More Day/Brand New Day: When Quesada's friend Marc Guggenheim tried to defend Spider-Man selling his marriage to the devil he said that if you don't like it "...then you're pro-gay marriage." This statement was just crazy enough for most people to assume that he wasn't homophobic but just mentally unstable.
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  • The comic book The Book of Bunny Suicides is all over this trope, showing increasingly bizarre and improbable ways for the cute bunnies to off themselves, and ending with a brick joke.
  • Some of the best humor in Secret Six comes from how blasély sociopathic Deadshot is. At one point he shoots a man for essentially no reason at all.
    Deadshot: What, guy clearly had a gun. It was self defense.
    Spy Smasher: He didn't have a gun, Lawton!
    Deadshot: All right, so it was murder. Who cares.
    Harley Quinn: "Uh, fellas? Our boy is a blow-up doll. And not the fun kind."
  • Matt Howarth's Those Annoying Post Bros is ALL about watching the Posts jump merrily over the line.
  • Evan Dorkin's Fun with Milk & Cheese crosses the line twice on a slow day.
  • What do you expect of a comic called "The Little Asshole" written by a beloved author of children's books and satirical novels?
  • Ultimate X-Men: Mr. Sinister pushing a man in a wheel chair down the stairs: That's Terrible. Doing so while declaring Stairs to be the greatest enemy of Professor Xavier: Funny!
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye brings you the My First Blaster (TM Brainstorm labs), complete with big grip for little hands, with real lights and sounds, for those who just can't use a real gun. Don't let the bright colors and the orange safety cap fool you though, this thing is still very much an actual weapon. It just happens to be one that congratulates you for managing to hit your target. Brainstorm is also noted for building his superweapons to be deadlier than expected solely to troll the ethics committee.
    • In issue 41, Rodimus is really, really disturbingly happy about Thunderclash's imminent death. It's ridiculously horrible and incredibly hilarious at the same time. Worth noting: at this stage, the crew has a minimum of two former Decepticons, and they are less happy about the death of an Autobot hero than Rodimus.
    Rodimus: (sporting a massive shit-eating grin and two thumbs-up) I wouldn't want anyone to mistake my grief for giddy excitement. But the fact is, we all knew Thunders was on borrowed time. He's been living with a fatal injury for years now - he just refused to let it interrupt his derring-do. Having said that, it looks as if his derring-do...
    Megatron: (facepalm) Don't even say it...
    Rodimus: ...is derring-done.
  • Lobo, but that is definitely Depending on the Writer.
  • In Runaways, Klara haltingly describes to Karolina and Molly how her parents forced her to marry an old drunk who forces her to go out and take dangerous jobs to earn money that he wastes on booze, and then trails off as she mentions how he also forces her into "marital duties". Molly... doesn't quite grasp the euphemism.
    "Oh my god... he makes you do chores?!?"
  • Iznogoud: Some jokes verge on this. For exemple, in Iznogoud's Childhood, we get a scene of the Caliph interrupting the headman about to cut a fruit thief's right hand. The Caliph forbids it, arguing that he won't be able to atone if he is missing his right hand... and as such orders the headsman to cut his left hand. Then we cut to Iznogoud himself, who explains that part of why he wants to be Caliph is to remove that law about cutting a fruit thief's hand which he finds stupid because he think they should just cut both hands.
  • Rat-Man is (in)famous in Italy for this. For example, in the parody of The Walking Dead one of the flesh-eating zombies is Bambi's mother and he finds out too late she's a zombie-and it's not the darker joke in that very arc.
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