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  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Let's just say the author changes from light to dark mood and back and forth many times throughout the story.
  • Chapter 50 of The Parselmouth of Gryffindor mostly sees the heartwarming, somewhat sad reunion of Lily with Harry and Snape. Then at the very last moment, crashing down comes Mad-Eye Moody saying that every Death Eater in Azkaban has escaped.
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  • Mutant has a giant shift in the second chapter.
  • The Lion King Adventures goes from comedy to dark horror at the drop of a hat.
  • Chapter 4 of Racer and the Geek has a particularly jarring scene where Rainbow Dash goes from making friendly conversation with Sunny to practically interrogating him and then going back as if nothing happened.
  • What About Witch Queen? has chapter Fighting the waves, arguably the darkest so far, followed by adventurous and snarky Tourists in hiding. Most of the former is Anna trying to survive a giant storm out of the boat and it ends with her cauterizing (painfully) stump of Ferdinand's hand. The latter, on the other hand, is a bit wacky, with Anna and Ferdinand trying to hide on Westerguard and utilizing cliche spy movie techniques.
  • Chapter 20 of What Lies Beyond the Walls starts off a bit somber, then delves into a lot of Fanservice, then switches over to a bunch of babes listening to a very lewd and humorous story about where babies come from. And then the chapter ends with a tribe of vermin suddenly killing off a few characters and the start of another Big Badass Battle Sequence.
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  • Mood Whiplash is very much present in the Hunger Games fanficion Some Semblance of Meaning, which tends to fluctuate between humor, heartwarming, and angst, often over the course of a single chapter.
  • In Luminosity, vampires or werewolves apart from their mates grow steadily more depressed, and their mates dying can be cause for a Despair Event Horizon. Meeting up with a mate creates instant euphoria. Combining the two once took Jasper from half-mindless killer to incredibly happy, intelligent and devoted husband.
  • Debt spends twelve and a half chapters as a rather nasty mixture of nightmarish imagery, Nausea Fuel, and Tear Jerker. About halfway through the last chapter, it becomes kind of hard for the reader to believe that they're still reading a Dark Fic.
  • Chapter 43 of Hivefled consists mostly of the human gang watching terrible troll porn, complete with riffs from the boys, and then suddenly they see something which misleads them into believing they are harbouring a rapist.
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  • Atlas Strongest Tournament is the culmination of a fusion of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with Classical Mythology, plus enough plotting and counter-plotting to make Light Yagami salivate. It also has a Comedy tag. Whiplash occurs a lot therein, especially involving the changeling Mooks.
  • In Game Theory, a tense fight scene is followed by Vesta complaining about hurting herself by chasing her own tail.
  • The mood whiplashes left and right in Because I'm Not Popular I'll Try to Go Out with a Hero. Sometimes it's comedic and upbeat, other times it's romantic and heartwarming, if it's not either of those, expect it to be dark and serious.
  • Pleasant Meadows begins as a COYA fanfic featuring many underappreciated Touhou characters, written on the same board as A Wizard Is You. After the main character, a butler, gets a chance to meet all of said characters, the host of the gathering, Yukari Yakumo, is bloodily murdered, and the rest of the fanfic plays out as a slasher-film-style survival fic. The Whiplash strikes again at the end; because voters couldn't decide between the MC ending up with two different characters, the author made it so both happens through a Phlebotinum Breakdown, and the fic ends with four characters, including two clones of the main character, yelling at Yukari for screwing things up.
  • Turnabout Storm has Gilda's teary-eyed confession after her testimony is debunked, and then she asks the Judge if she can say one more thing...and proceeds to flip out on Phoenix and threaten him with all sorts of bodily harm if he's still around when she gets out of jail. She even flips Phoenix off before being sent away.
  • Kill la Kill AU is a mostly lighthearted fan webcomic series, up until Comic 25, the Forbidden Room Arc, which involves Nui being dragged into a basement or room by something and Ragyo almost dying from her injuries as result of going to rescue her. Later, the series mostly dips into Cerebus Rollercoaster, particularly with the Fanfics (as in some are light and others not so much).
  • When a Pony Calls starts off as a light-hearted comedy, about a brony named Soren (not to be confused with the character in the show.) switching bodies with Lyra, while still they are still stuck in their respectives homes as a different species... then Soren learns that some kind of natural "back up" of Lyra's mind is slowly destroying his own, because it has mistaken him for an intruder trying to take over Lyra's body and when he gets to Equestria in hopes of fixing this problem he learns that a side affect of Equestria's natural magical environment is turning his human body into a pony.
  • New Game Plus: Frequent in Chapter 5.
    • A notable instance when Nami realizes that Luffy’s expecting her to pay for the armada, currently consisting of 219 people, to eat at the Baratie until he can convince Zeff to join them. She then faints from euphoria Luffy promises that she can have One Piece if she does.
    • Happens twice in a row with Patty. First his “pleasant” demeanor vanishes when he hears that the Straw Hats have 219 mouths to feed. Then it returns when Nami shows that they have enough money to pay for it.
    • Sanji is reduced to a similar state as when he saw his wanted poster when he finds out that Kaya is Usopp’s girlfriend, and they prove it with a passionate kiss. He snaps out of that in a second when he’s called to the kitchen, instantly ready to serve.
  • Advice and Trust: During one scene in Chapter 9, Rei and Kaworu are having an argument regarding Rei's inability to tell Shinji and Asuka certain secrets. It's played seriously, up until it turns out Kaworu has a boner.
  • Many, many examples in the One Piece Self-Insert Fic This Bites!:
    • Chapter 13. So, Cross has just been made aware of the fact that he's blurted out a lot about their adventures that he shouldn't know, and Sanji seems ready to interrogate him. With a face that is, quote, "serious as a nuclear winter," Sanji calmly demands that Cross tell him everything he knows about one person that he mentioned in his sleep… Princess Shirahoshi.
    Cross: …Wait, what!?
    Sanji: (love mode) You heard me! Tell me about the Mermaid Princess! The most beautiful creature beneath the seas, an exquisite example of feminine form, truly Aphrodite incarnate! You have to tell me all about her, I beg of you, I'll do whatever I have to! Just tell me about her!
    • And the whiplash continues as Cross lists three reasons that Sanji cannot be her knight in shining armor. He remains in love mode as Cross says that she's 20,000 feet below the surface; he instantly changes to burning fury when Cross says that a villainous stalker is after her, forcing her to stay in solitary confinement; and he instantly changes to hit the Despair Event Horizon when Cross informs him that Shirahoshi is no older than 14/15.
    Sanji: WHHHYYYYY!? CURSE YOU, FATHER TIME! CUUUURSE YOOOOUUUU!
    Finally, once he gets over that, it's back to his no-nonsense understanding of the true gravity of the situation.
    • In the following chapter, after The Reveal, it happens again in the same situation: after Cross tearfully begs for forgiveness, Nami solemnly asks him to answer one question…how rich they're going to get. Sanji then jumps in asking about the beauties they'll find, Zoro briefly attempts to chastise them before caving and asking about their future fights…yeah.
    • In Chapter 23, Koala goes from contemplative to furious when she hears herself described as prominent and cuddly.
    • In Chapter 24, Cross quickly revises his opinion that Chopper should never go Hyde again when he hears that he almost doubled the Rumble Ball's effectiveness within the first few minutes before he went insane.
    • In Chapter 29, Cross's mood switches from sleepy to panicked when Hina suggests letting Vergo in on MI3.
    • In Chapter 32, Sanji flip-flops between terrified and loving when he hears the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Nami is executing on Jonathan.
    • During the events of Movie 6, Broggy congratulates Dorry for remembering where he heard about a flower that messes with the minds of its victims, before both panic when they realize exactly what the Straw Hats are facing.
    • In Chapter 43, Merry goes from lamenting that she can't swim anymore, to jubilant that Usopp has a solution, to furious that said solution is an inner tube.
    • In the same chapter, post-Enies Lobby victory celebration, Cross, Zoro, Nami, Vivi and Merry are watching the sunrise after successfully negotiating with the remnants of CP9, and then the scene cuts to Aokiji and a newly minted Warlord Blackbeard watching Ace, Squardo and Whitey in a Marine brig.
  • Yin And Yang Series: Since chapters in "Paradise is Where The Heart Is" focus on different characters and plots, tone can also vary from chapter to chapter.
  • Chapter 17 of the Pokemon fanfic Travels of the Trifecta alternates between more comical scenes of Barry and Conway's interactions and Paul's angst-filled training for the upcoming battle against Ash.
  • A Gem in the Rough: "The Dream Island" starts out with the Straw Hats asking Garnet questions, Luffy talking with Pearl, and Steven entering Luffy's dreams where he ends up on an island of meat with younger dream versions of Luffy, Ace, and Sabo. Everything seems like it is going to be an innocent, fun time exploring Steven's dreams powers...until Steven finds a door hidden in some rocks. Inside, Steven finds some interesting trinkets, like Arlong's shark teeth and Crocodile's hook. Steven is already unnerved when he comes across a small, talking flower... The rest of the chapter is one punch in the gut after another.
  • In Loaded Bones, Chapter 4 starts with Ryou celebrating his birthday and ends with Yami Bakura regaining control of the body and forcing him to help him.
  • Teen Titans fanfic Doppelganger Non Grata begins with a very dark opening chapter before switching to wacky comedy in the second chapter. To be fair, the source material was prone to this trope, too.
  • In Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy, as trying to torture Pariah, Desaad's torturing device blows up in his face, which gets soot-smudged. Then Desaad cleans himself, assembles a mind-probe and mind-rapes information out of Pariah.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku goes from feeling like his life was over from discovering that he was Quirkless to being on Cloud Nine when he discovered his "Quirk" after tearing the door right off the wall after getting home. Just over a week later, he's loathing every fiber of his being for nearly crippling Bakugou and discovering that he's an alien.
    Izuku: In the span of an hour, I went from feeling like my life was over to being on top of the world. As far as I knew, the doctor was wrong, and I did have a Quirk. A Quirk like All Might's, too! It was everything I ever dreamed of! At least until it became everything I didn't even know I was afraid of.
  • The sequel to Child of the Storm has Harry on the verge of becoming the Dark Phoenix, a Humanoid Abomination with the raw power to swallow planets, to burn galaxies, to turn everything and everyone he knows and loves into ash and smoke as his pain and fury and power feed off one another in a vicious cycle to create a monster greater and more terrible than the galaxy has known in a million years...and then his rant is abruptly cut off by Carol.
    "Oh my god, you total fucking drama queen."
    • Appears to be the running theme with this fic. One minute we are introduced to some light family fluff then the next minute Harry & Co are literally fighting for their lives. And sometimes, vice versa.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Mitsuki Bakugou is talking her son's ear off while demanding that he takes some time out of his schedule to visit his father while she's on vacation with Inko. After screaming non-stop for five minutes, she sweetly tells Katsuki to say hi to his teammates (particularly Ruby) and that she loves him.
    Mitsuki: LISTEN TO ME YOU LITTLE BITCH, YOU KNOW HOW YOUR FATHER GETS WHEN HE HAS TO STAY IN THAT HOUSE BY HIMSELF, SO YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME OUT OF YOUR DAMN SCHEDULE TO VISIT HIM EVERY WEEK OR SO WHILE I'M ON VACATION AND I MEAN IT!... DON'T MAKE ME TAKE THE TRAIN OVER THERE AND DRAG YOUR ASS BACK TO MOUNTAIN GLENN JUST TO MAKE A POINT, BECAUSE YOU KNOW I WILL!... DON'T GET FUCKIN' SMART WITH ME! I MADE YOU AND I CAN JUST AS EASILY UNMAKE YOU!... That's what I thought. Now tell that little Ruby girl and the rest of your teammates I said hi, I'm here at Inko's house so I have to go now. I love you, alright?
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Izuku tries to open the story with the same deliberate, overly dramatic tone used in the opening of the first Spider-Man film. It veers straight into comedy when he bores his listener and has to beg them to stay.
    Izuku: Do you want to know my story? Are you sure you want to know? The tale I'm going to spin isn't for the faint of heart and... Wait! Wait, don't go! O-Okay look, this is the first time I've told anybody what happened like this, so please be patient! Our story begins like a lot of manga and comics do... in middle school.
  • In The Secret Return of Alex Mack, a chapter that was supposed to a light-hearted Breather Episode starts with some characters on a road trip and ends with a nine-year-old girl suicide nuking a Grey Goo infestation with her pyrokinesis.
  • The Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Fan Fic Under the Bridge is a Dark Fic, even for CDRR fanfic standards (and especially early CDRR fics can get pretty dark). Nonetheless, funny or wacky situations keep popping up when you don't expect them, thereby sometimes feeling out of place while trying to lighten up the story.
  • A Brighter Dark: Happens about once every other chapter. Because the story jumps around various POV characters on both sides of the Hoshidan/Nohr conflict, usually between characters in completely different parts of the map, it is not uncommon to be in the middle of a graphic death scene and switch over to a little dose of light hearted comedic banter.
  • Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee:One story is lighthearted and funny, though the next is more serious or has darker moments or some dark backstory is revealed in it and back again.
  • The Raven's Plan:
    • When Stannis arrives back at the Red Keep totally pissed-face drunk, Robert finds the situation hilarious, jokingly asking if they're going to be drinking buddies now. Then Stannis reveals why he's drunk (guilt over burning Shireen to death in the old timeline), and Robert becomes so disgusted that he has Stannis tossed into a Black Cell, all but disowning him on the spot.
    • Upon learning that Meera fell in love with Bran, Ned is initially overjoyed for his son. Then Bran reminds him that he's the Three-Eyed Raven now, not Bran, which kills Ned's mood as he realizes that relationship came to nothing.
  • A Tale of Two Rulers:
    • After Zelda and Ganondorf discuss the millions of deaths to both Gerudo and Hylians over the centuries, they end the conversation by Ganondorf kissing a "reluctant" Zelda.
    • A few pages after Ganondorf comedically steals a piece of his wedding cake, a bunch of Zelda's knights try to kill him because they refuse to let him become king. Ganondorf kills them and delivers one of their head's to Zelda in the middle of the night.

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