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"Flint.... ...I'm not sure what to say... But just stay calm and hear me out. I have good news, and I have bad news. Which do you want to hear first...? No, let me start with the good news first. I picked up a giant "Drago Fang". It'll make for a great weapon. I figured you could probably use it. ......As for the bad news... ......The bad news is... ............ ...It's where I found the Drago Fang. It was...... In your... ...It was pierced through your wife's heart."
Bronson, setting the mood for a game that has mastered this trope.note 

  • Crossover with Nightmare Fuel: For such a funny, lighthearted game, Portal 2 gets surprisingly disturbing when the lights in GLaDOS's lair turn red and she screams in auto-tuned agony as her module gets ripped from the Aperture Science computer system.
    • Which is immediately followed by Wheatley taking over and letting the player go. Except he doesn't, and outright attacks them.
    • Not to mention the ending, when GlaDOS, having just saved you from being sucked into space, acts genuinely relieved that you're all right and tells you that all along, you've been her greatest friend. This heartwarming moment is ruined when she deletes Caroline and reverts to her old passive-aggressive vitriol. But then she tells you she's letting you go, but just because she doesn't want you ruining her life anymore, and just as you're not sure how to feel, the elevator doors open on a group of turrets... who don't shoot you, but rather serenade you with a beautiful opera song. Talk about a zig-zag.
  • Happens often in Left 4 Dead 2, thanks to the automatic in-game dialogue.
    Ellis: ...Y'all... Y'all, I'm hurt.... Look, guys, KIDDIELAND!
  • Done very deliberately in Dragon Age II at several times. The plot of the game is a report of the events of the last years given by Loveable Rogue Varric to an Inqusitor who needs to know what really happened to find a way to contain the major crisis that is currently sweeping the world. Also being a successful novelist who wrote several adventure novels based on his own experiences, he occasionally tries to get around the darker parts of the report by just making up over the top hilarious scenes, which then suddenly cut back to the interrogation room where the inqusitor tells him to stop the silliness and tell her what actually happened. Then you get to start the level again, but that time it is a lot darker and creepy.
    • Hawke, when played as a smooth-talking joker, sometimes invokes this. While Snarky!Hawke is irreverent and unflappable most of the time, if their family is threatened, they will switch from sarcasm to Fury so fast it catches most people off guard.
    Snarky!Hawke: I'm sorry to interrupt this lovely student-teacher reunion but WHERE IS MY MOTHER?!
    • The "On the Loose" sidequest that deals with three escaped mages in Act III is the epitome of this. Dealing with Emile de Launcet is a fairly lighthearted and hilarious little affair. Dealing with Huon insane Blood Mage who murders his wife to summon demons and Evelina insane abomination that you have to kill in front of her adopted children is horrifying and heartwrenching. And you can deal with them in any order.
    • Less intentionally, the more lighthearted bits of party banter can result in this if they trigger right after something dramatic. It's possible to hear Merrill making fun of Anders' feathery coat about a minute after she's had to kill her teacher, and possibly her *entire clan*.
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  • In the original game, the Return to Ostagar DLC counts: a lonely, snowy, desolate battlefield, the ravaged, mutilated corpse of King Cailan, the heartbreaking funeral pyre, the menacing orc necromancer, and—if you brought both of them along—Wynne and Alistair flirting with each other. (Bonus points if you're playing a female Warden who's romancing Alistair at the time.)
  • The Zelda series is known for this. Examples include:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has a fair bit of it, but an especially abrupt example is the transition from Kakariko Village to the Royal Family Tomb. The former is a small, peaceful village with a friendly population. (And if the in-game time is daytime, very pleasant music playing in the background; otherwise no music at all.) The latter is a gloomy dungeon with bones scattered across the floor, as well as pools of a mysterious green chemical, and zombies walking around, as you go further into the dungeon. The transition between the two? Kakariko Village is connected to the Graveyard, and one of the Graveyard's tombstones leads directly to the Royal Family Tomb when it is destroyed by lightning upon Link playing Zelda's lullaby next to it. Or alternatively, just a hole in the ground every other time you revisit the Graveyard AFTER that.
    • Used to bewildering effect in the Great Bay area of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. You've pushed poor Mikau to the shore, but you've come too late, and he's dying! His last words will surely be dramatic and plot-important, right? If by dramatic, you mean "Hopping up and pulling out a guitar and singing about how his girlfriend got pregnant and won't talk anymore, before collapsing and asking you to 'heal his soul'" then yes. It is very "dramatic".
      • What makes Mikau's death scene even more bizarre is the fact that, after pushing him to shore, you get a short cutscene of him staggering around and collapsing. Since it's before he whips out the guitar, it makes you wonder even more where he got that sudden burst of energy from...
      • Also, the cutscene right before the final dungeon, which goes from nice to creepy to nice and back again once you get to the dungeon. The day is seemingly saved, and Tatl and Tael are reunited. But then the mask separates from Skull Kid and starts talking, the moon opens its mouth, talks, and starts forcing itself downward, and you get swallowed up inside it. What's inside of the moon? A beautiful, peaceful field with birds chirping and children frollicking around a large tree. Of course, then you notice that the children are all wearing masks of the bosses you have killed, and the one wearing Majora's Mask is sitting all alone and staring, and it becomes scary again.
      • The non transformation masks themselves can completely kill the mood of certain scenes due to how silly some of them look on Link.
    • There is then The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's Silent Realms, which are nice and relaxing, until the guardians wake up and come after you.
      Ghirahim: This is all very touching, really, but I'm afraid I have to cut this emotional moment short.
    • And in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, we have the beginning, where the worst conflict is a child being trapped with a monkey by a couple of mooks or Link's friend getting mad over a very slight leg injury on Epona. Right at the most happy, peaceful moment, where your friend is telling you to have a safe trip delivering a present, all hell breaks loose, and a group of monsters kidnap several children, shooting one with an arrow and knocking Link unconscious, Link chases after them, only to be dragged into a shroud of darkness and transformed into a wolf with a display of Body Horror before getting thrown in prison.
    • In the opening cutscene for Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, King Harkinian says he must set sail to the island of Gamelon to help Duke Onkled, who is under attack by Ganon (the Duke is eventually revealed to have been Evil All Along). He then immediately follows up this sentence with wondering what's for dinner. His exact lines are, "Enough! My ship sails in the morning. I wonder what's for dinner?" These two sentences have next to nothing in common with each other and comes off as unintentionally funny.
  • The Yakuza series is built on this trope. The game has a hard boiled, serious plotline lifted straight from the Yakuza genre... and then some of the most ridiculous sidequests in the history of gaming. So you have a scene where a character loses a family member to a betrayal by his closest friend, and then in between punishing those responsible, you can go ahead and help a flatulent man in a unitard who fights crime, but only when he eats curry.
    • A specific quest which will leave your neck feeling like a corkscrew is found in Yakuza Zero and deals with Majima attempting to save a young woman from a cult. While the cult's rituals and practices are played for laughs, the extortion, brainwashing and sexual abuse the cultists are victims of are very emphatically not.
  • Hokuto ga Gotoku, being a Fist of the North Star game made by the same people behind (and in the same vein as) the Yakuza series, also does this to its source material. The game follows Kenshiro as he continues to stoically wander the nuclear wastes of the earth, searching for Yuria and dispensing justice to villains along the way; but this time, along the way, he'll also play baseball with bandits and a steel slab, work as a doctor to heal patients (and occasionally put bandits out of their misery), and moonlight as a bartender, using his Supernatural Martial Arts to mix drinks.
  • Quintessence - The Blighted Venom - When scenes abruptly change from a Vikon (might or might not be with Salory) comic relief moment to something dead serious.
  • Escape From Lavender Town starts off as a seemingly boring Pokémon hack. but when you press the right key, it becomes threatening and scary. The end music is also very soothing and calm, after the horrible experience that you just endured.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 veered sharply away from the angst and tragedy of its predecessor, going for a more lighthearted, fun experience. The game itself slides up and down from drama to comedy, though the switching points are rather clearly marked.
  • Final Fantasy VII's first disc ends with the death of Aerith, and the second opens in the town of Icicle Inn, where the players find more information about Aerith's origins, including that Hojo is responsible for the death of Gast and Ifalna. Immediately after this, they step outside to be threatened by the Turks, only for Elena to get sent into the Great Glacier in a slapstick moment, which is then followed by Cloud going snowboarding. This all happens in roughly ten in-game minutes.
  • Final Fantasy VI gives us a scene where Terra, during two separate chats with Leo and Shadow, is wondering whether it is possible for her to love a human (since she is half-Esper) and angsting about not understanding what love even is. It's all quite touching up to the point where a seasick Locke comes tumbling out of the cabin and pukes over the railing, complete with goofy music to underscore the whiplash.
    • It goes the other way, too: after Locke and Terra find the escaped Espers at Crescent Island and bring them back to Thamasa, everyone is confident that peace is returning to the world. Then Kefka shows up, captures all the Espers, kills Leo, and causes an entire continent to rise up into the sky.
    • Sabin's story arc is FULL of this. Cut from Sabin meeting a kooky old hermit who mistakes him for a repair man, to Cyan's friends, family, and king being painfully killed by Kefka poisoning their water supply. Shortly after that, we go from eating food served by ghosts and suplexing trains to Cyan desperately chasing after the spirits of his wife and child as they are carried off into the afterlife.
  • Happens a lot in Final Fantasy XIII-2, but the normal ending takes the cake by far. Noel and Serah return from the end of time to be reunited with all their friends, having defeated Caius and restored the timeline. Hope's ark, a new home for mankind, ascends bravely into the sky. Fang and Vanille have been rescued from Cocoon's crystal pillar, presumably to awake soon from their centuries long stasis. Lightning can finally rest after being locked in endless combat for an immeasurable length of time. There's even a soothing pop song playing behind all these events. And then Serah suddenly DIES. And then it goes From Bad to much worse. When Caius forced Noel to kill him, he also killed the goddess Etro, which is what Caius wanted. Because of this, Academia becomes Valhalla, and everyone's pretty much screwed.
  • The Tales Series often gets like this with skits, which are conversations between your party members that can be (optionally) viewed by pressing a button. They are often very, very silly, and focused on such subjects as characters' outfits, shipping, and commentary on the plot. While sometimes the skits are serious during darker plot moments, other times your party will decide to start with the snarky banter when very serious events are going on.
    • Another common Level Breaker in the series is the title system, where your characters collect descriptions that you can "equip." Usually, every character has a few titles gotten through plot events. The game will happily interrupt those plot events to tell you, with a little jingly Item Get! noise, that the character who just betrayed you earned the title "Traitor." Another particularly notorious one is "Luke earned the title Replica Model!" from Tales of the Abyss.
      • Probably the worst one in that game is immediately following one of the saddest scenes in the game and not too long after the aforementioned "Traitor" bit. After Ion's death, Luke speaks with Anise in the Daath Cathedral. During the end of that scene, which itself is very heart-wrenching, Luke will give Anise an item, which sets the jingle off, ripping you right out of the emotion of the scene. The only thing that can be said is that at least it isn't the recipe jingle, which is actually a fanfare more victiorious than even Final Fantasy's famous victory fanfare.
    • Similarly, Tales of Symphonia and "Colette learned Judgement!"
  • Kingdom Hearts, especially Kingdom Hearts II. In some worlds, serious conversations are interrupted by some humorous moments between the heroes' party. They're not out-of-place (this is a Disney game, after all), but some of them don't make sense. For example, there is a moment in Port Royal where Sora and Goofy comment that they are surprised that Donald didn't give up to the treasure's curse (implying that Donald is greedy, although Donald never was in that world.) And then there's Atlantica ("Let's forget about our mission and... SING!!").
    • The best example (and most likely an intentional one) from Kingdom Hearts II is the scene where the game switches control from Roxas to Sora. One minute, you're watching Roxas grapple with losing his sense of identity, as the Lotus-Eater Machine he's been living in for a week forgets he ever existed, and being told he has to give up his life to bring Sora back. The next, Sora, Donald, and Goofy are dancing in a circle after being woken up, and deciding on what to do next, completely oblivious to the drama that it took to get them there. To help get an idea, compare this theme, which plays in the first part, with this theme, which plays in the second.
  • The Kirby franchise follows the adventures of the titular bright pink, insanely cute fluffball through a primarily Sugar Bowl world. The Final Bosses of many Kirby games, however, are significantly darker than the rest of the game. 0 and 0^2, the final bosses of Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards respectively, even attack Kirby by squirting blood.
  • Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, for the past seven chapters, has been very non-serious and lighthearted; everything's played for laughs. Just last chapter, for example, your workshop leader recruited an adorable pink blob alien thing that may or may not be intent on taking over the world. Aww. But wait, what's this? "This was the last time I really enjoyed being at school..." in the end of chapter summary? Well, crap. On entry into chapter 8, cue descent into more serious grounds, like a close friend's ailing physical health, learning some slightly offsetting facts about the history of alchemy, a teacher murdering one of your True Companions, and watching the mental stability of the Posthumous Character decline in the beginning chapter flashbacks. Oh, by the way. The main character isn't human. Watch as everyone in the school but your friends reject/accuse/fear one of the most timid/nice characters in the game. Oh, did we mention that Posthumous Character? Yeaah... turns out he committed suicide by having the main character kill him because he was guilty of an act he did. And at the very end, attempted (and possibly successful depending on what ending you got) suicide because he'd thought it'd be better for everyone! Curse you, chapters 11 and 12.
  • .hack//G.U.. After some 2 or 3 missions regarding the plot, you can be sure one of your friends (who, probably, was already thrown out of the main plot) will call you to play some random quest. While in the first game this is optional, in the other two it isn't. It doesn't help that the quests are not even a little bit fun.
    • There are other examples, for example, the flowers and lace addition to the camera when Saku gushes over Endrance, and the flying friendship glomp that Haseo is subjected to by Silabus and Gaspard, in contrast to some of the more intense moments (someone becoming comatose or realizing how badly you're being manipulated).
      • Or seeing the slightly disturbing final boss roar at Skeith in a way not really normal for the series.
  • Chulip is based around a young boy trying to kiss as many people as possible in order to win the heart of his crush. He's lucky if the characters are human rather than animals, eggplant-headed boys, or people with telephone poles for bodies. The game is unapologetically nonsensical. However, there's a section of the game where he encounters the spirit of a very sweet girl who was in a car accident, but prayed that she would live no matter what. Over the course of several visits it becomes clear she's stuck between life and death in a body that's slowly falling apart and a mind that's beginning to fade. You eventually set her free by helping her remember who she was by bringing her tea to her boyfriend, the stone lion who runs the bathhouse, with her eye in your pocket and drinking her tea where she can see him. It's very touching. ...and then you're right back to kissing men in gimp suits and small Godzilla parodies.
  • Part of the reason for Beyond Good & Evil's poor sales reception may lie in its mixture of Funny Animal characters and silly gags straight out of a Saturday morning cartoon with a number of touching and intensely emotional scenes. Then again, most of it works pretty well, since the funny generally stays far away from the most poignant scenes, and if it doesn't, it works to enforce the friendship between the characters.
  • Super Mario RPG: After defeating the Giant Bipolar Medieval Knight From Nowhere Boomer, you're treated to an overly dramatic, somewhat depressing cutscene featuring Boomer effectively committing suicide, accompanied by the game's "Mallow is sad" theme. The next second, your party is doing a goofy dance to the happy, bouncy Midas River music as you ride a Shy Guy-powered chandelier up to the roof of Bowser's Castle.
    • It's Mario, the same guy who was (much later) overjoyed at the sight of Bowser being horrifically burned into Dry Bowser in New Super Mario Bros.. He couldn't care less about traumatic deaths (especially when they never stick, anyway).
    • Also Chapter 7 of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door does this. Up until now, it was a pretty lighthearted, funny game. Then Lord Crump apparently dies, you discover that TEC the computer is dying, and then TEC blows up itself and the moonbase. And then, in Chapter 8 you enter the door and things get DANGEROUS, culminating in Peach getting possessed by the Shadow Queen, who has been built up as one of the most dangerous and evil villains the series.
    • And what about its sequel Super Paper Mario? It's like a giant, continual mood-whiplash, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser apparently getting killed. Yeah, that's right. Whereas Peach goes to heaven, Mario, Bowser and Luigi get chucked down to hell. It turns out none of them were really killed — just sent to the afterlife realms alive, but still... Great.
      • And then there's The Very Definitely Final Dungeon, and the second to last chapter, in which Bowser, Peach and Luigi are all seemingly killed apparently have their games ended, one by one. After we watch the Luigi vs. Dimentio match go to the Underwhere, we reach the star block and are treated to the peppy "End of Chapter!" music.
    • Most Paper Mario games have an optional moment of Mood Whiplash that is much darker than even the above examples in the form of Whacka. Whackas are an adorable endangered species, one of which appear in most games, that you can whack for a nice item note . Every time you do this, the next time you see him, he sounds a little more brain damaged. After enough whacks, you'll never see him again. There's no cure, no Retcon... you just apparently permanently killed him for items, and the game let you do it. Super Paper Mario ups the ante by having a little girl who is best friends with that game's Whacka. It only makes it darker that the game just gives you a halfhearted What the Hell, Player? to go with your sweet item, and then moves on.
    • At the end of Super Mario Galaxy, Mario defeats Bowser by literally throwing him into the Sun, then flying back to get Peach and the two start to dance in space. Cue Bowser watching in fear as his own galaxy starts to collapse and destroy the universe.
      • And at the end of Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario looks like if he had finally defeated Bowser for the last time and is about to get the last Grand Star when all of a sudden, Bowser literally flies back up, eats said Grand Star and becomes even larger than before, therefore setting the stage for the real final battle.
    • In games that use linear stages, Warp Pipes can whisk you away to environments completely different from the main portion of the stage. For example, in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, a Warp Pipe in World D-4 takes you out of Bowser's castle into the overworld, complete with the cheery overworld music playing. In Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, Warp Pipes can take you out of Lethal Lava Land into the Bubbly Clouds with an arrange of the Super Mario World overworld music playing or a serene underwater passage.
  • While the seemingly mandatory slapstick quotient in point-n-click Adventure Games makes Mood Whiplash pretty common to the genre, Beneath a Steel Sky takes the cake:
    Your mother dies when you're stranded in a chopper crash, you're named after a Foster's beer label by the feral garbage gatherer tribe that adopts you and build a cute robot pal, your entire tribe is murdered by stormtroopers sent to kidnap you, funny shenanigans with a mechanic and your snarky robot buddy, a man is brutally sawn in half by a beam from one of the omnipresent and previously innocuous security cameras, funny shenanigans with an upper class nitwit boss and a cute girl, you discover that the city is being taken over by biomechanical clones of the citizenry as part of a scheme by an Evil Computer (oh, and the cute girl? You find her corpse LITERALLY stuffed in a locker like garbage after she dies offscreen... Due to radiation poisoning from the thoughtless orders of her boss, totally unrelated to the Big Bad's conspiracy!), more funny shenanigans, You descend into a Womb Level full of Body Horror and your once snarky and wisecracking robot buddy is forced into a new body that leaves him incapable of expressing any emotions, funny shenanigans with The Ditz clone, you upload your robot buddy into a monstrous half-formed human clone body, discover that the Evil Computer corrupting the city is in fact the Enemy Within of the computer's unfortunate creator, who accidentally turned the computer homicidally insane after attaching a neural interface and exposing it to the evil lurking in his own unconscious mind. Said creator is revealed to be your now emaciated father, who dies at your feet begging forgiveness after having been trapped in the interface chair for the last two decades. The evil computer disconnects him from life support and demands that you take his place, which will result in a horrifying Non-Standard Game Over. After you figure out the solution? Funny shenanigans with the mechanic from the start of the game and the cute girl's boss. Seriously Revolution, what were you thinking!?
  • GrimGrimoire starts off seemingly as a relatively light-hearted Magic School drama... but towards the end of Lillet's five days there, it rapidly turns dark, with the Sealed Evil in a Can escaping, culminating in everyone but the main character dying. The player actually knows this is coming in advance, but it's still shocking in its suddenness and intensity—and the fact that, afterwards, the first "Groundhog Day" Loop unexpectedly and suddenly turns the mood back to merely serious doesn't help matters.
  • The bizarre way No More Heroes operates simultaneously on Rule of Cool, Rule of Funny, and Rule of Fun inevitably leads to this. The most jarring example is a moment where the mood goes from Travis whining comically about how his entrance fee to fight Dr. Peace went to giving Peace a fine night on the town... then transitioning seamlessly to a serious discussion of how Dr. Peace's life as an assassin and dirty Private Investigator has permanently estranged him from his ex-wife and daughter, how he couldn't even enjoy the high-class meal due to his own daughter never looking him in the eye, and how both he and Travis are ruthless sociopaths "addicted to blood". Then Travis tries to play baseball with one of Dr. Peace's bullets and gets blown into the wall behind him, just to bring it back down to comical again.
    • And then there's the final battle, where Travis confronts his former lover and realizes she was the killer of his parents, then demands to hear her tragic backstory. She refuses, saying "It's too horrible. It alone would jack up the age rating of this game even further." Travis then gets her speech past the censors by fast-forwarding it, making her voice high-pitched and squeaky, accompanied by his comical reaction shots.
    • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle follows this trope just as much as its predecessor did. The beginning again comes across as crude yet hilarious, especially when you see Travis summon the Glastonbury. But later on, starting with Ryuji, the fights stop being funny entirely (except the last fight) with Travis respecting Ryuji's strength and sparing him, only to get unceremoniously gunned down by Sylvia. Then you come across Alice and Margaret, and Travis is not happy about killing either.
    • The final battle of the second game zigzags drastically between serious and funny. The final confrontation starts before the level, with Travis and Sylvia having sex in one of the most hilarious scenes in the series, then the actual level to the final boss is rather serious and sort of tough. Then you get to the final boss, who looks absolutely ridiculous, but presents Travis with the severed heads of Sylvia, Henry, and Shinobu on platters, and asking him how it feels to lose everything. Then the battle starts, and the boss is so laughably pathetic that you almost feel bad for him. Then he captures and nearly kills Travis, only for Henry to break in and stop him and tell him that the heads are fake. Then the boss turns into a ridiculous superhero looking thing and is absolutely monstrous to defeat. Then he turns into a colossal cartoon creature so ridiculous looking that Henry refused to fight it and left you to fight it alone. Then Travis jumps out the window of a 60 goddamn story building to cut him in half, only afterward realizing that he's about to fall to his death, only to be rescued by Sylvia, ending the game on a slow and sort of touching moment.....which then ends with Sylvia driving up to the Hotel NMH and flinging Travis off the back of a moving motorbike.
    • Also, in the second game, the scenes between the 2nd and 1st assassins cuts from one of the most serious moments to one of the funniest moments.
  • The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games do this rather frequently, with the plots being lighthearted and cheery at first, then suddenly taking a dark turn later in the story. The endings also tend to do this multiple times, often in part by following up a serious Tear Jerker with an upbeat credits theme.
    • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team pulls this off when Gengar reveals to the townsfolk that the player is a human and blames their existence as the reason for the slew of natural disasters plaguing the world. Most of your former friends decide that killing you is the answer to the problem, which subsequently leads to you and your partner being run out of town, then fleeing for your lives from an elite team that's taken the duty of your destruction upon themselves. Once this matter is resolved, however, things go right back to as they were before.
      • In the ending, everyone's ready to celebrate now that the world's been saved. Then the player is abruptly forced to depart from the Pokémon world, having fulfilled their purpose. Then, they manage to stay through nothing but sheer willpower.
    • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers has a really memorable example. After a fairly consistently-lighthearted game in the vein of its predecessor, Grovyle has been captured, and Dusknoir returns to his time period... bringing you along. What follows is a long sequence set in the Bad Future of the Pokemon world, wherein you and your partner are almost killed and forced to flee for their lives.
      • The post-credits additional cutscene, in which Dialga brings the player character (and, in the remake, Grovyle and everyone else) back into existence.
    • The ending of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity pulls this off very nicely, with everybody celebrating after the world's been saved. Then the hero is informed that they need to leave the Pokemon world the next day, as presence of humans goes against the laws of nature and threatens to warp the very fabric of reality, and worse, that everyone's memories of them will fade away. However, they realize after receiving a final message from their friends as they depart, they weren't forgotten after all. But then they don't come back in the post-credits scene like the other games...
      • Also in the same game is Hydreigon's death. You just pulled through a moderately challenging dungeon with Hydreigon absolutely carrying your team, when all of a sudden Kyurem comes right the hell out of nowhere, kills Hydreigon and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the player, then leaves. Reminder: This is the only time in the whole franchise that any Pokémon is outright murdered, and it comes right out of nowhere. Good thing he comes back post game.
    • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon has the thirteenth chapter as a whole. It begins with the heroes traveling to the bright and cheerful Barum Town, that has plenty of quirky residents, a peppy Celtic-style tune playing in the background, a small group talking about the rumors of Pokémon all over the world being turned into stone... that gets interrupted by Latios and Latias crash landing, the heroes coming across their petrified bodies, along with Entei showing up and attempting to kill the heroes. This is one of those dark turns mentioned above.
  • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2: During the intense, action-packed section of the main story between the scene where Team Plasma freezes Opelucid City and the epic showdowns aboard the Plasma Frigate and in the Giant Chasm, you have to get your 8th and final Gym Badge in a laid-back seaside resort town filled with blissful vacationers. Your rival won't even let you continue chasing down the villains until you get the badge.
  • Elite Beat Agents: You play the game for awhile and the tone of the game sets itself fairly clearly as downright wacky, with levels featuring automobile CEO heirs playing ninja and a speed freak taxi driver outrunning the law to get an expecting mother to the hospital et al. Then you get to Mission 12: A Christmas Gift. The opening FMV looks simple enough: a father heads out to a job and his young daughter asks for a girl teddy bear to go with her male one for Christmas. No problem there. There will probably be some hilarious level dealing with getting the bear in question. The FMV jumps to a few months on, and the mother states that the father's "had an accident" and "will not be able to come home". Wait, what?
    • This is a once-a-game tradition for the Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan series of which EBA is an American counterpart. All three are considered extremely effective, at that.
      • In first Ouendan game, a man dies in a motorcycle accident after getting into a fight with his wife. He is given a chance to return to Earth for a few hours to tell her he loves her one last time.
      • In the second game, a young figure skater dies in an accident, and her younger sister takes up the mantle to honor her legacy.
  • Painkiller was a straightforward first-person shooter until the Asylum level, which was almost completely devoid of lights and filled with invulnerable ghosts that could damage Daniel. It was like a light version of Shalebridge Cradle from Thief: Deadly Shadows. After that, the game went back to its normal intense tone.
    • Don't forget the amputees.
    • The Orphanage anyone? Decapitated children, schoolgirls that burst into flame and scream in agony while attacking you, a giant butcher who devours the childrens' souls and cooks their bodies, children wrapped in bedsheets that explode into gorey say absolutely nothing of the iron maidens and other torture implements in the environment. One of the squickiest is the giant teddy bear in one room whose stomach has been split vertically, with a gore patch underneath it...
  • Mother 3 begins with the usual Earthbound-style humor, even amid the search for Flint's missing family in the first chapter, right up to the moment when an NPC tells you he's got good news and bad news: the good news is that he found a Drago's tooth which could be used as a weapon. The bad news is that it was found pierced through the heart of Flint's wife.
    • The endgame could also count as well. You arrive in the bustling, amusement park-like New Pork City, go up the strange and whimsical Empire Porky Building and are even shown a welcome bit of nostalgia from EarthBound in the form of a boat ride. Then, suddenly you encounter the sinister Big Bad, Porky (who was The Dragon in the last game and abused time travel, causing him to age unnaturally until he became the bed-mech ridden manchild we see in this). After a battle with Porky's 'bots a trapdoor opens causing the party and Flint to fall, Tower of Terror-style, 100 stories down into an underground cave. Battles commence and eventually we see Claus, Flint's son and Lucas' twin, finally come to his senses after serving Porky for a long time, but committing suicide right after.
    • EarthBound itself had its moments. The generally happy-go-lucky nature of the game made the abrupt switch to horror at the end all the more terrifying.
      • To elaborate, the game is bright, happy, goofy, and random for the most part, until an abrupt shift near the end where your heroes find out that organic matter cannot withstand time travel and have to be turned into robots to fight Giygas, who has gone mad and lost his body and mind. Even worse, Giygas' lines are inspired by what the creator remembered as a rape scene from an R-rated movie that scarred him as a little kid.
      • Heck, we can probably pin this trope down as the entire point of the Mother series. It looks cute and cuddly, with this undercurrent of dissonant weirdness, then you get to the ending and suddenly it's pure psychological horror and Nightmare Fuel. This is probably the cause of its small, yet super-devoted fanbase - if it were either pure cuteness or pure horror, it would have been much more forgettable.
      • You don't need to go to the end of EarthBound to see this. We come accross the Happy Happyism cult, a goofy sect that want to make the entire world happy by painting it in blue. They also perform human sacrifices.
  • Shadow of the Colossus. You finally took down that HUGE Colossus that took half an hour just to climb. Yeah, good job asshole.
  • The Jak and Daxter series pulls this off to an almost masterful degree. The most notable one is the switch between Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy and Jak II: Renegade. The first consists of bright, primary colors, a relatively simple story and the heroes saving the day; the second starts off with two years of torture, is set in a totalitarian city under iron rule, and has the hero slowly heading for insanity and death.
    • Two scenes in Jak 3: Wastelander that happen within minutes of each other depict a Tear Jerker when Damas dies, as Daxter puts aside his cowardice to go after Veger and when it's revealed the Precursors are ottsels.
  • Liable to happen often due to players in World of Warcraft, but one jarring example where the game itself presents this is the death knight starting sequence. From the get-go, the player and his/her npc allies happily slaughter screaming and pleading innocent peasants, torture crusaders to death, and wreak havoc and destruction across the land. It's cruel, it's evil, it's fun. Then comes the execution quest...
    • Then, immediately AFTER the execution quest, you hide behind a hilariously obvious cardboard tree to ambush a courier.
    • Another case happens when you start playing as a Goblin. Their starting area is one large funny pop culture reference, and the Goblins are all having a good time. Then Deathwing rears his ugly metal head, and suddenly everyone's screaming and running for their lives. And after that, when you evacuate the island, a cinematic starts and its back to funny again.
    • There's plenty of whiplash going on in Cataclysm. For instance, the questlines of Silverpine Forest are truly dark and serious, which is preceded immediately by the new questlines for Hillsbrad Foothills, which are almost all funny. Some are even funny while dealing with a serious subject, such as the wiping out of the largest human settlements in the area, or a Doctor performing experiments deemed horrific even by Forsaken standards- a doctor who also has a crush a blood elf npc named Johnny Awesome, thinking he's a girl.
    • There's also the new questlines for Thousand Needles. It usually begins with the Grimtotems raiding and partially destroying both the Alliance and Horde settlements in the area. Then you reach the speedbarge, which has some truly non-serious moments like the troll boss you just killed following you around as a ghost and talks with his ex-wife who hates him. Then comes the questline with Magartha, who plans on destroying all of Thousand Needles with something that the Twilight Cult created and threatening to kill you if she ever saw you again.
  • Call of Duty 4 has a amazingly brutal and tragic ending. Then during the end credits, it then switches to a rap song by Griggs. Then there is the epilogue which is a Time Crisis style mission on a plane that starts off with an Airplane quip. Seeing those two moments after the ending you have just witnessed is just so jarring.
    • A certain cheat turns the end of one mission into this: you've cornered an enemy officer on the roof of an apartment complex, trying to capture him and find the Big Bad, when he puts his own gun against his chin and commits suicide. In slow motion, his body falls backwards, and goes limp... at which point he explodes into a shower of car tires.
  • Persona 4 gives us two examples. First of all, the game loves to alternate between a suspenseful supernatural murder mystery and a Slice of Life/high school comedy. In addition, for a Shin Megami Tensei game, a series known for it's dark tones and depressing endings, Persona 4 is extremely idealistic and upbeat.
    • One of the most prominent and best examples of this occurs during the month of October, which is possibly the most cheerful period of time in the whole game, the only one where nobody gets kidnapped and without it's own dungeon, and where two of the most cheerful and lighthearted events take place. Then comes November, at the start of which the first Wham Episode happens, and after that follow two months of the darkest period of time in the game, with a completely different atmosphere from the rest of it.
    • Parodied in Hiimdaisy fancomic:
    "Mayumi Yamano was found dead on a TV antenna and that's why you're eating dinner alone tonight. In other news, Junes commercial!"
    "You became friends with Yosuke. >Yosuke will now DIE FOR YOU."
    • Given that the tone of the game is balanced between cheerful slice of life and supernatural serial killing, it's no surprise that the battle music, Reach out to the Truth does this too. The theme is energetic, but during the chorus, the lyrics take a sudden turn.
    "Oh God let me out, can you let me out? Can you set me free from this dark inner world? Save me now, Last beat in the soul"
  • Its predecessor Persona 3 had a good one as well. The October 4th full moon is genuinely tear jerking when Shinjiro is killed by Takaya. But October 4th was a Sunday, and so you get this lovely statement when you wake up, along with the usual cheery atmospheric music:
    Yesterday was a terrible tragedy. However, you must still go to school today.
  • Persona 5,
    • Midway through September, Morgana, plagued by self-doubt, leaves the team after an argument with Ryuji, and sets out to steal Okumura's heart by himself. The Phantom Thieves search for him in Okumura's Palace, and find him in the company of a mysterious girl who, like them, has a thief costume, proving that she's a Persona-user. The group momentarily suspects that she's the "Black Mask" Persona-user responsible for the mental shutdowns (she isn't), and after a tense standoff, she introduces herself as "Beauty Thief," at which point the encounter turns awkward and comedic, until the arrival of a group of enemies forces the group to retreat. Lampshaded by Yusuke.
    Yusuke: Any tension that was in the air has just gone out the window...
    • The School Festival makes full use of this trope. The festival itself comes on the heels of Okumura dying and the Phantom Thieves being framed for murdering him, the principal and all the other mental shutdown victims. Makoto invites Akechi to the festival in hopes of getting intel from him, and he ends up eating a special Russian takoyaki, resulting in an amusing scene. Midway through the speech, he leaves under the pretense of taking a phone call so that he can reveal that he has evidence on your group, which he uses to blackmail you into stealing Makoto's sister's heart. Immediately after Akechi leaves, there's a scene in which you can hang out at the festival with one of your friends (one of your Shujin Academy girlfriends, Haru, or Ryuji and Mishma). When you get home, it turns out that Sojiro knows about you and Futaba being Phantom Thieves, resulting in a tense confrontation that ends with him agreeing to keep your secret.
  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune plays as a mix of Gears of War and Prince of Persia for most of its length (its mix of run-and-gun and exploration with a male protagonist led some to dub it "Dude Raider"). About the 80% mark it makes a sudden left turn into the survival horror genre, when the protagonist discovers that the MacGuffin is not just a rather large slab of gold, but is also a sarcophagus containing what appears to be an ancient South American mummy and some kind of airborne virus or fungus that turns people into mindless killers within seconds of exposure. The upshot of this is that the gun-toting pirates and mercenaries of most of the game are suddenly replaced with screeching grey super-zombies.
  • Eversion. To explain why would spoil things, but suffice to say that there's a reason that warning is on the game's opening.
    • Just in case those who haven't played the game need a further hint, said warning shares the screen with a quote from H. P. Lovecraft.
  • At the end of Gokujou Parodius, you find a cartoon bomb that proceeds to blow up the place; nothing out of the ordinary, considering every other bizarre thing you just witnessed... and then you are treated to a slow pan across the wreckage, and see your character's lifeless body float by, all accompanied with depressing music.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The serious story and dramatic moments clash somewhat with the goofy radio stations and ads.
    • So does every other damn Grand Theft Auto.
    • An aversion in GTA IV: After a particular mission, Niko actually says something along the lines of, "I'm not in the mood for these annoying ads and DJs," and switches off the radio himself.
    • Grand Theft Auto V gave us a hilariously memorable scene where Michael is drugged by his son and hallucinates that he's flying, but it's not long before audio flashbacks of Michael's family yelling at and disparaging him start playing in the background.
    • Grand Theft Auto V's radio engine is actually capable of inadvertently creating this due to the shuffle nature of the engine. Tammy Wynette's D-I-V-O-R-C-E playing right after Ozark Mountain Daredevils' If You Want To Get To Heaven and Chicago's If You Leave Me Now right after Allanah Miles' Black Velvet are just some of the known examples that have have happened.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day has a pretty big swing. The game is ridiculously non serious and comical, until just before the final battle, when Conker's girlfriend Berri is fatally shot by The Panther King's right hand man (although the act itself is actually pretty funny because she is riddled with machine gun bullets for a good 30 seconds straight). After Conker defeats the Alien, the game ends with him becoming the new king, surrounded by his new subjects (characters he met throughout the game). Instead of being happy, he's incredibly depressed because he's stuck in his new position ruling over people he doesn't like, and his girlfriend is dead. He goes back to the bar from the beginning of the game and drinks himself into oblivion. The credits music adds to it by being incredibly somber.
    • The original ending was even worse, with Conker walking into the bar's bathroom, walking up to the mirror, and breaking down in tears. We would then see him raise a gun to his head, and the screen would fade to black, followed by a gunshot. If that doesn't completely contrast the game's funny moments, nothing would! And the only reason they didn't use that ending was that they wanted to be able to make a sequel.
    • The game itself starts off with vulgar comedy (bungled suicide due to lack of a neck, cows shitting, singing poo, and biting a giant caveman's ass off to name a few) and cranks it up from there. When you start the "It's War" chapter, the game does a complete 180 by playing up the war scenes completely straight. All the deaths and scenery are portrayed realistically with squirrel soldiers losing limbs from explosions, drowning in the water, and bleeding to death. There's even a scene where Conker reaches a bunker and is talking to a fellow soldier, only for said soldier to be killed right in front of Conker. The game does lighten up a bit after the chapter is over, but by that point, you're nearly done with the game.
  • Mega Man Star Force 2. One of the villains is a Replacement Goldfish who sacrifices himself because he loves the woman the man he replaced loved, but he knows he can never take his place. Another one of the villains, for comparison, threatens to tickle the main character's friends.
  • Both Secret Files game has a serious story, and very humorous ending.
  • In Another Code after you find out that Ashley's mom is dead, eat the candies you got at the start and she makes a joyful comment of "I love candy!"
  • Psychonauts is a game that can be mildly disturbing or depressing at times, but is also very funny and enjoyable. Then, you get to the final level. Suddenly, you're in a circus made entirely out of meat. You must help save a small child from mutilated bunny monsters (that come out of meat grinders) and eventually fight his dad, a gigantic butcher with meat cleavers. Then, you must deal with an evil version of your own dad, who throws flaming clubs at you while you navigate a very difficult obstacle course in a circus tent which is quickly filling up with instant-death water. Then, the butcher and your evil dad get tossed into a meat grinder and come out as a gigantic, mutilated, two-headed monster. But, hey, the game has a happy ending.
    • There's also a level taking place in the mind of a very happy camp counselor named Milla Vodello. The level is a very upbeat dance party/ levitation training session. However, if you happen to find a hidden room in Milla's mind, you can find a memory that shows her working at an orphanage, which eventually burns down with the children inside. Then, you can ignore Milla's advice not to mess around in that room and enter another room that contains her nightmares about that incident. It's pretty creepy.
      • Worse you go into the mind of the man who did the burning...THE MILKMAN!
    • There's also a level inside the mind of a woman suffering from bipolar disorder. You can manipulate a spotlight to literally switch the mood of the level from happy and carefree to depressing and dangerous.
    • During the level inside your own mind, after you've discovered the memory vault titled The World Shall Taste My Eggs, you climb up the thorn tower and a cutscene is activated in which The Dragon of the game uses a weaponized sneezing powder to make Dogen sneeze his brain out, which is dropped down a chute to be used in an ensuing boss fight. Said dragon goes into the next room, where Lili's being kept.
  • In LEGO Star Wars, Vader's death is treated seriously, while most of the rest of the cutscenes verge on parody. (Even the destruction of Alderaan is Played for Laughs.) Well... seriously until Luke closes the shuttle's ramp, and Vader slides into the shuttle headfirst. Take into effect that the Lego shuttle's ramp is most of the backside of the ship that flips down from the top.
  • Brütal Legend alternates between rock-fueled awesomeness]] and tragedy. The Mood Whiplash hits first after the final epic battle with Lionwhyte and his hair-metal army, when the demon Doviculus appears, thanks his spy among the heroes, kills Lars, and summons dozens of Bleeding Deaths to destroy the palace, after which Eddie abandons Ophelia and the heroes spend three months in hiding while Doviculus takes over the world and Ophelia throws herself into the Sea of Black Tears and becomes The Dragon. Then the game goes back to heavy-metal awesomeness for a while, at least until Doviculus tears Ophelia's heart out.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 Act 5. YES! We've WON! "Snake, hear me. Our country is an innocent child once more..." Still euphoric... "The time has come... you've earned your rest." Snake huddles on the floor, choking and twitching.
  • Every Disgaea game opens with a dark, grim and ominous narrative...that's immediately followed by the quirkiness and insanity that the series is famous for... And sometimes, it whiplashes back.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic Adventure 2 starts out as a very lighthearted, silly and quite random kid's game. There are hints of darkness here and there; Shadow's flashbacks, the references to "terrorists" and "weapons of mass destruction." But lots of kid's stories have a dead sibling and lots of them involve terrorists and WMDs even if they don't usually call them that. The game does a complete 180, however, the second Gerald appears. His last words at his public execution and the things revealed in his diary may well make this one of the darkest games ever to be marketed towards children.
    • An admittedly minor example: the victory jingle from Sonic Chronicles. It's odd to lurch from the game's sinister, driving battle music to... cheering children?
  • Sands of Destruction has a light-hearted RPG storyline... about heroes who are out to destroy the world because it really is just that bad and unsalvageable by more conventional means. It... makes for a weird game. Reportedly the less-serious aspects were added later due to Executive Meddling.
  • Mass Effect:
    • This can happen in the first game if you're in good enough standing with both available love interests at one point. So, Virmire. You've had to abandon one of your people to die in order to save another. It doesn't matter whether or not it was your love interest; you'll feel horribly guilty any way you look at it. You've learned that Sovereign is really a Reaper, and Saren is just his mind-controlled puppet. The Council still isn't listening, the geth are still at large, and time is running out before Saren beings back the Reapers for their regularly scheduled meal. You are depressed. You have just left yet another meeting with your wishfully-thinking bosses/impromptu wake for your comrade. And if the right person survives, guess what happens next? A relationship argument.
    • A slightly less severe one occurs in the second game, in which Shepard's angry rant at the Quarian Admiralty Board and at Tali's trial slides into jokes about watching Shepard yell.
    • "Priority: Rannoch" in the third game is a double-whammy. Accomplishment for taking down a Reaper destroyer on foot, then tension as the war between the geth and quarians reaches its climax. If you manage to secure peace, the tone shifts to peaceful (made even sweeter if you're currently in a relationship with Tali), with some sadness at Legion's sacrifice. If not, then no matter which side you're on, things are going to get traumatic, fast.
    • A somewhat logical one occurs during the end of a Paragon playthrough of Miranda's loyalty mission. It makes sense in-game, but watching her go from depressed at being ready to shoot Niket to a berserk rage at Enyala to her very emotional meeting with Oriana within three or four minutes of gameplay was rather sudden.
      • Her Lair of the Shadow Broker dossier is even worse, swinging from hilarity to sadness to pity within the space of a few sentences is pretty horrible. In fact, this is true for most of the dossiers.
    • In Mass Effect 3 you can have Shepard drink him/herself into a stupor at the club. The first time, you wake up next to an unimpressed Aria. The next time you wake up drunk in the elevator and a salarian glares at you before walking away. The whole thing is completely hilarious... until Shepard slowly lowers his/her head and shakes it as if to say, "Where did it all go wrong?"
    • At the end of the Citadel DLC, you can find a datapad left for you by Mordin after his death. It's pretty hilarious, including patter songs, appearances of his on an edutainment show, and lines from a pun-filled noir novel. Then you reach the last entry, and it's Mordin singing, "Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come. 'Twas grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home."
      • A more drastic example occurs earlier in the DLC. After the wacky shenanigans of the story mission and lighthearted hang out scenes with your pals, there's the suddenly and completely depressing funeral for Thane, which is taken Up to Eleven if female Shepard romanced him; to date, it's the only time in the entire series where Shepard visibly cries. This can be immediately followed up by more lighthearted hang out scenes with your pals, and/or a big party played completely for laughs. The effect is so jarring that it's one of the few complaints people have about an otherwise well-received DLC.
      • A more amusing incident from the same DLC is the romantic version of Kaidan's visit to Shepard's apartment. Their moment of domestic fluff is ruined by Shepard asking if they have hotsauce. Kaidan seems to be contemplating braining Shepard with the skillet.
    • Hell, the Citadel DLC itself qualifies for this trope. Mass Effect 3 is a game with War Is Hell as a central premise and loaded to the gills with one Sadistic Choice after another and named characters dropping like flies. There are three DLC: one is a creepy quest to track down and try to recruit an amoral Eldritch Abomination, another is helping a sadistic crime lord reclaim her underworld empire with no help from your True Companions, and then there's Citadel, a wacky hijinks-filled caper that none of your squadmembers take seriously and ends with a dance party. And the best place to initiate this is in the midst of Shepard's Heroic BSoD
  • Ratchet & Clank:
    • The Groovitron is this trope weaponized if you throw it in the third act, especially the final boss fight. One moment you're exchainging harsh words with the villain in the dramatic climax of the story, and the next he's forced to moonwalk to 70s disco music while you decide what to shoot him in the face with.
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time. One second, the duo is bidding each other farewell. The next, we're grinning at Clank's, "I always thought that you were the sidekick." The next... Ratchet is dead. You may be a little dizzy after that. It totally works, though. It's near the end of the game, and we already think that we've defeated the final boss. Even those who were suspicious of Alister would have set the WMG aside by that point, in the face of an apparent victory.
    • The middle of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal is up and down as well. The cutscenes around this part of the game contain slapstick and jokes about Captain Qwark's colourful personal life. In addition, one of your allies is turned into a mindless android, and Qwark apparently dies.
  • Final Fantasy XIII: Sazh and Vanille take a detour to Nautilus to get away from the madness of PSICOM chasing after them relentlessly - this is a bit easy given the chaos Lightning, Hope, Snow and Fang are causing in the other direction. The whole scene is relaxing after all the fighting involved - an amusement park complete with a Disneyland-esque light show and a bit of frolicking with the Cocoon Chocobos with neither monster nor military to mar it... and then PSICOM shows up and opens fire on the two of them. This is to be expected, but it gets so much worse.
    • After punching holes in everything between them and the exit to the park proper, Sazh is reunited with his son in a lighthearted moment...which promptly goes downhill as the boy unknowingly fulfills his Focus of guiding PSICOM to the l'Cie responsible for the attack on Euride (read: Vanille). Jihl shows up shortly thereafter and makes a bad scene worse by putting on a video showing Vanille and Fang conducting the attack and Dajh walking up to them before the fireworks get started. Vanille runs off, and Sazh goes after her to try to get an explanation, only to have to talk her out of her newfound death wish. Sazh's hopes hit their nadir at this point, cuing Brynhildr to show up and end it for them, and even after he subdues the Eidolon, Sazh is still feeling horrible about what just happened - to the point where he turns the gun on himself and pulls the trigger. It's a while before it is shown that he didn't kill himself after all, though he really wanted to.
      • The fight with Byrnhildr also whips the mood back towards goofy. During the fight, Sazh and Vanille exchange their using combat banter. When you win, Byrnhildr turns into a racecar, and Sazh jumps in an frantically brings it out of a spin. Then the battle ends and he tries to kill himself
  • The original Metal Slug, like its sequels, is based on More Dakka, Stuff Blowing Up, and the Rule of Funny. The credits however, are shown over a pan of the game's stages, with the bodies of the Mooks killed strewn about. One can even see a woman visiting a makeshift grave on the battlefield.
  • Chibi-Robo!, and how. It never strays away from being cute, but see how many drastic mood changes you can count in one subplot alone.
  • In the NES game Uninvited, the music may change into 'danger approaches!' if you are facing something that can kill you. But in case of the Scarlet O'hara ghost... the music is very upbeat and pleasant. Yeah, get her attention, and the Hell Is That Noise death music suddenly plays as she rips you apart.
  • The bright, humorous, mostly family friendly, PS2 dog adventure simulator Dog's Life takes a turn toward Nightmare Fuel during the last part of it. You find out that a popular brand of cat food is made out of dogs. You have to save your love interest from certain demise in a gloomy, run-down factory, where the blades are coated in blood. After you save her the villain falls and gets turned into cat food while you hear her screams. And the game still has a happy, upbeat epilogue. It's highly likely that the "T" rating was solely because of this scene.
  • In Half-Life 2 when you finally exit the mine shaft it is daytime for the first time since you entered the nightmarish Ravenholm and quite peaceful...then you notice that the dancing blue ray of light is actually a very damage heavy weapon.
    • After an intense battle, the rocket remains safe. It launches sucessfully, despite a minor weight anomaly (due to a headcrab and/or garden gnome). The super-portal is destroyed, meaning all Combine forces on Earth are stranded, with no hope of reenforcements. The missing Aperature Science research vessel has been located, meaning Dr. Freeman's adventure continues. Hey, he even gets the go-ahead from Dr. Vance to "do [his] part" with Alyx! Not only that, but it has been revealed that he may know something about a certain bastard in a blue suit.
    What could possibly go wrong?
  • In Jade Empire, in the Great Dam area (chapter 2), if you enter the ruin of the orphanage and finish The Drowned Orphans quest before you go any further into the area, you will be treated into a very weird scene where the old man buries the orphans bones...with the Assassins fighting the ghost in the background!
  • Dragon Quest IX has a sad, serious scene shortly after you fight a boss that calls itself the Ragin' Contagion.
  • At the end of fourth level in Flower it suddenly gets very dark.
  • The ending of Golden Sun: The Lost Age manages to have two whiplashes back to back in the ending. After beating the Doom Dragon, it transforms into three people: Isaac's father and Jenna and Felix's parents. The party is completely struck with grief and shock over what they done and it's presumed that the parents are dying. After a flash of light from the Mars beacon, the game cuts to Prox where the party is and it's casually mentioned that the light of the beacon brought the parents back to life. The party then head to Vale, only to see that the entire town was destroyed by the newly formed Golden Sun and everyone in it presumed dead. Naturally, everyone is in complete shock over the discovery with Garet taking it the hardest since his whole family was at the village. The mood does a 180 when Jenna and Sheba start laughing (with rightfully pisses off Garet) since a moment later, it's revealed everyone in Vale survived due to evacuating in time thanks to the warning given by the Wise One.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn about halfway through. Your sunny nice country is suddenly covered in evil fog and littered with dead bodies. The number of supporting characters who die in your arms in staggering. Not to mention that every villain who redeems himself dies. AND the music turns creepy.
  • The plot of Iji is rather dark, and indirectly deals with the psychological effects of being forced into the role of a One Woman Army. It also has logbooks that talk about Rocket Jumping as a sport and Marco Polo being played in minefields, a gun that fires bananas, various lampshades hung on video gaming conventions, a Silliness Switch that turns the entire game into a "Blind Idiot" Translation, with the dialogue of a villain replaced entirely with sound effects (PEW PEW PEW) and emoticons ( >:( ), and some truly epic weapons and explosions.
  • Touhou Mother spends quite a bit of the game being a quirky RPG much in the style of the series it is based on. Then you're sent forward in time after a failed confrontation with the Big Bad of the game. The mood is set pretty much immediately as after advancing only one screen from where you start off you're faced by the once comic relief Butt-Monkey Cirno. She's now vengeance-seeking, stoic, and one of the toughest bosses in the game. It only gets worse from there.
  • In City of Heroes, any player's first visit to Praetoria is riddled with this. Especially when compared to the Four Color nature of the vanilla game. In a game where the fate of defeated enemies was typically left up to the player, one of the first Morality Missions involves a Sadistic Choice where you have to choose to murder one of your contacts. There is no third option. Someone has to die. Talk about Darker and Edgier.
  • Custom Robo (GCN). Silly game about foot high robots and very lulzy script just ignore the end-game, where it is revealed that the world outside your domed city has been reduced to a barren wasteland, making grass extinct, the government is covering it up, and the thing that caused the apocalypse the first time is about to wake up again.
  • Deadly Premonition whips between Narm and horrifyingly gruesome murder scenes fast enough to make your head spin.
  • 'When you go between the humorous and cute Pkunk and hilariously cowardly Spathi to the Genocidal Kohr-Ah and the chilling warnings about Them from the Arilou, you see how this trope applies in Star Control II.
  • Borderlands is largely a tongue-and-cheek Crapsack World; sure, you've got wastelands packed with mutant alien beasts and pillaging bandits, but it's largely Played for Laughs. Then you get a quest to check on the friendly Cloud Cuckoolander blind cripple questgiver from the first area. Oh, he's not sitting in his usual chair, I'd better check in his shack.... Oh, there he is, hung by a foot from a ceiling fan, throat slashed and loads of blood spattered around. Nice.
  • Borderlands 2 can be even worse at points, and it absolutely revels in it. Some good examples:
    • Tiny Tina's tea party, which consists of Tina electrocuting a bandit to death because he sold her parents to Hyperion for experimentation, and is juxtaposed with some of the funniest dialogue in the game.
    • Right after Jack kills Bloodwing, he continues to try and taunt you by playing a sad sounding violin but just gets angry that his minions can't find it.
    • The assault on the Angel AI Core is basically one large Wham Episode, what with Angel actually being a siren (and Handsome Jack's daughter), Roland and Angel dying, and Lilith being captured by Handsome Jack. What follows this? The Player Character accidentally being teleported into Marcus' storeroom and then having him possibly complain about how you robbed him blind.
  • The Reconstruction contains two examples, both of which are lighthearted-to-serious transitions.
    • The first occurs in the Wham Level, "To Ascend". Up until that point, the game has been a relatively lighthearted happy-go-lucky Heroic Fantasy adventure, with a few bouts of seriousness but otherwise retaining its perky atmosphere. But then the Sacrificial Lamb gets thrown off a tower and the chapter boss (the first boss who isn't a mindless monster, it is worth noting) has a death scene that contains the first showing of blood in a cutscene. You also learn that you accomplished nothing throughout the entire chapter and that the characters were Unwitting Pawns to the Councillords' schemes. It is also followed immediately by one of the biggest Tear Jerker scenes in the game.
    • The game regains some of its lightheartedness in the next chapter, however...for the express purpose of delivering another Wham Episode that's even more jarring. It starts off innocuously enough, with peaceful humans arriving on Dehl's island, and Dehl then going off to find his father. In the process, he discovers his father's secret 'laboratory', which is swathed in blood and has bloody Sikohlon corpses chained to the walls. Dehl's father rambles about how he killed everyone to try and isolate a cure for the Blue Plague, and Dehl is just barely able to come out alive through the manifestation of his pseudo-magic powers — which causes his father to be graphically impaled by a sword and die.
  • Baten Kaitos Origins has the scene in the Lava Caves. You've just watched Bein transform into an Umbra, get shot down by Valara, then discovered Sagi's bizarre dreams(?) take place before the legendary war. Then the Lord of the Lava Caves pops out, and the escape from the collapsing cavern turns into a farce.
  • Whatever your feelings about the ending sequence of Fallout 3, it is hard to deny that the narrator's final words, as characters flash across the screen and the Lone Wanderer walks away into a dusty sunset, are sufficiently inspiring, speaking of humanity's survival and fighting the war without end...cut to Arlington National Cemetery, the graves even more sobering when surrounded by old world rubble, and you are instantly reminded you're playing a game based on the horror of war.
    • "And war...war never changes."
  • In the 'Old World Blues' expansion for Fallout: New Vegas, the hilarious, double entendre (hell, often outright sexual and perverted) silly banter of the researchers takes a decidedly dark turn when one of them starts discussing conducting experiments on large groups of Chinese prisoners. Anyone even passingly familiar with Chinese history around WWII will understand why this is such a disturbing dip in the conversation. May also double as a moment of Fridge Horror.
    • An objective one happens with the DLC's. The first DLC, (Dead Money) is a dark run through a casino, with a sad ending no matter what. (Even if all your companions survive, you can never go back. Made even worse if you're a Female Character with Cherchez La Femme, as it's implied that Christine has fallen in love with you, but can't go with you due to her silent oath to guard the casino.) The second DLC (Honest Hearts) is a mostly Lighthearted romp through a valley helping some Indian tribes.
  • The video game adaption of The Lion King follows up the overbearingly somber and ominous "Simba's Exile" level with the lighthearted and upbeat "Hakuna Matata" level.
  • Muv-Luv: While Marimo is comforting Takeru in the aftermath of the first attack on Yokohama base her head is suddenly crushed by a stray BETA, horrifying Takeru and the reader. From this event onwards, the game starts to get darker very rapidly.
  • RosenkreuzStilette does this with a few stage themes and talk themes, especially Zorne's, Trauare's, and Schwer-Muta's. Two of the talk themes get Darker and Edgier than their stage themes, the other one the other way around.
  • BlazBlue has Help Me, Professor Kokonoe!, a short cartoon where after the character's Bad Ending, they meet up with Professor Kokonoe for verbal admonishing and advice on how to get the True Ending. Many of these shorts are quite humourous, but cause serious Mood Whiplash when you consider what usually happens to the characters in the Bad Endings. This is especially true in the Bad Endings for Ragna (accidentally transforms into the Black Beast and causes The End of the World as We Know It), Lambda (loses a battle in her own mind and ends up Deader Than Dead), Tsubaki (goes blind and dies in her best friend's arms) and Makoto (bumps into Relius and gets a rather nasty headache).
  • There's the opening to Heavy Rain. The very first scene in the game has the player getting used to controlling Ethan and having a fairly bright, happy day with his family as he celebrates the birthday of his elder son, Jason. Things end a little more seriously when the family's bird dies at the end. Then the next scene comes and has everything end in tragedy, presenting the somber setting of the rest of the game.
  • You wouldn't think that Pokémon Conquest would have one especially in post game episodes, but Hanbei's episode ends up being this. What started out as a competition against the junior warlords to see who could reunite Ransei ends up taking a turn for the worse for Hanbei as if he wins the contest, he starts coughing uncontrollably. Hideyoshi asks what's wrong and Hanbei insists that he got too excited. Kanbei does not believe him one bit and for a split second, Hanbei's character sprite turns serious as he tells him not to say anything before making fun of Kanbei's appearance to change the subject. If you know about Hanbei's historical counterpart, you know that Hanbei has tubercolosis and is going to die soon making the ending Harsher in Hindsight.
  • Magic Pengel is a bright and happy RPG Mons RPG, set in a world where color is used as currency and people keep magical monsters called Doodles for pets. Although the story has its sad moments, usually revolving around main character Zoe's Disappeared Dad, it never strays too far from its cheerful tone. Then, you get to the final boss area... The game's cheerful pastoral tone vanishes, and suddenly switches setting to a dark, Cyberpunk castle wherein you fight a series of Tortured Monsters to horrifically Sad Battle Music. Your friend Kiba, who has been looking out for you and supporting you all game, pulls a gun on the young protagonist and shoots her. Your friend Mono goes insane, becomes a horrific beast, and nearly destroys the world before sacrificing himself to save it. And at the end, Zoe and her little brother leave for an indeterminate period of time.
  • Inverted example with Resistance series, compared to the previous two games which was extremely bleak and dark. Resistance 3 and Burning Skies was considerable much more hopeful.
  • Team Fortress 2 indulges in this, being a Bloody Hilarious First-Person Shooter built around Black Comedy and Grave Humor (and, of course, Nice Hats). Most obvious is "Meet the Pyro", where the mood goes from whimsical (sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows) to horrific (fire, dying in a fire, being axed while on fire, being shot in the face with fire, and more fire) and back again.
  • In jubeat, pass/fail status is determined by score rather than a Life Meter. This means if you get a full combo, but you don't meet the score quota due to getting too many GOODs (you pretty much have to try, through), the game is more than happy to recognize your full combo status ("Result: Full Combo!...") ...and then give you a failing grade a few seconds later ("...Failed!"). (Which, outside of special circumstancesnote , results in a Game Over.)
  • Even people who don't play Portal2 might be familiar with Cave Johnson's lemons speech. What everyone seems to forget is that Cave Johnson drops The Reveal GlaDOS is Caroline in the same recording. This is also the last recording you hear from Cave Johnson in the main game, and GlaDOS gives Cave a rather emotional goodbye when it's over.
  • In BioShock Infinite, the player character travels to a city in the sky from a launch pod in a lighthouse. Once there, the city is vibrant, bright, colourful and populated with friendly, well-dressed townsfolk and playful children. The player character travels through the streets and to a festive city fair, all the way to a free raffle which the player character wins. He is then presented with his prize: first throw at the public stoning of an interracial couple, surrounded by blatantly racist imagery.
    • Factors into the gameplay as well. Unlike the first two games, the citizens of Colombia aren't always hostile on sight, and there are many segments where Booker will find himself wandering amongst peaceful crowds who are just minding their own business... Unitl you do something that makes him stand out, then everyone and their dog starts trying to kill you.
  • OFF's third zone has quite a few instances of this. Most notable are playing a silly minigame right before finding out just how is it that sugar is made, and getting chased down a hallway by a fat guy while this plays in the background right before the boss fight.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has this all over the place. It's shown in shades in most of the chapters until Chapter 21, which starts with playful banter during the flight sequence and ends on the extremely dark scene where Pit's wings burn off.
  • Forum Fantasy is a lighthearted Affectionate Parody of JRPGs and internet forums, filled to the brim with silly jokes, Shout Outs, moments of Comedic Sociopathy, and obvious traps that, when activated, come off more as humorous than gruesome literally everywhere, with the exception of one place: Botlantis, which has a dark and almost legitimately terrifying atmosphere, very subtle traps that are barely recognizable as such (if at all), and has a lot less humor than the rest of the game, with things that would probably be funny elsewhere in the game being decidedly less hilarious when executed here.
  • In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the Dream Valley track starts out whimsical, then at one point you'll go through a portal into one of three parts of Wizeman's realm, the third of which has Wizeman himself attacking you, before you're sent back to the valley going down a river.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, at the end of chapter 11 when you have killed Gangrel and avenged the death of Emmeryn, Chrom, Avatar, and the rest of the team celebrate their victory, and Chrom gets married to whichever female unit he has the most support with, if he is not already married, completely contrasting the sad and angry themes of the previous chapters.
    • Supports between characters are unaffected, including conversations on event tiles in the actual level, as well as the level before. This means that characters could potentially get married while still grieving the death of Emmeryn or have otherwise silly or happy conversations, despite the serious nature of the levels.
    • Players can still go to DLC levels in between these levels, including the fanservice filled scramble pack, which involve the exact opposite of grief and vengeance.
    • Even within the main game itself, you unlock Paralogue 4, a mostly comedic affair against the second of the incredibly silly Those Two Bad Guys (to give you an idea of how much, even his death quote is Played for Laughs)... right after Chapter 9, where Emmeryn jumped off a cliff to her death in a Heroic Sacrifice. Most players prefer to save that paralogue for later.
      • As if to further the mood whiplash, this also puts it just before Chapter 10, where the preparations screen and battle music fall victim to a Background Music Override by the much more dramatic and somber tracks entitled "......" and "Don't Speak Her Name!", respectively.
  • The seventh game in the Fire Emblem series has the last few chapters before the final stretch. After Eliwood accidently kills his love interest Ninian while she's in dragon form, and is called out on it by the Big Bad, you fight against a memetic boss who was created solely to deliver a message, so that message is literally all he can say. Then, if you're on Hector's story, you find out Hector's brother died of the same illness that killed their parents, and Hector is incredibly angry that he never told him. Then you get a sidequest chapter that consists of nothing but a ton of shops to prepare yourself for the final battle.
  • Epyx's Winter/Summer/California Games are generally pretty lighthearted. Any injuries or accidents tend to be Played for Laughs. The exception to this is California Games 2. One moment, you're skating down a half-pipe and accidentally miss the entrance to a tunnel, the next you're staring at the funeral of your apparently late skater.
    JonTron: I came here for fun in the sun, and all I got was a bunch of depressingly amateur sports people and a lot—a lot of uncalled for death!
  • In A Witch's Tale, at the end of the first playthrough, we get a scary scene and then not two seconds later, the peppy end credits music.
  • Starkly done during the first few scenes of Jurassic Park: The Game. The prologue shows a wounded and poisoned Nima fleeing through a dark rainforest, clearly out of breath and on the verge of panic, while glowing eyes of doom pursue her, and from everywhere around her come the spine-chilling hisses of unseen animals. The next scene is bright daylight, and shows a father and his daughter admiring the magic of Jurassic Park's dinosaurs together.
  • Pikmin 2. The Perplexing Pool is a calm lake area with very relaxing music. Then you find a cave called the Submerged Castle, which will make you lose your relaxed feelings and fill you with fear instead, when an invincible monstrosity drops from the ceiling and annihilates your army of Pikmin. Then you reach the bottom of the cave, where you can finally defeat the monster... and upon being weakened, it runs around like a decapitated chicken while a silly version of the standard boss music plays.
  • In Donkey Kong 64, one of the later levels is Creepy Castle, a haunted castle that lives up to its name. When you reach the boss, the Kremlings don't have anyone to guard the area's key, so they build a giant cardboard cut-out of King K. Rool. And it shoots lasers. And they gave it a goofy voice, and it faints when it loses an arm.
  • The Silent Hill HD Collection was partly developed by Hijinx Studio. Seeing their jolly logo in the start screen doesn't sit very well with the drama and unpleasant weirdness that follows.
  • The transition between different areas in TowerClimb don't make any logical sense overall, but the most jarring transition involves going from Club Z, a No-Harm Requirement, bright and flashy stage with many dancers and ravers to avoid, to Temple of Devotion, a creepy cathedral with mindless worshippers and blood-sucking worms surrounded by Watchers that relentlessly chase after anyone it sees moving within its gaze.
  • While the Neptunia series is prone to this in general, one extremely notable example in Megadimension Neptunia VII involves Uzume having a mental breakdown, before Umio shows up to cheer her up. Cue a heartwarming flashback... followed by the game going into full on Neptunia Insanity to Uzume's embarrassment- all in one scene.
  • NieR has the absolute gall to pull this trope during Ending B, where it's revealed Emil is Not Quite Dead and is hopping along cheerfully as only a head. Though considering this is after the game has been hitting you with all the whammies of Emil seemingly sacrificing himself earlier, the backstories of all the Shades you had killed, and finding out that killing them basically doomed the human race to extinction, it makes the scene that much more funny and heartwarming.
  • The Overwatch short "Alive" does this in less than a second as going from Tracer dodging a bullet from Widowmaker, but then following that same bullet down to where it takes out Tekhartha Mondatta, the Omnic monk that Tracer had been trying to keep alive in the first place.
  • The Talos Principle:
    • The numerous easter eggs can cause this, breaking the immersion of the story. There's also an in-universe instance — in one level, a glitch causes the sky to go dark and the textures to start to disappear. Elohim notices and makes a pronouncement about how he will not allow this sort of thing, and the world reasserts itself. It sounds very godly and majestic, but once the glitch is fixed he announces, "Excess data cleared" as if he was no more than a maintenance program.
    • The most egregious example by far can be found at the end of Road To Gehenna if you put together the leprechaun statue in the first zone of the DLC. Once you have completed all four zones and head to the center of the hub in order to initiate the Ascension with the world on the verge of collapse around you, the gathered Gehenna denizens suddenly break into a riverdance routine, complete with cheery Irish music.
  • In Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny, a peasant NPC comes to beg the heroes to help save his daughter who was kidnapped by the Genma demons. Boisterous Bruiser and Dirty Old Warrior Monk Ekei asks if the daughter is cute, and the peasant (in an extremely savvy moment) says that he thinks she is the most beautiful girl in the world, causing Ekei to enthusiastically agree to help. They rescue the girl later and find that she's an infant. Ekei reacts with comical dismay and the rest of the cast teases Ekei... until the little girl starts to cry and it sends Ekei into a Heroic BSoD as he remembers the death of his own baby daughter years earlier, when the lord he served was defeated in battle and the lord's castle burned down with Ekei unable to save his little girl from the fire. Suddenly it's not so funny anymore, and even Magoichi (who loathes Ekei) will confide to Jubei that he feels like an ass for teasing Ekei the way he did.
  • In Ghost Trick when you're listening in on the prison guards discussing the crimes the prisoners at the special prison committed. The first being about a guy who held siege of the police department for the sake of curry & rice, and the second being about a rock star who sang a bunch of national secrets during a concert. Although both are pretty large incidents, and important to the plot, they're fairly over the top and ridiculous. Then it comes to the discussion about the third prisoner, who's revealed to have shot his wife dead in front of their daughter. The music even changes to something more serious for this part as well.
  • The ending of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is this from the moment you enter into the sequence for the final battle. First there's shock and awe at finding out that Class VII has reached a "shadow trial" against a copy of the Great Power. Then it becomes pure awesome when it tells them that there is no reward for defeating it and Rean responds that they don't need any reward, that it's their final challenge as Class VII, followed by a battle set to this. This is followed up by an extremely tearjerking scene again set to appropriate music in which Millium, who up until now has been Unable to Cry breaks down at the realization that this is the end of their time together as Class VII, followed by everyone breaking down in tears. After this, right before the game's credits everyone meets up at the train station in Trista and, to this music, Class VII gives Instructor Sara a formal thank you, followed by everyone agreeing to stay well as they go their separate ways, and Rean turning and walking away with a smile on his face, as this plays into the opening credits - an even more triumphant version of the final boss theme, eventually leading into an upbeat version of "I'll remember you," the piece that played following Crow's death, to end the game.
  • Arcades in The Binding of Isaac. The rest of the game has a dark (if Black Comedy) atmosphere with Body Horror enemies and several grossout-themed powerups. Arcades, on the other hand, are brightly lit, play an upbeat 8-bit song, and usually even contain a slot machine to safely use to try to get items. The difference is... jarring, especially if the arcade is encountered on the game's literal Womb Level.
  • Silent Hill 3 has an unlockable transformation outfit that gives Heather laser beam powers and her outfit makes her a hilariously bad looking anime cosplayer, which can completely kill the dark and serious mood that the game normally has. It can get even sillier when Douglas sees Heather after Harry Mason is killed and Heather is being emotional while wearing the outlandish costume.
  • The second chapter of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 begins with Gramps' death scene after he was badly injured helping the team escape their enemies. It's played completely seriously up until the point that it's revealed he didn't really die, but rather regenerated into a Ridiculously Cute Critter version of himself.
  • In Tomodachi Life, your Mii can go through a breakup or divorce and go into extereme depression. Feed them their favorite food and they'll go from depressed to extreme joy in half a minute while completely getting over their breakup. Comfort Food taken to the extreme.
  • Happens a few times in Anachronox, but particularly after Sunder. You've just barely escaped the planet before disaster strikes, literally slicing the world in half. Six million people, many of which were the greatest scientific minds in the universe, have perished, which will have disastrous consequences on the restof the galaxy. And you're drifting in unknown space, on limited life support and no engines, only hoping against insurmountable odds that you might bump into a hospitable planet before you all starve to death. Cue wacky montage of everyone going nuts from cabin fever and boredom.
  • This is a problem with selecting flirtatious dialog options in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. A character might be telling you how worried they are that their sick father is going to die. You'd think that the flirt option would be to tell them how much they mean to you and how you want to help out. Instead, it triggers a little back and forth of you complimenting them on their beauty and suggesting the two of you spend some time together before abruptly going back to the part where their father is dying.
  • Sektor's ending in Mortal Kombat Gold. It's basically just Sektor gatecrashing Cyrax's ending halfway through and killing everyone present.
  • Enchantress' ending in Injustice 2. Oh, look, Enchantress is gone! Now June can live a normal life again! How swee—OH GOD ENCHANTRESS IS BACK
  • LISA: The Painful RPG:
    • The final major location of Area 2 starts off with a village of people seemingly worshipping a fast food mascot named Wally, complete with "praying" in to a speaker, all played for laughs. Upon actualy reaching "Wally," however, it turns out he's completely insane. The walls of his establishment are covered in what seems to be blood, he alternates between speaking in-character and begging to die, and his costume starts out unnerving and gets worse as pieces break off to reveal what looks like rotting flesh. He is also one of the most difficult bosses in the game.
    • One part of Area 3 looks to be a snowy mountain, and the general atmosphere seems relatively pleasant compared to the rest of Olathe. After reaching the top, Brad and his gang find a pile of corpses that have been burnt until they are ash-white. Suddenly, it turns out that the "snow" is actually the ashes of dead bodies. That there is a man running around on fire up there cements this.
  • Red Dead Redemption:
    • Bonnie's mission line is a good example. You spend most of the chain doing several relaxing low risk jobs such as as cattle herding and horse breaking. Then she gets kidnapped by bandits and you end up storming their hideout to rescue her.
    • The entirety of "The Gates of El Presidio". It starts out with a gross yet funny sex scene with Abraham Reyes and a girl before moving on to a tense cart ride to El Presidio with TNT acting as a Time Bomb set to go off on both the cart and the gates. Then it's a serious battle with the guards as you search for Javier Escuella. Once you find him, there will be a tense conversation before Javier attempts to escape. If you capture him, the scene will be a bit emotional; but if you kill him, the mood goes to downright depressing and heartbreaking (especially if you've played Red Dead Redemption II). After some moments of sadness, the mood switches back to tense when Reyes' voice warns you that army reinforcements are arriving, and you'll have to fire a cannon to destroy them. Afterward, you'll head back down to the jail cell, and the mood will shift once more to heartbreaking and sad, marking a Bittersweet Ending to the mission.
  • Final Fantasy VII can have Cloud be a Panty Thief during his flashback segment if you make him steal Tifa's underwear. Later on, Cloud confronts Sephiroth who tries to break Cloud's mind by showing him the truth behind the Nibelheim incident. Cloud tries to keep it together by saying several things he believes were true (joining SOLDIER, coming into the town, etc). If you had Cloud take Tifa's underwear during the flashback, Cloud will also proudly exclaim how he went through her drawers and took her underwear. Kind of kills the mood of the scene.
  • One of the Mind Screwiest moments in We Happy Few, which is saying quite a lot, is the Bobby's musical performance during Sally Boyle's story. A large part of her story is making Blackberry Joy for the Bobbies, and when she does, well, this happens. Nothing even remotely like this ever happens anywhere else in the game, and it's rather unsettling coming before and after Implied Death Threats from the Bobbies if you don't make their drugs on time.
  • Watch_Dogs: while electronically infiltrating the Rossi Freemont apartment projects—now the headquarters of the Viceroys, a very powerful street gang—Aiden eavesdrops on their leader Iraq receiving a call from the Chicago South Club's leader Lucky Quinn and learns relevant plot information, during which Quinn berates Iraq and tells him "Don't be a stoat." After the call ends, Iraq angrily wonders aloud what a stoat is, and one of the other Viceroys tells him that it's a kind of weasel. They have a laugh for a moment, and then Iraq suddenly beats the poor guy to death.
  • Guild Wars 2 has the mission "The Hero of Istan" which starts with the player getting jailed while arranging for his jailers to get some extra-extra-strong grog. After talking like a drunkard on waking up in his cell and escaping, generally in an amusing manner the player then heads upstairs while dodging the drunk jailers, many keeling over from alcohol as you approach. And then you reach the top of the stairs and hear the normally chipper Taimi over your communicator sobbing in terror and pleading for the player to say something. This persists throughout the boss fight, culminating with you learning Taimi has been captured by Palawa Joko.


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