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An early scene consisting of mature content used for works of fiction to let the audience know right off the bat that no, this ain't for kids. The R-Rated Opening is primarily for dealing with potential Public Medium Ignorance about genres that are traditionally associated with family-friendly material, or involve mature "twists" on iconic family-friendly genres/themes such as a Super Hero film from The Dark Age of Comic Books, that's based on a Darker and Edgier Deconstruction of your typical cape. Having someone get shot, die, curse, or even just bleed on screen will very clearly let audiences know to expect things to get much, much more serious and give fair warning for any parent who didn't pay attention to the R-rating but saw "cartoony people" in the movie trailer and thought they were taking their kids into some light-hearted fare.


Animated works trying to break out of the Animation Age Ghetto are a popular source for these. An R-Rated Opening can set the mood early by openly subverting standard conventions about the "heavy" material being well into the work and set the tone for the mature territory right where it should be. It can be combined with Mood Whiplash by starting out with a clichéd light-hearted scene the audience has seen a million times from the genre and completely dismembering it figuratively and literally.

Despite the trope name, the production in question does not actually have to have either an R, TV-MA or M rating, as examples of this can be found in PG and PG-13/TV-14/Teen-rated productions as well (such as the page image which is taken from a PG-13 movie).

Subtrope of Establishing Series Moment.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Tokyo getting destroyed nuclear-style in the opening shot, and then the dogs and the spy getting killed in AKIRA. The spy's death was especially bloody, just to drive home the point that, no, even though it's animated, this is not for kids.
  • Space Runaway Ideon The opening to ''Be Invoked'' has main character Cosmo Yuki witness how one of his two love interests, Kitty, is horribly killed by a Buff Clan attack. The movie even shows the poor girl's severed head in the reflection of Cosmo's helmet! It gets worse from there.
  • The opening of Karin has a large amount of nudity that has nothing to do with what actually happens in the anime.
  • All variants of the story of Berserk have done this, in varying ways:
    • The manga begins with the protagonist, Guts, having sex with a woman who in the throes of passion transforms into a demon. As she gloats over what she sees as her latest kill, Guts jams his Artificial Arm into her mouth and blows her head off with the cannon hidden inside. As he leaves her smoldering corpse behind, he shoots one last glare at the fiend, which has the effect of appearing as though he's looking at you instead, giving you one last warning that this story is not going to give you a pleasant ride.
    • The three thugs getting killed by Guts in the bar scene from the anime Berserk (1997), including one getting slashed in half with his BFS.
    • The opening scene of the movie Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I throws us headlong into the storming of a castle and ends with Guts killing the giant Bazuso in very bloody fashion.
    • Berserk (2016)'s opening credits are basically a summing-up of the Golden Age Arc, including Griffith's torture, the horror of the Eclipse, Casca's rape at the hands of Femto, and Guts chiseling off his arm. The first episode proper begins with Farnese and company coming across the lake of blood and the partially-eaten remains of the Band of the Hawk.
  • The anime adaptation of Parasyte took a scene from the middle of the first chapter and showed it as the very opening of the first episode. In this scene, a man who has been taken over by the titular creature opens his face five ways and reveals a gaping, black hole full of teeth and five eyes and then bites his wife's head off, with lots of blood and gore. Not nice.
  • Lucy's rampage through the lab in Elfen Lied definitely qualifies, with bonus points for taking off her straitjacket so she could be completely naked for her killing spree, except for the creepy helmet. Not to mention the nudity throughout the opening theme sequence in each episode.
  • The 2003 adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist starts off by showing the transmutation that caused the loss of Edward's leg and Alphonse's body. With copious amounts of blood from Edward's stump.
  • Both Ghost in the Shell and its film adaptation start with the Major assassinating a diplomat, with explosive rounds. The movie then follows this with a sequence of the Major's nude cyborg body being built.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry starts with Keichi beating Rena and Mion into a pulp with a baseball bat. This is based on the opening of the original Visual Novel, where he gives a monologue with the sound of loud, sickening thwacks in the background before abruptly cutting to him getting ready for school. The opening credits also feature a nontrivial amount of blood, creepy music and visuals, and mild nudity.
  • Shinji helping himself over Asuka's comatose body at the start of End of Evangelion. For bonus points, the Manga Entertainment dub has him saying that he is "so fucked up".
  • Black Lagoon shows off guns, Stripperific outfits, and swearing before you even get through the opening song.
  • The opening of Princess Mononoke has an ominous bit of background text superimposed on a dark screen, but for good measure the first scene contains a highly disturbing demonic form assaulting a village, almost eating a child, and eventually getting shot by an arrow in the eye, before melting away into a gigantic skeleton. Needless to say, anyone who brought their young daughter to see the cute anime princess should leave at this point. It's also noteworthy in this case that people often ignored the PG-13 rating; as the film came out in theaters in the middle of the Pokémon craze, and by extension, the family-friendly Pokémon: The First Movie. People who were expecting a wholesome family adventure were promptly stricken with cries of What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?.
  • Sword of the Stranger opens with a hail of arrows ambush by bandits. This succeeds in killing approximately one person and some pack animals, and maybe winging one or two others. And then the Unstoppable Blood Knight Badass of the Badass Crew that comprises the villains of the movie scales a cliff and slaughters 15-20 bandits, throwing their bodies down as he goes. The bandit leader gets taken down by a blade toss. Lastly, he finishes off one unarmed (and missing one arm) bandit who is writhing in pain on the ground as if he were stepping on a bug.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny starts with Shinn Asuka's family being accidentally gunned down by two mechas as the kid stares in horror at the corpses.
  • The first scene of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is focused on Setsuna's Dark and Troubled Past, showing the future protagonist running through a ruined city filled with bodies, trying in vain to fight a squadron of mobile suits. 0 Gundam does not show its face until the very end of the scene, right before it cuts into the opening.
  • Blood+ begins with the most violent scene in the entire series. Even before the opening, you are treated to a scene from The Vietnam War. It quickly shifts to some flares, soldiers shooting monstrous creatures and Saya slaughtering everything in sight. You are most likely confused and horrified by now and to drive it even further, this is followed by a slow shot of a Vietnamese girl running away terrified only to be slashed in half by Saya. This is immediately followed by the first Title Sequence with its bouncy J-pop theme music, then a present day scene with an unaged, perfectly sane Saya as an Ordinary High-School Student.
  • X/1999: The Movie starts with Kamui having a vision of his mother, with full frontal nudity, pulling the BFS out of her stomach in graphic detail. As you can imagine, there's lots of blood.
  • Deadman Wonderland opens with the incredibly bloody mass murder of male protagonist Ganta's middle school class by an unknown figure in red. The manga on which it was based leads into this moment with Ganta playing with a girl as a child, making it even more jarring in that situation.
  • The first three episodes of Soul Eater (which introduce the main characters) contain quite a bit more nudity and fanservice than the rest of the series. Not quite R-rated, but still jarring enough to notice.
  • The opening theme for the Dance in the Vampire Bund anime... well it stops just short of female nudity, but given the apparent age of the female lead the Nipple and Dimed thing does not help much. The manga is a bit of an improvement, as it takes 2/3 of a chapter for a noblewoman to command her head guardsman's teenage son to strip her to her panties (yes, same female lead). Quickly moving on to examples of the blood and swearing (more of the latter than we see for quite a while afterwards). Once in book form we don't even wait for the start - the female lead's posing on the back cover in panties, gloves and a rose - which really should keep it from being bought by accident.
  • Ken Akamatsu is best known for his Unwanted Harem comedy work Love Hina, and Negima! Magister Negi Magi, while undergoing a Genre Shift, is still chock full of similar material and takes a while to get to the more action-y bits. In his newest work, UQ Holder!, he apparently decided to make it clear from the get-go that this isn't more of the same: the first chapter includes almost none of his signature Fanservice, instead showing the protagonist getting an arm hacked off and another character being hacked into pieces in a bloody fashion (she gets better).
  • Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine uses an opening narration describing a love/lust of theft. The animation is of a naked woman in suggestive and non-suggestive poses. Lots of nipples, although genitalia is covered. The episodes themselves usually have less nudity, but deals with the older Seinen demographic, rather than the more general Shōnen demographic.
  • Highschool of the Dead opens with several students running and fighting their way through a crowd of zombies, with plenty of blood and gore resulting. Not surprising, given the subject matter. However, we're also treated to some gratuitous Gainaxing and panty shots from the female lead, and, in the English dub at least, a couple precision F strikes, making it abundantly clear within the first two minutes that this show is not appropriate for younger viewers.
  • The first episode of Black Butler II (that is, the second season) introduces Alois Trancy naked and bruised, in bed next to a very naked old guy, creepily muttering the word "darkness" to himself over and over again. The entire episode counts as this, since it focuses on Alois being sadistic and crazy, basically telling the viewers that this season is much darker than the last one. Throughout the episode, Alois proceeds to: gouge out a maid's eye with his fingers, tell creepy personal stories about his prolonged abuse to strangers, make vaguely sexual comments to every male person he interacts with, beat that (now one-eyed) maid again, and then cry about not wanting to be alone.
  • The Rurouni Kenshin prequel OVA Tsuiokuhen/Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal starts with a gore-drenched sword massacre.
  • Monster Musume's opening scene of its first episode features the protagonist accidentally causing Miia to orgasm by pulling on her tail, which is immediately followed by an OP with a decent amount of risque fanservice, and another scene where Miia shows off her breasts.
  • The opening for Pokémon: The First Movie sets things up as being Darker and Edgier than the normal animé by having Mewtwo destroy the laboratory in which he was created minutes after he wakes up, killing every last scientist inside as they try to run away screaming. Then after meeting with Giovanni and being used as his tool, he blows up Team Rocket's base and swears to purge the world of non-clone life.
  • Serial Experiments Lain shows off its dark nature by having a middle schooler jump off a roof at the start.
  • The opening raid in the first CGI Appleseed film has shootouts with quite a bit of High-Pressure Blood, culminating in one robot crushing a soldier's head like a grape.
  • Angel Beats! opens with the main character stabbed right through the chest.
  • Used a couple of times in the One Piece movies:
    • The Movie opens with the aftermath of El Drago killing an entire pirate crew and a terrified Tobio watching him pick Woonan's treasure map from one pirate's dead hands. For extra nightmare fuel, El Drago's laughter is backlit by a lightning strike, which leaves his face visible for only a second. Cut to the upbeat adventure theme of 'We Are!'. This is by far the most intense the movie gets; There are no on-screen deaths, El Drago is largely Played for Laughs and the rest of the movie takes place during the day with appropriately bright colors.
    • The Cursed Holy Sword: Oh boy. Saga and Maya are attacked by a group of pirates, who surround them and mortally wound Saga. Saga is seen losing a huge pool of blood, which is absorbed by the Seven-Star Sword. Now cursed, Saga uses the sword to slice the pirates in half (albeit in silhouette) as Maya screams out in horror. Once again, nothing else in the movie is anywhere near as disturbing. As this was the only One Piece movie to receive a 15 in Britain (for strong violence), this may well be a literal R-rated opening.
  • Goblin Slayer appears to be a typical Fantasy-inspired work with No Name Given characters, such as Priestess, who is part of a Greenhorn Team as they tackle a common goblin nest. All seems well until the Wizard gets overwhelmed by the critters (who are atypical in this setting as Not So Harmless Villains) and stabbed in the gut with a poison dagger, the Warrior is brutally murdered and torn apart, and the Fighter is heinously and viciously gang-raped. Just as the goblins descend on the Priestess, the titular character arrives Just in Time, gives the Wizard a Mercy Kill because the poison's spread too far for an antidote, and then proceeds to systematically slaughter every goblin in the nest, including goblin children, with no pity, mercy or remorse whatsoever.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt starts off with Garterbelt forcing Panty and Stocking downstairs with Panty still sleeping with a lot of men. In addition, a lot of swear words are stated as Garterbelt gets annoyed at Panty and Stocking ignoring his exposition.
  • The anime adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul has a Cold Open depicting a woman messily consuming a pile of human corpses and, in the English dub, orgasmically shouting "More! More!" as she does it. Though the lighting conceals anything too graphic it's obvious she's not wearing a stitch. She's then attacked by a masked man wielding bloodstained pliers. While the series is by no means intended for children, it's not usually quite that lurid (preferring psychological horror) and the scene isn't present in the manga.
  • Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song: The anime is all about preventing a Bad Future in which intelligent robots have Turned Against Their Masters, to the point of killing every single human they run into. The first scene shows the above happening, including several bloody on-screen killings.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba examples:
    • The first episode features most of Tanjiro's family being slaughtered by demons in graphic fashion, and his sister Nezuko being turned into a demon herself; establishing the danger faced right out of the gate.
    • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train opens with a graveyard scene of the previous Demon Slayers, with the first act of the movie containing a group of assassins intending to kill the passengers by breaking their spirits (including those of the main characters). The English dub of the film is rated R.
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World opens with a graphic Attempted Rape in the first few seconds.

    Comic Books 
  • The adults only Punisher series opens up with Frank recounting the fateful day in Central Park where his family were slain in a mob shootout. Complete with graphic depictions of Frank's dead family. Shortly afterwards, we see Frank laying waste to dozens of Capos with his signature M60, along with copious amounts of gorn. It's important to note that all of this happens before the first issue is even finished.
  • Gear is a fairly-violent and upsetting Humongous Mecha war-story, but has very cartoony artwork (reminiscent of Disney's cartoons in the 1920s). The first issue opens on a noirish interrogation scene that ultimately leads to a mafia-style execution. It uses a Gory Discretion Shot, but it still establishes that, despite the artwork, it's not an all-ages comic.
  • The first issue of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic begins with the turtles fighting and killing a street gang, some of which uses a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Done almost literally with Alias by Brian Michael Bendis: the very first word of the very first issue is an F-bomb.
  • Before the above Bendis example, the very second page of The Invisibles is a splash page of a character screaming "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!".
  • Saga's opening scene is a childbirth scene, with the first line of dialogue being "Am I shitting? It feels like I'm shitting!".
  • The Dreamkeepers Graphic Novels opens with a summoning ritual where they show a big, giant spear going right through the heart of a teenage girl.
  • The first chapter of Blade Devil opens with the main heroine messily mercy killing a group of bandits that have been infected with The Corruption before taking an entirely nude dip in a Waterfall Shower full page spread. All this happens by page 5.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • Green Lantern: First Flight starts with Abin Sur bleeding to death from a stomach wound. It has quite a few dark moments after that.
  • Justice League: The New Frontier opens with the painter/author of the apocalyptic book committing suicide (from a first-person point of view, for bonus viewing pleasure). In case anyone missed the pre-credits opening, the story proper begins with Technical Pacifist Hal Jordan being forced to shoot a man in the face in self-defense and sinking into a blood-splattered Heroic BSoD as the scene fades out. By the way, the suicidal author was (an extremely thinly veiled) Dr. Seuss. Just in case him killing himself didn't do it for you.
  • The opening scenes of Watership Down probably served as an inspiration for Happy Tree Friends. The film actually is a kid's film, just a very, very violent one.
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood opens with The Joker beating Jason Todd with in an inch of his life with a crowbar, mocking him as he lies in a pool of his own blood, and then leaving him to die in an explosion. This film was also rated PG-13.
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm opens with a crook being beat up by Batman, and then being killed by an unrelated figure. It was only a PG film, but since it was made in the 90s...
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight opens with a striptease by Ivy in nothing but strategically placed leaves just to make sure you realize this isn't a kid's movie.
  • The Animatrix is fairly dark and fairly violent throughout, but the very first short starts with an erotic sparring match and the second one is full of gruesome murders and the occasional maiming.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters starts with some singing concessions cheerfully asking you not to expose yourself indecently. And then more food appears and belts out a violent heavy metal song threatening to kill you if you interrupt or redistribute the film, as part of a parody of "Let's All Go to the Lobby", a drive-in movie trailer.
  • The Triplets of Belleville got a PG-13 rating entirely because of the opening scene, which features a topless dancer. This doesn't seem to have been intentional, however — the creators were French, and in their commentary, seem genuinely surprised and confused that one brief topless scene would be enough to bump up the rating all by itself, which says a lot about how America is uptight about sexuality and nudity (especially if it has to do with women) while France and most of Western Europe is okay with it within reason ("within reason" meaning "so long as it's not accompanied by violence or has children involved").
  • The opening for Wonder Woman featured Hippolyta performing an on-screen decapitation. The writers commented that they were only able to keep their PG-13 rating because it was done in silhouette.
  • The Transformers: The Movie opens with the mass genocide of an entire planet save one survivor (who gets eaten alive later on anyway) before the opening credits, and then just barely five minutes after that it shows several beloved characters from the TV series getting Killed Off for Real with brutal blaster shots tearing through their bodies, culminating in Megatron blowing Ironhide's head up (barely off-screen) with a cannon shot as the Autobot futilely grabs at his legs. Similar in the case of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm though, it just received a PG rating since it was made in the 80's.
  • Just in case you still weren't convinced that Sausage Party deserved its R rating, the very first line of spoken dialogue begins with "Shit", and is followed up with a Crosses the Line Twice musical number including more swearing, sexual innuendo, and Nazis.
  • The second scene of Serbian animated film Technotise Edit I Ja features two characters discussing robotic prostitutes.
  • Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge begins with Hanzo Hasashi (not yet having become the undead revenant known as Scorpion) having to fight a mess of ninjas out to murder him and his son Satoshi, and he dispatches each of the ninjas in brutal and bloody fashion.
  • Inverted with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, in which the opening musical number, "Mountain Town" is a cheery, upbeat song with only the mildest of profanity. Then "Uncle Fucka" starts, and it all goes downhill from there.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ulvesommer Is a weird case that it's considered a family film in its home Norway, it starts with wolves being shot from a helicopter. It tones down somewhat although it still gets a whole lot crap in (like the Little Miss Badass' mother having sex with the Big Bad in another room, one can hear it but kids will likely not understand). It does apparently have a 16+ rating internationally compared to the homerating of 7+.
  • Cube opens with a gruesome death trap sprung on a hapless prisoner.
  • Small Soldiers, about some toy army guys who come to life, was rated PG-13 and had some swearing in the first scene.
  • Basic Instinct starts with a man being tied up and then stabbed to death with an icepick mid-sex.
  • Cannibal! The Musical: The name should probably have got you, but in case you're mistaking musicals as always family-friendly, there's the gory murder of an entire crew to start the movie. Then we go to the Oklahoma!-like next scene...
  • Kick-Ass starts with a mentally deranged man jumping off a roof in a superhero costume and promptly falling to his death. The very next scene has the main character masturbating to his English teacher. This was likely put there for the benefit of all the people who saw the trailers of kids in superhero costumes and completely ignored the R-rating.
  • Curiously inverted by Kung Fu Hustle, which starts with an Establishing Character Moment for the main antagonists, the Axe Gang, by having them viciously murder several people, and includes on-screen dismemberment and the film's only Precision F-Strike. For the rest of the film, this characterization is largely forgotten, as the Axe Gang is mainly played for laughs, with not a hint of the violence shown in the opening. The rest of the movie is silly, tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top, slapstick martial arts. Cut out the opening scene and the film may have even warranted a mere PG-13 rating.
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral starts with the main character exclaiming "fuck" ''repeatedly'' because he's woken up to find he's late for a wedding. The fact that it's Hugh Grant saying it softens it up a bit though.
  • The novel The Fellowship of the Ring opens with a happy birthday party in the happy land of happy Hobbits with a happy fireworks show. The movie version, opening (as it did) right in the heat of Harry Potter fever (and very shortly after the release of the first, much more kid-friendly Potter movie), gives fair warning by opening with a flashback to the fall of Sauron—with thousands of bloodthirsty orc warriors, thousands of scarily kick-ass elves in armor, and one seriously scary great big Dark Lord. Kids, when the Balrog finally shows up, don't say you weren't warned.
  • Pan's Labyrinth seems like a fairly kid-friendly movie, yeah? The story of a Spanish girl, dreaming of a fantasy world that may or may not be real. Pretty cool, right? Well... the opening shot is a character slowly bleeding to death. Then the ten-minute mark, we see two people getting killed very explicitly (Grievous Bottley Harm and gunshot, respectively). That should tip you off about the rest of the film.
  • About two minutes into Coming to America is a scene with two topless female royal attendants bathing the protagonist (Eddie Murphy's character; ironically, the rest of the film is tamer.)
  • Y tu mamá también seems like it would be a fun buddy Road Trip movie set in Mexico, right? Well, the very first thing you see in the movie is a two-minute sex scene. For those who didn't know anything about the movie outside of the road trip with friends, sex ends up being one of the most important themes of the movie, emphasized by the fact that literally every character is shown doing it.
  • The page image comes from the opening scene of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, in which many people (who are implied to have been somewhat innocent) are executed, including a child small enough that they need to stand on a barrel to reach the noose. The rest of the film actually seems fairly tame compared to this scene.
  • The 2011 Conan the Barbarian (2011) film gives us a unique first view of the character: In the womb...during a C-Section, which starts when his mother is stabbed in the stomach during battle.
  • Each of the films in the Transformers Film Series have had this type of opening to some degree:
    • Transformers opens with Blackout and Scorponok committing a realistic assault on the army base in Qatar.
    • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens with The Fallen brutalizing a prehistoric society, followed immediately by a brutal fight in Shanghai that ends with at least one bloody human death and a Decepticon being shot execution-style by Optimus Prime.
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens with the final battle in the war that devastated Cybertron, with many Autobots and Decepticons being killed. The very next shot after that is a panty shot of Carly.
    • Transformers: Age of Extinction opens with alien warships killing many dinosaurs, and a couple of scenes later Ratchet is killed off by U.S. Government agents with the aid of Lockdown, who then rips out his spark.
    • Transformers: The Last Knight opens with a brutal battle in medieval times, showing many humans being roasted alive by robotic dragons and a Merlin who does most of his magic while drunk; and the present day opening on the derelict neighborhoods of Chicago being heavily-ravaged by the events of the previous films including Transformers being hunted by anti-robot extremists who brutally destroy the robot Canopy.
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead opens with a graphic 30-second sex scene.
  • More recent entries in the X-Men film series have had this sort of opening:
    • The Wolverine begins with the atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki, along with several Japanese generals committing suicide and Wolverine getting his skin blasted, setting the darker tone for the movie compared to previous X-Men movies.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past opens with the near future timeline showing that the Sentinels have driven both humans and mutants alike to near-extinction, heavily implying that members of both the X-Men and Brotherhood have died trying to fight them. The opening fight also shows that it takes several mutants to stop just one of them, setting up the stakes of the conflict and how the film is considerably darker than previous entries.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse has a bloodier opening with Apocalypse's followers being killed in contrast to a series known for Bloodless Carnage.
    • The opening credits for Deadpool (2016) has lots of profanity at some points and the first fight scene instantly starts with one of the villains being decapitated, with lots of blood and gore following shortly afterwards. The title character himself lampshades:
      You’re probably thinking, ‘My boyfriend said this was a superhero movie, but this guy in the red suit just turned that other guy into a fucking kebab.
    • Logan's opening fight scene would never get away with a PG-13. The title character's first line is an F-bomb, and in the fight he severs limbs and skewers his adversary's head with his claws. The small scale brutality of the fight also establishes that it will be a much more brutal experience than any other film in the series.
    • Deadpool 2's opening scene features Deadpool's attempted suicide by blowing himself up, with the first bit of spoken dialogue being "Fuck Wolverine". The following montage shows Deadpool killing criminals in gruesome fashion. He once again lampshades this:
      I know what you're thinking: 'I'm so glad I left the kiddos at home.' But that's where you'd be wrong. That babysitter of yours is high as fuck right now. And believe it or not, Deadpool 2 is a family film. True story. And every big family film starts with a vicious murder. Bambi, The Lion King, Saw VII...
  • The 2014 remake of About Last Night... opens with Bernie (Kevin Hart) discussing the one night stand he had the previous night an how great the girl was at blow jobs.
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones opens with the main character shooting several robbers, followed by the opening credits set over a brutal rape scene.
  • The Beast of Yucca Flats opens with an R-Rated BLAM: A nameless woman goes topless, getting ready for bed, and is immediately strangled by an unknown assailant. After a not-so-subtle implication that the assailant will rape her corpse, the movie cuts to the main plot and the murder is never mentioned.
  • Inverted for laughs in George of the Jungle, where an opening scene features a jungle guide taking a fall that would be lethal... before he's shown bandaged up but safe, as the narrator assures us that this is actually a Denser and Wackier movie:
    "Don't worry — nobody dies in this story. They just get really big boo-boos!"
  • Meet the Feebles, a twisted, R-rated parody of The Muppet Show, has a cigarette-smoking rat telling a hippo to "move yer fat ass" and a walrus and cat having sex, all within the first few minutes to make it clear to anyone who mistakenly rented the film for their kids that this is not a puppet movie for the whole family. Just in case the R-rating and cover art depicting a hippo toting a heavy machine gun didn't already tip them off.
  • In Muppet Treasure Island, the opening song "Shiver My Timbers" explicitly makes clear what pirates do and ends with the pirate captain murdering his own crew, showing that this may be a Muppets movie, but it will deal with themes not normally considered child-friendly. (The movie later jokes about this, when Rizzo reacts to Billy Bones' death with "He died? And this is supposed to be a kids' movie!")
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Doctor Strange has a decapitation (albeit shown only in shadow) within the first two minutes. The movie is PG-13 but it's probably intended as a warning that this is one of the more adult entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and not for little kids.
    • Avengers: Infinity War: The first ten minutes of the film are dark even by its standards, both figuratively and literally. Bodies of dead Asgardian children are on display, and while the camera shies away from showing anything but Heimdall's face as he is stabbed through the chest, Loki is violently and realistically strangled on-screen. The movie is PG-13.
    • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: While not the actual opening scene (which shows a bad wound but is otherwise not particularly worse than any other Marvel movie), the major action scene that truly kicks off the plot features Doctor Strange and Wong fighting a giant one-eyed monster, which Strange defeats with fairly graphic Eye Scream. Still PG-13, but it's billed as a horror movie and the kills only get more gruesome from there.
  • Hardcore Henry's opening has Henry's father calling him a pussy and then credits showing a violent montage of Henry's victims set to "Let Me Down Easy" by The Stranglers.
  • Stand by Me starts with a grown up Gordie reading upon the death of someone (later revealed to Chris Chambers) in the front newspaper in the car.
  • The Hills Have Eyes 2 opens with a scene of a tortured, naked woman giving birth to a mutant. Notably, one movie theater got in trouble when someone accidentally put in the wrong reel in a room meant to play the kid-friendly The Last Mimzy: since it's the first scene in the movie, there was no time for someone to notice that the wrong film was playing and stop it before the kids saw the graphic content.
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu has one to establish its Darker and Edgier tone, and the first film in the series to be rated PG; opening on a fairly realistic car accident involving Harry Goodman escaping from a rampaging Mewtwo while investigating PCL Labs.
  • While it's more PG-13 than R-Rated, Power Rangers (2017) opens with the grim defeat of Zordon and his fellow Rangers - with one dying on-screen - during the age of the dinosaurs. And the second scene features one of Jason's friends realizing he unwittingly gave a bull a handjob (he thought he was milking a female cow), and Jason himself ends up getting into a pretty violent car wreck while trying to evade police. Just in case you thought you were bringing your kids to watch the same kind of wholesome, campy superheroes you watched as a child.
  • K-9’s opening has two couples indulging in Auto Erotica in a car park on a rainy night where The Protagonist cop is on stakeout. Since they are both fairly explicit and serve no plot purpose the sequence is often cut for television broadcast.
  • The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan, the raid on Omaha Beach, is famous for the sheer, unflinching brutality involved. It very quickly establishes that this will not be one of those movies that depicts war as clean, glamourous, or in any way desirable. It was so true-to-life, in fact, that actual World War II veterans had to leave the audience because it was triggering flashbacks. The rest of the movie doesn't get better.
  • Mortal Kombat (2021) opens with Hanzo Hasashi and most of his family being betrayed and (in true Mortal Kombat fashion) messily slaughtered by Bi-Han (before they would become Scorpion and Sub-Zero respectively).
  • Bloody Mama's opening scene has a teenage Kate being held down by her brothers while her father rapes her.
  • Please Give opens on a montage of women receiving mammograms, with breasts fully visible.
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man starts off with a homeless man cutting open his own thigh and shoving a rusty steel rod into the open wound. Soon after, the wound becomes infested with maggots, leading the man to limp onto a road screaming for help before getting hit by the protagonist's car.
  • Shiva Baby: The film opens on Danielle having sex loudly on the couch with her sugar daddy Max, though it's not explicit (but does show her topless from the back and side after).
  • The Jack Ass films tend to start off with a relatively tame stunt before they get into the more crude type stunts (although “Number Two” did push it by having the following stunt be a snake biting Chris Pontius’ penis while it’s dressed as a mouse). However, “Jackass Forever” is the exception because it starts off with a giant Kaiju monster battle where the monster is revealed to be none other that Chris Pontius’ penis and testicles colored green and dressed like a lizard, which attacks the city by shooting out semen, and is defeated when a snapping turtle bites it.
  • Below Her Mouth: The film opens on Dallas and Joslyn having sex at length.
  • Kiss Me 2011: The film opens on Mia having sex with her fiance in bed, shot from above with her under him while they do it.

  • The novelization of Back to the Future begins with a family getting caught in a nuclear explosion, complete with a gruesome description of their bodies being torn apart. This is part of a film Marty and his classmates watch. To make this even more out of place, it's a holdover from an earlier version of the plot. "Are you telling me this sucker is nuclear?" indeed.
  • The first chapter of The Atomic Blood-Stained Bus features a character attempting to commit rape, and a gory cannibal scene; the rest of the book is actually somewhat lighter with gore occurring intermittently rather than as a constant
  • A mild example, but Andy Weir's novel The Martian opens with the line, "I'm pretty much fucked." This ain't The Martian Chronicles, kids!
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman has a sex scene in the very first chapter.
  • The prologue of the very first Wings of Fire book has Queen Burn shred Hvitur's wings, stab him through the skull, and throw him off a cliff as he screams in agony. It's aimed at kids, naturally.
  • Doglands: Two of Furgul's sisters are shot in the first forty-five pages.
  • Goblin Slayer begins with a group of Dragon Quest-like rookie adventurers getting violently slaughtered and raped by goblins, all while showing their backstories right before their death or trauma. Right off the bat, this shows readers that the series doesn't run on RPG Mechanics, that its inspiration is Western fantasy settings rather than Eastern RPG tropes, and that a story built around killing the "weakest" monsters can be just as much of a challenge as fighting the strongest. All references to rape and murder of adventurers afterwards is briefly touched on compared to the gorefest that was its initial chapter.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones start with the discovery of hacked up body parts, cluing in even the most inattentive viewer that if they are looking for maybe a live action adaptation of a religious cartoon they've come to the wrong place.
  • Possibly one of the reasons David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman didn't get picked up. The opening scene shows a young high school athlete receiving a college acceptance letter, then promptly collapsing to the floor, bleeding from his eyes and ears. Just what moms with fond memories of watching Lynda Carter's series would want to share with their daughters!
    • After the teaser, we get our first glimpse of Wonder Woman lassoing a suspect by the neck and then torturing him for information.
  • An early scene in the first episode of Torchwood features a Weevil graphically killing someone, letting viewers know that this is going to be much more violent than the other series in the Whoniverse.
    • If that didn't make them realize that this is more adult, the second episode revolves around a young woman being possessed by an alien fog and killing men with sex.
  • Orange Is the New Black features two naked women making out in a shower within the first few seconds of the first episode.
  • Daredevil (2015) opens with young Matt Murdock being blinded in an industrial accident in graphic detail; as well as Daredevil breaking up a human trafficking case in the first few scenes, setting a darker tone compared to other TV works (and movies) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Similarly, Jessica Jones (2015) starts with Jessica following a couple during a tryst and taking photos of them in the act as part of her job as a Private Investigator and swearing multiple times during her narration, clearly establishing that this show isn't for the kiddies.
  • To mark its fourth season debut and move to a later time slot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured both a shot of Skye's underwear clad rear end and newly added Ghost Rider spraying a character with blood from, as we learn later, him ripping out another character's spine in the first few minutes of the season opener.
  • Hill Street Blues received outstanding reviews but had extremely poor ratings in its first season. One of the points that the critics focused on, besides the writing and characterization, was the amount of sex and violence in the show, which (for the time and for network television) was ground-breaking. So the second season debut cold open featured a large number of scantily clad women being arrested for prostitution and brought into the station, and a gang member who was there grabbing a cop's gun and threatening the rest of the room at which time every other cop in the room took him down in a hail of bullets. The camera scans over the main characters holding smoking guns standing over the dead gang member with a bunch of barely dressed women in the background, and then cuts to the theme song with the title cards. Basically, the intro clearly stated "Here is what you are in for if you watch this show".
  • The Vietnam War, a documentary miniseries from Ken Burns and PBS (of all networks), opens with shots of battlefield carnage in which just a few of the 58,000 American casualties are mowed down mercilessly in combat... while the TV-MA V icon is displayed proudly in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen.
  • Pre-promotion for NYPD Blue focused on the fact the series would feature language and sexual content (including nudity) of a level previously unseen in a mainstream (non-cable) American network series. It gets off to a fast start in episode 1 with a lead character grabbing his crotch as he calls a female character a "pissy little bitch" before the opening credits roll, and soon after the word "asshole" makes its network TV debut.
  • The first episode of GARO has a picture of a naked woman less than five minutes in.
  • Mindhunter's first episode has one for the whole show. It opens with a hostage situation, full frontal nudity, and the Chunky Salsa Rule, even though most of the rest of the episode is people talking in rooms.
  • "To the Waters and the Wild", the first episode of Fate: The Winx Saga starts with a farmer dropping two f-bombs in rapid succession searching for one of his sheep that's gone missing, finding its decapitated head in a tree and then getting attacked and killed by something in the woods, complete with blood splatter.
  • Subverted with Stargate SG-1: the first episode includes some gratuitous nudity (Netflix even shows a TV-MA rating because of this), but the rest of the series rarely gets more graphic than a few shots of Alien Blood and the occasional sexy outfit.
  • Latvia's entry for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest was the vegan-themed "Eat Your Salad" with the opening line "Instead of meat, I eat veggies and pussy". As the EBU, who run the contest, have rules about this sort of thing the line had to be censored during the band's semi-final performance. Lead singer Jānis Pētersons cut off after "veggies" but the audience happily finished the line for him.
  • Twenties: The very first scene is of Hattie having sex with a woman (though without anything explicit).

  • The Kanye West album The College Dropout opens with an employee of a school asking West to perform a song to entertain children, but West instead performs We Don't Care, a song glorifying selling drugs in order to keep an income. This results in the employee immediately giving West a Cluster F-Bomb laced angry lecture.
  • The album appropriately titled Rated R by Queens of the Stone Age opens with Feel Good Hit of the Summer, in which the lyrical content consists entirely of "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, Marijuana, Ecstasy and Alcohol" and "C-C-C-C-COCAINE!!!", both repeated several times each.
  • Jamie T's Panic Prevention opens with him yelling "FUCKING CROISSANT!". Undoubtedly hilarious, but not so much if you're listening to it for the first time near your parents.
  • Similar to the above, The Offspring's album Ignition opens with a man shouting "fuck" four times.

  • The absurdist French play Ubu Roi opens with the title character bellowing "MERDRE!"note 

    Video Games 
  • Phantom Brave opens with Marona's parents getting killed by a creepy looking monster. After that, the opening sections of the game are comparatively lighthearted and look almost kiddy. The darkness doesn't come back into play until later on in the game. Unless you're silly enough to count little things like a mercenary first trying to murder a small child to take her work and pay out from under her, then doing so by framing her for causing the problem she was hired to solve, or virtually the entire world hating said small child because she has powers they don't approve of as dark.
  • Arc the Lad 2 starts by showing the main character's people getting slaughtered with machine guns. The rest of the game is even worse.
  • The last few moments of Controllable Helplessness in XIII's opening (the game is a Cel Shaded comic adaptation) consist of an innocent woman in a bathing suit being graphically machinegunned to death.
  • The opening of the original Shadow Hearts has the main villain violently killing soldiers with his impish familiars. The main protagonist, Yuri, then proceeds to have a brutal fight with the Big Bad which includes Yuri punching the villain's face in. Ironically, the rest of the game is far from being this violent again.
  • Killer7, within about five minutes of the start, has Dan Smith encounter a hooded man in a blood-splattered hotel. The man turns into a skinless monster, which he shoots in the face, followed by a muttered, "Shit." A couple minutes after that, a woman is blown up from the waist down by another of these monsters.
  • No More Heroes has Travis Touchdown decapitate a man in its intro.
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle: Travis delivers a Precision F-Strike in his very first line.
  • Brütal Legend opens with Eddie Riggs being a roadie for a Nu Metal band. The show then goes awry when the band starts trying complicated stage stunts. Eddie then calls the lead guitarist a stupid motherfucker; and a beast then decapitates the band with lots of blood. The game actually takes the opportunity to freeze and prompt the player if they would like to turn on the gore and language filters before each of these happens.
  • The very first thing that happens upon booting up Conker's Bad Fur Day is a text that reads it's for adults only, followed by Conker killing the N64 logo with a chainsaw. The latter was removed in the Xbox versions of the game.
  • The Wolf Among Us starts out with a Cluster F-Bomb-spouting Mr. Toad, then minutes later gives us a violent brawl between our protagonist and a bald guy with an axe that ultimately ends up in the bald guy's skull. And he survives.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim starts out with your character getting sent to the execution block, watching someone getting arrowed to death for trying to run and watching someone get his head chopped off. And then the dragon attacks.
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 opens with a scene of a brutal battle between a heavily mechanized imperial invasion force and a military academy; the Empire swiftly guns down any kids they can find, and the cadets respond to this by calling down Bahamut to vaporize most of the invading army. A New Game proper begins with a wounded Izana stumbling across some other trainees, barely surviving a missile blast, getting saved by his wounded chocobo, and getting sprayed with the blood of a Militesi soldier he impales on his longsword; he then rides through and collapses on the streets of Rubrum, his chocobo gets shot, and he dies a slow, painful, terrified death. Welcome to Orience.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution does this. After a brief tutorial that involves you shooting some bad guys, you first see two enemy commanders brutally mow down any civilian that gets in their way. Then Jaron Namir shows up. By the time he's through with Adam, Adam has been thrown through a thick glass monitor and ripped to shreds, beaten to a pulp, and shot in the head with his own .357 Magnum revolver.
  • Freedom Planet opens with the main villain leading an invasion into a palace, killing everyone in sight, beheading the king in front of his son (bloodlessly, but still), and then capping off the intro cutscene by preceding to brainwash said son into his mindless slave!
  • In Ultima VIII, after an expository conversation with an NPC fisherman, the first story event you get to witness is a Public Execution. That this is a Darker and Edgier M-rated game is emphasized by showing the bloody beheading without a Gory Discretion Shot.
    • Previous to that, in Ultima VII, within the first 20 minutes of the game, you're asked to investigate an extremely fresh, extremely brutal murder. Again, not even a whiff of a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • Devil Survivor 2 starts with the protagonist and his friends in a train station when an earthquake occurs, a train is derailed, and, among other casualties, said protagonist suffers a very bloody Near-Death Experience.
    • Not long after Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse begins, Nanashi and his childhood friend Asahi witness a high-ranking demon bloodily beat down their two mentors, followed by Nanashi himself suffering a similarly gory death at the hands of the same demon while Asahi helplessly looks on in sheer horror. Fortunately, he gets better.
  • Persona 5: The game wastes no time in letting players know it's Darker and Edgier, with the protagonist suffering violent Police Brutality (including being drugged) in the prologue, the Starter Villain of the game proper being a sexual predator teacher, and one of your party member's high school friends jumping off the school roof to kill herself after being raped by said teacher.
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance opens with Jetstream Sam bloodily cutting a man in half.
  • After the childish-looking opening tutorial of Pound The Puss, Pound walks in on his mom having sex with a donkey, just to establish that this definitely isn't a children's game.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel starts off with a bunch of soldiers dying due to terrorists attacking the military base and lots of blood spilled.
  • Death end re;Quest:
    • The first game, establishing the fact that it is Darker and Edgier than the average Compile Heart game, opens with the female protagonist being stabbed through the gut and having her head bitten off by an Eldritch Abomination, with the narration making it clear that her spine and organs were exposed by the former and that her head and spinal cord flew "like a nightmarish comet" from the latter, all while the male protagonist screams out in helplessness. The next scene has her waking up in a remote house no worse for wear.
    • Death end re;Quest 2 "merely" starts with the new protagonist's father deciding to kill her in a fit of drunken rage while calling her a dirty whore and her sister and mother "shit". The protagonist snaps, grabs the hatchet from him, and hacks at him again and again until he's dead.
  • Within the first few minutes of starting up Blasphemous, the player will have most likely witnessed 1: a woman stabbing herself, 2: the Player Character waking up in a mountain of corpses and 3: that same Player Character filling their helmet with blood and putting it back on their head.
  • The New Order Last Days Of Europe: No one is going to believe Hearts of Iron IV is for children, much less so an alternate universe mod where the Nazis won WWII, but if you play Burgundy, the worst of the lot and the reason for a good bunch of the world's Crapsackery? You get a nice and proper Not Safe For Soul opening with one of the very first National Focuses giving you a short tale, from the perspective of a mother who never saw her baby alive, she was just told it was a boy and also euthanized before she woke up because he had "mongoloid traits". And is expected to name the dead baby for bureaucratic purposes. It serves to steel you for the rest, because it gets so much worse later the poor kid was lucky.
  • The opening of Mad Rat Dead features the protagonist getting vivisected in full view as the cheerful MAD RAT, ALIVE? plays.
  • Purgatory (RPG Maker) opens in the very first room, where Enri wakes up is a room with the floor and walls painted with blood and with corpses all over. This sets the tone for the Gorn that the rest of the game will be accompanied by.
  • Lost Judgment opens with the graphic discovery of a murder victim's decaying, maggot-infested corpse. The content warning at the start isn't just for show.
  • The opening chapter of OMORI is about Omori and his friends playing hide-and-seek at a playground, followed by a boss fight with Boss. Then they go to Basil's house, where Basil finds a photo of a corpse. Omori returns to the starting room, and his only way out is to stab himself. Then the real game begins..

    Visual Novels 
  • The very first cutscene of the very first entry in the Danganronpa series is of Monokuma trapping someone (later revealed to be Jin Kirigiri, the true headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy) in a rocket ship, shooting him into the air, and letting him fall back down to Earth. While it's not quite as violent as later events (all we see of the person after he crashes is his skeleton), it still sets the tone for the rest of the franchise.
  • ClockUp's Maggot Baits first sexual opens with the "Witches" Isabel and Sandy having sex with and killing about ten men after talking about it to the protagonist. Taking place in a City Noir, the game and its citizens treats this as something natural.
  • When you boot up Your Turn to Die for the first time, you're met with a shadowy silhouette of Sou Hiyori, who forces you to decide between two people... without telling you that whoever you don't pick gets crushed by a rock, with visible blood. Then he, with a Slasher Smile on his lips, subjects you to a Jump Scare shortly afterwards.

  • Curvy starts of with Anais drawing naked women in her binder.
  • Go Get a Roomie! starts off with Roomie having lesbian sex in a bar's restroom.
  • The opening gag of the long-running Something*Positive is an abortion joke. And if the reader doesn't realize from that point onward that the author will go for dark, adult, offensive and sometimes violent humor, then they should figure it out pretty quickly when this is followed by main cast members attempting to steal from a Salvation Army Santa Claus and creating porno snow sculptures.
  • Not exactly the first scene (although Jigsaw DOES threaten someone with 'a violin case'), but Last Res0rt throws around the stuff about Vampires pretty quick, and makes sure to toss in some blood after that. Word of God says this was done on purpose (along with the gratuitous swearing) just so she wouldn't have to deal with people complaining when she got up to scenes like this one. When you know scenes like that could take years to get to (and people have invested more than just a few bucks in their entertainment by then), an R-Rated Opening makes a lot of sense.
  • While not right at the start the first chapter of Shadownova definitely counts. A school is blown up, killing heaps of people, most of which would be children. Not long after we see the wounded students and teachers who aren't quite dead. Then Cameron Hunter arrives.
  • Remus kicks off with a Right-Wing Militia Fanatic flying a passenger jet into the White House, the U.S.'s rapid descent into a full-blown second civil war and crackdown on civil liberties, and then gives us a bloody glimpse of that war via the series' resident Knife Nut. And that's the first three pages...
  • A more mild example, but the first Pesterlog in Homestuck is a discussion between two of the main characters about Little Monsters. Specifically, one of the characters is trolling the other into thinking about drinking urine after a mention of apple juice. This, along with other brief moments of Toilet Humor beforehand (including a joke command about pooping on desks) gives an early indicator the sort of humor this comic is known for.
  • Ménage à 3 provides another lightweight example, as the first ever strip features gay sex. It's a comedy, but it's a sex comedy that doesn't pretend to be anything else (especially since some originally-obscured nudity got retconned in). Actually, one of those characters getting interrupted in the act has become a Running Gag in the comic.
  • morphE is mostly a magical boarding school from hell story about 5 captives who are being trained in magic by a sociopathic socialite mage. However the prologue chapter, lasting 4 pages, depicts two people running from a knife weilding mad-woman and running in to human bodies locked in crates, coated in blood and with many of their digits removed.
  • Nine pages into Hell(p) and already we get blood splashing and body parts flying.

    Web Original 
  • Evie and Aaron, the hosts of Awesomed By Comics Podcast related a completely accidental, but totally hilarious, example that occurred when they attended a matinee showing of Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time. In a grievous error, the movie theater accidentally ran the film that apparently had been shown the previous night on that particular multiplex screen — the very R-rated Drive Angry, whose opening minutes are particularly front-loaded with violence and profanity. Apart from Evie and Aaron, the audience consisted entirely of children and parents. Hilarity Ensued.
  • Lobo (Webseries): The very first episode starts with Lobo going past an exercizing alien who says "Hey, watch it! What are you trying to do, take my head off?!" Lobo goes back to him and shoots his head clean off with blood and eyeballs spurting out.
  • APPLE.MOV: "Applejack, what are you doing? You can't eat all those fucking apples." "Fuck you I can eat all these apples!"
  • Proxy begins with Jeff the Killer killing an innocent woman and then being captured by a certain tall, dark and faceless entity who proceeds to force feed him some sort of suspicious liquid...
  • Invoked if not precisely played straight with the opening scene of Suburban Knights: no one expects the cast of That Guy with the Glasses to be "family-friendly", but the bloody splattering of the clueless motorist across his car windows by Malachite definitely serves notice that things are about to get more serious than the previous outings.
    • This is lampshaded when the Critic reviewed this movie as a DVD extra.
    Critic: (when Bill's head explodes) Whoa! Um... okay, somebody's movie forgot to take its depression medication. I mean, I thought this was, like, fun, adventure, people in dress-up fantasy, ooooh, all sorts of whimsical comedy and— (the car blows up, much to the Critic's shock) Did I put in the wrong movie?! I mean, the back of the film says it's a hilarious adventure with non-stop fun! (replays the explosion) Maybe if you call it "An Arsonist's Christmas"!
  • Big Bill Hell's: The very first words spoken (and shown on-screen) are "Fuck you, Baltimore!"

    Western Animation 
  • Just in case you needed a hint that Ralph Bakshi's The Last Days of Coney Island is not fun escapist entertainment, it opens up with very dark, grisly scenery and a clip of JFK's assassination being played three times in a row, which also makes it clear that it does not intend to show a rose tinted view of the 1960's. And if that isn't enough of a hint, one of the first things you see a character in the film do is brutally murder his mother on screen for having sex with a clown.
  • The very first shots of The Headless Chicken have the protagonist, Amos the Chicken, getting decapitated by a farmer on-screen, immediately establishing the cartoon's horror-comedy tone.
  • Todd McFarlane's Spawn starts with a shockingly brutal scene where several people are killed in horrific ways, including one guy whose head gets twisted 180 degrees by the title character, another who burns to death in graphic detail, and another whose arm is snapped in half so that he blows his brains out with his own gun.
  • The Galaxy Rangers pilot episode, "Phoenix", has about three minutes to set up the general situation - the Foxx family heading to Kirwin, the human-Kiwi collaboration on new agricultural tech...and then the Crown Destroyer shows up and people start getting gunned down right and left. For a cartoon in the 80s, that was pretty edgy.
  • Played with in Invincible (2021). Most of the first episode is a soft PG-13 at worst. And then you get to the ending, which plays Bloody Horror to the hilt as Omni-Man brutally slaughters his former teammates. This is in keeping with the spirit of the original comic book, which was certainly violent but relatively tame to begin with; the Omni-Massacre didn't happen until a few issues in.
  • The Legend of Vox Machina: In the span of the first two minutes there's a lot of drinking, lots of swearing, a Vomit Indiscretion Shot from a drunk Keyleth, a man asking another man to give him a hand-job (albeit as an Insult Backfire) and somebody getting their hand chopped off.


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