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Basic Trope: The tone and mood of a story fluctuate multiple times through its entire run.

  • Straight: Troper Adventures mixes darker episodes with lighter ones.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Troper Adventures switches from dark to light every minute.
    • Troper Adventures mixes Tastes Like Diabetes with Sugar Apocalypse.
    • Troper Adventures has a different tone every sentence.
  • Downplayed: Troper Adventures has minor fluctuations in tone, but nothing noticeable.
  • Justified:
    • Troper Adventures is trying to appeal to multiple audiences.
    • The show's staff is split between people who write darker episodes and people who write lighter ones.
  • Inverted: Troper Adventures has no variation in tone whatsoever.
  • Subverted:
    • Troper Adventures adds a dark threat to the plot, but the tone stays the same.
  • Double Subverted: Then it gets darker episodes mixed with comedic ones.
  • Parodied: Troper Adventures mixes blue episodes with orange episodes.
  • Zig Zagged: Some arcs are the same, others change tone.
  • Averted: Troper Adventures keeps a consistent tone.
  • Enforced: The network is making them keep changing tone.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Why can't we stick to one tone?"
    • "We need to cancel our dark, gritty adventure that will come after this slice of life antic!"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: In Troper Adventures, Bob knows that since there was a lighthearted adventure before, the next one will involve lots of pain and suffering, so he tries to prepare.
  • Advertisement:
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "I don't know what you're saying. Just because one website talks about it doesn't mean it's true! This is why Tv Tropes Will Ruin Your Life!
  • Conversed: "Oh, is this one of those shows where one episode is a silly gagfest and the next is a serious death-fest? I hate those."

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