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Basic Trope: Humor based around making light of otherwise serious topics.

  • Straight: Alice miscarries, and it's treated as a great thing, or just a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, not a tragedy.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice miscarries, and the whole world is congratulating her. See also Refuge in Audacity.
    • The omnicidal Big Bad is close to completing his biological zombie weapon, crime levels have risen, every single species is now critically endangered, there're mutants all over the place, and sea levels are rising, yet Bob and Charlie crack jokes about everything wrong with the Crapsack World.
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    • Crosses the Line Twice
  • Downplayed:
    • Amusing Injuries, or just minor slapstick.
    • Alice makes a humorous implication that Bob died, such as saying that he enjoyed his last meal when he died because of poisoned food.
  • Justified:
    • Everyone thinks Alice would be a terrible mom.
    • Just because the world is ending doesn't mean you have to be dreary.
  • Inverted: Alice makes faces at a baby and it's treated as bad.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice miscarries, and her friends come to spend time with her for awhile.
    • Dude, Not Funny!
    • Alice and company have only Dull Surprise reactions to traumatic happenings...
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...only to throw a party for her in a misguided attempt to cheer her up.
    • Crosses the Line Twice
    • ...which they later find perversely funny.
  • Parodied: Alice's dead fetus gets up and starts doing the "Thriller" dance with other zombie fetuses.
  • Zig-Zagged: Sometimes, the humor in the work is un-PC; other times, it's not likely to offend anyone.
  • Averted:
    • The work is not humorous at all, nor is it meant to be.
    • The work is humorous and intended to be such, but does not make light of serious topics to be funny.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "So much for this being serious."
  • Invoked: Alice miscarries, and the resident Jerkass makes an insensitive remark about how "It's much better this way..."
  • Exploited: The creator of the show, knowing there's No Such Thing as Bad Publicity, milks every controversial joke s/he can.
  • Defied: Alice miscarries, and her friends and family treat the situation like the tragedy it is.
  • Discussed: "I thought this was meant to be serious."
  • Conversed: "Wow, that abortion joke was horrible and offensive, yet so funny!"
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  • Deconstructed: People get sick and tired of the jokes and discard them.
  • Reconstructed: ... But as with every type comedy, jokes get tired if played out, so the makers of the show find new horribly offensive jokes to make their audience laugh.
  • Played for Laughs: Bob In-Universe has an intensely dark sense of humor and all his jokes make the rest of the cast react in horror and disgust.
    Alice: My mom has an aneurysm and lost half her brain.
    Bob: Ha, I guess you could say she's only half the woman she used to be.
    Alice: Bob, this isn't a time for jokes!
  • Played for Drama: Bob's dark sense of humor make people think he's psychotic and he drives everyone away.

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